Prayer Retreat April 7, 2017

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Speaking Engagement

On February 27th 2017 at 7 p.m., Pastor David Daniels will be speaking at Rose Hill Church, were Terry Thomas is the residing Pastor.  Pastor Daniels is encouraging  all members who are willing, to attend.

Business Meeting

On Monday, February 20, 2016, Pastor Daniels is requesting that all department heads to attend to the Business Meeting that will be starting promptly at 6:30 p.m.  If you are unable to attend the Business Meeting please let Pastor Daniels know at your earliest convenience.  Thank you so much for all that you do.

Benhur

It is very rare that a movie comes out that really touches my soul.  However, the movie Benhur, really enriched my life.  It made me reevaluate whether I am truly a follower of the true Gospel of Christ.  Do I really walk in the fruit of the spirit? Do I really love my neighbor as myself? Its easy to quote scriptures.  It is not hard to go to Church or read the Bible.

I think the reason why I was so blessed by this movie, because I have been noticing lately my tendency to lash out in anger.  That I have a heart problem. I am a soft hearted person like Benhur, but after getting betrayed over and over and getting my heart crushed repeatedly, there is a root of bitterness that is vestering in my soul. That like the main character I use my anger to push me to survive.  I am surviving but am I truly living.  It is so easy for me to hold grudges and be unforgiving. I am not excusing or condoning my behavior, I am being transparent. I think it is time for the church to be honest and real. We are all struggling with something. I am exposing my bitterness, because nothing heals by being covered.  

What to do if the Police or immigration Agents come to your Home

If the police or immigration agents come to your home, you do not have to let them in unless they have certain kinds of warrants. Ask the officer to slip the warrant under the door or hold it up to the window so you can inspect it.  A search warrant allows police to enter the address listed on the warrant, but officers can only search the areas and for the items listed.  An arrest warrant allows police to enter the home of the person listed on the warrant, if they believe the person is inside.  A warrant of removal /deportation l(ICE warrant) does not allow officers to enter a home without consent.

Even if officers have a warrant, you have the right to remain silent.  If you choose to speak to the officer, step outside and close the door.

What to do if you are Stopped by Law Enforcement

Your Rights:

  • You have the right to remain silent.  IF you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
  • You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.
  • If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
  • You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested.  Ask for one immediately
  • Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.

Your Responsibilities

  • Do stay calm and be polite
  • Do not interfere with or obstruct the police
  • Do not lie or give false documents
  • Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.
  • Do remember the details of the encounter
  • Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been Violated.

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.

Stepping into Faith

Faith is a combination of believing or not believing, doing or not doing something, just because God said it and I believe it.  Faith can be classified as both brilliant and dumb all at the same time. Faith is the epidemy of stupidity. The very definition of insanity.   When you are being led by faith there is an inner drive or knowing, that this what I am supposed to do even though I don’t know exactly what or why I am doing what I am doing, I just do it.  Faith is action and sometime Faith is static. Sometimes Faith is not doing what you want to do because for some reason your internal guidance is going crazy. Its a feeling in the pit of your stomach, a gnawing feeling, telling you to be quiet and hold. still.  Stepping into faith can make your peers look at you differently.  Faith can make people you love, shun you.  Faith can lead you into a place of deep depression, because Faith can stripped all you thought you knew, love, or had, away from you.

  • Faith is lonely. Faith is what separates the chickens from the eagles.  Both the chickens and the eagles are birds. Both have wings.  What separates the two is when they where just chicks, the eagle’s mother pushed the baby eagles out of the nest. The baby eagles had two choices fly or die. The baby chickens wasn’t given a choice, no other chickens are out flying so there was no push.

I grew up in a chicken environment. I was always told what I couldn’t do, what I couldn’t have. I didn’t accomplish much because I didn’t believe I could do much. That all changed once I meant Jesus. Church don’t tell the whole story. I realize there are plenty of people who go to church but not a lot of people know God. God doesn’t have any chicken children. If you are really God’s child you have two options fly or die. God pushes us into greatness.  He makes us go farther, we go from Faith to Faith and from Glory to Glory. There are no wimps in God’s army. Throughout writings of the New Testament Jesus reveals to us that God is not moved by our tears, pain, or conditions. God is concern with what you believe.  When Jesus meant the paralysed man who laid by a pool for almost four decades, Jesus didn’t comfort or consoled the man.  He basically gave the man two options pick up your bed and walk or lay in your pain and die.

Faith is what pleases God. If you have Faith and a belief that with God you can do anything, than you can do anything. Faith is what is what sustains you. Faith is what makes you keep fighting, when every one else leaves the battlefield. Faith makes you praise God in sadness. Faith is being ridiculed for over a 100 years, while building an arc for rain, when you or anyone else you know, doesn’t have the slightest clue what rain is, because it had never rained before.

 

 

 

 

Pastoral Anniversary

On Sunday, June 26, 2016, at 12 p.m. we at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, will be celebrating Pastor David and First Lady Altoria Daniels, 11th Pastoral Anniversary.  All are invited to attend.