VIDEO Monumental – Thanksgiving – Spontaneous WH Worship Session

 

Nov 15, 2018 By Patrick Goodenough

Christian musicians and others sign at the White House. (Screen capture: Tauren Wells/Instagram)

(CNSNews.com) – A “faith briefing” at the White House this week saw Christian music artists hold an impromptu worship session, singing songs of praise near the Oval Office.

In social media posts, some participants, including Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) recording artists, described learning more about the administration’s faith-based initiatives, and having what they called an remarkable experience of singing praise songs in that location.

Several phone-captured video clips were posted, included one by Christian rock and pop artist Tauren Wells showing attendees singing, without accompaniment, the Hillsong Worship song, “What a beautiful name.”

Other clips included snatches from “How great is our God” and “Thank youLord for saving my soul.”

“What a privilege to declare the name of Jesus in worship and in prayer today at the White House,” Wells posted on Instagram. “I was challenged, informed, convicted, & inspired at the faith briefing w/ many peers in the CCM industry. The church has a great opportunity to rise with grace & truth in this hour.”

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“Yesterday shook me,” posted Bethel Church worship leader Jenn Johnson. “I came into the meeting at the White House w/ no agenda but to love & pray. I was overcome to tears w/ deep conviction to pray more for, not only our president but also the men & women leading beside him.”

“What a special moment yesterday at White House for a faith briefing with some of the nations‘ top Christian Music Artists as we all broke out in song and prayer right there in the White House, just steps away from the Oval Office,” said Christian businessman and political consultant Ryan Higgins. “We can’t let politics stop each of us from doing our biblical part inside of the government.”

“Completely moved and inspired by what we got to be a part of today at the Faith Briefing at the White House,” said Christian musician Sarah Reeves. “The media can portray such a distorted picture of our leaders but today we prayed, worshiped and learned a bit more truth behind the scenes. Truly proud to be an American. Thank you to our president and leaders who fight for our freedom daily.”

“Wow. What a day. Had the honor to go the White House for a Faith Briefing with key administration officials and faith leaders,” said Bethel Music director of events, Dominic Shahbon. “Specifically, to hear about faith initiatives that are happening. Great things are taking place whether the media tells us or not! Let’s just say that I’m leaving Washington, DC stirred, hopeful, convicted and informed with TRUTH.”

Christian singer and songwriter Kari Jobe said attendees had learned about “incredible things that are going on behind the scenes that media and news never talk about. Projects to rescue victims of Human trafficking, rehabilitate former inmates, take care of foster children, help neighborhoods and communities that are falling apart, help rebuild cities after tragedy .. just to name a few.”

“I don’t engage in political jargon & conversations – but I do engage when the Holy Spirit puts a burden to pray or do whatever He has spoken and obey Him,” she said. “I was moved and reminded to pray every day for our leaders and government.”

Ben Calhoun and Daniel Olsson of the Illinois-based Christian rock band Citizen Way said those they met with at the White House “told us how it really is and they aren’t afraid to call on the name of Jesus either. Let’s lift our nation’s leaders up to the Lord together!”

Members of We Are Messengers, an Irish worship band based in Nashville, Tenn., said the visit had given them “a genuine sense of Hope for this nation.”

“God is in control and has people at the very top level of Government who are working day in and day out to reach people with the love of Christ, to raise up the lowly, to take care of widows and orphans, to re-energize communities and faith communities all across the USA,” they said. “We need to pray for this Government and unite with them in the Work they are doing.”

“What an amazing day at The White House,” said Pastor Paula White, an evangelical advisor to the president who reportedly organized the briefing. She said the day “closed out with a time of worship and prayer! I wish everyone would come up and experience this! #realnews.”

The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives was established by President George W. Bush a week after taking office in January 2001, as a way to enhance the capacity of faith-based and community groups to provide federally-funded social services, by removing legal and institutional barriers preventing them from doing so.

President Obama renamed the initiative the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and also established an advisory council.

President Trump in an executive order last May renamed it the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, to empower faith-based organizations and “promote religious freedom.”

A number of key government departments now have Faith and Opportunity directors. They include the departments of StateJusticeHomeland Security,  LaborCommerceAgricultureHealth and Human ServicesHousing and Urban DevelopmentVeteran Affairs and USAID.

https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/great-things-are-taking-place-whether-media-tells-us-or-not


 

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Holiday Season Is a Beautiful Opportunity to Express Love, Grace, Encouragement and Peace

“Thank God for what we have left!” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr.

