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|Posted on April 20, 2015 at 6:58 AM||comments (0)|
Blessed Monday morning to all! Blessed Monday morning to all! Two salutations are given for the past two weekends. This entry includes a review of the past two weekends. There was a great bit of information shared that emerged from Kingdom Foundational Truths, DTBM's beginning of the new series The Season Of Re, Kept On Campus and the second installment of the series with the subject "Reconcile To Be Reconciled". In light of the missing last week's review, it presents the opportunity to deliver a word of encouragement to those who may want to give up after missing a step or two, to continue to press. Phillipians 3:14 says, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Surely, in today's society, there are many distractions, besides the things that really require our attention, and spiritual things that seem to yield no direct and immediate consequence, reward or benefit tend to remain unaddressed. I am reminded, and passing on this reminder to my fellow believers, that the things that GOD has impressed upon your heart to do -- DO. 1 Corinthians 14:40 says, "Let all things be done decently and in order." Hence, as it pertains to things issued by the Spirit of the living GOD, the proper order and priority should be high for spiritual matters.
Continuing the press by reviewing last weekend's events first, Kingdom Foundational Truths (KFT) cyber-service resumed from the usual 2nd Saturday slot hosted by myself and Ambassador Sondra. The focus was on KFT #6 Salvation. We took the time to narrow our voice range for this pivotal foundational truth due to it's horizontal outreach of responsibility. The twelve foundational truths, whose content, form and priority was divinely inspired through prayer, has a similar structure of the ten commandments found in Exodus 20: 1-17, where the first commandments dealt with the vertical relationship GOD has with humans and vice versa, then the last six verses focus on humanity's horizontal relationship with each other. Similarly, the foundational truths are so established with the same vertical and horizontal, cross-shaped relational construct. It is from the observance of this cross-like example that we proceed with this message of salvation lighting the way. It was established on that broadcast that it was part one of what will be several dealing with this most potent subject: salvation. That cyber service was an opportunity for us as ambassadors to expound on our mission to uphold this most important foundational truth in light of the momentous occasion, Our Lord's resurrection, which we recognized and celebrated the week prior. next month we mean to return to our expanded-voice format in order to continue our reasoning together for the sake of Kingdom unification. To leave a message for the up coming broadcast, go to the KFT web page at http://www.kingdomcomenet.com/-B-Kingdom-Foundational-Truths.html to view the format for your message then call 1-844-755-kumn (5866) ext.801 to leave your message.
Also airing that weekend was the beginning of Dying To Be Married's new series, "The Season of Re". The basic explanation of what is meant by "re" is explained in the broadcast DTBM: The Season Of Re, but this blog is the opportunity to expound on the "why" behind the what. As the message that our Lord's resurrection indicates, Christ has the power to resurrect dead things, people and situations. This is the crux of this instance of recognizing the significant "re's" in our lives. It is time to get back up, restart, refresh and renew your journey of faith toward the mark of the high calling by which you've been called. Per the platform of DTBM, know that there's hope for your relationship as it was established before GOD because the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will also quicken your marriage.
This past weekend featured the men of Kept On Campus holding court speaking on The Attributes of The Victors with the focus on confidence and why it is necessary. To hear their take on this most significant attribute just click on KOC Attributes of the Victors: Confidence to hear it. It is here that I can take the moment to express and articulate that which has gone unspoken. In light of a climate in America where young black men are being profiled, targeted and then being executed without a trial or an opportunity to state their case, these young men are representing an alternative representation for their generation. As much as the justice system has deemed the execution of these black men to be justified (as evidenced with the executioners dressed in police uniforms not being brought to trial as determined by the particular Grand Jury selected). The verdicts established were generally based on a s0-called determinations that the "perpetrators" were suspicious subjects who resisted arrest and thereby such reactions occurred. An answer, not necessarily 'the' answer, is to train our young black men in a way to carry themselves and interact with society in a way that contrasts these profiles with positive images that exude confidence, respect, and all the other high morals that the Christian light contains. This is not to say that they won't still be profiled or targeted, but it lessens their chances and it's a start to counter such offenses. Ambassadors Winston III and Quinton are two who are representing and spreading this message among their peers and if you know youth of a like mind, get them in touch with these ambassadors at [email protected], or leave a message for them at 1-844-KUMN ext. 805.
