Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

And the Wise Men Gave Gifts: What's Inside Your Bag?

By: Rev. Angela Lee Price
Matthew 2:1-2; 10-12 KJV

(v1) Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
(v2) Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
(v 10) When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
(v11) And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Who were these wise men, these gift givers? They were outsiders, Gentiles called Magi or Magicians. They were from Persia, modern day Iraq. Magi among the Persians were their intellectuals, philosophers and priests. Persia and the eastern nations were known for their star gazing, astrology, and idol worship. God in his infinite wisdom and sovereignty spoke to the Magi in a langueage they could understand, their language of the stars and drew them from afar, some 800 miles to worship the newborn King. You should be shouting right there! The Bibles says at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, every astrologer, magician, and soothsayer, and tongue shall confess Jesus as Lord!

No doubt their gifts were wrapped with beautiful bows and ribbons of multi colors, cut from the finest cloth. To these wise men money was no object. Can’t you hear the rapper, Fabolous, “Just throw it in the bag!... Look at the price tags? Where they do that at? We're from the PER. Where they do that at? Just throw it in the bag!” They traveled, following an extraordinary star, to present their best to the newborn King, products from their far-away country, gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Some commentaries suggest they offered gold as tribute to the King in Jesus, rendering to Caesar that which was Caesar’s; frankincense to the God in Jesus, for God was often honored with the smoke of incense; and myrrh to the Man in Jesus, that should he die, the myrrh could be use to embalm him. The wise men gave gifts to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

I stopped by to ask, what’s inside your bag? What are you giving Jesus for Christmas?

God has given every Christian at least one gift to bring to lay before the King, a spiritual gift. First Peter 4:11 states, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (NIV).

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 ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (v12). He didn’t save us to sit. He saved us to serve!

Even if some of your gifts appear to be a mystery to you a little while, your gifts will find you out. Your gifts will make room for you. Has anyone come up to you lately and said, “You’re good at that!,” “You should consider doing such and such in the church?” Those are quite possibly times when your gifts are making themselves known. Stephen (Acts 6-7) was the first disciple martyred for the faith in the New Testament. Stephen’s gifts were known to the multitude. And so, Stephen was voted into office as deacon. Stephen was one of the seven men chosen to assist the apostles in the administrative affairs of the early Jerusalem church. He is most noted for his outstanding character, faith, wisdom, courage, and willingness to contend for the faith against false accusation and fierce opposition. St. Stephen Church is named after Stephen.

Stephen, a wise man gave his gifts to the King!

a. administration (v3,5)
b. wisdom (v3)
c. faith (v5)
d. teaching (v9-10, chapter 7)
e. prophecy (v9-10, chapter 7)
f. martyrdom (chapter 7, 7:60)

In addition to these gifts, Stephen was fine! He had it “going on!” In my sanctified imagination, he had to have looked like Denzel Washington for the Sanhedrin crowd could not help but stare at him when he spoke because “they saw that his face was like the face of an angel (chapter 6:15). What's in your bag?

I know, some of you are saying I have no money. I have no job. I can’t afford Gucci, Lou Vuitton. I’m like the Little Drummer Boy and Alicia Keys singing “Little Drummer Girl” where she says, “Christmas is lost. I have no gifts to bring to lay before the King. Br rump, pa, pa, pum. It’s just me and my drum!” The bible says brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1). Bring discernment, evangelism, and giving; bring hospitality, intercession, and knowledge; bring pastoring, teaching and writing; bring your musical gifts, vocal and instrumental.

Sing glory to God in the Highest! Sing glory to God in the Highest! Sing glory to God in the Highest and on Earth Peace (Luke 2:14)!

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Does Everybody Love Chris?

By: Min. Angela Lee Price


"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlastinglife" John 3:16.
There is a popular television show called, Everybody Loves Raymond. As I listen on the radio and look around on television, in the stores, everywhere at the Santas, elves, reindeer, and snowmen, it appears everybody loves Chris, too (Kringle, that is), and fewer people love Christ. There is good reason to love Chris, but there is a better reason to love Christ.  With Chris, you might get a gift, but with Christ, you get The Gift.  With Chris, you might get savings, but with Christ, you get saved.  With Chris, it's a wonderful life, but with Christ it's a wonderful eternity! With Chris, you might receive, but with Christ it is more blessed to give than to receive. 
While John 3:16 is often overlooked as being a "Christmas verse" we can easily see the loving, giving heart of the Father in that he gave His only begotten Son for our sins. God the Father set the example of giving, and it was carried on in the life of Christ from the manger to the Cross.   In turn Jesus commands us in John 13:34, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

