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ycpgodlyleadership
Apr 13, 2021
In Current Events
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ycpgodlyleadership
Jun 03, 2020
In Current Events
As we've been processing all that’s happened recently with the murders of Ahmaud Arbery Breonna Taylor and George Floyd among the many other victims of racism we all have felt a lot of emotions, from anger, sadness, fear, confusion. We all have lacked the words to formulate what is stirring internally in a productive way. We have prayed. We have mourned and will continue doing so. But YCP has also decided to reflect, discuss, make a plan for action with some brothers who continue running toward biblical justice. What has spoken to some of us here at YCP has been words from those who have gone before us, especially MLK and John Perkins. Their words echo the hurts of today from decades ago, which begs the question what has really changed? To our white brothers and sisters, listen, empathize and engage. To our black brothers and sisters, do not despair, do not be silent, do not lose hope. About the largely peaceful protests and in some places riots: “ It is not enough to condemn riots... without at the same time condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society... A riot is the language of the unheard. And what has America failed to hear?... it has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity” What now? “The question is whether America is prepared to do something affirmatively and forthrightly about the great problem Which can bring the curtain up to down on American civilization if it is not solved” 1. Everybody needs to recognize and acknowledge that America is not “post-racism”. 2. Time will not solve the problem of racial injustice... “time is neutral, it can be used constructively or destructively” 3. The forces of ill will, the white supremacists, those who would divide us and continue constructing systems of oppression are using time much more effectively. 4. We need to repent (MYSELF INCLUDED), not just the vitriol and hate speech and bigotry, but also the APPALLING SILENCE and indifference of the good people waiting on time to heal wounds. John Perkins said: “one of the greatest tragedies of the civil rights movement was that some evangelical leaders saw following Jesus or striving for civil rights as an either or proposition” If you as a Christian stay silent and docile, you are not following in the way of Jesus. Use whatever platform you have to make known the plight of continued racial inequality and its effects on your black brothers and sisters. (MLK) “Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability, but through tireless efforts and persistent work of men and women who are co-workers with God” 5. Legislation is not the whole solution, but it is essential. Protest, petition, vote locally and support initiatives that build up black lives and predominantly black communities. “The law cannot change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless” Finally... the destinies of white & black America are tied together. We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters in this country or perish as fools... These are words from MLK’s speech “The Other America” in 1968... they are sadly still extremely relevant today. https://www.gphistorical.org/mlk/mlkspeech/mlk-gp-speech.pdf Ultimately, posts don't change anything, it’s what happens after that counts. So, we are calling on our brothers and sisters in Christ to call YCP to account. Feel free to add other practical resources/ways of moving toward racial justice and racial reconciliation from the heart of God, for our nation! We love you all and God bless you all!
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ycpgodlyleadership
Apr 19, 2020
In Testimonials
Reading Leviticus for my morning reading and I thanked God for a dynamite revelation! Often we today look at the rituals and rites of the Israelites as empty routines. But just because we dance and sing in spontaneous forms of "worship" doesn't mean that our praise and worship can't be the same empty, routinistic, forms of worship as these Levitcal prescriptions of worship appear. The truth is we'll never know how sincere or not these forms of worship were because no matter if it's instructed, ritualistic, forms of worship or spontaneous dance and song kind of worship, without a clear and sustained vision of God's HOLINESS, we all could say any act of worship has simply become just irreverent routine!
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ycpgodlyleadership
Mar 28, 2020
In Testimonials
This morning in 1 Samuel 2:9 I was reminded of a very important truth. That our faithfulness to Jesus, even when no one is watching, is rewarded with the promise that God will guard our steps. During this time it's important to remember we do not prevail by our own strength, it is the Lord's strength that allows us to overcome adversity, challenges, tribulation, difficulty, it is Him who is our salvation and our strength during these times. Today, as we look around us, remember that what we've overcome and what we are seeking to overcome, is only done by the One whose strength allows us to overcome - Jesus! He is faithful to do all that He says He will do, and he does this as we faithfully TRUST Him to do it!
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ycpgodlyleadership
Feb 17, 2020
In Testimonials
God has called us to a higher standard than just appearing Godly to those around us! He calls us to set our minds on the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5). Sanctification of our minds is a life long process that leads to a lifelong journey of sanctification in our lifestyles!
