Spring is truly in the air and the snow is gone. The buds are on the trees and the tulips and the crocuses have sprung.
This means the conference cannot be stagnate, we must be ever moving forward. We must accomplish more this year than last. Look around and you will be surprised at how far we have come. We have expanded our membership, established a scholarship fund, broadened our focus on the order of the day, have taken on more social justice issues and celebrated our National Day of Prayer with a Pray revival (Thank you Minister Troy Meade and your official staff). I cannot express to you my delight about how God is moving in our conference! This is our year of transformation. But we are not just in a mode of transformation we are taking steps to move in the many directions God is calling us. I couldn’t be happier and my prayer is that God is pleased with our acts and seeds of faith.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve encouraged you to move forward together toward something new. Doing the work of the Father, is not all about Sunday service and preaching to the choir week after week. We’ve done that. Doing something new means being intentional about fulfilling our purpose in God’s great plan. This year, we believed, that part of that great plan was for our churches to see new things happen. While we expected increased membership and improved processes, we really focused on evangelism and on being of impactful service to the souls God placed in our path. We asked ourselves, “What can we do differently?”
Ezekiel 33:6: "But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone's life, that person's life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.'"
Blessing and Peace to you my yokefellows,
It is imperative for us as church leaders to remind our parishioners; voting has not always been a right for people of color. In fact, for most of our history in the United States it has been a privilege that we were not afforded. After painstaking labor, marches, sit-ins, boycotts, unlawful arrests, bloody beatings, and lives lost, we have arrived at a place where this privilege has become ours. But what good is a right and privilege that’s not used? That’s like winning a million dollar check but never cashing it in — it’s not good for anything! So too does this apply to our voting rights if we do not use them in the upcoming state election.
Blessings to each of you; my yokefellows in the GOSPEL.
The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. September 22, 2018 is known as the Autumnal Equinox or the “First Day of Fall.” This seasonal change influences our bodies and our moods. As pastors, ministers and church leaders we need to have a heighten sense of awareness. Let’s create a dialogue! We need to be aware and watchful. We are the watchmen!
“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet,
so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them,
that person is taken away in his iniquity,
but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.” Ezekiel 33:6 ESV
February is the month of LOVE…and God is all about LOVE. The Bible says, “For God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 and “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you LOVE one another.” John 13:35
This celebration is observed in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia; by recognizing the contributions of women around
the world—and throughout history.
Blessings and peace to those who labor in the Gospel with me.
December 2nd was the first Sunday Advent; the time when we turn our focus towards the Hope of His coming.
I heard it said that “Christmas is not about presents but presence—His presence.” How many people do we come in contact with, know that HE is Emmanuel—God with us? How many know that Emmanuel is the Hope of Glory?
We just completed the half year mark. This is the perfect time to reflect on the 1st half of the year. As I think back over the first six months, I can praise God for the many wonderful things that have happened in us and through us. Here are a few things that immediately come to mind:
Do you remember these powerful words from the campaign of our First Black President?
Three small words with gigantic significance. I know what you’re thinking. You think these words are significant because of the historic election of America’s first Black president or because American youth turned out in record number to let their voices be heard.
Happy New year.
My life was so busy in 2017. I am certain yours too, right?
Busy seems to be the cadence of our world, and I often hear proclamations from others (and from myself) on just how very busy we are; how there is always something more to do. For me, unfortunately, this busyness routine I've embraced over the year has generally transformed me into a person with the inability to rest easily or slow down, even when I should.
Blessings to each of you!
August is our time for vacation and rest. Let’s take time to relax, reconnect and refresh ourselves. Let’s come back on September 10, 2018 ready to propel into our new year.
When we return in September, let’s be prepared to Stop, Drop and Roll. We need to stop and take inventory, we need to ask the hard questions... Just the other week while reflecting, I believe I heard the Spirit say we need to “rip the bandage off.” For me that means we need to stop doing the same things, the same way, expecting a different result and we need to reflect on what the Lord has shown us.
“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Exodus 20:12
The Word of God instructs and encourages us to honor our father and our mother.
Question: "What does the Bible say about honor?"
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