Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I mean, as black people. We have all ways embraced Michael Jackson. When I think about Michael I always think about that young Michael, not the one of the last couple of years. I know from peeping in on other blogs that some don't feel that way. Most of our lighter skin [white] brother and sisters don't, even doth Michael has not been convicted of anything. We the Black Church has always being taught to for give and let go and move on, I am glad that Ebony gave him a cover shot. I wish Michale well and hope that he see that the Black Church still has love for him. Maybe this will help stir up the gift that is down in him.Good luck Michael from the Old Black Church.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I need thee every hour, most gracious Father
No tender voice like thine can peace afford
I need thee every hour;stay thou near by
Temptations lose their power when thou art nigh
I need thee every hour in joy or pain.
Come quickly and abide or life is vain.
I need thee every hour teach me thy will
And thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need thee O I need thee
every hour I need thee
O bless me now my Savior
I come to Thee!
I ask that question because, I have read a lot of post about how Holy Hip Hop is not of God. I found this to be untrue [to me] . After reading this post maybe we all can see worship with a different out look. what is your thoughts on Worship and Holy-Hip-Hop? Can we see the others view?
The purpose of our worship is to glorify, honor, praise, exalt, and please God. How can we say Holy Hip Hop is not doing that? Our worship must show our adoration and loyalty to God for His grace in providing us with the way to escape the bondage of sin, so we can have the salvation He so much wants to give us. The nature of the worship God demands is the prostration of our souls before Him in humble and contrite submission. James 4:6, 10 tells us, "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up". Our worship to God is a very humble and reverent action. Can Holy Hip Hopper hearts be seen by us? No only God know what's in a man heart.
Jesus says in John 4:23-24, "But the hour is coming, and now is, when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." It doesn’t say we can worship God anyway we want, but we "must worship Him in spirit and in truth". The word "must" makes it absolute. There is no other way we can worship God and be acceptable to Him. The word "must", according to Webster, expresses "an obligation, a requirement, a necessity, a certainty, and something that must be done". When "must" is used it means that it is not optional. Here the word "must" is expressing that in spirit and in truth is the only way to acceptably worship God.
God seeks true worshippers, and He identifies them as those who "worship Him in spirit and in truth". Worshipping God in spirit means that it must be done from the heart. Worshipping God in truth means that it must be done according as God has specified in the Bible. Worshipping God in spirit and in truth is a serious matter which must not be taken lightly. If we have any regard for our own souls, we will want to make sure we are worshipping God in spirit and in truth. Since God is the object of our worship, He and He alone has the right to determine how we are to worship Him. We read in Jeremiah 10:23, "O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself, it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps." We are not granted the option of directing our own ways in religion. Our very best in worship is due God and is prescribed by Him in the Bible. The worship God has prescribed is the only way we can be pleasing to Him in this life and finally attain everlasting life with Him in eternity. The Christian’s worship is of the greatest importance. Holy-Hip-Hop there is nothing wrong with your worshiping style it is the matter of the heart that matter. Worship is a time when we pay deep, sincere, awesome respect, love, and fear to the one who created us. Acts 17:24-25 says, "God who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives life, breath, and all things."
Monday, November 5, 2007
We know about the love of God but why don't preacher teach about the wrath of God? It is another side to our Loving God. I am talking about the wrath of God. The God in the Old Testament. The one that did not tolerate sin in the least. What about that God! no materialist here.
God’s wrath comes about because God’s holiness and love have been violated by the sinfulness of man. Human beings who live their lives apart from God are really hateful in away. This means people living this way are actually the enemies of God. Since mankind assaults everything good and pure that God is and stands for, he cannot but be in opposition to man’s way. This holy and loving opposition to sinfulness in every form is called “God’s wrath.” God is sinless is perfect Holy Being by nature. If He did not oppose sinfulness in man, He would not be God. If He was not wrathful and warring against sin, God would then, in effect, be saying that sinfulness is not evil and can be tolerated. That would be a lie, because sinfulness is evil. But God cannot lie and be untrue to His essential Being, which is Holy and Loving. God's action flow out of His love for man, which is the essence of His being. God expresses His love in that He continues to hold up His creatures freedom to choose for or against Him even while they sin against Him and hate His way. God has supremely expressed this love by sending His Son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of sin and to end sinfulness. Human beings who are “in Christ” (Romans 8:9-11) are saved from wrath through Jesus’ redemptive work and in the indwelling Holy Spirit, who transforms us. They are now at peace with and reconciled to God. This reconciliation involves a turning to God and a turning away from everything that is an idol in human life and the world (1 John 2:15-17) Salvation is God’s rescue program in Christ –“who rescues us from the coming wrath” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10). To repeat, human beings by nature are God’s enemies and this animosity causes a necessary and spontaneous countermeasure from a holy and loving God – his wrath. But from the beginning, God has purposed out of his love to end the human-caused wrath through sin by the saving work of Christ. It is through God’s love that we are reconciled to him in his own saving work in the death and life.
