CO N T EN T S May 5th • 2016 ARTICLES
Success | Part i Joe Grimaud ............................................................................................................... Page 8
A Mothers Incredible Love Gladys Grimaud ......................................................................................................... Page 8 Reaping What You Sow Tony Evans ................................................................................................................ Page 9 Jesus Pusher Stephen Manley ....................................................................................................... Page 10 Sidebar The Origin of Mother’s Day In The United States ....................................................... Page 15 Kyle Himmelwright Lead Pastor, Church of the Nazarene ......................................................................... Page 16 How to Start a CityLight Prayer Group ................................................................................................................................. Page 18 Newton’s Laws of Influence Chakisse Newton....................................................................................................... Page 24 God’s Spirit Works Jed N. Snyder, D. Min............................................................................................... Page 29 A Good God = A Good Life Daniel Henderson .................................................................................................... Page 30 CityLight Mission Statement ................................................................................................................................ Page 32 The Legacy of Being a Godly Grandmother Luella Redfern .......................................................................................................... Page 34
Local Events & Points of Interest ................................................................................................................................... Page 4 CityLight Prayer Breakfast Order of Service........................................................................................................... Page 5
Responsive Reading & Hymns ................................................................................................................................... Page 6 Midlands Prayer Opportunities ................................................................................................................................. Page 20 Volunteer Opportunities ................................................................................................................................. Page 28 may 2016
Local Events & Points of Interest FRIDAY MAY 6th
DOROTHY BLACKWELL LUNCHEON
LEATHERMAN SENIOR CENTER 600 SENIOR WAY FLORENCE, SC 29505 PH: 843-669-6761 X231 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Meet a Celebrity Chef, help impact Senior hunger in your community and meet the Mayors of Florence County all by sponsoring the Dorothy Blackwell Luncheon. Sponsorships $300- $1000 with seating and Individual tickets are $50. Don’t miss it this year
SATURDAY MAY 7th SQUIRE PARSONS
PINE VALLEY UNITED CHURCH 3788 SHIPYARD BLVD., WILMINGTON, NC 28403 PH: 910-791-0353 Free concert with Squire Parsons, Author of Sweet Beulah Land with a Love offering.
FRIDAY MAY 13th
“SPOKEN” PRESENTED BY GAFA STUDIOS
ROLAND GRISE MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM 4412 LAKE AVE., WILMINGTON, NC 28403 CALL: 910-506-8105 “Spoken” is a dance and art interpretation of the Biblical account of creation. Friday, May 13th, at 7:00 pm and Saturday, May 14th at 3:00 pm. Advance tickets can be purchased by contacting the studio. Seating opens 30 minutes before the show.
SUNDAY MAY 15th REVIVAL EVENT
SOCASTEE ORIGINAL FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH 8299 HWY 707, MYRTLE BEACH, SC 29588 Socastee Original FWB Church is hosting a revival in Myrtle Beach, SC, open to all believers in Jesus Christ and to those who seek Him. It is our prayer for Christians to be inspired and uplifted, lives saved, and God glorified!
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May 2016 Publisher: Redfern II CityLight Founders: Joe & Gladys Grimaud
Associate Publisher: Luella Redfern Editor: Casey Lowe Creative Director: Gabe Lowe Managing Editor: Ramón Balaguer Operations Manager: Gwen Byrd Photographer Videographer: Zoe Warren Sponsorship Manager: Tchoutezim Tsangning Prayer Breakfast Chair: Rev. James Williams Registration Manager: Annette Balaguer Logistics: Cullen Lomax Contributors: Tony Evans, Joe Grimaud, Gladys Grimaud, Bonita Britt, Daniel Henderson, Stephen Manley, Chakisse Newton, Luella Redfern, Jed Snyder For information about sponsorship opportunities and rates, please contact: Catalyst@CityLight.org Ph: 803.200.1940 CityLight P.O. Box 8642 | Columbia, SC 29202 CityLight.org | CityLightWorldwide.net
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CityLight Catalyst Breakfast Columbia Prayer Breakfast
Thursday, May 5th • 2016 | Senate’s End “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
Pledge to the US Flag.................................................................................... Star Spangled Banner..............................................................Rev. Ed King Pledge to the Christian Flag.............................................................................
