He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Quote Of the Day







"The thought of building a life around minimal morality or minimal significance-a life defined by the question, "What is permissable?"-felt almost disgusting to me. I did'n want a minimal life. I did'n want to live on the outskirts of reality. I wanted to understand the main thing about life and pursue it"-- John piper

I love this quote by Piper..it really helps me to remember that all that I do here on earth is to Glorfy God and enjoy Him forever... My goal in life is to bring my KING glory through every pursuit I have... that my friends is NOT a wasted life!! I pray that this encourages you and causes you to see Him today!
:)

Friday, January 25, 2008

Common Ground Update

Please continue to pray for us!
Thanks
Kings and Kellys


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Email update for January 19-25, 2008


Much Needed Vacation and Renewed Burden!

After 19 months, we (the Kelly’s) took our first vacation away from the ministry in mid- January. My time away was fun, very encouraging, somewhat restful (as restful as a family vacation with 3 kids 5 and under can be!), and reflective. As I withdrew to think, read, and pray, I was renewed and my burden and vision for what I believe God has called us to do in the ministry of Common Ground Montgomery were strengthened tremendously.

We have always communicated our vision of Christian neighborhood redevelopment. We see this happening as God’s people seek His Kingdom manifested in real transformation of the neighborhood we serve in many ways. This means ministering to the whole man, whole families, and to the whole community. We know that the hearts of people need to be changed and empowered by the Spirit of God for real long term change, but we also realize that so many of the destructive structural and cultural systems need to be dealt with as well. ‘Loving our neighbors’ means being concerned with the struggles and pains of their lives as much as we are about our own.

The housing in our neighborhood is greatly dilapidated and inadequate (one in 2 or 3 are abandoned on most streets). An independent study recently labeled our neighborhood high school a “drop out factory.” Though it is obvious that there are problems in the school system, the bigger problems lie in the other 16 hours a day of the kids’ lives. Children run the streets and see and experience things they shouldn’t have to see and experience. The lack of fathers and the predominance of unhealthy role models allow the dysfunctional culture to interpret life for them. Many mothers and grandmothers are doing everything they can, and still losing the battle for their kids. Our streets continue to produce a very visible population of addicts, prostitutes, and criminals. For a variety of reasons, we are a very poor community. We see crisis after crisis. ‘Overwhelming’ can be an understatement at times.

We believe that God desires to do ‘immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine’ as we seek His Kingdom together in the midst of this context rather than retreating from it. Kevin, Joseph and I have been praying and planning as to what strategy we can take to see long-term transformation in our community. We have decided to focus on teenagers, and look to see them raised up as future leadership (husbands, fathers, leaders of churches, businesses, etc.). We wrestled over this, not wanting to neglect others in our neighborhood. But we realize our limitations of time. As we have taken our context into account, the burden God has put on our hearts, and our gifts and abilities, we have chosen to spend a great deal of time with and commitment to seeing these teenagers being developed and transformed into the Image of God. This means that after we see them come to the Lord we train them spiritually, personally, socially, and in many different life skills over a long period of time. We have a lot of ideas about this, but we are praying as to how this should be done. Please pray about this with and for us!

We have adopted a philosophy of ministry that leads us to focus the other aspects of ‘holistic’ ministry through the teenagers. “With them and through them” is our new principle. We will seek to always take teenagers with us when we serve and do other types of ministry in our neighborhood. In this way we can model the ‘life on life’ ministry that Jesus modeled for His disciples. As we teach the teenagers the biblical call to love our neighbors, we hope to see them come up with creative ideas and expressions of love and ministry that they can walk-out in our neighborhood. In this way we can minister ‘through them’. We can influence the younger kids through the teenagers, and can serve others this way as well. Long term, we are trusting that the teenagers will develop more and more into creative beings by fulfilling their potential as God’s Image bearers. We trust that they will lead efforts in spiritual transformation, neighborhood revitalization, educational development, economic growth, and the repopulation of our neighborhood with in-tact families. They will raise their children with a new interpretation of life and culture. Please pray with us as seek to order our schedule towards impacting these teenagers.


