Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Saint Paul AME Church: 148 Years As A Faithful Remnant

In the book of Malachi, God once again is dealing with the transgressions and unfaithfulness of Israelites.

Speaking through the prophet Malachi:

  • God rebukes the priests for cheating the Lord by bringing blemished sacrifices before Him.
  • God rebukes the people of Israel for violations of His commands about marriage and divorce.
  • God rebukes the Israelites for their refusal to tithe and the unjust ways they lived.

However, within the cesspool of sin, injustice and debauchery that was Israel, God heard the cries of a faithful remnant of those who feared and honored His name.  In hearing the pleas of this faithful remnant God declared:

“On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him.  And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.   Malachi 3:17-18

In 1867 in the small Georgia town of Clinton, two years after the end of slavery in the hotbed of reconstruction, a remnant of those who feared and honored God’s name took the bold step of starting a church.

This weekend the Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate its 148th anniversary.  And like the Israelites in the days of Malachi this faithful remnant of God’s people has:

  • Endured the challenges, dangers and unfairness of Jim Crow.
  • Bore the burden as it sent its sons and daughters off to fight in two world wars and countless conflicts from Korea to Vietnam to Afghanistan.
  • Trumped in the hard won victories of the civil rights movement; finally gaining the equality of legal rights promised by man but confirmed by God.

Through births and deaths, good times and bad this remnant of those who feared and honored God’s name remained faithful.

And for 148 years Saint Paul has showed “the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”    Malachi 3:17-18

This weekend, the current faithful remnant of Saint Paul, will gather together in celebration of 148 of years of service to the Lord

Sunday School @ 9:30 AM

Church Anniversary Worship Services  @ 11:00 AM

Click here for directions to Saint Paul AME Church

Let us all come in humble gratefulness and thankfulness to the God of our weary       brought us thus far on the way.  For it is only with God’s might that he has led us into the light.  Let us march on Saint Paul until God’s victory is won. (Inspired by the James Weldon Johnson pome: Lift Every Voice and Sing)

May God forever keep the Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in His great and worthy path.

 

Want A New Job By Christmas? 5 Things You Need to Do Today

As I write this post there are 53 shopping days until Christmas.

If shopping for a new job is one of the items on your list, here are 5 things that you should be doing in the days before December 25th.

  1. Know What You Want

Before launching on the other four items on this list. The first question to ask yourself should be: “What am I looking for in the new job?”

Taking the time to think about what is important to you in your next job will elevate and bring great power to your efforts during the days remaining until Christmas.

What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles is a great resource that can help bring clarity to your job search efforts.

  1. Create A Target List Of Companies

As you become clearer about want job you are looking for, the next thing to do is create a target list of long companies that you want to work for.

I have been an advocate of the use of a company target list.  Use this six step to get the process started.

  1. Use Your Network Strategically

A 2012 CareerXroads study reviled that 75% of all available jobs are filled either through employee referrals, social media recruiting or the personal networks of hiring managers’.

This mean that your job search must be focused on strategically networking, backing up your list of target companies ensuring you can make the connections needed to find the next job.

My friend Marc Miller, the founder and CEO of Career Pivot has written extensively about networking.  His white paper Strategic Networking is a great guide in how to turn your existing network into a more powerful force for your job search.

  1. Upgrade your LinkedIn profile and other social media

Having an effective presence on social media and specifically LinkedIn is key in finding that next job.  Today your LinkedIn profile is more critical than a resume in fining new opportunities.

Upgrading and keeping your LinkedIn profile refreshed is central in showing that you are serious about your profession and available for new opportunities.

As a LinkedIn Ninja, I have written extensively about LinkedIn.  Here are a few posts from MarbenBland.Com that can get you started:

3 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your LinkedIn Profile

3 Ways To Transform Your LinkedIn Picture From Crappy to Fabulous

5 Easy Ways To Make Your LinkedIn Profile Standout

 

  1. Start Spreading The News

 

The fact that you are looking for a job should not be a secret.  Tell everyone you know that you are looking, counter to what many may think the holidays is a superb time to conduct an effective job search.

In a post I wrote last year called How to Power Up Your Holiday Job Search I outlined strategies for using the parties, dinners and goodwill leading up to Christmas to your job search advantage.

 

Find A New Job Under Your Tree

Job searching, whether employed or unemployed, is never a fun undertaking.

Use the next 53 days to challenge yourself to take your job search to the next

Good luck and have a very merry job searching Christmas.