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)


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”


    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”


    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
  • 09.15.11

    All Things Work Together For Good

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Sermons at 1:50 am by Administrator

    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28

    This bible verse tells us that whenever you affectionately and faithfully make God your first priority in your lfe, it is promised that He will work out everything — that happens to you — for your good.

    A Closer Look At This Encouraging Verse:

    The phrase, “and we know”, means that believers accept by faith that God has control over everything.  And if God controls everything, then He can work anything out!

    “All things” covers everything that can possibly happen to you as a Christian.

    In this verse, “work together” means that God has ordained a timely and cooperative process — sometimes slow, sometimes painful, sometimes confusing — to manipulate things and events for His purposes for your life.

    “For good” means that God always works things out for your spiritual and ultimate benefit.  In other words, there is nothing that can happen to you as a Christian that God, right now, is not working out for your benefit.

    As I contend in my “Always, Always” sermon, it is the will and purpose of God that everything that happens to you always works out for your good.

    How is He going to do it?  I don’t know.  We walk by faith, not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7). 

    While you’re trying to figure it out , God is already working it out!

    ALL things ALWAYS work together for your good. 


    How You Can Make The Most Of This Truth In Your Life:

    • Examine your faith daily to make sure that your ultimate trust is in the Lord, and not in man.  Not in a boyfriend or girlfriend.  Not in a relative. Not in money or your position.  And certainly not in material things!

    It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8

    But seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

    • Live every day fully believing that God’s angels are making sure that your good times and bad times are cooperating together for your absolute benefit.

    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

    Has God ever worked anything out in your life?

    I welcome your thoughts and comments.

    (Adapted from “Let’s Not Go There: 15 Spiritual Principles To Help Christians Cope” by Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.)

    Related Christian Resources by Evangelist Scott:

    • “Always, Always” sermon on CD
    • “Hallelujah Anyhow” sermon on CD and DVD
    • I’m Too Blessed To Be Stressed printed lecture

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