Joyful in Hope, Patient in Affliction, Faithful in Prayer

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2 weeks ago, I came across this HONY post and a thought raced through my mind; “
what happens when what used to work suddenly doesn’t work anymore? What happens when your concrete philosophy of how to achieve success, suddenly seems porous?

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James 1:17 reminds us that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” We get consumed with the thought that success is always determined and manifested by our thoughts and actions. While this is certainly crucial and a part of the equation, 1 does not equal 2 by itself! Let’s look at Job as a case study. He did no wrong, as this was affirmed by God himself! Job 1:8 “The Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” His later trials were simply a result of a wager between God and Satan as to the source of Job’s righteousness.

Job 1:11 “10“Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11“But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” 12Then the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.”

Job did no wrong! His affliction wasn’t the result of sin, or his inability to work hard, plan or be strategic! Nothing besides Jobs patience and faithfulness, would remedy his situation.  This brings me back to the crux of the post, all forms of success not deriving from malice, mischievousness, callousness but rather persistence, patience and hard-work are from God!  It may seem like the entire world is obtaining success but you are stuck in Neutral, do not envy your peers and do not be discouraged, rather “Be Joyful in hope, Patient in affliction, and Faithful in Prayer.”  Your turn is coming! And if God has blessed you with success do not forget to count your blessings and give credit to the most high.

– By: Nana Kyermetang

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#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!

#WETHESONS Blog Post #1

Sons,
        Whats up bros! I know it’s been a minute since we’ve all seen each other. I hope we can link up at our next fellowship on March 13th! Below is a new series we’ve started called #WETHESONS. Our hope is to send out bi weekly emails with content that will be a blessing to you whether it is music, sermons, quick thoughts, devotionals, etc. It’s simply a blog post for us via email. If you would like to submit something to be on the email chain just send an email to callingallsons@gmailcom and we can have you be the featured blog post for the week.
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Blogger: – Moses Salami
What’s on my Mind?
I’ve been reading the book of James and it has really been speaking to me about living my faith out boldly through Christ. I’m still making my way through the book and taking it all it but it is a great book and I am learning a lot. Check out the video below. Matt Chandler is a great pastor who presents the word of God in a clear and unique way I have never seen before. Check out his sermon below on the book of James. I’m sure it will be great for you!
Sermon
“Brother Servant” by Matt Chandler – Pastor of The Village Church
What Am I Reading?
Loveology – John Mark Comer
 This has been a great read so far. I received this book as a gift from a secret santa exchange and finally have had a chance to read it. It;s been an insightful book so far on God, Love, Marriage, and Sex. The biggest point so far that I’ve taken away from the book is what is the purpose of marriage. There are four parts: Friendship, Gardening, Sexuality, and Family. Sounds interesting I know. To find out more about it I suggest getting the book. I’ll let yall know more once I finish the book completely.
 
 
Music – What’s in my ear?
Below you will find some of my favorite Christian Rappers. I’m someone that is very critical of music and for me to be a fan of a rapper thats Christian, it takes a lot. I look for quality production, lyrics, a message, and most importantly talent. I have to say my ears have been blessed by the growth of Christian Hip Hop. I know yall know the major artists like Andy Mineo, Lecrae, and Trip Lee but I would like to shed some light on lesser know artists that are just as skilled and have quality content. Check these guys out!
S.O. – “Memoirs” (Wish You Were Around)
           Artist: S.O.
           Album: So It Continues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEJUnCpTcUU

John Givez – American Dream
          Artist: John Givez
          Album: Four Seasons
Dee-1 – “Against Us”
         Artist: Dee-1
         Album: 3’s Up
Have a great week bros!
Moses Salami
Calling All Sons
#WETHESONS

Preview YouTube video Book Of James Part 1 | Brother Servant [Pastor Matt Chandler]

Book Of James Part 1 | Brother Servant [Pastor Matt Chandler]

Preview YouTube video S.O. “Memoirs” (Wish You Were Around) Music Video | @sothekid @lampmode

S.O. “Memoirs” (Wish You Were Around) Music Video | @sothekid @lampmode

Preview YouTube video John Givez – American Dream (@JohnGivez @KingsDreamEnt)

John Givez – American Dream (@JohnGivez @KingsDreamEnt)

Preview YouTube video Dee-1 – Against Us