Church vs. State


Church conversations and little talks were a tad bit on my nerves – people do not understand the difference between CHURCH and STATE and I have been really seeing that over the last 5 years. However, it is merely the CHURCH that has a HIGH LACK OF KNOWLEDGE about politics….

Yes…… I MAY BE A HISTORY AND POLITICAL JUNKIE – but overall most black churches are not involved intellectually like “they should”….

The problem of church and state has to do with institutions and the spheres of action that are appropriate for each. Here the concept of separation is valid. The government does not appoint bishops and pastors for the churches. Churches, meaning here all religious organizations, do not appoint presidents, governors, and judges. No religion can be favored over others or supported by taxes.

So can we STOP with the OBAMA foolishness! WE THE PEOPLE voted a regular man into office to run a WHOLE country and not a PASTOR to run the country…. There is a difference – seriously.

The state has no role or authority in defining beliefs relating to God and worship. The free exercise of religion is to be guaranteed. The state is neutral between particular religions and permits citizens to believe or not believe in God and to engage or not engage in religious practices or belong to religious organizations according to the dictates of their conscience.

There is no religious test for holding office……………….. If it was a criteria… AMERICA would surely be in big trouble!! Yikes.

Is religion one of many activities that deserves protection so that other interests are equally important in the eyes of the law? Or does it deserve
special consideration so that its claims outweigh all others? If the former, our ultimate loyalties and our relationship to God may be demeaned and set aside for lesser values. Yet religion may be the sponsor of what is bigoted, heinous, reprehensible, or even trivial.

How can we protect religious liberty as a precious right and at the same time avoid  its misguided, destructive, immoral, and hateful manifestations? To put it differently, society has a set of laws and practices regarding justice, medical practice, morality, decency and many other things.

When religious beliefs and practices are in conflict with what society has deemed necessary or important for the health and welfare of its citizens or
to guard their civil rights, what trumps what? How serious a breach of religious freedom can be tolerated for the sake of making secular law applicable to everyone? How reprehensible must an act be to eliminate its practice in the name of freedom of religion? Should individuals be allowed to discriminate in the name of religion against blacks or homosexuals or unmarried persons of the opposite sex where their own property or private prerogatives are concerned while a public institution should not? How do we distinguish between private and public in these cases?

How are we to weigh civil rights against freedom of religion? To shift the focus, is religious conviction merely an example of human subjective preference which we can change by another choice, or is it a transcendent objective demand that claims our allegiance in a compelling way so that we  have no choice but to be obedient to it?

The Constitution specifically names freedom of religion as a protected right. How much weight does it therefore have in relation to conflicting claims? I am just so over everytime I put on the news someone is trying to take GOD off of something….. No one is stating to take His name off of money!

Let me touch briefly on a subject that is still with us.  It involves a proposal by President George W. Bush. The issue of government support for  faith-based human services is  full of complications, dangers, ambiguities, and subtleties. The beauty of religiously-oriented social ministries is the potential for dealing with people as whole selves, i. e., giving them food for the soul as well as for the body. But this very unity poses the problem of how it is
Constitutionally permissible for the government to enable the providing of secular bread without funding sectarian religion.

If, on the other hand, the delivery of goods and services to the needy is totally divorced  from the religious dimension, in what meaningful sense is it any longer faith-based, apart from merely being sponsored by a religious group? Why shouldn’t the government fund a church soup kitchen if all that is dispensed is soup? Because, we say, what the church would spend on soup can now be spent on  the church bus. But maybe they would just serve more soup. Maybe the soup itself is a  witness to the faith behind it, but if it is, is that not a sponsorship of religion?

Would the government discriminate against some religious groups? But that is a matter of administrative practice not of Constitutional principle. What is a religious group? What  does faith-based mean? Can we think our way through this thicket without falling into confusion?

IM DONE……………… ugghhhh

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Finally The Votes!


A Pastor friend of mine just sent me this info and I am very in awe of some of the votes!!! Here is his email word for word…

Well, the numbers are in with close to 5,500 having taken my poll for the 2012 COGIC Leaders the results are below.  Please note that I closed the poll at midnight Saturday night, which might not reflect what will happen in the General Assembly due to Bishop J. Neal Haynes having an episode during the Official Day Service.