On the latest episode of DTBM, the series proceeded with the second installment of the series "The Season of Re" with the subject of "Reconcile To Be Reconciled". To hear the exposition of the subject listen to the archived broadcast at DTBM: The Season of "Re": Reconcile to be Reconciled. From the subject of reconciliation, it is established that there is a vital component that must not only be recognized, but implemented in order for this phenomenon of restoration to take place. It this component that one will be able to proceed successfully at this most significant cross road. Granted, it will take listening to the cyber-service to find out what this component is, if you don't already know, but you may be glad you did. This message may not be to you whose marriage is humming right along without a hitch, but for those who are really searching for a solution of how to resolve their broken situation, prayerfully this will provide a spark to get the ball rolling.
So these are just a few morsels that we shared, spiritually speaking, we still want to know, "What's in your pew?"
|Posted on April 6, 2015 at 5:25 AM||comments (1)|
Blessed Monday Morning to all! "Arisen, now what" is the soulcheck for today. As we have all just observed (some were on the outside looking in) and/or celebrated the singular most magnanimous event in human history -- the death burial and resurrection of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, the question to our souls begs the previously quoted (above) query. What will you do, today, with the power of the message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ? To those who may not be familiar with this blog, it is taken from the phrase Monday morning quarterback, which is a time when football fans (of which I am) take the opportunity to critically review their favorite football team. However, Monday Morning Pew is the opportunity to give a spiritual review of what occurred over our weekend, while affording us the opportunity as believers to unite in conversation and break bread together, cyberly speaking.
On Saturday, April 4th KUMN's 1st weekly broadcast of the month, Naomi's Daughter's, hosted by Ambassador Sondra Lewis with Women On Fire, held court . It was quite the cyberservice. Naomi's Daughters featured a true daughter of Naomi (her Mother's real first name), Dr. Alveda King, the daughter of Civil Rights activist and Pastor A.D. King as well as niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Beyond the regal association of her family, Dr. King shared some powerful and insightful nuggets from her own testimony. In the time allotted, the interview was chock full of morsels to digest. The conversation included a number of provocative items ranging from her new publication "King Rules", abortion, sexuality, civil rights and last but not least, the reason for the season, Christ's resurrection and Resurrection Weekend (if the secular world can expand the time, so can the Kingdom). What was just as poignant was the response and input by the Women On fire (which they truly were) Ambassadors Kathy Thompson, Debbie Mirander and Latoya Walker. These ladies continued the conversation with a potent homily seasoned with a prophetic word from Ambassador Sondra. You can listen to the program on demand by clicking on Naomi's Daughters with special Guest Dr. Alveda King.
ND's cyber service was like an Easter dinner; it left us with plenty of leftovers. One of the common issues that rang thematic was that of what the weekend was centered: resurrection. Dr. King mentioned how she emerged from abortions, previous marriages and other challenges that many women perpetually suffer with unhealed wounds. This provoked the panel to invoke their input supported by scripture on the redemptive power of our Lord King Christ. These Queens expounded on scripture and their own testimonies of encouragement while referring and representing the King of Kings. One of the great take-aways was how Christ's resurrection represents for us today how we can emerge from what seems to be dead situations, victoriously.
Well those were just a few spiritual morsels that were KUMN's pew, what's in yours (and if you have pictures of you and/or your beautiful family you're welcome to include).
|Posted on April 1, 2015 at 8:23 PM||comments (1)|
2 Timothy 3 New King James Version (NKJV)Perilous Times and Perilous Men
3:1" But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
If ever there has been a time of war, it is NOW! Not in physical manifestation only, but in specie "spiritual". Since the "Kingdom Kids Network" broadcast on Saturday and the "Dying to be Married" on Sunday, the hordes of Hell have been marching and have enlisted the assistance of the unwittingly, the entangled and even those who have given way to their own carnality and fleshly desires. The tides of life's boisterous waves having beat against the apertures of men's hearts are wearing saints, disillusioning the simple and daunting the hope of our youth.
