Wednesday, September 15, 2021

“5 Reasons God May Be Delaying” by Dr. Hazel A. Claiborn


-It is so challenging to face delays. 

-Waiting is not easy when you are in a crisis, pain, sick, lonely, discouraged, overwhelmed, confused, frustrated, grieving, broke, anxious, etc.


- john ch 3 teaches us that we can hang on in a crisis- 

Jesus gets word that Lazarus is terminally ill but stays 2 more days…

-Is delays, a denial? Not always.


“5 Reasons God may be Delaying

Reason #1- god might be delaying his answer because you are not ready to receive it.  

Phil 1:6 “god will continue helping you until the work is complete”


-You can’t see it, but god is working behind the scenes of “your issues/ your request”- you may not see it but have faith and trust him


-have you ever thought, that you may not be ready for the answer god has for you? So, perhaps God is working to make sure you are ready when the answer comes.


Reason #2- god might be protecting you from something harmful.

Psalms 3:3- …god is a shield, our glory, and the lifter of our heads


-god knows everything about everything. He knows you too.

He knows those you are praying about, happenings, places, life events before they occur, etc.…


-god wants circumstances/people in our lives that will further “his work” & that will help you accomplish “his will” (not your will)


-romans 8:28 – “and we know that all that happens to us is working for our good, if we love god and are fitting into his plans” the living bible.


Reason #3- god might be delaying his answer because of his timing.

-god’s never early, never late, but always on time.  God’s timing often feels longer than our timing but at the right time god will do it!!!

Isa 55:8a “this plan of mine is not what you would work out, neither are my thoughts the same as yours…”


-god timing has an eternal perspective. He knows the past, present, and future. What do we know? Nothing compared to god.


-god delays might be because the answer you seek is not in his timing yet.

Perhaps he wants to stretch your faith.


-No matter how terrible, impossible the situation feels, it may appear to you there is no help, no hope, and no answer- but god will see you through this and he alone has the final say!


-You have put a “period” on this thing, but god has put a “comma” on it. It’s not over. (that marriage, relationship, job, health, future, etc)


-Lazarus was dead for 4 days. Martha put a period on it. But it was not over. God put an exclamation point it; when the timing was right!!!


-God will take your dead situation and resurrect it; if you trust him!!!


Reason #4- god might be delaying his answer in order to grow your faith.  

James 1:2-4-Is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete” TLB


-testing of faith produces steadfastness- loyalty, commitment, dedication, determination, dependability, devotion, faithfulness, etc…


-Our faith, our character, and our understanding of god can grow dramatically when we learn to trust him in our delays.


-Ps 119:34 ‘Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart”

-Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is what others think you are.


Reason #5- god might be delaying his answer ;in order to give you a “new direction”

Col 1:9 “… be filled with the knowledge of “his will”

-pray & asking god to help you understand what he wants you to do

 -ask him to make you wise about spiritual things

-pray that the way you live; will always please and honor the lord

-perhaps god is redirecting you.-seek “his will” in this matter


-you may be praying in “one direction” but he wants you to pray in a different direction

- or perhaps,the delay may be a “gentle” way of saying “no”

- “no”, this is not my will

- “no”, this is not my timing

- “no, this is not my direction

- “no”, I have something/someone better for you!

-trust god. He loves you. He wants what’s best for you. 

You are not alone. God has not forgotten or forsaken you. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

“What To Do In These Challenging Times?”


By: Senior Pastor E. Claiborn, Sr.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021




     In these Strange and Challenging Times, Many People are feeling fearful, 


afraid, and lost. Most of us have heard and seen things this past year and a 


half that we thought would never happen. Through all of this, God never left 


us or forsook usPsalm 46:1- God is our refuge and strength, a very present 


help in trouble. God knows every thing that’s going to happen before it 


happens, and He prepares us for all challenges. God chose you and I for 


such a time as this. Esther 4:14- “For if thou altogether holdest thy   


peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the 


Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be 


destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such


a time as this?” We are where we suppose to be in this day and time in life.


