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Have It Your Way!

We live in a “Have It Your Way” society! If you don’t believe me…Google it! You’ll get One Hundred Forty Eight Million Hits! Burger King is at the top…no surprise.

No reflection on Burger King… but if you continue to have it your way about salvation…putting it off, waiting til you get older, waiting for things to get worse in your life, waiting until there’s a storm, or catastrophe…you’ll miss out on going to heaven and living forever.

Why do you think that people who are over forty can remember their chilhood so easily? Have you ever asked yourself that? I know why. Because it seemed like only yesterday.

Don’t put your salvation off…God has a plan for your life and it’s not too late. No matter how old you are you haven ‘t missed the boat …yet. BUt, I tell you that boat is docking.

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The Bishop TD Jakes Earring Flap!

BISHOP TD JAKES AND HIS LOVELY DAUGHTER SARA

Saints ( I guess they are) are funny enough…but saints on the Internet are even more comical. I could prove it but I might get sued, so I’ll pass. I’m not talking about Bishop Jakes…I’m talking about you and me. We’re just so quick to turn on each other. Scary? I think so.

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This morning I was approached by one of the Prayer Warriors; she was nearly in tears. It seems as though her teen age son wanted to wear an earring in his ear and had went along with her saying: “No.” Well, that is until he looked on television at a picture of Bishop Jakes in his daughter’s wedding and saw Bishop TD Jakes wearing an earring. (He doesn’t wear one in the pulpit.) He exclaimed in defense: “If Bishop TD Jakes can get one, I don’t see why I can’t too?” This mother told her son that he couldn’t get one and that was the end of it. And indeed it was. Now this lady is very sincere, someone who loves God and doesn’t mind praying for others…everyone without exception or question.

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One of the reasons that people are opposed to the idea of Bishop Jakes wearing a diamond in his ear; is because in their perception; it’s worldly. If you’re born again, you “left” the world so to speak. We’re a part of the Kingdom of God. The wearing of the earrings (on men) to most of our knowledge is a worldly thing and a reminder of what “they” do; they being people in the world. The truth be told, many of us haven’t in fact left the worldliness behind in one way or another; through one trait or another. Most of us have some remnant or temptation that besets us and we’ve all got some flesh that must be put down whether we admit it or whether people can “see” it or not. That’s the prevailing thought pattern amongst believers. Believers have high standards…for others. We’ve got to be careful about that.

Also, should we wear or not wear things in church and switch out in the world? People do it all the time. Some mean to, some don’t. These are matters of concern and pose great challenges to us all.

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We concluded regarding Bishop Jakes and the earring that God was doing some sifting and immediately began to pray. Now, looking back; I think it was us being sifted. Don’t get me wrong; I am very much opposed to men wearing earrings (as a rule), but that has been my own prejudice and it’s still NONE OF MY BUSINESS IF THEY DO. In fact, I know now I’ve been sifted…I’ve learned so much from this.

Will it change me or you? No, I sure hope not. For me it’s just an observation that I’ve been allowed to see that I don’t yet understand.

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SEEMS THIS EARRING THING HAS TURNED INTO A VERY BIG DEAL AND IT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL…THAT THIS COULD POSSIBLY BE A BIG DEAL. PEOPLE BEING UNSAVED..NOW THAT’S A BIG DEAL!

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I researched people’s opinions on the Internet and as a rule, I found many Christians to be very condemning. I “almost” was the same way too, but…

as I was walking around thinking about it…I happened to look in the mirror and see my earrings. My ears have been pierced for years and years…but does that make me any different? Feminists would say why can’t men wear earrings; it’s just a fashion trend?

I don’t wear diamonds in my ear but who’s to say that I wouldn’t if I had them? I probably wouldn’t but who’s to say? Would criticizing Bishop Jakes make me a hypocrite? I think so, but that’s not the reason that I choose not to do it.

Then, I prayed about it.

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CONCLUSION

Wearing an earring in his ear doesn’t make Bishop TD Jakes any less spiritual. Admittedly, my spiritual Father doesn’t wear one; nor have I ever supported the idea of men wearing earrings, (that means little in the scheme of things). I don’t know Bishop Jakes or the reason and I am not alone, am I? I might add that in this case as in many others, it’s none of my business. Unfortunately, the body of Christ may not view it that way (I’ve read Christian Message Boards) and that’s sad that a private matter was made a public issue.

On behalf of Cafe Sozo, I’d like to Congratulate Bishop Jakes and First Lady Serita on the marriage of their daughter and Sara and her husband. We’ll be praying for them to be Blessed and to walk under the mighty hand of God never to miss a step in these trying times and we encourage you to do the same.

It’s my understanding that if people are indeed concerned about any member of the body of Christ..then, they should pray for them first also asking God for direction. No way should people be spreading rumors and vilifying this man over an earring in his ear! No way should you think any less of him. He’s a great man of God, full of Wisdom and the body should be supportive. That’s my e-pinion.

