Archives for February 2016


Feb. 29, 2016


A-Review-of-The-Passion-of-Christ-Movie-Cover-300x300Passion, is defined as a powerful or compelling emotion or feeling whether it is derived from love or hate, which if nothing else explains the great controversy between good and evil.

A Demonstration of the passion of love can be found in  Romans 5:7-8 (NKJV) “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

And of course the opposite of love is hate. And Christ gives an example in John 3:20 (KJV), when He tells us “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”

Christ also tells us “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NKJV) So today my friends I would like to focus on the “passion of Christ.”

That passion which we should all seek and not what the god of this world defines as Passion. But that passion of Christ, which stayed focus on the images3cross and His “love toward us, in that while we were still sinners He died for us.”

Yes my friends, while we still placed other gods before our Lord and Savior, while we still worshiped idols of this world instead of the true God, while we still used the Lords name in vain, while we still broke the Sabbath his blessed and sanctified day.

In addition, while we still dishonored our mothers and fathers, and while we still murdered our brother and sister with hate, or committed adultery sometimes with only our lust, and when we stole and lied and coveted our neighbors belongings.

Yes my friends before we had broken any of Gods precepts he died for us. The abominations of a lifetime that occurs in our life against our Savior, He was willing to die for, so that we may live.

images33That is the passion we must seek through His Spirit daily. Each of us have probably had a Damascus road experience Like Paul where we had a passion for the opposing side.

But by the grace of God that all changed because our God saw something that allowed each of us a chance to experience real passion. Paul tells us “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:7-8 (KJV)

That text presents a path which starts with our willingness to deprive ourselves of all earthly gain for the “passion of Christ.” and a wiliness to give imgresHim our time, talents and money for His will not ours.

So do we start by standing on a street corner screaming, give your life to Christ or die? Or do we set ourselves on fire all in the name of the Master. Throughout history people have done everything imaginable for a cause, and placed Christ name in front of it.

But the true passion of Christ, that feeling and attitude, of faith and endurance which, leads to a conviction and conversion through Gods word and Spirit is God’s process that leads to our salvation that begin from the foundation of the world, then Calvary, and it will continue throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity.


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.



FEB. 28, 2019


ar1261991333384411“He who deliberately stifles his convictions of duty because it interferes with his inclinations will finally lose the power to distinguish between truth and error.

The understanding becomes darkened, the conscience callous, the heart hardened, and the soul is separated from God.” (E. G. White, The Great Controversy, pp 378-379)

My friends does God “interfere with our inclinations”? Or does He interfere with our personal preferences of how we live our life? Or how we should live our life?

Jeremiah 29:11(NKJV) tells us, “for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” But, There is a [inclination] that seems right to one of [God’s chosen,] but its end is the way of death.” Prov. 14:12 (NKJV) which Satan with keynotescreensnapz066 delight, encourages us to take.

My friends, Let’s focus today on the “rich young ruler.” With no hesitation, his response after Christ reveals to him, “if you seek eternal life, keep all the commandments.”

He then tells Christ “All these things I have kept from my youth. So what do I still lack?” This is when Christ “interferes with his inclination” or His personal desires and says to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

s061But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Matt. 19:16-22 (NKJV) My friends, how many more souls would be able to enter God’s kingdom with their robes not completely washed in the blood of Christ.

But entered those gates by only eliminating ninety nine, point, nine, nine, nine percent, while still hanging on to a small fraction of self. But, Christ tells us. “On that day many will begin to make a case for all of the good works they have done, by saying, Lord, Lord, did we not do this, and do that in your name?

And then He will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me” Matt. 7:21-23 (NKJV) My friends, we must remember salvation is personal, ninety nine, point, nine, nine, nine percent means nothing if Christ does not combine the process of transformation by making us one in Him.

Remember the rich young Ruler was not only ask to sell all He had but Christ tells us “If any man [or woman]will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matt. 16:24 (KJV)

In other words Mr. Rich Young Ruler “here [on this earth] we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.” Heb. 13:14 (NKJV) So those possessions you hold dear to you, one day “the moths and rust will destroy, and thieves [may] break in and steal,” Matt. 6:19 (NKJV) but there is a place that is being prepared for you.

A place Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him,” 1 Cor. maxresdefault2:9 (NKJV) if you will only believe.

In addition, give it all to the Master and become one of “His peculiar people” who have decided even though “narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life eternal.

