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Editor’s Note – Rhema Magazine June/July 2012

As far back as my memory permits, I have always been a lover of words- both written and spoken, with more of an affinity for the former. The way the words leap off the page, transported to my brain and absorbed, has always provided pleasure. I read and read and read some more. I would read anything that I could get my hands on; old newspapers, discarded on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, tattered books borrowed from friends, pages held together by pieces of tape and old magazines. I love to read. I peruse libraries and book stores like other women peruse the shoes stores. I pull books off the shelves, flip the pages and inhale that new book smell. I love to read. I love books.
While I appreciate our technological advancements, I am saddened by the thought that books may become obsolete, especially given the handy inventions called e-readers. Unfortunately, reading (in the traditional sense) has become quite unpopular. After all, we are exposed to so many other medium from which we can gather information and knowledge. We are even privileged to have someone else read to us in the form of audio books. Call me old fashioned, but I still enjoy turning the pages of a great book or magazine and working my way through chapters and articles. I read for a variety of reasons; to enjoy the characters and their experiences, learn new words and their meanings, to gain knowledge and insight or just simply to get a good laugh.
So, with all that said, I am extremely excited and grateful for another medium that encourages reading.
I supported and whole heartedly embraced the idea for this magazine. Knowledge is power. The sharing of thoughts, ideas and experiences can only result in our growth as a family and as a community. The mission is to use this magazine to strengthen each other through our church ministries, through our testimonies and through our individual experiences.
“Rhema”.. Let us examine this word for a moment. Dictionary.com defines it as a Greek word, meaning “what is said”. The word literally means an “utterance” or “thing said”. In Christianity it is used in reference to the concept of the sayings of Jesus Christ. This magazine title was carefully chosen, with the intent to reveal the word of God, through the Holy Spirit, to our readers.
Matthew 4:4..”Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every (rhema) word that proceeds from the mouth of God”
So, while we preach and pray, sing and dance, give and receive- let us be mindful that we have to see the fruits of our labor. We live the majority of our lives outside the church walls and sometimes the comfort the pews and pulpits provide is fleeting. It’s good to feel good; however, we need something more tangible. Let us use this medium wisely and effectively, never forgetting that it is an extension of our churches, an extension of our ministry. Think of every reader as a soul with a need, as you would every individual that walks through your church doors.
We all share one thing in common, our love for God and ministry. The goal of this magazine is to provide another way for the churches to stay connected, while supporting each other. We hope to be the source for a plethora of information regarding the individual ministries, which will ultimately strengthen the entire body, our families and our communities. Through our various articles by pastors and contributors, we endeavor to feed our readers’ minds, bodies and souls as we take a comprehensive approach to ministry. Please join us on this journey.

Always remember, we crave your support but more importantly, we crave your prayers. God bless!

Valerie Brown
Editor in Chief

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