A New Creature

I grew up in the single parent home of my mother, who successfully raised 6 children. If we were the Brady Bunch, then I’d be Greg. Though, my sister Joy (or Marsha), was 5 years older than me.

We weren’t rich, but we weren’t poor either. Then again, by some standards I suppose we were living in poverty but just didn’t know it. We had a nice 6 bedroom house with 2 bathrooms. My mom usually worked 2 jobs and wasn’t home most of the time. My sister Joy was more like a mother than a big sister in that she took care of us. She fed us, clothed us, made us behave as best she could.

I was the man of the house even though our stepfather was around seasonally. He’d show up when it was convenient for him. Meaning, he was broke or one of his many ‘women on the side’ didn’t want to be bothered with him. He wasn’t a bad guy, but he was considerably younger than my mother and didn’t know how to commit to having such a large family.

By the time I was 14, my mother decided that we should go to church and we got involved with a small Apostolic congregation on Detroit’s east side.

The pastor, District Elder Jessie Baggett was a gentle soul with a caring heart. He was a simple man around 60 years old. He probably had little formal education but was passionate about the Word of God and people in general. I learned from him how humanity was in dire need of help and rescue. Not only did we have a mutual enemy (namely Satan), who wanted to kill us all from the face of the earth. But he also wanted to make sure that when we leave this planet that we would spend all eternity with him in the lake of fire that is too hot to put into words. A suffering so everlasting, the mind can’t comprehend it.

He told us that the only way one can be free from the enemy was to have a savior. A savior who would be willing to take our place in judgement for our many sins. He told us that only one person in the whole world even qualified as a suitable substitute on our behalf. “Only Jesus could pay such a price with His precious blood”, I can still hear him say. I remember wondering why someone would willingly give their whole being for someone who didn’t ask for, or deserve such favor. I can remember so vividly the moment after having such a thought that my mind stopped, and all I could do was feel. What I felt was a love so overwhelming that it presently brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. Feeling those same emotions right now just as big as the universe brings unspeakable joy .

The love of my heavenly Father is awesome, powerful, ever reaching and growing faster than the speed of light. The Father of light took children of the darkness and brought them to Himself. Now, we can be children of light! This is an amazing fact that can not be understood with the human mind. The human heart is too frail a vessel to contain such a love. So, the loving Father gave His children new hearts. Hearts that could feel what He feels, love what He loves and hates what He hates.

Though my mother loved us with all her heart, she wasn’t always kind. She would yell and cuss when we got on her ‘last nerve’. She’d occasionally throw things at us that weren’t meant for that purpose. But this was all before she knew God. Before we became members of Soul Deliverance Church. Before we were members of God’s family. After she got ‘born again’, she was an entirely different person. Peace, joy and happiness were the characteristics of this new woman who looked like my mother. I was in awe.

I saw the change in her almost immediately. Soon after, my baby brother James, decided he wanted to get baptized and give his life to Christ. To save face, my other brother Dorian and I decided to join him. When we were baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of our sins, something drastic had subtly taken place; New creatures were being born at that very moment.

Is my mother an angel who has never said a harsh word since meeting Jesus? No. Are my siblings and I perfect in every way simply because we made a confession of faith and got baptized as a public symbol to the world that we had done so? I wish. What happened to us over 30 years ago has be a gradual, outward change that reflects an inward transformation that is beyond any human comprehension. The more I get to know the God I serve and His boundless love, the more I want to share Him and it with everyone else. I want the whole world to know the love of God that surpasses all knowledge. It takes a superhuman to know the unknowable. And that is precisely what God has done for those who put their trust in Him. He makes us new from the inside out.


Pope, be perfected!

It appears to me that believers in the Word of God have not only gone astray from it’s original teachings, but have also encouraged others to do the same! This is nothing new, and is mentioned prophetically in scripture to occur. Our collective teacher, The Holy Spirit, in all His wisdom, started us all on the same path. Guiding us to the wisdom of eternal truth as we are sensitive and obedient to His voice. Yes, we have taken different paths leading us to the same Master of love and peace. The heavenly Father is the Father of us all! Yes, Jesus Christ is our ‘collective’ yet personal Savior. But the scripture also tells us to come to the unity of the faith. This faith will bring us back together again as we look pass our differing views and embrace one another as dearly beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord.

