Thursday, December 31, 2009

May the Lord Jesus Christ do a new and exciting work in you in the New Year! Love to you from Darryl & Catrina Blount

Friday, December 25, 2009

oved ones ever closer to Him. Merry Christmas from Darryl & Catrina Blount!
Glory to God in the highest! We celebrate the fact that God came near, manifesting himself in the person of Christ! May this season draw you and your l

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Candy's Dead

This is a powerful testimony of God's deliverance! You can experience it too.

Pastor Shelia Pittman

You will love this video! Pastor Pittman is one of the most dynamic preachers in the whole wide world. An undiscovered dynamo, if you will.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Just got home from a Holy Ghost service! Pastor Shelia Pittman preached about The Greatest Gift. Do you know Him??????

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

In South Carolina enjoying class! One question for you: what important conversation do you keep avoiding? Step out and take care of it!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 2009 Reflections on Eternity available at http://ping.fm/U6hNj - enjoy! Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 27, 2009

s and peace to you from Darryl & Catrina Blount
Everyday is a day of Thanksgiving, but today we are most thankful for those God has given us to love. That includes you and your awesome family! Blessing

Friday, November 20, 2009

Praising the Lord, Elohim, the one who is worthy to be praised! What or who do you ascribe worth to?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I am considering a career in coaching. How about you? Go to for more info.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Freedom

I am sitting here without the benefit of my extra eyes writing about freedom. Just because the topic popped into my head.

What is freedom? How do we know when we are truly free?

Some say that freedom is when you reach a certain age. Then, they say, you can do whatever you want to do. But is that true? Is there ever really a time in your life when you can do whatever you want? I haven’t found that time so far in my life. When you are a child, you do what the parent wants. When you are an adult, you do what the employer wants, or if you own your own business, you do what the business needs. When you are a parent, you do what the child needs (isn’t that something? I switched from wants to needs). It is the truth.

When you are not saved, you do what the devil wants. And the killing part is you think you’re free. Until you find out that you can’t just stop. Until you discover that you just can’t help it. That’s when you realize you are not free at all.

But once you come to Christ, you experience true freedom (Galatians 5:1). Jesus promised that he came that we might have abundant life (John 10:10). Does it mean that you are free to do whatever you want? Not really, but in a way. If you develop the desire to please God, you are totally free to do that. You are totally free to live without fear, without addiction, without bondage. You are free to come to the throne of God, free to worship the Lord.

The Bible teaches us that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17). And what is liberty? It is freedom. Freedom from tyranny and oppression. As Patrick Henry, one of the founding fathers of America said, "[G]ive me liberty or give me death!" I don’t know if he knew what he was saying, but it is so true. Without liberty, there is death. Check it out in Romans chapter 8 – you will clearly see the contrast between life in the spirit (liberty) and life in the flesh (death).

Having said all that, I wonder why people choose to live death (sort of an oxymoron, isn’t it?). God told the Israelites to choose life so that they and their children might live (Deuteronomy 30:19). It is a choice. He even asks them why they would choose to die (Ezekiel 18:31).

In the same vein, I want to know why people choose to be down and depressed – concentrating on the negative things in life rather than the positive. I have discovered, and trust me; I have lost a lot in this life, that for everything you can name that you DON’T have, there is something you can think about that you DO have.

But, as usual, I digress. The subject is freedom. You have been given the opportunity for freedom when you have been exposed to the truth. Jesus said that you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). Some versions state that the truth shall set you free. In other words, the truth is liberating. It breaks shackles and fetters and gives you the opportunity to come out of the box, to move out of the cage.

No one can ask questions better than God. He said, why would you die, O house of Israel? (Ezekiel 18:31; 33:11). And I believe the Spirit of God is impressing upon me the need to ask the same questions – why would you die?

Here is the answer – you don't have to. Choose life - that you and your children may live.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. Romans 1:8

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Just a Thought

Sometimes I wonder who has time to read the thousands of blog posts that are made every day. I ask myself, "Who is going to read this stuff?" every time I get ready to write.

And then I realize I may never know. I may never know who is reading this blog, looking for insight and encouragement. I may never know who saw a video posted on this blog that helped them make it a little further down the road. I may never know who was changed by something they read. I may never know who was reminded that despite difficulties, all is not lost. Life goes on, and I may never know who I have touched.

At least not on this side of eternity. There are so many things that are simply unknown to us. So instead of thinking that what we do makes no difference, I encourage you to think that what you do may make all the difference in the world to someone you may never meet on this side of eternity.

One thing is sure: on the other side of eternity, you will know some things you cannot possibly know now. Like how your kind word to someone stopped them from taking their own life. Or how the dollar you gave someone on the street restored their faith in the goodness of mankind. You don't know now, but then, you will KNOW.

