Monday, June 1, 2009

Sunday Briefs

Yesterday was a great day of worship and praise at GSJ. During both services, one of our associate ministers, Rev. Fred Brown, preached a message entitled “Be Strong” from Ephesians 6:10-11. It was a message greatly needed to encourage the believer in reliance upon God’s strength to combat satanic opposition. Incidentally, this passage was also the center of our study during the Sunday school period. Every 5th Sunday, I teach the mass adult classes of our Sunday school and it was a joy for me to uncover the richness of this passage despite its familiarity. There are three things I believe Paul wanted to stress as he gives a final charge to the believers at Ephesus. If we are to amass any type of success as we war against diabolical devices and stand strong in the evil day, we must practice the following:

1. We must remember that Satan is primarily God’s enemy.
2. We must use spiritual equipment to combat him.
3. We must fight with God’s energy, not our own.

I had so much fun sharing the word of God and am convinced that eyes were opened and lives transformed to the glory of God.

After church one of our members treated us to a delicious meal at Angles, a local eating establishment which opened the first week of May. During our visit, I was asked by the owners to offer a word of prayer asking God’s blessings upon there success and strength in this new enterprise. Thank God for genuine fellowships!

At 7pm, I participated in a 5th Sunday evening fellowship at Bethlehem Baptist Church. This service is sponsored by The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA), with Pastor Keith D. Witherspoon as President and Host Pastor. It was a great fellowship and I am a fan of Pastor Witherspoon’s leadership and look forward to what God has in store for this region.

I can’t wait until the Finals begin because it was tough coming home to no game. The Lakers are the favorite to win the NBA title but anybody that knows me know that I have a soft spot for the underdog. Oh well, pray for me because I have a busy week ahead. Take care!