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2017 CityLight Catalyst Prayer Breakfast First Thursday of every Month

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Call Bishop Redfern II @ 803 730-2758

January 2017 Bishop Redfern II

February 2017 Rev. Carolyn Brailsford

March 2017 Rev. Luella Redfern

April 2017 Rev. Tim Hanley

May 2017 Rev. Anthony Dicks

June 2017 Mac Bennett

July 2017 Elliott Powell

August 2017 Rev. Charles Austin

September 2017 Daniel Rickenman

October 2017 Rev. Ben Johns

November 2017 Rev. Dave Philips

December 2017 Lew Wayburn

COFebruary N T1stEN T S • 2017 ARTICLES

Graduation & Ordination at the CityLight Cross Style College

in Uganda, East Africa

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Acceptable to God Tony Evans ................................................................................................................ Page 9 Peace in Troubled Times Bonita Britt ............................................................................................................. Page 10 Jesus Pusher Stephen Manley ....................................................................................................... Page 11 Rev. Carolyn Elizabeth Irvin Brailsford AME Episcopal Supervisor ....................................................................................... Page 12 How to Start a CityLight Prayer Group ................................................................................................................................. Page 14 Newton’s Laws of Influence Chakisse Newton....................................................................................................... Page 20 The Seeing Blind, the Hearing Deaf! Jed N. Snyder, D. Min............................................................................................... Page 22 The Object of Our Hope Daniel Henderson .................................................................................................... Page 24 CityLight Mission Statement ................................................................................................................................ Page 28 Daughters of the King Conference & Retreat Luella Redfern .......................................................................................................... Page 30


Local Events & Points of Interest ................................................................................................................................... Page 4 CityLight Prayer Breakfast Order of Service........................................................................................................... Page 5 Midlands Prayer Opportunities ................................................................................................................................. Page 16 Volunteer Opportunities ................................................................................................................................. Page 26 february 2017


Local Events & Points of Interest FRIDAY FEB 3rd SECRET KEEPER GIRL

SAXE GOTHA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 5503 SUNSET BLVD. LEXINGTON, SC 29072 CALL: 803-359-7770   The Purple Party is a Bible-based, relationship-building experience for moms and their tween daughters (typically ages 7-12).The event asserts that each girl is a "masterpiece created by God."



REEDY FORK BAPTIST CHURCH - GREENVILLE 459 REEDY FORK RD GREENVILLE, SC 29605 CALL: 864-277-4617   Join us on Sunday, February 5th, at 11:00AM for Karen Peck and New River in Concert! This concert is free and a Love Offering will be taken up during the worship service.


CROSSROADS WORLD OUTREACH CENTER 2606 EMANUEL CHURCH RD. W. COLUMBIA, SC CALL: 803-477-0927   A time of praise, worship and a relevant word for women of all ages. Childcare will be provided for children 0-10 yrs.



COLONIAL LIFE ARENA 801 LINCOLN STREET COLUMBIA, SC 29201   Winter Jam is coming to Columbia, SC this February! It'll be an amazing night of worship featuring Crowder, Britt Nicole, Tenth Avenue North, Andy Mineo and Colton Dixon. Doors Open at 6!

January 2017 Publisher: Redfern II CityLight Founders: Joe & Gladys Grimaud

Associate Publisher: Rev. Luella J. Redfern Operations Manager: Gwen Byrd Director of Chapter Dev: Bonnie Miles Prayer Breakfast Chair: Creative Director: Gabe Lowe Managing Editor: Editor: Casey Lowe Photographer Videographer: Zoe Warren Sponsorship Manager: Registration Manager: Logistics: Min. Bernard Byrd Music Director: Rev. Edward King Contributors: Tony Evans, Stephen Manley, Joseph Grimaud, Gladys Grimaud, Luella Redfern, Bonita Britt, Daniel Henderson, Chakisse Newton and Jed Snyder. For information about sponsorship opportunities and rates, please contact: Gwen Byrd (803)500-0475

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CityLight Catalyst Breakfast Columbia Prayer Breakfast

Speaker: Rev. Carolyn Brailsford Living a Christian Life for Worldwide Impact February 1, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | Congaree Meeting Room

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14

Welcome and Invocation ........................................................ Bernard Byrd Clarinet Medley ...................................................................... Rev. Ed King Purpose .................................................................................. Bernard Byrd Special Music .......................................................................... Rev. Ed King Solo | Beyond the Open Door by Shawn Craig

Special Music .......................................................................... Rev. Ed King "The Time Is Now" by Twila Paris

~Prayer Time: Rev. Derrick Myers~

Praying for the our families ............................................ Rev. Ramon Balaguer Praying for missionaries ................................................................ H.L. Allen Praying for our nation .......................................................... Rev. Chris Smith Prayer for our CityLight leaders Worldwide ................... Rev. Annette Balaguer Praying for guests in our country .................................................. Sainey Fatty Introduction of Speaker ....................................... Bishop Ronnie Brailsford Keynote Speaker ..................................................... Rev. Carolyn Brailsford Remarks/ Benediction..................................................... Bishop Redfern II On Thursday, March 2, 2017 the CityLight Catalyst Prayer Breakfast will be held in the Carolina A Meeting Room of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Rev. Luella J. Redfern, International Director of the CityLight Esther Women of Influence, will be our speaker. february 2017


Graduation & Ordination at the CityLight Cross Style College in Uganda, East Africa


members of their Prayer Group to enroll in the school. There is a plan to build 28 campuses throughout the 13 countries in east Africa.

