Monday, September 19, 2016

Linkin' Bridge from AGT Finale Makes Surprise Appearance at District 5 Community Celebration

Bill and Angela Price with Council Woman Cheri Bryant Hamilton
We had an awesome time on Saturday at the District 5 Community Celebration at the Shawnee Amphitheater! The 10th annual event was hosted by Council woman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and the 5th District Neighborhood Advisory Committee. There was something for everyone, youth activities and games, dancers, poetry reading, spoken word, deejay, food, entertainment, live performances, the Tones of Joy, Tony Fish, the Unlimited Show Band.

My husband, Bill and I were among recipients of the Molly Leonard Community Service Award Saturday, September 17th at District 5 Community Celebration   I encouraged everyone to find something they are passionate about and use their gifts and talents to serve God and community. Bill encouraged everyone to live a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise.

We met Louisville's own Linkin' Bridge! They made a surprise appearance direct from the U of L vs Florida State game at Papa John's Stadium and NBC's America's Got Talent! They made it to the Finals Top 10 before being eliminated last Tuesday.  China Lacy (in red) told youth to believe in themselves and produce positive music.  They performed briefly and took pics with fans.



Friday, September 16, 2016

Councilwoman Hamilton announces Music and Activities lineup for the 10th Annual District 5 Community Celebration


Bill and I want to thank Council woman Cheri Bryant Hamilton​ and the 5th District Neighborhood Advisory Committee for thinking so kindly of us to include both of us among recipients for Molly Leonard Community Service Award at the 10th Annual District 5 Community Celebration, Shawnee Park on Saturday, September 17th.  We consider it a honor and blessing to serve our community.  It takes a village working together to make West Louisville and the entire city of Louisville a better place. Thanks you again! We shall continue to look for ways to use our gifts and talents, give to the least of these, and enrich our community to the glory of God.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Jesus Saves Coordinates WLOU Prayer Breakfast for Third Year

By:  Angela Lee Price



Let us continue praying for Louisville, Kentucky and other cities across the country currently experiencing increases in homicides, and gun violence. As of September 9th, Louisville has seen a record 81 murders, surpassing the 2015 count of 80 for the year.   In June in response to the sharp raise in violence, Jesus Saves Ministries partnered with WLOU 104.7 FM, Louisville's Rhythm and Gospel station to host the "Silence the Violence, Increase the Peace" Summerfest Prayer Breakfast at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.  This is our third year serving as coordinating ministry for the breakfast.  The kick-off event for Summerfest 2016, WLOU’s outdoor, family gospel festival in Chickasaw Park, drew approximately 400 in attendance on Friday, June 17th.  Speakers included, Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad, Congressman John Yarmuth, State Senator Gerald Neal, activist Neal Robertson, and Council woman Cheri Bryant Hamilton.  WAVE-3 News anchor Dawne Gee served as emcee.  Apostle Dorothy Nelson, New Destiny of Faith Church, and Dr. Ruth Wilson, Shekinah Glory Ministry served as prayer leaders.  Jason Clayborn and the Team were our musical guest.


Mayor Greg Fischer stated that we must continue the spirit of goodwill that existed in the city during the week of the Muhammad Ali observances and memorial service.  Senator Neal stated that some state gun laws currently tie hands of local officials, looking at new measures to keep guns out of hand of criminals.

Chief Steve Conrad, who put statistics to number of homicides this year, with a disproportionate percentage involving young adults under 25. Community must pray and participate with law enforcement to turn around sharp escalation in gun violence. 

Dawne Gee stated we must begin to love one another, give people the benefit of the doubt because we don't always know what's going on with them. She ended by saying, "I don't look like what I've been through!"


The keynote speaker, Dr. F. Bruce Williams preached a powerful sermon from the Scripture, "Blessed are the peacemakers because they shall be called the sons of God," Matthew 5:9. Peacekeepers separate opposing factions without resolving the underlying conflict. Peacemakers build bridges, and bring justice into equation to resolve conflict. Real peace comes from God. To obtain peace of God, one must have peace with God through Jesus Christ, our peacemaker. Peace making is hard work, but blessed work.





