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REV. DR. WM. ROCKY BROWN, 3RD

October 2019

We made it

    The phrase, "We Made It," as I' am using it in this setting is a statement of achievement in the midst of over whelming odds. It is a proclamation of accomplishment for someone or a group that has had the deck stacked against them.

    It is a way of saying that “in spite of the length of the journey, In spite of the roughness of the road and in spite of the many stumbling blocks which have been thrown in our way, we have overcome and we have reached our goal.  Now it must be noted that the statement, “We Made It,” as I am using it in this context does not refer to an ultimate goal nor does it refer to a permanent victory.

    For as long as we are citizens of this world, as long as we are pilgrims passing thru this barren land and as long as we are housed in these mortal bodies; every achievement is temporary and every victory is short-lived.  The celebration only last for a short while and in many instances it is only the prelude to another struggle. Yet, in the words of the songwriter we are encouraged by the fact that “Each victory will help us, some other to win.”  So even through the statement, “We Made It” has no permanency for us, it does however contain an element of encouragement, which says to us that the same grace, which brought us thus far on our journey, can be trusted to lead us into the future.

    Now, it must also be noted that there is a vast difference between saying “We Made It” and saying “We’ve Got It Made.”  You see, We’ve Go It Made is a statement of self-sufficiency and arrogance but “We Made It” is an expression of humble jubilation.


Read more Rocky... ScoopUSA Media, October 4, 2019 page  16

Somebody’s knocking at your door!

    The subject of our message is the title of a very familiar African American Spiritual. The title of the song and the words which follow give us some information concerning the deep religious convictions of our fore parents. For they believed that no matter how sinful a person might be, somebody was still knocking at the door of his or her heart. They felt that even though a person might be “low-down” and doing what we sometimes call wallowing in the mud, they could still expect somebody to be knocking at their door.

    And then, they went on to identify the Caller, the Guest, the visitor, the traveler or however you might label him. They said that the person who keeps on knocking at the door of sinful hearts has a knock, which sounds familiar. 

It’s not a hard knock, its gentle knock. It’s not a demanding knock, it’s a requesting knock. It’s not a hateful knock, it’s a loving knock. Now, when they put these qualities together they had a pretty good idea who was standing outside the door so they said, “knocks like Jesus.”

    And then they made an appeal. It wasn’t enough to inform sinners that a caller was at the door and that His name was Jesus. They followed the giving of this information with a passionate plea: “O sinner, why don’t you answer somebody’s knocking at your door. You know, it’s a wonderful feeling to know that Jesus Christ God’s only begotten Son is so concerned about each one of us that He stands outside the door of every human heart and constantly knocks in the hope that we will open up our hearts and let Him come in. O’ somebody’s knocking at your door, knocks like Jesus!


Read more Rocky... ScoopUSA Media, October 11, 2019 page  16


September 2019

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How to become Born again

     The kings of the earth and the mighty men of the earth are born in exactly the same way, physically, as the simplest man. So the most intellectual person must become a Christian in exactly the same way as the simplest person.

    This is true of all human beings everywhere, through all space and all time. There are no exceptions.  Jesus said in a totally exclusive word: "No man (or woman) cometh unto the Father, but by Me."

    Jesus said that to enter the Kingdom of Heaven a person must be "Born Again." This consists of an act of the heart in believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  When we were born into the world physically, we were born spiritually dead, and therefore we need a spiritual birth. The spiritual birth involves two facets.

Read more Rocky... ScoopUSA Media, September 13, 2019 page  16

The Birds of the Bible

     The study of how frequently and how numerous birds are mentioned in the Bible is a very fascinating as well as a very rewarding undertaking.  Jesus, the Master of analogous teaching, often used birds to illustrate a point and to increase the understanding of his listeners.  Solomon, who possessed a wealth of knowledge concerning all living creatures, used birds in many of his proverbs.

    Look at some statistics concerning the birds of the Bible.  Birds are mentioned in 45 of the 66 books of the Bible. Approximately 50 different species of birds are mentioned in the Bible.  There are about 400 different kinds of birds in Palestine and of the 400 species 26 are found only in Palestine.

