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MESSIAH M.B.C. CELEBRATES 59 YEARS OF SERVICE

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ROCK OF FAITH CELEBRATES 11TH PASTORAL ANNIVERSARY

Volume V No. 45

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REVEREND DR. MICHAEL J. FISHER

He has been called many things: teacher, philanthropist, awardwinning choir director, singer, actor, poet, nationally acclaimed evangelist, mentor, a preacher’s preacher…but we call him PASTOR! The entire membership of the Greater Zion Church Family proudly announces the 8th Pastoral Appreciation Services honoring Reverend Dr. Michael J. Fish-

er! Daily, our Pastor pours into us, teaches us, prays for us and guides us. The duties of a Pastor entails so much more than preaching on Sundays and teaching on Wednesdays. While the benefits of being a servant of God & edifying His people are fulfilling, the hours are unforgiving, the sacrifices are never-ending, and the burdens are heavy. However, we pause for these services to applaud and thank our Under-shepherd. We believe that this year will cast in a season of NEW BEGINNING! To show our gratitude and to usher in a new wind and a fresh season, we have planned three services that are sure to pour back into him - to show our love and appreciation for all that he does! Special Announcement: Wednesday, May 18th – “…He will fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouting..” (Job 8:21) As always, we are excited about our Comedy night hosted by the hilarious Ron G! We believe that this year’s Appreciation Services will usher in shift of new beginnings. We invite all of those that have been blessed by Pastor Continued On Page 4 Michael GREATER ZION....

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8 YEARS OF PASTORAL LEADERSHIP

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TRAVELER’S REST M.B.C. Announces Appreciation Services for a Giant of a Man Theme: “Our Pastor Serving The Lord Whole Heartily”Philippians 2:3-4

PASTOR AND FIRST LADY JOE L. GATES

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is STILL the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! We the members of the Traveler’s Rest Church family pause to celebrate Continued On Page 4 TRAVELER’S REST.... the work of our Pastor, Joe L. Gates, Sr. It is

GTR. MT. SINAI M.B.C. NO. 2 HONORS PASTOR KALVIN E. CRESSEL, SR. FOR 18 YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE

REV. FABIAN JACKO

Mt. Tabor will be hosting our Annual Spring Church Revival Services from May 28, 2013 – May 30, 2013. Our theme is “Glorifying God Through Our Witness To The World…Matthew 5:16” and we are excited to once again have Rev. Fabian Jacko of Dallas, Texas as our guest evangelist. Pastor Jacko is an anointed man of God with a powerful word from the Lord. If you have not heard him preach the uncompromising gospel then you must stop by “The Mount” for one or all of these services. We invite you to come and worship with us and be Revived, Rejuvenated & Recommitted! We have reserved a seat especially for you and one for a friend! We are anticipating an anointing from on high and we truly do not want you to be left out! Tuesday Night (May 28th) has been designated as our Men & Women’s Night. Wednesday Night (May 29th) has been designated as Children, Youth & Young Adult Night and on Thursday (May 30th) we will culminate with Family & Friends Night. Mark your calendars for the above dates because this revival will be one that you will not want to miss…we will be raising the praise at Mt. Tabor! It is our sincere prayer that you will join us…and bring someone along with you! For it is our desire that many lives will be touched, revived and a plethora of souls will be saved this week. Come and be blessed! Mt. Tabor is located at 6614 S. Western Ave. L.A., CA 90047 – For additional information please contact the church office at (323) 753-3189 - Dr. Ticey M. Brown, Pastor/Lady Lasonja, Reporting.

PASTOR KALVIN E. AND FIRST LADY PAMELA SMITH-CRESSEL SR.

Praise the Lord, our Redeemer continues to live within us and has allowed us, the Members of Greater Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church No. 2, in the City of Compton, California, the privilege of paying tribute to two of God’s favorites, Pastor Kalvin E. Cressel, Sr. and First Lady Pamela Smith-Cressel for Eighteen years of faithful service. Therefore, the Community-At-Large is invited to join us, at any one of the following three services, as we joyfully and lovingly celebrate these most deserving and dedicated servants. The Theme: “The Mission is Possible” (Matthews 19:19) for these two laborers have remained steadfast and unshakeable Continued On Page 4 as they continue pursuing their mission of GTR. MT. SINAI #2 ....

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11th Pastoral Anniversary for Pastor Dr. William George Davis Jr.

DR. WILLIAM GEORGE DAVIS JR.

May marks the 11th pastoral anniversary, a time of thanksgiving and rejoicing. A

time to celebrate the love and faithfulness between our Pastor Dr, William George Davis Jr. and the people of Rock of Faith. We would like to express well-wishes to our beloved Pastor as we, the Rock of Faith Baptist church Family, look back on our union of the past 11 years and reach forward with faith and a promising vision for Rock of Faith’s future.

PASTOR LOVESTER ADAMS SR.

Greater New St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church Celebrates 53 years of faithful and dedicated service to The Lord and to the surrounding community. As we prepare to embark upon another year we pause to tell the Almighty God thank you for another year of unmerited favor that you have bestowed upon the Greater New St. Matthew Church fam-

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ily. Our chosen theme for this grand occasion is “A Seat in the Kingdom” Matthew 25:21 Our special invited guest to help celebrate in this year’s Anniversary on Sunday May 19, 2013 at 3:30pm are Southside Bethel Baptist Church  Frederick E. Howard, Pastor (Theme Speaker) New Jericho Christian Church; Dr. J. Wendell Davis, Pastor (Spoken Word).

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ary Baptist Church  Reverend Torrey Collins and ending Sunday, June 2 @ 330pm:Greater Metropolitan Baptist Church Reverend D.K. La Bat and  East 105th  Street Christian Church  Reverend Elton Penn. Rock of Faith Baptist Church  5151 S. Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90037-  323.296.5840. Reverend Calvin Carson Chairman.

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Come glorify and magnify his Holy Name in Praise and Worship with the STAR on “Founder’s Day” honoring our beloved, respected, and heavenly protected Organizer, the late Rev. Morris B. Behn on May 26, 2013 at 6:30 p. m. The GBS Youth Department and Adult Choir will minister

in songs. Our guest speaker would be the highly anointed; Holy Ghost filled, and truly touched by an Angel the one and only Rev. Kevin L. Yancy Sr. from the St. John M.B.C. under the leadership of Dr. James A. Continued On Page 3

PASTOR LOUIS MONROE III

On Sunday May 19, 2013 at 3:30pm are St. Rest M.B.C; Torrey Collins, Pastor / Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church; Dr. T.K. Carroll, Pastor (Theme Speaker) The Word of God Baptist Church; Louis Monroe III, Pastor (Spoken Word). We invite friends, family, sister churches, the saved and those who want to be to come and be a part of this auspicious occa-

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sion. Greater New St. Matthew is located at 346 E. 36th Street, Los Angeles Ca. 90011. For further information concerning this or any of our services please contact the Church office at (323) 233-7729. Sis. Juanita Hamblet, Anniversary Chairperson 2013 and Rev. Lovester Adams Sr., Pastor

Messiah Missionary Baptist Church Celebrates 59 Years of Service Messiah Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Fifty Nine Years of Service on Sunday, May 19,, 2013. Church Theme: “Messiah, A Church Rewarded For Its Patience” Romans 5:1-9. Our special invited guests are Calvary Baptist Church of Pacoima, Apostle William Broadous, Pastor and Village Baptist Church of Los Angeles, Rev. W. Charles Harris, Pastor. We would be honored to have you join us in one or both of our services at 10:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. Please feel free to RSVP, you may call the church at (323) 734-7920. Messiah Missionary Bap-

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tist Church 4500 West Adams Blvd, Los Angeles CA. Sis. Greenwood, Chairperson, Dr. Malone, Co-Chairperson, Rev. Perry J. Jones, Pastor.

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Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Association 55th Annual Session

DR. STEPHEN J. THURSTON

REV. W.K. WOODS

PASTOR WELTON PLEASANT

PASTOR JAMES PERKINS

The Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Association Of Los Angeles & Vicinity, Rev. Wendell Keith Woods, Moderator, will hold its 55th Annual Session, May 28-31, 2013, 7:00 p.m. nightly, at the Park Windsor Baptist Church, 1842 W. 108th St., Los Angeles, Rev.

Terrell Taylor, Host Pastor. The special opening night worship celebration will be on Tuesday, May 31. Leaders from several Baptist convention’s and associations have been invited to participate. Music will be provided by the Park Windsor Baptist Church Choir, the

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MMBA Congress Choir, Elaine Gibbs-Wiley, and special guest recording artists, Tim Bishop Brown & The Miracle Mass Choir. The guest preacher will be the renowned Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Thurston, President of the National Baptist Convention Of America, and Pastor

of the New Covenant Baptist Church of Chicago, IL. Dr. Thurston is certainly one of the nation’s great preachers and denominational leaders. The entire Southern California Continued On Page 7

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Community Weekend 2013 The clarion call to improve the lives of men, women, and children has been given and the New Mt. Calvary Church Family has responded. Under the leadership of Pastor Sonja R. Dawson, New Mt. Calvary hosted Community Weekend 2013. During this time, we held several community-inspired events including the 4th Annual Community Legal Fair, Delta Day 2013, and the 2nd Annual First Ladies Health Initiative on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2013. On Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m., the New Mt. Calvary Church Family hosted the 4th Annual Community Legal Fair in partnership with Beta Pi Sigma Sorority Inc. for

community members in and throughout the South Los Angeles community. Topics included: Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Law, Wills, Estates, and Changes in the Courts. Legal staff including attorneys and paralegals throughout Los Angeles County shared helpful tips and their expertise to nearly 100 participants. On Sunday, May 19, 2013 during the 10:45 a.m. Worship Service, we excitedly welcomed the distinguished ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for Delta Day 2013. Local chapters from across Los Angeles and surrounding cities gathered for a wonderful time of corporate Worship and celebration. Soror Sharee Sanders

