Monday, February 1, 2016

Pentecostal Opinion : Why aren’t people connected to the gospel community used to host major gospel events?



Hey everyone!!! With BET’s Celebration of Gospel just premiering and the Stellar Awards quickly approaching, I can not help but ask the above question. Why isn’t the gospel community demanding that the hosts of these shows be a representative from their/our community? I am a bit saddened to see that hosts for both events have no or short ties with the gospel community. To know that such a large platform is not being used to help someone within our community is both disappointing and upsetting. There are three things I can hear and see as a reason why they conclude that someone outside the community is best to host these events, so I am going to discuss those reasons below.

The first reason I can think of is the argument that these events want to be inclusive and engaging with those outside of our communities. The question then arises, why is it that only gospel music events have to be engaging and inclusive?  Do not get me wrong, the message of gospel music should always be inclusive and engaging, but that is not what we are referring to. What is being referred to is, the hosting and participation aspect? Now as spoken in this blog before, I do not see an issue with people outside of gospel music singing at the events, but to have them host is unacceptable because of the many capable men and women in the gospel community that can be used. There are so many people within the community who are devoted to the Christian message who deserve an opportunity to be used on a national platform, specifically for these events.

The second reason I can think of is the argument that without the use of influential stars, these events will not be successful. Not only is this not true, but it is an insult to those who have a deep love and connection with gospel music. The reality is, most people who I know that watch gospel music events are fans and advocates of gospel music, so the host is not necessarily vital for the increase of ratings. I also think because of this non-inclusion of people within the gospel community, it is actually deterring people from tuning in because it takes away a sense of authenticity when it comes to the event. The core audience for Celebration of Gospel and Stellar Awards are gospel music lovers, so that is the audience they need to ensure are being reached.

The third reason I believe people would argue is the factor of sponsorship and advertisement and how these hosts draw in big name sponsors. My response to that, is if major corporations such as McDonalds and All State are sponsoring gospel tours, I cannot see it being difficult for them to garner advertisers for events that have already proven to be successful. I think the key is in the marketing. If marketed and presented correctly, sponsors will not only see the potential earnings from using these events as a platform for their products, but also will realize the positive image it will create for their company.

So going forward, I challenge those in charge of the programing for these events to seek out those in the gospel community to host gospel music events. 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!!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Pentecostal Fashion: Camel Hair Overcoat

Courtesy: Brooks Brothers 


Hey everyone!!! As we continue to embrace this winter season and its ever increasing harshness the trend I am focusing on in this edition of Pentecostal Fashion is intended to combat its coldness. The trend I am referring to are Camel Hair Overcoats. As a great addition to dressy outfits this coat adds both refinement and style. Known to keep you both warm and polished this overcoat is becoming a must have in the closets of men. Known to be a bit on the expensive side this coat is what some would deem as an investment because of it's ability to be long lasting and classic in its appeal. The key to pulling this look off is to wear it with a well fitting dressy outfit. Where it is suggested in most cases that ones article of clothing be tailored  these overcoat look best when they appear just a tad bit too big. When worn under a well fitting outfit the contrast creates an alluring opposites attract appeal. So as we continue to embark upon this winter, go out and purchase a Camel Hair Overcoat. 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, January 18, 2016

Pentecostal Spotlight: Minister Michael Ensey

Hey everyone!!! I am so excited to present this interview with the International General Youth President for the United Pentecostal Church International, Minister Michael Ensey. As one of the largest Pentecostal organizations in the world, leading so many young people is not a small feat, but this man does it with what appears to be such ease and finesse. Under his tenure, the North American Youth Congress has continued to expand by leaps and bounds. His passion for young people and ministry can be seen and felt in all that he does and says. As both a father and husband, it is amazing that he has found time to devote to his demanding task of youth president while still having much involvement in the life of his family. Having served as a youth leader in the state of Texas on both a local and state level, Minister Ensey was adequately prepared to be a successful leader on an international scale. As he prepares for what appears to be a historic Youth Congress in 2017, Minister Ensey is doing a phenomenal job in his post as General Youth President and will definitely leave a lasting legacy within the United Pentecostal Church International and in the Pentecostal world as a whole. So without further ado, I present my interview with Minister Michael Ensey.

