Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Ending of Year 2016: At A CROSSROADS...

Okay, okay, okay... It's been quite a while indeed since I've posted here...

Lots have been going on in my personal life and it's quite challenging to manage things well as I should but in patience things are working out. Thank God.

First of all, I hope everyone has had a great Merry Christmas in the Lord.

I know for many folks it's a "good season" but there is also a lot of pain, sorrow and personal stress of a "bad season" for many people.

People have lost loved ones during the "holiday season". People have gotten into bitter, ugly fights and arguments with family and friends. It's reality. It happens to us all.

I thank God this Christmas was more "bland" and "dull" over being overly "contentious" and festering with "ill feelings".

Christmas was "okay" for the day it was but most importantly it's celebrated by us Christians as the Day our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ came into this world to live with humanity and eventually save us from our sins.

Thank God Lord Jesus Christ saved us. Amen!

Also, I won't really say here what I "got" for Christmas personally but I got the "best gift" of all apart from the Salvation of Lord Jesus Christ. I thank God for it. Smh... Right on time and without even thinking it to.

It's really *AMAZING* how *GOD* works things out. Nothing like having your family and loved ones back with you. Amen.


Also... as far as "personal ministry" in the Lord is concerned I've always been minded to remain "mindful" of "soulwinning" and witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ (KJV 1 Corinthians 15:1-4) to all people the Lord gives me opportunity to share.

Last Tuesday, December 26, 2016 around 10:30p.m. I was walking around the local Cliff Tuttle Park outside of the local library space and gave a "Heart For The City" Christian Spanish gospel tract to an elder Hispanic man sitting on a wooden bench at the park having his "alone moment" of contemplation.

I didn't really want to "bother him" and before I went over to hand him the gospel tract I first asked the Holy Spirit closing my eyes briefly in passing by at the wooden bench table area nearby whether or not I should go to the man or man and hand him the gospel tract. Holy Spirit said "Yes, you may" and I thank God He gave me the strength to *FOLLOW THROUGH* and just *DO IT* whether the man accepted the gospel tract or not because at least I would have "closure" knowing I followed God's Will and one more soul got a chance for some "exposure" to God knowing *JESUS CHRIST*.

After that, I eventually made my way to go into the library to post articles and website links on Google Plus+ and minister and fellowship with brethren online.

Also watched some YouTube videos online of Dragonball Z and Dragonball Super for practically the whole day while also commenting...

I fell into my own "guilty pleasure" but still failed and did not do all the work I should have been doing but God still used my failure to *HIS SUCCESS*.

Anytime now I'm watching any kind of video online on YouTube I make it a "habit of strategy" to comment  interestingly about the content of the video whether it's about the places, characters, people, things; anything that is amusing, funny, informational, knowledge-imparting and I'm learning to be an "Online Fisherman for Jesus" just like Jesus told Peter, James and John He would teach them how to be "fishers of men".

See, when I'm getting involved and *ENGAGED* in the kind of hobbies, interests and activities of commenters I view online who comment on YouTube vids such as on "anime" YouTube vids; I just be me and talk and discuss about everything I'm thinking and liking because I like manga and anime myself.

I'm no "geek" into it, but I definitely love the *ARTSTYLE* and *STORYTELLING* possibilities that manga and anime open up for creative individuals.

Before I know it, someone may reply or respond to a comment I have about something on the video and depending as I read and sense the comment I receive from the commenter I could "potentially" get a chance to witness "Jesus" to someone.

For instance, I was watching a Dragon Ball Super episode about a villain named "Zamasu" who's basically like a "god-like" individual with a very twisted, self-righteous spirit of superiority of being an "immortal being" vs. "mortal beings" as in like us "human beings".

I haven't a clue the actual full plot of the story but it's a very deep, emotional saga that deals with themes of "sin" and "mortals vs. immortals". I saw many connections and opportunities where Christianity could be introduced and referenced in dealing with the life "morality topics" and subjects being discussed like how humanity should not "play God and mess with time travel" and related topics. Real deep stuff. Amen.


Also, also on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 I only street-preached His Word (King James Version Holy Bible [KJV]) shortly as led of the Spirit on Hillsboro Street around 9:40a.m. until I got to the end of the cross street that is Kress Street on my way walking up to the library.

I only briefly held up the Bible to a few people driving by in their cars and trucks as many already seemed to "sense" I was reminding them of their consciences that continued to "reject" the Existence of God they may know in their hearts...

Lately I really haven't been called in the Spirit of the Lord to do any "serious street-preaching" and "street evangelism" lately as God has been using the days and weeks before to minister in the hearts of the people He's been trying to reach through using my vessel.

Folks know there is a God; now it's just that they have to be led into *ACCEPTANCE* as trusting on Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.

It's a time of rest and patience in the Lord to convict the hearts He has revealed Himself too.

Anywhere I go now in town (as has been the case ever since I've been street-preaching here) ... Walking the streets people gaze and "look over to me" in some kind of notable "awe" like "that's the black guy who's always around holding up the bible and preaching walking around".

