COGIC Alabama 1st Jurisdiction

TESTIMONIALS : Names of GOD

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Holy Trinity Explained used in Dr. Bowell's Dissertation "The Names of God."
Holy Trinity Explained used in Dr. Bowell’s Dissertation “The Names of God.”

Jehovah-Jireh (My Provider)

Jehovah-Provider (The Lord Is My Banner)

Jehovah Rapha, (God my Healer)

Jehovah-Nissi (My Banner)

Jehovah-Shalom (My Peace)

Jehovah-Tsidkenu (My Righteousness)

Jehovah-Rohi (The Lord My Shepherd)

Jehovah-Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

Jehovah-Shammah (The Lord is There)


Testimonials

WOW!  These are some awesome testimonies as you will see.  God directed me to choose the precise person needed for each name of Jehovah for their circumstances.  I got chills just reading and typing these powerful words!!!   Dr. Carolyn Boswell

 

Jehovah-Jireh (My Provider)

          “I must say I have been through a lot in my 52 years and the Lord has been there every step of the way.  One main thing I want to share about the Lord being my Provider, is that in June, 2012, I was almost homeless and the Lord stepped in just on time.  I’m living on subsidized housing and was about to be put out because the amount I needed to provide for my portion of rent went up suddenly, and I didn’t have it and didn’t see any way of getting it.  I went down to the C.O.G.I.C. Jurisdictional Auxiliaries in Ministry Convention in Mobile, AL and the Lord spoke a word into my spirit from one of the messages preached and encouraged me and said “I got this.”  Back here in Huntsville at my local church during our Wednesday night Bible Study, the Lord put an evangelist on my heart to speak with her about helping me to find a job.  I didn’t really know her, so I didn’t say anything to her.  On that Sunday morning, the Lord put her on my heart again, so I finally built up the nerve to say something to her.  I asked her if she could assist me in finding a job and told her of some of my physical shortcomings.  She asked me to get a resume to her and I did the next day.  In the meantime, I had to have outpatient surgery on my arm (Tuesday morning).  When I saw her at Bible Study that Wednesday night, she asked me how I was during and what happened.  I reluctantly told her, because it was another physical handicap for me.  She said, ‘you told me that you work hard, but I didn’t know you meant that hard’ and then laughed.  Then she said, ‘anyway, I have something for you.  If you think you can handle it, I want you to come and work for me in my office as my office manager; not sure how long it will last, but until the money runs out.’  I told her, I feel like running around this church.  You just don’t know how much I need this.  So, I went to work and the job lasted long enough for me to have enough money to get another place and better for me and my daughter, who was also living with me.  The Lord provided for me and he keeps on providing and proving himself to me in so many miraculous ways.  Praise God!”

Jehovah-Rapha (My Healer)

“My name is Mother Chair and the subject that I was asked to give testament to is Jehovah Rapha, God my healer.  This is not a hard subject for me because God is my healer.  In July, 2003, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, but God healed & delivered me.  I made my declaration that I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord (Psalms 118:17).  February, 2015, I went to have a biopsy under my right arm to rule out cancer.  Well, God did it; no cancer, but the enemy did not like that….while in recovery I died, not once but twice.  Jehovah Rapha my healer spoke and said LIVE!!! I believe that while I was dead, the prayers of the saints went to the throne of Grace to deliver me.  James 5:16b, “The effectual, fervent prayers of the righteous (men & women) availeth much” on my behalf.  God did it again!  I am alive and I am ready to do the work of the Lord!!!  I just believe that I have purpose and it is time for me to fulfill my God given destiny.  Glory to God!”

Jehovah-Nissi (My Banner)

“The Lord Is My Banner.  A banner or a flag is the sign of Victory in battle.  I’m so glad that I have grown to trust God as my banner.  To allow him to fight my battles in times of trouble, when the enemy rages war against me, I have learned to pray and claim victory in the midst of trials.  As I look back over my life, I realize that God has been fighting for me all the way.  Just 6 months in my mother’s womb, she was in a car wreck that broke her leg.

God spared my life. At 2 years old the doctors said I would never walk, but my mother refused to accept defeat and took it to the Lord in prayer, and I started to walk one day and been walking ever since.  As a young child I was molested but God did not allow the enemy to rape me.  Yes, God is my banner!   So many times along the way dangers faced me, but God was my banner.  He didn’t allow the enemy to destroy my mind.  Yes, I got wounded in battle but God was protecting me and preparing me for His purpose.  Being a human of imperfections, I did not always go in the right ways but yes I can say that God has taken me and made something beautiful out of my life. When I raise my hands in Praise, I’m holding up my banner, I’m praising God for the victories on my life.  In the book of Exodus 17: 15 we see where Moses declared the LORD is my Banner after the battle with the Amalekites.  We see that prayer is essential and most important but it is not a substitute for action.  When Moses raised his arms the Israelites prevailed.  When he lowered his arms the armies of the Amalekites grew stronger.  Aaron and Hur held up Moses tired arms and Israel won the battle.  We can pray but I’ve learned that there comes a time when God calls us to fight and we must fight by fervent prayer and hands and hearts lifted high as a sign that truly Jesus is our banner.  Yes, God is my Banner!”

