WORD UP NEWS Issue 2
It’s Worth The Fight!
Saluting Our Pastor For Pastor’s Appreciation Month & Birthday!
What’s so Good about Good Friday? *Resurrection Sunday CUTTIN EDGE MINISTRY at THE WORD CHURCH
S.W.A.G. Teen Talk
What’s Happened Since The Last Word Up TWC Finance & Health Corner
What’s Happening & Coming Up at TWC
We Salute Our Pastor as We Appreciate Him & Say Happy Birthday! Honorable mentions to Bishop-Elect Ja’Mail T. Johnson!!! Congratulations to Our Pastor on his elevation to Bishop-Elect. On Sunday, January 5, 2011 at the Word Church's 5th year Anniversary celebration, Apostle & Pastor Connie Stewart of the Cathedral of Truth Church presented and announced the Apostolic Bull of Appointment to Pastor Johnson in front of a packed house. We are all so Godly proud of Bishop-Elect as his dedication to the Lord, The Word church, and the helping of other Churches & Pastors has yielded him this great promotion in the Kingdom. So what is a Bishop you may ask? The ministry of a bishop is to represent Christ and His Church, particularly as apostle, chief priest, and pastor of group(s); to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the whole Church; to proclaim the Word of God; to act in Christ’s name for the reconciliation of the world and the building up of the Church; and to ordain others to continue Christ’s ministry. The bishop is entrusted in a position of authority and oversight. They establish and ordain other clergy and ministries. This includes the ordination of other bishops through the laying on of hands. This is just the beginning of all that God has in store for Him, Us & The Word Church as a whole. Our Pastor’s Appreciation Month is here, thus making March a great Month! Last year we celebrated our first Annual Pastor's Appreciation Month as well as our Pastor's Birthday. It was a great honor to celebrate the Man of God that has been placed in our lives to watch over us and feed us with knowledge and understanding (Jeremiah 3:15). This year we have no choice but to take this celebration higher. Pastor J, born March 17, turns 31 this year and we scream to the roof top “HAPPY BIRTHDAY PASTOR J”. We would like to challenge you to personally find 31 ways to honor the God sent man of this house. But as we know our Pastor, he would ask for you to invite 31 people to hear the Word of God. And this is what we love and adore about him, he is always thinking of others which makes us want to be used by God to be the ones to bless him real good. We will forever do as the Word instructs in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 & 1 Timothy 5:17. We honor God for you Pastor J. Written By Le Keishia Dawkins We the Members of The Word Church pray… Dear God, Thank you for our pastor. You sent this pastor to shepherd us and to mentor us, to teach us and to correct us, to help keep us on the straight and narrow. Our pastor makes a lot of sacrifices, most of them we don’t even know. But, Lord, You know. Help us to be more aware of our pastors’ needs. Of the hurts and sorrows carried to You on our behalf. When our pastor & his family needs prayer, remind us to return the favor. Help us to be more loving toward our Pastor and first family; to be less critical; to be more sensitive to our Pastor’s needs; to speak words of encouragement to and about our Pastor -- and to never carry tales and gossip concerning our Pastor and our First Family. Thank you for our Pastor and his family, Lord. Bless, keep, and protect them always in Jesus Name. Amen. Pastor J, Please be encouraged today & everyday, We have your back!