     The World Need us more than ever, and God wants to use You and I 


more than ever to help bring healing to a very sick and dying world. If You


are a Born Again and Holy Spirit Filled Believer, Stay Saved and Help Bring


others to Christ. If You are Not a Born Again and Holy Ghost Filled Believer,


I want to Introduce You to The Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST! HE Loves


You! JESUS Cares for You and everything you are going through! JESUS 


Wants you to give your life to HIM! Here is what The Bible Says You Need to


Do: Acts 2:38- “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every 

one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall 


receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” JESUS Already made The Way for You &


All of Us To Survive and Thrive during These Challenging Times. That Way is


THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! John 14:6- “Jesus saith unto Him, I am The Way,

 The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”




God Bless You!!!


Senior Pastor Earnest Claiborn, Sr.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

"What Makes A Woman Beautiful" by Dr. Hazel A. Claiborn

                                   “WHAT MAKES A WOMAN BEAUTIFUL”

-DR. HAZEL A. CLAIBORN


IS IT WEARING THE LATEST HAIRSTYLES, WEAVES, BRAIDS, OR HAIR ADORNMENTS? IS IT SHOPPING AT SEPHORA FOR THE LATEST MAKEUP? IS IT WEARING NAME BRANDS LIKE GUCCI, LV, COACH, OR MK?  IS IT VISITING THE NAIL SALON WEEKLY TO MAINTAIN A GEL MANICURE? OR DOES IT SIMPLY REQUIRE MUCH LESS PHYSICAL WORK THAN ALL OF THE ABOVE BEAUTY REGIMINES?


SOCIETY PLACES A HIGH DEGREE OF IMPORTANCE ON PHYSICAL APPEARANCE. 

TELEVISION, MOVIES, MAGAZINES, ALL DISPLAY “SO CALLED” BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.  OUR SOCIETY IS OBSESSED WITH PHYSICAL OUTWARD BEAUTY, AND MANY WOMEN ARE CAUGHT UP IN THIS OBSESSION AS WELL.


IS THIS SOMETHING THAT A CHRISTIAN WOMAN SHOULD BE OBSESSED WITH? SHOULD OUR OUTWARD APPEARANCE BE THAT IMPORTANT TO US?  DON’T GET ME WRONG I DO BELIEVE WE SHOULD CARE FOR OURSELVES AND PUT FORTH AN EFFORT TO LOOK AND BE OUR BEST AT ALL TIMES.


HOWEVER, I BELIEVE A WOMAN IS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE GOD HAS DESIGNED US TO BE BEAUTIFUL.

HE CREATED OUR SKIN, HAIR, AND OTHER FEATURES TO BE SOFT AND BEAUTIFUL.  SO, OUR OUTWARD SIDE OF BEAUTY IS JUST A SMALL PART OF WHAT MAKES US TRULY BEAUTIFUL.


A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IS NOT ONLY ADMIRED FOR HER PHYSICAL BEAUTY BUT HER INNER BEAUTY AND QUALITIES AS WELL.  


AS WOMEN WE TEND TO BE OVERLY CRITICAL REGARDING OUR OUTWARD FEATURES AND WE NEGLECT WHAT TRULY MAKES US BEAUTIFUL, OUR INNER FEATURES. WOMAN WE ARE TRULY BEAUTIFUL WHEN OUR OUTWARD AND INNER QUALITIES ARE IN SYNC.


HERE ARE THREE INNER QUALITIES THAT WILL ENHANCE YOUR BEAUTY MORE THAN MARY KAY OR MAC PRODUCTS.

