There is salvation only in Jesus

There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them. (Acts 4:12 NLT)

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The police and racism

I usually don’t comment much concerning these issues. Truth is, I have a hard time taming my filter. Being a mentor and advocate of our youth, and having several family members and friends with careers in the police force today often reminds me of my sanity – that we need to remain focused and stand together as these times begin to get closer to a serious bowling point. I don’t ever want to hear that one of my very own have been hurt due to the horrific behaviors of others who abuse their authority.

Now, if someone has never been through or had to deal with racism, and or, Police brutality, then they really have no right saying, “Can’t we all just get along?”

Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, I have during my teens and well into adulthood, had to deal with both references. I still deal with racist individuals today.

I’ve been physically beaten down by racist police during my early 20’s over false statements and mistaken identity. I just didn’t know my rights back then 😡. I can tell you honestly, that all I wanted was the life taken from each officer that was a part of that scene. Even thinking of it today, I’m feeling a way.

During that incident, I was called all sorts of nigger references and witnessed first hand, the evil in man. The rage and anger they had towards me was in their eyes – just because I was a black male.

So, each time I hear of senseless killings today, I get reminded and almost wish harm on the officers. It’s not to the point of hatred and wanting retaliation because I’ve matured and grown in knowledge over the years, but I’m reminded that the same thing almost happened to me had one officer not intervened and pulled me from that scene.

The fact is now we cannot continue to be ignorant when knowledge is given each and every day. We must utilize our minds more; think critically before responding so quickly, and most of all, pray. This is the only solid grounds that has and continues to assist me when I get into those feelings.

Now this doesn’t excuse those fools that have illegal intent as their careers…not that they deserve brutality, but there are hard working individuals – whether families or students who are also subject to those who don’t care about others.We need laws, and we need the police to do their jobs – serve and protect.

So as a people, educate yourself because knowledge is key. Until we do, no matter what we say or what we see, nothing is going to change. We are only given power to the evil powers that continues to lead the non-thinkers into the same trap.

Marshall Law is awaiting around the corner. It’s a black & white problem. But know that these things have to happen. Don’t  just willingly give your rights away.

Peace and blessings always,

– Brother Art

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Good News for the Opressed

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me; because the Lord has appointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to announce that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, He will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the Lord has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for His own glory. ( Isaiah 61 : 1 – 4 NLT )

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Thank You Lord

Psalm 9: 1, 2 – “I will thank you; Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.”

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Please, God, rescue me!

Psalm 70:1 – 5 (NLT): Please, God, rescue me! May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!” But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!” But I am poor and needy; please hurry to my aid, O God. You are my helper and my savior; O Lord, do not delay!

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God is my Rock

“Be to me a protecting rock of safety, where I am always welcome. Give the order to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress.” (Psalm 71 : 3 NLT )

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Thank God for His Grace

We don’t get what we deserve in God’s kingdom. If we did, we’d all get hell. We get precisely the opposite of what is considered fair on earth – we get what we don’t deserve. That’s grace. _Brother Art & Destiny (iTunes and all major online stores)

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