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“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1) Reasonable service requires both reason and service from the individual. When deep and deliberate thought is combined with purposeful action, the result is an impact made upon the world around you. You are used by God in a mighty way because you have allowed Him to make you useful for the work that He created. Many attempt to serve without reason, and some are too preoccupied with reason to be of any service. But His reason positions you for every part of your being to be fully engaged in what you were born to do. God does not require you to figure out what your purpose is in life because your “figuring” will most likely lead to a path of endless confusion. The grandest ideas that come to mind cannot compare to the empowerment that He affords those who are willing to fully submit to Him. To present your body to God is to say to Him that you are not your own, but the purchased price of your redemption warrants…

“When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” (27) Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.” John 19:26-27 This is a story of adoption. It is the transference of love and care by a son to a beloved friend. It is also having a new son to fill the void created through the loss of a beloved son. Throughout this exchange, love is the primary theme as mother and son/ son and mother are connected in a new relationship. The background is the cross, while Jesus, the Son of God, pronounces His blessings upon them while enduring His greatest crisis. He did not merely focus upon His current condition, but looked ahead at the future needs of His best friend and His mother. Those who love Jesus also love the objects of His affection. He felt at ease that the treatment of His mother would be the same as He would have treated her. This scene illustrates to us the duality of the expression of true love. True love fills a…

Isaiah 53:2 “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.” What appeals to the natural man? Certainly it is not pain and suffering, nor is it a person who appears as a failure for going against the grains of society. One who appeared as a maverick in His times, but who seemed to deserve everything that happened to Him. Life is all too often judged by events isolated from its ultimate purpose. The question generally asked is, “what shall I do” rather than “why shall I do it.” Beauty is the development of a person—the blossoming of a flower from an apparent seedling into a radiant bouquet. When it possesses the potential to reproduce after its own kind, it becomes all the more glorious. Likewise, Jesus was despised and rejected in His own time and among His own people. Their perception of His life did not measure up to their expectations of instant gratification. Therefore, it should not be strange to us that in our time, the appearance of…

Daniel 7:25 “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time.” “Times have changed, so you might as well get on board with it.” “This is a new day; people to do not think nor feel that way anymore.” These sentiments, along with many others, are all too familiar phrases that have become the conversation of our times. Timeless truths have become archaic and replaced with jargon that often embarrasses weak individuals into a position of compromise. No longer is it considered cursing to blatantly use God’s name in vain; in fact, God or Jesus are names that are edited out while profanity is proudly and openly pronounced. Daniel prophetically viewed this day long before we entered into it. People speak pompous words while finite man matches his wits against the infinite God. A theory based upon an experiment in pursuit of relative information holds a tighter grip over the minds of students attending institutions of higher learning. Things must make sense to the person before…

 “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.” Proverbs (14:26-27) I have been recently reflecting on the effects of godly fear and am amazed at all of its benefits. Fear, apart from godly fear, involves torment according to 1John 4:18, but the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. “The righteous are as bold as a lion” because they are wise enough to choose the right path of life. Some believe that all fear is negative, so they think knowing the love of God alone is sufficient. But you cannot know His love unless there is a deep level of reverence for Him. His power to heal is the same as His power to kill. His power to deliver is the same as His power to bind. He loves what reflects His character, but hates all the works that are measured against His will being made known among humanity and nature. Without healthy fear, you would be prone to unhealthy fears or phobias. God does not make promises,…

Defining moments have shifted the world so that radical changes are necessary. As Thomas Paine once said concerning his day, “these are times that try men’s souls.” The challenges of our times will either bring the best or the worse out of us. It all depends on the dominant features that identify our character as to which will manifest. We were born for such a time as this and all of the past experiences have brought us to this very moment. Yet, we are not alone…God has and continues to speak clearly as His message continues to resonate from the days of old addressing each phase of man’s existence. Nothing happens without a cause and a clear message directing us to rightly address the cause if we can rightly interpret the message. Our souls are on trial in order to weigh the measure of Truth contained within each of us. If any individual is oriented more in the direction of the lie propagated by the spirit of this age and world system, his mind, will, and emotions will be judged in favor of the prevailing view. But if the Truth has registered deep within his heart, he will see that…

The message that we proclaim from the pulpit is the driving force of change in society. When God’s Word is accurately and boldly proclaimed, an element is infused within the current chaos that is potent enough to challenge the declining course that contributes to the erosion of culture.  It is only when the clergy agrees with the culture that calloused hearts and closed minds prevail and the people’s passion is turned away from God to idols. The experiment of both politics and science is to compile and arrange facts that reach a logical conclusion. Yet, the full knowledge of what is being arranged is absent. There are intricate details within each thing that we may know when arranged differently and used more effectively that would otherwise produce different results. Our message is not a mere reaction to cries of the people. It is not a matter of giving the people what they want. Our primary job is to transform the passions of those who lack the ability to see how their passions have driven them and forced them into this current dilemma. It requires the knowledge and wisdom of God to place all things into their proper arrangement. We must…

            The dream of those that embraced a biblical worldview was for reconciliation. In spite of many imperfections, the goal remained the same—bridging the divide between cultures, races, and denominations by negotiating a position of agreement without compromise that was acceptable by all parties involved. We are divided because all parties are right on one hand and wrong on the other. No culture has a premium on the truth, but competition and prejudices may blind a people so that they are incapable of seeing their own faults. Only when an established standard is fully embraced can there be a reference point in order to measure the distance between what is and what ought to be. We have missed it because our standard has been compromised. Weeds have been sown and are now growing among the wheat. When alternative positions are widely accepted, alternative lifestyles and practices result in the end. We are going through a process intended to remind us of our desperate need for Divine assistance.  It is the threshing and refining of wheat that can produce bread for future generations.             Many things have been done to us, but we must reckon with the…

Jesus speaks of a house divided in Matthew 12:25, where His focus is on the spiritual state of man. When His presence appears among a people, mindsets are changed and the habits of the heart shift to a different direction. Jesus Christ, our High Priest, empathizes with our emotional frame, even though He does not condone the outward expressions that result from our past wounds and injuries. The Spirit of Christ within the Church is not a judgmental spirit that merely looks at acts on the part of a people, but He addresses the root of the problem. If there is ever to be a revival in African American communities it definitely will not be as a result of Conservative Christians who stand against abortion, gay rights, or other controversial topics. Even though these issues are serious and damaging in our pursuit to establish and maintain a civil society, divisive rhetoric does not remedy anything. The question that remains is what do you stand for? Where are my White Conservative brethren on the issues that are currently dividing the Nation? The Siamese twins of civility are righteousness and justice. Righteousness cannot be right without justice and justice cannot be just…

Most people in America have a general knowledge of biblical truths. They have been exposed to the Word of God and believe that it is superior to other books written. The sacred text still rises above other ancient writings as a reference point to living life.  Yet there is this increasing tide of facts borne out of experiences competing with what one ought to believe and what they think they know. The dichotomy between experiences and historical truths has caused a strain in modern society. The attempt to maintain their status as Christians but at the same time to be in step with the modern world puts pressure on the Truth and often distorts it to fit into the methodologies of today. The overruling question today is “how can I be myself and be a Christian” pervades as the most provocative challenge of our day and times. It leads to compromise as futile attempts are made to reconcile these two opposites. The truth demands change. It exposes the defects within one’s character by presenting a standard that is superior to this life and all of its faulty misinterpretations. You cannot be an authentic Christian without first realizing your need for…