Kind of Like JESUS

After four years of pastoring a storefront church, I'm still dumbstruck at the fact that very few of the members of our church really grasp our mission. (Kind of like Jesus's disciples didn't get the Suffering Messiah bit). What's even stranger to me is that they don't really understand me.…

SEIZE the Day

As the end of 2009 is fastly approaching, there seems to be less time to do the things I've been saying I was going to do all year (i.e.: lose weight, start exercising, eating healthier foods on a regular basis . . . you get the picture). If I chose…

ALL or Nothing

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if every person on the planet became focused on the single, most important pursuit in life - which is a relationship with the Divine? [Youtube]xC4AGzDyLS4[/Youtube] This relationship is the very thing for which mankind was created and for which Jesus…

For My WIFEY

Before the hands of time appeared, God Almighty made this decree: “I will create a special, unique woman who will raise up a wonderful family. She will be faithful and kind, and compassion will flow from her heart. Wisdom she will wear like a crown and her faith will be…

INTERLUDES

Anyone who loves the performing arts will tell you the greatest artists are the ones who have suffered and out of their pain created masterpieces that reflect their own experiences. Whether it’s a musical, concert, film, television, theater or dance, the masters are those who are able to combine varied…

What REALLY Matters

Messenger's Note: Edwin B. Smith is Pastor of New Freedom Family Ministries in Oxford, Mississippi. He works as a public relations specialist at The University of Mississippi. My only grandchild is celebrating her first birthday today. Of course, she probably won't remember it so it (and probably a few more…