The Parent Rap…

I am lovin’ this humor and it gets stuck in the head so because I feel this and I know that you need a laugh in this life…Here ya go.

Also or As Well…’cause I know you want to drop these lyrics…to all my other parental homies out there…this is for you…cause I feel you!

“Don’t make me count to 1-2-3

Yeah, it’s the parent rap, y’all
We may spend most of our time chasing toddlers down but
We still know how to rock the hizzle
I don’t even know what you just said

We used to be cool!
Back in the day, back on the block
Watching PG-13 movies, staying up way after dark
Then we had a couple shorties
And now we’re really flossy
Cause now we be rollin’ with our own little possie
In the mini van
Or in our little wagon
Let me throw it to the moms
Cause the little one is saggin’

I used to bling it up, I used to dress real shrewd
Now I accessorize with food that’s already been chewed
And that’s all right
I make this diaper bag look good
When I’m walking through the mall tryin’ to wrangle my brood
My PB&Js will set your world on fire
I could make you mac-n-cheese blindfolded on a wire
I’m wiping the do-do
Kissin’ the booboos
Got them eyes in the back of my head, I see all you do.
Using your full name so you know I ain’t playin’
And that’s why all my kiddo’s, they keep sayin’

Mom mom, she’s the bomb, rocking all night till the break of dawn
Cooking them peas so I’ll grow up strong
Got my second seat belt if we crash head on
Dad dad, he’s the man, working real hard to support the clan
Traded in his porsche for an old sedan
Raisin’ those brows if we get outta hand

When it come to Candyland, I’m a stone cold player
Helping out with the homework, I’m an Algebra slayer
Wrestle carseats into place without spillin’ my mug
If I tuck you in at night, you’ll be as snug as a bug
Then I’m off in the morning, to make that cheese
You may not know this yet, but it doesn’t grow on trees
Now mama take it please, what, uh, take it

I’m droppin’ “time out”s like they’re hot
Potty training all my tots
Washin’ all the pans and pots
Tyin’ little shoes in knots
Giving knowlege to your brain
Like “if your friend jumped off a train you don’t have to do the same”
Now get your toys out of the rain!
I’m cleanin’ every spill
Cuttin’ coupons like a vil
If you need parental skill now you know
We are for real!
You don’t think our rhyms are ill boy?
Then your grounded for a mil!

Mom, mom, she’s legit
Making us chill when we pitch a fit
Telling us to share and never to hit
If you can’t say somethin’ nice put a sock in it
Dad dad, he’s the guy,
never gets tired of playing “I spy”
The constant barage of kids asking “why”
And he always pretends he needs another tie

You know money doesn’t grow on trees
Why buy the cow if the milk is free
This won’t hurt you as much as it hurts me
If you want dessert eat another veggie
Close that door
You weren’t born in a stable
Sit up straight
And kiss your aunt mable
Close your mouth when you chew
Get your elbows off the table
Mom and dad of the year, check it, that’s the label

It’s the parent rap y’all
And it’s apparent
We’re great parents
Mom and daddy in the house
Mom and daddy own the house
Mom and daddy need to clean the house…

Keep your hands to yourself, boy
Don’t make me stop this beat, I’ll do it! I’ll pull this beat right over.”

You’re Welcome & My Pleasure (aka.  the Chickfila you’re welcome)

The Invasion…

It’s a couple of years old but I love the power of these lyrics and the smooth sound of Trip Lee. If you are a fan of rap and looking for something that not only strengthens the mind and honors Jesus Christ… look up what they are doing over @116 & @reachrecords.

God has invaded this earth not only with his message, but with His Son. Those that follow Him carry the Hero, Jesus Christ within them. We are marked and sealed by the Holy Spirit who is God with us…dwelling within us.

My I.D. is His Love…

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

-Jesus Christ
the Gospel of John
[NASB ’95]

They will know we are Christians…by our t-shirts?  Not hardly.  Although I have t-shirts of my own with Christian graphics & messages, this is not to be the central display of my identity as a disciple of Jesus Christ.  The central display of our identity as disciples is in His identity as Lord.  The Lord of Love.  The Lord Who Loves.  The Lord Who Gives Love.  The Lord Who Is Love (1 John 4:16).  The Lord Who Loves His Disciples & Has Called His Disciples to Love As He Loved.

This is a big deal because it is in knowing His love & displaying His love that the world will see His love…in us.  They will know we are Christians by our love.

// #FollowJesus #Relentless #GraceAlive #HisDisciples

http://bible.us/100/jhn.13.34-35.nasb

Learn & Follow…Follow & Learn

“You call Me Teacher & Lord; & you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord & the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”

-Jesus Christ
The Gospel of John 13:13-17
[NASB ’95]

Jesus is not just the Teacher & the Lord.  He is the Lord & the Teacher.  To Know Him as He is…is to learn & follow…follow & learn.

