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|Posted on August 8, 2016 at 9:48 AM||comments ()|
This past Sunday, August 7, 2016, we Ambassadors of Kingdom United Ministries Network conducted our third Flash Fellowship excursion. During this phase of expansion, we are simultaneously carrying out reconnaissance while joining in the worship service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We visited Bethany Reformed Churchwhere the Senior pastor is Reverend Steven Harthorn .
First impressions: As we were late this Sunday, the first impression was how they were prompt, due to the Pastor already being up speaking. We observed the congregation to be more mature in nature.
Hospitality: We weren't able to get an early vibe of hospitality due to our tardiness, yet we were handed programs as we were seated.
Biblical Reflection -It was indicated how communion was taken in the previous service and it was explained how this pertained to the subject of the sermon: purity.
Praise and Worship - As we were only able to participate in the music and song choices post-sermon, we observed traditional Reformed renditions assisted by pipe organ aided by audio visual providing lyrics and was fairly easy to follow along.
The Message: The main text was found in Matthew 5:8 and was part of a series which focused on the Beatitudes which is a portion of Christ's sermon on the mount. With the common thread of 'blessedness' as a focus of the series, each beatitude gives a component shows how to be blessed. The focus of this sermon how purity ie. Single-mindedness or Katharos as Pastor Harthorn explained, was from the original Greek language, will allow one to "see GOD". It was noted how "seeing" God denotes a deeper meaning than just with optical perception. This revelation and nugget of truth coincides with the very nature of our excursions to experience and share the divinely inspired directive -- that we as believers see GOD working through each other.
Outreach- As indicated via their website, the church has various outreach ministries including Project Light, Food Security Ministries, Restorative Justice and Neighborhood Ministries.
Unique characteristics - There was an announcement that there would be an opportunity to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of the parishioners. Pastor Harthorn indicated this is a special milestone to the fellow congregants which consisted of mostly seniors.
Point of interest- The footprint of participation in the community beyond Sunday service.
Benediction-Pastor Harthorn made himself available at the door
|Posted on August 3, 2016 at 6:10 PM||comments ()|
A phrase that aptly describes the state of Christ's kingdom, also known as "The Church" is, 'birds of a feather flocks together'. Some could say this lends to another phrase which has been embraced and re-iterated, with an even darker tone, often when describing Sunday morning congregations, 'Sunday morning is the most segregated time in America'. During a conversation that I recently had with someone trying find a church home, I had a revelation about why this may be. After several suggestions on what may be good choices , I was told , "I don't think I would feel "comfortable" (quotations added to highlight the key word). This revelation presents the challenge for each soul: "how much of a factor does comfort play in choosing a church/ministry? "
This past Sunday, July 31st, we Ambassadors of Kingdom United Ministries Network conducted our second flash Fellowship excursion. During this phase of expansion, we are simultaneously carrying out reconnaissance while joining in the worship service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We visited Agape Christian Church where Dave Sykes is the Senior pastor.
|Posted on July 19, 2016 at 12:52 PM||comments ()|
This past Sunday, July 17th, we Ambassadors of Kingdom United Ministries Network conducted our first Flash Fellowship excursion. During this phase of expansion we are simultaneously carrying out reconnaissance while joining in the worship service of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We visited 12th Street Baptist Church where Thad Stout is Pastor.
We made sure to arrive earlier than the scheduled service start time, which we obtained from their website. First impression, as we sat in the parking lot, was that there was a greeter at the door who was dressed very casually. We then observed other parrishoners arriving and they were also casually dressed. As I was wearing a suit, I took into account what the other Ambassadors suggested which was to shed the jacket. This coincides with our intention to blend and adapt and not draw any more unnecessary attention to ourselves other than that of being first-time visitors. After all, as Ambassadors , we mean to be the best representatives that we can be of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Upon entering the vestibule/lobby we observed that, of the members that we saw, it was about 95% white, at the moment, all of the participating KUMN Ambassadors were black. To act as if this is an insignificant factor would be doing an injustice to the descriptive of our mission. As many have observed, one of the most segregated times of the week in America is Sunday morning. This dilemma could very well be a significant factor to resolving the very glaring problem of race relations in not only the church, but our society as a whole. After all, one of the highest priorities for those addressing the ills of society is trying to understand why these violent and deadly flare-ups are occurring, where understanding is the keyword.