Well, who do you love?  Are you with everybody?  Do you love Chris or Christ? I encourage you at this wonderful time of year as we celebrate our newborn King to appreciate our giving God and His loving Son, Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit who helps us to cheerfully give. Jesus gave his life for our sins.  Jesus is the reason for the season. Join me in keeping Christ in Christmas.  Jesus saves! 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Churches Turn Black Friday Into Bless Friday to Give Back to Others - BCNN1

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
I think Black Friday is getting out of hand! My husband and stepson went out last night and there were lines wrapped around the buildings at Target and Walmart. My husband said he had never seen so many cars on the parking lot at Walmart. Thursday's newspaper was double the size of a normal Sunday paper. I just think it's getting out of hand, don't you? Jesus deserves at least one FULL day of thankfulness! But, Oh, no! Now we have to cut Thanksgiving in half, and gulp our Egg Nog in order to be in lines at 4:00 and 5:00 o'clock for Black Friday deals. Something's wrong with that! I tweeted earlier today, "Read the red in your black bible and you won't go in the red on Black Friday!" I keep thinking about "Young Money," at least that's what I call the rich young ruler in the Bible. Young Money kept all the commandmants, but when Jesus told him to sale all his possessions and follow him, he went away sad. Young Money had it all, cash, cars, and mansions, but what he needed was a relationship with Jesus. If only we would sit still long enough to be grateful what what we have....If only!

I found this article on the internet and it blessed my soul, Churches Turn Black Friday Into Bless Friday to Give Back to Others. We are supposed to be impacting the world. Instead, the world is impacting us. I know we are all busy and there are only so many vacation days, and the Friday after Thanksgiving is that day for alot of people, but please! Not all of us need to stand in line on Thanksgiving to buy something that will be on sale cheaper next week. Many Christians have more stuff in their closets than they need. A way to give back might mean cleaning out the closets and having a huge consignment event at the church on Black Friday, a event where we give back and share the gospel at the same time. What we all really need is Jesus not another doorbuster sale!
These are my thoughts. What's yours?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sermon Excerpt: How to Live and Not Die

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
"If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10;9).
If you could ask God one question right now, what would it be? Chances are it’s “Am I going to heaven when I die?” Going to heaven is the number one reason new Christians give for confessing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  We are being reminded so frequently of the reality of death so to ask that question only makes good sense. Statistics suggest more than one person is dying every second - 4,000 an hour, 96,000 a day, more than 35,000,000 a year. Approximately 1,700 service men and women have died in the war in Afghanistan and 4,500 have died in the war in Iraq. The Bible speaks clearly about death, "There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die (Ecc. 3:1-2).
Death is real.  No matter how real it is, some people refuse to think about death. Some are nonchalant about it. Others live in fear of it. Saint and sinner, rich and poor, death is no respecter of persons, not for Michael Jackson, Dorothy Height, Osama Bin Laden, Moummar Qaddafi, Pastor Zachery Tims, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, nor Andy Rooney. Just last week, former heavyweight boxing champion, the first boxer to defeat Muhammad Ali in the "Thrilla in Manilla," Smokin’ Joe Frazier, and the “Overweight Lover,” “Money-earning Mt. Vernon,” the rapper Heavy D. died. I liked "Heavy D."  “Heavy D” proved rappers can produce clean raps and be successful.

While I’m rapping about what I’m rappin about, let me sing, too, a few facts about death.
"What goes around comes back around, hey, my baby! What goes around comes back around, hey, my baby!" Beyonce sings this hip hop song, and it is quite popular. However...

1.  You are not coming back again. (Hebrews 9:27)
The fact is you will go around, but you will not come back around, baby!  That’s called Reincarnation. Reincarnation in a New Age and Eastern religion belief.  It is closely aligned with Karma, the belief that good and bad actions in this life must be worked out in the next life. If you are good in this life, you might come back in the next life as rich, if you are poor. The Bible declares in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” This is to say the decisions you make on earth will determine where you will spend eternity. The Bible clearly states reincarnation is not true, Hebrews 9:27 says, "It is appointed for man to die once and for all, and after that to face Judgment.” The Bible declares that for the Christian, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!”

My second “verse” about death is this:
All Roads do NOT lead to heaven (John 14:6).

