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My Favorite Book - Chapter - Verse

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Some of you have asked over and over again what my favorite verse of the Bible is. I've shared with some of you via emails or over the phone but I thought it would be better to answer it here to avoid getting the same question. First, I thought of answering this question on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page but I quickly realized the answer would be too long for such. Besides, I also needed to say "why" not just answering the question by giving my "favorite verse of the bible."

My favorite Book of the Bible I wish I can honestly say just one. It's a toss up between 4 books of the Bible.
Proverbs - You can't find better wisdom anywhere elseRomans - Helps me understand God's plan from the Old to the New TestamentEphesians - I call this the Christian lifeHebrews - This to me is the book of faith and hope. In many ways similar to both Romans and the book of Ephesians.
The reason this is a "toss up" is because the books of Romans, Ephesia…

The Unforgivable Sin

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If you haven't done so yet, I strongly encourage you to first study and understand what the grace of God is before reading this piece. It will help you get a better picture of what this unforgivable sin really is in biblical terms. 
Christians sin but they do not practice sin. Let's say you can't swim and you are drowning. The Holy Spirit came to your aid with the lifeline that can save your life. You rejected it or you deliberately let go after first holding on. So sin against the Holy Spirit is like telling the Holy Spirit to "go kick rocks" when you're being offered the lifeline call grace. Why is this sin against the Holy Spirit different from "sin" you may ask. It is different because grabbing hold of the lifeline (grace) and "slipping off" is not the same as deliberately letting go. It's just like Peter did when he took his eyes off Jesus (Matthew 14:22-33). The cry for help by Peter represents repentance and the repentance was fo…

Who Do You Think You Are To Talk About Trump?

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This question in the title is often asked of me with profanity especially from Trump loving evangelicals but I have the clean version on this post's title as you can see. As long as I live, I will continue to speak against bullies, divisiveness, discrimination, spread of hate and racism. I'm not telling you who to vote for because politics is corrupt left and right. But don't go out of your way to defend the evil actions of those you voted for when you know better; and I do not have the godly right to do the same either. 

Book, chapter and verse may be at stake in our churches these days but basic human decency is what is at stake in our society today. This is one of the reasons we can't seem to be able to communicate book, chapter and verse to people anymore because they don't want to hear it from us after we go out of our ways to defend the evil deeds of our favorite political figures especially those who intentionally create division among us. I guess these "…

The Grace of God is NOT what you think

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"Human forgiveness to me is mercy but God's  forgiveness is what I call Grace." - Abraham Inetianbor. God's forgiveness takes away sin, something that a human forgiveness cannot do. This is why it's called grace (Acts 4:12). Grace is a word that is used to describe an event that was planned from the beginning but took place starting from The Cross to The Right Hand of God (Ephesians 4:7-10). Showing love, mercy, forgiveness, or kindness to a fellow human being doesn't mean I gave them grace because bible context of grace is much bigger than just an unmerited favor. Yes, I can say they don't deserve it all I want but it's still not grace in bible context. The dictionary definition of grace is plastered everywhere and that's not what I'm here to talk about because that definition has left us in a place where we find ourselves trying to equate mortality with immortality (John 3:1-12). The Greek word Chari means grace, kindness and life. You can us…

No Condition is Permanent

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In order for us to truly appreciate life and keep a level head through the good and the bad, we must understand that the difficulties in life is there for a reason. It is intended to make us better not bitter. When we go through a difficulty, it should make us stronger not weaker. So count it all joy like the scripture says because what seems so hard right now will look like a "warm up" for you in the future when you come across the same situation. And people are going to wonder why you are so calm under such pressure without knowing that this is not your first go around. 

True happiness in life is how you choose to see things. I try to find a reason to smile through a difficult situation but this doesn't mean I enjoy pain and suffering. I've learned to understand that there is no condition in life that is permanent - good or bad. Any situation you find yourself in, regardless, may change slightly or drastically. This is why you have to be always prepared for changes.…

From the Persecuted to the Persecutor?

