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PRAISES OF ZION CELEBRATES 58TH CHURCH ANNIVERSARY

DR. J. BENJAMIN HARDWICK

Dr. J.B. Hardwick, Senior Pastor of Praises of Zion M.B.C. prayerfully announces

that God is allowing us to celebrate our 58th Church Anniversary the entire month of December. The theme chosen is: “Praises of Zion Moving Forward by Faith”. The scripture reference is (2 Corinthians 5:7) Among the activities planned is our 2012 Gospel Music Workshop “Perfect Praise” (John 4:23-24), beginning Wednesday, December 12th thru 14th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 2012, at 3:30 p.m., we will have a Grand Christmas Musical. We are located at 8222 S.

San Pedro St., in Los Angeles, California. Our workshop leaders are: Rev. Abram B. Dixon, Renewed Mind Ministry, Sister Kimaya Seward, Power of Presentation Ent., Rev. Prentiss Lewis, Greater Starlight M.B.C., and Brother David “Preach” Bal4, Musician, Song-writer. Brothers Louis Monroe, Pierre Miles, Tyjuan Danzler, and Bernell Robinson will also lend their musical talents to this effort. The workshop is open to anyone who would like to participate. There is a small registration fee

per person to cover the costs of materials, and refreshments. Pre-registration is available by contacting Brother Tommy Johnson, Minister of Music at tommysworldcl@gmail.com, or you may reach the church office at (323) 750-1033. You Bible scholars know the Bible talks about faith, and it also talks about those persons who had faith. In this world, you don’t often see much faith… fact is, some people we have contact with are negative most of the time. Whenever presented with an idea, they

start rattling off reasons that it won‘t work. That is not faith. For 58 years Pastor Hardwick has taught us that “You need faith in order to please God. Also, you must believe that God is real, and that He rewards everyone who searches for Him” He continues by saying, “Consider me a moment. Down through these 58 years the Holy Spirit has given me dreams and ideas that most of the time to me seemed bigContinued On Page 5

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FROM LABOR TO REWARD

DR. JOSEPH L. HOLMES SUNRISE

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For 52 years, Dr, Joseph L. Holmes has made it his mission to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in order that man might be saved. Dr. Joseph L. Holmes is the Founder, builder and Pastor Emeritus of Double Rock Baptist Church in Compton, California. In 1960 he was led by the Holy Spirit to organize the Double Rock Baptist Church with three members in his home. As the membership grew, Dr. Holmes pur-

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chased property at 1901 West Reeves in Compton, and later purchased a building that was moved on the property to accommodate the fast growing church. Dr. Holmes has always allowed the Lord to use him to minister to the needs of his parishioners. His motivating teaching and preaching paved the way for enormous growth

because he brought new challenging ideas that spiritually lift God’s people. As a result, God continued to bless the church, and the membership grew to over five hundred that mandated a larger sanctuary. Dr. Holmes took on the chalContinued On Page 2

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Pilgrim M.B.C. 11th Annual

Super Prayer Meeting

DR. MARVIS DAVIS AND MOTHER GLADYS EVELYN WILLIAMS

Dr. Marvis L. davis Sr. Ph.D., Pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church and President of the Baptist Minister’s Conference Along with the Williams Family (Sisters: Jacqueline, Regina, and Yvette) & New Bethel Baptist Church Cordially invite you to celebrate their Mother’s 95th Birthday Celebration. Saturday December 15th at 2pm at New Bethel Baptist Church

Luther McCraw Educational Building 503 Brooks Avenue Venice CA 90291 For more information contact (310) 392-3958 or email newbethelbaptist@ verizon.net. Christmas Musical following celebration promptly at 4pm. Special guests include Rev. Alexander Hamilton & the Voices of Inspiration with Immanuel Gospel Community Choir, Dr. Rickey Grundy, and Kenneth Glover.

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EVANG. MANUEL SCOTT JR.

Mark your calendars! Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Pilgrim will be hosting its Annual Super Prayer Meeting.  Our theme this year is: “PRAYING OUR WAY THROUGH” - Matthews 7:7.  Our speaker for the evening is the renowned and distinguished preacher and teacher, Dr. Manuel Scott, Jr. The congregation, along with our Pastor, Dr. Albert Nicholas, is inviting everyone in the community to attend this spirit-filled service. Host Church Location:  Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 950 East 45th Street, Los Angeles, CA.  90011, (323) 231-1953.

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lenge to personally build the edifice that is now used for worship service with a seating capacity of 2000 that took him five years to complete. Being led by God in 1990, Dr. Holmes built with the help of a few volunteers, another addition to the Church, the James Taylor Pavilion. This addition houses classrooms and a multipurpose room that Dr. Holmes used to open a learning center for preschool age children. Still being driven to help the community, he built, with the help of a few volunteers, another addition to the church, The Joseph L. Holmes Family Center. The family center has a gymnasium and educational rooms for counseling and tutorial programs that provides many diverse attractions for the membership of the church and the community. A firm believer in community involvement, Dr. Holmes served and participated in numerous community outreach programs in the City of Compton. For his contribution to the community, the City of Compton named a street honoring him, “Dr Joseph L. Holmes Way” Dr. Holmes has traveled extensively through out the world leading tour groups to the Holy Land every two years for the last twentyfive years. He has preached throughout the world, from the famous Parthenon on

Mars Hill in Athens, Greece to the lowly village of Obewausi in Ghana, Africa. He continued to speak throughout Los Angeles County. Dr. Holmes received his doctorate degree through the following schools: Compton College, Reed College of Religion, Redlands University and Biola University of La Mirada, California.

Memorial Services will be Friday November 30, 2012 6pm, also at the ROCK. Homegoing Celebration Services for Dr. Joseph Louis Holmes will be Saturday December 1st, 2012 @ Double Rock Baptist Church 1900 W. Alondra Bl, Compton, CA 90220 @ 11:00am promptly.

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Greetings, from Pastor T. Collins, and St. Rest Baptist Church. Please join us as we begin the Holiday Session, with Fine Dining and Fashion, Date: December 15, 2012, Time: 6pm – 10pm. Location: St Rest Fellowship Hall, 709 W. Manchester Ave., Los

Angeles RSVP: Ella Brown, 323.755.6179; Queen Collins, 323.754.1669; St. Rest B.C., 323.752.6179, 709 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90044; Phone: 323.752.6179 Fax: 323.752.2340. Rev. Torrey N. Collins, Pastor.

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The Women’s Department of the MMBA will host their Annual Christmas Gala on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. until noon at Roger Williams Baptist Church 1342 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles CA. Our speaker will be Rev. W. Keith Woods, Moderator of the MMBA and Pastor of Roger Williams Baptist Church. Other featured guest will be Rev. Welton Pleasant, Pastor of

Christ Second Baptist Church of Long Beach and Mr. Hurricane. Our Theme: Fulfilling God’s plan with Worshiping Wisdom - Fellowship. Come and be fed spiritually and physically, lunch will be served. We hope to see you there. May God Bless and keep you. For additional information you may contact W. Dell Lowe, President (323) 735-7642.

