Weekly Spiritual Digest: Don’t Harden Your Hearts!


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That is why the Holy Spirit says,

“Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested me in the wilderness. There your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw my miracles for forty years. So I was angry with them, and I said, ‘Their hearts always turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’ So in my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.’”

Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭3‬:‭7-14‬ NLT)

Like a good son to his father, always listen and never harden your heart. God loves you and what he says is perfect; he has feelings too. We will never understand his great plan, but that doesn’t mean we harden our hearts nor lose our faith in HIM.

Don’t Harden Your Hearts Today! Live and Be Faithful to God till The Very End.

United We Stand, The 13th Anniversary of 9/11


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As we pay our respects to those who have lost their lives thirteen years ago, and those who are giving their lives everyday for the sake of freedom, let us not forget our stance against terrorism and how we will never cower in its face.

Remember that it was 9/11 that truly divided our great nation apart and not the petty politics that we see today. It’s time to put the fingers down, link arm-and-arm in the fight against terrorism.

We are American Strong!

God Bless America and May God Continue to Give Rest and Peace to Those Who Are With Us In Spirit!

Remember to take time today, to pause and pay your respects.

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Find Joy in God’s Commandments [while you work]


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As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. Your laws are always right; help me to understand them so I may live. (‭Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭143-144‬ NLT)

As the pressure and stress of law school bear down on me, I will always find comfort in your commands because your laws are always right for me. Continue to give me wisdom so I may live.

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Prince Talks About Law School and Blogging


In this video, I’m having lunch at a well-renown restaurant in Boston called “Saigon Hut” while explaining my plans for the fall, which might be my last video till December.

This fall I will be starting my law school education at Suffolk University. During that time I will keep blogging but only for a limited time. I will be posting weekly spiritual digest (almost every sunday), radio talks and video interviews from UR Business Network, and occasional miscellaneous blogs.

I also plan to create a new blog on my site called “Prince’s BriefCase.” In law school, I will be doing a ton of case briefs, so what better way to enhance my learning then to blog about law cases. So look out for that!

Again Thank You for all of your support, and please browse through my website for political editorials, headlines news, pictures, and interviews.

 

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Live A New Life


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Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭12-15‬ NLT)

Live a new life and make allowances for people’s faults. God has forgiven you so must forgive others. When I think of starting a new, I think of butterflies. Butterflies symbolizes love, peace, and rebirth among other things.

So today be thankful, forgive others, and fly like a butterfly.

Week in Review


Weekly Political Report: Race “Does” Matter in America (The #Ferguson Shooting Ed)

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Living By The Spirit’s Power

Sunday Praise: When The Spirit Moves You

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK… 

This week I will be providing little content as possible. I am in the process of getting ready for law school. In the meantime, please visit my previous posts and YouTube videos, which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

Next week, I will be making a public announcement via YouTube about my agenda for the fall–including my website, “Prince’s Daily Journal.”

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Living By The Spirit’s Power


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So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭16-26‬ NLT)

Whenever I am lost or confused of God’s plan for my life, I will read this verse. The power of the Holy Spirit will never be bound by any law because it is the law–and there is no guilt when you let the Holy Spirit guide your life versus the spirit of sin.

Recognize what is clean and what is dirty. Knowing what you want from life will help you make a clear decision as to what spirit you want to be guided by.

So this week, choose the Holy Spirit and let it guide you to peace and happiness.

Weekly Political Report: Race “Does” Matter in America (Ferguson Edition)


Each week I write a political issue that affects you and the world around you.

This week’s “Weekly Political Report”: Race “Does” Matter in America (The Ferguson Edition)

This post was inspired by my mentor Dr. Cornel West

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mike-brown-headshot-smallerOn Aug, 9th 2014, America and the world witnessed yet again the death of another unarmed African American teenager by the hands of a law enforcer. Michael Brown, a 18 year old, was fatally shot by 28 year old police officer Darren Wilson, and has started an uproar in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Now in its 11th day, there has been no sign of peaceful resolution, to either curb the violence between Ferguson citizens and police officials or reduce the armory and weapons of the police force (military tanks, tear gas, etc.)

While its still unclear of what really happened between the teenager and the police officer, Americans are stilled faced with this divisive status quo:

An unarmed black male shot (multiple times) by an armed white police officer–no sugar coating.

Rather than talk about the evidence of this case or the witnesses’ accounts of what actually happened, I will instead talk about why “Race ‘Does’ Matter in America” from a political stand point and what must be done in Ferguson, Missouri (and across America) to prevent this from happening again–using concrete facts and examples.

Why Does Race Matter in America?

From a political standpoint, we are a nation of immigrants and “Race” implicitly drives the day in America–whether it be socioeconomic status, jobs, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, the justice system, etc.. We come from different walks of life in different shapes, sizes, faiths, and shades of color. And what Americans (and citizens around the world) need to have is “perspective”–recognize that each race has a history of discrimination and not be so quick to “brush it off”.

