So IT Ends
I’m very picky about the music I listen to, especially Christian Hip Hop. However, S.O. (pronounced S – O) quickly became one of my favorite artists. His music is a mixture of lyrical theology and emotional music for the heart that is very relatable. SO is a native of London with roots that stems from Nigeria (Yes Oh * Nigerian accent*). His new album So It Ends was released on October 16, 2015 and its been on constant rotation ever since. SO tackles issues on suffering and giving God your worries, relationships, family issues, etc. Songs like “Where Do We Go From Here” and “Give it to God” are tracks I think many people can connect to. as S.O. speaks on his failed engagement and other failed relationships of his. A few songs from the album are posted below. Check them out. S.O. prides himself in presenting the word of God in the best way possible with quality production and artistry.
Desiring God & SO Collaboration
A Song For The Discontent
Check out S.O.’s music. You will not be disappointed!
– Moses Salami
Calling All Sons Program Coordinator
To Retreat You Must first Surrender
The military definition of retreat is to withdraw from enemy forces as a result of their superior power or after a defeat. There are many reasons why an army would need to retreat. Here are some valid points below:
To many, retreat can have a negative connotation of weakness, however retreat can be of vital strategic importance physically, and even more so spiritually. I was bless to have the opportunity to go on the Christ Apostolic Church: 1st in the Americas 2015 Youth Ministry Retreat at Sandy Cove Retreat Center in North East Maryland the this summer. During the retreat I was able to gain so much knowledge in only a matter of three days.
My experience at the retreat this year was amazing. I was truly impressed with way that God working in the lives of the members of this church. This was a retreat for a “youth” ministry, so most the age of the participants range between 14-25 (with most of the youth leaders being in their early to mid thirties). Although young, these brothers and sisters in Christ were on fire for Christ and you could see the fruits spiritually. There were young teenagers speaking tongues, young adults being stirred up by the deep worship, people prophesying on other lives, passionate weeps of release, genuine “real talk” sessions were people could bare their burden with one another, powerful thought-provoking sermons : THE HOLY SPIRIT was moving.
The bible lets us know that Jesus left us the Holy Spirit a helper.Romans 8:9 tells us that if a person does not possess the Holy Spirit, he or she does not belong to Christ: “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.” Ephesians 1:13-14 teaches us that the Holy Spirit is the seal of salvation for all those who believe: “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”
– Timi Ogunfowra
Calling All Sons Lead Facilitator
The Toughest Part of the Gospel
“SMH” or “shaking my head” is a common phrase used in social media these days. As ill-equipped as it is in capturing my feelings when I heard of what Dylan Roof had allegedly done, all I could do was shake my head. I was and still am deeply saddened that he preyed on his victims in their most vulnerable place. Everybody knows to keep their doors locked in order to protect themselves and their families. However, the Christian church is not supposed to close its doors, we are called to welcome all:
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28
Dylan Roof took advantage of this divine open-door policy when he waited inside that South Carolina church for an hour before he began his shooting rampage. Dylan Roof is a conniving coward, a murderer and a despicable human being. He has committed one of the most appallingly racist crimes in almost 50 years.
Upon hearing about this tragedy, I instantly imagined myself at a 1970s Black Panther gathering. What would they say? How would they react? I can imagine that the outcry for vengeance would have been deafening and that “Kill Dylan Roof” would have been the rallying cry. Seething with anger and frustration, my own voice might even have been the loudest. Then I sobered up and I remembered that I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I still wasn’t sure about exactly how that should affect my response, I just knew that lynching Dylan Roof, as fitting a punishment as that might seem, was not the answer.
Thankfully, the power of the Gospel was on full display when one of the family members of Ethel Lance, a victim in the shooting, had an opportunity to address Dylan Roof at his bond hearing. Speaking on behalf of her family and fighting through tears, Ethel Lance’s daughter said “I forgive you” and she pleaded for mercy on Dylan Roof’s soul.
