It's a Miracle is a worshipful love song from Emery Barber's album entitled by the same name. Here Emery reflects on the miraculous way that God reveals His love everyday.
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As a teenager I recall times when family and friends would visit, and my Mom would say, "Take their coat Emery. Let them stay awhile. Get them something to drink." I would offer tea, juice, or water to make them feel at home.
Those were early opportunities for social engagement. When visitors come to your site do they feel "welcome?" Do they discover new opportunities to stay awhile? Or do they see the same exact thing each time? Don't get me wrong. There's joy in familiarity, but there's sovereignty in discovery. If nothing changes, nothing engages.
Your website is a tool of engagement. It is an opportunity to make a new friend, visitor, member, or customer, as well as deepen the relationships you have held near and dear.
Adding a blog, formerly web-log, webinar, live show, stream, or any regularly scheduled content to your site affords an opportunity to engage your visitors intentionally. The very expectation of an daily, weekly, or monthly update calls and invites your visitors to visit or attend regularly.
Whether you've created a website or social media page, you created it to inform and engage. So let the innovation flow. Be Creative.
By His Creative Design,
Grace and peace beloved Saints of God, How awesome is it to believe, even better, to know that God has a plan for your lives that's greater than you can currently see, that reaches further than your current reach, and that will testify of His greatness that will be manifested through you? Awesome indeed!
So what are you waiting for? 2 Peter 1:3 states that: "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness" (2 Peter 1:3). Everything you need to live a life that honors God and fulfills His purpose for your life has been given you through Christ Jesus. Your job is to appropriate it.
It's like walking through a garden that you've been given access to. Every fruit in every tree is "yours for the picking." The key is that you must pick it. What is God calling you to do, where do you start, you might ask.
Three things to consider:
1. Start on your knees as you seek to hear the voice of God. Ask God for guidance, and then be still and listen.
2. Open the precious road map God gave to us, remember the timeless acronym for B.I.B.L.E. Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Read it. Meditate on it. Know it. No matter what you're dealing with, trust me - its in The Book!
3. Finally, live by faith. Start the journey. You'll never get to where you need to be if you don't start the journey. Walk by faith, not according to your own vain imaginations, but according to the illuminating path that God has made for you through His Word. By doing so, you will accomplish things beyond what you could ever envision you could do for yourself.
When you hear me say time and again that "it's time to be creative," I mean it's time to walk by faith. It's time to reach up and reach out to appropriate every good and perfect gift that God has made available for you to succeed through our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.
What I love about this precious experience, is that you can't lay hold of the gifts until you surrender and allow the giver to lay hold of you. Then, you'll really have no more excuses. If you've already taken this step, well you know what I'm going to say - Get to steppin'! It's time to be creative!
For His Glory and Our Good,
Pastor Emery B. Barber
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It's amazing to consider that to travel any significant distance one requires a map, or at least a strategy to plan what routes one may utilize to prosper in ones journey. To make a pineapple coconut cake requires special ingredients, but it also requires a strategic plan, with near precise execution, to arrive at the expected results. And even though we know we need these things, many often try to advance without them.
In the 105th verse of the 119th Psalm, King David was inspired to proclaim, "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." He realized the importance of allowing God's Word to be the guidebook for His life. There may be many thoughts, ideas, and visions that you have received in your life. Issues, problems, and challenges arise everyday. To effectively move to the next level requires one to strategize for the journey.
Life is filled with a series of journeys and new beginnings. In "Strategy for a New Beginning," I discuss 7 steps that King Hezekiah approached toward a new beginning. As it expands on a historical narrative from the Word of God, it has already proved to be a vital tool for many. Begin your strategy as you engage a new beginning with "Strategy for a New Beginning" today!
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Emery B. Barber
Pastor Emery gives practical steps to begin recording digital media using Audacity; leaving no excuse for you to get started on your next ministry-media project now. As you'll see, this method can be used for voice, audio, digital music files, and video as well.
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Our No More Excuses Series is a primer for our Next Church Now Academy. It may be all you need to apply to your ministry needs now. In the second quarter we will cover video-conferencing, webinars, and webcasts. Similar, but not the same. Many of us are already using these tools in ministry. Others aren't yet, because they don't know where to start. The tools are literally in your hands! Take a class or join the video discussion this month.