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ycpgodlyleadership
Feb 03, 2020
In Current Events
There are times where we are standing right on the edge of death, looking in the face of death, and right at that point, often times we're looking right at angels, wondering why it is we are crying. But looking at angels doesn't give us peace when we are looking at the death and the deep, deep darkness of a tomb and seeing no sign of Jesus being present! It's when we turn away from what WE see, and look for Jesus that He meets us right there! It's when we turn away from looking at death, tearing up, staring at the deep darkness of the tomb that is trying to create doubt, fear, and uncertainty and decide to turn the other way, that we then can see Jesus! This is what Mary Magdalene went through, just like so many of us! But the Good News is that just like when she turned around, she found Jesus, we too when we turn around will find Jesus waiting for us with open arms! John 20:11-16
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ycpgodlyleadership
Jan 28, 2020
In Vision and Purpose
The LORD's message came to me: "Before I made you in your mother's womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I chose you for a special work. I chose you to be a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:4-5 What's the special work God chose you for? Leave a thought if you know, are searching, or just aren't sure!
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ycpgodlyleadership
Jan 23, 2020
In Testimonials
Peace is not the absence of pain. It's the presence of God in the midst of pain!
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ycpgodlyleadership
Jan 15, 2020
In Vision and Purpose
Jude 1:20-21 20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love. Our desire is to build a network of Godly leaders who are transitioning home from prison, building each other up in the most holy faith, praying with and for each other, keeping ourselves in God's love! We know how hard breaking the cycle of recidivism can be, our founders have over 50 years of prison experience! But we also know, it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that shatters the chains of bondage, redeeming His people from the slavery of sin, which leads to death. YCP is more than just a class, a program, or even a community - it's hope, a place of purpose, a place of redemption and restoration and that place is in the collective group of people who are in YCP, being in Jesus! Sign up today and be a member! It's a journey you don't have to do alone, and it's a journey you won't want to miss!
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ycpgodlyleadership
Jan 04, 2020
In WORD!!!!
Exodus 5:7-9 7 “You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8 But the number of bricks that they made in the past you shall impose on them, you shall by no means reduce it, for they are idle. Therefore they cry, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.’ 9 Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to lying words.” So many of us forget how much of a taskmaster sin is. The demands that our sinful lifestyles place on us are unbearable, yet the expectations only increase. The spiritual death of working for the taskmaster of sin demands that we labor just as hard with even less of the necessary components it takes to accomplish the goal in which our sinful nature is trying to accomplish. But like Moses, when God sent His Son to remove the burden and the weight of sin, we look to the One who can lead us away from the taskmaster of sin, as the reason behind the demand for our sinful nature to want more and more sin. We turn against the Savior and say if you only had not made life this way, or created me with these issues, we would not need to work as hard. However, the goal of the taskmaster of sin is to distract you and take your focus off the truth that God sent His Son not to impose more work against, but to do the work for you. It is because of the Son that the taskmaster wants more labor and then distracts us by saying we are lazy and that is why we aren't accomplishing whatever it is we aren't accomplishing. Although it is not easy and we learn that through the history of the Israelites journey through the wilderness, it is a place where God's presence, provision, and protection sustains us for what He's called us to. Not only does He sustain us, but He maintains us and prepares us to enter the place flowing with milk and honey, the place He has promised and purposed for us all to enter, the land that not comes in the fullness when we reach heaven, but that allows us to see heaven on earth. Jesus has told us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light, but we look to Him and say, "Your the reason that the taskmaster demands so much from me." It is because of sinful nature and the fact that our fleshly appetites are never appeased and these ask more from us, giving less to us, that the taskmaster may take our focus off of what the Savior is really coming to do! He has said that I come that they may have life and life more abundantly, but we forget that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. So when the taskmaster of sin, requires more work with less material, ask yourself am I striving to please the taskmaster and neglecting the Savior? The Savior has come and is freely available for all to be led into the Promise Land. But if your more upset about the taskmaster not giving you straw to accomplish your task, you might just miss the One God sent and the reason He sent Him
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ycpgodlyleadership
Jan 02, 2020
In Vision and Purpose
We are so excited to know that with this new year, comes a fresh anointing and a new mercy! Full of the grace and goodness of God, we are encouraged to see what God has in store for His ministry of YCP this new year. In that regard, we are asking that if you believe in the ministry of YCP, to commit with your finances over this next year, to help see men and women from broken lives, be transformed by the Holy Spirit and become the people God intended them to be! We are looking to help restore families, husbands, fathers, mothers, children back to a right relationship with God by way of Jesus Christ and helping them navigate the challenges of Reentry and generational challenges of gangs, crime, poverty, and drugs by way of the Holy Spirit, as we walk side by side with them through the journey. If you are willing to commit financially for the year of 2020 to invest in God's ministry of YCP and see these lives from the Urban places that many are not confident to embark with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, please feel free to make checks payable to "Young Christian Professionals" and send them to 1144 W Main St, Ashland, OH 44805 attn: Steve Howell. Young Christian Professionals is a 501(c)3 and can offer you a tax write off for your contributions We are also on CashApp at "$JesusID" if you would prefer to give electronically. All contributions are gratefully received and do what God leads you to and that you can maintain for the year of 2020. Lives are being redeemed, renewed, and given purpose and hope that they have never had before through this ministry. Be a part of the change in your community by committing to God's ministry with a financial contribution this year!
