Malaysia declares MH370 an accident and will proceed to compensate the families of the victims; French police detain and question 8 year-old boy for saying he supported Charlie Hebdo attacks; The White House preps for expansive online privacy bill; A statistic shows that nearly one cop is killed per day; A Jordanian pilot, an Al-Queda recruit, and a Japanese war journalist are in the middle of an ISIS standoff. All this and more please follow the links below.
The City of Boston is hosting its first public meeting on Olympics 2024 at Suffolk Law School; The Biggest snowstorm of 2015 is to hit the Northeast tonight; President Obama is in India attending the Republic Day parade; New Saudi King and President Obama discuss Yemen and Islamic State on Tuesday; and A two-foot drone was found on White House grounds. All this and more, please follow the links below.
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
(1 Peter 1:6, 7 NLT)
This verse came to me on May 18th, 2014, when I was listening to a word of God from my pastor Jaime Perdomo at my church, La Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Vida. My Pastor, preached to me and to the congregation (in Spanish) on how our faith is like gold–but far more precious.
At first I could not fully understand his words, but when he so passionately repeated, over and over, on how necessary it was to put our faith over the fire–the trials and tribulations–so it can become Gold in Christ, I was totally floored. And it was at that moment that I finally understood his sermon and God’s plan in my life. For the first time, everything became clear:
The many fires in my life (or the trials and tribulations) were not there to torture me. The fires in my life were there to REFINE my faith, so it can BECOME GOLDEN–so I can become strong and pure in Christ.
Thank you Pastor Jaime for reminding of God’s plan, for showing me that the fires in our life are there to refine and purify my faith.
So this week and beyond, see the fire (or trial and tribulation) in your life for what it is: a tool which you can use to refine your faith and Be Golden in God’s Eyes!
Timeless Tuesdays at the Bond Lounge. A once a month special occasion (the first Tuesday of every month) where you can network with professionals and see the latest trends in fashion.
This month’s fashion Look: Venni Caprice.
“Venni Caprice is a hand made couture collection by Boston designer LKC (Lori Kyler Christensen). She has been making and designing clothing since she was a young girl. What started as a talent passed down from her grandmother, later flourished into a career path. After years of being a professional makeup artist, Lori made the leap into the fashion world by starting a small clothing label called Venni Caprice in 2008. Without any formal training, this self taught designer created wearable art for years, perfecting her craft. Venni Caprice has become one of Boston’s Best known locally made clothing labels.” –VenniCaprice.com
A special thank you to Gilda, from the Bond Lounge, for coordinating this networking event; and Joe Freeman, Talent Manager of Dynasty Models, showcasing these beautiful fashion designs.
To check out my photos on Flickr click here
To check out more of her designs and upcoming fashion shows go to www.vennicaprice.com
Here’s Pres. Obama’s list of items from the State of the Union Address; GOP mentions immigration in State of The Union rebuttal but only in Spanish; Sen Ted Cruz flubs on Obama’s response on the economy; Here is a list of the Highest Paid Players in the NBA; and Dark Knight Fanatic gets batmobile baby stroller for his son. All this and more, please follow the links below.
Here is a live feed of President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Please share with friends and family.
If you have time, read my previous editorial that I’ve written on the President last year.
President Obama will be giving his State of The Union Address today at 9:00 pm EST; Seahawks apologize for MLK tweet; New England Patriots are under investigation for deflated footballs; Yemen rebels seize presidential palace; and Air Asia Flight climbed too fast before going off radar. All this and more, please follow the links below.
Today is Martin Luther King Day!; Vice President Joe Biden remarks on Martin Luther King Day; Map of where Dr. King was living in Boston, MA as a BU grad student; Iranian General is killed in an Israeli Airstrike; The timeline of two radical Islamist in Charlie Hebdo Attacks; and the First Lady is to invite American freed prisoners from Cuba to the State of the Union Address. All this and more, please follow the links below.
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first. If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers. (1 John 4:16-21 NLT)
If we love our brothers and sisters who are believers, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them. (1 John 3:14-15 NLT)
Love is life and hate is death. The minute you have hate (for a person) is the minute you have death. And if you have eternal hate then you will have eternal death. Hate is a death wish that is waiting to happen, so choose the alternative which is love. Let go of the rage inside your heart and be free.
Recognize evil and it’s power which separates people. And don’t place people on the same pedestal as the devil.
Men and women are born sinners; not demons.
And as such we should love, and not hate, men and women or each other. Pray for them and do not hurt them. In times of trials and tribulations, God is testing our love. But in order to pass from suffering and death to everlasting life, we must love each other.
“I am what I am because somebody loved me” –Dr. Cornel West
Auntie Yaa (center, standing next to me), the older sister of Dr. Kofi Sefa-Boakye, took time today to share with me her words of praise and stories of how her younger brother (my Dad) became the prestigious doctor that he is today.
“While I was inside the UCI medical center with my younger brother Dr. Kofi, recovering from yet another surgery and muscle pain from an over abundance or multiple growth of fibroids in my uterus, (creating all sorts of internal issues), I jokingly told him from the bedside:
‘When you become a doctor, please find out why I grow so many fibroids in my system? (Laughing)’
And it was then, she said, that the rest was history. But her favorite story, that my dad may not recall, was when he was 4 1/2 years-old, living inside his home country of Kumasi, Ghana. With a big voice, her little brother shouted, to his father and all who were listening inside his home,
“Schooling would delay my ability in becoming a doctor; I want to be a doctor right now!”
“You really have come along way Dr. Kofi. Thank you for making our whole family proud.”
Your proud big sister,
–And KUDOS to you Prince for writing an excellent article on your dad.”
Thank you Auntie Yaa for sharing this with me and the world. And thank you dad again for your ambition and tenacity in wanting to become a doctor. If you hadn’t, especially at 4 years old, my brothers and I would not be here. So thank you.
Love your son,
To listen to my interview with my Dad, click on the link below.