From The Pulpit: of Lewis Metropolitan CME -- “When Life is Not Left to Chance” Psalm 115:9-13
Oct13

From The Pulpit: of Lewis Metropolitan CME -- “When Life is Not Left to Chance” Psalm 115:9-13

The people in the world around the people of God (Israelites) were worshipping idols. Objects made by man of Gold, silver, stone statutes and objects. The Lord had inspired the writer of this Psalm to write: don’t trust in something made by man that can’t speak, hear, feel or walk.

He says this to them: Psalm 115:9 (NRSV) 9 O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.

What the Lord is telling them is to put your trust in Him—the maker of heaven and earth. It’s the Lord that is your help and protection in difficult times.

From The Pulpit: of the 47th Annual National Convention
Sep11

From The Pulpit: of the 47th Annual National Convention

“This Is Your Turning Point” 1 Deuteronomy 21

I’m here to tell you the recession is over. You’ve got to speak it in your life.  Look, you can keep that 2008 mindset, but we are coming out in Jesus’ name and God said that it’s our season and we’ve got to be the first to catch it.

We pray for the family, deliverance is happening in families. Families are coming back together.

God told me to tell somebody today: it’s your turning point. Your turning point is the point where things change. Some of you have to understand that your breakthrough is just that close.

From The Pulpit: of Trinity Baptist Church -- “Three Dimensional Communion” 1 Cor. 10:14-18
Aug07

From The Pulpit: of Trinity Baptist Church -- “Three Dimensional Communion” 1 Cor. 10:14-18

My dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can.

We don’t reduce Christ to what we are. He raises us to what He is. That’s basically what happened even in old Israel, those who ate the sacrifices offered on God’s alter entered into God’s action at the altar.

Jun02

From The Pulpit: of the Church of the Anointing

pastor nelson“The 5 Things People Fear” by Pastor Nelson Ugwuzor

The Bible says in II Timothy 1:7 that God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. They are many fears that have gripped the hearts of many but they are “5 Major Fears” that we confront almost daily.

The first major fear is the fear of death. The church has been misinformed about death; someone passing on to be with the Lord. The first thing that I need you to understand is that Christians don’t die, they simply continue living in heaven. In John 11:11 Jesus told His disciples… “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth, but I go that I may awaken him out of sleep.” We as Christians should not mourn like the world. The church should not be over taken by the emotions and feelings of one passing on and going home to be with the Lord in heaven. But instead, we should embrace it with knowledge and understanding because we know where they’ve gone so we celebrate their lives spent here on earth joyfully and wisely knowing they’re in heaven with God. They just made it to heaven before us and we shall see them again as believers.

David said in Psalm 116 “…The pains of death surrounded me, and the pain of hell laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I implore you, deliver my soul!” God’s people should not allow the sorrows of death to overtake them and release the spirit of fear upon themselves. You see if you are not careful the enemy can try to destroy your own lives and health through grief, sorrow or over emotionalism and excessive bereaving through a loved one who has gone on to rejoice in heaven.

Isaiah 53:4 says, “Surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows…” The question is if Jesus has carried our grief and sorrow then why are we overly sorrowing and grieving? I think we need to accept the will of God. I believe that the body of Christ should stop calling the death of a believer a loss. It’s the death of an unbeliever that is truly a loss.

The second major fear is the fear of poverty, being poor. So many people want to be financially secure and they are afraid of anything that could interfere with that. We as Christians should not be afraid of poverty because God said in 3 John 1:2, “Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul propereth.” I don’t know what state you are in now but I see God prospering you. If you will believe the word of God, sow into the work of the Kingdom and believe God to prosper you, there is no way poverty will overtake you. God is a supplier through His riches and Glory through Christ Jesus. The anointing that is on you is the anointing to prosper. God can bypass your credit report and bless you and put you in a position that will blow peoples minds. Stop entertaining fear, walk by faith and sow and God’s anointing to prosper will be upon your life.

The third major fear is the fear of sickness and disease. Remember the bible makes it clear that 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ our Lord provided our healing. All we have to do is believe God and receive the manifestation of His healing in our lives. In other words, we don’t just pray for healing, we pray for what Jesus has already done to manifest in our bodies. The bible says in Isaiah 53:5 …… by His (Jesus) stripes we are healed. Divine healing simply means if you are sick, you will be healed and if you are already well, you will be kept whole for no weapon formed against you shall prosper.

