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|Posted on January 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM||comments (2)|
What Is Christmas All About?
What is Christmas all about? Initially, its purpose was certainly not about the commercialized aspects of spending or beautiful light displays. Unless of course you consider that one brilliant star that the Wise Men followed on the night that Jesus the Christ was born.
For many, Christmas is peace, love, contentment, joy - all the emotions that encompass that indescribable euphoric feeling found in a major portion of the world that spark elements of gifting. During this season of gifting, as God has instructed, there is a mad dash to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and provide warmth for those who are helpless, homeless and without a means of support. Sadly, for many, these euphoric emotions only last but a season and quickly fade away as the next day of celebration designated on the calendar approaches. But what is Christmas all about? Is it merely intended for three weeks of gifting? What was God's intention when He gave His only Son?
Scripture tells us that God relinquished His Son because of His love for us. It tells us that in order for us to live and to enjoy an eternal life with Him in Heaven that we only need to believe in His Son, Jesus.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV
My dear brothers and sisters, God's Word is plainly stated. The major element of Christmas is Jesus. Christmas is all about our salvation - - that was God's intention - - to provide a means for us to join Him in the Kingdom of Heaven. His invitation (John 3:16) continues to stand and this Christmas season is a marvelous time to accept the opportunity of life everlasting. However, if you have already accepted God's invitation - I challenge you to go into the vineyards and share with others His exceptional offer of life everlasting. Selah.
May the love of Jesus the Christ remain in your heart and mind.
And may the blessings of this Christmas season bring
peace, joy and success into your life.
Thank you Lord for your Son, love and guidance. Father, I pray that seeds of salvation are sown in every corner of the world. I pray that those who are far and near are able to understand and will seek You to accept your perfect gift of salvation and life everlasting. I pray that the birth of Jesus the Christ remains in the hearts of my brothers and sisters and that the true purpose of Christmas is remembered and shared as they go about their daily travel. I also pray a special blessing for my dear friend, Bishop Evans and his loved ones, as he continues to share the gospel of salvation in Rio de Janeiro. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
|Posted on December 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM||comments (139)|
Honoring the Life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - "Madiba"
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela "Madiba" - A man who led a remarkable life as a prophet, a political icon, and an international symbol for human rights who fought fervently against racism. He was often referred to as His Excellency, President of Morality, Father of a Nation, and with much affection - "Madiba".
"Madiba" - Born into the Madiba clan on July 18, 1918, into the Thembu royal family of Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela. It was during his primary school years that his teacher gave him the Christian name of Nelson.
"Madiba" - Attended University of Fort Hare, University of South Africa, University of Witwatersrand and University of London.
"Madiba" - In 1952, he and his law partner, Oliver Tambo, established the first black law firm in South Africa, Mandela and Tambo.
"Madiba" - Arrested several times for racial injustices and stood trial 4 times being accused of opposing *apartheid laws (1952), treason (1956), inciting a strike (1962) and sabotage (1963).
"Madiba"- Labeled as a leader against apartheid and charged with incitement of a strike, he was incarcerated 10,052 days. He was sentenced to Robben Island approximately 7.5 miles from Cape Town, South Africa and confined to an 8x8 jail cell where he slept on the floor. Each year, he was allowed one visitor for 30 minutes. Several years later he was transferred to Rollsmoor Prison and then to Victor Verster Prison.
"Madiba" - Released from prison in 1990 at the age of 71. Following his release, he delivered a portion of his many speeches in the Afrikaans language, profoundly supporting reconciliation instead of war.
"Madiba"- Entered the first democratic multiracial Presidential election in South Africa in 1994. He won by an overwhelming number of votes and as promised, served a single 5 year term.
"Madiba"- Received over 1,300 awards including: the Nobel Peace Prize (1993) and the US Congressional Medal (1998). Authored 3 books: Long Walk to Freedom (1994); Conversations with Myself (2010) and Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations (2011).
"Madiba"- Often referred to as a saint, Mandela stated that he was ". . . not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying." He was a man of enormous dignity with a commanding personality - a lawyer, teacher, mentor, thinker, statesman, a man of ideas - - an activist, a prisoner, a Christian.
"Madiba" - The beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - "Madiba", died on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95. Mandela, Mandela -we love you!