It’s Worth the Fight Because…You’ve Already Won! Words from Pastor Ja’Mail T. Johnson
There is no point in trying to avoid battles because, in life, they are inevitable. As Christians, we are guaranteed to experience affliction, persecution, adversity, and trials. However, God has promised us absolute victory in every situation we face. Our job is to fight the good fight of faith and remain steadfast where God’s Word is concerned. By refusing to be moved from what God has said in the Bible, activating our faith, and rising up in the authority invested in us through Jesus Christ, we can walk out of any battle triumphant. Many times, the dilemmas we find ourselves in have nothing to do with the devil; but, they have everything to do with the bad choices we have made. When we refuse to follow God’s instructions and do things His way, we can end up going through unnecessary affliction and hardship. But even when this happens, God’s love is in hot pursuit of us. His grace is His willingness to get involved in our situations and circumstances. We can have confidence He is standing by to help us, even when we make senseless mistakes. How you handle yourself in the midst of the battle makes the difference. One of the most important things we can do is be mindful of the power of words. Second Corinthians 4:13 says, “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.” Whatever you believe, you must speak. Actually, what is in your heart in abundance will come out of your mouth eventually and make known what you really believe anyway. As it relates to the Believer, our faith is evident by what we say. If we claim the promise of God that says we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, we demonstrate our belief first and foremost by declaring it. Using the Word of God during spiritual battles is guaranteed to get results. It is the sword of the Spirit and will cut to pieces the snares of the enemy. Whatever is coming against you, find out what God says and put it in your mouth. When you speak what you believe, you send a message to the devil that says you are fighting back and you are winning. Verse 15 of that same chapter reveals another important key to victory in battle, “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.” I don’t know about you, but I need God to get involved in my battles! This scripture clearly says that when we actively engage the power of thanksgiving by giving God thanks for everything He has done and for who He is, it releases His grace, which is His unmerited favor. It’s not that we deserve it, but He loves us so much. He can’t help but intervene when we use the big gun of thanksgiving as a weapon. I encourage you as you remain immovable when you’re going through a tough time. Trouble won’t last always. You have been equipped with God’s Word, which is more than enough to fight off anything the devil throws at you. You win! And as I say all the time tell the enemy “This ain’t whatcha want!” "It is written: 'I believed; therefore I have spoken.' Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak" - 2 Corinthians 4:13
1 Timothy 6:12 – Fight The Good Fight of Faith!
What’s Been Happening Since the Last Word Up Issue ? There is much that has happened over the last 2 months and we’ve highlighted just a few here. Since our last issue, we started the process of our Extreme Makeover.
If we have followed all of the principles shown to us in the Word of God by Pastor J then we should be Made Over. The Word Church just completed it’s 28 days of fasting and praying. Praise God! The SpotLight Singles Ministry Kicked off in January & their first social & outing to the Rockets Game in February was a huge success. We see you shining Singles! The Iron Men are sharpening each other as they continue to grow stronger and continue to meet The First S.W.A.G. Teens Facebook Friday in January was a blast…Don’t miss it March 18! WWA went back to the women’s shelter to assist with their needs & we also kicked off our Aspiring Women’s Night Out in Feb where Pastor Johnson blew the roof off as he taught us how to get our groove back. Don’t miss the next one on 3/24with Minister Patricia Carter.
Do My Decisions Really Matter to God? Pastor Daniel Nelson
God cares about what's going on in our hearts. In any decision we have the opportunity to choose who we will worship. Will we worship God or will we worship ourselves? God desires to be the highest priority in every part of our lives. In some areas of life it's clear that there are right decisions and wrong decisions—like the choice of whether to cheat on an exam. In other areas, we need to make choices between two good things—like making a decision between two great colleges. It's quite possible God would be present in and honored by either decision. Other times the choice may have to do with a gray area—something that's not necessarily right or wrong. These are opportunities to practice wisdom. For example, spending a lot of time talking on the phone or texting friends may be a good thing. But if there's never any time when we are just quiet and still, it can be harder for us to be aware of God's presence. Being wise might mean turning the phone off from time to time to quiet your heart so you can be more attentive to the presence of God in everyday life. Sometimes when we make decisions, it can seem like we're trying to work God into our life story. But really, we are part of God's story and God is delighted by our desire to live with that focus in mind.
Featured Ministry…. THE At TWC our ministries give people the opportunity to discover their gifts, develop and deploy them to impact their surroundings, other lives, and of course our community! Those of us who serve already worship God through our service and enjoy the rewarding experience as it helps make TWC a joyous place to worship very week. These ministries operate with a cutting edge creative movement so we’re able to minister to the whole being, every level and age. If you’re not already serving then find a place designed for you. If you can't find one you're looking for, let us know!
IRON MEN WWA (Women Who Aspire)
“CHARMS” Youth Girls Guest Services CHAMPS R’ US
S.W.A.G TEENS The Spotlight Singles The KNOT Marriage Ministry
Beyond The Walls Audio /Visual
Hospitality Life Café & Bookstore Word Up Communications
Outreach & Evangelism And more…
Calling All Singles…..
