Monday, December 23, 2013

Which Penalty Flag I'm Only Throwing On Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson!

After multiple seasons of not watching the reality tv show, I recently started watching the show during this current season after seeing multiple reports about the Robertson family's faith and organic evangelism.

The recently interview for GQ has gotten Phil Robertson in hot water due to comments being made about his faith regarding homosexuality predominantly and there has been pure media neglect and omission over other comments made during the same interview.

Anyone's faith or lack of it is not my place to attack or defend unless it seeks to have an undue influence upon my family, neighborhood, and government and every American adult basically feels this same way.

Mr. Robertson's comments about his past life and history with African-American's in Louisiana are not upon my radar as well.  But within his comments about either those he had contact with or those he believes that request and receive governmental assistance, I found an area that warranted a penalty in my opinion.

Per the GQ article itself, Mr. Robertson is reported to have said, "Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

Any comments that give the impression that people have a sense of entitlement about government assistance based only upon race is extremely nearsighted and undermines the fact that Mr. Robertson has a graduate degree in education and was a star quarterback whose quitting football opened the door for Terry Bradshaw to eventually become a hall of fame quarterback.

Based upon the revelation of his young adult accomplishments and exposure to the larger world through attending college, I am throwing the flag that only a sincere apology will overcome although I will not wait for one.

Never while watching the show did I ever feel that the family is racist in any way although the number of African-Americans that have been seen within camera shots is virtually nonexistent.  I have seen no more than 4 African-Americans within all the episodes I have seen.

Yet I do feel that Mr. Robertson's comments are more politically driven than anything else based upon his southern lifestyle.

Any southern resident that likely votes for the GOP will share his political views regardless of appearing on television regularly or not.  My belief that Mr. Robertson generally votes for the GOP is suddenly confirmed to me by the same GQ article mentioning that a tv within his home is tuned to Fox News while being muted.

The simple truth about governmental assistance is that there are more non African-Americans that receive governmental assistance while the pure percentage of the group by race within American is clearly potentially higher for African-Americans.

There is indeed an eventual addiction beyond a sense of entitlement by any and all individuals and corporations alike receiving government assistance over multiple years.  Still again, his statement remains politically or economically ignorant at best.

Bottom line, I did not begin watching "Duck Dynasty" for its political comments and until I am led to believe there is hostility towards African-Americans, I will most likely continue to watch it.

Quite frankly upon hearing about the brewing controversy, I was more inclined to ask what did Uncle Si have to say about race given that he is a Vietnam War veteran and has traveled more as a result.  The patriarch's comments about politics and/or race did not seem to make sense to me then and I am still trying to find the logic within his words.

But it is par for the course as most people on any reality tv show will eventually say something that makes you shake your head in astonishment and simply have a smh moment.

I am simply waiting for an apology Mr. Robertson and willing to remain a viewer based upon my own faith that attracted me initially to watch the show!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

I'm Thankful For Only Being Born in Jersey City, NJ!

An appreciated teammate from NJ as well told me Tuesday night, "You were born in a ghetto" about Jersey City, NJ.

My entire view of my life, resume, and achievements immediately transformed into a greater appreciation for my late mother's decision to move back to Nichols, SC.

The Hudson River is the railroad track between JC and global financial district Manhattan in NYC.

Environment is able to fully suppress or advance one's DNA and pedigree more than believed possible.

Even though I already was eternally grateful about growing up in Nichols, SC versus Jersey City, imagine my shock and awe at both hearing the statement last week as well as the stunning volume of my household's "Amen" seconds ago!

