On April 13, at United Missionary Baptist Church, the co-chair of ACLC, Bishop Michael Sykes, conducted a Pastors Forum, well attended with pastors throughout the NJ area. Bishop Sykes gave a great introduction to the forum, saying, “This forum is for inspiration and edification of your understanding of the Bible. We believe ACLC pastors are called by God to understand and be guided by the Holy Spirit to understand the deeper meaning of the Word. Each one of you will be reading some of the texts and we’ll all discuss together. Where is the best place to start? At the beginning, with God’s purpose for creation.”
Dr. Sykes conducted the forum with great skill. We were inspired how quickly and easily the pastors could grasp the fundamental purpose of life being that we must live in God’s image, as Gen. 1:27 says, “God created man in his own image, male and female created he them.”
Rev. Rene Bellenas, who is chair of NJ Filipino assoc. of clergy gave deep insights into the Word. Rev. Rudy Casuga also did a wonderful work to inspire and help the clergy understand. He mentioned Gen. 1:28, that our purpose is to “be fruitful, multiply and have dominion,” and
Matt 19:4-6, where Jesus said, “Did you not know that man is meant to leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. They are no longer two but one. What God has joined together, let not man separate.”
It was inspiring that almost immediately after Rev. Casuga showed that verse then the next slide was on the three blessings. Also we covered the meaning of give and take action and why everything is created in pairs, male and female. Matt. 7:7-8, “Ask and it shall be given you, seek and you shall find …” and Galatians 6:7, “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
The principle of giving and receiving is fundamental in Scripture. We concluded that if we want more love or fortune or blessing, we first have to give. By giving tithes and by giving love we can receive the blessing God on us, financially, spiritually and every other way. Giving love creates a situation where love multiplies.
We sincerely commend Bishop Sykes and Rev. Greg Agulan, executive director of ACLC-NJ for their great work. Rev. Kathaleen Sato has done a major work in NJ guiding the clergy. Also Women In Ministry are having an impact in developing ACLC.
Submitted by Rev. Dr. Michael Jenkins, ACLC Co-Chairman