News from Brandon B. Porter Ministries

THE INSPIRER

Issue 2 February 2010
In This Issue
In The Mix
Health Matters
Youth Corner
Money Matters
Church Humor
Pick of the Month

The Prequel Episodes
by Donte' Everhart and The End Time Movement "

The generation that will change the world is the generation the world cannot change" the apropos motto of The End Time Movement.

You see him most Sunday mornings at GCT leading Praise and Worship or killing the drums for the GCT Voices, but you haven't seen Donte' Everhart until you've seen him on stage with The End Time Movement!!!

Whether opening for John P. Kee, performing at the fair, or still jumping at 2:00 a.m. during a Youth Rally-Shut In....the energy is there and the Spirit is HIGH!

The debut project of this group that consists of several of GCT's own is roaring through the airwaves. "He Lives" is an on-air favorite (currently #38) on the 95.7 Hallelujah FM playlist and "Sold Out" is eagerly anticipated at most live events.

On the dellhart, inc. label, The Prequel Episodes is a unique musical journey you do not want to miss. Get your copy today at www.etymworldwide.com .....It's More Than Music, It's A MOVEMENT!!!!

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
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Health Matters
Heart Disease


The term "heart disease" refers to several types of heart conditions. If the blood supply to the heart muscle is cut off, a heart attack can result. Cells in the heart muscle do not receive enough oxygen and begin to die. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart. Having high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol, smoking, and having had a previous heart attack, stroke, or diabetes can increase a person's chances of having a heart attack.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack
The five major symptoms of a heart attack are-
Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back
Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint
Chest pain or discomfort
Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder
Shortness of breath

If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, you should call 9-1-1 immediately.

Heart Disease Prevention
Eat a healthy diet.
Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for heart disease.
Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Don't smoke
Limit alcohol use

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Coronary artery disease occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart (called coronary arteries). Plaque buildup can cause angina, the most common symptom of CAD. This condition causes chest pain or discomfort because the heart muscle doesn't get enough blood. Over time, CAD can weaken the heart muscle. This may lead to heart failure, a serious condition where the heart can't pump blood the way that it should. An irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, can also develop.

A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, occurs when a section of the heart muscle dies or gets damaged because of reduced blood supply. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the main cause of heart attack.

Sudden cardiac arrest-the stopping of the heart-occurs when the heart stops completely. Unless treated, a person whose heart has stopped will die within minutes.

Heart Disease Risk Factors:
Blood Cholesterol Levels
High Blood Pressure
Diabetes Mellitus
Tobacco Use
Diet
Physical Inactivity
Obesity
Alcohol
Heredity


If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, there are steps you can take to lower your risk for heart disease.
Have your cholesterol checked
Monitor your blood pressure
Manage your diabetes
Take your medicine
Talk with your health care provider

Informational Source: www.cdc.gov

Contributing Writer: Tekeela Green
Youth Corner
Where Are WE Going?

The world is changing everyday. People are trying to keep up with the newest trend, and society is constantly pulling for the minds of our youth. All the while, the church is trying to figure out creative ways to grab and hold the interest of the young people, while guiding them in their journey towards destiny.

Although the church is making a conscious effort, there still seems to be an underlying struggle towards getting them to focus on how to get where they want to go in life. A person must have a true desire of the heart to please God be willing to take the steps. This is fundamental in accomplishing purpose and making it to the final destination.

So why is it that so many of our youth do not know where they are going and how to get there?

Is it a lack of focus, a lack of vision, a lack of drive towards reaching the potential that God has placed inside? Maybe it's all of the above, but that doesn't matter much. What matters is that we give ourselves over to Him, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in the right direction, which will inevitably lead us to our rightful home. This submission has always been a challenge for the youth because they are faced with difficult choices: do I listen to the preacher or am I driven by how I feel? It usually takes time to come to terms with the fact that, as a Christina, we can't be guided by our feelings or emotions. Only the Lord can lead us, since He knew us before we were formed in the womb and has set us apart. It is incumbent upon us to believe and trust that He knows best and will reveal things to us in due season, in His way, in His time.

Contributing Writer: Vaniesha L. Moore

Money Matters

Going Green to Save Green




Happy February! I hope you took the time to really apply some of the tips from last month's issue. There was so much great information that we had to split it and continue this month. Let's begin with tip #7

7. Cook consciously. There are a lot of common sense things you can do when cooking, like boiling water WITH a lid on the pot rather than WITHOUT a lid (invest in a tea kettle)! Believe it or not, a microwave and other small appliances like a Crock-pot and toaster oven, use less energy than a stove or oven. It's another really easy way to save energy and money.

8. It's all about installation. Poorly insulated attics waste a lot of energy. Experts recommend insulating your attic between the walls, if you're willing to spend a bit more money on the front end. It is also recommended that you insulate your hot water heater. You can buy a 'jacket' for $15- $20 and end up saving about 8 - 9% on your bill. Also, try insulating exposed pipes with foam sleeves, which can be purchased at a reasonable price.

9. Program your home. Spend $35 - $100 on a programmable thermostat to make controlling heat simpler. Program it to decrease the heat by 10 - 15 degrees while you're sleeping or out of the house and raise the heat back up about 45 minutes before you wake up or come home. If buying a new thermostat isn't an option for you, simply adjust the heat by 5 degrees; it will come back up to normal much quicker.

10. Gradually make bigger changes. While a complete eco-friendly overhaul would be great, the fact is that most of us can't afford to do it. But one by one, replace things with energy-efficient alternatives. If you need a new roof, experts recommend re-decking under the shingles with solar board, to reflect light away, keeping your home cooler during warm weather. If a major appliance is failing, replace it with an Energy Star certified item.

11. Go green, literally. The greenest way to save energy is to plant a tree! If you're a home owner, plant a deciduous tree on the west or south side of your home. It will give you some nice shade to keep the sun away. When leaves drop in the cold weather, it will let the sun through for warmth.

 Information source: Sister 2 Sister Magazine April/May09 issue author - Vanessa Algotsson

 Stephanie Hill
 Contributing Writer


Living Single

Flowers, Card and Candy for Singles:


For love, our worlds encompass real, Spiritual concepts about romance, demonstrated by complete, absolute, never-ending devotion to Yahweh.
- Emma L. Devine

To get your flowers, card and candy, take out the first letter of each word in the sentence.

Don't Get Use To It!

Have you ever been driving a route that you take often (i.e. the way you go to work or church) only to realize you were SUPPOSED to be going somewhere else this time? Familiarity can sometimes delay your journey.

For almost twenty years now I have written my last name D-E-V-I-N-E, so much so, that when I see divine written in the Bible - just for a split second - I think that it's a typo. Habits (even good ones) can sometimes cause error in judgment.

How many times have you heard a popular song on the radio and sang along word-for-word? Months, sometimes years later you find out you were singing the wrong words. Sometimes what sounds (looks, feels) good can be soooooo wrong!

So it is in other areas of life. Doing things the same way may be safe, because it's familiar; but if you aren't getting the results you want, why hinder your progress by refusing to change?

Don't get use to it! A change of scenery, taking a different path, realizing that your way isn't the only way may be all you need to get what life has for you.

In Truth and Love,
Emma L. Devine

 Emma Devine
 Contributing Writer
Church Humor

Mistaken Identity

A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard, when suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing and stopped, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman hit the roof, and the horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, finger printed, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.

After several hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'Choose Life' license plate, the 'What Would Jesus Do?' bumper sticker, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk.

Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car.

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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