Archive | January, 2017

Try Jesus – Transcript

14 Jan

Try Jesus by Dr. Franklin Emeka

Dr. Martin Luther King said, “If you don’t like the history you have, then begin the history you want.”
This quote speaks volume because it could be used to address both circular and spiritual aspects of our lives.
From Circular perspective:
• There are “Social Factors” that are beyond our control.” Social factors such as, family, education, Peer-Pressure and race. Things that are often beyond our control.
• While the factors were used to delineate juvenile gangs in dissertation, they are very relevant to many struggles adults face every day.
1. Take for example, family issues & its challenges
• Maybe you were not born into the family you want, but you can begin the family you want.
o Psalm 127:1
 Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.(New King James Version, NKJV)
• We have no control over our ascribed status, but we can ask the Lord to help us build the home we’d like to have. You don’t have to be absent father, even though situations, sometimes become very tasking.
2. Education is another example:
• The need for Education & its access inequalities. My experience in education, both as faculty & administrator, has led me to see it as privilege.
• Dr. Lee Brown, former Houston Police Chief & Mayor once said, “No job could ever fire your education from you.
• Education is a necessary tool to survive in this world.
o Education is often a ticket out of poverty and economic and hardship.
• The Apostle Paul was very educated.
3. Peer pressure
• Its adverse effects the young & older are alike.
• You don’t have to always have to fit in.
4. Race
• Revelation 7:9-10
o 9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (New King James Version, NKJV)
From A Spiritual Perspective:
• Readings from the Bible:
• The book of Matthew in the Bible gives practical & applicable examples of how we should live our lives. For example:
o Matthew 6:24
 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (New King James Version, NKJV)
Matthew 6:33
 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (New King James Version, NKJV)
o Proverbs 3:5-7
 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.[a] 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. (New King James Version, NKJV)
A Closing thought:
• Think of the GPS directions on your phone or car, which infamously says “route recalculating” when you miss your turn. Much like the GPS fixed on getting you to the destination, so too will your life be guided by God if you fix your eyes on God through His son, Jesus Christ. My friend, I have made many mistakes in my life, but focusing on God through Jesus has helped me to avoid making even more mistakes since I was a teenager.
• Give your life to Jesus:
• The Word of God is inexplicable and intriguing to the young and old, alike. The teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ, are so applicable to our lives today. I am sometimes so amazed of how relevant His teachings are that even my younger boys, whom I regularly study the bible with, could relate.
• Maybe you’ve always lived your life the way you want, and that may have led you to troubles. My prayer for you is that you try Jesus. Jesus said:
• Matthew 6:26
o 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (New King James Version, NKJV)
• John 3:16
o 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (New King James Version, NKJV)

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Direct your path to enjoy your journey!

Dr. Daintee G. Jones

Founder

The House that Dignity Built

An initiative of The Dignity in Direction Group

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Say My Name at the Prayer Wall – Transcript

