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(Sermon Highlights Sunday March 4, 2012 - June 10, 2012)

Sunday March 4, 2012:  Bishop Bertha M. Greene
Sermon Topic:  Guard Your Heart
Scripture:  Proverbs 4, Verses 20-23 (NIV)

My son, pay attention to what I say;
                     turn your ear to my words.
                      21 Do not let them out of your sight,
                     keep them within your heart; 
                      22 for they are life to those who find them
                     and health to one’s whole body.
                      23 Above all else, guard your heart,
                     for everything you do flows from it.

Your heart is the wellspring, or source, of life.  Make it a priority to guard your heart, 
being particularly mindful that intense and greater battles will attempt to clog it.
                    Use these tools to defeat intended attacks -
                                      Acknowledge  God
                                      Seek Him
                                      Agree to follow His directives
                                      Cleanse negativities
                                      Redirect to a healthy life flow

Lenten Season Challenge:
  Keep the Word of the Wise in your heart (v21).
Sunday, March 11, 2012:  Bishop Bertha M. Greene
Sermon Topic:  Change Direction
Scripture:  Jonah 1:1-5 (Encouraged to Read 1-17); Jonah 2:6-10
Summary:  Chapter 1 referenced verses tell that Jonah was given instructions by God to go to the city of Nineveh, and preach to its citizens that their behaviors were destructive.  Instead, Jonah ran away from God in the other direction, boarding a ship in Joppa en route to Tarshish.
                  Chapter 2 (verses 6-10) find Jonah in peril on sea, ultimately trapped in the belly of a big fish, and pleading with God to release Him so that he can do His will.
                    A refused assignment from God leads to wrong direction.  A Spiritual change brings about redirection.  
                   Nineveh was a place in danger of sinful implosion. God directs us to minister the Gospel of Salvation throughout a world in turmoil rather than isolate ourselves from the problem.  Jonah passed judgment, in anger and defiance, on the people of Nineveh and distanced himself from them. God loves all people, and asks that we focus in positive word and action towards redirecting the lives of the lost and fallen.  Divine Intervention is the only hope we have to change the world.  God's plan caused those in Nineveh to repent.  If we allow ourselves to be instruments in His design for humanity, the desired change will come. We must serve as Missionaries in the fields most needed and not disregard The Plan.
                  The Word of God is our Gloyal Ppositioning Ssystem, created to direct our course.  Remember, deviation from it will cause you to crash! In His forgiveness, He allows another chance not just for you, but for all! Seek God for purpose in your life... follow His GPS...change the lives of others.  
Sunday, March 25, 2012:  Bishop Bertha M. Greene (Youth Sunday)
Sermon Topic:  At Such A Time As This
Scripture:  Esther 4:14 (NIV) For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish.  And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this? (Reference was made to the entire Book of Esther) 
Summary:  In Sanford, Florida, on February 26, 2012, an unarmed 17 year old African-American male, Trayvon Martin, was fatally shot by 28 year old George Zimmerman, of Latino and white ethnicity.  Dressed in a hooded sweater, and  returning to the home of which he was a recognized visitor, Trayvon carried only recent purchases of Skittles candy, a bottle of iced tea, and his cell phone.  According to Zimmerman, this young man did not fit in to the neighborhood, describing Trayvon's behavior as suspicious. Based on Florida's Stand Your Ground Law (a person may use deadly force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat), Zimmerman claims that he was justified in killing the teenager.  The incident has received a world-wide outcry of racial motivation and police misconduct as the shooter has not been charged and  arrested for this crime.
Bishop, dressed in the style worn by Trayvon on the day he died, reminded the congregation of the violence
that was set to occur against the Jews in the Book of Esther.  Esther, a Jew, was raised by her cousin Mordecai in the complex of the ruling King Xerxes.  Finding favor with the king, she was made his queen without revealing her heritage.  The Jews posed no threat to the king (Mordecai having actually saved the king's life.)  However Haman, the highest ranking official in the government, told King Xerxes that there was an odd set of people who didn't fit in, and disregarded laws...the Jews.  His plan was to kill all Jews throughout the Kingdom.  Esther, true to the teachings received from Mordecai, was faithful, fearless, and a lover of God.  Knowing her position as queen in no way superseded His authority,  Esther directed her people to fast and pray for God's deliverance.  Without falter, she Stood Her Ground by Obeying God's Law.  Thus, she saved her people from the demise intended for them by Haman.  Bishop's message, At Such A Time As This, enveloped the concept that regardless of the evils that plague the world, those who serve a True and Living God remain eternally under His ever present care.  Legacies continue, as their nations will be identified until the end of time through His guidance. 
 In Memoriam
(February 5, 1995 - February 26, 2012) 
Bishop Bertha M. Greene, First Gentleman Ronald W. Greene, Officers and Members of
Sacred Zion Full Gospel Baptist Church unite in prayer with the Martin Family,
our Nation, and all other Civilizations that   

