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July 2014

“The Price of Freedom...Celebrate It!”

Galatians 5:1
Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. (The Message)

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness... The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. (Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776)

As we celebrate July 4th, 2014, let's take hold of the freedom available to us that Jesus offers through His Sacrifice on the cross. What a price! When confronted by day-to-day struggles and hardships ('repeated injuries and usurpations') stand firm in the Word and do not let yourself be burdened by these yokes of slavery. Jesus died that you might enjoy life. Take hold of His freedom and walk in it. Don’t take this holiday lightly. Instead, be grateful for our liberty. Reflect on the fact that our forefathers took their 'stand' so that doors of opportunity may be opened for us. Believe God, showing Him gratitude in praise and worship!

While you enjoy your barbecues, fireworks and fun time with friends and family, thank Him for your spiritual freedom and the privilege it affords. Christ died to release us from a long list of laws and regulations. However, the freedom is not to do your own thing, for that will lead you back to slavery through selfish desires.

By all means, intercede for this nation. Lift it up to God in prayer for our president, leaders, pastors and all others who impact upon our lives. Only ONE KING rules, and not through oppression but LOVE!

  June 2014

"Loving Like Jesus"

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Supporting 1st John 4:19

The only way we can love like Jesus our first love has to be Jesus. There is a process that to get to that point. When you think of whom you were and that God loved you in spite of you it’s awakening about loving like Jesus. Your theme of Jesus is our First love is essential especially at such a time as this.

With all the evil things that are taking place in our city, our state, the country and the world makes a statement that someone has left their first love. Can anyone remember when you first fell in love with Jesus and how excited you were and how excited you were about being apart of the works of the Lord. Couldn’t do enough for Him

However, somewhere along the line something changed to the point that some have given up on love and then there are others who are saying what is love; because if what you thought was love was not, now you want to know what love really is.

Some have waited and has been in one relationship after another and still hasn’t found love so you are disappointed where love is concerned. Then there are others who have been so badly hurt by persons who were to suppose to love then, so to survive you have become numb to love. Forget love

Some are looking for love in all the wrong places so we end up in one after another unhealthy relationship. We allow abuse in the name of love he loves me that why he beats me; that’s abuse not love. He calls you names other than you are a woman or child of God that verbal abuse.

So loving like Jesus you must look at love through your spiritual eyes and hear with your spiritual ear. In which case you will seek God first before making any moves in your life and follow His lead and stop before leaping into relationships until God approves it. Now there is a process to get to that point.

It begins with understanding it is God’s will that we love; without love nothing else matters. Our society has confused lust with love. But God’s love is directed outward toward others. It isn’t selfish; that kind of love only comes from God who is Love. That comes when we yield our lives to the Lord.

As we look at verses 1-3 of the text you find that love is more than a feeling. It is a choice of behavior that grows in our lives; it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Our text defines that love as patient and kind; not jealous and envious; not boastful and proud or selfish. When you have those characteristic then you can exhibit the love of Jesus. As we get closer to the Lord then we can exhibit that type love

That is what is needed to love others with God’s love. Loving like Jesus will cause us to do what the Good Samaritan did. When there was a need he didn’t’ preach a sermon, didn’t give out a track or promote how spiritual he was, instead, he met the need which was dealt with the wound. People coming to the church today are wounded with brokenhearted , there are those that are homeless, lack of food; prisons in their minds; physical and verbal abused and you want to try to tell them about God and all they can think of the situation they are in.

So take time to meet the need so they can receive what thus says the Lord. They better receive and want o know about God when God when their needs are met. Take a page out of the Good Samaritan book. He took care of the wound and today wounds come in all types and ways so seek God if there is a wound and that sometimes requires observing and just active listening; that is listening with your heart; if you find someone wounded, do what the Samaritan did; he took care of the wound before he took him to the inn for his recovery. It didn’t stop there, and then he paid in advance for his care of a stranger. That’s what love of Jesus will do.

The Good Samaritan and our text describe how God loves. His love is not conditional. Don’t even have to know them, all we need to know is that a sister or brother has a need and we can meet the need. Rev. Tyler I believe that women by nature have an urgent need to learn how to love according to Gods pattern

God Himself modeled how we are to love and he demonstrated the direction of how love should look like. His love was that of giving and caring, found in John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in Jesus should not perish but have everlasting life. So people of God we must absorb love. When that takes place we will find our self reaching out to love again in that we will be reminded of our first love of Jesus; Warning if you are looking for someone who loves perfectly, don’t stop giving up on love because you haven’t found it. Instead, accept the responsibility to love others and stop waiting for someone to love you. Accept God’s unconditional love for you then you are in a position to love others.

