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From the Desk of the Pastor
2012 - Vision The Call To Order
Quarterly Newsletter - Volume 3 • Issue 1
The Call to
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in
doing this thou shalt both
The bible becomes more than a handbook, more than a guide-book, more than a press-book and yes more than a good-book. What this book teaches has life changing, life altering effects that have eternal implications that will mode the mind of all that will read it and adhere to its directives, those who will embrace the call to order will find God orchestrating the dynamics of our mundane existence and marginal success to new levels of spiritual maturity. The Church which was purchased by God for God is the vehicle that has been given to mankind for the sake of transforming humanity. The Church is a living breathing organism that is not defined by organizations, it has foundation but is mobile traveling to all
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parts of the world, and it propels hopes and dreams while asking the believer to trust in something and someone you cannot see. In contrast the world in which we live has a temporary mask with an illusion that tempts us all to believe that it offers more than it is capable of delivering. The biggest appeal of this world is the commonality of thought that each and every one of us has the same level playing field in which to operate. The world has an intimate connection to flesh and blood for it was from the dust of the earth we came leading us to over invest in the here and now. Searching for balance between the world and the Church is akin to finding a diamond in the rough. So here we are in 2012 asking the world to consider the Church as an answer to the mystery that is life itself. We are settled on the fact that the Church is the answer for the world even when the world does not understand that it is in need of an answer to the unasked question; why am I here? –Elder Robert E. Martin Jr.
W o r s h i p
Morning Prayer - 7:30 a.m. First Worship Service - 8:00 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Second Worship Service - 10:45 a.m.
(Youth Church/Nursery every first and third Sunday)
Noonday Prayer - 12:00 p.m. Evening Prayer - 6:30 p.m. Bible Study - 7:00 p.m.
save thyself, and them that hear thee.
I Timothy 4:16
In the beginning all of creation was called into existance by the Word of God. God created order and purpose out of chaos and void. The order that God established in creation set the tone for all things that exist – particularly, those who exist in Him. The God inspired theme for Zion in 2012 is “The Call to Order.” It will be the scope through which we view quarterly and monthly studies at Zion Temple. As we travel through the first quarter of 2012, we will focus on “The Call to Order.” Our thematic monthly studies are as follows: April - Celebration of Truth And you shall know the truth - John 8:32 Biblical truth - Hebrews 4:12 Foundational truth - Ephesians 2:20 May - Beyond Normality God is great - Isaiah 35:2 God uses man - II Peter 1:21 God in Christ - II Corinthians 5:19
Shift from Local to Global Thinking God is a global God. He has always cared about the entire world. “God so loved the world....” (John 3:16) From the beginning he has wanted family members from every nation he created. The Bible says, “From one person God made all nations who live on earth, and he decided when and where every nation would be.” (Acts 17:26 CEV) God has done all this, so that we will look for him and reach out and find him. Much of the world already thinks globally. The largest media and business conglomerates are all multi-national. Our lives are increasingly intertwined with those in other nations as we share fashions, entertainment, (continued on page 2)
Excellent Destiny..........................2 Senior Spotlight............................2 Prophecy, A Gift to the Body........3 Matters of Finance........................3 Victory Through Restoration........4
June - The Seed Sown The caretakers of the seed - Luke 8:5 God’s order - Isaiah 55:10 It is not what it will become - Phi 3:14
Never to Young.............................4
We invite you to grow with us as we obtain a more thorough understanding of God’s Word. In addition to Sunday Morning services, be sure to join us at Sunday School and Bible Study to experience even more inspirational and practical teachings.
Goodbye to Me (Poem).................6
A Passionate Christian Woman.....5 Will We Be Ready?.......................5 The History of Easter....................6 Health & Fitness...........................7 ZT Kid’s Corner............................8
Excellent Destiny Zion Temple Ministries Quarterly Newsletter Volume 3 • Issue 1
Publishers Zion Temple Newsletter Ministry Zion Temple’s C2 Ministry (Commissioned to Communicate) ................. Copy Editor Sister Dashonda Johnson ................. Zion Temple Newsletter Ministry Staff Writers Sister Val Albury
Sister Normadale Gordon Sister Carol Maez
Sister Cynthia Martin Lady Kim Martin
First and foremost I thank the Lord for what He has done. It is His sacrifice at Calvary that has made all that we do possible. As the newly appointed Youth Pastor at Zion Temple I stand before you not of my own goodness but solely in the grace of God. An opportunity such as this is both humbling and sobering. Humbling in that I realize that God has chosen me to stand before a portion of His vineyard, charged with the responsibility to assist my Pastor in his efforts of feed the flock of God. It is sobering because I understand that what we do in life echoes in eternity. With that, I’ll give you the high level vision God has placed in my spirit for the Youth here at Zion and those we influence.