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Gordon Esq., President of the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter brought greetings on behalf of all in attendance. This year, marks the historical Centennial Celebration of one of the

Beulah Baptist Church Celebrates 80 Years

DR. ROBERT L. TAYLOR

On Sunday June 23, 2013, Beulah Baptist Church will pause to thank God for allowing them eighty years of

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service to the Christian community. The theme for the celebration is God’s Church Past, Present and Future taken from

Ecclesiastes 3:1. The celebration will begin during the 10:00 a.m. worship and will continue at 3:30 p.m. with our special guests being the New Bethel Baptist Church of Venice, Ca. Pastor Marvis Davis; Redeemer Baptist Church, Pastor Robert De France and the Southside Bethel Baptist Church, Pastor Frederick Howard who will be the messenger for the concluding service. Beulah Baptist Church is located at 1454 E. 100th. Street in the city of Los Angeles. Dr. Robert L. Taylor, Pastor.

oldest sororities in the nation. And in conjunction with Delta Day 2013, we also hosted the 2nd Annual First Ladies Health Initiative. In partnership with over 50 churches throughout Los Angeles, congregants and community members received free health screenings (i.e. blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose) in addition to expert health information from the Charles Drew University, Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing students and instructors, Walgreens pharmacists, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department on first aid/CPR and disaster preparation. So as we acknowledge the accomplishments and achievements of this glorious

weekend, Pastor Sonja R. Dawson and the New Mt. Calvary Church Family were elated to share in faith, family, and fellowship with members and the surrounding community. New Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church is located at 402 E. El Segundo Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90061. For more information, including general Worship service times and directions, please contact our Church office at (310) 3240644. You may also send us an email at newmtcalvary@ newmtcalvary.org or visit us online at www.newmtcalvary. org Min. Dawnesha K. Beaver and Sis. Bridon Hale - Public Relations Dept.; Rev. Dr. Sonja R. Dawson- Pastor; Rev. Dr. Lonnie Dawson- Founder.

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Brooks Pastor. Greater Brighter Star is located at 10701 S. Avalon Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90061 under the leadership of our very own beloved, dedi-

cated, anointed, appointed, and truly blessed by the hands of the Almighty God, Pastor J.R. Christopher. Come one come all and be truly blessed.

All Pastors Please Read “Nationwide Pray Call” Pastor Robert Taylor of the Beulah Baptist Church would like to extend an invitation to all Pastors to join him each Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. (PST) in prayer on a nationwide prayer call designed to inspire and encourage Pastors. This prayer effort was inspired by Apostle Jerry Howard of Katy, TX who serves as the facilitator. To join in please dial (218) 339-3600 using the access code of 873039#.

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ONE FAITH FELLOWSHIP’S NUGGETS FOR THE SOUL WHO AND WHAT ARE YOU? Many of us will agree that if we listen to the definition of others regarding our worth, or even how we negatively define ourselves we would be people most miserable. Having embraced everything negative that has been said of us is the reason why we are depressed, have low-self-esteem and other “Identity Issues”. Each of us is surrounded by a crowd of people in our homes, on our jobs, in our neighborhoods, at our churches, etc. What we must remember is that in a crowd there are a variety of people; some, who truly love, encourage and support us, others who are nosey, while

and embrace what Daddy God has said about us; for He loves us and has placed His Spirit in us. He has sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, for us. Psalm 68: 19- Blessed  be  the

Lord,  who  daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Luke 12:22Then, turning to His disciples, Jesus said,…v. 24- Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than any birds! V.27- “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. V.28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so

little faith? V. 32- “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. In addition to this section of Scripture teaching us about God’s provision for us as we first seek Him and His Kingdom; it also HIGHLIGHTS OUR VALUE AND WORTH in His eyes! The Lord does not try to eliminate some people by giving a list of qualifications that can’t be met by everyone. He does not say only those persons who are physically, emotionally or even spiritually “perfect” in

Family.com Twitter/Insta- God, and HE can do anything gram @GreaterZion Reverend but fail. We are so grateful for Dr. Michael J. Fisher, Pastor the friends and Sister Churches that God has placed in our Continued From Front Page lives. This celebration will begin Sunday, May 19th at 3:30 TRAVELER’S REST.... p. m.; Faith and Hope Comwith Great anticipation that munity Church, Rev. LaVelle we as a body of Baptized be- Gates Sr., Pastor and (guest lievers look forward to this speaker); Roger Williams grand occasion. We are living Baptist Church, Rev. Keith witnesses that God is a Good Woods, Pastor; Solid Rock

Baptist Church, Rev. Clarence Devereaux, Pastor, and Grace Temple Baptist, Bishop Miquail Broadous, Pastor. Our final day of celebration will begin on Sunday, May 26th at 3:30 p.m.; Southern Missionary B.C., Rev. Xavier L. Thompson, Pastor and (guest speaker); Israel B.C., Rev. Rodney Howard, Pastor, and Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church,

Rev. Ticey Brown, Pastor. You are cordially invited to attend and be a part of this exciting celebration. All services will be held at Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church located at 1417 East Florence Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90001. Rev. Joe L. Gates, Sr., Interim Pastor, Sister Margaret Jackson, Chairperson.

others are “Haters. Haters are those persons who point out our faults, and rally against us to discourage and humiliate us. Of course then, since throughout the Bible we are told to love and encourage one another as our Heavenly Father does to us; when the “Hater” spirit is being displayed, that spirit is not of God. Instead of spending our valuable time, energy and emotions on Haters; we need to seek those persons we know that sincerely love and support us. Why should we subject ourselves and listen to persons who mistreat or don’t love us? We must consciously bless ourselves

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Fisher’s ministry to join us. Greater Zion Church Family is located at 2408 North Wilmington Avenue in the rebirthed city of Compton. For more information regarding our Pastoral Appreciation Services or any other of the Greater Zion services, please contact our Church Office at (310) 639-5535 or visit our website at www.GreaterZionChurch-

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teaching that the Word of God can empower us to achieve the unimaginable.The rejoicing will begin Friday, May 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. with our special Guests New Hope Baptist Church and its Pastor, Reverend David Higgins bringing the spoken Word along with Pastor Reginald Pope and the Bethel Baptist Church Family,

Pastor Lamar Faulkner of New Revelations Faith Center and Metropolitan Baptist Church and its Pastor, Reverend Elton Johnson. The celebration continues on Sunday morning, May 19, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. with our very own powerful and eloquent Speaker, the young Reverend Gregory Johnson sharing the Word. The culmi-

nation of this glorious occasion occurs at 3:30 p.m. with Guests Sunflower Christian Fellowship, Pastor Cedric Carpenter, Greater Love Christian Center, Pastor Melvin Ashley, Pastor Artis Lanier, First Providence Baptist Church “Holy Ghost Headquarters” and Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church with their Under

Shepherd, Pastor C. Lamar Simmons, bringing the spoken Word. We are located at 12317 S. Wilmington Avenue, Compton, CA 90222, telephone (310) 631-0261 where we remain Bible Based, Christ Centered and Spirit Led. Kalvin E. Cressel, Sr., Pastor/Teacher, Sister La Toya Hairston, Program Chair, Mother Sandra Taylor, Public Relations.

WHAT’S GOING ON AT HOLY ROCK? OUR ANNUAL CHILDREN’S DAY JUNE 8 & 9, 2013 Holy Rock Baptist Church has chosen as the theme for our Annual Children’s Days, “Let the Children of Zion be Joyful in Their King.” (Psalms 149:2) We are inviting all children and their parents in the Holy Rock and surrounding

communities to celebrate our children at a: PLAY DAY on Saturday, June 8th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. We will have a “Jumping Jack”, free hot dogs, chips and sodas. WORSHIP SERVICE on Sunday, June 9th at 11:00 a.m. All children and

their parents are urged to join the Holy Rock Family in praising the Lord by having fun and lifting up His name. Prayerful planning has gone into making June 8th and June 9th spirit-filled celebrations. Join us, and your souls will be blessed!

Rev. Lehman L. Johnson is the Pastor of Holy Rock Baptist Church. It is located at 11009 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90061. Telephones: 323-779-0583 or 323-2945284. Sis. Jo-Ann L. Johnson is the Publicity Coordinator.

New Hope Baptist Church Host Pre-Employment JOB FAIR

The New Hope Baptist Church will be hosting a pre-employment Job Fair on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 10:00AM to 12:00 Noon. Facilitators will include: Henry Brown, Linda Miles, Dr. Sherry Davis, Teri Boatman and others. The Theme for this Job Fair is: “Looking Beyond Your Walls Regarding Your Job Search”. A workshop will be provided which will consist of: Registration, Welcome by Rev. Larry Hooks and Senator Curren Price; Ice Breaker (Let’s Make A Deal), Online Application and Resume; Ace That Job interview, Job Leads, What’s in your Portfolio?; Question and Answer Session and Closing Remarks. Refreshments will also be served. New Hope Baptist Church is located at 5200 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles CA 90011. (323) 232-4326. Rev. Larry D. Hooks II, Pastor.

SOLID ROCK BAPTIST CHURCH OF LOS ANGELES ACCEPTING RESUMES FOR PASTOR After 19 years of faithful service Pastor Clarence D. Devereaux has decided to retire effective December 31, 2013.  At this time we are accepting resumes for a new pastor.  We are looking for candidates who exhibit characteristics as exemplified in I Timothy 3:1-7.  Therefore, if God is leading you to become a candidate for this ministry please submit your resume to the Pulpit Committee of Solid Rock Baptist Church of Los Angeles, 8218 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA  90003, or via e-mail at pcsrbcla@yahoo.com or via fax  at (323) 759-0553.  For additional information please send your questions or concerns to the e-mail address previously stated.

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HOLY, HOLY, HOLY Bible Background • Isaiah 6:1-12 Printed Text • Isaiah 6:1-8 Devotional Reading • Joshua 24:14-24

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By the end of the lesson, we will: RECOGNIZE that God is worthy of praise and worship; TRUST God, who is worthy of praise and worship; and COMMIT to worship God in spirit and in truth.

Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

IN FOCUS After a long day at the office, Gregory was drained from marathon meetings on what to do about the company’s drop in sales. Gregory and his wife, Linda, asked the Lord for insight on how he could best help his company solve its financial woes. In the midst of this prayer, he and Linda worshiped God and voiced their complete trust in the Lord to see his company through this tough time as He had so many times before. That night, Gregory got up out of the bed, fell prostrate on the floor and covered his face. He felt the Lord’s presence. The Lord gave Gregory ideas on how to solve his company’s problem for God’s glory. Gregory awoke from the dream, recognized that God had given him an extraordinary opportunity and wrote down everything the Spirit of the Lord told him to do. Gregory met with his director to share with him the insight given from the Lord. Gregory’s director asked how he knew these things; Gregory praised God for giving him the insight to solve the problem. In today’s lesson, we will study the prophet Isaiah’s encounter with the holiness of God and his uncommon call. THE PEOPLE, PLACES AND TIMES Isaiah. He was the son of Amoz and a prophet of the southern kingdom of Judah who lived in the 8th century B.C. Isaiah lived and ministered in Jerusalem for 58 years. He prophesied during the reigns of kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. Although the Bible does not record the tribe from which Isaiah is descended, Jewish tradition suggests that Isaiah may have been related to Judah’s royal family. This would explain why Isaiah enjoyed relatively easy access to the kings of Judah. Isaiah is believed to have been the author of the biographies of King Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:22) and King Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 32:32). At God’s direction, Isaiah humbled himself and went about for three years “naked and barefoot” (Isaiah 20). No other prophet predicted the birth of the Messiah, Christ Jesus, to the extent Isaiah did. He also prophesied extensively about the ministry and the sufferings of the Messiah for the sins of humanity. While it is not certain exactly how Isaiah died, a pseudo-epigraphical work— meaning a piece falsely attributed to a biblical character—called “the Ascension of Isaiah,” states that he was sawed in two with a wooden saw during the reign of Manasseh. BACKGROUND Eighth century B.C. was a tumultuous time for the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel and Judah. This period saw the rise of four major prophets: Amos and Hosea in Israel and Isaiah and Micah in Judah. According to Isaiah 6:1 (NLT), Isaiah received his call in about 742 B.C., “the year King Uzziah died.” King Uzziah, also known as Azariah, began his long reign in 783 B.C. In about 750 B.C. Jotham, his son, was made co-regent. After the death of his father, Jotham reigned seven more years. When Isaiah began his ministry, Menahem was king of Israel. Menahem was the fourth king in less than one year. Jeroboam II’s death in 746, after

40 years on the throne, was followed by six kings, leading to the fall of Samaria in 721 B.C. to the Assyrians. In the southern kingdom, Jotham succeeded Ahaz and then came Hezekiah. This age was marked by the rise of Assyria to become the dominant power in the Near East. Tiglath-Pileser III ascended the throne in 745 B.C. and ruled until 727 B.C. In his second year in power, shortly before Isaiah began his ministry, he marched his army westward and occupied Israel. As a vassal state, Israel was expected to make regular payments to the Assyrians. After a reign of 10 years, King Menahem’s son, Pekahiah, succeeded him. The next year, the Assyrian king, Tigleth-Pileser, sent his army into Palestine. Syria and Israel invaded Judah in 733 B.C. This was called the Syro-Ephramite War. Although many were killed, including the son of the king, these armies were unable to invade the capital city of Jerusalem. Rather than rely on God, King Ahaz foolishly sent a tribute of gold and silver to Tiglath-Pileser III and asked for his assistance. The Assyrians defeated the Syrian and northern kingdom’s armies but very quickly Judah became a vassal state of Assyria. The combination of exile and resettlement of foreign peoples in Israel and Judah led to the creation of the people known as the Samaritans of the New Testament. IN DEPTH 1. True Worship Recognizes God’s Holiness (Isaiah 6:1-4) As Isaiah began the narrative of his ministerial calling, he set the date as “in the year that king Uzziah died” (6:1). The death of King Uzziah serves as a time reference for Isaiah’s vision by giving the historical context. According to Isaiah, although his body is inside the temple, his soul is taken up to heaven, and there he saw a magnificent vision of God and the heavenly hosts. Isaiah recounts seeing the Lord Himself, seated upon a throne. Here we see God’s throne as the representation of God’s supreme authority and power. Isaiah describes God’s position as “high and lifted up.” We should understand this to mean that God has no equal. He alone is the Supreme Being. Notice that the God Isaiah is viewing is neither remote nor obscure. Because Isaiah sees beyond the realm of the visible, he is able to view a God who is both majestic and wonderful. If God is to occupy the center of our lives, we, too, must not view Him as distant or mysterious. God is concerned in the affairs of humankind, especially those of His chosen people. Isaiah continued his description of God’s majesty by reporting that the robes of the Lord are so massive that the “train” or the hem of His robe filled the entire temple.

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This majesty of God is shown in the behavior of the heavenly hosts. These six-winged creatures are seraphs or seraphim. Using two of their six wings, the seraphs cover their faces in reverence for God, recognizing that they are unworthy to look upon Him directly. Hiding one’s face from God in reverence and in fear was also shown in the actions of Abraham, who fell on his face before the Lord (Genesis 17:3); in Moses, who hid his face from God (Exodus 3:6); and also with the prophet Elijah, who wrapped his face with his mantle (1 Kings 19:13). When Peter realized that Jesus was the Messiah, he fell to the ground and asked Jesus to go away and not look on his unworthiness (Luke 5:8). The seraphim use another pair of their wings to cover their feet as they bow down in honor before God. This action symbolizes that their authority is derived not from them but from the God they worship. The seraphim use two wings to fly, showing that they are in constant service to God. The holiness the angels recognize, in the presence of God, is reflected in their continuous praise: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 6:3). The use of the word “holy” three times perhaps signifies their recognition of the plurality of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Isaiah further reported on the effectiveness of God. As the seraphs cried “holy,” the doorposts of the temple shook and the temple became filled with the glory of God. As creatures created for the glory of God, how much more ought we to recognize His majesty and strive to serve Him in reverence and humility? 2. True Worship Acknowledges Sinfulness (v. 5) God’s majesty and splendor serves to point out humankind’s helplessness and unworthiness. It is this realization that prompted Isaiah’s response when he witnessed the tremendous heavenly scene: “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (v. 5). We have to admire Isaiah’s honesty. Isaiah received a glimpse of the power and presence of God and in doing so recognized (Isaiah’s) sinfulness by openly confessing it to God. The symbolic use of the “lips” or mouth to reveal what is in our hearts is used frequently in Scripture. Jesus tells the Pharisees, “Out of the fullness . . . of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34, AMP). Isaiah’s reference to “unclean lips” may mean that his sense of unworthiness stemmed from something he may have said or perhaps something he should have said. He also refers to living among “people of unclean lips.” Notice that as Isaiah viewed the majesty of God, his immediate reaction was to view himself and those around him in a new light. 3. True Worship Receives God’s Grace (vv. 6-7) In response to God’s awesome presence, Isaiah humbled himself in worship and confessed his sinfulness before God’s holiness.

God’s response to Isaiah’s confession was immediate. He dispatched one of the seraphim to take a burning hot coal and touch Isaiah’s lips. Note that the hot coal was removed from the brazen altar where the sacrifices were offered. This symbolizes redemption, or the price paid to obtain forgiveness. The seraph told Isaiah, “Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged” (Isaiah 6:7). This action is symbolic of God’s cleansing and His forgiveness. We should note that God did not chastise Isaiah. Rather, God, in response to Isaiah’s humility, immediately reacted to Isaiah’s need. God cleansed, forgave, and equipped Isaiah. We should be reminded how deeply God loves us and wants to be reconciled to us, His most beloved creation. We should ask ourselves whether there are areas in our lives that need God’s cleansing. If so, we must be willing to allow Him. Many times, these areas are secret. Our family and friends may be unaware that we struggle in these areas. Only God is able to reach in and cleanse us from all unrighteousness that we have hid from others. The live coal placed in Isaiah’s mouth must have been excruciatingly painful. This reminds us that God’s cleansing may entail discomfort or pain. But that can’t deter us from our willingness to let God into those areas that need cleansing. Are you willing to allow Him into those places that

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Daily Bible Readings MONDAY Setting Yourself to Seek God (2 Chronicles 26:1-5) TUESDAY From Success to Pride to Destruction (2 Chronicles 26:16-21) WEDNESDAY Following a Father’s Example (2 Kings 15:32-38) THURSDAY People Dulled to God’s Presence (Isaiah 6:9-13) FRIDAY Choosing to Serve a Holy God (Joshua 24:14-24) SATURDAY Seeking the Face of God (Psalm 24) SUNDAY Encountering the Holy God (Isaiah 6:1-8) NOTE: RTP will always print Daily Bible Readings when the lesson has them available. If unavailable we will not print them

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really need His touch—those places that you would rather no one know about? Are you willing to let Him take that burning coal and touch your lips with it? There is no getting around the fact that the cleansing God wants to do in our lives is hard—really hard at times— and that the process can be difficult. Despite how much it may hurt, our usefulness to God is dependent on our willingness to allow Him to cleanse and forgive us. Our call or commission from God follows His cleansing and forgiveness. 4. True Worship Responds to God’s Call (v. 8) Isaiah was being commissioned to be an instrument of God’s mercy, grace, and God’s prophetic words. Isaiah’s response was swift and certain: “Here am I. Send me!” He told the Lord that he was ready to go wherever God wanted him to go, and he was prepared to do whatever God wants him to do. As an act of worship, Isaiah made this commitment without even knowing what God would ask him to do. Isaiah’s commitment to serve God was so sincere that he was willing to go before he knew where he would have to go! This should make us examine our response to God’s call. Our lifestyle should be an act of worship unto the Lord in response to His goodness. How often are we quick to respond, “Use me”? Or are we fearful and reluctant? Saying “Send me” to God means giving up control of our lives. Our wishes and desires will no longer be our priority. His will and His Word will be all that matters. This loss of control is frightening only if we forget that the benefits are God’s blessings. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES Fill in the blanks. 1. “In the year that _____

