‘Releasing Your Bags' at Hope of Glory
Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 1:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 1:56 p.m.
The holy ghost came out of the bag and the anointing flowed freely at a service to end the Daughters of Zion's "Release Your Bags Women's Conference."
HOPE OF GLORY FELLOWSHIP INC.
Pastor: Apostle Jesse B. Brown.
Location: 12 NW 7th Ave.
Services: Sunday Morning Glory worship service and Children's church are 8 a.m. Bible study and pastoral teaching is Wednesday 7 p.m.
Phone: 352-222-8261 or 352-262-9610.
Held last Wednesday through Sunday at Hope of Glory Fellowship Inc. at 12 NW 7th Ave., the conference reached a fever pitch at its conclusion Sunday morning when Apostle Jesse B. Brown, pastor of the church, and speaker Pastor Janice E. Phillips of Latter Rain Ministries/More Sure Word of Selmer, Tenn., both led the service by continually encouraging parishioners to praise God.
Daughters of Zion is a group of women at Hope of Glory who are staying empowered through the word of God and learning how to walk in holiness, said First Lady Tywanna Brown. She said the theme of the conference, "Release Your Bags," was a reference to Romans 8:38-39.
"That scripture means that we shouldn't let anything separate us from the word of God, and releasing those bags means that I am dropping everything that is hindering from serving God," she said.
Both Brown and Phillips did their part to keep the atmosphere of the service focused on praising God.
Phillips, formerly of Gainesville, delivered a fiery sermon in which she let the holy ghost lead her. She didn't mention the subject of her sermon — "What Has God Made You to Do" — until close to the end of it.
She said too many people get caught up in the physical world and fail to realize the battles they are really fighting are against evil and wicked powers and principalities.
"There is another level of warfare that you have to step into," said Phillips. She said Christians must make it a point to get themselves spiritually aligned with the word of God. She told parishioners they are operating in the wrong realm if they are still "wrestling with flesh and blood" issues.
She said the real battle is not with the things people can see or feel. Phillips preached from John 1:5, Colossians 1:16, John 9:4, Romans 8:28, Ecclesiastes 12:13 and several other scriptures.
She said it is important for Christians to know what they are called to do, and the only way to know that is to know the word of God.
"If you want to know who you are, you have to get into the word because the word is the light, and living without the word is living in darkness," she said. "Without light, you can't even see things that belong to you."
She concluded her sermon by saying the entire purpose of life can be found in Ecclesiastes 12:13, which she had Jesse Brown read.
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man," Brown read from his Bible.
Earlier in the service, Brown sang several songs during praise and worship, including "This Joy That I Have," "Hold on to His Hand," "Come on in the Room," "Somebody's Here and It Must Be Jesus" and several other songs.
"I feel like going down memory lane this morning," said Brown, as he danced, sang and shouted praises to God. "I don't mind praising God. How many of you know your deliverance comes through your praise."
The service ended with First Lady Brown and Angelical Williams, the Browns' daughter, presenting Jesse Brown with a birthday cake to celebrate his 58th birthday, which was Monday.
First Lady Brown also presented Phillips with a gift bag that contained a Michael Kors purse. After strapping the purse on her shoulder while flashing a bright smile, Phillips took a brief moment to mimic a runway model as parishioners gave her a loud round of applause.