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When Do We Pray?

 

I recently caused a stir on Facebook when I challenged the faith community to pray for our president, Donald Trump.  The actual post was,

Consider this my challenge to the true believing Christian community (again)!! We are bombarded daily with all the negative talk about President Trump, some of it coming from the Christian community! When do we stop this and start praying for the man? If he is as bad as he is made out to be, can't we call on God to either change him or remove him? When is enough enough?

By posting these comments late on a Sunday afternoon, I naively thought they would basically go unnoticed. 

 

Once a month the KINGDOM Group co-sponsors an event that promotes unity among the divided people groups of our world.  This Men’s Unity Breakfast is not that special.  There are no famous or dynamic speakers, no political figures or celebrities, not even a well-planned program.  A few guys come together around food and have joyful fellowship.  What is most important is the fact that these men are diverse racially and they spent time talking to each other about the things that so easily separate them.  The goal of these meetings is to bridge some of the gaps and barriers that stand in the way of unity!   

What we have discovered is that there is life changing power in bringing people together who don’t look alike.  What happens is the exchange of information that paves the way for better understanding and acceptance.  These events work to dispel the denials that too often cloud racial discussions.  All involve embrace the facts that racial and cultural divides are genuine issues that should be addressed.

The next Men’s Unity Breakfast is set for Saturday, June 24, 2017, starting at 7:30 am.  Broadmoor United Methodist Church, 10230 Mollylea Drive is the venue and all men are welcome to attend.

 

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A few weeks ago, God instructed me to warn believers that the #1 threat to survival of churches in America is their willingness to continue walking in disobedience.  This is all about how those who are saved are ignoring the words of Christ given in the Great Commission. God is saddened that the church is doing everything but making disciples. That after all was what He instructed His church to do.  So, I ask, are you working to make someone a follower of Christ? 

The truth is most are not even mindful of seeing lost people become disciples of Christ.  According to one pastor we approached some time ago, this is not what their church does!  Seriously?  But it is true!  How many people gave their lives to Christ in your church last Sunday?  How many signed up to be trained to follow our Savior?  I can tell you that in most, no one.  Do we really believe God will sustain any group that is not obeying Him?  Would you?

We were blessed to be at a church Sunday that taught about salvation and had several people surrender their lives to the Lord!  Isn’t it time that all churches do likewise?

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What do we do now?

Over the past seven months following the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge by police officers, many meeting have been held.  In January, one organization, Believers for Baton Rouge hosted a major event featuring Dr. Tony Evans.  Several us were meeting and praying together even before this.  So, now what?  Where do we go from here?

I believe it is time for action!  We have met enough and now must put all our gatherings into action.  It is for this reason the Kingdom Group is hosting the first of several men’s fellowship breakfasts.  Men of all ethnic backgrounds will meet to have a meal and get to know one another.  It is not being promoted as a prayer breakfast, but simply a time for fellowship.  My prayer is that men who don’t look alike or even know one another will come together and have an enjoyable time in the Lord.

We are convinced that what people need to do is come together and dine together, to better reach across the barriers that have separated us for too long.  WORSHIPPING together is a good thing, but we want to take this a step further.  The Ministry of New Life, 951 Eddie Robinson Drive is the venue, with food being served at 7:30 am on Saturday, February 25th.  ALL MEN ARE INVITED TO JOIN US!

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In a light-hearted text conversation, today, a brother of mine asked me if I was a racist?  We are working together on a special upcoming men’s event and I let him know that I was going to go to black churches to promote the       event.  I chuckled when he replied, “no white churches, are you a racist?”  His next text was apologetic as he thought that maybe he had offended me, but I knew he was kidding.  Did I tell you that this friend is white?

This brother knows me well enough to be able to kid with me that way, because my walk as a believer has demonstrated that I am anything but a racist!  However, I began to think about the question, “Are you a racist” and           wondered how many people confess Christ as their Savior, yet they hate someone because of the color of their skin or their ethnicity?