 

Jehovah-Shalom (My Peace)

“In 2012, I was diagnosed with a rare skin cancer.  When my doctor first gave me the news, yes at first I was a little distraught, and in shock.  I found myself on my knees and also laying in my bedroom floor seeking after God.  The Lord gave me peace in my spirit, in my soul, in my mind, and in my body.  I began to declare and speak over my life and my body that I was the healed of God.  I continued to have my doctor visits and it seemed nothing was changing, but I still declared, “I was the healed of God.” On Nov. 26, 2012, I was scheduled for a six hour surgery that was supposed to keep me in the hospital for 6 to 7 days.  The surgery was performed, but in the midst of the surgery, the doctor realized that the cancer was gone and he could not find it anywhere!  That’s why it’s important to remain calm in life and to keep the Peace of God with you.  He remains My Jehovah Shalom!

 

Jehovah-Tsidkenu (My Righteousness)

 “I thank the Lord that one day many years ago, I became the ‘Righteousness of God’.  It was affected by my works and faith.  I learned that Jesus is the standard to live by.  My faith became my righteousness.  I thank the Lord I am in Christ, always wanting to do the things pleasing to Him.  Philippians 3:12-14, “…But we must understand that holiness to God is perfection, yet we will never be perfect, rather we are in the process of being perfected.”

The Lord is my righteousness; he provides through the cross everything I need to set me free from sin and brought me into a right relationship with Him.  The same grace that saved me is the same grace that will sustain and keep you.  Let our lives be based on right, belief and conviction.  Stay loyal, keep busy for the Lord.  I am the Righteousness of God!”

 

Jehovah-Rohi (My Shepherd)

          “Since the beginning of time our creator, God has been our shepherd.  Psalms 23:1 declares that, “The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want.”  A shepherd’s purpose is to care for the sheep.  The sheep are His children that follow his leading.  Since the beginning of time our creator, God has been our shepherd.  Psalms 100:3, “Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”   I recognize that without me being led by God, I would not be where I am today.  Even during my times of going astray, He has been there to steer be back to the place where I am supposed to be.  The Lord is My Shepherd!”

Jehovah-Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

          “The Lord has shown Himself to me in many ways throughout my life, but as a Lord of Host, He actually manifested His power.  In fact, God has shown Himself to me in that way quite a number of times throughout my life starting at a young age.

I can recall a time when I was in the 11th grade and I had to walk quite a distance to get to my High school.  I grew up in the city of Philadelphia and the neighborhoods that I had to walk through weren’t safe, even back then.

There was a man that drove a red sports car that would literally follow me every day.  I would see him at every corner as I walked and then by my school.  This went on for months.  One morning as I walked along, I noticed that I didn’t see his car.  When I got near my school, his car was actually parked on the sidewalk and he was sitting in the driver’s seat.  There was no way for me to cross the street because of heavy traffic, so I had to walk around his car.  I remember such a fear hitting me.  When I got right next to his car, he was looking at me and masturbating.  I started to walk faster for fear that if I ran, he would either get out of his car and chase me or hit me with his car since he was on the sidewalk.  When I got to the corner and turned around, the man was standing outside of his car, looking my way, standing stiff as a board, with absolute terror on his face.  I never saw him again.  It was not until I became an adult that the Lord revealed to me that He had dispatched a host of Angels to stand between He and I and that He had allowed that man to see them.  On that day, as a Lord of a Host of Angels, He showed Himself mighty in my life.

