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Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference – A National Multi-Platform Initiative Bringing Public Health & Faith Together

This year, The Balm In Gilead will host its fifth annual Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference from November 13 - 16, 2018 in Point Clear, Ala. The three-day interactive training conference brings the nation’s most prominent public health and faith leaders together to address the alarming rates of health disparities amongst African Americans.

The conference is designed to strengthen the leadership and organizational capacity of pastors, ministers, nurses and healthcare professionals, who are all vital in improving the quality of life for congregations and communities.  “The Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference is the only conference of its kind that connects faith and public health networks for sustainable results,” comments Dr. Pernessa Seele, Founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc. “We are building networks that find solutions to the issues that are endangering our communities. The power of the faith community paired with our health professionals is the key to creating change.”

With more than 60 speakers and presenters, including Dr. Pernessa Seele, Founder/President of the Balm In Gilead; renowned recording artist Regina Belle; Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, and The Right Reverend W. Darren Moore, and many others.

For registration, hotel information and a full list of speakers and conference workshops, please visit http://www.healthychurches2020.org.

About The Balm In Gilead, Inc

Celebrating 30 years of service, The Balm In Gilead works to prevent diseases and improve the health status of individuals by providing support to faith and other institutions in areas of program design, implementation and evaluation, all of which strengthens their capacity to deliver programs and services that contribute to the elimination of health disparities. The Healthy Churches 2020 National Campaign, The Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative, The National Brain Health Center for African Americans are three unique national programs of the Balm In Gilead, which delivers science-based, health awareness, understanding and interventions through the tenets of cultural competence to a broad spectrum of African

Americans across the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.balmingilead.org.


BY THE FEAR OF THE LORD

by Lewis E. Thomas  
10/16/2018 / Poetry

Lord fill me with great fear and respect for thy GREAT HOLY NAME!

FEAR that will never let me remain the same!

FEAR, greater than that fear I had of my earthly father's wrath!

FEAR that will keep me on that Straight and Narrow path!

OH LORD, cause me to tremble at thy HOLY and AWESOME WORD!

Even if others deem me to be crazy and totally absurd!

Let me tremble and quake when I think about your AWESOME WRATH!

FILL ME WITH YOUR FEAR SO I WILL WALK A HOLY PATH!

FILL ME WITH YOUR FEAR THAT WILL KEEP ME ON MY KNEES!

ALWAYS SEEKING FOR YOU MY LORD TO PLEASE!

A MIGHTY CAT FIVE HURRICANE is merely a little dust stirred up by your moving feet!

So, Let me tremble and quake every time you speak!

FOR THOU ART AN AWESOME AND TERRIBLE GOD, WITH INDISCRIBABLE POWER!

So, Let me fear thee every second, every minute, and every hour!

I was once bound by Sin for all to see!

But, The FEAR of THE LORD has set me free!

Lewis E. Thomas

As given by God on 10/16/2018

Proverbs 16:6

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

Proverbs 1:7, Deuteronomy 4:10, 5:29, 8:6, 10:12-22, 14:23, 28:58, Joshua 4:24


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Do You See Jesus?

by Donna Wittlif 

10/16/2018 / Devotionals

“But he passing through the midst of them went on his way” (Luke 4:30, ASV).

After his temptation, Jesus came back to Nazareth, where he had grown up. Perhaps the first sermon Jesus preached is in Luke chapter four. He reads from Isaiah 61. This prophecy is all about himself. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon ME, because he anointed ME…He hath sent ME.” The crowd at first wondered at His words of grace, but then they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”

Then Jesus reminded them how Elijah fed the widow of Zarephath and how Elisha healed Naaman the Syrian leper. Jesus said, “There were many widows in Jerusalem when Elijah fed the widow and many lepers in Jerusalem when Elisha healed Naaman.” In other words, the people of Jerusalem didn’t accept God’s prophets. Jesus would go preach in some other place since his own neighbors did not accept Him.

Jesus’s own neighbors, the Nazarenes, pushed Him out of the city and wanted to throw Him head first off the hill where the city stood. But Jesus passed through them and went to the city of Capernaum. They didn’t even see Him go. They couldn’t find Him. They were spiritually blind.

Like the Nazarenes, we can fail to see Jesus. We can read the Gospels, those old, familiar words, and not see the Good News. The death of Christ on the cross may not impart the knowledge of what the Man from Heaven did to save us. The story of His resurrection might not fill us with joy at the thought of our own resurrection.

So even though God has told us of His plan for us, do we pass over His story without it meaning much? Do we think of other things during the sermon? Do we read God’s word and let it sink into our hearts? We have no other hope, for Christ is our guide and leader. Let us worship and adore Him.

Hymn: “Have You Seen Jesus My Lord?”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we always look to Christ and fix our eyes on things above. Let us be filled with joy and hope because we see Jesus. In His name. Amen.  www.donnarwittlif.com

Donna Wittlif is the author of Christian fiction for young adults and adults. Her new book Finding Her Heart is about a young woman who is heartbreakingly lonely. Is it because she has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome? See how God helps her find true love. www.donnarwittlif.com

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