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Kevin M. Jackson, A 1994 graduate of Savannah State University with a B.S. degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Urban Education from Norfolk State University. Mr. Jackson has served his country with distinction as a former Naval Supply Corps Officer with the United States Navy. He is the author of two books; When God Speaks and Life Lessons For My Sons. Mr. Jackson is an ordained Elder in his church, a mentor and joint leader of the Marriage Ministry with his wife.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Good Fathers Still Matter!

Fathers’ Day is probably one of the less celebrated holidays because of the pandemic impact of fatherlessness in our society. In fact, most churches will pontificate a strong thunderous message about fathers who do not father and overlook the faithfulness of the men who understand the role of a father in the lives of their children and those they mentor. This in itself is a travesty. I have often wondered if persons who speak on Fathers’ Day ever consider focusing on those fathers who work hard every day to provide for their families? Perhaps they would focus on fathers who not only work, but help their children with homework, teach them life skills, or attend sporting events to show their love and support for their children. Have we allowed the negativity of fatherlessness to blind us to the good deeds of good fathers? Allow me to say that I am not proposing that we ignore the impact that fatherlessness has on children. I propose that we spend at least 364 days of the year addressing those issues through community outreach, classes for fathers, and intervention for fathers who struggle with other issues that prohibit them from being the father their children need them to be. Fatherlessness is an issue for the entire society and its impact does not discriminate. Therefore we must address its short-term and long-term effects in society. However, on Fathers’ Day, good fathers should still matter and should be uplifted and honored at least during this one day out-of-the-year that Fathers’ are recognized nationally. As a matter of fact, I have a spiritual son; Devin, He is a wonderful father to his beautiful little girl. She simply adores him because of the attention and love that he gives her on a continuous basis. It is amazing to see my son at the age of 27 sitting at a small, tiny table pretending to drink tea out of a tiny tea cup. It is priceless to see the results of him trying to fix her hair, or selecting her outfits for church. I am blessed as I observe her imitate her father clapping his hands, repeating the benediction, or giving in the offering. It demonstrates her learning important aspects of being in relationship with her heavenly Father. Of course the greatest joy is to see Devin embrace her and she simply cuddles in the safety of his arms and she cries out, “Daddy”. My son’s story is not unique. There are thousands fathers who are being good fathers even if there is no recognition from society. These men understand the impact that they are making on their children and those whom they mentor. It would be wonderful if churches, fraternal organizations, civic leagues and other organizations all around America would proclaim Fathers’ Day a day of recognizing that, “Good Fathers Still Matter”. What would that do for those fathers? Would it encourage them to do more? Would it encourage them to reach out to other fathers? I am confident that it would make a positive impact on the lives of the fathers, children, and society as well. Let’s not allow the negative stories to hi-jack Fathers’ Day again. Instead, let’s celebrate the men who understand and demonstrate the powerful impact good fathers have in their homes, communities, churches and in the world. Let us shout to the mountain top on Fathers’ Day, Good Fathers Still Matter! Staff Writer; Kevin M. Jackson To read more articles by this Christian brother feel free to visit; A Word In Season. Mr. Jackson has also self published several books; When God Speaks and most recently; Life Lessons For My Sons. Feel free to connect with him via Twitter; TeachElderJ and Facebook; Elder K. Jackson.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

He Was Praying!

Jesus is such a wonderful savior. Indeed He is the greatest role model for anyone who really wants to get close to God. There simply is no one else who has the inside information about how God operates and what He expects from us. Jesus knows the inside scoop.

I marvel at the discipline Christ had as he maneuvered through His earthly ministry. He possessed so much focus, determination and exactness about what He was called to do. However, if we get so caught-up in the results of His ministry, we can very well miss the essence of His success in ministry. Jesus was a man of prayer.

In Luke 11:1 the first sentence has a powerful revelation for anyone who wants to really be used by God. The text states, " He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."

Wow! What an insightful text. First, Christ was praying. Christ took the time to communicate with God even though He was anointed and appointed. Don't miss this! If Jesus, the savior of the world, the healer, the miracle worker, had to pray, what about you and me?

Prayer is simple conversation with the Lord. You talk with God based on how much you have to say to Him. The focus is not on how much you say to Him, but rather that you are constantly in communication with Him.

Secondly, Christ had a "certain place". We must carve out time and space to be in communication with the Lord. It is not enough just to have some "drive by prayers" throughout the day, but we must make a deliberate effort to sit down at a "certain time" and "certain place" to spend quality time with the Father.

Finally, Jesus demonstrated that our disciplined prayer life can become contagious. His disciples observed Him praying and immediately wanted to learn the principles of prayer. If we would buckle down and communicate with God on a regular basis, carve out a "certain time and place", then others will begin to see the results and fruit of our lives.

