As we observe the Memorial Day Holiday, we pause to remember our loved ones who have gone on to glory. We honor and salute our active service men and women, veterans, and those whose lives were lost in war. We thank God for their strength, bravery, and commitment to serving and protecting our country. May the Lord continue to be with them and their families. Brothers and Sisters, we do not grieve as if there is no hope. 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 we will see them again since anyone who dies in Jesus Christ lives in heaven. Revelation 14:13 states, "Then I heard a voice from heaven say, 'Write: blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.' 'Yes,' says the Spirit, 'they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.'" What glorious benefits of salvation we have! Remembering our dearly departed family members, active military, and veterans by reflecting on their godly influence in our lives is one of the many ways to give honor to God for his blessings toward us! Have a blessed Memorial Day Holiday. Jesus saves! Romans 6:23 ESV For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. John 14:6 ESV Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Philippians 3:20-21 ESV But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lo body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Revelation 21:3-4 ESV And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Passport Health Plans presents the Sixth Annual WLOU/WLLV Summerfest Prayer Breakfast 2017 Friday, June 16th, 11 AM at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Make plans now to attend! The theme is "We Believe In West Louisville."
Our keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Sr. Pastor, St. Stephen Church & President, Simmons College of Kentucky; also speaking, the CEOs of the newly announced companies moving to 18th & Broadway, Mark B. Carter, Passport Health Plan; Steve Tarver, YMCA of Louisville; along with Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith.
Leading in Prayer:
Cheri Mills, Administrator, St. Stephen Church/Founder, 1Voice Prayer Movement; and Rev. Gena Redmon, Pastor, Mt. Sinai AOH Church of God/ Director of the Office of Resilience and Community Services. The musical guests will be Michael A. Young with IN GOD’S PRESENCE. Stephan Johnson, WDRB will be the guest emcee. A delicious brunch will be catered by Donald’s Catering.
How to Reserve Your Prayer Breakfast Tickets:
Individual, church & company tickets are now available at WLOU/WLLV Radio and The Life Conference Suite, 2001 W. Broadway, Suites 13 & 10 during regular business hours, M-F, 10:00A-5:00P. Tickets are $25 each; Tables of 10, $250; Table of 8, $200. Tables receive a name-designated table tent. Reserve now in advance by calling the WLOU/WLLV Business Office, 502-776-1240, Ext. 112 or The Life Conference Suite, 502-415-1001. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Pay in advance or at pick up. Make checks payable to WLOU Radio with “Prayer Breakfast” in the memo. To request an invoice, email Angela Lee Price, email@example.com. Do you believe in West Louisville?
Jesus Saves Ministries and The Life Conference Suite presented "Celebrate the Savior" Free Community Breakfast & Worship Service on Saturday, April 15th. The celebration included praise and worship, prayer, and the preached word. Rev. Dennis Prince inaugurated our new vintage keyboard, Amatullah Shabazz ministered in song. Pastor Ruth Wilson led us in prayer and exhortation. Rev. Michael Lee's message on Jesus and the thief on the Cross was entitled, Just Read the Sign(s). The sign over Jesus on the cross and those that accompanied Jesus throughout his earthly ministry told of who he was. If only they had been read and properly understood. This was an awesome word!
Rev. Milton Seymore, co-host on the Justice Resource Center radio broadcast on 104.7 FM, stopped by, and we met some new friends, including radio listeners who joined us at this Easter celebration. Shouts out and much love to Brenda Willis James, Rev. Dennis Prince Jr., Amatullah Shabazz, and her son Zechariah, Sylvia Harper, Jerome and Sharon Price, son, Brandon Flippins, and "Chef Bill" on the griddle for volunteering their time and, talents to this community event. Much thanks to Sam's Club for goodies for our goody bags, and muffins! We thank God for another opportunity to lift up Jesus Christ. Congratulations to Sylvia Harper, winner of a pair of tickets to see Kirk Franklin Live, May 20th!
“And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome had bought sweet spices that they might come and anoint Him.” Mark 16-1-6
Love doesn’t sit around, clown around, and mope around! Love doesn’t sit around on its "do nothing" waiting for someone else to do something! Love doesn’t keep putting off til tomorrow, next week, next year what can be done today! Love doesn’t clown around and joke around, and make light of and trivialize serious matters! Love doesn’t drown in debt trying to please someone who is only trying to please someone else! Love doesn’t mope around with its head hanging down, but looks up, prays up, speaks up, and stand up! Love looks to the hills from which cometh its help…love prays and keeps on praying…love speaks those things that be not as though they were…love stands on the promises of God!! That’s what love does!!!