Upon hearing that I remembered one of the reasons that Jesus’ message was so difficult to deal with. We all have moments where we bask in our self-righteousness and condemn others. For me, this was one of those moments. The hardest part of Jesus’ message is that God is willing to be merciful toward people like Dylan Roof as well. I thought to myself, are you kidding me? That Guy? Yes and yes. In our human hearts we have limits as to what we are willing to forgive. If Ethel Lance’s daughter stepped into that courtroom and cursed Dylan Roof out, we all would have cheered and not thought twice about it. “That’s the least he deserves,” we’d say. However, I believe that God was working through that woman to deliver a much better response.
The response of Ethel Lance’s daughter is better because it is actually impossible to heal from the effects of racism in this country without that type of spirit. Jesus said:
“…if anyone slaps you on the right check, turn to him the other also.” -Matthew 5:39
The lesson here is to resist the urge to repay a wrong with a wrong and to respond with a heart that is willing to go the extra mile to seek reconciliation whenever possible. Dylan Roof allegedly committed this mass murder to start a race war, yet we saw the exact opposite. We witnessed a beautiful coalition of people, from all walks of life and from many races, mourning as one. The problem with taking up arms and trying to retaliate is that it continues a cycle of violence and bitterness that will continue on forever. Blacks feel especially justified, and rightly so, in their condemnation of the racist history of America and its modern-day manifestations. In so doing we are heavy-handed and at times downright hateful in our approach. As a result, hate groups were able to manipulate a disaffected and mentally weak person into committing a heinous act. We have witnessed the plot of the movie Higher Learning in real life.
So even though it’s a tough pill to swallow, Jesus’ Gospel message of mercy and forgiveness means that despite the fact that Blacks are in many ways victims of America’s racism, we must be willing to reconcile. I’ll be the first to admit that this is one area in which God is still working on my heart.
Thank you to our guest blogger: Adeniyi “Quasi – Paul” Taiwo. Be sure to check out the links below to his blog and website.
Grace & Peace,
As a music lover and junkie, I’ll be the first to say that I spend a pretty penny in my iTunes store each time a new album comes out. And as a Christian, I’m constantly looking for music that keeps me going spiritually, and that encourages and inspires my life. So check out some music that you can support and purchase below that will keep you encouraged!
Calling All Fellowship
- Jehovah Jireh- The Lord our Provider
- Jehovah Tsaba: The Lord our Warrior
- Jehovah Shalom: The Lord is Peace
- Jehovah Rohi: The Lord is my shepherd
- Jehovah Nissi: The Lord is my banner
- Jehovah Mekoddishkem: The Lord who sanctifies
- Jehovah Rapha: The Lord who Heals
- Jehovah Tsidkenu: The Lord our righteousness
- El Shaddai: The Lord God Almighty
- Immanuel: God is with us
.We need the Grace of God like never before, to heed his direction and obey what his will is for this generation and time.
This morning, I read Exodus 4:10-12 NKJV,
Then Moses said to the LORD, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” So the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”
Join us for our next installment of “The Chopping Block” hosted by the Sons on Sunday June 21st at 7:00PM.
The Bible study will be focused on James Chapter 4 & 5. Read it beforehand and come ready to discuss.
If you are looking for a more bible focused and driven discussion different from our regular fellowships The Chopping Block is for you.
Email: CallingAllSons@gmail.com for more info
If you missed out see below:
The Golfing with Sons event was a tremendous event. We had a chance to hit the green. Thanks to Ali Muhammad, a certified golf instructor, for leading the golf instruction. Ali spoke on the history of golf, his personal journey to Calling All Sons, and the proper form and technique with using golf clubs.
Congrats to Sean Campbell for winning the putting competition.
A special thanks to our guest speakers: Isaiah J. Tate, artist and musician; and Tobi Babajide, Co – Owner of Herds of The Fathers, for sharing their testimony and giving advice to everyone in attendance on how to discover the plans of God in their life and how to execute that plan.
Email: CallingAllSons@Gmail.com for our next!
The Prayer Hike is next month. Get Ready!