Wednesday, February 27, 2008

People Profile: Rev. Dr. Elaine Flake

Long recognized as a powerful preacher, teacher and role model with a gift for reaching worshippers of all ages, the Reverend Margaret Elaine M. Flake has been impacting the many lives she touches at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral (GAC) and throughout the country. She has dedicated her life to the betterment of others by leading Christian education, evangelistic and outreach ministries.

Fondly called Reverend Elaine by the GAC congregation, she was instrumental in developing the Allen Women's Resource Center which houses women who are victims of domestic violence; the Allen Prison Ministry, and many other of the 102 ministries at the GAC that serve both church and community. She acts as Advisor to the Missionary Department and as Advisor/Coordinator of the Allen Women's Ministry Department. Each year over 1,000 women from across the country and the Caribbean attend the retreats she hosts. Reverend Elaine has played a crucial role in increasing the membership of The Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral to 20,000+. She mentors many prominent leaders in the New York City area and is frequently invited to speak throughout the country.

Dr. Flake is the author of the popular book, "God In Her Midst: Preaching Healing to Hurting Women" and has contributed to the "Women of Color Study Bible" and "Souls of My Sisters: Black Women Break Their Silence, Tell Their Stories, and Heal Their Spirits." She and her husband, the Reverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake authored two books, "Practical Virtues: Everyday Values and Devotions for African American Families Learning to Live With All Our Souls" published in 2003 by Harper Collins and "African American Church Management Handbook," published in 2005 by Judson Press.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Flake earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a Master of Arts Degree in English from Boston University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She was awarded the Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary of Dayton, Ohio as well as numerous citations and awards. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; The Links, Incorporated; and the National Council of Negro Women.
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Dr. Elaine Flake will be having a Women's Conference in Philadelphia April 17-19th. The following interview will help shed additional light on that conference, Dr. Flake, and her ministry to hurting women. Dr. Flake will be speaking this weekend in Louisville at the St. Stephen Church Women of Wisdom Conference along with Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook and Rev. Dr. Gina Stewart. Win tickets with Bill Price tomorrow morning 6A-9A, and Min. Angela Lee Price Friday morning on the Bill Price Morning Show on 1350 WLOU, Louisville's Praise and Worship Station!




Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!


Monday, February 25, 2008

Barack Obama Chasing History

Rev. Angela Lee Price

How can we reflect on black history and those who have sacrificed so much for us, even their very lives in the pursuit of justice and equality without stopping to recognize that we are witnessing history in the making? It would be an unjust and unrighteous thing to do in my opinion.

I happened to be watching music mogul Jay-Z, of all people, being interviewed by Charlie Rose one night, and I heard him describe himself as a person "chasing history." He said in effect that he's sold enough albums, gotten enough awards, and has made enough money to last a lifetime. He is strategizing now in such a way as to leave a lasting, history-making impression on this generation and generations to come. He is chasing history.

As I watched Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton debate in Texas last week, I reflected on Senator Obama's recent consecutive string of victories, I had to say that, he too, is chasing history. In fact, I would say that not only is he chasing history, he has caught a piece of it and is becoming history personified before our very eyes. In him is now being made manifest the substance of the prayers of our forefathers and mothers, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. Here is a classic moment from the Texas Democratic debates.




Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

St. Stephen Church: On the Grow, Equipping New Members

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

St. Stephen Church is experiencing phenomenal growth. The year 2006 was a record year in the growth of St. Stephen Church as 735 new members of all ages gave the preacher their hand and Jesus their heart. In 2007, 659 new members experienced life-a new, walking with Jesus as He continued to add to the church at a near record pace.

Life- A New is the St. Stephen Church adult new member orientation class. It is designed to fully equip new members to “stay connected” through magnification, membership, Christian maturity, ministry, and missions.

“Last year was an expansion year for Life -A New, our adult new member ministry,” states Member Services Director Rev. Angela Lee Price. In 2006, 453 adults joined St. Stephen, but only 159 or 35% attended new member orientation. Consequently, we had to expand Life- A New from one class offering per month on the Louisville campus in 2006 to more than eight class offerings at all three locations in 2007. We recruited additional gifted instructors and volunteers who love serving the Lord and equipping new members for service,” Rev. Angela stated.

