The Loudmouth Protestant

November 25, 2008

DMX Goes Deep

Filed under: christianity,entertainment,God,life — nickisym @ 12:35 am
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I always seem to come across great stuff as I am doing research for work. Nevertheless, I found this prayer to be quite intense and moving. After watching it, I felt fully convinced that DMX has a higher calling on his life but that he is certainly fighting some demons who refuse to let him go because they are scared of the damage he will do. Check it out:

November 19, 2008

Be Hungry No More

Filed under: bible,God,life — nickisym @ 12:29 pm
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I am always hungry and thirsty. Not in the literal sense, but in the spiritual sense. More often than not, I am always seeking a new way to feed on the word of God. And for the longest I’ve been trying to figure out how to read the Bible in a way that will allow for the greatest comprehension and contemplation. I’ve tried annual Bible Readings plans. Reading on specific church plans. Reading with devotional guides. But all of those have failed me, until now.

On Monday, I happened upon a pretty amazing plan as I was doing some research for work. The plan’s creator really came up with a pretty amazing way to make the Bible a part of your life unto death and not just an accomplishment for one year or particular time frame. I am dying to put this plan into action and am hoping tonight will be the night. Nevertheless, I want to share the plan with more people and really get the word out because I think this program will change the way people meditate on the word.

The World’s Best Bible Reading Program

Be edified.

November 18, 2008

What Are You Anointed to Do?

Filed under: God,life — nickisym @ 1:53 pm
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Last week I gained a new weapon in the fight against low expectations and dissapointment. It came to me through my Bible Study teacher who had told our group a story about how he utilized this tool in his life to boost expectations and see God’s favor at work.

As a New Yorker, he was no stranger to the inconsistencies of the New York City Transit Authority and the dissapointment that abounds when after much struggle and swiping you watch the train whiz by you and down the dark tunnel. Because of this constant struggle he got in the habit of seeing himself in the future and speaking what he was believing. As he walked to the train station, he would say to himself, “I am anointed to catch the train.” He would walk in confidence that no sooner than he swiped his little yellow card that he would see the light at the end of the tunnel signaling the trains arrival. So, as he walked, swiped, and moved through the turnstyle, his thoughts and words to himself were manifested into a train pulling up right before his eyes. He kept this going for a while, choosing to claim his anointing for mundane things and then he moved on to claiming his anointing for other things God ordained him to do like, write a book.

I was amazed at this story of faith manifested and so I walked away from Bible Study that night thinking about how small faith makes big things happen. It’s like the scriptural edict about having the faith of a mustard seed. I took this little nugget of wisdom with me and the next day I decided to try it out for myself. As I ran down the stairs to catch the train I said, “I’m anointed to get a seat on this train.” As the door to the train opened and it looked like it might be a losing situation, I pressed forward, looked around and found my seat. “Thank You God,” I said as I took my seat and opened up my book. I’ve continued claiming seats on the train for about a week now.

So, I am sure there are people who are like, “So, you got a seat, that might not have been God, that could just be the results of an empty train.” Yeah, that could be it, but when you spend years fighting people for seats and having people nearly molest you because you are standing that close you have to give the credit to someone.

But really, this is no case of treating God like a genie in the bottle and more of a case of having something encouraging to say to yourself when your situation seems like it is determined to go wrong. I’ve found that speaking into myself in such a way has given me a confidence to claim what I believe I deserve. And besides that, I think it has relevance when you are claiming it for God’s glory. In my case, I’m usually claiming a seat so that I can read, be it the Bible or whatever supplemental book I am reading at the moment. Or sometimes I claim a seat because I need to sleep before going to liturgical dance rehearsal. For my Bible Study teacher, he may of needed to catch the train to make it to some important meeting or class on time so that he could continue to teach us in good faith. For you, you may claim the anointing for some other important matter which will bring glory to God in the end. There’s purpose in this I swear.

But if for no other reason, try it out. Start your day by speaking to yourself what you want to be anointed to do. Maybe you’re anointed to get through the day without cursing someone out. Or anointed to get to work on time. Or anointed to make all your deadlines this week. My teacher said that it was important to start out with the mundane. I’ve seen the relevance in starting with the mundane as well because God works in the little things in our life just as much as he does the big.

