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Watch this year's amazing illustrative sermon from Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr.
Do you remember when you first fell head over heels in love...really in love? You assured your mate that everything was perfect and you tried to put your best foot forward. Sometimes, after we have conquered our initial relationship goal, love can be less exciting. Why don't do all the things we once did to attain the relationship? In this profound message, Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr. teaches that the Apostle Paul gave the same analogy to the church at Ephesus. The people once showed Jesus love, but did not maintain their enthusiasm or faithfulness in their relationship with God. When we disconnect from God, we must pause to remember, repent, and return. The message to the church at Ephesus is still relevant for churches today. Revelation 2:4
Using Paul’s inspiration while he was incarcerated in the book of Philippians, Pastor Reginald Sharpe, Jr. gives us a "cheat sheet” to use as we face life's challenges. Remember Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Having profound observation, personal declaration, and powerful motivation, we must remember that God will be our spotter when the load gets heavy. Philippians 4:13
How many of us are living our lives trying to prove something to other people? If we aren’t careful, our family, ex-boyfriends, current girlfriends, frenemies, classmates, and coworkers can all influence our perception of ourselves! A relationship with Jesus Christ is an intimate encounter that reveals our innermost thoughts, feelings, and vulnerabilities. Many of us try to overcompensate for the lack of relationship with Jesus in our lives. In this impactful message, Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr. encourages us to never let the issues we face prevent us from living a full and authentic life! He cautions that if we spend our time trying to prove ourselves to others, we will ultimately lose sight of our earthly purpose and never truly be fulfilled. In the book of Luke, Zacchaeus finally realized that he longed for something more than the superficial life he had built to impress others. Like Zacchaeus, we can also live a life of authenticity if we are willing to draw nearer to Jesus. Luke 19:1-7
Have you almost given up under the weight of life’s pressures? King David offers his own telling admission of exhaustion in the 27th Psalm. David remembered that he had been emotionally rejected by all of his close associations and he had been longing for direction when God stepped in on his behalf. In this insightful message, Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr. explains that God was in the process of transferring the Kingdom of Israel from King Saul to David. Though David was a lowly shepherd, he did not quit because he was still expecting and believing that God would show him goodness and favor. As a result of his faith, he handled the menial responsibilities and was elevated to major responsibility! Psalm 27:13
Did you know that there is a psychology to jealousy and envy? In this clinical sermon, Pastor Reginald Sharpe, Jr. uses the Parable of the Elder Brother to define the psychology of a “hater.” A hater is a jealous person who will attempt to expose the flaws of another person. Many haters cannot be happy for another individual because they have mismanaged their own resources. In order to defend against this poisonous mentality, we must remember to be thankful for what we have. We must run our own race and celebrate the blessings of others when God is working in their lives. As a reward, we will come to a complete understanding of our Heavenly Father’s goodness and His works that endure from generation to generation. Luke 15:25-32
Each of our choices has the effect of driving us closer to God or pushing us further away from His provisions. Righteous living is pleasing to God and it is honored by God. In the book of Luke, we see that the prodigal son lived frivolously by discounting godly instruction and wasting his resources. As a result, the prodigal son found himself hungry, penniless, and begging for work. In this redemptive sermon, Pastor Reginald Sharpe, Jr. emphasizes the presence of God in ALL of our circumstances. There are times in life when we are wrong, but God is faithful. Whenever we go astray, we must repent and recognize that God is in control. He is always transforming us in order to develop and mature us in His image. Luke 15:14
Many biological, environmental, and experiential circumstances affect our behavior and life choices. Thankfully, God does not allow where we come from to determine the outcome of our lives. In this historically rooted sermon, Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr. shares the remarkable story of Jephthah. Having been thrust into hereditary shame and unfairly exiled into the wilderness, Jephthah was anointed to ultimately become a commander and notable Judge for the people of Israel. In the end, Jephthah was a much stronger person because of everything he was able to overcome. If you ever find yourself in the wilderness, remember that you are good enough to break through! Judges 11:5-8
Throughout our lives, circumstances arise that seem to leave us in shambles. Every fix we put into place seems to immediately fail. We are unable to find peace no matter where we turn. In these moments, we must remember to wait on God and know when to stand still. Through this glorifying worship service, we encounter the presence of God as we "stand still and witness the salvation of the Lord." Pastor Sharpe’s uplifting words remind us that God is the Carpenter of our lives, as He is able to transform the tattered remains of any situation. By calling out to Him, God is able to alter our situation in ways we never imaged. Psalm 46:10
In our lives we must caution against labeling ourselves and condemning others. As Jesus was traveling through Jericho, he came upon a tax collector named Zacchaeus. In this redemptive message, Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr. explores how quickly the people judged Jesus for his acknowledgment of Zacchaeus. Those who were around Zacchaeus only saw the bad in him and they thought that nothing in him was worthy of contact or connection with Jesus Christ. How grateful are we that despite being rejected, belittled, and despised, Jesus has an affinity for the hurting, the outcast, and the broken! Luke 19:5-8
How do you help someone when you cannot relate to their issue? In the book of Acts, Peter was bold enough to have a conversation with a man who was struggling with something that he could not identify with. We can reach those who need the gospel, but we must first offer them a foundation of love. In this message, Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr. presents us with the perfect example of how to be gentle when encountering people from all walks of life. The Apostle Peter talks to the man and not about him. We won't be able to transform our community if we are offending, judging, and insulting them at the same time. The foundation of the gospel is love and we must remember this in our daily walk with God and man. Acts 3:1-5
By Crystal Smith "Dr. E. Dewey Smith Responds To Anti-Gay Church Hypocrisy Video Clip That Has Gone Viral!" This is a long article, but in all thy getting GET understanding! Media is quick to edit and only report on the part they feel is relevant. We asked Dr. Smith for a response and we decided to publish the ENTIRE reply and here it is! Click HERE to see FULL SERMON! For almost 30 years I have been blessed to share the Gospel in enumerable settings and favored to move fluidly throughout diverse contexts. I have always been considered an“ecclesiastical diplomat”, who has sought to find a way to “draw circles” and not “lines” from a Christian vantage point. My focus has consistently been... Continue Reading →
By Crystal Smith “The Supreme Court, Black Sexual Politics & the GMWA“ Several months ago, I learned through social media that a conference was convening at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, NY. This church is pastored by my Morehouse College classmate and friend, Pastor Michael Walrond. The conference was sponsored by Columbia University and had an intriguing theme: “Are the Gods afraid of Black Sexuality?: Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics.” A member of the church who attended the conference posted some thought provoking quotes on social media. The posts covered a myriad of topics, a few of which were: 1) Same-gender loving people write a lot of the music that has historically and presently been ministered in churches. 2) There are a disproportionate number of same-gender loving people... Continue Reading →