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.

02.29.12

A Word For Couples

Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Sermons at 11:57 pm by Administrator

Is your marriage all that you hoped it would be?

Just as no sane person enjoys stale milk, stale coffee, or stale bread, no wife or husband enjoys being locked in a stale marriage.

Husbands, it’s your responsibility to keep your marriage fresh! Wives, it’s your responsibility to keep your marriage fresh!

And by fresh, I mean that husbands and wives must break out of their everyday dull routines, and do things differently. Be imaginative and creative.

A serious mistake that many married couples make is that while they had plenty of fun before they got married, they cease to have fun after they are married.

“Every husband and wife needs to sit down and meditate on the thought: ‘My partner married me because he or she thought the pleasing things I was doing during our courtship would continue for the rest of our lives. Am I holding up my end of the bargain?'” Willard Harley, His Needs, Her Needs

Husbands and wives, you should make it a conscious goal to have fun with each other at least once or twice a week.

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11

(Adapted from Evangelist Scott’s lecture for married couples, “The Importance Of Keeping It Fresh)

Be encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

Related Sermons by Evangelist Scott:
“Things That Will Wreck Your Home” CD

01.21.12

Just A Hug

Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Poems at 10:43 pm by Administrator

January 21st is National Hugging Day.

Rev. Kevin Zaborney, a student of psychology, came up with this National Hugging Day idea, which has been celebrated worldwide on January 21st since 1986. There is even an official website for the holiday!

Ecclesiastes 3:1,5: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. . .a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.”

The front of one American Greetings Forget Me Not card reads, “A hug is love wrapped up in a warm little package.”

Many stories in the Bible tell of people hugging and embracing one another. One of the most well-known is the story of the prodigal son returning home to his father (Luke 15:11-24). Please read Genesis 29:12-13; 48:9-10; Ruth 1:11-14; Mark 10:13-16 and Acts 20:1, 9-11.

In honor of National Hugging Day, I thought I would share a poem I wrote some years ago entitled, “Just A Hug“:

Just A Hug

I’ve been working all day
Just toiling away
I’ve endured insults, strife and snubs
All I need to help me indeed
Is not much
Just
A little hug.

It’s amazing to think
What a touch can do
In a world so naked of love
There’s friendship in a handshake
There’s warmth in a kiss
But oh!
There’s power in a hug.

Our world would improve
More peace would ensue
If more bodies and arms embraced
You would be surprised
To see the change in lives
If hugging became
The practice
Of the Race.

“And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them.” Acts 20:1



Hug someone today. You’ll both feel better.

Be encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

Related Inspirational Materials by Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr:

  • Just A Hug:10 Precious Poems For Christian Sisters To Think About
  • Turning On The Power (poetry book)

  • 01.15.12

    Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Quotations at 8:59 am by Administrator

    Today would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 83rd birthday. Let us take time to remember Dr. King’s life and legacy.

    My late father, Dr. Manuel Scott, Sr. wrote in his book, The Gospel For The Ghetto: “I attach great significance to the fact that those liberation movements which have had the greatest influence for good on history have been sponsored and spearheaded, under God, by those who lived on spiritual frontiers.” Dr. Martin Luther King was among that number.

    As Jack E. White reflected on Dr. King’s legacy in Time magazine in 1998, he wrote, “King was a preacher who spoke in biblical cadences ideally suited to leading a stride toward freedom that found its inspiration in the Old Testament story of the Israelites and the New Testament gospel of Jesus Christ.”

    While we are all familiar with Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech, here are some lesser known quotes from this great civil rights leader that are as relevant today as they were when he spoke them:

    “Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation.”

    “We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools.”

    “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become reality.”

    “We must use the weapon of love. We must have compassion and understanding from those who hate us. We must realize so many people are taught to hate us that they are not totally responsible for their hate.”

    “…unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

    (Quotes taken from Great Peacemakers: True Stories From Around The World by Ken Beller and Heather Chase, LTS Press, 2008)

    Other great books about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

    A Testament Of Hope: The Essential Writings And Speeches Of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by James M. Washington, 1986

    The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King edited by Clayborne Carson, Warner Books, 1998

    Growing Up King: An Intimate Memoir by Dexter Scott King with Ralph Wiley, Warner Books, 2003

    “We must work unceasingly to uplift this nation that we love to a higher destiny, to a higher plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness.” Dr. Martin Luther King

    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9

    Be Encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

    Related Printed Lectures by Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr:

    Yes, God Can! (Prophetic Reflections In The Election Of Barack Obama As The 44th President Of The United States)

    01.07.12

    Let Go And Let God

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Quotations, Encouraging Sermons at 11:52 pm by Administrator

    The virgin Mary is the perfect example of someone who let go and let God. When an angel told Mary that she would give birth to baby Jesus, the Son of God, she responded, “Be it unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38) Without hesitation, Mary submitted to God’s Will with her whole heart. (Our Daily Bread, December 24, 2005) Mary let go and let God.

