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Florida author Shemeka L. McNair’s choosing to ‘wait on God’ has resulted in her gifts making room for her

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2019 SPECIAL REPORT


Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psalm 27:14 KJV)


WAITING FOR GOD’S APPROVAL 

TRUSTING THE PROCESS — Florida author Shemeka McNair’s featured written work is entitled, “Impatiently Waiting: Don’t Rush Love,” a 170-page project that jumpstarted her authorship debut when it was ceremoniously released in 2016.

Just before midday EST on Saturday, Shemeka L. McNair took to her Facebook page, where she staged before her social media followers a rather forthright and riveting post that essentially had come wrapped up in a self-declaration, of sorts.

Said McNair in on her timelime:
This year, I will shake hands with million dollar investors. They will fund my vision in its entirety. Then I will become a millionaire and I will shake hands with people like me and I will fund their vision. Not only will I soon be a millionaire I will produce other millionaires for the Glory of God! I walk in this type of favor!! I am anointed for this.
Talk about shooting her spiritual shot. Talk about keeping it 100.
Talk about some making an emphatic, dauntless, in-your-face profession, one that figures to change not just the life of McNair but, most importantly, virtually an entire generation.
If, by chance, God deems it essential to bring that about which McNair has publicly declared to fruition, in all likelihood, she’ll be exchanging pleasantries with millionaires, who will surely express interest in her gallery of books.

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One in particular is McNair’s featured written work entitled, “Impatiently Waiting: Don’t Rush Love,” the 170-page project that jumpstarted her authorship debut when it was ceremoniously released in 2016.

“I wrote the book, because I was single for so long time and, at a certain point in my wait, I became tired of waiting and begin to make really (ill-advised) choices in men,” McNair, a native of Magee, Mississippi, told Making Headline News this week. “I lowered — basically got rid of — all of the standards I had and I just started to go with the flow of the dating scene. I bumped my head and had my heart broken so many times, I lost count.”

As McNair vividly explained, it wasn’t until God had her strategically confined inside of her vehicle that greatly enabled her to — for a lack of better words — see a light bulb moment, particularly it relates to her unfavorable decision-making in dating.


“One night, in the year 2011, I was sitting in the car, crying over a relationship and I begin to ask God, ‘Why is this happening to me? Why does this keep happening to me?’” — Florida Author Shemeka McNair 


As she consequently found out, God — His usual reliable Self — had provided her with some much-needed sense of direction.

“I heard a Voice say, ‘Write about it,’” McNair explained. “What type of response is that? I’m crying and You tell me to write about it. As time passed, I begin to journal about whatever I was going through in the relationships and courtships.”

LISTEN UP — As for the divine message she’s sending to her audience through “Impatiently Waiting: Don’t Rush Love,” McNair said, “If you can wait, you can have whatever it is you want. When we rush we have everything we don’t want…like the wrong partner, toxic relationships, and situations we should have never been a part of. We all have a due season. We just have to enjoy, not despise our wait, because it will always be worth the wait.”

And before she knew it, she was on path to assuming the role of an author, a trend that has given way to this Orlando-based writer and businesswoman assembling three additional books, one of which is presently in the works and about to be headed for the printer.

Aside from an “Impatiently Waiting” book that has caught the attention of actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, who’s famously known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable in the classic NBC sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” McNair also authored:

“Behind the Scenes Of Success,” which was released in December 2017, or approximately 10 months after the first one. Then in January 2019, she published “On the Road To Recovery.”

As McNair can boldly admit today, she’s grateful to God for having assigned her to speak along such a thought-provoking, spiritually-empowering topic for such a time as now.

As for the divine message she’s sending to her audience through “Impatiently Waiting: Don’t Rush Love,” McNair said, “If you can wait, you can have whatever it is you want. When we rush we have everything we don’t want…like the wrong partner, toxic relationships, and situations we should have never been a part of. We all have a due season. We just have to enjoy, not despise our wait, because it will always be worth the wait.”

As McNair can boldly admit today, she’s grateful to God for having assigned her to speak along such a thought-provoking, spiritually-empowering topic for such a time as now.

McNair’s “Behind the Scenes Of Success” was released in December 2017, or approximately 10 months after her first book.

“Many people have said to me that I will write books, but I didn’t know how or where to start,” McNair said. “So I just started to write down what I thought I should be writing until one day in 2015, I was visiting a church and the pastor asked me to stand and he said to me, ‘I see you journaling. I see you are writing a lot.’”

Surely, such a public prophesy essentially was God speaking to McNair through one of His spokespersons.

McNair’s “On the Road To Recovery” debuted in January of this year.

To her credit, it’s a good thing she took heed to that which God revealed to her.

Continued the Pastor: “God said for you to hurry up and write the book and he will send the finances.”

STAR POWER — McNair’s “Impatiently Waiting”has caught the attention of actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, who’s famously known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable in the classic NBC sitcom, “The Cosby Show.”

And just like that, McNair’s authorship tenure was officially underway, an awe-inspiring development that given way to four books — and counting.

“That put a fire under me and I was trying to write, but didn’t know what I should be writing,” McNair said.

Once she had finally found her niche as an accomplished author, God, in turn, had provided the increase.

GLIMPSE OF GOD’S GLORY — If, by chance, God deems it essential to bring that about which McNair has publicly declared to fruition, in all likelihood, she’ll be exchanging pleasantries with millionaires, who will surely express interest in her gallery of books.

“I have received great feedback from everyone,” McNair said of her assortments, especially the first one. “They feel the book is real and relatable. Even men have said the book was a great read.”

Chances are, those millionaires with whom she will eventually cross paths will share the same sentiments.


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Atlanta-area businesswoman Tamara Charles salutes her firstborn on becoming her first of four children to earn a degree

RAISING THE BAR 

YOU GO GIRL!!!!!! To her credit, coupled with the valiant support of her mother, Jazmyne Williana Balan-Charles has steadfastly made good on her pledge to her mother when she earned her undergraduate degree on May 19 from Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.

Amongst Tamara Charles’ greatest desires for Jazmyne Williana Balan-Charles is that her daughter would someday never have to weather the types of adversities she endured when she was her age.

