The Choice to Prostitute

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The Choice to Prostitute.

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The City

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Nearly two years ago I was driving back to Atlanta from Tampa and as I crested I-75 heading North I could see the Atlanta skyline in the distance, bright in the nearly 1am night. I remember this overwhelming sense of peace and belonging came over me. I knew I was meant to be here.

Why would I question my belonging in the city that I grew up in and lived in all my life is another story . Suffice it to stay that I moved away temporarily trying to escape my own reality and coming back home for a visit was a culmination of gradual realization that I couldn’t run from a broken heart and that I  did belong back “home”

 

 

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I eventually did move back to Atlanta.

You ever think you love something? Or know something, then something comes along and challenges/enhances that knowledge and love? That’s whats happening to me regarding this city…my city, Atlanta.

I grew up here. My family is here. And as far as I’m certain I’m at least 4 generations deep here.

Yet, it has taken one place, a Church to be specific, to literally call what I thought I loved and knew  into question. This just over two year old Church plant that has its sole mission in tangibly serving Atlanta, in a myriad of unique ways is an agent by which God is both awakening and nurturing a deeper love for my city. Its challenging me also. As I pray through and wrestle with what it may mean to join my hand to the plow with what this Church is doing, I can only imagine what the future may hold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To get an idea behind the mindset, theology, and focus of Church plants in the cities; I highly recommend this article by Mark Driscoll, entitled Capturing God’s Heart for the Cities

Right now I am in the middle of a transition.  I will write more in depth about that transition in time to come. For the past nearly 5 years I have invested my heart and life into a Messianic Jewish Congregation and the Messianic Jewish Movement, which is not a common thing for someone like me who isn’t Jewish.   Yet for all of that I find myself heeding a slow and steady pull back to a Church, and this one Church in particular, this place that I feel found me as I didn’t look to find it, just may be my new home.

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Matchless Champion

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“The Superman S, is said to be the second most recognizable symbol on the planet, next to the Christian Cross” – Zack Snyder, Director Man of Steel

I’m so pumped for this movie. Big deal right? So many people are. Gonna be pretty epic.  What resonate’s for me the most though, as a Christian…is that the hope, strength, courage and power that Superman inspires in so many, becomes a tangible reality for me and countless millions now and over the centuries who have set their hearts on the 1st Century Jewish Rabbi from Galilee… the Divine Man who turned the world up side down…or as I like to say…My Master, the Matchless Champion

Fully Alive, Fully Aware….Fully Awake….I want this more than anything in the world right now. 

To be keenly aware of my humanity and to be as fully human in that humanity as possible. To truly live, …to truly love…

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At present I am reading a book called, “Prototype”  by  Jonathan Martin and in it Martin explores exactly these things…becoming fully human, just as Christ was fully human in His divinity here on earth, and how this Christ, was and is humanities Prototype

For more thoughts on just how Jesus’ first Jewish followers connected the man they knew and walked with as divine, I highly recommend the article Eternal Messiah, by Derek Leman. You can check it out here.

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See you in the theaters.

Live Anyway

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  Its been a  while since I have updated. October 2012 to be exact. A lot has transpired since that time. I’ve fluctuated between 2-5 part time jobs to now just two, that are both at the present not entirely consistent. I am grateful none the less. Needless to say the job hunt continues. I’m on linkedn..reaching out to friends, family and colleagues …writing emails, submitting resumes, making phone calls and going on interviews often… fighting to never loose hope in break through. I have had more close calls and closed doors in the past few months than I would like to recount. I’ve learned so much throughout this process. Chief of those things is the oft occurring life lesson that God is in the details….every.last.one.of.them.

Among my many desires is to simply rest in His sovereignty. I’m not sure where I would be without faith. Its like integral to my sanity. Literally. Atheists’ much love to you all but damn. How do you do it? I mean really?

I digress. So yeah I’m job hunting…. but also living life. I may be broke and facing foreclosure for the second time in four months but by God I am still living life. Still seeing people, going out, breathing fresh air, dancing, taking walks, …conversing….I even took an impromptu trip to Tampa to visit some good friends.

 

So while I am diligent to find work and doing right by the two part time jobs I do have…I enjoy life in the mean time. Some days are better than most ….there are times where the need to fight despondency is pressing and I find myself in the deepest intimacy in prayer and tears when I just can’t make heads or tails of things.  I thank God for close friends who stand by and encourage and speak life into me. I thank God for the gift of faith in His sovereignty. 

I’m excited to see what He has in store for me with regard to work. In the mean time I live..

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The Wait Continues & Thoughts on Social Justice

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Good news. I have a job lead. I am first on the list to train and be hired for this job that pays really well, more than I’ve ever made actually. Here’s the thing though. It’ll be about 45 days before I am allowed to be trained.  The waiting continues. Another interesting tid bit is that its around that time that I’d also have to make another important vocational decision. Time will tell. I plan to make the most out of the next 45 days.

I still have temp work, although I don’t know how long that will last. I’m grateful for the help of family and prayer and support of my faith community and friends.

I want to share one last thing. In my previous post I spoke about being in a season of wanting to substantiate the things on my heart concerning social justice. I want to understand and act on what it means to live for social justice, practically. It’s my hearts desire and I believe a natural outgrowth my faith.

Today is a unique day. It is the International Day of the Eradication of Poverty . It is also a huge day for the A21 Campaign, an organization that is dedicated to the fight against modern day slavery.

Did you know, there are an estimated 27 Million human being’s in slavery? There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point at one time in world history.

Here are a few organizations that are really stepping up to the plate when it comes to this issue. If you haven’t already, educate yourself on Modern Day Slavery. Thank you for your time. Take care.

www.notforsalecampaign.org

www.polarisproject.org

www.exoduscry.com 

Journaling Again

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Thank you for checking out my space. I’m new to WordPress. Up until now my online blogging presence has been here. You won’t find any one specific thing on this site. Just my experiences and reflections. Journaling is somewhat of a therapy for me and I believe I derive the most from it just by recounting and sharing.

Right now I’m in a season of my life where I am trying to substantiate what’s in my heart regarding social justice, and I also am in a place of working smaller jobs while trying to determine what full time work to do after having left a job of almost seven years.  It’s a learning and growing experience for me; I’m grateful for it. By the way, I have learned first hand what it means to leave a job without having something else lined up.  Its a trying and very risky thing. There is reward and fulfillment in trial and in consequence.I’ve seen the good and ugly of my decision.

I’m waiting for what’s next while living in the now. Its good. I’m good. Thank you for your time.