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Guns Don't Kill People, Depression Kills People

Shout out to my brothers from MSG Det Am Embassy London 82-83 Happy Birthday Marines, Happy Veterans Day.

Depression and the silence of men in pain is my subject this week. I have a talk with a professional mental health friend and contributor to the show Dr. Dave.

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A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22


Six Elements of Life Experiences

Lincoln’s depression:

Understanding Depression in Men

The Art of Manliness series on depression

Good information from the National Institutes of Health

12 Signs of Depression in Men


Depression Among Black Men



10 Black Celebrities You May Not Know Suffer From Depression


Five signs the black man you love is struggling with depression


Resources on Purpose and Helping Men


Brother, You’re On My Mind program

Charlie Mike

The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren

veterans crisis line
800-273-8255 Option 1


“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”  Henry David Thoreau



First Things First [ Podcast 3]

I am reminded to seek ye first the kingdom of God in everything we do.  Some people call it doing “First Things First.”  We are called to Give God the Glory in everything we do.  We do that by honoring Him, by doing what we know is right, by respecting others, and by praising God.  In this weeks Bible reading we cover the beginning of Abram in the book of Genesis.  I have a conversation with Terrance Jackson of AG Faith.  And I tack on a comedy bit from comedian Nikita B. Williams.


Do it all for the Glory of God

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!   Psalm 115:1

Interview with Terrance Jackson

Entrepreneurs are an optimistic group. When you combine your faith with a business sense the result is awesome. I can say that with assurance because I am watching the success of my friend Terrance Jackson of the AG Faith brand. AG Faith is a Christian ministry and a movement in this inspirational lifestyle apparel line inspired by Ephesians 6:11 (Holy Bible).

I have nothing to do with his success but I am praising God for showing him favor.  God is so good…

Terrance told me it started when he went to buy clothes for his small children and saw the negative images on the clothing. He did’t want images on his children reflecting death, destruction, sex, or money.

We believe the world would be a better place if we put on the spiritual armor of God. Our mission is to activate that simple principle by providing products to elevate the mind, body and spirit. We want to inspire people to boldly stand up to life’s challenges knowing they are armed with God’s word and are blessed with His glory.

We design and deliver apparel we hope will motivate and encourage you to put on the whole armor of God and receive His glory.

Over the past few months I have watched him (on Instagram mostly) share his brand with celebrities, and athletes.

This “David” does have a Goliath though that does not like him. A very large corporation has threatened this small company over the name. They have challenged the patent and the trademarked name in a vain attempt to scare AG from continuing. I have seen the letter. I could not believe the nastiness. I couldn’t believe and no longer will buy anything from them even though they make everything from hats to shoes for men.
They are truly “Under” this Armor, and beneath this brand.

A couple of weeks ago Terrance had a big event at the Golds Gym in Largo, Maryland called GloryFit where a portion of the proceeds went to the American Diabetes Association.

The AG group is doing something constantly. You can follow them on IG too at @armorglory



I am asking for prayer.

For the United States
For Christians
For this small Christian American family owned small business using this brand to minister and encourage the Words of God.  https://www.agfaith.com

Christian persecution is not a cliche. Around the world Christians are being martyred. Churches are being burned. Congregations are being robbed. People are shot in worship services. The United States today is at the most anti-Christ like state I can remember or read about in history. This is evident in cartoons, commercials and corporations. You can be anything accept Christian.

actor Lamar Rucker

I am asking you to pray for our nation (the U.S.), and for a small company my friend started to give God glory. It is a lifestyle fitness movement using what Paul told the church at Ephesus to do in times like these.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11

Who would have known that creating a logo and using the Word of God would be grounds to be sued by a mega-corporation for the use of the word “armor” which they spell differently and can’t own. This is what is happening though. See https://www.agfaith.com/our-story






Tattoos and Christians – Speak Life Podcast 2

The second episode of the spanking brand new podcast has been released and I took on a look into the world of tattoos as it relates to Christians. It was really odd how it came up as a subject for me. I thought about all the things we do (christians) and don’t give it much thought, or think about it too much. I wondered what you thought about it. I posed a question on Facebook and got a good response.

I thought about all the bikers and ex offenders I knew that had tattoos. I knew they had a story. That the markings on their bodies were put there in honor of God more than not. I knew my generation didn’t agree with it. Baby boomers believed only outlaws, bikers, police, and military veterans had them and most of those ‘guys’ weren’t “church” people. But what if you were a believer? I prayed on it and read the Bible with this understanding.

It wasn’t, and isn’t 100%. I have to wait for the Lord to judge if I got it right or not. A friend and fellow Marine asked to chime in on it and I have him as a guest on this episode. He doesn’t agree. You may not. Your mileage may vary but it was a good topic to touch on. I learned a lot and I hope you do too.

