#WETHESONS BLOG POST #4

Believe in Yourself – Pull the Trigger!

By:  Nana Kyeremateng

When Roosevelt was inaugurated March 4, 1933 the U.S. was at the height of the worst depression in its History. Hunger, despair, agony, and shame were ubiquitous in American society.  The suicide rate had increased from 14 to 17 per 100,000; Unemployment rate was at 25 percent and 50 percent for African-Americans (Unemployment rate at height of 2008 recession is 10 percent). Breadlines and homeless shelters consisting of tents and small shacks appeared in almost every major city in America. This decrepit state in American society has come to be known as the Great Depression.

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This is the problem that FDR and his economists faced; the financial moves economist would utilize during times of recession would actually cause the country to move towards a complete economic crash! FDR was left with one radical decision, to get rid of the Gold standard.  A move that actually led to his Assistant Secretary Treasurer resigning, and his economic team announcing, “It will be the end of modern civilization!” An agricultural economist named George Warren was the first to present the idea of ending the Gold standard in America.  He was a man whose expertise pundits stated, lied more line with cows and chickens than Global economies and as a matter of fact he took care of Roosevelt’s farm. He was literally his farm boy! Bruh’s now we love barbershops and the life advice we sometimes receive from there; you might ask your barber how to approach that young woman you’ve been eyeing, but how to stack your bread?!

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Nevertheless FDR chose to stray from conventional wisdom and the advice of some of the most accomplished economists in the world and followed his intuition.  He chose not to doubt and stood firm with his decision.  In other words he had CONFIDENCE in it. He not only led the U.S. out of the depression but redefined American economics and history as we know it!

Most of us might never be in the position FDR was in, but we all have decisions to make in our lives. So many times believers are paralyzed by decision making and often either lost within choices or simply lost in direction. Confidence is so important, more important than we believe….1 John 5:14-15 tells us “14This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.… “The key to that entire verse is confidence, if you lack confidence in approaching and believing God for direction, provisions, etc. Your prayer lacks the belief or faith to activate the promise of God’s will. Now some of you might say what is Gods will? Make no mistake Gods will, is his word. Will is a verb used to express desire, choice, habitual action or natural tendency.  Isaiah 55:11 states “ 11So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. “ The words in the bible are not just stories or alphabets in a book; it is Gods living will that produces a desired effect. This is also why forgiveness and being right with God is so important, if your heart convicts you whether due to sin or another reason, you naturally will not have confidence in seeking God. You will feel guilty and doubtful when you approach him.

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When you make decisions, #1. Pray! When you pray you are choosing to seek God.  You are saying God I choose you and your way. #2. Think , #3 Act and Pull the trigger– now this sometimes trips us up, when we pray we assume all decisions are done; this is true to an extent. Spiritually they are done, in the lords prayer Jesus states “May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Matthew 18:18 tells us “whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.” Since we inhabit the physical realm, there needs to be an action for a desired effect to take place. By thinking and acting after praying, we are choosing to actively practice and obey Gods word. We are saying God because I have confidence in you, I believe the actions that proceed after praying is led and inspired by you. Thinking also does something else, it allows us to wait patiently and reflect.  This is necessary, as sometimes we can hear the small still voice of the creator, the proprietor of all things, and provider of infinite knowledge and wisdom. Lastly the end of Proverbs 3:5 tells us “he will make your paths straight” it did not say you will achieve your desired request immediately! Sure God has the ability to do this, but more times than not, it does not happen this way. After you take your action it is imperative that you have confidence in addition to believing in yourself and most importantly in God; that whatever you prayed for and acted upon will happen! Do not allow your-self to be paralyzed by indecision Trust in God, Pray, think and pull the trigger!

Women Making History

    Calling All Daughters will be Honoring Women Making History in Our Generation!!!!

How awesome is it that every Daughter on our leadership team are aspiring or current entrepreneurs.

   #########################LET’S MEET THEM!! ########################

Tammy Hendrix

Meet The OH SO Amazing Tammy Hendrix

She is a lover of music and artist development. She is a singer, songwriter and her lyrics have been known to be music therapy, from genres ranging from R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop, Ne-yo Soul, Contemporary Christian, and Gospel. She is an entrepreneur, her endeavors include music event planning, launching a songwriting notebook featuring upcoming painters/artists to showcase their work, and marketing and branding workshops for upcoming performers/songwriters/musicians. She is a lover of the word of God, worship, and an avid women’s activist!!! Her facilitating style at Calling All Daughters is charismatic and real. She engages and continues to promote healthy atmospheres for women to get real, let go and be free to share whatever they may feel.

 We Salute and Support you Ms. Tammy Hendrix. 

