Words of Encouragement by Bride of Christ
*Blessed-Ones, today’s topic is Love. I always like to first look-up the online definition of a word and this is what I found.
LOVE: 1 – An intense feeling of deep affection. 2 – A great interest and pleasure in something. 3 – To feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to someone. 4 – A profoundly tender affection for another person.
In looking at these four definitions, no wonder there are so many divorces , so many who have chosen to not get married at all, but rather live together and so many who run from one mate to another over and over, and over again.
Everyone wants to be loved; even those that say they don’t. It’s a natural part of being human. Love is NOT just a feeling, though I understand why many people think it is. Who hasn’t had an increased heart-rate or fluttering feeling in the stomach, better known as, “butterflies” when there’s attraction? This attraction is more physical (lust) lots of times than anything else.
Yes, having affection and deep feelings for another goes along with love, but it is only a by-product of the real thing. In 1 John 4:7 the writer says, “Let us love one another, for love comes from God.” And in verse 17 it says, “God is Love.” If Love comes from God and if God Himself, is love, then only He, as The Author, can describe and define love. Therefore, we should desire to understand fully what it means to love. Love is not how we feel about a, person. Our feelings are like the weather – it changes, from day to day. Love is an action word and it requires Action.
This year, during my study of scripture and in my alone time talking to God He revealed some things to me. 1 Corinthians chapter 13, stuck with me, so much so that I memorized it. Take the time to read and really understand this chapter. It is referred to as the Love chapter. Many have heard verses from this chapter read aloud at weddings; only to see the couple divorced a few years later. What happened? Did they not do everything humanly possible to make their marriage work? On a human level, the answer might be no, they didn’t, but God revealed to me that love, on the spiritual level, takes a lot more than what man, you and I, can ever physically do on our own. No one has the, ability to love without God.
The remaining verses of 1 John 4: 7-21 we learn “All who love are born of God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us. He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us.”
Blessed-Ones, it isn’t our ability to love but Gods indwelling Spirit through His Son living in us that enables His amazing love to shine through us.
You may not feel very loved right now. You might be dealing with the weight of someone else’s conditions of love. Real love is not conditional, for conditional love is always uncertain and can change as often as the wind blows. God’s love is unconditional. It is absolute, whole and complete. His love is the Most Excellent Way: Gods Love is patient, kind, doesn’t envy, doesn’t boast , is not proud. It does not dishonor others and is not self-seeking. It isn’t easily-angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. Love never fails.
Accept Gods love Today! John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus died for you, me and the whole world. THAT IS LOVE.
In knowing what God has done for you, I urge you to Take, Action! Confess and Accept Jesus Christ, who is the epitome of love, as LORD and Savior of your life. There is no better time than now; no better day than today. Believe, for everyone who believes in Jesus, will have eternal life.
To God be the glory!
Be blessed, be a blessing,
Bride of Christ
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The Pulse of Entertainment: Sought After Singer Charles Martin Goes Solo Again with Single ‘Truth’
* “The Lord started speaking to me. That’s how ‘Truth’ came to me,” said Charles Martin, singer/songwriter/actor and member of Deitrick Haddon’s Stellar Award winning group Voices of Unity (Tyscot Records), about his new single “Truth.” “It’s important to have private time with the Lord. He said, ‘You need to be consistent.’ So I been consistent in what he want me to do.”
Martin has a long career as a vocalist for Voices of Unity and a sought after background singer whose clients have included Fred Hammond and Deitrick Haddon.
Charles said God told him to listen to certain people and do certain things. He did not understand at the time, but he was obedient or as he says “consistent.”
“I didn’t know I would get divorced or the Pastor of my church would die,” Charles pointed out. “It (Listening to God) helped prepare me. In my flesh, I can do so much.”
So Charles Martin gives up the “Truth” on his new single.
“I took time away from recording, still doing engagements and Worship & Praise. I had personal issues,” he said about the gap between his 2010 solo debut “Mary’s Son” and this single “Truth.” “Mary’s Son” garnered him a Gospel Blue Mic Award for “Male Artist of the Year.” The single “Truth” is produced by Rachard ‘Chardyroc’ Williams.
“We worked together on my last album. I’m a little older than him. We first met in our management’s office. He said, ‘I’ve followed your career for many years.’…and he said how my music changed him. He told me how he listened to ‘Chain Breaker’ (Voices of Unity) and it changed his life’,” Charles said about the single’s producer. “I do have a bigger project. Another single is coming out at the top of the year and shortly after – the project.” www.youtube.com/charlesmartinmusic
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles Saturday, November 7, 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email [email protected]
Christianity and Voting – by A Beloved Daughter
Christianity and Voting
Submitted by A beloved daughter
God says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 … if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I’ll hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Covid-19 has revealed a sickness in this land that goes beyond a cough or feverish aches and pains. It is seen in partisan talking points from clever or outlandish politicians vying for votes. In neighbors, this illness has caused a collective memory loss of a few select Americans even the “very elect” have fallen for the hype as Matthew 24:24 cautions us against. One element of this contagion has infected some of the older generation with a delirium that espouses a notion to “make America great again” with Candidate X. It was with that spark of awareness that I contemplated writing my last article on Christianity and voting. It made me say out loud that “when I was born, neither my parents nor my grandparents could vote in any of these United States of America”.