Stand Up,Stand Up for Jesus............................................................................... Anthem “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”..........................CityLight Choir Solo “City Light”..............................................................Rev. Sylvia Mickens Welcome and Invocation ....................................................... Bernard Byrd
H.L. Allen Rev. Derrick Myers Rev. John Lastinger Rev. Dave Phillips Introduction of Speaker .................................................. Bishop Redfern II Solo “Watch and Pray” by Twila Paris......................................Rev. Ed King
Keynote Speaker....................................................Rev. Kyle Himmelwright Remarks/ Benediction......................................................Bishop Redfern II Postlude “Just A Closer Walk”...............................................................Trio may 2016
Happy Mother's Day From: CityLight
Joe Grimaud SUCCESS, Part i
f you have been around me very long you will have heard of Grimaud’s Law of Certainty. This Law is something I came up with while writing a monthly newsletter to a group of business associates at least 30 year ago. I was trying to determine what made one successful. Since that time it has been implanted firmly in my mind as a guiding light in my life to help me achieve my goals in life. I know of many others who have also accepted it as a guiding light in their own lives. It goes like this: “DILIGENT EFFORT CONSISTENTLY APPLIED IN A SPECIFIED DIRECTION OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME WILL BRING RESULTS CERTAIN.” One of the great facets of this law is that it applies in our Christian life as well as our secular life. I expect to address each facet of the law in the next few Catalyst articles. DILIGENT EFFORT: Nothing difficult for us to accomplish is accomplished without diligent effort. Continued on pg 26 8
Gladys Grimaud A Mothers Incredible Love
n October 29, 1941, a very famous man once said, “ Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” History tells us about a man named Winston Churchill whose words empowered and encouraged a nation to win a war against Hitler. On September 3, 1939, Great Britain declared war on Germany, and Churchill declared nothing less than victory at the expense of blood, toil, tears and sweat as they stood alone against a powerful, evil dictator. Instead of running away from those daunting words, the people of Britain leaned into them with courage. While I greatly admire Winston Churchill and the British people for their perseverance during the tumultuous period of World War II, I have reserved my greatest admiration for an incredible woman I call “Aunt Faye.” As destiny would have it, she was appropriately named Faye being the meaning of the name is confidence, trust, belief. While Churchill’s courage is plastered on Continued on pg 11 may 2016
Reaping What You Sow By Tony Evans
He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. – 2 Corinthians 9:6
n axiom is a governing principle or rule of thumb. Here are some examples: Birds fly, water is wet, fire is hot, and what goes up must come down. There are spiritual axioms too, including the one in today’s verse: A man reaps what he sows. That axiomatic statement is as real as any of the others, but it’s not believed to the same degree as the others. We reap what we sow in all of life—not just where money is concerned, which is how this axiom usually applied. A little boy was told by his father to go outside and do some planting in the garden.
The boy was lazy and didn’t feel like doing all that work, so he dug one hole, dumped all the seeds in, and covered them up. He went back inside and told his dad the work was done, forgetting that what he planted would reveal itself—and his laziness—in time. He would one day reap what he sowed. According to our axiom, if we don’t sow seeds, we shouldn’t expect a harvest. Many Christians want a great harvest from God, but they have sown very few seeds for God. Your harvest depends on what you sow. If you plant potatoes, potatoes will grow. To plant the flesh means you will simply live to gratify yourself. But to plant the Spirit is to live for the glory of God.
am a Jesus pusher!!! “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). The Greek word ”parakaleo,” translated shall be comforted, is the verb form of the noun for one name of the Holy Spirit (Paraclete). Jesus told the disciples, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Parakletos), that He may abide with you forever” ( John 14:16). This title is given to the Holy Spirit four times in this discourse of Jesus ( John 14:16, 26; 15:26; and 16:7). It is used one other time in John’s writings. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate (Parakletos) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1). In these verses John refers to Jesus as “The Comforter.” The basic verb “parakaleo” means “to sum-
mon, to call to one’s side, to call for help, to appeal, to request, to encourage, to comfort, or to cheer up.” The ministry of the Spirit of Jesus can easily be described as “The Comforter.” He brings conviction to our state of helplessness. Without His direct ministry to our inner spirit we will never realize our poverty in spirit and we will never mourn. Even the ability to cry out in mourning over our helpless state only happens in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are helpless; we are poverty stricken. Thus, the Spirit of Jesus reveals our helplessness and enables us to mourn over our condition. Then He becomes the answer to our need. Our mourning delights our soul as we find life in the midst of death. Our complete helplessness becomes the substance of our strength, for He embraces us! The Spirit of Jesus has come! I am a Jesus pusher!!!
