Saturday, August 30, 2014

New Beginnings - Surrender Fast Fall 2014

I am excited that you have joined me for Surrender Fast.  This 40-day spiritual journey will change your life!  Are you ready?  This will be my third fast and I will tell you your life will change if you put in the work.  In my experience the main ingredient for change is the mindset. During the Pre-fast, I want you to see yourself in the future.  In 40 days where do you see yourself?  What is your goal for this fast?  Then, how do we get there?    

In partnership with Dr. Celeste Owens, you will be part of my Connector Group for the BROTHA’S. 

The theme for Cycle 8 is NEW BEGINNINGS.  

Through-out Cycle 8, I will share everything from  blogs, scriptures, music,& some articles from Brothaonline.com  that I hope will empower and inspire you as we take the fast together.

As part of this group, I am making myself available to help you through your 40 Day Surrender Fast with accountability, answer questions you may have that arise during this 40 day cycle, and to partner in prayer with you on behalf of the things that God will lead you to surrender.

Please leave comments, prayers, scriptures, etc on the blog or email me at info@brothaonline.com.
1.  The Pre-Fast begins on Monday, September 8th and Day 1 will begin on September 15th.
What’s Expected of You: It’s pretty simple – you do your part and expect God to REVEAL – RESTORE – HEAL and any other SURPRISES He may have!

2.  Register for Cycle 8 Surrender Fast – at www.surrenderfast.com and order a copy of the book “The 40-Day Surrender Fast” as soon as possible.

3.  Read the Pre-Fast Section starting on Monday, September 8th.

4.   Ask the Father what things He will have you to SURRENDER (for some it was sweets, impatience, fear, relationships, finances, etc.) He will show you!

5.  Each morning WORSHIP – PRAY – SURRENDER the area(s) DAILY in PRAYER.

6.  Read that Days Devotion – Journal in a separate book the answers to the questions that follow. BE STILL & LISTEN for HIS VOICE.   Prayer Call at 7:00am (If you miss the call, it is RECORDED). If you miss the call I can’t STRESS the importance of your listening to it later in the DAY. Those calls are absolutely POWERFUL. They are only 15 – 20 minutes. Dr. Celeste does a brief but powerful teaching and every day someone from her prayer team says a prayer on behalf of the community of Surrender Fasters & their family.

7.  Feel free to submit prayers to the prayer line via email given on website.

8.  Prayer Calls are at 7:00am daily except for Friday’s. Friday there is a weekly Wrap Up Call at 12:00 noon  Phone number will be listed on website.

9. Each day you can go to the website and share how the FAST is impacting your life by leaving a comment.

10.  I will send you emails throughout the week – to check on you – encourage you!

11. If you have any questions throughout the FAST, don’t hesitate to email me.

I am praying and believing God for miracles in our lives.  

Sincerely, 

Charles Clark

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Masturbation: Is It a Sin?


This question was raised by a reader of Brother Magazine regarding masturbation.  Other people were asked to address this issue, however, for reasons unbeknownst to me, they chose not to.  So when I was asked, I figured to myself, “why not?”  This topic has been known to be one of the taboo topics in the body of Christ, however, as many of you know, I have a reputation for being combative and confrontational, so before you have a heart attack, I ask you to remain calm and just continue to read as I argue to my stance on whether or not masturbation is a sin.   This subject has evoked great emotion in the church and my commentary could invoke enormous controversy because there are so many people within Christendom who partake in this subject physically as it has become a hobby to a great many people. 

Simply put, I am compelled to be truthful by saying that my stance is “Yes” masturbation is very much a sin.  I say this because masturbation, while physical, is more mental than it is physical.  For those who would disagree I simply would ask that the next time you attempt to participate in this act, think on the Holiness of God and being in His divine presence.  While this may sound funny, you will have to admit that you won’t get far in the act of masturbation.  You have to understand that in order to participate in this act, not only is it physical but your mind MUST go to a place where you visualize the act of sex.  Your mind is provoked into going to a realm where lust permeates and your psyche has you lusting for a particular something. 

If I am wrong, please correct me however, in Matthew, the fifth chapter, Jesus speaks to the Pharisees who were quite legalistic and carried out the Ten Commandments to a “tee!”  However, Jesus, during His Sermon on the Mount, was led to discuss and share the “game change” and how the people had to operate hereafter because up until now they lived their lives by the commandments and were quick to make sure they did not literally kill anyone.  Conversely, Jesus shared a new concept or a new paradigm or way of thinking which took things to another level which dealt not only with their actions but delved into their thought processes.  He dealt with the issue of murder and not only dealt with the literal meaning of taking a life but shared with them that if they were angry with their brother or sister, it was the same thing as being guilty of murder.  Likewise, for the adulterer, the Pharisees were quick to stand in judgment about their religious living because there were some who hadn’t crossed the line literally nonetheless Jesus leveled the playing field by sharing with them that the heart can be corrupted with lust quicker than the body can. 

