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A Bi-Monthly Newsletter of Eastern Community Church

Reverend Damion M. Briggs, Pastor


“Where there is no VISION, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18a)

Volume 5, Issue 5 October 2009

ECC Community Wide Revival


with
Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

“Be Equipped to Face the Tests, Trials &


Temptations of Life.”

From September 14, 2009 He has conducted well over 900


through September 16, 2009, Eastern revivals and crusades (averaging 45
Community Church (ECC) held a revivals a year) wherein some 20,000
Community Wide Revival. The persons have confessed to wanting a
theme was titled “Be Equipped to new relationship with the Lord.
Face the Tests, Trials & Temptations
of Life.” The sermons scriptures, topics, and
three major points were:
Our revivalist was Evangelist • Monday - Scripture: Genesis
Manuel Scott Jr. of Los Angeles 22:13-14; Judges 23:24; Exodus
California. Evangelist Scott is the 15:26
first Seminary-trained, full-time “Good News for Your Future”
Evangelist on a national scale (1) Jehovah Jireh (the Lord will
coming out of the black Baptist provide)
Continued on page 5
Church.
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Inside this issue … Spiritual Wilderness (Storms of Life)

Spiritual Wilderness--------------------------2 DEVIL INDUCED Wilderness


What Can Teenage Christians --------------3 This kind of wilderness comes about due to our own
Do To Have Fun?? evil desires. “But each one is tempted when, when by his
own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after
Health & Fitness------------------------------4 desire has conceived, gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is
full grown, gives birth to death.”( James 1: 14 and 15).
In The Spirit-----------------------------------6
Characteristics of Devil Induced Wilderness:
Inspirational Poem/Reading-----------------8 ▪ Spiritual bankruptcy
▪ Fear of being alone
Calendar of Events/Services---------------12 ▪ Health-Maladies (spiritual and physical)
▪ Total darkness and fear
THE SPOKEN WORD is a bi-monthly publi- ▪ Moral decay
cation of the Eastern Community Church, 8213 ▪ Hopelessness and lost of directions
Manson Street, Landover, Maryland. Its mission ▪ Depression and thoughts of suicide
is to serve as a communication tool for informing ▪ Low self esteem and shamefulness
the congregation, friends, and the community about ▪ Disobedient to the words of GOD and arrogance
ongoing activities at Eastern Community Church
and to spread the “good news” about the wondrous
▪ An increased appetite to lust, to the things of the
of God’s love. Flesh.(e.g. Pride, Power, Sight, Taste
etc.).Genesis3:6
Editor-in-Chief/Publisher ▪ Unnecessary companions (distractions from the
Sister Dorothy A. Watson
Email: editor@easterncommunity.org
voice of GOD).
▪ Death (physical and spiritual).
Editorial Assistant
Tiffany Clark Continued on page 5

Finance Columnist ─────────────────────────────


Email: finance@easterncommunity.org
May God Bless and use
Health Columnist “The Spoken Word”
Pastor Damion M. Briggs/Sister Pamela Bright
Email: health@easterncommunity.org In serving Him!
Youth Columnist
Sister Hilary Bright

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Fax: (301) 322-9240

Articles in this newsletter should not be ECC


duplicated or used without the written
consent of the “The Spoken Word.”

