Wednesday, December 25, 2013

What Christmas means to me (and others)!

I am guest blogging again at We Occupy Jesus. Today me and other writers are writing about what Christmas means to us. The titles are below and are hyper linked. Just click on the title and you will be taken to the page.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

On Ducks and the Bible

I am guest blogging today on We Occupy Jesus

There is no shortage of opinions out there on the Duck Dynasty Saga and Phil Robertson's thoughts on sin, race and faith and yours truly needed to weigh in. I know some of my co-workers are nodding there head yes to this. I decided to post my response at We Occupy Jesus as well as a fellow blogger. We come at it with different approaches but I think we can all learn something from each post. The excerpts below are hyperlinked so just click on them and you will be taken to the full posts. Leave your thoughts on the posts and let's have a conversation. 

From Biblical Principles

What happened next is so deafening I am astonished that Christians forget it. Every last scribe and Pharisee that brought the woman to Jesus, 
(To be condemned) walked away empty handed and the woman still alive.

From the Duck Dynasty Fiasco

Friday, December 13, 2013

Shameless Plug

a 1,000 word picture

Art and Photography by Adele Henderson

In April of this year I launched my personal business and it has been a slow go. I am really bad at self promotion so I am stepping outside my comfort zone and promoting it here on my blog. You can look to the right under Pages and click on the name of my business and it will take you to my business' facebook page. There you will find images that I have taken and some variety of edits. You will also find what little of my artwork there is.  I have pinned a post that includes my prices on the page. Below is a sample of my photography. In addition to checking out the facebook page I would appreciate you sharing this post with your family and friends. Thank you and may you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The BIG Love of God

In two days we will all remember the 20 young lives lost at Sandy Hook. The most important thing we can remember as we honor the lives lost is that evil did not win. We remember this by waiting in anticipation of the Christ child.

God chose a very interesting and maybe strange way to show us the love of our creator. God chose to come down to earth as a human. God came in the form of a little baby that Mary and Joseph named Jesus. Other names that are given to Jesus are Prince of Peace, Lord of Creation, Emmanuel.

Emmanuel is my favorite name for Jesus, it means "God with us". Though only a small baby God is with us in all circumstances, even in difficult times like the shooting at Sandy Hook last year. Before Jesus was born God could see the evil in the world but through her love for us God already had a plan to overcome the evil of this world. It would be accomplished through the birth of a baby. A baby that would grow into adulthood then willingly laid down his life for us.

While evil things still happen, evil has not won, for God has overcome and brought peace to us.

John 16:33, NIV
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."

May the peace of God be with you this Christmas season and in the New Year.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Here I am, Lord!

Yesterday, December 1 was the first day of Advent but it was also a day of reminiscing for me. I an my parents attended Heritage Baptist Church, of Wake Forest, NC for Sunday morning worship. This is our home church and where I was ordained in May of 2011. It was good to be home and my parents and I were glad to have been in attendance where we decorated the Christmas tree with chrismons. After I arrived back to my home in Roanoke, VA I and a couple of my youth attended the ordination of Cathy Harris to the Gospel Ministry at my church, Rosalind Hills Baptist Church, in Roanoke. At the beginning of my Sunday I physically revisited the place of my ordination and at the end of my Sunday I revisited my ordination spiritually. To say it was an amazing day would be an understatement. I do not have the words to describe except to say I was truly fed by the Holy Spirit through the two service. I want to take this time to thank some people for making yesterday a day that I will not forget, for many reasons:

The Reverend Cathy Harris: thank you for being obedient to call of God on your life. Because of your obedience I was called back to 1998 when God first told me that I would follow the path of ordination. You reminded me of my commitment to God and those I serve and why I gladly sacrifice much for the sake of the gospel. God bless you. I am so blessed to know you and have you in my life.

Rosalind Hills Baptist Church: Thank you for being a church that recognizes and affirms the gifts of those who are called regardless of gender. Last night (December 1) I never felt more at home since joining in October of 2012, as I did last night. I am thankful that I yielded to the Holy Spirit and joined the church. You are my Bethel in this season of my life.

The Reverend Nelson Harris: Thank you for being a man of God who is obedient to the Lord's command and supporting your wife in ministry and recognizing her gifts for ministry. Your presence reminded me of those men in my life who have affirmed and encouraged me in ministry: my father; Randell Henderson, my pastors through the years; Rev. Jack Coffey, Rev. Ken Altom, and the Rev. Jimmy Allen. The cause for women in ministry is only helped by the men of God who will stand with them. Thank you.

The Ordination Council: Thank you for taking time out of your life to sit down and hear Cathy's testimony and her call to ministry. Thank you for recognizing what she has felt and approving her for ordination. Your commitment to Rosalind Hills and Cathy reminded me of my ordination council and how they listened to my story and makes me grateful that they saw the call God had placed on my life and approved me for ordination. You truly exemplify how the Body of Christ is designed to work.

It is always good for us to look back at those times in our life that have had a significant impact on us and our walk with the Lord. Yesterday allowed me to do that, to revisit that initial call in 1998 and May 15, 2011 when I was ordained to the Gospel Ministry and what I said to God.

Once again I say to God's call, Here I am, Lord!

God bless you all this Advent Season!