Foundation

In an age where truth is laugh at and morals are nonexistent, we as Believers need to make sure that we are rooted and grounded in the Faith.  This post is not really written for the babies in Christ, this is written with the season saints in mines.We are entering into turbulent times all sense of decency and order is gone.  To hear a minister speak foundational truth is rare. We have enter a time where we as a body sing and shout about fruit that we will never harvest because we have no roots.  At the core of our being Jesus has to have preeminence and if that is not true in your life, are you really a follower of Christ. Being a follower of Christ has nothing to do with what church you attend, or how holy you pretend to be. It doesnt matter how talented you are or your rank and position in the church. It doesn’t matter how beautiful your voice, your voice can be so wonderful that angels weep when you sing. You can wear long dresses, you can walk around carrying a family bible bigger than a 40 year old midget. All of that is counted as nothingness, if God is not just the head of your life but He is your life. If you are not willing to sacrifice your all for Him, like the father of our faith Abraham, than you not fit for the kingdom. If you haven’t counted up the cost, denied yourself daily, and carrying your cross with holy joy and peace, than do you really believe.  We sit in church Sunday after Sunday, but we don’t make real progress, nothing changes but the day.

I challenge you to fall in love with Jesus again. I beg you to begin spending time in His presence, that is how you become rooted and grounded in the Faith.  Start your day in faith, refuse to make a move without consulting God first. Don’t let church just be something you attend a day or two a week, let it be where you are the church, where ever you find yourself at, you know God is with you because God resides in the Tabernacle of your Heart. And when we get back to that, than we will carry the glory.

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The Truth

I no longer watch the news, read newspapers, or spend too much time on social media. If I want to know what’s going on in the world and why the world is like it is, I can open the Bible and read.

Newsflash we are living in the last days. Everything that Jesus’s said would happen before His coming, are being fulfilled before our eyes.

Satan is deceiving us by having our minds focus on a race war.  This is not a race war. This is a distraction. While we are fighting amongst ourselves, the real enemies of God are taking our rights away, dumbing down our children, and bankrupting this country. We have two presidential candidates who are pure evil, and are working together to destroy this country. Why are we so mad at Trump but not Hillary? Why are we so mad at Hillary but not at Trump? Have we been so bamboozled, that we forgot that Trump was and is an advent supporter of the Clintons? Have our brain cells been fried to the point of no return, that we forgot that Trump endorsed Bill Clinton when he was running for office?

So called Christians, when are we going wakeup and see the true enemy? When are we going to begin to witness to the lost? That’s what we are supposed to be doing. We should be rejoicing because we know our Lord and Savior is coming. Our churches should be overflowing with people hungry and thirsty for righteousness. Souls should be running to Christian, because we have the answer to the questions, the solution to the problems. The problem solver was born in a manager, He was born to die.  He came as a willing sacrificial lamb. He laid down His life, He gave us His death, so we can have life. This is the gospel. This is Christianity. This is the golden opportunity to draw in the lost and show them the way.  The harvest, truly  is plentiful but the laborers are few.

Faith is a Decision

Faith is a decision, it is not an emotion or a feeling.  Faith is praising God even in a state of pain or inner turmoil. Faith is only mastered once it’s tried in fire, and after the fire burns out your faith is still there.  You will never understand the cost of God’s favor on your life until your faith has been tested.

Do you or I really have faith? Will we serve God when He tells us no? Will we still be singing His praises if our love one dies, spouse walks away with no explanation, we lose our job, we are betrayed? Will we still quote scripture, when we do everything right and it still turns out wrong? Can I stand on His promises even when Heaven is silent?

These are true teachings of Christ.  He never promised us a life filled with rainbows, happiness, and puppies. He did promise us, a cross to bear and suffering. I think we as followers of Christ, has mislead a generation until a false sense of Christianity. Christianity is a religion of suffering and overcoming and persevering even under immense hardship. Our reward was never promised on this side of Heaven. The book of Hebrews speaks of people, followers of the one true God who died in Faith, who died without the promises of God fulfilled in their earthly lifetime.  I too have realized that I have been bamboozled into believing in a fraudulent form of Christianity.  I have to remind myself that I have surrendered my life to a suffering Christ. If my Lord and Savior suffered why do I feel surprised when I wake up in tears.

Cancellations

The Choir trip scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2016 has been cancelled.  Also, the Annual Choir Day scheduled for June 12, 2016 has been cancelled.

You are in a Race

An excerpt of one Pastor Daniels’ recent sermons is now available to listen to on the Church’s YouTube page.  To purchase this sermon in its entirety please email us: friendshipmbchurch141@gmail.com.

