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Viewing entries posted in May 2015
There are some high season in the life of the Church. The most important holy day of the year is Resurrection Sunday. Without the Resurrection there would be no reason to follow Jesus of Nazareth. He would be consider another great prophet, but not a savior. The second most significant day in the Christian calendar is not Christmas but Pentecost. While the birth of Jesus is important his birth alone does not impact our lives or shape history the same as Resurrection Sunday and Pentecost. It's at Pentecost where the followers of Jesus were actually empowered intellectually, emotionally, courageously, and gifted-ly to do what Jesus told them to do. Without the giving of the Holy Spirit the Church would not exist because it could not function as the representation of Jesus in the world today. It is on the day of Pentecost that God, as promised, poured out the Holy Spirit on the followers of Jesus. Enabling them (and us today) to carry on the work of Jesus. I realize that Pentecost falls on Memorial Day Weekend. It is an opportunity to take a short vacation. However, this is one of the most important days in the life the Christian Church. Let's not overlook the significance of Pentecost, the day in which the Church became the Church. God Bless, EC3
Now that we have made it past the cold winter months it's time to enjoy the warmer more pleasant months. May is a month of celebrations. We honor our mothers on Mother's Day and it is also the time in which students graduate from school. There are graduation ceremonies and parties almost every weekend. It means traveling to see our friends and relatives walk across the stage to receive a diploma or degree. May is also the time when most children get out of school for the summer. That means families have the opportunity to go on vacation.While spring and summer are considered vacation time and fun time it is a challenging period for many congregations. Because people are traveling church attendance is down. Moreover, giving is down during the summer. I encourage people to take time off, however, the church can never take time off. As long as people are hurting the church has work to do. The is no vacation when it comes to Kingdom Building. So, as you are preparing to take time off this vacation season please remember (in your giving) that the work of the church must continue on. If you can't make it to worship on Sundays try to worship with us on Wednesday nights. It is also important to remember that we should not rob God by giving our tithes to our travel agent. What belongs to your agent belongs to your agent and what belongs to God belongs to God. Have a great summer!
As a huge fan of kickboxing, MMA, and Boxing there was no way I was going to miss the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. While I believe Floyd Mayweather is one of the most skilled boxers of all time, I'm not a real big fan of what he represents. Floyd Mayweather teaches our children, by way of his persona, that life is all about money. He flaunts it, he wastes it, and believes he can do anything because he has money. He also teaches, by way of his actions, that women are no better than the ridiculously expensive cars he owns. They are property. Unfortunately, I knew he would win the fight, however, I did not cheer for him. In addition to the fact that I am a Pacquiao fan I cannot cheer for an unrepentant abuser of women. Sadly, it is precisely because of his public persona that so many in the African American community love him and ignore the fact that he is a repeat domestic violence offender. How is it that we can celebrate the worst part of our community while at the very same time claim to try to make it better? I, like Floyd Mayweather, am in need of God's grace. I have fallen short and continue to fall short of God's glory. But I refuse to ignore and glorify my faults. Maybe Floyd has reconciled his shortcomings with God and only portrays that image in public because so many people adore it. When it is all said and done I know that I am in need of God's grace just as much as anyone else. But I would hope that we can learn to stop celebrating ignorance and begin appreciating humility.