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Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
“A married man... has to... “
(1 Corinthians 7:33 NLT)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Paul writes: 'An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord's work and thinking how to please him. But a married man can't do that so well. He has to think about… how to please his wife.' I am reminded of a story that I once heard of a woman browsing in a bookstore and discovering a shelf with reduced-price items. Among the gifts was a little figurine with a man and woman, their heads lovingly tilted toward one another. 'Happy 10th Anniversary,' read the inscription. It appeared to be in perfect condition yet its tag indicated 'damaged.' Examining it more closely, she found another tag underneath that read, 'WIFE IS COMING UNGLUED!'

When you marry somebody, you marry everything they are and everything they have been through. It's a package deal! And if you ask God, He'll give you the grace to minister to your mate. You may not see immediate change. It takes time for even a small cut to heal. But if you allow Him, God will give you the oil of compassion and the wine of love to pour into their wounds. Never become so spiritual that you become unavailable. Your first calling is to your mate and your family.

Your priorities should start there, then spread to your career, your vocation and other pursuits. Paul says, in effect, 'I release those who are married from the level of consecration I expect from those who are single, so that they'll be able to spend time working on their relationship.' You say, 'But I need to spend time with the Lord.' That's true, and the Bible doesn't release you from your responsibility to God, it just sets some priorities. You're called to serve the Lord; and your mate!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
For the last few days, I have been meditating on the subject of marriage. Something is radically wrong with homes today. The family is under fire and home life is disintegrating.

Year by year the stress put on marriages grows greater. In 1870 there was one divorce for every 34 marriages.

By 1900 it was one in five, and by 1950 it was one in three. In the past few years there has been virtually one divorce for every two marriages.

God’s institution of Marriage is under constant attack and the church must become a part of the solution for healthy marriages. Pastor Larry & Lady Melinda are requesting the presence of all Married or Engaged Couples to participate in a special one day “Marriage Enrichment Workshop”. The specific details are as follows:

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT WORKSHOP


When: Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Where: Inghram Community Center located at 2050 N. Mt Vernon Ave. San Bernardino , CA

We will be serving a Continental Breakfast ~ Lunch ~ Snacks. A $50.00 per couple registration fee includes all books, study material and meals.

Workable solutions to the following marital issues will be presented:

• How to have Win - Win communications.

• How to communicate with love and respect.

• Conflict resolution: How to forgive.

• How to argue with respect.

• Money management.

• Whose money is it anyway?

• Intimacy: How to put passion back into your marriage.

• Leaving a positive marriage legacy.

• And so much more …..

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

Kansas Avenue and Riverside Medical Supply Organizing Haiti Relief Effort

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A local group of volunteers is collecting medical supplies desperately needed by residents of Haiti, and will travel there personally next month to make sure the supplies are delivered.

The group consists primarily of members of the Kansas Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church in Riverside. For some of the group members, this will be their second trip to Haiti since the Jan. 12th earthquake.

The first trip to Haiti consisted of nine volunteers from varying professional disciplines: Nyron McLean, a residential and commercial mortgage broker residing in Riverside; Nirma Usher, a nurse practitioner residing in Riverside; J. Francis, a nurse practitioner; Cheri Dixon, a videographer residing in Loma Linda; Michelle Hibbler, a laboratory technician and phlebotomy instructor residing in Moreno Valley; Dr. Nicceta Davis, a physical therapist; Ernst Borno, a businessman; and two other businessmen residing in the Inland Empire.

The group went to Haiti from April 21st through April 28th, staying mainly in the capital city of Port-Au-Prince and Montrouis – a community about one hour away. On that trip, they worked with children in a Haitian orphanage, helped the sick and injured in a medical clinic, and gave previously collected supplies to displaced people in tent cities that sprung up after the massive earthquake that struck on Jan. 12th. The group also purchased and distributed bags of rice and beans to people living in the tent cities.

“There is a very significant need in Haiti,” said Nyron McLean, who organized the April trip and is currently organizing the June trip. “There are many places where the Red Cross and the United Nations have simply been unable to reach.”

In the tent cities, residents told this team that the only previous relief workers to visit them were from the United States Army, in February.

One of the greatest needs in Haiti is for medical supplies, McLean said.

This group of volunteer relief workers will return to the medical clinic and tent cities which they visited in April. This time, however, they will have plenty of medical supplies because Riverside Medical Supply, Inc. has donated eight pallets of medical supplies to the relief effort.

Riverside Medical Supply, Inc. is a low-cost solution to affordable medical supplies with distribution locations in California and Illinois.

Art Corrica, president and CEO of Riverside Medical Supply, Inc., wanted to donate these medical supplies to Haiti since learning of the earthquake, but had not found a group able to accept them. He and McLean have a mutual friend, Kevin Channer, who put them in touch with each other.

“Being able to help people less fortunate than we are is important to us at Riverside Medical Supply, Inc.” said Corrica. “And we appreciate Nyron’s determination to make sure the supplies get to the people who need them most.”

In addition to Riverside Medical Supply, Inc.’s donation, the community has supported the group by donating clothes, money, medical supplies, canned food and coloring books and crayons for children from as far away as Minnesota, McLean said.

