THE INSPIRER

Issue 3 September 2009
In This Issue
In The Mix
Health Matters
Youth Corner
Money Matters
Holy Matrimony
Ministry Spotlight
Living Single
L.I.F.E
Church Humor
Pick of the Month

It took nine years, but it was worth the wait. Kim Burrell has done it again !!!! "No Ways Tired" is a showcase of Burrell's trademark vocals and phenomenal arrangements. The back of the CD cover says, "Kim Burrell combines the dazzling virtuosity of a great jazz singer with the spiritual power of gospel, transforming classic gospel songs into uniquely personal spiritual expressions." I couldn't have said it better.

This should be an automatic addition to the collection of a true gospel music lover. Everyone will have this album and will expect you to "use your happy!"

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-Designate Brandon B. Porter
Senior Pastor www.bbporterministries.org
In The Mix


Annual ONE HOUR Labor Day Service

 

Scholarship News


On July 17, 2009 the GCT Scholarship Program hosted its annual graduate's dinner. We celebrated 28 graduates: 15 high school and 13 college graduates. First lady Melody G. Porter delivered an inspirational message to the students entitled, "Perseverance."

Students and guest were served a scrumptious dinner, which was sponsored and prepared by Mother Lee Davis. A specialty cake was created and donated by Sis. Marilyn Williams. All students were given bibles and watches embossed with the GCT insignia and certificates of participation. High school students enrolling for college and 1 college student were given financial assistance. Donations for these awards were provided by GCT's members and auxiliaries.

Two students were awarded the GCT Membership Scholarship of $1,500.00 dollars each, provided by donations from the membership. The 2009 scholarship recipients are Raven Hayes, graduate of White Station High, attending Austin Peay State University, and majoring in Nursing; Tarvaris Richmond, graduate of Byhalia High School, attending Clayton University majoring in Education.

The scholarship program is now gearing up for the next academic school year. We are now taking information for 2009-2010 potential graduates. Our first fundraiser "Laps for Learning," an indoor walk-a-thon and wellness health fair will be held October 17, 2009. Come out and walk with us as we raise money to help worthy students in their quest to further their education.

Contributing Writer: Linda Bolden, lindabolden@hotmail.com
Health Matters
The Prostate

The prostate is part of a man's reproductive system. It's an organ located in front of the rectum and under the bladder. The prostate surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine flows.

A healthy prostate is about the size of a walnut. If the prostate grows too large, it squeezes the urethra. This may slow or stop the flow of urine from the bladder to the penis.

Benign growths are not as harmful as malignant growths:

Benign growths (such as BPH):
� are rarely a threat to life
� can be removed and probably won't grow back
� don't invade the tissues around them
� don't spread to other parts of the body

Malignant tumors:
� may be a threat to life
� often can be removed, but sometimes grow back
� can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs
� can spread to other parts of the body

Risk factors for prostate cancer:
� Age over 65: The chance of getting prostate cancer increases as you get older.
� Family history: Your risk is higher if your father, brother, or son had prostate cancer.
� Race: Prostate cancer is more common among black men than white or Hispanic/Latino men.
� Certain prostate changes: Men with cells called high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN) may be at increased risk of prostate cancer.
� Certain genome changes: Researchers have found specific regions on certain chromosomes that are linked to the risk of prostate cancer. Also, other studies have shown an elevated risk of prostate cancer among men with changes in certain genes, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2.

Symptoms
A man with prostate cancer may not have any symptoms. For men who do have symptoms, the common symptoms include:
� Urinary problems
� Not being able to pass urine
� Having a hard time starting or stopping the urine flow
� Needing to urinate often, especially at night
� Weak flow of urine
� Urine flow that starts and stops
� Pain or burning during urination
� Difficulty having an erection
� Blood in the urine or semen
� Frequent pain in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs

Detection and Diagnosis
� Digital rectal exam
� Blood test for prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
� Transrectal ultrasound
� Transrectal biopsy

Treatment
� Active Surveillance
� Surgery
� Radiation Therapy
� Hormone Therapy
� Chemotherapy


Source: National Cancer Institute

Contributing Writer: Tekeela Green

Youth Corner

One of the Top Ten Fears for Youth


According to research conducted by Thom Rainer, the second greatest fear for youth is lack of a good education.

Three-fourths of the youth of today fear that they will not get a good education. Many fear that they cannot get into college and, if they do, they worry about how they will finance their education. Over half of the young people today worry about taking the ACT or SAT exam. Dominique Jamison a 10th grade student in Brooklyn, New York dispatches a letter to President Obama of her concerns about the regent exams. "In your presidency, for some reason I fear that because we are competing, I think there will be more regents. I dread the fact that I still have to pass 5 to graduate. I want to get out of high school, but I don't want to drop out. I fear that I will have to pass more than the usual five. I hope you come up with a different option for students to graduate high school without the many Regents. You can think of a new way students could feel more confident demonstrating their abilities... All I want is a way to graduate..."