    The first mention of birds in the Bible is in Genesis 1:20 where God says: “Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.”

    The last mention of birds in the Bible is in Revelation 18:2, where Babylon is referred to as a “cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”  To name a few of the birds mentioned in the Bible we have the Bitten, Cock, Crane, Dove, Eagle, Falcon, Hawk, Hen, Nighthawk, Ostrich, Owl, Partridge, Peacock, Quail, Rave, Sparrow, Stork, Swallow, Swan, Turtledove and the Vulture. 


Read more Rocky... ScoopUSA Media, September 20, 2019 page  15


Time

    “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Time is among our most valuable possessions. Every person has twenty four hours each day he lives. Some make use of time and some waste it away.

    At best the time of our present lives is short. It can only be from the cradle to the grave. Only God knows how long that will be. One poet said it like this:

“I have only just a minute,

Only sixty seconds in it,

Forced upon me, Can’t refuse it,

Didn’t seek it, didn’t chose it,

But it’s up to me to use it.

I must suffer if I lose it,

Give account if I abuse it;

Just a tiny little minute-

But eternity is in it.”

    Often we live as if time were ours to spend as we please. When we realize it never waits but is continually passing, it as often too late. Time waits for no one. Time can never be recalled.

One afternoon a small boy failed to return home from school. The mother became alarmed but waited for the return of the father from work. When the father had exhausted himself looking over the neighborhood he called the child’s teacher.


Read more Rocky... ScoopUSA Media, September 27, 2019 page  16


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Jesus is the Reason

This message is based on one of the two fishing episodes that we find in the Bible where fishermen spent the whole night on the sea and caught nothing.  Nobody gets pleasure out of going fishing and catching nothing.  And in this particular incident, the people back home were counting on the success of these fishermen for fishing was their vocation. 


To read more Jesus is the Reason, go to Scoop USA Media, December 7, 2018 edition. 

Our Christmas traditions

We do things in life because they have become a tradition or custom.  They become so much a part of our cultural existence that we do them without questioning or understanding why.  We just do them because it has always been done.  We need to be careful about that because we can do something wrong for so long that we began to believe that it is right. 

We have Christmas traditions and customs that we follow and very few of us know why or their meaning or where the idea came from.  We just do it.  Our story goes back at least 4,000 years ago.  It begins in Mesopotamia, called the cradle of civilization.  Here Christmas really began as the festival that renewed the world for another year. 


Read more on Scoop USA Media, December 14, 2018. 

Watch Night Service

On New Years Eve many of us will gather in church for the purpose of praying the Old Year out and the New Year in.  Traditionally this is called “Watch Night Service.”

In many African – American Churches, this has been the most important prayer meeting of the Christian year.  For we gather to thank God for keeping us through the past year and to be found in a state of prayer on bended knees in “God’s House, when the clock strikes 12 midnight and the New Year begins.

Now the act of being on bended knees at the midnight hour is supported by the spiritual belief among Black folk that a good ending and beginning are necessary ingredients for the Christian year.  You see, Black Theology believes God can and will forgive the sins of the past year in a special way on this night that closes the year and opens up the New Year.  This golden moment affords the child of God the annual opportunity to make a new resolution to live a more “Holy Life.”

Read more on Scoop USA Media, December 28, 2018. 

What to do for a successful New Year

Last year 2018 was a year full of trials and tribulations as well as joys and good times for just about all of us.  Each of us has had happy moments we want to remember for years to come as well as sad moments we wish to forget. But through it all, the Lord our God kept us wrapped in His arms of protections and we should be able to say regardless of what happened last year, “THANK YOU JESUS, you’ve been so good to me”!

I believe this New Year ‘2019’ can and will be a good year if each and every one of us would do the following:

Read more on Scoop USA Media, January 4, 2019

Brother Martin, Happy Birthday

The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man who had hoped to be an inspiring preacher in a quiet small community.  Instead, by the time of his death he had led tens of millions of people into shattering the system of Southern segregation, splintering it beyond any possibility of restoration.  He had fashioned a mass Black electorate which eliminated overt racism from political campaigns and accumulated political power for African Americans beyond any they had ever possessed in their history in the United States.  Above all, with these and other accomplishments, be brought a new and higher dimension of human dignity to the African American Experience.