@2009 Eastern Community Church


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Youth Columnist have fun, or don't have anything fun to do, it's just
Sister that we need to know what is appropriate and what is
inappropriate according to our faith.
Hilary
Bright There are some things we shouldn't do like
going to night clubs, and staying out at odd hours,
especially when we're still going to school. These
things just don't reflect what we say and what we
Dear Hil, believe in. If you can find a teen dance club that you
and your parents deem appropriate, then there is no
What can teenage Christians do to have fun? problem. Those usually don't stay very late, so your
parents won't be mad at you for going, and you won't
It’s not that hard for Christian teens to have do anything that you will later regret in your life.
Remember people, there is always an option or an
fun. Just because we are Christian, doesn't mean
alternative to everything. It's not that you don't have
we can't do anything other than going to church or
things to do; it's that you need to find new ways to do
reading the Bible. I mean, those two things are
them.
very important parts of our lives, but that don’t
mean we can't enjoy other things.
-Hil
What you can and can not do to have fun
mostly depends on how strict your parents are,
and what is morally right according to what the
Bible has told us. It's not like we can't go to
dances and other things like that, but we just have
to be careful of what type of dancing we're doing,
and who we are associating with. We can still go
Youths: Do you
to movies, go shopping, or just hang out with have a question for
friends. It's not like our parents or the fact that as Hilary?
Christians it automatically means that we have to
hold ourselves up at home and just do nothing Send you ecc@eastern
with our lives. On the contrary, we have to learn topics or community.
how to mingle with people. We need to know how questions to: org
to communicate with them so that we know ways
to express our views to them, and maybe even get
them to embrace our religion.
Do you have
Like I have said in my articles before, a certain topic
there are always teen clubs and social groups that you would
do something together in almost every like to see
community. It’s not that Christian teens can’t in the youth
column?
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Blood Type AB
But if and whenever we genuinely repents; God is ever
ready to forgive us and deliver us from what ever
storms/wilderness we may find our-selves in;
This is the fourth and the last of the main known Eat turkey; cod;6:1-40.
(Judges4:1-24. mahi-mahi; navy,8:1-21.)and
7:1-25. pinto soy beans;
then our
blood types. Blood type AB is the also the newest of oat andwill
LORD rice flours;
make the collard dandelion
storms, and mustard
wildernesses, enemies
all the blood types. Individuals with blood type AB green; figs
subject to usgrapes;
and His plums.
peaceAvoid chicken,
will be with us duck, all as
as long
are blessed with inheriting the two dominant genes: A pork, kidney, lima beans, venison,
we remain faithful to Him through his words and clams, crab,
and B. This unique character makes them susceptible haddock,Judges3:30.
precepts. lobster, shrimp, white and16,23and24.
Judges4:6-7, yellow corn,
to both A and B diseases, making them prone to peppers, guava, mangoes and oranges.
cancer, heart disease and autoimmune diseases. (b) Sometimes we have been faithfully obeying God's
Research has also noticed a clear trend for women of commandments,Submitted but without by Sister
visiblePamela
and orBright
immediate
this blood type to have many menstrual problems ------------------------------------------------------------
result; faithfully paying tithes, Malachi:10; but still in
such as excessive bleeding, clotting, cramping, wants of financial break- through. The question
irregular menstrual cycles – either leading to Portobello
becomes, has Pizza (AB Blood
God changed? Type) not, heavens
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hysterectomies or continued misery. Some of these forbid. (Malachi.3:6) “I the lord do not change-------.
women who experienced menstrual problems also But what then is the problem? Let us read Jeremiah3:24
Ingredients:
experienced migraine and other headaches. There is a and 25, Hebrew 5:8, Acts 7:51-53, Zecharaiah1:4. So
clear pattern of hormonal imbalance that plagues this just •as God allowedmushroom,
1 portobello the Midianites,
cleaned,Amalakites
stem and
blood group. ABs are slightly more muscular than A other eastern
remove people to invade the Israelites and ruined
and chopped
blood type, but less muscular than the B blood type. It their • crops (Judges6:3-5),
1-2 Tablespoons pizzasosauce
Godthatwill allow the
is BTD
is easier for an AB to build muscle than A, but in devourer compliant
to spoil our tithes and labors/efforts. Read
some cases, AB’s have a more difficult time building 1Samuel:15
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or goatthecheese
Lord delight in burnt
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Eating properly for an AB requires guidelines better• than the fat
2 cups of rams.23;
mixed greens &For rebellion is like sin of
vegetables
similar to A’s, but with small amount Continued from page 1
of animal divination, and arrogance like the
• 1 Tablespoon oils (I mix 1 teaspoon evil of idolatry-----”.
each
protein. AB’s should acquire their vitamins, minerals butter/ghee, olive oil & flaxseed oil)
(2) Jehovah
and essential aminoShalom (the Lord
acids through ourand
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• Other toppings of HolytoSpirit Induced
your liking: Wildernesses.
fruit, meat, rice
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▪ Repentance
• Tuesday - Scripture: John 14:9; Revelation ▪How
Healing
Strengths: to make it:
13:8; and Matthew 28:18 ▪ Spiritual endowment/ enrichment
Two “Enough
dominantistraits
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Friendliest ▪ True1. knowledge/Wisdom
Sauté Portobello in 1/2 oil & 1/2 garlic.
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immune enough is enough: ▪ Peace
Weaknesses: 2. and
Set Tranquility
aside.
(1) In the Incarnation ▪ Indescribably Joy/Satisfaction
Pattern 3. Sauté veggies & chopped mushroom stem
(2) of
In hormonal imbalance
the Crucifixion ▪ Restoration/ Renewal/ Enlargement
Tendency in1/2 oil & garlic.
(3) In to
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Resurrection ▪ Eternal life
Health risks: 4. Spread pizza sauce on top of Portobello
Cancer
• Wednesday - Scripture: Matthew 7:13-14 ▪ Faith/Trust/Strength
mushroom.
Heart disease
“Be Careful of the Traffic” ▪ Assurance/Purpose
5. Pile on chopped mushroom stem and veggies
Anemia
Be Careful of the Traffic because: ▪ Reversal or of curses
other toppings to your liking.
Autoimmune
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miss your appointment ▪ Thirst
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Nutritional profile: ▪ Birthing
8. Enjoy of ministry/ministries.
thoroughly!
Limited to small
Each night amounts
we left of animal
spiritually protein.
energized and with a Submitted by Sis. Pamela Bright
zeal to go out and share the word with others. (Will continue in next issue)

To God Be the Glory!