“In 2007, our church was truly blessed. Approximately 139 youth accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We saw an increase in the number of adults joining the church over the previous year as 520 either committed or re-committed their lives to Jesus Christ. Of that number, 300 attended new member's classes. We experienced a significant turn-around in attendance over the previous year, too. Our attendance rate grew from a 35% in 2006, to a 66.61% in Louisville, and 45.84% in Indiana in 2007. St. Stephen Church is a church 'on the grow,' and the Lord is equipping new members through our new member process which includes attending Life-A New and Spiritual Gifts classes,” Rev. Angela stated.

Life-A New sessions are offered to new members on Saturdays, 12 Noon-4:00 PM on the Louisville campus, 2nd & 4th Saturdays from 10:00 AM– 2:00 PM on the Indiana campus, and lst Saturdays from 2:00-3:30 PM at St. Stephen East, Dosker Manor. Sessions are also held twice monthly on Monday evenings from 7:00-9:00 PM by appointment only. To enroll in an upcoming Life-A New class, call Member Services Asst. Director Rev. Ton’ya Triplett, 502-583-6798, ext. 6852. For information on youth new member assimilation, contact Rev. Jamel Armstrong, Youth Ministry Director at ext. 6877.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Are You in the Bible?

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

Quick, can you name three black people in the Bible? Are You in the Bible? You will never know if you are not in it daily - reading it, that is. Exploring the Black presence in the Bible is important today like never before. Many African Americans don’t know the truth of their heritage. They think the Bible is a “white man’s book” due primarily to erroneous all-white depictions of Bible stories in some Bibles, and on television, and our failure to counter those errors with the truth of Scripture.

The Lord says my people perish for lack of knowledge. Far too many African Americans are perishing because they do not know who they are and from whence they came. They don’t know that the origins of civilization began in Africa, that Egypt is in Africa, and that science, geometry, and astronomy originated in Africa. Many people believe Jesus was a white man with blue eyes and long, blond hair. A pervasive lack of knowledge about self, heritage and history, is having an extremely damaging psychological impact upon the psyche of our people.

While the goal should not to romanticize the black presence in the Bible, I believe exploring the black presence in the Word of God to be of paramount importance to the spiritual well being of people of color. It helps us in our quest to grow in spiritual maturity and learn about Jesus. It helps us to better relate to Africans from the Motherland and become more sensitive to the plight of people of African descent. It helps us explain with dignity our heritage to other cultures of the world. Finally, it gives us life more abundantly.


In the pictures seated from left to right is the leadership team of my Sunday school class, Learning About Jesus. Seated from left to right: Sylvia Harper, the Missions/Ministry Coordinator; Marilyn Swinney, Class Administrator; Mattie Smith, Evangelism Coordinator; and standing left to right: me, Teacher; Karen Martin, Co-teacher; and Adrianne Braxton, Activities Coordinator, and Cozett Benson-Curry, Prayer Leader (not pictured). We cordially invite you to attend our class. Bring your Bibles and break the Bread of Life with us as we learn about Jesus, share testimonies, and grow in the Christian faith Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1018 South 15th Street, Louisville, KY.
Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Tavis Smiley Presents State of the Black Union This Weekend

State of the Black Union Brings Influential Thinkers, Entertainers and Political Leaders to Educate, Enlighten and Empower the African-American Community

UnitedHealthcare Supports This Two-Day Event and "SOBU Builds" Day of Service to Help Rebuild Parts of New Orleans Devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

WHAT: Some of the most influential thinkers, entertainers and political leaders gather each year to discuss the State of the Black Union during Black History Month. Presented annually in February -- Black History Month -- by Tavis Smiley Presents, the symposium was created to educate, enlighten and empower America by bringing people together and engaging them in thoughtful dialogue, leading the way to constructive action. Smiley will host a panel discussion with noted politicians, social scientists, business leaders and clergy on "Reclaiming our Democracy, Deciding our Future" on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

This year's event also includes SOBU Builds, an all-day event with volunteers working at six community-service projects simultaneously on Friday, Feb. 22, in the Upper Ninth Ward, the Lower Ninth Ward, Central City, Hollygrove, New Orleans East and Broadmoor. SOBU Builds lead partners include Habitat for Humanity; Trinity Christian Community, Xavier University and others. To date, nearly 2,000 volunteers have signed up to participate!

UnitedHealthcare's Generations of Wellness, which serves the health needs of African Americans, is one of the sponsors of SOBU Builds, and will help to clean up the surrounding residential community of Xavier University. In addition, UnitedHealthcare will provide free health screenings during the symposium's intermission for those in attendance.