A Mother’s Incredible Love
By Gladys Grimaud | Continued from page 8
the world stage of history, Aunt Faye’s love and courage has been hidden in the fabric of Americana only now to be revealed by an aging, adoring niece. “What does it take to upstage Winston Churchill?” The answer is simple. Only one thing! A mother’s incredible love! Nora Faye Pickett was a tall, thin, darkhaired ravishing beauty with captivating brown eyes when she celebrated her 15th birthday on December 7, 1941. Before
Mama and Aunt Faye were good friends, and I am sure that is why my first name is Gladys (my mother’s name), and my middle name is Faye (as in Nora Faye). All had gone well with my birth, but not so for Aunt Faye’s delivery. It was noted immediately that the precious baby girl born to Aunt Faye had severe handicaps. As a matter of fact, the doctor told Aunt Faye that Carolyn Sue, or “Susie,” her newborn, would not live to be ten years old. But this is when the love of an incredible mother
“All I ever saw was the love of a wonderful woman caring for her baby that lived upon this earth for 66 years dependent upon a mother’s love. The kind of love that will make a difference.” the day was over, however, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor making her birthday a day that would live in infamy. The nation grieved at the loss of 2,403 Americans, 188 destroyed planes, and a crippled Pacific Fleet that had 8 damaged or destroyed battleships. She and the nation would have to live a few more years with grief, but the birth of a baby is always a joyous occasion. In August 1943, at the age of 17, Aunt Faye, just like other mothers, could hardly wait to hold her first born whether boy or girl. As the custom was, the baby would more than likely be born at home, just as I had been only nine months earlier. My little may 2016
kicked in! Aunt Faye determined to live up to the meaning of her name: confidence, trust, and belief. She made a decision that nothing could keep her from having confidence that the love she had for Susie would make a difference. She decided that she would trust God to sustain her whatever lay ahead for her and Susie. And she had the audacity to believe that Susie would live! Over the years, the entire Pickett and Cox family observed Aunt Faye lovingly caring for Susie, even though Susie could never walk, talk, or sit up by herself. Aunt Faye, and mostly Aunt Faye, cared for her
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in every way…feeding her, bathing her, doting on her and even getting up in the middle of the night to turn Susie in her bed as she slept so that Susie would not have bedsores. And Susie. She thrived under such loving care and lived to be 66 years old. As I was growing up, I was at Aunt Faye’s house often, just like most of the other relatives. Her home was always a loving environment with the smell of fresh coffee and a fresh can of her famous homemade peanut brittle to munch on. I loved going to Aunt Faye’s house. It was at Aunt Faye’s house on a Christmas Eve in 1956 when my sweetheart gave me an engagement ring and asked me to marry him. Throughout the years, I never heard Aunt Faye complain one time about taking care of Susie. All I ever saw was the love of a wonderful woman caring for her baby that lived upon this earth for Aunt Faye 66 years dependent upon a mother’s love. The kind of love that will make a difference. The kind of love needed in homes in Ferguson, Baltimore, Charleston, and cities all across the United States and the world. Love like that of Aunt Faye. And Jesus. The love Aunt Faye poured unselfishly into Susie’s life can only be described by reading these words from the Bible: John 15:13-15 (NIV) “Greater love has no 12
one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” Aunt Faye is a friend of Jesus who willingly lay down her life for Susie, now in heaven with Jesus, and anxiously awaiting the arrival of her precious mother, Nora Faye Smith. The two of them will have plenty of catch-up time communicating and enjoying each other’s company in the most wonderful ways throughout eternity. Aunt Faye will feel right at home in that environment, because it is after all, a place that is saturated with love. I am looking forward to getting in on some of those conversations and getting to know my cousin who could only communicate on this earth through her eyes, smiles or frowns, which her mother could always interpret. I can’t wait to get to know you Susie in all the capacity that God created within you. As for me, I was always in awe of Aunt Faye’s incredible love and the bond between Mother and Child. Aunt Faye is embarrassed if you try to make a heroine out of her, but how can I not acknowledge such a woman and say “Thank you, Aunt Faye, for the example. Whenever I want to be lifted up and encouraged, I always think of you. And I will love you and Susie forever.” may 2016
5 Ingredient Tiramisu
Ingredients 2 cups heavy whipping cream 2 cups white sugar 1 pound mascarpone cheese 2 cups brewed espresso, chilled 50 ladyfinger cookies, or more as needed Directions
Aunt Faye and Susie 1943
Beat cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until thick. Add mascarpone cheese and sugar; beat until well mixed. Pour espresso into a bowl. Dip ladyfingers in espresso, then touch cookies briefly to a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Arrange dipped ladyfingers in a single layer in the bottom of a 13x9inch baking dish. Spread 1/2 the mascarpone cheese mixture over ladyfingers. Arrange another layer of dipped ladyfingers over the mascarpone cheese mixture and spread the remaining 1/2 mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Chill in the refrigerator for 24 hours. CityLight.org
“I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers.”
