You’ve Got Issues

For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and send rain on the jut and the unjust alike. – Matthew 5:45 NLT Let’s get one thing straight. You are going to have problems and likely more than one in a lifetime. God never promised anyone a life without problems. In fact, […]

Bird Box: You Can’t Handle the Truth

  I tried , but there are tiny spoilers in here so proceed at your own volition. It’s been a few days since I’ve seen Bird Box on Netflix. I’ll admit that for two days my mind was reeling with possibilities.  What is Bird Box about? Parenting. social media, racism, death and grief, bad decisions, […]

Follow the Little Voice, Not the Loud One

“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”  – Galatians 1:10 Obviously! Paul is pretty direct in his message to those foolish Galatians. His goal is to do the will of God, regardless of what people think. That […]

Motherhood with Wisdom, Power, and Faith

In the current environment I’m fighting like Rizpah to keep the scavengers from tearing away at my sons– their dignity, honor, self-esteem, self-image, and life itself. I have to watch police, politicians, teachers, coaches, store clerks, and strangers who might consider skittles to be dangerous. Every night I fall into bed, I thank God that my sons are alive and pray they live another day.  It’s a real, not at all irrational, fear of this Black mother.  

Just Like My Father

One of my favorite tactics when my mother asks me to come home and do something is to quote the Bible.  “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.”  That’s Matthew 13:57 (NLT).  It basically reinforces the old adage that familiarity breeds contempt.  Regardless of the books and […]

Do Not Give Up On God

  In a time when our self-image and self-worth are challenged daily by social media highlight reels of people who seem to lead perfect, adventurous, well-maintained, lives with exceptional children and extraordinary marriages, it’s easy to focus on what’s wrong with our lives. Psalm 139 reminds us that even the things we think are “wrong” […]

Two Tips for Two Thousand Decisions

Psychology Today suggests that we make about two thousand decisions an hour. Can you imagine if you prayed over every decision during the day. Your prayer life would be Ah-mazing…and you could blame God for any mistakes along the way. Woot! The reality is that we don’t pray about each one of those two thousand […]

A Good Person

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.”  – Mark 10:18 By studying Jesus we learn what it means to be Christian. After all, Webster’s dictionary defines Christian as “one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.”  So how can we be Christian if we don’t know what Jesus […]

Cancel Your Trip to Perfection

Setting a goal because you “should” instead of focusing on what you “will” is why the train goes off the rails, spiraling you into an endless cycle of fixing life rather than living it. 

Paul, Apostle of Christ

The story of two men. Luke, as friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. […]

We Can’t Stop Talking About “Silence”

Better late than never, I finally saw this 2016 Martin Scorsese movie, Silence. It was a three-hour experience of holding my breath, closing my eyes, and contemplating whether my own efforts to evangelize are more tied to goal achievement or God’s love.  This movie was brilliant and it messed me up.  No, it was brilliant […]

Angela Bassett Weeps at God’s Love

We continue to find believers in Hollywood that are not ashamed of their faith.  They are not ashamed to represent the gospel while giving their very best to the craft. Angela Bassett is one of those people. She’s a regular and active member of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ. Though you may […]

Life Is Not Fair

“To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one bag — each according to his own ability.”  – Matthew 25:15 This passage from Matthew 25:14-30  is known as “The Parable of the Talents.”  The word “talent” is not referencing your ability to juggle eggs.  A talent is a measure of mass, […]

Shine On Denzel Washington

He’s the celebrity crush, bromance champion of the world.  Who doesn’t love Denzel Washington? That smile, genuine and radiating from the center of his heart. That voice. Firm and decisive like he knows something the rest of us are still trying to figure out. Denzel is the epitome of what Shine TYC is all about. […]