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Moment in the Word

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“We are not ignorant of [Satan's] devices.”
(2Co 2:11 NKJV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Watch out for Satan’s Bait Satan, whom the Bible refers to as “the tempter,” works in two ways like a seasoned fisherman:

(1) He knows fish get hungry and he knows when they’ll be biting. Understand this: you were born with a hole in your soul that only God can fill. And unless you turn to God and build a relationship with Him, you’ll keep trying to fill that hole with the wrong things.

“Where can I find the right things?” you ask. The Psalmist answers, “In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps 16:11 NKJV). There is a marked difference in how Joseph responded to temptation with Potiphar’s wife and how David responded to it with Bathsheba. David looked, and kept looking, but Joseph fled. As a result David reaped terrible heartache and Joseph reaped great blessing. The Bible says, “If sinners entice you, do not consent” (Pr 1:10 NKJV). Be honest with yourself.

Acknowledge that there are places you shouldn’t go, habits you shouldn’t indulge, and company you should never be in.

(2) He knows what bait will hook them. Next time somebody fails and you’re tempted to think, “I’d never do that,” stop and ask yourself, “What would it take to make me bite?” You may not know the answer to that question at the moment, but Satan does. And he is patient; he’ll wait a lifetime if he has to; he’s in no hurry. He doesn’t mind whether you fall through “youthful lusts,” or on the last few laps through more subtle sins, so long as you lose the race. So, “don’t take the bait.”

Pastor Campbell can reached at larrycampbell14@ca.rr.com

GWC: More Than A Woman's Event

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Hallelujah Anyhow…”No matter what, I WILL praise God” states Pastor Charlyn M. Singleton, First Lady of Loveland Church and President of God’s Woman Conferences (GWC).

For over 29 years, women and teenagers from around the world have met for a week in the desert to seek God and to hear His voice. As new generations and technologies have paved the way to higher levels of communications and multimedia processes.

God’s Woman Conferences is right on track with additional resources to not only reach women from around the world; but will provide hands on applications to all that attend.

Not only will attendees receive soul searching and moving messages from such profound speakers as Sarah Morgan, Yvonne Capehart, Beatrice Gardiner and Marie Brewington, attendees will be surrounded by more personal training sessions that will inform them about issues that make up the complete person: Health, Business, Spritual Empowerment, Finance And Education.

In addition to the forums and the speaker sessions, GWC will have other activities such as “Private Moments” (a session in the evening by the pool for attendees staying at the host hotel to just talk and network and ask questions), “AFTER GLOW” (a Friday night event where attendees wear jeans and learn line dancing) and a “Business/Vendor Area” (for vendors to display products, services and information) to name a few! Orchestrating all the new activities is event Director Lenell Rousell whom has been co-producing the God's Woman Conference side by side with Pastor Singleton for over 20 years.

“We are a 3-part being: spiritual, body and mind and I want GWC to produce an experience that celebrates each part,” states Pastor Charlyn Singleton, Chair of GWC. ..And because spiritual covering is important, All First Ladies Attend Conference For Free (rooms are not included)! This allows a Pastor’s Wife to be ministered to, relax, receive and more importantly to share with her congregation when she returns home!” states Singleton.

Today, the desert triumphantly awaits the celebration of GWC’S attendees at the exquisite JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort Spa in Palm Desert July 28th-July 31st.

Simultaneously, GWC celebrates the God’s “Young” Woman Conferences where youth 13 and over experience an atmosphere to have fun, learn about themselves, hear other teens and their issues, but most importantly meet and greet the Lord! Young ladies will also experience additional forums on Health, Finance And Education.

Pastor Charlyn Singleton is a nationally recognized Bible teacher known for her in-depth Bible teaching and unique ability to bring the scriptures to life. She has a lifetime ministry of preaching and teaching the Word of God in churches, conferences, on the radio and television, through books, tapes, and Bible study guides. New to teaches are her health tapes and soon her online radio show and various webcasts. It is not surprise that this lover of education has a B.S. in Organizational Management and a Master’s Degree in Administration.

Pastor Charlyn Singleton is married to Pastor Chuck Singleton of Loveland Church in Ontario, Ca. She is the mother of Chuck, Chris, Corey and Cary, and two spiritual daughters, LaShon and Donna Michelle.

For more information about attending the God’s Woman Conferences or if you want your teenager to attend the God’s “Young Woman Conference, please call 909-481-8400 or go online to www.godswoman.org

Kansas Ave. Hosts Teen Summit

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The Kansas Avenue Youth Department is hosting its first annual Riverside City Wide Teen Summit LIVE IN STEREO: sex and self-respect, July 18-24.

Teen Summit will highlight highly sought after speakers and presenters from Brooklyn, New York, London England and Las Vegas, Nevada, along with FREE social outings to the beach, water-tubing at the lake, and many other locations, even Magic Mountain for the first 100 who register.

The goal of Teen Summit is to empower the youth of Riverside and surrounding city’s with the tools needed to thrive in the difficult times that we live in. All services provided, including food, field trips, and childcare for teen parents, are free!

For more information and to register please visit www.riversideteensummit.ev entbrite.com or call 909-795- 7227.

