10 Church Aggrevations

10 THINGS THAT AGGRAVATE YOU  IN CHURCH …….

  1. People who over use the tambourine.  If you know you have a problem keeping up with the beat, please do the church a favor, and pass the tambourine to someone else!     You are truly aggravating so KNOCK IT OFF!   Be still and just  sing.
  2. People who fake the Spirit. Just because your friend felt His “touch”  and was moved to run around the church, doesn’t mean you need to.  If you require several rounds of oxygen and some gator-aide after your ‘performance’ chances are you didn’t get touched after all.  SIT DOWN.
  3. People who constantly holler something to the pastor all during  the  message.    We don’t need you commenting after every sentence pastor says, everybody knows you know the bible.  Stop showing off!  The preacher is ‘preaching’  directly to you anyway, but maybe if you be quiet, the whole church wouldn’t know he’s talking toyou.  SHUT UP so  everybody else can hear what the pastor has to say to you.
  4. People who constantly go to the bathroom.  Nobody uses  the bathroom four times during service and if you  actually need to, I suggest wearing Depends, or sitting at the end of the aisle.  People are tired of you knocking off their hats and wigs as you go by.
  5. People who can’t or won’t control their kids.  Okay, this is a tough one….If you know Lil’ Ron Ron ’bout to tear up children’s church, don’t subject that poor innocent teacher to your demon-child.  Sit Lil’ Ron Ron next to you, open your purse and show him your ‘gun’….then whisper in his ear and tell him he’s going to see God before his time if he doesn’t keep some ‘act right’.  Then pray and ask God’s forgiveness.  How in the world can we concentrate on hearing the Word, when your child is running up and down the aisle .  The Bible says, “spare the rod, spoil the child,”  You need to HANDLE UP!!
  6.  People who take ‘Come AS YOU ARE’ to a whole new level. I can understand if you going through something. But if you got a fresh pair of Jordan ‘s on and a T-shirt, then you can certainly invest in some dress clothes and take your earrings and nose rings out. Since when is it OK for men to wear hats in the church and wear their pants to their ankles?  GET IT TOGETHER!
  7. People who bring food to church. If you brought your baby a little snack, but you’reeating all his cookies and crackers ..  dropping crumbs everywhere that’s a problem. Take those Cheezits, Oreos and little Rae-kwon outside. This is GOD’S HOUSE, NOT YOURS!!!
  8.  People who come to special church functions and criticize. If you’re standing in a corner gossiping about how you could’ve done a better job at something and you haven’t volunteered to help with anything and haven’t showed up to any invitations to join a ministry, I’m going to have to ask you to SHUT-UP!
  9. People who obviously show they don’t like you. If you don’t care for a person for whatever reason, at least put up a decent front and ACT like you have some Christian love!  When you come to church, you should look past people’s shortcomings. Don’t cut somebody up with your evil faces and smart remarks.   Those same faults you see in others, may be found in you!  CUT IT OUT!
  10. Finally, parents who dress better than their kids… If you come in looking like an Ebony Fashion model and little Sha-nay-nay is behind you looking like a poster child for ‘Feed the Children,’ you are DEAD WRONG!  Give your child a “Just For Me”, and dress her to look as good or better than you.  Don’t come out looking like a MILLION BUCKS while your child looks ‘homeless’.

 

YOU KNOW YOU’RE WRONG!Now,  Let the Church say, ‘AMEN’

Saggin Pants

So…my good friend Kathy West forwarded me an email and I thought it worth posting…check it out below

Letter from a college student

The other day , a friend of mine visited me in the lobby of my dorm just to chat while her laundry was drying. As we were chatting , two young freshmen came by. One of the 2 boys wanted to ‘talk’ to my friend (as in date). She asked him how old they were , and both of the boys replied 18. My friend and I both laughed hysterically because we are both 22 years old. <

After my friend left , the young men were still hanging around and one wanted to know how he could gain her interest.

The first thing I told him to do was to pull up his pants! He asked why , and then said he liked saggin ‘ his pants. I told him to come over to my computer and spell the word saggin’. Then I told him to write the word saggin ‘ backwards.

S-A-G-G-I-N
N-I-G- G-A-S

I told him the origin of that look was from centuries ago. It was the intent of slave owners to demoralize the field workers by forbidding them to wear a belt as they worked in the fields or at any other rigorous job. In addition , men in prison wore their pants low when they were ‘spoken for’. The other reason their pants looked like that was they were not allowed to have belts because prisoners were likely to try to commit suicide. And , saggin’ pants prevents you from running.

We as young Black people have to be the ones to effect change. We are dying. The media has made a mockery of the Black American. Even our brothers and sisters from Africa don’t take us seriously. Something as simple as pulling up your pants and standing with your head held high could make the biggest difference in the world’s perception of us. It is time to do right by ourselves. We need to love and embrace each other. No one is going to do that for us.

