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)

    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

    05.03.12

    Three Ways God Answers Our Prayers

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Quotations, Encouraging Sermons at 6:04 pm by Administrator

    Prayer is the intimate oral and mental communication with God that lets us know that God hears, God cares, and God is able to act.

    Prayer is friendship with God.” George Buttrick

    Prayer involves a concerned earthly child connecting with a concerned heavenly Father (Matthew 6:9).

    “Prayer honors God, acknowledges His being, exalts His power, adores His providence, secures His aid.” E.M. Bounds

    Prayer is the spiritual gymnasium in which we exercise and practice godliness.” V. L. Crawford

    Because Christians strongly believe that our God is a God who hears and answers prayer, it is most important that we explore, as best we can, how God answers prayer.

    I contend that there are three significant ways that God answers prayer:

    • God says “YES”

    This answer means that God agrees with our requests and answers accordingly.

    The story of Hannah and the birth of her son Samuel is a good example of God saying, “YES!” Read I Samuel 1:26-28.

    My late great father Dr. Manuel Scott, Sr.’s sermon, Footnotes To An Answered Prayer, tells of lessons learned when God answered YES to his fervent prayer in his youth.

    • God says, Not Until Some Conditions Are Met

    This answer means that God indeed plans to grant our requests. However, He desires that certain terms be met either by the person asking, or in regard to what the person is asking for.

    In other words, when God answers in this manner, He is either saying that YOU are not yet ready to handle what you have asked for, OR, WHAT you have asked for is not yet ready for you!

    For example, if you are a Sister and you ask God for a certain Brother, and God answers you by saying, “Not until certain conditions are met,” God is either saying to you:

    1. YOU need to get yourself “more together,” perhaps in terms of your attitude, associations, family ties, habits, finances, etc., before He will grant your request

    OR

    2. That Brother who you have asked for needs to get himself “more together,” perhaps in terms of his attitude, associations, family ties, habits, finances, etc., before God will grant you your request.

    Moreover, whenever you perceive that God is answering you by saying, “Not until certain conditions are met,” you have several options:

    1. You can discern that you need to make some improvements.

    2. You can discern that what you have asked for needs more time to make the necessary adjustments.

    3. You can discern that both you and what you have asked for need more time.

    4. You can decide to change what you have asked for altogether and ask for something new.

    A biblical example of God answering a prayer with “Not Until Some Conditions Are Met” can be found in II Chronicles 7:14.

    • God says, I Have Something Better For You

    This type of an answer means that God is answering you with what I call a “proactive No.” By this I mean that God says to you, “While I’m not going to give you what you want, I am going to give you something that is much better, better for you and all concerned.”

    For example: Sisters, if God, in His infinite wisdom, doesn’t give you that brother you have asked for, STAY FAITHFUL, for God will give you a brother who will be much better for you and your entire situation!

    “Prayer is the voice of faith.” William Van Horne

    A biblical example of this kind of answer can be found in Matthew 26:39.

    “Be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than your answers.” William Culbertson

    “God alone fully understands what each of us needs. We make mistakes continually and pray for things which would be harmful to us if we received them. Afterwards we see our mistakes and realize that God is good and wise in not giving us these things, even though we plead ever so earnestly for them.” O. Hallesby

    When you pray, it is important that you believe that God’s answer, whatever it is, will always be for our benefit.

    “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

    “Pray without ceasing.” I Thessalonians 5:17

    Adapted from Evangelist Scott’s The Need And Importance Of Family Prayer lecture

    Related Sermons by Evangelist Scott:

    Always, Always

    It’s Not Over Until God Has Spoken




    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.


    Links To Other Helpful Christian Resources On Prayer:

    National Day Of Prayer website

    Praying In Victory website

    Our Daily Bread devotional on prayer

    Bible Study Planet: Prayer And Faith

    04.22.12

    Remember The Lord On Earth Day

    Posted in Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Sermons at 12:18 am by Administrator

    Remember the Lord on Earth Day.

