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We Had No Right (short poem)

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He drank until there was nothing left.
My guilt, his love, 3 days of restlessness.

The cup of indignation which was meant for me.
The second of the three, drank it amongst scheming thieves.

Who am I? That the Saviour should bleed? My sin, oh gracious Lord you intercede
You deserve all the glory!
All hail the King of this story.

A new chapter unfolded, the grave clothes were graciously folded.
The dark day gave way to clear displays.
The stone rolled away, you gracious Lord, are the only Way.

– Sal

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Thankful 2014 Edition (10 Things)

Thankful (1)WOW WOW WOW 2014 has been one of those years where if I were told in January, what I would experience by December, I would have…………believed it! Because that’s the way life is, but I still would have been in awe of how these random events would fit into a tightly knit puzzle called 2014.

Suffice to say that 2014 has exceeded my expectations of how I envisioned God working in my life personally! With all that has gone on, I feel it necessary to continue my tradition of writing a “Thankful Post” the end of every year just so I remind myself that above anything else. God is Good.

So here are my top 10 things that made me thankful in 2014.

  1. Health – Never underestimate the blessing of just having good health. Many of my Christian brothers & sisters have fallen ill throughout the year & my prayer goes out to them, so to take health for granted is a big mistake.
  2. Chanced Encounters  – London, my city is a place where you can meet various people at any given time. I have had the pleasure of meeting really interesting people throughout 2014. Some who have stuck around, others who stayed just for a short while. All with interesting backgrounds & from different walks of life. It really opens your eyes to the world we live in. As Christians, we cannot be closed minded, the world is crying out for truth & as bastions of truth, we have to let the light shine as Christ taught us to do.
  3. Single Vision Conference – I attended the Single Vision Conference in Florida once again this year & just like previous years, it was of tremendous encouragement to me. Not only did I meet so many other like-minded believers, but I got to hear some truly inspirational talks & sermons from people I look up to.
  4. My Heritage – I am thankful that I am made in the image of God of the melanoid variety 🙂 – 2014 has made me more aware of my heritage than ever before, both good & bad. Regardless of everything, I am thankful of who God has made me.
  5. Hobbies – 2014 had it fair share of stressful moments, but whenever I needed to let some steam off, football or running came to my rescue. For those few moments nothing else mattered, except playing for my team & pushing myself to deliver on the pitch or run further than I’ve ever ran.
  6. Missionaries To London – Thankful for those who give their lives to bring the gospel to my city. Praying for more church plants in 2015 & that God would use me to plant a church someday in London
  7. Consistency – Life is a series of mundane tasks the best of times, but it’s in the mundane that men & women are forged. God blesses those who are diligent in the mundane but necessary tasks of the day
  8. My Bible – Battered, worn out, highlighted, paper clipped, smudged, bent, ripped……it just gets more beautiful the longer I have it.
  9. My Church – My sanctuary away from this crazy world. God’s house, God’s people.
  10. Family – Life is busy, but when we get together………… 🙂

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What are you thankful for this year?

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21

Sal

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9/11 – We Still Hear The Echoes (poem)

Wrote this poem 3 years ago!

Ten years ago! Oh ten years ago, we still hear the impact, we still hear the echoes……

We still see the planes, we still feel the crash, we still gasp at screams,
We still wish it was all a dream………………….

Ten years on, feels like ten days have gone
Tenth is this anniversary, of two towers which stood strong……….

Herein lies the deceased, both here & in the Middle East
Some died for supposed honour
Many died in pure innocence
Some died on the battlefield
Many died for money & greed………

Raging fires turned to dying embers
Dying embers became burning emblems
Two towers came down, one nation stood up,
One voice perked up & one heart pumped up……

Conspiracies arise, we can speculate, we can surmise
But judge with your own eyes
Darkness lies within the bosom & smoky skies…………..

One thing for sure, as I write from across the shore
Is we still hear the echoes, of innocent lives taken…………

Rest in peace the righteous amongst the deceased
A heavenly home now yours, with which no money can afford (John 14:1-4)…………

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Sal

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The Marked Life

ScarAs I type this, I wince in pain as the fingers on my left hand tap each individual key. A movement I had taken for granted all my life, now provide a little slither of pain shooting down my left elbow, where I have been stitched up pretty tightly. Currently my arm is healing from a pretty severe cut from shattered glass; my attempt to climb through my window (I left my keys inside) seemed like a good idea at the time, but a smashed window and a deep cut prove otherwise.

I received 18 stitches to my arm to cover the gaping hole the shattered glass had left, the piece of glass somehow managed to cut through two layers of skin, arm fat and nerves, just about scraping my muscle tissue underneath. Once the wound has healed, I will be left with a scar on my left forearm for life. A little reminder of my bull headedness!

Now whilst my career as an arm model has ended before it’s even begun, I readily have a sermon illustration for the rest of my life now. The scar will always serve as a reminder of my exploits at that window. every single time I look down at my arm, I will be reminded! A mark of remembrance.

20140522_083354As I lay in bed attempting to sleep and recover the blood I lost during my frantic wait for the ambulance to come, I was reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul in the book of Galatians; “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” – Galatians 6:17

Paul bore marks and scars of a whole other nature to my bullheadedness. He bore the marks of Christ!! We only have to flip back to 2Corinthians 11 to read the physical scars he bore for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Now not all of us will face physical persecution, but what about the spiritual scars Paul bore and we should strive to bear for Christ’s sake?

