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HONORNING THE HISTORY AND LEGACY OF BLACK HISTORY IN AMERICA

HONORNING THE HISTORY AND LEGACY OF BLACK HISTORY IN AMERICA

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

 

SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

 

Today, we continue to honor the History and Legacy of the AFRICAN AMERICAN PEOPLE as a building block that has been a total part of the fabric of America.  African American’s have been a part of these building blocks for over 200 years.

This is a tribute in honor of Black History Month, honoring people of all races, gender, and culture who faced difficult periods in history as well as today because of a desire to be free and treated as equal. Let’s not forget the generations gone on before us who’ve paved the way and now we have an opportunity to embrace greater freedom of choice and decision.   The struggles continue but we must not forget the battle is not ours, we keep striving, moving forth with our eyes centered on the prize and that prize is that “we all” are given the opportunity to taste real freedom.

Celebration of Black History Month encourages us to reflect on the hopes, dreams and achievements of African- Americans –those who survived persecution, beatings, discrimination, and slavery and yet somehow triumphed in the mist of the struggles. It is a time not just for African-Americans but for those who walked and worked side by side with our black brothers and sisters risking their lives all for equality.

Among the moments of reflection on what has been accomplished, let’s remember that the struggle is not finished. Those who have paved the way gave us insight into their struggles and we are reminded that nothing is gained if we become so comfortable we no longer feel the need to reach higher goals.

With-out pride in ourselves how can we reach back and lift someone else up? The very people who fought in the struggle relied on each other for support, yet many today will not even visit a soup kitchen, or willingly share the gospel of Jesus Christ, are we too comfortable?  Jesus taught us to love and until we are able to comprehend the full meaning of those words, we’ll cease to move forward united. The choice is ours and what we do with it is each one’s responsibility to another.

From a biblical point there are constant reminders of struggles, endurance, strength and overcoming the odds through Victory in Jesus Christ. What we see today is a people without hope due to circumstance, but we have the power within ourselves (spirit within) to overcome any obstacle set before us. We must move in faith instead of being faithless, seek God in all we do because he is the Shepard of our lives.

We’ve managed to lose the importance of those very values of the people we reflect on during Black History Month in so many ways; therefore, we now find ourselves on the verge of losing an entire “privileged” generation of youth. A generation that has access to all the material “things” their hearts desire and yet know little about the struggle or its purpose. The question we must ask ourselves as a Nation, as a People, “How do we grasp the torch and pass it on in such a way that the meaning to Black History isn’t lost forever?” God has a pattern and a plan for all people but we must be obedient and in reverence of the Source which supplies all that we need to endure the struggles and win the Victory.

Now let us not forget who we are as a people, just because we are celebrating Black History Month.  In Christ Jesus, we are all one people.  Not Black People, White People are any other color.  We are a people that belong to Christ and we all are AMERICAN’S.  Do not leave without watching this very important video clip.

May God’s blessings be upon each and every person as we celebrate this Black History Month together as Children of the KING!  Let us do this in Jesus name.

FINDING TRUTH IN THE ETERNAL REALITY OF GOD’S MERCIES

FINDING TRUTH IN THE ETERNAL REALITY OF GOD’S MERCIES

WHEN TRUTH AND REALITY MEETS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WHEN TRUTH AND REALITY MEETS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

 

Brothers and sisters, in light of all I have shared with you about God’s mercies, I urge you to offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice to God

THE ETERNAL REALITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE ETERNAL REALITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

A sacred offering that brings Him pleasure; this is your reasonable, essential worship.

MEN PASS FROM SELF TO TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

MEN PASS FROM SELF TO TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind.

THE LIGHT OF TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LIGHT OF TRUTH (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.  (ROMANS 12:1-2)

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER FAITH AND PLAIN TRUTH

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER FAITH AND PLAIN TRUTH

THE BELLAMY MANSION MUSEUM, WILMINGTON, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE BELLAMY MANSION MUSEUM, WILMINGTON, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, as we begin our day and a brand new week in which we have never seen before, we are faced with many challenges that are zapping our energy and weakening our nation, due to our government shutting down and the inability of our government leaders to sit down and work out the problems that are needed to help stabilize our economy and allow us to grow and prosper as we live in peace and security.

Now let us pray and encourage each other in faith and plain truth.  As I was studying the word of God this morning, I was lead to share what was revealed to me with each one of you.  Therefore, I encourage you to take note of what the Lord wants each one of us to do as He speaks to us from the book of 1Timothy, and here is what He says:

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.

Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.

I don’t let women take over and tell the men what to do. They should study to be quiet and obedient along with everyone else. Adam was made first, then Eve; woman was deceived first—our pioneer in sin!—with Adam right on her heels. On the other hand, her childbearing brought about salvation, reversing Eve. But this salvation only comes to those who continue in faith, love, and holiness, gathering it all into maturity. You can depend on this.  (1 Timothy 2:1-15 MSG)

Now let these words reassure you that God is working in you to strengthen you and help you to overcome the evil spirits of the devil that is trying to keep you away from your Blessings.  Be strong and resist the devil.  Stay focus on what God has set before you and you will prosper in all ways.  Remember, this is truly the first day of the rest of your life.  Your best days are ahead of you.  Take this day and use it to, “ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER FAITH AND PLAIN TRUTH!”

HOW DEEP IS YOUR FAITH?

HOW DEEP IS YOUR FAITH?

THE LOST COIN CHURCH TRENTON, N.C.(PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LOST COIN CHURCH TRENTON, N.C.(PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Do you merely know a lot about God, or do you really know him?  Do you have a superficial faith, or do you have a deep trust?  Now consider this thought, when your faith is tested, your endurance will grow.  Your faith must be able to stand the test of time, and not be like the motions of the oceans, always going back and forth.  So once again I ask the question, “HOW DEEP IS YOUR FAITH?”

THE LOST COIN TEMPLE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LOST COIN TEMPLE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Our Churches today are filled with people who claim to have faith, be Christians and are followers of Christ.  Unfortunately, however, the claims of many of those professed followers are hollow because their faith is shallow; their lives belie their profession by specific non- Christian actions and attitudes or by what they fail to do.  So I ask you again, “HOW DEEP IS YOUR FAITH?”

God has called us as believers to come forth and activate our faith.  Stop sitting on the side line and just being a spectator at the game.  There is real need for the community to get involved in the life line of our communities.  Our governments all over the world is not fulfilling its commitment to its citizens and here in America is shutting down and ignoring the danger and harm that they are doing to its citizens, therefore, believers from all around the world must pick up your cross, activate your faith and take your marching orders from God, as He has commanded you.  He said the harvest is ripe but the labors are few.

There is real need, hurt, pain and suffering out there and our world is filled with those who need compassion, mercy, and love translated into food, shelter, medical care, counsel, and friendship.

I tell you this one truth, and that is, God’s message to the church, and thus to us, is to obey the law of love.  This means supporting Christian welfare and mission agencies and individuals with our prayers and money.  It also means being sensitive to the needs in our neighborhoods and looking for ways that we can become involved personally.  “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing right and your faith will bear this out.  However, James takes us one step further by asking this specific question, he says, “Listen, my beloved brethren: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and in their position as believers and to inherit the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him?”  (James 2:5 AMP)

The time is NOW for us to do what’s right and pleasing in God’s sight, because in essence we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.  There is only one body and one faith, and we all are one in the body of Christ, and we are commanded to walk by faith and not by sight.  Therefore, I close by asking this one simple question, “HOW DEEP IS YOUR FAITH?”

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 39 FAITH WILL KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO THE POWER SOURCE

SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 39 FAITH WILL KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO THE POWER SOURCE

OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK IS THE GOWDYESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH, GOWDYESVILLE, S.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK IS THE GOWDYESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH, GOWDYESVILLE, S.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

GLORY HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, GLORY, GLORY to GOD, OH what a day in the life of Jesus this really is, just thinking about how awesome He really is, should make you want to jump up and shout to the top of your lungs, HALLELUJAH:  Good Morning CHILDREN OF GOD, if it is Sunday, it is our SUPER BOWL SUNDAY, and that could mean only one thing, and you know what that is.  It is time for all God’s Children to ARISE, SHINE and let the light of God that is living inside of you SHINE so bright that it blind Satan’s evil Spirit that is also trying to awaken and stop you from Praising God this Morning.   For He is truly worthy to be praised, Lift up your HOLY HANDS towards Heaven, and just say, thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, I love you Jesus, I love you Jesus, I adore you Lord, I love you Lord, Thank you for your AMAZING GRACE that saved a wretch like me.  I once was lost but now I am found, was blind but now I can see.  Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, for today I am entering into your sanctuary to lift you up in Prayer, Praise and Worship.  Because it is truly by your amazing grace that I have this opportunity to make a change in my life and make a difference in someone else’s. GLORY, GLORY HALLELUJAH, I feel so good, I just want to shout and praise you.  Thank you for my blessings this day and the blessings of all your CHILDREN, where ever they may be in the world.  For you have awaken us this day, and put your SPIRIT in us and allowed us to be a part of all that you have blessed in this world.

