It was a pleasure to have preached during “The Blue Print Conference” at True Divine Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama tonight. I look forward to preaching @thegatheringoasischurch tomorrow at 8:45 am. See you there!
See y’all at 8:45am tomorrow morning! I’m finishing up my series on the spiritual tabernacle. Tomorrow, I’m teaching on the Holy of Holies! See y’all then.
Tomorrow! Sunday service begins at 8:45 am! We‘re ready to come gather with you all this Sunday. Always come expecting the presence of the Lord! #thegatheringoasischurch #gathergrowgo
😍😍😍😍😍😍 Gosh, I love her. Looking at her is like staring at my wife. Can’t wait to see them when I get back home. Missing my family already. 😩😢
Hey Montgomery! I would love for you to join me tonight at 6:30pm.
Yay, kisses and cuddle time with the princess and prince! There’s no place like home. #imperfectfamilyman #familytimeisthebesttime
This is the life that was chosen for us; we simply accepted it. The wonderful thing about it is that we have the amazing privilege of fulfilling our ministry together. Though the schedule can be grueling and we miss many fun outings, there’s nothing compared to being able to represent our Lord and carry His message of redemption all over the world. The best part is that we do it together. Marriage has purpose; therefore, be cautious who you yoke yourself with.
Social media has been a great blessing and an even greater curse. It’s exposed our need and longing for community, to be accepted, to be understood, to be validated, and to communicate with others. Unfortunately, the community it creates isn’t fulfilling because it lacks nonverbal communication, which is estimated to be 50% of human communication.
We’re wired for empathy—the ability to feel how others feel, hurt when they hurt, cry when they cry, and laugh when they laugh. In fact, our brokenness builds empathy. Experiencing hurt and pain makes it easier to relate and feel the pain of others, and it could point as to why God allows us to experience tests and trials. This is why the abused, enslaved, homeless, abandoned, and so on can relate with others who are enduring that pain. For this reason, we must learn the value of sitting down with others and communicating regularly. We can’t understand one another through words alone; we need to feel, to touch, to make facial expressions, #and, ultimately, connect. Great messages are oftentimes lost during text messaging and emails because the emotions can be misunderstood. They lack the ability to empathize. While we’re delivering the words, we omit the tone, which is just as important.
It would do us well to return to many of our ways before technology captured our attention. Simply put, relationships cannot be firmly established online. We must meet, sit, talk, evaluate, laugh, and connect so we can grow in empathy. Thankfully, God doesn’t just stimulate our intellect with His words; He offers Himself for connection through relationship. We should do the same.
Had an amazing time in Turks and Caicos! Now, it’s back home with the offspring, Alabama tomorrow night, finishing our Spiritual Tabernacle series on Sunday morning at @thegatheringoasischurch, and off to a beautiful island for my mancation!!!!!
Worldly pleasures are mesmerizing! If they were born of flesh and myth, they’d manifest themselves as sirens—beautiful but deadly creatures luring the captivated to their doom. But they aren’t flesh and bone, but spiritual—mental even. They’re disguised as #goals and masked as ambition. They’re posted on vision and dream boards, sung about in music, and a major part of our prayers.
In the past, I’ve made the unfortunate error of reducing this verse to how I can ask God to bless me with worldly things. I felt as if I didn’t receive because I failed to seek Him first, but I’ve had to examine this verse closely to determine what those “things” are that He’ll give. The preceding verses encourages us not to worry about what we’ll eat, drink, or wear because our Heavenly Father is aware of our need for them. Therefore, we should only assume that our “additions” from Him are material, right? Not exactly. Carefully examine what we’re encouraged not to do, which is to worry. So, would God answer our mental and spiritual problem with material things? I’d think not. If so, then the poorest of believers who are hungry and naked have been abandoned! Could it be that He’s encouraging us to seek Him so that we could have peace, which is more valuable than anything this world can give? If peace is the gift, then the worldly things are mere byproducts of it. As a father I desire for my kids to have peace, not things. They don’t have to worry because I’ll provide for them. My valuable gift to them is peace. The things are only the byproducts. Don’t seek Him for earthly things, but seek for those heavenly gifts like peace and joy that cannot be valued by worldly currency.
Hey, y’all! I'm excited about being in Montegomery Al, If you're within the vicinity, then Come out and meet me this Saturday at 6:30pm. It will be a high energy worship experience.
Mark your calendar! I'm bringing the fire. 🔥