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
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.
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
Laws of Highest Prosperity
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
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
Power of a United Household
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?
Allow me to leave you with the prayer
that Jesus prayed while in the garden
of Gethsemane , "Father, make
them one!!!" Amen.
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.
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
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
In Faith Everyday (L.I.F.E)
Give Him Praise!
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
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
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!
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.