“The Spotlight” Singles Ministry is an extension of The Word Church that exist to give glory to God in Jesus Christ. The primary objective of this ministry is to fellowship among our single adults who happen to be single by chance, change, circumstance, or choice. This Ministry strives with success to make sure that our singles stay in “The Spotlight” of the eyes of Jesus Christ. “The Spotlight” focuses on meeting the needs of our singles spiritual growth, reveal how much God loves us unconditionally, to support, and outreach to singles in our community. We are committed to remaining HOLY! We also commit to creating a place where fellowship, loving, learning, laughing, and worshiping is made easy, and developing singles to spiritual maturity through small groups, special events, seminars, and social outings. Who said being Single wasn’t cool! You can expect FUN, FUN, and more FUN! Fellowship is key in this ministry. “The Spotlight” meets every other month for a different experience. We will have programs, guest speakers, singles chats, and social outings outside of church. Not only can you expect all of these great things but also expect that within “The Spotlight” you will have companionship, people in place to intercede for you and others that you can share feelings with out in the open that can understand the struggles that can come along with being a single man/woman in Christ. EXPECT THE GREAT! There is no limit to what we as a singles ministry can do together in Christ. Our upcoming Singles Night Out will be on April 8, 2011 with our very own Pastor J! (Invites Coming Soon). This will be a night of “Preparation” that your spirit will not want to miss. We are single but married to our relationships with God! Your SpotLight Ministry Leader, Coco Roberts
So What’s Happening / Coming Up Next at The Word Church ? EVERY Sunday Is H.O.T. Sunday. It means to Have Others There. Where? With you at The Word Church. Invite EVERYONE you know OR may not know to visit The Word Church with you.
This Month we are in March Madness
New Sunday Series ….Today I’m M.A. D.
New Word Study Series: Destroying Stress March Health Awareness 3/20/11 Stop by Life Café for more info CHARISMA is walking to Stop the Silence. April 9, 2011. Stop by Life Café for more info.
Sacred Good Friday Service April 22, 2011 @ 7:13
Resurrection Sunday 2011 April 24, 2011 @ 9:53AM
It’s real! Let’s Pray, Educate & Be informed. Stop by Life Café for more information.
What’s So Good about Good Friday? What Happened on that Great Day that would
change our lives forever?
April 22, 2011
Have you ever thought about the irony of that name? We call it, “Good” Friday, even though it commemorates the darkest day in history. In fact, the Bible records that when Jesus died, “darkness came over the whole land”. (Luke 23:44) I guess that’s God’s reminder to us all about what sin does in our world. It separates us from God’s light. The irony of what happened that Friday is that God can create goodness from the darkest of circumstances. Let’s face it, it was wrong to put an innocent man to death. Yet, I’m so glad God let Jesus hang on that Cross because as Paul said, “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them”. (2 Corinthians 5:19) God’s redemptive plan was at work that day. Jesus offered his righteousness to us in exchange for our sins. That’s why we call it Good Friday.
When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, 'It is finished!' And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit." (John 19:30) What was finished? Did he mean his long agonizing suffering? Hanging on the cross for six hours? His life of only thirty-three years? All duties assigned to him by his heavenly Father? Jesus probably had none of that in mind when he uttered those profound words. What was finished was the curse mankind had been under since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden. It must have given him great pleasure to have an end to it as God had been waiting a long time to reverse it.
What was finished was the Old Covenant. When Jesus died on the cross we passed from the age of Law to the age of Grace. At the moment of Christ's death "the veil of the temple was torn in two." (Luke 23:45) The separation Why Communion? between God and man was removed and fellowship and intimacy were When Jesus gave us the memorial restored. meal which we call "The Lord's What was finished was payment in full for all of the sins of the world. Like the one who makes his last mortgage payment, the deed to the property now passes into his hands with great joy. God bought us back and though the price was dear; now it was finished. Because he said, "it is finished" some things are finished for us too. If we choose his cross we are finished with sin, finished with empty living for ourselves, finished with a long distance relationship with our Creator. These three words must rank among the very best that the Lord ever uttered. No wonder they call it GOOD Friday!
Easter Sunday. To many it means the Easter bunny, a day of food and celebration. For some it is an obligatory church-attending holiday, after which life goes on as usual. How sad that we have so quickly forgotten the true meaning of Easter. Our God reigns! Jesus Christ died, yes. But even more importantly, He rose again and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, as we say in the Lord's Prayer. Jesus Christ literally defied death. But He did more than just a Houdini move. We "ooo" and "ahhh" over the narrow escapes by magicians like David Copperfield and others, but eventually even those daredevils will face death. Their power is limited.
