Come join First Lady Pruitte and the women of Holiness Tabernacle as we celebrate our Women’s Annual Weekend!
This year we are honored and pleased to have Evangelist Dianne Rogers of True Saints COGIC in Hartsville, SC as our guest speaker.
Bring your mother, daughter, nieces, aunts and girl friends and come expecting to receive something special from the Lord!
Saturday, July 16
Our Women’s Tea is a ministry opportunity, both for the women of HTC and the many beautiful ladies who attend, to uplift, encourage and build the women of God. Evangelist Dianne Rogers will be the guest speaker for this service.
Early Registration (before June 15)
Women’s Annual Day
Sunday, July 17
The Women’s Department will be in charge of the morning service. First Lady Vivian Pruitte will be the morning speaker.
The culmination of the Women’s Weekend will be the official Women’s Day Evening Service. The women are asked to wear white with a purple accent. Evangelist Dianne Rogers will be the guest speaker.
By Missionary Andrea Mabry
Are there days when you feel alone and in despair, but you survive seeing the dawning of new days and wonder, why? Do you find yourself going through the motions of life, but yet not living? Do people often notice your smile and laugh, but within there is a voice crying out hoping to be heard?
Are you the one in shadow thinking, “Oh my, what have I done? I do not feel anything, I do not know what directions to follow, so much is expected and it is just overwhelming. I have committed the unmentionable sin and am not worthy of anything. I tried to be a positive reflection of good, but am haunted by the destruction I have done to others and myself. Am I Worthy?”
“When I thought I had overcome, people or things remind me that I would always be bound by my past. My identity is labeled and this is just who I am. I am faced with challenges that are insurmountable. Over and over I try, but there seems to be no other way. My anger, though hidden with my smile, has moved from depression to resentment. Can you hear my voice within? Am I Worthy?”
“I still find myself not good enough. Sometimes, I do not feel worthy to be alive, but yet I walk this earth. Tears fill my eyes and I am broken yet again. I have beaten myself mentally and there appears to be no end. Who can truly love me when I cannot love the reflection I see? Am I Worthy? AM I WORTHY?”
Most definitely, You Are Worthy! God developed provisions before you were formed in your mother’s womb. God knew your gender and your name. From the moment you took your first gasp of air until now, He was mindful of you. God knew the choices you would make and the path you would follow, yet you were worthy. In spite of your circumstances, your emotions and your past or present, be reminded:For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Jesus went to Calvary to save a wretch like you and me.
Why? Did you knowGod said, Behold, All souls are mine (Ezekiel 18:4a)? We belong to God and He loves us unconditionally. Are you worthy? Yes! How many times have you gone against His will? 100, 200, 500… can you actually count the times? From experience, they have been innumerable, but once you ask for forgiveness, He forgives with extended arms. The embrace of God our Father through Jesus His son is so rewarding and warm. Yes, You Are Worthy!
Even though He sinned not and neither was guile found in His mouth, Jesus paid the price for the sins of mankind. He endured the humiliation and suffering and made the ultimate sacrifice for you to have the gift to eternal life. He knew the obstacles you would encounter and the falls along the way. Be reminded of this, that His grace is sufficient. Paul says inI Corinthians 12:9, 10, And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
If you know Jesus, then restoration is only a whisper away. If you do not know God the Father through His son Jesus, then the greatest gift and miracle that came to this earth is right here for you. Jesus knows all about your struggles and He knows every sin committed, but He forgives, guides, loves, protects and transforms. I John 1:9 says, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. To be free and saved, you only have to ask for forgiveness, believe in your heart that Jesus died and God raised him from the dead, and you shall be saved. From that point onward, be strong! Do not look back on your past, you are a new person in Jesus. Do not allow people or things to weigh you down and do not permit your mind to be defeated. Seek God and live according to His word.
Look up and rest in the Gospel of Jesus Christ knowing, You Are Worthy!
By Sis Jewell Miles
Paranormal television shows and movies are now on at all times of the day and can be seen on many different channels. Some of these television shows and movies include The Vampire Diaries, Ghost Hunters, Medium, Ghost Whisperer, Most Haunted, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the ever popular Twighlight Saga.
