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2014 Manhood Conference – Breakout Session Speakers

We are only about a month away from our 2014 Manhood Conference. I am excited for the lineup of speakers God has graced us to invite this year.  Check out this video to see who’s coming:

Headlining the event as our opening session keynote speaker will be our Senior Pastor, Dr. Karry D. Wesley. Closing out our conference, we will have a panel discussion over various topics concerning manhood. Panelists include: Myself (Moderator), Dr. Karry D. Wesley, Pastor Eddie Jenkins, Pastor James Womack, and Pastor Mark Porter.

Right now, you can register for just $25 (includes lunch and t-shirt). Early Bird registration ends this Sunday, August 10th. After that, regular registration (August 11th – September 7th; and on-site) will be in effect, taking the price up to $35 (includes lunch only).

For conference schedule, breakout session topics and descriptions, and to register, log on to http://www.afmbc.org and click on the Manhood Conference ’14 graphic on the homepage.

See you on Saturday, September 13th!

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2014 Conference Season at Antioch

Beginning in August, we commence our two-month celebration of the 28th church anniversary of Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church (Dallas, TX). We are grateful for what Jesus has done and continues to do in and through us as a local community of faith. Among the fun events we have scheduled (Greek Step Show and Church Carnival/Picnic), we have also planned for a concentrated time to dig deeper into God’s word through three conferences. Check each of them out below and feel free to register and join us.

CRAVE Student Conference – A FREE 3-day youth conference for teens, youth leaders, and youth pastors

MANHOOD Conference – A one-day conference to inspire and instruct Christian men to embrace and exemplify biblical manhood in every area of life

Sisters Summit – A one-day conference designed to encourage Christian woman to find “Strength for the Journey” in Jesus Christ.

For conference details and to register, log on to http://www.afmbc.org. Register today, and we will see you in August or September!

“Make Way” by God’s Servant (Christian Rap Music Video)

Single off of upcoming album “Diadem” – Release date: January 28, 2014 (Lamp Mode Records)

Top 5 Posts of 2013

Seeing that this is the last day of the year, I decided to recap the top five posts of 2013. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and share (People in 26 countries viewed my blog this year. Amazing!). I pray that all I have posted this past year has been a blessing to your life.

5. Love, Sex, and Romance (Married Men Edition)

I gave a few pointers from the book of Song of Solomon to help married Christian men keep the flame burning in their marriages.

4. 11 Keys To A Healthy Marriage

I shared 11 points of wisdom that I have learned from my 11 years of marriage to my wife.

3. “Can We Talk?” Conflict and Communication in Marriage

Every marriage encounters conflict. It’s not a matter of if, but when. I gave 15 pointers on how to effectively communicate with your spouse in times of conflict.

2. Benefits of Taking a Break from Ministry

Coming off of a much needed vacation, I was inspired to write a post about the positive effects of periodically stepping away from the responsibility and demands of ministry. Little did I know that this post would be relevant later in year as we unfortunately witnessed the passing of beloved Pastors and others by suicide due, in some cases, to the pressures and stressors of life and ministry.

1. Holy S#&*! Profanity in Christianity

Though I didn’t see a lot of replies to, comments about, or likes regarding this post, people read it (which is all that matters to me), and, I pray, were challenged and convicted by it.

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Thanks for sticking around and supporting christianedblog.com this year.

Have a great New Year’s Eve. Lord willing, I’ll see you in 2014!

Gimmie (Music Video)

I love this timely song by Reach Records artist, Derek Minor. It takes an honest look at how the love of money has taken root in the lives of artists, reality television “stars”, business types, etc., and, yes, even some preachers. This is an insidious sin that we all need Jesus to set us free from.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (1 Timothy 6:6-10 – ESV)

Is Preaching Still Relevant? (TGC Video)

In some places and with some people, preaching God’s Word is passé, and even looked upon with disdain.

As preachers, what are we to think about this sentiment and attitude? How should we respond? Should we change our approach to communicating the Word of God to appease people or to make the Scripture more palatable to them?

