Pick of the Month
Kevin Davidson "Chapter 1"
No stranger to the Memphis area, Kevin Davidson and his music have touched our lives for years. He told us we were "Born to Win;" reminded us to "Count Your Blessings;" and encouraged us to "Fight On."
As God progresses His people, so He has done with Apostle Davidson. They have been given a new name - now Kevin Davidson and Dominion - and embarked on a new project, "Chapter 1."
It may sound cliché, but this project really does have something for everyone. Already a favorite of many is the uplifting "Wonder." The down home "My Mind is Made Up" is marked with the hand clapping and foot stomping of the old church. I think I might have even heard the wooden floor.
The contemporary proclamation of "So In Love" will touch the soul of every believer. Of course, it wouldn't be a Kevin Davidson project though without an anthem of sorts, and I think "I Made It" fits the bill.
If it sounds like I'm having trouble picking a favorite cut it's because I am. Plus there's a lot to choose from; there are 20 tracks!
This project - just released in October - will make a great addition to your music library and is an excellent holiday gift for the music lover on your list.
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.
By Sheneka Bell
Webster's dictionary defines prayer as an address (as a petition) to God with adoration, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving. Through prayer, we develop relationship with our Father. However, as His children, we should understand what prayer means and how we are to pray. We shouldn't go to God in prayer for the desires of our heart only, but we should spend time with Him and allow Him to minister to our souls. During our time of prayer, we should seek wisdom on how to be effective in the body of Christ.
Matthew 6:8 says: for your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Isn't it awesome to serve a God that knows your every thought, desire and prayer? Our Father loves us but we must stay faithful and true to His Word and increase our faith through prayer.
As children of the Most-High God, we must always pray, giving ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4). Wonderful things happen when we pray to our Father: burdens are lifted, broken hearts are mended and peace is received. Everything that we need, we can get it from God because He created us so He knows us better than we know ourselves. You don't have to pretend with God (praise break).This is why it's very important to stay connected through prayer.
Psalm 37:4 reminds us to first delight ourselves in the Lord, and he shall give the desires of your heart. Whatever you need, God has it! So pray about it. Its okay to ask God for the desires of your heart, but you must pray His will. We were born for a particular purpose and fulfilling that purpose comes before those things we desire in our heart. God loves you and wants you to love Him in return. Spend time with God in prayer and allow Him to make you a better you.
A Gift From God
Greetings Greater Community Temple,
December 5th, 2010 will mark the 20th Annual Pastoral Appreciation honoring our First Family, Bishop and Mrs. Brandon B. Porter.
Jeremiah 3:15 reads, "And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." This year we celebrate a great Pastor that our precious Lord has given us, thereby authenticating our theme "A Gift From God".
As faithful supporters of our very own shepherd Bishop Porter, GCT is commissioned to demonstrate just how much we appreciate, value and respect the selfless service our First Family has continued to dedicate over the years.
As we embark upon this milestone in our congregation's history, each member has been asked to participate in our "Heart of Gold Campaign" by donating a precious gift as a token of our love to our leader. Members have been asked to share a financial love gift of $120, $220 or $320 in this year's Appreciation Celebration. This amount is minuscule in comparison to the service, fellowship and inspiring messages of hope that our beloved pastor renders consistently, to feed our faith without fail. We are "his church family" throughout the entire year. He is a touchable man of God with a heart of gold, who takes time to meet and fellowship with everyone he encounters. In addition, let us not forget the blessing and honor of our First Lady during this wondrous time. First Lady Porter is equally as loving as she is a compassionate and beautiful woman of God who sincerely cares about every member of GCT. She is dedicated to the great commission set in place by God and is driven to grow broader through ministry, stronger through worship, warmer through fellowship, and deeper through discipleship. First Lady Porter is a shining illustration for all women everywhere and men respectively.
We look forward to your attendance on Sunday, December 5th to celebrate our wonderful First Family. All members are asked to attend all three morning worship services: 8 & 10am at the East location and 12 Noon at the North location.
During Sunday's 6pm evening service, we will be blessed by our special guests Bishop Jerry L. Maynard, Sr., Jurisdictional Prelate of Tennessee 4th & the Cathedral of Praise church family.
See you there!
Has worship been separated from your praise?
Benjamins, c-notes, loot, dough, bread, green...are all words we use to describe money. However, when we think of money and how it relates to praise and worship, it seems there have been some misconceptions on how they actually work together.
We all know we praise God for the things He has already done but we worship Him for who He is. In Psalms 29:2 the Bible says "give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness". Therefore, we should praise Him for making sure last month's mortgage was paid or we should praise Him because we had enough food to eat. Some are praising God for the things He's done but they are still saying; "I've been doing what the song says "praise Him in advance"; but I'm still broke". If this is your testimony you should ask yourself one question, "Am I excluding worship from my praise?"