For those unfamiliar with the process, how were you chosen to be the General Youth President? 

I was elected by the ministers of the United Pentecostal Church International at the 2013 UPCI General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. It is a two year term. I was re-elected in 2015 in  Nashville, Tennessee. This will be my final term because of age/term limitations. A candidate cannot be elected if he is 39 or older and I will be 39 in December of 2016. 


Aside from being Texas District Youth President, what helped prepare you for the position of General Youth President? 

I think each of us are the sum of life’s experiences – family environment, challenging trials, training we have received, the investment of leaders, the opportunities we seize, passions we pursue, choices we make, and ultimately the path of divine destiny that God designs for each of us. I believe it all shapes us and makes us who we are. On a practical side, I am thankful for a local church in Texas (Living Way Church) and a pastor (my father Randy Ensey) who facilitated my involvement in the Texas district youth department. Even before I was on the youth committee in Texas, I had a youth president (Nathan Scoggins) who asked me to serve at youth camps. That experience has been very valuable during my time at the General Youth Division.


What do you believe separates your administration from any other administration that has led before you? 

Providence. Timing. The changing of seasons. It is a season of harvest. Momentum in our organization and support of Bro Bernard’s vision. We are in the end time and God is preparing His church for the rapture. We stand on the shoulders of giants. Incredible administrations have come before us and paved the way for today’s success. My predecessor, Shay Mann, was Spirit-led and gave clear direction to student ministry in the UPCI. Any victories we have enjoyed recently are not because our team is special, or more talented, or more anointed. We are just one of many General Youth Division teams who have pursued the same vision. We are in the right place at the right time. I’m just thankful to be alive today, experiencing such an unprecedented move of the Spirit among our students.


Long after your administration's tenure has ended, what do you want your legacy to be? 

Ultimately, my desire for the GYD is that we fulfill the responsibility placed upon our team by the ministers of the UPCI. I want to fulfill our stated vision which includes our purpose: Educate and Engage (we want students to know truth and understand their identity in God; and we want them to discover their personal mission and calling in the Kingdom of God). Our vision also includes our mission to serve the local churches of the UPCI. Our success at the GYD is based 100% upon student ministry success on the local church level. That’s where it happens daily and weekly. I hope that student pastors will be better trained, equipped and more prepared because of the work of the GYD and that students will be more engaged in the work of the kingdom and in reaching the harvest than ever before through ministries like Apostolic Youth Corps, Bible Quizzing, Campus Ministry, Hyphen Young Adult Ministry, and Project 7 Bible Clubs. On a personal level, my hope is that I fulfilled my personal leadership potential. That I was the best that I could be. That I fulfilled the will of God for my life during this very special and rare opportunity that God has provided. And finally that I became a better person – better Christian, husband, father, minister, and leader – during my time at the GYD.


In a world where everything is pulling young people into a direction opposite of Christ, how do you as youth leader combat these outside forces? 

It must be a collaborative effort of the family and the entire church. Parents and pastor and youth pastor must work in harmony. As leaders we must be genuine. If we don’t have a genuine walk with God then our students never will. We must be transparent about our own weaknesses and failures. Students today must know that there is a God and a church who love them with an unconditional love and that the blood of Jesus Christ covers every sin. Students can have a false perception that leaders are perfect and they could never measure up spiritually. We must be spiritual leaders. That means being led of the Spirit. We are dealing with a culture that is changing so rapidly that we must have the wisdom of God and the gifts of the Spirit in operation in order to effectively lead and minister to our youth. We must have youth ministries that are founded on Biblical principles – teaching and preaching that is Bible-based. We must teach doctrine (theology, new birth, holiness). Youth ministries must not be entertainment based, but designed to facilitate a demonstration of the power of God. Once we have these things established, then we can use a variety of methods to minister to this generation. We need an anointing of creativity to effectively speak truth to students today in a way that inspires them to respond and obey. Methods and styles will change, but the foundation of truth must remain.


