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I have written this week with the Lord's help about our new theme for 2020 which is "100 Years: To God be the Glory!" The scripture text for our new theme comes from the book of Psalms. This book is a collection of prayers, poems, and hymns that focus the worshipper's thoughts on God in praise and adoration. Psalms is the inspired prayer and praise book used in temple and synagogue worship of the Jews. The Hebrew title for the collection was "Tehillim" which means = praise songs. The Greek title for Psalms was "Psalmoi" which means = songs to the accompaniment of a stringed instrument. The book of Psalms is different because we see "man speaking to his God." The central message of this book is praise ye the Lord or praise to God through prayer. The theme of the book of Psalms is "God is to be praised in every situation of our life." There were twelve authors mentioned in the book of Psalms who have their names on their Psalms. David is one of the main authors and has his name on seventy-three Psalms.
The scripture text for this article is (Psalms 118:22-24) which says = The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. This passage of scripture is a messianic prophecy about Jesus; how he will come into the world to bring salvation to the Jews and the whole world, but will be rejected by the Jews. He will come to establish a spiritual kingdom in the earth, but they will kill him and refuse to use him as a foundational stone for the apostolic church. The Psalmist says = The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. (Psalm 118:22). The Apostle Peter also wrote about it in (I Peter 2:6) which says = Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold I lay in Sion (Zion) a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Also read: (Isaiah 28:16). When God got ready to build his church he used Jesus as the foundational rock; that's why it has been able to still be standing and existing for 1,987 years (33 AD to 2020 AD). (Matthew 16:18 says = And I will say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell (death) shall not prevail against it. Jesus was not talking about building this church on Peter or any other fleshly being. He was talking about peter's revelation of who Jesus truly was: Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (Matthew 16:16).
Our church, Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church, was founded in May, 1920 and this year, 2020, we will celebrate our church anniversary of 100 years. We have come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord! We have continued to exist and function because of the foundational stone or rock which is supporting us; and holding us up! That rock is Jesus; He is the chief corner stone. (Ephesians 2:20-22) says = And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together growth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. (Psalm 118:23). We chose this scripture for our 2020 theme because we want to give glory to God for the things which he had done. "Down through the years" (1920 to 2020), we have seen many things come against our church, but it did not fall because it is founded upon a rock. We are a "word church." We have a doctrine and a way of life that is based upon those things which are written in God's holy word: such as holy, righteous living; the new birth of water and the spirit according to (John 3:5-8) and (Acts 2;38); and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14). Jesus said in (Matthew 7:24, 25). Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which build his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Zion Temple First Pentecostal Church is still standing because it is built upon the rock of God's holy word. 100 years and still standing! This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24). Lord we thank you for your faithfulness to "all" of us. You have not left us, nor forsaken us. And none of your good promises to your chosen people have failed. In 2020, let us give glory and honor to our God!

Suffragan Bishop Charles L. Smith, D.D.
January 5, 2020


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