Obviously, the answer to this last question is a resounding “No!” Why? Because we have been commanded by God to faithfully preach His Scripture: “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2 – ESV)

John Piper, Voddie Baucham, and Miguel Nunez give further commentary on this topic in the following video from The Gospel Coalition website:

“I’m A Whore & Jesus Loves Me” (Video Testimony by Leonce Crump II)

The video says it all. Watch and hear one man’s encounter with Jesus. His life, although imperfect, would never be the same, and so can yours if you would but trust Jesus.

Sunday Reflections (March 3, 2013): Men’s Breakfast, Proverbs, “March Madness”, The Bible Miniseries

Men’s Breakfast

Yesterday, I was invited by the Mt. Zion Church (Dallas, TX – Pastor Tim Collins) to speak at their Men’s Breakfast gathering. Their topic or theme was, “Brothers Taking A Stand” (1 Cor. 16:13-14).

Paul’s five commands in this passage served as my outline:

1. Be watchful
2. Stand firm in the faith
3. Act like men
4. Be Strong
5. Let all that you do be done in love

We had a great time in the Word, and the food was awesome too!

Proverbs

I continued my Proverbs teaching series, looking at chapter 3 verses 13 through 24. I entitled the lesson, “Wisdom: A Woman’s Worth”. Wisdom is personified as a woman in Proverbs, so I sought to frame my lesson title and outline accordingly. I only made it through verse 18. So we will pick up the lesson at that point next week.

“March Madness”

No, I am not talking about College basketball. This month is going to be crazy for me in terms of ministry. God has afforded a few opportunities this month that I am excited about and grateful for. As they happen, I will be sure to post about them here on my blog.

The Bible Miniseries

In less than 30 minutes, “The Bible” miniseries, produced by Mark Burnett (who produced hit shows like, “Survivor,” and “The Voice”) and Roma Downey, will premiere on the History Channel and will conclude on Easter (Resurrection) Sunday. It should be interesting to say the least. I hope that those who really don’t read or know the Bible will have their interests piqued by this series to at least begin the journey to know more about it, and will hopefully come to know the one of whom the entire Bible points to – our great God and Savior, Jesus.

Sunday Reflections (Feb. 24, 2013): Church Leadership Summit, Proverbs, Countdown to 2

Church Leadership Summit

On yesterday, Dr. Karry D. Wesley, our Senior Pastor, hosted and facilitated a second Church Leadership Summit for other churches in the DFW Metroplex (the first one was held in January). I appreciate serving with and under a Senior Pastor who believes in pouring into others. I was reminded of how faithfully he preaches-teaches and seeks to live out God’s Word by God’s grace in Christ through the Holy Spirit. It was particularly refreshing to see pastors (and their leaders) who were willing to learn from someone who is essentially one of their peers.

Proverbs

I continued my 13-week teaching series on Proverbs, “Don’t Play The Fool!”, today, looking at chapter 3 verses 1 through 12 in a lesson I entitled, “Fearing God.” I outlined six aspects of what it means to fear God from this passage of Scripture. We had some interactive Bible Study time today. I broke the class up into three groups and assigned each one of three sections of the passage to read and discuss, with my overall guidance. After about 15 minutes, we reconvened to discuss and fill in the lesson outline. It was a good time of participation and study.

Countdown To 2!

We are counting down to our daughter’s 2nd birthday! Yep, time is flying by. The reason I mention this is because we are pretty much seeing the beginning of what some call the “Terrible Twos”. I would prefer to call it the “Temper-Tantrum Twos” because she has been definitely throwing some lately! It’s all good though. We understand that this is simply a part of her development, and we intend to patiently help her grow through it and out of it. 🙂

With all that said, it is an awesome thing to see her grow up before our eyes. She is learning more words, expressing her personality, and mimicking everything she sees us doing. She is a smart, little girl…and we love her.

So, bring on the 2’s! We ain’t never scared! Ha!

Enjoy the rest of your day and have a productive week.

Washington Heights Cypher featuring Andy Mineo (Reach Records Artist)

A little freestyle Christian rap to start your week. Enjoy!

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