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Guyana GospelFest 2015 Review

GospelFest 2015 – An Unforgettable Experience

Extracted from http://www.thecomfortzoneent.org/

by: – Samuel Medas

 

I finally got home from the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. My voice was gone and feet were in pain from gyrating all night. The only thing missing was a one-two stagger and somebody could’ve easily assumed I was a drunkard coming home from a Mash-fete.

But no. Even though this was no wild stage show full of alcohol and lawlessness, it will certainly go down in history as one of the best Mash-memories that Christians in Guyana will hold on to… unless somebody decides to do a repeat next year *wink wink*

I was approached on September 3rdof last year and asked to be a part of a concert to be held on Mash Night 2015 featuring International Gospel Artistes like Dj Nicholas & Positive. My first thought was “MASH NIGHT? That’s crazy”. Being into Christian entertainment myself, I understood how great a task it is to host an event on the same night as many other events… especially those hosted by Guyana’s tycoons. But what I did not realize, was that for many Christians who usually stay home on Mash day to avoid the… “craziness”, this would be the perfect opportunity to come out and have good, clean fun. And furthermore what I failed to remember is that even if Dj Nicholas shows up for a concert in Guyana ten times in one year, the crowds will show up ten times too. So five days to show time when people started scrambling for already scarce tickets, it was a clear indication that it would be a monumental gathering at Cliff Anderson.

And monumental it was. I went to the bar with my friends, stacked up on drink supplies for the night (non-alcoholic of course), secured our spot in the already huge and growing crowd, and got soaked in sweat from praising God through the night. They could not have chosen a better MC for Gospel Fest. Pastor Simon Harris; who I’m sure fit right into the “Over 50” group he was making fun of; brought the fire to the stage and showed everyone what it meant to be a chairperson. I was taking notes.

I was highly impressed by the performances and attitude of the international artists and their musicians. They delivered well, adjusted well and did not make a public scene when the police came to shut the concert down at 12:30, and (most striking to me) still brought

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the fire even though they had to work through the adverse conditions of a sound system that left much to be desired. I still dream about going to a concert and not having to complain about sound. But whether or not there were issues to be trashed out afterwards, the masses will never know because the artists were professional in public. Positive sure raked in a lot of new Guyanese fans on his first visit with his unique swag and coolness to match his excellent music, and I’ve already been hearing people talking about bringing Sherwin Gardner back soon. As to Dj Nicholas, well… he might as well buy a piece of land and build a house here. We love him.

But perhaps the most significant aspect of the night for me; and maybe many others; is one that has been recurring over the past three years dating back to the GT&T Donnie

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McClurkin Concert – and that is the great improvement in the musical sound and presentation of our own Guyanese Artistes. As a matter of fact let me back up, and applaud them for the great team spiritedness they displayed. The atmosphere backstage was a jovial and light as in the crowd, and being an artiste myself I understand how great it feels to have your fellow Artistes encourage you before and after you leave the stage. I was even more touched at Kester D’s kind gesture of cutting his performance in half to introduce a fresh face to the music scene and give him exposure. If that same attitude can be perpetuated to other aspects of our struggling Christian Music Industry, it would work wonders for us in the next five years.

Everyone brought their A-game. Even the talented youngsters from R.L.I.C that were barely visible from behind the keys and drums. Cherlyn Maloney’s set was very well put together and Redeemers’ energetic Soca performance made us break a sweat very early. Shawn English, who from long time has chosen the Hip-Hop route, owned the stage with his cousin and band. The crowd was amazing and I could only hope that we all kept it holy and refrained from “thiefin a lil backball”

 

It can only get better from here once the right spirit and purpose for hosting Christian events like these is maintained. GospelFest 2015 was a great response to the question of what really is Christian entertainment. Kudos to the promoters who worked hard to make this possible and it is good to know that you who were behind the curtain planning, are actually Christians. Even though you guys are fresh on the scene, you certainly turned heads.

