Jessy Lopes, a 26-year-old Rhode Island rapper popularly known as J2 NYCE who is currently battling cancer, broke down in desperation during one of his chemotherapy sessions Thursday, declaring "I want out." He was quickly lifted from his dark place with prayers of support from friends and well-wishers.
In a video posted to his Facebook page Thursday, Lopes declared to his friends and fans in frustration, "I don't want to do it no more."
"Yo, shout out to everybody that is fighting cancer man. This chemotherapy is not the sh**. Man I swear to God. You walk in this building you start feeling sick instantly. I don't want to do it no more. I really don't want to do it no more," he lamented. more >>
Friendly elephant seal introduces herself by cuddling up next to a tourist in South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic Ocean. These elephant seals are not native to the island. But, they do visit the island quite often as a resting place with other animals.
"Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel." –Proverbs 12:10more >>
Wearing a 49ers jersey to the Seahawks stadium was like going into the lions' den. Because of who I represented by wearing those colors, I faced jeers and cheers, love and hate, hugs and tossed mugs of beer, acceptance and rejection, affirmation and confrontation.
It was a NFL playoff game with a Super Bowl appearance in the balance, but my jersey taught me a lesson about "fandamonium"and the "brand" I represent. I'm hoping you will take a seat in the classroom as well.
The recent World Cup brought the world together, but make no mistake – every individual drew a line at their international border, marking their identity and proudly telegraphing how they would spend energy and express their loyalty. more >>
This article's headline might sound like I am missing the theological mark, but I challenge you to read on, then form your opinion.
As a psychiatrist, I apply a BioPsychoSpiritual model to help people explore and understand how God designed them, how the design got broken and how to restore it for joyful and fulfilled living.
So first, a few definitions. more >>
Serita Jakes, first lady of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas, where her husband, T.D. Jakes, is the lead pastor, draws from her personal and ministerial experiences to understand the struggles teenage girls of the current generation often face in her new book, The Princess Within For Teens.
Growing up as the daughter of a coal miner, Jakes experienced self-esteem issues that led her astray even though her peers encouraged her to embrace her potential.
As the leader of an all-girls program, Jakes has also witnessed the consequences that can happen when teenage girls are not empowered and encouraged to live life knowing they were made for God-given royalty, despite their circumstances. more >>
Written in 1757, the following lyrics echo with great clarity to a generation that has wandered so far off that we can barely hear God's call to return to Him: "Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. Here's my heart, O take and seal it; seal it for Thy courts above."
"Wander" means to depart, stray, or retreat from what we know to be right. As a result, guilt and shame can dominate our lives. Proverbs 13:15 reminds us that "the way of the transgressor" is hard. For many, this is an understatement if we are fighting against God – fighting against what we know to be right.
In the same way that the DMV offers a certificate of non-operation when a vehicle is not working properly, wandering from God makes us ineffective, unproductive, negative, angry, depressed, disgruntled, discouraged, critical, and lifeless. It's clear from Scripture that the wanderer within must be restrained. How do we restrain a nature prone to wander? more >>