Kingdom of God honors pastor


Apostle Lavan Jr., left, is joined by his sister, Lachryll Lavan Taylor, and his brother, Pastor Algera Lavan, as they present flowers to their parents.

CLEVELAND TINKER/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.

When the spirit is at rest and the holy ghost is leading the soul, the flesh will follow suit on the journey to salvation.

Facts

CHURCH OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD INC. NO. 5

* Pastor: Senior Pastor David Lavan Sr.

* Location: 402 SE 14th St.

* Services: Sunday school is 9:45 a.m., followed by morning worship at 11 a.m. Prayer meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday and Bible study is 7:30 p.m. Friday

* Phone: 863-944-3426

That was the gist of the sermon delivered by Apostle Daniel Lavan Jr. of Harvest and Worship Ministry in Orlando as he preached at a pastor's appreciation service to honor his father and mother, Pastor Daniel Lavan Sr. and First Lady Daisy Lavan of the Church of the Kingdom of God Inc. No. 5 at 402 SE 14th St.

The service also included Lavan Jr. and two of his siblings — Pastor Algera Lavan of Crown of a Life Ministries Inc. in the Porters community and Lachryll Lavan Taylor of the Church of the Kingdom of God in Hawkinsville, Georgia — presenting their parents with flowers.

"We truly thank God for you," said Lachryll Taylor, as she stood between her brothers with flowers in hand during the presentation portion of the service. "You were our dad before you became a pastor. You were a father first."

Ernest "JoJo" Mosley, who was born and raised near the church, also spoke. He thanked Lavan Sr. for allowing the church to host a community Vacation Bible School two weeks ago, the first time that community has had such an event.

"We thank him so much for allowing us to have the Vacation Bible School here," Mosley said. "When we approached him about the idea of bringing the children and the older people in the community together to learn about the Lord and fellowship with one another, he jumped right on board. He has always been a great asset to this community."

Carolyn Alexander of Shiloh Baptist Church in Archer presided over the service, which featured praise led by the Church of the Living God in Christ praise team. They sang "Freedom," led by Johnnie Mae Reaves, and "For Your Glory I Will Do Anything," led by Chase Phillips.

"I believe we can take this service to another level," Phillips said as the group ended praise and worship.

And the service did just as Phillips said when the musicians kept praise and worship going with a Holy Ghost beat that caused parishioners throughout the church to dance, shout and wave their hands.

"We have gotten to the point in this service where we do away with protocol," said Phillips.

The highlight of the service was the sermon by Lavan Jr., who preached from Hebrews 4:3. He said some people waste time trying to do what God has already done. He said the fact that Jesus lived, died and was resurrected has settled the issue.

"Jesus Christ came to take the you out of it," he said. He said it is important for people to understand there is an order to how God wants them to live. He said the flesh can't lead the way.

"You must feed the holy ghost so that it will feed the soul, and then the soul will feed the flesh," he said. "When that happens, the flesh is outnumbered and has no other choice but to go along with what is right."

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