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Living a good life!

“ In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one calling in the wilderness ”Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.
John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
Matthew 3:1-12 New International Version (NIV)

As the season of Advent continues, I reflect on my childhood during the Christmas season. The more I would hear about being naughty or nice, the more I wanted so badly to be nice, to get the gifts I wanted. Every year I put a plan in place to live an especially nice/good life as the excitement of Christmas came nearer every day. Actually, the excitement from the thought of Christmas coming, at times, made me more mischievous than I usually was. I remember asking(begging) my mom for forgiveness as I would “occasionally” stray from my well thought-out immature plan of being good. Reflecting, I can hear her now, using her stern motherly tone, hinting here and there of me getting a box of ashes, as an example of the consequences that were to come if I didn’t change my naughty ways. In a sense, I was asking for repentance for my, not so good, actions.

Now that time has passed, life has happened, and I have learned the true meaning of Christmas, I still get excited, but, my mature excitement is not for material gifts from mankind, but, for the spiritual gift that was sent by God on Christmas Day. My plan of living a good life today includes, but, not limited to, asking God for repentance, listening for the stern voice of God for guidance, and through fasting and praying in the name of the Jesus.

Join me this Advent season and reflect on the changes of some of your naughty moments in life and get caught up in the excitement of living a good life as we prepare a pathway for the coming of the Messiah.

Felecia Teasley
Metropolitan Interdenominational Church
Nashville, TN

BISHOP T. D. JAKES

BELOVED,

Mark you calendars and join us at Bishop T. D. Jakes Pastors and Leaders Conference in Orlando, Florida March 6 – 9 2014. It is going to be a extraordinary gathering of episcopates, preachers and teachers. I am so honored to be included in the guest preachers and lecturers at his event.

It is an worship and learning expereince you do not want to miss. Register today and I will see you in Orlando next year. Be sure you share this with your friends who exercise leadership in their local congregations.

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Blessings,

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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