It's like I have some kind of "unofficial" personal "fame" in the local community which is good and bad in both respects but only for the Glory of the Lord does this matter to me personally. People need to get SAVED and *LIVE FOR GOD* and not continue to look at me as some kind of "eye-gazing spectacle" for personal amusement.

My "street-preaching" might seem like silly antics" to unbelievers and unsaved folks looking from the outside-in and even "Churchian" fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who may think my street-preaching ministry is "too extreme", "primitive" or "unbiblical". "YEAH RIGHT!" I say to all my "hidden" naysayers out there who doubt God's Work in me.

I haven't been doing this stuff for "nothin'" without seeing any results for the labour: God has been GOOD to me and shown time-and-time again changed lives and people getting SAVED as a result of me taking the risk to street-preach in sometimes "hostile environments" that people would call the "ghetto".

EVERYBODY needs *JESUS* and the "Hood" is no exception.

At first I hated it here and wanted to leave ASAP and still do want to leave as soon as the Lord Leads me to go to next destination, Lord-willing; but now I've "grown" to like and appreciate my current surroundings.

God is HERE. Amen.


I suppose now my last piece of "news" I'll mention is that yesterday night after 7:30p.m. bible study I got "terminated" from serving as an "usher" at my local church.

I no longer serve as an "usher" at my church but I will now continue to attend church service and still be of help and service to my local church community.

The reason I was terminated by my pastor is because I refused to participate in the "Nativity Scene" Christmas play Sunday Christmas morning because I was convicted of the Holy Spirit not to be in it.

Before, I "went against" my conscious telling me I should not "go along" with the play and "went along with it".

I thought it was silly and not warranted and the Spirit said not to go with it. I say nothing personally against my pastor because he is the anointed of God as the leader of the church as he even says "Christ is the Head".

That said, I kinda just "brushed on the surface" here of what happened since it's a lot more complicated to this that it first sounds initially and more folks are involved it seems even though in my refusal not to participate in this "child's play" I didn't directly have "personal beef" with other brethren though I suspect indirectly some had some "personal beef" or "conflict" with me even though I'm not personally-involved or attached to anybody at the church as I "serve, help clean and up after service and come and go about my business afterward" and am still new to the church and to everyone that regularly attends.

So... All things being said, this is a last minute deal and I have no "hard feelings" against anyone since I already knew this could happen as "worst case scenario" and since I have my own personal ministry in the Lord I'm not "attached" to the "position" I had serving at church previously since by His Grace I'm serving the Lord all throughout my life and not just in the "church building" of the congregation.

Besides this all, 2016 has been a very harrowing and tense year for me of ups-and-downs with many failures and mistakes but nothing to super disastrous I couldn't recover from in due time by the Strong Hand of the Lord.

I've been "humbled" by the Lord in how hard life is and what it takes to survive and "push through" difficult circumstances and situations. It's been hard but not impossible.

I'm excited and weary for the New Year 2017 to come to pass but I'm very cautious and "apprehensive" about this new year.

I want 2017 to be a year of *BREAKTHROUGH* of *REVIVAL* in the *CHURCH* and also my own personal life.

2017 is the year to rise up to a new level in the Lord and contend with all the enemies of our Lord.

I think I may pose a few "New Year's Resolutions" I have in the Lord concerning the Body of Christ as well as personal goals.

May God Almighty, Lord Jesus Christ be in our hearts as we make the voyage into this New Year 2017. Amen.

~ Sincerely,

Bro. Jed  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


A while back on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 I was led of the Lord to street-preach His Word (King James Version Holy Bible [KJV]) walking on up Hoffman, Hillsboro and Kress Streets...

It was a GOOD sunny day walking in the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

A lot of folks, as I upheld the Word in my hand "waved by" with their hands driving by in their vehicles as though they "get the program".

Some friendly responses despite "denials" of God.

I perceive the Lord has "revealed Himself to be True" whether many of the people He's given me the Grace to witness to accept the existence of God or not.

It was a good day back then... The library was closed and was closed the day before on Tuesday so the library could have its electrical and computer systems overhauled with updates and configurations.

That's why the main reason why I haven't been online lately; besides personal responsibilities and goals that need to be done...

Also, it's a "tedious process" but overtime, definitely thinking on how I'm gonna "overhaul" this blog and a few of my other websites and projects I hope to upload online in time.

The Lord's been doing great work in the hearts of the people here in town.

I'm "well-known" here in the sense as that black guy "preacher" who be on the streets 'round here.

My walk in the Lord has been getting much stronger now. Making it to church on time and being more prompt and attentive to the task at hand.

Many people I see in my peripheral vision who see me walking to and from church are being "convicted" in their consciences I believe to know they SHOULD BE GOING TO CHURCH instead of "doing whatever they want on Sunday" without acknowledging *GOD* as the *CENTER* of their lives; I'm talking especially for fellow believers in Christ NOT the unbelievers!

TOO MANY Christians nowadays have a very sad poor habit of "neglecting" their acknowledgment of God in their lives by NOT GOING TO CHURCH at least one day a week to fellowship amongst brethren: that needs to STOP RIGHT NOW.

It's a really bad, awful habit; I'm talking about CHRISTIANS here.