The events of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday clearly demonstrated the love of God and that of the Lord Jesus Christ. The women who came to the tomb can teach a number of lessons about such love. We see our obligation to respond to the love of God with action.
True love leads to action. Love led these women to seek Jesus that morning. Some of them were the last at the cross and the first at the grave. Love led these women to bring the expensive gift of sweet spices. This shows how true love willingly makes heavy sacrifices. The Bibles says, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and see his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with
actions and in truth." 1 John 3:15-17
True Love leads one to seek Jesus early. The Scriptures make a point of telling us that the women came early in the morning. This teaches us the time to seek the Lord is early.
Early in life - Ecclesiastes 12:1 states, "Remember your creator in the days of your youth,...."Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
Early in the day - Psalm 5:3 states, "In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." This allows one to be with Him when the mind is fresh and bright.
In the first stages of everything you do you ought to seek the Lord! Not after the circumstances, etc. have piled up to the point of desperation. Matthew 6:33, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
True love often faces difficulties. The women faced the stone rolled across the mouth of the tomb (at least they thought they did). The penitent often faces ignorance, unbelief, and scoffing friends. The believer faces the world, doubts, the flesh, hatred. The church faces division and want of harmony, pride, worldiness, indifference. When there is true love, there will be obstacles to its expression.
True love presses on. The women could have failed to go because they knew they would face soldiers, a stone, and a seal. They refused to be deterred by what they were sure would be difficult. When there is true love, it will push on through the obstacles. Paul said it, I press toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus our Lord.
True love finds its rewards. Those who press forward in spite of difficulty always find more than they had anticipated. The women sought the dead body of Jesus and found an angel and a living Saviour. The Bible says “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). Earnest seekers always find more than what they thought they were seeking. This is what love does!
A "bad" thing happened to Jesus on Good Friday, so what makes Good Friday so "good'? Jesus was falsely accused, scorned, rejected, whipped, humiliated, and nailed to the Cross on Good Friday. He suffered an agonizing death that day at the hands of the Jewish and Roman authorities.
What happened on Good Friday definitely was not good, but the results were very good for you and me. Scripture tells us that because Jesus endured the suffering of the Cross, Christians can shout, T.G.I.F.!, thank God I'm forgiven and it's Good Friday!
Good Friday is good because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. Romans 5:8 says,"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”Isaiah 53:5 says,"He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."What can wash away are sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Good Friday is good for another reason. Jesus defeated Satan and his evil forces at the Cross. Colossians 2:15 states,"And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them at the cross."Hebrews 2:14-15 says,"Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death-that is, the devil-and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death."
Finally, Good Friday is good because it proves to us that when you put your faith in Jesus, it ain’t over, as Maurette Brown Clark sings, until God says it’s over! A lot of conversation occurred up on the Cross as Jesus died between two thieves. Jesus prayed to God. One thief taunted Jesus. The second thief rebuked the first thief. The second thief asked Jesus to remember him in His kingdom. Finally, Jesus promised the second thief that he would be with Him that day in paradise. In lst Peter 3:8 we read,"For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body, but made alive in the Spirit."Acts 4:12 says,"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
Good Friday is good because our sin debt was paid, Satan was defeated, and it proves that through faith in Jesus Christ there's hope for eternal life even in our darkest hour. For these reasons, you can say, T.G.I.F.!, thank God I'm forgiven and it's Good Friday!
Jesus told his disciples in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the father except through me." Jesus had just finished supper in the upper room with the disciples when he gave us one of His very greatest gospel texts.
In my sanctified imagination, Thomas must have been overwhelmed and in a daze! Jesus had already shared so much, that Judas would betray him for 30 pieces of silver; that Peter would deny him three times. Then, Jesus declared He was going to heaven, and they were extremely concerned. Yet he tells them to not be troubled and gives three reasons to have peace in their hearts. First, We can take God at His Word. When Jesus said, "Trust in God, and trust also in me," he was reminding his disciples to trust in God's Word (v.1). Scripture had spoken of Jesus' impending crucifixion and his resurrection. Sometimes we miss important information when circumstances become overwhelming. We must remember that to trust God's word (Matt. 24:35.) Secondly, We are going to heaven. Heaven is a prepared place personally by Jesus who said, "I am going to prepare a place for you" (v2). Heaven is not a state of mind. Finally, Jesus is coming back for us. Notice, Jesus said, "I will come and get you". Jesus is not merely going to send for us. He is going to personally escort us to the Father's house! Isn't that good news?! The Bible tells us to "encourage each other with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:18). In heaven, there will be no more fear, death, pain, or sorrow. Thomas caught the tail end of his statement. Jesus said, You know the way to the place where I am going" (v4). Thomas must have woke up. "We don't know where you are going," he blurted out, "How can we know the way? (v5) Jesus then provided answers to three pertinent questions that have continued to be sought out by the lost, the learned, and the longing down through the ages. Those questions are "How can I be saved?", "How can I be sure?", and "How can I be satisfied?"