Though we are sitting in padded pews, we are in transit. We are on the move. We are going somewhere. Ask your neighbor, “Where are you going?” Since you are not coming back again, and we are all going somewhere, you need to maximize your moments in transit. Hear this Word today. Don’t believe the hype. All roads do NOT take you to heaven. Some roads have forks in them.  Some roads are culdersacks and some roads are dead ends.  There's only one road that can get you to heaven.  Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one get to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6). This means that Buddha can’t take you to heaven! Muhammad can’t take you to heaven! Confucius can’t take you to heaven! Your good works won’t get you there! Only Jesus Christ can get you to heaven. He says, “I am the Way!”

How can we live and not die? I am glad you asked! There is a road that will take you to Jesus and straight to heaven! It is called The Roman Road. The Roman Road is found on Route 66, the 66 books of the Bible, God’s Super Highway to heaven. When you travel the Roman Road, the first thing you will discover is …

You don’t have a skin problem. You have a sin problem. You are...

SSelfishness
Lil Wayne raps in the song "She Will" featuring Drake, “I’m all about “I” give the rest of the vowels back!” Read more: http://www.killerhiphop.com/lil-wayne-she-will-lyrics-drake/#ixzz1e4ud8xnE
Lil Wayne, I got news for you. You’d better flip to the gospel station and listen to Bishop Hezekiah because "Hezekiah is on fire!" Don’t you know without “U,” there is no “I?” “Y?” Because “I Need “U” to Survive!” I need you, you need me. We're all a part of God's body. I need you to survive!

IIncorrigible
The definition is “Incapable of being changed or reformed; difficult to control or retrain.” We are incorrigible. We cannot change ourselves! The Bible uses the word, “Iniquity.” The Psalmist sings...
Psalm 51:5, Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Psalm 25:11, For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
Psalm 38:18, For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

NNegative
Definition: Expressing opposition or denial; lacking any affirmative quality. When we have a negative bank account, that means we owe money.  There's nothing "affirmative," or good quality about that.  Our naturally negative natures puts us in arrears with God from the beginning.  We don’t have a skin problem. We have a sin problem. And there is nothing we can do in and of ourselves to make up the difference. The Good News is Jesus can fix it if we face it!

Traveling the Roman Road helps us to realize our sin problem and react to our sin problem. The book of Romans says...
3:23 - All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
5:8 – God demonstrated His love for us in this, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
6:23 – The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
10:9 – If we confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in our heart God raised Him from the dead, we shall be saved.
10:13 – Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Romans 10:9 contains two important phrases. " Jesus is Lord" is a confession of faith. “Lord” is the translation of the Greek word kurios. This is the regular way of translating the Hebrew name for God, “Yahweh” in the Greek. Jesus is not only the “Messiah” in the Hebrew which means “Christ” in the Greek, but He is also “Yahweh,” God. We believe God raised Him from the dead. Mary Magalene, the women and disciples all saw Jesus after His resurrection (John 20). We believe Jesus shares the same nature with God. He was not just a prophet, as the Muslims believe, He is God. Jesus was fully human and fully God. Colossians 2:9, “For the entire fullness of God’s nature, dwells bodily in Christ.”
I have attended a number of funerals over the past month. I had an aunt to past a month ago, too. God showed me that many of the saints confessed Jesus Christ at an early age. My aunt Louise Smith did that. Long before she made it to New York, New Jersey, and Georgia, she realized at an early age that, as Marvin Sapp sings, she never wouldn't made it with the Lord. She woulda lost it all. She realized that if God be for her, that He's more than the world against her! She realized with Jesus in her life, that know matter what the world threw at her, racism, depression, recession, wars, and calamity; no matter what her haters planned for her with their jealous, envious selves, no matter what the devil dished up, sickness, confusion, lies, and malice, she would live and not die!

Jesus said, I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Not only did these people confess Jesus early, they lived life abundantly. I am not saying that once you accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior that everything is going to be peaches and cream. God can give you valuable treasures, love, joy, peace, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, perseverence, patience, and self control. Also, when the doctors say “No,” God can say “Yes” and extend your life. Ask Magic Johnson. Magic Johnson has been living 20 years with HIV. He said if he knew then what he knows now, he never would have retired from the Lakers. Ask King Hezekiah in the Bible. Once Hezekiah found out he was going to die, he cried to the Lord, and the Lord gave Him 15 more years to live (2 Kings 20: 1-7)!
Paul said “To live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21 NIV). This means that if I live for the One Person worth dying for, Jesus Christ, that even when I die, I shall live.