Tuesday, September 06, 2016

God's Got You! Video Devo

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Romans 8:31-35
~The Bible Study lessons in Romans in August were so good!  Reading Chapter 8 made me holla!  God does all things well!  He's got me! For the believer, God's got you! Those He foreknew, He predestined. Those he predestined, He called.  Those He called, He justified and glorified.
Jesus said in Matt. 20:16, that many are called, but few are chosen.  He was talking about the general call for all to believe. Paul here in Romans 8:31-ff is speaking about the specific "call" of God by which God brings believers to salvation. For the believer, God's got you!  Come what may, He's got you!  God's got your beginning, your middle and your end!  You are secure in Jesus Christ!

What can we say about these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us?  He gave his own Son so that you might be reconciled to Him.  Shall He not freely, along with him, give us all things?  Who can condemn those chosen of God?  No one. If God be for us, who can be against us? Not only who, but what can be against us....shall tribulation,  distress, persecution, famine, nakedness,  peril, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

If you don't know Jesus as Lord and Savior, accept Him today. In him you are not only secure...but come what may.. you are more than a conqueror!  God's got you! Jesus saves!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Prayer for More Love


Heavenly Father, You are the one true God. Beside You there is no other god. We bless Your name. You are Yahweh, King of kings and Lord of lords.  You are the Great I am, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  We worship You with the fruit of our lips today. 
In a world that is becoming increasingly more violent, I pray for more love.  For you demonstrated your love for us in this, while we were sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Lord, thank you for loving us so much that you sent your son Jesus to die for our sins that we might have eternal life ( John 3:16).  
Father, forgive us for failing to love as You have commanded. I pray like the apostle Paul prayed in Ephesians 3 that we may be rooted and established in love and in power, that we may grasp how wide and long and how high and deep is the love of Christ and to know his love that surpasses knowledge that we may be filled to measure with Your fullness.
Heavenly Father, help us love you more faithfully. Give us more love.  Help us to obey and keep your commandments. We live under grace and not the law; that doesn't mean we should live any kind of way, but that we ought set the standard for a more excellent way.  We thank you for grace that keeps us when we fall, and love that lifts us back up again.  Help us, oh Lord to love our neighbors and ourselves. I pray for family members, friends, co-workers, colleagues, churches, and communities in Kentucky and everywhere.  Help us to give and receive more love.  I pray  for our enemies and those who mistreat us.  Please give them what they need most. Your word says, "Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing one another in love (Ephesians 4:2).  Lord, I pray for everyone who is on this journey to Christ likeness. May they give and receive love at home, at church, on the job, and even here on the Jesus Saves Ministries Blog. May we speak truth in love according to Your Word. For you have said, the greatest of these is love (1Corinthians 13:13). In Jesus Name, Amen.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Love, The More Excellent Way

