THE INSPIRER

Issue 8August 2010
In This Issue
Inspiration
Health Matters
Money Matters
Living Single
Special Edition
Words of Wisdom
Pick of the Month

Sheri Jones-Moffett
RENEWED

Kevin Davidson gave her hope and opportunity. Donald Lawrence nurtured the gift. Working with Ted helped her develop the drive she has within. She took a break from it all and Sheri Jones-Moffett came back "RENEWED" with a solo project that is phenomenal!

In interviews, she describes this CD as her story in music. These songs couldn't be done as part of a choir or even in duo with her dear friend Ted Winn. These are personal experiences through which she endeavors to connect with her listeners and sing for them what they may not be able to articulate.

The title cut, Renewed, releases words of encouragement [where have we heard that before?] and second chance. The historical significance of the election of Barack Obama was the inspiration of "Not Too Late to Dream". "Wonder" is a tribute to her daughter, who was born at just 1.5 pounds but triumphed with healing and life.

"Free Indeed" has a surprising 'Beach Boys meets Outkast' vibe, but the message is clear and it just makes you want to get up and dance! Then she turns around and goes to church with "The Affirmation" and "I Feel Your Spirit".

There is something for everyone on this project. Get it! Enjoy it! Be RENEWED!

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
 
Inspiration
 
Striving For Excellence

By Shana Bibbs Hampton

Excellence is what I strive for
God is who I adore
I am a perfect imperfection trying to pursue the right direction
So glad He knew this from the start
My merciful Father judges me not by my actions but looks at the heart
As I journey on this Christian walk, I know that I am not alone
He gives me a renewed spirit and a new song
I press on, embracing everyone that I can
Implementing what I have been taught
In order to rid myself of the strongman
I strive for excellence in all that I do
Unaware of who my story touches along the way
God constantly shows up and approves
Temptation will exist till the end of time
But as long as I stay focused on Him, my reward will be sublime
I am a soldier in the army of the Lord, spiritually dressed for success
There's no war I cannot fight
I have the sword of the spirit as my insight
Although He is not finished with me yet
Excellence is my mindset
I strive to be the best that I can be
Keeping God first, representing Him proudly

 
Health Matters
 
Tips for Memphis/Shelby County Residents

Shelby County is offering the following services and information:

 Fans for Seniors Program - The Aging Commission of the Mid-South's Fans for Seniors Program delivers fans to seniors over the age of 65 and those with disabilities. Individuals may receive a fan every other year if they live in Shelby County and do not have a functioning air-conditioner. Those in need of a fan or want to make a donation, contact the Aging Commission of the Mid-South at 901-324-3399.

 Air Conditioners - The Shelby County Community Services Agency has a limited number of air conditioners available for residents who qualify. Residents who meet minimum income guidelines and do not have a functioning air-conditioner may contact the Mayor's Assistance Center at 901-545-4311.

**During these periods of intense and prolonged heat, it is especially important to check on elderly relatives and neighbors. They are more likely to have conditions or take medications that make them more vulnerable to the heat, and their bodies don't adjust well to sudden changes in temperature.**

Tips to Help Prevent Heat-related Illnesses:
ˇ Drink plenty of cool fluid, especially water; avoid alcohol and caffeine
ˇ Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen
ˇ Limit outdoor activities
ˇ Pace yourself
ˇ Stay indoors, especially in the heat of the day
ˇ Never leave anyone in a car
ˇ Monitor those at high risk (very young, elderly, people who suffer from pre-existing health issues)

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body's temperature rises rapidly, the body loses its ability to sweat, and it is unable to cool down. Body temperatures rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke:
ˇ High body temperature (above 103 degrees)
ˇ Red, hot, dry skin (no sweating)
ˇ Rapid, strong pulse
ˇ Throbbing headache
ˇ Dizziness, nausea, mental confusion, shallow breathing and possible unconsciousness

Heat Exhaustion:
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.

Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion:
ˇ Heavy sweating
ˇ Paleness
ˇ Muscle cramps
ˇ Tiredness
ˇ Weakness
ˇ Dizziness
ˇ Headache
ˇ Nausea or vomiting
ˇ Fainting
ˇ Skin may be cool and moist
ˇ Pulse rate fast and weak
ˇ Breathing fast and shallow

Information sources:
www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp
www.shelbycountytn.gov

*Content regarding heat exhaustion was taken from www.medicinenet.com.

Contributing Writer: Tekeela Green

 
Money Matters
Train Up A Child



I know you're saying, she's about to preach! Well, I'm not. What I'll attempt to do is encourage you to develop sound financial practices with your children that they can take with them into adult hood.

I don't know about you, but I didn't get a lot of teaching on money management as a child or teenager. I learned a lot of what I know now from messing up. I am not at all knocking the lessons my mother taught me because I love her and am grateful. However, I wish she had done some of the things in this article concerning money with me.

Develop a system in your home for your child to earn allowance. Put a value on household chores, determine how often he will be paid and pay him accordingly. Discuss the expectations and ensure he understands the consequences of not meeting them. Make him accountable for tracking completed chores so he knows what he'll earn or what, if anything, will be deducted for incomplete assignments. Once your child begins earning, take him to the bank and open up a savings account for him, one that he manages. Then teach him how to do just that, manage it.

