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Weekly Bible Verse: Ephesians 3:20-22

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Ephesians 3:20-22 (NIV):

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

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As you start your week, know that God can do more than we can imagine. He is our healer when the doctor report is not what we expected. He is our peace when the storm rages around us. He is our firm foundation that will never leave us or forsake us. He is our hope when we do not understand the situation. We can put our trust in Him.

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Tony Evans: Hope for a Divided Church

Tony Evans has been encouraging the church to lead the way in racial reconciliation for quite some time. In this file photo, Evans gave a powerful sermon during a “We Are One” unity event that Will Graham also attended in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

A lauded evangelist and author, Tony Evans is scheduled to speak July 16-18 at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. Get your virtual ticket to the livestreamed event.

Senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship and president of The Urban Alternative, Evans recently shared his thoughts with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on a Christian’s responsibility in the midst of America’s racial climate.

Q: What is the Church’s responsibility—what should our Kingdom mindset be—in the midst of nationwide racial strife?

A: It’s my contention that the Church helped cause this problem by not being the Church of Jesus Christ that He created, not having Biblical unity and often endorsing illegitimate disunity. Therefore, the Church needs to be the cure for this problem by modeling unity.

We’re getting ready to put out a three-point plan for the Church to do just that, with a community of churches coming together across racial and cultural lines to have a sacred gathering, a solemn assembly, by inviting God’s presence back into our lives and into the culture. And to speak with one voice to give God’s standard on race and unity because He has spoken clearly about it. Then thirdly to do good works together adopting schools, adopting police precincts. Let the community see that we are benefiting them in unity. Until we do that, we just can’t preach about it and talk about it. We must demonstrate the unity that we want the culture to mimic and imitate.

Q: Your book Oneness Embraced examines reconciliation between races in God’s kingdom. How does that unity speak to Kingdom living?

A: The whole basis of Kingdom living starts with the nature of God who is a triune God: one God composed of three co-equal persons Who is one in essence while being distinct in personality. He is a unified being, and He operates His kingdom that way. So wherever there is illegitimate disunity, He can’t be at home there.

God’s kingdom program is stymied because we have exited God out unintentionally and unknowingly because of our disunity. That’s why we’re told to preserve the unity. It is a Kingdom demand, expectation and requirement if we want God’s presence to be operating in our midst.

Q: You used the phrase “cognitive dissonance” in your book, which refers to believing in incompatible ideas. How do you see that today?

A: We are intellectually confused, spiritually confused and we’re not playing the same notes. We don’t understand the problem. We deny the problem. Racism is real. Systems of racism are real, but yet you don’t operate out of guilt, you operate out of moral obligation and love. Once you’ve dealt with any sin present, then you change it.

We’ve got to really up our game because God has created a divine disruption in order for there to be a divine reset. That’s how I look at this whole thing. It was 2 Chronicles 15:6. The distress was caused by God. (Editor’s note: In 2 Chronicles 15, Israel rejected God, and the subsequent strife—both external and internal—was the fruit of their rebellion.) If God is your problem, politics is not your solution.

Q: What should Black and white parents tell their kids when it comes to the current racial landscape?

A: The simple statement is what Martin Luther King said, that people ought to be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. We should start with people’s standards, and we should juxtaposition them to our standards, which should be derived from the Word of God. Then they should intelligently seek cross-cultural relationships where those standards are shared so people won’t be judging people stereotypically. They won’t be judging them by the media. But they’ll be building relationship at the same time. We’ve become so segmented that it’s hard to do it in a meaningful way.

Children don’t grow up with racial strife unless it’s transferred to them by parents and culture and media, so we’ve got to fight against that by intentionally offering our children a Biblical view of races. God created the races. He meant for them to be different. They’re supposed to be different. We learn from each other, but we always use God’s standard to measure how we relate to other people.

>>Read More: Tony Evans on raising kids God’s way

Q: How did your parents’ faith play a role in your trajectory?

