Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

“Why Not You?”

February 10, 2014

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On Sunday, February 2, history was made during the 48th Super Bowl match-up between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.  The Seahawks 43 to 8 dismantling of the Broncos was the most watched event – with 111.5 million people — in US history.

Although neither the game nor the commercials were very exciting, there was a young-man at the center of the game who was simply outstanding.  This young-man is Russell Wilson, the 25 year-old second-year quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.  Although several other players including the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning grabbed the lime light, it was Russell Wilson who outshone them all.  Wilson played a flawless game and became only the second African American quarterback in history, following Doug Williams of the Redskins, to win the Super Bowl. 

Most importantly, what you need to know about Russell Wilson is that he is a child of God who has sought to glorify God in all that he says and does on and off the field.  Indeed, during his Super Bowl victory speech Wilson said “First of all, God is so good. He brought me here a mighty long way.”

Furthermore, Wilson attended church before he played in his Super Bowl game and tweeted Matthew 6:33 (NIV), “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  I love this.  You want to prepare for the big game or any other major life-event? Then seek God and attend church!

The inspiration for Wilson’s stellar performance was his Dad. Russell said of his late Father, “My dad used to always tell me, ‘Russ, why not you?’ And what that meant was believe in yourself, believe in the talent God has given you even though you are 5 foot 11, and you can go a long way.” Wilson used his Dad’s comments to inspire his entire team and they adopted the mantra “Why Not Us?”, and we should adopt that mantra as well.

Why Not Us? Why shouldn’t we be the ones to shine and excel for God and win the Championship? Why shouldn’t we be the ones to get our acts together?  Why shouldn’t we be the ones who God uses to accomplish his great things for Him? Why shouldn’t we be the ones who go the extra-mile and persevere under great trials and tribulations?  Why No You? Why Not Me? Why Not Us?!

Peace and Blessings, Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.

 

“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.

SCANDAL

May 17, 2013

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This past Thursday was the season finale of the popular TV show Scandal. For those who don’t know, Scandal is an American political television series starring African American actress Kerry Washington. Washington plays the role of Olivia Pope, whose character is partially based on former Bush Administration press aide and public relations consultant Judy Smith. Pope works to free the President and other high profile characters from various scandals, and also happens to get caught up in a few scandals of her own.

What amazes me about the show is how immensely popular it is with pastors, ministers, and other persons of faith as judged by their frequent postings in social media — Facebook, Twitter, etc. — about their love for the show.

Why is this show so popular with Pastors and other persons of faith?

I think it’s because as people of faith we are often daily crisis and scandal managers in the lives of our families, churches, and communities. Now these scandals aren’t typically White House level scandals, but they are scandals all the same.

Furthermore, the show is timely, because the Obama Administration has also gotten mired in a series of purported scandals including the attack of the US Consultant in Benghazi, the IRS’s alleged targeting of Right Wing political groups, and the Justice Department’s targeting of reporters.

What’s incredible about these matters is that many of the conservative politicians who are calling for the President’s head on these matters were silent when during the Bush Administration and other conservative administrations progressive groups including the NAACP and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were targeted by the IRS and other government agencies like the FBI because of their policies.

The bottom line, for us as persons of faith is that when it comes to scandals we must look to Jesus because He is the ultimate crisis manager. Indeed, when the woman was caught in adultery he said to her accusers, “Let he who has no sin cast the first stone” (John 8:7). He also didn’t condemn the woman caught in adultery, but he did tell her to “go and sin no more,” (John 8:11) and this is a word for us all.

In the final analysis, Scandal fans know that what the show clearly shows us is that although we may try to hide it, sin is never private, and we all need to get right with God today!

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.