A Word from the Pastor

Let us go up at once, and possess it – God has given us good success!

To the saints of the Most High, I greet you in the precious name of Jesus: PRAISE THE LORD! This is the day that the Lord has made; I WILL rejoice and be glad. I can certainly concur with the writer of Psalm 92, which says, For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O LORD, how great are thy works, and thy thoughts are very deep. God has made me glad! It is His works that have brought about the happiness in my heart and the joy deep down in my soul. I will triumph; how great the works of God are. I find no fault in him today. I’ve had some good days and some not so well, but through it all, I’ve learned to trust in God. Paul said, Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day (Acts 26:22). We have obtained help saints! He has given us favor. During the good times and the bad times, I can go to the Rock that is higher than I. I have obtained help of God. Great is His faithfulness that He has shown toward each and every one of us.

Psalms 92:5 …and thy thoughts are very deep.

When we reflect on what has happened in this ministry over the years, we can truly say the thoughts of God are beyond our comprehension. When God called District Elder Avery Dumas, Jr. to Ann Arbor to pastor a church where many said there could be no church, God’s thoughts were very deep. When God gave the blueprint of our current edifice to the District Elder over a period of 25 years, God’s thoughts were very deep. When God gave the District Elder the determination to build, not turning to the left nor the right, in the midst of pressure from others who said, “you’re too old to be building a church; you can’t afford to build, that’s not in your budget,” God’s thoughts were very deep. When God worked in the hearts of a faithful few the will and to do of his good pleasure to support the District Elder, the thoughts of God were very deep. When God told the District Elder to sell all and to move out to a land of promise, the thoughts of God were very deep. When we worshiped God in a strange land, holding our first wilderness service in Buhr Park, in the Church of the Nazarene on Wednesday and Friday nights, and in the Red Cross every Sunday, the thoughts of God were very deep. When we marched into our new edifice in August of the year 2000, the thoughts of God were very deep. When God took my brother, Elder Alvin Dumas Sr., our Assistant Pastor, home to be with Him, the thoughts of God were very deep. When God, five months later, took my dad, District Elder Avery Dumas Jr., our Pastor, home to be with him, the thoughts of God were very deep. When God elevated me, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel (Joshua 1:2) the thoughts of God were very deep. And now, as hundreds of souls are being baptized in Jesus’ name and being filled with the Holy Ghost through this ministry, many souls are being filled with the Holy Ghost in Washtenaw County Jail through our jail ministry, many are joining forces with us and are being saved though Apostolic One (our ministry on the campuses of the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University), many souls are attending our Sunday services from the community, area shelters, and from our places of work, we must conclude that the thoughts of God are very deep. God said himself, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD; thoughts of peace, and not of evil; to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11). God is building this ministry according to His expectations. God expects us to go to higher heights and deeper depths in Him. God expects souls to be saved and to walk in the newness of life. God expects His people to be the head and not the tail. God expects His people to be lenders and not borrowers. God expects His people to excel in all aspects of His ministry.

Numbers 13:30 …Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able…

Caleb stilled the children before Moses and encouraged them…let us go up at once. We have no time today to hear a negative report. God is giving His people favor. He is fulfilling His promise to our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God told Abraham He would make his seed a great nation…We be Abraham’s seed (John 8:33)…not as those that sought to kill Jesus, but as those that have been baptized in His name and filled up with the Holy Ghost, by the evidence of speaking in other tongues, as His spirit has given us utterance, and this has qualified us to receive all the promises of God. Let’s break the devil’s back! He no longer has to waste his time telling us what we can and can’t do. The scripture says, I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). The devil has been so successful in convincing God’s people to withdraw, retreat, holdup; consider the strength of your enemy – the odds are stacked against you. In 2005, I invite you to join me in telling the devil where to go. God is greater than the odds that are stacked against me. Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). God is greater than my test; God is greater than my trial. God is even greater than the pain that’s in my body. I have come to find out that it’s not about me, but it’s all about Jesus. To God be the Glory! I may have to cry sometimes; I may have to endure hardness as a good soldier, sometimes up, and sometimes down, sometimes even level to the ground. But I know a man from Galilee…He loosed my shackles and set me FREE! To GOD be the Glory. Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able.

Joshua 1:8 …thou shalt have good success.

God has given us good success. God did not tell Joshua to “fake it until you make it” or even “I will bless you in your mess,” but He told Joshua to walk up right before Him. If you want to have a successful life, walk up right before God. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest (Joshua 1:9).

– Suffragan Bishop Dumas