Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christians, we must continue to petition our LORD for Aleppo and Syria!

My Bible reading, vocation and hobby provide me with an interesting view of the world. By day I am a Threat Exploit Researcher. This involves investigating known vulnerabilities, malware and attacks against networks. My findings are documented and the methods that are used to perform and detect the malicious activity are highlighted. Using this information, we are able to write detection rules that can be used to alert or block the malicious activity. In my free time, I consider myself a Cybercrime Researcher. This involves me collecting information from multiple social media platforms, IRC channels and darknets. I am able to learn the tools, techniques and procedures used by malicious actors. Sometimes, I find information that looks to have been stolen by hackers. Other times, I have come across discussions about live network attacks in progress.     
One of big issues that show up nightly on my radar has been the Aleppo crisis. This crisis has been reported on multiple social media platforms and has been in our news daily. For months I have come across pictures and video of the fighting, bombed out buildings, injured and dead people and people who are struggling to survive. Men, women and children are all suffering in Aleppo and all over Syria. People have died in their beds because the building there were in had collapsed on them due to the bombs dropped from planes. I have seen fighters going to war without essential equipment like shoes. The delayed and sanitized images feed to us by our news media does not do justice to the extreme situation these people face everyday.    
On December 12th, a cease-fire agreement was signed that would allows the civilians and rebel fighters to leave the city of Aleppo. Usually, cease-fires are very temporary and quickly broken. Almost immediately, I was reading reports of groups already violating the agreement. We must continue to petition our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ for the people of Aleppo and of Syria. This is just one of the many places around the world that are always in a constant state of war. There is so much to petition our LORD for and all this is very overwhelming. It is very easy to turn a blind eye to it all but we cannot do this. Pray and be obedient to what the LORD tells you to do.     

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Not a Victim

I recently visited Belfast in the Northern Ireland part of the United Kingdom. This was my second trip to the area and it is a beautiful part of the world. The area is rich in history, has many beautiful people and places along with one pub for every 25 people. Just as I had previously, I stayed in the city center which is just a stones throw from city hall and within walking distance to my employer’s security research and headquarters.
Some of my coworkers and I were walking to a pub that would be hosting the after hours party thrown by my employer. Along the way we passed a gentleman sitting on the ground and asking for money. I happened to be walking with my Cold Steel Walkabout Walking Stick. Seeing this, the gentleman asked me if I had hurt my leg. I said no, my leg is ok. We continued in friendly conversation and I explained that I carried no cash and asked him if there is anything I could get for him. He said he wanted some hot tea.
Since this is the UK, tea is as plentiful as beer and water so this was an easy request to fulfill, no problem. I went to the nearest convenience store, get hot water, sugar and 5 different flavors of tea because I failed to ask what flavor he wanted. I bring back the tea and we continue with more friendly conversation.
Him: Are you Christians?
Me: Yes.
Him: Where are you from?
Me: The United States.

As the conversation continues it becomes disturbing to me. He starts discussing the victimization of black people by the hands of the police in America. I sat there, listened, smiled and nodded my head as I took it all in. I was not willing to debate the topic with this gentleman on the streets of Belfast. He was kind, I believe that he was truly concerned but I believe that he was also largely misinformed.
Even more recently, I am told that the United Nation says that African Americans are owed reparations for slavery. The UN called it the legacy “racial terrorism”. I am an American of African descent with an Irish name. Does this mean I get double because history says the Irish were also enslaved? Should I start going after the English for this portion of the payment? What about my native american heritage? Do I get some form of payment for this also?
I agree that those who were enslaved are due payment. This would be just and right but it cannot happen now. GOD almighty placed me in this space at this time. I enjoy the benefits of being in this country because many of my ancestors suffered, sacrificed and probably died struggling to overcome the persecution. I am not due their payment and I cannot blame my current problems on what someone else’s ancestors did to my ancestors. This imperfect but still great country that GOD has placed me in only owes me what has been defined by the Constitution of the United States.
I understand that as a country we have a horrible past as far as the relation between persons of African heritage and persons of European heritage are concerned. I also understand that the current situation is not perfect. It is far from perfect! Maybe I am looking too much into this? Maybe I have some pride issues that I need to deal with? I really do not like people believing that I am a victim just because of the color of my skin. I am made in the image and likeness of GOD, I am an over comer and not a victim.

I am designed to overcome and to fight life through.If you see me, no matter the situation, whether I am wealthy or poor, on top of the world or in the gutter. Please do not think of me as a victim. I may even be victimized, but my victimization does not make me a victim.  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Serving Neighbors, Serving God!

It has to be said and something must be done. All Lives Matter, abortion is wrong and guns are not evil but some people are. We as a country should take Frederic Douglas's advice about what should be done about us black men. 

“Let him alone! If you see him on his way to school, let him alone, don’t disturb him! If you see him going to the dinner-table at a hotel, let him go! If you see him going to the ballot-box, let him alone, don’t disturb him! If you see him going into a work-shop, just let him alone,—your interference is doing him a positive injury.” 

We men need to dedicate ourselves to GOD and reclaim our families and neighborhoods from these government programs that have weakened our resolve to provide for and protect those that GOD has given to us. I believe that Jesus is LORD and the founding of this country was based on Christian principles and values.

I am a follower of Christ, a dedicated husband to my wife and a loving father to my children. I am also a Patriot who loves the United States of America... warts and all! 

Our country is in serious trouble and I am doing what I know to do. Get involved and fix what I can and encourage others to do the same. I have been elected as a Delegate to represent my neighbors at the Texas GOP State Convention. 

The convention is being held from Thursday May 12th to Saturday May 14th in Dallas TX.

I will be traveling from the Houston area and I need your prayers. I also need my neighbors help to cover the cost of travel and lodging. Any funds raised over the needed expense will be allocated to traveling to the GOP National Convention if I am elected as a Delegate or an Alternate. 

I promise to stand for the GODLY principles that have made this country great. I promise to help defend the Constitution of the United States of America. I promise to do all I can to fix all I can and get others involved to do the same. I promise to serve my neighbors and to serve GOD.

Thank you for your prayers for strength and boldness! Also, if you choose, thank you for your financial help! All gifts can be sent using GoFundMe at the link below.