Shreveport Unity of Faith Baptist Church
Unity of Faith Baptist Church
Dr. Terrance Toney, Sr., Pastor
September 2021 Newsletter Christian Education Volume 1 Issue 2
Power of The Spirit
~ Corinthians 3:16-17 (NRSV) ~
16 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”
Though Paul was speaking these words to the church at Corinth, they speak to us as well. We live in a body-conscious world populated with diet gurus, exercise clubs and beauty salons. Entire magazines are dedicated to healthy eating, stylish clothing and movie stars. As Christians we have another aspect to consider about our bodies. We are literally temples of God. The Holy Spirit dwells in us. We are His households!
The Old Testament temple was built with great care and expense. Gold, silver, bronze, iron, onyx and precious stones were used in abundance. Why? Because God dwelled there! It was His house. There would be nothing but the best for the King.
He also lives in us. Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them” (John 14:23, NRSV). “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever” (John 14:16, NRSV)
Think of it: God lives in me! I must be careful what I do, what I think about and where I go. Just as David made careful plans for the temple, I will tenderly care for the vessel I am for the Holy Spirit.
Paul wanted the Church of Corinth to take serious thought to what they were doing; they were not their own. As the church of Jesus Christ, they were in fact God’s temple, indwelt by the Spirit of God.
Keep your focus on Jesus.
IN THIS ISSUE
God’s Temple 1
God’s Sovereignty 1 and 2
Quote – Elaine A. Robinson 2
Disciples 4 Psalm 24:1-3 5
Health Focus 6
Wellness: An Update 7
Scriptures to focus on for God’s Sovereignty:
Isaiah 25:8-9, “He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. 9 In that day they will say, ‘Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.’”
Jeremiah 32:17, “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”
Matthew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”
Revelation 4:11, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
“When we accept the calling of grace to follow the way of Jesus Christ in the world, we begin to live according to different standards and to pursue new ways of being in the world. No longer bound solely to the world’s pleasures and treasures, we begin a journey from brokenness to wholeness. We begin to discover what it means to be fully human – not as we have imagined we might be via fortune, fame, power, and
pleasure, but as God intends us to be.”
~ Elaine A. Robinson
“Godbearing: Evangelism Reconceived”
STAYING CONNECTED TO THE SOURCE: ENGAGING GOD’S WORD
Order of Occurrence Questionnaire
H E A L T H F O C U S
Signs of Stroke in Men and Women
Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.
Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Call 9-1-1 right away if you or someone else has any of these symptoms.
Acting F.A.S.T. Is Key for Stroke
Acting F.A.S.T. can help stroke patients get the treatments they desperately need. The stroke treatments that work best are available only if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within 3 hours of the first symptoms. Stroke patients may not be eligible for these if they don’t arrive at the hospital in time.
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do the following simple test:
F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.
Note the time when any symptoms first appear. This information helps health care providers determine the best treatment for each person. Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.
FACE MASK REQUIRED
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a statement, that anyone who is fully vaccinated can shed their masks and forgo social distancing for most indoor and outdoor activities, regardless of gathering size, marking a substantial return to normalcy in the long fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In the wake of the new guidance from the health agency, the White House lifted its own mask requirement for fully vaccinated staff.
Fauci said three factors drove the change from health officials: an accumulation of data showing the "real-world effectiveness" of the vaccines, which are more than 90% effective in protecting against disease; new studies showing the vaccines protect against the new coronavirus variants; and information showing it's unlikely a vaccinated person who becomes infected with the coronavirus transmits it to someone else.
"The accumulation of all of those scientific facts, information and evidence brought the CDC to make that decision to say now when you're vaccinated, you don't need to wear a mask, not only outdoors, but you don't need to wear it indoors," he said.
While there is the possibility that people who have been vaccinated can test positive for the coronavirus, as evidenced by the eight vaccinated members of the New York Yankees who contracted the virus, Fauci said the likelihood of it spreading is "very, very low."
Additionally, Dr. Fauci states "What the issue is, is that the level of virus in your nasal pharynx, which is correlated with whether or not you were going to transmit it to someone else, is considerably lower," "So even though there are breakthrough infections with vaccinated people, almost always the people are asymptomatic, and the level of virus is so low, it makes it extremely unlikely, not impossible, but very, very low likelihood that they are going to transmit it."
"When you get vaccinated, you not only protect your own health and that of the family, but also you contribute to the community health by preventing the spread of the virus throughout the community," he said. "In other words, you become a dead-end to the virus. And when there are a lot of dead ends around, the virus is not going to go anywhere."
The pandemic is not over, so it is our duty to follow the mandates to keep each other safe!
“Please Practice Social Distancing”
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