Read more on Scoop USA Media, January 18, 2019

He Fixed the Pipe

LORD, BLESS US AS WE LIVE TO BLESS OTHERS. AMEN. 

 We had a problem at church, one day with some water pipes that were leaking. The Chairman of our Trustee Board, Charles Thompson, was having a hard time finding someone to fix the problem. So after doing some praying and searching he remembered he had an old friend that did some plumbing work for him in the past. He called him and the guy met him at the church. The guy sized up the job and said,” I’ll be right back.” When he came back, he had new piping and all kinds of supplies that were needed to fix the plumbing problem. He started the work, not saying a word as Bro Charles looked on. Well, after about 4 hours he was finished and Bro Charles said to him, “Give me the bill so we can pay you.” The guy looked at Bro. Charles and said, “I’m not going to give you a bill for the supplies or my services. No, all that I want for the work I’ve done is for you to ask the church to pray for me and if they ask you my name just tell them, “ The Man Who Fixed The Pipe!”    

Read more Rev. Dr. Wm. Rocky Brown on Scoop USA Media, Praise and Worship, January 25, 2019

JANuaRY 2019

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He Fixed The Pipe

LORD, BLESS US AS WE LIVE TO BLESS OTHERS. AMEN. 

 We had a problem at church, one day with some water pipes that were leaking. The Chairman of our Trustee Board, Charles Thompson, was having a hard time finding someone to fix the problem. So after doing some praying and searching he remembered he had an old friend that did some plumbing work for him in the past. He called him and the guy met him at the church. The guy sized up the job and said,” I’ll be right back.” When he came back, he had new piping and all kinds of supplies that were needed to fix the plumbing problem. He started the work, not saying a word as Bro Charles looked on. Well, after about 4 hours he was finished and Bro Charles said to him, “Give me the bill so we can pay you.” The guy looked at Bro. Charles and said, “I’m not going to give you a bill for the supplies or my services. No, all that I want for the work I’ve done is for you to ask the church to pray for me and if they ask you my name just tell them, “ The Man Who Fixed The Pipe!”    

Read more on Scoop USA Media, January 25, 2019

The Superbowl of Mt. Calvary

  The Super Bowl is without a doubt the most popular sports event in the world, this year we have the Patriots going against the Rams.

 In a sense the 1st Super Bowl took place over 2,000 years ago. The stadium was a hill called “Calvary” and it was located outside the city of Jerusalem. It was a contest between a sneaky old champion known as Mr. Death and the Champion of Righteousness known as Jesus Christ.  Old Satan, the devil himself, coached Mr. Death for the two of them work hand in hand. Jesus also had a coach, who was His Father, the Almighty God who created the heavens and the earth. Just as there is a good relationship between death and Satan there is also good relationship between Jesus and The Father Almighty.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 1, 2019

What if?

This is a story of a little boy named “Malcolm Harris” who woke up one morning and asked his mother, “Mom, what if there were no Black people in the world”? Well, his mother thought about that for a moment, and then said “son, follow me around today and let’s see what it would be like if there were no Black people in the world.” Mom said, “Now go get dressed and we will get started.”

Malcolm ran to his room to put on his clothes and shoes. His mother took one look at him and said “Malcolm, where are your shoes? And those clothes are all wrinkled son, I must iron them.” But when she reached for the ironing board it was no longer there. You see Sarah Boone, a black woman, invented the ironing board, and Jan E. Matzelinger, a black man, invented the shoe lasting machine.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 8, 2019

Let us celebrate our culture

Black History Month is a time when we as African Americans tell who we are as individuals and as a race of people.  The great historian Carter G. Woodson as a weeklong celebration founded it, it now takes in the whole month of February and it is my hope and prayer that we will not limit the celebration of our history to one month because we make history everyday. It is a time that as men of our families we give our children knowledge of their past. It is a time when we celebrate our achievements in a country that has tried to keep us from achieving. It is a time when we present ourselves to the world, so that humanity will know and can see what God has done in the past, what he is doing in the present and what he will do in the future to liberate us, His people, in this land which caused our fore parents to sing: “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child!”