When we read the New Testament statement that God so loved the world that he sent his Son – and that whoever believes in him will not perish (John 3:16) – we are to understand from this very act that God is “wrathful” against sin. But in his war against sinfulness, God does not condemn sinful man, but saves him from it for reconciliation and eternal life. God’s “wrath” is not intended to “condemn the world,” but to condemn and destroy the power of sin in all its forms so that humans may have an eternal relationship of love with him.
Father, I come boldly before Your throne of grace lifting up my job before You. Father, first of all I give You thanksgiving and praise for blessing me with my job, and for the income in which You provide for me through this job.
I pray for the right atmosphere upon my job, I pray that You would saturate the atmosphere with Your Spirit and Your Peace, so that everyone that works there or come in my work place may sense and feel Your Spirit, Your peace and Your anointing, And may the power of Your Spirit and Your anointing cause every evil and demonic spirit to be loosed from every man women or child that comes in my office, room or work area leaving them in a spirit of calmness, kindness, gentleness and peace. May You also cause conviction to fall upon all those that would us profanity, vain words or ungodly language in my work place. Amen!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Not one of us will be exempt from the testing of our faith in this world. And when stepping out in faith we often experience risks, changes, sometimes tragedy, or face any number of different problems. Abraham understood this, Moses understood this, Job understood it and most definitely Jesus knew this.
5 of Life's Tests:
- Change: Change can be a frightening thing especially if we're used to taking control of our own lives. I'm an analytical person. Organization and direction help me to feel safe and in control. So when there is change in my life it is a test of my faith. Can I really put my trust in God and know that wherever He decides to take me is okay, because He is Lord of my life?
- Letting Go: Letting go seems to be one of the hardest things for many of us. When we as Christians turn our lives over to Christ, we are giving up our old selves and asking Jesus to direct us as Lord. This is an act of our faith. As God works in our lives telling us to give up our sinful nature, this too can be hard. If you've ever dealt with any kind of addiction, you probably know this very well. God calls us to test Him in our giving; this too is a test of our faith, wondering whether or not God will make a way financially.
- Delayed Rewards: While waiting for a job promotion, a new addition to a family or any other exciting life event, discouragement can set in with delay. When in this position you might find yourself questioning God, "When God, when?" While my husband and I were waiting for children we wondered if we'd ever become parents. We began to wonder if that was even what God wanted for us. By faith we didn't give up and finally, in God's timing, we were blessed with our first child. It was such a test of our faith waiting on God, knowing there was very little we really had control of in our situation.
- Problems: What's a test without a few problems to solve right? In circumstances where it looks like there is just no way, our faith becomes tested to determine whether or not we really trust that God is God of even what appears to be the impossible. These problems can range from sickness to financial issues; from relationship concerns to an overwhelming amount of things that are in serious need of being fixed around the home.
- Tragedy: There are those most difficult times when God can take a tragic situation and use it to make us stronger. It's during these times where many of us find ourselves seeking God in humility ready to give up. It seems this is when we can see the Lord work in amazing ways. When we come to the realization that we only have so much control over life's events, it may become easier to reach out for God's help in faith. I found this article and thought it would be good reading. What do you think are you going through a test right now if so how are you doing?
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." (James 2-3; NKJV)
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Father, thank you for another day.
Father, thank you for looking over us
as we slept.
Father, guide us in this day and keep
Your arms of care around us as we
travel through this day.
Father, we pray for our troops
that are fighting for our country.
Father, thanks for our health and
strength. Father, we know that you
are good and good all the time. Amen
Friday, November 2, 2007
Season 4 of Run's House finds the family at the beginning of a summer full of surprises. Rev Run's daughters are anxious to fly the coop and move to Los Angeles, while Run and Justine prepare their home for a possible new addition to the family. JoJo is graduating from high school and on a quest for a record label deal, Diggy is starting to like girls and Russy is growing up fast. But when circumstances pull Angela and Vanessa from their New York City apartment, they land back at Run's House for the summer, and Rev Run knows this could be the last time his entire family is under one roof.
Last season, the Simmons clan had a year of extreme highs and lows, and now Rev Run hopes they can enjoy some of their best times together. During season 4, the family will get some news that will change their lives forever, making way for a new beginning and a very different family dynamic.