The Teen Summit will be held at Kansas Avenue SDA Church at 4491 Kansas Avenue Riverside, CA 92507.

Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
“Those you allow to remain will become…thorns in your sides.”
(Numbers 33:55 NIV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Determining Who Belongs in Your Life

“Earthquakes result from two tectonic plates on a fault line shifting against one another, then lurching in opposite directions. And that’s what happens when you bond with the wrong people. It’s why God instructed the Israelites concerning the hostile nations in the Promised Land: “Those you allow to remain will become…thorns in your sides.”

When a relationship is not working, when your efforts to rehabilitate it have failed, acknowledge it. Sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and admit that instead of lifting them up, they’re dragging you down. Releasing somebody doesn’t mean they’ll never improve, it just means God is better suited to the job. Be careful around those who are always trying to make you feel guilty for not “being there.” Only God can always be there! There’s a difference between helping somebody and carrying them. Your help may actually be a hindrance. Why should they even try, if you’re always there to do it for them? Your need to be needed could be getting in the way of their need to grow.

Step back and let them walk on their own. Not everybody will be happy when you do that, but they’re not supposed to be. Jesus said, “Woe to you when all men speak well of you” (Luke 6:26 NKJV). Don’t allow the fear of criticism to overwhelm your common sense. People don’t take confrontations well, but this is a matter of survival. Every relationship is for a reason, and a season. So here is the Word for today …Discern those who belonged in your past, from those who belong in your life now.”

Pastor Campbell can reached at larrycampbell14@ca.rr.com

Black Pastors Improve Housing Through Rehab Projects

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Families of four making up to $78,000 a year can afford their own homes through a partnership of the San Bernardino Economic Development Agency and the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches.

“We rehabilitate vacant foreclosed homes in the City of San Bernardino, and then sell them to buyers who will live in the homes,” said Pastor Raymond Turner, cofounder and past president of the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches.

For San Bernardino and the rest of the Inland Empire, the definition of low-income for a family of four is less than $52,100 a year, and for moderate income, up to $78,000.

Families with more than four members would be allowed to make even more, while individuals and families of less than four people qualify with lower incomes.

These definitions are based on the average household incomes of the entire population of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Anyone who wants to find out the income limitations for their specific family size should contact the NID Housing Counseling Agency at (909) 888-8700 and ask for Linda Jackson, or the Neighborhood Housing Service of the Inland Empire, Inc. at (909) 884-6891.

With financial help from the Economic Development Agency, the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches is able to put its Community Development Department’s building expertise into renovations that turn forlorn houses into highly desirable places to live.

“We don’t just paint and patch,” Pastor Turner said. “Our first project, which is nearly finished, is an older home in like-new condition. We want the houses we rehabilitate to be the best house on their block. That way, we can improve the City of San Bernardino’s property values, and in doing so, make our community a better place.”

The nearly finished renovation project is a 2-bedroom, 1-bath house on Virginia Street, near Community Hospital of San Bernardino. The Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches has replaced the roof, walls, floor coverings and electrical systems, installed new kitchen and bathroom fixtures and new kitchen cabinets, erected a new fence around the yard, and planted new landscaping.

“We’re looking forward to selling that house and beginning the process of revitalizing our neighborhoods,” Pastor Turner said.

“In all, we plan to work with the Economic Development Agency to rehabilitate as many houses as we can. Our goal is to grow our organization and capacity to rehab as many houses as the city can allocate.”

The project manager is Pastor Owosu Hodari, who is also the senior pastor of Predestined In Christ Ministries, but previously worked for 20 years in construction and project management.

Joining him are others in the member churches with certified construction experience. The group is also developing a training program in construction for young adults ages 18-26, and those people will receive skills training by working on these foreclosed homes.

Rehabilitating foreclosed homes is the latest of many service projects the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches has developed to improve the community since its formation in 2000.

Others include:

• An annual health fair focusing on health problems of African-Americans

• The “Pastors on the Premise” program at Arroyo, San Bernardino, Cajon and Pacific high schools, in which pastors visit the campuses to encourage and mentor children. The program has reduced violence on these campuses, and others where the pastors previously established a presence

• The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day prayer breakfast

• The Community Plea Program, in which the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches works with San Bernardino County District Attorney and Public Defender offices to work out pleas for misdemeanors and minor infractions, whereby the offender may perform community service in lieu of jail time or fines.

In all, the agency is allocating $3.7 million of Neighborhood Stabilization funds to empower agency-approved companies like the Inland Empire Concerned African-American Churches to purchase and rehabilitate a portion of about 5,000 foreclosed properties in San Bernardino.

“There are not enough locally-based developers with the experience and the ability to rehabilitate the large number of foreclosures we have in this city” said Carey Jenkins, director of Housing and Community Development for the Economic Development Agency.

“There are several community development corporations in the city. We want to work with them to help increase their internal capacity to help revitalize our neighborhoods.”

For more information or a list of available homes through the Inland Empire Concerned African- American Churches program please call Pastor Ray Turner at (909) 663 0198.

For more information on the Homeowners’ Assistance Program call the NID-Housing Counseling Agency at (909) 887-8700 or the Neighborhood Housing Service of the Inland Empire, Inc. at (909) 884-6891.

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