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Techniques to Develop a Positive Attitude/Positivism

Be Committed – Though the choice is yours, You should be having the will power to achieve a positive attitude. Curb Unwanted Activities – Now that you are really committed, Avoid spending a lot of time for TV, Radio etc. and instead try to read a positive book, you can also read inspiring

quotes to increase positivism. Positive Language – You probably know this, Avoid words like ‘never’, ‘can’t’, ‘won’t’ and don’t always use a ‘why’. Use phrases like ‘I can’, ‘I want’, ‘I will’, ‘I need’, ‘I should’ etc. Have Positive People Around You – It is quite tough, but try to surround yourself

with people who support you, speak the truth and think positively. Try to avoid people who criticize often. Also avoid people who are jealous of you and impede your progress. Don’t Expect Anything in Return – Give away what you seek without expectation or measuring. When

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New Study Shows Need, Demand for Legal Services By Working Americans and Families Study Identifies Cost and Confusion as Barriers to Getting Needed Legal Help LOS ANGELES, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  A new nationwide study released today by LegalShield shows that working Americans and their families face a broad array of legal issues daily but only infrequently seek out help due to the cost, confusion and hassle of dealing with the legal system.  Even for serious legal events such as divorce, IRS audits, DWI/DUI arrests, real estate purchase, identity theft, or the death of a spouse without a will, an alarming number of Americans are forgoing the legal help they need to protect themselves and their families. The survey shows 57 million of full-time working Americans experienced at least one significant legal event in the past 12 months, but only 60 percent of those who experienced such an event actually sought out the services of a lawyer to help them.  The rest said they

were “hesitant” or “dread” calling a lawyer because they are too hard to find, cost too much and are “difficult” and “intimidating” to work with. “Our research shows what we’ve known intuitively for a long time – many Americans don’t believe they can get the legal help they need to protect themselves and their families,” said Rip Mason, CEO of LegalShield. “Too many people believe they have to go at it alone and hope for the best when it comes to dealing with all but the most serious legal issues.  Fortunately, that’s not the case.  Americans just need to become more aware of the options – such as a LegalShield plan – that guarantees they have access to help from qualified attorneys no matter how serious or trivial the issue.” The survey findings show that when barriers to access and cost are removed or

reduced, Americans are more likely seek out the counsel of an attorney. Ninety-one percent of respondents said they would seek the help of a lawyer for even the most trivial issue – such as the review of a rental agreement – if their services were easier to access and more affordable.  Two-thirds of respondents said they found their lawyer randomly online or through some sort of advertising and had little information about their qualifications or experience.  They also said they paid an average of $284 an hour for the services of a lawyer. “It’s not that American’s don’t believe that they need legal help, they’re just not sure that the benefit outweighs the cost or the hassle,” Mason said.  “That why it’s important to remove the negative cost/ benefit assumption from the equation.  With LegalShield, members pay as little as $17 a

month to get unlimited access to dedicated accomplished law firms who are staffed with experienced lawyers specializing in the areas of law that impact American families the most.” Despite the benefits of legal plans such as LegalShield, only 10 percent of respondents said they are covered by any sort of legal service program. “More and more employers are looking at legal plans as part of their voluntary benefits package. They see it as a way to address absenteeism associated with the legal problem employees experience in their lives,” Mason said. “Our study showed that 66 percent of workers who experienced a legal issue had to take time off from work to deal with it.  The survey also shows that employees who were covered by a legal protection plan are happier, have greater peace of mind and are more focused on their work. Methodology

This study of full-time employees in the U.S. was conducted over the Internet. A national probability sample of males and females aged 18 to 64 was drawn from American Consumer Opinion® Online, Decision Analyst’s worldwide panel of over eight million consumers.  The sample was balanced by geography and selected demographics, such as gender, age, ethnicity, and household income.  Panelists were invited by email to the screening survey, and those employed fulltime were invited to Decision Analyst’s DAISurvey™ website to participate in the study.   A total of 1,000 interviews were completed online from September 20 through September 26, 2012. About LegalShield LegalShield is the only national legal safeguard to provide its members with access to quality legal services from an accomplished law firm in the U.S. and Canada for legal advice and assistance as much as they want no matter how trivial or serious the issue.  For as low as $17 per month, LegalShield members get access to qualified attorneys who are experts in the areas of law that most impact families and small businesses.  Founded in 1972 in Ada, Oklahoma, LegalShield has more than 1.4 million members and dedicated law firms in 49 states across the U.S. and four provinces in Canada.  The company’s website is www. IwantLegalshieldnow.com

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ONE FAITH FELLOWSHIP’S NUGGETS FOR THE SOUL YOU are just like THEM!! Subconsciously, sometimes we consider people in the Bible, (Moses, Abraham, Mary, Paul, Peter, just to name a few), as super-special angelic beings. “They had to be” some would think, since their lives were included in the Bible and because they did such “fantastic” acts. Some of “them” even walked and talked “with Jesus”, so undoubtedly, they were SPECIAL people. However, they were ordinary people just like we are today. They had to live through each second of the day just like we do; having “good and bad days”. There were times they ALSO wondered if they were doing what God had purposed

for them to do and if their lives pleased God. There were days when they also did not know what to do and wondered when their change would come. They had family issues; some resolved and others unresolved. They had friends and enemies. There were times they doubted their abilities and gifts just like we do today. There were days when they walked in victory and the devil could not infiltrate their spirits as well as other days having to fight off being depressed. The point being, they were people just like you and I sojourning the path of life. Daddy-God wants us to know

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that He definitely loves us and is proud of us striving to be pleasing in His sight. Also, that He honors the times when we really, really try to walk in the right spirit, say and to do the right thing. Daddy-God wants

As we are now in between holidays, this is a mindset that one has to be intentional about. It cannot be driven by what is or is not going on in your life. This season finds people in a myriad of moods and mental dispositions. Some are happy, excited, and fully anticipating the holiday festivities.  Others are in the fight of their lives. However, as saints of the most high God, in whatever state we find

ourselves we are to BE content. I know that this is easier said than done, but consider the alternative. If you don’t take the time to capture your thoughts and hone them in on things that are lovely and good the enemy will flood your consciousness with negativity overload. As a man thinketh in his heart so is he. We’ve got to do like the Apostle Paul states in Acts 26:2. Here he’s about to be offered for execution and when

he is given the opportunity by the king to speak for himself or give his testimony he says, “I THINK myself happy.” In other words he exercised the option to not focus on an impending execution but rather consider thoughts that would fortify his soul in joy. My brothers and sisters, regardless of how bad things are in the natural, your internal disposition can be under the auspices of the greatest influence which is the joy of the Lord! Continued From Page 2

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ment give you negativity. Avoid them to have a positive attitude. Make Positive and Realistic Dreams – Don’t try to live up to the expectations of others. Do what you really dream of. Have positive and achievable dreams. Dare the Truth, Believe in what you really think is ‘The Truth’ and what you really want to do Take responsibility of your actions, your life – If you do this, you will start realizing your own mistakes and with that you try to avoid doing mistakes giving you positivity. Show gratitude to people. Track your results in a gratitude journal. Track your success results. Meditation – Like I’ve said in previous articles, Have visualization of good imagery, Positive Outcomes as your imagery in this case. Try to check your Continued On Page 5