“Jazmyne watched me struggled as a single mom raising her and her siblings, working two jobs and going to school after work to come home and cook dinner at 10 p.m. at night,” Charles told Making Headline News during its annual Salute To Graduate Tributes.
“I knew my daughter didn’t want to experience what I’ve went through, being a single mom with four kids. I taught all my kids that education is the key to success, and as her mother, I stayed on top of her education. I knew Jazmyne would be successful.”
To her credit, coupled with the valiant support of her mother, Jazmyne has steadfastly made good on her pledge to her mother when she earned her undergraduate degree on May 19 from Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.

A former Framingham State University student who transferred from nearby Framingham, Massachusetts-based institution after her freshman year to be closer to her twin brother and the rest of the family, Jazmyne capped off her undergraduate tenure by graduating with honors, having amassed an impressive cumulative grade point average of 4.0.

In a nutshell, that meant that the only “C” this academically gifted student had witnessed during her undergraduate days was that which jumpstarted her last name.

That Tamara Charles is overwhelmingly proud of her new college graduate essentially goes without saying.

“I am beyond proud of my daughter,” said Charles, an Atlanta-area businesswoman who was born in Port Au Prince, Haiti, but relocated to the United States in 1986 at the tender age of seven. “Jazmyne was never a young girl to try to fit in with other girls. Her circle was her family from both sides…from her father and mom’s side of the family.”

STAYED THE COURSE — A former Framingham State University student who transferred from nearby Framingham, Massachusetts-based institution after her freshman to be closer to her twin brother and the rest of the family, Jazmyne capped off her undergraduate tenure by graduating with honors, having amassed an impressive cumulative grade point average of 4.0.

For Jazmyne, the immeasurable, close-knit bond she’s established with her loved ones has played a major factor in the success she’s enjoyed since making the transition from high school to college.

“She hung out with her aunties and cousins,” said Charles, recalling her daughter’s memorable college journey. “Jazmyne’s type of sleepovers was that I’m going to auntie so and so’s house. There wasn’t, ‘Oh I’m going to sleep over at my friends’ house.’ She was mentored and guided by a whole lot of successful women, so I never doubted that my daughter wouldn’t be successful as well.”

Once Jazmyne’s name was called and echoed through the loudspeaker to receive her degree, Charles contends she was the happiest mother in the place, happy that she was blessed to have worked diligently to help propel her daughter to yet another major milestone.

WHERE IT ALL STARTED — For Jazmyne, the immeasurable, close-knit bond she’s established with her loved ones has played a major factor in the success she’s enjoyed since making the transition from high school to college.

So much, in fact, that she had to reach for the nearest Kleenex to absorb the tears that spilled out of her eyes.

“It was a proud moment for me,” Charles said. “The tears came rolling down but it was tears of joy…tears that my daughter wasn’t another statistic. Jazmyne just turn 22 on May 6. When I was 22, I had a set of twins, a girl and boy with no college degree. And to see your firstborn and first heartbeat didn’t follow your footsteps and did it differently is a mother’s dream come true.”

Her daughter’s latest dream, by all accounts, has become a reality, in large part because of what her mother describes as “tough love,” meaning her children — despite her flurry of ill-advised decisions during her youth — were routinely held accountable and to a higher standard if they failed to meet her lofty expectations.


“Yes, I showed my kids tough love, but that’s because I wanted them to know nothing is given to them,” Charles explained. “If you want something, you have to go out there in this cold world and get it. It’s not going to be easy, but giving up was never an option in my book and I continue to pass that same mentality to my children.”


Because after all, amongst Charles’ greatest desires for her children was that they would someday never have to weather the types of adversities she endured when she was age.

Jazmyne’s latest dream, by all accounts, has become a reality, in large part because of what her mother describes as “tough love,” meaning her children — despite her flurry of ill-advised decisions during her youth — were routinely held accountable and to a higher standard if they failed to meet her expectations.

So far, so good, especially for her firstborn whom, to her credit, is already raising the bar for her younger siblings to follow — or perhaps surpass.

“I tell them every day, ‘I never ever want to see any of my children struggle like I did, so keep pushing. Anything and everything you set your mind to, you can do it,’” Charles said.

Much to delight of mom, her oldest child had been listening, as evidence by the college degree she inherited just last weekend.


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Business partners Michael LeMay and Nikki Denise join forces to compose a book that promotes combating divorce


Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Matthew 19:6 KJV)


GOD’S HOLY ORDINANCE 

DALLAS — For the record, there’s never a bad time, quite frankly, to speak along the lines of what it means to avoid a dreaded marital dissolution.

That is why authors Michael LeMay and Nikki Denise have joined forced to compose a book they sense will become a fixture not just amongst worldly individuals but, most importantly, amongst those who make up the Body of Christ.
Never mind that the informative, emotionally-driven, spiritually gut-checking book by these writers isn’t scheduled to be released until sometime in Spring 2020.
“(We’re striving) to encourage men and women to reconsider staying married as opposed to divorce,” LeMay told Making Headline News this week. “And (we’re striving) to offer various practical and emotional reasons why they should stay married.”

ACCORDING TO GOD’S LAW…

Indeed they are, courtesy of an awe-inspiring and forthcoming book entitled, “Avoiding Divorce For Men and Women: 101,” a collaborative written document that’s centered largely on this dynamic duo of authors deeming it essential to — you know — keep it real with their readers, most notably those who could learn a thing or two about the downside of divorce and why sticking together as a union would be beneficial for both parties in the long run.

To their credit, these authors’ strategic and steadfast objective of keeping it real, by all accounts, is accompanied by a great deal of transparency.

There’s never a bad time, really, to speak along the lines of what it means to avoid a marital dissolution. That is why authors Michael LeMay and Nikki Denise have joined forced to compose a book they sense will become a fixture not just amongst worldly individuals but, most importantly, amongst those who make up the Body of Christ.

“We believe that having been through divorce and single parenting that we have an authentic experience and knowledge about this subject matter,” Nikki Denise, 39, a native of Durham, North Carolina, explained. “It is our quest to help African-American families stay together and to deter divorce through our media. We hope to bring awareness to the public about some of the pitfalls and root causes and the results of divorce on a family. And we hope to provide information and guidance to avoid divorce.”

