Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Metaphor of the Dance

Once upon a time there was a young couple who agreed to be dance partners for life.  They vowed to only dance with one another until in death they parted. They danced on their wedding night; they danced on their honeymoon. During the early years of their marriage, they danced frequently. They explored many forms of dancing. They dirty-danced; they waltzed; they tried acrobatics; they speed-danced; they slow-danced; they danced between classes; they danced in the morning; sometimes they danced all night.  They knew that the marriage dance floor was undefiled.  Dancing seemed to be part of the glue that kept them in sync.

As time went on, one of the partners apparently could no longer hear the music. Dancing became unimportant.  As a matter of fact, dancing seemed to be no longer fun, but had become a chore and an obligation.  So there would be offered occasional obligatory dances.  The one partner would say, “Let’s just hold each other like we used to dance,” but it was confronted with rejection with the response, “Oh no, I know what that will lead to – more dancing.”  The question was asked, “Can we at least talk about the old dance steps?”  That, too, was received with rejection because the dancing conversation had become stressful.  They could watch Dancing With The Stars or various forms of professional dancing, but there would be no more frivolous dancing or experimentation in their relationship.  The one partner who had become uninterested in the dance agreement became hurt when they realized the other partner was dancing on their own.  When that became an issue, the partner with the desire to dance started watching other couples dance and that, too, became irritating to the uninterested partner.  They felt if their partner needed to self-dance or even watch other people dance, it was a perversion.  Yet, they did not see that their partner was crying out to dance and the only one who could fulfill that desire was their partner.  Somehow, abstinence of the dance was not a perversion.  The attitude was that your need to dance is not my problem.  Yet, the partner was the only one who could satisfy the dance need without violating the original vow.

So, the dancing slowed down to an occasional crawl.  There was very little pep in the steps.   Eventually, one of the dance partners lay stricken on their death bed.  The other cuddled up next to them and whispered, “You were the music in my soul and the best dance partner ever.”  The rhythm was gone and the music faded and there lay two old wrinkled bodies with only memories of what it was like before the devil stole their dance.

Written by Bishop Gabriel Abdelaziz

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Apology to America
I feel a need to apologize to America on behalf of our men – men (immature boys, actually) of all nationalities – but especially for the black men of America, of which I am one.  This is a great country in which we live. I have traveled around the world and even though the USA is not perfect, it is the best place I have found on this planet.  We must uphold what has made us great – our values and the Constitution.

I am sixty years old and for the very first time, I am ashamed of the representation that we, as men, are portraying to the world.   As an educated black man, I take pride in how I carry myself.  I have been married to the same woman for forty years and have three married children (all with their original spouses) and nineteen grandchildren.  They work hard and are not a drain on the American economy.  My mannerisms, my integrity, and honesty are a direct reflection of my upbringing.  I believe in morals, respect, and old fashioned politeness.  Christ is the central focus of our lives, though we are not what one might think of as religious.  I agree with Dr. Martin Luther King; we cannot judge a man by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.

I am appalled that grown men – Black, White, Hispanic, or Asian – see it cool to walk around and show their underwear.  This trend was prison born and unfortunately, often to prison it leads.  So many black men are crying for respect from other people, while simultaneously disrespecting themselves.  Many disrespect not only themselves, but their wives, women, children, homes, and society.  Ignorance has caused them to focus on the bling-bling on their fingers and around their necks, the spinners on their wheels, and the idea of pimping their crib.  Not realizing that they are being pimped and used by a greedy materialistic society.  Society has created a fear of standing alone, while fostering a pack mentality.  Wolves run in packs.  Twisted society, preached by the hate mongers and the racists (black and white alike), is creating  a spirit of unrest and setting up hotbeds of fear.  Black-on-black crime is of epic proportion and now the racial tensions are on the rise.

I have walked the streets of racist Alabama in the 60’s, but have also lived on the racist streets of South Central L.A.  So sad, people still killing people over skin color.  How ignorant is that?  Our young men and women dying over zip codes, area codes, and the color of tennis shoes.  Am I really missing something or does that sound asinine?  Everybody tripping over the “N” word.  It is amazing that no one can say “nigga” but the niggas.  Webster defines niggardly not as a race, but as an attitude.

nig·gard·ly [nig-erd-lee]
1.reluctant to give or spend; stingy; miserly.
2.meanly or ungenerously small or scanty: a niggardly tip to a waiter.

adverb the manner of a niggard. 

1520–30; niggard + -ly  
Related forms nig·gard·li·ness, noun

1. penurious, miserly, mean, tight, avaricious, mercenary, illiberal, close.
2. poor.

So, America, I want to publicly apologize for the niggas of our society -- the White niggas, the Hispanic niggas, the Asian niggas, and the Black niggas -- and for all men acting niggardly.

