Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Gomer had been around. And around! And around! And finally she had arrived. No one would believe how far she had traveled to become a respectable woman.

Respectable, indeed; who would have ever suspected that this woman who was now a wife and mother had once been a mistress of the night! Only the Lord knew how far she had come.

The bible doesn't tell us what led to her indiscretion, for she was already in the sewers of sexual promiscuity when she stepped onto the pages of the text. Even God called her a harlot. This was no wild rumor bandied about by bored housewives who had nothing better to do. The Almighty Himself had labeled her. Amazing isn't it, that God can know you’re a loose woman and still offer a candle to light your way from the darkness of the night into the brightness of the light. 

And so this woman had begun her long, tempestuous journey - her movement from midnight to daylight. She moved with the slow ad hesitant pace of a bride approaching her groom. Destiny was waiting for her. Since none of us are where we are without leaving where we were, she started the steps that were necessary for real transformation. And what a long flight of steps she had to climb. She left her ankle bracelets, her tingling bells, and her artifacts of prostitution along the way. She was snatched out of the arms of men who brought her like a piece of meat, and into the arms of a Redeemer who procured her like a diamond in the rough. 

How difficult it must have been for a woman who had been passed around to believe that someone could find her valuable and attractive. People have a way of defining who we are by what we do. While God called her a harlot, He was speaking of her profession. But when He addresses her personally, He calls her Gomer, "Beloved." What a contradiction! Still, it lets us know that God calls those things that are not as though they are because He has the power to bring them into being. 

Just about the time Gomer got to the top step and Hosea made her his wife, she reverted to her previous lifestyle. She slips out of the marital bed and slides into the night. She finds herself right back in the old rut, wondering if she’ll ever be free of the mess she’s in. Now the Scriptures are quite candid about Gomer’s sins. She made mistakes, ruined opportunities, embarrassed herself, disgraced her children, and disappointed her husband. But he still wanted her. He even searched the streets, looking for the wife who kept running away. She was his wife even when she didn't act like it. She was the mother of his children and perhaps someone else’s children too, but he wanted her. 

She had been molested and mauled by other men, but he still wanted her. So Hosea, whose name means "Salvation," kept calling her: "Gomer…My Beloved." Other men might have seen her on the slave table, abused and battered, tattered and torn, her belly stretched from bearing children. She was no longer the glamour queen she had once been. They may have laughed and turned away. But to Hosea, she was as lovely as a breeze singing from a mountain stream. And, standing afar off with tears in his eyes, he looked past the disheveled hair, the bruised skin, the lacerated flesh, the portly body, and he still loved her. He could have said, “That woman has hurt me, humiliated me, failed me, even backslidden.” He could have left her there on the auction block. Instead, he said, “I want her,” and he emptied his pockets to redeem her. "Here," he said, “I will pay the price to buy her back.” 

Now perhaps you've been around the blocks a few times ad made some mistakes and blown some chances, and the enemy has said to you that you are beyond repair. But God keeps calling you by your name and not your shame. Listen to HIM! YOU must hear GOD calling you by name until you is so filled with WHOSE you are, that you forget what you have done. He is saying, "Beloved, I want YOU! I've already paid the price to buy you back! Daughters Come On HOME!" 

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*Awesome offspring from Here We Are To Worship Ministries, "Keep IT Real" BlogTalkRadio Show, Broadcast, "Out Of Wedlock!" Click to listen,

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Moment Of Refreshing

Excellent broadcast! Even married folks need to learn how to spend time alone too for healthier marriage. 

What An Awesome Broadcast Minister Valerie Allen with Rev. Dr. Author La VonneShaw AkaThe ErogenousCoach, Talking about the "Single Life!" Love the suggestions provided how Singles should take themselves out sometime and shower themselves in LOVE, and what I like to call, a Moment of Refreshing! There is nothing wrong with going on vacation by yourself! Especially Cruising out across the sea's…Please, Although I am not single, even married folks need to get away and have some "Alone Time"…so when they return back to their spouse, they too are Refreshed and the Marriage can be so much healthier!

Minister Valerie Allen you had me thinking about checking in somewhere tonight…just slipping away with no phone nothing…but then I thought about it again, and said, “dag that wouldn't be right, let me go home and plan it out before they think I ran away”...see, “I married now with children, hello”…can't just slip away like that. 