I don't expect unbelievers to "all of a sudden" go to the Church House and start worshiping and praising God like they've done it their whole lives because they don't even want to accept there is a Creator (although it's always good for newly converted believers to start going to church as soon as they trust on Jesus Christ as Saviour as soon as possible nothing stopping them).

Even so, I've had many different encounters and experiences in the Lord I have not yet shared and updated here that I would like to but GOD'S WILL BE DONE before any of that.

Love you all whoever you may be out there reading this, saint 'n sinner alike! Take care out there and remember JESUS IS LORD whether you like it or not. Amen!

~ Bro. Jed

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday Excursion In The Lord Around Town In Denver Harbor...

It's been quite a long while...

Lots have happened lately these last days.

Halloween was preached against. Served and participated in my local church of "Calvary Christian Center's annual children's "Harvest Fest" event for children on the wicked, secular "Halloween Day" of the Devil...

Further beyond that even, was fasting in the days of November 6-9 as renowed Christian televangelist "Jentezen Franklin" called Christians nationwide in America to pray, fast and vote during the final election days... Good deal.

Went out and voted with my family.

And yeah, I won't lie but speak the truth: I voted *TRUMP* and NOT Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Although my reasons why are varied and practical, long story short from what I discerned Mr. Donald J. Trump's values and beliefs are more in line with "Bible Principals" above all else.

And yeah, don't always agree or like everything he says or does but like all people he has his "warts" flaws, faults and failures like us all. He's human... like us all (just in case you are an actually human-being" cuz there be "chimeras" about lol; but that's a whole 'nother can of worms for another time).

That aside, I have nothing personally against Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Clintons and her supporters.

I love them all as any and every Christian should love all people.

It ain't 'bout "hating people"; it's about *OBJECTIVE* DEFIANCE against evil, ungodly agendas of the Devil, Satan.

Homosexual marriage, along with abortion and other wicked ambominations are being "strong-armed" and pushed on the masses by liberal-minded elites.

As a Christian I have to be AGAINST what GOD IS AGAINST and that's my whole case here. Nothing personal at all; all about PRINCIPAL.

The "caveat" with Trump is that he's got a "Christian" Vice President in Mr. Mike Pence.

Hope the Lord Works something out there too even; so the "Trump Ticket" looks a lot more promising than the "same ol'-same ol' one would get with Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton & Co.; had she won the presidential election.

Either way it went, I'm practical and pragmatic, I'm not going to "fall out" and "thrown in the towel" and get all upset and in an "emotional tantrum" if Mrs. Clinton had won, but I thank God she didn't.

I already made the mistake in my youthful ignorance of voting in our current U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama the *TWO TIMES*. TWICE

I didn't want to make that same mistake this time; especially since a lot more's in stake for the nation this time around.

So after election news is over and confirmed; I'm glad the "suspense" is "at peace" and finished.

Now it's time for the Christian *CHURCH* to be doing it's job.

That's what I'm focused on going forward as I update news here on the blog.

(P.S. Last night at "Wednesday night bible study" it was good lesson from elder brother Pastor T.J. and brethren. This time around, like I'm now getting better at doing is I "shook hands" with the MAN FIRST and not the "woman's hand" whenever I meet a "couple". In this feminized, "socially-backward" wicked society, women are walking before men and leading up front instead of following behind men. I see this too much to my personal infuriation and irritation when I see women "ruling over men". When I have opportunity as the Lord provides I fight against this wicked spiritual confusion of the Devil, Satan. So when the young woman went and offered her hand for me to shake I'm like "Nah (lol), shaking my hands "no" and when the older man offers his hand for me to shake I SHAKE HIS HAND first and not the woman's. She instinctively realizes this dominant male body language social tactic and doesn't even offer her hand to me to shake. Her husband/boyfriend gives me his "respect" in my conduct for acknowlegding his natural headship as "the man" of the relationship and I did the right thing there. Thank the Lord. Lol then Hispanic sister "M(r)s. K" I'll call her is all "touchy-feely" like she want me to "shake her hand" or get "physical with her"; but I always decline her advances. She has a man; "Mr. G." I'll call him and I'm not sure of their relationship; whether "husband/boyfriend/fiance" but all I know is their is NO "third party" with me being involved. She's got a man; anything I do would only lead to adultery, affair and "bad situations". Nah, I know better than to "entertain" those WICKED devilish thoughts! Smh... Even in the CHURCH lol... women (in relationships) coming on to me. Not good. Anyways I think she knows I know better and that I think she knows (or should) know better. So it stays at that. Love all my brethren in the local church here in town though. Amen.)

Okay now, so earlier today, this morning at around 9:20a.m. I was led of the Lord by the Spirit to go street-preaching on Hoffman Street up on my way to Lyons Avenue being led of the Holy Spirit to do as He Willed.

I'm taking my time walking slowly but surely. Seeing people coming up about to pass I stand over close enough to the curbside to the side of the sidewalk trails to hold up the Bible and "point to them" as though I'm "targeting" their approaches.