Salvation, Holiness, Righteousness, Christian Charity etc., I know that in today’s highly educated, super sophisticated world these terms are deemed elementary and archaic but in the economy of God these words make up the foundation the shedding of His blood built at the cross. It is my endeavor to do all I can in the area of Kingdom building, in its truest since, helping souls to be birthed into the kingdom. In the book of Matthew Jesus describes the condition the world would be prior to His return, “but as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” The day we live in is a mirror image of Noah’s day. The adversary of our souls is running rampant in the schools, immorality is everywhere and man is doing all he can not to keep God in his consciousness. Sounds like rapture season to me! Please understand that I believe in having fun and certainly plan to do so with our youth but not at the expense of fulfilling our first God given obligation, preparing them for the world to come. On behalf of the Cabs family, I thank you and solicited your prayers as we endeavor to do the will of the Lord. Maranatha! Maranatha! Our Lord Cometh! Our Lord Cometh! –Elder Edward N. Cabs, Zion Temple Youth Pastor
Brother James Pierce
Sister Bobbi Schneider
Brother Chase Washington ................. Contributing Writers District Elder Robert E. Martin, Jr. Pastor, Zion Temple Church Sister Curtis McMillian Seniors With Purpose Ministry
The Christian Education Department Extends a Warm Invitation to Each of You We would love for you to join us in any one of our inspirational classes. Foundational Principles • Discovering Your God-Given Gifts (25 years and older) Old Testament Studies (25 years and older) • New Testament Studies (25 years and older) Contemporary Studies (25 years and older) • Advanced Studies (18 - 25 years) Senior Class (14 - 17 years) • Junior Class (10 - 13 years) • Primary Class (6 - 10 years)
Elder Edward N Cab Zion Temple youth Pastor
Nursery/Beginners Class (1 month - 6 years) • Youth Church (6 - 14 years)
Sister Ny Cabs
(continued from front page – Shift from Local to Global Thinking)
Susan E. Richardson Brother Shawn Daniels Men of Valor Evangelist Shanda Lewis Director of Christian Education ................. Art Director/Graphic Design Sister Cynthia Martin
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music, sports, and even fast foods. Probably most of the clothes you’re wearing, and much of what you eat today was produced in another country. We’re more connected than we realize and God can use that connectedness as a means for us to fulfill his Great Commission. Jesus gave us a pattern for such involvement: “You will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world.” (Acts 1:8 CEV) His followers are to reach out to their community (Jerusalem), to their country (Judea), to other cultures (Samaria) and to
other nations (everywhere in the world). Note that our commission is simultaneous, not sequential. We are called to be on mission to all four groups in some way. How would you identify these groups in your community? What nations do you believe God has called you to serve in some form? Psalm 67:2, That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. –Rick Warren
Deacon Oris McMillian
Deacon Oris McMillian, a native of Detroit, Michigan, was born June 4, 1935. He is the youngest of three brothers. He resided in California 36 years and then he and his wife moved to the Denver area about 15 years ago. Shortly thereafter they became members of the Zion Temple Pentecostal Apostolic Church. Deacon McMillian was baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost at an early age. He grew up attending church services— Sunday school, Sunday morning & evening worship services, Young Peoples Union, Bible class, Saints meetings, Prayer meetings, Revivals, Councils, and Conventions. He has been a willing and faithful worker in the church. At Zion Temple, Deacon McMillian has served as a Deacon, member of the Board of Directors, and member of the Baptismal Team. He has been a member of the Men’s Ministry, Outreach Ministry, Seniors With Purpose Ministry, and Christian Education Department. He actively assisted in the operation of Zion Temple’s Food Pantry and faithfully attended noonday prayer after retirement. Deacon McMillian served two years as a Medic in the United States army. He was married to Sister Curtis on Mother’s Day, May 13, 1962. They are looking forward to celebrating 50 years of marriage this year. Deacon McMillian is the father of two sons, Alan and Vincent. He has one granddaughter and one grandson. Deacon McMillian has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He did his graduate studies in law. He received his license as a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) in 1964 but continued his career with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as an Internal Revenue Agent; Appeals Officer; Associate Chief, San Francisco Appeals Office; Chief, Sacramento Appeals Office; and finally Chief, Rocky Mountain Appeals Office with responsibility for a 5 state area. He has received numerous awards for achievement and outstanding performance. He holds the distinction of being the first African American to be appointed to the position of Chief Appeals Office (IRS). He was also an instructor at Los Angeles Community college a number of years. He was selected and included in “Who’s Who in California” and International “Who’s Who of Professionals”. (Senior Highlight - continued next page)
Prophecy - A Gift to the Body of Christ
Praise the Lord! I give honor to God, our Pastor, District Elder Robert Martin Jr., and LadyPraise the Lord! I Praise God for another opportunity to share His word. “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:14 God created each of us for a specific purpose. We were created to worship God and to serve in His kingdom. Understanding your specific purpose and role according to God’s plan should be the desire of every Saint. Through study and attendance in a school of ministry I was able to learn more about the Apostolic Model that God established, the Five Fold Ministry. Over the next year, I will share what I have learned and hope to encourage you to seek God for your specific purpose, as I will continue to do as well. The Five Fold Ministry, given to us by God in Ephesians 4:11-12: 11 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” WHAT IS A PROPHET? A prophet is one who is sent or given by the Spirit of God, a spokesperson. A foundational Gift of God to prophetically set order and declare the mind and will of God. There is a prophetic office as given in Ephesians, there is also a spirit of prophesy as shown in Revelation 