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FAITHFULLY RESONATE - December 4, 2006

When you are fearful,
everything turns into something to fear. When you are hopeful, everything becomes a reason to hope.

When you are angry, anything that comes along can feed that anger. When you are peaceful, the world around you begins to mirror your peace.

What comes from the depths of your being, grows more intense and more concrete as it works its way outward. What you hold in your heart, you will see in your world.

Though you may try to hide things inside, they surely come out in ways you cannot even imagine. If you wish to change what you appear to be, then change what you truly are.

Hold in your heart a pure and authentic vision of all that you value most dearly. Choose carefully what has priority in your innermost being, for that is what shapes the world you experience.

Build a solid, positive and fulfilling life within. And all that you know, will faithfully resonate with the person you choose to be.

S. Davis

Have a GRRRREAT DAY!
Cee

Uhmmmm.... - October 12, 2006

Uhmmm….

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:
This is not intended to be a joke, it's not funny, it is intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her, "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding Hurricane Katrina).
Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said,

"I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools,
to get out of our government
and to get out of our lives.

And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.
I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered,
her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools,
and we said OK.
Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school; the Bible says
Thou Shalt Not Kill,
Thou Shalt Not Steal,
and Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.

And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem
(Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about.

And we said OK.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.

I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.
Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.
Funny how you can send jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when
you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.
Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Funny how someone can be so fired up for Christ on Sunday, but be an invisible Christian the rest of the week!

Are you laughing?

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

"Good friends are like stars.........You don't always see them, but you know they are always there!

A Life That Matters - September 28, 2006

Live A Life That Matters

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won't matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end. It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave. What will matter is not your success, but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters.

Author Unknown

Ministered in Puerto Rico - September 7, 2006

So I went to Puerto Rico for some R&R, last weekend and ended up ministering at the First SDA English Church in San Juan. It so happened that a group of folks from New York was there also, and, lo and behold! they were among the same folks I ministered to the previous weekend.
Suffice to say we had a grand time. Pastor Zabala, and members, thank you for your warm welcome!

One Less Sister - August 28, 2006

I lost my youngest sister 2 weeks ago.I'm still grieving, but I am rejoicing in the fact that she is resting in the Lord.
I want to thank you for your prayers, and concern.

While I cried on hearing the news that she passed away, I remember thinking that the news couldn't be true. Why would God let this happen? After all I prayed and fasted and begged Him to restore her back to health.
But I realize that God has a plan for everyone's life; He has a way of working things out so that they turn out for the best. I may not be able to see it now, but I believe that He doesn't let things happen without a reason.

So I won't give up on trusting God.
Read Hebrews 11 with me....and have a wonderful day!

Top download sites - July 18, 2006

Hi, guys, I just really checked out the sites carrying my music. Here are the top sites:

Apple iTunes click to download songs
Cee Josephs on iSOUND.COM
MPERIA
Or

Ever find yourself walking into the store for one item and coming out with ten more and then kicking yourself for having spent all your money?....ugh!

Here's an easy way to not do that again..... Walk into your local favorite music store, go right up to the counter and ask then to order my CD/s. Voila! Don't look around, don't let yourself get tempted by all those noisy advertisements in the store.... just leave...walk right back out again... they'll call you when the CD is in!...Simple way to save the budget! Yeah!!!
Peace & Blessing, Cee

Thought for the day - July 7, 2006

SERVICE – For Health

God has great answers to human needs, which are in contradistinction to the traps of Satan. Satan will lead men and women into self-indulgent practices through their futile hope that somehow these practices will bring happiness and contentment to their lives. Though at times self-indulgence may appear to alleviate the stress and discomfiture that an individual experiences, always the effect is transitory and there is no lasting solution. The only solution to misery and pain is to be found in reaching out to others. While a depressed and despondent individual hardly feels a desire to be a help and a blessing to someone else, nevertheless, this is the only true solution to his dilemma. We can assure any despondent individual that if he exercises the true decision powers of the mind, he will experience rapid alleviation when he is a blessing to a fellow human being.

There is always someone who has a need, and wherever possible we should reach out to such individuals. Not only is ministry to others a part of true Christian service, but it is designed by God for our emotional and spiritual health It is a wonderful cure for, and a preventative measure against the development of, emotional stress.
Colin D., and Russell R. Standish

Today's Prayer - June 9, 2006

Please take a moment to relax your mind and humble your heart to focus on Christ. Allow God to be the only person on your mind while you read this prayer. Friends, who pray together, stay together.

Dear Lord, I thank you for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me.
Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for Your forgiveness.

Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this
day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best
of each and every day to clear my mind so tha t I can hear from You.
Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things.

Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through God's eyes and acknowledge it as evil. And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive the forgiveness of God.

And when this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus' example - to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart.Continue to use me to do Your will.

Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those who are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those who are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don't know You intimately. I pray for those who don't believe. But I thank you that I believe.I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for
all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes that they
are out of debt and all their needs are met.
I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly..

