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Eyes & Ears of Moreno Valley

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Juanita Barnes
Dr. Frederick K.C. Price said: “The sacrifice of praise is the sacrifice God wants our Holy Priesthood to offer. How do we do that? With our mouths, by making a joyful noise to the Lord, speaking forth His praise, telling forth and extolling God’s goodness.” (I Peter 2:1) says: “Therefore laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, you cannot praise the Lord and speak evil at the same time.” Think about it.

HELLO MORENO VALLEY

Moreno Valley Renewed Life Fellowship, 24215 Fir Avenue, Moreno Valley has invited world renowned speaker Dr. Nasir Siddiki to speak at their church on Wednesday April 8, 2009, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Siddiki will be speaking on “Wisdom and Success Principles.” The host pastors are Ted and Valinda Collins. Dr. Siddiki teaches regularly on TBN. His books and tapes are currently distributed in thirty countries. Pastors Ted and Valinda invite the community to share with them this wonderful evening. For more information, contact (951) 924–8828.


Hey Inland Empire just to remind you, the Inland Empire Buffalo Soldiers Second Annual Breakfast Fundraiser will be April 4th 2009, at the Camper Resorts of America from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Ramona Expressway, Perris. A donation of $10.00 per person is asked. For more information contact Doris at (951) 679–0577, Gilbert (951) 657–7088, Phil (951) 367–9284, Rosia (951) 672–8320 or Wilbert at (951) 657–9585. The Heritage Assoc.  wishes to thank you in advance for your support.


Moreno Valley about two weeks ago I was in Wing Stop. The menu was excellent. To learn more I encourage you to stop by 24825 Alessandro Boulevard Suite #1. and see for yourself, the service is great and the food is off the hook. For information: (951) 924-9200.


I recently received an e-mail from one of my classmates about one of my hometown friend’s wife who wrote a book “A Slip Of The Lip Words of Wisdom from African American Grandparents.” It sounds great. Jackie Coleman, the author, lived on the same street as I did and his grandmother was my schoolteacher.  His wife wrote the book.


The web address is www.amazon.com author Bobby Booker Coleman, PH.D.


Let us remember to say or do something to uplift someone today, to make a difference in this world today. And trust me your living will not be in vain. Do something great today, love just one person.

Be Blessed

JB

Parenting With And Without Godly Principles -- Part 2 of 4

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Richard O. Jones
Being a godly responsible parent is a major accomplishment. To casually bring children into the world without the ability to love and provide for them is reckless and immature.  The most ungodly couple can conceive a child. Society often says its the parents’ responsibility to raise and properly teach their children.  However the Bible says in Matthew 7:18-20: A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them. Therefore, if the parents don’t have the Word of God in them, it’s a good chance the child will lack in that area. According to my practical application of Matthew 7:18-20, to produce better fruit (child) you must first become a better tree (parent).  When a child begins his or her life with a single parent they often begin life with a social handicap. Yet most parents take a sense of pride in the fact that they’re parents. The pride, if any, should come after the parent demonstrates their parenting skills, not their fertility. Parents come in many categories just as automobile drivers do. There are safe drivers and there are reckless drivers, drunk drivers, suspended license drivers, and those asleep at the wheel. Many parents are reckless and put society at risk as a result of their poor parenting skills. Why do citizens angrily attack everybody for the misbehavior of a young gang member but fail to confront the parent? Some children in the same family have a pattern of prison or suspension from school but nobody says the parents need help and offer good intervention before it’s too late. All drive-by shooters were babies once, some still are.  Conscientious parents know their children. The problem is that too many parents protect their wrongdoing children at the expense of society.  Some minors drive cars before they’re old enough to get a driver’s license. Many girls become mothers before they’re legally old enough to consent to a sexual relationship.  Many boys become fathers before obtaining their first job. However, unlicensed drivers can legally buy a car just as ungodly, irresponsible teenagers and adults can legally raise their children. Young men or women who live reckless lives then become parents are the root of the current social problem facing the plight of children today and tomorrow. A child born to an uneducated, wayward and/or godless parent has a steep climb ahead of him or her.

