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At 8:30am on April 12, 2009, karen d washington said…
Wednesday night (04/08/2009) I had a vision and in the vision it was about 6:00pm, evening time. I was standing on the top of a hill which was hidden by the trees. The trees was tall with short branches and covered with pine needles on the upper area of the tree. I heard a call within my spirit to turn to the east and as I turned to the east, I looked up towards the sky. Darkness began to cover the earth and a tornado began to form in the sky and it hit the ground, coming through the trees. I could not move but stood upon the hill as it passed by. Then another one came as the first it passed over me without harming me. I remember feeling the strong breeze of the tornado passing over me. The spirit of the Lord led me out into the field continually looking into the east.

There were people standing in the field unaware of what was about to take place or what is even happening now. As the tornados began to form and touch the earth, I began to guide the people away from the storm. I can feel the way to overcome the storm is to watch and pray, never try to direct the storm but allow it to pass over.

As I was standing my grandson walked up to me and we began to face each other face to face. The darkness was deeper than before. He began to speak words to me but I did not understand what he was saying; however, I felt what he said. He said, "Grandma, look to the east." Both of us looked to the east and there was a great tornado, bigger than all of the others. It covered the earth and there was no time to run. We continued to stand face to face, staring one another in the eyes, giving power to each other. The storm passed over without harmining a hair on our head because we stood together.

Saints of God, it is time to make a stand together in the Lord, for the storms that are about to take place in this world we will need each other. People who know the way it is time to teach others the way. Lead the people to Christ because Christ is ready to receive them as his own. The harvest is plenty but the labors are few, gather the harvest before God throw in the sickle.
At 10:51am on April 1, 2009, PASTOR ELAINE SMOTHERS said…

At 10:23am on February 27, 2009, PASTOR JEROME BENTON said…
Rev. Luckett thanks for info BELOW
At 10:21am on February 27, 2009, PASTOR JEROME BENTON said…
1. Get a text to preach- for me this comes in various ways. I can be listening to my pastor or another preacher preaching and some of the things they say will trigger a message topic for me. I've received message or sermon topics through prayer, by listening to others talk and by reading my bible as well.

2. Interpret the text for preaching - I have a dake annotated study bible, plus software to do this. Also i read and meditate on the scriptures over and over and as a result the Holy Spirit gives me something different each time to pull up out of the text.

3. Get a theme for the sermon - I believe this comes from your message subject and you may develop sub-points from this as well. This also helps the preacher (especially those new to the call of preaching) stay in the scope of their subject. I have seen preachers sometimes get off of their topic, get too far out there, and then they don't have a way to steer them back to their subject. As a result, they loose the congregation, and have killed the message.

4. Write the sermon - self explanatory. I encourage new preachers to do this. Some of us are not strong enough to preach without notes quite yet. That takes time. One time I saw a young preacher who was the guest speaker and after 10 minutes he was out of material. In other words he started repeating himself over and over. It's best to end the sermon if you have nothing else to say. It takes time to preach without notes or preach from an outline. You must really know the scriptures you are using for your message to do this.

5. Prepare Sermon for Preaching- Usually what I start with is not what I finish with. I always leave room for the holy spirit when preaching as well. He may have you say something that is not written in your message. He may also have you change some things in the message as well.

6. Practice the sermon- I can't stress this enough for young preachers and associates ministers. If you know you are going to preach in 2 weeks, you have enough time to practice and practice and practice and practice. I personally like to have a flow to my sermon while understanding that the Holy Spirit may take me in a different direction for a moment, but I make sure that I have a way back in to my message. And yes, I actually stand up and practice as if i'm in the pulpit at church. Why sit down and practice if you know you are going to be standing up to preach? Also, if one is not prepared he or she can loose the congregation within the first few minutes of the sermon. And if that happens, it's going to be difficult getting them back- if you even can get to that point.

7. Preach the sermon with Confidence - Yes! If i'm not excited about my message, then why do I expect others to be? If I won't by my own tape, then why do i expect others to do so? (lol, just a figure of speech) And don't be suprise if the Holy Spirit convicts you from the message God has given you to preach. Folks didn't know, but sometimes the message convicted me, and I had to practice what I preached. (get it..."practice what I preached!" will catch that on your way home)

Although the article above has great recommendations, I understand that sometimes we may be asked to preach at the spur of the moment. I haven't been preaching long and this has happened to me. My Pastor says to always keep a sermon in your heart and on paper. And I do. I believe every preacher should be able to at least preach John 3:16. But that's just my view. And if you are asked at the spur of the moment to preach, grab a text that you are familiar with. Don't try to preach from revelations if you haven't studied it.
At 8:13pm on February 10, 2009, karen d washington said…
Sorry Pastor Benton,

I did not see your request for conversation

Love Prophetess
At 8:52pm on February 9, 2009, Lady Bea Morgan said…
Thank you!

May God bless you, your family, and your ministry!

Lady Bea Morgan
At 3:04pm on February 9, 2009, Kelcey L. Benton said…
GOOD AFTERNOON! Just read your testimony and I got to tell you that it was very encouraging to me. I know that GOD has been good to you, I hope that he continues to bless you in special way.
At 11:06am on January 17, 2009, Valencia said…

At 11:45pm on January 15, 2009, duvonne patterson said…
Thank you pastor you have a nice page as well. God bless you
At 11:59am on January 15, 2009, Apostle Myra Pearson said…
To God Be The Glory. Fellowship would be wonderful in Jesus Name. North Carolina is not to far from South Carolina.
At 11:11pm on January 14, 2009, Wes Hudson said…
Pastor Jerome,
I have read your testimony. your energy and positive outlook are what I need!
I am in Wilmington! Let's pray for one another! May God Lift you up! I love your way of looking ahead, not where you are, and where you've been, but where God is taking us!
my phone number is 910-262-4083
Isiah 35
Brother Wes
At 10:59pm on January 14, 2009, Apostle Myra Pearson said…
To God Be The Glory Man of God.
At 10:55pm on January 14, 2009, Apostle Myra Pearson said…
To God Be The Glory Pastor Benton and welcome. Pastor Benton look for some uncommon favor within the next few months in Jesus Name because of your faithfulness.
At 3:51pm on January 14, 2009, Pastor Sean M. Lee said…
Thanks Pastor. We should set something up.
At 9:47pm on January 10, 2009, Pastor Maureen Chen said…
At 11:35pm on January 8, 2009, karen d washington said…
Last Friday night, we had an awesome time in prayer. I would like to invite everyone out to our first prayer meeting for the new year but especially those who are feeling like they've lost their anointing and their zeal to pray is no longer present. Believe me, this is the prayer line that you want to get on.

Please join us midnight eastern standard time. Conference # 218-339-4300, Access Code # 519178. Prayer requests are welcomed.
At 10:31pm on January 7, 2009, Apostle E. Scott said…
Bless you,
Happy new year
At 9:30pm on January 4, 2009, Pastor Lenora Peterson said…
God Bless you, Pastor BENTON, I am bless as always. Happy New YEAR!
At 1:57am on January 4, 2009, Pastor Maureen Chen said…

At 4:02am on January 3, 2009, Alabasterbybina said…
Greetings Beautiful Man of God,
Just dropping by to show some love.
Blessings to you and yours!

Wisdom word for today...

No longer look down on ones process. you never know what mantle they life might be holding.
Many are called and few are chosen... Chosen has to endure many test. Some in which we do fail...that causes one to look demoted...
some of these demotions is where the chosen will find promotion.

Evangelist Sabrina

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