Praise the Lord, Saints!

Another year has passed on in our journey to the Kingdom of God. Some of our church and biological family members have moved on ahead of us into the presence of the Lord. While we yet remain here on earth, we still however, belong to the Lord. None of us lives to himself and none of us will die to himself according to Romans 14:7. Furthermore, we should be assured through the word of God that says “whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:8, King James Version)

As children of the Almighty God and members of the True Love Missionary Baptist Church, we have been placed in a position to carry the blood stained banner of Christ Jesus during our 73rd year as a symbol of our dedication, commitment, loyalty and gratitude to the Blessed Savior. There is a blessing in serving God and I constantly pray that each of our church family members be given the desires of their hearts as we continue to march on to beautiful Zion, that place of eternal bliss.

We are making strides on a daily basis, but the journey is not over for us. Romans 13:12 says, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” Each of us has encountered moments of darkness through this journey of life, but the Lord has been with us every moment. By knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ is our strength in times of weakness, we can boldly take authority over the works that try to keep us in darkness and put on the armor that illuminates every fiber of our being to reveal the strength of the True Love within each of us as we represent Christ Jesus. I love you, TLMBC family. God Bless.

Yours because of Christ Jesus, Dr. Herbert. B. Robinson, Jr.

The Nurses and Health Ministry

The Nurses and Health Ministry would like to encourage all members to take charge of your own health. The month of September is designated by the National Health Organization as Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month. True Love Health Ministry is proud to participate in this initiative.

During the month of September, we are encouraging members to take a serious look at your intake of fruits and vegetables. Are you eating enough? Fewer than 1 in 7 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day. Fewer than 1 in 10 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you maintain or reach a healthy weight and keep your body strong and active.

Eating fruits and vegetables has many health benefits. People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for:

  •   Some types of cancer
  •   Heart disease (including heart attack and stroke)
  •   Type 2 diabetes
  •   High blood pressure
  •   and Obesity
    Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day:
  •   Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it.
  •   Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks.
  •   Challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week. Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun – and it’s worth it!

    Make vegetables and fruits more appealing:

  •   Many fruits and vegetables taste great with a dip or dressing. Try a low-fat salad dressing with raw broccoli, red and green peppers, celery sticks, cauliflower, strawberries or melons, or even make a fruit smoothie using bananas, peaches, or other berries.
  •   Add color to salads by adding baby carrots, shredded red cabbage, or spinach leaves. Include in-season vegetables for variety through the year.
  •   Include beans or peas in flavorful mixed dishes, such as chili or minestrone soup.
  •   Decorate plates or serving dishes with vegetable and/or fruit slices.
  •   Keep a bowl of cut-up vegetables in a see-through container in the refrigerator. Carrot and celery sticks are tradi-

    tional, but consider red or green pepper strips, broccoli florets, or cucumber slices.

  •   Try unsweetened applesauce as a lower calorie substitute for some of the oil when baking cakes.
  •   For fresh fruit salads, mix apples, bananas, or pears with acidic fruits like oranges, pineapple, or lemon juice to

    keep them from turning brown.

    Tips for children:

  •   Set a good example for children by eating vegetables and fruit with meals and as snacks.
  •   Top off a bowl of cereal with some berries, or other fruit.
  •   Offer children a choice of fruits with meals.
  •   Let children decide on the dinner vegetables or what goes into salads.
  •   Depending on their age, children can help shop for, clean, peel, or cut up vegetables.
  •   While shopping, allow children to pick a new vegetable or fruit to try later at home.
  •   Pack a juice box (100% juice) in children’s lunches instead of soda or other sugar-

    sweetened beverages.

  •   Offer raisins or other dried fruits instead of candy.
  •   Look for and choose fruit options, such as sliced apples, mixed fruit cup, or 100%

    fruit juice in fast food restaurants.

  •   Children often prefer foods served separately. So, rather than mixed vegetables, try serving two vegetables separately.

    Thank you and praying for your good health.

I Can’t! I Can’t! I Can’t,…… YOU CAN!!!

“I can’t” is a statement we so often hear when there is work to be done in and around the church.

I have this hardship—or—I have that handicap—or—I don’t have an understanding of the task at hand. Excuses, excuses, excuses that are without merit. One should never let hardships become handicaps; and conversely, one should never let handicaps become hardships. And, as for a lack of understanding, one is never too old to learn.

“I can” has fewer letters, but a greater significance, and a more dynamic impact on our lives and actions than “I can’t”. “I can” is an attitude instilled in us by the LORD! “I can’t” is an attitude that satan wants us to have.

Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Believe this! Act on it! Be inspired by it! There is no one who can do nothing! God has imbued us with the ability to do something. Sometimes it takes a little exploration to find out what that ability is, but it is there.

Once you discover that you can, then you must!! Therefore, say not only “Yes I can,” say also, “Yes I will.

Prayerfully submitted by Trustee Alphonso W. Murphy, Jr.

College Bound – Attitude!

