Women’s Devotion | May 2019

Prince Charming

As wedding season 2019 fast approaches, many are preparing with excitement for the anticipated glitz and glamour that comes along with planning the next stage of their lives. It’s an exciting time full of hopes and dreams for the future. Certainly it is appropriate, at such a time, to reflect on the devotion, which lays out one young woman’s journey to finding her true “Prince Charming”. This piece was written by someone who got swept off their feet, and fell madly in love with Him. Please share this devotion to help someone who may be searching for their Prince Charming in all the wrong places!

What girl in this world hasn’t grown up playing house whether it be using their own baby dolls or Barbie and Ken? Oh and let’s not forget about the gal growing up watching all of those fairy tale movies. You know, where the handsome prince rides in on a beautifully groomed horse and sweeps the damsel in distress off her feet, gives her all she has ever desired, TRUE LOVE, and then they simply live happily ever after. These made up fairy tales only bring pure disappointments for a gal who is just on the outside looking in. Dare I say, a very large percentage of the female population; 53.2% to be exact! Let that sink in!

Unfortunately, many of us believed in this unrealistic fairy-tale. I can’t even begin to tell you how growing up with this mindset and watching those scenes play out on those ridiculously expensive Hollywood sets only resulted in a gal like me placing even more unrealistic expectations on almost everyone who walked into my life with good intentions. I truly thought that whatever male figure or human being who walked into my life came to save me. It looked so real on the TV screen, so why couldn’t it happen for me in real life? They would accept and complete me and that in them the void I always longed to fill would miraculously be filled. They would be the redemption, restoration, and healing that I needed, and they would gently and lovingly take my hand and help me escape. Escape from all of the hurt and pain! Escape from childhood rejection! Escape from my truths! Escape from myself! What I quickly and thoroughly came to realize, however, was that I was placing my faith in a fairy-tale rather than in God.

Truth is, is that when that male did not meet those unrealistic expectations, I ended up seeking that fulfillment from other people, places and things. At times it was through females, others it was through drugs, sex and alcohol. These highs only brought me temporary fulfillment and the instant satisfaction never lasted very long. What I was doing was searching for purpose and fulfillment, but only found myself in a state of endless sadness, hurt, deprivation , emptiness and hopelessness. For most of my life I struggled in this state of uncertainty, and often wondered was there ever going to be anything or anyone who would be able to heal this hurt and pain that I was constantly feeling inside.

Reality is just this, there are a lot of human beings in this world that feel the exact same way or are simply just desperate for something more. This world can only offer temporarily “fixes”. There is no human being on earth, whether male or female that could fix or fill the void that you feel. You have the choice to continue engaging in unhealthy lifestyle habits, although they will only result in a moments of temporary satisfaction, or you can seek and pursue a more long-lasting, unconditional, loving relationship!

I have news for you, my friends, what you’re so desperately desiring does exist. It only exists though, in the one true living God! Before you were even born God was fashioning and molding you (Psalms 139). He is the God who loves you with an everlasting love. He loves you so much that He sent His own Son, Christ Jesus to pay your debt in full. He is the only one who can make you whole and can provide you with everything you will ever need. It is because of what Jesus did just for you, that you can live for and do what is right. Funny thing is that in Him you can find exactly what you need and desire. All of those things you dreamed of and desired as a little girl: hope; love; joy; healing; prosperity; and peace. Yup, just like in the Hollywood fairy tales!

It is never too late for you to be introduced to this genuine, faithful, understanding, loving Prince. One who has enough love to share with everyone, yet He loves you as if you’re the only one! He has a love that will never disappoint.

With that being said, allow me to introduce to you to the one true Prince, The Prince of Peace, Jesus!


Evangelist Dennise Rosas-Bruno was born in Puerto Rico. At three months of age, she migrated to the United States, where her family settled in Georgia. She is a graduate of Southeast Georgia Bible Institute where she earned an Associate degree in Theological Studies and is in current pursuit of an Advanced Diploma in Theological Studies. In May of 2019, she will have completed the Church of God, Calling and Ministries Studies program. She currently serves as the Ministerial Credentialing Secretary and Administrative Assistant for the Women’s Director at the NJCOG state office.

With a firm knowledge of The Word, an undeniable love of God, and an indisputable belief in the plan and purpose for her life, Minister Dennise strives to not only bring the fire of God wherever she goes, but to also see lives marked, transformed, and changed for eternity despite their gender, ethnicity or culture. Her heart’s desire is to teach others to do the same and to be a helping hand in the shaking of their cities through the anointing power of God.

Women’s Devotion | April 2019

New

Here we are!  It’s already April and we are experiencing the wonders of spring.  New flowers, new leaves, a new season.  The Lord spoke to me at the beginning of this year about the word new.  Isaiah 43:19 tells us He is doing a new thing.  He makes all things new.  We are new creations.  We have new mercies every morning!  So what’s new in you?  He also said that this year I will have new wine in new wineskins which means the old has to be destroyed.  A new me, a new way of thinking and a new way of responding.  The old has to go and new emerges!  The following devotion will help us walk in the new thing!