Paranormal activity use to be a taboo subject that was rarely talked about in public. As seen from the many examples of paranormal television shows and movies, this has now changed. It is not uncommon to turn on the television and become mesmerized by one of these shows. 2 Corinthians 2:11 (KJV) states, Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. Paranormal television shows and movies are devices used by Satan to ensnare or trap people.
A trap is a trick of an enemy to take you captive and prisoner. To trap a wild animal some have used a spring like device with a lure or enticing bait to conceal the danger. Digging a big hole in the ground and covering it with branches and leaves so that the danger is not recognized is another way to set a trap. People or animals could fall into this trap if they walk across it. Whether you realize it or not, you are walking down a figurative trail in life and Satan has placed many concealed traps in your path to take you captive. Psalm 119:110 states, The wicked have set their traps for me along your path….
The traps of the enemy are many times laced with enough truth and good that it appears to be something desirable. This is a common practice of the enemy. He usually does not start with the blatant, obvious lies; he always starts with the truth and mixes in a few lies here and there. By doing this he disguises the lies and makes them harder to recognize and easier to accept.
While natural traps are hidden dangers to your physical well being, spiritual traps are hidden pitfalls that are intended for your spiritual harm. Since Satan is not physically present in the world and it is not possible for him to be in physical manifestation, he uses people to set traps for other people. Satan works very hard to deceive everyone, but many times he concentrates on a select few to deceive and then he uses them to deceive others.
Exodus 23:33 says, They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee [emphasis mine].
One of Satan’s most deceitful tactics is to deny his existence in the world and down play it in the local church. This strategy is the absolute opposite of God’s desire for His people. God desires for His people …to believe that He is, and [that] He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him, as stated in Hebrews 11:6. Paranormal shows and movies allow Satan to deny his existence by desensitizing people from the realization that he actually exists. He is therefore under-estimated, ignored or denied, freeing him to go about his business unhindered, unheeded and unchecked.
In any warfare, accurate intelligence information concerning the enemy’s plan of attack has always been essential to victory. This is no less true of spiritual warfare. In our warfare against Satan, it is vitally important not to be ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). Neither give place to the devil – your adversary will strive to influence your mind and irritate your spirit; watch and pray that he may not get any place in you, or controlling influence over you.
Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year” as the song writer says. It’s a time of laughter and sharing special moments with our loved ones. We carefully choose gifts that we believe our family and friends will love. We decorate our homes to reflect the gaiety that Christmas brings to our lives. But, behind the presents and the lights we sometimes fail to remember the greatest gift given to mankind on this beautiful holiday which we celebrate.
How can we forget the One who made this holiday possible? Jesus gave up His heavenly abode to come to Earth and reconcile us back to the Father. The Father longs to have a relationship with us and did not hesitate to send His son to open up the means of communication with Him.
Reconnecting with the Father should be our goal during this Christmas season. Remind others by wishing them a Merry Christmas instead of allowing others to change it to season’s greetings.
Instill in your next generation the true meaning of Christmas. Remind them why we celebrate Christmas. Teach them the blessedness of giving and not just receiving.
Share the love of Jesus with others during this blessed season. Donate a meal or give a gift to someone who would otherwise not receive one.
Take the time to reflect on God’s goodness to you throughout the year. He has blessed you to make it through the difficulties you faced and allowed you to reach the doorstep of another year.
Make room in your heart for Jesus. Do not allow Him to wander as Joseph and Mary, did trying to find a place for Jesus. There was no room at the inn, but there should be room in your heart.
Appreciate the gift God has given you. As you receive gifts from others, accept the gift God has given you. It came at a great price. No amount of money could have purchased it.
Salvation was the greatest gift anyone could have ever bestowed upon you. Cherish it and share it with others. It is a gift that the Father won’t mind if you re-gift it to someone else.
My Christmas prayer is that God continues to uphold you and bless you during this wonderful time of the year and that the love of Jesus continues to remain in your hearts.
Have a very Merry Christmas!
