THE INSPIRER

Issue 2

August 2009

 

Pick of the Month

Music of the Month is Billy Rivers and the Angelic Voices of Faith's "The Best is Coming." This Memphis-based choir celebrates 30 years of praise through song with their fifth release. A personal favorite, this album has two songs that the GCT Voices have added to their catalog: "I'll Bless the Lord" and "That's When He Loved Me." This is a must for any gospel music lover's library.

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-Designate Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor www.bbporterministries.org

 

 

 

Health Matters

Cataract Awareness

 

Cataracts cloud the eye's clear lens, similar to a window that is "fogged" with steam. When the lens becomes cloudy, light rays cannot pass through it easily and vision becomes blurry. Cataracts are not a growth or a film over the eye.

Cataracts start out mildly and have little effect on vision at first. But as the cataract becomes denser, so does the impact on vision.

Symptoms include: painless blurring of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision in one eye, poor night vision, fading or yellowing of colors, frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions.

Although cataracts usually develop as a part of the aging process, they can also result from: eye injuries, certain diseases, such as diabetes, genetic inheritance, certain medications, frequent, unprotected exposure to UV-A and UV-B rays, and smoking.

Currently, there are no medications or exercises that will help cataracts to disappear. When they do begin to interfere with daily activities, they can be treated surgically. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most frequently performed surgeries in the United States . After surgery, vision is improved in most patients. Laser treatment is sometimes used after cataract surgery to remove a film that can occasionally grow behind the lens implant.

If you think you may have a cataract, you don't have to live with it. Talk to your Eye M.D. about your options.

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology

Contributing Writer: Tekeela Green

 

 

 

Money Matters

7 Laws of Highest Prosperity


Continued from last month



#2 Law of Priority

Prioritize means to arrange in order of importance. Matthew 6:33 But seek.... Philippians 4:19 What are "these" things?

What is the most important thing in your life? You have your family (husband, children, other) your jobs/careers, dreams, homes, valuables, etc. None of these are more important than God; because without Him, we are like a ship tossed and driven without a sail. We're just floating. Can you imagine just floating in life? Before God saved us from our sins, that is where we were...just floating. I don't plan on going back there, how about you?

#3 Law of Motivation

What motivates you? Money, Prestige, Fame, Applause... Love should be our #1 motivator. Matthew 22:36-37 Teacher, which is the greatest commandment, You should love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and body. John 14:15 If you love me, you'll keep my commandments. Love is a simple word but it seems to be very difficult for most of us to love the way the Bible tells us to...first God, then one another. I don't know about you, but I don't want God to crack the sky and tell me what he told the church in Revelations 2:4 "Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love." When we love serving, our jobs are easier. Galatians 5:13 tells to serve one another through love. When you love right, you'll love God's people, life and you won't have a hard time witnessing. I Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 Key #13...and now faith, hope, love, these 3; but the greatest of these is love.





#4 The Law of Generosity

Luke 6:38 Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall me give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Think about this for a moment. God said in his word that if we give, blessings will come back to us. It may not be in the same manner or form at which we gave...but it will come back. He even said that it would be good measure, pressed down...not like sifted flour, but flour packed down so tight into a cup that you can't get another grain in...then he said shaken together and running over! So I know that the blessing is in my giving. Pastor Porter has even taught us that it is good to give to someone who can't give back, so that when the blessing comes, there is no one but God to get the Glory. Try being generous in your giving and watch what God does in return.

to be continued

Stephanie Hill
Contributing Writer

 

 

 

Holy Matrimony


The Power of a United Household

 

This month, I'd like to focus on having faith that God will bring total and complete deliverance to your household. It does not matter what areas your household needs deliverance in, God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that you and your spouse can ask or think, according to the power that worketh in you! All you need is some combined faith! Although "faith" is such a small word, it has the power to produce GREAT results! Having faith is so important in the life of a believer that without it, it is impossible to please God. The good news is that God has given to each of us a measure of faith. However, it's up to us to exercise it.

I believe when couples join their faith together, they can conquer and accomplish anything. Even the enemy knows what happens when the two become one...when couples put aside their differences and come together for the betterment of their family and their marriage. God has to show up and show out on our behalf!

Pastor often reminds us that when God sees unity; He commands a blessing. In other words, when He looks down and sees us uniting as one, He will command whatever we need to manifest before our eyes. I don't believe God gets glory when couples have their own agendas or the "me, myself and I" mentality. From the beginning, God's plan has always been about oneness. Instead of unity, many of us are divided and in competition with one another. Why are we competing against each other when we're on the same team? That's a good question, isn't it? That reminds me of a statement my son said to me recently. He said, "Momma, you have a lot of great ideas and Dad has a lot of wisdom. Man, if you guys ever get on one accord, nothing will be able to stop you!" Okay, allow me to have an Elder Waller moment: "Wooooow!" What a true and powerful statement.

