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Sunday, November 1, 2020

"THANK GOD FOR THE SAME OLD SONG" Bailey Tabernacle CME Church Worship & Communion, November 1, 2020

 

November 1, 2020.  The Bailey Tabernacle CME Church worship experience.   Rev. Anderson T. Graves II, pastor.

From Exodus chapter 15 and the first hymn in Scripture, a message titled: “THANK GOD FOR THE SAME OLD SONG.”

 Stay tuned after the sermon to participate in Holy Communion.

 We give thanks for of you who continue to be faithful in supporting the ongoing ministry of Bailey Tabernacle CME Church.

Visit us at baileytabernaclecme.org  . You may use any the following options for tithes, offerings, and donations:

1)  From your computer or phone use the Givelify app or website for  BAILEY TABERNACLE CME    Click on or copy this link and paste it into your browser for Givelify:  https://giv.li/7xp90t

2)  From your computer or phone use Paypal.   PayPal.Me/BaileyTabernacleCME 

Click on or copy this link and paste it into your browser for Paypal  paypal.com/paypalme2/BaileyTabernacleCME

Or 3)  Mail your check or money order to:

Bailey Tabernacle CME Church

P.O. Box 3145

Tuscaloosa, AL 35403

 #Awordtothewise #btcme #baileytabernaclecme #preachingexodus 

 -  Anderson T. Graves II, is a writer, community organizer, consultant and the pastor of Bailey Tabernacle CME Church 

Email: BaileyTabernacleChurch@comcast.net

Friend on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rev.a.t.graves

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

MISERY LOVES COMPANY?

 

They say, “Misery loves company,” but I don’t know about that. 

The idea is we tend to spread our pain to others as if by division we can diminish our share of anguish.  I’ve been sad enough to be bitter and make my company miserable, too.  It didn’t help.  For each companion infected with despair, the inverse occurred, and my share of misery multiplied.   My misery does not love present company. 

But PAST company is welcome. 

There is surprising comfort in realizing that my particular distress isn’t particular to me.  Someone else has scars in the same place.  Others have fought the same battle, lost it like me, survived the loss, fought it again, and survived to share the story.

 This is why I love the Bible’s record of failures.  

 Jacob “wrestling” with insomnia because he’s convinced himself that his brother is going to massacre his entire family (Genesis 32).  David starving himself in seemingly suicidal desperation because he can’t fix the consequences his stupid choices have caused for his child (2 Samuel 12).  Elijah in a state of bi-polar depression running away from his greatest success, isolating himself from loyal company, mentally self-abusing, and wanting to just die. “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” (1 Kings 19: 4).  

None of those miserable examples of humanity survived that moment unscathed, but each of them survived.  They got up --- limping, grieving, chastised and still angry; but they got up and went on to succeed.   

 It comforts me to be in the company of such a great cloud of miserable witnesses.  

It should comfort our community to open the Bible and read that that we are not  the first community of faith to experience this particular combination of anxiety, anger, hope?, resignation, and cynicism about the possibilities of justice. 

The Korahites had been slaves, leaders, rebels, outcasts, and worship leaders.   One of their songs declares the misery of being citizens of a country defined by sin, led by lies, governed unjustly, and oppressed with impunity. 


Vindicate me, O God,

And plead my cause against an ungodly nation;

Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!

For You are the God of my strength;

Why do You cast me off?

Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?  (Psalm 43: 1-2)

 


The sons of Korah pleaded for a sign, for a Word from the Lord that would make all their praise and worship seem relevant in the midst of national misery.

 Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!

Let them lead me;

Let them bring me to Your holy hill

And to Your tabernacle.

Then I will go to the altar of God,

To God my exceeding joy;

And on the harp I will praise You,

O God, my God. (Psalm 43: 3-4)

We don’t know what were the specific issues which inspired the 43rd psalm. What were the alternative facts delivered by the deceitful and unjust man?  Whose lives didn’t matter to the ungodly nation they nevertheless loved?  What were the systemic tools used for oppression?  We don’t know how or if the complaints in the psalm were justly resolved? 

 

All we know is their misery. 


