A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
Fantasy VS Reality: Part III—Guilty Pleasures
If you haven’t read Part I and II yet, you can find the links to them here in the previous issue.
I’ve been going through some highs and lows myself, so this couldn’t have come at a better time. For Part III I go into why so many of us are driven back to romanticism when we know it isn’t good for us. I was so personally caught up in it from my strong desire to go from party of one to party of two that I suffered the consequences: more death, hurt and pain.
Finally it’s becoming clearer and I’m starting to reach a place where I’m ready to eliminate this stuff from my life once and for all. I hope what I’m sharing this week will help others to do the same. Please be sure to keep me in prayer—each week is more challenging than the last.
Happenings with the church and aboard
Here’s the latest news to date:
- Congratulations to the new athletes being inducted into the Prairie View A&M University’s Hall of Fame this Saturday.
- Pastor is feeling well. We still have members out due to illness so please continue to keep the TOR family in your prayers.
The fundraiser to build the bathroom is currently on hold, but donations are still appreciated. We need $6000 to begin construction; $4000 has been collected so far.
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Sunday sermons, Wednesday messages
Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017, “All Dressed Up and Going Nowhere (Mark 11:11-22)
“And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.” (Mk. 11:13 KJV)
There is no recording for this sermon as of yet, but you can go to ktorradio.com and listen to previous sermons on Sunday Morning Live.
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Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017, “To Whom Much Is Given Much Is Required (I Tim. 3:1-9)”
MEMORY VERSE: “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;” (I Tim. 3:2 KJV)
What many of us fail to recognize is that the bishop is the pastor. So many desire the position of being the man of God, but “just because we desire something doesn’t necessarily mean we qualify for it.” It’s a touchy subject, but this is the case in regards to women being preachers. Some have used the prophetess Deborah as an example of women as preachers (Judges 4). “Deborah was thrust into leadership because the men wouldn’t step up.” The thing we must consider is that the role of preacher was designed for the man because the Word tells us this (I Tim. 3:2,5)
There are qualities a leader must possess. Being in the position of pastor is more than just standing up behind the pulpit and collecting money, “There is a difference between being a ruler and being a dictator over your household… You can’t stand before the people when things aren’t right in your own house.” A man of God must be vigilant and willing to protect that which the Lord has placed him in charge of. He should never have to throw around his authority if the Lord has given it to him and he must have a “welcoming spirit. A bishop is a supervisor…He must be apt to teach. Just because you know how to do it doesn’t mean you assume the next person does [too.]”
The passage goes on to inform us a strong leader isn’t given into alcohol or overcome by greediness, “God doesn’t have a problem with you drinking but with excessive drinking.” Drunkenness causes you to lose your authority and forget whose you are. As leaders, we cannot be prone to violence—this does not mean however that we are to take abuse.
How do people see you as a leader? Are you disciplined, do you have patience? When you are in a position of leadership you must do the right thing regardless. Know that in order to evolve from being a novice you must gain experience, “The more experience you expose yourself to, the more you grow.” Do not allow pride to keep you stuck and don’t make yourself untouchable, “You have to be a people person…You need to be within reach.” Can people depend on you to help them or do you push everyone away?
We must remember who has called us, who has saved us, “When you forget who you’re supposed to be there to help, you end up in worse shape than the people you were sent to help.”
THE ART GALLERY
Using artistry to empower the Kingdom
BITS OF INSPIRATION
by Jacqueline S. Sadberry
Editor in Chief
I’ve decided to start sharing inspiring works of art that I come across. This is something one of my followers found while out shopping today. It’s always good to have a reminder that God is bigger and greater than whatever it is we’re facing.
That’s all for today. If you would like to be considered for a feature in The Art Gallery or if you know someone who’s work could be a top contender, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Events, announcements for the month of March
- March 11: First Lady Prince’s Birthday
- March 26: “The Remedy,” Poetry Nights, 5PM