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No Shortcut To The Promise Land: Exodus 13:17

   By: Angelique Watkins

Rev. Dr. Pastor Crosby, Pastor INDEFINITE SERMON TOPIC- "No Shortcut To The Promise Land. Exodus 13:17. Moses was born for a certain reason. We all are born for a certain reason.

First, let me share this: Mary and myself was talking on sunday morning before going to worship services and I was sharing with her about Messianic Jews which are Christians and Arab Christian Ministries. I shared with her that the Book of Acts is a great book to read and I shared different scriptures in Acts with her.

On Sunday, September 1, 2002 I was attending worship services with Mary
at Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo. and the Pastor is Rev. Dr. Curtis Crosby.

On the Order of Services program what really caught my eye was Pastor Crosby's INDEFINITE SERMON TOPIC- "No Shortcut To The Promise Land" Exodus 13:17

The Sermon text came from Acts 6:1-4.

The pastor told us to look at "brethen" in verse 3.

He did share that Wisdom is the fear of the Lord. The church must have strong leaders in order for the church to grow. Leadership is not an option but a principle. In the Old Testament we are introduced to strong leaders. Moses was born for a certain reason. We all are born for a certain reason. When Moses came down from the mountain nobody had to ask him where he had been. He talked about the Kings of Israel. He talked about Joshua being Moses successor who was anointed.

In his sermon he talked about "Joshua", "Levites" and "Ark of the Covenant."

When the time came for Acknowledgements of Visitors I did stand and I told the church and Pastor I enjoyed the sermon. I told the church and Pastor that it was just amazing how he spoke from Acts for I had shared with Mary about studying from Acts before we came to church.

I also shared with the Pastor/church that on fridays that I share with others from Acts 3:1-6 using key words: "Peter and John, went up, together, hour of prayer, ask, look on us."

I did share with them that after 9/11 it made me take a good look at the times and it was time to get serious. I told them that Peter and John, "went up, together" to my understanding they literally went up because the temple was higher off the ground,
they were on one accord, "the hour of prayer, ask" they had faith, they asked knowing they would receive, and "look on us" was not a selfish request.

When I took my seat the pastor thanked me for sharing and then he told me let me add something else "WHEN you go to JERUSALEM you always GO UP."

After services were over I did go to shake the pastor's hand and then he told me I wish I had more time to share with you; then he began to talk to me about the Book of Acts, Stephen, Philip and told me to study about Stephen and Philip.

I then asked him for his address and I asked do you have a card that you can give me? One of the assistant/associate pastors did go and get me one of his cards.

When I looked at the card, it was imprinted in red with the scripture "I Can Do All Things Through Christ Which Strengthen Me" Phillippians 4:13.

I began to think later sunday night I just wonder if this card relates to DANIEL and when I did a cross reference on Phillipians 4:13 it lead me to II Corinthinas 12:9.

verse 9 "To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

verse 10 "To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another differ kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues;

verse 11 "But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

verse 12 "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

verse 13 "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit."

There are some amazing facts about my trip to St. Louis might think they were coincidence. For one my daddy was sick but even before that I had a dream.

Scripture text taken from Crusade @ Bible Publishers, Inc. "KJV", 1970, Mt. Juliet, Tn, 37122, USA

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