I AM THE RESURRECTION
AND THE LIFE
Volume 4 | Issue 6 | April/May 2018
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.
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
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?
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
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
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!
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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