Monday, November 30, 2009

The Perfect Plan

One day there lived an African-American named Brahma. She lived on this small plantation in the state of Georgia, but she was controlled by white people. She was not the only black person on the plantation. Brahma and the other African-American people were considered as slaves. The white people were considered as slave master.

One day, Brahma walked into the room where the slaves were kept. “I am sick and tired of being treated like this. I think we should pick a day out of this week and try to escape,” announced Brahma.

“Yeah, that sounds good,” admitted MamaDou.

All the other slaves were afraid to talk bcasue of what the slave maters would do to them. So Brahma and MamaDou sat down and made up a plan on how they were going to escape the next night. Even thought the other slaves were not saying anything, they were still willing to escape with Brahma and MamaDou. The next day arrived, and the slaves had to get up and pick cotton.

“Yo, Brahma, why do you want to make the escape tonight when it is supposed to rain?” asked MamaDou.

“This would be considered the best time because the dogs would not be able to track our scent,” replied Brahma.

“That’s a good idea,” commented MamaDou.

The afternoon arrived and the slaves were eating their lunches, which were not every good. Some of the slaves were hiding bread so they would have something to eat the next day of their escape.

Midnight came and the time had come for the slaves to escape. It was raining hard and MamaDou did not agree with Brahma about leaving while it was raining.

“I am not sure about this Brahma. I have a really funny feeling,” admitted MamaDou.

“Would you please stop crying because if we want to make a change, it has to happen now. This could be our first and last chance of trying to escape,” announced Brahma.

So they all lay down to pretend like they were sleeping for the last check up of the night by the slave masters. As soon as the slave master left after the last check up, Brahma peeked her head out to make sure they were gone. Then they all gathered their belongings and left the plantation. While they were leaving, they took off north through the pouring rain. All the slaves did not leave. Some stayed so it would not look suspicious to the slave master that the slaves had escaped. They were a mile away from the plantation. They heard dogs so they knew they were being chased.

“I thought the dogs would not be able to smell our scent through the rain,” commented MamaDou.

“They cannot. The slave masters just know which direction we are going, so they send the dogs off in that direction. The dogs are very well trained and know when to turn around because if they go far, they would not be able to track their way back to the plantation,” replied Brahma.

When Brahma was little her mother taught her all the things she needed to know about escaping. She also had to memorize this path that would lead them through the tunnel to the church.

The slaves were getting tired of running, so they decided to try and hide, but there was no need to because the sound of the dogs was fading away.

“I think the dogs turned around to go back to the plantation,” whispered Brahma.

Everyone was relieved when they heard the news. “I guess you were right,” admitted MamaDou.

They were all getting tired, but Brahma was encouraging others by saying, “Hard work pays off. Keep it moving, everyone.” As they were arriving at the tunnel that lead to their destination, they saw a white man named Jason standing there with a gun.

“Don’t worry, I am with you all. You may enter into the tunnel. You better hurry before someone else sees you all,” commented Jason.

“Thank you so much,” replied Brahma. They all walked through the tunnel and made it to their destination safely which was a church. In this church, they had a place to sleep, food to eat, and nothing to worry about at that moment.

A Servant's Plan

As I was preparing dinner for the master, I overheard him and his son having a little dispute over his son’s part of the wealth. “I want my money, Father, because I am tired of following the rules of this home. Mom’s gone, and there’s no reason for me to stay, so give me my part of the wealth and I can finally leave.”

While I was hearing these harsh words come from Meshach, I was about to walk out when all of a sudden the master had a few words to say, causing me to drop the trays. “You have everything that other people don’t have, you have been truly blessed.” As the master was saying all of these things, he handed Meshach the money. As this was happening, my heart was said, and I did not know what to say. I saw Meshach leave, and the master stood on the front step with tears in his eyes. I was standing behind the master in disbelief.

Many months passed and many seasons, and Meshach still had not returned. You should have seen the master. It was like all life had been sucked from him. Things were not the same, and food was not eaten. “This is a waste of my hard work,” I thought to myself.

