The Way of the Cross Family Worship Center 843-488-9682

FOUNDERS: Bishop Barney A.Sr, & First Lady Nellie Blain

Our Founders have been faithful students of God's Word all the days of their walk with the Lord and our Charge has always been: STAY IN THE WORD!

We have been given a Mandate for the House of God.

ORDER: God commands that we do all things "decently and in ORDER." 1 Corinthians 14:40 When God formed the world, it had no order, was without form and void, and chaotic. From the Beginning of Time, GOD set things in ORDER. As you journey through the scriptures, you will see that God had/has a specific ORDER for everything. Order in Priesthood, Order in the Building of the Temple, Order in Battle, Order in Worship- everything had ORDER attached to it. God is a God of STRUCTURE and without structure there is no ORDER. This year, ORDER shall return to the House of God like never before. We are challenged to walk in the House of God in Order, and by so doing, the Holy Spirit will flow; and the Church will operate like a "well-oiled" machine. Notice the word OIL- which represents the Anointing. The Anointing will Flow where there is ORDER, and the Anointing brings about the miracles, signs and wonders of the Lord that HE said we will operate in. "Greater works than these shall ye do...." John 14:12 How do we get there you ask? Firstly, ORDER must begin within yourself and your own home, and it all starts in the mind. As God is the Head of the Body of Christ, and pastors are the heads of the local churches, so too must you establish or re-establish order in your homes. Within yourself, it is starts with YOUR HEAD- YOUR MIND. The Word says, "Let this Mind be in YOU which is also in Christ Jesus." Philippians 2:5 If you study the Scriptures after this one and study the Gospels of Jesus, you will find out precisely what kind of mind you should have. Now that your mind is made up, you can move on to the next Mandate for the Year.

OBEDIENCE: The Word Of God says that "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice...." 1 Samuel 15:22 Simply put, if we OBEY NOW, we won't have to sacrifice it later! As we walk in TRUE OBEDIENCE, then we are following the commandments and the principles of God, and as such, will not have a problem operating in ORDER, especially within the House of God. For the Word goes on to say,"Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong."Ecclessiates 5:1 NIV Hence, Obedience in our DAILY LIVES will give us no other choice but to walk into God's House and operate in ORDER. The blessing in obeying God, and submitting to Leadership, those who care and watch over your souls, who lay before the Lord to deliver what "thus sayeth the Lord," and not what "thus sayeth the flesh...yes, we must die to the flesh DAILY...brings about a precious promise as found in Isaiah 1:19 "If you are WILLING (you have to have a made up mind set in ORDER, disciplined) and OBEDIENT, you shall eat the good of the Land." NKJV

Our third Mandate is WORSHIP. We were created to Worship. Our Worship is not just our praise but our Obedience. It is a lifestyle. To Worship God means to obey, honor, reverence, respect, praise, and give Him all the glory. The first commandment God gave Moses was to worship Him and Him alone. God demands Worship because He and He alone is worthy of it. It is not just a shout, or a "quickening" or a dance....WORSHIP is deeper than a praise. A Worshipful Lifestyle can push you into a praise because you have followed the precepts of God in OBEDIENCE and in ORDER. We are not called to Worship (idolize, obey, bow down to) any thing or people in this world. God will not honor that. Whatever occupies your mind, will surely occupy your time! We must be disciplined about living lifestyles of WORSHIP, IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH! John 4:24. A writer, Patricia Bankhead puts it this way: Jesus told us to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:32). This means our heart, soul and mind are to Worship God. Romans 12:1 tell us to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. This means we Worship God with our bodies. Our hands and feet were created for Worship. Then Hebrews 13:15 tells us to offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name. Our lips also were created for Worship. We are to Worship God with our whole being. We were created to be instruments of Worship.

Did you know that Worship is circular? We love God and God loves us. We bless Him and He blesses us. We sing to Him and He sings songs over us. We dance; He dances. Worship is like the tide coming and going. In Zephaniah 3:17 we discover,"The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His Love, He will rejoice over you with singing."

Because we were created to Worship God nothing else we do in life will fill that void. Some worship self or money, some idols, others false gods. Only when we Worship GOD can we find true happiness and fulfillment. Through Worship God is glorified, Christians are purified, the church is edified and the lost are evangelized.

That is our purpose as individuals and as a collective Body!

When following the First Three Mandates for 2011, we can be assured that the last Mandate, which we praise God for as a promise is ELEVATION!

ELEVATION: It is time to ELEVATE OUR THINKING, ELEVATE ORDER, ELEVATE OBEDIENCE, ELEVATE OUR WORSHIP, and we will see the Hand of God like never before. God says He "will cause us to ride upon the high places of the Earth.." Isaiah 58:14. How interesting that promise come right after the FAST that God Himself has chosen. While fasting this month, remember what you are fasting for.

God desires that we go to the next level. We cannot as a Body of Believers move to the next stage operating in disorder, disobedience, and idolatry, and nor can we compromise, if we are expecting Elevation!

We must GIVE IT ALL WE HAVE in order to GET ALL THAT HE HAS FOR US- SPIRITUALLY AND NATURALLY- be mindful of Matthew 6:33 "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all of these things shall be added unto thee." You have to SEEK the SPIRITUAL before you can RECEIVE the NATURAL. Elevated blessings in the natural are byproducts of ORDER, OBEDIENCE, and WORSHIP in the Spiritual. Don't seek God's hand in this season....Seek His Face, Go After His heart!

God wants to bring you into an ELEVATED PLACE in HIM. For some of us that will prove to be costly, but we know the anointing isn't cheap and it cannot be bought. Some things this year we will have to lose in order to gain. Ask God what is it that you must give up to get what He desires to release to you this year.

We pray that in the last half of our 31 nights of prayer and consecration that the Mandate for the House of God will move you to study God's Word, remove all distractions and hindrances that would stop the flow of God operating in your lives so that we can come together in Unity and do that which GOD has placed us here to do: GLORIFY HIM and SERVE OTHERS!

May God continue to teach and instruct you in the WAY that you should go, and guide you with His eye (Psalms 32:8),and may we walk OUT His WORD, humble ourselves, give the best that we have to Him in our tithes, offerings, resources and service, so we can truly pray, "THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!" Because we all know that it is NOT ABOUT US, BUT ABOUT HIM and what HE DESIRES TO DO THROUGH US. Will you let HIM in this year?

God Be Praised! The Way of the Cross Family Worship Center

STAY IN THE WORD.....BECAUSE THE WORD WILL KEEP YOU! Tell the FLESH NO, because you have a FATHER to say YES to!

God Bless You Abundantly!

Pastor Nellie Blain

Pastor Nellie Blain having been ordained jointly with her husband Bishop Barney Blain, answering and accepting the call of God on her life has humbly stepped into the role of Senior Pastor of The Way of the Cross Family Worship Center. After years of teaching, praying, leading and guiding the church from it's foundation to it's administration and it's function as an organism within the Body of Christ at large, Pastor Blain brings forth the Word with clarity and truth. The members of the church are blessed that God has moved her into the position HE ordained for her as she continues to bless "For Such A Time As This!"