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Believe with Expectation


By admin, 2017-08-12

                                             Believe with Expectation

                 by Richard A. Cox Jr , Author of I, We, Us:  A Journey of Personal Growth and Development

                               “Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief ” Mark 9:24 (KJV)

The New Testament is filled with examples of those who solidly believed that Jesus Christ was the prophesied Messiah. One example was the woman with an issue of blood in Mark 5:26-34. She had been in search of healing for twelve long years. Spending all her money, her condition grew worse.

One day, with an attitude of faith and expectation, she hears about Jesus passing her way. The woman’s goal was to just touch the hem of Jesus garment. Her belief, in only a simple touch, made her whole. Some in Biblical times believed in Jesus based upon His profound teachings. Others believed in Jesus based upon the shocking miracles He performed right before their eyes.

Even today, there are Christians that go to church each Sunday and confess belief in the Living God - up to a point. God does not want partial belief but total belief in Him as Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. Our ability to believe is the fundamental cornerstone of our Christian faith. Our belief in Jesus Christ motivates us to live a Christian lifestyle, holy and pleasing to Him. Romans 10:10 (KJV) says, “with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.”  This means our heart’s belief is a heart response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Belief means trust, to accept as true, to expect, to place confidence in, or to have a firm persuasion. Jesus tells us in John 14:1 (KJV) “let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me.” He wants us to believe His character, ability, and purpose, as a person worthy of our entire confidence. Jesus desires that we believe His promises are wholly trustworthy. Our belief is tied to our attitude of expectation. Look forward to the promises Jesus has given us as believers. Psalm 62:5(KJV) says, “my soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from him.”   We must firmly believe and expect with confidence that God will fulfill every promise He’s made to us.

 Until fulfillment is manifested in our lives, we should show expectation by speaking what the Word of God says, with thanksgiving in our hearts. Colossians 2:7 (KJV) says, “rooted and being built up in him, and being established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”  By thanking God, we demonstrate that we humbly expect an answer from Him. Keep thanking God until belief in God’s promises becomes reality.

Saints, it takes endurance to trust God to bring forth your answer. Don’t stop believing that God will save your spouse, that God will save your children, that God will give you a job promotion, etc. Hebrews 10:36 (KJV) declares, “you have need of endurance, that, doing the will of God, you should receive the promise.”  Hold on! Don’t let go of your belief in the promises God has made to you. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Hebrew 13:15 (KJV) says, “through Him, then, let us offer the sacrifices of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips confessing to His name.” The fruit of our lips says what the Bible says, there should be agreement with the Word of God - this is the sacrifice of praise we are exhorted to continually give God.

Our belief, with an attitude of expectation, will be seen through our speech, actions, talk and walk. God desires us to “hold fast” to His promises, not just keep up appearances for others. He wants us to be steadfast in our confession without wavering. God promised it and when God promises something, it is guaranteed.

If you are expecting the worst to happen, sooner or later you are going to confess it. Whatever you expect will come out in your confession. But if you expect the best to happen, sooner or later, it is going to come out in your conversation. We must rely on God’s Word to be sufficient.

Colossians 2:6 (KJV) says, “as you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.”  Let the confession from our lips agree with the Word of God. Our expectation is connected to our belief in the Living God and His Word; not in the uncertainty of riches, not in our circumstances, nor in our tremendous ability to earn a living.

As we wait for God to manifest blessings in our lives, believe with an attitude of expectation. God will fulfill His promises in your life; just expect it to come to pass.

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                                                  Are you releasing God's Power in your life?

                     by Richard A. Cox Jr.   Author of I, We, Us: A Journey of Personal Growth and Development

     There is so much work that needs to be done to win souls for Jesus Christ.  God wants us to release the power He has given us to assist and help people in our churches, schools, and communities.  As Christians, we have something to offer others because God has given all of us different gifts and talents to share. 