When I mean spiritual scars, I mean marks that tell a story. Who can you point to and say I have left my mark on them in a spiritual sense. You led them to Christ or you helped them in their spiritual growth, you met a physical need or spent time in prayer for your brother or sister in Christ. Spiritual marks!!! Where can you point to and say I have sacrificed my time and energy to congregate and be with other believers, every time the church doors open for services.

If the Lord is gracious enough to give you a long life, would you have borne the marks of a life walked with Christ? Maybe physical, but more so spiritually.

Jesus himself, when he appeared unto his disciples showed them his physical marks on his body to prove to them how much he loved them and what he had just done for humanity. Beckoning with his voice, Jesus tells ThomasReach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:and be not faithless, but believing

Jesus lived a marked life, a life which showed his actions spoke louder than his words……and Jesus spoke many words, as we see in the gospels.

My challenge is this; just like how Jesus Christ and Christians who have come and gone through history did great exploits, exploits still to this day which shape our everyday living. We should also strive to do great things for a great God. Let us attempt to leave our spiritual marks on a lost and dying world and on lost souls.

Never forget the words of Christ to his personal disciples “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” – Matthew 28:19-20

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(Video) I AM A Christian – Short Poem

I added a video to the recent poem I wrote. All these wonderful people go to my church, and I am blessed to know them and be part of their lives.

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I Am A Christian! Short Poem.

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I am a Christian!

I look like you, I walk like you.

My Hair can be black, my eyes maybe blue

You walk by me, you walk next to me

You talk to me, you even woRk with me.

I eat, sleep, drink like you

I even talk & think like you.

I can be black, or whIte like you

I can be a Sister, I can be a brother

An aunt or a mother

A poliTician a policeman

I’m tall, I can be short like you

I wonder do you know me………

 

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I make Jokes like you, I laugh like you

I have passions like you, I like fashion as you.

I Educate with you, I graduate like you

I cry like you, I die like you……

So where is the severance, or who makes the difference?

A man that I proclaim, Who bore all my shame

He bore yoUrs too, he cares for you too

I wonder do you know him, he sure knows you!

He is the Saviour, he saves sinners…….like you!

 

Sal

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Why The LGBT Rights Movement Is Not Like The Civil Rights Movement!!

GayCivilSpeaking with an acquaintance of mine who is a homosexual prompted me to write this post if only to address the rather unpleasant slave trade, Jim Crow, early 20th century era of world history. Somewhere along the line, I guess the idea that the fight for gay rights could or should be compared to the fight for civil rights. This acquaintance of mine covertly tried to link the two movements together repeatedly, as if me being black would send an agreeing nod his way.

Now this kind of thinking is WRONG on so many levels, not to mention insulting to say the least. To compare a God-given right to be counted equal with other human beings, to a movement which seeks to gain equality with the very laws of nature itself is shocking. I’ve read several articles as well which have sought to draw these two together, as if the spirit of those men and women fighting for something they really should not have been fighting for in the first place, will somehow rub off on those fighting for equal rights for LGBT.

Here are the two quintessential reason why these two movements are so so different

1) Homosexuality is a sin, whilst being black or being any colour is not a sin – Now this ends up offending many people who are LGBT, but why does it offend so much? I am told by your staunchest defenders that I should be accepting of the LGBT message, but when I say you should be accepting of my stance as a Christian, I am the one who is intolerant? What? How does that make sense.

2) Colour is an intrinsic attribute, whilst homosexuality is an adopted lifestyle – This one is simple! A LGBT can be of any colour, and are of every colour, any person can adopt a LGBT lifestyle, but what colour God has given you is an intrinsic attribute you are born with. You cannot change it, no matter what you might think to do. This then highlights one of the key reasons why, those who were fighting for civil rights were not just fighting for an adopted lifestyle, but were rather fighting for life itself. If they lost, then there were no alternatives, they are stuck with the colour they are given.

I find it ridiculous that these two would even be uttered in the same breath!! That is all…….now a few thoughts on the race issue!

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Personally, I don’t have hang ups about the Civil Rights Movement, or what people of my colour have had to endure through the centuries. Just because I grew up in the 90’s and 00’s not personally facing the stigma of the past doesn’t mean I don’t know about the history, and the not so distant past atrocities black people endured, but I don’t let it interfere with my life. The moment I got saved 6 years ago, was the moment I found my identity in Christ, who I am, is defined by the relationship I have with my Saviour. The past will be judged by God, as well as the sins of all mankind for that matter.

You see the answer to the race problem is simple; the answer is found in Jesus Christ. In fact the word “race” in relation to mankind is not even found in the bible. The word of God always talks about nations, not races of people. A nation is made of many different kinds of people, not the other way around.

The nation of Israel itself, the nation God decided to use to shine the light of his workings to the gentile world was of a diverse mix of people. A nation which similarly were freed from slavery, were warned by God to not mistreat strangers, because they were once mistreated themselves (Deuteronomy 24:17 and like verses etc). Problems began when the Jews started to get an inflated view of themselves, and shunned other races, even their former brethren the Samaritans, because of their mixed ancestry. A problem that still persists today I might add towards others. This was never God’s intention for people to be divided by their colour, rather by nations were we meant to be divided.

Therefore I don’t subscribe to a “white race” or a “black race” etc mentality, I have many friends from different walks of life and backgrounds, our differences are what makes us strong, and builds our bonds as people and as friends.

Paul so eloquently states in Acts 17:24-27.  The workings of God “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us

…that is all.

Sal

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