Friday, April 12, 2013
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
Hopefully you have had a wonderful week, and are looking forward to more wonderful days. It’s not quite time to get in the water yet, but soon many of you will be heading to the beach for a nice swim. The flowers of the season are blooming in gorgeous hues, especially the wisteria, which is one of my favorite flowers. The bees are very jealous of wisteria, so watch out for them if you love to admire them close up.
I pray that those of you that haven’t been feeling so well, will be rejuvenated, that your bodies may be healed, the depression will take flight, your money problems will be solved, and your peace will be one that passes all understanding.
If you are one of those that feel people always take advantage of you because you are kind and giving, and you are about to give up on being so, remember the Bible says don’t be weary in well doing because if you hold on, in due time you will reap the rewards. God will reward you and not man, so you have some great things to look forward to.
Mt. Zion AME Church
The women of Mt. Zion AME Church in the North Santee community feel that a person should be recognized for the good that they do. Therefore, they have decided to bring recognition to the men of Mt. Zion’s Christian Breakfast Men Club by sponsoring a “Gospel Fest” singing program. They say that the men are a blessing to the community because they focus on helping others who may need repairs to their homes, and various other things, even to organizing community clean ups.
The women would like to provide these men with some financial support. They would like you, your group, or your choirs to come and render two selections of your choice on Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m. at Mt. Zion. They believe that love is what love does, and base it on 1 John 4:11. Come out and have a good time.Rev. Alfred Darby is the pastor.
Allen Chapel AME Church
Rev. Willie B. Thomas cordially invites everyone to Allen Chapel AME Church in the Graves Station community on Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m. for the annual Women’s Day program. Rev. Carolyn Williams, associate minister from historic Bethel AME Church of Georgetown will be the speaker. The theme is “Women of God – Growing in Grace”. Come hear an awesome Word along with powerful praise and worship. You are asked to please wear red and/or white. Come be blessed by the Allen Chapel family and their pastor, Rev. Willie B. Thomas.
Love Chapel Deliverance Center
The members of Love Chapel Deliverance Center, cordially invites you to their 15th annual appreciation banquet in honor of their pastor, Evangelist Avis Frasier. This takes place on Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m. at First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church fellowship hall. Tickets are $25 per couple; $15 per adults; $10 for youth 18 and under. Come lift up the name of Jesus during this great celebration of honor. Chief Apostle Richard Frasier is the Overseer.
April showers are really bringing May flowers and garden plants, as watermelons and other seeds are bursting through the soil. It is amazing how one or two little seeds can bring forth vast crops. It is just another way of showing the power and the greatness of God. Those seeds must be planted and undergo a death like process, then live again bigger and better than before. Some ministers use such illustrations in their comforts to families concerning a death of a loved one showing that they shall live again. It was through one of my greatest trials when I lost a seven year old daughter to death that I could draw comfort from the resurrection of Jesus realizing that because He lives, we can live also, and so do our loved ones who have gone on before us.
I know it is hard for some to believe that Jesus who walked the earth as it seems, a man like any other, could die for the whole world. But, if you look around at endless skies, mighty oceans, majestic mountains, and all other things made by God, then why should we find it impossible for God to send His son to die for us, and that He should live again that we might live also? Read the Book. (John 3:16)
God was so much God so perfect, that He could not come down to be among sinful man, but because He loved man so much, He sent His son to take on the sins of man.
Jesus is our advocate with God the Father, and the Holy Spirit is our day to day comforter and a gentleman; for the Holy Spirit will not enter into our lives unless we invite Him in. He brings love, understanding, peace, and unspeakable joy that gives you strength. He represents God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son.
Let us remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, our men and women on the battlefield in Iraq and their families back home, the leaders of our land, our children and their schools and certain tests that they must take. Help our graduating seniors to be more focused on having a successful future, bless every household and grant them the peace of God that passes all understanding. Let us continue to pray for each other.
May God bless you until we meet again.