A book that is already generating its share of favorable feedback — “It’s been all positive,” LeMay said — roughly eight months prior to its scheduled release, “Avoiding Divorce For Men and Women: 101” is making a strong case that it figures to be as good as advertised once it makes it ceremoniously release on the market.

“The avoiding divorce platform seeks to explain how various socio economic dynamics can transcend into interrelation dysfunction and marital failures, within modern African American families,” said the co-authors, when asked in what ways are their forthcoming book apart of the purpose for which God has created them. “The avoiding divorce platform challenges black men and women to perform deep mental introspection and self-examination, to discover the root causes in their behavioral patterns that can be correlated to patterns of dysfunction in their marriages.”

Moreover, LeMay and Nikki Denise acknowledged, what they appropriately label the “avoiding divorce platform” is absolutely essential, particularly as it pertains to keeping the sanctity of marriage intact.

THEY’VE GOT NEWS FOR YOU — All things considered, LeMay and his Nikki Denise can dauntless profess that they thank God for strategically assigning them for collectively composing an intriguing and essential book for such a time as now.

There are variety of pivotal reasons for drawing such an analogy, they emphasized.


“The avoiding divorce platform triggers an awareness in black men and women to realize that they must to do self and perhaps professional psychoanalysis required to know thyself and to become self-aware,” Nikki Denise explained. “We believe that this is our God-given assignment as authors.”


Having announced this week that they are open to speaking engagements, during which they would share in detail the developments that fueled their fervent desire to assemble “Avoiding Divorce For Men and Women: 101,” both LeMay and Nikki Denise have undoubtedly found their niche as accomplished writers, having authored a galley of books.

In addition, LeMay Imagery Publishing will be publishing “Avoiding Divorce: 101,” a book they emphasized is designed for men and women, especially couples who are passionate about diligently remaining in covenant.

IN HER OWN WORDS — “We believe that having been through divorce and single parenting that we have an authentic experience and knowledge about this subject matter,” Nikki Denise, 39, a native of Durham, North Carolina, explained. “It is our quest to help African-American families stay together and to deter divorce through our media. We hope to bring awareness to the public about some of the pitfalls and root causes and the results of divorce on a family. And we hope to provide information and guidance to avoid divorce.”

“Our goal is to inspire families and to offer them tools for them to stay together,” said LeMay, an Atlanta-based businessman who is a native of Chicago. “We believe that our message of avoiding divorce is ordained by God and that it is as important as the Civil Rights Movement was.”

Talk about a rather bold and riveting suggestion, one that because of this brilliantly compelling book, figures to become a fixture not just amongst worldly individuals but, most importantly, amongst those who make up the Body of Christ.

“(We want our readers) to become self-aware and spiritually awakened,” LeMay said in making a plea for consumers to begin submitting presale orders for “Avoiding Divorce For Men and Women: 101.”

“I had to go through the process of analyzing my own consciousness and my psychological make-up…to evoke change within himself, I had to deconstruct myself from the core,” LeMay continued. “And then rebuild and reengineer my mind with new content. I had to undergo a mental and spiritual rebirth.”

All things considered, LeMay and his Nikki Denise can dauntlessly profess that they thank God for strategically assigning them for collectively composing an intriguing and essential book for such a time as now.

BOOK THEM — Having announced this week that they are open to speaking engagements, during which they would share in detail the developments that fueled their fervent desire to assemble “Avoiding Divorce For Men and Women: 101,” both LeMay and Nikki Denise have undoubtedly found their niche as accomplished writers, having authored a galley of books.

“I don’t believe that I’d be divorced today had I made these kinds of mental and spiritual changes before it was too late,” LeMay said without hesitation. “If I had only paid attention to the signs that my wife presented to me…had I taken accountability for taking the time to learn how to become humble enough to know that my marriage was in trouble, I don’t believe that I would be divorced today.

“Being able to ask for help when I realized that my marriage was in trouble was the work,” LeMay added. “This is the necessary process. In that, we acknowledge that we are in trouble and that we respond effectively.”

Talk about keeping it real.

For the record.


For more information about Authors  Michael LeMay and Nikki Denise, or to schedule them for a public appearance or book signing, connect with them via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LeMay-Imagery-Publishing/324134638241888. Also, send email to: lemayimagery@gmail.com.


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Retired Memphis clergyman Bishop Andrew Jackson Sr. has made immeasurable strides during ministry that spans five decades


EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series of Making Headline News’ coverage of retired Memphis Pastor, Bishop Andrew Jackson, Sr. Bishop Jackson will be celebrating 50 years as founder of the historic Faith Temple Ministries Church of God in Christ during a celebratory reunion service on June 2.

50 SHADES OF GRACE 

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY — The very church that Bishop Andrew Jackson Sr. had organized has steadfastly stood the test of time, a trend that will surely emerge as the center of conversation when an expected overflow crowd descends upon 5191 Elvis Presley Boulevard on Sunday, June 2 to pay homage to the longtime preacher for five decades of dedicatory service to the Memphis and the Body of Christ.

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — What initially started out as an exclusive interview with retired Memphis Pastor, Bishop Andrew Jackson Sr., had suddenly turned into a rather riveting mini-sermon, of sorts.

“To move from a $100,000 facility to an $800,000 facility…it was kind of like the 300 (member) Gideon band,” Bishop Jackson said during a phone conversation with Making Headline News from his Eads, Tennessee home Tuesday night, referring to the narrative involving Gideon — the son of Joash — who’s widely remembered amongst Biblical historians for his decisive victory over a Midianite army despite a vast numerical disadvantage, during which he led a troop of what was known as 300 ‘valiant’ men.
“Gideon was facing a 100,000-man army and he only had 32,000 and God told him he had too many,” Bishop Jackson continued. And 22,000 went back and left him with 10,000. And God told him he still had too many. Only 300 passed the test, so he took the 300 and won the battle against 100,000.”

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For the record, there is precisely an unequivocal correlation this longtime clergyman and beloved founder of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ has eloquently drawn in reference to an awe-inspiring Biblical sequential that’s housed in the Book of Judges.

“My point is when we moved, we only had about 100 members,” said Bishop Jackson, a Grady,  Arkansas native, referring to his church’s relocation from its South Memphis site in 1989 to its current establishment in the historic Whitehaven community.

While there are, in many aspects, strength in numbers, that wasn’t merely the case, particularly as it pertains to the continuous progression of his longstanding ministry, Bishop Jackson acknowledged.

