Revived at New Mount Zion


Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.

Parishioners attending the final night of a four-night revival at New Mount Zion Holiness Church received a word from God.

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Evangelist J.M. Odol, right, prays for Prophetess Belinda Mims of Dominion of Praise Center in Gainesville as her husband, Minister Harold Mims, looks on.

CLEVELAND TINKER/Special to the Guardian

Facts

NEW MOUNT ZION HOLINESS CHURCH

* Pastor: The Rev. Barbara Tyson.

* Location: 680 NE 23rd Ave., Suite B.

* Services: Sunday school is 10:30 a.m., followed by morning worship at 11:30 a.m. Bible study and prayer service is 7 p.m. Thursday.

* Phone: 352-378-9269.

The Sunday night service at the church at 680 NE 23rd Ave., Suite B., came to an end with visiting minister Evangelist J.M. Odol of Little Rock, Ark., instructing parishioners not to give the devil any time to trick them.

"If a man ask you a reasonable question, you give him a reasonable answer, but don't give no room for the devil to sneak into your conversation because I don't care how much holy ghost you think you got, you can't out talk the devil," Odol said. "And if you spend a little time with him, he is going to make you sin. So the only thing you should have for Satan is 'Get thee behind me Satan in the name of Jesus."

The service began with the Rev. Barbara Tyson, pastor of the church, leading devotion by singing several songs to set the atmosphere.

"God is a good God and he is worthy to be praised, church," Tyson said. The songs she led exalted God and ridiculed the devil. The last song was "Send Me, I'll Go."

"I promised the Lord back in 1980 when he saved me that if he needed somebody, I'll go, and I haven't got tired yet," Tyson said. "I thank God to be saved, and I am sanctified. Yes sir. I am sanctified, holy ghost-filled and fire baptized, and I got a mind to run on and see what the end is going to be."

Odol preached from Isaiah 1:16-31, and began by apologizing for the raspiness of her voice. She said she has been traveling since Sept. 28 while preaching revivals in Florida, Illinois, Tennessee and her home state of Arkansas.

Odol said she started the revival last Thursday by preaching about "the word" from the first chapter of the gospel of John. She said she preached from Jeremiah on Friday about traveling down the old path and from Revelations on Saturday, focusing on when Jesus said he "would rather have us hot or cold, but lukewarm I can't deal with because I will spit you out of my mouth."

She said the fire of the holy ghost keeps the hearts of God's people warm and burns evil.

She said saved people have no reason to speak bad about the holy ghost and they should always speak with words "seasoned with grace and truth."

She also said Christians should spend more time trying to please the Lord.

"We try to please those we love," Tyson said. "So when we fall in love with God, we need to begin to do the things that please God. God said, When you trust me and live right and walk upright, there is nothing I will hold from you."

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