Monday, May 2, 2016

Pentecostal Opinion: Three things I took away from Beyonce's Lemonade



Hey everyone!!! About a week ago Beyonce dropped both a visual and listening album called Lemonade. Even though many may not agree with this, I am a fan of her musical ability, creativity and her God given talent, and because of this I watched the presentation on HBO. The way in which she markets herself and her music is so incredibly smart and that cannot be taken away from her whether you are a fan or not. After watching the visual album on HBO, I couldn’t help but take away a few points that became the inspiration behind this post.

The first, and probably most obvious takeaway is the old adage “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This is clearly the theme of the album and the motivation behind the title. Even though this is something that is not relatively new, it is rare that a celebrity gives personal testament to this. In a world where things may not go your way, it is always good to remember to make the best of the situations given to you. So many times I can attest to sulking and wondering why I was going through certain situations, but it is important to make strategic steps to advance yourself no matter what you are facing. You cannot allow yourself to stay stuck in a state of worry and sadness.  The best thing you can do is pick yourself up.

The second point to take away is that when you give your personal testimony it will not only help yourself, but it will be an encouragement to others. Through personal conversations, many people felt that Beyonce giving her testimony of the struggles that occurred in her relationship helped them to realize that they were not the only ones to go through something, and also that they too have a chance to overcome. Even though there were many rumors, they were never verified by Beyonce and her husband, so for her to create an album about the breakdown of her relationship shows the world that their relationship is not perfect, and yet their ability to recover created a great testimony. Just like Beyonce, our personal testimony has potential to be empowering and impactful to the lives of others. We never know what someone is going through, and just by us sharing our story and the way we were able to overcome, can encourage someone to know that they can overcome too.

The third point is you will never be able to please everyone. For years the biggest critique people had against Beyonce is her sense of secrecy and lack of openness. This album, in my opinion, was amazingly transparent and vulnerable for her. She opened up to the world and allowed her life to be seen with a magnifying glass to be judged.  Even with her doing the thing she was continuously criticized for not doing, she is now being accused of using her issues as a publicity stunt. Through this I learned that no matter what you do people will never fully be pleased or content. There will always be someone who has an issue or fault in your actions. As someone who worked to please everyone, this reassured me that no matter what, you have to do your God given assignment and not be affected by the critiques of others, because they will come regardless.

So, I know the album got a mixture of reviews and commentary from people all over, but I believe there were some things that even we as Christians could take away. I wouldn't advise everyone to listen, but based on your spiritual maturity and personal conviction it may not be a bad thing to check out.  Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Opinion. God Bless!!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Pentecostal Inspiration: Jonah 1:4



Hey everyone!!! The scripture I chose is from the story of Jonah and the big fish.  This is a familiar story in the Bible that tells the importance of obedience to God. The compelling part of this story that I want to focus on for this edition of Pentecostal Inspiration is the fact that Jonah's disobedience caused others to be at risk.  As I examine my own life, I can think of the countless times God instructed me to do something and I failed to listen. I cannot help but wonder how many selfish and disobedient decisions have affected the lives of others. We as children of God must come to the realization that our actions and decisions not only affect us but they affect the lives of people we know or do not know.  I am sure when Jonah traveled on the ship he did not think that his decision would negatively affect all the people he was traveling  with. The Bible tells us in 1 Samuel 15:22 "… Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice..." This scripture is quoted so many times but I don't believe the true weight of this scripture is fully comprehended. In the Old Testament the sacrifice was one of the things the Lord took the greatest pleasure in, so for God to say that he would rather have obedience than a sacrifice shows the seriousness of being obedient. Because God weighs obedience so highly, I can only imagine the disappointment He feels when we disobey his voice. Obedience to God is just as important as reading the Word of God and spending time with Him in prayer. In actuality, if you are praying and reading the Bible correctly, obedience will be a natural progressive step to take in your walk with God. Obedience has to be second nature for us because the mere fact that our disobedience can have a negative effect on the lives of others and the weight God places on obedience. So let us continually work towards living a life of obedience to God. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Inspiration. God Bless!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pentecostal Fashion: Block Heels

