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The last few weeks have been challenging but rewarding. We have enjoyed tremendous services on Sunday in our latest series entitled, Pursuing the Kingdom. We’ve also had some tremendous meetings in Petersburg and Richmond Virginia and in Johnson City, Tn. And many of you have heard of the crazy, crazy Wednesday night services with Bishop T.D. Jakes and Pastor Steve Kelly. May has been a very powerful month and I appreciate you all praying for me.

I would like to ask you a personal question about your walk with the Lord. How do you feel about your own pursuit of God in your day to day activities? Are there things that seem to hinder your progress externally, while you long to draw close to Him within? Next month I’m going to teach on Pursuing God’s Friendship and I would love to hear your questions about how to do that and your advice for all of us on this life-long pursuit.

So please send me your heart felt questions and I’ll even try to answer some of them. ☺

Praying for great success for you and yours in this upcoming week!!

Courtney

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  1. May 19th, 2010 at 10:01 | #1

    I just wanted to share a “testimony”. I was at Crazy Church on June 10 when Bishop preached about “5 steps for recovering wealth” and I was truly inspired by the message. It showed me some areas where I needed improvement, esp. investing in the kingdom. As a tither, I considered my giving to be complete, but as Bishop pointed out that tithing is just the starting point and so that night I gave CHEERFULLY beyond my usual. I trusted God and I took the focus off of me and my needs and prayed to be able to sow more into the kingdom and to bless others.

    I had been job searching for a while because my current position ends on June 19th. That Friday after Crazy Church, I got a call for an interview for a job that I had applied for a while ago. It was a perfect fit for me as far as location, hours, and pay. I had assumed they had filled the position, but I know it was God and I start my new job on Monday June 22th. Praise God! I mean I know people who have been unemployed and job searching for months and I walk right into my new job without one business day of unemployment.
    I know it was all about me changing my focus and seeking first the kingdom. It ain’t about the money, God didn’t need my money that night or any night, he needed me to trust him by sowing into the Kingdom. Thank you for making that clear to me, Bishop. I have been truly blessed by the recent messages, keep it coming!

  2. September 4th, 2009 at 17:57 | #2

    Hello Bishop, I just want to ask , when are you going to start a CRC in Nothern VA. Thanks and God Bless.

  3. roger
    July 18th, 2009 at 20:48 | #3

    Hello Bishop
    As i think of Christians persuing God friendship, my eyes mind spotlights on Abraham, moses, Job, Enoch etc. let me place the emphasis here on Enoch, scripture teaches us that by FAITH Enoch please God and like elisha he never saw physical death because God literally took him from the earth. i call that the old testement rapture. persuing God is not like chasing some wild animal until his blood boils in his heart and pass out; its patients that worketh faith which brings us into perfect friendship/unoin with God. Enoch live for God simply out of simplicity. He accept his daily circumstances fully trusting God down to hair on his head. it is puzzling when we think it have to be some powerful move of God for us to experience his friendship. i think this is why we are persuing his friendship. He’s given us his holy spirit, what more we need. that alone is why he said he will send it. once again brothers and sisters, God never never never responds to our needs, only to our Faith in action. understand what i’m saying here, there is really no need to persue Gods friendship. You know what God hates! Just say no to sin; resist the devil by daily meditating on God’s word and God will draw closer to you. at this point you will know you have a personal walk/relationship with christ. That is the friendship we all should desire if you will allow me to say. Bishop! God is daily seeking us out so he can call us friends. remember the song we sang in service “He call us friends”. He did this to saul now know as pual, too bad he had to be knock to the ground. So that friendship will take a denying of yourself so he can take up residance in you. remember that friendship will only come throught and from the holy spirit.

    may we surrender all.
    brother in christ

  4. roger
    July 15th, 2009 at 14:38 | #4

    Good afternoon Bishop
    Just want to share this with my B/S.
    Jesus said ” you shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall set/make you free”. this only happens when you seek for the truth through God’s word, no place else. God will, each and every time always operate through Faith, so for us to be set free here is where it starts (faith). Every person has been given a portion of faith to build on no matter how young they are in christ. You MUST use it in order to enter into a personal relationship with him. How many of us simply and only know of him by which we deny the power there of. Brothers & Sisters as i encourage myself daily, i desire to encourge you to ENTER INN this Free through your portion of faith given you by God. God bless

    brother in christ

  5. valeria king
    July 13th, 2009 at 09:57 | #5

    I really enjoyed this blog Bishop! Keep it coming.