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cerned about EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE that concerns us. He is so mindful of you and me that we cannot even conceive the height nor depth and width of His Great Love for us! He also wants us to know that history books are being written about our actions, words and the imprint upon this world that we are making. There will be people long after our eternal transitions that will remember how we touched their hearts or will hear a word spoken by us that will minister to and encourContinued On Page 14

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SANTA CLAUSE STOLE CHRISTMAS Christmas Day is fast approaching Therefore I must be candid Why do we allow that jolly guy To make out like a bandit He did not save anyone From suffering and damnation Nor rescued a single soul From any doggone situation Yet his image is everywhere Claiming Christmas as his own But if you were hungry as a dog Santa wouldn’t toss you a bone Unless of course it was attached To fancy Christmas cloth With a dollar sign proclaiming Today is half price off Yet Jesus Christ who saved us all And died upon the cross Even Christmas is named in his honor Is robbed by Santa Claus

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us to remember that He is with us even when it seems that He is nowhere around. He knows the multitude of challenges we face while yet desiring to hold on to our Christian commitments to do His work rather than choosing to “try” to handle our own concerns. DaddyGod sees our frustrations and comes to lead and guide us as He did our Biblical brothers and sisters. Daddy-God is mindful of when He needs to send a direct word of encouragement to us and does so. He is sensitive as to when we are becoming weary and knows just how long to withhold from us. Daddy-God is con-

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ger than my abilities and resources…..but thanks be to God and my faith in Him, I was always able to be sure of what I hoped for, and to believe that I could not see. Why or how you might ask? “Because of my steadfast faith, I was absolutely confident that God could make it happen!” Pastor Hardwick continuously preaches boldly saying, “Read the Word. Faith grows on you as you become confident in His Word. Hide it in

your heart, try them, and let God show you that He means business. Believing Him is crucial, and no one else can do it for you. You must develop your own faith and not let it be shaken. Sit back, you can see it work, and God will be pleased.” Remember to walk by faith, not by sight. To God be the glory! Dr. J. Benjamin Hardwick, Senior Pastor, Brother Tommy Johnson, Minister of Music, and Sister Clarice Holmes, Reporter.

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Good News From Greater New Unity Baptist Church

Greetings in the blessed name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Praise God for allowing us to enter in the last month of this year-  we have made it to see December of 2012!!!   It is the month when we commemorate the birth of our Savior and Lord; it is one of the most wonderful times of the yearAdvent is here!!  What a blessing to still be in the land of the living, indeed, Christmas is in the air!!! Greater New Unity is truly the place of praise!!  This Saturday, December 8, at 6 pm, Evangelist Chauntea Metcalfe and the C. Metcalfe Ministries will be presenting “REAL MEN WORSHIP”!   Real Men, will be singing until the power of the Lord comes down, rendering true praise and worship to the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings, and you are invited to come and join in on a Saturday evening at Greater New Unity-  remember- this is the place where it happens!! Admission is free, come pray-

ing that the Lord will use these men , men like Bro. Kenneth Williams, Rev. Randy Allison Jr., Bro., Omarii Johnson, Pastor Rafer Owens and the Faith Institutional Missionary Baptist Church of Compton, Bro. Kedrick Johnson, Bro. Mychal Johnson,   and so many more!  Come and worship and praise God  with the REAL MEN!! Greater New Unity is a forward moving church serving a forward moving God!  We are still located on the corner of 98th and Avalon, where the power lines of the city meet the power of God, where everybody is somebody and Christ is the center of all.  We pray for all those who stand in the need of prayer, for those on our ever-growing prayer list, especially for those who are sick and shut-in and down and out physically, mentally or spiritually.  God knows and He cares.  Rev. Randy Allison serves as Pastor of this flock and reporting has been yours truly, Sis. Arlene Andrews.  Until next week, don’t forget to keep RAISING THE PRAISE!! 

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December 9, 2012 at 4::00PM Greetings to all in the mighty precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, History is full of individuals who have made a difference. Candlelight Service was a vision given by God to the late Rev. David M. Durham organizer and Prof. Marvin Jenkins Musician continued by Prof. Leon Lemons which has been celebrated for over

good decisions during stressful times. If you want to experience the thrill of living victoriously in your everyday life, come and be in this service to hear how we are “Letting Go Crazy for Good.” We have all been in that place where we thought we’d lose our minds. We will share: How to re-organize in the middle of crazy, how to recognize switches, glitches, ditches and triggers in ourselves that would lead

50 years and still being blessed from Genesis to Revelation. We see God’s hand on the lives of many individuals who thought, said and did what was right regardless and as a result we still celebrate this day giving God Glory, Praise, and Honor there will be many guests appearing. On Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 4:00p.m. you are invited to come share in our

Candlelight Service with us. We know you will be blessed by the presence of the Holy Spirit. We can truly say history will be made! Traveler’s Rest is located at 1417 East Florence Avenue in the city of Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Joe L. Gates, Sr., Interim Pastor, Sharon Boy Saw Chairperson /President of Choir, Ishmael Combs Minister of Music.

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Negative Emotions Posture – Adjust your posture, Sit Straight, Sit tight and don’t lean; You’ll see the difference! (Why don’t you try it now?) The Sedona Method – Helps you release the negative emotions, Make you happy for a long time. Proper Diet – Improving your health gives you a positive

“BootCamp” for the 21st Century Woman at Evening Star MBC Theme: Letting Go “Crazy” for Good! The Maturity and Mission Ministries along with the Magnification Ministry of the Evening Star Missionary Baptist Church will present the culmination of a BootCamp experience on Sunday, December 30th at 3:30 PM. The Boot Camp was entitled, “Letting Go Crazy for Good!” It was designed to allow women to discuss and apply wisdom to real life issues and to supply them with tools to make

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us toward crazy, and how to know the difference between a challenge and an opportunity, (just to name a few). If you don’t want CRAZY to follow you into 2013, come and be with us. On Sunday at 3:30 PM, we will celebrate our letting go of “CRAZY” as we recognize ”CRAZY” and replace it with wisdom so we can live lives of victory is Jesus. Remember registration is FREE! All we ask is that you call

attitude. Eat Properly and Carefully and have a well-planned and carefully chosen diet Play Around – Don’t stress yourself too much. It leads to negativism. Take some time to play too. How about Positive Affirmations? – Get positive messages to your inbox daily. Small ones, they have a big impact.

323-231-2391 so that we can prepare for you to be with us. Also, wear your military gear along with your boots, so that we can “Walk Out Our Faith”. Can’t wait to see you there! Some of the victorious things we have done are: volunteered at the Aspire School and made donations for their rummage

sale, delivered bread to New Image, delivered toiletry items to His Sheltering Arms, passed out food baskets to families in need. Evening Star Missionary Baptist Church is located at 211 West 59th Street, Los Angeles, California. The Rev. Keith B. Williams is our pastor.