19:10, “I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” WHO MAY PROPHESY? Anyone who has permission and has been given a word from God may prophesy. Remember there is etiquette and order in the house of God. Respect must be given to the Pastor and the church. Generally if you hold the office of prophet or are known to have the gift of prophesy, you may have advanced permission from the pastor of the church to prophesy. Sometimes if there is a strong presence of God within a worship service, God may use anyone to prophesy. In the case where there is not an expectation or familiarity for one to prophesy; permission should be requested before prophesying. SPEAK ONLY WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO YOU TO SHARE The most important thing to remember if you prophesy is to only speak the words given to you by God. But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ Deuteronomy 18:20 It is essential to be very specific and particular about which words to use. Learning how to weigh your words is key. It is vital to not elaborate or add explanations- only give what information God has provided to you. Submission is a central cornerstone for the office of the prophet. While other offices of the five fold ministry should all be in total submission to God, it is especially important for the prophetic office to have total submission. Being acutely tuned into God will allow you to be trained by Him to take the smallest, most specific instruction. Following instruction to the ‘T’ is imperative because this will allow you to discover the subtle things God wants you to know and share. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PROPHESY? Prophecy brings forth maturing of the body of Christ, as this is one of a prophet’s passions- to mature the body of Christ. Prophets also benefit others through intercession. Prophets benefit the body of Christ by uplifting and encouraging saints through sharing messages of God’s goodness, mercy and love. –Your Sister in Christ, Bobbi Moore-Schneider (Senior Highlight - continued from page 2)
Deacon McMillian has a remarkable testimony of how God spared his life. He testifies “I thank God for blessing me to survive an auto accident when I fell asleep while driving. My car plunged from an overpass and landed in front of an 18-wheeler truck which blew out two tires to keep from hitting my car.” And God’s mercy continues for Deacon McMillian. About 25 years ago, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He has had numerous treatments and is presently taking treatment. God has truly blessed him because when he retired, 13 years ago, it was not because of his health; it was because he was ready to retire after 43 years of service. The last three years have been challenging, but he thanks God for each day. Many have heard him say “But for God, I would not be here. God has given doctors the skills and the knowledge needed to treat sickness and
disease, but he is the ultimate HEALER. He is the Lord of my life and my life is in his hands.” –Sister Curtis McMillian The Zion Temple Ministries’ Quarterly Newsletter (distribution - 1000 print copies, in addition to electronic distribution) is dedicated to spreading the “Good News” about Jesus Christ throughout our community. The Zion Temple Ministries’ Quarterly Newsletter echoes the sentiment of our church mission statement... “To go beyond our four walls and embrace the various needs of others both spiritually and naturally. Our Foundation is ‘Jesus Christ the Chief Cornerstone.’ We will continue to build on the witness that has gone on before us.” If you have a testimony, a story, or an article you would like to share for the purpose of encouraging the Body of Christ, contact Sister Dashonda Johnson at 303-875-5773 or email sisterjohnson@ ymail.com. We reserve the right to edit for space, libelous material, and grammar.
Matters of Finance
Give and it will be given to you by Crown Financial Ministries
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure— pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return” (Luke 6:38). Few Scripture verses are quoted more often than Luke 6:38 regarding giving and receiving. Does it really mean what it seems to say? Does God promise to give to us abundantly? Do God’s promises depend on our giving first? What about those who have nothing to give? Does that mean that they will receive nothing from the Lord? The promise by Jesus recorded in Luke 6:38 was not made exclusively to the rich, spiritual, gifted, or talented. It was a promise to anyone who would apply its principles. Although the promise does include prerequisites, they are not prerequisites that involve one’s spiritual maturity or social status. The prerequisites are ones of action: give first, then you will receive. Giving types Generally Christians in America are divided into five giving types or giving groups. • The first group gives either nothing or very little (far less than 10 percent of their incomes) to work being done in the Lord’s name. Most American Christians belong to this group. • The second group gives at least 10 percent of their incomes regularly but seldom experiences what can be considered God’s abundant material supply or spiritual bounty. • The third group gives at least 10 percent of their incomes and can identify times when God has given to them both material and spiritual abundance. • The fourth group is small. This group gives far above 10 percent of their incomes but seldom identifies with God’s abundant material return. • The fifth group is even smaller. This group gives far above 10 percent of their incomes and identifies with God’s material and spiritual abundant return. Those who give nothing or less than 10 percent of their income have, by their lack of giving, limited what God can do for them according to His Word. “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings” (Malachi 3:8). Paul the Apostle amplifies the same admonition. “Now I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). The lack of giving is an external indicator that there is something wrong spiritually. Those who give more than 10 percent but not necessarily sacrificially and experi-
