A Word from the Webmaster

As some may have noticed the website was down for an extended period. To explain this situation, our host was hit with a wave of malware attacks which not only included our site, but many websites. As a direct result a bunch of the websites on the host were infected with malware which we just happened to be one of many sites affected. Since then we have relocated our hosting to another provider which appears to be faster in delivering content as well, which is a bonus to you (our visitors). We want to personally thank you for your support, and for hanging in there during our downtime. We have had to completely rebuild the entire website from scratch trying to replicate what we had before. On a side note I personally have decided to pledge a couple years of web-hosting support to our brother Jovan. I’m personally footing the bill for 2015, 2016, and 2017 as a token of appreciation for the music that he has blessed me/us with over the years, and I strongly urge those that do support him to rally with me… Let’s go above and beyond the norm and bless Jovan and his family. Hit that donate button! All the donations (100%) go directly straight into his personal PayPal, as I have programmed the site to work this way.

 

Thanks Everyone!

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Josh Dwight
Webmaster

Help plant a church

Imagine if you could help plant a church for only $10 a month. Well, you can – sort of. Let me explain.

I recently asked for partners to help with my church planting internship. My family and I are so grateful that God moved so many of you to come to our aid. We are now in Fall River, MA under the leadership of Redemption Fellowship.

The internship just started on June 1, 2014 and runs through May 31, 2015. Though we hope God extends our time beyond the first year. My focus during the year will be evangelism, open air preaching, teaching, discipleship, and more. While the internship is covering some of the expenses, my family and I need additional help.

Here is where the $10 comes in.

We are reaching out to you, dear brothers and sisters, to consider partnering with us again. For the next year, we are asking if you would please considering giving at least $9.99 a month to help support the church planting internship. Since there are only 7 months left you can give a one time donation of 70 bucks or you can choose to give 9.99 for the next 7 months. Or if you like any donation amount will help my family and I.

Please prayerfully consider if the Lord would have you partner with us monthly. We believe God has called us to this Kingdom work and would love for you to be part of it!

Your brother,

Jovan

Blessings,

 

SEDUCTION OF SELF RELASED!

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The wait is over! The next anticipated release from Jovan Mackenzy has finally been released. Seduction of Self! Why the title? What is the explanation? What happens when someone makes them self an idol? As once said: “Idle time is Idol time.” Take a step in Jovan’s shoes as he walks you through a path that may be all too familiar to many out there in the world. From struggles and trials to pride and pitfalls. Seduction of Self takes you on a field trip through Jovan’s mind, and paints a picture through human eyes into the world of what every human being might deal with day to day. The album features artists: IV Conerly (formerly IV HIS SON), Gil Vargas, and Deborah Hawkins. With music production from producers such as: Unbeatables, Tone Jonez, Jovan Ramos (Jay Orkestra), Marrio Esco, Rico Gibson, Platinum Sellers.

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Holiness

Holiness! Many people in America have their own definition of what this word means, but today I will speak to you on what holiness is and what holiness is not. Holiness is more than just being morally good it is the very essence of being set apart. Goodness is a part of that holiness. God is good but his goodness stems from his holiness. R.C Sproul’s definition of God’s holiness is being distinct, set apart and in a class of his own. The hebrew word for holiness is kodesh which is the state of being sacred or set apart or unique. There are many people in This country today who claim to be christians and followers of Christ but if you asked them what holiness is, not many of them would be able to give you a biblical answer.With that being said I would like to share with you what holiness is not.

Holiness is not simply the act of one doing good works. Many people across the world would look at devoted monks, catholics, muslims or even atheists who serve in the community as holy. Sinful men would like to think that holiness is something that they can earn or an attribute that is naturally inside of them. If you asked ten different men what holiness is you would more than likely get ten different answers. Men love to try to reason within themselves to define what this word means. They do good works to quiet their burning conscience that tells them their is nothing good in them. In colossians 2:18 Paul says “Let no man disqualify you, insisting on asceticism. This word asceticism is characterized by or suggests the practice of severe self discipline and abstaining from all forms of indulgence. These type of people believe that abstaining from certain foods or drinks or even cultural activities, makes them set apart or better than those who participate in these things. The Omish go without electricity believing that it gives them a connection with the world. The bible says do not be conformed to the world (romans 12:2) so they believe going without electricity helps them avoid temptations and the deterioration of family and fellowship. To obtain a life of holiness monks choose the path of separating themselves from society to devout themselves to God. They believe that by being celibate and living life in the simplest form and praying all day makes them holy and earns them eternal life. Many of them live in monasteries and some even wonder from place to place. Their vows forbid him of owning any personal property apart from a bowl, cup, two sets of clothes and medical aids. He can’t have any contact with or even think of being in the presence of a woman. They can not eat for pleasure, nor can they possess or touch money or seek personal relationships. Many americans who profess to be christians believe that if one goes to church, prays, reads their bible, pays tithes and tries really hard to live a good life that this makes that person holy. If they do these moral deeds they feel like they have become holy but the problem with that is sinful men do not get to define what holiness is.