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_________ died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple” (Isaiah 6:1). 2. “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of _________ lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of _________ lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (v. 5). 3. “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, ________ ______ ____; send me” (v. 8). DISCUSS THE MEANING 1. Read Joshua 5:13-15. How does Joshua’s encounter with the “captain of the host of the Lord” (v. 14) compare with Isaiah’s vision of God and encounter with the heavenly hosts? How are the two encounters similar? In what ways do they differ? 2. The angels Isaiah saw were crying, “Holy, holy, holy.” Discuss the impact that this vision of worship should have on our corporate worship. LESSONS IN OUR SOCIETY It is only when we have a proper vision of the majesty of God and His holiness that we will come to understand just how sinful and unworthy we are. Without a clear recognition of the awe of God, we may wrongly believe that we have something to boast about. Our celebrity-obsessed society can tempt us to think that boasting is a virtue and that we should strive to exalt ourselves and draw admiration from others for our appearance or achievements, real or imagined. It is only after we truly encounter God that we will see ourselves clearly and know the full measure of our unrighteousness. Only God through His Son Jesus Christ can cleanse and forgive us of our sins so we can enter into His presence and worship Him in spirit and in truth. MAKE IT HAPPEN No matter where we are (at home, in the car, at work,

school, or church), we are able to set the atmosphere for worship and honor the presence of God through our praise. As the church of Jesus Christ, we have to be change agents to help the world recognize the holiness of God and how our sinfulness blocks our view of Him. However all is not lost, because through the blood of Jesus, we can be reconciled to sweet communion with Him. MORE LIGHT ON TEXT Isaiah 6:1-8 1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. As a nation, Israel turned its back on God and His requirements for His chosen people. The king, having finally been struck by God with leprosy, was now dead after living in a continuous state of alienation from the people and from God (2 Chronicles 26:18-21). The people so enjoyed their sin that even the nation’s prophets had been unsuccessful in guiding them away from their headlong plunge into a place devoid of God’s light. Isaiah must have felt like a failure, fearfully standing alone in the highest heaven awaiting the punishment from his holy Father that he was sure would come. For years Israel had traveled a path of its own choosing and now existed in a state of spiritual and moral darkness. The nation’s leadership had aided in the people’s departure from God, and now that leadership was dead. A righteous God would be justified in pronouncing the same judgment of death upon the rebellious nation and all of its inhabitants as well. This was Isaiah’s state of mind as he stood observing God upon His “throne” (Heb. kicce’, kis-SAY), “high” (Heb. ruwm, room) and “lifted up” (Heb. nasa’, naw-SAW). 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with

twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. The scene is all the more frightening to Isaiah as he witnessed the “seraphims” (plural of Heb. saraph, saw-RAWF), standing in God’s presence worshiping and serving Him. The Hebrew word used here for God’s messengers places an emphasis on the fact that God is utterly holy and the seraphim (described as “the burning ones”) must appear to Isaiah like living fire, standing above the throne waiting to serve God. With one pair of wings (“twain”), the seraphim cover their eyes lest they peer into the divine, and with another pair, they cover their feet in humble acknowledgment that they stand upon holy ground. Isaiah now sees himself all the more clearly as an unclean creature, dwelling in the midst of unclean and rebellious creatures. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Every utterance of the seraphs confirms for Isaiah that God is “holy” (Heb. qadowsh, kaw-DOSHE). God is utterly transcendent; He is so far above and distinct from His created beings that none is truly worthy to be in His presence. God’s holiness is central to His identity, and some scholars argue that it is His primary attribute that permeates all of the others (such as love, sovereignty, omnipotence, etc.). Amid those characteristics of God, His “glory” (Heb. kabowd, kaw-BODE) fills the whole earth, thus it is impossible to escape His presence. The scene is one that must have been overwhelming and frightening, as not only were the seraphim proclaiming God’s holiness and glory, but also the temple itself shook. Then there was “smoke” (Heb.

‘ashan, aw-SHAWN), which may be analogous to the Shekinah cloud that represented God’s presence with the Israelites in the desert. What a predicament for Isaiah, who by this time must have felt that his death was imminent. No explanation was necessary as to why he should die. Isaiah’s presence, in the midst of such holiness, was sufficient for him to convict himself. As if to confirm Isaiah’s sense of God’s awesome power and mystery, smoke filled the chamber and once more concealed God from Isaiah’s sight. 5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Isaiah gives voice to what he was feeling. The word “woe” in Hebrew is ’owy (O-ee) and stands for a passionate cry of grief or despair. Seeing all that transpires around him, he declares himself and his people guilty before God and prepares for his death. He was “undone” (Heb. damah, daw-MAW), or on the verge of perishing in the face of this revelation of God. Faced with the unfiltered experience of God’s holiness, Isaiah recognized his own sinfulness with equal clarity. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. A seraph was headed in his direction, and like any awestruck human being, Isaiah may have felt that it was about to carry out God’s judgment against him. Isaiah still had not realized the depth of God’s commitment to His chosen

third annual address and sermon. Friday, May 31 is Youth & Scholarship Night. The MMBA Youth Department, under the leadership of Pastor John L. Jefferson, will be in charge. Scholarship awards will be presented to. The preacher will be Rev. Roderick Elzy, Youth Minister of the Del Aire Baptist Church of Hawthorne. The Annual Session will close on Saturday, June 1, 2013, 9:00

a.m., with the 3rd Annual Honors Breakfast, which will be held in the M.C. Williams Events Center at the Roger Williams Baptist Church, 1342 W. Adams Blvd., in Los Angeles. The MMBA will honor former moderators Rev. Frank J. Hardy, Rev. E. Winford Bell, and Rev. John A. Edwards, as well as Wilverlyn Williams (Metropolitan MBC), Kathleen Hudson (Greater New

Jerusalem MBC), and Beatrice Williams (Greater Philippians BC). The guest preacher will be Rev. Welton Pleasant, Pastor of the Christ Second Baptist Church of Long Beach. Tickets are $15.00. For ticket information, call (323) 898-4737. Other speakers for the week are Deacon Robert Williams, Laymen’s Department President, W. Dell Lowe, Women’s Department President, and

Kathy Smith, Ushers & Nurses Department President. Other singers for the week include the True Friendship Baptist Church Choir, Pastor Charles T. Woods, and others. For more information about the MMBA, call (323) 731-9249 or send email to mmba2010@aol.com.

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MAILING ADDRESS P.O. BOX 4446 CARSON CA 90746 Dr. W.M. Brent Sr Pastor Emeritus

Keith B. Williams Senior Pastor

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Dr. Johnny V. Baylor, Pastor/Teacher Sunday Worship Service:................... 7:45 AM & 10:00 AM Children’s Church Available: .(Except 5th )...10:00 AM Serv. Speak Life Youth Ministry: (2nd & 4th Sunday):...... 12:30 PM Bible Study: (Wed.):..........................12:00 Noon & 7:00 PM

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Early Service ........................................................ 8:00 A.M. Church School ...................................................... 9:30 A.M. Mid-Morning Worship .......................................... 10:45 A.M. Taped Broadcast - KTYM 1460 AM (Sundays) 5:30 p.m. Taped Broadcast - KALI 900 AM (Sundays) 7-8 p.m. Bible Study & Training ............................................ 4:00 P.M. Youth Ministries (Mon.) .......................................... 6:30 P.M. Pastor’s Bible Class - All Ages (Tues.) ................. 6:30 P.M. Prayer Bible Sudy (Wed.) ...................... 6:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M. Young Adult Fellowship & Study ........................... 7:00 P.M. Children Ministries (Sat.) ..................................... 10:00 A.M.

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REV. GEORGE L. THOMAS, PASTOR 1016 East Rosecrans Avenue Compton, CA 90220 / Phone: (310) 537-3149 Early Morning Worship ................................. 7:30 - 9:30 A.M. Sunday School ........ 9:45 - 10:30 A.M. & 10:15 - 11:00 A.M. New Member’s Class (Sunday) ........................... 10:15 A.M. Mid-Morning Worship ........................ 10:45 A.M. - 12:45 P.M. Holy Communion (1st Sun.) ...................... 7:30 & 10:45 A.M. Broadcast (KTYM-1460 AM - SAT.) ........ 10:00 - 11:00 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer & Bible Study (Wed.) ...... 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

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8725 South Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90002 Phone: (323) 589-2551 REV. GERALD BURGESS SR., PASTOR “KINGDOM BUILDING MINISTRIES” Early Morning Worship ....................................... 8:00 A.M. Sunday School.................................................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship................................................ 11:00 A.M. Mid-Week Prayer ................(Wed) ......................6:30 P.M. Bible Study .........................(Wed.) ......................7:00 P.M.

402 E. El Segundo Blvd, L.A. Ca, 90061 CHURCH: 310-324-0644 FAX: (310) 769-1287

REV. SONJA DAWSON., Senior Pastor REV. LONNIE DAWSON, SR., Founder (1962-2010) Sun. Worship ........................................... 7:30 & 10:45 A.M. Sun. School/Bible Study ....................................... 9:30 A.M. Communion Serv. (1st Sun.) ....................7:30 & 10:45 A.M. Noon Pray/Mtg/Bible Study (Wed) ........................... 12 P.M. “Wed. Night Live” ....... Prayer Meeting Bible Study & Book Studies ... 7:00 P.M.

GREATER NEW ST. MATTHEW Missionary Baptist Church 346 East 36th St., L.A., CA 90011 CHURCH: (323) 233-7729 FAX: (323) 233-8057 E-mail: gnsmchurch@yahoo.com

REV. LOVESTER ADAMS, SR., PASTOR Sunday School ..................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service ... 11:00 A.M. Mid-Wk. Prayer (Wed.) ......... 7:00 P.M.

