Be assured promotion comes from God as a result of your hard work. As believers, we can never forget the importance of mixing our works with our faith. God gave Adam dominion over land, animals and substance, but it came with a price. He had to name them and work to take care of them. Our education and experience have given us the opportunity to be used by God in the workplace. Not to thump around with our bibles, quoting scriptures at people and commanding people to be subservient to our every whim. Our lives are the bible that they need to see. Although we hear that all the time, I’m not sure we realize that our work product is just as important as abstaining from foul language or not smoking or drinking. The bible is best seen when we walk it out in our conversations, our actions and our motives. As employees or supervisors, our heart should display an attitude of serving with integrity and credibility.
that although promotion comes from God, it is coming through your
supervisor. God uses people to get
things to us on earth. To see promotion we have to know how to work
with those who have authority over us and with those who work
alongside of us. Being a good employee isn’t about doing just
enough to say you’ve done your job. I have heard several people
say, “That’s not in my job description”; neither is the
promotion or raise in salary you desire. So you must stretch yourself
to receive the more you desire. Do your job with an eye towards your
performance review. Do your homework to know how your work is being
evaluated. If it is not clear through a standard performance review
form, ask your supervisor. Communicate clearly with your supervisor.
Understand his/her expectations and work style. The best way to
ensure you become a lasting and elevated member of the team is to
make the overall work environment easier for your supervisor.
Every problem doesn’t need us to give voice to it publicly. Sometimes the best solution is to be still and know. God knows the right time to exalt you. Resist the urge to say everything you feel or know. You may be right but your timing may be wrong. The facts may be revealed in a different way at a later time. You may ruin relationships or your chances to become a part of the solutions by sounding too critical of the organization and its leaders. Never burn bridges; be the bridge that provides solutions.
Below are a few questions to evaluate whether you are promotable:
Are you at work on time?
How is your relationship with your supervisor?
Do you follow up after completing tasks?
Do you provide status updates without being asked?
What do your other co-workers think of you? Do they come to you to provide solutions or to talk gossip?
How well do you manage your own time and priorities?
Consider Michelle Bonilla’s sophomore album In Spite of Me a promotional CD – it promotes God’s continual love for us.
latest project comes four years after her debut Phenomenal
and is also produced by her husband Lee Jerkins (Out of Eden, Cross
Movement). The opener for this 16-track disc is one of three actual
excerpts from Michelle’s diary and sets the tone for listeners to
be prepared to peep the singer’s personal relationship with the One
who runs the show – a perfect segue to the first single “Your
A little bit of techno rhythm, a dash of hip hop beats and an overflowing cup of lyrics about getting out of the flesh and giving God control.
Continuing along that line of thought, the Brooklyn, N.Y. native declares gratefulness for God’s love and forgiveness “In Spite of Me.”
I must mention that during her four-year hiatus, Michelle relocated to Philadelphia. The CD release party was held at her home church Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia.
Now y’all know I like instruments. With that in mind, the saving grace to the fourth cut, “Give It Up,” is the message in the lyrics. We all have struggled with holding on to something in the past, when the Bible tells us that if any man be in Christ he is a new creature. So let go of those feelings of guilt, regret or what “it” is, hand “it” to God and be done with “it.”
Skipping to the fifth track, I was caught by the piano intro. Then what! Lacrae and Flame start spittin’ and I was through. Michelle comes in right on time with some clear, powerful lyrics. This, the mega hit from the CD, captures the sentiment of today’s youths who are on fire for God.
By the way, I do not understand those who compare this Gospel diva to R&B singer Alicia Keys. SMH.
Track 9’s title, “Go Harder,” led me to expect a hard, driving, hip hop song. Cleverly, Michelle uses this opportunity to display her versatility with a song featuring Jamaican reggae artist Chevelle Franklin. She also reminds us of her Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage by sprinkling Spanish throughout the lyrics. I’m diggin’ this one here. Are you listening to it yet?
And she doesn’t ease up there. The next cut rocks, literally. “Persevere” has a head bangin’ beat blended with some gritty guitar, and some of my favorite lyrics to date: “In the middle of my circumstance, through the heartache and my pain. When your devastated, irritated and frustrated, remember all things work together for your good…” Did you download it yet?
“That’s What Love Is,” offers excellent advice to women about where to find true love and is paired nicely with “You Don’t Have to Cry,” but “I Am,” with it’s Spanish guitar, is a simply beautiful ballad.
If you didn’t get that this Latino sister is sold out to God, the final cut “Eres El Rey” (You Are The King), is another heart-felt worship song. What? You still aren’t listening? Buy a copy and support her kingdom-building ministry today.
