Monday, February 27, 2006

Da Word... 138!


Good Morning potnas! Hope all is well, tru! Hope your weekend was off the hook! I tell you what, it is .....COOOOOOOLD!!!!! I think it was/is 12 degrees C right now... with windchill I bet it is negative sumtim. Cuz brutha face cracked open, at least that's what it felt like, heh heh. N e who, 'nuff o' weather, on to... da Word!


"For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."
- Pops (da big G!!! Hebrews 8:12)

YEAH! We still in Hebrews, and Paul is layin' out da good news like WHAT! N e who, Paul is breaking it down to us about the New Covenant. He speaks of the promise spoken through the prophet Jeremiah and quotes what Pops above had spoken. Pops was like, "YO! I'm bringin' a NEW covenant peeps! It will be different from da one I made with your forefathers, you know, Moses and that whole crew. This new covenant will be da BOMB! Why? Cuz my laws will no longer be written on stone. Naw lo, I will put them in your minds, and write them on your hearts! Not only that, I will be your God, and you will be my people." Do you feel da immensity and da awesomeness of those words right there? Let me break it down.

Pops promises that we will have direct access to Him! No longer do we have to go through a prophet, for He has instituted a NEW covenant. We can all now have a relationship with da illest being out there potnas! And along with this new convenant, He will do a work in us such that we transform from the inside out. We will not simply be following laws written on some stone. Naw lo, cuz we'd break them like that... with a QUICKNESS. But if these laws are written on our hearts!! YEAH! That means we choose to change from the inside out, and God's desires also becomes ours. BAM!!! We'll be livin' la vida straight out this world! Literally! We'll be gettin' down straight heavenly style. Our eyes will be opened wide to the illest things about life that we could not have known otherwise. And we'll be experiencing it to the FULLEST!

So.... what about the verse I wrote up there? Heh, well, in order to be straight rollin' with Pops above, sumtim's gotta be cleared out the way, straight batted out the park. And what is that? Our wickedness, our badness, our sin. Pops cannot be around that stuff, homeboy just can't. So, with this new convenant He promises that He will forgive our wickedness...... and the best part is He will remember our sins NO MORE! How is this accomplished? Through Christ. REPRESENT YALL! That is how much Pops wants to have a relationship with you... homeboy sacrificed His only begotten Son. Ever stop to think why in the world God Himself, in all his fullness and out of this universe awesomeness, wants a relantionship with you? ...and would go so far in order to create a way that it can happen?


- patrick

ps - Why us? Straight Love potnas, true, genuine, bonafide love. Take a moment, and quietly ponder... then ask yourself, "Why am I rejecting that kind of love?"

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Da Word... 137!


What up PEEPS!!!! How are things going? It has been a HOT minute, no doubt. But we are BACK! tru!!!! So how many of you have a 4-day week this week? I do, heh heh heh. Aight, on to, da Word!


"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
- Paul (Hebrews 4:16)

Da book of Hebrews is da bomb because Paul just lays out the Gospel BAM BAM BAM. He does it as if he were laying out a case. These are da facts, these are the things that have happened, these are the results, these are the choices, and this is the hope. It is da bomb diggity. But 'nough about that, cuz this verse right here is awesome. Paul just got done explainin' how we have a high priest who IS able to "sympathize with our weaknesses... one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are -- yet was without sin" straight CHILLIN' with Pops above. That's right potnas!

How does that help out kats like you and me? E... to the Z potnas! This knowledge allows us to approach da "throne of grace" with CONFIDENCE! That's right! We ain't got nothin' to fear and nothin' to lose people! Our high priest, my man J (Jesus) done went through all we are going through and he is straight representin' us in da heavenlies. We have an IN! And not just any in, but the ULTIMATE IN! So drop any hesitation and cozy on up to the throne of Grace! For by doing so, we can receive mercy from on High. YEAH KID! And, in the words of Paul, "find grace to help us in our time of need".

How many times do we find ourselves in a time of need? How many times do we find those close to us in a time of need, and hence us in a time of need? All the time no? Isn't it awesome in that time of need we can approach Pops above and receive grace and mercy? And be fully represented cuz J done went through it all? Isn't it straight awesome to know that even if we don't deserve mercy, God, by grace, will grant it to us because he wants to? Isn't it uplifting to know that despite ourselves or what we have done, if we go to God with confidence and a genuine heart, that in our time of need we will be comforted? Approach the throne of grace with confidence my bruthaz and sistaz!!!!! Cuz J has already paid the price for us.


- patrick

ps - offer up prayers to Pops above yo, for many recently are coming down with various cancers in the body, undergoing surgeries, and some now require medical apparati to continue living. Pray for these people and their families, most def a time of need.