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by Pastor E. Allen Stanley Jr. | January 15, 2017
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was the most authoritative person that ever lived on this earth. In this verse, the word power means "authority;" the right to use power. When you read and study the Gospel of Matthew it truly stresses the authority of Jesus Christ.
There was authority to His teaching. He exercised authority in healing, and even in forgiving sins. He had authority over satan, and He delegated that authority to His Apostles. At the close of his Gospel, Matthew made it clear that Jesus has ALL authority.
Since Jesus Christ today has all authority, we may obey Him without fear. No matter where He leads us, no matter what circumstances we face, He is in control. By His death and resurrection, Jesus defeated all enemies and won for Himself all authority.
Jesus said, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth". This commission is given in light of the authority of Jesus. This indicates that this is an authoritative command, not a suggestion. It is the same idea as if an office reminded a private of his rank before he gave the order.
Go therefore: Because Jesus has this authority; we are therefore commanded to go. It is His authority that sends us, His authority that guides us, and His authority that empowers us.
Church, today we have to get up, stand up and move up, because Jesus' authority commands us to do just that.
by Pastor E. Allen Stanley Jr. | June 8, 2016
by Pastor E. Allen Stanley Jr. | May 3, 2016
In today's world we are very private. We like to keep our business to ouselves and we are very comfortable without anyone interfering with our personal business. When someone does decide to attempt to get themselves involved in our business we call them nosey and tell them to mind their own business. I believe this privatizing of our world is not such a good thing. Some of us probably remember times when people sat on the front porch and talked to people as they walked by. Some of us probably remember a time when you knew most of your neighbors and what was going on in their lives. Today, very rarley do you see people welcomed into other's homes, or people sitting on their porch or the concept of being a neighbor. As the church we are a community of believers. We are referred to as the body of Christ or the family of God. We learn that if the church as a whole is going to thrive than we must work together to make her thrive. Sometimes it is like we are doing our own thing. we are all going in different directions, and sometimes we forget to take time out for one another. Not only have we become privatized as the church, but also the emphasis has shifted from others to ourselves. You hear it all the time. If the people are not getting something out of the church they are attending they will go somewhere else that gives them what they want. You hear people saying that the service " did not do anything for them". Most of the time the people expect the church to be designed to make them feel good and provide entertainment for them, not providing anything else. They want to be waited on and served, they want a good show, but they don"t want to be the one's to exert any energy to provide anything for others. One of the foundational truths that we should be willing to put others above ourselves and that we are blessed by having a focus on serving one another above ourselves.
by Pastor Edgar Allen Stanley Jr. | January 9, 2016
- THe beginning of a New Year can be a season of new beginnings for us.
- It's a time to llok ahead with a sense of aticipation and excitement towards the new things God wants to do in our lives.
- It is a season of setting new goals and putting into effect those things you have been putting off doing.
- It can be a day of new beginnings for each one of us.
"purpose driven" to glorifying God at all times. My prayer is for the church family to continue to grow together in love and walk in the newness of life. A happy and Blessed New Year to all!
by Pastor E. Allen Stanley, Jr. | May 4, 2014
by Pastor E. Allen Stanley, Jr | March 15, 2014
In this passage of Scripture, Jesus makes a distinction between two kinds of pruning: (1) separating and (2) cutting back branches. Fruitful branches are cut back to promote growth. In other words, God must sometimes discipline us to strengthen our character and faith. But branches that don’t bear fruit are cut off at the trunk because not only are they worthless, but they often infect the rest of the tree. People who won’t bear fruit for God or who try to block the efforts of God’s followers will be cut off from his life-giving power. Think about this - unproductive followers are as good as dead and will be cut off and tossed aside. (Don’t get cut off –get under the anointing). All of us as Believers have areas and things that must be cleaned away and cleared up, areas of... Thoughts - Attitude – Commitment –Passion – Motives – Behavior - Relationships – Service – Willingness, Etc.