Later on that day as I was attending to my daily cleaning, Obadiah, the other son, approached his father in a very candid way saying, “Why do you waste your time waiting up night after night for a person who wants nothing to do with us any longer?” When he made that comment, I ran out there trying to stop what he was saying before it got too far.

Obadiah stormed away in jealousy and rage. Meanwhile, I had to go by the market and pick up a few items before sunset. On the way to the market, I silently prayed to God that He would bring Meshach back to his father. I continued to walk up the dusty road where there were other markets and alleyways with many areas that had parks and farms. Continuing on the road near the market, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a familiar face. “My golly, it’s Meshach,” I thought as I approached him. I held him in a minor conversation and added that his father had not been the same since his departure. It was a really heart-felt moment for the both of us, and Meshach specifically told me that it felt like he could never come back. I told him to please come back home, and after that I went on.

As the season passed, I was out in the garden telling Master how the harvest was going, but I did not want him to know what I saw. Attending to my gardening, I looked up and saw a stranger walking up the dusty road. Come to find out it was Meshach. I stopped what I was doing and ran to tell the master.

As the news got to him, he told me to go and get the finest silk robe and kill the fattened calf. His son had returned. “On this day,” he said, “we celebrate his return.” The master welcomed him with opened arms like nothing ever happened.

Best Friends Through Thick and Thin

One a cool winter evening, Bo was feeling tired and decided to take the bus home. He usually walked home from his job in a Montgomery department store. When he got on the bus, he saw one of his colleagues on the bus. So he went to sit in the black-only section in the back of the bus. Soon all ten seats in the front of the bus were occupied by Caucasian people.

When the bus made a stop, a Caucasian man got on. The driver of the bus told Bob’s African-American colleague to get up so he could extend the Caucasian section. Rosa said, “I have been working all day, and I am tired.” Bob was getting mad because he did not like the fact that African-Americans were treated like second-class citizens. The driver called the police who took Rosa into custody.

Bob went to go see Rosa at the police station. “Rosa, when you get out, we have got to do something about African-American rights in Alabama.” After being detained at the police station for five hours, Rosa was released and ordered to appear in court four days later.

Bob walked in the courtroom and sat in the black-only section. He got furious at the jury when Rosa was found guilty and fined ten dollars. In his mind, he wanted to kill them, but in his heart, he was a pitiful man.

He tried to talk to the jury. “How can you find her guilty when she was only trying to stand up for her rights?” he asked.

“Sir, can you sit back down and let us hear the verdict?” the judge ordered. The lawyers appealed the verdict. The case slowly began making its way through the courts. Meanwhile, African-Americans boycotted the city’s buses.

After one year passed by, the United States Supreme Court was looking over the case of Rosa Parks. Then the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Montgomery law violated the United States Constitution. The nation’s highest court sent a powerful message that African-American people could no longer be treated as second-class citizens.

In 1964, Rosa Parks and Bob Right won when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. In 1989, they were invited to attend a ceremony in the White House marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of its passage. This is why Rosa Parks is called the mother of the Civil Rights Movement’s best friend.

A Greater Plan

“Brothers, can I come too?” shouted David.

“Ha, ha, you’re too small. You have to be big and strong like us,” they gloated.

David watched as all his brothers went off to war.

“Father, I want to go.”

“David, my son, you can’t. You’re too small, but don’t worry, God has a special purpose for your life.”

David went and confided in his only friend, a little lamb who no one treated with respect. “Shebediah, it’s not fair. Everyone always says, ‘You’re too small’. I never get to do anything,” David said.

“David, I know how you feel,” Shebediah responded. “They tell me I’m too small too.”

“You’re the only one who understands me,” David told him.

As the days went by, David got more and more depressed. Every time he thought of it, the more he had to consult with his best friend, Shebediah.

One day, while his brothers were still at war, David’s father came out and asked him, “Son, can you please take these supplies to your brothers? You can take Shebediah with you too.”

“Of course, Father,” David answered.

“We get to help!” Shebediah exclaimed to David.

“Yeah, we’re important!” David shouted.

The trip took them 3 days. During the trip, they would laugh and tell each other secrets. This was the happiest David had been in a long time. When they finally got to the army’s campsite, they saw that the Israelites weren’t winning. They were all scared of the Philistine’s champion, Goliath. He was big, ugly, and over 9 feet tall. He was very intimidating.

