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Rick Ross, Diddy and the Holy Ghost. Wait, what? - Brandon Dixon

 

 

 

First and foremost, let's not waste any time calling this song out for what it is. It's blasphemy.

 

The song I'm referring to is "Holy Ghost", the lead single from Rick Ross's newest mixtape "Rich Forever". In the song, both Rick Ross and Diddy take turns referring to the Holy Ghost with a complete lack of reverence and twisting scriptures.

 

There are so many things wrong with this track, and it serves as a sobering commentary on the direction our society is headed. Let's take a look at a few excerpts:

 

"Being dead broke is the root of all evil."

- Rick Ross

 

"Father, please protect me from broke-ness."

-Diddy

 

"You talkin to the Holy Ghost, I'm smoking till I overdose."

- Rick Ross

 

"I'm forever dope, touched by the Holy Ghost."

-Rick Ross

 

"You see, they hate what they don't understand. Father forgive them, for they know not what they do."

- Diddy

 

As you can see, the song presents a terribly distorted view of Biblical principles. 1 Timothy 6:10 clearly states that the love of money is the root of all evil. Not broke-ness. Proverbs 11:4 states "Riches profit not in the day of wrath; but righteousness delivers from death." Instead, this song promotes the idea that God exists solely to provide us with great riches. Anyone who is broke must be influenced by the devil, and obviously doesn't have the kind of relationship with the Father that Ross and Diddy have. (The ironic thing is, that as twisted as that view is, it's actually taught from many pulpits every Sunday morning. It's called the prosperity gospel. But you didn't hear that from me.)

 

Many people, believers and non-believers alike, are under the false assumption that God is a vending machine, and the benefit in coming to Christ is that you'll automatically be blessed with wealth, health and anything else you desire. Insert tithes and faith, and voila! Out pops whatever it is that you're believing God for. How convenient!

 

Unfortunately, that's not how it works.

 

The Christian life ain't always easy. In fact, the Bible promises us that we will endure trials, tribulations and persecution for His name's sake. Our peace, joy and satisfaction is in God, and in Him alone. Not money, cars and jewels.

 

Got plenty money? Great. Provide for your family, and pray that God will show you how to be a blessing to others who are less fortunate.

 

Funds low? Be content with what you do have. God has promised to supply our needs, and He will. Find comfort and joy in your relationship with God, family and fellowship with other beleivers.

 

True happiness, joy and peace aren't found in the material things. If you're chasing money and wealth, you'll never be satisfied. You'll always want more, and you'll probably end up neglecting things that are more important (relationship with God, wife, family, friends) in order to attain that level of wealth. Some people will do anything to make more money, and to me that's bondage. At the end of the day, that money will end up controlling you. I'd rather live in the freedom that Christ brings, personally.

 

So no, Rick Ross. Being dead-broke is NOT the root of all evil. Worshipping money, is. The reason he equates riches with the Holy Ghost, is because money IS his god. And that's fine. If he wants to worship money and have it control and dictate every move he makes, that's all right with me. I'll be praying for his deliverance.

 

Just keep my God out of it.

The Tim Tebow phenomenom, and why it has nothing to do with football - Brandon Dixon

 

 

 

In an NFL season chock full of riveting games and compelling storylines, one man has managed to dominate the headlines, stirring up seemingly endless debate amongst, well, just about everyone.

 

That man, is Timothy Tebow.

 

For those of you who don't know, Tim Tebow is currently the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. His collegiate career was nothing short of spectacular. He won two national championships, a Heisman trophy, and is widely considered one of the greatest college football players of all time. But here are the main two things you need to know about Tebow.

 

1. His game is incredibly unorthodox. Your grandmother has better throwing form than Tebow does.

 

2. He is an unabashed, unapologetic, and unashamed Beleiver, and reminds everyone of this every chance he gets.

 

Tebow has surpassed Lebron in being the most polarizing figure in sports, and the constant discussion about him has primarily centered around the two aforementioned points.

 

Football purists refuse to beleive that Tebow has any chance of ever being a competent NFL quarterback, pointing at his flawed mechanics and the fact that he just doesn't fit the typical mold of a NFL QB. Tebow supporters point out that those same mechanics have got Tebow this far, and that his infectious personality, exceptional leadership skills and unquenchable will to win is what has, and will, allow him to be successful.

