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Visionary Times Spring 2010
Visionary Times Spring 2010
Visionary Times Spring 2010
Visionary Times Spring 2010
Visionary Times Spring 2010
Visionary Times Spring 2010
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Visionary Times Spring 2010

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This is the Triumphant Christian Center's quarterly newsletter. It includes articles from church members that inform, inspire, and uplift the body of christ.

This is the Triumphant Christian Center's quarterly newsletter. It includes articles from church members that inform, inspire, and uplift the body of christ.

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  • 1. VISIONARY TIMES Triumphant Christian Center Spring 2010 Volume 2, Issue 1 Inside This Issue: Building Up the Body…………2 Make Up Your Mind…………...2 Matters of the Heart…………...3 Fun Easter Facts……………….3 Let the Prophet’s Speak……….4 Money Minute……………….......5 Health & Wellness………………5 Recipe..........................................6 Get Off the Bench…………….....6 Couples & Family………………..7 Poet’s Corner….…………………8
  • 2. VISIONARY TIMES Page 2 of 2 Building Up the Body of Christ: Rebuilding the Walls He made his point clear by using the book of Nehemiah to explain how we can rebuild our cities. Nehemiah received a call from God to rebuild the city. After which, he had a responsibility to rebuild. As Christians, it is our responsibility to rebuild our sisters and brothers when they are weak. Apostle said, “The remedy to weakness is prayer.” We all need to have the characteristics of Nehemiah and help rebuild the walls. Characteristics of Nehemiah: • He took the burden and responsibility to pray (Nehemiah 1:4). • He had the courage to go to the king and ask him for help (Nehemiah 2:1-6). • He kept what God told him in his heart (Nehemiah 2:12-17). Apostle Juan Woods Sr. believes that this is the year for • He did not get distracted when God called rebuilding the body of Christ. He said that “We’re either him to rebuild (Neh. 1:1-3). building the kingdom or we’re tearing it down.” • He was able to ignore ridicule (Neh. 2:19- He discussed how to rebuild the walls of our cities in one of 20). his sermons within the series. According to Apostle • He kept praying no matter how bad it looked Woods, we are symbolic to the city of Jerusalem, which (Neh. 4:7-9). was surrounded by walls. Walls are symbolic to protection and defense. • He had dual war-faring skills (Neh. 4:15-18). (We must work together in unity and have Apostle Woods explained that the walls of some our cities dual war-faring skills). are down. In essence, we are susceptible to demonic spirits and satanic attacks when we do not protect God builds us up, so that we can help build ourselves. others within the body of Christ. (Full sermon(s) available on CD). ~Detra Wilson Make Up Your Mind Pastor Vernice Woods encouraged the women at She explained that we need to develop a healthy TCC to live a healthier lifestyle, and start by reading lifestyle for our families, loved ones, and to help Dr. Colbert’s book, I Can Do This Diet. She pointed others. We can change through prayer, wisdom, out that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost and God’s strategies. The key is to make up your and it is our responsibility to take care of it (1 Cor. mind because as a man thinketh in his heart so is 6:19-20). he” (Prov. 23:7). However, we have to make sure that our minds are If you need more godly wisdom or support in made up and count up the costs before making a living a healthier lifestyle, come out to the next commitment (Luke 14:25-35). If our minds our not women’s ministry on the fourth Saturday of the made up, then we will not reach our goals. month as we embark on this new season. She encouraged us by saying, “You will have ~Detra Wilson shortcomings, but keep going.” We must endure to the end.
