Month: December 2015
I learned of Watch Nigh” at my historically black seminary (one of the many, many blessings I received by attending the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University).
In the African American community, Watch Night services on News Year’s Eve commemorate the evening of Dec. 31, 1862, as blacks looked to Jan. 1, 1863, and the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The idea of a New Year’s Eve service actually is much older than Freedom’s Eve, and in fact finds its roots in the Moravian Church and a 1733 New Year’s Eve service held in Germany.
Never one to let a good idea go un-adopted, John Wesley incorporated the service into his denomination. Some Methodists continue to hold monthly evening services, known as “Covenant Renewal Services.”
The service obviously took on deeper significance in 1862, when it was more important than any before or since, and…
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HAPPY NEW YEAR
I wish you a very blessed and joyous new year 2015.
May the Good Lord bless all your endeavors with success.
Where there was failure let there be success.
Where there was rejection let there be favor.
Where there was stagnation let there be speed.
Where there was delay let there be acceleration.
Where there were struggles let there be ease.
Let sickness turn to divine health.
Let pain turn to gain.
Let shame turn to fame.
You will surprise yourself this new year
In the mighty and miracle-working name of Jesus Christ.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
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“A New Year’s Prayer”
Father, help us to keep a Biblical perspective as we consider the brief duration of our life on this earth in light of eternity. Our lives are not meaningless nor are they insignificant for we acknowledge that You have brought purpose to our lives for our present journey and that purpose will extend through all eternity. On this earth we may never fully experience and understand Your purpose, but we do seek to trust and obey You all the while, keeping that which we have committed to You until that day. Amen.
This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.
Special Year-end appeal:
We want to thank all who have financially supported our ministry this past year. Many have responded the last several weeks to this year-end appeal. We realize there are many fine ministries and causes requesting support at this time but if the Lord would lead you…
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Review: “Do More Better” by Tim Challies
AFTER+MATH It’s the New Year in just a few hours, and many of us are hoping for a more productive 2016. Have you noticed this trend in your life? Every year I find myself making resolutions that seem eerily similar to the resolutions from the … Continue reading Review: “Do More Better” by Tim Challies
Lord, You Know What’s Best For Us.
‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go’ (Isaiah 48:17). Lord, You know what’s best for us. You help us to say, ‘As for God, His way is perfect’ (Job 23:10; 2 Samuel 22:31).How do You help us to see that Your way is best? You invite us to consider Your love. We are to think about all that You have done for us – ‘the mercies of God’. You call us to dedicate our lives to You – ‘present your bodies, as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God’. Dedicating our lives You, Lord – This is ‘our ‘spiritual worship’. We are not to live for this world – ‘Do not be conformed to this world’. We are to live for the Lord – ‘be transformed by the renewal of your mind’. ‘God’s…
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εὐαγγέλιον – And God Ordained Encounters
And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear… – 1 Peter 3:13-15
I haven’t written a post in a while but I felt compelled to share good news today. The verse above is one of the most well known “evangelism” verses, however most only quote the second half. They sort of forget about the suffering and the threats and troubles that come along with evangelism. I’ve been engaged in street evangelism and open air proclamation of the gospel for over a year now and my…
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