Thursday, April 02, 2009

WoW! St. Stephen Women's Weekend A Winner!

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

Last Sunday was Women's Weekend at St. Stephen Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Led by Rev. Ton'ya "T.N.T." Triplett, the dynamic Women’s Day Choir was pretty in pink singing powerfully and soulfully.
On Saturday night, the preacher was Ms. Cheryl D. Walker, ordained associated minister and wife of Rev. Dr. T. Vaugh Walker, Senior Pastor, First Gethsemane Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky. Her message was entitled, You’ve Got to Die Before You Fly, based on Romans 12:1-2.

Sunday, Rev. Dr. Jazmin Sculark "practiced" preaching at all four services. Better known as “Dr. Jazz,” Rev. Sculark is the Pastor of the historical 100+ year old Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in York, Pennsylvania. She is the first female to be called to pastor a Baptist church in York, Pennsylvania. She preached powerful messages, Can You Help A Sista Out?, Making Something Out of Nothing, and Coming From Behind.

In Can You Help A Sista Out, based on the parable of the Canaanite woman's faith in Matthew Chapter 15:21-28, Dr. Sculark said, "A desperate woman meets a disinterested Savior and has to deal with some deluted saints....Your praise is no good until it bothers somebody...Your praise is for real when you can praise God when the answer He gives you doesn't make any sense....He shouldn't have to give you a house for you to praise him. He shouldn't have to give you a car for you to praise Him. You should praise Him for who He is, and not for what He gives you," she told the responsive congregation. She went on to say, "God is not moved by desperation, and He cannot be manipulated by worship." Although God can't be manipulated by worship, it saturates the atmosphere for Him to entertain the request. "While you're waiting on your bread, you can praise Him for your crumbs," she preached.

In the parable of the widow's oil, based 2 Kings 4:1-7, Dr. Sculark said in Making Something Out of Nothing, "If you are going to make something out of nothing you need to properly evaluate your present situation, be willing to ask for help, and trust God to make up the difference." In the parable of women with the issue of blood, based on Luke 8:40-44, Dr. Sculark said in Coming From Behind, “If you are going to come from behind, you’ve got to get out of your flow, get into God’s flow, and he will give you the overflow.” Also, she exclaimed, "You have to push past the pain and bust a move."

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

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