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UMBC : July 5, 2017 9:25 pm : Blog

Philippians 4:6-8
Trust – One Day At A Time

Don’t worry about anything! Pray about everything!

God wants us to be in a position to trust Him one day at a time!
Most of us spend out time worrying or stressing about things that have not happened yet. We are trying to prevent things from happening.

If we are to trust God one day at a time, we need to :

1. Learn how to worry about nothing. Don’t worry about tomorrow it’s not here yet!
2. Learn how to pray about everything. Prayer can change everything. If God took care of our biggest problem, getting to heaven, by sending His Son to die for us, don’t you know He will handle it today!
3. Learn how to thank God in all things! N matter what happens – give thanks! In all things give Him thanks, why?, God is going to take care of it for us if we trust Him.
4. Learn how to Think about the right things. Fill your mind with the Word of God. If you think abut the right things you will not have time to worry about the wrong things.

If you do the above four things your day will be better!

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : May 10, 2017 10:05 pm : Blog

John 21:1-14
He Can Do It Again

Just as God told the disciples in this scripture that He is appearing unto them again, He is telling us that He is in the business of doing what He does again!

As Children of God, our spirituality should always override our humanity.

Our faith should be stronger than our fears. We should not allow our fears and frustrations to override our faith! God is able to defeat your doubt!

As we can see here, the disciples received abundance because of their obedience. God will give you more than enough through your faith. What he did yesterday or today He can and will do it again. He is an everlasting God!

Just be obedient, walk in faith not fear, and remember He will do it again!

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : April 26, 2017 10:19 pm : Blog

Isaiah 12:1-6
A Reason to Praise God

Give Praises to God because of
1. Who He Is
2. What He has already done
3. What He’s going to do

Since God has been good to us, We should be faithful and obedient. Greater and better is on the way!

We should praise God according to this scripture because

1. The Lord has made us happy! He saved us! He is our strength and salvation!
2. He will cause us to triumph! God is able to do all things. He will cause excellent things to happen in our life.
3. His works are great!

Sometimes our hardships are not for our downfall but to develop us!

We need to move beyond stress. Stress for a child of God is saying there is no hope. God you can’t do it! We have more emphasis on the situation and not on God. Put it in God’s hand, not your own or someone else. Trust God to do what needs to be done!

Always Praise God!

 

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Thursday’s Ministry Moment

UMBC : April 19, 2017 7:58 pm : Blog

Isaiah 12
Give Thanks

 

This lesson is about praising God. As believers we should

1. Praise God for all His mighty acts.
2. Express a willingness to praise God because of the mighty works He has done!
3. Offer praise to Him!
We should not have to be prompted to give praise. We praise Him because of!

The first time Jesus came to save us. The next time He comes it will to rule!
God saved and delivered us. He should be our everything!

When you praise God you are saying I’m trusting you God. I trust you because I have
Security (because You loved me)
Confident (because You meet my needs, help me overcome situations and obstacles, and You guide me)
Hope (Looking for a triumph tomorrow)

God is our Hope, Joy of tomorrow and our present help! Praising Him only make room for more!

 

 

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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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