Carver Baseball…

We are continuing to prepare for the upcoming baseball season together. I am very excited about the opportunity for love and influence we can have over the 18 or 19 guys on the baseball team this year. It is an honor to spend 2 to 3 hours a day with these guys. Please pray for the upcoming team bible study that we will begin out of my home with the guys.


Batting cage theft…

Last year we had generous donors donate a batting cage and net for our program, as well as uniforms and bats and balls. Two days ago we noticed that our cage net had been stolen from a locked storage room. The value of the net is about $500. It was very discouraging for me and for the kids to see that this had happened. Please pray that God would provide another net for us. The school is not giving us any money for the program this year. This is a much needed component for batting practice. Further, the cage provides me a lot of one- on-one time with guys.

So, Common Ground Montgomery continues to seek the Lord to fulfill the mandate that we believe he has given us. Please continue to pray that God would grant us grace and strength to continue this work. Thank you again for your friendship, companionship, and most of all --- prayers. I look forward to a life-changing year.

Psalm 34:3,
Bryan Kelly

Thursday, January 24, 2008

What I have come to love the MOST

"There is no duty we perform for God that sin does
not oppose. And the more spirituality or holiness there is in what we do, the greater its enmity to it. Thus those who seek most for God experience the strongest opposition.”



John Owen, Sin and Temptation, edited by James Houston (Minneapolis, Minn: Bethany House Publications, 1996), 18.



Its a battle to spend time with the LORD daily..I have come to know and I have to remind myself that its my own sin if its not done..5am club has been a battle..but as I earnestly seek the LORD He provides me with GRACE after GRACE to do as I should..
Here are a few TOP REASONS why I enjoy seeking the LORD and being a student of His word:
What are yours??
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1. I get to see God
2. I am better able to make decisions throughout the day
3. I love my husband better
4. I find the patience I need often in parenting
5. I am being conformed into the image of Christ
6. I am not thinking about my self , my focus is more on serving others
7. I am likely to TRUST more in God's Sovereign rule
8. I can encourage that friend that is hurting
9. I am able to fulfill the calling in ministry the LORD has placed on our family
10. I can show my neighbors Jesus
11. I am reminded that this world and all it claims to offer is not my home
12. I am at peace with tackling those things that I once looked at at being hard or difficult to do... I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!
13. I am comforted in my trials, I am able to say yes... I consider them with great joy as they come in and out of my life
14. I can love those that persecute me
15.I can be still and know He is God
16. I rejoice in perfect LOVE casting out all fear

There is nothing like the word of God!!!

Trinket #4

I know..you get two Trinkets in a day!!! whew whoooo!!! :)



"Hen's are easily distracted, stopping at frequent intervals to scratch and peck. Even if you get a few of them heading in the right direction, just one stepping off the path can turn the rest to wandering away again....Hen's really prefer to be free range birds. If you try to catch them, they panic and run, clucking frantically. In fact, the only way to coax a hen to follow along steadily after you is to drop food for them in the path as you lead them along. A steady trail of breadcrumbs or corn kernels does the trick every time....

Your gift for this week is a smiling reminder to keep following after God. He scatters encouragement in front of you just like kernels of corn before a flock of hens; so accept a few kernels of corn as your reminder. God is leading you along, urging you forward, and helping you grow. Watch for His encouragement as you pursue His ways. :)"

Trinket #3

"That's the way of life, isn't it? We need each other. Scripture says two are better than one. We're instructed to love, pray for, care about, accept, forgive, serve, encourage and build up one another." Luci Swindoll

Today's trinket is about the importance of relationships..God is so good to not only save us but to give us others in the Faith to encourage us and who is willing to help carry the heavy burdens in life..many of you who are reading this, I don't really know and have not met you face to face..but you have encouraged me in my faith as I read your blogs from time to time..Just as I in hope wait expectantly to see Jesus, I am prayerfully wait and hoping I can meet you face to face as well
Please don't take it lightly the relationships the LORD has given you..enjoy and be encouraged!




