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BIBLE MEDITATION: “Jesus said, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Revelation 3:20-21 (NIV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Have you ever been afraid to open your doors? There was a time when people were more trusting and neighbors were more trustworthy. This was a time when people slept with their front doors open and could even leave home and simply pull their doors shut without locking them. This was possible because they felt safe, secure in the knowledge that their neighbors were friends and all visitors came with good will. Today that feeling of security does not exist. The prospect of danger and hurt is real and many live in fear. Not only do we keep our doors shut, but they are usually locked, bolted and chained. Despite our fears, there are times that we lose out, if we fail to answer the door.

Consider the eccentric old man who kept his fortune in his home but worried constantly about someone taking it. He rarely left his home and as he advanced in years became so paranoid that he would not leave at all. Living on bread and water he locked himself inside of his home and refused to answer the door. Neighbors, concerned about him, started coming to check on him. Each time they would knock he would shout "go away, you can't have my fortune!" and the neighbors would leave. The women, noticing that he must be running low on food started bringing bags of canned food to his garage door. But again, as they knocked he answered "go away, you can't have my fortune!" The cans of food began to accumulate at his garage door. The grass grew in his yard, and he home was generally unkept. It became obvious the man was in trouble. The neighbors called the police. They knocked and received no answer and finally decided to break the door down. Once inside, they found the old man, dead on his bed, having starved himself to death. His mattress was stuffed with $100 bills and just a few feet from the garage door there stood hundreds of cans of food. As the coroner filled out his death certificate he wrote in the space marked "cause of death" the words "he wouldn't open the door."

ACTION POINT: Today there are many people who miss opportunities in life because they have shut themselves away from life's opportunities out of fear, doubt, or distrust. Their refusal to avail themselves of the opportunities that Lord offers them has made them virtual hermits. They cannot achieve because they will not. As Christians, we might lock the doors of our homes, but we should always keep the doors of our hearts open to receive the Word of God and to allow his spirit to move in our lives. If we miss the opportunity to share in the experience of his presence it won't be because opportunity didn't knock, but because we wouldn't answer! Jesus said any person that hears his knock and opens to him will share in the sweet communion of his fellowship. Those who do not share in the fellowship will miss out, only because they "wouldn't answer the door!"

In His Love & Service, Pastor Larry E. Campbell, M.A., MDiv.

Chante Moore Comes to Riverside with Gospel Comedy Fest

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RIVERSIDE, CA- Be Beyond Entertainment presents ‘Gospel Praise and Comedy Fest’ on Saturday, May 19. The fest will be held at Wind of the Spirit Worship Center, 6476 Streeter Avenue Riverside, CA 92504.

This is an event that you definitely do not want to miss! Grammy Nominated singer Chante Moore is the headliner for the event, along with special guests Jay Lamont, Comedian; J. Boykin, Jazz Artist and DuShawn Washington, Rapper. The Rev. Monty B. Sharpton will be hosting the event.

Chante Moore has recorded several hit records including “Love’s Taken Over”, “Alright”, “I’m What You Need”, “Old School Lovin”, and “Free”. In 2000, Moore received a Soul Train Music Award nomination alongside Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey for Single of the Year for her Billboard number two R&B and number 10 Pop hit “Chante’s Got a Man.” In 2004, a 20th Century Masters greatest hits collection was released with some of her most memorable songs. In 2006, Moore and husband, Kenny Lattimore released a foolow-up album to the success of “Things That Lovers Do”.

There will be two showings, a matinee show at 2:30 P.M. and an evening show at 6 P.M. Following the show will be a Singles Dance held at the Janet Goeske Center from 9 P.M.-Midnight.

For information and to purchase tickets for the show, please call 951-977-1085 or visit www.windofspirit.org. For information on the Singles Dance please visit www.christiansinglesfunevents.com.

BIBLE MEDITATION:

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“I will hear what God the LORD will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints. Psalm 85:8 (NKJV)

EXPOSITION: This text finds David showing believers how to call on God and to wait for an answer. In this psalm David uses the first seven verses as a tutorial based on his prior experience in talking to God. If we look closely we see an outline take shape: Thank God for past favors and blessings; that's the tone of verses 1-3. It's a way of saying that our present problems should never cause us to lose sight of all that God has done for us in the past.

Then we are shown how to make our petition for our present situation. In this situation, David asked for the troubles of the people to be turned. Thus, in verse 4 we hear the petition to turn us or change our condition. He asked for relief. Then, in verses 5-6, we are shown David appealing for revival, not just relief but full restoration of the favor and grace once known. That's one side of the conversation, our side. The text, beginning at verse eight now tells us what to do next, wait to hear God. We are reminded that if we wait to hear God, he will speak to our souls.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: What if you tried to talk to God and could not get through? What if there was a busy signal each time you called? Or worse, suppose you reach an automated angelic voice that instructs you to dial one for prayer requests, two for confessions and three to report an emergency? To speak with the big man Himself please hold. Please note because of the high volume of calls that the big man receives your wait time may be several days. If you prefer, you can leave a message on his voice mail and He'll get back to you at his earliest convenience. Such a heavenly call would be disappointing at the least; especially since we expect VIP service as a child of God.

