Issue 4 | Volume 3

Immanuels Temple Systems of Church Presents:

the B.I.G Three Day Conference!

Day 1

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Day 3


From the Desk of Bishop Owens

Learn the importance of what it means to

live life to its fullest as Bishop Owens teaches

us how to be prepared to prevail over these

perilous times.

Elect Lady’s Corner

Sound the trumpet as Elect Lady Owens

breaks down what it is to get M.A.D for the

work of the Lord and “Make a Difference.”










From the Desk of Bishop Owens

What Manner of Person

Elect Lady’s Corner

Getting M.A.D for the Work of the Lord!


The Mega Church

Music & Entertainment

The Stellar Awards Hollywood Confidential

For The Saints

Double Dutch: A Life Lesson


How to Budget... Successfully

Creative Writing

God’s Secret Weapon: The Mourning & Cunning


School’s Out! Fun Summer Snacks for the Kids

Brain Games

Happy Birthday TGM!


Take a journey with Monty Mont as he and his

anointed panel discuss the pros and cons of

today’s “mega church.”

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In the book of 2 Peter 3: 10-11 (KJV) it reads:

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens

shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the

earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought

ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

It is my endeavor to always be prepared. I never want to be negligent when I am

conscious of what could be pending danger. The text is very plain in telling us

of future pending events. Therefore we ought to prepared, and not to live a life

of happenstance. It is vital that with each new day that arises... so should our

preparation to prevail over these peerless times. So with this truth in sight we are left

with the question that the great Apostle Peter posed to us: “What manner of persons

are we to be?”

When we see such dire warnings of what is to take this world... and can not be

avoided... one would question “how do I prepare myself?” The apostle Peter

describes the preparation a person should be making an order to be ready. He talks

about a the “manner of persons” we should be, and the attributes of that person(s).

He challenged us to be those who can have holy conversations, and a live a life

that bespeaks godliness in its true only form... the image of Christ. This now gives

us two challenges to live out on a day to day basis . First, to ignite and invite Holy

conversations in our everyday lives. A conversation that’ Christ centered and edifies

the hearer. Secondly, to live a holy life which requires being mindful of the places

we go, as well as places and people we entertain. Putting everything under the scope

of: “would Christ approve?” So for those that are striving to conquer these two

challenges; understand this principle. The principle of Time. Time is a place for God

to be inserted in every second every hour every day. God shouldn’t be “penciled”

into our lives ... but in fact He’s required to be the permanent factor that should

never be replaced! This, my friend, is called godliness!

So let me end by saying under the great seriousness of the text Peter gave us; let

us not just read it, but be prepared for all that is coming. Become that “Manner of

Person.” Don’t put it off for tomorrow... it’s not promised... but today is - make it



Elect Lady’s Corner



For The

Work Of

The Lord!

Written by Elect Lady Patricia A. Owens, D.D.


Jesus said to the church in Ephesus according to Revelation 2:4 (KJV): “Nevertheless I

have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love” Which means you lost

something very special that you once loved! I would never want Jesus to have anything against

me. If so, I would get M.A.D. and return to my first love with Him. The acronym for the word

mad is “Making A Difference!” Many times to make a difference you have to get “mad!” Mad

is a passion of the soul. Ephesians 4:26 says: “Be ye angry, and sin not…” You need the kind of

anger or mad that brings about positive results, not fleshly anger that stirs up the flesh or is

based on pride, egotism, and self indulgence. If what you’re doing only benefits you and yours,

it’s not M.A.D.

St John 2:15-17 tells the story of Jesus being M.A.D. to those that were abusing the Temple for

their own gain and not the purpose that it was ordained for. It says: “And when he (Jesus) had

made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the Temple, and the sheep, and the

oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that

sold doves, take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. And

his disciples remembered that it was written, the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.” Now,

that’s passionately M.A.D.” Jesus said in Matthew 21:13: “… It is written, My house shall be called

the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” Anytime spiritual things lose their

purpose, you should get M.A.D. and the zeal of the Lord should motivate you to do something.

