Archive for June, 2013

“Cadillac is Back”

June 29, 2013

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Recently, I traveled to the Detroit Renaissance Center, the site of the fast approaching 2013 PNBC Annual Meeting.  The “Rencen,” as it’s popularly known, in addition to housing a Marriott Hotel, dinning and shopping, is also the corporate home of General Motors.

While at the center, I stopped at a café’, grabbed a cup of coffee and a free automotive paper that was on a newsstand, and I saw a headline that grabbed my attention.  The headline said “Cadillac is Back.” The story went on to describe how over the past 4-months the Cadillac brand has outsold all other luxury automobiles including Mercedes, Lexus, BMW, Lincoln and Audi.

The article celebrated the genius of Cadillac’s engineers and how the brand has kept true to its roots, but has been updated with cutting-edge technology.  As I pondered the story, and thought about the historic relationship of Cadillacs and African American preachers, God spoke to me and said, just as Cadillac has come back, “The Progressive National Baptist Convention is coming back.” 

What also played into this revelation is the fact that the Renaissance Center sits prominently on the Detroit River and historically and biblically rivers represent restoration, renewal, and revival.  Indeed, Paul and Silas in the 16th Chapter of the book of Acts went down by the riverside because there down by the riverside was a known place of prayer.  Also during the days of slavery, African Americans would steal away and go down by the riverside, to a place of prayer, restoration and revival, and this is exactly what is going to be happening in Detroit, prayer, restoration, and revival.

PNBC President, Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore, Sr. has designated the first hour of each day at our Detroit Annual Session as the “Harold A. Carter, Sr. Hour of Prayer” and restoration, renewal and revival always begins with prayer. The Convention will kick-off on Sunday evening with a Gospel extravaganza including the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Bishop Marvin Winans and Grammy Winning Gospel Artists Dorinda Clark Cole among others.  The concert venue seats about 2,000 persons and the concert is only $20, so you better get your tickets while they last.

On Monday, our First Ladies will be treated to a special first lady’s spa, and on Monday afternoon we’ll take the Gospel to the streets with our “Silver Lining of Hope” Stop the Gun Violence crusade. 

On Tuesday, the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. will preach and we will hold a special discussion of recent challenges to the Voting Rights Act.  We will also hear from a host of inspirational preachers including Dr. Fredrick Haynes, III and Dr. Jeremiah Wright. Each day will be a day of restoration and revival including a host of dynamic classes.

I am excited about our upcoming annual meeting in Detroit and I pray that you are as well. The deadline to make your reservations is July 11, so make them now while you have time.  I look forward to see you in Detroit and remember just like Cadillac, PNBC is coming back!

Peace, Power and Progress, Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.

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“Becoming a Kingdom Man” June 15, 2013

June 15, 2013

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Popular radio evangelist Tony Evans has a best-selling book out entitled “Kingdom Man.” In this book Dr. Evans says that many of the problems that we have in today’s society can be traced back to the home and an absence of Fathers. Consider that:

• 70% of all prisoners come from fatherless homes.
• 80% of all rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes.
• 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
• 63% of all teen suicides occur in homes where the father was either abusive or absent.
• Virtually every adult social pathology has been linked to either fatherless homes or homes with a father and/or husband who was absent, abusive, or neglectful.

However, in his Dr. Evans says that all of these problems can be addressed if our men would become Kingdom Men. What is a Kingdom Man? Here are some highlights from the book:

• A kingdom man is a preserver of culture and a champion of society to keep out evil and usher in good. Being a kingdom man involves exercising authority and responsibility along with wisdom and compassion. A kingdom man intentionally aligns his life, choices, thoughts, and actions under the lordship of Jesus Christ.

• A kingdom man understands that God never said a godly life would be easy, He just said it would be worth it.

• Any man who blames his wife for the chaos in his home without simultaneously accepting responsibility for addressing it is publicly declaring his lack of biblical manhood.

• Pornography use is one of the greatest indicators that a man has lost touch with his own manhood since he has to piggyback on the intimacy of others.

• If a man is out of alignment with God’s prescription for kingdom manhood, it not only messes him up, but it can also mess up anyone or everyone else who comes into contact with him, especially if they fall under his authority.

• The time you spend with your family as a man should never be a second thought. It should always be your first thought.

On this Father’s Day (June 16), it is my prayer that more of our men will seek to become “Kingdom Men”– men who live their lives in dedication to God and make a difference in their families, the church and world!

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.