Oh, also be on the look out for the Christian fill series “Last Days The Saga.” Michelle plays a housewife with a hidden past in this film about an assassin who is hired to eliminate members of a Christian community.
Written By: S. Love
Album: "In Spite of Me"
Release Date: April 13, 2010
Label: RockSoul Productions
American communities in cities all across America have been rocked
with a string of senseless shootings, muggings, home envasions, and
gold snatching flash mobs. Almost all of the victims were African
Americans, and the perpetrators were most likely also African
Americans. Unfortunately, this is not shocking news to most people
living in the United States or part of the planet earth. The sad
reality is, African Americans are killing one another, in what I call
“self-imposed holocaust”, and
we don’t know what to do about it. We have marched, held town
meetings, supported tougher sentencing guidelines, called on God and
cried. Every step we take forward against the Holocaust it appears
that we lose a step. We are a resilient people, strong and vibrant
at our best, but even the strongest foundation can begin to crack,
over time, if the steady drip of destruction is not repaired.
I want to propose
to all ministers, pastors,
and Christian church members of the African American Community.
Let’s refocus our energy, time, and talent toward the total
destruction of the African Holocaust in America, Africa, and anywhere
it prevails. Let’s put aside our fixation on relationships that
divide us, such as denominationalism, church membership, and
religious showmanship, and gather together under one God-directed
path for the complete and total destruction of the African Holocaust.
We will only preach, teach, and create ministries and missions that
eliminates self-murder in our communities. We will not adopt the
language of “religious division” and pretend that our “brand”
of worship is the only way. We will not allow our “voices”,
through preaching or teaching to fill our churches with gossip,
put-downs, and sinful language. As a community of Christians, we
should demand that all ministries be
held to this standard or we will simply stop supporting them. Our
Christian Churches must take responsibility for their role as moral
leaders. And we must take this stand not to destroy our Churches,
but to say “NO” to the misuse of our God-giftedness any longer.
We must take this stand, because we know that the Christian Church
leadership has major influence over the minds of our community.
Much of the negative
energy and negative life choices that are being made in my home town,
Harrisburg, PA, and major cities in the United States, such as
Philadelphia, PA, can sadly be found in most towns and cities where
our people reside. The common thread that connects us as a community
too often the movies, television programs, plays, radio shows,
magazines, and sporting events. What is said and portrayed through
these outlets carry an enormous amount of influence in the African
Too often the messages and images that our people hear most loudly come from the media, and not the church and religious leaders of the community. The Gospel song says “My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over…!” The Christian Church was, and must continue to be, the “ever-present help of the Lord.” This is how our people got over slavery and Jim Crow laws. The Christian Church is the way we will over-come our present-day Holocaust.
The African American
community has a tremendous resource that may be the answer to our
prayers. Senior citizens in the African American community, sixty
years old and older, who have lived through the Civil Rights Movement
of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, fully understand the context of the
Black Church as it relates to the advance of our people. This
valuable collection of “tested souls”, those who endured blatant
racism, brutal beatings, and lynchings, only to be denied justice in
the courts of the land that claimed “Liberty and justice for all”
have been largely ignored by the beneficiaries of their struggle.
The Hip Hop youth
movement is not soley responsible for the moral decay within the
African American Community, but it must accept a lions share of the
blame. In past generations “The Club” was the joint that you
went to on Friday and Saturday nights to get your groove on. The
church was the place that you went to even if you were out clubing
all night long. There used to
be an expectation that Sunday morning and church was as natural as
bacon and eggs;the two just went together, period. While some
churches in the African American communities across America can still
draw a large number of African American youth into their sanctuaries,
it is evident that our youth are abandoning the church in search of
the next thrill.
We need a
cross-generational meeting of community, which would allow for our
youth to be heard and our elders to teach the wisdom that is
engrained in them. Pastors, elders, church leaders,
it is up to us to make this happen. In every African American
community across America, it is our responsibility to open the doors
of the church and allow the healing to begin. It is clear that our
community is sick and getting sicker. We know who the Great
Physician is and how to call on him. What are we waiting for? Our
youth and our Elders are crying out for help!
I would like to hear
from you. Let’s start a movement of “Christians Without
Division”, dedicated to saving the lives of our people. I
envision an organization with local and state chapters, called
“Christians Without Division” with the sole purpose of sharing
resources and networks to combat crime and other social issues in our
communities. We can sponsor conferences, employment data bases,
Family Group Conferences, and Christian-based schools. What do you
think? I can be reached at (717) 608-2312 or email:
My Web page is: www.nathanielgadsden.com
Written By: Nathaniel Gadsden
Artist: The AMBASSADOR
Album: Stop The Funeral
Release Date: In Stores Now! (July 12, 2011)
Label: XIST Music
When I learned that The Ambassador had dropped a new album, I couldn’t wait to wrap my ears around it. Our brother has been away from the scene for almost three years – life-changing years.
