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Celebrating the  Father, Son  and the Holy Spirit

Dr. Alvin White, Jr. 

Senior Pastor 

Pastor's Screed
Sunday, January 27 2019
An Inescapable Pattern for Christian Living

My mom, Louis Renee White who currently lives in the presence of the Lord, was a confirmed seamstress. Though I took no specific notice of everything she did, I vividly recall her use of a “Simplicity” pattern, which I’ve referenced across the years in illustration. I recall that she attached the material to the pattern part with what appeared to be hundreds of “stick” pins. She then, using shears (scissors with a jagged edge) cut the material to the pre-designed of the pattern. The other tools, of course, were her Singer Sewing machine, the cutting board and our family dining room table.

Pastor, excuse me but that’s about as much I need or want to know about sewing, using a pattern. So, you said all of that to say what?

I’m saying that our Christian Walk can’t be accomplished through a free handed, arbitrary, capricious and erratic lifestyle. Each of us has lived, certainly as a Christian, longer that the current moment we’re currently experiencing. We need a true pattern to Imitate by faith.

To imitate Him. i.e. follow His pattern, we’ll advance the gospel, we won’t quit when suffering appears, we’ll be a student in learning Godly ways and we’ll Work and Serve for God’s pleasure.

Imitate Christ! 1 Corinthians 11:1. In all our ways. Acknowledge Him and He shall direct our path Proverbs 3:6.

Don’t Give up or Give In.

Satan would have you commit to sin.

Instead, faithfully follow Him to the End.

And in 2019, you will surely WIN.

Lord Have Mercy!

Dr. Alvin White, Jr. Senior Pastor

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Sunday, January 20 2019
 Spiritual Direction, The Only Direction

Admittedly, this is a tender subject for many, including those of us who are saved. At one time or the other, we’ve all struggled with the content of “directions” or with whom has the authority to give  “directions”. The question comes, “are you talking to me? This response comes with an unmistakable retort like; you’ve got to be joking attitude?

Due to this cynicism in our Country, State, City and local Community, The Church is exposed. Unless, we follow closely the reading and teaching of The Holy Writ, we will argue for and accept the humanistic approach to accepting and following directions. But pastor, what specifically is that?

Well, since you’re asking brilliant questions, let me say if we elect to take a path or direction based on our “feelings”, gut, experience, friendship or our ability to see our way through, we are subject to certain failure.

To the contrary, Spiritual direction for His children within His Church is solid, secure and scared. Since, following His direction requires faith, we know we’re pleasing Him with each step. The Tearfund publication calls it a holistic ministry direction. Jesus says in Matthew 28: 19-20 we are to teach (give direction) them to observe ALL things to include HIGH worship to God.

JESUS at the wedding provided the WINE.

He Fed them, healed them and taught them to SHINE.

It’s clear that His Ministry is mind, body and SOUL.

In 2019, let’s seek and encourage others to be made WHOLE

Lord Have Mercy!

Dr. Alvin White, Jr. 

Senior Pastor

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Sunday, January 13 2019
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Wait Pastor, wait just one minute, this is the second week that you’ve started the weekly Screed with some “far out”, obscure concept. And, further, if it’s another football analogy, you know I’m already disinterested and bored.

So, before anyone shuts down for any reason, let’s see what lesson we can gain in reviewing the story of the Chicago Bears’ kicker. Cody Parkey is in his 6th season and in his own words, he was confident that in the final minutes of last week’s game, his “kick” would win the game. A win over A. J’s Colts would send the Bears to the finals for the first time in a long while.

Cody, with a 76% field goal completion rate, failed. The “kick” didn’t go through the goal post. There was no more remaining time. He expressed severe disappointment and the Chicago fans mirrored the disappointment. Some would say Cody “choked” in the big game.

Cody, on a national TV program, opined, “football is what I do and it’s not who I am”. Though I’m disappointed and I’ve apologized to the team and fans, I will continue to hold my head high and not drown in defeat.

Trinitarians and special friends, there will be failures in 2019, some large and some small. With Christ, there are two huge safe guards that believers are promised.

Romans 8:28; all things work together for the good of those who love God…and are called to His purpose. B. Romans 8:37…through all these things, we are more than conquerors.

Jesus Christ is King, and despite failures; I’ll continue to sing

             

He’s LORD ALMIGHTY in 2019.

Lord Have Mercy

Dr. Alvin White, Jr. Senior Pastor

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Dr. Alvin White, Jr. Senior Pastor

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Sunday, January 06 2019
STRIVE TO GET

STRIVE TO GET “IN” AND REMAIN “IN” GOOD HANDS.

Wait Pastor, if you’re referring to God, John 4:24 states He’s a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth. So, what’s this about “hands”?

“You’re asking good questions already.” Thank you and grant me the opportunity to put this short message in context.

First, Ezrahite in Psalm 89 states some may be perplexed

concerning His promises and think the only happiness comes through earthly prosperity. While, the only true source of happiness is when we lifted to hear the joyful sound.

       But, how are we lifted?

You have a mighty arm;

      Your hand is powerful;

      Your right hand is lifted high. Psalm 89:13.

Further,

“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 18:6

Second, In His hands, He has your voluntary acceptance of His complete authority and control.

A well known auto insurance company states “You’re are in GOOD Hands for “we know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing are two”.

           Rest assured you are in GOOD Hands.

           For, He is singularly, in control of your plans.

           You needn’t be enslaved to myths and schemes

          JESUS CHRIST in 2019 remains SUPREME.

Lord Have Mercy!

Dr. Alvin White, Jr. Senior Pastor

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