Sunday, April 1, 2012:  Bishop Bertha M. Greene (Palm Sunday)
Sermon Topic:  From Short to Continuous Praise
Scripture:  Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4-11 


Recently in Bible Study, we have been looking at prophecy in the Old Testament and the fulfillment of it in the New Testament. Today, we see that the prophecy in Zechariah was fulfilled in all the Gospels. 

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem, Behold your King is coming to you. He is just and has salvation; lowly, and riding on a colt, the foal of a donkey. That’s the prophecy from Zechariah.

So on Palm Sunday when Jesus arrives, he comes as a warrior, to reign in righteousness and deliver His people from their enemies.  Another Prophecy is being fulfilled. Jer. 23:5-6, in essence, stated For the time is coming , says the Lord when I will place a righteous Branch upon a King's throne. He shall be a King who shall rule with wisdom and justice and cause righteousness to prevail everywhere throughout the earth.  Jeremiah was offering hope to those who would face suffering. That denotes praise knowing that true prophecy will indeed take place.

In relationship, there are times when we will suffer; life seems like a battlefield. It's one battle after another. The battlefield can be within your mind, your finances, your body, your soul and/or your spirit, but you know there is a battle going on and you wish it would end.

So a word of encouragement to someone who has just recently given your life to the Lord. You find the war is between good and evil. Paul, in Romans chapter 7, V.18, lets you know your selfish desires will not let you do anything good. Even when you want to do right you cannot. Even when we want to do what is right we end up doing wrong. The good news is because you have given your life to Christ, despite how it looks, you can trust God to rescue you in every situation. This deserves praise. Think of the times He has already rescued you, and how He did it.  Now take a praise break!

As we visit the text, we found that the prophecy was given 500 years prior to Jesus' birth and it was fulfilled with the Triumphant Entry. True prophecy does come true. So this triumphant entry was so significant that it was reported in all the Gospels. Not only was it significant to people of Jesus' day, but to us Christians today. This Sunday is a reminder of this occasion.

So, when Jesus rode on a borrowed colt (never before ridden), the disciples spread cloaks and palm branches. There was excitement! They hailed and praised Him as the King who comes in the name of Lord as he rode to the temple.

There was high praise in the streets of Jerusalem.  The royal city, was open to Him as He was the King.  He received the worship and praise of the people because only He deserves it. Now prior, Jesus in Matthew 12:16 told the disciples not to share when persons were healed about miracles because he didn't’t want people coming to him for the wrong reason, but on Palm Sunday the time had come for praise and worship.

How many know when true miracles take place the word will get around?  While before he wanted to be low key, now was the time to praise and worship openly. Sad to say that would be a short praise. The spread of the cloaks and palms was an act of homage for royalty.  Jesus was openly declaring to the people that He was their King and the Messiah they had been waiting for. That certainly deserves praise!

Here Jesus boldly declared Himself King, and the people gladly joined in praise. But then some people bowed to political pressure and deserted him in just a few days.  Why?

Be cautious, do not get comfortable with celebration.  Understand because you are celebrated today you may be rejected days later by the same people.  They may bow to public or people opinions, or bow to political opinions, but the fact is those who once celebrated are the same ones that reject.

The crowds shouted Hosanna to the Son of David and sang words from Psalm 118, thank God because He is good because His loves endures forever.  In other words, His love never quits. Tell the World, Israel His love endures forever. This celebrated a national deliverance. So Hosanna (Save Me) was expressing an oppressed people crying to their King for help.

Guard against superficial acclamations to Christ. People say Lord, but their meaning is not real.  That’s why the praise can be short. The praise for Jesus was short because it wasn't because they recognized Him as Messiah, but instead it was what can you do for me? They were praising because their desire was to be delivered; they wanted him to lead them into a revolt against Rome.