Leading Ladies need to have two qualities – to walk in HUMILITY and to be TEACHABLE. Are we humble enough to be taught?


“A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands.” Proverbs 14:6 AMP


As Leading Ladies, we spend a great deal of time encouraging and teaching others but who do we receive from? (I’m humbled that you’d take time to read my little devotion!) Holy Spirit can speak to us through anything and anyone. The scripture above said that our very attitude can blind and deafen us to receiving wisdom. So the question is what is our attitude when someone tries to teach or share something with us? Are we open to receive from the least likely sources? My daughter taught me a lot through the years, especially helped me to loosen up! I greatly value her opinion on spiritual and natural issues. The Lord has given her such wisdom!


I’m also open to hear from other Leading Ladies who might have been in ministry for a shorter time than I have. I’m blessed with several mentors that I can reach out to and they give me scriptural advice, not their opinion. These ladies are not in my church, not even in my state. (The people you lead can’t be your friends. You might be wondering why…reach out to me and I can share with you what I’ve learned.) You need a woman that you can believe her motives are pure and you can receive from. There is always something to glean from others. My pastor used to say, “Eat the meat and throw away the bones!”


Most importantly, are you humble to receive from your husband, your priest? Not receiving from your priest is a reflection of not receiving from the Lord (Eph. 5:22).  In my case, my husband is my pastor and my boss because I serve as the Women’s Ministries Director. It is difficult at times to not blur the lines. We make it a general rule to schedule ministry appointments in the office to keep our ministry relationship professional and respectful. It’s so easy for me to slip into wife mode! I have to make a conscious effort to humble myself and receive criticism and correction from him in the ministry. Learning how to humble myself and to be teachable has been key for my husband and I to flow in ministry together. Lord, help us as Leading Ladies to stay humble and teachable and may our responses to others be saturated with love!


Lorna Burch is married to her husband of 21 years, Raymond Burch, Jr.  She was born in Germany and was raised in various places due to her father being in the Army.   She has a passion for teaching the gospel, mentoring pastors’/ministers’ wives, and ministering to women in ministry alongside their husbands. Her mission in life is to support her husband in ministry.   Lorna currently serves as Women’s Discipleship Director of New Jersey Church of God State Executive Office.

Lorna is an ordained minister in the Church of God of Cleveland, Tennessee. She graduated with a master’s degree in Theology from Life Christian University in Lutz, Florida and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Biblical Studies. She is also a certified marriage counselor from Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus, Georgia and an instructor of Southeast Georgia Bible Institute in Waycross, Georgia, which began in 2016. In May 2017, Lorna earned an Executive Leadership nano-degree.

Rev. Lorna Burch has served as worship pastor and administrative pastor during their full-time lead pastoral service. She has served administratively during their tenure as the Black Ministries Coordinator in South Georgia for nine years overseeing 20+ churches and the first woman to be elected to the Youth & Discipleship Board in 2016 along with various regional/state committees and boards.

Lorna has served on the Executive Board of Directors on the Waycross-Ware Chamber of Commerce for a three-year term and on the Public Relations and Workforce Development subcommittee.  She served as Treasurer for Chamber of Commerce for two years. She also graduated from the 2016 Leadership Waycross program.

Her hobbies include exercising, traveling, finding new places to eat and vacation, and most of all spending time with her husband.

They have three adult children: Whitney of Hazlehurst, Georgia; Jamal of Fayetteville, North Carolina; Keyara who serves as Communications Director for New Jersey State Executive Office and Youth Pastor of New Covenant in Plainfield, NJ; and many spiritual children.

Women’s Devotion | March 2019

Reclaiming Lost Glory

 

If you are like me, you can identify with the experience of loss at some period in your life. Losing a toy as a child, or a relationship during your adolescent years seemed devastating. Lost opportunities, resources or possessions can trigger a sense of failure and open the door for depression and dejection to take root in the recesses of our souls.

 

We can gradually become accustomed to loss and develop an immunity to it, where we settle and accept it as our lot. We can even develop a theology to justify our acceptance of it. When we experience loss, it is important to ask this question: Was this loss orchestrated by the enemy to sabotage my destiny and purpose, or was it a necessary part of entering a new season in my journey? If you can affirm that your loss occurred as a result of the enemy’s attack on your purpose, it is imperative for you to strategically and aggressively reclaim what has been stolen. Reluctance in reclaiming what has been stolen by the enemy only gives him greater claim and foothold on what rightfully belongs to you.

 

The pericope in 1 Samuel 30 is a classic illustration to us about how to reclaim lost territory that has been stolen by the enemy. David experienced a devastating loss when the Amalekites burnt Ziklag and captured all his possessions including his wives. In the process, he became depressed, but he did not stay in the place of depression because he knew his destiny hinged on his response to what the enemy had done and recovering what was lost.

