Monday, April 30, 2007

Da Word... 189! Clarity in decision

hey hey!

OH OH ... what UP!   Can you believe it's May already?  I mean... wow... that was faaaaast!  Things here are going pretty well.  I hope things are going well on your end.  Aight, on to... da Word!


The Lord said to him, "Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus.  When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram.  Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.  Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu.  Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel -- all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.
- Da Lord (1 Kings 19:15-18)

Whoa.......... I don't think there is anything unclear about what da Lord wants to happen.  Let's back up a lil' bit though.  First, Pops is talkin' to Elijah (old testament prophet badmammajamma).  Second, Elijah was running away!  Yeah, homeboy was straight SCARED!  Why?  Cuz, third, the Israelites were offing prophets left and right.  Uh huh, that is right potnas!  The Israelites started worshiping a false god called Baal, among SEVERAL other things.  What happened yo!?  It's like the Israelites straight turned on Pops!  ....yup. 

So n e who, Elijah was terrified and ran faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar away and prayed that Pops would take his life.  Pops lead him to a place, "appeared" to him, and spoke the above.  There are a couple things we can take from this.  One, do NOT oppose Pops yo!  Noooo wayyy!  NOT a good idea, nope, nada.  Once we go too far, you know hittin' the point of no return and thus forcing da hand o' Pops (cuz Justice must come at some point), the result will not be pretty.  Matter of fact, it will be swift.

Second, notice the clarity in the direction Pops gives Elijah?  There are no holes in this game plan.  No... not one.  EVERY base is covered. One, Elijah was told to go back the way he came (WHAT!?  Didn't Elijah just run from the prophet blood hungry Israelites?!?).  Two, Pops appointed a new leadership.  Boom, out with the old, in with the new.  Three, Pops picked Elijah's successor.  See, Elijah wanted no more, he was scared, and he wanted Pops to take him.  So, Pops will relieve Elijah of his duties and appoint a new Old Testament Prophet badmammajamma, heh heh.  Four, there will be a purging of which none will escape. There is a backup to the backup to ensure the operation is complete yo...... whoa......  Five, Pops had already decided on a reserve of Israel, peeps with a specific attribute. 

See, Pops left no room for ambiguity or confusion.  He was clear, direct, and focused.  That's how Pops is yo!  Homeboy is NOT wishywashy, He comes correct.  So if Pops is tellin' you something, believe me, you will know what he's saying kid ;-D  heh heh.  Finally, yo this is a great model for us as well.  I mean, if we came up with plans that are this tight, you know much less problems we would encounter with communication, execution, confusion... da whole NINE!

As Pops is clear, let us also be clear.  OH, and let's not force da hand o' Pops ;-D  I don't know about you, but I'd rather receive blessings than the alternative, tru!


   - patrick

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Da Word... 188! Puff Puff GIVE!

Good.... Evenin' !

Sup y'all!  Yo, it was NICE this past weekend!  It hit the mid 80s!  Pretty crazy, but you could tell peeps were reveling in the sun.  TRU!   It's raining today though, heh.  Aight, on to... da Word! 


At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality...
- Paul ( 2 Cor. 8:14)

Yo, tell it brutha!  MMHMMMM!!!!  In this chapter, Paul is encouraging the Corinthians to be generous and giving.  And not only to do so, but to eagerly and willingly do so.  He gave them props for being the first to give one year ago, and for having the desire to give.  Paul affirms these kats and tells them to keep it up cuz it is da bomb diggity.  That's right!  But why potnas?  Why is it good to be generous and to give?

For one, if ya gots plenty, your plenty will supply another's need!  I mean, that's pretty simple no?  Ones excess can be of TREMENDOUS aid to one who is in need.  So, instead of letting that excess chill out and waste away, we can accomplish two things:  putting that excess to work (that's right you lazy sack of excess, to work you go!) AND aiding the needs of our fellow man.  Now that's hot.   Oh oh oh, but that's not all....

By being generous, our giving will return unto us!  See, when we help a brutha or a sista out, it will be remembered, if not by that bro or sista, by someone else.  And guess what?  Yeah potnas, when we become strapped and in need, these kats will remember our deed.  And yo, if they then have excess, their plenty will supply our need.  BAM!!!!!  What goes around comes around.  If ya sow goodness, kindness, and generosity... my bruthaz and sistaz, you will reap it!

Where are you focusin' potnas?  On numero uno?  Or on those around you?  Your imperishable, priceless, and invaluable reward will come by focusing on those around you, and serving your fellow bruthaz and sistaz.  And trust me, that kind of reward is better than any.


   - patrick

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Da Word... 187! So Cold... Fight On!

Good Evening All!

I hope you did your taxes...... ;-D  heh heh.  Apparently there are a bunch of peep straight SCRAMBLING.  I wanted to set up a simple appointment with this kat I met at Fidelity, and he was like, "Yooo, this is not a good day, this place is CRAZY with peeps because of taxes."  Alas.... heh heh.  On a more serious note, pump up mad prayers for those affected by the events that took place at Virginia Tech.  May Pops bring peace to them all and may his justice be fulfilled.  Aight, on to... da Word!


These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm.  Blackest darkness is reserved for them.
- Peter (2 Peter 2:17)

Oooo..... daaaaang!  Who you talkin' about Peter?!? Those are some cold words right there potnas.  Just what kind of men is Peter talking about that he gives such a cold and unflattering description?  I mean... wow, I would NOT want these things said about me.  Even the imagery the words evoke in our minds is quite daunting and may even go so far as to make one feel a deep pit in their stomach.  

