Archive | February 2009

Asking for Favor


Mark 11:25 (New King James Version)
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

How many times have we prayed for something and it just seemed like God wasn’t listening? We cry and pray and pray and cry but it just seems like our prayers are not getting through. Well the bible states that we are to search our own hearts before we petition Him. We can’t go to God with junk in our hearts and expect His best. We can’t ask for Him to make us richer when we’re not being good stewards over what we already have or we’re not giving Him His ten percent which is the tithes. We can not ask God to forgive us of our sins if we’re unwilling to show forgiveness to our fellow brethren. We can’t ask God to deal with and judge someone else with out Him dealing with us first. It just doesn’t work that way people. The Bible says that the word of God, is a two-edged sword, which cuts both ways. If we examine ourselves, how then can we not forgive others? When we acknowledge all of our own short comings, we then should be humbled before God, and not putting ourselves higher over another. Know that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.

2 Corinthians 13:5 (New King James Version) Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified

Romans 3:23 (New King James Version) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

2 Chronicles 7:14 (New King James Version) 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 will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

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Can You??


Now ladies …we have to admit the slow to speak part can be very difficult. However, I’ve found this to be a good practice for every day living. Whether it be with your spouse, children, friends, boss, or co-workers. Your response to things are usually different when you stop to hear the other person and then actually take a moment to think before you speak. It can be hard but it can be done. Can you do this??

James 1:19-20 (New Living Translation)
19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

Raising Unbiased Kids in a Bigoted World

Written By Rev. Alan Riley
His personal blog can be found at www.alansblog.com

I started to title this article “Raising Color Blind Kids” but then I realized that is kind of silly. You can’t be color blind, nor would you want to be. When it comes to skin pigment, we are who we are. God made us that way. Just as He filled the world with flowers and creatures of all different colors, He chose to fill the world with people of different colors. When it comes to culture, we also are who we are. We should be proud of our ethnic and cultural heritage. Those are things we celebrate, not things we should pretend don’t exist. The problem comes when we start to think we are somehow superior to others because of our skin color, culture, economic status, or some other way in which we measure ourselves against others.

The challenge for us as parents is how do you raise kids who are unbiased in their feelings about and for others when bias and prejudice are so much a part of our society and our history?

Have you ever noticed children playing together? If you observe a group of young children from diverse backgrounds you will rarely if ever see them separate from each other because of race, language or any other of the things that tend to divide adults. It warms your heart when you see it. It also is frightening when you realize that little experiment proves that hate, bias, prejudice and bigotry are not innate human traits but are learned by our life experiences. That means if my children are prejudiced, they most likely learned it from me.

I am profoundly grateful for the legacy my parents left me in so many areas, but none more so than the way they taught me through words and actions to treat all people the way I would want them to treat me, with Christlike kindness and deference.

I am white and of Irish descent. And although I was born and spent the first seven years of my life in New York, I am very much a southerner. In fact, I was a southerner before I ever resided in the south. Both of my parents were from the south, so we were the only folks in our neighborhood in New York who ate grits and greens, said “Yes, ma’am” and even had a vegetable garden in our small back yard. We moved to Georgia when I was seven years old.

I was recently sharing childhood memories with a friend of mine. He is black and I’m white, but our childhood experiences are strikingly similar. I remarked that my father would have worn me out if he had ever heard me utter a racial slur. My friend burst out laughing and said, “Mine, too!”

We both realized that our upbringing and instruction shaped how we relate to people of other races and cultures, and freed us to be able to form genuine friendships.

