A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
The Ugly Truth
This week’s topic is about my own prejudice and how I had grown to distrust those brothers and sisters who are White. It was uncomfortable for me to admit to myself, let alone write about. The Lord stressed to me that it was necessary for me to do it in order to receive deliverance from this issue. So, I am sharing my testimony in the hope that it will help deliver someone else with the same problem in the process.
I will warn you that this piece is centered on a hot button topic, therefore there will be some things that may upset you. I will say this now: In no way, shape, or form does this piece reflect on the Temple of Refuge COGIC. These are strictly my personal struggles. This piece does not reflect or represent any views or thoughts of the members of the Temple of Refuge. Again, I am strictly writing solely on something that I have been dealing with for quite a few years now, and with God’s encouragement, I am finally ready to talk about it and address it.
I hope anyone else who has the same struggle will receive a blessing in this and I pray this will lead to HEALTHY and HONEST discussions as a result. We can’t learn to understand one another until we first learn how to love each other.
And that’s within AND outside the body.
Local news in the area
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Sunday sermons, Wednesday messages
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, “All Is Forgiven (Isaiah 55:7)”
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Is. 55:7 KJV)
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, “Are You Available for Use? (John 15:13-15)”
MEMORY VERSE: ” Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (Jn. 15:13 KJV)
When we choose to die to our flesh, to follow the Lord’s commands, the we are considered friends of Christ; we become family. In order to do that, we must put aside self and place Christ at the top of the priority list, “Are you dying daily…? When you talk about laying down your life, you stop thinking about self perseveration.” Everything stop being about us and we begin to consider others before ourselves.
Are we positioning ourselves to be friends and family of God? Do we strive and make an effort to keep His commandments? Are you obedient and doing what the Lord has asked of you or are you still holding on to some things? Dying daily is more than sacrificing physically, but dying to some spiritual things as well, “You can’t live for God or be used by Him with an old mindset… It’s like being a cup with a lid on it,” everyone around is getting blessed but you’re stuck because He can’t pour inside. “Or, are you full of something else?” What are you taking in? Are you truly taking in more of Christ or more of the world? We must first remove the lid, allow Him to empty out all the things not of Himself, and let Jesus fill us up.
“God can’t pour into you until you are willing to die to a lot of things. If you’re truly available for God to use you, death hurts.” You have to be willing to suffer, to go through some hurts if you want to be used by Christ. This is ultimately what it means to lay down our lives for Him. “Are you willing to lay down your life for Jesus,” as He as done for you, “or will you keep making excuses?” Laying down your life might cost you some things. Are you willing to stand up for what’s right even if it means losing your status, job, title, etc.?
Because we say we love Him, we are willing to go the distance for Christ. Regardless of how it makes us look or sound in the eyes of man, our biggest concern is how God sees us, “Love will cause you to allow yourself to do something on someone else’s behalf when it had nothing to do with you. It will cause us to do service for other people…to let go of your selfish thoughts.”
THE ART GALLERY
Using artistry to empower the Kingdom
“A BIT OF THIS, A BIT OF THAT:” PHOTOS, CRAFTS
by Jacqueline S. Sadberry
Editor in Chief
So this week I’ve been on the hunt. I got a recommendation and found some great skate art. I need your help finding new features, so if you have ANY suggestions as to whose artwork I should take a look at, please let me know! The more men and women of God I can promote on here, the better.
First up in the exhibit is a photo taken by Temi Coker. A friend and past feature told me about this guy, and I must say, the guy does some fantastic work:
When I first saw this photo, I thought about fire and ice. I’m very impressed with how he managed to catch the little rays of light on the water to capture this effect. If you’re curious to see more of Coker’s photography, you can do so @temi.coker or you can visit his website at: www.temicoker.me
Then we have this very interesting piece:
I have been searching tirelessly for arts and crafts/DIY art. Unfortunately I haven’t come across anyone to feature in that category yet (if you know someone–LET ME KNOW PLEASE!) I did come across this while browsing around Instagram. The artist wasn’t listed, but it was reposted on NGEN radio’s page. These are all old skateboards that were taken to make Jesus’s face.
If you would like to be considered for a feature in The Art Gallery or if you know someone else who does amazing work for Christ, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Events, announcements for the month of November
Dates will occasionally be added to the calendar
- Nov. 16: Sister Bre’s Birthday
- Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Day