 

      As Christians, we are empowered by the Holy Ghost, the Comforter that Jesus promised to give to us.  In Acts 1:8 (KJV) it says,” but ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”   It is encouraging realizing the Spirit of God is with us and works through us when we share our talents with others.

 

      After the disciples received the power of the Holy Ghost, they used their belief and faith in Jesus Christ to pray for the sick, cast out devils, etc.   God has given us that same power to help minister to others. We learn through fasting and praying how to release different dimensions of God’s power in our lives.

 

      One day Peter and John were going to the temple to prayer when they stopped at the gate of the temple that is called Beautiful. They saw a crippled beggar asking people for money. Peter told the beggar in Acts 3:6(KJV) “...silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give thee:  in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk”.   Instead of giving the beggar money, they helped the man by releasing the power of healing for him to walk.  The healing of the crippled beggar was living proof of the power of Jesus. God wants to use us as his vessels on earth to minister to people.

 

      In 1 Peter 4:10 (KJV) it says, “as each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”  God has given all of us a gift or gifts to use to up build the kingdom of God.  We must pray to God to discern how we can release the power that God has within us.  Releasing God’s power in our lives is a process that develops as we grow and mature in the gifts that God has given us.  If we want to experience the fullness of life we must allow God’s power to be released through us. 

 

    Each of us can release God’s power in practical ways in our lives by:

  1. Working in the church using our natural gift and talents that we use on our jobs.
  2. Looking for opportunities to volunteer and join groups that are helping people in any way.
  3. Becoming involved in a mentoring or tutoring program that reaches out to young people.
  4. Speaking to let people know you care and they are loved.
  5. Having a positive presence permeates the peace and joy of the Lord.
  6. Laying on of hands for the sick, a hearty handshake or a gently hug for encouragement and motivation to bless people.
  7. Tangibly giving to people, whether it is food, clothing or an offering to bless and encourage others

 

      There are so many benefits we can receive by learning to release the power of God in our lives. By giving our gifts and talents, we can experience feelings of joy, satisfaction, fulfillment, contentment and blessing.  We should learn how to focus our attention on others rather than ourselves.  God has a way of resolving our problems as we are helping others with our gifts.

 

     If we chose not to release our gifts we will slowly find ourselves becoming unfocused, and visionless.  We will find that everything seems vague, not significant, and directionless in things pertaining to our lives. 

 

     Satan wants to entangle us and destroy us from fully using our talents for God.  Jesus spoke to Peter in Luke 22:31,32 (KJV) and said, “Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.”  Jesus prayed for Peter so he could operate in faith and use his gift again.

 

     In Luke 11:11-13 (NKJV) it shows how we need to find practical ways to minister to others. It says “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?  Or if he asks for a egg, will you offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know who to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give you the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”   We must learn to use practical applications of the Word of God that will have a spiritual impact on the lives of others.

 

     When you start the process of releasing the power of God in your life, you will need to build upon it for ministry, service and growth in your Christian character.  These are stepping-stones to developing Christian character and a blessed and productive life.

 

     Let us not leave our talents and gifts wrapped in a silver box.  Take them out and use them.  Admiring what God has just done for you is good, but it will soon be time to put your new level of functioning to use in the real world.

 

     The Spirit of God will talk control of your mind, body, mouth, entire being if you will allow it.  We must allow God to take control of our life.  It takes a release on our part to allow the miracles of God to flourish in our life.  You can have healing, prosperity, success, and wondrous miracles every moment of your life if you stand faithful in God’s divine power.  God cares so much for us that He gives us the authority to use the name of Jesus.  A miracle does not have to only consist of things such a blind eye restored, but a miracle can be a smile, a handshake, or a softly spoken “good morning! how are you?”

