A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
Fantasy VS Reality: Part I
(The Dangers of Romanticism)
Alright. I have finally started what will become a three part series (unless the Lord leads me to do more.) I’m starting to see these will be some deep-rooted issues I’ve been avoiding for a long time and I can’t ignore them anymore. It is my hope the series will help someone else dealing with similar problems.
Part I briefly touches on romanticism while also taking a glance back on my first experience with it, moving up to where I am now. You could view this as an introduction piece. It is embarrassing, and it makes me uncomfortable to even talk about it, but we are freed through confession. I believe God is going to help renew my mind and heart while making me a stronger—better—person because of this. I’m praying others who read it will be changed as well.
Happenings with the church and abroad
Here’s the latest news to date:
- On Tuesday night, a musical was done in tribute of Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson on Prairie View A&M University’s campus in the Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium. The Ensemble Theater, located in Houston, Texas, performed. The event was free.
- As of late, the church has been having a problem with a possible wasp infestation. Wednesday night the building was exterminated to address the issue.
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. 26, 2017, “Send Help (Psalm 31:2)”
“Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.” (Ps. 31:2 KJV)
God is the Source. He is the one we should rely on, especially when we begin to think we don’t need any assistance. It is possible to be a place where you’re in trouble and not even be aware you need help. In Matthew 17:4-5, Peter got himself into trouble when he suggested making three altars for Jesus, Moses and Elias after seeing them on the mount. Immediately God reminds Peter who the true the Lord is because what Peter suggested was actually a form of idolatry, “Peter and the others had to be reminded what was most important. What is most important to you? What idols are you harboring in your heart?”
We are to be servants unto the Lord, as Paul reminds the Romans in Romans 6:19. When we were in the world we gave ourselves over willingly to be servants of Satan, indulging in whatever unrighteousness we could get our hands on. The verses before that however (verses 14-16) reminds us that grace covers us, and we are to adhere to the Law—the Word of God—because if we are to serve Christ we must obey Christ. There is no grey area; either you choose to be obedient unto righteousness or be a slave to sin unto death. “Who are you pledging your allegiance to?” Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that our hearts are evil. In Ephesians 6, when it talks about the armor of God, the breastplate and begin following our hearts over God.
Romans 6:20-23 goes on to remind us that all those things we once indulged in before we are now ashamed of because Jesus has revealed to us it was all a lie. The only thing it would have resulted in was the loss of our souls, “Satan will let you have false joy, false peace. He’ll let you have whatever you want or desire, whatever it is you covet after. He just won’t let you live.”
David knew who to call on when he was in trouble. Who or what do you seek when you’re in jam? Are you going to the Source or are you returning to old vices and iniquities that had you bound? We must remember that God is not our enemy; He is our help, our friend, our healer—He LOVES us. Jeremiah 29:11-13 and Proverbs 3:11-12 tells us that everything God does for us in always for our good and sometimes we need a firm hand to get back in line. Why? Because when the flesh is allowed to run loose, things will always run amuck. Discipline is necessary.
“If you know from whence your help comes from—WHY AREN’T YOU CALLING ON HIM? If all you can do is say, ‘Jesus send help’ then you keep saying it until help arrives and you hold on tight in the meantime.” When we seek God diligently, He is sure to answer us. Don’t give up on the Lord; continue to hold on and press through knowing that help is coming.
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Events, announcements for the month of March
Dates will occasionally be added to the calendar
- March 11: First Lady Prince’s Birthday
- March 26: “The Remedy,” Poetry Nights, 5PM