Lets do this again sometime. Soon. Real soon.

– Samuel Medas

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Grammy Gospel Roundup

Such a sad thing that they hide the gospel category in the unbroadcast pre-award show. But take our word for it – That will change someday.

So here is what we know

 BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE/SONG

WINNER
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No Greater Love

Smokie Norful; Aaron W. Lindsey & Smokie Norful, songwriters
Label: Tre’Myles/Motown Gospel; Publishers: Capitol CMG Paragon, Aaron Lindsey Pub. admin. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com/Meadowgreen Music Company, Norful Music Publishing
Also nominated in the category

Help

Erica Campbell Featuring Lecrae

Erica Campbell Featuring Lecrae; Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell, Hasben Jones, Harold Lilly, Lecrae Moore & Aaron Sledge, songwriters
Track from: Help
Label: EOne/My Block; Publishers: Campbell Kids/Fellowship Of The Unashamed, Uncle Bobby Music/EMI-Sony ATV, Food 4 Yo Soul, I Wrote It You Sing It, That’s Plum Song

Sunday A.M. [Live]

Karen Clark Sheard

Karen Clark Sheard; Rudy Currence & Donald Lawrence, songwriters
Label: EOne/Karew Records: Publishers: Sony-ATV Charles & Edward Publishing /QW Publishing admin. by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

I Believe

Track from: Mali Is…
Label: RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment; Publisher: Mali Music Note Productions

Love On The Radio

The Walls Group

The Walls Group; Kirk Franklin, songwriter
Track from: Fast Forward
Label: Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA Records; Publisher:Aunt Gertrude Music Publishing, Lilly Mack Music admin. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com
BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE/SONG

WINNER
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Messengers

Lecrae Featuring For King & Country

Lecrae Featuring For King & Country; Torrance Esmond, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kenneth Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Joseph Prielozny, Joel Smallbone & Luke Smallbone, songwriters
Label: Reach Records; Publishers: Fellowship Of The Unashamed Music, WB Music Corp./Method To The Madness/Shankel Songs/Warner Tamerlane/Kilns Music/Aly Plane Music/Evident Music/Before I Die Publishing/Joseph Prielozny Music/Track Or Die Music LLC
Also nominated in the category

Write Your Story

Francesca Battistelli

Francesca Battistelli; Francesca Battistelli, David Arthur Garcia & Ben Glover, songwriters
Track from: If We’re Honest
Label: Fervent/Word/Curb; Publishers: Work Music, LLC/Francesca Music/Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Songs, D Soul Music/9T One Songs, Ariose Music admin. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com

Come As You Are

Crowder

Crowder; David Crowder, Ben Glover & Matt Maher, songwriters
Label: Sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records; Publishers: sixsteps Music/worshiptogether.com Songs/9T One Songs/Ariose Music/Valley Of Songs Music admin. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com/Thankyou Music admin. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com

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MercyMe

MercyMe; Nathan Cochran, David Arthur Garcia, Ben Glover, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Soli Olds, Mike Scheuchzer & Robby Shaffer, songwriters
Track from: Welcome To The New
Label: Fair Trade; Publishers: MercyMe Music/Wet As A Fish Music/Soul Glow Activator Music/D Soul Music/Universal Music Brentwood Benson Publishing/9T One Songs/Ariose Music

Multiplied

Needtobreathe

Needtobreathe; Bear Rinehart & Bo Rinehart, songwriters
Track from: Rivers In The Wasteland
Label: Atlantic; Publishers: Needtobreathe Music/Bear Lee Breathing Music
BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

WINNER
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Help

Erica Campbell
Label: EOne/My Block
also nominated:

Amazing [Live]

Ricky Dillard & New G
Label: Light Records/EOne

Withholding Nothing [Live]

William McDowell
Label: EOne/Delivery Room Music

Forever Yours

Smokie Norful
Label: Tre’Myles/Motown Gospel

Vintage Worship

Anita Wilson
Label: Motown Gospel
BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM

WINNER
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Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.

