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“Hail thou, that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women.” (Luke 1:28 KJV)
Thank You, Father God, for Mother Mary! The “highly favored one” chosen by You to receive that miracle working redeeming wonder implanted to her uterine wall. A poor virgin woman of Jewish descent who according to Lesley Hazleton, award winning author with deep roots in both Judaism and Catholicism, was short in stature having dark olive skin.1 Mary (or Miriam, as she would have been called in Hebrew)2 was a single, young woman who was chosen by God to carry the Anointed One in her womb for nine months. Chosen to carry Him through three trimesters of pregnancy - from fetus to infant - and until He was born the baby JESUS. Until He was born King of the Jews and God’s only begotten son.
Hail Mary, Mother of Jesus! “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:42 NKJV). You will always be celebrated by me and most believers; and even though some will pray to you and others will not, who you are in the Kingdom of God cannot be denied. Regardless of our theological differences in understanding how your memory should be honored, you will be honored.
You are undeniably our one and only Church Mother – highly favored by the Almighty God - who birthed and cared for Jesus the Christ. The Kingdom of God’s Church Mother, who along with Joseph her husband, parented the boy who would become a man; anointed by God and declaring one Sabbath day that “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19 NIV)
Thank you, Father God, for Mother Mary who was at the Cross with her son, painfully watching and waiting for Him to give up the ghost and redeem those of us who believe that He died for our sins, was crucified on Calvary’s Cross, resurrected on the third day, ascended up to Heaven and is coming back again in power and great glory, back to You! To God be the Glory for the things He has done!
“As President Trump and his administration let the nation suffer, we must lead with a unified proactive and creative response that is not confirmed by “Right” or “Left”, Democrat or Republican, but is rooted in the clear moral Center of right and wrong. It is time to warn the nation and call this administration to repent of their sins.”
Bishop William J. Barber II, Moral Monday Architect
President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach
Hundreds of faith leaders from around the country and across different religious persuasions took to the streets on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 and joined Bishop William J. Barber and the Repairers of the Breach Team to: Cry Aloud and Attend Justice! I was there and as soon as we began to walk to the White House leaving The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, I felt the presence of the Lord and began to silently pray in my heavenly language. I was grateful to God for allowing me to be present for such a time as this.
As the assembly of rows of five turned and walked onto H Street, we passed Bishop Barber to our right, who was standing facing us with squinted eyes and who I perceived to be praying in the spirit most likely for God’s continued protection, leadership, and guidance over what our Father in Heaven has called into being. I perceived the Moral Monday Architect was also thanking God for His faithfulness in that what he was doing was clearly in the will of God as evidenced by the multitude of those who joined him and by those who also understood the call to action made known in the Holy Scriptures by way of the Prophets.
Although we faced challenges as a group in reaching our destination, we stood firm in faith believing we would get there, and we did. In the same way, although you and I may face challenges in reaching our own individual goals and destinations, we must also continue to stand firm in faith believing we will get there, and we will! “Therefore take up the whole armor of God so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:13 NRSV.
Additional information regarding the Repairers of the Breach and the Moral Movement can be found by going to the nonpartisan 501(c)3 tax exempt not-for-profit organization's website: https://www.breachrepairers.org/
According to the Word of God, we are a peculiar people, and we are special to God (Deuteronomy 26:18, Titus 2:14). We are “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV).
We are one in the Kingdom of God bound together by the blood that was shed for our sins on Calvary’s cross; the blood of our Lord and Savior, JESUS CHRIST! We are one, and according to the Word of God, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28 NKJV).
And even though we are in this world but not of this world (John 15:19), some Christians feel led or are compelled to publically take a stance on certain societal issues. Other Christians, on the other hand, may not be as zealous as those who are and may not take the same position as their fellow brothers and sisters. For example, there are many who are passionate about helping the poor but are not as fiery as others over a women’s right to make decisions about her own healthcare. In the same way, there are a multitude of those who make impassioned arguments against abortion but are not as emboldened as others by the death penalty and senseless murders of black people at the hands of a small percentage of ill-equipped and racist law enforcement officers working in our country.
We are one when representing our beliefs to the World whom we are called to be a witness for our Lord and Savior, JESUS CHRIST. And we should be careful about grouping ourselves in the same way the world groups itself, i.e., democrat, republican, conservative, liberal, pro-choice, pro-life, etc. We are a chosen generation. Accountable to the Most High God. El-Shaddai. Yahweh! The God of all creation. We are one and greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
We are commanded to love one another in the same way Christ loved us (John 13:31-35). We don’t have to agree on everything and may at times become angry because of a disagreement, however, “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26 NIV).
Our bottom line is love and prayer. Regardless of what position a Christian brother or sister holds on certain matters; be it abortion, fornication (sex outside of marriage), politics, homosexuality, alcohol, et. al, our response - when we find ourselves having competing views on these issues - should be love and prayer. Let’s try to be patient with one another as we work out our own salvation and remember to keep praying for those we disagree with as well as loving the same. We are one!
as a result of things hoped for and evidence not yet seen
Throughout the entire Bible we hear about several different promises made by God which were communicated through His prophets to His people and which have all come to past. For example, the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah prophesized that Jesus’ ministry would begin in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1-2) and in the New Testament Gospel according to Matthew we find it fulfilled as we listen to Christ declaring “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” in Galilee and at the start of His ministry.
