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2015 Book of the Year: Kingdom Man by Dr. Tony Evans

The most profound, eye-opening, hands down best book I have read this year is Kingdom Man by Dr. Tony Evans.

I have yet to read a better book on God's perspective and prescription for manhood, responsibility, and stewardship.

Kingdom Man was my summer book and I found it difficult to put down. Dr. Evans is not only the Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, but also the chaplain of the Dallas Mavericks (he holds the longest standing chaplaincy on NBA record spanning at least 3 decades), he was also chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys.

Growing up around many siblings and having a large family of his own, there could not be a more credible source on biblical instructions for manhood than Dr. Evans.

Kingdom Man is broken into three parts: The Formation of a Kingdom Man, the Foundation of a Kingdom Man, and the Function of a Kingdom Man.

Dr. Evans uses his own experiences, statistics, and most importantly, the Bible, to beckon Kingdom Men, men who govern themselves according to God'…

Oh, What a Merry Christmas

Christmas was very merry. Indeed, very merry.

I spent the day, and my entire Christmas break, with family and friends. What better way?

Between last Tuesday (12/22) and today, I have been with my parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, my brother and his family, and even got to see my God-brother and his family from Chicago.

It really meant so much when my little cousins from Chattanooga sent me a video message wishing me a Merry Christmas, in addition to our frequent texting throughout the day. I am not much of a texter, but I'd do anything for my little cousins (too many to name).

Christmas 2015 was a rainy one so we didn't get to go to Chattanooga as planned, but we still met up at my Aunt Sister's and had a fun time playing games, eating, watching basketball, exchanging gifts, and being family.

So, yes, Christmas was fully of merriment and joy and laughter. I hope yours was, too.

Immanuel: God With Us

Matthew 1:23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, "God with us."
Immanuel, or Emmanuel means "God with us." It is a name of hope and salvation no matter how desperate our condition.

Christ's name, Immanuel, is the believer's unconditional guarantee that God is sovereign, ever-present (Psalm 46:1), and will meet the needs of His people. It is a reminder of God's never-ending presence. Those who place their faith in Christ will not be forsaken.

Immanuel is God saying "I will not leave you. I am always with you."

This means we can move forward in our darkest, loneliest, and overwhelming times. Do not quit.

"God with us" is as much a promise as it is a challenge: When the worst confronts you, trust that JESUS, Immanuel is with you. Christ never fails and always saves.

Rehoboam: A Story of What Not to Be

King Solomon was the wisest and richest man on earth during his reign over Israel and Judah (1 Kings 11:23-24). When Solomon died, his son Rehoboam succeeded him (1 Kings 11:41-43).  Thus, Rehoboam inherited the greatest kingdom on earth.

And squandered it.

As a historical context, before Solomon died, he started worshiping idols and "turned his heart after other gods" (1 Kings 11:4-10). Eventually God finally told Solomon that his kingdom would be taken from him (1 Kings 11:11-13).

Unfortunately, Rehoboam made the one decision that brought destruction to the kingdom. 
Jeroboam was an officer in Solomon's administration (1 Kings 11:28). Because of Solomon's idolatry, Jeroboam was prophesied to become a ruler of God's people (1 Kings 11:29-40). Solomon became jealous and sought to kill Jeroboam. To save his own life,  Jeroboam fled to Egypt until Solomon died and Rehoboam became king.
Once Rehoboam took the throne, Jeroboam returned home and requested of the king …

Music Spotlight Tuesday: Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

The Holidays are here. So, up until Christmas (and days after), Music Spotlight Tuesday will feature Christmas music.

There is no better way to kick off the merry season than with Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. It is exactly what the title describes: a soulful compilation of Handel's Messiah. 
Released in 1992, this album features some of the best and brightest in music. In fact, it won the 1992 GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. That is very telling of the quality of this project, which was co-produced by Gail Hamilton, Norman Miller, and Mervyn Warren (a founding member of Take 6).
When artists such as Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Daryl Coley, Patti Austin, Tramaine Hawkins, Stevie Wonder, Take 6, Sounds of Blackness, The Boys Choir of Harlem, The Richard Smallwood Singers, Commissioned, The Clark Sisters, Al Jarreau, and Tevin Campbell are all included on a single album- which also features a track conducted by Quincy Jones- it would be difficult to …