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BIBLE MEDITATION:
"These two forces are constantly fighting each other.
(Galatians 5:17 NLT)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
The story of redemption begins in Eden with God shedding the blood of a lamb to cover Adam's and Eve's sin, and ends in heaven with a multi-national choir singing, You have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every nation (Revelation 5:9 NKJV).

The blood of Jesus Christ represents two things: No matter how long we have walked with God, our flesh never improves; it never becomes more like the Spirit over time! That's why we are told to crucify it and walk each day by the power God's indwelling Spirit provides.

Listen: obey only the Holy Spirit's instructions, then you will not always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to. We naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do; and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has His way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures. But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. ' (Galatians 5:16-17, 22-23 TLB).

Is such a lifestyle possible? Yes, but you must do four things:

1) Recognize that you are a target for the enemy and protect yourself with God's Word and prayer;

2) Get rid of the one sin that repeatedly defeats you: '. lay aside the sin which so easily ensnares.' (Hebrews 12:1 NKJV)

3) Be continually filled with the Spirit's power. Without it, you lose every

4) Stand in God's strength, not your own. How? By fighting until you experience victory.

His might, plus your choice to obey and keep on fighting, always leads to a clear and lasting victory!

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

Dr. Edward Bush To Be Key Messagenger at Valley Baptist One Day Spring Revival

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Spring time is an exciting and busy time of year.

What with all the new acquaintances, annual church programs and ventures, one rarely has an unengaged weekend.

Imagine how much more exciting those engagements could be with the injection of a “One Day- Spring Revival, such desire can be a reality.

Theme: “Spring Up and Grow” Mark 4:26-32. Location: Valley Baptist 20690 Moore St., Perris Ca. April 24th at 10:30 a.m., ‘Till 15.30 p.m. Our Revivalist for the day: Dr. Edward Bush. We want you to have one last chance to come join us get your revival on and or to “plant a seed” in the life of somebody else! All youth must attend. Grandparents and parents bring your young people! If you can't bring them, you may, send them! Good Food, Fellowship, and networking. For additional information, go to: www.allsalvation.org, or call Valley Baptist at 951- 200-4151.

Second Baptist Hosts Open Fashion Fundraiser

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What does J. Renee, Nina, Carlos, Coach, Lily & Taylor, Guess, D&B, Dana Buchman, Moshita, St. John, Kasper and Carisma have in common? These clothing brands and many more will be on sale as Second Baptist Church Riverside Women’s Ministry invites the public to their open closet fundraiser on Saturday, April 17, 2010 beginning at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a day of fashion, food and fellowship.

Gently used to new clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories will be on sale. Select any three items with a donation of $20.00 plus $5.00 for a delicious lunch for a total of $25.00.

For more information, contact the church office at (951) 684-7532, Sis. Rosie Coleman, Chairperson. Also, ask about a pre-V.I.P. shopping beginning at 9.00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for a donation of $35.00.

Second Baptist Church is located at 2911 Ninth Street, Riverside, CA.

St. Paul A.M.E Begins Free Literacy Program for all Ages on April 6

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In effort to augment an ongoing vision to serve the Inland Empire community’s diverse needs, St. Paul A.M.E Church Senior Pastor Rev. Larry E. Campbell and its membership proudly announces the kickoff of its 2010 “Pathway to Success Literacy Program.”

This pilot program is free and will be conducted starting Tuesday, April 6 and will operate until October 28.

Sessions will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for residents age 9 to the elderly at the Inghram Community Center (ICC) building located at 2050 N. Mt. Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino, Ca.

According to Rev. Campbell, the program's purpose is "to reach out to residents from all walks of life to enhance literacy proficiency of both the young and elderly who lack the necessary skills of reading and writing to cope with or perform their daily tasks."

Program Director Luizor Brown said, initially, all sessions will be conducted by appointment only and all the instructors involved are credentialed teachers.

For more information or to make an appointment for a pre-assessment test to enter the program, contact Mrs. Brown at (909) 820-1275.

Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
"You were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ."
(1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
The story of redemption begins in Eden with God shedding the blood of a lamb to cover Adam's and Eve's sin, and ends in heaven with a multi-national choir singing, You have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every nation
(Revelation 5:9 NKJV).

The blood of Jesus Christ represents two things:

1) The cost of your sin. Rolled on to Christ's shoulders was the weight of your every misdeed from the cradle to the grave. Next time you're tempted to violate God's Word and do your own thing, bear that in mind!

2) The cure for your sin. Your salvation wasn't a joint effort. You didn't contribute a penny because you were spiritually bankrupt -- You were redeemed [bought out of slavery and set free] -- with the precious blood of Christ.
(1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV).

The preaching of the blood will offend those with sins to hide, a moralistic ego to protect, or a gospel that offers salvation through good works and social evolution. The blood of Jesus not only saves the repentant but also condemns the defiant, for without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22 NIV). Plagues and apocalyptic hail could not release God's people from the iron grip of Pharaoh.

What did? The blood! Nothing but the blood! And the blood has never lost its power. It can: a) heal your painful memories b)cleanse and set you free from the sin you dare not speak of c)put a canopy of protection over you, and d)draw a line in the sand over which the enemy dare not step. Today, thank God for the blood!

Listen! When you think of the Goodness of Jesus and all that He's done and still doing for you, you're soul should rejoice in the singing of the old Hymn The Blood will Never Lose it Power!

The blood that Jesus shed for me, Way back on Calvary, The blood that gives me strength from day to day, It will never lose its power.

It reaches from the highest mountain, And it flows to the lowest valley.

The blood that gives me strength from day to day, It will never lose its power.

It will never lose its power.

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

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