#1. KINDNESS. A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IS KIND, GENTLE, AND GRACIOUS.  PROVERBS 11:16 

#2.  GOOD JUDGEMENT. A LOVELY WOMAN SHOULD HAVE DISCRETION. A WOMAN WITHOUT DISCRETION IS LIKE A GOLD RING IN A PIG’S NOSE. PROVERBS 11:22

#3. COMPETENCE AND ABILITY. A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IS ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO OTHERS THROUGH HER ABILITIES; SHE IS USEFUL TO HER FAMILY, CHURCH, AND COMMUNITY. PROVERBS 31


LAST, HOW WE LOOK TO GOD IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HOW WE LOOK TO OTHERS. GOD VALUES A QUIET SPIRIT IN A WOMAN. I PETER 3:3-4.   WOMEN SHOULD NOT HAVE AN ARGUMENTATIVE, CONTENTIOUS SPIRIT. WE SHOULD BE PEACEFUL TO OTHERS AND RESPECTFUL TO OUR HUSBANDS. 


ALSO, A TRULY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IS NOT IN COMPETITION WITH A MAN. SHE UNDERSTANDS HER VALUE AND STRENGTHS.  WOMEN WHO DO NOT HAVE INNER GODLY QUALITIES, ARE HOLLOW AND EMPTY SHELLS.


MY LAST BEAUTY TIP IS FEARING GOD ACCORDING TO PROV 31:30; THIS MAKES US SO ATTRACTIVE TO GOD AND DEEPENS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

"Intentionally. Daily. Consistently." by Evangelist LaShunda Claiborn





Intentionally. Daily. Consistently. 




To get to know this JESUS that loves you:

intentionally spend time with him, read the Word of God daily and pray consistently.

For your spiritual growth is worth spiritual investments. 






God Bless You,




Evangelist LaShunda Claiborn




Monday, March 15, 2021

Today’s Blog - “Seek God’s Face” by Dr. Hazel A. Claiborn

If you are reading this blog, I would like to say, “Welcome to the Potter’s House of Jesus Christ” we are so glad you stopped by. Stay as long as you need and better yet, we would love to meet you in person. You have a personal invitation to come by and Worship! I guarantee you will feel loved and right at home.


I am the wife of Sr. Pastor Earnest Claiborn’s amongst many other things in the Lord! 

As you can tell, I really do not like talking about myself; so, let’s get right to why you are here.

I must confess this is my first official blog so bear with me as I find my way. 

I have been saved for 34 years and counting and loving each day with Jesus!

So, I am not a novice to the Word of God and sharing his Word but somehow blogging feels different.  Perhaps it’s because I am not using my voice but my fingers on a keyboard to share with you the amazing Word of God.


My first blog will be about “Seeking God’s Face” that sounds deep and spiritual but what does that really mean? Why do we need to Seek God? And what is the significance of seeking God’s face? 

The Hebrew work “seek” means “to search out by any method”. In Greek, it means to “seek to find”. To seek something is to crave after it and to be tenacious, stubborn, and determined. Yes, that definition describes how I am, when I am preparing for a message; I “go hard”, and I am determined to receive revelation of God’s word! Likewise, we as believers should be “all in” when it comes to knowing God intimately and personally!


Why his face? The Hebrew word used for “face” means “the part that turns”. It comes from the root that means “to turn”, “to face”, “appear” and “look”. 

This implies being face to face with God, which is a place of deep intimacy. As the old saying goes, “the eyes are the window to the soul.” When we look someone in the face, we are better able to gauge their mood and understand their thoughts. 


Psalm 105:4 “Look to the Lord and his Strength; Seek his face always”.  God wants us to seek his face because he wants to be known by us. We all have a desire to be loved and to be known by others, so does God.  To seek God’s face is to go deeper in your Prayer, Worship, Fasting, Repentance, Obedience, Church Attendance, and Reading of the Word. As we draw near to God, He will draw near to us! 


When we seek God’s face, it means we are seeking to Know Him, Understand his Character, and Hear his Voice. Knowing God is a Privilege. I encourage you to go deeper and truly begin to seek God’s presence as there is so much more, he wants to share about himself to you.