It all comes down to perception. What people perceive is what reality to them is. We have to change not only the media’s perception of us , but we need to change our perception of ourselves.

Remember all eyes are on you Black Man. All eyes are on you Black Woman. All eyes are on your Black Child. People point the finger at us and expect us to engage in negative and illegal activities , to manifest loud , boisterous behavior , to spend our hard earned money in their stores , buying goods we don’t need , or really want. We have allowed not only the media , but the government and the world to portray us as a ‘sub-culture. ‘ They have stripped our culture down to the point where the image of Black people is perpetuated as rappers , athletes , drug users , and consumers of junk food , expensive tennis shoes , expensive cars , expensive TVs , cell phones and not investing in homes for our families.

We are so much more!!!!!!!

To all our Black Men : It’s time to stand up. There are billions of Black Women who want to do nothing more than worship the ground that you walk on. We are so in love with your potential. We want to have your back , we want to love , support and cherish every ounce of your being. But with that you have to show that you are willing to be the head of our households. You have to prove yourselves worthy of our submission. We need you to be hard working…Not a hustler. We need you to seek higher education , to seek spirituality. We need you to stand! And trust us; we will have your back. We know that it gets hard. We know you get weary. Trust and believe that there is nothing that a Black Man and a Black Woman can’t handle with GOD on their side.

To all our Black Women : It is also time for you to stand up. It is time for you to stop using our bodies as our primary form of communication. It is time to be that virtuous woman that Proverbs spoke of. You cannot sit by the wayside while our men are dying by the masses. You are the epitome of Black Love. It starts within you. You need to speak with conviction to let not only our Black Men know , but the world , that you are the Mothers of this world. You are so powerful. You are so beautiful. You need to love and embrace every blessing God has given us physically , emotionally and spiritually.

For all our Black Children : We need to love them. We need to teach them. We need to stand up for them. We need to protect them. We need to show them that there are no ‘get rich quick’ schemes. We need to tell them that they WILL die trying if they submit to a life of crime and deceit. We need to teach our children that no one will love them the way we can. And being a basketball player , a rapper , or a drug dealer is not reality. It’s not realistic and only a small percentage of people ever make it as a rapper or professional athlete. We need to teach our children that we can be more than rappers and athletes. We can be the owners of these sports teams. We can be the CEO’s of OUR fortune 500 companies. We need to believe in literacy.

Please Keep This Going & Have a wonderful day

‘This is the year of empowerment.. ‘ God will empower us to accomplish things this year that will be mind blowing’.

GOD BLESS

-Shelia Davis

Chuck's Crown Vic on Dubbs

So…why am I writing this post?  In all honesty, not sure.  I recently purchased a set of 20 inch rims to put on my Ford Crown Victoria.  It just so happened that my digital camera was in the car at the time so I decided to get some footage of them being put on.  After looking at the footage and needing a reason to play with iMovie, I made a short video of the rims getting put on.  Of course as I rode off, I began noticing all sorts of Crown Vic’s with all kinds of rims and paint jobs.  But anyway…check mine out…peace!

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Career Changes

As of October 1st 2008, I began working for StomperNet, LLC.  They are a great company to work for.  I have the opportunity to use my management skills and experience (gained at Pop Labs) to manage the creation of new online marketing related products.  I was originally contacted by them to perform at StomperNet Live 6 in Atlanta.  While there, I had the opportunity to meet the owners, staff and faculty.  After a few conversations with me, they found out that I was more than a great entertainer and online marketer, but that I was good at managing people and projects. They were in the process of working on some new products and projects and figured a person like myself who is familiar with the industry and project management would be a perfect fit.  After a meeting with the owners and the conference coming to a close, I was given a verbal offer.  I gave it some thought and considered what I would be leaving.  Pop Labs is a great place.  They were very knowledgeable and fun to work with.  I learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work not only online but in life overall.  I was very happy being supervisor and doing online marketing there.  The commute to the office was less than 10 minutes.  There, I was given the opportunity to create the SEO Rapper persona and they graciously accepted and marketed it.  We all know the one thing in life that is constant is change.  StomperNet presented me with an offer that I couldn’t refuse.  With multi-media being a big part of there success and something I am very interested in, it seemed it was time for a change.  Their focus on educating members and committing to quality products was a plus.  When it came down to doubling my salary and working from home, I was sold.  I had almost 6 great years with Pop Labs and I’m grateful for the opportunities they provided.  I still recommend them if someone needs a firm to handle their website creation, marketing, support and maintenance of their online campaign.  If you want to do it yourself, need tips, get some insider information, converse  with some of the best in online marketing and be taught in a fun and intuitive way then StomperNet is for you.  You should subscribe to The Net Effect and Stomping The Search Engines II.  We are currently working on a new product that will revolutionize how marketing online will be done.  Stay tuned…

