It’s the season of thanksgiving but as believers in Christ, we know to find thanks in everything for every day of our lives. November is just getting started but we all know that turkey day will be hear before you know it. While many of us have already begun planning our dinner menus, there are many individuals who won’t be able to enjoy the hearty feasts that the majority of us will be partaking in in just a few short weeks.
TKHC takes this into consideration every year with their annual turkey dinner give-a-ways! TKHC will be sponsoring families in need this season by providing them with a a turkey and sides to enjoy this Thanksgiving. If you know of a family in need in the Atlanta metro area, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with their contact information.
TKHC will be accepting inquires for Thanksgiving dinners until November 22, 2013.
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive” -Acts 20:35
No one’s life is ever perfect. We never truly get all the things want out of it and sometimes not even the things we need. Sometimes we’re short on bill money, and sometimes we have to cut back. The kids may not be able to get the latest trends right now and you may not be able to get your hair done as often as you’d like. The pantry may only contain rice and beans and maybe you’ve had to downsize more than you initially planned. Everything may be going left when you want to go right but that’s okay. No matter what happens, we should always put or trust in Him and praise in or through whatever we’re facing. Because truth be told, with God in control, we will essentially always have what we need to survive. The Lord is worthy to be praised in every aspect of our lives. The hills and valleys, the peaks and plummets and even the backwards and sideways. So, rejoice in Him today 🙂
Though the cherry tress don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen, though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat felds stunted, though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I’m singing joyful praise to God. I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Counting on God’s rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength. I run like a deer. I feel like I’m king of the mountain!
Habakkuk 17-19 (MSG)
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Last night was Bible Study night and the topic was scoffing, particularly how people scoff each other in the church. Scoffing means to mock or make fun of. Sometimes we scoff in good fun, but as Pastor Goggins taught, a lot of times we scoff because we don’t understand. Here’s an example, take the “Black Church” into consideration. First off, “Black Church” “White Church” or any other denomination of church or place of worship, can have a negative connotation depending upon who says it or how it’s used in context. With that being said, the Black church, or more specifically how Black people worship/praise God, is often mocked. In a Black church service, people often “shout”, dance, speak in tongues (heavenly prayer language), and “fall out” (under the presence of God) as most people would say. To those that are unfamiliar with how this type of church operates, this seems comical, and is often laughed at.
Now, even though Thy Kingdom Has Come International Ministries’ congregation currently consists of all African-Americans, we are non-denominational, meaning that we welcome everyone. Black, White, Asian, European, whatever. The only requirement is that all must be believers in Christ. As I was saying, the Black church is seen as somewhat of a joke to outsiders because it appears to be strange or extravagant. I’ve often heard people say things like “It don’t take all that” or “She playing” or “No one catches the spirit that much”. Why would you say that if you’re not a part of or have never experienced this type of worship? It’s simply because you don’t understand it.
People fear what they don’t understand and when you don’t understand something, you question it. You poke fun at it, you imitate it and encourage others to do the same. I believe everyone, including myself is guilty of this. Not necessarily regarding church or the differences in worship, but in life in general. I remember being in grade school and snickering or whispering about a new Muslim student at school. She wore her head dressing to school everyday and as non-Muslim children, we didn’t understand why a kid like us would cover their head everyday. Same thing with people not understanding the Black church or another church that doesn’t praise and worship God the same way as the other.
I grew up in a Black church, so I’m very familiar with its customs. However, it’s not the only type of church or worship service I’ve ever experienced. Take the Methodist church for example. I had an uncle that was a pastor for a Methodist church. Not that it’s important, but he and his family are African-American, and his congregation was mostly White. The first time I visited their church, it was a bit of a culture shock, compared to what I’m used to. The service consisted of most of the same things my home church did such as praise and worship, greeting each other and the spoken Word of God. The twist was that everything was done differently. During praise and worship, their were no keyboards, upbeat singing and tambourines. Instead there was a choir that sang light, choral music out of hymn books, a piano and the drummer only played at one tempo. In a Black church, during the sermon members of the congregation often yell out things like “Amen”, “Preach” or “You talking right pastor” to reassure the pastor that they are understanding the message. In my family member’s Methodist church, it was very subdued and quiet during the word. No one was talking back from the pew.
I’ve been conditioned in the Black church so needless to say I prefer it over any other but my point in making that comparison is to say that although the Methodist church was different from mine, they had one thing in common, and that was the Word of God. Although different from what I was used to, I didn’t make fun of how they presented it. As a matter of fact, it was interesting to see the differences. As we learned in Bible Study last night, there should be differences in worship. This is especially true for TKHC because we are international so we have to appeal to more than just one type of people. Can you imagine the type of worship experience we would have if we incorporated everyone and how they exalt the Father?
Here’s another sidebar from my life. Once while in college, I remember walking down the hall to meet a professor. While I was waiting, I heard another one of my professors talking to another student about her church and how she sings in the Gospel choir there. Again, to help prove my point, I went to an HBCU but my professors were ethnically mixed. Only one was African-American. My former professor I overheard talking was a Dutch-White American and had converted to Christianity. So anyway, when I heard her start singing “I need you, you need me, we’re all a part of God’s body” from popular Gospel artist Hezekiah Walker’s song “I Need You to Survive”, I was a little surprised but at the same time blessed by what I had heard because it helped me to realize the power of neglecting what we see on the outside and embrace who we see on the inside, which in this case, is Christ.
I can’t wait until our congregation starts filling up with different faces and nationalities. We don’t want to typecast our members. If they’re willing to do the work and be a apart of the team then they can gladly come and fill the position of an empty seat. As brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s try to embrace our differences, not shun each other way because of them. If we adopt the philosophy that there is one God and symbolically unify as one church where everyone is welcome, we’ll be a lot more effective in winning over souls for the Kingdom.
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Is there a topic you’d like to discuss or suggest to Kingdom Connections? Was there something you didn’t understand during the Sunday sermon? Is family drama becoming too much? Did you miss Bible Study this week or do you have a co-worker that’s doing his/her best to get under your skin? Tell us about it in a comment below! We would love to share some insight with you.
“A heart that is not surrendered to God cannot be trusted! Love is a universal language”.
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