I believe it's time put aside our "separate" agendas and come together as the team God truly intended us to be. Like my son said, yes you are wonderful by yourself, but if you and your spouse would get on one accord, NOTHING would be able to stop you! So I dare you and your spouse to get on one accord so that God can release the great harvest that you and your family so desperately need. Like I said, God is looking for unity and combined faith in marriages today. When He stops by your house, what will He see? If you haven't been on one accord, it's not too late; you can start today! When you do; the enemy knows it is on!!! United we stand; divided we what? Fall!!!

Allow me to leave you with the prayer that Jesus prayed while in the garden of Gethsemane , "Father, make them one!!!" Amen.



LaKesha Calhoun
Contributing Writer

 

 

Ministry Spotlight


Greater Community Temple is comprised of more than 80 ministries, and there is a ministry area with your name on it! I would like to take the opportunity to spotlight one of the great ministry leaders at Greater Community Temple.

 Chris was definitelyJJuly's recipient of the W. L. Porter Faithful Service Award is Minister Chris Nichols . Minister Nichols functions as an adjutant, ministerial alliance member, marketing and public relations team member, and technology consultant. Minister Nichols is willing to help wherever needed. Awhile back, Minister Chris attempted to lead praise and worship...for those of you who know Chris, you could only imagine.  "Making a Joyful Noise unto the Lord." My point is this young man is willing to do "whatever it takes" to make ministry happen.

In July we decided to designate our monthly award in honor of our great founder, Bishop W. L. Porter. Bishop Porter's service to the church and the community will never be forgotten. Each month our leaders will now be recognized for their contributions to ministry by receiving the W. L. Porter Faithful Service Award.

Our monthly recognitions are given to those who volunteer to help make ministry successful. Here are some interesting statistics on volunteer retention. According to recognitiontips.com, 90% of volunteer resignations are due to people feeling under appreciated, with 70% feeling no obligation to continue in existing roles. On a positive note, there is a 70% lower turnover rate when positive recognition is given.

In closing, there is a passage of scripture that says, "The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness" (I Samuel, 26:23, NIV). In the future, when contemplating rather to reward or not, ask yourself...What Would Jesus do?
 
Until next month,
 
Jeff Williams, SOM
Greater Community Temple COGIC 

 

Jeff Williams
Contributing Writer

 

 

 

Living In Faith Everyday (L.I.F.E)


Give Him Praise!

 

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord (Psalms 150:6).

Just think for a moment...you have been giving an opportunity to say something to God that He looks forward to. When was the last time you really told God "Thank You?" Not because everything was good, but you know HE is good and not to mention worthy of all praise. His name is above every name. He is still performing miracles day after day, and His word is doing exactly what it was sent to do in the lives of His people.

Think about something that you know only God could have done. I understand that God has placed men and women in a position to be a blessing and yet we were taught to say "Thank you." However, this praise that I am speaking of is praise to the Creator for just being who He is in our lives and how He has (and often does) keep us from dangers seen and unseen.

He watches over His word to perform those things that have been spoken in the beginning. He rewards those who walk upright. I did not say those who are perfect, because that would leave us out. It's only when we are reminded that He alone is the One who is all powerful, all knowing, and apart from Him, we can do nothing at all.

It is with much admiration that we should show forth His praise while we still have breath. I can recall an experience earlier this year when I could not get my breath. All I wanted was some air; and it seemed as if I had moved one step farther, I would pass out. When I arrived at the hospital, the first thing the nurse did was give me oxygen and breathing treatments, because my lungs were not cooperating with me...so to speak. While lying there I thought, "Boy what a wonderful God we serve, who has given us doctors, nurses, and staff workers who practice taking care of the sick and afflicted. We often tell them thank you for their kind deeds and tell others of those experiences in our life."

So whatever experience you have had or can recall, go ahead and take a moment, think again, and tell God "Thank You." He delights Himself in your praise and He inhabits the praises of His people. This praise will change the atmosphere in your surroundings. This praise will make communication with Him clear. This praise you can live in everyday. Everyday will not be good, but you can rest assured that the God we serve is good everyday and He is responsible for the outcome of every situation. Even though He uses us as instruments, He is the navigator of all things. Give Him praise!


Pam Kendricks
Contributing Writer

 

 

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-Designate Brandon B. Porter

Senior Pastor