Worshipping God has nothing to do with money; but everything to do with who God is. John 4:23 says, "but the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him". We should not use worship as an attempt to persuade God to do the things we want Him to do. It is easy to praise God for the material things He has given you: a new car, a large house or an expensive wardrobe but are you using God like He's a genie in a magic bottle; praising Him only when you want Him to give you something new; or when you want Him to grant you three wishes? Or are you treating God like He's an emergency room doctor by asking Him for things when an emergency arises; "in case of emergency break open glass"? When you have had a true worship experience, you move beyond the veil and learn that God is great because He is God not because of the things He's given you.
Therefore, the next time you praise God, remember to also worship Him in spirit and in truth. Think of praise and worship like you do grace and mercy; they are twins who should not be separated at birth.
The Proper Way to Eat Fruit
We all think eating fruit means just buying fruit, cutting it up and popping it into our mouths. It's not that easy. It's important to know how and when to eat fruit.
What's the correct way to eat fruit?
FRUIT SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH NOT AFTER A MEAL!
Eating fruit plays a major role in detoxifying your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other activities. Let's say you eat two slices of bread, then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it's prevented from doing so. In the meantime, the whole meal rots, ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil. Fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas. Hence, you bloat! This will not happen if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach.
Eating fruit whole is better than drinking the juice. When you need to drink fruit juice, drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT the concentrated juice from the cans. Drink it slowly, mouthful by mouthful because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing. Don't drink juice that has been heated. Don't eat cooked fruit; you don't get the nutrients at all, only the taste. Cooking destroys all of the vitamins.
If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruit, you have the secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.
My December submission is usually about the advantages of being single during the holiday season and all of the things we can be thankful for "in the meantime." However, I cannot let this year end without taking notice of the inundation that 2010 seemed to have of stories about the plight of single and in particular, Black women in America.
Early in the year ABC's Nightline did a Face-off entitled "Why Can't a Successful Black Woman Find a Man?" It sparked conversation on several talk shows - local and national - and in many social circles. The reasons varied, but were none that we hadn't heard before.
Half way through the year Deborrah Cooper, a blogger on survivingdating.com, wrote an article that turned the spark into flames!!! The blog was labeled "How Black Churches Keep African American Women Single and Lonely." Again, the airwaves lit up with analysis of her submission and the ears of every minister in the US should have been burning.
The barrage of topics regarding Black women was capped last month with the release of Tyler Perry's big screen version of Ntozake Shange's choreopoem "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf." While every woman could see herself in at least one of the nine stories, the movie proved to be controversial. The loudest cry is that, yet again - Black men looked bad.
I don't have room in this article to expound on each of these statistic-laden, complex yet simple topics, but I do have advice for those of us affected by this torrent of media about the plight of the single Black female from Diary of a Content Black Woman, "You are great, powerful and mighty spiritual beings with dignity, direction and purpose!"
God has great things in store for all of us in 2011. Know that His timing is impeccable and subscribe yourself to the same notion as Paul when he said in Philippians 4:11 "For I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content."
Greater Community Temple Helps Make the Community
Greater Community Temple has a long standing history of being active in and supportive of the entire Mid-south community. Bishop W. L. Porter began GCT in the early 1970s. Many programs were initiated to provide supplemental resources to those in need of life essentials: clothing, food, bill payment assistance and childcare. Bishop Porter's rich legacy has been sustained by his son and Senior Pastor, Bishop Brandon B. Porter. GCT has partnered with AmeriChoice and others to bridge the urgent and widening educational and social gap of those often overlooked or neglected.
Below are only a few outreach opportunities/events for 2010:
o The Youth Ministry's Annual Hallelujah Fest was open to the community and provided activities for over 300 children as an alternative to Halloween.
o During the MY (Music & Youth) Conference, back-to-school supplies were provided for those in need.
o Birthday Party For Jesus provides toys and holiday cheer for children at Lebonheur Children's Hospital during the Christmas season.
o Residents of The Heartfelt Nursing Home received love gifts from the Missions team during a Valentine's Day party for the elderly.
o Residents of The MIFA House receive continual visits from the Missions team for healthy and fun-filled game nights with the children.
o A partnership with Living Legacy proves to be a day of pampering (hair, nails, skincare and stress relief) for victims of domestic violence.
o Laps For Learning, sponsored by the Scholarship Ministry, promotes healthy living and provides health related literature (brochures, pamphlets, etc), products (pedometers, daily pill containers, etc) and services (health screenings and tests) to participants.
o An Angel Tree houses angel tags that represent families in need during the holidays and wishes come true during our Annual Christmas Day service.
o The Singles Ministry's Annual Volleyball Tournament also promotes healthy living and physical activity.
AmeriChoice is a Managed Care Organization which covers TennCare, Medicaid and Medicare, with regions in west, middle and east Tennessee. Their goal is to strengthen the Mid-south, particularly focusing on the African-American community.
AmeriChoice has contributed approximately $5K annually to various ministries within GCT in the form of volunteer hours, collateral/marketing materials and monetary support. AmeriChoice and GCT wish to continue this prolific partnership and are motivated to reach the goal of making its community a better place with happy and healthy children and adults.
Monthly Emphasis: Praise & Worship
Psalm 95: 1-3
O come, let us sing unto the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Bishop Brandon B. Porter
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.