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Festival Of Faiths Celebrates Religious Diversity

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On Sunday, May 16, 2010, opening ceremonies will begin at 3:00 p.m. for the Festival of Food and Faiths which will begin approximately 4:45 p.m. at the Western Region Little League Stadium, 6707 Little League Drive in San Bernardino.

Representatives of every religious congregation and faith in San Bernardino are scheduled to participate.

For more information call Carl Dameron at (909) 888- 0017.

Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
“Forgive whatever grievances you may have... “
(Colossians 3:13 NIV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
We talk about grudges the way we talk about babies.

You can hold a grudge, carry a grudge, bear a grudge, or nurse a grudge. The trouble is, when you nurse something you feed it, make it grow, and pretty soon it's full grown.

Are you carrying a grudge? Why? It doesn't make sense.

Why would you pick up something each day that weighs you down and carry it around with you? 'But they hurt me.' Yes, but by carrying a grudge you enable them to keep hurting you. Don't do that to yourself!

We know we're supposed to forgive other people, but sometimes forgiving feels like we are giving up something.

I remember hearing the about a man on his sickbed who had been told by the doctor that he didn't have much time to live. He summoned an old friend named Brown with whom he had quarreled bitterly. They hadn't spoken for years. The man talked of how he was going to die soon, of how their petty differences looked in the face of death, and asked if they might be reconciled. The scene moved everyone in the room to tears. Brown clasped the dying man's hands, embraced him, and turned to walk out of the room, a shattered man. Suddenly the man on the sickbed, having one final thought, raised himself up on one elbow and spoke for the last time: 'But see here, Brown; if I recover, the old grudge still stands.' This story makes us smile and think, 'How foolish!' But if you are carrying a grudge, are you any different? Perhaps, it’s time to Forgive Them, And Let It Go.

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

Mother's Day Dinner And Cruise

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Good News Cruises, formerly Gospel Showboat, Inc., will set sail, Sunday, May 9th, 2010 beginning at 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a Mother’s Day dinner on the boat. The cruise will feature live anointed Christian artist with comedian/emcee Richard O. Jones, Gospel jazz artist Vaughn Fahie, Contemporary gospel artist Dathan Jones and Christian country artist Wayne Landes.

The cruise will sail from The Majestic, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, and tickets are $75.00 per person. For information or to purchase tickets visit www.goodnewscruises.com or contact (877) 356-8437.

Tickets can also be purchased at Berean Christian Stores: 9940 Alabama Street, Redlands or 3396 Tyler Street, Riverside.

SB Region COGIC Holds Scholarship Benefit Concert

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The San Bernardino Region COGIC Southern California First Jurisdiction will hold a scholarship benefit concert “Praises in Song” on Saturday, May 15 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and doors open at 4:30 p.m.

This year’s benefit concert will feature Minister B. McCargo & Kingdom Worship Choir and Gospel Comedienne Sista Mary.

Also, on Wednesday, May 19 through Friday May 21, a spring conference “Reaching for the Praise” will be held featuring four nights of Holy Ghost filled services, praise and worship, gospel singing and anointed preaching. The conference will feature Evangelist Beverly Wills, New Antioch COGIC, Los Angeles and Regional Superintendent Lenton H. Lenoir.

On Saturday, May 22 a youth night will be held with the theme “Restoration.”

Come and be blessed of the Lord. Services begin nightly at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Land Church of God in Christ, 1024 N. “G” Street, San Bernardino. Host Pastor, Supt. Lenton H. Lenoir.

Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
“Your words were found, and I ate them...”
(Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
A woman bought a parrot, took him home, and then returned him to the pet store the next day. 'This bird doesn't talk,' she told the owner.

'Does he have a mirror?' asked the owner. 'Parrots love mirrors. They see themselves and start up a conversation.' So the woman bought the mirror. Next day she returned. The bird still wasn't talking. 'How about a ladder? Parrots love walking up and down a ladder. A happy parrot is more likely to talk.' The woman bought a ladder. Sure enough, she was back the next day; the bird still wasn't talking. 'Does your parrot have a swing? If not, that's the problem. He'll relax and talk up a storm.' The woman reluctantly bought a swing and left. When she walked into the store the next day her countenance had changed. 'The parrot died,' she said. The pet store owner was shocked. 'I'm so sorry. Tell me, did he ever say a word?' he asked. 'Yes, right before he died,' the woman replied. 'He said, 'Don't they sell any food at that pet store?''

The moral of this story is: You can spend your life on mirrors, focusing on appearance; on ladders, focusing on career success; on swings, focusing on entertainmentand starve to death spiritually. The food we need is a food from heaven, a food given by God Himself. We need a food from God, because the ’food’ of this world can never satisfy, will never last. You'll die spiritually if you don't feed yourself on God's Word each day! Jeremiah said, 'Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.'

Try God! He has broad shoulders!

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

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