Overall, we were given a very warm and genuine reception by everyone we encountered. Pastor Stout met us as we entered the sanctuary with a very warm and personable way. It gave us all a sense of being at ease. He introduced himself to our junior Ambassadors who are teens, and noted how he would have introduced them to their youth Pastor but, as Vacation Bible School had just ended, he and the other youth were on a mission trip to Detroit to help participate in rehabilitating and revitalizing a Detroit neighborhood. This gave us the impression of the extent of outreach that was occurring there.
The service consisted of a participatory worship which was supported by audio-visual technology which made it easy to follow along and participate. There was also a segment which included the children who'd participated in the VBS program which just ended with about 15 to 20 elementary age children participating accompanied by audio-visual effects.
The message preached was a part of a series on the Judges from the book of the same name. This week's focus was on Gideon found in the 6th and 7th chapters of the book of Judges . Points of significance gathered from the text were, concerning faith: have it, act on it, thrive in it, and remain true to it. Ultimately, in contrast to how when Gideon died, the children of Israel forgot GOD, then failed to serve HIM, established the lesson that we today must remember to pass on our faith to younger generations -- a very poignant message which addresses the problems we now face today in our society.
All in all, from this Flash Fellowship excursion, we found this church to be extremely welcoming and warm. Therefore, as this will be the aim of each venture, if you like a warm, casual, family-oriented, Christ -centered environment to worship you will really like 12th Street Baptist Church.
|Posted on July 15, 2016 at 10:10 AM||comments ()|
In the aftermath of the recent events that have not only occupied media headlines and the constant crawls on various 24-hour news feeds, but even more so resonating from the human heart of society, the query looms -- "Why"? It is also followed by the often complex and even more elusive query -- "what to do about it". It is now becoming clear that for those of us who have been prepared for a time such as now to emerge from the shadows of obscurity to rise and put legs on our love-walk and take up our holy armor and arms ( Ephesians 6:13 - 18) to be a part of the revolution. This report shall offer clarity to the assignment that has been given to us as true and practicing believers who have been called to rise up and carry out our Lord King Christ's call to unite, promote and expand His kingdom here on Earth.
Revolution noun rev·o·lu·tion \ˌre-və-ˈlü-shən\ is generally defined as "the usually violent attempt by many people to end the rule of one government and start a new one" , or "a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure, especially one made suddenly and often accompanied by violence". This revolution shall be defined in a different way.
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." 2 Corinthians 10: 3 - 4 NIV. The only violence will be enacted against the true enemy of humankind. "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12.
Revelation Within A Revelation
In the early chapters of the book of Revelation, the Apostle John had a vision near the end of his life and ministry while being exiled on the isle of Patmos (Revelation 1:9), which ultimately was of seven churches. Some have debated that the ones mentioned were just the literal churches of that time located in Asia. Others have said this is a metaphoric parable of types of churches. While still others say the seven represent time periods by which the church would evolve. The three of these interpretations can be used to make clear the state of the church then and now and why this current revolution is necessary.