 

     We are vessels and God wants to pour His Spirit upon us filling us to overflowing with the greatness of His love.  Humble yourself before the Lord so that He can operate in you by His Holy Spirit.   There is power in the name of Jesus.  God has exalted Him and given Him a name that is above every name.  There is power in the name of Jesus and through it we can overcome all things.  It says in 1 John 4:4 (KJV) “ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

 

     In summary, you will find that the power of God comes from believing in Him, which enables us to overcome our shortcomings and our difficulties and brings release and victory into our lives.   We will receive results in our lives when we apply and practice the principles found in the Word of God.    In Mark 9:23 (KJV) “…. if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”  God is the one with the power and the ability.  Believing is the action that we need to provide for God’s power to be released in our lives.

 

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Kelsey Weekman, AOL.com

A profile in the Chicago Sun-Times explains that the Siervas (the servants) sing the universal message of hope amid darkness in Spanish. They're not your typical hymns, either.

They use songs such as "Come and You Will See" and "Trust in God" to spread awareness about the crises that children around the world are facing.

Sister Monica, a vocalist and percussionist and the group's English-speaking "organizer and promoter" told the Chicago Sun-Times that these songs are not the typical ones you might hear at mass.

"They are for your car, your party, your free time," she said. "We want our music on the radio so people can be inspired and sing along and have a better day. Our music is about finding that truth and that happiness through Jesus."

The Peruvian band performed 10 parish concerts in Chicago late last week as part of their Tour Hoy Despierto.

The 11 sisters of Siervas couldn't be more different -- according to the Chicago Sun-Times they have various educational and music backgrounds, and come from eight different countries.

The newspaper profile described each of the band members:

The band features seven vocalists, with two lead singers: Sister Ivonne (from Chile, who plays electric and acoustic guitar) and Sister Dayana (from Ecuador). The rest of the lineup (in addition to Sister Monica) includes: Sister Paula (Chile, drums), Sister Camilla (Peru, electric guitar), Sister Teresa (Chile, bass guitar), Sister Kathleen (Philippines, keyboard), Sister Andrea (Argentina, vocals), Sister Cindy (Venezuela, violincello), Sister Arisa (Japan, violin) and Sister Jessica (China, clarinet).

Their daily work includes ministering to the poor, working with the disabled and visiting women in prisons. The band is an extension of this outreach.

Sister Monica told the Chicago Sun-Times that they wanted their music to break through stereotypes that assume nuns aren't like regular people, in spite of their religious calling.

"Before we were nuns, we were regular people who listened to all kinds of music and had regular lives like regular people," Sister Monica said. She revealed that she already finished her second college degree, and that she absolutely loves The Beatles.

The singing nuns started following their passion for music while entertaining their local churches in Peru, and word of their talent quickly traveled to Ecuador and Colombia. They credit social media, iTunes and YouTube for helping them get discovered on a global scale.

Sister Monica told the Chicago Sun-Times that music also helps the band raise funds for their missions and local churches and parishes. Plus, they're pretty low-maintenance compared to other rock stars.

"When we travel, we ask only for the basic needs: our [travel] fare, food, a place to stay, and some kind of donation of the parish's choosing to our mission," she said.

She added that their overall mission is a relatable one -- they simply want to help people find the love of God through their music.

"We all have to be good people, but also people who do good in the world," Sister Monica said. "That's a message anyone can relate to."

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Holy Hip Hop Top 10


By admin, 2017-05-14

 

 

Holy Hip Hop Mobile

 

 

 

Top 10 Most Requested Songs

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 13, 2017) – Holy Hip Hop Mobile announced its Top 10 requested songs from its digital subscriber base, as follows:

Rank Artist Song
1 JAM Team
My Team Winning
2 Minister Blak ft 2Edge Real
3 Metroclus
Stray Shot
4 G-Child
Never Run Dry
5 Metroclus ft Joel Nieves
For Me
6
NAK
Bishop Leroy
7 Brandi Booth Eternity
8 DALOMONZE and Rell Riley ft Big Cleve Pray (Get Low)
9 Desciple Sold Out
10 2Edge Energetic Petro feat Rell (Tyler Cole)
 

 

To listen to Holy Hip Hop Mobile Top 10 at Noon Monday Through Sunday on ChristianRadio.com, click/copy/paste the following link in your web-browser:   -- or visit: www.CHHRadio.com.
 

