Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Question: Should a mentally retarded person be put to death? My answer would be NO !
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
most people who attend Sunday school would say that they welcome newcomers. However, it is often challenging for us to feel like "part of the family" because we do not share the history of the class. The Sunday School is set up in the Old Traditional Baptist Church way. You know were they give each class a banner for the most Bibles, money and attendance. We have not been a part of this kinda of teaching in years. I am a person who love learning and growing in my faith and Sunday School is a great tool for that. It is hard to get up early on Sunday morning for a class that you don't connect too. It's hard too forget the great teaching at my old church but I won't give up trying to fit in. A lot of churches are moving away from Sunday School period. Question? Is Sunday School important for Christian growth?
Saturday, August 23, 2008
The Old Testament speaks a great deal to the protocol required when approaching the Tabernacle. In fact, not just anyone could approach, regardless of their status or position in life. Only the priests were permitted entrance to the Tabernacle and even then, they had a set of regulations that had to be followed prior to their entrance. Even at that, only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place. There was no scepter. There was no chance God was going to allow anyone to approach without following His protocol, that’s how Holy He is. So, if we know that He is Holy why do we think we can approach Him any kinda way? Sometime with hate in our hearts and fill with bitterness.
We know that God is Holy. We know He is our King; there never was and never will be any king like Him – not ever. God’s heart so loved us, longed for intimacy with us, but a Holy God will not break His own rules. So He sent His Son. In effect, Jesus is the Scepter that God holds out to us, the Scepter that cleanses us in order to permit us limitless – infinite – access to the King of Glory. Once we understand who He is we will begin to approach Him in a different light. He doesn’t offer half His Kingdom, He offers all of it. Through His act of love, the offering of His Son - The High Priest of high priests - God adopted us into His Family. We are Princes and Princesses of the Most High King.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
1. How could you spend $49,000 at a men's clothing store?
2. You locked him out, but you still allow him to come to services... and preach? Why!
3. Why do you give the pastor the ability to sell church property?
4. Is the church leadership to blame for letting this happen?
5. Why want the pastor leave?
Why do parents allow their kids to be exploited just for some exposure and maybe a little bit of money? I just don’t understand. This is something that is very prevalent in today’s society, which appears to be in a constant decline. As our children gets older and society continues its downward spiral, it's sad to think what will be shown on TV, starring children. As parents we are to protect our young at whatever cost. One day we'll have to give an account of our action concerning those given unto us. ( hat tip: to Kelly Belle )
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
It will feature musical selections by Richard Smallwood & Vision and The Spirituals Project of Denver. Also Bishop Charles E. Blake, Presiding Prelate of the Church of God In Christ, will be part of the collection of prominent religious leaders from across various faiths who will speak at this historic gathering.
About Kingdom Records
Kingdom Records, Inc. is the fulfillment of the vision of Apostle H. Daniel Wilson, Senior Pastor of Valley Kingdom Ministries International. Apostle Wilson conceived the idea from God to start a praise and worship ministry and to name it Shekinah Glory Ministry and to name the label Kingdom Records, while on sabbatical in the Arizona desert in 1999. The company was established in 2000. Kingdom Record's primary mission is to create music that pierces the kingdom of darkness and enlarges the Kingdom of God. The company is lead by music industry veteran Bernie McLean, Joan Sullivan, Junito R. Harris, Jr., Michael Weatherspoon. In addition to Shekinah Glory Ministry and Phil Tarver, Kingdom Records has expanded its roster with the addition of Gospel's Lady of Soul Cynthia Jones, Kim Stratton and Tonya Baker, the newest addition to the Kingdom roster, has made her debut with her first single: Vengeance Is Mine from her eagerly anticipated CD Special Friend, in stores August 19.
The 1st Person Wish List...
Personally I wish I had:
- more education
- traveled farther
- a deeper commitment to being centered (as in not allowing myself to be tugged in too may directions at the same time)
- as a Christian I wish I would have accepted/excepted Christ sooner than later.
As a mother I wish I had:
- spent more time playing with my kids
- been better at providing for them
- listened more and better
- more patience and wisdom
- not been so easy to trust those who didn't deserve it
- been more assertive
- less afraid to venture out on my own
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Here are some inserts from the issue:
"She gives us her vision but not her positions. Unlike Hillary, she doesn't push a policy agenda. Her stump speech offers more of a world view. She speaks wistfully about the America that produced a hard-working man like her father, sadly about the country today (conservatives tend to focus on this aspect), and ecstatically about the future. We know she wants us to elect her husband, but we suspect she wants something from us, personally."