This incident of Michael Brown is a tragedy and comes from a long history racial discrimination which young black men and women in America have been wrongfully targeted by law enforcement or the justice system for no reason except for the color of their skin–dating back to the Civil Rights and Segregation era. And it is because of the unwillingness of people (like the law enforcement) to not recognize this history, that we see “Race and Police Brutality” again and again in the post-Civil Rights era (like Rodney King) and today’s culture (like Trayvon MartinEric Garner). The history is there, and will repeat itself until it is recognized. Brown University and other sources have published this report:

  • St. Louis. situated just below of Ferguson (where the shooting took place) is the 9th most segregated metro area in America, as of 2010. (Brown University)
  • In a town that’s over 60% black, Ferguson has: a police chief and a mayor that is white, only one city council that is black, one school board member is black, and just 3 out of 53 police officers are black. (US Census; City of Ferguson; Ferguson)
  • In 2013, Ferguson police officials have arrested 483 black people while 36 white people were arrested–and when Ferguson police officers arrest and search black people for contraband, only 1 in 5 are caught with them verses white people in Ferguson which is much higher, 1 in 3 (Missouri Attorney General)

These are the facts (no sugar coating) and you cannot deny them. Few Americans, who will see this, won’t view it as a big issue (versus what is going on now in Ferguson, Missouri). But, politically speaking, if you have a body of government that is disproportionate to the size and views of one minority population (a minority which can be categorized by gender, race, or creed) in one particular region, it’s a big issue! Political unrest is bound to happen, example being today. This is a political issue as much as it is a racial one. However, the core reason why I think “Race ‘Does’ Matter in America” (which goes back to having “perspective”) is the current crises in Iraq.Image:

In July 2014, I did a radio talk at UR Business Network on the collapse of the Post-Iraqi War government. And what I said in that talk, as to the reason “why the new Iraqi government collapsed?”, is that the Shia government (the current Iraqi Government) marginalized their minority tribes (in Iraq:) the Sunnis and Kurds–especially the Sunnis with heavy armor military presence and force. This in return led to the growing opposition of the Shia government!

The political disaster in Iraq is happening in the same fashion as Ferguson, Missouri. You can call the Mike Brown shooting “a freak accident” or “self-defense” all you want, but given the concrete facts from credible sources and the political perspective, that “having a disproportionate government–overwhelm a minority population–is bad”, the Michael Brown shooting incident cannot be brushed aside nor can “Race” in America.

Not to say that the government in Ferguson, Missouri will collapse, but the elements of political terror and unrest will continue unless there is a solid conversation on “Race” in Ferguson and a body of government that will represent all minorities–which is similar to what America is doing in Iraq today.

What must be done in Ferguson, Missouri (and across America) to prevent this from happening again?

First, bring Darren Wilson to trial and let the system work under Eric Holder’s watch. Two, Ferguson citizens and the police force must establish a truce of non-violence (during and after the Michael Brown trial) and start having a serious dialogue on racial disparity in their city–re-evaluate the current city government (and law enforcement) and find ways to discourage racial profiling and encourage racial diversity that will reflect the minority population of Ferguson, then, Three, have Perspective!

The sooner Americans, and citizens across the globe, have this “perspective” (or “perspective” in general) the better. The city government of Ferguson, Missouri, by all means, must not reflect the same intrusive acts done by the current “collapsed” government in Iraq–it cannot oppress or overwhelm any minority population by military tanks or force.

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We are Americans and we treat Americans as our own–Michael Brown is an American! Like it or not!

Mistakes have been made in the Michael Brown incident, but Ferguson and the State of Missouri can still resolve this matter by reducing the huge racial disparity in the workforce and have a government (and police force) that is reflective of the African-American community.

The ultimate goal, in my opinion, is to set up a training course, for law enforcement and Americans, on “Racial Harassment” (like “Sexual Harassment”) that will teach people the existence of racial discrimination in America and learn how to conduct themselves in a professional manner to prevent acts of racial prejudice–and I call on President Obama to enact this legislation.

For more people and politics go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com

Here is a source where I pulled my facts from: Ferguson is 60% Black. Virtually All its Cops are Black (Mother Jones)

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS MY OWN POLITICAL OPINION. FOR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS PLEASE DIRECT THEM TO MY CONTACT PAGE

FYI: This will be my last Weekly Political Report for Fall 2014. For more of my political editorials go and click on “Weekly Political Report” located on the right hand side of this page below my profile pic. You can also go to Archives which is located above, next to Home Page, read more of political editorials

If you like this editorial, please send it to friends and family, so we can stop the violence in Ferguson, Missouri

Also here are two YouTube videos, that I found very helpful, to explain the war in Iraq and an idea of a training course on “racial harassment”.

This video is part 2 out of 5 videos of an documentary done by Bill Cosby. I recommend you watch all the parts.

Week in Review


Prince in The City (YouTube Channel):

Asante Sefa-Boakye, Waterpolo Team Captain and Student at Cal-Lutheran

“How to Blog” w/ Prince in The City

Prince in The City Radio Show:

Dr. Sariel Birnbaum speaks on the War in Gaza

Networking:

Leland Cheung for Lt. Governor

UncategorizedFinally Made It Home!Back on that Boston GrindTime for Reflection (#RIPRobinWilliams #RIPLeeThompsonYoung)My Acceptance to Suffolk University School of LawValerie and Geo’s Wedding Day!

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK….

This week I will not be providing any content on my site at all, except from last weekend. So please visit my previous post(s) by clicking on any one of these links above–and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel and follow me on Instagram!

Here are some of my photos that I captured at Valerie and Geo’s Wedding!

Congratulation To You Both!

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