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Hey everyone!!!! For some time females only wore skinny heeled shoes, but it appears that fashion has evolved and the trend to wear now are block heels.  Having been a big trend in the 90's this style of shoe became virtually extent for some time, but has reemerge with a big bang. The great thing about this trend is the sense of dramatization that is added to the feet of females.  Even though this style of heels come in a diversity of styles the key is to ensure the heels is of a higher length. Shorter block heels have a childlike feel to them and that is to be avoided.  So as we embrace a new season ladies embrace the new reemergence of this fashion trend. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Fashion. God Bless!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pentecostal News: Clark Sisters Being Honored At Essence Festival


Hey everyone!!! Gospel music royalty, the Clark Sisters, are being honored at the Essence Music Festival this year. Having a career that began in the 70's this honor is both well-deserved and overdue. It amazes me that even after all this time they are still relevant to the gospel music industry and much sought after both collectively and individually. Having influenced many artist within and outside gospel music, they are both legends and pioneers for music as a whole. I always have had a great admiration for how the Clark Sisters have continued to be faithful to their organization, Church of God in Christ, even in the midst of increased notoriety. Known for such hits as "You Brought The Sunshine", "Is My Living In Vain", "Endow Me", and "Blessed and Highly Favored" these women have been consistent as it relates to making gospel music hit and songs of impact.   Yolanda Adams, Travis Greene, Patina Miller, Tasha Page Lockhart, Brian Courtney Wilson, and Kierra Sheard have all been named to be the people chosen to honor the Clark Sisters on the Empowerment Experience Stage. This list is both diverse and amazingly gifted, so this tribute will be one for the record books. This year's Essence Music Festival is taking place in New Orleans June 30th – July 3rd, with an expected thousands in attendance. Congratulations to the Clark Sisters on this outstanding honor. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective Instagram and Twitter pages, share this edition of Pentecostal News and weigh in with your thoughts on the election results God Bless!!!

Pentecostal News: COOLJC Congress Election Results



Hey everyone!!! This past weekend I had an opportunity to attend the International Congress for Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was an amazing conference that featured exhilarating praise breaks, tremendous fellowship, and powerful moves of God.

This year was an election year for the Congress officers, so there was a sense of excitement and intrigue in the air as everyone looked to see who would be the newly elected International Congress officers. It was very interesting knowing that there would definitely be a new president, seeing how Minister Shane Johnson had completed his maximum two terms allowed by the organization.

The elections were open to those delegates who registered and are active members of COOLJC. The offices open for election were Sergeant at Arms, Chaplain, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President.  The elections took place on Friday afternoon. After the vote it was determined that there was a tie for the office of president between Marquise Rose and Marcus McCoy. To break this tie there was another vote that only featured these two candidates for president on Saturday afternoon.

At the end of service Saturday night the winners were announced and consecrated to their respective offices. The newly elected officers are Brother Reginald in the office of Sergeant at Arms, Brother Edward Fields in the office of Chaplain, Sister Brenda Young in the office of Corresponding Secretary, Sister Victoria Davis in the office of Recording Secretary, Sister Seneca Alston in the office of Treasurer, Sister Stacia Davis in the office of Vice President, and Minister Marcus McCoy in the office of President. Based on the fact that some of these officers have held other positions within the organization proves that this administration has great potential to be impactful and push the organization and International Congress forward.

It was also noted that since Minister McCoy was now the Congress president his ABYPU position would be filled by his former vice president Minister Mark Parrott, II. With this also being an election year for the ABYPU he will only serve until the next elected officers are chosen.

