Justice

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly, to love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8

 

We Prayerfully Value Justice: As a church, we are called to corporately and individually see justice established. We intercede for those who have no voice. We stand with the poor, the weak and the oppressed. We will not be silent in the face of injustice. We will be a Place of Hope.

The 2019 emphasis on Justice has been divided into four sections:

  1. A Voice in the Darkness – Is God Just?
  2. A Voice in the Wilderness – Justice in the Old Testament
  3. A Voice to the Church – Justice in the New Testament
  4. A Voice for Today – Our Responsibility

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2019 Justice PowerPoint

Articles:

Truth = Freedom

In late August 2018, I was honored and privileged to be a part of the “Grace Without Borders” Women's Ministries Conference in Oklahoma City at the Heartland Retreat Center. I went as part of a ministry team representing Royal Home Ministries (a division of Falcon Children’s Home and Family Services) from Falcon, North Carolina. You...
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Why Don’t We See More Women in Our Pulpits?

When I was a young woman, I had an unsettling experience after being invited to another church to sing. Before my solo, I began sharing thoughts about the song.  Suddenly, a man came up behind me, placed his hands on my shoulders and pushed me to the side. I thought this man was trying to...
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How Do You Respond When God Says ‘No’?

Life is difficult!  Those words appear at the beginning of the book, The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck. By nature, I am an optimist.  It’s easy for me to see the good, even in tough circumstances. But I’ve come through a few situations lately that caused even me to say, “Life is difficult!”...
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Understanding God’s Justice and the New Testament

Justice is a primary theme in the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation. In the earliest stage of His ministry, Jesus announced that His mission was going to be directed toward the poor, the captives, the blind, and the oppressed (Luke 4:18-19). This inaugural address provided a signal that Christ’s heart would be toward the...
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Finding Justice in the Dark Nights

I remember the first time I heard someone mention the term, “the dark night of the soul,” something resonated in my Spirit. I believe everyone has experienced their own dark night of the soul at some time or another. To me, the term now has more meaning because of the beautiful lessons the dark nights...
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Tenemos más trabajo que hacer para TERMINAR EL RACISMO

La 25aconmemoración del milagro histórico de Memphis ocurrió el mes pasado. Líderes de la IPHC se unieron a los casi doscientos delegados de las iglesias pentecostales y carismáticas de Norteamérica (PCCNA) para agradecerle a Dios por el coraje y la humildad demostradas en 1994. Uno de los líderes clave de dicho evento histórico fue el...
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Justice: Kevin Sneed

By missionary, Kevin Sneed In John 18:38 Pilate asks, “What is truth?” Like many today, Pilate was expressing skepticism in objective truth. Jesus had just brought up the concept of truth, but Pilate would not engage the conversation. With his rhetorical question, he dismissed the truth that Jesus wished to convey. Your truth is not...
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A Celebration of Reconciliation

Tuesday evening, March 19, 2019, leaders from black, white, and Hispanic churches gathered at the historic Mason Temple, the world headquarters for the Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tennessee, for a “Celebration of Reconciliation: 25th Anniversary of the Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA) and the Memphis Miracle. From the pulpit where...
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Six Ways You Can Reach People With Special Needs

Wow,” I said. My one-word-is-enough description was my response to what I noticed as I parked the car. I stared at vehicles covering the parking lots, people of all ages and nationalities walking in the cool December air and children ice skating outside. We were there with the crowd to attend a Christmas presentation at...
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God Sees the Poor—But Do We?