It was more that a struggle for him to complete a simple task of leading the congregation in the COGIC Statement of Faith.  If you paid close attention to your program Bishop Haynes was not originally on the program, but his daughter requested her father be added.  Seems that was a huge mistake now and just might be the reason he does not get back on the General Board.

Additionally, Sunday Night he had to be escorted out of the service by Bishop Daniels and an adjutant when it is rumored he became overwhelmed.  However, this is not the first time the National Church has an opportunity to see there is an issue with Bishop Haynes, four years ago during his speech to be re-elected to the General Board he told the story on how he met his wife and most recently during the Bishop’s Conference in Detroit he interrupted Bishop Blake’s message that he would give an offering of $10,000.

Top 12 for General Board

1. Bishop Charles E. Blake, Incumbent (4830) 2. Bishop J. Drew Sheard (4740) 3. Bishop Phillip A. Brooks, Incumbent (4270)

4. Bishop Sedgwick Daniels, Incumbent (4240) 5. Bishop Jerry W. Macklin​, Incumbent (4220) 6. Bishop J Neal Haynes​, Incumbent (4020)

7. Bishop Brandon Porter (3770) 8. Bishop George D. McKinney​, Incumbent (3730) 9. Bishop Frank Otha White​, Incumbent (3690)

10. Bishop Roy L. H. Winbush​, Incumbent (3610) 11. Bishop Nathaniel W. Wells, Incumbent (3060) 12. Bishop Dwight Green (2960)

13. Bishop Prince Bryant (2120) 14. Bishop Ted Thomas,​Sr. (2000) 15. Bishop Martin Luther Johnson (1990) 16. Bishop Matthew Williams (1940)

17. Bishop George Adebanjo (1760) 18. Bishop William T. Cahoon (1660) 19. Bishop Bobby Henderson (1550) 20. Bishop Rufus Kyles,  ​Jr. (1460)

21. Bishop Lawrence Wooten (1420) 22. Bishop G Wesley Hardy Sr. (1240) 23. Bishop Felton Smith (1240)

Presiding Bishop Bishop Charles E. Blake (3870) Bishop Nathaniel W. Wells, Incumbent (850)

General Secretary Bishop Joel Harley Lyles Jr., Incumbent (4730)

Financial Secretary Bishop Frank Anthone White, Incumbent (5200)

Treasurer Elder Charles Mason Patterson Sr., Acting (4580) Elder Jerry B. Madkins Jr. (720)

Top 15 for Trustee

1. Mrs. Sylvia H. Law, Incumbent (4630) 2. Mrs. Mildred Linzy, Incumbent (4610) 3. Dr. Joseph Chase​, Incumbent (4320)

4. Ms. Cari Barnes, Incumbent (4200) 5. Mrs. Georgia Lowe (4060) 6. Elder David Hall Jr. (3850) 7. Elder Amos Smith, Incumbent (3610)

8. Supt. Dwight E. Walls Sr., Incumbent (3560) 9. Elder Michel Golden Jr. (3300) 10. Mrs. Sandra Smith Jones (3250)

11. Supt. Melton R. Timmons (3030) 12. Dr. Peter  Davis (2910) 13. Elder Josephus Shepherd (2850) 14. Elder Thomas Goodwyn (2840)

15. Elder Aaron Litzsey (2830) 16. Supt. William Watson III (2810) 17. Elder Robert Dean (2740) 18. Elder Kendall Anderson (2680)

19. Elder Timothy Johnson (2680) 20. Elder Darin Burns (2670) 21. Elder Kenneth Williams (2390) 22. Supt. Jerome Strickland Sr. (2280)

23. Elder Kenneth W. Newman Sr. (2000)

Alright…. ON MY WAY TO CHURCH NOW >>> so late!

Distance Can Be Your Friend….


Distance for some loved ones is what is needed to maintain at least a satisfatory relationship……for some people it is good to stay in contact by way of technology…..you are not too close and not too far but there is a way that you can always stay in touch with one another..if need be

However, Loving a few people from a distance and give them the space and time that is needed so that they can get their minds right….their actions right…their motives right before you allow them back into your life… Again it is our individual choice / decision whom we let enter our lives….