  6. Anonymous
    July 7th, 2009 at 14:58 | #6

    In my years in living as a believer, i have notice peolpe struggle with rightful/rightous living. the reason for this is that they do not really want to go all out for him, the biggest murderer/killer in all of us is “SELF”. we are so caught up on our self that God cannot say to us “lazarous! comfourth”. brothers/sisters some of us are honestly living in sin and we don’t want to stop because it taste good. Bishop thank you for your teaching, the scriptures said> TO A HUNGRY MAN EVERY BITTER THING IS SWEET< things that people know to be wrong they will not stop because of the pull of sin, thats why so many of us struggle with rightousness.

    love you all in the lord.

  7. Anonymous
    July 7th, 2009 at 14:47 | #7

    brother or sister bryant i can help, (1)YOU must do this> study to show yourself approve unto only god, a workman needth not to be ashame of the gospel, rightly deviding thw word of truth. (2) you must give yourself to constant meditation of the word od God.
    love you in the lord.
    your brother @SBryant

  8. Anonymous
    July 7th, 2009 at 14:37 | #8

    sister LoDanna! You must know how to posess your own body. one of the keys in the kingdom of heaven is self control.

    brother in christ @LaDonna DeBrew

  9. Anonymous
    July 7th, 2009 at 14:33 | #9

    well susan my sister first you have to deal with those things internal first. you much confront them for what they are, by call it as it is. understand you are a spirit bein living in a flest body, that’s a war going on in your person. you have to stop trying to be holy and live holy. by acknowledging where you are going or went wrong NOW mover god.(NOW faith is ok). susan! god is not like us, He does bless us but he always waite for us to confess this sin to forgive us. IF WE CONFESS OUR SIN HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SIN AND CLENSE US OF ALL UNRIGHTOUSNESS. I John 1:5-6.

    your brother in christ

  10. LaDonna DeBrew
    June 20th, 2009 at 21:26 | #10

    Thanks to you Bishop McBath:
    I would like to say thank you so much for the preached word on a Sunday by Sunday basis. You have really inspired me to be more like God and Pursuing His Friendship. Even though my devotional time has been somewhat off balance, you have shown me to keep pressing on to be better in my devotions whether it be listening to songs and pulling out the message or just meditating on God’s presence in life. I pray that God will keep using you the way that He is using you. I will continually keep you in my prayers to keep preaching His Word in such a manner that you are. Hearing the word preached by you, I have never felt more closer to God since being at CRC for a little of 2 years. Thanks again for the preached word and a sincere man of God that you are. Keep up the blessed preaching through God!!!! :)

  11. TJ
    June 18th, 2009 at 22:15 | #11

    I just wanted to share a “testimony”. I was at Crazy Church on June 10 when Bishop preached about “5 steps for recovering wealth” and I was truly inspired by the message. It showed me some areas where I needed improvement, esp. investing in the kingdom. As a tither, I considered my giving to be complete, but as Bishop pointed out that tithing is just the starting point and so that night I gave CHEERFULLY beyond my usual. I trusted God and I took the focus off of me and my needs and prayed to be able to sow more into the kingdom and to bless others.

    I had been job searching for a while because my current position ends on June 19th. That Friday after Crazy Church, I got a call for an interview for a job that I had applied for a while ago. It was a perfect fit for me as far as location, hours, and pay. I had assumed they had filled the position, but I know it was God and I start my new job on Monday June 22th. Praise God! I mean I know people who have been unemployed and job searching for months and I walk right into my new job without one business day of unemployment.
    I know it was all about me changing my focus and seeking first the kingdom. It ain’t about the money, God didn’t need my money that night or any night, he needed me to trust him by sowing into the Kingdom. Thank you for making that clear to me, Bishop. I have been truly blessed by the recent messages, keep it coming!

