Gloria Ford:The more you give the more will come back to you
“Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me.”
We had a fall experience on Tuesday morning when the temperature dropped after Monday night’s rain.
Many people, such as I, donned their sweaters or jackets and talked about the chill in the air.
True to fall in the South, we were back to sunshine days and warmer temperatures a day later.
I hope that you have had a wonderful week, and that this weekend will bring you peace, comfort, and joy beyond your understanding. I find the spirit of giving to be wonderful satisfaction for soul, mind, and body.
As you give unto others, God gives back to you.
Have you ever smiled or waved at a baby and they grinned from ear to ear back at you as if you were the most important part of their day?
Didn’t that do something for you that made you feel all warm and appreciated inside?
That’s the spirit of giving. Even a smile can make someone’s day.
Give of your time, your talents and your monetary gains.
Give a kind word of encouragement or a helping hand.
The more you give the more will come back to you. Give of your service to the Lord, and watch what happens.
The song writer says, “You can’t beat God giving no matter how you try.”
St. Paul AME Church
The St. Paul AME Church family in the Sampit community will be expecting you to celebrate breast cancer survivors on Sunday, Oct. 14 with dynamic Evangelist Anne Shubrick at 4 p.m. Remember to wear pink. The program is being sponsored by Mrs. Susan Carolina, district health director, and Mrs. Martha Holmes, health ministry director. Rev. Kelly Spann is the pastor.
Light House of Jesus Church
The air was charged with the electricity of expectancy as I got out of my car in the parking lot of Light House of Jesus Church.
The huge parking lot was almost filled to capacity.
An usher greeted me outside the door with the words, “Welcome to Light House First Annual Conference.”
His words were booming and sincere.
I accepted the greeting and walked into the grand foyer where many were waiting and others were quickly gathering from the outside to be seated.
I was escorted down the aisle and to a front row seat in the fourth section.
The musicians were in their places, and the devotional leaders followed shortly thereafter.
They began devotions with the body stirring song: “I command my feet, hands, and heart to praise the Lord.”
The song was followed by prayer, and then another song entitled, “My God is Awesome” and “Holy Spirit, fall fresh on me.”
All of the songs were accompanied by expression of motion as the audience joined in with the leaders.
After devotions were over, Evangelist Anna Blackstock, one of the associate ministers at Light House, proceeded to the pulpit as emcee for the evening.
Another minister, Evangelist Milton gave a unique and accepted welcome and was followed by the singing of the Mass choir in “Behold He Comes.”
All of this was done while we waited expectantly for the guest of the evening. There was a stir as the audience was told that she had arrived.
Everyone stood as Bishop Floyd Knowlin, his lovely wife, Mrs. Mildred Knowlin, Bishop Williams, husband of the guest of honor, and the queen of gospel music, Evangelist Shirley Caesar, the special guest, and her company, marched down the aisle to the tune of one of her popular songs, “I’ll Say Yes” played by the musicians.
The events that followed were great ones.
The Mass Choir sang one of my favorite songs, “You could have let me drown, but Love lifted Me.” Bishop Knowlin presented the TDK Mime Ministry of Demetrius, Terrence, and Kevin, three brothers who have accomplished great applause in the field of mime.
Evangelsit Carolyn Sanders, one of the members of Pastor Shirley Caesar’s church in Raleigh, NC. Introduced her pastor.
She said Shirley Caesar had earned 11 Grammys, 16 Stellar awards and more, and she loved God with all of her heart and God’s people too.
I cannot remember all of the words the dynamic little lady(5’4) said, but her subject taken from Micah chapter 7, was, “The reason why I’m still standing is because I kept getting up.” In other words, “I made it.”
She kept the evening alive with some of her popular recordings and words from the Bible and words of experience.
Along with all of her accolades as a famous gospel singer and evangelist, she has been pastoring her church in Raleigh for 22 years, and said they were good, not necessarily easy years.
The word she used to sum up all that she has accomplished is “Relentless.”
She said you have to make up your mind that you’re going to stand in the midst of the storm.
She said we must call the church back to prayer, and that a change and breakthrough is coming in your life.
Thank Bishop Knowlin for the conference which taught seminars by day and included such other guests as minister and recording artist, Beverly Crawford, Doc McKenzie and the Gospel Highlights, and Pastor Johnny Brown, formerly of Georgetown, then known as “Little Johnny.”
We look forward to another great one next year.
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, those behind prison bars, and for each other. May God continue to pour out his blessings upon you, and give you peace. Until the next time, let us pray good prayers for each other.
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