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.
 

  • September 1, 2014
    Labor Day
    Labor Day was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations' strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events.
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    145th Florida Annual Conference
    St. Paul AME Zion Church, Host Chuch
    Convening: Houser Memorial AME Zion Church
    710 East Jordan Street
    Penascola, FL 32503
    850-432-4910
    Rev. Ray S. White, Host Pastor
    850-232-7006
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    West Ghana Annual Conference
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    Grandparents` Day
    Día Nacional de los Abuelos
    Americans take the time to honor their own grandparents and those in their community.
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    New Bern District
    St. Augustus A.M.E. Zion Church
    318 East North Street, Kinston, NC
    Rev. Julian Pridgen, Pastor
  • September 10-14, 2014
    North Alabama Annual Conference
    One Zion Ame Zion Church, Host Church
    100 Red Lane Road,
    Birmingham, AL 35215
    205-833-3313
    Rev. Erskine R. Faush, Jr., Host Pastor
    205-790-2574
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    Cote D'Ivoire Annual Conference
  • September 28, 2014
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    As a symbol of unity, all women of the A.M.E. Zion Church are requested to wear white.
    Visit www.whoms.org for information concerning this observance.

  • October 5, 2014
    World Communion Sunday
    World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed by several Christian denominations, that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation.
  • October 8-12, 2014
    South Alabama Annual Conference
    Mt. Zion AME Zion Church, Host Church
    Convening: Lomax-Hannon Jr. College
    725 Conecuh Street
    Greenville, AL 36037
    334-382-2115
    Rev. Robert Shuford, Host Pastor
    334-567-4733

  • October 15-19, 2014
    Central Alabama Annual Conference
    Shiloh AME Zion Church
    54 Church Street
    Hope Hull, AL 36044
    334-281-4500
    Rev. Ron Burroughs, Host Pastor
    334-284-9888
  • October 16, 2014
    Boss's Day
    Boss's Day also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day, is a time for many workers to appreciate their employers.
  • October 21-26, 2014
    103rd Cape Fear Annual Conference
    Chrysolite AME Zion Church, Host Church
    1307 Meadow Road, Lumberton NC 910 671 8874
    Bishop Louis Hunter, Sr. Presiding Prelate
    Rev. Florence S. Brown, Host Pastor
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    Alabama Annual Conference
    Auburn AME Zion Church
    576 Martin Luther King Drive
    Auburn, AL 36831
    Rev. Dr. Stephen Faulk, Host Pastor
    706-596-6797
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    Host Church: Zion Chapel AME Zion
    361 Robinson Road
    Canton, MS 39046
    Host Pastor: Rev. G. D. Adams
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    On this occasion, programs shall be observed in memory of Anna L. Anderson and each member of the Society is asked to contribute five dollars ($5.00) to the Council.

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    Daylight Saving Time Ends
    Move the clock time back one hour beginning at 2am
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    Simon Temple AME Zion Church, Host Church
    5760 Yadkin Road, Fayetteville NC
    Bishop Kenneth Monroe, Presiding Prelate
    Rev. Brian R. Thompson, Host Pastor
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    615 Green Street
    Selma, AL 36705
    Rev. Dr. Alfonso AA Smith, Host Pastor
    205-322-6862
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    Host Church: Pope Chapel AME Zion Church
    850 Gleaton Road
    Pope, MS 38658
    662 934 3514
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