Galatians 6:7-10 (American Standard Version) 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith.
Good Morning,A lot of people say,” This God stuff does not work”. You have either said it or heard someone say it. People seem to treat God as if He is not eternal. They treat Him as if He does not have all the time in eternity to bring about the things that he chooses to accomplish. People jump in like kids jumping rope. Then when God does not move when they want Him to, they jump right back out. God is sovereign. He will do whatsoever he pleases. When a person begins to understand that life is not about them and it is about God’s ultimate plan life gets better.
I view this situation one way. The principle of sowing and reaping works whether you believe in it or not. This principle is a law in the Kingdom of God. It is a boomerang if you will. Please understand that God will allow you to grow and learn of Him but He will not be played with. People try God out like they test drive a car (in my Pastor’s voice). When God does not move when they want Him to they go back to what they know best, sin. When the sin gets too heavy to bear they run back to God. I believe each time that they run back to God they learn a little more of Him. Yet they choose to keep one foot in the world and sow to their flesh.
God is patient. We all know this. Although He will allow you to get what you deserve (recompense). Whenever we sow to our flesh, we will reap what the flesh brings. All that is in the world is the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. That is what you get out of the flesh. You will get nothing but things that decay. There are things that you may be doing that are not pleasing to God. There are things that you think are okay but God will allow you to reap what you sow. You may live a respectable life and not bother anyone, but you like to smoke marijuana. You may even stop by a church once in awhile or read this devotional faithfully, but you are sowing to the flesh. I am not pointing fingers. I am just writing about what I know about. Think about the things that you could reap from sowing to the flesh. You could reap a jail cell. You could reap losing your job. You could reap influencing others around you. Be not deceived. Sowing to the flesh most of the time is pleasurable. It feels really good. Yet it brings about separation from God.
There are plenty of you out there that constantly sow unto the Spirit. I am not saying that these people are perfect but they are reaping things of the Spirit. They have chosen to give their bodies as a living sacrifice unto God through sowing to the Spirit. These people will also reap what they have sown. They will reap the fruits of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against these things, there is no law.
Think about a seed. When that small seed goes into the ground it brings about much more than what it is. When you sow into your life it will bring about much more in your life. The small watermelon seed brings forth such a large fruit. Think about the seeds that you are sowing and how much more fruit you are receiving. The things that we put in the ground whether of the flesh or the spirit bring forth far greater produce. The flesh will bring nothing but heartache and confusion. The Spirit will bring nothing but the goodness and mercy of God.
This is not a who is better than who devotional. This is a compare and contrast devotional. I want you to see the difference between the two lifestyles and what each one may bring. Take a few moments and think about what you sow to the most. Is it your flesh or is it the Spirit? Do you spend more time in the fleshly and worldly places than you do in church? Do you spend more time consuming drugs and alcohol than you do consuming the word of God?
Please understand I may have offended some of you today but this is what God has told me to tell you. Some of you who read this devotional whether it comes directly or second hand are chosen to hear this. If you sow to the flesh, you are being chastened. If you sow to the Spirit, you are being encouraged. Please know and understand this one thing: God is not mocked! Whatsoever you are doing that is what you will get.
Live Life On Purpose!
“A Million Tears”by Alfred H. Jones, Jr. Over the years, we’ve shed so many tears For our friends and family who are no longer here. We have to find a way and the words to say To help those in need make it through another day. GOD does no wrong, so we have to be strong We have to pick up the pieces and keep moving along. It’s going to be hard and that’s no doubt We’ll cry a million tears, but it has to come out. Sometimes we don’t get a chance, to say our last good-byes Or express our true feelings, before we run out of time. Their spirit will be with us and see that we make it down this road At times we’ll want to give up, because of the weight of this load. We all knew from day one, that we were born to die Ask no questions why and wipe the tears from your eyes. I’ve been told all of my life, that they’re in a better place I just close my eyes and I can see a smiling face. So many friends and family have passed over the years But I know it’s ok, to cry a million tears…
“Are We Really Free?”by Alfred H. Jones Jr.