In a climate where attendance for church conferences is continually declining, what do you believe has been the key to the continued success of North American Youth Congress? 

An unprecedented passion and hunger for God in this generation, prophetic destiny upon this generation, a season of positive momentum in our organization, and pastors who trust in the direction, vision, and fiscal management of our leadership. Social media and the internet have changed everything when it comes to promotion—generating interest, expectation, anticipation, and excitement; and connecting our vision to those we are trying to reach, teenagers and young adults. We also have a great General Youth Committee right now. This team is made up of district youth presidents and GYD ministry directors. They are passionate, anointed, talented and doing an incredible job on the district level.

When it comes to conferences for leaders and saints, there are so many that are geared to that demographic, so with Youth Congress it is filling a void that many people are experiencing. Also, even with technology making event media readily available, it is evident that when it comes to Youth Congress nothing can replace being there in person. Within this generation there is an openness to diversity, where they don’t see background, ethnicity, color or social standing. It seems to me that our young people are blind to those things. They see other young people, they see other Apostolics and other Christians who are like them and want to experience the same things that they do. I believe that is leading us to an incredible spirit of unity. At Youth Congress this past summer there was a powerful atmosphere of unity and expectation. Those lines have been torn down and if you want an encounter with God just like them they will be unified with you. I believe that this has really been a key to the continued success of Youth Congress.


For those who were not able to attend North American Youth Congress last year, can you give a small glimpse of what was experienced last year?

At last year’s Youth Congress we experienced a record-setting crowd of 19,000. There were many interactive opportunities where the entire crowd was participating – communion, Anthem flags, glow sticks, mini instruments, mantles, etc. We experienced a powerful atmosphere of anointed singing and worship, Bible based preaching and teaching, and apostolic ministry – healing, deliverance, and Holy Ghost outpouring. We also facilitated the use of exciting, cutting-edge technology and media. There was more worship and preaching than promotion. I also hope that it was evident that there is a level of excellence that we strive for in everything that we do. Efficiency and effectiveness is our motto – do the thing right and do the right thing.  


What can those attending North America Youth Congress in 2017 expect? 

I am going to answer this question in two parts. 

On the spiritual side those in attendance can expect a dynamic atmosphere of faith, intense expectation, and a powerful spirit of unity. I believe these things are something that is rare and maybe unique to our conference, especially considering the size of the crowd. I believe social media has really helped with the buzz and created an interactive way of engagement. There is a generation rising up who is very committed to a Biblically defined relationship with God. They are not interested in denominational creed or tradition, but are very interested in an Apostolic Pentecostal experience. They want what the disciples and the early church in the Bible had and are hungry for that. I think one of the greatest things to experience is the spiritual hunger of this generation. 

On a practical side those in attendance will be in a massive dome which I believe is historic for the Pentecostal Apostolic movement in North America. I am not sure what the record is for Apostolic Pentecostals gathered together but I believe this is going to be the largest gathering of young Apostolic Pentecostals for sure. I believe 25,000 to 30,000 attendees is very possible for the upcoming youth congress. 


As the father of three children, how has that impacted how you lead the youth department? 

It has provided a lot of inspiration and motivation. One of the students that I invest in today will be leading my children tomorrow. I want the same truth preached to them that was preached to me. That’s one of the reasons I am so committed to apostolic doctrine and identity. Max DePree said, “If we lose our children the relevance of all other strategies evaporates.” It just does not matter what else we do well if we lose the next generation. What doth it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his family?


With so many things on your plate, how do you manage to balance time for your family, your own personal relationship with God and to lead so many young people? 

