Issue 1

July 2009


Pick of the Month

Music of the month is Marvin Sapp's CD "Thirsty" It is sure to encourage and inspire the listener with it's title track "Thirsty" and with the hit single "Never Would Have Made it" and now the much played "Praise Him In Advance". This is a must for anyone's music library.

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.  


Bishop-Designate Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor




Health Matters

Eye Injury Prevention


The structure of your face helps protect your eyes from injury. Still, injuries can damage your eye, sometimes severely enough that you could lose your vision.

Most eye injuries are preventable. More than one million people suffer from eye injuries each year in the United States . Ninety percent of these injuries could have been prevented if the individual had been wearing appropriate protective eyewear.

The most common type of injury happens when something irritates the outer surface of your eye. Certain jobs such as industrial jobs or hobbies such as carpentry make this type of injury more likely. It's also more likely if you wear contact lenses.

Chemicals or heat can burn your eyes. With chemicals, the pain may cause you to close your eyes. This traps the irritant next to the eye and may cause more damage. You should wash out your eye right away while you wait for medical help.

When an eye injury does occur, have an ophthalmologist or other medical doctor examine the eye as soon as possible, even if the injury seems minor at first.

A serious eye injury is not always immediately obvious. Delaying medical attention can cause the damaged areas to worsen and could result in permanent vision loss or blindness.

Prevention Tips

In the house...when using household chemicals, read instructions and labels carefully, work in a well-ventilated area and make sure to point spray nozzles away from you. Many chemicals are extremely hazardous and can permanently destroy the surface of your eyes, resulting in blindness. 

In the workshop...think about the work you will be doing and wear protective eyewear to shield your eyes from flying fragments, fumes, dust particles, sparks and splashing chemicals. Many objects can fly into your eyes unexpectedly and cause injury.

In the garden...put on protective eyewear before you use a lawnmower, power trimmer or edger and be sure to check for rocks and stones because they can become dangerous projectiles as they shoot from these machines. Do not forget the risk to bystanders when using these machines.

In the workplace...wear appropriate safety eyewear for your job. Many of the 2,000 employees who are injured each day didn't think they needed eye protection or were wearing eyewear inappropriate for the job.

Around the car...battery acid, sparks and debris from damaged or improperly jump-started auto batteries can severely damage your eyes. Keep protective goggles in the trunk of your car to use for those emergencies and everyday repairs.

Prevention is the first and most important step in protecting your eyes from injuries, so be sure to protect your eyes with appropriate protective eyewear. If you do experience an eye injury, seek medical attention promptly.
This information has been provided with the kind permission of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (

Contributing Writer: GCT Healthcare Ministry




Youth Corner

High School Graduates

1. Brittany Jackson, Shrine School
2. Tarvaris M. Richmond, Byhalia High School
3. Desenio Harris, Cordova High School
4. Takeisha Wilson, Craigmont High
5. Cadarrius Dotson, Kirby High
6. Rori Sanders, Craigmont High
7. Tony Payne Jr., Bolton High School
8. Cortney Wilson, Grizzlies Academy
9. Darius Williams, Whitehaven High

10. Raven Khiara Hayes, White Station High
11. Keyeron Webb, Germantown High
12. LaKendra Simmons, Ridgeway High
13. Arkeiyla Boyd, Ridgeway High
14. Scott A. Parks, Whitehaven High
15. LaPora Keel, Frayser High


College Graduates
1. Erica Hopkins, University of Memphis
2. Doreyonna Chandler, Southwest Community College

3. Kenya Nichols , Freed Hardeman University
4. Claudette Jackson, University of Memphis
5. Danny Ayers, University of Memphis
6. Christopher Nichols, Christian Brothers University
7. Nancy Russell, University of Memphis
8. Tonnye Irons, Lemoyne Owens
9. Brianna R. Cornelius, Bowdoin College
10. Monica Smith, Southwest Community College
11. William D. Petway, Christian Brothers University
12. Latoya Porter, Christian Brothers University

