Saturday, July 4, 2015

Universal One Church Newsletter and Bulletin 7.05.15




Universal One Church Newsletter and Bulletin For Sunday, July 5th, 2015 

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Brother Michael's Notebook

I want to wish everyone in the United States a Happy 4th of July Weekend. Please Remember here in the United States it is "In God We Trust" and that we are "One Nation Under God!" Please enjoy your weekend and be safe in your travels.

I promised last Sunday this week I would discuss the Confederate Flag. As most of you who know me know I was born a Yankee and I grew up in Milwaukee, WI. When I moved to the Deep South and Florida, at the time my opinion of the Confederate Flag was it stood for hatred and racism. I associated the Confederate Flag with the KKK and the so called hatred I was taught Southerners allegedly had toward Black Americans.

I could not have been more wrong. The KKK is not comprised of your typical southerner. The KKK is to southerners, like the Westboro Baptist Church is to Christians.

Black Americans are treated far better by Southerners than they are in Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit and in other Northern States or Cities. Black Americans are treated with great respect and dignity in the south. Black Americans are not segregated to one part of the community, they live and interact just the same as any other.

What I have witnessed from those who display the Confederate Flag, the individuals are not racists. These folks look up to the Confederate Flag, because they are very proud of their Southern Heritage. Good Ole Boys and the Confederate Flag just like the way the Dukes of Hazzard introduction and theme song promoted the General Lee, as well as Bo and Luke Duke.




They have a right to do so. Southerners have a right to their heritage, losing the Civil War does not take from them this right!

The closest thing I have witnessed to racism is our Franklin County Commissioner referring to Black Americans as "Colored People." However, I do not feel she was being racist, just very naïve, having lived a very sheltered lifestyle. With the reference to "Colored People" there was zero intent on her part to offend anyone. She actually said it in defense of Black Americans that perhaps just to appease them the Confederate Flag should be removed. Southerners today are very hospitable and accommodating individuals. They are laid back and they do not look to create conflict.

The only racism that I have witnessed stems from Black Americans led by President Barack Obama toward Southerners. The Civil War ended 150 years ago. You cannot target all Southerners with claims of hatred or racism, just because they lost the Civil War, or because of the KKK or a 21 year old who is apparently a mentally ill white man from South Carolina. These individuals use the Southern Flag for their own personal agendas of hatred, it is not the flag that is the source of their hatred. Southerners today should not be held accountable or penalized for the sins of past generations, any more than Black Americans should be discriminated against.

To President Barack Obama and other Black American's who have levied an assault on the Confederate Flag and the Heritage of proud Southerners, I say to you this; You need to learn to forgive as Christ teaches us to do and to stop looking to provoke any more racial divide or violence such as in Baltimore, MD., Ferguson, MO., New York, NY. and etc. I remember the riots in Milwaukee, WI. in the 1960's or how about Grant Park in Chicago - again all racially motivated.

What I keep wondering Barack Obama and Black Americans who target the Confederate Flag, all these violent, racially motivated incidences happen on Yankee soil - why? You need to look at yourselves, before you attempt to blame others or to blame a flag. Hatred and Racism originates from within the individual's heart and not from a flag!


As a minister I am asked many of times by individuals if they will go to heaven or hell. As an individual I cannot say, however the Bible has the answers if the individual only opens it up and reads it. With the recent decision by the United States Supreme Court, just because the US Constitution affords an individual equal rights, this will not change God's thought process, nor does the Supreme Court state homosexuality is ok. Their decision is solely based on the fact they cannot deny individuals who seek such, because the Constitution provides freedom and equal rights for all.

The Bible is VERY CLEAR about homosexuality, sodomy and what one can expect who believes, supports and who partakes therein.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 English Standard Version (ESV)

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous[a] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[b] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 King James Version (KJV)

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 American Standard Version (ASV)

9 Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men,

10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

The Universal One Church does not reject anyone because of their sexual preference. However the Universal One Church does not have the authority to change and/or to rewrite the Bible. The Bible is very clear about homosexuality and sodomy. Such behavior is an abomination in the eyes of God. We do not alienate anyone - Just make sure you do not alienate yourself from what God expects of you.


