06.19.12

After The Benediction

Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Poems, Encouraging Sermons at 4:05 pm by Administrator

My brothers and sisters, we joyfully celebrate Juneteenth.” Juneteenth marks the day, June 19th 1865, when African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas first learned that the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 had declared them free.

Make no mistake about it, no human beings can celebrate like an oppressed people who have been set free!

Sometime ago, I preached a sermon entitled, After The Benediction. In that message, I maintained that the real work of the Church takes place after church is over, after the benediction.

Consequently, when the Juneteenth celebrations are over, when all of the prayers, and all of the speeches, and all of the commendations have been given, the real work in our community begins after the benediction.

After the benediction, the hungry need to be fed. After the benediction, the naked need to be clothed and the homeless need to be housed. After the benediction, the unemployed need to be put to work, children need to be cared for, the sick need to be visited, the elderly need to be assured. The hoodlum, the gang-banger, the drug addict, the convict, the pimp, the prostitute, the pervert, the child molester need to be shown that there’s a better way. After the benediction.

The saintly Mahatma Gandhi said, You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

My friend, we must work for the betterment of our community after today is over. After the benediction.

You can find out about volunteer opportunities in your community at www.serve.gov.

After The Benediction

I’ve often wondered how the world would be
If more Christians came to the decision
That they would let their light truly shine
After the benediction.

I’ve often mused in the mirror of my mind
How this society would be in better condition
If people of the Cross would stop fighting one another
And come together
After the benediction.

Before the benediction it’s easy to hide
It’s so easy to play the game
Before the benediction emotions run high
But sadly, everyone
Leaves the same.

But after the benediction, Ah! there’s the test
Of whether the Word has begun to walk
Of whether our motives and principles are real
Or if they’ve been drowned in the sea of hypocritical talk.

And so, my friends, as I journey on
I pray that you are not locked into tradition
For singing and praying and shouting are fine
But what God needs most
Are soldiers marching
After
The benediction.

Be encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

Related Blog Posts:
Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr

Related Christian Resources by Evangelist Scott:

  • The Quotable Manuel Scott Sr: Words From A Gospel Genius book
  • Yes, God Can! (Prophetic Reflections On The Election Of Barack Obama) lecture
  • When Sunday Is Not Enough (A Lecture To Help You With Your Commitment) lecture
  • “After The Benediction” sermon on CD and DVD




Additional Christian Resources:

06.16.12

What A Difference A Daddy Makes!

Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Poems at 9:29 pm by Administrator

by Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

Children are screaming even in their sleep
We all need to hear even for our own sakes
An entire generation, a child, all lost in unconscious pain
What a difference a Daddy makes!

Gangs of youth terrorize the land
Hunting for a voice, a hand, a smile to alleviate
The trauma of a father who never was there
Oh! What a difference a Daddy makes!

Girls and young women slither in lust
Using their bodies, their fantasies, to communicate
That they’re lost little lambs looking for a kind Shepherd
Jesus! What a difference a Daddy makes!

Executives and teachers, athletes and movie stars
Nursing old wounds too deep to articulate
An outburst here, a neurosis there, quietly sobbing
My God! What a difference a Daddy makes!

For a father, to a child, is a virtual god
A giant Teddy Bear of affection guarding the gate
But when his presence is not felt, the child slowly, ever so slowly, begins to evaporate
Mercy! What a difference a Daddy makes!

And so, dear friend, while the past has already taken place
I say to you, look up! For I’ve found a Father who can handle your case
He’s the Father of Mercy, Compassion, Love and Care
Seek Him. Trust Him. Obey Him.
And you will gladly declare
What a difference a Daddy makes!

Fatherhood is responsibility. . .a lot of love and the friendship of a parent and child.” Denzel Washington

(Poem taken from Evangelist Scott’s lecture, What A Difference A Daddy Makes!)

Happy Father’s Day to all of our wonderful fathers, acting fathers and godfathers!