He is known as William Branch, Duce, Amba, the father of Holy Hip-Hop, the founding member of the acclaimed The Cross Movement, but with this project The Ambassador is proclaiming he is a child of God who has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus.
Get ready for some Bible-based, God-inspired lyricism and some sure ‘nuff Hip Hop. The overriding message in Stop The Funeral is you will stumble and fall on your Christian journey but God disciplines and reestablishes those who seek him. His grace is the supreme multiplier. Behold Ambassador’s restoration.
Stop The Funeral has been rocking on my iPod shortly after it dropped in July. A suitable subtitle could have been, “The Redemption Story.”
First up is “A-M.” It’s heavy, ya’ll! A driving beat, a crazy hook and the lyrics are banging from the gate: “I am in the building and I’m feeling like a lion. I was Cajun a like a spice and now I’m peppered like some cayenne.” It would be easy to say this is my favorite track, but then comes track 2.
“Get With Us” features Sean Simmonds and is produced by CheeseBeats. It is simply a powerful tale of how God will get with you when you rebel against his Word. At the same time, that discipline from the Most High is meant to draw us closer to Him.
At first listen, Pop, Pop, Pop sounded like a Hip-Hop version of a children’s story. It didn’t move me, but, as I continued listening to this fourth solo offering from The Ambassador, the lyrics soaked in and I found myself laughing at the lyrical cleverness. Check it out: “I’m serving notice like a summons. I’m gunning for you coming with truth ’cause I prove what I’m running. Trying to come up with the right words like Scrabble. Forget what you heard, God will spoil your plans ask Babel.”
The next songs – “Up Down” (featuring Charmaine), “Favor” (featuring Canton Jones) and “Bring You Out” (featuring Melissa T) – are radio-ready, smoothly blended hip hop and R&B at it’s best. There are four other such tracks on the disc, including the mellow funky (I was waiting for Barry White to start singing in the background) “Trust in You” with Mali Music.
The last two tracks are double bangers – they are lyrical tsunamis with earth shaking beats. “Put It Down” will have you moving as you get your praise on, no doubt. “The Reunion Cypha,” whew wee!
I gotta go and listen to some more...
By S. Love
Discography (Past Albums):
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How’s Your Relationship Going?
I am in a relationship. Now before you close your window on your computer screen, this is not just an ordinary love story. I encourage you to keep reading. I’m not in just one relationship but I am in several relationships and so are you. Do I have your attention? Sounds like I’m about to write a “soap opera” type of blog, right? Wrong. Keep reading.
It was the hot month of June, and on the 5th day of that month many years ago, my mother, Shirley, gave birth to a baby girl (me). Even before I was born, as I was developing in her womb, Storge love was evolving. Storge love is the Greek word for “familial love”. This is a love express from a parent to a child. It is a great love, but not the greatest love. We will touch on what is the greatest love later in this blog. Over time, my mother and I developed a relationship; a strong bond between a mother and her daughter. Over the years, we’ve had many ups and some downs that come with a mother/daughter relationship. She dealt with the terrible 2’s, the elementary spats, the pre-teen “grown” behavior, the teenage drama, the young adult back-talk, and the “I’m grown and can do what I want conversations”. Through all of that, she still professed and professes Storge love for her “baby girl”.
I have a friend, a very good friend who is there for me through everything. My friend answers calls when she can and if she can’t she calls as soon as she is able. We have been friends for over 10 years and I would not trade her for anything. Friendship doesn’t automatically happen such as the Storge love between a parent and their child. Friendship is something that happens and grows over time. With that time, I’ve gained a friend and a relationship with my friend. Toward each other, we express Philia love. Philia love is the Greek word for ‘brotherly love. It’s also how the famous city, Philadelphia acquired its nick name, the “city of brotherly love”.
In 2008, I was introduced to a gentleman who I had seen but never became acquainted with. Over time, our relationship grew into a close friendship and extended into a dating relationship. As it is still going strong today, every day we have expressed our Eros love for one another. Eros is the Greek word for “intimate or romantic love”.
Each of the aforementioned types of relationships is relationships that need to be worked on in order to stay strong. Some form of effort needs to be put into keeping the different relationships going. Even when we come across enemies, sometimes, you may hear a person say, about their enemy, “we have a love/hate relationship” or “we have a hate/hate relationship”. None the less, it’s still a relationship. No matter how you look at it, each person that you are connected to, you have some form of relationship with that person.
