GREETINGS FROM PRESIDING BISHOP
CHARLENE M. JAMISON
Greetings Saints and Friends,
I am excited, as we, the New Jersey/ Harrisburg, PA Diocese are preparing to experience a mighty move of God, during our Virtual Annual State Assembly. 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 attendee will receive the blessings, that they are in need of.
The theme for this Annual State Assembly is God: Our Redeemer in the Time of [World] Crises. The Word of God is being fulfilled rapidly: [the handwriting is on the wall] according to St. Matthew 24:6-7, "And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."
We can plainly see that the family structure is under attack, 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 in a world crisis: 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, "God: Our Redeemer in the Time of [World] Crises."
"We cannot avoid life crises, but we can believe and trust God to increase our faith that we may courageously bear every crisis 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).
On behalf of all of us, within the Diocese of New Jersey/ Harrisburg, PA, WELCOME!!!
Your humble servant,
Presiding Bishop Charlene M. Jamison