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Friday, October 3, 2014 - The News - Page 5 7 7 By Delanda S. Johnson Special to The News TYLER-The North Texas Annual Conference 11 th session of the African Methodist Episcopal Church was held in Tyler Sept. 23-27. Reverand and Mrs. Mittie C. Muse, Sr., and the Ebenezer AME Church family made ev- eryone feel welcome. Johnson Chapel AME Church in Malakoff and Allen Chapel AME Church in Athens were represented. Presiding Prelate of the 10th District The Right Reverand Vashti Murphy McKenzie and the Episco- pal Supervisor Dr. Stan McKenzie called the meeting to order. Bishop McKenzie ad- dressed the congregation with the theme for this year's conference "The Cost Of Discipleship." "The congregation the high cost of discipleship is not a new story. It is as old as Christian faith," McKenzie said. "Apostles were killed, became the fodder for en- tertainment in Roman are- nas and the food for hun- gry lions. Since then many others Christians have been tortured, harassed, exiled and imprisoned. "As it was then, so it is today as believers are be- ing persecuted for righ- teousness sake. "In conjunction with the AME Connectional theme, 'Fulfilling The Great Commission with The Cost of Discipleship,' we still must carefully Consider the cost of dis- cipleship as outlined in Luke 14:26-27." Jesus gives two parables that essentially make the same overall point. You must give care- ful consideration to the cost of discipleship before jumping into this, he said. Luke 14:28-32 Jesus then gives a third cost of discipleship and uses an il- lustration about salt to show the cost of not being a follower, Luke 14:33-35, he added. "It is easy to have cou- rageous words and calm spirits when there is no law against owning a Bible or gathering for wor- ship where you live," McKenzie said. "Our bravado stays in place when there is no threat to life and liveli- hood. The cost of being a disciple becomes high when you make Jesus your 'ride or die' partner. Cou- COURTESY PHOTO Evangelist Alma Berry of Malakoff (left) receives the Congregant of the Year Certificate from Rev. Linda ,Ross. rageous and calm actions means that you walk into the fire. Just as the hymnologist declares 'I have decided to follow Jesus,' we, too, must sing the same song as disciples of Jesus Christ," McKenzie concluded. The conference moved forward with sermons from Rev. Kennen Jack- son, Rev. Juan Tolliver, Presiding Elder Rev. Darrell Caldwell, Sr., Rev. Ella McDonald, Rev. Silvester Beaman. A special appearance was made by Rev. Daryl B. Ingram, a native of North Texas. Ingram is a General Of- ricer of the AME Church with the position of Ex- ecutive Director, Depart- ment of Christian Educa- tion. He addressed the con- gregation of the North Texas Conference and said he would be running for the position of Bishop in 2016. The elections will be held in Philadelphia, Pa. Another candidate for the position of Bishop is Rev. Silvester Beaman, a native of New York. He is a graduate of Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio and Boston University Mary McCloud Bethune Scholar, earning a Master's of Divinity de- gree. He was awarded the University's Outstanding Preacher and Bible Reader Award and Doctor of Di- vinity Degree for Merito- rious Achievement in Christian Ministry and Public Service by Richard Wright Theological Semi- nary in Evanston, South Africa. He received a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Payne Theological Semi- nary, Wilberforce, Ohio and Bakke Graduate Uni- versity, Seattle, Wash. He was appointed to Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del., and has taken in more than 2,500 members. At Bethel, Beaman's commitment to ministry is evident in the creating of many new ministries in- cluding an AIDS Task Force, Men's & Women's Ministries and Commu- nity Evangelism Outreach programs. He married his child- hood friend, Renee Palmore Beaman. They have two children and one granddaughter. "Beaman's theme in the Ministry is Hebrews 6:10, "For God is not unrigh, teous to forget your labor of love, which ye have showed toward Hi,name, in that ye have ministered to the saints and do minis- ter." He believes "The work is all divine." During the Ordination Service Beaman's ser- mon, "What Is Your Blood Type" told the candidates "you will bleed for your church, you must do what God has called you to do, and know that only Jesus is there to help you and He knows your blood type." McKenzie closed the conference with a power- ful sermon titled, "Wher- ever, Whenever, and Whatever." Jonah 1 : 1 and Jonah 3:1-3, McKenzie's main point to all was "that you must go "wherever" God places you, "when- ever" God tells you to go, and do "whatever" God wants you to do. Know that you are not in charge; God is in charge. It's not your house, but it's God's house." FOOD/DOOR PRIZES/EN'rER'I"AINMEN'r! IVIZAWAYS! 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