LET US PRAY:

CORNERSTONE FOR OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CORNERSTONE FOR OUR FEATURED CHURCH THIS WEEK (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Most Holy and all wise Father, first of all we begin this day with praise and thanksgiving for your grace and mercy. It is our prayer this morning that you will open hearts to receive the message that has been prepared for all who come seeking your blessings for their life, as well as their families.  Dear Lord, you already know the many trials we face each and every day, we ask that you will forgive us for our sins and help us to better understand where it is we are purposed to journey in this life. Father lift us up fill our hearts with love for one another.  Bless the leaders of this country as well as all those around the world.  Those that are sick, hungry, naked and without shelter, we ask dear Lord that you comfort them in a special way.  We all depend on you for our life, health and strength.  Please except this prayer as a request in order that we may draw closer and closer to you each day of our lives.  This is our prayer, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

OUR SONG OF PRAISE IS:  OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!

 

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:  (MATTHEW 14:22-33 MSG) WALKING ON WATER

As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.

Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror.

 But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”

He said, “Come ahead.”

Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”

Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”

The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”

BIBLE STUDY LESSON FOR TODAY IS TITLE: 

FAITH WILL KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO THE POWER SOURCE:  Now click on this video clip and join in on our Bible Study Session as Pastor Davis teaches this very important lesson on Faith.

LET US PRAY:

Eternal God, our Heavenly Father, we thank you for this powerful lesson, and we thank you for the messenger, we thank you for opening our hearts to receive your Holy Word.  We thank you for all the people you keep sending forth to receive your Word and to experience their individual blessings.  We thank you for all the disciples that you are sending into the fields to bring in the harvest that is now ripe and waiting for the picking.  Allow the Holy Ghost to fill the hearts and minds of all those that are in the greatest need, and those that are sick and afflicted, those that are suffering from pain and broken hearts, be bounded up and all sickness and illness, suffering and grieving will be released from the physical bodies of all your children, in the name of Jesus we pray, Amen!

OUR PRAISE SERVICE TODAY FEATURES:  REBECCA HUESBY HIGH PRAISE

We thank all of you who visited with us today, this week and throughout year.  Your support and dedication to the work we do here in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world is truly appreciated.  Without you there would no us.  So let us continue to stand together, work together and pray together.  When we combine what God has blessed us with, we in effect are lifting the Kingdom of God to it’s next level to reach the lost souls that are in the greatest need of salvation.  Now may the saving grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be upon each one of you for another Blessed day, Blessed week filled with joy, love, peace, purpose, power and prosperity.

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OUR NATION LEADERS ARE LACKING IN COURAGE

OUR NATION LEADERS ARE LACKING IN COURAGE

NATION'S CAPITAL SHUT DOWN (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

NATION’S CAPITAL SHUT DOWN (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

 

Why is our National Government shut down today?  For me and millions of other believers from around the world, the answer is very simple; our National Leaders “LACK THE COURAGE OF THEIR CONVICTION TO BE BOLD AND STRONG LEADERS.”

OUR NATIONAL PARKS CLOSED FOR BUSINESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

OUR NATIONAL PARKS CLOSED FOR BUSINESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

REAL LEADERS need REAL COURAGE to make the BOLD AND TOUGH decisions they will faced every day.  They need to stand on the WORD of GOD, and stop being like the motion of the ocean, always going back and forth.  They need to learn how to trust and stand on the word of God.  Know in their hearts that God’s word will never fail them.  Learn to believe without any doubt that they can be assured of GOOD SUCCESS when they fill their hearts and minds with God’s Word and obey it.

Now listen to how God gave his word to his servant JOSHUA.  He said to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your GOD will be with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9 NIV)  These are the words that every leader or want to be leader should study and meditate on day and night.

Let me share with you the true leadership and success of Joshua, God’s Servant as he chose to obey God, trust God, lean and depend on God and God created in him one of the world’s great military leaders of all times.  You too can become a JOSHUA.

Joshua faced crisis in his leadership role, just like many of the crisis we face in our leadership roles today.  Not only did he have to contend with the military powers rooted in the Promised Land, but he also had to face them with an untrained band of nomadic shepherds.

OUR GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE CLOSED FOR BUSINESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

OUR GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE CLOSED FOR BUSINESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

God realized Joshua’s need for courage and gave him guidance that would strengthen his faith.

First, he reminded Joshua of his faithfulness to keep all of his promises.  God had pledged to give the land to his people and he would fulfill that pledge.  Joshua’s success did not rest on a military strategy or well trained army, but on the faithfulness of God.

Second, God commanded Joshua to meditate on his words that Moses recorded in the five books of the Pentateuch.  The “Book of the Law” would give the wisdom and encouragement Joshua would need to courageously lead the nation.

Third, God promised to be personally present with Joshua.  No matter how intimidating the enemy or how rebellious the people, Joshua would not have to face them alone.  God would always be at his side.

The same sources of courage that empowered Joshua are available today for any leader who will accept them.  When faced with a risky business decision, the godly leader will look to God in prayer and to God’s revealed Word for the perspective and courage needed to make the right choice.  What situation are you now facing that requires courageous leadership and risk taking?  Let God’s words to Joshua supply you with the courage you need.

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Now as we conclude this lesson for today, it is our hope that it will ignite the spark needed for our leadership in Washington, D.C., to be strong and courageous, make the right decision, and reopen the people’s GOVERNMENT, take the word of God on leadership serious and do what’s right and pleasing in God sight.  We as the CHILDREN OF GOD and America need strong and courageous leaders to lead this Nation and the World in a time of great crisis.   We need Leaders who are willing to put Country first and come boldly before the throne of grace and speak truth to power, be a real leader by developing the strength of courage and the conviction of your character and lead this country and the world in the right direction.

We minister to you today from a position of peace, purpose, power and prosperity.  I remain your brother in CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!

 

HOW WE AS A PEOPLE CAN PRAY AND HEAL A WONDED NATION

HOW WE AS A PEOPLE CAN PRAY AND HEAL A WONDED NATION

SANCTUARY OF PRAYER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

SANCTUARY OF PRAYER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

We are surrounded by terror on every street corner, the enemy of darkness is moving in the still of the night, shooting and killing, robbing, beating and raping innocent women and children.  No one knows who will be his next victim.  Our economy is on shaky grounds, our Nation’s leaders are not able to come together and sit together to solve some of the most simple problems to meet the basic needs of the citizen of one of the richest nations on the face of this earth.  Why are we faced with so many unresolved issues that are straining the basic fabric of our families and our entire nation?  As I sit and pondered this question, I turned to the Scriptures which are the true word of God and this is how it speaks to us this day:

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2Chronicles 7:14 ESV

We are God’s chosen people and He wants us to live in peace and security, He wants to get us on the right road to restoration and revival for all times.  But in order to do so He has set down His command for each one of us to live by, and those of us who believe must forsake our sins, turn from the life that is centered in self, and yield to God’s word and will, then and only then, will heaven send a revival.

In the mean time, God has set out a process in which we can begin to turn the situation that is gripping our Nation to our advantage, and here is the process which each one of us can begin with, the Bible says,  “The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.”

He wants not only us but EVERYONE saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.

Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.

 I don’t let women take over and tell the men what to do. They should study to be quiet and obedient along with everyone else. Adam was made first, then Eve; woman was deceived first—our pioneer in sin!—with Adam right on her heels. On the other hand, her childbearing brought about salvation, reversing Eve. But this salvation only comes to those who continue in faith, love, and holiness, gathering it all into maturity. You can depend on this. 1 Timothy 2:1-15 MSG

Now as we close this lesson for this day, let us not forget, “HOW WE AS A PEOPLE CAN PRAY AND HEAL A WONDED NATION!”

May the grace and mercies of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, rest and abide in you now and forever, and may you also receive His PEACE, POWER, PURPOSE and the joy of HIS PROSPERITY. 

