Back to Hell with F-alse E-vidence A-ppearing R-eal!

By Jim Allen, Editor, NuVote Reach

Thanks all for the well wishes to me for our team at Alejo Media. For me, the real question is how does one go from, years ago, coming to the DC area as a broken, broke, homeless man, who had lost his family (now, largely intact), to becoming something else? I believe the answer is the power and grace of God to restore, and the determination to be so.

I want to encourage someone today to focus on celebrating your family and loved ones and do not internalize the emotional output of your detractors—pray for them as God prepares a table before you in their presence.

There will always be people and dark forces potentially lurking around the perimeter of your life—just keep it moving, resist.

I suggest trying to making amends where you may have hurt people and forgive those who have hurt you.

Consider silencing the negative talk in your own head and give some thought to the idea of transforming religion into relationship. I personally use the 23rd Psalm. Whenever something crazy starts to stir around in my head, I replace it with that (I memorized the passage).

Psalm 23

King James Version (KJV)

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord  for ever.

It works for me.

Someone is going through something today that may seem just too tough to handle. Do not believe it, because it’s not true. I take the letters in the word FEAR and transform them into a borrowed reminder that fear is: “F-alse E-vidence A-ppearing R-eal.”

Faith and fear cannot operate together.

Again, thanks to all of you who have offered up a sacrifice of emotional support and/or prayers for our business venture and our kingdom work at the House of Help/City of Hope.

Your thoughtful gestures are humbling, greatly appreciated and, I believe, will not return to you void.

I am not speaking as someone who has “arrived,” but as someone redeemed.

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About Jim Allen, Founder/Editor, NuVote Reach

Currently serving as Chief Operating Officer of Alejo Media, emerging as one of Washington, D.C.’s most artistic and innovative video production and post-production media companies. Previously, as Director of News and Media Services at the American Institute of Physics, he led the creation of the InsideScience.org news platform, which includes Inside Science TV. He also previously served as Media Director, Energy NOW! and Clean Skies TV and as Special Reports Editor/Media Relations Director at The Hill newspaper. Jim has served in various executive, business development and/or programming roles for a number of media concerns including CBS Radio/Television, Radio One Inc. and the Los Angeles Times. Since 1995, he has been a contributor to the Reporters Notebook news roundtable program on NBC 4 TV, DC. He earned a music scholarship to Delaware State University, a Bachelor of Arts in English/Television Production at Virginia State University and, from 2003-2007, attended Concord University School of Law. His commendations include the Washington, DC Teachers' Union Media Relations Award and shared an American Academy of Nursing National Media Award. Jim also chairs a development task force for the faith-based, non-profit House of Help/City of Hope, founded and led by Bishop Dr. Shirley Holloway, which has provided substance abuse, mental health and continuing education programs and transitional housing for tens of thousands of homeless (and battered) women, families and men (including ex-offenders) at its shelter and treatment facilities in Washington, DC and Prince George’s and Charles Counties, MD.
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2 Responses to Back to Hell with F-alse E-vidence A-ppearing R-eal!

  1. robakers says:

    On this side of death, none of us ever arrives…fortunately we are all redeemed.

  2. Thank you, the perfect post for me today.
    I pray every morning for guidance through my day. At night I ask that my actions of the day have served.

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