The second experience I had with Him as a Lord of Hosts was when I was 20 years old.  My first child had been murdered a year earlier.  I had since enlisted in the Marine Corps and now the trial for my son’s murderer was taking place.  I came back from California (where I was stationed at the time) as a state’s witness to testify in court.  I had no one in the court with me, but the man that killed my son had half the courtroom filled with his family and friends.  By this point, he had changed his story, lied and said that I had killed my son and talked him into taking the blame.  With that, his family and friends were very aggressive towards me.  Here I am, by myself on one side of the court and on the other side of the court are all of these people that wanted to hurt me.  The case lasted about 10 days, but I didn’t have to testify until day 6.  Until then, the Prosecutor just wanted me to be there, just in case they wanted me on the stand earlier.  Every morning of the trial, I would go to the courthouse and sit outside of the courtroom alone and wait until they opened the doors.  All the while, his family and friends were there threatening and harassing me.  The day the coroner had to testify, the Judge did not want me in the courtroom so I had to wait on the bench in the hallway outside of the courtroom.  Some of his family stayed outside of the courtroom as well and talked loudly about what they were going to do to me from the other side of the hallway.  As the day progressed, I needed to go to the bathroom.  I took the elevator one floor down, found a bathroom and went into the stall.  The next thing I heard was people coming into the bathroom and the door locking.  I opened the stall door and there stood 5 or 6 women prepared to jump me.  I knew I was going to get hurt, but I decided I was not going down without a fight, so I braced myself.  When I stepped out of the stall, they all stepped back and began staring.  It took me a moment to realize that they were not staring at me, but behind me and they were all scared.  I literally walked passed each one of them and out of that bathroom with them still staring in the direction of the stall.  Again, it was years later that the Lord revealed to me that He had dispatched an Angel to protect me and allowed them to see it.  Needless to say, the next day and for the rest of the trial, none of his family and friends came to the courthouse.  There have been countless times throughout my life that God has revealed His nature through one of His wonderful names, but I will never forget when I got to see firsthand that He is the Lord of a Host of Angels that He dispatches on our behalf in times of need.  He IS Jehovah-Sabaoth!!”

 

Jehovah-Shammah (He is There)

          “Praise the Lord!  I am overjoyed with the concept of proclaiming truly that God is Jehovah-Shammah in my life.  No matter what transpires, I know that God is in every situation. When I am up or down, I can find God operating on my behalf.  Good or Bad God, is yet in control.  Physical or Mental, I find God yet performing for my good.  The Word itself declares in Psalms 139:8 that, “if I ascend into Heaven, thou art there, if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.” Knowing that no matter where I am God is there, I trust that God is in control of my life, and that He is where ever I find myself.

I have had some good days and some bad days and for sure, knowing that God is there does NOT stop the pain of the bad days but it does make it bearable.  I know that if a situation feels too heavy or too hard to bear, that God is carrying me to a higher place in Him.  I trust God and the Word of God, therefore, I find myself Praising God no matter what it looks or feels like because I KNOW that God is there handling the situation for me.  Jehovah-Shammah is there because He is God and God alone.  I know that everything that comes to me had to go to Heaven and be weighed by God and then designed just for me.  I know that EVERY thing that happens in my life is meant for my good and that God is not only allowing things to transpire but that God is in EVERY situation blessing me. God is Jehovah-Shammah of my life.”

Interviews and Research and Written by Dr. Carolyn Boswell

The History of the Huntsville District

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IN MEMORY OF PAST OFFICIALS

           In the year 1979, Elder Dave Draper, Sr. (pastor of the New Market Church) and Elder Terrell Harris, Jr. (pastor of the True Light Mission), along with members of their congregations, held a purposeful meeting in the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel and agreed to come together and become a part of Alabama Jurisdiction #1.  In December 1979, Supt. O. L. Meadows, representing Bishop C. A. Ashworth – the Jurisdictional Prelate, officially accepted the two churches as a functioning district in Alabama Jurisdiction #1.  Elder Dave Draper, Sr. was installed as District Superintendent, Missionary Irene Davis was installed as District Supervisor of Women, and Elder Terrell Harris, Jr. was appointed Chairman of the District.

The first year was a year of progress.  In March 1980, Elder Terrell Harris, Jr. was installed as pastor of the True Light Church in the City of Huntsville.  Two months later, the First Huntsville District Conference was held at the New Market Church.  Two months after this great conference, Supt. Draper and the New Market congregation purchased church property near downtown Huntsville.  In November 1980, the church that is located on Beirne Avenue in the City of Huntsville was dedicated.  It was evident that the Lord had placed His stamp of approval on the newly formed Huntsville District, which now consisted of two churches in the City of Huntsville.

Throughout the 80’s the newly formed district grew quite rapidly.  Shortly after the district was in place, Elder Sam Crutcher and his congregation at the Lacey’s Spring Church joined the district, which extended the borders of the district to Morgan County.  Following the demise of Elder Crutcher in March 1985, Elder James Strong was installed as pastor of the Lacey’s Spring Church.  Two years later the name of the church was changed to Crutcher Temple in honor of Elder Crutcher who served as pastor for more than 48 years.  During the mid-80’s the District Evangelist Department, under the leadership of Elder Strong, was stirred to hold tent revivals in the City of Madison.  In June 1987, the district was extended to the City of Madison when Elder Bobby Sledge was installed as pastor of the Madison Church.