CAN WE AS A PEOPLE BE SAVED?

CAN WE AS A PEOPLE BE SAVED?

VIEW OF THE HEAVENS AND LAKE HURON ONE OF THE NATIONS SEVEN GREAT FRESH WATER LAKES (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

VIEW OF THE HEAVENS AND LAKE HURON ONE OF THE NATIONS SEVEN GREAT FRESH WATER LAKES (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

This is an aged old question that at some point in our spiritual journey we all have paused and asked ourselves.  Today as I sit and read the scriptures the lesson that I provide for you today provides the answers you need to know.  What I present to you today, are not my words, but the words that the message of God teaches us.  Take some time read and meditate on the true meaning of what scripture is teaching us when we ask the question, “CAN WE AS A PEOPLE BE SAVED?”  Now listen up:

Since before time began, no one has ever imagined; no ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you, who works for those who wait for him, you meet those who happily do what is right, who keep good memory of the way you work. But how angry you’ve been with us! We’ve sinned and kept at it so long! Is there any hope for us? Can we be saved? We’re all sin-infected, sin contaminated. Our best efforts are grease-stained rags. We dry up like autumn leaves sin-dried, we’re blown off by the wind.  Isaiah 64:3-6 MSG

I’ve made myself available to those who haven’t bothered to ask. I’m here; ready to be found by those who haven’t bothered to look. I kept saying ‘I’m here, I’m right here’ to a nation that ignored me. I reached out day after day to a people who turned their backs on me, People who make wrong turns, who insist on doing things their own way. They get on my nerves, are rude to my face day after day, Make up their own kitchen religion, a potluck religious stew.

They spend the night in tombs to get messages from the dead, Eat forbidden foods and drink a witch’s brew of potions and charms. They say, ‘Keep your distance. Don’t touch me. I’m holier than thou.’ These people gag me. I can’t stand their stench.

Look at this! Their sins are all written out I have the list before me. I’m not putting up with this any longer. I’ll pay them the wages they have coming for their sins, and for the sins of their parents lumped in, a bonus.” God says so.  “Because they’ve practiced their blasphemous worship, mocking me at their hillside shrines, I’ll let loose the consequences and pay them in full for their actions.”  Isaiah 65:1-7 MSG

Pay close attention now: I’m creating new heavens and a new earth.  All the earlier troubles, chaos, and pain are things of the past, to be forgotten.  Look ahead with joy. Anticipate what I’m creating: I’ll create Jerusalem as sheer joy, create my people as pure delight. I’ll take joy in Jerusalem, take delight in my people: No more sounds of weeping in the city, no cries of anguish; No more babies dying in the cradle, or old people who don’t enjoy a full lifetime;
One-hundredth birthdays will be considered normal anything less will seem like a cheat. They’ll build houses and move in. They’ll plant fields and eat what they grow. No more building a house that some outsider takes over, No more planting fields that some enemy confiscates,
For my people will be as long-lived as trees, my chosen ones will have satisfaction in their work.
They won’t work and have nothing come of it, they won’t have children snatched out from under them. For they themselves are plantings blessed by God, with their children and grandchildren likewise God-blessed. Before they call out, I’ll answer. Before they’ve finished speaking, I’ll have heard. Wolf and lamb will graze the same meadow, lion and ox eat straw from the same trough, but snakes—they’ll get a diet of dirt! Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill
anywhere on my Holy Mountain,” says God.  Isaiah 65:-17-25 MSG

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

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Today we pause an celebrate our Nation’s Birthday.  Let us pray for our Nation and all it’s people.

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR EACH OF YOU THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR EACH OF YOU THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

CITY OF THE TOMBS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CITY OF THE TOMBS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

This Nation and many Nations from all over the globe are engaged in war on this Memorial Day Weekend.  Many brave Soldiers stand ready to engage the enemy where ever they may be to protect the home country that we may live in peace and security.  As we hit the highways for out of town visits, fire up our grills, turn up the music on our stereo sets, invite friends and family over for some good old fashion fun and conversation; during it all I encourage each of you to pause and reflect upon those who are standing in harm’s way, those who have given their lives, those who have lost a limb and those who are suffering from stress are other serious injuries, allow some parts of your thoughts and conversation to be about them, and what each of us can do to reach out and offer a helping hand.  As you engage in prayer over the physical food that you are about to partake into your bodies, reflecting upon a soldier and their families.  Our many Veterans that have served honorable in all the many wars that have been fought and still giving of themselves in some way, pray for them and their families.

When we as a Nation begin to use our time wisely this MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, engaged in thoughts and prayers for our Armed Forces, Veterans and their Families, we can send up a powerful message that can and will move mountains.  Let us be about God’s business this Weekend, doing His Will.  We can make a difference when we learn to use the power of one.  May God bless each one of you for a safe and Happy Memorial Day Weekend; it is in the name of Jesus that I pray for each of you, AMEN!

OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE BECOME SATINS BATTLEFIELD

OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE BECOME SATINS BATTLEFIELD

DEEP INTO THE FOREST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

DEEP INTO THE FOREST (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Have you ever stopped to observe what was around you?  For most of us we are so busy trying to earn a living to support our families and life style, it makes it very hard for us to see the forest because we are always looking straight ahead into the trees.  Nevertheless, if we ever took the time to observe what was around us, we would then realize that the battlefield is wherever we are.  It does not matter if we are at our homes, school, job, library, concert hall or church, the battlefield will always be where we are.  Satan is and will always be an enemy of God.  His job is to recruit, recruit and recruit, and believe me; he does his job very well.  Satan does not discriminate on the basics of race, creed, color or national origin.  He is out to destroy God’s kingdom, and that means anyone who is a believer of God is a target of Satan.

Therefore, when we understand our purpose and mission in life, we then know that the enemy we are fighting is a very smart, cunning and truly an elusive devil.  His territory is very large and continues to expand every day.  So finding the battlefield for us should not be very hard as long as we are committed to staying the course and following in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The battlefield for us will always be close by.  Our neighborhoods are filled with gangs, drugs, prostitution and all sorts of petty crimes.  In some major cities, people are prisons in their own homes.  They have still bars on their windows and doors.  Their homes are like a fort.  In order for them to enter in or come out, they have to struggle to unlock the bars they are locked behind.  Some people have even died in their homes from fires because they could not get out from behind the steel bars they had locked themselves behind.

Our schools from all over the country, which are located in almost every neighborhood in America, has become one of the most potent battlefields in America today.  Each day more than 250,000 kids carry some type of weapon into our schools to either defend themselves or threaten someone else with them in order to show how big and bad they themselves really are.  Kids are shooting and killing other kids because the evil that the old devil has been able to penetrate into our perimeter around the battlefield we have established for ourselves.  When we stop and consider for a moment that our children are our futures, we cannot but to conclude that the enemy has brought the fight to us.

This to me is unacceptable in the 21st century. We must not continue to allow evil to dedicate our destiny.  We have a King that roars like a might lion who is our protector.  He does not know or accept defeat.  We must believe that we as a chosen disciple of the one living God has been given the power to change the course of our destiny by changing the way we view the people that are committing the evil crimes within our communities.  We should never forget that evil survives because we choose to let it rule over us.  We must resist it on every hand, using the power that God gives us, and believe me, we do have the power to stand up and take the fight to the enemy.  God has given us that power if we choose to use it.  All we have to do is call on him.  He said that he would never leave us or forsake us.  He will always be right there with us even until the end of time.

Standing up to the enemy may not be the way you would view your mission in this world, but if you don’t, who will?  Sometimes we have to just say no to the enemy, and do what is unpopular at the time even if our life depends on it.  This world is not our home; we are just passing through on our way to our eternal home.  We must be prepared to face the enemy with all our strength and might.  Then and only then will the enemy have a sense of who we are.

The enemy will always feel that he is the biggest and baldest bully in town as long as we allow him to back us down.  There comes a time in our lives when we must say no backing away or running away from a situation that I can no longer tolerate.  This enemy is threaten my family, my community, my way of life, and if I don’t do something about it right now, I will no longer have a family or community to live in, because he is taken it all away.  It is up to me to end this right here and now.  It is time to take the battle to the enemy, no more turning my back and saying it’s not my problem.  I am the child of a King, and the King gave me power over the enemy.  I will take a stand and do my part.  I will do it NOW!  Together, we can bring a change into our Communities.