 

His human expression of sorrow and dejection was not permitted to prevail over his passion to reclaim lost territory and possessions. He wept, but in his weeping and despondency, he knew where his strength lied. He arose from that emotional slum and called upon the Lord for direction and a strategy. Because he called in the midst of his pain, he received instruction. He was told by God to pursue the enemy and recover all. WOW! In other words, God told him to get his “fight back.” I feel like someone is reading this and needs to hear that again. It’s time to get your ‘fight back!’ This gives you strength to pursue the enemy and reclaim what is rightfully yours. What the enemy has stolen from you is directly connected to your destiny and purpose and you must arise and reclaim it!

 

The Word from the Lord gave David and his men strength for the battle and assurance of victory. Like David, God is with you in the fight, you will recover all. His Word endorses your authority to reclaim what the enemy has stolen, now arise and muster the troops like David did. Muster the weapon of prayer, use the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Put His Word on your tongue and begin to dispel the enemy that is working against your purpose and destiny.

 

It is time to reclaim your health, prosperity, peace, passion, lost spiritual ground, your mind and every other possession from every encroachment of the enemy. Notice the things that the enemy stole from David were not killed, they were only captured. The enemy knows that capture is as good as dead. When he captures minds and passions, it cripples and paralyses our hope and faith. When there is no hope or faith, we cannot please God and anyone that displeases God cannot be used by Him.

 

I urge you to arise and do an inventory of the things that the enemy has clandestinely stolen from you and begin to intentionally pursue what is rightfully yours. It’s time to regain everything that the enemy has stolen from you! The Word of God declares in Matthew 11:12 (b) the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it or seize it by force. It is your Kingdom right to possess and enjoy all that God has ordained and decreed for you to have, and it is illegal in the spirit realm for the enemy to touch what God has given you. Make today the last day you live with the enemy having your possessions.

 

David arose and pursued the enemy after he prayed, and he recovered all! This is worth shouting about! Because he refused to accept what the enemy did, he arose and pursued. He was confident of God’s presence and knew that God was with him. Because of God’s presence he recovered all. God is with you, He is not only with you, He is in you and He is fighting for you! Arise, muster the troops, pursue the enemy of your destiny with new passion and conviction, because God said, you will recover all!


Rev. Leanora Colley is the Executive Pastor at the New Covenant Church, a multi-cultural congregation located in Plainfield, New Jersey. She directly serves as President of the Women’s Ministries at New Covenant. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and History. She later obtained a Master of Divinity Degree from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee.

She has taught at the high school level in the British Virgin Islands and taught New Testament Studies at Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee. She served as the Clergy Representative on the Mayor’s Healthy Plainfield Coalition for the City of Plainfield, New Jersey. She recently received the distinguished award of “Women Who Shape and Change the Community” by the NAACP Chapter of Union County.

She is a conference speaker and a motivator of women. She has a passion and calling to minister hope, healing and purpose to women of the world. She has conducted workshops, seminars and conferences in various States of the United States and the Caribbean.  She is married to the Bishop Glen A. Colley and is biological mother to three budding world changers, Michael Judah, Gabriel Joshua, and Shekinah Joy.

As an ambassador of Christ, she is ardent about prayer and the knowledge of the Word of God. She enjoys writing and counseling. She can be contacted by email at executivepastornewcovenantnj.com

Women’s Devotion | February 2019

Today is the Day

 

Today is a day we have awesome choices available to us. Life with choices is amazing, don’t you think? We could be relegated to duties and tasks from the time that we wake up to the time that we lie down and even have those times dictated or assigned to us.

 

Glory hallelujah to God, the Creator of this universe, who holds all power in His hands. In His infinite wisdom, He did not feel the need to take away our ability to choose. He created us to be free-will agents, made with purpose and privilege I might add. Now that’s some serious creating.

 

So how will you spend your day of free choice? Will you be a loud gong or a clanging cymbal? Will you walk through your day as a valueless individual, second-guessing yourself all along the way? Will you walk in some faith and a little bit of hope? Heaven forbid.

 

I encourage you today to exist in the absolute truth that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God, created with a good plan for your life. So choose today to serve Him by walking in your value and divine purpose of loving others and representing Him everywhere your feet are standing.   While you’re at it, enjoy your day!


 

Rev. Lisa Adams joined the family of God in 1986 and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in 1988. Empowered by God’s Spirit she has served the Lord in a variety of assignments including but not limited to Teacher, Preacher, Worship Leader, NJ Women’s Ministries member, Lay Minister, Outreach Coach and Children’s Pastor. She is a credentialed Minister through the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee. She is blessed to be the wife, confidante and ministry partner of her loving husband Bishop Douglas H. Adams for 37 years. They have served in ministry together for 32 of those years. They are the Lead Pastors of JOY Church in Passaic, New Jersey. Lisa received two precious gifts from the Lord, Douglas Hugh Adams II and Kandace Lise Adams ages 35 and 31. She is a grateful mother-in-law of 16 years to Christel Adams and the proud grandmother of Tre, Dylan and Leilani Adams. Lisa’s life mission is to serve God and in that to serve His people.