Today was high service at Morningstar Baptist Church located at 154 Winters Lane in Catonsville, MD, not far from Route 40 that runs from Ellicott City to Baltimore City. I attended the 11:00 service today where the pastor, Bishop Dewayne Debnam preached a mighty message of God’s reconciliation power. His Bible message was based on Psalm 32: 1-5, that expresses the “joy of forgiveness” that is experienced when God removes the sin and guilt from the souls of all who freely confess their sins to Him.
The power-packed message was preceded by a time of praise and worship where the whole congregation participated. Singing “oldies, but goodies”, the praise team and choir sang about God’s “Awesomeness” and “Love”. They went way back when they broke forth in song with “There is No Way’ by gospel music artist, Rev. Milton Brunson. The church broke forth in deliverance as church-goers attested, “I have tried, over…and over, but there is no other way, there is no way I can live without you (Jesus’).
You want to know the relevancy of that song and the message? The power in the message of the sermon and the song is that we are trying to save ourselves, live our own way, but had to find out the hard way that we cannot survive the pain, mistakes and regrets of our failures without the power of Christ redeeming us from our sins and from ourselves. It is only when we recognize our helplessness, that we can receive God’s power to live in this life abundantly (see John 10:10). A loving God extends (and is waiting to extend to you, friend) forgiveness through Jesus Christ to those who know they need it and have the courage to admit their mistakes.
Those in attendance were then told by Bishop Debnam to “get up” after you have confessed your sins and walk in the forgiveness that God so freely wants to give us through a relationship with Jesus Christ. We cannot change the past, and many times, people want let us forget our past, “but you have to know that God has released you”, even when people won’t forgive you. The God who holds all our futures in His hands can restore us back to wholeness – Bishop Debnam called it “being salvageable”. I like that. What people throw out, God can pick up, dust off and make a whole new person. I definitely don’t look like what I have been through (all the pain, hurt, disappointments, and grief) – do you?
The evening commissioning service was just as powerful as the leaders of the church were anointed for service within the local church at Morningstar. The message: What does the title mean is in CD or DVD formats and it is worth ordering for your church. In fact, if you have a title, you might want to hear this message to make sure you understand what it truly means from God to be blessed to serve “HIS PEOPLE”! Bishop Debnam was charged with reminding us that, “a title doesn’t mean anything if it is not used for the right purpose…leaders bring hope…a title is not about ‘being in charge’…leaders, ‘set the captive free’…leaders are ‘trustworthy’…leaders are ‘available’”. He prayed for each leader in the church, almost filling up two sides of rows. I was thoroughly blessed to see a commissioning service that challenged leaders to be “workers” not just “in charge of people”.
If you are looking for a church home, I invite you to pray to the Lord and visit Morningstar Baptist Church. I have heard Bishop Debnam a few times over the last 7 years or so and each time, I have come away with a greater sense of God’s love and purpose for my life and the mission of the church. Go and hear the preacher, experience the dynamic congregational worship and learn more about the service of this ministry in the community. They also have a wonderful christian counseling center called the Renaissance Christian Counseling Center. To learn more go to www.msbcministries.org.