Another example of getting M.A.D. for the work of the Lord is the story of Phinehas, found

in Numbers 25:8-13. The Lord was angry with Israel because they had committed sexual sins

with the women of Moab and had given themselves to the worship of Baal. God sends a deadly

plague among the Israelites and instructs Moses to kill all the leaders in broad daylight, who

led the people into sin to appease God’s anger against them. While Moses and the judges are

carrying out the commands of the Lord, one Israelite man walks in front of Moses and the

entire congregation and goes into a tent with a Midianite woman. But, when Phinehas, the

grandson of Aaron sees the act of rebellion he gets M.A.D. He takes a spear and goes into their

tent and thrust the spear through the man’s body and the woman’s stomach until they die.

The plague then stops after 24,000 Israelites had died. Numbers 25:10 -13 says: “And the Lord

spake unto Moses saying Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned

my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them,

that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto

him my covenant of peace: and he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of

an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made atonement for the

children of Israel.”

There should be a zeal and passion for the work of the Lord; not serving lukewarm or apathetic,

but serving with a sincere heart. Anytime you make up your mind to get mad for what is right

and what is wrong, you receive God’s favor and “His covenant of peace.” When was the last

time you got M.A.D. and made a stand or made a change for what you knew was not God? You

should not wait another day, but get M.A.D. in serving in the kingdom of God.


Monty: We are going to talk about

the pros and cons of the Mega Church.

Okay, when you hear of mega church,

you think of a lot of people. You think

of big ministries that you see that got

thousands of people. One of the first

recorded Mega churches deals with

Israel. Moses was preaching to millions

of people and literally giving them

what God said. I always wondered

how Moses must have talked to these

people. In my mind, Moses was on

some type of mega horn. Maybe he had

some brothers positioned somewhere

through the crowd shouting it... I

don’t know.

In the New Testament, if you look

in Acts 2, it talks about Peter. When

he spoke and he preached, 3,000

souls were converted that day. In my

mind’s eye, we should have more

mega churches because there are six

billion people in this world, but there

are so many of them lost. To me, it is

God’s 8 will, that we be overflowing.

First of all, I am a huge sports fan. I

love sports. Madison Square Garden is

where the Knicks play. It seats 18,200

people. Yankee stadium seats 50,290

people. Soldier Field, in Chicago,

seats 61,000 people. The University

of Michigan Stadium seats 109,000

people. The Indiana Speedway seats

250,000. All these people will go,

religiously, to all these sporting events

because they have a vested interest, but

they can’t come to church.

Snacks: I agree with you

wholeheartedly. A lot of times, it is

just not having a mega church, and

having these large congregations, but

it is what you have to do to keep them.

You have to water it down, you have

to compromise, you have to make it

palatable for the Democrat, for the

Republican, and for the rich man and

the poor man. So you have to be a

politician of a sort. You have to say

just the right thing to just the right

people at the right time to keep that

membership. The minute you start

getting into how you are living, and

how you should be living... then you

step on some toes and then them toes

start tipping right out the door.

Monty: Without the anointing of

God, it is just a gathering. It is just

getting together and having a meeting

pretty much. I don’t want to act like

there is off stuff in mega churches,

because there is off stuff in little

churches and medium sized churches

as well. With that heavy concentration

of people there, if we be on one

accord, we should see miracles. In

these big churches, the lame ought

to be walking. But, some people are

coming to be seen or for the celebrity

of it.

Snacks: I look at it like the difference

between a body builder and a weight

lifter lifter.

A body builder is building his body and

pumping iron to have his body look a

certain way. His end result is to just to

strike a pose to say look at me... Look

what I got. Whereas, a weightlifter, a

power lifter... these are strong men.

These brothers ain’t necessarily cut. I

have seen them with big bellies and big

arms. are going to say, “I ain’t coming

back” or “I am coming to get right.”

But their ultimate goal is to gain

strength to move something. When you

look at the storefront, they trying to

get a move of God. They are trying to

move in the Spirit. I don’t know if the

Mega church has lost something just

to mask their weight. It is almost like

a form of Godliness, but denying the

power thereof.

