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)
I took a 1-month sabbatical from posting my devotional, editing sermon videos, and maintaining this page, in order to use that extra time with my family and other hobby-type projects. Nevertheless, as I watched the news, read the newspaper, and visually observed the necessity of encouraging fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as our black families. Therefore, for the next month, all of my readings, reflections, and postings will seek to encourage all of those who vi
WORD OF THE DAY
November 27, 2018
Word of the Day: "Men: Focus on Your Family"
Scripture: II Samuel 13
In this morning's prayer scriptures, The Lord gives us (men in particular) reasons for focusing on our family. Scripture says, "And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah (David's brother) answered and said, 'Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the kin's sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar'." (II Samuel 13:32). Fact is... although David's son (Amnon) did force himself on his half-sister (Tamar), if Amnon had asked/ requested her to wed, DAvid would have 'given' Tamar to him so that he would not have had to 'force' her (according to their customs at that time). Truth is... the conspiracy was for Absalom to take the entire matter into his own hands by killing his brother, secluding his sister, running from telling the truth, and then later conspiring to take his own father's throne as king. In all of this narrative, David's wife is never mentioned, and scripture does not indicate David being sorrowful for Tamar (his daughter). As a whoe, nearly the entire remainder of the OT book of II Samuel deals with King David's own family ordeals... because although he was a great warrior, great kinig, and great psalmist... he was a terrible father and a terrible husband. Friends, this narrative is in the bible because God wants us to know that although being a "provider" is important, being a quality father and husband are far more important. Fellow brothers in Christ, let us focus more on ways that we can contribute to our children's lives (emotionally, spirituality, and relationally) rather than our own selfish career reputations, so that they will become great parents and spouses. Then, The Lord will grace us to not only be men "...after God's own heart", but also men after God's actions.
"Word of the Day" are devotionals that The Lord has given me and I have been inspired to share since 2015. If you click the link above this writing, or the bible beneath this message, you will be taken to a long list of my archived 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
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This past Sunday, October 22, 2018, we worshiped God at home, at The Greater First Baptist Church of DC. By invitation of the church's missionary department, Rev. Theresa was honored to deliver the keynote message for their "140th Anniversary of the Elizah Smallwood Missionary Ministry." The church's missionary department members were all dressed in white, so Rev. Theresa had Storee and I dressed in white suits also. Nevertheless, Rev. Theresa shared from Philippians 4: 1-6, a message titled "Mission: Impossible - Walk Worthy of Your Calling for Which You have been Called". In this "word", Rev. Theresa inspired the mission department to begin passing the mantle through discipleship of next generations. Interestingly, one month ago, by invitation of Rev. Williams, Storee (our youngest son), at 9 years of age - became the youngest member of this 140 years ministry. Most importantly, through recounts of Jesus' summon of Peter to walk on the water experience, Daniel and the 3 Hebrew young people's fiery furnace experience, and even Jesus' crucifixion experience, Rev. Theresa highlighted how God often calls us believers to seemingly "...impossible missions".
Can you remember a time in which God called you to a seemingly impossible mission, but somehow you were victorious?
1. What was the dilemma?
2. What was your greatest fear in that dilemma?
3. How were you victorious in that dilemma?
4. Now that you look back and reflect on that dilemma, what do you feel was God's mission through you?
My prayer this word will bless you as well!