From The Pulpit: of People’s Independent Church of Christ

From The Pulpit: of People’s Independent Church of Christ

I want to examine the words of Dr. King’s written Letter from Birmingham jail, as it, along with our text, will challenge us to arise from our complacency.

Hear the words of Dr. King: “Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea.”

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

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

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

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.


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.”


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!

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