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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez on The Reconciled Church

Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, has graciously shared with us his message to those who gathered at The Reconciled Church Conference hosted by The Potter’s House and broadcasted by Daystar. Rev. Rodriguez is our own Kingdom Culture columnist, defender of The Lamb’s Agenda, and President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) 

The roster for The Reconciled Church Conference included Bishop T.D. Jakes, our own Pastor Chris Hill and Bishop Harry Jackson, James Robinson, Dr. Alveda King, Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. R.A. Vernon, and Dr. Jim Garlow. This was a local effort with a national impact. Be encouraged as you read Rev. Rodriguez’s speech!

And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. (Revelation 5:9)

And They Sang a New Song!

In order to sing the new, we must recognize the old song already stands played out.

For we have all heard the old song; the song of hatred, sin, racism, intolerance, fear, division, strife and brokenness.
We have all heard the old song; the song of moral relativism, cultural decadence, spiritual apathy and ecclesiastical lukewarmness.
Even through the amplified surround sound of culture, media, and politics, our world stands inundated with the ear-shattering noise of an antiquated song called fear and a mind-numbing melody titled hopelessness.
We have all heard the old song.
But praise God, we are not people of the old song, we are the voices of the new song.
For we understand that today’s complacency is tomorrow’s captivity.
For we understand that Christianity is less about promoting the perfect and more about blessing the broken.
For we understand that there is no such thing as comfortable Christianity.
That is why we have gathered today; to declare prophetically, not of out the womb of emotional exuberance, but by the impetus of God’s Spirit that this generation carries an anointing to do what? To sing a new song!
We are here to declare the following; there is a new song arising!
And this new song will not be sung exclusively  by a black chorus, a white ensemble, a Latino band or an Asian soloist. This new song will be sung by a multi-ethnic kingdom culture choir washed by the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore, to the proponents of the old song, to those that raise the volume of hatred and discord, to the spirits of captivity, violence, bigotry, inequality and injustice we raise our voices and in perfect harmony sing the following:
For every Pharaoh there will be a Moses,
For every Goliath there will be a David,
For every Nebuchadnezzar there will be a Daniel,
For every Jezebel there will be an Elijah,
For every Herod there will be a Jesus And for every
And for every devil that rises up against us there is a mightier God that rises up for us!

And They SANG a NEW SONG!!!

In that day, everyone in Judah will sing this song; Our city is strong! We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation! (Isaiah 26:1)

America, when we sing this new song, our nation will be strong! !
What is the new song? The new song elevates the lyric of IMAGO DEI.
I recognize that every human being, in and out of the womb, carries the image of God; without exception. Therefore, I will treat everyone with love and respect.
See Related: Imago Dei
What is the new song? The new song engages the rhythmic truth that the only agenda that can heal and reconcile America is not the agenda of the donkey or the elephant.
The only agenda that can reconcile this nation is the agenda of the lamb!
What is the new song? The new song is a prophetic prescription to end multi-generational  poverty in the inner cities of America via a compassionate church.
Always remembering that Uncle Sam may be our uncle but he will not never be our Heavenly Father.
What is the new song? Prison reform that is truly color blind where restorative justice enables us to bring good news to those imprisoned.
What is the new song? An educational system that equips our children to thrive in the promise land instead of making bricks without straw in Egypt.
After all what did they do? They sang. They sang. They sang for Silence is not an option.
Silence is not option when men abandon their roles as fathers, our children are slaughtered in and out of the womb, pornography marries technology, God is mocked, pushers are more admired than preachers, school grounds look like battlegrounds and our neighbors sit paralyzed by the gate called beautiful begging for change.
Silence is not an option when institutionalized vestiges of inequality reemerge resulting in the unfortunate appearance of fear and mistrust.
So America, It’s  time for the new song! It’s time to reconcile Billy Graham’s message of salvation in Christ with Dr. Martin Luther Kings Jr. March for justice.
This generation will sing the new song. We will reconcile righteousness with justice, sanctification with service, holiness and humility and truth with love.
We will sing “There is Room At The Cross” and “We Shall Overcome.”
Sing America Sing!
Sing and Walk like Enoch
Sing and Believe like Abraham
Sing and Dress like Joseph
Sing and Stretch like Moses
Sing and Shout like Joshua
Sing and Dance like David
Sing and Fight like Gideon
Sing and Pray like Daniel
Sing and Build like Nehemiah
Sing and And live like Jesus!
Sing You are worthy and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation!
Sing a new song, black, white, yellow and brown.
Sing and change America!
Sing and Change the World!
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Rev. Rodriguez Endorse The Drop Box Movie