A newborn baby and a new car have traits in common. When a brand new car is driven off the showroom floor it’s usually in mint condition.  The new automobile owner is proud.  There are no dents, no cracked windshields, the tires are new, it’s clean, everything is working properly and there’s no interior damage.

Depending on the owner, the car may continue in mint condition for the next twenty-five years. This owner followed the owner’s manual that came with the new car. The car was given proper care. The owner provided the car with regular oil changes, tune-ups, and general maintenance.  On the other hand, another twentyfive year old car in the hands of an irresponsible owner would be in poor condition. The irresponsible car owner has nothing to be proud of.  The condition of an older car reveals a lot about the owner just as the spiritual and moral condition of an adolescent child reveals a lot about the parent(s). The same analogy can be made with a new house. Anybody can own a house but not everyone takes good care of his or her house.

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Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:

"Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Matthew 6:12

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

You may have heard or used the phrase, "Hate the sin, love the sinner,"
though this is much easier said than done. We often end up hating the sin
and the sinner, too. It's hard to separate the person from the offense, but
there seems to be something more going on here than just our limited human
sin-sinner separation skills.

Consider what the Bible says comes before a fall--pride (Proverbs 16:18).
Hating not only the sin but the sinner helps maintain the illusion of our
superiority over the other person. "I would never do that, say that, or
think that." And that (whatever the sin is) soon gets blended into the
sinner, with the result being, "I'm not like her or him or them."

Remember the lady from the television commercial? "Help, I've fallen and I
can't get up!" Little did she know, but she was giving us a fairly good
paraphrase of Romans 3.23 -- all have sinned and fallen short of the glory
of God. Failing to admit this daily keeps us tight-fisted with forgiveness
and mercy--the very bloodstained gifts that flowed from the open hands of
Jesus on the cross. Failing to say this leaves us with a pridefully skewed
version of that advertisement: "I'm up, I've never fallen (at least not
like you), and so I don't need help!" And while we try to convince
ourselves that we're just saying that about our brothers, we're really
saying that to Him. Instead, let's remember that we've all fallen, and we
can't get up. Rescue us, O Lord. Forgive us our sin as we forgive those
who sin against us. Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.
Amen.

In His Love & Service,

Pastor Larry E. Campbell

St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA

Eyes & Ears of Moreno Valley

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Juanity Barnes
The Adamic Nature, which Scripture calls “the flesh,” is that which was generated by a fallen begetter – even in the believer. It is sinful in itself. It cannot be improved or changed. But “that which is born!  Or begotten! Of God!” always pleases Him. It was begotten by the Spirit of God Himself. This is why our Lord said to Nicodemus: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh: that which is born of the Spirit is spirit …Ye Must be born again” (John 3: 6 –7 ). THINK ABOUT IT!

HELLO MORENO VALLEY

Moreno Valley a very long time resident of the city Charley Triplett was born in Lake Village, Arkansas.

“Brother” and the family moved to California, (Wasco) later relocated to Los Angeles. After moving to the city of Angles Brother met and married his lovely wife Ms. Sallie Francis Purnell two children Francine and Caleb. Brother worked many years at R.T.D. As a maintenance supervisor. Brother was a faithful member at “Mt Moriah” Riverside, Ca. Baptist Church serving with various ministries, Charley was known for his love of people.  Charley never met a stranger in his life, he was truly a God fearing man, he was my God brother and a very loving brother I will miss him but as he always said he I’m just a thought away. Sail on Brother see you in the morning. And to sister (Francis) hold on to God’s unchanging hand, and you will make it.

The homegoing service for Mr.  Otha Johnson was held at Cathedral of Praise International Ministries.  Mr. Johnson was born in St. Louis, Mo. and relocated to California with his wife Sadie Tillman. To this union were born five children. He was enlisted in the United States Air Force, served, and was honorably discharged. Mr. Johnson was a faithful member of COPIM until his death.

