Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church Shooting Impacts All Of Us
June 18, 2015

Almost 40 years ago I began preaching the gospel of Christ.   What happened last night in Charleston, South Carolina at the Emanuel AME Church touched me dearly.  Weekly, preachers, pastors, bishops, ministers, elders hearts are made glad to see individuals assemble midweek after a long day at work, challenges with health and so many other day to day matters.  My heart dropped as I prepared for bed at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday night following a great day serving God.  I had an excellent evening of fellowship at our 6:00 p.m. church meal, being blessed by a wonderful 7:30 p.m. study on the topic “Masters and Servants” only to arrive home and on the 10:00 p.m. news to hear about a church being targeted as the sight of a mass hate murder.

The Emanuel AME Church is considered the mother church of the AME churches in America.  It was reported that 9 of the 13 people assembled to pray and study the Word of God and encourage each other was killed by an individual who entered as a wolf among sheep.  The gunman, just like a wolf among sheep,  had no regard for anyone or anything except their own self serving desires.

The common ground for every place of assembly in the United States is not what the religious positions were of those inside the Emanuel AME Church, but rather the fact that it was a place of assembly for those who believed in the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.  The common ground is the embrace of Jesus as the one Lord of the Christian community and for that purpose were they assembled on last night together.  If this could happen to Emanuel AME, it could also happen in any place of worship in the United States.  It’s my prayer today that collectively we can all rally around the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in support of God, Christ the Holy Spirit and the desire they had to learn more about God’s will for their lives.

Every person in the entire world who embraces the deity of Christ and the Sovereignty of God should grieve and embrace and support the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in time of their grief.  Rejoice with them who rejoice and weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15

Media Drives Fear or Calm Outlook In Time of Crisis
May 20, 2015

Perception is the view embraced by others of events, people, behavior and outcome.  Have you noticed that the news stations aren’t looping over and over again the shootout that happened in Waco, Texas which left 9 people dead and dozens others injured?  I even saw one major news anchor on television this morning biking from Boston to New York with very little said in studio about the Waco blood bath.  When the events occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland the media labeled the events as “CRISIS”.  The media made sure the camera’s kept rolling and interviewing people without knowledge of what happened and almost for entertainment purposes interviewed individuals who honestly were an embarrassment to the community.

About 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs were charged with engaging in organised crime after a shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, that killed nine people and wounded 18. The crowd of suspects was so large that authorities opened a convention center to hold them all before they were arrested, police said. McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. Peterson set bond at $1 million for each suspect. He defended the high amount, citing the violence that quickly unfolded in the shopping market that was busy with a lunchtime crowd.  McLennan County Sheriff’s office have distributed the booking mugshots of the people arrested… (BBC)

Koreans fearful as Ferguson riot escalates

The Baltimore Riots Cost an Estimated $9 Million in Damages according to Time Magazine

The focus in times of unrest is indeed to make the public aware of what has happened while at the same time reassuring the public that they are safe and the “Crisis” does not define the city, community or citizens in the area.

The manner in which both the media and police approached Waco is commendable.  It will be great when the media and police commit nationwide to taking the same approach of respect and reassurance of safety to everyone in each community in America?

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God….Romans 13:1

 

Family Dynamics…There Is Nothing New Under The Sun
May 4, 2015

Beginning with Adam and Eve, in family dynamics some within a family seem to “get it” and others potentially will “get it” later or maybe not at all.  Within the family of King Saul in Old Testament history, Jonathan “got it” while his father never quite figured life out in a positive manner.  King David who once was an adulterer, murderer, liar who coveted power later in life “got it” but his son Absalom never quite figured life out in a positive manner.  Madelene Murry O’Hara a devote Atheist never quite “got it”, while in 1980 her son William converted to Christianity and was according to a quote from his own mother, “One could call this a postnatal abortion on the part of a mother, I guess; I repudiate him entirely and completely for now and all times … he is beyond human forgiveness.”  President Jimmy Carter is remembered for winning a Nobel Peace Prize while his brother Billy is remembered for drinking beer.  Jesus and eleven of his Apostles are remembered for being assembled together in Acts 1, while Judas is remembered for hanging himself and betraying Jesus.

Not long after the church was established in Acts 2, by the time one reads Acts 5, a husband and wife team brings shame upon the glorified church by teaming together to hide the true unchanged components of their hearts.  A few of those components appear to have been greed, mistrust of others, pride, insecurity and a true lack of spiritual maturity.    In the history of the world, there has never been nor will there every be a long extended expanse of chronological time, when mankind will “get it” collectively all at the same time in such a manner that absolute tranquility will be in place long term.  Have you noticed that in work environments, social environments and home environments at any given time, someone becomes disruptive and creates internal tension within the organization(s)?  The bad news is that within anything that has greatness and or the potential for greatness, Satan is constantly looking for an opening to destroy the potential for a wealthy harvest.  The good news about such bad news it that the burden is put upon the shoulders of those who “get it”, not to allow Satan and his many devices to take over.  Organizations with gold and silver should not allow themselves to become wood and clay.  Wood and clay must somehow become accepting of the fact that their is indeed a place within the home for who they are and what they are capable of providing to the great organization while functioning within the realm of their abilities.  Satan on the other hand will make every effort to enter into the hearts of each component and turn them one against the other.

In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay.  The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use.  If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use.  your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.  Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts.  Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace.  Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.  Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.  A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.  Gently instruct those who oppose the truth.  Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.  Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap.  For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.  2 Timothy 2:20 – 26