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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

SUPPORTING THE ARTS AT METRON




There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, 
and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.”

― Madeleine L'Engle


One of the things that I love most about METRON is that we are able to make an investment in young artists who are a part of the Atlanta music scene...of course, every month we give to a different ministry or charity...last month it was Church on the Street...themonth before that it was St. Jude Children's Research Hospital...for May our outreach will be an orphanage in Haiti that feeds and care for children who lost their families in the earthquake...and all of that is important, but I also love that we can make an investment into what is happening in The Arts here in our community...

Not everyone that we have as 'Artist of the Month' is a gospel singer or worship leader or even someone who sings Christian songs...I personally do not believe that there is a gulf between the secular and the sacred, and that all art is spiritual and valid, at least on some level, and originates in the heart of God...

I have loved every person who has performed at METRON since we started...some of them have led worship and ministered what we would call in church "anointed" songs, and others have performed completely secular music, and it's all been awesome...and then someone like Chandra Currelley (our very first Artist of the Month) effortlessly flows between ministry songs and the type of stuff she does professionally...the truth is that it's ALL been outstanding...

But I do have a special affection in my heart for young artists like the ones pictured here who have appeared at METRON over the last several months, who have been able to perform their own stuff, most of which could never be played in a typical church...I'm working on getting the legendary Sammy Blue for June, and I had scheduled the inimitable @Paulette Washington for this coming month, but she had a couple of calendar conflicts, so we're going to reschedule (Paulette has already performed for us, and no one can belt out a gospel tune like her!)

But I'm happy to announce that Marshall Ruffin is returning to METRON for all Sundays in May, and I couldn't be happier about it!

I love that those of you who are a part of what I'm doing now really get it...I founded and pastored a church for 30 years that had the finest worship, worship leaders, choirs, praise teams and bands that you could find anywhere...I'm sure I'm partial, but I honestly believe nobody did it better than CITN did, and that includes everyone who ever walked across that stage...

But my head and my heart are in a very different place now...I have nothing against worship...I have nothing against the "move of the Spirit"...I have nothing against music ministry...and if that's what you're looking for, it's easy to find...Atlanta has some of the best churches in the world, with some of the most amazing music...

But METRON is something different, and if I have to explain it to you, then it's not for you...

But I am very committed to the 'Artist of the Month' concept, including secular artists...

It's all very cool

Sunday, April 26, 2015

TODAY AT METRON - 4/26/15

"Today's service was "AWESOME". I left feeling emotional. Awareness, Awareness, Awareness. How did I live so sad yet thinking I was on the right path? The things I would do to myself in the name of "humbleness and humility ". I would not allow myself to "Shine" because I didn't want people to think I was so called "all that". After today's service, you can bet its gone. I was so unlearned, yet thought I was doing the right thing. My Lord. I'm here at Metron to reverse those old habits and the way I use to think. I am free to live life and see real life changing results. I am being taught very well. I have walked that religious walk and said all of the cliches and didn't love the body I was in. I love myself now y'all and it's a beautiful thing. All is well. 
I am safe. Bishop you are AMAZING!"
-YR


 "Today's service was absolutely awesome 
feeling blessed"
-CW

Sunday, April 19, 2015

TODAY AT METRON - 4/19/15

"I truly enjoyed service once again this morning. I love Metron. 
My daughter and three other young ladies came with me today. 
If they get this at their ages now (20-25), they are going to be some "AWESOME" women. 
This is some good teaching. They left wanting more. I know the feeling. Lol.
 I am excited about where I'm going. I feel FABULOUS. 
Thanks Bishop for EVERYTHING! 
Happy Birthday Ken."
-YR

Saturday, April 18, 2015

METRON EVENT: MLK CENTER AND CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS

We had an excellent visit today to Dr. Martin Luther King's birthplace and the MLK jr Center for Nonviolent Social Change...we also visited historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and the crypt of Dr. and Mrs. King...

Then we took a new, hi-tech Atlanta streetcar over to Centennial Park to visit the new Center for Civil and Human Rights...it was an amazing experience, especially because the remaining, original 'Freedom Riders' were also visiting today! We watched them as they located their mug-shots on the exhibit (see pics), and then watched the video of the March on Washington with some of them...my granddaughter, Sofia, sat at the Woolworth Lunch Counter exhibit beside one of the women who actually was a part of the famous sit-in in 1960...it was honor to be in the presence of these American heroes, and to shake their hands and thank them for their awesome contribution to humanity...