For lost people, Jesus answers the question, "How can I be saved? He says, "I am the way, "No one comes to the Father except through me" (v6). Jesus clearly explains that the only ones who will enter heaven will be those who have accepted him as the way, the truth, and the life - not the ones who have performed the greatest number of deeds. For the learned, Jesus answers the question, "How can I be sure?" He says, I am the truth. Everything that is true of God the Father is true of me. Jesus replied to Thomas, "he who has seen me, has seen the Father" (v9). You can be sure when you put faith in Jesus Christ. For the longing who ask, "How can I be satisfied?, Jesus said, I am the life, that is, life in eternity and life on earth. I am water when you are thirsty, and bread when you are hungry. In John 10:10, he stated, "I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly", in other words, until you are satisfied. The word "truth" is used in Scripture in two ways: true as contrasted with false; and genuine as contrasted with unreal. Although both apply to God, when we speak of the truth of God, normally His genuineness is contrasted with false gods of other religions. The Scriptures declare Jesus as the one true God (John 1:1-2; John 17:3). There are no attributes of deity that the Jesus does not possess. Jesus is the only way to have a relationship with God (Romans 10:9; Acts 12:4; John 3:16). The reason we can have relationship with God is Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the Cross. Jesus died, and rose again which is what Easter is all about.
Not only is Jesus Christ the only way to eternal life, He is the only way to abundant life. Salvation, deliverance, healing, and spiritual growth cannot come any other way except, through Jesus Christ. He is the way!
Heavenly Father, Bless your Holy name! You are Yahweh, the one true and living God. We honor you today and forevermore! Thank you for bringing us through Lent and into Holy Week. Lord, as we celebrate Palm Sunday, we are reminded that even though the crowd cheered that day, Jesus knew the cross awaited him. He could have turned around, but yet he moved forward toward his destiny. He fulfilled your will for his life by becoming human and sufferin...g for us. We thank you for giving us your one and only son (John 3:16), and we thank Jesus for his obedience.
We ask for forgiveness of our sins, Father. Give us more character, courage and humility so that our lives might also bear witness to you. Please, Lord, guide our minds with your truth. Strengthen our lives by your Word and with the examples of Jesus. Help us follow the events of Passion (Holy) Week that others might gain greater insight and deeper understanding and appreciation for his sufferings, death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus died so that we will no longer be separated from you. Pour out your resources for ministry, to meet needs and lead people to Christ. Help us to draw closer to you and walk by the Spirit that we might not yield to the desires of the flesh. Save souls, we pray In Jesus name, Amen!
Jesus Saves Ministries & The Life Conference Suite are hosting a Free Community Breakfast, Celebrate the Savior, Saturday, April 15th, 10:00 AM- 12 Noon, The Life Conference Suite, 2001 W. Broadway. Join us for a delicious, hot breakfast plus, prayer, praise and the preached word with exhorter Pastor Ruth Wilson, guest clinician Rev. Dennis Prince, and guest psalmists. Rev. Michael Lee, Chaplain, CHHCW will bring the message. This free community breakfast is part of our "Least of These" initiative to feed and clothe residents in need. We are in need of door prizes and giveaways. Call Min. Angela Price, 415-1001, or drop off at The Life Conference Suite, M-Thur, 10-5. Space is limited. Doors open at 9:30 AM! Gotta thank the Breakfast Club, Brenda Willis James, Sharon Price, Min. Marian Anderson!
The Jesus Story is a story of forgiveness. Many times the Gospel writers describe people seeking God’s forgiveness from Jesus and Jesus granting it. In fact, our Savior’s first words from the cross were a plea to the Father for those who had crucified him: “Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).
