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I AM THE RESURRECTION

AND THE LIFE

Volume 4 | Issue 6 | April/May 2018


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From the Desk of Bishop Owens: Loving the Love

ELC: A Resurrected Christ is Returning for a Resurrected Bride

Kids & Family: Resurrection Story Time

Entertainment: The Stellars Return to Las Vegas

Finance: Would you pay $514.66 for a $400 Ipad?

Wellness: The Benefit of Walking

Food & Recipes: Easy and Unforgettable Meals

Brain Games Easter Edition: Did You Know?

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Bishop Philip E. Owens, D.D.

Many times we do not appropriate (take something for

one’s owns use) the graces of GOD correctly. Even in

the kingdom of God, to every action there should be a

reaction. When Christ died and rose from the dead, it

was the greatest act of love the world could ever have

known. But many times the response from us does not measure up to the act.

The love of God is deemed as something that God “just should have

done.” God wants His people to LOVE the things He does for them. If

we love the love, we would fully appropriate the GRACE that comes from it.

John 15:13 says that “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down

his life for his friends” – so why don’t you feel loved? Because you have not

appropriated it by loving His actions.

We love many tangible things, i.e. cars, homes, each other; but the love of

God is just as real, but should be loved more.

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Elect Lady Patricia A. Owens, D.D.

Our hope should not be in the fact only that Jesus came to the earth and died,

because many have come to the earth and died. But our redeeming hope is in

the fact that Jesus fulfilled scripture by becoming the ultimate Sacrifice for our

sins through His death. Not only did He die but He became the Resurrection,

signifying that death and the grave have no power over Him. When we are born

again and receive the Spirit of Christ, we should take on the resurrected body of Christ to become

the bride of Christ.

Jesus paid a great price through His sufferings to become the Resurrected Savior, but what

preparations or sacrifices have we made to become His resurrected bride? (Yes, salvation is a gift,

but you should show appreciation for the gift!) Ephesians 2:1-5 says: “And you hath He quickened,

who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course

of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the

children of disobedience… But God who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith he loved

us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are ye

saved;)” Now, we know what Christ has done and freely given us, but have we really resurrected

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from our past sins? Are we really rendering to Christ the kind of sacrifice a sincere bride should

offer? As a bride have you put off the former man and put on the new man in Christ? It is necessary

that the bride put forth the most earnest efforts to become one with the bridegroom because He

will take care of her the rest of her life. (In the natural, the bride literally takes on the name of the

bridegroom.) In this case, Christ will take on the care and love for His bride eternally.

Just a reminder to all: “Jesus Christ is on His way back to earth to redeem His bride.” Revelation

21:2 says: “And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven,

prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” The Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:2 “For I am

jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present

you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” Just as a bride is excited in the natural for the day she will meet

the bridegroom in holy matrimony to spend the rest of their lives, so should we have a greater love

and expectancy as we await the coming of the Bridegroom our Resurrected Christ.

Are you preparing to meet Him?

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MOTHERS

·HAPPY·

Mother’s Day

SUNDAY, MAY 13

“And they lifted up their voice, and wept again:

and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth

clave unto her.”

– Ruth 1:14

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Happy

Birthday

Elect Lady

From your Immanuel’s Temple

Systems of Church Family

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her

price is far above rubies.”

-Proverbs 31:10 KJV

MAY 2 ND

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KIDS & FAMILY

RESURRECTION STORY TIME

Written by Cecile Gilbert

It was the week of the Passover, a festive time that all Jews

would come together to celebrate what God did for them many

years ago when He delivered them from slavery in Egypt. Little

did they know that during this same week, Jesus Christ would

die, delivering the whole world from the slavery of sin!

For the past three years, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of

God, had been teaching and performing wonderful miracles all

around Judea and even in Samaria. He had 12 close disciples and

countless followers and many people loved Him. When Jesus

came into the city of Jerusalem that week, they waved branches

and sung his praises, some even laid their coats before Him, but

not everyone liked Jesus.

