Gotta learn something to earn something

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“Desire without knowledge is not good— how much more will hasty feet miss the way!”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:2‬

The only instruction manual that I actually read and aim to follow step by step is known as the Holy Bible. Perhaps this is why building IKEA furniture is rarely as pleasant in real life as it seems to be in commercials. I do not enjoy instruction manuals at all. Who does? Normally, Instead of opening a manual, I just study the image of the completed product on the front cover and then I try to duplicate it. Most of the time I'm at least semi-successful in the end (surprisingly)- but only after much frustration and many discombobulated fails.

"Is this upside down? Oh! It's backwards. Right?"

Fortunately my Bible does not have an image on the front cover. It's easy to see a "finished" person, place, or thing and desire that. "I want my life to look like that." The desire is there, but apart from the necessary knowledge of how and why- it's very difficult, perhaps even impossible to achieve with integrity.

Chasing a dream is not nearly as effective or enjoyable as cultivating it. To chase means to run after something or someone that is escaping. To cultivate means to nurture and grow (develop) something that you already possess to some degree. Cultivation requires patience, diligence, and most importantly- knowledge. Which means that you'll likely have to read a manual or two in order to learn exactly how to build whatever it is that God has impressed upon your heart to build.

The good thing is that it's already yours! You don't have to chase it. It's in you! I like (especially when inspired) to work quickly- but this kind of haste is irresponsible. We must yield to the process of learning and acquiring knowledge regardless of how time consuming it may be. It's humbling, because it is based upon the notion that we do not (yet) know what we must. Desire without knowledge is not good. So take time today to learn the how and the why of what you desire. I'm still learning about how to be a dad, husband, son, brother, friend, writer, artist, educator, and minister. I'm learning how to cultivate what I desire in each of these areas.

The more that I learn, the more that I realize how little I know- the more that I crawl into the secret place of prayer where mercy and grace abounds!

Heads up PT. 5 "The Snack Nap Snap Back"

Good mornings make good afternoons.

Snap back into shape this afternoon with a good nap and a healthy snack.  

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Make it a good morning with new Jesus Peace Music! 

 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE OUR DEBUT EP "Somewhere Bewteen Faith & Fear"

(available on Spotify and other digital music platforms) 

If you'd like to order a hard copy CD please email us at jesuspeaceministry@gmail.com 

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Make it a good morning with our new book!

"Long Distance Discipleship" A 31 Day Devotional featuring a poem, a passage, and a prayer for each day.  

CLICK HERE TO ORDER OUR BOOK  

(available most places where books are sold)  

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Thanks for the love and support. Let's continue to help one another make every morning a good morning.  

-Ran

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

Come share a laugh or two, or three with us this Friday 7/14/17 at Elements Church in the Bronx 4750 Bronx Blvd at 7:30pm for our debut EP release celebration. It's going to be a ton of fun plus some. No dress code, no cover. Bring a friend. See you then!

-JP

R.Q Tek "Venting" One Take Music Video

I absolutely love the passion that my brother R.Q Tek brings! Hip Hop is such a great tool for venting. Check out his new song and video here "Venting". Love you bro! 

Got to see R.Q Tek & Army Regime (another dope emcee) live at The_Ology in the Bronx the other night. Dame and I will be rockin' there Saturday August 5th. Save the date!

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I love the idea of shooting One Take music videos by the way. Think I may work on a few soon. 

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I've been meaning to post this video for two weeks now. Recently connected with the brother Nick Vazquez and I'm excited and encouraged by what The Lord is doing through him and his ministry. I know what you're thinking. "Jesus Peace Collabo coming soon? Trainsformers?" Well, we're thinking the same thing family! So Lord willing we can make that happen soon. Stay tuned! 

Hey don't forget about #TrainsformationDayNYC happening in August. Nick will be joining us then, we hope you will be also. Check the flyer below.  

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JESUS PEACE HOLLA HALLE MUSIC VID (Purchase on iTunes Today!)

Jesus Peace (Ran & Dame) "Holla Halle" Prod. By Daniel Steele Featuring Kriss Liss (& friends)

Music video shot and edited by Eric Mason of Mason Jar Creations

Cover Art By Dame

Shout out to Pastor E and our Elements Church family for hanging out and having a ton of fun with us. You guys rock!

Jesus Peace Book Of The Month: "Just For You" (The Fundamentals) By Steven "POP" Lewis

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My son and I just finished reading "Just For You" The Fundamentals by my man Steven "POP" Lewis the second. It's a great book full of timeless truths, and profoundly practical principles pertaining to that sometimes painful, but always beautiful process of "growing up" that we all have in common. We hope that you consider checking it out. Hit the link below for more info. 

 

http://harrisauthorservices.wixsite.com/justforyou

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Transparency For The Sake Of Transformation

Transparency For The Sake Of Transformation


I like emotional privacy. Who doesn't? So much so that I built a wall around my internal wounds with fragments of broken bricks hurled at my hurting and hardened heart. Each hurt, including those self inflicted, add to its height. The tragedy is that by doing so I inadvertently suffocate a story that may be the second wind that someone else needs to survive. My story is not, my own. The script was not written for my sake alone but for yours as well.

William Shakespeare said  "...All the world is a stage." This implies that for each life there is an audience.

Paul the apostle said in 2 Corinthians 3:2  "You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone."

"The world is watching and reading the lives of those who are leading" I said that one. Just now.
 

It's okay to be wise in the way that we wield our words; we ought to be strategic and sensitive in how we share our story. However, we must not be selfishly selective. Transparency can be trans-formative.

 

Jesus said in John 8:32 "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
 

There is freedom waiting just beyond that emotional wall. Not only for you, but for others. Often I hear success stories that do not include the invaluable lessons that linger in the less attractive alley ways of life. These stories leave me asking myself "but how?". I also often hear sob stories that disproportionately highlight the struggle, sin, and shame, as if these have not already been dealt with definitively at the cross of Christ. This kind of story also leaves me asking myself "But how?". Ultimately the story of Jesus ought to be the focus of our own. Jesus knew very well the significance of his own scars, in sharing His story with transparency for the sake of transformation. Jesus had a friend name Thomas, who was struggling with doubt and unbelief. Jesus, who had been resurrected from the dead could have chosen to show and tell Thomas a number of awe inspiring things to help him out of his rut, but instead Jesus showed Thomas His scars. 
 

John 20:27 "Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
 


As a result of touching Jesus' scars, Thomas made what perhaps can be considered one of the the greatest declarations in all of the bible when he called Jesus Lord, and God.
 

John 20:28 Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
 


I've heard it said that hurt people hurt people. What if healed people healed people? What if open people opened people? What if saved people saved people? If the world is a stage, and you are a letter, then go ahead and play your part, telling your story for the glory of God. Someone needs to hear it.