ence God’s abundant supply are meeting God’s prerequisites for where they are in their spiritual growth at that time. As they continue to grow and as God continues to teach them, the outward material abundance may change, as different lessons need to be learned. Some of those who give far beyond 10 percent of their income and do not experience God’s abundance could be giving with the wrong motive. They may be trying to bribe God; they require and even demand God’s blessings because they gave, as they say, sacrificially. They are not in subjection to God but are trying to exercise control over Him. Others in this category, who give abundantly but receive little physical evidence of God’s return, may receive that return in other ways. These could include excellent health, a good and stable job, children and family who are committed to Christ, a car that seldom needs repairs, and so on. Those who give abundantly and receive abundance in return from the Lord generally give because they desire to give, and although they may expect back from the Lord they do not demand it or become discouraged if they do not receive it in the manner or bounty they expected. Their giving is out of a desire to please God, not to profit from their relationship with Him. They are thankful when God gives back to them and show their thanks by giving back to God even more than they had given before the blessing. Yet, they are also thankful even if God gives them nothing materially in return and will continue to give abundantly. Many in this group go through periods of overflowing abundance from the Lord, as well as long periods of no abundant return. In either period, they continue to give because their desire is to give to the Lord’s work. If they receive an abundant return from the Lord, they feel that the return was given so that they can give more. If they do not receive an abundant return, they know that they are in the midst of a time of training and learning from the Lord for the next life stage that He has for them. As such, they usually conclude that their giving must not decrease but, rather, it should increase. Conclusion The spiritual principles behind Luke 6:38 are indeed giving and receiving, but we do not give to receive. The prerequisites to receiving are found in Luke 6:27-37. A Christian who lives by these principles practices the surrendered life. Therefore, the giving is simply a material expression of the deeper spiritual obedience to Christ. Nearly every Christian desires to be obedient to God, and in many ways most are. However, Christ warned us that one of the greatest threats to our walk with God is the appeal of the materialistic world. “The one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22). For more biblical principles concerning finances, visit http://www.crown.org/Articles
The Call to Order • 3
Receiving Victory through Restoration
Dear District Elder Robert Martin Jr and Board of Zion Temple Church: I would like to introduce you to Restoration Foundation for Victims. We are a newly founded nonprofit organization purposed to assist women and men who are victims of childhood molestation, rape and sexual assault. The Mission of Restoration Foundation for Victims is to: • Enhance public awareness about rape and sexual assault in our communities; • Help survivors communicate in the recovery of rape and sexual assault; • Assist in the prevention, healing and elimination of sexual victimization through support, advocacy and activism; and • Help limit the destabilizing effects of rape and sexual assault on victims, families, and communities. Our programs are essential for the building up and restoration of these victims and include: • 30-Day Job Shadowing Program(s) – Job shadowing is an opportunity for our clients to connect or “shadow” with business professionals (mentors) who have specific knowledge about their occupations of interest. The process involves observing responsibilities and tasks associated with the career choice and asking questions about the requirements for the job, trends in the field, etc. • Group Therapy Sessions – Group therapy sessions offer counseling, therapy and a series of support and educational groups that are designed to empower the abused individuals and to assist them in making choices in their lives that will allow for happiness, growth, and safety. Group counseling will teach our clients how to end their isolation, gain self esteem, affirm themselves and know they are not to blame. Clients will begin to feel empowered through group support and education. Learning that other people care, can help break the chain of harmful dependencies. Group therapy also focuses on safety and assists clients in developing their own personal safety plan. • Individual Therapy Sessions - Individual therapy helps clarify what our clients want to understand about themselves and what they want to change behav4 • Zion Temple Quarterly
iorally. Goals and outcomes are established to help identify blind spots and self-defeating behaviors that may interfere with their happiness. Skills are developed to help manage anxiety and discomfort. Simply being listened to, encouraged, and respected will increase our clients’ feelings of well-being and ease. • Interview Role Playing - Using role play for job interviews is a very effective tool as the process can be intimidating for some individuals. Some of the benefits gained from this process include: (1) Enhanced speaking and listening skills; (2) Practice for thinking quickly for unexpected questions; and (3) Awareness of personal manners and appearance. • Clothing Bank – The Clothing bank is designed to help our clients dress for success for the interview process of job seeking. We will distribute suits and other professional apparel that will give our clients confidence to return to the workplace and make a great first impression to secure a job that could be life changing. The majority of our services are offered free of charge. However, in order for us to strengthen and expand our programming, we rely on the generosity of those who care about this cause. At this time we are seeking both monetary and in-kind donations. In-kind donations help us direct monetary donations to programming, rather than to overhead. We especially appreciate the following types of in-kind donations: • U.S. postage stamps in any denomination • Target and Wal-Mart gift cards (for office supplies and program support supplies) • Best Buy gift cards (for technology needs, such as software and electronic equipment) • Office Max and Office Depot gift cards (for envelopes, printing paper, and general office supplies) All donations can be mailed to the foundation as follows: Restoration Foundation for Victims, P.O. Box 7566, Denver, CO 80207. You may also donate online with PayPal and credit card options at www.restoration-foundation.org. We rely on the support of generous donors such as you to ensure the success of our future and in order to provide the highest quality of programs to the community we serve. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support of our request and we look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Sincerely, Shanda Lewis, Founder & CEO Restoration Foundation for Victims
NeverToo Young For Godly Living!