The prophets of the Old Testament saw the needs of people. Seeing the lack of instruction and desperate need of redemption from oppression, they became mouthpieces for the God who sees. An unfortunate condition of the poor and outcast is their invisibility. Author Christopher Wright says the poor are both invisible and inaudible—but not to...
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We Pray for a New Generation of Women Preachers

The first woman preacher I remember was Sister Katie Campbell. Almost yearly she would come to my father’s church in South Norfolk, Virginia, to hold revivals. She came so often that she became “Aunt Katie” to me.  In those days, evangelists usually stayed in the homes of host pastors. Sister Katie was known for her...
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There is a Seat at the Table: Affirming Women in Pastoral Ministry

The IPHC has a rich history of affirming women in ministry. Like the women who were the first to tell the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, IPHC women have blazed trails of ministry as pastors, evangelists, and missionaries. They have held evangelistic crusades, planted churches, raised money for our colleges, started medical clinics overseas, and...
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Justice: Joe Delport

Injustice in Modern Africa Joe Delport – Regional Director of Southern Africa When considering the IPHC theme, "We Prayerfully Value Justice," I want to reflect on the many injustices which prevail in the world where I live. Justice, for many people, refers to fairness. But while justice is important to almost everyone, it means different...
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Examine Yourself: Is There Racism in Your Heart?

As the IPHC focuses this year on one of our core values, “We Prayerfully Value Justice,” it is critically important to begin by acknowledging that racism is alive in some of the churches we lead. We cannot remain silent about this. I’m not an expert in this area, although I’ve been a catalyst for racial change.  Racism has many tentacles, and this article...
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Understanding Both Sides of Biblical Justice

In Lady Justice’s most popular form, she appears blindfolded to signify that justice is impartial. Evidence is simply weighed in her balance, and the decision goes in whatever direction the weight falls. The sword reminds us that justice is to be enforced authoritatively. All of these concepts are valid ways to think about justice, but...
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True Heroes

M25 is gearing up for their 14th year to serve our veterans; the true heroes of the USA. We will serve those who feel overlooked and neglected many times. As crazy as it may seem, there are places in this country that our soldiers and veterans are still mocked, called names, and jeered because of...
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Justice: Russell Board

WHY DO WE VALUE JUSTICE? Simple. Because God values justice. From Genesis to Revelation, the Scriptures bear continual witness to God’s concern for justice. God declares that one of His purposes in choosing Abraham is so that he may teach his children and household to “do justice” (Genesis 18:19). The laws God gives to His...
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War Horse

Less than 1% of the residents on the Native American reservation are Christians. Because of this, they are classified statistically as an "unreached people group." And yet they are on American soil: soil they once owned that was taken from them with blood and lies! Today, reservations have the highest poverty rates, the highest suicide...
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Justice: Jeannie McClung

Key verses: Isaiah 61: 1-4 A Heart Like His Jesus said….. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…..”  There is great need in our world today! Almost seven years ago, I began volunteering with a new non-profit ministry, reaching out to prostituted women on the streets in Berlin, Germany’s Red-Light District. Prostitution has been...
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Books:

Brueggermann, Walter; God, Neighbor, Empire

Brueggermann, Walter; Prayers for a Privileged People

Brueggermann, Walter; The Prophetic Imagination

Cone, James; The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Corbett, Steve and Fikkert, Brian; When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself

Goff, Bob; Love Does

Gordon, Wayne and Perkins, John M.; Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development

Haugen, Gary; Good News about Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World

Hendericks, Obery; The Politics of Jesus

Hill, Daniel; White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to be White

J. Lee Grady; 10 Lies the Church Tells Women: How the Bible Has Been Misused to Keep Women in Spiritual Bondage (Revised & Updated)

James, Carolyn Custice; Half the Church

Juster, Daniel; Due Process: A Plea for Biblical Justice Among God’s People

Keller, Timothy; Generous Justice

Kimbrough, Jr., S. T.; Radical Grace: Justice for the Poor and Marginalized Charles Wesleys Views for the Twenty-First Century

Loritts, Brian; A Cross-Shaped Gospel: Reconciling Heaven and Earth

Rice, Chris; Reconciling All Things

Rodriguez, Samuel; The Lamb’s Agenda: Why Jesus is Calling You to a Life of Righteousness and Justice

Soerens, Michael and Yang, Jenny; Welcoming the Stranger

Stearns, Richard; A Hole In Our Gospel

Wright, Christopher; God’s People in the Land: Family, Land and Property in the Old Testament

Wright, Christopher; Old Testament Ethics for the People of God

Wytsma, Ken; Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things

Zondervan; The Justice Bible