Sharon Church Holds Revival

October 23, 2014 | Gary McLain

Carlton P. Byrd, Breath of Life Television Ministries speaker/director and senior pastor of the Oakwood University Church in Huntsville, Ala., spoke for a seven-night revival held Sept. 7–13 at the Sharon Church in Portland.

Each night started with inspirational singing and praising Jesus. The 45-person Lift Every Voice church choir led the congregation in singing the first evening. Gospel recording artist and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee Richard Smallwood ministered in voice preceding the first evening of Byrd’s soul-stirring preaching.

Other special music guests throughout the week included Derrick McDuffey and Kingdom Sound, Alonzo Chadwick, Eldon T. Jones on the saxophone, and Mary Etta Callier. 

A special health presentation on Thursday evening was moderated by Ken Boddie from the local Portland KOIN 6 News. A free supper was provided before the meetings during the week.

Byrd started the series in Genesis. “In the beginning …” rapidly progressed to Jesus being born on Earth and dying for us. Byrd stated that “Jesus is a way maker; Jesus is a healer.” As Acts 1:9–11 describes, Jesus ascended and left for heaven in a cloud, and He will return in a cloud. Rev. 1:7 tells when He comes every eye will see Him. Byrd then made the point if people go to heaven as soon as they die, how can the dead in Christ rise first? The righteous living will rise up to meet the Lord in the air — oh what a day!