Summary: I believe the people of God today are at a place more so now than ever before that have a hunger and thirst for more! The world believes the churh is dead because of its inactivity.
Bishop Melvin L. Maughmer, Jr.
OPENING THOUGHT:- The Covid-19 Pandemic has changed the way we do life and if we stop for a moment and just look at the change that it has made positively instead of looking at it negatively, then we will be able to embrace the change. Although the struggle has been tough the changes it brings are beneficial if we just stop and see the good. EXAMPLE:- Wearing mask in public, like in stores, and in restaurants may not be comfortable but it is beneficial in stopping the spread of Covid-19. Business forced to close at 11:00 P.M. is something most people find hard to deal with, but it forces people to go home to families and not be out all night. The Bible says in John 3:19 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil”. Stay home orders and places being closed has made families come closer together and experience something that many families have lost and that is dinner time.
There used to be a time when families gathered around the table without the distractions from television, phones, or anything else ate dinner, talked about the day and how everyone was doing. There was a closeness in the family then that really hasn’t been that way in years. Sadly, we have been lulled asleep by becoming so busy with so-called life that we rarely had time to fellowship with family and break bread together. Dinner time moved from around the table to in front of the television to the point of just grab something on the way out the door. Studies show that when there were family dinners around the table on a regular basis that there was better academic performance among the children, higher self-esteem, greater sense of resilience, a lower risk of teen pregnancy, lower risk of substance abuse and even lower obesity. The pandemic has awakened many to realize how precious family is and has awakened us to the importance building family relationships; therefore, many families are reviving the importance of and actually getting back to dinner time at the table.
SCRIPTURE:- Mark 5:39-43 says “And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.”.
The subject of this message is Wake Up the subtopic is Talitha Cumi.
OPENING:- I believe the people of God today are at a place more so now than ever before that have a hunger and thirst for more! Not more of the superficial religious rhetoric and routines that we have been so accustomed to, but for more of a relationship with God that is filled with the things God promised belongs to them who believe as stated in Mark 16:17-18.
Over the past few months, the church has been forced to change, church doors have been closed, pastors and preachers have been on social media expounding upon the Word of God without all the fabricated church hype. The change has caused an appetite in the people of God for the deep things of God because Deep calleth unto Deep. This hunger I believe has changed the churches days of star-studded preachers, sappy sugar coated sermons, and coffee shop mentality services that are filled with a lot of froth but have no substance, people desire to be feed with the meat of the Word of God and not just pacified with milk.
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 says “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men”. Paul writing to the church in Corinth, said he had fed them with milk. Why didn’t he feed them with meat? They were carnal-minded, too much a part of the world, not separated unto God.