The Bible says, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Confess Jesus Christ and dare to declare today, “I shall live and not die!” Oh, bless the name of the Lord today for salvation! Jesus saves!



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Friday, November 04, 2011

Happenings On the Jesus Saves Social Network - November 3, 2011

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny" (Matthew 5:23-26 NIV).

Often on Fridays, I tweet, "T.G.I.F., Thank God I'm Forgiven (And It's Friday)! I teach Spiritual Gifts at church, and often in Spiritual Gifts class, I will use the acromyn "TGIF" as an icebreaker by asking members to unscramble it to form new words, phrases, and sentences. This exercise helps each person to understand that they have at least one "GIFT," and they "FIT IT," because they are "GIFT-IT" of God to do the work that He has called them to do (Ephesians 4:7-8).
The whole discussion of forgiveness is important because the Bible places forgiveness above or before giftedness, "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
It is sad to see gifted people at odds with each other in the church. What is worse is to see bickering parties continue their anomosity for years, even decades. However, the Bible says not only is there a frequency within which we are to forgive, seven times seventy (Matt. 18:21), but that there is a timeframe within which we are to forgive, "quickly" (v 25). We should do everything we can to resolve our differences often and to settle them out of court, Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge (v 25).
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Welcome New Members: Chellappa Pauliah, India and Annie Brock, Jacksonville, FL. Annie has a wonderful website, The Old Black Church. Be sure to check it out. She and I met a few years ago and it is good to connect with her again. Please take a moment to stop by their pages, read their bios, extend friend requests, and show them some Christian love! A friend must first show himself/herself friendly!
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On Top of the LeaderBoards! Joyce Vaughn, Bertha, Chellappa Pauliah, Apostle Truth, and Carolyn McKinney

Celebrating Birthdays: Don Anderson, Chesstealia Benson, Towanda Dailey, Cheryl Johnson, PJ Brown, Sharon Tolbert, HGM. There have been quite a few birthdays recently. If we missed your birthday, forgive us. Happy Birthday from Jesus Saves Ministries.
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The Prayers of the Righteous:
Thank you to everyone who submitted prayers to the Jesus Saves Ministries October United Prayer Initiative, 31 Days of Focused Prayer:
  • Evangelist Cynthia Glen
  • Therese Warrick
  • Rev. Linda Moore
  • Rev. Syvoskia Pope
  • Maurice Jackson
  • Joyce Vaughn
  • Rev. Michael Lee
  • Shanea Cox
  • Elder Angela Y. Lee
  • Ronald Wilson
  • Paula Loving
  • Michel Mitchell
By faith, we know that God has heard our cries for salvation, deliverance, sanctification, spiritual growth for His people, for this nation and for the world. The compilation of original prayers will be available at no charge via PDF in a few days, or for the cost of printing for a bound version. We pray God will use the prayer journal to do exceeding abundantly above all we could ask or think. Keep posting your prayers, and prayer requests in The Prayers of the Righteous Group. We believe the prayers of the righteous availeth much!
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Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gifts you have given the church for the equipping of the saints and for the building up of the body of Christ. Today, we pray for pastors and preachers. Lord, Your Word says, "But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? How can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear with a preacher?" (Romans 10:14). We thank you for pastors and preachers who are not ashamed of the Gospel and who rightly divide the Word of Truth. We thank you that Your Word shall not return void!


