Tuesday, February 14, 2017

With Love!

Happy Valentine's Day from Jesus Saves Ministries!

The More Excellent Way Is Love

By:  Angela Lee Price
"But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I to you a still more excellent way" 1 Corinthians 12:31 (ESV).

In our 21st century digital age, most people don’t mail letters anymore.  The postal service has taken a back seat to technology and the internet. The tech savvy would much rather e-mail for a quicker response.  If the Apostle Paul were with us today, I would imagine he, too, would want a quick response to his letters to the churches for he addressed urgent matters.  In 1 Corinthians Chapter 13, the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to a church about the urgency of love. The church at Corinth was experiencing division, immorality, and mis-use of spiritual gifts.  Paul wrote to the Corinthians about the supremacy and importance of love.   This is a letter that bears re-reading in 2017 because, beloved, it is not more technology, gadgets, and over-sized flat screen televisions that we need.  With political unrest, terrorism here and abroad, and murder and violence increasing in the city streets, what we need is more love.  Love is a still more excellent way.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul told the church 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 elaborated 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. It is more valuable than silver and gold, and the most precious diamonds and gems.   Love makes a house a home.  No gift or possession is meaningful without love.    And it has been said that people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.  Everyone needs to be loved.  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 in character, the more we will possess the fruit of love (1 Cor. 13:1-3).

Not only is there great value in love, there is great virtue in love!  The virtues of love include joy, peace, kindness, patience, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control, the fruit of the Spirit.  Many people try to express the virtues of love without possessing love.  This is impossible to do.  We must possess 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).  What is love?  Is it the giving of candy and flowers on Valentine’s Day? No, not some much.  "L-O-V-E" means "LORD OF VIRTUE EVERLASTING." Jesus Christ is Lord of virtue, and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 3:13).

In addition to there being great value and virtue in love, there is great victory in love! Love will do for you what no other power will do.  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 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 the end, God is looking for a people with His nature and character.  God wants us to share His love with a dying world.  Choose the still more excellent way of love.  Love never fails!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Persistent Prayer Works!

Min. Angela Lee Price
How persistent are you in prayer? Do you pray once or twice and give up, or do you PUSH -- Pray Until Something Happens? I was asked recently, "How many times should we pray to God about the same thing?" God has given me the word that we need to be persistent in our prayers.

Jesus tells us this in Luke 11:5-9 in the parable of the man who went to his friend at midnight for three loaves of bread. The story of Hannah praying to conceive a child is a story of persistence in prayer (1 Samuel 1:1-28). The widow pleading before the unjust judge is another example of persistence paying off (Luke 18:1-8). Romans 12:12 says, "Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer."

We know that God does not always answer prayers the way we want Him to or expect Him to, however, the good news is that in these instances of persistent prayer, God said "yes!" This suggests that we have not, in many cases, because we ask not persistently.

When it comes to prayer, in my humble opinion, it's important that we are consistently and persistently asking God for the lost to be saved and for our prayer requests to line up with His will for our lives! We all stand in the need of prayer, and we serve a God who is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we can ask or think (Eph. 3:30)! Jesus saves!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Jesus Saves Ministries Hosts Heart&Soul Prayer Brunch & Black History Celebration

Jesus Saves Ministries & The Life Conference Suite present Heart & Soul Prayer Brunch & Black History Celebration featuring prayer, Spoken Word, the preached Word and much more! Join us Saturday, February 18th at The Life Conference Suite, 2001 W. Broadway in Louisville.  Beginning at 9:00 AM, join us in corporate prayer as Evangelist Sherri Dunn facilitates 45 minutes of corporate and intercessory prayer for West Louisville, the Russell & California Neighborhoods, and surrounding areas on issues facing our community.

Then at 10:00 a.m., our program gets underway with a "Blessed Mic" Open Mic featuring the dynamic authors/speakers Synthia Shelby, and Cecil Clardy, III, and the creatively gifted Ephesians 3 Spoken Word Poets.

Bringing two powerful messages, Rev. Therese Wright, Associate Pastor, Royal Priesthood Ministries of Lexington, & Founder, Sisters Road to Freedom, Inc., Lexington, KY; and Rev. Syvoskia Bray Pope, Pastor, New Century Fellowship Christian Church. As Rev. Therese has already informed me, expect Holy Ghost fire!

We will be showing plenty of love to everyone with food, and gifts, so come out and bring family and friends as we celebrate God's love toward us, our rich heritage and African American history! Guest emcee, Antonio "T-Made" Taylor, Host of The TurnUp Show, Fridays, 8:00 PM on 104.7, WLOU on FM!
Donation: $10.00 requested (any amount accepted).   Seating is limited!  Reserve seats today by calling Min. Angela Lee Price 502-415-1001.  Call to volunteer time & talent!  Your support is appreciated!

