We are better together. We are a better couple when we come together. We are a better community when we come together. We are a better church when we come together.
Where we are today is not a guarantee of where we will be tomorrow. One of the things in Scripture is its honesty about our future. The bible lets us know, that all of us are going to experience a certain amount of pain, trials, and tribulations in this world.
Some of the things we never expected to happen, happened. We never thought we would lose our job. Never thought we’d flunk a grade. Never thought our kids would get hooked on drugs. Never thought our boyfriend or girlfriend would dump us. Never thought we would be divorced.
Never thought we’d end up in jail. Never thought we’d be betrayed. Never thought we’d be victim of a horrible crime. Never thought cancer would invade our bodies. Never thought we’d get pregnant. Never thought we’d become an addict. Yet somehow they did happen.
When these crises happen, we need to have somebody to help us get back up again. When we are in fellowship in a small group of God’s people, we can find the support and encouragement we need to make it through these situations and stand up tall for God once again.
God can use any experience you’ve gone through for His honor and glory. Unfortunately, we try to hide the painful things we have gone through and pretend all is well and always has been. There is somebody you may know who is just going into what you have already been through and come out of victoriously. You could make all the difference in his or her life.
God could put you both in the same church, job, school or some other group to make that difference possible. Jesus saved you, because He intended to use you. It takes a sacrifice of time to be used by God. Whether you accept your role or not, you are a minister of Christ. Say it with me. “I am a minister of Christ.”
I remember at an early age what calling people names could do to someone. When we are called names it can sometimes have an adverse reaction for the name caller, depending on the the name used.
We often called people who wore glasses “4 eyes”. Because the 2 eyes they were born with was unable to see clearly, thus requiring external assistance for corrected vision…
As we get older we would soon realize we need additional eye exams to keep our vision correct.
Once examined we realize how beneficial it can be to be four eyes.
In addition to using our eyes for our vision we also enjoy sharing what we see to others.
When we share what we are able to see to others it will make them 4 eyes also.
They will become IGNITED! INSPIRED! INFLUENCED! IMPACTED to see great things in themselves and others.
I want to you all to see in yourself what I see in you.
Yes! You may see yourself in the battle of your life.
But I want you to keep fighting until your victory is won.
Keep fighting, praying, fasting, pressing, progressing, moving, reading and believing.
Keep trusting, trying, travailing, living, giving, and going.
I see you victorious and walking in in your purpose.
Keep using your 4 eyes because it ain’t over, until your victory is won.
Open me first! What are you waiting for this Christmas? Are you longing for anything? What are you expecting to receive? Are you looking forward to anything special this Christmas? GIFTS, FOOD, FAMILY AND/OR FRIENDS…
Many of us during gift giving time are so excited about gifts that we can’t decide which gift to open first. Beloved, in a nutshell, Christmas is a marvelous, moving, message about Jesus the Christ! How can we not find what we’ve been looking for?
And, how can we keep quiet about it? Because once we have Jesus the Son of God, we have everything.
Many of you have probably anticipated opening your presents and gifts but if you don’t have the gift of Jesus, you will always be looking for fulfillment in other gifts that will never sustain you…
I want to invite you to a birthday party. It’s the birthday of Jesus. It’s His party but He wants to give you a present. He wants to give you the gift of Himself. Will you take Him?
As we celebrate Jesus, I want to make sure you thoroughly understand that Jesus is in the business of giving people the gift of a fresh start. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done; it doesn’t matter where you’ve been; it doesn’t matter how bad you think you’ve blown it: Jesus will give you a fresh start.
The apostle Peter says several things happen once you give your life to Jesus:
- You open up your life to God and get to know him.
- You’re given a brand new life, which gives you everything to live for.
- You get a future in heaven.
You can say it this way: You get your past forgiven, you get a purpose for living, and you get a home in heaven. What a gift! Your past, present, and future are taken care of as you put your trust in Jesus. A fresh start
“Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:30 MSG).
Rev. Dr. Darryl L. Jones Bio
Rev. Dr. Darryl L. Jones is a native Atlantan (Grady Baby). He is married and deeply in love with the lovely Tisa Sheree Jones and they are blessed to have 4 wonderful children (April, Darryl II “DJ”, Michael and Kennedy).
He’s the Senior Pastor of Champions 4 Christ Christian Church located in Atlanta Georgia.
He earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Liberty University (Lynchburg Virginia).
In addition to that he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) Atlanta Georgia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Morris Brown College in Atlanta Georgia.
He is the author of the book based on his dissertation “A Strategy for A Successful Christian Sexual Education Ministry in the African American Church”.
