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  • June 27 2022

    Series: The Power

    Book: Acts

    Scriptural Reading Acts 10:44-48 (New International Version) 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured outeven on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues[a] and praising God. Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days. Read full chapter Footnotes Acts 10:46 Or other languages Sermonic Text Acts 18:24-28 (New International Version) 24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor[a] and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. 27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sistersencouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah. Read full chapter Footnotes Acts 18:25 Or with fervor in the Spirit Bible Study

  • June 19 2022

    Series: The Power

    Scriptural Reading Acts 4:31-35 (New International Version) 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. The Believers Share Their Possessions 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Read full chapter Sermonic Text John 8:31-36 (New International Version) Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus’ Opponents Are 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” 34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. Read full chapter Bible Study

  • June 12 2022

    Series: The Power

    Book: Acts

    Scriptural Reading Joel 2:27-32 (New International Version) 27 Then you will know that I am in Israel,     that I am the Lord your God,     and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed. The Day of the Lord 28 “And afterward,     I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,     your old men will dream dreams,     your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women,     I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 30 I will show wonders in the heavens     and on the earth,     blood and fire and billows of smoke. 31 The sun will be turned to darkness     and the moon to blood     before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. 32 And everyone who calls     on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem     there will be deliverance,     as the Lord has said, even among the survivors     whom the Lord calls.[a] Read full chapter Footnotes Joel 2:32 In Hebrew texts 2:28-32 is numbered 3:1-5. Sermonic Text Acts 19:13-16 (New International Version) 13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. Read full chapter Bible Study

  • June 5 2022

    Series: The Power

    Book: Acts

    Scriptural Reading Acts 2:1-7 New International Version The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost 2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Read full chapter Footnotes Acts 2:4 Or languages; also in verse 11 Sermonic Text Acts 19:1-7 (New International Version) Paul in Ephesus 19 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when[a] you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. 4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues[b] and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all. Read full chapter Footnotes Acts 19:2 Or after Acts 19:6 Or other languages Bible Study

  • May 31 2022

    Topic: Mothers

    Book: Micah

    We were blessed to have a special guest speaker on Mother’s Day. Retired Bishop, Carolyn Tyler-Guidry, will be delivering the message to us. Scriptural Reading Micah 6:8 (New International Version) 8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[a] with your God. Read full chapter Footnotes Micah 6:8 Or prudently Romans 5:3-5  (New International Version) 3 Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Read full chapter Footnotes Romans 5:3 Or let us Sermonic Text Romans 5:1-5 (New International Version) Peace and Hope 5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Read full chapter Footnotes Romans 5:1 Many manuscripts let us Romans 5:2 Or let us Romans 5:3 Or let us Bible Study

  • May 22 2022

    Topic: Mothers

    Book: Acts

    We were blessed to have a special guest speaker on Mother’s Day. Retired Bishop, Carolyn Tyler-Guidry, will be delivering the message to us. Scriptural Reading Acts 1:3-8 (New International Version) 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.” 6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Read full chapter Footnotes Acts 1:5 Or in Acts 1:5 Or in Sermonic Text John 20:30-31 (New International Version) The Purpose of John’s Gospel 30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe[a]that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. Read full chapter Footnotes John 20:31 Or may continue to believe  

  • May 15 2022

    Topic: Mothers

    Book: John

    We were blessed to have a special guest speaker on Mother’s Day. Retired Bishop, Carolyn Tyler-Guidry, will be delivering the message to us. Scriptural Reading Mark 16:15-18 (New International Version) 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands onsick people, and they will get well.” Read full chapter Sermonic Text John 20:19-23 (New International Version) Jesus Appears to His Disciples 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Read full chapter

  • May 8 2022

    Topic: Mothers

    Book: John

    We were blessed to have a special guest speaker on Mother’s Day. Retired Bishop, Carolyn Tyler-Guidry, will be delivering the message to us. Scriptural Reading John 21:15-17 (New International Version) Jesus Reinstates Peter 15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Read full chapter Sermonic Text Psalm 22:1-24 (New International Version) Psalm 22[a] For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David. 1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?     Why are you so far from saving me,     so far from my cries of anguish? 2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,     by night, but I find no rest.[b] 3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;     you are the one Israel praises.[c] 4 In you our ancestors put their trust;     they trusted and you delivered them. 5 To you they cried out and were saved;     in you they trusted and were not put to shame. 6 But I am a worm and not a man,     scorned by everyone, despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me;     they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say,     “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him,     since he delights in him.” 9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;     you made…

