Issue 7July 2010
In This Issue
Health Matters
Youth Corner
Holy Matrimony
Money Matters
Living Single
Special Edition
Words of Wisdom
Pick of the Month

Over the years, we've watched Kierra (not Kiki) Sheard come into her own. Along the way she's won both Stellar and Dove Awards and been nominated for a Grammy. Now, she's all grown up at 23 and her third release has evidence of both natural and spiritual growth!

Inspired by Colossians 3:1-6, BOLD RIGHT LIFE is the name of Ms. Sheard's youth organization and her latest project. Through both, she hopes to nurture and encourage people in every aspect of their lives.

The current hit that is spinning from this project, "Love Like Crazy" has that contemporary vibe that Kierra is known for. She collaborated with her producer brother, J. Drew Sheard on the kick-off single "Won't Hold Back" and really lost herself in the Gerald and Tammi Haddon lyrics and production of "Invisible."

Her personal relationship with God is showcased in "Praise Him Now," a praise and worship gift from PAJAM. She flips another personal relationship to talk about Christ in a real and relatable way in "My Boyfriend."

Kierra is very transparent in this project, allowing us to see her heart for Jesus and in turn guiding us to live a BOLD RIGHT LIFE!

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 Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor
My Independence

By Shana Bibbs Hampton

I feel the breeze caress my skin, ever-so gently like the sunlight upon my face
I feel the warmth and comfort of His sweet embrace
The Lord pardoned all of my sins
Since He dipped them in His blood, now I am cleansed
I find peace knowing that I am free, because He paid the price way back on Calvary
All of my burdens are lifted but I sill have a cross to bear
No longer is my heart heavy or weighed down
He guides my footsteps on this narrow path of unsure ground
The price tag for my independence, He slowly tucked away
I am His creation, He is the potter and I am the clay
I pledge allegiance to the Most High, my Sovereign, and My Lord
Nearer my God to thee
Thank you Father for I am free

Health Matters
Heat Exhaustion

Summer is here and the atmosphere is thick with heat from the summer sun and the usual seasonal humidity that comes at this time each year. I'm a West Coast girl who's used to dry heat and cool summer nights with a breeze from the Pacific Ocean. Though I've been a Southerner for a number of years now, I can never quite get used to the sweltering summer days and nights of the South.

At this time of year, when temperatures can soar to extremely high levels, it becomes important that we remain mindful of the effects that increased levels of heat can have on our health. When I think about heat related illnesses that can lead to more detrimental experiences, heat exhaustion comes to mind.

Heat exhaustion is a mild heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are the elderly, people with high blood pressure and those working or exercising in hot environments.

Symptoms and warning signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting and fainting. Someone suffering from heat exhaustion will also experience their skin becoming cool and moist and their pulse rate will be fast and weak while their breathing will become fast and shallow.

If symptoms are not initially severe, the sufferer should be cooled off by drinking cool, non- alcoholic beverages, resting, taking a cool shower or bath, including sponge, stripped of heavy clothing or taken to an air conditioned area. Medical attention should be sought if symptoms last longer than an hour. If left untreated, heat exhaustion may progress to heat stroke, which is an extreme medical emergency that requires immediate attention, particularly if symptoms are severe or if the sufferer has heart problems or high blood pressure.

While enjoying the events and warmer weather this summer, be sure to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the heat by staying cool and hydrated. Finally, if you happen to be traveling to the West Coast, take a walk along a Pacific Ocean beachfront for me.

*Content regarding heat exhaustion was taken from

Contributing Writer: Linda Bolden

Youth Corner
Youth Spotlight

A Grandmother's Love

Rosaland Alexia Miller is a 13-year-old young lady being raised by her grandmother, Mother Johnnie Blanchard. Mother Blanchard, an 80-year old woman, is Rosaland's guardian and sole caretaker of her 51 year old son who was severely injured after being hit by an 18 wheeler years ago.

Rosaland was having a hard time in school. Mother Blanchard was not satisfied with her performance and would not accept this as her granddaughter's future. Mother Blanchard told her granddaughter "We need Christ in our lives and with Him we can do anything." She reached out to the church for assistance and tutoring was set-up for Rosaland by the Sunday School and Scholarship departments. She also worked with the teachers and staff at Holy Names School for assistance.

Rosalind began to believe what her grandmother was telling her and decided to do better. Rosoland's grades began to improve. She went from failing to passing and was promoted from 8th grade at Holy Name School to 9th grade at Catholic High. She graduated from the 8th grade with honor roll, several certificates of excellence and a winning essay.

Although entering adolescence and middle school was a difficult road for Rosaland, she was committed to her future. She believed that someone cared for her. She received the promise from Jesus that he gives us strength. And finally, she accepted the fact that she could actually do it and she did it!

Contributing Writer: Linda Bolden

Holy Matrimony
Back 2 Destin Again

This year the couples of GCT are headed back to the beautiful city of Destin, FL. Last year, the couples had a ball and many who didn't go wished they had. Well, now is your chance to make it happen in 2010.

Many of us live hectic lives throughout the year and sometimes find it difficult to steal away a day, let alone two to spend some quality "us" time with our spouses, without hearing the words, "Momma, I need" or "Daddy, can I?" I believe it's very important for couples to "make" (notice I said MAKE) time for one another. I'm talking about away from the house, the children, the in-laws, jobs, church, etc. and get alone and know. Wait a minute? Are there any children reading this newsletter? Well, let me talk in code. I think it's important for couples to get away from their normal environments and "fellowship" in an intimate setting. That's right....fellowship! And without the fear of waking the kids (and/or neighbors). LOL

As couples, I think we owe it to ourselves and our marriage to steal away for a day or two and reminisce about our "BC" days. Yes, you remember those...the "before children" days. Yes, those! And that's exactly what this trip to Destin will afford you. Not only will you be able to have some "quiet time" together as a couple, you will have a chance to fellowship with other couples and have some "grownup" conversation for a change. Trust me, if you go, you'll come back refreshed, renewed, revived, and ready for the next one. Sounds like a plan, huh?

