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Holy Jamz takes aim at gang life
Saturday, July 24, 2010

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Fresno Community is motivating local youth through positive messages and powerful testimonies today. The effort is taking place in a Southwest Fresno neighborhood that has long dealt with issues involving drugs and gangs.

This is the third year West Fresno has sponsored an event called Holy Jamz. Organizers at say this is their attempt to keep kids out of trouble by getting them into church.

To some doing the latest dances to gospel hip-hop music may seem out of place inside of a church.

'It's not odd to me because I grew up listening to that kind of stuff," said 13-year-old Michael Kinley.

Motivational speakers say they are speaking out against gangs, drugs and drug dealers in a way that makes young people more apt to listen to them, instead of message that glory lifestyles on the street.

"They tell them about the cars and money, but they don't tell them about the morgues, prison cells and life sentences," said Larry Bluford with Operation T.H.U.G.S.

37-year-old Larry Bluford says he found his calling while serving a five-year sentence in state prison for an attempted murder charge. "I'm not telling them I know someone whose been to jail or juvenile hall or suffering a broken home, gang life. I've been there and they are willing to give me the time of day."

Gospel Rapper Jacob Mendez says his crew hopes to change lives through their music and life experiences.

"As a child I was molested by my aunt," said Mendez, "I know there are others out there that struggle with the same thing."

Teenagers say inspirational messages help deal with negative influences.

Tyesha Mister said, "There's a lot of peer pressure from school, drama, friends, when you come to church you don't have to worry about nothing like that."

Holy Jamz involves youth from nearly 15 different churches across the Valley.

Fulfilling Our God-given Dreams--They are Straight Ahead of Us"

We must let our dreams transformed us and propelled us into a life chosen for us by God. And in living for God, we change the world for God's glory. We must give our lives for our dreams in God. Truly, the lives we live in Him is imperative, yet believe it is the most satisfying than anything you can live for yourself. When we give our lives to God and believe in the dream that God has given us, God will give us influence over the world.

What is the dream God has given you?

Has God given you a dream, a vision, yet the enemy has placed obstacles and barriers against you in an attempt to rob you of it? Is the enemy trying desperately to hold your heart in the clutches of self-doubt and unbelief? Well my brothers and sisters…..THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!

The Lord is breathing life into old dreams. He's reaching into hearts for the buried treasure of your lost dreams and aspirations--dreams that have been discarded or driven to the recesses of your mind. He is giving life to dreams that are on the verge of being abandoned for the prosaic, mundane realities of life. The enemy attacked you with every measure in his power. But why? Because your dreams terrify him, that's why. They are, indeed, a threat to his plans. Your dreams are genuine and good; they are of value to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Many of you have given yourself wholeheartedly to the dreams and visions God has placed in your heart. You've pursued God's plan for your life and yet now you find yourself trapped and attacked by the enemy to such a degree that your dreams and visions have become of secondary importance to you. You are much more concerned with surviving the attack you're experiencing.

Realize, however, that nothing you are experiencing is any surprise to God. He's known all along the obstacles that would lay before you. It is those very obstacles you are tackling that will equip you to handle your dream's fulfillment as He shows you how to overcome them and not waste time "suffering" through them anymore. God will guide you through and he will help you find a way through them. God said he will never leave us nor forsake us even in times of trouble.

Heeding God's Voice

One very important lesson we need to learn is to listen to God's voice. We need to submit our head knowledge to the voice in our spirit that gives us God's wisdom. It's all too easy to hear God's voice and yet talk ourselves out of listening to it for one reason or another. The Lord reveals His wisdom to us and yet, for various reasons, we choose not to listen. Oftentimes, the penalties and woundings that come from satan and disregarding God's wisdom are the greatest obstacle of all.

The Word of God clearly states in Matthew 7:6, " not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces." The pearls represent the dreams God has given you and the swine are the natural-minded people who are unable to handle your dreams with care and end up trampling what is very precious to you. We are responsible for protecting the precious gifts God has given us, and we must learn to discern the type of person we can trust to esteem the precious things in our hearts.

The naturally-minded person values the things of this world much more than the things of God. As the Word says, "...for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God" Luke 16:15. They have great difficulty in esteeming the things that are precious in God's eyes.

They see the Cross as foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18), and do not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (1 Corinthians 2:14). It's only through knowing Christ and experiencing His Cross that we can even come close to appraising and valuing the things of the Spirit correctly.

The Lord has promised us an abundant life, but what does an abundant life really look like? Is it money and fame and receiving everything for ourselves? Having a perfect life? Or is abundant life found in giving away more than we receive?

There is greater joy in esteeming the dreams of others than in trampling those dreams to fulfill our own. The ultimate abundant life is living for God's Kingdom and, in His Kingdom, we cannot live for ourselves. Our joy is found in esteeming our brother above ourselves -- in giving away what we need the most and in treasuring the dreams of others in the Kingdom as if they were our own.

