By Tiffiney Hammock
By Tiffiney Hammock
The Preparation Process
Synopsis of Bible Study October 11, 2017
Delivered by Bishop Walker III, DMin.
Matthew 14:28-29 (NKJV) 28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. – Peter was willing to step outside the box. Ask yourself, what are doing now that is extraordinary? If you listen to people, you will end up truncating your vision.
There were 2 men fishing and each of them had a son. One father and son was catching fish and the other father and son duo wasn’t. One thing strange was happening though.The father and son that was catching fish, kept throwing them back. The father and son duo that was not catching anything decided to row their boat over to the other duo and find out why they were throwing fish back. After all, they weren’t catching anything.
When they first asked, no one said anything, then the son that wasn’t catching anything looked over into the boat. He said, “I know why they are throwing them back, Dad”. He said, “They only had a certain size frying pan!” See they were only keeping what would fit in their frying pan. In other words, they were keeping what they were prepared for.
This morning, I went to find a “sad face” emoji for a post and I had a strange revelation.
The problem is, I had trouble finding one in the area where my phone stores the emojis I have used recently.
Here’s the revelation that the Holy Spirit dropped on me. The reason I didn’t have a sad face in my stored emojis is, because I hardly ever post anything to be “sad” about.
This has a two-fold greatness. One is I try to post positive things and two, I have been blessed in such a way, that I don’t have anything sad to post about.
My point is, we need to try to spread positivity when we post. I’m not talking about the articles we post. I’m talking about the things we post from the heart.
We control the environment we dwell in and what we deposit in it is what we will “withdraw”. If we sow positive thoughts, then we will yield “positive responses”.
Somebody that you never met, looks up to you and they value everything that you say. Lets make a point to sow more positivity and refrain from sowing negativity in hopes that this environment that we live in will respond with love, laughter, joy, and positivity.
Remember the word INSPIRE = I need + people to + inspire and + restore the + environment!
Happy Saturday and God bless!
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. – Psalm 119:133 #WordAlert
Part II: Strategic Connections and Relationships in Destiny
In Pursuit of Destiny
Synopsis of Bible study 10/4/17
Delivered by Bishop Walker III, DMin.
(Take a moment and write down who you have in your life that is highly creative).
God says when you walk in purpose going towards destiny, God will align you with people to expand your bandwidth. When walking towards your destiny, God will give you new connections. When they come, do not shun them. These are God moments. They might not be in your same career path, but they will open up doors for you. God will put a new thing around you.
People need you, but you will be reconnected with people that need nothing from you. They will be assigned to bless you.
I have been hearing a lot of controversy concerning players kneeling during the National Anthem. As I am a why person, I wanted to really dissect this thing. I wanted to know if it is wrong to kneel during this ceremony (for the lack of a better word), so I decided to do research on it.
Out of all the debates I’ve heard, I gathered that the main issue is the lack of respect for our flag. So I decided to examine the our Pledge of Allegiance to this flag, so I could get a better understanding of what this symbol really stands for and here’s what my research found:
I asked questions towards every definition, so that I could examine, both perspectives.
I pledge – This means a solemn promise or undertaking. So when I pledge to something, I am making a promise.
Allegiance – This means loyalty or commitment of a subordinate to a superior or of an individual to a group or cause. So far I am making a promise to be loyal to a group cause.
To the flag of the United States of America –So I am making a promise, to a group or cause using the flag I presume as a symbol of that cause. That group cause is the United States.
United is not just a noun, it is also an adjective meaning “joined together politically for a common purpose, or by common feelings”. So my question is, what if we are not united? Do I still make a promise of loyalty to the group cause that claims to be united when they are not?
And to the republic, for which it stands, one nation under God – republic meaning “a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives”. We have the republic part, but what if we are a republic that is not “one nation under God”?
The word “One” brings up that united perspective once again, but aside from that, can a nation that defies everything about God be truly “under God?” Can a nation that wants to remove the 10 commandments from public visibility, or a nation that removes prayer out of schools and from sports events, and a nation that considered taking “In God we trust” off of the currency be “one nation under God”?
So far we have, I promise to be loyal to a group or cause, being a country that is united, that has elected officials, that is also, one nation under God.
Indivisible – Indivisible means unable to be divided or separated. Are we truly a nation that is unable to be divided or separated?
With liberty– Liberty means the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views. Can we truly say that we have liberty? Can we be free of restrictions imposed by authority regarding the way a person chooses to live or their political view?
And Justice for all – Simply put, it means just behavior or treatment. The quality of being fair and reasonable. – America, can we truly say there is justice in this country by its definition? Are we fair to all races, all social classes, or a person’s financial status? And by fair I mean, can two different people be treated exactly the same surrounding the same circumstances? Can they get the same opportunity as it arises? Can these two different people even expect the same punishment for the same or similar crime?
So in summary, I have as a pledge: I promise to be loyal to a group or cause, being a country that is united, that has elected officials as supreme power, that is one nation under God, that is unable to be divided or separated, that is free of restrictions imposed by authority regarding the way a person chooses to live or regarding their political view, and that promises fair or reasonable treatment to the members of it.
Should this be a pledge that we should make, based on it’s content?
These questions were posed to make you think. If I pledge allegiance to something, shouldn’t I agree that it is true or at the very least something I am trying to live by?
Regarding the issue of kneeling as a protest: I don’t think by definition that it has nothing to do with the soldiers. The pledge of allegiance has more to do with a promise to a symbol (the flag) that is supposed to stand for the great qualities that this country is supposed to have.
Although I stand during the National Anthem to avoid controversy, I don’t see anything wrong with a person that chooses to kneel in protest. I believe that if you feel that you are lying when you pledge your allegiance to something, then you shouldn’t do it. It is no different than refusing to recite a mission statement or promise that you feel has no truth to it.
I come from a family of soldiers and my respect is given to them directly not a symbol. To sum it up, I would just like to say, before you condemn somebody for not doing what the majority does, maybe you should step back and make sure that what the majority is doing is really on the side of right instead of being on the side of what’s politically correct.
Part I: Finding the Purpose within You
In Pursuit of Destiny
Synopsis of Bible study 09/27/17
Delivered by Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, DMin.
Bishop: I am anointed to hear from God.
Interviewer: So then, you are anointed to preach?
Bishop: I am anointed to hear from God, but I have a natural talent for adoration. There’s a lot of people that are anointed to hear from God that can’t preach.
Bishop: Early in my career, I developed my natural gift and worked on my communication, so that my handicaps would not hinder my delivery. The anointing is in my ability to hear from God, but I had to develop my public speaking.
Interviewer: So there are people that have an anointing to hear from God, but must develop their gift of deliver, so people can understand what God is saying?
Bishop: My mother would say, “When Joseph was young, he ran off the stage when it was time to do his Easter speech. He was terrified of speaking in front of people until he developed the gift to know how to command an audience”. No matter how anointed you are, if you can’t deliver, people don’t want to hear what you have to say.
If you have a deficiency and you don’t develop it, you will question your natural gifts. Don’t sleep on your natural gifts. Develop it, build on it, and do what you can do.