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Here We Go Again…

Here we go again and hopefully it’s the last time. We are getting a new pastor today and I’m pretty excited. I hope this is it, we have had three, count them, 3 new pastors in the span of a year. Not only am I tired of changing pastors, I’m tired of liking them and seeing them leave. This is too much, I have enough stuff to deal with emotionally as it is. Anyway….

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1 Room, 2 Beds

It’s a new year and guess who started off the year by giving the first sermon of the year….Bro. J. But before he even got started with the “sermon” , Buddie and I were already laughing at Sis. Richards and her comments. I can already feel it, it’s going to be a great yesr.

Ms. Smith was doing the announcements and she mentioned the Message magazine. My mom told the people that the magazines came to the church because she didn’t have addresses to send them out to people. Sis. Richards replied, “I thought I gave you my addresses”, which my mom replied with a no. Sis. Richards then commented to herself, “I guess I’ll have to write it down next time so I won’t forget.” Now that was okay and me and Buddie thought nothing of it, but then she added, “then I’ll forget to read the note.” Buddie started laughing so hard.

That was just the kicker, then Bro. J came up and did his thing. I thought the sermon was going to be okay, but then he started talking about a woman at his house sleeping in his room, but in a different bed. We were like “what.” Sis. Richards said, “I didn’t know that.” And if that wasn’t enough, he started talking about raping and killing and gays.  We didn’t know what was going on. We are just sitting there in disbelief at what this man is saying and are totally shocked. I’m thinking this man is crazy, but that’s Bro. J. It is what it is.

This is how we start the decade off, weird, but in good spirits.

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We will be getting a new pastor next month. I have absolutely no idea why the “big shots” in Nashville do this to us every couple of years. I really like my pastor. He’s young, motivated, and more people have come through our church doors since he’s been there than I can even count. He’s done really good, in my opinion. I don’t know who we’re getting, but I know we’re losing a great pastor. I hope he had a great time leading us.

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Trading Places

Today we had youth federation in Jackson, but it was no ordinary youth federation. We had a tri-state youth federation. Churches from Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama all convened together in Jackson for church. The program was amazing and the turnout was magnificent.

Pastor Nigel David from Seattle, WA delivered the message during divine worship and whoever booked him to come and preach did a great job. I know that youth federation isn’t for me because technically, let’s face it, I’m no longer a “youth”, but that man brought the house down. He was engaging and interesting and the message was applicable to people in all age groups.

I had soo much fun and love when church is moving as it was today.

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Paying attention to children can bring a lot of laughs. After hearing this, I was crying b/c I was laughing sooo hard. This is a conversation between two brothers, just having their moment:

Unloading food from the vehicle at church

12-year old: I’ll help take those things in

9-year old: me, too

12-year old: here, you get this one

9-year old: I can’t take that, it’s too heavy

12-year old: it’s not too heavy, you can take it. You’re a man, ain’t you

 

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Prayer and Fasting

Jeremiah 30:17 “For I will restore health unto you, and I will heal you of your wounds, saith the Lord.”

My church is starting a fasting and prayer diet today in regards to healing. Anyone who needs healing or knows someone who is in need of healing is asked to participate. It doesn’t matter what the diagnosis or situation is, all illnesses and/or conditions will be prayed for. Please join in with us and offer up a prayer for those who desire to be healed.

Psalm 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

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The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you- depending on how YOU respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.

 

Here are five reasons God may have permitted the problems you experience in your life:

1. God permits problems to DIRECT you. Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God allowing this situation to get your attention? “Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.” Proverbs 20:30

2. God permits problems to INSPECT you. People are like tea bags…If you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into hot water! Has God tested your faith by allowing a problem or two into your life? What do problems reveal about you? “When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.” James 1:2-3

3. God uses problems to CORRECT you. Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It’s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something (health, money, relationships, etc.), by losing it. “It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws.” Psalms 119: 71-72

4. God permits problems to PROTECT you. A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem, but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management’s actions were eventually discovered. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” Genesis 50:20

5. God permits problems to PERFECT you. Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship with God and your character are the only thing you are going to take with you into eternity. “We can rejoice when we run into problems. They help us learn to be patient. Patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.” Romans 5:3-4

 

Here’s the point: God is at work in your life even when you do not recognize it or understand it. It is much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.. Know that even when times are bad God is good.

 

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