  • 3. Page 3 of 3 VISIONARY TIMES Matters of the Heart Sometimes the tests and trials of Therefore, if we are sleeping, have to have a strategy this life can break our hearts. the devil can surround us against the enemy. Unfortunately, the enemy knows with his troops. how to hit us where it hurts the At some point we have to point, most. He doesn’t play fair, and he Let’s remember that he hides stop focusing on how much it hits below the belt. His ultimate his troops well. He disguises hurts and fight through the mission is to ddestroy us (John them, which means that they tears. We can fight through 10:10). are in plain sight, but they the tears by keeping on the look so innocent. For whole armor of God During God. Some of us know that he wants instance, subliminal the most pai painful times in our to destroy us, but we don’t know messages are disguised lives, we must build his tactics. On the other hand, tactics of the enemy. The ourselves up in the word, some of us know his tactics, but messages are disguised yet which increases our faith and get caught off guard. We must at the same time in plain strength. God gives strength not be ignorant to Satan’s sight. If we listen to these to the weary and mends the strategies of attack; and we negative messages, it can matters of the heart (Isaiah definitely cannot let our guard break down our faith and 40:28-31). 40:28 down. The Bible tells us to guard ible open doors to the enemy. At our heart… (Prov. 4:23) … 4:23). that point, it’s a domino As our hearts heal, we will be effect. If we don’t truly able to trust God more. We If we know that we are supposed believe God, we will self- will begin to really believe to guard our heahearts, then why destruct. that we are more than would we let our guard down? guards conquerors (Rom. 8:37). We The typical scenario is when As mature Christians, we will bring glory t God to things are going well, we feel like must understand that because we have stood the we can take a break. For sometimes God will allow test and produced the fruit of instance, if we’ve just gotten over tests and trials. God knows the spirit in our lives. God will a major victory, we think it’s okay what is best for us, and how smile on his beautiful to rest for a little while. We forget to formulate growth in us children as we’re fighting to that this is a constant battle which (Jer. 26:11). He knows that overcome. He smiles is why we are instructed to pray some of us will remain because He knows that we without ceasing (1 Thes. 5:17). stagnant if things are too are victorious despite the It’s fine to rest in the Lord, but easy. He knows that some of struggles with matters of the you have to make sure that you us need a little pressure to heart. hear don’t completely relax. develop strong faith. In order to become soldiers in the We are in a spiritual war! The army of the Lord, we must devil walks to and fro seeking fight. In any type of war, we ~Detra Wilson whom he may devour (1 Pet 5:8). Fun Easter Facts • The Easter bonnet came about as a way for ladies to show off their best clothes. It was tradition for believers to deny themselves of fine clothing during the Lenten period. • There is a longstanding tradition of churchgoers wearing at least one new item chgoers of clothing to Easter services. Doing so is considered good luck. • For Americans, Easter is the second most important holiday to eat candy. According to the National Confectioner's Association, Americans consumed seven billion pounds of candy on Easter in 2001. Sources: Johann Erickson (everythingeaster.com) Emily Allison (wndu.com) : Allison
  • 4. VISIONARY TIMES Page 4 of 4 Let the Prophet’s Speak: What Foundation Are You Building? Speak: Before trouble comes, you should As Christians, you should must keep the word close to build a strong foundation on the build a strong(1 Corinthians 3:9 your heart (Matthew 15:18 15:18- word of God fo foundation on 3:9- the word of God. be standing on 20). You have to be like David 17). You should Jesus is the word. and hide the word in your the word of God Jesus is the God– heart so that you may not sin word. However, your foundation will (Psalm 119:11). be tested by of how much is Regardless fire. The fire you the tests,building your foundation When the fire comes, the work on trials, and tribulations thatityou still be tested enemy will try to bring out with the word, will experience. Thesea combination those wicked things in the ked by fire. The fire is heart. If you are standing on re of the tests, trials, and tribulations the word, it will combat the that you will experience in life. things that are trying to come out of the heart. Each foundational work will become clear after the testing Before the fire hits, ask through fire. In other words, yourself, “What foundation are whatever your foundation is built you building?” on will show when the fire hits. The fire could be in the form of ~Minister John McFadden IV Minister financial problems, your job, or your marriage. Remember tha there are wicked that things in your heart that you don’t know about, which is why you Did You Know? Have you ever wondered where all of forbidden during Lenten season, so . the symbols of Easter come from? people would decorate them to mark the Obviously, the Easter bunny, eggs, and end of the fast and eat them on Easter baskets have nothing to do with the to celebrate. resurrection. On the other hand, there is no link of the er According to History.com Easter stems History.com, Easter bunny delivering eggs to well well- from an Anglo Anglo-Saxon paganism. The behaved children. In fact, Wikipedia word Easter is deriv from Eastre, a derived explains that neither Jesus nor the Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Apostles of the New Testament said In Pagan times a spring festival was that we had to keep this custom. held in her honor. However, it is not a sin to celebrate this Eggs and rabbits are both symbols holiday. linked to pagan traditions. More Therefore, as we celebrate Easter, let specifically, eggs and rabbits are a us remember to tell our children that symbol for new life. we’re celebrating the resurrection of However, from a Christian perspective, om Jesus Christ and not the Easter bunny. Easter eggs represent Jesus’ ~Detra Wilson emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Eggs were actually