The Drop Box – Official Full Movie Trailer

The Drop Box: Behind the Scenes

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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) are pleased to invite all ministries, congregations and their families to tune in to watch the epic story: A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES on NBC Easter Sunday (9/8c)

 

”After the cross, empty tomb and upper room, a small group of people who embraced the grace, love, truth, and faith of Jesus dared to do the impossible; they changed the world!” – Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

 

Dear NHCLC colleagues and friends:

This Easter Sunday, April 5th 9/8c on NBC, join millions of viewers for the powerful series premiere of A.D. The Bible Continues, from producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Continue on a 12-week journey through chapters 1-10 of Acts.

Witness the power of the Holy Spirit, the heroism and sacrifice, the joy and sorrow, and the forgiveness and redemption surrounding the most powerful global movement in history – the rise of the Church. A.D. The Bible Continues features a diverse international cast of actors, including Juan Pablo Di Pace an Argentinian who plays the role of Jesus.
Let’s send a message to America that God’s presence and the Holy Spirit are still very much alive and willing to change lives!

Visit www.ShareADTheSeries.com for free A.D. resources on the Book of Acts, including free study guides, A.D.  curricula and more to spread God’s word to those around you.

See you Easter Sunday on NBC!

God bless,

Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez
President
NHCLC/CONELA
Hispanic Evangelical Association
Latinoevangelicals.com

 

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Freedom from bondage

Bible verse for today: John 9:6 “After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes” (NIV).

Some situations in our lives is not to make us drown ourselves in sorrows but that the name of God will be exalted. Some life’s difficulty is just to prove the efficacy of the power of God.

When God frees you from bondage, he also breaks and scatters the root cause of the problem withholding you from effectively serving him.

The bible says that God’s blessings adds no sorrow which means we never have to worry about our problems reoccuring once we have been set free by the blood of Jesus.

The Word for Today devotional by United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) says:

Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, points out that your DNA is in your saliva and that when Jesus spat, this blind man received a divine DNA transfer. He says that Jesus didn’t place the saliva on the man’s eyes, but on the clay—the thing from which the man was made. In other words, Jesus went back to the root of his problem! Understand this: God doesn’t merely treat your symptoms; He goes back to the source of your problem in order to set you free from it. To change the fruit, He changes the root. This man never had the ability to see; he was born blind and needed a creative miracle. That calls for a divine DNA transfer, making you what you never were, and giving you what you never had.

Our God is awesome, isn’t He? Do you know why Jesus came? ‘…To bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour…to comfort all who mourn…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…’ (Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV). It doesn’t matter whether your parents contributed to your problem or you simply made bad choices in life, Jesus can set you free, make you whole, and give you a new life. Jesus didn’t blame this man or his parents. That’s because He’s not in the condemnation business; He’s in the transformation business.

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NHCLC Announces New Board Members to Help Further Organization’s Mission

SACRAMENTO, Calif.June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In an effort to continue to expand the mission and reach of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), NHCLC President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez announces the appointments of several new board members, including:

  • Dr. Claude Alexander, Senior Pastor of the Park Church since 1990 and author of “Necessary Christianity;”
  • Bishop Doug Beacham, General Superintendent and 19th Presiding Bishop of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church;
  • Joseph Castleberry, President of Northwest University;
  • Charlie Lewis, Pastor of Christ Community Church in South Shore, Florida;
  • Bishop Harry Jackson, Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church, Presiding Bishop of the International Communion of Evangelical Churches and Founder of the Reconciled Church;
  • James Robison, Founder and President of LIFE Outreach International and co-host of the “Life Today” television program; and
  • Steve Strang, Publisher and Founder of Charisma magazine.

“These leaders are committed above all to strengthening the role and influence of the church in our society and sharing the Gospel message of salvation, life and justice,” said Rev. Rodriguez. “Their heart for service is keenly aligned with the NHCLC, and we are excited to see what the future can hold with their input and counsel.”

NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. The organization seeks to reconcile Evangelist Billy Graham’s message of salvation through Christ with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march of prophetic activism. A bipartisan organization, NHCLC/CONEL follows the agenda of the Lamb, not the donkey or the elephant, and emphasizes “7 Directives” of Life, Family, Compassionate Evangelism, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

 

SOURCE NHCLC

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Righteous or repugnant? Religious responses to the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision

(RNS) Some hailed the Supreme Court’s decision as righteous and holy.

Others deplored it as an affront to God.