A: My parents were the foundation for my whole life because they set the framework for my faith, and that faith was Biblically grounded. It was taught even though I grew up in segregated Baltimore, and there were places I could not go. My father gave me a framework for my own identity that was rooted in Christ, which by the way is something all parents should give to their children. Your identity is first in Christ. It’s not in your racial identity or ethnicity. Until our identity in Christ transcends our racial identity, then we’ll forever have this problem.

Q: What would you say to a white pastor who sincerely wants to minister to Black people but doesn’t know how to be effective?

A: First of all expose yourself. That’s why I wrote the book Oneness Embraced so that you understand some of the history, the background, the challenges. Then build a friendship with a pastor who can help you to understand because a lot of this is lack of understanding. People are so reactionary they don’t understand. But if you start with a Biblical framework, it doesn’t take that long to understand.

Then connect with that pastor and that church to build the kind of sequences that we talked about for fellowship and for service. Then if you’re in an area where there are minorities, look at having a minority staff so you can have a person who can relate to that community on your behalf while you’re learning to do so.

Q: What can pastors and lay followers of Christ do now that will have an impact five, 10, even 50 years from now on racial healing?

A: They need to be preaching on this issue, not skipping it, not pretending it’s not there. A mist in the pulpit is a fog in the pew. If there’s a lack of clarity on the Biblical teaching of race and racism, then there’s going to be a lack of understanding in the pew. Second of all, they are to connect with other churches for those three concepts I just gave: sacred gathering, speaking with one voice and good works. When they do that together, particularly in the underserved communities because we’re told we’re supposed to reach out to the poor, the oppressed, then they’re working together for a common goal. And that’s the way you have reconciliation.

Racial reconciliation won’t come through seminars. It comes through service, and when both groups are serving a need worse off than they are, they get to know each other in the process of serving.

Q: How would you encourage a Black person who is upset or feels hopeless given the current state of America?

A: First of all, I would say that you don’t get the right to feel hopeless if you’re an African-American Christian. Not only do you not have a good Scriptural basis for hopelessness, you don’t have a historical basis for hopelessness because in the worst of time—slavery—we built not only a Black church, a religious order, but we affected the whole system that operated in the Black community. During Jim Crow, with segregation in the South, we had strong families, we had businesses, we had more order in our community. We have a history influenced by God on every level that says that we do not have to succumb to the evil that is surrounding us.

If we can get a refocus on who God is and what God has done in Scripture and in our history, that should begin to accent a new excitement about the possibilities because our hope is in the Lord, and we have seen what He has done.

Q: What is your church actively doing, or what does it plan to do in the future to live out the ways of Jesus in the current climate?

A: We have set in motion those three points in our community. We’ve adopted the local police precinct. They were so excited when we adopted them. We’re going to serve them. We’re going to work alongside of them. We’re going to have community forums with the community. We’re going to be a buttress between the community and the police to deal with this situation. We’re going to reach out to white pastors to connect with us to adopt all the schools in our community to provide mentoring for the at-risk students in those schools. We’ve already adopted 40 schools—our one church has already done that. To give hope to some of the hopeless needs and family support systems that are needed.

What God has done is He set it up perfectly for the Church because the culture doesn’t have answers. The problem is if we waste the moment.

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Welcome to our Tuesday devotions. Every Tuesday, we will offer a study in the book of Nehemiah. We hope you enjoy these devotions and will also follow us on social media at @thecovenc. We post encouraging Bible verses, upcoming events at The Cove, and much more.

And There Was Great Rejoicing

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

Nehemiah 8:13-18 (NASB)

Then on the second day the heads of fathers’ households of all the people, the priests and the Levites were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gain insight into the words of the law.  They found written in the law how the Lord had commanded through Moses that the sons of Israel should live in booths during the feast of the seventh month. So they proclaimed and circulated a proclamation in all their cities and in Jerusalem, saying, “Go out to the hills, and bring olive branches and wild olive branches, myrtle branches, palm branches and branches of other leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written.”  So the people went out and brought them and made booths for themselves, each on his roof, and in their courts and in the courts of the house of God, and in the square at the Water Gate and in the square at the Gate of Ephraim.  The entire assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and lived in them. The sons of Israel had indeed not done so from the days of Joshua the son of Nun to that day. And there was great rejoicing.  He read from the book of the law of God daily, from the first day to the last day. And they celebrated the feast seven days, and on the eighth day there was a solemn assembly according to the ordinance.”

