Daily Devotional
Our daily devotionals are written with the needs of the believer in mind. Allow our devotionals to lift your spirit and provide nourishment to your soul while reinforcing your relationship with God.
 
 

FEBRUARY 5~CELEBRATING GOD’S CHOSEN VESSELS FOR HIS PURPOSE AND DIRECTION

FEBRUARY 5~CELEBRATING GOD’S CHOSEN VESSELS FOR HIS PURPOSE AND DIRECTION
 
Proverbs 3:5-6 “ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

TRUSTING, WHEN YOU CAN’T SEE WHO’S LEADING YOU

Trust is a set of behaviors, such as acting in ways that depends on another.  When you are walking for the Lord and holding on to His most Holy Word, He gives you a peace that passes all understanding.  No matter what obstacles or storms that may come your way, continue to exalt Him, for He is worthy of all the praise, glory and honor.  He will shelter and hold you close.  We serve a God that will never lead you astray.

Tammy Coates



FEBRUARY 4~CELEBRATING GOD’S CHOSEN VESSELS FOR HIS PURPOSE AND DIRECTION

FEBRUARY 4~CELEBRATING GOD’S CHOSEN VESSELS FOR HIS PURPOSE AND DIRECTION 

1 Timothy 5:17 “ Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”

GOD’S APPOINTED LEADERSHIP

We should truly be thankful for godly leadership, and always remember that God gives us pastors according to His heart. Certainly this fact alone is due double honour.  We must trust the heart of God!

Michael Perryman



FEBRUARY 3~CELEBRATING GOD’S CHOSEN VESSELS FOR HIS PURPOSE AND DIRECTION 

FEBRUARY 3~CELEBRATING GOD’S CHOSEN VESSELS FOR HIS PURPOSE AND DIRECTION 

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 “  And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.”

UNTIRING LABOR OF LOVE

To know them which labor among you means that you actually have to be an active participant (INVOLVED) with the actual labor being considered; I have worked alongside Pastor and Lady Bender for 20 plus years in many areas of ministry (most notably the choir and praise team).  My love and respect for their years of sacrifice and faithfulness to God’s People has multiplied exponentially.  I hold them in such high regard because of their labor of love through the years and not just because of their current position.  Remember, “The position will not make the people, but THE PEOPLE WILL MAKE THE POSITION! CHOSEN BY GOD!!!”

Prothaniel Harris



FEBRUARY 2~CELEBRATING GOD’S CHOSEN VESSELS FOR HIS PURPOSE AND DIRECTION 

FEBRUARY 2~CELEBRATING GOD’S CHOSEN VESSELS FOR HIS PURPOSE AND DIRECTION 

I Timothy 5:18 “For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn.  And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.” 

IT’S A BLESSING TO BE CHOSEN AND USED BY GOD!

Pastor and First Lady Bender, I thank God for choosing both of you as my spiritual leaders.  Pastor, the Lord has blessed you and Lady Bender with such compassion and love for His people. Thank you and Lady Bender for seeking God for His guidance and instructions on how to lead His people. I am looking forward to higher heights and deeper depths in the Lord.  Be encouraged for your labor is not in vain! 

Anita Cochran



FEBRUARY 1~CELEBRATING GOD’S CHOSEN VESSELS FOR HIS PURPOSE AND DIRECTION

FEBRUARY 1~CELEBRATING GOD’S CHOSEN VESSELS FOR HIS PURPOSE AND DIRECTION 

Jeremiah 3:15 “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”

SHEPHERDS LIKE MY HEART 

A compassionate and affectionate description that illustrates the personal relationship God desires to have with His children is that of a shepherd and his sheep.  A devoted and loving shepherd is one who watches over them, deeply cares for them, and protects them so that none of the sheep stray away.  If any wander away, he would search diligently until he finds them.  The phrase “after my heart” literally means like my heart.  Saints, what a blessing that God has called and blessed us with in the persons of Pastor Bender and First Lady Bender who have a heart like Him, who feed  the saints with spiritual nutrients, who serve fervently and faithfully, and who truly care for God’s flock. 

Cedric Love



January 31~SPIRITUAL SOCIAL DISTANCING: DIE NOW TO LIVE LATER

January 31~SPIRITUAL SOCIAL DISTANCING:  DIE NOW TO LIVE LATER

Romans 8:13  “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”

During this pandemic, we’ve all had to make some uncomfortable decisions that has caused us to physically distance from from family members, our jobs (for some), leisure activities, and our church services to help mitigate the risk of contracting COVID-19.  Distancing is applicable and vital to our spiritual well-being as well.  If we put nothing in place to distance ourselves from our sin-nature and mortify the deeds of the body through the Spirit, we then put our spiritual health in jeopardy.  In the natural, medicines are being developed and tested at rapid rates to treat COVID-19 patients, but God has provided a cure-all to sin called the Holy Ghost.  Together with prayer and fasting, the Holy Ghost allows us to live victoriously now and in the life to come.

Reginald Barker



January 30~SPIRITUAL SOCIAL DISTANCING:  ROYAL DISTANCING

January 30~SPIRITUAL SOCIAL DISTANCING:  ROYAL DISTANCING

I Peter 2:9  “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;”

To stay a part of the royal family of God, we must social distance ourselves from negativity, doubt, and unbelief.  Let us find ourselves daily reciting the Word of God over our lives, fasting, and praying to keep our minds from the evil of this world.  Always look on the bright side and know that there is hope.  My mother says, “Hope against hope!”

Cynthia Jackson



January 29~SPIRITUAL SOCIAL DISTANCING: SPIRITUAL LOVE TO ALL

January 29~SPIRITUAL SOCIAL DISTANCING:  SPIRITUAL LOVE TO ALL

Leviticus 10:10  “And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;”

These days, social distancing is a must both naturally and spiritually.  We, as saints, must keep the law of the land as long as we never forget God’s law.  Because COVID-19 is real and has killed many, we as saints of God must do the right thing by distancing ourselves to keep ourselves and others safe.  Remember the first and second commandments are to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.  Be safe my brothers and sisters.

James Moorer



January 28~SPIRITUAL SOCIAL DISTANCING:  WHAT VOICES ARE YOU LISTENING TO?

January 28~SPIRITUAL SOCIAL DISTANCING:  WHAT VOICES ARE YOU LISTENING TO?

I Corinthians 15:33  “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”

During this day and time, there are many voices.  Knowing what voice to listen to is extremely important. Listening to the wrong voice or entertaining the wrong individual can be detrimental to your walk with Christ.  I have learned the hard way that you should not run with the wrong crowd or walk in certain circles.  I admonish you to frequently read the Word of God and only listen to the voices that align with His Word.

Nakiyah Conwell



January 27~SPIRITUAL SOCIAL DISTANCING: IT’S RENEWING TIME

January 27~SPIRITUAL SOCIAL DISTANCING:  IT’S RENEWING TIME

Ephesians 4:23-24  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

This really is a time for self-reflection and a time to rely upon God’s Word.  We must draw closer to Him as never before.  But we must remember to let our hearts and minds be renewed in the Spirit.  Most of all, let’s continue in spiritual social distancing which is SANCTIFICATION.

Twanna Smith