Since it's a few "sparse cars" out driving, I'm being "methodical" and analytical in my street-witnessing "going with the natural flow" of the pace of the social atmosphere and local neighborhood as I "wave hello" to people passing by in the vehicles and also local neighbours in the neighborhoods.

As I make it to Lyons Avenue I stopped by the local "Lyons Washateria" for a brief break before continuing "street-preaching" as the Lord led me to do further.

I left a "LORD JESUS CHRIST LOVES YOU!" multi-colored thin brown cardboard paper slip on the hang stand of the phone booth for someone to discover and be a witness to.

Next thing, I'm walking down the parking lot of the Washateria taking a right and holding up the Bible to people driving by on Lyons Avenue.

I'm heading in the direction of going like towards the local Fiesta grocery store.

It's fewer traffic out at the time because the train is passing across Lyons Avenue; so traffic has been diverted into different routes to bypass the train.

So after I cross over Shotwell Street, I'm kind of just "hanging around" individually witnessing to people I can make eye contact with through the glass of their vehicle windows before I eventually plan to cross over the railroad tracks on Lyons Avenue towards Lockwood Drive area by the METRO Transit Center.

I'm circling around walking in the "square of the Shotwell Street crosswalk briefly witnessing to people with the Bible pulled to the side of my body and holding the Bible up to them and pointing to them directly as a "witness".

Message is "received": some people hand wave "Yes, I get it..." some like "Okay, sure, goodbye now" as they throw up their hands in exasperation lol.

After a while, Holy Spirit says "It's enough now" and says I can stop just after the train finishes passing on by.

But before I "make my way" to "pass over" the railroad tracks an elder white man in a wheelchair turns out to be the reason why the railroad train is "stopped up" cuz he don't want to move off of the railroad tracks.

In my spirit I felt urged to walk over to the elder white man sitting in his wheelchair blocking the railroad way and incoming car traffic in the midst.

I'm like "Hey there sir... Are you okay?" He's like "Leave me the f--k alone you motherf---ker!" and he's all cursing me and I'm like "I haven't did you anything wrong. I'm sorry. SORRY... So sorry to bother you" and I said it in genuine natural voice. I didn't reply back angrily in pride like I could have did and cursed him back because I knew as a Christian it wouldn't be the "right response". And besides, I knew it wasn't really the "man himself" speaking; it was a "hateful spirit".

Thing is, this man was angry, frustrated, perhaps bitter and had hatred and wrath in his heart towards people. It's a cold world out here. I don't know the elder white man's life and how he did end up in a wheelchair if he wasn't born into the situation. Maybe he had some kind of accident, perhaps some people caused him to end up in a wheelchair. Maybe it was his own fault somehow. I don't know. That's not what really mattered to me at the time I was engaging with him. I care only for his SALVATION through *JESUS CHRIST* primarily. Amen!

Nowadays, "people" are not as "kind" as they used to be in many ways. It used to be different. Today's society is a generation of wicked, insensitive, self-centered, "cold-hearted" people. It's "everyone out for themselves" today because no one is showing compassion to their fellow man out of fear of being a target and personal survival expense. It's hard to survive and make it out here in the "real world"...

People are living homeless and a whole lot of personal, societal issues going on.

Besides that, than elder white man in the wheelchair I confronted to speak with to "feel him out" what his deal was told me "I'm here to block them motherf--kers!" talking about the train and I don't know what his problem was with the "train people" but I just got a sense in the Spirit that this elder white man was just "angry at the world", "hard-hearted", bitter, and "distrusting" of people because of the harshness of real life and wicked sinners we are.

When I actually did kindly "apologize" saying "sorry" multiple times in a "humble, meek *gentle* spirit" even though I didn't do anything wrong to the man personally I *SAW* and perceive a "relief" in his widened opened eyes that he saw that I "meant his good" and was showing sincere caring compassion towards him personally and his situation.

After apologizing I made my way to "walk on" to avoid further upsetting him as he "cursed me off".

As I kept walking I prayed unto the Lord Jesus Christ concerning this elder white man that the Lord hold not his cursing me against him or anything but that that man might trust on Him and be SAVED and be at peace in life and his fellow man. I don't know his life like I don't know many people's life but if I can't help people directly I can always *AT LEAST* PRAY for them sincerely.

I know GOD can help everyone in need. Amen.

Today, I've gone on a "walking journey" and "scounted" out a few different local locations, areas and churches I didn't know existed or much of. It was good to have it "cleared up" so now I have a very good idea of what to expect and deal with if I make a personal "missions trip" for certain ministry purposes in said locations.

I'm just "mapping out" the exterior of what's seen in a map in my mind: a "mental picture" of how to best serve the local communities. I'm taking NOTES and PLANNING ACTIONS. Not mindlessly and ignorantly "wandering around" like I have nothing to do.

I'm gonna need a car, truck or vehicle to get around more "speedily" to certain places I would like to go. But even before that, GOD'S WILL BE DONE.

I must first and FOREMOST make sure I'm doing what GOD WANTS ME TO DO EACH AND EVERY DAY; cuz I have many plans, many ideas, but ONLY GOD'S PLANS and IDEAS will reap the RIGHT MOST BENEFIT. Must remember that.