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 15, 2019

Unfinished business

In the 2nd Chapter of the Biblical Old Testament book called Judges, it talks about a generation of the children of Israel who didn't know GOD and the covenant that HE made with their ancestors. Now because they didn’t know GOD or their history they became a generation who created unfinished business for generations to come.

You know as human beings we all have some unfinished business in our lives. There are some relationships we need to mend. There are some projects we haven't started or completed. There are some goals we haven't reached. Well, in some cases it’s because we got side tracked and in other cases it's because we've lost our motivation and zeal. We have some unfinished business.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

God’s second greatest gift “A message for Women’s History month

The greatest gift God gave to man was His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and the second greatest gift he gave was woman. You see, when God created man, He looked around and noticed that man would be lonely without a mate, especially when all the other inhabitants on earth had one. So God with Divine Love created woman from the rib of man.

Brothers, if God had taken the bone out of the man’s head, He would have meant for the woman to rule. If God had taken the bone out of the man’s foot, He would have meant for the woman to dominate and rule. God could have made the woman out of the backbone, but then the woman would have been behind the man. But no, God Almighty, full of wisdom, took the bone out of man’s side. So that puts the woman beside the man to be a helpmate who receives love, respect, honor and guiding protection.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019

MARCH 2019

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We need to stay with Jesus

One day our Master, Jesus Christ was received into a village home in Bethany by Martha, the sister of Lazarus. As we read this eventful account in the Gospel of Luke we are impressed with the fact that Martha seems to also be the older sister and no doubt was the supervisor of the home.  She was a woman of standing in the community. Yet, she had the warmth of spirit to openly make it possible for Jesus and surely some disciples with him to come into her home. Yes she invited the Master home. 

How many of us today are anxious to invite the Master home? How many of us are living lives that are both respectful and humble, holy and human so that Jesus could find comfort and lodging in our homes? Now, being the woman of the house it would be up to her to prepare a meal. And the custom of the day tells us that it was a great honor to be able to prepare a meal for important guest or dignitaries. Martha had gone to make bread and prepare a meal. But it seems that Martha’s troubles developed when she began to worry about Mary. As long as Martha was doing what she could do best, all was well.  As soon as anxiety rose and her tensions increased, Martha wanted her sister, Mary to know what she was going through. I suspect she wanted Mary in the kitchen with her.  

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 8, 2019

The Value of Counting our Blessings

Whether you realize it or not, one of the most effective methods of experiencing physical, mental emotional and spiritual therapy, is to take a retrospective view of your life and count the many blessings which God has bestowed upon you.

Yes, there is an unparalleled kind of therapy which goes on everything time you count your blessings. You see, you can’t count complaints and blessings at the same time. If you don’t believe what I’m saying, try it for yourself. I dare you to try it! Let your mind flash back upon the blessings, which you have received in the last twenty-four hours. Go ahead and start counting your blessings of the last twentyfour hours. If you need some help, I’ll assist you: You’ve been breathing God’ air. Your life has been sustained by the power of God, (Paul said in Acts 17:28, “For in Him we live and move and have our being.”) You’ve had some food to eat. You’ve had some water and some other beverages to drink. You’ve had your eyes to see, ears to hear. Tongue to talk, you were able to lie down on a beauty-rest mattress and sleep all night long while the angels watched over your bedside. You were awakened this morning, not by your alarm clock, but by the invisible finger of God. When you woke up, your body had been re-vitalized, you were clothed in your right mind, you noticed that your bed was not your cooling board and that your cover was not your winding sheet. You had the right exercise of your limbs, and you were able to get up and start on another day’s journey.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 15, 2019

Pray for a Grieving Family

LORD, WE LIFT OUR HEARTS TO YOU AND ASK THAT YOU COMFORT AND BLESS THIS GRIEVING FAMILY. AMEN.

