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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : April 12, 2017 9:07 pm : Blog

FORGIVENESS
Luke 23:39-43

 

Palm Sunday – Jesus made His entrance riding a colt and the people saying “Hosanna (save us)”

Monday – Jesus cursed the fig tree. It was in place but not producing!

Tuesday – Jesus chase the people out of the temple because of what they were doing in it. He states this is my house a House of Prayer!

Wednesday – no record of what happened this day, but it is known as the Day of Silence. It is also the day that Judas planned the betrayal of Jesus. The officials did not come to him but He went to them.

Thursday – The day Jesus was marched from judgement hall to judgement hall. They were trying to find fault in Him but none found.

Friday – The day Jesus was hung on the cross between two thieves who had dialogue between themselves, then dialogue with the Christ. They were also guilty of their crimes. One died for his sins and the other was given freedom because of his recognition of who Jesus really was.

We can see from this conversation that the thief on the left made a request but was ignored by Jesus. It was denied because he failed to recognize who Jesus was. He only wanted a way out! The thief on the right made a request and it was granted. This shows us that we can meet Jesus, Talk with Him and be where He is and still go to Hell. Why? Because we fail to recognize who Jesus is. Sometime we ask for forgiveness and want to be free but we still miss the mark because we really only want to get out of what we are in at that moment.

As with the thief the cross, never give up. The grace of God and the goodness of God shows up when least expected.

We must be like the thief:
-Recognize we are sinners
-Rebuke others when needed
-Recognize who God is!

True freedom – we must acknowledge the greatness of the Saviour!
God’s grace is so wonderful!
God responds to faithfulness not foolishness.

SUNDAY – He rose!

This passion week was for you and me.

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : April 5, 2017 10:17 pm : Blog

II Corinthians 12:7-9
Lessons From A Thorn

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

In this passage of scripture we see where Paul writes about his life’s experience. Paul experienced privileges from God but he had a problem. He had a thorn in his side that he asked God to remove thrice. But God did not remove it but told him “My grace is sufficient”. He allowed it to remain to keep Paul level.

Our life lessons let us see that we experience many blessings from God, but sometimes those blessings come with burdens attached.

God gives us blessings with burdens to keep us from our pride.

God gives us blessings with burdens so we can produce a prayer life.

Thorns are not always a burden but can be therapy.
Thorns can be in the form of death, finance, family problems, etc. But some of these thorns come with blessings attached.

Blessings with burdens attached let’s us have no pride and help us to produces a prayer life.

 

 

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : March 29, 2017 9:50 pm : Blog

I Samuel 30:8
How to Deal With Challenges

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

God has blessed us by and through our faithfulness. He has rewarded us by and through our obedience.
But, we are stilled challenged daily: work, family, friends, marriages, etc. These challenges bring us to make decisions.
Before you make choices and face your daily challenges do the following:

1. Consult (talk to) God first for directions.  Sometimes we bring God in later not in the beginning.  In today’s scripture, we can see where David did this by asking God What he should do.

2.  Commit to God’s direction.  Remember to do what God said and do it God’s way not your own.  Don’t ask Him, then question and reason with Him to do it another way. In scripture we see after David asked God, God told him what direction to take.

3.  Give God the credit!  After David did what God said, he gave Him praise.  Once God delivers you give Him Praise for what He has done!

Once you ask, given directions, do as you are asked to do.  When you see the victory, give God the praise for His mighty works!

 

 

 

 

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : February 23, 2017 8:34 am : Blog

Isaiah 26:1-4
Just Do It!

We halt between two opinions. We need to go ahead and do as God’s word say to do it.

The Bible does not tell you to figure it out or stress it out, but to trust in God.

When you say “I trust God” you take self out and realizes He cares and is capable of handling whatever the situation might be.

We need to stop trying to figure out how He’s going to handle our situation. Just trust God because He can.
We need to move pass lip service and focus on God. He loves you, He can take care of the situation to bring Him glory.