Doc: I was just thinking, Lord, what

are some of the common diseases

that have now hit the church? We see

symptoms, but what really is that

one major disease that has attacked

the Mega church? Revelation 3:1

was really giving me some good

understanding. It says, “To the Angel of

the church of Sardis write these saith

he that have the seven spirits of God

and the seven stars. I know thy works

that thou hast a name that thou livest

and art dead.” Really, that is what we

see in the Body of Christ. We see a lot

of people going to church. We see a lot

of singing. We see a lot of conferences.

But honestly, when they scan the

crowd, the preacher just preached

himself into a sweat, it is folk just

standing up smiling. The musicians are

playing their fingers off. Out of about

10,000 people you have about 700-800

poeple really rejoicing.

Doc: Are we looking for power or

do we just have a big name ministry?

I heard a gentleman, a very famous

person; I was just listening to an

interview he did and he was talking

about HIV. He is a member of a certain

church that has now started an HIV

ministry. I’m thinking, back in the day,

the church I grew up in Pentecost,

there was no ministry for liars

anonymous. Pastor would call you out.

The church we are a part of don’t play

with common sicknesses or common

diseases. They get to the root cause

of the problem. Is it a sickness? Does

God really have the power where He

anoints men to lay hands and that God

can heal them? Or are we just a mutual

appreciation society?

Monty: If I am in sin, I should not feel

comfortable being in your church. We

are hitting on the mega church because

it is bigger and it is so many people

that you can hide. You should not be

able to sit and be like, I’m running

women, I am on drugs, I smoke weed,

etc. If you go to our church, you are

not doing that. you so much that you

Pastor is going to hit you so much that

you are going to say, “I ain’t coming

back” or “I am coming to get right.”

Snacks: What it really comes down

to is, what did you come here for? Did

you come just to say I came to church

or I was at church? Or did you come

to get delivered? Did you come to get

salvation? Did you come to get closer

to the Lord? Did you just come to say

that I came and I belong to this church

or that church, or did you come for

deliverance? Moses had the first mega

church, but I began to think about

Gideon as well; he had a mega army.

When he called that army he had

32,000 strong, but the minute they got

challenged, the minute they got questioned;

he asked “who is afraid?,” then

guess what? Then they broke up. Then

he broke it down to who can actually

follow; who actually had the true spirit

of the house; who could lap like a dog.

You went from 10,000 down to 300.

So you don’t necessarily need the numbers

to be effective in God’s work.

Doc: I agree. I believe this is just

scripture being fulfilled. As we know,

we are in the last days. The scriptures

say that in the last days, perilous times

shall come. And we see a lot of things

in our church, whether big or small,

on a universal level that a lot of times

you can’t even tell the difference between

the church and what is going on

in the club. They have some of the same

baselines, some of the same music that

I remember when I wasn’t saved. They

just changed the lyrics. I witnessed

to a person, last week, about this and

they made a comment that you don’t

need to go to church. I looked at them

and said, “No, that is not scriptural.”

Because, did not Hebrews say, “Forsake

not the assembling of yourselves

together as the manner of some are?”

So if you don’t need the church, then

how are you going to get to heaven?

Paul was very specific that he gave the

five-fold ministry for the perfecting of

the saints. But what happens when you

come to church and your pastor is really

not giving you sound doctrine?

Monty: Here, what we see in a lot of

those churches, is that “Simon Magus”

stuff to where you are trying to buy

your way in. People of God, we are

not to be impressed by a celebrity that

is in the world. You are talking about

a musician, rapper or things like that,

and they are trying to use their influence

to influence your Pastor to have

little spot. Your money perishes with

you. It starts out with a good thing and

it should be a good thing. This could be

any church, but it is really prevalent in

the Mega church. I gave you all those

statistics about those stadiums. We

ought to have these churches overflowing.

All these people that need to be

saved... but you can’t lose your candlestick.

You can’t get away from what you

have been called to do.


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The Stellar Awards Hollywood Confidential

Written by Samantha Sims

It was an exciting time for the city of Las Vegas and gospel music during the month of March. The 2017 Stellar Awards

were back in town and The Gathering Magazine staff were on the scene for one of the most highly anticipated events.

During the sixth installment of The Hollywood Confidential on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the The Hard Rock Cafe Las

Vegas, Brand Maverick Entertainment (BME) president and event creator, Steve Jones, moderated a conversation with

ten (10) time Grammy winner Kirk Franklin. This took place during the 32nd Annual The Stellar Awards Weekend.