The 90’s brought many victories, as well as a bit of sadness.  In 1992, Mother Mary Strong became the Assistant District Supervisory of Women.  Elder Sledge was led to relocate to Brownsboro.  In October 1994, the newly purchased church in Brownsboro was dedicated.  Three years later, Elder Bobby Sledge and his congregation purchased church property in the City of Huntsville.  The Victory World Outreach Church was dedicated in August 1997.  Almost concurrently, Elder Odell Knowles was led to begin a Mission in the City of Huntsville.  In October 1997, Elder Odell Knowles was installed as pastor of God’s Temple Mission.  One half a year later, on 27 April 1998, Supt. Draper went home to be with the Lord.  Immediately following his demise, Elder Harris was appointed as District Superintendent of the Huntsville District and Elder Strong was appointed Chairman.

The district has continued to grow under the competent leadership of Supt. Harris.  In June 1998, Elder Dave Draper, Jr. was appointed pastor of the Beirne Avenue Church.  Several months later, the name of the church was changed to Draper Memorial in honor of Supt. Dave Draper, Sr. who served as pastor for more than 35 years.  Elder Jesse Draper was led to begin a Mission in the City of Huntsville.  In October 1998, Elder Jesse Draper was installed as pastor of the Right Way Mission and Elder Dave Draper, Jr. was installed as the pastor of the Draper Memorial Church.  The growth process continued when Elder James Strong was lead to begin a Mission in the City of Huntsville.  In August 1999, the Fountain of Life Mission was dedicated.  In December 1999, due to the resignation of Mother Irene Davis, Mother Mary Strong was installed as District Supervisor of Women.

After the turn of the century, the Lord has blessed our district to grow both spiritually and naturally.  In May 2000, Elder Charles Brown was installed as pastor of the Crutcher Temple Church.  By 2004, under the leadership of Supt. Harris the number of churches on the district grew from five to God’s complete number seven.  But the Lord was not finished with the progress of the district.  Elder Anthony Wheeler was led to begin a Mission in the City of Madison.  In 2005, Elder Anthony Wheeler was installed as pastor of the Beacon Hill Ministries Mission.  In the meantime, Elder Bruce Crum was also led to begin a Mission in the City of Huntsville.  In June 2007, Elder Bruce Crum started All About Souls Ministries Mission.  During the past 30 years, the district membership has increased from less than 70 to more than 700.  The total churches have increased to nine.

Due to serious health issues of the Pastor and 1st Lady of God’s Temple COGIC, the church was dissolved and combined membership with Crutcher’s Temple.  April 2011, Elder Billy Sanders, Associate Minister of True Light COGIC, was also led to begin a Mission in the City of Madison and started Ray of Hope Ministries COGIC.

Our Superintendent’s vision is to provide vital ministries on the district so that every saint of God will be able to reach his or her fullest potential in God and that every pastor will experience tremendous growth both numerically and especially spiritually within his congregation.  As these congregations reach their fullest potential, his further vision is that God would add new congregations to accept the overflow and add others who desire to be a part of the Huntsville District.  And, the ultimate vision is that all will be ready to meet Christ at His coming through the vehicles established on the district.

Written by Dr. Paul Ruffin & Evangelist Carolyn Boswell

LAITY CAMPAIGN Strenght through Unity (2012)

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Huntsville

Thursday Night, August 10, 2012, Alabama 1st Jurisdiction COGIC: Administrative Assistant W.R. Hughes delivered a script, ordered by Prelate O.L. Meadows, to COGIC members in Northern Alabama.  The service convened at True Light COGIC, hosted by Superintendent Dr. Terrell Harris.  A host of superintendents, pastors and state officials were present along with the laity from the Northern District.  The main theme was directed towards the laity to support the Local, District, State and National Church in that order.  Nevertheless, Supt. Hughes made it clear that every member is a member of the National Church and support of the National Church should not be diminished.

The National Church asks lay members for $20 annually leading up to our International Holy Convocation in November.  Huntsville District COGIC will be collecting laity contributions up until the last Sunday in August.  With the laity’s contributions, the National Church asks credential holders for significantly more than local members.  With recent collections totaling $6 million (far below ideal amount) of more than 6 million members, this amount averages less than one dollar per member.  In the light of superintendents giving $500 and bishop assistants $750, amongst other credential holders for instance, one dollar was still the average of contributions per member world wide.  Recent aspirations are being ratified for the move toward equilibrium.

Hughes expounded upon the text found in Matt. 7:24-27 and elaborated on the importance of Building upon the Rock, who is Jesus.  He spoke of the unsearchable impact of COGIC worldwide, which can’t compare to the $1.75 per month contribution asked by the National Church.  “Even with this, COGIC never forces offerings, it’s free will.  Holiness teaches you to do what is right,” Hughes said.  Our church exists to bring Glory to God and this is shown by extending our resources when the world is suffering.

By Reginald Boswell

Edited by Carolyn Boswell