When facing the provocations that spew from lips of naysayers, backbiters, and haters, it is most important that we realize (though under attack) that this is not a flesh and blood warfare. Ephesians 6:12 Our enemy (the Devil) is out to utterly destroy our witness and halt our testimonies of the abundant grace and glorious workings of the power of God flowing in our lives, ultimately to steal the word sown in our hearts and he uses people.
Our first response to offenses is usually to view the offender as the culprit and if we are not responding the power of the Holy Spirit, we can and sometimes will be led astray by our carnal man resulting in the ensnarement of the enemy to discredit our testimony and steal the word that has been given us.
Mark 4:16-17New King James Version (NKJV)
16:16 " These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble."
Oh, how to avoid the offenses of life? The fight to overlook unwarranted criticisms of others, to bridle our tongues when we see the enemy is using someone to provoke us to anger, to die to our flesh and the lusts thereof that lead us headlong into ungodly relationships that disarm us, resulting in heartache, and devastation. Yes, the Devil knows the "enemy-in-me" and has studied every move. His imps and demonic troops have been given express orders to relentlessly "steal, kill and destroy" everyone on his radar. He is the master deceiver and his deceptions cannot be discerned by the carnal and un regenerative soul.
1 Peter 5:5-8New King James Version (NKJV)Submit to God, Resist the Devil
5:5 "Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one and be clothed with humility, for
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[b] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
If we forget that God has a plan to bring to fruition that which He planted in us for His glory, we will cower under pressure, draw back at the threat of confrontation and give in to the deceptions of man because we'd rather settle for what we do see rather than to wait and believe Him for what we don't (see spiritually).
Ecclesiastes 3:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 "He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end."
Armor up Saints of God! This is an ALL OUT WAR! Now is not the time to give up. It is never a time that good soldiers run away from their enemy. Yours is relentless and he will not back down neither will he show you mercy. He wants to utterly annihilate you.
The motto of The Lords army is always to "Fight the Good Fight of Faith!" and to "Endure hardness as a good soldier" 2 Timothy 2:3 Be spiritually minded and lay aside every weight and sin that does so easily beset you or throw you off course. (Hebrews 12:1) Lay hold of that which is before us, despising the weapons the enemy uses against us (Shame, guilt, false humility (which is a form of pride) and everything he's used against us in the past.
Galatians 5:19-21 "The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."
His grace will always be sufficient for any battle we face. Continue to look to Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith. If we suffer with Him, our reign is sure!
It is a fight for "Fruit". The fruit that the Word of God produces in our lives. Therefore, we cannot be passive and be intimidated when evil tries to silence us, when the kingdoms of this world mandate that we worship at the feet of compromise and ungodliness. We are living in a time where the tree will be known by its fruit as never before. We are engaged in a "Fruit Fight"!
Matthew 12:33King James Version (KJV)
33 "Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit."
|Posted on March 30, 2015 at 4:54 AM||comments (1)|
Blessed Monday Morning to all with a big springtime embrace! With another full weekend engrafted into our memory banks, this is the grand opportunity to share the account of our weekly deposits from our fourth Saturday Monthly broadcast of Kingdom Kid's Network (KKN), our weekly flagship broadcast of Dying To Be Married (DTBM).
