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

Saturday, August 06, 2016

God's Got You!

God's Got You!
Romans 8:31-35

The Bible Study lesson in Romans is so good this week!  Reading Chapter 8 made me holla!  God does all things well!  He's got me! 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! 

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!

Friday, August 05, 2016

Prayer for Successful School Year

We're praying for our kids as they begin a new school year. 

Dear Lord,

Children are our greatest treasure.  We thank you for the awesome responsibility to rear, train up, and educate our children. We thank you for the privilege to carry eveything to you in prayer, particularly the welfare of the next generation. 

Father, bless and protect our children this school year, we pray.  Keep them from all hurt, harm, and danger. As they travel to and from school, anoint the school bus drivers to transport their precious cargo safety.  In the classroom,  provide them with all that they will need to complete their assignments.  Give them the best teachers, educators, and administrators possible, people who will go the extra mile to ensure a quality education for our kids.  Put parents, teachers, and mentors on one accord to achieve successful outcome for our kids. 

Father God, Please close reading gaps, and math gaps, the economic gap and any other gaps that have our kids lagging behind.  Work in the lives of parents, and single parents so that they are able to spend quality time, and quantity time with their kids reviewing and helping with homework. 

We pray also for the spiritual welfare of our kids.  Please save many in this new school year, allowing them to walk with You, oh Lord, at early ages.  And may they grow to give you the praise, honor and glory for every good and perfect gift, including the gift of a quality education, college education, and post secondary education.  By your Holy Spirit who is our comforter, teacher, and guide, and in the name of your precious Son Jesus we pray, Amen!!!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

What True Love Does

“And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome had bought sweet spices that they might come and anoint Him.”  Mark 16-1-6

Love doesn’t sit around, wait around, clown around, and mope around!  Love doesn’t sit around on its "do nothing" waiting for someone else to do something!  Love doesn’t wait around and keep putting off til tomorrow, next week, next year what can be done today!  Love doesn’t clown around and joke around, and make light of and trivialize serious matters!  Love doesn’t drown in debt trying to please someone who is only trying to please someone else!  Love doesn’t drown in the tracks of its tears!  Love doesn’t mope around with its head hanging down, but looks up, prays up, speaks up, and stand up!  Love looks to the hills from which cometh its help…love prays and keeps on praying…love speaks those things that be not as though they were…love stands on the promises of God!!  That’s what love does!!!

The events of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday clearly demonstrated the love of God and that of the Lord Jesus Christ.   The women who came to the tomb can teach a number of lessons about such love. We see our obligation to respond to the love of God with action.
True love leads to action.  Love led these women to seek Jesus that morning.  Some of them were the last at the cross and the first at the grave.  Love led these women to bring the expensive gift of sweet spices.  This shows how true love willingly makes heavy sacrifices.  The Bibles says, "This is how we know what love is:  Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.  If anyone has material possessions and see his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with
actions and in truth."  1 John 3:15-17

True Love leads one to seek Jesus early.  The Scriptures make a point of telling us that the women came early in the morning.  This teaches us the time to seek the Lord is early. 
Early in life -   Ecclesiastes 12:1 states, "Remember your creator in the days of your youth,...."Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." 
Early in the day -  Psalm 5:3 states, "In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."  This allows one to be with Him when the mind is fresh and bright. 
In the first stages of everything you do you ought to seek the Lord!  Not after the circumstances, etc. have piled up to the point of desperation. Matthew 6:33, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

True love often faces difficulties.  The women faced the stone rolled across the mouth of the tomb (at least they thought they did).  The penitent often faces ignorance, unbelief, and scoffing friends.  The believer faces the world, doubts, the flesh, hatred.  The church faces division and want of harmony, pride, worldiness, indifference.  When there is true love, there will be obstacles to its expression.
True love presses on. The women could have failed to go because they knew they would face soldiers, a stone, and a seal.  They refused to be deterred by what they were sure would be difficult.  When there is true love, it will push on through the obstacles.  Paul said it, I press toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus our Lord.
True love finds its rewards. Those who press forward in spite of difficulty always find more than they had anticipated.  The women sought the dead body of Jesus and found an angel and a living Saviour.  The Bible says “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart”  (Jeremiah 29:13). Earnest seekers always find more than what they thought they were seeking.  This is what love does!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

God Speaks. Are You Listening?

For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you"  Matt. 10:20.
We see so many people today with headphones on their head and ear buds in their ears.  Sometimes I wonder, though, if they are listening for the voice of God.  God does speak, and he wants to speak to us if we would only listen. 
How does God speak?  He speaks to His people through His Word, through people and through providence.  God speaks through His Word, "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go" (Ps. 32:8).  That is why we should study the Bible on a regular basis, and ask questions in small group settings.  Jesus says, "My sheep know voice (John 10:14)."  We know the voice of God by studying the Word of God.   God speaks through providential means, that is, through timing.  Sometimes God's timing is so profound that we know instantly, beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is the voice of God because no one could have done it but Him.  He puts people in our lives at just the right time in answer to prayer.
God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit, "For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you"  (Matt. 10:20).The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God in us.  The Holy Spirits comforts, teaches, convicts, helps, and warns us.   This why we should not lie, grieve, quench, resist, insult, or blasphem the Holy Spirit, nor conduct ourselves in ways contrary to the will of God. 
God speaks  through divinely-called ministers.   Ministers and teachers, ask God for direction and for a word for the people.  Then, believe that God gives you is what He wants preached.  We must pray for ministers to preach the truth of a balanced gospel in love; to speak with holy boldness even when what God has to say through them makes us uncomfortable. Who goes to a mirror and sees something on their face and does not wipe it off? As listeners, we should be ready to actively listen and act upon what we hear.  This is why we should not be distracted or walk out of church at the preaching moment, or leave before the benediction.   God speaks.  Are you listening?
It is important to understand that God speaks through His divinely appointed pastors, ministers, teachers, and
evangelists.  But know this - God will never say anything through the man or woman of God that contradicts His word.  The Bible warns us about false prophets, so we should test and examine everything that is said (Micah 3:11-12). 