"Your little treasure to take away this week is a gardener's trowel. It's to remind you to make the effort to dig a little deeper, and get past the surface chatter of our relationships. Consider your words carefully in the weeks ahead, and ask the LORD to help you bring conversations around to spiritual things. It may take a little effort to begin talking about your faith with those closest to you, but it will encourage their faith-and yours as well."

Monday, January 21, 2008

Happy Birthday MLK!!!







Today Kevin and I took Kaiya as well as Keev to the Martin Luther King celebration in dowwntown Montgomery..Kaiya had soo many questions and of course I answered them with great wisdom..THank you LORD! I cant believe this is where I live.. to know that all of the rich history behind this city is amazing, scary, and hopeful to think about. I think about where we have come from and I am encouraged but I know as well that we still have a little ways to go ...BUT, its possible..Jesus came and broke down the dividing wall between us
Ephesians 2:13-22 says...

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

What a BEAUTIFUL PICTURE of RACIAL RECONCILIATION...here is Martin Luther Kings I have a Dream speech.. I pray that those of us who have been called to be that bridge to bring cultures together , dont loose hope..but continue to perserver in this great fight to justice!
enjoy!



The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice--psalm 37:30
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Martin Luther King Speeches
I Have a Dream - Address at March on Washington
August 28, 1963. Washington, D.C.



Watch the Full 16-min video of Martin Luther King's famous I Have a Dream Speach
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. [Applause]

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Let it Snow!!!

Aww!!! I am soo excited right now!! I am from chicago, as many of you know, so for me to look outside my window and see REAL SNOW falling on the ground in Montgomery was such a thrill for us!!!( wish I had pictures to post but a sista camera is lost and delta is still away with her camera that i use all the time)

Things have been crazy in the king house, we are still trying to get settled and we have had tons of kids over everynight of the week..Wednesday we had a surprise bday party for two of the young guys that just became christians..I surprised them with baked BBQ chicken wings, salad and corn on the cob...and of course I baked each of them their own personal Chocolate cake to take home..Keev of course, couldn wait to eat something sweet.. this is my son that has to have a piece of candy or something with tons of sugar in it EVERYDAY...this joka comes into the kitchen to ask me if he could just have a little piece of the fresh baked cake before dinner.."no keev" well, he says.." I will just open this icing and eat a little of it"
.."boy, No!" I say..you will have to just wait and be patient and have dessert after dinner"..He then pleads.."come on man.. I need it... I really need it.." ha!!
this boy is too much...long story short..he had to eat all of his dinner before we sang happy birthday and allowed him to eat some cake..did I tell you he turned 16 :)

Before we lit the candles and I did my famous Birthday song( yes delta the one you love) :) both boys expressed how thankful they were to the LORD for saving them and for allowing them to see their 16 and 17th birthdays.. Hector had like the biggest grin on his face.. I love to see him smile!!!GOd is sooo good!! His mercy endures forever!!! I love living in the hood

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Trinkets to Treasure #2

As I right this ,there is a mass round of gun shots going off around my crib (that's the word for house in the hood :) (will add more "hood" terms later)..anyway..todays trinket to treasure is soo appropriate for me now

Your Trinket today is Trail Mix. When you hit the trails of life, you must be prepared. Knowing where to turn for nourishment and shelter is vital. Make sure you remain a happy camper in your day-to day life by taking hold of the encouragement found only in your bible. God has surrounded us with the means to be encouraged-little things throughout our day to lift our hearts. These are welcome tidbits, but unless we are tapping into God's word on a daily basis, we are starving ourselves unnecessarily. The encouragement we receive from the bible is real stick-it-to -your ribs stuff. It will stay with you , no matter how steep the trail in front of you gets.

