Pick of the Month
Stellar and Grammy-winning artist and producer Donald Lawrence released Law of Confession: Part I the same day Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States; a day of great change for our country and the genre of gospel music.
This project has all the elements to spark a movement and to cause a great shift in the thinking and daily practices of believers. Lawrence's pastor, Bill Winston of Chicago's Living Word Christian Center, taught a series by the same title that served as inspiration for the material that is soaked in biblical principles.
"The CD is about applying the Word of the Lord to everyday life that it may change your personal speech; speaking only positive things and things of good report," Lawrence said earlier this year in a news release.
The first single released from the CD, "Back II Eden" is getting air play all over the world, but you'll do your self a disservice if you miss out on the rest of the album. "I've Got Something" and "Happy Being Me" are two of my favorites, but if "There is a King in You" doesn't move you - you'd better check for a pulse!
I can't wait for the sequel. If you do not buy another CD this year, make sure you add this one to your collection. Put it in the CD player and hit repeat.
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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.
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Annual W. L. Porter Golf Classic
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the tissues of the breast. Each breast has 15 to 20 sections called lobes, which have many smaller sections called lobules. Each breast also has blood vessels and lymph vessels. The most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the cells of the ducts.
Tests that examine the breasts are used to detect and diagnose breast cancer:
-Mammogram which is an x-ray of the breast
-Biopsy is the removal of cells or tissues so they can be viewed under a microscope
-Estrogen & progesterone receptor test measures the amount of estrogen and progesterone receptors in cancer tissue
-MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses a magnet, radio waves, and a computer to make a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body
· older in age
· menstruating at an early age
· older age at first childbirth or have never given birth
· personal history of breast cancer or benign breast disease; a mother or sister with breast cancer
· treatment with radiation therapy to the breast/chest
· dense breast tissue on a mammogram
· taking hormones such as estrogen and progesterone
· drinking alcoholic beverages
· being Caucasian
· Partial mastectomy
· Total mastectomy
· Modified radical mastectomy
· Radial mastectomy
Source: National Cancer Institute
Contributing Writer: Tekeela Green
Surviving Tough Economic Times
Seek God Concerning Your Finances
As with all areas of your life, God has a plan for your finances. It is our responsibility to seek Him for that plan. Make a habit of asking God for guidance in financial matters. We have to keep in mind we are only someone who manages the affairs of others; so shouldn't we seek him for instruction on managing His affairs?
You may think this is an unnecessary statement, but studies have shown that less than 5% of church members tithe consistently. This not only impacts the church negatively, but it hinders God from fulfilling His promises in their lives. Tithing establishes a trust relationship with God. He uses our faithfulness to establish His promises in our lives. God repeatedly declares His commitment to bless those who are obedient in this area.
Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty and thy presses will burst out with new wine.
Set Your Economic Goals
You have to document your financial desires. What are your plans for the future? When will you buy a house? Do you have kids to send to college? This list can go on and on. Take time to set your financial priorities. Where do you want to be in the next 1, 5 or even 10 years? With faith and a plan, you can achieve financial success. It all starts with definite, realistic goals.
Create a Budget
It's impossible to have financial peace unless you control your spending. To do so you must create a detailed budget. You should include all your income and expenses on a weekly or monthly basis. Be sure to account for every dollar you spend. Reviewing your old bank statements may help you track your spending habits. Save Money
The review of your budget will most likely reveal unwanted spending habits. Take advantage of this opportunity to start or enhance your savings plan.
Even small amounts saved consistently accumulate over time. Consider setting up deductions from your paycheck directly to a savings account. Most experts suggest having at least 3 months worth of expenses in your savings account. This "Emergency Fund" helps stabilize your finances in case of emergencies such as home or vehicle repairs, medical expenses or even a job loss. Stephanie Hill
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How Well Do You Know Your Spouse?
This question seems quite easy to answer, especially for those of us that have been married for some time. If you've been married for over a year, you should know what your spouse likes or dislikes: favorite color, sports team, cologne/perfume, outfit, restaurant, movie, vacation spot, etc. Unfortunately, many of us don't know our spouses as well as we think.