At the time of John's exile (approximately 96 A.D.) he saw a vision of the glorified Christ (Revelation 1:13 -15) who revealed to him that the he was to send a message to seven churches in Asia. The one of significance as it pertains to this report is the church of Laodicea. For each of the six previous churches that were mentioned the Lord spoke of something that he liked about them, then admonished them on something that they could do to improve. This seventh church Laodicea he gave a scathing admonition and did not have anything good to say about them. It is necessary to know a little about this actual church and it's surrounding area and circumstances. Laodicea was a coastal city, which by it's location, made it very wealthy. It was known for having a thriving economy with a sophisticated banking, medical community. It also was known to have an advanced (at the time) water system, which featured hot and cold running water. Hence, this is why Christ referred to these such charateristics concerning them: their wealth (Revelation 3:17); the significant characteristic of their water system (Revelation 3:15).
The revelation within the revelation occurs in the 15th verse of this 3rd chapter, when The Lord indicates His preference by saying (NIV), "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. " It is here, that, if we were to take the three phases of water - at it's hottest-steam; at room temperature or warm liquified water; and in it's frozen state - ice, we then can get a clearer view of this revelation. Note how the Lord said in the 15th verse that He preferred that they be hot OR cold versus the lukewarm state mentioned in the 16th verse. Using the examples of these three phases of water contrasted to types of churches is where the revelation unfolds.
The characteristic of the cold church is as ice, staid, solid and it takes on the form of it's container, ie brick and mortar churches with established traditions and distinctive denominational traits, remember, a characteristic Christ prefers. The characteristics of the hot church are as steam, somewhat ubiquitous, not easily contained, also Christ's preference. It is also necessary to note the state that Christ rejected and why. Lukewarm water, when stagnate tends to breed bacteria and can even stink and neither offers the cleansing characteristic of very hot water nor the refreshment that ice cold water can provide. An example of this can also be seen at the churches inception in the book of Acts. In the 2nd chapter of Acts on the day of Pentecost, you see the example of Christ's preference. When the 120 disciples of Christ, including the 12 Apostles, were gathered together in that upper room and were on one accord (cold), "They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them." Acts 2:3. It was then that the state of those believers began to affect those that were near and even outside of the four walls that they were contained, so much so that those that were in the streets heard them. As a result, "Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day." Acts 2:41 NIV. This is an example of the church morphing from cold to hot and the results are evident, a body of believers still vibrant and viable today.
The cold, staid, solid, traditional church is all around us and THANK GOD FOR THEM! Some have become lukewarm, may GOD have mercy on them, because The Lord's words and intentions are clear of what their fate is. With that said it is time for the HOT church to emerge with a edict to revolt IN LOVE and WITH LOVE! As Ambassadors of Kingdom United Ministries Network we have been given an assignment to "Unite, promote and expand Christ's kingdom for the sake of souls" and we mean to unite and build bridges with all fellow believers in christ who are willing to link elbows and hearts to overcome this swell of hatred with love. Will you rise with us? Let us know and stay tuned for more updates.
|Posted on July 12, 2016 at 11:44 AM||comments ()|
As a result of the recent events of police shooting and killing black men, then the subsequent retaliation thereby resulting in the death of five police officers, our nation is in turmoil and tensions are high. The aforementioned instances were just the ones media chose to cover. Violence, injustice, and many other atrocities are occurring in every community, not only in our local area around the world. If you rely on the media as your only source of information, you may be left wondering ' why is this happening and what can be done to rectify it?'. Some are reacting to recent events with peaceful protest while others are responding through vehicles of frustration and hate, we as believers need to remember the edict that we've been given by our Lord King Christ, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34 -35 NIV. Then there are those of us who are praying for real, tangible, practical and plausible solutions.
For those of you who had followed KUMN and our five broadcasts on Blogtalk Radio (Dying to Be Married, Kingdom foundational truths, Naomi's Daughters, Kept On Campus and Kingdom Kids Network) , or on our website at www.kingdomcomenet.com, it is probably obvious that we haven't had these broadcasts air in a while. What started out as a respite to restructure our organization's cyber presence developed into a real soul-searching sabbatical which entailed the re-examination of our approach to ministry.
