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STAY POSITIVE

“…with God all things are possible”

~ Matthew 19:26

Have you ever heard the old saying “As the captain goes, so goes the ship?”

 A leader’s attitude not only affects them personally, but also their employees. This is why it is vital to have a positive attitude consistently. That positive attitude is sure to become contagious in the work place and soon you will be enjoying a fun, productive, and exciting day with your team!

We have put together some practical tips that can help you stay on the positive track…

10 Tips for Staying Positive

1.      Gratitude- list 10 things you are grateful for. Meditate on them often.

2.      Challenge yourself to find something you like about everyone you meet.

3.      Skip the News- before work or listen selectively.

4.      Reward yourself- immediately for a good job.

5.      Make an “Atta boy File” - of letters and every compliment you receive, no matter how small.

6.      Set goals daily and weekly- 1% improvement daily is 365% per year.

7.      Avoid Complainers and Criticizers – hang around someone with a good attitude. 

8.      Set your heart to appreciate customers: Have a mindset which says “Thank you for my job”, “Thank you for paying my salary.”

9.      Practice daily positive confessions and affirmation.

10.  Visualize Success- Expect the Best- Expect to win.  Tell yourself that this will be a great day!

We're accepting of the love that we think we deserve

This quote has been in my head for a long time (I think it’s from a movie or something), and I’m sure it wasn’t meant in this context, but it reminds me of internalized abuse.

Especially now with mega church pastor Creflo Dollar in the news for chocking and beating his daughter - an many of his parishanors speaking out against her calling the police on him… Its really telling to how women, especially black women, are just expected to remain in a certain place or risk physical and emotional abuse. Even with the quote I posted earlier with Beyonce’s praised motherhood vs Erykah Badu’s vilified motherhood - black women get degraded to unspeakable levels for stepping out of such narrowly drawn lines.

Imagine growing up in that life. With controlling fathers and mothers who co-sign that ideology. It’s hard to develop a legitimate belief that you DON’T deserve to be treated that way, or accept that treatment from lovers, friends, society. It’s hard to say “how dare you treat me that way” when that how you’ve always been treated. and its hard to feel safe when you’re used to those you care about hurting you. What does love even mean when abuse is almost always a part of the package anyway? These are things that need to be unlearned - but our society only reinforces these ideas everywhere you turn anyway.

It takes a village to raise a child but if that entire village promotes toxic relationships, abuse and the emotional manipulation of you girls… She’s better off on her own.

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Now this is theology done right!

A GREAT idea from What About Our Daughters blog....

If you’re outraged by the crucification of Creflo Dollar’s daughter, please take time to write a brief thank you note to Sheriff Wayne Hannah whannah@fayettecountyga.gov thanking he and his deputies for answering this young woman’s distress call.

A Black girl was in crisis. They responded.

They didn’t ignore her or throw her under the bus and now they are catching grief about it from the Civil Rights Industrial Complex . It doesn’t have to be a long note just a “Thank you for responding to Creflo Dollar’s daughter’s call for assistance. The Georgia NAACP is wrong.” and leave it at that.

i sent my thank you email this morning :)

Yet Another Reason why the Church is Irrelevant

“Sensibilities toward violence have changed so much that religious people today compartmentalize their attitude to the Bible. They pay it lip service as a symbol of morality, while getting their actual morality from more modern principles.” - Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature

And just like that, people forgot about Creflo Dollar almost as quickly as they did Eddie Long.

Yet Creflo Dollar is Creflo Dollar. He is flamboyant, unwavering, arrogant, and bullheaded. If you don’t believe me, do a google search on the audio he flaunts that is a recording of people being tormented in hell. Everyone in his congregation bought it.

The crazy thing about is alleged domestic violence charge is that like Eddie Long, Dollar doesn’t deny anything. Dollar actually says that he should have never been arrested. While it is true that none of us were present and it’s his word against his daughters, Dollar and many religious leaders who not only preach the prosperity gospel but stick the evangelical side of things, believe that no one should mettle in their family’s business. Like many religious leaders and community activists, Dollar feels that family business should remain family business. No one should be airing dirty laundry.

In both Long and Dollar’s court cases, the church as well as the Black and Brown community had an opportunity to discuss sexual and physical abuse, but lost this opportunity in faux black nationalism and religious patriarchy. While both cases have yet to be fully explored in a court of law, both parties have refused to even acknowledge the crimes they have been accused of. Their supporters refused to question anything and the rest of us have forgotten these crimes.

My point isn’t to prove that Long and Dollar are guilty but that we should discuss these issues. We should challenge the church when it comes to abuse and misogyny. Instead we are drowned in outdated scriptures and platitudes. Dollar’s only explanation is to blame the “culture” on individualism and selfishness. We are given parables of false prophets and told that it is the forces of Satan that are invading our homes.

I am clear on the idea that the church was never created to allow debate and criticism. That’s why the leaders are called preachers and the congregants are considered sheep. The church wasn’t built on debate only the consolidation of power. Again, this exclaims that the church is outdated especially in the 21st century whether white or black. Here we had two opportunities to really challenge the church. Instead many of us accepted the nonsense or the church just redoubled their efforts to silence the criticism.