Bishop Redfern II became the International Director for Cross Style ministries nearly 10 years ago. Bishop Redfern’s vision for the work was to established a church oriented Bible training school for Pastors, where they could get basic seminary training without having to travel to the west and accruing more expense.

The December graduation and ordination ceremonies were presided over by the District Bishop Moses Mukisa; the Auxiliary Bishop and East African Director, Charles Mpagi; the sub-county Overseer; the CityLight Cross Style Uganda National Director, Pastor Godfrey Kasadha; The School’s principal, Bishop Balwanilaawa Hannington. Rev. Luella Redfern, International Director of the Esther Women Influence, served as the general Secretary; Bishop Redfern II, CityLight Cross Style Director and Presiding Bishop and General Overseer of the Ecumenical Church, was the Chief Officiant for the Event.

he fourth graduation and first ordination service was held in the Main Hall at the Magamaga Campus in December 2016. The graduation was a part of the ministerial training program established by Dr; Stephen Manley of Lebanon, Tennessee. The program started with Dr. Manley sending several compact disks with recorded teaching messages for local pastors.

Land was purchased in Magamaga, Uganda and work began on the first buildings. After Magamaga was set up as the main campus, the first group of graduates were sent to set up regional class sites in other regions of Uganda. The teachers would then travel to these remote rural sites and hold classes in churches and under bush harbors. Using the Cross Style curriculum provided by Dr. Manley these schools are producing servant leaders committed to the Cross Style message. Each of the graduates commits to starting a CityLight Prayer group of 12 disciples dedicated to prayer and community building. These disciples are trained and have invited 6

From left to right; Bishop Moses Mukisa, Bishop Charles Mpagi, sub-county Overseer, and Pastor Godfrey Kasadha

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Esther women of Influence Prayer groups in East Africa


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Acceptable to God By Tony Evans

Abel . . . brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. – Genesis 4:4-5


s consumers, we have little interest in leftovers. We don’t like to spend our money on flawed products. When we pay for an item or a service, we feel that it should be the best that the company has to offer. God feels the same way but to an even greater extent. Adam and Eve taught their sons Cain and Abel how to worship God in an acceptable manner. Yet when the time came to do this, the quality of Cain’s offering was not pleasing, and he didn’t bring it with the same passion that Abel did. God does not have favorites. He didn’t choose one over the other because He

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liked one brother better than the next. Abel simply understood the principle of worship and offered God the very best that he had. Cain, on the other hand, offered what he could gather quickly—perhaps an apple here, a pear there, and a clump of grapes. It’s also interesting to note that Cain offered what God had cursed in the garden at the fall of mankind—the fruit of the land. Abel offered God the very best of His flocks—the fattest lambs—because he understood that worship came from a heart of love and devotion. How do we live our lives—are we totally committed to the Savior? Do we love Him and want to worship Him on a regular basis? Remember, worship is something we do with our entire life.


Peace in Troubled Times (2 Chronicles 20:1-25)

by: BONITA BRITT, Founder Resurrection, Redemption, & Restoration Ministries International


aced with His Nation's certain demise King Jehoshaphat responded with worship. Going deeper than familiar expressions like "hallelujah" and "praise the Lord," he celebrates God's personhood and extols His virtues. The king led the people in glorifying God for their past redemption. As they focused on the Lord (instead of the incoming armies), the Israelites recalled anew how their Heavenly Father had intervened, sometimes dramatically. This was exactly what God had told them to do----to instruct their children about His ways so they could daily honor Him (Deuteronomy 6:7). Doing so builds courage and strengthens their faith. The people's praise paved the way for their


complete and total dependence upon the Lord. The odds of the small Israelite army beating the united force of three enemies were slim. However, in their worshipful state of mind, the people could admit their weakness and await divine intervention. God gave them an outrageous solution to the problem; to do nothing. Even so, Israel was spiritually prepared to go against human reason and obey His commands. God loves it when His power can be released in its fullness. God is also willing to lead you to Victory in troubled times. The Israelites' story is recorded in His Word so that all believers may apply its principles to their life. Bend your heart and mind toward the Lord, and He will enlarge your vision of who He is and what He can do on your behalf.

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am a Jesus pusher!!! “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled,”  (Matthew 5:6). The Beatitudes have an unmistakable interaction. While each is distinct in meaning and presentation, each is dependent and further explains the others. We noted the sequence in which Jesus stated them. It is as if they are in a pyramid beginning with the foundation. In our fourth Beatitude (Matthew 5:6), congratulations goes to those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness.” “Hunger and thirst” are verbs in the participle form. They act as adjectives and modify the subject of the sentence. In our verse, the subject is the Greek word “ho” often translated “the.” Therefore, the subject of the sentence is “the hungering and thirsting ones.”