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 17 STOP LIVING IN FEAR LACK AND LIMITATION

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 17 STOP LIVING IN FEAR LACK AND LIMITATION

PASTOR DAVIS SPEAKS BEFORE THE THRONE OF GRACE

PASTOR DAVIS SPEAKS BEFORE THE THRONE OF GRACE

Good Morning Children of God, if it’s Sunday, it is time to enter into our Virtual Church for our Prayer, Praise and Worship Service.  Are you ready to give God your heart, worship Him and Praise Him this Morning?

LET US PRAY!  Eternal God, our most precious and Holy Father, the Father of all life in the Universe, we enter into your present this morning, seeking your blessings over our Nation and all its inhabitants. Father, there is much trouble in the land, your children are suffering from fears of their safety been invaded, and lack of the basic substances of not enough food to feed their families, clean fresh water in short supply and being able to find jobs that will help them provide  shelter for their families.  Our government leaders seem to be paralyzed when it comes to making the correct decisions that will help the least among us to lift them out of poverty and bring this nation together as one people.  Father I pray for divine intervention into the lives of all your Children this day.  I speak healing into their physical bodies, I speak revelation over all that they desire to have changed in their lives.  I speak restoration for our Nations and its leaders to be lifted up into the light that they may see the suffering and harm that they are bring into the lives of your children and this great nation of ours.  And in seeing, they will be transformed by the renewing of their minds and they will become Spirit filled in ways that would be unimaginable in other times.  Let the power of your divine Spirit invade our Nations as it provides all your children with peace and joy for another day.  It is in the name of Jesus that we seek these blessings this day, as we lift you up Heavenly Father, in Prayer, Praise and Worship.  Amen, Amen, Amen!

Now it is time to lift up our Holy Hands and Praise God.  Join me with my favorite Praise Team leader, Brother Ron Kenoly as he lifts us up higher on the SOLID ROCK.

Now it is time for our Message for today, delivered by God’s Messenger, Pastor Davis speaking to you on the subject, “STOP LIVING IN FEAR-LACK AND LIMITATION!” 

LET US PRAY:

Most Holy God, our heavenly Father, open our hearts and minds that the lesson you have for us today will penetrate deep into our souls and heal the wounds that have been inflicted upon us. Bind up our broken hearts in order that our Spiritual Eyes and Ears may be open to the truth of your teaching this day, in Jesus name I pray, Amen!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

In today’s lesson, this is what the Scriptures teach us, it says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 KGV)  Do you believe this truth of God’s Holy Word?  If you believe,  I encourage you to hold onto that thought and listen to the message God wants you to partake of as you study his word today and the rest of this week.  Click on this video clip and be blessed.

LET US PRAY:  Heavenly Father, we thank you for opening the windows of Heaven and pouring out a blessing upon your Children that took the time to be a part of this Sunday Prayer Praise and Worship Service.  Now may the Holy Spirit watch over them, guide them and teach them your ways as they walk out their purpose in this life, in Jesus name, AMEN!

Let me remind you that beginning Monday Morning, we will begin a week long celebration service honoring our dear Mothers from around the globe.  Please join with us each day and share your thoughts and prayers with one of our most precious resources and that is our Mothers.  For the Bible teaches us to honor our Mothers that our days will be long upon this earth.  Each one of you can be a part of this celebration by returning here daily and sharing a word with out tens of thousand readers from all over the world.

Thank each one of you for been a part of another Sunday Prayer and Praise Service. If this service has blessed you, why not share it with others as your blessing over their lives this day.  For this is truly the first day of the rest of your life.  Be Blessed My Friends!

BE PATIENCE IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY

BE PATIENCE IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY

PATIENCE IS LOVE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

PATIENCE IS LOVE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Today we encourage the people from all around the world, to be patience in the midst of tragedy, in all you do and how you feel in regards to the tragedy that has unfolded in Boston, Mass in the past few days. The people of Boston and the World all have been struck by the Enemy of terror.  This Enemy had a dark and evil Spirit to set off a bomb in the middle of innocence people that would kill and injury so many people.  But let there be no mistake, our President and all the leaders that are involved in the mystery of solving this problem has promised us that the Enemy of Terror would feel the full weight of the American Justice System.

We can take comfort in the fact that our first responders, and the many heroes that rushed into chaos to help those that were injured, and now our hospitals, nurses and Doctors from around the world are still responding with courage and a Spirit that has shown the World the strength of the people of Boston and the American Spirit of all its Citizen.

Let us not forget this very important fact, and that is this enemy was truly a thief, and his aim was to take the lives of as many people as he possibly could.  In John 10:10, we see that Jesus warned us of this thief.  Jesus said, “A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”

Therefore, I encourage all of you, in all that you do, “BE PATIENCE!” Allow the authorities the time an opportunity to do their jobs.  Be informed by the facts and allow the WORD OF GOD to guide your hearts and minds in all things.

Finally, listen to how the word of God informs us to act, it says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!”
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil, for the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. (Psalm 37:7-9 ESV)  “BE PATIENCE IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY!”

Now let us continue to pray for the victims and their families in the Boston Tragedy.  When prayers go up, blessings come down.

 

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 15 KNOWING

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 15 KNOWING

WELCOME TO OUR SUNDAY MORNING VIRTUAL CHURCH PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE

JESUS SAID, "UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH" (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

JESUS SAID, “UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH” (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Good Morning Children of God, it is Sunday Morning and that could mean only one thing and that it is time to lift our Holy Hands and Praise God and then Worship Him with all our Body, Soul and Mind.  It is time to get your Praise on.  No more fooling around, for God is good all the time, and all the time He is good and truly worthy of all our praises.

Let us begin this Sunday Morning Service by praying this prayer together:  Most Holy God, our Heavenly Father, we humble ourselves before you this morning with a song of praise and thanksgiving in our hearts. We seek your blessings over our life and the lives of our family, friends, relatives, our leaders and our Nation. We thank you for all that you have done that has brought us to this point in time. More importantly we thank you for what you are going to do as we journey forward this day. We ask that you give us our daily bread, and forgive us of our sins, and help us to have a humble heart as we forgive others who have sin against us.  We ask this in the name of your son Jesus, AMEN!

Now click on this first video clip and be blessed by the Prayer of Jabez as it is performed by Donald Lawrence Choir.

Now let us read this powerful Scripture together;

“TITLE” IT IS TIME FOR US TO WORSHIP IN THE SPLENDOR OF HOLINESS.  (PSALMS 96 ESV)

 Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!

Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.” Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness. AMEN, AMEN, AMEN.  Don’t you feel the spirit of God moving through your body and mind, I thank God for you, I thank Him for the power of the Holy Spirit and how He is moving and lifting each of you up to that high place that He desires for us all to be. 

Now pause for a moment and get your Bible out with your pen and paper and we are going to study the word from the Book of John chapter 14:1-8.  Click on this next video clip to begin our Sunday Morning Bible Study Worship Service.  This part is only nine minutes, so please watch it and be blessed.

The subject for our Bible Study is; “KNOWING!”  Do you know who God is, who you are and who you are in God?

It has truly been a great honor indeed for me to share the word of God with you this morning. Thank you for opening your hearts and mind to receive what God had planned for you this Sunday Morning.  Now take this message into the World and bless someone else this day and throughout this week.  Now let us continue to get our praise on as we close this Service for this moment with, “OH HAPPY DAY!”

Now let your day and week be one of joy and happiness.  Do not allow the devil to still your joy.  Remember, he is going to and fro in the earth and seeing who and what he can take down into the pits of hell with him.  We encourage you to stay focus and remain strong.  The race is not to the swift but to those who have the patience to endure.  May God’s Blessings be with you now and always, in Jesus name, AMEN! Remember, you can always go to our youtube video teaching channel, and on the left side of the page, click on playlist and you can watch all the videos that we feature here daily and a lot more that is never seen here.  We encourage you to click on the link below and discover a great blessing waiting just for you.

http://www.youtube.com/user/davistheteacher?feature=mhee 

 

 

 

POVERTY IN AMERICA IS NO JOKE

POVERTY IN AMERICA IS NO JOKE

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA (PHOTO BY BLOGSPOT.COM)

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA (PHOTO BY BLOGSPOT.COM)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE POOR ARE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE

We live in the riches country in the WORLD, the most powerful nation on the face of the universe, but here we are in the 21st century daily awaken to headlines reading; half of our high school seniors are dropping out and not graduating, 28 million people are now receiving food stamps, our soldiers are returning from the war zone and not able to receive proper medical treatment, some are living on the streets, seniors are having to go without their daily doses of medication because of the high cost, over 40 million AMERICANS do not have health insurance, and the headlines continue to broadcast more doom and gloom.  Where will it all end, and is there a way for a new beginning?  The real deal is this, “POVERTY IN AMERICA IS NO JOKE!”