Mother Vivian Valdez Pruitte
CHOOSING A FRIEND
By Mother Cassidy
I have found Jesus to be my true friend, and I can always depend on Him to guide me. Sometimes when the road gets rough, and the storms are raging in my life, He’s stands true. Sometimes God allows us to go through storms so we truly understand who He is. It is then that we realize that He controls both the storms of nature, and the storms of the troubled heart. Jesus’ power can calm any storm, and help us deal with the problems we face. He is willing to help if we only ask Him. We should not discount His power even in terrible trials. He keeps making a way for me, and bringing me out without a doubt. In the darkest moments, He shows me there’s light at the end of the tunnel. WHAT A FRIEND I HAVE IN JESUS.
God will never forsake you; just put your trust in Him and not man. There are times when man will let you down, they change like the weather; but God is the same today, tomorrow and forever more. There were times in my life when friends changed like turn coats, and started throwing darts, persecuting me. But if I love God as my friend, I must have a forgiving heart. Even If you find it hard to forgive someone who has hurt you, forgive anyway. If appropriate, tell this person you would like to heal your relationship. Many times you will discover that the right action leads to the right feeling. Romans 12:18 reminds us that, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceable with all men.” I thank God that He never changes from day to day. I learn to base my friendship on commitment to God, and not on others, because God will remain your friend to the end.
I used to run to my friends with my problems. Instead of complaining to man, God wants you to confide in Him. People often complain to one another and nothing gets accomplished. Many of us are good at complaining to each other. We need to learn to take our problems to the One that can do something about them. My God can do anything, but fail; carrying your worries, stress and daily struggles by yourself shows that you have not trusted God fully with your life. Letting God have your worries is active, not passive. Don’t submit to circumstances, but to the Lord who controls circumstances. 1 Peter 5:7 says “cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.”
Our friends and associates affect us, sometimes profoundly. Be careful who you choose as your closest friends. When most people need advice, they go to their friends first. Friends accept them and usually agree with them, but that is why they may not be able to help with difficult problems.
Our friends are so much like us that they may not have any answers we haven’t already heard. Instead, we should seek out older and wiser people to advise us. Wise people have experienced a lot in life, they are not afraid to tell the truth. Who are the wise, godly people who can warn you of the pitfalls ahead? The word of God say, He that walked with wise men shall be wise, but companion of fools shall be destroyed. Instead of talking to my associates, I learn to talk to the mother of the church or my pastor. Most of all learn to take everything to God in prayer. One thing about calling on Jesus is that the line is never busy, but your friends’ lines could be or may even be disconnected. If you chose God as your friend, your direct line is always connected. Just keep the communication open and always talk to Him about anything.
CHOOSE HIM AS YOUR FRIEND TODAY!!!
HTC Women will be going to the Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center for their Annual Retreat! This will be a time of fellowship and relaxation.
I Chronicles 28:10
Preferred~Privileged~Empowered For The Kingdom
Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center
August 27—29, 2010
Mo. Vivian Pruitte, First Lady
Elder Eddie B Pruitte, Pastor
By Sis. Dei Ashilei Nikoi
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.” – Henry Ford
“Are you looking at me?” she asked as she stared at me bewildered. She looked back, trying to figure out if there was someone behind her, someone who I otherwise could have been staring at. Of course, there was no one. I thought to tell her I was looking past her, that my eyes were fixated on the black and white poster of Marilyn Monroe bleach blonds silhouette. However, I wasn’t in the mood to lie. Though I should never be in any mood to lie, I was eager to avoid the coming conversation. “Yes, I’m looking at you,” I sighed back. I thought to pause, maybe give her a chance to respond, but before she could say another word, I chimed in. I explained that I was born with strabismus – an eye condition that has as its main symptom a very obvious wandering eye. Medically, it means that I have weak eye muscles. However socially, it means I got called “cock-eyed” as a child.
It was, and to an extent, is still one of my least favorite features. The extent of my strabismus is not by any means the worst case, but when I get really tired or am sleep deprived, it becomes noticeable. Outside of the infamous childhood ridicule, the worst part about having strabismus is that I have to actively focus my eyes. I can feel my eyes wandering sometimes, mostly when I’ve been staring at the same thing for long periods of time. I have to force myself to keep my eyes straight. It takes real work. Some days, I don’t have the energy and just blink my eyes back into focus.
