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Lamar Gibbs

Lamar Gibbs is a writer from Queens, New York by way of Brooklyn. He’s written for Christian Hip Hop website JamTheHype.com (formerly know as Dasouth.com). He's currently building on a vision God placed on his heart called Thoughts Of Redemption—a blog whose purpose is to give people an awareness and appreciation of sanctification of the mind—"Change your thinking because He changed your life".

God is Good, Even When Evil Surrounds Us

Recently, I read the book of Zephaniah after realizing I hadn’t read it in awhile. It was written by the prophet Zephaniah, where God proclaims the judgments that were coming to the nation of Israel, as well as Moab, Assyria and others. It’s a pretty short book with only three chapters, …

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Black History Month: The Power of a True Narrative

During the month of February, African-American history is remembered, commemorated, and celebrated under the banner of Black History Month. Today is February 26th, the same day that Carter G. Woodson started the celebration of Negro History Week, which was the precursor to Black History Month that’s celebrated today. Carter pushed …

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The Importance of Validation in our Relationships

Almost two years ago, I wrote about resisting the need for validation when doing God’s will. The context for validation was the need for support or approval from others concerning what God gave you to do. However, now I’m going to speak of the importance of validation, and it comes …

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Change Is a Process—Be Patient

Just like that, the first month of 2019 is over! By now, some of us are taking inventory on how much we’ve accomplished so far since we were off and running in the new year. As you take self-inventory, you may feel the pressure or frustration of failing to meet …

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Dr. MLK and the Revealing Power of Adversity

On January 15th, America observes the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as a result of the amazing work he did in the fight for civil rights, and the sacrifices that it cost him. However, while Martin was alive, he wasn’t the most liked in America. In fact, he …

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How to Deal with Uncertainty Going into 2019

Happy New Year from Grow The Heck Up! Since this is the time where we reflect on the prior year and get excited for the upcoming year. You’re going to see a lot of motivational pieces, along with other forms of advice from the popular sages of social media, but …

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Do We Really Understand the Power of Christ’s Birth?

As we come upon the annual celebration of Christmas, before you get ready to debate about the origins and validity of the Christmas celebration, I really want you to take some time and think about the first coming of Christ. Take the opportunity during this time to reflect on what …

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How Your Words Can Make Your Religion Worthless

According to the Scriptures, one of the biggest indicators that shows you where you really are in life is the control of your tongue or how you talk, yet it is the one thing that is the hardest to control.  Words are always important to God. He created the universe …

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The Role Scripture Plays in Helping Shape Who We Are

One of the hallmarks of a brand new relationship with God is the appetite that His children have for reading and studying the Bible. It’s that desire to know more about the new life we received that drives us to learn all we can through any means necessary. The longer …

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The Danger of Putting America on a Pedestal

Sometimes when we identify with a certain group or sports team, we may sometimes view what we’re apart of through a biased lens. Viewing these things through an honest lens is difficult because of how they contribute to our identity and how we do things. Take something as small as …

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