Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, about your body, or what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Matthew 6:25 (NIV)
The welfare of the sheep depends solely on the care given from the shepherd. If the shepherd does not worry, why should the sheep? The shepherd goes ahead of the sheep and knows when it is time for a new wardrobe, new shoes, or time to eat. But there is a greater need. The need of caring for your life, soul, mind and your body. Our heavenly Father knows our needs before we ask and is willing to give them to us when we put Him first in our lives. We accomplish this by living as He desires for us to live. The Lord wants to give you a life of abundance. So, study and pray so you will be knowledgeable about God’s will for you! It is then that you will know His will, and you will be able to answer unto his calling.
“For God so loved the world the He gave his only Son that who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (KJV)
God’s love is unconditional. Love is a word that people ordinarily use very loosely. When God tells us that He loves us, it is not based on what we can do for Him; but rather it is based on what He did for us. God made the ultimate sacrifice to give the life of His Son for our sins so that we may have eternal life. God loves us deeply and passionately.
God loves everyone regardless of who they are and what they have done. True love is not just an emotional feeling that gives up on someone when they fail to live up to the other person’s expectations. It involves a level of commitment to accept them as they are and having the standing power to help them maximize their full potential.
In John 3:16, God loved us tremendously. He gave his only son to die for us. There is no greater love than a man who would lay down his life for a friend. Jesus did exactly that when He died on a cross. He saw the greatest problem, our sin; and He had the greatest solution, His only son.
Lastly, we gain eternal life if we accept His son as our Savior.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Many times, we want to do things on our own without seeking the Lord for directions. We think we know what is best for us, but God knows what is better. I’ve learned that when I truly and sincerely trust God, in all situations, He smooths the pathway for me. I have left friends and family to follow what God has for me. God has allowed me to go through the valley, only to bring me out a better person. Family and friends want to know why I seem “so at peace”. This is when I share my testimonies of how God brought me out of situations, and kept me in my “right mind”. GOD IS A KEEPER!!!
You do not want to miss this next move of God!! Bishop Ed Stephens Jr. is hosting Word Explosion 2012 at Golden Gate Cathedral on May 21st & 22nd at 6 p.m. This conference is an extraordinary opportunity for leaders as well as delegates from across the mid-south to receive encouragement and insight regarding how to break the bearers that have been preventing your progress.
“For every designated place there is a designated provision,” states Bishop Ed Stephens, Jr., Senior Pastor of Golden Gate Cathedral.
Bishop Stephens will be joined by internationally sought after speakers such as:
Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., Presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship
Bishop Noel Jones, Senior Pastor, City of Refuge, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Steve Gaines, Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN
Dr. Stacy Spencer, New Direction Christian Church, Memphis, TN
Don’t miss this life-changing event at Golden Gate Cathedral in Memphis Tennessee on May 21st-22nd. Free registration is available at www.GoldenGateCathedral.org and childcare will be offered for children ages 2-11. This is sure to be two fun-filled evenings of faith that the entire family will not forget! Doors open at 5:30 and early arrival is strongly suggested. Advertisement opportunities are also available by emailing Events@goldengatecathedral.org
What is Word Explosion? The Word Explosion is a powerful gathering for people of all walks of life to hear powerful preaching and practical teaching about how to cultivate creativity & strengthen your faith.
Why should you attend the Word Explosion? You will hear dynamic messages from internationally acclaimed speakers who will challenge you to reach beyond your present circumstances and inspire you to see new possibilities that are available through Christ.
What happens during the Word Explosion?
You will experience high-energy music and worship.
You will enjoy power-packed preaching that will help you to see your obstacles as opportunities for God to demonstrate His greatness.
You will gain valuable insight about how to improve you
Golden Gate Cathedral is out with the old and in the new. Since the beginning of this new year, we have been in a posture to fast forward to the new position the Lord Almighty is calling us to within this season. We are no longer looking backwards in the rear view mirror of what hasn’t worked or what hasn’t happened. The only way we can receive what God has for us is looking ahead towards the plan He has for us. The reason the car windshield is larger than the rear window is because there is more to see and more to receive when we look ahead. Get ready for an incredible year in 2012 and watch God move in way that may seem unbelievable. Go ahead and let the past go! Have faith and move forward into this next move of God.
There are some amazing things happening at Golden Gate Cathedral. We believe theWord of God is True and at the end of the day, God is still God!!!! God promises to keep us, sustain us, protect us, heal us, provide for us, redeem us, and the list goes on. I’m sure you get this point by now. GOD IS JUST AWESOME! It is no secret that God’s grace and mercy is made available to us 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you don’t have a church where you are growing and active, we invite you to join us for one of our worship experiences. Check out our worship schedule here.
We are located at 3240 James Road in Memphis, TN near the corner of James Road and Warford. If you are not in the area, check out the new online campus. The online worship experience allows you to read your BIBLE, give, chat, take notes, utilize facebook & twitter and a host of other neat things.
God is up to so much, and we are excited about connecting with you!
It’s the beginning of a new year, and God is definitely up to something incredible. The pages of your new book are blank and the slate is swept clean. This would make it a perfect time to take advantage of new opportunities and create a pathway to do some impossible things with a Creator who can make all things possible. Regardless of the adversities of 2011, it did not take you out. Make a decision today to leave all past hurts and disappointments in the past along with 2011. Hold your head up high, stick your chest out and be fearless and determined in knowing that you are more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ. Don’t be afraid to take the first step. Many times, it’s the first step that causes your feet to keep moving, and before you know it, you’ve allowed God to begin a new and great work within you to do some awesome things in Him.
Whatever your goals are for 2012, don’t hesitate to push and allow it to come to past.
O give thanks unto the Lord; for [He is] good; for His mercy [endureth] forever. (KJV) 1 Chronicles 16:34
What are you thankful for?
We should never take for granted the small things the Lord blesses us with. The Lord places great emphasis on being thankful, and so should we.
Why should you thank God?
You should thank God for His Power
You should thank God for His Person
You should thank God for His Provision
You should thank God for His Protection
You should thank God for His Presence
Thanks in the Hebrew language means Yaddah, which mean to make a public announcement. Do you remember the last time you made a public announcement of what you are thankful for? A public announcement by definition is composed of a group of words which are intentionally spoken or intentionally written for new awareness toward a mass of people to attain. Your mass of people could be your family, friends, coworkers or the people who style your, whether it’s your barber or your hair stylist. Make an intentional effort to become more public with your gratitude of the gratefulness of your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Knowing God unlocks joy which allows you to know him better. Knowing God’s Wordreveals joy which allows you to love Him even more. Trusting God releases joy making life more pleasurable. Obeying God restores joy renewing your daily strength.