I personally believe there is, if we are willing to set aside our own selfish pride and seek the one who can change the condition of this world as well as our own personal circumstances.

Our government seems to be paralyzed when it comes to helping the poor among us.  JESUS told us that the poor will always be with us.  Therefore, I ask you this one simple question, “DID YOU KNOW THAT THE POOR ARE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE?

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA (PHOTO BY FANPOP.COM)

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA (PHOTO BY FANPOP.COM)

When Jesus preached his SERMON ON THE MOUNT, he spoke these words, BLESSED are the poor, for yours is the KINGDOM OF GOD.  BLESSED are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled.  BLESSED are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.  BLESSED are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the SON OF MAN’S sake.  Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!  For indeed your reward is great in heaven.

We see here that at face value, it appears that JESUS was making a blanket promise of salvation and blessing to anyone below the POVERTY line.  In this view, the poor are seen as GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE.  Though they suffer now, they can expect glorious blessing in the WORLD TO COME.  And the adherents of this view believe that while in this world the people of GOD should do everything possible to alleviate the suffering of the poor.  In this way the kingdom of God is extended.

However, when we don’t offer ourselves up as servants of CHRIST or our brother’s keeper, listen to what Jesus issues out as His Woes in the same sermon.  He says, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.  Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger.  Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.  Woe to you when all men speak well of you.”

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA 03.jpg PHOTO BY ED YO

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA 03.jpg PHOTO BY ED YO

Jesus wanted us to know, that we have the opportunity to change the conditions and circumstance in which we find ourselves living in.  If we don’t step up to the plate now there will be a price to pay latter, this is His warnings in the Woes.

Jesus wants us all to experience the hope and joy that he freely offers to those of us who recognize our spiritual poverty before God.  When a person rejects worldly value and embraces the godly teachings of Jesus, then that individual begins to experience the reign of Christ in his or her life.  This is how we enjoy the kingdom of God now in this fallen world.  One day we will experience the joys of this kingdom in a fuller, more glorious way.

To summarize, anyone, rich or poor (and in a spiritual sense we all are poor), can taste the deep joy of God’s rule and blessing of His kingdom.  But doing so requires that we renounce the ways of the world and humbly submit our ways to God.  This kind of poverty, an emptying of ourselves of our self-centered desires, is what God expects from everyone.

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA 04.jpg PHOTO BY FIGHTFORRIGHT.ORG

THE POVERTY OF POOR IN AMERICA 04.jpg PHOTO BY FIGHTFORRIGHT.ORG

Let us live with the blessed assurance that God will never leave us are forsake us.  Those who believe can rest on God’s promises and enjoy the fruits of our labor knowing that we are truly a child of THE KING who can do all things but fail.  In our knowing and understanding of the WORLD, let us be mindful that, “POVERTY IN AMERICA IS NO JOKE!”

 

 

PHOTO CHALLENGE CAPTURING THE BEAUTY OF GOD’S WINTER WONDERLAND

PHOTO CHALLENGE CAPTURING THE BEAUTY OF GOD’S WINTER WONDERLAND

Top of the Summit (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Top of the Summit (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The pictures you are viewing here were taken while I was traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast during the heart of the winter storms a few years ago.  What I was able to see and capture through the lens of my camera is breath taking.  The Rocky Mountains are so utterly beautiful during the winter as well as summer.  But to view the white caps of the mountain tops in the winter as they disappear into the clouds in the sky is truly an amazing site to behold.  So I share with you this day what God shared with me. He is truly an amazing God and He has created an amazing Universe for us to live in and to explore.

Eishenhower Memorial Tunnel (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The Eisenhower Tunnel, officially the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel, is a dual bore, four lane vehicular tunnel approximately 50 miles west of Denver, Colorado.  It is the highest vehicular tunnel in the world and it lies entirely within the Arapaho National Forest. The elevation of this great tunnel is 14,439 feet, and a total length of 8,957 feet.

Interstate 70 leading into the Eishenhower Memorial Tunnel (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Interstate 70 leading into the Eishenhower Memorial Tunnel (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The Rocky Mountains are a major mountain range in western North America. The Rocky Mountains stretch more than 3,000 miles from the northernmost part of British Columbia, in western Canada, to New Mexico, in the southwestern United States.

Top of the Summit Colorado's Playground (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Top of the Summit Colorado’s Playground (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Snow Capped Rocky Mountain (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Snow Capped Rocky Mountain (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Frozen Water Fall Near Vail Colorado (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Frozen Water Fall Near Vail Colorado (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The long mountain climb near Salt Lake City Utah (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The long mountain climb near Salt Lake City Utah (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The great Rocky Mountains (Photo by Pastor Davis)

The great Rocky Mountains (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Deep Snow in Montana (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Deep Snow in Montana (Photo by Pastor Davis)

TRAGEDY IN CONNECTICUT HAS RENEWED OUR SPIRITS AT CHRISTMAS

TRAGEDY IN CONNECTICUT HAS RENEWED OUR SPIRITS AT CHRISTMAS

LIFE’S CIRCUMSTANCES HAS CONNECTED US THROUGH CHANCE AND CHOICE

CHRISTMAS AT BABY LAND WITH THE CABBAGE PATCH KIDS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHRISTMAS AT BABY LAND WITH THE CABBAGE PATCH KIDS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Jesus is the reason for the season, and as we approach the day of great joy and celebration our hearts have been filled with sorry, grief and disbelief.  But we know that this too will past, as we lift up our heads, hold onto God’s unchanging hands, we can truly say without a doubt, which is, this too will past.  Because we are truly leaning and depending on God to bring us through, it is the choice that we make.

The tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut with a deranged gunman forcing his way into an elementary school than shooting and killing innocent children and teachers has done more to connect us together as a country and against gun violence than anything I can remember in my life time.  It all was done through chance and by choice, the choice by a deranged gunman to do harm to the innocent.

God gave us from the beginning of time the opportunity to make choices in our life’s journey.  He did not

DADDY'S PRINCESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

DADDY’S PRINCESS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

promise us that the choices we make would always be the correct ones; nevertheless, it is we ourselves who will make the choices that will guide our life journey.  Therefore, when it comes to guns and the gun culture that is ripping our lives and the lives of our children apart, we now have to make a choice concerning guns and the violence that they are heaping upon society.

The choices we make will determine how we live out the rest of our lives here on this earth.  The devil has already made his choice, and the bible tells us in John 10:10 that the choice he made was to steal kill and destroys.  What he did in Newtown, Connecticut is clear evidence of just how well he makes his choices know to us.  Now we must make our choice know to him.  Will we take a stand against gun violence in all areas of society?

Human nature is an important part of something special created by God himself.  Our “life’s connection through circumstances, chances and choice” challenges each of us at some point in this earthly existence to take chances and make a choice.  Our choices may not always be the right one, or the wrong one, but the fact that circumstances cause us to take a chance and make the choice puts us into the flow of life where God can guide us into the path of righteousness.

Did it ever occur to you, that the problems that are challenging our very existence, may very well be one called self-pride, or lack of will to surrender right where you are, in the very moment?

With-out knowledge or sense of direction, strong willed without guidance of the Holy Spirit the battles we struggle with may actually be a part of the process (or calling) God has purposed for our lives. Our “life’s connection through circumstances, chances and choice are all part of a plan to consider as to whom we choose to follow in order to look to for guidance and direction.

As we find our place in life we often fail to realize or see far enough ahead to know that there is a greater force watching and waiting; he knows our actions and why we do and say the things we do, nothing is hidden to the invisible eye; he watches and cares for our very souls.

Therefore, let us understand that God is watching and waiting for each of us to do what’s right and pleasing in His sight.  These little children lives that were taken in Newtown, Connecticut must not be in vain.  God has a divine plan for all of our lives, and he waits for each one of us to make a choice as to how we are going to live our lives according to His divine plan.

BABYLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

BABYLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

When confronted with life’s circumstances, choices and chance, work at developing the art of gratitude and thanksgiving in all things. Embrace life with vigor and a heart filled with love and joy.  Know that this Christmas may be our last, but it is the one that we are going to make last for all eternity.  Jesus is the reason for the season.