The issue of forgiveness marked our Lord’s ministry again and again. The apostle John describes a woman who had been caught in adultery. Some Pharisees brought this woman to Jesus, hoping to pit what he would say against what the Law of Moses had commanded. That Law, you see, said that she should be stoned. Saying nothing, Jesus simply “bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger”(John 8:6).
I wonder what he wrote. Perhaps it was something like, “Hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:5). Whatever Jesus wrote that day, the Pharisees insisted on a response. Finally, the Savior straightened up and said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7), and then he continued to write.
At that, they left, one by one, humbled and with nothing left to say. When they had all gone, Jesus asked the woman, “Has no one condemned you?” (v. 10). “No one, sir,” she responded. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus said. “Go now and leave your life of sin” (v. 11). Jesus had the authority to forgive sins and to set individuals free from guilt and shame. He has that same authority today. He speaks words of pardon and peace into our own troubled hearts: “Neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.”
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We all get angry and judgmental at times and want to "throw stones." Instead of throwing this stone, someone wrote on it a very important truth about Jesus and forgiveness, "Jesus Is My Rock." What one truth about Jesus would you write on your stone?
Wednesday: The Jesus Story and Humilty
This devotional from the Lenten 6-week series, Life. Death. Victory.
The Jesus Story is a story of forgiveness and humility. It’s also a story of Jesus’ thankfulness. On one occasion, Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish and fed more than 5,000 people! (Matthew 14:13–21). The text says, “Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanksand broke the loaves” (v.19, emphasis added). I wonder what else might have been on Jesus’ mind at thatmoment.
Perhaps he was giving thanks to the Father for his call to be the Savior of the world. Perhaps, too, he thanked God for the power to do miracles, for the little boy who had shared his lunch, and for his faithful (if not always discerning) disciples. Perhaps he was giving thanks for the spiritual hunger of this throng of people, for their thirst to hear the Word of the Lord.
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From the CTA Inc. series Life. Death. Victory: The Jesus Story.
We praise the Lord for another opportunity to worship with the staff and residents of Christian Health Care Center West on Sunday, March 26th here in Louisville, Kentucky! Truly, the Holy Spirit was in the place! Jesus Saves Ministries friend and ministry partner Sis. Erica Dean brought along members from her church, ⛪ First Virginia Avenue Baptist Church to lead in praise and worship, Assc. Pastor Malone, Sis. Irma Dortey, Sis. Mary Schekels-Jones. Min. Marian Anderson, New Horizon Worship Center, read scripture and led in a call and response prayer based on John 3:16.
My message on prayer was entitled, The Art of Rising, 1 Chronicles 4:9-10. I encouraged the residents to not let someone else's false understanding of who they are negatively affect their relationship with God and people. They should not give up on believing God will bless them indeed. Seniors have a place of honor with God (Eph. 6:2, Prov. 16:31, Lev. 19:32), but problem of dishonor in society, particularly in the US. Jabez, too, had a place of honor, but a problem of dishonor, his name, "Son of Sorrow," that had the potential to adversely affect his future performance. But he was a praying man, and God blessed and enlarged his territory, empowered him, and kept him from evil and from doing evil to others. God is no respector of persons (Romans 10:13, John 3:16, Psalm 71:18-19)), but character and honor gets his attention (John 15:7, 1John 3:22; James 5:15-16; Psalm 34:15). Jabez had a city named after him where families of scribes continued to learn and teach the good knowledge of God (1 Chron. 2:55).
CHCCW Chaplain Rev. Michael Lee did an amazing job sharing segments of the resurrection story pertaining to the Last Supper and Jesus washing the disciple's feet as prelude to communion. Our hearts were saddened to learn of the recent home going of resident, Sis. Winburn who often played piano for ministries who worship at CHCCW. She was the epitome of a senior saint who mastered the art of rising. She was loved by so many, and will be truly missed. We wore rose color and shades of pink to commemorate the midpoint of lent.
I am declaring, "Take Me to the King!" I have been reading the book of Hebrews this week, and I have a new appreciation for this book. In this one book, we find the attributes and character of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In this one book, we see the connection between the old and new covenants. If you want to know who Jesus is, read Hebrews. It will take you to the King of Kings and Lord of Lord!