About Holy Hip Hop Mobile:  Holy Hip Hop Mobile specializes in inspirational social media music and entertainment, leveraging a proprietary digital member subscriber network of aficionados of street ministry, growing virally (via word-of-mouth) at a rapid rate  For more information on rising independent Ministers of the Gospel advancing the Holy Hip Hop music genre worldwide, please visit: www.ChristianHipHop.com.  To submit music for fan consideration, please send .mp3 files to: admin@christianhiphop.com

About ChristianRadio.com:  Our aim is to offer encouraging and uplifting Christian radio to help visitors strengthen their Christian faith and walk with Christ. We want our radio stations, whether the streaming content is Praise and Worship, Classical, Rock, Southern Gospel, Contemporary, or Talk Radio, to glorify God.
With a desire to support local Christian radio stations, we want to point our visitors towards Christian Teaching Talk Stations and Christian Music Stations in their state from Salem Radio Network. With the ability to stream live radio online, we hope to provide a constant source of spiritual growth and encouragement. For more information and to listen now, please visit: www.ChristianRadio.com.
 
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Holy Hip Hop Top 100


By admin, 2017-04-20

Los Angeles/Atlanta/New York (April 20, 2017) –  ChristianHipHop.com announced its Official List of Top 100 Holy Hip Hop Pioneers and Ministers of the Gospel over the past 20 years (1996-2016) advancing the Holy Hip Hop Genre of music worldwide, as follows:

1. Cross Movement

2. T-Bone

3. Canton Jones

4. Pettidee

5. Corey Red & Precise

6. Ambassador

7. Lil Raskull

8. Mr. Del

9. K-Drama

10. R. Swift

11. Bizzle

12. Phanatik

13. D-M.A.U.B.

14. Shai Linne

15. 2Edge

16. Sho Baraka

17. Da Truth

18. Rawsrvnt

19. Tre-9

20. Sevin

21. Sean Slaughter

22. Fro

23. Kambino

24. Sincere Israel

25. J. Kwest

26. Hansoul

27. T-Haddy

28. Datin

29.  Brinson

30. Lecrae

31. Trip Lee

32. Urban D

33. Fiti Futuristic

34. Minister Blak

35. Ace Infiniti

36. XROSS

37. Dre Murray

38. Buckbarnabas

39. Dice Gamble

40. Ricardo Flo

41. IDOL KINGS

42. Japhia Life

43. Richie Righteous

44. Elle Roc

45. IROCC

46. Fedel

47. Tedashii

48. Cheno Lyfe

49. 2Five

50. Brody Raw

51. Tha GIM

52. A-1 SWIFT

53. Gospel Gangstaz

54. Eastwood

55. Tragedy

56.  This'l

57. GodSunz

58. Mark J

59. Bobby Bishop

60. LG WISE

61. Sup The Chemist

62. Ricky B. & 4Given

63. Shei Atkins

64. Andy Mineo

65. Tunnel Rats

66. JD Eyebrows

67. Brother Dre

68. Dre Marshall

69. Fros'T

70. D. Reed

71. Carriers of the Cross

72. Son of Jesse

73.  The Priesthood

74. Colcutz

75. Ziklag

76. LA Symphony

77. STIKK

78. 116 Clique

79. Mars Ill

80. Flame

81. Rapid Fire

82. M.A.J.O.R.S.

83. Mobigga

84. Breeve Eazy

85.  KNINE

86. Double

87. True

88. Warriors of The Cross

89. Shamel Shiloh

90. C. Micah

91. Damion Orlando

92. Todd Tense

93. LaToria

94. Infamous

95. Christafari

96. Doulos

97. Todd Bangz

98. Shy Da Gifted

99. Kuntrey Wyte & Pyro

100. Tawanna Ross

***Honorable Mentions:  KJ-52; NAK Daniels; Desciple; Bruthaz Grimm; Light Da Flow Minister; K-Bizzy; K-Lee; Nova 4 Jehovah; Dynamic Twins; J.A.Z.; Difizzle Mayne; Frankie Cutlass; Obadiah-1; The Clergy; Enock; Danny D-Boy Rodriguez; Sicily; Chozen; Blazon; Halo & Reign; Theory Hazit; Metroclus

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Discovering a Friendship in Jesus


By admin, 2017-03-11

                                Discovering a Friendship in Jesus

                   by Richard Cox, Author of I, We, Us: A Journey of Personal Growth and Development

Today, many people are looking for a good friend. We encounter situations in our lives when we need someone to “have our back.” When we think of our friends, how many can we really count on? How many friends know 'the real you'? If you are fortunate enough to have a “good friend”, you know how it feels to have someone to count on. Everyone who claims to be your friend may not be a friend, but possibly an acquaintance. Sometimes the misunderstanding about friendship comes from a mixture of good and bad experiences from previous friends. These experiences carry over from one friendship to the next.

In many cases, previous experiences cause a conflict with new friends when they discover you are operating on a different definition of friendship. For example, one friend may feel a friend should lie for another friend at any cost and another friend may feel you shouldn’t lie regardless of the consequences. Take time to ask your friend what is their definition of friendship? Their answer may surprise you.

In my Christian walk, I’ve found a friend in Jesus. You can depend on Jesus to hear and understand your troubles of life. I have learned to develop a personal relationship with Jesus over the years. It takes time for Jesus to become a part of your everyday lifestyle. I have learned to let Jesus live through me daily by seeking His purpose and direction for my life. Many people attend church desiring a closer connection to Jesus. One way to get closer to Jesus is by developing a personal relationship with Him. One may feel inspired by a sermon but later the inspiration fades. You seek not just inspiration from the Word of God but expect a change to occur in your daily life. Change happens when the Word of God is rooted in your heart. The Word of God is rooted in your heart by consistently attending church and Bible study, which quenches your thirst for Jesus.

Take time now and ask yourself: “Do I have a personal relationship with Jesus?” What I mean by personal relationship is do you communicate with Jesus privately one-on-one? You build a confidence in knowing Jesus. You are more aware daily that Jesus will assist you with any problem you may face in life. For example, if you get sick, by having a personal relationship with Jesus your faith is increased to believe He will heal your condition. A personal relationship with Jesus increases your spiritual growth daily by learning more about Him through personal experience. You begin to realize the difference in yourself by maintaining a personal connection with Jesus. The more you develop your relationship with Jesus, the more you trust telling Him all about your hurt, pain, and insecurities. I have learned to cast my burdens on Jesus because He is able to bear them. You will discover Jesus will keep you in perfect peace if your mind is stayed upon Him (Isaiah 26:3).

If you desire to grow closer to Jesus, develop a spiritual appetite to want to know Him. Your hunger to know Him will spark you to seek ways to spend time with Him. The time you set depends on your schedule. Just make time. We learn about Jesus through His Word. You will discover Jesus will fill the lack in your life. He will fill the void in your heart, if you let Him in. Jesus wants a personal relationship with you. His purpose for you is to be a worshipper who communes with Him and is a representative to the world of His love to all.

Developing a relationship with Jesus is like meeting a new friend. A relationship develops over a period of time through shared experiences. By having a personal relationship with Jesus you’ll find:

  • Good Listener - Jesus will listen to all of your problems and concerns in prayer (Psalms 88:2). 2.
  • Dependable - You can depend on Jesus to never leave you nor forsake you (Psalms 27:9). You will find out Jesus will show up for you on time. He will never let you down. 3.
  • Unconditional Love - Jesus loves us so much that He died to forgive us for our sins. Jesus has a peace and love that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). 4.
  • Faithful - Jesus is faithful to perform His promises found in His Word (Isaiah 55:11)

You will find Jesus to be a friend indeed like in one my favorite church hymns which says, “There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus, no not one, no not one.” And then there is, “What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and grieves to bear, what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.”