On Saturday, KKN featured Clinton and Imani tag-teaming on the subject "World Wide Warfare: Recognizing Spiritual Attacks". As much as these junior ambassadors brought their youthful springtime energy, they took on this heavy subject with the seriousness of senior ambassadors. Their pensive approach stemmed form their observations of global current events that have been in the news which included the intimidating spectre of ISIS in the Middle East, whose creeping shadow has been felt here in the U.S., to the horrific news of the suspicious circumstances surrounding the Germanwings plane crash, where over 150 souls were lost. Moreover, the sobering effect of these observations bore a familiar and sinister thread of darkness of situations that they'd found themselves dealing with in their own lives: spiritual warfare. These young minds estutely observed that the same evil spirits which compels ISIS to bully it's way across the Middle Eastern region along with the alleged selfish-devil-may-care-suicidal spirit which took the innocent lives of that fateful aircraft in the French Alps, bear the same ear marks of the bullying, self centeredness that they experience among their peers in school. Listen to the full broadcast on demand at KKN: WWW. : "World Wide War: Recognizing Spiritual Attacks".
On Sunday evening, the DTBM flagship raised the sails and navigated through to the "Growing in Grace" series finale. This cyber service focused on the fruit that can occur in our relationships. With the manifold message that fruit purports, ranging from the culmination of seed to a goal successfully achieved, we observed the power of how our words, which were identified in previous episodes as seed, can come to fruition resulting in either ripeness or rotteness and ultimately, life or death (Proverbs 18:21). Furthermore, the great truth of humankinds original edict could not be ignored either. When GOD originally directed man to be fruitful and multiply in the first chapter of Genesis in the 22nd and the 28th verses, He mainly meant this pertaining to population. This passage indicates the priority GOD placed on man's offspring. Thereby, the ultimate fruition of our relationships in marriage, the children, had to also be addressed. Using Psalms 127:3 as a continued support of this truth, the connection of what we impart, better yet, implant in our children via the seeds of our mouth will result in adults who yield ripeness or rotteness. Proverbs 22:6 which states, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." is an appropriate passage which rings true to this day. You can hear this cyber service on demand at DTBM: Growing in Grace series pt. 4 "Fruition Condition".
As we share glimpse of how we were blessed by GOD's divine spiritual smorgasbord, we implore you to do the sam by sharing what's in your pew!
|Posted on March 26, 2015 at 2:04 AM||comments (2)|
3 "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy, blessed, and fortunate is the man whose quiver is filled with them! ..."
Oh, the joys of parenthood! I'll never forget holding my oldest son and firstborn child while beholding the miracle (yes, for me it definitely was) of God's favor upon my life. I remember thinking when he was only a few days old "What will you be like at 10, 15 or 20 years of age?" Now, over 30 years later, the question resounds stemming from the epoch of his birth "Where did the time go?"
Engrafted within the various stages and seasons of parenthood, the blessings kept coming as well as life's challenges: (disappointments, rejection, struggle, loss, pain, confusion) you name it, it was in there.
Somehow I knew I'd never be able to teach my sons what it was to be a "real man" and that it was something only a real man could do, and although learning to love and trust another man with my heart, my children and ultimately our lives, was not only going to take some work on his part, but I too would be required to sow seeds of sacrifice as well. So during the courses of "Parenting 101 - ...", "Love and re-marriage: Doing it God's way" and "How to die in order to live", ours has been a journey where slow and sometimes unassuming growth in the midst of the vicissitudes of life, are now coming to fruition.
I was reminded this morning of just how much I'd taken for granted and why it is so necessary to take time, no "make time" to count my blessings and recognize that all too often, the fruit of hope can be overlooked and hidden beneath the boisterous clamour that hovers over the door of our heart, waiting to gain access. But as the glory of a clam is found in its pearl, whose brilliance and value is developed in secret places and whose seed stem from pain and irritation, so are many of the most precious and valuable things in our lives. The epiphany began like this:
I'm preparing a meal for our oldest son "M1" (using initials since I don't have permission :-) who's visiting us from out of town and our youngest son "C" who's home sick. Our fourth son "Q" comes home and I ask him to text his older brother "T" to let him know that M1 is home. He informs me that they spoke yesterday and have already made plans to get together while he's here. Freeze! I am now experiencing a utopian moment, and here's why:
Earlier this morning, M1 calls me to let me know that he and brother M2 are headed to the house after spending a good portion of the evening before together. When they arrive, dad and sons spend time together sharing (no doubt, the responsibility, accountability and piety the sons have been taught by their dad is being revisited). March MANness is in full effect!
