[Kingdom in People’s Hearts] (audio)

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Promotion Day Program


J. Howard Dell

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Bishop J. Howard Dell Collection

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This recording begins with a chorus with Dell remarking over the music. He then calls for the stand to worship, then audience singing “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and more prayer. A man then reads Ecclesiastes 3:1 followed by “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More” sung by the children’s choir and “He Died of a Broken Heart”. A woman then testifies in the form of a poem and talks about self-respect. Another woman then talks about the strength of worship and the church, followed by a soulful song, “Let it Be”. Dell then talks about the congregation getting promoted to another class and asks them to see what God and Jesus can do with children, citing Matthew 18. He then talks about Jesus establishing his kingdom in people’s hearts, not as the disciples thought, as they were thinking he was going to establish a political framework. He then talks about Jesus using a child as an example to the disciples as a way to be pure and get to heaven. The young people then read the Apostle’s Creed, followed by singing.


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