SIDEBAR A Letter from the Founder
The Origin of Mother’s Day In The United States I
n the United States, Mother’s Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it “Mother’s Work Day.” Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace, since she believed they bore the loss of human life more harshly than anyone else. In 1905 when Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother. Legend has it that young Anna remembered a Sunday school lesson that
her mother gave in which she said, “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers.” Anna began to lobby prominent businessmen like John Wannamaker, and politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create a special day to honor mothers. At one of the first services organized to celebrate Anna’s mother in 1908, at her church in West Virginia, Anna handed out her mother’s favorite flower, the white carnation. Five years later, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the federal government to wear white carnations on Mother’s Day. In 1914 Anna’s hard work paid off when Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday.
Kyle Himmelwright Lead Pastor, Church of the Nazarene
everend Kyle Himmelwright is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Born in Kokomo, Indiana, Rev. Himmelwright is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (B.A., 1998) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2006). Rev. Himmelwright began his ministerial career as Pastor to Families with Youth in Frankfort, Indiana. Following four years as Lead Pastor in Kingston, Missouri, Rev. Himmelwright and his wife, Reverend Jayme Himmelwright, also an ordained elder (M.Div., 2006) were commissioned through the Church of the Nazarene International as Global Missionaries assigned to the Western Mediterranean Field. Their years of service from 2006-2015 included ministry in Switzerland, Greece, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Portugal, where they resided. During that time, they adopted their three daughters, Ana (12), Nรกdia (10), and Bruna (10). In February 2015, the Himmelwrights 16
accepted a call from the Columbia First Church of the Nazarene to return to the United States to serve as Lead Pastor. Currently, their work involves the refocus of a historically homogeneous faith community to a church that mores accurately reflects the racial and economic diversity of the Saint Andrews community.
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 may 2016
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 22
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 may 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Beacon Hill Prayer Group 8:00a – 10:00a First Sat of each month. Prayer time 8-9:30 am at “Caring in Action” Ministries Office behind Lizard’s Thicket on Hwy 302 4616 Augusta Rd Lexington, SC 29072. Breakfast and sharing 9:30a-10:30a at Lizards Thicket.
CityLight Prayer Breakfast Cola, SC 1st Thursday Each Month 7:00 – 8:30am
For information contact: Pastor Robert Reeves: 803-603-8138 email@example.com
Business Center 2046 Two Notch Rd., Columbia, SC Corner of Reid and Two Notch Rd. CityLight.org | CityLightWorldwide.net
Lexington Area Pastors/Ministers Prayer Gathering Every Wednesday 10:30am – 11:30am
Walk the Labyrinth & Pray First Friday every month 10 am – 8pm Wesley Hall at Lexington United Methodist 309 East Main Street, Lexington, SC www.lexumc.com | 803-359-6838 20
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. may 2016
First Friday Prayer Focus A day of fasting and prayer each month for revival and for those in authority 1 Tim www.ifapray.org. 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 www.firstnationsmonday.com Or Jeny Covill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer For Media & Influencers: Ongoing For more information, visit www.mastermediaintl.org
Prayer For Our Nation: Ongoing For more information, visit www.presidentialprayerteam.org For Information, contact Pastor Dan Rummel | 803-356-8596 email@example.com.
