Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pentecostal Event: Pentecostal Assemblies of the World's 2015 Empowerment Conference


Hey everyone!!! The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World's International Pentecostal Young People's Union is sponsoring their Empowerment Conference from April 23rd through April 25th. This year's conference is going to be in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. This year's conference is celebrating the auxiliaries 75th year in existence.

The main speakers for the conference are Elder Aaron Porter, Pastor Tanya Harris, and Elder David Hollis. I think it is awesome that the youth president for the organization of Pentecostal Churches of Apostolic Faith, Elder Porter, is one of the speakers. I love the unity that is being displayed through this collective effort. I think this is an excellent way for new IPYPU president, Elder Jarrett Purdue, to begin his administration.

Also during this year's conference, the IPYPU and the IPYPU Christian Education Department will be sponsoring a Bible Bowl competition on Friday afternoon. The competition will feature Jeopardy and an Oral Individual competition which will be split into two age groups of 6-10 and 11-18.  This is a magnificent way to encourage the young people within the organization to learn and study the Word of God in a fun like manner.

Another great initiative taking place at the Empowerment Conference this year is the partnering with the YMCA of Indianapolis. Through this partnership the organization plans to help promote "Youth Empowerment, Health, and Wellness for Youth and Community Engagement. The activity planned for the partnership is a 3K walk at Riverside Park. I believe it is so impressive that this administration wants to do more than have great services, but they also want to leave a community service mark in the city.

The conference is ending on a powerful note with a special service. The theme of this special service is Gideon 300, centering around the Biblical story of Gideon. During this service, they are having all of those in attendance wear army fatigue and are asking for a 10 dollar Gideon seed offering. I think this is a great way to end the conference this year and bring a from of excitement as a whole to the conference.

With this Elder Purdue and his staff's first Empowerment Conference, it appears as if this will be an excellent way to usher this new era of his administration. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram andTwitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Event. God Bless!!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pentecostal Fashion - Denim Pencil Skirts


Courtesy: Levi
Hey everyone!!! The fashion trend I am going to talk about in this edition of Pentecostal Fashion are Denim Pencil Skirts. Growing up in a house where the females were only allowed to wear skirts, this was a constant in their wardrobes. It seems like the fashion world has finally caught up with the Pentecostal world because Denim Pencil Skirts have become a very big trend for this spring and upcoming summer. The versatility of these skirts create an awesome look that can be used for multiple occasions. The material of denim allows for the skirt to be dressed down and paired with a casual top and shoes. The silhouette of the skirt allows it to be dressed up and paired with some form of a heel and a dressy top or a cardigan and camisole. As we embrace what is supposed to be a great summer and spring, ladies go out and buy your denim skirt. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Fashion. God Bless!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pentecostal News - Homegoing Arrangements for Apostle William L. Bonner




Hey everyone!!! As reported, on April 3rd leader for the organization, Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, Apostle William L Bonner passed away. The Homegoing arrangements for this awesome leader have been announced. The organization and his family have planned a multi-day and multi-city Homegoing celebration. Seeing the legacy this man has left the world, I believe this is more than fitting and rightfully deserved.

The first service scheduled to celebrate Apostle Bonner is the "Celebration of Life" taking place on Tuesday, April 21st at Solomon's Temple in Detroit, Michigan. The next service scheduled is the "Pastoral Celebration of Life" being held on Thursday, April 23rd at Greater Refuge Temple in New York City. The final service planned is the "International Church of our Lord Jesus Christ Homegoing Celebration." This service will take place on Friday, April 24th also at Greater Refuge Temple. I am more than sure that these three services will be both celebratory and well attended because of the great man of God, Apostle Bonner was. Going off the track record for the organization COOLJC, these services will definitely be full of praise breaks and one to be remembered.

Please remember to keep Bishop Bonner's family in prayer as well as the organization Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Pentecostal Opinion - Should Secular Artists Be Allowed To Sing On Gospel Award Shows And Events




Hey everyone!!! Once the announcement was made that Destiny's Child was reuniting for the Stellar Awards, the Christian community was sent into a frenzy with both positive and negative reactions. The biggest controversy that seemed to surround the performance was the fact that Beyoncé was set to sing on a gospel award show. As previously stated I was extremely excited to see Destiny's Child reunite especially with the message of the song they were performing. I thought it was extremely positive and uplifting to see artists who sing secular music acknowledge the sovereignty of the God we serve.

I find it interesting that people continually get in an uproar when secular artists perform at gospel music events and award ceremonies. I believe that everything the church does should center around love and the love of Christ. Can we honestly say that the reactions given are love centered and based? I am convinced that majority of the negative reactions voiced are based out of judgment and condemnation. How can we as the church condemn or judge anyone, when it is through God’s grace we are saved? We don't know where someone is as far as their relationship with God is concerned and how the Lord is dealing with them, so to condemn them about singing a song promoting the name of Lord is the opposite of what I believe the church should be doing. We also do not know what will push someone into a deeper relationship with God, so the opportunity to sing a song about Christ could be a life changing moment that causes them to totally dedicate their life to Christ.