We do have differing views and interpretations of the Bible which is the main reason we have so many different denominations all believing that theirs is the right one and all else is simply falling short. To a great extent, I understand this and do not think it exceptionally odd or destructive to the Christian faith. I am open minded enough to – not only respect other Christian theology but also to understand that though ones thoughts and beliefs are different from my own, they may to be a Christian nonetheless, and destined for the same heaven that I will spend all of eternity.

Nevertheless, I must comment on the irresposibility of the leader of the Catholic Church; The Pope said ‘Who am I to judge Priests with deep seated homosexual tendencies?’ Though we are not to judge anyone but ourselves, we are to use the Word of God to correct, reprove and rebuke all false teaching and behavior that claims as it’s source to be the Word and Will of the Father. The implication is that it is alright to be gay and a leader in the Christian faith. This is far from being true! Though it is true that one can be gay or have homosexual tendencies and still be a Christian, it is not true or right that one can be a leader in the church while practicing that which is in opposition of the word they teach. One of the most beautiful things about the Word of God is it’s ability to change a person from how they were, into what God intended for them to be. This can only happen when sound doctrine is used as a guide to spiritual enrichment and transformation. It’s one thing to know of your shortcomings and have a willingness to change. It is quite another to think one is walking in God’s will as best one knows how, without having a clue of ones abominable acts and absolute failure to please God with their very life!

I read in the book of James chapter three verse one that teachers will be judged with greater strictness than the rest of the body of Christ. We are to practice what we preach. But, if our preaching is not in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ then the Father is not pleased. On the contrary, we would do good not to preach at all, than to preach or teach practices that are opposed to those of our Savior. We are to use the written Word of God as our guide and standard of living regardless of our particular denomination. But let us rightly divide the Word of truth! If we do not, how will we ever become as our Savior; Perfect, complete, lacking nothing? After all, He is coming back for a church without a spot or wrinkle, or any such thing. What a glorious church we will be…Image


For the Love of God!!!

For those of you who don’t believe the Bible, I am suspiciously curious as to why that is (the Bible told us that the world was round, that all of the physical universe was born of light, that running water is the correct way to rid one of germs, well before science had a clue of such things). For those of you who do believe the Bible, I would like to ask some very simple yet thought provoking questions of you:

If it is true that you do believe that the Bible is God’s written Word, then you are in a very select group of individuals. There are some very unbelievable things written in the living word of God. That is the main reason that we are to have faith. Faith being the ‘thing’ that connects us with that which is not a part of our physical universe. Do you believe that we are a part of a new creation? A creation in which we ourselves are partly responsible? If we are to become something more than we were before we came to believe God’s written word, then what is it and how should we look/be? We read in the Word that we are heirs of God and joint heirs with His Son Jesus Christ. We know this to be true simply by having faith. This faith is not the end of the story, it is only the beginning! This faith that connects us with something (truth) that is beyond our physical world also enables us to become something more than we are. How is this possible? Is this something that happens over a period of time, or should we expect the drastic changes to happen over night?

Why is it that we who say we believe God’s Word do not study it in it’s fullness as we do with all other books that are of any interest to us? Jesus said on many occasions that we were to do greater works than He did on this earth. And He gave us His Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in the doing of it. This is true and beyond any speculation. So, why is it that we do not see the greater works being manifested in our daily lives? Faith works by love. We know that God loves us and gave us His Son – both to save us from eternal fire and to be a witness to a dying world of His awesome love and saving power. Why is it that so many of us ‘so-called- Christians’ are more characterized by hate and judgement of others than we are with the love that God said would be the distinct characteristic that the world would know us by?