 

Non-beleivers have a problem with Tebow, generally because he mentions and gives thanks to God during just about every interview. They feel that by doing this, Tebow is forcing his "religion" down their throats. Former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer recently stated that he wishes Tebow would "just shut up after a game". "I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ, then I think I'll like him a little better. I don't hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff," said Plummer.

 

Tebow's response?

 

"If you're married and you have a wife and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife 'I love her' the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity? That's how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ."

 

Here's where we get to the real core of the whole Tebow-mania thing. I think the reason Tim Tebow makes so many people uncomfortable, is because he challenges people to think outside of the comfortable realm of what they believe to be real and true.

 

The football purists are rattled because they can't come up with a logical reason why Tebow is having success. They've got their formula of what makes for a successful NFL quarterback, and anything that doesn't line up with what they've concluded from years of research and observation, must fail.

 

Only Tebow isn't failing.

 

Non-beleivers are frustrated because they're not used to seeing a person being inherently, a good human being. One of the biggest reasons people shy away from the faith is because they fear that they can't possibly live by the standards set in the Bible. (In and of themselves, they can't. But that's another blog for another day.) Most of the non-beleivers I've talked to argue that NO one can, and it's not hard to understand why they feel that way when ministers left and right are having their "transgressions" exposed to the world.

 

Only Tebow hasn't had anything exposed (so far).

 

The frustration lies in the fact that, so far, nobody can find anything blatantly wrong with the guy. Everyone who has come in contact with him on a personal level, says he's legit. Fellow students at Florida have acknowledged that even though Tebow could have had his pick of the females on campus, he never took advantage. He always seems to say the right thing. No matter how many verbal jabs other players take at him, he responds in love; never losing his cool.

 

It makes people think....what if?

 

What if there IS another way? A better way? What if the way we've always done things, the way society has trained us to think, feel and respond is wrong? What if there IS more to life than just the bottom line? What if it IS possible to live pure and treat other people the way we want to be treated? What if the sports teams, coaches and players that we deify aren't quite as important in the grand scheme of things as we make them out to be? What if we don't have everything figured out through science, research and formulas? What if we're not as smart as we think we are?

 

What if there really is something, or someone....greater?

 

Look, Tim Tebow isn't perfect. No one walking this earth is. Even as believers, we're saved by grace through faith. But I LOVE what Tebow is doing. And not because I think I'm perfect, either. I'm FAR from it. To be honest, watching Tim Tebow unashamedly profess his love for Christ on that kind of platform and really live it out, challenges me. He has WAY more to lose than I do, but he continues to proclaim the gospel to anyone who will listen. It convicts me to do a better job of sharing my faith.

 

I'm rooting for Tim Tebow to keep winning. The more he wins, the more he will push Christ to the forefront, and make non-believers start to wonder if there's some truth behind what Tebow is promoting.

 

And I'm all for that.

Living The UNPLUGGED Life - Brandon Dixon

What does it mean to "live the Unplugged life?" I mean, what am I unplugging from anyways? I'm not an electronic device!

 

No, you're not an electronic device. But you are plugged into a source.

 

Let me give you an example. Let's say that source is money, that's the thing that gets your wheels turning; the thing that motivates you to get up in the morning. That's understandable. From day one, society encourages us to get good grades, go to college and then spend the rest of your life making as much money as you possibly can for you and your family. Get yourself a fancy pad, and a fly whip. Sounds like a pretty good source to be plugged into, right?

 

But let's add some Biblical perspective. Look at Job. He had aaaalla that. Jay-Z didn't invent swag. Job did. Satan figured that if Job's riches were taken away, he would curse God's name. See, Satan was under the impression that Job's source was that money. Wrong. Of course, Job wasn't thrilled about having his riches stripped from him, but he praised God anyhow.

 

Why? Because God was his source! Not the paper. Or donkeys, land and/or cattle....whatever wealth consisted of those days. You get the point. Job, was living the Unplugged life.

