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Celebrating the  Father, Son  and the Holy Spirit

Dr. Alvin White, Jr. 

Senior Pastor 

Pastor's Screed
Sunday, March 17 2019
Is your FORGIVE, FOR REAL?

Dr Luke, in the book he was inspired to write, quotes Jesus in Luke 15 as He proclaims the following on three different occasions.

        Luke 15:7 I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people who don’t need repentance.

        Luke 15:10 I tell you, in the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.”

        Luke 15:31-32 “ ‘Son,’ he said to him, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ 

As discussed last Tuesday evening in United WORD University, the parable about the prodigal son, in particular, is sometimes misapplied. Jesus places the emphasis on the REJOICING part for the recovery of the lost sheep and the lost coin.

In the case of the prodigal (a reckless wasteful spender) son, Jesus places the emphasis on the forgiving Father and His call for a bang-up celebration. The Father had did have…NOT ONE MENTION OF THE SON’S REBELLION, HIS WASTING MONEY OR HIS SINFUL ESCAPADES. Instead, he ran to him, welcomed him, clothed him and placed him back into the family, without rancor.

Ooops, there it is. We are all guilty of spending our energy and focus on the crime (s) we say has been done to us. The fact is we hold that against the propagator for 100 gillion years (hyperbole).

Forgive and rejoice in 1, 9

  Our reward and propagator’s justice will come in time.

Lord Have Mercy

Dr. Alvin White, Jr,

Senior Pastor

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Sunday, March 03 2019
Humbly SERVING others is truly OBEDIENT WORSHIP

Jesus says in Luke 14: 5

He said, “Which of you whose son or ox falls into a well, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?

Yes, Trinitarians and all of our friends, our service and our worship are inextricably tied together. In Third Ward Texas and Oak Cliff Texas, where I was reared, this meant these terms (serve and worship) couldn’t be “pulled apart” or separated. You can’t have one without the other even though many of us try very hard to do so.

Pastor, do you understand that I do what I can and as often as I can. I read my Bible and I bring my dues. What is it that I’m missing?

Answer: A bunch and ultimately, your lunch.

Our Tuesday evening lesson nailed it. The Pharisees were so busy in their attempt to “catch” Jesus in a fault they completely missed the boat and fell in the (cold) water of doubt. It can be said they, like some of us are busy bodies but, losing sleep and energy on the wrong projects.

Consequently, as one Commentator said, we are led to believe that our service and our worship are but entertainment for Jesus and His Church.  Our Playbill for this Play would indicate that some are merely putting on a “show” for Jesus.

The credits would reveal:

The Star……………………………Me

The Producer                 ………….. Satan

The Production Team…………      My friends

The Story Line…………………… My thoughts

The Scene…………………………My House

But Jesus wasn’t stopped nor was He impressed with their version of the most important thing. On several occasions, the Pharisees didn’t see the necessity of doing what Jesus did and taught.

We’re CALLED to SERVE in Two Thousand 1, 9.

     With the help and direction from the DIVINE

My WORSHIP is sure to be pleasing and SUBLIME.

Lord Have Mercy!

Dr. Alvin White, Jr. Senior Pastor

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Sunday, March 03 2019
Do you honor the part you are in The BODY?

…In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 27All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians12: 22-27. NLT.

The first and most endearing thing I see in this Pauline writing is The Body is HIS, put together by Him in which we join by baptism. The Body is strengthen through the submission and acceptance of The Lord Supper. So, the requirement to REMEMBER ME is far more than a ceremonial, first Sunday routine. It’s the life-blood of the part you are, of The Body.

When we dishonor the part of The Body we are given,

_we build a Partition between us and other parts.

-we lose critical Protection.

-we have no sense of Participation in the whole of The Body.

-there’s little to no Progress in our spiritual growth.

Each part has a role in 19,

Lest I stumble, I’ll need His guidance each TIME

I must remain connected and corrected to SHINE.

Lord Have Mercy!

Dr. Alvin White, Jr. Senior Pastor

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Sunday, March 03 2019
WHAT'S YOUR DAILY RESPONSE TO GOD'S GRACE?

You are saved by grace! Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens,so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast.  Ephesians 2: 5-9.

The Holy Writ gives us the prescription for that which keeps us from the peace of God. What did you say, pastor?  Say that again. John Newton in his declining years heard the WORDS of Scripture say  “by the grace of God I am what I am”.

Newton continued, “I am not what I ought to be! How imperfect and deficient I am! I am not what I wish to be, although I abhor that which is evil and would cleave to what is good! I am not what I hope to be, but soon I shall be out of mortality, and with it all sin and imperfection. Though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor yet what I hope to be, I can truly say I am not what I once was: a slave to sin and Satan. I can heartily join with the apostle and acknowledge that by the grace of God I am what I am!”

It seems to me that no amount of wealth, attainment, status or popularity can do that which the gift of God, His Grace can do.

I’m learning, day-by-day, of the total sufficiency of His Grace

It’s essential to LIVE in 2019 and passionately run this Race

          I dare not doubt or stop my Service to Him,

No matter what the issues, instances or insults I FACE.

Lord Have Mercy!

Dr. Alvin White, Jr. Senior Pastor

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