THE INSPIRER

Issue 4 April 2010
In This Issue
In The Mix
Community Relations
Youth Corner
Holy Matrimony
Money Matters
Living Single
Health Matters
Church Humor
Pick of the Month

Blessed by God with a unique anointing and gifted with a rich sound that is second to none, New Change is an outreach ministry striving to make a difference in self, the church, the community and across the world. Birthed out of Minister Andrew Knox in 2001 this ministry is not interested in merely performing, but "Changing a Generation through God's Word."

God has blessed this group of 18 - 32 year olds to grace the stage with gospel greats Kurt Carr, the late Rev. Timothy Wright, Professor James Hall, Lashun Pace-Holmes and Ricky Dillard. For almost a decade Memphis and the Mid-South have enjoyed the exciting praise this group brings to every event.

August 23, 2008 the world was officially introduced to New Change Ministries through their first live recording "The New Change Experience: Live in Memphis". Fueled by the hit singles "Jesus Knows" (featuring Mama Linda Knox) and "You Are" (featuring Lisa Knowles) this project is saturated with Memphis' contemporary gospel flavor and a praise that only New Change can generate. Minister Knox proclaims, "Our energy level is impeccable and we do believe in glorifying God and giving up the praise. We believe that our change is in our PRAISE". Get "The New Change Experience" and let the change begin!!

Zacchaeus Hayslett
Contributing Writer

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Welcome! Once again we have the privilege to greet you in our monthly Inspirer newsletter.

Take your time and peruse each article because there is a lot of good information for you and yours. We have tidbits from many areas of ministry we know you will enjoy. So don't just scroll down to the end and look at pictures; you will miss out on some very valuable information.

Always remember, if ever you are in our area, we would love to have you and your family come by and visit with us.  

Sincerely,

Bishop Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor www.bbporterministries.org
In The Mix

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The Evangelist Is Coming! The Evangelist is Coming!


Pastor Willie James Campbell will be the special guest speaker at Restoration Revival hosted by Greater Community Temple's Evangelism Department on Tuesday, April 6th. Pastor Campbell is not just a renowned Evangelist, but he is President of the International Department of Evangelism of the Church Of God In Christ. Pastor Campbell has traveled the globe preaching salvation to the lost. He was also the guest Evangelist for the Annual Christmas In November outreach event during the 102nd Holy Convocation where hundreds in need received food, clothing and a word of hope. One GCT member remarked, "He [Pastor Campbell] can pray rain down from heaven". This captures the sentiment of one, but many would agree that he's a powerful and dynamic preacher. He succeeded his father, Bishop Jesse Campbell, as the pastor of St. James Ministries COGIC in Chicago, Illinois. The church is located on over an acre of land affectionately known as the Judah Complex. Pastor Willie James and Lady Lori Campbell work together to make a difference in the lives of thousands through media and several outreach ministries. It is going to be a glorious Tuesday at GCT on April 6th at 7PM for Restoration Revival. Go, tell a friend, pick up a neighbor and tell them, "Jesus saves". The Evangelist is coming to town and you definitely want to be there! For more information please contact: Elder Monterrieo Dunlap, GCT's Evangelism Ministry Director at evangelism@gctministries.org.

Community Relations
 
GCT at Work In the Community - MIFA House


In communities where citizens are concerned, the entire city is impacted. Greater Community Temple continues to E. M. B. R. A. C. E. the community by touching the lives of those who are less fortunate. On March 4th & 18th, GCT's Missions Department traveled to the MIFA House, a shelter for homeless families in the Mid-South. During, these visits, the youth and mission team played board games, talked, and interacted with the children in the facility. Some of the residents received gifts and some much needed personal items. One activity we shared was a round robin discussion with the teens, which allowed them to discuss issues that they face daily. During this time of sharing, the younger children were assembled and made their own ice cream sundaes which helped to reinforce self reliance and belief in them. Every event ends with fellowship and food, as refreshments are always provided. The joy of seeing these families interact with our children and mission team is a joy that cannot be expressed in words. The Missions Team is EMBRACING the community by seeing a need and meeting it. The next opportunity for members to EMBRACE is April 3rd when the Missions Department pampers the women of Living Legacy, a shelter for battered women and children. Please contact Elder and Mrs. Anthony Turner, Missions Coordinators at 901-340-7602 for more information.



Contributing Writer: Kim Hayes
Youth Corner
 
Power To Achieve Purpose

"Today's youth are doomed for failure. Youth simply don't care nor do they have morals or principles. All teens are bad and headed for destruction". People often verbalize or even think these things about youth today, but they are simply not true. Many of our children have a real relationship with the Lord and are gifted by Him to do various things in life. While these gifts may vary considerably, what matters is that they do possess natural abilities that can benefit the Kingdom of God, simply because of their age. So since they possess so much ability and so many gifts, why are they not displayed as much as what they do wrong is? Could it be that their passions are uncovered and lay dormant because adults are not spending the proper amount of time with them? It is imperative for parents, adults and youth leaders to partner and teach youth how to pray and seek the Lord not only for guidance on gifts but on receiving His anointing. This helps to ensure they are able to work with power. The Holy Spirit is given to those who seek Him, according to Luke 11:13. This does not exclude young people. Actually, as believers, it is vitally important to be taught how to receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to live a life that pleases the Lord, enables us to walk in victory and provides us the tools necessary to maximize our gifts and talents in order to achieve our God-given purpose. So often parents and guardians focus solely on grades and disregard true talents and gifts. Yes, making excellent grades will help young people achieve a certain level of academic success; however, grooming a child in areas that they are gifted and anointed in will catapult them into their destiny.

