Friday, December 19, 2014

Pentecostal Inspiration



Hey everyone!!! As I prepared to write this edition of Pentecostal Inspiration to commemorate the special day we set aside to celebrate the birth of our Savior, the saying "pain births purpose" kept ringing in my head. As I continued to think about that saying the scripture for this edition's of Pentecostal Inspiration came to mind and seemed more than fitting to use. As we think of the natural process of child birth one of the initial thoughts that comes to mind is excruciating pain. As we really think about the pain and how the pain you endure births a life, it really is an analogy to our spiritual life. When we examine the painful situations we face as children of God we must realize that the aftereffect of the pain is purpose. When looking at the story of Christ's birth we realize that Mary gave birth to a man with the greatest mission known to man set to be accomplished, In order for the birth to have taken place she had to endure a great deal of pain. Many of us are in seasons where God has revealed his purpose for our lives to us and we are in situations that are causing a great deal of pain and are wondering the need for these situations. In order for God's purpose to come to fruition we must realize that pain pushes us closer to the purpose revealed to us. Pain is the contractions in the birthing process of our purpose, letting us know that  that the fruition of our purpose is near. So as we celebrate this Christmas let us remember that the pain we are facing is pushing us forward to our purpose. 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!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pentecostal Fashion

Courtesy: Timberland


Hey Everyone!!! This edition of Pentecostal Fashion is featuring a trend that has been relevant in the fashion world since I was a young boy in the 90's. The trend I am referring to are Timberland Boots. The ultimate casual boot, Timberlands have consistently been the go-to shoe to finish a casual outfit. As of late, Timberlands have been seen in a greater number, in the wardrobes of celebrities everywhere. For some time, it appeared that wheat color was the only color being worn fashionably, but it now appears that the various colored boots offered by Timberland are being reintroduced into the fashion world. The key to pulling this look off is to make sure your look appears very care free. This boot has been adapted to be very casual, so the whole outfit must follow suit. Not only is this boot very great for care free outfits, it is great for the upcoming winter we are expected to have. Not only will it keep your feet warm, but it will help you navigate through the by-product of this predicted harsh winter. So ladies and gentlemen, as we embark on this very harsh winter, go pick up some Timberlands for your winter and fashion needs. 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!!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Pentecostal Spotlight - Pastor Khare Hawkins

Hey Everyone!!! This edition of Pentecostal Spotlight is featuring gospel rising star Pastor Khare Hawkins. No stranger to gospel music or the gospel industry, Khare's debut release, Awesome God, is a natural progression in his ministry. As a man who wears many hats, Khare exemplifies excellence in all that he does. No stranger to adversity, Khare has shown the world the importance of faithfulness to God and ministry not only as an artist, but as an Assistant Pastor to God's Way Ministries.  Khare continually exemplifies excellence in every aspect of ministry. So without further ado, I present this edition of Pentecostal Spotlight featuring Khare Hawkins.

How did your journey in music begin?

My journey in music began with my father being Vice President for Sony Records. Because of that, music is something that has been continually present in my life.

What do you believe separates your music ministry from any other?

I believe what separates my music ministry from any other is my transparency and openness. I believe in using my own testimony of triumph and recovery to win lost souls.

What one musical album inspired you to want to do music on a serious level?

I would have to say the one musical album that inspired me to do music on a serious level is, Daryl Coley's, "He's Right on Time: Live from Los Angeles." I can remember being a young man continually singing that album in my home growing up.

Where do you see your ministry going within the next 5 years?

I hope that within the next five years to have released another album. Also, as an assistant pastor to a church in Baltimore, Maryland, to be moved further along in ministry seeing the lives of many changed by Christ, souls saved and people blessed by the ministry God has placed in me.

What techniques do you consistently use to perfect your craft?

Techniques I consistently use to perfect my craft are voice lessons . I also believe that taking advantage of the resources made available are important as well. Such conferences like GMWA, VIP Music and Arts Conference, Thomas Dorsey Convention, and so many others that foster platforms for up and coming artists. Using tools such as those have helped me perfect the gift God has given to me. I also ensure I soak up all the knowledge I can gain from those many artists that I am fortunate to have relationships with that pour into me and share nuggets of wisdom to help keep me encouraged.

How do you ensure that you are in a place to effectively minister to so many different people facing different situations and circumstances?

The way I ensure that I am able to minister to people who are facing different situations and needs is to show transparency through my ministry. I want people to see and know that God can deliver you from anything and allow my life to be an example of that.

Who are your biggest musical and ministry influences and inspirations?

