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Why I’m Not in Love with Christianity’s Sub-Culture

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/kirkfranklin/2015/01/why-im-not-in-love-with-christianitys-sub-culture/

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Kwanzaa 2013-2014: Day 7–IMANI

Forgive me for backsliding on these…haven’t yet figured out how to reblog from the phone. I’ll do better next year. 🙂 Day 7 of Kwanzaa–Imani, or Faith.

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[This Kwanzaa I have incorporated the profession of my Christian faith with the celebration of my heritage and community. Kwanzaa, by nature, is not tied to any one faith, but as the parallels between the Seven Principles and many Christian teachings are strong, I try to recognize both in my personal observance. I hope that no matter what your beliefs are regarding theism or religion, you will read on and take away a positive lesson from it to apply to your own life’s journey.]

HAPPY KWANZAA, everyone!

HABARI GANI?
Day 7, January 1 – IMANI (faith)
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Galatians 3:26
We become children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8
For by grace are ye saved through faith;…it is the gift of God.

The Christian feast is the Communion…

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Kwanzaa 2013: Day 6–KUUMBA

Forgive me for backsliding on these…haven’t yet figured out how to reblog from the phone. I’ll do better next year. 🙂 Day 6 of Kwanzaa–Kuumba, or Creativity.

http://wtpdiaries.wordpress.com/2013/12/31/kwanzaa-2013-day-6-kuumba/

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Kwanzaa 2013: Day 5–NIA

Forgive me for backsliding on these…haven’t yet figured out how to reblog from the phone. I’ll do better next year. 🙂 Day 5 of Kwanzaa–Nia, or Purpose.

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[This Kwanzaa I have incorporated the profession of my Christian faith with the celebration of my heritage and community. Kwanzaa, by nature, is not tied to any one faith, but as the parallels between the Seven Principles and many Christian teachings are strong, I try to recognize both in my personal observance. I hope that no matter what your beliefs are regarding theism or religion, you will read on and take away a positive lesson from it to apply to your own life’s journey.]

HAPPY KWANZAA, everyone!

HABARI GANI?
Day 5, December 30 – NIA (purpose)
To collectively build and develop our community, to restore our people’s traditional greatness, and to do what makes us glad to be who we are.

Ephesians 3:11
According to the eternal purpoe which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them…

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Kwanzaa 2013: Day 4–UJAMAA

The fourth day of Kwanzaa–highlighting Ujamaa, or cooperative economics.

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[This Kwanzaa I have incorporated the profession of my Christian faith with the celebration of my heritage and community. Kwanzaa, by nature, is not tied to any one faith, but as the parallels between the Seven Principles and many Christian teachings are strong, I try to recognize both in my personal observance. I hope that no matter what your beliefs are regarding theism or religion, you will read on and take away a positive lesson from it to apply to your own life’s journey.]

HAPPY KWANZAA, everyone!

HABARI GANI?
Day 4, December 29 – UJAMAA (cooperative economics)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Acts 2:44
And all that believe were together, and had all things in common.

Acts 2:45
And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

Life Application:

  • Do…

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Kwanzaa 2013: Day 3–UJIMA

The third day of Kwanzaa, highlighting Ujima (collective work and responsibility).

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[This Kwanzaa I have incorporated the profession of my Christian faith with the celebration of my heritage and community. Kwanzaa, by nature, is not tied to any one faith, but as the parallels between the Seven Principles and many Christian teachings are strong, I try to recognize both in my personal observance. I hope that no matter what your beliefs are regarding theism or religion, you will read on and take away a positive lesson from it to apply to your own life’s journey.]

HAPPY KWANZAA, everyone!

HABARI GANI?
Day 3, December 28 – UJIMA (collective work and responsibility)
To build and maintain our community together and make our sisters’ and brothers; problems our problems and to solve them together.

Galatians 6:2
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Matthew 24:13
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore.

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Kwanzaa 2013: Day 2–KUJICHAGULIA

The second day of Kwanzaa, highlighting Kujichagulia, or self-determination.

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[This Kwanzaa I have incorporated the profession of my Christian faith with the celebration of my heritage and community. Kwanzaa, by nature, is not tied to any one faith, but as the parallels between the Seven Principles and many Christian teachings are strong, I try to recognize both in my personal observance. I hope that no matter what your beliefs are regarding theism or religion, you will read on and take away a positive lesson from it to apply to your own life’s journey.]

HAPPY KWANZAA, everyone!

HABARI GANI?
Day 2, December 27 – KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination)
We learn about and celebrate the traditions that help us define ourselves.

Philippians 14:3
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Matthew 24:13
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Life’s Application:

  • Thinking of giving up? DON’T!
  • Do you need strength? Ask for it!

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Kwanzaa 2013: Day 1–UMOJA

The first day of Kwanzaa, highlighting Umoja, or Unity.

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[This Kwanzaa I have incorporated the profession of my Christian faith with the celebration of my heritage and community. Kwanzaa, by nature, is not tied to any one faith, but as the parallels between the Seven Principles and many Christian teachings are strong, I try to recognize both in my personal observance. I hope that no matter what your beliefs are regarding theism or religion, you will read on and take away a positive lesson from it to apply to your own life’s journey.]

HAPPY KWANZAA, everyone!

HABARI GANI?
Day 1, December 26 – UMOJA (unity)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

Psalms 133:1
Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Ephesians 4:3
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Let us endeavor to keep unity by becoming peace…

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Bummer Lamb – Sheila Walsh

A note I got from my friend Miriam….thought I’d share it with you all….

I heard this story at church from a woman who had just returned from a Women of Faith Conference and thought I’d share it.Shelia is Shelia Walsh

Sheila told a story about her native Scotland and how things work with sheepfarmers.

She said that sometimes, a mama sheep would reject one of her little lambs.

If they leave the lamb in the pasture with the mother, she will kick it and won’t feed it and ultimately, it dies.

If the farmer goes into the field and attempts to feed it, it will not accept the food.

The only way to help this little bummer lamb, as they are called, is for the farmer to bring it into his house, away from the mother,and nurse it to health.

It sleeps by the fireplace to keep warm and cuddles against the farmer’s chest to warm, feel the heartbeat and to drink from a bottle.

It becomes a member of the family, so to speak,living among the farmer’s family for a while.

Once it is big and strong enough to go back out to the pasture, the farmer returns it to the flock.

But even years later, when the farmer comes out to call the sheep to him, the bummer lamb runs to greet him faster

than all the other lambs because he/she knows the farmer’s voice.

The other lambs recognize that this farmer will feed them, but the bummer lamb understands the farmer’s love and care on a different level.

He really ‘gets it’.

It’s the same way with God. It takes a season of brokenness for us to really”get” God’s love for us.

It’s when we are battling addiction, illness, depression,struggling through grief and loss,(or a million other things)

that we understand God the most.

When we cry out and beg for His mercy, we draw nearer to Him than we do at any other time in our life.

It is then that we, the bummer lamb, really “get” our shepherd.

We learn to hear His voice above all the other noises of life because we’ve sat in His lap and

curled up against His chest and have felt His arms around us.

John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me

John 10:

27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

Thank you for sharing Sheila

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Sharing Message on Daily Bible Devotion

I want to share this message from Daily Bible Devotion:

Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms.

Psalm 68:19 NLT + More Versions

Today is a precious day. Take joy in knowing that you were gifted with today. The Lord carries us with His grace and mercy through each day we are alive. It is such an amazing blessing for His love to cover over our shortcomings when we don’t deserve it. Learn to value each day.
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