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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".

Resisting the Need for Validation While Doing God’s Will

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We’ve all been given gifts, talents, and abilities by God. When you develop your relationship with the Lord, there are also passions that develop towards issues that God has designed for you to address. Once you’re fully invested, you flesh out your ideas, create a vision, and pursue that vision. …

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The Importance of Managing Your Expectations in Ministry

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I came across this quote that was tweeted by Dre Murray, and it resonated with me. The quote from James Baldwin applies to many things, but I immediately thought of how it applied to ministry: The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of …

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The Tragic Irony of Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Thoughts on the Existence of God

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On April 30th, CBS Sunday Morning published a portion of their interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, where he was asked about the existence of God. I already knew that he did not believe in God, but I was very intrigued, and wanted to know where his thinking was. Here’s …

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Identity Crisis: What Has Shaped Your Identity?

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In Matthew 22:15-21, when the Pharisees came to Jesus to test Him, they asked Him whether they should pay taxes. Jesus’ response is one of the most revealing statements in Scripture. Who would think taxes would be in the middle of that, right? Jesus asks them, “Whose image is on …

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Ways we can Learn the Difference Between Debates and Division

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Have you ever been in a conversation on social media or in person and it gets spirited or intense? You are explaining your views and getting pushback from someone who disagrees, which can go on for a period of time. All of a sudden, someone jumps in and calls for …

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The Powerful Meaning of Blessings

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Right now, one of the most popular words in hip-hop is ‘blessings’. Both Lecrae and Chance the Rapper titled their songs with this word, and many practice gratitude regularly by counting their blessings. But I want to dig in a little deeper into this word so that we can be …

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Theological Truth Is Not Dependent on Your Ability to Comprehend It

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Theology is the study of God, and throughout the centuries, the Church has wrestled through intense theological issues. From the incarnation to the trinity, there’s always been the wrestling and confirmation of the truths written in Scripture, which can sometimes be taken for granted. There are times when I’ve taken …

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Lecrae on ‘The Shack’ Soundtrack and Dealing with the Controversial Movie

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There’s been a recent song release for The Shack movie soundtrack, made by Lecrae and featuring singer Breyan Isaac, called “The River Of Jordan.” The track hasn’t been controversial. It’s really good, actually, but the movie that this soundtrack is for has been a lightning rod of controversy. The movie …

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Befriend People Without an Agenda

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There are some Christians who date those who aren’t with the hope that their partner becomes a Christian. This is called “missionary dating”. While there are many ways to show how unwise this is, there’s a lesser known type of missionary relationship that devalues the nature of that commitment, as well. I …

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Transforming Your Life: The Holy Spirit is Everything

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As Christians we are all called to be holy and go through a process called sanctification, yet there is a common misconception about this process. Giving up the unrighteous things you used to do is an important decision you have to make, and outwardly shows the changes that God has …

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