How’s Your Fruit – Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness

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Hey guys we had a great conversation this week about the fruit of the Spirit. My intentions were to just go through the fruit of the Spirit that spoke to me mostly, but at the last minute I figured I would just go over 4 more.  🙂  Enjoy this last installment!

Joy.  To have joy is the ability to be consistent in a state of mind of happiness in spite of what is going on. Joy feeds off of nothing but Faith, your strong belief that all is well no matter what. It’s a consciousness that bleeds into everything you do and say.

Peace.  There is a word that is used often as a phrase and it’s “unbothered” That’s what Peace is. It’s not the absence of turmoil, but it’s a response to it. When you have God’s Peace you are as this generation says. “unbothered”.

Patience. A lot like long suffering, it’s the ability to endure any sort of ill treatment from life without reacting negatively.

Kindness. First of all like all other gifts of the Spirit mentioned, Love undergirds them all especially this one. It’s the ability to adapt- to meet the needs of others. You have to have genuine Love for this gift to properly operate in your life.

Now if you look at the explanation of each fruit, do you get the picture of the life the Christian is suppose to live? When we sway to far from this template for living we actually do God and His agenda a disservice vs service. It’s almost better to put your I’m A Christian banner up until you’re able to arise to as close to this character as you can, then to wave the banner and dishonor His name.

Hope you enjoyed the discussion this week. Looking forward to talking to you guys again next week!

How’s Your Fruit – Love

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This is the strongest 4 letter world in the dictionary – urban, webster or you name it.

Love –  unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another:

So do you have love? Is your love component evangelizing your co-workers, friends, family members, and those your are connected with? You know the love component that is unselfish loyal and has a benevolent concern for the good of another. Or do you leave the four walls of the church every Sunday thinking about yourself, intoxicated with SELF. A lot of us if I ask across the board is your love component strong you will unanimously say yes, but if I ask you are you unselfishly loyal and do you have a benevolent concern for the good of another what will your response be?

To be like Christ is to sacrifice yourself willingly for the greater cause of someone else. Are you willing to take on lies, and accusation for the sake of being a great example?

I’m afraid that we haven’t conquered the most important, viable fruit of them all. I would even stretch to say if you don’t love properly you probably don’t have the other fruit.

I know today’s conversation was a little rough, but remember we are a walking billboard for Jesus. Jesus is LOVE, and if we don’t have proper love we don’t have proper Jesus.

How’s Your Fruit?

Hey Family!

I hope your weekend was great. I really enjoyed our conversation on last week. Let’s go ahead and delve into this week’s convo!

I know that we put the burden of responsibility on the pastor and the church to be “THAT” example in the earth to draw people. I today BEG TO DIFFER! The burden of responsibility is YOU. You are a walking, talking, living, breathing, billboard for Jesus. Before a person decides to stop their normal Sunday routine, put on clothes, take the time, energy and money to go to a building for 2 hrs with people they don’t know to worship someone that can’t see or feel, (pause and breathe – this a long sentence so far and we are not done yet) they are going to look at you and see if you’re living a life that’s worth all that.

Yes! Perhaps they haven’t accepted your invite because you live to low of a Christian type of life. #Selah

This week I want to discuss The Fruit of the Spirit and how having them affects our everyday living. Before then though let me say this again – Perhaps they haven’t accepted your invite because you live to low of a Christian type of life.  

Looking forward to tomorrow’s conversation.

Oh Boy Do We Have a Problem – Got Community?

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Hello Family!

I hope you have been enjoying this week as much I have…
I wanted to talk about our 4th installment of this weeks conversation: “O Boy Do We Have a Problem”
I have a question – Got Community?
Interesting enough the phenomenon of social media has proved one thing to us, milinniuals thrive off of community. They want to be apart of a group, a team, or a mission. There is one minor caveat I must add to that though – as long as it doesn’t threaten their individuality. One of the things that makes social media work for this generation is the community they are able to build and control. If they don’t like a particular person in their community they can kick them out (block or unfollow them). If you want to bait a milinnial offer them community. A place to belong and fit in, somewhere where they can grow and spread their wings.
Because of the lack of genuine relationships in the world, not just the millennial generation, community is key for evangelism for any generation.
I want to challenge you today, what have you created that is inviting for this generation? Are your programs geared towards satisfying that internal quota that says you HAVE to be doing something or is it a genuine well thought out and constructed organism that is a safe place for growth and development?

