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March 2013 Edition of The Praise Reporter International Bible Way Church of Jesus Christ, Inc.

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  • STAY INFORMED. STAY INSPIREDJoin our email list at Praisereporter.com

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    special conference issue march 2013

    56th AnnuAl

    Bishops CounCil And Workers ConferenCe

    The Year of Abundant spiritual Blessings and expectations:

    increasing Your Capacity for Growth and expansion

    Tuesday, March 12 Friday, March 15, 2013 Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capital Square Columbus, OH

    inTernATionAl BiBle WAY ChurCh of Jesus ChrisT, inC.

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    This month I would like to talk about the greatest helper of them all, The Holy Spirit.. The Holy Spirit is a very practical Helper who assists us in every aspect of our lives. When we pray, He intercedes for us according to the Lords will (Rom. 8:26). Because of our limited knowledge or self-centered desires, we sometimes ask for the wrong things, but the Spirit takes our pe-titions and aligns them with the Fathers will. Although we may think our prayer wasnt answered, in reality, the Holy Spirit just straightened out our requests in order to give us what was best.

    Gods Spirit also helps us understand His Word (John 16:13). In fact, no one can comprehend the Bible unless the Spirit il-lumines his thinking. If you come to the Scriptures with a clean heart, a submissive will, and a dependent attitude, He will enlarge your spiritual senses to see the truth and understand His thoughts.

    Perhaps one of the Spirits most under-appreciated works is His conviction of our sin (vv. 8-11). Although its unpleasant and sometimes painful, we should never want Him to stop, because this is the way He gets us back on track after we have strayed. But He doesnt just point out our wrongs; He also empowers us to do right. True righteousness is achieved only by rely-ing on Him to transform us and carry out His work through us.

    Sometimes we dont realize how much we need the Spirit. Though we ac-knowledge that salvation is accomplished by Christ alone, how many of us feel as if living the Christian life is now up to us? But self-reliance is a recipe for failure. Only when you know you cant, will you find He can!

    A Helper for All Occasions

    Congratulation ToinTernATionAl BiBle WAY ChurCh of Jesus ChrisT, inC.

    56th AnnuAl Bishops CounCil And Workers ConferenCe

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    56Th AnnuAl Bishops CounCil And Workers ConferenCe

    Bishop William C. & Mother Lelia M. Latta and the Ohio Diocese proudly welcome Presiding Bishop Chief Apostle Cornelius Showell, Elect Lady Au-gust Showell and The International Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc to the great Buck-eye State of Ohio as we host the 56th Bishops Council and Worker Conference. The city of Columbus is a diverse and growing city with an African American male as our Mayor, who has served as the citys longest elected ma-jor.

    The Ohio Diocese was started under the leadership of Bishop Winfield A. Showell one of the founding fathers of The International Bible Way Church. His commitment to God and Bible Way coupled with his love for the people energized him to make numerous trips to Cleveland and later to Columbus and Toledo to make sure the Diocese was properly established and flourishing. He attend the April and September Diocese meeting faithfully first with District Elder James & Mother Georgia Lee Lampkin in Cleveland. In 1960, Elder William C. Latta came to Colum-bus to pastor and become a past of the Ohio Dioceses. In 1981, Elder William C. Latta was consecrated to the office of Bishop and later was appointed to Diocesan of Ohio.

    The Diocese has grown from two churches to sixteen churches. As we continue to grow, we expect great things from the state of Ohio. Our prayers will be with you dur-ing visit. What ever you need, just ask and with the help of the Lord we are there to serve you.

    Love You,Bishop and Mother William C. LattaConference Host

    Greeting in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

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    The late Apostle Smallwood E. Williams under the guidance of the Holy Spirit asked Elder William C. Latta to come to Columbus, Ohio to Pastor. We began our first service September 4, 1960 with Elder William C. Latta conducting months of Evangelistic Crusades. In 1969, we remodel the church sanctu-ary shortly after a small electrical fire.

    In the late 70s due to the increase in member-ship the church began to look for a larger building, however, we were unable to find a facility large enough to meet our needs; therefore, we decided to build where we were.

    May 1980, we had our first Sunday Morning Service in the new Sanctuary. In 2007, we started renovation of our property, which we completed in 2009. September 15, 2012 Apostle Cornelius Show-ell installed Bishop William Latta as Senior Pastor, Elder Timothy Latta as Pastor, and Elder Otis Buck-ner as Assistant Pastor.

    The late Apostle Smallwood E. Williams under the guidance of the Holy Spirit asked Elder William C. Latta to come to Columbus, Ohio to Pastor. Bish-op Smallwood E. Williams invested $2000 to secure the property for the church.

    The Bible Way Church began its services on Sep-tember 4, 1960 with our Pastor conducting months of Evangelistic Crusades. In the first service, there were only two families, Deacon and Sister Ander-son Gibson and Elder and Sister Bert Thompson, who were already members of the former church. Sister Dollie Trent united with the church at the first service. At the close of the crusades the Lord had given us enough members for the late Mother Mary Wilson (mother of the late Apostle Smallwood Wil-liams) to organize the Missionary Department. Sis-ter Corrine Gibson organized the Adult Choir.

    In the fall of 1969, there was a need to remodel the building, but the church did not have the funds to do so; however, that year the church had a small electrical fire, which caused some minor damages to the church, and we received enough money from the insurance company to lower the ceiling. Dea-

    con Carey extended the pulpit area, made a com-munion table and two altars. The church raised enough money to purchase padded pews and pul-pit furniture.

    Numerically our membership continued to grow until we had outgrown the small church. In the late 70s, we began to look for a larger facility; however, we could not find a building large enough so we decided to build where we were.

    Thus, we began the process of purchasing properties in the neighborhood around the church. We purchased four separate properties on the North side of the church, one on the South side, and two lots on Oakley Avenue. We also purchased the Garland building (the green building as we call it) Scottys Carry Out on Sullivant Avenue, the Ameri-can Legions Building (Mary Wilson Hall), a lot on

    Highland Avenue, and two lots at 438 S. Wheatland Avenue (the Herman House). After we purchased these properties and raised the funds, we selected an architect who made a model of our new church. The late Elder Herman Partridge began and com-pleted the construction our new building.

    In 1979, Christmas Eve, we held our first service the incomplete lower auditorium. It was so cold we used big kerosene heaters to heat the place. In May 1980, we had our first Sunday Morning Service in the new Sanctuary. In 2007, we started the renova-tion of our property, which we completed in 2009.

    September 15, 2012 Apostle Cornelius Showell installed Bishop William Latta as Senior Pastor, El-der Timothy Latta as Pastor, and Elder Otis Buck-ner as Assistant Pastor. This was the first pastoral change in our 52- year history.

    Columbus Church History

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    The Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, World Wide, Inc. had its inception in Sep-tember 1957. Bishop Small-wood E. Williams, who at the time was the General Secretary of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith (COOLJC), along with Bishop John S. Beane, Bishop Winfield Showell, Bishop Joseph Moore and Bishop McKinley Williams, withdrew from that organi-zation (along with about 70 churches) and founded a new organization.

    Beliefs of the Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ include the inspiration of the Bible as the word of God; salvation made pos-sible only through Jesus; the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues; water baptism by immersion; the pre-millennial second comin