REv. Troy L. M. Denson, Sr.
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will,
and it shall be done unto you." (St. John 15:7)
This is a critical time to be a Christ-follower. The poor are overlooked in cities' decision-making; women's voices against indecencies are being trumped by men in power; immigrants' children are being parted from their families and inhumanely caged by U.S. governmental agencies; and in DC, restaurant workers' right to livable wages are being denied. The late Rev./Dr. Martin Luther King once said that injustice for one person stands for injustice for all. Personally, after working publicly in The Lord's ministry for the past 12 years, as the saints of old would say, "I don't feel no ways tired; I've come to far from where I started from...". Therefore, in addition to preaching and teaching throughout the DMV and abroad, we have upgraded our connections in which I share a short 3-minute devotion early in the morning at least 3 times per week on Facebook, Twitter, and this website, all to keep good people encouraged. Thus, your "Likes", "Memes", and even "Comments" all have encouraged me in this work. Shortly, I will be posting short (1-minute) sermon video excerpts on FB and Twitter (like the one on this page) designed to keep you spiritually uplifted in Christ. Friends please remember, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (I Thess. 5:18).
WORD OF THE DAY
Word of the Day: Success as Mustard Seed(s)
Scripture: Matthew 13:31-32
October 18, 2018
This morning's prayer-scripture talks about Jesus sharing a parable regarding a mustard seed, which although (at best) grows to become a limber but useful bush; but this one awkwardly grows into the height and strength of a tree. When I read this scripture again today, God led me to view all of my successes, financial stability, educational accolades, social & community statuses, stable & loving family and even church services... not as a "strong tree", but only as a "mustard seed". This may seem as an insult to some people. But condensing all of our successes into the title of "mustard seed" is actually "good news". Like Jesus's mustard seed, it means that we have been awkwardly endowed with so much more potential within ourselves to unexpectedly grow further and become greater blessings for others. My friends, this morning's word challenges us not to look at our accomplishments as our "trees"... but rather view them as "mustard seeds", that are equipped to do greater works in God's Kingdom.
"Word of the Day" are devotionals that The Lord has given me and I have been inspired to share since 2015. I have found that as I read the bible, and develop this growing list, it serves as a biblical base for my personal own daily "spiritual grounding", as well as a repository of "sermon ideas". So, I share them with you. If you click the link above this writing, or the bible beneath this message, you will be taken to a long list of my saved and documented devotionals that you may read & reflect on, copy, or print for your own personal inspiration, as well as use for sermon ideas for sharing. And remember, it is all for the glory of The Lord!
Rev. Troy L. M. Denson
Theresa Denson (my lovely wife) alongside Sister Ridley (First Lady of Greater First Baptist Church) rendered the invocation and devotion for the Baptist Ministers Wives and Widows Ministry on Fridaynight (Sept. 21, 2018) at the beautiful St. Matthews Baptist Church, in District Heights. So grateful to serve The Lord!
Storee, our youngest son (9 years old) working in Greater First's Baptist Church's Missionary Ministry, as they prepare the bags of food for outreaching to the needy in DC, on this past Saturday morning Sept. 22, 2018. Kudos for Rev. Williams for recruiting him to join!
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This past Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, we worshiped God at home, at The Greater First Baptist Church of DC. Under the leadership of the Rev. C. Winston Ridley, Jr. (Pastor), I was honored to preach the Word on this "Missionary Sunday's service" The church's missionary department members were all dressed in white, so I just went ahead and wore my white robe to be in unison with them. We shared from St. Matthew 9:14-18, message titled "Church Renewal 2: A Renewed Mission, Ministry, and Worship". This word from God through your servant (me), was a prophetic topical message about how Jesus was prophetically introducing his commission (to come in Matt. 28: 19-20, Acts 1:8), as an example of how his disciples will be empowered for ministering to Pharisees, their children, and within uncustomary locations. Contextually, this sermon addresses inner-city black historic churches, such as my present home church, about God's mission for the black historic churches in the 21st Century: to begin preparing for ministering to the dominant cultures, the next generation of children, and preparing for raising children to worship in their own spaces. In order to do this we will need to do as Jesus did in this message:
1. If we Listen (to the relevant questions that are being asked by new disciples)
2. If we Reflect (on what's more important)
3. If we begin worshiping the Lord (in prophetic ways)
4. Then new people will worship the Lord with us, and God will raise our children, families, and community for serving The Lord.
My prayer is that this word will bless you as well!