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Friends….How Many of us Have Them

I was blessed to grow up in a neighborhood where everyone knew each other.  My mom still stays there.  You meet these kids in elementary school not knowing that you would also attend junior high and high school together.  I said that to say that I’ve developed a close nit group of people who I can truly call friends.  Obviously, there’s a ton of associates and individuals I’m cool with but there is about 17 who I can really call friends.  Now, we have our ups and downs but at the end of the day….that’s still my n****.  I know someone said you can count true friends on one hand and in most cases that’s probably true.  I’ve been blessed to have friends that I consider brothers.  Friends are dependable.  Friends care.  Friends don’t lie to you no matter what it is.  Friends will tell you no sometimes.  Friends take care of your family when you aren’t available.  Friends don’t hate on you.  Sometimes friends are closer than family.  So…to quote the legendary Whodini…Friends, how many of us have them?

Daddy's Girl Problems…

This past weekend, while sitting at the laundromat, I was thinking about families. This was after a call from my BM (baby momma) with some news about my youngest daughter(age 5). Apparently, she has been acting up in school. She went on to say that the disciplinary efforts (butt whippings) she was giving weren’t working and recommended that I have a talk with her the following weekend when I had them. So, naturally I couldn’t wait until then and caught up with them at “Granny’s” house. Prior to meeting them, I had a conversation with her teacher. I was told pretty much what I expected to hear, that her work is outstanding but her behavior won’t be tolerated. I thought back to my childhood and realized that I did the same thing after my parents split and I was about the same age. Every week, when I see my children, they are so happy to see me. We have so much fun and the weekend goes by so fast. We get sad after church, because we know it is approaching time to part ways. When it’s time for the drop off, it never fails, they hate to leave, especially the youngest. Read more

Thanksgiving Recovery…

I’m finally recovering from Thanksgiving.  Every year, I eat entirely too much and then ask myself why did I do that.  I’m sure I’m not the only one.  More importantly, I hope that people who do celebrate Thanksgiving actually took the time to give thanks.  Really, those of us who are saved should be giving thanks daily, because he (God) brings us through so much every day.  This time of year though, we should really reflect on the grace of God and how good he has been to us.  I know he has been good to me.  I thank God that my children are healthy.  I thank him for giving me a sane mind and full motion of my limbs.  I thank him for placing me in a career where I am happy and wanted.  I thank him for shelter, food and transportation.  I’ve been trying to look over the material things I’ve accumulated through God’s blessings and thank him for the necessities of everyday life that I have when there are lots of people who don’t have them.  Lord, continue to show grace and have mercy on me, my family and my peers.  In Jesus name…Amen.  Peace and Blessings…ya dig!

If I can do it, you can do it…

Hardworking, loving, single father. After my wife and I split some years ago, I fell into the usual role of paying child support and having my kids on weekends. This situation took some getting used to because I was used to having my children under my roof. I was accustomed to putting them to sleep and waking them up. Anyway, while shopping yesterday evening I overheard a conversation between two guys about their children. One guy (African American probably 30 years old) was saying he didn’t understand why he had to pay child support and let his kids visit him. It should be one or the other. Read more

Say…So

This past Saturday, I went to support a few local gospel hip hop artist I know at a Youth Explosion at First Mount Carmel in 5th Ward. There was also a guest minister named Pastor P, from this church in Sunnyside (I forgot the name of the church). I writing this because over the past few years I’ve been doing Holy Hip Hop, people who know me and know my past tend to question how or even why I do it. In the past, in particularly junior high, high school and college, while I went to church everyday, the church wasn’t in me. I knew the word of God, right from wrong, etc… but I continued to participate in activities that I shouldn’t have. I won’t go into depth about those but I will say, I was far from a saint. These days, when I’m out ministering and trying to walk the straight and narrow, I always run into people I’ve known for years. I’ve come to find out that people will label you by what you’ve done in the past, regardless of what you’re presently doing. Read more

Stay Prayed Up!

Have you ever went days, weeks or even months without praying? I have. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day issues of your life, the good and bad, and try to handle these issues yourself, rather than “take them to God”. Then, what eventually happens is, you hear a word or God speaks to you through someone else or even gives you some sort of sign that he is still in control and you realize that you’ve been slacking in your communication with him. Right then, you make a conscious decision that you are going to pray more often. For me, that first prayer is tough. It’s kinda like when you call someone you haven’t spoke to in a while, you catch up on what’s been happening since last time you spoke. Read more