UPON THIS ROCK — Having started his church in July 1969 in amid what many of his peers describe as “humble beginnings,” Bishop Jackson’s ministry was birthed with the valiant support of his then-wife, the late Lottie Jackson, the couple’s six children, and three adults. The church has since enjoyed a considerable amount of growth, coupled with the relocations to two different sites since its inception at 66 West Mallory Street — from a 300-seat sanctuary at 76 East Davant to its presence campus, which includes a sanctuary that accommodates approximately 750 individuals.

“It was strength in the anointing,” he said without hesitation.

Indeed it was, especially considering the very church that Bishop Jackson had organized has steadfastly stood the test of time, a trend that will surely emerge as the center of conversation when an  expected overflow crowd descends upon 5191 Elvis Presley Boulevard on Sunday, June 2 to pay homage to the longtime preacher for five decades of dedicatory service to Memphis and the Body of Christ.

In what has been ceremoniously dubbed Faith Temple’s “50th Founder’s Day Reunion Celebration,” Bishop Jackson expects a throng of colleagues, well-wishers, and current and former members to assemble at his church, where they will reminisce and honor him for his immeasurable body of work as arguably one of the Mid-South’s most cultivated and well-established clergymen.


THE HIGH PLACE 

Jackson, Sr. was officially consecrated to the Office of Bishopric of the COGIC during its 110th Holy Convocation in St. Louis before an overflow crowd of worshippers that included several members of the South Memphis-area church he founded in 1969.

Bishop Jackson’s 50th Founder’s Day celebration comes approximately three years after his retirement as Faith Temple’s Senior Pastor and a little less than two years after he was officially consecrated to the Office of Bishopric during COGIC’s 110th Holy Convocation in St. Louis.

Having started his church in July 1969 amid what many of his peers describe as “humble beginnings,” Bishop Jackson’s ministry was spearheaded with the valiant support of his then-wife, the late Lottie Jackson, the couple’s six children, and three adults.

The church has since enjoyed a considerable amount of growth, coupled with the relocation to two different sites since its inception at 66 West Mallory Street — from a 300-seat sanctuary at 76 East Davant to its presence campus, which includes a tabernacle that accommodates approximately 750 individuals.

Elder Ivory Jackson Sr. succeeded his father as Faith Temple’s Senior Pastor in June 2016.

In assessing the sustained success and resiliency of a ministry that spans five decades, Bishop Jackson, as expected, found it somewhat difficult to sum it all up in one word.

At least he tried.

“I don’t think so. I can’t think of any one word” said Bishop Jackson, chuckling before putting more serious thought into such a conspicuous inquiry. “I could say something like ‘awesome’ or ‘tremendous’ or ‘well done.’”

Given his unfathomable track record in the Body of Christ and as the face of Faith Temple Ministries COGIC, many would agree that there isn’t merely one word that could appropriately sum up the substantial impact Bishop Jackson’s ministry has had on countless of Mid-Southerners, particularly residents in the inner city South Memphis and Whitehaven communities.

Much like Bishop Jackson, though, the possibility exist that a number of attendees who will turn out for the golden anniversary of his ministry might perhaps take a figurative swing at assessing the efficacious impact he’s had on their lives in one pivotal word.

Or perhaps two.

Or three.

Or…well, you get the point.

Given his unfathomable track record in the Body of Christ and as the face of Faith Temple Ministries COGIC, many would agree that there isn’t merely one word that could appropriately sum up the substantial impact Bishop Jackson’s ministry has had on countless of Mid-Southerners, particularly residents in the inner city South Memphis and Whitehaven communities.

Regardless of the number of superlatives that will be uttered throughout the sanctuary loudspeakers, there’s a good chance that Bishop Jackson will have a handkerchief somewhere tucked away in the event he finds it difficult fighting back tears.

“It’s probably a good chance,” said Jackson, when asked what are the chances he’ll unleash tears of joy during the much-anticipated celebration of his latest ministerial milestone. “It depends on what is said.”

While Bishop Jackson isn’t certain if he’ll reach for his handkerchief on the morning of June 2, there’s one thing he undoubtedly knows, one major factor he appropriately singled out while capping off what seemed to be a mini-sermon, of sorts, Tuesday night.

“What seemed to be insurmountable,” he said, “we were able to overcome.”

With God, his Helper, leading the way.

For five decades and counting.


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Texas ‘Living Legend’ Bishop John Lewis Johnson to be honored for 60 years as Senior Pastor of Greater Progressive COGIC


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV)


60 SHADES OF GRACE 

FORT WORTH, Texas — Bishop John Lewis Johnson.

Clearly, such a name ought to ring a bell, should have by now undoubtedly become a fixture throughout the historic Church of God In Christ, a religious-based organization that is widely regarded as the largest Pentecostal church and the fifth largest Christian church in the country.
To grasp a thorough concept of why Bishop Johnson should have garnered a well-respected, unprecedented presence in the national church at this stage in his ministerial tenure, look no further than his immeasurable, well-publicized track record as one of Texas’ oldest clergymen, who is the Senior Pastor of Greater Progressive Church of God In Christ in Fort Worth.
To his distinctly unique credit, Bishop Johnson’s pastoral career is nearing an unprecedented six decades, an awe-inspiring, unfathomable feat that will be commemorated during his 60th Pastoral celebration on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. CST at Dayspring Family Church, located at 618 North Belt Lane Road in nearby Irving.

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TO GOD BE THE GLORY — To his distinctly unique credit, Bishop John Lewis Johnson’s pastoral career is nearing an unprecedented six decades, an awe-inspiring, unfathomable feat that will be commemorated during his 60th Pastoral celebration on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. CST at Dayspring Family Church, located at 618 North Belt Lane Road in nearby Irving.

A gallery that will be comprised of his membership, colleagues, family members, and a host of well-wishers will collectively engage in a celebratory praise and worship service, during which they will pay homage to 93-year-old Bishop Johnson, who has been the face of Greater Progressive COGIC dating back to May 23, 1959.

The service will be highlighted by a featured speaker, Superintendent Melton R. Timmons, the Senior Pastor of Jones Valley Community COGIC in Tyler, Texas.