Most of Our Ancestors Came Here In Shackles and Chains,
Treated Like Wild AnimalsAnd Given New Names
Forced To Build This Nation Forced To Work In The Fields,
And Those Who RefusedWere Maimed Or Killed
Our Women Were RapedOur Children Were Sold,
But Freedom Could Be HadIs The Lie We Were Told
Some Tried Running AwayThey Were Hunted DownBy Men With Dogs,
Brought Back To The PlantationsAnd Slaughtered Just Like Hogs
When Freedom Finally CameWe Were Promised 40 Acres & A Mule,
It Was Just Another LineThat Turned Out Not To Be True
All Over The SouthWhere We Were Supposed To Be Free,
They Were Killing Our People By Hanging Them High In A Tree
So Some Moved To The NorthAnd Found It To Be A Little Better,
But Still Had To Deal With The RacismAlong With The Weather
As The Years PassedWe Made Some Sizable Gains,
But They Were Not Easily Made Because With Gain There Comes Pain
We Lost Some Of Our LeadersAt A Very Young Age,
There Was A Time In Our HistoryFilled With Black and White Rage
Malcolm X Was OneHe Tried To Get Blacks To Unite,
He Was Gunned Down As He SpokeOn A Cold February Night
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He Preached Against All The Hate,
He Died From An Assassins Bullet On April 8th, 1968
Those Were Just 2 Of The PeopleBut There Were So Many More,
Who Gave Up The GhostTrying To Get Our Foot In The Door
We’ve Come A Mighty Long WayFrom Back When We Were Slaves,
But Still Too Many Of Us Got To See Early Graves
Did It Pay OffDid We Even Make A Dent,
Just Look In The White HouseWe’ve Got A Black President
The Struggle Doesn’t Stop Here Not For You, Him Or Me,
Ask Yourself This One Small Question
Are We Really Free?
“God Help Us” by Alfred H. Jones Jr.
I just can't stand
to see the sight
every where that I look
I see a fight
jobs are making cuts
day and night
no time soon
will we see the light
tell me what this world
is coming to
that's the only question
that I have for you
if you ask anyone
they will say
that we have to live
from day to day
living in the past
to have some fun
because living in the present
just ain't on the one
you try your very best
to make ends meet
but the only place to turn
is to the street
unemployment can be found
in every state, city and town
all you have to do
is to look around
is on solid ground
kids are killing kids
just for something to do
again I have to ask
what is this world coming to...
“Speak Up”by Alfred H. Jones Jr.
Speak Up If You Have SomethingThat You Need To Say,
Things Won’t Magically ChangeOr Just Go Away.
Speak UP If You KnowWhat We Need To Hear,
Let Your Heart Be Your GuideDon’t Be Held Back By Fear.
Speak Up So Many Have Died For This Very Basic Right,
Please Don’t Leave This Earth Without Putting Up A Fight.
Speak Up It’s Not The TimeFor You To Hold Your Tongue,
I Know That Not Too Long AgoFor Speaking Up You Could Be Hung.
Speak Up And Let Us KnowWhat It Is That’s On Your Mind,
We’re Your Platform For That Just Tell The Truth And You’ll Be Fine…
"LIFE" by Alfred H. Jones Jr.
(a poem dedicated to Tony “Jiggs” Dotson who passed on August 20, 2011)
Life is but a mystery
To each and every one of us
Tomorrow isn't promised, but
In GOD we must place our trust.
Be thankful for the time we had
And the friendships that we've made
GOD can call us at anytime
And to rest we will be laid.
With a smile look back at the memories we hold
Of ourselves, our family and our friends
Because as children we were always told
That all good things must come to an end.
We were also taught that GOD does no wrong
Only HE knows when it's time for us to go
So just enjoy your life and Praise Our Father
Then GOD can take your soul.
Things will happen that we won't understand
We all have to deal with the stress and the strife
The time we think will last forever not realizing tear’s gave a plan that’s marked by shallow graves
They take man, woman young and old all herded in stockades kept there for more than a year
With little to eat nothing much to wear health declines
and death a wish to be deny
to some, for other to quick in the blink of a eye
while for other theirs the lot to see before their eyes love ones falling from disease to die
Told to leave their home not just their land but everything they held holy and dear to go where?
Fear but brave they held to life only to find they had to march through snow and ice
In the coldest winter they had ever seen
Frozen rivers, and so are their feet
With nothing for cover and no deer to hunt they lay bare before nature in cruel demise
There’s a mighty nation no more for their dignity brought in a lie
Sold a bill of goods not in fair trade but deceive though the cloth they brought the lie
That might of force that once held them strong was traded for a song
They kept singing though their ordeal we are weak you are strong where is your divine mercy
We were told in the book to seek and we should find or is it
Shell be blind
It was called the relocation act, and that man in the big house said there was no place for the
Redman in Gods Holy land but look at the truth for each step taken
There was left a tear that stays with us until today.
Broadus Family Reunion
The Broadus family has not had a reunion since 2002. On August 6, 2011 we had our reunion. The reunion was dedicated to our Aunt Sara (Woodson). It was full of surprises for her. Aunt Sara even won the 50/50 door prize. We were blessed to have family come from California, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and other parts of Maryland. We even had family that we met for the first time. Special thanks to Hampton Wedlock, Tish Mims and Betsy Broadus for putting the reunion together. Also thanks to family and friends that made that day a great success. We look forward to a bigger and better reunion in 2013 for a weekend affair.(Submitted by Betsy Broadus)
Sara Broadus is in the center wearing a jacket and surrounded by family members that traveled from across the country to be a part of this reunion
“Cancer the big C” by Tyler E. Sterling, age 12 (MOTA Literacy Contest Winner for July 2004)
Cancer, also called the “Big C” is a serious and often deadly disease, no matter what state, city or county holds the unfortunate record for having the highest percentage rates.It’s sad that WashingtonCounty has to hold the record statewide with 80-100 people diagnosed each year.There is good news.The good news is that some cancers are treatable and preventable. I have decided to focus my essay on two specific types of cancer.These are colon cancer (treatable) and lung cancer (preventable).