Linda Bolden
Contributing Writer




Money Matters

7 Laws of Highest Prosperity

3 John 2 says "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers."

In the text, John is writing to Gaius, the Elder, who doesn't just know the Word, he lives the Word.  This was also John's friend, because he said "beloved."  It is because of the love that he obviously has for him that he is open to share this very important truth. He must have felt some concerns for Gaius for him to say what he did.  He apparently wanted to ensure that all the other aspects of Gaius's life were prospering equally well as his soul was prospering. 
The word 'prosper' in this passage of text means "to help on the road" or "to reach successfully."  John's prayer for Gaius is that God give him what he needs to "help on the road" so that he could "successfully reach" the destiny He had for him.
How do we get to this type of prosperity?  The prosperity that allows us to do like Philippians 4:12 says... be abased...and abound.  God is not intimidated by the things we have, nor does He hold valueless the physical, temporal realm in which we live.  But "things" aren't the stuff life is made of.
Today we are going to talk about the 7 Laws of Highest Prosperity.  Just as with anything else in life, there are laws that must be followed in order to reach highest prosperity.  The type of prosperity that "helps on the road" so that we can "successfully reach" the destiny He has for us.  We will cover the first law, and then continue with the other six laws in upcoming issues of the Inspirer.  With that said, let's begin:

#1 Law of Wisdom

Proverbs 9:10; Fear is reverence.
James 1:5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Reproach means shame. Thank you Jesus! He won't make us feel ashamed for asking for wisdom.
We are to feel as though walking with God, being in relationship with him, living by his rules, doing what we do in love, and offering valuable service is enough. We must trust that it is God's love and grace that is the source of our dreams, talents and wealth.  Once we embrace wisdom, we will be empowered with an honorable life that cannot be measured in gold.
To be continued...

Stephanie Hill
Contributing Writer




Holy Matrimony

Honoring Marriage Commitment


We live in a day and time where marriages are falling apart at rapid speed. It was once the norm for unbelievers to file for divorce. Unfortunately, this spirit is now running rampant in the church. The covenant of marriage is no longer viewed as something sacred; binding or irrevocable. There once was a time when the "D" word (Divorce) was not allowed out of a believer's mouth. Now the word is commonly used; especially when couples don't see eye to eye or experience friction in the relationship. Instead of going to God about our issues; we've turned to the divorce courts.  Let me ask you a question. What happened to the vows made before God and man? Don't you love and to cherish...for richer or for poorer...for better or for worse...until death do us part? Or did we take those vows too lightly?
I will be the first to admit that marriage is work; a lot of hard work. It must be worked on daily if it is to survive. My former pastor once said, "What you don't appreciate will depreciate." In other words, if we don't appreciate our marriage or our spouses, their value (in our eyes at least) will depreciate; the marriage will then begin to lose its value. When this happens, it's easy for couples to just kiss and say goodbye. Okay, maybe not the kissing part.
I believe God has already equipped us with what is needed to make our marriage stand the test of time. He's given us the ability to love, forgive and go to Him about our issues in prayer. He told us in His word that love covers a multitude of faults (sin). He also told us that if we don't forgive others; He won't forgive us. And finally, we have the assurance that the effectual, fervent prayers of the righteous availeth much. I believe if more couples would put these three tools into practice, not only would we put the enemy out of the church; we'd put him out of our houses and marriages too. If we resist the devil (or the desire to quit when the going gets a little tough), then he (the devil, not our spouses) has to flee. That's bible!
Marriage is about commitment; it's about honoring the vows we've made before God, each other, and man. It's true; God hates divorce and I believe His ultimate goal is to see marriages healed and the devil made out of the liar that he is! So don't be so quick to walk away or throw in the towel. Don't become a statistic. Give God time to manifest His power in your marriage and repair all the broken places. Continue to hold on, trust Him and don't get weary in well doing because in due time, God will fix everything that's broken in your marriage....including you; if you faint not. I know because He did it for me!!!

LaKesha Calhoun
Contributing Writer



Ministry Spotlight

As Supervisor of Ministries (SOM), I have the awesome responsibility of managing 12 different ministry areas within Greater Community Temple.  Our ministry areas vary in scope. There is an area of ministry at GCT for everyone! Over the past few months we have implemented Vision Forum. Vision Forum is designed to cascade the vision of our leader, receive useful information presented by each director and empower those in attendance to propel ministry to excellence.

Each month during these meetings a different leader is appreciated for his/her accomplishments. Webster's dictionary says appreciate is "to recognize with gratitude" or "to increase the value of."   II Chronicles 10:7 states "And they spake unto him, saying, if thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them they will be servants for ever."  Now we are not looking for "literal servants," but the idea that kind words or appreciation will provoke help and support is an awesome result.