Also Nominated:

For King & Country
Label: Fervent/Word/Curb

If We’re Honest

Francesca Battistelli
Label: Fervent/Word/Curb

Hurricane

Natalie Grant
Label: Curb Records

Welcome To The New

MercyMe
Label: Fair Trade

Royal Tailor

Label: Essential Records
Here are some official tweets

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Hindu Snake Goddest Gives Up Black Magic

 

“The Lord has anointed me by the Holy Spirit [and] is using me as a servant for many… I myself broke all the idols and temple of snakes. My parents and those who believed in me did not like it. They told me I was mad. They tied me to a tree and beat me. Many other persecutions I faced. But I did not lose my faith in Jesus.” -Nagamma

Nagamma (India)—People in the community worshipped her as a snake goddess, brought her offerings, and prostrated themselves before her. But a powerful encounter with Jesus in a dream turned her away from black magic to follow the living, true God.

“My father was a leading sorcerer among our people. He was practicing black magic,” says Nagamma, which means, “mother snake.” Nagamma’s family is part of the Hindu Dalit class at the lowest rung of Indian society, sometimes known as “untouchables.”

Nagamma worshipped many idols and practiced witchcraft at the direction of her father. “Snakes were my favorite gods,” she notes. As a child, she first began to feed local snakes by bringing milk to the edge of their snake holes.

In her community, there were many snake idols in a special temple dedicated to snakes, located under a fig tree.

When Nagamma was 12-years-old, a snake reared up its ugly head and bit her as she attempted to feed milk to it. “My parents took me to the local doctor (not a medical practitioner) who was able to take the snake poison from my body,” she recounts.

After three days her condition improved, but unusual side effects remained. “I had a total change in my body and mind. My color also changed,” she recalls.

“I began to act like a snake. I always wanted to stay and sit at our snake temple. So my people considered me as the snake goddess. My father was the one who announced first that I am the goddess of the snakes,” she says.

People in the surrounding area began to bring milk, fruits and flowers for her as offerings and prostrated themselves before her on the ground. “They wanted to get a touch from me for their blessings.” They even gave her offerings of money.

Snake charmerAs word spread about the snake goddess, she became famous throughout her district.

People asked Nagamma to visit their homes. They asked for her black magic incantations to bring blessings to their home and the destruction of their enemies. “My parents used me and money out of it,” Nagamma notes.

Once some evangelists gave her Bible tracts and told her about Jesus Christ, but Nagamma’s father confronted the men and told them his daughter is a goddess, so they should follow her instead of Jesus.

One day Nagamma performed black magic in the home of a family with a small child when something unusual happened. “Satan instructed me that there is golden treasure in that house, so I had to sacrifice a child of below three-months-old to find that treasure.”

However, a spiritual battle ensued for the life of the child. As the supernatural warfare raged around her, suddenly Nagamma became troubled and disturbed. “I could not complete the black magic and left that house,” she says.

Click Here to read about the dream about Jesus Nagamma had that night, and what He told her in that dream, that changed her life forever.

 

Source: http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=13750

Kudos to the Guyanese Artiste – Israel Houghton Guyana 2014

Gospel Festival 2014 featuring Israel Houghton and the New Breed Band was AMAZING! At the press conference Israel promised a disappearing act and indeed that it was. Israel and New Breed lead an energetic and inspiring time of worship and praise. It was evident that the crowd felt the presence of God as the multitude held their hands up with faces to the sky, knees to the hard cold tarmac and prayers filling the atmosphere.

Each song was presented with such fervor making it very difficult to deny the pull of the all-powerful, all-encompassing Jesus Christ.

Israel Houghton and New Breed must have been pleasantly surprised that the Guyanese audience sang along to almost every song, as there were several pauses to allow the crow to sing out creating a sweet melodious symphony.