    Even Jesus Christ Himself let go and let God in the garden of Gethsemane. In the midst of great anguish, Jesus prayed, “Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” As my good friend Dr. J.G. McCann recently put it on the Praise The Lord show on TBN, “Jesus prayed all night long, asking the Lord for direction that He might make the right selection.” (Matthew 26:36-44)

    Your life will never know joy, victory or fulfillment until you make God’s Will your top priority! When God speaks, you need to listen and obey.

    The best place to be is inside the Will of God!

    Have Thine Own Way, Lord!

    Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Thou art the Potter, I am the clay;
    Mold me and make me after Thy will,
    While I am waiting, yielded and still.

    Adelaide A. Pollard
    Isaiah 64:8

    Let go and let God. Do whatever He tells you to do. (Genesis 22:1-14; John 2:1-5)

    When the servants at the wedding in Cana did what Jesus told them to do, Jesus turned water into wine. In other words, Jesus turned a negative situation (no wine) into a positive situation (plenty of wine!). Your “water” may be a health problem. Your “water” may be a family problem. Your “water” may be a marital problem. Your “water” may be a financial problem. Whatever your “water” may be, Jesus has the power to turn your negative situation into a postitive situation. (excerpt from my “Jesus Still Makes House Calls” sermon -John 2:1-11)

    Let go and let God!

    “. . .When Jesus takes us to a place we would rather not go, it is really a better place.” M. Craig Barnes, When God Interrupts, 1996.

    Let go and let God!

    “. . .Unless we learn dependence we will never experience grace.” Philip Yancey, Where Is God When It Hurts?, 1990

    The great Paul Tournier once said, “What I have to do is put my signature at the foot of a blank page on which I will accept whatever God wishes to write. I cannot predict what He will put on this blank contract as my life proceeds – but I give my signature today.”

    Whatever trust is, whatever faith is, whatever commitment is, whatever surrender is, it is giving God our signature at the bottom of a blank page and letting Him do all the writing. And whatever God writes, although hard to read and accept sometimes, it is alright because He know what’s best and He knows the way!

    Nothing is too hard for God. The God we serve is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20

    Let go and let God.

    God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

    Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

    Related Sermons by Evangelist Scott:

  • It’s Not Over Until God Has Spoken
  • He Is Still Jehovah-Jireh
  • Jesus Still Makes House Calls

  • Related Printed Lectures by Evangelist Scott:

  • If You’re Going Through Hard Times
  • I’m Too Blessed To Be Stressed
  • When Singles Are In The House

  • Related Posts: “All Things Work Together For Good”

    01.03.12

    Turning On The Power: An Encouraging Poem

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Poems at 9:38 pm by Administrator

    Power is a word so often used
    By so many in our world today
    There’s power to change, power to influence
    Power to go or to stay.

    There’s the power of money, and the power of charm
    The power of beauty and good looks
    There’s the power of History, the power of Thought
    The power of ideas that steam from books.

    There’s the power of a tear, the power of a smile
    The power of a kiss and warm embrace
    There’s the power of a Dream, the power of a cause
    There’s the power painted on a hungry face.

    There’s power in Rest, and power in Silence
    There’s power in nature being free
    There’s power in Pain, power in Joy
    There’s power in the thunderous sea.

    But by far, the Power I seek the most
    Is the power
    The wondrous power
    The great power
    Of
    The Holy Ghost.

    Acts 1:8

    Excerpt from Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr’s book of poems entitled Turning On The Power (Poetry Of Life And The Spirit), 1991.

    12.24.11

    Scriptures To Encourage You This Christmas

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Sermons at 5:48 pm by Administrator

    Today, I greet you in the precious name of Jesus Christ, who is still the reason for the season.

    Here are ten Bible verses of words spoken by Jesus or about Him to encourage you and your family this Christmas:

    For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government will be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

    “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

    “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

    “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” I Corinthians 2:9

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

    “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

    “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5

    Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I go, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

    “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

    “…and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:20

    “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:14


    For more bible verses that you may want to reflect on this Christmas, see “Verses For Keeping Christ In Christmas” at BibleStudyPlanet.com.

    Merry Christmas!


    Be Encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.


    Related Sermons By Evangelist Scott:

    “That’s Incredible!”

