- Created on 17 October 2013
In stressful and trying times , it is always good to meditate on the scriptures.The word is where we live and breathe. It is where we gather strength beyond our wildest dreams.
On His way from Bethany with the disciples, Jesus felt hungry, and seeing a fig tree in the distance, he went to see if he could find a fruit on it. Since it was not in season, he found nothing but leaves. And he said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard it. Arriving in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those buying and selling in the temple. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. And he taught them, saying, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a den of thieves." The chief priests and the scribes heard about it and sought a way to kill him; for they feared him, because the entire multitude was astonished at his teaching. The next day, passing by the fig tree, they saw it withered to its roots. Peter remembered and said to Him, "Master, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered." And Jesus said to them, "Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."
Just think for a moment. Jesus was never afraid of His enemies. On the contrary, it was they who feared Him, because He stood for the truth and the multitudes followed Him. He always knew that we must act on what is right in the appropriate place. The Apostles watched him with genuine concern, often utter confusion and frustration. He taught them to have faith, because it is in one's total trust in God where true power lies.
He taught them (and us) that it is in constant communication with the Father in prayer that we can develop our faith. And communication with Him will always be clear and invigorating if we bear no ill will against anyone, sustained by a forgiving heart. His message was: it would be better for a man not to exist at all if he was not fruitful and had nothing to offer in his life. In the same way, one must be willing to give up his life to fight for the truth and the principle of his faith.
Grant me, dear God, a heart full of faith in Your love; with courage to drive out of my life what is evil and unjust; with enthusiasm to be fruitful in spreading the Good News of Christ; and forgiveness, to be worthy of His great sacrifice. Amen.
- Created on 16 October 2013
Bishop T.D. Jakes recently took to his pulpit at the The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas to denounce the sanctified rachetness of Oxygen‘s new docu-series Preachers of L.A, reports the Christian Post.
Bishop Jakes wanted to make it clear to his congregants that they didn’t have to worry about their offerings going to his suits, houses or cars, because he’s always had his own money.
“Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV. I want to tell you right now, not one dime of what you’re sowing right now will buy my suit. I want you to know my car is paid for,” Jakes told his congregation Sunday, according to EEW magazine reports. “I want you to know I got my house on my own. I want you to know I’m not bling-blinging. I am not shake and bake. I had money when I came to Dallas and I plan to have some when I leave.”
Jakes went on to rebuke the spirit that caused people to think that financial contributions should go into preachers’ pockets.
“You did not buy what I got. I had it when I came here. You know I had it when I came here. The devil is a lie,” Jakes told his congregation. “I have sold enough books and produced enough movies. I don’t need your offering to pay for this little slimy suit. So I rebuke that spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.”
If there was any question about exactly who or what Jakes was referencing he told his congregation, “I’m not from L.A. I’m from Dallas!”
Preachers of L.A. drew in 1.1 million total viewers for it October 9 premiere, the second highest rated series premiere in Oxygen’s history.
According to Path Megazine, “[Preachers of L.A.] … was #5 on highest viewership among all cable networks… [the] #2 most social cable reality program and #3 most social reality program in primetime with #PreachersofLA trending in the U.S. on Twitter during the premiere. “
As previously reported by NewsOne, the show follows Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson and Pastor Jay Haizlip as they navigate roads of riches, redemption and ridiculousness.
“This show documents a journey of transparency from one man to the next as they endeavor to lead others to their own truth and self-discovery,” said executive producer Holly Carter who holds a doctorate of divinity with an emphasis on marketplace ministry and is the daughter of a pastor and an industry veteran in faith and inspirational development and programming. “It’s a dose of reality and a pound of redemption coming from a creative team reared in the church.”
See the trailer for Preachers of L.A below:
- Created on 14 October 2013
Who do you take your troubles to? Jesus' disciples freely brought their troubles to him because they found him ready and able to deal with any difficulty, affliction, or sickness which they encountered. When Simon Peter brought Jesus to his home for the Sabbath meal (right after Jesus preached in the synagogue in Capernaum), his mother-in-law was instantly healed because Jesus heard Simon's prayer.
Jesus could not avoid drawing a crowd wherever he went. No one who asked Jesus for help was left disappointed. Jesus' numerous healings and exorcisms demonstrated the power and authority of his word, the "good news of the kingdom of God." When he rebuked the fever, it immediately left.
After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon's mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.
At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, "You are the Son of God."
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.
At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, "To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent."
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
Jesus put human need ahead of everything else. His compassion showed the depths of God's love and concern for all who are truly needy. Jesus gave the people the word of God and he healed them physically as well as spiritually. We can never intrude upon God nor exhaust his generosity and kindness. He is ever ready to give to those who earnestly seek him out. Do you allow Jesus to be the Lord and Healer in your personal life, family, and community? Approach him with expectant faith. God's healing power restores us not only to health but to active service and care of others. There is no trouble he does not want to help us with and there is no bondage he can't set us free from.
- Created on 11 October 2013
Calmn is when you think your best. Here is a prayer to direct those nerves.
Oh Lord, You are good to those who seek you, those who revere your name.
You, who are the only source of health and healing, the spirit of calm and the central peace of this universe, grant to me such a consciousness of your indwelling and surrounding presence that I may permit you to give me health and strength and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.