We ask You, Lord to rebuke those pastors and preachers who are adulterating Your Word for monetary gain, and leading Your sheep astray. Protect Your flocks from wolves in sheep's clothing, we pray. May these men and women repent and return to their first love. We ask forgiveness, Father for worshipping our pastors instead of You. Keep our clergy spiritually and physically fit through higher education and wise counsel. Restore to us a prophetic church. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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Congratulations to PraizePower 1350 WLOU Radio recently nominated for a 2012 Stellar Award for Medium Market Radio Station of the Year. The Stellar Gospel Music Awards is the first and only annual nationally-televised awards show honoring African American gospel music artists. The 27th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will be held January 14th, 2012 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
WLOU Radio is one of the oldest black-formatted radio stations in the nation, serving Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana since 1951. It names media pioneers William E. Summers, III and John H. Johnson among former owners.
On receiving the nomination, WLOU/WLLV Radio General Manager Bill Price states, "It is a tremendous honor when you think about the number of gospel radio stations around the country, and you are narrowed down to 16 stations in all categories. It makes you feel proud for the community, and the radio station. It lets you know the hard work that you put in has been well received by others looking into and evaluating the market."
SMALL MARKET RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
> - WDJL 1000 AM Huntsville, AL
> - WJNI 106.3 FM Charleston, SC
> - KOKA 980 AM Shreveport, LA
> - WIMG 1300 AM Trenton, NJ
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> MEDIUM MARKET RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
> - WLOU 1350 AM Louisville, KY
> - WPRF 94.9 FM New Orleans, LA
> - WENO 760 AM Nashville, TN
> - KPZK 102.5 FM Little Rock, AR
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> LARGE MARKET RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
> - WHAL 95.7FM/1460 AM Memphis, TN
> - WFMI 100.9 Va-Norfolk-Newpt, VA
> - WCAO 600 AM Baltimore, MD
> - WMBM 1490 AM Miami, FL
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> MAJOR MARKET RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
> - WPZE 102.5 Atlanta, GA
> - WPRS 104.1 Washington, DC
> - KJLH 102.3 FM Los Angeles, CA
> - WGRB 1390 AM Chicago, IL
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"I believe that Tyler Perry has a special gift in how he reaches the masses through his talent. He is able to step into the lives of others to relate to them in such a way that people don't feel that because of his status that he is above them in way." Rev. Syvoskia Pope
"What I have is God's mercy and grace. I am rich with HIS mercy and grace. The haves who are selfish and about themselves can never be rich as I am no matter what. And sometimes, the haves put on this facade while they are drowning in debt. Many try to "keep up with the Joneses", losing their souls. Mercy. With God's help, with my persistent and consistent prayer life, God always make a way for me, HE always opens a door for me, He keeps food on my table, shoes on my feet, clothes on my back. HE has even placed my feet on solid ground." Therese Warrick


"God has once again given us the joy of laughter in this next production. I feel blessed to know that God will use humor and laughter, to allow us to see ourselves from an outer circle looking in. We have so much that we have to be reminded that we don't need to complain. But bless others that don't have what we have. We are sooo rich in God!" Rev. Linda Moore
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Min. Angela Lee Price
Thank you for your prayers for me and my family during our time of bereavement. God is good! He provided traveling grace to me, my husband, and to my family who traveled from New York to the wonderful homegoing celebration of my aunt Louise Smith on Monday, October 24th, Mars Hill Baptist Church, Dallas, Georgia. The pastor, Rev. Robert Bryant officiated. Mars Hill is the oldest African American church in Paulding County, Georgia. It was founded in 1866 and is 145 years old. My uncle John Smith, aunt Louise's husband was laid to rest there in August 2005.
I was blessed with the awesome assignment of delivering the eulogy. The Lord gave me a passage in the book of Romans on that super highway to heaven, the Roman Road.The message was entitled, I Shall Live And Not Die, based on Romans 10:13, "For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." I stated that there is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to weep and a time to mourn (Ecclesiates 3:1-4). Approximately 1,700 have died in the war in Afghanistan and 4,500 have died in the war in Iraq.Death happens to us all, Michael Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Height, Osama Bin Laden, Muammar Gaddafi, and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth who was eulogized on October 24th as well.
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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! November is here and many ministries are gearing up for fall and winter revivals, special Thanksgiving and Christmas programs, and missions events. People are encouraged when that see God in their neighborhoods because they know soon He will be on their street knocking on their door! Isn't God good?!
This is just a reminder to post your church, ministry, and public service events, and announcements on the Events Page on the Jesus Saves Social Network. Let us help you spread the word in telling people in our communities, region, the nation, and the world was great and mighty things God is doing in our churches, communities, and in our lives. Post your events before November 7th, and we will blast them out to the entire network at no charge to you. Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves! Jesus Saves Ministries celebrating six years of lifting up Jesus Christ.



Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Prayer for the Lost to Be Saved

Jesus Saves Ministries October Prayer Calender
October 30th:
A Prayer for the Lost to be Saved
By: Min. Angela Lee Price, Member Services Director, St. Stephen Church, Louisville, KY

Father, We have come to You by faith this month viligently interceding with all types of prayers in accordance with Your Word (Ephesians 6:18, James 5:15). We believe that the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous availeth much (James 5:16). We pray today for the lost to be saved. We know it is Your will that none should perish for Your Word says, "For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13). Your Word says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). We thank You, O Lord, Jesus saves!
We pray also for new believers to be baptized. Your Word says, "Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38). Baptism, Oh Lord, is the first step in obedience to You. Father, Your Son Jesus was baptized and You were there with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17)! Not only where You there, Lord, but You spoke saying, "this is my beloved Son in whom I'm well pleased (3:17)" Be pleased with baptism candidates as they prepare for this special occasion in their lives. Don't let the devil steal their joy or any gifts You have given them. We thank you that the wind, and the waves obey Your voice. Finally, Father, we pray for those who has been baptized for all the wrong reasons. May they re-examine themselves by the light of Scripture and run to Your pool for You are a Holy God. In Jesus Name, Amen!


Thank you to everyone who submitted prayers to the Jesus Saves Ministries October United Prayer Initiative, 31 Days of Focused Prayer, and with us. The Scripture say, "We two or three are gathered in my Name I am in the midst." By faith, we know that God has heard our cries for salvation, deliverance, sanctification, spiritual growth for His people, for this nation and for the world. Our plan is to compile the prayers into a keepsake Prayer Journal. The journal will be available at no cost via PDF or for the cost of printing for a bound version. We pray God will use the prayer journal to do exceeding abundantly above all we could ask or think. Keep posting your prayers, and prayer requests in The Prayers of the Righteous Group. We believe the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous availeth much!


Jesus Saves Ministries, celebrating 6 years of lifting up Jesus Christ!
It is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!



Thursday, October 27, 2011

I Shall Live And Not Die (In Memory of Louise O. Smith)

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

Thank you for your prayers for me and my family during our time of bereavement. God is good! He provided traveling grace to me, my husband, and to my family who traveled from New York to the wonderful homegoing celebration of my aunt Louise Smith on Monday, October 24th, Mars Hill Baptist Church, Dallas, Georgia. The pastor, Rev. Robert Bryant officiated. Mars Hill is the oldest African American church in Paulding County, Georgia. It was founded in 1866 and is 145 years old. My uncle John Smith, aunt Louise's husband was laid to rest there a few years ago.
Aunt Louise was the matriarch of our family on my mother's side. She was 94. Our foreparents endured much, sacrificed their very lives to path the way for the freedoms we enjoy, and take for granted. Louise Smith was born September 21, 1917 at a time when the legacy of slavery, segregation and discrimination weighed heavily on black america.


I was blessed with the awesome assignment of delivering the eulogy. The Lord gave me a passage in the book of Romans on that super highway to heaven, the Roman Road. The message was entitled, I Shall Live And Not Die, based on Romans 10:13, "For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." I stated that there is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to weep and a time to mourn (Ecclesiates 3:1-4). Approximately 1,700 have died in the war in Afghanistan and 4,500 have died in the war in Iraq.Death happens to us all, Michael Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Height, Osama Bin Laden, Muammar Gaddafi, and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth who was eulogized on October 24th as well.

There are two ways we can respond to death, in time and in eternity. We can respond to death in time by making preparations for death. Though we are siting in our padded pews, we are in transit. We are going somewhere. We are going to die. We need to gather policies, make funeral arrangements early and not put it off. Confusion happens and burden is placed on surviving family members when we don't act responsibly and prepare for death. Secondly, we need to grieve responsibilty. We need to stop telling our boys and males, "Big boys don't cry," "Real men don't cry." That is a lie from hell. David, Abraham, Hezekiah, Joseph, Jeremiah, Peter, and Jesus all cried. I quoted my pastor, Rev. Kevin Cosby who stated in the sermon, When You Just Can't Get Over It, "We have faith and we have feelings... We need a cry room for adults and well as for babies, a place to deal with unresolved pain and hope...Grief is the emotional sorrow caused by the loss of anyone or anything we have a strong emotional attachment to."

We prepare for death in time, and we should prepare for death in eternity. Louise Smith was a godly woman, a loving and devoted sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, great aunt, friend and devoted wife to one husband for 65 years. Not only was she all these things, she was wise beyond her years. She called on the name of the Lord in her youth, confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and dared to declare in the face of racism, depression, wars, sickness and disease, "I shall live and not die!" She dealt with death in time too, saying "I will bless the Lord at all times. His praises shall continually be in my mouth....(Psalm 34). Hers was a Christian faith that declared, "The Lord is my light and my salvation, Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?..(Psalm 27). Louise Smith called on the Lord at an early age in Pineland, South Carolina, long before she made it to New York, New Jersey, and Georgia. She knew, as Marvin Sapp sings, she never woulda made it without the Lord. She woulda lost it all.