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  • May 4 2022

    Book: John

    Scriptural Reading Philippians 2:4-11 (New International Version) 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,     did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing     by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,     being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man,     he humbled himself     by becoming obedient to death—         even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place     and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,     in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,     to the glory of God the Father. Read full chapter Footnotes Philippians 2:6 Or in the form of Philippians 2:7 Or the form Sermonic Text John 6:48-58 (New International Version) 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” 52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and…

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  • April 17 2022

    Topic: Cross , Easter , grave , Jesus , Mary

    Book: John

    Luke 24:1-6Scriptural Reading John 20:16-18 (New International Version) 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. Read full chapter Sermonic Text Luke 24:1-6 (New International Version) Jesus Has Risen 24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: Read full chapter

  • April 11 2022

    Scriptural Reading John 12:12-16 (New International Version) Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna![a]” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b] “Blessed is the king of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: 15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;     see, your king is coming,     seated on a donkey’s colt.”[c] 16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him. Read full chapter Footnotes John 12:13 A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise John 12:13 Psalm 118:25,26 John 12:15 Zech. 9:9 Sermonic Text Luke 19:28-35 (New International Version) Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. Read full chapter

  • April 3 2022

    Scriptural Reading Isaiah 53:5-12 (New International Version) New International Version 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,     he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him,     and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,     each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him     the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted,     yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,     and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,     so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.     Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living;     for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b] 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,     and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence,     nor was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,     and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days,     and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. 11 After he has suffered,     he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e]; by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,     and he will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]     and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h] because he poured out his life unto death,     and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many,     and made intercession for the transgressors. Read full chapter Footnotes Isaiah 53:8 Or From arrest Isaiah 53:8 Or generation considered / that he was cut off from the land of the living, / that he was punished for the transgression of my people? Isaiah 53:10 Hebrew though you make Isaiah 53:11 Dead Sea Scrolls (see also Septuagint); Masoretic Text…

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  • March 27 2022

    Book: Luke

    Scriptural Reading Mark 5:38-42 (New International Version) 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. Read full chapter Sermonic Text Luke 8:1-3 (New International Version) The Parable of the Sower 8 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means. Read full chapter Mark 15:40-41 (New International Version) 40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph,[a] and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there. Read full chapter Footnotes Mark 15:40 Greek Joses, a variant of Joseph; also in verse 47  Bible Study

  • March 21 2022

    Book: John

    Scriptural Reading Matthew 4:1-11 (New International Version) Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness 4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you,     and they will lift you up in their hands,     so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. Read full chapter Sermonic Text John 6:53-60 (New International Version) 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the…

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  • March 13 2022

    Scriptural Reading Numbers 21:6-9 (New International Version) 6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. Read full chapter Sermonic Text Luke 8:1-3 (New International Version) The Parable of the Sower 8 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means. Read full chapter

  • March 6 2022

    We tell folks about EVERYTHING, restaurants,  vacation spots, movies, music. But ask ourselves, when’s the last time we told someone about Jesus? Not just about who he is but what he’s done! See what happens when we “TELL SOMEBODY ABOUT JESUS!” Scriptural Reading Isaiah 53:5-8 (New International Version) 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,     he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him,     and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,     each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him     the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted,     yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,     and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,     so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.     Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living;     for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b] Read full chapter Footnotes Isaiah 53:8 Or From arrest Isaiah 53:8 Or generation considered / that he was cut off from the land of the living, / that he was punished for the transgression of my people? Sermonic Text John 1:43-46 (New International Version) Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael 43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. Read full chapter Bible Study – John 1:38-50

  • February 26 2022

    Scriptural Reading 1 Peter 5:6-11 (New International Version) 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. Read full chapter Sermonic Text John 6:68 (New International Version) 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Read full chapter

  • February 22 2022

    We can find ourselves in positions in life where it feels like we never have enough. Not enough time, money, resources opportunity…you name it. Join us this Sunday as we explore what happens when we take what we do have and put it in the hands of The Lord! Scriptural Reading Exodus 3:7-10 (New International Version) 7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Read full chapter Sermonic Text John 6:8-14 (New International Version) 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the…

