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National Day of Prayer

Posted in Apps, Atheist, Bible, Celebration, Christian, Church, Community, Country, Culture, DC, Devotion, Digital, Election, Faith, Family, God, Government, HIstory, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2015 by BigPhatPastor

NDPThis year I am torn more than ever regarding the National Day of Prayer.  I know it is a huge nationwide event that brings out people and congregations in droves to events all over the nation.  I strongly encourage people and congregations to gather publically and pray for their friends, their families, their communities, and our nation and its leaders.  However, isn’t that what the body of Christ is supposed to do anyway?  And do it daily?

I am torn because some view the National Day of Prayer as the only day to engage in prayer.  Prayer is one of the most valuable assets that the body of Christ has today.  If that is true then shouldn’t the body of Christ be gathering together, even across denominational lines, to pray for people, communities, and our nation…regularly?

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for praying together and in public.  I  am just all for it more than just one day a year.  Why aren’t there monthly or quarterly prayer events going on across our nation on a regular basis?  Why is it usually when tragedy strikes that we see a call to prayer?  Why does it have to take a Tsunami, an earthquake, or a questionable action by a civil servant, or a city in mourning to bring the body of Christ together to pray?  I am not trying to be cynical, but perhaps if we held more prayer events than protests or more prayer events other than to pray against a politician all of our cities and our nation would be in better place.

As I write this, yes, I am trying and have tried to coordinate cross-denominational prayer events for the National Day of Prayer (for those who are wondering if I practice what I preach, lol).  And yes, I am aware that multiple congregations are already engaged in doing regular prayer events with their congregations and with other congregations across denominational lines.  But God help us, literally, if we ever get to a point where we feel like we are praying too much.  This year we are trying to add the following to our local prayer events and if possible perhaps you and your congregation can do the same if it is not being done already:

-Quarterly or regularly scheduled cross denominational pray events

-Public prayer events and prayer walks

That being said, what are you praying for and who will you be praying with for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 7th of this year?

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Lenten Lessons

Posted in Christian, Community, Devotion, Faith, Global, God, Holiday, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Lent, Life, Prayer, Real Talk, Resurrection, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2015 by BigPhatPastor

Although I do not participate in Ash Wednesday, as many did this past week, I do acknowledge the purpose of Lent.  In the 4th century the early Church believers wanted to dedicate a time leading up to Resurrection Sunday to focusing on what Jesus Christ did for us by giving His life so that we might have life.  They decided to start that time of focus 40 days before Resurrection Sunday since Jesus Christ fasted for 40 days before jump starting His ministry.

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I get the people that give up things for Lent as a way of fasting and focusing on God’s love, goodness, and grace.  What I don’t get are people who just go through the motions.  I have talked to people who gave up meat for Lent and when I ask them why they literally just say “Because we are supposed to…aren’t we?”  Why would you engage in a 40 day long practice without knowing what you are doing or why you are doing it?  I’m not trying to judge, ridicule, or criticize anyone but here are a few suggestions,  #IMHO, to get the most out of Lent.

  1. DON’T give up anything for Lent if you don’t know why you are doing it.  That isn’t called fasting, it’s foolishness.
  2. DON’T give up anything for Lent without spending time that would normally be used engaging in what you are fasting from drawing closer to Christ by reflecting on what He gave up for you.
  1. DON’T spend the 40 days of Lent griping and moaning about what you gave up. That just shows you don’t really understand what’s going on.
  2. DO celebrate and rejoice in the fact that whatever you gave up pales in comparison to what Jesus Christ gave up for you and that He loves you with a never ending love. Rejoice in that for eternity.

Peace on Earth…Begins With You

Posted in Christian, Christmas, Devotion, Digital, Faith, God, Holiday, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Real Talk, The Church with tags , , , , , on December 9, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

Martin Luther said “Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness.”  As we draw closer to Christmas we see the need for communities, legal systems, corporate and government officials, individuals, and families to grab hold of God’s willingness to offer peace on earth and good will towards our fellow man. 

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As we go about our business of each day this Christmas season take an extra moment to pray for peace, safety, and rest for our soldiers, their families, and that we all would show good will toward our fellow man. Peace on earth was made possible by the birth of Jesus Christ but the spreading of it begins with you and how you treat others.  #merrychristmas #tistheseason

Talk This Way…

Posted in Bible, Church, Devotion, Digital, Faith, Global, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Life, Prayer, Real Talk with tags , , , , , , on November 20, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

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I’m not a talker.  I don’t like talking in front of people I don’t know (I know…kind of clashes with what I’m doing with my life), and although I know Him, I do find it difficult talking to God.  Some people are outgoing and social and can talk to everyone including God as easy as walking.  Others like me find it difficult holding a conversation especially with the Creator of the universe.  How do you start a conversation with the one who designed communication?  Somehow “S’up God” doesn’t seem to cut it. 

But believe it or not it does.  God looks forward to, and tells us in His word, that He longs to hear from us.  And like a parent who receives just the one word text on occasion, or who only hears from a child when tagged in their funny picture or post, God cherishes that and every moment we take to communicate with Him.  So if it has been days, weeks, years, or even if you just spoke with Him yesterday, take a moment and talk with God today.  – “Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.” – John Bunyan.

Can He Hear You Now…?

Posted in Christian, Church, Culture, Devotion, Digital, Faith, Global, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Pastors, Prayer, Real Talk, The Church with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

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As a culture we are accustomed to acknowledging great deeds and achievements.  Whether they be in sports, movies, science, or the arts we give attention to those who do, what we would believe, are great things.  And then there’s God; who created all things and in whom all things are held together; who not only deserves our attention but our worship as well.  And He gives us His attention because He, wants to hear, from us.  “Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!” – Andrew Murray

Busy Busy Busy

Posted in Christian, Christmas, Christmas Party, Community, Culture, Devotion, Digital, Faith, Family, Fun, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Life, Prayer, Real Talk, Spiritual, Taboo Topics with tags , , , , on November 14, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

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Many are already planning to visit family for the holidays or are preparing their homes for family and friends to come visit.  The holidays present a time of high activity and hustle and bustle in our homes, schools, work places and in our communities.  But let’s not get so busy that we forsake our precious alone time with God.  It just might be the thing that gets us through the hustle and bustle.  “Time spent alone with God is not wasted. It changes us; it changes our surroundings; and every Christian who would live the life that counts and have power for service must take time to pray.” – M.E. Andross

It Ain’t Over

Posted in Christian, Church, Country, Culture, Election, God, Government, Jesus Christ, Political, Real Talk, The Church with tags , , , , , , , on November 12, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

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Just because the elections are over doesn’t mean our prayers should stop.  No matter who is in office, whether we voted for them or not, that elected official, from the local magistrate to the congressman or senator, will need the prayers of the people in order to govern justly.  Please pray that the Church, the body of Christ, will deepen its commitment to prayer and never cease to call upon God to guide this nation and its leaders. #amen!

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