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Monday, August 30, 2010


Usually I tell you how the audio of thes sermons begins. Let me tell you how this sermon ended. At the end of this sermon, during worship, Hall Memorial CME Church committed to cooking the kind of big soul-food church dinner we’re known for, but we’re not going to eat any of it.

On Sept. 12th, the members of our church will fill to go plates after church, get in our cars, and go down the strip where the addicts, prostitutes, & transients hang out; and we will hand our food to them.

Listen to the challenge from God that led to that decision.

Monday, August 23, 2010


In 1 Chronicles 28 & 29 King David kickoffs the project that is his greatest vision: the building of the original temple in Jerusalem. However this ambition is not one David will accomplish, at least not alone. In dealing with this situation, David refers to “my God,” “our God,” and “your God.” What does he mean? What is the difference? What does this have to do with church, church folk, and your personal walk with God?

Listen well and hear the answers.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Isaiah chapter 5 opens with a song. The song is beautiful and prophetic. But, the one singing the song is not the prophet Isaiah.

The singer is God Himself. No, it’s not a song about God. It is a song by God.

God’s lyrics and His explanation of the song to Isaiah present a parable and a pair or prophetic possiblities. The message deals with our destiny historically, currently, collectively, and individually.

(One note: in this sermon I refer to the founding of the CME Church. I say the wrong year. The correct date is 1870.)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


We’ve just started a new mid-week Bible study series at Hall Memorial CME Church. We are studying PRAYER. Our approach is the same as in every Bible study, rather than me, the pastor, telling you what you should do, we walk through the scriptures and together we see what God says we should do.

Attached are the study questions for the 1st lesson.

We meet, learn, and discuss on Tuesdays at 5:30 P.M. & Wednesdays at 6:30 P.M. Call 334-288-0577 or 334-318-3004 if you need directions to HMCME.

Click here to view the lesson (right click and save)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Show Your Work (Worship is the Answer)

In a high school math textbook, the answers to half of the questions are all in the back of the book. But, having those answers isn’t enough to make you a math whiz. The life God calls us to lead is a life of holiness. The question is “What doesholy life in the world as it now exists actually look like?” The Bible, like a good textbook, gives us the answer to this crucial question. And the Lord’s Word also tells us what else we need to “make the grade” of holiness.

This sermon was originally delivered at Hall Memorial CME Church’s Educator Appreciation Service.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


This was not the sermon I had intended to deliver this particular Sunday. But after working through the night on something else, the Spirt convicted me that this was what the Lord wanted me to say. Somebody, maybe you, needs to hear it.

In Luke 12, a young man presents Jesus with a case for judgment. It is an estate dispute involving the man and his brother. Jesus' answer seems perplexing, as though Jesus is saying He can't handle the case because it's outside of His "jurisdiction." A closer look reveals quite a different and deeper truth, one that applies to each of us and to all of us.