  • 5. Page 5 of 5 VISIONARY TIMES Money Minute: Let’s Talk About Want When you look around, do God wants us to learn that in order to apprehend it. yourself wallowing in you find yourself saying “I we don’t have to compete to want. Do I place my want that,” or “I’ve got to gain material status. He is It is acceptable to enjoy possessions before God? have that”? Do you find the one who gives us God’s provisions, but we What is on your Most yourself desiring a substance not just to bless must learn to be content. Wanted list? The Bible possession that someone ourselves and fill our lives Paul spoke wisely, “Yet urges us to "Take care, else obtains? Or perhaps, with physical things, but to fill true godliness with and be on your guard do you find yourself our lives with spiritual things contentment is itself great against all covetousness, competing to expand your as well. I believe what will wealth. After all, we for one’s life does not material gain? I know, the matter more to God when we brought nothing with us consist in the abundance topic of coveting is leave this Earth is what we when we came into the of his possessions" (Luke challenging, but this spirit held in our hearts, what world, and we can’t take 12:15 ESV). can infiltrate our minds and we’ve done with what we anything with us when we hearts if we don’t learn to had, and even, to whom we leave it. So if we have (Con’t on page 7) identify the reasons why we were a blessing. enough food and clothing, want something so badly. let us be content” (I ~Brittany Mayo So, you have good taste, To want something means Timothy 6:6-8 NLT). and you love the finer you have to have it or you things in life. That’s great! feel it’s a need. It is to wish Ask yourself these But, what if God took those or demand the presence of questions when you find finer things away? Would something; to hunt or seek you “survive?” Health & Wellness: I Can Do This Diet At last, a diet that works take advantage of medical you’re having trouble with your body instead findings to work with your putting together the right of against it! Dr. body. foods, there are sample Colbert’s I Can Do This menus in the book. These Diet is a book written by Although the word diet is menus will give you an Dr. Don Colbert himself in the title, this program idea of what type of who is a board-certified focuses on principles that portion sizes and snacks family practice doctor. you use for a lifetime are acceptable. Dr. rather than just to get rid "Don Colbert, MD of excess weight. Dr. Colbert recommends that bases his plan for Colbert goes on to list his you eat every three and a healing on God's Word, top five reasons why diets half hours so that you nutrition, exercise, and fail, gives you the don’t overeat. This common sense. He then fundamentals of weight program is safe and gives strategies for a loss and shares how you effective for EVERYONE, complete healing— can overcome specific regardless of age or body, mind and spirit." roadblocks to weight loss. medical condition. The approach of the “I This program is also Finally, Dr. Colbert's I Can Can Do This Diet” is that designed to help with Do This Diet is a tool that many people spend a lot common questions about can help you lose weight, of time fighting against dieting, eating out, maintain overall health their bodies to lose snacking, cooking, and keep the weight off. weight, but Dr. Colbert’s shopping and program allows you to supplements. In case ~Tiffany Gilmore Source: http://www.sevenpillarsofhealth.com/dr-colbert .html
  • 6. VISIONARY TIMES Page 6 of 6 Spicy Sausage Jambalaya Serves: 4 Total Time: 25 min Ingredients • 8 ounce(s) turkey andouille sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick • green or yellow pepper, chopped • 1 can(s) (14 1/2-ounce) stewed tomatoes • 1 cup(s) uncooked instant brown rice Directions • Heat 12-inch skillet on medium until hot. • Add sausage and pepper, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. • Stir in tomatoes with their juice, rice, chicken, 1/2 cup water, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until rice is just tender. • Remove skillet from heat; stir in green onions. Get Off the Bench! Get up in 2010 and help build up the body of Christ! The following ministries are looking for a Few Good Men and Women: nd • B.E.S.T Couples Ministry (2 Saturday of Month @ 5:30pm)………………Elder Vicki and Meaka Ashley *This ministry is now open to other couples within the body of Christ.* • Correspondence Ministry………………………………………………………..Detra Wilson • Dance Ministry……………………………………………………………………..Angeline Austin • Deliverance Team…………………………………………………………………Minister Debbie Dawkins • G.O.D 14 Program…………………………………………………………………Minister Debbie Dawkins • God’s Property………………………………………………………Tanisha Jackson/Minister Debbie Dawkins • Hospitality/Greeters……………………………………………………………………Rita Keaton • Men’s Ministry…………………………………………………………………………..Apostle Juan Woods • Nursery Ministry………………………………………………………………………….Tasha Woods • Personal Workers………………………………………………………………………..Minister BK Ujah • Sound Ministry…………………………………………………………………………….Sherry McFadden • Ushers………………………………………………………………………………………Meaka Ashley TH • Women’s Ministry (4 Saturday of Month @ 11am)………………………………….Pastor Vernice Woods • Yahweh/Remnant……………………………………………………………Minister John & Natiya McFadden