37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word
.-- Psalm 119

Cheerful Giver

And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. 1 Cor 8:1-4

well, I tell ya one thing..my prayer has been to see God in the hood and dog on it, he has answered my prayer!!!!
I have such sweet neighbors. It has been a blessing to live amongst them and to learn the gospel more deeply from the lives that they live. One of the families that live next door to us have looked out for us in soo many ways.. For example , people have talked about breaking into our home and they have promised us that they wont let that happen..(i.e. the husband stayed up all night peeping out of his window looking at our house with his semi riffle...don't cha just love the hood, thats how we do things here :) not just that, they are always welcoming us home with warm smiles and loving hugs..but the one thing that gets me is how the wife is always willing to give to our family..she called me over one day and gave me a big bag full of curtains for our home..she said it made no sense for her to be at home with all these curtains and see a neighbor with nothing on her windows..the next day she came over with a bag full of new wash clothes and told me she loved us and just wanted to give us these..tho this family has not confessed Christ, ( LORD I pray you bring them into the faith) the LORD used them to teach me what the verse above means... just as the church above, this family in their poverty and much afflictions have lead them to an overflow of wealth and generosity on their part...John piper once said that this new, poor group of christians gave beyond their means..they took risk in giving..now I'm not saying that was the heart of my neighbors,,but goodness, they gave..just as the believers above, my neighbors giving is so passionate..when I say"no thank you" she is almost to the point of begging and shoving things into my hand...I saw GOd that day..I saw the heart he wants me to have in my giving..a heart that isn't full of complaining, whining, but one that is overflowing in an abundance of joy in my giving to others...my neighbor, man, she is so calm, relaxed, and very thankful for what she has..going over to visit her from time to time really shows me how simple life should be

God would you please continue to show me who you are through others and their lives...Help me to not hold onto things of this world, but to seek to make others glad in you through my giving..I pray as a family we grow more and more into RADICAL RISK TAKERS for your kingdom

Friday, January 11, 2008

Trinkets to Treasure

I did a study on encouragement and it was such a blessing to me...As some of you know the past couple of weeks for us as a family have been overwhelming, frustrating, and very challenging..God is good! Thanks to Delta I no longer see the fog!! ( do ya'll know the girl kidnapped me from my home yesterday to take me away from all that was going on! Thanks D!!)
anyway, I have in my trials have so much more seen the benefit of encouragement..so for that reason I will leave you all with "Trinkets to Treasure" from time to time
These are taken from the study by Nicole Johnson called:Encouraging One Another
Love yous!!


Trinket #1
"Be cncouraged, you who worship God" -Psalm 69:32

Your first trinket will be a reminder that God is always there, cheering you on. A baseball-just like the kind little leaguers would enjoy-can bring to mind the Host of Heaven, whose eyes are fixed on you. Can't you hear your savior call, "Atta Girl! You can do it!"

My Boo

I love my husband! I am thankful to the LORD for having such a humble calling on his life..I am even more humbled that the LORD saw that it was good for me to marry him and help him in this calling.. Currently I have accepted the challenge on reviveourhearts.com to pray for my husband for 31 days as well as encourage him for 30.. my prayer is that this becomes a lifestyle for me in loving this man of mine...Here is the web address to exhort you to encourage you man for 30 days

enjoy!!!
http://www.reviveourhearts.com/pdf/30DayChallenge.pdf

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Quote of the Day

“I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not, how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man may be nourished . . . I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God and to meditation on it.” --George Muelle

5am Club

"No doubt we can all identify with C.S. Lewis’ observation that: “The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals.”

But we must respond in kind: "The first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.”

I read this quote from a blog that I view from time to time..boy is this the truth!! A sweet young girl that I mentor, have agreed to be apart of this club with me. Every morning she and I take turns in giving wakeup calls to one another to insure that we are spending time with the LORD. This has been a HUGE encouragement to me as I have been feeling like I am in a fight for my life spiritually. When you are in battle the best thing to do is to rise early and put your armor on, go over your plan with your commander and figure out ways to stay alive in the heat of war. God's grace is available to all who dare to join this club..won't you join us? the rewards are beyond anything you can ever imagine




quote taken from:
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, (SanFrancisco, CA: Harper, 2001), 198

