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Summary: This is a Sermon that deals with the need to make real change in the way we do faith. This is also a sermon during Black History month that covers the idea of what it means to push to be the best person in the presence of God one can possibly be.

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Lent Year C Black History Month Transfiguration Sunday

February 7, 2016 (Last Sunday before Lent Black History)

Psalm 99 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a)

“Beyond the Veil Color Change Christians”

Exodus 34:29-35The Message (MSG)

29-30 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the two Tablets of The Testimony, he didn’t know that the skin of his face glowed because he had been speaking with God. Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, saw his radiant face, and held back, afraid to get close to him.

31-32 Moses called out to them. Aaron and the leaders in the community came back and Moses talked with them. Later all the Israelites came up to him and he passed on the commands, everything that God had told him on Mount Sinai.

33-35 When Moses finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face, but when he went into the presence of God to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. When he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they would see Moses’ face, its skin glowing, and then he would again put the veil on his face until he went back in to speak with God.

Did you Know that Transformation can be a good and also be a bad thing? When we are changed or transformed what we have can be turned into what god would have. God does not deal with us on the ordinary level. When You come in contact with God you need to come into the presence of the almighty you need to bring you A Game. For decades, black parents have told their children that in order to succeed despite racial discrimination, they need to be “twice as good”: twice as smart, twice as dependable, twice as talented.

This advice can be found in everything from literature to television shows, to day-to-day conversation. Now, a new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that when it comes to getting and keeping jobs, that notion might be more than just a Saying.

But Church, if you are really serious about coming into the presence of God You Need to Change Color. Wednesday Night during bible study we dealt with the text Jeremiah 13:23 “Can a leopard change its spots or an Ethiopian change his skin?” and as we discussed the fact that the original language of the text could be read as (would) be cause to the biblical writer the idea of a Leopard or and Ethiopian wanting to change made no sense.

But we need to look at the idea that Color is not an old testament concept folks in the old testament were not concerned with race but class and culture. So today I want you to know you need to change your color. There are a lot of folks out there that are yellow they are yellow because they are afraid to even go to God. There are a lot of folks out there that are pink they are soft and fear being real with what God has called them to do. There are a lot of folks playing white, pretending to be innocent and pure and don’t have a pure thought in mind. But I tell You its time to change your color, because God is calling to have a glow!


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