Timmons serves as Secretary for COGIC’s National Board of Trustees.


THE CHURCH’S HIGHEST OFFICE 

All things considered, Bishop Johnson has surely earned the right to be celebrated for his exceptional body of work as one of God’s beloved spokesperson, one who has evolved as a beacon of light in his own right, particularly in the national church.

Having sold out completely to God on February 15, 1949 at the tender age of 23, it was within the walls of the very historic church he pastors that he surrendered his life to Christ.

A little more than a year later — April 26, 1950, to be technical — Bishop Johnson had graciously accepted his divine calling to preach the Gospel.

To his credit, he’s been on God’s battlefield ever since, considering his ministerial resume includes having served under the leadership of the late Elder D.C. Littlefield, during which he was the Greater Progressive COGIC’s Assistant Pastor for just shy of a decade.

Interestingly, Bishop Johnson was officially ordained as an Elder in 1959, a milestone that had ultimately given way to his ceremoniously appointment by the late Bishop F. L. Haynes as Senior Pastor of Greater Progressive on May 23, 1959 (he was installed by the late Bishop D. L. Smith).


Following a notable presence in the Texas Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction — a stint that included having assumed roles as trustee and chairman of the Board of Superintendents, as well as a Program Planning Committee member — Bishop Johnson was promoted to Administrative Assistant to the Office of the Bishop on December 29, 1992. Consequently, he was consecrated as an Auxiliary Bishop by Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake Sr. during COGIC’s 109th National Holy Convocation on November 13, 2016.


Years before assuming his heavenly promotion to the highest office in the church, Bishop Johnson was the beneficiary of an honorary doctorate by Dallas’ Paul Quinn College on October 17, 1990.

Three years later, he was recognized by a host of delegates in the Fort Worth Community when he was deemed a “Living Legend.”

Bishop Johnson is the former husband to the late Mother Alma Katherine Johnson, a union that lasted 65 years before her demise.

Labeled a “gospel giant” by his peers and colleagues, Bishop Johnson’s unparalleled preaching tenure spans nearly seven decades, a stint that’s also accompanied by 49 years as a District Superintendent and 44 years as a Jurisdictional Administrative Assistant.


WELL DONE 

MASSIVE TRACK RECORD — All things considered, Bishop Johnson has undoubtedly earned the right to be celebrated for his exceptional body of work as one God’s beloved spokesperson, one who has evolved as a beacon of light in his own right, particularly in the national church.

A pastoral career that will reach 60 years as of May 23, Bishop Johnson currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Texas Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Prelate, Bishop J.E. Hornsby.

Clearly, such a name ought to ring a bell, should have undoubtedly become a fixture throughout the historic Church of God In Christ.

For 60 years…and counting.


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Texas Northeast First Jurisdiction to descend upon Garland for this year’s AIM Crusade

Lead photo taken and submitted by Tiana Boyd 


GARLAND, Texas — Superintendent Andrew Jackson Jr.’s clergy track record is such that he customarily exemplifies displaying heart for people.

Especially young people.

Such was the case in a recent Facebook post when Jackson Jr., the Senior Pastor of West Irving Church of God In Christ, offered a modern-day term often uttered by today’s millennials.
Said Jackson in a post before his nearly 2,300 social media followers:
“AIM Crusade 2019 is going to be LIT!”
Jackson was alluding to the AIM Crusade, an annual three-night event that’s hosted by the Texas Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.
Powered by Texas Northeast First, this year’s AIM Crusade will take place May 22-24 at Greater El Bethel Church of God In Christ, located at 517 Helen Street in Garland.

An acronym that stands for Auxiliaries In Ministry, last year’s AIM Crusade took place in nearby Corsicana, Texas, and holding the event in various Church of God In Christ-affiliate institutions throughout Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex essentially aligns with part of Texas Northeast First’s mission, Jackson Jr. told Making Headline News on Monday.


“It is a vision of our Jurisdictional Bishop (James E. Hornsby) to service churches in our jurisdiction,” said Jackson, who’s now in his second full year as Texas Northeast First AIM Chairman. “There are several churches in the Garland area, and basically, this is an effort to galvanize ministries in the jurisdiction, impact communities, and win souls for Christ.”


Just like last year’s AIM Crusade, when Texas Northeast First officials honored representatives of the Corsicana Independent School District, Jackson Jr. said a number of whom he refers to as “high achievers” through Garland ISD will be recognized during this three-night event.

“We recognized about 25 students, at least a dozen counselors, as well as Corsicana Mayor Don Denbow and Mayor Pro-Tem Ruby Williams,” said Jackson, acknowledging that this year’s recipients will include students, educators, and administrators.

As usual, the AIM Crusade will be comprised of three nights of power-packed praise and worship services, each of which will begin at 7:30 CST and will highlighted by a featured speaker.

Texas Northeast First Youth Department President Elder Mark Harry will bring forth the unadulterated word during the opening night of what is customarily dubbed, “Youth and Music Night.”

Superintendent Anthony McCrary, the President of Texas Northeast First Evangelist Department, will be the featured speaker on the second night of the crusade.

Jurisdictional Prelate Bishop Hornsby will close out the three-night crusade as the featured speaker.

STRAIGHT FROM THE CHAIRMAN — “It is a vision of our Jurisdictional Bishop (James E. Hornsby) to service churches in our jurisdiction,” said Jackson, who’s now in his second full year as Texas Northeast First AIM Chairman. “There are several churches in the Garland area, and basically, this is an effort to galvanize ministries in the jurisdiction, impact communities, and win souls for Christ.”

One-hour classes will take place at 6:30 prior to the start of services.

A Pentecostal Holiness Christian denomination with a predominantly African-American membership, the Church of God In Christ is comprised of nearly six million members throughout the United States and roughly 12,000 congregations.

Established in 1996 behind the influence of the late Bishop C. D. Owens, AIM is a part of what is known as COGIC’s umbrella format.

Widely regarded as the largest Pentecostal church and the fifth largest Christian church in the U. S., Church of God In Christ-based institutions can be found in more than 100 countries. Interestingly, its worldwide membership is comprised of somewhere in the neighborhood of six-to-eight million members.

Also, there are more than 15,000 Church of God In Christ congregations globally.


