How to Whup the Devil

How to Whup the Devil
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Friday, November 16, 2012

An Open Letter of Thanksgiving

It’s my belief that thanksgiving is a learned behavior. I can remember when I wasn’t so thankful, but as life progressed, I learned to look at life a lot differently and count my blessings. I learned to appreciate and be thankful for my parents and the seemingly little that we had, growing up. Looking back, we had little compared to material possessions, but we had the greatest blessing of all… Love. My folks loved each other! They loved their family and they taught us to love one another. They’ve both gone on to be with the Lord, but the love they demonstrated and taught us still lives on in our lives. There have been times when I looked at life from a worldly prospective; judging myself and my circumstances based upon how the world would view me. Then there were times I’ve assessed my condition and analyzed it through the eyes of spirit or from a godly perspective. For me, the latter has always been the most encouraging. As we approach this Thanksgiving season (Nov 22), I’d like to contrast the two scenarios to validate why I’m thankful and blessed. One of my favorite quotes is from the Forrest Gump movie; “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get out of it.” Those words have spoken volumes to me. We can set goals, establish plans, put them into action, hope for the best, but in the end, we don’t always know the outcome. From all outward appearances, this year (2012) has been a challenging year, to say the least. I’ve faced some daunting personal challenges. I lost five family members this year: three maternal cousins, one paternal cousin and a paternal aunt; two of which were teens, who died to gun violence; but I can’t help saying, “Thank God I’m blessed. Life could be worst.” My mortgage is paid. The utilities are on. I have food in the fridge. I’m connected to the worldwide web through my mobile phone and Internet. I have transportation that gets me from point A to point B. I’m doing what I love—writing and teaching. I can go to the store and buy a piece or two, every now and then. From time to time, I can take a trip, just to get away and be refreshed. I’m not under the doctor’s care, nor do I take any medication. My health is good; I need to lose a few pounds, but who doesn’t these days. Even though my life has not turned out the way I planned it; I’m still blessed and thankful. Those closest to me are well. But most importantly, I have a host of family and friends who love me (the prayers and the non-prayers). I'm tremendously blessed and loved. For people in New York and New Jersey, several weeks ago, it was life as usual. How could they know they would become victims of "Hurricane Sandy" and be homeless this Thanksgiving and Christmas? How did the folks in Indianapolis know that their homes would be blown up, through no fault of their own, by a neighbor’s faulty gas line? How did three families in Wisconsin know they’d be celebrating the holidays without their loved ones, because an estranged husband went to his wife’s job and murdered her and shot others close by? Life is so uncertain. Who knows what you’ll get out of it, but as long as you’ve got breath in your body, there is hope. Hope that what’s coming is better than what you’re facing today. Hope that failure is not an option. If Thomas Edison could fail 10,000 times and keep trying, what about you and me? Hope that this is temporary…this too shall pass. Psalms 23 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadows of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.” Things will get better. I’m hopeful. I’m thankful and I’m appreciative to God for his multiplied blessings in my life. In all things, I give thanks to him because this too shall pass. Things will get better; if we live our lives thanking God for the small things. One day, he’ll trust us with bigger things. Things will get better. This too shall pass!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

How to whup the devil

Not much is written on the subject of the devil and how to deal with him. A few Christian authors may tackle the topic from a historical point of view, explaining where he came from, how he was lifted up in pride and was kicked from heaven; and some reference the fact that he was once an angel who was in charge of the music or worship in heaven; but few talk about how he and his wicked spirits work in the earth to attack man. As a matter of fact, it appears that far too many preachers are afraid to tackle the subject at all.

Newly published author, Dorothy Bracy Alston has released a new book in order to awaken the world to the notion that the Devil is alive and well. CISBA Communication Services announces the release of minister Alston’s new book: How to Whup the Devil: A Spiritual Weapons Guide.

Many years ago, comedian Flip Wilson popularized the saying; “the devil made me do it.” That saying caught on like wildfire and people began to talk about the devil, even if it was only offhandedly. When you start talking about the devil; that means you’ve got to discuss demons and evil spirits and the supernatural; and that’s downright scary for some Christians…but not so with the secular world. Today you can turn the TV on to any major television network and you will see stories about the supernatural, ghosts and psychics: Bones; Ghost Whisperers; Supernatural; Wizards of Waverly Place, and so on. So, I figured if the world is not afraid to tackle supernatural subject matter, then why can’t Christians tackle it.

The bible says of Satan, Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it (John 8:44). The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10). We all need to grease down and whup the devil like he stole your last dollar—and more than likely it was him.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. (John 10:1). Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer (Proverbs 28:24). That's exactly who we need to "whup." His name is Satan, Lucifer, that old serpent, the devil. Let's give him two black eyes when we smack him upside the head with the Word of God.

CISBA believes Ms. Alston is on the cutting edge of an award winning best seller. Why, because who wouldn’t want to know how to "whup" the devil.