By Bro. Michael D. Wynn

“It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude” ~ Zig Ziglar

Attitude: You have a choice in the way you perceive whatever is going on. You have the power to choose whether you think the glass is half full or half empty. Perception is the key, especially if you graduated from high school by a thin thread or you’re currently struggling with a college readiness plan. Well, the time is now — you must be pro-active and take a strong commitment to building and completing your educational career.

You may want to ask yourself the following questions:

  •   What is your interest and attitude toward college?
  •   Are you willing to pray more and seek motivation at your lowest point of frustration?
  •   Is college really important or worthwhile to you?
  •   Are you willing to give up whatever it takes in order to be successful in college?
  •   Are you able to eliminate negative “self-talk?”
  •   How clear are you about your own educational goals?
  •   Do you really have a “Plan B” or second major in mind?

    Consider how a college degree will fit into your future and see for yourself. Attitude: If you think you can, you can, and if you think you can’t, you’re probably right. Your excellence is not a skill, but your attitude is everything. Try this — using the right words and thinking, “I have a positive attitude”; strive for optimism, keep positive people in your company; and know when you need to change.

    When you know you aren’t happy, admit it to yourself and take action to reverse it. Listen to what others have to say. Appreciate the things you have; don’t join in with negative conversations around you; and keep a journal of your positive attitude, list and document your progress in discovering new ideas. Your positive attitude which will affect your outlook on college.

    Blessings be with your new attitude and new journey.

Ministry Spotlight – Laymen’s Ministry

The True Love laymen’s League was established in 1977, under the pastorate of the late Rev. Herbert B. Robinson, Sr. The Laymen were organized to serve as “de facto” assistants to the Pastor. Deacon W. R. Davis was elected as the first president. His elected staff consisted of: Deacon Jerry Cochran, Membership V.P.; Brother Charlie Hankerson, Program V.P.; Brother Linwood Davis, Secretary/Treasurer; Brother James Dunlap, Fellowship/Co-Op V.P. After the passing of Deacon W. R. Davis in 1993, Deacon Thomas Anderson was elected president, and still holds that position today. The other current officers are: Deacon David Jones, Secretary/Treasurer; and Trustee Alphonso W. Murphy, Jr., Program V.P. There are five committee chairs: Trustee Arthur Williams, Personal Faith/Christian Living; Deacon Thomas Dixon, Church Administration; Brother Donald Fails, Missions and Evangelism; Trustee James Jackson, Christian Social Service and Action; and Deacon Steven Henry and Brother Darren Partlow, Boys Work.

Some of the objectives of the Laymen are:

  •   To persuade unchurched men to revere true fellowship with the church
  •   To encourge men to be actively concerned with the betterment of the community
  •   To help men in guiding their families toward fuller Christian development and co-operation
  •   To promote Christian relationships
  •   To inspire men in the Spirit of giving to the up-building of the church, physically and financiallyThe Laymen have been active in various outreach ministries, including: feeding and ministering to the homeless at the Detroit Rescue Mission and The Genesis House; collecting clothing and toiletries for C.O.T.S. and other shelters; street witnessing; and visiting with the sick and shut-in at homes, nursing homes and hospitals.The Senior Laymen nurture and mentor the Junior Laymen to prepare them to be the Senior Laymen of the future. The Laymen work in conjunction with the Department of Missions on several occasions such as: transporting Seniors to and from True Love during Mission Week; Delivering food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas time; and any other function for which they need our assistance.

    We are a missionary church and we are ALL missionaries; therefore, we fervently pray that more members will join with us to carry out the work of our Glorious God.

    ~ Submitted by Trustee Alphonso W. Murphy, Jr.

A Word from our Pastor

The world has a lot of different things going on that come as no surprise. Jesus said that such changes would become the norm because humanity would believe more in self than God. Christians should come to the realization that they can become world changers also. The church should not be following after the world but the world should follow the church. What kind of role must the church set in order for the world to take notice of our leadership? I have come to the conclusion that it starts right here with you and me. I am personalizing this because without you, it is no longer “we”.

You can join in the vision that I have to take over the neighborhood of our church. It is quite a challenging task but not an insurmountable task. It begins with relationships. The question is, “What does the church offer to the neighborhood to help change our standard of living, communication, concerns and love for one another?” There is practically a church on every corner, but what are we doing differently that can lift up a bowed down people? In the world of business economics, a mouse trap is a mouse trap. The most profitable mouse trap manufacturer is the corporation that promotes its mouse trap as the best. True Love Missionary Baptist Church has to promote itself as the Church of churches if it is to change the thought process of our people and community.

In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus teaches us that every human being is your neighbor and when he has needs and you are able to help, you should. Jesus tells us that we should not treat people unfairly or dislike them because they are different than us. Regardless of their culture, skin color, or background, God created us all as one human family. We cannot afford to drop our guard and be vulnerable to crafty people who misuse and abuse generosity for self -gain. At the same time, we cannot limit our obligations in the ministry for the misguided thinking of others. We cannot fear what man can do to us, but they should fear us. We are the victors. We carry the name of Jesus with us. What is our protection? We are covered with True Love. So, my beloved, please join me in making the vision become a reality by offering your help in this group effort. At the very least, take these words into consideration. At the most, pray for me, as your leader.

God bless

Dr. H. B. Robinson, Jr.