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   Greetings Saints and Friends,


   I am excited, as we,  the New Jersey Diocese are preparing to experience a mighty move of God, during our 2021 Virtual Sunday Bible School Convention. We have been fasting and praying that the power of the Holy Ghost will fill each session, with miracles, signs and wonders. We pray that each virtual attendee will receive the blessings, that they are in need of.

   The theme for this Virtual Sunday Bible School Convention is: "Trouble Don't Last Always."  We can plainly see that the we are surround my troubles in the family structure, political derailments,  and because of the iniquity, the love of many is waxing cold. Additionally schools are no longer a safe haven for our children, people are killing one another and showing no remorse, many of our neighborhoods are wreaking with violence and some (Christian) believers are departing from faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrine of devils. "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;" (1 Timothy 4:1).

   The upheavals of today have us experiencing troubles like never before: Covid-19 pandemic on one side, civil unrest on the other side, economic malfeasance and many other plagues that describe the end times. But we are also reminded of the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, when he wrote,  "we are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;" Church of the Living God, no matter what is going on in this life, let us stand fast upon these words, "The issues of this life and its troubles, WILL NOT LAST ALWAYS.”

   "We cannot avoid all of the troubles of this life, but we can believe and trust God to increase our faith that we may courageously bear every situation in life and draw nearer to the Lord. We all face opposing obstacles, loss of loved ones, illnesses, unfulfilling work, lack of employment opportunities, financial crisis and many other obstacles. We, as sons and daughters of God, need not be surprised when confronted with tough times. God's word tells us that as long as we live in this sinful world, troubles are destined to be a part of our human experience. Nevertheless, it is written: 'Fear not, for I am with thee, and I will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.'" (Genesis 26:24). 2015 Communique.

   Be encouraged. God is in control: "And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed." (Joel 2:25-26).

   Be not afraid. Trust in God. It is written: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." (Jeremiah 29:11). I close with these words, "For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5.

   On behalf of all of us, within the Diocese of New Jersey, WELCOME!!!

Your humble servant,

Presiding Bishop Charlene M. Jamison

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