I would like to suggest an Author, I believe would be great the next time you do singles, and that is Sherabim Allen who wrote the book, "Life Won’t Wait"

You know when I do your book, I'm all up in that book, same story line, but I condemned myself for the first couple of months of my pregnancy; however, it amazes me, no one really said anything to me in the ministry when "I" was pregnant out of wedlock, but once married, when I started having my kids, they came with foolishness about, “when are you going to quit...another one…”you would have thought that I asked them for a pamper or a bib…Seriously, you have got to be kidding. I couldn't believe the comments from folks...Yeah, now that is a show. 

I thought I was the only one who encountered such madness, but found out through a discussion with another powerful woman of God, who is much older than I, had the same experience and they asked her, if they had a TV in their house…PEOPLE! If they only knew…Although, you may birth these children, this also goes to show, this is something that should be discussed in your marriage too...Hint for All the single people.

Women Empowerment Book Club
Around The Table With Lady Flagg
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All appreciated comments are taken from the Here We Are To Worship BlogTalkRadio Ministry, Singles Episode, Broadcast, Friday, February 22, 2013. Click to listen,

Thursday, February 21, 2013

No More Curse

Tell yourself, "I'm a transition figure, therefore, what so ever is running through my family line, stops with me!" Every weapon the enemy tried to form against me and my family has been Broken by the new Blood (Jesus) that lives within me! The curse that was once my old life has been lifted by the new life I now live in Christ! Christ has set me free from every curse of the enemy, wherefore, what you see, is no longer me, but the resurrection that now lives in me! Every root, hex, spell, hoax, chant, manipulation, carnation and enchantment is broken; for I declare, No More Curse! 

Evil's been lurking around your door; nonetheless, I confront the enemy and declare, No More Curse! This house is covered by the Blood of Jesus! The power of the Blood is greater than the power of that cursed word spoken against you! I decree, No More Curse! Someone needs to declare, No More Curse! 

The enemy's been telling you, you're finished and will never be free! He’s A Liar! Sense the anointing upon me to cast the devil out and off some folk! I pronounce over your live, family, business, home, No More Curse! 

Someone's been stuck in that old drug, pimp, whore, gangster, cheating, (you name it) life long enough! It's your time to be free! No More Curse! 

Someone close to you needs this Deliverance, claim it for them and join me and say, No More Curse over (name)! IN Jesus Name! 

I remember when I was bound and couldn't get free, someone prayed for me, even when I didn't know! I'm sure they declared, No More Curse, Be Free! 

I'm praying that someone, I don't know, but in the Spirit I know, you're free from the hand of the enemy and living life with, No More Curse! Amen.

-Apostle B. Alexander Ingram

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Persistence & Determination To Love Overcomes All Things

True Kings understand that harmful words can be stated about any individual or group of people. However, just because someone speaks hateful words of you, does not mean negative energy has to abide in you. As long as those things said about you are not true, make a conscious choice every day, to challenge every adversity through developing your dynamic mind and your beautiful spirit, to always aspire towards your goals and dreams. 

No matter what hardship you are up against, always remember; the most important opinion in the world, is the one you have of yourself. Let Us Always Love, Protect & Support Our Precious Children IJPN ~ In JESUS Precious Name.

-Russel Blake

Thursday, February 7, 2013

My Queen

Praise GOD: The entrance of love is without coercion, for it walks in its own time; The comfort of love is without duress, for it brings contentment; The intentions of love are pure, for it comes with honor; 

The conscience of love is atonement, for it seeks justice; The power of love is courage, for it calls upon one’s faith; The fruits of love are it’s children, for you are known by your doings; 

The language of love is passion, and that must never die; 

Let there be no prohibition of our love between us; No instances devoid of true feelings, nor times of silence in each other’s presence to divide us; 

Virtuous Black Woman, I will love you as my Queen, while faithfully, consenting my heart eternally to you; 

For God, in His wisdom has chosen you for me, and I for you to dwell, abide, and flourish together, and forever in His blessed Benevolence; IJPN ~ In JESUS Precious Name. 

