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Happy Father’s Day
Sunday, June 16th, 2013
Father's Day Prayer
Lord, please bless our fathers,
From Holiness Tabernacle COGIC, we wish all Fathers’ a blessed, and fun filled Fathers’ Day. June 16th, 2013
HTC Flea Market
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
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3rd Saturday Flea Market
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Happy Birthday Mother Pruitte
Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Holiness Tabernacle Church of God In Christ would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the Jewel of our great church . . .
Mother Vivian Pruitte
May God continue to bless and strengthen you to see many more…
Sounds Like An Overflow Midnight Musical 2
Sunday, May 5th, 2013
The Passion of the Christ(ian) – Spring Revival 2013
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Under the allure of freshly bloomed cherry blossoms and springtime warmth, Holiness Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ celebrated its annual Spring Revival, April 17-19th. The guest revivalist and speaker was Elder Robert Chambers, assistant pastor of the St. George Beth El Church Of God In Christ in Flint, Mich.
Not one to sugarcoat or dilute what the Lord has revealed to him, Elder Chambers declared the need for “Rediscovering Your Passion” and “Spiritual Maturity”. He began in Revelation 2:1-5. As he read the account of the Lord Jesus’ words to the Church of Ephesus, he pointed out that the Lord was very complimentary to the people, praising their doctrinal discernment, hard working hands and willingness to withstand evil for the sake of His name.
“However”, Elder Chambers continued, “What does Jesus then say to them? I have an issue with you!” After reading on, he pointed out that Jesus wanted passion from the church at Ephesus. “When people lose passion, they lose drive and quit”, he said. Passion – affection, love, and care – was of the utmost importance to Jesus. While He commended their deeds, He could not overlook their loss of love. In that same respect, the Lord still calls for His people to love today. The Lord calls His children to both love Him and love those around them (Matt 22:35-40).
With a shift to Revelation 3:14-16 and 19, Elder Chambers described what can happen when people attempt to hide their loss of passion. They either become hard-hearted or lukewarm, refusing to simply ask God for help. Elder Chambers counted this as a mistake because “Jesus tells them ‘I know your deeds!’. You cannot hide from God in the crowd.”
Using Jesus’ words to the Church of Laodicea, Elder Chambers described how the Lord feels about lukewarmness or phoniness. “He says ‘I will spit you out’. Hot drinks and cold drinks do something for people,” he stated. “No one wants lukewarm coffee”.
As he preached on, Elder Chambers spent the rest of the night exhorting the church to take notice of whether lukewarmness applied to any of them, reminding the membership that Jesus gives a solution: repentance. “If it’s you, repent. Repent and rediscover your passion for God,” he urged. “God is so powerful that He can give you a taste and fill you up with just the taste.”
On the next night, Elder Chambers transitioned from the topic of passion to spiritual maturity. He reminded the church that everything evil, everything sinful, and everything unholy is a result of the curse. In so doing, Elder Chambers made an appeal for more believers to recognize that those who continue to live in sin are not beneath believers, as all have fallen short.
As a result, believers should engage everyone and love them – have passion toward them. He mentioned that many believers are too often more concerned with appearances than with loving someone enough to share the gospel with them. “That shows a lack of maturity”, he said.
Being greatly aware of the hardships that come with opposing the status quo, Elder Chambers urged the congregation to pursue faith. “Seek faith to deal with the persecution that comes with going against the culture.”
Elder Chambers then moved into a time of prayer. “I want to pray for the young people. I don’t want to forget about them”, he said. As he communicated with the Father, Elder Chambers prayed that the young people of Holiness Tabernacle would know God in their youth.
Upon finishing the prayer, Elder Chambers praised Pastor Eddie B Pruitte’s continued hospitality. He also praised the Holiness Tabernacle congregation for being a house of prayer, a direct reflection of Pastor Pruitte’s personal commitment to upholding God’s command to pray continually.
Although some time has passed since Elder Chambers headed home for Michigan, the words he spoke on behalf of the Lord still remain: Rediscover Your Passion for God.
Holiness Tabernacle Honors The Sacrifice of Jesus During Passion Week
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
Palm Sunday kicked off an extraordinary week in the Christian Faith, Passion Week. At Holiness Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ, Passion Week is celebrated with special services. These services commemorate the last days of Jesus’ life, leading up to his crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.
During the morning Palm Sunday service, Pastor Eddie B Pruitte asked, “What’s your reason for praising God?” Pastor Pruitte commented that we often pray to God for the wrong reasons. “Israel praised God in the flesh, and there is no good thing in the flesh,” said Pastor Pruitte. “Instead, our praise should focus on the greatness of God, not on what we need or when we feel like it. That’s the wrong reason.”
For the evening Palm Sunday service, Elder Joseph Guilford provided the congregation with a history lesson. He mentioned how in times of peace, a king would ride on a donkey colt. “Jesus riding [into Jerusalem] on a donkey served to show that he was king and that he was peace.” In addition, Elder Guilford mentioned how, centuries before Jesus arrived on the scene, Maccabee and his army drove their enemies out of Jerusalem. When the Maccabees returned to the city, the people waved palm branches as a sign of their deliverance from their oppressors. In the same light, when Jesus road into the city, the multitude waved palm branches and shouted, “Hosanna” in anticipation of Jesus delivering them out of Roman oppression. “They failed to realize that Jesus came not with a political message, but a spiritual message,” said Elder Guilford.