" She has generated more than twice the volume of news stories Cindy McCain has. In part that's because she's on the cusp of becoming an adjunct historical figure: the first black president's first black first lady. But she is also a tantalizing conundrum. With the exception of Hillary, first ladies have spoken on their husbands' behalf with bland platitudes and knowing good-wife smiles. But Michelle Obama doesn't play by those rules. The vision she offers of Barack is uniquely prosaic: His breath stinks, he doesn't put away the butter, he snores. She warns, "He will not be able to move you to tears with every word that he says."
Read the Full Article Here
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
- -It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.
- -Opportunity may knock once.
- Temptation bangs on your front door forever.
- -Quit griping about your
church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.
- -If the church wants a
better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has.
- -We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.
- -God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
- -God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
- -The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.
- The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Girls, on the other hand, love superlatives. Even then, experts say, too much of a good thing is too much. Extravagant praise can be almost addictive for girls, ironically lowering their self-esteem, and prompting them to start seeking encouragement from outside sources.
UPDATE: To see pictures of his grand daughter and daughter>>>>>>>>>
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Rules:1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Add links to these blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.
Ken Burton a musical composer and director was ask to get a choir together but he refuse to because of the racist and blasphemous nature of the script. Ken Burton said “The campaign features a gospel choir in a church setting. All the elements of worship are present: the singing, the responses from the congregation and the lifting of the hands. Corporate companies always like to use black people in these ‘buffoon‘ portrayals. Why can we not see adverts involving gospel choirs in dignified settings – why do they always have to act like fools?
I believe subliminally that is the way we are often viewed by the advertising companies.” My views are that gospel music is holy and should not be manipulated in such a derogatory way. Gospel music is not like Pop or secular music. Its first responsibility is to lift up the name of the Lord and encourage others to draw close to Him daily.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
After God promised Abraham that his descendants would be "as numerous as the stars" (Ge 22:17 NIV), things weren't happening fast enough. So Abraham grew impatient and took matters into his own hands by fathering Ishmael with his wife's maidservant Hagar. Then his troubles began in earnest!
When God did send the promise Isaac through Sarah, his wife both boys ended up living under the same roof. Right and wrong, wheat and tares growing up together. It's possible to be bless in one area of your life, while in another there's a growing problem that'll overwhelm you unless you handle it. Sarah caught Ishmael "mocking" Isaac. That's what happen when we don't confront our mistakes; they end up mocking us and belittling our success. Before that occurs you need to stand up and declare enough is enough! I'm going to get my act together and straighten out my life. You can't straddle the fence when it comes to dealing with things that threaten to destroy us. You've got to take a stand! Question: Do you have some Ishmael in your life? How do you deal with them? Aug 6 2008.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I have learned in my many years of life, “those who gossip to you gossip about you”. What is even more disconcerting is that Christians engage in this SINFUL behavior with NO GUILT! It’s just nuts I tell ya, just nuts! It’s Christian Tabloids!
It’s like a Christian who justifies an adulterous affair (and says, “but I love her”), or a Christian who legitimizes stealing from work and says (”because they don’t pay me enough”).
Romans 1:29 “Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip.”
2 Corinthians 12:20 “For I am afraid that when I come I won’t like what I find, and you won’t like my response. I am afraid that I will find quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly behavior.”
Besides GOSSIP being a dark evil sin that we’ve all engaged in at some time, it’s bad for 3 reasons:
1.) It distracts us from doing the things that are really important; loving and caring for people, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, praying and reading the scripture!
2.) It is murder with the tongue. It separates close friends, and it breaks relationships!
3.) It tears down people! Gossip produces nothing good in a persons life, period!
How to know when you’ve stumbled upon a GOSSIP:
1.) They gossip to you!
2.) The are unhappy. (typically about many things)
3.) The world is just out to get them.
4.) They do not have any TRUE friends. (have you ever had a friend gossip to you about another friend? That is not friendship!)
5.) Gossip follows gossips! (so if you are always in the midst of gossip… it’s YOU! You are the common denominator!)
Typically, gossipers attract other gossipers. So if you find yourself in a gossip crowd, I would recommend you inform your “friends” (if you can call them that) and challenge them that you want to be a true Christ follower and that you feel that gossip is not doing anything positive in or for your life and will discontinue partaking in the sin of gossip!
“Small people talk about others,
Medium people talk about things,
And big people talk about dreams and ideas”
Let’s be BIG PEOPLE!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
1) Do you tell your friends you're praying for them? Why or why not?
2) What stops you from praying? What fears and questions enter your mind when you pray?
3) Is it harder for you to pray for yourself, or for other people?
4) What makes specific prayers difficult for you? (For example, maybe you've prayed for yourself or someone else in the past, and God didn't give you or your friend the thing you asked for.) What makes specific prayers easy for you? (For example, maybe you've built up a lot of trust with God in an area of your life.)
Friday, August 1, 2008
Question: 1) How can the church improve on how it treat people who are different?