Each day leading up to this, our daughter is in constant communications with all of her brothers, through text, phone or just being in the same house. Daddy is on everyone's "must call" agenda when they get home from school or work, not because they were told to, but because they "like" talking to daddy. Although we are far from perfect and being problem free, this in itself is the product of hope planted during the "see nothing" years of our lives.
There were years where dysfunction, bitterness, lack, being viewed as misguided and tumult would have caused most to give up. We did. Believing we'd ever see our marriage (yet alone our family) ever make it (as DTBM's broadcast spoke of in "From Root to Fruit: The Process" would take an act of God. But God, in His Omniscience, planted the seed of hope that carried us through those seasons and His voice and His word overrode the voices of doom in our head and gave us the strength to press on. Hope could not and would not relent to the voices of disparity but instead subdued them. The residue of unforgiveness, offense and bitterness have been washed away and the stench from the decay of pride has been eradicated by the sweet scent of its sacrifice during the winter months. The when and how were so subtle and unobtrusive, I can't even pinpoint when it occurred.
Romans 11:33Amplified Bible (AMP)
33 "Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)!"
Spring is here! Though we are still experiencing some of the same weather conditions left over from a very hard winter here in the Midwest (colder than Spring days, occasional snow, etc.) we've had enough warm days that the ground will not respond to the cold the same as in the winter months. Instead, when we get a little snow or the rain begins to fall, it doesn't stick or hang around as long. The Tulip leaves were the first to peak through the snow. The birds have already begun ushering in the morning and creation has already been alerted that it is indeed Spring!
Things that were dormant throughout the winter will begin to awaken. Perrineals will remember it's their time to arise. We'll even use some of the very things that would have stunted a plants growth as compose to help to enhance it. So will it be in our lives. Nothing from our past will ever be wasted. God will use it all to work together for our good and for His purpose. That we might see the result of us loving Him enough that we'd be willing to obey him to the point of sacrifice. We will experience the "Fruition of Hope".
Isaiah 61:3Amplified Bible (AMP)
3 "To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion—to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit—that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."
|Posted on March 23, 2015 at 5:59 AM||comments (3)|
Blessed Monday morning to all. I want to take a moment to emphasize the call to unity. If you have heeded the call that The Holy Spirit has expressed concerning moving past denominational barriers and unifying, I'm imploring you all to participate by responding to this blog. There are pervasive plans of the enemy which mean to keep us as believers divided. These plans include every effort for us to only be concerned about things with our name on it or of what we're associated. They also include plans to keep birds of like feathers flocking together, or to have us not reach across the proverbial aisle to our fellow believer's because we may not get enough credit in doing so. One of the ways we offer as a remedy to such division is to invite you all to participate in our various conversations while we promote what you're doing as it pertains to ministry. This creates a win-win atmosphere for us all. As great a tool as social media is, we must be careful especially as believers not to fall for the ploy that we're effectively more social because we participate; in many instances these social outlets have made us more self absorbed and alienated. Self-absorbed because it allows us to create a world of our own, full of illusions, full of willing participants whom we want to agree with us or whom we can conveniently love to hate, while we unknowingly (or sometimes by choice) become alienated by the real people and real world around us. If you are of the ilk that really want to be a part of the revolution that means to make a real difference for the Kingdom of the True and Living GOD, then come and let us reason together. Let's start by discussing what we've gathered in the pews or where ever the spirit moved us this past weekend.
This weekend featured KUMN's third Saturday cyber service of Kept On Campus hosted by Ambassadors Winston III and Quinton K. Lewis, presenting the subject "March MANness" as a salute to manhood and Dying To Be Married With Winston and Sondra Lewis and the continuing Growing In Grace series, with the subject of "From The Root To The Fruit: The Process". KOC established poignant points of why the knowledge of "true" manhood is necessary and the effects thereof. They also emphasized three very important components that every man should be. If I may echo the sentiments of The Heavenly Father himself, as was portrayed in the 3rd chapter of Matthew and the 17th verse, at Jesus' baptism, these are my beloved sons in whom I am well pleased. For the details of this profound and significant information listen to the whole broadcast at Koc: March MANness! .