Do you understand the basis for my argument in why masturbation is a sin?  Again, show me someone who can become aroused singing a hymn and keeping their mind on whatever is honest, pure, and of good report and if they can do that and still manipulate their body to have an orgasm then maybe I can take a different approach as to how to argue the text.  But until then, I must stay true to the conviction of my heart and aim to make sure my mind stays pure from lustful thoughts that could lead me down a path of no return.  My goal is to do and say those things which are pleasing to my Heavenly Father and the same should be your goal as well. So remember, it’s not about legalistically staying out of the bedroom but rather the thought processes of your mind that resonates   in the mind of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 


I know this may seem harsh but I have to keep it real otherwise I wouldn’t be who I am.  The act of masturbation can only be completed by the lustful thoughts that cause stimulation that is needed in order to produce the intended orgasmic reaction!  It is the thought of sexual relations coupled with the manipulation of your body that leads to the purposed combustion.  Without the mind igniting the passion of thought then masturbation is null and void.   I will close by referring to the book of James, chapter 1 verses 14 & 15.  I will use the Message Bible just because it brings the entire point home better than the King James Version does.  (The Message Bible) “The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust.  Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.”  So basically, James is saying you need to check yo’self before you wreck yo’self!   

Written by Luther McKinstry for  Brotha Magazine for the  Oct/Nov 2010 Issue.   

Friday, March 21, 2014

More ......

I wanna give my best to you
I wanna do what you asked me to do
I wanna go wherever you say
just say the word and I'll obey
I wanna live a life that's real
I wanna serve you lord for real
for you deserve all this and more
so I give you more

Sometimes I can't find the words I want to say to God in prayer.  So I find a song that reveals the sentiments of my heart.  This song simply entitled "More" does just that this morning. 

Through this surrender journey I want to be MORE.  
More open
More loving
More giving
More understanding
More forgiving 
JUST MORE ..... 

Most importantly more of the man God wants me to be. 


What lyrics are speaking to you?

Monday, March 17, 2014

What did I learn .....

Part II 

So what did I learn? 
I learned one of the most difficult lessons of LIFE ...... I learned (still) how to be BE GRATEFUL ! 

You know the lyrics: God has not promised me sunshine.  That's not the way it's going to be. But a little a rain ..... A little rain? 

At that point of my and subsequent othesr I was, have, and will experience DOWN POURS. Yet every down pour had made me stronger and has equipped me for the next.  I can take more now than  I did at 20; better yet 35; not as quick to throw in the towel like I have been. Just imagine if I had, there would be no Brotha, no music, no anything just a family mourning my death.  

So here is the question of the week.  What do you want to learn during the Surrender Fast? 

Again, comment or email me at info@brothaonline.com.  I will respond.  God Bless You.  

Friday, March 14, 2014

YES I WAS BORN FOR EVEN THIS !

I remember the day I tried to kill myself in at 19 or 20 (now 40).  I sat in the upstairs bathroom of my childhood home. I was lost, didn't like myself, no self-esteem, thought I was ugly and that no one would love me. Now I had loving parents and seven brothers/sisters yet I still felt so alone.  So I took a bottle of my dads pills and said good-bye to myself.  Took the pills, sat there and threw every last pill up. 

GOD IS AMAZING ! Because I'm Still Here ! 

I was born for this. Every mistake, failure, broken heart, almost dying twice  ~ YES I WAS BORN FOR THIS.  This is the life God gave me and even through my jack ups, hang ups, low points, high points I was was born for this.   Each one of those experiences made me who I am a this moment.  I am better singer, editor, publisher, BELIEVER because of them.  Don't knock down these experiences; just ask yourself one question ~ What did I learn?  

Part II on Monday ...... 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What do you want to Change?

You know my other side
I can no longer hide
Let You down so many times
Sin freshly crucifies

Thought that I had a plan
I had it all figured out
But the more that You tried
To be by my side
The more I push You out

Lord make me over
Lord make me over
Lord make me over

As a publisher I am always looking at words.  As a singer I am always looking for words to help express what I'm feeling and want to minister at the same time (hence me posting the lyrics above.)   During this cycle of the surrender fast I am asking God to make me over.  I want to mature or grow in Christ. SO I began to think this morning in prayer ~  Growth signifies change and during this cycle I want to grow or mature meaning I want and have to change.  When you want to stay the same spiritually you don't read, study (there's a difference) fast, pray, mediate etc. all of these bring change or growth. When you don't want "Grow"or Mature you stop doing those things the bring about growth , change, or maturity.  

So, What do you want to Change? and Where do you want to see Growth? 

Please leave comments or send me an email to info@brothaonline.com