I recently went to a Marriage Trivia game show. Three couples were selected from the audience. One had been married for 45 years, another 23 years, and the last couple 10 months. They each had 10 questions to answer. Surprisingly, each couple missed the same amount - five. You would think after 45 years of marriage, there isn't anything you don't know about your spouse. Perhaps the couple that had been married 10 months should've scored higher. Usually, when a couple first meet, they are so smitten by each other that the little things in their relationship matter, like favorite color, hobby, etc. But for many, we become complacent as the years go by, and even if we know what our spouse likes, we no longer cater to those areas; and for many, they no longer care. Sometimes, complacency can be a recipe for disaster in a marriage. Every once in a while we need to mix things up; do something out of the norm and have some fun. Yes, I said fun!
During the month of October, the couples of GCT will steal away for 3 days/2 nights during our Annual Couples' Retreat. This year we're headed to the beach in Destin, FL. The retreat is designed for couples to spend quality time together, renew the spice in their marriage, and fellowship with other couples. When they return, the consensus is usually the same; they had a blast, their love was renewed, and they can't wait for next year's retreat.
Well, if you're unable to make Destin this year, bring the retreat to you. Ask your spouse to make a list of their favorite things. Some of their answers may even surprise you. When they do, go out of your way to surprise them with a few of them. Be spontaneous, creative and have some good ole fun. If you do this "small" task, it will put a smile on their face during the day; and it will put a smile on your face later that evening. Trust me!
I would like to take this opportunity to spotlight another one of GCT's great ministry leaders. The September recipient of the W. L. Porter Faithful Service Award is Brandie Hill. Brandie has served in several capacities since becoming a member of Greater Community Temple. She has served as Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Creative Design Analyst, Chairperson of Food for the Soul, a choir member, GCT Expo Chair and support person, and has served on various other committees.
Brandie is definitely a multi-tasker. She is very organized and time conscious. Despite her ministry responsibilities, Brandie manages to maintain a full-time job. She has a very pleasant attitude and is very easy to work with. I'm sure her coworkers are glad to have her on their team. Pastor Porter often says, "Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well." Brandie definitely strives to do things in the spirit of excellence. In fact, this very newsletter is designed and made available to you today through Brandie's efforts. Here is a poem that reflects our appreciation for Brandie:
Valuable is the work you do;
Outstanding in how you always come through.
Loyal, sincere, and full of good cheer;
Untiring in your efforts throughout the year.
Notable are the contributions you make;
Trustworthy in every project you take.
Eager to reach your every goal;
Effective in the way you fulfill your role.
Ready with a smile like a shining star;
Special and wonderful -- that's what you are!
Thanks for all you do Brandie!!!! Remember, Greater Community Temple is comprised of more than 80 ministries. There is a ministry area with your name on it!!
Until Next Month,
Jeff Williams, SOM
Greater Community Temple COGIC
Living In Faith Everyday (L.I.F.E)
We are living in a time where there is a lot of uncertainty in the atmosphere and our economy is undergoing reconstruction. We must remember that we have a God who is all-knowing and concerned about His people. If there ever was a time to look up, it would be now. If there ever was a time to call on God, now would be that time.
I have found that people are consumed with the economy, consumed with doubt, consumed with fear, and challenged to keep going in spite of what it looks like; but thanks be to God, He knows just what to do and He is always on time.
Don't give up on what you know to be true, because the God we serve is true to His word. We must be reminded that our fight is not with the economy or with anything that is out of our control. In others words, there are some things that only God can handle.
I was meditating on a passage of scripture in Isaiah 65:24 which reads, "I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers." Can you imagine that God is working on your case no matter how big or small, or whether the case is about you or something that concerns you? Know that while you are talking to Him, He is answering your request before you can even finish. Wow! What a mighty God we serve!
God has all power and He is mindful of you. While you are waiting on the manifestation of what you believe God for, just remember, you can depend on the word of God. You can trust in Him.
Smith climbs to the top of Mount Sinai to talk to God.
Looking up, he asks the Lord, "God, what does a million years mean to you?"
The Lord replies, "A minute."
Smith asks, "And what does a million dollars mean to you?"
The Lord replies, "A penny."
Smith asks, "Can I have a penny?" The Lord replies, "In a minute."
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.
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