Take time to consider developing a personal relationship with Jesus. Your Christian journey is a personal one. You’ll discover Jesus will be a friend that will stick closer to you than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

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                   Envision Your Life from God’s Perspective

                    by Richard Cox , Author of I, We, Us: A Journey of Personal Growth and Development

“…I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”  John 10:10 (AMP) 

      Often we are so busy doing this and that for other people in our lives that we sometimes lose focus on achieving our own personal goals and dreams.  God wants to fulfill His plan in our lives but we must first begin to see ourselves the way God sees us – growing and prosperous.   

      How do you view yourself as a child of God?  Are you reflecting God’s image in your everyday lifestyle? Take the time everyday to view yourself through God’s eyes. If so, you’ll experience a perception of His fulfillment, peace and power in your life.  You will begin to feel empowered by the way God sees you excelling, and living a life of victory through Him.

     You’ll also notice as your personal relationship deepens with Christ His favor and blessings will overflow.  Some people who have once viewed your life in a limited way will be surprise how God has now taken off the limits of their own limited perspective of you. Some people may even be surprised of your achieved blessings that were obtained through your faith in God.  They probably felt that you could only live in a certain type of neighborhood, only marry a certain type of person, or only work on a certain type of job. You have to work constantly to deprogram yourself from people’s impressions and limitations of you. As you begin to see yourself through God’s eyes (found in His Word) your possibilities are endless.    

     One effective key to learning God’s Perspective of you is studying your rights as a Child of God which is found throughout His Word. For example, you are blessed with every spiritual blessing which is found in Ephesians 1:3(AMP), where it says, “may blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!  Be encouraged as a Believer because you’re not the same person since Christ has entered your life.  After Christ entered your heart, you were given a new perspective about yourself and your lifestyle.

      Another key point to understanding God perspective is self acceptance. It is vital with your new life in Christ. Once you realize and come to terms with that fact … the sky is the limit.  It will help to manifest your spiritual transformation in Christ on your Christian destiny.

       Here are some ways that God sees you: 

  • Over comer – There’s not a situation you can face that God can’t help you to overcome.  In 1 John 5:4 (NIV) it says, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. “This reminds us that victory over the world has been won.  And the proof is that our faith in Jesus has worked to bring about a visible transformation in our lives.
  • Conqueror – You are a conqueror in every circumstance that comes your way. In Romans 8:37(NIV) it says, “...in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. “ Be confident that you are a conqueror by keeping your hope in Jesus Christ.  In Romans 8:31(NIV) it says, “…if God is for us, who can be against us?”   As long as God is on our side we are winners. 
  • Champion – You are holding a spiritual championship belt for the victories you’re already won in your life. In Psalm 18:35 (NIV) it says, “you give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. God conquers and reigns for you, and you shall conquer and reign through Him.
  • Blessed – God’s favor is over your life and each day is a blessed day. In Deuteronomy 28:13(NIV) is says, “the LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.” It’s God delight to bless you.  The blessing is promised upon condition that you diligently listen and obey the voice of God.

        On this Christian journey it’s so important to maintain God’s perspective about yourself.  In Philippians 4:13 (AMP) it says, “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].”Remember that God loves you and created you to know Him personally. He has a wonderful plan for your life … just trust Him to order your steps. 

