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From the Bishop's Desk

Hello Beloved,

First, I wish to thank each of you for believing in what we are building here at New Creation.

We appreciate your unwavering support and dedication to our church family. Though Pastor C and I have been in ministry for over 50 years, respectively, we are eternally grateful that God is still using us in 2023.

As we are now in the third quarter of the year, I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished thus far. One of my recent favorites was our annual Kingdom Conference and Convocation, “Forward,” where we welcomed hundreds of guests into our doors to worship and hear from the Lord. During one of the evening services, God placed something on my heart that I wish to briefly share with you.

The call of God is not to be taken lightly! It is a serious and humbling matter. Matthew 22:14 says, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” However, once you have identified as both, you have a greater responsibility that cannot be carried out in your own strength.

Therefore, humility should be desired and acquired because without God’s help, leading, and empowerment, our efforts will never reach their full potential. Living up to the call of God on our lives is inherently beyond our own ability. We must do what is necessary to submit to His guidance and follow where He leads. God responds to our submission!

2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Moving forward, we must hold tight to humility and recognize the inability of our finite humanity. Seek God’s face relentlessly, lean not to your own understanding, and remember that WE is always greater than ME! Nothing we accomplish is by any goodness of our own. Acknowledging this truth will allow us to bear fruit we never have before.

One of my deepest desires is for our corporate sense of humility to be so strong that every time we gather, God downloads something into each of us that can be carried back to our families and our communities. If the Lord does not speak, we cannot move. So let us continue to be hungry and desperate for more of God’s Spirit in the days ahead.

Grace and Peace Always,

++ David M. Copeland

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