Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Hey Everyone!!! The organization Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, is sponsoring their annual International Congress. Congress this year is taking place in Atlanta, Georgia from April 23rd - 26th. As it will be the first year of reelected president and friend to this blog, Minister Shane Johnson's, term, it appears as if it is going to be an amazing experience.
This year's congress definitely will be a conference of spiritual and natural enjoyment. The theme is "Knowing Your Purpose and the Power that You Possess." The speakers for this year's conference are Elder Mark Moore, Bishop Robert Saunders, Bishop Reginald Davis, Elder David Hollis, and Bishop Sylvester Reid. I am so impressed with COOLJC's attempt to reach out to their Pentecostal siblings in the inviting of speakers from without their organization.
Some of the planned activities for the weekend are an after service outing at Pin Strikes on April 24th. A Bible Bowl competition, Pep Rally, and Midnight Basketball Tournament all planned for April 25th. On April 26th, COOLJC is sponsoring a concert featuring Lowell Pye as the headlining act.
With these activities and line up of speakers you definitely can tell that this will be a Congress to remember and will be a blessing to all those in attendance. So Church of our Lord Jesus Christ enjoy your time in Atlanta and in the Lord. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, leave a comment below, and share this latest edition of Pentecostal Event. God Bless!!!
Friday, April 18, 2014
Hey Everyone!!! As we go into one of the most meaningful weekends in any believer's life, I thought the sacrifice of Jesus Christ was the most fitting thing to write about. As many people know, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ was a sacrifice of pure obedience. As shown in Matthew 26:38, "Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death..." Jesus did not want to die and was not looking forward what awaited him at the cross. Even though He was sorrowful, as it says in Philippian 2:8 " ... he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." In this walk with Christ, we must realize that our obedience to God will take us to some very uncomfortable places. A lot of times when following the instructions of God, we expect the path to be easy and convenient, but the example Christ set shows us much different. The scripture for today really caused me to think about how Jesus and Jonah actions resulted in somewhat similar outcomes, but for two totally opposite reasons. When you think about the story of Jonah, you realize that the only reason he was in the belly of the whale for three days was because of his disobedience to the instructions of the Lord and we all know the total opposite is written for Christ. In this walk, we tend to compare our life's path and journey to others, especially when we are doing what is right and true. We often times get frustrated because unrighteous people are in the same or better conditions then we are, but I want to remind you that just because the outcome is similar or better doesn't mean that your present state is not God ordained. As we look at Jesus on the cross and in the grave, we see that everything He endured was in the will of God and according to His plan. So as we enter the celebration of Christ's sacrifice and His triumphant resurrection, let us realize that everything we endure good or bad is in the will of God and may be out of our obedience to Him. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook Page , add a comment below, and share this latest edition of Pentecostal Inspiration. God Bless!!!
Friday, April 11, 2014
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Friday, April 4, 2014
How did your journey in music begin?
I started singing like most people, in church. I started singing at the age of 3 years old. I went to Cleveland School of the Arts, then on to Morgan State Univerisity. All those places help me to cultivate my gift.
What birthed your love for music and what did you do to cultivate this love?
I grew up in a musical family. My dad was not only the pastor of our church, but he was also a singer's singer and he played the organ. He always made sure there was music all around me. The Clark Sisters, Mississippi Mass Choir, The Williams Brothers, etc.. I was a sponge. I went to an arts school where I was introduced to Jazz and Kim Burrell and that is when I fell in love with music.
As a vocalist who attended college as a vocal major, how has that formal training helped you in the furthering of your music ministry?
Formal training helps with longevity and vocal retention. I believe a lot of times in Gospel music we were taught to just sing and that's apart of the passion that people appreciate about it. But, learning how to sing and breathe properly is a gift I would not trade for the world. These tools definitely come in handy when you have multiple nights in a row you have to sing.
Who are your biggest ministry influences?
Well I am a huge Dr. Carolyn Showell fan. I believe she is incredibly powerful, poised and eloquent. Tasha Cobbs and Shana Wilson are two incredible ministry influences that I have studied, admired and been inspired by. They are two of our generations most powerful voices.
As you look back over your music ministry, how have you evolved as an artist and what has been the catalyst for this evolution?
My music, my sound, my life has evolved 100000%. I must say I really have grown since I began. I am now writing from personal experience, but with a heart of compassion for God sincerely and God's people. I have had time to live, experience life and have testimonies of my own. Its refreshing to sing now and believe what I sing because I have had the opportunity to experience it for myself. It is such a blessing to sincerely sing about how God worked things out for my good or taught me how to wait. It is a completely humbling experience.