7 Jan

Say My Name at the Prayer Wall
Dr. Jones sings…
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho
and the walls came a-tumbling down
Welcome to the House that Dignity Built. I’m Dr. Daintee Glover Jones, and I consider it an honor and a privilege to have a moment to speak with you for our January 8th message of our 2016-17 series called “The Sum of Peace”. For the months of January and February, our speakers will be on one accord by speaking and teaching about the concept of peace and protection. The title of today’s message is called “Say My Name at the Prayer Wall”. May God add a blessing to this word, and may He use me to encourage, empower, and inspire. Also, please God watch over the people who were affected by the tragedy at Fort Lauderdale’s airport. Please bring them peace and protection. Amen.
Walls are built to hold refuse, to control elements and people, to express creativity, and to divide. They are within both residential and community structures. They are resourceful and historical. We know of the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall. These walls are fine, but today, I speak of using walls like the Western or Kotel wall which is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. This wall has a holy designation because it sits close to a hill called Temple Mount that is located close to an ancient temple that was expanded by Herod the Great. Visitors to the wall pilgrimage to say their prayers at a place that they consider to be a strong site of unity and shared belief.
Do you yet have access to a prayer wall? A prayer wall has multiple purposes. You can find a place within your home that serves as a prayer wall even if you have access to a church. This message is one to prove the power of a prayer wall in one’s life.
Use it to pray just as “Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD” (Isaiah 38:2).
Use it to separate just as Ezekiel built a wall around a temple to “divide between the holy and the profane” (Ezekiel 42:20).
Use your prayer wall to see symbolic signs from God as in Daniel 5:5 where “suddenly the fingers of a man’s hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall”.
Use your prayer wall to protect rest and peace surrounding your family and ministries with prayer as King Asa said to the people of Judah, “Let us build cities and surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours because we have sought the LORD our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side.” (2 Chronicles 14:7).
In prayer, speak to the walls of your life that might block your blessings. Use prayer if you feel off the wall or if your back is against the wall like King Saul wanted to do to David. Pray for protection if your house is divided by walls of trouble and disdain as promised in Ephesians 2:14. Just as in Psalm 89:40, pray at your wall against undesirable strongholds. The holy word advises us to face the wall and say the names of God for your particular prayer of protection. In Beyonce’s song called “Say my name; Say my name”, her character asks that her name be uttered so that she might be convinced that her loved one is being faithful; we can call God by His names because we know He is faithful and true as it is written in Numbers 23:19.
So say His name.
Jehovah Jireh,
provide our protection.
Jehovah Raah,
keep your sheep close to you.
El Shaddai,
bring your might with you.
Jehovah Rapha,
heal our land, hearts, and minds.
Shammah,
be there.
Jehovah Mekoddishkem,
sanctify our hearts for kingdom work!
Jehovah Shalom,
bring us peace.
We say your names.
We drink in your designations.
We tout your titles.
We understand the power of your names. “For as his name is, so is he” (1 Sam 25:25).
As we come to the end of this message, stay tuned for lecture notes on this coming Monday, January 9, at our website http://www.dignityshouse.org. I’m Dr. Daintee Glover Jones, and this has been a message from the House that Dignity Built. I bid you peace and protection.
Amen and ashe’.
Dr. Jones sings…
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho
and the walls came a-tumbling down

Love you in Christ!

Dr. Daintee G. Jones

Founder & Minister

The House that Dignity Built Ministries

www.dignityshouse.org

An initiative of The Dignity in Direction Group

http://dignityclasses.weebly.com

 

 

