Does Anyone Want to be a Christian Because of My Life?
JANUARY 10, 2021
"Money, Money, Money, Money.... MONEY!" How to be a Christian Steward Over Our Finances
Matthew 6:25-33 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Greetings and Grace my CCEW family, How are you and your families doing? I'm so thankful to be able to reach out to you and share this message. This week we will celebrate God being a provider! I know how challenging these times are for each and every one of us. However I want you to take great courage in knowing the wonderful blessings of God in our daily lives. That is why our series on stewardship this month is such a delight to share. Upon completion of this series, you are going to be able to see exactly what God wants us to do, as we live in a world of sin. The scripture above reminds us to seek the kingdom of God. As a result, all will be added unto you! God wants to add unto you, that is good news! The great civil rights leader and pastor, my Morehouse College alumni brother Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr will be remembered this week for his legacy in helping his fellow man. Dr. King was very clear in his service and leadership as a child of God. He knew that injustices for any group of people anywhere, affected us all everywhere. As a result, he ultimately gave his life for others to enjoy some of the very liberties that are seen in our society today. As we celebrate his life and legacy this week, I ask that you also reflect and pray for our nation. My belief is that we are capable of being good Christian stewards. That we can seek to live a righteous life that is beneficial not only to God and ourselves but others. My prayer is that you join us this weekend to receive the message and grow as we discuss financial stewardship. In His Hands, Pastor David "DJJ" Jefferson Jr.
"Does anyone want to be a Christian because of my Life?"
As we kick off a new year, already we are seeing how God is covering us in the midst of what is happening in our world. I would be remiss if I didn't comment about the events that occurred on the hallowed grounds of our American Capitol. The actions rushed through the vein of America and the world so deep. I watched, as I'm sure many of you did as well, as the very foundation of democracy in our country was put to the test. God reminds us in several ways in the bible that we should not "try" or challenge Him. We should put our trust in Him. And that is what we are focusing on during these times. Trusting in God. Every week the prayer group lifts up the names of those in need of prayer. Our country, these great United States of America, stays on that list. To say the least, we believe in the power of prayer and stand confident knowing that God will provide and protect us. For we all love America! But it is time to take care. Take care of our faith. Take care of ourselves. Take care of our families. Take care of each other. I have a strong hope in knowing that it is time for care. So this month please journey with us as we focus on stewardship. Stewardship is the key that unlocks the door for a wonderful spiritual life. We will examine through a series of messages the power of Christian stewardship. As the nation continues to heal and move through these days, be certain, joy will come! From my family to each and every one of you and yours. In His hands. Pastor David "DJ" Jefferson Jr
"Behold Something New"
Happy New Year CCEW! What a blessing to be able to share those words with each and everyone of you. I greet you in the year of our Lord and Savior, 2021! God has truly blessed each and everyone of us! It is safe to say, we are covered by God and have the joy of being able to see the new year! This week our message is one that celebrates the newness of Christ Jesus. I realize that we become complacent in our situation. We can sometimes feel as though the record of our life has continued to play the same song. The record spins over and over again. However, as we gather around the communion table for the first time this year, we are focused on a new covenant. The new covenant and the new year are all centered on God's grace and mercy. And this will ultimately create a new song of praise! Everyone was so happy to see 2020 depart from our present and presence. It is now our past. But God is past, present and future. He is encompassing all the descriptives of time. In fact, the Bible tells us that we can not even comprehend the ways, thoughts and actions of God. For one thing we can all be sure. God has provided for us another year to glorify and magnify His holy name. Please come and share with me as we engage in virtual ministry. There is nothing better than coming together and engaging in ministry. Even from a virtual perspective. So please join us and spread the word, share the link and tell a family member or friend. For God is doing a new thing, here at CCEW. In His hands, Pastor DJJ
"Deliver us From Evil"
Christmas wasn't cancelled! That's right! I know we celebrated Christmas in a different way this year. But we celebrated! Did you attend our virtual Christmas Eve service? It was representative of the effort taken to ensure that we must continue as best we can in the midst of a pandemic. I commend our minister of music, Dr. Woo and all of our CCEW virtual chorus members for a job well done. I also appreciate being included in the fine group of singers. If you didn't see it, you missed out on a treat. For though we are socially distanced, we are still spiritually connected! It was a spiritually anointed virtual service! Now we look toward Christ and the power of His presence for the new year of 2021! The Messiah is born! But sin has not ceased. This week's message shows the importance of being delivered from evil. That God will always cover and keep his children and deliver us from the evil of all sin. I am confident of an exciting message that informs as well as guides you to understanding what God has in store for us, even in the midst of evil, your covered! Yes, your belief in Christ Jesus provides a covering over you. That's grace and mercy. Add in a little goodness. Now you have grace, goodness and mercy! That's a winning combination. I was overjoyed with the Christmas cards, gifts and well wishes for me and my family from the CCEW members during this holiday season. I pray that you and your family are well. I also pray for grace, goodness and mercy in Christ Jesus for you and yours. In His hands, Pastor DJJ
“Good News Causes Great Joy!”