 

"Whatever you are plugged into is your source, and if that source fails, you fail." --Joshua Eze

 

Wise words from a decent man; and the very idea on which the Unplugged ministry is based. We live in this society, this world; but we have to be Unplugged from it. This requires somewhat of a delicate balance, because you don't want to isolate yourself to the point where you have no idea what's going on in the world and can't effectively relate to or reach the lost. But you also don't want to become so immersed in the culture that folks can't tell you apart from anyone else.

 

Hopefully, this blog will help illustrate what it looks like to maintain that delicate balance in our daily walk with Christ. We'll talk about topics that we as saints deal with on a daily basis, as well as discuss politics, sports, pop culture, or anything else that's relevant in our world today. All through the lens of scripture.

 

So enjoy! I pray that this blog will edify and uplift all of you as we walk this thing out together, living the UNPLUGGED life!

 

 

 

Where Does Love Begin - Coach Josh

 

 

 

Just a thought: Where does love begin?

 

Many people in our world today believe that it’s impossible to love, they believe that their risk, in choosing love, is the reason for their broken relationships or their weakened marriages… they believe that love is an impossible task and wonder why it doesn’t last… 

 

But is love the problem?

 

Let’s see where Love begins…

 

Jesus was asked by a Scribe what were the 2wo greatest commandments and Jesus answered him saying that we should love God with our whole being and to love others as we love ourselves…

When I read this passage something so powerful stuck out to me…

 

It says that we should love others as we love ourselves, and as I was reading this I saw the formula that causes the collapse in what we call love…

 

I thought to myself

 

If we don’t first love ourselves then how will we be able to love others and to love God with our whole self… ?

 

The reason why we don’t love others and don’t love God genuinely is because we don’t genuinely love ourselves

 

The oldest trick in the book by satan and enforced by his demons is to have us hate our selves, to harbor insecurities, to despise the way we look, to have us on a never ending road of comparing ourselves but never loving each other… he knows that if I can have them hate themselves they will never love others or their love for others will only match the low capacity of love that they have for themselves, and if they don’t love themselves or others then they will definitely not love God whole heartedly, he also knows what the Bible says in 1 John 4:20;

 

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his/her brother (sister, mother, husband, wife, co-worker, neighbor etc), he/she is a liar; for the person who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

 

He knows that it is illogical to say you love God who you can’t see but not love those who you see everyday!

 

Love begins with us…

 

God is love and in Him love exists and it was, through his love, that created the world,

it was through his love and mercy that he sustains, so perfectly the universe, but is that love complete?

 

Surely it is but what about us?

 

We have to understand that if we do not love ourselves it will carry over to our choices,

 

If I don’t genuinely love myself I will settle for what I THINK love is and not what I KNOW love is…

 

If I don’t genuinely love myself then I will, through the lack of love for myself, not love others as I should,

 

If I don’t love myself then I will not have a foundation to show love to others and I will be blind to the needs of God and others

Are you blind?

 

Do you love YOU?

 

Many people will say Josh I love me? Some of yall may love YOU more than you should lol but be real with yourself…

Look at all the choices you have made in your life from 5 minutes ago until like 7 years ago?

 

Look at the people you’ve dated or are dating/ married to now, look at the places you’ve been or still go, look at your habits, look at what you eat and what you are addicted too…

 

Do you really love you?

 

If we truly loved ourselves we wouldn’t make the choices we make, if we truly loved ourselves we wouldn’t allow this person or that person access to our lives,

 

When we are too busy looking for love in all the wrong places we will never show love in all the right places…

When we are looking for love in all the wrong places we will never have time to show love to those who we are responsible to (spouse, family and children)

 

If we are looking for love in all the wrong places we will never have time for God, we may say we love him but we really don’t… the Bible says they honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from Him…

 

Imagine if you genuinely loved you? Imagine if you set high standards for yourself? Imagine if you didn’t give everyone access to you? Where would your life be today?

 

God loves you… this is true but it won’t become valid in your mind until you can look in that mirror and say that you genuinely love YOU, because the moment you begin to love yourself you will be freed to see how to love others and from loving others you will know what it means to love God…

 

Today Love YOU

 

 

Here are some videos that may help

 

How to deal with Insecurities 

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=539253859572

 

 

 

Love Begins with YOUR choice to Love God and from Gods love you will know how to love yourself and how to love others!

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