NEW COMMANDMENT M.B.C.

15548 Paramount Blvd. Paramount, CA 90723 PHONE: (562) 531-7703 FAX: (562) 529-5062 EMAIL: Praise15548@aol.com DR. REV. GRADY JONES, PASTOR SUNDAY: 9:15 A.M. Sunday School 11:00 A.M. ........... Morning Worship 11:00 A.M. Children’s Church (3rd, 4th, & 5th Sunday)

WEDNESDAY: 7:00 P.M., Prayer/Bible Study

The ROCK Christian Fellowship Build, Teach, Engage & Empower

Temporary Location @ Florence Bixby Elementary School 5251 E. Stearns, Long Beach, Ca 90815 Mailing Address 6285 E. Spring St. #223, LB 90808 (562) 597-7481 Fax (562) 597-6356 GREGORY SANDERS, SR., PASTOR www.THEROCKTODAY.com Morning Worship ................... 10:00 A.M.


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BOBBY T. NEWMAN JR.

Pastor SERVICE TIMES: Concencration Period ........................................... 9:00 A.M. Sunday School ...................................................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................................................. 10:45 A.M. Evening Worship ................................................... 6:30 P.M. Wed. Prayer ...................................... 9:30 A.M. & 6:30 P.M.

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2040 W. Jefferson Blvd., - Los Angeles, CA 90018 Phone: (323) 735-0044 Fax: (323) 735-0219 E-Mail: Trinitybaptistc@sbcglobal.net WebSite: Trinitybaptistchurchla.org

REV. ALVIN TUNSTILL, JR., PASTOR

Sunday Worship Service ......................... 7:30 & 10:30 A.M. Church School ....................................................... 9:00 A.M. Broadcast (KJLH) - 102.3) .................................. 9:00 A.M. Prayer & Bible Study (Wed.).............. 12:00 P.M. & 7:00 P.M.

JESUS IS THE ANSWER C.F. CHURCH 750 Alondra Blvd Carson, CA 90746 Phone: (310) 515-7209

DR. R. STANLEY HAYWOOD, PASTOR Sunday School .................... 9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ............... 10:00 A.M. Bible Study..(Wednesday)..... 7:00P.M.

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6614 SOUTH WESTERN AVE., LOS ANGELES, CA 90047

PHONE: (323) 753-3189 PASTOR (323) 753-3180

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Early Worship ....................................................... 8:00 A.M. Sunday School ..................................................... 9:40 A.M. Morning Worship ................................................. 11:00 A.M. Communion Service (1st Sun.) ............................. 5:00 P.M. Mid-Week Prayer Mtg. (Wed.) ............................... 7:00 P.M.

MT. ZION MISSIONARY B.C. 1300 EAST 50TH STREET LOS ANGELES, CA 90011 PHONE: (323) 235-2103 REV. EDWARD V. HILL II, PASTOR Consecration ....................................................... 9:45 A.M. Sunday School ...................................................10:00 A.M. Morning Worship ............................................... 11:45 A.M. Prayer (Wed.) ......................................... Noon & 6:30 P.M. Prayer/Bible Study (Wed.) .................................... 7:00 P.M

PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY Missionary Baptist Church 3600 West Imperial Hwy. Inglewood, CA 90303

Phone: (323) 751-0502 www.theoneandonlywaymin.org - Website

TRUE FRIENDSHIP MISSIONARY B.C. 7901 South Van Ness Avenue Inglewood, CA 90305 Ph: (323) 750-7304 Fx. (323) 565-2894 REV. JAMES A. PERKINS, PASTOR Morning Worship ..... 8:00 A.M./10:45 A.M. Bible Adventure Hour ............... 9:30 A.M. Prayer & Praise/Bible Study (Tues.) 7:P.M. Youth Ministry (Wed.) ................ 6:30 P.M. Prayer & Praise/Bible Study (Thur.) 12 Noon

Long Beach CHRIST SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH 1471 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Long Beach, CA 90813 Phone: (562) 599-3421 www.csbclb.org REV.WELTON PLEASANT II, PASTOR Sunday School ........................8:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................... 9:40 A.M. Midweek Prayer (Wed.) ........ 7:00 P.M.

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Dr. Herman C. Avery Jr., Ph.D, Pastor Sunday School .....................10:00 A.M. Morning Worship ................. 11:30 A.M. Wed. Prayer/Bible Study ........ 7:00P.M. 7010 S. Denver Ave., L.A.)

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LIBERTY TABERNACLE MINISTRIES 14725 South Gramercy Place Gardena, CA 90249 CHURCH: (310) 715-8400 Email Address: libertytabmin@sbcglobal.net

Worship Services ........9:30 & 11:30 A.M. Word Power/Bible Study (Wed.) 6:30 P.M. “I Care Ministry” (Sat.) .......... 9:45 A.M.

Dr. Michael Fisher Pastor

SERVICE TIMES: Sunday Worship ....Main Sanctuary.... 9:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M. Evening Worship (Sun)....Main Sanctuary................. 6:00 P.M. Bible Study (Wed.) Little Zion Campus 12:00 P.M. & 7:00 P.M.

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TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH

Dr. W. Jerome Fisher Senior Pastor

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“A Church Bible-Based, ChristCentered & Spirit Led” 12317 S. Wilmington Ave. Compt., CA 90222 Phone: (310) 631-0261 REV. KALVIN E. CRESSEL, SR., PASTOR/TEACHER Bible Institue (Sun.) ............. 9:15 A.M. Morning Worship ............... 10:45 A.M. Mission (Tues.) ................. 10:30 A.M. Teachers Mtg. (Tues.) ......... 6:30 P.M. Bible Study/Discipleship (Wed)7:00 P.M.

UNITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 16133 S. Atlantic Ave., Compton, CA 90221 Office: (310) 604-0234 unitychristianfellowship@yahoo.com website: www.unitycf.org BISHOP JOHNNY R. WITHERS, JR., SENIOR PASTOR/TEACHER Sunday Morning Worship ................................9:30 A.M. Teaching Empowerment Night (Tuesday) 7:00 P.M.

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GOSPEL MEMORIAL C.O.G.I.C.

1480 Atlantic Ave., L.B., CA 90813 Phone: (562) 599-7389 BISHOP JOE L. EALY, PASTOR Sunday School ..................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 11:00 A.M. Evening Worship ................... 6:30 P.M. Wednesday Night Prayer ..... 7:00 P.M. Pastoral Teaching (Wed) ...... 7:30 P.M.

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1160 New York St. Long Beach, CA 90813 Ph. (562) 599-3509; Fx (562) 591-7314 REV. COLEMAN L HART, PASTOR Sunday School ......................... 8:45 A.M. Morning Worship .................... 10:30 A.M. Sun. Discipleship Training ........ 5:00 P.M. Mon. Night Men’s Bible Study .. 7:00 P.M. Tuesday (Mission) WMU .......... 6:00 P.M. Wednesday Youth Family Night 6:00 P.M. Wed. Night (Mid-Week) Prayer 7:00 P.M.

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los angeles BIBLE FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH

6915 S. Broadway Ave Phone: (323) 751-3532 (323) 751-7331 REV. DeSHAY L. WARD, SR PASTOR Sunday School ..................... 9:45 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 11:15 A.M. Prayer & Praise.. (Tues)..... 12:00 P.M. Choir Rehearsal ..(Thurs)..... 4:00 P.M. Bible Class ...(Thurs)............ 7:15 P.M.

AVENUE CHRISTIAN LOVE B.C. 7516 S. Central Ave., L.A., CA 90001 PHONE: (323) 587-1586 REV. HAROLD H. LEE, PASTOR

Early Morning Worship (Sun.). 8:00 A.M. Sunday School ........................ 9:15 A.M. Mid-Morning Worship ........... 11:00 A.M. Afternoon Service ................... 4:00 P.M. Mid-Week Bible Study (Wed.) .7:00 P.M. Prayer (Saturday) .................... 8:00 A.M.

BETHEL M.B.C. OF SOUTH L.A.

10905 S. Compt., Ave., L.A., CA 90059 Phone: (323) 566-5286/Fax: 566-3224 REGINALD POPE, DP.TH., PASTOR Worship ........... 8:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M. Sun. School & Bible Train. .... 9:30 A.M. Evangelism/Prayer (Mon.) ..... 7:29 P.M. Prayer/Bible (Wed.) 11:30 AM/6:30 P.M. Radio KTYM-1460 AM ( Fri.).. 8:30 P.M. www.BethelSouthLA.org

CEDAR GROVE BAPTIST CHRCH

7623 8th Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90043 Phone: (323) 751-1121 Fax: (323)751-1122

REV. A.T. WILLIAMS SR. ORGANIZER REV. RODERIC BELL, PASTOR Sunday School ............................... 9:30 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship .............. 11:00 A.M. Bible Study/Prayer Mtg... (Thurs) .... 6:00 PM.

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10101 S. Avalon Blvd., L.A., CA 90003 Phone: (323) 756-4088 REV. LAMONTE KING, PASTOR Early Worship ........................ 8:00 A.M. Sunday School ...................... 9:05 A.M. Morning Worship ................. 10:30 A.M. Monday Bible Study ............... 7:00 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer (Wed.) ....... 12:00 NOON Mdwk. Pray/Bible Study (Wed) ... 7:P.M.

GOSPEL MISSION BAPTIST CHURCH

7301 So. Avalon, L.A., CA 90003 Phone/Fax: (323) 759-8087 REV. RAYMOND A. DENNIS, PASTOR Sunday School ..................... 9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ............... 10:30 A.M. Mission Mtg. (Wed.) ........ 12:00 Noon Bible Study/Prayer Mtg. (W) 7:00 P.M.