Special Mention

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While we would like to say that, everyone did a great job we have to recognize that there were a few   exemplary ones in the mix. Some of the ‘powerhouses’ at Gospel Festival 2014 included the Trenacia Esseboom who as usual gave an hair raising ministry performance singing Chris Tomlin’s ‘Indescribable’.  When Trenacia sings things move. Big/heavy things move! She is ours! Gospel Elite predicts that Trenacia Esseboom will continue to make Guyana extremely proud and that G

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od will put her in the path of international producers. After all, the Bible did say in Proverbs 18:16 that “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men”

The Guyanese audience was once again stunned by the powerful voice of Miriam Corlette-Williams who performed a duet with her fourteen-year-old son; Jeremiah Williams.  This was another breath taking sound to behold.  Gospel Elite’s prediction is that Jeremiah Williams will have the opportunity to share the stage with some of the biggest international gospel-recording artiste. Proverbs 18:16.                                                                                                                                                    Inspire Inc. will do good to have Jeremiah Williams at every Gospel Festival.

Another young and up-coming talent is Samuel Medas who continues to win the hearts of Guyanese her and abroad. His voice is so rich, so powerful. His ability to lead worship precedes him.                   Proverbs 18:16.SONY DSC

Here are a few more of Gospel Elite’s Special Mentions of Gospel Festival 2014:

Eion Greaves

Rona Gilbert

Solid Youth

Junior Tucker, Jamaica

Hoszia Hinds

Second Coming Band & Back-up Vocals

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The second Coming band continues to grow in synergy and craft.

The band came in for high praise as they backed all of the night’s acts.

featured artiste was on the stage dancing to the sweet Caribbean vibe as they played for Junior Tucker.

Equal mention should be made for the backup team.

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Israel Houghton Promises Disappearing Act on Stage

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Dr. Kwame Gilbert ,Israel Houghton, Yog Mahadeo & Adrian Lall

Grammy award winning gospel artiste arrives in Guyana for what is said to be a night of powerful praise and worship.

The event is set for the Guyana National Stadium and according to Inspire Inc. promoters the stadium will see numbers greater than that of previous gospel concerts.

“What weather? i see great weather with blessings from above,”  Yog Mahadeo CEO of Inspire Inc. remarked in response to concerns raised about the overcast weather conditions currently in Georgetown Guyana.

Press Conference

Head Table at Press Conference

Featured Singer Israel Houghton says he is honored to be in Guyana with his entire band and believes that something great will happen tonight.

He further states that the more exciting moment in the performance is that point when he as a Performer/Worshiper fades away from the spotlight and the audience is guided to God who is the center of it all.

As usual GospelElite will be there capturing the excitement. Be sure to subscribe here or like us on facebook Here.

 
Israel Houghton Tweets

Israel Houghton Tweets

$400,000 in Jamaican Song Competition

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Against a field of 10 talented performers, singing powerful lyrics, Howard Brown walked away with the title of Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) 50th Anniversary Gospel Song winner, in addition to the sectional prize for the most spiritual. His winning entry is titled A Word With You.

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com

HOWARD Brown is the epitome of determination.

After five successive years of entering the competition, he was selected this year’s winner in the Jamaica Gospel Festival finals at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Sunday.

Howard Brown performing at the Jamaica Gospel Festival finals at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Sunday. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

An emotional Brown, with tears streaming down his face, broke down as he performed his entry A Word From You.

“I’ve been trying for five years. This is the first time I am in the finals,” he told the cheering crowd as his voice cracked.

“Follow your dreams. When people tell you that you not gonna make it, follow your dreams,” he continued, after pausing from his song to speak with the audience on hand.

The singer had to be helped from the stage.

In an with interview with the Jamaica Observer, the singer was still teary-eyed.

“I am so grateful. I’ve been trying for years, but it’s just God, He did this,” he said, before being led away by a member of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s team.

