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First Impressions by Evangelist Monica Whitfield

Esther was a young girl without much experience in the world outside of her immediate surroundings. Her cousin and caregiver Mordecai had brought her up as his own child so she trusted him, even with her life (Esther 2:7). The king had gotten angry with his current queen and decided he needed another one (Esther 1:12) so he sent his people out to find exceptionally beautiful young virgins to be brought back to the palace and groomed to be presented to him as possible new queens (Esther 2:1-4). Esther was chosen to be part of this elect group of young ladies that were to be brought before the king. I don’t think this was something that she ever thought within the realm of possibilities for her life, so I can only imagine how she felt leaving her home and going to the palace to be prepared for the king! Talk about out of your comfort zone. From the beginning the first impression that people got from Esther was so great that it presented her with favor beyond measure. It just goes to show you that first impressions can make the difference, sometimes even between life and death. When Esther was first brought to the palace Hegai, the eunich in charge of the women, was so impressed with her that he began to show her favor (Esther 2:8). What people see when they first meet you can determine what they are willing to do for you. Obviously Hegai knew what the king liked because that was his job, to make sure the ladies were ready to be seen by the king. Esther was given everything she needed to get the purification process started, seven maidens and the best room in the harem all because Hegai’s first impression of her was so pleasing to him (Esther 2:9). The purification process took a year to prepare for one night with the king, but in that year I believe Esther was getting much more than just beauty treatments (Esther 2:12). She was under the direct care and influence of Hegai, the very one whose job it was to know what the king was looking for in the woman to be the next queen in place of Vashti. When it was your turn to spend the night with the king you could take whatever you wanted with you that you thought would help you delight the king so much that he called you back again by name (Esther 2:13-14). Imagine trying to make an impression on the king, who had hundreds of women, so that he might remember you above all the rest and call for you again by name. I bet some of the ladies had some interesting tactics to try and make a lasting impression on the king, but not Esther. Esther only brought with her what Hegai suggested she bring, she trusted him and this brought her even more favor from everyone around her (Esther 2:15). Esther had just one time to make a first impression with the king. If she messed it up there was no guarantee that she would be called on again. If she was having a bad day and it showed she could ruin her chances of becoming queen or even being seen by the king again. All that work and preparation had gone into her; I imagine Hegai was almost as nervous as Mordecai wondering what the king’s first impression was of this young lady. Well, the king was so impressed with her; he loved Esther so much, that he made her his queen. How’s that for first impressions!? (Esther 2:17-18) Esther 2:15-18 (NIV) 15

When the turn came for Esther (the young woman Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his uncle Abihail) to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her. 16 She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. 17

Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. 18 And the king gave a great banquet, Esther’s banquet, for all his nobles and officials. He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality.

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“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” Ralph Waldo Emerson By Elder S. Whitfield

Although this statement is not biblical it still carries a lot of truth. It’s this very enthusiasm that has allowed our Youth Sunday services to go from what had become normal to the extraordinary radical praise services that we are experiencing month after month. Our children have taken on an enthusiastic approach to praise and worship to God. The bible states in Acts 17:6 “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also”, and I tell you it has been amazing. I have personally watched as children that were once afraid to speak in front of their peers have begun to get up in front of the entire church and dance/sing to the glory of the Lord! Although their methods maybe different from some of the traditional methods

URAC Youth Dept.

Join us every 2nd Sunday for a power-packed worship service and dynamic Word from the Lord. Service starts @ 9am, we look forward to having you in fellowship with us.

that some are used to their message is pure and is reaching the lost. Let’s pray that this movement will continue to gain strength and move outside of the URAC walls to effect the city, state, and nation. Be Blessed Elder Steve

COME FELLOWSHIP WITH US! The URAC Youth Dept. would love to have your youth and/or young adults come fellowship with us. For more information please contact Elder Whitfield at (501) 442-0457 or stevenwhitfield22@yahoo.com.


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Overcoming the Tiredness Syndrome I.

Tiredness is: to be exhausted as by exertion, fatigue, or sleepy; Weary or bored. Syndrome – A group of signs or symptoms that occur together and characterize a particular abnormality.