Bible Fellowship B.C Trustee Board Presents 100 Women in Red Greetings to you as we are close to the end of the year 2012 and with our Lord’s Grace and Mercy will enter into the year of 2013. Bible Fellowship Baptist Church Trustee Board along with our Pastor and congregation invites all that can to come and fellowship with us on Sunday Dec. 9th, 2012 at 3:00PM as we present our final program of the year 2012. 100 Women in Red. The theme is “God’s Power Working Through Women” Romans 1:16. Bible Fellowship is located at 6915 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90003. For more information contact (323) 751-3532 or (323) 751-7331. Rev. DeShay Ward Sr. Pastor, Sis. Bernice Wooden Reporter, presented by Ethel Hightower.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

ONE IN JESUS CHRIST Bible Background • Ephesians 2-3 Printed Text • Ephesians 2:11-22 Devotional Reading • Ephesians 3:14-21

AIM for Change

By the end of the lesson, we will: UNDERSTAND Paul’s explanation of Jews and Gentiles becoming one in Christ; EXPRESS pain and sorrow over the divisions within Christ’s church and joy when divisions are broken down; and BECOME acquainted with church-unifying and church-dividing issues in order to devise strategies for addressing them.

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“In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord” (Ephesians 2:21).

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Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

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IN FOCUS Carl and Regina held such high hopes when they married, but they could never have known that blending two families together would prove to be so difficult. Regina’s children from a previous relationship were crazy about Carl, but they seemed to resent the things he did for his children during their weekend visits. Regina felt that Carl probably was doing too much for them, trying to make up for not being with them all the time. Last weekend was the worst! Carl and Regina had to referee what was about to become World War III. Their two daughters were arguing about what to watch on the big-screen television. Regina’s daughter, Nicole, screamed at Carl’s daughter Kari, “I don’t care what you want! You’re not really a part of this family, anyway. Your daddy lives with me!” Carl and Regina had to explain to their children that, even though Carl’s children weren’t there all the time, they were both an equal and important part of their family. Christians often have similar problems with diverse members coming together as one. What are some of the divisions in the Christian church today? In today’s lesson, Paul tackles the problem of division between the Jews and Gentiles in the Ephesian congregation. THE PEOPLE, PLACES AND TIMES The Temple. The Temple at Jerusalem was made up of many courts. Paul focuses on the outer court, but there were four different ones. The outer court was where the Gentiles had to stay. A lot of money exchanging or selling took place in the outer court. Next, there was the court of the Jewish women. The women could only go as far as this court. Next is the court of the Israelites where the Israelite men would go and offer sacrifices. The inner court is called the “Holy of Holies.” No one could go into that court except the high priest; even he could go in only once a year. Before he could enter, he had to undergo a cleansing ritual. The Holy of Holies is the place where God dwelled, separated from the rest of the temple by a curtain. The Gospels report that when Jesus was crucified, the curtain was torn. Circumcision. It is the act of removing the foreskin of the male sex organ. In ancient Israel, this act was performed as a ritual on children, natives, servants, and outsiders on the eighth day after birth. In the Jewish faith, it was an external symbol of one’s total and complete allegiance and devotion to Yahweh. Controversy arose in the early church over the circumcision of Gentile converts (Acts 15:13-18). During the A.D. first century, Jews frowned upon non-circumcision among Christians. Apostle Paul played a crucial role in settling the dispute. He determined that physical circumcision was not essential to Christian faith

December 9, 2012 -Bible Study Guide 2 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

and fellowship. Circumcision of the heart through repentance and faith were the only requirements of the faith for non-Jewish Christians. BACKGROUND Many barriers divided the Jews and the Gentiles in the ancient world. Paul devotes much of his attention in this portion of the letter to the essential oneness of the church. For Jews and Gentiles alike, Paul explained that keeping the law was not a requirement for salvation. Christ is the fulfillment of the law, making it complete. (Salvation cannot be earned through strict adherence to the law or by works. Nevertheless, we are not absolved of our responsibility to do what is right. Salvation by grace through faith does lead to good works; thus, no one had the right to boast about personal goodness.) There was no need for Jews and Gentiles to be divided based on Mosaic Law. Christ became and remains the peace of all believers. Therefore, there is no need for division and discord. By lessening the significance of ethnic and cultural identity, both Jews and Gentiles gained something far better and greater. 1. The Gentile’s Status (Ephesians 2:11-13) Paul reminds his readers that before they were converted, they were Gentiles by birth and therefore considered outcasts by the Jews. The Jews despised them, as indicated by the fact that they were called the Uncircumcision. The Jews regarded their circumcised state with snobbery, as this signified that they were God’s chosen people. They referred to themselves as the Circumcision. Paul corrects their sense of superiority by clearly stating that their circumcision was by human effort and therefore merely a physical act. What was really important, he told them, was circumcision of the heart. While the Jews held on to a false sense of superiority about their status as the chosen, the Gentiles were without a savior altogether. The Messiah was promised to the Jews, even though Isaiah foretold that the blessing would flow to all nations. Christ was sent, “unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24). The Gentiles were “aliens from the commonwealth of Israel” (Ephesians 2:12). They did not belong among God’s chosen. They were strangers to His promise considering all of God’s covenants had promised blessings to the Jews. For all practical purposes, the Gentiles stood on the outside looking in without hope. But because of

God’s love, the former establishment was done away with. When the Gentiles receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, God places them in Christ and accepts them through Him. Jesus Christ has broken down the barriers that separate all people. 2. Jews and Gentiles Together (vv. 14-18) In the first part of chapter two, Paul traces the salvation of both Jews and Gentiles. The two groups held different perceptions of what it means to be saved. Here, Paul moves forward to dissolve their nationalistic and cultural biases to affirm unity in Christ and explain the necessity for unity. Through His shed blood, Christ broke down “the middle wall of partition between us” (v. 14). The barriers that divided Jews and Gentiles are now gone. Where there were two, there is now one. There is but one Christ for both the mighty and powerful and the lowly and powerless. For every race and culture, there is only one savior. Paul describes Christ as our peace. When Christ came to us, He “preached peace” to those near and far (v. 17). In this instance, those who were near were the Jews. They had already received a promise. Those who were afar were the Gentiles, those who had no covenant with God; they held no assurance of His presence or promise. This being the case, it is not difficult to understand why the Jews held a certain snobbery concerning their status as God’s chosen people. Peace was needed to unify two groups that were alienated from each other. As our peace, Christ has created a new people, free from the limitations of imposed human boundaries such as culture, race, gender, education, social, or economic standing. All believers now have access to the presence of God at any time. This was in stark contrast to the Old Testament, when only the high priest could go into the Holy of Holies, the place where God dwelled. 3. One Church, One Foundation (vv. 19-22) Paul often uses the words “now therefore” when making a conclusion (see v. 19). He concludes that the Gentiles were in no way inferior to the Jews. Christ did away with all of that. The apostle lists some of the many great benefits available to all believing Gentiles, as they are no longer strangers and foreigners. Never again will they be looked upon as less than others or as outsiders. Now they are fellow citizens and equal heirs to the inheritance. Christians of Jewish ancestries have no advantage over the believing Gentiles. All believers are first-class citizens in the kingdom of heaven. As they are now a part of the church, they have become stones, or building blocks, in the construction of a holy temple. This new temple will also have a foundation, with Christ as the “chief corner stone” that bonds the temple together. This new Temple, the church, is built upon the apostles and prophets of the New Testament. The apostles and prophets are not the foundation; Christ is the foundation. The foundation was laid in what the

