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June 21, 2020

FOCUS ON THE FATHERS

Luke 15: 17-20


“And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”

My brothers and my sisters I submit to you today that The bedrock of the community is the family. There is an effect to Fatherlessness in general, but particularly in the African American household. children without a father are 5 times more likely to live in poverty, children without a father are 7 times more likely to commit a crime. A sad statistic is that 78 percent  of the men that are incarcerated don’t have a relationship with there Father! A person without a father is 9 times more likely to drop out of school, and 20 times more likely to end up in the penitentiary, young people who do not have a father present in there lives are more prone to have behavioral problems, and 7 times more likely to run away from home.

Here’s what I need you to hear this morning. Fatherhood is not defined by conception but rather by participation! 

There is no other Fight that I am more involved in, outside of saving souls, than the fight to Focus on  Fathers, in particular,  Black Fathers, and black males. 

WE FOCUS ON FATHERS,  Because I’ve been told quite frankly and repeatedly that the problems in our  black communities are Not the fault of biased, paramilitary, paranoid and violent policing. 
But because of the absence of Black fathers and black role models in the African American home. This is not only misleading but inaccurate and false.

WE FOCUS ON FATHERS
because statistics indicate that black people are three times more likely to be subject to law enforcement uses of force.  Maybe just maybe, it’s the fault of racist red lining that created these impoverished neighborhoods in the first place. Maybe it’s the fault of bigoted lending and hiring practices that create racist roadblocks for those attempting to escape those neighborhoods. Maybe it’s the fact that our school systems often times are failing our black children because black students are disciplined, suspended and expelled far more easily and quickly for the same or lesser offenses than their white counterparts!

WE FOCUS ON FATHERS, because the truth of the matter is  just because a mother may be single, when she gives birth, does in no way shape or form,  mean the Father isn’t present in the child’s life there after.  In fact statically 67 percent of Black dads who don’t live with their kids see them at least once a month, compared to 59 percent of white dads, and 32 percent of Hispanic dads. Truth be told, Black dads are even more likely to think it’s important to financially provide for their children. 

PROGRESSIVE WE FOCUS ON FATHERSbecause  there are  myths make us out to be monsters, when really most of us are doing the best we can with the hand that was dealt. Fact is,  it’s hard for me to pay child support when the system has made it impossible for me to make a decent living. It’s difficult to give my children a bright future, when It’s hard for me to catch a break because of  recent priors. It’s a shame that I refuse tell my kids to stand for a flag that I served for,  because the leader of the free world won’t let us kneel down against police brutality!

SO ON THIS SPECIAL DAY, THAT WE GET ONCE A YEAR, WE FOCUS ON FATHERS because we are not all thugs, and we don’t all speak with a broken language and walk with a limp. We all don’t want white women, many of us like are melonated women with kinky hair, and big bones. 
(AMEN SOMEBODY)
And If we decide to move in your neighborhood it’s not to depreciate the value of your home, but to appreciate the value of our lifestyle. And of by the way, if we seem to be over zealous in our applaud to those black men who made it like Barack Obama,  it’s because we understand that they had to work a lot harder, speak a lot louder, move a lot faster, think a lot quicker, have thicker skin and shorter memory, than most of those they were going against!

The reason I focus on Black Fathers is because George Floyd, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamar Rice, Breonna Taylor, and Matthew Burroughs and so many others who have the same skin complexion of my children and Grand children, are being taking to soon, and then tried by the court of public opinion, as if we all haven’t at one time or another been a pre occupied Father or a Prodigal son!!!!!!!!!


Progressive and those of you visiting or watching via Facebook, This is where we pick up at in today’s text

This is a very recognizable scripture that we’ve come to call the parable of the prodigal son.
When we examine Lk 15 in its entirety we find 3 different parables about the lost and found. 

In the first we find a Sheppard who leaves the 99 sheep to go find the 1 that’s lost. And their has been much debate on whether it was justified to leave the 99 unprotected while he went to find the one. And how important the one is, and how we should never leave anyone behind. 

This my brothers and my sisters, this right here,  very much explains the Black Lives Matter Movement!

Yes all lives matter, but it’s the one race of colored folk, with a knee on their neck!

It’s us, not you that have to deal with Systemic and Structural and institutional racism!