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What causes tiredness? What we say (our speech) – Prov.6:2(AMP); Proverbs 29:20; Eccle. 5:1-2(NIV) What we do –Phil 2:25-30; Mark 6:31-32 What we harbor – (unconfessed sin in our lives) - 1st John 1:9; Ps. 66:18; Ps. 32:2-5 (NIV) (To harbor means to hold and turn over in the mind, nourish and nurse)

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What are the stages of tiredness and how do they work against us? Boredom (to be weary by dullness, tediousness, or things done in repetition; the state or instance of being bored Gal. 6:9 –10 (NIV) Apathy – James 4:7; Rev. 3:14-16, 18-19 1. The absence of emotion, lack of interest or concern, insensibility to suffering, and unfeeling coolness and indifference. Sluggard –Proverbs 6:9 1. Habitually lazy person. (Frequently, often ,routinely, consistently) 2. Consistent signs of being in a sluggish state are: Always have an excuse for not doing something. – Prov.22:12-13 (NLT) Never finishing anything that we started –Prov.12:27 (NLT) Always follows the least difficult course of action. Prov.20:4(NLT)

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Slack – Proverbs 18:9(NLT) 1. To be slack or negligent in performance. 2. To cause to abate or shirk, evade work or duty. Depression- Psalms 38:6-10;Psalms 6:2-3 1. A feeling or spell of dismally low spirits, blues, dejection and downheartedness. 2. Accompanied by feeling of worthlessness and self-rejecting as well as fatigue and physical pain. III.

Strategies for defeating the tiredness syndrome in our lives: 1. We have to know that God has a purpose for our lives. (Knowing- Information or intelligence, shrewdly and keenly alert, astute, cognitive.) 2. Consider the Lord and meditate daily upon God’s word – Heb.12:3; Isa. 40:31(KJV) 3. Allow the gift of God to be stirred up in us. -II Tim.1:6 4. Speak the word of God out loud daily- Ps.118:16-17

Note: “What we hear repeatedly, we will eventually believe.” Bishop M.L. Harper, Teacher Upper Room Bible study


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United Kingdom Ministries Bishop Rene’ & 1st Lady Bernetta Reed 1025 Waterworks Road Columbus, MS 39701 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2161 Columbus, MS 39704

Brokenness Ministries Evangelist Mabel Jones/Founder P.O. Box 14487 Greensboro, NC 27415 brokennessministry@yahoo.com

Creston Pentecostal Church (Pastor, Rev. Donald McCool) Rev. Gary Bumpas 414 Norman Drive Crossville, TN 38571

One of the visions of the Upper Room is to build the M.A.C. building in order to have the space needed to minister to lost souls through various ministries and outreaches. We believe that one of the best ways to ‘preach’ Jesus is by serving our fellow man in their time of natural and spiritual need. We desire your prayers and financial support as we work in the Lord’s vineyard to take the good news to those who are hurting, bruised, and broken by the trial of life. We ask that as the Lord leads those who are willing, to sow a monthly seed of $40, $30, or $20 during 2014. Friends, we don’t have a promise of a miracle for your obedience, but we can promise that your seed will be used to further the kingdom of God. To begin sowing your monthly seed, or to get more information regarding our vision for the M.A.C. building, contact our church business office at (501) 955-5511. We continuously pray that God’s will be fulfilled in your life and ministry. In His Service, Apostle Milton and Evangelist Janice Harper


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The Church of Happy Valley Ministries Sr. Pastor Calvin F. Hammond Lady Penny R. Hammond P.O. Box 250 Benton, AR 72015 Web Address: www.thechurchofhappyvalleyministries.com Email: info@thechurchofhappyvalleyministries.com

Shaken the Nations Ministry True Deliverance Outreach Ministries Pastors DeMarco & Aminah Smith 201 1st Street South Reform, AL 35481

Pastor Stuart & Kerry Vail 3535 Springhill Road Carrollton, AL 35447 (205) 367-9000

Paradise Deliverance House of Fire To God Be the Glory Int’l Deliverance Ministry Chief Apostle Gerald & Elect Lady Renee Gordon P.O. Box 18043 Greensboro, NC 27419

