Loving people at New Horizon


Co-Pastor Crystal Griffin speaks at the church as parishioners worship.

LEE FERINDEN/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 2:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 2:37 p.m.

The motto at New Horizon Outreach Ministries is "Loving People Where They Are," and the leaders of the church have no problem doing just that.

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NEW HORIZON OUTREACH MINISTRIES

Pastor: Co-Pastors Michael and Crystal Griffin.
Location: 127 NE 15th St.
Services: Sunday School is 10:30 a.m., followed by morning worship at 11:30 a.m. and evening worship at 6:30 p.m. Bible study is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Support groups for men and women meet at 6 p.m. Monday.
Phone: 352-281-7685.

The co-pastors of the church, Pastors Michael and Crystal Griffin, are a dynamic married couple who have a love for the Lord and also people that allows them to relate to those from all walks of life.

During his sermon Sunday at the church at 127 NE 15th St., Pastor Michael Griffin praised God for giving a woman the courage to give a testimony about her bout with HIV/AIDS.

"I just give God all the praise for that testimony," said Griffin, who started the church with his wife seven years ago. "God is bigger than HIV/AIDS, leukemia, cancer and diabetes."

Griffin preached from Psalm 19:7-14, emphasizing the importance of reading and abiding by the word of God.

The service also included praise and worship led by the church's praise team. The scripture, which was taken from I Timothy 6:3-7, was read by church member Lee Williams.

The praise team set the atmosphere for the service by singing several very inspiring and moving songs, including "I'm Chasing After You," "Trouble Don't Last Always" and "I Need Help."

Pastor Crystal Griffin told the congregation not to be afraid when trouble comes because trouble only means God is about to work a miracle.

"Trouble is a chance for me to let God know I need help," she said. She also told parishioners that a shift was taking place during the service.

"God is trying to do something in this place," she said. "We are shifting this morning."

She also told parishioners that taking communion, which the church does every first Sunday, is serious business. She said taking communion allows Jesus to come inside one's spirit and involves repenting and asking for forgiveness.

"We have to understand that there are some things we can't fix, and that only God can," she said.

Later in the service, Pastor Michael Griffin told parishioners to stay focused on the word of God because it will keep and save them.

"The word is the only thing that is going to stand," he said.

He said the scripture he was preaching from suggests that King David connected with the word. He said when people connect with the word, the word will find them wherever they are in life. He said he has never met anyone who has connected with the word and found Jesus Christ and stayed the same as they were before giving themselves to Christ.

He also said people ought not to "play church" because too much is at stake. He said God is looking for people who are serious about his word and who seriously want to build up his kingdom.

He said people must obey God when God tells them to leave something alone or to tell something or someone goodbye. He said obeying God leads to people feeling better about themselves and the Lord.

"Don't let nobody take your victory away from you," he said. "The word will get you to start loving yourself again."

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