For his victory, Brown earned $400,000, a plaque and gift baskets. In addition to the main prize, Brown also won the Spirit of Praise Award for his song.

Other winners for that evening were: second-placed winner Vennica Nicholson, who earned $200,000 for her entry song Victory; and third-placed Leroy Richards for Mi Nah Give Up.

Best Arranged Song went to Taneisha Mills for Never Give Up On Jesus while Vennica Nicholson earned Best Performance.

Earlier in the programme, all finalists started off performing their choice of past entrants before singing their own.

Finalist Dionne Collins gave a highly charged performance with her entry song I’m Going Through.

“I was ready to give up and commit suicide. I said I was going to church for the last time, but I got a word not to give up,” she said during her performance.

“Any problem you’re having, trust God,” she encouraged.

Guest artistes for the evening were Jermaine Edwards and last year’s winner Levy’s Heritage, who spiced things up with their jazzy One Touch.

About an Ex-Gay from an Ex- Lesbian & Civil Rights

Janet-Boynes2Donnie McClurkin was invited to perform at the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement in Washington, D.C. This event was a government-sponsored concert with other singers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Saturday evening. But after the gay rights activists got wind of his participation, the fight was on to disinvite the Grammy Award-winning singer from this amazing event. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s office asked him not to attend the concert where he was considered a headliner.

Why? Because gospel singer Donnie McClurkin has said God delivered him from “the curse” of homosexuality.

How can you disinvite a black man from attending the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement? Let’s get one thing straight, people: Homosexuality is not a civil rights issue!

Is Homosexuality a Civil Rights Issue?
Homosexuality is not a civil rights issue. I am black. I became a lesbian. They are not the same.

I did not choose the color of my skin. I did choose to enter a lesbian relationship and to live a homosexual lifestyle for 14 years. I also chose to leave that lifestyle, but I cannot choose to stop being black. There is a difference. The color of my skin is an immutable quality of my being while my lesbianism was a deliberate series of actions resulting in a lifestyle choice.

It is a mockery to everything the black community suffered and the rights we fought for to claim that homosexuality is a civil rights issue. There is simply no comparison. Gays and lesbians have never been forced to ride at the back of the bus or to eat at separate restaurants. They didn’t attend separate schools. They have never been made slaves or been considered by law as less than human. The African-American church needs to stand up for itself on this issue, because even though I am a former lesbian, as an African-American I am insulted that the homosexual community would even attempt to compare gay rights to civil rights.

A homosexual has the same rights that a heterosexual person has. Every single right is exactly the same. They have the right to vote and be counted not as three-fifths of a person but as a whole person. They have the right to own property, and they also have the right not to be property. They have the right to learn to read and to obtain an education. They have the right to eat at any restaurant, shop at any store and enter any public place they wish. They have the right to cross state lines without fear of being hunted, beaten and imprisoned. They have the right to let their voices be heard without being lynched. These are all rights blacks had to fight for through hundreds of years of struggle, but homosexuals do not deal with any of these civil rights issues.

Again, there is absolutely no comparison. Gay rights activists will cite the tragic and gruesome death of Matthew Shepard, which was wrong in every sense of the word. However, Shepard’s death was an isolated incident and by no means represents either the treatment of or the sentiment toward homosexuals in the United States. His death is but a drop when compared against the ocean of atrocities committed agai

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nst blacks during slavery and segregation.

Even now, so-called homophobia pales in comparison to racism. Homosexuals are not routinely pulled over by police at a higher rate than heterosexuals. Neighbors will not complain about a gay couple living next door decreasing the value of the houses in their neighborhood. Very few people will become frightened if approached by a homosexual on the street. Employment and educational opportunities as well as standards of living are much higher for homosexuals than they are for blacks.

Blacks cannot hide their blackness; it is apparent to everyone who sees them. However, not everyone who looks at a homosexual will be able to determine their sexual orientation. The difference between black skin and homosexuality is that black skin is a physical characteristic while homosexuality is a behavior.