Pastor Julia Graves 1664 Devon Court Stone Mountain, GA 30088 (501) 945-0223

Fairview Christian Church

Word of Truth Outreach Ministry Pastor Leonard Mask, Jr. & Co-Pastor Jorita Mask 132 Gregory Place Jacksonville, AR 72076 Web Address: wordoftruthoutreachministry.org Email: wordoftruthoutreachministry@yahoo.com

Divine Truth Ministries, Inc. Pastor Fred Caldwell, Sr. 510 East 49th St. North Little Rock, AR 72117 (501) 955-2244

Pastor Michael Barker 6147 Roundtop Drive North Little Rock, AR 72117 (501) 945-0223

Tell Us What’s Happening At Your Church Submit articles about upcoming events or information about your church or group for publication in the monthly newsletter. The deadline for articles is the last week of each month for the next month’s publication. Please email articles/pictures to newsletter.urac@yahoo.com, or mail to 19 Willowwood, NLR, AR 72117. If you have any questions contact Evangelist Whitfield at (501) 442-0472.


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What we do: R.O.L. Publishing seeks to find, promote, and publish great Christian material designed to bless the body of Christ as a whole. We will design a digital cover from the author’s vision as given by God and the content of the manuscript. The vision of R.O.L. Publishing is to take great Christian material worldwide for Jesus Christ. Contact us at: (501) 955-5511 or via email at: Janice Harper Katrina Way Hallie Freeman upperroommother@yahoo.com kway@restoringleaders.org halliefree@comcast.net

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Preparing for the Pulpit

Wisdom Quotes By: Apostle Gerald Gordon Mending Hearts By: Vivian Smith, Triumphant Deliverance Fellowship The Midwife’s Manual By: 1st Lady Penny Hammond, Happy Valley Ministries

By: Apostle M.L. Harper Maintaining Continuous Praise

By: Steven & Monica Whitfield


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We invite you to join the Restoration of Life, Inc. and Upper Room Apostolic Church family as we travel to Columbus, MS for the “From Glory to Glory Banquet” presented by Apostle Rene & Pastor Bernetta Reed of United Kingdom Ministries, International. Come out for fellowship and a divinely appointed word from God thru the dynamic speaker of the hour. Tickets are $10 each.

“And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.” Exodus 14:8


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URAC Church Calendar .

Wednesday, April 2 @ 6pm Praise Dance Rehearsal Thursday, April 3 Our House

Sundays at 9am

Saturday, April 5 @ 9:30am Praise Dance Rehearsal Monday, April 7 @ 6pm Praise Team Practice

9:30am

Friday – Saturday, April 11-12 From Glory to Glory Conference & Banquet Columbus, MS Wednesday, April 16 @ 6pm Music Rehearsal Sunday, April 20

Easter Sunday Monday, April 21 @ 6pm Praise Team Practice Sunday, April 27 Brotherhood Sunday

Wednesday Learning Lab 7:00 pm

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Proverbs 29:18 ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.’

The vision of the RESTORATION OF LIFE, Inc. is to go forth restoring and evangelize the world for Jesus Christ by bringing churches of like-minded Spirits together and also to provide accountability, training and a covering for these churches so that the redemptive work of Christ might be more effective. Apostle Milton Harper

If you desire prayer or need pastoral assistance please call the church office at (501) 955-5511. A pastor is available at the church Monday thru Friday, 9am-2pm.

Apostle Milton L. Harper, Chairperson Associate Pastor Helen Early, Co-Chairperson Associate Pastor Steven Whitfield Associate Pastor Michael Agnew Evangelist Janice Harper


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The URAC Fellowship Newsletter is monthly publication distributed by the Upper Room Apostolic Church 19 Willowwood Road, North Little Rock, AR 72117 Editor: Apostle Milton L. Harper

Managing Editor: Monica Whitfield

Contact Information: (501) 955-5511 newsletter.urac@yahoo.com www.upperroom-nlr.org

Join us April 20, 2014 at 11am as we celebrate our risen Savior Jesus Christ. We look forward to having you there.


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