Blessed Monday morning to you! Per usual, this weekend was chock full of faith fodder. Saturday featured Kingdom Foundational Truths hosted by myself with Ambassador Sondra Lewis co-hosting including the expanded voices of Ambassadors Winston III and Quinton Lewis. Sunday featured KUMN's weekly cyber service "Dying To Be Married with Winston and Sondra Lewis, where the "Levels of Love" series continued with "Storge",where the brotherly-love-type-of-love was the focus. Saturday also featured the beginning of February Fest, a time where we celebrate the birthdays of our three youngest children, who happen to have birthdays 2 days apart. Needless to say, it was a weekend worth noting.
This month's edition of KFT featured the 4th installment, The Holy Trinity - The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are one. As much as the usual definition and appropriately referenced scriptures were cited (see 1 John 5:7, Genesis 1:26 and Thessolonians 5:17), the expanded voices, as well as our host panel, highlighted the common current theme of "unity". The three passages chosen, all supported the short definition of The Holy Trinity, which, in essence is the triune Godhead, where the passage in 1 John mentions how there are three which bare record in heaven and these three are one, where these three are The Father, The Word and the Holy Ghost (Spirit). In the Genesis 1:26 passage, it is seen where GOD says, "Let us...", indicating that one singular source speaks as plural. This pluralization is then shown to be passed down to mankind when it goes on to say,"...make man in our image and after our likeness...". this inherited divine genetic code causes us, as mankind to realize that we have the same triune makeup. Through the process of receiving this revelation and along our constant sojourn of faith, we have encountered the scoffers of such notions of triunity as unbelievable or nonsensical, which is usually incredulously verbalized "how can one person be three?" The example was given as one can examine their own selves ( as I did ) in this series of rhetoricals, " Am I someone's son? Am I someone's husband, and am I also someone's brother, and, yes, all at once? The answer being an honest 'Amen'! This then reveals the purpose the 1 Thessolonians passage was chosen, due to it's mention of mankind's whole being consisting of a three-part makeup which consists of body, soul and spirit. The parallel can then be seen how GOD's triunity is comparable to our triunity, ie. we are as GOD is, a spirit with a soul in a body. The embracing of this revelation can be great potency as it pertains to our confidence and psyche. After all, the evidence surrounds us with finished products of the Creator's creations; just as He created this world, so can we create our own. Soul check: you have created something (believe it or not) even if it's something as simple as the current issues you are dealing with, hence, the query stands; what will you do with this newly found revelation, you too can create your own environment!
On DTBM, the series proceeded to delve deeper into the great recesses of this arcane enigma called love. Ambassador Sondra and I continued to mine this love realm by focusing on "storge", the Greek interpretation for the brotherly-type of love. By definition, it is one that indicates deep friendship versus phileo which is indicative of a friendship of conditions and commonalities, which when these instances are no longer met or shared, the friendship or love dissolves. Contrarily, storge, with it's brotherly composition isn't as easily soluble by such circumstances because as real siblings are defined, they are bound by blood. So it should be for those who share the storge-type of love. Hence, the passage in Romans 12: 10 states this distinction when it directs Christians to, " Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another". As it pertains to the platform of DTBM, this is a type of love that should be practiced and exercised by couples as they strive toward agape, the unconditional-GOD-kind of love (for the conversation on that level of love -- stay tuned!). Preferably this trek should begin pre-ring, ie. before couples are married, but it can also continue during subsequent stages of the relationship.
Another key point of interest which came up during the conversation was when Amb. Sondra referred to a response of someone who interacted with the cyber service, who stated they wanted to get married but they weren't "dying" to do so. This gave us the opportunity to address this often misconceived notion that the broadcast's title indicates a strong desire or an impatient urge to want to get married, when in all truth, it more so means dying to one's self and selfish motivations to make the marriage work. This is why Ephesians 5:25 is chosen as DTBM's theme, because of the contrasting image of husband and wife compared to Christ and the church. Addressing this issue then allowed the opportunity to offer practical methods of achieving this goal as well as ways to exercise the storge-type of love. 1 Peter 3:8 & 9 gives practical steps of how to obtain storge, "Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing." The NIV translation was used that there won't be an occasion to stumble over the antiquated jargon of King James' ye's, thuses and thou's.
Finally, Sondra and I recognized the first trimester of February Fest with the advent of our youngest most beloved daughter Imani, our valentine baby. the feeling is mutual between us how GOD not only has a sense of humor but He also ever marks His purposes. As my wife will tell you, the doctors had told her that she was never to have conceived the way her body was, yet the grace of GOD along with His divine purpose prevailed with not only 5 sons but an emphatic punctuation of our dimpled daughter on Valentine's Day, a time recognized to express one's love to another. Now what's in your pew?