THE INSPIRER

Issue 3 March 2010
In This Issue
In The Mix
Community Relations
Youth Corner
Holy Matrimony
Money Matters
Living Single
Bible Trivia
Church Humor
Pick of the Month

You only have to see the Nevels Sisters--Veneice Andrews, Debra Jordan, Gail Nevels and April Wade perform ONE time and you'll know they are anointed by God to sing. Born and raised COGIC, these four biological sisters from Youngstown, Ohio have sang for the Lord since childhood. Although they recorded projects in 1984, 1989 and 2005 with noted success, it wasn't until their 2007 victory in the Gospel F.O.C.U.S. (Find Out Can U Sing) national talent search sponsored by The WORD Network that the world stood up and took notice.

One of the prizes of the competition was a two-record deal. They churned Christmas with the Nevels Sisters and my music pick for March, Beautiful in 2008.

Grounded with crowd favorite "Company" and gospel chart regular "Clap Your Hands", Beautiful is full of tight harmonies, like those heard in the title track. The project peeks into their lives in "The Way" and "Call Mama" (an actual conversation with one of the sisters and their mother that was recorded when she was first diagnosed with level 2 diabetes).

A project that is sure to encourage and uplift, Beautiful should be an automatic add to your collection. And if you EVER have the chance to see them live, let no one stop you from getting there!

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.  

Sincerely,

Bishop Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor www.bbporterministries.org
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Community Relations
 
GCT at Work In the Community - The Children Lead the Way


Community relations refer to the various ways a company or church establishes and maintains a mutually beneficial relationship with the community in which they operate. The heart of Greater Community Temple is evident in its name, to make the surrounding communities greater. The GCT Community Relations Department partners with other ministries or highlights their efforts to operate in the same manner. Together these ministries, under the leadership of Bishop Porter and following the mandate of God's Word, they positively impact others and fulfill the call E.M.B.R.A.C.E by empowering the ministry of the other, and building relationships with those that need to see God's love!

The Spring Gate Rehab & Healthcare Center's residents recently became the recipient of our outpour of love. This center is a senior citizen nursing home that houses over 200 residents. GCT's Children's Ministry and North Memphis Sunday School collaborated with Americhoice to shower the residents with a Valentine's Celebration. Elder Dunlap and Missionary Ragland facilitated the service. A recording artist was provided to sing to the audience. Everyone held hands, prayed, and hugged. Door prizes were given away. The GCT members played games with the residents and provided refreshments. Each resident also received a stuffed animal as a gift. This outpour of love will surely continue to impact the hearts and minds of these seniors. The residents were excited and thankful. This simple act of kindness, shows once again that we are "the church in the community with the community at heart."



Contributing Writer: Kim Hayes
Youth Corner
 
The Message

Join us Tuesday for "The Blueprint: God's Design with Youth in Mind" for one month our focus is "The Message Behind the Music" an objective, in-depth teaching about the effects of music on the spirit.

The first topic was "the origin of hip hop/the nature of the industry"; this informative to inform teens of the origin of music from its beginnings to where it is today; and how the music industry isn't all bling and popularity; and the many pitfalls that come with being an entertainer.

The second topic of the series "what you tryin ta say?" dealt with the effect of lyrics on the spirit...the words and language used to perform and promote certain types of music. The teens were challenged to ask themselves whether the music they listen to reflect a godly and positive spirit, or a selfish ungodly spirit....negative lyrics...negative spirit....positive lyrics.....positive spirit....

Young Men of Valor dealt with the topic of "are you a goon/thug? What is my image".... It was awesome! The Young Women of Excellence dealt with "the video vixen." Both covered the challenge that many teens face by trying to fit into a worldly image versus reflecting the image of Christ.

And finally, we dealt with "the five elements of the industry" money, drugs, alcohol, women, and cars, and how all of these are used to capture the attention of our youth; and how we use the word to redirect their attention. See you soon! Tuesday nights @ 7:30 for the blueprint.........it's what's up!

GCT Teen Ministry's Mission: Empowering the lives of teens with bible teaching, exciting activities, and today's lessons to better prepare them for the world of tomorrow.

Contributing Writer: Sam Upshaw

Holy Matrimony
 
Married Folk Need to Laugh Too!

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." - Proverbs 17:22

Sometimes in marriages, we need a good laugh. With that being said, I decided to break away from our normal routine and submit a joke instead. Come on, people of God, we all could use a good laugh every now and then. In fact, thanks to our Bishop and his comical sense of humor, not only do we get a powerful Word each Sunday, we get a laugh or two as well. I hope you enjoy this clean joke about marriage. Lord willing, our regular format will resume next month. So here goes. This joke is on me (LOL).