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  • February 13 2022

    Scriptural Reading Psalm 51:10-13 (New International Version) 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Read full chapter Sermonic Text James 2:18-24 (New International Version) 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[b] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. Read full chapter Footnotes James 2:20 Some early manuscripts dead James 2:23 Gen. 15:6

  • February 6 2022

    Series: Jonah

    What has been passed down to us? What have we passed down? Some have a legacy in name, some have a legacy in sports, some have a legacy of wealth, but Hebrews teaches us of a stronger, deeper more powerful legacy; A Legacy of Faith!” Parks Chapel AME Church, San Fernando is led by Reverend Kirkpatrick Tyler, Sr. Pastor. Rev. Tyler is a dynamic faith-based leader who focuses on youth empowerment and community building. Our Minister of Music is the renowned critically acclaimed Andrae Alexander. He leads our gospel choir. Scriptural Reading Luke 6:43-45 (New International Version) A Tree and Its Fruit 43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Read full chapter Sermonic Text Hebrews 11:32-38 (New International Version) 32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;[a] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and…

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  • January 30 2022

    Series: Jonah

    Book: John

    What Am I Still Holding On To? Trauma can cause us to keep the pain of our past even when we have been free of the actual problem.  What Do I Need to Let Go Of To Be Happy and Free? Parks Chapel AME Church, San Fernando is led by Reverend Kirkpatrick Tyler, Sr. Pastor. Rev. Tyler is a dynamic faith-based leader who focuses on youth empowerment and community building. Our Minister of Music is the renowned critically acclaimed Andrae Alexander. He leads our gospel choir. Scriptural Reading John 4:23-24 (New International Version) 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” Read full chapter Sermonic Text Jonah 4:1-3 (New International Version) Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Compassion 4 But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” Read full chapter Bible Study – Going Deeper Into the Scripture nbsp;

  • January 23 2022

    Series: Jonah

    Book: Jonah

    When we are wrapped up in our own stuff we take for granted what God is able to do. What impact do we and our actions have on those who God is seeking to reach?  This is Part 4 of our New Year sermon series You Can’t Run From God “Who Am I Keeping From God?” Parks Chapel AME Church, San Fernando is led by Reverend Kirkpatrick Tyler, Sr. Pastor. Rev. Tyler is a dynamic faith-based leader who focuses on youth empowerment and community building. Our Minister of Music is the renowned critically acclaimed Andrae Alexander. He leads our gospel choir. Scriptural Reading Philippians 3:10-12 (New International Version) 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all 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. Read full chapter 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. Read full chapter Footnotes 2 Corinthians 5:17 Or Christ, that person is a new creation. Sermonic Text Jonah 3:6-9 (New International Version) 6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of…

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  • January 17 2022

    Series: Jonah

    We often miss what the actual problem is. Truthfully by the time we realize we are in trouble, it’s too late and it becomes easy to mislabel what the actual problem is. In fact, where we find ourselves in life, many times is not the problem but what we did to get there. Join us This Sunday 10:30 am as we figure out What’s Eating the Prophet Jonah; one hint, It ain’t the fish! Scriptural Reading 2 Corinthians 5:16-20 (New International Version) 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. Read full chapter Footnotes 2 Corinthians 5:17 Or Christ, that person is a new creation. Sermonic Text Jonah 2:1-9 (New International Version) 2 1 [a]From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord,     and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,     and you listened to my cry. 3 You hurled me into the depths,     into the very heart of the seas,     and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers     swept over me. 4 I said, ‘I have been banished     from your sight; yet I will look again     toward your holy temple.’ 5 The engulfing waters threatened me,[b]     the deep surrounded me;     seaweed was wrapped around my…

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  • January 9 2022

    Book: Jonah

    Don’t waste this year running! God is calling on each and every one of us to use us in the world. Let’s put aside our fears, biases, isms, and scizms and let God use us the way He desires. Join us for worship as we prepare for a Year of Usefulness! Scriptural Reading Matthew 18:18-201 (New International Version) 18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be[a] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[b] loosed in heaven. 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Read full chapter Footnotes Matthew 18:18 Or will have been Matthew 18:18 Or will have been Sermonic Text Amos 2:10-3:1 (New International Version) 10 I brought you up out of Egypt     and led you forty years in the wilderness     to give you the land of the Amorites. 11 “I also raised up prophets from among your children     and Nazirites from among your youths. Is this not true, people of Israel?” declares the Lord. 12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine     and commanded the prophets not to prophesy. 13 “Now then, I will crush you     as a cart crushes when loaded with grain. 14 The swift will not escape,     the strong will not muster their strength,     and the warrior will not save his life. 15 The archer will not stand his ground,     the fleet-footed soldier will not get away,     and the horseman will not save his life. 16 Even the bravest warriors     will flee naked on that day,” declares the Lord. Witnesses Summoned Against Israel 3 Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the Lord has spoken against you—against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:

  • January 2 2022

    Topic: favor , fish , Jona , new year , obedience

    Book: Jonah

    Don’t waste this year running! God is calling on each and every one of us to use us in the world. Let’s put aside our fears, biases, isms, and scizms and let God use us the way He desires. Join us for worship as we prepare for a Year of Usefulness! Scriptural Reading Romans 8:18-21 (New International Version) Present Suffering and Future Glory 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[a] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. Read full chapter Footnotes Romans 8:21 Or subjected it in hope. 21 For Sermonic Text Jonah 1:1-3 (New International Version) Jonah Flees From the Lord 1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord. Read full chapter

  • December 26 2021

    Book: Luke

    The Story is not over! In fact, its just beginning.  After the miraculous birth of Jesus There is so much more to tell, and the same is true in our lives. God has more to our story and we must be prepared for it Scriptural Reading Romans 8:31-39 (New International Version) More Than Conquerors 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long;     we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a] 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Read full chapter Footnotes Romans 8:36 Psalm 44:22 Romans 8:38 Or nor heavenly rulers Sermonic Text Luke 2:39-40 (New International Version) 39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on…

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  • December 19 2021

    What is love to you? Is it a word, a feeling, a state of mind? Join us for worship this Sunday for our Sermon “Show Me Some Love” as we explore the power and virtue of love and draw near to the end of our Advent Celebration! Scriptural Reading 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 (New International Version) 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Read full chapter Sermon Text John 3:16-18 (New International Version) 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. Read full chapter

  • December 12 2021

    Topic: advent , Christmas , Jesus , Joy

    Book: John

    We are all looking for Joy but let’s ask ourselves what do we know about Joy? What is it, how do we gain it, maintain it and spread it? Where does Joy come from and how is it made. The truth is we know so little about something we desire so much. Join us this Sunday at 10:30 am worship Service as we explore “The Mystery of Joy” Go Deeper with Pastor KP’s Back To Barea Tuesday Night Bible Study   Scriptural Reading John 15:8-11 ( New International Version) 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. Read full chapter Sermonic Text Matthew 1: 20-24 ( New International Version) 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[a] because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[b] (which means “God with us”). 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. Read full chapter Footnotes Matthew 1:21 Jesus is the Greek…

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  • December 5 2021

    Topic: advent , Angels , Christmas , Joseph , Joy

    Book: Haggai

    Spiritual Reading Haggai 2:4- (New International Version) 4 But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’ 6 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place, I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” Read full chapter   Sermon Text Luke 2:11-15 (New International Version) 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Read full chapter Bible Study – Going Deeper Into The Scripture

  • November 28 2021

    Our lives can often be filled with doubt. Doubt of possibilities, hope, a future. But God has called us to a spirit of Hope, Faith, and Trust in his will and desire to do miraculous and wonderful things in our lives. Is God Working in you? You Better Believe It! Join us in Worship this Sunday!

  • November 21 2021

    So often we rely on our tangible strength, power, and force to reach what we want. This Sunday Joshua shows us the power that exists in Praise. Praise brings walls down, Praise breaks yokes, Praise defeats enemies. Worship with us this Sunday as we explore the “Power in Our Praise”   Scriptural Reading 2 Corinthians 3:2-6 (New International Version) 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.   Sermonic Text Joshua 6:14-15 (New International Version) 14 So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days. 15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times.  