Forget the slogan of reason…season and lifetime… sometimes there are people who do not even FIT at all and we still try to “find a space for them” or a nice cozy undeserving slot… why do it if we know FROM THE BEGINNING that they do not belong in your life….let alone NEAR US?

I am sure that we all have been there….. but the difference is that I STOPPED it.. now it is your turn!! Stop letting people enter who are not welcomed!

Thinking of my buddy Phil ( for single and married couples ) and all of his great wisdom right now….. much love my friend!

So Glad 4 the Rain…


Welp my baby had practice and there is a Steeler game that someone had given us tcikets to….. I do NOT do the rain….. and now I am trying to find two people to give these tickets to because I am so not going to be sitting in a stadium voting for a team that I dont really care for anyway… Oh by the way did I mention that the temperature is already in the midst of dropping as I type this right now? Cold weather does not bless my life at all! LOL

HOWEVER……place Ray Lewis from  our team… The Baltimore Ravens on the field and we will get drenched in the rain! LOL

Go RAVENS!! My son really does not want to sit in the rain as welll but of course HIS REPLY WAS, Mommy….. we can sit in the box with your friend! Ugghhh he is soo spoiled and BOX or NO BOX…. No game tonight…. He may not know it yet but we are going to church!! LOL

This face has been told NO 3 times today!!!! Surely he ^^^^^^^^^does not know what is going on!! LOL  God knows that he will live and be alright!!

Maybe it is my fault… I did get him season tickets for The Pittsburgh Pirates for the last 5 years and the last year we also sat in boxed in sections…He is spoiled… so I will take the blame!

2 Headaches……


I tried so hard not to laugh at this but I was not able to ….  The guy above me needs Gabbby Douglas and then I felt bad for chuckling so hard and I stopped UNTIL this little boy below…I felt HORRIBE that I laughed.. but where is the adult supervision at this bowling alley? I am serious!

Whew Jesus, the little boy slipping on the floor and with this HEAVY bowling ball almost knocking him through the floor was so not cool! Did you see how HARD this little boy’s HEAD SMACKED THE FLOOR? Some serious damage was going on here….. Yikes……….

Baptisms Are A Blessing –


My daughter was getting ready to get baptized and we wer ALL so super exited…..

Of course, we cannot leave out her twin brother as well…. I recall this day like it was yesterday

I feel that everyone should get baptized at least 4 times in their lives…. TO ME, it just makes more sense because each session has its OWN INDIVIDUAL MEANING..

When a child gets Christianed – that is the parents way of giving their child back to God and the child is usually no older than 2 months old.

Then you figure when the kids are between the ages of 5 to 12 again it is the parents way of trying to rear and guide their children since they are NOW OF AGE and ” somewhat ” have an understanding of what it is to live for Christ.

Then between the ages of  14 to 18 the parent almost scares the kids into holiness or hell and the teenagers want to get baptized out of mostly fear instead of understanding / being taught the wrath of God as well as the LOVE of God. Parents are so afraid that their kids will become rebellious, sexual, tap into drugs etc..etc. but fear only works on a temporary basis!

Then when a person becomes an adult and they realized that THEY need to take the right steps without “mommy or daddy ” coaching them into doing what is right. Because, we love our kids but they certainly have to CHOOSE and make this decision on their own!

Again – this way makes sense TO ME –

When Normal Was Reality


I was going through a few photos that I found of family members and I almost SCREAMED out loud because when I viewed them it was super indeed bitter / sweet… Seriously it was / is…

Like God…. REALLY? Why and and How are the two main culprit questions that I am tired of dissecting! Keeping your family on common ground is simply EXHAUSTING! Trust me….

God knows that my family used to be SIMPLY AMAZING, really we all were!! I am praying that everyone REALLY soul searches and see the part (s) that they have played as well as STILL playing in regards to keeping the family split…. Life is too short for foolishness is it not?

Heavenly Father, Please shine your light upon my family, Give us strength to overcome all of the
difficulties that we are dealing with now and protect us against any and all problems
we may encounter in the future.  Oh Lord, please bring us together as we are meant to be. May the love that binds us only grow stronger as we fulfill the destiny you have laid out for us. Grant my family forgiveness for any sins we have committed.

May we also forgive one another Lord, as it is sometimes difficult to do… GEESH!!

Bless us Lord, In your name I pray, Amen