By: Min. Angela Lee Price "But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I to you a more excellent way" 1 Corinthians 12:31.
Apostle Paul wrote a "Love Letter" to the church at Corinth in 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 talking about the importance of loving God and loving one another above all else.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul warned the church not to be ignorant about spiritual gifts, their diversity, and use within the body of Christ (v1).  He stated that just because some people don't have certain gifts,  doesn't mean their gifts were not useful and needed, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you” (v21).    He told them that love is superior to spiritual gifts, and the necessary ingredient with the use of gifts, "But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way" 1 Corinthians 12:31 (ESV). In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul elaborates on the more excellent way of love, its great value, virtue, and victory. 
There is great value in love!  The value of love is beyond estimation.  No gift or possession is profitable without it.  In 1 Cor. 13:1-3, Paul compares the superiority of love to the gift of languages, the gift of prophecy, miraculous faith, and the doing of sacrifices and good deeds.  We must recognize the value of love also, for God's love enables us to do His work effectively.  God is love and the more like Him we become, the more love we will possess. (1 Cor. 13:1-3)
There is great virtue in love!  The virtues of love include kindness, humility, selflessness, patience, compassion, faith to name a few.  Many people try to express the virtues of love without possessing love.  This is impossible to do.  We must posses the Spirit of Christ if we are to succeed in performing the work of Christ. Being filled with the Holy Spirit enables us to practice the virtues of love (1 Cor. 13:4-7). Neighbor!  Oh, Neighbor! Look to your neighbor and say, "LOVE."  "Love" means "LORD OF VIRTUE EVERLASTING." Jesus Christ is Lord of virtue, and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 3:13).
There is great victory in love! Family members, friends, pleasures, and possessions sometimes fail, but "love never fails." Faith pleases God, but faith serves its purpose only in this life.  We cannot live without hope, but hope will not  be needed in the next life. Love is a necessity; everyone needs to love and be loved. Love is eternal; it will unfold in greater beauty and glory while endless ages roll. Victory is assured  to those who are filled with the love of God. (1 Cor. 13:8-13) 
No matter how gifted you are, how great you can sing, or minister the Word of God, you're just making a whole lot of noise without love.  In what ever you do, choose the more excellent way of love.  Love never fails!

Nursing Home Residents Receive The God Kind of Love

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
Jesus Saves Ministries went to Christian Healthcare Center West (formerly James Taylor Nursing Home)in Louisville, on Sunday, August 28th to worship with the residents at their weekly afternoon worship service. We brought along special guest psalmist, national recording artist Cynthia Williams (in green far left) as we lifted up and encouraged the residents of the nursing home with prayer, praise, and the preached word. 

Our theme was 'Love One Another". Accompanied by clinician, Ms. Winburn, Cynthia Williams ushered everyone into the presence of God with songs, "Yes, Jesus Loves," "Oh, How I Love Jesus," and "Love Lifted Me."  There was such sweet spirit in the center as the residence sung along! Yvette Bentley welcomed everyone and prayed the invocation.   Brenda Willis James read Scripture, Mark 16:1-8 and Romans 13:8-9.  Min. Marian Anderson introduced the speaker.  I preached from the subject, "The God Kind of Love." My brother Rev. Michael Lee, the chaplain, gave communion to the residents.   In celebration of our 11th anniversary, we gave away 11 pairs of house shoes to residents.
There are four kinds of love expressed in the Bible.  Agape love, the highest form of love embraces a universal, unconditional love that serves regardless of circumstance.  Agape love is not a feeling; it’s a motivation to action.  Agape love voluntarily suffers inconvenience, discomfort for the benefit of another without expecting anything in return.  Believers are called to agape love,  Ephesians 5:1-2 states,  “Therefore be imitators of God as beloved children.  And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
In our communities, we see a lack of care and concern for one another.  Murder and violence is on the increase,  and our youth, increasingly, or both victims and perpetrators.  As elders, we have to speak truth in love, letting young folk know we care about them.  God give us wisdom because every situation is not for us.  Be if we are courageous in the one or two situations where we can effect change, we should do so.  Elders have to stop cowering in the dark in cars and in homes, and start loving one child at a time with the God kind of love.  Residents can spend more time with other residents, pray with them, and show more concern.
The God kind of love (1) leads one to action (1 John 3:16-18), (2) seeks Jesus early (Prov. 22:6, Ps. 5:3, Matt. 6:33); (3) often faces obstacles (Mk. 16:3); (4) presses on (Job 13:15; Phil 4:13); and (5) finds its reward (Mk. 16:6, Jeremiah 29:13)


