If you're trying hard to be humble, you're not being humble.
While you may walk around in your "Stay Humble" t-shirt to exhibit your emphasis on humility, it is best practiced when it's not so obvious. It's one of those quiet characteristics that only works when you yourself aren't attempting to bring attention to it or to yourself for that matter.
Apparently, according to the article, 4 'Humble' Things That Aren't Humble' by Jason D. Bradley of Relevant Magazine, it's easy to think that you can "stay humble" in any situation, but that isn't always true.
Bradley starts off by defining humility saying:
"Humility’s simplicity is what makes it so difficult. It’s simply thinking about, promoting the interests of and celebrating others more than yourself.
Instead of focusing on others, we tend to promote, celebrate and focus on ourselves with a little self-depreciating twist to give the appearance that we really don’t take ourselves that seriously."
The truth of the matter is that when we succeed, or accomplish something, our hearts might quietly pump a little arrogance or pride, but we might tell the world otherwise and put on a act of "being humbled" by it all.
Bradley sheds a lot of light on the false perpetration of humility.
Read the full article '4 Humble Things That Aren't Humble' here:
Contrary to popular belief, just because you are Black doesn't necessarily mean you grew up Christian, nor does it mean that you believe in Jesus.
Here is a list compiled by AtlantaBlackStar.com of 8 Black celebrities who don't believe in Jesus. Some who made the list might shock you, but it just goes to show that there is still a lot going on in Hollywood that you might not know. Just 8 more people to add to your prayer list.
ANALYSIS - It is a frightening prospect to have a disease with a 80-90% mortality rate so close to home. People are concerned that once Ebola arrives in the US, people here will get sick and the d...
So...if you have been keeping up with all of the play-by-play news coverage about the two Ebola patients who have been shipped to Atlanta, you might be interested to know that as much as the media wants you to panic...you shouldn't.
Dr. Danielle N. Lee, who has worked for years as a field ecologist has been up close and personal with the virus in her own studies, and even goes as far to say that Ebola is actually studied here in the United States in secured laboratories.
As with anything, it is important to remember to do your own research, and to not let everything you hear in the news media dictate your emotions. At the end of the day, we still have to remember that God is in control, and to keep our faith in Him.
For more reasons on why you shouldn't make too much of an uproar about an Ebola pandemic, read the full story here:
Writer and longtime Mase fan Jacqueline Holness pens a passionate letter to the former pastor about her disappointment in his recent move back to the rap game.
Since we've learned that the lure of the spotlight has been calling Ma$e, and even compelling the longtime renounced hip-hop artist to record a new studio album, a lot of fans...and spectators have been grappling with some questions about his motives, and reasoning behind it all.
Long time Ma$e fan (both a fan of him as a rapper and pastor), writer, Jacqueline J. Holness decided enough was enough, and actually wrote an open letter to him to get some of her (and our) questions answered.
Sure, it will be a waiting game to see if he decides to respond, but nevertheless, it was a bold move on her part, as an attempt to hold him accountable for some of the decisions he has been making, without judging him.
Christian Post Frustration With 'Exodus' All-White Lead Cast Turns Into #BoycottExodusMovie Christian Post Frustration with an all-white main cast in "Exodus: Gods and Kings" was voiced earlier this week in the hashtag campaign, #BoycottExodusMovie.
Hollywood's strange infatuation with being historically and ethnically incorrect has gotten them in trouble in the Twitterworld for casting actors of European descent as Middle Eastern and North African characters from the bible.
Perhaps we should hand the producers a global map, and send them back to school for geography. It's less about racism at this point, and more about insulting the intelligence of the American people.
For a similar perspective read: "Crayon Box Jesus: Why do Americans Want Jesus to be Black or White?"
10 most un-Christian church signs Salon Contrary to Jesus Christ's consistent and unequivocal “I'm with team poor” teachings, this church thought a good way to honor the son of God would be to adorn his house with a sign saying, “laziness and...
The bad side of Americans always seems to rear its ugly head in the most inappropriate places. Church signs are supposed to be drive-by monuments of inspiration and directly associated with biblical teaching. Here we see these church-goers decided to take a path more centered around hatred than the teachings of Christ...
"Exodus: Gods and Kings," or: What happens after Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is over. The first trailer for Ridley Scott's biblical epic is here, and if it's not a sequel to "Noah," it could be known as a spiritualized &qu...