David and Shebediah saw Goliath in the distance, and David was immediately frightened. He was actually glad that he didn’t have to go up against him.

After David delivered the supplies, he was in a rush to get far away, but it was too late. Goliath and the other Phlistines had reached the campsite.

“Ha, ha,” Goliath laughed. “You have this puny little boy defending your nation? I will slaughter you.”

David was terrified now. Right when he was about to run, Shebediah came near him. “Don’t let him talk to you like that,” Shebediah said. “You can take him.”

“No, I can’t. My brothers were right, I am too small,” cried David.

“No, you’re not, and plus, you have a secret weapon,” Shebediah responded.

“What is it?” David asked curiously.

“You have the Lord on your side. Nothing can beat that. Just have faith,” Shebediah answered.

“You are right, Shebediah. I can defeat him,” David proclaimed.

Luckily, David brought his slingshot. He walked over to the steam and picked up five smooth stones.

David walked up to Goliath and said, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

“Where is this God of yours?” Goliath asked.

“My God is in the midst of us. My God is great and powerful. My God can crush you with just a blow of his breath,” David said.

Goliath, enraged, ran up to kill him, but David was faster and ducked quickly.

“What’s the matter?” David gloated. “Am I going too fast for you?” Goliath charged at him again, and again David dodged it.

Immediately, David leveled his slingshot and hit him right in the forehead. Goliath was knocked down, unconscious. Everyone was surprised and amazed. Everyone, that is, except for Shebediah. He knew David could do it all along.

David stood above Goliath, took his sword, and cut Goliath’s head off with it. The Philistines were quivering. They didn’t understand how someone so small could beat someone so large.

The Israelites cheered and praised God. they won! They defeated the Philistines!

David walked over to Shebediah. “Thank you. You gave me the courage to face him,” David told him.

“Don’t thank me. It was the Lord,” Shebediah replied. “Your father told you God had something special planned for you.”

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Overview on Ecclisiastes.

this book was written by King Solomon and tells us mainly to "fear god and keep his commandments" this book also tells us about a lot of things that are vanity.

Most often used phrases:

"Vanity of vanities" says the preacher "all is vanity."

Then I returned and saw/considered all that was___under the sun.

It is all grasping for the wind.

Random facts and Opinions:

In chapter four verse 9-11 Solomon writes "there is nothing new under the sun."

Solomon is of the opinion that it would be better if one did not live.

Ecclesiastes is a very hard book to understand because it skips around a lot.

Sum-up verse:

Fear God and keep his comandments for this is mans all.
for God will bring every work into judgement including
every secret thing whether good or evil.
(Ecclisiastes 12:13-14)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Suicide

Did you know that at least 1000 teens commit suicide every year? Suicide is the number one cause of teenage death in America. Suicide is a big issue, but it can be prevented. Suicide can be prevented by addressing issues of low self-esteem, loneliness, and mental problems.

Many teenagers, especially girls, suffer from low self-esteem. They feel they are not good enough and do not have much self worth. We can stop this by having classes for girls like that. We can make them feel beautiful on the inside and out.

Most girls and boys with low self-esteem often are lonely. Loneliness leads to depression and depression can lead to suicide. We have to befriend people who we see who are always alone and with their heads hanging down. Loneliness and low self-esteem in girls are usually from boy troubles. A lot of boys have the power to make girls feel like they are next to nothing. that has to stop.

A common cause of suicide is mental issues. The blame for that cannot be placed on anyone. I only have one solution for that, and that is to supervise the teen at all times. It is a simple and easy way to prevent suicide.

All in all, there are ways we can stop suicide. We just need to join together and fight. Suicide is not just the ending of a life. Think about the people seeing their loved ones die. How do you think they feel? I want to help, but I cannot do it alone. Suicide can be prevented if we solve the problems of low self-esteem, loneliness, and mental problems.

Drugs

27% of Georgia teens use drugs, following after their role models or other young influences. Drugs are powerful and can ruin a single person’s life and everything that person worked hard at. Just watch the television and see the many celebrities who have earlier funerals than they expected, or even go into cardiac arrest. Drugs are illegal, and illegal drug use should be stopped because it leads to addiction, weight loss, and a loss of support from family.

