By Terry E. McGee Sr.
Inside The Pew

Throughout our lives, we will have endless encounters with Satan. But one thing that we must understand is that our faith and our Savior give us power over Satan. There are two ways he can have any power over us is: one, we have to give it to him, or, two, God has to give him permission. Normally God does not give him permission, but in the case of Job, He did. Job 1:1 reads, “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil” (NIV).

But the special permission was given in this case because God knew Job was a man of his own heart and no matter what circumstances came to Job; he would still serve God without question or doubt! Satan thought that he could get Job to doubt and question God.

“Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?’ So Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!’ And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.’ So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord” Job 1: 8-12 (NIV).

Satan bought turmoil after turmoil, eventually killing Job’s children. But Job stood firm, and never questioned God for the test and trials that became his life. Instead he said “naked I came and naked I shall leave!” What this means is when he was born, he had nothing and when he dies, he cannot take anything or anyone with him.

Birth and death is something we will all do alone. It does not matter if you were born a twin or die in a mass death scene. The one other thing we will do alone is have a face-to-face meeting with God when that great day comes. At the end of that conversation, one of two things will be said: “Go forth and claim your crown, for you have finished the race,” meaning eternal life in heaven with God and his faithful servants, or you will hear “Depart from me, as I know you NOT”! This means when there was life in you here on earth, God was not glorified in your words and or actions! There is the ultimate penalty for this, which is spending eternity in hell, where you will be tormented daily!

I encourage you to read the entire book of Job. In times when you may question the motives of God, just remember this story of how sometimes God “allows” things to happen, but He is still in control!

Little Elm resident Terry McGee serves as host of the “Simply Inspiring Show” Mondays 5-7 p.m. CST on the Fishbowl Network. Connect with Terry on Twitter and on Facebook.

 

By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

PLANO, Texas – On Aug. 11, visitors to a Sonic location on Coit Road in Plano were not greeted to their normal roller-skating carhops. Instead, the guests were greeted by tireless workers for the homeless in Dallas and Tarrant counties.

Members of Restoring Our Communities (ROC) Crew Ministries and the Women’s House in Pleasant Grove spent most of the day delivering meals and offering condiments to guest so others who are less fortunate than themselves can get out of their situation.

The purpose of the organization is to assist families to get acclimated back into society, said founder Richard Allen Calvert.

Founded in 2002 by Calvert, an ordained AME minister, the Garland ministry began as an organization to help homeless men. However, due to the recent influx of homeless children and women, Calvert said the organization now assists families.

The ROC Crew has also partnered with other nonprofit organizations in the area, including Restoration Ministries in Fort Worth, Arlington Missions, Dallas International Street Church, and The Bridge.

The organization’s largest project is its Spiritual Enrichment And Life Development (SEALD) program. Based out of Crandall, the two-year program teaches homeless men how to transition out of their situation and into the work world.

“We teach stewardship and job skills where they can become skilled laborers when they get back into society, he said.

“We also offer peer-to-peer mentoring and, above all, discipleship as Jesus Christ told us to do,” said Calvert, who on the ministerial staff of All Nations Fellowship in Garland.

Calvert said after six months, the program participants’ transition out of the shelter and into off-site housing.

In addition to SEALD, the crew takes part in outreach programs in the community. ROC Crew partnered with Restoration Ministries of Fort Worth to hold a back-to-school party at West Point Pines Apartments in Fort Worth. Calvert said the Aug. 25 event is an extension of the Thanksgiving donations the crew provides to the residents of the apartment complex.

“There is a big need for financial resources to help the homeless,” Calvert said. “It is our responsibility to help them because they cannot help themselves.”

Calvert said he had no problem serving as a Sonic carhop on this hot Saturday. The cause is worthy to him and the others who joined him.

“We have gotten creative and intuitive with this, but we are intentional in our purpose,” he said.

To learn more about The ROC Crew Ministries, contact Calvert at 214-282-3273 or find them on Facebook and Twitter @MinistryRocCrew.