Whatever and whenever you commit to God, it’s for God’s glory and your good. Put it in God’s hands.

God will place people and things in your life to help you. God has compassion, He is capable and He cares.

Just Do It! Put it in His hand, trust Him and see His glory.

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UMBC : February 17, 2017 2:23 pm : Blog

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : December 7, 2016 10:20 pm : Blog

The Need For A Messiah.
Isaiah 9:6

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

Isaiah shared with the people during dark times the promise of God, the Messiah.

We take Christ out of Christmas and we celebrate His season without Him. We fail to realize the need for a Messiah.
Jesus was born with a purpose

Remember to keep Christ in Christmas.

1. Jesus became our Substitute at His death ( Sin had to be paid for)

2. Jesus became the Sacrifice (He was the payment for our sins)

3. Jesus became our Saviour (There was no hope for us, He paid through His death. He redeemed us.)

Jesus is exceptional – gives the right advice (Wonderful Counselor)

Jesus is God Himself (Mighty God)

Jesus is timeless – no beginning or end (Everlasting)

Jesus rules and super rules (Prince of Peace)

Bring Jesus gifts and celebrate Him in this season.

Jesus is the reason for the season!

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : December 7, 2016 9:49 pm : Blog

(late posting)

A Reason to Give Thanks
Habakkuk 3:17-18

This season is not just about family, food and friends. Don’t get confused. Give God thanks.

Reasons for giving thanks:

We have Salvation through God
If you have nothing still give thanks.

Rejoice in the Lord.
He is our Saviour!

Thank God with gratitude!

Live in the strength of His Spirit.
Live in confidence, Things will be better.

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : December 7, 2016 9:37 pm : Blog

(late posting)

Hold On To Your Faith
Job 1:20-22

Job was an upright man. He shunned evil. God allowed Satan to have his way. But in all the losses, we see Job did not lose his faith!

Regardless of what you go through hold on to your faith. Hold on to God. He is the author and finisher.

Hold fast to God. Regardless of the situation you face or go through, we show emotions which is ok!

1. When you go through Keep and have a time of Devotion.
Spend time with God. Devotion time allows God to minister to you.

2. When you go through you must have Dependence on God
Independence had it’s place. We have been taught to be independent.
But remember you need God.

3. You must have Diligence before God
Let nothing come your way to stop you from praise God.

4. You must have a Spirit of Declaration before God
Don’t allow your suffering to your questioning of God. It’s ok to ask God questions for understanding not for why.

Pain is not always for punishment. Sometimes pain if for purification.

Hold on to your faith. Let God know you serve Him for who He is!

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : December 7, 2016 9:21 pm : Blog

Late Posting

God is Still In Control
Matthew 6:31-34

1. Spend time with Jesus
Expect the Devil to come after you.
Respond “As it is written”(the Word of God)
Don’t act out of flesh and frustrations. Always respond with God’s Word!

2. Rejoice – Be exceedingly glad
Know who you are. We are the light of the world. We are in the world but not of the world.
We are people of Faith
We have a Father who has all powers.

Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself.

God is still in control.
Seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness!

It’s going yo get better!

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : December 7, 2016 9:13 pm : Blog

Late Posting’

The Importance of Walking With God
Acts 4:13
Ephesians 4:1-7

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

As a believer your relationship with God is valuable. This relationship is what keeps you anchored and grounded in these times of trouble.

As a believer, leader and servant walking with God implies you have fellowship with God. To be effective your life has to line up with the Word of God. People look and watch your walk. They are looking for something real!. They are looking for your anointing.

When in time of trouble you look and seek out people who have a relationship with God who can get a prayer through to God.

When people see you on the job, or other places can they tell you are different? Can they ask you for help? Do you just want to be accepted and not let them see you have a walk with God?

You should walk with God so you can be BOLD.

It’s time out for playing, it’s about growing with God.

Walk with God in a strong relationship with Him. Live a life that’s worthy!

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