Okay, so after walking all the way down Lyons Avenue to the point I get to Highway 59 before the road underpasses going intot the direction of Downtown Houston, I walk up to Eastex Freeway and cross on that road bridge and make my way over to "Jensen Drive" where I all the way down and make my right turn on "Collingsworth Street".

In the time I was heading in that direction I've made "contact" with a few different people in walking and driving vehicles saying "Hey" and "Yeah, I got it" if the Lord has made them familiar with Himself from "seeing me around time" since after street-preaching exploits and "wanderings".

Thing is, what really "annoyed me" today lol kind of was this older black man driving by in his silver car (circling around) asking me with the windows down and slowed down saying, "Hey, baby, you need a ride?" in some kind of ominous, strange creepy voice. Nothin' but the DEVIL, SATAN! lol Smh... I don't trust that guy. Alarms went off in my mind: he's probably some kind of "(child) predator". Wasn't getting any good vibes from off that guy...

Like, hey, he "really cared" about offering a "ride" to another "stranger black man" (me) he's never met and don't know what I could be thinking.

Luckily for him I would be a "harmless case" since I'm not out for "blood 'n mischief". I'm out to "spread the Good News" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (KJV 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). I'm a Christian, not a heathen thug of the Hood.

That said, I'm like "No, I don't need a ride. I'm walking. God Loves you You have time to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ?..." and before I COULD say what I WANTED TO SAY he's like "drove off". Lol Yeah, go figure...

Lord, I just pray no other human-being has falled for his "tricks" to their hurt. Cuz there's been a lot of people being aducted, held against their will in (storage) containers and all kinds of evil situations. It's sad! ;/ Like what happened to the woman chained at the (storage) container at a serial killer man's house and such situations recently being talked about on the news. It's bad out there.

It's the "cretins" that walk on "two legs" that are more likely to give you trouble than the mere "beasts of the field". It's PEOPLE, NOT ANIMALS one has to be morecautious around. A lot of evil, bad people around.

But besides that, having put him in prayer just hoping and praying no one becomes a victim of that man and that if he's already abducted someone hostage or such situation; hope the police can get a hand on him real soon. Don't know if he's already commited a human abduction crime already or the move; just hoping no one else "falls for his trap". Amen.

So, when I make it to Collingsworth Street I spend some brief time visiting the area of two local Christian churches before I walk the rest of the way down Collingsworth Street to make it back on the "big long road" of Lockwood drive.

After visiting another Christian church in the vicinity on my way back in town I climb over in-between some train trailers and cross over the railroad tracks to get back on the long stretch walking up on Lockwood Drive.

On my way forward I stop by a METRO bus stop for a quick break and see an elderly homeless white woman walking to my direction before passing through the grass field. I know her from around town. I perceive she's a longtime "local". I haven't really had a good "conversation" with her face-to-face besides a passing through "Hey, hi, or hello" and walking on.

She seems like a calm, peaceful, gentle old lady so I give her space unless led of the Lord to approach her directly. I hope she's a fellow "born again believer". An elder dear sister in the Lord Jesus Christ... If not, Lord-willing, I'd like to someday witness the Gospel to her directly, personally but only as the Lord Wills.

I would like to think she's aware of my "Christian exploits" in town by now like many people.

All glory be to the Lord. That's the point. Amen.

So after my "quick rest" it's about around 3:40p.m. and I'm on my way street-preaching His Word held up to people driving by in their vehicles as I walk up Lockwood Drive to Lyons Avenue to get on my way to the library and write this story lol.

So, so, I'm holding up the Bible to people driving by; a lot of positive "heart-convicting" reactions I see on people's emotional faces. Good sign.

Men driving in those tall trucks have the Bible held up to their faces as they drive by seeing the Bible held up with both my hands stretched out up towards their direction to make direct contact. Many see, take notice and consider... Hopefully ALL not just a "good few" of those truck-driving men take the "symbol" of the Bible symbolizing "Jesus Christ" to heart.

The Bible I hold up is JESUS. It's HIM.

Bible = JESUS.

People see "Bible" many people think "JESUS CHRIST" and it goes from there...

Okay now... So on the way back in town... ran into elder brother "J" as I've called him on Lyons Avenue...

So we're walking on down I said, "Hey, hey there elder brother J..." as he's walking up in the parking lot of "Los Jacales" a local Mexican restaurant in town.

He slowly makes his way over to me as I'm walking on along the sidewalk holding up the Bible and witnessing the Word to people approaching by driving by in their vehicles.

He drops his small clear plastic cup of water as he goes to ask me, "You got any spare change... man?" as he's all casually scratching his back with his hand.

I'm like "No, I do not. You have any extra change. I'm broke too."

Turns out I'm "on to elder brother J. since the last few times we've met. I've found out in times past that he's got a "nicotine addiction": AKA "cigarrete smoking habit".

Now I'm no "enabler" for people to go about "feeding their bad habits"; it's not the right thing to do and it's not right for the addicts themselves...