I saved a particular form of love for last. This love can only be described as the greatest love ever known. There has only been one man to express this love. The love that I am talking about is, Agape love. Agape love is Greek for “unconditional love”. “Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
A little while ago, I mentioned that in order to maintain a strong relationship with each other, we have work at it. A question that I pose today is how important is it that we work at putting forth the time and the effort to keep our relationship with Christ, strong? If we have a relationship with Him, what percentage of time, do we spend with Him vs. the amount of time that we spend with our earthly relationships?
I am guilty. I am guilty of trying to mend earthly relationships before keeping my relationship with my heavenly father, on a high note. I believe that this is where a lot of Christians are today. Is it easier for us to maintain the relationships with others before Him, because we are afraid of losing the relationship of our friend, our boyfriend/girlfriend, or our family? Do we not realize that when we put Him at the center of every relationship in our lives, those relationships will flourish and prosper? “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) When we are made new in Christ, He becomes our life. Colossians 3:4 says, “When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory”. Christ is supposed to be everything to us.
So when family isn’t quite expressing that Storge love the way you think that they should. When your friends just aren’t seeing eye-to-eye with you and showing you the Philia love that you feel that they should. When your boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife is at odds with you and there is no Eros love in sight. When things seem to go awry with your relationships, focus on the one who gave His life for our sins when we didn’t deserve it. Focus on the one who took that long walk to Calvary to save a wretch like you and me. His love never changes and His love never fails. Hebrews 13: 5-6 says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we can confidently say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” The Word also encourages us to know that, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:32)
You may ask; how can I make my relationship stronger with God? Direction is in the Word of God. The more we read about Him, the stronger our relationship with Him will be. Direction is in prayer. The more we communicate with Him, the better our relationship with Him will be. God is there and He’s waiting for us to embrace the quality of a relationship with Him.
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You all remember Will Smith’s song, “Summertime”! The song says the summer is the”time to sit back and unwind.” It talks about a time when school is out for kids, family are beginning to gather more frequently, and love that’s in the air. In our lives we can all identify with that song in some way. Who wants to be working at a desk on a bright sunny day? Naturally during the summer, most people begin to struggle with exercising and eating right with the influx of cookouts, vacations, and increased work deadlines. Many believers also start to struggle with reading their word, praying, and making time for God during the summer months.
In Luke 10: 38-42, we see Jesus invited by Martha to her home for lunch. She invited this Man to her home that had been healing the sick and performing all types of miracles. But when He arrived, she was too busy to engage in conversation with Him. Some would say her focus was right: it was Jesus; He needed the best decorations and meal prepared. But Jesus response to Martha was “Martha, Martha… you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Sometimes the best thing we can do to maintain focus is to sit still, listen and receive instruction before working our plan. This puts a different meaning to how we sit back and unwind during the summer.
God wants us to be rested and at peace in every area of our lives – in our health, relationships with others and relationship with him. His desire isn’t for our lives to be scattered, misplaced and filled with stress and anxiety. But to walk in a place of peace with God and myself, my focus must be clear.
What are some signs that we’re distracted?
Be easily diverted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another.
Have difficulty maintaining focus on one task.
Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless doing something enjoyable.
Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new.
Not seem to listen when spoken to.
Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly.
Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others.
Instead of losing sight of your goals or becoming preoccupied with the wrong things this summer, use the distraction of fresh air and nice scenery as motivators to keep you on track. While you’re resting and not stressing, below are some tools that will help you maintain focus during these summer months:
Stay focused on God: Even though life gets busy, make up your mind that you will continue to put God first. Don’t isolate yourself, but engage in activities and time with people that further your goals and relationship with Christ. Devote time to the Word of God. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. Psalm 119:15
Stay focused on your goals: Remind yourself of your goals you want to complete for the summer, whether it’s staying connected to God, finishing a project at work, losing weight or repairing broken relationships. During your quiet time, visualize your goal. What does accomplishing your goal look like? How will you look or feel when you achieve your goal? How will your goal impact your life? See yourself accomplishing your goal. Remember you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13).
Don’t focus solely on the future and things you can’t control: One cure for anxiety is having the proper perspective. We must choose to change our behaviors each day to the ones that will get us closer to my goal. So instead of focusing on how much weight I’ve lost or how many times I didn’t read my Word this week, my vision for accomplishing my goal must be rooted in my life in Christ and what He has said about me: “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matt. 6:34).
Endure temptation: We will be tempted to throw all the goals out the window. We will be tempted to pick up our relationship with God again after the summer has ended. Remember the goals that are before you as a way of escape. Whenever you become weak, ask God to give you the way of escape: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Nothing’s wrong with summer distractions when you use them to your advantage. Seek first God’s Kingdom and his righteousness = Kingdom living!!! The only way to live!!!
Written By: Eboni Speight