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The Greek word (peinao) translated hunger  evolves from the Greek word “peno.” It refers to individuals who must toil daily for their food. If they do not work today they will not eat tomorrow. Sometimes it is translated “poor.” The Greek word (peinao) in our text means “to be famished, starve, or hungry.” In this connection, it is safe to say that the “state of poverty” in the first Beatitude (Matthew 5:3) is linked with the starvation in this fourth Beatitude. The ones who are helpless and destitute experience the “hunger and thirst.” I am helpless in my self-sourcing. I am embraced by my helpless as grief embraces one experiencing the death of a loved one. I must have Jesus! I am a Jesus pusher!!!


Rev. Carolyn Elizabeth Irvin Brailsford AME Episcopal Supervisor


piscopal Supervisor Rev. Carolyn Elizabeth Irvin Brailsford is a native of Valdosta, GA, and serves the 20th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Married to Bishop Ronnie Elijah Brailsford, Sr., she served as the Minister of Music and Worship Arts at Bethel A.M.E Church in Columbia, SC as he pastored 24 years. Previously, she served on the faculty of Spelman College (Atlanta, GA), and Allen University (Columbia, SC) as Choral Directress and Instructor of Music. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music; and an Honors graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington) where she earned a Master of Music Degree with Distinction in Vocal Performance. She did further studies in the area of Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. Affectionately called "Rev. Carolyn", she is an Ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The first Miss Black Valdosta, Rev. Carolyn is a national recording artist, songwriter, and preacher of the Gospel, who ministers as Psalmist/ Vocal Artist, speaker, teacher of vocal workshops for adults and youths, and presenter on the


special topic of Praise and Worship. Her dynamic singing ministry and teaching/ preaching style keep her active as a speaker for Women's Conferences, Music Conferences, retreats, and revivals. From Classical to Contemporary Christian/Gospel, Rev. Carolyn's gift of song has made room for her on many diverse stages. She has performed for noted dignitaries and shared the stage with music legends, including Opera Legend, Leontyne Price, Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, DAVID and Tamala Mann, CeCe Winans, Bobby Jones, Kirk Franklin, John P. Kee, Norman Hutchins, Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Dottie Peoples, and Luther Barnes. Her singing ministry has also taken her to many countries and across continents including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Bermuda, several countries in Southern Africa, and the East to West Coasts of the U.S.A. Rev. Carolyn has been extensively recognized and honored. She was featured in the State Newspaper (Columbia) on several occasions, as well as several magazines. Her many awards include The South Carolina House of Representatives Honors and Commendation; february 2017

the March of Dimes African American Achievement Award; Woman of Valor (Allen University); Legendary Gospel Musician and Master Clinician (Benedict College Harambee Festival); SC Baptist Convention Music Auxiliary Presidential State Music Legend Award; the Renaissance Foundation Gospel Heritage Legacy Award, which was presented by Gospel legend, Dr. Bobby Jones.

Created for children, youth, and young adults, many gifted singers have gone on to achieve great success spiritually and in their vocal skills and gifts through college scholarships and recordings. The impact of CaBrailSong teachings has been profound, and has even been shared abroad in Bermuda, where fifty youths participated in a Summer Singing Experience, with over twenty of them giving their lives to Christ!

In 1992, Rev. Carolyn established the CaBrailSong School of Vocal Arts, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit youth organization in Atlanta, GA. With their move to Columbia, SC the following year, it was reestablished as an arm of outreach ministry for Bethel A.M.E. Church.

Celebrating 33 years of marvelous marriage and ministry, Supervisor Carolyn and Bishop Brailsford are the proud parents of three children: Veronica-Carol, Ronnie, Jr., and David; and three grandchildren, Harper, Kyndall and Gracen.

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How To Start a

CityLight Prayer Group


ityLight is a Catalyst Connecting Christ to the Culture for Community Change. Our main focus is prayer; seeking the face of God, turning from our wicked ways, receiving forgiveness and the healing of our land. II Chronicles 7:14 We invite you to join us in this great enterprise called - CityLight. As Christians we are committed to bringing Light to the world through the gospel of Jesus Christ. CityLight is a movement of believers who have committed to living the Two Great Commandments and carrying out the Great Commission. We are not separate from, but active members in our local Christian Church. We are from many different cultures, countries, races, communities, societies and denominations, but we are united as one body in Christ. Our members are individuals, churches, ministers, and businesses who have come together in prayer asking God to guide us as we respond to the needs of our community. This response is in our Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry and Evangelism.


2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) 14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” The Two Great Commandments: Mt 22:36 “’[ Jesus], which is the great commandment in the law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.’” The Great Commission: Mt 28:16 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV ) CityLight Vision: To bring light to the world by responding february 2017

to the prayer of Christ for complete unity with God and other believers. “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” ( John 17:22-23) CityLight Mission Statement: CityLight is a catalyst connecting Christ to the culture for community change. CityLight Slogan: “The light of the world is Jesus.” “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

How To Start A Prayer Group Worship 1 The first step in starting a CityLight Prayer Group is to enter into a spirit of Worship... a spirit of unrelenting, unceasing prayer. Taking time to seek the face of God and experience His presence from the very depths of your soul. It is by the will of God and only by the will of God that you can be an instrument of this work.

