TYLER PERRY AND “THE PASSION”

 

The Passion

I got this email from Tyler Perry this morning.  Check it out and click on the link below if you’re interested in going or participating:

Hey TJ,

So next weekend I will be hosting and narrating The Passion, live on FOX. When I was asked to do this I thought, “wait a second, FOX is gonna do what?” If you’re like me at that time, then you’re wondering “what is The Passion?” Well, let me try to explain. It’s not a musical like Grease or The Wiz, this is the story of Jesus Christ’s last hours on earth, told as if He were on earth today. It’s a biblical story told in modern times, set to some of today’s most popular songs preformed throughout and all around New Orleans. There will also be people, like you and me, carrying a 20-foot illuminated cross through the streets. Talk about letting your little light shine.

The reason I wanted to be involved was because I was shocked to find out how many people in this country don’t know the story of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. I was also shocked at the amount of people under 25 who don’t believe in anything. Our world has changed so much.

But The Passion is an amazing opportunity to retell this amazing story. My prayer and hope is that it opens a dialogue that starts a revival all over this country.

The Passion is about love, inclusion and compassion for all mankind. It’s for believers and also nonbelievers. It’s for all faiths and all backgrounds. This story doesn’t just belong to one group, it belongs to humanity. Love, forgiveness and compassion, those are things that are universal to us all. We all need them and The Passion will deliver it right into your home. When was the last time you can say you turned on the TV and that happened?

I’m calling on my audience and believers all over this country to help support this show. Please help us send a message to Hollywood that we want to see more TV shows that leave us lifted, inspired and changed. Shows that leave us hopeful.

I want to also say thank you to FOX and the creator and producers of The Passion. Thank you for bringing some balance to TV.

And I also want to say thank you to YOU. I hope you will watch and pray for us and this show. It can be quite special if we all get behind it in spirit and in faith.

If you want to see it live in New Orleans or help literally carry the cross through the streets, you can click on this link. Tickets are free here: http://thepassion.com/participate/

God bless,

Tyler

THE GOSPEL OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PART II

This is uncanny to say the least, but real.  Exactly one year ago today , I wrote a post called “The Gospel Of Domestic Violence” (copy and paste this link if you want to read it)  https://studiotj.wordpress.com/?s=The+++++gospel+of+domestic+violence+

At any rate, the post dealt with gospel singer/radio personality James Fortune and his legal issues as it relates to domestic violence.  When I wrote the initial post I was really, really angry with the things that were in the news concerning this artist.  I had enjoyed his music and after some of the things that I read, I didn’t even want to hear anything from him (that was difficult because he has some great music).  Fast forward to one day last week.  I was in my car listening to Darlene McCoy on the “Nightly Spirit” (a gospel radio show) and she interviewed James Fortune.  He came in and wanted to talk about his issues.  I didn’t hear all of the interview but I heard enough to at least change my position.  Fortune, who is responsible for such gospel hits as “Hold On”, “I Believe”, and “Live Through It”, spoke candidly to McCoy about his issues with anger management.

“A lot of times you’ll always say what you’ll never do but when you can’t control your anger anything can trigger and make you do something that maybe you felt like you would never do. For me I ask God, of course I thank God for forgiveness but for me it was more than just forgiving,” Fortune said. “I wanted to be better. I wanted to be changed. I wanted God to do something on the inside of me so that my story, my testimony could help someone else.”  Fortune said he went through professional counseling to work on those issues.
I was ecstatic to hear that he in fact acknowledged his problems, asked for forgiveness, and sought help.  WE ALL HAVE ISSUES and they manifest themselves in different ways.  I’m just glad that he sought help for his and perhaps that can help many others.
Above is the video of James Fortune & Fiya’s “Hold On” featuring Monica and Fred Hammond.

THE TRICK IS ON THE DEVIL

You’ve got to see this video!

This is one of the most poignant testimonies that I think I’ve ever heard.  This was played in church today and the place exploded.  To some it may start off a bit slow but really gets real interesting at the 3:30 mark.  This pastor, Ron Archer talks about being born to a prostitute and his atheist upbringing.  Most importantly he talks about how GOD brought him out.  I hope you check this out and let me know what you think.  It is powerful!

