If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. —Jesus

Today…too many are taught to be religionist…at the expense of God’s mercy. ~KP

For years now…I have bemoaned the accelerating moral decadence of our time, even within fellowships of professing believers; I grieve for the state of today’s church and sorrow for the lost…I am still looking for something else—for a mature knowledge of God and real godliness in Christian people —where discipleship is present and people are sensitive to their sin and turn from it…they turn to Jesus, where relief from sin’s dreadful burden can be found. ~KP
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. —Jesus

Christians in America has experienced years of etymology…now the time is here…to weed out…the ones who studied for show-from the ones who studied to show themselves approved…the results are easily identified…when they will stand for what they have learned…or when they relinquish all…to save face! ~KP 

2 Corinthians 11:3-6 (MSG)

3  And now I’m afraid that exactly as the Snake seduced Eve with his smooth patter, you are being lured away from the simple purity of your love for Christ.
4  It seems that if someone shows up preaching quite another Jesus than we preached—different spirit, different message—you put up with him quite nicely.
5  But if you put up with these big-shot “apostles,” why can’t you put up with simple me? I’m as good as they are.
6  It’s true that I don’t have their voice, haven’t mastered that smooth eloquence that impresses you so much. But when I do open my mouth, I at least know what I’m talking about. We haven’t kept anything back. We let you in on everything.

At the Grand Canyon

At Hoover Dam

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Although I can’t bring myself to enter the…

Although, I can’t bring myself to enter the hypocritical, theatrical performance of a church building as a participant…I thank God for the ability to live my life as a testimony…for my love of the greatest gift we could ever receive… not a gift to dress up and go to a church…but a gift to become a part of The Church —impact the world you live in…not the building you attend. ~KP

Free…Yet Bound to The Plantation I was born…

Free…Yet Bound to The Plantation

I was born and raised in Mississippi. I experienced racial injustice growing up, but I refused to allow it to define me. I didn’t understand the foolishness surrounding me, but I knew I couldn’t remain in it.
…I didn’t understand why we could not sit close to the screen when we went to the movies or why we would get chased home after we came out of the movies.
…I couldn’t understand why we could not go into a restaurant to order food, let alone sit down to eat.
…I didn’t understand when I saw a black man who wasn’t allowed to ride in the truck with a white man, but his dog was and the man had to ride in the back of the pickup.
Yet…I refused to remain on the plantation.

In 1895, thirty years behind every other state, Mississippi finally accepted that slavery was legally over and blacks were free, however, they found a way to still suppress the newly freed people. Today, 119 years later the subtle vise is still at work. IGNORANCE…remove a person’s ability to have knowledge and you remove their ability to be productive in this world.

We live in a country that has made tremendous strives since 1865, however, we must strive to go much further. Martin Luther King ripped a page right out of the enemy’s playbook. He esthetically turned the tides of ignorance from us to them, by peacefully standing for what he believed in and uniting a people to do the same.

We can’t change a world if we keep showing our ignorance…if you want to change injustice in this country educate from the wound…if we don’t respect ourselves no one else will. Eric Gardner couldn’t breathe…be we can…don’t give them a reason to highlight our ignorance…give the world a clear view of theirs. ~KP ‪#‎alllivesmatter‬

Free…Yet Bound to The Plantation I was born…

Free…Yet Bound to The Plantation

I was born and raised in Mississippi. I experienced racial injustice growing up, but I refused to allow it to define me. I didn’t understand the foolishness surrounding me, but I knew I couldn’t remain in it.
…I didn’t understand why we could not sit close to the screen when we went to the movies or why we would get chased home after we came out of the movies.
…I couldn’t understand why we could not go into a restaurant to order food, let alone sit down to eat.
…I didn’t understand when I saw a black man who wasn’t allowed to ride in the truck with a white man, but his dog was and the man had to ride in the back of the pickup.
Yet…I refused to remain on the plantation.

In 1895, thirty years behind every other state, Mississippi finally accepted that slavery was legally over and blacks were free, however, they found a way to still suppress the newly freed people. Today, 119 years later the subtle vise is still at work. IGNORANCE…remove a person’s ability to have knowledge and you remove their ability to be productive in this world.

We live in a country that has made tremendous strives since 1865, however, we must strive to go much further. Martin Luther King ripped a page right out of the enemy’s playbook. He esthetically turned the tides of ignorance from us to them, by peacefully standing for what he believed in and uniting a people to do the same.