-- Participation in the service project and attendance at the panel discussion is free and open to the public. Advanced free registration is required at http://tavistalks.erban.com/sobu2008/

WHO: A partial list of symposium panelists include:
* Rev. Al Sharpton
* Rev. Jesse Jackson
* New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin
* Donna Brazile* Sr.
*Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu
* Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker
* Norman Francis, president of Xavier University, AND MORE

WHEN/WHERE: Friday, Feb. 22: SOBU Builds 7 a.m.-3 p.m* Busing to the SOBU Builds sites to depart from Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Saturday, Feb. 23: Symposium 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.* Health screenings by UnitedHealthcare 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center900 Convention Center Blvd.,New Orleans, La., 70130(504) 582-3023

To register, contact Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati at 215-877-2012 or (fax) 215-877-4846, or log on to www.tavistalks.com/events/signatureevents/press/

CONTACT: For the Tavis Smiley Presents:Vanesse Lloyd Sgambati(215) 877-2012Vlloydsgam@aol.com
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Note: The State of the Black Union usually airs on C-Span. Check your local listing for times and dates.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

March Jesus Saves Newsletter to Feature St. Stephen Church Authors

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

The Jesus Saves Newsletter features contributing writers, pastors and preachers, addressing important topics like the presidential election, Hurricane Katrina, voting rights, predatory lending, health, wealth and prosperity, cults and the occult, economic empowerment and issues of importance to African Americans and the Black Church. The Jesus Saves Newsletter is distributed locally and nationally to churches, ministries, schools, organizations, businesses and civic groups, by e-mail and U.S. mail.

The March Jesus Saves Newsletter will feature books by authors, Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Rev. Syvoskia Bray, Rev. Lonnie Clinkscale, Karen O'Bannon, Julia Royston, Betty Baye, and Dea. DeVone Holt. We will be blessing subscribers with autographed copies of their books.
Additionally, we will be featuring Louisville psalmists Barbara Ice Trammell and Julia Royston and blessing subscribers with their new CDs, New Day and A New Season in Word and Song..."

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Charles Drew Blood Drive At Bates Memorial Church This Weekend









Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Mama's Prayer

Rev. Angela Lee Price

Heavenly Father,

Lord, we love You and adore You. Forgive our sins and those of our children. I come to you on behalf of mamas, and grandmamas, 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 great grandmamas cry out to You in the midnight hour on behalf of their children, help them recall the work of our ancestors, the strength of womanhood from previous generations, and the godly women You've given as examples in Your Word.

Help them remember, Lord that African American women endured unjust and inhumane treatment and extreme hardships in this nation's history to protect and rear their children. Help them remember, Lord 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.”

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

W.O.W. Conference Features Nation's Best Women Preachers

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

Don't miss the Women of Wisdom W.O.W. Conference, Saturday, March 1st at St. Stephen Church. This year's theme is "Christian Women Predestined to be Powerful! Making Things Happen!" Don't miss three of the nation's best preaching women of God, Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook, Pastor, The Bronx Christian Church, Bronx, New York; Rev. Dr. Elaine Flake, Co-Pastor, Greater Allen A.M.E. Catheral, New York; and Rev. Dr. Gina Stewart , Pastor, Christ Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis, TN. Visit the St. Stephen Church website, http://www.ssclive.org/ for details.

Dr. Suzan D. Johnson Cook gave the annual MLK's commemorative lecture at Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Library. She told the audience to recall the "Spirit of Liberation," legacy won my MLK and the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Cooks says everyone needs to do their part, "to make a difference,' and "to be strengthened by our struggle."




On Friday, February 22nd, our gift will be Sister to Sister Devotions to and from African American Women, Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook, Editor. Small enough to fit in your purse, yet powerful enough to have you shoutin', this book contains devotions from Dr. Carolyn Knight, Dr. Ann Lightner Fuller, Rev. Delores H. Carpenter, Rev. Yolanda King, Rev. Alicia Byrd, Rev. Cheryl Sanders and many more women of God.


Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Jesus Saves Ministries Lets Down The Net

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

In Luke Chapter 5, Jesus is preaching to a great crowd on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. He sees two empty boats left there by the fishermen, and He gets into the one belonging to Simon. At the conclusion of his sermon, he says to Simon, "Put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch" (v4). Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets" (v5). They caught so many fish that their nets began to break, and they had to signal for a second boat. Simon Peter, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, his partners "...were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken..." (v9). Jesus replied to Simon, "...Don't be afaid! From now on you will catch men" (v10). So, they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him" ( v11).

Bishop Noel Jones and the City of Refuge Sanctuary Choir has a song on their debut CD, Welcome to the City called Harvest Time. The lyrics say, "Get our your nets! Get ready for the catch! 'Cause it's your harvest time! When I heard the song a little over a week ago, I began to shout because on February 1st, Jesus Saves Ministries had already gotten out The Net.

The Net is our weekly e-newsletter. By faith, we are letting down our "nets," casting them on the deep waters of the internet, by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world from an African American perspective. We pray that Jesus Christ is gloried, and you are edified, strengthen and encouraged by the sermonnettes, devotionals, testimonies, articles, people, and the gifts given away on The Net.

The Jesus Saves Ministries Blog
Most of "the catch" on The Net will be posted on the Jesus Saves Ministries Blog. Here, you will find "the other boat," full-length articles, video clips,and links to other websites. You can add to "the catch," too, by posting your comments on the blog. It is our hope that as we lift up Jesus Christ on the internet many will come running asking, "What must I do to be saved!"

The Jesus Saves Newsletter
Selected "catch" from The Net will be featured in the Jesus Saves Newsletter, our monthly publication. This newsletter features contributing writers, pastors and preachers, addressing important topics like the Presidential election, Hurricane Katrina, voting rights, predatory lending, health, wealth and prosperity, cults and the occult, economic empowerment and issues of importance to African Americans and the Black Church. The Jesus Saves Newsletter is distributed locally and nationally to churches, ministries, schools, organizations, businesses and civic groups.

Forward this to your pastor, church members, colleagues, co-workers and friends today.
Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

got Jesus?

Rev. Angela Lee Price

He's the only Fish in the sea, you know, and you can learn all about Him in Sunday school with Learning About Jesus! I teach an adult Sunday school class called Learning About Jesus at St. Stephen Church. We meet Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:30 a.m., Room #2. We are a co-ed group of about 15-20 adults 25 and older. We would love to have you join us!

In the pictures seated from left to right is my leadership team, Sylvia Harper, the Missions/Ministry Coordinator; Marilyn Swinney, Class Administrator; Mattie Smith, Evangelism Coordinator; and standing left to right: me, Teacher; Karen Martin, Co-teacher; and Adrianne Braxton, Activities Coordinator, and Cozett Benson-Curry, Prayer Leader (not pictured). We cordially invite you to attend our class. Bring your Bibles and break the Bread of Life with us as we learn about Jesus, share testimonies, and grow in the Christian faith Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at St. Stephen Church, 1018 South 15th Street, Louisville, KY.


Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

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A Prayer for Families Struggling with Abuse

Rev. Angela Lee Price

Heavenly Father,

You are Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. You are God of all creation. There is none like You! Father, hear our prayer.

Forgive our sins, Father. Use us in spite of our faults, in spite of our weaknesses that others may see You and ask, “What must I do to be saved?” Cleanse us, Father, and hear our prayer.

I come to you on behalf of families struggling with abuse of all types, physical, verbal and sexual. There are many suffering behind closed doors, victims and perpetrators alike. Father, hear our prayer. Many families are living in silent torment for fear of retaliation, for fear of abandonment, for fear of rejection. Father, hear our prayer.

Hurting people often hurt those closest to them, those they profess to love the most. Father, hear our prayer. But Your Word says in 2 Timothy 1:7 You have not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Father, hear our prayer. The mind that abuses a loved one is not of you. The clinched fist of physical abuse, the cunning tongue of verbal abuse, and the wicked instruments of sexual abuse are not of you. Oh, Lord, hear our prayer!

Bring healing to broken relationships, mend broken hearts and minds. Bring faith, hope and love, but, above all, more love. Keep death at bay in families today. We trust Your will to be done.

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.



Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Mary Church Terrell and Deltas Credited with Founding Negro Achievement Week

By: Cindy Leise
As we celebrate Black History Month, historians say we should thank Mary Church Terrell, a pioneering black leader who graduated from Oberlin College in 1884 and was active in civil rights until her death in 1954 at the age of 90.