This is a daily challenge. I wouldn’t say I am anywhere close to perfecting it. It takes daily focus. Some days I do better than others. I try to be consistent in physical exercise, my daily devotion with God, and intentional time spent with my wife and kids.  My long-term “life” goals are to be the best husband and father I can possibly be. I want my family to know they are my priority, and I want to raise children who love God and want to be involved in ministry. That’s priority # 1.  My long-term “ministry” goals are to become a better soul-winner and a greater student of the Word of God. I believe if I can accomplish these “big” things in my personal life and ministry life, everything else will fall into place and flow from that relationship with God and family.


What activities do you enjoy participating in during your moments of leisure? 

Sports – golf, running, basketball, and racquetball. Family time at home is my most stress-relieving activity. I love to read, but I wish I was more disciplined in my reading habit. I like fiction on vacation – Tom Clancy and John Grisham. For non-fiction I read a lot of leadership books.  Max DePree is my favorite leadership author. For spiritual insight, Harold Kohn is one of my favorite authors. It is older material, but very rich and challenging.  


What is your favorite scripture and what makes that one scripture in particular so significant in your life?

Romans 8:28-31.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

There is such a peace in knowing that God is always in control even when everything seems to be going wrong and nothing makes sense. This passage expresses one of the greatest truths in Scripture – God is for us. With that knowledge no valley is too deep, no mountain too high, no trial too hard, no storm too difficult. God is for me, therefore there must be a purpose He is working for my good even through the most difficult of circumstances. As long as we stay aligned with His purpose nothing can be against us. His purpose will be fulfilled if we maintain our trust in Him and stay faithful through the process. Life has not always been perfect. My father passed away when I was three years old and there have been other difficult seasons, but God has been faithful and has never failed me.


Who are your personal mentors and what has been the greatest thing you have learned from them?

Randy Ensey, my father: Love – he chose to be my father (adopted me after my marrying my mother following my biological father’s death). Faithfulness and patient endurance – he started our church 24 years ago in the living room of our home and today it is a thriving apostolic church.

Jerry Ensey, my grandfather: to love truth and to study the Word of God. His life/ministry experience is unparalleled: he has been an evangelist, a church planter, an executive at the World Evangelism Center, a pastor of established churches (building new buildings as each pastorate), a Bible college president, an author, and teacher/preacher extraordinaire.

There are so many others who have invested in me, believed in me, and given me opportunities to minister that I didn’t deserve. I thank God for them. 


What advice would you give a young person feeling the call of God on their life, especially as it relates to youth ministry?

Your first step should always be to talk to your pastor and also talk to your parents if they are living for God. The spiritual authority in your life will also hear from God and will be able to confirm what you are feeling and give specific direction so that you can pursue that calling. Let me caution you. Don’t miss out on opportunities to minister where you are (now) because you are always looking down the road to some future ministry or place of calling. You don’t need a position or a title to be a minister. You don’t even have to be on a platform to minister. The word ‘minister’ simply means ‘servant’. Serve God by serving people. Prepare and stay busy where you are. My grandfather, Rev. J.R. Ensey, has given me similar advice at multiple junctions in my life, “Keep moving forward toward your purpose until you see a red light. Don’t wait for a green light before you start moving, because you may never start.” You will never be perfect and the conditions will never be perfect, just act on the experience, knowledge, understanding, and training that you have. God will make the difference. That’s why we need the anointing. It takes over where our ability ends.

Concerning a calling in youth ministry. Be a witness to your friends. Your youth ministry begins now. Be a soul winner and reach your generation. Serve your youth pastor. God will open doors of opportunity in His perfect time. Be faithful in small things and He will provide greater opportunities.


As we all can see Minister Ensey is an astounding leader who is driving UPCI’s youth department to new heights and levels. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Spotlight. God Bless!!!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Pentecostal Inspiration: Ephesians 3:20