  12. LaDonna Curry
    June 16th, 2009 at 22:23 | #12

    How do I feel about pursuing God in my day to day activities? That’s a really good question. There are days when everything seem to just fall into place. I mean from the moment I wake up until the moment my head hits the pillow at night. Then there are days like today when things just seem out of sorts. It’s not that something has happened….it’s just that I feel like life in this world is just getting in the way. And to be honest, most of the time its the petty little instances that seem the hardest hurdle to jump. But today when I felt the pressures of the pettiness, I went to the bathroom at work and dropped down on my needs and had a quick talk with God. I asked Him to help me to have a forgiving heart and for me to remain connected with Him. I thought about some of the things that I heard you say in church and it made me take a really long look at myself. I didn’t like what I was seeing. I also got the chance to see what others see in me. They didn’t know that were telling me how they view me, they were just talking and having conversation. But it was the context of their conversation that disturbed me. I thought I was living a righteous life, and my eyes were opened to see that I was living a ritual religious life. I am trying hard everyday to do better and live better…not to act like I’m better than others. Trying to show love and kindness to all that I meet and greet daily. And mostly trying to have a forgiving heart…a heart after God’s own heart.

  13. LaDonna DeBrew
    June 15th, 2009 at 21:45 | #13

    My biggest problem is sitting down and actually taking the time to read God’s word. I guess I could use some study guides that would actually make me sit down and go through His Word like never before. I have all of the series starting with January but I haven’t really and truly sat down and gone through them. My devotion time is really, really low. What are some suggestions that you can share? I’d greatly appreciate your input.

  14. Susan
    June 15th, 2009 at 17:32 | #14

    Hi Bishop,
    I sure do feel like there are external and internal things hindering my friendship with God.
    I have been told that I have a “shame based identity,” and I struggle with performance/acceptance. No matter how close I come to holiness, or how far away I get, I feel the same. I am not in obedience to God, and He does not approve of me. It really hurts. How can I get past this? It hinders my relationship with God and my faith. Lately I don’t think He would ever want to love and bless me.

  15. Courtney McBath
    June 15th, 2009 at 12:31 | #15

    @Raymond R. Colston
    The key is to talk with others that you can trust. In this case, people outside the family, so you don’t feel you’re putting pressure on family members.

    So keep praying, but there are times for all of us when we need to share with others and let them help us carry our concerns to the Lord.

  16. Courtney McBath
    June 15th, 2009 at 12:23 | #16

    @Towera Nyirenda
    I think the key to the busy person having a powerful devotional life is flexibility. We should plan a time with the Lord but not give up on our “moments” when things don’t go as planned. There will be times that we will need the attitude of Brother Andrew who wrote that he found ways to worship no matter what he was doing. Cooking, cleaning and doing menial tasks all became acts of worship for him.

  17. Archie Hill
    June 13th, 2009 at 21:56 | #17

    Hello Bishop,

    My pursuit for a closer relationship (friendship) with God is hindered by choices that I make, which are not spirit led. For example, when I make a conscious decision to listen to spiritual music in lieu of secular, I am motivated to feed my spirit with the word of God. I feel a sensation of a void in my life. When I begin to review your notes and read support Bible scripture, that void sensation diminishes. Another example of this incorrect decision making is planning. I often do not set realistic goals to regularly read, study, and pray in the word; consequently, this discourages me to continue a diligent pursuit of God, even though internally I desire to walk closer. With the physical demands of work and family, the planning is that much more critical. Ultimately, the small-everyday decisions impact my large dilemma: pursuing God.

  18. Tiffany Branson
    June 11th, 2009 at 10:00 | #18

    Tiffany Branson :Hi Bishop,
    I “think” I want to pursue God and have a closer relationship. I say think because don’t you think, we do what we Really want to do? Or am I just punishing myself for not doing what I know I need to do. For years and I mean years, I’ve been trying to wake-up early to have devotion. But sleepiness gets me everytime. However I have re-re committed to starting again this week. So pray for me. I know it’s something I need to do. God has been telling me to for some time now. But I’m weak. I pray for strength. I need to focus… Thanks for your blog.