A good education, youth believe, will lead to a good job which will provide a good income. In essence, the fear is primarily financial. The youth of today are realists about the economic value of a college degree. They believe the degree is the ticket out of poverty or financial mediocrity. Over 80 percent of the teens say that they intend to go to college to get a better job and to make more money. They do not want to be a part of the economic have-nots. It seems that in this world of moral and family uncertainty, the youth think their only path to happiness may be found in the material world.


Contributing Writer: Beverly Parish
Money Matters

7 Laws of Highest Prosperity


Continued from last month


The last few laws on the road to Highest Prosperity are no less or more important than the first 4 we have already explored. Let's complete the journey we began a few months ago towards success and prosperity.

#5 The Law of Understanding
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all of your hear, Lean not on your own understanding; In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.

2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say and may the Lord give you understanding in all things Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

There is scripture after scripture that encourages us to trust God's understanding and not our own. So this law is self-explanatory, right? Without total surrender and trust in God to provide us with His understanding, we won't succeed nor prosper.

#6 The Law of Preparation
In your leisure, read Ephesians 2:10. This scripture shows us the Love of God that went forth in preparing us for the work He called us to do. We are His workmanship; what God prepared beforehand.

Now read John 14:1-3. What a mighty God we serve, that He would prepare for us. How much more then shall we prepare for the things of God, including prosperity.

In Psalms 23:5, He said He'd prepare a table in the presence of my enemies. Now as big as God is, if He had to prepare, what makes you think you don't have to. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.


#7 The Law of Preservation
Stewardship is the word I think of when I think of preservation. I Corinthians 4: 2 says Moreover, it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. A steward is a person put in charge of a large estate. We are required to manage life's resources: our soul, family, talents, gifts, abilities, body, mind, thoughts, etc. What is that large estate? I Corinthians 9:17-18 says He commanded us to go into the world (LARGE ESTATE) and preach the gospel without charge. Wow, God thinks that much of me that He would put me in charge of a large estate. That means I am already wealthy and prosperous simply because He made me a steward.

Psalms 31:23 is proof that He preserves the faithful, the good steward, the one who seeks Him for wisdom and understanding, the one who has his/her priorities in the right order, the one who prepares.

He will preserve your soul, your coming out and your going in Psalms 121:7-8

In order for you to walk in the Highest Prosperity, you must follow these laws. You will have "help on the road" so that you can "successfully reach" the destiny He has for you.

Stephanie Hill
Contributing Writer
Holy Matrimony

The Pursuit of Excellence in Marriage


I believe there are 5 fundamental keys in the pursuit of excellence in marriage: Love, Unity, Communication, Forgiveness, and Time.

Love is the foundation of marriage and supplies the strength needed for the other four key components to operate effectively; everything else will be built upon it. Agape love is a giving love. It is giving what is needed or required and in many cases what is requested. The mindset of this love is how can I bless my spouse's life and bring a level of completeness to it?

The second is Unity. This should be the goal of all marriages; for God said that the two shall "be" one flesh (Gen. 2:24). The "be" here is the becoming or the process of oneness; in vision, mind, heart, and soul. It's an unbreakable union because they have become truly one. When the husband and wife stay unified in everything, it produces an atmosphere for success in all they decide to do. Where there is unity, there is strength and the blessings of God.

I believe Communication is the framework of the marriage union. It connects the other four keys (Love, Unity, Forgiveness, and Time) and brings them together as one. Because there are many forms of communication, the challenge is to find the one that works best for the both of you.

Forgiveness is a necessity for the success and survival of marriages. It produces the power to erase mistakes and dissolve all misunderstandings. Forgiveness is the defense mechanism against bitterness, separation, selfishness, and divorce, which are the products of unforgiveness. Love, Unity, Communication, and Time are all hindered when forgiveness is not present and in operation.

Last, but not least is Time. It is true, LOVE is not something that we fall into, but we grow in love in the Process of Time. UNITY or oneness in a marriage is only Produced in Time. Effective COMMUNICATION that builds, heals, and reveals the good, bad, and the ugly is only Developed in Time. Complete FORGIVENESS from the hurts, pain, stresses, and strains in the marriage union is only Revealed in Time. The union of marriage, between a man and a woman, is only given by God in the Confines of Time.

Let's do our best to utilize these 5 keys, so that in the pursuit of excellence in our marriage, we will find it and come against everything else that seeks to destroy it!



LaKesha Calhoun
Contributing Writer

This month's article submitted by Minister Sean Calhoun, husband of LaKesha Calhoun
Ministry Spotlight

I would like to take this opportunity to spotlight one of the great ministry leaders at GCT! Greater Community Temple is comprised of more than 80 ministries. There is a ministry area with your name on it!!