The fourth fear is the fear of being alone. This could be the fear of a marriage or relationship not working or the fear of someone you love not loving you back. As a child of God you should not entertain all these unhealthy feelings but turn your life, marriage or relationship over to God.

The fifth fear is the fear of losing your freedom; the fear of you or a loved one being incarcerated. I pray and declare Divine protection over your lives.

I release miracles of peace and prosperity over you and your families. In the name of Jesus, I speak blessings over you and your family. Let the favor of God follow you and let the Lord give you the desires of your heart in Christ Jesus. I heard the Lord say to you “Fear not and fear no more in Jesus name. Amen.”

May05

From The Pulpit: of St. Matthew Tabernacle Of Praise (THE S.T.O.P.)

Pastor C Greene

“Why Church?”

With the ending of The Day of Resurrection, the next high Holy days on the Christian calendar are the Days of Ascension and Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. But “Why Church?”

Why go to Church? What purpose does Church serve? Why come, connect and commit to the church? Well first and foremost God birthed and designed the church to benefit, better and Bless the lives of people. Church is like a hospital where hurting, helpless and hopeless people can find help and hope for all of their hurts. See no matter the world’s pain, problem and predicaments, Jesus is still the answer for The World today. Jesus is the answer for the chaos, confusion and calamities. Jesus is the answer for the troubles, trials and temptations. Jesus is the answer for the black, white, red, yellow and brown. He’s the answer for the rich and poor, the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, the male and the female, the heterosexual as well as the homosexual. Jesus is the answer for the world today, and He said if I would be lifted up from the earth I will draw “all men” unto Me.

The Psalmist says that he was glad when it came time to go to church. He didn't say he was sad or mad, but that he was glad. He was excited, elated and enthusiastic about going to church. Because real church not only heals hurts, but it changes lives, encourages your heart, lifts your spirit and edifies your soul. Real Church is what makes you whole. That's why the Psalmist said he was glad, because he knew no matter how he came, when he left his life would never be the same.

Look and listen to the joy and pleasure of The Psalmist in attending Church. The number one reason we should be glad about going to church is because God commands us in His Word to go to Church.

In the Old Testament, He says remember the Sabbath Day, that special, sacred and set aside day, and keep it holy. In The New Testament He says we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together.

Yes, it's The Will of God that we should collectively come together, join together and worship The Lord together. Yes we can and should Worship The Lord individually on our own. Because we don’t have to be at Church to have Church.

The Psalmist said “wherever am I can Praise Him ...", you can be at home, in the shower, driving in your car, sitting at your desk or even in the supermarket and have Church. But when The Saints are collectively congregating in Jesus' Name, if at all possible you ought to be in the number. Church is essential to our spiritual progress, growth and development. Church is the foundation to the life of The Believer. How can God benefit, better and Bless your life if you are not committed to coming to Church. This isn't about convenience this is about covenant. We are just in preparation down here for what we'll be doing forever up there, where everyday day will be Sunday and Sabbath will have no end and there will be nothing to do but sing and Praise God's Name. So while we're down here God commands us to come to Church.

Secondly, Why Church? Because grace comforts me when I come to Church. I'm comforted by the Grace of the singing and praying, I'm comforted by the Grace of the Scripture and its Promises, I’m comforted by the Grace in the Shouting and Praising, I'm comforted thru the Grace of The Servant of God's Preaching and I'm comforted by The Grace of The Savior's presence. I'm comforted by The Grace of hearing The Lord is my Shepherd and I have no wants.

Yes, Grace comforts me in waiting on the Lord and being of a good courage, knowing that all things work together for the good of them who love The Lord and are the called according to His purpose.

