“You’re living at a time of extremism, a time of revolution, a time when there’s got to be a change. People in power have misused it, and now there has to be a change and a better world has to be built and the only way it’s going to be built is with extreme methods. And I for one will join in with anyone, I don’t care what color you are, as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth. Thank you.” Bookmark and Share Bookmark and Share



10.30.2009

Update on Isaiah 55ers

I'll be spreading the Isaiah 55 blogs to every few days. My work schedule is varied, at best, and outside of putting in mad hours, I'm constructing a novel for nanowrimo. "Stick with me and I'll stick with you." I forget what Denzel movie that's from. Anybody know? :)

After some intense research, the above quote is from "City of God," def on my brilliant flick list.

10.27.2009

Open Letter to the Passionate Seekers of IGN

In the search of life and meaning, weigh these words and ideas against the soundboard of your mind and spirit. I found this media insightful and incisively clear to the core of my seeking. Dig. Find. Live.

10.26.2009

all the single ladies. folk rethought. def blogworthy.

what really captured me about this video is how culturally accessible hip hop/r&b is. Pomplamoose, the folk who put this together mentioned, "we love this song. the chord progression in the chorus is genius. hooray for beyonce and her songwriters." check it out.

Isaiah 55.2 - the red pill


I think it's great that in only day two we're at a crossroads, a place of decision, a line of demarcation. The red or the blue pill? Take the red pill and your eyes will be opened to the affections of God toward you, his desire for you and part of his design for your life. Take the blue pill and you'll wake up in bed, just as you were the night before, unruffled, the status quo maintained. What will it be? Since I'm not Morpheus, you've taken the red pill if you're still reading...

WHY SPEND MONEY ON WHAT IS NOT BREAD,
AND YOUR LABOR ON WHAT DOES NOT SATISFY?
LISTEN, LISTEN TO ME, AND EAT WHAT IS GOOD,
AND YOUR SOUL WILL DELIGHT IN THE RICHEST OF FARE. -Isaiah 55.2


Listen, listen, the free purchase from the gracious merchant, saves our hell-strong souls; it's THE story to be told. 
Tell it from the heights man, it's not for sale--
Why do we put in work for, what' not hopeful, the unpleasing? It seems inadvertently easy.

That's the set up, the big fix-it, that decays the mass of our soul. Still he waits, listen, listen.
Digest what is good and let your soul glisten.
WE WERE NOT INTENDED FOR DARKNESS. Let your lights shine and your hands work. 

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I love how God makes himself so accessible. I imagine him pulling up a stool before a small, intense audience and starts with, "listen, come in close, listen." Look at what Psalm 65.4 says about our Abba,

Blessed is the man You choose,
And cause to approach You,
That he may dwell in Your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, 
Of Your holy temple. 

God doesn't want us to live far from him. He desires a upfront, relevant, meaningful exchange with us. How can we live in this reality? 

a) First things first, if you haven't already, ask the Lord for forgiveness based on what He did on the cross. Christ's crucifixion and death atoned (which literally means an "adjustment of a difference, reconciliation, restoration to favor") for us, bringing us into a righteous standing before God. The difference or debt paid is sin, a trait none of us can deny. God demands a wage, a payment for the sin we do in this life. He could have held our debt to us personally, but in a remarkable act of love and grace, He sent his only son, our Lord Jesus Christ to die for us, for our sins done in this life. Here is grace. Here is love.


Trusting in Christ's death and resurrection reconciles us to God and a life of freedom. Romans 10:9-13 give the road map for redemption. Verse 9 and 10 are exquisitely clear, I love their simplicity. "That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and WITH THE MOUTH CONFESSION IS MADE UNTO SALVATION." Verse 13, "For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."


Now we can say with assurance that "as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our sins from us" -Psalm 103:12.


Now that that light matter is out of the way, how can we "listen, come and listen close?"


1) I believe it starts with pursuing a loving and leaning heart. A inner life that loves and trusts God. We find numerous references to this person in scripture. The adoring glare corresponds to the trusting heart because they're almost one in the same. It's hard to trust who you don't love, and it's tough to love who you don't trust. 


The heart that loves, listens intently to the things of God; And the heart that trusts is able to believe what it hears. Let's ask God for these qualities and exercise them once he imparts them. That's the only to get this heart folks, asking God and moving in their anointings. 

2) Pray/Read the Scriptures!
This prayer model is something I've recently embodied, and it has blown my mind! I've never been a believer in scripted prayers or models, and was even skeptical when I came across this. This follows the basic ideology of 'teach us to pray' by simply praying the scriptures. We have to lay hold of His promise. Let's get it!


