This video (in the link provided at the end of this paragraph) where this young man literally gave the shirt off of his back should provide proper perspective for all of you (meaning me too) who are so uptight about this election, the racial tensions of late, the threat of war, etc. https://youtu.be/op_lQ4QNoMo

It’s okay to prepare and work on these things (they are important) but while remaining aware of them, praying about them, or even doing your “worldly” best to do something about them always remember what our FIRST mission is….simply to love people and preach Christ Jesus to them mostly by showing them His love THROUGH our actions as we allow Him to work through us.

I am guilty at times for focusing so hard on the “issues of the day” (nothing wrong with this btw) and so are many of you but God is not sitting in Heaven mad at us about is focusing on these things but we MUST also not be so blinded by them that we lose sight of our most important mission and miss opportunities to help people and improve their “human condition” so thatJesus and His perfect heart can be seen by them and the rest of the world also.

Help someone today.  Be a light for Jesus so that people may be drawn to Him through you. Pray for those that have offended you and that YOU have offended (even in todays horrible political and racial climate).

Lastly, remember to love those that hate and despise you just as you love those that you love dearly for Jesus loves you that way when you were a mere sinner and on death’s highway instead of the current road that you are on towards Heaven and our Father God through Jesus Christ.

I love you and the Master does too for we are one and you are one with us dear brother and sister!

Be blessed and have a Jesus-filled day!!!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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Youth leaders often stand in the gap for youth who have parents who are too busy for them.  

They stand in the gap for parents who simply don’t care for or who abandon their children.

They also stand in the gap for parents who are not too busy and love their children as a “help” or assist to their children in their spiritual development or simply to walk beside both the parent and the youth as they navigate through this thing called life.

All of these roles and many more define the youth leader of today yet know and understand that we do not simply stand in the gap for our youth.

Our real mission is to first lead them into a life filled with Christ and then as Paul did for Timothy mentor them to become leaders themselves to replace us so that they can in turn mentor the next generation of our youth to do the same.

This is mine and any Jesus-fearing youth leaders passion and is what drives us to spend our time, prayers, and quite often resources on this segment of society that is often ignored because they are quite often “hard to deal with”.

So I want to encourage all youth leaders and those who have mentored, helped, or supported them (we ALL have a hand in their development BTW) to continue to “dig in” and invest in our youth in the Name of Jesus Christ.

The weariness that you often feel and the pain that you feel when a youth in your care is harmed, dies (for whatever reason), abused, and the list goes on of the terrible things that we walk through them and their families with is worth it and is recognized by Jesus!

So strengthen yourself in the Lord Jesus today ESPECIALLY that youth leader that He had me pen this for this morning who is contemplating quitting because it has become “too hard” to continue.

God is about to refresh you with some of the youth that you have mentored as you see how you have impacted their lives so stop focusing on the “lost ones” and focus on Jesus and the ones that you’ve mentored to good growth in Jesus!

He loves you and last but not least I want to thank all of the parents out there for allowing us to mentor your children and I apologize for those who evily abuse your trust by abusing the privilege of mentor ship of your children by committing unspeakable acts or who only do what they do for selfish reasons.

We who take this deal seriously and simply love your children wanting to see them flourish and allowing the Holy Spirit to use us to do so thank you for this privilege and we vow to not let this honor given to us by you go to waste.

Love and blessings on this awesome day!