-Minister Russel Blake
Man Of Psalms Publishing Co.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

As Men, We Can Do Better

Pure arrogance is the doorway to cruelty, in leading one to believe he is justified to administer abuse. 

Arrogance fuels the mind of the abuser, to think he is superior, to his victim, and therefore has the authority to control every aspect of her life. 

I’ve never known one abuser to not display a large degree of arrogant presumption, in his choice to physically, emotionally, and verbally abuse his Wife and Intimate Partner. 

Our Wives and Intimate Partners are divinely gifted and set in place to give us, as Men, the loving support we would need to move forward to success in our lives. 

It is to our advantage, to bolster our self-esteem and our confidence, by finding a wiser way to address our everyday concerns and frustrations, rather than allow the same habits and behaviors to solicit our thoughts to fear, and then abuse.

Spiritual power appears, when a Man, by any means necessary, protects a Woman from all forms of violence. 

This is an excerpt, "As Men, We Can Do Better: 12 Principles Of Effective Change Against Intimate Partner Violence" by Russel Blake, coming 2013. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Awareness: Save The Date

Praise GOD: I am grateful to be re-invited by The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to participate in The Second Annual State Of Black Male/Female Relationship Conference on February 9th 2013

I will be joined by Dr. Sayida Peprah as we Facilitate a 1:00PM workshop entitled "Healthy Lifestyles: Continuing Our Journey w/Healthy Bodies, Mind's & Soul's." 

I will also speak on the dangers and warning signs of Intimate Partner Violence and how African-Americans are at a heightened risk for IPV more than any other racial group. 

For example, did you know that intimate partner violence/homicide is now the leading cause of death for African-American Women from ages 15 to 45?

At 3:00PM I will participate in a five Male panel of well-known Community Activists, Medical Doctors & Sociologist(s) exploring the relationship dynamic from a Male point of view with a Q & A period from the general audience. 

This will be a multifaceted conference with a number of workshops ranging in topics from "Financial Literacy", "Teen Bullying", "Communication: The Five Languages Of Love", "Responsible Social Networking", "Self-Esteem Assessment", and much, much more. 

All Facilitated by professionals and very talented individuals in their respective fields. The Conference is from 9:00AM to 4:30PM

In the event you're in the Southern California area, then please come out and enjoy this FREE event.

Thank You Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for honoring Social Responsibility by convening this much needed Conference. IJPN.

-Russel Blake

Friday, February 1, 2013

Limerick Elementary School

In my humble career, I’ve been very blessed with experience(s) as a Performing Artist/Educator: A U.S. State Department Goodwill Ambassador to 8 West African Nations; A Recipient of The Kellogg Foundation Artist In Residency Program teaching Music History to the school districts of Kalamazoo & Battle Creek, Michigan; 

A Adjunct Professor of Electrical Bass Studies to five universities across the country; Contracted by the U.S. Department of Defense to teach on the Symbiotic Relationship between Music & Science at The DARPA(Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) Third International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems; Contracted by State of California to teach a Multi-Ethnic Musicology course to the 3,985 inmates at Ironwood State Prison in Blythe California, etc;

However, nothing and I mean nothing gives me more professional fulfillment and emotional reward(s) than to teach to a classroom of Elementary School children. 

Today I was blessed to do just that by invitation from Randi Shapiro to give a Lecture/Demonstration performance for her Second Grade Class at Limerick Elementary School in Canoga Park California. 

For these future Scientists, Doctors, Engineers, Musicians, Teachers and every other noble profession, I performed Mozart, Bach, Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, etc;

Then I gave them the opportunity to dance to the Calypso of Sonny Rollins’ “St. Thomas..." and then my Reggae version of “The Sesame Street Theme...” they were simply elated and did their liberated and free-spirited dancing like there was no tomorrow. 

If I had bunions and corns on my feet I would have been in some serious trouble as they were dancing all around

To see there smiles of joy and have the opportunity to answer some pretty amazing questions from some very keen young minds, tells me that the only thing one should ever bring into a classroom of precious Children from the outside world is a musical instrument of peace, warmth and organic creativity. 

Thank you so much Randi Shapiro for the invitation and GOD Bless You. IJPN.

-Russel Blake