City Light and it’s leaders. Share your passion and love for the Lord Jesus and this mission of prayer with your fellow believers. Allow the call of II Chronicles 7:14 to resonate in your community and the spirit. Examine your life, the lives of those in your community and the spirit and values by which you live. As you discover the will of God for this generation, we pray that you will join us as we join with Him in complete obedience and submission. Knock on the door to your heart and the heart of this generation to live The Great Commission. Allow the door of prayer to open the hearts of a dying generation and give hope anew to those who have not heard the Good news.


e the members of the CityLight group hereby solemnly pledge our lives, hopes, and dreams to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We promise to uphold, honor and promote the core values of our Christian heritage. Continued on page 18

Ask God to reveal His purpose for your life. The purpose for the entirety of your being. Study the Word of God - the Bible. Pray for the manifold wisdom of God to be made manifest in your every endeavor. View the 5 twenty minute video sessions of Stephen Manley’s study on prayer and the Book of Ephesians. Seek the advise, counsel and prayers of your pastor, deacons and church leaders. Learn more about february 2017


Please Mark Your Calendars And Take Advantage Of The Following Prayer Opportunities God loves hearing His people praying together, asking Him to fill their land with His Glory. God is already doing great things in the Columbia area.  And He has promised to do even better things.  Let’s ask God to bring on the best!  God is the one orchestrating the united prayer of which we are a part.  He’s the one inspiring us to pray as never before.  Could it be that God is about to do some of the most amazing things that He has ever done?  He wants us to pray about them before they take place.  God is setting us up to give Him the praise and glory.  Answered prayer is one of God’s favorite ways of being glorified. Let’s pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done – in this City as it is in Heaven!  God is up to something BIG and you will not want to miss being a part. Greater Columbia Call to Prayer 9:30 – 11:30a - Second Sat of Every Month Columbia International University 7435 Monticello Road Columbia, SC For more information, H. L. Allen | 803-513-2003 | 803-359-6838 Lexington Area Pastors/Ministers Prayer Gathering Every Wednesday 10:30am – 11:30am

CityLight Prayer Breakfast Cola, SC 1st Thursday Each Month 7:00 – 8:30am

Riverbend Community Church 1015 Corley Mill Road Lexington, SC Each Wednesday morning pastors and ministers from around the Lexington area gather to pray for the many needs in our families, churches, state and nation. All area pastors and those in any ministry are welcome.

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 1101 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201 |

First Friday Prayer Focus A day of fasting and prayer each month for revival and for those in authority 1 Tim

Walk the Labyrinth & Pray First Friday every month 10 am – 8pm

Prayer For Media & Influencers: Ongoing

Wesley Hall at Lexington United Methodist 309 East Main Street, Lexington, SC 16

For more information, visit february 2017 First Nations Monday The purpose of First Nations Monday is to encourage Native American leaders, prayer coordinators, independent intercessory prayer groups, organizations and churches to join together in prayer the first Monday of each month for Native Ministry. “By praying for one another,” says Jeny Covill of First Nations Monday, “there will be an increase of prayer support for each ministry, as well as an increase in Native Ministry awareness around the country.” For info visit Or Jeny Covill at

Prayer For Our Nation: Ongoing

Join the US Prayer Watch Network Today! For more information, visit


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How To Start a

CityLight Prayer Group Continued from page 15

“The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity.” These fruits are the result of growth in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These fruits are tendencies rather than mere willingness, because “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” In the person who possesses a Fruit of the Spirit, this willingness bears fruit in the life and behavior of the person. Charity is love, both of God and of neighbor. It is our love for God above all things for his own sake and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. Joy is the happiness found in union with the Lord. It is a glimpse of the perfect happiness of heaven that leads us to desire heaven. Peace refers to dealing justly with the world, as well as remaining in good conscience before God. Patience, also known as long-suffering, refers to the tendency to endure both temptation and suffering without it leading to sin. Kindness, also known as Benignity, is the tendency toward acting kindly and doing good. Goodness is the tendency to avoid sin and do good. Generosity is an openness to sharing one’s own gifts and goods with others. It is the opposite of both gluttony and envy. 18

Gentleness, also known as mildness, is the tendency to allow provocations to go unanswered. Faithfulness is standing strong in faith, and strength against diversion away from faith and virtue. Modesty refers to purity in appearance and self-image. Self-Control, also known as continence, refers to purity in words as well as the tendency to avoid temptations. Chastity refers to purity in actions, especially sexual purity. Chastity should not be confused with celibacy, which is the avoidance of marriage and marital acts.

Positions in your CityLight Prayer Group Chairman Vice Chairman (Discipleship) Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Assistant Treasurer Fellowship Coordinator Ministry Coordinator Photographer Internet Manager 2nd Generation Prayer Group (Evangelism) Chaplain (Worship Leader) Assistant Chaplain Columbia Prayer Group No. The members of CityLight Prayer Groups are individuals who are guided by II Chronicles 7:14 to save a generation and fit it for Worship and Kingdom Service. We pursue the Face of God in all that we do. We pray that our lives may be vessels of Holiness and Fruit of the spirit. In every area of life we offer our Utmost to his Highest. We are shaped and formed in groups with a leader and 12 disciples. Our Fellowship february 2017

is for Worship, Discipleship, Ministry and Evangelism. Prayer is the cornerstone of our assembly each month. Each disciple in every group will grow and mature to start another group of 12 so that we may reach every heart with the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ. We are a Chapter of CityLight Inc., a nonprofit 50 1(c)3 organization. We have purposely intentioned to find, recruit, develop, equip, and disciple Christians to be todays leaders with a new standard of Holiness. We are committed to God, our families, our children, our extended families and our church. We offer our lives in keeping the Two Great Commandments and the Great Commission. By the Seal of our Hands with our commitment to God, we commission CityLight Prayer Group No. Columbia as a new Chapter of CityLight on the___ day of the month of ___ in the year of our Lord ___.