Monday, August 29, 2016

What Real Hope Looks Like

Today, hope is under attack like never before -- wars and rumors of wars, terrorist attacks, murders increasing in our city streets, joblessness, families under seize, life-threatening illnesses, abuse, addictions and violence on every hand.  We live in desperate and perilous times, filled with stresses and daunting challenges. Where is hope?
Have you ever wondered what hope looks like? The literary works by and about courageous people of color who overcame tremendous odds to trail blaze a brighter path forward for African Americans is what real hope looks like.  The pages of Scripture give us hope, and point us to the source of our hope, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Hope looks like Lerone Bennett, Before the Mayflower; Cane Hope Felder, Stoney the Road We Trod, Alex Hailey, Roots; Cornel West, Hope on a Tightrope.  Hope looks like Renita Weems, Listening for God; Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God; Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Journey to the well. Hope looks like Langston Hughes, Mother to Son because life ain't been no crystal stair.  Hope looks like The Color Purple, Alice Walker; the color black, A Black Theology of Liberation, James Cone; The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. DuBois.  Hope looks like Toni Morrison, Playing the Piano in the Dark, Harriet Tubman famously trudging through the dark conducting the Underground Railroad, and Maya Angelou daring to declare, And Still I Rise!  The courage of our past gives us hope for the future.
There is often confusion about what hope looks like.  That is because hope, like faith and love, looks different in different situations.  Because real hope relies on the goodness and faithfulness of God, it has many faces to respond fully to the different experiences of life. One such face that peers back from the past is that of Jarena Lee (1783-1850), a preaching phenon not denied in her day, delayed yes, but not denied.  She traveled 2,325 miles and preached 178 sermons in one year as part of her crusade as a traveling minister.  Richard Allen of the AME Church, who previously turned Lee away, changed his mind about her, believing she was called to preach by God.  Lee faced many difficulties as an African American woman, but was able to inspire thousands through her preaching and published autobiography. 
As believers we have one hope of our calling.  With hope, followers of Jesus Christ can confidently engage the world despite the obstacles they many face.   The Bible teaches us that we have a saving, living, secure, joyful, good, blessed, courageous, purifying and glorious hope!
  1. One Hope.  Ephesians 4:3-6 states, "Make very effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called - one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all, and through all and in you all."
  2. A saving hope.  Regarding our adoption as sons and daughters, the redemption of our bodies, Romans 8:24 states, "for in this hope we were saved."
  3. A living hope.  1 Peter 1:3 states, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...."
  4. secure hope.  Hebrews 6:18 states,  "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." 
  5. A joyful hopeRomans 5:3 states, "Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us."  Romans 12:12 states, "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
  6. A good hope. 2 Thessalonians 2:16 states,  "May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word."
  7. A blessed hope.  Titus 2:11-14 states, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good" 
  8. A courageous hope.  Hebrews 3:6 states,  "But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house.  And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast."  2 Corinthians 3:12 states, " Having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech."
  9. A purifying hope.  1 John 2-3 states, "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.  But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure."
  10. A glorious hope.  Colossians 1:27 states, "To them (the saints) God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
The Bible tells us we ought to abound in hope because believers have been given the Spirit of God and the powerful hope that comes from Jesus.  We possess hope because we know that God is the source and reason for our hope.  He died on the cross while we were dead in our sins, and He has promised never to leave us or forsake us!  The Spirit of the true and living God operating in our lives is what hope looks like. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13) Jesus saves!



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

How to Hit A Home Run With God Ticket Give-Away

Oftentimes, we strike out at the game of life simply because we don't know God.  If you were at a baseball game and happen to strike up a conversation with a non-believer or someone who has been out of church for a while, using baseball analogies, how would you share your faith with them?  How would a non-believer make it to "first base," "second base," "hit a home run," or "strike out" with God?   What legendary baseball players would you mention?  Would you share your testimony or maybe a scripture?  How would you begin to introduce or re-introduce a baseball fan to God?

