Time to turn things around
When the society you are raising your children in is one that your forefathers could not even fathom in terms of violence and negativity, when the young are dying faster than the old, when unemployment and poverty become a constant companion you know that it is time to make a change. Now is the perfect time to reset lives and levels of faith in people so that society can heal itself.
National Overseer of the Church of God of Prophecy(COGOP), Bishop Elgarnet Rahming says that a perfect way to rejuvenate the people is to participate in COGOP’s annual crusade–a faith renewing event that will focus on the refocusing of one’s spirituality through a series of services. Crusade 2011 will commence every day at 7:30 p.m. from Sunday, January 16 through Friday, January 21 at the Church of God of Prophecy’s East Street Tabernacle under the theme,”I’m Coming Closer to Jesus.”This timely spiritual event paves the way for opportunities for salvation, healing, deliverance and spiritual refreshing from the Lord, says Bishop Rahming.
“A distress SOS call floods the ears and hearts of our Bahamian people as another young male is killed. The murder count soars to nearly 100 for 2010–an all-time record, never seen in the history of our nation. Unemployment rises, moral and social decay eat away at the fabric of our society. Financial hardships from a global economic recession, has placed many in valleys of sickness, despair, depression and hopelessness,”said Bishop Rahming.”We as a body of believers and church leaders must continue to shine and proclaim hope in a world where hopelessness seems to be the order of the day.”
The bishop says the challenges facing the people of The Bahamas must draw them like a magnet to come closer to Jesus for those that don’t know Him, to open the doors of their hearts. He says people must come near to God as well as their family relationships, in their worship, in their giving, their charity, and in purposeful and godly living by simply surrendering their hearts to God, because He is waiting.
Guest speakers for the crusade include the powerful inspirational speaker Bishop William Lee of Daytona Beach, Florida, and the down-to-earth orator Bishop Leroy Greenaway from the United States.Bishop Rahming will also be speaking on various subjects stemming from the theme”I’m Coming Closer to Jesus.”
The COGOP crusade comes at a time when the nation needs it the most, says the Bishop. He says there is too much going on for people not to want to change things around.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for the unsaved to come into a personal relationship with Christ. It is the time for the sick to extend their faith and be healed. it is the time for the depressed, down trodden, disconsolate and discouraged to experience from God a touch that will lift their spirits and speak peace and blessed assurance into their hearts. This a time for everyone to seek and find healing.
“It is important for many people to come out and just be touched this coming week,”says the Bishop.”The theme itself is a testimony for all of us to live by. It reflects an individual action that we aim to do. It is also an admission that we are not where we want to be in our relationship with God and it is a recommitment to bettering what we have been doing. This is the time for everyone to examine themselves and just return to the Father no matter where you are on your Christian journey.”
Bishop Rahming foresees that all who attend the conference will be able to make a successful recommitment to God and in turn reflect His life, light and love which will make the society a better place one step at a time.
“This is the year that there will be a change and relief from all that plagues this nation will stem from the crusade. A turn around will come but it starts with us.”
When: Sunday, January 16-Friday, January 21
Where: Church of God of Prophecy East Street Tabernacle
Time: 7:30 pm daily