So, after telling elder brother J "No" we part ways as he goes on ahead of me walking up Lyons Avenue. I'm still street-preaching holding up the Word of the Lord off to the side of the sidewalk and stepping down on the curbsides of the road to show up the Bible to people driving by.

Later on, after I have crossed over Woolworth Street on the town block of "Vargas Food Mart" I noticed in the angle of my right-sided vision I see elder brother J. already taking a "puff" of a cigarette across the street in the parking lot of "Norma's Unisex Beauty Salon". It's confirmed again the second time: elder brother J. only want to talk to me to "get some money" out of me so he can go buy him some "cigarrettes" or whatever other stuff he wants to get.

Now I know elder brother J it seems don't really want "help" to get his life back on track but is okay with roaming the streets and feeding his nicotine habits.

I ain't sayin' nothin' "against him" cuz I love him as an elder brother in Christ and a fellow human-being as the Lord would have me do. I just simply realize now and understand that he's only out to "use me" for whatever *MONEY* he can get out of me so he can buy him some "stuff".

Other than that, he ain't gonna really talk with me or have a conversationg; just passing through if I don't just hand him some money to buy cigarrettes and/or beer.

That said, he ain't hurtin' me or "inconveniencing me" unnecessarily so I go about my business say "Hey, how you doin'?" in "small talk" and go on my way as he does the same.

Hmmm... Hopefully I meet see him at church sometime if he's still around town here in Denver Harbor.

A while back we talked, seems like he has kinfolks in Louisiana. Probably originally from Louisiana too; but can't be completely sure.

Since I don't ever really like to "pry into people's personal lives and business" I basically take what they tell me as "true" more or less and don't go any further. It ain't my business and has nothing to do with me otherwise.

I only hope and pray the best for him, and people that do "open up" a little to share their lives with me, that God Almighty, Lord Jesus Christ works in their HEARTS so that *HE* can WORK IN THEIR LIVES to accomplish *HIS WILL* for their lives.

That's all I can hope for. Amen.

~ Bro. Jed

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Put Thy Bottle AWAY From Thee!

Earlier this morning I met an elder Hispanic man sitting at one of the green iron benches under the green gazebo at Cliff Tuttle Park outside of the library. Good man.

I'll call him "Mr. G."

He has takin' it easy, laid back, listening to some music blaring from his phone and ear buds and drinking a bottle of beer.

He's like "How you doing there, young man? I'm finna go cash my check... Get me another one of these [beers]" and laughs a big laughter.

I'm like "No... You gotta take it easy on those [pointing to his beer bottle]."

He's like, "Yeah, yeah... Well, God bless you young man..." and we "fistbumped" and I departed away from him to the library... Good to have met him.

Hopefully the Lord Jesus Christ will work in his heart to do His Will in his life. Amen.

~ Bro. Jed

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Lesson In Homelessness: An Elder Brother In Need

Today was and still is a good sunny day Saturday, October 22, 2016...

So later on this afternoon towards early evening I went by the local library to really "meet up" with an elder brother in Christ, an elder homeless black man whom I have met around town previously; ran into last Monday and seen at church prior to that at "Calvary Christian Center Church".

Today, I had prepared him a small but "decent" meal to take with him if he would accept it.

Last time I've been talking with him he's like, "Man, I've haven't eaten for days... Been dumpster-diving to make it..."

I said, "You been downtown yet like I told you earlier and get any help?"

He's like "Nah, no... Don't got no bus fare..."

I'm like, "I didn't have much money either. I just walked all the way down there on Lyons."

He's like "Nah, I don't walk..."

I'm thinking to myself you must not be very serious about making it then.

To my folly I offered him two unripe (yet eatable) green-skinned oranges to eat last time we spoke and he's like "Nah, I don't want that..."

I admit it was a quick snack I had brought with me and not ideally want I would have given him to eat.

But I figured it was "something better than nothing".

Fast-forward to today I met him out standing outside the library door entrance looking at himself in the reflection of the front entrance door window panels; talking to himself.

Then when he noticed I walked up from behind him he's all asking me "You see something on me?"

I'm like "No... There's nothing on you."

The elder man must have been having a "schizophrenic episode cuz nothing was on him.

I kept trying to talk to him and get his attention as he was hunched over scratching his back as though trying to "scratch something" off his back and pant's legs or something...

Really bizarre out front but I understood something must have been going on in his head; so I was not too alarmed.

I then thought and remembered to mention "I have a vial of anointing oil. Want me to anoint your head and pray over you?"

Eventually he realizes I'm talking to him and responds, "No, no, I'm ai'aith...".

When he was really scratching at himself I stretched my hands out and prayed over him for God to help him out. Did not know want to do for himself.

He then goes to ask, "You have any bus fare?" I'm like "No, I don't have enough to be doing that now" and left it there.

I offered him two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and two apples in a white Dollar Tree plastic bag to take with him to have on hand later to eat... but he DECLINED!

He's like, "No, no..." I'm thinking to myself and at first I tried to urge him two more times, "You sure? You can have this to eat LATER on hand. Not now. But for later." He's still like "No."

After that I'm thinking, well, he must not be serious if he's really "hungry" now to eat. Beggars can't be choosers! Amen!

