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Five Moments from 2009

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There are five moments from 2009 that, for better or worse, left an indelible print on me.

* The Rise of Obama. The United States elected its first African-American as President. I cried because as a Black woman, I never imagined this would happen in my life time. Even though I disagree with many of his administration’s policies and his shameless pandering to every point of view to please everyone, I could at least celebrate the historical weight of the moment.

* The Death of Michael Jackson. Listen, there are very few things I loved as a child that I still love as an adult now. But Michael Jackson was never really on that list. I loved him at the height of Michaelmania and at the very bottom during the horrific child molestation allegations. Maybe now, they will leave you alone Michael.

* Economic Woes. I can’t remember the economy being this bad since the early eighties when I was a prepubescent girl. Churches grappled with how to be good stewards of what they actually had while encouraging the flock to remember that God alone was their Source.

* Swine Flu. Shortages of vaccinations plus the hysterical reporting about the ravages of the outbreak kept people on the edge.

* The Gay Debate Rages in Denominations. The Evangelical Lutheran Church decided to ordain gay and lesbians persons to ministry. Add this to the implosion of the Episcopalians over the same issue and you see why not only will this issue not go away but will continue to eat away at other denominations.

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December 28, 2009 at 1:41 am

Hard Lessons Learned from 2009: Part 2

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Lesson learned from 2009 #2: Neither enslave people nor allow yourself to be enslaved to other people’s expectations. You serve one God and He will not allow your expectations or others of you to become the thing that drives you. That’s idolatry. Besides, I hate unnecessary frustrations and anguish over issues I have no control over.

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December 23, 2009 at 6:58 pm

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The Mandate of the Church

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Luke 4:18-19

Jesus’ prophetic proclamation of His purpose was not meant strictly for His time.  As His ambassadors, we must follow Him, doing only what He hear from the Spirit of the Lord.  We can glean some of the divine purposes that the Lord Jesus Christ has for His Church.

  1. We the Church must rely on the power and leading of the Holy Spirit.
  2. We the Church must understand that we have been anointed and appointed for a God-ordained task
  3. We must preach the gospel faithfully
  4. We must recognize the targets of God’s grace:

1.      The poor

2.      The brokenhearted

3.      The bound

4.      The oppressed

E.      We must recognize our responsibilities:

1.      To preach the Word

2.      To bring healing

3.      To bring liberation

4.      To be agents of recovery and restoration

5.      To bring a message of divine favor

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December 22, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Hard Lessons Learned from 2009: Part 1

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The year 2009 has probably been the third worst year of my 37-year life.  Still, I believe that lessons learned can redeem the time and help others along the way as we all struggle on the journey of life.

Hard Lesson  #1: Answered prayer can disguise itself as grave disappointment.

I have questioned God about the necessity of praying but I think in my own way, I equated making requests with getting what I wanted.  Not easy to admit but….juss sayin’.  This year represented the answer to a major prayer that had been on my heart for over 8 years.  Interceding for anyone’s salvation is like being a midwife.  But what happens when the “baby” dies days after he or she is delivered?

I felt hoodwinked by the Almighty as questions and doubt about God’s sensibility and goodness cut away at my faith.

But…

over time, God continued to show His wisdom and faithfulness to keep His word.  Were my prayers and their answers all about seeing and experiencing the results and chewing the cud about the journey or what is about the one lost sheep being found?

I chose the latter and that has helped me rest in God’s character after such a tumultuous experience.

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December 22, 2009 at 3:14 am