Thoughts from the Pastor

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”

 John 14:1 

 This scripture sounds so peaceful, and serene, but watch the news today or listen to the news broadcasts and you may find it hard to be at peace.  According to news reports, there is trouble everywhere and it is difficult not to let that impression invade your life and ruin any chance for peace you have.  I know people who are very anxious and worried about the future.  But Christ brings us a different report. His words spoken through our scripture today are not about an unencumbered lifestyle in nirvana, removed from any care or contact with “real” life.  In fact, the circumstances about to be encountered by those he is speaking to were headed in the direction of persecution because of their relationship with him.  These words are about peace beyond that which man can give or take away.  They are words of reality in a world created by God unstained by man.  Jesus’ birth, His life, His death and resurrection has made our future a reality of God’s grace.  Not the product of man’s anxieties.  It is His gift to those who will believe that we have a secured future.  Not just a better tomorrow, but an everlasting and eternal future of hope.  Jesus is the realization of that promise made in Jeremiah 29:11-13

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  

Because Jesus lives we can live.  Because He loves, we can love.  Because He forgives, we can be forgiven.  Because Christ conquered, we can be free of bondage.  Because He suffered we have the promise of healing from our suffering.  Hatred, anger, strife, fear and anxiety can be removed from our living because He first loved us.  So, “Let not your heart be troubled” we have peace because he is The Prince of Peace!

Keep the Faith,

Bro. Tony

Posted by Dr. Tony Taylor

What is Police Culture Really????

 In light of our scripture today and with all of the political dust stirring around our Law Enforcement Officers lately, I share the following.  It is written by Sargent Anthony Taylor, a 27-year veteran with Carrollton, Texas Police Department.

What is Police Culture Really????
“Policing is one of the most noble of professions. We do not sign up for this job to be rulers or kings. We choose to carry the responsibility of serving those who have no one else to call upon. Within policing is a culture.  It is a culture of good versus evil…right versus wrong.   It is carrying a burden so others won’t have to and standing up for someone in their time of need.  It is ensuring that order is achieved, because without order, there is only chaos. Without order, there is no stability. We are the knights that stand at the gates to prevent the thieves from wreaking havoc within our kingdom.

We hold the torch of character to show everyone around who to look for.  We show our citizens how to treat each other.  We do not treat others like ladies and gentlemen because THEY are, but because WE are ladies and gentlemen.  In the face of adversity, we stand planted.  As others, whether to our faces, behind our backs or across all forms of media; defile our names, our cause and our sacrifice, we stay rooted in the soil of courage. We are watered by virtue and fed by honor.  Valor shines brightly for everyone to see.

We ARE resolute…admirably purposeful, determined and unwavering.  We have been designed and called on for the sole purpose of being the bodies to battle danger, the minds to know right from wrong, the hearts to show compassion to those hurting, and the spirit to carry each other through even the most trying of times.

Within policing is a culture, an art and a craft manifested through service to our communities and achieving humanity collectively WITH those we serve.  We are not an alter to be worshiped at, or a trophy to be admired.  We are simply an influence to treat others the way you would like to be treated and an enticement to respect each other.”

 Scripture ReferenceMatthew 7:12 (NKJV)
Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Keep the Faith,

Bro. Tony

And I Will Give You a New Heart

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”  Scripture Reference – Ezekiel 36:26 

Have you considered the wonders of modern medicine, lately?  Think about it.  Today we routinely have open heart surgery where old, clogged and hardened arteries can be removed and replaced with better ones that will restore blood flow and health to the brain and the body.  Often, the patient is back at home in a day or two.  We can even do heart transplants and we have made some improvement toward mechanical hearts.  It is truly amazing.  Of course, the concept of renewing the heart is not a new one.  As we see in our scripture today, it existed as far back as Ezekiel’s time.  Creator, God knew the value of replacing hearts that were diseased, clogged and hardened, by life and sin, with a new one that could improve spiritual health for the body.  Just as it is for the physical body, the heart is vital to the health of the spiritual body.  In his book, Fan the Flame, J. Stowell states that “the heart is used in Scripture as the most comprehensive term for the authentic person.” It is the part of our being where we desire, deliberate, and decide. It has been described as “the place of conscious and decisive spiritual activity,” “the comprehensive term for a person as a whole; his feelings, desires, passions, thought, understanding and will,” and “the center of a person; the place to which God turns.”    Replacing a stony, hardened heart is essential to the restoration of a spiritually healthy person.  The heart is the center of who we really are.  If our heart is diseased, spiritually or otherwise, we are not able to be who we truly are.  We become spiritually and physically ill.  We also find a good description of condition in our scripture reference.  With a diseased heart we are “stony” and “stubborn” as opposed to that which God created us to be – “tender” and “responsive.”  Just as in the miraculous and almost incomprehensible realm of medicine, God can miraculously restore your life by removing the old heart and giving you a new one.

Keep the Faith,
Bro. Tony

Posted by Dr. Tony Taylor

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