Monday, March 1, 2021

“Be Not Afraid or Troubled By What You See or Hear” by Senior Pastor Earnest Claiborn, Sr.

March 1, 2021


* Our World & Society is Changing around us Quickly. We are currently
   Experiencing Restrictions and Lockdowns on Citizens Globally do a Virus
   Named “COVID-19”…


* We are witnessing Elected & Governmental Officials in our Country and
   Around the World take Advantage of this Global Pandemic (Allegedly) for 
   Their own Political Agendas…


* Matthew 24:4-8- And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that 
   No Man Deceive You…
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall Deceive 
  Many…
And Ye Shall Hear of Wars and Rumors of Wars: See That Ye Be Not 
  Troubled (Afraid) for All these Things Must Come to Pass, but The End is
   Not Yet…
7 For Nation shall rise against Nation, and Kingdom against Kingdom: and 
  There shall be Famines, and Pestilences, and Earthquakes, in Divers 
  Places…
All of these are the Beginning of Sorrows…


* Here are Some of The Disturbing Things We are Starting To See & Hear
* The Democratic Socialist/Communist Party have Now Taken Control of The 
   Presidency, The House, & The Senate- These are The 3 Parts of Our 
   U.S. Government Body that Controls Our Control…


* Now We will Slowly Start Hearing and Seeing Disturbing Changes in our
   World- Such As:…
   -“The Great Reset aka New World Order”… 
   -“Mandatory Vaccinations”… 
   -“Universal Healthcare”… 
   -“Global Currency”…
   -“Switching from Capitalism To Socialism/aka Communism”…
   -“Microchip Implants Needed for COVID Protection, Traveling, Shopping, 
      Working, and etc”…
   -“Government Taking Over All Businesses”… 
   -“No More Private Enterprises”… 
   -“No More Property Ownerships”… 
   -“Mandatory Abortions”…
   -“No More Gender & Gender Terminology”…
   -“Destruction of The Biblical Family Structure”…
   -“Religions Not Needed”…
   -“More Threats & Declaring War Against Churches, & More”…


* Scriptures Encouraging Us To Not Be Afraid or Troubled:
* Matthew 24:6-8- And Ye Shall Hear of Wars and Rumours of Wars: See 
  That Ye Be Not Troubled: for All these Things Must Come to Pass, but The 
  End is Not Yet…
7 For Nation shall rise against Nation, and Kingdom against Kingdom: and 
  There shall be Famines, and Pestilences, and Earthquakes, in Divers 
  Places…
All these are the Beginning of Sorrows…


* So Be Not Afraid or Troubled By What You See or Hear…
* Deuteronomy 20:1- When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, 
   and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than 
   thou, Be Not Afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which 
   brought thee up out of the land of Egypt…
* Deuteronomy 31:6- Be strong and of a good courage, Fear Not, 
   Nor Be Afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with 
   thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee…
* Joshua 1:9- Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good 
   courage; Be Not Afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is
   with thee whithersoever thou goest…
* Psalm 27:1-5- The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? 
   the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?…
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat 
  up my flesh, they stumbled and fell…
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though 
  war should rise against me, in this will I be confiden…
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may
  dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty 
  of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple…
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of 
  his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock…


* End With This:
* Exodus 14:13-14- And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, 
   and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for 
   the Egyptians (Your Enemies) whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see 
   them again no more for ever…
    14 The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace… 



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

We need the church & the church needs you

We Need The Church & The Church Needs You!

Scripture- Hebrews 10:25. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.


Why We Need the Church:

One good look at yourself, society, and anyone else you know that maybe struggling in life with something, it then becomes apparent why we need the church. This writing is for those who may think church is only for the saved andthose that already have themselves together, for those who think you don't need to be in church for several hours or multiple times in a week & for those who may feel as though you have no place or call in the church. My prayer is that you receive whatever it is GOD may have for you!


