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For all of you who were going through a very difficult time this is for you. Isaiah 50:10 reads, “who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord”. You have dedicated yourself to the Lord, you love him, you worship him and you obey his his word, but you are in a very dark place right now it's hard to see any kind of a light shining through the darkness, but the Lord is saying to you right now trust in the name of the Lord and rely on the Lord. Some of you are facing issues with cancer, some of you are facing MS and other crippling diseases and it seems like there is no light shining on this problem. The Lord is saying trust me, trust me, I am in control, I will not leave you, I will not forget about you I love you with a love that is indescribable. You may say why doesn't God heal me? I can't answer that. I have seen people healed, I have had miracles performed in my life I should have been dead long time ago. But it is God who chooses what happens. In those times of darkness our focus must be on him and him alone. And yes in those times of darkness there is joy to be found in trusting a loving God.

what has happen

Something to think about. Have Christians become lazy? I am reminded of the days when people would carry their Bibles to church with such pride and honor. Now everything is provided on a PowerPoint software. Which makes it impossible for you to cross check another Scripture that the Lord may lead on your heart. Remembering the days of the hymn book where you physically had to pick it up and searched a number for the song. Yes the book contained a strange thing that seems to be missing in today's worship leading that is called notes. I discovered as a young boy that 4 lines of notes were called Harmony again something missing from today's worship. Somehow we think this will make it easy for people to enter the church but it does not. We have come up with all kinds of methods from free coffee to free food and still even a large church can't find 10 people to come out for a evening Sunday service, so we cancel evening services all together. It used to be good Holy Ghost preaching that would bring in people and later fill the altars. Brother or sister would poorly bang out something on the keyboards but still there was such a thing called the anointing. But somehow something has happened that does not make a happy future. I am the most techie, greeking, gadget loving person you can find, but something has to change in the church. There has to be a baptism of love for God's word and for his people, inner circles must be destroyed and yes they do exist in every church, worship leaders must have a heart changing experience with the Holy Spirit before they lead people into worship. I'm not saying we need to go back to the old days, but we have to learn from those days and figure out what wrong lane we have gone down.

What has happen

I fear we have become very casual with our approach to church. I had noticed the majority of people don't carry Bibles to church anymore. Now I know they may have a Bible app on their phone and that's okay the word of God still is the word of God whether it's digital or hard copy. But the question I have is this where or when did we make that radical turn into our nonchalant casual approach to church? I myself have not worn a tie in years in some circles I realize that is not accepted. But more importantly is our approach and our attitude to church. In Third World countries you walk into church and the altar is filled with people hours before the service even starts crying out to the Lord and asking his blessings and his miracles to come for that service. On the other hand we walk in church and the chatter is so loud, there is canned music playing in the background, the worship group is trying to get together. Have we lost the sense of holiness and awesomeness here in the United States? Is the world coming to us or are we drawing closer to the standards of the world? I remember growing up walking into church you could sense Majesty and glandular. Now in so many churches you're bombarded by an array of lights that put on a pretty good light show and a sound system par excellence. In most cases a pulpit does not exist any more. The question I have is where have we gone and where are we going?

Church at the Food Court

After having a mental and physical meltdown last Thursday shortly after that I lost everything in my computer, 10 years of work. Over 1000 video clips, pictures, interviews, CD artwork, all the pictures from my books that have been published and much more. Now you would say that you have it backed up? Yes I did just the music. But it would take multiple external hard drives to have backed up everything which I cannot afford. The following day on Friday my tablet received a virus destroying everything including the tablet itself. At this point I felt the lowest I have ever felt ready to quit and throw in the towel. So on Saturday after being shut down by a few people about the Jamaica project I headed off to the mall for my daughter's eye examination. While I was at the food court waiting at a table and for the family as they went to other stores, the enemy came to me strong. Out of nowhere this beautiful African American lady who looked just like Ethel Waters ( now I grew up listening to Ethel's music. She was the first African American to really hit it big on Broadway back in the the 20s and 30s. But in 1955 she rededicated her life to the Lord at a Billy Graham crusade and from then on sang only gospel songs). When I saw her I immediately reached out to her and said “You look exactly like Ethel Waters.” She said “You are the second person who has said that to me. I am a pastor from Toronto.” She knew my friend Bishop Williams in Jamaica. I said to her where are you from originally she replied “I'm from Jamaica”! I was totally blown away. She then said “ I need to pray for you.” In the middle of the food court she started to pray like she was in her church on Sunday morning. On the other table were 10 teenage girls observing what was going on. I don't know what happened but I started to sing - his eye is on the sparrow- and the dear sister joined in she stopped and I finished the whole song everybody in the food court heard, when I was done the table of teenage girls applauded and cheered. About 15 min. more of preaching from the sister her last words were “don't give Satan the victory, don't give up”!

