Mary J. Blige and Musiq Soulchild - If You Leave
Mary J. Blige and Musiq Soulchild - If You Leave
Kirk Franklin - Lean On Me
She does a great job of approaching the heart-level concerns of singleness along with pointing to Jesus. It’s definitely worth watching and passing on if you like it.
This is a good one if you have friends visiting your church. Don’t be a freak!
Okay I’m not a Christian, but I’ve finally made the decision to come to your church this Sunday. Don’t expect much from me though. If something comes up I might not, but right now I’m planning on it. I feel like I need to go, but I’m not sure why. I want to tell you a few things about myself before you meet me.
1. I’m not going to understand religious language or phrases so be aware of that when we talk.
I don’t understand slain in the spirit, God is moving in me, covered in the blood, I need to die to self, you just need to be in the Word, what you need is a new life, etc. If we have conversation filled with religious talk, I’m probably not going to understand half of the words…and maybe think you’re a little crazy.
2. When you ask me how I’m doing, know that I don’t trust you.
I’m probably going to lie and tell you I’m fine. It’s not that I don’t want to tell you; it’s just that I come from some pain and am not sure if I trust you yet. How about you tell me your story first? If I like you and get the vibe that you’re not trying to capture my soul or anything, I’ll tell you mine.
3. I’ve got pretty rough language and I can be bitter and angry about some things.
If I sense in you a mindset of superiority, I’m out. If you are just waiting for your turn to talk instead of truly listening to me, I’m not going to be interested. Don’t expect me to be exactly like you.
4. Don’t make a big deal of introducing me to everyone you know.
I understand a couple of people, but please; don’t set up a welcoming line. I’m just there to check it out; I need a bit of space.
5. I’m going to be looking for genuine interest in me.
I don’t want to feel like your personal salvation project or be a notch on your “I saved one” belt. If this Jesus is who you say he is, then I’m looking forward to seeing him in you. That’s how it works, right?
6. I’m going to have questions.
I need truth, not your preferences or your religion, so can you just tell me what the Bible says?
7. I need to feel welcomed.
Is there a time limit or something on my visit before I’m supposed to feel unwelcomed? I mean, I’ve been to other churches and there seemed to be a push for me to make up my mind or something. How long until I’m unwelcomed?
Thanks for hearing me out. I’m pretty sure I’m going to come this Sunday. But I might not.
2011 will truly be a a year that is crowned with His goodness and abundance!
Jesus turned water into wine.
What is the miracle that you need today?
Mark 11:24 says “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you asked when you pray, believe that you received them, and you will have them.”
What are your needs today? Nothing is too big for our Jesus! Believe first, that you already have it, and you will see, smell and taste your miracles!
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” -Mark 10:45
Jesus has come to serve us, wholeheartedly, and willingly. He has helped us in times of need, answered our prayers by faith through His grace, provided for us, and always loves us unconditionally.
Still, many rejected Him, doubted Him, questioned His existence, mocked Him, and turned their backs against Him. Even us believers took Him for granted, stopped giving thanks for all that He has done and accomplished for us on the cross, or worshipping Him in church, forget His faithful words, and lack the courage to be the salt and light for Him around our secular friends. And we beat ourselves over and over by acting like His blood can’t wash us once and for all as we strive on our own efforts to be holy, to make ourselves right, forgetting that our righteousness is only by His blood!
Even so, He never has left us or forsake us! That is His promise to us.
If you think that you need to wait for yourself to clean up your mess or getting your life straight before going to God, the good news is, Jesus IS your bath! Let Him do it for you! Let Him wash your feet!
I just pray that many will come back to Him, and realize that we are meant for a victorious life in Him, and we have a higher calling and purpose in His kingdom.
He loves us too much to see us stay the same…
When you are lost, pray.
When you are tired, pray.
When you are uncertain of the future, pray.
When you are down in the pits, pray.
When no one comforts you, pray.
When life gets weary, pray.
When disappointments arise, pray.
When everything is a mess, pray.
When I have lost hope, I know I can always pray and talk to my Daddy God, my Jehovah, my Yeshua, my savior, my best friend.
I Need You - Smokie Norful
The true best friend I have indeed is in You, Jesus.
That same person who knows my heart,
who weeps as I weep,
who never condemns,
who is ever so gentle,
who loves me like no other.
Kirk Franklin - Imagine Me