According to the Word of God, it is impossible to be a Christian and hate others.  And yet so many will tell you that they are and in the same breath explain how they don’t like black people or white people!  What do you think?  I     want to hear your thoughts.  Sign up now and blog with me on this!

As the Kingdom Group sets its sight on this new year, several challenges are already apparent.  Major among these is the paralyzing atmosphere of divisiveness.  This enemy of unity can be seen in many places in our lives.  We are divided racially, socially, economically, politically and even religiously in our churches.  To those who will quickly excuse these as just difference, I emphatically say that our dilemma goes deeper that the fact that we are all different.  WE ARE TOO DIVIDED!

What quickly comes to mind are the words of Christ in Matthew 12:25, “…Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:”.  This biblical fact is a concern I bear as I observe news reports and social media feeds.  This nation, our state and even the city of Baton Rouge face a great peril if we do not find a solution to the vast schism that plagues us.  To ignore our plight is suicidal and just reckless.


 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”  Matt. 22:37-39 KJV 

I pray all have experienced a Christ filled celebration of Christmas!  Of equal interest to me is that all have given to someone the greatest gift of the season.  No, I am not talking about that present they asked for or even deserved.  Instead, the gift I speak of may not even be one they are mindful of or even realize they need.  The gift of love that God gave to us is one that we should pass on to others.  It is the greatest gift of all.  And it cost us nothing to bless others with it.    

When Jesus was confronted by the arrogant lawyer who sought to trick Him with the question, “which commandment is the greatest of all?” He answered with great wisdom.  In fact, although His response was two-fold, it contained the most powerful and valuable character trait any person can possess, LOVE!  The Pharisee was told that to love God with all your abilities and to love your neighbor as yourself, was the greatest instruction He could offer up.  And this is still the case today.  Nothing we can do for

Where is Your Hope?


“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”  Romans 15:12 KJV

Allow me to start off by wishing all of you a most MERRY CHRISTMAS!  My prayer that you will continue to celebrate our Savior even past December 25th.  As I write this week, I am deeply disturbed by all the negative rhetoric being tossed about, since the presidential election ended.  I wrote recently about widespread panic and fear. Now, the subject of hope for the future is being questioned.  So, I am prompted to challenge all who read our blog to seriously examine the source of your hope.  I ask, very emphatically, where is your hope???  Is it in man, or in you?  Is it in your earthly possessions, your job or your status in this world?  I could go on, but you get the picture.

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:13-14 KJV

One of the most exciting stories surrounding the birth of Jesus was the visitation of the angels to the shepherds, who were keeping watch over their sheep.  To the average person, this probably is not a big deal when we consider all that was happening that phenomenal night when our Savior was born.  But, I believe God was sending a powerful message to all mankind as to His purpose for the miraculous virgin birth.  Truly the world would no longer be the same as He ushered in His plan for reconciliation with sinful man.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  II Timothy 1:7 KJV

While attending a national men’s ministry leadership training a few weeks ago, I was approached by one of the leaders with an odd request.  He had a friend who was in a state of panic and asked me to help him.  The friend who was an African  American man was literally afraid to walk outside his home for fear he would be lynched.  With the election of Donald Trump as president, he was sure there were white men just waiting to hang him from a tree.  

Now, before you laugh or think I am joking, consider the behavior of so many people, both white and black since the November 8th election.  In some corners, I would call it widespread panic!  Now what is even more disturbing is that this is too often the attitude of those who say they are believers.  As I surf the web and check out social media, I am seeing so much fear and negativity.  Thus, I ask, “Are you operating in faith or in fear?”  Please know you cannot be doing both; it’s either faith in your lifestyle or it is fear!

Another way to look at this is to ask yourself, “Who has the greater impact on your life, God or man?”  So much scripture addresses this dilemma.  Consider for our discussion Matthew 10:28.

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

The word “fear” in this passage in its original form means to be

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