I thought about my maternal grandfather, Papa, the only grandfather I can remember well, who was born in 1893; that the emancipation proclamation was signed in 1863, and the voting rights act was signed in 1965. The act passed in the senate on May 26, 1965 with a vote of 77-19; and then on to the house where it passed on July 9, 1965 with the final tally of 333-85. (Note: the tallies were not unanimous!) I thought about my grandfather, respected deacon in his church, a farmer, a mason, possibly growing up on a sharecropper’s farm. I remember he was a small man who stood about 5’2; he had gray eyes, and spoke with a soft, whispery voice. He and three of his 5 sons served in the US military – segregated, of course; my mom was given a flag that draped his coffin; and I calculated that he was eligible to vote for the first time at the ripe old age of 72!
Today there’s a fractured group among America’s society whose older members probably remembers being plagued by the ills of voter suppression and intimidation at the polls…and, no doubt experiencing some déjà vu in 2020 as it rears its ugly head again. On the other hand, another group, let’s call them “privileged” some of them are exhibiting signs of a “madness.” In the U. S., this group has always been nurtured; always been trusted; always been sheltered, always been protected. And, yet they and their off springs, a powerful group en masse, are upset about mandates to wear “facial coverings” i.e. masks, during a global pandemic! If not cured soon this “disease” could cripple this nation into oblivion! Mark 3:25 says it best (paraphrased), a team, a group, a family, a nation, divided against itself cannot stand.
I’m grateful to God for having allowed me to see America’s festering sores and witnessing the reality of its petty people hording toilet paper during a pandemic! That mandates to wear a mask in public brought claims of threats to their freedoms, oxygen, and essentially being drafted into slavery! The slavery claim struck a nerve with me. This people trekked across an ocean to escape “tyranny” only to become infected tyrants themselves against a people who were actually stolen from their native lands; trekked across an ocean in chains and then dehumanized through “slavery”, Jim Crow lawlessness, domestic terrorism, police brutality and denied a comfortable place to reach that American dream in the same America they built, fought for and died for, even in 2020!
Please keep in mind, we don’t vote in a vacuum; we vote as a collective, and if enough of us cast our votes in agreement with a just cause, a favorable final tally could bring aid and justice to the people we care most about. I invite you to read Acts 2:44 again, and imagine a world with that mindset…then make plans to Vote!
WOW…Three upcoming events you don’t want to miss!
Divided by Faith Virtual Book Club
Why: Divided by Faith investigates race relations between whites and blacks in the United States. Although white evangelicals have a well-intentioned desire to end racial inequality, their efforts can—and have—unwittingly serve to do more harm than good, “actually recreating racial divisions and inequalities,” (p 1). WOW…Now is the time to build bridges and not tear down structure and people through meaningful, respectful, candid dialogue at a zoom book club. It is important that we have a diverse group of white people and black people present at the Divided by Faith Book Club. All is welcome
When: October 31st – December 19th at noon 12:00 (Central Standard Time)
Strong Recommendation: Order Your Book now! Post Office is overwhelmed. Book sells out quickly
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Cooking with Drette
on Zoom for the Month of November 4:00pm (Central Standard Time) every Saturday
Drette will share a few of her favorite recipes with you as well as the history behind each dish.
It will be a fun and interactive time you don’t want to miss!
Below is a list of delicious foods Drette has lined up to cook for your viewing pleasure.
Chicken Alfredo pasta
Collard greens and yams
Chicken tortilla soup
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Saturday Night Movies on Zoom
A true-life story of Christian music mega star Jeremy Camp and his remarkable journey of love, loss, hope in midst of tragedy and faith that is tested.
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Netflix Drops Teaser for Pharrell’s Gospel Choir Docuseries ‘Voices of Fire’ [WATCH]
*Netflix has dropped a teaser for Pharrell Williams’ new docuseries “Voices of Fire,” which follows his journey to create a gospel choir in his hometown community of Hampton Roads, Va.
The new docu-series will chronicle his search for undiscovered talent of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds, per The Hollywood Reporter. Williams is joined by his uncle, Bishop Ezekiel Williams, and they collaborate with a team of influential gospel leaders who will take viewers around the community to find singers with diverse backstories.
“What if you were made for this? To withstand the storm, to beat the odds? What if believing in yourself is only the beginning?” Pharrell narrates in the teaser. “This is about to be the most awesome choir ever.” The docuseries is to be produced by A. Smith & Co. and Pharrell’s i am OTHER. Netflix greenlit the series earlier this year, confirming that it will feature singers of all ages and backgrounds
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) October 22, 2020
Williams will executive produce the project along with Mimi Valdés for i am OTHER, Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton for A. Smith & Co. and Bianca Barnes-Williams.
In addition to “Voices of Fire,” Pharrell and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris are joining forces to produce a Juneteenth-based musical for Netflix
“The acknowledgment and celebration of Juneteenth as an American and possibly international holiday is something that I would put in the life goals column for me,” Barris said in a statement, per Deadline. “For us, this project isn’t about numbers; it’s about humanity,” he continued. “Slavery is America’s recessive gene and it’s time we all dealt with it and what better way to have an audience swallow this dose of medicine than with amazing music and raw, honest, jaw-dropping comedy?”
Watch the trailer for “Voices of Fire” above. The series premieres globally on Nov. 20.
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