The August recipient of the W.L. Porter Faithful Service Award was Missionary Patricia Meredith. Missionary Meredith is the coordinator of the Missionary Department, an early morning prayer warrior, and facilitator of our annual outreach program "A Word and a Meal." Each year hundreds of persons are fed both spiritually and naturally.

Statistics say 1% of the total US population is homeless. Studies show that each night, 340,000 people experience homelessness. Other statistics show that approximately 5 million people have no religious affiliation at all. Wow!! These numbers are pretty alarming. Consider how much of a blessing this "one" event is to those in need to someone on the street who says "I'm homeless, need food or shelter," or people you know who may not confess Christ as their Lord and Savior. We all can take an active role in changing these statistics. Come on let's start today! Provide "A WORD and a MEAL" to someone you know!

Missionary Meredith also supports our late Founder's Wife, Mother Ida M. Porter whenever needed. She often accompanies her during speaking engagements, road trips, and as a resource to lean on. I'm sure during these times Missionary Meredith has been the recipient of many of the signature Mother Porter slaps on the head. Way to go Missionary Meredith!!

Until Next Month,
Jeff Williams, SOM
Greater Community Temple COGIC

Jeff Williams
Contributing Writer

Living Single

Ah!!! The Single Life


Marriage for many is the favored lifestyle, and the media and online dating communities fortify the notion. The classic line in the romantic film Jerry Maguire - 'You complete me' - reinforces what many singles believe: If I could only find my soul mate, I would feel whole and happy, and my life would come together.

More people than ever are embracing their singleness and loving every minute of it. They see it as a chance to work on themselves and develop that all important relationship with God without the responsibilities that come with marriage.

Whether marriage is in your future or not here are 10 reasons to enjoy your singleness.......

10 You always get to choose the movie/tv show. The remote is ALL YOURS (when you can find it).

9 The toilet seat is always down/up. 'Nuff said!

8 Dinner is always something you like. Ramen noodles or shrimp alfredo - the choice is yours.

7 No "gender speak" to decipher. What did he mean by that? Where is she coming from? Not your problem!

6 Your home is as clean or dirty as you want it to be. Where you left it is where you'll find it.

5 You can focus on your career/hobby/education. Late hours and weekend work don't take time away from your relationship.

4 You have more time for friends. You can have quality time with your buddies and not feel like you're neglecting anyone.

3 "Me time" is anytime. Your time is your own. You can go when and where you please.

2 Your money is your own. You can splurge every now and then or cut corners to reach your goal and no one else is affected.

And the #1 reason to enjoy being single is.......
You can worship when and where you want to. You can go to Todd Hall's conference ALL 3 nights without having to answer questions about being in church ALL NIGHT LONG !!!!

Emma Devine
Contributing Writer
Living In Faith Everyday (L.I.F.E)

Let Your Light Shine


"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." ~ Genesis 1:3-4

While thinking on these two verses, the first thing that came to mind was the real purpose of light. God spoke light and then separated that same light from darkness. Have you ever had a moment that you thought to yourself, "Why am I going through this? Why am I here? Why is this happening to me? Will this season ever end?" Maybe if you have never asked yourself these questions, allow me to say it the way my grandmother often stated it..."just keep on living. You will."

As I got older, I understood that these questions are not negative and neither does it mean that you don't have faith. As a matter of fact, it is just the opposite. Why not ask the One who created the day, who knows the day, and does no guess work at all? He knows the condition of every heart and mind and you can depend on His word to work through the hard places. So stay on your knees, keep asking, keep knocking, and the God who knows all things will do what He has already confirmed through His word. God knows how long you have been waiting and it will not be long before the entrance of His word brings light right into your situation and separates the truth from fiction. Once God's light enters your life, we must allow His light to shine freely and without judgment. When you see someone that needs encouragement and assurance of God's purpose for their life, thank God for allowing His light to shine through you as a vessel and know that apart from Him, you can do nothing.

We must remember as children of God we have been given the right to walk in the light of God's word. It is His word that heals, restores, sets free, and allows us the opportunity to encourage the hearts of others. The word of God is powerful; it goes out into dark places and causes victory in the lives of men, women, boys, and girls; and God gets the glory because of His light. "The word of God is at work even NOW!"

Pam Kendricks
Contributing Writer
Church Humor

Out of the Mouth of Babes...


The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mike, (with trailing cord) and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform, jerking the mike cord as he went.

Then he moved to one side, getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it again. After several circles and jerks, a little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered, "If he gets loose, will he hurt us?"

A GOOD POINT


A boy was watching his father, a pastor, write a sermon. "How do you know what to say?" he asked.

"Why, God tells me."

"Oh, then why do you keep crossing things out?"

GIVE HIM THE MONEY

A little girl became restless as the preacher's sermon dragged on and on. Finally, she leaned over to her mother and whispered, "Mommy, if we give him the money now, will he let us go?"

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