It is time for men to pull up their pants and quit blaming other people and act like responsible men and make our world a better place.  We must quit tearing down our cities; we must quit going to jail and prison; we must start taking care of the children we create.  There is no honor in being a deadbeat dad, a thief, or a habitual criminal.  Violence can no longer be our lifestyle.  We are humans created with a divine purpose.  Even animals don't act like hateful humans.

Humbly submitted,
Bishop Gabe

Thursday, October 25, 2012


I often travel on airplanes. Each time I approach the ticket counter, I am asked about my bags. They ask  these questions:

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  • Is there anything hazardous?
  • Is there anything perishable?
  • Is there anything potentially dangerous?

The final questions are the most important.


These are the questions I pose to you. Who have you allowed to pack your bags in this flight through life and why are you carrying weapons of mass destruction?  We often fly through life carrying potentially dangerous and hazardous material that we have allowed others to impose on us. Many of our thoughts and ideas are not really ours. We have given permission to someone else to tell us what we think and how we are to live. One of the primary culprits of the baggage sabotage is the media. The media is the manipulator of the madness that causes us to become a self-imposed terrorist. With the invention of the internet and social media, we have handed over the keys to our minds. 

Please understand that an open mind is not synonymous with an unguarded mind. We must guard our heart and our mind at all times, for out of our hearts flows the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). We must be careful what we watch and what we allow to make its way into our thought patterns. It is amazing how things that we never considered before have now become questioned, solely because they are socially accepted. Through the barrage of input, one lowers or raises one's values. We must be very careful as to whom we allow to speak into our lives. We are warned in Scripture that in the last days man will call right wrong and wrong right. Man will also call good evil and evil good. Man will pervert truth to appease his own human desires. I challenge you to raise the standards and attempt to live on a higher plane or morality. Each of us must screen our thoughts, not through the grid of this perverted society, but through the Word of God. Don't let some man (me included), church, political party, culture, or any such thing determine truth for you. Let the God of Heaven declare His Word into your life. Jesus is Truth and the Truth shall set you free. 

Final question. What I believe -- does it or does it not align with the Word of God? His Word is our final authority.

Humbly loving you,
Bishop Gabe

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


(Sorry for the long absence.  I have had computer problems, but I am now back and back with a vengeance!)

I want this post to encourage and resurrect your faith. If you think you have been going through a test and it seems like God is not speaking to you, remember that the teacher is always quiet while the student is testing.

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The faith of God is always strong and consistent. It is our human faith with which we struggle . God has given to every man the measure of faith (Romans 12:3).  It is not "a" measure of faith, but "the" measure. God had given to everyone the exact same prescribed measure. He leaves it up to us as to how much we will exercise this awesome gift.  The faith that God has given, is the God kind of faith. Mark 11:22 tells us to have the God kind of faith.  Faith is a seed and and seed produces after its kind (Genesis1:11-12). So when it is the God kind of faith, then we can reap a God kind of harvest.  Remember, He is the Lord of the harvest (Matthew 9:38). It it His faith that He has invested in us that will move mountains, cancel satanic attacks, raise the dead, and cast out devils. We will not threaten the kingdom of darkness by what we think nor by what we say out of our mouths just because we said it. It is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone and standing upon the unshakable Word that will vanquish enemies and send demons to flight. Jesus is the Light and faith is the switch which will dispel darkness and fear, but we must flip the switch by trusting Him.

Someone said to me the other day, "Bishop, this faith thing is so hard."  My response was, "It sure is when we are trying to do it; it must be done in Christ."  Remember, it is not your faith, but His. It is only when we internalize His faith does it truly become our faith.  Jesus said that according to your faith, be it unto you. There is a grave difference between our faith (human and carnal) and His faith (spiritual and eternal).  Here is the answer: quit wrestling with your problems, situations, or dilemmas outside of Christ. For without Him, we can do nothing. We have to quit attempting to coerce God into supporting our program and start finding out what He is doing and fit into His agenda! If we will follow Him, we will always get to where He is going. We will get there right on time, right destination, and meet our divine appointment.

T: Turn over all your problems to Him.
R: Rest in His ability to carry you through.
U: Use the Word of God as your only defence.
S: Stand firmly on His promise, no matter what it looks like.
T: Tell everyone about the goodness of God.

I believe great days are ahead!

Humbly loving you,
Bishop Gabe

Monday, June 18, 2012


You are powerfully gifted and so much talent lies beneath your surface of fear and intimidation. You are an awesome individual with a story to tell that can transform your world. Every person can turn his or her circumstances around with the correct guidance, instruction, and obedience. I want speak into your life and tell you that you are not hopeless, worthless, or a failure. You are just a few steps or decisions away from your breakthrough. What are those steps?