Will "Exodus: Gods and Kings" follow in the footsteps of Noah as being a mockery if not simply an inaccurate portrayal of what took place in the Bible? Find out watch the trailer...
Examiner.com Rapper Big Boi gives credit to 'Jesus' for restoring his marriage Examiner.com After landing from a flight, TMZ found Big Boi on the street and asked him about the reconciliation with his wife.
Big props go out to Big Boi, 1/2 half of the legendary hip-hop group Outkast, who gave even bigger props to Jesus for being the predominate factor of the reconciliation between him and his wife, Sharlita Patton.
There is no shortage of infidelity circulating in the music industry, and a marriage undoubtedly will face some weak points when you add the variables of a cruel and unyielding music culture into the equation. Simply being able to nurture a successful marriage would seem unlikely if not impossible.
When God is the center of a marriage, as opposed to finances, kids, or careers, then it gives both parties a reference point to actually put in time, effort and much prayer into making things work.
Marriage is "Til death do us part" and so many young marriages fail because of the lack of discipline required to cultivate a partnership for the long term.
We wish Big Boi and his family blessings on their new start!
Charisma News Why Hollywood Films Need Christian Heroes Charisma News Yes, the movie had conflict. There were times when her friends didn't understand her and the government questioned her motives.
When any social, religious or ethnic group is portrayed in Hollywood, the number one concern can be summed up in one word...authenticity. Accurate portrayal of characters and "realness" play a huge role in connecting the audience to the film.
Perhaps the biggest reason why Christian filmmakers haven't focused in on creating heroic characters for box-office hits is simply this: Their unwillingness to outshine Christianity's #1 hero, Jesus.
While we might not be able to wrap our head around a Christian fictional caped super hero, human characters with heroic qualities however wouldn't not be downplaying Christ as the greatest hero of all, but would rather highlight their ability to overcome their own flaws and weaknesses thus helping others in the name of righteousness.
Speaking of authenticity, there are thousands of everyday people who through communication with God have been enlightened to problems in the world, given a vision and purpose, and been "heroes" in their own right.
The problem with Hollywood is that sometimes, for the sake of doing multi-million dollar box office hits, they end up leaving a bad taste in people's mouths. Take the movie "Noah," which grossed around $44 million it's opening weekend. To the dismay of many Christian movie-goers, the film was very loosely based off the biblical story, and had elements that weren't included in the Bible at all. It wasn't even produced by Christian filmmakers.Thus, making it seem that Old Testament Bible stories are more like mythical tales that can be adjusted, disrespected, re-worked and made to the filmmakers own liking.
I agree that we need to see more Christian heroes. But it must be done tactfully so that we are not in turn glorifying the movie heroes, and placing them on an undeserving pedestal where God belongs. It's less about making money, and more about telling real, authentic stories that touch the hearts of millions...not just their wallets.
New York Daily News Brooklyn artist holds exhibit portraying Kim Kardashian as Jesus, the Virgin ... New York Daily News Yeezus H. Khrist! A Brooklyn art gallery held an exhibit portraying Kim Kardashian as Jesus - and the Virgin Mary.
Pop culture loses 1000 cool points on this. Is it not enough that Kardashian's husband Kanye West took to his own album cover depicting himself as a crucified christ on "Yeezus"?
21st century artists now have the gusto and the kahunas to do anything in the name of art. As satirical pieces of work, Hannah Kunkle may have hit the nail on the head, being that Kim Kardashian is constantly placed on a platform of worship by the media, however, its hard to get on board with what the artist is trying achieve when Kunkle makes a statement like, "Kim Kardashian is God."
All jokes aside, it borders blasphemy, and the apparent apathetic regard for respecting the spiritual world. It's easy to poke fun at that which we do not understand, but at some point, we have to draw the line and not attempt to make "powerful" social statements for pure controversy, and at the expense of religious figures.
Arkansas' Thorncrown Chapel Is The Glass Church In The Woods 'So Close To ...
The first thought of Thorncrown Chapel is that it could be something out of the movie Avatar. This breathtaking church is a sign. A sign that tradition is breaking. The times are changing. Within the last few decades, our culture has been embracing all things "green," with sustainability as a sure sign of progressiveness. More importantly, this is a testament that the church is no longer willing to be put in a box.