Put simply, there is no civil rights struggle for homosexuals. While there is some validity to claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation, it has been blown far out of proportion. I have suffered far more discrimination being a black woman than I ever did for being a butch lesbian. Many claims of homophobia are intended to create a victim mentality within the homosexual community and a belief that homosexuals are being oppressed in society at large. This tactic has play

ed well in media circles and in political arenas and has gained many supporters for the normalization of the homosexual lifestyle and the campaign for same-sex marriage. However, the desire for the legitimization of a lifestyle does not equal a struggle for existence and equal rights. Homosexual rights are not, nor should they be considered, a civil rights struggle.

In October 2005, I lobbied in Washington, D.C., against a hate crimes bill that was trying to make its way through the Senate and House. If it had been signed into law, the bill, S. 1145, would have expanded the legal definition of a minority group to include groups that share a similar behavior, with sexual orientation being an example of shared behavior. By painting such a broad definition of a minority group, the legislation would have made the term meaningless. If a behavior such as sexual orientation makes a community a minority group, then any group that exhibits similar behavior could qualify. It is conceivable that any person could make a claim to belonging to a minority group based on shared behavior with as little as one other individual. Crimes against a minority group count as a hate crime, the conviction of which carries an increased judicial sentence by law.

S. 1145 also claimed that in expanding the definition of a minority group, it would erase the memory of slavery. Such a claim is as ridiculous as it is foolish. The very idea that the memory of slavery would, could or should be erased is a slap in the face of every black person living in the United States. If we erased the memory of slavery, we would erase the proud history of the civil rights movement, we would erase the uniqueness of black culture, and we might doom ourselves to repeat the sins and tragedies of the past.

Hate crime bills that attempt to legally associate sexual orientation with race are but another attempt to promote the false idea that there is a homosexual civil rights movement. S. 1145 failed, as have many other bills of the same type, but I don’

t doubt that similar bills will be tried in the future.

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ity, I believe it is time for us to stand up for ourselves and our heritage. Black churches may be ignoring homosexuality more than any other group of Christians, if simply because we don’t want to admit it could happen in our families and in our churches. While it is important for us to minister and reach out to individuals struggling with homosexuality, we also need to stand against the progression of homosexuality in our society, and that is a message the black church and community can vocalize. I want to encourage every black person reading this to make it known to senators, to churches and to society that trying to make homosexuality seem normal is not and never will be the same thing as our long and hard struggle for civil rights.

The color of my skin is something I cannot alter, but God’s gentle call and His love changed my life. His love was reflected through the obedience of a woman in a grocery store, a women’s Bible study and a family willing to take me into their home.

I want to encourage churches, both black and white, to come together to send out a consistent message about homosexuality, one that speaks and acts in love while not compromising values or becoming accepting of sin. This we can do by making our own hearts and lives right with God and then by following the Holy Spirit’s direction by ministering to those who struggle with homosexuality. I truly believe that what God has done in my life, He can do in the lives of all who call on His name.

Let’s stop hiding our heads in the sand; this is no time to play peek-a-boo!

As Donnie said, he was “delivered from

The Bible says in Leviticus 18:22, “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin” (NLT).homosexuality,” and there are many more of us like him around the country that have left the life of homosexuality. They talk about equality, but how about treating those who have chosen to walk out of this lifestyle with respect as well?

Leviticus 20:13 says, “And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committedabomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them” (ASV).

1 Corithians 6:9-10 says, “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God” (NLT).

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in the Bible speaks of; however, it’s one sin we are being asked to celebrate, and therefore it needs to be addressed.

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Church, we must continue to make a stand. Let me share this last excerpt from my book Called Out,addressed to the church:right! Free speech is only for the gay community. Free speech is not for those of us who speak about the redemptive love of God who has compelled us to walk away from that lifestyle! If we voice our opinion, the gay community behaves as a big bully and discriminates against us because we don’t share their views. Gay activists want us to shut up and go away. That will not happen! They feel that I, along with many others who have left homosexuality, were more valuable living as homosexuals than we were once we came out. If the gay community is so happy with themselves, why do they feel threated by our testimonies?