Additionally, Dr. Jones along with his wife Tisa are the founders of “Your Relationships Matter” www.yourrelationshipsmatter.com a business developing, maintaining and strengthening healthy relationships skills via workshops, seminars, individual and group consulting, blog and newsletter.
You can also find them @yrmonline on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Dr. Jones is a humble servant of the Lord who is a sought after preacher was called to preach but was born to love and serve God and the people of God.
Dr. Jones has a unique way of blending biblical truths and academic scholarship into everyday language.
Dr. Jones count it all joy whenever anyone thinks enough of him to invite him to share the love, grace and mercy of God through the preached word of God.
Rev. Dr. Darryl L. Jones
Money has a role in all of our lives
The life of Money can be a source of stress and pressure for many.
Money control lives, attitudes and emotions.
Money makes some of us its slaves.
Many of us are driven to make and keep money.
Therefore, we must straighten out our relationship with money because Money Lives Matter!
We need to have the right goals for money and we can start by having a financial attitude adjustment.
Do you serve money or do money serve you? My prayer for you is, money serves you as it serves God.
Money tells us that it serves God. It says “In God we trust!”
So, we must conduct ourselves with Godly wisdom with money.
Many of us has heard that “the love of money is the root of all evil”
Champions 4 Christ don’t love money—We love God!
Champions 4 Christ don’t trust money—We trust God!
Champions 4 Christ are givers of money—Not takers!
Champions 4 Christ know that money is a tool to help others serve God.
As Champions 4 Christ let’s make a declaration of faith.
(Say out loud)
I adjust my financial attitude now.
I do not serve money.
I am not a slave to money.
I serve God.
Money serves me.
I do not work for money.
Money works for me.
Money doesn’t control me.
I control money.
Money doesn’t rule me.
I rule money.
Money doesn’t dominate me.
I dominate money.
I faithfully and cheerfully tithe and give my offerings as I am instructed by the scriptures.
I boldly give as I am led.
Money—you serve me.
Money—you obey me.
Money—I command you to multiply, increase and produce maximum harvest through me for the kingdom of God.
Money —I command you to come to me now, because I can be trusted by God to use you for the purposes of God—in Jesus’ Name!
Yes! Money Lives Matter!!!
God Will Provide…
Before we can fulfill God’s purposes in this kingdom building assignment, we must have a breakthrough where we are no longer depending upon our own limited abilities, but we are looking to God for His supernatural provision. We must stop focusing on our resources and our materialistic desires and place our focus on His Kingdom.
Jesus sent the disciples out with nothing, but they lacked nothing! That is truly divine provision! YES!!! GOD WILL PROVIDE!
“Who’s Number One?”
Football teams and fans are battling for the right to be number one. There are polls and commentaries all chiming in on who is number one.
In our personal life there’s a battle also. There’s a war going on and if you want to win you have to have Jesus deep down within. Our flesh is under the control of our mind. If our mind wants something it tells our flesh “Flesh! wouldn’t it be nice to have that,” Our flesh now gets the desire for it. That’s why the Bible says
“Let the same mind that is in Christ Jesus be also in you”,
Jesus mind was in control, His mind was to do the will of his father and Jesus flesh was in subjection to his mind.
Since we have not brought our flesh under subjection we allow our desire, our wants, and our ambitions of our flesh to give its’ first allegiance to everything else but God.
Our nature and tendency is to indulge our flesh, to allow our profession, our social acceptance, our livelihood, our comforts, and our pleasures the opportunity to be satisfied.
We spend so much time trying to ensure that we meet the right people, drive the right car, wear the right clothes, attend the right social events, impress the right people, operate in the proper arenas so that the social powers to be of this world might take notice of us.
We diligently and meticulously strive for popularity and prosperity because human conception is based on the belief that this is what it takes to be blessed and we confuse our resource with our source.
So what happens is we spend all of our energy trying to reach unattainable expectations so that our flesh may be satisfied and what little we have left we then offer unto God if our flesh isn’t too tired.
What we must realize, is that our flesh will never be satisfied, and no matter what we have or achieve, no matter who knows our name, no matter how much success we may get, we will never be truly blessed until we “Make God First.”
The Bible says in Matthew 6:33 says “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
The mentality of society is to get all these things and if you have time then seek God. We even find preachers whose sole basis of their ministry is material possessions. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with having material things, but how we acquire it is important.
