Bishop Joby Brady and the Red Hot Inconvenient Truth about the hostile takeover attempt

On Sunday September 22, 2013 Pastor Joby Brady from the Potter’s House North in Dallas, Texas came to the City of Praise church to bring us a word.

 Wow!  We were not expecting this.  What a high praise.

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 Bishop Brady first broke it down, he exposed the Red Hot Inconvenient Truths about the hostile takeover of our church, the firing, the lying, the cover up and the motives of those behind it.  The Truth will set you free.  

Bishop Brady also proclaimed to the City of Praise Church that our pastor has an Apostolic anointing on him and from this day forward he will be called Bishop Joel R. Peebles Sr.

Now run and tell that!

Jericho City of Praise: A 10,000 seat sanctuary with 40 People

               June 2, 2013 WORSHIP SERVICE UPDATE:

 Ever wonder what the Jericho City of Praise worship service under the leadership of the six UnGodly, Self-Appointed, Rogue Employees looks like one year after firing Pastor Joel and excommunicating the leaders & members?  Well Saints wonder no more. This is what you get when the Janitor, the Bookkeeper and the church Secretary do a hostile take over of the things of God.  

Below is a copy of an email recently sent to the UnGodly, Self-Appointed, Rogue 6.   

To:  Clarence Jackson, Dorothy Williams, Denise Killen,

         Clifford Boswell, Gloria MaGruder, Linda Pyles

The link below shows a clip of your service from June 2, 2013. The sanctuary at Jericho City of Praise seats 10,000 people, there are 40 people in the building. This is morally reprehensible and a reflection of your inability to run, build or grow a church. Unless God himself ordains it no one will follow Barbara Colvin-Etheridge, Rodney Walker or any other hireling.
Can you six still claim that this is what Apostle Betty Peebles wanted.  Her vision was to have a 10,000 seat church for 40 people. It’s ok to admit you are wrong and repent .
God grows whatever he sanctions. We have been at Roosevelt High School and run out of space. We are at Forestville High School and in the first week exceeded your congregation for a month combined. The reason is simple we are only concerned about people not going to hell for eternity and not our egos or playing church. We are not concerned about growing a mega church. Lives are at stake for eternity and you all want to play church, fatten your own pocketbooks and use man-made efforts to grow something that is clearly dead, dying and defunct. it is time to admit you are wrong and do what is right.
The entire community should be outraged to see what has transpired. The Jericho City of Praise now has 40 people in the building because you six want to utilize the church to enrich yourselves personally. Shame on you.
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         The hostile takeover of Jericho by the Six UnGodly, Self-Appointed, Rogue employees has temporarily given them millions of dollars worth of property and millions of dollars in the bank. These six don’t care if the church grows or not, they are not in danger of losing any property because everything is paid in full, the church is not dependent on tithes & offerings to pay the bills.  All they have to do is pay the bills because they have plenty of money. The “cash only” parking for the redskins stadium along with the monthly rent taken in at the Jericho warehouse park provides ample ‘Mad Money’ for them. Michael Freeman can’t claim he is helping out this church because Jericho has more money than his ministry.

3 other pictures from the Jericho service:

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From:
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There are two things in the future… good and evil… what you see is what you bring into your present.
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Below,    are pictures from contrasting worship services at the City of Praise Church, under Pastor Joel R. Peebles & Co-Pastor Ylawnda Peebles

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Men responding to the word at the 10:00 a.m. Father’s Day message at Roosevelt Senior High School in Greenbelt, MD 

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Our newly added 8:00 a.m. worship service at the 

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To the Six UnGodly, UnHoly, Self-Appointed, Rogue employees:

Matthew 6:19-21    King James Version (KJV)

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Why Are We Called The City of Praise Church?