Religious leaders around the world — and secular leaders who invoked their faith — reacted Friday (June 27) to the court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.  Here is a sampling of what they said.

President Obama:

“I know that Americans of good will continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue. Opposition in some cases has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs. All of us who welcome today’s news should be mindful of that fact; recognize different viewpoints; revere our deep commitment to religious freedom.

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission:

 

The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral:

“Those who claim that same-sex marriage threatens the sanctity of heterosexual marriage neglect the history of the institution’s evolution both within the scriptures and over time. Sexual orientation is an essential component of human identity, and God loves and accepts all people made in God’s image.”

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

“Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over 40 years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.”

Evangelicals for Marriage Equality:

“Though the Supreme Court ruling this morning changed the law of the land, there is still progress to be made in changing the hearts and minds of evangelicals who disagree with civil marriage equality. This progress can only be made when compassionate, respectful dialogue is encouraged within communities of faith.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

“The Court’s decision does not alter the Lord’s doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. While showing respect for those who think differently, the Church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice.”

Steve Fox, chief executive, Central Conference of American Rabbis:

“As Jews, we believe we are all formed in God’s image. This compels us to extend and recognize the same rights to everyone in our community, including individuals who identify as straight, gay, lesbian, or transgender. For many years, Reform Judaism rabbis have called for equal rights for all members of our communities, and we see today’s Supreme Court decision on marriage equality as a huge moral victory for the United States.”

Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America:

“We reiterate the historical position of the Jewish faith, enunciated unequivocally in our Bible, Talmud and Codes, which forbids homosexual relationships and condemns the institutionalization of such relationships as marriages. Our religion is emphatic in defining marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. Our beliefs in this regard are unalterable.  At the same time, we note that Judaism teaches respect for others and we condemn discrimination against individuals.

Bill Donohue, The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights:

“For people of faith, this decision is ominous. On p. 27, the majority declares that religious Americans ‘may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned.’ It is nice to know they respect our First Amendment right to freedom of speech.”

The Rev. James Martin, Jesuit priest:

“Catholics who disagree with the Supreme Court decision should treat gays with ‘respect, compassion and sensitivity,’ as the Catechism asks.”

 

The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State:

“Today love and the Constitution triumphed over bigotry and religious extremism,” said “That’s a great step, but no one should expect the Religious Right and its political allies to give up. They are already working to throw up as many roadblocks as possible to prevent LGBT Americans from claiming their hard-won rights.”

The Interfaith Alliance:

“Today the Supreme Court has said unequivocally what people of faith across the country have known for years: that there is no legitimate, secular reason to deny the right to marry to same-sex couples. This is a victory for marriage; this is a victory for families and children; this a victory for the love that is preached by the prophets and spiritual leaders of every faith tradition. Today’s decision is, without question, one of the most important civil rights decisions in a generation.”

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference:

“At the end of the day, I know for certain, that the moment biblical truth stands defined as hate speech in our nation, America, as we know her, will cease to exist.”

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Franklin Graham: ‘Pray God will spare America’ after same-sex marriage ruling

Reverend Franklin Graham says he prays ‘God will spare America’ after the Supreme Court upheld same-sex marriage with a 5-4 decision, saying that the 14th Amendment requires marriage licenses to be issued between two people of the same sex.

The Friday ruling declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally.

Reverend Franklin Graham issued a statement Friday morning after the SCOTUS ruling.

“With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage,” Rev. Graham said in a statement posted online. “And therefore is not entitled to re-define it.”

“Long before our government came into existence, marriage was created by the One who created man and woman—Almighty God—and His decisions are not subject to review or revision by any manmade court,” Graham continued. “God is clear about the definition of marriage in His Holy Word.”

He then quotes the book of Genesis, saying “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Graham says he prayed “God will spare America from His judgment, though, by our actions as a nation, we give Him less and less reason to do so.”

Graham was among a group of prominent religious conservatives earlier this week, who said they wouldn’t comply with a Supreme Court ruling that would force them to violate what they call a “biblical understanding of marriage” as the union of a man and a woman.

Their “Open Letter to the Supreme Court” was published as a full-page ad in Wednesday’s Washington Post.

The more than 60 signatories include the Rev. Franklin Graham, Dr. James Dobson, Hispanic evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez and the Rev. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Echoing the civil rights leader’s letter from the Birmingham jail, they declare that “any judicial opinion which purports to redefine marriage will constitute an unjust law.”

Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

The states affected by the ruling are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, most of Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

The cases before the court involved laws from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Those states have not allowed same-sex couples to marry within their borders and they also have refused to recognize valid marriages from elsewhere.

 

RELATED ARTICLE: Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide

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STATEMENT BY REV. SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ, PRESIDENT NATIONAL HISPANIC CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (NHCLC)/CONEL REGARDING THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES’ RULING TO LEGALIZE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — “Today’s SCOTUS decision redefining marriage serves as a defacto and legal catalyst for the marginalization of Americans who embrace a biblical worldview.

Still, we affirm the Court’s recognition to uphold proper protection of religious organizations and persons, under the First Amendment rights, as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered.

As children of the Cross committed to biblical truth, we affirm the biblical definition of marriage as a sacred union between one man and one wOman.

At the same time, as Christ followers committed to the loving Gospel of Jesus, we reject and repudiate all vestiges of homophobia, intolerance and bigotry.

Accordingly, we must all work arduously to recognize the image of God in every individual, without exception, while simultaneously building a firewall against intolerance and bigotry toward followers of Christ who preach truth with love.

For at the end of the day, I know for certain, that the moment biblical truth stands defined as hate speech in our nation, America, as we know her, will cease to exist.”

NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

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The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church

It’s difficult to imagine that 50% of adults will develop depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, or some other mental illness in their lifetime. This staggering reality can feel daunting, but there is HOPE for mental health.

HOPE says that you are not defined by your illness. HOPE says your life has a purpose even when you don’t feel it. HOPE says you are not alone.

Be a part of breaking the silence and stigma by joining us on October 7-9, 2015 for Saddleback Church’s Gathering on Mental Health and The Church. These three days are packed with practical help and hope for individuals affected by mental illness, their loved ones, church leaders, and mental health professionals. It’s time to join together and create a pathway to HOPE. It’s time to offer a place of refuge, love, and compassion for those who need it most. It’s a time to acknowledge the facts and embrace the millions of people suffering everyday from mental illness.

Join us for this hope-filled event!

#HOPE4MH

Early Bird Price (ends August 31st): $109
September 1st – October 8th Price: $139
Pre-Conference – $40

*If you are a veteran we would like to thank you for your service by offering you a complimentary registration to The Gathering. Please call (949) 609-8019 or emailregistration@saddleback.com for your promotional code.

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THE KING CENTER & THE NHCLC STAND AGAINST THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF PROSTITUTION

Social Justice leaders join the ranks to speak out against Amnesty Internationals up and coming vote

ATLANTA, August 7, 2015 – On the day after The King Center commemorated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the Center stands in solidarity with faith and social justice leaders in opposing Amnesty International’s pending vote for the decriminalization of prostitution. Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center and the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, expressed deep disappointment regarding the proposed decriminalization.

In an open letter issued this week to faith-based activists in New York, Dr. King said, “For a globally recognized human rights organization such as Amnesty International – that has historically shed light on the darkness of human and civil rights violations – to vote on a policy that would call for the decriminalization of pimping, brothel owning and sex buying, is beyond reason. It is not only appalling, but is morally reprehensible and irresponsible to the overall well-being of humanity.

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), modeled after the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), one of the oldest African American faith-based organizations, which was founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., did not hesitate to answer the call against this social injustice. President and founder of the NHCLC, Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, who leads over 500,000 evangelical church congregations worldwide, states, “Decriminalizing prostitution and related activities serves no other purpose than to amplify the financial incentive for individuals that deny the image of God in children and primarily women around the world.”

The Carter Center, founded by President Jimmy Carter, known for speaking against social and civil injustices, is taking action by inviting all to watch President Carter’s appeal for the Nordic model and to join President Carter and The Carter Center in taking action through this online petition:https://www.change.org/p/amnesty-international-stand-up-for-the-human-rights-of-victims-and-survivors-of-sexual-exploitation-support-the-nordic-model-not-legalization?recruiter=21924194&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

The King Center challenges Amnesty International to abandon the proposal that would decriminalize pimps and buyers, and align with President Carter. We also encourage other human rights advocates to join us in solidarity by supporting the Nordic model.

Dr. Bernice A. King feels that economic disparity and unequal distribution of wealth is an underlying source of this issue.  She challenges the delegates of Amnesty International to take the following words from her father to heart before they cast their votes in Dublin, Ireland.

“The stability of the large world house which is ours will involve a revolution of values…we must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing”-oriented society to a “person”-oriented society.

When machine and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered. A civilization can flounder as readily in the face of moral and spiritual bankruptcy as it can through financial bankruptcy.”

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