A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
February is Black History Month, so I’ll be writing BHM poems again this year for The Art Gallery. I’ll have featured pieces centered around this month as well.
Next week I’ll be doing a two part series on romanticism and loneliness. I want to take my time with it and make my thoughts clear before I share it. It’s just some things I’ve been noticing within myself and in others around me.
Until then, take care and God bless.
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Sunday sermon, Wednesday message
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, “Living To Live Again (John 10:10)”
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (Jn. 10:10 KJV)
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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, “The Power of a Prayer Life (Matthew 6:5-6)”
MEMORY VERSE: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Mt. 6:6 KJV)
Having a strong prayer life is vital for us as believers, “Whether you’re in the house [of God] or out the house, you…should be talking to Him at least once a day.” It’s not about how long you pray but rather being consistent in communication with Jesus, “A prayer life is about being one hundred with God.” A steady line of communication with God is more important than your status or how cool you look, “It also makes you a better person.”
We should never do anything to simply be in the spotlight, “The hypocrite wants to be seen and heard; a saint longsuffers with you.” If your brother or sister comes to you in confidence, then it’s not for you to gossip but to pray with them through whatever it is they’re dealing with.
“You can’t pray for an answer if you’re not prepared for the test.” Praying helps us get into position to receive whatever it is the Lord has for us. However we shouldn’t only come to Jesus when we want something or when things have taken a turn.
Meditation is also a form of prayer. You just simply focus on His Word and His goodness. We cannot force prayer and we shouldn’t, “Allow the natural flow of the Lord to lead you.” It is an intimate time and you should enjoy being in the presence of God; not rushing through it because it’s something you need to cross off your to-do list.
When we pray, it’s about trusting God to handle whatever we are coming to Him with, “Jesus knows your heart’s desire, but do you trust Him enough to yield it over to Him?” Our relationship with our Savior is precious, “Don’t take your relationship with the Lord for granted…” We are to be bold witnesses for Christ, “The Holy Ghost came to make us stronger witnesses… Having a prayer life will active what’s in you.”
THE ART GALLERY
Using artistry to empower the Kingdom
SPECIAL EXHIBIT: CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY
by Jacqueline S. Sadberry
Editor in Chief
I noticed that some African Americans actually feel negatively towards having Black History Month. There are those who won’t even recognize it or celebrate it. Why that is I’m not sure, but I feel the exact opposite. With Black history slowly being erased, and we as African Americans barely taking time to reflect on it, the story goes untold. If the story goes untold, then it dies.
That’s all for today. If you would like to be considered for a feature in The Art Gallery or if you know someone who’s work could be a top contender, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Events, announcements for the month of February
Dates will occasionally be added to the calendar
- Feb. 4: Brother Michael Prince, II’s Birthday
- Feb. 26: “The Remedy” Poetry Night, 5 p.m.