When writing music, what creative process do you partake in to create a new song?
With new music it can't be forced. I read, I study, I pray and when God drops a melody, song lyrics or an entire song in my mind, I go with it. When you try to make it happen the song only reflects you, so I try to be sensitive to God's ear and say what he wants the listener to hear.
What steps do you take to ensure your relationship with God remains in sync?
I stay prayed up!!! Lol I know that it sounds cliche, but it really is necessary. You have to be focused to hear the voice of God in order to heed His instructions. I have had times where I was so focused on people pleasing, that I could not hear God. When you quiet everything around you and shift your focus to getting to the center of your relationship with God, it is literally life changing.
For you, how important is it for your lifestyle to match the music you sing?
It is amazingly important that your lifestyle matches what you sing. People who are not saved don't know all the scriptures and fancy words, but if you lead by example they are more prone to want to know more about your relationship with the God that you sing about.
What do you want people to take away after hearing you minister?
I want people to feel encouraged and passionate about beginning or deepening their relationship with God. I try to be as transparent as I can in my song lyrics because honestly, life is not always perfect and I believe that is the biggest misconception that people who are not saved believe most times. That there is this light that comes on once you give your life to Christ and everything is perfect for the rest of your life. So, when they see things go awry, they panic because that was not the expectation. But I want them to know that life won't always be perfect, but there is a peace and reassurance that comes with knowing you have God and He has your back.
Where do you see gospel music evolving to in the future?
I think gospel is getting back to God. I think there are some voices that the world has yet to hear and I believe that they are some of the ones carrying the mantle. I am excited for what's to come.
Where do you see your music progressing to in the next five years?
I need my music to go wherever God would like it to go. Honestly, I don't want to move anywhere career wise, musically, personally, etc, if God is not orchestrating the entire work from start to finish.
Where can people purchase your music and contact you to inquire about having you minis,ter at their next event?
My album, The Beginning, can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon. For all booking inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we all can see Brittney is an awesome woman of God and someone who we all should definitely support. So please go out and support all her present and future endeavors. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page and share this interview. God Bless!!!
Friday, March 28, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Hey everyone!!! This next edition of Pentecostal Fashion is featuring half rim wayfarer eyeglasses. This look has been seen on both the famous and unfamous alike and seems to steadily be on the rise. This style of eyeglasses and even sunglasses creates a sense of flair and adds a whole retro aspect to an ensemble. Because these frames are eye catching they add a sense chicness not seen before, but cannot be pulled off with every outfit or style of dress. This look leans more so towards the hipster crowd and style of dress but can definitely be worn by everyone as long as it is paired correctly. I love how these glasses can be transitioned into a daytime and evening look especially when it comes to men's fashion. So as you prepare to buy new eyeglasses take into consideration a pair of half rim wayfarer eyeglasses. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective facebook page. God Bless!!!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Hey everyone!!! Delegates from within and without the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World are gathering together in the city of Atlanta Georgia for the Empowerment Conference. Sponsored by the International Pentecostal Young People's Union this conference is expected to be one of excellence to mark the ending of the current IPYPU administration. This year’s conference is taking place, from March 20th - 22nd with the topic being "Better."
The IPYPU staff have put together an astounding lineup of speakers and teachers this year. The conference is beginning Thursday night with Bishop Mark Moore as the speaker. On Friday morning they are beginning the day with a Morning Worship service featuring Elder Christopher Foster as the speaker. After the Worship service there is a morning session followed by an afternoon service with Pastor Timothy Findley as speaker. After that the registered delegates have an afternoon session planned. On Friday evening there is a service planned with, former IPYPU president, Elder David Hollis as the speaker. Later that evening the conference is hosting an event called the After Hour Mixer, which is a concert featuring, friend to this blog, MarQuita Danzy, Kevin Lemon and Higher Caller, Jonathon Nelson and others. I think aside from the actual services this concert is a major highlight of this year’s conference. On Saturday morning the attendees have the opportunity to meet the IPYPU candidates for the next administration, that will be chosen at this year’s Summer Convention. I think this awesome because it gives people a full opportunity to meet the candidates and not be forced to vote blindly. Afterwards, there will be another Morning Worship service featuring Pastor William Ellis and to end the conference there will be an Afternoon Worship service where Bishop Shawn Tyson will be the speaker.
This year's conference definitely seems like it is going to be stellar and amazing. With this being, friend to this blog, Elder Christopher Collier and staff's last Empowerment as the IPYPU administration their is definitely a sense of anticipation and excitement. So PAW have an awesome time in God that leaves your life Better than when you arrived. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective facebook page. God Bless!!!