 

PROCLAMATION OF THANKSGIVING BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of th...

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PROCLAMATION OF THANKSGIVING BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Following is the 1863 Lincoln Presidential Proclamation – celebrated shortly after Lincoln committed his life to Christ and celebrated while America was still in the midst of its Civil War. It was this proclamation which eventually led to the establishment of our national Thanksgiving holiday.

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful years and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the Source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the field of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than theretofore. Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

[Signed]
A. Lincoln

THE BLESSINGS OF THANKSGIVING IS YOURS TO ENJOY

THE BLESSINGS OF THANKSGIVING IS YOURS TO ENJOY

Today, we begin our week long celebration of our THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.  It is truly a joyful time of the year to be blessed and bless others as God has purposed us to do.  So come on in and share with us each day as we share with you God’s word for His Blessings over your life and the lives of all His Children of the World.  The World is in turmoil and it needs all of us to do our part in helping our brothers and sisters to be lifted up and stand tall in the world that we share as one in Jesus.

Counting our Blessings (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Together we will celebrate this thanksgiving in a special way, seeking God‘s blessing for all he has done to allow us this opportunity to share with each other our abundance from the feast of the harvest.  Remember, we are our brothers keeper, therefore we must reach out to those that are in need of food and shelter, offer them a helping hand and then watch how God will add to our blessings.

LISTED BELOW ARE SOME WAYS FOR YOU TO THANK AND PRAISE GOD

The Bible is filled with ways for you to give thanks and praise God from cover to cover.  The choice is yours to take the time to study and understand, the many reason why you should always be giving thanks. The Psalms provide us with a rich history of how we can do it.  Take some time and study these Psalms and use them this thanksgiving with your family and friends as you share a thanksgiving meal with them.

Do it with your mouth, not just your mind - Psalm 51:1563:566:8,66:1771:81524105:2109:30119:171-172145:21

Seek God, thirst for Him - Psalm 22:2642:263:8105:4

Thank God continuously - Psalm 71:6814-1575:979:1392:1-2,115:18145:2

Tell people about God’s wondrous works - Psalm 26:796:3

Thank and praise God in front of your brothers and sisters in the congregation, among many people- Psalm 22:222526:1235:18,68:26111:1116:19

Among the unsaved of all nations, thank and praise God - Psalm 18:4957:996:10108:3

Praise God to the next and all generations - 79:13102:18145:4

Sing praises to God, sing with understanding, and make it glorious -Psalm 7:1747:766:266:49:227:628:757:961:863:768:4,3269:3071:22-2392:196:2101:1104:33105:2135:3146:2

Even sing for joy in your bed Psalm 149:5

Do it with all your heart - Psalm 9:186:12111:1138:1

Be glad and rejoice in God - Psalm 9:2

Fear God, honor Him, glorify Him, revere Him - Psalm 22:23

Love and respect God’s house - Psalm 26:8138:2

Don’t sin, seek righteousness - Psalm 33:1

Play musical instruments to praise God, and do it skillfully - Psalm 33:2-343:471:2292:3149:3150:3-5

Shout for joy, rejoice - Psalm 33:3

Be creative in your praise (write or sing God a NEW song, not always the same old one) - Psalm 33:3149:1

Stand in awe of Him - Psalm 33:8

Remember and praise God’s names - Psalm 44:845:1754:6

Lift up your hands to Him - Psalm 63:4

Think about God at night - Psalm 63:6

Encourage other to praise and thank God - Psalm 67:3-5

Praise him with dancing - Psalm 150:330:11149:3

After reading the Psalmists’ instruction, it would be wise to ask ourselves: Do our lives truly express thankfulness to God? Or are we numbered among those are living a life of ingratitude, failing to act like we understand who God really is and what he has done?

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LEADERSHIP AND GROWTH OF GODLY FAMILIES (PART 3)

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LEADERSHIP AND GROWTH OF GODLY FAMILIES (PART 3)

WILL FATHERS STAND UP AND BECOME GODLY LEADERS?       

Fathers, do not irritate and provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to resentment], but rear them [tenderly] in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 AMP)

MY SON NAPOLEON–A GODLY FATHER–LEADER OF HIS FAMILY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Most fathers have no desire for the Word of God and they are raising angry vengeful children because they are not committed to training their children in spiritual principles as God commands. Of course, they cannot train the child if they are ignorant of God’s principles themselves. That is a picture of the American father as I see it today.

We know that sometimes fathers fail to accept the responsibility God has given them toward their wives and children. Many fathers pursue their own selfish interests thus abandoning the role God has given them.

A Father and Son Moment with Pastor Davis and Son Max

 

Whenever parents fails to fulfill their role of godly leadership, the responsibility for leading their children will wrongly pass to a child’s peer group, a school or even the television. When an absent parent’s egoistic barked orders are met with resistance and rebellion, out of frustration and impatience a worldly parent might then even further discourage his or her children by cursing them. Instead, every parent needs to accept the leadership roles God has given us. This will require us to possess a heart devoted to God, to show our children how to live and to model serving others through love.

The principle of accepting our God given responsibility is within the grasp of each person. It is a decision. It does require work as well as death to Self.

God has provided a number of biblical principles for effective leadership. Any parent who abandons these principles will find their leadership ability in God’s service severely damaged. As parents seeking to serve God, let’s focus on being those whom God wants us to be. Let’s provide the godly leadership that our families need and which God has described for us. May our families be shining beacons of godly love, hope, values and all sorts of godly behavior in a world torn by the fruits of idolatry. And when we have finished the course, may we hear “well done good and faithful servant, you have been faithful in a few things. Enter into your Master’s   glory.”

WHAT IS EFFECTIVE PARENTING, HERE ARE THE FACTS                                                                            

Involved fathers provide practical support in raising children and serve as models for their development. Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.  Committed and responsible fathering during infancy and early childhood contributes emotional security, curiosity, and math and verbal skills.

INCARCERATION:

The Department of Justice has estimated that over 7.3 million children under age 18 have a parent who is in prison, jail, on probation, or on parole. Given these numbers, it is important to understand how children and their caregivers are affected by the criminal activity of a parent and their subsequent arrest, incarceration, and release.  Additionally, it is important to know which services and assistance might be available to those under criminal justice supervision to help them be better parents and to return successfully to the community.

THE FATHER FACTOR

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America — one out of three — live in biological father-absent homes. Consequently, there is a “father factor” in nearly all of the social issues facing America today.

Father Factor in Poverty

Children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor. In 2002, 7.8 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 38.4 percent of children in female-householder families.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Children’s Living Arrangements and Characteristics: March 2002, P200-547, Table C8. Washington D.C.: GPO, 2003.

During the year before their babies were born, 43% of unmarried mothers received welfare or food stamps, 21% received some type of housing subsidy, and 9% received another type of government transfer (unemployment insurance etc.). For women who have another child, the proportion who receive welfare or food stamps rises to 54%.

Source: McLanahan, Sara. The Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study: Baseline National Report. Princeton, NJ: Center for Research on Child Well-being, 2003: 13.

A child with a nonresident father is 54 percent more likely to be poorer than his or her father.

Source: Sorenson, Elaine and Chava Zibman. “Getting to Know Poor Fathers Who Do Not Pay Child Support.” Social Service Review 75 (September 2001): 420-434.

When compared by family structure, 45.9% of poor single-parent families reported material hardship compared to 38.6% of poor two parent families. For unpoor families who did not experience material hardship, 23.3% were single-parent families compared to 41.2% of two-parent families.

Source: Beverly, Sondra G., “Material hardship in the United States: Evidence from the Survey of Income and Program Participation.” Social Work Research 25 (September 2001): 143-151.3

Father Factor in Maternal and Infant Health

Infant mortality rates are 1.8 times higher for infants of unmarried mothers than for married mothers.

Source: Matthews, T.J., Sally C. Curtin, and Marian F. MacDorman. Infant Mortality Statistics from the 1998 Period Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set. National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 48, No. 12. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, 2000.

Based on birth and death data for 217,798 children born in Georgia in 1989 and 1990, infants without a father’s name on their birth certificate (17.9 percent of the total) were 2.3 times more likely to die in the first year of life compared to infants with a father’s name on their birth certificate.

Source: Gaudino, Jr., James A., Bill Jenkins, and Foger W. Rochat. “No Fathers’ Names: A Risk Factor for Infant Mortality in the State of Georgia, USA.” Social Science and Medicine 48 (1999): 253-265.