GRACE TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH

7017 Gramercy Place, LA Ca Phone: (323) 971-8192 Fax: (323) 750-5106 MIQUAIL BROADOUS, SENIOR PASTOR/TEACHER Sunday School ........................ 9:00A.M. Morning Worship .................. 10:00 A.M. Intercessory Prayer..(Wed.)..... 6:30 P.M. Wednesday Worship. (Wed).... 7:00 P.M.

GREATER MT. HERMON M.B.C.

2302 West 132nd St., L.A., CA 90059 Ph: 310-635-1958 FAX: 310-635-1938 REV. A.R. BILLINGLY Organizer/Builder REV. KENNETH A. HALL, PASTOR Sunday School ...................... 9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ................. 10:45 A.M. Evening Worship .................... 6:00 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer (Wed) 12 Noon/7:30 P.M.

EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH

4901 S. Avalon Blvd. L.A. Ca 90011

Ph: (323) 232-0398 Fx: (323) 232-7183 Email; ebc4901@sbcglobal.net

DR. KENNETH E. LITTLE, PASTOR Intercessory Prayer.............. 8:30 A.M. Sunday School ..................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship..................11:00 A.M.

Night Service . (2d & 4th Sun.) 7:00 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer/Bible Study (Wed) .7:00 P.M.

FAITH AND HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH 344 West Florence Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90003 PHONE: (323) 753-6445 E-mail: faithhopecommunity@att.net REV. LA VELLE M. GATES

SENIOR PASTOR

Sunday School ...................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship .................. 11:00 A.M. Discipleship Ministry (Tues.) ... 7:00 P.M. Get In Shape Ministry (Wed.) ... 7:00 P.M.

FIRST BETHANY M.B.C 507 W. 49TH Street Los Angeles, CA 90037 PHONE: (323) 232-4421 REV. GREGORY D. McClain PASTOR Sunday School ...................... 9:15 A.M. Morning Worship .................. 10:30 A.M. Communion Serv. (1st Sun)....10:30 A.M Bible Study (Wed.) ................. 6:00 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer (Wed.) .............. 700 P.M.

FIRST ZION TRAVELERS Missionary Baptist Church

4715 South Normandie Los Angeles, CA 90037 Ph: (323) 296-2047; Fx. (323) 588-2854 Church Office: (323) 585-1048 E-mail: IBryantRN@aol.com DR. FRANK BRYANT, JR., PASTOR Sunday School ......... 9:30 - 10:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................. 11:00 A.M. Bible Study/Pray (Thurs) 11:30 A.M. - 1:P.M.

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GREATER MT. OLIVE B.C.

659 West Colden Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90044 Office: (323) 755-3201 REV. C. LAMAR SIMMONS PASTOR Sunday School ..................... 8:00 A.M. Morning Worship .................. 9:00 A.M. Prayer Meeting (Tues.) .......... 7:00 P.M.

GREATER NEW LIGHT B.C.

1154 E. 92nd Street Los Angeles, Ca 90002 Ph: (323) 567-1993 Fx: (323) 567-1407 E-mail: PastorPDRoss@aol.com DR. PATRICK D. ROSS, PASTOR Sunday School ...................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service ......11:00 A.M. Prayer....(Wed)........................7:00 P.M. Bible Study...(Wed)..................7:30 P.M. Prayer ....(Wed & (Fri)...9:00-10:00 A.M.

HOLY MISSION MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 1614 East 41st Street Los Angeles, CA 90011 PHONE: (940) 442-2972 Noah W. Payne, Pastor Rev. Reginal Payne, Asst. Pastor

Sunday School 10:00 A.M. Morning Worship 11:00 A.M. Prayer Service (Tues) 7:00 P.M. Choir Rehearsal (Thurs) 7:00 P.M.

HOLY ROCK MISSIONARY B.C.

11009 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90061 Phone: (323) 779-0583 REV. LEHMAN JOHNSON, PASTOR Sunday Morning Worshi .... 8:00 A.M. Sunday School ................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ............... 11:00 A.M. Prayer/Intercessory (Tues.) .. 7:00 P.M. Prayer/Mid-day (Fri.) ... 12:00 NOON

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Your Church Address Your Church Phone Number Your Church Email YOUR PASTOR’S NAME ORDER OF SERVICE....... 9:00 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE..... 10:45 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE...... 7:30 P.M.

LOVE LIFTED ME M.B.C.

6501 Crenshaw Blvd - L.A., CA 90043 Ph: (323) 778-5438 Fx:(323) 778-0574 PASTOR DR. S.S. SHIGG ORGANIZER/PASTOR Sunday School .......................9:00 A.M. Worship Service ................. 11:00 A.M. Prayer/Bible Study ................ 6:30 P.M. Silent Revival (1st Sat).. 2:00-2:15 P.M.

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Your Church Address Your Church Phone Number Your Church Email YOUR PASTOR’S NAME ORDER OF SERVICE....... 9:00 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE..... 10:45 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE...... 7:30 P.M.

MOUNT ISRAEL M.B.C.

230 W. 103rd Street, L.A., CA 90003 (323) 757-3090; Fx: (310) 532-8498 Email; jessiewalker@ca.rr.com DR. JESSE L. WALKER, PASTOR Sunday School ........................ 9:30 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship ..... 11:00 A.M. Midwk. Worship Serv/Prayer Mtg 7:P.M. B.T.U. (Sunday)......................10:15 A.M. Choir Rehearsal (Friday.) ...... 7:00 P.M.

NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH 5200 South Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90011 PHONE: (323) 232-4326

REV. LARRY D. HOOKS II, Pastor Sunday School ........................ 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................... 11:00 A.M. (1ST Sunday - Communion Service 8:00 A.M.) Prayer Service (Thurs.) ........... 7:00 P.M.

NEW PROVIDENCE M.B.C.

10200 South Normandie Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90044 Phone: (323) 754-3779

Sunday School ..................... 9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 10:45 A.M. Prayer/Bible Study (Wed.) .... 6:30 P.M. Choir Rehearsal (Thurs.) ...... 7:00 P.M.

ONE FAITH FELLOWSHIP P.O. BOX 56641, LA, CA 90056 E-MAIL: OneFaith2007@aol.com www.onefaithfellowship.org Phone: (323) 481-6724 Dr. Tonya Lewis, Founder/President 1st Saturday - Fellowships Celebration of Youths - March Celebration of Adults - August

PILGRIM’S HOPE BIBLE CHURCH 7016 S. Compton Ave, L.A. Ca 90001 Phone: (323) 581-7672 Fx: (323) 581-6466 Email: phbc7016@att.net

JOE L. SMITH JR., PASTOR / TEACHER Sundays Early Morning Worship ..............9:45 A.M. Word-Up Bible Study .2nd & 4th ..8:30 A.M. Children’s Church ................... 9:30 A.M.

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los angeles PARK WINDSOR BAPTIST CHURCH Park Windsor B.C. is a Church of “Inclusion, Not Exclusion” 1842 W. 108th Street, L.A. Ca 90047 Phone: (323) 756-3966 F: (323) 756-3969

REV. TERRELL TAYLOR - PASTOR

Morning Worship Service ..8:00 & .11:00 A.M. Sunday School ...........................9:30 AM Noon Bible Study...Wed............... 12:00 PM Prayer Meeting/Bible Study Wed... 7:00 PM

PLEASANT VIEW M.B.C. 7524 S. Compton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90001

Ph: (323) 581-9900 Email Address: pvmbc54@yahoo.com REV. MICHAEL WHITE - PASTOR Sunday School ............9:15 - 10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service ........11:00 A.M. Wednesday Night Prayer...........7:00 P.M. Wednesday Night Bible Study....7:30 P.M.

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SOUTHERN MISSIONARY B.C.

“One Church For All Generations” 4678 West Adams Blvd, L.A. Ca90016 (323) 731-2703 Email: smbcla@gmail.com XAVIER L. THOMPSON, PASTOR/TEACHER Sunday School ................... 800 A.M. Morning Worship ...............10:30 A.M. Bible Study (Wed.) ........... 6:45 P.M.

SOUTHWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH

12121 S. Avalon Blvd. L.A. Ca 90061 Phone: (323) 755-9541 PASTOR DONALD ROBERSON ROY L. ROBERSON, PASTOR EMERITUS Sunday School ................ 9:25 A.M. Morning Worship ........... 11:00 A.M. Bible Study (Wed.) .......... 7:00 P.M.

TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH 4155 McKinley Ave., L.A., CA 90011 PH: (213) 233-3289; FX: (323) 233-9356 E-Mail: Tabernacle_bc@yahoo.com PASTOR LESTER MOSLEY 8:00 A.M. ........ Early Morning Worship (1st, 3rd, & 5th Sunday) 9:30 A.M. ....... Sunday Church School 11:00 A.M. ................ Worship Service 7:30 P.M. (Wed.) Mid-Week BibleStudy & Prayer Service

TABERNACLE OF FAITH B.C.

REDEEMER MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

1631 West Adams Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90007 Phone: (213) 732-4124 REV. CURTIS MONROE, JR., PASTOR Sunday School ......................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship .................... 11:00 A.M. Mdwk Prayer/Bible Study (Wed) 7:30 P.M.

11328 S. Central Ave., L.A., CA 90059 Phone: (323) 569-4162 www.tabernacleoffaithbaptistchurch.com

REV., DR. R. M. LEFFALL, PASTOR Sunday School .................... 9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 11:00 A.M. Evening Worship .................. 7:00 P.M. Bible Study (Mon.) ................ 7:00 P.M. School of Prayer (Wed.) 11A.M. & 7PM

ROCK OF FAITH M.B.C.

1210 East 41st St., L.A., CA 90011 Ph.: (323) 232-2694 FAX: (323) 231-3592 REV. J. LAWRENCE GULLEY, PASTOR Sunday School ......................... 9:15 A.M. Morning Worship .................... 10:50 A.M. B.T.U. ........................................ 5:45 P.M. Evening Worship ...................... 6:45 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer (Wed.) ............... 6:30 P.M. Bible Class ................................ 7:00 P.M.

