What You Thought Was Dead Can Now Come Back to LIFE on EASTER!

Hello World,

Happy Easter or Happy Resurrection Day! However you choose to refer to this day, this is the day that Christians the world over celebrate the most important day in our faith! Today we celebrate that while death is a powerful foe indeed, the power of death could not and cannot compare to the indestructible power of the Lord Jesus Christ! HE IS RISEN! We no longer have to live in sin, be ruled by destructive habits and or addictions or walk through this earth alone! We have a savior and a friend in Jesus Christ! Like the Baptists, I’ve got a reason to shout! Like the Pentecostals, I’ve got a reason to get my dance on! Like the Methodists, I’ve got a reason to be in silent awe! And then do it all over again! JESUS! JESUS! JESUS! Please find yourself in somebody’s church today because the Lord has a blessing for you, and you don’t want to miss it!

And speaking of blessings, I was reading the resurrection story in Matthew 27, and I read some verses that I don’t recall reading before…Do you know that Jesus was not the only one that God rose from the dead? According to Matthew 27:51-53, “51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.” Many theologians have differing opinions of what this miraculous occurrence meant, and it is not mentioned if these people remained on Earth or ascended with Jesus back to heaven.

As a lay person or a regular ole Christian or maybe even as a writer, these verses are further evidence that the death and resurrection of Jesus is not just about spiritual good that is just good for Heaven, it is also a good that makes sense right here on Earth! What do I mean? Using my sanctified storyteller imagination, I imagine that one of the dead was a mother who had passed away while giving birth to a son who had never known his mother except through the stories of family and friends. On the day that Jesus rose, this child was able to meet his mother for the first time! I can also imagine that one of those dead was a beloved husband of an elderly widow that had not seen him in decades unless she dreamed about him at night. Can you imagine how elated she was when he came to her during the day? Or what about the young woman that died suddenly after a brief and mysterious illness leaving her family and friends to question why God allowed this tragedy to happen? I imagined that they wept after she confirmed that even death could not keep her from the ones she loved! I’m sure this day of resurrection was a day of overflowing joy!

So what does this mean for us today? First of all and most importantly, we have a risen savior that promises to give us eternal life with Him in heaven. And while we are here on Earth, Jesus can break the chains of sin, addiction and destructive habits and give us joy and peace that sustains us through everything! AND he can bring back to life what we thought was dead…Maybe you dreamed of launching a business but you no longer have the financial backing to get it going. Don’t worry. Just pray! He can bring this dream back to life. Maybe you’ve been set back by setback after setback. God can restore your life! Maybe you are still grieving the death of a loved one years later and have been unable to really move on, God can show you how to live and not die!

What you thought was dead can now come back to life…Ponder on these verses…God will show you exactly what they mean to you…

Praise Him Even During This Pandemic!!!

Any thoughts?

Why Cheating Christian Relationship Expert Derrick Jaxn’s Wife Da’Naia Jackson Needs Prayer Most of All…

Hello World,

I’ve had an eventful week so I’ve been off of my blog schedule, but I’m back! Although I wasn’t blogging, I was paying attention to the stories at the “cross section of faith, relationships and pop culture” because that is what I specialize in here on After the Altar Call, attempt to humbly anyway…

One such story is the whole saga of Christian relationship guru Derrick Jaxn who confessed in a true spectacle of a video on YouTube that while he was building his relationship expert brand by advising single ladies how to have relationships with men, he was also having relationships with the single ladies. Maybe that would be okay as a single man, but Derrick Jaxn is a married  man. His wife, Da’Naia Jackson, who was garbed in a beret, which looks like a night bonnet, and misshapen clothing, said that she was aware of his cheating and that they had worked through what he did and are now moving on with their lives as a married couple. I only mention what she was wearing because there has been much controversy about her choice of attire and overall appearance while he appears well groomed. Attire isn’t always important, especially at home, but often it is an announcement to the world how we feel about ourselves.

As far as the content of his confession is concerned, it appears that what he said about his cheating being in the past is not true allegedly as another one of his alleged mistresses popped up this week. I don’t have the time nor inclination to run down the whole matter, but this Christian Post article provides an excellent summary…. Please see the article below…

“Derrick Jaxn’s Christian wife rebukes critics as new mistress calls his apology for affairs a sham” by Leonardo Blair 

The defiant wife of embattled Christian relationship guru Derrick Jaxn invoked Scripture and the “blood of Jesus” against critics of their marriage Wednesday, as a newly revealed mistress called him a “sex addict” and alleged his recent confession of being a changed man is a sham because they had sex only days ago.

“I did not come here to play games and to play dress-up. I came here in my battle suit. I came here in the battleground covered in the blood of Jesus. I received the anointing of the warrior and I spill the blood of the enemy,” Jaxn’s wife, Da’Naia Jackson, declared in a broadcast on Instagram Wednesday.

Jackson’s response came after critics raised concern online about how she was dressed as well as her mental health when she appeared with her husband in an apology video on Monday, in which the man who helped promote a “Black Men Don’t Cheat” campaign confessed to cheating on his wife of four years with multiple women.

“You see a bonnet, I see the helmet of salvation. You see an army green shirt, I see the breastplate of righteousness. I see the belt of truth, I see the sandals of peace, the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God and the shield of faith. And I’ve come to the battleground covered in the blood of Jesus to proclaim victory over sin,” Jackson declared to her critics, insisting her marriage will survive her husband’s scandal.