As we continue to listen, we hear the Prophet Zechariah prophesizing about “The Coming King” in the Old Testament Book of Zechariah, chapter 9, verse 9, and as we turn the pages to the New Testament Gospel According to Matthew, Mark, and John, we hear its fulfillment through the multitude of people shouting “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’as they scattered clothes and tree branches on the road to Jerusalem which Jesus was riding on making that “Triumphal Entry” as the true and living King of the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9-10, John 12:13).
And although there are many, many, more prophecies in the Bible made by God through His angels and prophets that came to past, the point being made now on this day is thatwhat God promises, He fulfills and what He says He will do, He will do it! When Jesus said: “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes,” (Matthew 6:34 /MSG) believe Him and take Him at His Word. Remind Him if you must, but keep an unwavering faith in believing what He said.
The fulfillment must begin in our hearts as we believe God for the promise. There must be a fulfillment activated in the heart as a result of those things hoped for and evidence not yet seen which the Hebrew author speaks about in Hebrews, chapter 11, verse 1.
We have to believe and know that God keeps His promises and will do what He says He will do. We must continually affirm this in our hearts, and believe it is so because God said it is so. On His Word alone, we must believe it is fulfilled. (Excerpt of Palm Sunday Sermon 4/14/19)
As a Christian, I believe I am called to not only pray for those who are wronged by others and are being or have been abused, victimized, and neglected, but - so too - for those who have caused the wrong and are abusing, victimizing, and neglecting others. And that’s a hard pill to swallow for me sometimes; especially when I witness or experience the results of the evil, hatred, and vile acts. When I see, hear about, or feel the devastation and harm caused. But our Father God expects us to do it, and when I find myself struggling to do it, I ask for His help understanding He wants me to do it and will help me do it.
Abba expects His children to do it by following the example of their Brother who did it. Our Lord and Savior JESUS, His only begotten Son. Our Father God gave us the tools that not only serve to help us live a life of righteousness, joy and peace, but so too to save the lost and restore those who have fallen away. He gave us His Son, His Spirit, and His Word, and He expects us to utilize them in helping fulfill His purpose: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19-10)
Be encouraged Brothers and Sisters and let this 2019 Lenten Season be one filled with forgiveness for others and a renewed sense of commitment to obeying God.
Many of us don’t think twice about whether a chair will hold us up as we prepare to sit down in it. We just sit down and position ourselves in the four legged seat thinking nothing of it. In the same way, we don’t believe our homes will collapse when entering in them. We believe we will be safely sheltered within the abode in which we live. This is the same confidence our Father God Jehovah wants us to have in Him. He wants us to surrender it all – our total being and every area of our lives – to Him. He wants us to find shelter in His arms. Trust God, Beloved. Believe Jesus. Give the matter to the Holy Spirit. Have faith that God will work it all out for you. He will do it! Nothing is too big. Nothing is too hard. God can work it all out if you turn it over to Him and surrender it all. Try it. Pray: “Father God I turn this situation, matter, relationship, etc. (call it out) over to You. I can’t fix it. I can’t change it. Nothing I do is working. I need Your help, Holy Spirit, and surrender all control into Your hands. My faith is in You, God. I believe Your Word with all my heart that nothing is impossible with You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
As a Christian, I understand that JESUS,THE CHRIST, was not only a prophet,
but was also GOD INCARNATE, i.e., GOD IN THE FLESH, and that
This is what distinguishes CHRISTIANS (CATHOLICS, PROTESTANTS, AND MESSIANIC JEWS alike) from
JEHOVAH WITNESSES and MUSLIMS,
who believe Jesus was only a prophet and not God.
As a Believer in JESUS, THE CHRIST, I am expected to Love all people regardless of their beliefs while at the same time spread the gospel, i.e., the GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD and pray for them that do not believe same. (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
I am not suppose to hate, badger, or harass them because they do not believe in what I believe. According to God's Word, I am expected to keep it moving and "shake the dust off of my feet" if they do not accept the good news of the Gospel! (Matthew 10:12-15)
Salvation is a Gift and should be freely accepted by those who believe! (Matthew 10:8, Mark 13:10; Romans 6:23)
As a Christian, I believe
JESUS appeared to men and women as GOD ROBED IN FLESH
and ministered throughout all Judea and Galilee as a Jewish man, prophet and teacher
before committing His spirit back into the hands of
JEHOVAH GOD, THE FATHER, on Calvary's Cross; resurrecting Himself from the dead, and ascending up to Heaven in power and great glory!
God, the Son, left those who accept and believe in Him as Lord and Savior,
Until we are willing to acknowledge the truth for what it is, i.e. “the truth,” we can’t be set free. We must surrender to it and allow God – through the blood of JESUS - to minister to us by helping us deal with those truths even when they are ugly truths about ourselves or about folks who we love. Denying them does not promote our growth as Christians. When we understand that the Bible was written for Believers, we realize that God does not deny the truth about His creation and He gives us biblical principles and guidelines to follow in His Word as a result of those truths. God doesn’t deny the truth about humankind and all of its rebellion against Him and rather helps us understand His character as a result of those truths by revealing His responses to the thoughts and actions of men and women in the Bible. God does not sugar coat the ugly truths nor does He deny the sacred and beautiful ones. As I continue on my Christian journey and surrender to the fact that I have been crucified with Christ, I understand more and more those words spoken by Jesus, our Lord when he said: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 NKJV)