Crafty devil

The enemy is crafty and will try and place people in your life who speak for him and not for God. They will try to convince you of the impossibility of your dream or make you feel incapable of fulfilling it. The enemy wants to distort your view of yourself and if he can cause you to esteem the things of this world, he will make you seem like a failure or foolish. Yet, the Word says that "God has chosen the foolish things of this world to shame the wise.." 1 Corinthians 1:27.

We are not to view ourselves according to the way people treat us, but find our relevance in Christ and Him alone. So often, men esteem people who are corrupt in their hearts because they seem important, yet disregard those who truly have the heart of Christ. And having misunderstood who we truly are, how can they judge the motives of our heart?

God has, in the past, led me to individuals in my life who've poured life into my spirit and given encouragement to the dreams in my heart. However, I have befriended people who've not valued me or my dreams; they have not encouraged and strengthened but, indeed, brought accusation and discouragement.

There have been people who God has specifically warned me to stay away from; His warning being they would trample the dream in my heart and turn and cause devastation to my spirit. However, as I came to know the person, they flattered my ego and tugged on the strings of my heart. I felt pity for them and, little by little, let my guard down. I let them into my life and opened my heart to them only to find in the end God was indeed trying to protect me.

I found out too late they were really unable to understand the dreams I cherished in my heart. Now, knowing my weaknesses and dreams, they had power to hinder me--to sow seeds of destruction into my spirit keeping me from the dream's fulfillment. Not understanding the value of the dream and its place in God's Kingdom, they sought to rend my spirit with accusation and judgment, gossip and slander.

The pain, however, and despair I felt from their betrayal was as needful for me as one of my mama's spankings. I learned the devastating cost of not obeying God's voice, all the while learning the tactics of the enemy. It was a lesson I needed to learn and let me tell you this last year was the biggest lesson of them all! I truly am so grateful for God's lesson and opening my eyes to truth and I now no to never disobey his voice again.

I would love to tell you that one failure was enough for me to grasp this important lesson, but that would not be the truth. No, not in the slightest. I have had to learn that lesson the hard way and have failed many times. But the Lord used each instance to train me and give me wisdom and discernment. I learned more fully the tactics of the enemy and the weaknesses of my own heart. It is imperative that we learn who to trust with our dreams. It is also important that we learn to turn away from the negative voices and combat what they've spoken with the truth of God. Our dreams and visions must be treated with great care and fed and nourished by the Word of God and by those who value them for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

As we mature in Christ, the confidence in our calling increases and the less we will worry about our own feelings and safety. We will find that as we lay down our lives for the call of God, living not for ourselves but for His Kingdom, willing to sacrifice everything for the hope of the calling in our heart, we give birth to an unstoppable passion that will change the world. Friends, many of us have begun a journey with God and it's been tough, and many are in a tight and desperate place you do not want to be in. You've thought, "God, I don't want to be here. I don't want to do this anymore." You may think, "Never mind God, forget it. I don't want to go through with it. I want to be safe. I don't believe the dream is possible anymore." BUT DON'T GIVE UP! Trust me I wanted to many times but GOD would not let me!

You may not want to be in the position you're in right now, but still you are there. You've got no other choice; you've got to keep going--moving straight ahead, on toward the prize. In so doing, you will find the fulfillment of your dream, and with that deliverance, you will find freedom from what is oppressing you. Strength in the Word We've got to realize there's no going back with God. You will never be "normal" again. You may not be what you used to be and you are not yet what you are to become. But you will find who you are in Christ, in His Word. As you esteem God's Word, you will trust more completely who the Word says you are and what you are capable of doing. You will be rooted and grounded in the incredible love of your Heavenly Father, Who's loved you from before your first breath. You will surely find a you that you never knew could exist--a glimpse of yourself seen only through the eyes of the Spirit. God sees what you can become if you will only believe what He says about you and continue on in pursuit of the victory...of the dream...of Him.

When you started your quest, the fulfillment of the dream was your greatest desire and yet, when you finally see the manifestation of what you've only seen in your spirit, you will receive more than you ever thought was possible--more than you ever thought to ask for, I am a witness to that. Surrendering yourself so completely to the Lord's designs, they become your own, though you once only desired to see the Kingdom of God, now you will become His Kingdom. My dear friends, as we stand together as His unstoppable Kingdom unable to retreat, we press on. We look straight ahead, not allowing our hearts to be sidetracked by the snares of the enemy, keeping our eyes fixed only on our Lord. I feel our Father saying emphatically to His children, "Straight ahead, children. Your dream is straight ahead!"