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GOSPEL ENGINE MARCH 2017 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT - QUEEN OCTAVIA HARRIS

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About Queen Octavia Harris


Like hip-hop greats Queen Latifah, LL Cool J and Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs, Octavia Harris proves the key to an artist’s longevity and continued relevance in contemporary music is a combination of versatility and the ability to convey the ever-fluid interests of today’s youth. She evolved from being the tough-talking pioneer of Portland’s underground hip- hop scene (as ‘151’) to ‘Jymini’-one of the West Coast’s most highly respected female lyricists/producers. In 1999, long before Kanye West was honored with a Grammy award for the religious- themed ‘Jesus walks’, Harris released ‘Walking On Water’ -an ambitious double CD that explored social and spiritual issues that were yet to be addressed by the hip hop community. After establishing herself as a premier artist and creative force, Octavia Harris has come full circle. Like the decision to drop aliases and use her birth name, Octavia’s latest work, ‘Inspired By God’ is full of sincerity and honesty. This project stands as a bold testimony of her rejuvenated sense of purpose and her determination to use rap music as a motivating force in young people’s lives. Octavia was raised in a home full of music and activity. While her older brothers introduced her to rap music and the hip-hop culture, her mother took pains to instill discipline and traditional values. The incredibly talented youngster displayed a creative genius at an early age. She taught herself to play piano (from watching musicians), sang in the school choir and would astound her teachers with poems and compositions that rang with vision and maturity. She began rapping in the third grade under the name ‘Baby D’. She says rap “gave me another form of expression, a way to entertain and address issues’. Throughout her teen years, Octavia was a local talent show favorite. In 1994, she debuted on the growing Portland rap scene with the CD “Drank, No Chasa. By now she was ‘151’ aka ‘Octavia,‘the Mic Strangla’- a razor-sharp wordsmith with beats and flow that shook the city’s most respected male and female MC’s. The CD became an instant classic, helping to establish Portland, Oregon in the growing network of urban rap communities like Compton, Oakland, Houston and Seattle. After defying expectations with the groundbreaking ‘Walking on Water’, Octavia moved to Oakland, Ca. .Her production skills were now widely known and she quickly became an even hotter name on the independent rap scene. She released a compilation CD and 2002’s ‘The Solo Child’ which featured some of the Bay area rap’s biggest names (Suga-T, 3xKrazy’s Agerman and Assassin). She continued to be a popular live performer, opening for Montell Jordan, Spearhead and others. She’s amassed an impressive list of credits- appearing on compilations and producing/performing on soundtracks for film, animated DVD and games. She took over for Queen Latifah as guest MC on Meredith Brooks ‘Lay Down’ and makes a special appearance on Myra’s ‘Quit Chasin’ Me’. ‘4 THE CHILDREN’ signals more than just a foray into the exploding world of Christian/spiritual rap. As Baby D, 151, Mic Strangla or Jymini, she is known for tight production, thoughtful lyrics and driving beats. On her new work, she loses only the aliases but retains all the qualities that made her a local legend. The tales of street life and themes that resonate with listeners of all ages are benefited by her quest for spirituality and understanding. Tunes like ‘One I Love’ and ‘Make U a Star’ move the feet and have knowledge for the head. Her message is clear: give the youth something more. Always the innovator, she is a step ahead of her peers with promotional plans that includes churches, youth groups and schools. As a rap pioneer, female Mc and performer, Octavia Harris has overcome many obstacles. As a witness to the human condition, she’s used her talent to seek solutions. She is one of the genre’s shining lights and looks forward to once again expanding the horizon for her old fans and welcoming the new ones from the spiritual community.

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IS YOUR LIFE FRUITFUL?


By admin, 2017-02-24

Is Your Life Fruitful?

by Richard A.  Cox Jr., author of the book I. We, Us: A Journey of Personal  Growth and Development

As Christians we want our lives to be fruitful. Our spiritual fruit is a representation to the world that God lives within our hearts. Naturally we know fruit is the result of a completed growth cycle first started as a seed being planted in rich soil then nurtured until the time of harvest in its season.