ERICA CAMPBELL 2.0 “I LUH GOD”

Check out this track by Erica Campbell and let me know what you think.  Some are calling this music (TRAP GOSPEL) controversial because it resembles secular club music too much for gospel purists.  I guess these are some of the same people who took issue with Kirk Franklin when he came out with “Stomp”.  I don’t think that any of us can question the heart of another person and how they want to praise God.  In the words of another secular artist, Tamar Braxton, “GET YOUR LIFE”!

 

 

CREFLO DOLLAR RESPONDS…

crazy-creflo

I really have no words for this comical dose of spiritual manipulation that’s served on a  platter of “the devil’s trying to discredit me”.  Sometimes people USE church for the wrong thing and that’s to manipulate money out of the parishioner’s pockets.

It’s been about a month since televangelist Creflo Dollar made headlines after his campaign for supporters to buy him a $65 million dollar plane. “If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me,” Dollar told his followers. “You cannot stop me from dreaming. I’m gonna dream until Jesus comes.”

Below is a video from his church showing Dollar blasting his critics of his short-lived campaign to raise the $65 million dollars for his new jet.

LET’S HEAR YOUR TESTIMONY

This is hilarious. Thanks A. Renae for sending it. One thing about this lady… She was telling the truth. How many times do you hear people in church testilying? Yeah, you heard me correctly… Some of these people get up and testily! Don’t let that be you.
I’ve been slack on posting. Hopefully this will get me back on track. Have a great day.

DID THIS PASTOR EMBEZZLE 1 MILLION DOLLARS?

I saw the story that is below online the other day and I meant to share it with you. These kinds of stories are getting more prevalent. Some would say that we are living in the last days but I really can’t make that prediction because the WORD says that no man knows the day nor the hour… At any rate check out this story of betrayal and embezzlement by this church pastor. I must add that the pastor has only been accused of this crime and not yet convicted. Persons are assumed innocent… until proven guilty.
By Ian Silver
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TULSA, Okla. —
A local pastor was charged in federal court Wednesday in the embezzlement of almost a million dollars from a community center his church built.

Rev. Willard Jones, a pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, faces three counts of wire fraud and one count of tax fraud.

FOX23 learned a community center the church built was the vision of Jones. He helped design it and raised funds to build it.

The U.S. attorney said he was also stealing a lot of those funds and living an expensive life, instead of serving this high-poverty area.

FOX23 was there when Jones broke ground on the community center and when it opened in September 2011.

U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said the executive board of the community center did an internal audit in 2013 when Jones said there weren’t enough operating funds.

“About $500,000 was missing. Reverend Jones would not cooperate with that audit, and subsequently the FBI was contacted,” said Williams.

An investigation by the FBI found jones had taken more than $933,000 in all.

“When in fact, he was spending the stolen funds on hotels, restaurants, gambling at casinos, liquor, automobiles and luxury items including a Rolex watch and a monogrammed mink fur coat with matching hat and gloves,” said Williams.

According to court documents, he also used money to pay for work on his house.

“Based on our investigation, there are no funds left,” said Williams.

IRS Special Agent Damon Rowe told FOX23 Jones also lied on his taxes and did not report close to $400,000.

“Our agents are committed to making sure that we follow the money to the end, and we’ll leave no stone unturned,” said Rowe.

Jones stepped down from his post as executive director of the community center, but remains pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Williams said the crimes he’s accused of committing against the community center affect a lot more people.

“Mr. Jones failed to honor the trust of the community, which needed revitalization,” said Williams.

Jones is scheduled for his first appearance in court next Friday.

SHOULD CHRISTIANS DRINK?

Should Christians drink alcohol? That is a question that I heard on a Christian Radio Station several weeks ago and it has been the subject of conversation for years. I am not the true and righteous judge but many have weighed in on this controversial topic. I remember being in church one Sunday morning when a well-known pastor told the congregation that he absolutely did not see anything wrong with a Christian having a drink. A now deceased friend of mine responded to what the pastor said by saying “I heard what the pastor said but for me, when I sip… I slip”. I thought that statement was poignant. I have another Christian friend who told me that she used to drink and she would sometimes go to parties that her older brother would have. She said that she never hesitated to have a daiquiri or two at the party. She said that one day she spoke to her brother about going to church and he politely told her that he would not go because she was not much different than anyone else because she was still getting drunk at the parties just like everyone else. She said that she immediately stopped drinking because she felt that it messed up her ability to minister to other people. You’ve got to weigh in and tell me what you think about this topic.
This is what happens when Christians drink.
twyla
Recently in the news rapper/pastor Mase’s wife, Twyla was arrested for DWI. She blew a .14, almost twice the legal limit. Mase has since banished his wife from preaching at this church and he has filed for divorce. There are reports that say that the drunken driving incident was the last straw for him. Apparently she had been preaching that “drunkenness is a sin”.
Also, check out this article that I found on CBN.com