“I just got saved (baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost) accepted Jesus as my savior and now I can receive the inheritance of eternal life, how cool. I’m still young though and I need to have fun surely God can understand that. I mean I must still be able to continue to go out to the nightclubs and bars, see my friends and have a good time. Can’t I?” The answer is once you are saved and accepted Jesus as your Savior your life is no longer your own. You are required to live holy Godly lives and follow biblical principles, and that means not doing the things that you use to do such as going to the nightclubs, bars, getting drunk, listening to ungodly music that may have bad language, and having sex outside of marriage. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 says ‘For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his holy spirit.’ Jeremiah 1:5-7 says ‘”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’ Now God called Jeremiah to be a prophet for the people in Jerusalem and Judah, however Jeremiah did not want this assignment and this was his response to God regarding this calling on his life, “Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak I am only a child.” Jeremiah was saying to the Lord. ‘Lord I can’t be a prophet, I don’t know what to do and besides I’m too young for this calling.’ But God says ‘Do not say, I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.’ God is saying to Jeremiah I have called you to be a prophet and it doesn’t matter about your age. This is the plan I have for your life and this is what I require you to do. God didn’t give Jeremiah any special treatment because he was young. God commanded him to fulfill this calling and Jeremiah knew that he had to obey God’s command. Once you accept Jesus as your Savior God will not give you any special treatment because you are young. He requires you to put his word into practice, to live the holy life He has called you to live. The word ‘holy’ refers to being separated, set apart to the service of God; righteous, pure; god-like. I accepted Christ as my Savior at a young age. I can understand that you maybe finding it difficult to live a holy life because of your age. Especially if you go to college or secondary school and you are constantly surrounded by people who are doing or
talking about ungodly things, and because you do not participate in their activities they think that you’re weird or boring. They will also tell you that you should start ‘Living a little’ or ‘You’re too young life is short, have some fun.’ Their right about one thing life is short. In all honesty you are never too young to die. When I got people telling me that ‘I’m too young, I must start having some fun,’ or ‘I am boring’ I would say I rather be boring and go to heaven where there would be everlasting peace and happiness than join the crowd and go to hell where there is everlasting torment and torture. But the truth is with some of your friends most of them wish that they had what you have. Most of them want to be different as you are but they are so concerne d about what other people think of them they do not want to take that step in getting to know God. Pat yourself on the back that through God’s help you took that step in getting to know him despite of what others may think or say about you. Just to help you along further here is an short in depth understanding of what it is meant to live ‘holy’ and what it requires. The Sanctification Process - Once you made the decision to give your life to Christ the Holy Spirit beings to sanctify you and he also cleanses you through his Word. John 17:17says ‘Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.’ And Romans 15:16 says ‘Sanctified by the Holy Spirit’. The sanctification process is a continual process. A good definition of sanctification is: means to make holy. You have to begin to turn away from sin, turn away from your ungodly past and start living a brand new life in Christ. As a young person admittedly at first it is difficulty leaving behind the activities that you’re so use to, you may start having thoughts of what your friends or family may think of you, and how they treat you. You will experience isolation from others as they will not understand what you are doing, however the wonderful thing you will see is the change within yourself how you use to be and where God has brought you from, which is your sanctification process. The things that you use to do you want to do them no more, you want to start living for God and you will have a more fulfilled and purposed life. I will not pretend to you and say that I didn’t feel lonely and that I didn’t miss my friends especially being a young adult; however God will bring new Christian friends your way. Churches have youth groups and activities which will be fantastic for you to get involved in and it is a great way for you to meet new people and make friends. At (Continued – Page 7)
A Passionate Christian Woman
Growth Conference 2012 New this year! Golf Tournament August 15, 2012 What is a passionate Christian woman? Well, she’s not a woman who’s perfect, peerless or guiltless, but as human as you and me. A passionate Christian woman simply has a passion for the things of God and is driven to do something about it. This woman thirsts for God. God is the driving force of her existence, the meaning behind her life. She doesn’t live primarily for the latest fads, fashions, or fancies, but for God. She cares little for fame or fortune, recognition or reward. Instead, she has experienced the intense satisfaction of a personal relationship with a holy God, and as a deer longs for a cool, refreshing stream to enjoy, so she longs for her God. She hungers for Truth. In a mixed-up world where wrong often seems right, a passionate believer pursues God’s Truth with intensity. Never one to accept mere human opinion or feeling-based experience, she considers God’s Word to be as necessary to her as her daily food. She has a Berean mindset (Acts 17:11), persistently compares the spoken word to the written Word, and sifts it to find the Truth. A passionate Christian woman is passionate about the Bible, for therein God has revealed His heart and mind for mankind. She loves others with godly passion. She demonstrates sincere concern, models unconditional love, and does her utmost to influence those around her for heaven. She doesn’t portray one who has arrived, but one who knows where she’s going. Then she coaxes and encourages and helps others to join her on her journey. Her love is practical, pure and positive. The motivation for her outreach is her up-reach to God, and she does it with fervency and attention to detail. She lives today with tomorrow in mind. A passionate Christian woman knows her time is limited. She is acutely aware that her life is as a drop in the bucket of time and eternity. She will pass off the scene all too quickly with only her influence remaining. So she lives each day to its fullest with this goal in mind: to follow hard on the heels of the very God in whom we live and breathe and have our being. This woman lives with a vengeance, committed to going out with a bang instead of a whimper. She fulfills today’s duties while focusing on the future. Finally, a passionate Christian woman avoids sin so she can gain intimacy with God. Though the world allures and tempts, this believer knows her boundaries and accepts her playground. She doesn’t walk the fence row, desirous of the apple across the way. She romps and ranges in the field God has given her, content to run home at the end of the day with clean hands and a pure conscience. Is this a description of a perfect Christian woman? No, but of a passionate one. These women don’t have boundless energy, super-human strength, or a superior spirituality. In fact, they are utterly ordinary ones who fail, fall, and are tired at the end of the day. They are tested and found wanting all too often. But they have heard from God through His Word, seen Him work in their lives, and have experienced peace, answered prayer, and comfort through the Holy Spirit. Now their heart is fixed, their commitment firm, their joy complete. They learn and grow, and find purpose in mundane tasks and the everyday routine of living. A passionate Christian woman thirsts after God, hungers for His Word, has a sincere concern for others, and lives today with tomorrow in mind. She avoids sin so she can maintain a close relationship with her Creator and Lord. She is a passionate believer living a purposeful life. She is alive with a passion for God! –C. Maggie Woychik - 9/21/2009 / Womens Interest Article Source: http://www.faithwriters.com-CHRISTIAN WRITERS
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Will We Be Ready?