Monday, January 7, 2008

Stay Focused

There has been so much going on with us that ya girl cannot even begin to explain...to make it short, our house is not finished but we have moved in..so, for me this has been a very frustrating..the Lord woke me five this morning to spend time with him..( I was wondering why he didn choose nine or ten) and in that time I was so refreshed.. I think I have been depressed or something..I have been feeling sad, tired, just very worn out spiritually, mentally and physically
I went over some old bible study and confrence notes from CCDA and I have to confess that I know that I have been missing God in the midst of everything because I have been so focused on my circumstances.. Of course I am going to feel down if I am not looking to Jesus and the calling he has for us as a family..my house was packed with kids from the neighborhood yesterday and I was so focused on other things that i really think I missed GOd's heart in ministrering to these kids..please pray for me, pray that I will not be like Martha but that I would fight and perserver in the faith by staying focused on what is more important and that is people and not things.it was so sweet.. I remember kaiya playing in her room yesterday with a little girl from across the street.. I had just prayed earlier that day that the LORD would bring other kids for her to play with..What a sweet reminder that he is always there
here are two lengthy video of the CCDA Conference 2006 (christian Community Development) that GOd used to fuel me..ENJOY!!









Thursday, January 3, 2008

Send Me

This is a song that hits home for me..please pay attention to the lyrics and video..this is done by a brother in the LORD name Lacrae who happens to be a Christian rap artist..this is sound biblical truth
I pray you are challenged..






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Lyrics:Send Me

Send Me, I'll Go
Send Me, I'll Go
Send Me, I'll Go
Let Me Go, Let Me Go
Send Me, I'll Go
Send Me, I'll Go
Send Me, I'll Go
Let Me Go, Let Me Go


I Seen it wit my own two
Theres no way I can show you
A perfectly poverty stricken people with no view
And I bet you can't believe this
They never heard of Jesus
Heard of Young Buck, Lil' Wayne, and Young Jeezy
No One signing up to go on missions this summer
Rather sit at home and watch Xzibit pimpin a hummer
While at night he rollin Shot now
Nobody sreamin Stop now
No bridge illustrates for criminals who on Lockdown
People deep in Africa, lookin for an answer bra
In China men are dyin men until they know who died for sin
So, look what grace did
Not for us to stay in
Inside our comfort zones at home in Momma's basement
Get out on the grind ya'll, aint no better time dog
I know you read the Great Commission let me just remind ya'll
Make Disciples of the Nation teach them to obey the Lord
Hate to never lead someone to Christ before I see the Lord




Ay, after 1000 years in the west and the churches
Gettin bigger daily without understandin worship
Some regenerate but alot aint saved
You walk outside and be surprised that the block aint changed.
And the numbers they be gettin them
Somethin still aint hittin them
American's aint Christian's they just practicin the rituals
Thats why we should be missions ay oh what you think I'm spittin fo
United States is dyin and the east is lookin pitiful
Some places if they catch you they'll arrest you and they'll serve you
But they still need the word too the gospel should be heard too
We claim we aint ashamed but we still aint hit the block up
We in our Christian bubble while our brothers gettin locked up
Lord I wanna Stop up
Take a bag and Walk up
In a country where sharin my faith may get me Shot up
Anyway I go Lord whether my city, Lord or For a broad
I just wanna show them Jesus Christ the risen Holy God.




I know they dyin in the streets
Over in the Middle East
Some kids seekin peace
Others holdin up a peace
If the violence doesnt seace
Then at least, the decease
Might know Jesus as they savior as they're body hit the street
And I know this is a graphic view
I pray that its attackin you
Tractin you, to act and do what you see in the back of blue
Matthew 24:14 We should read it twice
Before we think that life is just a Battle see we live for Christ
Look dog, life is more than Church, Work, and Football
What if you were dead in sin and Christians overlooked ya'll
This is why we leave the couches and the comfort of our houses
To show the world a God that Mayan never read about

Yeah...The Great Commission says make Disciples of all nations
Have we even made em in our own nation?
Come on Christians
Missions exist because worship doesnt
People don't worship the God that made them
We Ambassadors..Let's Go!