*Apartheid - a system of racial segregation in South Africa that was enforced through legislation by the South African National Party from 1948 to 1994. Under this legislation, the South African people were classified according to their racial group. The classification was a determinate factor as to where a person was born, where they lived, where they were allowed to work, attend school, what facilities were available if they were sick and upon death, where they were to be buried. Votes were cast only by the white people of South Africa and the same were afforded the best opportunities and facilities. Apartheid was strictly controlled and forced others to live and remain in poverty.
BBC News - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news
Nelson Mandela Foundation - http://www.nelsonmandela.org/content
Wikipedia - http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki
Mandela, Nelson, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus, London, 1995
Mandela, Nelson, Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself, Pan
Macmillan, London, 2010
“Narrow is the way . . . .”
|Posted on December 8, 2013 at 6:43 PM||comments (0)|
"A Commitment Is Required - Playtime Is Over"
All too often we find ourselves in what we deem to be "meaningful relationships", and yet one party in the relationship is reluctant to commit. - - Afraid to fully embark in a journey with another being who is supposedly close to his or her heart. - - Reluctant to leave the solidarity of his or her life and embrace the combination of two hearts that shall one day beat as one. In order to complete the love that God has ordained my brothers and sisters, a commitment is required - playtime is over.
In August of 2002, my pastor, Dr. L. LaSimba Gray, went to the book of Romans and delivered a powerful sermon warning us that there is "no casual relationship with Christ. God requires a commitment, not a contribution".
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. Romans 5: 1-11 New Living Translation
Thinking on Pastor Gray's sermon, I find myself engrossed in this scripture reflecting on God's promises of everlasting love and His commitment to us. A tremendous sacrifice was made. He gave His only begotten Son - His precious beloved Son in lieu of our salvation. Although we had disappointed Him so many times before - God provided an "undeserved privilege" for us to have everlasting life. In return He not only expects, but He deserves a true commitment from us - not a casual relationship as Pastor Gray stated, but a true commitment.
Being reflective of the scripture and the sacrifice of Jesus the Christ, I strongly believe that it is incumbent that one should have a meaningful relationship with a promised commitment to share in a life filled with God's everlasting promises of love. This understanding causes me to challenge you, my brothers and sisters, to allow God to lead your relationships. I further challenge you to only embark in relationships that God has approved. And finally, I challenge you to step out of your singleness and commit to God and to your beloved mate - promising to leave your life of solidarity and devote your heart one to the other. A commitment is required - playtime is over. Selah.
Forsake her [wisdom] not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Psalms 4:6 KJV
Thank you Lord for your wonderful gift of salvation and the comfort of knowing that that your love is everlasting. I praise your holy name. I pray that those who seek that comfort of a true relationship with their assigned mate will have a renewed understanding of commitment and what is required. I pray that casual relationships are no longer fused, nor confused with a committed relationship with you or with our assigned mates. I pray that you reveal a renewed spirit in the hearts of those who earnestly seek you. Thank you for your love and restoration. In the sweet name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Then the Lord said to me, "Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry a correct message to others. Habakkuk 2:2 (New Living Translation Bible)
“Narrow is the way . . . .”
|Posted on November 8, 2013 at 10:26 PM||comments (3)|
"Miles Williams Makes It To The Big League"
Parental love and support is an important element in developing the dreams of young people.
God has certainly blessed an outstanding athlete, Miles Williams of Winsdor, CA, with amazing parental guidance, love and support. Because his parents, Walter and Marilyn Williams, recognized and nurtured his talents, Miles remained focused on his targeted plan to become a major league baseball player.
His tenacity paid off in June 2013 when he had the opportunity of a lifetime offered to him - In his first year of eligibility at Cal State Northridge, he was selected in the 15th round of the MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins.
His Mother, Marilyn, forwarded an email to all that had played a part in supporting their efforts to embrace their son's dream of making it in the "Big League". This heartwarming email to Marilyn's family and friends is a true testament of love for her son. It reminds me of how God's love embraces us as we journey through our trials and tribulations. Just as Walter and Marilyn never left the side of thier son - God remains with us, carrying us when we grow weary of our situations. I pray that you will remember this Mother's message to let it remind you of God's love as it relates to your problems whatever they may be. Selah
I have attached the story that Cal State Northridge published today about Miles. This has really been a tough year for him. Most of you know that he fractured a bone in his right foot while playing a game in left field. He played the ball off the wall, turned to throw it and felt excruciating pain. He had no idea of the extent of the injury, but by day 3 of pure agony, he knew something was very wrong.
