Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for week #14

Entry 014 Praying to Avoid Bad Situations

When we live a life of purpose, on purpose, with a plan, and a vision we can expect certain outcomes in life. When we work hard, get a good education, take care of our bodies, and make good personal decisions, we can expect our lives to have positive results. But sometimes bad things happen to good people. Occasionally the person with the plan ends up in the same situation as the person who made no preparations for their future. Being a Christian, paying your tithes, living uprightly does not ensure that negative things won’t happen to us. God rains on the just as well as the unjust, and he that walks upright will suffer persecution. At times we cannot avoid bad situations because God allows them for His divine purpose. God may not always move our mountains, but give us the strength to climb them. Other times God may want us to speak to our own mountains so that they can be removed. We have to get into His presence so we discern His plan. Experiencing bad situations doesn’t give us the right to live a purposeless life, with no plan, drive or enthusiasm expecting the worst. Nor do negative circumstances give us the license to wallow in self-pity, or use it as an excuse to not move forward.  It just means that we must understand that our plan may not be God’s plan for our lives. It also alludes to the fact that God doesn’t waste anything. Every experience, good and bad, God causes to work out for our good. And when we surrender ourselves to Him, we are giving the Lord permission to be Lord over our lives, and to allow His will to be done. So we don’t have to live in fear of bad things happening to us. Every day we live, there is a chance that something unplanned and unpleasant will occur.  Instead we can walk in the confidence that God is in control, that He has a good plan for our lives, and that He will put no more on us than we can bear. We can stand on the fact that God has empowered us through the finished work of Jesus Christ to live a life of victory and authority over the enemy and over our circumstances. God has given us the power in our mouths and in our minds to overcome any situation in our lives. We can command our circumstances to line up with the will of God by speaking His word and renewing our minds with correct thinking about ourselves, our lives, and our Lord.  If it is God’s will, He will provide a way of escaping bad situations that will destroy us, or He will give us the grace and strength to go through the ones that will make us strong.

 

Simple Sample Prayer:

Father God, we realize that our spiritual muscles are being built up in the tough times. Help us to realize that we cannot always avoid bad situations; trouble will come to us in this fallen world whether we look for it or not. Help us to stay the course, and to change our perspective on our pain. We know that all things, good, bad or indifferent, will eventually work together for our good. And when we are tried in the fire, we will come out as pure gold. Help us to keep the faith, learn from every situation, and trust your plan so that we can see the good in every circumstance. For we know that God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

 

 

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week #17

Entry #0017 Gregory Allen

Philadelphia native Gregory Allen’s involvement with church music ministry began at age 12 as a piano accompanist for a local church school. He has served as Director of Music, Minister of Music and Director of an Inspirational chorus. Gregory Allen has also served as Music Teacher and Choral Director for Philadelphia high school students.

He is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding musicianship and service. Highly regarding his sacred music ministry, Greg Allen recognizes that through it deliverance, encouragement, healing and inspiration leads to life transformation. He is a composer and arranger of gospel songs and hymns. He is a frequent presenter at the Thomas A Dorsey National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, The Gospel Music Workshop of America, The Philadelphia Gospel Music Seminar, The Annual ASCAP Music Seminar, the Music Educators National Conference, for fraternities and other professional organizations.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week #16

Entry# 0016  Jay Caldwell

Jay Caldwell began his singing ministry at age 5 singing on church choirs, and gave his life to Christ at age 12. Upon moving from North Carolina to Delaware in the 1960’s, he met Reuben (Doc) Henry Jr. and the Gospel Ambassadors and was born into quartet music. The group has been together for over 40 years has recorded over 10 albums. The Gospel Ambassadors shared the stage with gospel legends such as Shirley Caesar, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, and the Dixie Hummingbirds.

In 1995, Caldwell joined the cast of “Gospel at Colonial” traveling and touring throughout the United States and around the world. Jay Caldwell and the Gospel Ambassadors continue to minister locally and abroad.

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week #15

Entry #0015  Lorraine Boisseau

Lorraine Boisseau showcased her talents through singing and acting from an early age. In her youth she sang, directed choirs, lead songs, and act in church plays following her mother’s footsteps, Patricia Henry. She attended the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts majoring in vocal music, performing Opera, Classical and Jazz. Boisseau formed the first Gospel Choir there. During her school age years she lead songs on many choirs and performed major roles in various plays.

Over the years, Boisseau has performed on television shows, for city officials, at the Gallery in Philadelphia, at the Capitol in Washington, and the Academy of Music. She has written over 50 songs, and has appeared as guest soloist on many local gospel recordings. Her voice was heard as one of the lead vocalists for Gospel Highway 11 theme songs. She sang background, opened for, been featured with, and performed on stage with many gospel greats throughout the city and nationwide.

 

Tri-State Local Gospel Artist Spotlight for Week #14

Entry #0014 The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir

The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir is a one-bodied, one spirit, Christ centered music ministry that consist of about 40 spirit-filled ambassadors of song. They represent over 8 different churches in the Philadelphia area and ministers at over 100 services, programs, concerts, and celebrations annually.

In 2004 their song “I’ve Got to Praise His Name”, written by Waltier Blocker, was featured in Lee Daniels movie, “The Woodsman”, and they won the “Ask About Iron” gospel music competition for the songs “Wait I Say” and “It’s Not by chance”. They have performed with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra for 10 performances of their Holiday Pops concerts since 2006. The Saint Thomas Gospel Choir was featured in the Induction and Seating Services of the Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Shori, and they were the featured choir at the World Women’s International Summit both held at the Washington National Cathedral.

When Praises Go Up Praise Verses of the Weeks 14-17

Week#14

Praise Verse #14 I Peter 4:16

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, Let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

Week#15

Praise Verse #15 II Samuel 22:50

Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.

Week#16

Praise Verse #16 Deuteronomy 10:21

He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.

Week#17

Praise Verse #17 I Chronicles 16:8

Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.