A friend of mine, in my hometown, was once really going through a difficult time in her life. She had lost her son because he was caught in the crossfire of a shooting and died. Then the day of her son's repast, his four-year-old son, her grandson, was hit by a truck and died. This mother, these grandparents, these relatives, this family, had been shaken to the core. I'm sure their faith was shattered; their hearts were beyond broken, and their trust in God was on the brink.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 22, 2019

Make things happen

There are all types of people in this world. We come in different shapes, sizes, heights, weights, complexions, cultures, nationalities, races, backgrounds, habits, ways and norms. GOD has made all of us different. No two of us are alike. Even identical twins are not 100% alike. Today I want to talk about three types of people that exist in every country and culture in this place we call Mother Earth.

First, there are the “People Who Wonder What Happened.” These are the folk who are not paying attention to what is happening in their neighborhood, on their job or in their community. Some are lost because they are on drugs and alcohol, some are mentally ill, some are afraid to get involved, and some are so into their own world that they don't care about anybody or anything but themselves. They feel that the world is all about them. I call them Selfish People.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 29, 2019

Make things happen “Get rid of the But in your life”

oday, I share because I want you to join me in believing that all things are possible because of our faith. GOD, who is the author and finisher of our faith, gives us what we need to make our dreams come true. I feel the Spirit telling me that there is something that you have wanted to do for years, but you have put it aside because of the BUT in your life. You say, 'I would do this or I would do that BUT.'

Beloved get the BUT out of your life and make that dream come true. Let go of the negative naysayers and launch out into the deep and make your dreams a reality. Barak Obama had a dream of leading this country, and he would still be living in Chicago, working as a social worker, if he didn't get the BUTS from around him. I'm sure somebody said to him, 'You are a very intelligent person, BUT you won't be president because you are a black man raised by a single white woman.' He was able to achieve his dream because of GODS grace and because he took the BUT out of his life.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 5, 2019

Enthusiasm

The day Jesus rode into Jerusalem was a very triumphant one. He came in as a humble King and the crowd was enthusiastic about his reign. They wholeheartedly accepted him as their King and they demonstrated their enthusiasm.

For they cried out, “Hosanna to the son of David; blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.”

They tore down palm branches and waved them. They even made a welcoming carpet on the road with their coats. They were probably called “fanatics” by the religious establishment and curious onlookers.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 12, 2019

APRIL 2019

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The proof and Power of the Resurrection

The resurrection must be preached if we are to hear the gospel of Christ. The resurrection must be believed if we are to see God’s face in peace. Peter the apostle preached one of the first sermons of the resurrection. It was there on the Day of Pentecost. He said to the people, “you know this Jesus of Nazareth. He is a mighty man with mighty miracles, a man with proof and power, wonders and signs. Things that happened before your eyes. It was this man that God let you murder on that cross of Calvary. But God removed the sting of death and gave him life once more.” It just was not possible for him to be contained by death. The Tomb was too small. The King’s seal did not have enough authority. The soldiers who stood guard were ordinary men like you and I and we ought to know by now that we are no match for God.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 19, 2019

In my House

A few weeks ago, I shared some of my thoughts about saving the children. If you recall I said thatwe needed to start raising

them like we were raised. You can’t complain if you are not helping and you can't help if you don’t have yourself together because we must lead by example.

Well, if you don't mind I have some more I want to say about this subject. To save the children, we need to give them some rules, standards, and values to live by. They need discipline in their lives, and that must come from the home first, then the school, church and community. I know they have cultural ways for their generation, but they need to learn that there is a time and a place for everything. But some things are just not acceptable, at least not in my house. (Somebody needs to say, “Break it down Brown!') Well, you see if you are living in my house, you will follow my rules.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 26, 2019

Get rid of your anger

The Apostle Paul states this about "ANGER"...“don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil." (Ephesians 4:26, 27 NLT)

We are living in a society where folk are just angry. Angry because we are dealing with some type of hurt. We are dealing with childhood hurts such as mental, emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Our parents, siblings and friends hurt us. We are dealing with relationship hurts, peer hurts, work place hurts, societal hurts (racism and discrimination), friendship and family hurts and because we hurt, we have a tendency to hurt others. Yes, "Hurt People, Hurt People".