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On this July 4th; as we celebrate the independence day of the United States of America, it is also important for us all to acknowledge the simple fact that the word "united" seem to be missing from the Church, especially our country these days. 
As Christians, the big questions we should be asking ourselves is: 
Have we somehow gone from being the Persecuted to now the Persecutor? Are we harassing and forcing religion on people through our political beliefs? 
To persecute people is to pursue them with harassing or oppressive treatment, especially because of their religious or political beliefs, ethnic or racial background, gender, and/or sexual orientation.  Having a different belief from someone doesn't give anyone the right to become a persecutor. We cannot complain about being persecuted for being a Christian and then turn around doing the same. The Bible is clear about Christians to expect persecution as part of our journey, and not the other way around. Happy 4th to eve…

Democrats vs Republicans vs Christianity

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It is clear that the division we have in America right now is mainly from the two major political views. Left, right, far left, far right, liberals, conservatives and whatever else you want to call it. The division is not mainly because of Trump's inability to bring people together or lead, it's primarily because people are sick and tired of the Republicans continued defense of abominable actions; actions that these same Republicans have highly condemned when it comes to other political figures that are of other parties. As I often say, wrong is wrong regardless of who is doing it, me included.

Both parties clearly have policies that contradicts the scriptures. So I'm yet to understand why one party would think they are the party of "Christians" or "Evangelicals."
Most Democrats spend their political career letting people know they are not all about "Church stuff" even though they also claim to believe in God. Democrats make it loud and clear …

If Slavery is a "Choice"....

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Saying that years of slavery was a choice, is like saying:
1. Racism is a myth and never existed. Racism is fake news.
2. Rape is consensual and not a crime because it takes two to mingle.
3. Noose is a beautiful necklace that black people need to be grateful for.
4. "Black slaves" were actually White folks who choose to use black paint on their skin.
5. The Klans, like president Trump's dad, who was proud to be one, have the KKK initials because of their super kindness (kind-kinder-kindest) to black people.
6. President Trump's nick name is "Honest Trump" because he his the most truthful president we've ever known.
7. Kanye West's foolish view of slavery being a "choice" is a fact because all the black kids that were molested during slavery were all happy to have their innocence taken away from them. Separation of those families was a beautiful thing that they choose. All those that were killed while trying to escape truly enjoyed being beaten a…

Jesus The Immigrant

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What Jesus the Christ has in common with DACA kids - aka dreamers. If the apostle Paul was still alive, he would probably be inspires to say: Oh foolish "American Christians" who has so bewitched you? (Gal. 3:1) I had to replace the word Galatians with American Christians. Wrong is wrong regardless of who the perpetrator is. We can condemn wrong doings without condemning a person. Shame on "evangelical leaders" and other Christian leaders including their base for joining the White house to treat DACA - a moral issue like a political football. DACA is a moral issue, not political. No one is advocating illegal immigration and DACA kids are NOT illegal immigrants. Good people disobey bad laws. Like Dr. M.L. King said: "One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws." 
"Jesus of Nazareth" as he is often called, was born in Bethlehem not Nazareth. Yes, we know the prophecy had to be fulfilled but Jesus the Christ was taken by his parents as a…

Did God Pick Trump to be the President?

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The short answer is NO. It is very easy to take the bible out of context when we don't use the bible as its own commentary and/or dictionary. An example is Mark 9:23 - "...Everything is possible for one who believes." Some people also misinterpret Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things." I have a friend who is a professional weight lifter and body builder. He loves this verses so much that he made a t-shirt to support his claim. His claim was anyone can look as buff as he is as long as they believe. Yet, he refused to acknowledge the simple fact that we all have different physical and metabolic make up, which practically makes his claim impossible.

Christians are the spiritual Israel and the Bible is our constitution (2 Timothy 3:16). God gave guidelines for Christians to select their Spiritual leaders (1 Timothy 3) just as he gave guidelines to the physical Israelite on selecting their leaders (1 Samuel 16). As Christians (aka spiritual Israelite - Galatians 3…