Ultimately, as a result, the answer has come. As it has been KUMN's mission to unite, promote and expand Christ's kingdom for the sake of souls, we will be embarking on a new movement of viability for HIS kingdom --stay tuned for FLASH FELLOWSHIP, WHERE CHRIST'S AMBASSADORS WILL BE COMING TO A CHURCH NEAR YOU.
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|Posted on July 30, 2015 at 5:03 PM||comments ()|
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Well, we find ourselves in the middle of the summer, in the middle of the year 2015 (and prayerfully, I find myself in the middle of my life). It has been my observation that the majority (present company included) are usually spending more time dwelling on past exploits of life's journey or looking to the future, be it dread or hope, for what's next over the horizon, while neglecting the present position in the midst of the two tenses. This misappropriation of focus can even be considered a tactic of the enemy who means to do nothing less than distract us from the "present" (gift) that is called "Today", also known as "NOW". Be it the middle of life, the middle of the year, the middle of summer or the middle of the moment, we can do justice to amend or build on the past and prepare properly for the future by making the best of our current situation. So take some time today to smell the coffee, smell the roses, enjoy a conversation, feel some sunshine, appreciate the rain, savor a breath of fresh air, embrace your freedom, reach, teach and encourage a child, respect and support a senior, and generally live, laugh and love more --- TODAY!
My family just recently commemorated 16 years since we emerged from our wilderness experience...then officially proceeded in ministry. Our official ministry, ie. Christian practice, began in August 1999 at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. It was here that our faith walk continued and GOD showed us why we had to go through the previous 3 years the way we did, resulting in our week of homelessness. Those formative spiritual years prepared us to be effective ministers to others who were homeless. It also prepared us to deal with various aspects of ministry and to effectively cross denominational barriers. Those invaluable lessons that we learned served as a template for how to plan to proceed in our service unto the Lord globally.
"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”
Zechariah 4:10 NLT
|Posted on July 27, 2015 at 6:17 AM||comments ()|
Blessed Monday to all! Trusting that your summer season is going well. Forging forward while enduring the ever-challenging world of trailblazing, I continue with reporting the events of this past weekend's spiritual activities of KUMN. This past weekend featured some expanded voices of Kingdom Kids Network (KKN) on the fourth Saturday morning monthly series installment as well as the third installment of Dying To Be Married's Marriage 101 series.
On Saturday morning KKN held court with the featured subject "Focus: Lookin' To Jesus", which is a vital word of encouragement not only for youth, but for all believers daring to venture down the path which features the strait gate and the narrow way. This episode featured the expanded voices of Kayden and Kierra Walker who gave poignant testimonies concering the insight they've gained in their early days of walking with the Lord and how focus is key while facing the upcoming trials which the new levels of school brings. Take a listen to how these united voices of Kingdom youth expound on the benefits of Christ in their lives while facing the daunting tasks of being minorities among their peers due to their Christian beliefs. You may notice how these young voices can offer sage advice to any takers. (Click here to listen) Kingdom Kids Network: "Focus: Lookin' To Jesus"
On Sunday evening KUMN's flagship broadcast of DTBM set sail navigating the series Marriage 101 to the shores of it's third installment. As the title conveys, the series continued to examine the origins of marriage as described in the book of Genesis as well as visiting the fifth chapter of Ephesians' profound expose´ on marriage between husbands and wives contrasted and paralleled to that of Christ and his bride, His Church. As forecasted in previous series cyber-services, we reserved the right to go deeper. As much as we delved into the deeper aspects that marriage represents, such as the contrast of the relationship of the unity of the Godhead and the greater truth of how marriage as GOD intended between man and woman contrasted with that of Christ and His Church, Sondra and I revealed our testimony of transparency as we recently commemorated our recognition of our commencement into our official call into ministry.DTBM: Marriage 101 "The Power of One"
It is here that I would like to include some of the response that an eyewitness and friendly neighbor contributed after hearing this cyber service. Sis. Belinda Ferrill-Myles wrote: "Regarding this couple's experience of being put out of their family home, they continued to be a family of "Faith". And sometimes people of faith act abnormal. What I mean is that their faith within them produced an unbelievable calmness. (And) this is not what society believes to be a standard or normal reaction. They were too calm for the situation at hand. They did not know, but as a spectator, I witnessed one of the most "spiritual markers" of my journey with Christ. And as a previous neighbor of mine that grew up my children commenced to remove this couple's belongings I knew then that I had experienced an Abraham moment. I knew than that God had a plan for those of us who join Him. I also knew that they were in God’s hands and that they were truly alright. This familiy's wilderness experience was a God inspired moment for my husband and I . " (May Brother Keith, Belinda's husband rest in peace).
