Friendship Baptist Church Celebrates 152 Years

November 21, 2018 by  
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On November 18, 2018 at 2:30 PM Friendship Baptist Church Celebrated their 152nd Anniversary. The Rev. Oscar W. Brown and the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Edgefield, SC was the guest pastor and Church.

Megachurch pastor Jamal Bryant to lead Eddie Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

November 21, 2018 by  
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By Leonardo Blair
 Jamal Bryant (L), pastor of Northwest Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple, and the late Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Church in Lithonia, Georgia (R). | (Photos: Facebook)

Controversial Baltimore megachurch pastor Jamal Bryant will take over as senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia, once led by former benefactor Eddie Long, church officials announced Monday.

A report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Bryant, who currently leads the 10,000-member Empowerment Temple, was chosen from a pool of 138 candidates to take the reins of a church that once boasted 25,000 members in its heyday. Membership at New Birth has since dropped to about 10,000 after Long was hit in 2010 by a series of sex scandals involving allegations from multiple young men that haunted him until his death in January 2017.

When asked why he chose to leave Empowerment Temple for New Birth, Bryant told the AJC: “Because it’s New Birth. … I realize we’ve got some work to do. By myself, I cannot. Together we will.”

A representative at Empowerment Temple said “we have no information on that right now,” when asked by The Christian Post on Tuesday about the announcement.

Bryant, who has preached at New Birth since Long’s death, will reportedly deliver his first official sermon as New Birth’s pastor on Dec. 9.

Bishop Stephen A. Davis, who took over leadership of New Birth shortly after Long’s death, resigned from the church in June. Bryant was among several pastors to serve as guest preachers as the church looked for a replacement. He delivered a spirited sermon at the church about a month ago.

Bryant revealed that Long was a benefactor who helped pay his way at Morehouse College shortly after his death but also criticized New Birth for the way the sexual misconduct allegations against him were handled.

“I do not know how in this hour, there are those who are crying out and we do not recognize the tears or the cry for help, that the body of Christ has said nothing about ministering to victims. I know people are gonna be upset with me. I know you don’t want to talk about this. But here’s the reality, we didn’t talk about it in bishop’s life … and at this point, many would argue, it is inappropriate to deal with it on the day after his death, and maybe, I don’t know,” Bryant said to apologists of Long’s ministry. “I do know the church has to deal with it.”

Bryant’s own ministry at Empowerment Temple was almost destroyed after he admitted to an extramarital affair while he was married to now ex-wife Gizelle Bryant, who stars on Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of Potomac.”

Since his divorce, he was also alleged to have fathered a child with 34-year-old Latoya Shawntee Odom.

Bishop Neil C. Ellis of Bahamas-based Global United Fellowship who was also a close friend of Long, admitted that Bryant is flawed but gifted for the role at New Birth.

“He’s made some missteps, but I’ve made them too,” said Ellis, who called Bryant “a gifted young man who, over time, will speak for himself.”

Ellis, according to the AJC, was involved in New Birth’s search for a new pastor and told the congregation in a message on Sunday that he is fully aware that not everyone would be pleased with Bryant’s selection.

“In the midst of it, I’ve found more than I wanted to know, but what I do know is, you need a pastor,” he said.

“Here’s my appeal to you (members). I need all of New Birth to guard your spirit, settle your emotions, eliminate your criteria. A lot has gone into this. Is everybody going to be happy about the appointment? I doubt it. No matter who we put in front of you, some people are going to have a challenge and you may be deserving of those challenges, but you have to trust somebody,” Ellis said.

Thomas W. Dortch Jr., chairman of the church’s board, told the AJC that the person they would select for the job needed to be “visionary” and “energetic” and someone who can “inspire our congregation and rebuild those various community ministries and missions that we used to have at New Birth.”

Members like Tracy Johnson, who has been a member at New Birth for more than 20 years, said she was happy with Bryant’s selection.

“I believe he’s that pastor who will reignite the fire that New Birth had for a long time,” she said.

Another member, Peggy Rice, called Bryant’s appointment “a new beginning.”

Thank You!

November 21, 2018 by  
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 The Operation Christmas Child Mission was outstanding this year. The generous donation of our Church Ministries and Members allowed us to donate 210 shoe boxes with hygiene items, toys, clothing, and school supplies. Along with the items we have provided in the boxes there will be literature added to share the Good News of God’s love written for the children in their native languages. A special thanks to everyone who assisted in packing, counting and loading the boxes for delivery. Your continued support of this mission outreach changes the lives of children around the world.

Proverbs, Inspiration, & Encouragement (PIE)

November 21, 2018 by  
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To be great in the eyes of God we must serve. Mark 10:35-45

Prayer Subject:

(Prayer Thought)…prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. Revelations 8:4

Church Musical 12/2/2018 3:00PM

November 9, 2018 by  
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FBC & South Aiken Presbyterian Church Musical

Installation Service for Rev. Cornelius C. Jenkins 11/25/2018 2PM

November 9, 2018 by  
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The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Family on Silver Bluff Road cordially invites us to worship with them during the installation of their elected pastor, Rev. Cornelius C. Jenkins. The installation will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 2:00. Our pastor Rev. Clinton Edwards will present the installation sermon for the occasion.

National Caregivers Month

November 9, 2018 by  
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November is National Family Caregivers Month
Theme: “Take Care to Give Care”

Are You Willing to Follow God Up the Mountain?