By Terry McGee
Inside The Pew

Sometimes I sit back and marvel at the flawlessness of God’s plan! How well executed it is, although at times we struggle to understand it when the rain and trials of life come to plague us. But, I have come to understand His will is different than mine, and His will is always executed. I think back to the times in my life when I should have died. The answer always comes back the same. I have a lot of work I have to do for the Lord, and until I finish what He gave me to do I will sustain and I will trust Him.

I often think back to the story Joseph in Genesis, beginning with chapter 37, when Joseph’s brothers wanted to kill him. Their plan was for him to die, but one spoke against it and instead they threw him in a pit. And as his brothers ate that day, they decided to sell Joseph to strangers and tell their father he was attacked and killed by an animal.

See prior to this, Joseph shared some dreams with his brothers that had them bowing before him. They disliked his dreams and hatred settled in.

Sometimes what God shares with us individually is for us individually. If we tell the wrong people about our dreams or passions, they may not be receptive to it and may try to sabotage it. But we serve a mighty God!!

Eventually, Joseph rose to power in Egypt and he was “the man”! He still received dreams from God and revealed that after seven years of plenty, it was going to be followed by seven years of famine. So basically Egypt was ready for the famine when it arose.

Now Joseph’s family was suffering as they had no knowledge of the famine. Like everyone else, Joseph had to journey to Egypt, were it was known by all that they had plenty.

Joseph’s brothers had no idea that Joseph was the individual in charge there. They just wanted to plead their case to buy food from the person in charge. So as they approached him, they bowed before him to ask to purchase food. So, the dream Joseph had come to fruition.

What the brothers meant for bad, God turned to good. And even more so, God put Joseph in a position to help his family. This is why I don’t question God! I just trust him! Oh but God….!

McGee hosts Simply Inspiring Show, a gospel music/motivational program featuring guests of all backgrounds to share their inspiring stories, introducing new music/new artists, promoting new talent in all industries, and empowering our listeners to excel in accomplishing their goals. Terry’s story originates from the accomplishment of being a former business owner (McGee Networks Plus), co-writing a motivational book,“Multiple Streams of Determination” with some of the best minds in the country, such as Johnny Wimbrey, Les Brown, Matt Morris, Jim Rohn and Marc Accetta. Born in Rockford, Ill., but now residing in Little Elm, Texas, he has a wife, Pamela, and four children: Cortney, Brittney, Erica, and Terry Jr.

 

By Terry E. McGee
Special to Inside The Pew

Sometimes as we go along our day, we tend to become frustrated with what is happening in our lives. We lose sight that God is still in charge! We have let ourselves get caught up in this microwave world we now live in and want to force issues. When the truth of the matter is that all we need is faith.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (King James Version).

With faith all things are possible, as with the women who had the issue of blood in Mark 5:25. She believed that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus garment, she would be healed! So that is what she did, and instantly she was healed from an illness that she had for 12 years, an illness no doctor could give her relief from.

You see there was no power in the hem; the healing power was her faith. She knew this was a man who had performed many of miracles and nothing was impossible for Him. Just a touch was all she needed. Jesus responded by saying to his disciples “someone has touched me!” They were somewhat surprised because they were in the midst of a crowd. But, Jesus told them He felt the power leave Him.

Just as it was back then, faith still works for us now. Faith will lead some men to believe the impossible can be obtained. God did not intend for any of us to struggle. We just happened to be thrust into circumstances we had no control of when we were born. But here is the saving grace; we have the power within to change any circumstance! We just have to have the faith in Him to make the change.

In the book I co-authored, Multiple Streams of Determination, there are several stories of success from meager beginnings. You do have a say so in your future! As Jesus said unto them, “have faith in God … what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” Mark 11:22, 24 (KJV).

