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Happy Thanksgiving

Every day we must give thanks but especially onThanksgiving Day. For families and friends, for health and strength, for just being alive to celebrate today let us give thanks.

 

From my family to yours: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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LIFESTYLE

Thanksgiving

Streets filled with snow and slush and long delays at the airports, is not the Thanksgiving most people anticipated. However we can’t fight mother nature we just have to comply. For all those who are driving to Thanksgiving dinner, be careful on the wet roads to avoid accidents.

Time spent with family and friends giving thanks is a memorable occasion. I know many of you are looking forward to that roast turkey, ham and other goodies.

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Do enjoy every morsel of it and have a safe, happy and blessed Thanksgiving

 

 

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LIFESTYLE

Save Thanksgiving

On Thursday we will celebrate Thanksgiving, one of the most look forward to holidays in America.  Already many are preparing the holiday menu.  On some tables there will be the traditional turkey, golden brown from the oven, ham, mashed potatoes, or potato salad and for those of Caribbean descent there will probably be jerked chicken, curried goat and goat water, rice and peas, carrot cake and sweet potato pudding. 

It is a day to give thanks to God for his many blessing and to get together with families and celebrate.  Many will travel thousands of miles to be with their loved ones and they will create memories. However there are some people who will not get the chance to enjoy this momentous occasion as their employers require them to be at work on Thanksgiving.  

There are 365 days in a year but giving their workers the day off to celebrate with their families is apparently too much of  a sacrifice for many businesses to make.  Kmart for example open its doors at 6 a. m. on Thanks giving day.  Wal-Mart opens all day but sales begin at 6 p. m.   Toys R Us opens at 5 p.m.  Best Buy 6 p. m.  JCPenny, Macy’s, Target, Sears and Staples all open at 8 p.m.   Thanksgiving is now being termed as Grey Thursday and if we are not careful the true meaning will be lost and sales will become the order of the day.

Maybe it is time to follow the examples of three states which ban shopping of Thanksgiving.  These states are Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts.   As consumers we have the power to stop the growing trend of businesses opening on Thanksgiving day by boycotting those who do.  Consumers going out to shop will force those businesses to stay closed.

A big Thumbs up to  Nordstrom, TJ Maxx, Costco, Burlington Coat Factory and Marshall’s who will all remain closed on Thanksgiving.  We respect and appreciate the decision you have all made in remaining closed.  

For each and everyone I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and may the Good Lord bless you all.

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poetry

You Changed Me

Before I met you I was just an ordinary guy,
Chasing all the girls,
Love then and leave them was my motto,
To me it was just a game.
There was no real commitment,
And that was how I wanted it to be,
I wanted to have them all and yet be free.
But then you walked into my life,
And girl you rocked my world,
I took one look at you and knew,
You were no ordinary girl.
I tried so hard not to fall for you,
But against my will I did,
And I knew my days of chasing girls were over
Because all I wanted was to be with you.

My charm didn’t work on you,
Like it did with all the others,
You said I was just a player,
And you could do much better.
I tried so hard to win your heart,
I tried to make you see,
That this was not a game I played,
My love for you was real.
I couldn’t make you slip away,
I knew I had to change.

Now I am a much better person,
And it is all because of you,
You say you are proud of me,
And I just want you to know,
It is you who is responsible,
For the man I have become.

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Life and Living

A World of Money, Greed, Power and Hate

We are living in a world driven by money, greed, power and hate. These four things have become a growing epidemic which is threatening to take over the world and no sector off society is immune. The church which was once a place where people could find that inner peace, an avenue of escape from what is going on in the world is being infiltrated by people with an unhealthy quest for money, driven by greed and seeking power. The poor and need as usual are their victims.

The airways  are now flooded by pastors who proclaim are teaching the word of God. Everyone wants to set up ministry and have people partner them. Some of them spend more time advertising their products rather than preaching the gospel. Everyone has a book to sell along with the books are CD’s and DVDs. Often times the books are over-priced. The gospel that they say they are  teaching, the very gospel that they ask for donations for so they can remain on the air ways is not free. You make the contribution so they can stay on air and then they ask you to buy CD’s and DVDs in order to hear the full sermons. What can I say, the Church has become a big business and more and more are seeking to get a piece of the pie.