God desires for his people to be blessed and prosperous, we find in 3rd John 1:2 “Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
God wants his people to be prosperous, God desires for his people to have life and life more abundantly, God is the creator of all and we are his children and we should have it, but first, God wants us to have His power, His anointing, His wisdom, His understanding and Once we have achieved these things then all those other things will be added unto us.
We find in our society so many people that have achieved great prosperity & popularity, and according to human status they seem to really have it going on, they have the nice cars, live in the fine homes, travel to all the exotic places, no matter how big you or your house is, no matter how big your cars and toys are, when we die and are buried all of our graves will be the same size 2 1/2 feet wide by 8 feet long…
I’m amazed how we learn the art of desire at a very early age. As a baby we desire to be fed. When we feed babies you can see their appreciation by the sounds and looks they give as they eat. Then after a couple of hours the baby has forgotten about their last feeding and has no appreciation for the efforts made to feed them and then begin to cry out for another feeding.
When we go and buy food or other perishable items we look primarily at two things, the price and the expiration date. In accounting courses we learn two key terms, FIFO (First-In First-Out) and LIFO (Last-In Last-Out). So, when I go and buy milk I go straight to the back where I know the expiration date has more time than the milk in the front.
When it comes to wanting or desiring something many of us know that our appreciation can be vital to receiving what we want. We all have experienced wanting something so much that we may be willing to do anything to get it. However, once we get what we wanted, needed, begged for, or had to have many will become unappreciative of that which we couldn’t live without.
Once, some years ago as the Christmas season was approaching our children was letting us know what they wanted for Christmas. Then my wife asked them to tell us about the gifts from the previous year for Christmas. Not only did they not know where those gifts were but they couldn’t remember what they were.
We knew what we gave them and had an idea where they were. We considered rewrapping their old gifts and giving it to them again due to their lack of appreciation of our efforts to provide their gifts..
Unfortunately, too many of us act as though appreciation has an expiration date. After the Christmas season, the gifts are no longer appreciated as if the gift expired. After the first couple of years of marriage some act as if their appreciation for one another has expired. After God has blessed us with gift upon gift when circumstances and situations come our way we act as though we have no appreciation for what God has already done.
Therefore, don’t let your appreciation expire. I have learned and I encourage to practice the following appreciative principles. In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart and I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
These are wonderful times to be alive. It is clear and true that our whole attitude will determine what we get out of life. In all of our good times, no matter when the times happen to be. There’s always the worst of times for others.
Therefore, what determines our good times is our whole attitude, because it’s our attitude that determines our outlook, and our outlook determines our outcome.
One of the key things we can do in our life is to write down or make a mental note of at least three things every day for which we are thankful. You’ll be surprised how an attitude and posture of thanksgiving can be. It will focus you on things for which you are appreciative and grateful, and it sends a rush of positive energy in your way. I’m talking about the power of God, and how the power of God will come and help you. Hope will come your way. Joy will come your way. Love will come your way. All kinds of positive things will happen and come your way.
One of the things that happens when you focus on looking at each day for at least three things for which to be thankful is, it will change your whole attitude and your perspective about life. It will cause you to start zeroing in on the things to be thankful for.
My daily prayer and meditation includes me saying, “I will bless the Lord at all times and His praise shall continually be in my mouth, my soul shall make its boast in the Lord and the humble shall hear of it and be glad, oh magnify with me and let us exalt His name forever. I also, say This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice, and be glad in it.
Now, I also find some stuff to get aggravated, irritated and agitated about, whether it’s just driving through traffic, listening to nonsense or whatever irks me but I am not looking for the things that aggravate me. I am looking for the things that will cause me to rejoice. I do that on purpose.
So I am on a mission possible, every single day. So, whatever you are looking for, the anticipation of what you expect, will change your whole attitude. One of the reasons that kids are so excited on Christmas Eve is because of what they expect the next day. They don’t care whether you put them on punishment and tell them that they got to go to bed early. When there is a positive expectation on the inside of you, something changes. You know why?
It’s because Expectation Causes Preparation. You don’t get what you want in life. You get what you prepare for, and expectation causes preparation. So, more than anything else, Expectation Causes Preparation.
Better, is Coming 4 U!
There are too many of us, if we are not careful will suffer from what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called a “paralysis of analysis”. Basically, we miss out on great opportunities and miracles by overthinking a situation, circumstance, position, place or condition. Then, many of us will not proceed in our journey, destination and purpose because something doesn’t make sense and/or we don’t understand.
Some of you may be familiar with this example of something we do and we don’t understand. Many of us eat pizza, right? Why is it that a round pizza come in a square box and it is sliced into triangles? I don’t know either but I won’t spend too much time thinking about it either because I like my pizza hot and don’t nobody have time for cold pizza.
