Monthly Archives: July 2013

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.–Matthew 22:29
There is power in the name of Jesus. I watched a documentary late the other night on Netflix.  It was about a guy interviewing different individuals from different faiths, Islamic, Christianity, etc. He was a comedian by trade, so it was a “hoot”, but not a hoot in a good kind of way. The documentary had a corrupted spelling of the word religion for the title, but I think that a better title would have been “Ridiculology”.  It was ridiculous.

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It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: (Psalm 92:1)
Good morning God in Jesus Name… Thank You Jesus! As I sit at my desk in my home office, I could not continue my studying without giving you praise and saying “thanks”. Just days ago, I felt like giving up on divinity school, because of my scores on  a  multiple-choice exam in each of my classes. Today I am encouraged because of your grace and mercy. I have a “good” average in all my classes, with the hope of doing even better. Thank you, may I always live in your grace.

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The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. 2 Samuel 22:3
Today I am scheduled to serve on a panelist at a teen conference against violence. The other members of the panelist are a minister, police chief, sheriff, and juvenile officer. I am the educator. I am also a student of divinity and we are studying about Christian martyrs or rather Christian persecutions. It was difficult for me to hear the story of Saints Perpetua and Felicity. It was difficult for me to internalize the struggle of the early Christians, because I live in America, where freedom of religion is all that I know. It is profoundly difficult for me to hear of senseless abuse, destruction, and violence by young people, because I live in America and we are better then that.

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Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
My God, please help me… I had no idea of the rigor, determination, and work required of me to study theology. I have three eight week classes this summer. While, I have scored well on the writing assignments, I took three multiple choice/true false quizzes… on those quizzes,  I have not scored like that, since I was an undergraduate in analytical chemistry and theoretical physics!!! While those undergraduate classes were a struggle, You allowed me to master them and my education and do very well academically… but in the beginning it was tuff… But I had the desire to better myself, and education was my hope of a better life. So I hung in there by Your grace. Now, I am not sure why or what this journey is for… Oh, my God…please help me Jesus.
 
God, I believe that you sent me on this mission. Please help me to be successful. Please help me to push past my human emotions of wanting to quit, feeling humiliated, like a failure, why bother… and all the negative reactions that go with not succeeding academically, when I am used to being very successful in school. Though I do not see your plan for me in this… please help me to trust that the steps I take, are where you have chosen to place my feet. While I do not see the purpose of this journey, please help me to treat it with the same respect that I gave to all the academic degrees I earned before. The ones, I so desperately wanted, because they were the key to improving my financial situation and thus quality of life.

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