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As a father who does not live with my two biological kids, I am very mindful of the effect that my abscence could have on them. I could be like one of those dead beat Dads who are nothing more than a sperm donor, or I can do my best to try to be as active as I can in their lives even though I am not always physically there, to try and support them in every way but at the same time still trying to show boundaries. I have chosen the latter but admittedly when the boundaries are different in different homes, it can be hard to enforce and if anything, can be confusing for the child because those boundaries are not clear and consistent. Its especially hard when one is a Christian and the other is not.
For example, when my relationship with their mum broke down, my goal was to still to make sure that the children didn’t receive two different messages from us so that they could play one against the other or that the child felt justified in their actions because ‘Mum or Dad said so’. Even if we disagreed, I wanted us to talk about things ‘behind the scenes’ so that their was a consistent message in front of them.
The reality is things did not work out like that and as much as I wanted us to be at least amicable for the sake of the kids, for various reasons, it was not possible. The end result is that over the past few years, as I have mentioned in posts such as The Pursuit of Happyness and When your children don’t want to follow God, my relationship with my daughter has been, let’s say, less than perfect.
I love my daughter to bits and have always wanted to be there for her. I remember when she was young and I used to make sure that I consciously went out of my way to spend quality time with her, taking her swimming, going to the park as well as other places. I miss that quality time that can so easily be taken for granted when you live with your child.
However, when a father refuses to be in their child’s life, the consequences can be disastrous. Don’t believe me? Watch this video of a girl who wrote a letter to the man who left her behind
When I watched this, it tore at my heartstrings because I never want my daughter to ever feel like that. I will always make sure that I do as much as I can and what is in my power, to keep in contact with her on my side so that when she grows older, she could never say that I have never tried to remain in contact and mantain a relationship with her
If you are a father who has deserted your child for whatever reason, or maybe you are not active in their life, you probably dont realise how much psycholgical damage you may have inflicted on your child and they may justifably be angry with you. It may not always show on the outside but inside, they are hurting. Make a conscious decision today to do something to ’kick things off’. Depending on the situation what you do will vary and it will be hard for some and easier for others but try something. That may mean a phone call, it may mean sending them a card, it may mean giving them flowers, it may mean taking your child out for a one to one talk, but whatever you do, don’t give up on them. They may not always say so or express it outwardly, but inside, a lot of them WANT a meaningful relationship with you. Sometimes the mother may have filled their mind with negativity so that they cannot see the positive things that you are trying to do but do what YOU have to do and whatever is in YOUR control. Show them that you love them and care for them and that they are always on your mind. Children need their Daddys in their life.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. (Romans 12:18)
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. (Col 3:21)
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)
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If you are in your 30s or 40s and was into computer games (like myself), you will remember that one of the hottest games out there was Street Fighter II. What you probably didn’t know is that there was a Church Edition of the game. To see some of the best highlights, look at the video below. Enjoy
On a serious note, if you think I am mocking those who are being ‘slain in the spirit’, that’s because I don’t believe in it. To understand my views, click here
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If like me. you have a background in the black church, you will know that dancing and shouting is part and parcel of a normal Sunday service. As you watch these two videos, I’m sure you will recognise a member of your congregation. Enjoy
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A few years ago, I posted an article called The Sad State of Gospel Music today. Well I saw an article by H B Charles Jr which also talks about this and also touches on the current trend of Christian reality shows. I have posted the article below and added some of the videos that he is talking about as well
I love Gospel Music. Traditional. Contemporary. Praise & worship. Choirs. Groups. Solo artists. Old and new. From Rev. So-and-So Presents… albums of the 80s to today’s Bishop So-and-So Presents… albums. I have even started to listen to some quartet and Christian hip-hop.
I love music. And I especially love music that exalts the Lord Jesus Christ. But my true love for Gospel Music has broken my heart.
In two ways…
First, I am grieved by the excessive commercialism of contemporary Gospel Music. I can cite various examples of this illicit love affair with the world. But there is an explicit seduction of the world on Gospel artists that burdens me: reality TV. What is this about? Why are Gospel artists joining the ranks of these mind-numbing reality TV shows? Don’t you now know that “reality TV” is an oxymoron?
