YOUR LIFE BECOMES THE MESSAGE: DMX (Earl Simmons) passes away at age 50

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Let a dog roam until he finds his way home.

The fame DMX achieved was the result of grinding and the gift he harnessed. He had a way with conveying the heart beat of the underbelly of urban life. The impresario created lyrics birthed from pain and real turmoil. His themes and collaborations with other talents combined to make anthems that were sung in unison by millions.His messages in his lyrics were a refreshing turn back to an age when Hip-Hop inspired and taught a largely fatherless generation patriarchal rites of passage. But, every since rap entered the age of gangsterism (early nineties) the genre became like a good girl that went bad.

Rap became the prey of record executives and predators, now known as culture vultures. DMX was the right person to keep the youth informed and keep it moving (late nineties) past the fake news portrayed by most rappers that glorified violence and detoured Hip Hop from the path of Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun.

Don’t play with God

If you ever heard the expression “don’t play with God” it has merit. The adversary to the family of God (Satan) sets a target upon those who threaten to take souls from a like destiny as his (Hell). It’s not that your playing with God as so much as Satan petitions God to take you out (see Job 1) and not only that, Satan stands as your accuser towards God, when you allow demons to get the best of you.

If you struggle with addiction and have a call to do God’s work a decision must be made. All manner of sin must be addressed. It is not good enough to say nobody’s perfect and sing Freebird Saying “I won’t change.” This is not an option we must change to become acceptable to God or we will be changed and give up the ghost, for ‘the wages of sin is death’ and the eternal death is much more to be feared than the mortal death. A person who is joined to God inherently knows this because we know that ‘the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowlege.’

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Lord knows I can’t change

To repent is to merely change. This was the first word preached as we entered the New Testament by John the Baptist whom Jesus recognized as a great man. We must change to please God we must change and relinquish the sin that so easily beset us. If we are called to the ministry it is something we can not escape. It will benefit us to change so that our life could be holy, consistent, and acceptable to God. Since you can not escape the call on your life but you have an addiction you have to give it up. On you’ll be like Jonah and find out you can not escape God. The word of God does either two things it repels or it draws.

Only God can judge me now

I believe when DMX offered prayer and exhorted people to turn to Jesus Christ he became a threat to Satan. I am not judging DMX. How can I judge a person who had an addiction and could go anywhere and have rock star status, get drugs for free in any ghetto in any hood. That is more like a curse. I can not judge DMX because I was never famous, but one thing I do know is that if you have a call on your life and you have an addiction you must quit one because you can not juggle them both successfully because of God’s character.

What’s your cost

Jesus is real and when you preach the ways of a Holy God but live like a devil, Satan is going to demand something from you! If you keep going on to his reservation one day you may get your passport revoked. Jesus did not die to be made an open shame of, nevertheless, DMX was a real one who became great while he was here he was admired loved and misunderstood, his life became a cautionary tale, in the end, may this brother rest in eternal peace, Amen

DMX gives his thoughts on prayer exhorting people that the best prayer is one that you render yourself. His position on change and he reads from the book of Ecclesiastes. DMX was one of the most successful rappers commercially ever. He had an intense passion that permeated the streets and the struggles at the core of street life. Many of his singles involved gritty deliveries that positioned prayers. This was innovative and authentic in the minds of many.

Bishop Blake’s Contribution to Missions

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“I feel the Lord’s will for me and for the Church is, at this time. We are in a situation calling for and demanding that we be ready to fight. Fighting at a level of Intensity I feel the Lord would have us to operate on, and fighting is what our enemy is doing.” 1

Bishop Charles E Blake

“Bishop Blake is always looking for ways to advance the Kingdom”

EXPONENTIAL GLOBAL IMPACT 

“Bishop Blake founded and is president of the Pan African Children’s Fund (PACF). Save Africa’s Children, a program of PACF, provided support to over 420 orphan care programs, 200,000 children and 24 nations throughout sub-Saharan Africa.” 2

“Your gift will make room for you when you have righteous men at the top.It is almost impossible to articulate how much Bishop Blake has influenced the Missions Department. He is the Missionary in Chief of the Church of God in Christ. He has been doing missions going all the way back to his many decades in ministry. He leads by example He has a heart for Africa, as we saw in the Save Africa’s Children Foundation. His vision to literally change and have an impact on the world is unparalleled. There is no Presiding Bishop that has traveled the world half as much as Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake. Bishop Blake is always looking for ways to advance the Kingdom,” said COGIC World Mission’s President Bishop Vincent Mathews. 3

COGIC CHARITIES 

“COGIC Charities is the benevolent arm of the Church of God in Christ whose mission is to provide assistance for areas devasted by natural disasters and to provide educational scholarships for high school students entering college. COGIC Charities has awarded over half a million dollars in scholarships since its inception. Under the leadership of Chairman of the Board, Presiding Bishop Blake, it has awarded the most scholarships in organizational history.”