I do not endorse the message many of these artists promote in their own individual songs, but that does not negate the positive thing they are doing by singing a song in reverence to the God we serve. I think the church needs to come the realization that we do not know the mouthpiece the Lord wants to use for His glory. There have been multiple examples in the  Bible where unlikely people and in one case an animal have been used as a voice for the Lord.

When we examine demographics these artist reach an audience that your typical gospel artist would not, so having them sing at gospel events allows gospel music to potentially impact the life of someone it normally wouldn't. The realization then comes that the message of Christ has potential to be passed on to someone new or not that familiar with it just by having a secular artist perform. The church must realize that there is potential for greater good and greater outreach when these opportunities happen.

So as we go forward let us not condemn or judge a secular artist who sings a gospel song on a gospel stage, but in turn rejoice because we do not know what great outcome may result. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Opinion. God Bless!!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pentecostal News - Passing of Apostle William L. Bonner



Hey everyone!!! It is with an extremely heavy heart that this edition of Pentecostal News is being written. Pentecostal legend and father Apostle William Bonner passed away on today, April 3rd. A legend within and without the organization, Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, Apostle Bonner has successfully held both positions of Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle. Apostle Bonner is credited with advancing the size of COOLJC and establishing it to what it is today. 

Apostle Bonner's passing is sure to hit the hearts and minds of many because of the great influence he had. He has left a permanent stamp in history especially within the Pentecostal world and will be remembered and revered for many generations. 

Leaving an example to the world of how to be fully dedicated to both God and the Lord's church, Apostle Bonner has left a great legacy and a model for the church to follow after. 

No funeral arrangements have been announced yet. Please remember to keep Apostle Bonner's immediate family and COOLJC family in prayer.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Pentecostal News - 2015 Stellar Awards Winners



Hey everyone!!! This past weekend the gospel music world convened in the city of Las Vegas for the 30th Stellar Awards. With all of gospel music royalty convened in that one city to celebrate gospel music, it was definitely a weekend of amazement and excitement.  Even though the awards took place on March 28th it will not be airing until April 5th at 8 pm/ET on the television station TV One.

This year's big winner was Erica Campbell with a total of 6 wins. This has definitely been the year for Erica Campbell. From a number one album, to winning a Grammy Award, to multiple hit singles and now 6 Stellar Awards, it definitely appears as if stepping out on her own, from the duo Mary Mary, was the right move for her and her career.

One of the biggest highlights of this years Stellar Awards is the reunion of Destiny's Child for the singing of Michelle William's big hit "Say Yes." As a fan of the group I cannot write how happy I was to see the three women unite, especially for the singing of a gospel song that promotes the name of Jesus. I cannot wait to see how it translates on my television screen April 5th.

Below are all of the categories and nominees for this years Awards,  my predicted winner is  highlighted in bold lettering and the actual winners in italic. For those categories that are in both bold and italic lettering, that means I correctly predicted the winner. This year I correctly predicted 17 out of the 27 categories placing me at a 62 percent correct rate.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA 


SONG OF THE YEAR
MICHAEL MCDOWELL & JAMES JOHNSON, YOU ALONE – YOU ALONE (ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR), EMTRO GOSPEL 
W. CAMPBELL, L. MOORE, H. LILLY, A. SLEDGE, H. JONES & E. CAMPBELL, HELP FT. LECRAE – HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
HARMONY SAMUELS, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, H. "CARMEN REECE" CULVER & AL SHERROD LAMBERT, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND – JOURNEY TO FREEDOM (MICHELLE WILLIAMS), ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
TIFFANY JOY MCGHEE, AMAZING – AMAZING (RICKY DILLARD & NEW G), LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE


MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 
DEITRICK HADDON, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT 
MALI MUSIC, MALI IS…, BY STORM ENTERTAINMENT/RCA RECORDS
RICKY DILLARD, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL


ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 
ANITA WILSON, VINTAGE WORSHIP, MOTOWN GOSPEL
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
MICHELLE WILLIAMS, JOURNEY TO FREEDOM, ENTERTAINMENT ONE
TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR 
DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE & DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS 2014 - 2015 


NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
RUTH LA'ONTRA, SO GOOD, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDSINGS/RCA 
TEMPLE OF DELIVERANCE WOMEN'S CHOIR, IN THE SANCTUARY, HABBAKUK MUSIC
UNCLE REECE, BOLD, OBED MUSIC GROUP


CD OF THE YEAR 
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL 
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


CHOIR OF THE YEAR 
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL 
DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT 
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING,LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
THE MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR, DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE, MALACO RECORDS


PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
WARRYN CAMPBELL, HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
RICKY DILLARD, WILL BOGLE & RICK ROBINSON, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
KIRK FRANKLIN, HERE RIGHT NOW (TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA 
KIRK FRANKLIN, FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR 
DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
ZIE'L, PRONOUNCED ZY-EL, DREAM GOSPEL


TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
LISA KNOWLES & THE BROWN SINGERS, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA
THE CANTON SPIRITUALS, KEEP KNOCKING, MALACO RECORDS 
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE & DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
TIM WOODSON & THE HEIRS OF HARMONY, MILLIONAIRE, MARXAN/CENTRAL SOUTH


CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 
DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
DEITRICK HADDON, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
MALI MUSIC, MALI IS…, BY STORM ENTERTAINMENT/RCA RECORDS 
SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL


TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
DONNIE MCCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
EARNEST PUGH, THE W.I.N. (WORSHIP IN NASSAU) EXPERIENCE, P-MAN MUSIC 
RICKY DILLARD, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE 
WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE


CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
ANITA WILSON, VINTAGE WORSHIP, MOTOWN GOSPEL
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC 
KIERRA SHEARD, GRACELAND, INDEPENDENT
TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
BEVERLY CRAWFORD, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE, ECHO PARK/JDI
LISA KNOWLES, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA 
RUTH LA'ONTRA, SO GOOD, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT 
SHERI JONES-MOFFETT, POWER & AUTHORITY: LIVE IN MEMPHIS, MOTOWN GOSPEL


CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR 
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
DONNIE MCCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE


URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 
DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, GREAT GOD, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP FT. LECRAE, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
MICHELLE WILLIAMS, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND, ENTERTAINMENT ONE


MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
FLORIAN SCHNEIDER, GREAT GOD – DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
BILLIE WOODRUFF, HELP FT. LECRAE – HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
MR. BOOMTOWN, LOVE ON THE RADIO – FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
MATTHEW CHERRY, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND – JOURNEY TO FREEDOM (MICHELLE WILLIAMS), ENTERTAINMENT ONE


TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
BISHOP LARRY D. TROTTER & SHS COMBINED CHOIR, PRAISE REVISITED, UTOPIA
RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
THE MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR, DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE, MALACO RECORDS


CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
CHARLES BUTLER & TRINITY, BETTER, EPM MUSIC GROUP
DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON'S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
LAMAR CAMPBELL & SPIRIT OF PRAISE, OPEN THE SKY, 360 MUSIC WORX/MOTOWN
DARNELL DAVIS AND THE REMNANT, MOVING FORWARD, RCA INSPIRATION


SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
DONNIE MCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
VARIOUS ARTISTS, WOW GOSPEL 2014, RCA INSPIRATION
VARIOUS ARTISTS, EARNEST PUGH PROUDLY PRESENTS GOSPEL'S RISING STARS, EPM MUSIC GROUP
TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS DELUXE EDITION, TILLYMANN MUSIC


RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
ANDY MINEO, NEVERLAND, REACH RECORDS
DA' T.R.U.T.H., HEARTBEAT, MIXED BAG
LECRAE, ANOMALY, REACH RECORDS
UNCLE REECE, BOLD, OBED MUSIC GROUP


YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
KENDRA SMITH, SOMETHING NEW, DiVINE RECORDS
NYASIA, SHOOTING STAR, INSPIRING DREAMS ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
PURE-N-HEART, ALPHAEUS ANDERSON PRESENTS PURE-N-HEART KIDS, TEENS MOVEMENT "SING THE WORD", MUSIC2CHANGEU RECORDS
STL3, ALL THINGS NEW, PGK MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC


QUARTET OF THE YEAR
LISA KNOWLES & THE BROWN SINGERS, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA
THE CANTON SPIRITUALS, KEEP KNOCKING, MALACO RECORDS 
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE AND DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
TIM WOODSON & THE HEIRS OF HARMONY, MILLIONAIRE, MARXAN/CENTRAL SOUTH


RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR 
DEREK BLANKS, VINTAGE WORSHIP (ANITA WILSON), MOTOWN GOSPEL
DEREK BLANKS, HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
DEREK BLANKS, AMAZING (RICKY DILLARD & NEW G), LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
JEFF GILLIGAN, FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
EARNEST PUGH, JUST WORSHIP (EP), P-MAN MUSIC
MICAH STAMPLEY, LOVE NEVER FAILS, MOTOWN GOSPEL
WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE

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Pentecostal Inspiration - John 15:13



Hey everyone!!! As we go into what is known as Holy Week, I cannot help but think about the monumental sacrifice Christ made for the sake of all mankind.  As one of the most quoted scriptures during this time of year, I found this scripture very relevant to the meaning and representation of Holy Week.  Once examined, this scripture shows the world the love God had and still has for mankind. Christ did nothing to warrant death on the cross, but it was His love for us that caused Him to humble Himself until death. Philippians 2:8 points out "... He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." I think it is important to realize that not only was Christ's act one out of love, it was one out of humility also. As a people who live in a time where both humility and love have become harder and harder to see in the mainstream world, the church has to be a beacon of light for both of these actions. The church must show the world that these two qualities still exist and can be very present in their lives if they allow the Lord to take control. With love being at the center of everything Christ did, as Christians we must follow his example. John 13:35 let's us know "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." This scripture shows us that the key characteristic for a follower of Christ is love. When living from day to day the love God has to been seen in everything we do. In a world where people are searching for love they shouldn't have to search very far once they have an encounter with us. We must begin to take into account the impact we are having in the lives of those we are around. Can we truly say that our lives are reflecting Christ like love? So as we embrace this week and celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior, let us remember to show love and humility to all we meet. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Inspiration. God Bless!

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