Monday, December 29, 2014

Jesus Saves Ministries Delivers Turkey and Toiletries Baskets at Christmas

Christmas week, Jesus Saves Ministries put in work until late Christmas Eve delivering dinners complete with turkeys to five families who have faced adversity this year. Though the economy appears by news accounts to be improving, and gas prices are down, we know that many families, particularly in poor, black and low-income neighborhoods, are still struggling and need help with food and the basic necessities of daily living.  
A couple from the Portland area, requested prayer and the wife was overcome with tears when I delivered a box and toiletries basket to them.  The couple follows our ministry on Facebook.  
A mother of four whom we've helped previously replied, "Thank you so very much!!  You are truly a gift from God.  He sent you when I needed you, but was too stubborn to ask.  Thank you!!  May God continue to bless you and use you to do His works."  
A young working mother of three, still very much in need of assistance cried when she got word this turkey basket was about to be delivered her way by Rev. Michael Lee (below).
Rev. Syvoskia Bray Pope, Pastor, New Century Fellowship Christian Church replied on Facebook, "We thank you, Minister Angela for the donation that we used to bless one of our church families.  God bless you this holiday season."  New Century Church received our last box, and a toiletry basket also.
Over the past six years, Jesus Saves Ministries has distributed approximately 300 toiletry baskets, known as "Blessings In a Basket," to the less fortunate, particularly during the fall and winter months.  In the last two years, we have been able to include a few food baskets to our distributions.  These turkey dinners were distributed in partnership with the WLOU/Praize 104.7 FM's "One Can Make a Difference" Food and Clothing Drive.   In November, Jesus Saves Ministries and the Compliments of Ree Hair Salon received enough donations to feed seven families.  We are grateful that we have been able to help make a difference yet again at Christmas in the lives of a few families.  To God be the glory!


Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Real Meaning of Christmas

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:10-14).

What is the real meaning of Christmas?  It depends on who you ask.  For many in society, Christmas is just another holiday or another season to make money. Christmas means jolly ol' Saint Nick is on his way to find out whose been naughty and whose been nice; that the halls are decked with bales of holly, lights, trees, and and shiny things.

For some, Christmas means family and foods from festive recipes loaded with sugar, spice and everything nice. Christmas to the sports fan means the season for basketball and football - games galore, college rivalries, bowl games, NBA and so much more.

For others though, Christmas means not gladness but sadness, worries and stress about mounting bills, which gifts to get and which gifts to give.  It is not the most wonderful time of the year. Gift-getting and gift-giving oftentimes overshadow our greatest gift, Jesus the baby in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothing.

The real meaning of Christmas can be found in the greeting the angel(s) gave the shepherds the night Jesus was born (Luke 2:10-14).

The real meaning of Christmas is...  
1) That God loves man:  “Fear not” (v10); (See also John 3:16 and 2 Timothy 1:7)
2) That God’s love is manifested” “For, Behold,” (v10); (See also 1 John 3:1)
3) That God showed His mercy before man sought it” “I bring,” (v10); (See also Romans 5:6-8)
4) That good tidings and joy are for every individual: “you,” (v10);  (See also Acts 13:32)
5) That God is no respecter of persons: “to all people,” (v10);   (See also Isaiah 52::10 and Romans 2:11)
6) That salvation from sin is within reach of everyone (v11). (See also Acts 4:12)
7) That God wants man to enjoy peace on earth, and good will among men (v 14) (See also John 14:27).

Happy New Year from Jesus Saves Ministries, Louisvillle

Celebrating 11 Years of Lifting Up Jesus Christ!

Friday, December 19, 2014

In the Presence of the Lord There Is Fullness of Joy

On Sunday, March 16th, my birthday, I had the great pleasure to speak at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church in Louisville for their annual Ushers Day program. I spoke on joy from Luke 1:39-56, and the story of Mary's visit with Elizabeth. Almost every the following week, God continued to give me additional revelation on joy as relates to Elizabeth, Mary and John.

Elizabeth's joy was tied to her position in the faith and in the house; baby John's to his position as a prophet, and Mary's to her position as the mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Their collective joy, expressed in different ways, on this occasion was tied to their proximity to the unborn Savior of the world. They stood, the three of them, in the presence of the Lord, and in His presence there is fullness of joy!