apostles and prophets taught about the Person and work of Jesus Christ. Christ is more than the foundation of the church, however; He is also the chief cornerstone, joining the two walls that were once separated: Jews and Gentiles. In this new temple that Christ has created, everyone will have an equal place. When Jesus created a new covenant between God and humankind, He made a new people of God, one body— the church. SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES 1. What were the Gentiles called (Ephesians 2:11)? 2. How did the Jews refer to themselves (v. 11)? 3. What barrier did Christ break down (v. 14)? DISCUSS THE MEANING Because it is our responsibility to care for the church of Christ and to continue to bring new stones, in what ways have we neglected our duties, both to the universal church and in local church? LESSON IN OUR SOCIETY Some believers are determined to create cultural, racial, and ethnic barriers within the church. Many arguments and divisions have arisen over doctrinal issues. Some have attacked others as being unsaved for not adhering to certain standards. All believers should be careful to avoid ostracizing others. We should also be mindful of how what we do based on our preferences creates division. Christ desires that we engage ourselves in activities that draw us closer to Him and to one another. MAKE IT HAPPEN Think about who you are

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Daily Bible Readings MONDAY Reviving the Humble and the Contrite (Isaiah 57:14-19) TUESDAY Building on the True Foundation (1 Corinthians 3:10-16) WEDNESDAY Sharing in the Promise (Ephesians 3:1-6) THURSDAY Making Known the Wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:7-13) FRIDAY Praying for Spiritual Power (Ephesians 3:14-21) FRIDAY Discovering the Gift of Salvation (Ephesians 2:1-10) SUNDAY Discovering Our Oneness in Christ (Ephesians 2:11-22) 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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to people in your home, in your church, on your job, and in the community. Why is it important that you have good standing in all of these areas? How do you devote yourself equally to maintaining your role as a follower of Christ (not merely a church member)? How do you try to hold yourself responsible to do what Christ desires of you? Think of at least one action or step you can take to show that it is important to you to continue to live as a disciple “in good standing.” MORE LIGHT ON TEXT Ephesians 2:11-22 11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; Pa u l , f o r t h e f i r s t t i m e , identifies those whom he is addressing in verse 11— the Gentiles. He reminds them who they were before they received Christ. He uses different terms to describe their position before their union with Christ. First, they were “Gentiles in the flesh” (Gk. ethnos, ETH-nos),

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heathen, non-Jewish nations by birth, which the Jews (the Circumcision) disrespectfully called the Uncircumcision. God had instructed Abraham in Genesis to circumcise every male child in his household, including his servants (Genesis 17:11). This practice became a visible, physical sign of the covenant between the Lord and His people. Any Jewish male who was not circumcised was to be excised from his people (Genesis 17:14) and regarded as a covenantbreaker (Exodus 4:24-26). The Jewish people took great pride in circumcision, and it became a badge of their spiritual and national superiority. Devout Jews, in recognition of God’s continuing covenant with Israel, faithfully practiced circumcision in the New Testament period. Both John the Baptist (Luke 1:59) and Jesus (Luke 2:21) were circumcised in accordance with the Jewish rite. The practice raised a spirit of exclusivity and resentment between Jews and Gentiles and later brought discord into the fellowship of the first century church (Acts 15:1; see Paul’s letter to Galatians). An exaggerated importance had been placed on the rite, and each side called the other names.

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1-888-290-7277 Paul (especially in Galatians) seems to de-emphasize the physical rite, and he says that the so-called Jewish circumcision is only in the flesh (a purely physical mark) and something made by human hands rather than spiritual. He says in essence that the true motive behind the circumcision of the flesh is a circumcision of the heart that is spiritual instead of physical. That kind of circumcision is needed and available to both Jews and Gentiles alike (Romans 2:28-29; Colossians 2:1113). Writing to the Philippian Christians (both Jews and Gentiles), Paul says, “For we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3, NASB). 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: Acknowledging that they’re been scornfully labeled, Paul calls their attention to spiritual and physical alienation. First, they are to remember that during that time (“in time past,” Ephesians 2:11), they

NEWS@RAISETHEPRAISENEWS.NET were separated from Christ (“ye were without Christ,” v. 12). The word “Christ” is probably used here in the general sense of Messiah, and means they did not share in the then Jews’ Messianic hope for the future. This Messianic hope is included in the Jews’ privileges that Paul lists in Romans 9:4-5. Because the Gentiles are alienated from the Messiah who is promised to and the hope of the Jews, they are also distanced from the commonwealth of Israel and therefore strangers from (and to) the covenants of promise. The word “commonwealth” (Gk. politeia, pol-ee-TI-ah) means “citizenship.” Therefore, Gentiles, by the fact of their birth, are deprived of the privileges of Israel (Romans 9:4-5) and excluded from the participation in their national rights, hopes, and promise. We know from the Old Testament that this covenant is the very heart of Israel’s relationship with God in which the Father solemnly pledges to be Israel’s God and declares that they be called His people (Leviticus 26:12). To partake in the covenant relationship, one must be born a Jew and a circumcised male. Gentiles are excluded from this Old Testament covenant.

As people who are separated from the Messianic hope (without Christ), estranged from the commonwealth of Israel and its privileges, and excluded from the covenant of promise as God’s people, the Gentiles have “no hope, and (are) without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). It is like a chain reaction. The ultimate result is that they are without God and, as such, hopeless in the world. This describes their position in their unbelief before they became Christians. 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; After describing the apparently gloomy and hopeless situation of the Gentiles before they became Christians, Paul now moves to the present positive state brought about by their new relationship in Christ. He says, “You who once were far off have been brought near” (v. 13, NKJV). That means

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LEADING WITH INTENT on every level for growth and success, and if the trainee follows through on all that he or she has been taught, not only does the trainee benefit, but the employer benefits as well. It’s important to realize that success of the company or business did not haphazardly or accidentally happen, but their actions were intentional. What do you want to see happen in your church? What would you like to see happen in the ministry that you give oversight too? Where do you want people to be? How will you get them there? Clarify

what is important – what is it that really matters; clarify what the vision is, vision is action oriented; when the vision is clarified it creates positive momentum; think steps for spiritual growth; think steps for relational growth, and think steps for community. Every step should be obvious. Make sure you base your program on ministry. Don’t fall into the trap of providing a program based on needs. When you make program decisions based on needs it can ultimately lead to an unhealthy organization, (the poor you will always have)

programs should be based on ministry, a ministry with an end in mind. Dr. Joyce is a layperson, under the leadership of Dr. Ticey 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; she is available for workshops and seminars. Dr. Joyce’s contact info is, joyce-harrell@sbcglobal.net or (714)878-4854.