There is only one being in the universe who has the right to declare what holiness truly is and that being is God almighty. In Exodus chapter 15 verse 11 it says, who is like thee among the gods, O LORD? Who is like thee, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders? 1 samuel 2:2 says There is no one holy like the Lord indeed there is no one besides thee, nor is there any rock like our God. There is not other attribute mentioned in the bible over three times repeatedly other than the attribute holy. In Isaiah 6:3 we see the seraphim crying out to one another that God is Holy, Holy, Holy. Seraphim are wonderful beings that are without sin and are in the very presence of God yet the bible states that they have wings that cover their face and their feet. This shows us how holy God truly is. The word holy means to be separate and comes from a greek word that means to cut or even separate. God is uniquely holy and has no rivals nor competition. God is so beyond and unlike man that me doing this paper doesn’t do him any justice. It’s like a blind man trying to describe the sun. He has no clue where to start. The only difference is that I have the word to give me an idea of how holy God truly is. God is so holy that scripture says he can not look upon wickedness. Hebrews 7:26 states that for it indeed was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Did you catch that? It says he is unstained separate from sinners. God is the complete opposite of mankind. Jesus being the Lamb of God was without spot or blemish. He pleased the Father every day of his life in word, deed, thought and action. There was never a day in his life where He sinned. Christ is so holy that if he came on the earth with his full glory man would disintegrate to nothing. When we study the holiness of God we come to find out that God is truly separate and that their is truly no one like him. The bible says be ye holy for I am holy and without holiness no man will see the Lord. Well how do we achieve this holiness? There is no one on the earth who in themselves are holy. Holiness comes from God not man. 1peter 2:9 says But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of the darkness into his marvelous light. verse 10 states that Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people, Once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. The only way men can truly be holy is to receive holiness. They have to be granted this holiness from Christ himself. Christ is the only man who ever walked this earth who is Holy. Holiness isn’t just an attribute of God but it is something he shares with his people. He sets us apart by saving us and sanctifying us. This is all the work of God alone. God purges us and he cleanses us with his righteousness. This is why the gospel of Christ is so important. Man has a problem and his problem is that God is holy and he is not. Man is required to be holy but he doesn’t meet the requirements.. But Praise be to God who sent his son to live a perfect, holy and blameless life to die on a cross for those he has chosen. God’s holiness is best described and displayed publicly at the cross. Here we have the Son of God hanging on a tree and because of the sin of the elect God doesn’t spare of hold back his wrath but unleashes his holy fury and anger on Christ because of men’s transgressions. This shows us that no matter who you are you will be dealt with if you are not justified in the eyes of God. If He did not spare his only son, neither then will he spare those who reject such a great salvation. God didn’t just forgive us but he punished Christ in our place showing that His holiness truly is holiness.

In conclusion we see that holiness is not just a morality but it is an absolute perfection and separation from every and all things. It is being set apart and blameless and the only one who truly fits this definition is God himself. He displayed his ultimate holiness by not sparing his son Christ on the cross but making him drink the entire cup of wrath on behalf of sinners. Men can only be holy by trusting in the finished work of Christ and being regenerated and quickened by the Holy Spirit. This is not something man can do by himself. This is a work that only a Holy God can perform and we see this within our own lives as true believers in His Son Jesus. Let us continue to dwell on this attribute of God and grow in this knowledge for I believe that It  will take an eternity of eternities to understand half of what holiness truly means.

Do you complain?

As christians today we go through many trials and face many hardships. Much of us are in financial debt or have a physical illness of some sort . Some may be facing evictions and others may have recently been fired from a job or even in the process of trying to find one. Many don’t even know how they are going to pay their rent at the end of the month. All of us have some sort of trial that we are going through and all of us to one degree or another struggle with sin.