Be encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

Related Blog Posts:
What Have We Been Teaching Our Children?
Encouraging Poem For Single Mothers

Related Christian Resources by Evangelist Scott:

  • “Train Up A Child” lecture
  • “The Plight Of The Black Man In The 21st Century” lecture
  • “Christian Men Under Construction” lecture
  • Additional Christian Resources On Fatherhood:

    06.11.12

    What Have We Been Teaching Our Children?

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Poems at 2:05 am by Administrator

    by Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

    Is this what we’ve been teaching our children
    How to lie, to cheat, to steal
    How to scheme, undermine and connive
    How to satisfy, without scrupples,
    Their own selfish wills?

    Is this what we’ve been teaching our children
    That Justice and Fair Play are dead
    That Kindness expired with Jesus
    And Greed, the new god, reigns instead?

    Is this what we’ve been teaching our children
    How to scoff at restrictions and rules
    How to worship TV, videos and rock stars
    How to think it’s cute to be nasty and cruel?

    Is this what we’ve been teaching our children
    That Deception is better than Truth
    That Appearance is better than Substance
    And that it’s fashionable to be uncouth?

    But I hear you asking, Dear Parents
    When did we teach our children such things?
    And my response must simply be:
    By the witness of our lifestyles
    And all the hypocrisy it brings.

    Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

    (Poem from Evangelist Scott’s Turning On The Power: Poetry Of Life and The Spirit booklet)

    Be Encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

    Related Christian Resources by Evangelist Scott:
    Train Up A Child lecture
    What A Difference A Daddy Makes! lecture
    The Need And Importance Of Family Prayer lecture

    Related Blog Posts:
    “Encouraging Poem For Single Mothers”

    06.02.12

    Why We Should Praise The Lord

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources at 7:21 pm by Administrator

    True praise and worship of God says that the most important things in this world are NOT of this world. You cannot praise God if you have never met God.

    Praise takes first place in the vocabulary of worship, as God comes first in the life and thoughts of believers.” Larry Richards

    Praise must come from a genuine and vital relationship with God.” Ronald B. Allen

    “IF YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE AN ATTITUDE, HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF PRAISE.” Banner in sanctuary of First Providence Baptist Church, Long Beach, CA , Pastor Artis Lanier, May 2012

    “Men spontaneously praise whatever they value.” C.S. Lewis

    Praise involves joy. (Psalm 100:1-2: 122:1; Luke 2:20; Luke 18:43)

    The word “Hallelujah” is the Greek tranliteration of two Hebrew words: “halal” which means “praise” and “Jah” which means “God” or “The Lord.” Literally, “hallelujah” means “praise God” or “praise the Lord.”

    Why Should We Praise The Lord?

    • We should praise God because He Is Worthy.
      “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things: and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelations 4:11)
    • We should praise God because He is a deliverer. (I Samuel 17:37; II Timothy 4:18)
      “For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. (Psalm 116:8)
    • We should praise God because He is good. (Psalm 34:8; 25:8; 33:5; 119:68; 145:7)
      “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” (Psalm 103:2)
    • We should praise God because He is great. (Psalm 86:10; 95:1-3; 104:1)
      “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable” (Psalm 145:3)
    • We should praise God because He is holy. (Isaiah 6:1-3; Leviticus 11:45)
      “Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.” (Psalm 99:9)
    • “I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name forever.” (Psalm 86:12)

      (Adapted from What The Bible Says About Worship And Praise lecture by Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.)

      Praise The Lord!

      Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

      Related posts:
      All Things Work Together For Good
      Choose To Focus On The Positive
      Remember The Lord On Earth Day

      Related Christian Resources by Evangelist Scott:
      “The Danger Of Christian Music: Has Contemporary Gospel Music Gone Too Far?”
      “When Sunday Is Not Enough: A Lecture To Help You With Your Commitment”

      Related Sermons by Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr:
      “Hallelujah Anyhow”
      “Yes He Is!”
      “Looking At An Awesome God”

      Additional Books About Praise:
      Praise: A Matter Of Life And Breath by Ronald Barclay Allen (1980)
      Real Worship: Playground, Battleground Or Holy Ground? by Warren Wiersbe (2000)