05.31.13

We Are Not Immune

Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Poems, Encouraging Sermons at 7:05 pm by Administrator

We Are Not Immune

by

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

There is a lie
That needs to die
That says God’s children are immune
From tragedy, heartbreak and despair
Disaster and misfortune.

There is a lie
That needs to die
That says that believers are above Devastation
But just ask Job, ask Jeremiah, ask David, ask me
Wait!
Ask Jesus who said, “In the world ye shall have Tribulation
Oh no, we Christians are not immune
From life’s dangerous and sometimes cruel sea
But we are on a ship whose captain is the Lord
And He can handle
Any emergency.



Psalm 34:17 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”


Be Encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.




Related Christian Resources by Evangelist Scott:

If You Are Going Through Hard Times
The Truth About Your Healing


Related Sermons by Evangelist Scott:

“A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback”

“Hallelujah Anyhow”

“You Can Make It If You Can Take It”


Additional Christian Resources:

Our Daily Bread:Cape Tribulation

Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey

When Life Falls Apart by Warren Wiersbe


10.27.12

May I Have An Abortion Please?

Posted in Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Poems at 10:38 pm by Administrator

by Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

May I have an abortion please
I have a date tonight at Nine
Make it quick, make it snappy
Let’s not fool around
I must be right on time.

May I have an abortion please
My nail must be done by Eight
Come Doctor, or whoever you are
I mustn’t be late.

May I have an abortion please
My dress is due at Six
It’s vitally important I’m home by then
In case something needs to be fixed.

May I have an abortion please
I must get to the bank by Five
Now Doctor, or whoever you say you are
I know money isn’t everything
For I’d give a million dollars
Just to be alive.

“Thou shalt not kill.” Exodus 20:13

Be Encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

(Poem from Evangelist Scott’s Turning On The Power poem booklet)

Related Sermons by Evangelist Scott:

  • But Is The Price Too High?
  • Be Careful What You Put In Your System
  • Before You Stumble Again

Additional Christian Resources:

Christian Singles And The Need To Make A Lane Change by Evangelist Scott

Christian Believers And The Lord Question by Evangelist Scott

What Does God Say About It?, 2nd edition by J. G. McCann, Sr. (Tselane Publishing, 2008)

07.06.12

Drawing The Line Somewhere

Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Poems, Encouraging Sermons at 9:30 pm by Administrator

by Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

We must all concede that the flesh is a snare
And this cross we must daily bear
But in spite of this fact the Word still teaches
That a line
Must be drawn
Somewhere.

Temptation is powerful, compelling and strong
The smell of Sin is sweet like perfumed air
The pull of lust is like a magnet
But Pilgrim
A line
Must be drawn
Somewhere.

It is folly to believe and an illusion to maintain
That your strength, against Satan’s, can compare
For the Devil, about you, is far too wise
Be sober!
A line
Must be drawn
Somewhere.

There are those who say that permissiveness is the way
That one should boldly take up Life’s dare
But upon examining their horrid mess
You would see
That a line
Must be drawn
Somewhere.

And so, Dear Ones, I am even more convinced
Regarding these things I’ve tried to share
That if Sanity is to live and Decency survive
There must be
There has to be
A line
Drawn
Somewhere.

“Let all things be done decently and in order.”
I Corinthians 14:40

Poem taken from Evangelist Scott’s Turning On The Power: Poetry Of Life And The Spirit booklet

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” II Timothy 3:16

Be Encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

Related Sermons by Evangelist Scott:

  • “Before You Stumble Again”
  • “But Is The Price Too High?”
  • “Be Careful Of What You Put In Your System”
  • “A Fig Leaf Situation”

Related Christian Resources by Evangelist Scott:

  • What’s Up?: A Biblical Statement On Earrings, Tattoos, Living On The Down Low And Gangsta Rap Music lecture
  • Young People: The Choice Is Yours lecture
  • Let’s Not Go There lecture
  • Decision Card

Additional Christian Resources:

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”

    05.13.12

    Encouraging Poem For Single Mothers

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Poems, Encouraging Sermons at 1:10 am by Administrator

    My Dearest Single Mother

    by

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.


    My Dearest Single Mother,
    God has a plan for you
    Stay strong, stay focused, stay prayerful
    For He will surely see you all the way through.

