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Gray Invited to Speak in the Bahamas

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Bishop Trevor Williamson and Co-Pastor Lady Sharon Williamson invited Overseer Levonzo Gray to speak at their 12th Pastoral Anniversary at Trinity Full Gospel Baptist Church in Nassau, Bahamas. The theme this year was “Focus on the Call and Worthy of the Honor.” Overseer Gray spoke Friday and Sunday with sermons entitled “Servants Worthy of Double Honor” and “The Power of the Church.”

There has been an exchange fellowship with the two churches for several years.

Bishop and Lady Williamson and congregation look forward to their trip to preach a revival at Good News Community Baptist Church in Riverside in the summer of 2011.

They have promised to bring between 30-40 members so that Riverside will know they are here.

Overseer Gray has focused on several goals for the congregation at Good News Community Baptist Church in Riverside.

One of the goals is to carry out the great commission given to us by Jesus Christ to spread the Gospel to all nations. The second is to develop an active vocational and educational program for youth and young adults through Good News Hope & Help, Inc. Finally, teaching the congregation to tithe and save the goal has been to establish a community credit union and an investment program in 2010.

The third goal is being realized as a partnership with Prosperity Credit Union in which ten churches have joined.

To assisst those who have busy schedules and still want to attend worship service, an early morning 9 AM one hour worship service has been established. This service is specifially for a come as you are audience who has mostly been comprised of busy young people.

The ministerial staff for this service has been the Pastor and several coaches from the area. Speakers include Coach Jeanine Horton- Duncan of North High School, Coach Damien Smith of Riverside Community College, Coach Julia Gray-Smith of UC Irvine, and Minister in Training Regina Gray of Palmdale. We look forward to hearing from Arlington High teacher Elder Johnny Hillary, Elder Levonzo Gray, II, and Exhorter Sunny “Debra” Jefferson. The traditional service is at 11:30 AM.

Good News Hope & Help, Inc. is a 501 9C) (3) organization that has the philosophy that “all students can achieve (regardless of family income, ethnicity, or geographical locations) when they are provided with the proper learning environment.” The goal is to demonstrate how students can become successful if the adults in their lives encourage independence, theach them appropriate learning strategies, and reward them for their progress, no matter how small the progress may be.

Free STAR Diagnostic educational assessments will be given to students on Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 10 AM to 12 noon just before the Harvest Festival located at 178 Iowa Avenue in Riverside, 92507. This organization is also sponsoring a Scholarship Benefit Concert from 6-9 PM featuring Lil Gavin of Las Vegas at the Ceasar Chavez Community Center in Bobby Bonds Park, 2060 University Avenue. Riverside, CA 92507. This year GNHH gave 6 scholarships to seniors and college students and intends to give 10 in 2011. For further information and tickets for this event, please call 951-756- 2824.

Moment in the Word

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"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice."
(John 10:1-5 NIV)

In our passage, Jesus depicts himself as the Shepherd and us as the sheep of his flock.

He says a key phrase beginning in verse 3b, “the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice”.

Sheep aren’t very bright animals but they are still able to recognize their shepherd’s voice and follow him as he leads them to green pastures and on safe paths. We don’t have to be smart to follow Jesus, we just need to be able to recognize his voice and follow where he leads us. If you have a close relationship with someone you will know their voice, and if you trust them you will follow them even if you can’t see or don’t know the way.

I’m reminded of a country boy who went to visit a friend in New York City. It was about noon and they were downtown by Times Square in Manhattan. The streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, sirens were wailing and the sounds of the city were almost deafening. The country boy said, “I hear a cricket.”

His friend said, “You have got to be kidding. You couldn’t possibly hear a cricket with all this noise.”

The country boy listened again and said, “Yes I’m sure of it. I hear a cricket.” The two boys listened very carefully for a moment and then the country boy walked across the street to a big cement planter where some bushes were growing. He looked into the bushes and sure enough there was a cricket there. “That’s incredible,” said the city boy. “You must have super-human ears.” “No.” said the country boy. “My ears are no different then yours. It all depends on what you are listening for.”