THE RIVERSIDE ELITES invites you to their first Bunco Activity Event at Stratton Center “Bordwell” Park Community Center, 2008 Martin Luther King Blvd. on Saturday, March 21, 2009 beginning at 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  A donation of $15.00 per person or $25.00 for two is asked. Drinks & snacks will be included, as well as prizes. There is limited seating. For information call Veronica at (951) 784–1345 or Ann Mabry at (951)

247–7870.

REMINDER: The Inland Empire Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Assoc.  Bronze Statue Committee proudly presents its Second Annual Breakfast Fundraiser on April 4, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Donation is $10.00 per person. The event will be held at Campers Resorts of America, 375 Ramona Expressway Perris. For information contact either Doris (951)

679–0577, Gilbert (951) 657–7088, Phil (951) 367–9284, Rosia 672–8320, or Wilbert 657–9535.  To God be the glory. Last Tuesday March 10th my oldest son Greg L.  Barnes rededicated his life to Christ.  What a very proud time for me and I know it would have been a very proud time for his dad. Now I know that he can continue with what God has for him to do in this life here on earth. There was praise and worship and Pastor Dr. Robert L. Wilks taught a great Bible lesson on yielding to the Holy Spirit. Thanks to the members and their kindness to me as I sat in your spirit filled home. To Alice hold on my dear friend God will keep on holding you until you can stand on your own, but yet he will always hold your hand.

Be Blessed

JB

Parenting With And Without Godly Principles -- Part 1 of 4

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Richard O. Jones
Single parenting is not necessarily a parent without a partner. I consider a single parent to be the parent performing the majority of the child rearing responsibilities without hands-on support from their spouse.  This is often because the emotionally absent parent is married to his or her job. In some cases an out-of-home parent is enlisted in the military.  Therefore, the custodial parent is virtually a single parent. It is not rare that a parent may reside in the home but is grossly irresponsible.

Whatever the case, with or without a partner, being a successful single parent is greatly enhanced with prayer and the Holy Spirit, because a child with one parent is at a greater social risk. According to the U.S.

Department of Criminal Justice 70% of all prisoners are products of single parent households. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Criminal Justice doesn’t keep statistics on how many of these 70% strayed away from God. However, from my observation and experience, I am comfortable reporting that at least 98% of the men and women in prison, jail, or living an undesirable lifestyle has strayed away from the good teaching of the Bible.

You don’t have to be an expert to look at the bottom line. Skip all the in between stuff, all the psychologist reports, and resort to good old fashion commonsense. If people that reside in the mountains live on an average of 100 years and people that reside in the valley live an average of 60 years, your commonsense would tell you to move to higher ground. If a certain Ford automobile has 50% fatalities in head-on collisions but a certain Chevrolet had only 2% fatalities in similar collisions your commonsense would kick in and cause you to trade in your Ford for a Chevy, that’s the bottom line. If Rap music were an automobile it would have been recalled years ago. The message that it spews and the fatalities that follow cannot be denied. More lovers of the music are incarcerated, dead or uneducated than they are in high places of government or corporate America. On the other hand 90% of those who faithfully follow the Holy Bible are successful in their careers, family life, and community leadership… and that’s the bottom line.

However, parent shouldn’t beat their children over the head with the Bible by quoting scriptures and praying out loud at every crisis. Children need a godly parent, not a live-in evangelist. Teaching children properly is not a Sunday event; it’s a lifestyle and is set my example. The church cannot successfully influence a child in a manner that contradicts their home environment. Nothing has more impact on a child than their home life. The schoolteacher is not there to raise the child and tell them how to dress. Their role is to teach academically. Yet, teachers have more trouble out of parents who would allow their children to dress in a distracting and disruptive manner rather than insist that they conform to the standards and status quo, which would propel the education process in a progressive manner. School is not a fashion show.

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