Unmarried mothers are less likely to obtain prenatal care and more likely to have a low birth-weight baby. Researchers find that these negative effects persist even when they take into account factors, such as parental education, that often distinguish single-parent from two-parent families.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. Report to Congress on Out-of-Wedlock Childbearing. Hyattsville, MD (Sept. 1995): 12.

Expectant fathers can play a powerful role as advocates of breastfeeding to their wives. Three-fourths of women whose partners attended a breastfeeding promotion class initiated breastfeeding.

Source: Wolfberg, Adam J., et al. “Dads as breastfeeding advocates: results from a randomized controlled trial of an educational intervention.” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 191 (September 2004): 708-712.

Fathers’ knowledge about breastfeeding increases the likelihood that a child will be breastfed. Children who fathers knew more had a 1.76 higher chance of being breastfed at the end of the first month and 1.91 higher chance of receiving maternal milk at the end of the third month.

Source: Susin, Lurie R.O. “Does Parental Breastfeeding Knowledge Increase Breastfeeding Rates?” BIRTH 26 (September 1999): 149-155.

Twenty-three percent of unmarried mothers in large U.S. cities reported cigarette use during their pregnancy. Seventy-one percent were on Medicare.

Source: McLanahan, Sara. The Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study: Baseline National Report. Table 7. Princeton, NJ: Center for Research on Child Well-being, 2003: 16.

A study of 2,921 mothers revealed that single mothers were twice as likely as married mothers to experience a bout of depression in the prior year. Single mothers also reported higher levels of stress, fewer contacts with family and friends, less involvement with church or social groups and less overall social support.

Source: Cairney, John and Michael Boyle et al. “Stress, Social Support and Depression in Single and Married Mothers.” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 38 (August 2003): 442-449.

In a longitudinal study of more than 10,000 families, researchers found that toddlers living in stepfamilies and single-parent families were more likely to suffer a burn, have a bad fall, or be scarred from an accident compared to kids living with both of their biological parents.

Source: O’Connor, T., L. Davies, J. Dunn, J. Golding, ALSPAC Study Team. “Differential Distribution of Children’s Accidents, Injuries and Illnesses across Family Type.” Pediatrics 106 (November 2000): e68.

A study of 3,400 middle schoolers indicated that not living with both biological parents quadruples the risk of having an affective disorder.

Source: Cuffe, Steven P., Robert E. McKeown, Cheryl L. Addy, and Carol Z. Garrison. “Family Psychosocial Risk Factors in a Longitudinal Epidemiological Study of Adolescents.” Journal of American Academic Child Adolescent Psychiatry 44 (February 2005): 121-129.

Children who live apart from their fathers are more likely to be diagnosed with asthma and experience an asthma-related emergency even after taking into account demographic and socioeconomic conditions. Unmarried, cohabiting parents and unmarried parents living apart are 1.76 and 2.61 times, respectively, more likely to have their child diagnosed with asthma. Marital disruption after birth is associated with a 6-fold increase in the likelihood a children will require an emergency room visit and 5-fold increase of an asthma-related emergency.

Source: Harknett, Kristin. Children’s Elevated Risk of Asthma in Unmarried Families: Underlying Structural and Behavioral Mechanisms. Working Paper #2005-01-FF. Princeton, NJ: Center for Research on Child Well-being, 2005: 19-27.

Father Factor in Incarceration

Even after controlling for income, youths in father-absent households still had significantly higher odds of incarceration than those in mother-father families. Youths who never had a father in the household experienced the highest odds.

Source: Harper, Cynthia C. and Sara S. McLanahan. “Father Absence and Youth Incarceration.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 14 (September 2004): 369-397.

A 2002 Department of Justice survey of 7,000 inmates revealed that 39% of jail inmates lived in mother-only households. Approximately forty-six percent of jail inmates in 2002 had a previously incarcerated family member. One-fifth experienced a father in prison or jail.

Source: James, Doris J. Profile of Jail Inmates, 2002. (NCJ 201932). Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, July 2004.

Father Factor in Crime

A study of 109 juvenile offenders indicated that family structure significantly predicts delinquency.

Source: Bush, Connee, Ronald L. Mullis, and Ann K. Mullis. “Differences in Empathy Between Offender and Non-offender Youth.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 29 (August 2000): 467-478.

Adolescents, particularly boys, in single-parent families were at higher risk of status, property and person delinquencies. Moreover, students attending schools with a high proportion of children of single parents are also at risk.

Source: Anderson, Amy L. “Individual and contextual influences on delinquency: the role of the single-parent family.” Journal of Criminal Justice 30 (November 2002): 575-587.

A study of 13,986 women in prison showed that more than half grew up without their father. Forty-two percent grew up in a single-mother household and sixteen percent lived with neither parent. (Fathers and Daughters)

Source: Snell, Tracy L and Danielle C. Morton. Women in Prison: Survey of Prison Inmates, 1991. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report. Washington, DC: US Department of Justice, 1994: 4.

Even after controlling for community context, there is significantly more drug use among children who do not live with their mother and father.

Source: Hoffmann, John P. “The Community Context of Family Structure and Adolescent Drug Use.” Journal of Marriage and Family 64 (May 2002): 314-330.

Youths are more at risk of first substance use without a highly involved father. Each unit increase in father involvement is associated with 1% reduction in substance use. Living in an intact family also decreases the risk of first substance use.

Source: Bronte-Tinkew, Jacinta, Kristin A. Moore, Randolph C. Capps, and Jonathan Zaff. “The influence of father involvement on youth risk behaviors among adolescents: A comparison of native-born and immigrant families.” Article in Press. Social Science Research December 2004.

Of the 228 students studied, those from single-parent families reported higher rates of drinking and smoking as well as higher scores on delinquency and aggression tests when compared to boys from two-parent households.

Source: Griffin, Kenneth W., Gilbert J. Botvin, Lawrence M. Scheier, Tracy Diaz and Nicole L. Miller. “Parenting Practices as Predictors of Substance Use, Delinquency, and Aggression Among Urban Minority Youth: Moderating Effects of Family Structure and Gender.” Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 14 (June 2000): 174-184.

In a study of INTERPOL crime statistics of 39 countries, it was found that single parenthood ratios were strongly correlated with violent crimes. This was not true 18 years ago.

Source: Barber, Nigel. “Single Parenthood As a Predictor of Cross-National Variation in Violent Crime.” Cross-Cultural Research 38 (November 2004): 343-358.

Father Factor in Teen Pregnancy

Being raised by a single mother raises the risk of teen pregnancy, marrying with less than a high school degree, and forming a marriage where both partners have less than a high school degree.

Source: Teachman, Jay D. “The Childhood Living Arrangements of Children and the Characteristics of Their Marriages.” Journal of Family Issues 25 (January 2004): 86-111.

Separation or frequent changes increase a woman’s risk of early menarche, sexual activity and pregnancy. Women whose parents separated between birth and six years old experienced twice the risk of early menstruation, more than four times the risk of early sexual intercourse, and two and a half times higher risk of early pregnancy when compared to women in intact families. The longer a woman lived with both parents, the lower her risk of early reproductive development. Women who experienced three or more changes in her family environment exhibited similar risks but were five times more likely to have an early pregnancy.

Source: Quinlan, Robert J. “Father absence, parental care, and female reproductive development.” Evolution and Human Behavior 24 (November 2003): 376-390.

Researchers using a pool from both the U.S. and New Zealand found strong evidence that father absence has an effect on early sexual activity and teenage pregnancy. Teens without fathers were twice as likely to be involved in early sexual activity and seven times more likely to get pregnant as an adolescent.

Source: Ellis, Bruce J., John E. Bates, Kenneth A. Dodge, David M. Ferguson, L. John Horwood, Gregory S. Pettit, and Lianne Woodward. “Does Father Absence Place Daughters at Special Risk for Early Sexual Activity and Teenage Pregnancy.” Child Development 74 (May/June 2003): 801-821.

Father Factor in Child Abuse

Compared to living with both parents, living in a single-parent home doubles the risk that a child will suffer physical, emotional, or educational neglect.

Source: America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being. Table SPECIAL1. Washington, D.C.: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 1997.

The overall rate of child abuse and neglect in single-parent households is 27.3 children per 1,000, whereas the rate of overall maltreatment in two-parent households is 15.5 per 1,000.

Source: America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being. Table SPECIAL1. Washington, D.C.: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 1997.