    Sanctified believers wholeheartedly believe that the Lord is always at His best.

    When God created Heaven and earth, He was at His best.

    When God flung the stars into the sky, lit the moon and ignited the sun, He was at His best.

    When God said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:1-3), He was at His best.

    “For the Lord is a great God, and a great king above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the strength of the hills is His also. The sea is His and He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.” (Psalm 95:3-5)

    “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” (Job 26:7)

    The great C. S. Lewis explains, “the whole universe–the very conditions of time and space under which it exists–are produced by the will of a perfect, timeless, unconditioned God who is above and outside all that He makes.” (Words To Live By: A Guide For The Merely Christian, 2007)

    “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it; He created it not in vain, He created it to be inhabited: I am the Lord and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:18)

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


    Remember the Lord on Earth Day.

    Praise The Lord!

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

    Related Posts:

    Little Bee: An Earth Day Poem
    Rain: An Encoiuraging Poem


    Related Christian Resources by Evangelist Scott:

    “Always, Always” Sermon


    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.

    04.07.12

    Jesus Died For Our Sins

    Posted in Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Quotations, Encouraging Sermons at 5:39 am by Administrator

    The suffering and death of Jesus was not accidental because it was all prophesied in the Old Testament. (Matthew 26:56) God the Father was in control of the situation every step of the way. Jesus told Pilate, “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth…” (John 18:37)

    I suggest you read He Chose The Nails by Max Lucado (2000).

    The movie, The Passion Of The Christ, masterfully portrayed the complicity of the chief priests, Caiaphas, Pilate, Judas, the Romans and the crowd as all having played a part in the murder of Jesus.

    Did the Jews kill Jesus? Yes!
    Did the Romans kill Jesus? Yes!
    Did the chief priests kill Jesus? Yes!
    Did Pilate kill Jesus? Yes!
    Did Judas kill Jesus? Yes!
    Did the crowd kill Jesus? Yes!
    Did Adam and Eve kill Jesus? Yes!
    Did you and I kill Jesus? Yes!

    My friends, the bottom line to the whole matter is that Sin killed Jesus! The Jews’ sin. The Romans’ sin. The chief priests’ sin. Caiaphas’ sin. Pilate’s sin. Adam and Eve’s sin. Your sins. My sins. Sin, in all of its demonic ugliness, killed Jesus!

    Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

    Even as born-again Christians, we all sin sometimes. “There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10)

    It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been saved
    . It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in church. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been preaching or teaching God’s word. We all sin sometimes. (excerpt from “Before You Stumble Again” sermon)

    To paraphrase Reinhold Niebuhr in Why Niebuhr Matters, sin is serious resistance to the divine way of doing things.

    Adam and Eve had everything. They were living in paradise! They were never meant to get sick, die or want for anything. But they were seduced by the serpent into believing that there was something better than living inside the will of God.

    When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, they stained all of humanity. Ever since, mankind has desperately tried to remove the stain. The prophets couldn’t remove the stain. The patriarchs couldn’t remove the stain. So God stepped in, metaphorically speaking, and said, “I’m going to send a sacrifice. I’m going to send a stain-remover, My Son Jesus Christ. His precious blood will wash away the stain.” (adapted from “Yes, He Is!” sermon)

    “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain.” (Revelations 5:12)
    Jesus is the “supreme stain-remover.”

    Christ came, lived redemptively, died vicariously, and rose victoriously.”
    The late great Dr. Manuel Scott Sr, Quote #245 in The Quotable Manuel Scott Sr: Words From A Gospel Genius, 2010

    That’s why the hymnwriter Robert Lowery wrote:

    What can wash away my sins?
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus

    What can make me whole again?
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

    “But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

    Christ died for us. Why can’t we live for Him?

    Adapted from the Teaching Insights From “The Passion Of The Christ” lecture by Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.


    Related Sermons by Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr:

    • It’s All In The Blood
    • Yes, He Is!
    • When God Flips The Script

    Related Christian Resources::

    Our Daily Bread: “Bottled Water Binge”

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