Hey everyone!!! As we begin to embark on a new year, the Lord began to deal with me concerning the topic of “Expanding your Border.” Growing up in church that has been a cliche I have heard countless times and something that I have not really had the tools to apply to my life. As I began to meditate and really think on this topic of “expanding your borders,” I wondered how a person truly goes about doing that. The thing that came to mind was taking the limits off our ideas and really dreaming big. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” This scripture gives insight to the impact of our thoughts and our way of thinking. When examination is made, it is realized that the bigger your thoughts the greater your story will be. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” this scripture reinforces the fact that we must think on a large scale. We cannot have a productive and prosperous life thinking small. Our thoughts are mere starting grounds for what God can do in our lives, so if our thoughts are small we are not only limiting ourselves, but we are limiting God. We cannot allow fear of failure or disbelief be a stumbling block in our way of thinking. So as we embrace this new year, let us expand our borders and think on a larger scale. 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, January 6, 2016

Pentecostal News: 2016 Stellar Awards



Hey everyone!!! It is that time of year where Pentecostal Perspective announces the nominees and predicted winners for this year's Stellar Awards. This year’s award show will be returning to the city of Las Vegas on February 20th at the Orleans Arena. From a viewer’s perspective last year was an amazing award show, so it is only fitting that this year’s show return to the same city. Along with returning to the same city they are bringing back co-hosts from 2014, Ricky Smiley and Sherri Shepherd. With them being both funny comedians with roots inside the church this year’s award show should be entertaining and captivating to watch. As done previously I am going to list all the nominees with my predicted winner in bold. Let's see how accurate I am when choosing a winner this year. Wish me luck, wait saints don't believe in luck, so let's see how this goes. 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP 2.0, MY BLOCK INC./EONE MUSIC

JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS, LIFE MUSIC: STAGE TWO, TEHILLAH MUSIC GROUP/EONE 
MUSIC

TASHA COBBS, ONE PLACE LIVE, MOTOWN GOSPEL


SONG OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN, WORTH – EVERYDAY JESUS (ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY), KEY OF A/TYSCOT

DORINDA CLARK COLE, SHANIKA DESHUN BEREAL, RODRICK CLICHÉ, SAAED RENAUD, & FIELD BLANCHARD, BLESS THIS HOUSE – LIVING IT (DORINDA CLARK COLE), LIGHT RECORDS/EONE MUSIC

CHARLES JENKINS, #WAR – ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO), INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

WILL REAGAN, FILL ME UP – THE TRUTH (CASEY J.), MARQUIS BOONE/TYSCOT


MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

TRAVIS GREENE, INTENTIONAL (SINGLE), RCA INSPIRATION

FRED HAMMOND, I WILL TRUST, RCA INSPIRATION

JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS, LIFE MUSIC: STAGE TWO, TEHILLAH MUSIC GROUP/EONE MUSIC


ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP 2.0, MY BLOCK INC./EONE MUSIC

TINA CAMPBELL, IT'S PERSONAL, GEE TREE CREATIVE

TASHA COBBS, ONE PLACE LIVE, MOTOWN GOSPEL

\DORINDA CLARK COLE, LIVING IT, LIGHT RECORDS/EONE MUSIC


GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR

THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP, CELEBRATE, TYSCOT

3 WINANS BROTHERS, FOREIGN LAND, ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

ISRAEL & NEW BREED, COVERED ALIVE IN ASIA, RGM/NEW BREED/RCA INSPIRATION


NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

GEOFFREY GOLDEN, KINGDOM…LIVE!, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA RECORDS

GERALD & TAMMI HADDON, #US, PEMBROKE RECORDS

CASEY J., THE TRUTH, MARQUIS BOONE/TYSCOT

PASTOR MARLON LOCK, GOOD SEED PROJECT, OGHBYRG PRODUCTIONS


CD OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP 2.0, MY BLOCK INC./EONE MUSIC

TASHA COBBS, ONE PLACE LIVE, MOTOWN GOSPEL

CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL


CHOIR OF THE YEAR

FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH FELLOWSHIP SUPER MASS CHOIR, THE KINGDOM SOUND, TEHILLAH MUSIC GROUP/EONE MUSIC

J.J. HAIRSTON & YOUTHFUL PRAISE, I SEE VICTORY, LIGHT RECORDS/EONE MUSIC

CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

RICHARD SMALLWOOD WITH VISION, ANTHOLOGY LIVE, RCA INSPIRATION


PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN & JUSTIN SAVAGE, EVERYDAY JESUS (ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY), KEY OF A/TYSCOT

