BLOGGERS & INDEPENDENT GOSPEL ARTISTS ARE ENTREPRENEURS TOO…

If anything is an exercise in faith…entrepreneurship is a prime example.

My wife and I opened a beauty supply store in the mid 90’s called Perms Plus. We were in our 20’s. We learned a lot and the business lasted about 3 years.

But, that wasn’t our last entrepreneurial endeavor. In 2015 we decide to invest in our anointing, talent and creativity. We researched how to turn songs I had written into radio-quality recordings and went to work.

We hired an entertainment attorney, producer, publicist, radio promoter, photographer, makeup artist, stylist, and started a publishing company called Al-Go-Rhythm Music to be the machine behind Mechelle Johnson Music. In short, an independent artist is a small business.

While working our music, I purchased my WordPress domain and launched this blog. Since then I’ve invested countless hours and dollars promoting my site hoping to establish BEBLESSTIFIED.COM as a trusted resource for inspiration, edification, exhortation, admonition, entertainment, and hopefully salvation from a fresh, ‘I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT LIKE THAT BEFORE’ perspective.

Both of these efforts are just as much entrepreneurial endeavors as our beauty supply store years ago.

So, when people share their financial resources in response to any independent artist’s or blogger’s work, they aren’t giving to charity, but have received and benefited from a product and service of great value. You are producing God’s intangible tangibles that touch the mind, heart, soul and body.

And, when the music and writing is Christ centered it qualities for the biblical command to support ministry…

1 Corinthians 9:14 (NKJV)

14 Even so (A)the Lord has commanded (B)that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

Galatians 6:6 (NKJV)

6 (A)Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.

So, any bloggers or indie Gospel artists reading this piece, don’t forget that you are releasing perpetual seeds into the earth that can influence, entertain, encourage and bless people for generations to come. You are working hard and sacrificing your time and money just as any other entrepreneur does.

If someone blesses you financially…you’ve earned it. Just stay focused on the integrity of Gods word in everything you do, and keep working!

Proverbs 3:6 (NKJV)

6 (A)In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall [a]direct your paths.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

THE BLESSING IN LOSING HER MIND (FROM MY ARCHIVES)…

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WHAT’ IS THOUGHT TO BE A CURSE OF OLD AGE IS A BLESSING TO SOME…

Years ago I used to do nursing home ministry. I would visit two nursing homes, once each month. As I walked down through the halls I would see the same faces. There were some residents who had regular visits from family and friends, but unfortunately, there too many who never got a visitor…ever.

There were also varying levels of mental health. One lady in particular at one of the nursing homes would say the same thing during every visit. She would sit in her wheelchair in the entrance to her room as I walked by…smile and say, “I’m going home today”. No, she wasn’t going home. She was one of the residents who never had visitors, and her family had moved on with their lives. At first I felt sorry for her because her situation seemed so hopeless…but then God gave me an awesome revelation.

In her hopeless situation…her dementia was a blessing!

Blessing? How was her dementia a blessing?

In reality, she woke up every morning WITHOUT hope of going home.

But through her dementia, she woke up every morning WITH hope of going home.

God gave her a reason to smile EVERY DAY.

God gave her something to look forward to EVERY DAY.

God gave her HOPE in a HOPELESS situation.

She spent her last days with HOPE.

What many may think of as a CURSE, was actually a BLESSING to her.

God’s wisdom is amazing!

He can can pull HOPE out of HOPEless…

FORTUNE our of unFORTUNALTE…

Stop and give God praise for His unfathomable wisdom. Paul was right in Romans 11…

Romans 11: 33-36
33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has become His counselor?”
35 “Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”
36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHEN ‘LOVE GIFT’ IS TRANSLATED ‘MINIMUM PRICE’…

As I was watching a TV preacher finish his sermon snippet (promo) it’s interesting how he told viewers they could receive the entire sermon series by sending a ‘love gift’. Hmmmm. Love gift? But, if you don’t send the amount requested you can’t get the sermon series. Sounds like a price to me.

I’m just gonna let the Word preach itself.

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1 Timothy 6:5 (NKJV)

5 [a]useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. [b]From (A)such withdraw yourself.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHEN PEOPLE CLAIM THEY WOULD DIE FOR CHRIST BUT WON’T SPEAK UP FOR HIM FOR FEAR IF LOSING THEIR JOB…

Many Christians are quick to proclaim they will die for Christ, but when confronted with day-to-day situations they are silent for fear of losing their job, comfort, convenience or even reputation in ‘the church’.

And, many times, it’s people who call themselves believers who are responsible for firing someone for standing for the cause of Christ.

Think about this. Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael, otherwise known as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were exiles in Babylon, slaves, land who were in a sense chosen to serve the King…Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel Chapter 3). When confronted with a choice to go against God commandments or die, they chose what could have been certain death. They didn’t make excuses.

However, people today say…

“Well, God understands.”

“You have to have your your job.”

“God gives you common sense.”


If God expected Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael and Daniel to refuse to compromise at the risk of death, how do you think He feels about us in regard to remaining silent because we don’t want to lose our jobs?


Revelation 2:10 (NKJV)

10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

How many times do people compromise their values for an ungodly work culutre?

How many times have people been told don’t speak up or stand publicly for certain issues because or you will be terminated?

I once made a statement in defense of Godly marriage between a man and a woman. More than one person close to me said I should stop doing so because it might prevent my wife’s music, which I wrote, from being played on the radio because of those who live that lifestyle in the industry. When I had a job in corporate America, I was advised to remain silent on certain issues because it could prevent me from being promoted or cause me to be terminated.

If God expected our examples in the bible to be faithful unto death, then I’m quite sure He expects us to be faithful unto termination…and trust Him with what happens.

I’ve even been advised to be very careful about what I write in my blog because it could affect my position as a teacher.

People are quick to say I WILL DIE FOR CHRIST, but prove otherwise when they aren’t even willing to give up comfort and convenience for Him.

Remember what our Lord warned before He went to the cross…

John 16:2 (NKJV)

They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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