14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14  (KJV)                                                                                                                                  

Upon the completion of the temple, the ark of the covenant of the Lord was placed in the inner sanctuary and King Solomon dedicated the temple. King Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord, got down on his knees before all of Israel, and prayed to God. He prayed with the desire that the temple would be a place of sacrifice and prayer, a place where the people of God could find the presence of God, and a place where the people of God would hear from God. God heard Solomon and responded to him. He told Solomon what was required of the people for Him to get involved in their affairs. The Lord said if the people would become humbled and pray, get into His presence and repentant, then He would attend to them, forgive them, and restore them.

Not only does this apply to the children of Israel, it also applies to the followers of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:10 tells us “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…” Jesus Christ is Lord and according to 1 Corinthians 6:19 our physical body is the temple of the Spirit of God,  “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God…” If you have been saved by grace through faith and have received the gift of the Holy Spirit, you are able to get God involved in your situation, but you must meet the condition.

God has requirements. He states condition. God requires us to be humble, to be in subjection, to place ourselves under His authority and control. Humility is the position of prayer. When we are humble, we realize that God is in control and our strength lies in Him; therefore, we can earnestly pray to the Lord. God wants us to get into his presence and adjust our attitude towards sin and righteousness. God desires that we live according to His will and purpose.

Then, at that time, God will hear us, He will respond and attend to us. We serve a loving and caring God. He will forgive us. He will spare you and see that no harm comes to you; He will set you free and release you from guilt. He will pardon you and excuse you without penalty. Jesus heals. When we meet the condition, we will be made sound, restored and brought to a place where we can be prosperous. God is there and He is available. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.

 Prayer: Lord God, we come before you with a bowed head and a humble heart, seeking your face. We realize that we have no power outside of you. We thank you for your goodness, your grace, and your mercy. We thank you for loving us and we humbly repent. Lord you are our source and our strength. Hear our cry. We need you. Bless us Lord and heal us spiritually and physically. We know you are able. Our trust is in you and we believe you. In the precious name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

Rev. Anthony L. Forman, 

Infinite Grace Fellowship

Baltimore, MD     

 

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For immediate release August 1, 2013

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HOLLAND JOINS INFINITE GRACE FELLOWSHIP LEADERSHIP TEAM

Minister Ardenia M. Holland has been appointed as Director for Outreach and Missions for Infinite Grace Fellowship by resident Bishop Marcus Matthews of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.  Minister Holland began her duties August 1. The church is located at 5130 Greenwich in Baltimore, on the city’s historic “40 West” corridor.

Minister Holland has served as an associate minister at First Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church in Baltimore, where she has been a member from birth, since August 2008. Over the course of her membership she served on various ministries and in most recent years served as assistant ministry leader for the Ministerial Alliance, assistant to the executive director for Ministries of Excellence which provides oversight for church ministries and was co-facilitator for Baby Dedication classes.  In addition, she assisted with teaching in conjunction with prayer vigils and Bible Study.  She lives by the philosophy that it is her responsibility to use her life experiences to empower others to realize their God-given purpose and has a passion for community outreach, organizing and advocacy, especially in the areas of public health.

Min. Holland is a native of Baltimorean, and a graduate of Western High School.  She received a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. She is the Executive Officer of her own consulting ministry, All His Glory Enterprises, and has a wealth of public health, public administration and communications experience.  Her work experience includes eight years with the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and serving as Executive Director for the Heart & Soul Foundation.  In 2011 she coordinated the Heart & Soul Magazine Awards Weekend in Baltimore, MD, honoring 13 extraordinary women and men who advance healthy, wealthy, and wise lifestyles. She has worked in a consult capacity with the Baltimore Washington United Methodist Conference of the United Methodist Church and coordinated Metropolitan United Methodist Church’s Full & Fit Community Outreach event in 2012.  One of her most memorable life moments is appearing as a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune in 1988.

Minister Holland is single and the mother of Aaron Holland and his wife Aerica.  She is blessed to still have the presence of her mother, Flora Holland, in her life and has four siblings.  Aware of God’s grace and mercy upon her life, she self-published her first book “Just Like Fire…God Said Testify” and believes God is capable of using our testimony to make us stronger as well as to spread the message of His saving, redeeming, and delivering power.

The Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church is comprised of 694 congregations with nearly 200,000 members. It is the home of Methodism in America, with the founding of the denomination at Lovely Lane Chapel in 1784.

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