Grace Temple Baptist Church Mission Ministry Host Annual Christmas Party for Anne Douglas Center

God is Great, and Greatly to be Praised! On Friday, December 21, 2012, the Mission Ministry will be hosting a Christmas Party for the “Anne Douglas Center” for battered women. They have asked the entire Grace Temple family to kindly donate toiletries to make gift bags for these young women. As believers who walk with Christ, it is our duty to lend a helping hand and serve others when they are in need. “For God so loved the world, that he GAVE his only begotten son” John 3:16. Not only

does the Mission Ministry provide gifts bags for those who attend every year, but lunch is also given to these young women. In doing so, if you would like to be a blessing during this Christmas season, here is a great place to start! For more information, please contact the church office at (323) 971-8192. Grace Temple Baptist Church is located at 7017 S. Gramercy Pl. Los Angeles Ca 90047. Bishop Miquail M. Broadous, Pastor, Sis. Bernice Smith, Mission Ministry President, Sis. Celeste Williams, Reporting.

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Jawane Hilton Senior Pastor/Teacher

WORSHIP LOCATION: 16425 Ishida Ave Carson, CA 90248 (310) 327-0274 pastorjhiltoncothchurch.org

Sunday Morning Worship ............................10:30 AM Wednesday Mid-Week Renewal Service ....7:00 PM

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REV., DR. SOLOMON DRAKE PASTOR

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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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

Email: Pastorlewis@greaterstarlightmbc.org DR. PRENTISS LEWIS PASTOR

Church Website: www. greaterstarlightmbc.org Sunday School ................................................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ............................................... 11:00 A.M. Life Hour (2nd Sun.) ........................................... 8:00 A.M. Prayer Meeting/Bible Study (Tues.) ..................... 7:30 P.M. Hour of Power Prayer (Fri.) ............................... 5:00 A.M. Noonday Rhema (Fridays) ............................... 12:00 P.M.

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compton HOLY CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH

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.

4500 W. Adams Blvd. L.A., CA 90016 Phone: (323) 734-7920; Fax: (323) 734-2374 Email Address: Messiah1954@aol.com Web Address: Messiahmissionarybaptist.org REV. PERRY J. JONES, (SENIOR PASTOR) DR. WHALEN JONES, (PASTOR EMERITUS) Sunday School ..................................................... 9:00 A.M. Morning Worship ..............................7:30 A.M. & 10:30 A.M. Weekly Bible Study (Tues. & Thurs.) .................... 7:00 P.M. Weekly Bible Study /Prayer Mtg. ..................... 12:00 NOON Choir Rehearsal -”YOUTH” (Thurs.) ..................... 6:00 P.M.

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

Keith B. Williams Senior Pastor

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DR. J. BENJAMIN HARDWICK, SR. PASTOR Early Morning Worship ............................................. 6:45 A.M. Educational Hour .................................................... 9:15 A.M. Mid-Morning Worship ........................................... 10:30 A.M. Bible Study (Wed.) ................................................. 7:30 P.M. Broadcast ......................(KJLH 102.3)................... 5:00 A.M.

VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH OF LOS ANGELES 4802 South McKinley Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90011 PHONE: (323) 231-2424 PASTOR W. E. JENKINS Moderator of Los Angeles District Association Morning Worship ........................................... 9:00 A.M. Sunday School ............................................ 10:45 A.M. Children’s Church (1st Sun.) ....................... 10:00 A.M. Mdwk. Prayer (Wed.) ............................. 12 & 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.

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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.

The ROCK Christian Fellowship Build, Teach, Engage & Empower

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.

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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)

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REV. DEMONTRE REEVER YOUTH PASTOR

REV. E. ROLAND AREVALO PASTOR/SPANISH MINISTRY

Sunday School ................................................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship & Youth Worship.................... 10:45 A.M. Evangelistic Class...(3rd Tues) ............................7:00 P.M. Prayer Band (Wed.) ........................................ 12:00 Noon Mdwk. Prayer (Wed.) .......................................... 7:00 P.M. Spanish Worship (Sun) ...................................... 4:30 P.M. Spanish Prayer Mtg .. (Thurs) ..............................7:00 P.M.

FIRST ANTIOCH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

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.

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DR. B. T. NEWMAN SR. Pastor Emeritus

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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BISHOP ANTHONY BENJAMIN SR. SR. BISHOP HENRY J. COX Founder Sunday School .................................................................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................................................................11:00 A.M. Prayer Service (Tu................................................................ 6:00 P.M. Bible Study (Tues.) ...............................................................7:00 P.M. Praise Dance (Wed.) ........................................................... 7:00 P.M. Choir Rehearsal (Sat.) ......................................................... 1:30 P.M.

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YOUR ORDER OF SERVICE....... 9:00 A.M. YOUR ORDER OF SERVICE..... 10:45 A.M. YOUR ORDER OF SERVICE...... 7:30 P.M.

MT. TABOR MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

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.

YOUR CHURCH NAME

6614 SOUTH WESTERN AVE., LOS ANGELES, CA 90047

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

YOUR PASTOR’S NAME

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.csblb.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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Inglewood

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.)

carson YOUR CHURCH NAME

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.

Gardena

ELDER DAVID CROSS, PASTOR

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH

Dr. W. Jerome Fisher Senior Pastor

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ORDER OF SERVICE....... 9:00 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE..... 10:45 A.M. ORDER OF SERVICE...... 7:30 P.M.

GREATER MT. SINAI M.B.C. #2

“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.

“A Full Gospel B.C. Fellowship Affiliate”

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.

GREATER OPEN DOOR C.O.G.I.C.

132 East Artesia Blvd. LB, 90805 Phone: (562) 423-8653 DR. GARON HARDEN, PASTOR Early Morning Worship ......... 8:00 A.M. Sunday School/Life Dev...... 10:00 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 11:30 A.M. Evening Worship .................. 6:30 P.M. Covenant Sisters (Tues)........ 6:30 P.M. Prayer/Pastoral Min (Thurs)...7:15 P.M.

NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH

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-ELECT

Sunday School ............................... 9:30 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship .............. 11:00 A.M. Bible Study/Prayer Mtg... (Thurs) .... 6:00 PM.

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 (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.

YOUR CHURCH NAME Your Church Address Your Church Phone Your PASTOR order of service .................... 8:00 A.M. order of service...................... 9:30 A.M. order of service .................. 10:45 A.M. order of service .................. 12:00 P.M. order of service .................... 6:30 P.M. order of service..................... 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.

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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.

FRIENDLY FRIENDSHIP B.C.

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.

FRIENDLYWILL M.B.C.