Recruit 12 People to Join You In Prayer one hour each month...

Light to the world through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. CityLight is a movement of believers who have committed to living the The Great Commandments and carrying out the Great Commission. We are not separate from but active members in our local Christian Church. We are from many different cultures, countries, races, communities, societies and denominations, but we are united as one body in Christ. Our members are individuals, churches, ministries and businesses who have come together in prayer asking God to guide us as we respond to the needs of our community. This response is in our Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry, and Evangelism. For more information, visit: or

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and PRAY and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14 CityLight is a Catalyst Connecting Christ to the Culture for Community Change. Our main focus is prayer; seeking the face of God, turning from our wicked ways, receiving forgiveness and the healing of our land. II Chronicles 7:14 We invite you to join us in this great enterprise called- CityLight. As Christians we are committed to bringing february 2017





How to Avoid a Million Dollar Networking Mistake

magine that you're talking about your business with a friend who says, "I wish you would've called me two weeks ago. I had an opportunity that was perfect for you."  If that idea gives you a sinking sensation in the pit of your stomach, you know how I felt when it happened to me. 

During a casual conversation about my communications training program, an acquaintance told me she had a $1 million budget for my services ... the previous year.  Why didn't I call her before? Probably for the same reason you're not reaching out to everyone you know: you don't think that they can help you or know how you could help them. Are you missing opportunities like that right now? You'll never uncover them if you don't network with the people that you already know.  You may think that networking is about attending swanky cocktail parties and chatting up strangers. Not so. Real networking is about building lasting relationships. Avoid a million dollar networking mistake by networking with people who already know you and like you.  Here are 4 steps you can use now: 1. M ake a list of everyone you know. Yes, everyone. The easiest way is to organize your list by categories (classmates, former co-workers, family, friends, club members, etc.). The friend that told me about the missed opportunity was a mem20

ber of my Toastmasters club and it never occurred to me to contact her. 2. Set objectives for each contact. Most of your contacts won't be able to directly send business your way, but they probably can connect you to people who can help you. You may want to update them on what you're doing and what you're looking for or to ask for introductions to others. If you have a clear goal, you'll be more effective. 3. Prioritize the contacts. If you're reluctant to network, you may choose people you know well first. Or, you can prioritize based on where your contacts work or the people they know. How you prioritize will depend on your goals and your comfort level. 4. Prepare for each call or meeting. With your ultimate goal in mind, prepare a list of questions to ask or information to share. And, practice how you'll phrase any request out loud. You'll feel more confident and your meeting will be more productive. When you network with people you know you'll build better relationships and achieve your goals faster. Call on your existing contacts now. You might not make a million dollars, but someone will eventually say, "I'm so glad you called me today." Chakisse Newton | 803.753.1311 To read more helpful articles like this one, be sure to visit: february 2017

Real networking is about building lasting relationships.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Christ Central’s # 1 Commitment is serving everyone in a spirit of love and respect. Our devoted volunteers are dedicated to serve in excellence, regardless of how great or small the need. We are inviting churches, community organizations, and families to join us in showing the impact that love, caring, and sharing can have in the lives of the underprivileged. You can help by simply volunteering your time or resources to bring hope to enhance the lives of others. Some of the ways to volunteer are: Your organizations can sponsor a day during the month to come out to Christ Central Columbia and provide the lunch meal to our patrons. Providing the lunch meal includes any or all of the following: Providing the volunteers to cook and serve the meal for the day Providing and/or preparing the meal and/ or groceries Providing the entertainment and inspirational message for our patrons to enjoy during the meal. Sponsoring a Paper Drive to collect items we use on a daily basis in the center.

Sponsor a Winter Coat/Blanket Drive. Supply baby items such as pampers, wipes, clothes etc. Monetary donations and contributions toward a cause that will change someone’s life in a positive way. All donations are tax deductible. Those are just some ways to volunteer toward a good cause. Any other means or methods of volunteering your time and services are greatly appreciated. I Corinthians 13: 1-2 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a thinking cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 13: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity. How else can you help? If you and/or your organization are looking for volunteer opportunities or a place to donate goods and services, please consider Christ Central Columbia. Contact Info: Pastor Sylvia Mickens 803-237-2547

God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. They outlive the lives of those who uttered them. -E.M. BOUNDS 22

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The Seeing Blind, the Hearing Deaf!