"Jesus replied, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22: 37-39

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Please Be Patient With Me. God Is Not Through With Me Yet.

By:  Min. Angela Lee Price
The classic gospel song, "Please Be Patient With Me," by Albertina Walker goes 
Please be patient with me,
God is not through with me yet.
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. 

In his letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul  addressed people in the church who were not acting very godly. The church in Galatia had some serious problems.  First, there were false teachers called Judiazers who were trying to sway the people back to a works-based religion.  Secondly, there were people in the church who did not like each other.  Paul wrote in Galatians 5:15, “If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” There were people in the church who were engaged in back biting and talking about one another. They might not have done this to each others’ faces. More likely they did behind one another’s backs. The O’Jays once sang, “Smiling in your face; all the time they want to take your place…oh, backstabbers!” Paul wrote: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:12-14).
God is patient with us. If He wasn’t patient with us, none of us would literally have a prayer. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Because God loves us and is patient with us, He forgives us - even though we have sinned. As a matter of fact, the Bible states that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

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.
Now the problem is patience DOESN’T come easily for most of us.  Galatians says that true patience comes by allowing the Spirit of God  to control us.  Galatians 5:25 tells us “… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE… If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22 & 25). Don't fight fire with fire. Fight fire with love.  Fight fire with prayer. Kill them with kindness.  You may have to put up with them longer than you want.  Be patient.  Know that these tests and trials only come to make you strong. Remember, God is not through with them, nor you yet.
The black and white picture  is of students peacefully protesting in front of Blue Boar Cafeteria in Louisville in 1961.  It was one of the pictures on exhibit at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage on January 31st-February 2, 2014 at the Celebrating the Legacy of Black Louisville" event.  It is just one of thousands examples of African Americans exhibiting the fruit of patience with non-violent civil disobedience during the Civil Rights Movement.  I was able to eat in Blue Boar in the 1980s and '90s, and we as African Americans can sit at restaurant counters today because of the patience and longsuffering of our forefathers in changing America for the better.  And likewise, there will be some obstacles that we will have to overcome for future generations.

The Bible says “But we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulations worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope" (Romans 5:3-4).
“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.

Trump Praises Frederick Douglass For Black History Month, Social Media Is Confused

Trump Praises Frederick Douglass For Black History Month, Social Media Is Confused: WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump kicked off Black History Month on Wednesday by gathering some of his black aides and supporters at the White House for a “listening” session in in which he praised the contributions of slave-turned-abolitionist Frederick Douglass and other African-American icons.

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice,” Trump told the group gathered in the Roosevelt Room.

The president’s comments drew immediate backlash on social media from critics who perceived it as a reference to a still-living Douglass. Douglass, who died in 1895, was one of the country’s most influential and celebrated African-Americans.…

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The 17th Annual WLPAA Hope Awards Is This Saturday


(Louisville, KY) The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy (WLPAA) d.b.a. West Louisville Boys and the West Louisville Girls Choirs, (WLBC/WLGC) invite you to attend their 17th Annual Hope Awards Dinner Concert on Saturday, February 4th at the University Club on U of L’s Belknap Campus. Time is 6:00 p.m.
This year’s honoree will be Ms. Rose Livingston, founder of “The Beech”, an After-School Tutorial Center located in the heart of the Beecher Terrace neighborhood.  Ms. Livingston is a retired dedicated educator and administrator from Jefferson County Public Schools, (JCPS).  
McDaniel Bluitt, Boys Choir Director says, “Ms. Livingston has worked tirelessly in the underprivileged communities of Louisville.  Her labor of love has now attracted the attention of not only Louisville’s inner city neighborhoods, but has also garnered her the respect and recognition of the city of Louisville.”  Her goal was to educate children of the community so they could be successful both in the classroom and in life.  She is an unsung hero and on Saturday evening we just want to publicly say, thank you.
WLPAA will also appreciate Ralph Bonmon, Marshall Yancey and Sherlene Shanklin.   It takes a village to keep our youth on the right track and such patrons as these make it easier.”

Tickets for the 17th Annual Hope Awards are $100 for adults and $50 for students.  They can be purchased at 323 West Broadway, Artspace, 4th floor.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Shajuana Campbell at 502-553-1383 or McDaniel Bluitt at 502-376-7840.  Emcees for this occasion will be Bill and Angela Price.

For additional information, go to www.westlouisvilleperformingarts.org.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Psalm 148: Universal Praise Belongs to God!