I personally want to commend friend to Pentecostal Perspective, Minister Shane Johnson and his staff on the phenomenal job they did under their tenure. They have created magnificent momentum for this administration to build upon. With Marcus McCoy being the former Armor Bearers Young People's Union, I believe he will be able to move the department forward. This is appears to be an exciting time for COOLJC.

Congratulations to the newly elected International Congress Staff!

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Pentecostal Inspiration: Matthew 28:18


Hey everyone!!! As we begin to celebrate what the church world knows as Holy Week, this edition of Pentecostal Inspiration is inspired by this miraculous event. The reason I chose this scripture as the focal point was because of its emphasis on the power that resulted from Christ's sacrifice. When people speak about the death and resurrection, the focal point most time is the torture He endured before and while on the cross. His torture showed us that Christ not only loved us but was willing to give His everything so that we could have free access to eternal life. Christ's sacrifice was not just one of reconciliation but also empowerment. Revelation 1:18 tells us "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." This scripture not only shows us that our Savior rose from the dead, but that He rose full of power. In a believer's life without true sacrifice, true power cannot be obtained and the greatest example of this is the sacrifice Christ made on the cross and the empowerment that followed. Because of this we realize that Jesus sacrificing His life was not only the cost for salvation, but the requirement for His empowerment. The question I then ask is, what are you willing to sacrifice to receive true power from God? In the world we live in there is a necessity for God given power and we have to be in a place to receive and impart it. People in the world are spiritually dying everyday and are looking for a rejuvenation in their spirit man. We must be in a place to introduce them to the resurrecting power of God. So as we celebrate this monumental week let us remember the sacrifice Christ made and sacrifice in our own lives to receive empowerment from the Lord. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Inspiration. God Bless!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Pentecostal Opinion: Does misogyny exist in the church today?


Hey everyone!!! With the world celebrating International Women's Day last week, and this month being Women's History month, I thought this was a relevant and thought provoking question to write about. Some would even argue that a man writing about this very topic answers this very question with a yes. Growing up in church and being under the leadership of a woman pastor, I can say I have seen misogyny displayed both blatantly and underhandedly. These experiences I have seen have helped shape my opinion on this matter.

When examining the Pentecostal world and its relationship with women, it can definitely be inferred that misogyny exists and is an issue today. One of the ways I see its prevalence is in the sponsoring of so many women conferences by men. I always find it interesting that men feel the need to sponsor these conferences but rarely apply that necessity to other men. Now granted, there is a market for women, but I feel that it can be a little arrogant of us as men to think that we are in a place to create conferences that fully meet the needs of just women.  Only a woman truly knows the large scale issues of other women, so it is fair to say that women are the most qualified. Seeing how they are the most qualified we as men should take a back seat and allow women to minister to other women.

Another example of the prevalence of misogyny in the church is the mere fact that when we set rules and/or standards of the church, in general most of the rules apply to women. Especially when it comes to standard of dress, women have 20 rules to one. The realization that women are held to a different and higher standard shows how misogyny is still prevalent.  Even though I believe that the church should maintain a standard, I do think that the standard should be evenly spread between men and women. God is not a respecter of persons so we shouldn't be either, and because of this we shouldn't allow our rules and standards to become a space for more restrictions on women.

The last example that comes to mind is the fact that I would dare to say that 90 percent of Pentecostal churches are filled with a majority of women, but it appears that their voices are ones that are the least heard. When you begin to think of the dynamics of a church, it can be seen that women rarely have any or as large a say in church matters and decisions. The question is then posed, how fair is it that women are the majority but the minority in the making of its decisions? This by far is the greatest example of prejudice in the church and one of the most widely seen. Women should have just as much of a say in church decisions as men seeing how they are the ones who are going to be the most impacted when it comes to numbers.

As we as go into the future, we as a holistic church must examine our actions and change the misogynistic attitude we partake in. The Bible declares in Galatians 3:28 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus." This scriptures should help us realize that because we are one we must treat each other as such and let got of the misogynistic attitude we have in the church.  Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Opinion. God Bless!!!

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