Many have asked why we call ourselves The City of Praise.  The best person to answer this question is the one who changed the name of the church from Jericho City of Praise to The City of Praise, Apostle Betty P. Peebles

After the death of Elder John Peebles,  Apostle Betty said during a 2005 New Years sermon, that she was changing the name of the church from Jericho City of Praise to The City of Praise.  So, why have these six self-appointed, unholy, ungodly, rogue crooks  who say they are carrying out her wishes refuse to do this?  They fought against it after she died, they refuse to change the signs, they refuse to support the name change.  They claim that they are keeping with her vision.  How?  You be the judge as to who is actually carrying out Apostle’s vision. Apostle Betty and Elder Joel

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO

Are the Freeman’s Poised for a Backdoor Attack on this Ministry?

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We believe that Opportunistic Pastors Mike and Dee Dee Freeman are attempting  to slide in the backdoor of the City of Praise Church(Jericho)

Like a shark that smells blood in the water. Pastors Mike and Dee Dee Freeman have allegedly been waiting to make their move.  They are alleged to be the architects behind this whole church takeover attempt, with the goal of having the six employees give/sell the ministry to them. The six employees allowed Mike and Dee Dee Freeman to have the FICWFM regional conference at OUR church building in September 2012.  This event was planned well in advance of the Court of Special Appeals decision and took place a few days after the positive decision was handed down.   Pastor Joel, our board and congregation could have stopped the FICWFM conference but since Apostle Fred Price would be in attendance it was thought that if the Freeman’s would listen to anyone it would be Apostle Fred Price.  Apparently he has outgrown Fred Price.  These actions have offended the congregation whose years of tithes, offerings and hard work have built this ministry and its assets. This is a classic hostile takeover attempt.  First, get control of the board that holds the deed then have them sell/give the ministry to you.  The court of special appeals decision reversed the earlier decision made by Judge Dwight Jackson.  Consequently the six employees are no longer considered the legal board of trustees and do not hold the deed to the church.

Mike and Dee Dee Freeman’s actions are out-of-order.  We the membership have a default judgment against the six self-appointed employees.  A Default judgment is a binding judgment in favor of either party based on some failure to take action by the other party.  Default judgments arise in circumstances whereby one party to a suit has failed to perform a court-ordered action, and subsequently that failure has not only prevented the issue from being presented before the court but also results in the court settling the legal dispute in favor of the compliant party.

The original congregation is intact, alive and thriving under the leadership of Pastor Joel Peebles and our Board of Trustees led by Chairman William Meadows (chairman for the past 40 years.) The City of Praise church is NOT a new church.  Apostle Betty said during a service before she died that she was going to change the name of the church to the “City of Praise.”  After she died Pastor Joel and the board of trustees changed the name and showed the congregation the video of the service where she made the proclamation.  The church has been called “City of Praise” well before our leaders and other members were excommunicated. We are awaiting relief from the court which the judgment entitles us to. We have asked for a congregational vote to elect our board of trustees and that our church be put under a trustee until the vote occurs.  We have given the court a list of trustees that are acceptable to us. There are at best about 100 members left worshipping at Jericho, including a few elders and ministers. The church is financially solvent and is not dependent on tithes and offerings to maintain its solvency. No outside interference is warranted.  The congregation has not and will not ask Mike and Dee Dee Freeman for help.  On the contrary we ask that they butt out.

It is alleged that Mike and Dee Dee Freeman are planning on using OUR church again for their New Years Eve service. He told his congregation at the FICWFM regional conference in September that they will be back at Jericho on New Year’s Eve.  Again this is offensive to the congregation whose many years of tithes, offerings and hard work have built this ministry and its assets.   Why is Mike Freeman so interested in what happens to us in court?  There are pictures of him leaving the court-house minutes after the six employees and their lawyer exited the building when Pastor Joel won a case in the spring shortly before he was fired.    He was also allegedly seen going in the judge’s chambers. One question begs to be answered:  Why would Mike and Dee Dee plan a New Year’s eve program at our church when he knew that the special court of appeals had rendered a positive decision on our behalf and that we had a court date on November 30th for an ex parte hearing with a default judgment against these employees? The bible says in 1 Thess 5:22 “Abstain from ALL appearance of evil.”   If Mike Freeman follows his modus operandi, when he is ready to make his move, look for him to address his congregation crying ugly face crocodile tears being consoled by DEE DEE and his family. He will say something like he didn’t want to get involved but they asked him to help save the ministry. And he will only get involved to help sure up this ministry and build it back up and he is doing it as a favor because he loved Apostle Betty and held her in such high regard. LOL. He did not even offer a word at her funeral, they left early and they did not attend the burial.

