Friday, May 27, 2016

In Loving Memory Memorial Day Tributes

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As we observe the Memorial Day holiday this weekend, let us take time on the Jesus Saves Social Network to remember our loved ones who have gone on to glory.  We have this blessed assurance from Scripture that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die (John 11:25-26).  Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in me.  In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am" (John 14:1-4).  

Though we may miss our family members, friends and loved ones on earth, we can rejoice knowing that anyone who dies in Christ is with Jesus right now in heaven.  What a glorious benefit of salvation that is!

Remember your departed family members and loved ones by reflecting on their Godly influence in your life.  Post their names, relation to you, and any note of remembrance the Lord places on your heart to this post either below or in the Prayers of the Righteous Group on the Jesus Saves Social Network.

Let us also remember our service men and women, and those who have lost their lives in war.  Remember the prayers of the righteous availeth much!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bill Price Healthy Lifestyle Club Kick-Off Does the Body Good



The lady in the gray "went in" during the Hoola-Hoop Challenge at the kick-off event for the Bill Price Healthy Lifestyle Club, Saturday, May 14th at the Catholic Enrichment Center in Louisville. She worked that heavier-than-normal, work-out hoola-hoop with style, and got low with it, too! Go on with your bad self! The guys....not so much! LOL!!! They couldn't seem to keep it on their waist!

Bill's new initiative promotes healthy diet, fitness and exercise, behavior changes for all ages for an abundant life (John 10:10). The kick-off event, broadcast live on 104.7 FM, included blood pressure and glucose screenings, free fruits and vegetables, healthcare vendors and professionals with information, and give-aways.  Click the Facebook.com/Praize1047 email link and forward your contact information to take a 90-day challenge and/or join the club, or call 502-776-1240. Upcoming events planned, including Summerfest 2016. ‪#‎bphealthylifestyle‬

A Move of the Holy Spirit



I love it when God opens the eyes of my understanding to see what was there all along!  Oh, to see as God sees!  Oh, to have a revelation, and be able to share it with others!  It makes my heart happy, and my toes tingle!  That is why regular Bible study is so important.   People who go to church  for worship alone don't grow as they could or should.  Your Bible should have underlined words, highlighted sentences, and dog-eared pages.  There should be dried tear-stained passages where the word of God has gripped your heart.  There should be circles, marks, and squiggle lines in the margins where you have mediated and pondered the meaning of the text and its significance in your life. We thank God for His Word, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are praying for the manifest presence of God in our lives, a move of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the people of God to study the word of God, serve God, and witness to a dying world!  Jesus saves!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bill Price Healthy Lifestyle Club Kick-Off This Saturday

ATTENTION! Heroes Wanted! The Bill Price Healthy Lifestyle Club Kick-Off is THIS Saturday, May 14th, 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM, the Catholic Enrichment Center, 3146 W. Broadway in Louisville. You don't want to miss it! BOOM!! Healthcare professionals and advocates will be on hand to help you get on the road to better health! POW!! Receive free fruit and veggies, meal plans, blood pressure and glucose screenings! BAM!! Sign Up to take the 90-Day Challenge. Sign up your church for the church challenge! ZAP!! SuperBill will share his vision, upcoming events, as he remotes live on 104.7 FM!! Spread the news! Bring a friend and join the team! See you this Saturday, May 14th at the Bill Price Healthy Lifestyle Club Kick-off!!

Friday, May 06, 2016

Mother to Son: Life Still Ain't No Crystal Stair

By:  Angela Lee Price
Proverbs 1: 7-9 (KJV)
(V7) “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
(V8) My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
(V9) For they shall an ornament of grace unto thy head and chains about thy
neck.”

The poem, Mother to Son by Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes is a classic and popular letter of counsel and encouragement. In it, a mother passionately admonishes her son to stay life’s challenging course as life for her “ain’t been no crystal stair.” Today, life still is no “crystal stair.” How we wisely handle life’s tacks, splinters, bare places - “places with no carpet on the floor,” is what the book of Proverbs is all about.

Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The Original African Heritage Study Bible explains this passage stating, “To the African/Edenic Hebrew the fear (respect) of God is the first step in worshiping the God of Israel,” and “When African people consider God to be omniscient, they are at the same time conferring upon Him the highest possible position of honor and respect, for wisdom commands great respect in African societies.”

In Hughes’ poem, the mother tells her son, “Don’t you set down on the steps ‘cause you finds it’s kinder hard. Don’t you fall now - for I’se still goin’, honey, I’se still climbin’, and life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.” Does the son respect the Lord and welcome his mother’s wisdom, or does he disrespect the Lord and reject her counsel? We have no way of knowing, for the poet does not provide answers to those questions. The Lord does, however, provide answers in the Bible to all questions. He makes it clear through Solomon in Proverbs Chapter 1 that following the godly instruction and teaching of father and mother will yield positive results, “an ornament of grace unto thy head and chains about thy neck. (v9)”


Mother To Son, by Langston Hughes
Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it, and splinters, and boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor – bare.
But all the time I’se been a-climbin’ on,
and reachin’ landin’s, and turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you sit down on the steps ‘cause you find it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now –
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me
ain’t been no crystal stair.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Finish the Race In Giving!


The Kentucky Derby Festival is in full swing here in Louisville, Kentucky, culminating on Saturday, May 7th in the crème de la crème of horse races, the 142nd "Run for the Roses," the fastest two minutes in sports. Horse racing enthusiasts, celebrities, and guests from all over the world will be opening their wallets and checkbooks for all sorts of reasons, from philanthropy to the frivolous. You can bet on that.  You can tell what a person loves or values by taking a good look at their checkbook. Hopefully, more checks will be written to underwrite West Louisville ministries supporting the least of these.   As the saying goes, where your heart is, your treasure is also. 
In 2 Corinthians 8, the apostle Paul took a look at the  contribution statements of the Corinthian church, and he was none too happy.   Paul admonished the churches to show proof of their love by finishing what they started in their giving the previous year (v10a).  He put the Corinthian churches on notice, comparing their giving with that of the Macedonian churches, "They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor.  But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity" (v2). 
The Corinthians had gotten off to a great start the previous year and they led all the other churches.  Apparently, something happened over the months, and though their gifts excelled in other areas of ministry, their financial gifts had fallen behind (v7).  Paul stated, "Since you excel in so many ways--in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us--I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving." Paul reminded the church that the previous year they were the first to want to give, and the first church to begin giving (v10b).  He wanted them to get back in the race and finish the race in giving.


Here are two important statements from chapters 8 & 9 that can help us finish the race in our giving:   We should remember to...
  1. Give in proportion to what you have.  In fact, Paul says this twice in verses 11 and 12.  Then in verse 12, he adds "give in proportion to what you have, not what you don't have."  This is such a liberating statement.  Don't let anyone make you feel guilty if you can't give $500, $1,000, $10,000 or some gigantic amount you don't have.
  2.  Give eagerly.  He says, "Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly (v12a)."   Acceptable gifts are contributions given in the right spirit. We should not fall into the trap of "giving to get," out of peer pressure.  We should give because God has so graciously and generously given to us.  We should give hilariously, joyfully - not out of mere duty or guilt (2 Corinthians 9:7-15).  
At the race track the focus and priority is on winning and receiving. Everyone thinks they have the winning horse. However, many will walk away without the money they came with and without the winning ticket. It is just the opposite in the Kingdom of God where the focus in on giving.  As Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
If you have made a financial promise, or commitment, to your church, a ministry or charity, keep it. Our inner city communities are desperately in need of your thoughtful financial donations, and there are some great institutions trying to meet the need. We are blessed to be a blessing.  Be a good steward of your resources, your time, talent, and treasures.  Keep the faith, and finish what you have started.  Finish the race in giving!  Jesus saves!

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