Is getting a tattoo a sin and is your tattoo a sin?  There are many faithful Christians with tattoos, and there are a lot of Christians with strong feelings, pro and con, about tattoos.
Let’s address both questions and see what we can discern from the Bible.
Is getting a tattoo a sin?
Some say that getting a tattoo is a sin, because in Leviticus the Bible forbids placing any type of mark on the body.

Leviticus 19:28  You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD.

With a simple reading of this verse, it appears that tattoos are clearly forbidden in the Bible.  However, while it’s true that tattoos were forbidden under Levitical law, we must remember that these laws were given to the Nation of Israel, not the Body of Christ.  As Christians, not all of the laws given to Israel apply to us.  In the Old Testament, God gave moral, civil and ceremonial laws.

For Christians, the moral Law (The Ten Commandments) remains in effect to direct our moral judgment and to command us to obey God. While the Law has no power to save us, it certainly has power to direct our lives by guiding us to make godly choices to avoid sin and to live in a way that honors God. The Ten Commandments reflect the very nature of God–His perfection and His righteousness.  We can never attain the perfection God’s Law commands, but we can live our lives moving in that direction.  Jesus magnified the Ten Commandments, the moral Law, during His earthly ministry and Paul confirmed this Law for the Church.  God does not change, nor does His moral Law change.  Therefore, we are called to obey the Ten Commandments.

The ceremonial and civil laws were given to the Nation of Israel.  As a whole, these laws are not binding on Christians, although many of them are good for our instruction and our sanctification.  We find many repeated in the New Testament as directives for Christian living (e.g. restitution for wrongdoing).  The ceremonial and civil laws were given to Israel to instruct them how to live in relationship with God and to keep them separate from the nations and holy unto God.  Many of these laws have no relevance for Christian living (e.g. the prohibition of mixed fibers and shellfish).

So, what about tattoos?
The prohibition for tattoos in Leviticus 19 falls under the ceremonial laws given to the Nation of Israel. The body markings, tattoos, during that time were symbols of pagan worship or identification with other gods and nations.  Israel was clearly told to avoid such markings of their flesh, but there is no such prohibition given to Christians.

So, is it a sin to get a tattoo?

The simple answer is…it depends.  It depends on the motivation behind the decision to get a tattoo, the image of the tattoo, and what it might “say” to others.  So the answer is really not very simple at all.  This is a question that requires personal discernment using biblical instruction.  A Christian knows that they have liberty in Christ Jesus (Galatians 5:1), but with this liberty comes great responsibility.

Discerning the Tattoo

Tattoos are adding a mark to one’s skin, therefore they alter the appearance of one’s body to some extent and make a statement.  In many ways they are similar to make-up, hair color, tanning, piercings, clothing, etc, that alters one’s appearance.  Such things affect the way in which we present ourselves and the way in which others perceive us. However, unlike make-up, hair color, etc, tattoos are permanent.  Therefore, anyone considering getting a tattoo should carefully and prayerfully consider what the tattoo will look like like, and what it will “say,” both today and in years to come.

If getting a tattoo is not sinfully motivated (e.g. by rebellion against authority, to adorn, elevate or call attention to oneself in a prideful way, to make a statement for evil, etc) and, if the image and the message of the tattoo is not sinful, then getting a tattoo is not likely a sin.  There are many tattoos that  honor God (crosses, verses, etc.).  There are also many that are innocuous (hearts, flowers, anchors, eagles, etc).  But sadly, there are also those which are definitely sinful because of the artwork or messages that dishonor God (you know what I’m talking about).  When the image and message of a tattoo is sinful, most often the intent and reasons for getting the tattoo was also sinful.

In Summary

New Testament teachings support that as long as the intentions and motivations are not dishonoring God, and the actual art is not dishonoring in any way, then getting a tattoo is not a sin and the tattoo is not sinful…

HOWEVER…Paul said “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” (1 Corinthians 10:23)  Paul emphatically stated (1 Corinthians 6:12 and 10:23) that while something might be lawful (not against the Law), it might not be helpful or instructive for improvement.  Therefore, marking one’s body is not forbidden for Christians, but Christians must determine if getting a tattoo is beneficial for them and they must be certain the tattoo is God-honoring.

Carefully and prayerfully consider getting a tattoo and evaluate whether it will be “helpful” and will “edify.”  Be certain that the artwork is God-honoring.

Thanks for being a part of the conversation. Next week I have a dynamic speaker of a Christian apparel company that fought against one of the biggest clothing industries for using the word Armor.

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