I would have to say my biggest musical and ministry inspiration is my spiritual father, Bishop Bruce Parham. He, in my opinion, is not only one of the greatest singers, but also one of the greatest preachers. Not only does he have amazing tone and voice, but has also taught me how to properly operate in ministry. Above all that, he lives what he preaches and has been a great example for me to follow and aspire to.

With you being a member of Ricky Dillard's New G, what has been the greatest thing you have learned from being under his direction?

As someone who has had the opportunity to serve not only in his choir but as his personal assistant, I have learned the art of showmanship when it comes to ministry. When people come to see you, they expect to not only be ministered to but they expect to be entertained. I've also learned what it takes to maintain longevity.  He has taught me resilience.  He has also taught me how to focus on the assignment at hand regardless of what people may say. He has also shown me how to be a great musical leader for those that are accountable to my ministry.

Who are three artists you dream to collaborate with and why those three?

Three artists I would love to collaborate with are Edwin Hawkins, Karen Clark-Sheard and Kelly Price. Edwin Hawkins because of the living legend he is and because of the impact and influence on gospel music he has made. Karen Clark-Sheard and Kelly Price because they are two of my favorite female artists.

As someone who has had somewhat of a tough year, how were you able to overcome and move forward?

I was able to overcome by focusing on the scripture Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." That scripture has truly helped me continue to overcome and move forward. Also remember the scripture Deuteronomy 20:4 "For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, give you victory."

What was the inspiration and united theme of your album Awesome God?

I would have to say the united theme of Awesome God is the greatness of the God we serve. I wanted people to hear and feel that throughout the album. To know that in spite of, regardless too, God is and will always be forever the same.

Where can people purchase your album and contact you to book you for their next event?

People can purchase my music on all major music services such as iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. To reach me for your next event you can contact me at kharemusic@gmail.com.  Also you can reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @justkhare. I would love to come to a city near you.  So please reach out so we can make that possible.

As we all can see, Khare is an amazing man of God!  Please support him and his ministry.  Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Spotlight. God Bless!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pentecostal Opinion: Mike Brown Grand Jury Decision Reaction

Hey everyone!!! After hearing the grand jury's decision, my heart and mind were in shock and I couldn't fathom words to express what I was feeling. After a night of rest and some time to think, I was able to really come to terms with my internal feelings. This decision by the grand jury is so sad because of the message it is sending out; the message that the lives of black men do not matter. I am so saddened that a grand jury couldn't determine that even possibly, Officer Wilson was wrong in the way he handled the situation and the killing of Mike Brown.

As a black man in America, I cannot help but to worry about my life, the life of my younger brother, younger cousins and every other young black male in America. We as a country are repeatedly sending a horrible message, that the lives of African American males are not worthy of justice and are not of the same value as their counterparts. I cannot help and wonder what the outcome would have been if this was a young white male killed by an African American officer. I personally do not believe that the officer would not have been even taken to trial. As a country, we must work on the relationships between law enforcement and the African American community. It is sad that we live in a society where we have to fear the people who are supposed to protect and serve us.

I believe this grand jury decision is an opportunity for the church to collectively show that actions and decisions like these cannot continue. It was reported that Bishop Charles Blake mailed a letter to the governor over his concerns with the way the Mike Brown incident was being handled and his possible movement of the Convocation from the state. I commend COGIC and Bishop Blake for their stance and encourage other organizations and fellowships to take some sort of stand also. I think we as a whole need to show the United States that the Pentecostal church worldwide will not stand for injustices when it comes to our African American men and community. This incident shows that the church has so much work to do.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pentecostal Inspiration



Hey Everyone!!! As I mentally prepared for this special post to commemorate the day we set aside to be thankful, the second part of Psalms 100:4, "be thankful unto Him, and bless His name" kept ringing in my mind.  Growing up, I attended a Christian academy up until the 3rd grade and at my school we were taught Psalms 100. Ever since, this whole chapter has stuck with me and been a consistent reminder in my life to be thankful to God. I find this passage of scripture so compelling, because not only does it instruct us as the reader to be thankful, it conveys what we as believers are supposed to do with our mind of thanksgiving and that is to bless His name. In the society we live in, many people tend to think or feel one thing but act out something different. Because we live in that society, it makes it harder for us as believers to not follow suit. This scripture is a reminder to us all, to not only be thankful to God for the many blessings He grants us daily, but to proceed that with a praise. Many may think of this scripture in the way of verbally praising God, but we can also bless God with the life we live and the choices we make. People tend to put praise in a verbal box, but true praise is a thing we can do on a continual basis. I believe there is nothing more pleasing to God than a life that blesses Him. So the next time your mind reminds you of a moment to be thankful to God for, ensure that you are not only blessing Him verbally but also with your actions. 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!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pentecostal News: Dr. Myles Munroe's Funeral Arrangements