The recipients in Haiti will be grateful for all of these supplies, said Dr. Nicceta Davis, head elder for Kansas Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church and a member of the team that traveled to Haiti in April.

“I saw an enormous amount of gratitude from the people of Haiti at the things people are doing for them,” she said. “But even though they were grateful, they seem to be almost paralyzed by the enormity of their problems, and the lack of resources.”

After receiving the donation of medical supplies from Riverside Medical Supply, Inc., the group from Kansas Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church will ship these and other donated items to Haiti.

They’re sending the container via truck and rail to Miami, Florida. Then a ship will transport the container to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. The items are expected to get there early-to-mid June.

That gives the team time to finalize their June mission trip to Haiti.

“We want to be at the harbor at Port-Au-Prince when the ship arrives,” McLean said. “Then we will take the supplies to where they are needed as fast as we can.”

This team hopes to make relief missions to Haiti every other month, McLean said. On future missions, they intend to bring more supplies, but also encourage any doctors, dentists, nurses or other health care workers to come along to provide their expertise. The team is also accepting financial donations to help them in their efforts. No amount is too small. A 25 kilogram (55 lbs.) bag of rice is about $30. $250 will send a child to school for a year including books, uniforms, and tuition.

The group would also like to send people to Haiti for more than a one-week mission, McLean said. Their goal is to send business people to Haiti, who can stay in the country, hire Haitians to assist them in their work, and train those Haitians to give them valuable skills that will lead to careers, new businesses, and a more sustainable economy for their nation.

The team members hope that by providing the Haitians with long-term solutions to their life needs, they will be able to give a newfound hope for the future to as many as possible. “The Haitians have lived with a desperate situation for too long,” said Dr. Davis.

Anyone interested in donating or volunteering with the group’s humanitarian missions to Haiti is encouraged to call Nyron McLean at (714) 720-9354. Donations can be mailed to the Kansas Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church, ATTN:

Church Treasurer, 4491 Kansas Avenue, Riverside, CA 92517.

Kansas Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church is located in Riverside and was established in 1934. It now serves a congregation of over 1,500 members as well as many others through various community-based ministries.

Bethel Barstow Celebrates 59 Years of Service

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Bethel AME Church Barstow will celebrate their 59th Anniversary on June 6 at 4:00 p.m. as was announced by Pastor Clarence Luckey. Luckey says Los Angeles, Bethel will be the guest church. Pastor, Rev. Kelvin Calloway will deliver the message and his choir will sing.

In the 1940s the church began in a small house on Crooks Ave under the leadership of Rev. Clem Johnson. It was reorganized in 1948 in the home of Mother Dora Porter where the pastor was Rev. G.L. Glascow. During its quest to find the permanent home where it rests today it moved from home to home. When it found its home it was a converted old garage but by 1951 the first small church was erected.

In 1960 Rev. Ben Inghram was assigned to the church and as the church began to grow there were manychanges to the structure and the congregation. He pastored until his retirement for over 40 years, a rarity in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The City of Barstow, the County of San Bernardino, Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt’s office have been invited to participate in the anniversary celebration.

“The city council of the City of Barstow commends and recognizes Bethel for their wonderful contributions to our community,” said the Proclamation.

Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation...” (Matthews 26:41 NKJV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
The enemy knows what your God-given potential is, and he's out to stop you before you reach it. Prayer puts a shield of divine protection around you; don't live without it! There are hands holding this devotional that may not be here next year unless somebody prays on their behalf (Luke 22:31).

There are people reading this page who thought that they, of all people, would never 'blow it,' yet they did. Unless you acknowledge the propensity to sin that is within you, you won't pray against it and you'll always be vulnerable to the enemy's attack.

During the last hours of His life Jesus warned His disciples, 'Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.

The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.' In The Message Bible, Eugene Petersen paraphrases the words of Christ: 'Stay alert; be in prayer so you don't wander into temptation without even knowing you're in danger.' Paul writes: '… Put on every piece of God's amour so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm… Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion' (Ephesians 6:13-18 NLT).

The most effective weapon the enemy has against you is you! Your old sin nature must be taken to the cross and crucified daily. The place of prayer is where you do that.

In God's presence you see yourself as He sees you. There, at the point of repentance, He reveals, He removes and He restores.

When your prayer life goes, so does your protection. So get busy today and reorder your priorities.

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

Mount Moriah Baptist Church Of Riverside Celebrates 'Family & Friend's'

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On Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 3:30 p.m., Mount Moriah Baptist Church of Riverside will be coming together for “Family & Friends Day!” with the theme: “Family and Friends Praising God Together.” Psalms 34:3.

They welcome the public with open arms and warm hearts to come and share with them.

They anticipate a wonderful time in the name of Jesus Christ.

The honored guests will be: Pastor & Sister James Hardy, Woodville, Mississippi (Founders); Pastor Terry Collins, Saint Rest Missionary Baptist Church; Senior Pastor Leroy Haley and Co-Pastor Nathaniel Haley, United Christian Missionary Baptist Church; and Pastor E. Jones, Christ Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church.

Mount Moriah is located at 18991 Mariposa Ave., Riverside, CA . For additional information, please feel free to call (951) 780-2240.

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