The opening chapters of Hebrews tells us about King Jesus. Jesus is the son of God, appointed by the Father as "heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds" (1:2). Therefore, Jesus is creator just as God the Father is creator, existing with God in the beginning having "laid the foundations of the earth" and the heavens (1:10). All the angels of God worship Jesus (1:6). Jesus was the sinless sacrificial offering for everyone (2:9). Jesus is our great High Priest within whom we can find rest (4:8). Jesus is the sinless, sympathetic Son of God who receives our requests at the "throne of grace" (4:14-15). Therefore, whatever your concern, whatever your problem, you can take it to the King of Kings! Jesus is presented in the order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was the "King of righteousness" and "King of Peace) (v7:2) who was without geneology (7:3), and to whom Abraham gave a tenth of his plunder (7:4). The priesthood of Jesus is superior to that of King Melchizedek. Jesus atoned for sin once and for all through his shed blood on the cross and was a fulfillment of the Law (7:26-27). I could go on, but I will stop there.
Jesus Christ Is Superior to: 1. all angels 2. all the Jewish leaders 3. all the Jewish prophets 4. all the Old Testament priesthood
Jesus Christ Is: 1. God 2. the ultimate authority 3. the believers' link to God 4. the complete revelation of God. 5. the believers' perfect representative with God 6. the perfect sacrifice for the believers' sin 7. the Messiah, the Son of the Living God If you have a problem, concern, worry, care, try taking it to the King and leaving it there! Jesus saves!
Rejoice! Today, Thursday marks the midway point of Lent! For those observing the 40 days of Lent, the third Thursday, represents the half-way point in our time of spiritual reflection, prayer and repentance. The midpoint of Lent is traditionally viewed as a time of celebration that occurs on the fourth 4⃣ Sunday. The point of Laetare Sunday or Rose Sunday, as it is called, is to provide encouragement as we progress to the end of Lent. Join us this Sunday at CHCCW for praise, prayer 👏 and the preached Word as we encourage all to press toward the mark for Jesus! Jesus saves!!!
"Then Jesus brought them to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, "Sit here while I go on ahead to pray. He took Peter and Zebedee's two sons, James and John, and he began to be filled with anguish and deep distress. He told them, 'My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.' He went on a little further and fell down on the ground praying, 'My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet, I want your will not mine.' Then, he returned to the disciples and found them asleep" Matthew 26:36-40 (NIV).
It is Spring, the days are longer, and the Resurrection holiday is upon us! Don't sleep on your assignment! Stay woke! In Matthew 28:19-20, the disciples were told to "go ye therefore" and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, as the gospel is watered down, Jesus is reinvented to appeal to a materialistic society, and Christianity is marginalized even further on the world stage, too many disciples are asleep on the job! A big part of our assignment as people of faith in sharing the Good News is to watch as well as pray. In Matt. 26:38, Jesus told the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Stay here and keep watch with me.” But, after rebuking them in verses 40-43, He prayed alone, and returned to them a third time and said, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed in the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer." My Bible tells me the garden was the place of Jesus' agonizing prayer, Judas' brutal betrayal, and Christ's wrongful arrest. These were the events that preceded His crucifixion on the Cross. However, when Jesus needed His disciples most, they didn't have His back. They were asleep on their J.O.B. Jesus needs His church to "have His back," be alert and on the job. Too many religions are "out-witnessing the witnesses!" And, as a result the church is in decline and losing ground.
What makes matters worse is this wasn't the only time Jesus told the disciples to be on guard. In Luke 12:1 (NIV) He said, "Be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." In Mark 13:35, “…keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back….do not let him find you sleeping.” He told the brothers in Luke 21:36, "be always on watch, and pray...." Another translations says, "Keep on the alert at all times...." But like too many Christians today, the brothers were asleep on the job. Yes, their bodies where there with Jesus, but their minds where way on the other side of the town. They were absent-minded, missing in action, asleep on the job.
Scripture says to be faithful over a few things, and He will make you ruler over many. Are you watching as well as persistently praying for protection against the attacks of the enemy? Are you faithful in Sunday school, ministry, and church attendance? Are you in the Word of God, equipping yourself daily and watching for opportunities to "go ye therefore," and witness the Good News that Jesus saves? Or, are you, like the disciples were in the Garden of Gethsemane, asleep on the J.O.B.?
