Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Friday, August 04, 2017
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Proverbs 2: 1-7
(V1) “My child, listen to me and treasure my instruction.
(V2) Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.
( V3) Cry out for insight and understanding.
(V5) Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.
(V6) For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
Monday, July 31, 2017
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 them when he gave us one of His very greatest gospel texts
Friday, July 21, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
Pastor Kevin Cosby, Sr. Pastor, St. Stephen Church/President, Simmons College of Kentucky was keynote speaker at the WLOU/WLLV Summerfest Prayer Breakfast, June 16, 2017, at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. His message was entitled, When Prayer Gets Abused.
Prayer gets abused when prayer hurts someone else; 2)When prayer hurts ourselves; 3) When prayer is a substitute for intelligence, 4) When prayer turns God into an errand boy; 5) When prayer is a substitute for faith/action. Scripture references: 2 Kings 20:1-7; Matthew 6:1-6; & Exodus 14:13-15.
Listen for Pastor Cosby's sermons on the St. Stephen Church weekly radio broadcast on 1240 Love WLLV, in Louisville, Ky, Tuesdays 9-10AM.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
A gospel festival in Chickasaw Park aimed to help neighbors with their goal of "Taking Back Your Streets."
Source: Rob Thomas/WAVE 3 News
Sunday, May 28, 2017
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.”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you believe in West Louisville?
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
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!
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!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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?"
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.
Sunday, April 09, 2017
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
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).
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This devotional from the Lenten 6-week series, Life. Death. Victory.
Monday, April 03, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
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.
Friday, March 24, 2017
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:
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!
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
"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).
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.?
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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.
"Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." Matthew 23:12
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