1225 E. 68th St., L.A., CA 90001 Ph: (323) 585-7860; Fx. (323) 585-7860 website: www.friendlywill.org REV. CHEZ J. LISTER, SR., PASTOR Sunday School ...................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................. 11:00 A.M. Wed. (Church Hour of Prayer) . 6:00 P.M. Wed. (Bible Study) ................. 7:00 P.M. Church Office .... 10 A.M. - 2P.M. (M.- F.)

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.

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 BEREAN M.B.C.

12433 S. Main Street Los Angeles, Calif. 90061 (323) 757-3048 REV. JOE B. SMITH, JR PASTOR Sunday School .................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ................ 11:00 A.M. Prayer Service (Wed.) .......... 6:00 P.M. Bible Study (Wed)..................7:00 P.M.

YOUR CHURCH NAME

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.

GREATER NEW UNITY BAPTIST CHURCH

9719 S. Avalon Blvd., L.A., CA 90003 Phone: (323) 757-5094; FAX: (323) 757-1080 E-Mail: gnubc@att.net REV. RANDY ALLISON, JR. PASTOR

Sunday School ....................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship ..................10:45 A.M. Children’s Church ................ 10:45 A.M.

Midweek Prayer/Bible Study (Wed.) ...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

KING SOLOMON MISSIONARY B.C. 7407 South Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 900011 Phone: (323) 588-0659 REV. DAVID DUNCAN, PASTOR SERVICE TIME SCHEDULES: Sunday School ..................... 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service .... 11:00 A.M. Prayer/Bible Study (Wed.) ..... 7:00 P.M. Mission (Every 2nd/4th Tues.) 7:00 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.

MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH

1751 East 114th Street, L.A. Ca PHONE: (323) 569-9561 Email: Macedonia.baptist114@gmail.com REV. SHANE B. SCOTT PASTOR Sunday School ................. 8:15 A.M. Morning Worship................9:30 A.M. Bible Study...(Tue).. 11:00 A.M.& 7 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. CLIFFORD L. JOHNSON, Minister In Charge 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.

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los angeles YOUR CHURCH NAME Your Church Address Your Church Phone Your PASTOR order of service .................... 8:00 A.M. order of service...................... 9:30 A.M. order of service .................. 10:45 A.M. order of service .................. 12:00 P.M. order of service .................... 6:30 P.M. order of service..................... 7:00 P.M.

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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.

NEW PROVIDENCE M.B.C.

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.

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

Your Church Address Your Church Phone Number Your Church Email

www.tabernacleoffaithbaptistchurch.com

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.

ST. JOHN M.B.C.

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

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. ANDREWS BAPTIST CHURCH 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.

1794 W. 36th Pl. - L.A., CA 90018 Phone: (323) 735-0201 / 735-0202 REV. ALEX TOUSSAINT, PASTOR

Church School ......................... 7:30 A.M. Morning Worship .................... 9:00 A.M. Evening Worship ...................... 6:30 P.M. Mdwk. Prayer .... 12:00 Noon & 7:00 P.M.

ST. REED BAPTIST CHURCH

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.

REDEEMER B.C. OF L.A.

2003 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A., CA 90018 Ph: (323) 735-9274 Fax: (323) 735-9140 E-Mail: Redbc2003@aol.com Robert L. DeFrance, Jr., Ph.D Pastor Sunday School ........................ 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship .................... 11:00 A.M. Prayer & Fasting (Wed) 12:00 & 7:00 P.M. Bible Study (Wed.) .................... 7:00 P.M. Mission (Thurs.) ........................ 1:00 P.M.

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.

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.

YOUR CHURCH NAME

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

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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.

ST. REST 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.

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 ............... 9:45 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.

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

THIRD BAPTIST CHURCH

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.

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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.

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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.

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that they are no more aliens and strangers to the promises and covenant of God; they are no longer regarded as people without God and without hope (v. 12). They now have the same close relationship with God, which was formerly reserved for Israel alone. Israel and God are said to be near each other. “Far off ” describes how separated the Gentiles were from God compared with His nearness to Israel. The separation or alienation of the Gentiles from God and from Israel is symbolized in the construction of the Temple in Jerusalem. There were partitions between the outer and inner courts. The Gentiles were only allowed entrance to the outer court; hence, its name was Court of the Gentiles. The inner court, which was closer to the court of the priests and the Holy of Holies (representing the presence of God), was reserved for Jews. Inscriptions on the outer surfaces of the Temple warned that death was the punishment for any non-Jew caught entering the inner court (Holman Bible Dictionary, 1326-1327). Conversely, “Solomon’s dedication (of the Temple) made clear that the door was never closed to the foreigner who wished to serve the Lord (1 Kings 8:41-43)” (Holman Bible Dictionary, 542). This segregation and special understanding of the responsibility given to the Children of Israel figuratively and literally represented the far off position of the Gentiles from God. Apart from symbolizing alienation from God and Israel, the partition was also a symbol of hostility between the Jews and the Gentiles. The cross is the uniting force that binds the two sides into one community. Paul makes the unification of the two groups clear in the next verse through a profound declaration: He is our peace. The use of the pronoun “He” (Gk. autos, owTOS) is emphatic, which means “He Himself ” or “He and He alone” is our peace. This echoes the prophecy of Isaiah 9:6, where Christ is given the title “Prince of Peace” because of His mission on earth. Christ is peace personified because only through Him are believers reconciled to God and one another. He has made both one. 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; In addition to the separating walls of the temple, the Jews always endeavored to live separate from the rest of the world and always wanted a river or wall between them and their Gentile neighbors. Their laws and customs also separated them from the rest of the world, as did the physical walls in the temple. These were symbols of hostility between the two. Christ, through His sacrificial death, abolished the Law of Moses with its rituals, provided a new covenant that is inclusive for both Jews and Gentiles, and made them one. He brings everyone to the same level. This breakdown is literally demonstrated in the rending from top to bottom of the temple veil indicating that the way into the Holy of Holies is left open and accessible to all—to Jews and Gentiles alike. The abolition of the law raises some questions. What does Paul mean by abolishing the law in relation to Christ’s words in Matthew 5:17? There, Christ teaches that He has come not to abolish but rather to fulfill the law. Is it then a contradiction of Scriptures? In what sense was either used? The difference, as someone has suggested, seems to lie in the two types of laws: the moral law and the ceremonial law. Christ requires from His followers a more radical obedience to

