They Found Everything As Yahshua Told Them It Would Be

Mark 14:12-21

12 On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, ‘Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ 13So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, “The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” 15He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.’16So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

17 When it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.’ 19They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, ‘Surely, not I?’ 20He said to them, ‘It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. 21For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.’

Reflection by Onleilove Alston

Often when I have a need, I worry, fret, and plan though I know Yah’s word tells me “not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present my requests to God” ( Philippians 4:6). But like the disciples, I have a relationship with Yahshua. Yet I still struggle with trusting that he will meet all my needs. Countless times throughout the Gospels we see the Disciples struggle with trusting Jesus – Thomas who demanded a sign, Peter who stepped out on faith to walk on water but then denied knowing Jesus, even Mary and Martha felt Yahshua was late when it came to their brother Lazarus.

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Connecting the Dots: Hurricane Sandy, Climate Change & Poverty

This article was originally published in the April 2013 Issue of Sojourners Magazine.

Image: Hurricane collage, Amir Ridhwan / Shutterstock.com

OVER THE PAST few years, we have seen tangible proof that creation is terribly off balance. Global warming is causing droughts and heat waves around the world and is making hurricanes more powerful. In my hometown of New York City, we have experienced the effects of severe weather: Hurricane Irene in 2011 and, most recently, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Sandy was an eye-opening demonstration that climate change is a poverty issue, a race issue, and an immigration issue.

Though neighborhoods of all socioeconomic statuses were affected by Sandy, poorer communities are taking longer to recover. Many of them were without electricity, heat, and water longer than were more affluent communities. For instance, residents of Red Hook’s public housing projects in Brooklyn were without power and water for two weeks after the storm. My cousin Dabriah Alston, a Red Hook resident, told me that the city ignored residents’ repeated requests for information about when the heat would come back on: “The bottom line is, they don’t care about us. Projects are filled with poor folk, and as we all know, the poor are seldom a priority.”
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Onleilove:

A great poetry contest where you can win $50!

Originally posted on Street Poets Artistry Collective: Street Poets NYC:

JAN5

I thought it would be dope to write a Poem.

I thought it would be even more dope if we all wrote the Poem.

Here are two lines to begin with, and EVERY POET, LYRICIST, or WRITER who graces this page will add TWO MORE LINES!!

Before you know we will have created a poem. A GREAT Poem. A Powerful Poem. That EVERYONE will hear about ;-)

(and your contact info, so if people can reach you as well!)

Yes, this is great for networking and meeting new Poets all over via STREETPOETSNYC.com.

Most importantly….you never know who needs to write, right now. You never know how needed to read your words.

First two lines of Poem:

I want a mouth so that I can pray to the Gods for water.

For I know that if a young man washes his hands properly, he can eat with Kings.

-Desmond (Follow…

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Onleilove:

Support this Sister’s wonderful Natural Skin Care Business, brother’s she’s got you to with the natural shaving cream!

Originally posted on diaryofanegress:

I went to the bank to apply for a business loan. Despite having stellar credit, I was denied. After looking into the face of the loan officer and seeing her joy at my disappointment, I trudged home with a heavy heart. On the way home, I looked at my neighbourhood filled with shops that carried “black products” but were run by non-black and white people. It was then that an angry fire burned within me. I decided right then and there that something had to be done.

After months of toiling, planning and praying, my family and I opened a humble shop on Etsy.com called UrbanFire Products. Our shop is a byproduct of love, determination and lots of sacrifice. We use fresh tea leaves and fruit juices right from my home garden.

Black man, we have not forgotten you. The organic cosmetic industry tends to focus on women, so I designed this…

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Onleilove:

A great event on Women’s Holistic Health in NYC!

Originally posted on Abundance Child™:

Sunday March 10, 2013: Don't Miss The Annual Women's Her Story Month Celebration

Sunday March 10, 2013: Annual Women’s Her Story Month Celebration @ Nicholas Brooklyn Featuring Mother & Healer Annette Thomas, Sister Ma-jade, Dr. Makeda Judge, Sis. Kufunya, Sis. Ebony Knight and Hosted by Empress Jameelah

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