Thankfully, the older I get, the better I become at focusing my eyes. Thus, the disease becomes much less noticeable. Most people have no idea that I have a wandering eye anymore because now I am an expert at focusing my eyes.
As a rededicated Christian, my walk with God is much like having strabismus. The fact that I call myself “rededicated” says it all. Rededicating means that I obviously must have dedicated myself once (make that many times) before. Well just like with my eyes, I wandered away. Despite knowing that God has always wanted me, I wandered away from him because, just as I said with my eyes, staying focused takes real work. And living in this world makes it easy to lose that focus.
Today, I was sitting around wasting some time I could have been using to talk with God, so I decided to go read my Bible. I ended up in Matthew 14:22-36. It’s when Jesus walked on water and Peter asked to come to Him. And Jesus obliged. However, when Peter noticed the boisterous winds, he became scared and started to fall. Many Christians, especially those who are not as strong in their faith, wander away from God when obstacles arise. But obstacles only become obstacles when we allow them to be. Peter had Jesus right there. Jesus was prepared, willing and able to carry Peter across the water, but Peter looked away. Peter allowed his eyes to wander. Just like Jesus did for Peter, God carries us. He NEVER wanders away. He is always prepared, willing and able to bring us through anything because he has a beautiful destiny prepared for us.
Despite God being ready to carry us, we have to trust that He will and not become scared when things become hard. If we spend more time looking to God, He’ll be able to do all that He desires to do for us.
So I challenge you to develop a holy tunnel vision. That way, we’ll only see God and He will become the focus of our lives. In seeing God, we’ll see everything and we’ll accomplish anything.
Life is a journey which presents many obstacles, but with Christ in you there is power to overcome.
Track and Field is my passion; hence I endeavored to perform exceptionally when it mattered most. Without persistency, dedication and motivation throughout my track and field career I wouldn’t have achieved success in that field. I appreciate the talent God gave me and I certainly did not hold it in stagnation. Not only that, but I have transferred the knowledge I gained on the field and am learning to apply the same principles as I walk with Christ.
Imagine having to run a race such as the 4×100 meters. In this event, it requires four individuals with somewhat of the same speed to complete the race successfully. There is an object that connects all four individuals which is the ‘baton.’ The first person starting the race has to run 100m then passes the baton to the next person until it gets to the last person to take it to the finish line first. Before this happens, there is the conditioning phase, the preparation (training) phase and finally the competition phase. In the conditioning and preparation phase some hurdles may present themselves such as not finding the chemistry with the team members and adjusting to the different speed levels; needing to develop mental and physical strength which could cause injury in the process; or learning to follow and adhere to the coach’s instructions even when they may not seem very realistic. But as you humble yourself and follow the coach’s principles and instructions, you have the potential to endure phases one and two and be well equipped to experience victory in winning the race.
As saints, we are running a race to achieve that heavenly goal. The common object is our ‘Bible’ which will teach us about the way, the truth and the life, to be a winner. We need to encourage each other to gain knowledge about the Word by being consistent and staying prayerful. There will be obstacles, trials and temptations but if we are with one accord, praying, fasting and fellowshipping together, and following the instructions of our leader we can get through the competition phase and be victorious.
So I encourage everyone to hold steadfast, be consistent and be persistent in the race to become a winner in Christ, for the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong… Ecclesiastes 9:11.
God Bless You!
Sister Danieth Pryce
By Sis. Dayan Araujo
One very stressful day, I realized that I had had enough and grabbed my blessed anointing oil. I went through my entire house anointing everything I could put my hands on and prayed as fervently as I could. I anointed door posts, door knobs, stairwells, bedrooms, toilets, showers, shoes, pillows, computers, televisions and foreheads. If it was in my house, it got blessed with an extra dose of EVOO.
