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3-27-12 Wintley Phipps Guest Speaker for Week of Prayer
World renowned singer provides messages of revival and renewal
Wintley Phipps, guest speaker for the annual employee Week of Prayer at the General Conference world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is a pastor and world-renowned vocal artist who has sung for presidents and prestigious Capitol Hill events. It is our privilege to have him come to the World Headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church this week, March 26-29, to bring a message of revival and renewal to its more than 800 employees.
Pastor Phipps’ work as a motivational speaker and education activist led to the founding of the U.S. Dream Academy. His message for us is much like the message he shares with students at the Dream Academy — peace, happiness, hope, and comfort is everything we need to fulfill the dream for a better life, and it is found by knowing God. He referred to Psalms 16:11 that says, “In Thy presence is fullness of joy.”
Phipps continued, “God wants us to have a relationship with him not so much because He needs it, but because we do! There’s a problem when we don’t realize our need of that relationship. When we think we can go days, hours, even months and years without a daily connection with God, we do ourselves a great disservice. Access to God is not based on merit, but on need. Our need is our passport to the throne of God.”
Phipps spoke of his own prayer life. He said, “By prayer I mean a constant communion with God. I have a Radio Shack watch that I wear every day. It’s not fancy, certainly no Rolex, but because it vibrates every hour on the hour, it jogs my memory to pray and commune with God. At first I needed it, but now I’ve been programmed so that I almost don’t need it. But that watch serves to keep me close to God. I want my daily routine to be one unbroken communion with God.”
“Such a prayer life has caused me to eagerly look forward to what God has ordered for my day. It may be a conversation He has arranged or a new acquaintance I will meet, but I believe God plans our days and my life is richer because of it,” concluded Pastor Phipps.
By Bernadine Delafield
NAD Office of Communication