Here’s three suggestions on how you can raise unbiased kids today: Tell them. Be up front with your kids about the subject of race. Never miss an opportunity or let a teachable moment pass you by. Sometimes it can be tough – like when your young son finds a picture in a history book of a lynching and you have to explain why anyone would do something like that to another person. Be frank. Be honest. The famous saying goes that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Help them to learn from the mistakes of the past and the sins of previous generations. Teach them. There is no way you can justify racism from God’s Word. We are told our Heavenly Father is not a respecter of persons, and we are commanded not to be either. The Lord Jesus told His disciples, “I must go through Samaria” and in doing so he embraced the most hated ethnic group of His day and treated them as equals and with love and compassion. His parable of the Good Samaritan flew in the face of racist religious leaders who believed God condoned and encouraged their bigotry. The Apostle Paul braved the condemnation of his people to take the Gospel to another group of ethnic outcasts – gentiles like you and me. You need to teach your children what God’s word says about this subject. Show them. Sometimes our actions are so loud they drown out our words, and our kids can spot hypocrisy a mile off. You have to walk the walk, not just talk the talk! You need to model love and acceptance in front of your children, so they will see from your actions that they are to love others as Jesus does. Mother Teresa said it best: “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary use words.” Finally, pray for your children, that God will use them in the days to come to help tear down the strongholds of racism and prejudice. They are your lasting legacy to the world.

BE STILL!


“Be still and know that I am God;.” Psalm 46:10

The Word today is quick, simple and to the point. Be still! Don’t try to make anything happen. Don’t try to rush anything to happen. Don’t try to manipulate anyone into doing anything. Just keep your mind on Christ, surrender to God’s will and let Him work it out! Be still and listen for instructions! Be still.

If you are still, you can hear:
“And Moses said unto them, ‘Stand still, and I will hear what the Lord will command concerning you.” Numbers 9:8 KJV
If you are still, you can watch God fight the battle:
“Ye shall not need to fight in this battle; set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” II Chron. 20:17a

It is great to pray, but then you need to be still and listen. It is great to do your part, but sometimes you need to be still so you won’t get in God’s way. There are some things that God will instruct us to do, and we must be careful to do them; however, there is also a time to be still so that God can do what we can’t do. Be still!

While waiting for an answer, be still! When you don’t know what to do, be still! When you are overwhelmed, be still! When you are feeling pressured, be still! When you are hearing too many voices of instruction, be still! Wait and listen for God’s voice! Wait and let God go before you!
Be still!

A Bondservant of Christ
Rev Toni-Brooke Brown, Pastor
God’s Storehouse, 18301 John R, Detroit MI 48203
313 867-1234
www.Gods-Storehouse.org

Who’s Around You?

Hey I’ve got a question. Brain picker so-to-speak:

Would you only consider friends that will only tell you what you want to hear? Do you tend to lean more towards the ones that will tell you the truth no matter how hard it may be for you to swallow or do you tend to avoid these type of friends. Do you have the type of friends that will give you the tough love that you need? That will tell you when you’re being a baby, to pull up your big boy/girl under pants and except responsibility and grow up?

Take the time to evaluate the people that you have surrounded your self with. Do you push each other up to higher heights, hold each other back to remain in the comfort zone, or because you’re too much of a chicken to do what it takes to accelerate yourselves and one another?

As I’ve looked back over my many years of falling down and bumping my head…I think about the people I ran with or considered friends, and I have discovered that the ones that I have respected the most are the ones who weren’t afraid to open their mouths and tell me what the real deal was. The ones who didn’t hesitate to tell me to quit the crying girl, you were wrong, stop playing the victim and grow up!

I have also learned that it isn’t until one is ready and willing to hear such truth that they will see the benefits and true value in these kind of friendships.

So what type of friend are you and who are the ones that you surround yourself with? Maybe it’s time to evaluate…

Your Life….


Your heart is your Love,
Your love is your Family ,
Your family is your Future,
Your future is your Destiny,
Your destiny is your Ambition,
Your ambition is your Aspiration,
Your aspiration is your Motivation,
Your motivation is your Belief,
Your belief is your Peace,
Your peace is your Target,
Your target is Heaven,
Heaven is no fun without FRIENDS.

Do everything you can to get all you can into heaven!

Fatih???


Faith: belief that is not based on proof. We have faith in God to take care of us and provide for us so long as we strive to follow His will. We do our best not to question why He does what He does but have faith that He has His reasons and it’s always for the best.

What happens when you just can’t seem to wrap your mind around not knowing why?? When you just can’t seem to figure out what that “best” is or what lesson you are supposed to learn? Does this line of questioning mean that your faith is faltering or that you don’t have faith?