Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Choose God's Way!

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow.  Lead me by your truth and teach me; for you are the God who saves me (Psalms 25:4-5). NLT


What magnificent verses for facing life in this new year full of important choices and decisions to make.  Psalm 25 is a psalm of protection and deliverance and a lament.  The psalmist combines confessions of guilt, with heartfelt pleas for mercy, protection, and guidance and expressions of confidence in God to be a compassionate deliverer. 

There are so many choices and so little time!  You can be sure you're choosing God's way when you ask Him to "show you the right path" by "pointing out the road to follow."   Isn't it good news to know that God will point out your path when put your faith in Him. He won't be vague about it, but will tell you exactly what to do. The Bible says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take (Proverbs 3:5-6).

In choosing God's way, the Lord will give you specific guidance, direction, and instruction, but you must be willing to follow the path.  Isn't it terrible when God tells us what to do, but we don't it!  Let's not second guess God in 2016, brothers and sisters!   Don't think you know it all, or that you know more than God!  Pray and see what the Word of God says about your problem!  The Bible says, "There is a path before each person that seems right but it ends in death" (Proverbs 16:25).   No matter how well you lead on the job, at home, church, and/or school, in choosing God's way, you must be willing, like the psalmist, to follow, "Lead me by your truth" and a learn, "Teach me"We must be willing to be lead and taught by the Word of God which is the truth of God.
God's way provides more benefits than any other way!  God's way is the way of truth (Ps. 25:5), mercy (Ps. 25:10), obedience (Ps. 25;10), peace (Prov. 3:17), holiness (Isa. 35:8), safety (Isa. 35:9), prosperity (Gen 24:56)

Also, this Psalm of David is a Hebrew acrostic poem; each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. A final verse (25:22) with the Hebrew letter pe is added to the normal 22-letter alphabet.  The letters aleph, lamed, pe open the first, middle (25:11), and last lines of the Psalm.  Together, they spell aleph, the first letter of the alphabet, from a Hebrew root that means "to learn."  What a guide in choosing God's way! 

How can we learn and choose God's way? Through Jesus Christ the God who saves (John 6:40, John 8:12, John 10:28; John 10:9)! I love it where the psalmist says, for you are the God who saves me (v5b).  That's what the Lord did and still does for me.  He saved me, and he keeping on saving me, even when I don't deserve it.  He is merciful just like that.  He gives us another chance to get it right.  And the best part,  Jesus wants to save anyone who is willing to put faith in Him.  Jesus saves!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Erica Campbell Adds National Syndicated Radio Morning Show Host to Her Repertoire



Reach Media Launches Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell on 

May 10, 2016 airing weekdays 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET

(DALLAS, TX…April 25, 2016) – Multi-award winning gospel artist and reality TV star Erica Campbell brings her voice, inspiration, charisma and style to a new morning drive radio show syndicated by Reach Media Inc. in collaboration with Radio One.  The new 4 hour show, Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell sets a new bar for morning inspirational radio. Erica’s fresh take on radio brings a diverse mix of gospel and inspirational music, star-studded interviews and practical principles to help listeners do what her mantra proclaims: Faith Walking. Love Talking. Joy Living.   Erica, whose influence extends beyond the church to urban culture will have exciting new features to energize listeners to Get Up! The show will be syndicated nationally beginning May 10th from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET.

With nearly two decades in the music industry, Erica Campbell has repeatedly topped Billboard charts and won every music award possible as a member of the dynamic duo, Mary Mary and as a solo artist. A devoted wife and mother of three, Erica shares her life with the world on her televised reality show, Mary Mary. No stranger to the public-eye, the social media maven has over 2 million followers she personally engages daily with inspiration and pure fun. Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell is the next natural progression of her career to extend her audience and share the life, music and inspiration that makes her - ERICA. 

David Kantor, Chief Executive Officer of Reach Media and Radio One’s Radio Group states, “Erica has mastered her craft in music and she’s winning in reality TV and even social media. I’m glad Reach Media and Radio One can provide her access to syndicated radio - another media to dominate and share her inspirational voice.” 