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ycpgodlyleadership
Dec 30, 2019
In WORD!!!!
Suffering is part of life. But is it necessary?  Must one go through a time of extreme pain, a wilderness wandering, a valley, to experience a new and better life?” Behind the word “necessary” lurks the assumption that we are in control. But we’re not. “In due time” God will lift us up (1 Pet. 5:7), but we must surrender to the reality that our times are in his hands (Ps. 31:15). As it was for Jesus, so it will be for us: God's way to the new life always passes through the crucifixion. Jesus, the perfect image of God and the perfect human being, shows us that a fully human life must include suffering, and that we can only become the man or woman God intends us to be through suffering. Jesus, who was without sin and never did anything to deserve his Father’s displeasure, was made “perfect through suffering” (Heb. 2:10). The author of Hebrews dares to say that Jesus “learned obedience through what he suffered” (Heb. 5:8), and that this is part of what makes him our compassionate high priest (Heb. 4:15), able to help us in our time of need. If Jesus, the perfect child, had to learn how to trust and obey through suffering, how much more necessary is it for you and me?
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ycpgodlyleadership
Dec 27, 2019
In Vision and Purpose
If we know that Jesus is with us, every power will be developed, and every grace will be strengthened, and we shall cast ourselves into the Lord's service with heart, and soul, and strength; therefore is the presence of Christ to be desired above all things. His presence will be most realized by those who are most like him. If you desire to see Christ, you must grow in conformity to him. Bring yourself, by the power of the Spirit, into union with Christ's desires, and motives, and plans of action, and you are likely to be favored with his company. Remember his presence may be had. His promise is as true as ever. He delights to be with us. If he doth not come, it is because we hinder him by our indifference. He will reveal himself to our earnest prayers, and graciously suffer himself to be detained by our entreaties, and by our tears, for these are the golden chains which bind Jesus to his people.
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ycpgodlyleadership
Dec 13, 2019
In WORD!!!!
Numbers 21:5 - And the people spoke against God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food." The ancient Israelite's captivity in Egypt represents the captivity of individual people to sin and the devil and the escape from Egypt represents salvation. The Wilderness represents the journey of purification and training that individual Christians pass through in preparation for the Promised Land. And the Promised Land represents the fulfillment of God's plan for an individual Christian's life in a specific place and calling. Since the Wilderness is a place of purification and preparation, it has some unpleasant features. Here are a few of them: For one, it is a journey led by God through desolate and barren places one would avoid under normal circumstances; it is a journey of deprivation that tests one's faith and resolve to follow God to the end. Second, it is a journey in the Wilderness and, as a result, there is no sense of having found a stable position or place in life. Third, it is a place where you must learn how to depend on God for everything. And finally, it is a journey that pressures the buried sin in one's life to the surface so it can be dealt with before entering the Promised Land.
