(Mar. 31) Vol. 7, No. 10

Beauty Beyond Bones: Seeing Red

Author of blog “BeautyBeyondBones”, Photo taken by author

I have not stopped the Fantasy VS Reality series; I’m temporarily putting it on hold because I’m currently in the final stages of editing a book I’ve written. Therefore I haven’t had much time to write, but I didn’t want to leave you guys with nothing this week.

So I decided I’d feature the piece Seeing Red from a blog I follow called Beauty Beyond Bones. This brave young woman shared something very personal on her blog and it truly touched me. I strongly encourage you to take the time to read her testimony. I promise you will be blessed by it.

See you all next week and have a great weekend!

Seeing Red

Happenings with the church and abroad

Here’s the latest news to date:

  • The Prairie View A&M University’s music department turned 100 last Saturday. A function was held on campus in celebration with a rendition played on piano and a spoken word performance.
  • One of TOR family underwent surgery to prepare for a prosthesis. The surgery went well and they are recovering.

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.

To make a donation, please go to ktorradio.com and click on the donate button on the top right of the homepage.

Sunday sermons, Wednesday messages

Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017, “Embrace the Bitter with the Sweet (Philippians 1:29)”

Art by godsfingerprints.net

“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.” (Php. 1:29 KJV)

Go to Sunday Morning Live to hear this week’s sermon or to listen to previous ones.

Download the free Spreaker app to tune in live when we broadcast at 9 a.m. or listen by way of ktorradio.com

Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2017, “Stay There (Luke 12:47-48)”

Lk 12_47-48
Photo source: Google Images

MEMORY VERSE: “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” (Lk. 12:48 KJV)

Serving requires trust. Regardless of wherever He places us, despite how uncomfortable it might be, we have to trust Him enough to see it through. There are expectations that God has for each of us, but especially for those of us who ought to know better, “God is going to deal with us according to what we’ve been exposed to.” Sometimes our emotions can get the best of us, and rather than holding our peace, we go on the attack. Not everyone who plays the fool is one, but again, we have to trust God to handle it.

When the Lord speaks of preparing ourselves it isn’t just us alone, but everyone we’re connected to, “What good is it to prepare yourself and not your household?” We must also remember that just because we’re struggling doesn’t mean we’re being punished. Sometimes God has us in that season to break our pride.

Ignorance is not an excuse, “God knows that we don’t know everything that’s required of Him, but that which we do know can we at least get that right?” Jesus never calls for us to be perfect, but to do what is right. Scripture shows us that we will all eventually receive some stripes, “It didn’t say you weren’t going to get beat; just not as much as the one who knew better but didn’t do it.” Will you do everything right all the time? No, but do know what’s right and still choose to sin is far worse. Whether you knew it was wrong or not won’t spare you from punishment. No one gets a free pass.

“God puts us in situations that seem so frustrating, but He wants to know are you willing to stay there.” We have to stop asking Christ to move us into positions when we aren’t willing to put in the work. “You can’t ask to be the go to person if you aren’t willing to do what all it requires… You say you’re ready to move on to the next level, and when the opportunity comes you don’t move on it.” Things might be shaky right now, and you feel you’ve exhausted all your options, but don’t quit.” Jesus knows you’re tired… Jesus was tired and weary at Gethsemane but He stayed there.”

Bible study is held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Temple. If you are ever in the Prairie View area, feel free to come and fellowship with us!

Temple of Refuge COGIC
Bus. 290, Prairie View, TX 77445

Using artistry to empower the Kingdom


by Jacqueline S. Sadberry
Editor in Chief

Screen Shot 2017-03-31 at 2.48.10 PM
via Tumblr

Just some digital typography art I came across. Let us remember to always give God thanks.

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 tor_cogic@yahoo.com

Events, announcements for the month of March

Dates will occasionally be added to the calendar

  • March 11: First Lady Prince’s Birthday
  • March 26: “The Remedy,” Poetry Nights, 5PM
  • March 29: Sister Etta’s Birthday

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