05 - 04 - 01

      Hey you!

      Wassup? Sorry about missing monday and wednesday this week, but I gots
taday's =|;?). Everything is going well here. We are runnin into the last
couple weeks of school. That means I should buy my airplane tickets soon
before they get EXPENSIVE. Man I'm so bad with that stuff, always waitin to
the last minute. Ah well, aight, on to Scripture.

      John 15:29-31

      29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does
      happen you will believe. 30 I will not speak with you much longer,
      for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me,
      31 but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do
      exactly what my Father has commanded me. Come now; let us leave.

      I thought this pretty tight. Jesus was addressin his posse, talking about
things to come, including the Holy Spirit. Do you know who Jesus is
referring to when he says, "the prince of this world?" hmmm? Yup, he's
talkin about he who fell, the father of lies, non other than Satan himself.
Jesus is hintin again about his death. And He hints at it by referring to the
prince of this world coming. I heard someone put it somethin' like this one
time: Satan was there a hustlin, playin his hand seemingly gettin a win every
round. Peeps are turning against Jesus, the pharisees, priests, and teachers
of the law were plotting and scheming, etc etc. And soon Satan would play his
best hand and seemingly achieve "checkmate" by the crucifixion of Christ.
But here what Jesus says: "He has no hold on me..." That's a fat wad of
truth right in da face of the enemy. heh heh, see, satan didn't have a chance
from the get go. What seemed to be his hands playing and winning, and the
final "checkmate", all of it was not his to win. DJ Christ explains it, "but
the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my
Father has commanded me." He would take this cup so that we, the world, may
see that he Loves Pops and obeys his word. In essence, the greatest example
for us to follow. Not to mention the fact that Pops was giving up his one and
only Son that WE, the world, may be saved. Think Satan was in control?
Pssshhhh, heeeeeck naw. That kat was being played so bad. He fell into a web
of deceit that only placed him in a much worse situation. I'm glad im not on
that kats side, but on God's side, da one and only. The prince of this world
was comin, but he had no power over Christ, but the world had ta learn that he
loved Pops and did what Pops commanded, for our sake, that we might be saved
and given a chance for salvation. Let's be a virus in this prince's world.
Going and undoing all that Satan has done.. aka, being a ROYAL PAIN IN DA
BUTT. Meanwhile, droppin some tight knowledge on some peeps.

      Aight aight. Time for me ta bizounce. I'll check yall later. Peace out
bruthaz and sistaz!! Psssst... and don't forget, foil da plans of da evil one
and "talk to a brutha he's been workin on g" (R.O.A.R)

      God bless,

      - patrick

         05 - 07 - 01

      Konniti wa tomodati!

      How's it goin? I know some of you are out of school already
(grrrrrr), but we here at MIT are still in session for another 2 weeks. My
last final will be the 24th (got two on that day... ouch). But its all good.
      Hey, this weekend a whole bunch of us are going up in rank in Jiu Jitsu. If
all goes well, I'll be a 3rd Kyu Brown Belt. yup yup, tight tight. Aight, on
to Scripture.

      Romans 11:33-36

      33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
      How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
      34 "Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his
      counselor?" 35"Who has ever given to God, that God should repay
      him?" 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things.
      To him be the glory forever! Amen.

      Yo, I thought this pretty tight. In fact, this just tells us plainly the
PHATNESS that is God. First it asks us to imagine the depth of the wisdom
and knowledge of God. As if that were possible, just start pondering it and
we are blown away. Here is a short list: Pops knew how to create the
Universe, he knew how to create organisms, he knew how to create things that
burn for billions of years (starts), can you imagine the depth of space?
pretty huge huh, and Pops created that massive expanse! How about the inner
workings of DNA and its tiny molecular interactions with the rest of the cell?
      The very molecular machinery that makes cilia propel (yo, it looks just like
an engine yo, except its made of protein and other business). How about his
depth in knowing all things before, now, and to come? Let's go on, the
passage then asks us to go ahead, try and search his judgements and his
paths..... it just can't be done. Pops, man, he works in mysterious ways. I
know several of you, including myself, have experienced situations where we
are like, "What the HECK is going on!?!?" And low and behold, after some
time, BAAAAAM it hits in the face and it makes utmost sense, not to mention a
clarity ever so clear. And we can do nothing but stand there with our jaw
dropped, suspended in awe. Then the passage issues another "challenge" and
asks, who has know da mind of Pops and who in all existence has been Pops'
counselor? Sit there and ponder that a minute....... You pondering? .....
Is it mind boggling? ....... Give up yet? ........ Pretty deeeeeeep huh, so
deep so deep we can't even fathom the very mind and depth of wisdom of God.
And the passage begins to end with this, what kat alive has given God
anything..... that Pops should repay him? Who indeed.... who can give to God
anything he hasn't already given to us, created, thought of, keeps safe for
later, etc etc etc. What possible thing exists that we can give God that God
will ever be in our debt? The very thought of it is preposterous "...that God
will ever be in our debt?" MAAAAAN, das Pop yo, dat is Pops in all his
PHATNESS. And the passage is tryin to portray to us just a lil bit of the
magnitude of that phatness. And so the passage ends, "For from him and
through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen."
Checkit: from him...... through him....... and to him........ are aaaaaaall
things. That seems all encompassing to me. See, Pops has got da goods, and
he wants ta share it wit us and the irony behind that is that we came from
him. So what boggles my mind is why there are so many kats up in this piece
(peeps up in this world) just lettin da goods slip right by. I don't know
man, hence a brutha gotta do what a brutha gotta do... DROP SOME KNOWLEDGE YO!
      heh heh. For real bruthaz and sistaz, Pops has got da goods, and his
chillin, and he wants to share them with us. So why are we tryin ta play the
very hand that gave us life? That's like a husband tellin their wife "hey,
your cooking is aight, it's not all that." Man, homeboy ain't never gonna eat
again!! heh heh, Actually its a lil different, but you ketchmadrift. Why
bite the hand thats got the goods? Real goods yo, everlasting goods. Spread
the word brethren and drop some knowledge "for from him and through him and to
him are all things."