Our loss of focus on Christ has caused the church to be caught by surprise in a number of ways as we suddenly find our beliefs and our actions becoming more like the rest of the world. Although there are many areas in which we have failed to guard against this, one such area that has crept up on us is the growing issue of homosexuality.

As homosexuality has become more common, Christians have struggled with how they should respond. Some have taken to the streets in protest, proclaiming that God hates fags. Others have openly embraced homosexuality, allowing gays and lesbians into the pulpit and leadership positions in their churches. And, overwhelmingly, most Christians are simply trying to ignore homosexuality, hoping they can wait out the issue until it goes away because they don’t want to deal with conflict or sin.

Dear church, we can be apathetic no longer. We cannot ignore homosexuality. The homosexual community is small, but it isn’t going away. Instead, it has become a vocal and influential part of our society. The church has been responding to homosexuals and homosexuality with mixed signals, but now we must speak with one voice and act. We must speak and act with God’s love.

But how?

The Bible clearly states homosexuality is a sin. Those who try to explain away the Scriptures dealing with homosexuality as being culturally and morally outdated are growing in number, but they are wrong. Parts of the Bible cannot be ignored or taken out simply because they tell us things we don’t want to hear. When I was living in homosexuality, I knew I was sinning. The Bible told me, my conscience told me and many people in my life told me. Unfortunately, I also had many people telling me what I was doing was simply a lifestyle choice and not a sin—people including the priest Haley and I went to for counseling. As Christians, we cannot make excuses for sin—any sin.

We must make a stand for righteousness and purity. It must begin in our own lives and be demonstrated by the church as a whole, by everyone from pulpit to pew. We must set an example by the way we live our lives or we will have no moral authority to lead others. There must be a concentrated effort to renew the family life by preaching and practicing abstinence until marriage, marriage for life and stronger parental involvement in the lives of children.

Janet Boynes is the founder of Janet Boynes Ministries, a nondenominational outreach that ministers to individuals questioning their sexuality and those who wish to leave homosexuality. As the author of Called Out, Boynes chronicles her story of living as a lesbian for 14 years until God called her out of that lifestyle.  – http://www.charismanews.com 

Marion ‘Lady Saw’ Hall Feels the Call

lady-saw-300x300“This is my last performance on Reggae Sumfest, my last performance in the dancehall, I am going to do gospel music,” Saw declared, hoping to convince herself and this writer that this time around she meant every word.

Refusing to do any interviews backstage, the woman who has changed the face of dancehall for women in this country said she was returning to the church.

“I am retiring because I hate the business. Dancehall too wicked. I am not loving it anymore, so I am going to be baptised.”

This would be her second baptism, calling this one the last time.

“Renewing my vows with the Lord is going to be much better than what I am experiencing in the dancehall,” she told The Gleaner, adding that her new role would mean getting many souls for God.

In the last six months, Lady Saw’s life has been tumultuous. Her common-law husband John John, whom she has lived with for 17 years, allegedly cheated on her, resulting in the ending of a relationship that had become the fabric of the dancehall queen’s existence.

Her situation has not got better, and even with the release of the chart-topping song Heels On, she has been having a war of words with her protégée, Macka Diamond, whose Dye Dye has been burning up the airwaves.

Qualifying that John John had nothing to do with her decision to return to the church, Lady Saw said last February she went to a worship centre in Florida and on the first night the holy ghost was about to take her over, but she denied it by leaving the premises. However, she was drawn back the following night, and for the next two to three days she knew her life was changing.

Not about John John

“It was not about what John John did to me, because I wasn’t aware then about his relationship. I had an intuition, but no concrete evidence,” she noted, adding that when you are with someone for 17 years, after a while you are able to decipher.