Terrell’s friend, Carter G. Woodson, generally gets most of the credit for founding Negro Achievement Week, which led to Black History Month, said Lenworth Gunther, a retired professor now living in New Jersey.

But it was Terrell and her sorority that began it all by honoring Abraham Lincoln on his birthday, Feb. 12, and Frederick Douglas on his birthday, Feb. 14, said Gunther, who lectures on Woodson and Terrell. More
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Postscript by Min. Angela Lee Price

As a minister and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Louisville Alumnae Chapter, we bless our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for Mary Church Terrell and so many women like her as we celebrate black history. The book, In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement by Paula Giddings is a good source for more information on her life, her involvement in women's suffrage, in social justice, and in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Although "her sorority" is not named in the article above by Cindy Leise, Soror Mary Church Terrell was one of the first honorary members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and author of the official Delta Oath in 1914 (Giddings, pgs 56-57). She also lead the Deltas "in their first public act as an organization: marching down Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue (with the Delta banner aloft) in the famous woman suffrage demonstration on the eve of Woodrow Wilson's inauguration" (page 15). The march took place on March 3, 1913, less than two months after Delta's founding on January 13, 1913 at Howard University (page 57).

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Introducing Chad Higgins & In Spirit & In Truth!

He Is Who He Is is the debut CD release by Chad Higgins & In Spirit & In Truth, Lexington, Kentucky. Jesus is lifted up, gloried, and magnified on this new gospel CD release.

He Is Who He Is will bless your soul and keep your mind stayed on Jesus in your car, at work, and on the job with up tempo songs, Just Because You Are God, and the title cut, He Is Who He Is featuring Minister Daryl Harris, beautiful slow songs, God Is Truly Amazing and Forgiven. All Is Well features national gospel artist Rodney Posey.

Songwriter Chad Higgins is the Music Director for Consolidated Baptist Church, Lexington, Kentucky, Rev. Richard Gaines, Pastor. And, oh, yeah, the boyz are in the house, Terry and Simeon Baker, the same producers of the St. Stephen Church Temple Choir's awesome debut CD, God Is Able. They've baked up a blessing with this one, too. He Is Who He Is by Chad Higgins & In Spirit & In Truth is available at Better Days West in the Lyles Mall in Louisville, or you can order it online at chadhiggins.net.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!


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Monday, February 04, 2008

Do Women Have A Right to Preach?

Rev. Angela Lee Price

For those who still believe women are not called to preach the Word of God, you should know it is empowering to many women that God used a woman, Mary Magdalene to deliver the important message, "He is risen." "Jesus said unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father..." (John 20:17).

Notice what he did not tell her to do, "go and play." The children are frighten by what has happened. Please go and calm them. He didn't say, "go and pray." Some are not going to believe I have risen. You need to pray. He didn't say, "go and lay." You need to go home and lay down. This excitement is too much for a woman. He didn't say, "go and stay." You need to stay out of sight. You're a second-class citizen, and you have a shady past. People might misconstrue your reason for being here so early this Sunday morning.

Now, I know what you are going to say, "Rev. Angela, you can't use that passage to say women are called to preach." Jesus is simply asking her to deliver a message. That's all. If I ask my administrative assistant to deliver a message to my colleagues, does that mean she is called to preach? I don't think so." Well, there may be some merit in what you are saying, but somebody say, "Nevertheless." "Nevertheless!" Nevertheless, this passage empowers women today, and gives them hope for the future.

Here it is, the most important moment in all of biblical history, and a woman is selected, elected, and enlisted for duty. Women today are empowered by (1) Mary's presence and (2) Jesus' enlistment. Mary is present. She is at the right place at the right time, and as the song says, she receives a blessing from the Lord! Mary has walked by faith and not by sight. You need to know that despite all the intellect, reason, and testosterone in the world, without faith it is impossible to please God. Mary is present. And it is her mustard seed-size faith that has moved moutains in the hearts of women today. Women make up 70-80% of most churches today. We are present. Women today have Jesus' back and the Black Church's back. And just as Jesus rewarded Mary Magdelene, we are confident Jesus can and will reward our presence and our faith. Mary Magdelene is present.

