“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him…” Hebrews 5:7-9
Archbishop George Augustus Stallings, Jr., the keynote speaker at the Saturday, April 30, 2016 ACLC Prayer Breakfast in Brooklyn, New York, gave a challenging message to an audience of 80 people. He said each believer should not only believe and follow Christ, but should become a little messiah himself. Jesus calls each of us to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48) We are made with the same stuff as Jesus, and if we are not “anointed ones” ourselves, how can we do “greater works” than those done by Jesus? (John 14:12)
President Obama will transfer his power and authority to the next President on Friday, January 20, 2017; and we know that on the Day of Pentecost, Jesus transferred his Power or “dunamis” to his disciples (those who “work in the footsteps” of another) and his apostles (those “sent out”). On the Day of Pentecost the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and three thousand people were baptized on that day. God is challenging us to manifest that same dunamis in our own lives. We do not, because we do not know who we are, and though we talk the talk, we fail to walk the walk.
The Prayer Breakfast was held in the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, known as the Jewel of Brooklyn, located at 212 Tompkins Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
The Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, Executive Pastor and Spiritual Engineer at The Mount, was the host pastor. His son and Assistant to the Pastor, Rev. Joel R. Youngblood, was the Master of Ceremonies during the program.
After bountiful and delicious breakfast participants performed the “Jericho walk”
by going outside the building to the street and walking around the corner to enter the main sanctuary from the front door. The program ran from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
The program began with Holy Communion conducted by Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood and the deacons. An invocation was offered by Bishop Antoinette Dreckette, Pastor of United Holy Deliverance Church. Greetings were given by Rev. Tom Cutts, the ACLC National Executive Director. During every Sunday Service at Mt. Pisgah the ancestors and those who helped bring each person to Christ are appreciated. Rev. Cutts mentioned the value of this filial pious practice, and how God is the ancestral root of us all.
A Responsive Reading was led by Pastor Lea O’Neal, Founder and Pastor of the Friends Christian Church. The Reading was taken from Matthew 5:43-45 and Luke 6:32-36. These passages referred to Jesus’ teaching to love even one’s enemies, and to give love and forget one gave. Archbishop Sulanch Lewis-Rose, the ACLC National Co-President and Co-Chairwoman of the ACLC Women In Ministry, invited all to the upcoming ACLC WIM Retreat at the Imani Temple in Suitland, Maryland in June. Throughout the program music was provided by Minister Brandon Smith (keyboard), Minister Sean Coleman (vocals), and Minister Kim Brothers (audio visual).
A video introducing ACLC, and the Marriage Blessing movement was shown, which featured the story of Pastor T. L. Barrett being reunited with “his children’s mother” after ten years of separation, divorce, and she remarrying. Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who with his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, co-founded the ACLC, predicted that Pastor Barrett would be reunited with his ex-wife “very soon.” In less than a week, she returned to Pastor Barrett. Rev. Joel Youngblood, the Master of Ceremonies of the program shared a heartfelt comment that many marriages, including clergy marriages, might have been saved had couples met the ACLC sooner.
Archbishop Stallings delivered his dynamic and powerfully anointed keynote address. He is an eloquent orator, and spoke with conviction, awakening the spirit of many. He left the pulpit and moved around the sanctuary and allowed the spirit of Christ to speak through him.
Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood delivered concluding remarks and offered the benediction, thanking God for the life and spirit of Father Moon and Mother Moon, the founders of ACLC. He also welcomed ACLC to Mount Pisgah for future Prayer Breakfasts, Prayer Luncheons, Prayer Dinners or even afternoon snacks.