From The Pastor’s Desk

Bell Ringers for God!!!

From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, May 20, 2018 

A new generation of churches has arisen that is trying to appeal to those with no religious life, noting that they do not have to change anything they are doing; just think positive and be blessed. To attract larger crowds God is being marketed like Burger King’s slogan, Have it your way. Any way you want to come. Any way you want to dress. Any way you want to live.

Those who follow this new trend have dropped anything that is traditional from the worship such as hymns, traditional gospel music and liturgy. In its place are gospel rap, Gospel Hip Hop, praise teams, high energy praise dancers, extensive technology, laser shows and highly emotional worships. There is very little emphasis on repentance or the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ for moral atonement. Instead there is increased emphasis upon coming to worship to be blessed and to prosper.

Church bells may not ring anymore but God still needs bell ringers! He still needs witnesses in this generation. While there are many new ways to worship God, there is no reason why both the old and the new cannot be embraced. As we build new bridges there is no reason to burn those that brought us over. In this generation, God needs young people, who will ring the bell for him; who will be his witness and testify to his goodness.

As Christians, we are commanded to go to every part of the world and be witnesses for Christ. We are commanded to sound the alarm, call the lost to Christ and pronounce the glory of the Lord wherever we go. The bells on the churches may be silent but our testimony must be loud and clear: God is great and his mercy endureth forever! Today, let your testimony sound off as loud as a church bell: God is great, all of the time! Because he is great go forth today with confidence that he will not abandon you or let you down.

Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor

Posted 2 days ago

Good Mothers!!

From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother’s day is a celebration of motherhood. It’s a day when the entire family celebrates because every member of the family has or has had the presence of a mother or a mother figure in their lives. Today’s celebration is a celebration of the women in our lives who we have come to know as mother. These are the women of our birth and most importantly the women who have stepped into our lives after birth. Some are mothers by nature; others are mothers by nurture.

While most mothers know every detail about their children, very few children really know their mothers. What they do know is rarely a clear picture but a distortion of reality. As the years pass, many of us get to know our mothers better as we appreciate who they are and what they are to us. Most importantly, the more we know about what a mother is supposed to be, the more we conclude that in many regards we have one biological mother and many mothers who are playing a role in our lives. As Christians, we thank God for giving us good mothers. Through them we understand the purity and enormity of the love of Jesus for us all.

Today, reflect on the blessing that God has given us with the presence of good mothers. Their hands rock the cradles of the world. Happy Mother’s Day! 

Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor

Posted 1 week ago

Humble Is the Way

From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, April 22, 2018

Not one of us is infallible; yet how hard it is to admit we have made a mistake! We refuse to read the assembly directions for a table or a bookcase and as a result take twice as long as necessary to put it together. In the end, we reluctantly admit we should have read the directions.

We stubbornly hold on to our version of “fact” until someone corrects us from an encyclopedia. In the heat of anger, we use harsh words with our spouse or children and refuse to apologize until relationships have been severely strained.

It takes humility to admit sins, mistakes, misperceptions, and misjudgments. And humility does not come naturally for fallen humanity.

God calls us to repent of our self-centered focus, to accept his ways without fully understanding them, and to concern ourselves even with those who afflict us, our enemies. The scripture declares “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” Humble is the way.

Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor

Posted 4 weeks ago

Caring for the Poor

From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, April 15, 2018 

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. Proverbs 19:17

God associates Himself so closely with the poor among His people that to give to them is to give to Him. Because of this, we never need fear that giving to God-honoring, dignity-respecting programs, such as our global mission’s day, that address poverty are a waste. Our Creator will return our investment and then some, granting us eternal rewards in heaven. Almsgiving will not get us into heaven, but only the righteousness of Christ. However, God rewards the good works done to honor Him.

The Lord does not overlook what His people do to help others. When we help the poor acquire basic necessities and even to prepare and train them to eventually escape material poverty, we are doing what God finds pleasing. Caring appropriately for the poor takes wisdom, and he that winneth a soul is wise. Let us seek to aid the poor wisely, both in their material and spiritual poverty.

Wisdom has to be exercised in caring for the impoverished, but make no mistake: every believer who helps the poor for the right reasons can count on God’s blessing.

Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor

Posted 4 weeks ago

No Man Left Behind!

From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, March 18, 2018

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Galatians 6:1

My Brothers, if we recognize any of our brothers, family, or associates who have fallen victim to spiritual fatigue or have missed the mark and are not exactly where God wants them to be, let us restore, repair and comfort them. Many times, we add further injury to the already present wounds by criticizing and condemning them instead of rescuing.  

Our Job is to leave no man behind. Bring them back to a position of peace, wholeness or completeness, where nothing is broken, spirit, soul, or body. There are so many men that are hurting. Some are discouraged, disgusted and walking around with feelings of condemnation because they have gotten off track and feel like they cannot make it back to Christ. It is our job to share with them that it is never too late to return. There is never a time where they have gotten so far away from God that He won’t welcome them back. Let us be the one to have a heart to run after those who may be out of fellowship with God. Endeavor to speak a word of compassionate encouragement that will restore them to a position of oneness again. Let us not, Leave Any Man Behind!

Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor

Posted 9 weeks ago

The Challenge Before Us

From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, February 25, 2018

As we survey the challenges of the world that are before us today, let us, the church, not be intimidated.

Despite the reports and frustration, and cries of the world, the church should not be discouraged. The challenges we face are not insurmountable. We are the church of the living God, the greatest nation in the earth, and Holy Nation. I’m encouraged from the words of the psalmist, “the Lord is my Light and salvation, whom shall I fear”. We can survive the national dilemma and rise to the occasion because we serve a God who has proven that He fights on our behalf.