I have thoroughly enjoyed the UMI lessons from the book of Psalms this first month of 2017!  We looked at Psalms 33, 96, 65, 104, and now 148. 
The author of Psalm 148 is unknown, but he certainly had a passion for praise and worship.  Psalm 148 has been called the psalm of universal praise.  Nothing in heaven or on earth has been left out of this praise psalm, not anything above, the stars, moons, planets, heavenly angels and hosts; not anything on earth, the smallest and largest of animals, not the fruitful trees of every kind;  not the kings, princes, judges, and rulers of the world; not even the President of the United States.   Everything and everybody must praise the Lord!
There are two calls to praise, each ending with a cause for praise.  First, there is a call to the heavenly beings and heavenly bodies to praise the Lord (vv1-4). Because of his creative power, he commanded and they were created; he established them forever and ever (vv5-6). I tried to image the waters above the heavens (v4), and the stars, galaxies and solar systems in farthest reaches, in the vastness of outer space. I could not.  However, even there let the heavenly bodies and worlds never to be seen by human eyes, let every-thing praise the Lord! 

The second call is to the earthly beings, all creatures, and substances (vv7-12) because, God's name alone is to be exalted above the earth and heaven, and because of the strength (horn) of his people who praise Him. The psalmist began with the heights of the heavens, but here descends to the depths of the ocean. The creatures there were created by God, as well as the beasts, cattle, and creeping things, all are capable of praising Him.  The greatness of any ruler on earth is outmatched by the glory of the Lord. No matter their age or gender, every person is called to praise the Lord.  This means we must teach our babies early to love and fear the Lord, and sing praises to him.  We must come along side our senior saints in the churches, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities, and help and encourage them to worship God to be best of their abilities. Let them all, great and small, praise the LORD.   "For this name is very great, His glory towers over the earth and the heaven (v.13)."
The psalm ends as it begins with, Praise ye the Lord!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Song of A Soul Satisfied

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
Psalm 104 is a song of a soul satisfied. If you want to know what it means to be truly satisfied, I suggest you turn here.  Although it does not list an author, many scholars attribute this psalm to David.  David found his soul's search satisfied in God.  The Hebrew word for "satisfied" is a key term in this psalm.  The earth is satisfied (v. 13), the trees are satisfied ("flourish," v. 16), and all of the earth's inhabitants are satisfied (v. 16 &; v. 28).  The word "satisfied" means that a need, desire, or expectation has been met by something or someone.  It also means to be fulfilled or to be free of doubt or question.
In the late '60s, the Rolling Stones recorded a popular secular song called, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction."  Otis Redding and others artists recorded it as well. 
The song was about a man who tried, and tried everything to "get gurly action." He listened to the radio, watched television, flew around the world, but he just could not get what he was searching for.  What he found was a man providing "useless information" on the radio, and people in their addiction, a cigarette smoker on the television who didn't smoke his brand of cigarette, and a woman in another country who told him to come back next week because she was on a "losing streak."   The song is a classic.  It perfectly captured the human longing to be fulfilled. 

In the quest for satisfaction, people will try anything and search everywhere.  They turn to pundits and so-called experts. They turn to sex, drugs, alcohol, social media, gambling, and the club scene.   Advertisers sell products with the statement, "Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back."   Searching for satisfaction, however, many have fallen victim to the tricks, the schemes, the wiles of the enemy. Many have ended up strung out and addicted to drugs, divorced or estranged from their loved ones, bankrupt, and deep in debt while trying to fill that God-shaped place in their souls that only God can fill.

The human experience is a spiritual search to get our questions about life and why we are here answered.  Paraphrasing Helen Keller, many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true soul satisfaction.  It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to God.  A soul satisfied envisions God in everything (vv. 1-4), relies on God (vv. 5-18), seeks God (vv 19-26), receives the Spirit of God (VV. 27-32), and meditates on God (VV 33-35).    If you have tried, and tried, and tried, but you just can't get no satisfaction, then try Jesus. God sent His only Son Jesus to died for your sins that you might have life abundantly (John 3:16 & John 10:10).  Jesus saves!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Celebrating Black History: What Real Hope Looks Like

Today, hope is under attack like never before -- terrorist attacks, violence increasing in our city streets, joblessness, with healthcare under seize  life-threatening illnesses are increasing, abuse, addictions and increase threats to our democracy.  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 and for our nation 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!  Our first African American president Barack Obama entered office with The Audacity of Hope, and left  with the "Reality of Hope".  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 had previously rejected Lee as a preacher, but he later changed his mind, believing she was indeed called to preach by God.  Lee faced many difficulties as an African American woman.  Nevertheless, she inspired 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.  Jesus 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!


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