When God’s love grows within you, then you can love and receive love. Without that first love of Jesus we really don’t’ have what it takes to love others. Although in our mind all does not even deserve or receive love we still must extend love to all.

After all you and I were unlovable when God first loved us; however, God’s love is the source of all human love and it spreads. Even when we were in our sins Christ died for us; that loving likes Jesus. God demonstrated His love for us. Jesus died so that we can come to God avoid his wrath.

Think about it his body was broken, he shed blood. Think further after going through all he went through it wasn’t for good people but people who were unworthy of His sacrifice. That loves like Jesus who couldn’t love Jesus first

In conclusion Loving like Jesus in our text Paul characterized truly Christian love and brotherly love. That love is not about your achievements; it doesn’t indulge in conduct that is not mannerly; it does not look for wrongs that people do; it’s not quick to take offense what it does is treat others as you are a part of the family of God

That kind of love will cause who are yet not in the body of Christ want to be in the family of the body of Christ based on what they see with happening with believers. Jesus gave a new command “that you loved one another” in that he emphasized the importance of Love so women of Mount Hebron you are on to something

The love today we are talking about is the Love of God. God is love; his nature is love. Everything about him proceeds from love. Therefore we are to love other Christian. Loving like Jesus now is so essential however that comes only after you can say my first love is Jesus

Pont 1 The Father loves us enough to have sent his Son to save us; as we grow to be more like Him, we also grow in our ability to love one another with a sacrificial love I challenge you to express some sincere love to someone and think of how it felt when you first loved Jesus and how much he loves you; when you love Jesus first then there will be no problems making sacrifices for those you love. That may mean you got to go back make some amends

Point two that when you first love Jesus by committing our lives to the Lord ; he gives us a new nature so you can no longer do those things that does not pleases God

Point three. The world is in need of sacrificial love who better to do it than the Body of Christ.

 
April 27, 2014 
"Had Enough"
 Matthew 14:28 

I have had enough! Does anyone else feel like that? We live in a sick society! Take a look at all of the things taking place internationally, nationally, state-wide and locally reported by the news. So much of it is targeted to the youth and young adults, and that affects adults. I have had enough! We need some serious praying! It is time to stop depending on man for a fix. It is time to GO TO THE THRONE instead of THE PHONE!

Safety? None exists! Schools used to be safe. Home used to be safe. Walking in your neighborhood you are not safe. You are not safe in your car.

You are being attacked physically, mentally and emotionally. Things are not getting better, things aren’t letting up and things aren’t turning around. You need someone praying in your behalf. After all, you don’t have the energy or the wherewithal to pray for yourself. Sometimes you are facing things coming so fast you don’t even think you have time to pray.

I am asking you to make the time because you need to recharge your spiritual battery. Without a charged battery you will burn out and eventually all things stop. The jump start is prayer.

As we visit the text, we need to join Peter and take a page out of his book. Get out of the sinking sea! Get out of those situations or circumstances that you are not comfortable in... that made you miserable.

Is there anyone who has been or is there right now? You have been there so long that it has been the norm. That isn’t good because you get comfortable in misery. Therefore, you don’t look for spiritual solutions. You are blinded to the situation so you can’t see your way out. The world gives you the impression things are going to be as they are, just accept it. Fear will cause you to wobble on the water. My question to you is is there a situation in your life you are tired of and you have had enough?

There is something that many let stand in the way of their prayer life and that is other peoples' approvals. They crave for approval! Get off the "phone" and go to the "Throne". Seeking man's approval is blocking your growth to where God wants to take you. It influences your decisions and you will connect with the wrong people. You will align and connect with people who will stroke you and approve you even when they not are honest with you. So you resort to listen to their advice and follow through. Their approval or disapproval will not be in line with what God has for you to do. You are ruining your life by blocking out His assignment for you. You will always be afraid to confront and stand- up for yourself.

Hopefully at least one is ready to say I have had enough! You will accept the confidence to follow God fully and say, "Lord I need to see and hear your voice over the storms in my life." Yes, there are numerous storms, but prayer breaks you free of anything that is holding you back from doing His will. He will handle your sinking situation.

Youth and young adults, if you get this message now what a difference it will make in your life. Peter realized that he was not to tempt Christ, so he was testing him. The disciples saw Jesus walk on the water. That terrified them, but Jesus told them to take courage, "...it is I, don’t be afraid."

