Pick of the Month
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.
again we have the privilege to greet you in our monthly Inspirer
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
Always remember, if ever you are in our area, we would love to have
you and your family come by and visit with us.
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
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.
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
Academy of Ophthalmology
Contributing Writer: GCT Healthcare Ministry
High School Graduates
Brittany Jackson, Shrine
2. Tarvaris M. Richmond, Byhalia
3. Desenio Harris,
4. Takeisha Wilson, Craigmont High
5. Cadarrius Dotson, Kirby High
6. Rori Sanders, Craigmont High
7. Tony Payne Jr., Bolton
8. Cortney Wilson, Grizzlies
9. Darius Williams, Whitehaven High
10. Raven Khiara Hayes, White Station High
11. Keyeron Webb, Germantown
12. LaKendra Simmons, Ridgeway High
13. Arkeiyla Boyd, Ridgeway High
14. Scott A. Parks, Whitehaven High
15. LaPora Keel, Frayser High
1. Erica Hopkins, University
2. Doreyonna Chandler, Southwest
Nichols , Freed
4. Claudette Jackson, University
5. Danny Ayers, University
6. Christopher Nichols, Christian
7. Nancy Russell, University
8. Tonnye Irons, Lemoyne Owens
9. Brianna R. Cornelius, Bowdoin
10. Monica Smith, Southwest
11. William D. Petway, Christian
12. Latoya Porter, Christian
7 Laws of Highest
3 John 2
says "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and
be in health, just as your soul prospers."
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
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
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...
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 remember...to 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!!!
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
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
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
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
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.
Living In Faith Everyday
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
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
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
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.
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
IT WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN ONE!
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?"
Cor. 1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath
anointed us, is God;
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Remember, I love you and there is nothing you can do about it!
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.
Brandon B. Porter