A primary assignment for ushers who stand at the entrance to the church house, is to greet guests and visitors as they enter and exit the building. What makes this story relevant for Ushers Day is the agency and activity of the Holy Spirit and when He begins to move. We are so use to talking about the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost, but here is an instance of His presence before the birth of Jesus. Luke 1:40-41 states, “…where she (Mary) entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit….” It is interesting that the Holy Spirit begins to move precisely at the point of greeting, and greetings usually occur somewhere near the door. And where do we find ushers serving faithfully at every worship service? At the entrance. At the door. The psalmist says in Psalms 84:10, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”

Joy is the birthright and birth mark of the believer. It is a fruit of the Spirit, a character trait of the believer. That doesn't mean we should be happy all the time. In fact, your joy may be a future destiny or purpose, something God is calling you to. For Elizabeth and Mary, the Lord called both to motherhood of uniquely gifted children. For John the Baptist, it was to a unique prophetic position between two dispensations. John was the last of the Old Testament prophets, and greatest of all the prophets (Mark 1:1-8). That’s why we can't be too quick to abort that which God has given us. John had joy from the womb to the tomb. Even though he had difficult days, his joy was complete because he lived his life doing the will of God. Mary had joy because she knew how to spell joy, J-O-Y. She put Jesus first, others second, and herself (Yourself) last. When you live your life according to this godly principle, Jesus will have your back. Jesus had his mother's back at the Cross.

A special thanks to Phyllis Webb, president of the Usher Board, the entire usher board, and Rev. Jerome Evans, Pastor, Mt. Horeb Baptist Church for the invitation to speak, and to the ushers from St. Stephen Church (photo left) who attended.

I wrote another sermon, but God said "no." He added more to this one on joy. Please watch the video, Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Ushers Day Program Part 2 for the rest of the message. Part 1 is also posted under the VIDEOS tab.

Min. Angela Lee Price Speaking at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church on Sunday, March 16, 2014 for their Ushers Day Program.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happenings On the Jesus Saves Social Network - December 12th

A Not So Silent Christmas By:  Min. Angela Lee Price
We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this month with good tidings of great joy! Although we love to sing "Silent Night," the night Jesus was born was really not so silent. The multitude of heavenly host began praising God, saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, goodwill toward men" (Luke 2:14). A Daily Bread devotion says about that night, "Heaven's choir came down to sing when heaven's King came down to save." The shepherds, too, were not so silent that so-called silent night. After running to see baby Jesus for themselves, they ran to Bethlehem to share the news with the people. As Christians, we ought not be so silent during the Advent Season.  Let us here on the Jesus Saves Social Network be bold, boisterous, believers in sharing the good news that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son to save us from our sins.  Keep Christ in Christmas and tell everyone in your community wherever you live, and around the world on the internet that Jesus saves!

 Backstage Happenings from the West Louisville Performing Arts Hope Awards Christmas Concert
Bill and I backstage at the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy 15th Annual Hope Awards Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 7th at the Brown Theatre. WLPAA Founder and Director McDaniel Bullitt, his wife lovely Mamie, holding flowers, did an amazing job again this year with a concert that so beautifully ushers in the Advent season.
Kentucky natives, Michael and Annie Bolden were the honorees and recipients of this glass hands trophy. The musician and soloists have performed throughout the United States and around the world.
The spectacular boys and girls choirs rendered a number of traditional Christmas carols including "Carol of the Bells," "Behold the Star," "Credo," "The Christmas Song." They performed "Hero," by Mariah Carey and an upbeat rendition, "It Don't Mean A Thing," by jazz great Duke Ellington. There were special performances by the Love Fellowship Church Liturgical Dance Team, the Christian Academy of Louisville Jazz Band, and the melodious operatic voices of Michael and Annie Bolden. Superintendent John C. Robinson, Sr, Pastor, Bible Way Church of God in Christ gave the invocation.  Amber Dixon and Alexandria Bluitt, ages 9 and 10, welcomed everyone, and Christen Boone, President/CEO Fund for the Arts offered expressions of appreciation to the academy. Boys choir member Emmanuel King introduced the honorees.  Producer Sherlene Shanklin kept us all on point! This is the third year Bill and I have been  a part of this concert that not only enhances the cultural experience of West Louisville youth, but also showcases their gifts and talents. Keep listening for Christmas music by the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy on Praize Power 1350 WLOU and the new Praize 104.7 FM!