This is my prayer.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Fasting; good or bad? - May 3, 2006

Go Ask Alice!:
Can fasting help purge the body of toxins?
Copyright © 2006 by The Trustees of Columbia University.
Originally Published: August 30, 2002. Is fasting
safe? I find all kinds of contradictory information about this on the web.

To some people, it seems logical that fasting, or not eating, helps the body to rid itself of
harmful substances, including the toxins you mention.People fast in various ways and for various reasons: fasts can be limited to only juice,
water, or herbal tea, for example, and may be done for religious, political, or
health reasons, to name just a few. Fasts are often fads, or part of a "health
regimen" or a week away "healing" program. Although many people can withstand one day of fasting, as in some religious practices, extended periods may prove unsafe for most others. Fasting is highly unwise for people with eating disorders or impaired immune systems. It is also not recommended for elderly
persons, children, or pregnant women. The "health" part of fasting is more myth than fact. In fact, denying yourself nutrients can actually work against you.To help understand why, a lot can be learned from taking a moment to investigate
the body's own detoxification process. The human body is quite ingenious. It was designed to have two major pathways to eliminate harmful substances. First are the immune tissues of the intestinal tract, and second are the enzymes of the liver. Did you know that the intestinal tract generates about 70 percent of our antibodies? These little heroes attach themselves to many of the bacteria, toxins, and viruses that enter our bodies, inactivate them, and prevent many from being absorbed, helping to protect us against infection and illness.
Harmful substances that slip by the intestinal detoxification system are
delivered to the liver. This second pathway has two detoxification phases: (1)
various transformations occur preventing the perilous substances from creating harm to our bodies; (2) another series of reactions occur,causing these substances to become less toxic. They are then excreted from the body in urine and feces.
So, how does fasting influence the body's detoxification processes? Our nutritional status affects the body's ability to manufacture antibodies and enzymes, and the liver's ability to detoxify. Fasting deprives the body of the raw materials — sufficient calories, proteins, and certain vitamins and minerals
— needed to make antibodies and enzymes. Eating keeps our immune system strong.In addition, specific phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant chemicals in vegetables and fruits) assist in the detoxification pathways, including the following examples: Indoles, found in broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and other cruciferous (cabbage family) vegetables, are helpful in the liver's first phase. The liver's second phase is enhanced
bisothiocyanates and dithiolthiones, also found in cruciferous vegetables, and by limonoids, found in citrus fruits. These phytochemicals help block carcinogens from damaging our cells' DNA (thereby protecting us against cancer). Compounds in garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, and the spice cumin also enhance phase two of the liver's detoxification system.
So, fasting does not boost the body's disposal system, or cleanse your body in a
healthy way. Fasting denies you all the
nutrients you need in a day to stay healthy!

Bob Marley - May 3, 2006

BOB MARLEY by Roger Steffens
Music raises the soul of man even higher than the so-called external form of religion...That is why in ancient times the greatest prophets were great musicians. - Hazrat Inayat Khan, "The Mysticism of Sound and Music"

Without doubt, Bob Marley can now be recognized as the most important figure in 20th century music.

It's not just my opinion, but also, judging by all the mainsteam accolades hurled Bob's way lately, the feeling of a great many others too. Prediction is the murky province of fools. But in the two decades since Bob Marley has gone, it is clear that he is without question one of the most transcendent figures of the past hundred years. The ripples of his unparalleled achievements radiate outward through the river of his music into an ocean of politics, ethics, fashion, philosophy and religion. His story is a timeless myth made manifest in this iwah, right before our disbelieving eyes.

There will come a day when music and its philosophy will become the religion of humanity...If there remains any magic it is music.

Unlike mere pop stars, Bob was a moral and religious figure as well as a major record seller internationally. To whom does one compare him? In a recent Sunday New York Times Arts and Leisure lead story, Stanley Crouch makes a compelling case for Louis Armstrong as the century's "unequaled performer," excelling not just in his instrumental inventiveness but in his vocal style as well, transforming the way music was made and listened to, and influencing performers of all stripes right down to this very day. But you don't see thousands of Maori and Tongans and Fijians gathering annually to pay honor to Louis Armstrong; you don't witness phalanxes of youth wandering the world sporting Louis Armstrong t-shirts. In fact, big as the Beatles were, you hardly see any Beatle shirts around anymore, except for those few featuring John Lennon's sorrow-inducing visage. Can you imagine an image of Elvis sewn onto the sleeve of an armed guerilla? When was the last time you saw a Michael Jackson flag or a Bob Dylan sarong or Madonna rolling papers? All of these exist in Marleyite forms, his iconography well nigh a new universal language, the symbol, as Jack Healey of Amnesty International continues to tell people, of freedom throughout the world.

That music alone can be called real which comes from the harmony of the soul, its true source, and when it comes from there it must appeal to all souls...Music alone can be the means by which the souls of races, nations and families, which are today so apart, may one day be united...The more the musician is conscious of his mission in life, the greater service he can render to humanity.