    “Yes, He Is!”
    “Always, Always”


    11.30.11

    Every Day Is A Day Of Thanksgiving

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Quotations, Encouraging Sermons at 4:00 pm by Administrator

    I trust and pray that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    For believers, every day is a day of thanksgiving.  David says, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  (Psalm 34:1)

    Unfortunately, all too often the following statement is true:

    “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”  Novelist Cynthia Ozick, quoted in the Selma Alabama Times Journal (The Week, November 18, 2011)

    Never forget to thank God for your many blessings.  “In everything gives thanks: for this is the will of God concerning you.”  (I Thessalonians 5:18)

    I preached the Sunday after Thanksgiving at Bethel Baptist Church in San Diego, CA, where Dr. John Ringgold is pastor.  I was blessed by the choir’s rendition of “For Every Mountain” (Kurt Carr, No One Else album).

    For Every Mountain

    I’ve got so much to thank God for,
    So many wonderful blessings
    ,
    And so many open doors,
    A brand new mercy,
    Along with each new day;
    That’s why I praise You,
    And for this I give You praise.

    For waking me up this morning,
    For starting me on my way,
    For letting me see the sunshine
    Of a brand new day;
    A brand new mercy
    Along with each new day
    That’s why I praise You,
    For this I give You praise.

    You’re Jehovah Jireh,
    You’ve been my provider,
    So many times You met my needs,
    So many times You rescued me,
    I want to thank You for the blessings,
    You give to me each day;
    That’s why I praise You,
    For this I give You praise
    .

    For every mountain You’ve brought me over
    For every trial You’ve seen me through
    For every blessing, Hallelujah
    For this, I give You praise.”

    Kurt Carr


    There is always reason to rejoice and thank God for His goodness. Today, I am happy glad that I’m alive in Jesus!

    “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice.”  (Philippians 4:4)

    “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (I Corinthians 15:57)

    “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.”  Psalm 100:4

    “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Ephesians 5:20)

     
    Every day is a day of thanksgiving.


    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

    Related Christian Resources by Evangelist Scott

  • I’m Too Blessed to Be Stressed  printed lecture
  • “Always, Always” sermon on CD
  • “Count Your Many Blessings” sermon on CD and DVD
  • 10.05.11

    Choose To Focus On The Positive

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses at 1:19 am by Administrator

    Perhaps the greatest attribute God has bestowed upon human beings is “free will.”  God has given every sane person the ability to choose and to make decisions for themselves.

    We are constantly being called upon to make choices in life. 

    When you choose to focus on the positive, your life will have a positive quality.  On the other hand, when you choose to focus on the negative or if you entertain the wrong thoughts, the quality of your life will suffer greatly.

     

    Some Bible Verses About Where Your Focus Should Be:

    Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)

    For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  (Romans 8:6)

    Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusted in Thee.  (Isaiah 26:3)

    Your focus in life will greatly determine the quality and direction of your life. 

    If you choose to focus on the “stresses” of life, you will eventually drown in depression.  But when you concentrate on the blessings God has given you, you will be lifted to authentic optimism.  The more preoccupied you are with the highest and the best–The Lord, the more content and at peace you will be.

    “You have two attorneys in your mind, one gathering evidence for “Life is awful’ and the other gathering evidence for ‘Life is wonderful.’  You’re the judge and can rule out any evidence you choose.”  (Jon Rogers and Peter McWilliams in their book, You Can’t Afford The Luxury Of A Negative Thought, 1991)

    “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.”  Lorraine Hansberry, author of  A Raisin In The Sun 

    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.   Philippians 4:8

     

    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

    (This post was adapted from excerpts of Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr’s I’m Too Blessed To Be Stressed lecture)

     

    Related Sermons by Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr

    Hallelujah Anyhow

    Count Your Many Blessings

    Be Careful What You Put In Your System

    09.21.11

    I Choose The Sunshine

    Posted in Encouraging Poems at 2:10 am by Administrator

    Here is an encouraging poem by Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

    I Choose The Sunshine

    Amid life’s choices I rest my case

    Though darkness has left me half blind

    I vote to cast my fate with light

    For Friend, I choose the Sunshine.

     

    Although the clouds are dreary and grey

    With cold rain falling most of the time

    What a joy it is to wait for the rainbow

    Dear Traveler, I choose the Sunshine.

     

    It is no secret that strife is real

    That heartbreak plagues you and I

    How easy it would be to despair helplessly

    But instead, I choose the Sunshine.

     

    To choose the Sunshine is to choose tomorrow

    It is to choose the promise of a new day

    It is to side with Hope and trust in Faith

    It is to allow Grace

    To have its way.

     

    And so, Dear Friend, I must confess

    That this has become clear in my mind

    That whenever I choose the Son

    I amazingly

    Choose

    The Sunshine.

     

    John 3:19; 8:36

     

    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

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