Ron “Big Black” and always a youth leader at heart “Garrett

Gallery  —  Posted: November 4, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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Most people seem to want to pray more.
Over the years I’be found that one way to actually do this is to while reading my daily word that I pray about the things that God through His word as I read it come to my mind.
For instance today as I was reading Jeremiah as he spoke on false prophets God gave me a mental picture of those prophets and it made me wonder in my heart how many times that I may have falsely prophesied in pride or simply because I wanted to look more “Holy” to people.  
Now I know that I’m not the only one guilty of this (😂) but the point is it is no condemnation here but God uses these convictions as we read His word like fertilizer for our growing spirits to help us grow into maturity IF we shun our pride and allow Him to do so.
So as I read His word and issues that I’m convicted of running afoul of His heart on come up I simply pause for a second and say a simple prayer.
For example…on the issue of falsely prophesying I simply say “Lord, forgive me for if and when I have falsely spoke words claiming that they are yours. Help me to lose pride and say ONLY what you would have me to say and I thank you for this correction. In Jesus Name Amen!”
I try to do the same as I read His word and anything on any issue comes up AND also as people or myself come to mind as I read the texts and things come to mind about I.e, health, worries, fear, anxiety, grieving over death, etc., because in that moment I have a scriptural prayer point right in front of me to that God for AS I pray to Him about the exposed issue that came to light while reading His Word.
Of course this will expand your reading time a little but the benefit is that your prayer time will also increase and you don’t have to be religious about it either as some days nothing comes up for me.
Simply put this came to mind as I read today so I wanted to share as it may be helpful to someone’s growth as it has mine.
Be blessed and I love You with the art of Jesus that bears within me.
Oh yeah, this only works IF you actually take the time to read His Word. So make time since nothing else fosters that exponential growth in spirit that so many claim to want than reading and praying God’s Word over ours and those whom we pray for/about lives.
Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Gallery  —  Posted: October 24, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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Romans‬ ‭3:23-24‬ ‭(NIV‬):  ‬ “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”‭‭‬

As I read this scripture God firmly placed in my heart that we (Christian’s) need to remember this verse when ministering to others since far too often we go about it from a position or feeling that somehow we are better than those we are ministering to when this verse points out that we are not.

We are no better than the drunk, “druggie”, the criminal, the “other” religion people, etc., because the ONLY thing that makes us “better” if you will is that we chose to heed Jesus’s call.

Without Him no matter our station in life or how well we’ve “got it” we’d be in the same boat headed traveling on hell river headed towards eternal damnation ocean and it would be wise that we remember that when ministering as not to “puff up” lest pride enter our preaching as it is a major reason that many refuse to “be like” us.

I’ve found that the most effective form of ministry that is non-threatening is to simply be loving to people as Christ has loved me and to preach the gospel less with my mouth and more with my life.

As I do this those around me become intrigued so I get to actually preach Jesus’s message of salvation and transformation of “our” (theirs and mine) and if they are already in the faith but growing I do my best to humbly show how I grew and am growing so that they can seek God for the best way for them to grow.

Let’s ensure today in our attempts to reach “the lost” or to help our hurting brothers and sisters who may be younger in faith that we do so with the humility that comes from the knowledge that we are all “sinners saved by grace”.

I love you and speak blessings and he Peace of Jesus over all that you do today and I pray that you pray the same for this sinner saved by grace surely needs it.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Gallery  —  Posted: October 24, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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The seeming advantage that I have when it comes to faith in Jesus is that I remain fully aware of how lost I am without Him, what my lot was when I sought and found Him, and that I am keenly aware that I’m a complete sinner that is only saved by grace.

Remaining aware but not living in this awareness allows me to run headlong into my day serving Jesus with fervor, passion, and with relentlessness all the while doing so with an ever growing level of grace as taught to me by His Holy Spirit.

So I ask you dear brothers and sisters to take a second and recall what He as done for you, where He has brought you from, what He has saved you from/for, and thank Him/praise Him/Worship Him for it.

Have a Jesus/filled day!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Gallery  —  Posted: September 25, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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How dare you try to lecture me and those like me (veterans) about “your rights” when it is me and people like me who stand at the gate and secure the wall for you to have those rights.

You kneel and protest because it’s “cool” these days while I kneel out of respect for my dead brother and sister whose body lies in a coffin draped underneath the very flag that you choose to disrespect due to your “rights”. A flag that willl be folded reverently and given to a grieving family that will never see him or her again because they were defending your right to protest.

I have given my life so that you can do your protest but that also means that I know from “living it” that I also have a right to be disgusted at your protest and EVEN protest your protest.

Where you see a flag that represents a myriad of negative things I see those also but I also see it as a representative of a “great experiment” where we in this country despite our failures have the opportunity to correct our mistakes and it’s the tenants behind that flag that you disrespect that gives us the freedom to do so.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Gallery  —  Posted: September 24, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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https://www.facebook.com/powerofpositivity/videos/10154500437397371/
Just as it was with Thomas Edison in the linked video my life was filled with negative words that were spoken over me yet when positive ones were spoken they one out because the positive will always defeat the negative.
I was told over and over again that I was “dumb” and “wasn’t going to amount to nothing” by many of the generation of my family that came before me and since they were my elders I believed them.