How To Start a
CityLight Prayer Group Continued from page 19
“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. 22
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 may 2016
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: CityLight.org or CityLightWorldwide.net
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 may 2016
NEWTON’S LAWS OF INFLUENCE
How to Influence a Group or Selection Committee
few weeks ago, I went on a retreat with fellow members of a city leadership group. As part of the process, we selected three candidates for a group project that we will execute next year. Though dozens of great ideas were suggested, only three ideas made it to the final round for consideration. At the end of the weekend, many people were disappointed that their ideas were not selected. Some people watched their ideas stall in a sub-committee and never had the opportunity present their ideas to the entire group for consideration. Here are some lessons on leadership and influence that I learned from observing the retreat that you can use the next time you need to influence a group decision-making process:
1 Understand the Process When you want to influence a group, make sure you know the decision–making process. At the retreat, few people knew in advance how the final ideas would be chosen and most assumed that they could present to the entire group. Instead, the selection process used small groups that quickly eliminated most of the recommendations. That lack of information put some people at a serious disadvantage for sharing their ideas. 2 Use Your R esources 24
Take advantage of any contacts or information that can give you additional insight. In particular, benefit from the experience of others who have done what you want to achieve. For my group, there were two liaisons for the group project who knew the exact selection process and, if asked, would have coached participants on how to make the best case. No one took advantage of that opportunity. 3 Engage Others in A dvance If appropriate, share information with your team in advance to create broader influence. In my leadership group most people waited to share their ideas until the presentation at the retreat. However, if they had shared their preliminary findings with others, they would have entered the retreat with a strong base of support. 4 Prepare for Contingencies Have a backup plan for sharing your idea. Sometimes the room doesn’t have a PowerPoint projector as promised or the photocopier breaks when preparing your handouts. At the retreat, people who didn’t have the opportunity to give a group presentation lacked backup plans and resources to share their information with others. 5 Use the Big Guns Don’t save the best for last. Lead with the strongest arguments that support your may 2016
case. Don’t assume that you’ll have a second chance to share more information because that chance may not come. 6 Persist If you don’t receive the response that you want, don’t take the first ‘no’ for an answer. Instead, ask follow-up questions to find out why your idea wasn’t selected and how to make your presentation or project better. You’ve got nothing to lose by asking (politely). At the retreat, many people watched meekly while their ideas were eliminated instead of asking questions and taking a last opportunity to address
concerns and make their case. Here’s a bonus technique: whether you succeed in your ultimate goal or fall short, take a quick moment to debrief on your performance so that you can benefit from lessons learned. You are benefitting from my post-retreat debrief now. While there is no way to guarantee that you will successfully influence a group 100% of the time, you can be sure that you will be more effective and more influential if you understand the influence process, use your resources, engage others, prepare for contingencies, use your big guns and persist.
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SUCCESS PART I
By Joe Grimaud | C on tinued F rom P age 8
We have all made or heard people making resolutions to change things, which have been hard to change; undesirable habits to be broken, for instance. New Years Resolutions consist of these. Dieting, cleaning up oneâ€™s language, giving up smoking, exercising regularly, getting out of debt, and any number of other items we have often heard or stated for ourselves. There is no question, if these things have become habits in our lives, then a change is necessary; that kind of change is going to take diligent effort. Some of these efforts are oriented toward quitting negative traits and others are oriented toward creating positive results. We may feel guilty of not praying enough and resolve to rectify that by a scheduled or a more consistent prayer life. To help us accomplish an objective we may decide to set aside a certain time of day to engage in prayer. Other things often interfere and to accomplish that objective we have to be diligent in our efforts. Resolving to advance in our job, or provide better for our family will also require such diligence. Without diligence we will never accomplish the objective. Many things may go into making up that diligence. I recall in our young married life, we were living in a small one-bedroom house trailer, driving an old car that I had to work 26
on, on weekends to keep it running, and literally living on peas and beans. But I resolved that I was going to provide better for my family. How would I do this? I would work harder in my job to increase my chances for a promotion. I would get to work on time and I would work overtime, when needed, to complete a task in a timely manner. I also decided to enroll in college night school to make myself eligible for better opportunities, and to excel in the courses I took. I established a budget to live on so that all of our essential needs were met in the most efficient manner possible. I addition, I applied these disciplines to my spiritual life. None of these things came easy. They required very diligent effort. But the rewards for successfully completing these things should make the diligent effort worthwhile. It would require omitting some things that would be enjoyable in my life to achieve the results. But once arriving on a higher plane, the diligence should pay for itself, and pay continuously. Applying that to our spiritual life, we not only attended church regularly to be refreshed by Godâ€™s word. We began to tithe our income. That was certainly no easy task because my monthly paycheck was may 2016
only $180. And because it was so small we had to pay the tithe as soon as I got that monthly paycheck. It would not have been there to pay at the end of the month. Since my wife was completing high school due to a very young marriage, she was not working outside the home, and it increased the diligence required to make ends meet. We incorporated the diligence in our daily prayer life and Bible reading at home. The results
of that diligent effort did not come quickly. To sum up, the dictionary defines diligence as: “constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.” Be sure to visit with us next month as we apply that DILIGENT effort CONSISTENTLY.
