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Integrity……Protect Yours

Integrity is simply having your mind made up to do right and adhering to it. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. At any temptation or persuasion the double minded man will go with whatever feels good, not considering facts that his integrity is in question. The Apostle Paul spoke to the Thessalonians in regards to avoiding every form of evil, but even the slightest appearance of evil we must avoid, if we want to eliminate speculation about our character.  When people begin speculating, they start accusing. A man or woman who cares about their image, integrity or dignity should always beware of traps the enemy sets to discredit their reputation and tear them down to where their lives are no longer effective or impacting upon anyone. As a man, husband, minister, manager, leader, it’s not a good showing to have only women friends on Facebook. A man in these positions can’t go to lunch every day with a married or unmarried woman, it leaves room for too much speculation. A Christian man can’t be at a woman church member’s house at 10:00 at night claiming to be over for a bible study or prayer. Although in the aforementioned scenarios there’s total innocence (wink, wink), the point is to avoid even the appearance of evil. Our integrity is all we have. We must guard it with our lives.

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Why, Christians?

Why can’t some Christians see that tithing our money to the work of God is a valid practice? Why can’t some Christians see that you don’t have to tithe? Why can’t some Christians see that speaking in tongues is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and needful? Why can’t some Christians see that they don’t need to speak in tongues? Why do some say music should not be played in church? Why do some play music? Why do some think water baptism in Jesus’ name is the only way to be saved? Why do some baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Why do some think women can’t preach? Why do so many women preach?

 

Answer: Because somebody’s wrong and somebody’s right………………peace

 

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Things You Can’t Pray For

When a person gets born again and receives the spirit and life of Jesus the Christ within, they have all they need to live a fruitful and productive life. You can tell the level of knowledge and somewhat the level of maturity in a believer by the way they pray. When believers go through hardships and cry out asking for more faith, they’ll never get that prayer answered. We were all already dealt the measure of faith. Now that person must exercise their faith in order to develop it. One man in the bible asked Jesus to help is unbelief. He asked, but Jesus didn’t answer. The only way to build bi-ceps is by doing curls. You can’t ask for something you already have, our job is to develop it. Patience came by way as a fruit of the Spirit. When you pray for God to give you patience, He makes you wait longer. Waiting and enduring with a good temper is what develops patience. Self-control must be exercised as well in order to abstain and refrain. Tell your appetite you will not eat doughnuts every morning with your coffee. Tell your mind to read the bible and not watch television. He calls us disciples because we are “disciplined” followers of Christ. There are a lot of things we can pray for, then there are also a lot of things we already have, work it.

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How Faith Works in Marriage



Marriage is the most highly honored institution there is in the sight of God. God invented it, and ordained it. God, who also instructs us to live by daily application of His word, tells us how to live successfully in any of life’s capacities. Two out of every three Christian marriages are ending in divorce. This statistic is a sad commentary on Christendom. One of the primary reasons for such failure is that believers join in “holy matrimony”, and have zero knowledge of or submission to the Holy One.

Let’s start with the man. If husbands loved their wives as Christ loved the church (Eph. 5:25) the number of victorious marriages would be staggering. But how can a man love his wife this way if he doesn’t even know Christ? Does the man “ever” go to church to listen and be taught the word of God? Does he meditate day and night (Ps. 1:2, Joshua 1:8) on the word to experience any form of success? Last but not least, does he apply the principles of the canon of scripture to his conflicts or differences between himself and his spouse?

In order to love as Christ loved the church, the man must first recognize his position, responsibility and authority. The man is the head of the union. He is also responsible and has to give the account for this union. Due to this position, God also gave man the authority to pray and change whatever conditions he’s experiencing in his marriage that are contrary to love, peace and harmony, and make things right.

Here’s the comparison– Christ and the church, husband and wife. Does Jesus fight with us? Does Jesus try to win arguments with us? Does Jesus condemn us? Does Jesus compete with us? Does Jesus put us down and refuse to talk to us? Does He turn His back on us and walk out? Does He lie to us? Jesus is faithful to His word. Jesus loves us unconditionally. Jesus is the head of the body and cares for us, which is our example of how a man should love and care for his wife. When she argues and complains, Jesus listens to us and helps us in ways most suitable for our progress. Jesus knows who He is, therefore He doesn’t have to compete, argue, fuss or fight us. In the same manner, the husband has to have this understanding. Even when things don’t go the way the husband thinks they should, man has to be strong and dependent enough on God’s grace to sustain him and help him through it.

The wife is the weaker vessel, not mentally or spiritually, but simply in authority. She was created to be a helpmate. Much of her frustration comes from being with a man who won’t lead and has no vision or goals. She only wants to help, not take over. He’s the plug, she’s the socket. If he plugs in, the whole world comes on (lights, oven, stereo, television, intimacy, sex, meals, etc), happy wife, happy life. The woman has no problem submitting to domestic causes when she can trust that he is faithful to his word. Note: submission has nothing to do with oppression or male dominance either.

Both parties must make it their ambition and goal to press after Christ. Jesus is at the apex of the wedge, while the husband and wife are both at opposite sides of the bottom (like a pyramid). As they press and spend their days in pursuit of Christ– seeking Him, worshipping Him, obeying Him, serving Him, they will both find themselves closer to each other, for the gap between the two shortens. If the husband’s goal is money while hers is Christ, it won’t work. If her pursuit is companionship and security, while his goal is sex, it won’t work. Jesus has to be the center focal point in every Christian marriage in order to experience the full benefits of holy matrimony.

In conclusion: The ultimate faith is trusting God with your “Life”. In trusting God with your life, you’re utilizing daily application of His word for every emotion, scenario, disagreement, facet or aspect of marital living. It’s a wonderful life when we do it His way.

Pastor Anthony E. Blackman

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Where Black Muslims Missed It

Many black Muslims have thought or said that Christianity is the “white man’s” god. It is so unfortunate that those who aspire to that frame of reference have never studied the bible, let alone did research on genealogies and geographical locations. There is only one God and He is the father of our lord and savior Jesus the Christ. The descendants of Ham and Shem had much miscegenation between them throughout the early centuries. The descendants of Japheth migrated northward who became the European, earlier known as Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan and even Gog who is listed as an opponent during the great tribulation. Some eighty percent of the characters in the canon of scripture are of African descent, including Jesus’ lineage.

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