McGee hosts Simply Inspiring Show (https://www.facebook.com/Simply.Inspiring.With.Terry.McGee), a gospel music/motivational program featuring guests of all backgrounds to share their inspiring stories, introducing new music/new artists, promoting new talent in all industries, and empowering our listeners to excel in accomplishing their goals. Terry’s story originates from the accomplishment of being a former business owner (McGee Networks Plus), co-writing a motivational book, “Multiple Streams of Determination” with some of the best minds in the country, such as Johnny Wimbrey, Les Brown, Matt Morris, Jim Rohn and Marc Accetta. Born in Rockford, Ill., but now residing in Little Elm, Texas, he has a wife, Pamela, and four children: Cortney, Brittney, Erica, and Terry Jr.

By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

Apartment Life CEO Stan Dobbs recently received some good news. Fortunately, for nine out of the past 10 years, he has received this good news.

“It has become common place around here,” Dobbs said with pride.

The Hurst, Texas, company – founded in 2000 – was one of 38 companies in the United States and Canada named the Best Christian Workplaces Institute’s Best Christian Workplaces list.

Apartment Life is not the only Texas business to make the list. 89.3 KSBJ, a contemporary Christian radio station in Humble, is also honored.

“We are ecstatic that we have been able to provide a workplace for people who believe and love the Lord,” Dobbs said. “BCWI is a great tool to assess how you are doing in terms of providing a Christian culture in the work environment.”

Through its CARES program, Dobb’s company partners with apartment management companies to create community building strategies within complexes. The teams, which include couples and singles who are professed Christians, reside in apartment complexes to specifically bring people together and make a difference in the lives’ of the residents. Dobbs said the company works with 350 complexes nationwide and 120 throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

BCWI, which began in 2002, is an independent, non-profit research organization that surveys employees of Christian organizations to determine how well they are doing. The confidential questionnaire asks about job satisfaction, commitment, Christian witness, the effectiveness of supervisors and management, personal growth and development, teamwork, communications, along with pay and benefits.

Al Lopus, president of BCWI, said these organizations exemplify best workplaces because they create healthy environments that engage their employees in a fun and meaningful way while making a difference for their communities

“We salute the leaders of this year’s Best Christian Workplaces for their intentional efforts to create healthy, flourishing environments for their staff. These courageous leaders pursue the high calling of being a faithful steward of their staff as well as those they serve, in good times and bad.”

The program conducts surveys in U.S., Canada and Australia. All participating organizations have a stated Christian mission and/or values. The 2012 list includes:

American Bible Society – New York, N.Y.

Apartment Life – Hurst, Texas

Ben Lippen School – Columbia, S.C.

Beulah Alliance Church – Edmonton, Alberta

Briarcrest Christian School – Memphis, Tenn.

Calvary Church – Grand Rapids, Mich.

CapinCrouse LLP – Greenwood, Ind.

CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach)- Pittsburgh

Christian Family Care – Phoenix

Christian Leadership Alliance – San Clemente, Calif.

Church Web Works – Renton, Wash.
Community Bible Study – Colorado Springs, Colo.

Compassion Canada – London, Ontario

Concordia Publishing House – St. Louis

English Language Institute/China – Ft. Collins, Colo.

Focus on the Family (Canada) Association – Langley, B.C.

Free Will Baptist Bible College – Nashville

Grace University – Omaha, Neb.

Heritage Christian Academy – Overland Park, Kan.

HOPE International – Lancaster, Penn.

Joni & Friends – Agoura Hills, Calif.

KSBJ – Humble, Texas

Lake Ann Camp – Lake Ann, Mich.

Logos Bible Software – Bellingham, Wash.

Lutheran Church Canada, Alberta/BC District – Edmonton, Alberta

MOPS International – Denver

Olivet Nazarene University -Bourbonnais, Ill.

Phoenix Seminary – Phoenix

Samaritan Ministries – Peoria, Ill.

Santa Fe Christian Schools – Solana Beach, Calif.

SpringHill Camps – Evart, Mich.

The Navigators – Colorado Springs, Colo.

Third Millennium Ministries – Orlando, Fla.

Upward Sports – Spartanburg, S.C.

Wheaton Academy – West Chicago

Whitworth University – Spokane, Wash.

Willow Creek Community Church -Chicago

World Harvest Mission – Jenkintown, Penn.