A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
Delays, delays, delays
I’m definitely not achieving this year…
Still don’t have anything yet, but I assure you guys—I WILL have something by next week.
In the meantime, I do apologize. Please keep me in prayer!
Happenings with the church and abroad
The fundraiser to build the bathroom is currently on hold, but donations are still appreciated. We need $6000 to begin construction; $4000 has been collected so far.
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Sunday sermons, Wednesday messages
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2017, “Thank God for Looking Beyond Your Faults (Genesis 6:8)
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Gen. 6:8 KJV)
Let’s take a moment to reflect on this scripture and put ourselves in Noah’s place. Regardless of who you are, grace has been extended to all of us. “Grace comes from God and He can extend grace to whomever He desires to, whether you agree or not.”
After the fall of Adam and Eve, sin entered into the world and man became so corrupted the Lord repented ever making them, “God was so disappointed in the behavior of man…” He had created man in His image but they were the complete opposite of Him and were doing things not of Him. We as His children do things that disappoint Him, “…but even on your worst day, God still looks out for you.”
Noah found favor not because he was the lone perfect man on earth, but because of his heart. Jesus was well aware of Noah’s faults but He saw past all of that. “What does God see when He looks beyond your faults…? Jesus knows about your problems, but He still wants to use you.” God can use anyone, including you. Therefore it’s not for us to deem whether or not someone is capable of being an instrument for Christ.
It is up to us to live according to the Word of God, “You didn’t put yourself on assignment,” so we must remember to look to Jesus. “…if Jesus had to go through we certainly must go through.” God gave Noah the task of building an ark that took 150 years to construct and He had him build it on top of a hill. There was no rain and yet he was preparing this ark for the flood that was to come. Noah surely heard the people whispering about how crazy he was, but he consistently continued to build on the ark. The Lord may call for us to do something that seems insane or causes people to look at us as though we’ve lost our minds, but we have to be able to block all of that out.
We have to learn to get over ourselves, “It’s not about who wants to hear you, but who needs to hear you.” We consider where we are and what we’ve done, and we write ourselves off because we don’t feel like we’re good enough to complete the task assigned to us. “You’re losing sleep not doing what God told you to do because you don’t feel ready yet, but you’ll never be ready.” The journey becomes easier once you accept the calling and go.
“Stop trying to hold on to mediocrity when God is trying to push you to greatness.” You can’t get anywhere in God if you stay nestled within your comfort zone, “When God calls you, He calls you to do something different.” Living a heavenly lifestyle is more than just showing up to church and it has nothing to do with being self-righteous.It’s about humbling ourselves to give God praise, pushing ourselves to do more than average, “Even when you don’t think you can do it, God can bring a miracle right through you… Get out of your feelings and stand on facts.” We may not always feel like serving God, or doing what’s right, but we have to learn to get past that if we want to find favor with Christ.
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Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, “Why Our Prayers Are Not Answered (Zechariah 7:7-14)
The Lord was displeased with man and how they were behaving. His children were not living according to His Word, “The Word of God is for the church…” After reading and studying, we have to start applying what we’ve read and studied. “How long do you have to study or be reminded of these things before you do it?” Who we are and who we stand for should be evident in our lives. If you didn’t say a word, would people “see it in your walk? Would they see it in the way you carry yourself? Would they see it in how you treat others?”
Are we living a life to please God or just ourselves? Sometimes we have a tendency to treat Christ as an afterthought. We focus on self-gratification and we don’t come to Him until trouble shows up. “Everything should be gearing us or prepping us toward the Lord.” The ultimate goal for every believer should be to make heaven, “We’re all tired. You have to push yourself—you have more in the tank than you give yourself credit for.” No one, no amount of Bible studies or devotionals can ignite the desire to pursue God except for you. You have to do it. “…it doesn’t happen until you ignite it.”
You wouldn’t knowingly reject God, but everything we do is unto the Lord. So when we don’t heed instruction, we are actually rejecting Him. Here Zechariah is letting the people know that things aren’t as bad as they seem, however, things are the way that they are because they haven’t been doing what they should have. “If you’re doing your best, then it might be barely passing, but don’t be guilty of not doing anything at all.” Living for Jesus will have its challenges, but it’s not difficult.
Each of us is responsible for our brother’s and sister’s in Christ, “We have aborted being our brother’s and sister’s keeper.” We should have something in us that causes something to “flicker some hope in someone’s walk.”
THE ART GALLERY
Using artistry to empower the Kingdom
SPECIAL EXHIBIT: CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY
by Jacqueline S. Sadberry
Editor in Chief
This poem reflects on giving respect where it’s due, while also remembering what’s important. It’s not about you: the glory and the fame, notoriety, etc. This is about continuing the work that has been set before you, and above all, yo owe it to God to do so.
I’ve been wanting to feature something else for BHM other than my poetry, so today I’ve decided to post a video of Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Known as the “Queen of Gospel,” Jackson was born in 1911 in New Orleans. Her aunt raised her after her mother died, and at the age of 12, Jackson sang so beautifully that her aunt prophesied over her. She told her niece she would be a great and famous singer, and as fate would have it, Jackson grew up and eventually went on to sell over 1 million copies in the US. She featured as the headliner for the first Negro Gospel Music Festival held at Carnegie Hall. However, success did not come easy for the Gospel singer, as ales were not coming in as well as hoped. Many started pushing for her to switch to Blues, but Jackson refused. She had vowed she would only sing Gospel only.
Later in her years, the severe racism that Mahalia Jackson faced caused her to get involved in the civil rights movement, participating by singing at rallies and demonstrations. At the anniversary celebrating Rosa Park’s heroic actions, klansmen rode the bus to the train station. Although she was afraid, she continued to lend her voice, becoming friends with Martin Luther King. Jackson went on to become an international figure, performing all over the world. She battled an illness for years, and after having surgery, she died from heart failure at age 60. To this day, she is revered by many.
Click on the link to hear her song, “Move On Up a Little Higher.”
To learn more about Mahalia Jackson’s life in detail, you can visit: mahaliajackson.us (VOLUME CAUTION: music automatically plays on this site)
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. 25: Sister Claudia’s Birthday
- Feb. 26: “The Remedy” Poetry Night, 5 p.m.