WARRYN CAMPBELL FOR MY BLOCK, INC., TEDDY CAMPBELL FOR GEE TREE CREATIVE, JASON WHITE FOR WHITE THRONE PRODUCTIONS, DAMON THOMAS & HARVEY MASON, JR. THE UNDERDOGS, EDWARD "EDDIE" BROWN, AARON LINDSEY FOR ARDENT MEDIA, IT'S PERSONAL (TINA CAMPBELL), GEE TREE CREATIVE

CHARLES JENKINS & RODNEY EAST, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO), INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

DONALD LAWRENCE FOR QUIET WATER ENTERTAINMENT, DANIEL WEATHERSPOON FOR LONGLIFE ENTERTAINMENT & J. DREW SHEARD II FOR JDS PRODUCTIONS, DESTINED TO WIN (KAREN CLARK SHEARD), KAREW RECORDS


CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR

3 WINANS BROTHERS, FOREIGN LAND, ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

GERALD & TAMMI HADDON, #US, PEMBROKE RECORDS

ISRAEL & NEW BREED, COVERED ALIVE IN ASIA, RGM/NEW BREED/RCA INSPIRATION


TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR

THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP, CELEBRATE, TYSCOT

LARRY D. REID, ONE MUSICK, LDR ENTERPRISES

THE SHOWERS, THE SHOWERS, A&P RECORDS


CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

TRAVIS GREENE, INTENTIONAL (SINGLE), RCA INSPIRATION

FRED HAMMOND, I WILL TRUST, RCA INSPIRATION

JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS, LIFE MUSIC: STAGE TWO, TEHILLAH MUSIC GROUP/EONE MUSIC


TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

CHARLES JENKINS, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

JOHN P. KEE, LEVEL NEXT, MOTOWN GOSPEL

WILLIAM MCDOWELL, SEND THE RAIN (SINGLE), DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/EONE MUSIC

RICHARD SMALLWOOD, ANTHOLOGY LIVE, RCA INSPIRATION
                 

CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP 2.0, MY BLOCK INC./EONE MUSIC

TASHA COBBS, ONE PLACE LIVE, MOTOWN GOSPEL

CASEY J., THE TRUTH, MARQUIS BOONE/TYSCOT

KAREN CLARK SHEARD, DESTINED TO WIN, KAREW RECORDS
                 

TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

JEKALYN CARR, IT'S GONNA HAPPEN, LUNJEAL MUSIC GROUP/MALACO

TINA CAMPBELL, IT'S PERSONAL, GEE TREE CREATIVE

DORINDA CLARK COLE, LIVING IT, LIGHT RECORDS/EONE MUSIC

DOROTHY NORWOOD, AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY, DOROTHY NORWOOD MUSIC GROUP
                                 

CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY, EVERYDAY JESUS, KEY OF A/TYSCOT

ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP 2.0, MY BLOCK INC./EONE MUSIC

TASHA COBBS, ONE PLACE LIVE, MOTOWN GOSPEL

ALEXIS SPIGHT, DEAR DIARY, UNCLE G RECORDS/EONE MUSIC


TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR

JEKALYN CARR, IT'S GONNA HAPPEN, LUNJEAL MUSIC GROUP/MALACO

TINA CAMPBELL, IT'S PERSONAL, GEE TREE CREATIVE

CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

PASTOR MARLON LOCK, GOOD SEED PROJECT, OGHBYRG PRODUCTIONS


URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

ERICA CAMPBELL, I LUH GOD – HELP 2.0, MY BLOCK INC./EONE MUSIC

KIRK FRANKLIN, WANNA BE HAPPY? (SINGLE), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA RECORDS

CASEY J., FILL ME UP – THE TRUTH, MARQUIS BOONE/TYSCOT

JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS, GOTTA HAVE YOU - LIFE MUSIC: STAGE TWO, TEHILLAH MUSIC GROUP/EONE MUSIC


MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

DEREK BLANKS, GOTTA HAVE YOU - LIFE MUSIC: STAGE TWO (JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS), TEHILLAH MUSIC GROUP/EONE MUSIC

CHARLES JENKINS & THE SPIN SINGERS, #WAR – ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO), INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

ADREAN MANGIARDI, A LIL' LOUDER (CLAP YOUR HANDS)– CELEBRATE (THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP), TYSCOT

DALE "RAGE" RESTEGHINI, I LUH GOD – HELP 2.0 (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK INC./EONE MUSIC


TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR

FULL GOSPEL BAPTIST CHURCH FELLOWSHIP SUPER MASS CHOIR, THE KINGDOM SOUND, TEHILLAH MUSIC GROUP/EONE MUSIC

LONNIE HUNTER FEATURING STRUCTURE, #GETITDONE, TYSCOT

CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, INSPIRED PEOPLE LLC/MOTOWN GOSPEL

RICHARD SMALLWOOD WITH VISION, ANTHOLOGY LIVE, RCA INSPIRATION


CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR

DR. F. JAMES CLARK & THE SHALOM CHURCH (CITY OF PEACE) MASS CHOIR, SIMPLY AMAZING, CITY OF PEACE RECORDS

J.J. HAIRSTON & YOUTHFUL PRAISE, I SEE VICTORY, LIGHT RECORDS/EONE MUSIC

KENNY LEWIS & ONE VOICE, THE WAY OF ESCAPE, PURESOUND MUSIC GROUP


INSTRUMENTAL CD OF THE YEAR

CRAIG CRAWFORD PLAYERS, I LOVE YOU, LIFE JAM ENTERTAINMENT

MEL HOLDER, BACK 2 BASICS: MUSIC BOOK VOL. II, PSALMIST MUSIC GROUP

BEN TANKARD, FULL TANK 2.0, BENJAMIN UNIVERSAL MUSIC


SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR

ISRAEL & NEW BREED, COVERED ALIVE IN ASIA, RGM/NEW BREED/RCA INSPIRATION

RICHARD SMALLWOOD WITH VISION, ANTHOLOGY LIVE, RCA INSPIRATION

THE LEGENDS OF QUARTET, AN EVENING WITH THE LEGENDS OF QUARTET, 4WINDS/MALACO

VARIOUS ARTISTS, WOW GOSPEL 2015, RCA INSPIRATION


RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR

DEE-1, 3'S UP, RCA INSPIRATION

FLAME, FORWARD, CLEAR SIGHT MUSIC

TRIP LEE, RISE, REACH RECORDS

DEREK MINOR, EMPIRE, REFLECTION MUSIC GROUP/EONE MUSIC


YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR

GOD'S GIFT AND SOLDIERS YOUTH CHOIR, THROUGH THE FIRE AND FLOOD, DIR/MOTOR CITY PRAISE RECORDS

PURE-N-HEART, REVOLUTION: SAVING OUR YOUTH, MUSIC2CHANGEU

JADA REDMOND, "BROTHER", 4RED MUSIC/MUSIC2CHANGEU

ROBYN, HE'S B4 ME, OAK TREE


QUARTET OF THE YEAR

THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP, CELEBRATE, TYSCOT

THE HIGHWAY QC'S FEATURING SPENCER TAYLOR, THE GODFATHER, OPHIR GOSPEL/TBT MUSIC GROUP

THE HI-LITE JUNIORS, A NEW BEGINNING, DYNASTY PRODUCTION

THE NEW CHRISTIANAIRES, REMEMBER ME, CARTER CLASSIC RECORDS


RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR

DEREK BLANKS, WORTH FIGHTING FOR (BRIAN COURTNEY WILSON), MOTOWN GOSPEL

DEREK BLANKS, HELP 2.0 (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC

ANNETTE REISCHL, UNSTOPPABLE (VASHAWN MITCHELL), MOTOWN GOSPEL

DENISE TROTMAN & CONNI TREANTEFELES, EVERYDAY JESUS (ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY), KEY OF A/TYSCOT


PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR

TASHA COBBS, ONE PLACE LIVE, MOTOWN GOSPEL

ISRAEL & NEW BREED, COVERED ALIVE IN ASIA, RGM/NEW BREED/RCA INSPIRATION

JASON NELSON, JESUS REVEALED, RCA INSPIRATION

RICHARD SMALLWOOD WITH VISION, ANTHOLOGY LIVE, RCA INSPIRATION


As can be seen this year's competition is very steep and it will be very interesting to see who will come out on top.  Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective Instagram and Twitter pages, share this edition of Pentecostal News and weigh in with your predicted winners and thoughts and expectations from this year's award show. God Bless!!! 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Pentecostal Opinion: Should Pentecostals create New Year's resolutions?


Hey everyone!!! Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support of Pentecostal Perspective. As we begin the new year, many people are beginning to create New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year. The question that has come up many times is whether or not Pentecostals should partake in the act of creating a New Year’s resolution and thought this would be the perfect topic to start the new year off with.

I thought the best way to combat this question is to first accurately define what a New Year’s resolution is. According to the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus, a New Year’s Resolution is “a ​promise that you make to yourself to ​start doing something good or ​stop doing something ​bad on the first ​day of the ​year:” I found this definition extremely interesting because it shows the inconsistent nature in which a New Year’s resolution stands on.

When you examine a New Year’s resolution, the first inconsistent nature that comes to mind is the fact that you are waiting until the beginning of the year to make a positive change in your life. If you are making negative and wrong choices you shouldn’t have to decide until the beginning of the next year to institute change in your life. The Bible tells us in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” This scripture informs us to ensure that we are consistent with renewing or refocusing our mind in the goal to be a better Christ-like example. Because of this fact, the idea of a New Year’s resolution is flawed because as you grow in Christ and consistently renew your mind, a positive change in all aspects of your life is sure to be established.

Another inconsistent nature in the premise of creating a New Year’s resolution is the fact that it is usually spawned from the excitement of a new year beginning. When we see most people announcing their New Year’s resolution it appears as if it is mostly fueled by the excitement and anticipation of a new year. When looking at most resolutions, it is seen that they do not last and I believe the reason for this is because it is not fueled by true desire for change but only excitement for the incoming year. Excitement does not breed change, because what you are excited about can fade, but the key to true change is determination. Making a decision to truly change should not be based on mere emotion - and focusing on excitement is very emotion based.

So to answer the initial question of whether or not Pentecostals should create New Year’s resolutions - the answer is no. We as believers should not wait until the beginning of the year to make positive changes and make a decision to make better choices based off of emotion and excitement. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, share and weigh in on this edition of Pentecostal Opinion. God Bless!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Pentecostal Inspiration: Philippians 2:7



Hey everyone! As we all know, it is that time of year where we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With Christmas swiftly approaching, this edition of Pentecostal Inspiration is inspired by this amazing event. This year’s scripture is not the traditional scripture you hear and see during this occasion, but it is what was given to me this year as it relates to Christmas. When we take inventory on the significance of Christmas, it is realized that God humbled Himself severely by taking on human form. For the all powerful, creator of the universe and mankind to take on the form of His creation, not only shows His love for mankind but His example of humility. In a world where humility is becoming an ever decreasing trait, this act of coming to earth in the form of a man is an example of how humility can be the key to making a positive impact in the lives of others. God knew that His act of humility was the way to man being restored in relationship with Himself. God did not allow His eternal greatness and supremeness to be a deterrent in fulfilling His act of love. Many times we are placed in moments of decision where we have the choice to humble ourselves to impact others with love, but we often allow pride to step in. Just like God’s example, we must never allow our pride to put us in a place where we do not represent the love of God to someone whenever the opportunity presents itself. So as we embrace this holiday season, let us ensure that we are displaying the humility of God and allowing the world to see His love. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Inspiration. Merry Christmas and God Bless!

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