      Aight peeps, i gots to serve dinner tanight. So I'll catch you later.
This has been mo' word fo' yo bird, a division of dranem ministries (heh heh,
aight aight, let me stop playin, peace)

      God bless,

      - patrick

         05 - 11 - 01

      Konniti wa tomdati!!!

      How's it goin? eh eh? It's goin' aight over here. Mad things are
happening this weekend: Sophomore class has a ring cruise to get our class
rings, I have a belt promotional tomorrow morning (going to test for my 3rd
Kyu Brown), there is a Cross Products acappela concert tomorrow, etc etc.
Talk about packed. Mmmmhmmm. Anywho, it's going to be tight. On to

      Kyoo (today) I read John 9:24-34. A lil background, Jesus healed this kat
of blindness, and now he is being questioned by the Pharisees. They are
really rippin into this guy tryin to get something out that might aid them
point a finger and Jesus and call him a liar (fat chance heh heh). Anywho,
here are some key verses

      28 Then they hurled insults at him and said "You are this fellow's
      disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to
      Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from."
      30 The man answered, "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he
      comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not
      listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will.
      32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.
      33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." 34 "To this
      they replied, "You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture
      us!" And they threw him out.

      Talk about in yo face! Homeboy dropped some serious knowledge on these
Pharisees. See, he found a big, fat, gaping hole in their reasoning and
revealed it to them. And the best part about it is, it was soooo basic.
This knowledge the pharisees should have known, yet as obvious and basic as it
was, they were blinded by what they wanted to think and interpret. Not too
mention being stuck in tradition. It's basic stuff like this that get's told
day in and day out, and these kats just don't get it. Sometimes they just
don't want too, other times they fight it cuz of its simplicity. But then
there are others who say, "oohhhhhh," and actually do sumtim about it rather
than dismiss it. See, the pharisees dismissed it. It was solid in yo face
truth the man had spoke. But the pharisees, full of pride, merely became
angry. Instead of "hearing" they lashed out saying, "You were steeped in sin
at birth..." They said this because homeboy was born blind. It was believed
that peeps born with such physical limitations were born like this because
they were steeped in sin (their family, etc). So the pharisees lashed out and
said this, and continued by saying, "how dare you lecture us!" Now if ya ask
me, it sounds like they are proclaiming, "how can this scrub talk like that to
us, he is full of sin, we, we are on high, practically sinless, HOW DARE
HE!!!" Talk about a mouthful of pride, such is the downfall of many a man.
Moral of the story, don't get trapped in tradition, when simple basic
knowledge is spoken to us, let us not become defensive and attack back.
Instead, ponder this "truth" and do sumtim constructive. Merely lashing out
with insults and maintaining pride accomplishes nothing, and may one day be a
man's downfall. nawmean? Seriously though, da once blind man spoke some
serious truth, "If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." So
basic, yet so effective and so true, and in yo face. Tight.

      Aight peeps, i needs ta get some GRUUUUUB! Peace out!

      God bless,

      - patrick

         05 - 14 - 01

      Hey peeps,

      It's another Monday, and dis week is awesome cuz we have no work due!!!
(institute policy). But finals are next week, that's going to be a lil rough.
      But I ain't to worried about it. Things are going pretty well other than
that. Aight, on to Scripture.

      Kyoo, I read Proverbs 24:29. It is complemented by Proverbs 25:21

      24:29 Do not say, "I'll do to him as he has done to me; I'll pay
      that man back for what he did."

So this is part one right? Checkit, how good would it feel to pay someone back
what he/she had done to us? I know sometimes it might feel reeeaaaal good,
but that stooping down to that kat's level. Hence bringing yourself down as
well. Revenge, yo that's for God to dish out. Now come on, who can dish out
better revenge.... you, or Pops? Seriously, sometimes we are so duuuumb.
When Pops rely on him, let us rely on him, cuz he can do gazillian times what
we can. But the point is, don't pay back evil for evil, it amounts to
nothing. Just broken relationships, even more dangerous situations, a rain on
both your parades, etc etc. Naw lo, payback evil....with good. And you never
know, it might impact that kat in such a way that they change their ways. And
then, revenge ain't got to be dished out by us, or Pops. But we have to allow
them that opportunity. And if we pay back evil for evil, we close that door
of opportunity. Check out the complement verse. So instead of paying back

      25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty,
      give him water to drink.

You store up mad treasure in heaven, meanwhile making your enemy feel pretty
bad (the next verse puts it this way, "in doing this, you will heap burning
coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you"). Yup, your reaction of
good, displaying the character of God, is as powerful as heaping burning coals
on our enemies head. It makes sense, when was the last time we screwed
someone over, and they repaid us with goodness. How did that make us feel?
Mmmhmmm, dat feelin can bring some peeps ta tears. Let's be made of better
stuff, of God yo, repaying evil with good and lettin God dish out whatever.
Pops has got our back, alls we gotta do is dish out good. shonuff.

      Aight peeps, im goin to take a nap, peace!!!

      God bless,

      - patrick


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