Some of these so-called ministers are very skilled at the tactics they use to convince people to send them money they most famous of which is the planting of seed faith. They try to impress on people that this is the way to get favor from God and they are not interested in small sums of money either so they tell people if you want supernatural blessing you have to sow seeds accordingly. They tell them they deserve to have wealth all of which is good but at the end of the day they are the ones who benefit the most from seeds you plant because they are getting your money.

I am all for people making donations to those who are genuinely interested in teaching the gospel but you have learn to distinguish them from those who are more interested in your wallet rather than you soul. Be careful of those who only focus on money and seek to preach to you only those scriptures that say you are required to sow seeds. Be wary of those who will tell you God tell them to tell you to sow seeds of exorbitant sums and you will receive miracles. When people become driven by greed they will use even the name of God to get to your wallet. There is one particular pastor who was advertising an eight minute miracle if you sent him a seed faith of $273 he said God told him that seven would be watching and that particular miracle was for those seven. This ad ran for some weeks and I was really interested to see what God would tell him next. Well he now has a new ad and this time he has a miracle for a thousand and this time the seed faith they have to plant is $1000. I suppose the next time he hears from God the money will go even higher. This is a perfect example of what happens when people become driven by greed, they are never satisfied and the more they get is the more they want.

Know that there are many things you can do that are pleasing in the eyes of God. The simple act of providing a warm meal or a blanket to your neighbor or someone less fortunate finds favor with God. Showing love to your fellow-man, giving a helping hand to those who need it, sharing words of hope to the hopeless, giving a word of comfort to someone who is grieving, just being there for someone who needs you, this is what God is asking of us. He will supply your needs and anything thing you asking of him believing you will receive whether or not you send money to these people who promise you miracles, The only payment God ask of us is that we obey and serve him and you need to trust Him enough to believe that!!

Power and hate are the two other things destroying our society and our world. Some people use their power to make life a living hell for others. In many work places you find that there is an abuse of power as people at the top look down at those at the bottom. Few seem to realize that the same way you go up you can come back down and the people you pass on the way up will be the same people you pass on your way back down.

There is a saying that the more things change the more they remain the same. This is so true in regards to racism. There are people intent on hating each other simply because their skin is of a different color. It is sheer stupidity but try telling that to these people. We are all made up the same there is so superiority in regards to the brain or any other part of the body for that matter in black or white folks the only thing that is different is the pigmentation of the skin. It is stupid to hate someone because their skin is a different color from yours. Blacks who hate whites and whites who hate blacks need to learn this; God is not going to have a separate heaven or hell for whites or blacks so you all better learn to get along here on earth. There is no room for haters in heaven so you will be spending eternity in hell.

Finally I must say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Remember that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks to God for all that he has done for us. Let us not lose focus and let Black Friday take precedence over Thanksgiving. Focus on giving God thanks first and do whatever else you have to do after.  Again Happy Thanksgiving and if you can try to make a difference in someone’s life.  One love and God bless!!

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Thought For Today

Autumn Reflections {Alice J. Christianson}

With early autumn come the days
I love the best of all,
When the sunlight gilds the landscape with
The mellow light of Fall.
October’s trees don leaves of gold,
Bright red and amber too;
No treasure chest could boast
Jewels of so rare a hue.
The harvest has been gathered in,
Vineyards their riches yield;
In little, sheltered garden, one
Last rose may be reveled.
I love to see the roadside stands
That offer up their treats…
Pumpkins and juicy apples, grapes,
And cider, sharp and sweet.
With Autumn comes Thanksgiving,
That special time when we,
In church and home gather to join
With friends and family,
To thank God for the blessings He
So graciously bestows:
May we never take for granted
The freedoms that we know.

 

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Thought For Today

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So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat drink and enjoy life.  That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.