There is something about being the last to know:)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Seed of the Day: Isaiah 55 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit 

ISBN 0595262260

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Seed of the Day: Deuteronomy 4:37 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #164

ISBN 0595262260

Deuteronomy 4:37 And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;

God always provides a seed to accompany His children out of Egypt. The seed is not to remain planted there, but to move into the Promised Land.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Seed of the Day: Deuteronomy 3:19 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #163

ISBN 0595262260

Deuteronomy 3:19 But your wives, and your little ones, and your cattle, (for I know that ye have much cattle,) shall abide in your cities which I have given you;

God really likes blessing us with assets (instruments of wealth).  Whether the asset is a wife, children, cattle, or cities, God is in the empowerment business for His glory and will to be done in earth as it is in heaven.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Seed of the Day: Deuteronomy 2:5 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #162
ISBN 0595262260
Deuteronomy 2:5 Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession.
You need to know and understand that there are some people, places, things, or ideas that God does not desire for you to sow into and multiply.
God desires to become God of their lives and through your potential participation outside the will of God, you may be viewed as their God when God wanted their hearts to be turned to Him and Him alone.
Allow God to direct your sowing and continuously order your steps.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Seed of the Day: Deuteronomy 1:25 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #160

ISBN 0595262260

Deuteronomy 1:25 And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the LORD our God doth give us.

A good land is a land for multiplication of the good things to occur and the division from the negative things to occur as well. Enjoy the good land and seek to expand its boundaries and blessings.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Seed of the Day: Deuteronomy 1:10 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #160

ISBN 0595262260

Deuteronomy 1:10 The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.

God is not only blessing you, but God is multiplying you and your opportunities to serve Him.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Seed of the Day: Deuteronomy 1:8 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #159

ISBN 0595262260

Deuteronomy 1:8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.

The blessings of God are meant to become an inheritance for your descendants. Allow God to position you in order to assure the blessing to rest upon your children and those that come after you within, outside, and around your family.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Seed of the Day: Numbers 21:6 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #155

ISBN 0595262260

Numbers 21:6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

Seeds of separation and division may plant the opportunity for the fruit of unity and multiplication to occur when done through the will of God.

Whenever the enemy attempts to separate and divide, poverty of spirit (sadness, discouragement, depression, unrighteous anger, and rebellion) and death (separation from God) is the demonic aim.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Seed of the Day: Numbers 20:20 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #153

ISBN 0595262260

Numbers 20:20 And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with much people, and with a strong hand.

Your past enemies and tormentors do not hold the deed of your future unless you allow them to.

Past classmates and bullies on the playground, former romantic interests that broke your heart, past employers or clients that never appreciated what you had to offer, family members that never seemed to love you, and other personalities that never saw you in the same light and manner that God views you do not have any control over your future unless you enlarge their territory at the expense of yours.

See the past for what it really is: the miles behind that cannot enter the city limits of your future unless you pick up all of their baggage and bills. You paid the cost of going through the past once, so do not pay the price over and over again. That is, unless you want to and really enjoy their company.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Seed of the Day: Numbers 20:5 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #152

ISBN 0595262260

Sow seeds that produce fruit of long-term positive effect!

Numbers 20:5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

The barren place is a proving ground for my Seed and Fruit Acid Test.

Everyone has some type of seed and fruit in their immediate possession regardless of the fruit being of the flesh or Holy Spirit.

If it appears that there is no visible fruit, it only means that the person, place, thing, or idea may have an abundance of seed in their lives to produce fruit of the Spirit.

For example, a person that consumes alcohol is really trying to escape the pain that is present within his or her life. The consumption of alcohol and other forms of drugs is actually a futile attempt to sow seeds of healing and deliverance from the present pain.

The self-destructing person needs to refocus their efforts in sowing seeds that produce fruit of long-term positive effect versus continuing to sow seeds that lead to further damage and death.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Seed of the Day: Numbers 16:40 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #150

ISBN 0595262260

Numbers 16:40 To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near tooffer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses.

There is an existence of spiritual seed and fruit even in terms of ministry. Even when the biological lines seem to become barren, there is an opportunity for a spiritual transfer of a person's heart, will, and desire to please God to be passed on to reach another generation.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Seed of the Day: Numbers 16:7 *- How to protect your legacy!

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #149

ISBN 0595262260

Numbers 16:7 And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.

It is very possible to plant seeds of overtaxing ourselves even when trying to do the work for the Kingdom of God. We must remember to not only ask for assistance in ministry, but seek opportunities to train others while supervising their growth and allowing others to become experts in service areas where we may be an "old pro".

