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UMBC : January 11, 2018 9:19 pm : Blog

Expect the Unexpected
Genesis 21:5-7

When God makes you a promise, hold fast and trust that He will bring it to pass.

In the lesson Sarah was of age and barren. But God made a promise to her and Abraham. He didn’t say when but it would come to pass.

In 2018 you do not know when and you do not know where but you know God will do what he said. In your waiting process don’t be the person that ruins or mess up what you have been praying about.

Abraham stepped in and did things his own way and listen to others. But God! Abraham was told he would be Father of all nations. God did what He promised.

When you move when God has not spoken:
1. You will run your own success.
2. You will need to resist your Satanic attack!

Don’t get impatient. Be bold and wait on God!

Pastor Phillips

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : December 13, 2017 10:11 pm : Blog

The Boldness for Christ
Romans 1:16

Paul wants us to understand our Faith and walk with God. He boldly states he is not ashamed of the gospel because the gospel is the Word of God. The Word has power to save all of us! The good news, the Word, is from God himself.

If you have the faith to believe then you have the same faith to receive.

If God’s power can save, then that same power can deliver, heal, bring hope, peace, make you whole, prosper and whatever you ask God for you can have it!

Be bold in your faith!
Be bold in Christ!

Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Phillips, Jr.

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : November 22, 2017 10:33 pm : Blog

The Way He Wants Us To Live
I Thessalonians 5:18

Paul writes to the Church of Thessalonians encouraging them to excel and grow. He also encourages them on how to live with Christ.

No matter what we face we must learn how to give thanks in all things.

We need to
1. Learn to love more
2. Learn to rejoice evermore
3. Pray without ceasing so we can be in constant contact with Him
4. Give Thanks always

In our everyday lives we want to give thanks depending on how we feel. But we need to remember to always be thankful, realize how blessed we are, and to live our lives in ways pleasing to God.

We need a radical spirit of gratitude. In everything we go through we need to see God in it. When we identify that God is in it, then we are victorious! As long as God’s hand is on us We can excel! Things may nor be comfortable to us, but God is still in it.

As long as God is in it, We can give God praise and we can give thanks in all things!

We need to end the year strong with the spirit of Thanksgiving.

A thankful Christian realizes in all things give thanks!

Pastor Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Phillips, Jr.

 

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : October 11, 2017 10:03 pm : Blog

II Corinthians 9:6-8
Sowing Generously

Paul wrote this letter to the Church of Corinth. He encouraged them about their giving financially, giving to further support of the ministry and of the poor.

It is important to give financially, but there are other areas to sow and reap the harvest.

The same measure of your sowing will be the measure of your reaping (harvest).

Trust God at His word, have great faith, then you will have no problem sowing generously in all areas. In your sowing you shall reap the harvest. If you do it sparely then you reap sparely. If you sow negatively and sow discord, then you will receive it back.

Learn to sow more than just finance. Sow seeds of prayer, faith, love, good comfort, encouragement and a will of sacrifice; you will reap the same!

Live to be used by God.

If you are not sowing genuine and from the heart sincerely, then just keep it.
Give not grudgingly expecting something back. Do it from the heart! Do it cheerfully!
Whatever measure you sow, be positive and sincere. It’s not always about how much you can do, but about people knowing you will do!

Pastor Jonathan T. Phillips, Jr.

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : October 4, 2017 9:02 pm : Blog

He’s Working While You Are Waiting
Psalm 130:5

God wants you to wait patiently for Him to answer your prayer. He also wants you to wait with a spirit of expectancy.
While you are waiting God’s timing could be the trying/testing of your faith.

Sometimes in our waiting we are overwhelmed; don’t give up, just look up!

When you pray and if it seems He never answers, remember God is Good!
1. God is working while you wait.
2. God is in control and you’re not! He knows better what you need than you do!
3. God has a plan for you.
4. Whether or not you receive the answer you want, God is still in position to honor your patient (your faith)!

Just remember The assurance of God’s promise, provision and plan, He will bring it to pass!

Hold fast to the promise of God. Be patient. God is working while you wait!

Be blessed!

Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Phillips, Jr.

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : September 20, 2017 11:45 pm : Blog

The Love of God
Deuteronomy 7:7-9

This passage of scripture tells about how God delivered the children of Israel out of the land of Eqypt to the Promised land. He did it because of the covenant promised with their fore fathers.

