Book Signing- Christ Way Church Athens, Al

Women in the Waiting Book Signing- Athens,  Al

We had an amazing time at the Christ Way Church Women’s Conference. I want to thank Pastors Stevie and LaQuita Burks for the privilege of speaking at this God orchestrated event. I want to also say thank you to everyone who sowed into the ministry by purchasing a book. I pray that it heals your mind and your marriage. I pray that the single women will wait on God to send them a Godly man. We love you and God bless you!!

T Brown

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I Need Help!

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I don’t generally watch too many reality shows because I dislike all of the drama. But I was recently led to watch an episode of The Preachers of L.A. On this particular episode, there was a young man, named Justin, who was homeless, strung out on drugs, and addicted to alcohol. A young lady and Pastor Haizlip went out on the streets to find him, talk to him, and invite him to church. The next night he eventually showed up to church, but he was extremely high. He brought his drink with him, finished it off during service, and then passed out. It literally brought me to tears. But, the day before, there was a conversation that took place and the Pastor asked him when did this downward spiral begin. He said, “I miss my mom.”  When he was eighteen, his mother died and it broke his heart and destroyed his life. He hasn’t been able to function since.

I wonder how many Justins are out there today. Slowly dying in their depression and addiction and clueless about how to get free. He lay on the sidewalk and people walked by him as if this was the norm. When the pastor showed up, Justin whispered, “I need help.” He knew the condition of his life was detrimental. When we see people just like Justin, do we get close enough to hear them whispering, “I need help?” Do we take the time to try to help them through their situation or do we just want to tell them how bad their situation is? When someone is homeless, you can’t preach faith until you have given them a roof over their head. When they are hungry you need to feed them before you can tell them about the Lord. When they are addicted, you have to provide a support system as well as the counseling, and steps necessary to make sure they come out and stay out. It doesn’t matter if the addiction is drugs, sex, food or something else. Jesus will always be the answer to our problems. He will always be the only way to heaven. Jesus will always be the key to our healing. But when people don’t have Jesus in their life, we are the ones who can show them how to get to him.

Jeremiah 31:3 (b clause) therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Let’s take the ministry of Jesus Christ beyond just preaching about sin. Let’s reach out and literally help those that God places on our path. If they don’t have transportation to get to church, go and pick them up. If they don’t have the basic necessities in life, you can be a provider and they will see Jesus through you. God is the source that provides your resources. You are not blessed to buy more, have more, and want more. You have been blessed to do more!

Genesis 1:22 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Your blessing will give them hope. Your love will give them encouragement. Your  giving will overwhelm them and they are going to want to know about this Jesus that is in you. Then they will ask, “What must I do to be saved?” Their whole world may be dark right now, but you can be the light shining to the door that can lead them out. Let the love of Jesus shine through you and change somebody’s life. And if you are in a dark place don’t be afraid to reach out. Help is all around you. Send a message that says, “I need help.” Whisper through your tears to someone who is near you, “I need help.”  Those three words may save your life! Jesus is the answer and we want to lead you to him. Please share this and help spread the gospel. Jesus is good news!

T Brown

 

Victory Is Yours!

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I just saw the cutest commercial ever, and it had a little girl walking confidently into the school cafeteria with her new Converse tennis shoes on. She tells the lunch lady to keep the change. She even props her feet up on the lunch table and asks, “Anybody Sitting Here?” The commercial’s handle is:

“We’re not just selling back-to-school shoes; we’re selling straight up confidence.”

Ok, this is where I have a hard time. You are selling confidence…..hmmmm? I am a mother of three children and two of them are school age. I know what it is like, in 2014, to have confidence, nice clothes, and nice name brand shoes. But I can promise you that confidence is not coming from any store. We give our children a false confidence when we teach them that it comes from artificial and material things.  If we are teaching them that shoes will make them confident, what happens when they can’t afford a pair of name brand shoes? If we teach them that it comes from getting your hair and nails done, how will they feel when times get hard they can’t afford it? Where is their confidence now? We have to teach them that things don’t make the person, but the person makes the things. So they even ended the commercial with this quote:

“Famous Footwear, victory is yours.”

Ok, that is where I draw the line. Yes, victory is yours, but not because of Famous Footwear. We need to teach our children that the victory is theirs through Jesus Christ. There are going to be good days and bad days. They are going to be picked on, laughed at, and sometimes treated badly and nicely. But they still have the victory no matter what is going on around them. Some of our children are bullies and some have been bullied, but no matter which side of the fence they find themselves on, their action and reaction will come from within. I am in no way downing the commercial because it is really cute, and I understand the essence of what they were trying to portray, but when my baby girl comes home upset about something the kids are teasing her about, trust me I won’t be saying, “Famous Footwear, victory is yours.” I will be hugging her and drying her tears and letting her know how beautiful she is and saying,

“Through Jesus Christ, in Jesus Christ, and because of Jesus Christ, VICTORY IS YOURS!”

T Brown

Letting Go Does Not Mean Giving Up

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Situations beyond our control can be our worst nightmare. We are people who find security in having the money to pay the bills and a little fun time. We find peace in having the spouse who comes straight home from work everyday and doesn’t like hanging out in the clubs. But when you find yourself dealing with things that you cannot fix or control, it almost makes you crazy! Fear starts to overtake you and doubt sets in. Even frustration takes over because nothing you can do will change the situation.


So how do we handle the situations that are out of our control? WE DON’T! That is the answer. If there is nothing you can do about it, then don’t do anything. Just let it go. The moment you release that problem into the atmosphere, God will reach out and grab it and do exactly what needs to be done. He is the one who can heal the broken heart. He is the one who can deliver the drug addicted teen. He is the one who can control what is beyond your reach. Learn to let go of the things that are out of your control because the more you try to fix it, the more stressed out you become and you will find yourself disappointed every time. Some people may think that letting go is like giving up, but it’s not as long as you give it up to God. It is simply coming to terms with the facts and then believing God’s truth. The fact is, the problem is far greater than you can handle, but the truth is God can do anything, but fail. So, the next time you find yourself holding on to a dead relationship, anger, unforgiveness, doubt, and fear remember to just let it go. The sooner you let it go, the sooner God will pick it up because “Letting Go Doesn’t Mean Giving Up!” 

T Brown

Monday Already?

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We spend all week looking forward to the weekend. And when the weekend arrives, we don’t fully enjoy it because we are dreading the upcoming week and thinking about what happened throughout the last week. We have to learn to live in each moment and thank God for each minute. Enjoy the ever so dreaded Monday because it truly is a gift. You may be a little tired, and you may have a lot of work to do, but remember this:

The gift of “Monday” might not be a “fun day” but it is the “one day” that someone else did not wake up to see. Count your blessings and let’s get this week started off right!!

T Brown