Most of the pop stars thrown up over the past hundred years had entertainment as their first and foremost goal. Not so Marley. He was conscious of his role as the bringer of the message of Rastafari to the consciousness of the outside world. He cared nothing for earthly trappings, and loved nothing better than lying on Jah's cool earth at night watching the heavens revolve above him, rock stone as his pillow. He was here to call people to God.

So we can't compare Marley to other well-known musical figures. As for politics, he eschewed them, although his actions caused him to be perceived (and sometimes feared) as a profoundly radical political leader too. But his were the anti-politics of salvation through love and love alone, an unshakeable knowledge of the oneness of all humankind.

Music is behind the working of the whole universe. Music is not only life's greatest object, but music is life itself...Music being the most exalted of the arts, the work of the composer is no less than the work of a saint.

As for innovation, Marley was a multi-talented synthesizer of new ideas and rhythms, beginning with his precocious "Judge Not" solo debut at the dawn of the ska era, right up through his ongoing experiments with gospel, r&b, rock, folk, jazz, Latin, punk, scat, disco, and even (in unpublished form) bossa nova. Bob understood that reggae had the magnificent capaciousness to absorb all other influences and anchor them solidly to the drum and bass underpining that is its essential element, the sweet seductive secret of its success.

Actually the real secret is that Marley's music is about something. It has value. Bob's art is life transforming, answering our highest needs. It answers in a positive way, the question that Carlos Santana says we must always ask before we begin any activity in life: how is this going to make the world a better place? Although Bob became a commercial artist, he was not making commercial art. His art transcended pop fluffery. Many are there who swear that his music literally saved their lives.

The use of music for spiritual attainment and healing of the soul, which was prevelent in ancient times, is not found to the same extent now. Music has been made a pastime, the means of forgetting God instead of realizing God. It is the use one makes of things which constitutes their fault or their virtue.

It is in the vast amount of adherents that Bob's work continues to lure, that we begin to sense his obvious immortality, even from this early point of focus. Elvis Presley may have been the biggest single rock icon of all time, but are his songs (none, incidentally, penned by him) really saying anything beyond mere pop cliche? Bob Dylan may be the most respected poet of his generation, but his often deliberately obfuscatory lyrics stand in the way of clear translation, and limit his appeal to the non-English speaking audience. Marley, on the other hand, refined his lyric art to a steely perfection, using the language of the streets to attain the stars. His words were so perfectly simple that they achieved eloquence. Today, his elemental stories can be related to and understood by people anywhere who suffer and love and long for salvation. In other words, just about every one of us.

Marley's ready embrace of herb, and the flaunting of his startling mane of locks that grew more ferocious as the '70s wound down, contributed to his image as a rebel for all seasons, treated like a deity among defiant youth and seasoned revolutionaries alike, who recognized him as one of their own, embracing him in Harare during Zimbabwe's independence, and sending him messages of solidarity from Peruvian jungles to Himalayan hideaways.

So it appears, at least to this writer, that Bob Marley has the clearest shot at being recognized as the Artist of the 20th Century, at least as far as music is concerned, and probably a lot more. I hereby predict with reckless confidence that hundreds of years into the future, Marley's melodies will be as prevalent as those of any songwriter who has ever lived. "No Woman No Cry" will still wipe away the tears from a widow's face; "Exodus" will still arouse the warrior; "Redemption Song" will still be a rallying cry for emancipation from all tyrannies, physical and spiritual; "Waiting in Vain" will still seduce; and "One Love" will be the international anthem of a coffee-colored humanity living in unity, in a world beyond borders, beyond beliefs, where everyone has learned at last to get together and feel all right.

(Man) loves music more than anything else. Music is his nature; it has come from vibrations, and he himself is vibration...There is nothing in this world that can help one spiritually more than music.

In his true heart of hearts, Bob Marley heard the harmony of the heavens, and shared that celestial sound with the god-seeker in each of us. Thus it is not surprising that the N.Y. Times, seeking one video to epitomize the past century, preserved in a time capsule to be opened a thousand years hence, chose "Bob Marley Live at the Rainbow, London, 1977." Or that the same "newspaper of record" called Marley "the most influential artist of the second half of the 20th century."

We are all ennobled by our proximity to Marley and his art, his eternal songs of freedom.
________________________________________
This essay was previously published in The Beat Magazine, vol.19#3, 2000.

Roger Steffens is an actor, author, reggae historian and curator of the current exhibition at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California called "The World of Reggae featuring Bob Marley/Treasures from Roger Steffens' Reggae Archives," on view through Sept. 30.
For information about the Queen Mary exhbition: theworldofreggae.com

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Nutrition Seminars - March 28, 2006

March is National Nutrition Month, and I am sharing nutrition information on various topics. Already I have done power point presentations on 'Nutrients for Life' and 'Diabetes', at Linden SDA church in Queens, NY.
I will be doing monthly presentations and conducting vegetarian cooking classes.

Vacation in Puerto Rico - March 21, 2006

Just got back after spending the long weekend. it was fabulous! I got to see the 'rich' and the 'poor' side of the island.
Lord you have to come soon!
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