Her decision, she said, was spurred by the hatred being spewed in the dancehall.

“I hate the people who get up every day to tell lies on me,” she argued, clarifying that she has never paid a disc jockey to play her music, “much less to say I am paying persons to block someone else’s song.”

The artiste has been accused of blocking Macka Diamond from performing on shows she is booked on, something she denies vehemently.

She said her age is now a problem, with her enemies criticising her for being in the dancehall for too long, stating it was now young people time.

“Did they tell Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffiths to leave the business?” she asked.Lady_Saw_04

She feels she is being called by God, who has a hand in getting them to terrorise her and push her towards Him.

She also said God used John John to open her eyes. “God is a jealous God, I spent more time with him than God.”

She is convinced she is being punished by her saviour.

Extract: http://jamaica-gleaner.com

Richie Righteous Set For Guyana Tour

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MR BROWN NOW READY FOR GUYANA

****UPDATE****

Mr. Brown’s ‘After laugh is Cry’ show cancelled –ticket purchases to be refunded PDF Print E-mail
Written by  guyanachronicleonline.com
Sunday, 28 July 2013 01:29
ALTHOUGH we know the entertainment fraternity and the myriad fans would be sorely disappointed, we have no choice but to report that Mr. Brown’s ‘After Laugh is Cry’ show, which should have kicked off since May of this year, has been cancelled.

altFolks at the Kingdom Dynamics entity say they were forced to call off the event after exhausting all efforts to secure corporate sponsorship to assist in alleviating expenses. Management of Kingdom Dynamics regrets any inconvenience this cancellation has caused.
The promoters say every effort would be made to refund all customers who have purchased tickets to attend the show, and this refund was scheduled for yesterday, between 8am and 4pm at its office at 15 North Road, Lacytown, Georgetown, between Kids Closet and Kevin’s Reflections.
Kingdom Dynamics remains committed to assisting in the fight against domestic violence. All executive members have committed personally to provide labour and any available resource which would contribute to every national effort in the decline of domestic violence in our society.
Kingdom Dynamics extends deep, true and heartfelt gratitude to those sponsors who remained committed from the very beginning of this promotion, and have made financial commitments to this venture. The entity is extremely grateful to Mr. Charles Greaves, Chetson’s Home of Clarkes, Rainbow Fashion, Andrew’s Supermarket, Hits and Jams Television and Radio, Micropoint Graphics, and Fon Roje.

by: Alain Scott

mtb-mrbrown-laughing-713x405-011320100543_480x360The long anticipated wait for the stage show “After Laugh Is Cry” featuring the ever popular Mr David Mann aka Mr Brown and team is now upon us.  This stage play has been dubbed as the funniest show of 2013 and is being brought to the nation by the recently established group, Kingdom Dynamics, who seeks to restore core family values to our nation through various forms.

Though this project is under the umbrella of Kingdom Dynamics it comes with the full support of the Ministry of Human Services and several corporate sponsors.  The thrust of the stage show is to address the issues of Domestic Violence which has become a plague in our society, especially in the light of an increase number of instances being reported.

The play which was originally slated to happen in May was rescheduled because of medical reasons from the Mr Brown camp will now happen on Tuesday 30th July, 2013 at the National Park.  Mr Mann, aka Mr Brown is reported to have recovered and is in excellent condition and ready for his trip to Guyana along with a team of ten (10) others.

The show begins at 7:00 and will feature many local acts who will pave the way for the visiting team, which also includes Brown’s wife Tamela Mann aka Kora, who acts as his daughter in the Tyler Perry plays.

Tickets for the event are available at Ashmins, Fon Roje, GI Taxi Service, Rainbow Fashion/August Beverages, Giftland Office Max and Chetsons.  The Guyanese public is urged to go out and secure their tickets at the earliest opportunity and take advantage of a special officer on tickets over this weekend at all locations, where you buy on and get a free general seating ticket.

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