God prunes us to have more – LOVE – JOY –PEACE – PRAYER. As Branches must remain close to Jesus too receive nourishment, Jesus says that the only way to live a truly good life is to stay close to Him, like a branch attached to the vine. Apart from Christ our efforts are unfruitful.
by Asst. Pastor Willie A. Handy | March 14, 2014
Let me ask you a question this morning. Why is it that some people don’t heed warnings? For example, we can see a sign that says “Wet Paint” or “Do not touch” and what do some people do, they touch it to see if the paint is truly wet or not. Riding down the road, we see a sign that says “Bridge out, turn around now", and some people would get as close as they could to the bridge to verify the truth of the sign.
What is it about warning signs we just don’t believe? The writer of Hebrews gives us a warning "Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away” (Hebrews 2:1). In other words, we must pay close attention to the things written in God’s word, the Bible; because if we don’t we will drift away from the truth. Psalms 95 gives us a warning as well, in the first part God gives His people an invitation to come and praise Him. Then in the second part God gives His people a warning of the danger of not praising the Lord.
Still with the warning and the example, some of God’s people will not praise Him. The danger about which God warns us is that of hardening of the heart. To harden one’s heart means to refuse to obey. Let us not harden our heart against the invitation of singing praises to our Savior for all He has done for us. For He is the Rock of our Salvation.
by Pastor E Allen Stanley, Jr | February 9, 2014
God has established a divine purpose for everything.
In this passage of Scripture Solomon points out that God has a plan for all people. Thus he provides cycles of life, each with its work for us to do. Although we may face many problems that seem to contradict God’s plan, these should not be barriers to believing in Him, but rather opportunities to discover that, without God, life’s problems have no lasting solutions.
Timing is important. All the experiences listed in Ecclesiastes chapter three are appropriate at certain times. The secret to peace with God is to discover, accept, and appreciate God’s perfect timing. The danger is to doubt or resent God’s timing. This can lead to despair, rebellion, or moving ahead without his advice.
Everyone should have aspirations to excel, but God must be first in all things. Accordingly we must live a life that is “purpose driven” to glorifying God at all times.
by Pastor E. Allen Stanley | October 20, 2013
It is very obvious that John the Baptist knew nothing about radar screens. Yet he seemed to adopt the principle involved as his philosophy for life.
He says, in the words of the text, “He (Jesus) must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.” But Jesus said of him, “Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist.”
The key to his life was the fact that he decided to take the low road of humility. The religious leaders came out to him and asked him, “Who art thou?”
He did not say, “I am the founder and president of the Jordan river Baptist Movement.” Rather, he said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness.”
He did not become his own press agent. He flew below the radar screen. When questioned about whether he might be Jesus, he said, “I am not worthy to even untie his shoes”.
The scribes and Pharisees lived by a different philosophy. Matthew 23:5 says, “But all their works they do for to be seen of men”.
They wanted the best seats at feasts and in the synagogues. I came by to tell you today, that Jesus should always be on the radar screen of our lives, and we should be under the radar, so he can pick us up when we fall and not we ourselves.
by Asst Pastor Willie A. Handy | May 12, 2013
2 Timothy 1: 5 “When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grand-mother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”
One day four ministers stood talking and, as so often happens, the conversation soon drifted to shop talk. "I prefer the King James Version of Scripture," said one, "for its eloquent use of the English language." A second minister gave forth that no Bible could match the New American Standard for its faithfulness to the original Greek and Hebrew text.
"That may well be," said the third, "but I prefer the New International Version for its contemporary language and easy readability." There was a thoughtful period of silence, and then the fourth minister said, "I like my mother's translation best." It was with some surprise that the others said: "We didn't know that your mother had translated the Bible." "Yes, she did," he replied. "She translated it into her daily life, and it was through her translation that I came to faith." Mothers are you leaving a legacy of faith for your children to follow?
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