But may  I suggest to you today on Fathers Day 2020,   that it is neither about the 1 nor the 99. But (Dig this) it’s about the whole! 
 And when the Father is not in the house their is a piece missing from the whole!

And I’m not down playing single motherhood and how great a job you all do! But that was not and is not Gods intended purpose for family.  Listen you don’t go to the store and buy a pie with a slice cut out. Truth be told it may still be good, it may even be discounted, but I’m not looking to buy anything incomplete!

Next we have the Parable of the lost coin, which is lost IN THE HOUSE! And the Bible says the Women sweeps the house and searches diligently till she finds it! 

Here’s the problem Progressive, far too many of are black men are lost IN THE HOUSE
The Church House
The School House
The Big House

They come to church because they are forced to, or they are looking for a good wholesome women, while still being a whole whore themselves. And instead of Pastoring Apostle Paul’s we’ve got to deal with Forest Gump’s “Stupid is as Stupid does” LOST IN THE HOUSE

They show up for school everyday, not to learn, but to interrupt class, to use their desk as a pillow, to try and cheat their way through. Not understanding that they are sabotaging their own future. Lost In The House

For whatever reason they end up serving time, and instead of them being in prison, they all the prison to get in them! They become institutionalized, and repeat offenders. Now instead of living life they doing life. Lost In The The House 

Can I just toss this in the Gumbo for free?
What must be understood and realized is that our Women have put a value and a Worth on us that says I’m going keep looking for purpose in you, even if you don’t see it yourself!
 I understand you might be laid off and it’s hard to find a job, but I’m going to keep on believing in you and going searching indeed jobs dot com at the same time. 
And I get that your self esteem may be low, because your supposed to be the head of the house but you feel lost in the house, but I’m not giving up on you yet. Stand up black man. Iron your suit, put your power tie on, get your resume ready. Because of my faith God is about to turn your mess into a miracle!


EVERY BLACK MAN OUGHT TO GIVE OUR BLACK WOMEN A HAND CLAP OF PRAISE FOR HOLDING US DOWN!


And finally we have the story of the Prodigal son, where I need to parenthetically park for a few minutes.

Here’s a few problems with the parable , you can read it all when you get a chance. A father has two sons, one of his sons ask for his inheritance now. 

Two problems 
He wanted something he didn’t work for! And truth be told, one of our biggest problems as black men is we want something we haven’t worked for! Regardless if it’s breaking into some ones home and stealing what they worked hard for. Or if it’s a jack move. Trying to rob the dope man, when you ain’t the one standing on the corner risking your freedom. ( YES ITS WRONG BUT THE PRINCIPLE IS THE SAME!), Or you telling your child, I’m your Father, when you have never been in their life. “No your my daddy, my sperm donor” I don’t know you, you haven’t worked for that title. That 10 minutes in bed and a child support check does not earn you a lifetime worth of respect!
He wanted something he wasn’t willing to wait on! Listen inheritances only come after parents have passed on. The problem is we haven’t learned to wait. From the time we are born, we in a hurry to be grown, we in a hurry to have our own place, we in a hurry to have children, and all your really doing is setting yourself up for failure! Can I help the women out real quick? Must men wont even wait to put on a protection that’s why your a single parent right now!  You want to hurry up and have sex, but take your time in getting married. The devil is a liar!!!!  They that Wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength 

The Bible declares. He went and spent all he had only to end up with nothing! And more often than not when you don’t heed sound advice. You are heading to rock bottom! Listen you don’t need a Ashton Martin in an apartment complex, that’s unwise!
You don’t need a New out fit to go see Frankie Beverly and Maze! Maze going back to his mansion and you still got to call and set a payment plan on your electric bill. 

The Bible lets us know that after he was broke a famine in the land shows up. Somebody say when  it rains it pours! “And how went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into the fields to feed swine. And the NIV says he longed to fill his stomach with what the pigs were eating! MY GOD!
Isn’t it amazing that you can get so far away from the Father, that things that never attracted you before, now start to get your attention. 
You ain’t never liked alcohol, now all of a sudden you at the bar every night,
You ain’t never been promiscuous, now your a nympho
You ain’t never been a lier, now you wouldn’t know the truth if it bit you.
You would have never dated a drug dealer, now all of a sudden that’s yo boo thing! 
Please here me, WHENEVER I WOULD NEVER, BECOMES NORMAL, YOUR TOO FAR AWAY FROM THE FATHER!