TEXAS NORTHEAST FIRST ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION AIM OFFICIALS

 

Jurisdictional Prelate — Bishop J. E. Hornsby

AIM Chairman — Supt. Andrew Jackson, Jr.

Youth Department — President Elder Mark Harry

Chairlady — Erica Milton

Mission Department — President Pastor John Delley; Elect Lady Evangelist Sharon Williams

Evangelist Department — President, Supt. Anthony McCrayElect Lady Evangelist Cathy Green

Sunday School Department — Superintendent, Pastor Larry Polk; Field Representative, Evangelist Cynthia Guyton


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Detroit’s Taynia A. Coleman evolving as a progressive realtor, thanks in large part to her father’s suggestion

HOUSE IN ORDER 

IN HER ZONE — A devoted businesswoman who could be appropriately described as one of many hats, Taynia Coleman has become a fixture as a Detroit metropolitan area real estate agent as the face of Realty by Taynia.

During her rise to entrepreneurship, someone deemed it essential to aid Taynia A. Coleman mightily in accomplishing her dreams.

Now she’s destined to return to favor.
A devoted businesswoman who could be appropriately described as one of many hats, Coleman has become a fixture as a Detroit metropolitan area real estate agent as the face of Realty by Taynia.
A native of the Motor City, Coleman’s chief responsibilities include — but are limited to — helping clients fulfill their dreams and goals, particularly through relocating, finding a home, as well as purchasing or renting a home.

“Realty by Taynia is also going into real estate investing, where we will buy and sale property and sometimes manage the property,” Coleman told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “The goal is to help those who may need to sale their homes fast, or they may have a property that they can’t take care of anymore. We would buy those homes and make them investment properties.”

By and large, Coleman said arguably her primary focus in servicing her clients to go to great lengths to ensure they are left with all smiles, compliments of her services rendered.

“What I like most is making the client happy…watching them fall in love with the home, they would say yes too,” Coleman said. “Also, I love getting the job done in record time.”

A real estate venture whereby she customarily caters to individuals ranging in ages 21-and-up, Coleman has enjoyed a great amount of sustained success since she became active in this ever-so-competitive industry a little less than a year ago.


“I am in the business of helping people, especially when they have hard times,” said Coleman, who delved off into real estate in August 2018. “I want to help as many people get what they want, need, or dream about in the best way possible by putting their desires first.”


In a nutshell, Coleman doesn’t shy away from the notion that her entrepreneurship reputation is such that she routinely exemplifies having a heart for people.

Plain and simple.

“My personal mission is just to help people get in a better place, whether that is mentally or physically,” said Coleman, who’s also an accomplished author who wrote “An Unnecessary Breakdown Within Your Relationship: Communication Is Key.”

Having become inspired by her father to consider real estate, Coleman — who admittedly struggled with the suggestion — had ultimately given it a try — a decision that, to her credit, has given way to some rather favorable results.

Yep. Turns out dad knows best.

“At first, real estate was not what I had in my vision, but after watching my dad, I began to get visions of what could be,” Coleman said. “He is a broker here in Michigan and I have been studying and watching his every move. I have worked with him closely. I have done property management for his business and ran the real estate office after leaving my Corporate America office job.”


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DADDY’S GIRL — Having become inspired by her father to consider real estate, Coleman — who admittedly struggled with the suggestion — had ultimately given it a try, a decision that, to her credit, has given way to some rather favorable results.

For Coleman, bolting Corporate America wasn’t such a bad concept after all.

If nothing else, it jumpstarted her quest to fulfilling what undoubtedly has aligned with her God-given purpose.

“Whatever you put your mind to, you can do it,” said Coleman, who also functions as a Detroit-area notary public, whereby she offers mobile notary and documentation services. “Always know your end game and make steps to see the end manifest itself. Always remember that if you want to have a successful life, you must always have God in the mix, especially in those times when you can’t figure everything out for yourself. God always will send an answer but you have to be willing to listen.”

Fortunately for Coleman, she was all ears, especially when her dad had begun offering a notable suggestion that essentially has changed the overall landscape of her life.


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Dallas/Fort Worth author Chrystal Castillo witnesses a glimpse of God’s glory through her new book


We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1 KJV)


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH 

PURPOSED FOR PAIN — A book that was officially released in early-May, Dallas/Fort Worth-author Chrystal D. Castillio spent the past couple of years assembling a book she admittedly wrote during what was a was “a very difficult season” of her life.

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Chrystal Castillo is certainly one of a kind, is surely a unique, godly woman in her own right.

Consider, for instance, how Castillo is appropriately described in her brief bio on her personal website.

As mentioned at https://www.chryscastillo.com/, Castillo has been widely deemed a “catalyst,” or someone who doesn’t blend in with cultures or trends, but aims to cause reactions in environments that would change the conditions of the energy, mindsets, and lifestyles of those around her.

How befitting for a Christian-based author, who also doesn’t shy away from the notion that it is because of the abundant life that Christ came to give us that will, in turn, provide us with the spiritual — and natural — affirmation we need to possess and savor a victorious life.


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ROUND OF APPLAUSE — Castillo’s readers, meanwhile, are grateful of the notion that she obeyed God’s Voice and elected to write “Affirmed,” which is already generating favorable reviews.

“It is the Word of God that affirms us,” Castillo told Making Headline News this week.

Given such an intriguing and thought-provoking analogy undoubtedly rings true, according to this accomplished writer, that practically sums up why she thought it necessary to compose the book, entitled, “Affirmed,” a spiritually-empowering project that is just a few weeks removed from its much-anticipated release.


“When we know His truth, we can speak to the noises of our fears, insecurities,  lies, idols, etc.,” said Castillo, explaining her divine purpose for writing a book that has resulted in her making her authorship debut. “Speaking His truth over those noises shatters the voice, the power, and effectiveness of the sound that we hear.”


A book that was officially released in early-May, Castillio spent the past couple of years assembling a book she admittedly wrote during what was a was “a very difficult season” of her life.

But God…Who has the power to affirm us throughout His matchless, life-changing Word, a God Who had ultimately provided this devout woman of faith with some much-needed spiritual relief, particularly during her time in the wilderness.

“A lady at my church would speak life to me every Sunday morning,” said Castillo, recalling the awe-inspiring events that greatly fueled her desire to write her new book. “She was speaking God’s word over my life.”