 The Purple Christmas Tree Prayer Breakfast Is This Saturday!
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We are just one day away from the fourth annual Purple Christmas Tree Prayer Breakfast!  This is another event that celebrates the reason for the season, and you don't want to miss it! We are on tiptoes of anticipation awaiting a powerful word from guests speakers Sherry Whitehouse, US Army Veteran and Rev. Cassandra Harris Gray, Associate Pastor, New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Shelbyville, KY.   Reservations are $15 with HUGS and $20 w/o HUGS.  This breakfast is FREE to veterans with a reservation and ID!  There's still room for you at the breakfast table, and your donations of hats, underwear, gloves, and socks will be accepted!  For info, go to divasforchrist.org or call 992-9462. 

 This Holiday Season Give a Gift From Jesus Saves Ministries, Louisville
Tis the season for gift giving! Keep Christ in Christmas, and let your gifts represent your faith by giving those special people in your life beautifully customized Christ-centered gift baskets from Jesus Saves Ministries! Baskets contain a variety of gifts from the latest gospel music, t-shirts, Jesus Saves prayer journals,  Bath and Body Works scented travel and purse sets, and full size lotions and body cremes, coffee mugs, and much more!
This gift basket contains "I Will Sing to the Lord" Coffee Mug, "I Love WLOU" T-Shirt (XL - red), Joy to the World tin (t-shirt inside), Grammy nominated gospel artist Anita Wilson new CD, Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple lotion and body cream, and Min. Angela Price's sermon, "I Still Have Joy," on DVD, plus other treats.

 Join Min. Angela Price Live On Location 
Saturday morning, at the Purple Christmas Tree Prayer Breakfast, Open Door Christian Church, 1520 Gagel Avenue, Louiville, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm. 
Between worship services, join me Sunday morning at the St. Stephen Holiday Mall, in the St. Stephen Family Life Center, 1018 W. Kentucky, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, your one-stop location for holiday gifts. Inbox me to place an order. Jesus saves!!

The Grinches That Steal Christmas
Pastor Kevin Cosby, St. Stephen Church is in the middle of a sermon series this month that is worthy of special note since many people find themselves less than joyful during and after Christmas season due to depression, stress, grief and fear.  We encourage you to check out upcoming messages on grief and fear at one of the worship services or live online at ssclive.tv. 
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Below are links to resources the Jesus Saves Social Network has made available previously on these and related subjects from the

Overcoming Bouts With Depression, by Min. Angela Lee Price
 When You're Under Stress, Where Do You Go, by Therese (Wright) Warrick
Depression, What Every Christian Should Know, by Joyce Vaughn (retired RN)
Domestic Violence and the Christian, by Joyce Vaughn (retired RN)
We would love to hear from you!  Post your comments to these blogs post or start a new discussion!

Bates Memorial Baptist Church to Protest Recent Black Male Violence
In a tweeter notification today, Pastor F. Bruce Williams, Pastor, Bates Memorial Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky has call for a show of protest against recent black male violence.  He has asked the entire Bates Memorial Church congregation to wear black at all weekend services this weekend.

Do You Know Any Men Of Quality?
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Let's take these black males off the endangered species list!  My brother, Rev. Michael Lee and his fraternity brothers are men of quality.  They are great family men who are active in church and go the extra mile to give back to their community. Do you know any men like these?  Post your pictures with photo description.
 

December 7th - 13th is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) 
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination.  Reports out this week say that in Kentucky influenza activity is now at the highest in the state with flu and flu-like symptoms in half of the regions in the state. Be sure to get your flu shot! 
Bill and I got free flu shots live on the radio in on Saturday, October 4th at a Kentucky Health One live remote with Ms. Krystal at the Louisville Central Community Center.  KHO offered a free health screenings, massages, flu shots and other services to the community at the event.