As we begin 2012, as each day goes by we are getting closer to the second coming of our Lord. This is the day that we as the body of Christ have been waiting for all of our life. Will we be ready? Are we giving 100%? When the trumpet sounds, will we be sitting at home watching a football game, when we should have been in church. Are we living the life of a soldier in the Lords army fighting everyday trying to win souls over for the kingdom of Heaven? Lets just think about this for a minute. Are we putting Christ first in everything that we do, or are we putting Christ as a second or third priority when it comes to the playoff game, or American idol, or even the Nuggets vs. the Bulls? We as the men of Zion Temple have to set the example. Are we reaching out to our visitors and new members asking them to join us at our Men’s Ministry meeting this weekend, or are we not going to be there ourselves? Do we just let them pass by and not even welcome them to our Church? Are (Continued – Page 7)
The Call to Order • 5
Understanding the History and Symbols of Easter
The early Christians began remembering the Resurrection every Sunday following its occurrence. In A.D. 325, the Council of Nicaea set aside a special day just to celebrate the Resurrection. The problem with an official day was deciding whether the Resurrection should be celebrated on a weekday or always on a Sunday. Many felt that the date should continue to be based on the timing of the Resurrection during Passover. Once Jewish leaders determined the date of Passover each year, Christian leaders could set the date for Easter by figuring three days after Passover. Following this schedule would have meant that Easter would be a different day of the week each year, only falling on a Sunday once in awhile. Other believed since the Lord rose on a Sunday and this day had been set aside as the Lord’s Day, this was the only possible day to celebrate His resurrection. As Christianity drew away from Judaism, some were reluctant to base the Christian celebration on the Jewish calendar. Finally the Council decided Easter should be celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Since the date of the vernal equinox changed from year to year, calculating the proper date can be difficult. This is still the method used to determine Easter today, which is why some years we have Easter earlier than other years. Since Easter is a celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection, you would think there wouldn’t be room for paganism. However Easter is one of the holidays most intertwined with pagan symbolism and ritual. The origin of the word Easter isn’t certain. The Vernerable Bede, an eighthcentury monk and scholar, suggested that the word may have come from the AngloSaxon Eeostre or Eastre – a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Recent scholars haven’t been able to find any reference to the goddess Bede mentioned and consider the theory discredited. Another possibility is the Norse eostur, eastur, or ostara, which meant “the season of the growing sun” or “the season of new birth.” The word east comes from the same roots. In this case, Easter would be linked 6 • Zion Temple Quarterly
to the changing of the season. A more recent and complex explanation comes from the Christian background of Easter rather than the pagan. The early Latin name for the week of Easter was hebdomada Alba or “white week,” while the Sunday after Easter day was called Dominica in albis from the white robes of those who had been newly baptized. The word Alba is Latin both for white and dawn. People speaking Old High German made a mistake in their translation and used a plural word for dawn, ostarun, instead of a plural for white. From ostarun we get the German Ostern and the English Easter. Easter Bunny What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Easter? As a Christian, the first image might be the cross or the empty tomb. For the general public, a blitz of media images and merchandise on store shelves makes it more likely that the Easter Bunny comes to mind. So how did a rabbit distributing eggs become a part of Easter? There are several reasons for the rabbit, or hare, to be associated with Easter, all of which come through pagan celebrations or beliefs. The most obvious is the hare’s fertility. Easter comes during spring and celebrates new life. The Christian meaning of new life through Christ and a general emphasis on new life are different, but the two gradually merged. Any animals – like the hare – that produced many offspring were easy to include. The hare is also an ancient symbol for the moon. The date of Easter depends on the moon. This may have helped the hare to be absorbed into Easter celebrations. The hare or rabbit’s burrow helped the animal’s adoption as part of Easter celebrations. Believers saw the rabbit coming out of its underground home as a symbol for Jesus coming out of the tomb. Perhaps this was another case of taking a pre-existing symbol and giving it Christian meaning. The Easter hare came to America with German immigrants, and the hare’s role passed to the common American rabbit. Originally children made nests for the rabbit in hats, bonnets, or fancy paper boxes,
rather than the baskets of today. Once the children finished their nests, they put them in a secluded spot to keep from frightening the shy rabbit. The appealing nests full of colored eggs probably helped the customs to spread. Back in Southern Germany, the first pastry and candy Easter bunnies became popular at the beginning of the nineteenth century. This custom also crossed the Atlantic, and children still eat candy rabbits – particularly chocolate ones – at Easter. Easter Eggs Next to the Easter bunny, the most familiar symbol is the Easter egg. Like others, the egg has a long pre-Christian history. Again there’s no certainty as to why it became associated with Easter. Many Ancient cultures viewed eggs as a symbol of life. Hindus, Egyptians, Persians, and Phoenicians believed the world begun with an enormous egg. The Persians, Greeks, and Chinese gave gifts of eggs during spring festivals in celebration of new life all around them. Other sources say people ate dyed eggs at spring festivals in Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome. In ancient Druid lore, the eggs of serpents were sacred and stood for life. Early Christians looked at the connection eggs had to life and decided eggs could be a part of their celebration of Christ’s resurrection. In addition, in some areas, eggs were forbidden during Lent; therefore, they were a delicacy at Easter. Since many of the earlier customs were Eastern in origin, some speculate that early missionaries or knights of the Crusade may have been responsible for bringing the tradition to the West. In the fourth century, people presented eggs in church to be blessed and sprinkled with holy water. By the twelfth century, the Benedictio Ovorum had been introduced authorizing the special use of eggs on the holy days of Easter. The timing of this blessing would uphold the idea that Crusaders may have brought the tradition back. Even though eggs had been used previously, the Crusaders may have made the custom more popular and widespread. In 1290, Edward I of England recorded
Goodbye to Me
