Christian Life Spring Strategy

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  1. To win souls

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30

  1. Stay Saved

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Thessalonians 5:23

  1. Add Souls to the Kingdom

“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47

  1. Christian Life Testimonial

From _____________ Life to Christian Life (add personal character before salvation).

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17


  1. Objective of Christian Life

“Go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations” Matthew 28:19a

  1. F.O.C.U.S of Christian Life

Forever Occupied by Christ Undisturbed by Satan. Keep the big picture in mind it’s all about souls the core of Christian Life. Keep your eyes unto Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2a

  1. Christian Life Conclusion

Prepare to enter your Omega chapter with confidence!

The Lord brought about a great victory that day … 2 Sam 23:10

Tracing Cultural Inequalities in America

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Source: John Trumbull (1756–1843) painting “Declaration of Independence”
Trumbull Painting: Depicts the five-man drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the Congress. John Adams, Roger Sherman (front and center), Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. James Wilson and Roger Sherman created the three fifths compromise found in: Article 1, Section 2, paragraph 3; of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia (1787). According to the Three-Fifths Compromise slaves were only to be represented as 3/5th of a whole person within newly formed United States of America. Was this provision ever revisited?

EXCLUSION: Blatant Inequalities

The Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson reads, “All men are created equal.” However, the interpretation of men was originally meant to represent white men only (not Africans, nor women or Indians). Eighty some odd years later Abraham Lincoln reiterated this sentiment in his Gettysburg address, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Where these definitions similar or changed for Lincoln? More importantly, is the definition of men interpreted the same today, as it was in 1776. Hopefully, the moral law that dispenses justice as an artesian well will quench the thirst for justice for every citizen of Earth.

The absence of justice produces the proliferation of tyranny; which results in oppression, inequality, hunger, poverty, crime, etc. Justice must fade if those who advocate inequality shall remain empowered. A government for the people of the people and by the people is a myth. Ruling classes through the world relied on excluding people from entry into the most influential realms of society. These traditional barriers are quickly becoming arcane because of the accessibility of knowledge and the freely open connectivity to information that anybody can obtain.!

WHY SLAVERY Slave ShipFacts must catch up to Reality

The facts are yes, Africans were brought here in chains and our ancestors suffered in slavery and were stripped of every ounce of decency and betrayed by humanity while perpetrators grimaced and stood in the hallowed halls of justice under the inscription of the credo reading, “all men are created equal.”  These are the facts but the principle reality, adhered by nature was written: “all men are created equal and are endowed with the unalienable rights of liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This reality was not a fact when written because of the proliferation of slavery, but because this reality is founded upon an immutable spiritual law, American became a strong nation.  With every passing generation the words liberty parted the lips of young Americans which inspired hope contrary to the defacto religion practiced and supported through a litany of laws meant to oppress non-whites in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Lawrence's last words are memorialized "Don't give up the ship" is inscribed upon  the space vessel.
Lawrence’s last words are memorialized “Don’t give up the ship” is inscribed upon the space vessel.

When a strong foundation remains a house can still stand; America suffered the Civil War but grew stronger because God was bringing people to a place named, today!  The society needed to produce a culture that crafted Industry (the satellites, planes, automobiles, etc.) needed before return of Christ.  Just as Greece provided a language to connect the various tongues of the world and Rome provided the roads, the Persians provided the administration, Israel produce Jesus and America’s role was to provide technology that would soon culminate all human history in favor of creating the environment for Christ’s return.


Liberty and Justice for all

OCT Friend-of-GodLiberty is the foundation of Prosperity and Peace in any environment.  People thrive when they are free in an environment: to maximize gifts and talents free from oppression.  Man is only truly free when Christ is honored, that is why you greatness whenever you see Christ receiving the Glory.  The Foundation of the house must remain the same but you can change the curtains or paint the house.  Christ is the foundation and bedrock of the church, the confession of Christ as Lord must not change!  You can change the method for soul winning but you must not change the confession that Jesus is Lord. The prelude of any testimony should be: Jesus is Lord and this is only communicated to one’s spirit by the Spirit.  Flesh and blood doesn’t recognize Jesus as Lord of its own accord, Flesh must be brought under subjection to the Spirit of God which always says “Jesus is Lord” this is the foundation of the system of government that we call the church.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty(2 Corinthians 3:17).

Pastor Paul Ruffin Ph.D.

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Dr Paul & Vetrea Ruffin (2010)
Dr Paul & Vetrea Ruffin (2010)

Dr. Ruffin overcame many difficulties to achieve great accomplishments.  Ruffin hails from Gilbertown, a sleepy south Alabama town near the Mississippi border.  He is the oldest of four children born to Bishop Booker T. and the late Catherine Ruffin.  He gave his life to the Lord at the age of seven and experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit at 14 years of age.