Well, welcome to the terrordome.

"Many times when we don’t see the answer to our prayers, we believe we lack faith. However, at the point of salvation, every Christian received THE measure of faith. The issue is not a lack of faith but the presence of unbelief. Unbelief cancels out faith and renders our prayers ineffective. When we recognize unbelief is in our hearts, we must get rid of it, or it will stop our faith." -Creflo Dollar
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You Call This the Gospel - Wretched TV

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

by Creflo Dollar

Many Christians wonder why their lives have not changed since they’ve been saved. The problem lies within their thinking. Many of us have nourished mindsets that oppose the Word of God. In order for change to occur, we must begin to nourish godly thoughts by consistently meditating on God’s Word. Keep in mind that most change does not occur overnight; it is usually a process during which we must refuse to become frustrated. When we remain committed to the transformation process, we will begin to see changes take place.

Renewing our mind is not a one-time event but a lifelong process. As Christians, we will be engaged in this process until Jesus comes back! We were born into the world’s system and adapted to its norms, values, and beliefs that contradict the Word of God. That way of thinking does not magically disappear once we become saved. We must actively renew our minds daily by reading, studying, meditating, and acting on God’s Word.

Romans 12:1, 2, The Message Bible, is a popular scripture that gives us some clear instruction about renewing our mind. It states, “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

The words we are exposed to on a daily basis will have a huge impact on our thinking. And the condition of our minds will determine the condition of our lives. Therefore, when we have thoughts that do not line up with God’s Word, we can replace them with Word-based thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5).

One of the toughest decisions a Christian will have to make is to go into his or her cluttered mind, discover what is in there, and then get rid of whatever does not line up with God’s Word—including all erroneous religious teachings. It’s time for a soul detox! If we do not actively engage in the process of change, we will find ourselves stagnate in life. But when we diligently renew our minds, we develop into the strong Christian people who are able to demonstrate the will of God on this earth. 
If we do not renew our minds with the Word of God, we will not know, or experience, all that Jesus died for us to have in life. Neither will we know how to operate in the grace God has made available to us. Therefore, we will operate in defeat, and not understand why.

In today’s world, we are exposed to different visions and directions via the media. Our desires and plans may be influenced more by society than God. Our endeavor in life should be to seek His will, which is His Word.  Once we begin to seek His will, He will help us to find His specific plan and purpose for our lives. What He reveals to us will forever transform our lives.          

Raise Your Expectation

Creflo Dollar

I often tell my congregation, “Expectation is the breeding ground for miracles.” In order to receive from the Lord, we must expect Him to show up and show out in our lives. Without a fervent sense of expectancy, all we are doing is taking part in religious exercises that have no power behind them. It is time for Believers to start expecting God to do some great and mighty things in our lives.

Many Christians pray, read their Bibles, go to church, and serve in various capacities in ministry, but when it comes to the promises of God leaping off the pages of the Bible and manifesting in their lives, their faith levels are really low. They say they believe but they really do not, nor do they really expect God to come through on His Word. This is not the way Christians should live. 

God wants us to release our faith for everything we need and desire. He wants you to expand your capacity to receive by believing Him for BIG things! When you read a scripture from His Word, and receive it in your heart, without doubt, you should absolutely expect it to come to pass. There should be no question in your mind that what God said is exactly what He will do. 

I like the example of the man at the Gate called Beautiful, in the book of Acts. Acts 3:2-5 recounts the scene:

And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.”

This man received his healing because he expected to get something from Peter and John. He had his neck outstretched and his faith engaged. As a result, he was able to leap to his feet.

I wonder how many Christians could have already experienced the manifestation of the things they are believing from the Word, if only they would walk in unwavering expectation. There are no limits to what God can do, and if you can believe for what seems impossible, He will do it.

Expectation also means dreaming big. Do not limit God because of what your past experiences have been, or based on what others may say. Sometimes you will have to get “out of the box” so to speak, in order to receive bigger and better things from God. If you can find it in the Word of God, and you have the faith for it, you will possess it. You are not waiting on God; He is waiting on you! Walk in expectation and watch your dreams become a reality.

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VIDEO: CREFLO DOLLAR DEFENDS A “BROTHER IN CHRIST”

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Atlanta Minister Creflo Dollar is raising a few eyebrows after making remarks in his sermon last Sunday. He referenced a preacher who had been in a “wreck” and criticized members of the preacher’s congregation who left the church because of said-preacher’s wreck. While he didn’t mention the preacher by name, all indicators point to the said “Wreck in effect” being none other than his fresh-off-of-a-lawsuit and fellow Atlanta preacher, Bishop Eddie Long. Check out his remarks and decide for yourself!  SIDENOTE: the comments in the video are from the website pimppreacher.com, who have also stated that Dollar has petitioned Youtube to remove the video,so look quickly!

If Tithing Really Worked Then Where Is Your Jet And Your Bentley?

PimpPreacher.com 02/11/2014

This video is a few years old now, but many of you have yet to see it. Pay attention to the lack of care or concern when asked about their lavish lifestyles, Creflo Dollar could care less what you think. Rich pastors like Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar have raked in millions from poor people - and have reinvested that money into their personal lives. I guess tithing really does work….

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