I know that some of the reasons why we as a church are not all that we should be is partly because we are still becoming who God said we would be one day. Another reason is that some of us do not take the time to study God’s Word in any real detail. Why is this the case? If it is true that we believe the Bible, and it is the core of everything holy, spiritual and right, why don’t we all ‘give’ ourselves to it in earnest? We are aware are we not that we will be judged according to our works? How many of us are now ready for that judgement to occur? I for one am certainly not! I do believe that one day, I will be all that my heavenly Father intended me to be when He created me. I know that any lack I presently have is totally my fault and due to a lack of expression of my love for Him. Do all of us know this with absolute certainty? If we do not, then we should. God’s will is to be done on this earth and will be done in and through the body of Christ. But, we only come to the reality of this truth through having faith in the word of God. When we have faith, God reveals to our spirit something that our minds are not able to grasp. We connect with something that could not be connect to without the help of the ‘otherness’. We are totally and absolutely dependent on God for all. Is this disturbing to you? If it is, then why is that the case? We are like lost sheep. Sheep that had no idea of how lost we really were until we were found by the lover of our souls.

How often do we pray? I do not mean simply when we feel we are in need of something we feel we can not obtain in and of ourselves. I mean to ask; How often do we simply talk to God? The Bible says we are to pray without ceasing or stopping. Isn’t it true that we all are guilty of not doing this? If it is true (and it is), then we should all repent to God Who is willing and able to forgive us as if this blatant act of rebellion never occurred. 

In spite of ourselves, God still loves us. Can anyone give me a realistic reason why that is true? Why would God love a people who seem to care so little about the God we claim to serve? I have an idea as to why we do not do the things that would make our heavenly Father happy. I will not presently state it here. But if anyone has a reason they believe is worth mentioning I would love to hear it. Do we Christians really love the God we ‘serve’ with our whole heart? Please tell me how one could tell that this were the case?Image

Righteous Indignation

I am a born again Christian who believes that as a member of the body of Christ, I am commanded  by God Himself to speak the truth in love. That is not always an easy thing to do. Especially when you dealing with opposing circumstances that would attempt to darken the light of God’s unchanging love. We do know that darkness cannot penetrate light in the least extent. But only the smallest packet of light, say a photon, immediately banishes darkness to places unknown! This physical metaphor shows us what is possible for all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and faith in his word. It cannot return to Him without first accomplishing that which it was sent to do. We are the Word that was spoken by the Father, just as His Son was, before time was. Darkness presents itself in many ways. But all of them are attempts to make you and I believe that the Word of God is not true. God’s Word has already come to past in all eternity! It is our job and mission to live it out in this present world. That is the one thing Satan dreads more than hell itself!

We should not be mad at the devil for doing what he has done from the beginning. We should be mad at ourselves for allowing him to do it! Everything bad that you can think of could have been prevented had the church done those things the Master has commanded us. All things are possible to him who believes. If you do not believe this, then I’m sorry to tell you that you are not a Christian. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a perfect sin free life, did signs and wonders. When evil was terrified of being totally destroyed, it took the life of our Savior (with the Father’s permission of course, for it was all in His great plan). He lay in the grave for 3 days and was resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit. Before He ascended back to the Father, He gave us the same power He possessed, that we to may overcome the works of the enemy. It can only be due to a lack of faith on our part that holds us back. Love for one another, and the ability to repent to God and forgive ourselves for the divisions among us. We can and will be the church that God intended us to be! I started this blog to bring the entire body of Christ together in one place.  An ambitious task? Yes, without the  Holy Spirits to guide me. But with Him, all things are possible! I started this post by naming it “Righteous Indignation”, a phase used primarily to express the churches displeasure with something that ‘the world’ was doing that got under our skin so to speak. Like when Jesus whipped the people who were attempting to turn God’s house into a house of merchandise. But as I began to write, my anger (or displeasure), turned away  from the world and onto myself. I must be all I was meant to be in this present life. God has much more than heaven in store for those who love Him. Just in case you are unfamiliar with the requirement of love – according to God. It is to do what He tells you. In His mind, you do not love Him if you do your own will. He has a splendid purpose for your life that is so much better that anything  you could ever dream up. But, you can only find His will by getting into His presence. You can only find His presence by seeking Him with your whole being. Love Him with everything you have and experience the abundant life with me. Together, we can do all things. For, this are the words of the Master, and He cannot lie…Image