Issue 2
February 2013
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Monthly Emphasis
Money Matters
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Welcome! It's a New Year 2013.

Once again we have the privilege of greeting 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'll miss some very valuable information.

Some people believe that the number thirteen is equated with negativity. But I believe that there is a biblical significance to the number thirteen that is often ignored. The Israelites marched around the wall one time a day for six days; then on the seventh day, they marched around the walls seven times, a total of thirteen times! Then the wall fell down flat, giving them divine access into the Promised Land (Joshua 6:3-5). I believe that this is a year of divine access for kingdom purposes.

As we embrace 2013, please remember our motto: Empowering Ministry, Building Relationships and Advancing Christians Everywhere! Each of us must concentrate on our purpose as it relates to the edification of the body of Christ. In Ephesians 4:11-13 Paul expresses that God put people in place, distributing ministry gifts "...for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ..." I believe that the foundation of successful ministry begins with our willingness to allow God to fulfill His purpose in us in order to minister to others.

Always remember, if ever you are in our area, we would love to have you and your family come by and visit with us.




Bishop Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor





The Ten Can-mandments

So often we think of commandments as a list of don'ts. Instead of focusing on what we can't do, let's start looking at what we can with this list of ten "can"-mandments!

1. Instead of thinking, "It will never fly," think, "Through God's strength, it's worth the try!"

2. Replace the thought, "It won't work," with faith that, with God's strength, it will work!

3. When someone says, "It's never been done before," respond by saying, "That means God's giving us the opportunity to be the first."

4. "What if we fail?" What if we fail to try, knowing God says we can do everything through Him who gives us strength?

5. "We don't have the money." Where God guides, he provides so that we can do everything he has called us to do.

6. "We don't have the time!" Perhaps God is telling us to re-evaluate our priorities as we rely upon his direction and strength.

7. "We don't have the expertise." Maybe not, but we can learn as God directs our path.

8. "It's been tried before." But we're wiser now because we know we can do everything when we rely on God's strength instead of our own.

9. If someone says, "There are so many problems with it," respond by saying, "Yet, there are so many possibilities when we're trusting God instead of ourselves."

10. Instead of saying, "It's not working out," say instead, "Let's try it one more time, but this time focused on God and the truth that we can do this through Him who gives us strength."

"Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse" (Philippians 4:8 MSG).

Contributing Writer: Unknown
Money Matters

Recasting: What is it?

We have all heard of home refinancing to reduce the term, interest rate and monthly loan payment on the mortgage. But it may be difficult to qualify for or complete a home refinance, even if you have good credit. One major reason is the damage to the mortgage industry, which left us in a buyer's market, so home appraisals are low. Many homes are appraised for less than what is owed, leaving the home owner to come up with the difference.


There is another option rarely spoken of in the mortgage industry: Recasting. This is a process where a customer applies a substantial amount of money towards the principal balance of the loan to reduce the monthly payment. Usually, the lump sum payment is the greater of $5,000.00 or 10% of the balance of the loan. While this option reduces the monthly payment, the term and interest rate on the loan remain the same. Recasting a loan, which costs about $150 - $300, is cheaper than refinance closing costs. Additionally, not all lenders offer this option and not all loans qualify. Exclusions to recasting include VA and FHA loans.


As with any financial decision, you should weigh all available options and make the best decision for your situation. Recasting is not for everyone, but it may be an option for those who have some excess cash and simply want to lower their monthly mortgage payment.


Sis. Ramona Coe,
Contributing Writer
In The Mix

Current Events

Dixon Art Gallery
4339 Park Ave. | Memphis, TN 38117 US

Family Studio first Saturday of every month 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Dixon for Family Studio where families can create magnificent works of art, play a game, solve a puzzle, or explore the world of art through children's books; projects and tools for all ages. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens houses a nice collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, other artwork, and beautiful gardens. Admission to the Dixon is free on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. until noon. On Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the Dixon offers Pay-What-You-Can admission.

The Art Museum of the University of Memphis

The Art Museum of The University of Memphis is one of the city's hidden cultural treasures. The museum features both permanent exhibits and revolving temporary exhibits. Some of the permanent collections include the Egyptian Antiquities collection, the Works on Paper collection, and the African collection. The museum is open Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed during university holidays and between temporary exhibits. These dates can be found on their website.

Pay What You Can Performances Playhouse on the Square/Circuit Playhouse

Pay What You Can Night allows people who would not normally be able to afford the regular ticket prices to pay what they can afford. Playhouse on the Square/Circuit Playhouse goal is to make productions available to everyone regardless of their financial situation. There is one Pay What You Can performance for each production. Tickets go on sale one week before the performance. Tickets must be purchased in person, cash or check only. Limit of 4 tickets per person.

South Main Trolley Night (FREE)

When: last Friday of every month all year
Where: South Main Arts District - Memphis

The ring of the trolley sounds as the shops, restaurants and galleries in the area open their doors to the throngs of Memphians and visitors who make Trolley Night on Main a fun downtown event. It's a good time to browse the stores and galleries for that unique piece of art, clothing or jewelry while sipping a glass of wine and partaking of the wide array of tasty party foods. Slip onto the trolley for a free ride to the next stop and more shops. Obviously, the merchandise is not free.

Contributing Writer: Sis. Beverly Parish
Monthly Emphasis


The monthly focus for February is destiny. Destiny is a predetermined future generally or individually. An old phrase says the choices we make today will affect our lives tomorrow. The greatest choice we could ever make is accepting Jesus as our personal Savior. Jesus brings us life if we accept the gift of salvation. John 14:6 says, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

People ask us this question: What do you want to be when you grow up? The occupation or dream we envision determines the future destiny we strive to have. Some of us achieve our dreams, while others do not because they have not worked towards it or it is not God's season for them yet. Realistically, we must have patience to wait on God for direction. Matthew 6:24-25 says, "...Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?"

Eternal life and a personal decision to keep Jesus in the forefront of daily living is a destiny worth having. Jesus is with us every day to take care of us if we choose to follow Him. Matthew 6:33-34 says, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."

The key to our destiny is our faith and relationship with Jesus. When we pray, He will hear us and answer if we ask according to His will. Reaching for our destiny may be hard today, but a good season will come if we allow God to complete it. Philippians 1:6 says, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."

Contributing Writer: Minister Sylvester Person

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