Contrary to popular belief the way up is not up. The way up is down! Jesus got down! So, take out your towels, and prepare to get down, and wash a few feet! In John 13, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet. He does this just before the Passover Celebration. It was the very night that Jesus instituted the ordinance of the Lord's Supper at the Passover Meal. There, He gave an object-lesson on servant-leadership and humility. Scripture says he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and pour water in a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples' feet and wipe them with his towel (vs. 4-5). In verses 14-17 He says, “And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. How true it is that a servant is not greater than the master. Nor or messengers more important than the one who sends them. You know these things-now do them! That is the path to blessing” (NLT). Today we have a lot of chiefs and very few Indians. Everyone wants to be like Jesus but very few want to sacrifice and put in the work. Truth be told, the disciples did not always serve Jesus well before his death. If we are going to lead like Jesus, preach like Jesus, teach like Jesus, and love like Jesus, we must begin by serving like Jesus. So, get your towels out, sisters and brothers! Get your towels out because we must serve well to lead well! Elisha served Elijah well and received a double portion of Elijah's anointing. Joshua served Moses well, and was God's choice to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Timothy and Titus served the Apostle Paul well. You must serve well to lead well because Jesus was the perfect servant-leader! Jesus said what the Father said, and Jesus did what the Father sent him to do, to save us from our sins (John 3:16). Jesus was obedient even until his death on the Cross (Romans 5:8). And the Father raised Him from the dead. Now, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us (Hebrews 1:3; 12:2). And his Holy Spirit indwells the believer. But after Jesus' resurrection and ascension, the apostles were fully committed to the cause of Christ. Remember his instruction to the disciples at the Last Supper. Servant-leadership takes obedience, hard work, compassion, and commitment, and humility. Serve well to lead well. Jesus saves!
Here is what God does for the humble:
God give joy to the humble."The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God's help live in joy. Psalm 69:32.
God rescues the humble. "You rescue those who are humble." Psalm 18:27
God takes care of the humble."Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud." Palm 138:6.
God supports the humble."The Lord supports the humble, but he brings the wicked down into the dust." Psalm 147:6.
God fills the humble with fresh joy. "The humble will be filled wsith fresh joy from the Lord. Those who are poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel." Isaiah 29:29.
Here is a promise from God: "Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." Matthew 23:12
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One of the most renowned artist in gospel music, Kirk Franklin is coming to Louisville, Kentucky, May 20th for "An Evening With Kirk Franklin Live, Peace In the Streets," at St. Stephen Church. This special evening is hosted by GAB Productions & WLOU 104.7 FM. We are so excited about this move of God to unite our community and help bring peace in the streets! Advance tickets are on sale now at Better Days Records East & West. Listen for all the details on 104.7 FM this week! To God Be the Glory!
I had opportunity to speak at the 12 Steps to Destiny Workshop on Saturday, March 11th, at the Louisville Free Public Library hosted by Min. Sherri Dunn, Life Seeds Ministry. Also speaking, Rev. LaShonda Fletcher, Take Captive, Rev. Sharon Saucer Brown, Watch Your Mouth, Tarsha Semakula, The Chrysalis Program. I spoke from subject, "Go All In", Joshua 1:1-9, focus v5, The Lord said to Joshua, I will be with you, l will never leave you nor forsake you. Here is a brief excerpt:
"This is for somebody in here. You’ve come to the edge of your wilderness. You’ve been broke long enough, homeless long enough, sick long enough, addicted long enough, abused and oppressed long enough. You've walked around and around in the wilderness. God wants to bring you into your Promise Land, a land flowing with milk and honey!The land is your land.Somebody shout, “It’s mine!”You must be strong and courageous.You will have a river to cross, walls to bring down, and giants to defeat.You will have battles to fight.But know this, When God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.Because he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you! Now, go all in!Walk by faith and not by sight!Go all in!How do you go all in?Just as Joshua did when he led the Israelites across the Jordan River, you go all in to your Promised Land with three things, essential preparation; spiritual dedication, and emotional protection."
After 12 Steps of Destiny Workshop at the Free Public Library, I headed over to my facility, The Life Conference Suite where Rev. Tina R. Patterson, hosted her clergy group's final meeting for her DMin project. The pastors and preachers, and not all of them are pictured, discussed all things pertaining to the sermon on their last session of about eight. In this picture are Rev. Aline Foster, who just returned from a trip to Israel; Pastor Tina Patterson who is pursing a Doctorate of Ministry, and Pastor Angela Johnson who is also pursing a Doctorate of Ministry. To God be the glory for all that he is doing in the lives of preaching women! #goallin
Today's Lent Journey devotion is called "The Awakening." The Scripture is Luke 23:32-34, Jesus praying on the cross, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." I like the declaration many are using in the justice movement today, "Stay Woke." Inspite of all that is going on around us, we must not become so overwhelmed, get too busy and distracted, or become so comfortable that we lose conciousness of what is really going on around us and fall asleep. We must "stay woke," especially and particularly to the presence of God in our lives. Prayer is the foundation of our spiritual conciousness. Jesus prayed consistently. He was always conscious of the presence of the Father in his life. Even on the cross, where I would have understood if Jesus was unconcious or asleep, but, he was not. He stayed woke praying to the Father for his enemies, Father, forgive them for they don't know what they are doing.