God speaks with His people, "and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ"  (1 John 1:3).  God speaks with us as a friend, for He is "a friend that stickteth closer than a brother (Proverbs 17:17)."  God speaks with us as a companion, for He has promised never to leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) .  God speaks through His people through songs, poems, speeches, prayers and artistic gifts.  We should ask God's guidance and believe He speaks through us when they visit the sick and bereaved and witness for Christ.  Miracles begin to happen when we believe that God is saying the right thing at the right time and place through us.  Can you hear the voice of God?  Is He speaking to you?
Log On to the Jesus Saves Social Network and participate today!
If you have a passion for Christ and enjoy blogging and witnessing on the internet, join us on the Jesus Saves Social Network and post one time daily for the month of July.  Your post could be sent out to the entire network.  Posts that are sent to everyone are those that have sound biblical content and pictures to support the content.  You don't have to re-invent the wheel.  Simply post whatever you have already posted on your website or elsewhere.  Celebrate your freedom in Christ, and share the good news that Jesus saves! 

Thomas Dorsey's National Convention of Gospel Choirs & Choruses Is Coming to Louisville August 6th-12th!




Thomas Dorsey's National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses is coming to Louisville, Kentucky beginning Saturday, August 6th - 12th, the Galt House Hotel, 140 North 4th Street, Louisville!  Dynamic preaching, teaching, and praise and worship all week long!
Join 104.7 FM on Monday, August 8th beginning at 6:30 pm, for the red carpet roll-out and "There's A Praise In This House" Awards Ceremony Praise & Worship Service. We will be broadcasting live on the red carpet starting at 5:30 pm. WLOU/WLLV's own General Manager, Bill Price will be one of several local honorees. Praise & Worship features Jason Clayborn & the Team, the Canton Spirituals, and Marvin Sapp!
Registration for the week for Louisville residents is $65 for adults, $30 for youth, and $15 for teens, or $20 nightly. VIP seating Monday only for $30. Purchase tickets at Better Days West in the Lyles Mall or call 502-774-1559 or visit the website at ncgccinc.com.
Keep listening to WLOU/WLLV for complete conference details. Your chance to win tickets to "There's A Praise In this House" featuring Marvin Sapp happens anytime on 104.7 FM, the new home of the Tom Joyner Morning Show!

Worship Jesus With One Accord

Let us come together as a army of one to worship The Great I AM, the true and living, the almighty God on this worship Wednesday! Let us worship him with one accord! He is worthy to be praised!  Let us lay aside our denominational differences, our big I's and little U's and worship the Lord.  Magnify the Lord with me! Let us exalt his name together!  Magnify Jesus with the fruit of your lips and a hand clap of praise!  Make a joyful noise, all ye lands!
 
God demonstrated his love for us in this while we were sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).  Jesus died for us so that we might receive the precious gift of grace, salvation through faith in Him.  Not only that, He prayed to the Father that we receive glory to be one, not a multitude of individual pieces, but one body,  "I am praying not only for the disciples,  but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.  I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one - as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.  And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.  I have given them the glory you gave me so they may be one as we are one" (John 17:20-22). Read the prayer of Jesus in John 17.  It will bless you!
 
Do you believe Jesus is God?  Do you believe Jesus died and rose again for our sins?  Do you believe Jesus is coming back again?  If yes, then let us worship Jesus with one accord. To the utmost, Jesus saves!  He turned my feet around and placed them on solid ground!  To the utmost,  Jesus saves!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

In My Place

There is so much in this passage, but I want to focus on the phrase "Christ died for us."  Jesus didn't die merely for our benefit, but in our place.  Jesus took our very place on the cross, paying the penalty,  the price (Rom. 6:23) for our sins.  In the New Testament,  Christ is described as having died in place of the Christian (v8), in place of the church (Eph. 5:25), and in place of the world (Heb. 2:9).  We owe him our love, obedience, worship and service for what He did for us.  Christ died for us.  Let us live for Him.  Jesus saves!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Jesus Saves Ministries Hosts Third Garments of Praise Consignment Sale & Clothing Give-Away




By:  Min. Angela Lee Price

Jesus Saves Ministries' hosted our third "Garments of Praise" Consignment Sale & Clothing Give-Away Saturday, July-9th -16th.   Brand name and great quality new and gently used men's, women's, infant and toddlers clothing, shoes, and household items were sold at bargain-basement prices and given away.   
Most items were sold for $1.00 to $5.00, and included brand names such as Vera Wang, Bellini, Keds, Steve Madden, Loft, Cato, Gloria Vanderbilt among others. 
Due to the abundance of infant and toddler clothing received, Jesus Saves Ministries made  donations to Family Scholar House and Bridge the Gap House for single women and displaced families with children. 
Our goal  with The Garments of Praise Consignment Sale is to substitute "garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness," and lift the hearts of the people in our community by providing quality items to people in need.  It is about not just giving, but  about targeting quality donations to known areas of great need.  Shoppers left with shopping bags filled with great bargains! This initiative is part of our "Least of These" missions project to clothe and feed the less fortunate (Matthew 25:35-40), and served as fundraiser for the ministry.  The Life Conference Suite, 2001 West Broadway, Suite 10, located directly across the hall from the WLOU/104.7/WLLV studios. 







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