An analysis of child abuse cases in a nationally representative sample of 42 counties found that children from single-parent families are more likely to be victims of physical and sexual abuse than children who live with both biological parents. Compared to their peers living with both parents, children in single parent homes had:

a 77% greater risk of being physically abused

an 87% greater risk of being harmed by physical neglect

a 165% greater risk of experiencing notable physical neglect

a 74% greater risk of suffering from emotional neglect

an 80% greater risk of suffering serious injury as a result of abuse

overall, a 120% greater risk of being endangered by some type of child abuse.

Source: Sedlak, Andrea J. and Diane D. Broadhurst. The Third National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect: Final Report. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Washington, D.C., September 1996.

Father Factor in Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Researchers at Columbia University found that children living in two-parent household with a poor relationship with their father are 68% more likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs compared to all teens in two-parent households. Teens in single mother households are at a 30% higher risk than those in two-parent households.

Source: “Survey Links Teen Drug Use, Relationship With Father.” Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly 6 September 1999: 5.

Even after controlling for community context, there is significantly more drug use among children who do not live with their mother and father.

Source: Hoffmann, John P. “The Community Context of Family Structure and Adolescent Drug Use.” Journal of Marriage and Family 64 (May 2002): 314-330.

In a study of 6,500 children from the ADDHEALTH database, father closeness was negatively correlated with the number of a child’s friends who smoke, drink, and smoke marijuana. Closeness was also correlated with a child’s use of alcohol, cigarettes, and hard drugs and was connected to family structure. Intact families ranked higher on father closeness than single-parent families.

Source: National Fatherhood Initiative. “Family Structure, Father Closeness, & Drug Abuse.” Gaithersburg, MD: National Fatherhood Initiative, 2004: 20-22.

Of the 228 students studied, those from single-parent families reported higher rates of drinking and smoking as well as higher scores on delinquency and aggression tests when compared to boys from two-parent households.

Source: Griffin, Kenneth W., Gilbert J. Botvin, Lawrence M. Scheier, Tracy Diaz and Nicole L. Miller. “Parenting Practices as Predictors of Substance Use, Delinquency, and Aggression Among Urban Minority Youth: Moderating Effects of Family Structure and Gender.” Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 14 (June 2000): 174-184.

Father Factor in Childhood Obesity

The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth found that obese children are more likely to live in father-absent homes than are non-obese children.

Source: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth

Study that looked at family lifestyle and parent’s Body Mass Index (BMI) over a nine year period found:

Father’s Body Mass Index (BMI) predicts son’s and daughter’s BMI independent of offspring’s alcohol intake, smoking, physical fitness, and father’s education

Furthermore, BMI in sons and daughters consistently higher when fathers were overweight or obese

Physical fitness of daughters negatively related to their father’s obesity

Obesity of fathers associated with a four-fold increase in the risk of obesity of sons and daughters at age 18

Source: Burke V, Beilin LJ, Dunbar D. “Family lifestyle and parental body mass index as predictors of body mass index in Australian children: a longitudinal study.” Department of Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital, University of Western Australia, and the Western Australian Heart Research Institute; Perth, Australia.

A fathers’ body mass index (a measurement of the relative composition of fat and muscle mass in the human body) is directly related to a child’s activity level. In a study of 259 toddlers, more active children were more likely to have a father with a lower BMI than less active children.

Source: Finn, Kevin, Neil Johannsen, and Bonny Specker. “Factors associated with physical activity in preschool children.” The Journal of Pediatrics 140 (January 2002): 81-85.

A study that looked at dietary intake and physical activity of parents and their daughters over a two year period found:

Daughter’s BMI predicted by father’s diets and father’s enjoyment of physical activity

As father’s BMI rose, so did their daughter’s BMI

Source: Davison KK, Birch LL. “Child and parent characteristics as predictors of change in girls’ body mass index.” Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, USA.

Study that looked at the relationship between parent’s total and percentage body fat and daughter’s total body fat over a two and one-half year period found:

Father’s, not mother’s, total and percentage body fat the best predictor of changes in daughter’s total and percentage body fat.

Source: Figueroa-Colon R, Arani RB, Goran MI, Weinsier RL. “Paternal body fat is a longitudinal predictor of changes in body fat in premenarcheal girls.” Department of Pediatrics, General Clinical Research Center, Medical Statistics Unit, Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.

Two studies that have looked at the determinants of physical activity in obese and non-obese children found:

Obese children less likely to report that their father’s were physically active than were the children of non-obese children. This determinant not found for mothers.

Father’s inactivity strong predictor of children’s inactivity.

Source: Trost SG, Kerr LM, Ward DS, Pate RR. “Physical activity and determinants of physical activity in obese and non-obese children. School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia.

Source: Fogelholm M, Nuutinen O, Pasanen M, Myohanen E, Saatela T. “Parent-child relationship of physical activity patterns and obesity.” University of Helsinki, Lahti Research and Training Centre, Finland.

Children who lived with single mothers were significantly more likely to become obese by a 6-year follow-up, as were black children, children with nonworking parents, children with nonprofessional parents, and children whose mothers did not complete high school.

Source: Strauss RS, Knight J. “Influence of the home environment on the development of obesity in children.” Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903, USA.

Father Factor in Education

Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. Survey on Child Health. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1993.

Father involvement in schools is associated with the higher likelihood of a student getting mostly A’s. This was true for fathers in biological parent families, for stepfathers, and for fathers heading single-parent families.

Source: Nord, Christine Winquist, and Jerry West. Fathers’ and Mothers’ Involvement in Their Children’s Schools by Family Type and Resident Status. (NCES 2001-032). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2001.

Students living in father-absent homes are twice as likely to repeat a grade in school; 10 percent of children living with both parents have ever repeated a grade, compared to 20 percent of children in stepfather families and 18 percent in mother-only families.

Source: Nord, Christine Winquist, and Jerry West. Fathers’ and Mothers’ Involvement in Their Children’s Schools by Family Type and Resident Status. (NCES 2001-032). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2001.

Students in single-parent families or stepfamilies are significantly less likely than students living in intact families to have parents involved in their schools. About half of students living in single-parent families or stepfamilies have parents who are highly involved, while 62 percent of students living with both their parents have parents who are highly involved in their schools.

Source: Nord, Christine Winquist, and Jerry West. Fathers’ and Mothers’ Involvement in Their Children’s Schools by Family Type and Resident Status. (NCES 2001-032). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2001.

In 2001, 61 percent of 3- to 5-year olds living with two parents were read aloud to everyday by a family member, compared to 48% of children living in single- or no-parent families.

Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2002. Table ED1. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2003.

Kindergarteners who live with single-parents are over-represented in those lagging in health, social and emotional, and cognitive outcomes. Thirty-three percent of children who were behind in all three areas were living with single parents while only 22% were not lagging behind.

Source: Wertheimer, Richard and Tara Croan, et al. Attending Kindergarten and Already Behind: A Statistical Portrait of Vulnerable Young Children. Child Trends Research Brief. Publication #2003-20. Washington, DC: Child Trends, 2003.

In two-parent families, children under the age of 13 spend an average of 1.77 hours engaged in activities with their fathers and 2.35 hours doing so with their mothers on a daily basis in 1997. Children in single parent families spent on .42 hours with their fathers and 1.26 hours with their mothers on daily basis.

Source: Lippman, Laura, et al. Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, 2004.

A study of 1330 children from the PSID showed that fathers who are involved on a personal level with their child schooling increases the likelihood of their child’s achievement. When fathers assume a positive role in their child’s education, students feel a positive impact.

Source: McBride, Brent A., Sarah K. Schoppe-Sullivan, and Moon-Ho Ho. “The mediating role of fathers’ school involvement on student achievement.” Applied Developmental Psychology 26 (2005): 201-216.

Half of all children with highly involved fathers in two-parent families reported getting mostly A’s through 12th grade, compared to 35.2% of children of nonresident father families.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics. The Condition of Education. NCES 1999022. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, 1999: 76.

The Numbers

According to 2009 U.S. Census Bureau data, over 24 million children live apart from their biological fathers. That is 1 out of every 3 (33%) children in America. Nearly 2 in 3 (64%) African American children live in father-absent homes. One in three (34%) Hispanic children, and 1 in 4 (25%) white children live in father-absent homes.

In 1960, only 11% of children lived in father-absent homes.

The Consequences

Children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents to:

Be poor

Use drugs

Experience educational problems

Experience health problems

Experience emotional problems

Experience behavioral problems

Be victims of child abuse

Engage in criminal behavior

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