We can travel the super highway to heaven, along Route 66, the 66 books of the Bible, and particularly the Roman Road,
Romans 3:23
Romans 5:8
Romans 6:23
Romans 10:9
Romans 10:13
and dare to declare, "I shall live and not die."



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The following song by gospel artist Denise McCoy, midday host at Praise 102.5 in Atlanta, although not used at the homegoing, is fitting. It is entitled, I Shall Live And Not Die.


Thank you again for your prayers and participation here in even my absence! You all are a true blessing!

Related Post:  In Memory of Altmon Orr 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Parents, It's Time to Show Up and Show Out!

By:  Min.  Angela Lee Price

"As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.  At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit God descending like a dove and lighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." Matthew 3:16-17

I have been focusing on the baptism of Jesus this year. There, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit were present. The Father speaks, the Holy Spirit descends, and the Son is baptized. In the vernacular of church folk, they "showed up and showed out!" This is the best example of the Trinity in the bible. Hallelujah! Glory to God!

In an age when too many children are fatherless and/or parents choose not to attend major events in their children's lives, it is significant that not only is the Father present at the baptism of Jesus, but that He speaks. He acknowledges His love for His Son and how proud (well pleased) He is of Him, "And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased" (Matt. 3:18). Our children need our love and support. They need the confidence that only parents and guardians can give. It says to me that with baptisms being of such significance in the lives of our children and family members, that if God and the Holy Spirit can take the time to show up for Jesus' baptism, we ought show up for our children's baptisms, birthdays, graduations, weddings, recitals, award ceremonies, and other events, for that matter, -- and, moreover, as born-again believers we ought get in the baptismal pool with them. Many churches allow their church members to assist in the baptism of their family members. This makes the baptism a special moment not just for the person being baptized, but for the family.

It is significant, too that the Holy Spirit is present, "...and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him" (Matt. 3:17). We are reassured that Jesus was well qualified to do what God sent Him here to do. He was given the authority and He the power. Immediately after, Jesus is led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan, and He begins his ministry (Matt 4:12-22). At salvation, we are sealed with the Spirit of God. This means we have all we need to do what God has called us to do. Glory to God!

I pray now, in the name of Jesus, that more people will be dipped this year, that they will repent of their sins, accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and be baptized (Act 2:38). For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). I pray, too, that parents will resolve to do the right thing in 2011 by their children -- make time for them, explain to them who Jesus is, and talk with them about accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. I pray, Lord, that parents will show up with their children at church, and at their baptism. And then, Father, my prayer is that parents will begin to show up for their children at school, and at all those important events in their lives, show out even! Our children need their parents, Oh Lord, guardians, grandparents, God parents, mentors, and the adults in their lives to acknowledge and support them. Help us to give our young people the love, support, confidence, and tools they need to succeed as Christians and in this world. Amen.


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Sunday, October 16, 2011

WATCH: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedicated in DC - BCNN1

President Barack Obama saluted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday as a man who "stirred our conscience" and made the Union "more perfect," rejoicing in the dedication of a monument memorializing the slain civil rights leader's life and work.
 
"I know we will overcome," Obama proclaimed, standing the 30-foot granite monument to King on the National Mall. "I know this," the president said, "because of the man towering over us."

Obama and his wife, Michelle, and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, joined a host of civil rights figures for the dedication on the sun-splashed Mall. Designed as what King described as a stone of hope hewn from a mountain of despair, the memorial is the first to a black man on the National Mall and its parks.

"He had faith in us," said Obama, who was 6 when King was assassinated in 1968. Obama told the crowd, "And that is why he belongs on this Mall: Because he saw what we might become."

The dedication has special meaning for the Obamas. The president credits King with paving his way to the White House. Before his remarks, he left signed copies of his inaugural speech and 2008 convention address in a time capsule at the monument site. The first couple and daughters Malia and Sasha made a more private visit to the site on Friday night, before the crowds and the cameras arrived.

In his talk, he focused on King's broad themes - equality, justice and peaceful resistance - as the nation confronts, 48 years later, some of the same issues of war, an economic crisis and a lingering distrust of government in some quarters.
WATCH: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedicated in DC - BCNN1


Obama, Aretha Franklin to Headline MLK Monument Dedication this Weekend - BCNN1

President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address and Aretha Franklin will headline the entertainers at this weekend's dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall.

