Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pentecostal Inspiration: Psalm 107:1

Hey everyone!!! As we embark on another Thanksgiving season we excitedly come upon another Thanksgiving inspired Pentecostal Inspiration. When we examine the days we are living in the scripture Lamentations 3:22 comes to mind "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not."  With natural disasters, terrorist attacks and failed economies either being threatened or occurring every day. It is nothing but the mercies of God that we are in the positive state we are in. During this time, many people stress being thankful for the blessings God has bestowed upon us and for our families, but I want to encourage us in this season to also be thankful for the mercies of God. Looking at the various situations going on in the world, it is nothing but God's mercies protecting us. Even though this is something we often take for granted it is something we as children of God both need to be appreciative and thankful for. So as we embark on another Thanksgiving let us not forget to be thankful for the mercies of God. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Pentecostal Fashion: Shawl Neck Sweaters

Courtesy: Dockers

Hey everyone!!! As we continue to embrace the season of fall, one trend that is continually becoming popular for men is the shawl neck sweater.  These sweaters are becoming a staple in the closets of men, especially with the increasing cold weather. The great thing about this sweater is its ability to be both dressed up with a pair of khakis, or corduroy pants and a dress shirt underneath it with the possible addition of a tie, or dressed down with a pair of chinos or jeans and causal style boot. One of the keys of this look is to ensure that your sweater is very well-fitted. Because of the stylish nature of this sweater, the fit is imperative to pulling off this look well. Just like the fit of the sweater is crucial to pulling this look off, the fit of everything else you are wearing is critical also.  Your pants must be well fitted to match the fashionable nature of the sweater, and also to give a complete and polished look. So as we embrace the coldness of fall and prepare for the cold of winter, fellas let us go out and by some shawl neck sweaters. 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!!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Pentecostal Event: Church Of God In Christ 108th Holy Convocation

Hey everyone!!! The saints of Church of God in Christ are convening for their 108th Holy Convocation. Once again this year's Convocation will be hosted in the city of St. Louis from November 2nd to November 8th. I find it extremely interesting that they have once again extended their contract in St. Louis. I know there was talk of potentially moving the Convocation because of the organization's dismay at the state's handling of Mike Brown's killing last year. Even with those talks it is reported that they have extended their Convocation being held in St. Louis until the year 2019. Eventhough it feels like this month and subsequently this year's Convocation snuck up on us, it seems like this is another well thought out year.

The main speakers are Bishop Paul Morton, Bishop Brandon Porter, Bishop Roy L. H. Winbush, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Superintendent Michael Golden, Charles E. Blake Sr. and Bishop Frank A. White. I really commend COGIC on their use of their own while still embracing leaders from other organizations and fellowships. I also find it phenomenal that Bishop Morton is returning to his COGIC roots this year, seeing how his father was a pastor in the organization and he grew up as a member. This year will be an extraordinary year speaker wise and those in attendance are guaranteed to hear some sound Word throughout the week.

As always throughout the week COGIC has some great things planned for those in attendance. As has become tradition for the organization, they are beginning this year’s Convocation with a prayer being led by Evangelist Frances Kelly. The prayer begins Monday, November 2nd at 11:30 pm and ends Tuesday, November 3rd at 9:00 am. On Wednesday, November 4th the organization will be sponsoring a community cleanup for the city of St. Louis. They will also be offering both a health and job fair for the community and delegates in attendance. The Music Department is sponsoring three musicals on Wednesday, November 4th, Thursday, November 5th, and Friday, November 6th. The musical on Wednesday will be featuring independent artist that have been chosen by the Music Department to share their gift. The musical on Thursday will be featuring jurisdictional and other choirs from all over the United States. The musical on Friday will be featuring a plethora of national artist. Shirley Caesar, Micah Stampley, Beverly Crawford are a few of the artists that will be featured in the musical that night, with Tye Tribbest as host. On Saturday, November 7th COGIC is sponsoring an event called Christmas in November. This event will be held at a local COGIC church Williams Temple Church of God in Christ. At this event there will be numerous outreach initiatives. There will be free groceries, free cell phones, free hygiene items, free haircuts, free toys and much more given out on that day. Also on Saturday Bishop Blake will be hosting a banquet for the COGIC Charaties, which is the charitable auxiliary for the organization.  This is only a glimpse at all the activities taking place at the Convocation this year.

