Soul Fiber: Knowledge is Power

Dr. Pj“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledgeBecause you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.Hosea 4:6 New King James

Dr. Chenelle Jones, a criminologist makes the observation that the police should treat people fairly and with respect but, as we are seeing on the news and in the newspapers, cops often misuse and abuse their authority. She offers the following tips for interacting with the police:

1         When you notice the police car and the officer is signaling for you to pull over, DON’T RUN! The best way to handle the situation is to pull over in a safe, well lit location.

2         Keep your hands visible and don’t get out of the car unless the officer asks. It is perceived as an act of aggression if you get out of your car.

3         Only show your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and registration upon request. If the officer doesn’t ask for it, don’t offer it. 

4         Be respectful! Getting stopped by the police is a frustrating experience – stay calm [and kind] and don’t argue, even if you believe you are innocent.

5         Don’t cuss out the cops! Remember you have the right to remain silent. You do not want to say anything that the police can use against you. If they ask you questions about what you are doing, where you are going, why you are in a particular area, etc., DON’T RESPOND. It’s really none of their business.

6         Always speak with an attorney first!

7         Don’t consent to a search. If they want to search your things (including cell phones), they can get a warrant.

8         If you are stopped, questioned, or frisked, ask the officer if you are under arrest. If the officer says “no, you are not under arrest,” then you are free to leave. WALK AWAY!

9         If you are arrested, DO NOT RESIST! Comply and state your case later in court.

10     Write down the officer’s badge number, identify individuals who may have witnessed the event, take pictures of any injuries that were incurred during the stop, and file an official complaint with the department’s internal affairs division.

The report of abuse at the hand(s) toward Black men and Black boys are suspiciously higher than other men and boys. Evenso, we must drill the words of Dr. Chenelle Jones into our men on every level – church, home, workplace, etc., and so as to position them to reap the power that comes with knowledge.

Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,

their families and, especially their children.

Soul Fiber: Amazing Grace

combined photo8-10 But God, dear Lord,I only have eyes for you. Since I’ve run for dear life to you,take good care of me. Psalm 141:8 The Message

There’s a little song that goes something like this: In shady green pastures so rich and so sweet, God leads God’s dear children alone. Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet, God leads God’s dear children along. Some through the waters, some through the flood; some through the fire and all through the blood; some through great sorrows but God gives a song through the night season and all the day long. Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright God leads God’s dear children along; Sometimes in the valley in darkest of night God leads God’s dear children along.

In contemporary times we have such clichés as “where God leads God feeds” and “where God go’s God grows.” While these and other catchy sayings may be helpful, there are few languages more universal than music. We learn our ABC’s through music. We develop appreciations for hymns, Negro Spirituals, Gospel, classical, R & B, Jazz, Blues, and Christian Rap through music. And, most importantly, many of us have learned about love, prayer, and Holy Writ through music. The little introductory song/chorus references Psalm 23 and saving grace through the sacrificial Blood of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Clipping along at 70 mph on the freeway, a vehicle pulled out about 500 feet in front of me giving me only the narrow left berm as a means of avoiding a terrible accident. There was no time to think about a cliché or even to make a formal request for help. As I think back, there wasn’t even time to panic or pray “Lord, have mercy.” O, but thanks be unto God, I was miraculous spared from a potentially fatal accident. It was as if angels prepared an invisible passage, extending the berm so as to keep my vehicle upright and narrowly missing a collision.

Is that amazing (miraculous, incredible, marvelous) grace (favor, compassion, goodwill) or what? Again, we find in the universal language of music the song titled Amazing Grace. Verses three and four reads: Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come;  ‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home. The Lord has promised good to me. His word my hope secures. He will my shield and portion be, As long as life endures.” Tis, indeed, Amazing Grace.

Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,

their families and, especially their children.

Soul Fiber: Speaking To, Speaking Out, And Being Heard

combined photo5-11 … Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck. They couldn’t for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, “Aren’t these all Galileans? How come we’re hearing them talk in our various mother tongues? Acts 2, The Message

Christendom is in the season of Pentecost (celebrated seven weeks after Easter Sunday). Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit as recorded in Acts 2:1-31. Three things of note happened in Holy Writ during this commemoration: 1. Peter, the Disciple who denied knowing Jesus three time, was emboldened to stand up and speak words of clarification to those who thought the expression of the Holy Spirit was liken to babbling drunks. 2. When the Holy Spirit descended upon those gathered they spoke in foreign languages they had not studied. 3. The Diaspora gathering to experience the Feast of Weeks (which commemorated the giving of the Ten Commandments) heard their native language being spoken. So the miracle of Pentecost is three-fold: It emboldens would be followers of Christ to speak truth to power, to speak the language of other cultures (for example, rappers, hip hopers, and gangs) when the intent is to win others outside of Christ to Christ and, last but not least, to be heard.

As we walk the neighborhoods and chat with person about Space for Grace Fellowship, we are discovering a number of people who are lacking in knowledge about the Holy Spirit and the role of the Spirit within. We have come across atheists who believe there is nothingness after death; would be believers who are unaware and fearful about their eternal future and, those who have been so terrified by fear-based theology that they have no hope of being loved by a loving and forgiving God. Fear based theology uses the threat of hell, teaches more about an angry and vengeful god and, all but insists on a cookie cutting allegiance to the preacher.

Faith based theology requires taking into consideration critical thinking and cultural perspectives when studying, interpreting, and applying Holy Writ to one’s life; requiring a personal, one-on-One relationship with Divinity.

Space for Grace Fellowship is being received by and attracting people hungry for a living Word that embraces the radical, hospitable, inclusive love of God and how we may live as the those who experienced the Presence of the Holy Spirit in Acts – boldly speaking truth to power, speaking out against injustice, and being heard.

Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,

their families and, especially their children.