~ Brother Michael



Universal One Church  (U1C)
Contact Information & Mission Statement


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Universal One Church, Inc.
803 Tallahassee Street
Carrabelle, FL. 32322-3220 USA
Phone: (850)720-1061

Hours: 8:30 - 5:30 EST After Hours: Please Leave a Message

Email: brothermichael@universalonechurch.org 
Visit Our Website at: http://www.universalonechurch.org 
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Mission Statement: 

"The Universal One Church defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. They believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Universal One Church is born, one in Christ, with a precise, but open identity, that embraces the whole world, without exception" 

Ordination 

"A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. We are designed with a dreaming brain and a hopeful spirit; it is our nature to envision the life of our dreams. And while dreaming comes easy to us, we must never forget that it takes strength, dedication, and courageous action to bring that dream to life."

Do you wish to pursue a vocation in ministry - become a minister, get ordained or serve as a wedding officiant? We provide ordination to men and women enabling work in all facets of Christian Ministry within the USA, Canada, UK, Africa, South America, Germany, India, France, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, Mexico and many other countries throughout the world. 

Summary 

The Universal One Church as the name implies is a worldwide Religious Non-Profit Organization, extending its reach to the ends of the earth and to the every corner of the globe. The Universal One Church offers weekly Sunday Services, Bible Study and faith based programming on the Universal One Church Radio Network through iHeartRadio.
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Universal One Church Weekly Newsletter and Bulletin - 6.28.15


The Universal One Church Newsletter and Bulletin For Sunday, June 28th, 2015 

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LOVE DID NOT WIN  FREEDOM WON


Regarding Friday's Supreme Court Ruling - First and Foremost, I am sure this was a very difficult decision for each Chief Justice who needed to weigh their Christian Belief vs. the Constitution. Each Chief Justice made the decision they felt was right based on the Constitution. Today's decision was not about their Biblical beliefs. I applaud them for setting aside their deep devotions and convictions to God and their adherence to the separation of Church and state as required of them by their employer. Let us pray for these individuals with respect to any inner conflict they may be having because of this very difficult and unpleasant decision they had to make.

Ok so what, the Supreme Court here in the USA ruled that same sex marriages are allowed in all 50 states. Did you really expect anything differently?

The US Constitution guarantees freedom of Religion and equal rights to all. This protects our country from ever being governed for example under Sharia Law and it gives to each one of us equal rights. There is no other decision that could have been made. If the Supreme Court denied same sex marriage, it would be a travesty, because it would violate the freedom of Religion and equal rights afforded to all.

What does this decision really mean for Christians?

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BECAUSE IT CHANGES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

Does it change the fact Jesus Christ died on the cross? NO.

Does it make sodomy right in God's Eyes? NO.

Does it make same sex marriage right in God's Eyes? NO.

Does it make the sacrament of marriage any less of a sacrament in God's Eyes? NO.

People we live in satan's world, what do you expect will take place therein? What we need to do as Ministers is to convey to those in our flock or who will listen, that this was expected. However, everything is ok. Our place in heaven awaits, because our home is in that of another world. We have been placed in this world only to test our loyalty to and our faith in God. The same test as our Lord himself needed to endure when he spent 40 days in the desert. Temptation is strong in this world, but with God within your heart and soul, the evil is powerless. Evil will not prevail and it will be destroyed.


People in today's world are petrified. Look at what is happening around us. It is a scary situation, especially for folks who are weak in their faith. We need to reach out and impress upon people it is ok. Christ has us covered, he forewarned us, but he is watching our backside. Nothing will happen to you if you stay true and strong in your conviction toward Jesus Christ.


Let us remember people do not need to be scared any more than they already are by telling them, they are going to hell. We are not fortune tellers, we are ministers. We teach love and forgiveness. We can't sit in the Pulpit come Sunday saying, you are going to hell for sodomizing your neighbor, that is not our job description as a Minister. Some ministers use fire and brimstone. These ministers do so because that title of Reverend or Father has gone to their head and they are attempting to play God. Reverend, Minister, Priest, Bishop, Archbishop, Cardinal, Pope are not as much titles, as they are more than anything else than that of our job description.

As ministers we are there to protect our flock and to serve their spiritual needs. Unfortunately not everyone is as strong in their faith as they should be and Friday's Supreme Court decision really shook them up. Wherefore if I may suggest, please be gentle. Refrain from fire and brimstone, the world coming to an end and other high pressured claims of doom. Attempting to scare people to Christ or to become stronger in their faith never works. Love and forgiveness is what leads to conversion and strengthening one's relationship with Jesus Christ. 



DO WE HAVE TO PERFORM SAME SEX MARRIAGES?