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The Birth of The Song “Precious Lord”

THE BIRTH OF THE SONG ‘PRECIOUS LORD’

Back in 1932, I was 32 years old and a fairly new husband.
My wife, Nettie and I were living in a little apartment on

Chicago’s south side.

One hot August afternoon I had to go to St.Louis where I was to be the featured soloist at a large revival meeting.
I didn’t want to go.
Nettie was in the last month of pregnancy with our first child.
But a lot of people were expecting me in St. Louis.
I kissed Nettie good-bye, clattered downstairs to our Model A and, in a fresh Lake Michigan
breeze, chugged out of Chicago on Route 66.
However, outside the city, I discovered that in my anxiety at leaving, I had forgotten my music case.
I wheeled around and headed back
I found Nettie sleeping peacefully.
I hesitated by her bed; something was strongly telling me to stay.
But eager to get on my way, and not wanting to disturb Nettie, I shrugged off the feeling and
quietly slipped out of the room with my music.
The next night, in the steaming St. Louis heat, the crowd called on me to sing again and again.
When I finally sat down, a messenger boy ran up with a Western Union telegram.
I ripped open the envelope.
Pasted on the yellow sheet were the words: YOUR WIFE JUST DIED.
People were happily singing and clapping around me, but I could hardly keep from crying out.
I rushed to a phone and called home.
All I could hear on the other end was ‘Nettie is dead.
Nettie is dead.’
When I got back, I learned that Nettie had given birth to a boy.
I swung between grief and joy.
Yet that same night, the baby died.
I buried Nettie and our little boy together, in the same casket.
Then I fell apart.
For days I closeted myself.
I felt that God had done me an injustice.
I didn’t want to serve Him anymore or write gospel songs.
I just wanted to go back to that jazz world I once knew so well.
But then, as I hunched alone in that dark apartment those first sad days, I thought
Back to the afternoon I went to St. Louis.
Something kept telling me to stay with Nettie.
Was that something God?
Oh, if I had paid more attention to Him that day, I would have stayed and been with Nettie when she died.
From that moment on I vowed to listen more closely to Him.
But still I was lost in grief.
Everyone was kind to me, especially one friend.
The following Saturday evening he took me up to Malone’s College, a neighborhood music school.
It was quiet; the late evening sun crept through the curtained windows.
I sat down at the piano, and my hands began to browse over the keys.
Something happened to me then.
I felt at peace.
I felt as though I could reach out and touch God.
I found myself playing a melody, once into my head they just seemed to fall into place:

‘Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I
am worn, through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light, take my
hand, precious Lord, lead me home.’
The Lord gave me these words and melody,
He also healed my spirit.
I learned that when we are in our deepest grief, when we feel farthest from God, this is when He is closest,
And when we are most open to His restoring power.
And so I go on living for God willingly and joyfully, until that day comes when He will take me and gently lead me home.
Tommy Dorsey
Beautiful, isn’t it? Worth the reading, wasn’t it?
Think on the message for awhile.
Editor’s Footnote: Mr. Dorsey passed on to Glory in 1933; one year after his wife and son.  He was not the Famous band leader as some have said; but he left his mark!
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EMERGENCY NUMBERS!

Emergency Telephone Numbers
These are more effective than 911
When –
You are sad, phone John 14
You have sinned, phone Psalm 51
You are facing danger, phone Psalm 91
People have failed you, phone Psalm 27< /A>
It feels as though God is far from you, phone
Psalm 139

Your faith needs stimulation, phone < /B>Hebrews 11
You are alone and scared, phone Psalm 23
You are worried, phone Matthew 8:19-34
You are hurt and critical, phone 1 Corinthians 13
You wonder about Christianity, phone 2 Corinthians 5:15-18
You feel like an outcast, phone
Romans 8:31-39
You are seeking peace, phone Matthew 11:25-30
It feels as if the world is b igger than God, phone Psalm 90
You need Christ like insurance, phone Romans 8:1-30
You are leaving home for a trip , phone < /I>Psalm 121
You are praying for yourself, phone Psalm 87
You require courage for a task, phone Joshua 1
Inflation’s and investments are hogging your thoughts, phone M ark 10:17-31
You are depressive, phone Psalm 27
Your bank account is empty, phone Psalm 37
You lose faith in mankind, phone 1 Corinthians 13
It looks like people are unfriendly, phone John 15
You are losing hope, phone Psalm 126
You feel the world is small comp ared to you, phone Psalm 19
You want to carry fruit, phone John 15
Paul’s secret for happiness, phone Colossians 3:12-17

With big opportunity/ discovery, phone Isaiah 55
To get along with other people, phone Romans 12
ALTERNATE NUMBERS
For dealing with fear, call Psalm 47
For security, call Psalm 121:3
For assurance, call Mark 8:35
For reassurance, call Psalm 145:18
ALL THESE NUMBERS MAY BE PHONED DIRECTLY.
NO OPERATOR ASSISTANCE IS NECESSARY.
ALL LINES TO HEAVEN ARE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY.
FEED YOUR FAITH, AND DOUBT WILL STARVE TO DEATH