Dr. Delman Coates serves as Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD. During his tenure, Mt. Ennon has grown to more than 9,000 members. Dr. Coates has initiated and revitalized ministries, expanded the church's physical campus and land holdings, and incorporated the Mt. Ennon Development Corporation. In October 2009, Outreach Magazine named Mt. Ennon as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Congregations in the United States.
Pastor Coates is founder and president of the Black Church Center for Justice & Equality, and he is a board member of the Parents Television Council and the National Action Network. He also serves as member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Morehouse College Board of Preachers, and the NAACP. In 2008, TAAP honored him as one of the "20 To Watch." In 2012, "The Root" named Dr. Coates as one of their 100 African American achievers and influencers. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) honored Dr. Coates in 2013 for his commitment to advancing civil rights and liberties for all. The same year, Ebony magazine selected him as one of their "Power 100."
Dr. Coates's ministry, messages, and social activism span a variety of media platforms. He has appeared on national media programs such as MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, Essence Magazine, NPR, VH1, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Huffington Post, and is featured in the documentary The New Black.
Finally, he is the proud father of four children: sons, Nathaniel and Joshua, and twin daughters, Ava Marie and Leah Blair.
I'm Making a Comeback
The 18th chapter of 2 Kings is a handbook on how God brings about restoration in lives of God’s people. What is noteworthy about this text is the way in which this comeback happens in the nation as a result of the transformation that happens in the life of one man. The renewal of the temple, the revival of the community, and the rebuilding of the home occurred all because God did something first in the life of one brother. Society changed, the culture shifted, the community got better because a change happened in, for, and through one man. We need the same thing to happen today. In this message, we’re going to take a look three steps we must take in handling our trauma if we want to experience the kind of renewal and revival we read about in 2 Kings 18. Let’s dive in.
I Won't Give Up
Life is filled with waiting. And when we have to wait, discouragement sets in because the passage of time can bring us down; it can cause us to lose sight of our goals, our dreams, and even our aspirations. The Gospel of Luke introduces us to an elderly man by the name of Simeon who waited his entire life to see the Messiah, the one who would save and lead the people of God and establish a new kingdom. According to the text, Simeon is told by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he sees the new king. So when the infant child—Jesus—was brought into the temple by his parents to be consecrated before the Lord, Simeon was there; and because he was there, he bore witness and recognized Jesus as the Promised One he had been looking for. As difficult as it must have been waiting month after month, year after year, decade after decade, Simeon doesn’t grow weary while waiting. He doesn’t give up on God. He doesn’t throw in the towel. He isn’t at the bar drowning his misery in the bottom of a bottle. He’s in the house of God worshipping and waiting on God to do what he said he would do. And it’s that model of persevering faith that is an example for all of us, whether we are waiting for our change to come, waiting for a new day, or waiting for things to turn around.
I Won't Go Back
Paul spent five and a half years in jail, and he used that experience
as he wrote most of the New Testament to compare what life is
like when you are living your life without God in it. Without Christ
we are trapped by Satan, imprisoned by the world, and chained to
our passions that leads us on a path of unfulfillment and
destruction. So he tells the believers in our key text that once
you’ve been set free from the yoke and bondage of sin, you can’t
allow yourself to be chained to and shackled by the very thing that
used to hold you down.
Winning at Family Feud
Finish this saying for me, “Where there’s a will, there’s a ______.” No, not “way,” there’s a “family fighting over it.” Since the beginning of time, even as far back as creation, family has been both the bedrock of community and the beehive for contention. Family conflicts are something that all of us can relate to. So it’s important that we learn how to handle confrontation with our family in a way that makes our relationships stronger and ultimately honors the Lord and obeys His Word. Today, we’re going to look at three things you can do if you want to win at family feud and handle family conflict in a healthy way.
God is Getting Ready to Change Your Life
There can be no question that the day of Christ’s birth is a day that has changed human history ever since. We may not know the exact day or dated of his birth, but for the believer it is one of the most important days in church and human history. It is a celebration of the fact that something has changed, and that something is going to change, and it’s not just for the people who were around to witness it; it is for us now. With this in mind, I want to remind you that in this season of your life, you should have expectancy. You should possess a perpetual hope that God is up to something; God is working on your behalf, and though you may not see it, although you may not feel it, and you may not recognize it, something is about to change.
How to Deal With a Troubled Heart
The heart is so central to the body, so significant for our health, that failure to care for, maintain, and protect the heart results in 17 million Americans dying each year from heart related diseases. But as central as our heart is to our physical well-being, it is of even greater importance to our spiritual well-being. When the heart experiences shock and sadness, troubles and trauma, hurt and heartache, it can weigh us down, and if left untreated, can literally tear us apart. It is no wonder that in one of Jesus’ last earthly conversations with His disciples, Jesus spoke to them about caring for the heart. He warned them not to allow the negative circumstances around you or the things have agitated or frustrated you to create conflict and tension within you. Because if you leave those things unattended in your heart, it can cause major problems. In light of that, here are three things you can do to overcome a troubled heart.
I love my church!
I’m so glad Pastor Coates has this podcast! It helps me stay on point thru out the week! Bravo Job well done!