Sunday, April 16, 2017

Jesus Saves Celebrates the Savior With Free Community Breakfast

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!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

What True Love Does

“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!

Friday, April 14, 2017

TGIF! Thank God It's Good Friday!

By: Angela Lee Price
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!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Yes, Jesus Is The Way!

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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!

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Proverbs 18:24: I Have A Friend

A Prayer A Day for Lent - Palm Sunday

A Prayer for Palm Sunday

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!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Jesus Saves Ministries Celebrates the Savior with Free Breakfast Easter Weekend

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!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The Jesus Story and Forgiveness

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.”

Post Your Reply:
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.

Monday, April 03, 2017

The Jesus Story and Thankfulness

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 thanks and broke the loaves” (v.19, emphasis added). I wonder what else might have been on Jesus’ mind at that moment.
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.

Post Your "Thankful" Point of Power:
Can you cite times in the Bible when Jesus thankful? Can you think of examples in your life where Jesus took a little and turned it into a lot? What are you most thankful for?
Post your favorite Scripture of thankfulness!
If you have already posted something on thankfulness on this site--because we have talked about it a lot--post a blog here for new members to read!
From the CTA Inc. series Life. Death. Victory: The Jesus Story.


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