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“I Ain’t Never Scurred” Romans 1:16-17

March 19, 2010 Leave a comment

If you have ever been ashamed of sharing your Jesus with anybody, this is the message for you.  I hope that Jesus shines in your heart, be blessed. Click below to listen to the message:

“I Ain’t Never Scurred”

Does Jay-Z hate Jesus?

November 24, 2009 20 comments

I must be honest, I heard this song and knew the lyrics months ago, but I kind of dismissed them.  I must give props to my brother in the Lord, he didn’t just let the issue linger.  He got right to it and made a passionate defense as to why Jay-Z was wrong.  I had an argument in my mind as to why it really wasn’t that big of a deal until he said something about “taking the glory from Jesus about what he chiefly came to do — which was save.”  He is right — to dismiss the fact that Jesus saves is to take the glory away from Jesus.  In fact, in the book of John, the crucifixion is referred to as his glorification.  (e.g. John 7:39, John 17:1). Jesus goes to the cross in order to atone for the sins of the world, so that anybody who would believe in his work on the cross would be saved.  He is the one and only Savior.  To say or imply otherwise would be to take the credit and glory that is due Him. What do you think?

The Good News Explained

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment

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God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and completely self-sufficient, for his own glory, created the universe, as we know it.  He created space, the stars, the planets, our solar system, the moon, and planet earth.  On planet earth he created animals, plants, landforms, continents, mountains, and every living thing.  His most glorious creation was Man and Woman.  He created everything and then called it good!  (Gen 1).

But our first father Adam, chose to disobey God or “sin”, by not following God’s express command. (Gen 3:6) God’s promise to Adam was that in the day that they disobeyed him that they would be eternally separated from him.  Adam’s sin brought misery and pain into the world.  Much of what you see in the world is a result of Adam’s sin.  Not only did Adam’s sin cause the chaos in which we see, we as his children have inherited his sinful nature.  Although because of Adam’s sin, we have all been condemned, we too have committed sin against God and must pay an eternal price for that sin. Romans (3:23, 5:12, 6:23).  Moreover, the world is suffering from the sinful mistakes of man. (Gen 3:17, Romans 8:23)  Where there was order, there is now chaos.  Where there was harmony, there is now dissonance.  Where there was peace, there is now war.  Where there was life, there is now death.

The big issue revolves around God himself.  God is supremely righteous, holy, and just! (Psalm 145:17)  A just God must reward good and punish evil.  (Romans 1:18) Since the standard is 100% righteousness and we have sinned, even if ever so slightly, without an intervention we are destined punished eternally in hell.  (James 2:10)  Our disobedience towards God has caused Him extreme displeasure. Out of God’s justice he must punish our evil.

Here is the Good News.  Although God is holy and just, out of his mercy and love for us, He sent Jesus the divine Son of God who took on his shoulders the sins of the world and the punishment that went with it. (Romans 5:6, 2 Cor. 5:21)  God punished Jesus, ultimately killing him on the cross for the sins of the world.  This had to happen so that God’s supreme justice could be vindicated and shown to the world. (Romans 3:21-26)  Christianity revolves around this killing of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary right outside of Jerusalem.  Miraculously, Jesus was resurrected from the dead showing the world that he had won victory over his enemies, beat death, and died for the sins of the world.

Those men and women who choose to accept Jesus as their substitutionary sacrifice for their sins and follow Him as Lord will be guaranteed eternal life.  This is the very heart of what it means to be a Christian – confessing our sins and believing in Jesus death, burial, and resurrection for those sins.  (Romans 10:9)

Jesus in redeeming humanity also will ultimately redeem the rest of creation.  Jesus is coming back and will rule on this earth with his followers as part of the glorious kingdom of God.  Things will be different, there will not be suffering, war, or poverty, but everything will be set a right. (Isaiah 11)  Those who place their faith will rule and reign with him forever. (Rev. 5:9-10)

God Makes His Haters His Elevators Pt. 2

November 13, 2009 Leave a comment

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God Makes His Haters His Elevators  Pt. 2  (Acts 9)

This is part of our Witness Bible Study Series: God uses Paul, his biggest hater, to advance the message of Jesus to the end of the world.  Can He use you in spite of you?  Click below!

Done with “The Chu’ch: Together We Stand.”

September 4, 2009 Leave a comment

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Kinfolk, we had a wonderful time in studying the book of Ephesians through the series entitled: “The Chu’ch: Together We Stand.” We began to see our true identity in Christ Jesus and how God loves us dearly, so much so that he had a plan before the world existed to bring us into a permanent relationship with him through Jesus, even when we were going to diss Him for stuff He created. (Ephesians 1)  I have been personally challenged to see that the greatest force for social change in the world is the gospel  — the good news about Jesus Christ.  Further, I see that the ones who are used by God to carry the news and be part of the change is the church  — the worldwide group of people who call Jesus the Master of their lives.  We have also seen people grow closer to God and closer to each other by hearing God’s Word to the Ephesians.  My prayer is that the best is yet to come!

Spiritual Warfare in the West

August 27, 2009 2 comments

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Some of us hear stories of how people face demonic opposition to the message of Jesus Christ all over the world.  People die and sacrifice their lives all the time for the sake of Jesus.  However, in the West, people enjoy the opportunity to share their faith openly.  But Clinton Arnold, in 3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare, lists a few of the ways in which Satan tries to hinder our commitment to Jesus’ command to make disciples:  (Matthew 28:19)

  • Making Christians think how extremist or obnoxious they might appear to friends by “forcing their faith” on others
  • Making Christians feel that everybody has heard the gospel
  • Inciting so many problems in the church that efforts to resolve conflict sap all our energy and attention
  • Causing Christians to believe that only missionaries and evangelists should be concerned with outreach
  • Convincing Christians that there is a fair chance that everyone will be saved ultimately, giving such a loving God.

I am curious to know what you think?

Tupac and the Gospel

August 18, 2009 4 comments

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I am working on a book that is tentatively entitled “Tupac and the Gospel The purpose of the book is to shed light through the music of Tupac Shakur, on the struggles of the so-called “hip-hop” generation face (including absent fathers, finding purpose, questions of the afterlife, finding true identity,single motherhood, etc.) and how the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be a liberating force in freeing them from to live abundant, purposeful lives for God. Those of you who will, include me on your prayer list and pray for this endeavor. You will be hearing more shortly.