As the holidays are upon us, let us be mindful that these next few weeks are beautiful opportunities to express love, grace, encouragement and peace towards others. There are some people, and in some cases someone we know, or even we ourselves are in dire need of a prayer or two this holiday season. Some have lost loved ones and some have lost much to tragedies. Yet there are reasons and opportunities to spread love to others right now. A notion such as this may seem difficult, especially with the brutal mid-terms behind us, and some political runoff elections ahead of us; but let’s just try to be civil toward one another.

The concept of civility springs from the word civilis, which in Latin means “citizen.” Civility is impacted by a person’s emotions or lack thereof. If a person is emotionally affected by the negative feedback that they get from other people and react in a psychologically normal manner, then they are defined as civil.

In my everyday circles at home with family, at church, at work and in the communities at large, I work hard to keep the commandment to “love one another.” Another helpful process, which I learned from the “King Family Legacy Code of Nonviolence,” is to communicate differences in a civil manner with the expectation of a “win-win” outcome. Around Thanksgiving Season, I begin to half-jokingly say: “Don’t be guilty of ripping the leg off the turkey” and beating up others with it. I only say half-jokingly because so many families are divided these days. I know the Bible teaches that relatives will rise up to disagree with others, but does this have to happen in our families?

During the holiday season, there will be plenty of good food to go around. In addition to spending time with family and friends, ministry always joins in efforts to feed the hungry. Then, for the rest of the day, our family makes the rounds from house to house, delivering delicious dishes and good cheer. All of this is good; but without Agape Love at the tables, something is missing. Along with genuine Agape Love, another addition to the meals and festivities should be a “spiritual fruit bowl.”

Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version (NIV)

“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Holidays should not be the only time we practice this behavior. We should always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us to give the reason for the hope that we have. But we must do so with gentleness and respect. Example: Rather than just using our lovely “Jesus is the Reason for The Season,” theme, let’s be ready with some genuine and transparent sayings that explain why we are thankful and why we are looking forward to Christmas.

We need to interact with both Christians and non-Christians in a respectful way. Jesus did. In John 4, as Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus associated with someone who was far from acceptable in Jewish society, and while He fully told her the truth, He did so in a kind, compassionate, and redemptive manner. As apologists we too need to speak truth boldly in the public square, but we need to do so as Christ’s representatives, bearing the fruit of His Spirit (Gal. 5:22–26). This means refraining from insults, name-calling, and excoriation not only in theological discourse but also in political diatribes.

Actually, as Christians, we should not even be involved in political debates and any mean spirited activities – not at Thanksgiving, not at Christmas, not ever. We would be better served to be praying for all of our leaders, and also voting for government God’s way. So, while we are baking the turkeys and wrapping the gifts and all of the beautiful activities ahead of us, let us pray.  Please click HERE and HERE for 2 Alveda King Holiday videos.

Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is the founder of King for America, Inc., consultant to the Africa Humanitarian Christian Fellowship and Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries.

By Alveda King

https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/alveda-king/alveda-king-holiday-season-beautiful-opportunity-express-love-grace

Our Heavenly Father

Matthew 6:9-13

When Christ taught His disciples to pray, He told them to call God “Our Father” when communicating with Him. Jesus often addressed God as “My Father,” but now they, too, shared in that privileged family relationship. All of us who’ve been born again are part of the household of God and have this same right.

Consider some of the ways our heavenly Father cares for His children. He …

Loves. God’s love is unconditional, since it’s based on His nature rather than our performance (1 John 4:16).

Listens. When we pray, He gives us His full attention (Psalm 55:16-17).

Provides. The Father assumes responsibility for meeting all our needs (Phil. 4:19).

Guides. He is the one who directs our path when we trust in Him (Prov. 3:5-6).

Protects. The Lord shields us spiritually, emotionally, and physically, sifting every experience through His sovereign fingers (Psalm 121).

Stays. He’s not an absentee parent, since He will never leave or forsake us (Deut. 31:8).

Disciplines. The Lord disciplines us for our good, so that we may share in His holiness (Heb. 12:5-11).

Though experiences with our earthly dads may have distorted our perspective of the heavenly Father, we can learn to see Him as He truly is. By viewing Him through the truth of Scripture instead of our preconceptions, we will see evidence of His loving care and discover a security we’ve never known before.

The Awful Misuse of the Bible

“. . . his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” (2 Peter 3:16) 

It is vitally important for every Christian to study and use the Scriptures, for they constitute our only real authority (note Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; 14:26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; etc.). In doing this, however, it is just as important that we not misuse the Scriptures, for this can be almost as dangerous as ignoring them altogether.