Teach your child to shop and start at the grocery store. Allow him to help you with the list (start off small), divide the list into wants and needs and develop a budget. At the store, let him manage the list by comparing prices and looking for sale items. Once all the needs are in the basket, check your budget to see how he's done. If all is well and you have money left over, pick up the wants. Once you're done shopping, teach him how to read the receipt and talk about it. He'll take what he learns in the grocery store with him for years to come.

The same concepts can be applied to eating out - help him make healthy choices - nutritionally and financially. Speak into him when he wants a new toy or designer shirt. Talk through the decision of buying or walking away.

Take the opportunity when your child is small to steer him in the right direction for optimum financial success. The Bible says the little foxes destroy the vine. Taming the little foxes early will preserve the vine for plenteous growth later. Money matters for children too.

 Stephanie Hill
 Contributing Writer


 
Living Single

Unbreak My Heart


I recently watched a "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" marathon and the episode of Kim's depression from her break up with Reggie really struck a nerve with me. I've been there - several times. People may disappoint us: a boyfriend, a husband, a fiancé, a friend, a child, a parent, a boss. All can in some way - break our hearts.

I have faced days after heartbreak when I didn't want to go on. I wouldn't say I was suicidal, but I felt "It wouldn't be so bad if I just didn't wake up in the morning." When I felt like I hit a brick wall with nowhere to go, it always came down to one thing: my faith. Did I believe God was in control of my life or not?

I love lists!!!! But I wouldn't dare suggest that there are "10 steps to...." on this subject. Each hurt is different and everyone heals in different ways and at different times. But I will give you a few suggestions to help begin the healing process.

First, cry out to God. Many have become depressed or turned to drugs, alcohol, food or some other vice. My advice is to cling to His Word. 1 Peter 5:7 teaches us to cast all our anxiety [cares] on Him, because He cares for us.

Second, it's okay to cry. You may be trying to stay strong for your kids, your family, at work or even at church. At some point though, you may need a really good puffy eyed, snot slinging, slobber from the mouth cry! If you have a friend that will hand you a Kleenex during this time, call him/her up and have at it.

Finally, worship the Lord in song. It's hard to cry while singing "Lift Him up! Higher! Higher! Lift Him up!..." So pop in your favorite CD or grab your iPod with your top picks and lift Him up! Delight yourself in Him - and guess what - He promises to give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). No more broken heart, but a joyous, truly happy, healthy one.

 Emma Devine
 Contributing Writer

 
August Special Editions

Walking In Excellence


Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the perfect example of excellence. He walked the earth in the flesh, experienced many of the same temptations we face today and yet did not sin. As a result of Christ's walk, we too can walk in excellence.

Let's consider the Lord's servant, Job. We all know the story of Job, the man who had everything until he lost everything. Job chapter one starts off by telling us that Job was blameless, a man of complete integrity. He feared God and shunned evil. One day, the devil approached God, asking if he could have at Job. The Lord allowed Job to be tested and Job lost everything he owned, including his children.

There is an outstanding lesson in Job's trials that depicts what it means to be excellent and to walk in excellence. The lesson is, in order to walk in excellence, you must know God and rest in the assurance that no matter what happens in your life, God knows what is best for you. Even during those difficult times, drawing near to God and maintaining a productive relationship with Him is what will help get you through.

Walking in excellence means staying free of those things you were delivered from. The Bible tells us to be not entangled in the yoke of bondage again but rather to walk in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. Whatever you did in the past should not be a part of your future. If you were a liar in your past, walk with integrity now; if you were a cheater in your past, deal fairly with your brothers and sisters now; if you were a fornicator, present your body a living sacrifice, one that is holy and pleasing to God.

Walking in excellence also means keeping God commandments, the greatest of which is love. Being in right relationship with God is the key though. It is only because of His love that we know how to love one another and even our enemies. Let's challenge one another to be more like Christ We can live victoriously because of the salvation that He so freely gave by laying down His life, while we were yet sinners. Let's strive to walk in excellence so that our Father is glorified because of our lives.

 Sheneka Bell
 Contributing Writer


Your Assignment



On your mark, get set, go!

We are in a new season and it is certainly a new day. We can rest assure that blessings are coming our way!

Have you started working on your assignment? We are in the middle of the year and we are off to a great start in spite of our circumstances. God is the creator of all things. He knows the beginning and certainly, He's the author of the finish. Now the middle is up to us and we must play a part in bringing our goals to pass with the help of God.

We don't have to work on any goal or assignment without God unless we decide to leave Him out. Even then, He knocks at the door of our hearts, waiting to assist us.

Take a look at the eight prayer gestures to use while working on your assignment.

Remember: Any runner can start. It's the finish you want.

ˇ Pray for clarity: if you're not sure how to start, you will never start.
ˇ Pray for strength: can you imagine working on any assignment without strength.
ˇ Pray for direction: you must know the route before you can take it.
ˇ Pray for connections: there are some people who are set in place to help you get there and face it, we need the help of others.
ˇ Pray for order: everything has an order in which it must be carried out. Like my husband says, "Baby, ask God to show you the order in that assignment since you are only being used to carry it out. The order comes from Him."
ˇ Pray for commitment: anyone can start something, stay committed to your assignment.
ˇ Pray for peace: the peace that only God gives keeps your heart and mind while working on your assignment.
ˇ Pray for balance: every assignment requires your time and no one's availability is the same. Work with balance so you can stay kind in your personality. Tired and over worked people can become grouchy people, if they have no balance.
 
Remember, this is your assignment and you are blessed by God to carry it out.

 
Words of Wisdom

 

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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