The Universal One Church has no prohibitions regarding same sex marriage. Personally I do not believe I could stand before God and to marry a homosexual or lesbian couple. This is my personal belief, not any law or rule of the Universal One Church. It is your decision as to whether you wish to marry same sex couples. The Supreme Court while saying same sex marriages are legal, also makes it very clear that we have the right to refuse to marry same sex couples based on our Religious convictions and beliefs. I do not judge anyone and as Presiding Bishop I provide to you the authority to proceed at your discretion. Please do not let my belief interfere with yours. We each will answer to God individually and no one can predetermine what God will say or do.

Once again I ask of you to please pray for our five Supreme Court Justices and all those who have conflict with today's decision. It may seem like a big deal and it has been called a Landmark Decision, but in God's world it is meaningless and insignificant. It is not worth losing sleep or getting upset over it. It is what it is, a ruling by the Court in satan's world. 


Marriage Laws 


I wanted to make a quick comment about this subject, because in many instances I get asked about marriage laws in a respective state. Like other real Churches we do not publish marriage laws on our website or make a big deal about such. Our ordination is faith based, it is accepted in all 50 states and it is accepted within the Christian community. Wherefore we have no need to publish marriage laws, our ordinations are not questioned by anyone.

Other online ordination services such as the Universal Life Church are originating from just websites, ministry supply stores, individuals looking to make money or by entities that have NO DOCTRINE of faith. Any online ordination service or church that has a need to publish marriage laws, there is a reason. The most likely is that their ordinations and/or validity of marriages performed by those they ordain are being questioned. Wherefore to avoid a lawsuit, they need to publish these marriage laws and other disclaimers as a protection facet.

There are some states with residency requirements and/or who need documentation that must be provided over and above a certificate or ID card. If you run into such an issue, we have all documentation on file and we can assist you with residency issues within your state of residence. It is good practice, once ordained to check with your County Clerk or appropriate wedding authority and to familiarize yourself with local rules. If you have any questions after checking with your clerk or local wedding authority, feel free to call the U1C Rectory @ 850-720-1061. If we don't pick up, leave a message and we will return your call.

Next week I wish to address the Confederate Flag issue (if I remember). Please until that time remember to respect the 620,000 who gave up their lives in the Civil War. Just because you may think the flag stands for hatred, that may not be the case and it is not your place to make that judgment. Hatred like Love comes from within the heart and not from a flag. The Civil War ended 150 years ago. Jesus Christ teaches us to forgive. Please be safe in your travels this upcoming holiday week and weekend. May the Good Lord bless you, protect you and may your faith help you better understand the troubling issues we face in today's world.

Yours in Christ! 



~ Brother Michael



Universal One Church  (U1C)
Contact Information & Mission Statement


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Universal One Church, Inc.
803 Tallahassee Street
Carrabelle, FL. 32322-3220 USA
Phone: (850)720-1061

Hours: 8:30 - 5:30 EST After Hours: Please Leave a Message

Email: brothermichael@universalonechurch.org 
Visit Our Website at: http://www.universalonechurch.org 
=========== 

Mission Statement: 

"The Universal One Church defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. They believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Universal One Church is born, one in Christ, with a precise, but open identity, that embraces the whole world, without exception" 

Ordination 

"A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. We are designed with a dreaming brain and a hopeful spirit; it is our nature to envision the life of our dreams. And while dreaming comes easy to us, we must never forget that it takes strength, dedication, and courageous action to bring that dream to life."

Do you wish to pursue a vocation in ministry - become a minister, get ordained or serve as a wedding officiant? We provide ordination to men and women enabling work in all facets of Christian Ministry within the USA, Canada, UK, Africa, South America, Germany, India, France, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, Mexico and many other countries throughout the world. 

Summary 

The Universal One Church as the name implies is a worldwide Religious Non-Profit Organization, extending its reach to the ends of the earth and to the every corner of the globe. The Universal One Church offers weekly Sunday Services, Bible Study and faith based programming on the Universal One Church Radio Network through iHeartRadio.
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Universal One Church Weekly Newsletter and Bulletin - 6.21.15


The Universal One Church Newsletter and Bulletin For Sunday, June 21st, 2015 

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My condolences to the family and friends, as well as my prayers go out for the victims of the Charleston, SC. Church massacre. An act of hatred that left nine people dead including my colleague state senator Clementa Pinckney who was pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. What kind of world do we live in and why is the media so quick to glorify the murderer, rather than the victims, their family and friends? The media is making heroes out of killers, rather than making a hero out of the martyrs who died in serving and worshipping our Lord Jesus Christ. 
From all appearances this is just another act of hatred, by a 21 year old white, non-Hispanic male. Does it surprise you in the United States? Just look at the scorn and ridicule that has been levied against our President, who I firmly believe has done a pretty remarkable job as President. The media is glorifying hatred. It is the Media in this country, who by their actions which encourages such to be taking place by sick and disturbed individuals who are seeking attention.