It was a very powerful experience, and a perfect day!




Tuesday, April 14, 2015

LET THERE BE LIGHT!

Last Friday morning I met Danny Colclough for coffee at my neighborhood Starbucks...many of you know Danny from CHURCH IN THE NOW as "Pastor Danny", and he and his wife, Gloria, are now a part of METRON, and Danny serves on the Board of JESM...I didn't know this before, but found out while talking to him that day that we have a connection that goes all the way back to the early 80's (before I even started CITN) when his family was attending a church at which I ministered...that's when he said that he first "heard" my Voice, and now he and his family have been "hearing" it (and following it) for all these many years...to say that I love the Colcloughs is an understatement...

Anyway, Danny just wanted to run a couple of things by me that have to do with his career and the future of it, but we ended up talking for about two hours about God and about METRON and about revelation and about the good things that are happening in the world, and it was just a wonderful, empowering meeting and conversation that kept me buzzing all day...I told him that we should meet more often, because he always speaks into my life, and when you're on the giving side most of the time, it's nice to receive once in a while!

Those of you who know Danny, know that he really operates at a high, energetic vibration...he's always positive and insightful, and his words pull you up to a higher frequency (at least they do with me), because they are always full of light...

So after our awesome talk, Danny had to go, and I stayed there with my computer to look at FB and answer some email...but just minutes after he left and I was still at the table, I picked up my phone and shot this selfie...there was a light above my head that apparently created a sort of halo effect which hit me right at eye level...I didn't do anything to the pic, it just looks like this, and I love it...I love it because it looks cool and kind of superhero-like, and it reminds me of what happened last Friday in Starbucks...that amazing occurrence of two or more people who are in agreement exchanging power-words in love...it creates an atmosphere, and even though I know it was just the electric light that made the picture look like this, I want to believe that it was more than that; that it was a manifestation of what had just taken place at that very table...

It's currently my profile pic on FB, and after I posted it yesterday I got a lot of humorous comments about it, but I have to tell you, it's really one of my favorite profile pics, ever...

I made me think of this Scripture, which is one that I love and to which I have always related (and, yes, Paul said it...when he was in the zone he could write some really good stuff!):

"But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him]." (1 Corinthians 2:15Amplified Bible)

I love this stuff...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

TODAY AT METRON - 4/12/15

"The Vibration of Life!!!! 
Tuning in to a Higher Frequency!!!! 
AWESOME, SUPERB, AMAZING!!!!"
- PW
"...Thanks Bishop once again for the life changing experience today. Life is good. 
Thanks for being BRAVE."
- YR

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ALL MEANS ALL

"...wherein (or: in which place) there is no Greek [figure of the multitudes who are non-Jews, and of those who are cultured and civilized] and Jew [figure of a covenant people of God], circumcision and uncircumcision [figure for religious in-groups and out-groups; there is no longer a covenant people versus non-covenant people], barbarian [foreigner who speaks a different language], Scythian [figure or example of wild, uncivilized groups], slave, freeman, but to the contrary, Christ [isall, and within all (or: Christ [is] all humanity, and within all mankind; or: Christ [is] everything or all things, and within everything and all things; [note: the Greek is plural, and is either masculine, signifying “mankind,” or neuter, signifying all creation, in these phrases])."
(Colossians 3:11 - JMNT)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

TODAY AT METRON - 4/5/15

"Awesome service today. I enjoy the judgement free zone. When I walked in, I felt the presence of God. It's liberating. I attract goodness in my life and Metron is good to me. Thanks Bishop for the word, inspiration, and of course the laughter. I feel tall today. I feel like I can conquer the world. You inspire me to be "GREAT"."
- YR

"The Vibration of Life: Tuning In To a Higher Frequency!!!!!Today is a GREAT day...
Awesome word"
 - PW
Thanks, Avery Rogers, for the candy eggs for everyone!
"Great Word Bish! Jesus totally understood quantum entanglements...I do loves me some quantum physics...especially on a gorgeous Easter morning!"
- PLC