The Rev. Dr. Juanita Bynum had one message for the members of Empowerment Temple AME when she preached at the church’s New Year’s Eve revival Jan. 27-29. She wanted the men and women under her voice to wake up and make 2014 their best year ever.

The self-proclaimed “phophetess,” New York Times best-selling author, recording artist and life coach appeared before a packed sanctuary of approximately 3,000 people each night who came out to the West Baltimore church to hear her story of redemption.

Bynum spoke from the book of Psalms. Her theme was “Wake Up.”

“I went to sleep but my heart stayed awake,” Bynum said of her experience, which resonated with those who had come to hear her.

“A flyer didn’t bring you here. Facebook didn’t bring you here. Television didn’t bring you here,” she told the church. “God brought you back to yourself to walk in what God has called us to walk in.”

The Rev. Jamal Bryant, Empowerment Temple’s pastor, told the audience on Jan. 28 to invite their friends to the Jan. 29 meeting to hear her special message.

After speaking on Jan. 27 and 28, Bynum added a sermon because she needed to stay another night to “close out the message.”

Bynum, 54, travels regularly to preach messages of affirmation and self awareness.


P. Dominic Booker

Special to the AFRO