TRAVELER’S REST M.B.C.

ST. JOHN M.B.C.

936 W. 49th Street Los Angeles, CA 90037 Phone (323) 752-0855 stjohnbc@att.net REV. JAMES A. BROOKS PASTOR Sunday School......................9:30 A.M. Morning Worship...................10:45 A.M. Prayer/Bible Study..... (Wed)....6:00 P.M.

ST. REED BAPTIST CHURCH

656 East 79th Street - L.A., CA 90001 Ph: (323) 752-7807; Fx. (323) 758-8529 E-mail: StReed@sbcglobal.net REV. C.R. JONES, PASTOR Sunday School ..................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................. 11:00 A.M. Bible Study (Wed.) .............. 10:00 A.M. Prayer Service (Wed.) .......... 6:30 P.M. B.T.U. ..................................... 5:30 P.M. Teacher’s Mtg. (Thurs.) ......... 5:30 P.M.

1417 East Florence Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90001 Phone: (323) 582-7797 E-mail: travelersrest@sbcglobal.net Rev. Dr. Joe L. Gates, Sr., Interim Pastor Morning Worship .........8:00 A.M. Church School .......... 9:30 A.M. Worship Service........ 11:00 A.M.

ST. REST MISSIONARY B.C.

Sunday School .................... 9:45 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 11:00 A.M. Prayer Mtg./Bible Study (Tue.) 5:00 P.M. UBU Club (Ages 13-19) 4th Wed. 6: P.M.

VILLAGE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

1521 East 111th St., L.A., CA 90059 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 61218 Los Angeles, CA 90061-0218 Phone: (323) 569-8819 REV. W. CHARLES HARRIS, II, PASTOR Sunday School ...................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship .................. 10:50 A.M. Program/Vesper Hour ............. 4:00 P.M. Prayer/Bible Study (Wed.) ...... 7:00 P.M.

WELCOME MISSIONARY B.C.

8615 South Central Avenue Los Angeles, Calif. 90002 www.Welcomebaptistla.org Ph: (323) 582-5813; FAX: (323) 582-4587 REV. J. W. BROWN, PASTOR Morning Worship .................... 8:00 A.M. Church School ..................... 10:00 A.M. Communion Served (Every 1st Sun.) Mid-Week Prayer (Wed.) .. 12:00 NOON Mid-Week Bible Study (Wed.) 7:00 P.M.

(The Historical) WELLER STREET M.B.C.

129 S. Gless Street Los Angeles, CA 90033 Phone: (323) 261-0949 REV. K. W. TULLOSS, PASTOR Sunday School ..................... 8:00 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship ..... 9:00 A.M. Sunday Evening Worship........6:00 P.M. Bible Study (Tues).................. 5:00 P.M.

10400 S. San Pedro Street, L.A. Calif. 90003

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REV. FREDERICK E. HOWARD Senior Pastor/Teacher Editor/Publisher Sunday School ...................Sunday....................... 9:30 A.M. Worship Celebration...........Sunday..................... 10:45 A.M. Mdwk. Prayer ......................Wednesday................ 7:00 P.M. Choir Rehearsals................Thursday.....................7:00 P.M. LIVE BROADCAST * SUNDAY 11:00 AM FOPLivel.com

BEULAH BAPTIST CHURCH 1454 E. 100th St., L.A., CA 90062 CHURCH: (323) 564-0691

www.BeulahBaptistLa.org TRUE EVER FAITHFUL B.C.

11167 S. Main Street, L.A., CA 90061 P: (323) 755-1134 F: (323) 755-1133 REV. K.L. BURRUS, JR., PASTOR Sunday School .................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship................ 11:00 A.M. Mission Circle...(Tues)......... 6:00 P.M. Pastor’s Bible Study.(Tues).. 7:00 P.M. (Except 1st Tues) Prayer & Teachers Mtg (Wed).6:00 P.M.

REV. ROBERT L. TAYLOR PASTOR

Sunday School .....................................................9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ............................................... 10:00 A.M. Bible Study (Wednesday) .................................... 7:00 P.M.

YOUR CHURCH NAME TRUE WAY MISSIONARY B.C.

709 W. Manchester - L.A., CA 90044 Phone: (323) 752-6179 REV. TORREY COLLINS, PASTOR Sunday School ................... 9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ............... 10:45 A.M. Evening Worship ................. 3:30 P.M. *Bible Study (Tues.) ............. 7:00 P.M. *Bible Study (Wed.) ........... 11:00 A.M. Choir Rehearsals (Wed. & Fri.) 7: P.M.

UNION MISSIONARY B.C.

1812 E. 110th St. - L.A., CA 90059 Phone: (323) 566-5315 Res.(310) 635-2827 Fx: (323) 566-2349 DR. MILTON MARSHALL, SR., PASTOR

SOUTHSIDE BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH THIRD BAPTIST CHURCH

5151 South Normandie Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90037 Off.: (323) 296-5840 / 751-2658 REV. E. A. TAYLOR, FOUNDER Rev. William G. Davis, Jr., Pastor Sunday School ..................... 9:05 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 10:15 A.M. Afternoon Worship ............... 3:30 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer (Wed.) ............ 7:00 P.M.

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9122 S. San Pedro St., L.A., CA 90003 Phone: (323) 755-4087 REV. DONALD L. WILSON, PASTOR Early Morning Worship ......... 8:00 A.M. Sunday School ................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 10:30 A.M. Prayer Meeting / Mission Bible Study Wednesday ............. 6:00 P.M. Sun. School Teachers Mtg. (Wed) 7P.M.

Your Church Address Your Church Phone Number Your Church Email YOUR PASTOR’S NAME ORDER OF SERVICE....... 9:00 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE..... 10:45 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE...... 7:30 P.M.

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FOOLPROOF No I can’t say I wasn’t warned My friends and family told me If I allowed you to take my hand You would try to hold me As usual I didn’t listen I ignored the things they said My emotions ran onto your path And I followed where you lead Yes I once admired you You played by your own rules Never called on God for anything You seemed to have all the tools Then one day I suddenly noticed My heart was caked with frost I looked back and couldn’t see salvation That’s when I knew that I was lost Yet my family and friends kept calling Through the blistering icy snow I tried to shake free of your hand But you wouldn’t let go

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people, Israel. The nation had broken faith with the only living God, but God did not break faith with them. From within the midst of the cloud-filled chamber, Isaiah is only able to see a seraph use a pair of tongs and remove a burning coal from the altar. The living being then proceeds toward Isaiah with the coal and presses it against his mouth. For the first time, Isaiah realizes what it feels like to be fully cleansed of all sin and shame. The text here refers not only to “sin” (Heb. chatta’ah, khat-taw-AW) but also “iniquity” (Heb. ‘ avon, aw-VONE), which refers to depravity, perversity, and the guilt from sin. Rather than the expected punishment, God has pardoned Isaiah. Rather than the deserved death (eternal separation from God), Isaiah is given life and begins to experience God’s love in a way he has never understood before. He is truly and completely loved. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. With the sin and shame now removed, Isaiah is now able, for the first time, to hear God speak. Isaiah hears God inquire who would be God’s servant to go and carry out the mission and message He had for His covenant people. Isaiah answers the call. In accepting God’s call to be a prophet to the nation, Isaiah understood that he was committing to represent God’s holy authority and love on earth. His task would be to guide the people and their leaders into right relationship with God. Isaiah’s experience with God and the burning coal from the altar helps the prophet recognize that God was not interested in exacting punishment on His rebellious people. Rather, God wanted to purge the nation of the sin that separated God from His people. Isaiah commits himself to the proclamation of this message and would spend the rest of his life in this missionary enterprise.

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In embracing this call from God, Isaiah would live the rest of his life set apart from the people he was to serve. The price for accepting God’s assignment was loneliness and isolation. From this point on, everything in the prophet’s life was secondary to God’s mission. Because of the vision of God’s glory, Isaiah willingly paid this price.

Sources: Biblical Words – Pronunciation Guide. http:// netministries.org/Bbasics/bwords.htm/ (accessed January 7, 2012). Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon. http://www. BibleStudyTools.com/lexicons/Hebrew/kjv/ (accessed January 5, 2012). Packer, J. I., Merrill C. Tenney, and William White, Jr., eds. Illustrated Manners and Customs of the Bible. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997, 1980.

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THE PROCESS....

Deeply Missing You

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” – Romans 5:10

by Andrea Andrews Sometimes it becomes nearly impossible for us to believe that or even comprehend how much God deeply misses us; lacking a true understanding of just how much each one of us means to Him who created

us. Our Creator has known each one of us “intimately” (the nature of our being, the unique rhythm of our heartbeat, every strand of hair, every freckle, mole…every breath we take) since BEFORE the foundation of the earth was laid. And, as He cast His ruach (breath) upon us in the spirit realm and assigned us to an earthen body, grief consumed our Father because He KNEW we’d immediately become separated from Him by sin – understanding that many of us would never return to Him…never be

reconciled to Him. Imagine giving birth to a child you so deeply love & adore and within 18 years you seed in them EVERYTHING to assure their success in the world. You pray for them, feed them, clothe them, play with them, nurture and guide them…nurse them back to health when they are sick, make certain they are well educated. You grieve with them when they are heartbroken and celebrate in their victories – making countless sacrifices to insure their success. And, then their 18th

birthday comes… You send them out into the world fully equipped to make the appropriate choices, but you KNOW that it is likely they will forfeit all or some of what you’ve taught them (due to the pressures of the world) and potentially fall into sin. You feel helpless because you realize there’s nothing you can do… but, hope. Let us understand that God feels this way about each one of us. Although, Papa Abba does not ever interfere with our free will, He wants us to long for Him in the same

way that HE deeply desires to be with us. It is the ONE TRUE love affair that is certain and without perversion. GOD DEEPLY MISSES US. It is His desire to be reconciled to us; so much so, that He sent the Messiah as a ransom for each one of us. Let us remain Kingdom minded – Eden minded; returning to the relationship God once had with Adam BEFORE “the fall”. Peace, Love & Blessings Dedicated to E. Garcia – Thank you for being my muse. www.theprocesschristiancounseling.com

the love that God has PROVEN TO YOU! DARE TO BELIEVE YOUR WORTH AS JESUS HAS CHALLENGED YOU TO HAVE THE FAITH TO BELIEVE! KNOW THAT