Yet, God can have something for us and because we don’t understand it, we will exhaust ourselves with questions. We will present our dilemma to all of our family, friends and people who we deem are equally as intelligent and analytical as we are.
You may ask yourself why would God keep sending short men your way. You don’t understand, and you are convinced that God know that you love tall men. Or, you may ask yourself why does God continue to send you strong willed women. You don’t understand, and you know without a doubt that God know that you love women that you can control.
So, you spend valuable time like a hamster on its exercise wheel, you’re running a lot but going nowhere.
God has a history of commanding us to do something that doesn’t make sense. For example, when God was going to conquer the oppressing army, God told Gideon to send home almost all of his own men. This DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Why would you attack an opposing force of tens of thousands of men with only 300 soldiers? Gideon and the 300 won.
Or, When King Saul failed in his kingly role and God sent Samuel to look for a new king. He chose the smallest, youngest, not-even-thought-of-by-his-father-Jesse for the position. This DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. People want to follow the strongest, most physically impressive warrior kings, don’t they? Yet, God looks at the heart, and David leads God people.
So, why not trust God with the purposes and plans he has for your life. You may believe, you’re not good enough, unqualified, too old, too young, too short, underweight, too poor, too mean, too quiet, too scary or whatever limitations you have allowed to keep yourself from greatness.
I just want you to know that before University of Oregon track athlete Phil Knight and his coach Bill Bowerman founded Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS) in January 1964 and then change their name on May 30, 1971 to Nike and eventually coin the phrase “Just Do It!”.
God has been telling us to “Just Do It!” throughout the history of humankind. Before Jesus first miracle. His mother Mary said to His disciples, “Whatever He says to do, do it!”
So, even if you don’t understand what God is leading or telling you to do, “Just do it!”
I understand that many of us feel as though we can no longer bear the pain of waiting. Some of us are waiting on many things to happen in our lives, we are waiting on that job, healing, financial breakthrough, debt relief, love and purpose. But what may feel like the last straw to break our back isn’t. Remember that our time is in the hand of God. God desires a love walk with us. His plan is designed to mature us and draw us into a more intimate relationship with Himself. God timing is perfect. We must get in line with Him to achieve His will, His way, in His perfect time for us…#WeAreChampions4Christ
I’m amazed that it does not matter how old you are, what gender you subscribe to or what your faith tradition may be. When it comes to life on earth, nobody said it would be easy.
This morning I reflect on a wonderful occasion recently at church. My son and daughter in law had our granddaughter dedicated to God.
I was thrilled to perform the services for my granddaughter. It was wonderful seeing our children realizing the importance of what my wife and I teach in reference to everything belonging to God.
Psalm 24:1 tells us “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” That tells you and I that God owns everything even our spouses, parents, children and things/objects.
As I held my granddaughter, I thought about what she would face as she grow older. I thought about our age difference and what my life experiences has been. I thought about how we live our lives as children. I thought about how we live our lives as spouses. I thought about how we live our lives as parents. Finally, I thought about all of the other titles we would live our lives as, and I came to a not so surprising revelation that “Life is hard!” and NOBODY SAID IT WOULD BE EASY!
For many of us our default in life is to want to make life easy for those we care about. I believe this to be a very noble deed. However, I have learned throughout my life that no matter what we do for ourselves or others, life is not always easy and NOBODY SAID IT WOULD BE EASY!
We can be the very best we can and we will still become disappointed or disappoint those we care about. Our thoughts and emotions have a way of telling us not to be grateful because life is currently not what we want it to be. It then becomes difficult to see how good God is to us and how good God has been to us.
Then, we become upset with ourselves, others and God. We become unappreciative, self-centered and cantankerous. We begin to find fault before we find favor. We look for the bad before we look for the good. We can’t see the sun for the clouds and we develop an attitude that draw people away from us than drawing people to us.
I firmly believe that just because life is not easy doesn’t mean that life is not good. I believe that life is good in spite of my situation. I believe that life is good in spite of my circumstances. I believe that life is good in spite of my condition. It does not matter to me about what I have lost or attained.
I’m grateful for my wife who loves me unconditionally in spite of all of my flaws. I’m grateful for my children who loves me in spite of all of my imperfections. I’m grateful that I can not only receive unconditional love but that I can also give unconditional love.
Above all, it’s good to know and believe what is recorded in Nehemiah 8:10b that “The Joy of the Lord is our Strength”.