Take note of this! The most important thing that they will observe is how you were able to achieve the results and receive the fruit in your life. They will find you, "Praying".

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

When God Makes His Next Move!

Oftentimes we can become very frustrated with the requirement to wait on God. However, we must always be cognizant of the fact that God sees everything from a different perspective. Therefore whatever may seem like an emergency to us, may not necessarily be as urgent to God. Remember, He does not have a time limit or deadline for working miracles out on our behalf. He is God!

Always keep this thought in mind. Whenever God decides to make His next move on your behalf, no one will be able to stop it. When God makes His next move it could be your healing, deliverance, blessing, promotion or miracle. Regardless of how long it takes Him to do what He does, when He moves no one can hinder Him.

Wait with the expectancy that God has everything in control. He never has to catch up, seek advice, or misdiagnosis anything. He is God! Just simply wait on His next move. It's going to be epic.



Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Year of Spiritual Maturity-"2014"

Every year the Lord gives me my focus for the upcoming new year. In 2013, the Lord gave me the following slogan:               Shift, Come into Alignment, Stretch and Go Forth!

I can say without any doubt, I have indeed experienced each element of that slogan in some way throughout this year. Today, I accept the summons of the Lord to "Spiritual Maturity". Maturity in a sense means to come into full development. In essence, the Lord calls me to spiritual development in 2014. 2 Timothy 3:17, "Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us." MSG  This process of maturity is in preparation for something prepared for us in a time to come.

What does this entail? How is this achieved? It will vary based on where you are in your personal walk with God. For me, He has already identified measurable objectives that I must master more effectively in 2014. For your benefit and my reminder, I will share a few of those objectives today:

1. Develop a risk-taker's attitude. My objective is to immediately embrace whatever God says without the most subtle sign of resistance. To resist even subtly is an insult to the soverignty of God. A risk-taker is consumed by the directive, message, and task and not the outcome. The task or directive is my responsibility, the outcome is God's. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

2. Pray with a greater level of trust. Trust must trump expectation. Where as I have embraced expecting more from God, I must embrace the discipline of trust so that when my expectation is not met the way I want, I can fully understand and embrace the fact that God can be trusted to make adjustments to the answers to my prayers. (Proverbs 3:5, Romans 8:28)

3. Embrace teachable moments during difficult circumstances. Often times the moment overwhelms us to the point that we miss the lesson God is trying to teach us through the situation. If God allows a situation to develop and thrive, then He has some teachable moment tucked away in the situation. We must look for it and embrace it. (Psalms 86:11)

more to come......

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Work or Worship?

SCRIPTURE: Luke 10: 38-42
Is it more important to breathe or to live? Right! In order to live we must breathe. In essence, breathing and living work hand-in-hand. It is a synergistic combination. You cannot have one without the other.That is the vantage point from which I view the account of Mary and Martha as they sought to prepare for the arrival of Jesus Christ to their home.

Which posture was best? Was it more important for Martha to work or for Mary to worship Him while Jesus was in their home? Yes! Both postures were good. We must do the work of the Kingdom. We must operate in the calling of God upon our lives; but, do we work so much that we never take the time to worship?

I do not look at worship as just singing a slow song that requires you and me to lift our hands. Rather, when I say worship, I am referring to praying, meditating on the word of God, singing, dancing before the Lord, glorifying Christ, and praising the Lord for who He is.

Now let’s make a clear observation about Martha and her work. What is disturbing about Martha is she did not know when to stop working and when to begin to worship. Do you know when it is time for you to pause from the work and begin to worship? Well, allow me to share some sure signs that it is time for a moment of worship in the midst of your doing the work of the Lord. If you find yourself slipping in the areas that you once had victory, then it’s time for you to pause and worship. If your attitude about the work becomes taxing rather than service to the Lord, then it is time for you to worship. When you are too busy to take the time to worship, then it is time for you to pause and really worship.

The fact is, unless we worship Christ we will ultimately become ineffective in working for Christ. We cannot have one without the other. Martha undoubtedly thought her work was more important. However, upon inquiring of Jesus He sets the record straight once and for all. Jesus gives Martha and so many of us the diagnoses of our lives. “Martha you are worried and distracted by many things.” That is really the issue! We are distracted by things, people, and situations and the thought of worshiping Christ barely crosses our minds.

Don’t get me wrong saints! We must do the work of the Lord, but we must also learn when to pause and worship. We cannot do one without the other. Will you join me in asking the Lord to help us all to learn when to pause from the work and enter into worship?