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Emery B. Barber
Elevate your mindset
The Apostle Paul gave this instruction in the 3rd chapter of his letter to the Colossians, "since you have risen with Jesus Christ, set your mind on things above, and not on the things of this world..." Creative focus requires one to rise above the level of activity where most stand and reside. It is quite challenging to see the necessary disruption of issues that prevent one from reaching their fullest potential while struggling at the level of conflict. Detachment is required. Paul is not suggesting a mere mental assent. He is communicating a more essential reality, which leads us to the second thing we must do.
Realize the next level
It is vital to recognize that an essential part of you has already risen to the level that necessitates your creative focus. The Word is communicating that one often lives beneath the privilege of one's heritage, because they have not yet realized that they have been transported from their former level to higher level by virtue of their connection, or should I say relationship with their benefactor. By now you must be asking, "What in the world are you talking about man of God?"
Accept the Truth
We are talking about creative focus today, and yes I backed into this discussion. Here's why. Many of the citizens of the Kingdom of God find it challenging to discuss creativity and innovation outside of secular terms and ideologies. What we need to realize is that there can be no true creativity without the creator. Creative Focus begins with accepting not just the fact that "every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord" (James 1:17), but the very accepting of the Giver of those gifts. By accepting the Giver of the gifts, which is God our Father through Jesus Christ, we move into the flow of and very stream of creativity as we are transported from death to life, from disconnection to re-connection, and brought into the very "presence of the Lord where there is fullness of joy and at His right hand pleasures evermore." Psalms 16:11 That is the place where creativity is sparked, and that is the place of creative focus!
So let's review with the acronym E.R.A., as it is time for us to move into another ERA where we:
Elevate our minds, Realize we have already arrived at the next level, as we Accept the Truth:
Jesus has empowered us to continue the work that He has already begun. Our task is allow ourselves to be used in the stream of God's purpose (creative flow) to bring forth the ideals of His Kingdom on Earth, for His glory and our greater good.
Emery B. Barber
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The Apostle Paul is inspired to communicate a Kingdom principle that is under utilized by the citizens of the Kingdom of God. He states in 1Cor. 3:6 that one man plants, another waters, but God gives the increase. Now we can exegete this text and make life applications to the text that are innumerable. But as we have been reflecting on utilizing our gifts and putting them into action to yield produce of praise to God and nourishment for others and ourselves, let's take a look at the principle of seed and harvest and by faith, put it to use.
God's Kingdom principle of seed and harvest is that that which is planted will produce greater than what is planted, later than it was planted. For example if you plant an apple seed, and water the apple seed - nourish it in the ground, God will bless it (in His season) to yield a tree full of apples! You started with a seed, but by your due diligence, and obedience to God's Kingdom standards for life, you have greater than you planted, later than you planted it.
Now it doesn't stop there, because the harvest of fruit can have many uses! In our example it is great as a tasty nourishing fresh apple. However it has several applications! The apples can be used to produce apple juice, apple jam, apple pie, apple fragrance, and so on, and so on. Each application can yield a harvest of income that can be planted yet again, and you haven't even got back to the potential of seeds inside each apple!
Recently I shared this principle with a friend of mine, as I am sharing it with you. In his case he had written a poem, but hadn't quite seen its potential to produce a harvest. As citizens of the Kingdom of God, every seed-gift that God provides must be viewed through the lense of Kingdom privileges. Which means that as we study the Word of God and are given principles of the Kingdom we will exercise the privilege of applying those principles to our lives - for God's glory and the good of others. That's another Kingdom principle by the way. Everything we do should glorify God (always) and edify others and ourselves (sometimes).
The poem that my friend wrote was testimony of praise unto the Lord. Recited as such gives praise to God and certainly encourages anyone who is listening, but it has several uses. It can be broadcasted as a poem, a song, a T-shirt, a plaque, a coffee mug, and more. As your reflect on this information today, take inventory of your gifts. One by one map out their applications, and then seek the Lord as you create a strategy and a plan to bring them from thought to fruition. As you reap the harvest God has in store for you, I'm sure you'll find it may be one harvest, but many uses. Next time we will take a look at technology that is literally "at your finger tips" to produce media you may not have realized you can produce. To God be the glory.
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Emery Barber Pastors Shepherd's House OBC, East-NY Brooklyn with his wife Stephanie, Co-Founder of FaithWorks Christian Fellowship, Int'l, the Media Director of EBCreativeMedia.com Solutions, and author of BeCreative!, Strategy for a New Beginning, Everblessed Psalms of the Lord, and co-author of Words of Faith. Contact him for public speaking engagements, or consultation on your next creative media project or training seminar.