Many people twist the Scriptures, seeking to make them fit some opinion of their own, hoping thereby to give a pseudobiblical authority to their peculiar prejudices, instead of allowing the Lord to say what He means. Such distortion of Scripture has generated a plethora of cults and heresies—past and present. This was essentially Christ’s view of the Pharisees: “In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9).

Similar—perhaps even worse—is claiming to receive new Scripture, or perhaps new (and authoritative) insight on existing Scripture. “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it” (Deuteronomy 4:2). “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:6).

Cults and heretics distort and supplement the Scriptures, but still deadlier are the liberals who try to explain away the Scriptures. “If any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life” (Revelation 22:19). This act of distorting and then denying God’s Word (“Yea, hath God said. . . . Ye shall not surely die,” Genesis 3:1, 4) was the very lie of Satan that brought sin into the world. No wonder the Bible warns so severely against it! HMM

It behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren

Hebrews 2

Hebrews 2:1

As if our apostle had said,—Seeing Christ is so excellent in his person, and seeing the gospel has such a glorious author, let us take great care that we esteem his person, revere his authority, reverence his ministry, and believe his message; and let us take heed that our memories be not like leaking vessels, suffering the word at any time to slip or run from us.

Hebrews 2:2-4

Let that question ring in our ears, “How shall we escape?” There will be no escape, there can be none if we refuse the Lord Jesus. Do we mean to be lost? Dare we continue to neglect the great salvation?

Hebrews 2:5-9

Jesus died that to all men the message of salvation might be delivered, and that each one might be assured that upon his believing he will be pardoned. None are excluded from mercy but those who exclude themselves.

Hebrews 2:10-12

This passage occurs in Psalm 22, a psalm of Christ’s sufferings, entitled “Upon Aijeleth Shahar,” that is, The morning-stag, such an one as the huntsman singles out to hunt for that day. Christ thus hunted, praying for deliverance, promised to praise God’s name amidst his brethren.

Hebrews 2:13

All of which expressions denote nearness of relationship and likeness of nature, kindly recognised by the great head of the household of God.

Hebrews 2:16

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels or he took not up angels

Hebrews 2:16

but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Angels were passed by and men redeemed. Wondrous sovereignty this!

Hebrews 2:17, 18

Here is delightful encouragement to put our whole trust in him, and approach him without fear. Let us draw very near to him in prayer.

 

Jesus, who pass’d the angels by,

Assumed our flesh to bleed and die;

And still he makes it his abode;

As man, he fills the throne of God.

 

Our next of kin, our brother now,

Is he to whom the angels bow;

They join with us to praise his name,

But we the nearest interest claim.

 

The Outward, Upward Look

“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.” Isa. 45:22

This is a promise of promises. It lies at the foundation of our spiritual life. Salvation comes through a look at Him who is “a just God and a Saviour.” How simple is the direction! “Look unto me. How reasonable is the requirement! Surely the creature should look to the Creator. We have looked elsewhere long enough, it is time that we look alone to Him who invites our expectation, and promises to give us His salvation.

Only a look! Will we not look at once? We are to bring nothing in ourselves, but to look outward and upward to our Lord on His throne, whither He has gone up from the cross. A look requires no preparation, no violent effort: it needs neither wit nor wisdom, wealth nor strength. All that we need is in the Lord our God, and if we look to Him for everything, that everything shall be ours, and we shall be saved.

Come, far-off ones, look hither! Ye ends of the earth, turn your eyes this way! As from the furthest regions men may see the sun and enjoy his light, so you who lie in death’s borders at the very gates of hell may by a look receive the light of God, the life of Heaven, the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, and therefore able to save.

 

Do You Insist On Glamor Instead of Glory?

Therefore, brethren, standfast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

One ominous sign in the social structure that surrounds us is the false attitude toward anything that can be called “ordinary.” There has grown up all around us an idea that the “commonplace” is old-fashioned and strictly for the birds!

This existing mania for glamor and contempt for the ordinary are signs and portents in American society. Even religion has gone glamorous!

In case you do not know what glamor is, I might explain that it is a compound of sex, paint, padding and artificial lights. It came to America by way of the honky-tonk and the movie lot; got accepted by the world first, and then strutted into the Church—vain, self-admiring and contemptuous. Instead of the Spirit of God in our midst, we now have the spirit of glamor, as artificial as painted death!

Say what you will, it is a new kind of Christianity, with new concepts that face us brazenly wherever we turn within the confines of evangelical Christianity. The new Christian no longer wants to be good or saintly or virtuous!