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What a beautiful time of realization of God’s Word. His desire is to dwell with His people and the Feast of Tabernacles is a reminder of the time in the wilderness when the Israelite people dwelled in tents and God was present as their guide. When they saw in God’s Word the season they were in, they obeyed without question. As a result, they experienced the full joy of the Feast. They obeyed God not out of obligation, but with rejoicing and pure desire to do His will. Just imagine what our life would be like if we never questioned God’s desire for our lives and obeyed immediately.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • Always seek God’s word to learn more.
  • Rejoice at the opportunity to worship God in how He wishes to be worshiped
  • Simple obedience to God’s word is what He seeks
  • God seeks obedience out of love our for Him
  • Don’t worship out of ritual or tradition but from a joyful heart

The people were eager to obey God without question. If God said to today’s Christian to live in a tent for seven days in order to worship Him, I wonder if people today would be as eager as the generation of recently freed Israelites. As our churches struggle to re-open and with what restrictions they are comfortable enacting, I pray we have the same spirit as our brothers and sisters of old to obey God in how He says to worship Him.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. In what way am I not seeking God’s word for answers?
  2. Who is my “Ezra” that I can go to for better understanding?
  3. What is God telling me to do that I am hesitant in obedience?
  4. What part of worship have I turning into a ritual?
  5. Is my worship full of joy, gladness and overflowing with love for God?

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Weekly Bible Verse: Galatians 5:13-14

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Galatians 5:13-14:

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (ESV). 

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Billy Graham: Honoring America

Honoring America

 

In 1970, Billy Graham spoke in a ceremony honoring America at the Lincoln Memorial. He gave a challenge to her people to continue the tradition and principles set out by our forefathers.

1970 Honor America Day

The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:17: Honor all men. Fear God. Honor the king.

Today … [we] have come together to honor America on her … birthday.

We are not only here to honor America but we have come as citizens to renew our dedication and allegiance to the principles and institutions that made her great.

The Bible says: Honor the nation. As a Christian, or as a Jew, or as an atheist, we have a responsibility to an America that has always stood for liberty, protection and opportunity.

The men who signed the Declaration of Independence were moved by a magnificent dream. This dream was rooted in a book called the Bible. It proclaimed freedoms which most of the world thought impossible of fulfillment.

The Bible tells us the God has a standard for men and nations and that His standard must be met. It is right and proper to honor our country, to rejoice in her liberties and to sing her praise. But this can be abused when we make it a substitute for God. We honor America but we do not worship her.

We have stood tall in America in most areas, but on this Independence Day I call upon Americans to bend low before God and go to their knees as Washington and Lincoln called us to our knees many years ago. No nation is ever taller than when on its knees. I submit that we can best honor America by rededicating ourselves to God and the American dream.

Today, I call upon Americans to raise your voices in prayer and dedication to God and in re-commitment to the ideals and dreams upon which our country was founded. Let’s dedicate ourselves to a renewal of faith in God, equality, justice and peace for all. Let’s dedicate ourselves to building rather than burning.

I’m asking American’s today, especially our young people, to pursue this vision under God, to work for freedom and for peace, to labor relentlessly, to love passionately, to serve selflessly, to pray earnestly, and to die nobly if need be. It will not be easy. The journey will be hard. The day will be long. And the obstacles will be many.

The Bible teaches that God will judge any nation that turns its back on Him – especially a nation like America which has been given more privileges and opportunities than any nation in history. Jesus said, “To whom much is give, much is required.”