We have decided to be one of the few who have found that gate” because of that personal relationship we have with Christ and “we are no longer strangers and aliens, but [we] are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” Eph. 2:19 (ESV)


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.



Feb. 27, 2016


imgresToday let’s look over our life and ask how is it that no matter what we do, God is willing to say I love you and through our faith and endurance God’s gifts to us is; we are His chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and His peculiar people….” 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)

But, God still allows His Chosen generation to determine their salvation. “Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.” Matt 26:14-16 (NKJV)….

The narrative then moves into the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas tells Christ betrayers “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him…” Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.” Matt 26:47-48 (NKJV)

And then a sad ending for the one who had been in the very presence of Christ for three years. “Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”

And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.betray Matt 27:3-5 (NKJV)

My friends, if only Judas was truly remorseful and instead of departing the temple, going out and hanging himself,” had gone to Christ and cried out. “Against you [Lord].

You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. [But please forgive me] Ps. 51:4 (NIV)

And then he could have went down, “Via Dolorosa (“Way of Grief”) the same road where Jesus carried the crucifixion cross and cried out for all to here.

“My past has been erased With just one touch from Jesus, My clouds, my rain, my pain has changed His blood has made me new, Oh Lamb, so true I surrender to You My life I give My love I give, My all [I give to the one who gave it all for me] (Kirk Franklin)

hangMy friends, salvation is individualized which makes it personal so look deep inside, let’s look back over our lives and look at the abominations against the one who gave His only begotten Son and a Son who was willing to die on a cruel cross for our Salvation.

Friends, for this morning’s risings, new mercies [have been given to us], and we must thank Him For every miracle manifested, great or small [that have been performed in our lives] we must praise Him.

But, there is one thing our heart must [have a passion for, and that is,] to worship the One who gave it all for us.imgres And each day we must seek God’s presence beyond the veil,” [in sincerity and admonition.] (Daryl Coley)

We must then cry out. “Against you [Lord], you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. So you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.’[But please forgive me] for what I have done. My friends, God’s grace still abounds, and God still reaches no matter how far we have gone.

And our God still stands at the door and knocks, and if any man or woman hears His voice, and opens the door, He will come in to him So that we may have life and have it more abundantly throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity.


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.







Feb. 26, 2016


images10Today my friends let’s make it personal as we allow God’s Spirit to direct our thought’s as we focus on our life and where we have come from because each of us are at different places on this journey God has placed us on, and we are all at different seasons of our life.

But by the grace of God as we begin to close out this final chapter of life’s history and as children of God, heirs to His kingdom and joint heirs with His Son who gave His life so that “we may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” Rev. 22:14 (NKJV)

We now stand at the threshold of God’s promise land. And today we must recognize the distance we have come but we must also recognize the journey is not over “so we dare not rest even for a moment,” as we continue to encourage ourselves in the Lord because His “love endures forever.

And his faithfulness continues through all generations.” So we must cry out daily God knows my story, so my worship, is for real!!! My praisepraise-300x199 is genuine, for we know how far God’s hands has reached to pull us from Satan’s influence.

Yes my friends, our tears are real, our pain and hurt is real, our many scares that are still healing are real, so that tells a child of God, our worship must also be for real, and praising God is what we do best, because He has never left or forsaken us.

He has done what seemed like the impossible, and performed miracles, and cast out demons, and fought our battles, and healed our broken heart, and cured our diseases and carried us through situations and circumstances and places where death looked us right in the face.

who-am-I-4But God took it personal and in spite of, said to death, this is my child, “in whom I am well pleased.” And that my friends is why we are alive today. Our health and strength is not what it used to be, but soon, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump.

The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall [all] be changed.” 1 Cor. 15:52 (KJV) “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.

So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.” And the Egyptians pursued them…..

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians. Ex. 14:13-30 (KJV) My friends, BN-FW401_redsea_M_20141204152204oh what a miracle!! But only two over the age of twenty were allowed to enter the promise land.

My friends, our entire life has been a steady parting of the red sea miracle, but sometimes like the Israelites we forget where God has brought us from, and where He plans on taking us, but as we look back and wonder how we got over, we must never forget that our steps are ordered by God.

“For the Master of the sea, heard our despairing cry, and we must continue to sing unto Jehovah, for he hath triumphed gloriously in our lives and we must continue to praise him; because He knows our story, and that is why our worship, must be for real!!!


