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Fantasia among gospel celebration performers; Lewis honored

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By Grelan Muse Sr.
Pew Talk Radio

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis won a Super Bowl with his team on Feb. 3, but the win is not the only accolade the now retired three-time defensive player of the year earned in New Orleans.

On Feb. 1, Lewis was honored with the Lifetime of Inspirations award during the 14th Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. The event was held at Lakefront Arena at University of New Orleans.

An extremely emotional Lewis accepted the award from his eldest son, Ray Lewis III. The all-pro was joined on stage by his two daughters, younger sons, and his mother, Sunseria Jenkins.

Lewis shared with the audience the importance God plays in his life and the relationship he has built with his family. He discussed a conversation he had with his biological father that changed his life.

“One day I went on a six-hour ride with my biological father. I wanted my dad to tell me all the things he had to say to me that he didn’t tell me as a child and all the pain he had within him. I wanted to hear it. After that, we put it in the past. Now, we have a better relationship.”

Lewis said the move also helped him become a better father to his children.

“I encourage you all to be responsible for rearing their children and teaching them respect. Be a parent and not just their friend.”

The bond Lewis has with Jenkins has always been his strength. He said he started lifting weights at an early age to become strong enough protect her from an abusive relationship.

Lewis is only the second person the celebration has honored. He joins former NFL coach and current Sunday Night Football analysis Tony Dungy as the other award winner.

The NFL-sanctioned gospel celebration featured a star-studded show with Grammy winner Fantasia as the headlining act. The singer said it was a blessing to be able to appear in the show.

“My life has been up and down. I had to make God the center of my life. Doing so, I had to go back to my foundation, the church and singing gospel music and re-establish the relationship I had with God,” Fantasia told Pew Talk Radio during a brief interview on the red carpet. She attended the event with her mother, Diana Barrino.

Additional performers included Donnie McClurkin, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Lecrea, Myron Butler, and Pastor Marvin Winans. Kirk Franklin will serve as host of the music portion, with “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd as MC for the event.

The NFL Players Choir also performed selections for the audience. The choir, in its sixth year of existence, includes former and current NFL players and coaches.

Count 2012’s blessings, look forward to abundance in 2013

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By Terry McGee
Inside The Pew

As 2012 hastens to a close, I reflect back on the marvelous things God has done this year. This writing is to encourage those who are pursuing their passion or dream that was given by God. I know we all experienced some entrepreneurial pains in 2012, but that was to toughen us up for the reward he has for us in 2013.

God wants all of his children to experience success in something. And “something” is not always tied to a dollar sign. We sometimes get caught up in that numbers game and lose sight that our life is not our own! If we let God do this thing, he will set everything up for us, including the people we need around us. It seems that when we try to set it up the way we want to do it, disappointment in the people we pick happens. That is why God will send us the right people when we let “His” will be done. He comes to us most of the time at night, while we are sleeping. He will drop that “something” off in our dream, and sometimes, later, wakes us up to give us directions. Over the past few years, I know that so many of us have been out there trying to make things happen. For those, let me tell you God always delivers! As in everything in life we do, let’s remember Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (ESV).

Believe it’s your season, claim it’s your season! But by all means, give God His due! God is already there waiting, he sometimes holds off because we are not there, or we decided to take the wheel and make Him the “shotgun” rider, and at that point, he will patiently wait! So if you are driving, pull over and swap seats with “Him” and see how much faster you get to where you want to go! As the old saying goes…Let go and Let God!! As I close this out, please be mindful that the enemy does not want anybody to succeed if it lifts up the Lord, so take with you:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:10-17 ESV).

Now get ready for the reward of your faithfulness in 2013!! Blessings!

Terry McGee is host of Simply Inspiring Radio on Pew Talk Radio. His show runs from 5 to 7 p.m. CST Tuesday through Friday. Visit www.pewtalkradio.com to listen to his show and learn more about McGee.

