Friday, April 9, 2021
Book of the Week: The Call to Serve: An Examination of the Deacon and Servant's Ministry in the Church
Friday, April 2, 2021
Throughout the ages, discovering the interpretations of dreams and visions have troubled many and excited others. We have discussed the types of dreams and visions and reasons for their occurrence.
Now, we will discuss the actual interpretation of dreams and visions. As we discuss dream/vision interpretation, keep one truth in mind:
*ALL INTERPRETATIONS COME FROM GOD*
Though we will offer some guides and clues to dream interpretation, we must remember that if God sends or gives a dream or vision, He has a particular purpose in mind.
Hence, your confidence to find interpretation will not rest upon your ability or intellect, but upon God who is able to reveal all things.
We make this initial statement of truth from the biblical account of Joseph in Egypt. While in the Egyptian prison and before Pharaoh, he made the following two declarations.
And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you. Gen 40:8 (KJV)
And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace. Gen 41:16 (KJV)
When you approach the interpretation of dreams and visions understand that:
1. It is not in you, but in God – you can trust that He will give proper understanding.
2. The interpretation rests with God – He knows the reason and purpose behind the dream or vision.
These two facts should provoke a sense of peace in those who are faced with discovering interpretations. We also know that sometimes God will reserve the interpretation of a dream or vision to be shared by someone other than ourselves. This is to promote unity and interdependence in the body of Christ.
We began this chapter by stating that interpretation belongs to God. The burden of interpretation does not rest upon us, but God. However, there are things we must know to be in a proper place to receive the correct interpretation.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Ministry is a valuable part of the Kingdom. God anoints individuals in the Church with ministries and gifts to glorify Him. However, as the day of the Lord hastens, we find many believers entering into ministry with wrong motives. In addition, others are pursuing gifts for their own personal gain. This publication will give believers a pure perspective for ministry.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Book of the Week: I Will Give You Pastors: Examining the Pastoral Office in the New Testament Church
The focus of this book is to bring clarity and understanding to the ministry of the pastor. This information will help individuals to recognize the operation of this gift in their lives and in the lives of others. It is our hope that believers will develop a greater respect and appreciation for the pastoral office and gift.
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Thursday, March 4, 2021
We are not only members of the Church, but also of the Kingdom of God. When Jesus came, He told us that the Kingdom of God was at hand, upon us, and is coming. If He made so many references to the Kingdom of God, it is then our responsibility to learn how to live in the Kingdom of God. It is only the only way we can prosper and live in victory; for the Scriptures say that our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). This second book of the life in the kingdom series is a book about Kingdom Concepts. We are a part of the Kingdom of God now and will be partakers of the glory of the Kingdom of God at Christ's return. Rejoice and be glad for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to you. Book 2 of 2.
The God of Restoration
God promised the nation that it would be fruitful and bring forth. Though many lives were lost and it seemed like they would be extinct, God would restore. God specializes in restoring the lives of people. Israel’s history reflects this throughout the pages of the Bible. Since He will not change, the Christian can be assured of His willingness to restore them in spite of negative events.
restore - : to put or bring back into existence or use; to bring back to, or put back into a former or original state
Restoration is provided to those who have suffered loss and setback. God’s work of restoration through Christ does not end after entrance into the kingdom. He continues to restore those that have called on Christ’s name. Even as He promised Israel restoration through Joel’s prophecy, Christians can expect the same.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. Joel 2:25 (KJV)
Israel experienced loss because of their actions, yet God promised to restore them. How much the more those who have believed on Christ? If a believer sins and offers sincere confession unto the Lord, he can expect restoration. Restoration not only in His walk with God, but also in natural things according to His will.
Many feel that if God forgives them, they cannot expect anything else. They feel He will not give them another job if they messed a previous job up. Or, some feel they may never be able to operate in ministry because of failure. Others have similar feelings concerning other areas in their lives.
They have the mindset that “I knew better” or “it was my fault.” Israel was at fault and God restored the nation. The Christian has to let God decide how He will restore and not “think” for God. The believer must submit to God, knowing He will forgive and restore.
Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:6-7 (KJV)
Some think they are humble when they acknowledge their sins. True humility is reflected when you can admit your sin and receive God’s forgiveness. Some admit sin, but believe their feelings over what God has said. John told us that He is faithful and just to forgive us (I John 1:9). He will restore you as you trust in His faithfulness and abide in His love.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. 1 John 4:18 (KJV)
When we abide in His love, we strip the “pits” of guilt, shame, depression, and fear of their control. We are free to move forward and operate in the purposes of God.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Book of the Week: Now Concerning Teachers: Establishing the Role of the Teacher in the Body of Christ
The focus of this book is to bring clarity and understanding to the ministry of the teacher. This information will help individuals to recognize the operation of this gift in their lives and in the lives of others. It is our hope that believers will develop a greater respect and appreciation for the teaching office and gift.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Thursday, February 18, 2021
The focus of this book is to bring clarity and understanding to the apostolic office, the apostolic anointing. This information will help individuals to recognize the operations of this anointing in their lives and in the lives of others. It is our hope that believers will develop a greater respect and appreciation for the apostolic office and gift. Available Here and Amazon.com.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Book of the Week: The Christian Teen's Guide to Relationships: Exploring Issues and Answers for Healthy Relationships
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Book of the Week: Study to Show Yourself Approved: Exploring Christian Concepts for Victorious Living
In this book, we have compiled select teachings and exhortations to the Christian become the proverbial master of his domain. Some areas of interest are the image of the Christian, the internal struggles of the Christian, and the inevitabilities that come with Christian life. It is our hope that this collection challenges and encourages the Christian today.
Regardless of the company, they have an expectation that those who endorse their product will lead a life that is reflective of the advertiser. However, we have seen individuals throughout the years who lost their positions as product endorsers because of misdeeds in their personal lives.
What does this have to do with the Christian? It is simple. When we receive Christ, we instantly become spokespersons for God’s timeless product of salvation. Thus, God expects us to be representatives of this salvation even when we are not in front of the camera; that is, involved in religious activities or among other Christians.
As Christians, we have to abstain from worldly lusts and demonstrate love, integrity, and character in our lives. This is how we remain respected endorsers of the work of Christ.