The Message continues the story this way ( Matthew 14:28-31): Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”He said, “Come ahead.”Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”

Peter's faith got a little weak. Someone here today needs to execute your faith over the storms you are facing. As Peter experienced, God's power will save you, too. Is there anyone that has had enough and really wants to activate their faith and watch the power of God show up for you? He has no respect of person. What He did with Peter, God will do the same for you if you exercise your faith. Pray!

Have you really had enough? Let the world know your body, your mind, finances, your emotions are all surrendered to God today! Tell the world you have had enough!

Let's do what Peter and Jesus did. Although he had a busy schedule, he still made time for prayer with the Lord, alone.The gospel shows Peter to be a person of prayer and we must be people of prayer. Mark 1:35 says when Jesus was preaching in Galilee, early in the morning, before daylight, he went out and departed into a solitary place to pray. That was Jesus, all, which should be our lead. Jesus took time to pray to the Father. We must find some time away from others to talk to the Lord. Even if it disturbs your rest getting up at the midnight or at 3:00am, make the time to pray to God.

Peter had experienced the power of God, but he started to sink because he took his eyes off Jesus. If you have had enough, have exercised your faith and you see the power working in your storms, don't give-up your faith. When you are in the midst of a calamity and danger, do as Peter did. Cry out and say, "Lord save me"! The Lord saved him and will do the same for you.


1. Make sure that you know prayer is essential. Just like Jesus helped Peter, he is waiting for you to invite him to rescue you.

2. The next thing is faith. After prayer, have faith. God wants to give you the help you need to avoid sinking in your situation.

3. Now expect the wind and the storms to die, and experience peace. When you are going through storms, the wind blowing, you don’t have any peace. If you focus on the waves and the wind, or the difficult times, you might lose sight that Christ wants to help you.


We experience despair for a moment and have amnesia, forgetting what he has done so many times for us. But, if you really decide you have had enough you are going to maintain the importance of prayer time with the Lord. When situations get difficult, keep your eyes on Jesus who has all power rather than the circumstances.

As I apply these things, we will find, as did the disciples, Jesus is no joke! Experience the awesome God through prayer! Show the world Jesus provides help. Then people will see the power of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

Let's all say, "I have had enough!"


Bishop Bertha M. Greene

 
 
Easter Sunday, 2014
But Sunday Morning (What the Resurrection Means to You and I)!
Matthew 8:1-6


On Palm Sunday there was rejoicing because the King was entering into Jerusalem. People were saying Hosanna, and singing and giving thanks because God’s love is everlasting. Last week was Passion Week. Friday, the ministers preached on the "Seven Last Words". The way Christ died can identify our abuse and oppression. However, His death redeems us.

But Sunday Morning something major happened.! Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were first to witness what took place that Sunday morning. When they went to the grave they found the stone had been rolled away! There was no body in the tomb. Two angels reminded them that those things Jesus predicted in John9:22 had taken place. It reads in part, "The Son of man must suffer many things and be rejected by the Elders, chief Priests and Scribes, and be killed and raised the 3rd day. " True prophecy being revealed!
Can you just imagine what had taken place? They saw Him nailed to the cross, mocked , tortured and killed. Then He was taken down and put in the tomb and the stone rolled-up to make sure He couldn’t get up. But on that Sunday morning He was not there! I am glad He was not there!
Because He wasn’t there, He proved to the disciples, you and I that we must not walk in hopelessness. Instead, we were empowered to get the Gospel Message to the world. That historic moment is on which the church is built. Without that moment there would be no Christian church today. That Sunday morning sets Christians aside from all other religions.

It’s good news that only Christianity has a God that was human and became a man who literally died for you and me. He was buried, but on Sunday Morning He was raised from the dead in power and glory to rule the church forever. The good news ...we serve a living God! He is not dead!

So you wonder why the Resurrection is so important? In addition to what I just said, there are some other reasons. Your and my world is one of redemption, not disaster. Isn’t it a wonderful thing to say, "I am redeemed, bought with a price, and Jesus has changed my whole life", rather than my life is a disaster?

That Sunday morning death was conquered and that means we will too be raised from the dead to live forever. Another thing happened. We were given authority to witness to the whole world. Take advantage of that power and follow the model of the apostles in the Book of Acts. It was simple. Their message was Jesus had been raised from the dead.

That Sunday morning gives special meaning to the Lord’s Supper. Just like the disciples, we break bread with our Risen Savior. Don’t take the Communion lightly. When we commune, we ought remember the price to share in that last supper.