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ycpgodlyleadership
Dec 13, 2019
In Testimonials
Check out this weeks podcast on diversity https://anchor.fm/YCPTalks/episodes/Diversity-Businesses-and-churches-alike-strive-for-this--but-how-can-we-see-it-happen-e9fivu
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ycpgodlyleadership
Dec 07, 2019
In Vision and Purpose
1 Corinthians 9:22 - "I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." Paul's great object was not merely to instruct and to improve, but to save. Anything short of this would have disappointed him; he would have men renewed in heart, forgiven, sanctified, in fact, saved. Have our Christian labors been aimed at anything below this great point? Then let us amend our ways, for of what avail will it be at the last great day to have taught and moralized men if they appear before God unsaved? Blood-red will our skirts be if through life we have sought inferior objects, and forgotten that men needed to be saved. Paul knew the ruin of man's natural state, and did not try to educate him, but to save him; he saw men sinking to hell, and did not talk of refining them, but of saving from the wrath to come. To compass their salvation, he gave himself up with untiring zeal to telling abroad the gospel, to warning and beseeching men to be reconciled to God. His prayers were importunate and his labors incessant. To save souls was his consuming passion, his ambition, his calling. He became a servant to all men, toiling for his race, feeling a woe within him if he preached not the gospel. He laid aside his preferences to prevent prejudice; he submitted his will in things indifferent, and if men would but receive the gospel, he raised no questions about forms or ceremonies: the gospel was the one all-important business with him. If he might save some he would be content. This was the crown for which he strove, the sole and sufficient reward of all his labors and self-denials. Dear reader, have you and I lived to win souls at this noble rate? Are we possessed with the same all-absorbing desire? If not, why not? Jesus died for sinners, cannot we live for them? Where is our tenderness? Where our love to Christ, if we seek not his honor in the salvation of men? O that the Lord would saturate us through and through with an undying zeal for the souls of men.
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ycpgodlyleadership
Dec 02, 2019
In WORD!!!!
Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. When the gospel of Jesus Christ was presented to us God gave us the favor and grace necessary to believe by faith that the gospel is true. We were made alive with Christ by grace through faith. It was, therefore, not from us. It was from God. Although it is certainly true that we are the ones that actually have the faith, although it is certainly true that God credits our faith to us as righteousness (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:22), it was God's grace and favor in the first place that enabled us to have the faith necessary for salvation. It is true that in order to be saved we must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31), but God's grace enables us to believe in Him. Our faith is not, then, the product of our own effort and work. It is the product of God's grace.
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ycpgodlyleadership
Nov 29, 2019
In Current Events
What does Thanksgiving and miscommunication have in common? Check it on YCP Talks. https://anchor.fm/YCPTalks/episodes/Thanksgiving-is-a-Miscommunication-e97t7p
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ycpgodlyleadership
Nov 27, 2019
In Testimonials
I am so excited as the Holidays are HERE! I hope that as Thanksgiving approaches we see so much to be thankful to God for! No matter where we are at in life, we have reasons to give thanks! God is the God of the valley, as much as He is the God of the hills! So even at the lowest points in life we can be thankful that the same God of the hills, is the God of the valley and He is present every where all at once!
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ycpgodlyleadership
Nov 23, 2019
In WORD!!!!
"If God loves people, why would He send them to hell?" I don't know about anyone else, but I can admit I've wrestled with this specific question personally both a an unbeliever and as a believer. Although the question is good and takes a lot of thought to ask, it is a question that places blame on the wrong person. The Bible is clear that God doesn't want anyone to perish, but that everyone would repent (2 Peter 3:9). But there are some things only God can do, like cleanse is from our sin, forgive us, and justify us. Then there are some things that God delegates to us, that He allows us the choice to do, like answer His call, believe in Him, and turn away from our sin. All of these decisions we have been given the power to make, rest in the wonderful but dangerous gift we have from God known as "free will". This subject is something that scholars and theologians wrestle with and that people have been baffled by for centuries. Not saying that I have the answers to these questions but right now I am learning myself to lounge in the reality that because we (man) have been made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26), in the likeness of God we have what's called a "will" or a mind that can consciously choose what we desire. With this great gift comes responsibility and with responsibility/ownership comes consequences whether positive or negative. Although this question has engulfed for me a while, I've rested in knowing God wishes none should perish, but that all would come to everlasting life. It's not God who sends people to hell and tells them He loves them, quite the opposite is true. It's people who choose to reject God and reject His offer of salvation, that accept the consequences of that decision. God doesn't force Himself upon you. He turns us over to our desires and simply gives us what we want based upon our actions. Because He too knows a pair of lips can say anything, it's out of the heart where the issues of life flow (Proverbs 4:23)
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