God bless you and yours. God is with us indeed. He is with us as we are united against every evil. Nothing that happens has happened without His knowing. As Christians we must remember that to be in God’s perfect Will is to accept our given path. We have no idea of the path we play in His story (history) – but He does. Shortly before Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson, Rev. Daniel Simmons, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, and Tywanza Sanders – lost their lives that day, they had no idea that they would die in the house of the Lord. What awaited them as their spirits left their bodies had to have been worth more than their lives on Earth; that’s the faith we have in our God regardless of what happens to us on Earth. We are -> here <- but for a short time; and then we go home to our heavenly father where we will understand the role we played in this entire Universe. The evil that spoke that day did not get in the way of God's plan for these God-loving people. These faithful people played their part in a tragedy designed for the rest of us to learn from. We must remain thankful that we are on the right side of His story. God was clear when He told us about evil – it is just a shame that each tragedy is the one that reminds us of who we are and who we belong to. When evil strikes, God knows what he has put in place for His people. It is our faith that keeps us grounded and unable to be carried by the ugliness of it all. Today, like every other day, is a day for empathy and love demonstration. We must embrace it daily. We must accept God's promises wholeheartedly. We must shut the mind to the evil of the world and remember that every event is an opportunity to see what God is showing us.
"Thanks to this Pastor for sharing his heartfelt message. May God increase his wisdom and love, in Jesus mighty name, Amen."
"Lord Jesus – please place each and every one us that read this, on the right path today. You came here to do your Father's business and you left us a clear message of Love, help us understand it Lord – help us grow the way it was always intended."
Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Your Kingdom Come, thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others that trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
I wrote this for our church blog last week after hearing the news about the shootings at Emmanuel AME.
I’m not one that says much, in that way, I’m a lot like my Dad.
But this week’s slayings at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina left me without words. A young man was welcomed to take part in a Bible Study. The attendees sat with him for an hour as people discussed scripture and prayed. Then, as the meeting ended and the people prepared to go home, the young man took out a gun and did the unspeakable.
A wolf disguised in sheep’s clothing entered the fold. Nine of God’s children were gunned down.
There is a lot to talk about in light of this week’s events. We can and will talk about the perniciousness of racism. What did this man learn that told him that a group of…
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