But here’s your shout, and I’m just about done, thank you for listening, and Happy Fathers Day verse 17 “And when he came to Himself” 

He began to make a mental note, he began to download some thoughts on the you tube of his imagination, 

Lord, I wasn’t raised like this, I don’t belong in this place! 
Dear God,  even my father’s hired servants, have it better than this, 
I need help Lord, because while I’m living with the swine, I should be chilling, high off the hog
Father,  when I look in the mirror, I don’t see the person You intended for me to be.
 I was brought up in the church, I was raised to love God. Forgive me, for failing you,

I’ve come to myself, and I’ve realized I’m not what they say I am, I’m not low down, I’m not a dead beat, I’m not thug life, I’m not an under achiever, I’m not an after thought. 
I am a child of the king, a royal priesthood,  a holy nation. A great person and an honorable man!


“And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, 
HIS FATHER SAW HIM, ………….
Y’all just missed your shout, let me repeat it

Isn’t it just like God, even when we’re completely out the will, The Father still sees us,
Even when your at the club,The Father still sees you,
Even when your in the bed with the wrong person, God still sees you
Even when can’t stand your self, God still sees you,
I got some witnesses
Even when Jonah was in the belly of the fish……,.
Even when Saul was on the Damascus road….,,,,
Even when Elijah was under the juniper tree……
Even when David found himself in bed with Bathsheba………,,
Even when Moses found himself Murdering…………
Even when Ruth took her family to Moab…………,
Even when Daniel was in the lions den…..,
Even when the Hebrew boys where in the fiery furnace!

Listen Brothers, men, Fathers, GOD STILL SEES YOU
Rather your in the valley, or on a mountain high, The Father sees you. 
Rather your looking for a spouse or praying about divorce, The Father sees you.
You can be laid off, locked up, left out, or feeling lonely. The Father sees you. 
For the Father so loved the world that He sent his only begotten son.

June 14, 2020

Lets Make Church Great Again

Lets Get the Haters Out The House

Acts 4: 29-31

“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

Acts 4:29-31 KJV

How many of you will admit that you kinda miss Saturday morning cartoons, with a big bowl of cereal. For me there was nothing better, than happy days in my PJ’s, on Saturdays, eating Frosted Flakes, while watching what seemed to be endless episodes Super-friends, looney toons, fat Albert, the Flintstones and the Jetsons.

See back in the day we had cartoons with meaning. And many of them had a message and a motive, and of course where there was a Hero there had to be a HATER!

Popeye the Sailor man;……..

How about Scooby-Doo; ………

I can recall a few years ago they made a remake of the wiz! 

I was so happy that my son got to watch what we grow up on.

 But it didn’t go without haters having their say.  White America got upset because they remade the movie again with an all black cast!

Somehow they forgot, they forgot about us in the original wizard of oz, 

They forgot about sitcoms like Seinfeld and Friends, that had very little versatility.

But here is the thing Progressive, there is no other women in America, that will take on brothers with no brain, no heart, and no courage, and get them to their destination, but a 

But the cartoon I miss the most, that had the least words with the most meaning, was a cartoon simply called The Road Runner. ……..

In the text today, we are introduced to tree groups of haters!

1) The Priest, they were the chief priest who had special influence and were often close relatives of the high priest.

2) The “Captain of the Temple” he was the leader of the Temple guard, who were guarded and stationed around the temple to ensure order.

3) The Sadducee; they were members of a small but powerful Jewish religious sect who didn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead. 

All three were religious leaders who stood to gain financially by cooperating with the Romans 

The question now becomes where did this hate start. Well in order to understand the hate in chapter 4, you must first become aquatinted with the miracle in Chapter 3. We spoke about it last week, 

Story of man at the Gate called beautiful who happen to come in contact with Peter and John

Don’t got any silver, but I got the savior 

Don’t got any gold but I got some grace

Don’t got any cash, but I got the Christ

They lifted him up, God miraculously heals his ankles and he immediately begins to praise!

That just went over somebody’s head, Let me say it again for my Facebook family. 

(They lifted him up, God  miraculously heals his ankles, and immediately he begins to praise!