Oh Boy Do We Have a Problem – The “Other” Side

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Hello Family – so as promised I’m coming back to talk about the millennials.

Here is the first thing we have to do to win them over. Show them the “other” side

As I was saying yesterday you can’t win millennials by prescribing the same structure that worked for you, they will view it as control and immediately rebel. The key to winning millennials over is to relate to them, tell stories not about how you did it, but how you failed at it over and over again. Yes, you have to show them your “other” side. Think of this generation as a current day doubting Thomas, they don’t want to just hear it, they want to feel the wounds and see for themselves.

As the elder generation, we have to learn to let our guard down, take off our fancy suits, put on some jeans and sneakers and simply have a conversation. In other words, we have to be secure enough to come from behind our “leadership wall” and be vulnerable. This will make you genuine to this generation and they will attract to your message. If the messenger doesn’t line up with the message, you will not be accepted and deemed fake.

Are you ready to show your “other” side? Do you have scars from the proverbial fight that you haven’t talked about? Those scars were left as an evangelism tool to this generation. I want to stir your heart to pick back up your fishing rods, don’t give up on this generation. They can be reached, it will just take a different strategy.

Join me tomorrow as we continue the conversation!!

10 Reasons Why We Should Evangelize

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1. Very Simply – He told us to – Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.Matthew 28:19

2. Jesus isn’t coming back until we evangelize the world – so c’mon folks let’s get busy! I’m not sure I want to stay around here any longer than I have to.

3. Don’t you want others to share the same experience you have – the best evangelism isn’t a 12 step process that ends in Confessing the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s sharing your personal experience and how Jesus has changed your life. Being authentic is way more effective than being super skilled in evangelism.

4. Accountability – if you are a serial evangelizer (which we all should be) than you are going to have to live what you witness or you risk the chance of staining the name of Jesus Christ. It takes one impression, negative or positive, to change the way a person thinks of Christ forever.

5. God Loves everybody equally the same.

6. The enemy seeks to steal, kill and destroy – if you know someone that doesn’t have Christ in their lives they are pawns for the devil. Your witness alone can save someone from the grips of the evil one.

7. Read #2 – I’m ready to go home!!!!

8. The solutions to the world’s problem is Jesus – Our Culture is under attack. People are looking for answers. It so happens that the God we serve has answered all the questions already. We can change an entire society by making disciples!

9. To grow the church – the church at large needs to grow. From a business perspective there are strength in numbers. With strong numbers we can determine who is elected into office, which movies do well in the box office and which doesn’t, we can determine unit sales for music etc. The church needs to be a force that is recognized and respected by the industries of this world.

10.  Please refer to #2 one more time – Did you read it? Ok read it again, now let’s go win the world for Christ!!!!

The Church – We Are Family

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It’s hump day! At least it is for those of you on a traditional 5 day work week.

There are certain key events that have taken place within the proverbial 4 walls of the church at large that make me wonder how we rate with the outsiders that are looking in. I want to discuss two of those key events: Erica Campbell’s new song, “iLuhGod and Creflo Dollar’s request that ministry donors assist him in purchasing a 65 million dollar jet. Both of these instances garnered national attention even to the point that certain secular media outlets reported on it. The issue is for me is that it wasn’t the world that was bringing accusation against the church it was the church that was bringing accusation against the church.

It reminds me of when I was younger and my parents would adamantly tell me to make sure I don’t share family business with outsiders. It was known that you don’t let folk in your family business because it could easily be misinterpreted and cast the family into a false light. When you love your family you are more than likely going to be more forgiving and understanding with them vs. someone on the outside who doesn’t know them quite like you do. When you are with family, you loose certain inhibitions and you are free to be yourself in a way that you probably won’t be with strangers.

The question I pose is why can’t we be like this as a family- a part of the Body of Christ? Why are we so quick to air out our “families” dirty laundry where all can see? This blog isn’t about the right or wrong of Erica Campbell and Creflo Dollar, but it is about protecting and covering each other just as families are suppose to. For too long we have given the world ammunition to shoot us with. It’s time to start uplifting each other, and covering each other, so that we can keep our witness and draw ALL men unto HIM!