Sis. Rebecca Fitzgerald also responded saying: " The broadcast tonight was a truly touching and moving experience in so many ways. I listened to both of you teach on what true biblical marriage is, you gave the scriptures, and broke down the meanings and application. God's Word makes it very clear, but so much of the world is in denial. The testimony you both gave on being homeless was truly moving - your transparency had me in tears. Your faith was a beacon of light during a very difficult time for your family. But you showed us what faith in action looks like, and in it, God set you on a new path and gave you the Victory! Thank God you had Belinda and her family. Praise the Lord for them then, and your enduring friendship now."
These were some of the highlights of our cyber-services, now, 'What's in your pew?"
|Posted on May 6, 2015 at 11:13 AM||comments ()|
Blessed Wednesday to all! From Sunday's DTBM subject, "Showers Bring Flowers", emerged the query, 'into every life some rain must fall, the question is: can you stand the rain'. The scripture that was established was found in Matthew 5:44 - 45 "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." This established the fact that rainy days will come, acknowledging that many perceive a rainy day to be one of gloom. Though we took some time to expound on this passage, per usual during the cyber-service, the holy spirit led us to go in another direction and we were not able to fully expound on this notion. That is why we continue such conversations via this venue. Hence, the proceeding word, "After The Rain".
The first point that deserves exegesis is dispelling the perception that rain is a bad thing. This was one of the points covered in the broadcast (listen to DTBM- SHOWERS BRING FLOWERS), yet there's more. The good news of this gospel message is that many of the perceptions that the majority of the world shares that exude doom and gloom, the word of GOD conversely shows to be incidents of goodness. Furthermore, form such incidents can emerge the most profound and prolific, life-changing messages. For instance, if one were to believe that rain and even storms were indicators of bad times in life, what can be divulged via the gospel truth is that such occurrences still yield peacable results like flowers blooming, crops growing, and all of nature, including humankind, flourishing. Thereby, though some storms yet result in some negative after effects, more positive results and consequences abound. So it is in our relationships. In many relationships which have ended in divorce, there were children born, which, truth be told, are always a blessing. Therefore, we must then realize that there is yet opportunity to salvage, which is necessary after many storms, them cultivate and nourish such fruit. Granted, some may only see their children as the bane of their existence, in those cases, this soulcheck resounds, 'what are you doing to make your fruit grow properly?'. As the Bible states, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." Thereby, ripeness and rotteness is a result of what we sow many times. On final point, one of the benefits of believing in Christ is, " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." So, however you view a storm, you who be of faith, know that somehow it's working out for your good.
|Posted on May 4, 2015 at 1:16 AM||comments ()|
Blessed Monday morning to all! This is the blog which stands as an open invitation to converse concerning whatever spiritual enlightenment that we as believers have experienced over the weekend. It also serves as a beacon to keep our spiritual focus during the week. Therefore, for however you were spiritually enriched this past weekend, we'd love to hear it.
