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Chocolate Vent Quote of the Week: “IF YOU CAN’T BUILD IT UP, DON’T TEAR IT DOWN.”

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” {Ephesians 4:29, 31}


#SundaySermon: The Word is Alive and Powerful

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4: 12) 

Anytime God’s Word is present, healing power comes with it. The power of God for healing is available to be manifested anytime the Word of God is put forward. Why? God’s Word is full of healing power. God’s Word is anointed. There is healing power in the Word of God.

So when a person meditates the Word of God, speaks the Word of God, says the Word of God, acts on the Word of God, they are putting themselves in position to have released into their body the healing power of God.

Now notice that Hebrews says that the Word of God is sharp enough to divide soul, spirit and body. You see, there’s healing power in the Word to heal the soul. The soul is the mind, will and emotions of an individual.

There are lots of emotionally sick people walking around. I have ministered to thousands of them. Well, I want you to know, you are not going to get healing for your hurt from talking to your girlfriend. You are not going to get it from calling some talk show, talking to so and so psychoanalyst, as they give you two minutes over the air and psychologically discern and heal your problems. That’s not going to heal your emotional hurt. You are not going to get it from hanging with your mama or your daddy.

The thing that will heal you, if you are hurt emotionally, if you are torn emotionally, if you have been rendered almost incapacitated emotionally, is the Word of God. You need to meditate that Word. That is what you need to get into the Word and immerse yourself in the Word. You need to speak the Word over yourself. You need to make a decision to do what the Word says, because the Word has in it healing balm. It is the balm of Gilead. It will heal the hurt, stop the wound, build you up again and set you on your course of walking the way of a king and a priest in this life.

Leave It All On The Field

Every time a new year begins, we often reflect on the year we have left behind and then think about what we want to accomplish in the new year. It’s no secret that some years are better than others but hopefully, with every passing year, we learn & experience more and are therefore able to accomplish more.

The big question is: what is that you want to accomplish this year that you didn’t get to do last year? What do you expect out of 2019? And more importantly, how do you expect to grow in 2019?

Personally, there’s a lot I want to do this year. So many things that I’ve been saying I want to accomplish year-over-year but haven’t had the guts to get them done. Because of either fear, finances or time, I’ve neglected things that I have a passion for along with things that I want to do before it’s too late. Every year I’ve told myself that I’m gonna act on my great ideas or follow my passion but when time goes on & I haven’t taken that first step then I start to lose momentum and sometimes give up altogether (I’m sure I’m not alone in this).

Well this year, I’ve decided that things will be different! I don’t know how much time I have left on this earth (none of us do really), so I want to use whatever time God has given me to fulfill His purpose but also to do some of the things that have been tugging at my heart for the longest time. Some of these things don’t require much to get started – just a little energy, maybe a couple of dollars and the right connections. But whatever it is, I’m ready to take the steps necessary to get it done. I will no longer let fear stand in my way & if anything I’ve written here resonates with you, you shouldn’t either.

What is something that you want to get done, no, have to get done, in 2019?!

#ThursdayReads: Colette Barris

“Claretta Street” follows the lives of four young African-American girls living in Pacoima as they navigate the turbulent change of the 1960s, coming of age in the decadent and destructive 1980s.

Through the lenses of the young women, the sound and textures of life unfold as the devoted friends provide vivid accounts of one of America’s greatest periods of social change.

This work of historical fiction is the first novel by Pacoima native Colette Barris, who was inspired to write her debut book as a testimony to the struggle and triumph of Africans in America.

“Much is written about the African-American experience, most of which purposely spins black achievements as not much more than snippets of missteps, one depicted (often) as simple and jovial,” Barris said. “While in actuality, the black experience is one of unbelievable intelligence and courage.”

In “Claretta Street,” Barris explores America’s black past without marginalization. The author hopes readers gain “knowledge and appreciation of black female sisterhood and comradery” and “depth and insight of the African-American experience in the development of America further dismantling the mythology of American development.”

The author’s favorite character is Denise, the protagonist, because of her love and appreciation for family and sisterhood.

“I wanted to bring up the element of sisterhood for young African-American women because they need to know that they have it within them,” Barris said. “It’s in their DNA and they can reach out to one another for support.”

“Claretta Street” is the first installment of Barris’ trilogy. The second book is set to debut in early 2019.

You can find our more information about here by visiting her website: http://colettebarris.com/