While we all have taken nature walks, visited beaches, and simply stared into a sunset with the thought of the sheer magnitude of who God is, this church takes it to the next level by placing the altar right in the middle of God's hand print on earth. Thorncrown Chapel represents the balance of spiritual and traditional. Being engulfed in a sea of forestry, fresh air all while actively engaging in worship is a the ultimate experience.
Surely, we should gain a deeper appreciation for what nature offers. Looking forward to Thorncrown church planting in the future!
Actions speak louder With any national tragedy, or really any big event, there comes lots of opinions, comments, and voices from those associated and in many cases those having nothing to do with the issue at hand.
If you are alive in America right now, you are witness to the palpable tensions surrounding the brutal murder of unarmed, Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.
While most of the world is tuning in via social media, J. Cole and Talib Kweli have vividly expressed their concern by taking action.
J. Cole dropped a memorial track for Brown titled, "Free" a track filled with emotion, and mourning for the teen who was about to start college.
His lyrics say it all, "We become numb. I became numb. But not anymore. That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I'm tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men."
Socially conscious lyricist Talib Kweli also vowed to not simply be a social media spectator, but rather to show the community that rappers aren't just "all talk" when it comes to playing an active role in fighting for injustice.
He compiled a list of reasons why he would be going to Ferguson via Twitter, stating:
1. Tweets that arent connected to a movement can lead one to falsely believe they’ve done enough. I need to put my money where my tweets are 2. People need to see that our leaders are more than Al and Jesse. Al and Jesse cannot control the narrative for us. 3. Mike Brown loved hip hop and wrote lyrics. He was a fan of hiphop. The hiphop community owes him. 4. We need to direct attention from the very small amount of “looters” to the true community protestors. We need to take back the narrative 5. We need to show the community of Ferguson that we are willing to do more. We need to show them they don’t stand alone. 6. Artists who make money off the community are obligated to be there when the community is being brutalized. 7. I believe in love, compassion, the right to simply exits and due process for all.
8. I have a son Mike Brown’s age. It could’ve been him.
9. I could be next. 10. What would Malcolm do? The world has it's eyes on Ferguson. We encourage everyone to continue to pray, and to assist in any way possible, keeping in mind that peace is the ultimate goal.
"Don't judge my entire life based off one picture in the media without knowing me as a person or what I do that's positive." (How The #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Movement Changed The Conversation About Michael Brown's Death
Something interested happened on social media following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. A hashtag was created called #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, with the premise being, "If I got shot, which picture would the media use to portray me overall as a person?"
The notion is that the media uses pictures that portray Black youth as thugs, gangsters, and other synonymous negative attributes.
It created a very interesting dialogue among Twitter and Instagram users.
Your spiritual home should be a safe haven, a loving community and the ideal space for healing. Sometimes, that’s the case.
Monica A. Coleman isn't allowing the voices of rape victims who experienced sexual trauma in the church to be cloaked in silence.
The Dinah Project is a ministry themed around the story of Dinah in Genesis 3:4, founded by Coleman, to offer a solution...or at minimum, an outlet for forgiveness, and healing for an issue that has long been the dirty dark secret of many churches in America.
Typically, certain things just aren't addressed enough in the Black church, and sexual assault happens to be one of those issues. Hopefully this is an opportunity for real dialogue on the topic within our community
This video is about PSA: Rage Against The Ratchet.
So, apparently Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer Carvin Haggins is taking a stand against the "ratchetness" that is plaguing radio stations nationwide. Thank God he isn't the only one who believes that this is a legitimate problem, and is subconsciously affecting young people by suffocating our generation with negative energy.
He has orchestrated, "Rage Against The Ratchet" in an effort to get radio dj's to cut the filth, including songs that talk about drug use, murder and are misogynistic and over-sexual in nature.
Haggins has made a personal effort to start holding radio stations accountable for playing music that has a negative effect on young people. He was quoted saying, "This music is toxic to your soul."
He has started a chain of peaceful protests starting with Power 99, a hip-hop station based in Philadelphia.
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS MOVEMENT by signing the petition on change.org here:
AllMediaNY Tyler Perry Trademarks 'What Would Jesus Do?' AllMediaNY ... appropriate for Jesus. Tyler Perry wants to make sure when it's used in entertainment settings, people think of him as well. ...
Is it to anyone's surprise that Black film titan Tyler Perry was able to snag the famous statement, "WWJD" (What Would Jesus Do?)? The tagline, made famous and imprinted on teen gummy bracelets in the 90's has been claimed by Perry under the trademark office's Entertainment Services category.