Ironically and much to Castillo’s delight, such a weekly trend would ultimately inspire her to steadfastly speak life over her seemingly unfavorable situations.

“At one point, I decided to start study God’s word and speak over my own life,” Castillo, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, said. “God took me through a season of learning how the word affirms us. The lady at church was affirming with the truth of God’s word and didn’t even realize that she was helping me silence the noise I was hearing.”

So what exactly was the adversary saying to this Christian-oriented author?

“(He was saying) you’re not a great mom….you’re not enough,” Castillo recalled. “Every Sunday, she would tell me an affirmation and it helped me keep pressing.”

And, to her credit, such affirmations had eventually given way to her birthing “Affirmed,” a book she emphasized was created as strategic way to inspire others through the illustration of God’s Word, most notably through writing.

“I love analogies, and in my book, I use them to illustrate God’s Word,” Castillo’s said. “It is clear to me that God has gifted me in this way. I enjoy seeing other people inspired, encouraged, and empowered through the Word of God.”

Castillo’s readers, meanwhile, are grateful of the notion that she obeyed God’s Voice and elected to write “Affirmed,” which is already generating favorable reviews.

“So far, I have had people tell me that they now understand how to speak back to the noise, using the Word of God,” said Castillo, adding that “Affirmed” will be comprised of a three-part series and that plans are in the works to co-author a devotional book with her husband (Orlando Castillo).

Also, Castillo acknowledged that she’s open to accepting speaking engagements, during which she would discuss at length her book and, most importantly, encourage the masses in the process.


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IN HER OWN WORDS —– “I love analogies, and in my book, I use them to illustrate God’s Word,” Castillo’s said. “It is clear to me that God has gifted me in this way. I enjoy seeing other people inspired, encouraged, and empowered through the Word of God.”

Just like that big-hearted fellow church member had done for her.

All things considered, Castillo has deemed it essential to count her blessings daily — to re-affirm that which God has blessed her.

“I am married with two handsome boys,” Castillo said. “I serve on the prayer team for woman’s ministry at my church (One Community Church). I enjoy working on freelance writing projects. I am also very passionate about encouraging other authors to push through their writing journey.”

All of which explains why she’s certainly one of a kind, is surely a unique, godly woman in her own right.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Chrystal D. Castillo, or to schedule her for a public appearance, connect with her via social media at: Twitter: @Chrys_Castillo

Facebook: @Chryscastillobooks

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Michigan Pastor Michael C. Robinson conquers prison life by selling out to Jesus, he writes in “My Father’s Blood”


The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 KJV)


THE BLOOD STILL WORKS! 

ON GOD’S BATTLEFIELD — Michigan Pastor Michael C. Robinson authored “My Father’s Blood,” a written work that depicts what Robinson appropriately labels as “His father’s blood,” an intriguingly symbolic concept that taught him, among other things, what it meant to be a “real man,” or, as this writer says, a “fearless, cool hustler.”

For Michael C. Robinson, the slew of transgressions he’s encountered in his life are just where they belong.

Under the Blood.

How else to explain his progressive, thriving ministry as an accomplished Ypsilanti, Michigan-area Pastor, one that simultaneously has given way to Robinson having delved off into the ever-so-competitive world of authorship.

“God gave me the vision to write this book,” Robinson told Making Headline News this week.

The book to which this devout man of the cloth is alluding is his spiritually and emotionally-driven project entitled, “My Father’s Blood,” a written work that depicts what Robinson appropriately labels as “His Father’s Blood,” an intriguingly symbolic concept that taught him, among other things, what it meant to be a “real man,” or, as this writer says, a “fearless, cool hustler.”


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“It’s a two part answer,” Robinson, the Senior Pastor of Ypsilanti Community Church, said of his “My Father’s Blood.”

A book that took 244 pages to complete, Robinson’s “My Father’s Blood” delves into one man’s pursuit of recognition and approval in the wrong places, during which he ultimately discovers that it is available through the Father, Who paid the ultimate price through the shed blood of Jesus.

In a nutshell, Robinson’s “My Father’s Blood” is an awe-inspiring story that is centered largely on what this preacher-turned-writer describes as “rejection to redemption.”

In that particular order.

“When I was in penitentiary, I developed the desire to write a book,” Robinson explained. “I would then write notes, always trying to figure out how I got there.”

A book that took 244 pages to complete, Robinson’s “My Father’s Blood” delves into one man’s pursuit of recognition and approval in the wrong places, during which he ultimately discovers that it is available through the Father, Who paid the ultimate price through the shed blood of Jesus.

Still, amongst the notable, life-changing factors Robinson had discovered was that even in his mess, even when the enemy attempted time and again to render unto a death sentence, it was Jesus Christ, Who there all the time.

“A prophet prophesied to me that I would write a book about my life,” said Robinson, explaining a memorable development that unfolded in 1999.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Not only did Robinson steadfastly obey the God’s Voice by composing a book whereby he recalls his fervent desire to be accepted by his father, thus testing the limits and mimicking his older brother’s unsatisfactory behavior, but he testifies in great detail of how the dreaded street life catapulted him into consequences he could no longer escape.

All things considered, there was nail-scarred-hands Jesus, Who eventually provided His beloved spokesperson with a much-needed way of escape amid a hard knock life that could have very well sent him to a premature grave.


“The reason I chose to write this book is because God spoke to me and told me that I have a story of hardship and pain, and ups and downs that I can talk (about) to some young person, and within 20 minutes,  (I could) convince him to shift his mindset so he will not experience what I did in life. If I didn’t write this book about the life, I would have lived in vain.” — Pastor Michael C. Robinson


Robinson would be the first to admit that he wasn’t merely about to journey through life, living in vain and aborting the golden opportunity to fulfill the purpose for which he was created, especially considering he knew full well he was God’s investment to the kingdom.

COVERED BY THE BLOOD — Amongst the notable, life-changing factors Robinson had discovered was that even in his mess, even when the enemy attempted time and again to render unto a death sentence, it was Jesus Christ, Who there all the time.

“The divine message (to my reading audience) is the Blood of Jesus has the power to redeem anyone who has been lost, because I was the Prodigal Son,” Robinson said. “His Blood has the power to reach the lost by any means necessary. Regardless how difficult the case may be, His blood still has power to save.”