First Corinthians chapter 13 puts it this way in verse 12: For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.

Isn't that reassuring? One day we will know things just as fully, just as completely, as God knows us right now. And if I got this right, Jesus said that even the hairs on our heads are numbered. If God knows and cares about the minutest detail of our lives, why do we spend so much time worrying about what we don't know? Guess what? I don't know!

But I am confident that if I maintain a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, on the other side of eternity I will truly be a know it all. And the lives that I have touched, and the people that have touched my life, will be a complete and utter joy to me. Start today to invest in the things that you will only see clearly on the other side of eternity.

You will be glad you did.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

Celebrating birth of my granddaughter, Brielle Aaliyah, born 10/9/09 @ 8:03 am.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Uncommon people face common problems everyday. The difference is in the response. What's your response gonna be?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Reflections on Eternity - October 2009 now available for your edification at http://ping.fm/bZEnD Check it out!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

You are more important than you think! Reach out and give someone the gift of your presence today.

Monday, September 14, 2009

In light of recent news stories, I am wondering if manners and good taste are things of the past. What do you think?

Friday, September 11, 2009

Take courage! If you belong to the Lord, He will walk with you through all of life's hard trials and lead you to a place of victory!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

What is the greatest thing you can do today to move in the direction of your destiny?? Do that, before all else.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Just returned from a mini-cation at the beach. Enjoyed the rest and rejuvenation. The water is so peaceful!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord, that walketh in his ways. Psalm 128:1

Friday, September 4, 2009

Praising God for the way things are and for the way they will one day be!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sept. 09 Reflections on Eternity Newsletter online NOW! Find it here: http://ping.fm/wBDJC You'll love it!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Congrats to Bishop Richard L. Holman and Pastor Louise Holman of Ministers for Christ Christian Center in Houston on their Consecration.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge..." Prov. 1:7 (NASB). Check out the blog post at http://ping.fm/rXam0

Friday, August 14, 2009

Beware of Internet Scams

If you're like me, you conduct more and more of your business via the Internet. From simple information searches to that all-important hunt for employment, the Internet has become a way of life. Unfortunately, there are some individuals who will take advantage of others using this global communications tool. I am sharing the article below to raise awareness of common Internet schemes. Source information for the article is at the very end. Be safe when surfing!

Common Internet Scams - An Overview

Email and the Internet is a wonderful resource that has revolutionized the way humans communicate and access information. Unfortunately, it has also proven to be a fertile medium for the unscrupulous and the morally challenged. Scammers regularly use email in attempts to steal money or personal information from unsuspecting victims. Those inexperienced in the ways of the Internet are especially vulnerable to these scammers.

The good news is that it is not difficult to learn how to recognise scam attempts that arrive via email. Included below are descriptions of three of the most common types of email driven scams as well as some general indicators that should help you recognize scam emails.

Phisher Scams:

You may receive an email from a bank/online service provider/ financial institution that asks you to click a link and visit a website in order to provide personal information. Such an email is more than likely the type of Internet scam known as "phishing".

A phisher scam is one in which victims are tricked into providing personal information such as account numbers and passwords to what they believe to be a legitimate company or organization. In order to carry out this trick, the scammers often create a "look-a-like" website that is designed to resemble the target company's official website. Typically, emails are used as "bait" in order to get the potential victim to visit the bogus website. Be wary of any email that asks you to click on a link and provide sensitive personal information such as banking details. Information submitted on these bogus websites is harvested by the scammers and may then be used to steal funds from the user's accounts and/or steal the victim's identity.

Most legitimate companies would not request sensitive information from customers via email. DO NOT click on the links in these emails. DO NOT provide any information about yourself. If you have any doubts at all about the veracity of an email, contact the company directly.

For more information about Phisher scams, see:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/phisher-scams.html

Nigerian Scams

You may receive an email/letter/fax that asks for your help to access a large sum of money in a foreign bank account. The message says that you will get a percentage of the funds in exchange for your help.

In all probability, the message is an example of the type of scam known as a Nigerian or "419" scam. The "large sum of money" does not exist. The messages are an opening gambit designed to draw potential victims deeper into the scam. Those who initiate a dialogue with the scammers by replying to the scam messages will eventually be asked for advance fees supposedly required to allow the deal to proceed. They may also become the victims of identity theft. The scammers use a variety of stories to explain why they need your help to access the funds.

For example:
* They may claim that political climate or legal issues preclude them from accessing funds in a foreign bank account.
* They may claim that your last name is the same as that of the deceased person who owned the account and suggest that you act as the Next of Kin of this person in order to gain access to the funds.
* They may claim that a rich merchant, who has a terminal illness, needs your help to distribute his or her wealth to charity.
If you receive one of these scam emails, it is important that you do not respond to it in any way. The scammers are likely to act upon any response from those they see as potential victims.