In Dorothy’s humorous approach to this topic, she says, “Whup him like he stole something;” that’s what my momma would have done to me had I brought something home that didn’t belong to me. And really he did steal something, because the bible describes the devil as one who comes to steal, kill and destroy.

If you’re looking for a how to guide on how to “whup” the devil, How to Whup the Devil: A Spiritual Weapons Guide is the book for you. It’s biblically sound with scripture references from the King James Version of the Bible, and it guides you on how to wage war with our chief enemy, Satan and win. We all need to get mad at the devil and whup the devil like he stole your last dollar—and more than likely it was him.

Minister Alston has been teaching and lecturing in the church and in other speaking circuits for the last 28 years. She loves to write, research, and teach. After receiving her MA in English: Professional and Technical Writing, she taught English as an adjunct professor and taught ESL at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen Czech Republic. Ms. Alston has sharpened her writing skills and continues to teach and write. Her new book: How to Whup the Devil: A Spiritual Weapons Guide, is the inspiration for this article. Stop by, or contact CISBA Communication Services at for more information on how you can book Minister Alston for speaking engagements and receive a copy of her book How to Whup the Devil: A Spiritual Weapons Guide available at CISBA Communication Services. Book orders are being filled when you order from CISBA Associates' PayPal account. Cost is $15.00, which includes shipping. All orders will be processed promptly and mailed through the United States Postal Services.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Communications & Writing Consultant

CISBA Associates is a business development and communications consulting firm that would love to help you with your business and administrative projects. If you are a an organization, career center, school (public or private), business, non-profit, for-profit or civic group, we can help you meet your organizational goals and objectives.

Our services include: project management; development of business strategies and solutions for advancement and growth; strategic planning; business and marketing planning; writing and research; workforce development, career counseling and coaching, and seminar and workshop facilitation.

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  • Grant writing and research
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

CISBA Staff, Goals, and Objectives

CISBA provides systems and resources that will educate, empower, and develop the family into a prosperous and cohesive unit.

CISBA develops and implement successful family programs and initiatives to be replicated nationally and internationally.

Goals and Objectives:
Treat families and customers with respect, honor and integrity

Meet families and customers where they are, with the express purpose to increase their capacity to progress and to meet their personal objectives

To effectuate change for families and customers that can be measured qualitatively (consciously, attitudinal) and concretely with quantitative data analysis

To train and provide resources to individuals, families, and organizations that will enable them to meet their personal goals and missions for success

Enhance and support educational entities through collaborative efforts with programs, services, initiatives, and strategies that will aid in completing their objectives

To aid in building programs, services, and systems within your organization to increase its capacity to successfully serve your target market

Workshop and Seminar Topics

o Parental Involvement
o Developing Parenting Skills
o Tips and Strategies on Engaging the Hard to Reach Parents
o Increasing Communication and Contact with Hard to Reach Parents
o Cultural Awareness and Diversity that Affects Traditional Parent Involvement
o What Parents Need to Know
o Increasing Fatherhood Association and Participation
o Relationship and Team Building
o Increasing Family Technology Skills
o Financial Literacy
o Youth Development
o Student Athletics and Academics
o Character Education
o Character Development
o Career Counseling and Coaching
o How to Know if Your Child is on Track for Graduation
o Behavioral and Mental Health for Gifted and Struggling Students
o The Importance of Mentoring for African American Males
o Putting Systems in Place to Grow Your Company

Monday, September 29, 2008

CISBA Communication Services

CISBA Communications Services (CCS) is the technical writing, communications and training division of its parent company CISBA Associates. CCS provides professional and technical writing, grant research, writing and training, proof-reading and editing of publications for businesses, academicians and students, ESL language coaching, speaking, and communication services to educational, faith-based, non-profit and for profit groups, individuals and businesses.

Services are also provided to employees and students who need to enhance their writing and communications skills. The organization’s president learned a valuable lesson while doing thesis research to receive a Masters Degree in English’s Professional and Technical Writing. Over 100 hiring administrators were surveyed, including CEO’s, presidents, vice presidents, managers, and supervisors; all overwhelming agreed that effective communication skills increases ones chance for career success.

CISBA tailors its services to your individual needs.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Education & Faith-Based Consultants

Dorothy Bracy Alston is an education and faith-based consultant who has been working with parents, youth, educational, service and faith-based organizations for over twenty-five years. As the president and principal consultant, CISBA provides systems and resources that will educate, empower, and develop the family into a prosperous and cohesive unit.

Dorothy has gained a multiplicity of skills and experiences as an educator, writer, lecturer, academician, workshop trainer and facilitator, community activist, adjunct professor, advisor and consultant. She is a motivational speaker who, teaches, lectures, and facilitates training on various topics that deal with education, faith-based and holistic issues. Students and youth are her passion. Some youth and parent topics have centered around developing parent leadership skills, successful student achievement; career and workforce development; parent and student empowerment, holistic living; youth development for non-profits and others. She has designed youth curriculum and programs for several non-profit organizations, and has written articles that assist non-profit organizations in fund development and research.