You are a Woman Making History in Our Generation!!! 

dana bMeet The OH SO Fabulous Dana B

She is a stylist, a trendsetter with a knack of capturing the very essence of a lady’s purpose, allure and sexy to create a master piece that does not replicate anyones style but their own. She believes in uplifting and beautifying the inner core of a woman and reflecting that inner beauty to their outer appearance. She is a motivational speaker, an awesome teacher and bible guru. Her testimony is amazing and it changes the very lives that hear it. If you want a phenomenal speaker, book this phenomenal woman!!! Her facilitating style at Calling All Daughters is that of pure love, transparency and truth.

                                                                       We Salute and Support you

Ms. Dana B!

You are a Woman Making History in Our Generation!!!

Josephine QuayeMeet The OH SO Inspirational Josephine Quaye

Ms. Quaye, is the definition of a lady. She currently teaches music at Arts High School in NJ and has started her own Arts Institute, Quaye Institute of the Arts for children in the tri-state area. She strongly believes that quality education should be afforded to all children and that music should be in the forefront of reforming our educational curriculums. She is a lover and student of the word of God and her love for God is felt and seen in her powerful worship. Along with being an inspiration to the students she teaches at Arts High School, she is a motivational speaker and mentor to young women. Her Facilitating style at Calling All Daughters is compassionate, transparent, and real.

We Salute and Support you

Ms. Quaye!

You are a Woman Making History in Our Generation!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#WETHESONS Blog Post #3

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Blogger: Timi Ogunfowora

 

Whats going on Bros!

 

I want to first and foremost thank Calling All for giving me this platform to be open, honest, and transparent with my random thoughts, and my perspective as a young Christian.  For those who know me I can get pretty scatterbrained but I’ll try to focus my mind to one thought. Lol

 

So I am heavily influenced by hip hop culture and as I grow deeper in my faith, I am consistently trying to search for GOOD GREAT music that I can relate to and that can be an encouragement to my daily lifestyle. I titled this blog post “The Elephant in the Room”  based  off of lyrics from a phenomenal rapper that just happens to be a Christian, Lecrae. In Lecrae’s song titled  “Gravity”, he has a lyric that states…

 

“Yo’ eyes wide open apparently, but you sleep

And everything you have in your hands you’ll never keep

So why hold on, I flow on to go on, before long I float on

Eternal life is what I’m thinkin’ I’mma bank my hope on

Believe me, easy is irrelevant

The devil want us burning for the hell of it

Elephants in the room say we can’t talk about impending doom”

This phrase “Elephant in the room” is an idiom  describing an obvious object, subject or truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. I think that Lecrae is trying to express that people ignore talking about the more complex questions about life (such as death, where we go after we die, and the purpose of our existence) despite it being of the utmost significance.  When I heard this line in the song, I thought to myself that it was such a coincidence because the concept of purpose has been coming up so frequently in life – through readings, online sermons, and generally convos with friends and family. Consequently, over the past couple of weeks I have been analyzing our society and I’ve realized that our culture no longer outwardly discusses the glaring realities of life and more importantly continues to not seek answers to the existential questions that define who, how, what, and why we are.

When was the last time you remember asking your family members “Why do you think we are here on this earth?”, or recalled chatting with your friends about life after death. If I were to answer those questions, my reply would be… “BARELY”!  Our society makes it taboo to talk about what is real, and I think not acknowledging and identifying these elephants keep us from finding out our purpose and the truth that God has for us.

SO WHY?

I happened to come across a super convicting sermon from the Village Church on the book of Nehemiah which was titled “Reality of Opposition” preached by Beau Hughes – which I definitely think I was supposed to listen to because I listened to it exactly 2 years after it was preached 3/3/13- (kind of creepy lol). The sermon is about how we as Christians will have opposition in our lives and how we must be prepared and alert spiritually before we do come across these realities. The pastor broke down how the opposition we may face today might not be as apparent as the opposition depicted in the Old Testament. Furthermore, he explains how  our society faces an implicit battle that can be much more dangerous then a physical war because the effects cannot be readily seen. He mentioned two key things that deeply resonated with me.

1) I really connected when Beau spoke about the “super-flat culture”. He introduced this idea from Mark Sayer’s book  “The Road Trip”. A super- flat culture is a culture that does not transcend above the self-seeking realm of narcissism, consumerism, and individualism. He mentioned a quote from this book which states

 

“The twenty-first century will be a century marked by conspicuous consumption but also a flagrant misuse of time. With religion off the agenda, our culture finds new avenues of devotion and distraction. Instead of moving us toward relationship and people, the immanent, superflat culture pushes us toward things.” Now listen. “Millions of hours in the twenty-first century will be spent working through DVD TV series, scanning social network sites, gorging on celebrity gossip, downloading music, flipping through home magazines, and playing computer games. 