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the moral law as compared with the Pharisees’ own standards (Matthew 5:18.). Paul refers to Christ’s abolishment of the ceremonial law, which includes the physical ritual of circumcision (Ephesians 2:11), rather than the spiritual circumcision of the heart. This also includes some of the dietary regulations in Colossians 2:11, 16-21. These constitute barriers between the Jews and the Gentiles that Jesus has abolished through His death on the Cross, has made the two one in Himself and has made peace between them. The unification of all believers (the church) in Christ, as we shall see later, includes the abolition of the gender, social, and racial distinctions that exist and serve to cause hatred among different people of the earth. 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. Verses 16 and 17 speak to the same theme using different terms. These terms further describe what Christ has done through His blood: He has reconciled both Jews and Gentiles unto God in one body by the Cross. In verse 15, we see that the law that brought about the enmity is “abolished” (Gk. katargeo, kat-arg-EH-o), i.e., done away with, rendered idle, or destroyed. In verse 16, however, the enmity caused by the law is “slain” (Gk. apokteino, ap-ok-TI-no), i.e., inflicted a mortal death or killed. This speaks of total annihilation. In the one single act of sacrifice on the cross, Christ first abolished the ceremonial law, which for centuries separated humanity from itself and from its creator. Second, He created a new humanity where in figuratively slaying the enmity among people, making them equal to one another. Third, by this act of sacrifice, Christ reconciled this new society to God, its creator. Continuing the theme of Christ’s activity in bringing near those who were far away and reconciling the two entities, uniting them into “one new man” by abolishing the law, Paul describes this same activity in a different way in verse 17. While in verse 14, Christ “is our peace” personified (i.e., the object of peace), here, he preaches “peace to you which were afar off ” (the Gentiles, vv. 11-13) as well as “to them that were nigh” (the Jews). “He came and preached peace” probably refers to Christ’s earthly mission and the ministry of the early church. The word “preached” (Gk. euaggelizo, yoo-ang-ghel-ID-zo) is the same Greek word translated “preach the good news” in Luke 4:17, where Jesus announced His mission in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy (see Isaiah 61:1-2). 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; Verses 18 and 19 tell us the effect of Christ’s preaching. Through Him, Jews and Gentiles are now reconciled to one another and both to God. Consequently, by Him they both can approach God the Father in one Spirit. It is noteworthy to recognize a reference to the Trinity here that reveals the distinctions of the three persons in the Godhead (see 1 John 5:7). In Ephesians 2:18, the word “access” (Gk. Continued From Page 15 p r o s a g o g e , SUNDAY SCHOOL.... pros-ag-ogue-

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The God of Promise

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” – James 1:17

by Andrea Andrews It is such an honor to serve a Master who is unshakable in all of His promises. The Body

of Christ has endured astounding shifts in the past several months – political, economic, social…spiritual. These shifts have included a blatant transfer of power from those whom have traditionally been bearers of injustice into the hands of those whom have long suffered tremendous disparity. Yet, no believer should be surprised by such change. God is certainly thee God of promise. Those of us who serve such a

God might have perhaps even missed these shifts. We may recognize the load as being a bit lighter, but many have failed to understand exactly how these changes are designed to work for God’s righteous children. It is time for us to open our spiritual eyes so that we recognize the multiple opportunities God has placed before us…opportunities for academic achievement, property ownership, professional

development, entrepreneurial advancement, investments and vested time in cultivating solid foundations in our relationship with Him and others. Though the load has somehow become a bit lighter, now is NOT the time to kick our feet up and “coast”. In fact, quite the opposite…When God creates shifts for us, He expects us to work even harder to achieve that which will better serve His people and His

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age their hearts. To people who are attempting to deposit good into this world, and who are determined to fulfill their God-given assignment, “No” our living IS NOT IN VAIN!! Whether this is a victoriousfeeling day when you are so very sure that you are fulfilling every desire of Daddy-God’s heart or not; He is with you. Whether the desires of your heart have manifested or not, Daddy-God is MINDFUL OF YOU! So, strive to live each

moment of the day productively and victoriously and to be pleasing to the Father. Then, you can have the blessed assurance that He is as pleased with your life as He was with the great Biblical individuals! 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

Kingdom. The opportunity for personal growth and achievement can not be looked at in a “self serving” way. Those who are “Kingdom-minded” are constantly seeking opportunities for personal growth for the advancement of the entire Body of Christ. When we are blessed we can in turn bless others. Now that everything is perfectly aligned by God, what will you do to advance the Kingdom of Heaven? Peace, Love & Blessings.

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AY) speaks of the freedom we have to approach God as our Father with boldness and assurance that we are acceptable to Him and that we shall not be turned down. There is in verse 19a, a shift in Paul’s use of metaphor, from membership of a family unit to the metaphor of citizenship—nationhood. In verse 12, the Gentiles are said to be outside of the family of Israel and strangers without hope and without God. Now, they are no more “strangers and foreigners” (Gk. paroikos, PAR-oy-kos); both terms are synonymous, meaning “one who lives in a place without the right of citizenship.” Here, Paul reminds the Gentiles that through Christ, they have become “fellowcitizens” (Gk. sumpolites, soom-pol-EEtace) with the saints, which means with Israel in God’s own kingdom. 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; Paul now moves from speaking of the church as God’s family or community, to referring to it as a building (house) whose foundation is laid upon the apostles and prophets. The word “foundation” (Gk. themelios, them-EL -eeos) refers to the work of the early Christian apostles and prophets who helped to grow the church through their leadership and their

relationship with Christ. He is not only the builder; Christ is also the chief “corner stone” (akrogoniaios, ak-rog-o-neeAH-yos). Peter also refers to Christ as the cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6), using the same Greek word. The stability of a house or building depends on its foundation. A house without a solid foundation would not stand the test of time. Christ’s parable of the soils (Matthew 13:3-8), and His identification of Peter as the rock on which His Church would develop (16:17-19), emphasize the need for a strong foundation. In Ephesians 2:20, Paul says that Jesus is the “chief (the main) corner stone” that holds together the whole building and keeps the rest of the foundation in place, while the apostles and prophets are parts of the foundation. 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Paul goes on to elaborate on the structural makeup of the building, which depends upon its foundation. Thus, the stability of the church is dependent upon none other than the One who is both builder and the chief cornerstone—Christ. A building does not stop at the foundation. It needs fittings and other structures before it can be called a building. Paul refocuses his picture of the whole structure to the individual stones that are used

to erect a building. Peter also uses the image of a building or temple to describe the church. In the same imagery where he refers to Christ as the “chief corner stone” (1 Peter 2:6), he describes the individual members as “living stones . . . being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood” (1 Peter 2:4-5, NIV). Paul’s picture here also sees the members of the church as the stones, which the master builder (Christ) craftily and meticulously fits together upon the chief foundation (Christ) into a magnificent edifice—a holy temple in the Lord. The phrase in Ephesians 2:22 “whom ye also are builded” refers to the Gentile Christians. The temple, as we know, represents the dwelling place and presence of God. We have also noted earlier that the temple was exclusively reserved only for the Jews. Gentiles were forbidden to enter the temple, even though an outside court was reserved for Gentiles. Here, Paul assures them that not only are they now admitted into the temple, having gained access to the Father, but they are also parts of the temple of God. This is based on their union in Christ Jesus, who is the cornerstone. The purpose of the temple in the Old Testament was to be a dwelling place for God. This new temple serves the same purpose, namely for God’s “habitation” (Gk. katoiketerion, katoy-kay-TAY-ree-on). We know from Scripture that God is so great that even the whole earth cannot contain Him—neither Solomon’s magnificent temple nor the one rebuilt by Herod. God does not dwell in man-made houses (1 Kings 8:27; Acts 7:48-49; 17:24). He nonetheless manifested His glory and presence in the temple. However, He also makes His abode in the hearts of His followers.

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