  • November 14 2021

    This Sunday’s message, “Don’t  Forsake The Stones” celebrates the remembering of what God has done and the faithful men and women he’s worked through to bring us thus far. We would not be where we are if it was not for those who came before us. This text in Joshua calls on us to set up monuments of remembrance and celebration that honor, include, and acknowledge God’s work and his servants for today and the generations that come after us. Tags: History, sacrifice,  celebration, ancestors,  heroes, heroines, legacy, generational wealth, faithfulness. Scriptural Reading Hebrews 4:14-16 (New International Version) Jesus the Great High Priest 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[a] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Read full chapter Footnotes Hebrews 4:14 Greek has gone through the heavens Sermonic Text Joshua 4:4-7 (New International Version) 4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were…

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  • November 7 2021

    Are You Ready?
    God is about to do something new, we have never seen it, experienced it, heard it, or even thought of it before. In order to receive it, He is calling on us to prepare ourselves, to consecrate ourselves, and to get ready for Him to blow our minds! This Sunday’s message calls each and every one of us to GET READY For the miraculous move of God!

  • October 31 2021

    “And There Were Women There” Spiritual Reading Isaiah 43:18-21 (New International Version) 18 “Forget the former things;     do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing!     Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness     and streams in the wasteland. 20 The wild animals honor me,     the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness     and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21     the people I formed for myself     that they may proclaim my praise. Read full chapter Spiritual Lesson Luke 24:8-12 (New International Version) 8 Then they remembered his words. 9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. Read full chapte

  • October 24 2021

    Topic: Faith , Faithfulness , Hope

    Book: Habakkuk

    Finding “The VISION” Spiritual Reading Habakkuk 2:1-4 (New International Version) 2 I will stand at my watch     and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me,     and what answer I am to give to this complaint.[a] The Lord’s Answer 2 Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation     and make it plain on tablets     so that a herald[b] may run with it. 3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;     it speaks of the end     and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it;     it[c] will certainly come     and will not delay. 4 “See, the enemy is puffed up;     his desires are not upright—     but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness[d]— Read full chapter Footnotes Habakkuk 2:1 Or and what to answer when I am rebuked Habakkuk 2:2 Or so that whoever reads it Habakkuk 2:3 Or Though he linger, wait for him; / he Habakkuk 2:4 Or faith Habakkuk 2:1-4 Spiritual Lesson Habakkuk 2:1-4 (New International Version) 2 I will stand at my watch     and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me,     and what answer I am to give to this complaint.[a] The Lord’s Answer 2 Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation     and make it plain on tablets     so that a herald[b] may run with it. 3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;     it speaks of the end     and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it;     it[c] will certainly come     and will not delay. 4 “See, the enemy is puffed up;     his desires are not upright—     but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness[d]— Read full chapter Footnotes Habakkuk 2:1 Or and what to answer when I am rebuked Habakkuk 2:2 Or so that whoever reads it Habakkuk 2:3 Or Though he linger, wait for him; / he Habakkuk 2:4 Or faith Habakkuk 2:1-4  

  • October 17 2021

    You Can Eat But You Can’t Run Spiritual Reading Isaiah 25:1-8(New International Version) Praise to the Lord 25 Lord, you are my God;     I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness     you have done wonderful things,     things planned long ago. 2 You have made the city a heap of rubble,     the fortified town a ruin, the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more;     it will never be rebuilt. 3 Therefore strong peoples will honor you;     cities of ruthless nations will revere you. 4 You have been a refuge for the poor,     a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm     and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless     is like a storm driving against a wall 5     and like the heat of the desert. You silence the uproar of foreigners;     as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,     so the song of the ruthless is stilled. 6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare     a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—     the best of meats and the finest of wines. 7 On this mountain he will destroy     the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; 8     he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears     from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace     from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. Read full chapter Spiritual Lesson Psalm 23:5 (New International Version) 5 You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Read full chapter   Spiritual Lesson Luke 14:12-15 (New International Version) 12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet,…

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  • October 12 2021

    Reverend Reuben W. Ford, Sr. Pastor, and First Lady Ford’s Retirement Concert Spiritual Reading Romans 10:14-15 (New International Version) 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”[a] Read full chapter Footnotes Romans 10:15 Isaiah 52:7  

  • October 3 2021

    The Conjure for Plantation Medicine/Health Care Spiritual Reading Ezekiel 47:6-12 (New International Version) 6 He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. 8 He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah,[a] where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. 9 Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. 10 Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea. 11 But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. 12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” Read full chapter Footnotes Ezekiel 47:8 Or the Jordan Valley Spiritual Lesson 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (New International Version)Ezekiel 47:6-12Ezekiel 47:6-12 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of…