Below is the an easy exercise directly from the devotion to practice the presence of God.
• Take a few moments to talk to God and to share your feelings about your consciousness with Him.
• As an exercise for the day, use your cellphone as a tool. Each time you look at it, become aware of God’s presence.
"Lent is about "giving up something." This I know and why is that? If I give it up, will I get it back? Is it like "donating," or something like that? I am trying with exaggeration and on purpose to get your attention in hopes you might say something, educate me, please about what this Lent is and what it really means! I am young, and new to all this, but I heard it on the radio, and it peaked my interest. Exactly, then, what does Lent mean to you and what should Lent mean to me? I am young and why should we care? Hello? Hello? Is anybody there?"
Imagine youth and young adults viewing this season of Lent through a secular lens. Many people talk about giving up something for Lent, and eating fish on Fridays, but still more Millennials don't fast, pray, read their Bibles or attend church. What would you say to young persons about why you do, or do not, observe Lent?
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Heavenly Father, We are come to You by faith praying for your Kingdom to come and for your will to be done (Luke 11: 1-4, Matt. 6: 9-13). We pray for the lost to be saved. We pray that anyone who has drifted away from You will return in this season of Lent. We know it is Your will that none should perish for You so loved the world that You gave Your only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). We are so glad the Infinite became an infant to save! The Bible declares the angel of the Lord told Joseph, "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins" (Matt 1:21). We believe there is salvation in the name of Jesus. Jesus means "the Lord saves." The Bible states, "In His name the nations will put their hope" (Matthew 12:21) and "Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Joel 2:32; Romans 10:13). Jesus saves! Thank you for delivering us from the penalty, power, presence of sin, through our confession of faith in Jesus Christ. Help Your churches and ministries to be intentional evangelism and reaching the unchurched and dechurched with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Help us, oh Lord, to be ready to contribute in every way, to pray for the lost, share testimony with the lost, and invite the lost to see Jesus. We believe there is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain, even the chain of eternal separation and spiritual death. We pray for the victory! In Jesus name, Amen!
"But ye are a chosen general, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praise of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;" 1 Peter 2:9.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Lent is 40 days of fasting and repentance in preparation for Resurrection Sunday (Easter), this year on Sunday, April 16th. It is a time of personal and spiritual reflection. The six Sundays in Lent are not counted among the 40 days of lent as each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter," a celebration of Jesus' victory over sin and death. These Sundays are excluded from fast days.
Beginning today through Resurrection Sunday, join us as we observe the Holy season of Lent with fasting, prayer, communion, and sermons and devotionals observing the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. During Lent, many people choose to give up luxuries, something of importance as a reminder of the great sacrifice Jesus made in dying on the cross for our sins. Please consider giving up something very important to you and giving additional time to the Lord in prayer, Scripture meditation, or by participating in a Bible study. Choose a day on which you feel you will be able to fast consistently according to your ability during the Lent season. Let us grow in our faith and draw closer to the Lord in this season. Be ye holy even as God is holy! Your are a royal priesthood, a chosen generation!
On Saturday, February 18, Jesus Saves Ministries and The Life Conference Suite hosted the Heart & Soul Prayer Brunch & Black History Celebration. The event began with one hour of corporate prayer facilitated by Evangelist Sherri Dunn, Founder, Life Seed's Ministry, and brought together clergy, prayer leaders, and community activists in fervent prayer for our youth and West Louisville neighborhoods for end to murder and gun violence; increased dialogue/support of our youth, and economic revitalization in West Louisville.