We can’t change a world if we keep showing our ignorance…if you want to change injustice in this country educate from the wound…if we don’t respect ourselves no one else will. Eric Gardner couldn’t breathe…be we can…don’t give them a reason to highlight our ignorance…give the world a clear view of theirs. ~KP ‪#‎alllivesmatter‬

Where Is Your Affection?

The love of money can do more to you than dollars can do for you.

Have you noticed the destructive power of greed? Friendships end, marriages break apart, crimes are committed, and people stay away from God–all over what? The love of money. Even though we are aware of its potential dangers, the allure remains.

Remember that money is neutral. It is neither good nor bad. It is the love of money that presents the problems. But it seems funny that we should be so enamored with it. Money can’t buy happiness in this life. And it can’t buy eternal life. Money can never get you closer to God, but your attraction to it can keep you away from Him. Make sure your affections are for your Maker, not for you money.

But people who long to be rich fall into temptations and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:9-10

Black Lives Matter – Really The slogan is…

Black Lives Matter – Really?

The slogan is directed at white police officers accused of wrongfully killing black males. Many chanting from this website https://mxgm.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Operation-Ghetto-Storm.pdf stating 1 black male is killed every 28 hours by police. However, if you take the time to randomly Google the names of the of the 313 people you will find they were mostly involved in criminal activity. Not that the officer saw them and said, I think I will kill a black person today.

Overwhelmingly, more of our young black males are killed at the hands of others black males. If “Black Lives Matter” the outcry should be not only directed at white police officers, but, also at black males who kill each other daily. If I was a white police officer and wanted to kill blacks, I would simply not respond. We do a great job of this ourselves.

I am not saying that there is not a problem with police officers making bad decisions. Clearly, the officer who refused to release the chokehold on Eric Gardner needed to be held accountable for his actions. However, we as a people need to take responsibility for our actions and acknowledge the wrongful actions of others “watch for falling rocks”, especially within our own race and families.

If black lives really matter to you, take the time tomorrow to watch the news or search the news on the Internet and go protest the next senseless murder of a black person. Protest the next drug bust of a black person, protest the next crime committed at the hand of a black person. Don’t protest to blame…protest to change!

Change starts at home! If we want to change the outcomes we see, let’s change the way people see us. Then stand united against the ones who refuse to acknowledge we matter black or white. You can’t throw rocks at a glass ceiling and expect it not to break and when it breaks expect not to get injured or ultimately die. ~KP

Preachers Can’t Do It Alone

Don’t leave the sermon at church.

Have you every wondered why preachers preach sermons? Are they trying to impress their parishioners, or do they have more noble purposes in mind? Perhaps good sermons delivered eloquently help preachers feel good about all those years they spent in seminary.

We believe the vast majority of preachers prepare and deliver their sermons for one overarching purpose–so that those of us sitting in the pews might be motivated to live our lives more for God and less for ourselves. Of course, the preachers can’t do it alone, no matter how powerful their sermons. We need to help by taking the sermons with us when we leave the church building.

The building isn’t the church anyway. We are the church, and wherever we go, we take the sermons–and all that they mean–with us.

Now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Good News like a sweet perfume. 2 Corinthians 2:14

Power Up

There are two ways to acquire power: on the outside or from the inside. God offers power from the inside.

The way people normally acquire power is on the outside. They work out with a bunch of weights and gain the power of strength. They go to college for a long time and gain the power of knowledge. They work their way to the top of a company and gain the power of prestige. Or they run for political office and gain the power of position. All of these things equal power, but they develop on the outside, and they take many years to acquire.

God doesn’t need all of these outdated devices to give you more power, and He doesn’t need a lot of time, either. When you enter into a personal relationship with God through Christ, something very amazing happens: You receive the power of the Holy Spirit, and it happens from the inside. No one is exempt. The Bible says that “we have all received the same Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:13).

“But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power.” Acts 1:8

I haven’t read my bible in a long…

I haven’t read my bible in a long time…but I think and write about its contents everyday…I haven’t prayed for a minute…but I think and write about Him everyday…life circumstances can throw you in limbo…that only you can get yourself out of—God is always there to help—but you have to be willing to reach. ~KP

Develop the Inner You

Painting the outside of a house isn’t worth much if the inside is a mess.

Okay, so there’s a downside to God’s judgment. Since He is completely fair and honest, and because He sees the real us from the inside out, there’s no fooling Him. We can’t put on a front, like we do with people, by acting and looking a certain way.

Before we act, God knows what we’re thinking. Before we even think about doing something–no matter how small–God is there. That could be more than a little unnerving, but you shouldn’t take God that way. He’s not a spy. He’s not intruding into your private life. God simply knows you completely (and loves you anyway).

