“Change Brings out the New”

“It may be difficult, but let’s embrace change. Change is not the time to let hardships steal our faith, it’s our moment to have a new vision and embrace new opportunities in our life.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT) – (18) But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. (19) For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

“The coronavirus is not just changing society as a whole, it is also changing individual lives and our mindset. This my friends is a storm we are all weathering together. Whether rich or poor, black or white, Christian or Muslim this pandemic is the definition of an all-inclusive storm. This morning each of us was given a new day, while COVID-19 denied 89,823 people of the same. In the midst of this storm our lives have changed. Some of us have lost loves ones, lost jobs, and even lost opportunities for fellowship. BUT LET’S NOT LOSE OUR FAITH! We cannot control this. Change is how God made the world, it forces us into the unknown. But let’s embrace this change as a sign for the need to grow, the opportunity for new experiences, and the chance to develop a stronger relationship with Jesus! For those that have lost loved ones – let’s value the gift of gratefulness and the choice of forgiveness. For those that have lost employment – let’s value the choice of letting go of the old and embracing the new. And for those of us who have had a disruption in fellowship – let’s embrace learning new technology skills to worship and participate in corporate prayer and don’t forget there is still that old school resource to open up called The Good Book, a.k.a. the Bible!” – #ToddCPittman

“Let’s Not Get Our Friendships Twisted”

Yep, I Said It! – “People are fickle, here today and will turn their backs on us tomorrow. Our friendship with Jesus is like no other. So let’s give thanks that we serve a stick-around God.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did John 15:15 (NLT)- I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.

“We all have our Partners in Crime, our Dawgs, our BFFs, our Fam, our Ace Boon Coons, and even our Homies but let’s not define those friendships as we define our friendship with Jesus. Nah man, our friendship with Jesus is not one of equals. This ain’t no ’give me some dap’ type of friendship – YEP, I SAID IT! – because Jesus is, and always will be, our King of Kings! There’s no doubt that the scriptures remind us that He invited us to the table to be His friend but we have to remember that’s in the concept of a servant versus a friend. You see, even though we serve the Lord, unlike a typical servant relationship He welcomes us anytime – not just when there is something for us to do. And unlike a typical servant relationship, His Word does not just tell us what to do but through the ministry, we are taught why we should do it! My, my, my, I’m so glad that we serve a Lord that does not require us to just bring food to the table, but He is a friend that will invite us to take a seat and eat with Him! Let’s remember that there is nothing we go through alone because we have a friend that knows the unknown and understands the misunderstood.” – #ToddCPittman

“A Winning 3-Point Game Plan During Troubled Times”

“Troubled times can be a blessing. We have to know what changes to make, which seeds to sow, and have patience because it takes time to reap the harvest.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Philippians 4:19, Luke 6:38, and Mark 11:24

“Sometimes our times of trouble are brought on by ourselves or a result of happenstance. Regardless of the cause, we’ve got to put in the work to recognize that our keeper will make everything alright! Here’s a three-point game changer to turn our unfortunate times into a lifetime of blessings. Do you remember in yesterday’s message I spoke to the prophetic work that was shared during my Bible Study this week? Well, this is a perfect example! Let’s turn things around by putting in the work to study, pray, and receive God’s word. Looking to turn things around right now? First, let’s recognize that God is the source of our needs (Philippians 4:19).; Second, let’s receive that we’ve got to give to get back (Luke 6:38).; and Third, we’ve got to live each day with an air of expectancy (Mark 11:24). Look, troubled times can turn us upside down or right-side up, the choice is ours!” – #ToddCPittman

“Whatever the Situation, Work Through It with a Godly Attitude”

“How do we survive the devil’s attacks? We have to work with the tools that God gave us and do so with a Godly attitude.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Ephesians 6:7 (NLT) – Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