Erica Campbell says, “I’m grateful to Reach Media, Radio One, Dan Otero of Globe Star Media and Warryn Campbell, CEO of My Block Records, for believing in me and my ability to inspire America to Get Up!


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prayer, A New Twist on High Five Day!



By:  Angela Lee Price

"And He said to them, 'Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing set before him'; and he will answer from within and say, 'Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in the bed; I cannot rise and give to you'?  I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give  him as many  as he needs.  So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you"' Luke 11:9 NKJV.




On this National High Five Day, let's take the high five to a whole new level through prayer and intercession! Our communities need prayer like never before!  People of God, give the Lord a "high five!" Do it not because you are so good, but because God is so good. He is worthy to be praised! He heals, delivers, sanctifies, sets free, restores, and mostly importantly, Jesus saves!
   

A high five is more than what we do on Sunday mornings when the sermon gets good; more than something we do to when our team is winning.  A high five are the names of five people for whom we are constantly praying! These are five people who may be hard to reach.  These are people who may have given up on God.  They may not want to about Jesus, but you can pray for them. Ask, seek, and knock in your prayers as you tell the Lord about the needs of your five friends, relatives, co-workers, even your enemies. Pray in the name of Jesus. You are asking the One with all power on earth and in heaven to touch their lives when you pray in Jesus name for your friends and family, even your enemies to receive Christ.
Saul of Tarsus was a powerful enemy of Christian. No one could witness to him. He was full of hate. He persecuted Christians, but he met Jesus on the Road to Damascus and became one of the greatest proponents for Christianity who ever lived.

The Lord hears our requests when we ask, seek, and knock not because we are so good, but because of our persistence in prayer, "I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs (Luke 11:8). Never doubt that God is able to do exceeding, abundantly more than we can ask or think according to the power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20).
Do NOT think your prayers are weak or ineffective for the five people who are hard to reach or who may have rejected Jesus Christ. If they are hard, you "go hard" in your prayer life!  Ask, seek, and knock are really three different ways of doing the same thing.   In order words, you should ask, and ask, and keep on asking in prayer.  Now give yourself the highest of fives, a list of five people you are constantly praying for. Friends don't let friends miss heaven!  So, intercede to high heaven for your five people to be saved or reconnected to Jesus Christ today! Don't give up on them because God didn't give up on us!   Jesus died and rose again while we were yet sinners that we might have relationship with God, an abundant life here on earth, and eternal life in heaven. There is power in prayer! The prayers of the righteous availeth much!!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Make His Praise Glorious!

"Shout with joy to God, all the earth!  Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!  Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds!  So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.  All the earth bows down to you.  They sing praise to you.  They sing praise to your name.  Selah.  Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man's behalf!"  Psalm 66:1-5.

Gospel artist Martha Munizzi has a song entitled, "Glorious."  We play it on the radio.   When you hear this upbeat song, you can't help but to praise God because a reoccuring line in the song states, "I was created to make Your praise glorious!"   The song reminds us that our top priority on the job, at lunch, and throughout the day is to put God first and give Him glorious praise in thought and in deed.

Psalm 66 is a great foundational  and complementary text to Martha Munizzi's song, "Glorious."  The psalmist reminds us we are here to give God glorious praise!  When we think about how awesome God is, we should become thankful for His goodness towards us.  He's the uncaused Cause who causes everything to exist; He's the God who causes our solar systerm, the galaxies, and the universe to hang in the heavens; He's the God who delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage and into the Promise Land; and He's the God who was so mindful of tiny, insignificant humanity that He gave His only Son to die for our sins!   When we think about all this, how awesome (terrible) is our God, we should want to make our praise glorious! 

To make His praise glorious we should  1) "Shout with joy to God (v1); 2) Sing the glory of his name (v2); 3) Say to Him (in prayer) (v3); and 4) Come and see what He has done (v5)!

This week, make His praise glorious!  Shout, sing, say, and invite the unchurched and dechurched to come and see our awesome God!  He is worthy to be praised!

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