The Church is like our Spiritual gas station and mechanic. The cars we drive on the day to day bases require many different things to be maintained in good working conditions, especially older cars which is what I would like to first draw our attention to. If you drive an older vehicle mechanics will often tell you it's very important to be sure you get your oil changed on time. If you do not, your car will begin to have engine issues and not driving smoothly and not long after not working at all. Along with consistent oil changes there are many other maintenance responsibilities a owner of a older car will have, such as you will likely need a transmission flush, radiator flush, alignment, just to name a few things. You also will need gas in your vehicle, no matter when you buy your vehicle, who you bought it from or how much gas you may of started with in your vehicle, if your driving that vehicle you will soon undoubtedly need gas. As I said church is like our gas station and you need gas to keep your car going. In other words we need to hear the Word of God being preached to us at church, we need the strength that comes from it and being among the people of God. Spiritually we are like the older vehicle. After we get what we need from church(gas station), it doesn't just stop there, there's more work to be done(Vehicle Maintenance). We have to pray if we want to stay, we have to fast if we want to last, deny ourselves love our enemies, evangelize, live Holy etc. In order for us to be able to do these things and learn and grow in God, it takes coming to church. This is just the way God made it to be (1Corinthians 1:21) it takes whatever it takes for each individual. Now I would like to bring your attention new vehicles and the difference. New vehicles are now made so much more efficiently than in years past so that the owners have to make less & less trips as possible to any mechanic and even any gas station. Many new vehicles are made to be more fuel efficient so you can save money and go longer without needing gas. others have a system that will tell you how many miles you have until you're empty on gas and even if you run out of gas they can bring you gas where you are. New vehicles are also made so you can go longer without oil changes some as long as 6months. So as you can see this is totally different from the maintenance needed for older vehicles. New vehicles maintenance and needs don't compare to us spiritually as older vehicles do but rather they compare to the enemies very plan to get each of us out of church however he can. God’s Word is life and it is POWERFUL, the devil knows this and if he can get us away from church where the Word is being preached & taught we will become spiritually weak and will stop growing and progressing just like a car without gas can't go anywhere, that's how we would be. Be NOT deceived my brother & my sister, God is yet working in the church, distractions have come your way to cause you to be discouraged by the church and to make you believe everyone in the church is bad. The enemy knows if he can stop you from going to your spiritual gas station & mechanic your spiritual engine and battery will not last very long on this journey called life. What you need is in God's house, healing deliverance, forgiveness, love fellowship and so much more. WE NEED THE CHURCH!!!

Why The Church Needs You:

The Church is meant to be a representation of God on earth, in the lives of the lost we are to be a light, a difference should be seen and easily recognized in us. The Church needs you because God has a purpose for each of us and as long as you are not saved and living for God, that means you are outside of his purpose for your life. We have all been given gifts, talents and abilities that God desires us to use for his glory and to help further his kingdom. The decision is up to you and I on if we will do that or not. There is only one you and nobody can do what you do like you do. There's a special place for you in the body of Christ and if you're not there then the body of Christ is lacking. God gave His all for you and I when he died for our sins. Let us not do anything half heartedly for him. No matter if we have the ability to sing,dance, write, draw, create, athletic,speaking, play the organ, piano, drums, guitar, flute, or any instrument, whatever it is you are gifted in & have a passion do it for God give your all in it. If that doesn't motivate you, just think about the fact that there is somebody out there meant to get saved because of something God has given you to do or wants to use to tell someone and if you're not obedient to God and using your gifts, someone else may never come to know Jesus. Many people want the glory and shine that seems to come from being a preacher in the pulpit, but God is looking & in need of some people that just wants to do all they can for Him. There is a great work that needs to be done in in this world, it must begin with those of us that are saved and know Jesus as our LORD and savior, it begins with prayer. Pray with us and pray for us, the body of Christ!
                       

God bless you!!!
Brother Tray Claiborn