Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson Guest Speaker at St. Stephen Church on October 25th

Rev. Jeffrey Johnson, Sr. Pastor, Eastern Star Baptist Church, Indianapolis, Indiana was the guest speaker for the 30th Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Sr. Pastor, St. Stephen Church, Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday, October 25th. This is a brief excerpt from the 11:30 sermon, "I Got Next," based on Exodus 3:1-6.

This is a brief excerpt from the 9:40 service message, "Life After A Storm," based on Genesis 8.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Share the Gospel this Halloween with Memory Cross

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus!! His is the sweetest gift of all! Share the Gospel with trick-or-treaters this Halloween with Memory Cross. It is simple, quick and easy to use, an effective way to explain the plan of salvation. Bring them to your next Trunk Or Treat Party, Hallelujah, or Autumn Festivals. The kids and adults will love them.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Kentucky Baptist Convention Issues Flu Preparedness Guidelines for Churches

The Kentucky Baptist Convention is asking churches to modify the way they conduct worship services as a precautionary measure against the spread of H1N1 and seasonal flu viruses. The convention this month issued its Flu Preparedness Guidelines for Churches as part of its Safe Church Initiative.

In an October 6th article in the Western Recorder Newspaper, Coy Webb, the KBC's disaster relief associate acknowledged, "Adjusting the greeting time might be a tough one for many churches. We enjoy and appreciate the physical contact, but it might be best to forego some of that for just a little while....I think the key words for now are 'common sense' and 'watchfulness.' Churches do not need to overreact, but at the same time, they should take commonsense precautions and be watchful for what develops during the next few weeks and months," Webb said.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Two Thumbs Up for The Clean Up Woman

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price
Two thumbs up for The Clean Up Woman! Don't miss this stage play if it comes to a city near you. It was at the Louisville Palace in Louisville for two showings on Sunday, October 11th, and it was fabulous! It had twists and turns, great singing, an all-star cast, and a revolving stage with three scenes. It was uplifting, clean with no profanity.

Producer JD Lawrence, in photo with Jesus Saves Social Network ticket winner and blogger Therese Warrick, and myself, greeted everyone at the end of the performance and stated that additionally his goal was to present positive depictions of the black male. He did that, plus more. You certainly got the sense that some of his characters believed in God and went to church, and then there was the Scripture-quoting "devil." All I could say was, "Jesus rebuke you, Satan!" JD did a wonderful job conversing with, or shall I say, clowning audience members during the play. It was hilarious!

I met Christopher Williams from New Jack City fame. Both he and JD were very hospitable joking with fans as they signed autographs and took pictures with them. The deejay did a wonderful job, too, keeping everyone entertained at the intermission. He had'em dancing in the isles with great ol' school hip hop.

Two thumbs up for the Clean Up Woman!!! It is not your typical play on the love triangle and infidelity. It was much better than we could have imagined. We can't wait to see Clean Up Woman Part Two and the movie next year.

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Was King David the Original Clean Up Man?

Rev. Angela Lee Price

With all this talk about the play, The Clean Up Woman and the discussions on who in the Bible was the original clean up woman going on on the Jesus Saves Ministries Social Network, my question is "Was King David the original "clean up man" in the Bible?"
Scripture says, "One evening David got up from his bed and strolled around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing - a very beautiful woman. So David sent someone to inquire about her, and he reported, "This is Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the Hittite. David sent messengers to get her, and when she came to him, he slept with her....The woman conceived and sent word to inform David: 'I am pregnant'" 2 Samuel 11:2-5.

Sure, some might suggest that it was Bathsheba who got her "clean up" on in 2 Samuel. After all, she was on the roof, of all places, cleaning up. However, after all is said and done, it was King David who chose to sleep with another man's wife, get her pregnant, kill her husband Uriah and marry the woman. Their first child dies. Their second child, who becomes "Mr. Clean Up, II, was King Solomon, a man who had so many women he didn't know what to do. Though David was a man after God's own heart, I think his actions, in this instance, qualify him as the male "O.G." of the "clean up." Post your comments on the The Clean Up Woman Group on the Jesus Saves Ministries Social Network, or join the group and start your own discussion on the clean up woman. Your name will be entered in our drawing for a pair of tickets to the play, The Clean Up Woman, coming Sunday, October 11th, 3:00 p.m. to the Louisville Palace, Louisville, Kentucky.

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Unity In the Community? If My People....

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price

Life is a precious gift from God, but life has its strife. In the middle of those three words, "life," "gift," and "strife" is the word "if." Life is "iffy," too with its twists and turns. Most importantly, life is conditional, dependent upon the "if" of us doing our part in our relationship with God. If we do our part, then God will do His part.

One of the things we must do to build unity in the community and eliminate so much unnecessary strife is to focus on 2 Chronicles 7:14, and the "if" of life. Yes, there is an "if" in life, but there is also an "if" of life. The "if" in life, has to do with what happens to us. The "if" of life has to do with what happens through us.

2 Chronicles 7:14 speaks about the people of God who were called by His name. It starts, "If my people...." It was originally given to Solomon concerning the children of Israel. If the people of God were to focus on the things of God, we could build unity in the community.

The "if" of life is conditional on us doing our part in life everyday, humbling ourselves, praying, seeking the face of God, turning from our wicked ways. God promises that when we do these things, He will hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal the land, the land of our dysfunctional relationships and broken marriages, the land of our addictions and diseases, the land of our heartache and despair, the land of our unrealized potential, vacilating vunerabilites and elementary tendencies, and the land of our blighted communities. We've been traveling down dusty roads in these barren lands far too long. If only we could find Route 66 with its on ramp at Genesis and its off ramp at Revelation! We must focus on the "if" of life.

Another thing we must do to build unity in the community is to focus on Ephesians 4:7-14 and "if" of "gift." Yes, there is an "if" in "gift," but there is also an "if" of "gift." The "if" in "gift" has to do with what man gives to us. The "if" of "gift" has to do with what God gives through us. Ephesians 4:7-8 tells us Jesus, the perfect Gift, has given gifts to men. Our gifts have been given "for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ" (v12). He didn't save us just to sit. He saved us to serve.

God promises that if His people were use their spiritual gifts to preach, teach, evangelize, and pastor, we would eliminate so of the strife and become built up in the unity of the faith. And unity is what we need.

The Scriptures say, "Then we will no longer be infants tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceiftful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work" (v14-18). Focusing on the 'if" of "gift" requires that we not neglect our gifts (1 Tim 4:14), but that we stir up our gifts (2 Tim 1:6).

If the people of God who are called by His name would focus on the "if" of "gift" and the "if" of "life", we could build unity in the community and eliminate some of this strife in life!

Join the Unity in the Community Group on the Jesus Saves Ministries Social Network, reply to this post or start your on discussion on how to build unity in the community. Your name will be entered in our drawing for a pair of tickets to Unityfest 2009 featuring Hezekiah Walker and Kim Burrell, Saturday, October 17th at the Iroquois Amphitheatre in Louisville.

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