Monday, September 18, 2006

Da Word... 161!

Good Evening!!!!

What's going on peeps!  I missed last week yo!   It was HECTIC!  Heh, but everyone's still standin', tru!  How's it going out there?  How ya livin'!   Heh heh, aight, on to... da Word!


I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of wild beasts so that they may live in the desert and sleep in the forests in safety.
- Pops (Ezekiel 34:25)

Da words o' Pops above Himself son!!!!   I encourage you to read the entire chapter of Ezekiel 34.  It's chock full of good stuff, all from Pops' perspective, and using the shepherd/sheep imagery.  It hits on the responsibilities of the shepherds to the sheep, the social contracts among sheep and among shepherds and sheep, da whole nine!  It's quite GENIUS!  When extracted out and applied to the people of Israel, and to Pops wishes for all his creation, it speaks volumes.  It hits on social justice, dignity, service, humility, strength, and more.  Peep it potnas, and study it. 

Eventually I got to the verse above and was encouraged even more!  The gist... Pops has got yo back kid!!!!!!  He promised Israel that He would bring a covenant of peace.  Who does not want peace?   We can struggle for only so long before we are crushed by its sheer and mammoth weight.  A moment of peace is like heaven.  A period of peace... yeah dawg!  That's even better.  Pops above says that he will rid the land of wild beasts.  That's freakin' awesome.  Well, that depends on which side of that equation we stand ;-D  heh heh.  I would NOT want to be a wild beast... not when Pops above is the clean sweeper, oh no no no!  I'd want to be the kat with whom He is makin' that ILL covenant of peace.  For Israel, traveling and living in and about the deserts and forests during mighty dangerous times,  imagine the feeling of peace that would well up within knowing they could live and sleep in safety?  Knowing that they wouldn't have to sleep with one eye open, or constantly glance over their shoulder?  What about for you?

Where are you inhabiting right now?  What kind of wild beasts prowl around?  ...are you the beasts?  Da bottom line is this,  Pops takes care of His own.  What better being would you want in your corner?  Life is tough, and da real world.... maaaaaaaan!  But if Pops is in your corner.... awwwww YEAH!  He'll take care of the beasts and grant us safety even in the most desolate of wastelands.  How you like them apples?  PeACE!


   - patrick

Monday, September 04, 2006

Da Word... 160!

Good Labor Day Morning Potnas!!!!

What up!  How many of you have got this fine day off?  SWEEET!  The weather is b...e....a...utiful too!   Ripe for grillin' son!  That's an idea, might have to pull some peeps together and fire up that bad boy, uh huh!  I hope you all are enjoying your day off!  tru dat.  aight... on to, da Word!


Finally, brothers, good-by.  Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace.  And the God of love and peace will be with you.
- Paul (2 Corinthians 13:11)

Oh.... OH!  That's my dawg PAUL!  Yeah!   New Testament badmamajamma himself!  This verse right here comes near the end of his letter to the Corinthians.  It's uplifting!  It's purposeful!  And it is inspiring.  It's like a pep talk, revvin' peeps up, gettin' 'em stoked and excited for the journey ahead.  If you get a chance, peep the end of Paul's various letters to the churches that are written in the Bible.  He almost ALWAYS ends with some kind of pep, some kind of grace giving, some uplifting tone.  It's great!  Especially because he probably dealt with a TON of heavy stuff in the meet of the letter.  But ya see, he ends by lifting others up.

So what's he say?  "Yo yo!  Potnas!  Aim for PERFECTION!!!!"    That's hot son.  Who doesn't want to aim for perfection?  Notice he doesn't say be perfect, that would be near impossible. Instead he says aim for it.  And you know what's awesome about that?  We all can aim ;-D  And thus step by step, we can get closer to perfection.  Then he says, "yo bruthaz and sistaz, feel me on this, be of one mind and live in peace."  That's mad tight too.  Who wants disorder, chaos and destruction?  That ain't no fun.  It ain't la vida straight chillin' fa sho'.  But if we can be of one mind, and living in peace, then yo' we will have such a blast interacting with one another that life will be explosive and fulfilling!  But the last sentence says it all.  "cuz potnas, if we can aim to do these things, Pops above HIMSELF, da God of LOVE and PEACE, da illest being out there.... will be with us...will be with you."

Word!  I'll gladly accept a little o' that.  Pops above rollin' with me?  Chillin' with me?  I'm all about it!   So potnas, let's aim for perfection, let's be of one mind, and let's live in peace.  And, "may the grace of da Lord Jesus da Christ, and da love of Pops Above, and da fellowship of da Holy Spirit be with you all" [2 Cor. 13:14].


   - patrick