Dear CCEW Family - Jesus IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON! “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God'' - John 1:11-12 Yes, God gave His Son to provide everlasting life to all who would believe. Isn’t that good news? That’s good news, that causes great joy! So what can we give in return? Why not this season consider a birthday gift to Jesus? The one who has come to bring us peace on earth. Just like the wise men brought gifts to Jesus, we can bring our gifts as well. Your offering of love, peace and joy is well received today and everyday. The King is coming for you and I. Oh what glorious news to share to everyone! As you fellowship with us today, reflect. Reflect on the little child born in a manger and coming to take away the sins of the world. For this child has come to bring great joy! Come and join with me as we celebrate Christ Jesus together. In His hands, Pastor DJJ
The King is Coming Series "For God CAN Do Impossible Things!"
As we enter into the third Sunday of advent, I'm encouraged by the prophet Isaiah: 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. -Isaiah 61:1-4 This scripture is a foretelling of the coming of Christ our Lord. It's meaning also symbolizes what we all need to hear during these times. The Spirit of the Lord is upon us. We must recognize there is yet to be good news that will reign and be shared. I know the headlines are only offering us negative messages. Fear and isolation can easily set in during the "Pandemic Holiday Season". But rest assured we have something to look forward to. We have the courage and confidence in knowing that Christ is coming! Isn't that good news? That certainly is the news that is needed today. The world needs to be reminding there is hope in place of hurt, care in place of crying and love instead of lamenting. As we celebrate this week together, take some time to reflect. Reflect on how God can do impossible things. Think about the impossible things He has done in your life. And when you think about God, 'thank God". That's right think God and thank God! For he has done great things for you and your family. He has done impossible things! I know why I'm here at CCEW. To proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ! Come in join with me as we celebrate Christ Jesus together! In His hands, Pastor DJJ
“How to unlock the natural blessings of God in an artificial world”
JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON! “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” - John 1: 11-12 CCEW Family, I’m so excited about the season of Advent! Aren’t you? This is the season to prepare for a new thing. This is the season that our saviors birth is celebrated. So we rejoice this second sunday of advent. Which happens to fall on the first Sunday of the month, when we celebrate together at the communion table. “Oh precious is thy flow, that makes us white as snow, no other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.” The Christmas season can be the most wonderful time of the year, or it can be the most stressful time of the year. I’m writing today to encourage you to heed the words of Isaiah 26:3: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee” (KJV). Keep your mind stayed on Jesus. We look for Jesus this Advent in the social distanced gatherings on zoom/ google meets, Christmas cards, and carols, in the lights and decorations-you will find Him! Don’t be distracted and overwhelmed by the strangeness and unusual pandemic holiday season. For even in a time such as this, the King is coming! In the words of Phillips Brooks: O holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend on us, we pray. Cast out our sin and enter in; Be born in us today. God Bless each and everyone of you and your beloved families. Pastor DJJ
"What, to the Christian, does it mean to shout Hosanna?”
Please allow me to personally invite you to attend this week's service! Whether in person or via our online platform with youtube. I believe the message this week will be a blessing to you and your family, as we head into the month of December. The turkey has been eaten and the leftovers have been put away. We look forward to what God has instore for us this week because God is fresh and new! Remember, there are no leftovers with God's word. Everyday it is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. My wife, Dr. Joni and I, along with our three children wish you love and happiness. We also are keeping you in prayer as we stay buckled down due to the upswing in Covid. Please continue to practice social distancing and abide with the rules and regulations of the State of New York. Remember this is merely temporary but your faith is permanent. So stay warm and safe. We love you CCEW! In His hands, Pastor DJJ