What are you listening for today? God wants to speak to you.

Please join me in the following Prayer. Father I pray this day that I would listen to Your voice. Let me not ignore You. Let me not listen to You and then forget what you said. Let me not crowd Your words out of my life. But let me receive Your words with my whole heart and become a doer of Your Word. Amen.”

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

Christmas Comes Early For Low Income

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San Bernardino’s Crossroads Rotary has teamed with the local Salvation Army and Loma Linda Medical Center to bring some Christmas spirit and plenty of goodies to Inland Empire’s disadvantaged youth and their families.

“The Jubilee Committee and Family Services,” notes Rotary event chairman and Jubilee Chief Executive Officer Kirk Dunbar, “as a recent part of Rotary, has come up with 1,000 pairs of free shoes for our expected huge turnout. This will be our second year doing this, but our first partnering with the San Bernardino Salvation Army. We certainly hope this project will become an annual team effort.”

Dunbar estimates more than a thousand people will attend the October event, appropriately titled “Christmas in October.”

He adds, “There will be all those shoes for kids ages 5-19, of course, but we’ll also have clothes along with toys and a huge free meal.”

The Christmas in October Festival will actually be the 31st of the month, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army’s 5th Street facility.

Moment in the Word

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“Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade
at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.”
Psalm 121:4-7 (NKJV)

This text focuses on David as he explains the nature of the believer’s security in God.

The believers are urged to remember the source of their protection and security is in God himself. For Israel, the mountains and hills of Palestine afforded them protection against enemies and a certain sense of security. The Psalmist, pointing to the hills, was not implying that the assurance of every believer is in the literal mountains and hills around them, but in the power of the God who provides the protective environment in which they are able to sleep secure each night.

The God we serve protects us and keeps us continually. The first line of reference is the hills themselves, but beyond that, it is God’s hand, moving through the hills that brings our greatest assurances.

The hills are symbolic. They represent the way God provides help. They are not the help themselves.

The 121st Psalm presents God as the perpetual protector of the believer. This psalm presents the believers journey as one that is filled with perilous climbs through rocky mountains and hills.

The idea that God will not suffer about what to be moved represents the truth that God will not allow us to slip outside of that which he wills. That is to say that he protects us from any slips, falls or attacks from enemies that are not according to his will. No enemy can approach us, or defeat us, unless for some reason it is God’s will.

Verse 4 presents us with a reassuring promise that the God who protects us is always on the job. “He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” is the phrase that is used to describe how God maintains a constant vigil around us, watching us, protecting us, encouraging us, building us, and saving us from dangers seen an unseen. We may sleep but God never takes a break nods or takes his eyes off of us.

The 121st psalm presents God as the believer’s body guard, life guard, night watchman and security system. It is through the knowledge that God is always there watching over us that we journey through life confident that we are never alone.

“I’ve seen the lightning flashing; I’ve heard the thunder roll, I’ve felt sin’s breakers dashing, which almost conquered my soul I’ve heard the voice of my Savior bidding me still to fight on. He promised never to leave me. Never to leave me alone! No, Never alone, He promised never to leave me alone.”

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

Second Baptist Church to hold Fall Festival

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For leaf-peepers, it’s Fall Festival Season! Second Baptist Church invites you to their Fall Festival on October 30th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

The Fall Festival serves as an alternative to Halloween for their children and community.

It is their desire to offer a safe place for children and their parents to enjoy an evening of games and treats together. The festival features interactive games, Cake Walk, Jump house, 22” Slide, Velcro Wall, Taco Stand, Cotton Candy, Snow Cones, and More!

For more information, contact the church office at (951) 684-7532 for details.

The proceeds of this fundraiser will help provide Thanksgiving & Christmas baskets to families in need during the holidays, and funding of the church’s community outreach events.

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