This past Summer, Pastor Andrew Stoecklein of California took his own life after a struggle with anxiety and depression. At the time of his death, he was preaching a series called “Hot Mess”. This past weekend, his mother and wife presented the message he prepared to preach the weekend of his death. I encourage every single one of you to take time to watch as these two ladies present this message and display God’s grace.
Six years ago today, I was ordained into the gospel ministry. I had no clue where the journey would take me, but I am thankful for those who have invested into my life over the last 38 years and those who will do so in the future.
Don’t forget to celebrate the milestones of your life and the people who helped you along the way! Some of those people may not be with you in this season, but trust that God knows what He’s doing.
Today, I celebrate because of God’s Grace. I had no reason other than God’s divine purpose that He chose to use me. Let us strive to be humble and grateful for God’s goodness.
While I was trying to sleep, I was awakened at 1:00 am by a news text that Former President George H. W. Bush died. As I began to think about his death this morning, I began to think about how some will celebrate his death while others who did not like him as a president will look past the differences and realize that a family and even a part of this nation grieves his passing.
He became president during a tough time. He followed on the coattails of President Ronald Reagan, and people were possibly expecting more from him than they thought they received when the next election came. In 1988, people were not so enamored with Michael Dukakis but many found themselves mesmerized by the fairly young Bill Clinton.
Transitions in leadership can often be ugly. I think this letter I will share at the end proves that George H. W. Bush had the welfare of our country in mind rather than playing party politics and cut-throat games. May God give us more men and women who look past differences for the greater good and also, during this time, to be sensitive to those who mourn.
I had the honor of being one of the ministers to speak at a homegoing celebration today. In a day when racism is still alive, it wasn’t at this service. I was one of two white people to speak, but the family didn’t look at us by color. We were told that we are part of the family. The fellowship of these last several months has been sweet, and I know it will continue to be that way despite the homegoing of this precious lady.
This is the first African-American service of which I have been a part. There is a tremendous level of dignity and respect for ministers and the conduct of the church. I was asked to sit on the platform with the other ordained ministers. I felt right at home, and this precious saint of God who has departed this Earth made this glimpse of Heaven and racial unity possible.
After the service, the son invited me to stay for the meal. I have always waited until everyone else went through, but the family insisted that I am family and made sure I was in the line with the rest. I enjoyed meeting other members of the family and the sweet time where people, all of the human race with different pigment, laughed and saw our commonalities.
Please pray for this family in the days ahead. They were so faithful to care for their loved one. It would be a beautiful thing if we could see this unity in every family.
If you marry the opposite, you will live to regret it. Don’t allow temporary pleasure lead to permanent heartache and disobedience to God.
If you’re waiting on God for your next appointment, you might need this as much as I do. This is the first time I have read a post from this writer, and I’m not disappointed.
JUST NOT THERE YET
Do you have a dream in your heart, a calling on your life, or an aspiration for your future?
Are you there yet?
If you answered yes to the first question, and no to the second, welcome to the club!
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that there is a big dream, deep in my heart, and while I can see God is guiding me gradually towards it, opening doors and windows to lead the way, I’m not quite there yet.
And that’s OK!
What I’m learning is that the time between dream and reality is actually part of God’s plan!
These “in-between” seasons have become a recurring theme in my time spent with God this year. We have even explored them here on Salt & Grace in the story of Joseph in Genesis; a young boy with a big dream that took 20-years…
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Abiding in Christ is one of my favorite subjects. Jordan at “God Gold of the Day” has done a great job at covering what abiding in Christ looks like.
God Gold of the Day
““I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”/John 15:5-8
My lesson in class today was on “Abiding in Christ.” This is some really cool stuff and I’m jacked to share it with ya. As much as this lesson helped me out, I pray it can be of some service to you too.
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If you are not following this new blog, I encourage you to read this post where JayWill introduces himself and what God is doing in the life of him and his family. He and I are both in the same state doing similar work for the Lord. I know God will use JayWill’s posts to be a blessing.
“When you walk up to opportunities door, don’t knock…… Kick it in, smile and introduce yourself.” -Dwayne Johnson
So after five blogs and multiple conversations started I’ve realized I never took the time to introduce myself. So allow me a moment of your time to do so. My name is Jarrian Wilson but all of my friends call me JayWill (one word, two capital letters) and I consider you guys my friends 😃. I’m a Christian if you haven’t realized that from my blog post so far lol. A huge theology nerd and book lover. A local Urban Gospel Artist in South Carolina. I have been living as an urban missionary in the 29203 area of Columbia since 2012. Featured in a few short films. Also served on multiple podcasts as host and co-host (Freethinkers Radio) (Urban City Radio) (Columbia Metro…
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If you haven’t come across this new blog, this post shares how it all began. Jordan is a passionate writer whose love for Jesus is extremely evident. Before this ever became a blog, I was one of those who received this in text form on my phone every day. This proves that God’s plans are bigger than ours.
God Gold of the Day
Instead of the usual Son-day Surprise, I felt the need to share the story behind these messages. Just in case you ever wonder why I write these long, sometimes “too long”, wild messages everyday I wanted to share my heart and intentions behind these words. This is the background and foundation to the messages about the One who has changed my life forever.
The “God Gold of the Day” got it’s start when a close friend asked me to help him stay accountable in the Word and life. Being new in my faith, I had no idea what I was doing but it didn’t take long and the pure Gold God revealed to me turned my world upside down. I was coming into these messages and His Word for the first true time in my life. I had grown up in church throughout my younger…
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Before I go further, I must clarify that I did not hallucinate nor did I see a man of Hispanic origin whose name is spelled like our Lord when I went to the grocery store tonight. My wife sent me to the grocery store to pay someone for essential oils (and all the essential oil-using women coo😀). I didn’t realize that a group was having an oil party. I know two of these ladies well, and the host invited me to sit down with them because this grocery store also has a coffee shop inside. I sensed the Lord wanted me to stay, so I did.
God’s word to me for the night was how much more my wife and I need Christian community. Yes, we attend church services. Our current hectic lives leave little room for interaction outside that. I am personally craving the fellowship. Two of the ladies and their husbands have been friends of ours for a few years now. One lady gave me some confirmation I needed.
My automatic response is to avoid grocery stores. I despise them. I am, however, glad I stayed and experienced this divine appointment. For those of you who hate stores as much as I do, slow down enough because God may be telling you to linger so He may speak into your life.