Just recently in Paris, France there was an incident that resulted in 12 individuals murdered who worked for a magazine. Law enforcement officials, nor the media glorified the killers. Instead they reported just the facts and concentrated on the heroes, the victims, their co-workers, friends, family and loved ones. Just compare the Charlie Hebdo magazine murders with how such crimes are reported in this country. 

Or how about this gal in Washington State who portrayed herself as a Black American and who headed up the Spokane NAACP office. I am not even going to glorify her actions by mentioning her name, but she should be charged with fraud and it is quite obvious she needs help for a mental illness. Kudos to the parents for coming forth and exposing their daughter. I am sure it was very hard for them to do so, but something they felt compelled to do.

Maybe I am naïve, but I just do not understand why some people do what they do. As a Church through Facebook, Twitter and Google + we post and distribute Good Samaritan, human interest stories on a regular basis. We also choose to broadcast Vatican Radio World News on the Universal One Church Radio Network over any US based News Service. Why? Vatican Radio offers a more neutral stance on news and not only is it more worldly, but it is not skewered as well. Perhaps I am sheltered from the real world, but I choose to be for I will not succumb to satan. Don't forget this is satan's world. Our home is in that of another world, our home is within the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Finally, it is Father's Day and I want to wish all Fathers including Our Father in Heaven a Happy Father's Day. This past Monday my son, Douglas called to wish me a belated Happy Father's Day. I told Doug as follows; Well your six days early. I also told my son, Doug do not ever worry about being late in wishing your old man a Happy Father's Day, my Father's Day card or gift is you my son and how you choose to live your life. I am very proud of my children, they have done well for themselves and their family. It is a gift and it tells me as a Father I did right by what the Bible tells of us Fathers to do.

Husbands and Fathers - Remember it is your job to support and to provide for your family. There are no excuses, good husbands and good fathers always find a way. In addition to being the family provider, the Bible says this:

Ephesians 6:4 ESV

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Proverbs 22:6 ESV

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Luke 11:11-12 ESV

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?

Proverbs 23:24 ESV

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.

Colossians 3:21 ESV

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Psalm 103:13 ESV

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.


1 John 3:1 ESV

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Psalm 127:3-5 ESV

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Titus 2:1-15 ESV

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. ...

Joshua 24:15 ESV

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ESV

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. ...

Luke 15:11-32 ESV

And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. ...

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 ESV

For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

Luke 11:11-16 ESV

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” ...


Yours in Christ! 

~ Brother Michael



Universal One Church  (U1C)
Contact Information & Mission Statement



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Universal One Church, Inc.
803 Tallahassee Street
Carrabelle, FL. 32322-3220 USA
Phone: (850)720-1061

Hours: 8:30 - 5:30 EST After Hours: Please Leave a Message

Email: brothermichael@universalonechurch.org 
Visit Our Website at: http://www.universalonechurch.org 
=========== 

Mission Statement: 

"The Universal One Church defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, welcomes refugees, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. They believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God. The Universal One Church is born, one in Christ, with a precise, but open identity, that embraces the whole world, without exception" 

Ordination 

"A vocation is a fruit that ripens in a well cultivated field of mutual love that becomes mutual service, in the context of an authentic ecclesial life. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. We are designed with a dreaming brain and a hopeful spirit; it is our nature to envision the life of our dreams. And while dreaming comes easy to us, we must never forget that it takes strength, dedication, and courageous action to bring that dream to life."

Do you wish to pursue a vocation in ministry - become a minister, get ordained or serve as a wedding officiant? We provide ordination to men and women enabling work in all facets of Christian Ministry within the USA, Canada, UK, Africa, South America, Germany, India, France, Switzerland, Thailand, Japan, Australia, China, Mexico and many other countries throughout the world. 

Summary 

The Universal One Church as the name implies is a worldwide Religious Non-Profit Organization, extending its reach to the ends of the earth and to the every corner of the globe. The Universal One Church offers weekly Sunday Services, Bible Study and faith based programming on the Universal One Church Radio Network through iHeartRadio.
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