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 3, 2019

Mom-1 Love You

“This article is dedicated to my mother, Mrs. Gwendolyn C. Brown and all of the other women that have been blessed by God to be mothers.”

Dedication of a day to mothers is relatively new to the United States. It was not until 1908 that the first such special day was held, but the tradition of setting aside a time for the public expression of love for mothers dates back to the ancient Greek empire. The early Christian in honor of the Virgin Mary continued it in pagan Rome and later. In England an ecclesiastical decree expanded the holiday to include all mothers.

Perhaps because many of the early settlers in the United States were not members of the established Church of England, they did not bring this celebration with them.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 10, 2019

The Tator Family

Every church in America has families in them, because for the most part our churches are built by families joining together or one by one. But there is one family that has a reputation for joining as many churches as possible. The following description will help you to recognize them if they start attending and joining your church.

DICK TATOR~

He’s the daddy who is the self-appointed leader of the church. He feels he must head every church committee. He feels more important than he really is. He just dictates and never works.

EMMY TATOR~

She's the mother who never has any thoughts of her own. She just imitates and always seconds someone else's motion. She is active in all phases of church life by imitating her closest friends.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 17, 2019

The mystery of Death

Memorial Day is a day when we pause to remember those who have gone on to the other side.  It should also be a time when we try to grasp a better understanding of Life, Death and the Resurrection.  Death is a debt that all of us must pay, sooner or later.  It is something that we all must face whether we want to or not.

Life is full of mysteries.  But nothing is as mysterious to us as Death.  Nothing puzzles us more than the things pertaining to life after death.  The apostle tell us that we shall not all sleep, but at the end we shall all be changed.  The apostle however does not explain the transformation that he predicts, he merely states the fact.  Our curiosity and our needs are left unsatisfied.  In the 2,000 years that have passed since Paul wrote these words no one else has been able to clarify the resurrection any more than he did.  And if we must wait until the mystery has been dispelled before we can believe in the resurrection we may be waiting forever.  On the other hand, we can treat this matter as we do all the other things in life that we cannot understand. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 24, 2019

JUNE 2019

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The Worst of Best of Times

I thank God for blessing me to see another day. But in the midst of my joy, I'm sad. I’m sad, and my heart is broken because of what's going on in my hometown as well as black communities across America. As I heard a pastor say one Sunday, for us (Black folks), these are the worst of times and the best of times. This thought came from a novel by author Charles Dickens entitled: A Tale of Two Cities set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The book is a historical fictional political commentary.

These are the worst of times because young black males are killing each other on a daily basis, but then these are the best of times because we are making advances in medical technology and living much longer. There is a sister in my neighborhood who is 103 years old, who takes care of herself and is still the head cook at her church and an adviser to the Usher Board.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 7, 2019

On Earth as it is in Heaven

For some of us, this summer is a time for work, fun and vacations, but for many of our brothers and sisters there is no work, no fun nor any vacations.  Many of them have just come through the winter by the Grace of God.  No housing; no work; very little clothing and food as well as hardly any help from others.  But God by His might, power, ability, and love pulled them through.  

If one would ask the question, “How did they get into that situation?”  I would answer by saying, “Well, some are like that because they want to.  But most of them are in this situation because our economic environment is extremely ill.  It is off-balanced because our Federal and State Government have continued to keep people off of welfare but have no jobs to give them.  Believe it or not, most people would rather have a job than welfare, but welfare is better than nothing.  No job or income such as D.P.A., S.S.I. or Unemployment, will cause anybody to rob and go to jail or suffer and die.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 21, 2019

Change a Child’s Life

 

Two years ago I was blessed to attend a conference in the beautiful city of Rocky Hill, Connecticut. There were many topics discussed, but the one that was dear to my heart was called 'Saving Our Youth.' I truly believe this should be of great concern to you also. You see our children are our future. GOD has given them to us and they are our responsibility. Now, the situation of our youth is so messed up that we need many ideas and solutions. Here are some of my thoughts about the situation.