Iluno: Christian ladies, become attractive in manner that God approves

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By Rev. Nelson Iluno, corresponding assistant to Prof. Herbert Eze
Special for ASSIST News Service

NNEWI, NIGERIA (ANS) – “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold pearls or costly garments’ but rather by means of good works, as befits woman making a claim to Godliness” (1st Timothy 2: 9-10).

I have written this article for women, but I encourage men to read it also. The reason for addressing this article especially to women is because Paul, in our text, (also Peter in 1st Peter 3: 1-5) addressed himself primarily to women. This is not to say that men should not dress modestly, and cannot dress immodestly. Apparently, Michal felt that King David had displayed himself in an immodest manner in 2 Samuel, Chapter 6, so it is possible. The truth would seem too likely to be by a well-dressed man, as by a partially nude one. Taking these matters into account we may conclude that the principles of modesty apply equally to men and women, but they are principles of which women especially need to be aware.

In the story of David and Bethsheba we have illustrated the usual pattern of immorality. Bethsheba displayed herself in an immodest fashion, and David looked on her with lust (2nd Samuel 1: 1-4). Both sinned in ways that are far too common on the part of men and women. Neither could blame the other for their sin, for each had to assume the responsibility for their particular wrong doing. It is the same way today. Men need to be warned against lust, but women need to be concerned about how they present themselves to men; whether modestly? This article deals with this issue. Which is one that goes beyond the question of skirt length and styles?

The aim of this article is not to designate those clothing that are modest, and those which are immodest. I am not going to be picking on particular type of clothing nor do I wish to answer such question as: how short is too short? How tight is too tight? How low is too low? And how little is too little? What I do want to do is to encourage you to think about what is modest, and what is immodest.

I believe Christian ladies, young and old, need to give thought to the question of modesty when they put on, and when they put off, their clothes. The fact that many do not is what concerns me most. This point was driven home to me a few years ago when I was pastoring a Church in the northern Nigeria. I asked teenage girls in the church to name some styles of dress that they would not wear because they viewed them as immodest. The young girls could not identify as immodest any styles. However, the alarming thing was that they rarely gave thought to the question of modesty in selecting their clothing. I told them what I am telling you now. I have desire to set myself up as the final authority on what is, and what is not modest. However, I do want to exhort each individual to develop a personal sense of what constitutes appropriate dress, with the full realization that they must give an account of the standard they adopt.

I know there are those who would not hesitate to name certain styles of dress as being immodest and if pressed to do so I could supply you with a list of my own. However, in doing so I believe I would be failing to really impress on you the message of our text. There are those fundamentalists who would tell you that it is a sin to braid your hair, wear jewelry, or dress in expensive clothes, and they would point to our text as proof of their position. However, by taking such a literal view of another text which deals with the matter of modesty, I can prove that a woman should not wear any clothing. Note what Peter says: “whose adoring let it not be that outward adoring of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or putting on of apparel” (1st Peter 3:3 (KJV) – emphasis mine).

If Peter’s words here are taken literally, then women sin by putting on clothing! I doubt that very many fundamentalists are going to want to take that position. To the contrary, most fundamentalists are more interested in putting more clothing on than seeing any taken off. In fact, any discussion of modesty will invariably focus on the matter of sexual stimulation; despite the fact, that doesn’t appear to be the primary emphasis of the two texts I have quotes.

Let’s hasten to make a point about what I am saying, before someone tries to misinterpret me. I am not saying that it is all right for women to take off their clothes, and that the potential for inciting lust is not to be a matter of concern. What I am saying is that a barrier against such misconduct will be better established by being true to the point of Paul and Peter’s words, than by using them as a pretext for setting ourselves standards of dress.

It is my conviction that the Holy Spirit is making the same point in both texts penned by Paul and Peter. The point being that Christian women are being noticed for their character, not their bodies. An attractive, well-dressed, well-manicured Christian woman is not a sinner. In fact, I believe Christian woman should be (and are) the most neat and attractive woman on earth.