And we know how they survived, got up, and kept going. 

 Why are you cast down, O my soul?

And why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God;

For I shall yet praise Him,

The help of my countenance and my God. (Psalm 43:  5)     

 

The Korahites worked on themselves internally. 

Why are you cast down, O my soul?  And why are you disquieted within me? 

They concluded that they could not survive depending on circumstances as the source of their mental health.  They recalled that they, like the miserable saints before could endure and progress if they placed their hope in God. 

Hope in God 

The Sons of Korah decided to reinvest in their praise and worship.  To simply DECIDE that their praise and worship was relevant. 

For I shall yet praise Him


They decided to remember, to believe, to KNOW that God had brought them through every past battle; and, therefore, He would bring them through the next battles, including the battles with their own misery. 

The help of my countenance and my God.  

 These all foreshadowed the greatest story of misery and success. 

JESUS had no form or comeliness . . . no beauty that we should desire Him. . .  He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.  He was lonely because we hid, as it were, our faces from Him.  He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.   (Isaiah 53: 2, 3)


Jesus triumphed over death, the grave, Hell, sin, and human betrayal.  This is our God in whose eternal company we have our most precious hope. 

This is the company that misery can love.   

Over and over, the Bible affirms:  You may not feel alright right now, but you will be alright in the long run. 

You will lose sometimes, but you will ultimately win.

God’s people hurt, too.  But God heals His people.   Every time.

May our present anxiety find relief in the great cloud of witnesses who have suffered and triumphed before us.       

 AND GO VOTE ON TUESDAY. 

-  Anderson T. Graves II, is a writer, community organizer, consultant and the pastor of Bailey Tabernacle CME Church 

Email: BaileyTabernacleChurch@comcast.net

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

"FREE INDEED" Bailey Tabernacle CME Church Worship, October 25, 2020

 

October 25, 2020.  The Bailey Tabernacle CME Church worship experience.  Rev. Anderson T. Graves II, pastor.

From Exodus chapter 14, Israel at the Red Sea, this message is titled:  “FREE INDEED.”

 Like. Share. Praise the name of the Lord.

We give thanks for of you who continue to be faithful in supporting the ongoing ministry of Bailey Tabernacle CME Church.

Visit us at baileytabernaclecme.org  . You may use any the following options for tithes, offerings, and donations:

1)  From your computer or phone use the Givelify app or website for  BAILEY TABERNACLE CME    Click on or copy this link and paste it into your browser for Givelify:  https://giv.li/7xp90t

2)  From your computer or phone use Paypal.   PayPal.Me/BaileyTabernacleCME 

Click on or copy this link and paste it into your browser for Paypal  paypal.com/paypalme2/BaileyTabernacleCME

Or 3)  Mail your check or money order to:

Bailey Tabernacle CME Church

P.O. Box 3145

Tuscaloosa, AL 35403

 #Awordtothewise #btcme #baileytabernaclecme #preachingexodus 

 -  Anderson T. Graves II, is a writer, community organizer, consultant and the pastor of Bailey Tabernacle CME Church 

Email: BaileyTabernacleChurch@comcast.net

Friend on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rev.a.t.graves

Follow on twitter @AndersonTGraves 

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

"LESSONS ALONG THE WAY" Bailey Tabernacle CME Church Worship Experience October 17, 2020

 

October 17, 2020.  The Bailey Tabernacle CME Church worship experience.  Rev. Anderson T. Graves II, pastor.

From Exodus chapters 12 & 13, a look at the beginning of Israel’s wanderings and the application to our efforts to find our way. 

The sermon is: “LESSONS ALONG THE WAY.” 

We give thanks for of you who continue to be faithful in supporting the ongoing ministry of Bailey Tabernacle CME Church.

