Bishop Terence M. Sykes
is the founder and Sr.
Pastor of Shekijah
Preparation Assembly.
He is an anointed vessel
of the Lord who has a
God-inspired vision and
Word for God's people. Bishop
Sykes is also an anointed musician,
composer, and singer who helps to
usher in the Presence ofthe Lord.
Evangelist ShereƩ S.
Sykes is the Co-Pastor of
Shekijah Preparation
Assembly. She is an
anointed vessel of the
Lord who has a
God-inspired Word for
God's people. Co-Pastor Sykes is
highly anointed in the ministry of
prayer and also ministers in song to
God's people.
MONTH OF MAY BIRTHDAYS
1. Malinda Jenkins
2. Dexter Jackson
3. Bessie Wharton
4. Da’Bora White
5. Tiffany Amanetu
6. Michael Amanetu
IN THIS ISSUE:
1. Prayer Strategy 101
2. Essentials for Today’s Youth
3. Overcoming Stress
4. “That’ll Preach”
"TO KNOW GOD AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN"

SPA NEWS
For the past few months, ever since our city and State have been required to stay in the house, there have been those who have fought against that order from every side. Some say that their rights are being violated. Some have said that they are grown and can make decisions for themselves. Some have even gone as far as to say, "I'll just take my chances!"
 
No doubt, some of you reading this right now have also felt that the "Stay in Place" order is not a good one and something different could/should have been done.
 
As I thought about this, a little while ago, I thought about a man by the name of Noah who had received a Word from God that it was going to rain continuously for forty days and forty nights. God instructed this man Noah to build an ark and then God caused every species of animal, two each, (one male and one female) of which was considered "unclean" and seven each of what was considered "clean" to enter into the ark along with Noah and his family, which consisted of his wife, their three sons, and the sons' wives. Only eight humans... surrounded by hundreds of animals... for forty long days and forty long nights.
 
I know that the ark had to be smelly and crowded, not to even mention the fact that they were extremely busy feeding them, disposing of waste, and caring for their every need.
 
Imagine being in that ark with stinky, smelly animals of all sizes, weights, and temperaments. Imagine having to be stuck in that ark with eventually nothing to see out of the windows but rising water.
 
But imagine again that as you looked out of the window, every once in a while a dead body or two, or four would float by with the sobering reminder that, that could have been you, if it were not for the love and compassion of a merciful God! I tend to think that seeing that image and considering that thought would make you more appreciative that you were in the ark rather than outside being rained upon.
 
Sometimes, we are so upset by our present condition and circumstance that we forget that it very well could be of God's mercy that we have been placed in isolation.
 
Remember the baby Moses? His mother hid him in a basket and set him afloat upon the Nile River, not as a punishment, not as a violation of his rights, but to save his life. Pharoah was having babies killed, but God had a plan to save Moses' life.
 
Well, that passage on Noah was from a sermon that I preached many years ago entitled "It's Better To Be In The Ark With The Animals Than To Be Out The Ark Without Them!" The crux of the sermon is this: stop complaining about where you are right now; what's happening and/or not happening in your life; what you have and/or don't have, and start focusing on the reality that God loves us enough to isolate us... to save our life! Glory!!! Now that'll preach! Go share it with someone else!
"That'll Preach!"
by Bishop Terence M. Sykes
 
 
SHEKIJAH CELEBRATES 33 YEARS (MAY 2020)
Shekijah Preparation Assembly
104 Fleetwood Dr.
Lynchburg, VA 24501
(434) 237-7721 (SPA1)
contact-us@shekijah.org
www.shekijah.org
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Last updated: May 19, 2020