  19. Shayna Muhammad
    June 11th, 2009 at 08:51 | #19

    Hello Bishop:

    I have to say that I am very fortunate that I work under a man who loves God, and tries to put him first in every decision he makes at work, and I’m sure at home. When he comes in to work in the morning the first thing he does is closes his office door and begins his day in prayer and worshipping God, and even throughout the day, when difficult situations pop up I hear him seeking God first before he deals with the situation. We also have prayer meetings each Wednesday, it’s a group of us here at my place of work. And of course we inform each other when we need to pray for each other. I find that to be of tremendous benefit to help keep God at the center of what we do. I have found out recently that even the CEO of our company is involved with a group prayer meeting that meets every Friday to pray and focus on God.

    I myself, am finding that I’m struggling with what it is that God wants me to do. I know that there is a calling on my life, but I believe that all of us have a calling, but what God wants me to do specifically is what I’m having trouble with figuring out. I have had a few dreams where I was involved in some way of helping to prepare people to come to God in prayer. I have also had several dreams where I speaking to people about respecting the differences and mostly the similarities between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. I myself have grown up both in the Islam and in the church. My mother is a Muslim and my grandmother had me in the church. I have been troubled by people’s belief that what is going on in the Arab world is Islamic, when it isn’t it is truly their culture. I have taught my children, that the main difference between Juadaism, Christianity and Islam is that in Judaism, they are still waiting for the Messiah. In Christianity, we believe that he came as Jesus, and not only was he the Messiah, he was God in man form on earth. And in Islam, we believe that yes Jesus was the messiah, but he was a great prophet in the line of God’s other great prophets, but he was just a man. A lot of people don’t know that in the Koran, Jesus has a chapter named after him as well as his mother Mary. And that yes Muslims believe in the “virgin birth”.

    Bishop, I apologize, I have gone off topic, but I wish that you would pray for me, that my heart and ears open up to hear and receive what God has called on me to do for Him.

  20. Tish Leonard
    June 10th, 2009 at 16:28 | #20

    Greetings Bishop McBath,
    I have really enjoyed this series! Last week as I was driving I was reminded of the fig leaves Adam and Eve used in the garden and how so much work must have gone into sewing dying fig leaves together to make a covering for themselves. Where’d they get the thread – aren’t those leaves pretty small? :) I struggle in the area of intimacy and “deep” friendships although happily married and grateful to God for all He’s done. Does intimacy/developing friendships in the natural somehow prevent, limit, or taint my intimacy with the Lord as I pursue my friendship with Him? How do I “lose the leaves”?

  21. G.I.A.
    June 9th, 2009 at 16:53 | #21

    Hello Everyone,
    How does one make the transition from the traditional perspective of God to bringing Him to your closest companion? Many of us have a hard time seeing Him as close as he truly is. Another issue is, how can I keep a balance when God wants me to stop focusing on Him for just a moment to try and witness to a stranger or a neighbor? Sometimes there is a little schitzophrenia going on because there is a part of me that is selfish when it comes to my time with God, but I don’t want to loose sight of the mission and reaching the Heart of God through reaching the lost.

  22. SBryant
    June 7th, 2009 at 13:14 | #22

    Bishop, I constantly battle with appreicating where I am in my walk with God now & where I want to go & where I know God is going to take me. It seems like I am always striving fwd yet I am missing out on the joy in the journey. The two questions that plague me are: 1) How do I embrace God’s friendship & allow him to be my friend? 2) How do I develop a hunger & thrist for God’s friendship? Growing up it was pounded in me over & over about the wrath of God (it worked because it kept me from doing alot of things…smile) I constantly find myself having to tackle those fears of a vengeful God to pursing His loving side. Pastor I look fwd to this month teachings it has been something that I have longed for.

  23. Junius Moyler
    June 3rd, 2009 at 13:25 | #23

    Bishop:
    This issue of dealing and managing “distractions” has been on my heart a lot lately. I so desire to develop my intimacy with God but find the challenge of responsibilities (I know you can relate!) often pulling at my energy level. I am believing that the Lord will help me find the necessary balance to manage my health, my relationships, my career, my ministry responsibilities and, most importantly, my relationship with Him. I recognize that we all are “on the journey” of balancing life and that there are no clear cut answers or “how-to” methods, but the insight you have provided, and continue to provide, is very helpful for us Type A “Doer” individuals. Thanks for your faithfulness, perseverance and example.

