Monday, March 27, 2017

Jesus Saves Ministries Worships At CHCCW, March 26th

We praise the Lord for another opportunity to worship with the staff and residents of Christian Health Care Center West!  Truly, the Holy Spirit was in the place!  Jesus Saves Ministries friend and ministry partner Sis. Erica Dean brought along members from her church, ⛪ First Virginia Avenue Baptist Church to lead in praise and worship, Assc. Pastor Malone, Sis. Irma Dortey, Sis. Mary Schekels-Jones.  Min. Marian Anderson, New Horizon Worship Center, read scripture and led in a call and response prayer based on John 3:16. 
My message on prayer was entitled, The Art of Rising, 1 Chronicles 4:9-10.   I encouraged the residents to not let someone else's false understanding of who they are negatively affect their relationship with God and people. They should not give up on believing God will bless them indeed.  Seniors have a place of honor with God, but problem of dishonor with the world.  Jabez, too, had a place of honor, but a problem of dishonor that had the potential to affect his future performance.  But he was a praying man, and God blessed and enlarged his territory.  God is not respector of persons but character and honor gets his attention. 
CHCCW Chaplain Rev. Michael Lee did  an amazing job sharing segments of the resurrection story pertaining to the Last Supper and Jesus washing the disciple's feet as prelude to communion.  Our hearts were saddened to learn of the recent home going of resident, Sis. Winburn who often played piano for ministries who worship at CHCCW. She was the epitome of a senior saint who mastered the art of rising.  She was loved by so many, and will be truly missed.  We wore rose color and shades of pink to commemorate the midpoint of lent.

Please Keep the Sweeney Family in Your Prayers


Friday, March 24, 2017

Take Me to the King!

Min. Angela Lee Price

I am declaring, "Take Me to the King!"  I have been reading the book of Hebrews this week, and I have a new appreciation for this book.  In this one book, we find the attributes and character of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  In this one book, we see the connection between the old and new covenants. If you want to know who Jesus is, read Hebrews. It will take you to the King of Kings and Lord of Lord! 
The opening chapters of Hebrews tells us about King Jesus.  Jesus is the son of God, appointed by the Father as "heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds" (1:2). Therefore, Jesus is creator just as God the Father is creator, existing with God in the beginning having "laid the foundations of the earth" and the heavens (1:10).  All the angels of God worship Jesus (1:6).  Jesus was the sinless sacrificial offering for everyone (2:9). Jesus is our great High Priest within whom we can find rest (4:8).  Jesus is the sinless, sympathetic Son of God who receives our requests at the "throne of grace" (4:14-15).  Therefore, whatever your concern, whatever your problem, you can take it to the King of Kings! Jesus is presented in the order of Melchizedek.  Melchizedek was the "King of righteousness" and "King of Peace) (v7:2) who was without geneology (7:3), and to whom Abraham gave a tenth of his plunder (7:4).  The priesthood of Jesus is superior to that of King Melchizedek.  Jesus atoned for sin once and for all through his shed blood on the cross and was a fulfillment of the Law (7:26-27). I could go on, but I will stop there. 

To recap,

Jesus Christ Is Superior to:
1. all angels

2. all the Jewish leaders
3. all the Jewish prophets
4. all the Old Testament priesthood

Jesus Christ Is:
1. God
2. the ultimate authority
3. the believers' link to God
4. the complete revelation of God.
5. the believers' perfect representative with God
6. the perfect sacrifice for the believers' sin
7. the Messiah, the Son of the Living God

If you have a problem, concern, worry, care, try taking it to the King and leaving it there! Jesus saves!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Join Jesus Saves Ministries at Christian Health Care Center West March 26th

Rejoice! Today, Thursday marks the midway point of Lent! For those observing the 40 days of Lent, the third Thursday, represents the half-way point in our time of spiritual reflection, prayer and repentance. The midpoint of Lent is traditionally viewed as a time of celebration that occurs on the fourth 4⃣ Sunday. The point of Laetare Sunday or Rose Sunday, as it is called, is to provide encouragement as we progress to the end of Lent. Join us this Sunday at CHCCW for praise, prayer 👏 and the preached Word as we encourage all to press toward the mark for Jesus! Jesus saves!!!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Watch As Well As Pray!

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

"Then Jesus brought them to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, "Sit here while I go on ahead to pray. He took Peter and Zebedee's two sons, James and John, and he began to be filled with anguish and deep distress. He told them, 'My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.' He went on a little further and fell down on the ground praying, 'My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet, I want your will not mine.' Then, he returned to the disciples and found them asleep" Matthew 26:36-40 (NIV).

