As a congregation that has been renting our space from an old academy MyGeneration Church has dreamed for years of having our own place to worship. This year we even stepped out in faith and formed a committee to search for a place we could call our own in a more accessible part of New York City with a community we could serve. We are pleased to announce that after much toil and guidance from God we have finally secured our own space in Harlem!The new location is a storefront property in one of the busiest parts of Harlem. It has very large windows so that all who pass by will be able to witness us worshiping. Not only does it feature a main space large enough to … Read More
We are all aware of the devastation that Hurricane Dorian has caused in the Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian was extremely powerful, and the hurricane caused catastrophic damage to Grand Bahamas and the Abaco Islands, with at least 70,000 people left homeless. In light of this grave tragedy, all the churches within the Greater New York Conference to collect a special offering on Sabbath, September 28, 2019 to aid our surviving brothers and sisters that were affected by this disaster. Please advise your church members that they may also donate online by visiting www.gnyc.org/acs and clicking on the DONATE NOW button. On behalf of the victims of Hurricane Dorian, we say thank you for your financial support, but more importantly, for your prayers during this extremely difficult period. May God … Read More
Creating Your Best LifeA long time ago in a village in central India there lived a poor farmer. On this particular day he wondered into a forest a few miles away from his home and got lost. He was so lost that he wandered around for days until he got hungry and tired. So tired was he that he fell down under a peculiar looking tree. As he fell down and lay there he thought and said to himself, “I wish I had some good food to eat, I’m so hungry!” Immediately a wonderful variety of food appeared right in front of him! Exactly like he dreamed of! Hungry people don’t ask many questions and so he ate to his heart’s content and was full. Then he thought … Read More
PRECONCEIVED NOTIONSToday I had a most interesting experience as I visited my usual Starbucks after dropping my kids off at school. It opened my eyes to something we do quite often as humans without even thinking. I walked into my usual coffee shop in the usual fashion and nodded at the usual people looking to order my usual. It was a little busy today for some reason, busier than typical. I paid no special attention however as I walked up to what I thought was the back of the line. Through my peripheral vision I vaguely noticed a middle aged woman in black yoga pants and a white top looking like she just finished her morning run. She was about 5 feet away from the line looking at … Read More
Death by crucifixion was a terribly agonizing way to die. It was humiliating; it was public; it was brutal and victims experienced excruciating pain. Crucifixion resulted in extreme shock to the body and a series of complications and organ failure that developed progressively. These complications included asphyxiation, blood clot in the lungs and hypovolemic shock. Jesus was flogged, a crown of thorns was placed upon his head and he was made to carry his cross to Golgotha. He was then nailed to the cross. The soldiers cast lots for His tunic and left Him naked. His body extended outwards. His knees were at a 45-degree angle, which forced Him to hold the weight of His body with His arms. This resulted in difficulty breathing. Through it all, His only declaration was, “I thirst.” From a medical perspective, He was legitimately thirsty, as His body tried to regulate itself from the trauma and shock endured. However, this was not a request for something to drink, but an announcement in fulfillment of scripture. At no point was Jesus at the mercy of His accusers. Jesus was in full control at all times in this epic rescue mission, as He reclaimed us from the hands of the enemy so that we can be reconciled to Him.
In Luke 23:43, Jesus exercised His authority to forgive sins while on the cross. This proved that He was God. In contrast, Matthew 27:46 reveals His human nature, as He cried out to the Father in this moment when He felt abandoned. The Father did not abandon Christ nor did Jesus’ cry diminish His authority and divinity. The Father was very much in agreement and approval of Christ executing the plan of salvation. Christ knew that God did not abandon Him, but the human part of Him probably felt alone. In this moment, Jesus was sin on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21), subjected Himself to abuse and ultimately sacrificed His life for mankind.
Women who are widows or have outlived their children, are targeted. They are often forgotten about, ridiculed, and left to fend for themselves. While the law made provisions for them (the corners of the fields were left for them to glean) they were at the bottom of the social chain. They could be subject to verbal, physical or sexual abuse. With no one to speak for them, no one to be their voice, they were susceptible to being taken advantage of. Christ understanding this, knew that his mother would fall into this category. Mary could be subject to years of abuse, and before He died, Christ secured her future. Christ went out of His way, to honor His mother, to show her the highest form of respect. She birthed Him, raised Him, taught Him, pushed Him to do His first miracle, and now He was going to die, leaving her alone. In death, Christ ministered to His mother. This moment in Christ’s life should serve as a reminder to us. Never let a moment of sorrow, or pain, of grief, keep you from ministering to this who will need Him most.
The picture painted in this scripture is one of mediation, redemption and damnation. It presents the story of salvation, as Jesus hung between two accused individuals. One received eternal life. The other did not. A mediator is a person who “goes between” to resolve conflict. Christ is the ultimate mediator, for Isaiah saw a vision of the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted and His royal robe filled the temple (Isaiah 6:1). Although Jesus was viewed as simply one who had also been accused, He was very much Lord, Savior and mediator on the cross.
Christ shed immortality and divinity to put on Mortality and humanity. On earth, He showed us what it looked like to be 100% man, while totally surrendering to God and keeping God in control. He became our perfect example, never once giving into temptation, or committing sin, showing us what a holy life looks like, and how our lives can be pleasing to God. If we follow His perfect example, we can rest in knowing that one day we will be with God in eternity. Christ sacrificed life in heaven where he was worshipped 24/7 to come to earth where he knew he would be ridiculed, ostracized, killed. He came to earth to this same mankind, knowing that humanity would betray Him, turn their backs on Him, reject Him. Despite all this, Christ chose to die for us anyway. It while he was actively dying, while He was on that tree, he uttered His first words: “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” They were breaking a commandment, killing someone and Christ knew that the punishment for this crime was death. Christ knew that God was well within His right to punish humanity for killing His only son. Christ hasn’t died yet, so humanity hadn’t been pardoned for their crimes. Christ knowing this, begins to plead and intercede for us. In this moment, Christ shows us that in the midst of our storm, our trial and tribulation, whatever we are going through, we can still forgive those who plot, plan and scheme our demise. If Christ can momentarily stop dying to forgive those who he came to save, the we can indefinitely stop what we’re doing to forgive those who hurt us.
Esther is the only book of the Bible that does not mention God’s name. Don’t believe me, read Esther for yourself! Interestingly enough, there is no denying God’s presence in the book, and in Esther’s life. How do we know this? The life that Esther lived, the decisions she made, the way she carried herself, and her faith all reflected a God that she had a deep and personal relationship with. Her relationship with God was so infectious that those around her would surrender to Him, His will, and would pray with her even though they had never had a God Encounter.
Esther 2:10 tells us she kept her identity a secret, and vs 15 let’s us know that the King’s eunuchs knew that there was something special about her. Her relationship with God, her love for Him, radiated out of her and caused those in her presence to respect her, find favour with her, and reverence God.