But Jesus Christ was greater -- He defied death FOREVER. Jesus Christ lives and reigns for eternity, whether you or I believe that fact or not. And He has reclaimed life for all those who believe in Him. This is the second miracle of Easter. Through God's work on the cross, we have access to eternal life as well:
Supper", he used these words, in Matt 26:27-29 27 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom." When we share in communion, we often think about asking for forgiveness, but Jesus also invites us to think forward to that day when he comes again to bring us victoriously into his Kingdom and invites us to reign with him. 2 Tim 2:12says, 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him.
April 24, 2011
Whosoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven (Matt. 10:32-33).
Please consider today the wonder of God's power and His love for you. He knows you. He knows what you have done. He knows what you are going to do. But He is waiting for your response, my friend. God doesn't need For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because your praise or your service to Him; He desires it. It is not it is the power of God for the salvation of what we do for God that gets us into heaven and gives us a everyone who believes: first for the Jew, right relationship with God. It is only by faith in Jesus then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a Christ. Look at these Scriptures: righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to Know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but last, just as it is written: ' The righteous will by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in live by faith' (Romans 1:16-17). Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is one will be justified (Galatians 2:16). Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -For it with your heart that you believe and and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by are justified and it is with your mouth that works so that no one can boast (Ephesians 28-9). you confess and are saved (Romans 10:910).
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Financial Corner Do you often find yourself praying, “LORD please send me a financial blessing.” Or “Father, if you let me hit the Lotto just once…”? Ok, now be honest with yourself real quick and think, how many times Duismyautem vel for eum iriure dolor have prayers increase been in forhendrerit the sole in purpose of blessing someone else? Consider the power and peace that comes from giving of your time, money, your love, your last, and all of you. Fearlessly and faithfully give yourself away to God’s will. Start today not only in the, ask and you shall receive (John 14:13) mindset but put some action to it remembering that you reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7 & Hosea 10:12). #1- Get into the daily habit of evaluating all that you have and how much God has blessed you. Praise and worship God for how good He is to you! #2- Then determine how much of yourself you can give whether it be stretching your dollars to be the financial blessing another is in need of or lifting your voice in prayer for the strength of Bishop-Elect J, others and your ministry. #3- Lastly, thank God for all you are now able to give and ask Him to allow you to be an even greater giver for his kingdom. Give lovingly and gladly not worrying about what you will have left for yourself (2Cor. 9:7 & Lev. 23:22). Go ahead, try it on for a while. See how it fits. I know you’ll look and feel great. That’s what giving does for you. Written By: Melodie Murray
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Health Corner You probably already know that it’s important to drink enough water. A minimum of eight glasses of water a day is recommended. You should aim for more if it is really hot, or you are working out and sweating a lot. According to WEBMD the early signs of dehydration are increased thirst, dry mouth, sticky saliva and reduced urine output with dark yellow urine. You may also experience a lack of energy and a headache. None of these sound very fun. I know it is hard sometimes to drink that much water; especially when sodas and coffee tempt us. However, to stay healthy and feel great, we should strive to drink those eight glasses of water a day. Here are a few tips to help you remember to drink the water, and to make it a little more pleasant or interesting. 1. Keep a Log This can be as simple as a little piece of paper on the fridge, or a page in your day planner. Just make a little checkmark, or dash on the piece of paper every time you drink a glass of water. The log will help you keep track of how much water you have had in any given day. You’ll also be surprised how motivating it is to try to get those eight little checkmarks on there every day. 2. Add Some Lemon Juice I tend to get bored with drinking just water after a few days. Change things up and add a little flavor by adding a teaspoon or less of lemon to your water. You can also try some other fruit juices. Just make sure you are still drinking mainly water. Just a splash of juice should be enough to make things interesting and give the water some flavor without adding a lot of sugar and calories. 3. Drink Some Water When You Feel Hungry Unfortunately, many of us have gotten so out of tune with our bodies that we feel hungry when we are actually thirsty. If you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water first. You may just be thirsty. 4. Carry A Water Bottle It’s much easier to drink water when you have it readily available. Carry a bottle of water around with you in the car, at work, while running errands, in the yard, and even while you are working around the house. You’ll be sipping away the water without even noticing it. 5. Drink More If You Are Working Out Make sure you drink a few extra glasses of water if you work out, or if you spend some time outside while it’s hot. Your body uses and needs more water when it sweats a lot. So don’t forget to fill back up on water during and after your exercise. Just pay attention to how much you drink and implement some of these ideas if you don’t get the recommended eight glasses of water a day. Your body will thank you for it in the long run. By: Susan Meyers
JOIN US IN PRAYER EVERY First & Last Saturday of the Month REMINDERS: *Get your TWC Calendars & We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events & ministry opportunities * If you are on FB like The Word Church page Women Who Aspire S.W.A.G Teens The Word Church Iron Men *Spread the Word about your church… The Word Church *We’re looking for volunteers to work in various ministries.