The visit to the podiatrist with his head coach and me on the phone dealt him a heartbreaking blow; he was out for the season with a Jones fracture. The doctor told us that his best bet was to have surgery because that was the only way he would heal 100%. That hurt him so much. I went down a week later for the surgery and it went well. They started physical therapy a week later and of course he thought he was ready to go back out in four weeks. It took eight weeks and their last series, for him to get back on the field. He had a great comeback and a standing ovation from both teams. I wish I could have been there to see that, however I'm so very happy that Walter was there instead.
Miles has always wanted to play baseball; no other sport could take the place of the bat and the ball. I remember once when his 12 year old team and families went to watch the Texas Rough Riders play in Frisco, Texas. After we all got in the stadium, Miles came up missing, we couldn't find him anywhere. Someone finally spotted him on the field warming up with the Minor League team. After running a fly ball down in the stands and since he was wearing his team uniform, the players invited him to come down and warm up with them. That was a great day for him! When Miles was about 9 years old we also met “POD”, a religious rock band in St. Louis, at Walter's family reunion. All the kids were asking for their autographs, well all except Miles. He asked them if they wanted his autograph because he was going to be a pro baseball player someday. They took his autograph and couldn't believe the kid had so much confidence; hope they kept it. He has a long road ahead of him but he's on his way to living his dream!
Miles has completed his junior year in college at Cal State University Northridge and is really looking forward to this opportunity to get better in the big league. Walter and I support his decision 100% and since the MLB will pay for him to finish up college later he just can't seem to lose. Hopefully he will finalize his plans in the next few days and then hit the road to do what he wants to do. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you all for your support of Miles over the years, even when you thought we were nuts for spending all our vacations at baseball tournaments. This kid has given Walter and I more joy than words could ever express. You know what? He's happy so we're happy! To Uncle Rod in heaven, thanks for telling him at age 4 what to do with the bat once he hit the ball, "Drop the bat and run".
God Bless each of you.
Link to the Cal State Northridge article: http://gomatadors.com/sports/m-basebl/2012-13/releases/20130608fobmkl
“Narrow is the way . . . .”
|Posted on August 15, 2013 at 6:58 PM||comments (1)|
|Posted on July 21, 2013 at 7:46 AM||comments (0)|
[Original Post: December 25, 2012]
Oh what a blessed morning this is - Glory to His name!
I can only imagine the joy that the Wise men encountered as they looked upon the sweet face of Jesus. Personally, I know that when I see a baby - I experience a feeling of joy from within my soul. I can only imagine how they felt as they gazed upon His face. To be chosen to have a part in God's plan is truly an honor, whatever the plan may be. To have a part in the very beginning of His plan for salvation for all human-kind is awesome!
This tiny baby boy was God's true gift to us. His birth brought about redemption, salvation and eternal life - all promised by God.
Jesus: the Son of our living God; the Prince of Peace; our personal invitation to enter into the kingdom of God.
Jesus: born of the virgin Mary; protected by Joseph, His earthly father.
Jesus: grew to be the master teacher, with the wisdom and knowledge of God to lead us to salvation.
Jesus: conquered all on the third day after death.
Jesus saves. Jesus lives. Jesus is! Glory to His name. Selah!
|Posted on July 21, 2013 at 6:05 AM||comments (4)|
Happy Second Anniversary TSB
"He LivesWithin My Heart"
Anniversaries and birthdays come once a year, but God lives continuously within my heart. On December 30, 2012, "TheSingleBlessing.com" will celebrate with God, our second anniversary. Praises to the Lord!
I am so very glad that He chose me to do His will. I am so very glad that He gave me the strength to carry on. I am so very glad that through trials, I can continue and accept the changes that are placed upon my shoulders.
Praises and love to my Master, my Father in heaven. I continue to pray for understanding, wisdom and guidance. My Lord, my redeemer - in you will I trust. Once again I place this ministry in your hands - for You, my Father, is the author - I am a mere tool. Praises to your name.
