<![CDATA[Radical Faith - The Radical Blog]]>Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:52:00 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Garments of Love]]>Thu, 29 Oct 2015 03:37:45 GMThttp://radical-faith.weebly.com/the-radical-blog/garments-of-loveIt's time for our annual November Drive! With the entrance of fall, we're getting prepared for much cooler days ahead!

Help us provide warmth to the homeless in our city - donate gently used or new socks, winter hats, gloves, and t-shirts for men and women of all sizes.

To get involved or donate, call 813.501.2796 or email us: info@radical-faith.org
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<![CDATA[November Series: Thanksgiving]]>Thu, 29 Oct 2015 03:12:38 GMThttp://radical-faith.weebly.com/the-radical-blog/november-series-thanksgivingThe season of Thanksgiving brings an emphasis on gathering among family and friends, eating wonderfully prepared meals, and the stirring of warm feelings. But this season, we're approaching giving thanks a bit differently.

In this series, we'll learn about integrating a spirit of gratitude and awareness of God - across the boundaries of "seasons" and in every circumstance that life offers. How can we be more grateful for God's work in our lives all year long?

Join us for this time of teaching and reflection. How can we live with a purposeful spirit of "thanks" in all areas of our lives? During this time together, we'll gain an understanding of how to approach God with a spirit of thanks, and welcoming opportunities in "every day" moments of our lives.

Reflect and worship with us:
University Area Community Development Center
Prodigy Building, Annex C
14013 North 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33613]]>
<![CDATA[God's Work: A Mission-driven Experience]]>Wed, 28 Oct 2015 03:44:15 GMThttp://radical-faith.weebly.com/the-radical-blog/gods-work-a-mission-driven-experienceAs this year comes to an end and the work of the Lord in the community continues through our ministry, we have been able to share the Gospel of God's Word - indoors and out - with those who are otherwise unable to attend service.

​As God continues to open doors for us, the mission He's given to Radical Faith Ministries continues. We invite you to worship with us - take part in our outreach ministries on Sundays from 9:00am-10:30am, Sunday Worship at 11:15am, our nursing home ministry on 3rd Sundays, or partake in the complete mission experience!
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<![CDATA[Brothers, Let's Keep It Real with One Another]]>Fri, 06 Feb 2015 01:11:33 GMThttp://radical-faith.weebly.com/the-radical-blog/brothers-lets-keep-it-real-with-one-another
In the book of Genesis chapter 4, we find two brothers by the name of Cain and Abel. A time came for them both to present an offering unto the Lord. The Bible tells us that God looked with favor on Abel's gifts, but on Cain he did not. At this Cain becomes very upset. The Lord is concerned about the emotional state of Cain; in verse 6 the Lord says 'Why are you angry and your face downcast?'

As men, from time to time, we to feel these emotions and we must understand that when we are in these places, God is concerned about our feelings. Allow Him to say the things that are necessary to move us forward in the right way - not providing sugar-coated words or things that we want to hear but wisdom that is necessary for growth and to move us forward in a Godly manner. As men it is hard to hear that we too can sometimes be like Cain, never offering the Lord our best, wondering why we feel angry and downcast at times, and blaming others for not being able to take possession of God's favor.

But there is a way out or a way to live in His favor. God says to Cain if you do what is right, will you not be accepted? Too many times we want to be accepted without doing what is right, but we must do what is right. God goes on to say if you do not do what is right then sin is crouching at your door. It desires to have you, but you must rule over it.

We can no longer allow sin to crouch at our door. We must choose the right path. The Bible tells us that a just man falls seven times but he continues to get up. We are going to make mistakes as men, but we have to get up and allow our actions speak louder than our words - pursuing righteousness.

Even when God is chastising and correcting us, He is calling us to higher heights.

Brothers, let's be real with one another. Cain had a choice to make, as do we. God did have compassion for him, but he still made the wrong choice.

What would be your decision?

Don't continue to pray hoping God will tell you what you want to hear. Obey what he has already spoken to you. And move forward.

~Pastor Seneca

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<![CDATA[The Battle for My Mind or Liberty]]>Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:57:53 GMThttp://radical-faith.weebly.com/the-radical-blog/the-battle-for-my-mind-or-libertyPicture
Originally written in 2012.
My name is Seneca Howard. I am 27 years old, and I suffer with severe depression problems. This has been the case for some time now. To many of my friends and family who I know and love, this may come as a shock. I have been a motivator to many and would give encouraging words, all the while being a step away from giving up.

In some familial, cultural, and religious backgrounds, depression and mental illnesses are overlooked and perhaps silenced. As people of faith or believers in Christ, it is sometimes hard to speak about mental illnesses or to accept it as something that may be real within our lives.

Depression, stress, and mental illnesses – to me – are silent killers. If there was a killer in your home, you would want to know so that you can take action, right? For some time now, action has been absent. We as individuals and family members must take it seriously and evaluate mental illness from a personal perspective while helping each other conquer our situations.

I am a man of God and faith, and I love God with all my heart. Yet, with my illnesses I know God to be a healer and a deliverer. My not talking about my illnesses keeps God from being glorified when He heals and delivers. This is the battle for my mind and liberty.

John 11:4 | When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
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My illness does not lead to death; it is for the glory of God. If we would only look at our troubles this way, that it is all for God’s glory, how free would we be? I will no longer wait for the attack of the enemy; I am taking action today!

The enemy said // do not talk; what will they think of you? But God says to tell of the ways I have made in your life and how my grace has been sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).

The enemy said // I would not amount to anything. But God said in Romans 8:37 “…we are more than conquerors…” and in 1 John 4:4 “…greater is he that is in [me], than he that is in the world."

I have felt many times before that I was fighting a losing battle. For me, it may be a mental illness; for you it may be something else. Whatever it is, just let go and let God.

Take Action Today…
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