As can be seen this Convocation is both packed with, spiritual and community orientated activities. This appears as if this wlll be an awesome Convocation and one that many will be talking about for years to come. 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!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pentecostal News: Homegoing Arrangements for Apostle Richard D. Henton

Hey everyone!!! As previously announced Pentecostal giant, Apostle Richard D. Henton passed away on October 22nd after many years of faithfulness and commitment to the Lord. Pictured above are the homegoing arrangements for Apostle Henton. There are two services scheduled to salute this remarkable man of God. The local service will be held on October 30th at the church he pastored for many years, Monument of Faith Church, beginning at 7:00 pm. The second service will be on October 31st at The House of Hope at 10:00 am, with the viewing beginning at 9:00 am. With Apostle Henton being both so well-known and respected, I think it was a very intelligent move to have the funeral at the 10,000 seat sanctuary because I am sure there are many people who are going to want to attend this service. It has not been announced if live streaming will be available for the service. Please continue to keep both his family and the church he pastored in your prayers. God Bless!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Pentecostal News: Passing of Apostle Richard D. Henton

Hey everyone!!! It is with an extremely heavy heart that this edition of Pentecostal News announces the passing of Pentecostal giant, Apostle Richard D. Henton. According to his official website Apostle Henton made his transition on October 22, 2015. As a Pentecostal father this news is saddening to the Pentecostal world as a whole. As a mentor to many of today's prominent Pentecostal leaders and preachers, Apostle Henton legacy is sure to be carried on for years to come.

Up until his death he pastored Monument of Faith Breakthrough World Ministries in Chicago, Illinois. Monument of Faith was a beacon of hope and life in the city of Chicago and his death is a humongous lost for the church and city. Having pastored for over 50 years Apostle Henton is an example of commitment to both your ministry and to God.

Having a ministry that extended far beyond the city of Chicago, Apostle Henton really showed the world how to spread the message of Jesus Christ in a skillful and articulate manner. Because of his large following and platform I am sure that his homegoing will be extremely well attended, with people coming from both far and near. The homegoing arrangement have yet to be announced. Please remember his family and the church he pastored in your prayers during these difficult times.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Pentecostal Inspiration: 1 Samuel 4:13

Hey everyone!!! As examination is taking place upon this familiar story, I found this portion of the scripture very interesting and both compelling. When we think about Eli and his role as priest, it is often taught and preached about how he should have disciplined his sons. For this edition of Pentecostal Inspiration, I want to focus on the significance Eli placed on the Ark of the Covenant. It is well known that during the times of the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant represented the presence of God. Seeing how it represented the presence of God, it is no wonder that they wanted to have the Ark of the Covenant or the presence of God to accompany them to battle. The issue comes in with those who they allowed to handle the presence of God. As children of God who have the presence of God in our lives, this scripture gives us notification that we must be careful what actions we partake in, because as carriers of the presence of God, it is imperative that we continuously live a life of reverence  and honor to God and respect His presence. I find it so interesting that Eli’s heart trembled out of concern for the Ark of the Covenant and not his two sons. That scripture alone shows the importance of the presence of God back then which could be related to now. As carriers of his presence we must come to the realization of the jewel we carry. For too long we have allowed the world to cause us not to show and truly express the spectacular gift we have inside of us. 1 Corinthians 6:19 lets us know that our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost. Since our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost, we must walk and act accordingly.  We must walk delicately and circumspectly as we embrace the presence of God in our lives. Just like the Israelites, we do not want our actions and being lackluster to cause us to lose the presence of God. So let us learn from the Israelites and realize, embrace and shelter the great gift of the presence of God we have inside of us. 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!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pentecostal Fashion: Wide Brim Felt Hats

Courtesy: Vince Camuto

Hey everyone!!! As we begin to embrace the season of fall, one trend that is being seen on the heads of both male and females alike is the wide brim felt hats. Seen on celebrities and non-celebrities alike, this trend that began to become popular last fall has really taken off. The key to this versatile trend is creating a care-free yet trendy outfit. Not only does this hat add to a trendy outfit, it is also an attention getter so your outfit must match the trendiness of the hat. The trendy outfit can be both a dress up or dress down. The key is it must look as if it came naturally together and not overthought and super contrived. Not only does this trend have a fashionable appeal, it is also very practical for these very early chilling mornings during the fall months. So as we began to embrace this fall, ladies and gentlemen go pick up your wide brim felt hat. 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!!!


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