Issue 1
January 2013
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Money Matters
Monthly Emphasis
GCT Career Corner

 
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Welcome! It's a New Year 2013.

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'll miss some very valuable information.

Our theme last year was "Embracing Perfection Through Passion." To us, EMBRACE stands for Empowering Ministry, Building Relationships and Advancing Christians Everywhere! In Ephesians 4:11-13 Paul expresses that God gave passionate 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 a true love for God and His people. Yes, where there is true Passion, there can also be Perfection! Our theme for this year will be revealed in our February edition and you don't want to miss it or what God has in store for you in 2013!

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

 

 

EMBRACE,

Bishop Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor www.bbporterministries.org

 

 

 

 
Money Matters

Be it Resolved - 2013

We all have honored the age old tradition of making New Year's resolutions. The motivation to start our list of changes for the upcoming year usually kicks in around mid-December, after nearly breaking the bank on gifts and putting on a few extra pounds after holiday house hopping. We make a range of well-intentioned promises, only to find ourselves lost in how to fulfill them. For many of us, the motivation quickly dissipates as the vision fades to gray.

Clearing the New Year resolution fog requires a plan of action! Remember that a resolution is a commitment to reach a goal. The key to keeping that commitment is drawing out a clear plan on how to reach that goal. Without a plan, the commitment is merely an empty promise.

  

We need not set ourselves up for failure by making an overwhelming laundry list. Instead, let's note some realistic, challenging goals that we really need to achieve in the coming year. Be careful to avoid the "I'll start tomorrow" mindset by allowing ourselves the entire New Year to complete the goals. Setting a shorter time frame keeps the pressure on to achieve. We can accomplish our first set of goals within the first quarter.

 


Next, let's analyze each goal and determine the best course of attack. We need to "write the vision and make it plain!" Consider all options at our disposal for each item on the list. For weight loss, are we driven to pop in the DVD and get our sweat on, or do we need to join a spa for atmosphere? What can we afford? What is most feasible for our lifestyle? If cutting spending is on our list, let's re-evaluate our budget and aggressively mark certain expenditures for reduction or deletion.

Notice how I am making this a team effort with the words "we" and "our." What a great segway into our next step. Many of us need help staying on point. Go ahead and recruit enthusiastic, optimistic support. Let's make this a part of the plan. Without it we may fail.

Finally, let's regularly monitor and document progress to make sure we reach our goals by the end of the first quarter. Once we make it, let's celebrate our great accomplishment. Then, re-evaluate the plan and tweak it for improvement.

Second quarter...ready, set, go!

Sis. Ramona Coe,
Contributing Writer
 
Monthly Emphasis

Purpose

Happy New Year 2013! The monthly emphasis for January is purpose. Dictionary.com says purpose means the reason something exists or is done, made, used, etc. Also, it is an intended or desired result, aim, or goal.

Each of us should be excited because God has a purpose for us to be living this year. Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." All these earthly things we try to do are possible when Christ is with us to achieve them. To live a godly life, the body of Christ must obtain knowledge by bible study and application. Psalm 119:105 says, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."

It is a blessing that Christ died for our sins and we receive the gift of salvation. Those who accept Christ recognize that they have a life of meaning and a sense of belonging. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation." The Lord has reconciled us to Himself and we are His because of Jesus. However, the devil seeks to destroy our relationship with and faith in God each day. He tempts us to think living a godly life is not exciting.

When we decide to be complacent in our spiritual walk, we lose out on so much God has for us. James 1:23-24 says, "For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was." God has many things that He wants to do for and through us.

In 2013, we must make sure that we are doers of His word and have faith in God. We will be pleased by God's leading in doing so.

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