We have come a long way since Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. We have grown from scratchy voices that were nearly inaudible to crystal clear voices delivered by fiber optic cables on the ground and satellite signals in the air. Fiber optics, cellular and electronic communications have prompted many to both expect and demand access. Gone are the days when a real person greets you on the other end of a phone call. It seems as though whenever we try to “reach out and touch someone,” we are greeted with a computerized voice.

I’m glad this isn’t true of our Father in heaven. He is always there. No voice-mail boxes, no “press 2 for more grace” and no “call waiting” interruptions. Thankfully, “Call to Me, and I will answer you” (Jer. 33:3) has not been replaced by, “All lines are now busy. Your call is important to Me. Please stay on the line.” Yet I wonder what kind of access He has to us? We expect direct access to God whenever we call day or night.

Communication with God is a two-way street. He speaks to us through His Word when we come before Him in prayer. We feel his presence and hear His voice through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He paid a great price to keep the mainline open so that we can talk to him and he can talk to us. As Christians, we are thankful to Christ for giving us access to God; now we can call Him up tell what you want.

In His Love & Service,

Pastor Larry E. Campbell, M.A., MDiv.

Harvest America Proclaiming the Gospel Live

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Many people—from media to commentators and theologians—have written off crusade evangelism as a “thing of the past,” believing that it is an outdated, ineffective, expensive, and time-consuming means for reaching nonbelievers with the gospel.

However, Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie and his Harvest Crusades ministry are introducing a new model for crusade evangelism. Instead of trying to get people across America to attend a stadium crusade—at great cost to the organizer—Greg Laurie is taking a single Harvest Crusade in Southern California to churches across the country. For the last 22 years, Harvest Crusades has held an annual stadium outreach event in Southern California, attracting more than 100,000 people each year. The Orange County Register even referred to the event as “part of Orange County’s summer culture.”

Having a strong passion for sharing Christ with even more people, and the intuition that they shouldn’t try to fix something that isn’t broken, Harvest Crusades has developed a new strategy that leverages their current working model and capitalizes on their large Internet audience, to combat the valid concerns some have about crusade evangelism. The idea is essentially a “crusade in a box”—produced in one location, yet replicated and broadcast live to host sites across the U.S. Its name is Harvest America.

The traditional crusade evangelism model, in which an evangelist goes to a city, rents a stadium, hires event workers, enlists church support, and coordinates local volunteers, is time-consuming and expensive. However, the Harvest America model uses inexpensive technology to allow churches and individuals, already eager to host an evangelistic event, the opportunity to do so. Instead of spending resources on numerous crusades throughout the country, all funds are invested in producing one solid event (50,000 people in Angel Stadium of Anaheim, California) that is shared live with venues across the nation.

Harvest America is inviting churches, organizations, small groups, and individuals to participate as host sites by live-streaming or broadcasting the crusade at Angel Stadium to their own location on Sunday, August 26. Now churches in small cities—where a major crusade may never come—and even churches in large cities—which might never be able to afford to host a crusade—can all participate. Find out more about Harvest America at harvestamerica.com.

MT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH PARKING LOT GIVE-A-WAY

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Mt. Zion Baptist Church will be having its Annual Parking Lot Give-A-Way on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be items such as: furniture, appliances, toys, clothing, etc. Everything is “FREE”. It is open to the public.

This is an opportunity to bless our community and reach them for Jesus. Questions about this year’s Parking Lot Give-A-Way can be answered by calling the church office at (909) 983-2411.

MT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH

THE GREATEST LOVE STORY

Good Friday is the day we remember the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. Mt. Zion, under the leadership of Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr., will hold Good Friday service on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The service will be held at 224 W. California Street, Ontario and will feature the Seven Last Sayings of the Cross.

Continuing on Sunday, April 8, the church will celebrate the resurrection of Christ by hosting its annual community Easter Sunrise Service. This service will begin at 6:00 a.m. and will be held at the Jack Mercer Bandstand located at the corners of Euclid and C Street in the city of Ontario. Worshippers will gather at Jack Mercer Bandstand for the Easter Sunrise service where the Mt. Zion Mass Choir, under the direction of Leon McCrary, will provide good gospel music and Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr. will deliver an inspiring message. Worshippers are encouraged to dress warmly, bring a lawn chair and come prepared for great music, the good news of our God’s love, and close fellowship.

Immediately following the Sunrise Service worshippers are invited to proceed to the church for regular worship services at 8:00 a.m., followed by an Easter Pageant at 9:30 a.m. where the Children’s Department, under the direction of Yvonne Okonji, will feature their annual Easter play.

The Easter play will be followed by regular Sunday worship service at 11:00 am. Questions about this year’s Good Friday and Easter Sunrise Services can be answered by calling the church office at (909) 983-2411.

MT. ZION BAPTIST CHURCH

CISM TRAINING

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) this course is a “must” for anyone who serves in the community and may respond to disasters or other crisis events as first responders, behavioral health, EAP, clergy, or other interventionists. Completion of “Group Crisis Intervention” and receipt of a certificate of completion qualifies as a CORE class in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program. CISM will be on Friday, April 13, 2012 and Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on both days. The cost for the discounted tuition is $75.00 through March 23, 2012. Full tuition is $100.00 beginning March 24, 2012. It will be held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 224 W. California St., Ontario, CA. Questions about this year’s CISM Training can be answered by calling the church office at (909) 983-2411.

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