However, their beauty is not to result from undue attention to their outward appearance, but as one of many products of their inward spirits. This exact point is made by Peter as we see when we complete the thought begun in verse 3: “And let not your adornment be merely braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses: but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quit spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women` also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being frightened by any fear” (1st Peter 3:3-6).

Those who would abuse Peter’s words here to place under restrictions on women who are aimed only at making them drab and unattractive might want to consider this. Sarah, whom Peter used as an example, was so attractive that Abraham was afraid Pharaoh would kill him to have her for himself (Genesis 12: 10-20). Also, Rachel’s good looks caused Isaac similar concern (Genesis 26). Finally, Esther not only entered the King’s beauty contest, but was declared the winner (Esther 2: 1-20). All of these examples should show one’s physical appearance to become the focus of attention in your own mind, and the thing which others are most aware of when they observe you.

In the context of what has been said to this point I would like to suggest two questions that every girl and woman should ask about their clothing and the manner in which they are presenting themselves. First, you should ask “how will others perceive me when I adorn myself in this fashion?

The first question is, perhaps, the more important of the two, and should be the more easily answered. It has to do with your self – image, and the emphasis of your life. I find it contradictory when woman complain about being viewed as sex objects, and yet direct so much attention to their physical appearance. While Paul was not speaking directly of modesty when he wrote that “bodily exercise is only of little profit, but godliness for all things “(1Timothy 4:8), I believe these words have a general application to our society, with its emphasis on physical attractiveness.

Those women who derive a sense of their worth only from the appearance of their hair, the slimness of their figure, the beauty of their face, etc, are to be pitied. We must also understand this tendency in light of the emphasis being given these matters by so many. The wonderful things about God’s commands are that they are always in our best interest. God’s commands regarding modesty are no exception.

The woman who understands God’s will on this matter escapes the “beauty trap” and the superficial value systems of our society, and is able to experience her real value as a child of God’s. While there are women who need to be rebuked for their blatantly seductive and suggestive ways, there are even more who need to be freed from the cross of feeling compelled to give undue emphasis to their outward appearance at the expense of an awareness of their true worth.

The second question, pertaining to how others will perceive you if you dress in a certain fashion, is a little more difficult to ascertain. In seeking an answer I would suggest that you speak with your husband, father, minister, or trusted friend (male or female) whom you know cares about the real you. If they see you as appearing coarse or vulgar, then you probably need to examine your heart and your style of dress.

I must advise you that there will always be those who will be critical, perhaps because of their own struggles with sin. However, if close friends see you as being immodest, or if a majority (or even a significant minority) of people know you more to your dress (or lack of dress, as the case may be) than they do to your Christian character, then you have a problem.

The goal of every Christian woman is not to be unattractive but to be attractive in a manner which God approves, keeping in mind that the ultimate aim of our existence is to give glory to God. The final word in respect to modest apparel may well be this verse from Psalms, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name, worship the Lord in holy array” (Psalms 29: 2).

Prof. Herbert Eze can be reached by email at herberteze@juno.com

 

La Vonne Earl: Pastoring your sheep by protecting them from deception

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By La Vonne Earl
Special to Inside The Pew

Protecting ones flock has many responsibilities, one of the greatest these being protecting them from deception. Deception by its very nature is enticing. It causes something to appear good, but in reality is not. However beautiful and innocent it may appear, it is a fatal enemy and our sheep must be protected. There are many churches dressing in sheep’s clothing professing to be Christian, and yet they are far from it. Knowledge is power and for this very reason God has taught us through His Word that we are to search and gain knowledge. We are also commanded to teach others once we gain this knowledge.

There is no replacement for understanding God’s Word, the Bible.  Having a solid foundation in the true gospel found in His Word is crucial. However there are many lost sheep that do not understand the Bible and therefore have fallen prey to deception. This is where those of us with an understanding of the True Gospel must be responsible in teaching the flock about deception. We must teach them how others have been deceived by perceived Christian religions.