Corrupt civil leaders are exposed, rebuked and disciplined; therefore, corrupt church leaders must be exposed and rebuked. In 1 Tim 5:20 the bible tells us “Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.” Apostle Betty taught us that all true Christians knowledgeable of God’s Law have the authority to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. Remember Jesus publicly denounced the corrupt scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23: “25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within are full of extortion and excess. 28 even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”

The congregation is eager to have the court restore the rightful responsibilities of electing its leaders back to the people of the church and compel these six rogue employees to reveal how our tithes and offerings are being spent. We requested this information from the six employees over a year ago. In spite of it being against the law, they refuse to respond.The ex parte court hearing is rescheduled for Feb 8, 2013.  In an ex parte hearing one party presents a motion or legal action without the other party having representation or notice. We also have a court date on Feb 22, 2013 to force the six unelected employees to turn over the financial records. This entire matter can be resolved in the very near future.

Appeals Court Doesn’t Buy It, They struck Down the Decision of Judge Jackson Which Appointed the Six Disgruntled Rogue Employees as the Trustee Board

On Thursday September 20, 2012 the Maryland Court of Special Appeals rendered a decision that resets the Jericho clock.  The Maryland Court of Special Appeals reversed a lower court decision, which gave a summary judgment to the Six Unholy, Ungodly, Self-Appointed Rogue employees/members.  These six rogue church members/employees  were given control over the church board of trustees with that decision. The court reviewed an over whelming mountain of evidence that confirmed that Pastor Joel R. Peebles has in fact been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1997. The court also found merit in Chairman William Meadows assertion that his resignation from the Trustee Board was suspicious and probably will be disallowed because there was never a board meeting with proper notice given to the sitting board members.   The Court of Appeals struck down the original incomprehensible and biased decision entered in the first trial by Judge Dwight Jackson.  In no uncertain terms, the appellate court decision means that the summary judgment giving to the questionable board authority is no longer in effect and Pastor Joel Peebles is able to resume his duties.  They are not considered the board.  Anything that they put in place is considered null and void.   This includes firing Pastor Joel, the excommunication of members etc.  We will return to our building!!

We will now receive a fair trial by a competent jury who will see the overwhelming evidence verifying that Pastor Joel Peebles has been a member on the Board of Trustees for years.

People of Praise,  Don’t be fooled the by smoke and mirrors.  The lawyer for the Unholy, Ungodly, Self-Appointed, Rogue employees has attempted to put their spin on this,  hold on to something before you get dizzy.  Their spin is that Get This!  that they have won on two out of three actions from the Court of Appeals.   ”  Yesterday, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland affirmed the decisions of the Circuit Court on two of the three issues it considered, and in favor of the Board of Trustees of Jericho Baptist Church Ministries (the “Church”).  We look forward to resolving the one issue that has been sent back to the Circuit Court for resolution, which we anticipate will again support the conclusions of Judge Jackson’s earlier ruling.

Here’s the Geico.com interpretation:   The court of appeals takes a look to see if a mistake was made by a lower court.  The court ruled that Judge Jackson made a mistake and that there is sufficient evidence to show that Pastor Joel was on the board.  The other two issues were Judge Jackson not acting on all of the motions because they were duplications (the court found that they were and would not grant this) and requesting a summary judgement on our behalf ( the court would not grant this because it is not their role to decide the disputed facts of a case)  Their job is to decide if a mistake was made and it was.  As a consequence the ruling made by Judge Jackson that made these employees the legal board was reversed and a trial by jury will make the decision. These employees are no longer the legal board of trustees.