A man and woman were on their honeymoon after a long and very happy courtship. On their honeymoon, they decide to go horseback riding through the beautiful mountain passes of Europe. As the horses were crossing a small stream, the wife's horse mis-steps and jostles her. Once across the stream, the man dismounts, walks over to the horse, and stares into its' eyes. Finally, he states, "That's one." The man remounts his horse and they continue their ride.

A bit further down the path, the wife's horse stumbles when stepping over a fallen tree. The man dismounts, stares the horse in the eyes, and boldly states, "That's two!" He returns to his saddle and they move on.

As the afternoon sun began to set, the wife's horse once again lost its footing on a mossy slope. The man dismounts, moves to the wife's horse, and helps his wife out of the saddle. Moving to the front of the horse he stares it in the eyes and firmly says, "That's three," removes a pistol from his jacket, and shoots the horse dead.

The wife, quite upset at seeing the beautiful horse killed, says to her husband, "That's terrible, why would you do such a thing?!"

The man stares at his wife and firmly says, "That's one!"

 LaKesha Calhoun
 Contributing Writer


Money Matters
IS MONEY POWER?



How many times have you gone into a fancy restaurant, saw a crowded table of patrons in their Sunday best and thought, I bet they're wealthy? How many times have you been at a stop light and a beautiful car pulls up beside you that you can't help but notice and you think, I bet he's a lawyer or doctor? How many times have you been to someone's home for the first time and it was simply marvelous and you thought, she must make a lot of money?

So often these thoughts come from the preconceived notions we have about what money looks like, what it does and where it takes us. Later on, we may find out that their Sunday best was purchased on a credit card over 6 months ago with an APR of 31% or higher and they can only afford to make the minimum payment. Consequently, they'll pay for that suit 10 times over before the credit card is paid off. You find out the man driving that beautiful car rents an apartment and lives from paycheck to paycheck, barely affording the car note and insurance. Or you find out the woman with the beautiful home is currently in foreclosure because she spent all her money on expensive furniture, trying to impress people.

All I'm really trying to say is appearances gets us nowhere fast. Thinking someone is powerful because they drive a certain car, wear designer labels or live in a beautiful house is ludicrous. You've heard it said before, some of the most miserable, unhappiest people are rich. If you pay attention, money is a good teacher, but it's not power and neither does it give you power.

THE only real power is GOD and without HIM, we are powerless! God gives us power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18); not our pedigree nor degrees; not our IRA's or 401K's; and certainly not our high profile jobs or careers. Jesus asked a question in Mark 8:36: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? There is a three letter word in this verse that sticks out to me - OWN! One definition is to possess; to have. So why is own sticking out? Because owning God (making Him your personal savior) allows us to own (posses/have) abundant life. Money MAY give you a positive net worth, but living for Christ increases your self-worth. Which is more powerful? I'll take self-worth over net worth any day.

 Stephanie Hill
 Contributing Writer


Living Single

Stop Postponing Your Life


Perhaps the most common trap for singles is putting things off until marriage.

We think, "When I'm married I'll do this..." or, "After I get married then I'll finally be happy..." Marriage may not come as quickly as we hope, and quite honestly, may not come at all for some of us. What starts off as a harmless wish can possibly become a habit that stunts your growth and keeps you from becoming the person God wants you to be.

Flying solo can be a scary thing for most of us singles; but remember God offers us the great gift of His friendship, and He's usually ready to go on the spur of the moment. Every time you step out on faith and put your trust in God, you will experience your life getting bigger and bigger. It may be uncomfortable at first, but God can give you the courage you need to try new things, embark on adventures, and cultivate the gifts and talents that He has equipped you with.

So go ahead; stop postponing your life and start living it!!

 Emma Devine
 Contributing Writer

Bible Trivia

Trivia

Here is a little Bible trivia to test your knowledge of God's word.

Multiple Choice - New Testament

At Jesus' first trial, which of the following did the elders do to him? (More than one)-
A. convict him of blasphemy
B. smite him with the palms of their hands
C. tear his clothes
D. spit on him


Check next month's newsletter for the answer.
Church Humor

Humor

An old farmer and his son went to the big city for the first time. They went to check into the hotel and as they were standing in the lobby they saw a door open and an old lady went in and then the door closed. In a few minutes, the same door opened and a nice attractive lady stepped out.

The boy asked, "Dad, what is that?"

"I don't know son, but go home and get your momma."

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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