Using illegal drugs can lead to a serious addiction. Not just any addiction, but an addiction of cravings, looking for it and also not putting it down. From many experiences, Tom was in this position on his 17th birthday. A couple of his friends invited him over on the weekend to smoke, and Tom went. Now Tom has been smoking for at least a month and a half and thinking about his next hit every waking moment. Having an addiction to drugs—even cigarettes—has bad endings. Eventually, a user will start experimenting with even stronger drugs.

When experimenting with these stronger drugs, a user will start noticing weight loss. It is one thing to lose weight from exercising, but it is completely different to lose weight from doing drugs. Not only will it cause weight loss, but drug use will also cause the lips and skin to look bad, resulting in a haggard appearance. When a person loses weight from doing drugs, they will be so skinny that a person can see every bone in their body.

Not only will drug use cause weight loss, but it will also cause a loss of support from loved ones. This might sound pretty familiar to Tom; to lose all of the people who loved him or supported hi throughout his life. Using drugs will lead to serious problems in every aspect of life. Married people will end up losing a good spouse and friends. Do not give drugs the power to determine your life.

Drugs are serious, and we have to put a stop to drug use. You do not want to lose family or friends or even yourself on drugs. You do not want to serve a long time in jail. Illegal drug use is not good because a person can get addicted, lose too much weight, and lose their support of family and friends. Drug use must be stopped.

Smoking

Smoking cigarettes can really damage the bodies of humans, and it can also give them a disease that may or may not be curable. 79% of smokers die by the age of 42 from health issues. The purpose of this essay is to encourage not only teens, but also adults not to smoke cigarettes. Smoking can be avoided by finding alternative ways to deal with stress, avoiding peer pressure, and not giving in to addiction.

Smoking cigarettes leads to stress. People say smoking helps them relax or calm down. However, there are many things they can do to deal with stress. The good news is that if you are struggling with stress, you will not have to spend a lot of money on just dealing with your daily stress. The book Eliminating Stress and Anxiety from Your Life will give very positive ways of dealing with stress. Smokers could also purchase a new item called an Electronic Cigarette.

Even though people may buy Electronic Cigarettes to deal with their stress, stress is not the only thing that causes people to smoke cigarettes. Peer pressure contributes to smoking also. Every person, including adults, struggles with peer pressure. The only thing that people can do to avoid peer pressure is to stop hanging around their old friends and find some new ones to hang around.
Just because you find new friends to hang around does not mean that it will keep you from smoking cigarettes. People sometimes smoke cigarettes because they are addicted to them. When people are addicted to doing something it is very hard for them to stop. There are many things people can do to break the habit of smoking cigarettes. Here are some examples: People could get support and encouragement from their close friends and family, or they could get medication and use it correctly.

Receiving medication and using it correctly is the best thing to do because most people do not use it the correct way, and that leads in the wrong direction. Taking care of your body can help you live for a very long time. Smoking cigarettes can lead to many horrible things such as cancer, color change in teeth, bad breath, death, and all sorts of other physical complications. If people would properly deal with stress, avoid peer pressure, and avoid giving in to addiction, then life would be much better to most humans who have problems with smoking cigarettes.

Gangs

The most common problem in the city is gangs. Gangs can frighten people away from living in the city. When gangs come in the city, they bring vandalism, drugs, and weapons.

Atlantans experience vandalism in school, neighborhoods, and on many other people. Because gangs bring vandalism into the city, the crime rank goes up. You see people get killed just because they said a disrespectful word around a gang member.

Gangs also bring a lot of drugs in to the city. Just recently, I saw a TV report about a man who was in a gang and got arrested for having ten bags of marijuana and cocaine. When the police went to his house, they found 15 pounds of marijuana that he was selling in his neighborhood.

Gangs also bring illegal weapons in to the city. Unfortunately, I have personal experience with this. My friend and I were walking to school when one of his friends in a gang gave him a gun. When I got out of school, my friend was arrested because there was a gang war and an old woman got killed because she was walking in the wrong place.
 

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