Father, we adore you with all of our hearts. We seek to do the work of the kingdom with excellence and dedication - all for your glory. Lord, help us to discern when it is time to pause from the work and begin to worship you with everything that is in us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Noise vs Praise

There is a clanging taking place in the body of Christ. This clanging is so....loud that it diffuses the words that are necessary for life everlasting. The noise stems from the dissatisfaction of those who do not respect God's way of functioning in the Kingdom. Therefore, they create noise to distract and overshadow sound doctrine and teaching, legitimate moves of God and the praise and adoration meant for the living God. They are disgruntled believers who would rather dwell on social traditions and the spiritual games of the times. They are believers who seek to say words to God but their hearts are far from Him. They are people who have turned the church into a musical phenomenon with no depth, spirit or anointing. It has become a place of entertainment and fun. All of the time they are spiritually insulting God through their behavior. Pretty soon all they become are clanging cymbals and clashing metal; noise.

This type of mentality does not give way to righteousness, ministry, evangelism and worship to God. It is a Hollywood salvation that waits on the next great attraction, buzz words and fleshly doctrine.The results are people can literally dance, shout, and make a great deal of noise, but their lifestyle and devotion to God is seriously lacking. It has literally turned many church gatherings in to a religious social club.

I am reminded of a passage in Ezra, whereby the Jews were released from captivity by King Darius to return back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Upon building the foundation and the altar-a place of worship, there were persons in the crowd who could not get past the new thing that God was doing because they were so..... set on the former temple and altar. They were so disappointed that they began to create a great noise in the midst of the people. They were wailing and screaming because they remembered and only desired what they had and not what God was providing for them at that time.  They were only satisfied when God was doing what they wanted. They were bent on having their way without any regard to what God wanted or desired for them. However, there arose another sound. It was not just noise, it was praise and adoration for what God had done.

 The scripture text said that their praise drowned out the noise of dissatisfaction. This sound stemmed from gratitude that after 70 years of bondage and not being able to come to the place of worship. God had allowed them to rebuild their symbol of communion and intimacy with Him; the altar. These people rejoiced because they understood that if it had not been for God on their side, they could have died in captivity. They did not regard their own desires as more important, rather, they regarded the plan of God, His ways, His precepts, His will as the foundation for rebuilding their lives. Yes, they were imperfect, but they were committed to living and functioning in the Kingdom according to the will of God. They were receptive of Kingdom lifestyle and behavior. Whatever God said and wanted to do was fine with them.

No, God is not looking for perfect people to praise and worship Him, however, He is looking for people who's heart is perfect (mature) towards Him. Noise and Praise is really a matter of the heart. Noise focuses on emotions and whatever feelings people want to be expressed from the fleshly realm. However, praise has nothing to do with the individual's feelings. It has nothing to do with what the individual has done. Praise is totally focused on what God has done. He has done great things! He has delivered me! He brought me out of a bad situation. It is the acknowledgment of the wondrous workings of the Lord. God desires praise not noise that is self-centered and fleshly. Yes, make a joyful noise. Yes, this may lead to an audience with the King, but after you get an audience, you must come right before Him with intentional and deliberate praise.

My prayer for the body of Christ is that we will not major any longer in just noise and certainly not noise of dissatisfaction, but that we will rather make deliberate effort to raise up a sound of praise and adoration to our God who has and continues to do great things in our lives. Let's not just make some kind of noise, let's make intentional praise flow from our hearts to the ears of God.

The God Who Speaks

What is the voice of the Lord? Does He always speak in an audible voice? How do you discern the voice of the Lord from your own voice?

These questions have and continue to confound the minds of believers and non-believers alike. The what about God's voice. Many believe that God has lost His voice and He does not speak to His people anymore. I beg to differ. Who can tell God to be quiet? Who determines that He speaks no more? Who has that much knowledge of God that they can say emphatically that He is now silent? No one!

God speaks and we should anticipate Him to speak to us for He promises that He will be with us even until the end of the ages. Certainly God is not just going to be with us and not communicate with us right? Jesus said, I will send you a comforter who will teach you and remind you of all of the things that I have taught you. Surely, the holy ghost does not speak in sign language. It must communicate in some manner in which we, the limited beings, can understand.

 Yes! God speaks today and forever more. He speaks through His spirit, He speaks through His word, He speaks through His prophets, He speaks through dreams and visions, He speaks through situations and circumstances. God still speaks!

You can always discern the voice of God from another voice if what is said conflicts with the word of God and the will of God that has already been revealed to you. God is not the author of confusion. He will never contradict Himself. Be careful of voices that are close or similar to something that God would say. Those similarities are just as dangerous.If in doubt, seek the counsel of a godly man or woman of God who has walked with the Lord and has impeccable spiritual integrity.

Whenever God speaks and it is actually God, whatever you do, do not ignore what He says. It is a privilege to have the creator of the universe to take the time to speak to his most imperfect creation. Rejoice in the fact, that our God still speaks and shall continue throughout eternity.

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