When I joined the Army I had men and women in my leadership chain that told me how smart that I was and since they were my leaders I believed them.

One of these stories in my life was positive and one was negative yet the positive one once spoken exponentially outran the negative and I have since no matter if it is a job, college, or whatever have always been viewed by peers, leaders, and subordinates alike as a man of intelligence.

Now, know that while that story ended up well it pales in comparison what happened in my life when I heard what God said about me and BELIEVED it!!!

Choose this day to refute the negative that anyone is speaking over your life and instead go to God’s Word to see what HE has to say about who and what you are to HIM.

You are the “apple of His eye” and “chosen” by Him purposely to do great things in His Name.

You are a prince or princess and co-heir to the throne with Jesus Christ so stop believing the world’ foolish obsession with finding ones self-worth and seek Jesus today and you will find your “God-worth” which is eternally more valuable than anything that the world has to offer.

Everything that I have is granted to me by God and the simple knowledge that He loves me means more to me that every book of “knowledge” that this world has to offer.

Besides, once I chose Him He opened up His storehouse of wisdom and made it available to me and that is when the “true intelligence” in my being began.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Gallery  —  Posted: September 20, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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Colossians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭(NIV‬‬): “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

I often softly 😂 (lol) when I see all of the posts on social media, hear it on tv/radio, or have conversations with people who say that we are not to “judge” (admonish) people.

 The Bible is clear that we are to not judge ones’ heavenly eternity with our earthly eyes/minds and as we read the scripture above from the letter that our brother the Apostle Paul sent to the Colossi and as we read other scriptures in the Bible it clearly teaches us to among many other things to also admonish one another.

It’s in there folks….yet we should remember to do admonish with the caveat of doing so knowing that we ourselves must FIRST remember the “mud” in our own eye before judging the “speck” in our brother or sister’s eye AND IN LOVE.

This will enable us to judge with a higher level of grace and mercy that Christ has shown us while also coming at it from a place of love which will immediately or eventually “bless” instead of cursing the situation.

I have failed in this area numerous times over the years BUT PRAISE AND THANK JESUS that He has been patient with me and has grown me each year to be more and graceful towards others by using those closest to me to show me the “mud” in my own eye as I judged the “speck” in their eye eye  (I have also had to consider that constantly judging others made me feel better about myself as I judged them and ignored the areas of my life that I should be judging and correcting and IJS that when God made me consider this I either had to change course or stop growing…I can also see that many reading this also face this challenge today from the posts that I read on social media or hear from the mouths of many brothers/ sisters).


Thank you (and sorry at the same time but He has used me for you guys the same way 😂) Tracy Gowen Garrett Sarah Elizabeth Masters Mariah Ann Garrett, Devonte’ Townsend, and Kegan Masters as well as the rest of my family/friends.
I praise God for admonishments because they are not only catalysts for proper change in my life but they also are fertilizer for spiritual and more Jesus-like growth in me as I humble myself before God (He just gave me this as I was typing this btw…had never thought of it this way) He then grants me more wisdom because He know that I won’t “puff up with pride” and use it unwisely.

Even if I do He has seen that I have a history of humbling myself before Him so even when I do become prideful in that way I will repent and to my amazement He STILL grants me even more wisdom and my growth then becomes even more exponential ( didn’t even mean to go this way with this but He gives so I take and pass it on 😂).

SO, admonish others if you must through the prism of God’s grace/mercy granted to you as it does harm to the message of Christ when we don’t i the brother or sister that it’s directed at.  

Even worse not kearning  to admonish in love can entirely close up the hearts of the non-believer to the message of Jesus’s salvation for them and I must add that you will be held accountable for it (note: I say this so that you will take this seriously because God has shown me that He also takes into account our missteps due to the level of growth we are at and even forgets them entirely when we truly repent, ask for forgiveness and allow Him to work on us in this area).

Have a Jesus filled day and go and love on someone today will ya!!!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett 

Gallery  —  Posted: September 12, 2017 in Articles, Religion
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