Pray this with me: Dear Father, please dust off the dreams You've given me in the past, and breathe Your restoring breath of life into them. Fill me with Your faith to believe and trust in You to guide my future. I surrender my will to You, and I ask that You make me useful to Your Kingdom. Love Your people through me and help me to be Your servant and Your child. In Jesus' name, amen. If the enemy has tried to make you feel foolish, remind him that God's Word says that God will use the foolish things of this earth to shame and confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27).



Christians who brag and boast about what they have (material things) and what have done for people and what they can do for people isn’t that being prideful? AND talk about others constantly about being prideful? Are you doing what you do for GOD or for YOU? Who is the one gaining? GOD or YOU? What is your purpose?

1 Cor 1:31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."

Proverbs 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Pride is the easiest sin to commit and the most difficult to overcome,
even for CHRISTIANS. It is so easy to be proud of our strength,
wealth, race, education, position, intelligence or even poverty and
ignorance. Some are even proud of their humility…proud of not being
proud. There seems to be more pride and arrogance among Christian circles then in the secular world today. Remember pride is a sin…..
Do they even READ what the Bible says about the humble being exalted, NOT the prideful?!
Psalm 31:18
Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

They don't even want to admit their wrong, they're so busy looking at
how the 'other person was at fault' or looking at others to find others fault’s to cover their own. Everyone has fallen short of God’s glory it’s how we choose to live from that day forward is what matters. Do we choose to obey and follow GOD’s laws and HIS word?

All Christians do not pass Judgment on others and we should just pray for those and there are many people out there who do judge, prideful, boast or saying these ungodly things about others. Every last one of us who are Christians, are striving daily to be better today than we were yesterday so hopefully on this day, you see less horrible things coming from our Christian brothers and sisters.

Psalm 10:4
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.

We were made by God for one purpose and one purpose only and that is to praise and worship him and SERVE him and if you are spending your time on this earth doing anything other than that, then you are NOT in alignment with God and what he expects from you.....So, do not be deceived into believing that you do not have any works to do for God and expect to go right through those pearly gates without doing as God has instructed you to do...YOUR WORKS that you do on earth for God should be satisfactory enough to stand on it's own merits when you are called and judged by God....So ask yourself....What have I done for God to edify his people and to feed his ministries with my time and talents that will be pleasing to God?......Is it your own selfish PRIDE that is keeping you from doing what you must do for God to aid in the building of his Kingdom? Are you using your God given gifts and talents just within your own realm? Or are you using them to spread to the world and reach teach and touch others to build GOD’s Kingdom and not your own? We must see the imperfection in ourselves that needs correcting before we can point fingers at another....I wish that all of us will see that there is way too much work to do for us to look down our noses on one another and start serving GOD as he has instructed us to do so.

2 Corinthians 10:15
Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand,

We should "humble yourselves in the sight of the LORD, and HE
will lift you up." <James 4. 10> And if there is any praise and
boasting – it should only be in the LORD ETERNAL, "! Blessing and
glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honour and power and might, be to
our GOD forever and ever. Amen" <Revelation 7. 12>
There is no boasting among those that know that their faith is a GIFT from God.

1 Cor 1:27-31
27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
Therefore Brothers & Sisters! Keep it Holy! Keep it Jesus! Be humble and graceful and love one another as CHRIST LOVES US! Our Father in Heaven loves us so much he wants us to be one BIG HAPPY FAMILY…..IS THAT POSSIBLE?


IT’S ABOUT OUR LORD & SAVIOUR! Nothing is better than that!
Pastor Anna Neal
Good morning, Beloved!

The Church of the Scattered Flock has been called upon to facilitate the planting of 3 christian churches in India. Apparently, the daily word blog has been impactful around the world. Praise God!

I have been praying about this and believe it is a manifestation of the Great Commission upon our ministry. Therefore, I have been instructed to begin forming a team of Training Delegates to assist. As this team is formed and becomes trained in Indian law, and protocol, I will begin sowing the basics into the churches from here.

I have been instructed to assemble the following personnel:

2 Discipleship Trainers
1 Deacon/Missionary Trainer
1 Youth Leader Trainer
2 Administration Trainers
1 Photo/Video Journalist, and

Fund raising committee, and support network to remain in the states.

If you are moved by the Spirit of God to make your talents and gifts available for this ministry, please inbox me. Pray and seek the face of GOD, then get PERMISSION from your Pastor.


Pastor Anna
Pastor Anna Neal

The bible says, " But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

It's under the power and authority of the Holy Spirit that you will have supernatural strength. We have to remember that we cannot do anything without HIM. We cannot do anything that is not in HIS will. When we start believing on this divine truth - then and only then will we taste VICTORY.

We get caught up in thinking that it was us that brought about the great result. We have to KNOW BETTER than that - without him we can do nothing. Wait on the Lord!


Pastor Anna
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