This approach is biblical in that, we see examples from Paul and David as they prayed the written Scriptures to God in search of power and resolve. This model is more so the application of what the leaning and loving heart hears. Here is where we find the strength to walk out our faith. 


Thank you for your gifts Abba (Father)!


He has not dealt with us according to our sins, 
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.


For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 

As far as the east is from the west, 
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.





 



10.20.2009

Isaiah 55 - Pt. 1


Hey guys, I felt compelled to do a study on Isaiah 55 after getting a preview to what the Lord is communicating in it. I'll be posting some thoughts each day for the next 13 days(thatwasambitionspeaking :), one blog for each verse. Let's dialogue over this. How does this verse affect you? Where does it take you?

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money: come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. ISAIAH 55:1.


All of you who have walked in the heat of this life and have grown thirsty, come to the water of God: A fountain which knows no end and never runs dry. This is where we will find fulfillment every time, at the God's eternal water cooler. Whenever I'm spiritually parched, as soon as I connect with the living God through prayer, the Word or worship I feel  refreshed. Every time. Not always with the same intensity, but whenever I reach towards Him, he answers me somehow. At times, through a sense of His presence or the words of an encouraging bro/sis and especially through the circumstances of my day. God is always calling us to himself, the key is in listening and responding. Take one step toward Him and He takes three to you. "Come near to God and he will draw near to you" (James 4:8).

Water from God's cooler will not cost you. He that hath no money; come ye, buy and eat... Being broke doesn't disqualify you from God's bodega! Yea, come, buy wine and milk WITHOUT PRICE. What kind of God is this? Really. He gives us access to him by offering his son (1 John 4:10, Romans 3:25) and now, he says come and enjoy the finer things in God (wine) AT NO COST.

In God's economics, what it will cost you is the freedom to pursue wayward desires. We can't have the wine of God and the dregs of this world. Why would we want the two? Because we're human, it's in our nature. Going after both gets us nowhere, actually according to Scripture it's better we wholeheartedly pursue a life of sin, rather than experience the goodness of the Lord then return to our sin (2 Peter 2:22). Choosing God will cost us our lives of sin and pain that deceive under veils of self-fulfillment. You tell me if it's a fair trade.

Lord/Pops/Abba, thank you for the free gift of favor. It speaks love to us. Show us what that means to our everyday life. We love you.

10.13.2009

the leave

“You’re living at a time of extremism, a time of revolution, a time when there’s got to be a change. People in power have misused it, and now there has to be a change and a better world has to be built and the only way it’s going to be built is with extreme methods. And I for one will join in with anyone, I don’t care what color you are, as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth. Thank you.”

 What does it mean to let go of the good in xchange for great? I must answer this question with my life this week. It may be one of the hardest calls to make: to move on from something that shows promise to go to something that seems promising. I'm no saint, but I believe my efforts can be better used elsewhere. I've reached my ceiling. My head is cramped beneath it's heights.

the response...later

10.07.2009

here in Catalyst, ATL.


the pardovani's and the bryant's made the 9.5 hour trek to duluth, georgia; mostly due to preggo mommy stops and the occasionally 'i eat that!' from my chloe (2 yrs old). we're here and we expect a few things from the trip/conference/fellowship.

1) revolution in our minds touching our leadership.
this must occur; else this whole trip with be 'in vain.' of course, save the fact that we've bonded more as friends and family in the LORD. the reason we trek is because we want to see His appearing in our lives and in our influence towards others. 

2) influential meetups and networking
i've been called a power networker in the past. not sure if she was calling me a workaholic or an overall brillant guy (hehe) but i love building bonds over common grounds and influence.

in this age, we need humble influencers in their various fields forging kingdom partnerships (to serve our end goal). why isn't this occuring more in our ranks?

3) a ton of freebies!
i hear the catalyst conference is well known for their abundance of goodies. and listen, this is not your bumper stickers handout! i'm talking jump drives, laptop sleeves and the like. let's get it!!

all in all, we love to love you Lord. We beckon your coming...be in our midst.

10.06.2009

the catalyst.

up early on a tuesday morning. how does my mind merge with the saviour's?
I want to grow.
To sit, like children do, under the shade de Dios' amor;
the secret place, where the moss and foxes cannot corrupt.
On the daily, I seek the only oil capable of handling these ashy elbows and worn knees
(It's His face I seek).

On Tuesday mornings, I'll sip Cafe Bustelo over penchants of intimacy and notions of wisdom. Let's cultivate it here, in the crevices of lost chapters and finite words. i'll sit, please speak; let those words be louder than the reverberating echoes in my mind.

I want my leadership to emanate the reality of Abba's love.

I believe I can get closer to this reality this week. At Catalyst.