My Take On Whitney Houston’s Death!

Even our icons feel pain. Whitney Houston’s death points out our own vulnerabilities. She touched so many, had incredible talent, great looks, but she wasn’t immune to struggles. God doesn’t create superheroes. We all have kinks & chinks in our respective armors. Despite her struggles & troubles, most of us found a place in our hearts to love her. Maybe we are losing so many much too soon. Some whose names are up in lights & some in our own respective worlds. The fact that one had struggle after struggle, doesn’t negate the love that we have for certain individuals. America & namely most of Black America might as well have been listed in the obit as family. This lady’s struggles didn’t erase the love that so many have had for her. She in essence had become family for so many of us.

Was it the Preacher’s Wife that did it? Was it The Bodyguard Movie? Was it her performance of The Star Spangled Banner? Was it just her voice? Was it the notes that only she could hit? Was it the struggles that she had, like so many in our own families? For whatever reason it may be, Whitney Houston had become family for many of us. My prayer is that God would send you peace after the death of our loved one. May we learn from her struggles. May we learn from this watershed teachable moment. Death has stuck us in the heart, but we serve a God that can make all things work together for our good. Thank you Lord for sending Whitney Houston by our paths. Grace isn’t deserved, but grace is reserved for so many that are victims of others pointing fingers. Whitney Houston I pray discovered the sheer grace of God in her final moments. This is my prayer. Prayerfully she did!

Sincerely,
Pastor Stephen F. Smith

Too Much Megachurch Pride!

While the church used to sing, Lord make me better, now our prayer is Lord make me bigger! I heard another rant from an “arrogant young mega-church preacher”, attacking other preachers who aren’t on his level, or those who don’t have his supposed level of success! Does bigger always mean better? Of course God wants his house full, & God wants us to snatch as many folks as we can into the Kingdom! However; if all of our mega-churches were put together, it wouldn’t nearly equal up to the large group that’s on its way to hell! We need every solider! Big ones! Small ones! Online ones! Small church ones! We even need U! We need all of us! God didn’t call the mega-church to be the “catch all/cure all” for all of the ills of our society! While there’s scandals at churches of every size, the mega-church’s past year leaves somethings to be desired!

One of Bishop G. E. Patterson’s regrets late in life, was building a church so large that he couldn’t totally handle, where he couldn’t always personally touch more individuals! I was there with him & labored under him for 10 years & I have stories that U wouldn’t believe! Now since I’m heading to my late forties, I’ve been around long enough to not get excited about some of the stuff that I see out here(Prophets out for profits, Prophetesses that are “prophet-misses”, & Preachers only preaching what folks want to hear)! Flesh on parade most times! Every now & then, our prayer should be, Lord make me better, because bigger isn’t always it! Kingdom-Effectiveness is a better gauge! Never allow your large church pr team, large church fliers, & thousand seat arenas, get U so far out of touch with God that U feel like God can only use U! To the Black Church Folks-The ills of Black America, haven’t been healed by the rise of the Black Mega-church! As a matter of fact, right across the street from most of them, you’ll find tons of ills! God needs us all, not just the ones that have put their “big” on! Now this is real talk!

Yours In Him,

Pastor Stephen F. Smith

The 20 Year Process!

Apostle David E. Taylor shares this awesome revelation at World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church in Memphis, Tennessee! It’s an awesome revelation & exactly what many in The Body of Christ need to hear! This is an awesome word!

 

Your Battle WIth Ordinary!

So many of us have an inner inkling that we’ve been created for so much more. Many have never found themselves walking into the purpose that they’ve been called to. It would seem that the enemy daily seeks us to be complacent about living an ordinary life, but you were created for so much more. God placed you here to dominate & subdue the Earth. On every day that you will see, you will have to battle this thing called ordinary, and you’ll have to battle complacency so many times. If we were created in the image of God as the Word of God tells us, then why would we ever settle for ordinary lives? So you have had a battle with trying circumstances, who hasn’t? God created you for so much more. Don’t allow the tough times from your past & present, ruin your dreams for tomorrow.

God created you & God knows that you have dominion all in your DNA. God’s Word warns us about being at ease in Zion. God hates complacency. God feeds off of our faith in Him. How are we showing God that we have faith, when fear tends to dominate so many of God’s children’s lives? Ordinary is a curse in your life. Your faith in an omnipotent God should demand that your reach should go far past that which we would call ordinary. God didn’t create you to just be one of the pack, one of the boys, one of the girls, or one of the crew. God knew that you were fearfully & wondrously made, & He expects so much more from you. One’s true faith in a loving God should demand that we should never settle for ordinary. When the roll call for ordinary is given, you had better not answer present. Never settle for ordinary, when greatness & The Kingdom of God lives inside of you.

Yours In Him,

Pastor Stephen F. Smith

It’s Time To Sever Some Ties!

Pastor Stephen F. Smith shares from Luke 9 verse 62, in this word from above, “It’s Time To Sever Some Ties”!
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Chosen!

In the midst of so many overlooking you, God has chosen you! You are God’s Special Pick! Why would God pick you, if He didn’t already know that you were greater than all of your trials? Even when it seems that you don’t fit anywhere Else, you are Chosen By God!

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Walking By Faith In Tough Times!

Pastor Stephen F. Smith preaches on 2nd Corinthians Chapter 5 verse 7! Your walk of faith shouldn’t be deterred by all that’s popping off all around U! Faith-Walkers keep their minds tuned to what God has said! Are U going to be moved by how things appear, or are U going to be moved by what God has said?

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