  • 7. Page 7 of 7 VISIONARY TIMES The Covenant of Marriage Many times when a In order for our marriages The next time there is an married couple is having to survive the courses “intense time of fellowship” in struggles relating, each served to us in Christ your home, call to mind the can feel that the other just t Jesus, each spouse must making o your favorite cake. of does not understand what take the time to first submit The necessary ingr he ingredients the spouse is experiencing. to each other in love so that do not taste good alone. The truth of the matter is unity can flow and increase. None of the ingredients are each of us sometimes We must learn to allow God able to accomplish the forget that the relationship to heal us from past hurts, mission alone There is more alone. we are making through the disappointments, failures, to the process eeven after covenant of marriage is not and frustration. they are put together in one really about us. place, mixed by the power of These may be caused by turbulence, turbulence and poured into a Jesus said in John 12:24, our own decisions or pan suitable for sustaining “unless a corn of wheat fall through those made by high temperature The next temperature. into the ground and die, it others which have affected step in help helping the content of abides alone; but if it die, it our life. Next we must take the pan to reach its purpose brings forth much fruit”. He the time to ask God to show can only take place in was talking about personal us who our spouse really is presence of heat at the right abandonment in order to and how to love them the temperature and remaining serve in the kingdom of way God has purposed for in place for the right amount God, to do the will and our spouse to be loved. of time. work of God, so the plans Finally, we must take the and purposes of God can time to grow together Hold on through the fire and be accomplished. Just as spiritually so that we can watch God shape your it is in the kingdom of God, keep cadence with one marriage and make you as it is with the relationship another and not feel the suitable to be served for the between the believer and need to leave or be left benefit of others and for His God, so it is between the behind in our journey ultimate glory! spouses in the covenant of through life. marriage. ~Elder Vicki Ashley Money Minute (Con’t from page 5) Let us all pray this simple prayer. “Lord, let my spiritual wealth be far greater than my material wealth. Help me to guard myself against the spirit of coveting or want that may try to enter my heart when I desire a possession so strongly. Lord, please remind me to ask you for your approval and wait for a peace in my spirit before I seek to obtain something, so that I may do all things according to your perfect will for my life.” In Jesus name I pray, Amen. ~Brittany Mayo
  • 8. POET’S CORNER Christ’s Redemptive Love: A Resurrection Sunday Poem I can only imagine what it had to be like, Lord. Beaten, and scorned, tattered, torn and wore out. Triumphant Christian Center You took those nails in your hands, in anguish, and no doubt, it was all for me. Apostle Just so that I can be set free, and become assured that I am redeemed. Juan Woods Sr. I wonder on that cross what it is that you seen? Pastor Vernice Woods Most likely…my sin. Sins from my past and future…even sins that I’m presently in. Administrator You died for that, and cried for that. Yes, that very sin. Mechele Woods What kind of love is this? 904 Thomas Ave. Just to imagine the Agape love you have for me is better than a kiss. Columbus, Ohio 43223 I dismiss… PHONE: (614) 225-0421 The feelings of being alone, or the thoughts that nobody cares because clearly… Service Times: You care. Sunday………………..11:00 a.m. Thursday……………….7:30 p.m. You stared death in the eye, yet overcame death, hell and the grave. I dare not forget that. I meditate now on… Christ’s Redemptive Love… VISIONARY TIMES STAFF He rose in three days, while he gave the grave a shove. DETRA WILSON He rose, leaving us with the spirit of His compassion EDITOR His peace and His presence TIFFANY GILMORE Lord, for this I give you reverence ASSOCIATE EDITOR/WRITER Your blood and resurrection left me with the gift of Salvation ELDER VICKI ASHLEY Not just for me and mine, but the gift is also for the Nations. WRITER/PROOFREADER What kind of love is this? BRITTANY MAYO WRITER What an honor it is to have a loving Savior in my life. And your love compels me, Woo's me, and draws me in. Visionary Times welcomes any ideas and submissions from Greater love has no one than this that He lay down his life for His friends. members of TCC. You call me your friend? Please e-mail submissions and Wow, I’m so grateful, so honored, so pleasured to be called such by Jesus. ideas to visionarytimes@gmail.com. And, I long to know Him even more and search for him like Zacchaeus. While unbelievers wander around somber and grievous. I anticipate and await His return so that he can finally free us. © All Rights Reserved So, I remain calm because I know I’m covered by His blood. Visionary Times 2010 Yes I’m covered, surrounded, compounded…Oh, for Christ my heart floods. Today, marks the day, where I will make this vow To daily remember what Christ has done for me, then, and even now. He died for me… He cried for me… Nailed and made Frail, for me… All that for me!?! How great is our God Above to send his only begotten son It was all done for you and me… Jesus loves us so deeply! Therefore, I’ll make sure I will never take lightly… Christ’s Redemptive Love. ~Brittany Mayo

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