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  • September 26 2021

    It’s Time to Shake the Dust off Your Feet! Spiritual Reading Psalm 37:1-4, 23-28 (New International Version) Of David. 1 Do not fret because of those who are evil     or be envious of those who do wrong; 2 for like the grass they will soon wither,     like green plants they will soon die away. 3 Trust in the Lord and do good;     dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Take delight in the Lord,     and he will give you the desires of your heart. 23 The Lord makes firm the steps     of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,     for the Lord upholds him with his hand. 25 I was young and now I am old,     yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken     or their children begging bread. 26 They are always generous and lend freely;     their children will be a blessing.[a] 27 Turn from evil and do good;     then you will dwell in the land forever. 28 For the Lord loves the just     and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[b];     the offspring of the wicked will perish. Read full chapter Footnotes a. Psalm 37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Psalm 37:26 Or freely; / the names of their children will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or freely; / others will see that their children are blessed Psalm 37:28 See Septuagint; Hebrew They will be protected forever Spiritual Lesson Matthew 10:12-14 (The New International Version)

  • September 19 2021

    There is Power in the Water Too!! – Part 2 Spiritual Reading Psalm 46 (New International Version) Psalm 46[a] For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.[b] A song. 1 God is our refuge and strength,     an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way     and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam     and the mountains quake with their surging.[c] 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,     the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall;     God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;     he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord Almighty is with us;     the God of Jacob is our fortress. 8 Come and see what the Lord has done,     the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease     to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;     he burns the shields[d] with fire. 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;     I will be exalted among the nations,     I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 The Lord Almighty is with us;     the God of Jacob is our fortress. Footnotes Psalm 46:1 In Hebrew texts 46:1-11 is numbered 46:2-12. Psalm 46:1 Title: Probably a musical term Psalm 46:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 7 and 11. Psalm 46:9 Or chariots

  • September 12 2021

    Topic: Faith , Hope , Love , trust , Water

    Book: Ezekial

    There is Power in the Water Too!! Spiritual Reading Ezekiel 47:1-12 (New International Version) The River From the Temple 47 The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side. 3 As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits[a] and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. 4 He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. 5 He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. 6 He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. 8 He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah,[b] where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. 9 Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. 10 Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading…

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  • September 5 2021

    You Reap What You Sow!! Spiritual Reading Hosea 10:11-13 (New International Version) 11 Ephraim is a trained heifer     that loves to thresh; so I will put a yoke     on her fair neck. I will drive Ephraim,     Judah must plow,     and Jacob must break up the ground. 12 Sow righteousness for yourselves,     reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground;     for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes     and showers his righteousness on you. 13 But you have planted wickedness,     you have reaped evil,     you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength     and on your many warriors, Read full chapter Spiritual Lesson Galatians 6:7-10 (New International Version) 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Read full chapter Gospel Message

  • August 29 2021

    Christian Engagement in Technology Spiritual Reading Ezekiel 22:30-31 (New International Version) 30 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. 31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.” Read full chapter   Gospel Message

  • August 23 2021

    What Are Your Valley’s of Decisions? Spiritual Reading Matthew 25:31-36  (New International Version) The Sheep and the Goats 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Read full chapter Spiritual Lesson Joel 3:1-3 (New International Version) The Nations Judged 3 [a]“In those days and at that time,     when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will gather all nations     and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.[b] There I will put them on trial     for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations     and divided up my land. 3 They cast lots for my people     and traded boys for prostitutes;     they sold girls for wine to drink. Read full chapter Footnotes Joel 3:1 In Hebrew texts 3:1-21 is numbered 4:1-21. Joel 3:2 Jehoshaphat means the Lord judges; also in verse 12. Joel 3:7-16 7 “See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them, and I will return on your own heads what you have done. 8 I will sell your sons and daughters to the people of Judah, and they…

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  • August 16 2021

    Can We Survive? Spiritual Reading Psalm 121:1-8 (New International Version) Psalm 121 A song of ascents. 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—     where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord,     the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip—     he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel     will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord watches over you—     the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day,     nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—     he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going     both now and forevermore. Spiritual Lesson Ephesians 6:11-18 (New International Version) 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Read full chapter Gospel Message

