Do You Know Him?

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As I sit this morning having my coffee I ponder on what it is that I could leave you with as another year ends and we prepare to enter into a new one. There is really nothing new that I can say to you other then what I have encouraged you in over the last 364 days of this year, which is to continue to encourage, uplift and inspire you into your destiny.

Just as every church service is never ended without them offering you a relationship with Christ so will I do with the ending of this year. If you do not know him or would like to recommit yourself know that it is never too late. I highly encourage you to get to know Him. I can not promise that every day will be Sunday but I do promise you that it will be life changing.

Jesus is not a Tradition some passed down story. He is the GREATEST EDITION WRITTEN and TOLD.

His Rendition is FREE and cannot be sold. He paid a cost for the Victory of your SOUL

You dont want to ever live or die without this Book of Volume expressing his LOVE.

Its a story about You and HOW God so loved the world He sent his SON from ABOVE

You cant get the Addition until you allow Him to make the DIFFERENCE in your LIFE.

Jesus plus you now that Sums it up and lessens a WHOLE lot of your STRIFE.

Its worth it when you divide it all up. Add Him and it will be WRITTEN of you in His Final Edition- THE LAMBS BOOK OF LIFE!

When the curtain call is made, will it say you deleted, blocked or dismissed him? MMM! Or will you see Him at peace. This is the inheritance for His BRIDE, His WIFE.

Get back in the BOOK. Rewrite your hook of grace. Be grateful He specializes in Blotting out your foolish mistakes.

He remembers them no more as you RETURN for your robe and your ring. HE owns the best white out heaven can make.

He forgives and he forgets and tosses out your stuff as far as the east is to the west.

Unlike men who remembers your past while forgetting their own rearview all the while just strengthening your TEST.

Trust in This JESUS and you will be blessed as can be. Even by THIS Son of man who was cursed on the Tree

I dare you to forget every other fairy-tale story you may have ever told and learn of His REAL DIVINITY, CHRIST the LORD

Then soon and very soon he will say unto you His sheep, “Enter into my REST, Well Done thy good and faithful you passed the test, Come aboard!

A CHRIST WORSHIPER In ME!
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the tradition of men, and not according to Christ. For in Jesus Christ dwells all the fullness of God”

Jody K Young

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What Is Kwanzaa?

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I know since I was younger I have heard about Kwanzaa. Never quite understood it or knew what it was. To be honest with you I really was not even interested out of ignorance. As I grow I realize how important it is to educate myself on other cultures and how other people do things. In those efforts I seek to help you understand as well.

What Is Kwanzaa?
In 1966 Dr. Maulana Karenga created a uniquely African American and Pan-African holiday called Kwanzaa, which is celebrated from December through January first. Kwanzaa is related to many African celebrations of the first harvest. The name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which translates as first fruits.

In African-American culture Kwanzaa is a time for five fundamental activities:

To reestablish interpersonal bonds

To express reverence to the creator

To commemorate and honor ancestors

To commit to following cultural ideals

To celebrate life, family, community and culture

Kwanzaa recognizes and celebrates these 7 principles of African culture:

Umoja (unity): To work towards unity with others whether family members or members of a larger community.

Kujichagulia (self-determination): To define oneself and find one’s unique voice in the world

Ujima (collective work and responsibility): To cooperate in community building and problem solving

Ujamaa (cooperation): To build and sustain business from which the community as a whole profits

Nia (purpose): To collectively strive towards cultural unity based on tradition

Kuumba (creativity): To use our creativity to improve our community

Imani (faith): To believe in each other, our leaders, and the righteousness of our struggle

During Kwanzaa, children receive gifts of books and heritage symbols. The book represents the value of learning recognized since ancient Egypt and the symbol is to remind the child of his or her commitment to African traditions.

Kwanzaa colors are red, green, and black. A mat (called a mkeka) is laid on a table and decorated with 7 candles representing the 7 principles and one is lit on each day of Kwanzaa. Ears of corn are placed on the mkeka, along with a unity cup (called a kikombe cha umoja) for pouring libations in honor of the ancestors. The mkeka is also decorated with beautiful art objects and books that represent the best that African culture has to offer.

The final day of Kwanzaa is set aside for reflection. Celebrants spend this day in quiet contemplation and maintain a peaceful, humble attitude towards others. It is a time for individuals to answer three questions:

Who am I?

Am I really who I say I am?

Am I all I ought to be?

Answering these questions honestly can bring about a renewed commitment to being the best we can be and to honoring the time honored African cultural traditions. Kwanzaa does not reflect any religion but rather plays tribute to ancient cultural values and traditions.

Jody K Young

The Reason For The Season

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For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder…” (Isaiah 9:6a, NKJ)

When Jesus came to earth, He brought with Him everything you need to live a life of victory. He came as a little baby, but He was empowered with all authority in heaven and earth. When you make Him your Lord and Savior, He gives you access to all of His resources. You have access to His peace, power, authority, provision, joy and strength. He brought all of this “unto us” when He came to earth. Unto us a child is born…unto us victory is given. Unto us peace is given. Unto us provision is given. Unto us hope and healing are given. Unto us eternal life is given!

Whatever you may have need of today, remember, when Jesus came into the world, He made a way for every one of your needs to be met spiritually, emotionally and physically. Surrender your life to Him and receive all the spiritual blessings He has in store for you!

Jody K Young

Merry Christmas

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The 12 Prayers of Christmas

1. LOVE – Lord, help us follow the way of love – let the love of Christ compel us (1 Corinthians 14:1; 2 Corinthians 5:14).