It is Spring, the days are longer, and the Resurrection holiday is upon us!  Don't sleep on your assignment! Stay woke! In Matthew 28:19-20, the disciples were told to "go ye therefore" and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, as the gospel is watered down, Jesus is reinvented to appeal to a materialistic society, and Christianity is marginalized even further on the world stage, too many disciples are asleep on the job!

A big part of our assignment as people of faith in sharing the Good News is to watch as well as pray. In Matt. 26:38, Jesus told the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Stay here and keep watch with me.” But, after rebuking them in verses 40-43, He prayed alone, and returned to them a third time and said, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed in the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer." My Bible tells me the garden was the place of Jesus' agonizing prayer, Judas' brutal betrayal, and Christ's wrongful arrest. These were the events that preceded His crucifixion on the Cross. However, when Jesus needed His disciples most, they didn't have His back. They were asleep on their J.O.B. Jesus needs His church to "have His back," be alert and on the job. Too many religions are "out-witnessing the witnesses!" And, as a result the church is in decline and losing ground.

What makes matters worse is this wasn't the only time Jesus told the disciples to be on guard. In Luke 12:1 (NIV) He said, "Be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." In Mark 13:35, “…keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back….do not let him find you sleeping.” He told the brothers in Luke 21:36, "be always on watch, and pray...." Another translations says, "Keep on the alert at all times...." But like too many Christians today, the brothers were asleep on the job. Yes, their bodies where there with Jesus, but their minds where way on the other side of the town. They were absent-minded, missing in action, asleep on the job.

Scripture says to be faithful over a few things, and He will make you ruler over many. Are you watching as well as persistently praying for protection against the attacks of the enemy? Are you faithful in Sunday school, ministry, and church attendance? Are you in the Word of God, equipping yourself daily and watching for opportunities to "go ye therefore," and witness the Good News that Jesus saves? Or, are you, like the disciples were in the Garden of Gethsemane, asleep on the J.O.B.?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Serve Well to Lead Well


Contrary to popular belief the way up is not up.  The way up is down! Jesus got down! So, take out your towels, and prepare to get down, and wash a few feet! In John 13, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet. He does this just before the Passover Celebration. It was the very night that Jesus instituted the ordinance of the Lord's Supper at the Passover Meal. There, He gave an object-lesson on servant-leadership and humility. Scripture says he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and pour water in a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples' feet and wipe them with his towel (vs. 4-5). In verses 14-17 He says, “And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. How true it is that a servant is not greater than the master. Nor or messengers more important than the one who sends them. You know these things-now do them! That is the path to blessing” (NLT). 

Today we have a lot of chiefs and very few Indians.  Everyone wants to be like Jesus but very few want to sacrifice and put in the work.  Truth be told, the disciples did not always serve Jesus well before his death. If we are going to lead like Jesus, preach like Jesus, teach like Jesus, and love like Jesus, we must begin by serving like Jesus.  So, get your towels out, sisters and brothers! Get your towels out because we must serve well to lead well! Elisha served Elijah well and received a double portion of Elijah's anointing.  Joshua served Moses well, and was God's choice to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Timothy and Titus served the Apostle Paul well.  You must serve well to lead well because Jesus was the perfect servant-leader! Jesus said what the Father said, and Jesus did what the Father sent him to do, to save us from our sins (John 3:16).  Jesus was obedient even until his death on the Cross (Romans 5:8).  And the Father raised Him from the dead. Now, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us (Hebrews 1:3; 12:2).  And his Holy  Spirit indwells the believer.   But after Jesus' resurrection and ascension, the apostles were fully committed to the cause of Christ.  Remember his instruction to the disciples at the Last Supper. Servant-leadership takes obedience, hard work, compassion, and commitment, and humility.  Serve well to lead well.  Jesus saves!