To find out more about Nigerian Scams, see:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/nigerian-scams.html

Lottery Scams

You may receive an email/letter/fax that claims that you have won a great deal of money in an international lottery even though you have never bought a ticket. The email may claim that your email address was randomly chosen out of a large pool of addresses as a "winning entry". Such emails are almost certainly fraudulent. In some cases, the emails claim to be endorsed by well-known companies such as Microsoft or include links to legitimate lottery organization websites. Any relationships implied by these endorsements and links will be completely bogus.

There is no lottery and no prize. Those who initiate a dialogue with the scammers by replying to the messages will be first asked to provide a great deal of personal information. Eventually, they will be asked to send money, ostensibly to cover expenses associated with delivery of the supposed "winnings". They may also become the victims of identity theft. DO NOT respond to these messages. DO NOT supply any personal information what so ever to the scammers.

To find out more about Lottery Scams, see:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/email-lottery-scams.html


General Scam Indicators:
The scams described above are some of the most common types of Internet fraud. However, these fraudsters are clever people who may use many variations of the above scams to achieve their nefarious ends.

In general, be wary of unsolicited emails that:
* Promise you money, jobs or prizes
* Ask for donations,
* Propose lucrative business deals,
* Ask you to provide sensitive personal information
* Ask you to follow a link to a website and log on to an account.

By taking the time to educate yourself about these common types of scam, and/or by sharing this information with others, you can make a valuable contribution to the war against Internet fraud.

Article by Brett Christensen:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com

You may freely use this information to help inform others. For details, see:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/common-internet-scams.html

Saturday, May 23, 2009

I Want My Inheritance!

I just finished my third installment of the Principles of the Kingdom Series on the Eternal Word Broadcast. I am teaching about the kingdom of God, and right now I am teaching about who will receive. More specifically, I was teaching about hindrances to the kingdom.

We all know that some things that happen in our lives make it difficult to serve God the way we want to. Life's circumstances sway us from our path and purpose. But if we stop, repent, and turn around, we can be put back on the path that God has chosen for us.

In the word of God, we have precious reminders that God desires greatness for us. The scriptures the Holy Ghost gave me for tonight offer great encouragement.

"Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our Lord." 1 Corinthians 6:11

That's the good news of the passage, now here's the bad news: "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Do any of those terms strike a nerve? If so, you better make sure you are on the right side of this equation - such were some of you. The way to change what you are into what you were is to repent and make a clean break with sin.

The Lord wants us to inherit the kingdom, to be partakers of His divine nature. Take the time today to ensure that you are on the list for inheriting the kingdom of God.

I don't know about you, but I want my inheritance! I do not want to get to the end of my journey and find out that I have been disqualified by virtue of the way I have lived my life.

Let's begin today to let the blood of the lamb of God wash our sins away and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness so that we may all be partaker's of the kingdom.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Is Your City Sin City?

As I write this, I am sitting in a great hotel room in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. When I was getting ready to come here, I told one of the pastors at my church that I was going to Sin City. He responded by asking, "What city is that?" His next comment was even more striking. He stated that every city is sin city nowadays.

I have been thinking about that and it is so true. It is hard to differentiate one place from another in the universal sense of sinfulness. However, we have to acknowledge that each area has its own particular wickedness that seems to prevail. For instance, here in Las Vegas, gambling is abundant. I have observed scores of people sitting motionless in front of machines that are sucking up their finances. There is a certain excitement in the bells and whistles, to be sure. I have seen high stakes tables where people wager more money than I make in a month on the draw of some cards or the toss of some dice. I have taken a look at the people and you can almost tell those that have been in this environment for a long time. There is a certain quiet desperation in their faces. I have seem more boobs and booze here than I have ever seen in my life, and I only went out one night.

This may not be the dominant spirit where you live, but do not think your area is exempt. There is something, if you really stop to look at it, that is recognizable as a territorial sin issue. In Houston, as in much of the South, religion is the ruling spirit. People are very religious and attend church faithfully without ever changing their lives by establishing a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. They follow big name preachers and wear membership in large churches as a badge of honor.

However, I did not come to bring you bad news. I came to encourage you that even though you may be living in a realm that is ruled by a demonic principality, you have weapons in the Spirit that can give you the victory.

The Word of God declares that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood. It is not the people that are the problem. Instead the Bible declares that are problem is principalities and powers, the rulers of darkness in this present world, and spiritual wickedness in high places. (See Ephesians chapter 6). There is good news for us in I John 4:4. It tells us that if we are in Christ and He is in us, He is greater in us than the one who is the ruling force in the world.