Submitted by Deaconess Martha Randolph
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HOLY SPIRIT INDUCED Wilderness


Continued from page 2
Some of the reasons why GOD allows/induces storms
in our lives.

(a) Some of us have been prayed up by our relatives,


friends, church families for our salvation, trials etc.
and as such we became dependent on them for
prayers each time we need one. We then forget, that
as followers of Christ, that we have been admonished
to always pray and watch.1Thessalonians5:17.
Luke18:1.Luke11:5-
13.Acts.1:14.Romans12:12.Ephesians6:18.Colossians
4:2.and Isaiah40:25-31.

When we forsake God, (Judges3:7) due to our


ignorance, stubbornness or and laziness; He calls and
gets our attention back to him through these storms of
life. (Judges3:1-4. Deuteron-omy.8:2-5.)

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IN The Spirit

The Cost of Honesty


"I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these
things have I given willingly and with honest intent" (1 Chronicles 29:17, NIV).

A brief lesson on everyday integrity. When it's all said and done, how much is my
dignity and self–respect worth? The cost of an
When I was a child, I thought as a child. outdated coupon or rebate on an item I didn't
Sometimes I took things from another child's purchase?
hand when I wanted it. Once or twice, I took
candy from a store. That ended the first time my It's easy to be honest when we're afraid of getting
mother caught me and sent me back to confess caught or into trouble. But, if it seems like a "sure
and apologize. thing," it's easy to convince ourselves that we're not
being dishonest, someone else just wasn't being
It wasn't much, about a penny's worth of careful enough.
thievery.
Is a lie always a lie?
But is there such a thing as a "little
dishonesty"? The best lesson I had on honesty came several
years back while on vacation in Wimberley, a
Recently, I left the post office with a handful charming town in southern Texas. The small square
of stamps. Once I had stamped all my was filled with antique and craft shops. After an hour
manuscripts, I found that I'd been given eight of shopping, my husband and I stopped for lunch in a
more stamps than I paid for. When I returned to café; near the square. I was surprised when a woman
the employee who had sold me the stamps, it took entered the restaurant and walked over to our table.
a lot of explaining to make him understand why I
was returning them. "Why did you bring them "I'm sorry, but I shorted you on your change," she
back? No one would've known." explained. Then she held out a $1 bill.

"It's the right thing to do," I explained, I recognized her from a candle shop we'd visited
suddenly not even sure why I'd made the effort. earlier. "But how did you know I'd be here?" I was
flabbergasted. She had actually searched the shops to
But my 12–year–old daughter nodded and return a dollar. Honesty was very important to her.
smiled at me.
On the other hand, a man I know returned a large
Should we go out of our way to be honest? television set to a department store and was given
After all, with the post office situation, I didn't cash for his return. A month later, he noticed this
steal the stamps; it was the postal worker who amount had also been deleted from his credit card bill.
made the mistake. But does my honesty depend He didn't bother contacting his credit card company.
on the actions of another?
Continued on page 7
I can be dishonest. But I choose to be honest.

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Continued from page 6

Does God want me to be just a little honest? Or


honest only in certain situations? Or only when
someone is looking? How much dishonesty is too
much? Sometimes I am the only person who knows
whether I am being honest in a situation or not.
2009 Everybody’s
Do I keep extra change I'm given, cheat on my
taxes, ignore the double credit on a credit card
Birthday
statement? Do I tell my daughter that a white lie is Celebration
still a lie, but a few minutes later tell the police officer
that my accelerator got stuck?

When did honesty become an endangered value?

Somewhere that man is proud of the $700 he


cheated the department store out of and laughs about
it with everyone he knows, even his daughter.
Somewhere in Wimberley, Texas, there is a truly
honest woman. I rejoice in sharing that story with my
daughter.

If given a choice, I hope I'm the latter.


Month of November table
And that's the honest truth.

Kathryn Lay is a writer in Arlington, Texas.