Of course, Gospel artists are not the only ones joining this parade of worldly foolishness. It’s also preachers, preacher’s wives, and preacher’s daughters. More and more religious personalities are nakedly pursuing fleeting celebrity. We want to be famous, rather than promoting the name, message, kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Preachers of LA
Please to tell us you are doing this to expand the influence of Christ in culture. If that’s what you think, you are extremely confused. Deceived. Out of touch with “reality” (pun intended!). It is easier for the world to pull you down than for you to pull the world up. And in leaning over to reach the world, the church often falls in. And we are dragging the precious name of Jesus down with us.
Where did we get the idea that Christ wants us to help him be relevant in this God-ignoring society? The Lord commands us to be holy, faithful, obedient, wise, and loving. The Lord does not want us to show the world that we are regular people just like everyone else. The world already knows that! That’s why they don’t respect the church. We need to be different. Light. Salt. Our influence in the world happens by the difference Christ makes in our lives, not by blending in. The world cannot see our good works and glorify the Father in heaven by watching so-called Christian leaders divas argue, boast, shop, covet, date, lust, and complain on TV. Get real!
My heart is broken for another reason.
Not only are Gospel artists fallen in love with the world; even worse, they have fallen in love with Word of Faith theology. Prosperity Theology used to be on the fringes of the Christian landscape. Now these faith teachers are the mainstream. And many prominent Gospel artists have digested their unbiblical teachings and regurgitate them in their music.
As I listen to the new Gospel Music released, I am blown away by how talented Gospel artists are. The music, singing, and production can rival anything “secular” project. Unfortunately, I am hearing more thoughtful reflection in some Pop and R&B music than among those who claim to sing for the glory of God.
I buy a lot of Gospel Music. But I can commend very little of it for worship, private or corporate. Too much Gospel Music has too little gospel in it. It is not God exalting, Christ focused, or biblically saturated. It is fixated with self.
“It’s my season…”
“My harvest is coming…”
“What’s to come is greater than what’s been…”
“I don’t look like what I’ve been through…”
“Praise him till you get your breakthrough…”
“Speak those things that are not as though they were…”
“I’m taking back everything the devil stole from me…”
“Speak it into the atmosphere…” “
“I’m claiming my destiny…”
On and on it goes.
Just because you use biblical phrases does not mean you are communicating biblical truth. Cults play that game. Christian musicians and singers should not.
We need music that teaches truth (Col. 3:16), not just cherry-picks phrases that sound good. We need Gospel Music that proclaims the gospel! We need reverent, bible-rooted music that will lead worshipers to think deeply about Christ. We need musicians to record music that will lead us to sing to the glory of God, not just cheer-lead to get an emotional response.
Don’t look now, Gospel Artists, but the upstart Christian hop-hop artists are lapping you. Now, I am not a big hip-hop fan. And I don’t know any of these artists personally. But I am encouraged by their willingness to rap about God and Jesus and the gospel and holiness and doctrine. They are daring to compose and perform truth-driven messages, not mere foot-tapping music.
Gospel artists, please wake up! We are in a storm. And you are playing the Jonah, sleeping your way to Tarshish when you should be headed to Nineveh. The church – and the world – needs you to wake up and give up music about the true and living God!
It is for this reason that I hardly listen to the new gospel music today. I would rather listen to some old Commissioned songs than listen to the unbiblical Christian lyrics that I hear today. I also listen to Christian hip hop which to me are like the hymns for this generation as a lot of it is saturated with sound theology and doctrine.
Am I saying that all gospel music today is bad? No. But it needs a discerning ear. If you cannot discern the false doctrine coming from the pulpit. You will not discern it in the ‘gospel’ music lyrics.
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How many times have you been in a church service and you have heard something like this?
“That preacher (or singer) is so anointed”
“I would like to introduce to you the anointed man of God”
“He has got the anointing ON him”
Here is an example of a Benny Hinn talking about the “three dimensions of the anointing”
If I am honest, this was just all over the place and he just invented this all up and twisted scriptures. There is nowhere in scripture that talks about three dimensions of the anointing. And the examples that he gave were old testament concepts
This is a typical example of 2 Tim 4:3
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.