So, what are you anointed to do today?

November 17, 2008

Keeping Your Mind off Hard-Times

Filed under: God,life,randomness — nickisym @ 2:36 pm
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Loudmouth Protestant is tired, so very tired of reading the headlines, hearing the conversations, even receiving e-mails about the economy and the dire straits we are in. It’s not that I am trying to ignore what is going on around me, nor am I being apathetic to the situation, but I think that it shouldn’t rule our lives as much as it has been. It’s time to turn off the television, put down the paper, shut your friends up who are determined to obsess about whether they’ll be laid-off in the next few weeks, and focus your energy on something else. To that end, here’s my list of what to do to keep your mind off these hard times:

Open up the “Good Book”or a Good Book– The first will encourage you and help you to remember that God is ever present and diligent to address the concerns of his children’s hearts. The second will just take you away from this world–if only for a moment. My suggestions for the Good Book–Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Galatians, Hebrews 11. And a good book, check out “Midnight” by Sistah Souljah, “Called Out of Darkness” by Anne Rice, “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller or “A Pilgrim’s Progess” by John Bunyan

 

Hot Dog from Cute Overlaod

Hot Dog from Cute Overlaod

Surf the Web–preferably off the clock–I’ve taken an extreme liking to Cute Overload. Anytime I read some devastating news or am in a bad mood, I go straight to the site and my maladies are cured. Find the site that does that for you. I’d also suggest Internet window shopping. Sure, you are trying to tighten your belt, but there’s no harm in looking at new belts–bags, shoes, jeans–in the process.

Eat Great Food and Drink Great Wine– I’ve never confessed to being an emotional eater, but if I were to ever condone such behavior, now is the time. Instead of going to your favorite restaurant, learn to make the dish at home–or if you still prefer, go to the restaurant. Eat whatever you want–in moderation–work it off later, but be happy and thankful for good food and the provision thereof. As for wine, I’m no whino, but certainly can appreciate a good white on occasion. So make occasion for it.  (more…)

November 5, 2008

Moving Forward

Forget the former things, do not dwell in the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19

 

President-elect Barack Obama

President-elect Barack Obama

For the past week and a half a song has been playing continuously in my heart. Every morning that I’ve woken up since last Wednesday, October 29th, “Moving Forward” by Hezekiah Walker and Love Fellowship has been in my heart, in my mouth, on my mind and in me from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to sleep. I knew this song was speaking to something amazing that was about to happen in the next week and so I latched onto it and sung it as I walked down the streets and danced to it in my room on occasion. 

 

One week later, this morning, when I opened my eyes to this new day, the song started playing again. But this time, I was frozen in my bed and overcome with emotion for the historic news that was announced last night. Last night among hundreds of Obama supporters from all walks of life I celebrated our win. But this morning, I am celebrating His win and the fact that I know that the true reason why we are looking upon the face of an African-American man as the newly elected leader of the free world is because it was God’s will.

God’s grace has kept us to see this day that we thought we’d never see–but is anything too hard for our God? God’s grace kept us though we were slain–sold into slavery, murdered, hosed down, hung and drowned to death. God’s grace kept our parents to see the day that the hard work they did in fighting for the right to vote and the years they spent fighting for equality actually manifested itself into the greatest move man has ever seen. Where would we be without God’s grace? I don’t dare to think about it and I don’t dare to give anyone more praise for this victory than God.

There is yet work to be done but this moment we must celebrate the win, the victory in Jesus that was fully shown last night in the person of our president-elect Barack Obama. And I will–and you should–continue to carry “Moving Forward” the song and the concept in my life. Thank you my strong and mighty God!

“Not going back. I’m moving ahead. I’m here to declare to you my past is over. And you, things you may do, surrender my life to Christ, I’m moving forward…You make all things new. Yes, you make all things new. And I will follow you forward.” –“Moving Forward” Hezekiah Walker & LFC

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