2. JOY – Restore the joy of Your salvation to us; let us experience the joy of Your presence (Psalm 51:12; 16:11).

3. PEACE – Let Your peace rule and guard our hearts; give us more of You – You are our peace (Colossians 3:15; Philippians 4:7; Ephesians 2:14).

4. HOPE – Enlighten the eyes of our heart so that we may know the hope You called us to (Ephesians 1:18).

5. FAVOR – Let Your favor rest on us (Luke 2:52).

6. LIFE – Shine Your light of life on us; help us to walk in it (Job 33:30; Psalm 56:13).

7. SALVATION – Help us to fear You so we can unlock the treasure of Your salvation (Isaiah 33:6).

8. SELFLESSNESS – Keep us from self-seeking attitudes that reject truth (Romans 2:8).

9. GENEROSITY – Make us rich in ways that result in generosity on our part so You will be praised (2 Corinthians 9:11).

10. RECEIVING – Help us receive Your kingdom, Your Spirit, and Your grace (Daniel 7:18; John 20:22; Romans 5:17).

11. SEEKING – Encourage us to seek Your face with all our hearts (Deuteronomy 4:29; Psalm 27:8).

12. PRAISE – We ascribe glory to Your name, Lord; we come before You in worship for You are holy (1 Chronicles 16:28-29).

Jody K Young

Light Of God

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When darkness overtakes the godly, light will come bursting in. (Psalm 112:4, NLT)

Everyone goes through seasons of difficulty or times when things just seem dark. During these challenging times, know that you are not alone. God has a plan to drive out the darkness—He will flood you with His light! Notice that in today’s verse it doesn’t say, “The light will come trickling in.” No, it says that the light will come bursting in! That means suddenly, you will see God’s goodness. Suddenly, you’ll be promoted. Suddenly, the answer will come!

If you’ve been going through a difficult time, get ready for the goodness of God in a new way. Know that His light is about to come bursting in! Get ready for breakthroughs. Get ready for promotion. Get ready for restoration. You may have had that problem for a long, long time, but today could be the day that it turns around. Suddenly, things can change! God wants His glory to be seen on you. He wants you to stand out in the crowd. He wants you to be so blessed that everyone around you can see His goodness on you! So keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping and keep declaring His Word because His light is going to come bursting in!

Jody K Young

A Personal Story

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A Personal Story

I guess one could say that life is rarely an easy journey.

In life, we experience all kinds of pain, from thousands of different sources. A paper cut, a lost love, rejection, isolation, cruel words and actions, you name it.

Perhaps there is a memory of a particularly embarrassing speech you gave in seventh grade, or, a broken heart that just won’t heal. A memory that makes you cringe every time you look back at it.

Perhaps you had wished that this memory had never happened, had never occured. It would only be normal to wish your woes away.

However, have you ever thought of how you felt after you had healed those wounds? After the salt had stopped seeping into the cut? Perhaps you felt like you learned something, perhaps you didn’t, maybe, even now, you remain bitter, lost in the throes of the past.

But, even if those memories are so painful, they are so incredibly precious because each one of them is an experience. An experience that might have hurt you so badly at the time, but most likely provided a lesson of sorts.

It doesn’t have to be deep, the memory could have been something as simple as running on ice and then falling down and scraping your knees. Chances were, after doing it once (or a few times over), you figured you’d better not run on ice. Now, take that example and apply it to your life, replacing the ice with perhaps a backstabbing friend and the running with trust. The lesson then would be not to trust someone who has already betrayed you.

Now, you don’t have to agree with everything I’m saying. I’m just trying to get one point across here, that when something hurts you, it usually makes you stronger. You learn from the past and apply it to the future. You learn, mature, and change.

So, the next time you are looking back and cringing at a painful memory, remember that the experience has helped to shape who you are and that without that experience, you would not be who you are right now. Cry if you have to. But, stop being embarrassed about something that happened three years ago, stop worrying about what those people said in the fifth grade, stop caring what they thought of you in junior high.

Stop hurting yourself with the past.

Because, your path in life has shaped who you are now. And if you want to love yourself, and you want to be happy, you have got to let go of the past. And be yourself, be you.

Keep all those painful memories in stride, but don’t let them get to you. Cry if you have to, cry.

Do what you want to. Live how you want to. Love who you want to. And don’t give second thought to what anyone else says. Because, everyone is unique, everyone has something different to offer.

And now, as my thoughts cease to come to me with such ease, I sit and remember all the good times, and all of the bad times. And I smile. I would like it if everyone could be so at peace with themselves and smile, instead of crying or aching at the memories.

So please, smile.

Jody K Young

Connecticut elementary school shooting

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All I can say is LORD HAVE MERCY!!!! We are certainly living in our last days. It is more important to pray now days then we have ever before.

Multiple people have been killed in a shooting at an elementary school. CNN is reports that there is possibly more then 2 dozen people who have been killed. The gun man is reported dead.

20 kids have been killed and 6 adults.

The shooting was reported at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in western Connecticut. State police say Newtown police called them at about 9:40 a.m. On 12/15/12 about the reports.

Newtown is in northern Fairfield County, about 45 miles southwest of Hartford and 80 miles northeast of New York City.

Eight-year-old Alexis Wasik, a third-grader at the school, said police were checking everybody inside the school before they were escorted to the firehouse.

One child who was interviewed leaving the school said that there was shattered glass everywhere. A police officer ran into the classroom and told them to run outside and keep going until the reach the firehouse.

Details are still being revealed. Please lets keep these people in our prayers!~

Jody K Young