November 9, 2018 by  
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Jarrett Stephens | 

(PHOTO: UNSPLASH/KYLE JOHNSON)

When Abraham was one hundred years old, God finally gave him and Sarah the son of promise—Isaac. And with Isaac came the fulfillment of the covenant between God and Abraham, and, with that fulfillment, the blessings of God.

We don’t know much about Isaac’s childhood, but scholars suggest that somewhere between ten and twenty years after his birth “God tested Abraham . . .” (22:1).

[God] said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (verses 1–2)

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with what God commanded and asked of Abraham. If you have children, you want to banish from your mind immediately the thought of losing one. I don’t think I could imagine anything that could cause more hurt or despair. In a very real way, this is what Abraham was having to wrestle through. He didn’t have the luxury of knowing how this story was going to end. Isaac was his son, his only son. God desired for Abraham to give to him that which Abraham treasured the most: his promised son.

Knowing God requires us to lay everything on the altar of sacrifice. It begins with a complete and total renunciation of our own dreams, desires, maybe even identity. Only those who are serious about their relationship with God will ascend this mountain. The question God had for Abraham in that moment is the same question he has for me and you today: “Do you trust me? Do you want to know me? Do you treasure me above all other things? Do I have your heart?

I love how Abraham responded:

So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him (Genesis 22:3).

Abraham walked by faith. He was going where God had called him to go and doing what God told him to do. Surrender. Obedience. The journey to knowing God begins with a choice, just one step of faith. This is how Abraham made it up the mountain, and it’s what will get us up the mountain.

If you want to experience and know God, it starts by surrendering your entire life to God’s will and to his Word. This isn’t an easy decision or journey. The temptation as we ascend this mountain is to focus on what we are giving up or what we are called to sacrifice. This will only stall our progress up the mountain. The way of wisdom is to put our focus on God and trust him one step at a time, one day at a time.

But we can’t forget the dramatic conclusion to this story:

Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me” (Genesis 22:10–12).

Abraham’s absolute obedience stirred the heart of the God who promises and provides. And there, caught in a thicket by its horns, was a ram. There was a substitution on the mountain that day. Abraham sacrificed the ram instead of his son.

Was it worth it to follow God up the mountain? Absolutely. On that mountain, Abraham came to know God in a new way. God showed Abraham that . . . When you have me . . . When you lean on me . . . When you trust in me . . . When you walk with me . . . When you follow me to the mountain, you will find that I am your perfect provision. My promises are all you need. My grace is sufficient.

On the mountain, God changes our perspective of who he is. There we find that he’s not heartlessly putting us through tests, seeing whether he can cause us to stumble. On the mountain, we see that God provides everything we need. He gives us an experiential knowledge of his promises and his presence.

When we answer God’s call to the mountain and learn of his provision, God changes our perspective of ourselves too. He shows us that we can climb the mountain of sacrifice knowing that he is faithful and he will make himself known.

 

How Can I Practically Do God’s Will?

November 9, 2018 by  
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By Justin Steckbauer | 

      Let’s consider today how we can learn to follow God’s direction for our lives. How does God leads us? How can we know the direction that he has for us?
Discerning God’s will begins with the vital relationship between us and God. The more I’m treating my daily life as a constant dialogue between God and me, the more I will be able to follow His will.

There’s a simple prayer I learned and I pray it often: “God grant me knowledge of your will for me, and the power to carry it out.” Two fundamentals, knowledge and power. Knowledge, to know it, and power to do it.

It would be nice if God would just come out and say what’s next. But it doesn’t work like that. One of the hardest things is waiting, not knowing what’s next. And I insist to God, that he tell me what’s coming. But he won’t say. I try to figure it out, I spend hours in prayer, reading scripture, pondering the events in my life trying to line then up in some coherent fashion, but everything is silent.

And once I’m done strenuously wrestling, begging for dreams and visions, and insights and signs, emotionally exhausted, disturbed, I finally surrender, and come like a little child, lost, upset, confused, and simply nestle into the arms of the Father and say: “I don’t know what’s happening Father, but I trust you completely, and rest in you, in the not knowing.”

I’ll often go out at night and walk around the city. And I’ll see the lights. They shine in the darkness. I’ll walk out in the sticks, see the street lamps, leading me down the road. It’s like the Holy Spirit, symbolically leading me through life. God is speaking always; we just have to attune ourselves to watch for it. And understand what he is saying.

But I always must remember, my ability for self-deception is extreme. I can create scenarios in my mind and develop all sorts of false delusions, and believe many things that aren’t true. So there is a danger that I will take what God is revealing to me, and twist it to suit my own desires. Or I’ll construct a future of my choosing, point in that direction, manipulate my way forward, and then say “this is from God” when it was really me manipulating events.

But, if we really, honestly seek to do God’s will, and not our own, He will lead us in beautiful ways. It won’t be easy. But it is so worth it. Sometimes, as I live with God… it’s the craziest thing, but it’s like I can sense things that are coming. I have a communion with God that begins to reach beyond today. He shares perceptions from Himself. He tells us that a trial is coming, or a blessing is coming. We begin to have an emotive perception of reality.

In the final analysis, the way God communicates with me and shows me his will is really a daily dialogue, hour by hour through the day. God is always doing so many things in my life. And if you’re really seeking to know the truth, praying, and looking for God’s signs in your life, you will find your way forward. Do it. Do God’s will.

The words are true from the famed Salvation Army chorus: “I’m in his hands. I’m in his hands. Whatever the future holds, I’m in his hands, The days I cannot see, have all been planned for me, His way is best, you see, I’m in his hands.”

Woman of FBC Hat Day 2018

October 15, 2018 by  
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