That is great news! Jesus has already overcome the enemy, no matter what it looks like. However, we must live out that victory in our daily lives. It seems difficult sometimes when we look around and see evil everywhere. But God always causes us to triumph - in every situation the people of God can be the overcomers, receiving the spoils of war.

Be encouraged to ask God to help you realize the victory that has already been given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ. He will do it!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Stay Connected

It's funny, but I just lost what I felt was a very brilliant post that I just added to another one of my blogs. What happened was I lost my internet connection. The funny thing about it is I was writing about keeping in touch with God through prayer.

Now I am over here, writing about staying connected. It is a slightly different thought, but the theme of connectedness lingers on.

As believers in Jesus Christ, we must make every effort to stay connected to Him. It is sometimes hard in our state of busyness to set aside time for Him alone, but it is vital to our progress and productivity.

The Lord Jesus Christ told us in the fifteenth chapter of John that we must abide in Him. He let us know that we will be pruned if we bring forth fruit. He also let us know that if we do not bring forth fruit, we will be cut off.

Here is the powerful statement found in John 15:4, "Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me." (HCSB).

I encourage you today to stay on the vine. I know it is tempting to try to branch out on your own. Sometimes you may feel that being connected is holding you back. But the truth is the vine supplies the nourishment you need for your dreams and visions to come to pass.

Stay connected to Christ through fellowship with Him. The true vine is more than willing to supply you with all that you need to see the purpose of God fulfilled in your life. You will bring forth fruit in abundance as the divine vinedresser prunes and dresses you for greatness.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New on YouTube!

I am excited that I finally figured out how to put certain videos on YouTube that I wanted my visitors to have access to. This is still a work in progress, but right now you can catch glimpses of my spiritual leaders, Apostle David Pittman and Pastor Shelia Pittman, as well as my own preaching. You can go to YouTube.com and search for any of us by name or search for The Rock Ministries International, Humble, Texas. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Reflections of the Way We Used to Be

Funny - that little tune - I think it was Diana Ross's song - is in my mind right now. It's two o'clock in the morning, and I am writing not only in this blog, but in the draft of my upcoming book, Surviving Your Season of Shame. I just finished telling the story of my divorce from my first husband and I feel wiped out.

When I read back over the story, it seems unreal, like it happened to someone else. But in my heart, I know it happened to me. I feel it, not the same way I did when it happened, but in a real way nonetheless.

This story, which begins the third chapter of the book, is still a hard pill to swallow. It makes me wonder if I was so much different then than I am today. Is this truly a reflection of the way we used to be? Unfortunately, it is.

Thank God for the promise that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)! Because if I still had to carry the burdens of my past I would be knee bowed and body bent (and not in the good Baptist prayer way, either). Thank God that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law.

I am praying that I will have the strength to finish this book. I feel the leading of the Spirit of God to tell it the way it is (or was), but I am still mindful that this is my story, my life. When people read it, my secrets will be exposed, my past brought to the forefront, and my deep hurts laid open for all to see.

So why am I writing it? Because I have to. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to preach this word in this way so that someone who is brokenhearted can be healed.

What is the Spirit of the Lord upon you do to? I encourage you to get to it! Your story may be the one that someone needs in order to know that they can make it through what is troubling them right now. Woe unto you if you do not preach the gospel. You may not be a theologian or an ordained minister. But if you are saved, there is a story inside of you that can help someone else overcome the enemy.

You may not be called to write it. You may be called to sing it. You may be called to whisper it to someone on a park bench or at a bus stop. But whatever you are called to do, get to it!

Two o'clock in the morning is a strange time to contemplate and reflect on your life. But if my two o'clock experience helps even one person, it will be worth it all. God bless you.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

It's Time to Repent

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The button above links to my show page on BlogTalkRadio. I want to encourage you to take the time to listen to my most recent broadcast, "Repent! The Kingdom of God is at Hand." God has been sharing a powerful word through many of the Christian broadcasters this week.

This week has been "Repentance Week" at www.blogtalkradio.com and I have listened to many of the broadcasts which discussed and explained our need to repent. I hope that as we celebrate the Easter season and contemplate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we will be of a mind to repent, turn from sin, and follow after the Lord.

What time is it? It is time to get right with God. It is time to examine the Bible with fresh eyes and get a new perspective. Ritual must be replaced with relationship with God. We can no longer afford to go through the motions.

The world we live in is in turmoil. People need to know that there is an unchanging hand to hold on to in the midst of all this change. You can be the representative of Christ on earth, provided you are in right standing yourself.

Take the time to renew your relationship with God. It is well worth it.