Peter is referring to false teachers.  Yeah, those kats who knowingly, maybe even gleefully, mislead people into some belief that will only lead to destruction.  This broad of vipers swindle people ever so elegantly, deceiving their minds and their desires by appealing to  their weaknesses.  Oh, these dudes are wretched, and I know you've heard of them and the path of destruction they leave in their wake and in the lives of people unfortunate enough to fall prey.

In my opinion, this is the worst thing one could do to another.  So much evil rises from such action (yes, even the taking advantage of sexually); and what's worse, these people may end up causing others to miss God's promise of life straight chillin' with da creator of da universe, da Christ, angels, and people past and future.  I don't know how anyone can live with themselves while deceitfully taking all kinds of advantage of another being, twisting their minds and thoughts, and leaving them for dead.  I agree with Peter, these kinds of people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Indeed they are deserving of the blackest darkness. 

Potnas, let's not become one of these.  And let us all root this kind of vermin out into the open!  We gotta protect our fellow man and woman.  We can't just let this slide.   The consequences are far to great.  Take action!  Pops DEFINITELY has your back on this one.


  - patrick

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Da Word... 186! Get Your Crave On!


Yo how was Easter?  I hope it was da BOMB!  That's the day our Lord, da Christ, was raised potnas!!!!!  It brought completion to the prophesy that the Christ would die, and then in three days, rise again.  In so doing, securing our debt, making the way clear for salvation, the beat down of death, and establishing our hope for rising just as he did... WORD!!!!!!  aight... on to, da Word!


Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
- Peter (1 Peter 2:2,3)

Awwww yeaaaah!   Peter, da rock, writes to fellow bruthaz and sistaz scattered in the region.  He packs a lot of awesome knowledge and advice in this letter, buhlee dat!   This right here is on point.  Babies be LOVIN' that milk yo.  Shooooooooot, those miniature humans crave that stuff to no end.  And a good thing too!  Why?  Cuz that milk will ensure proper development of that young child's biological components.  Without that pure spiritual milk, that kid will end up in a sorry and pitiful state to the heartbreaking of all those around him or her. 

In the same way potnas, if we aren't craving pure spiritual milk, our development will surely crumble, ESPECIALLY if we are brand spanking new Pops followers.  We will lack strength, our bones will be brittle, and our mental readiness will suffer tremendously.  We will be deformed, and could very well die... spiritually.  And yo, a spiritual death is the end son!  I don't think we want that ;-D   I mean come on, we done tasted people!  We done tasted.... and the Lord is MADLICIOUS!!!!   Let's keep drinking that spiritual milk and let craving cease not!  For by doing so, we will grow up STRONG in our salvation.  We'll become straight SOLID people, and a force to be reckoned with no doubt.  We will be fully healthy and fully alive. 

Crave on!


   - patrick

Monday, April 02, 2007

Da Word... 185!

Da Word... 185!

Hey All,

Hope things are well over yonder.  Been pretty busy over here, working a lot of hours... grrr.... heh. Aight, on to, da Word!


But go and learn what this means: "I desire mercy, not sacrifice."  For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.
- Da Christ (Matthew 9:13)

BAM!  In yo' FACE!  That's right son!  Hah hah, J is da MAN!  Check it out, my man J was chillin', grubbin' with tax collectors and "sinners" at da house a Matthew.  Suddenly, lo' and behold, some gnats started a chatterin', "yo, why does this teacher commune with such sinners?"  See, a lot of peeps looked down on the tax collectors since they were Jewish peeps collecting Roman tax from Jewish peeps!  Many thought they were backstabbers as a result, and some even charged extra tax to gain a lil' compensation... if you catch my drift.  So, da gnats (Pharisees in this case), could not BELIEVE my man J was sitting with such rabble.  Then da Christ comes correct, "yo son, it is not da healthy who need a doc, but da sick playa.  Why don't you go chew on this: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'"  Got a nice ring to it eh?  Yo my man J straight doubled-up on these Pharisees with words from da scripture!  A scripture that these kats are supposed to be expert no less.  NIIIIICE.  But it is the following sentence I'd like to focus on this time around, "See, I have not come to call da rightehous, but sinners." 

That's right y'all, J was keepin' it real.  He was comin' not only to those who had need, but to those who stopped hiding behind their own veils and fessed up to realizing they are indeed in need.  See, Pops doesn't have time to patronize with thick headed, self-righteous, wannabes.  Naw low, Pops is a mover and shaker.  Homeboy is ready to embark on HUUUUGE activity.  And He will move IMMENSELY in those who have come face to face with reality. Peeps need to get a grip and shake of that pride filled sense of righteousness before reality comes hitting hard.  I don't undserstand why peeps reject the chance to roll tight with the being who created it all.  I mean COME ON!  Heh heh.  Now to those who have indeed come into righteousness through faith, these kats are straight partners with Pops.  These people also wine and dine with "sinners", cuz yo, what higher calling is there than to go and make disciples of all nations?  To go and reveal truth, and to show people the path to life, life abundant, and life everlasting?

Let's be honest with ourselves bruthaz and sistaz, keepin' it real day after day, realizing our need, and the needs of those around us.  No one is holier than though, and no one is righteous, no not even one.  It's only through Pops above that we can achieve a righteousness by faith, so that none may boast but all may bask in loving grace Pops showers on all who step forward and choose to accept and receive it.  All props to Pops peeps!


   - patrick