Feb. 4, 2016


imgres“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NKJV) My friends, another promise from Christ tells us “I will go and prepare a place for you.” A promise to His faithful when He left this world the first time.

And He continued by saying “and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:3 (NKJV) My friends God’s word “is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” Ps.119:89 (NIV)

“God’s covenant are established more firmly than the earth itself. All the creatures answer the ends of their creation: shall man, who alone is endued with reason, be the only unprofitable burden of the earth?” (Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary)

So the question we must ask ourselves is, if God’s word is firm why do we feel we have a better plan for our life than God’s plan for our salvation? For God “knows the plans that He has for9dc8664372360f586cae7c9e13dbadbc us” He has not become so occupied with the worlds “breaking news” of the day that He has put our life on hold until He can get back with us.

So as Heirs to His kingdom we must remember His plan for us ends in victory for “He is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering towards [His chosen], not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

So it becomes our decision to tell God, we have a better way “that seems right unto a man or woman but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12 (KJV)

Remember we did not choose God, but we were chosen and “appointed by God that [we] should go and bear fruit and that our fruit should abide, so that whatever [we] ask the Father in Christ name, He may give it to us.” John 15:16 (KJV)

vicUs being His faithful, who have endured and are determined to go all the way with Christ because we have tried it our way, but now we understand there is no other way that we can obtained salvation and live throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity in God’s pure and Holy kingdom except through the blood of Christ.

“Adam and Eve were placed upon probation in the Garden of Eden, and they were tested as to whether they would render obedience to God’s law. They fell from their allegiance through the temptation of the wily foe, and now a great and infinite sacrifice has been made that man may have another trial” (E.G. White Review and Herald 1890 par 3)

And that trial is all played out on this Journey Christ has placed us on. But the path is very narrow and only through our faith and endurance will we be maxresdefaultable to finish.

For “the Gateway to Life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.” Matt 7:14 (KJV) A few is a small number because even God’s chosen are “stiff-necked people! Our hearts and ears are still uncircumcised.

We are just like our ancestors: [we continue to] resist the Holy Spirit!” Acts 7:51 (NIV) So my friends we must decide to Commit our way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” Ps 37:5 (NKJV) Commit meaning our all we must give to the Master for our only purpose in this world should be do the will of God.


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.



Feb 3, 2016


imgresSundays title in this weeks Sabbath school lesson, My friends, three words become our hope for we were all “sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more.

Then our Farther in heaven heard our despairing cry, and then from a manger sent “Immanuel to the rescue” who lifted up all who believed , now safe am  I.” My friends focus on our world today and compare the abomination of sin towards God that has increased for the last six thousand years to the “domino theory.”

Now let’s place that theory in the context of sin. The theory says that one particular sin will precipitate similar sins in progression one after another and once it starts if we are not allowing the power of God’s Spirit to take full control.

And we are not allowing self to die daily as be begin to live our life through Christ then the sins of our life will increase each day with no check and balance because Satan will take each dominoes-300x225sin in our life farther and deeper than we could ever imagine.

My friends, the concept becomes very personal because it’s now about our choice to live or die as we look at our own lives and the sin theory and what will eventually precipitate if we have not invited Christ to take full control but have allowed the god of this world to dictate what is acceptable in God’s sight.

Now my friends let’s look deep within and ask ourselves how far are we willing to continue in sin, because one day God will say “it is finished” and sin just like domino’s, can’t go on forever. Remember the plan of Salvation begin when Immanuel came to rescue us from the enemy of God.

And it was all played out on Calvary and one day soon all sin will be eradicated and God will “come quickly: (and) blessed is he that keepeth the sayings in God’s word and one day God will say “he that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still.

And he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, [Immanuel will come to the rescue one last time] and [His] reward [will be] with me, to give every man and woman according as iSIN-e1343908924228-300x223their work shall be…..And blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Rev 22:7-14 (KJV)

Now let’s ask ourselves, when this controversy ends, will we be on the right or wrong side of prophecy? or do we continue to tell ourselves  we’ve got time, as Satan convinces us his way is the right way.

But God’s word will be final and no one will be standing at the threshold of the promise land, legal pad in hand, giving out grades to enter God’s pures061 and holy kingdom? With the assurance as long as our grade level is above a C we can enter.