“I participated in a streaming Bible Study last night led by Pastor Ken Harper, Senior Pastor at Channel of Grace in Edgewood, MD, and the concept of ‘Prophetic Work’ he spoke to resonated with me this morning as I took in scriptures from Ephesians. Look, the devil attacks in many ways and although we are protected by God’s loving arms that doesn’t mean we can sit back and do nothing. Nah man, we have work to do! Whether we are battling a situation at work, fighting attacks to break-up our marriages or families, struggling with the bottle or the pills, or even COVID-19, whatever the situation we’ve got to work through it with a Godly attitude. We’re equipped man, God gave us the tools and instructions to do our part. When we work through our circumstances with obedience and patience and a whole lot of sincerity and good intentions, then my friend we are working the tools given to us to survive the attacks of the devil. Contrary to the belief of some – things won’t just magically disappear or change along with the temperature, but whatever the challenge IT’S TEMPORARY, SO LET’S WORK THROUGH IT AND GROW THROUGH IT WITH A GODLY ATTITUDE!” – #ToddCPittman

“Words of Wisdom Are a Straight Path out of Darkness”

“Let’s not spend the majority of our journey in the dark. Following His words of wisdom will lead us to brighter days.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

“…and so did Proverbs 4:18 (NLT) – The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.”

“During our Destiny Walk, one of the biggest mistakes we can make is listening to the wrong something or someone. The scriptures reminded me this morning that it’s not our journey through this life that is short, it’s that we spend too much time trying to make it through dark times. We’ve got to remember that following life’s shortcuts, the hook-ups from our so-called friends, and trying to get over just to make it over isn’t going to do a thing but cause us to fall, get us lost, and keep us in the darkness. But my God! When following the steps along that straight, bright path that God has ordered for us, that’s when those dark times get brighter and brighter until all our desires and dreams burst into the light! So let’s stop trying to take short cuts and instead practice patience. Let’s stop listening to all the junk others put in our heads and instead listen to the needs of our children, the words of guidance from our elders, and the Godly Word of our Father. Hey, let’s remind each other to not deviate from the path of Godly wisdom because sometimes folks NEVER get back on track!” – #ToddCPittman

“Stop Watering the Wrong Seed”

“Let’s not fall victim to believing repetitive nonsense. Folks will keep telling us ‘You can’t’ and ‘You’ll never’ and when we listen and believe it’s like watering a yard full of weeds.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NLT) – We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

“Just because we are in the midst of an outside battle with COVID-19 right now let’s not lose control of the continual internal battle in our minds. Look, most folks are smart enough to know that our thoughts dictate our actions and they will do whatever they can to get us thinking and moving in the opposite direction of where God wants us to go. When things aren’t going our way, let’s stop going to our friends to help work out our relationship issues, financial setbacks, or even health challenges. The devil is a master of disguise and he will have the most unlikely person telling us our significant other ain’t no good, we’ll never get out of our financial pit, and once a addict always an addict. Let’s not let those lies take a stronghold on our minds. Instead, let’s put our war clothes on, grab our sword, and work with the Lord to work things out! When we reject all negative thoughts we cut off the nourishment of negativity that prevents us from being all He wants us to be. So, let’s stop telling our business to everyone just because we hope that they will tell us what we want to hear.” – #ToddCPittman

“Let’s Work on Phasing out Our Quick to Criticize Game”

“We’ve got to bench the criticizer in us. Our criticism of others only serves ourselves in an attempt to give us comfort for our shortcomings.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Romans 14:1 (NLT) – Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.

“When it comes to my game plan to serve the Lord, one of the key things I continually work hard to try to keep on the bench is any selfish criticism of others. It’s not an easy task, sometimes we criticize with no ill intent, but we have to realize that God has His crew of angels up in heaven and He has us, His earthly servants. And here on earth, part of our service to God is to offer protection, provide comfort, and deliver His Word to others. Let’s be team players and help each other improve our game to keep our prejudices and preconceived notions on the sidelines. If we have been blessed with overcoming financial challenges, addictive behaviors, or even health and weight issues – let’s kick our judgments of others to the curb, see folk for who they are, and use our experiences to bring out the potential that’s in them. Hey, the bottom line is you and I need to help each other look at those around us with angelic vision as opposed to using a lens of criticism.” – #ToddCPittman