I'm not even in the boat myself still in a kind of "semi-homelessness" to just "hand out money" to other homeless folks just WASTING money on a lot of petty foolishness...

At first I thought he was in dire need, but somehow he's making it. Still watching out for him as the Lord leads but the thing is... He just wanted me to "give him some money" and "go on". A "hand-out" with no "follow-up help".

I'm not in a position to do that for folks, and even if I was, I've learned the mistake of doing that to "enable" people to "live off other people's generosity".

A while back ago I TOLD HIM to go DOWNTOWN where I heard from another experienced homeless black man (I think by choice) who told me of a local downtown Houston charity that be giving out McDonald's hamburgers afternoon in town. But he NEVER followed up on my advice.

Already telling him he's not gonna get much help from people or resources in this area because it's poor and people are afraid, apprehensive, indifferent and don't have time to help out the homeless roaming around the area.

I've been here long enough to know what's available and who and what might help someone: not much help here. Downtown is where all the resources at mainly.

So back again he's like saying, "I haven't eaten in (so-and-so) days.... Looking at Samburger over there. I want to get a burger."

From the get-go I'm already thinking he's wanting me to "fork over money" to buy him a burger at Samburger but the burgers there are EXPENSIVE at around $10.00-up. I wasn't about to do that. I've never regularly spent that much money on a "burger" out some place to eat besides a "rare treat".

I replied, "Samburger is expensive. I already told you where you can get some burgers for free downtown. You need to SAVE your money. Even when I was homeless on the streets I didn't and wouldn't waste any money at a restaurant for a burger."

I wasn't being "unkind" when I said this. I've met the man enough times to figure out he's always "shaping his statements" in a way to get me to "offer him up" some "money" to do whatever he wants with it. I could be giving him beer, drug, cigarette money or anything else, Lord Knows and yet and still I'm even homeless myself and don't have nobody "watching my back" who'd be willing to return the favour.

I don't expect "help" and don't even want help at the "inconvenience" of the person offering me help but I like to think I have close friends and people who would be "willing" to help me at my wit's end if really needed someone's help. Would be "willing" to really help if they can. That's who I give the benefit of a doubt and some credit.

So, having nothing more to say because I didn't want to "push my agenda" on him since he didn't accept my help I just said, "Okay, well, I hope to see you this Sunday at church if you come" to which he replied more-or-less "Yeah, okay, alright..." and walked on.

I'm keeping elder brother "J" as I'll call him in prayer. Don't know his life, only God knows.

What I do know is GOD has a PLAN and WILL for our lives and it's up to US to ASK HIM and OBEY HIS PLAN AND WILL over our lives and not "ignore His Calling" over our lives.

It's an EXCUSE to say you "have nothing to do". GOD created you for HIS WILL. If you ask God what His Will is for your life you ALWAYS have something to do. Guaranteed. We are to "pray without ceasing" for instance.That leaves no room for "nothing to do". Amen.

Don't trust no one who claims to know God and still live "aimlessly" as though they have "nothing to do". That's a big, fat LIE of the Devil! Amen!

A person might be "ignorant" of God's Overall Plan and Will for his/her life like we all are but GOD has something for EVERYONE TO DO. I know I do. I'm doing some of it in this blog post, God-willing, hoping to do more for even the world to see; but I KNOW I must always be fruitful doing SOMETHING. NO EXCUSE.

You know what you need to do. Quit "hiding", "procrastinating" and "avoiding" God's Purpose for YOUR LIFE. I didn't quite know God was calling me to be a preacher and minister in my youth; now I do. Also a "creator" of various things (to be seen... God-willing).

So yeah, back to drawing board... Amen!

~ Sincerely,

Bro. Jed

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Downtown Houston: A Monday Walk In The City...

On Monday, October 17, 2016 was a VERY GOOD day I have to say in the Lord... Amen!

It was an early morning out and I was led of the Lord to walk on Hoffman Street and make a quick right turn onto the sidewalk of Hillsboro Street before making a right and walking on up Shotwell Street...

I met elder brother "J" on the way. An elder black homeless man I had met elsewhere in town and then met again in church at "Calvary Christian Center" Church on street address 544 Henke Street, Houston, Texas 77020.

Anywho, we both talked about "life situations" and parted ways... It was a good, needful talk in the Lord since I don't normally walk down Shotwell Street but I ran into elder brother "J" so that just confirmed the Word of the Lord I heard in my spirit concerning whether I should walk up Shotwell Street.

On my way to Downtown of Houston, I was walking on Lyons Avenue all the way down and it was a great journey...

Saw a black man relaxed sitting on a black iron bench, a young Asian woman looking in "sorrow"... A lot of people need JESUS... A spiritual "depression" in the air....

I smiled and met many different people along the way... I've walked under the huge, spread-out, sprawling tunnels and saw where the homeless people dwelled that were "cast out", "forgotten" and "denied" and "ignored" by society at large.

I've come to realize seeing both the poor and rich in the city... GOD is the MAKER of us all.

It was a profound surreal experience that doesn't do justice to "type up" in this mere post, but a faithful reminded...