What type of people should we be in these trials and hardships? The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Regardless of how hard life gets we are to give thanks in everything. This is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us.” Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Let us pause for a minute and ask ourselves, do we give God thanks in all circumstances? I am confident that our answers would all be no. It is hard to thank God when we are facing difficulties in this life. We are commanded to give thanks but often times we find ourselves grumbling and complaining.

During trials we often forget the God we serve and who he is and what he has already done. Christ has ransomed us with his own blood. In Romans chapter 4:7-8 The Apostle Paul quotes the psalmist David from psalm 32:1,2 when he says “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered, blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” On the Cross Christ took on our sin by taking the punishment that we deserve which is the wrath of God. He has in doing so imputed his righteousness to us making us right with the Father. Paul wrote in his letters saying grace and peace to you from God the Father. Because of the propitiation of Christ we now have peace with God. How often do we meditate on this sobering truth? We were enemies with our creator and now he calls us his children. Its amazing how we can believe in the doctrines of grace and still have anxiety and worry and doubt God at times. This is because we are focused on ourselves and on temporary circumstances and not the eternal. Colossians 3:1-4 “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above,Where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above , not the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” We are not focused enough on the eternal. Christ will return one day to dwell with us for eternity. This is our hope that we eagerly await, knowing that our Lord Jesus will refurn for his bride.  Pure worship doesn’t come when we focus on ourselves but only when we are focused on the things of God. The Gospel of Jesus is not only what saves us its what sustains us. Everything is about Christ. This life is temporary and is fading away.

Our trials help to conform us into the image of Christ and they also expose that we are a weak and sinful people. Many of our trials show that we aren’t as trustworthy in Christ as we profess. May the Spirit of God cause us to examine our hearts and help us to trust God with our whole being. Its easy to point out adultery, malice, gossip, and lying, but how many times have we addressed the issue of grumbling and complaining. These too are sins and we are commanded to give thanks in all things. I myself am guilty of complaining just as the israelites did in the desert . I’ve seen God provide for me over and over again and still at times find myself doubting God or complaining when things don’t go my way. If we praised God as much as we complain and grumble then we would be a different type of people. May The Spirit of God continue to sanctify us and convict us of sin. I don’t want you to leave reading this blog having a pity party about how much you complain, but rather would have you leaving this blog worshipping the God who saved you from your sins. He is everything. Give him thanks for who he is and what he has done. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 Let us live with this verse in mind. Do we truly believe it? May the God of all grace keep you.

Jesus, Jesus, JESUS!

The Christian life can be easily summed up as being people who are followers of Jesus Christ and believe everything the bible has to say about him and his work. The word christian was used in the first century as a derogatory term to mock those who believed the “foolishness” of Christ and his message. Now today in America, the term christian is not derogatory towards men but it’s derogatory towards God. Nowadays many who proclaim the name christian are false converts who use the name because they believe some parts of the bible but not all. They are christians in title only but not in deed. This country is full of men and women who profess to know Christ but they have little knowledge of who He is. Abortion, homosexuality, fornication, murder, lies and other clear sins are rampant in this country but people will still claim that this is a christian nation. This statement couldn’t be further from the truth.

If you look at the last 20 to 30 years, it is very clear that Americans do not want Jesus to be Lord over their life. They may quote the bible, they may even attend church every service, but to have a Jesus who runs every area of their life is an intolerable thought. We have taken Jesus out of our schools, out of the work place, out of our social clubs and many of us have even taken Jesus out of our homes. Michael Horton was right when he said “we are seeing a christless christianity emerge. I as a christian musician have even seen many christian artists wanting to take Jesus out of the music now as well. This same Jesus who the entirety of scripture is focused on. This same Jesus in which everything was made by him through him and for him. This same Jesus who died a horrific death on the cross, taking the wrath of his Father, buried in a tomb and rose on the third day and now sits at the right hand of the Father. This same Jesus who is making intercession for us as we speak, he is not to be allowed in what is called Christian music today for many “christian” musicians. I read a quote from a christian today on facebook that said, “I don’t want to hear preaching in every song and just because your christian artist doesn’t mean you have to be a pastor too”. He also stated that he doesn’t like to hear Jesus mentioned in every song. Now don’t get me wrong every song doesn’t have to have the death burial and resurrection of Christ. There are ways you can glorify God and talk about marriage, life, pain and still reflect a biblical world view. With that being said I don’t think many people understand what they say out of their mouths. To make a statement that I don’t wanna hear Jesus in every song is a blasphemous statement and a very subtle one at that. Jesus is not part of our life he is our life. He is everything and the only thing. To not be consumed with Jesus is idolatry. He bought us by giving his life. Christians have grown intolerable with the fact that Jesus deserves all the praise and glory. Now we can say that all day but our actions deny that very statement. Look at many of the christian rappers and singers today. Notice how they started with everything being about Jesus and what he has done and now you will rarely find a song about the cross and the work of Christ. We have reached the point of enough is enough Jesus. We’ve given you enough glory. We have drawn a line in the sand. The road stops here Lord. Yes I am a christian we say but Jesus you are not control this music. I just wanna make great music. I don’t have to involve Christ. This is the mindset we have today but this is the same mindset that would’ve been condemned through out all of church history. The reformers would never had this mentality.It is not the Holy spirit telling a person to take the gospel out of their music or to water down the message. I repeat it is not the Holy spirit telling a person to take the gospel out of their music or water down the message. To say such is blasphemy. The Holy Spirit would never commit such treason. We as Americans have been so watered down in our thinking that almost anything goes. The same ones who are claiming to die for Jesus aren’t willing to live for Jesus. We have become ashamed of the name above all names that we won’t mention him. We have become ashamed of the one who bore our shame. He died so that you might live. Not for yourself but for Him. Is this the thanks we give to Christ.

