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      Tuesday August 12, 2014  
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We rejoice with the angels for the forty-five persons who made salvation decisions and the three recommitments during the Personal Evangelism Outreach last week in Nannyville Gardens, Stadium Gardens, Swallowfield and the Cross Road area.  It was a great time of blessing for not only those with whom we shared but also for those who ministered. Last Thursday, we also had the joy of baptizing Matthew Gordon-Somers and Danae Riley in a swimming pool; due to water restrictions we did not want to fill the baptism pool.  Congrats Matthew and Danae!!

 
 
 

Reflections

Our brother Terence Forrester spoke to us last Sunday on Faith in Action or Faith Inaction from James 2:14-26.  Hebrews 11 declares in verse 6 that without faith it is impossible to please God and then goes on to tell how different Bible characters displayed faith.  By faith Abraham walked up the mountain with his only son, Isaac to sacrifice him in obedience to God.  When Isaac asked him where the offering to be sacrificed was Abraham replied, “Jehovah Jireh” meaning, the Lord will provide.  By faith Elijah built an altar to God, placed the sacrifice on it and then drenched it with twelve barrels of water on which God’s fire fell and burned up everything.  Although Samson’s disobedience had caused him serious negative consequences, in the end he by faith destroyed more of Israel’s enemies in his death than he had in his life.  With faith God is able to use us despite how badly we mess up. By faith David the shepherd boy confronted the nine-foot giant Goliath who thought David was walking to his death but David was really walking into his destiny.  And there are more in this Hall of Faith.

Faith is the evidence of things not seen.  It is the starting out even when you don’t know how it will turn out.  James is placing faith right in front of our eyes. He is saying faith will always result in work.  James tells us:  1) Faith is a matter of effective hearing (v. 25).  Rahab the prostitute’s name is added to the honour roll.  In the text she is in Abraham’s lineage – she goes from prostitute to patriarch and is married into one of the top families of Israel.  God had delivered Israel and they were about to cross into the Promised Land but the fortified Jericho stood in the way.  Joshua sent men to spy out the land who ended up in a brothel owned by Rahab.  Here there was faith in action as Rahab protected them.  When the king of Jericho sent soldiers to Rahab’s house to find these spies, Rahab sent them on a wild goose chase.  She told the spies that she and all the people of Jericho had heard about the power of the God of Israel and that the Lord had given Israel the land. (Joshua 2:9-11).

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This Week

Thursday 
Believers' Meeting
6:00p.m. at #5 


Saturday
No Cross Road (Teen Ministry)

TENT (Young Adults Ministry)
Beach Flex to Fort Clarence


Sunday
Worship Services
Speaker: Dr. Delano Palmer

7:30a.m. & 10:30a.m.

 


 
Sunday
No Youth Christian Education (YCE) Classes

No Adult Christian Education (ACE) Classes

No Sunday School



 

Coming Up

TENT (Young Adults Ministry)
Our Young Adults will be going on a BEACH FLEX to Fort Clarence on Saturday August 23, 2014. We will be leaving from Michi Supercentre at 10:30a.m. sharp and the entrance fee is $250. Drinks will be provided but you will need to bring food or buy food there. For more information check our facebook page at www.facebook.com/SwallowTENT. Sanctified Swimwear Only

MOVIE NIGHT
It's the last hurrah for the Summer!!! Our Family Movie Night under the Stars will feature ‘Stand Strong’ on Friday August 29, 2014. Show time will be at 7:00 PM and admission is $100 per person. Bring the entire family!!! 


D.I.V.A.S. (Divinely Inspired Victorious and Anointed Sisters)
Our Women’s Ministry invites all women to “Son” Rise Prayer in the Garden at the Pavilion Garden at Hope Gardens on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 6:30am. Join us for a time of refreshment and renewal by bringing your favorite poem, verse of inspiration, song or word of encouragement to share. Let us pray and then share the first meal of the day together. Bring a friend and let us unleash power of God in our prayers.


LOVE MARCH MOVEMENT
The next Love March 2014,‘Strong Family, Strong Nation’ will be on September 13, 2014, beginning at Jamaica College at 9:00a.m. and ending with a Concert at 1:00p.m. at St. Andrew High School .  In preparation, all are invited to an All Night Prayer Meeting on Friday, August 22nd at 10:00p.m. at Grace Missionary Church.  See the Notice board for further details.

TRANSFORMATIONAL 5K WALK/RUN

Gear Up and Get Ready for the Transformational 5K - Watch the promo below.

 

 
 
   

Finally

Let us be eager to put our faith into action knowing that “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (James 2:26)

May you know the blessing of serving the Lord this week.

In His Love,
Uncle Cecil