In order for spiritual fruit to be produced in our lives, we must have good seeds planted in the prepared soil of our hearts that can be fertilized to grow to maturity to reap a harvest in season. Our spiritual fruit is described in Galatians 5:22-23 as, "…love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance…" which are produced in our personalities by God's Spirit. This spiritual fruit is evidence to believers and unbelievers that your heart has received the seeds of faith, which produce a fruitful harvest in your life.

God spoke to my heart about understanding the spiritual process of obtaining a fruitful life. We have heard many sermons about understanding the "fruit of the spirit" expressed in our personalities by God's Spirit. How are prayers sent to God in heaven, in an intangible form, and then transferred back to Earth as a tangible answer? God began to speak to my heart with this simple formula: hearing faith plus praise equals abundant fruit.

Having the ability to hear the Word of God is very important. In Psalm 94:9 "God designed the ear so we might hear and respond to Him, also God hears and responds to our prayers". In a biblical sense, appropriate response requires first a message but also understanding and acceptance from whomever gives the message Romans 10:17. Hearing faith brings a message of solution by faith that echoes hearing that otherwise would have been ignored.

God has designed seeds of faith to be planted in our hearts by hearing the Word of God preached from a minister sent from God. In Romans 14:10, the Bible says "how can you hear without a preacher and how can he preach unless he is sent from God?" It is important that we are tuned into the message going forth in the sermon. Are you listening for a personalized Word from God to speak to your current situation in your life? We must prepare our hearts so the soil of our hearts can receive the seeds of faith set forth by the minister. In Romans 10:14-15 the Bible says, "people need to hear if they are to believe". That means we need a messenger that is sent and anointed by God.

How are the seeds of faith fertilized and watered? It's through your praise. Praising God indicates I received the spoken Word of God. Praise indicates my belief in my heart that God will produce fruit. Praise indicates fruit from the seeds of faith planted in my heart will be manifested in my life. One way we praise God is by using the fruit of our lips to express thanksgiving and worship for who God is. In Hebrew 13:15, it says "by Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually." This means at every opportunity when we think about the goodness of God, we should seize the moment to praise God with our lips to bring forth a shower of praise to fertilize and water the seeds of faith planted in our hearts.

There is a connection between our heart and mouth that indicates what type of seeds have been planted in our heart. Matthew 14:18 says, "but those things which proceeds out of the mouth come forth from the heart". Also, Romans 10:10 explains the heart represents our inner nature spiritually and the mouth is the expression of our inner nature here on earth.

So each time you get an opportunity to praise God (in church, in the car, at home) visualize your praise as watering the seeds of faith already planted in the green, healthy and vibrant garden of your heart.

Today let us be encouraged to strive for a fruitful life. As you come to church, let the spirit of expectation prepare your heart for what God will speak to your situation. Be open to receive the seeds of faith. Throughout the service, give God showers of praise for the victory in your life, which expresses a confirmation to God that you have received the seeds of faith.

Watch and see the harvest of blessings begin to manifest in your life. Your praise today might be the fruit you have been waiting to come forth in your life. Remember, hearing faith plus praise equals fruit.

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GospelEngine Artist Spotlight - Feburary 2017 - Joe Russell

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About JOE RUSSELL



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Born in the south Florida and grew up listening to all kinds of music and was hooked on the music sounds of rock and roll and wanted to become a singer.  Started young as a member of a youth group  in Miami.  They would go to talent shows and compete but be allowed to see big name artist perform before leaving for the night, being chaperoned by adults.  It only fueled his fire and from there he became a nightclub performer/recording artist, in various cities and clubs, until he changed his life and lifestyle, and started serving the Yahshua.  He’s been writing and singing gospel since 1996 and is still cranking them out for the joy it brings him to spread Yahweh's message of love and forgiveness 

2010 Solo Indie Gospel Artist Nominee

2011 Solo Indie Gospel Artist Nominee

2016 Solo Indie Traditional Artist Nominee


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