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...

Lil Wayne raps in the song "She Will" featuring Drake, “I’m all about “I” give the rest of the vowels back!” Read more:
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!

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.

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).
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!
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.
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!
Featured Video: Lecrae - Prayin' For You

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.
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."
> - WDJL 1000 AM Huntsville, AL
> - WJNI 106.3 FM Charleston, SC
> - KOKA 980 AM Shreveport, LA
> - WIMG 1300 AM Trenton, NJ
> - WLOU 1350 AM Louisville, KY
> - WPRF 94.9 FM New Orleans, LA
> - WENO 760 AM Nashville, TN
> - KPZK 102.5 FM Little Rock, AR
> - WHAL 95.7FM/1460 AM Memphis, TN
> - WFMI 100.9 Va-Norfolk-Newpt, VA
> - WCAO 600 AM Baltimore, MD
> - WMBM 1490 AM Miami, FL
> - WPZE 102.5 Atlanta, GA
> - WPRS 104.1 Washington, DC
> - KJLH 102.3 FM Los Angeles, CA
> - WGRB 1390 AM Chicago, IL
"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
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.
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.


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