All my adult life I’ve heard “Practice makes perfect”, but it wasn’t until
I started taking piano lessons that I found this saying was wrong. My piano teacher would tell me to slow down
and learn the song at a slower tempo, and gradually increase the tempo, so that
when I get to the tempo that the song was composed at, I will have practiced it
perfectly and therefore perfected the song.
He said that I could practice the song wrong, and eventually I would
perfectly master the song wrong.
The person who desires to live a blessed
life, is confronted with choices and paths to take every day. The choices we
make and the paths we take will lead us to either a fruitful and productive
life, or an unstable and unfruitful existence.
The keys to living a blessed life lies in, where and with whom you walk;
where and with whom you stand; where and with whom you sit, and what’s
consuming your thoughts. The blessed person must watch the counsel he/she is
receiving, because all counsel is not godly counsel.
[Isa 55:10-11 NKJV]
10 For as the rain comes down, and the
snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it
bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the
11 So shall My word be that goes forth
from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I
please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] for which I sent it…”
Before winter started, I looked at the
Farmer’s Almanac to see what it was predicting this winter’s weather would be
St. John chapter 13 shows
Jesus washing his disciples’ feet; identifying the one who would betray him; giving
his followers a new commandment and telling Peter that he will deny him three
times before the rooster crows. This chapter demonstrates the love that Jesus
has for everyone, no matter what they may do or say to him.
In washing his disciples’
feet, Jesus demonstrates that a leader must be a servant, and be willing to
bend and minister, not considering their own comfort. In identifying his
betrayer, Jesus showed compassion on Judas by not turning the others against
him at that moment.
A note from our Apostle…
Crossover to 2019
As we embark on this journey
called 2019, we should already have our goals and dreams planned out for the
year. Many of us have set goals to be
a better person; go back to school; become healthier, both naturally and
spiritually, get a better job; get married; etc.
The truth be told, we had some of these
same goals entering into 2018, and very little has changed. I want to challenge you to look at things
a little different this year!
Day 5 in Israel
What a blessed day this day has been. We started our day off in the Jordan River and ended it in the Dead Sea. To be baptized in the same waters that Jesus was baptized, was amazing. The Power of God was so heavy that it literally knocked the wig off of one of the ladies (Lol). When I tell you that "Holy Laughter" came on everyone and that this anointing was heavy, trust me, it was!
Seriously, I developed a greater appreciation for baptism. At times we as Christians take baptism lightly.
This day for me was an eye opener. I experienced this morning a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee in a similar boat that Jesus most likely had taken. The waters that he and Peter walked on, where Jesus calmed the winds and the waves and where Peter pulled money out a fish's mouth. Yep, I was there! Just being out there gave me such peace and assurance that everything is going to be alright in my life. What a peace, that cannot be destroyed because I have Jesus on board with me.
Day 3 Israel: A New Day
What a busy and blessed day was this day! If you
could see my hands, you would see them stretched out and up to the Lord.
Israel is a fabulous country with a fabulous history.
Israel has only been
a recognized country since 1948. This becoming a nation filled many
scriptures such as Amos 9:14-15I
will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities
and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will
make gardens and eat their fruit.
Day 2 of my Israel Journey
Let me begin by saying that Israel is 7 hrs. ahead of Eastern Standard
Time. This means that I am writing this blog at 11:23pm, so that makes
it 4:23pm EST. I’m writing trying to keep my eyes open so I can keep
you informed on what is going on in my life while in the Holy Land.
Somebody look at your neighbor and say “This day!” This has been a day of
traveling overnight. Leaving NYC at 11:55pm on Tuesday, flying for 10hrs
and arriving in Tel Aviv at 5pm on Wednesday.
As I sit here at the Syracuse airport waiting to board my flight to Israel, this is mixed emotions going through my mind.
I am mostly thinking about how I wished I had showered again before leaving for the airport! It has been a busy hot day; going into work, making sure all my clinical notes are up to date, going to the barbershop getting a "fresh cut" and talking trash about the Dodgers and the Patriots to the Cowboys crew (they know who they are), going to the mall with my wife to get some clothes (can't go to Israel looking any kind of way), meeting with a brother from the church who dropped a word in my spirit and I in his, then finally rushing to the airport trying to make sure that I get through security in time to catch my flight to JFK.