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Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
"Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you." Isaiah 49:15 (NKJV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
God never becomes preoccupied or neglectful toward one of His children. God said it would be more likely for a nursing mother to forget the infant at her breast than for Him to forget one of His children! The nursing mother has a keen sensitivity to her baby. Even if the infant is in another room the mother's senses are in tune with her child. The mother knows when it is time to feed and care for the child. The mother never becomes so preoccupied with other things that she neglects the needs of her child.

It is fitting that God chose this imagery to describe how He looks after His people, for He is more sensitive to the needs of His children than even the most loving mother. He anticipates every cry for help. Even before we can call out in need, God is responding with His answer (Isa. 65:24). This is one of the most comforting promises God has given to us: that He will never forget us. Don't let the difficult circumstances you are facing convince you that God has forgotten you. Don't ever assume that God is more concerned with the needs of other, more significant, more spiritual people than He is with yours. Scripture teaches that God looks upon you with the same love, interest, and concern as a nursing mother would look upon her infant. It should reassure you to know that your Heavenly Father loves you like that!

Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
"Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NKJV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Have you ever met a person that loves to show off? That's the person who has to let everyone know what he has and tell the world in an "in your face" kind of way. The show-off is the person who calls attention to the fact that he or she has achieved.

A story is told of a turtle that wanted to spend the winter in Florida, but he knew he could never walk that far. He convinced a couple of geese to help him, each taking one end of a piece of rope, while he clamped his vise-like jaws in the center. The flight went fine until someone on the ground looked up in admiration and asked, "Who in the world thought of that?" Unable to resist the chance to take credit, the turtle opened his mouth to shout, "I did--" This text focuses on Jeremiah as he warns Judah not to become too confident in their own accomplishments.

The people of Judah were caught in the middle of world history. It was a prosperous nation that survived under the world domination of the Assyrians and the Egyptians before them. A new world power was on the scene, Babylon. The people were confident that they could not be conquered because they had three things about which they boasted and bragged. They bragged about their intellect, knowledge, and reputation that was earned under Solomon. They bragged about their armies and fortified cities.

Jerusalem itself was surrounded by mighty walls. Even if their own armies failed, they had political alliances with other nations such as Egypt to insure they could stand. Moreover, they had money. Lots of money! Its king kept great storehouses of gold and silver and bragged about its wealth. If trouble came, the nation's leaders felt they had enough money to buy themselves out of danger.

Jeremiah spoke to the leaders and people of Judah about a coming judgment from God because of their sinfulness. Jeremiah's words were often ignored because the people were self-confident. They could not imagine the downfall of the kingdom. They pointed to their superior knowledge and wisdom, their strength and political alliances, and to their vast riches as evidence that they were able to ward off any impending attacks by would be enemies.

Yet Jeremiah reprimanded them for boasting. He said the wise man should not boast in his wisdom, nor the strong man in his strength nor the wealthy in their riches. All of these come from God. The man who wants to boast should boast about God, because it is God that exercises judgment and dispenses blessings as a part of his loving kindness and mercy. They were encouraged not to revel in their own achievements because those achievements were attainable only by the grace of God. Jeremiah reminded them that when the same God that allowed them to achieve gets angry at their actions he could, just as easily, take away the very strengths they boasted about. As Christians, we rejoice in the fact that God blesses us immensely.

Yet, in our rejoicing, we remain humble, because we know that all things come from God and not from our own abilities. We can't comfortably brag about our successes because, without God, we would have failed!

Visionary Celebration in Honor of Pastor V. Wayne Lewis

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Empowerment Temple will be hosting a Visionary Celebration in honor of their pastor, V. Wayne and Lady Dana Lewis on Sunday, July 10, 2011 beginning at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 17, 2011 beginning at 3:00 p.m.

The featured guest speakers for this celebration will be Pastor T. Ellsworth Gantt of Second Baptist Church, Riverside and Pastor Willie Chambers, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Riverside.

The featured guest speakers for July 17, 2011 will be Bishop Johnny R. Withers, Jr. of Unity Christian Fellowship, Overseer Sarah Benson, Greater Power Full Gospel Church and Pastor Darrell Hemphill, Kingdom Vision Fellowship.

Empowerment Temple is located at 2025 Chicago Avenue, Suite A15, Riverside. For more information contact the church office at (951) 775.5006 or email empowermenttempleic@gmail.com.

Pastor Kafela Elevated to Bishop

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Senior Pastor Bishop-elect J. Faraja Kafela and Lady Kathy Kafela, at Imani Temple Christian Fellowship.

This year it was declared over our lives that this would be a "Season of Elevation" and the hour has come for us to celebrate and participate in the manifestation of the Divine proclamation that was uttered at the beginning of the year!

With joyful hearts, the Imani Temple Christian Fellowship Family and the Bridge Network Covenant Fellowship of Churches and Associated Ministries personally invite the public to assist them in celebrating the elevation of their Pastor to the Sacred Office of Bishop of the Bridge Network Covenant Fellowship of Churches and Associated Ministries on July 8, 2011 at the Pilgrim Congregational Church, 600 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, CA.

If you should have further questions or concerns please call Imani and leave a message for Lady-elect Kathy Kafela or Sis. Lisa Duckworth (909) 620-9161 or email your questions to jkafela@yahoo.com.

Music Ministry Workshop and Training

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16th St. SDA Church, will host a music ministry workshop and training, located at 1601 W. 16th St., San Bernardino, CA. (909) 888- 0084 on Sunday: June 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday: June 27, 28 at 7 pm and Wednesday: June 29 at 7 pm.

If you are involved in a choir, musical group, praise team, band/ensemble or just desire to sharpen your musical and/or praise gifts, then you will want to attend this workshop, facilitated by Pastor Gregory Nelson, an internationally recognized worship leader, motivational/ seminar speaker, preacher and evangelist.

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