Thursday, March 01, 2018
Thursday, February 01, 2018
11:00A.M. Sunday, February 18, 2018
THEME: Who Is Your First Love
Min. Angela Lee Price, St. Stephen Church
Carolyn Williams, Tura Jones, Treneese Hughes, Margaret Harris...
Amelia “Kay” Dougherty
“WOMEN IN RED” 2018 CHOIR
Tura Jones, Women’s Choir Worship Leader
Michael A. Young, Min. of Music
By: Min. Angela Lee Price
The classic gospel song, "Please Be Patient With Me," by Albertina Walker goes
Please be patient with me,
Please be patient with me,
God is not through with me yet.
When God gets through with me,
when God gets through with me,
I shall come forth,
I shall come forth like pure gold.
Black History Month reminds us that Christians come in different colors, and shades; in different shapes and sizes, and come from different socio-economic backgrounds. This can make it difficult for us, as Rodney King once said, to all get along. We have come this far by faith, through hush harbors and the invisible church, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights era, worshipping God in rich black church traditions.
If we are to effectively stand against injustice in society and speak truth to powers in the world today, however, we will need to learn to get along with brothers and sisters in the body of Christ who may not look like us, think like us, nor share our cultural perspectives. It is time to put aside pettiness within our own houses of worship. We are facing foes that require our full and undivided attention. For some of us to do God's will and receive what God has for us will require that we grow up, and cultivate the fruit of patience (Galatians 5:22). Your Bible might say, "longsuffering," but the word, "longsuffering" isn't used very much in everyday, contemporary 21st century language. It is often translated "patience" in newer versions of the Bible.
Because Christ is patient, we have to be patient with one another. There are going to be people in the church and in your family and in your life who rub you the wrong way, who get under your skin, and on your last nerve; who only speak to you when they have something negative to say, or who only speak to you when they want you to do something for them. Be patient. The Bible says we can't profess to love God whom we've never seen if we don't love our brothers and sisters in Christ whom we see every day.
“For you have need of patience, that after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:36).
Patience is something we all have need of. There is no getting around it. It is the Spirit-given quality that helps us fit everyone together into a unified church that glorifies God. Please be patient with me. God is not through with me yet.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Heavenly Father, Your Word tells us in James 4:2 that we do not have because we do not ask You, Oh Lord. Father, we're guilty of needing and desiring, but still not asking in prayer. Please forgive our sins. Father, what is it that we should be asking for today?
Lord, Should we be praying more fervently for the lost that they will come to know You as their Father in 2018? Should we pray more fervently for our children to grow strong in You and the power of Your might? Should we pray more fervently for our families, our ministries, our jobs, our churches; for health, education, and strength? For what should we pray? Lord, Please, put it on our lips today!
Should we pray for the sick and shut-in, the elderly, the lonely, and the bereaved? They need Your comfort, Your protection and Your strength. Should we pray for mercy in Your court, the only court that matters. There is so much that is wrong in the world, violence, addictions, natural disasters and disease. Only You can make it right! Lay it on our hearts by Your Holy Spirit that we may lay it at Your feet in prayer. We desire to stop offending You with the same ol, prayers for houses, cars, and material blessings! For Jesus has said "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7).
Help us today, My Lord, to talk to You about things we have never talked about in prayer. This earth is Yours and the fullness thereof, and You know our thoughts from afar off! We repent from our wicked ways! Renew within us a righteous spirit, and put Your words in our hearts, and Your power in our words!
Heavenly Father, We love and need You. Thank you for being present in the lives of your people, and for answering prayer. We have read where Daniel prayed (Daniel 9 & 10) and you responded with visions, and where Elijah prayed (James 5:17) and it did not rain for 3 1/2 years, Lord, later he prayed and it began to rain. You answered their effectual, fervent prayers. We pray to be a righteous people by the precious blood of your Son Jesus. We believe that the effectual, fervent prayers of the righteous availeth much.
In Jesus Name, Amen!
Monday, January 29, 2018
Lord, we love You and adore You. Forgive our sins and those of our children. I come to you on behalf of mamas, grandmamas, "Big Mamas," "Get Mamas," "Nanas" and God Mothers everywhere, women of God submitted to Your way, Your will, and Your Word. Father, give them knowledge, wisdom and understanding to face life’s parenting challenges with dignity and discernment. Lord, when the load seems too heavy, help them remember that You are the burden bearer, that with You all things are possible.
Abba, when mamas, grandmamas, and Big Mamas cry out in the midnight hour on behalf of their children, help them recall the work of our ancestors, and the strength of womanhood from previous generations, and the godly women You've given as examples in Your Word.
Help them remember that African American women endured unjust and inhumane treatment, extreme hardships in this nation's history to protect and rear their children. Help them remember the unfeigned faith of Timothy’s grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice, women who instilled a steadfast faith in the young preacher Timothy. It was a faith that caused Paul to declare to in 2 Timothy 1:5,"I am persuaded that it is in thee also.”
When confronted with rebellious children and rebellious parents who neglect parenting responsibilities, help your mamas, grandmamas, and Big Mamas recall the prayer of our sister Dr. Renita Weems in the book, Showing Mary (page 177):
and question my gifts and experience,
Remind me, God, of all that I know,
And that which I don’t know that I
Remind me who I am and whose I am.
Even when I hide behind
avoid doing what must be done,
and use you as an excuse for
for lack of action, for silencing myself.
Love me enough
to lift the lid off my basket,
and order me to stop crouching in the dark,
Like a woman without a God.”
