Happy Snow day everyone. My family and I are enjoying a snow day at home. We are excited to get some extra lounge & play time. As you will see in the picture Chloe insisted on taking a picture of she and I wearing random glasses! We hope to get Chloe outside after her nap. Excited to share this week’s Monday Moments with you all!
This week I had the opportunity to see two great movies, Selma & American Sniper. Both of these movies are heart wrenching and real. They sparked gratitude and passion within me. I want to share a few words on the movie Selma. This movie focused a lot on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his team that made the epic march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama that pushed for the Voting Rights Act to be signed by President Lyndon Johnson. Two observations:
1) Gratitude: I want to say thank you to the many people that sacrificed for me to have the opportunities I have as black male in this society. While there is still a lot of work to do in terms of discrimination and racism, the work done during the Civil Rights movement was and is monumental for our country and the world. It is my hope that we as a country and as believers can continue to build on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
2) Divine Unity: This movie reminded me of the need for the church to be unified across the many social & ethnic boundaries that have divided this country for years. Divine Unity isn’t simply the name of our church, but it is a movement and an expression of the Kingdom of God to see a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-generational, Christ-centered church and community. I truly believe Lives Impacted by the Gospel make an impact for the gospel!
The Harvest is Plentiful:
Family I am super excited about what the Lord is doing at DUCC! As prepare to celebrate our 3rd year Anniversary there are a few things I want to point out. This past Sunday we had 339 people in attendance! While it is not just about the number, I am completely humbled and amazed by the work the Lord is doing. I believe that the number of attendees at our Sunday service is just evidence that the harvest is plentiful, we are reaching people, and the Gospel is transforming lives. It is my hope that we will be able to say that there are over 300 Discipled Christians attending our Sunday gatherings.
What are you angry about?
This week we closed our sermon series “E-Motions” covering Anger. The emotion of anger is probably the most common that we experience, however it is also one of the most understood emotions. Looking at Ephesians 4:26-28, Paul tells us to “Be Angry, and do not sin.” Two things we gather quickly from this statement is that there are two types of anger: Reckless Anger & Righteous Anger.
Reckless Anger is inspired sinful motives that turn into unhealthy behaviors or attitudes. Our example of Reckless Anger came from the story of Cain & Abel found in Genesis 4:1-8. We saw the first sibling rivalry and Cain’s anger was fueled by greed, pride, jealousy, and disrespect. Cain refused to honor God with his sacrifices and instead took matters into his own hands and killed his brother. When we are dealing with Reckless Anger a few things are evident: 1) It reveals a disconnect in our relationship with God, 2) It gives place for Satan to be active in our lives, and 3) We are more prone to hurt ourselves and others.
Righteous Anger is inspired by the Spirit of God and is in step with the will of God. Anger is a good thing when we are angry about the things that God is angry about. Our example of Righteous Anger can be found in Luke 19 & John 2 where Jesus cleanses the temple. The best way to find out what God cares about is constant devotion to Him by prayer and reading of the word. I believe Righteous Living + Righteous Anger propels us into our purpose.
So I ask you today: What are you angry about? What causes you to burn with righteous indignation? Your answer to those questions will give you revelation and clarity to your purpose!
Our EXPAND campaign is still on the move as we are pressing to raise $20,000 to renovate our new space for classrooms, restrooms, and new lobby/meeting space. We are currently closing in on $14,000 of our $20,000 goal. We encourage you to continue to pray and give towards this vision. Please visit our website: http://www.ducchurch.org.
Passionately Pursuing Christ,