Your Spiritual Journey Starts Here (forthcoming book)

I just wanted to share with you that my second book—Your Spiritual Journey Starts Here—is forthcoming. The original thought surfaced in January 2015. The process was slow but the momentum has reached a fever pitch in my spirit. The projected release month is April 2016.

Pray with me that it can be completed in time for the April 2016 convention of the Universal Hagar’s Spiritual Church Association. More details to follow! Yes, I am excited about how this book is coming together. The Holy Spirit has really taken charge. Patience is so important in any project. Again, say a prayer for me, as I always keep you in my prayers.

Your obedient servant,
Rev. George H. Latimer-Knight

2016: The Year of Celebration

All Hail to the Christ Within!

Ladies and gentlemen—brothers and sisters—there are an abundance of blessing flowing in the spirit realm right now. Lift up your hands. Through your imagination, see the blessings going through your hands and fingers. Believe, then know, that if you concentrate in faith, you can catch whatever blessings you need at this hour.

The Spirit of God impressed me that 2016 is the Year of Celebration. What are we celebrating? Anything and everything! It’s celebration time. Gratefulness goes hand-in-hand with this declaration. For even in our darkest hour, there is something to be grateful for, and by extension, something to celebrate. I’ve been celebrating everyday. I encourage you to do the same.

Challenges will arise. All the careful planning in the world can’t prevent all challenges from arising. But if we maintain a life of prayer, meditation, and fasting—we can anticipate the challenges in the spirit. The Holy Spirit won’t always give us a detailed warning. Often, the warning comes as an unattached directive. The spirit may impress you to, “Turn left at the corner, instead of right.” Even if a right turn would be the quickest route—that left turn may save a life.

We still hear the worn phrase—if there is a God, why doesn’t he save us. The truth is—God has already given us all that we need. Our broken world is the result of disobedience and ungratefulness.

Celebrate your way out of trouble this year. Celebrate in anticipation of what God will do for you. Celebrate with the expectation that God has an answer to all of your problems. Celebrate knowing that through prayer, meditation, and fasting, the answers will surely come. All the answers won’t come at once. But little by little, the revelation will be made known to you. And when your vision is cloudy, celebrate and eagerly await the man, woman, boy, or girl that God will send your way with the word of wisdom you need.

Celebrate brothers and sisters. Celebrate ladies and gentlemen. 2016 is the year of celebration!

I have the honor to be your obedient servant,
Rev. George H. Latimer-Knight

Simple Solutions Will Take a Massive Change

The terrorist attack yesterday in San Bernardino, California was horrific. The commentary from the right-wing in America is just as horrific. Because we now know that the attackers were Muslim, the right-wing wants to paint all Muslims with a broad brush. The terrorist who attacked the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado was a middle-aged white man. Why aren’t all middle-aged white males under suspicion? Why won’t we call him a “Christian Extremist” or “Christian Terrorist?” There was another mass shooting yesterday in Savannah, Georgia but because the shooter hasn’t been identified, there are no broad statements to be made yet.

According to the Washington Post, the horrific scene in San Bernardino was the 355th mass shooting in America this year. (For their purposes, a mass shooting is defined “as incidents in which four or more people, including the gunman, are killed or injured by gunfire.”) In 2013, there were 363 mass shootings. In 2014, there were 336 mass shootings.

Another statement that concerns me is the overemphasis on “black on black crime.” The truth is that white crime is more prevalent than black crime. Did you know that 84 percent of whites were killed by other whites? Did you know that most violent crimes in America are committed by whites, including most forcible rapes? If this is the case, then why are minorities (specifically blacks) blamed for most crime? Why is black on black crime the focus? Why do I, as a young-educated-spiritual-non-violent-non-criminal black man, live under shroud and specter of black on black crime? The only explanation is white privilege.