Dorothy’s diverse background includes teaching as an adjunct professor, expertise in family literacy, development of training curriculums for family literacy and youth development programs, leadership roles in the government and corporate sectors, and as an entrepreneur. She has been a local and national conference facilitator and speaker, instructor and trainer.

Dorothy has served in various professional and community based leadership roles with a 25-year background of working with families, youth and service organizations. She has more than 20 years experience in community engagement and working in non-profit management, providing resources and educational support to parents, students and non-profits. Because of her passion for working with this population, she launched her own education and faith based consulting firm — CISBA Associates; to provide training to educational, non-profit and civic organizations whose primary focus are families and youth.

Ms. Alston also works with small businesses, public and private schools, government agencies, faith-based organizations and non-profits on projects that will move their organization to a higher level of efficiency: be it project management, grant writing and research, communications, or writing various business documents.

Dorothy earned a BS degree in Business Administration from Wilberforce University, and a Master’s degree in English's Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Memphis. Her Bachelor’s degree in Business allowed her early career opportunities to work in government, corporate, as well as entrepreneurial venues in finance and several service oriented business ventures.

Ms. Alston has traveled and taught abroad. Her educational pursuits lead her to study Czech at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic where she was certified to teach English as a Foreign Language and she also taught English at the Annual Summer Language Institute in the Czech Republic.

Dorothy has developed and implemented parent education programs to assist in increasing parental involvement in various non-profit organizations, faith-based groups, at targeted Memphis City Schools, and private learning facilities, where program assessments were done to ensure that program objectives were met.

As a staunch educational advocate, CISBA has been connected with major non-profit and service organizations that serve parents and youth for decades. Such organizations as the Memphis Literacy Council; Partners in Public Education (PIPE); Department of Children Services; Juvenile Court; the Boys and Girls Club; United Way's Together for Children; Mid-South Reads; just to name a few.

CISBA provides strategic planning, marketing, public relations and direction to both local and national parental engagement initiatives and programs with a specific focus on helping parents become more skilled in working with their students; understanding how to access information about their student’s performance, and mobilizing parents to become more involved in their children’s education, especially fathers, whether absent or currently living in the home.

With decades of experience in community service and program development, CISBA's consultants, focuses strategically and meticulously on developing and implementing organizational programs for parent education, youth development and community engagement initiatives that meet the needs of the client.

Our consultants have coordinated activities for program committees and groups to plan procedures, and provide direction and supervision to project staff, community partners, parents and youth, volunteers, and academic and administrative staff where needed. CISBA has coordinated and implemented youth programs specifically geared toward mentoring and student athletes. We are eager to help you with these program models.

CISBA's president, as project manager, coordinated activities for a state and national report that was sponsored by Partners in Public Education and the Public Education Network in Washington, DC. The results of the project were published nationally and can still be found online.

The work at CISBA Associates has included facilitation and project work with program committees and/or other groups to plan major community projects and events, assess parent, youth and community needs through focus groups and parent leadership training and institutes, ensuring that program objectives were met.

CISBA Associates continues to rely on experience, best practices, critical thinking, advisory boards, strategists and judgment to plan and accomplish project goals.

The company's president and its associates believe in giving back to the community and serve on a number of volunteer boards, advisory councils, and other philanthropic ventures, locally and in Charleston, Missouri.

The president's mother was a strong education advocate, so upon her death, Dorothy established the Remmite Sager Memorial Scholarship fund at her hometown high school: Charleston High School, in Charleston, MO for a graduating senior; in memory of her late mother. To date there have been ten recipients who have received scholarships and attended colleges in and out of the state of Missouri. Scholarship recipients have attended such colleges as Southeast Missouri State University, the University of Missouri at Columbia, Arkansas State University, Shawnee Community College, Christian Brothers University, Murray State University, McKendree University and others. CISBA and its associates also continue to give back to the community through serving on volunteer boards, mentoring, and other philanthropic ventures.

CISBA staff are all experts in their specified fields. They are trained professionals in their areas of expertise; with more than twenty years experience in hands on, professional and administrative, and management capacities.

The president and staff of CISBA are passionate about education and want to ensure that ALL children have the opportunity to succeed and find their true life's purpose. We want what's best for all the children. An African greeting was shared with us recently and it simply says: "How are ALL the children?"

As an education and faith-based consulting firm, we know it takes a village and we want what's best for ALL the children and their families.

We'd love to have an opportunity to help you with your family or business project or program.

We can be reached at or 901-570-3923.

Dorothy Bracy Alston

Dorothy Bracy Alston
Communications and Writing Consultant