Showing early promise in solving math problems throughout elementary school, his parents encouraged education in the household.  He entered Southern Choctaw High School (SCHS) as a member of the first freshman class to integrate SCHS in 1969.  College preparatory was subpar at SCHS, as General Math and Algebra I were the only advanced math courses offered.  As a lad, he lobbied high school administrators to teach Geometry; they in turn contracted that if he would find ten willing students that were qualified, they would teach Geometry.  He succeeded. Afterwards he tried the same for Trigonometry, but that attempt failed.  He later self taught himself Trigonometry from a text book.  Although young Ruffin scored an A+ on every Physics test, he was told by his high school Physics teacher that he could not make it in Physics, because the competition beyond Choctaw County would overwhelm him.  Still, his interest of how the physical world around him worked continued to supply a driving inquisitiveness that enlarged continually after learning more.

In 1977, Ruffin received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University.  “The classes were small” Ruffin said and Dr. M.C. George, Chairman of the Physics Department, required everyone enrolled within the discipline to be able to solve every problem in their Freshman Physics text.  This gave Ruffin good experience, despite being faced with earlier educational barriers.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) accepted Ruffin into their Master’s Degree program on a probationary basis, because he scored less than 1000 on the GRE.  A Professor said to Ruffin, ‘I hope that you are good with your hands because you will never make it in Physics,’ after scoring a C in his first class while on academic probation.  This did not deter Ruffin from his goal.  He was given a reprieve and later went on to post scores beyond the programs best and brightest students, ultimately earning a Master of Science Degree at UAH (Graduated with High Honors), becoming the first African American to receive an advanced degree in Physics from any post secondary school in Alabama.  In 1986, Ruffin became a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics when he earned his Ph.D. from UAH.

While delving into the mysteries that unlocked the interactions of time, space and matter, Ruffin simultaneously served as a deacon and chairman of the trustee board at Beirne Avenue COGIC in Huntsville, AL for twenty three years under the leadership of the late Superintendent Dave Draper, Sr.

While working for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, Ruffin was promoted to Senior Research Scientist (ST), the highest rank for a research scientist in the Army civilian workforce, becoming the first African American to ever attain such status in the Army.  That same year in 2003, he became an ordained Elder at Draper Memorial COGIC (formerly Beirne Avenue COGIC and renamed in 1998).  It now houses the Library dedicated in his honor and named the Dr. Paul Ruffin Library.

In 2005, he was appointed Pastor of Forge Temple COGIC in Birmingham Alabama. As a Pastor, he has been devoted to the total healing for the whole person: body, soul, and spirit. Ruffin believes in providing spiritual leadership and exercising his gift of teaching while expounding upon spiritual principals in the Bible. Several people have been filled with the Holy Ghost, lives have been turned around and former neighboring houses of ill repute have been demolished in preparation for a 21st Century Sanctuary.

President Barack Obama bestowed upon our own Dr. Paul Ruffin, “The Rank of Meritorious Senior Professional for sustained superior accomplishment in the conduct of programs of the United States Government and noteworthy achievement of quality and efficiency in public service 2010.” Ruffin and other meritorious award recipients from across the nation were honored at the 2010 Presidential Rank Award Ceremony, hosted by the Secretary of the Army, on June 29, 2011 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ruffin joins one percent of the government’s unrivaled leaders, scientists, and other professionals that are proven innovators in public service. Of the U.S. Government’s 1.8 million civilian employees, only 6,800 have become career Senior Executives. Of that elite pool, fewer than 50 are selected to be Distinguished Executives annually. Army employees who receive the Presidential Rank Award save billions of dollars for our nation with efficiencies and advanced technologies.

Dr. Ruffin revealed a noninvasive technique for treating cancer patients. Ruffin’s research in Fiber Optics, Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), and Nanotechnology has resulted in seven patent awards. He is the co-editor of a textbook Fiber Optics Sensors: Second Edition. His latest patent is titled “Nano Smart Needle for Precision Sensing and Treatment that Promotes Healing in Living Tissue.” Through technology developed by Dr. Ruffin, the military has acquired capabilities of launching and controlling missiles with precise accuracy.

In 2009, Bishop O. L. Meadows, Prelate of Alabama First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, appointed Dr. Ruffin Jurisdictional Superintendent of the Sunday School Department. He administrates a well coordinated program, holds Workers Conferences as the A.I.M. (Auxiliaries in Ministry) Sunday School Department President and represents Bishop Meadows in Sunday School at the national level.  He serves as the Director of “Science in the Bible” in the Sunday School University under International Sunday School President, Bishop Alton Gatlin.

Ruffin is married to National Gospel Recording Artist Vetrea Slack Ruffin.  They have two daughters, Lacretia (Kellen) Conaway and Angelica Ruffin and two grandchildren, Jared and Victoria.

article appeared in COGIC’s Inspirations Today: COGIC Salutes (page 17)