So here’s what you do. Spend as much time developing the inner you as you do maintaining the outer you. Pay attention to stuff like character and integrity. That’s the stuff that comes in God’s all-seeing eyes.

“But the Lord looks at a person’s thoughts and intentions.” 1 Samuel 16:7

Little Things Hurt the Most

Anger is one of the few things that gets everyone’s attention.

Not only do you please God when you control your anger, but you prevent the devil from using your anger to his advantage. Think of it! In one fell swoop of thoughtful control, you can please God and deny the devil. Talk about your two-for-one deal!

Keep in mind that the devil doesn’t need your rage to do his dirty work. It’s the little things that do the most damage: sarcastic comments, cutting remarks, backbiting, undermining, and lying–all of which you can do with a smile on your face and anger in your heart.

This is the kind of anger that is the most destructive, because it’s out before you know it, or worse, without your even noticing. But others notice, and so do God and the devil. So keep a lid on your anger, or deal with it as soon as you are aware of what you’ve done.

Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. Ephesians 4:26-27

Deceit

Lies are like potato chips: It’s difficult to stop with just one.

The cable networks are filled with infomercials that promote healthy living with diet programs, exercise equipment, or greaseless cookware. But all that paraphernalia won’t help you much if you are living a deceitful life.

Dishonesty is very detrimental to your health. When you live a long time with deceit, it begins to take its toll on your body and your mind. You become frantic and depressed as you must constantly create more lies in order to cover what you have already said and done. Guilt begins to eat away at you. It’s a tough way to live.

On the other hand, when you confess the lies and begin to live in truth–when honesty becomes your policy–you will experience a joy and a level of freedom you never though possible. The world asks you to lie and suffer the detrimental effects. God asks you to live honestly and enjoy the benefits.

The Lord hates those who don’t keep their word, but he delights in those who do. Proverbs 12:22

Wisdom

Lots of things come automatically with age, but wisdom isn’t one of them.

There are two kinds of wisdom: worldly wisdom and spiritual wisdom.

Worldly wisdom involves applying knowledge and human understanding to certain factual situations. This type of wisdom can usually be explained in the context of benefits and detriments. (For example, it is not wise to insult your boss due to the detriment of unemployment.)

Spiritual wisdom doesn’t rely on human understanding. In fact, spiritual wisdom refers to a belief system that can be comprehended only through spiritual insight. (For example, those who do not know God cannot understand how it is possible to sense His direction when He can’t be seen or heard.)

Worldly wisdom can be obtained through experience and gives you insight into human nature. Spiritual wisdom comes through the Holy Spirit and gives you insight into God’s nature.

The wisdom we speak of is the secret wisdom of God….But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by his Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:7,10

Power Up

There are two ways to acquire power: on the outside or from the inside. God offers power from the inside.

The way people normally acquire power is on the outside. They work out with a bunch of weights and gain the power of strength. They go to college for a long time and gain the power of knowledge. They work their way to the top of a company and gain the power of prestige. Or they run for political office and gain the power of position. All of these things equal power, but they develop on the outside, and they take many years to acquire.

God doesn’t need all of these outdated devices to give you more power, and He doesn’t need a lot of time, either. When you enter into a personal relationship with God through Christ, something very amazing happens: You receive the power of the Holy Spirit, and it happens from the inside. No one is exempt. The Bible says that “we have all received the same Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:13).

“But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power.” Acts 1:8

Attending church building obviously is optional…not biblical…for there…

Attending church building obviously is optional…not biblical…for there are those of us who genuinely seek after the Lord yet don’t warm a pew with our bottom every week. My conscience is crystal clear, though I would love to be a part of a godly community, and especially have a father like mentor whom I could respect and learn from.

Trouble is most of the pastors I have meet are more concerned about their church…than God’s people…lusting after more and more money to pad their pockets and to build a kingdom of their own…while funneling kibbles and bits to the Store House to help and feed God’s people. The typical protestant church service of stale hymns and sermon feels as hollow as a mindless tradition rendered corny. The alternative seems to be mega church worldly concert extravaganzas with trendy pastors and their white board presentations, and admittedly beautiful and solemn mass, but burdened with centuries of sacramental and doctrinal baggage.

Home groups, Bible studies and charity work seems the next best means of becoming involved with fellow believers, which I agree should be enjoyed, as not forsaking the assembly of other believers.

If attending church is optional (in my opinion anyway), loving others is not. The whole point of Christianity is loving other people and leading them to Christ by living a Godly lifestyle…not going to a church building—but being a member of the Body of Christ…which should represent The Church…a community of believers willing to make a different outside the walls of a comfort zone church building. ~KP

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