Comment on this post, and your name will be placed in the Jesus Saves Ministries "Home Run With God" ticket drawing good for four reserve seats to an upcoming Louisville Bats Baseball home games at Slugger Field in Louisville.  There are just five home games left, the Bats vs. Charlotte, August 29th, 30th, & 31st; and the Bats vs. Indianapolis, September 4th and 5th.  Attend one of the remaining home games of your choice by Labor Day, Monday, September 5th.  Two winners will be posted Friday, August 26th at 5:00 PM.

Here's a funny Bible "play-by-play" Rev. Samuel Bland posted one other time we gave away Louisville Bats tickets:

If I had to communicate Jesus and the Bible to a Non- believing baseball player or fan I would tell them to read this funny but very inspiring and interesting play-by-play. I hope you enjoy it as much as I. Humor breaks the ice for Evangelism.

And Abner said to Joab, “Let the young men…arise and play before us” -- Samuel II 2:14
…and all the people rose up… -- Exodus 33:8
And Juhoshaphat the son of Ahilud was the recorder; and Sheva was the scribe…” -- Samuel II 20:24
And they said unto Jephtha, “Come and be our Captain” -- Judges 11:6
...and he measured two lines… -- Samuel II 8:2
...and he set the bases… -- Kings I 7:39
And they stood every man in his place round about the camp -- Judges 7:21
Behold, Rebecca came forth with her pitcher… -- Genesis 24:45
Ehud, the Benjamite, a man left-handed… -- Judges 3:15
The children of Israel asked,…”Who shall go up for us first against the Canaanites? -- Judges 3:15
...Seek out a man who is a skillful player… -- Samuel I 16:16
...Judah shall go up first… -- Judges 20:18
And Judah took… -- Judges 1:18
Three times… -- Exodus 23:14
...and it was good… -- Genesis 1:4
And Abram went down… -- Genesis 12:10
...out at the base… -- Leviticus 4:18
And Moses …smote… -- Exodus 7:20
...and (it)…was foul… -- Exodus 7:21
And Moses went out… -- Numbers 11:24
...and none came in… -- Joshua 6:1
...and there was not a man left… -- Joshua 8:17
And Miriam was shut out… -- Numbers 12:15
And the children of Benjamin went out… -- Judges 20:31
...and went into the field… -- Numbers 22:23
...and Aaron waved… -- Leviticus 9:21
And he looked this way and that way… -- Exodus 2:12
...and he delivered up… -- Numbers 21:3
...and they ran as soon as he had stretched his hand…And they fell on their faces to the ground… -- Judges 13:20
Get thee up; wherefore liest thou upon thy face? -- Judges 7:10
...for it was an error… -- Numbers 15:25
...second and third… -- Genesis 6:16
And Joseph spoke… -- Genesis 45:3
...concerning the error which he had committed… -- Leviticus 5:18
...make an atonement for thyself… -- Leviticus 9:17
Thou shalt fan them… -- Isaiah 41:16
Then Joseph commanded to fill…the…sacks… -- Genesis 42:25
...and all the people saw this and they shouted… -- Leviticus 9:24
Who can stand before the Giants? -- Deuteronomy 9:2
...and Aaron waved… -- Leviticus 9:21
...and pitched on the other
side… -- Numbers 21:13
And suffered not a man to pass… -- Judges 3:28
...but…the seventh… -- Exodus 31:15
Gideon… smote… -- Judges 8:21
...Israel…at first… -- Joshua 8:33 And Noah went in… -- Genesis 7:7
And the young man ran… -- Numbers 11:27
...he turned and went back… -- Judges 18:26
...unto the base… -- Numbers 8:4
Noah walked… -- Genesis 6:9
Let us go and sacrifice… -- Exodus 5:8
And Moses lifted up his hand and with his rod he smote… --Numbers 20:11
...the hide… -- Leviticus 9:11
...a long blast… -- Joshua 6:5
...outside the camp… -- Judges 7:17
for an ‘omer… -- Exodus 16:36
And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted… -- Samuel I 17:52

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