On DTBM, the continuation of the series was preceded by an Exhortation which used the Welcome Spring transition as a platform to spread a message of hope. This message of encouragement comes at a time for those who need to hear a word of hope in what seems to be hopeless situations and for those whom you know who can use such uplifting, do them a favor and share this word with them DTBM: "From Root to Fruit: The Process". As the series continued, we looked at Paul's divinely given analogous of how one may plant while another may water, but ultimately it will be GOD who gives increase. We also took a look at the things which have attacked our relationship's growth at various stages, then how to prevent such invasions.
These were just a few of the morsels that were expounded on this weekend, it still begs the question -- what's in your pew?
|Posted on March 16, 2015 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Good Monday Morning to you! This installment updates this past weekend's events for Kingdom United Ministries Network and invites you to share what you've attained from your spiritual experience this past weekend. This second full weekend of March not only marked Old man Winter's thawing demise, while welcoming the long-awaited green of Spring, but it also featured Kingdom Foundational Truth (KFT)#5, The Holy Bible and Dying To Be Married (DTBM) with Winston and Sondra Lewis' Growing In Grace Series.
KFT #5 The Holy Bible featured the expanded voices of KUMN Ambassadors Dr. Linda Moriah, Debbie Mirander, Winston T. Lewis III and Quinton K. Lewis. As much as you can hear the full episode at KFT #5 "The Holy Bible" , there were several orts left on the table. As it is stressed every second Saturday of the month, KFT's goal is to provide a platform where all true Christians can unite by reasoning together. We thoroughly appreciate the participants for their input and insightful contributions concerning the subject, but even more so, the response to the clarion call to unify. Ort #1, from all of the input received, the common thread was the significance of The word of GOD as an instructional reference for every soul. With all of the usual fascinating characteristics of the holy writ, such as it's strict adherence to theme of GOD's plan of salvation and redemption of mankind through 66 books spanning thousands of years, including dozens of authors and thousands of souls of significance, it must also be noted how such ancient scriptures still wield the power to transcend denominational, gender and generational barriers, with the evidence of the round table assembled this past weekend. Ort #2, the current and modern influence as was represented by the men of Kept On Campus, Winston III and Quinton, as they attributed the Word of GOD as their foundation source for staying "kept on campus". This also allowed them to promote their upcoming broadcast "March MANness", which airs next Saturday 3-21-15 at 10 a.m. EST.
DTBM continued with the series Growing In Grace with the subject: "From Root To Fruit". When you listen to DTBM: Growing in Grace pt. 2 "From root to Fruit", you will hear references to passages in the first chapter of Genesis pertaining to the growing process of plants. From the passage Genesis 1:12, "And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good", we obtained how the goal and end results of our being, are all contained in the seed. So it is in our relationships we will be able to forecast whether there will be fruit or not. Yes, our destiny is contained inside of us, more so, it is contained in what we say. If we do an honest analysis of how we arrive at the great differences we have with each other, they are rooted in what we say or in what we don't say. This includes the keeping of our words, as in vows or promises that are made to each other. From the 13th chapter of Matthew, we see two parables where Jesus depicts the kingdom of heaven. A point of interest that we had little time to expound during the cyber-service, was how Jesus explained that the seed that he spoke of in the parable was the word. This gives rise to how words germinate in our lives and relationships. Therefore, upon obtaining the results of a close examination of how words or even "which" words caused your relationship to run afoul, take as much time and an even closer examination of what words will heal or repair your relationship.