My friends, there will be only one grade to enter God’s kingdom and that grade comes from the blood of Jesus Christ that completely cleanses us of all sin in our life. Remember Grace is still abounding.

And God is still knocking, as our faith is being tested daily with the hope it produces endurance. as we let “that endurance finish its work in us so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:3-4 (NIV)


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.



Feb. 2, 2016


image5095To the church of the Laodiceans write….“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.” Rev. 3:14-17 (NKJV) My friends, Satan is the one who gives a child of God the feeling of nakedness because we have decided to disobey God’s commandments.

In addition, we are no longer clothed with the countenance of the glory of God’s blessings. But “when we submit ourselves to Christ,1044-Jesus_Knock_on_a_21st_Century_Door the heart is united with His heart, the will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life.

This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness. Then as the Lord looks upon us, He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness and deformity of sin, but His own robe of righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of Jehovah (E.G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 310-312).

So as one who makes up the body of Christ, it becomes personal because we must become totally committed to the saving power of Christ within us individually. As wickedness increase and the love of most draws Cold with no hope of survival, as a member Gods Church, we cannot continue to “live according to the flesh [or we] will die.

Romans-8-6But if by the Spirit [we] put to death the deeds of the body, [we] will live.” Romans 8:13 (ESV) My friends who we are as individuals, and as one of the body of believers, our life must be all about Jesus Christ and Him Crucified as He speaks directly to you and I because we each have to have that personal relationship with God.

In addition, the church that has become lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, the church that God will vomit out of its mouth cannot save us when we stand before God in the judgement. Each individual that is a-part of the body of believers must carry His on torch across the finish line into the promise land.

The purpose of the letter to Laodicea, is so that you and I as part of this church, may overcome, the influence of the world in the 21st century. Remember my friends the letter to the Laodicea church finished on a victorious note to all of God’s faithful who endues to the end.

It says, I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed;…. ” hqdefaultto him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Rev. 3:18-21 (NKJV)

So our prayer today must be Lord, we the members of the 21st century Laodicean church pray that we will not become lukewarm, but we will have a burning passion to live our life in accordance to All Scripture because as heirs to God’s kingdom and joint heirs with His Son Jesus Christ, we must realize God’s word is an object lesson of Gods character.

In addition, it becomes “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim. 3:16-17 (NKJV)


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.



Feb. 1, 2016


lion“For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For [if we are God’s chosen we must understand] that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers.

Nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:36-39 (NKJV)

It’s personal again my friends, because we must understand that “our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) That text implies that You and I are the whom, and on any day or any hour of that day, Satan wants to devour or consume us destructively.

And like Christ told Peter, Satan’s goal is to first sift us like wheat, which “is a fierce process which separated the grain (wheat berry) from the stalk and the chaff, literally tearing the wheat apart by beating it with a flail.”

So Satan must first separate is from Christ. But our Savior always has a way of escape Peter also tells us in 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV) Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,977970267 that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

And because He loves and cares for us so much, through our faith we can be assured that no “height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In addition my friends, I can say with no reservation, the best is yet to come in spite of what we encounter each day in this relentless battle Satan, and His forces are waging in his vicious and maddening pursuit of our soul that allows him a passage into our mind and body.

7b0e8964343c510ddd500efa14fd6f68-300x229But, this is not possible if we “put on the whole [not partial] armor of God, that [we] may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” My friends we have to understand “for such a time as this” God has called us “from darkness into light,” and we are no longer lost sheep, but God’s chosen, set apart to finish His work.

Christ Himself tells us “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” So please my friends pledge with me today that we will be the men and women God created us to be, for we are a chosen generation, God’s faithful who have been given a mandate from above.

In addition, it is more clearer than ever before why Satan is so determine that we fall in some area of our life. Weather it is appetite, marriage, work, Angel-destroying-Assyriansgossip, dishonesty, adultery, covertness, other gods, entertainment, and the list goes on.

But we must also understand Satan will never stop or take one prisoner. So I now challenge Satan, knowing I have no power, but my power comes from the same God that can “send out one angel and put to death one hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp” 2 Kings 19:35 (NIV)

So I can only imagine if He sends two angels to keep me safe from the forces of evil. So my friends we must lay prostrate before our God today, as we humble ourselves while understanding who God is and what His desire is for our lives, as we say, not my will, but thy will be done.


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.