In June, we appreciated our very own First Lady, Sis. Melody Porter. Sis. Porter works tirelessly in every area of ministry to ensure that we are operating in excellence.  She could easily "sit back" and delegate, but she takes an active role as Director of the Women's Department and Pastor's Wife. Wow!! Managing a family, supporting children and a Director at GCT is no small task. We are Godly proud to have someone like her as a Director and our First Lady.  Sis Porter rallied the Men &Women of GCT to participate during this year's Men & Women's Conference.  Everyone experienced a glorious time.  We were tired once she finished instructing, but it was all worth it. Sis. Porter always makes a point to appreciate those that help her in anyway.  She leads by example.  As a result, she is deserving of appreciation.

So I ask...have you taken time to "Appreciate" someone lately?  If not, why not start today.  After reading this article, go and find someone...yes, get on up...that works with you or for you and tell them how much you appreciate them, and then thank them for their efforts.  Have you moved yet? Watch the words of Webster and II Chronicles come alive.
Until next month,
Jeff Williams, SOM
Greater Community Temple COGIC 


Jeff Williams
Contributing Writer




Living Single

The ministry emphasis this month is Commitment. For the single parent there is no area of life this theme does not touch. It takes commitment and some Divine Intervention to meet the numerous obligations of single parenting. The initial commitment that comes to mind is to the child(ren). Additionally, there are a few other commitments the single parent should make: a commitment to nurture one's own mind, body, and soul.

MIND ~ Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

We are best able to provide the love, support and guidance our children need when we ourselves are as whole as we can be.

BODY ~ 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 - Know ye not that ye are the temple of God , and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (17) If any man defile the temple of God , him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Read also John 2

Eating right, regular exercise and getting enough sleep is a good regimen for anyone, but even more so for the single parent. So many things need our physical presence that a week in bed with the flu or a stay in the hospital would turn our world upside down.

SOUL ~ Proverbs 18:14 - The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? 1 Chronicles 28:9 - And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

God is eager to help the single parent with every challenge that comes. If we seek His face, nourish our souls and remain loyal to Him, we have his ironclad promise that He will always hear, always answer and always help.

Total commitment to God, self, and those we love is the true key to successful single parenting.


Emma Devine
Contributing Writer




Living In Faith Everyday (L.I.F.E)

By staying committed to God, believe in Him that your loved ones and their situations will change. Serving one another has its own reward. Know that commitment is a must while waiting on the promise.
God knows the timing of every situation and He's the one who causes change to be made manifest so that He gets the glory, and we share the story.
Give - Don't stop giving and showing acts of kindness. People trust what you say, expecting what you said to hold true.
Expect - You must expect the return to be great and know that the measure of the return is up to God.
Thanks - Acknowledge the little changes and be thankful for all things.
Love - Everything you do and say must be motivated by love while waiting on God. Love covers a multitude of sin and love is a seed that always yields increase.

Pam Kendricks
Contributing Writer




Church Humor


Father Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an
exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf.

So... he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and persuaded him to say Mass for him that day.

As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away.

This way he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish. Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church!

At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, "You're not going to let him get away with this, are you?"

The Lord sighed, and said, "No, I guess not."

Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole.


St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked,

"Why did you let him do that?"

The Lord smiled and replied, "Who's he going to tell?"



Pastor's Corner

2 Cor. 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

Dear Church Family and Friends,

I must say the Lord has really blessed us in our efforts over the past few months.

Everything we projected, the Lord has provided; and we are thankful.
Having just come out of our District and National AIM (Auxiliaries In Ministry) conferences, God has shown himself faithful as He always does. We witnessed a powerful move of God each and every night. Attendance was off the charts and the power of the living God fell on many. Numerous young people were filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of tongues, as well as some speaking in tongues for the very first time. Wow! What a mighty God we serve!

Let's connect in prayer for our youth department leaders and young people who are preparing to travel to Tampa , Florida for the International AIM Convention. We want to intercede on their behalf that they make safe arrival in Florida and safe return home.

The month of July is our month of Faith & Deliverance. I believe God wants to show himself mighty in the lives of His people. As you continue to believe God to meet the need in your life, just know that He can deliver you out of any circumstance. With faith all things are possible. We would like to hear how God is working in your lives, so take the opportunity to share your testimonies with others; and by all means, I want to know what God has done for you. Take down my email address and write me at Share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others by forwarding these newsletters to your co-workers, family members, and friends listed in your address book. You may also direct others to sign-up to receive our newsletter directly by going to GCT's website at clicking on the newsletter link.

Remember, I love you and there is nothing you can do about it!

Be Blessed,
Bishop-Designate 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.

Bishop-Designate Brandon B. Porter

Senior Pastor






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