And We March: A Prayer Formation for Peace (Sept. 4, 2016) – transcript

4 Jan

And We March: A Prayer Formation for Peace
Sings: Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Let there be peace of earth, the peace that was meant to be. To take each moment, and live each moment with peace eternally. Let there be peace be earth and let it begin with me.
Thank you to Sister Carol W., a supporter of the House that Dignity Built, for suggesting the use of this song, Let there be peace on earth, for my message.
Welcome to the House that Dignity Built. I’m Dr. Daintee Glover Jones, and I consider it an honor and a privilege to have a moment to speak with you for our inaugural message of our 2016-17 series called “The Sum of Peace”. For the months of September and October, our speakers will be on one accord by speaking and teaching about the concept of prayer’s effect upon peace in our land. The title of today’s message is called “And We March: A Prayer Formation for Peace”. May God add a blessing to this word, and may He use me to encourage, empower, and inspire.
In July of 2016, I marched for peace with others in Houston, TX. The march started at Antioch Baptist Church and ended at Houston’s City Hall building. People were from many walks of life: civilians, police officers, clergy, politicians, teachers, students, young people, seasoned ones, single ones, married ones, Christians, Muslims, you name it. This moment was one of historical importance because during the 1960s, Houston’s media decided not to televise the civil work of its citizens because the city’s leaders were vying for a sports team.
But this time, in 2016, the revolution was televised, and it was a revolution for peace. Our city saw moments like the one my mother experienced when she was younger while she was riding a city bus. For safety reasons, my grandmother asked my mother to move to the back of this bus even though there were many seats in the front of it. My mother began to move to the back in obedience to my grandmother; however, a young white man put his leg across the aisle so that my mother couldn’t move to the back. Because of this gesture, my mother was able to exercise her right to equality with the help of someone who was presumed to have been the enemy. Their position was a peaceful formation because of his leg extension and her about-face turn, and even though this part of the revolution was not televised, it was an important moment that reminded my family not to believe in racial polarity, but to judge each person by his/her own merits.
Not only was the July 2016 peace march a moment of historical importance, it was also of biblical importance because it brought scripture to life. Isaiah chapter 65, verses 24-25 state, “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain” says the Lord” (Study Bible New Heavens and Earth).
Here’s my evidence of that scripture being manifested. There were leaders with megaphones at the front of the line, as we marched, who used a call-and-response approach as they chanted, “Forward together; not one step back” or “Peace and unity!” However, others in the crowd shouted, “No justice: no peace”. These were not exactly the same requests, yet the group had tolerance for each member because the participants knew that each individual marched for a main overarching focus of peace, regardless of individual underlying motivations or hopes. They recognized the power in their unified presentation.
Also, they recognized the power of their prayers. You see, when they uttered their requests in unison of movement and action and peace, they were in the act of prayer, whether they realized it or not. Prayer is simply a request for help or a message of thanks while being in God’s presence. Since believers know that they are in God’s presence whenever two or more are gathered in His name, then one can understand that these calls or chants were abbreviated supplications that were repeated over and over for amplification, for elevation, for the situation at hand.
This repetition was for concentration and consecration as the group moved into formation as they battled via prayer. Jeremiah chapter 50, verse 42 speaks of warriors who come against believers in battle formation. This scripture suggests that those who fight for peace must still realize and strategize as they are on the move. While some Christians tend to see themselves as sheep that are led by a Shepherd, it is helpful for them to add the power of the word in Matthew 10:16 that suggests, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves”. If anyone has spent any time watching sheep, one would have noticed that sheep are not considered to be very smart creatures. They wander off, and are considered to be animals of prey. P.R.E.Y. However, empowered and shrewd sheep are animals of pray – P.R.A.Y. So, as the people of Houston marched in battle formation, they prayed, so that they would not be preyed upon by the enemy, which is violence and or the lack of peace.
Peace in the mind,
peace in the home,
peace in the land –
our people pray
for peace.
Brother Steven M., a House that Dignity Built supporter, wrote to us of the scripture that reminds him of the connection between prayer and peace. It is found in 2 Chronicles chapter 7, verse 14. It reads, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. Brother and sisters, our land is in need of healing, so we marched and prayed in formation as we battled for peace for our children, our families, our neighbors, and ourselves.
And we marched in prayer formation for peace just as our civil rights ancestors marched against civil injustices for rights of equality or justice.
And we marched in prayer formation for peace as we formed our words, formed our thoughts, and formed our revolution.
We marched like King,
We marched like Ghandhi,
We marched like the suffragettes,
the labor workers,
the daughters of Africa,
and the coal miners.
We marched as proud graduates.
George Tandy, Jr. says it like this:
Sings: Cuz we’re coming up on uncharted territory, but we still march, I still march, you still march, we still march.
So many obstacles in front of us we can’t see but we still march,
I still march, you still march, we still march
Let the clouds bring a storm.
Bring us pain, bring us harm and we’ll still march,
I still march, you still march, we still march
Let the ground rip apart…
Push us back to the start we still March.
I still march, you still march, we still march…
Like a soldier you deserve a purple heart
And so, as the word promises, that our prayers would be heard while we were yet speaking them, those in the crowd with chants of “No justice: no peace” began to approach the stage at City Hall with their cries of pain and hollers of hurt. Then, they began to realize that their message was important to the rest of the group as well. Some of them cried in relief that they were being heard because their prayers had been received while they were yet still praying.
Ladies and gentleman, my prayer for you today is that as you march for peace within your own lives, that the amount of peace that you receive be exponential rather than only arithmetic. I pray that God hears your pleas and heals your spirits from any fear or worry. I speak this over you in the name of Jesus, and I thank you for taking a moment to listen to this message from The House that Dignity Built. I am Dr. Daintee Glover Jones, and I would be honored for you to visit us again for our next message on Tuesday, September 6.
Our aim is to encourage, empower, and inspire all of us to move towards peace.
Until next time…Amen and ase’.
References
Let there be peace on earth
New International Version bible
George Tandy, Jr – March

Dr. Daintee G. Jones

Creator of The House that Dignity Built

www.dignityshouse.org

An initiative of the Dignity in Direction Group

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