Secondly, We see Jesus' enlistment. Jesus has just died on a rugged Cross, and gotten up from a cold, dusty, borrowed grave. And what does he do? He selects, elects, and enlists Mary Magadelene, of all people, the woman once possessed with seven demons. She is the first selected, elected, and enlisted to deliver the message that saved the world, He is risen. He elects her to go and say. Here in John 20, we see that preparation + opportunity = enlistment. You need to know that despite your race, gender, pedigree, or circumstance, God can use you, too, to go and say! The question that begs to be answered is, "Where were the disciples?" He kept telling them what to expect. They walked with Him and talked with Him. He prepared them for three years, and yet not one of them had enough faith to be there when He got up? So, it is Mary Magadelene who is sent to deliver the confirming word of redemption.

One of the preaching women of God in the following documentary states, and I'm paraphrasing - if women can be sent to fight a war in Iraq, surely they can be called to preach the Word of God! And to that I say, "Hallelujah!"
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YouTube Description:

In this powerful documentary you will meet more than 40 anointed women preachers across denominational lines, and be provoked by others who oppose them. So do women have the right to preach? You decide! Some use the words of Apostle Paul and say no! Others hear the call of God and say yes! No matter where you stand on the issue, you can't afford to sit on it. Hear from Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Dr. Betty Price, Co-Pastor Susie Owens, Rev. Dr. Elaine Flake, Dr. Suzan Johnson--Cook, Pastor Darlene Bishop, Bishop Millicent Hunter, Dr. Wanda Davis Turner, Dr. N. Cindy Trimm, Bishop Ernestine Reems-Dickerson and Pastor Paula White, just to name a few.... as they share their life changing testimonies and ministry experiences along with expressions of opposition from those who wish to stop this powerful movement of Women In Ministry.






Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Barack Obama Speaks At Dr. Martin Luther King's Church

Rev. Angela Lee Price

On Sunday, January 20th, Senator Barack Obama delivered a speech at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. Raphael Warnock is the new pastor of Ebenezer (seated behind Obama). I wrote about him in the related post below, "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'." Be sure to check it out after watching the YouTube clip on Senator Obama's speech.
A quote from the speech:

“For most of this country’s history, we in the African-American community have been at the receiving end of man’s inhumanity to man. And all of us understand intimately the insidious role that race still sometimes plays - on the job, in the schools, in our health care system, and in our criminal justice system.

And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King’s vision of a beloved community."




Related Posts on the Jesus Saves Ministries Blog:
It's All About The Dollar: Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Blinggg!, Blinggg! Creflo's Calling!
Dr. King Sermon Excerpt: Why Jesus Called A Man A Fool
Dr. King Tribute: I Am Not Havin' It!

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Hope for the Future: Rev. Angela's Cousin Donna Brown Appointed Deputy Mayor of Buffalo, NY

Rev. Angela Lee Price

The Bible states in Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." So, it is with extreme pleasure that I introduced to you my cousin, the newly appointed Deputy Mayor of Buffalo, New York, Donna Brown. My great aunt Christine, Donna's mother sent articles just last week. I was overjoyed to read of Donna's, excuse me, Deputy Mayor Donna's appointment. Deputy Mayor Donna was a big supporter of Jesus Saves Ministries in its first year, 2005-2006. We e-mailed each other regularly then. I said to myself just a couple of months ago, "Whatever happened to Donna? I miss talking to her."
I am going to include on the Jesus Saves Ministries Blog soon family pictures and the personal story of faith that resulted in my traveling to New Jersey and New York for the first time in the early 1990's to meet my great aunts, uncles, and cousins on my mother's side. I spent one week with my uncle Altmon, aunt Christine, and cousin Donna, and kindled a wonderful relationship with them. My grandmother who resided in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida her entire life, passed at age 75 in 1989. She was the oldest sibling, and Uncle Altmon was next to her. They were very close, so she spoke of him often when I visited and talked with her by phone. Uncle Altmon is 91 now. Doesn't he look good? God has blessed him, not only with long life as he is a cancer survivor, but with the ability to witness his only child reach such heights in government. And I am grateful.

The picture above was taken April 12, 1989 at my home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL just after my grandmother's funeral. Donna is on the far left, Uncle Altmon is on the right next to my sister, Jackie. That is my brother, Rev. Michael in the middle next to me. The lady in the in the red and white was the next door neighbor.

Please keep Donna, her children and family in your prayers. She is facing some serious challenges as Buffalo has the second highest poverty rate in the nation. It is my prayer that the Lord will use Donna in her appointment to provide hope for people of color and hope for Buffalo's future.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus Saves!

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