“DILIGENT EFFORT: Nothing difficult for us to accomplish is accomplished without diligent effort. ” may 2016
Christ Centralâ€™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 someoneâ€™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
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God’s Spirit Works
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hat energizes you each day? Are you primarily motivated by the need/desire to receive income so you can spend it? Or is it that you are following and being empowered by God the Holy Spirit as you go about your daily activities? Please read and think about this passage of the Bible: For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also
be glorified with him. Romans 8:13-17 All of us who have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior have God living in us. He is eager and able to fill our lives full of activities that are in agreement with our Heaven Father. When we live in tune with him, we actually call God our “Abba,” an affectionate title much like “Daddy” or “Papa.” It will keep us focused if we realize that the Holy Spirit was present when Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross. And the Holy Spirit is with us as we suffer with Jesus. Indeed, sharing in his suffering by the power of the Holy Spirit is a necessary part of the work of the Holy Spirit. Happy suffering with the Lord so that his work can fill your days. The Holy Spirit’s work is always good.
A Good God = A Good Life Note: This week I have been working toward a deadline for a book titled, The Prayer God Loves to Answer – Accessing Christ’s Wisdom for Your Deepest Needs. One chapter explains how we can receive the “wisdom from above” that is “ full of good fruits” (James 3:17). I wanted to share a few thoughts I enjoyed this week as I wrote.
n the next few days, tune in to the common and often confusing use of the word “good” as it is employed in conversations, news stories, and modern-day culture. In all likelihood, you will hear references like: “It’s all good!” “That was a good movie.” “She’s a good woman.” “The weather looks good.” “Good game, son!” “He’s good looking.” “The food was good.” “It’s good that you were here.” “He’s a good preacher.” “I feel good about it.” “Sounds good.” “There was a good crowd.” “This will be good for you.” “They had a good selection.” “Oh my goodness!” “Good golly, Miss Molly!” Of course, the interpretation of these phrases can yield a convoluted and even confusing understanding of goodness. Just to prove the point, look over each phrase and try to figure exactly what is meant by 30
the word “good.” These common expressions (and there are MANY others) remind us of the subjective nature of the word. What is “good” to one person might seem bad to another or mediocre to yet another. As one example of the diverse meanings, The Reader’s Digest Complete Oxford Word Finder devotes a full page of very fine print to various definitions of “good.” Ultimate Goodness Jesus stated, “No one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18). We know that no one is righteous, not even one, and all have sinned (Romans 3:10, 23). God alone is good and the source of all goodness. A.W. Pink explains that the goodness of God refers to the perfection of His nature and that nothing is lacking in it or defective in it, and nothing can be added to it to make it better.[i] Puritan writer Thomas Manton states, “He is originally good, good of Himself, which nothing else is; for all creatures are good only by participation and communication from God. He is essentially good; not only good, but goodness itself; the creature’s goodness is but a drop; but in God there is an infinite ocean and sea, or gathering together of goodness.”[ii] Good God The Bible encourages us to consider the goodness of God (Romans 11:22). In doing so, we are captured by countless verses and examples. We can be encouraged to know that “wisdom from above” is abundant and good beyond imagination. may 2016
Psalm 119:68 declares, “You are good and do good.” God has “laid up” goodness for those who trust Him (Psalm 31:19). Psalm 52:1 says, “The goodness of God endures continually.” It is as eternal as God is and will never stop. God crowns our years with goodness (Psalm 65:11) and fills our journey with so much blessing. Beyond the tangible provisions of life, “God fills the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalm 107:9). Certainly, bad things happen in all of our lives. We suffer losses, go through disappointments, experience failures, and endure hurts. However, God’s abundant, constant, and sometimes imperceptible goodness transcends it all. Our responsibility is to trust Him even when we don’t see the way, follow Him even when we don’t know the way, and seek Him until He shows us the way. We do this with the firm conviction that He is absolutely, reliably good. And, He produces good in and through us for His glory. Whatever our perceptions of our circumstances in life, we can anchor our souls in knowing “the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11). “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8) Goodness in the “Bad” Times Perhaps you’ve read of George Mueller, a man of great faith and prayer who lived in Bristol, England in the late 1800s. Through his orphanages he cared for over 10,000 children and the schools he established educated over 120,000 students. He faced serious tests to his faith in the goodness of God. One occurred when the Muellers’ only child, Lydia, almost died of typhoid fever in 1853. In February 1870 George’s wife, Mary, died of rheumatic fever. They had been married for over thirty-nine years. After her death, Mueller preached a “funeral sermon” from Psalm 119:68, which says, “You are good, and do good.” may 2016