Jed N. Snyder, D. Min. Founder/President Jesus Every Day Ministries, Inc. |


as your mind been really stretched by something you have read? Have you been motivated to consider what the author was saying?  I hope you are a thinker.  I have three words to remind you about this.  Because alliteration often helps our memory, think of the three “Ms”.  Memorize, meditate, maintain.  These three words are helpful in much reading, but especially if you are considering the Bible and what you are applying of its powerful teaching.   I came across a verse that was written by Isaiah, an ancient Jewish prophet.  It grabbed my attention, even though it was directed at the then wayward nation; it seems as I meditate, that we all can consider its meaning for us.   Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears!  Isaiah 43:8   I have noticed that many people look but

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don’t “see”. A “not so proficient” housekeeper may not “see” the dust that has accumulated.  A grade school kid may “see” a table of numbers but not “see” any solution as far as what they mean.  Security alarms on cars have become so easily triggered that we often walk through a parking area with alarms blaring and don’t even “hear” them.  We all can give many examples of not “seeing” and not “hearing” what is clearly there.   Please don’t be blind and deaf to the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Here is one passage that we should all “see” and “hear”.   Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Matthew 11:28-29.   Happy seeing.  Happy hearing.


The Object of Our Hope


n recent hours the nation has witnessed the inauguration of our 45th president. Like all presidential inaugurations, the event should have elicited respect, new anticipation, and a fresh feeling of patriotism. Unlike previous inaugurations, we’ve been dismayed by scenes of massive protests, needless violence, and societal divide, unprecedented in our lifetime. Still, many people of faith are announcing a new sense of hope for our nation based on the Christian leanings and conservative values of the new president and vice president. (I cannot vouch for President Trump but I do know that Vice President Pence attends a solid Bible-preaching church led by a good friend and one of our key voices in The 6:4 Fellowship.) The Bible makes it clear that all political leaders are worthy of our honor, faithful prayers, and lawful cooperation. But, I fear that in the enthusiasm of the moment, we could be misplacing our confidence. This is a prime occasion to clarify and affirm the real object of our hope as followers of Jesus Christ. A Paramount and Powerful Focus After directing us to give passionate and life-long praise to God (vv. 1&2), Psalm 146 instructs, “Put not your trust in princes” (v. 3a). This is a clear command, followed by some powerful rationale. So while we pray for our elected officials and seek to exhibit a respectful, law-abiding, 24

and Christ-honoring life, we must embrace the truth that men are not the object of our hope. Here are the reasons: Political leaders cannot save us from our deepest problems – Psalm 146 continues by clarifying that we do not place our hope in leaders because, as politically great as they may seem, they are mere men “in whom there is no salvation” (v. 3b). Politicians can help solve a number of issues but they cannot save us from sin – which is the source of our greatest problems of immorality, hatred, violence, family breakup, and a myriad of other cultural ills. The solutions of political leaders are temporary  – The Psalmist affirms the transient nature of every leader because “his breath departs; he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish” (v. 4). We’ve all witnessed the back-and-forth of political parties, the erasure of executive orders, and the toppling of partisan influence. Only hope in God provides ultimate and lasting help  – “Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (v. 5). Meditate on this powerful promise of blessing. Consider a similar teaching passage in Psalm 20, which is a prayer for David the king of Israel. In that intercessory Psalm we find these words: “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7). Certainly this an affirmation that King David february 2017

must trust in God above any political or military prowess. It is also a reminder to the people of that day, and to us, that our hope is not in a king or political system but in the “name of the Lord our God.” He is our ultimate hope because He created us – The creator and designer of any object or system has the best insight as to how to fix the problems of his creation. Our God is the one “who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them” (vs. 6a) and He alone has the ultimate power and wisdom to solve the deepest problems of mankind.   He is our ultimate hope because He alone is faithful  – Our God “keeps faith forever” (v. 6b). As another version states, “He always keeps his promises” (GNB). Unlike many politicians, God’s word is sure, reliable, and unchanging.   All His promises are “yes and amen” in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20). He is our ultimate hope because His justice is perfect – Our God “executes justice for the oppressed” (v. 7a). His decrees and discernment about any issues or needs are allwise and all-good. He is our ultimate help because He is a sufficient provider – Our God “gives food to the hungry” (7b). He knows the needs of humanity and has the power to provide for their needs. He wills to do this through His church.

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He is our ultimate hope because He brings true freedom – “The Lord sets the prisoners free” (v. 7c). Countless individuals in our society are enslaved, addicted, and in bondage. The  power of Christ’s gospel is the great truth that can make them free indeed (John 8:32,36). He is our ultimate hope because He heals our blindness – “The Lord opens the eyes of the blind” (v. 8a). In a world blind to truth, love, and grace, only the gospel can ultimately remedy our spiritual darkness. He is our ultimate hope because He raises up the oppressed – “The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down” (v. 8b). Millions are discouraged, depressed, and hopeless. They need the life-changing and enduring good news of Christ. He is our ultimate hope because He is always right  – “The Lord loves the righteous” (8c). The right living that “exalts a nation” (Proverbs 14:34) comes only from a righteous God who has the power to make hearts truly righteous by the power of the cross.  He is our ultimate hope because He provides for the strangers – He gives his people, the church, divine wisdom and compassion to respond to those who come into our nation, looking for hope because “the Lord watches over the sojourners” (v. 9a). Continued on next page


He is our ultimate hope because He cares for the disadvantaged – He alone calls and empowers His church to practice “true religion” (James 1:27) because He “upholds the widow and the fatherless” (v. 9b).

or diminished in any way by popularity polls. He is “the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God” and to Him alone we give “honor and glory forever and ever” (1 Timothy 1:17).

