This past weekend our church celebrated 100 years! We commemorated this occasion with a ground breaking ceremony at the site where our new church will be located.
Awesome men of God (our pastor Darryl McCoy is in the center)
The events continued that night with a service at our current church with a sermon from Pastor Matthew Tuttle from Eastgate UPC. The message titled The Blessing is in the Basket was poignant and really spoke to me. It told the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 because of a little boys 5 loaves of bread, and 2 fish. That’s all he had, and he gave it ALL to Jesus! He had a family that, that could have gone to, and it wasn’t nearly enough to feed 5000 but he gave it anyway. And God made it enough. The little boy had faith that God would make it enough, and he was rewarded! Was I honestly giving all I could, or just the bare minimum? Am I missing out on a blessing because I don’t have enough faith in God to trust him to provide for my every need? Well no more! From now on I give my all to God!
Sundays message was just as awesome! Preached by Pastor Joey McCoy, it was titled The Ingredients for a Miracle. One thing I love about his sermons is that there’s always a funny story or anecdote! This time he spoke on baking chocolate chip cookies and how when he found out there were eggs in it he was sure that it was a mistake! Cookies only needed a few things: Flour, sugar, ‘some kind of powder’, and chocolate.
Also he noted the length of time it took to actually make the cookies. Toooo loooong! He preferred the quickness of the pre-made frozen kind. But you know what? Miracles don’t always happen quickly. And sometimes the ‘ingredients’ needed aren’t what you expect!
Ugh I just wish you could have been with us this weekend to experience history being remembered, and history being made!
So Thursday night and all day and night Friday I was at a women’s lock in at Anointed Tabernacle in Beaumont Texas. So many words come to mind when I think of what I experienced for the last day and a half. The most prevalent though, is AWESOME! You’ll find that I use that word a lot lol. I saw women getting the Holy Ghost for the first time, I saw women being baptized in Jesus name, I heard prophecies. I saw an angel! The spirit was really moving in that place and I feel so blessed that I got to experience it all.
On the last night a man came in. I watched as they lifted him from his wheel chair and laid him on the alter. They laid hands on him. They prayed over him. I watched as the spirit overtook him. I watched as he lifted his hands to God. I watched the tears flow down his face as he spoke in tongues, and I rejoiced with him! When they put him back in his chair, I watched as he wheeled a lap around the sanctuary! Seeing the pure joy on his face as he went down in that water and came up a new man was a beautiful sight to behold.
There was so much I didn’t know when I got there. How to pray was one of them. I always felt silly praying; in public and in private. I’m naturally a shy person which plays a part in my finding this difficult. There was a lady there who sat and talked to me for about two hours. She was so helpful and I will forever be grateful that I had the opportunity to speak with her. They handed out packets when we got there. They were filled with all kinds of goodies about praying and fasting. She was kind enough to take some time and answer some questions I’ve had for awhile and have been too embarrassed to ask. I told her things about myself that I had never told anyone else. It was such a cleansing and eye opening experience!
Going forward, I hope to grow in Christ and build on the things that were revealed to me in listening to Sis Warner, and the last prophecy in particular.
Got a King James study bible today! Kind of excited about this. Sometimes (for me at least) reading the KJV bible can be a bit confusing. I haven’t had the opportunity to really get into it yet but I skimmed the beginning. Looks like there’s a lot of historical references and that’ll be fun; reading more about the history and gaining a better understanding of how everyone connects to everyone else.
This past week I was blessed to be able to attend Texas Camp Meeting in Lufkin Texas at Texas Bible College. It was an awesome experience. Looking forward to next year’s camp already! In the meantime, here are some highlights…
“Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let everything that have breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”
Psalm 150: 3-6
So recently on Facebook I happened across a video of gospel singer Erica Campbell performing her single “I ‘Luh’ (Love) God’. The poster called it “Trap Gospel”. Now I don’t pretend to be an expert in any type of music but from what I can understand “Trap Music” glorifies a certain type of lifestyle. A lifestyle that is very unChrist-like.
The song itself still glorifies God but the vibe, in my OWN PERSONAL OPINION, lends itself to a more secular and worldly sound.
The very next morning I heard a Christian rap song. They were dressed in bandanas and covered in tattoos. That sounds judgemental. I’m really not trying to be. I only mention their appearance because it speaks of a particular way of life.
As Christians, the ones we want/need to reach are the ones who are lost; the ones that don’t know the truth. Oftentimes those people can only be reached by approaching them in a manner that they are familiar with. In this instance it’s making music that sounds like what they are used to hearing. I get it. The younger set aren’t always fans of what they consider “old school” gospel/Christian music. Artists nowadays seem to be making music that share similar beats and rhythms. Ok. Great! All genres of music must and will evolve. At what cost, though? You’re composing music that has secular tendencies. You’re still singing about a positive message of God’s love but what’s stopping you from taking it a step further? Then another step? Maybe that soul you’re trying to reach is a little more stubborn than you thought. You have to go just a little bit further. Maybe it’s your style of dress. Maybe it’s your mannerisms. Maybe it’s the way you’re wording your message. You think changing a word or two will be more effective. Suddenly you’re sending an entirely new message. The wrong message. Now you’ve lost them entirely. What’s worse, is that in your attempt to reach them on a level that made them more comfortable, you may have inadvertently lost yourself.
Music is going to change. As a man/woman of God attempting to reach someone through song, don’t let that change, change you.
It’s been almost a year since my initial post. Been kind of busy. I’m hoping to be able to keep up with this now.
So things that are new:
My son is about to finish 1st grade at United Christian Academy, my husband has finished his next to last year in grad school. Also, he’s almost finished with his first year teaching.
Things are going great at church! I attend First United Pentecostal church in Port Arthur, Texas.
What you missed @ FUPC:
Roundup Sunday- we all wore rodeo and western attire. We had a cookout, games, and horse rides!
On the very same day we also celebrated the elders in our church with a supper just for them. I was asked to prepare a couple of desserts; banana pudding and peach cobbler (recipes will be in another post).
Easter- Unfortunately the children were unable to put on a skit, but we were treated to a lovely sermon about the resurrection. HE LIVES!!
Recommitment Sunday. We are going to build a new church!!
It’s Saturday so tonight will be our weekly youth led service. We have awesome youth! They are filled with the holy spirit and are not afraid to show it!
Our service just ended a little while ago. As usual the holy spirit moved through the congregation touching souls left and right! It was awesome to experience! One of our pastors sons Bro Jonathan McCoy spoke about not being afraid to step out and talk about God; winning souls.
I’d like to end this post asking if anyone reading this has a prayer request. Leave it in the comments and I’ll make sure to add you to my personal prayer list. Have a blessed night!