Post Your Church, Ministry, or Civic Events!
This Month’s "Ephesians 3" Event…
"Second Saturdays: CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION”
Featuring playwright, producer and film-maker Cornelia Moss-Oldham
THIS SATURDAY December 13th, 7 PM
Hosted by Emmanuel Baptist Church, in the Multi-Purpose Building
3827 West Broadway Louisville, KY 40211
All ages are welcome!  Free!
Join the Mt. Horeb Missionary Church forFamily and Friends' Day This Sunday 
Join the Mt. Horeb Missionary Church in celebration of Family and Friends' Day on Sunday, December 14.  Pastor Jerome Evans will deliver the 11 a.m. message. The church is located at 1701 Gallagher Street.
For more information, call the church at 582-3908.
The Advent season is here and churches and ministries are gearing up for Christmas programs, pageants, concerts, and Watch Night services, and New Year's Day celebrations. People are encouraged when that see God at work 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 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, and we will blast them out to the entire network at no cost to you. This is a FREE public service to Jesus Saves Social Network members. If you are interested in extended coverage, rates are nominal.  Inquire today!

If you are looking for a guest speaker, or emcee for your event, contact Min. Angela Lee Price at jesussaves838@gmail.com, or call 502-415-1001.  Click the About Jesus Saves TAB at the top of your page to learn more about this ministry and The Life Conference Suite.
Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves! Jesus Saves Ministries celebrating nine years of lifting up Jesus Christ.
"But I, when I am lifted up will draw all men to myself"  John 12:32.











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Jesus Saves Ministries Feeds Needy Families at Thanksgiving
by Min. Angela Lee Price
I am reminded of what the apostle Paul stated in Acts 20:35 (NIV), "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" This Thanksgiving, we experienced the blessed joy in giving. Jesus Saves Ministries partnered with Compliments of Ree Hair Salon, located in Mudd Plaza, to provide food baskets to needy families at Thanksgiving. We give a big thank you to Cheri Barlett, owner (Left) for hosting our donations box in her shop. Her clientele responded in a major way with donations even after the deadline. One lady suggested that we include Bibles, something we were already planning to do. We included Daily Bread devotionals in each basket as well. We had a goal to feed five families. However, we exceeded it supplying baskets to a total of seven families, including four families at the Garden Variety Women's Transitional Home.
Here are comments from three recipients:To Whom It May Concern: Jesus Saves Ministries has proven once again that people are what they are all about. I was looking at not having a nice dinner, but because of people like them, and all of the generous donors, my family has received from the Lord both natural nourishment in the form of this food basket and spiritual nourishment in love and enouragment that we we have received, and we are extremely appreciative. God bless you all and Happy Thanksgiving - Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Keith Goatley.  (More)

  
Jesus Saves Ministries celebrating nine years of lifting up Jesus Christ!





Tuesday, December 09, 2014

West Louisville Boys and Girls Choir Christmas Concert

Bill and I backstage at the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy 15th Annual Hope Awards Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 7th at the Brown Theatre. WLPAA Founder and Director McDaniel Bullitt, his wife lovely Mamie, holding flowers, did an amazing job again this year with a concert that so beautifully ushers in the Advent season.
Honorees and recipients of a glass hands trophy were Michael and Annie Bolden, Kentucky natives, musician and soloists who have performed throughout the United States and around the world.
The spectacular boys and girls choirs rendered a number of traditional Christmas carols including "Carol of the Bells," "Behold the Star," "Credo," "The Christmas Song." They performed a contrary song, "Hero," by Mariah Carey and traditional upbeat rendition, "It Don't Mean A Thing," by jazz great Duke Ellington.  There were special performances by the Love Fellowship Church Liturgical Dance Team, the Christian Academy of Louisville Jazz Band, and the melodious operatic voices of Michael and Annie Bolden. Superintendent John C. Robinson, Sr, Pastor, Bible Way Church of God in Christ gave the invocation.  Amber Dixon and Alexandria Bluitt, ages 9 and 10, welcomed everyone, and Christen Boone, President/CEO Fund for the Arts offered expressions of appreciation to the academy.  Boys choir member Emmanuel King introduced the honorees.  Producer Sherlene Shanklin kept us all on point! This is the third year Bill and I have been  of this concert that not only enhances the cultural experience of West Louisville youth, but also showcases their gifts and talents. Keep listening for Christmas music by the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy on Praize Power 1350 WLOU and the new Praize 104.7 FM!




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