Antonio "T-Made" Taylor, host of The TurnUp Show on WLOU 104.7 FM served as emcee for the "Blessed Mic" segment which brought together Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers for a Black History tribute. "Blessed Mic" featured Christian poet J Williams who presented the piece, "O, O People - the Remix" that incorporated the '80s song "Yearning for Your Love" by the Gap Band. Youth minister, author Cecil Clardy, III spoke on "Be the Change." He stated, "Always leave the woodpile a little higher than you found it. Don't take and take without ever contributing to it. Add to the pile." Poet and author Synthia Shelby presented several pieces incorporating songs "that helped lead our people to freedom" , "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Trouble In My Way," and "Hold to His Hand." Louisville's up and coming 19-year-old gospel singer Demetrius Gunn sang, "More than Anything," by Lamar Campbell, and shared a brief testimony. Pastor Ruth Wilson blessed the food. She also does Christian comedy. Lord, she was hilarious! During the brunch, guests answered black history questions, mostly on WLOU Radio which is celebrating its 65 anniversary in 2017, or received gifts in random drawings. Gifts included more than 25 pieces of beautiful necklaces donated to the event, and Black History Month Gospel Music Sampler CDs donated by WLOU. We bless God for a wonderful time of prayer, fellowship, and celebration!
The preaching moment featured two anointed women of God. Rev. Therese Wright, Founder, Sisters Road to Freedom, and Associate Pastor, Royal Priesthood Ministries of Lexington, preached from the subject, "The Condition of Your Soul." She stated, "We are suppose to be striving each day for perfection...perfection has to do with spiritual maturity.... Many want to say we're Christians and we are comfortable just being Christians, but we don't want to do anything else. There is more that God requires of us. The songwriter says, 'Will my heart and soul still say yes?'"
Rev. Syvoskia Bray Pope, Pastor, New Century Fellowship Christian Church, Louisville preached on, "A Black Women's Perspective: What's In Your Heart & Soul?" Blending in black history, women's history and love for God, Rev. Pope looked out the window as she spoke and stated, "When you look around our community, what do you see? It ain't pretty is it? No one is going to do for you what you need to do for yourself!"
"But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I to you a still more excellent way" 1 Corinthians 12:31 (ESV).
In our 21st century digital age, most people don’t mail letters anymore. The postal service has taken a back seat to technology and the internet. The tech savvy would much rather e-mail for a quicker response. If the Apostle Paul were with us today, I would imagine he, too, would want a quick response to his letters to the churches for he addressed urgent matters. In 1 Corinthians Chapter 13, the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to a church about the urgency of love. The church at Corinth was experiencing division, immorality, and mis-use of spiritual gifts. Paul wrote to the Corinthians about the supremacy and importance of love. This is a letter that bears re-reading in 2017 because, beloved, it is not more technology, gadgets, and over-sized flat screen televisions that we need. With political unrest, terrorism here and abroad, and murder and violence increasing in the city streets, what we need is more love. Love is a still more excellent way.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul told the church that love is superior to spiritual gifts, and the necessary ingredient with the use of gifts, "But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way" 1 Corinthians 12:31 (ESV). In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul elaborated on the more excellent way of love, its great value, virtue, and victory.
There is great value in love! The value of love is beyond estimation. It is more valuable than silver and gold, and the most precious diamonds and gems. Love makes a house a home. No gift or possession is meaningful without love. And it has been said that people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Everyone needs to be loved. In 1 Cor. 13:1-3, Paul compares the superiority of love to the gift of languages, the gift of prophecy, miraculous faith, and the doing of sacrifices and good deeds. We must recognize the value of love also, for God's love enables us to do His work effectively. God is love and the more like Him we become in character, the more we will possess the fruit of love (1 Cor. 13:1-3).
Not only is there great value in love, there is great virtue in love! The virtues of love include joy, peace, kindness, patience, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control, the fruit of the Spirit. Many people try to express the virtues of love without possessing love. This is impossible to do. We must possess the Spirit of Christ if we are to succeed in performing the work of Christ. Being filled with the Holy Spirit enables us to practice the virtues of love (1 Cor. 13:4-7). What is love? Is it the giving of candy and flowers on Valentine’s Day? No, not some much. "L-O-V-E" means "LORD OF VIRTUE EVERLASTING." Jesus Christ is Lord of virtue, and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 3:13).
In addition to there being great value and virtue in love, there is great victory in love! Love will do for you what no other power will do. Family members, friends, pleasures, and possessions sometimes fail, but love never fails. Faith pleases God, but faith serves its purpose only in this life. We cannot live without hope, but hope will not be needed in the next life. Love is eternal; it will unfold in greater beauty and glory while endless ages roll. Victory is assured to those who are filled with the love of God (1 Cor. 13:8-13).
No matter how gifted you are, how great you can sing, or minister the Word of God, you're just making a whole lot of noise without love. In the end, God is looking for a people with His nature and character. God wants us to share His love with a dying world. Choose the still more excellent way of love. Love never fails!