“Social Media: Ethics, Character, and Morals”

“To others, our social media posts are a reflection of ourselves. It’s easy for us to get sucked into the social media dark hole and not see the perception of what we post.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Romans 12:2 (NLT) – Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

“Awww man, I’m about to lose a lot of friends with this one! Oh well, I have to share what I’m led to share and right now it’s how our social media posts reflect our ethics, character, and morals. Now before you start cursing me out, hear me out. Let’s ask ourselves, “Are my pages filled with self-serving posts or are they filled with those that are self-forgetting?” Are we continually showing how much we are tied up in self-worth? Are we portraying a false life? For example, I love a good selfie more than anyone and I too am very conscious about my appearance, but we also should remember that God fearfully and wonderfully made us and He believes we are one of a kind and perfect as we are – without filters! Look, social media took off in 2004 with Facebook followed by Twitter, Instagram, etc. so we have had more than enough time to master the art of being authentic, genuine and true to ourselves when it comes to our posts on any social media platform. Hey, let’s be proud of our accomplishments and successes and share our blessings with the world, it’s our right and we should – but let’s just not get trapped into so much self-promotion that we fail to receive the opportunity to bring out the best in others. Let’s not only use social media to lift ourselves, let’s lift others along with us.” – #ToddCPittman

“Church, Not Just a Checklist Item”

“Let’s realize that the church is not just a building. When we say ‘I don’t feel like going to church today’, we might as well say I don’t feel like living life to the fullest.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) – (24) And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, (25) not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

“There were not only times when I said I didn’t want to go to church, but there was a season in my life that I actually never went. I know that, for some people, as opposed to being physically present in a worship center some of us choose to worship via streaming services or even meditation and that’s great. Just because we are not physically present doesn’t mean we’re going to hell or God loves us any less, but allow me to share what I accepted about our choice of worship that impacted me. I received that the Church of the Bible is not a brick and mortar building, but it’s the collective warmth and love of people chosen by God. In other words, we are the church. We are the body of Christ. I also found that out of the many habits I picked up during my lifetime, SMH, there is no better habit than regularly coming together with others to not only hear God’s Word but also to encourage each other. I’m talking about fellowship! I’m talking about a place for spiritual growth! I’m talking about a place that reminds us and teaches us that we are here to serve and to love! Look, if we really want to strengthen our immune system so we prevail during dark times then we need to exercise all our senses. Worshipping in the physical presence of others exercises our sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. In the spirit of Psalm 34:8, let’s get into a new habit, let’s taste and see!” – #ToddCPittman

“Let’s Turn down COVID-19 for a Moment”

“No matter how dark the times, He still listens. Yes, the health environment has brought darkness, but let’s not let that impact our relationship with the Lord.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV) – (3) ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

“The current COVID-19 environment has resulted in many of us working from home and on the flip side of that, it’s created the unfortunate circumstance that some of us aren’t working at all. Regardless of our situation our commonality in this environment is to remember that we need to take time daily to turn down the commotion of CNN, FOX, and the stories we pick up on Facebook, WorldStar, or wherever else we are spending our social distance time, and take a moment to tune out all the hysteria so we can have a conversation and hear God’s voice. For those of us at home let’s keep a comparison chart on how many times we change the channel, post some nonsense on social media, or watch a Netflix movie and compare it to how many times we pray today. Hear me out, it’s easy for us to get pulled into the sickness and casualties of today, but man oh man, we’ve got to stay on our toes because our enemy works overtime in times like these to drown out God’s voice. During these challenging, inconvenient, and difficult times let’s keep up our strength and relationship with God. For every time today that we change the TV channel and surf the net, let’s double that time to call out to Him and take value in His response. Let’s take a moment to turn down the noise and receive what He is saying to us.” – #ToddCPittman