 

 

WOW, that quote is so convicting because I DEFINITELY know I fit in this same category (along with most the people I know – yes, I’m probably talking about you).  I don’t think the pastor was trying to point out that television; shopping, social network/media is bad. There is nothing wrong with hobbits and interests, however the focus and importance of these “things” in replace of spiritual devotion and setting out time for God is. God should take precedence.

 

 

2) Secondly I also really connected with Beau when he brought up quote from Lena Dunham (writer, actress, director, and producer of the popular HBO series “Girls”) which perfectly depicts the mentality of our generation. She states in a Rolling Stone interview that

 

“Some of my anxieties might be better solved by a better awareness of what’s actually befalling this planet and what makes everything run and what’s come before us, but it overwhelms me too much. It makes me want to take a nap.  And in that respect, I really relate to people in my generation.”

 

 

Yet Again another great quote that really allows me to challenge myself and question how I deal with my own anxieties about the world. I once could relate with this actress is saying.  These ideas what,why,when, where and how are very heavy.

 

However, ever since I began growing in Christ, my perception of how I see the world has changed. John  9:25 says  “He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” I used to think this bible verse was sooo cliche, but this actually the perfect example to explain when my life changed from seeing things from a biblical standpoint. God gave me sight to my dimmed vision and now I can see things the way they ought to be seen.

I can now see that things of God (God will/ Gods purpose/Gods word) used to be my elephant in the room because I would not discuss it, or even think about it (even though his handprint were so apparent in my life). I wasted a lot of time in the past, but now it is time to press forward and seek God with all my heart and all my might. The more I read the bible and more I pray, also the more my faith grows. The more my faith my grow the more can stand on the promises of his word. I know that I have a lot growing and much more to learn. However there is such a great security to know that I have God that has plans to prosper me and I that am not just living a surface with no meaning or purpose.

 
The purpose of this blog post was to get people (including myself) to understand how much God and things of God has taken the backseat to trivial vanity. All those things are consuming too much of our hearts. If we could just see the greatness of God, then we begin to see the triviality of all those other things.

I pray that we as generation that will not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Heavenly Father we will continue to stand on your promises and put you above all. And as we see the zeal that You have in us, it will increase our faith and awakening the zeal that we have for you.

RESOURCES

 

 

LECRAE EXPLAINS “GRAVITY” 

Lecrae – The Overflow Devo – Gravity

 

VILLAGE CHURCH SERMON ON NEHEMIAH

Reality of Opposition – Denton

http://www.thevillagechurch.net/resources/sermons/detail/reality-of-opposition-denton/

 

ABIDE.COM PRAYER ON GOD’S PURPOSE FOR THE WORLD

PRAYER – https://abide.is/prayer/qk2us4 (play the music also, it really helps get you focus)

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Preview YouTube video Lecrae – The Overflow Devo – Gravity

Lecrae – The Overflow Devo – Gravity

#WETHESONS Blog Post #2

Bros! Good Morning,
      I hope everyone had a great weekend and will have an even better week. Our blog posts are sent bi-weekly from the sons leadership but this week is special as we have a guest blog post from Steve Oladipo, a member of the sons fellowship. Below you will find his post:
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Guest Blogger: Steve Oladipo

To All Sons,

I hope that your year is going well. My name is Steven Oladipo and this is my first blog post. A topic that has been weighing on my mind these last few months is the notion of “Being A Man.”
How do we define “Being A Man”? Is it all about the money? Is it the degrees behind our names or the cars in our driveways? I would posit that being a Man is all about being in congruence with God, and invariably, ourselves. Ah, but how does one become one with God? How do we become a SOURCE of goodness and love in this world? These are questions that I ask myself daily.
Loving ourselves. Brother, it is cool to say “I love you” to the man in the mirror. You should. It’s healthy.
Loving those flaws that you find in others. The flaws that you find in others are the very things that you should work on in yourself. The world is your mirror.
Purpose. Purpose. Purpose. I do believe that your place in life should be constantly worked on as time passes. We must find the place where we can AFFECT the world in a positive, loving way.
Overall, our purpose as Men of God is to give ourselves to the world. What can you give to someone this week that will help them on their journey? Answering this question will put us on the path towards being one with the will of God and ourselves.
S. B. Oladipo
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If you would like to be a guest blogger please email us.
**Reminder**
The next Son’s Fellowship is March 13th.
The next Calling All Fellowship with the Sons and Daughters is March 20th.
Grace and Peace Brothers!