This past weekend featured KUMN's first Saturday monthly broadcast Naomi's Daughter's and our weekly broadcast DTBM on Sunday Evening. On Saturday morning, Naomi's Daughter's, hosted by Amb. Sondra Lewis featured a woman who was truly on fire, Amb. Latoya Walker. This cyber service began with the subject Naomi's Daughters - A Woman of Virtue (Find her), where an exposition of the passage found in Proverbs details what a virtuous woman looks like. In an environment where there are not only so many women who do not realize their purpose or their value, but men who don't know how to recognize it when they see it, this passage is invaluable. From this discussion the conversation then elevated to Holy Spirit take-over status when Amb. Latoya began to expound on the signifigance of knowing who you are. It was a message that went beyond the parameters of womanhood, but was one that any kingdom dweller could benefit. It is must hear for those who truly yearn for encouragement!
On Sunday evening DTBM continued as KUMN's flagship broadcast navigated through the issues which challenge Holy matrimony with DTBM- SHOWERS BRING FLOWERS. The cyber-service started with Amb. Sondra's impassioned response when asked about her status (still under the influence of the anointing and enlightenment). Then, following prayer, an exhortation was given which linked the previous series, The Season Of Re's subject matter to a rhema word on "Cross Training". For those seeking to know the benefits of reciprocity, take a listen to this word of encouragement. Though the subject was meant to delve into how to endure the stormy times of matrimony to reap the benefit which result on the other side, the conversation escalated to establish a true soul check for all believer's. This challenge was a reminder how DTBM is not just about our earthly marriages as husbands and wives, but that, more importantly, our espousal to Christ as believers (see Ephesians 5:25). It offered some true admonition of how it is neccessary for us as Christ's kingdom to know how to endure the storms of life because there is a greater purpose for our lives.
These were just a few of the highlights of our weekend, now, what's in your pew?
|Posted on April 27, 2015 at 6:16 AM||comments ()|
Blessed Monday morning to all! As we begin the week, once again the opportunity presents itself for us to continue our spiritual journey refueled and ready to go. This blog serves as an opportunity to share our reflections on the spiritual enlightenment that we received over the weekend. It just happens that my point of view peers through the spectrum of Kingdom United Ministries Network and it's weekly and monthly broadcasts. It's here where we can continue the conversations that we held this past weekend. Saturday featured the usual fourth-Saturday cyber-service of Kingdom Kids Network (KKN) hosted by Clinton and Imani with a fresh view of what is going on in the world of our youth from a Christian perspective, while the Sunday evening weekly broadcast of Dying To Be Married (DTBM) with Winston and Sondra Lewis continued to navigate through the issues of matrimony with a cross-like (horizontal/vertical) relational perspective.
KKN contributed to the Kingdom conversation with Kingdom Kids Network "What's Up with That?", where they challenged the motives of their peers during an anti-bullying campaign held at their school. This notion stemmed from their observation of how their peers handled the noble effort to stand against bullying (a prime culprit which hinders many students' progress as well as a main source of violence that has resulted in many harming themselves and others sometimes even resulting in murder and suicide) with counter productive acts of selfishness. This approach then allowed them to delve deeper into the mindset and actions of their generation as whole as portrayed throughout their current landscape as viewed through current events. Ultimately, their conversation culminated in inviting their fellow youth to get to know the solution to the ever present pressures that they face continually -- a relationship with The answer, Jesus Christ.
DTBM continued the series DTBM "No Reconciliation without Repentance". This cyber-service left many doors open during the exploration of the main text, which established the main point which the title suggests. Though my perspective may be considered bias, the broadcast opened with a fiery spirit-filled word via Ambassador Sondra which must be heard. The exhortation was evoked by a simple salutation which queried, 'what was on her heart', yet it yielded a response that indicated her heart was full of some good word from the Lord which if properly digested, can help anyone spiritually hungry to get full.
As much as we are live and invite those listening to participate in the conversation, we also realize time is short to cover such robust and critical subject matter. This is why we continue the conversations here. Yes, here is your chance to respond to those things we covered and also share what inspired, motivated and inundated your spirit this past weekend and refueled you to address the soul check --"What's in your pew?"