At President Eisenhower’s first inauguration he put his finger on a verse of Scripture that every American should remember today: If My people which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Welcome to our Tuesday devotions. Every Tuesday, we will offer a study in the book of Nehemiah. We hope you enjoy these devotions and will also follow us on social media at @thecovenc. We post encouraging Bible verses, upcoming events at The Cove, and much more.

This Day is Holy

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

Nehemiah 8:9-12 (NASB)

 “Then Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law.  Then he said to them, ‘Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’  So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, ‘Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.’  All the people went away to eat, to drink, to send portions and to celebrate a great festival, because they understood the words which had been made known to them.”

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For the first time in two generations, the word of the Lord was read out-loud. As a result, there was conviction, sorrow, and an understanding of what the Israelite people had missed for over seventy years. God used his words to bring the people to a realization of their sinful nature and for the time they missed experiencing Him in their midst. Nehemiah and Ezra the priest recognized what the grief that was unleashed caused among the people. They urged God’s people not to mourn but be joyful because they were entering into a season of feast and festival that would usher in the Day of Atonement.

Today, we are unbelievably fortunate to have access to God’s word the way we do. Several free bible apps as well as multiple translations are available with a few computer keystrokes. A large number of people in America have at least one, if not more than one copy of God’s word in their home, yet we are the most biblically illiterate generation in a very long time. At the same time, we are in an unprecedented time of pandemic, civil unrest, and crazy weather patterns. By cracking open our bibles and reading God’s word, we can discern the season in which we are living.

Do not be grieved by what you may find. Be joyful. In verse 10 it says, “the joy of the Lord is our strength.”

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • God’s word will move people
  • God’s word convicts
  • God’s word tells us the times we are in
  • In the midst of weeping and grief, there is a time for joy
  • Celebrate the Day of Atonement to come at the return of Jesus

God wants to communicate with His people, and seeks to communicate the times and seasons we are in. When we read and understand God’s word, there is reason to celebrate.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. Am I weeping when God is saying it’s time to be seek His joy?
  2. How can I move from a time of grief into a time of action?
  3. What do I do with what God has given me? How can I share with others?
  4. In what way do I take God’s word for granted, and how can I appreciate easy access to God’s word?

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

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Regather

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 Nehemiah 8:1-3 (NASB)

“And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the Lord had given to Israel. Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month. He read from it before the square which was in front of the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law.”

For seventy years, the God’s word had not been read out loud. For over seventy years, the scrolls had not even been opened, and for over seventy years, the law was locked away so no one had even looked at God’s word.

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As I write this post, many churches have been shut for months due to COVID-19 restrictions and quarantine. While most have been able to stream services on line in one format or another, some have closed their doors completely, and some of those churches may never be able to re-open.

After eleven weeks, my church was able to re-open at limited capacity. When I participated in worship, song, and the reading of God’s word, I wept for the entire service.

To celebrate the completion of the project, and on the first day of the seventh month, which is also known as Rosh Hashanah and begins the high holy days, the people gathered and asked to have God’s word read. In verse 3 the Bible says all the people were attentive. An understatement I imagine. If they were anything like me when they gathered for that first time, I would guess they just as emotional as they were attentive. How could they not be? I thought two months was a long time to go without being together with other believers, can you imagine seventy years?

The significance of Rosh Hashanah is also not lost on me. This is the day also known as the blowing of the trumpet, and this day starts a ten day festival that leads up to the Day of Atonement or the one day of the year the people would have their sins forgiven.

For us as, Jesus paid it all for us. We are forgiven, and we have almost unlimited to God’s word and every form and translation at our fingertips. Today, we wait in expectant hope for the day of the ultimate regathering of the saints at Jesus’ return.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • Don’t take our easy access to God’s word for granted
  • Don’t take the ability to congregate and worship as a corporate body, for granted
  • Whenever possible, do not neglect the gathering together for corporate worship.
  • The reading of God’s word aloud is powerful and has the ability to pull people in and convict as the spirit moves.