First, we call them a lost generation, so the real question is, if they are lost, who lost them? They didn't lose themselves. No, we lost them. I believe we have lost them because we have not raised them like we were raised. If they were raised like us, they would be more like us.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 28, 2019

July 4th--It’s “A Freed Body, but an Enslaved Mind” Day

Whenever the 4th of July comes around I think of the word freedom.  Freedom is one of the most illustrative words in the English language.  On the surface, freedom seems to suggest the absence of restraints, the absence of control, and the ability to do what one pleases.  Almost everyone wants freedom, but very few, it seems, really know just what freedom means. 

True freedom is an inward spiritual experience rather than just an external deliverance. For not only is there a physical aspect to slavery, but a mental one as well.  You see, you don’t need shackles on the feet if you have them on the mind. 

Now in the 14th chapter of the book of Exodus we find that the Israelites have been freed by God from Egyptian slavery and led through the wilderness by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

After leaving Succoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert.  Then the Lord spoke unto Moses and said: “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp between Migdol and the Red Sea.  Pharaoh will think that you are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.  And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart and he will pursue you.  But, I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” 

So Moses and the Israelites followed the Lord’s command.  Now, when the King of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services.”

Read More, Scoop USA Media Digital July 5, 2019

Without a Song

Songs play a great role in the lives of people.  There is a song somewhere suited for all occasions.  Out of the joys, sadness, problems and prosperities of people, songs were born.  Lifted beyond mere entertainment our songs tell us something that we are unable to phrase otherwise.  Therefore, it becomes difficult for me to think of any situation so gruelsome that one is left without a song. 

I have watched from the pulpit at funerals, people who seal their lips when the songs of Zion are sung.  They experience deep human hurt and lost.  They brush back the tears from their eyes.  They simply cannot handle it.  The hurt is too grave to have a song during this unusual hour.  However, I have watched others who’s lost is just as dear and as deep and their voices have rung out with perfect clarity.  They had a song. 

WE MUST NEVER ALLOW PRESSING AND DEPRESSION MOMENTS TO STEAL OUT MELODIES.  Pressures are great.  They build up unusual, uncalled for and unwanted frustration.  We often find ourselves saying, “I don’t know whether to turn to the right or the left.”  In these moments it is easy to lose track of yourself.  The mind does not function properly.  Things are done that do not make sense.  Actions are taken that often create life long hurts. Have you had the experience of misplacing something that you needed badly?  You look through the pockets, pull out the drawers, and comb the house and the yard from one end to another with no success.  Finally, it dawns upon you to go and sit down, be quiet and try to remember where you last had that thing.  Ninety percent of the time the answer comes. 


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AMAZING GRACE

Just about everyone I know, both Christian and non-Christian, has a special place in their heart for the much reverend hymn, “Amazing Grace.”  It was written by minister and hymn writer, John Newton. It is the one hymn you always hear being played by bagpipes at a Police and Firefighters Memorial Service.

Newton was born in London, England in 1725.  His mother gave him some religious training, but she died of tuberculosis when he was only seven.  He received little formal education before going to sea with his father, the commander of a merchant ship at age eleven.  In 1743, he was forced to serve aboard the H.M.S. Harwich and soon deserted.  He was captured, flogged and degraded to a common seaman.  After asking to be exchanged to a slave ship, he suffered brutal persecution before being rescued by a friend of his father.  Newton later said that in the course of these wanderings he lost all sense of religion. But, during a severe storm on the homeward voyage, he experienced a strong religious conversion.

Newton married a childhood sweetheart.  He also successfully educated himself, learning Euclidean, Geometry, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Syrian.  For a time he commanded a slave ship, attempting to repress the swearing and immoral conduct of his sailors, and reading Liturgy twice each Sunday with the crew.  But, during what became his last voyage as a slave ship captain, there was once again a severe storm to send him a message.  The Lord told John Newton that the thing he was doing was good but it wasn’t enough because he hadn’t come to the realization that slavery was wrong also.  As the spirit moved upon him, he realized that he was no better than anybody else, because everybody is somebody and all men and women are free by the Grace of God.