If anyone was wondering, this doesn't mean that Perry "owns" the name "Jesus."
Khloe Kardashian is sounding off on people who criticize her for posting Bible verses on her social media account. Kardashian, the 30-year-old fashionista and star of "Keeping Up With The Ka...
Everybody's favorite down-to-earth Kardashian has taken the path less traveled (in Hollywood that is,) by posting bible verses on her Twitter account. Even after a devastating departure from ex-husband Lamar Odom, she is still managing to maintain, and has been taking to social media to express her biblical insights as it applies to her life.
In my humble opinion, Hollywood needs to see more of God's Word within their inner circles. Khloe has long been the misfit of the Kardashian trio, but has always been the most outspoken and most transparent.
With that being said, Disruppity big-ups Khloe for taking a firm stance on sharing Bible verses with her followers, and also not allowing negativity to sway her from doing what's right.
The Newtownabbey-based bakery is understood to have been sent a letter from the Equality Commission threatening legal action if it refuses to print the icing on the cake. Ashers Baking Co in Northern Ireland, where gay ...
Christian-based organizations have been in the news a lot lately for not being in agreement with society. From Chick-fil-A, to Hobby Lobby, it's clear that when a corporate entity has a strong religious point of view, the customer comes second to moral opinion.
Read about how Ashers Baking Co in Northern Ireland refused Sesame Street's classic duo of Bert & Ernie from making an appearance on a wedding cake...
Black Church, Inc., prophets for profit, a documentary film that examines the financial corruption within the black churches of America. Buy or rent today! (Black Church, Inc.
Black Church Inc., is a documentary film that explores everyone's favorite topic pertaining to the church....MONEY. With that being said, upon first glance, viewers might be expecting critical perspective pertaining to tithing and offerings. The trailer however offers hope of a very two-sided dialogue within the film by examining the financial needs of supporting a mega church, and the true meaning of monetary giving in the church.
It has always been of keen observation that the act of tithing is less accepted by skeptic outside of the church, and is known to be 100% effective by those within the church because of knowledge of the principal of planting a seed. This film allows you to be the judge.
The cinematic quality of the footage is great in right in line with a eye-opening documentary.
Follow @randimyles2go The Walls Group is spreading quickly throughout the Gospel and Christian music community. Signed under the direction of Kirk Franklin's, Fo Yo Soul Entertainment the Walls come from a family ...
My first thought when I heard this track while driving was, "I haven't heard anything about Jesus on the radio since Kanye West dropped 'Jesus Walks'"...
The Walls Group is putting in a request for all dj's to modify their playlists and put some Jesus into rotation. The song is catchy, upbeat with production right in line with what's hot on today's stations.
Jakes Shares Overcoming Life's Challenges Lasentinel Sarah Jakes knows first-hand about pain and challenges. The daughter of the renowned Bishop T. D.
Who would think that one of the most powerful pastors in America has a daughter who has faced so many adversities including a young pregnancy and working in a strip club. It just goes to show that behind closed doors, everyone has struggles within their own household.
It's a beautiful thing for her to rise from the ashes and turn the negativity from her past into a memoir that so many young women will be able to relate to. This book is just a testament to how God can use us, even after we have hit rock bottom and may find ourselves unworthy of His grace.
Membership Is Not Cheap: Classism in the Church. The Third World is alive and well within North America. The poor are in the apartments with black mold; they are in the food stamp offices and being run out from under ...
This is a dialogue that gets very little discussion. Even in reading this, I myself realized that the poor are non-exclusive to the church, but rather an external group that gets little to no attention (outside of mission work) in terms of being active and involved members. The word "membership" is a dividing term in itself. Being a "member" of a church denotes exclusivity, and being shut out of certain fellowship and social aspects of what a church has to offer.
Close to 60 percent of young people who went to church as teens drop out after high school. Now the bestselling author of unChristian trains his researcher's...
Seems to me that there is a correlation between young people who actually grew up in church being the same ones who reach a certain point of disinterest for the traditionalism. The first thing that comes to mind for me is that you cannot appreciate the light until you have experienced the dark side.
These young people more than likely haven't had the chance to navigate the world, get lost, and begin the journey of finding themselves....and ultimately finding God. It is necessary in spiritual development! Very interesting piece, and research.
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