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“The earth is violently broken, the earth is split open; the earth is shaken exceedingly.” Isaiah 24:17 The Earth is violently disturbed as the result of the egregious offenses measured against its Creator. God takes personal offense to the charges leveled against Him when His judgments are overturned by manmade decisions. Yes, we possess the ability to decide what we want for ourselves and arbitrarily arrive at what are seemingly practical conclusions. But the consequences far outweigh the temporary benefit derived by those who offend God. It begins with the kings of the earth, those chosen leaders that determine our future. Political decisions extend beyond the limits of mere politics, where the influence and power of a leader may sway popular opinion in a direction where vices appear to be virtues. This transformation first materializes under the category of toleration, moving from tolerance to a celebration of a new ideal. Ultimately, the celebration translates into some strange worship of an unknown deity that replaces the True and Living God. Should we be surprised when the Earth rebels in reaction to what takes place on its surface that defies its Creator? Scripture supports the premise that just as the prophets and…

With all of the uncertainties facing our future and the surmounting challenges with the smothering appearance to even snuff out every bit of life that yet remains, the Light continues to burn. There is hope awaiting our embrace. This hope has more to give us than what we are able to contribute. Yes, we are to preserve the spirit of optimism in spite of the challenges. We are to remain positive for the sake of our own countenance. But sometimes it is hard when it appear as if the last shoe is about to drop. What if the worst possible situation we would imagine was to occur? Would it still be within our abilities to speak of good things awaiting us on the other side of it? If we are attempting to manage our own lives independent of God, we would be fatalists in deep despair or optimistic dreamers living in a fantasy world created by our own imaginations.  It is time to be honest with ourselves. Things are getting worse. People are becoming more desperate, and our security is being threatened. Yet God stands in the midst of this present darkness and confusion with an eternal truth. If may…

August 7, 2007, author Anne Rice, best known for her vampire novels, made waves last week when she declared on her Facebook page that she had “quit being a Christian.” Twelve years after her return to Catholicism, Rice said she still believed in God, but that, “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life.” – Los Angeles Times My take on this is like saying, “I will quit my Maker! I will now reject the God of the Bible and worship a god that I can agree with.” If salvation is the end, the criteria for it is not optional. Even though many make their decisions on the basis of what is compatible with their habits and lifestyles, the heart must be drawn to the Lord and His agenda and not the intellectual pitfalls regarding philosophy of life and religion. To quit the Church is like quitting the human race and saying, “I don’t like the way humans are treated so I’ve decided to be…

As our first teachers, our mothers taught us how to walk, how to talk, how and what to feel, and how to love by loving us with a special kind of love. Her love was unconditional. Even when there was nothing to support it, she loved you just because she was your mother and you were her child. On the cross before Jesus surrendered His spirit into the hands of His Father, He told John, “Behold thy mother”. i.e.; “take care of my mother and treat her as your own. Be the son to her that I was in my absence.” His role was to fill what would otherwise be a void in her life. But suppose the conditions were opposite: who would be the kind of mother that Mary was to Jesus? Yes, one may have friends who express a platonic love for each other, but the depth of a mother’s love is a category exclusive to one who is able to reflect upon your history. Regardless of what you may do or become in life, she still remembers her little baby boy or darling baby girl. We would often wish that she would let us grow up, even…

The life, death, burial, resurrection, appearance, and ascension of Jesus Christ have significance that appeals to aspects of our lives with the intention of transforming us from broken vessels into whole beings. Wholeness is a life with an awareness of purpose, free from the paralyzing worries, with a hope of a bright and endless future. When one is torn between what he is and who is to become without guidance, the experimentation contributes to the frustration. The effectual work of Jesus Christ in the life of a sinner provides for a continual and progressive change to a state of wholeness. To say that one is a sinner is often the hardest to realize, but here the journey begins. The Bible says in the book of Romans that “all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.” This verse associates humanity with the practice of sinning and further illustrates the innate nature of man’s rebellion against God. God became man in the Person of Jesus Christ to show us how to live. The Law was given to present the standard but did not possess the power. Jesus Christ came to contradict their limited and faulty interpretations of the…

What has happened when it appears as if everything has gone wrong? The economic collapse occurring on Wall Street reminds us of our dependency on the success of businesses in order to maintain the jobs to keep everybody working. When those who wish to work have jobs; they have money. When they have money they are able to buy both the necessities and the luxuries of life. What is the cause of the dry spell affecting not only the United States of America, but the entire world? The numbers of foreclosures have saturated the housing market. The long lines of the unemployed, inclusive of many who are overly qualified for remedial jobs, have reached astronomical proportions. The lack of income and the lack of jobs have set in motion a domino effect contributing to the increase in crime. The increase in crime places a need for added security measures to be taken. The threat of life and property create an environment of fear and anxieties. These among other factors make us fully aware that this is not the same world that we lived in just a few years ago.   When it becomes apparent that we are on a downward…

Hopelessness and despair are marks to define this generation. Despite the discoveries in science and progress made that rival every other generation, there is still something missing. Meaning for life, the reason to live has been extracted while the focus is placed upon survival alone. Philosophical discussions on meaning are usually ignored because they require a level of thinking that can be depressing if the pursuit is not in the direction of concrete answers.   When I was in high school, I had a coach that required us to excel in sports. I was one of the worse basketball players on the team. The coach knowing that I was in the ministry asked me to sit in his office and write down my philosophy. I didn’t even know what the word philosophy meant at the time, but I wrote down every thought that came to mind. It was then that I discovered something about myself. I wanted real answers to questions that were deeply imbedded into my soul. I was aware that there was more to me than what I was then able to express, but somehow, I needed to get what was in me out there for others to…

The earthquake in Haiti was a wakeup call to the world. The question on the mind and lips of many is, can something like that really happen? And since it happened there, could it happen here? Hundreds of thousands of lives were lost as the result of an event that only took a few minutes to occur. The tragedy of Haiti has made such an impact upon the world that relief is pouring in from every sector of the globe. To see images of recently orphaned children whose future was already bleak because of the adverse poverty of the nation merely escalated the cause. Graphic pictures leapt off the screen and into our lives when we faced the relatives of the victims a few days ago. What could we tell them? As Haitian pastors living in Atlanta gathered together at our request to tell their stories, we could feel their pain. Although they were away from the scene, from their families, and their native land, their hearts were there. How many of their family and friends, who bade them farewell when they embarked upon the journey to America, saw them for the very last time? And unfortunately, there is the…

As each year ends, I prayerfully seek the Lord for a theme for the New Year. The New Year provides new opportunities for us. Whatever happened previously has now been registered as history. The record of the past is now complete; yet the future awaits us as a blank page to be written upon. Next year, the reflections will involve the decisions that we are presently making. Our daily decisions will determine whether there will be victories to celebrate or defeats to lament. I believe that our focus will determine our outcome. We can look around and see the devastation of a failed economy, the moral collapse of this generation, spiritual and political compromises that violate the Constitution and our creeds. It signals to those who are attempting to hold things together that the standard must come from a higher and a different Source. Jesus proclaimed as His inaugural address that the “Kingdom is near.” Each message heard provides an opportunity. Think about the opportunities that have now translated into regrets. If we had the power to turn the clock backwards to that exact period when the chance for change was provided, I am certain that none would reject cashing…