Read the rest HERE…

Now, my first reaction to this saga was my humorous Facebook post on Friday below…

I’ve been silent ’bout this all week, but your first mistake is trusting a dude with the last name Jackson spelled Jaxn #Huh #SMH

Posted by Jackie Holness on Friday, March 26, 2021

I think I saw one of his popular YouTube videos years ago, but I had no idea that he had since blown up. Now, I was joking in my post, but one person who commented brought my attention to a disturbing and serious sexually explicit recent IG post from his wife Da’Naia Jackson. If you click on Facebook post, I think you can find a link to it. However, this post below is also a good example of her state of mind.

From all of her IG posts, it is evident that she is a strong Christian who is knowledgeable about the Word. And that is admirable and necessary. In her latest post, she is literally describing her self as a Christian soldier on the battlefield for our Lord and for her marriage, which is also admirable and necessary. But on this Palm Sunday, I’m reminded that Christ died so that we can live abundantly right here on Earth before we ascend to Heaven. And another one of my favorite verses is the joy of the Lord is our strength. From the IG posts that I have seen on her profile, I don’t see a woman living an abundant life in the joy of the Lord. Now, I know that we all have crosses to bear as Christians and we will have trials in our lives, but there is something about Mrs. Jackson’s demeanor that makes me fearful for her sanity. Now what happens between a married couple is their business but since they have made their business public and continue to do so, I think the public is not wrong in evaluating what has been shared so publicly.

I was thinking of closing this post with a Scripture, but Mrs. Jackson has shared them all. At this point, I think she needs to stop with the Scriptures and seek help. God gave us the Bible but He has also given us Christian professionals such as therapists for example who will help us sort out such issues. So let’s pray that  Da’Naia Jackson also stops the social media and seeks help privately…

And for the record, here’s a Christian relationship expert and psychologist, who doesn’t hide the fact the is married, who I think should be followed on social media…

 

 

 

I guess that’s all I have to say on that…

Any thoughts?

 

After Audio Leaked In Which Kirk Franklin Curses Out His Son, I Have to Ask, ‘Should Cursing Cancel You as a Christian/Gospel Artist?’

Kirk Franklin to Appear on Tamron Hall on Wednesday, March 17!

Hello World,

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the explicit exchange between Gospel megastar Kirk Franklin, 51, and his estranged son Kerrion Franklin, 32. I first heard it on Saturday night, but because I was already preparing a pretty length post for the next day, I knew I would have to get to it at a later date. If you have not heard it, it is below…As I wrote above, it is explicit so if you are offended by hearing curse words, I suggest you not click on the IG post.

 

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However, if do you want the gist of it without listening to it, here’s a summary of what was said…

“You need to get your skinny motherf**king a$$ back out the go**amn way before I put my foot in your a$$… I will break your neck! Don’t you ever disrespect me,” Kirk said.

“Did he just hang up the phone? ‘I’ll break your neck.’ Is that a threat?” said Kerrion.

Kerrion posted the exchange on his IG page. Along with the audio, he wrote, “This is why I’m done. No father should speak to their children like this.” He also posted more commentary that you can read in the IG post above.

Kirk has since responded to his son Kerrion posting this private conversation. See his IG post below.

 

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Since then, despite what was said, many people have demonstrated their support for Kirk Franklin including Steve Harvey and Rickey Smiley. And I have to admit that I’m a fan of Kirk Franklin, and when I met him some years ago, I thought he was so nice. That being said, I’m going to try to be as objective and fair as I can.

First of all, I must say that Kerrion was wrong to secretly record his father and secondly, he was wrong to post what was obviously meant to be a private exchange between him and his father. I have to wonder if Kerrion somehow baited his father to get the reaction that he did knowing that he was recording him. And then as Kirk pointed out, he only posted a snippet of the exchange and not the full exchange which included Kirk reaching out the family therapist for help. In his apology video above, he said their relationship has been toxic for some time and based on what was said, that is obviously true. If Kerrion was going to post the exchange, he should have posted the whole exchange, not a snippet. And for the record, this is not the first time their toxic relationship has caused headlines. In 2018, Kerrion even said his father was trying to kill him. Read that HERE. In fact, I think I’ve even read at some point that his son suffers from a mental illness…Don’t get me to lying..but I feel like I’ve read that or heard that somewhere…I could be wrong though….

Now, that being said (written), let me get into this a bit deeper. Let me start off by stating that I’m not a parent. I’ve seen various Facebook posts from parents in which they said that children can take you there sometimes. I can only imagine, but I take them at their word. HOWEVER, Kirk was flowing with those curse words like it was a song that he had written and knew very well. If somebody in his inner circle said he regularly cursed, I wouldn’t be surprised.

The word says, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45

Essentially, what is in you comes out of you…

I’m not saying Kirk Franklin is evil, I’m saying that he sounds like cursing is a somewhat regular part of his vocabulary…

Additionally, in the word, it is stated, “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” James 3:10

We all know that Kirk Franklin can shonuff praise God, but using the word “go**amn” is certainly a wrong use of God’s name.

Earlier in James 3, actually, the very first verse states that, “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” And the section of that chapter is about “taming the tongue.”

As a Gospel megastar with a worldwide platform, Kirk is subject to more scrutiny and rightfully so…

I’m not cancelling Kirk Franklin namely because I’m not a fan of the cancel culture…That being said, I hope he uses this revelation as a barometer to check himself. Does his persona in private match what he presents publicly. No one is perfect that is for sure. But even the everyday Christian without a platform should be demonstrably becoming more and more Christlike in their words and deeds. I have grown in some areas and some areas I have yet to grow. For some reason, I find myself arguing with people at the grocery store lately. I think it’s because it’s my only social outlet in the pandemic 🙁 But I have a mentor who has challenged me on these outbursts. We all need to people who can help us check ourselves before we wreck ourselves…

As Kirk asked for in his apology video, I will pray for him and his family. And I will keep praying for myself too…

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Any thoughts?