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Friday, February 25, 2011

The Black Church Agrees With The President.

I don't know who this coalition of 34,000 black churches that's blasting the president.....I would like to think and say one group of ""Black Churches"" does not speak for all ""Black churches""....I've read a couple of articles implying  that the Black Church is waking up and maybe moving away from supporting the president...I don't understand how or why they got that idea.

  Some "Black Churches" do support the president decision and some don't ...The president made a decision to stop defending the federal law that bans recognition of gay marriage....Although if not mistaken  President Obama doesn't believe in a union of marriage between same sex couple....But he do support a Civil Union....I would like to think most ""Black Churches"" would support the idea of a person right to chose....Jesus was in the center of two crosses which symbolize one of God's greatest gifts to mankind- the gift of choice.

  Rev. Anthony Evans who heads the National Black Church Initiative, says Obama "has violated the Christian faith" by failing to uphold Jesus' teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman.  Did Jesus teach this? Or is this ones personal opinion? Why are there so many preachers harping  on the "sins" of homosexuality and abortion....while ignoring the rising epidemic with in their own churches?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Influence Of Prophetess Juanita Bynum!

 Rumor has it that Prophetess  Juanita Bynum with be publishing a health and wellness book later this year. Over the past eight months, Ms  Bynum has quietly shed 30 pounds, dropping from a size 16 to her current size 8.  The prophetess says she not done yet.  She's 15 pounds away from her goal weight of 135, which would fit her 5-foot-4-inch frame into a size 6.  Ms. Bynum said  after starting her new plan, she was diagnosed with diabetes, which prompted her to want to lose weight. I personal believe if there is any one person who can motivate black women to move toward a more healthy life style. I would say it's  Prophetess Bynum. Her messages have always seem  to me to be more straightforward. And  yes I do believe she still have a certain amount of  influence within the black church construct. Church announcement here.

Mission Is A God Thing!

The Old Black Church would like to offer a heart felt moment of prayer for Scott and Jean Adam family and friends.  Scott and Jean were the missionary couple who was kill when Somali pirates seized  their yacht Friday. According to their website, their mandate was to travel to ports around the world distributing Bibles and "seeking fertile ground for the Word."  What a tragic loss. May Gods peace and love be with the couples grieving loved ones. When we answered the call God have on our lives we don't know every thing that is entail in that call. But we do know it's the best decision any of us could hope to make! God bless them!
Church Announcement Here!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oprah Winfrey Crown Is Growing In Heaven!

Oprah Winfrey today gave the McGhee family and their miracle sextuplets $250,000 credit at Walmart as well as a honeymoon in Las Vegas - despite the fact the couple got married 11 years ago. Mia McGhee stated:
"I want to make sure I instill values in them. First love God - know God and love God first because he brought them here with purpose

What a beautiful picture.   Love It!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Is Facebook Killing The Church Cash Flow?

  Social networking site Face book has been blamed for many social ills.  The latest allegation is  it's killing the church. I don't think Face book is killing the church it might be killing the church cash flow. I see the potential to use social media, twitter, face-book, etc to evangelize and have outreach events as a great idea.

This is a very interesting argument by Professor Richard Beck who's a experimental psychologist at Abilene Christian University.  He argues that the internet, and specifically the social-networking site Face book, is destroying  the sense of community that people have typically obtained via church membership.  I do believe the church going experience is more social, for young people than for others. I also agree there are lots of societal benefits to church attendance such as family and community that you just don't get on Facebook.
  I believe today's church  is following the path which was prophesied and  predicted by Paul. The church have enter into that 'falling away' stage and have been heading that way  for quite sometime. The institution has become it's own worst enemy as it has focused on celebrity pastors and money.

 What do you think?  Do online social networks serve the same social purpose as church for young people? Do your church have a face book page?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Who Get To Enter The Throne Room Of God?

Do God want us to know more about heaven than what He has revealed to us in His Word? Why are so many Christians willing to abandon faith for sight? I believe when Christian  fail to walk by faith we are setting our self  up for deception.  I have a hard time believing in this little boy experience of heaven. I read about the story of Colton, last year. Here's a little boy who claim to have had a heavenly experience during a life-or-death surgery. Colton is  now seven years old with a book telling of the experience. There is simply no reason why God would grant such an experience. What is the purpose of it?  What does the Bible say about heaven?  The Scriptures tell us that heaven is an actual physical place and that God was the one who made it.  The Scriptures also tell us that heaven is where God has His throne.  According to the Scriptures, heaven is the destination for Christians when they die. The bible says that few will enter Heaven.  Little Colton was age four, when he supposedly met family members he’d never known before. He met a sister his mother had miscarried although he’d known nothing about that, and saw “God” and “Jesus.” He’s now seven and talking about it to the press. We are given the Bible, we are given prayer, we are encourage to walk by faith. Don't get me wrong I believe in Gods miraculous healing power which are still granted by God.
The most heart breaking thing about reports like this is that Christians believe them. The evidence of  heaven is in our Risen Savior and not the experience of man. In these last days  true Christians are being deceived by these things. People God is not the author of confusion. Jesus is the only way to heaven the throne room of God.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Is Lady Gaga A "model of Christian virtue?"

Some folks are claiming that Lady Gaga is spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, without deliberate intent,unwilling,un-intentionally.   And that she is some kinda role model for Christian virtue. There's also this claim that she has the potential to introduce God to many people precisely because it doesn't seem like she is doing so. The author of the piece goes on to say that  Lady Gaga is telling a huge, devoted audience that God loves them.