He is our ultimate hope because He destroys wickedness – As we see the acceleration of evil in our society, we preach the good news while still knowing that ultimately “the way of the wicked he brings to ruin” (v. 9c). The gospel of our risen Lord ultimately wins.

Let ’s Just Praise the Lord! So regardless of our political affiliation or our feelings about the state of affairs in our nation – let us put our hope in Christ! When we do this, we can begin and end each day declaring like the Psalmist – with firm conviction and abounding confidence – “Praise the Lord!” (vv. 1, 2, 10b).

He is our ultimate hope because His reign is eternal – “The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations” (v. 10a). He will never be dethroned, impeached,


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In February 1996, Joe and Gladys Grimaud, along with a group of Columbia area Christians began meeting and seeking God’s direction for our city. The group included Pastors, community leaders, and lay people from different racial, cultural and denominational backgrounds with different talents and gifts. Each member of the group was concerned about the problems and needs of the community, many of which are the result of the breakdown of the family unity. The group knew that there is a wealth of available talent and resources, and that if mobilized, could be used to address the spiritual and physical needs of individuals, families, and the community.

We believe that Churches and the body of Christ should be the focal point of love and compassion in our community and should work together in addressing the needs of the community. CityLight Columbia organized as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation in June 1996 to bring churches and the body of Christ together to make a positive impact in our community. Our Mission is “to unify the Christian community by lifting up Christ, evangelizing, disciplining, and impacting the community through the local Church”. We believe that Churches and the body of Christ should be the focal point of love and compassion in our community and should 28

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work together in addressing the needs of the community. CityLight serves as a liaison and a facilitator between Churches, the public and private sectors, and the community at-large to help identify needs and match those needs with available resources. We help Churches and the community to become more vibrant by encouraging them to become actively involved in community outreach and to experience the rewards of helping the less fortunate and those in need. CityLight Columbia sponsored the Tony Evans Crusade at Williams-Brice Stadium in May 1997 which served as a catalyst for bringing God’s people together in a spirit of revival to empower us to begin the process of bringing moral, spiritual, and economic change to our community. Dr. Evans’ messages during the three nights of the crusade addressed racial reconciliation, one’s personal responsibility in helping to bring about change, family renewal, and the role of the local Church in reaching out to help meet the needs of the community. The vision that God has given to CityLight is unlimited. Every day, we are seeking new opportunities to reach out into the community, to mobilize the body of Christ, and to match available resources with the needs of the community. As we grow and the opportunities to serve Him increase, we need more volunteers and workers to help fulfill the Mission of CityLight. If you would like to join the efforts of CityLight, you can begin by praying for us. You can become a contact person in your own church body to help us form a spiritually powerful and effective movement of God in the Columbia area. You can help support us financially, or volunteer to serve in one of the following areas of CityLight Columbia. february 2017


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1. PRAYER NETWORK Establish a citywide prayer network involving Pastors and laity. 2. FINANCE Seek and develop ways to generate an ongoing income stream to support the CityLight’s Mission. 3. COMMUNICATION Coordinate a communication network within the community involving Churches, Christian ministries, and the community at-large. 4. VOLUNTEER COORDINATION Coordinate and integrate CityLight volunteers based on their areas of interest. 5. EVENTS Coordinate information on Christian events taking place in the Columbia area and coordinate CityLight sponsored events. 6. MINISTRY COORDINATION Coordinate information on Christian ministries and outreach opportunities in the Columbia area and develop a “Ministry Directory” listing available ministries and resources in the community. 7. UNITY AND RECONCILIATION Promote unity and reconciliation across racial, cultural, and denominational lines by encouraging Pastors, laity, and the business community to work together to bring moral, spiritual, and economic changes to the community. 8. CHURCH AND COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION Mobilize Churches and the community to capitalize on available gifts, talents, and resources to address the problems and needs of the community. 9. CHURCH AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Train, prepare, and equip Churches and community leaders for maximum community outreach. february 2017

10. FAMILY RENEWAL Rebuild and strengthen families in the community according too Biblical family principles, with an emphasis on targeting “at risk youth”. 11. EDUCATIONAL REVITALIZATION Work with Churches and the community in the areas of youth tutorial, remedial instruction, illiteracy, and other educational related problems. 12. HOUSING REDEVELOPMENT Foster safer neighborhoods, promote and provide affordable housing for the homeless and others with housing needs, encourage neighborhood property beautification, and strengthen neighborhood relationships. 13. HEALTH REVITALIZATION Work with Churches and the community to identify and address problems that are contributing to the deterioration of the physical and emotional health of the community. 14. BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Work with Churches and the community to promote business stability and growth using available resources to help the unemployed, underemployed, and others in need in the community. If you would like tot be a part of the move of God in Columbia and volunteer to serve on one of the CityLight Committees or if you would like more information about the CityLight Mission, you may call or write to us at:


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am a daughter of the King, the most high, the one and only God. 1 Peter 2:19 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” There are times in my life when I forget who I am and whose I am. If ever there was any doubt, this weekend at the Esther Women of Influence annual conference and retreat at Myrtle Beach, I was reminded that I am a “Daughter of the King”. I experienced a move of God in the atmosphere of a deep sisterhood with positive spiritual women enjoying and inspiring each other. In preparation for this weekend, I was