Lord? Please deliver me from me! Because you are the help and the strength I need, I am soooooh tired of myself always getting in the way, So I’m down on bended knees and that’s where I’m gonna stay. Until everything I am can unequivically say.... Goodbye to me! Till the glory of your presence is the only thing that’s seen, No more straddleing the fench,no more living in between. Though sometimes I do desire that you take this cup from me, It is time for me to stand up and declare my Love for Thee. Yes the selfish part of who I am wants to keep a piece of me, But if you’re my true desire,I must give up me entirely. I must leave all of my past behind, let nothing come between, The great future that I have with you and to live out all my dreams. If I must be who you’ve called me to be, then right now,this very minute, I must say.... Goodbye to me! Jesus? Hold me tight so I don’t get in the way! Wrapped up safe within your arms is where I need to stay. Lord inhabit my heart,this place, be the ruler here today, Oh yes! I’m gonna step aside so that you can have your way! Right now, here in my brokeness if you will, please make me clean, And I’ll stand here in your righteousness and say..... Goodbye to me! By Normadale Gordon~ Written February 11, 2012
(Understanding the History and Symbols of Easter Continued from page 6)
a purchase of 450 eggs to be colored or covered with gold leaf. He then gave the eggs to members of the royal household. Once the custom became accepted, new traditions began to grow up around it. Eggs were dyed red for joy, and in memory of Christ’s blood. Egg rolling contests came to America from England, possibly as a reminder of the stone being rolled away. What about the familiar Easter egg hunt? One source suggested that it grew out of the tradition of German children searching for hidden pretzels during the Easter season. Since children were hiding nests for the Easter Bunny to fill with eggs at the same time they were hunting pretzels, it was only a small leap to begin hiding eggs instead. Lamb Of all Easter symbols, the lamb is probably the most strongly Christian. Other than the fact that lambs are young animals born in springtime, it has no strong ties to pagan traditions. The lamb comes from the Jewish Passover, where each family killed a lamb as a sacrifice. When Christ became the Passover Lamb for everyone, the lamb became a symbol for His sacrifice. New Clothes at Easter New clothes have long been associated with the idea of newness and a fresh beginning. The familiar custom of having new
clothes for Easter probably began with early Christians wearing new white robes for baptism during Easter Vigil services. Later, the custom expanded to everyone wearing new clothes in celebration of his or her new life in Christ. Sunrise Services The familiar sunrise service is a relatively new addition to Easter. A group of young Moravian men in Hernhut, Saxony held the first recorded sunrise service in 1732. They went to their cemetery called God’s Acre at sunrise t o worship in memory of the women who went to the tomb early on the first Easter morning and discovered it empty. Moravian immigrants brought the custom to America, with the first service in the United States held in 1743. Easter Lilies The Easter lily is another new addition to Easter celebrations. Throughout the years, painters and sculptors used the white Madonna lily to symbolize purity and innocence, frequently referring to Mary. This lily doesn’t force well, so nurseries couldn’t get the flower to bloom in time Easter. In the 1880s, Mrs. Thomas Sargent brought Bermuda lily bulbs back to Philadelphia. A local nurseryman, William Harris, saw the lilies and introduced them to the trade. A more practical consideration was that they were easy to force into bloom in time for the Easter season. From there, they Bermuda lily, now the familiar Easter lily spread throughout the country. –Susan E. Richardson
Health & Fitness 5 Reasons to do Aerobic Exercise
Aerobic activity is good for you, regardless of age, weight or athletic ability. A few aerobic activities are running, walking, cycling, dancing, and climbing stairs. You’ll get stronger and fitter as your body adapts to regular aerobic exercise. Consider the benefits of aerobic activity; 1. Weight Loss Aerobic Exercise combined with a healthy diet helps you loose weight and keep it off 2. Promotes Good Health Aerobic exercise activates your immune system. This leaves you
less susceptible to minor viral illnesses, such as colds and flu. 3. Relieves Stress Aerobic Exercise can ease mood on depression, reduce the tension associated with anxiety and promotes relaxation 4. Reduce Health Risks Aerobic exercise reduces the risk of many conditions, including obesity, Heart disease, high blood pressure, type2 diabetes, stroke and certain cancer. Aerobic exercise helps lower high blood pressure and control blood sugar. Also helps the risk of osteoporosis with weight-bearing aerobic exercise.
(Never to Young - Continued from page 4) ........
least now you will have friends that you will have something in common with. You’re maybe thinking what about my friends that I use to hang out with does that mean I stop communicating with them completely? No. Remember they need to come to know God and as scripture says ‘How can they hear without a preacher’, you’re aim will be to witness to them about Christ not just through speech but through action, meaning the way you live. If they don’t listen just pray for them. However remember that you are not to be caught up in the ungodly things that they do as you are now a light shining in the darkness. ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone away the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17. Scriptures that you should meditate and memorize on that tell you about the renewal of your mind would be: Romans 12:2, which reads ‘Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 8:6 -8 which says “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace..So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Philippians 4:8 “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praise-worthy think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me put it into practice. And the peace of God be with you.” Ephesians 4:22 says: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off our old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. These are just to start you off with as you study the word of God for yourselves you may find other scriptures that you should memorize concerning the renewal of your mind set and put it into practice. Jesus was obedient, as a young boy up until the time of his death on the cross he was obedient. Now you are a child of
God you too must be obedient, especially to those God has put in a position of authority over you; such as your parents or teachers. Despite the fact you are in a society, where your peers may be disobedient to authority. For example if your parents have told you to come home at a certain time, it’s not for you to ignore their request; it is for you to do as they say. Also if your teacher is expecting you to complete your homework on a certain date it is for you to complete your homework on that day. No you are not a ‘teacher’s pet’ or ‘a goody too shoes’ you are portraying the character of Christ. Remember you are ‘in the world but you are not of the world.’ Let your mindset change from ‘I’m too young’ into ‘I’m never too young’ to do what God requires of me. Do not be ashamed that you are living for God even if people around you do not understand it. Article Source: http:// www.faithwriters.comCHRISTIAN WRITERS
(Will We Be Ready- Continued from page 5) ........