When you praise is it because it’s a ritual?  Is it because everyone else is praising?  Or is it because you invited Jesus into your life so everything will be alright all the time?  What about it’s because He is a Deliverer?  Any of these reasons may denote short praise because when you don’t get your desires met the praise stops.

When you reach the point that you see what God does is not temporal, then the praise will become continuous. People of God, we need to move from praising for the moment and have a spirit of praise because Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

We need to reach the point of hailing Jesus as King with all the Hosanna’s, recognizing Him as the Son of David, who came in the name of the Lord.  So let’s not stop praising him when things don’t go our way. Praise him through the bad times, the good times. Don’t be like the people in the text in that the Hosanna’s in just a few days would change to Crucifyy Him.

In conclusion, remember the triumphant entry applies to us all in this way. The King came as a lowly servant on a donkey, not riding on a warhorse in a royal robe. Instead, he wore clothes of the poor and humble, and rode on a beast of burden. He was meek, coming to serve rather than to be served.

Jesus comes not to conquer by force as earthly kings, but by love, grace, mercy, and his own sacrifice for you and me.  For that, our praise ought to be continuous, not a short praise.  God conquers our hearts and minds, then we experience the peace of God, and it’s not just a temporary peace.

Those praises change from short to continuous when Jesus makes the triumphant entry into our heart. You can’t help but praise when you invite Jesus into your heart and you then have the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you; you now have a heavenly Father that you have access to through Jesus. That enables us to exhibit those qualities of Christ.  That’s how the world sees the true King,  living and reigning in triumph in us.

Truth, without Jesus in your heart, no way would we exhibit the qualities of Jesus.  By exhibiting those qualities people that knew you when will begin to see the change, and will believe that King Jesus is the Master of your life.  It will cause others to want Christ in their lives.

In addition know who you were, what you used to do, what you used to say out of your mouth, and that now those things are a turn off.  That’s when you look back and say, since Jesus came into my heart; since that triumphant entry took place. Every time you think about when Jesus came into your heart you can’t settle for a short praise.  Continuously praise!

Since Jesus made the triumphant entry into our hearts, what a wonderful change has taken place!  Now that you have light in your soul, praise Him!  Since your sins were all washed away, praise Him!  No longer wander and go astray, praise Him!  Happy in ways you never experienced before, praise Him!  Want to be more like King Jesus, praise Him! Since Jesus made it all possible, praise Him!

What Jesus has done for us warrants continuous praise!
FRIDAY, APRIL 6th, 2012:  The Seven Last Words (Good Friday Service)
Minister Ashley Torrence
Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
Luke 23:24
Elder Adreinne Better
Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.
Luke 23:43
Elder Yvonne Guy
Jesus said to his mother, woman this is your son, then he said to the disciple, this is your mother.
John 19:26-27
Elder Mary McLaughlin
My God, My God, why have you foresaken me? 
Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34
Minister Jeffrey White
I thirst!
John 19:28
Minister Michael Graves
When Jesus had received the wine, he said it is finished.
John 19:30
Elder Edna Reynolds
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, Father, into your hands I commend my spirit!
Luke 23:46
 SUNDAY, APRIL 8th, 2012: Bishop Bertha M. Greene (Easter)
Scripture:  Exodus, Chapter 23:20
         See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard
you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. (NIV)
Bishop Greene used a novel Easter approach, inspired by Pastor Paula White, in delivering The Message:

April 7-13 is Passover - established by God on the foundation of the blood covenant. Elder Warren touched on this Wednesday night (Bible Study)... Through the power of the sacrificial blood on the cross we can receive salvation, healing, protection, deliverance, restoration, and supernatural victory! Think about this! One of the last words on the cross, 'It is finished', meant everything you will need in time and in eternity, be it spiritual, financial, material, or emotional, has been provided by the blood of Jesus.

So, today I am asking God to release Supernatural Blessings on you and your household.  Let this Sunday be such that you will remember to get rid of the idol gods as worshipped by the 'ites' (i.e. Amorites), and make room for the Supernatural Power of the Risen Savior. Exodus 23:19 (NIV) says, 'Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God.' Blessings will take place after gifts of firstfruits and obedience, not rebellion. 

