When a new United States president is sworn into office, the process follows a certain protocol. The day begins with a worship service. From there the president and vice president go to the U.S. Capitol where the vice-president is sworn in first and then the president. After taking the oath of office, the new president gives a speech to express his goals for the country. Then come the parade and various inaugural balls. We read in the book of Revelation, Chapter 4, that after the Apostle John sees a vision of the glorious risen Christ, he receives and records the seven letters for the seven churches; he is then caught up into heaven. There he gets a glimpse of God’s throne. Among God’s attendants are four “living beings” who chant day and night, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” John sees 24 elders who worship the one on the throne saying, “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things and they exist because you created what you pleased.” John tells us what he saw and heard. It is up to us to believe and surrender to the King of glory.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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