This month, the Teen Ministry will learn and discuss details concerning creation, where the Lord came from, the identity of the Creator, and why Jesus Christ needed to be sent to earth. Please come out and enjoy the Tuesday night Bible Study in the Youth Cafe at 7:30 pm. It will surely be an exciting and spiritual time in the Lord!

Contributing Writer: Vaniesha L. Moore

Holy Matrimony
 
Church-Wide Game Night! - Save the Date

Come out for a night of fun and fellowship during the Church-Wide Game Night on Saturday, May 1st. Each ministry will be required to have a team so start organizing yours today and get ready for some good ole-fashioned competition! More information coming soon -

Sponsored by the Couple's Ministry

Money Matters
The 2010 Census Experience



The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the U.S. and gather information about everyone living at each address including name, age, gender, race and other relevant data.

This month's issue of Money Matters offers practical and sound advice on how to get the best out of the 2010 U.S. Census Experience.

Be Cautious About Giving Info to Census Workers by Susan Johnson

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a Census worker and a con-artist? BBB offers the following advice:

If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering questions. However, never invite anyone you don't know into your home.

Census workers are only knocking on doors to verify address information. The Census Bureau will not ask for your Social Security number, bank account(s) number(s), or credit card numbers. Nor will employees solicit donations. If they claim they need any of this information for the Census, do not give it to them, because anyone asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau. While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as salary range, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION. YOU ONLY NEED TO TELL THEM HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE AT YOUR ADDRESS.

Additionally, the Census Bureau has decided not to work with Acorn on gathering this information. No Acorn worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau.

Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at your home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau. Don't be a victim; be smart, be educated and be safe. My prayer is that you will enjoy the 2010 U.S. Census experience.

 Stephanie Hill
 Contributing Writer


Living Single

Abuse is Real!


The longer a victim remains in the relationship, their reasoning for the abuse becomes more justifiable, like: "He wouldn't do it if he didn't love me. If he didn't care, he wouldn't get so upset".

Now it seems that the wounded are staying because they are too scared to leave! They have been told, "If you leave me, I'll kill you!" - and they believe it.

The issue has reached so far into the fabric of our lives that women aren't the only ones being affected - please hear my heart on this issue - young girls and even males are increasingly becoming victims of domestic violence.

Dating is supposed to be the most euphoric and revealing time of a relationship. Before getting married, a couple uses this time to make sure they see eye-to-eye on things that are important, including how to handle the issues that they don't agree on, CONFLICT RESOLUTION.

There are red flags that should not be ignored (almost every victim remembers them after the fact) especially if the person:
is jealous and possessive
tries to control you by being very bossy and making all the decisions
is scary...you worry about how they will react to things you say or do
has a history of fighting or loses temper quickly
has a history of bad relationships and blames the other person for all the
  problems
has hit, pushed, choked, restrained or kicked you

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, help is available. If you need immediate assistance, do not hesitate to use 911, otherwise locally contact YWCA (901-725-4277 or CAAP (901) 272-2221. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

 Emma Devine
 Contributing Writer

Health Matters

Can I Just Have a Little Wine?


I sat in the church one night during a shut-in where my Pastor [at that time] decided to hold a panel discussion. The floor was open for members to ask the panel of ministers and elders any question that was on their hearts. Knowing the personality and teachings of our Pastor, it was understood (if not spoken) that there was simply no need to ask certain questions. He was a Pentecostal preacher and holiness was not an option. There was an expected standard of holiness that included no cursing, no fighting, no smoking and no drinking (alcohol) just to name a few. I'm not sure if she was a new member or just bold but this woman took the microphone and asked this distinguished panel in the most pleading high pitched voice, "Pastor, can we just have a little wine?". Knowing this question referenced I Timothy 5:23, "Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities," one of the elders replied, "Why? Are you sick? There's already a little in over the counter Brand X. Use that".

Although different denominations may debate whether no alcohol or alcohol in moderation is acceptable, there is no debating the adverse effects of alcohol abuse.
More than 100,000 U. S. deaths are caused by excessive alcohol consumption each year. Direct and indirect causes of death include drunk driving, cirrhosis of the liver, falls, cancer, and stroke.(1)
Nearly 14 million Americans meet diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorders.(5)
Alcohol kills 6 times more youth than all other illicit drugs combined.(2)
Traffic crashes are the greatest single cause of death for persons 6-33 years old. About 45% of these fatalities are in alcohol-related crashes.(4)
65% of youth surveyed said that they got the alcohol they drink from family and friends.(3)

In acknowledgement of April as Alcohol Abuse Awareness Month, let's ask the right questions. Are my actions putting others at risk? What can I do to prevent alcohol abuse among family and friends? Have I made enough effort to teach my children or other youth about the negative effects of drinking alcoholic beverages? Before we blame it on the alcohol, should some of the blame be given to those who ignore the statistics?

Just in case any member of Greater Community Temple COGIC has the same question as the pleading woman at my former church, Bishop doesn't condone the use of wine as medicine either!

Sources
1 Substance Abuse: The Nation's Number One Health Problem, Feb. 2001
2 Mothers Against Drunk Driving
3 The Century Council
4 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
5 Alcohol Health & Research World

Church Humor

Humor

Did you hear the story of the three preachers who went fishing one day? As they sat in the boat fishing they began to confess sins. One preacher said, "I confess that I have been bad to drink over the years." Another one said, "Well, I confess that I have been bad to smoke over the years." The third one said, "My sin is that I am a gossiper and I can't wait to get out of this boat."

GREATER COMMUNITY TEMPLE'S mission is to impact its community through evangelism, discipleship in order to change the world. We are committed to developing the believer in their faith of the Lord Jesus Christ through the consistent and systematic study of God's word. We exist to celebrate God's presence, to demonstrate God's love, to communicate God's word, and to educate God's people.

Bishop Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor
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