Love is action

When will we start living and practicing the biblical truths that we have heard so many times?
When are we going to have a pro active Christian lifestyle that reaches out to people and helps people, instead of saying “I don't want to get involved or don't contact me again”. We are put here for the purpose of worshiping and loving God, to reach out to the lost with the saving message of Jesus Christ, and we are put here to love each other in the body of Christ. Unfortunately most people that I know have misused and abused the word love. It's so easy to say I love you, it's hard to use the word love as it was meant to be and that is a verb, an action word. How can we say we love Jesus and really down deep in our hearts we love no body else but ourselves. We are living in a spiritual fantasy. We can raise our hands, we can sing all the newest worship songs, and yes some can even speak in tongues, but most of the time all of this falls silent on God's ear. He will not receive praise an lest we are living according to his word and walking in the path of righteousness.

Pure Joy

What a joy it is to be in the place where you are sensitive to the Holy Spirit. At a recent concert of mine, I had everything prepared, the list of songs that I would do and my notes for the sermon. I went to my laptop where I have my soundtracks completed one song. The Lord spoke to me and said go to the piano and do this this and this. I said to myself I hope I remember the words because it has been years since I have done those songs. So I sat down at the piano as I finished the first verse I looked up in the altar was full of people. For the next 10 min. I sang at the piano as people were crying at the altar. Now remember the service has just started and the Holy Spirit is moving. I spoke on the great commission in a way that you'll not hear most missionaries speaking about. At the end I said I don't know how to close the service, the Lord said go back to the piano and start playing. As I started the play again the altar was full of people crying this lasted for around 45 min. To God be the glory great things he has done

What has happened?

What has happened? Have we come to the place where it is easier to text somebody that actually speak to someone face-to-face. Recently I had a conversation with the person about ministry and I gave him my card and I said call me, his reply was no I will text you. In the age of social media it seems to me that we have become anti-social. It seems the less physical contact we have with people the more we like it. My question is what next? Will a pastor upload his sermon to every cell phone in the church? Who knows. Also one thing that irritates me is in the line of smart phones and very costly iPhones it seems to me every time I call someone they never reply or never have their phones on. Pretty expensive toy to have and not understand how to use it. I say put down the cell phones find somebody who needs a friend go to that person and spend some time with that person it will do you both a lot of good. I'm pretty sure that's what Jesus would do. One more question if Jesus were walking on earth right now what type of phone do you think he would have if any?

Thankful

Okay, what has happened to the United States of America? I am so disturbed as we approach this wonderful celebration we call Thanksgiving. 99% of what I have heard has been nothing but the day after Thanksgiving called Black Friday. To me the term Black Friday sounds like a demonic celebration. Something you would find people celebrated in a Third World country. But no they say the biggest day of the year here in the United States. People will stand outside stores very early in the morning and during cold weather just to get a special deal. Many of those same people when they see one snowflake Sunday morning they will have an excuse not to go to church. Do we realize the significance of Thanksgiving. The hardship, many multiple deaths, diseases and sicknesses that the pilgrims went through. After all that they were so grateful to the Lord, and they gave thanks to him. This is why we celebrate Thanksgiving. Unfortunately the United States of America has become so selfish, arrogant and greedy that we cannot see the true meaning of Thanksgiving. So sad. To all of you who will truly enjoy Thanksgiving I pray blessings upon you and your family. Let us give thanks to the Lord for he has been so good to us.

My Buddy Paul

My buddy Paul wrote in Romans 7:19 “for the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, I do”. Verse 20 “ for if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me”.
What in the world was Paul trying to say. Well, it all comes under the word Grace. None of us are perfect, everyone of us messes up, and all true believers of Jesus Christ are traveling on the road called Grace. But one day when we stand before our beautiful Savior and we fall at his feet we will indeed know what perfect really is.

Love is a verb

There are people who say they love us. But I never see them at our doorstep, nor do we receive a phone call from them. The word love is an action word. A verb. Without the action part the word love becomes nothing more than a four letter word. The word love has been thrown around and abused so much it has lost its meaning. We say we love Jesus but there is no evidence of the action part on our behalf of the word love. Today can we do something, for someone that shows the true meaning of the word love. I am sure glad when Jesus said he loved me, enough to give his life for me, he did not say I'm too busy, don't have the time right now, maybe some other day, I will call you, let's do lunch. He used the action part of love to the fullest.
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