Church we are the foundation of hope in our communities. Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. I challenge each of you to encourage and inspire the dispirited around you, to know that our help is in the name of the Lord. This is no time for serious American Christians to give up hope! This is the hour for us to stop looking down, and start looking up! God is still on the throne, and the prayers of the righteous changes things!

This is a good time for each of us to commit to the great commission! Christ is the sure foundation which cannot be destroyed. All power is given unto Him in heaven and in earth. Let’s do as he said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”.

Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor

Posted 12 weeks ago

God Sent His Love

From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, February 11, 2018

From the very day God created man, he planned to send man a very special gift of love. It was not a card, flowers or any kind of candy. This gift was so special that it would enable every man, woman, boy and girl to spend eternity with him in his kingdom. God sent His Love, in his Son Jesus Christ. This gift has brought salvation to everyone that believeth.  

Valentine Day is a special day of the year. This is a day we share our love with other people by doing something for them or giving them something. Cards, flowers or candy are very nice gifts, but they do not last. But the gift of God is a gift of everlasting love that will never change or fade away, but it is a gift of eternal life.  

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16) That’s Love!

Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor

Posted 12 weeks ago

Don’t Forget

From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, February 4, 2018

In the frailty of our humanity we often forget where our blessings come from. The child that disrespects a parent forgets the source of their blessing. An employee that disrespects an employer forgets who writes the paycheck. A citizen that talks down the nation, in which we live, forgets the source of our freedom to speak freely.
   God is the source of all our provisions whether it’s food, clothing or shelter. It’s as if there is a great fountain in heaven and God just turns it on and lets it flow; not just to us but to all of God’s creation. Jesus made this clear in Matthew 6:28-30, “And why take you thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” Whether it is a house, a car, a little money, a few possessions or the pillow under your head all flow from the fountains of God’s favor and blessing. He is our source!

Hebrews 12:2 says, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” It is His hand that is on the faucet in heaven. It is His hand that controls the flow of blessings that we receive. Don’t Forget Where Your Blessings Come From!

Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor

Posted 12 weeks ago

No Disclaimers!

From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, January 28, 2018

Have you ever seen the disclaimers on various products? They are rather humorous especially when they go to extremes to disclaim some of what they claim. A disclaimer is an oral or written statement that details expectations, clarifies risks and limits liabilities between parties in a relationship. In some instances a disclaimer says who’s responsible if the rules are not followed. “If the sign says that there is no life guard on duty, swim at your own risk it means your family’s ability to sue if you drown is limited or eliminated altogether.

Whenever there is a disclaimer, someone is distancing themselves from any blame or leaving themselves a way out with a minimum of loss. Have you seen the disclaimers in television ads? Sometimes the disclaimer is in tiny fine print stuffed at the bottom of the screen for a handful of seconds.

Some who are church members seem to have disclaimers on their lives that make excuses for their unwillingness to follow Christ. In fact every believer is a walking commercial for the world. Sometimes the world remembers our disclaimers more than the testimony we give. Our commercial may say, "I am a Church member. I believe in God. I am a follower of Christ. "Then the disclaimer comes: "The faith I talk about on Sunday may not be reflected in my everyday living, so any recordings or videos, of what I say and do, cannot be made without my written permission. Be advised that my actions are subject to change without notice. If any of my actions do not resemble a Christian, it is purely unintentional. Handle me with care and do not expose me to any situations that may bend me, fold me or otherwise get on my last nerve. Yes, I’m a church member but I don’t do much, you see action figures are sold separately. I don’t  pray much so I don’t have much power and batteries are not included.  If your dealings with me result in rash behavior, irritating conversation or swelling develops, discontinue your dealings with me for a while. I must not be placed in stressful or flammable situations because I blow easily; I must not be pushed, cracked on or laughed at or I could be hazardous to your health. I’m saved but don’t deal with me if you see that my seal has been broken or tampered with by the devil. Sometimes I might make you sick to your stomach, if so, do not induce vomiting and if my behavior persists remember me in your prayers. If I promise you anything allow four to six weeks for delivery but don’t expect me to help unless you pay me.

The real Christian needs no disclaimers; he or she trusts in God without reservation and his praise is on our lips continuously. As Christians, we gladly acknowledge God’s presence in our lives. We are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And we will tell it wherever we go. No Disclaimers!!

Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor

Posted 12 weeks ago

Don’t Be Moved!

From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Apostle Paul sought to meet the needs of spiritually needy people. He brought the gospel of Jesus Christ to souls that were starving for hope and fulfillment. Paul was persecuted frequently, and his life was threatened several times before finally being taken from him. The persecution and life threatening situations he suffered during his ministry however, it did not deter him from doing the work God intended for him. He possessed a deep affection for those to whom he ministered, even if some of them wanted him stopped or killed.

We should all seek to obey God with as much fervor as Paul had. Even though he faced imprisonment, beatings, and perhaps death, he allowed none of those things move him. Paul was determined that nothing he might face would cause him to fear or to stop doing what he should. He would not be moved from the path in which God had led him.

God’s grace in our life as in Paul’s should give us the joy and courage to declare the gospel despite the persecution we may face. Paul continued his ministry until he died; or as he stated, “…finished his course…”

I admonish each of you today as saints of God, Don’t be Moved, but to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free, so that you can say like Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith.”

Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor

Posted 12 weeks ago