Once I was content with every slippery inch of my house, I stood back, admired my handy work and waited. For surely God was in the house. And then, nothing. Hmm, maybe God was testing me, I thought. So I waited a few minutes longer. Still nothing. Did I say the wrong thing? Was I supposed to do a praise and worship song? Should I have used regular olive oil instead? Where was the change? I still felt angry and ready to go Bruce Lee on someone. I recall standing by the door, where moments earlier I called myself rebuking Satan and casting him out of my house. A petulant pout graced my face as I wondered what I did wrong.
It wasn’t until some time after that I realized, I can’t treat God like a cake. I can’t follow a certain recipe and expect that He’ll make all of my bad things go away. What was even more revealing to me was that all of my life that was how I viewed God. I believed that if I got saved, went to church, read my Bible and prayed, life would be honky dory. Not so. It matters not the amount of olive oil you saturate your house in, the number of prayers you can say. Not only are you missing who God truly is, but you limit how great and powerful He can move in your life, when you try to sway God towards your plan of action.
I heard someone say that if you want to make God laugh, tell him what you have planned for the day. Well, God must be rolling on the floor laughing at me on a daily basis, because I actually expect Him to follow my lead. That is, of course, until I get myself neck deep in trouble and have to call out for Him to save me. And then after wiping tears of mirth from His eyes, He reaches down and helps me out of the miry clay. The good Lord dusts me off, sets me back on the right path and waits to see what choices I make. I can’t rely on logic or certain scientific procedures to ensure a life free of trials and tribulations. What I can do is trust that He is God and that He has a plan for me which is for good not evil. And more importantly, He will not withhold any good thing from me. .
Yes LORD, I Hear You Calling
By Sis Krissie Williams
All my life the Lord has truly watched over me. Before I knew who He was, He loved me. The Lord had ordered my steps before I could even walk. Yes Lord, I hear you calling. Then one day the Lord spoke to me; that quiet still voice inside that told me, “It’s time to make a change in your life.” Yes Lord, I hear you calling, but the music is playing loud and the party is just getting started. So I go on with my daily life.
Time goes by and I continued on my path, not realizing that this day could be my last. I never stopped to acknowledge the Lord. I never stopped to read His word. Yet He continued to call. Yes Lord, I hear you calling, but the kids are fighting and my dinner is not cooked and I haven’t had time to sit and read a good book. So I go on with my daily life.
Some years have now passed and I reflected back on my life, thinking where I could be if I only had Jesus in my life.
It took a while for me to see just how much the Lord truly loved me. He never gave up on me, He continued to call my name, and now that I have acknowledged, “Yes Lord, I hear you calling,” my life will never be the same.
I thank GOD that He continued to call, and that I no longer decided to wait. I answered “Yes Lord” and His mercy and grace saved me from being too late.
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||2||3* Pastoral Night at 7:30 pm
||4* 5th Quarter at 10:00 pm
||5* Heritage Weekend all day
|6* Sunday Service at 9:15 am
||7* Labor Day all day
||8* Prayer and Bible Band at 7:30 pm
||9* HTC Fall Revival at 7:30 pm
||10* HTC Fall Revival at 7:30 pm
* Pastoral Night at 7:30 pm
|11* HTC Fall Revival at 7:30 pm
|13* Sunday Service at 9:15 am
||14* Food Distribution at 12:00 pm
||15* Prayer and Bible Band at 7:30 pm
||16||17* Pastoral Night at 7:30 pm
||18* Music Conference at 7:30 pm
||19* Music Conference at 9:00 am
|20* Sunday Service at 9:15 am
* Pastoral Anniversary at 4:00 pm
* Music Annual Day at 5:00 pm
|21||22* Intl Bishop\'s Conference all day
* Prayer and Bible Band at 7:30 pm
|23* Intl Bishop\'s Conference all day
||24* Intl Bishop\'s Conference all day
* Pastoral Night at 7:30 pm
|25||26* State Leadership Meeting at 11:00 am
|27* Sunday Service at 9:15 am
||28* Food Distribution at 12:00 pm
||29* Prayer and Bible Band at 7:30 pm
||30* Happy Birthday Mother Thomas all day
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