We experienced another exciting week at North East Baptist Church as the 2008 Youth Revival was being held.Â The purpose of the revival was to :
From Wednesday through Friday (Sept 17 – 19) the youth metÂ to experience praise and worship on THEIR level. Â Â So what does one mean by using the phrase “THEIR LEVEL”?
It means ministering to them with Gospel music produced in various genre’s (where you can still easily hear the Gospel message)Â and not bore them to sleep.
It means placing before them preachers that specialize inÂ “Getting Real” and addressing the issues that our children face everyday by sharing with them what the Word of God has to say about it.
It means talking to them using phrases that they can understand and relate to.
It means allowing the youth to be surrounded by their peers and encouraging them to praise and worship God in the way they have been led.
It means an experience of total immersion into God’s Word to the point that they don’t even know that their attention has been held the entire time.
Our God is all powerful, all knowing and present everywhere.Â Therefore, we should not try and limit the diverse ways that God can use to transition a lost soulÂ from death to accepting Jesus Christ as their personal savior (life).
If a person is sick then they can take medicine via syringe,Â IV, oral tablet, liquid medicine and now even patches that adhere to the skin. The important thing is that the medicine gets in the bloodstream so that it can do it’s job. There are a lot of children and grown folk thatÂ are spiritually sick. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is spiritual medicine,Â is the cure for those ailments.
Have you ever had a child to throw up because you forced them to swallow medicine that tastes horrible?Â Ever notice how you can have better success at delivering the medicine (where it can still do it’s job) if you sweeten the flavor or mix it in something that they like?Â Well that is just what the youth leaders and NEBC did for this revival.
It was refreshing to see the youth leaders not try and force God to fit within a “traditionalist-I’m stuck in my narrow minded ways-view point” BOX.Â Â They thought “outside the box” and shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that the youth were open to receiving the messages.
Right now it is a good point for me to stop and get to sharing the memories that were captured.
From September 10 – 14 North East Baptist Church celebrated the 17th pastoral anniversary of Dr. Wesley Elam, Sr. and 1st Lady Sylvia Elam.
â€œWhere He Leads, I Will Followâ€ (Psalm 23) was the theme. The anniversary kicked off on Wednesday, with guest messenger, Rev. Shelton Miles, Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel AME Church (Durham).Â Friday, Sept. 12 Family Fun Fest III included a talent and fashion Show.Â The 11 O’clock Worship Service on Sunday featured Dr. William McCoy, Associate Minister, Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church as the speaker.
Below are groups of pictures from each of the three days.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT – Rev. Shelton Miles, Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel AME Church (Durham)
On Thursday, September 11, 2008 Clarence Allen , owner of Allen’s Wrench, Â and Harold Martin introduced to the public what they call “The New Innovative Automotive Technology Showcase”.Â Â Â Here you have two intelligent men that love Jesus Christ and love everything that has to do with the concept, design, fabrication and maintenance of high performance automobiles.
There were manyÂ people that came out to support Clarence and Harold new business partnership.Â As you can tell by the photo belowÂ their attention wasÂ 100% on what was being shared.Â Outside of interacting with vistors Clarence and Harold participated in two press conferences.
Below are a few images of Harold’s racing car and the rig that carries it.
Clarence Allen also offered a chance for local Hot Rod enthusiasts to showcase some of their sweetest rides.
At the end of the day Clarence and Harold signed many autographs, gave out firm handshakes and took pictures with the guests.Â Below is a picture of Clarence’s hands as he signed a flyer for one of the guests.
THIS STORY IS NOT OVER THERE ARE MORE PICTURES TO VIEW
Tanika’s day started before daybreak on Saturday August 23, 2008.Â She had an appointment to get her hair done at 6:00 a.m. at “Reflections of Elegance” hair salon in Carborro, NC.
When I arrived on the scene at around 6:05 am Tanika was already in the chair making getting ready for “her” day.
Before we knew it Tanika’s hair was complete and her veil was set for the rest of the day. Around 11:30 am I stopped by the home of her parents to capture her dress and shoes followed by makeup etc.
Once her makeup was complete I left the room to giveÂ she and herÂ bridemaids privacy toÂ get dressed.Â Â However, I had a special request.Â I asked that they call me back upstairs when they were about to fasten the back of her dress.
A few more images were captured of the bridal party getting ready.Â You can view those images in the full gallery located at the end of this post. Next we made our way to Duke Gardens where the ceremonyÂ was to be held.
As the reception moved forward I noticed that the setting sun’s rays were shining on the windows.Â Â Derrick Tucker and I took the lights outside and rounded people up to capture a few photos in front of the sunset.