The dedication was postponed from late August because of Hurricane Irene.

Journalist Roland Martin will be the emcee. Besides Obama, speakers will include civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Rep. John Lewis, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and members of the King family. Journalist Dan Rather will also speak.

A ceremonial dedication will be held at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the memorial, where the queen of soul will perform.

The towering 30-foot monument is the first dedicated to a black leader on the National Mall.

King stands with his arms crossed, carved from a stone and looking toward the horizon.

Source:  The Associated Press
Obama, Aretha Franklin to Headline MLK Monument Dedication this Weekend - BCNN1





Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sisters Road to Freedom Hosts First Annual Women's Conference

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
Much love and congrats to Therese Warrick (left with me) founder, Sisters Road to Freedom, Inc., Lexington, KY on their first women's conference, A Conversation Among Hannah's Sisters, Saturday, October 8th, the Homewood Suites Hilton Hotel. This conference was a tremendous blessing for all in attendance!  Speakers included Rev. Dr. Felix G. Williams, III, opening prayer, Sis. Chantel Depp, A Conversation on the Mental Health of Hannah's Sisters, Ms. Shirley Riley, Foundation of Money Management, PNC Bank, Evangelist Eva Gooch, closing prayer, and myself, A Conversation Among Hannah's Sisters.

My topic was Hannah: The Power of Persistent Prayer, 1 Samual 1:1-20. I divided the women into four tables and had them to discuss:
1) The "Conversation" between Hannah and Penniniah;
2) The Conversation between Hannah and her Partner;
3) The Conversation between Hannah and the Priest; and 4) The Conversations between Hannah and her Provider.

The women shared much and learned much from this story of a Hannah, a barren women, provoked by her husband's other wife, who cried out in persistent prayer to God for a child. God answered her prayer in the course of time and gave her the prophet, priest, and last judge Samuel, one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament.

Sisters Road to Freedom, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing sisters with inspiration and encouragement through the Gospel of Jesus Christ; providing hands-on assistances to Sisters in every aspect of their lives - spiritual, mental, physical, educational, and medical, which  will enable them to become virtuous women of God.



We invite you to join the Jesus Saves Social Network where this month we are praying persistently for God's will to be done in our lives, families, churches, ministries, and communities. Jesus saves!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Louisville Gospel Radio GM, Bill Price Celebrates Birthday

Happy Birthday to Min. Angela's husband, Bill Price, General Manager, WLOU and WLLV Radio Stations, Louisville....And Many More!

The Price family celebrated Bill's birthday at KT's Restaurant on October 6th. Staff of both stations signed stuffed singing cupcake and contributed birthday cake to celebration.
A special thanks to Jesus Saves Social Network and facebook, and radio friends who shouted-out to Bill on his special day! Bill is big on birthdays and has enjoyed shouting out thousands of birthdays over the 35+ years he has served the Louisville market.

Bill's Birthday Speech, "These Are the Best Days of My Life."




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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

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From:  BlackChristianNews.com 10-04-11
Most pastors and church leaders will tell you that they want the singers to sing and then don't say anything else. That's a little secret among pastors that most in the church do not know.

In fact, pastors cringe with nervousness when singers start talking before they sing, or if they start talking after they sing, or even if they start praying. I know that many musicians and church people do not know this, but most pastors just want the singer to sing and exit the stage as fast as possible.


But Tony Evans bucked the system tonight and allowed Kirk Franklin to preach, not sing, but Preach!

One of the things that Kirk Franklin said was that "Pastors and church leaders, while you have been busy trying to build your church, get on TBN, and keep up with your twenty-five 'armor-bearers,' you have lost your influence, your families, and the young people who used to come to your church and you need to humble your selves and repent." He also said that 'I personally know all of the superstar pastors and churches that have crashed and failed over the past seven years -- and the thing that hurts me the most is that I hardly ever saw any humility among these church leaders.'

The entire church needs to hear this message from this singer who has become a seer.
We strongly encourage you to get the tape or CD from TonyEvans.org.

Hear Suzette Caldwell at 9:00 am, Dr. Tony Evans at 10:45 am, and Joe Stowell at 8:45 pm live tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5th (Central Time). Tune in live at BCNN3.TV, GLBN.TV, GoToChurchOnline.TV, or WhyteHouse.TV.


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