Thank you Lord for the blessing bestowed upon the TheSingleBlessing.com ministry. Under watchful eye I have seen your amazing work accomplished through its means. You have taken the ministry to an amazing level, reaching many that I would not have known to exist. I pray that those in need of your comfort and protection will know you as their redeemer and realize the true meaning of "hope in Christ." Your provisions are astronomical – and I thank you Lord. Amen.
|Posted on December 25, 2012 at 12:51 PM||comments (13)|
"My Nth Degree Confession"
For years I wanted to publish a Christian magazine. My magazine (wearing the same name as this website) had been ready for print for some time, however, it never came to fruition because of the publishing cost. But one December night in 2010 at 9:00 p.m., God spoke to me and provided instructions to develop a "web publication" of my magazine, "TheSingleBlessing.com".
Clearly, He instructed me to take the articles from the magazine and place them on the website. Not thinking that I was going against His will and instruction, I chose to utilize only a certain portion of my articles, because I wanted to salvage some for the publication of the magazine at a later time.
Unknowingly, I was disobedient and it was costly. However, the cost was never a realization to me because of the vast number of people from across the globe that visited the site. Honestly, I have been truly amazed by the numbers! I can only imagine the results, had I followed His instructions to the nth degree - just as Noah did.
He had also clearly told me that the site would be global and it immediately was and continues to be. Glory to your name Father!
Now, I can only apologize for not fully following God's instructions to the nth degree. In the realm of obedience, Noah is and has been one of my major guide posts. I thought that I was being much like him – carefully taking God's instructions and remaining within the guidelines that He provided for me. Thinking back to Noah, his ark worked just as God planned - perfectly, with no mishaps.
It was only today, as I shared with a Christian friend how the site was developed, that I realized my failure to fully follow God's instructions. As I explained the development to my friend, the words "take the articles from the magazine and place them on the website" burned my soul - - the realization was so heavy that I could no longer continue the conversation. I felt an urge to get things right and I went directly to work on correcting my mistake. My measurements were off, and my "boat" had to be restructured so that it could truly sail and not just be kept afloat.
As amazing as TheSingleBlessing.com has been – I am so excited to see what happens next. Father, I thank you for your "guidance and perfection" and allowing me to correct the error at hand.
Lesson learned: My mistake was that of selfishness - - I wanted to publish the magazine. But there was a serious conflict at hand, I couldn't operate in the will of God and abide by things of my own choosing. Unknowingly, I rode the fence – but now I no longer straddle. It feels good - - Confession is good for the soul.
My brothers and sisters, how often have you partially done what God expected of you? - - And yet, you expect full results from Him. Selah.
Lord, I ask that Your blessing remains with TheSingleBlessing.com and that you take the ministry to yet another level so that those in need of your comfort and protection will see and feel the realization of what hope in Christ really means. I pray Father, that you accept my confession of failure to follow instruction and turn it into a positive lesson for those in need of knowing how to realize the comfort of your protection. Grow me Father, guide me - - I know that you have forgiven me. With all my heart I love You and live to do what is right and good in your sight. Your provisions are astronomical – beyond my wildest dreams and I thank you Lord, thank you. Amen.
“Narrow is the way . . . .”
|Posted on August 18, 2012 at 3:32 PM||comments (2)|
"A Few Who Love"
I believe that the closer the person is to you – the greater the love and possibly the hurt; the more you trust – the more you love and possibly hurt. Into your life a few will come who you can trust. Others enter through portals only to alter your path. Only a few will ever truly love you.
What exactly is love? Webster defines love in several aspects: An intense affection for another person based on personal or familial ties; a feeling of kindness toward others; God’s mercy and benevolence toward humans; or better yet, humankind’s devotion to or adoration of God.
Upon marriage, one couple quoted a scripture to me defining love that stated:
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, or loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. I Corinthians 13:4-7 (New Living Translation)
Being deemed by the Word of God and reviewing Webster’s definition, love in sum is a lasting true affection of adoration and/or kindness for God, your mate or fellow man.
Personally, I believe love to be in the heart, mind and soul of a being. Love is precious – it does not hurt and you will never purposefully hurt one that you love. To love is to trust and true love is unconditional. Only a few will ever love you.
However, God’s love enables us to endure the way that we embrace the hurt we allow others to bring into our lives. Remember my brothers and sisters, the blessings of the Lord are upon you. Because of who you are, you are to lead by example and resolve to forgive those who have caused you such sorrow. Treat them with kindness – God will take care of you as well as those who have openly misled you.
My fervent prayer today is for those who are lost in selfishness, pride and greed. I pray for the realization of error and the courage to reconcile to allow spiritual order in their lives. Selah.