I will begin with colon cancer.Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in WashingtonCounty.The disease can be hereditary.Several of members my family have had a Colonoscopy, even before the age of 50.Thankfully they are all colon cancer free.Knowing heredity is one of the risk factors, I will definitely get a colon cancer screening when I get older.
Even though I am twelve years old, I already take the risk factors serious.I try to take care of my body by getting plenty exercise through sports, skateboarding and riding my bike.I am not allowed to eat a lot of junk foods or foods high in fat.I also drink a lot of water.I don’t drink alcohol or smoke and my father does the same.My dad also makes sure I get plenty of fiber.
Symptoms of colon cancer might include: weight loss, blood in stool changes in bowel appearance and unusual abdominal pains.So, if you have experienced any or all of these symptoms, please make a doctor’s appointment immediately.WashingtonCounty even has a program you may qualify to get a free exam.You may qualify if you are a resident of WashingtonCounty, between 50 and 64, are uninsured or underinsured, and have limited income.
The second cancer I want to write about is Lung Cancer.This is the number one preventable type of cancer in the United States; yet more than 434,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by tobacco. I read that the nicotine in cigarettes is very addictive.When inhaled it goes right to the brain and that is why people get hooked so easily.Cigarettes also contain 4,000 different chemicals and 40 of these cause cancer. Television, Billboards, actors/actresses and peer pressure paint a “Pretty” picture of smoking.All age groups get targeted even people suffering from depression or nervous disorders can be seen in movies smoking and saying, “it calms their nerves”. Smoking is a big moneymaking business.
If people would only see a clear picture of how they really look with a “cancer stick” hanging out of their mouths, often coughing and choking while wrapped in a cloud of gray-blue smoke, they may possibly try harder to quit. If that is not enough, they could go to one of the cancer websites and view all angles of actual diseased lungs.It’s not pretty.
However, there are many places that hold programs to help with screening of both types of cancer.Since I am focusing on Washington County the list include: Brothers United Who Dare To Care, the Washington County Health Department, Robinwood Medical Center, Washington County Hospital, Churches, Youth Related programs (the Memorial Recreation Center, the Boys & Girls Club), Adult Housing programs, Expos and Health Fairs, Businesses and Health Care providers.
Remember, when it comes to your health its your life – Be there for it
Drugs and Abuse by Josie Smith, age 9 (September 2003)
Today is not a good day to play.Today is not a good day to sing.Today is not a good day to do anything because today is the end of a little girl’s world.It all started out in a small town down south.A young girl about nine years old, tall blond hair, a nice girl.She never got in trouble, but she had family problems, her mom, Mary, did drugs.And when she did drugs she was all mad and she would always hit her daughter Eleanor.Mary participated in drug classes but only when she felt like it.Eleanor never told anybody about her mom, she only told her best friend.But her best friend was sworn to secrecy.One night Mary went to the bar, she got drunk and came home and saw her daughter Eleanor asleep.She woke her up and started to hit her.The next day Eleanor got up, got dressed and walked to school, but she did not realize her mom made a hand print on her face.Her best friend said, “What’s that on your face, I don’t know what you think it is, it looks like a hand print”. Eleanor said, ”Please, just act normal”. So they went to the first class and Eleanor’s teacher asked her what happened and Eleanor said, “my mom and me were playing and she hit me with her hand when she was trying to grab her drink”.But the teacher knew that was not the truth, so about two weeks later her mom Mary got a notice from the school board and from the cops about Eleanor’s mark and she was taken to court and they did not do anything.Five months later her daughter had a birthday and Eleanor was so “low”, Eleanor got nothing on her birthday.One night Mary got so mad, she got crazy and started hitting Eleanor, she hit her so hard she was rushed to the hospital, but she did not make it.Two days after her death, Eleanor’s friend told the school board about Eleanor’s mom so then she was sent to jail for the abuse and death of Eleanor J. Walker.
"In The City" by Alfred H. Jones Jr.
In The City
You Can Hear A Baby Cry
And See A Tear From Hunger
Fall From It's Eye
It's Parents Love Dope
The System Can't Cope
So Tell Me, Where In This World
Will This Child Find Hope...
"Your Smile" by Alfred H. Jones Jr.
(Previously published in Nature’s Echo)
It Has The Power To Brighten Up
A Dark & Gloomy Day
It Lets Everyone Know
That Everything Is O.K.
Every time I Look
It' Right In It's Place
It's Your Beautiful Smile
On Your Beautiful Face...
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