Your legacy is limited to what you have instilled and developed within others to accomplish in your absence.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Seed of the Day: Numbers 16:3 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #148

ISBN 0595262260 

Numbers 16:3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

False accusation often precedes advancement. It is only a traffic light and a sign informing you that you are about to enter a new realm.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Seed of the Day: Numbers 13:26 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #145

ISBN 0595262260

Numbers 13:26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.

The fruit of the land should be enough to encourage us to move forward versus remaining within the wilderness.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Seed of the Day: Leviticus 27:16 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #139

ISBN 0595262260

Leviticus 27:16 And if a man shall sanctify unto the LORD some part of a field of his possession, then thy estimation shall be according to the seed thereof: an homer of barley seed shall be valued at fifty shekels of silver.

Remember that every harvest contains seeds to be planted for future harvests. Part of the harvest should be returned up the food chain to the source of the original seed.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Seed of the Day: Leviticus 26:1–13 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #136

ISBN 0595262260

Leviticus 26:1–13

Your due season contains the necessary watering and other ingredients in route to fulfilling your destiny. Therefore do not give up when it is unnecessary.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Seed of the Day: Exodus 36:5 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #106

ISBN 0595262260

(Exodus 36:5 KJV) 5 And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which The Lord commanded to make.

Blessed people within an anointed congregation are able to produce a surplus harvest greater than the needs of their local ministry.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Seed of the Day: Exodus 23:2 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #98

ISBN 0595262260 

2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment

Following a mob looking for street justice or revenge plants a seed for bad fruit to come your way. Youth should be made of this truth since peer pressure oftens directs obedience to the will of the crowd.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Seed of the Day: Exodus 16:5 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #92
ISBN 0595262260

Live within days of double even within a wilderness!

5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.

Even within the wilderness, God empowers to harvest a double portion on the day right before God rests.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Seed of the Day: Exodus 7:3 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #86
ISBN 0595262260

Denying God does not repel God!

And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.

Denying the existence or sovereignty of God only leads to a multiplication of His existence and power. The enemy chooses to plant seeds opposite of his own will and therefore God is definitely going to show up full of glory.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Seed of the Day: Exodus 1:12 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #84
ISBN 0595262260

Don't allow afflictions to stop your multiplication and growth!

12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Seed of the Day: Exodus 1:10 *- Press on in spite of any opposition!

10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Seed of the Day: Genesis 17:20 *-

Every Seed Has The Divine Expectation of Much Fruit #36

ISBN 0595262260

20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

Seeds shall bear much fruit regardless of their inclusion or exclusion to the covenant established with God.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Seed of the Day: 1 John 3:18 *-

18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Seed of the Day: Matthew 22:37-39 *-

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Seed of the Day: Romans 13:9-10 *-

For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Seed of the Day: Proverbs 17:9 *-

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Seed of the Day: John 13:34-35 *-

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Seed of the Day: John 3:16 *-

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Seed of the Day: Psalm 97:10 *-

10 Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Seed of the Day: Proverbs 21:21 *-

21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Seed of the Day: Psalm 33:4-5 *-

For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.

He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Seed of the Day: Psalm 18:1-2 *-

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Seed of the Day: Deuteronomy 6:4-5 *-

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Seed of the Day: Psalm 86:5 *-

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Seed of the Day: Ephesians 4:2 *-

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love

Monday, January 28, 2013

Seed of the Day: John 4:24 *-

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Seed of the Day: Philippians 4:8 *-

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Seed of the Day: Galatians 6:1 *-

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Seed of the Day: James 1:5 *-

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Today's edition of Online Christian Soldiers is dedicated to the memory of my late mother Cereser T. Smith.

Rest in peace Ma!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Seed of the Day: 1 Corinthians 10:13 *-

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Seed of the Day: Philippians 2:14-16 *-

14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Seed of the Day: Galatians 5:16 *-

16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Seed of the Day: 1 John 4:20-21 *-

20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Seed of the Day: Psalm 118:5-6 *-

I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Seed of the Day: 1 Peter 1:15-16 *-

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Seed of the Day: Matthew 6:19-21 *-

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Seed of the Day: Amos 5:14-15 *-

14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Seed of the Day: Micah 6:8 *-

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Seed of the Day: 2 Corinthians 5:17 *-

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.