Today, we too are living under the blessing of the prayers of our fore fathers. The blessings we now enjoy are because of the love of God.

We need to walk in the knowledge of God. He is a faithful god. He is obligated to honor the covenant.

We need to live a life pleasing to Him. We need to know who God is and his characteristics.

We need to
1. Remember (God’s covenant)
2. Be reminded (by God’s word – of what He has done and what He promised)
3. Rejoice (He keeps His promise. Just wait on God!)

God made a promised to our fore-fathers. He is a faithful God. When the need arises, God steps in on time.

He is a God of Love!

Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Phillips, Jr.

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : September 13, 2017 8:44 pm : Blog

Let It Go
Hebrews 12:14-15

Un-forgiveness ties you down! The enemy tries to keep you down about things that happened in your past. It leads to you holding things against others. When you hold things against other people, you limit God’s ability to help you.

Forgiveness occurs when you stopping seeking revenge. Forgiveness is free to you but it cost Christ His life!

So how do you get free?

1. Learn to let things go and “leave it to God“.
Give up trying to get even with someone. God can settle the score. You can never hurt another person like you have been hurt!

2. Heal it with grace!
To let go gets God’s grace. Bitterness and un-forgiveness are contagious. Some things are only going to be healed by the grace of God. Remember it keeps you in bondage and the other person is free!

3. Learn how to “nail it to the cross“.
The cross is realizing the sacrifice Christ gave for you. He died so you could be free. He died for all sin! He forgave you for past, present and future sin. He freed you from the bondage of sin.

Release the grip on the person who hurt you!
Bring it to God.
Ask for grace (healing).
Nail it to the cross (He paid for you).

Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Phillips, Jr.
 

 

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : August 16, 2017 9:46 pm : Blog

Spiritual Growth
Philippians 2:12-13

As believers we should all want or desire to grow in Christ. We all go to church out of habit but showing up in the building is not enough.

Spiritual growth must:
1. Be Intentional. We work not to be saved but we work because we are saved! Salvation is a gift.
2. Have a desire to follow after Him. Spiritual growth begin with a sincere decision to want to grow, to want more. God wanted us to be saved to serve. We need to make a commitment, even if we you have been in church all your life, to grow in God daily. The more of God we get the more of God we want.

God has new mercies for us daily. So before you put your wish list to God, put yourself before God first.

Grow with God daily!

Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Phillips, Jr.

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : August 9, 2017 8:28 pm : Blog

Hebrews 12:12-15
Relaxing in God’s Grace

With so much going on in today’s world, death, government turmoil, family situations, etc., we still have God’s grace and God’s love.

If we are to relax in God’s grace, we must realize the following:

1. Nobody is perfect. The only perfect thing is God’s Word. Nobody is perfect but God. Stop setting yourself up for disappointment or a letdown by expecting people or things to be the way we want. They are not our way of thinking because they don’t have the ability to change or be our way because we are all imperfect.

2. Understand and enjoy God’s unconditional love. The love of God has no strings attached. He loves us just as we are because He accepted us the way we were when we came to Him. We as imperfect people have the love of a perfect God. God’s love goes beyond whatever our whatever is.

3. Walk in the faith and let God handle all things. We can’t control things in this life. Give it to God no matter the situation, the pain, the finance, sickness, children, job, or whatever, let God handle it! He has the capacity to do it!

Remember when things happen either God allowed it or arranged it. Leave it in God’s hand.

By doing the above things we can relax in God’s love and God’s grace!

Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Phillips, Jr., Pastor

 

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : July 19, 2017 9:49 pm : Blog

Matthew 16:18-19
The Church Still Have A Future

In today’s world people not interested in the church because they feel the church has no power anymore!

The church has become a building; a place of gathering with no spirit of expectation. We don’t believe that the church still have drawing power.

The church still have a future because God is still able. God’s present will always be there.

Regardless of what has happened,  the visible present of God should always be there. Why? The same God that healed and delivered us will do it today. Because of what God did for each one of us, we should have the visible present of God in us daily.

If the church needs to make a change let that change begin in you: more love, more forgiveness, more sharing.

The church has power as long as we, the Christians, share and show the power of the Holy Spirit.

The church is not a building, the church is US.

 

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