Archive for August, 2011

And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.- 1 Corinthians 2:4 (NLT)

People need to hear the gospel, not gimmicks.  Paul shared the message was about the Master.  He didn’t get into clever wordplay and double talk that confused people and complicated salvation.  He made his message very plain.  He just preached about Christ and relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.  Paul kept it simple and direct.
We should be more concerned with leading someone to Christ more than inviting them to church.  Simply inviting them to church has more to do with the various selling points of what our church has to offer as opposed to the multitudes of blessings that Jesus Christ our Savior has to offer those who will hear and come to Him.

Gospel means “good news.” When we share the gospel with others, we engage in the delivery of the message of the Messiah and his mighty work of salvation.  Good News Bible: With Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha [Good News Translation]Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, SpyPeople need to know that Jesus is the root and foundation of the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Share the good news of Jesus, not simply the good things about your church.  Your church should help disciple new believers, but it is Jesus Christ who converts them by faith upon belief in Him.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer put it in real simple terms: “Up with Christ, down with church.”

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And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.- Colossians 3:17 (ESV)

Some do their own thing and think that it’s okay to do so.  They do as they please and they do what pleases them, living without any concern for others.  Oddly enough, some of these people even claim to be Christians.

Such Christians have accepted the Deity but not the doctrine.  They know that they’re in need of the Savior, but they don’t want to have to deal with the lifestyle of being saved, sanctified and redeemed by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  They don’t want to go to hell, so they simply have chosen the better of the two options.

Christianity is not an alternative lifestyle.  It is an absolute lifestyle.  There are some biblical and doctrinal absolutes that you had been start adhering to or face the possibility of losing connection with your faith. 

Do all for Him.  Whether it is in word or deed, do it all for Him.  Don’t let what you do cause you to stray.  Don’t let what you say cause you to stray either.  Do your work for the Lord who did such a mighty work for us.

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Worth the Risk

“Faith laughs at impossibilities.” – Smith Wigglesworth

Faith involves a certain degree of risk.  My pastor preached and taught many times over the years that faith can cause you to end up looking foolish following God.  If you are going to have faith, you must be willing to take a risk.  You have to be willing to stand out from the crowd.

As Christians, we are called to be faithful.  Faithful indicates that one is full of faith.  Imagine if you were so faithful that it began to overflow and touch others.  Take a moment to think of all of the ways that you touch people by living a life full of faith.

When you risk your public image, your reputation, and your good name, you take a risk of losing face.  You put such things on the line and trust God, leaving all things in His hands.  You have enough faith to hold on and see things through, even when it seems like things won’t work out for your own benefit or gain.  You trust that God has it all worked out.  You put your faith in Him.  In the end, God gets the glory. 

If God gets the glory, then it all is worth the risk.  Friends may come and go, but God reigns supreme over an everlasting kingdom.  Let the glory be given to God and see that faith is well worth the risk.


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My painfulness often inspires my poetry.  Sadly, if I experience something that bothers me or gets me down, I find more inspiration to write.  It is my hope that I am able to shed some light on such circumstances for some aspiring poet who wonders why he or she may not feel so inclined to embrace the valleys and low points as much as the peaks and the mountaintops.

Selected Poems of Langston HughesMaya Angelou: PoemsI believe that other poets and authors have inspired my writing and poetry.  Among them, I would have to say that Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Dorothy West, Henry David Thoreau, William Shakespeare and Claude McKay are some of my favorites.  I have enjoyed reading them and their various styles of literature.

My poetry is posted on various sites on the web, including but not limited to:

Here is a poem that has been published in my book Words from the Underground:
Smoke Screens
They appear to be little more than detrimental detours.

Yet, they are detrimental nonetheless.

Our expectations exclude them,

While our conclusions include them.

We do not see them but after the fact.

They disappear as swiftly as they appear.

Some attribute their ways to magic.

Others say they are derived from madness and mayhem.

They are smoke screens.

They exist to serve only as illusions.

They are smoke screens

And they leave us spellbound.

When you least expect them,

You find yourself in their midst.

Your best option is to pay them no mind.

They will choke you with their smoke.

They will engulf you from head to toe.

They will keep your head spinning.

Don’t pay them any mind.

You may not expect them.

You may not avoid them.

Pay them no mind,

For they truly do exist.

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Seeing the Light

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

We know Jesus.  As believers in Him, we claim to have personally accepted Him as both Lord and Savior.  We say that we know Jesus Christ.  We profess our faith, proclaiming to be children of God through His shed blood of sacrifice for our sakes.

The poem below was featured in my book Lamentations in the Storm.   I pray that it blesses you and causes you to remember and recall the experience of coming to know Him for yourself.




The Light (He is)

I’ve seen the Light,

Alive in the eyes of the afflicted.

My eyes have seen the Light,

Giving life to the hopeless.

Blessed be the Light,

Its power giving help to the needy.

It is by the Light

That men are saved from their own depravity.

Only by the Light will people turn back to God.

He is the Light,

The Light of our salvation.

Truly, I have seen Him.

I have seen the Light

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Developed by Daily Devotion

Daily devotionals can keep a believer grounded.  Believe me.  I know that from personal experience.

Some years back, when i really started taking my Christian walk seriously, I got wind of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.  It changed my entire approach to my daily encounters and interactions as a Christian.  I began to have Chambers’ words mixed with tidbits of the Scriptures on my heart and mind as well as on the tip of my tongue as I went through my day.  It made a major difference in how I dealt with people.  I began to have a different experience with others as I continued my daily readings and reflections.

Visit Crosswalk’s devotional section and see what it has to offer.  I also like C.H. Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook as another option for devotional reading.

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No harm.  No foul.

Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning OrganizationWe learned it in sports.  It was said to us a eager and energetic basketball campers, learning the fundamentals of b-ball from one of John Wooden’s UCLA players who became a coach at our local junior college.  He said it nonchalantly.  Yet, his words stuck.

No harm.  No foul.
I hard it as a manager of a pizza delivery service.  The owner had it as his mantra.  He meant it in regards to the interactions with irate customers who wanted to get pizzas delivered in 30 minutes or less.  He shared it whenever it was said that the driver got lost and now their pizza was cold, their voice screeching curse words between every other understandable word offered.  He said it in a carefree manner, but his words stuck just like my coach’s words.
Paul for Everyone: Galatians and Thessalonians (New Testament for Everyone) 1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:1-2 (NIV)

Ministry TodayWe need to be extra careful with how we approach recovering and reclaiming the lost.  People are fragile.  No, they don’t come with it stamped in red across their bodies.  They just are fragile.  Some wear their emotions right on their sleeves.  Others keep them hidden behind masks and facades.

What do you do when a wayward brother or sister makes their way back to church? Do you attack them as they cross the threshold, asking where in God’s name they’ve been all of this time? Do you offer a sweet surrender to to the Holy Spirit, seeking the unction for your every move with care? What do you do with the lost? It can either lead to their development or their damage.  Be extra careful.

Such a ministry as the ministry of reconciliation is not a carefree ministry.  It is at the core of the people business.  It centers on how we deal with and interact with other people. 

Ministry TodayHow well do we care for other people?

This isn’t the type of business where you can go for it with a whole lot of trial and error.  We lose people when we test out and pilot new programs that leave people out of the loop.   We miss the mark when we do not have anyone calling people back or calling on the Lord to intercede based upon what we have encountered with the lost in our community.

No harm? 
No foul?

Let’s be helpful without becoming harmful.  Let us help.  Let us do no harm.

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin,
you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently . . .
Christianity Today

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