#FollowJesus #GraceAlive

http://bible.us/100/jhn.13.13-17.nasb

Now With Everlasting Prescription Strength

“The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.’”  –Jeremiah 31: 3 {NASB ‘77}

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December is now upon us and the year 2012 will soon be drawing to a close.  It is dismaying how quickly another year passes before our eyes, is filled with memory markers (those that are grand & those that are painful), and then gets store in the shelf of the past in our hearts & minds.  We cherish all of these things because in them life and love is found.  In them we see the grace of God poured over our lives in form of the redemption from our sins through salvation in Jesus Christ.  We also behold this grace as we “Count Our Blessings” and ask God “Why Me?”  These are such a great joy even if they come from sadness.   “Why,” you may ask?

It is because none of us are immune to these moments for the good times and the bad.  All of us face those “Why Me?” moments when we go through our lives.  Job faced the darkest of these times more than any other ordinary man we see in the scriptures.  How did he face his “why me” moment?  His lips uttered these words when he found life and others questioning his decisions. “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10)

The Bible is full of these examples of the faith.  Many of these kept their faith secure because they never lost sight of the love that God had lavished upon them.  As the church God loves us because we are His people.  But the love of God is not limited alone to us because Jesus Christ has revealed His love to the entire world through His gift of Himself on the cross & the resurrection.  (John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8)

This covenant full of love has been given to us with ”everlasting” prescription strength.  How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, God!  This love unites us as family.  This love brings great expectation toward the possibilities of God amongst His people.  This love can bring great rescue to those lost, blind, and perishing in sin.  And just think about it…this covenant of love has been given to us.  We didn’t earn this love from God; it was His to give to us.   And this covenant of love has been given to us as Immanuel, God with us.  This covenant of love never let’s us go because indeed, it has “everlasting” prescription strength.

Let this love take hold of us as His blessed Gift as we take hold of Him with each other.  Let this love that is the Gospe{L}ived motivate everything we do as God’s church and seek Him together in this covenant relationship.  Let us be assured of this love that never fails.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus Our Lord.”

-Romans 8:38-39  {NASB ‘77}

Jesus IS LORD

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” – Hebrews 13:8 NASBImage

In light of the election today and the results that many are questioning, I submit this entry to you…

But first, let’s chat about something.

Many times people suffer from all kinds of fears.  Some of these are rational and some are irrational.  Some can be taken lightly and make us chuckle, others make us ache and paralyzed by their trauma.  For a great review of “phobias” check out The Phobia List.  It is a point of interest to know that aside from the usual suspects of

  • Arachnephobia- the fear of spiders
  • Claustrophobia- the fear of confined spaces
  • Acrophobia- the fear of heights

We have some unusual fears as well…

  • Graphophobia- the fear of writing or handwriting
  • Ablutophobia- the fear of bathing
  • Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia- Fear of the number 666.

And my personal favorite with cruel irony…

  • Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- Fear of long words. 35 letters…Seriously?

The world at this time when you view Facebook and hear the questions floating around, seem to be suffering from incredible angst (on both sides of the political lines), distrust, and a fear similar to “apocalyptophobia” (fearing the end of the world.)

I would like to share two things about these fears and the Only redemption in the midst of them.

First of all, in the arena of politics- on this day, one of two imperfect fallible men will be elected as president, and many other fallible imperfect people will be elected to all the other seats.  Why?  Because all of mankind, aside from Jesus Christ Himself, are imperfect & fallible.

The Only All Perfect, Infallible, Almighty, Savior King Is Jesus Christ!  Regardless of who sits in the White House, Jesus Is on the Throne of Eternity.  There is no need for someone to be elected as the LORD God…He is already LORD.  He has always been LORD.  He will always be LORD.

Secondly, Because Jesus is the LORD of all eternity…He and only He holds the decisions for when nations rise and fall.  Only Jesus is simultaneously the Alpha & the Omega…The Beginning & The End…The First & The Last.  He holds the future for both our peace and our tribulation.  For those who are His followers, this is true Hope and Blessed Assurance in the midst of any “troubling” times.  For those who do not know Jesus as their Savior, He is the Authority that all will find their reckoning before.  Philippians 2: 9-11

Soo… How now should we live if you follow Jesus?

1)  Be Trusting of Jesus & His Ultimate Authority…

  • For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. -Colossians 1:13-17 NASB
  • These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. -John 16:33

2)  Live With The Grace HE HAS GIVEN US…

  • Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peaceof God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise — dwell on these things.  -Philippians 4:4-8 HCSB
  • Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful. -John 14:27 HCSB

3)  Be Bold In Sharing The Gospel of Jesus…Our True Hope

  • But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”-that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”  How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. -Romans 10:8-15, 17 NASB
  • This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. -John 17:3 NASB

4)  Pray Earnestly For God to Receive Glory In All Things In All People…

  • First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.  Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension. –1 Timothy 2: 1-8  {NASB}
  • Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.  For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.  Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.  Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. -1 Peter 2:13-17 {NASB}
  • Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.  For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil.  Do you want to have no fear of authority?   Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good.  But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.  Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only becauseof wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.  For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulersare servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.  Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. -Romans 13:1-7  {NASB}
Fears can be crippling but they don’t need to make us forget that JESUS Is LORD and that Jesus Loves Us Dearly!  “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” -1 John 4:18 NASB
His love can cure the crippled and perfect the once paralyzed!
JESUS IS LORD!