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Music Spotlight Tuesday: Top 7 John P. Kee Songs

John P. Kee is a legend. There is no way around it.

His recordings in the 1990's and early 2000's introduced elements of funk, blues, and hip-hop delivered by the ever-energetic New Life Community Choir. The choir's vocal delivery and the band's musical delivery were non-traditional and innovative. Kee's impact is clearly heard in gospel music today.

Please listen to as many John P. Kee songs as you can. They are filled with truth straight from the Scriptures and timelessly relevant.

Below are 7 of my favorite John P. Kee songs. They are listed by year beginning with the latest recording, not by ranking. May the songs bless and encourage you!

Pastor Kee, thanks for listening to the voice of the Lord and ushering a sound and ministry that has blessed so many lives. Mine included. May the Lord continue to bless you!!!

Everyone, enjoy!

7. "Rain on Us"

6. "Strength"

5. "In the Word of God"

4. "Comfort Me"

3. "Stand"

2. &…

Baltimore's Solution: Pray

With riots  and violent protests continuing Baltimore, there is only one solution: PRAY.

That is the only solution. Nothing deep.

Prayer is the only weaponry we have to combat the spirits of discord, chaos, division, and mistrust.

There is nothing to hard for God (Jeremiah 32:17). Trust in man is not the solution. After all, every man makes mistakes (that's what got us here in the first place).

It is time we stop depending on ourselves and depending the all-wise, all-knowing, and all-loving God.

Public Control Over Private Property

Public control over the use of private property involves uncompensated losses on property owners. For example, zoning limits land to specified uses.

Public control over the use of private property is not eminent domain. Eminent domain is the government taking property for public purposes.

Municipalities, with public input, set local zoning regulations. However, if the most profitable land use is not among permitted uses, a loss is actually imposed on the land owner. No compensation has to be paid to the land owner. In essence, the community takes partial ownership of the  land, without ever paying the land owner.

What makes this practice legitimate? Police power.

The term may be misleading, but simply put, police power is the right of the community to regulate activities of private parties to protect interests of the public. This phrase is often associated with words like health, safety, and welfare.

Historically, police powers have lead to conflict with land owners and government. Ho…

Retail Site Selection

Retail site selection is largely guided by data. If commercial businesses believe a community can support their operations, they will invest in it. 
Data drives decisions.
Big box retailers: the Best Buys, Targets, Home Depots, Wal-Marts, Whole Foods of the world depend heavily on community data to make their decisions of whether or not to open in a community.
The same is true for large-chain restaurants: McDonald's, Burger King, Steak n' Shake, Applebee's, etc.
The logic is simple: if a business believes a community or a site cannot profitably support its operations, it will not invest there.
Among others, typically the following site selection factors influence a business' investment decision
- Population - Median Household Income - Average Household Income - Educational Attainment - Population Density - Average Age - Homeownership Ratios - Crime - Traffic Counts - Traffic Flows
In summary, retail site selection is not simply a matter of what a community wants or wha…

Music Spotlight Tuesday: Young & Plain- Dirty Work

Rappers Young Noah and Plain James collaborate to create the duo Young & Plain.

Their debut album Dirty Work was released in February of this year on Dirty Work Ministries, a ministry they both co-founded.

Coming from the west side of Atlanta, Young & Plain combine to deliver a bold, hype, and convicting project that you will want to blast on repeat over and over again.

They bring different experiences shared over different styles. However, their southern drawl, genuine testimony, and passion for Christ is undeniable. In a dozen tracks, they cover a wide range of topics.

Overall, this body of work is evidence that Young & Plain put in some serious work, prayer, and humility to bring it all together.

This album is free! Yes, free! So, there are no excuses, download it, you won't regret it!

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Young Noah and Plain James are my brothers. We have served in ministry together, made music together, prayed together- the li…


Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) is taking care of existing businesses. It is removing barriers hindering their growth and identifying opportunities to help them expand.

Existing businesses already supply local jobs, generate tax revenue, increase property values, encourage complementary businesses, and enhance a community's competitiveness. They are the community's existing investors and should often be tended to and checked on.

BRE is the most effective activity for any economic development organization or program. 

BRE in action is ensuring that policies, programs, and plans that form the political, economic, and social environment are conducive to business growth and opportunities. If the environment is there, attracting new businesses will be much easier.

This explains why BRE should be every economic development program's bread and butter. Business attraction, workforce development, tourism programming, and an increased quality of life are more probable where bu…

80's and 90's Tracks on Repeat

I am an avid lover of 1980's and 1990's music. Regardless of genre.

Technology was nowhere near as good as it is now. But the sounds, chords, lyrics, and melodies embodied a unique sound that can easily be imitated with our technology today, but never duplicated.

Please enjoy some of these tunes I have kept on repeat over the last week or so.

Artist: Petra Song: Praise Ye the Lord Album: Never Say Die Year: 1981

Artist: Crystal Lewis Song: God's Been Good to Me Album: Beauty for Ashes Year: 1997

Artist: 4Him Song: Couldn't We Stand Album: 4Him Year: 1997

Artist: Matthew Ward Song: Show Them Album: Fade to White Year: 1988

Music Spotlight Tuesday: Eshon Burgundy- The Fear of God

Rapper Eshon Burgundy released his album The Fear of God on March 3, 2015.

The Fear of God is Burgundy's first full-length album released on Humble Beast Records.

The project is thirteen tracks of downright honesty and truth. Burgundy pours out his heart.

Burgundy, a Philadelphia native, keeps it true to Philly's gritty, hip-hop sound with 808's over strong and scripturally sound lyrics. Burgundy delivers reality of truth in God's Word in his unique, down-to-earth, not-preaching-at-you type of way.

Eshon Burgundy boldly proclaims Christ as our only hope and salvation in an artistic and understandable manner.

A song-by-song break down would be injustice to, what I believe to be, an instant classic. But, I will list my top three: "Sand Castles," "Certified Gold," and "Respect, Power, and Money."

Humble Beast offers all of their albums for free, so that leaves you no excuses, download this album, download this album, download this album!


Determination: Hang Tough

The first book I completed this year was Living Above the Level of Mediocrity by Charles R. Swindoll.
Originally published in 1987, this book is loaded with timeless wisdom for those committed to living in excellence and it is based on the Bible.
Here are five points I have highlighted from Chapter 6 of the book, "Determination: Deciding to Hang Tough." I hope they inspire, encourage, inform, and enrich you, as they have me. If you don't dream, your leadership is seriously limited.Those who don't have vision or determination, and refuse to dream the impossible, are always in the majority. Therefore, they will always take the vote. They will always outshout and outnumber those who walk by faith and not by sight, those who are seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Those who choose to live by sight will always outnumber those who live by faith. Age has little to do with achievement and nothing to do with commitment.Never take your cues from the crowd. If you&…

2015 National Main Streets Conference

Today concluded the 2015 National Main Streets Conference. It was Atlanta's very first time hosting the conference, which brought Main Street staff and board members from nearly every state.

The classroom-style sessions, the speakers, and the setting were excellent!

Expect many forthcoming posts elaborating on the wealth of material learned.

My hat is off to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Main Street Center, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and Georgia Main Street, for being great hosts and putting together a wealth of top-notch programming.

I am really excited about further studying and implementing the newly-acquired information with the our Main Street Board, Downtown Development Authority, downtown businesses, and community at large.