Here is what God does for the humble:
  1. God give joy to the humble.  "The humble will see their God at work and be glad.  Let all who seek God's help live in joy. Psalm 69:32.
  2. God rescues the humble.  "You rescue those who are humble."  Psalm 18:27
  3. God takes care of the humble.  "Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud."  Palm 138:6.
  4. God supports the humble.  "The Lord supports the humble, but he brings the wicked down into the dust."  Psalm 147:6.
  5. God fills the humble with fresh joy.  "The humble will be filled wsith fresh joy from the Lord.  Those who are poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel."  Isaiah 29:29.
Here is a promise from God:
"Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."  Matthew 23:12

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Kirk Franklin Is Coming to Louisville May 20th


One of the most renowned artist in gospel music, Kirk Franklin is coming to Louisville, Kentucky, May 20th for "An Evening With Kirk Franklin Live, Peace In the Streets," at St. Stephen Church.  This special evening is hosted by GAB Productions & WLOU 104.7 FM.  We are so excited about this move of God to unite our community and help bring peace in the streets! Advance tickets are on sale now at Better Days Records East & West. Listen for all the details on 104.7 FM this week! To God Be the Glory!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Min. Angela Speaks at 12 Steps of Destiny Workshop

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

I had opportunity to speak at the 12 Steps to Destiny Workshop on Saturday, March 11th, at the Louisville Free Public Library hosted by Min. Sherri Dunn, Life Seeds Ministry. Also speaking, Rev. LaShonda Fletcher, Take Captive, Rev. Sharon Saucer Brown, Watch Your Mouth, Tarsha Semakula, The Chrysalis Program.

I spoke from subject, "Go All In", Joshua 1:1-9, focus v5, The Lord said to Joshua, I will be with you, l will never leave you nor forsake you. 
Here is a brief excerpt:
"This is for somebody in here. You’ve come to the edge of your wilderness. You’ve been broke long enough, homeless long enough, sick long enough, addicted long enough, abused and oppressed long enough. You've walked around and around in the wilderness.  God wants to bring you into your Promise Land, a land flowing with milk and honey!  The land is your land.  Somebody shout, “It’s mine!”  You must be strong and courageous.  You will have a river to cross, walls to bring down, and giants to defeat.  You will have battles to fight.  But know this, When God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.  Because he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you! Now, go all in!  Walk by faith and not by sight!  Go all in!  How do you go all in?  Just as Joshua did when he led the Israelites across the Jordan River, you go all in to your Promised Land with three things, essential preparation; spiritual dedication, and emotional protection."
After 12 Steps of Destiny Workshop at the Free Public Library, I headed over to my facility, The Life Conference Suite where Rev. Tina R. Patterson, hosted her clergy group's final meeting for her DMin project. The pastors and preachers, and not all of them are pictured, discussed all things pertaining to the sermon on their last session of about eight.  In this picture are Rev. Aline Foster, who just returned from a trip to Israel; Pastor Tina Patterson who is pursing a Doctorate of Ministry, and Pastor Angela Johnson who is also pursing a Doctorate of Ministry. To God be the glory for all that he is doing in the lives of preaching women! #goallin





 



Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Lent: Stay Woke

Today's Lent Journey devotion is called "The Awakening." The Scripture is Luke 23:32-34, Jesus praying on the cross,  "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." I like the declaration many are using in the justice movement today, "Stay Woke."  Inspite of all that is going on around us, we must not become so overwhelmed, get too busy and distracted, or become so comfortable that we lose conciousness of what is really going on around us and fall asleep.  We must "stay woke," especially and particularly to the presence of God in our lives.  Prayer is the foundation of our spiritual conciousness.  Jesus prayed consistently.  He was always conscious of the presence of the Father in his life.  Even on the cross, where I would have understood if Jesus was unconcious or asleep, but, he was not.  He stayed woke praying to the Father for his enemies, Father,  forgive them for they don't know what they are doing. 
Below is the an easy exercise directly from the devotion to practice the presence of God.

EXERCISE
• Take a few moments to talk to God and to share your feelings about your consciousness with Him.
• As an exercise for the day, use your cellphone as a tool. Each time you look at it, become aware of God’s presence.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Why Should Millennials Observe Lent?

A Millennial on Lent:
"Lent is about "giving up something." This I know and why is that? If I give it up, will I get it back? Is it like "donating," or something like that? I am trying with exaggeration and on purpose to get your attention in hopes you might say something, educate me, please about what this Lent is and what it really means! I am young, and new to all this, but I heard it on the radio,  and it peaked my interest.  Exactly, then, what does Lent mean to you and what should Lent mean to me? I am young and why should we care? Hello? Hello? Is anybody there?"

Imagine youth and young adults  viewing this season of Lent through a secular lens. Many people talk about giving up something for Lent, and eating fish on Fridays, but still more Millennials don't fast, pray, read their Bibles or attend church. What would you say to young persons about why you do, or do not, observe Lent?  


What are you giving up for Lent?


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