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Pastors and Community Gather for Ambassador's Farewell

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By John Coleman –

Africans and African Americans came together to express their wide spread affection and appreciation for and to Dr. Inonge Mbikusita Lewanika, Ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Zambia. During her assignment to the U.S., Dr. Lewanika has frequently visited and developed strong bonds with church and community members in the Inland Empire.

Several peoplesince, have traveled to the Republic of Zambia, and developed a similarly deep relationship with 'family' there.

The government of Zambia has re-assigned Dr. Lewanika to the Ambassadorship of the governments of Belgium, Luxemborg and The Netherlands. In her response the expressions of warmth and personal regard from pastors: Josh Beckley, Samuel Moonzwe; Ernest Nicholas, and Ray Turner, newspaper editors:

Cheryl Brown; Wallace Allen and Brian Townsend; and City Councilman Rikke Van Johnson. Ambassador Lewanika shared similar warmth, inviting the community to visit her in Europe, and to visit the nation and people of Zambia.

Paraphrasing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's question: "'Where do we go from here?" Pastor Turner responded, "To Zambia!"

Having been there and meeting many pastors and people there he plans to return in September 2010 accompanied by many other African American pastors to hold a Gospel Conference to which pastors from throughout Zambia are invited with their expenses paid. Temple MBC will help raise the funds and is accepting contributions for this undertaking.

Temple Hosts Celebrate Recovery

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Temple Community Outreach Centers Transformed Lives Ministries will present “Celebrate Recovery” a recovery program based on the eight principles from the Beatitudes and the Twelve Steps wherein the public is invited.

Meetings start Friday, March 12, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at 1777 W. Baseline Street, San Bernardino.

Issues that will be addressed are alcoholism, drug addition.

Kansas Avenue SDA Welcomes New Pastor

Pastor Bron Jacobs took over the helm as Senior Pastor of Kansas Avenue Seventh Day Adventist Church during a special service this past week.

Pastor Jacobs comes from Macon Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Macon Georgia.

Moment in the Word

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"For I will give you words and wisdom ..."
(Luke 21:15 NIV)

God doesn't issue rules and regulations for every moment; instead, He provides guidelines and principles and allows us to make decisions.

That's because He's glorified when we choose to consult, trust and obey Him. James writes, 'If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all. ' (James 1:5 NIV).

Listen, you haven't really begun to live until you've learned to tap into God's wisdom. And when you do, you will be amazed how clearly things come into focus. With God's wisdom, comes a remarkable absence of fear. We're no longer intimidated by circumstances or the opinions of those around us.

We can lose a job or get promoted, and neither will derail us. We can get into an unexpected valley or soar to the pinnacle of success, and cope equally well with both. That's because the wisdom of God gives us balance, insight and stability.

None of these is a natural trait; each is a by-product of the wisdom that comes from God. We don't get them simply because we are Christians. No, we get them because we ask for them. God's wisdom provides us with the sixth sense needed in confusing situations, and the strength to press on confidently in spite of unanswered questions.

Do you need wisdom today?

Spend time with the One who said, 'I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to. contradict' (Luke 21:15 NIV). It works like this: when you make Jesus Lord of your life, you're given access to the wisdom of God. With the Son of God, comes the wisdom of God. It's all part of the package.

Today God is inviting us to pursue wisdom. We begin this pursuit by entering a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Once that relationship is established, it's a journey that calls you to passionately pursue wisdom, to embrace an accurate moral code and to build a life plan consistent with God's plan.

New Joy Celebrates Black History

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The Rev. Dennis Morgan Brown and his organizational band finished up a Black History presentation at Charlotte N. Werner Elementary School in Rialto where Mrs. Rhea McIver is the Principal.

Rev. Brown presented two assemblies where he gave informative narratives of the civil rights era, sang songs and played his guitar with his band, encouraged the students to join him in songs and to be the best in their life and to make their parents and principal proud of them.

With both assemblies, Rev. Brown concluded with recitations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches and encouraged the students to dream to be a better student and to get “A” grades.

Rev. Brown presented at Werner Elementary last year on the date of President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Rev. Brown is the founder of IM Inc., a nonprofit organization that primarily venues with numerous school sites.

For information call (909) 495-5112.

Second Baptist Church of Riverside Celebrates Senior Pastor's 20th Anniversary

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The year 2010 will become a milestone in Riverside, California History. Second Baptist Church of Riverside, California will honor Pastor T. Ellsworth Gantt, II for 20 years of pastoral leadership. “It is with great pleasure that we the members of Second Baptist Church honor and esteem our great Leader, T. Ellsworth Gantt, II, an outstanding Pastor, Preacher, and Teacher,” said Chair Berna Crumer. “Pastor has been ministering for 41 years.

Our Pastor is deserving of double honor. He is an anointed teacher & preacher whom God called at the age of 17 remains on the battle field disciplining the unsaved and strengthening the saved,” she continued. He continues to share the vision that God has given him, by giving hope to those in despair, strengthening the weak and restoring joy through the Word of God. “We the members want to take this time to celebrate the man of God for his labor,” said Trustee Jerald Moore.

The public is invited to come celebrate on Sunday, March 21, 2010 and Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 4 p.m. Guest churches will be Second Baptist Church of Indio, Pastor Ricky Williams; Victory Temple of Moreno Valley, Bishop Randy Triplett, Pastor; Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Dr. Melvin V. Wade, Sr. Pastor, the Second Baptist Church of Monrovia, Bishop William LaRue Dillard, Pastor; Faith Fellowship Bible Church, Pastor Mark Williams; Crown of Life Ministries, Pastor Dwight Jones. These two days of celebration promises soul stirring, foot stomping, hand clapping event.

Second Baptist Church of Riverside is located at 2911 Ninth Street in Riverside, California. For more information, call (951) 684-7532 or visit us at www.secondbaptistriverside.org.

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