The Spiritual Code

The Spiritual Code

A celebration of Black History Month. Truly we live in treacherous times. History will record our days of dealing with the pandemic, a rise for justice, and a deadly insurrection against democracy. Today, I would like us to draw on the faith that was expressed by our ancestors when they rose about their stations and […]

Liberation and The Negro Spiritual

Liberation and the Negro Spiritual

When I was growing up our incredibly talented and faithful choir director Mrs. Felicia Davis made sure that our choir and congregation sang and honored the old Negro spirituals.  I remember, and still sing to myself “I’ve been ‘buked and I’ve been scorned, I’ve  been ‘buked and I’ve been scorned, children, I’ve been talked about […]

Who Sees Your Pain?

God Sees Your Pain

In a world where everything seems chaotic, where do you turn for help? I beseech you to seek the divine power of our God. No matter what type of pain you are experiencing, the word tells us “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:18. The […]

We Can Depend on God’s Faithfulness

We Can Depend on God’s Faithfulness

One of the unexpected outcomes of the pandemic has been that we have been reminded of the faithfulness of the all of brave and dedicated people who work daily to keep us healthy and safe. Many of them have themselves become sick due to exposure to the COVID virus. We pray for our Doctors, Nurses, […]

Release the Grip of Doubt in this New Year

Release the Grip of Doubt in this New Year

We are sure about our faith. We know we love God and that He loves us. We know that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to redeem our sins. But, there are times of anguish, times of fear, pain, hurt, loss, and utter sadness that lead us to ask: “Why, O Lord? And […]

United

United

My mind and spirit has turned towards unity. While studying about patience last week this scripture stood out to me. It is a blessing prayed over God’s people by the Apostle Paul. He was writing to them about the strong helping the weak in a letter to Rome. He wanted them to look out for […]

God’s Grace For Today

God’s Grace For Today

This is a historical moment. But like other moments in history, we look for God’s grace for ourselves and our country. Grace is defined as “Unmerited Favor”, and God’s grace is unmerited favor from God. We can’t earn it, and we can’t pay for it. God gives us His grace. The Apostle Paul helps us […]

In the World We Live In, We Need God’s Promises

In the World We Live In, We Need God’s Promises

This morning we were listening to Zach Williams and Dolly Parton with their new song “There was Jesus”.  The song is about how many times we go through things and we look back and realize Jesus was carrying us. As Christians and Leaders, we need to keep ourselves encouraged with God’s promises. We know that […]

Why Wade in the Water?

Why Wade in the Water?

The song “Wade in the Water” (See Reference 1 Below) keeps coming to me. Do you ever just get a song in your spirit over and over again? Why should we wade in the water? God sent Moses to free the Israelites. Moses touched the Rod to the Red Sea and they crossed on dry […]

Wisdom of our Father: When Life Knocks You Down

When Life Knocks You Down

Today we share an article, one of many, written by our father Rev. Willie McIntosh, Jr. Reverend Mac was a senior columnist for the News Herald in Morganton, NC. During these trying times with the covid-19 virus battle, racial injustice battle, and many more battles we invite you to read “When Life Knocks you Down.”  […]