 

Please click below to listen to the excerpt.

Revelation 3:14-18

There are a million and one things I want to talk about.  There are so many words that are begging to come out of me, yet I sit here silent.  I have been blessed with the ability to speak, I am not mute, yet I say nothing.  I am sitting here dying, my soul is shattered, heart battered, my pillow is wet with tears, yet I am silent. Why is my voice paralysed? Why do I have so much to say about what others should or should not do? I have a voice to speak on frivolous things. However, when it is time to speak on behalf of what’s right or noble, there is no utterance heard. I am a coward, I am not capable of stepping out from behind the mask. I claim I am authentic, but the truth be told, I am a phoney. I don’t even know who I am, so why do I judge others harshly for being brave enough to stand in their truth, naked as Adam in the Garden of Eden. True freedom from the fear that binds, that controls me, starts first by being brave enough to open my mouth, and break my silence.

I am a silent church.  I know what needs to be said, I know what needs to be done, but yet I am silent.  I am a building of silence, that houses thousands upon thousands of silent beings.   Where was I the night you was murder, the day that they raped you, stole your innocence, took your money, massacre your dreams, and left you for dead? I will tell you where I was at, I was right there having a revival. We had a good old time.  The spirit was high that day. A few even caught the Holy Ghost that night, one lady got so happy she nearly did a back flip off the pew. Let me tell you we got a big old offering that night. I knew what was happening, but I was afraid to speak on it. I didn’t want to stop the celebrations.  If I open my mouth and tell the truth my membership may dwindle.  I got to give the people what they want.  The truth isn’t popular. Talking about a bloody Savior and a hideous cross doesn’t sell well.  We reach more people being silent.  I know you are in pain, and it’s not fair what happen to you, but it will work itself out in the end.  Hey enough of this talk, how about you just comeback and visit me next Sunday, I know you will enjoy the choir.

Life Lesson: The Carnal man is not Dead!

I know with absolute certainty, that the flesh part of me, that carnal side of me, has not as of yet been crucified.  That carnal part of me, is not dead, it is just lying dormant.  I thought I was further along in my spiritual journey, than what I truly I am.  Friday I was treated unfairly, and that flesh part of me came out of me, like the Tasmanian Devil, I was tearing up everything in sight.  I had every right to be angry and speak my truth, however the way I responded did not set an example of the love of  Christ.

Soon after I left the situation, I started questioning myself.  If I truly believe in my faith, why I am so upset?  The Bible already told me, ‘That no weapon formed against me shall prosper.” So why am I so angry? What God has for me, is for me, and its already mines.  It doesn’t matter what situation I am in, who like me, don’t like me, who do right or wrong by me, it is all irrevalent. This situation at work, had no power, but the power I gave it by my actions and my responses.

The beauty in all of this, is that God still is with me, and He corrects me when I am wrong. Even when I don’t measure up to His standards of holiness, God can still look at me and call me righteous, because of the blood of Christ. Christ thru His life, death, and resurrection took care of sin once and for all.  And because Christ forgave me, I can forgive myself, forgive those that wrong me, and humbly apologize for the way I responded.  Since I failed this test with flying colors, I know I will have to go through this situation or something similar in the near future. God loves us too much, to let us stay the same.

 

Find Friendship M. B. Church on YouTube

An excerpt from Pastor Daniel’s sermon, “He Waited on Me,” is now posted on the church’s YouTube Channel:  friendshipmbchurch141.  Please rate, comment, and subscribe.

Click on the link below to hear an excerpt from, “He Waited on Me.”

 

The Lessons of Life Series: Introduction

 

In this series I want to share with you what life has taught me. Life is a master teacher, the world is her classroom, and you, I, and the rest of humanity are her students.  Just like any institutions of higher learning, there are lessons that must be learned and mastered before there is promotion. If tests are not passed, and worked not done there will be no progress, and you will be stuck in spiritual special education.

I spent many years in special education, due to fail attempts to learn what  life was trying to convey to me. Even though I kept doing the same thing repeatedly and getting the same results, I still couldn’t seem to understand why I kept experiencing the same situation over and over again.  It wasn’t until I was at the end of myself, and I needed something higher than myself, that finally put an end to the chaos that was my life.  It took much pain, heartache, and hurt to make me turn to the only true source of happiness, peace, and contentment. The end of my self imposed hell was not found in a religion, church, mosque, or synagogue. It was found in God, thru the love of His son Jesus. Surrendering my life and will to Him, helped me to understand myself and the world around me.

I am like the Apostle Paul, “Not that I have already obtained all of this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and Sisters, I do not consider myself yet to taken hold of it.  But this one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” Philippians 3:12-13