When Newton returned safely home, after the storm, he fell down on his knees in prayer, As he was praying, a part of verse 10 from the 15th chapter of 1st Corinthians came into his mind:  “By the Grace of God I am what I am, “he said, “I am not what I ought to be.”

How imperfect and deficient I am!  I am not what I wish to be.  Though I am not what I ought to be, I can truly say that I am not what I once was – a slave to sin a Satan.”  He heartily said with Paul, “By the Grace of God I am what I am!”  Then he rose from the floor, sat down at his desk, and wrote these lovely, soul stirring, and every lasting words:


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FAITH IN THE STORM

LORD, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM. AMEN. 


The story is told of a little boy who was crossing the ocean with his father, who was captain of the ship, when they ran into a storm. The waves tossed the ship about like a cork and everyone was stricken with fear. But the boy sat still, with his eyes directed toward a certain spot. He sat there quite unperturbed as the ship was being dashed about by the waves. Someone asked him if he were not afraid, and he answered:  "I have my eye on that window, and through that window I can see the bridge, and on that bridge is my father. My father is the captain of the ship, and he has taken it through many storms."

And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awaken him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (Mark 4:35-41, KJV)

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Rest for the Weary, St. Matthew 11:28-30

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  “Come unto me.”  What a beautiful invitation for people living in a suffering burdened world. A world, marked by indifference and rejection where outstretched hands find little response and pleading cries go unanswered.

The words are simple and the meaning is unmistakable. Anyone who struggles with problems or difficulties and seeks relief is urged to come to Jesus. For you see, God does not remain at a distance.  He, who is high above us, as Lord of all, is also with us, as our Loving Father and Gracious Savior.  He came to us in His Son, Jesus Christ, to reveal Himself as the God of deliverance.

He does not intend that our struggles continue indefinitely, surely not eternally.  Burdens will be lifted and ordeals will be terminated.  Gathered round his word and seated at His table, we hear His voice, feel his presence, and experience His grace.  How wonderful to commune with God and how amazing that such communion is even possible.  Yes, Jesus opened the way and He continues to say: “Come unto me!” 

Read More Rocky, Scoop USA Media, August 2, 2019, page 10

Two things a Christian can be sure of

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those

who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1). “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those Who love him, who have been called according to his 

purpose”  (Rom 8:28).

All of us have said at one time or another, “You just can’t be sure of anything.”  For life is full of so many uncertainties.  We wonder what will happen next.

We ask ourselves are we the playthings of time and circumstance?  Is there no place to stand no foundation on which we can build?  Is it really true that we cannot be sure of anything?  Not at all!

For you see that glaring generality stands in direct contrast to the glorious certainties revealed in the Word of God.  Briefly let us look at two of them as presented by Paul in the surpassingly beautiful and comforting words of Romans 8.

In Christ, There Is No Condemnation!  Paul uses exceptionally forceful language.  He does not speak of disapproval censure or discipline; he asserts there is no condemnation.

Now the word, “therefore” links the thought very closely to that which proceeds.  As you know, in the opening chapter of this epistle, he stresses the sinfulness, of men exposing he folly of relying on good works or”righteousness according to the law” for salvation magnifies the grace of God.  Like Abraham of old, we are justified by faith. 


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We are workers together with God

As Christians we need to learn that we are not working for ourselves, but for God.  Some folk will say that they are working for a living, but few people can truthfully say, “I am working with God and for God.”  You know, humanity fails when we are not linked with God.  Someone has said that if you want to make a success of life you should link yourself to some great cause and give your best to it.  Surely we are on the road to the highest happiness and success when we link our lives with God and give our best.     

It may be great to work for General Motors or the Oil Companies, but how much more blessed it is to work with God.  How wonderful to have Jesus as our senior partner!

In recent years humanity has learned to work with God in a material way.  The forces of electricity have been here all the time, for God put them here, but it was left up to mankind to harness this great power.  God puts rich soil upon the earth, but he leaves it to us to cultivate this soil.  He put coal in the bosom of the earth, but He leaves it up to us to find it and dig it out.

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