Mother Freda Benjamin and Deacon Jeffery Howard both brought an inspiring word on Tuesday night. On Maundy Thursday Holiness Tabernacle’s members, decked out in their communion attire, observed two of the churches three ordinances by participating in the Lord’s symbolic last supper and having their feet washed by church leadership. Earlier that evening, Minister Andre Powell got to the heart of Jesus washing His disciples feet. “He was preparing them, to teach them how to serve others.”
Bro. Michael Benjamin, Sis. Loquetta Perry, Sis. Delia Pruitte, Deac. David Moses, Aspiring Missionary Melody Trent, Sis. Joanne Orhue and Missionary Pamela Hairston brought the Seven Last Words of Jesus on Good Friday. Through these final words we see Jesus’ pain and suffering, his forgiveness, his concern for his mother, his separation from the Father and the completion of his work on earth. “He had accomplished, with satisfaction, what God gave Him to do,” said Missy Hairston.
Following the Seven Last Words, Holiness Tabernacle conducted the last ordinance that is practiced in COGIC by baptizing five members: Missionary Myrna Howard, Sisters Sereatha Majors and Pecola Duncan, as well as Brothers Joel Norman and Jeremiah Paxton. After being submerged in the water, Asp Missy Howard testified to the congregation. “I’ve been baptized before, but I asked God for a greater anointing.”
Though overcast and rainy, Resurrection Sunday brightened the hearts of the saints with the good news that Jesus has risen! Mother Vivian Pruitte, first lady of Holiness Tabernacle, blessed the congregation with a word that proclaimed “Never the Same”! Mother Pruitte stated that an encounter with Jesus changes everything. After the death of Jesus, the disciples tried to go back to business as usual, and they couldn’t. “They [the disciples] didn’t realize God had already changed them, and had already worked salvation in them,” she declared. The message sparked a revival of sorts as people testified of the goodness of the Lord in their lives.
After a delicious breakfast, prepared and served by the men in church, the saints were ready to receive seconds on spiritual food. Prior to the word, the Holiness Tabernacle youth gave speeches and reenacted the moment the disciples and Mary discovered the empty tomb. Resurrection Sunday was also the debut of the church’s liturgical signing team, which performed two numbers.
This year, Pastor Pruitte, broke with tradition and chose to go a different route with his Resurrection Sunday message. Pastor mentioned that the obstacles Christ faced – Pontius Pilot, the stone, the elite soldiers guarding the tomb and death – were things He couldn’t overcome without God. “Jesus had a bunch of things working against Him to hold Him in the tomb,” he said. “God raised Jesus from the dead. And Christ will raise us as well, if we live right.”
It’s so easy to get caught up in the monotony of life and lose sight of the purpose that God has given each and every one of us. Through observing Passion Week, we receive a reminder of how Jesus was always about His father’s business. And as this world continues to grow more and more evil, we should also be about our Heavenly Father’s business and help lead more people to the cross of salvation.
Let’s All “Spring” Into Revival!!!
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Join Holiness Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ in our Spring Revival 2013 April 17th – 19th starting promptly at 7:00pm. Our guest revivalist is Elder Robert Chambers of Flint Michigan, assistant pastor of the St. George Bethel COGIC.
You do not want to miss the rebirth of Azusa Street right at your doorstep.
Elder Robert E. Chambers was born in Kansas City, Kansas on August 13, 1955. He was brought to Flint, Michigan in 1956 where he was educated in the Flint Public Schools. After graduating from the 12th grade, he attended Ferris State University.
On December 24, 1975 at the age of 20, Elder Chambers gave his life to the Lord in the 6:30 a.m. Prayer Service at the St. George Beth-el Church of God in Christ.
Elder Chambers loves the Lord and the people of God. He followed his pastor and father in the gospel (The founder, Bishop Author George Burrell) very closely. Upon serving faithfully as a Deacon, he was later promoted to Chairman of Deacons Board. Elder Chambers filled many roles in the church, where he was the Choir Director, Lead Singer, and Sunday School Teacher, and also lead the 12:00 Noon Prayer.
Elder Chambers is a true student of the Word. He attended the Agape Bible College in Saginaw, Michigan. As Superintendent of the local Sunday School for over 25 years and the District's Sunday School Superintendent, Elder Chambers encourages the teachers and the students to not only come to class, but come prepared . . . that means study the lesson. He also services as the District Platform Chairman.
Having a heart for the Youth Ministry and the wisdom to know the children are our future, Elder Chambers believes in “no youth left behind” or any member of the church or visitors throughout the city of Flint. Whatever his hands find to do in the Local, District and State, he does it all for the glory of God.
During the Installation Service of our Pastor, Elder George Kiel in 2004, Pastor Kiel asked Elder Chambers to serve as the Assistant Pastor of St. George Beth-el COGIC. The Northeast Michigan Jurisdictional Prelate, Bishop P. A. Brooks and the people agreed.
Elder Chambers is a true family man. He has been married to Missionary Brenda Chambers for 34 years. They have one son, Robert Jr. and one daughter, Missionary Quenna Brown who is married and has given them three beautiful grandchildren.
His favorite quote: TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT BETTER!