Again I am not implying that if every song a person makes is not Christ crucified then they aren’t christian. Thats not what I am saying. I am talking about a mentality. I am talking about a lifestyle. This goes beyond the music. This boils down to our devotion and love for Christ. Do we want to see Christ exalted or music exalted. We say we want to reach people. The only way to do that is to preach Christ. People have never been saved by music. They will only be saved by the message of the cross. Our testimonies and clever rhyme schemes won’t save a soul from the eternal flames of hell. We must give our listeners Jesus. Would Paul agree with a statement that says” I don’t want to hear about Jesus all the time”? Its not as though we live in a society where everyone knows the gospel and everyone is preaching the gospel especially in the music. How can one get tired of hearing something thats rarely done? most of the music talks about Jesus but that doesn’t mean that it glorifies Christ. Many of the musicians and rappers are getting the glory. How many sinners have you heard say after hearing the music that, “wow Christ died for my sins, He bore the Fathers wrath on my behalf”? No you will usually here the artists get the glory. What a great rapper and singer he or she is. Wow the producers are amazing or listen to his punchlines and rhyme scheme. What a genius. It seems to me that a christless christianity has not only hit us in America but it is now clearly showing itself more and more through what is called christian music today. We are not getting more bold and blunt with the gospel, we are getting more and more watered down with our message. The gospel has lost its power in much of what is christian music today. Many will say that I am being legalistic but its clear throughout the bible and church history that whats being done in the name of Jesus here in America is paganism. There is no such thing as giving God too much glory but id rather be guilty of giving him too much glory than not enough glory. May God open our eyes to see that Everything is about Jesus Jesus Jesus.

Interview with Pirate Christian Radio!

Check out the Interview with Jovan Mackenzy from Pirate Christian Radio Station “Fighting For The Faith”:

http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2012/02/jovan-mackenzy-interview.html

NARROW ROAD: FAMINE RELEASED!

The follow-up to “The Narrow Road” has officially been released. Ladies and Gentle welcome the latest from Jovan Mackenzy, his release entitled: “The Narrow Road: Famine”. Check Out the line-up of this album below with features such as: Evangel, IV Converly (IV HIS SON), Dr. James White, Rik Reed, Alexis Mackenzy, Pastor Phil Johnson, Supplication, Redd Lettaz, Doctrynal, and The Apologist.

Track List:

1. Famine in the Land
2. Famine (Featuring IV HIS SON)
3. Truth (Featuring Supplication)
4. All I Need (Featuring IV HIS SON)
5. Triune GOD (Featuring Dr. James White)
6. Drownin (Featuring Rik Reed)
7. Believe (Featuring Alexis Mackenzy)
8. Fallin For Lies
9. Let Em Know (Featuring IV HIS SON)
10. Money Cometh
11. Lamentations (Featuring IV HIS SON)
12. A Look Inside
13. Wake Up (Voice of the Martyrs)
14. Rugged Cross I Cling
15. One Day (Featuring Rik Reed)
16. Consummation
17. Closing Remarks (Pastor Phil Johnson)
18. Cypher (Featuring Doctrynal, Evangel, and the Apologist)
19. Why Do I (Featuring Redd Lettaz)
20. Run!

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