Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Look to Your Neighbor! Neighbor! Oh, Neighbor!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and it is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”Ephesians 2:8-9
In black church tradition, preachers often tell their congregations to "look to their neighbor." Looking to your neighbor is immediately followed by saying something to them. Sometimes preachers tell you what to say and sometimes they don't. Sometimes those moments can be awkward, especially if you don't know what to say or how to respond to something someone says to you! So, here are a few things to say, based on my review of Ephesians Chapter two, the next time the preacher says "look to your neighbor."
Neighbor! Oh, Neighbor! Look to your neighbor and say, "LOVE." Ephesians 2:4-5 states, “But because of his great love for us,...""Love" means "LORD OF VIRTUE EVERLASTING." Jesus Christ is Lord of virtue, and the greatest of these is love (1Corinthians 3:13). Ephesians two tells me I was once an object of God’s wrath (v3), but now I am an object of God's love.It is Jesus’ love that saved me from the wages of sin. Look to your neighbor and say, "God loves you!" Look to your neighbor and say, "LOVE!"
Look to your neighbor and say,"GRACE!" Ephesians 2:5-8, reminds me I am saved by grace. I am a “GRACE” case. “Grace” means G – God’s R – Riches A – At C-Christ’s E – Expense. God's grace is "incomparable" (v.7), My salvation came at Christ's expense! So, should I keep on sinning that grace my abound? No! I was saved by GRACE!
Look to your neighbor and say "FAITH!" Faith means "FORSAKING ALL I TRUST HIM!" Ephesians 2: 8-9 states, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and it is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast."I have faith to trust God. It was not faith in my faith that saved me, but rather faith in God's ability to save me that did. And that faith I didn't get on my own. God gave it to me out of His vast treasury of grace. I was saved by FAITH through grace!
Look to your neighbor and say "HOPE!" Hope means "Having Only Positive Expectations" Ephesians 2:10 states, "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
I have hope because I know who I am and whose I am. I am God's workmanship. I have hope because I know where I am. I am in Christ, seated with Him in heavenly places (v6). My future is bright because I have been called to do good works, not to get saved but because I am saved. I have HOPE!
Neighbor! Oh, Neighbor! Look to your neighbor and tell your neigbhor you have "faith", "hope," "Love," and "grace" in Jesus Christ!  Jesus saves!

Friday, May 17, 2013

What Do You See in "TGIF?"

By Min. Angela Lee Price
TGIF!  Thank God I'm Forgiven and it's Friday! It's time to check your spiritual vision. What do you see in "TGIF?"  In the spirit of the Soul Train Scramble Board, we present the Jesus Saves Scramble Board.  There is a lot to see in "TGIF."  When we unscramble "TGIF," we get the word "GIFT" - Jesus Christ is our Perfect Gift (John 3:16). He died for our sins.  "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:24). Additionally, God has given believers at least one spiritual gift for the work of ministry (1 Peter 4:10-11).
There are words, "I," and "FIT" and "IT." From "TGIF" comes this sentence, "I FIT GIFT" or "GIFT: I FIT IT." God doesn't make mistakes. You fit the gift(s) God has given you! The mistake that we make as Christians is we don't stir up our gifts (2 Tim. 1:6).
There is "FIT" - The Word of God is the foundation of our relationship with God. His sheep know His voice because we study to show ourselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15, 19). We "GIT FIT" by attending Sunday school, Bible Study, and small groups! " Also, we must "GIT FIT"  physically, too through exercise. How can we reach our purpose if we can't read, write, and reach........our toes!? "Git fit!"
From "TGIF" we get the word "FIG." Jesus cursed the fig tree because it did not bear fruit (Matt. 21:18-21). Figs generally appear on fig trees in February, followed by leaves, which are not formed until late Spring. Jesus cursed the tree because it was well past fruit-bearing season, yet it still unproductive. It is February. Is there spiritual fruit on your tree? The Bible states in Luke 13:8, "And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down." Let's do what God requires and bear much fruit (Gal. 5:22).

From "TGIF" is phonetically the word -- "GIFT-IT." Christians have been given Spiritual Gifts for the work of ministry. We are not saved to sit, but to serve. Ephesians 2: 10 (HCSB) states, "For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them."

After you have meditated on this, hopefully, you will say, "I GIT IT!" I am "GIFT-IT!" So praise God for your spiritual gifts and fruit! I praise Him for all the gifts He has given you and me! You are GIFT-IT!
For more information about Spiritual Gifts, or to schedule a YOUnique Gifts & Talents Workshop, email Min. Angela Lee Price,, or inbox her on the Jesus Saves Social Network.
Related Post:  Deacons Discover Spiritual Gifts at JL Roberts School of Religion

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

DIVAS for Christ Present "Pentecost Sunday, Celebrate the Power!"

On Pentecost Sunday, May 19 at 3pm worship with the Divas for Christ as we celebrate the birth of the church and the power of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Hear the dynamic tag team preaching of Minister Angela Lee Price of Jesus Saves Ministries and St. Stephen Church and Minister Angela Johnson of Peace Presbyterian Church. Also our guest psalmist is the anointed and gifted Minister Julia Royston.  The praise and worship will be offered by Minister Demetrius Gunn and the Levites and Tyree Harley of Fresh Anointing. Last but not least witness, the dance ministry of Cheryl A. Turner, Director of Dance Ministry of Canaan Christian Church.  Come out, worship with us and be blessed!  The color for Pentecost is red.  Join us at Shawnee Christian Church located at 1520 Gagel Avenue. It's going to be an upper room experience!"
Related Post: Highlights for DIVAS for Christ's Seven Last Words Good Friday Service

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