Visit us at baileytabernaclecme.org  . You may use any the following options for tithes, offerings, and donations:

1)  From your computer or phone use the Givelify app or website for  BAILEY TABERNACLE CME    Click on or copy this link and paste it into your browser for Givelify:  https://giv.li/7xp90t

2)  From your computer or phone use Paypal.   PayPal.Me/BaileyTabernacleCME 

Click on or copy this link and paste it into your browser for Paypal  paypal.com/paypalme2/BaileyTabernacleCME

Or 3)  Mail your check or money order to:

Bailey Tabernacle CME Church

P.O. Box 3145

Tuscaloosa, AL 35403

 #Awordtothewise #btcme #baileytabernaclecme #preachingexodus 

 -  Anderson T. Graves II, is a writer, community organizer, consultant and the pastor of Bailey Tabernacle CME Church 

Email: BaileyTabernacleChurch@comcast.net

Friend on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rev.a.t.graves

Follow on twitter @AndersonTGraves 

 Support this blog with a donation to paypal.me/andersongraves  or CashApp  at $atgraves or on the DONATE button on the right-hand sidebar. 


Sunday, October 11, 2020

"UNDER THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB" Worship from Bailey Tabernacle CME Church for 10/11/2020

 

October 11, 2020.  The Bailey Tabernacle CME Church worship experience.  Rev. Anderson T. Graves II, pastor.

From Exodus chapter 12, the final plague, and the first Passover.    The sermon is titled: “UNDER THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB.” 

 

Like. Share. Praise the name of the Lord.

 

We give thanks for of you who continue to be faithful in supporting the ongoing ministry of Bailey Tabernacle CME Church.

Visit us at baileytabernaclecme.org  . You may use any the following options for tithes, offerings, and donations:

1)  From your computer or phone use the Givelify app or website for  BAILEY TABERNACLE CME    Click on or copy this link and paste it into your browser for Givelify:  https://giv.li/7xp90t

2)  From your computer or phone use Paypal.   PayPal.Me/BaileyTabernacleCME 

Click on or copy this link and paste it into your browser for Paypal  paypal.com/paypalme2/BaileyTabernacleCME

Or 3)  Mail your check or money order to:

Bailey Tabernacle CME Church

P.O. Box 3145

Tuscaloosa, AL 35403

-  Anderson T. Graves II, is a writer, community organizer, consultant and the pastor of Bailey Tabernacle CME Church 

Email: BaileyTabernacleChurch@comcast.net

Friend on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rev.a.t.graves

Follow on twitter @AndersonTGraves 

Support this blog with a donation to paypal.me/andersongraves  or CashApp  at $atgraves or on the DONATE button on the right-hand sidebar. 


Sunday, October 4, 2020

October 4, 2020. "WE'VE WON; YOU JUST DON'T KNOW IT YET". BAILEY TABERNACLE CME CHURCH WORSHIP video

 

October 4, 2020.  The Bailey Tabernacle CME Church worship experience.  Rev. Anderson T. Graves II, pastor. As we approach the 10th plague we come to Exodus chapter 11.  The message is titled: “WE’VE WON; YOU JUST DON’T KNOW IT YET.” 

 

Again, THANK YOU to all of you who continue to be faithful in supporting the ongoing ministry of Bailey Tabernacle CME Church.

Visit us at baileytabernaclecme.org  . You may use any the following options for tithes, offerings, and donations:

1)  From your computer or phone use the Givelify app or website for  BAILEY TABERNACLE CME    Click on or copy this link and paste it into your browser for Givelify:  https://giv.li/7xp90t

2)  From your computer or phone use Paypal.   PayPal.Me/BaileyTabernacleCME 

Click on or copy this link and paste it into your browser for Paypal  paypal.com/paypalme2/BaileyTabernacleCME

Or 3)  Mail your check or money order to:

Bailey Tabernacle CME Church

P.O. Box 3145

Tuscaloosa, AL 35403

-  Anderson T. Graves II, is a writer, community organizer, consultant and the pastor of Bailey Tabernacle CME Church 

Email: BaileyTabernacleChurch@comcast.net

Friend on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rev.a.t.graves

Follow on twitter @AndersonTGraves 

Support this blog with a donation to paypal.me/andersongraves  or CashApp  at $atgraves or on the DONATE button on the right-hand sidebar. 

 #Awordtothewise #btcme #baileytabernaclecme #preachingexodus