Took a lot of good, interesting pictures along the way...

This was my first time to really get around to "exploring" the whole city downtown but I haven't even really "scratched the surface" of what all goes on in Downtown Houston.

So, on my way back home I met an elder black woman (who was homeless I think) sitting under an overpass seeing me in "good spirits" "smiling" she's like "You look happy, smiling" she smiling at me, I said, "Yep", smiling back and waved off as I made a good trip on foot back home...

A good inspiring and HUMBLING TIME in the Lord for what's to come... Amen!

~ Sincerely,

Bro. Jed

Friday, October 14, 2016

Street-Preaching To "Guarded Hearts" Who Know Their Creator Exists

Today, I was led of the Lord to go street preaching.

I walked up Hoffman Street, unpacked my large-sized burgundy King James Bible from my large Jan Sport black backpack and held up the Word (King James Version Holy Bible [KJV]) to a few people briefly passing by in their vehicles on Hoffman Street on the backside of the Vecino Denver Harbor Family Clinic where the employee car parking lot is.

As I made a cross over to the sidewalk on Hillsboro Street I took my time in leisure making sure I was making eye contact and witnessing holding up the Bible to people I could see through the car windows; reaching directly to SOULS that JESUS LOVES.

Since it was relatively "quiet" and "sparse" on the roads throughout the neighborhood this afternoon I was being methodically in the spirit and witnessing to people driving by in their vehicles as I saw them pass by; not simply "walking off" but taking time in the Lord and letting cars I know were approaching my way to "come to me" so that I could witness to people directly and not miss an opportunity to "sow a seed" of God's Word" in people's hearts for remembrance.

A lot of people wave their hands "yes" but I really wonder: 'Who's "for real" in all this?'

I like to think a lot of people are being "saved" by the Holy Spirit of the Lord convicting them of their guilt as sinners (as we all are) but it's not for certain they are "believers" of the Lord Jesus Christ. They could simply be acknowledging, "Okay, I get the 'Bible Message'. Moving on..." but don't take the Message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (KJV 1 Corinthians 15:1-4) to HEART.

A lot of people I KNOW and can SENSE DEEP DOWN KNOW there IS A GOD but are still leaving in stubborn, self-willed REBELLION and don't want to believe on Jesus and LIVE A HOLY LIVE as a result!

People instinctively KNOW when they become a "Christian" they should be "obeying God" and His Word in every detail of their lives and a lot of people don't like to deal with that idea in their minds: people want to do "THEIR OWN THING".

People do NOT want to be "responsible" let alone "accountable" to a "Higher Being" other than themselves.

It's painfully obvious: people KNOW GOD IS REAL; they don't want to obey Him. That's all.

NO ONE wants to LIVE FOR THE LORD! Everyone out here is going about "living life" on "their own terms" - not *GOD'S TERMS*. That's the distinction.

Lord Knows, as many people He's given me the grace to witness too; there is NO ONE I've witnessed to as opportunity of the Lord has provided that hasn't been shown the "Truth of God" through His Son, Lord Jesus Christ.

It's CLEAR JESUS is the ANSWER to all our problems in the world right now. People KNOW that. At least they do if they've encountered meeting me in one way or another. The Lord's been using me as a "living, walking epistle" sign and wonder of His Word.

People look at me in SHOCK and "disbelief" as though they're saying in their minds throwing up their hands in the air in defiance: "Is that the SAME BLACK GUY I saw such-and-such-a-time holding up a Bible on the street?" as they "encounter seeing me second and third times.

"Coincidence" I think NOT and they know and GOD KNOWS.

Of all the people the Lord has blessed me to be able to be a blessing to, none can say they were "presented the Truth about God" if they end up dying in their sins from THEIR OWN STUBBORN, SELF-WILLED UNBELIEF: they KNOW God exists and that JESUS, the SON OF GOD is LORD and they do NOT want to "obey Him" and LIVE IN OBEDIENCE.

Because, once they believe in God they can't lightly "turn back" and act like "God doesn't exist" in their lives and live life like they used to in ignorance.

When one becomes cognizant and CONSCIOUS of GOD in HIS/HER own life he/she MUST OBEY GOD to be in RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD and NOT living in "excuses" like no God exists and they can do whatever they want. Amen.

I've realized now that it's not only the "churches" that have issues for why much church attendance is down to all-time LOWS because of "apostasy"; it's also because so many people are REBELLIOUS in living their WICKED, SINFUL LIVES OF IN-ACCOUNTABILITY!

No wonder such wicked sin and evil we see in person and hear on the news is going on: people are their "own gods" and can do as they please; forget "The God", "I am god of my own life" is many people's internal life mantra. It's undeniable.

So... I street-preached my way up Kress Street, having walked up Hillsboro Street and witnessed upholding His Word in the air waving it up slowly alongside the strides of my walk as I passed by pointing directly to some people in their front driver's seats as I walked on by.

Hopefully, God-willing, with prayer so people "still in rejection mode" will now come into "acceptance mode" of the TRUTH and OBEY THE LORD! Amen!

~ Sincerely,

Bro. Jed