The other thing I noticed in this passage is that Nehemiah appointed priests to explain the law to those who could not understand. We need to constantly seek understanding when we read God’s word. As I study the Bible each day I ask myself these three questions. What does it say? What does it mean? And What does it mean to me? I learned this method of study when I attended an Anne Graham Lotz seminar. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a deeper understanding into God’s word.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. Is there something I have taken for granted that I need to appreciate more?
  2. How can I be a better student of God’s word?
  3. What can I do today, in light of the times we live in, to participate more in corporate prayer and worship?
  4. What can I do to receive more instruction so I have a better understanding of God’s word?

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God’s Got You: A Psalm By Quinn Graham

We have a modern-day psalmist on our hands: Quinn Graham, Will Graham’s son and Billy Graham’s great-grandson, has written a special  psalm to share. This one, entitled “God’s Got You”  is a great reminder that God is with you in every season and every situation. 

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God’s got your back

He will never give up on you

He will never let you down

He will never desert you

He has your back even in the toughest times

It may seem like you are alone

No one to rely on

But God is always there

He works in many different ways

Usually, ways we never think of

All you need is faith in Him

Because God will always be there when you need Him

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Welcome to our Tuesday devotions. Every Tuesday, we will offer a study in the book of Nehemiah. We hope you enjoy these devotions and will also follow us on social media at @thecovenc. We post encouraging Bible verses, upcoming events at The Cove, and much more.

Return to the Homeland

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 “Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and the houses had not yet been rebuilt.  So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people for registration by families. I found the genealogical record of those who had been the first to return. This is what I found written there:  These are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town” (Nehemiah 7:4-6)

The priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the temple servants, along with certain of the people and the rest of the Israelite’s, settled in their own towns” (Nehemiah 7: 73).

Chapter 7 is an interesting part of Nehemiah’s story and contains many verses of genealogy. A wall now protects God’s holy city and Nehemiah has set guards in place, yet the city remains virtually uninhabited. In order to rectify the problem, Nehemiah conducted a census of all who returned from exile and compared it to the records of those taken away.

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Family groups, priests, gatekeepers, temple servants, and even gentiles grafted in to the faith are named in the passage. After seventy years of captivity, I wondered about those who were old enough to return to the land of their youth. Did they question if they would ever see their homeland again? Did they question God’s faithfulness or did they believe they would one day set foot on the Promised Land and worship in the temple of God as their ancestors did?

One other thing that struck me in the long list of names was God knew each person taken and who returned from their family. God kept the promises made years before. The listing of each name is the proof of his faithfulness.

In the uncertainty that we live in today, we can trust in God’s great character. If He was faithful then, He will be faithful today. As those who lived during the exile may have wondered where God was during the trials they endured at the hands of evil kings in an idolatrous pagan land, when they set foot in their long lost homeland, they were assured they were not forgotten.

We too can trust God sees the events of our day and has not forgotten us His children. He knows everything you are going through, and the promises He fulfilled for the ancient Israeli people, He will also fulfill in our day. He is faithful.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done” (Genesis 50:20, NASB).

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

  • God is trustworthy and faithful to His promises.
  • Even though we may not “feel” God’s presence, He has not left us, nor has He forgotten us.
  • God’s character never changes.
  • Look for the good in the midst of the trial

While it is true, God returned His people to their homeland after a long exile, He never promised things would be easy. The Israelite people had a daunting task ahead of them. The project took obedience to God, a commitment of all to work together, and Godly leadership to rebuild the walls of protection around the Holy City. Then, they could begin the process to move into the promise.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. What promises of God have I either forgotten about or given up on seeing an outcome?
  2. How can I be the hands and feet of Jesus to someone who has given up hope?
  3. What “land “is God telling me it is time to return and re-occupy?
  4. Where has God sent me that I did not expect the task to be so daunting?

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Weekly Bible Verse: Ephesians 3:16-19

Our weekly Bible verse comes from Ephesians 3:16-19:

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God

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