Now I would never  use the word virtue in the same sentence with Lady Gaga. I don't understand how she could  possible be promoting Christianity with her weird ,strange ,unusual life. Am I missing something? This young lady have a dress made of meat for heaven sake. Tonight she show up at the Grammys in an egg.  The two words that I would use to describe her would not be Christian and virtue. So my question is Lady Gaga a  role model for young Christian girls?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Another step in developing your friendship with God is: Choosing to be honest with Him! God doesn’t expect you to be perfect, but He does expect you to be honest. If perfection was a requirement not one of us would qualify. In the Bible God’s friends were honest about their feelings, sometimes even complaining and arguing with Him, yet He didn’t seem to mind. In fact, He encouraged it. God listened patiently to David’s accusations of unfairness, betrayal and abandonment. He didn’t zap Jeremiah for claiming God had tricked him. Job was allowed to vent his bitterness and God actually defended him for being honest. On the other hand, He rebuked Job’s friends for faking it: “You haven’t been honest either with me or about me—not the way my friend Job has…My friend Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer” (Job 42:7 TM). To be God’s friend you must share your true feelings with Him, not what you think you ought to feel or say. Until you understand that God uses everything for good in our lives, you’ll harbor resentment towards Him over your looks, your nationality, your economic background, your unanswered prayers, your past hurts, and the things you’d change if you were God. Actually, revealing your feelings and releasing your resentments to Him are the first steps to becoming spiritually whole. Isn’t it encouraging to know that God’s closest friends felt just like we do, but instead of masking their feelings in pious clichĂ©s they voiced them openly. Why? Because expressing them leads to healing and a deeper level of intimacy with Him.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Why Are There So Many Prophets In The Land Today?

Does young Manasseh Jordan and Prophet Brian Carn have the biblical gift of prophecy for today? I don't know but this young lady seems to think that Prophet Manasseh does.  Are these men true prophets of today? Why would we need prophets today, if we have the completed revelation from God in the Bible? If prophets were the “foundation” of the early church, are we still building the “foundation” today? I've notice young Manasseh Jordan and Prophet Brian Carn are head lining a number of conferences and have a number of speaking engagement this year.I believe anyone who come calling themselves a prophet today  is to some extent using a sneaky form of manipulation. Don't get me wrong I do believe  God can reveal truth to someone in a supernatural way. And have someone to deliver said message. But I do not beleive that to be prophecy.

 I was once expose to this kinda of manipulation while growing up in the south. My small town were a haven for revival meeting. I remember a revival tent meeting were the prophet came with a prophecy that I didn't get to share in. The man of God said he had a prophecy for a section I was sitting in. He ask that we all stand and close our eyes. He said God is going to do____and then he waved his hand toward the section I was in. Every one in that particular section hit the ground jerking and crying all but yours truly.When I open my eyes and notice that I was the only one standing it scared me. The man of God said I did not received the prophecy and  was left standing because I did not believe. To this day I still have a hard time believing in modern day prophets.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Why Can't A Single Man Be The Senior Pastor?

Is it biblical unfair for churches to state and seek only married men preferably those with children for a senior pastor position?.....Why can't a person be an effective senior pastor if unmarried?....If it's not biblical then why do so many black churches ask that a senior pastor be married?....I know we in the black church house love to quote Paul....But Paul starts the book of 1 Corinthians chapter 7off talking about singleness and marriage....Paul said “It is good for a man not to marry”he goes on to say it's good if  "all men" were single, celibate, and serving Christ without the weight of a spouse and children.

So, when and why did the church whip up this idea that a man must be married in order to be senior pastor? My son-in-law is a young  senior pastor who at one time was passed over for a senior pastor position because he wasn't married.....He said  single people are treated differently when it comes to ministry....And that most black churches will not hire you if you are single....I know someone is going to mention 1Tim. 3:2 but that particular verse is talking about bishop overseers and not pastors....I honestly believe when the time come to interview for a senior pastor position....The church should focused more on finding single/married men who are Holy-Ghost filled and eager to do the will of God.

Congratulation To The Church Youth Workers!

I remember once upon a time in our traditionally black Baptist churches, dealing with the needs of the young was most often a hard thing to do....especially when it came to finding or thinking of something for them to do....most of the time all we could do were just keep them busy, and occupied inside the church with something  instead of outside in the streets.....I teach Sunday School to the young adult (ages 16-35)....its hard and even more challenging to developed  a lesson plan for them....so today I would like to take time and  high five all  youth workers in our churches  who are able to form and fill a choir stand on Sunday morning....and still have some youth lining the walls as they perform usher duties.....I'm not a big fan of dance in the church but I do appreciate and acknowledge the kind of hard work that is required.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Will You Give The Church 10%?

Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches tithing is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. I'm a tither and I believe in giving to the  church....But I do it because I wont to not because I have to.....I found the below comment on a Christian message board and it pain me:
I have a question, when it comes to giving your 10%, i really do not have a problem with this, except if i were to give 10% of what i have, i would be taking money out of either my rent, my utilities, or basic necessities. I have a VERY low income, right now I'm a single parent with 5 kids. Two of whom are in diapers, so every dollar is accounted for. On the occasion when i have a few extra dollars i do give it to my church, but i feel it isn't enough. And no, i do not get my nails done, my hair done, no cable none of the luxuries that i used to have. So my question is, do i just take that leap of faith that God will provide if i give a full 10%? Or do I just give what i can? I feel like I'm afraid to just do it cause I've got too many little ones depending on me.

Tithing and giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, that is  not the case for this young lady.