I myself wanted a relationship with Christ and thought I was choosing Christianity when I became a Mormon. Instead I was immersed into the cult of Mormonism. Mormons appear Christian yet they themselves are blind and cannot understand the gospel of Grace. They place heavy burdens of works on their members.

Unfortunately, this education on deception is missing in many churches. The fear of being unpopular and possibly offending someone has taken precedence and has allowed deception to foster and grow. And so the truth that we know becomes watered down until it is ineffective. Accepting ALL faiths becomes the new way as true Christianity takes the back seat.

When we know something it becomes our responsibility to share it with others.  If you know that there is a nearby cliff around the corner where one will surely fall to their death and yet you fail to post a sign or to tell others of the impending danger, you become an accomplice to their death.

In the same way a good shepherd knows the safe routes, and is willing to put his own life in danger in order to protect His flock. Our good shepherd Jesus Christ gives clear guidelines in order to avoid Satan’s traps.  Well cared for sheep know the differences between a good shepherd and one that is only after building up a church, in other words the difference between truth and deception.

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins” (2 Peter 1:5-9, New Living Translation).

You see, like the Pharisees that claimed to be shepherds of God’s flock, there are many false prophets, false religions and false leaders to this day. They are hypocrites that do not practice what they preach, and worse yet they may practice what they preach but their message is another gospel of Jesus Christ. “You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ” (Galatians 1:7, NLT).

The point is further elaborated in 2 Corinthians 11:4 (NLT),  “For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.”

In John 9, Jesus heals a man born blind. The Pharisees claimed to be Shepherds of God and yet had just excommunicated this man that was born blind.  These “shepherds” thought they had all the answers. They thought they could see. Jesus says to them in John verses 40-41, “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty. But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.” In other words, they did not understand the true gospel of Grace.

Jesus pointed out that the Pharisees had just excommunicated one of God’s true sheep, one that was seeking Jesus to see. They were offended that Jesus spoke of their own blindness. They could not see that Jesus was the true shepherd and was standing before them fulfilling the very prophecy they had professed to know. They were hard hearted and filled with bitterness. They had a heart prepared for murder. They were standing there with their hands full of stones ready to kill Jesus, and yet He was the one who had opened the eyes of the blind man.

These Pharisees understood the office of a shepherd and yet they were hypocrites that did not practice what they preached—much like the Mormons and others that preach deception. As pastors, leaders and followers of Christ we must search out everything and teach others so they will not be blinded by this deception.

The Pharisees threw the man Jesus had healed out of the synagogue—they threw him out of the church. They excommunicated him. Why? He was professing that Jesus was a prophet, and the Pharisees wanted to label Jesus as a sinner. The Pharisees are not the only ones that would like to label Jesus as just a man, a sinner like us.

The Mormon Church also claims that God was once a man like us, a sinner.  “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may be,” said LDS Apostle James E. Talmage.

Make no mistake, God was never a man like us; He is without sin and always has been (2 Corinthians 5:21).

This is only one of the many false teachings happening within the Mormon Church. As good shepherds we must lead these sheep out of their captivity or they will starve from lack of the true gospel, the gospel of His love and grace.

The Lord Jesus Christ opened the eyes of one who was born blind. Jesus had anointed the man’s eyes, and then told him to go wash; he did and he came away seeing. He had to wash. When our eyes are anointed to see false teachings, it is by the washing of the Word that our eyes are opened to see clearly the blessed news of the Gospel.  Jesus will open your eyes too as you seek Him.

As pastors, leaders, teachers, followers of Christ let us work together to make sure that EVERYONE is able to see. Deception causes blindness. Those of us that know the Truth are responsible to teach it.  Let us ALL pastor God’s sheep and keep them from deception.

La Vonne Earl, a resident of Newport Beach, Calif., is author of Loved into the Light, Shining God’s Light on Mormonism.  To read more on deception, visit www.lovedintotheLight.com. Her ministry website is http://www.yourkingdominheritance.com/.