Well, these were some highlights of what was in our pew, what's in yours?
|Posted on February 23, 2015 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
Blessed Monday to all! Blog date 2-23-15, we are yet pressing toward the mark with the mantle of unity to provoke our fellow believers to begin to reason together in a productive and constructive manner. It happens to be our lot to utilize the residual or spiritual leftovers, by which we invite all serious and practicing believers to come and break bread together in this manner. As the call by the Holy Spirit is to unite as one body and one kingdom, our beaconing comes in the form of asking you to share what spiritually inspired you this weekend, be it in a church service or a personal revelation that you've experienced.
This past weekend featured Kept on Campus, whose subject was, "Know Yourself, Know Your Role", while Dying To Be Married featured the final installment of the "Levels of Love" series with the subject Agape Love: A Deeper Level, A Higher Dimension. As this was the third Saturday of the month, Kept on Campus faithfully was presented by collegiates Winston III and Quinton K. Lewis. These young ambassadors continued the challenge of representing themselves as beacons on campus that exude how one can stand true to their Christian faith and the convictions thereof, despite the many temptations which surround them. Their cyber service used Black History month as a springboard for a conversation which challenged listeners to examine their own history as Christians to identify what their role is as young Christians. They also presented the Campus Quiz during the broadcast to further spark the conversation which prompted several callers to chime in on the subject. To hear the details of these conversations go to, KOC: know your role.
On DTBM, Ambassador Sondra and I continued with the series, Levels of Love, with the final installment Agape Love: A Deeper level, Higher Dimension. We attempted to tackle this unfathomable subject beginning with the usual basic review of the previous episodes. This review provided an apt backdrop to contrast and compare the other levels of love, all of which were based on conditions, to this level of love which we identified as the unconditional GOD kind of love. To hear the actual conversation go DTBM: The Levels of Love pt. 4 "Agape" A Deeper Level, Higher Dimension. This subject left many spiritual on the table. Ort #1: As was identified, true agape can only be obtained by one establishing a personal relationship with GOD the Father. Some may think we're saying secular people can't experience love, yet I challenge anyone touting this notion to show me your unconditional love sans the true and the living GOD; in man's fallen state I stand firm in saying we are incapable on our own to love unconditionally. "But Jesus beheld and said unto them, With men this is with God all things are possible. " Matthew 19:26. Ort #2: As we distinguished the difference between faith and trust (a working process versus a state of being), it was clear that so much was left on the table. The example of how we sit in chairs was given in how we naturally trust things without much forethought. This prompts us to embrace a continuing exercise on how we trust GOD. A place to begin this exercise is to ask yourself how much more should we trust GOD in comparison to how much we trust a chair? Soul check: pick a chair, any chair, note your approach to sitting in one. You examine it for sturdiness, then, proceed to take your ease.Surely some of us, the bigger we are, the longer the examination (selah with a smile), yet we don't take long to determine sitting down. How much more should this be in our trust in GOD, the creator of all we know -- chairs included! Moreso, this should be our goal with the one whom we vow to spend our lives. Finally, ort#3; What good would all of this be without presenting a viable and practical solution? 1 Corinthians 13th chapter establishes an apt template of how we can pursue this mark of the prize. By avoiding or eliminating the hollow portrayals described in the first three verses of the 13th chapter of Corinthians, while embracing and practicing the characteristics in the subsequent four verses (verses 4 -7), we would find ourselves not only on our way to a higher dimension of love but we will find ourselves with more fulfilling relationships with all those around us. These are just a few things in our pew, what's in yours?
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Blessed Monday morning to you! Per usual, this weekend was chock full of faith fodder. Saturday featured Kingdom Foundational Truths hosted by myself with Ambassador Sondra Lewis co-hosting including the expanded voices of Ambassadors Winston III and Quinton Lewis. Sunday featured KUMN's weekly cyber service "Dying To Be Married with Winston and Sondra Lewis, where the "Levels of Love" series continued with "Storge",where the brotherly-love-type-of-love was the focus. Saturday also featured the beginning of February Fest, a time where we celebrate the birthdays of our three youngest children, who happen to have birthdays 2 days apart. Needless to say, it was a weekend worth noting.