Amen. That’ll preach.

As for the feedback he’s garnered since the release of “My Father’s Blood,” Robinson deemed it essential to share a brief, yet tear-jerking story.

BOUGHT WITH A PRICE 

Robinson would be the first to admit that he wasn’t merely about to journey through life, living in vain and aborting the golden opportunity to fulfill the purpose for which he was created, especially considering he knew full well he was God’s investment to the kingdom.

“A guy from New York who had just been released from prison after serving over 20 years didn’t see an opportunity outside of selling drugs and considered going back (to the street life),” Robinson explained. “He read my book and he decided that he couldn’t go back, because he saw that there is hope through my testimony. Many others have testified that it’s a real good read and a (constant) page turner. I truly lay it all out. It’s real, raw and relatable.”

Arguably the biggest reason for that is because…well..the blood still works!


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Detroit business couple Roderick and Mablene Gillison advancing the kingdom as resourceful recovery coaches


Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV)


STANDING IN AGREEMENT 

GOD-ORDERED STEPS — Together, the inseparable union between Roderick and Mablene Gillison is so superabundant and close-knit that this godly couple deemed it essential to collectively established a business venture that would not only benefit them mightily, but, most importantly, it would help enrich and advance the kingdom.

Roderick loves his wife to the moon and back.

Mablene undoubtedly shares the same sentiments.

Together, the inseparable union between Roderick and Mablene Gillison is so superabundant and close-knit that this godly couple deemed it essential to collectively established a business venture that would not only benefit them mightily, but, most importantly, it would help enrich and advance the kingdom.
A native of Detroit, Roderick Gillison is a longtime real estate broker whom, along with his wife of 27 years, is state licensed recovery coach, whereby they are routinely afforded the golden opportunity to offer strategic support and assistance, particularly through helping people make the necessary recoveries that will ultimately prove beneficial to them.
Aside from functioning as a dedicated business couple to complement their longstanding union, Gillison is the Founder of the Recovery Today Television Network, an awe-inspiring milestone that is a far cry from his season in the wilderness, during which he was once saddled by drug and alcohol additions.

“A recovery coach is a person who has lived experiences and can identify with the peers he or she is serving,” Roderick Gillison told Making Headline News this week.

A venture that is powered by Roderick’s wealth of experience as a licensed minister of the gospel, the Gillisons’ recovery coaching endeavor is centered largely on aiding others to press and navigate toward a rewarding, successful future, not to recall and dwell on their turbulent, discomforting past, the couple acknowledged.

“Recovery means to gain back what was lost,” Roderick Gillison said. We offer support, assistance in helping persons to make a recovery that will work for them.”

AND THE BIBLE SAYS…

Interestingly and to their distinctly unique credit, the Gillisons’ Christian-based venture has become a fixture for attracting and accommodating today’s youth — or these millennial.

“We are trying to show the young generation it’s not what you do, it’s why you do what you do,” said Roderick Gillison, who accepted his calling to engaging in ministerial work in 1995.

Beloved members of Detroit’s historic After Christ Christian Center — under the leadership of Apostle Rudolph and Kingdom Recovery Ministries founder, Pastor Lois Ellis — Roderick Gillison credit these notable clergymen for greatly steering him on the right path in ministry, as well as in the business sector.

SOLID SUPPORTING CAST — Beloved members of Detroit’s historic After Christ Christian Center — under the leadership of Apostle Rudolph and Kingdom Recovery Ministries founder, Pastor Lois Ellis — Roderick Gillison credit these notable clergymen for greatly steering him on the right path in ministry, as well as in the business sector.

“These are my pastors, whom I love dearly,” Roderick Gillison said. “They accepted me and my family in 1995 at the lowest times in my life when I was struggling and hurt, and with their love and prayers, they raised us up to be who we are today — overcomers in Christ.”

Aside from functioning as a dedicated business couple to complement their longstanding union, Gillison is the Founder of the Recovery Today Television Network, an awe-inspiring milestone that is a far cry from his season in the dreaded wilderness, during which he was once saddled by drug and alcohol addictions.

RODERICK’S COVERING 

POWERFUL WORDS —– “Having my husband for 27 years as a business partner gives me the ability to grow, not only as a friend, partner, and lover,” Mablene Gillison said. “We encourage each other in the good and bad times. Things I can’t see and hear, I have the man I trust to help me navigate through life’s situations. In this partnership, it teaches us to pray, love, forgive, and celebrate life daily.”

But God…Whom this devout man of faith had ultimately discovered would emerge as the Author and Finisher of his faith.

Talk about a dramatic comeback from after having endured a major and potentially life-threatening setback.

“I’m working in the field that I once fell victim to,” said Roderick Gillison, recalling his life-changing testimony for probably the umpteenth time, yet for all the right reasons.

Aside for the valiant support of his spiritually coverings, he has his wife to thank more than anything.

“My wife’s impact as a business partner is very special,” Roderick Gillison said. ‘Not only is she a wife, but first and foremost, she’s my friend. (The fact) we can achieve and love each other at the same time is mind blowing to me. Our marriage of 27 years is based upon (the Biblical passage) Amos 3:3, which reads: How can two walk together except they be agreed? She knows everything about me…how I think, how I’m feeling…man, she is definitely a gift from God. None of this would be possible without her.”

WE ALL IN — A venture that is powered by his wealth of experience as a licensed minister of the gospel, the Gillisons’ recovery coaching endeavor is centered largely on aiding others to press and navigate toward a rewarding, successful future, not to recall and dwell on their turbulent, discomforting past, the couple acknowledged.

Of course, Mablene Gillison likewise has a few favorable pleasantries to pass along while assessing her husband’s immeasurable impact as a business partner.

“Having my husband for 27 years as a business partner gives me the ability to grow, not only as a friend, partner, and lover,” Mablene Gillison said. “We encourage each other in the good and bad times. Things I can’t see and hear, I have the man I trust to help me navigate through life’s situations. In this partnership, it teaches us to pray, love, forgive, and celebrate life daily.”

With God, their Helper, steering the way.


For more information about Detroit-area business couple Roderick and Mablene Gillison, connect with them via Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/roderickmablene.gillison. Also, send email to: rodg71@yahoo.com.


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