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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Power and Importance of Prayer: John 17:1-24

 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

As I pondered what to write this morning, being that I am experiencing writer’s block, I reverted to scriptures used in the Sunday school lesson for today’s message.

This passage of scripture shows that prayers are important and have great power. Jesus demonstrated the power and the importance of prayer as He prayed for Himself, His disciples, and the world.

Following Jesus’ example of intercessory prayer, then we must always pray for others and self; there is power in prayer. We know that God hears and answers prayer. This fact is based on Biblical scriptures and personal experience of God answering prayers. Therefore, in our prayer lives, we must seek God with a sincere heart, in faith, believing in our prayers. We must be willing to align our will with that of God’s as His choice is superior to ours.

Why am I writing about prayer? It is because our nation needs healing. There is much division in our country. We see the ugliness of hate manifests itself in different formats, and we wonder why we are all God’s creation. Our best weapon against the mess that we see is prayer. Therefore, join me in praying that God touches the hearts and minds of those committing these evil acts.

Prayer changes things.



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Love is Stronger than Hate: Ephesians 4:26

 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.

Several days ago, I wrote about living in a divided house, and where there is division, the house will fall. My focus today is to remind us that love is stronger than hate, and my reason for saying this is that we are living in a nation that is widely divided, but we come together in love if we are to remain one America.

Yes, we have our differences, but love is stronger than hate and this was proven by God the Father who sent His only begotten Son to reconcile humanity back to Himself when sin has separated man from God (John 3:16). Yes, there is more that unites us than what divides us; therefore, love is the binding cord that draws us together as we are all members of the human race created in the image and likeness of our Creator God.

A new year with a new beginning with stronger agape love.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Praise the Lord: Psalm 9:1


I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous work.

In our trials and tribulations, let me encourage everyone to praise the Lord for all of His blessings. Regardless of what we may be going through, we are still blessed.

We are blessed to be alive with our limbs' activities, clothed in our right minds, and He is meeting all of our basic needs. All of our blessings are praiseworthy within themselves. Therefore, let us rejoice and be glad in another day of the Lord's love, grace, and mercy.

Psalm 150 encourages all to praise the Lord; even if nature praises the Lord, then why not you and I.
Consider this thought of praising the Lord; He loved us so much until He made us in His image and likeness. Of all of God's creations, humanity is the one that God put part of Himself into us. Let us all come together and praise God for loving us the way that He did and continues to do so as He covers us with His all-encompassing love, grace, and mercy.

Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord (Psalm 150:6).

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Friday, January 8, 2021

A Day of Reckoning: Amos 5:18; 6:1-14

 Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! To what end is it for you? The day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.

 In light of the chaos that is gripping our society in the form of hatred, bigotry, and meanness, I felt the need to encourage all that will come a day of reckoning by God, and every man will have to give an account for his/her actions. Let me encourage all to come together in love and peace. We are all members of God's human race, and He loves us all the same.

Our focus scripture is taken from the prophet Amos issuing a dire warning to Israel's nation to change her ways because there will come a day when God's judgment will rain down like water. When that day comes, there will be no hiding place from God's wrath.

Chapter six of Amos depicts the sinful conditions of the nation Israel and Judah as they were prosperous and failed to honor God. Their prosperity caused the country to drift into worldliness and refused to repent despite the prophet's constant warning.

Just as the Lord punished Israel for her failure to repent and turn back to Him, He will do the same today to all who fail to turn back to Him. God is a jealous God and will not tolerate sin in any format. Even though God is longsuffering, He punishes sin. When the day of reckoning comes, many will cry out to the Lord, and "He will say depart from Me you workers of iniquity."

Let me encourage all, the day of reckoning is coming; are you ready to face His judgment? If not, then turn to the Lord and be saved. If saved, then heaven is your reward.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

A Divided House: 1 Corinthians 3:3

For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?

I am very saddened by what happened in our nation's capital yesterday. It brought tears to my eyes at the mere fact that there are such hatred and divisiveness in this country that these insurrectionists would storm the hallowed halls of our capital and destroy and try to intimidate our elected leaders who were trying to perform their elected duty. This was, in my opinion, an intentional effort to destroy our democracy. 


It also painted a perfect picture that we are living in a divided nation (house). As a divided nation/house, our democracy will cease to exist. It still stands and will continue to stand as long as we come together as a nation under God.


Destroying our democracy, is this what the man occupying the Whitehouse wants? In the past four years, he has done nothing to heal this nation of its division from the divide brought to light during the 2016 election. Instead of unifying the government, the Whitehouse occupant has stoked fear, hatred, and further division through divisive rhetoric that further stoked this segment of our country's anger. This is not real leadership.


This country needs healing (2 Chronicles 7:14), and I am praying for this country to come together and be healed. We must stand firm on the truth, what is right, call out wrong regardless of who commits the wrong, and we must stand firm on the truth of God's Word.


A house divided within itself will not stand. Consider the members of our bodies and how each part functions together, and when one member of the body is ailing, then the body does not function properly. The breach has to be repaired; this principle applies to our nation.


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Wednesday, January 6, 2021