  24. Margaret Bernard
    June 2nd, 2009 at 17:29 | #24

    Hi Bishop,
    Sometimes simple day to day activities do become a hindrance to my pursuit of God. I have to be constantly watchful, or else the day will slip away and I’ll find myself at night falling asleep through devotion and while reading the word. To avoid this from becoming habitual.I pursue God in the morning before the business gets the best of me. My dad is going to be having surgery soon and then “busy” will be the norm with my family going back and forth to New York. My devotion is always challenged when I’m there. However,I’ve found that I can combat this, by talking to God in my prayer language which keeps me build up as I go about my days there. Can you shed some light on what the people of God can do to consistently maintain their devotions, prayer life, reading the word,etc. as the demands of day to day activities, family and ministry continue to wear on us like a garment ? Thanks for taking the time from your busy schedule to talk with us.

  25. Towera Nyirenda
    June 1st, 2009 at 08:38 | #25

    Bishop

    Thank you for taking the time to ask and field some questions as you continue teaching on Pursuing God.

    I am learning to consciously involve God in the busyness of life without trying to compartmentalize my life in different facets. In doing so, I am learning to walk with Him and not be hard on myself if I have not blocked off hours during the day to commune with Him. I am deliberate in finding that quiet time each day, but there are times when the busyness of life sometimes robs such opportunities…especially if you oversleep and you are running late:-)

    For me, my greatest lesson will be to learn and embrace how to balance the demands of life, yet maintaining a consistent devotional life. I am in a much better place in my relationship with God, but I know I can even go deeper.

    Maybe you can speak to this challenge we face constantly.

  26. Raymond R. Colston
    May 29th, 2009 at 07:56 | #26

    Hello Bishop:

    I am having some difficulty with pursuing God while so much is going on around me. For example, my father is on dialysis and is now in the hospital with pneumonia. I am trying to keep it all together on the outside but it is making me crazy on the inside. God has given me a heart to continuously work hard at keeping other people together when they have problems I just have a hard time focusing on myself you know. Keeping my mother and brother from worrying when all the while I keep the frustration built up inside of me. I pray for peace, but I can’t stop thinking about the situations.

  27. Shakira
    May 28th, 2009 at 22:10 | #27

    Well I am 20 and I feel like there is a lot more that I can be doing. I’ve been at CRC since 2nd grade and when i was younger it was so easy for me to maintain that friendship with God and I was very involved in the ministry and now I am a college student and Although I go to a Christian University it is sometimes difficult for me to stand strong probably being the only one trying to pursue God’s heart. I attend church regularly but I haven’t found one that I even like and one that I can grow in with areas for me to get plugged in so I find myself watching you on streaming faith. When I come home from school I’m surrounded by friends one who is your son who encourage me from the church and my desire grows stronger but how do I keep the same passion when I return to school and I feel like I am by myself and I encourage myself but sometimes I feel weak and I feel like i let doubt in my head keep me as well and it sets me back. Then I find myself at the same place. I’m blessed and highly favored by God since i was a little girl… I’m not like everyone else and I feel convicted at such things strongly when I’m not where I need to be… just not sure How to get there or stay there regardless of all my circumstances. This may have been off topic hope it helps and pray for me thank you!

  28. MJ
    May 28th, 2009 at 15:20 | #28

    Thanks for the latest blog. I agree, church has been crazy and very exciting. God has been moving in a wonderful way in only a way he can. I’m learning to avoid those daily distractions that tend to hinder a pursuit of God. It could be as simple as taking the phone of the hook or silencing your phone for a moment in prayer. Avoiding the barrage of incoming emails, texts, etc. when its time to spend time with the master has been a big help. I’ve also been more consistent in buying the message DVD’s and reviewing them over again to allow God to speak His word into my life. Why didn’t i do this before :-) I’m looking forward to next months teaching.

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