  1. Forgive yourself and others.
  2. Let go of unnecessary baggage.
  3. Place yourself in an environment of growth.
  4. Make necessary physical changes which will aid in your success.
  5. Trust God and believe that His direction will get you to your destination.
  6. Realize that your worth, value, and gifts lie in Christ.

God has placed within our chest a beating heart with great dreams and aspirations. We have allowed people or society to choke those dreams, but you need to know that those dreams are still there. You still have great dreams that can no longer be nightmares. These night terrors must be brought into the light of God's presence and into divine reality.

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Every man's gift develops differently, but all gifts from God will lead both us and others to quality places. Gifts are beneficial to the well-being of everyone around. When I speak of gifts, I am not talking about mystical or deep spiritual things. Many of our gifts are regular everyday things and activities, but you are exceptional at it. Let me name a few to give you an idea of what I am talking about:

  • Encouragement
  • Laughter
  • Hospitality
  • Service
  • Administrating
  • Giving (Time and Talent)
  • Listening
  • Teaching and Training
  • Speaking 
  • Cooking

We must find our niche and develop a place where we can shine -- not for personal recognition, but for the preservation of those in need. Each one possesses something that can benefit humanity and make this a better place to live.

Here is a great little thought, author unknown:

"Your task is to build a better world," God said.

I answered, "How?  This world is such a large and complicated place. I'm so small and there's nothing I can do."
But God said in all His infinite wisdom, "Just build a better you."

Humbly loving you,
Bishop Gabe

Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial Day

It is so sad and very unfortunate that we have reduced Memorial Day to just a time to have another three-day weekend. One person said, "Memorial Day is a day to BBQ, picnic, and take the boat out on the lake." We have neglected to teach our children about patriotism, honor, sacrifice, and the high price of freedom. The freedoms that we enjoy did not come without a price.  Men and women of courage died for this moment.

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From the website, "How to Observe Memorial Day":

The "Memorial" in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Often we do not observe the day as it should be -- a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given their lives for ours.

Here are some ways to honor and observe Memorial Day:

  • by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
  • by visiting memorials.
  • by flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.
  • by flying the 'POW/MIA Flag' as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).
  • by participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance" at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.
  • by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our falled dead, and to aid the disabled veterans. 

  • May 
  • we find ourselves quiet, humble, and grateful as we reflect on the millions of lives lost so we could picnic,  BBQ, and play on the lake. Oh, that we could be forever in debt to all who loved America so we could see Old Faithful fly and hear freedom ring.


  • Humbly loving you,
    Bishop Gabe

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012


    Life is most fascinating when we understand its purpose. Life is nothing that we create or attain; it is truly a gift from God. God gives us life and we mostly determine its quality and often its quantity.When life comes to us as a gift, it is full of God's power. The potential life has within its borders hope, peace, fullness, future, and success. When we realize that life is from a loving and generous God, we then desire to live life to its fullest. Life should be enjoyed, not endured.

    In this present life (the natural) we have ups and downs, mountains and valleys, triumphs and tragedies. Unfortunately, we compare one day to another and we determine whether this is a good day or bad day. If the truth be known, we cannot say what a good day or a bad day is until we have evaluated all the days. Let me propose to you, my reader, something to consider. I want you to imagine an EKG monitor. As it is recording your heart's activity, you will notice the peaks and the valleys. We call that a representation of life. As long as we can see high points and low points, we feel we are fine. Once that machine shows a long flat line, we call that death.  But is it really death or is it the passage way to a new destination?

    Now when we understand real life (the spiritual), the flat line represents consistency. Life around us still happens. Life is full of deaths and births, marriage and divorce, buying a new home and being foreclosed, luxurious cruises and broken down cars. But those that have flat-lined in Christ are consistent in their faith. When their faith is challenged, they trust in God. When seemingly nothing goes right, they trust in God. When there is an abundance, they praise God for His goodness. When there is an apparent lack, they praise God for His goodness. David the Psalmist writes, "Some trust in chariots and some in horses but we trust in the name of the Lord." It is when we flat-line in Christ, that life becomes peaceful. A dead man does not fear tomorrow. A dead man is not offended as to what people do or say. The flat-liner says, as Apostle Paul has said, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain," and "The life which I NOW live..., I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." The dead man is no longer shaken, but has become the shaker.

    Jesus warned us that in this life we shall have hard times and tribulations. Yet He said to be of good cheer because He had overcome and so, we too shall overcome. My friend, life happens. Let life do its thing and allow God to do His.  We also must learn to do God's thing! May we not allow the circumstances to dictate our path and our journey through this life. This life is merely a temporary detour to our eternal home!

    Humbly loving you,
    Bishop Gabe

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