The Pharisees and Sadducees liked things done their way. They

didn’t like the fact that Jesus was teaching a new doctrine and

that His popularity was growing. They were determined to stop

him. They even plotted with one of Jesus’ own disciples, Judas.

One night, after having dinner with his disciples, Jesus went

out to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. All of a sudden an

angry crowd came into the garden! They were looking for Jesus

and Judas was leading them to Him! The mob tied Jesus up and

brought Him to the chief priest and then to the governors of the

land, Pilate and Herod. After being questioned, though He was

not found guilty, the Jews demanded that He be crucified.

On Friday, after whipping and beating Jesus, they made Him

carry his cross and walk to a place called, “Golgotha,” where

they nailed Him to the cross next to two thieves. It was a very

painful and shameful death, but Jesus did it because He loved

God’s children so much. Once Jesus died, His body was taken

down and placed in a tomb.

On Sunday morning, some of the women who followed Jesus

came to the tomb only to find the stone rolled away and Jesus

no longer there. They ran with joy to tell the disciples but they

didn’t believe right away. Peter and John then ran to the tomb

and found it empty as well. Later, Jesus appeared to them many

times before rising up to Heaven, proving to His follower’s that

death and hell didn’t have the victory over Him, but He had the

power over them and we can too, if we live for Christ! Because

of Christ’s sacrifice, we don’t have to die a final death, but can

be forgiven of our sins, so that we too can rise again and live

eternally with Him in Heaven!

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THE STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS

RETURN TO LAS VEGAS

Is This Its Final Rendezvous?

Written by Samantha Sims

An exciting time in the gospel community is approaching fast. The 2018 Stellar Gospel Music

Awards are headed back to Las Vegas, but will this be the last time? Although Las Vegas is a rare

city to consider having any gospel or faith-based event, Central City Productions has enjoyed

the city being the host of one of gospel music’s biggest nights. Gospel artists, labels, executives

and fans have traveled near and far for the Stellar Awards since 2015. Many enjoy the warmer

weather, the great shopping and amazing food, while some are hoping that this is the last year of

having the awards weekend-long celebration in Las Vegas.

Every year since 2015, there have been talks and whispers wondering if the Stellar Awards will

return to Nashville, TN. If there was a vote, voters would be torn in half as there are pros and

cons to taking the festivities back to Nashville. The pros would include the beauty that Las Vegas

has to offer, shopping, amazing food, beautiful hotel choices and the events are held near Las

Vegas Blvd. or The Strip. The cons would include that a trip to Las Vegas is a bit more expensive,

that labeling of the city as “sin city” bothers some Christians and the biggest complaint of all is

that people just miss having the Stellar Awards in Nashville.

So, as always, when the end of March approaches, everyone will have open ears to hear the fate

of the Stellar Award’s location. This will certainly not stop the fun and excitement of the weekend

as Las Vegas is gearing up for sporting events, panel discussions, the infamous choir fest, the

Stellar Awards Pre-Show and of course the Stellar Awards. It has not been officially announced

to everyone, but this year’s host is said to be the multi award-winning Kirk Franklin and the show

is sure to be filled with amazing gospel star-studded performances. While enjoying what is to

come, the big question on everyone’s mind will be “are we going to back to Nashville or staying

here in “Blessed City” Las Vegas for 2019 and beyond?” My vote would be to keep the Stellar

Awards right here in Las Vegas, after all, the Bible does not mention a specific city in the scripture

“You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.” -Deuteronomy 28:3 NIV

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THE BENEFIT OF

WALKING

THE EASY WAY TO IMPROVE FITNESS

Written by Megan Bass

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FOOD & RECIPES

Written by Sandra Thompson

EASY & UNFORGETTABLE

MEALS

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BRAIN GAMES | EASTER EDITION

DID YOU

KNOW?

Written by Jordan Reynolds

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