Powered by the hit gospel record label RCA Inspiration, and sponsored by Walgreen’s, the panel focused on longevity,

maintaining relevancy, and having staying power in Hollywood and specifically within the Gospel Music Industry.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns

and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16 (KJV)

Highlights of the evening included special appearances from actors David Mann and Tamela Mann (Tyler Perry’s “Meet

The Browns”), and singer Erica Campbell (WeTV’s “Mary Mary”). Additionally, Kirk Franklin was presented with the

ICON Award from Walgreen’s, while David Mann and Tamela Mann were presented with the Trailblazer Award for their

contribution to positive diverse images within TV and Film.


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I know, I know, children don’t play too many meager games outdoors nowadays. But some of us can

remember those games, right? The ones that required no plug-ins, no batteries, no money… just the

imagination of a child and the freedom to express it. “Strawberry shortcake, cream on top, tell me the

name of your sweetheart…” was a common tune little girls sang in my neighborhood while jumping

rope-Double Dutch style.

I love to ponder the memories of jumping Double Dutch. Now, as a disclaimer, you could not “jump”

if you did not enter the ropes (at least that was our crew’s definition). This is not to be sarcastic-some

girls were humorously guilty of this “hesitancy syndrome.” They would rock forward and back at the

waist with the pace of the ropes, but never jump in! Fear would grip them, making their feet like cement

blocks firmly fastened to the ground!

But some of that fear was justified. It was widely known that extension cords, or heavy thick ropes,

lying around the house was the best choice for that Double Dutch swang. The possibility of those

ropes smacking your face or grazing skin made the act of leaping in nearly impossible for some. Now,

I bet we all can relate to this concept in our walks with Christ. How many obstacles, open doors, lost

relationships or brand new levels that just seemed insurmountable to you? But God said, “Come on,

come on through, jump right in, I’m with you!”

“Tss-tss, tss-tss.. All in together girls, how do you like the weather girls…” I remember coming up in

the ranks, watching how the masters would jump in with such fierce energy and focus. With the right

partnership of turners and jumpers, a solid team was established. The turners were in sync with the

jumpers’ every skip, hop, spin, entry and exit. Any observer could see that there was a recognizable trust

between them.

Now, let’s compare a turner-jumper relationship from Double Dutch to the combination of Godly

leaders and the believer. Much like my childhood Double Dutch gang, you will need the help of

individuals, who are in tuned with the highs and lows of your life, in order to be successful. That’s why

God has conduits, called Pastors, Pastor’s wives or First Ladies, and Spiritual Leaders alike. They are sent

to help you navigate through all the many twists and turns that life will “swing” at you-even the tricks of

the enemy.

Boy, do I miss those Double Dutch days! We took this sport and other homemade games as far as our

imaginations would stretch. During these childhood experiences, we acted on a freedom that caused

us to dream up something and know it was possible! Don’t you miss the lightheartedness of being a

kid with that giddy childlike faith? Let’s bring back merriment to our walk with Christ. In your next

stressful season or challenge, check in with the “child” in you. I know you are, if anything else, bound to

have a laugh!

Written by Takendra Gaskin

Have you ever wondered how a celebrity can make millions of dollars over the course of their career and have to file for

bankruptcy? I remember my days as a bank teller. Customers would come in to deposit checks and many times I would be

baffled by the status of their accounts. I would encounter doctors, lawyers, business owners, and CEO’s with accounts that

were overdrawn. At the same time, I’d encounter college students and those who worked at fast food restaurants making

minimum wage with accounts that reflected the earnings of a doctor, lawyer or CEO. After helping both categories, I was

often left wondering “how?” How can someone make six and seven figures annually and have an account that’s always in

the red; and how can someone whose income is “poverty level” (by society’s standard) have a flourishing account? I quickly

learned the answer was the same for both; Budgeting. In order for anyone or any company to be financially successful they

must learn how to set a budget and stick to it.

Here are a few budgeting tips to help with financial success and independence:

1. Determine your debt to income ratio. Figure out how much you are earning each month/each paycheck and compare

that to how much you are spending. Ideally, you should be earning more money than what you are spending. If you

find that you are spending more than what you earn, look over your spending with a fine tooth comb and find ways to

minimize your spending.