Why Pray? Prayer is communication with God. Through prayer we offer our praise and worship to the One True God who deserves all praise. Extolling all the virtues of God’s greatness helps us see life from His perspective. It helps us see ourselves in proper relationship to Him. We are His servants. He is our God. Prayer communication is a two way street. We talk to God and He talks to us. We don’t just bring our cares, worries, frustrations to Him. But He speaks to us, revealing Himself to us through prayer. There have been times when I puzzled over how a certain thing was going to work out in my life and through prayer God calmed my fear of uncertainty and answered my requests, further building my trust in Him. He helps us recognize all things are possible when we believe Him. He gives rest to those who seek Him wholeheartedly through prayer. Prayer is a mighty piece of God’s armor we are called to use in our fight to remain victorious in this life. Read Ephesians 6:10-20, paying close attention to verse 18. After all the putting on of the various pieces of armor, Paul urges us to pray in the spirit always, being watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Why? Because critical we stay connected to our power source. "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. NLT (Matthew 7:7)
Welcome All New Members who joined in Jan/Feb. This Issue’s Member Invite Award Goes To
TWC Welcomes to the Family Ursula Martin Nikita Miller
Janice Joe Shawn Gilbert
Congratulations & Thank You for spreading the “Word” about your Church.
LaQuell Joe Brodrick Harvey Courtney Wimbley Robert Wimbley & All our Kids & Youth who had no choice
Stop by Life Café during hours of operation to sip on some coffee, purchase life transforming books & Word Church CD’s & DVD’s. Maybe you just want to drop in and use the wi-fi to do your homework or work on projects either way, Life Café is the place to be. Visit Life Café on Sundays to sign up for or get information on Ministry Events.
…A Great Year for Extreme Expansion. Because We Do It Better Together!
There is much to do at The Word Church. With minimum qualifications, a warm heart, a friendly smile and our TWC training you will be serving in no time! Here’s a list of areas where you can get started right away! *Champs R’ Us Instructors *Communications Administrator *Audio Ministry * Bookstore Attendants *New Member Reception *Ministry Activity Coordinator *Guest Services – Parking, Host, Service Attendants
Yes The Word Church is in the process of Extreme Expansion in every area of ministry & the expansion in growth starts with us. How you might ask? By opening our mouths and spreading the gospel and inviting everyone you know and don’t know to visit The Word Church with you. It is every Christian’s job to lead people to Christ, and part of that responsibility lies in inviting people to Church. Why should you invite people to your church? There are at least five reasons: 1.They will hear the gospel at The Word Church; some may even get saved at church 2.They will connect with other Christians at church 3.Felt and real needs are met at The Word Church 4. Your church will grow by you inviting others 5.People are more likely to come to church when invited by YOU! Most Christians are nervous, or even a little “afraid” to invite people to church. They fear rejection, the loss of a friendship, or may feel that they will “mess things” up, due to a perceived lack of competence in this area. But you can invite others to church! You will be successful at this! People you love may come to Christ, and the church that you’ve connected with! So spread The Word! Give others the opportunity to experience what you have.
Call The Word Church office during business hours. Tues-Thurs. 9am-3pm Fri. 9am-12pm. Or stop by Life Café after Sunday Services for more information. 15403 Vantage Parkway E. #315 Houston, TX 77090 281-219-9673 www.thewordchurchonline.org