Also 2 Peter 3:15(b)-16
…..Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
So what is the anointing? As per Got Questions
Answer: The origin of anointing was from a practice of shepherds. Lice and other insects would often get into the wool of sheep, and when they got near the sheep’s head, they could burrow into the sheep’s ears and kill the sheep. So, ancient shepherds poured oil on the sheep’s head. This made the wool slippery, making it impossible for insects to get near the sheep’s ears because the insects would slide off. From this, anointing became symbolic of blessing, protection, and empowerment.The New Testament Greek words for “anoint” are chrio, which means “to smear or rub with oil” and, by implication, “to consecrate for office or religious service”; and aleipho, which means “to anoint.” In Bible times, people were anointed with oil to signify God’s blessing or call on that person’s life (Exodus 29:7; Exodus 40:9; 2 Kings 9:6; Ecclesiastes 9:8; James 5:14). A person was anointed for a special purpose—to be a king, to be a prophet, to be a builder, etc. There is nothing wrong with anointing a person with oil today. We just have to make sure that the purpose of anointing is in agreement with Scripture. Anointing should not be viewed as a “magic potion.” The oil itself does not have any power. It is only God who can anoint a person for a specific purpose. If we use oil, it is only a symbol of what God is doing.Another meaning for the word anointed is “chosen one.” The Bible says that Jesus Christ was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit to spread the Good News and free those who have been held captive by sin (Luke 4:18-19; Acts 10:38). After Christ left the earth, He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16). Now all Christians are anointed, chosen for a specific purpose in furthering God’s Kingdom (1 John 2:20). “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
When was the last time you heard someone say that the church administrator was anointed or that the church cleaner is so anointed? You will notice that the anointed ones are mainly the ones on the front line e.g The preachers, the choirs and musicians. By saying that they are anointed all the time, we inadvertently elevate them as if they are more spriritual. This in turn feeds the notion that the man of God has a closer walk with God than the lay members and that he is on the ‘main line’ to God. The lay members who are at the bottom of the chain, then dont question him
We as Christians ALL have the Holy Spirit (who is the anointing) INSIDE of us so there is no need for him to fall ON us as he did in the old testament. Jesus stated in John 16:7 that the Holy Spirit would only come when Jesus went and he now indwells EVERY believer and not just ‘special ones’. Lets stop throwing out the word ‘anointing’ at every whim.
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This concludes this series. I hope it has challenged your traditional thinking and you will not go with the status quo. If you disagree with anything in this series, let me know why in the comments. All I ask is that you have proper biblial support, rightly divided and in context. Thanks for your time
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So what is a First Lady? In simple terms and primarily in the black churches, she is the Pastor’s wife. But not just the Pastors wife. She normally has a special role in the church, she has special privilidges and she is treated differently than other women in the church. She is also expected to almost appear perfect to the congregation and the expectations from her are high. Karen Clark-Sheard of the Clark Sisters explains what the role of the First Lady should be in the video below.
As much as I have loved the Clark Sisters music, to hear Karen say things such as the First Lady should be the best dressed person in the church to ‘set the standard’ breaks my heart and I am realising more and more that some of the gospel artists that so many people look up to, when you sit them down and listen to what they have to say, theologically, they are found to be wanting….but I’ll leave that blog to another day
Also, the TLC channel has been running a reality show on First Ladies called ‘The Sisterhood’. Here was the preview
So what role should a pastor’s wife or elder’s wife play in the church? What are her responsibilities? How can she serve as a helpmate to her husband in the ministry?
As per 9 Marks ministry:
THERE IS NO “PASTOR’S WIFE” OFFICE
The first thing to say on this topic is that the Bible does not establish an office for “elder/pastor wife.” It doesn’t offer her a job description. This in turn means an elder’s wife should not feel forced into some mold or set of expectations. Rather, an elder’s wife should feel free to simply be a happy, healthy, growing Christian who seeks to fulfill the “one another” commands in the context of her church just like every other member should.
Shouldn’t the pastor/elder’s wife seek to love and serve the church as occasion permits and as gifts allow? Yes, but only because she is a Christian, not because she is an elder’s wife.
Some pastors’ wives will want to play the piano, run VBS, and lead the women’s retreat. Great! Others will find themselves more fully occupied in the home as well as in the work of private hospitality or neighborhood evangelism. Great!
An elder or pastor’s wife, like every Christian, should engage in private ministry. But there is nothing in the Bible which says that she must engage in public ministry.
But it doesn’t stop there. As mentioned in my post Blinded By Loyalty, we now also have First Gentlemen. Below is Lexi interviewing Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen and ‘First Gentleman’ Rashad. This is an example of what happens when people hold a low view of scripture and hold their own opinions higher.
So in summary, NOWHERE in scripture do you see First Ladies how we see it today, no where in scripture does it specifically mention the role of pastors wives that is no different than any other persons wife to a husband who may be in a different ministry. The aspects may be different but it is basically the same. Do not let these traditions blind you to the truth of God’s word
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