Exodus chapter 23 lets you know what the Blessings are: 

(BISHOP GREENE then provided "Angel" Teams to pray over specific
Blessings at the altar. Worshippers were invited to come for prayer.)

Elder Yvonne Guy/Deacon Terry Beasley
Vs. 20 - Assigned Angels

Elder Warren Christian /Deacon AJ Jones
Vs. 22  - God will be an enemy to your enemies 

Elder Edna Reynolds/Deacon Will Brown 
Vs. 25 - God will give you prosperity

Elder Carolyn Jones/Trustee Zoe Rideout
Vs. 25 - God will take away sickness 

Elder Mary McLaughlin/Deacon Emeritus Ronald W. Greene
Vs. 26 - God will give you long life 

Elder Josephine Dennis/Deacon Pat Brown
Vs. 30 - God will grant you increase and inheritance

(After prayer, Bishop anointed congregants and asked God to give each a Special Year of Blessings!)
SUNDAY APRIL 15th, 2012: Elder Deanna Alsup, Asst. to Pastor
Topic:  Is There A Price Tag On Your Soul?
Scripture:  Mark 8:36
            For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul? (KJV)
Summary: Elder Alsup asked that each evaluate whether he/she was in a Right Relationship, or Possessed by Possessions.
As stewards of God's property, she advised that we do all to His glory, putting nothing above Him.  We are to be men and women of integrity.  Christians must dwell on things eternal, guarding the reputation of a Believer.
Elder encouraged all to let the Holy Spirit rule your decisions.  Material gains should never take first preference.  Do not worship the gift.  Give all credit to the Giver!
SUNDAY APRIL 22nd, 2012: Bishop Bertha M. Greene
Topic:  We Need New Wine Skin
Scripture:  Luke 5: 36-39
 36 He told them this parable: "No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, 'The old is better.' " (NIV)
Summary: Using the Parable of the New Wine Skin, Bishop's message centered on connecting to the True Vine, and living a new, Holy Spirit, directed life. 

SUNDAY APRIL 29th, 2012 (Youth Sunday) 
Pastor James D. Nelson, Jr.
Destiny Christian Church

Topic: A Yes Changed My Life: It's Never Too Late To Say Yes
Scriptures:  Jonah 2:9&10; Jonah 3:10 
Summary: God shows love, grace, and patience. No one parishes under His guidance. Providence and the Will of God are in alignment. Your destiny is God's determined plan. The ultimate goal is to walk in the purpose of God's plan for your life.

SUNDAY MAY 6th, 2012 (ANNUAL WOMEN'S DAY: Chairwoman-  Women's Ministry Leader Mekong Taylor)
1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
Guest Preacher Kareen Wallace
 Inner Court Ministries (Bishop Johnathan Wallace, Pastor)
Topic: Just To Be In His Presence: Go Through the Process
Scripture: Psalm 42:1&2
Summary: Experience the Struggle to Experience Glory in God's  Presence
    1. Seek Him
    2. Abide in Him
    3. Push through the process
    4. Prepare for expected distractions along the way
    5. Reward
Peace in the Presence of God During Times of Trouble:  He Is With You Always!
Guest Pastor Mary Mayzk                                    The Abundant
Life Fellowship Church 
Topic: Move When God Wants Us To Move
Scriptures: Psalm 42:1&2; Psalm 139: You have searched me, Lord, and you know me (NIV)...
Summary: Operate in His Will.
SUNDAY, MAY 13th, 2012 (Mother's Day): Bishop Bertha M. Greene
Subject: Doing the Right Thing
Scriptures: Prov. 31:15&16; Rom. 10:8-15
Summary: Spend time with the Lord to evaluate the situation before
        responding to your children. A change in your heart will 
      reflect in you actions.
SUNDAY, MAY 20th, 2012 (Church Anniversary): Dr. Ruby Gilliam, Divine Wisdom Christian Center
Prior to Dr. Gilliam's message, the Holy Spirit moved upon the congregation in such a glorious way that Pastor Gilliam worshipped and praised in Its presence from the altar!

SUNDAY, MAY 27th, 2012: Bishop Bertha M. Greene

Subject: Pentacost Sunday
Scriptures: Acts 2:1-4; Joel 2:28
Summary: Pentacost Sunday occurs 50 days, including Easter, after the Resurrection. The Christian Church was formed.