The three points of his message declared: 1. The Lord was good, and did good, in giving her to me. 2. The Lord was good, and did good, in so long leaving her to me. 3. The Lord was good, and did good, in taking her from me. [iii] In the days to follow as Mueller processed the loss, he continually chose to point to the goodness of God. His recorded prayer stated, “Thou wilt do the very best thing for her and for me, whether life or death... Howsoever Thou dealest with me, only help me to continue to be perfectly satisfied with Thy holy will.” [iv] Speaking later of his wife’s death he exclaimed, “God Himself has done it; we are satisfied in Him.” [v] Nahum 1:7 assures us, “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.” Trusting God’s Goodness A dear pastor friend of mine, Sandy Robertson, shared his heart with me recently. Even though he and his wife Beth lost a daughter in the prime of her life to cancer, they embraced God’s goodness. Beth has endured her own battles with cancer – surgery, chemo, and radiation. Their other daughter, Brianne, has also fought cancer. Still, they hold firmly to the goodness of God, trusting His love. He told me, “It’s not always easy – but it is all we have and everything we need. Where else would we go and what else would we do if we did not anchor our soul in God’s goodness?” Not long ago, I visited with Sandy and some pastors from his area. As he and I drove together afterward, he recounted the following story that beautifully illustrates our need to trust the goodness and love of our God: I live on the Space Coast of Central Florida, about 40 miles east of Orlando. One day my wife and I decided to surprise our eight-year-old granddaughter Alexa with
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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 32
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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. may 2016
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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. may 2016
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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THE LEGACY OF BEING A
GODLY GRANDMOTHER by: Luella Redfern
grew up in a Christian family. A legacy of faith was planted in my life by my grandmothers. I was fortunate in that both my Grandma Allie and my Mama T had a foundation was built on their faith in Jesus Christ. I thank God for a spiritual legacy passed down by them, through my parents, to my siblings and me. We learn everything about life from our family. Thank you, God, for strategically placing me in a wonderful family who taught me to love and respect myself so that I may love and respect all types of people created by you. “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grand-
died a tragic death. Losing a grandchild can cause you to question who you are, what you believe and what you could have done to prevent this tragedy. Asking why, does not help. I was hurt and broken. Children are a gift fresh from God. They don’t belong to us. They are His. He entrusted them in our care to love, raise and train up in the way they should go, so they will return back to him. Through tragedy Lola returned to God at the tender age of 2. Many people said sorry for your loss. They meant well, but God showed me, Lola is not lost. He knows exactly where she is. The bond of a grandchild is an eternal connection.
“God has been revealing to me, how vital it is to leave a lasting Godly legacy of genuine faith, for my children and grandchildren.” mother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.” 2 Timothy 1:5 As the grandmother of three year old Ava, this verse encourages me in the role in which God has placed me. I have a responsibility to pass on my faith to the next generation. I am thankful that God is a God of a second chances. Several years ago my first granddaughter, Lola 34
There are some key points in 2 Timothy 1:5. First, Lois had a faith to pass on. She passed it on to her daughter, Eunice, who passed it on to her son, and because of the faithfulness of these two women, we were blessed with Timothy. Timothy’s faith was not inherited, but was his own that was shared with him by his mother and grandmother who were influential in his life. may 2016
It was truly a devastating experience to meet that granddaughter on the day of her death. It was on that day, I made a vowed to the Lord that this would not happen again. God reminded me of the vision and the plan He has for my family. Sometime we make excuses. We say my child is not a Christian; I’m not the mother or father; I don’t have any control in how my grandchildren are raised. Well that’s just not true. We nurture them in so many ways, physically, emotionally and, mentally, why not spiritually? Scripture tells us that Timothy was raised by his father’ who was Greek and not a believer, his mother and grandmother. His mother and grandmother were his first teachers of scripture and the lives they lived reinforced
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the scriptures they taught. As a child, many years before meeting the Apostle Paul, Timothy’s life was evident of his childhood teachings. Paul reminded him of that in 2 Timothy 3:14-15 (NIV) 14 “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” I can remember sitting at both of my grandmother’s feet listening to their stories. Mama T talked about her mama and papa reading the bible with less than a 3rd grade education. I heard what her life was like growing up, Continued on next page