IT DOES GIVE YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER PLEASURE, GREAT HAPPINESS AND GREAT JOY to GIVE YOU HIS eternal love and A PROMISED inheritance! BELIEVE JESUS’ DEFINITION OF YOU!!YES,

YOU ARE TRULY SOMEBODY SPECIAL!!!! Join us for our 1st Sat. Fellowship, June 1, 2013, 1:15 p.m. at the U S Bank Community Bldg., Crenshaw and Slauson, Los Angeles, CA. For additional information

contact: Dr. Tonya Lewis, onefaith2007@aol.com, One Faith Fellowship, P. O. Box 56641, Los Angeles, CA  90056, www. onefaithfellowship.org, (323) 481-6724, or  http://www. facebook.com/Dr.TonyaLewis

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WHO AND WHAT....

the eyes of others qualify; but anyone who dares to submit to v. 31- Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need. So, bless yourself and embrace

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

DR. JOYCE HARRELL

Recently I attended a conference and the question was

BRINGING THE WORLD INTO THE CHURCH

raised about bringing the world into the church. Seemingly the person with the question thought that bringing in new technology such as Wifi; Live Streaming, Ipads and Tablets were a no no. I want to clarify that when we say bringing the world into the Church, we are talking about bringing in those things that are contrary to the known will of God. Nowhere in his Word do we read do not bring in Wifi,

or new technology, but we do read that homosexuality is an abomination; the world says that same sex marriage is ok, the world says that fornication, abortion and adultery is ok, but in the Word of God it is condemned. We are not to take on the mindset of the world for it is totally contrary to the Word of God. Thank God for technology, for it helps us to progress, and we ought to be a progressive church. God bless-

es and He uses our minds to bring in new technology Wifi, computers etc. God blesses us with doctors; would we say a doctor is of the world, when we can bring in doctors to have seminars and to instruct us in healthy living? God blesses us with good things, things that will promote His Gospel around the world. Don’t allow Satan to cause you to be narrow-minded and miss celebrating the awesomeness

of our God and what He allows us to do. Dr. Joyce is a lay-person, under the leadership of Dr. Ticey M. Brown, at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves as the Strategic Leadership Director. Dr. Joyce’s mission is to develop servant-leaders and enhance ministries within the Church. Dr. Joyce’s contact info is, joyce-harrell@sbcglobal.net or (714)878-4854.

UNCOMPROMISED PEACE …  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27 (NKJV)

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You cannot give what you do not have…PEACE. As I looked at the Scripture, the excerpt that stood out was the phrase “not as the world gives do I give to you”. What type of peace does the world give? A worldly peace gives a sense of security founded upon all that is actually insecure. It is a peace that is not built upon the ROCK. (Matt. 7:24-27; 1 Cor. 10:1-4) It is a compromised peace which is definitively in

direct contrast to what uncompromised peace is “a state of tranquility, quietness and freedom from civil disturbance”. This peace is given to the one who is committed to pleasing God, not man. (Gal. 1:10) For Jesus said of His own purpose that He did not come to bring peace but a sword! (Matt. 10:32-26) Still even in this, He had peace. The world’s peace is a compromising “quid pro quo” type of pseudopeace. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. You like my plans or ideas, I’ll like yours. (John 12:43) You don’t rain on my parade, I won’t rain on yours. You keep my secrets, I’ll keep yours. (Prov. 29:25)

You don’t ruffle my feathers, I won’t ruffle yours as every man does what is right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25) It stirs no conflict in the earth realm LIKE Jesus did and requires no REAL accountability to God. (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 2:4) Yes, this is the world’s type of peace because it’s EASY, but it is also very SHORT-LIVED. The only TRUE peace comes from being in right standing with God, not man. (Acts 5:29) For the child of God, even in the midst of life’s storms, there is PEACE. When the enemy sends unrelenting attacks to distract you from purpose and destiny, there is PEACE. (1 Cor. 4:1-18) The peace

that God gives is ALL YOU NEED it is sufficient in and of itself. (2 Cor. 3:5-6) Peace is a SPIRIT. When the peace of God is in you, it comes forth from you and cannot be hid. When people meet you faceto-face or hear your voice, the peace within you comes out of you. It is in this peace where people acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit upon your life as you communicate with them without a formal introduction, a business card or clergy vestments. (Matt. 5:14) It is this peace that they recognize something special about you, the spirit sends “chills” up and down their arms, even goose pimples have been re-

ported or an envelopment of a warm flush of heat encompasses their body leaving them with a loss of words to say as tears roll down their faces as the Holy Spirit answers questions and prayers. Yes, in this peace, prophetic words are confirmed, spiritual needs are met and ministered to in ways that no man or woman can take credit for it is the work of the Holy Spirit alone. It is in the PEACE OF GOD which SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING that I will NEVER be shaken nor moved. Continued On Page 15

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(Phil. 4:6-7) It does NOT need to be approved by committee or sanctioned by a vote. It is our God-ordained blood bought right as an heir to the Kingdom of God and in this PEACE we can be CONFIDENT. (Phil. 3:6; 4:8) Until next time…Lady Dr. Phelencia A. White, Girlfriends In Christ International, Inc. “It’s not about one of us, it’s about ALL of us!” P. O. Box 56260, Los Angeles, CA 90056-0260 Tele: (323) 750-4GIC (4442)  Email: LadyPhelencia@GirlfriendsInChrist.org

PRAISE AND WORSHIP

PASTOR DESMOND PRINGLE

Grace and Peace be unto you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. In most christian churches praise and worship have become a central part of the liturgical experience. However, beyond the corporate worship

experience praise and worship is paramount to the life of every believer and should be engaged on a daily basis. In the Acts 16:25-26 Paul and Silas were in a very dark place in their lives.  They were not just in prison with the general population they were in the “inner prison” on lock down, locked up and with their hands and feet shackled in stocks.   This description of Paul and Silas’ condition is not one to be skimmed over. Are you in a dark place in your life? Are you held up, held down, or held back? Do you feel like you’ve

been stripped of your power and beatened up by life? Well Paul and Silas were in this very predicament and it was not just a metaphorical disposition. They had been stripped of their clothing, beatened, throne into the hole as it were, and shackled by their feet. Yet at midnight, the darkest hour, they weren’t crying in despair. But rather they prayed and sang praises to God.  In the midst of what has happened to you regardless of how painful and uncomfortable it may be praise and worship are the answer. God’s re-

sponse to their prayers and praise was that  the prison floors were shakened, all the prison doors were opened, and everyone’s bands were loosed. Note, not only Paul and Silas’ but all the prisoner’s bands were loosed  and prison doors were opened. Herein lies the power of praise and worship. It has to become more than just the opening act, something that gets the service started, something that warms the people up until the rest of the service ensues. But prayers, praise and worship are designed to synchronize and get us

on God’s page. It releases one from the distraction of present circumstances. It causes the will of God to be the dominant influence. It prepares the platform for God to perform. He inhabits the praises of his people and where ever he shows up and manifests, things have to change. Things have to come into divine alignment. The best thing you can do for yourself with respect to affecting the change you need to see is to perfect the language of praise and worship. Get songs that speak of the glory and power of God in your repertoire. Don’t sing the problem, sing the solution. The Lord our God is strong and mighty. He’s mighty in battle.  There are no limitations or anything beyond his ability to change, fix, and restore. I encourage and exhort you to exercise your right to pray, praise, worship and watch the glory of God manifest in your life. 

RAISE THE PRAISE - THE PULSE OF THE CHURCH AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES “Simplifying Life”

JASON TROY LEWIS

I recently attended a conference entitled, “Simply Lead.” The aim of the conference focused on simplifying our outlook on leadership and assisting in making progress through narrowing our pa-

rameters and trimming the fat of unnecessary complexities. As I contemplate the principles of the conference, I found practical application, not just for commercial use, but personal as well. Simplify Life! Ken Segall, who was the marketing Svengali and named interim CEO in 1997 of Apple, gives principles on simplifying business strategy. These strategies have relevancy to everyday life. I would like to share a couple of them with you and add personal commentary, as well as an additional two principle of my own in hopes that they assist you to taper your life

towards success. Think Clarity: You cannot make forward progress if you’re unaware as to the direction you would like for it to go. Too often we have such a broad idea as to the goals we seek to accomplish and acquire. We create elaborate blueprints that are overly detailed and stretch us too thin. Clarify your vision for your life. Think Brutal: Strive to be honest with yourself and those around you. Work diligently not to invite insignificant ideas, functions or plans to infiltrate the direction and course you’ve established. This may pose to be a difficult

problem in that it can be hard to discern personal bad ideas and you risk offending others. However, it’s worth the effort. Think Pleasurable: Know that quality of life is your ultimate objective. Think about what brings long term happiness. Build careers, establish relationships and seek adventures that are pleasant and fit within your goals towards success. Try not to waste idle time with distressing and melancholy activity. Think Godly: Remember that pleasing God is always your primary objective. Our plans should never move outside the biblical standards of

God, nor cause us to misrepresent him. If your plan for success cheats, manipulates or deceives other, you need a new plan. “If your company ever fails, you can be sure it won’t be the fault of simplicity - it will be the result of its absence.” - Ken Segall Article by: Jason Troy Lewis, Executive Pastor, The Redeemer Church of Los Angeles 1631 W. Adams Blvd, L.A., CA 90007 w w w. f a c e b o o k . com/jasontroylewis www.jasontroy l e w i s . bl o g s p ot . c om

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