Archives August 2011

Beware, Be Wise

Proverbs 20

1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

2 A king’s wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.

3 It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.


Obedience Can Save Your life

Proverbs 19

14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.

16 He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.


Proverbs 19

 1. Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.

2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.

3 A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord.

Pastor Tilton (PT) comments on Pastor Fred Luter’s Election


Luter election reflects SBC’s growing diversity, New Orleans pastors say
By Diana Chandler
Aug 22, 2011

NEW ORLEANS (BP) — African American pastors in the New Orleans Baptist Association say the election of Fred Luter as the Southern Baptist Convention’s first vice president is important evidence that the SBC has departed from the racial exclusion of its past.

They say the SBC has worked diligently to embrace African Americans and other ethnic groups, especially since the convention’s 1995 public apology for its past support of slavery. Yet they regard Luter’s election as a result of his intelligence, integrity, gifts and leadership skills, not his race. Luter’s election, they add, can only enhance the SBC’s appeal to ethnic minorities.

“I think the Southern Baptist Convention is making a monumental statement. This is indeed a win-win move,” said Kenneth Foy, vice president of the African American Fellowship in New Orleans and pastor of the local church New Life Ministry.

“This might just be one of the best moves the SBC has done in years. It makes me feel a lot better about being a part of an organization that recognizes the importance and value of people of color,” Foy said. “The election has certainly reinforced my personal commitment.”

Luter’s election won’t necessarily affect the financial giving of the pastors interviewed, because they said they’re already committed to supporting the Cooperative Program and SBC missions outreach.

Samuel Davis Jr. led Faith and Glory Missionary Baptist Church to become a cooperating church with the SBC when he started the church nearly three years ago. His former pastorate was affiliated with the National Baptist Convention of America, a predominantly African American group. He switched, he said, because he views the SBC as an organization that helps churches achieve their mission regardless of ethnicity.

Davis said Luter deserved the opportunity to be considered for the high office.

“He was a voice crying in the wilderness and ultimately they heard,” Davis said. “I don’t think so much that they ‘gave’ him anything. It’s evident to me that the Southern Baptist Convention is making significant strides with regard to racial reconciliation and I’m blessed to be a part of it.”

Cornelius Tilton, pastor of Irish Channel Christian Fellowship, is part of both the SBC and the National Baptist Convention of America, the group under which he was ordained in 1979. He began cooperating with the SBC because he believed the convention, more than the majority African American convention, would be accepting of his congregation that draws a mixture of ethnicities.

“I am delighted that I have lived to see the day when a man of Dr. Luter’s character and charisma could be recognized not just as a great African American leader but a great Christian leader,” said Tilton, a former chairman of the New Orleans Baptist Association’s administrative committee. “When I first joined BAGNO [the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans], NOBA’s predecessor organization, I had the hope that the day would come when there would be greater inclusion of minorities in the leadership of Southern Baptists. African Americans were around but rarely serving in meaningful leadership positions. As the years have progressed, there has been a great move to accept diversity, even if not embrace it.”

Of NOBA’s 110 member churches and missions, 36 are majority African American, said Jonathan Sharp, NOBA’s cross-cultural evangelism strategist. In his position, Sharp focuses mostly on the Hispanic, Vietnamese and Asian communities, where he sees the greatest need of planting new churches. African Americans comprise 6.5 percent of the 16 million members of the Southern Baptist Convention, according to 2009 figures. Whites comprise 81 percent; other ethnicities 12.5 percent.

Luter’s election comes as the convention is focused heavily on multiethnic inclusion. At this year’s annual meeting in Phoenix, the Executive Committee and other convention leaders signed an Affirmation of Unity and Cooperation, pledging “to embrace our brothers and sisters of every ethnicity, race and language as equal partners in our collective ministries to engage all people groups with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Michal Raymond, pastor of Shiloh Christian Fellowship in New Orleans, said although the SBC was conceived as a result of racial divide, it has progressed and the walls are broken. He said he appreciates that the local association embraces Korean, Chinese, Hispanic and African American Christians.

“It’s … great to see it on a national level too,” Raymond said. “It really shows that the Southern Baptist Convention is really including everyone.”

Raymond said he believes Luter’s service will attract other African Americans to the SBC.

“It will, I think, just because of who he is,” Raymond said. “My participation? I’m just ready to do what I can.”

Luter, Raymond added, was his pastor as he entered the ministry. “Being that I’m a son of Franklin Avenue, it’s just off the charts to me because he’s my pastor.”

All pastors interviewed said they see advantages in aligning with the SBC in terms of education, organization and ministerial development opportunities.

“The SBC is where I personally was given the opportunity to use the gifts and calling that God has on my life,” said Edward Scott, pastor of the Temple of New Life Baptist Church in New Orleans. “Because of that fact I was already open to the SBC.”
Diana Chandler is a regional reporter for the Baptist Message (, newsjournal for the churches in the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

© Copyright 2011 Baptist Press



Righteous speech is of great value

Proverbs 12

 A wise son ⌊responds to his⌋ father’s discipline,but a mocker doesn’t listen to rebuke.
2 From the words of his mouth, a man will enjoy good things, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence.
3 The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.
4 The slacker craves, yet has nothing, but the diligent is fully satisfied.
5 The righteous hate lying, but the wicked act disgustingly and disgracefully.
6 Righteousness guards people of integrity, but wickedness undermines the sinner.
7 One man pretends to be rich but has nothing; another pretends to be poor but has great wealth.
8 Riches are a ransom for a man’s life, but a poor man hears no threat.
9 The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is put out.
10 Arrogance leads to nothing but strife, but wisdom is gained by those who take advice.


The Power of The Tongue

Proverbs 10

18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips,and whoever spreads slander is a fool.
19 When there are many words, sin is unavoidable,but the one who controls his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the righteous is pure silver;the heart of the wicked is of little value.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,but fools die for lack of sense.
22 The Lord’s blessing enriches, and struggle adds nothing to it. [4]



Benefits to Righteousness

Proverbs 11

4 Wealth is not profitable on a day of wrath, but righteousness rescues from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless clears his path,but the wicked person will fall because of his wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright rescues them,but the treacherous are trapped by their own desires.
7 When the wicked man dies,his expectation comes to nothing,and hope placed in wealth vanishes.
8 The righteous one is rescued from trouble;in his place, the wicked one goes in.
9 With his mouth the ungodly destroys his neighbor,but through knowledge the righteous are rescued.
10 When the righteous thrive, a city rejoices, and when the wicked die, there is joyful shouting.
11 A city is built up by the blessing of the upright, but it is torn down by the mouth of the wicked.
12 Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks sense,but a man with understanding keeps silent.[


Live a Disciplined Life

Proverbs 9

7 The one who corrects a mockerwill bring dishonor on himself;the one who rebukes a wicked man will get hurt. 8 Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will learn more.
10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11 For by Wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. 12 If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit; if you mock, you alone will bear ⌊the consequences⌋.”


Let Wisdom Be Your Friend

Proverbs 8
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. 11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. 12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. 13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. 14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. 15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. 17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.


Fast for Revival and Direction

During the month of August beginning today, the Irish Channel Christian Church Family is consecrating a fast for Revival and God’s clear direction for our church, our families and our careers. Feel free to join us. Each day a devotional scripture from Proverbs will help you focus on what God says is important.

We are sacrificing one meal a day and reading the Proverb associated with that day of the month. (ie. – August 8 = Proverbs 8)