Many said they attended this conference to find rest, support, healing and renewal, never in their wildest dreams, did they expect to connect with a circle of women who gave 100% and received 100%. The time we spent together was sacred and deep, with life revealing changes and deliverance. We opened on Friday night with a powerful praise and worship with Minister Jennifer Smith, daughter of the House of Bacon Chapel Holiness Church, Johnson, SC. She ushered us into the throne room of grace. Bonnie Miles, Mistress of Ceremony was excellent in setting the tone for the weekend. She also gave us an opening prayer and the welcome. The

“We learned that as we continue to mature and learn how to discern the voice of God for ourselves, we will realize we don’t need a prophet to tell us and or announce to us or others what the Lord has planned for us” determined to physically remove myself from everyday life’s distractions, the call of cleaning house and doing laundry and other demands of Bishop Redfern and Jasmine to make room for God. To lay at his feet with expectation. If any of these ladies thought they were less spiritual because they struggle to hear a word from God in the busyness of their daily life, they were encouraged and reminded this weekend that even Jesus recognized the value and need to get away. 30

way she handled her role as Mistress of Ceremony greatly influenced the flow and atmosphere of the entire conference. I am thankful she accepted the challenge. After Minister Jennifer Smith led praise and worship, God spoke into the lives of the women on Saturday through each of the speakers. Rev. Annette Balaguer was our first speaker. Session one, entitled “Ordinary People”. God used her to encourage us to see ourselves as ordinary february 2017

people in the hands of God doing extraordinary things. Minister Constance Long taught on “The Power of Prayer”. Not just reciting a prayer but fervent in the spirit serving the Lord. She helped us to understand what prayer is by using scriptures to teach us how to pray the word of God and how to make prayer a more dynamic force in our lives. She also used scriptures to teach us how to experience different kinds of prayer and how to develop a prayer language. She invited Minister Jennifer Smith and the powerful woman of God, Tara Quaicoe to join her in leading intercessory prayer. At that moment God shifted the atmosphere to another level. The fire was ignited and some extraordinary things began to happen. God spoke through the speakers appealing to each of us in a way to nurture and renew our spiritual lives. He used Tara to speak a Prophetic Word in the lives

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of many of the ladies. God is continually speaking to us, sending us messages to help us walk through our journey of life. Often times, we don’t realize when God is speaking to us and/or we don’t know how to interpret or activate the message we receive. While the women were experiencing a move of God, we had three dynamic young ladies speaking and sharing with the Esther Teens, He Called Ministry teens and the Daughters of Ruth, preteens. Pre-teen’s and teen’s lives are all about choices. The choices they will make will affect the rest of their lives. China Daniels, Samantha Perry and Karla Thurmond talked about some choices they made and how their lives were affected by these choices. They shared how choosing Jesus helped them to move from fear to freedom overcoming loneliness, worthlessness and failures. We learned that as we continue to mature and learn how to discern the voice of God

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for ourselves, we will realize we don’t need a prophet to tell us and or announce to us or others what the Lord has planned for us. A prophetic word is God announcing His specific will for you. Therefore words of edification, exhortation or comfort, directional prophecies or revelatory words about assignments, callings or destinies, usually stir up the enemy. And, He will be sure to set up snares along your path to slow you down or side track you. If you were one of those women who worked hard to be invisible, unseen, unnoticed, and unrecognizable, avoiding your own power, I pray that God revealed Himself to you this weekend and showed you that you have the power to do far more greater things.

attendees helped us ladies return home as better women, mothers, and wives. Thanks to this women’s conference and retreat. I am already looking forward to attending the conference in Charleston, South Carolina next year. The Esther Women of Influence would like to remind all the women that attend our conferences and retreats that everything we share during the weekend is held as confidential and precious. This gives each woman the courage to openly share in truth. Each woman was encouraged to recog-

When in your lifetime have you sat openly before the father without a to do list hanging over you, several heaping laundry baskets, a pile of dishes in the back of your mind, or thoughts of family members pressing in on all sides? Attending this conference was a place of freedom.

nize that she has worth, a purpose, and that we belong to the family of God, “for such a time as this.”

I thank God for helping me let go of my worries. When I arrived at the conference I was determined to experience all God had for me. The support of planning committee, the speakers and the conference

Saturday night worship and fellowship with the Men on the Wall was simply awesome. Minister Jennifer Smith opened us up with praise and worship. Mr. Holloway and the Men on the Wall


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blessed us with their signature song, “I’ll Be Alright.” Bishop Redfern brought forth the Word of God. His subject was “The Power of Holiness”. He challenged us from Romans 12:1-5 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to ev-

ery man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office. 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (KJV). february 2017

We were encouraged by Bishop Redfern to be mindful of what we watch on TV, the people we listen to and places we spend our time. 1 Peter 1:15-17King James Version (KJV) 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear. We must renew our minds daily by studying the word of God. As we live by the Word according to these scriptures, God will grant us, strengthen us as stated in Ephesians 3:16, “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;” (KJV), which will result in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” No one can rightly divide the word of God for everyday living as was taught by Bishop Redfern. All were blessed. Thanks be to God.

Luella Redfern

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