A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
Getting to the Point
I’m still not ready to delve into the topic I originally wanted to discuss with you. There’s a lot of stuff I need to sort out first, but I decided to share another piece I wrote awhile back on one of my personal blogs. Just some personal thoughts on casual dating, waiting for marriage and holding off on having my first date. It’s on my Tumblr so the language will be more relaxed and laid-back. I hope you all enjoy it. Next week I’ll be starting a three part series called the Dangers of Romanticization.
Thank you all for your patience and support!
Happenings with the church and abroad
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Sunday sermons, Wednesday messages
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, “Secrets: What Is Done in the Dark (Matthew 6:1-4)”
“But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” (Mt. 6:3-4 KJV)
One of two things are done in the dark: either we are engaging in sin or we are worshipping and honoring God.
Whether we are inside the church or outside it, we are supposed to honor Him and praise Him regardless; not just in the church only. “No matter what you do in the dark, God will reward it openly…He’s going to manifest it.” Daniel 2:28 shows us that God will reveal secrets, “The Word calls out our hidden agendas,” and many times Jesus may send someone by to give us warning, “but because it came from someone else we get mad at them.” Daniel 2:29 goes on to warn us that when we continue to carry on in our sin, it will be exposed. “If you are married, and you take that vow, you now commit yourself to that person… You don’t go diving yourself up between other lovers.” We made a vow to God when we accepted Him into our lives. We are to commit to Him and must forsake the lusts of the flesh; no one can serve two masters.
“We are all human and apt to fall,” as stated in Romans 2:16-19. It’s a matter of what we do after that when we get into things we shouldn’t have tampered with. “Most of us have personal agendas… You have to be real with yourself…in Christ.” If we are walking in the Lord and taking in His Word the way we should be, then when He checks us we must be able to admit our wrongs, “…repent and get this stuff off of your.” However, repenting is not asking for forgiveness and then continuing to do it, “that’s trying to get away from the consequences.” David tried to cover up the sin he committed with Bathsheba by committing more sin. He tried to hide it, but was later called out by the Lord. “God told David there would be an uprising within in his home… God doesn’t let anyone get away with anything.”
Unless we want to be rewarded the way David was for Bathsheba, we must consider what it is we are doing and how Christ is going to reward us for it. “Stay in God and keep your praises up so the devil doesn’t come in.”
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Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, “Perfect Love (I John 4:18)”
MEMORY VERSE: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (I Jn. 4:18 KJV)
A perfect love in God isn’t one without flaws, but one that is maturing. It is a love that is able to endure and last through tough times.
We tend to compare love by how it is received or how people respond, “but God’s love will continue to pour regardless.” Even when we miss the mark, Christ still loves us.
Being positioned where we are in the Lord calls for caution, but we cannot be so cautious to where we don’t let anyone in. “We need a love that is forgiving, understanding…we have to meet people where they are…” It’s hard to say we love Jesus when we lack compassion for everyone else around us. True godly love causes you to look out for your neighbor. True godly love will have you go and help the one you know you can’t stand. “You have to do what’s right… The righteous are going to barely make it in.” Don’t let your hate or animosity towards someone else be the reason you miss heaven. “God puts us in challenging situations to see if we’re going to be faithful to Him, not the people around us.”
Walking in love is about allowing God’s love to prevail, “even at the expense of someone taking credit for our work… Change comes through us being faithful through love.”
THE ART GALLERY
Using artistry to empower the Kingdom
SPECIAL EXHIBIT: CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY
by Jacqueline S. Sadberry
Editor in Chief
This week I’ve written a poem that I hope will empower all women of color to know that they ARE beautiful. Regardless of whatever society says or however the world may make them feel—we are all beautiful.
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. 11: District Meeting
- Feb. 26: “The Remedy” Poetry Night, 5 p.m.