Happy Monday family and friends! I hope that you all are doing well and enjoying God’s love! Had an awesome weekend, and I am excited to share.
This past Friday I had an opportunity to officiate a wedding of two lovely Bridgewater Graduates, Keith & Dominique Lance. Cherelle and I had the opportunity of going through pre-marital counseling over the past several months. To equip married men & women to model the love of Christ in Holy Matrimony is something that is needed and something Cherelle & I are passionate about. We are excited for Keith & Dominique as they begin this journey.
This was also a mini getaway for Cherelle and I, Chloe stayed with Grandma Trisha aka “Momma” (Chloe’s nickname). It was a great time to celebrate a new couple getting married, and for Cherelle & I to enjoy some date time. We hit one of our favorite spots in Baltimore, Ms. Shirley’s Cafe. Great breakfast spot, and you should check it out if you are in Baltimore.
Also while in Baltimore I had the opportunity to catch up with one of my oldest friends in the faith, Jaquan. He and I formed my very first accountability relationship as a man of God over 10 years ago. We have been through thick and thin, and it was refreshing to catch up with him. He
taught me some things, and also we learned many things together about the work of the Lord in our lives.
While in Maryland we visit Cherelle’s Aunt Deborah and she had some new toys for Chloe, and if you take a look at the pics, you will see Chloe is thoroughly enjoying her new kitchen, and table. While Chloe, Cherelle, & I were hanging out yesterday, Chloe had a little fall, and hit her lip and cheek on a table :(. It frightened all of us, as Chloe cried and sniffled on our shoulders, we got ice to put on her boo boo and let her watch Daniel Tiger, great medicine!
When I was growing up we use to have this portion of church called “Bring Them In” where we had someone share a story with the kids, and the kids in response would share a bible verse with the church. One of the cop out verse was “Jesus wept”, b/c it was short. However as I have lived and studied more Jesus had something that was worth crying for. There are two passages where Jesus wept (Luke 19 & John 11), and it reveals a truth that we all need to hear: Jesus was crying for us. At DUCC we covered Luke 19:41-48 yesterday, and overall our worship experience was epic yesterday. In Luke 19 Jesus weeps over Jerusalem b/c He sees that they are missing the very thing that will bring them peace, Jesus. He weeps b/c people have chosen greed & religion over relationship with the Creator that can only come through Christ. This scripture has radically transformed my life and ministry. It teaches me that we must Care that people are missing out on Jesus. For that we should weep. As I was preaching I also sensed the Lord doing something different in me giving me the boldness and grace to speak to some of our societal hot topics such as homosexuality, same sex marriage, money, and the lack of integrity in spiritual leadership in our society. In order for people to hear & receive the message of Jesus we not only need to care, but we must also clean house. Luke 19 also is one place in scripture where we see Jesus’ compassion and anger all in one. Jesus recognizes that Jerusalem was suffering because the church had become corrupt. Jesus takes actions by CLEANING OUT THE TEMPLE. And thats what we also must do, remove the things from our temple (lives) that are causing us to miss what God has for us. Once we clean the house, we must then fill the house. After Jesus cleansed the temple, he began to teach in the temple. Family the word of God fills us up and helps us win this constant spiritual war that we are in where satan is violently pursuing our PEACE, but the peace we have comes through Christ, and surpasses all understanding.
I pray that you are encouraged by the love and passion of Christ this week and forevermore.