In Jesus Name, Amen.
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
The story of Hannah praying to conceive a child is a story of persistence in prayer (1 Samuel 1:1-28). Hannah didn't talk back to her rival, Peninnah who made fun of her for being childless; nor her partner, Elkanah who thought he was better for her than 10 sons; nor her priest, Eli who thought she was drunk. Hannah talked to Jehovah Jireh, her great and awesome Provider! And soon Hannah conceived Samuel, one of the greatest prophets who ever lived.
The widow pleading before the unjust judge for justice is another example of persistence paying off (Luke 18:1-8). The widow had to go to a corrupt judge. We can go to our heavenly Father (Ephesians 3:14). The widow was a stranger. We are God's children (John1:12). The widow had no access to the judge. We have constant access to God (Hebrews 10:19). The widow came to the court of law. We come to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). The widow had no lawyer. We have Jesus as our advocate (1 John 2:1). The widow had to wear down the judge before he really listened. We already know that God hears our requests (Psalm 4:3). If this poor woman received what she deserved from a corrupt judge, how much more will we receive from our loving heavenly Father? As Jesus illustrated, persistence pays off. Keep on praying!
Romans 12:12 says, "Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer."
The prayers of the righteous availeth much!!
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Each year, we start the year making resolutions of every kind, some worth keeping and some frivolous and not worth keeping. In recent months, the word "Challenge" has been used to describe vows, pledges, and resolutions to keep our promises. Anytime, however, we vow to know and obey the will of God, then there is a resolution worth keeping.
In this passage, Isaiah speaks of the time when Egypt, of all places, would know the Lord, and worship Him - Not only would they worship the Lord, they would make a vow to Him and keep it. One of the cities in Egypt, Heliopolis, worshipped the sun god. That the worship of Yahweh would be taken up was the sign of a radical transformation. First, note the reason for them making and keeping this vow (v20). They are being oppressed, but because God is full of grace and mercy, he sends a deliverer, a savior to rescue them. The savior is believed to be a reference to a future millennial reign of Jesus Christ. Every Christian is a recipient of God's grace and mercy. At some point we were, like Egypt, separated from God. But somebody prayed for us and the Lord answered. We underwent a radical transformation. Jesus saved, delivered, and set us free. Therefore, when we make vows to God, we ought to keep them. If nobody else around us lives for God, we ought to live for him.
Here are some vows (resolutions) concerning our relationship with Jesus Christ, the Bible and the church that are worth keeping. We should better understand our relationship with Jesus Christ, better understand the Bible, and the church.
First, we should strive to better understand three things about our relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus is only way to salvation (Acts 4:12 & John 14:6); Christ was sinless and therefore my example (1 Peter 2:21-22); and I am not my own but belong to Christ (1 Cor 6:19-20).
Secondly, we should strive to better understand these three things about the Bible. It as the inspired Word of God (2 Tim 3:16); It is my light and guide (Ps 119:105); and One day I will be judged by the Gospel (Romans 16 & I Cor 3:13-15).
Finally, we should strive to remember three things about the church. It was purchased with the precious blood of Christ, and ought to be respected (Eph 5:25 & Acts 20:28); The church is a divine institution and ought to be honored (Matt. 16:18). Jesus instituted the church. He protects the church. He is the head of the church. Lastly, It is my duty to be loyal to the church by attending regularly (Heb. 10:25) and keeping my membership in good standing.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Churches, ministries, organizations worked together supplying food, turkeys and financial support including coordinating ministry, Jesus Saves Ministries, The Church of Truth, Broadway Temple AME Zion Baptist Church, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Dare to Care Food Bank, Withers Academy of Music, Old Testament Exegesis, and WLOU Radio. Thank you to volunteers Minister Marian Anderson, Pastor Emery Lee, and Deacon Jerome Price for their service to our families in this initiative.
This is a major give back for us because in one day we were able to feed as many families as we have fed between January and October 2017 through our Food Pantry at The Life Conference Suite. It is our mandate to be a change agent in West Louisville offering life, love, faith, and hope to residence who need it the most. HOPE has been defined as Having Only Positive Expectations. It is our prayer that through efforts like this, each of us can do our part to share the hope of Jesus Christ and to offer hope to those in need. Keep watching for our Christmas Food Basket Giveaway in association with Liberty Tabernacle Church at The Life Conference Suite. Sincerely, Min.
Angela Lee Price
Friday, November 24, 2017
Have you ever heard people say "thank you" insincerely because its the politically correct thing to say, or as if to way to end a conversation, "you may go," or "you're dismissed"? There is a difference between Godly and worldly thanks. With worldly thanks, there is no "holler up" to God as the provider of all things, and neither is there "follow up" with actions commensurate with the sincerity of our hearts. In an ungrateful world, entitlement reigns supreme. Very few say thank you because they believe they're supposed to get to what blessings they receive. Jesus healed ten lepers, but only one, a foreigner, a Samaritan returned to say thank you. Jesus asked the whereabouts of the other nine, then told the one, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well" (Luke 17: 11-17).
As believers, we ought be thankful to God not just at Thanksgiving, but at all times. David said in Psalms 34, "I will bless the Lord at ALL times. His praises shall continually be in my mouth...." All ten lepers were cleansed, but only one was cleansed and made well. Don't miss the blessing of thanksgiving. Psalm 107 states, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from the hand of the enemy." And Hebrews, 12:28 states, "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our 'God is a consuming fire.'" What are you thankful to God for? Let there be "follow up," with your "holler up." Jesus saves!