2. Set goals to pay off debts. If you have a loan or loans and you’ve only been paying the minimum on it, set goals to pay

them off in a timely manner. Meaning, focus on 1 or 2 of the loans and make it a point to pay extra on them for the next

few months until they are paid in full. Once you’ve accomplished that, you’ll feel better about yourself; you have less bills

to worry about; your credit score will increase and you have more money in your pocket or savings account.

3. Be realistic. It’s important to be realistic with your finances. Understand that things will come up in life unexpectedly

and may throw your financial goals off. That’s okay, You have to readjust and refocus on your goals. Just because life

throws you a curveball, that’s no reason to give up and throw in the towel.

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.


Written by Danielle Proctor

For years, I saw her pray. Every morning, every night, every day…and though I too prayed, her prayers were

different from mine. God thought them sublime as those prayers became supplications of how she mourned

for her family, her destiny, for the ability to live life. Her words were skilled and powerful as she uttered them

on bended knee, prostrate, or as she was simply walking. She cried loud till I too heard the secret prayers

she uttered, and through adolescent eyes I admired her zeal with each request, declaration and praise. Then

one day God took my mother home and I had children of my own. Just as I had seen, I allowed my children

to glean from me. I lifted my voice as I prayed for their hearts, so they would never stray. I prayed for God’s

house, the church, as if it were my own. As I too grew, I began to see the legacy my mourning and cunning

mother placed within me. For my daughter and even my sons grew to love the one that I cried to daily for

their sakes and for mine. I wondered if God thought my wailing prayers sublime like my mother before me.

As my hair greyed and my age changed, children moved out and got married; His voice grew louder and so

did my prayers, my desires for a radical change gave me an urgency like I had never felt before. And one day

while I held my grandbaby girl, I prayed as I always did, loud sparing nothing, and those little eyes watched

in delight. Just as mine had so long ago, and some of those mournings to God came back as I realized that my

mother prayed for this. Her cunningness skilled even after death, for she endeavored to pass down this gene

from herself to me and to my seed. Creating a generational covenant of mourning and cunning souls that refused

to cease with their cries to be heard. In that moment I marveled and wept, amazed at how God worked

in mysterious ways.


School’s Out!

Fun Summer Snacks for the Kids

Written by: Sandra Thompson

As we bend our knees and bow our heads each day to ask “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11 KJV), whether a

single parent or head of household, we need to earnestly pray for the wisdom (James 1:5) to know how to make our dollar work

when providing for our families. But don’t worry - if you can boil water, you CAN cook! The most important thing to remember,

like anything else you want to accomplish, cooking takes practice. Enjoy some family fun with these quick recipes to add to your

summer menu!

Pizza Quesadillas


- 1 small jar Pizza Sauce

- Sliced Pepperoni

- 8 Flour Tortillas

- 1 c. shredded Mozzarella Cheese


Fry the pepperoni in a skillet over medium heat until slightly

crisp. Drain on paper towel. Spoon thin layer of pizza

sauce onto 4 tortillas. Sprinkle cheese on top of sauce. Top

with pepperoni and sprinkle another layer of cheese and

place the four remaining tortillas on top. Preheat nonstick

skillet or greased skillet over medium heat. Carefully place

quesadilla in pan and cook 3-5 minutes on each side until

cheese is melted and tortillas are lightly browned and

crispy. Slice quesadillas and serve with warm pizza sauce.

Orange Creamsicle Ice Pops

Adapted from “Gal on a Mission”


- 1 c. Orange Juice or Sunny Delight, cold

- 1 c. Heavy Cream, chilled

- ¼ - ½ tsp. Orange Extract

- Ice Pop Molds


Whisk Sunny Delight or orange juice and heavy

cream together in a medium bowl until combined.

Taste and add extract as desired. Pour

mixture into ice pop molds and freeze at least 6

hours overnight.


Happy Birthday, TGM! Look at what God has done for us! As we enter into our 4th volume, The Gathering Magazine just wants to

thank the staff and readers for their ongoing support and love for this blessed magazine. Enjoy this crossword covering past topics

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