we doing all the Lord wants us to be doing or do we just go to Church when it is convenient for us? The Lord does not put us second or third priority when we are in need of a blessing, or need his help getting through some of lives many tests and trials. See when we pray to God and we need something we expect him to move in a hurry, or to bless us as soon as we pray about it. But the truth is God has been asking us for years just to praise him and put him first in our lives, but we continue to make him wait. God has work for all of us, whether it be singing in the choir, being an usher, and even being in the ministry. So just ask ourselves, are we doing what God wants, or are we doing what we want? Are we putting Christ first in our lives, or are we putting our lives before Christ? Will we be ready for the returning of the Lord? Will we hear the words “Job well done my good and faithful servant” WILL WE BE READY? Matthew 6:33 –Submitted by Shaun Daniels
5. Stay Active and Independent Longer Aerobic exercise keeps your muscles strong, which can help you maintain mobility as you get older. If you have any health challenges get your doctors consent before you start. Remember to start off exercise slowly if you been inactive for a long time. Are you ready to be physically fit? GREAT –Submitted by Sister Ny Cabs Reference Mayo Clininc.com Help Guide.org United States Department of Agriculture
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for Young People and for People who are Young at Heart Breakfast Banana Split By: Susan McQuillan, RD C is for Cooking Recipes from the Street
Preparation time: 20 minutes ~ Makes 4 servings Melon scoops look like ice cream and make this a fun morning meal. Use any combination of your favorite fruits adn any crisp cereal your family enjoys in this naturally sweet breakfast treat. Ingredients 1: Cantaloupe or Honeydew melon, halved and seeded 1/2 cup fresh pineapple or kiwi cubes 1/2 cup of blueberries 1/4 cup low-fat lemon yogurt 2 bananas 2 tablespoons honey(optional) 1 cup crispy cold cereal, such as granola Equipment Small ice-cream scoop Plate or baking sheet Measuring cups Small bowl for mixing fruit Spoon Plastic knife for slicing fruit Small serving bowls Spoon or honey dipper for drizzing honey Instructions 1) Use a small ice-cream scoop to scoop out rounds of melon. Place the melon scoops on a plate or baking sheet and store in the freezer while you prepare the banana and toppings 2) (KIDS) In a small bowl, toss together the pineapple cubes, and the blueberries. Stir in the yogurt. Set aside. 3) (KIDS) Use a plastic knife to cut the bananas in half, crosswire. CUt each half in half again, lenthwise. Place 2 banan pieces in teh bottom of a4 small bouls. TOp with the scoops of melon from the freezer. 4) (KIDS) Spoon the pineapple mixture over the melon. Drizzle evenly with honey, if using. Sprinkle evenly with cereal. Tip You can freeze the melon scoops overnight in a covered container. The next morning, remove the scoops from the freezer at least 30 minutes before serving, to thaw slighty. Proceed with the recipe as directed. For small mouths, cut the pieces smaller or use a melon baller to make tiny scoops.
Fabulous French Toast Prep time: about 15 minutes Serves 2 Serving size: 1 slice
ZTkidz’ Corner Animals of the Bible N to W Word Search Game
Ingredients 1 egg ¼ c. milk dash of vanilla extract 1 tbsp. margarine 2 pieces of bread Utensils: medium-size bowl mixing spoon frying pan stove (you’ll need help from your adult assistant) spatula serving plate measuring cups and spoons Directions 1. Crack the egg into a medium-size bowl and beat well. Then mix in the milk and vanilla extract. 2. Put the margarine in a frying pan. Heat the pan on the stovetop on medium heat. It’s hot enough when the margarine starts to bubble. 3. Dunk each piece of bread in the egg mixture. Make sure the bread is totally covered. 4. Cook the bread in the frying pan on low heat until the underside is light brown (about 5 minutes). 5. Use a spatula to flip the bread over, and cook again for another 5 minutes. 6. Use the spatula to transfer the French toast to a plate.
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Prep time: 5 min | Cook time: 5 min Ready In: 10 min Ingredients 1/2 cup water 1 pitted prune, chopped 1 tablespoon raisins 2 tablespoons oat bran 2 tablespoons wheat bran 1 tablespoon wheat germ 1 tablespoon flax seed 1 teaspoon honey (optional) Directions 1. Bring the water with the prune and raisins to a boil in a pot; cook at a boil for 3 minutes. Stir the oat bran, wheat bran, wheat germ, flax seed, and honey into the fruit mixture. Remove from heat and serve hot. Top with any type of fruit, coconut, or nuts. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/breakfast-porridge/ detail.aspx
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