Pastoral Leadership Is It Real?
Initially, let the editorial writer say emphatically that this editorial is not a condemnation of all pastoral leaders. However, those of us who know pastors that fit the nonspiritual description in this editorial pray for them. It is spiritually written that many are called, but few are spiritually chosen by God. All churches in the Black community struggle to become physical monuments of what it is that God desires the church to be, because: “For every house is built by some man, but
he that built all things is God.” (Hebrews 3: 4). Black pastors for God’s sake, please examine yourselves, and cease espousing self-glorification, power, glory, and honor that you built the church rather than God built the church. Pastors are only pastoral stewards and servants of God, and this scripture is a Godly reminder: “Thou art worthy O Lord, to receive glory, and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4: 11).
Therefore, knowing this we all know what Jesus told Peter based upon his revelatory knowledge: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:
16). Jesus replied: “Blessed art thou Simon Bar Jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say unto thee,
that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16: 17-18). Thus, for some ungodly
reason or reasons too many Pastoral Leaders are allowing the devil to create confusion in God’s church among God’s people. Hence, in selfish confusion too many pastoral leaders are misusing and abusing the resources of churches.
Hence, we all know, that God holds pastoral leaders responsible for both spiritually nourishing souls, and at the same time, demanding faithful stewardship
over resources, because: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
(Matthew 16: 26). Black people let’s spiritually, empirically, and physically examine the church houses that exist in our communities as well as the surrounding physical environments. Churches must not only be concerned with spiritual enlightenment development, but environmental development, and quality of life, as well. The teaching and preaching of God’s word should improve the quality of life at every level, and being peculiar people others should behold their good works. Thus, the doors of the church should be open seven days a week, not just on Sundays, and mid-week Bible study. God is an everyday, twenty four-seven-GOD, in time, on time, and all the time. All churches should be Bible-based, and not personality driven, and most of all, about: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2: 15).
Therefore, every Christian both Pastoral as well as Laity should read and study God’s Word (Bible) diligently and consistently. The truth of God is both rational
and emotional, and this is why every Godfearing Christian should be able to declare: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth:” (Romans 1: 16a). This editorial is a clarion call to every Christian believer either Pastoral or Laity and know: “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14: 33). A word to the spiritually wise is sufficient, if the church your family attends is in devilish confusion, because of Pastoral and Church leadership, please relocate your membership to a Bible-based Godfearing church; whereby the Pastor, not only teaches and preaches the word of GOD, but lives the WORD (Truth).
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
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