Well what are you waiting on? Deposits are now being accepted to reserve your seat. So don't wait until the last minute because if you do, you may just miss the my husband and I did last year.

For more information, see Darius & Latisha Clay or a Couples' Ministry representative and they will be happy to assist you further. Come on now! Don't procrastinate. There are a limited number of seats available, so you must act fast and claim the seat that is meant just for you and your boo. It's not just a trip, it's an investment into your marriage. I guarantee you it will be worth it. All aboard the "Love Train"...I mean "Love Bus"....say I!

 LaKesha Calhoun
 Contributing Writer

Money Matters
Summer Vacation

Summer is here and its vacation season. Some think it's frivolous to spend money on travel and fun, but...summer is here and it's vacation season. When the kids are in school, it's difficult to pull off anything except a weekender. So we look forward to summer vacation. How do you vacation though without breaking the bank?

The first thing you have to do is plan. It's true, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. In the case of vacationing, failure to properly plan will almost always result in your breaking the bank. Your vacation isn't great if you can't make your mortgage and car payment afterwards. Do your research. Check out the area you're planning to visit. Look for accommodations off the beaten path. Staying further out is cheaper than staying downtown. Not to mention, there's less noise so you can actually relax a little while vacationing. What a notion huh? Also consider choosing a less extravagant hotel. You're on vacation so do you really need 5 stars and all the bells and whistles those 5 stars come with? As long as it's clean and safe, go for it.

Consider becoming a member of a travel club. Membership has its privileges so check out AAA, American Express, even Costco's or Sam's. However, don't get bamboozled and wind up spending more than you plan to. Ask questions and do your homework. Make sure you're clear on the fees. Look for hidden clauses and cancellation policies. The best way to ruin your vacation is be scammed and end up broke before you board the plane.

Make wise choices for meals. Determine how often you'll eat out. If the hotel has continental breakfast, wake up early enough to enjoy it. Alternate eating out: one day go to that nice bistro for lunch and the next check out the town's world famous steakhouse.

Don't buy everything in the souvenir shop. Make a list of who you want to shop for and stick to it. If you really want to share your vacation experience, take your camera and get lots of pictures. When you get home, have a picture sharing party with the money you've saved during your great vacation.

Lastly, don't take your tithes with you! You wouldn't want to come back from vacation sunburned and cursed, would you? Have a safe and fun summer.

 Stephanie Hill
 Contributing Writer

Living Single

Become a Better Man (Single or Not)

I have been going through the 110 Tasks Every Young Man Should Know How To Do Before Ninth Grade with my sons. They have 80% of the tasks under their belt; we plan to master the last 20% before the end of summer.

This exercise got me thinking, though: What will they need to add to this list once they are adults? So I developed 10 Things Every Man Should Know How To Do and here they are (in no particular order):

1. Give advice that matters in one sentence. Sometimes a story or an anecdote does more damage than good.
2. Buy a suit. Tailored or off the rack he should know how a suit is supposed to fit and make sure that it does.
3. Ask for help. Boys know this but men somehow forget how it's done.
4. Step into a job that no one wants to do. Courage to make the difficult decision or perform the unpopular task is commendable.
5. Break up a fight. Peace should be everyone's goal.
6. End a fight. Sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
7. Name a book that matters - besides the Bible.
8. Prepare a full meal. Have at least one meal that leaves 'em licking the plate.
9. End a relationship without making an enemy. Enough said.
10. Say I love you (and be sure the other party knows which "love" he means).

After looking at this list I realized that these last 10 will be much more difficult than the first 110, but with God's help it will get done!

For more on the 110 Tasks log on to:

 Emma Devine
 Contributing Writer

July Special Edition

Spiritual Independence

Let's talk about spiritual independence and what it means. Webster defines spiritual as relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit. Independence simply means not requiring or relying on someone else. In order to be spiritually independent you need to have a relationship with God. Being in relationship with God means you not only know God in His majesty and sovereignty but you also know and appreciate who He is to you; no one has to tell you what having God in your life means. It means being secure in your relationship with your daddy [God]. Matthew 21:22 says "whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." When your personal relationship with God is secure, you have confidence in the fact that He's heard your cry, and all you need to do is patiently wait on His reply. It means not having to rely on your grandmother's prayers because you know God hears and answers your prayers, not just hers. It means not being afraid to commit yourself to ministry. It means understanding your purpose and walking in it.

When you're spiritually independent, you don't come to church, quietly daring the choir to sing you happy. Instead, you come into God's house with praise on your lips and thanksgiving in your heart. No one has to pump and prime you, get you in the mood to praise and worship your God. Spiritual independence means you aren't waiting on the pastor to call a church fast or prayer meeting; you have an established time for daily prayer and meditation; you're in tune to the spirit and know when you need to fast. You don't wait for others to do mission work, but you do what God has called you to do and you do it when He tells you to.

I John 4:7-12 talks about how God loves us and how He wants us to be close to Him. Once we understand that our relationship with God is based on how we respond to His instructions and commandments, we will walk in spiritual independence. He wants us to grow up in Him, and not be afraid to stand alone and confess that our heart, mind, body and soul belong to Him. Be spiritually independent and be blessed.

 Sheneka Bell
 Contributing Writer

Words of Wisdom

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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