The Whole Truth, April May 2013

REBUILDING IN HAITI

July 12, 2010, a 7.0 catastrophic magnitude earthquake occurred in Haiti. Three million people were affected 316, 000 died, 300,000 were injured and one million were left homeless. Shortly after Bishop Blake made an urgent call to respond to this crisis. More than $400,000 was committed to the Haiti Relief Project through COGIC Charities. Additional money was raised at that year’s Leadership conference totaling $60,000 also a fund of $50,000 was established to assist in the rebuilding of COGIC Churches in Haiti that were damaged by the 2020 earthquake.Bishop Blake, “has a tremendous love of people, not only in this country but across the world. He is looking to take missions to the next level,” said Bishop Jerry W. Macklin, Second Assistant to the Presiding Bishop.5

TSUNAMI IN JAPAN

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake triggered a tsunami in the island nation of Japan, causing one of the worst natural catastrophes in recorded history. Some tremors were reported in Okinawa, the region where COGIC Japan Jurisdiction churches are located, yet were not affected. Nevertheless, Bishop Blake presented a check and donated rice cookers to assist those victims keeping with the mission of COGIC Charities. 6

The Whole Truth, Nov. 2014

EBOLA PANDEMIC IN LIBERIA  

Along with COGIC Charities Bishop sponsored a Hand Washing Challenge to help families combat the Ebola virus in Liberia during the height of the Ebola crisis (2014) where health care facilities were over three hours away. Mother Emma Sanders, State Supervisor for Liberia said, “we are thankful for a presiding bishop who genuinely cares. Thanks to Bishop Blake, we were able to send over $120,000 worth of supplies to the national defense to aid in the fight.” 7

CRISIS IN FLINT MICHIGAN  

Blake exposed governmental agencies and named government officials that allowed the public use of contaminated water despite warnings from independent environmental studies. In April 2016 Bishop Blake addressed the challenges of environmental racism and echoed concerns of the residents of Flint(over half of the population was black and almost half the population was over the poverty line) were subject to a poisoned water supply (Flint River) and conduit (lead pipes). Blake called upon the federal government to follow through on the $80 million aid package pledged by the Obama Administration after an initial five million was made available when President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency concerning Flint. Bishop Blake urged the continuing efforts to distribute bottled water, ready-made infant formula water filters, and water test kits. COGIC Charities Water for Flint coordinated with eleven COGIC Churches in the city as distribution points. Blake continued efforts to work with health care providers to continue to test children for lead poisoning, giving financial aid to public health services for children’s health and aid to the Flint Water at Virginia Tech for continued research to keep the public informed. Blake encouraged the churches in Flint to engage in the political and structural sources of environmental racism in poor black communities. 8

HURRICANE HARVEY

On September 21, 2017, in response to Hurricane Harvey, a 60,000 sq. ft warehouse was opened that served to house items donated to help the people of the Houston area. Bishop Blake and other leaders arrived for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially opened the COGIC Super Resource Center (SRC) at 440 S. 66th Street Houston Texas. The COGIC SRC was fed from regional centers located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. 9

References:

COGIC Circa 2016
  1. McNair, Marion. “A Conversation with the Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. Past, Present, and a Visionary Future for the Church of God in Christ.” TWT, November- December 2016.
  2. Eaddy, Monique. “The Heart of a Servant Leader.” TWT, Special Edition 2015. 
  3. Mathews, Vincent. A Conversation with Bishop Vincent Mathews World Missions Department.”  TWT, November – December 2016.
  4. Manning, Kim. “COGIC Charities Globally Helping Others” TWT, November – December 2017. 
  5. Newsome, David-George, Up from the Ashes: The Rebuilding of a People.” TWT, April- May 2014.
  6. Boswell, Reginald. “COGIC in the Land of the Rising Sun” TWT, July- September 2016.
  7. Sanders, Emma. “A Call for Help from COGIC Liberia.” TWT, November 2014.
  8. Blake, Charles E. “Crisis in Flint Michigan and The Challenge of Environmental Racism.” TWT, April 2016.
  9. Phillips, Queen E. “COGIC Charities Response to Hurricane Harvey” TWT, November – December 2017.