I thank God for that Sunday morning because it brings meaning to the tragedies that we face in life. Despite what we are going through, and still yet to face, that Sunday morning brought hope into what would otherwise have been hopeless situations. Thank God that because of the Resurrection God gives hope for now and the future.

Because He got up, that means He is alive! The power that raised Jesus from the dead...that same power is available to enable us to live in this evil world.
I am so glad that Sunday morning took place. We might be different in various ways...different nationalities, different life styles... He got up for all of us!
We might even vary in our political views and our theology, but because of Sunday morning there is one central belief for Christians that unites us all and that is on Sunday morning Jesus got up from the grave. He got up with all power in His hands.

Because He got up, our sins are forgiven. We no longer walk in condemnation, but under the umbrella of God’s grace and mercy. He intercedes and represents us to God the Father. It is resurrected power that helps us to overcome any and every thing!

Accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior, God cleanses your sins. He does this on the basis of what happened at the cross. It was Christ who bore our sins, past, present and future. Through confession, which is acknowledging we are sinners, we are forgiven. Jesus comes to live within us though the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit that leads and guides us.

That Sunday morning the Resurrection is God’s receipt that Christ's death is sufficient payment for your sins. So you can with assurance say there is therefore no condemnation for those who are believers

That resurrected power will cause us to walk in victory and not yield to temptation. It will help us live free from our bondage. God knows our struggles and physical circumstances, and He continually works on our behalf. No matter how impossible it looks to us, we should never give up because Jesus never gives up on us.

The love of God was displayed on the cross. Because of the Resurrection that Sunday morning, we can experience His love and the certain hope of one day being with Him in eternity. John says in 1 John 3:1, "See how great love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God."

But Sunday, that Resurrection announced the heir-ship with Jesus Christ. According to Romans we are not orphans left to struggle through this life, but children with the rights and privileges of a beloved son or daughter. We are joint heirs with the resurrected Savior

But Sunday Morning! Never forget its importance!
1. Jesus promised He would rise and He did so. We can believe His promises.
2. The Resurrection on that Sunday morning ensures you and I we are dealing with a living Christ, not just an idea of hope or dreams. This is real.
3. The Resurrection gives us the assurance that we will be resurrected. So today if we crucify the flesh and bury it, I assure you can live a resurrected life.
4. The power of God that brought Christ’s body back from the dead! That power is available to bring our morally and spiritually dead will back to life. Then we will change and grow. If you can believe, you can live a resurrected life.
5. The Resurrection is the basis for the Church's witness to the world. Jesus is more than just a human leader. He is the Son of the world. Act upon the Great Commission.

In conclusion, because of that Sunday Morning, there is indwelling in us Christians. There is supernatural, unchanging power available if we exercise a simple child-like faith. Then, God will move heaven, earth and seas if we will just trust Him.

The crucifixion of Jesus and His death is one of the most brutal abuses. He was beaten, ridiculed, tortured and killed. Therefore, He can directly understand the feelings of others who have been abused or oppressed. The good news is that same Jesus can redeem oppressors or abusers who come to faith. Jesus' death and resurrection intended to bring deliverance for everyone. Don’t leave here today by failing to utilize the Resurrected Power!

  January Message 2014
A Life of Purpose
Jeremiah 29:11-13

In 2014 we will go on a journey and answer the question Rick Warren asks in The Purpose Driven Life. The question is, "What on earth am I here for? This question plagues some and they never get the answer. There are people wandering through life wondering what their purpose is.

God has a purpose and plan for each of us. Instead of wondering, find comfort in the fact that He has a designed plan with your name on it. Accept the fact that God knows what He is doing and His plan for you brings peace. You are included in His plan and in that plan He is preparing a future full of hope for other people. Only if we stop and seek God for His plan, what a different world this would be.

Discovering your purpose might endure some suffering. However, once you discover and walk in your purpose, what a blessing to you and for others. It is good to know you can have a normal relationship with God. You will be able to pray to the Lord and He will answer. Your role in life might be that through your answered prayers, strengthened relationships between God and the people you are praying for will happen.

During those times, there will be those who will find the Lord because they will seek Him with all their heart. That opens the door to a life of purpose because they will seek Him in their way. God knows each of our purposes and plans, and will readily reveal them to those who seek Him.

Knowing God's purpose and plans for your life will be fulfilling, and gets rid of the voids. Seeking voids can send us off in the wrong direction. If you knew God has a purpose and plan for you, make a statement of how important you are to God and that will make such a difference in your life. A life of purpose is so important.