Compassionate shares the W.O.R.D.

Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 3:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 3:17 p.m.

National recording gospel artist Minister Tye Tribbett encouraged parishioners to snap out of their mess and into the blessings God has for them.

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Minister Tye Tribbett, a national gospel recording artist, was the featured speaker at the 2014 W.O.R.D. Revival held last Thursday at Lincoln Middle School. In the background is Bishop Larry Dennison, pastor of the church.

CLEVELAND TINKER/Special to the Guardian



* Pastor: Bishop Larry J. Dennison

* Location: 320 SE 43rd St.

* Services: Sunday morning intercessory prayer is 7 a.m. followed by Sunday school at 9 a.m., morning worship at 10 a.m. and evening worship at 6 p.m. Midweek fellowship is 7 p.m. Wednesday. Children’s church and a nursery are provided and transportation is available.

* Phone: 352-373-1888

Tribbett of Camden, New Jersey, delivered a powerful message last Thursday night at Lincoln Middle School during the four-day W.O.R.D. (Week of Restoration and Deliverance) Revival hosted by Compassionate Outreach Ministries, where Bishop Larry Dennison is the pastor.

"We have come to have church and to praise the Lord," Dennison said. "This is the W.O.R.D. Revival, so that means God has a word for you."

Dennison told the capacity crowd packed into the Lincoln auditorium that speakers at past W.O.R.D revivals have included several national Christian figures, such as the Rev. Dr. Dorinda Clarke-Cole, gospel singer Marvin Sapp, Pastor Marvin Winans "and the list goes on and on."

Although Tribbett was the featured guest speaker, the service also included praise and worship led by the Compassionate Outreach Praise Ensemble, which sang "I Belong To You Lord" and "No Weapon Formed Against Me Shall Prosper."

The service also featured a few words from Dr. Owen Roberts, the first black superintendent of Alachua County Public Schools, who told the crowd that he is called by God to lead the Alachua County school district. As he knelt down on his knees, Roberts said he begins each morning praying for students and their families and everybody affiliated with Alachua County schools.

Roberts said he is well aware of the poverty in Alachua County, but he said that is not an excuse for poor school performance.

"Nothing can stand in our way," he said. "We are the only ones who can stand in our way."

Evangelist Lorraine "Punch" Baldwin performed just before Tribbett delivered his powerful sermon. Baldwin is one of the lead singers of the Grammy Award-winning Georgia Mass Choir and she is the founder and CEO of PowerPak Ministries Inc. in Palatka.

Baldwin took the energetic and excited crowd to another level when she said, "I'm so glad I'm saved and sanctified." Baldwin continued to take the service to another level as she sang "Total Praise," hitting a wide range of angelic and melodious notes.

Parishioners stood to their feet and began shouting praises to the Lord in a mighty way when Baldwin sang the words, "You are the source of my strength," in a voice that is unmistakably her own.

Baldwin set the atmosphere very well for Tribbett, who wasted no time getting to the issue at hand. Tribbett, founder of the Stellar Award-winning gospel group, Tye Tribbett & Greater Anointing, preached from II Kings 7:3. His subject was "Snap Out of It." Part of what he preached from reads, "Why sit here until we die?"

He said he was going to preach about something else, but God shifted his spirit to preach about the scripture from the second chapter of Kings.

He said there are certain mindsets and habits that people should get out of in a snap.

"Snap out of poverty. I'm ready to snap out of that," he said. "Snap out of toxic relationships, I'm ready! Is anybody in here ready to snap out of it?"

Parishioners were standing and shouting in agreement with Tribbett as he expounded on the scripture. He said there was a famine going on during the time the four lepers asked the question, "Why sit here until we die."

He said people must get to a spiritual level that allows them to see the different sides of God.

"We hate storms, but God is just trying to show us himself in another way," Tribbett said. "How can he be Rapha if we never get sick. How can he be Jireh if we never have a need."

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