Yes, life may not be the way we want it to be. Our spouses, children, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, government officials, fellow christians and even ourselves can be a source of disappointment but I believe that in spite of it all, I remember the words by Willie Neal Johnson “When the road is rough, and the going gets tough, and the hills are hard to climb. I started out a long time ago, there’s no doubt in my mind; I have decided to make Jesus my choice. NOBODY SAID IT WOULD BE EASY!
I am not moved by what I see.
I am not moved by what I hear.
I am not subject to the times.
I will keep obeying God.
I will keep tithing.
I will keep sowing seed.
I will keep walking by faith.
I will keep going to church.
I will keep praising God
I am separated from fear because of my faith.
I am walking in my God given purpose.
I am thriving, flourishing, increasing, enlarging,
experiencing God’s supernatural provision.
We live in a society where we have put many labels on many things. We call things what is, what’s not. We call things what’s not what is. We wonder what is going on in our world today. We are living in a society that”s full of racial injustice, racial profiling, classism, sexism, elitism, ageism and ableism.
I believe all the isms of our society can be summed up in three letters “SIN”. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. When I was working on my doctorate one of my professor Dr. Ronald Hawkins would often say that “We are profoundly fallen people living in a profoundly fallen world”.
Sin gives life to hate. Hate is a formidable opponent with a history of success. Hate can camouflage itself, hate can be deceptive, hate can be unforgiving, hate can be long lasting, hate can be unreasonable and intolerant.
There are many armies who has fought hate with many weapons of all sizes to only realize they were no match. Hate is too big, too strong, too powerful and the only weakness hate has that it can’t defeat is Love.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Love conquers all
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
Love does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
Love bears all things,
Love believes all things,
Love hopes all things,
Love endures all things.
Love never fails.
Only Love Can Conquer Hate
Growing up I was taught to be fearful of what would happen when I did bad things. At a very early age one of my first fears was a person. His name was the boogeyman. I was taught fear from my mom and other family members.
At night time I feared the darkness because that’s when the boogeyman man would come for me. It was at night time when I would be reminded of all the bad things I had said or did through the day.
Growing up I went to bed with the light on and the door opened because I feared the boogeyman.
That fear would lead to other fears. There was a show that came on TV when I was a kid. The show was named “Dark Shadows” where the lead character was Barnabas Collins a 175-year-old vampire in search of fresh blood and his lost love, Josette. That show would put a fear in me like none other.
Then, there was this movie named Trilogy of Terror that had three stories interwoven together. The first, about a college student infatuated with his teacher. The second, a paranoid tale of two sisters – one good, the other evil, and the third about an African tribal doll that comes to life and terrorizes a woman in her apartment.
It was that third story about the African doll with a knife coming to life terrorizing that woman in her apartment that would have me running and hiding.
I’m glad to know that as I learned the difference between what was real and what was imaginary, then all of my fears moved out.
I’m glad to know today that all I feared was fictional and imaginary.
I’m glad to know today that the same understanding of knowing what’s real and what’s imaginary will help you to move out your fear and move in your faith.
I’m glad to know that you can grow, when you know.
Fear don’t live here anymore
Fear moved out when faith moved in
That’s why we can say what the scriptures say.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
I submit to you right now that you have a moving party. Call the movers, invite your friends over and pack up the boxes of fear, load up the truck and send fear on it’s way and let your faith move in.
Yes! There is victory over tragedy. You may ask how can I believe, or better yet say that statement in America 2017.
I am aware of how hurricanes have destroyed the homes, properties, possessions, safety and lives of too many to count. I am aware of the threat of war with North Korea and other countries. I am aware of the racist, sexist, hatred, intolerance and uncaring nature of our nation. I am aware that we are still being confronted with the tragedies of drug abuse, child abuse and elderly abuse. I am aware of the tragedies of rising healthcare costs and the decrease of healthcare benefits. I am aware of the trending gentrification in many communities.
I am aware that many would rather pay money for brunch on Sunday than sow into ministries and churches. I am aware that many would rather be at a tailgate party than a praise and worship experience. I am aware that many would rather sleep in on Sunday and rise up early for work on Monday.
All though the circumstances around us may cause certain dismay and oftentimes we wonder why and if it was to be this way. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
There is hunger all over the land and we are fighting our fellow man putting each other down only to lose what might have been found. But now we ask this question, is there any hope, for the world in this condition?
YES! There is hope for the world, an answer for the world. We have no need to worry or doubt. We don’t need to give up our hope. For as sure as there is God there is hope.
When we trust in the Lord with all our heart, and lean not on our own understanding; But In all our ways acknowledge Him, then He shall direct our paths because we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.