CBN.com — The Bible says that “wine is a mocker, intoxicating drink arouses brawling” (Proverbs 20:1). The Bible also says, “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbor, pressing him to your bottle, even to make him drunk” (Habakkuk 2:15). Yet the Bible does not say that drinking a glass of wine or beer, or a cocktail with dinner, is a sin. Drunkenness is a sin, forbidden by the Bible, but having one drink may not be wrong.
Is drinking alcohol wrong? I do not drink alcoholic beverages for one major reason: My conduct might cause someone else, who is weak, to stumble. The apostle Paul established a rule of conduct that I think is very good. He said he would not eat meat or drink wine or do anything else which would cause a weaker brother to stumble (see Romans 14:14-21).
In a country where there are at least twenty million problem drinkers, and millions of others who use alcohol to excess, Christians just cannot stand by and say, “I can drink alcoholic beverages because the Bible does not say not to.” My conduct should be governed by the law of love. If I love my brother, I will not cause him to stumble and be offended. I personally refrain from drinking alcohol for that reason.
There is another reason for not drinking. The believer’s body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is hard to think that we could pour liquor into the temple of God without defiling it. Liquor destroys blood vessels and brain cells. Long-term consumption of alcoholic beverages can cause cirrhosis of the liver, lead to delirium tremens, and make for habitual alcoholism.
It is also very difficult to think that anyone could worship God with his mind befogged by drinking. Even one ounce of liquor can begin to bring on intoxication. Two or three ounces can make a person legally drunk. Half of all the traffic deaths in the United States are caused by people who have had at least one drink prior to driving.
To take our money, our lives, and our bodies, all of which belong to Jesus, and subject them to a state of intoxication can hardly be said to glorify the Lord or be an act of faith.
Some would raise the issue of what Jesus did when He changed water into wine. In ancient Israel there was almost no alcoholism, and there is little problem with it in Israel today. But in Jesus’ day, wine was used at meals and in ceremonial functions or for special parties. As a national matter, wine was not a problem for them. Their wine was probably a low-alcohol-content grape derivative, and it was more of a refreshing beverage than it was an intoxicant. Jesus lived in a society in which alcoholism was not the problem that it is in our day. So, for Him, in the context of that culture, wine was all right. But for us in America today, alcohol is not all right.

PLAYING CHURCH PART 2

SHOW ME THE MONEY
C’mon people, we’ve got to do better!!! I heard about this article last night on the radio and I simply could not believe it. A North Carolina Church is now charging admission. I really wonder who would pay to go to a church when there’s a church almost on every street corner and isn’t the WORD free. Perhaps the pastor need to consider the fact that the church that he’s pastoring…wait for it………… is not supposed to be operational. People were calling in to the radio station and letting it be known that there is no way that they would pay to go to a church. Check out the article below and let me know what you think.
Winston-Salem, NC – A Carolina church has introduced a controversial plan to charge an admission fee to attend their Sunday morning service. Mount Ebenezer Baptist Church revealed the fee was a direct result of church members and visitors not giving enough offering to keep the doors open.
The Church’s pastor, Rev. James Lamont, spoke with local news station WSTV saying, “We realize charging members to attend church would not be a popular decision, however it was necessary to remain operational. There is a lot that goes on to make these services happen. Without a sufficient amount of donations, the church would have to operate at a loss. We are in the business of saving souls, but we are also a business. Salaries and bills have to be paid. Saving souls ain’t cheap.”
Members of Mount Ebenezer Baptist Church will be allowed to pay a discounted yearly membership fee ($60.00), while visitors will pay $10 at the door. The church says they will also offer a $25 family discounted admission fee (up to four family members). Entrance to the church will be free on all days except for Sunday worship service. Children under 12 will be allowed to enter the church without paying.
Reverend Lamont says the fee was made reluctantly, but after 6 straight months of having to operate the church with his own personal funds, it became necessary.