This month's edition of KFT featured the 4th installment, The Holy Trinity - The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are one. As much as the usual definition and appropriately referenced scriptures were cited (see 1 John 5:7, Genesis 1:26 and Thessolonians 5:17), the expanded voices, as well as our host panel, highlighted the common current theme of "unity". The three passages chosen, all supported the short definition of The Holy Trinity, which, in essence is the triune Godhead, where the passage in 1 John mentions how there are three which bare record in heaven and these three are one, where these three are The Father, The Word and the Holy Ghost (Spirit). In the Genesis 1:26 passage, it is seen where GOD says, "Let us...", indicating that one singular source speaks as plural. This pluralization is then shown to be passed down to mankind when it goes on to say,"...make man in our image and after our likeness...". this inherited divine genetic code causes us, as mankind to realize that we have the same triune makeup. Through the process of receiving this revelation and along our constant sojourn of faith, we have encountered the scoffers of such notions of triunity as unbelievable or nonsensical, which is usually incredulously verbalized "how can one person be three?" The example was given as one can examine their own selves ( as I did ) in this series of rhetoricals, " Am I someone's son? Am I someone's husband, and am I also someone's brother, and, yes, all at once? The answer being an honest 'Amen'! This then reveals the purpose the 1 Thessolonians passage was chosen, due to it's mention of mankind's whole being consisting of a three-part makeup which consists of body, soul and spirit. The parallel can then be seen how GOD's triunity is comparable to our triunity, ie. we are as GOD is, a spirit with a soul in a body. The embracing of this revelation can be great potency as it pertains to our confidence and psyche. After all, the evidence surrounds us with finished products of the Creator's creations; just as He created this world, so can we create our own. Soul check: you have created something (believe it or not) even if it's something as simple as the current issues you are dealing with, hence, the query stands; what will you do with this newly found revelation, you too can create your own environment!
On DTBM, the series proceeded to delve deeper into the great recesses of this arcane enigma called love. Ambassador Sondra and I continued to mine this love realm by focusing on "storge", the Greek interpretation for the brotherly-type of love. By definition, it is one that indicates deep friendship versus phileo which is indicative of a friendship of conditions and commonalities, which when these instances are no longer met or shared, the friendship or love dissolves. Contrarily, storge, with it's brotherly composition isn't as easily soluble by such circumstances because as real siblings are defined, they are bound by blood. So it should be for those who share the storge-type of love. Hence, the passage in Romans 12: 10 states this distinction when it directs Christians to, " Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another". As it pertains to the platform of DTBM, this is a type of love that should be practiced and exercised by couples as they strive toward agape, the unconditional-GOD-kind of love (for the conversation on that level of love -- stay tuned!). Preferably this trek should begin pre-ring, ie. before couples are married, but it can also continue during subsequent stages of the relationship.
Another key point of interest which came up during the conversation was when Amb. Sondra referred to a response of someone who interacted with the cyber service, who stated they wanted to get married but they weren't "dying" to do so. This gave us the opportunity to address this often misconceived notion that the broadcast's title indicates a strong desire or an impatient urge to want to get married, when in all truth, it more so means dying to one's self and selfish motivations to make the marriage work. This is why Ephesians 5:25 is chosen as DTBM's theme, because of the contrasting image of husband and wife compared to Christ and the church. Addressing this issue then allowed the opportunity to offer practical methods of achieving this goal as well as ways to exercise the storge-type of love. 1 Peter 3:8 & 9 gives practical steps of how to obtain storge, "Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing." The NIV translation was used that there won't be an occasion to stumble over the antiquated jargon of King James' ye's, thuses and thou's.
Finally, Sondra and I recognized the first trimester of February Fest with the advent of our youngest most beloved daughter Imani, our valentine baby. the feeling is mutual between us how GOD not only has a sense of humor but He also ever marks His purposes. As my wife will tell you, the doctors had told her that she was never to have conceived the way her body was, yet the grace of GOD along with His divine purpose prevailed with not only 5 sons but an emphatic punctuation of our dimpled daughter on Valentine's Day, a time recognized to express one's love to another. Now what's in your pew?
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