    Though your burdens may be heavy
    And your nights may be oh so long
    Look up my Sister, for there’s a brighter day
    And He will gently guide you along.

    When it seems like you’re not appreciated
    When it seems as if no one really cares
    Just remember the very tears you shed
    God will take them, and wipe them, and change them
    Into butterfly wings
    That will soar
    And flutter
    All through the air.

    My Dearest Single Sister,
    Relief is on the way
    Relief from stress and strain
    Relief from problems and pain
    Relief from shackles and chains
    For God has just sent some angels
    And charged them to lift all your cares away.

    My Dearest Single Mother
    Remember that the Father is a parent like you
    For He shares your hurts and hopes for your children
    To Him, continue to pray, for He knows exactly what to do.

    My Precious Sister of Heaven,
    Let this thought caress you like none other
    The Father deems you priceless, wonderful, and oh so special
    My Dearest, Dearest, Single Mother.

    (Poem from Just A Hug:10 Poems For Christian Sisters To Think About)

    “Casting all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you.” I Peter 5:7

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.


    Related Blog Posts
    :

    All Things Work Together For Good
    Three Ways God Answers Our Prayers
    Choose To Focus On The Positive


    Related Sermons by Evangelist Scott:

    Always, Always
    You Can Make It If You Can Take It
    Jesus Still Makes House Calls


    Additional Resources For Christian Parents:

    Train Up A Child lecture by Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.
    Single Parenting That Works by Dr. Kevin Leman
    Help! I’m Raising My Children Alone by Bishop T.D. Jakes

    04.21.12

    Little Bee: An Earth Day Poem

    Posted in Encouraging Poems at 9:41 pm by Administrator

    Little Bee, little bee
    Why did you sting me
    While I was singing my song?
    I too love gardens, flowers and air
    Let’s try to get along.

    Little Bee, little bee
    Has it occurred to thee
    Your Father and my Father are one
    For to both He has given us to share
    The earth, the rose, the sky, the sun.

    Little Bee, little bee
    Let’s make a deal
    A deal that’s right and not wrong
    You keep on humming and buzzing and flying
    And I’ll sing
    Another song.

    (A poem from Turning On The Power: Poetry Of Life And The Spirit by Manuel Scott, Jr.)

    “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”
    Psalm 24:1



    Related Posts:
    Rain: An Encouraging Poem
    I Choose The Sunshine


    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

    04.18.12

    Rain: An Encouraging Poem

    Posted in Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Poems at 2:13 pm by Administrator

    I love the rain, the sound it makes
    Heaven’s tears
    That shower the earth with laughter
    For grass smiles greener, flowers smile brighter
    The air
    Explodes
    So fresh and pure
    Thereafter.

    I love the rain because it wistfully contains
    Reminders that nature remembers
    That liquid drops kissing the ground
    Is a timeless ballet
    Of Grace and splendor.

    I love the rain
    The dripping
    Drizzling
    Drenching rain
    Whose prophecy foretells of the truth
    That before it pours and after it settles
    The soul, once dry,
    Is sweetly
    Renewed.

    I love the rain perhaps best of all
    Becausw it signals the coming of the Sun
    Unfolding
    with such brightness
    Such brilliance and warmth
    Until again
    You wish
    For
    The rain to come.

    “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not hither, but watereth the earth and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11


    (Rain is a poem from Turning On The Power: Poetry Of Life And The Spirit by Manuel Scott, Jr.)



    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

    04.06.12

    Good Friday Poem

    Posted in Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Poems at 1:16 pm by Administrator

    Shimmering In The Noon-Day Sun

    by

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

    I saw a cross today
    Hanging from the neck of a saint
    It was shimmering in the noon-day sun
    Quite a sight when you consider the taint.

    The taint?
    Yes, the taint that that cross
    And all crosses have
    That misrepresent the truth
    By making the cross a thing of prettiness
    Instead
    Of a reminder
    Of what God had to do

    For

    Your sins and my sins and all sins
    He sacrificed His Holy One
    His blood, His guts, were spilled
    Shimmering
    In the noon-day sun.

    “And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.” John 19:17-18


    Excerpt from Turning On The Power (Poetry Of Life And The Spirit) by Manuel Scott, Jr.

    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

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