Hey everyone!!! Last week I wrote about the plane crash that took the life of spiritual giant, Dr. Myles Munroe. According to the Bahamas Faith Ministries International Fellowship website the funeral arrangements for Dr. Munroe have been made. On December 3rd a National Memorial Service of Thanksgiving and Praise will be held in honor of Dr Munroe and his wife, Pastor Ruth Munroe at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium located in Nassau, Bahamas,  The official Home Going service for Dr. and Pastor Munroe will be on December 4th at the Bahamas Faith Ministries International Diplomat Center located also in the city of Nassau, Bahamas. Not much more information has been given about both services. Below you will find the official statement from  Bahamas Faith Ministries International Fellowship.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Prime Minister, The Rt. Honorable Perry G. Christie, his Cabinet and members of the Bahamas Government for their condolences, words of kindness and support.

Additional events leading up to the Home Going & Memorial Celebrations for Dr. Myles and Pastor Ruth Munroe and Dr. Richard Pinder will soon be announced.  Please check our website for daily updates www.bfmmm.com  and  www.mylesmunroeinternational.com
Several organizations and churches from around the world have already planned and announced Services of Thanksgiving & Celebration in honor Dr. Myles and Pastor Ruth Munroe. Thanksgiving Services are being held in several countries including Africa, Canada, Europe, Papua New Guinea, Barbados, several Latin American countries and various churches throughout the United Stated of America. We are awaiting final confirmations from additional countries.

The BFMI Board of Governors with the blessing of the family is also pleased to announce that a Special Memorial Organizing and Planning Committee has been commissioned to assist the Munroe family and the Board with the planning and organization of the official Home Going and Memorial Celebration Services. This Special Committee is chaired by Veteran Broadcaster, Business Executive & President of the CEO Network, Deborah Bartlett, who also serves as one of our Pastors at Bahamas Faith Ministries. Media Executive, Radio Personality and CEO of Harris Media Group, Kevin Harris serves as Deputy Chairman. Pastor Jay Mullings, one of the five founding fathers of Bahamas Faith Ministries International, serves as Honorary Chairman along with a team of several others in the Ministry.

Pentecostal News: Statements from Church of God in Christ and Bishop Charles Blake



Hey everyone!!! It has been about two weeks since the Holy Convocation for the Church of God in Christ and the world at large is still talking about the conference. Both Church of God in Christ as an organization and Bishop Charles Blake have released statements about the incident at large. I admire the tone of love that is displayed in both statements. This to me, is what the church should be about. Read and listen to both statements below. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal News. God Bless!!!

 During the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) 107th Holy Convocation in St. Louis, MO, November 3-11, 2014, many tremendous things occurred that demonstrated the church’s love for community and for the whole man.

Through a number of COGIC Cares initiatives, the St. Louis and metro east communities were helped in some of the following ways:

During our Health Fair and Job Fair, hundreds received free healthcare services while many unemployed attendees were able to network with St. Louis employers;
5,000 people received assistance in the form of food, clothing, blankets, toys, haircuts and medical check-ups at our Christmas in November event on Saturday, November 8, 2014;
Members of our denomination dispersed within the North St. Louis Fourth Ward community to provide cleanup assistance to blighted areas; and
Several COGIC leaders visited a St. Louis Public School to conduct “a day of reading” among elementary school children.
Since 2010, when the Church of God in Christ Holy Convocation moved from Memphis, TN to St. Louis, the economic impact to the bi-state, metropolitan area has been over $120 million.

As a Pentecostal, Bible-believing organization, our goal is to edify and care for the entire individual, both naturally and spiritually. Thus, during the convocation:

559 individuals committed their lives to Christ;
97 individuals re-dedicated their lives to Christ;
224 Christians were filled with the Holy Spirit, according to (Acts 2:4); and
227 individuals received divine deliverance from a number of afflictions.
A video, which is now viral, of a young man stating his deliverance from a particular lifestyle does not, in any capacity, speak to all of the remarkable things that transpired during this great church convention.

We believe that we should reflect the love and compassion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in all that we do.  We do not in any way compromise our biblical position against same sex unions or in favor of biblical teaching on matters of sexual conduct.  At the same time we expect that our clergy and laity will be civil and considerate as they speak to men and women regarding issues related to our Christian faith.  We love all people, regardless of their faith or moral standards.  When we fail to express ourselves with love and humility we contradict our witness to the world.

Furthermore, the Church of God in Christ wholly condemns acts of violence against and the subjugation of any person to verbal or physical harassment on the basis of their sexual stance. Such actions violate entirely the Christian’s obligation to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

The Church of God in Christ will have no further comment on this matter.




     
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