A MIRACULOUS HEALING, DESERVES AN IMMEDIATE PRAISE,

You see he didn’t wait to get into the church. To praise God.

If all you got is a Sunday morning praise, I sorta doubt your relationship.

If the only time you dance, praise, pray, worship and cry is in church than the church probably ain’t in you!

Peter and John begin preaching and here’s what their saying. The miracles we preform is not based on any power we have.

But it’s based on the name of the one you arrested

It’s based on the name of the one you neglected 

And it’s based on the name of the one that’s resurrected!

And because they began to preach, about the resurrection they were immediately arrested, and they had to wait to go to court the next morning. Here’s where it gets good.

While they were in jail the church grew!

 THEY GREW THROUGH, WHAT THEY WENT THROUGH

Listen, we’ve got to get to the the point where we , DON’T ALLOW THE RISK TO OUTWEIGH THE REWARD!

You may not ever have to go to jail like Peter and John but there will be risk 

 VULNERABILITY;……..

REJECTION;…..

OSTRACIZED;……….

After  they were arrested three things needed to be dealt with back than, that will help us make church great again today.

POWER, PEDIGREE, PRAYER

POWER, verse 7 “By what power or name have you done this in? We are not beneifiting from this.“……….

Because folk ain’t impressed with your POWER, if their not persuaded by your love! 

And you can tell folk all the positions you hold, but if your not holding your heart in the right position. You’ve failed as a leader. And that’s not Power that’s dictatorship.

PEDIGREE, verse 13;  “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”

We must learn to put fundamentals over flash. 

I’m so sick and tired of cookie cutter, watered down, bubble head, limp wrist, do what you want, word! 

I need a message that was birthed from the school of hard knocks that’s going to challenge me, and change me. That’s going to move me and not manipulate me.

Have you been with Jesus!

PRAYER, verse 29

“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,”

LORD YOU’VE HEARD THE HATERS, NOW SEND THE HELP! 

THIS PROGRESSIVE IS HOW WE MAKE CHURCH GREAT AGAIN.

May 24, 2020
 
 
Can You Hear Me Now
 
 
Scripture
“Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.”
‭‭Jonah‬ ‭1:1-3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
 
Intro
 
       If you have watched any television at all since 2002, more than likely you recognize this commercial, where there is a guy, known only as (THE VERIZON GUY) In these commercials, He is pictured walking in the most remote places, he is seen in the most distant lands, and has been made famous by quoting these simple five words “CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”
 
         In case by some chance you haven’t seen this commercial. The purpose of it is to inform us, the consumer, that Verizon has the best coverage of any other cell phone company in the world, and that no matter where you are, somebody can get hold of you!
 
         Now Facebook family, personally I can’t speak for the facts of this particular product, because my family and I have T-Moble. But church there is a connection that I have the prized privilege to brag about. There is a carrier called The Christ, that the lines are never busy and the service is never interrupted. He has an unlimited plan for life, and your family and friends can join free.
The seasoned saints would say it like this, “Jesus is on the main line, tell what you want.”
 
And regardless of how far you’ve gone, no matter what mistakes you’ve made, contrary to the bad decisions you’ve done. His Grace is sufficient, He’s married to the back slider, and he’s not willing that any should perish but all should have eternal life, He’s the same yesterday, today and even forevermore. And the question he has for you this morning Progressive and those watching with us is, CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”…….
 
           4 POINTS!
 
1) THE REBELLION OF JONAH
2) THE REPENTANCE OF JONAH
3) THE RESTORATION OF JONAH
4) THE RESENTMENT OF JONAH
 
 
1st Subdivision
 
  • The Rebellion of Jonah
We find the assignment from God, and the purpose for Jonah, in verse 2, “Arise go to Ninevah , that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.”
 
Jonah refuses to go. He felt as if they had done to much wrong for him to go over there and preach them right.
 
Many of us feel as if those who have made mistakes, willingly and unwillingly are not fit for the Grace of God.
 
Here we have, A Wicked City, and a Rebellious Servant. But here’s the key, God had plans for them both.
 
Jonah heard and understood the explicit assignment that was giving to him. The problem was, JONAH was not as compassionate as God is.
 
The bible says he rose up and went to Tarsish (WHICH IS THE ANCIENT NAME FOR SPAIN) to flee from the prescience of The Lord. It says he went DOWN to Joppa, found a ship headed for Tarsish, when he got on board it says he went DOWN in the ship. (CAN I STICK A PEN HERE) anytime your trying to run from God, your only going to end up, going down!
 