  • August 8 2021

    What Are All Of His Benefits?? Spiritual Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 (New International Version) 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Read full chapter Spiritual Lesson Psalm 103:1-2 (New International Version) Psalm 103 Of David. 1 Praise the Lord, my soul;     all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the Lord, my soul,     and forget not all his benefits— Read full chapter Gospel Message

  • August 1 2021

    God’s Will; Illness, Disease or Affliction??? Spiritual Reading Numbers 12:1-3, 9-13 (New International Version) Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses 12 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. 2 “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this. 3 (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) 9 The anger of the Lord burned against them, and he left them. 10 When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous[a]—it became as white as snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease, 11 and he said to Moses, “Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed. 12 Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.” 13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “Please, God, heal her!” Read full chapter Footnotes Numbers 12:10 The Hebrew for leprous was used for various diseases affecting the skin. Spiritual Lesson 2 Kings 7:3-4 (New International Version) The Siege Lifted 3 Now there were four men with leprosy[a] at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? 4 If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.” Read full chapter Footnotes 2 Kings 7:3 The Hebrew for leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin; also in verse 8. Gospel Message

  • July 25 2021

    Noah, the Flood, the Mystery, and the Metaphor, Part 2 Spiritual Reading 2 Peter 3:3-15 (New International Version) 3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a] 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with…

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  • July 18 2021

    What’s Your Takeaway? Spiritual Reading Psalm 32:1-11New International Version) Psalm32 Of David. A maskil.[a] 1 Blessed is the one     whose transgressions are forgiven,     whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the one     whose sin the Lord does not count against them     and in whose spirit is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent,     my bones wasted away     through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night     your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped     as in the heat of summer.[b] 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you     and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess     my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave     the guilt of my sin. 6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you     while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters     will not reach them. 7 You are my hiding place;     you will protect me from trouble     and surround me with songs of deliverance. 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;     I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,     which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle     or they will not come to you. 10 Many are the woes of the wicked,     but the Lord’s unfailing love     surrounds the one who trusts in him. 11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;     sing, all you who are upright in heart! Footnotes Psalm 32:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term Psalm 32:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 5 and 7. Spiritual Lesson Philippians 4:8-9 (New International Version) 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me,…

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  • July 11 2021

    Book: James

    Is Time Running Out? Spiritual Reading Proverbs 16:5-9 (New International Version) 5 The Lord detests all the proud of heart.     Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;     through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided. 7 When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,     he causes their enemies to make peace with them. 8 Better a little with righteousness     than much gain with injustice. 9 In their hearts humans plan their course,     but the Lord establishes their steps. Read full chapter Spiritual Lesson James 4:13-17 (New International Version Boasting About Tomorrow 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. Read full chapter Gospel Message

  • July 4 2021

    Are We One Nation Under God? Spiritual Reading Psalm 33:8-22 (New International Version) 8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;     let all the people of the world revere him. 9 For he spoke, and it came to be;     he commanded, and it stood firm. 10 The Lord foils the plans of the nations;     he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. 11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,     the purposes of his heart through all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,     the people he chose for his inheritance. 13 From heaven the Lord looks down     and sees all mankind; 14 from his dwelling place he watches     all who live on earth— 15 he who forms the hearts of all,     who considers everything they do. 16 No king is saved by the size of his army;     no warrior escapes by his great strength. 17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;     despite all its great strength it cannot save. 18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,     on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, 19 to deliver them from death     and keep them alive in famine. 20 We wait in hope for the Lord;     he is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice,     for we trust in his holy name. 22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,     even as we put our hope in you. Read full chapter Spiritual Lesson Romans 13: 1-14 (New International Version) Submission to Governing Authorities 13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is…

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  • June 27 2021

    “ Make For Yourself An Ark” Spiritual Reading 1 Peter 3:18-22 (New International Version) 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive,[a] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[b] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. Read full chapter Footnotes 1 Peter 3:19 Or but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also 1 Peter 3:21 Or but an appeal to God for a clear conscience Spiritual Lesson Isaiah 54:6-9 (New International Version) 6 The Lord will call you back     as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit— a wife who married young,     only to be rejected,” says your God. 7 “For a brief moment I abandoned you,     but with deep compassion I will bring you back. 8 In a surge of anger     I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness     I will have compassion on you,”     says the Lord your Redeemer. 9 “To me this is like the days of Noah,     when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you,     never to rebuke you again. Read full chapter Gospel Message

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