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walking to church or going by open wagon (pulled by a mule). Church buildings were huge, wooden, and cold. She told us of how the restroom was an outhouse, which was too cold during the winter and too hot during the summer. I also had the opportunity to have a relationship with my great-grandmother Dora (Mama T’s mother). Then there was Grandma Allie. We spent many Sunday mornings praying together as a family at Grandma Allie’s house before church. When I think about it now, I realize how blessed we were to have had his faith transformation on a daily basis. As with my own children, I begin praying, reading the bible, and taking Ava to church as an infant. She loves Jesus and everything about church. Children’s church is a treat, however even when it appears she is not listening during joint church service, she regurgitates whatever the Pastor says and later repeats it at home. She prays for all of us after church. One of the most important ways I influence her life is by teaching her how to pray. I pray daily for her salvation, and the salvation of her parents. I pray that they will come to know the Lord in a deeper and more powerful way. As 36
their relationship grows with Jesus Christ, they will also pass their faith to future generations through Ava. Lifting her up in prayer will make an eternal difference in her life. My love for her is like no other. I also pray her parents will always love her enough to teach her to do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. I have a responsibility to model Jesus to Ava just as Lois and Eunice did with Timothy. If my life does not honor
God, than I have failed. If my walk doesn’t match my talk and teaching, how can I teach her to trust God in all things. Teaching her compassion, love, gentleness, and kindness, and, that she should have the reflection of the fruit of the Spirit. I also have a responsibility to make sure she knows to imitate a spiritual life with God and not the world. There is nothing more important than a personal relationship with God. Her relationship may 2016
with the Lord must be of primary importance and she must take the time to spend with Him in His Word and in prayer. The spiritual legacy passed to my mother and by Mama T was not inherited. It is my own faith shared with me by my grandmother through my mother. They were my first teachers and they taught me the Word of God. I love the fact that my mother still has the opportunity to share her faith
with my granddaughter Ava. These ladies were very influential in my life. They are the reason I am the woman I am today. I remember my mother teaching me the Lord’s Prayer and the 23 Psalm at a very young age. We always prayed before bed and first thing in the morning. Of course, we also said grace before meals. God was evident in both my mother and grandmother’s lives. may 2016
They modeled a godly life for all who met them. God has been revealing to me, how vital it is to leave a lasting Godly legacy of genuine faith, for my children and grandchildren. My Grandma Allie went home to be with the Lord on May 1975, which was my senior year in high school. Mama T went home to be with the Lord two days after mother’s day in May 2009. I miss them dearly and understand them more clearly now that I am a grandmother. They didn’t leave me material things like a trust fund, real estate or a car. The spiritual gifts they left me are priceless. They taught me how to love God with my whole heart, mind, soul and all of my strength. Often I ask myself how will my children, and granddaughter remember me when I am gone. Will they say, “I want to have a relationship with God like my mother and grandmother modeled for me? ” I hope I can say in the years to come, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children and grandchildren are walking in the truth.” (3 John 1:4).
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a trip to Disney World. It was a national holiday and the schools were closed, so we picked her up early in the morning and off we went. She had no idea what we had planned. She thought it was going to be a day just hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa. Our first stop was McDonald’s. We grabbed three Egg McMuffins at the drive-thru and then continued on our journey. Well, it just so happened that this McDonald’s had a “Playland” attached to it. When Alexa saw that, she got excited and asked, “Grandpa, can we eat inside? I want to play.” “No, sweetheart,” I replied. “We don’t have time for that.”
declared, “Pull off somewhere, I need to find a restroom.” To this I replied, “Look, there’s the sign for Disney World! I’ll pull off here. They’ll have public restrooms at Disney World.” As you can imagine, the wheels began to turn in Alexa’s little brain. Then out came this sheepish voice from the back seat, “Grandpa, now that we are here at Disney World, do you think maybe we could go inside?” “Of course we are going to go inside, Alexa. Grandma and I had this planned right from the beginning. But if you had had your way, you would have settled for McDonald’s Playland.” What a memorable day we had together. We returned home that night exhausted and satisfied.
She then turned up the heat. “Please Grandpa; I really want to go inside. I hardly ever get to come here. C’mon Grandpa, why can’t we eat inside? We’ve got time.” “Sorry, Alexa, the answer is no. We are doing the drive-thru.”
God is good. He is secretly planning in love and goodness for all of us. Don’t be an Alexa. Don’t settle for McDonald’s Playland when God has Disney World in mind!
Alexa was not a happy camper and as expected, she fussed. She complained and then accused me of not letting her have any fun. That was followed by pouting and the silent treatment for the next half hour. We continued on our journey westward and at the appropriate moment, my wife
[i] Arthur W. Pink, The Attributes of God (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1975) 57 [ii]http://www.ccel.org/ccel/manton/manton07.xxv.html [iii] George Mueller, Autobiography of George Mueller, Compiled by G. Fred. Bergin (London: J. Nisbet and Co., 1906) 431 [iv] Ibid 442
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