But then thirdly, as I close when you ask “Why Church?” Not only do I come to Church because God Commands me. Not only do I come to Church because Grace Comforts Me, but thirdly I come to Church because when I leave Church I Have Things That I Have to Conquer. No I can't afford to get beat down, beat up or beaten out, I've got to conquer! I can't afford to get down, depressed and defeated, I've got to conquer! I can't afford to be used and abused and end up confused, no I've got to conquer! And Church is where my “S.H.I.F.T.” takes place. Church is where “Something Happens Igniting Favorable Turnaround” in my life. I can come to Church a victim but I leave a victor. I can come hurt and I leave helped. I can come down but when I leave I've been lifted up. Yes, I come having been taking advantage of but when I leave God has given me the advantage over. Because when I leave I've got God with me, I've got God in me and I've got God for me!

And if God be for me, tell me who can be against me. If God be for me, I can do all things thru Christ because he strengthens me. With God before me, no weapon formed against me can prosper! Because in Him, thru Him and because of Him I'm more than a conqueror. And I know if I just hold my peace, He will fight everyone of my battles.

That's why I'm glad to be in the service one more time, He didn't have to let me live, He didn't have to let me be here but I'm glad, so glad to be in the service one more time. That's why I enter His gates with Thanksgiving in my heart and I come into His courts with a Praise, because this is the day that The Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. I will Bless The Lord at all times His Praise; His shall be in my mouth. From the rising of the sun till the going down of the same He's worthy, worthy, worthy to be Praised!

Apr07

From The Pulpit: of Bible Enrichment Fellowship

BAM's_CUTIn private moments we sometimes reflect about how life may or may not be going exactly as we planned. A series of events and encounters can lead you to wonder whether there is truly meaning to life after all. Reconcile yourself with your past. When you dwell on the past you are not in the now and cannot see your future. In life we all must come to terms with issues like love, anger and rejection. Faith sees another state of being and moves us toward our own deliverance and healing.

God’s divine wisdom has created us with the power of choice. The supreme rulership of God in all forms of existence is within the scope of his dominion and our life. As he rules over all through justice and grace we must recognize there is a higher authority than ourselves. Many people function with a measure of success on the premise of being subject to a higher power. When you understand the highest power, you know that God expects progress.

We are not pre- programmed robots. God does not map out every minute detail of our lives. We are involved and responsible for choices and their consequences, whether good or bad.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and they seed may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19

Man has been given the power of “free will”. That’s what makes faith personal. Faith in God’s Word supports a spiritual worldview. We must be absolutely confident that he will guide and direct us in any and all conditions as long as we trust in him. God is the rewarder of diligence. The attributes and gifts which we have been given are to help keep us on a steady moveable course as we yield to him.

Faith is an unchanged fact. Just as light moves toward earth, the gravity created between the earth’s moon and the earth causes light headed toward earth to bend. In this bending there is reverence; a bowing down and acknowledgment of power. You can have a form of godliness but deny the power of God. This denial is an exercise of personal judgment and volition. The human conscience is spiritual and is applied to conduct and choice. This internal self knowledge, self government is the power and principal within every person. In the shifting mental dynamics of thought and memory, who will dominate, the spirit man or the physical man? As we are faced with these challenges, living by faith becomes mandatory. It is our faith in God’s reassuring presence that overcomes negative voices.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:4

The word given to describe Christ’s existence in the beginning is logos. He is the supreme intelligence that originated light and everything that is. He is the Word, the expression that explains that which is undiscoverable except through revelation. Primarily light is a luminous emanation; a force which enables the eye to discern form and color. Light, like faith, requires an “organ” adapted for its reception. The new birth gives us the spiritual capacity to receive this revelation. Jesus is the light, the illuminator of men.

“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” John 1:9

Light is a natural phenomena. Science has discovered that light is an extraordinary force. The light of conscience is an illuminating power; it guides, brings knowledge and spiritual enlightenment. The inner witness was designed to cause men to choose to believe. The human conscience is not to be deduced from a single principle or faculty but from various powers of understanding. Conscience is recognized as the voice we come to know implying a power above us to whom we are responsible. Receiving Christ and accepting the gift of righteousness completely changes your life. It gives you the right and the privilege to approach God with a holy bold access. This eliminates any sense of inferiority, guilt or shame. God the giver; man the recipient. Faith is designed to produce a God consciousness and the capacity for his righteousness. This is only obtainable through the law of the Spirit of life.

This excerpt was taken from the book entitled: “The Law of Faith – Quantum Reality”

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