In Verse 4 the bible says that The Lord sent out a great wind unto the sea. Those two words SENT OUT, literally means God Hurled!!!!!
 
So now the storm is raging, everybody on the ship is crying out to their own Gods, throwing stuff overboard to make the load lighter because the storm is raging and the sea is angry.
And church where is Jonah? This dude is at the bottom of the boat sleep!
 
2nd Subdivision
 
The Repentance of Jonah
 
So they began to cast lots and when the lot fell on Jonah they began to ask him questions like who are you and what have you done to make Your God this angry? Jonah responds, “I am a Hebrew and I fear The Lord”
 
Jonah finally tells them, you want the storm to stop, go ahead and cast me overboard.
Notice if you will verse 15, “So they took up Jonah and cast him forth into the sea: (Here it is) AND THE SEA CEASED FROM HER RAGING”
 
Verse 17 tells us “The Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah” And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
            Really quick, let us distinguish between the essentials and the incidentals.
* The essentials of this text are God, Jonah and Nineveh.
 
* The incidental is The Great Fish, I know that this has been taught to us in Sunday school and passed down through generations, but the fish is not the hero of the story neither is it the villain. The fish is but a prop in the production of an all powerful God.
 
So what can help you and I, when we find ourselves in such serious situations, is to learn from brother Jonah. Not to live with Regrets, but learn how to Repent!
 
Look at the prayer in the beginning of chapter 2,
“In my distress I called to The Lord, and He answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help , and he heard my cry”….. I heard David say over in Psalm 34, “O magnify The Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together, I sought The Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
 
After God asking us over, and over and over again, “CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”
He will allow us to get ourselves in some situations, where the roles now become reversed. And we begin asking God, “GOD CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”
 
Third Subdivision
 
The Restoration of Jonah
 
You see after Jonah begins to pray, and ask God can you hear me now.
God decides in his Sovereigness, not to even answer Jonah. But instead he speaks to the fish.
 
* Often times we are frustrated because God is not speaking to us, but more often than not, if he isn’t speaking to you, it’s because he is speaking to your situation.
 
Not only did God speak to the fish, but according to verse 10 he also commanded him to spit Jonah up on dry ground.
 
Fourth Subdivision
 
RESENTMENT,
 
The sad truth is, Jonah never agreed with God, please hear me,
Your agreement is not necessary but your obedience is!
 
 
CLOSING
 
Through this entire Covid 19 experience. God has been speaking. The real question is have you been listening?
If He takes away the building. Can you hear Him now
If He takes away the restaurants. Can you hear Him now
If He takes away your income. Can you hear Him now.
If He takes away the educational institutions, Can you hear Him now
 
This is a purging process, where God is taking everything away that’s louder than His Voice. Because the Christian community has started following strange fire. And the Bible says. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and a stranger they will not follow.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday, May 10, 2020

A Moment for the Mothers

 
Scripture
Luke 2: 36-38
 
“Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”
 
Intro
Here in this particular periscope of passage we find the Praying Prophetess,
This women of God, out of 66 chapters in the bible she gets 3 verses to make a difference .
 
Her name was Anna which means GRACE
 
Subdivision #1
WHAT EVER GOD ALLOWS TO HAPPEN TO YOU, ISN’T MEANT TO KILL YOU BUT RATHER TO REPOSITION YOU! 
           3 points of repositioning
          A) Repositioning of your Faith
         B) Repositioning of your Family
         C) Repositioning of your Finances
 
OFTEN TIMES YOUR CALL PRODUCES YOUR CALAMITY, BUT GOD IS COUNTING ON YOUR CHARACTER TO KEEP YOU CONSTRAINED!
 
Subdivision #2
SOCIETY WILL LABEL YOU, BUT GOD WILL REDEFINE YOU
 
A)  Don’t let what they call you Condemn you
B)  Don’t let what they call you Control you
C)  Don’t let what they call you Kill you
 
Subdivision #3
SHE WORSHIPPED WHILE SHE WAITED 
 
Are you waiting 
  1. Helplessly
  2. Hopefully 

 

 
Closing 
 
Strong enough for a man, but made for a Mother. 

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