Read some of the recent (and classic) words of Tim Wise (a white scholar who has made it his life’s work to educate us on these matters). America, we have serious problems amongst us. There are simple solutions to these problems. But these simple solutions will take a massive political shift, which will only happen by a social uprising of the socially and spiritually conscious. Universal mandatory early childhood education, free tutoring for all grades, low-cost or free trade schools, low-cost or free community college, universal health care, universal mental health services, and a sensible gun policy are just some of the things we know can revolutionize our nation. But as long as we make minorities, Muslims, and everything else perceived as non-white the boggy man, the ills of America will never get solved.

Sources

http://gawker.com/woman-killed-in-savannah-in-yet-another-mass-shooting-t-1745852693
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/02/the-san-bernardino-mass-shooting-is-the-second-today-and-the-355th-this-year/
http://shootingtracker.com/wiki/Mass_Shootings_in_2014
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kerry-coddett/white-on-white-crime-an-u_b_6771878.html

The Flesh Can Never Be Satisfied

Dear Friends and Saints of the Most High God. This morning I could hear the Apostle Paul saying, “I have no confidence in my flesh.” (See Philippians 3:3.) More and more I understand this concept.

The flesh will lead you astray. The lower self will cause you to give up on the word God implanted in your heart. The flesh will cause you to believe that your wrong actions are justified. The flesh will cloud your judgment as you digress into the pits of degradation. The weakness of the flesh cannot be changed. It will always be weak.

The spirit is strong. We can disciple the mind. And when properly trained, the mind has rule over the flesh. The best way to train the mind, and become one with the Spirit of God, is by internalizing the word of God. Each and everyday is a new opportunity to be renewed in the word, pray unto God, and meditate on his goodness.

The flesh must be disciplined too. In this case, I suppose it would be best to say—the body must be disciplined. Eat a balanced diet everyday. Except for maybe the occasional treat: avoid “junk food” at all cost. Exercise at least two to three days a week. Do I do all of this—no, not consistently. But I am striving to get on track. Join me!

The flesh can never be satisfied. No matter the trial, no matter the test, the instigator is almost always is your flesh. Speak to your flesh. Tell your flesh to align with God’s word. Tell your mind to align with God’s word. Tell your inner self to align with God’s word. This is a daily exercise, a hourly exercise—my Lord—a moment by moment exercise!

I have the honor to be your obedient servant,
Rev. George H. Latimer-Knight

There is Greatness Among You

International Subject: Saul Begins to Preach
U.H.S.C. Subject: There is Greatness Among You
Lesson Text: Acts 9:19b-31

19. [b] Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
21. But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?
22. But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
23. And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:
24. But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
25. Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.
26. And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
27. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
28. And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.
29. And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
30. Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.
31. Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Lesson Outline
I. Preaching in Damascus (Acts 9:19b-25)
II. Preaching in Jerusalem (Acts 9:26-30)
III. The Church Flourishes (Acts 9:31)

Lesson Setting
Time: 34 AD
Place: Damascus and Jerusalem
General Theme: “In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren.” — 2 Corinthians 11:26

Explanatory Synopsis
In the opening verses of Acts 9, Saul is converted by the spirit of Jesus the Christ in an open vision. Saul, who led the persecution and killings of the early Christians, had now become one of their greatest advocates.

The disciples (members) didn’t want to accept Saul because of his past. Oh yes, the members had reason to doubt Saul’s sincerity. But don’t we have reason to doubt everyone’s sincerity? Hasn’t everybody done things in their past that would raise doubts as to whether they are worthy or capable of doing God’s work? Barnabas had to testify on Saul’s behalf on how boldly Saul had preached. He testified to the fact that Saul was nearly killed for his preaching.
When new members come in your midst, treat them with kindness. You may have some newly converted Sauls among you. And these Sauls will be become the Pauls that our organization is in desperate need of. We need men and women unafraid to preach the Everlasting Gospel of this day and age. Saul preached more boldly than most of the members questioning his credentials ever did.

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