A New Look At Spirituality by Bishop Richard K. Thompson
The sin that the modern day Christians must repent of is that of shallow spirituality. Having a form of spirituality but denying the power that it brings.

Scripture Reading: John 4:1-23
Bishop Richard K. Thompson

ImageThere is a difference in being spirited and being spiritual. Many people in the church are highly spirited while spirituality is missing. To be spirited while not being spiritual is to possess the form without the substance of spirituality.

Spirituality cannot be coerced or manipulated. Many attempts are made to cause people to feel spiritual, i.e. Let the church say Amen, Praise the Lord, Thank you Jesus, and Give God a hand clap of praise. In reality, spirituality is not a feeling or declaration alone, rather, it is an approach to life and living.

It is an approach that gives stability in the midst of a storm. It gives assurance that God is in charge providing, fixing, and above all sustaining His people in their time of need. According to Bishop Payne, spiritual development is a process. It unfolds through an organized program that provides instruction and that supports disciplined efforts. Spiritual Development occurs within an individual, but not in the absence of other people.

Spiritual development is not an event but rather a way of life that leads to a deeper and more powerful relationship to God. Sudden conversions are merely anecdotes to spiritual work. In other words, there is no graduation from the Christian faith just an ever-deepening experience with God. Therefore, spiritual development takes time, effort, and patience. It is both a commitment and dedication.

The church is well qualified to direct spiritual development. We have at least two hundred years of testimony that God is present in our lives; that he, indeed will make a way somehow.

I challenge us to make spiritual development a priority during this conference year. Let us leave the elementary and go on to the deep waters with God. The pathway that leads to the deeper waters is found in study of the Word of God, and giving service to our fellow human beings and becoming good stewards of our time, talent, treasures, and tongue.

  • May 6, 2016, 7pm
    Baccalaureate Service
    Livingstone College
    Varick Auditorium
    701 N. Monroe Street
    Salisbury, NC 28144
  • November 22-29, 2015
    National Bible Week
    National Bible Week in the United States is annually observed from Sunday to Sunday of Thanksgiving week. It has been so observed since 1941 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first national proclamation.
  • December 25, 2015
    Merry Christmas
    Matthew 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.
  • December 27-30, 2015
    "Truthville" CED AMEZ Winter Meeting
    "Beyond the Bounds"
    Hyatt Regeny
    New Orleans, LA
  • January 1, 2016
    Happy New Year
    Proverbs 19:21
    Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it's the Lord's purpose that prevails.
  • January 3-9, 2016
    Spiritual Emphasis Week
    “A Week of Prayer, Praise, and Proclamation”
    Theme: "Teaching Believers to Obey Christ's Commands"
    The Important Lessons from the Gospel of St. John
    Scripture: John 13-17
    Sponsored by:
    The Department of Church Growth & Development
    Evangelism-Home Mission-Church Extension
    African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
    Charlotte NC
    Dr. Otis T. McMillan, General Secretary Director
    visit: www.beamezion.org for additional information
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    Women's Home & Overseas Missionary Society
    Observe the birthday of Miss Victoria Richardson, the first Secretary of the Youth Missionary Society. This program is developed by the General Secretary, Youth Missionaries.
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    Christians from around the world come together to pray for faith and devotion.
  • January 18, 2016
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    A Federal Holiday held on the third Monday of January which celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • January 20-24, 2016
    Bahama Islands Annual Conference
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  • February 2016
    Black History Month
    Black History Month is a month set aside to learn honor and celebrate the achievements of African Americans through history.
    2016 Theme: Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memory

  • February 10, 2016
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    Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lenten discipline.
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    Mark 12:31
    The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
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    Good Friday is the day when we commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion, which plays an important part in the Christian faith.
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    The celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    He Lives!
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  • April 27, 2015
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    Administrative Professionals Day® is on the Wednesday of the last full week of April. It remembers the important role of administrative professionals. Administrative Professionals Day was formerly known as "Secretaries Day". This observance was created to recognize Administrative Professionals and any individual, upon whose skills and efficiency many government and business offices depend. Today the observance also promotes the opportunity for employers to provide opportunities for learning and growth.

  • May 5, 2016
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    Día Nacional de la Oración
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  • May 8, 2016
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