Month of March table


all said and done,
honest. When it's

dignity and self–


how much is my

respect worth?”
choose to be

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Already Paid

There’s so much temptation


in the world today.
But remember the cross, NEW
it’s already paid. MEMBERS!
No other name whereby we
can be saved,
Jesus the High Priest,
He leadest us to the presence
of God.

My soul does magnify the Lord,


open you heart, receive Him,
the eternal King of Kings,
my beginning, my last. Food for your Soul
God has reconciled Himself
through the blood Christ shed, Accept responsibility for your
He’s knocking at the door actions.
of your heart
The things you do, the things you
Don’t turn away,
his strength will receive say and the things you think.
you each and everyday If things don’t go quite right ask
build hope; more forward yourself what you could have done
relying on no one else,
He’ll lead and guide differently to get a different
in a righteous way. outcome.

It is not always someone else’s fault.


You stand up and take responsi-
bility.

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Finance Corner – The Tithe
Whether you've grown up in the church, have As individuals, you must seek God's will in your
recently started attending - or even if you have never set life in this - just as you should with everything else
foot in one in your entire life - you have probably heard you do. If you want to test God, do so - because He
about the concept of the tithe. Basically, it is giving tells us that we can. And remember what our purpose
10% of your income to God. on earth is for - not to build ourselves up, but rather
for the glory of the Kingdom. Our treasures are
That sure sounds like a lot, especially in the stored in heaven, and our time here is just temporary.
economic times we are in. Tithing has one interesting God will not let you go without - He is faithful to us
aspect to it however - it is the one place in the Bible if we are faithful to Him.
that God actually says we can test him on it. Test God?
No way you may think - but it's true. Malachi 3:10 Courtesy of Christian Finance
(NIV) says "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse,
that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,
says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open
the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing The Twelve Historical Books
that you will not have room enough for it". Wow -
those are pretty strong words on this subject. • Joshua 24:14-18 - A Choice To Give
• Judges 17:1-6 - Doing What Is Right In God's
Notwithstanding God's words, I still feel odd Sight
'testing' him on this. Instead, I give faithfully in hopes • Ruth 1:3-5, 15-16, 2:3, 11-12 - The Lord
that God will continue his grace and blessings in my Recompense And Reward You
life. I have actually felt convicted by the Holy Spirit at • 1 Samuel 15:2-3, 18-22 - Sacrifice Is Good
times that I was not tithing. It's true: for a while I had But Obedience Is Better
stopped tithing for various reasons - more out of • 2 Samuel 2:3-6 - Showing Kindness Has It's
personal want rather than financial necessity - and I felt Rewards
absolutely guilty about it. So I started again and that • 1 Kings 2:1-4 - Prospering In All We Do
feeling completely disappeared. Wherever We Go
• 2 Kings 4:1-7 - Preparing To Receive From
If you are in the leadership of a church, I want to God
• 1 Chronicles 22:1-6 - Preparing To Build The
share something that we do. A couple weeks ago, I
Lord's House
mentioned that my Pastor had started a series on
• 2 Chronicles 2:1-2 - Bearing The Burden
Recession Proofing your life. With regards to tithing,
Together
our church does an interesting thing - basically a 'tithe
• Ezra 1:1-5 - Two Reasons For God's Material
test'. If a person tithes for 3 months and does not feel
Blessings
God blessing them, then our church will refund their
• Nehemiah 10:34-39 - Supporting The Levites
tithe back to them. Talk about a guarantee! This is not
And The Priests
the first time we have done this, but over the years we
• Esther 2:17-18 - Love Gives According To It's
have never had to refund any money back. Does that
Ability
speak for the benefit of tithing?

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Calendar of Events
November
Services
7 Healing and Deliverance Twelve Step Wrap Up Prayer
Sunday School 9:00a.m.
Breakfast 9:00a.m.
25 Thanksgiving Praise & Worship 7:00 p.m. .
9-13 Pastor’s 8th Anniversary Celebration 7:00 p.m. nightly Sunday Morning Worship 10:00a.m.

December Holy Communion First Sunday Monthly

5 Fellowship with Seniors 10:00 a.m. Praise, Testimony, Prayer Wednesday 7:00p.m.
12 Men’s Pancake Breakfast 10:00 a.m.
13 2nd Annual 100 Men and Women in Red and Black Bible Study Wednesday 7:30p.m.
3:00p.m.
20 Annual Christmas Service 3:00 p.m.
31 New Year’s Eve Service 10:00 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal Thursday 7:00p.m.

New Members Class 3rd & 4th Wednesday 6:00p.m.


For an updated listing, visit our Web site at
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Youth Choir Rehearsal Last Friday of Month


7:00p.m.

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