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Catalyst

! What kind of times are these that turmoil, tornadoes and terrorists capture the news day in and day out?" Is there peace in the midst of all this?" King David summed it up well in Psalm 31." When surrounded by enemies, his trust in God rings out through the ages as he appeals for deliverance, “…You are my refuge." Into your hands I commit my spirit…” Sound familiar?" Jesus also spoke these words on the cross (Luke 23: 45)." With the coming of the Holy Spirit, I am to be as He was in the world - like Stephen at his martyrdom when he used the same words from Psalm 31 (See Acts 7:59)." Stephen mirrored Jesus at his death when he cried out, “Do not hold this sin against them (his persecutors)." How does this apply to me today in the 21st century amidst the circumstances of antiChristian forces?" Psalm 31: 13 – 14:" But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”" My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.”" Complete trust in a God who loves me is to be my attitude."

August 2011

! Having said that, I must also consider something else." God does not delight in the death of the wicked, but His judgments must be reckoned with." Romans 6: 23," “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”" There are two prongs to this statement:" (1) God cannot deny his holiness so evil has to be judged" (2) God is love and His Son’s death on the cross appeased his wrath." ! I John 4: 10:" “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”" Propitiate is a verb meaning to regain the favor of" (a god, spirit, person) by doing something that pleases them." Propitiation is a noun, which is the action of propitiating or appeasing a god, spirit, or person. Now, it is clear." Jesus willingly appeased God’s anger against evil while Jesus was dying on the cross." Sin and judgment reckoned with and God’s love demonstrated in the same act!" How brilliant!" Finally, God has done everything necessary to save the human race from experiencing His judgment against evil." " According to John 1: 9, Jesus is the Light that lights every man, even Usama bin Laden, who comes into the world." Here are the options:" Either I accept God’s provision or I have to pay! In other words, I could end up, although it is not God’s desire, just like Usama bin Laden!" ! So, whether turmoil, tornadoes, or terrorists, there is a God who loves me and will not abandonment me through it all." Can I say with David, Jesus, and Stephen," “My times are in your hands.” Gladys Grimaud President CityLight

Michael R. Brenan State/Group President BB&T 1

CityLight Prayer Breakfast


Mike Brenan Mike Brenan was born in Kansas City, Missouri, where for his first three years he was reared by his mother and his grandmother. His mother married and the new family moved to Dayton, Ohio. Brenan’s stepfather was on a career track with Dayton Power and Light. In the third grade, Brenan moved with his parents to Knightstown, Indiana, and while in junior high school, Brenan was moved to Cincinnati. In high school in Cincinnati, Brenan was an all–around competitive athlete and a student politician. At the University of Tennessee for his freshman year, Brenan felt the pinch paying out–of–state tuition, so he transferred for his sophomore year to Bowling Green State University and more reasonable in–state tuition costs. He worked four jobs, ran with his fraternity, majored in economics and still managed to finish in four years flat. Brenan held successful interviews in banking circles, and he entered banking right out of college. He went to work for BankOne, beginning in Columbus, Ohio. At age 34, he was named president of Bank- One’s affiliate in Portsmouth, Ohio. In 1994, he left Bank- One to become board chairman, president and CEO at MainStreet Financial Corporation in Martinsville, Virginia. MainStreet Financial was a $2.2 billion multi–bank holding company. In 1998, Main- Street was acquired by BB&T, and Brenan came with it. In 1988, while still with BankOne in Ohio, Brenan married his wife Julie. They have four children. Erin took her undergraduate degree from UVA and her MBA from USC’s Moore School to First Citizens Bank. Andrew, a USC graduate, works in Manhattan on websites. Rob, a Clemson man, works in engineering systems for Blackbaud in Charleston. Molly is enrolled in USC’s Honors College as a sophomore art history major. She is an intern at the Columbia Museum of Art. Her art history blog address: http:// thestarvingarthistorian.wor dpress.com/ While he runs BB&T of South Carolina, chairs the Chamber, keeps his faith grounded, and finds family time, Brenan also sits on several boards and commissions, including the South Carolina State Board of Education as the governor’s appointee. He is the past chairman of the Moore School Business Partnership Foundation, United Way of the Midlands, United Way Association of South Carolina, South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities Foundation, and South Carolina Bankers Association. 2


CityLight Prayer Breakfast

The First Thursday, 6:45AM-8:30AM August 4, 2011

Program

Theme ~ Market Place Leaders “Bridging the Gap Between Business, Faith-based, and Non-profits Mistress of Ceremony.....................................Pastor Sylvia Mickens Music………………………………...Mike Gibbs/Martin Mickens Colors............Blythewood High School Jr.ROTC Bengal Battalion Praise and Worship..............................Mr. James Anthony Mickens National Anthem………………………….....…….. Gloria Qualls Invocation…………...……………………...………....Joe Grimaud Welcome………………………………………......Gladys Grimaud Introduction of Host Committee................................Luella Redfern Introduction of Speaker…………………................. Mac Bennett Song…………………………………………..……..Henry Flowers Guest Speaker………………………………….......... Mike Brenan Prayer Leader……………….……………….....…......H. L.. Allen Felecia Weathers.................................................................Business Apostle Mikell Snooks.....,.............................................Faith Based Antonio Boyd.................................................................Non Profits Tony Thompson..............................................................The Church Remarks.................................................................Bishop Redfern II Benediction....................................................................Bishop Croft 3


Honorary Host Committee Top Tier Chairman: Mac Bennett Charlotte Berry Joe Grimaud Gladys Grimaud Antonio Boyd Holt Chetwood Apostle Mikell Snooks Mike Brenan Tony Thompson Felecia Weathers Lower Tier Rick Hipkins Robyn Kirby-Gatto Timmy Hays Heather Butler Pastor Robert Reeves Gloria Qualls Henry Flowers

Table Sponsors First Ecumenical Church Daniel Circle Men’s Choir Esther Women of Influence CityLight Teen Challenge Eternal Release CityLight Prayer Group #1 Shekira’s House Trezcom

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State/Group President BB&T Gladys Grimaud President CityLight and will not abandonment me through it all." Can I say with David, Jesus,...

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