Friday, July 30, 2021

Book of the Week: The Walk of Faith: Exploring Christian Precepts for Victorious Living


In this book, we have compiled select teachings and exhortations to transform the Christian's walk with Christ. Some areas of interest are the focus of the Christian, the fears of the Christian, and the fervor of the Christian. It is our hope that this collection challenges and encourages the Christian today.

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Book of the Week: Motives in Ministry: Defining the Proper Motives for Ministry and Service


What is motive? How do we define motivation? Motive/motivation is defined as something (as a need or desire) that causes a person to act. So then, what causes us to do what we do in the Kingdom? What are the forces driving you to want to minister? Why do you want God to use you? Why do you allow God to use you? Self-inventory has to be taken on a regular basis. It is only through self-examination that our motives in ministry and service remain pure. As leaders and servants in the Church and kingdom of God, we can lose focus on God's plan and purpose for ministry.

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Book of the Week: Troubled on Every Side: How God Uses People and Problems to Prepare Us for Ministry and Service


Time would fail to try to explain all of the dynamics that are associated with God’s preparation process for ministry and service. There is a definite art to how He does it. The only person that can hinder us is ourselves. In the pages of this book, we will discuss how God uses problematic people and situations to prepare us before and during ministry for effective service.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Book of the Week: The Doctrine of Sanctification: Understanding Sanctification and Holiness in the Christian Life

Sanctification is a vital aspect of the Christian experience. Those who come to Christ are sanctified; that is, set apart for God s plan and purpose. However, sanctification is not just a positional work of grace, but also a conditional work of believers as they grow in the knowledge of Christ. In this issue, we will discuss the doctrine of sanctification and its place in the Christian s life. In addition, we will explore the conditional and positional aspects of sanctification and its relationship to holiness.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Book of the Week: The Lazarus Effect: Experiencing a Personal Resurrection

In biology, the Lazarus Effect refers to species and other organisms that appeared in one time period and then disappeared; only to reappear at a later period of time. Biologists were amazed at how a species could be alive and well at a certain time and then seemingly go extinct. Then, this "extinct" species somehow comes back to life and reproduces. Biologists used the term Lazarus Effect based upon the New Testament account of Jesus miraculously raising His friend Lazarus from the dead. In this publication, learn how you can experience a Lazarus Effect in your personal life.

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Book of the Week: The Pastoral Ministry: Exploring the Pastoral Office and Gift


The focus of this book is to bring clarity and understanding to the pastoral office and the pastoral 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 pastoral office and gift.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Book of the Week: No Man Knows the Hour: Biblical Studies in the Coming Kingdom


In this publication, we will discuss the coming Kingdom of heaven. We are now part of the Kingdom of God, but there is yet a greater manifestation of the Kingdom in store for us. We have must examine how to live in the Kingdom of God at present, but we must live in hope of the coming of the Kingdom of God in all its majesty.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Book of the Week: The Teaching Ministry: An Introduction to the Teaching Office and Gift

The focus of this book is to bring clarity and understanding to the teaching office and the teaching 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 teaching office and gift.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Book of the Week: The God of Another Chance: Overcoming Your Failures, Possessing Your Divine Destiny


God is the God of another chance. He will ensure that the good work that He has started in you will be completed. In this book, we will examine the failures and ultimate successes of biblical characters. If they overcame, then, the Christian today can come out of any personal Egypt and enter into their promised Canaan. Their examples provide hope and strength for the Christian today.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Book of the Week: The Call to Serve: An Examination of the Deacon and Servant's Ministry in the Church


 
In this book, we will examine the history and subsequent development of the Deacon's office in the Church. In addition, we will learn how the first men who were appointed to serve in the Church are the standard for which deacons and servants are to evaluate their service today. In doing so, the Church, deacons, and those called to serve will benefit from mutual understanding and cooperation.





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THE DEACON’S CHARACTER

To begin his directives for the placement of individuals into the deacon’s office, Paul lists certain character traits for the deacon. Remember, your qualification as a deacon rests in your character and not your career. You may have abilities and knowledge, but they are of no use to the Church if they are not tempered with godly character.


The Deacon is Honorable


The first character trait that Paul gives for the deacon is grave. It comes from a Greek term, which means honorable or honest. In order to effectively serve as a deacon, you must be able to tell the truth in every circumstance and situation. From the examination of the first servants, we discover that a deacon then will act as a liaison between the people and those in leadership.

To do this effectively, the deacon has to be honorable and not biased in decision making as well as reporting issues, which may arise in the Church. The deacon has to be able to speak the truth in love. He must have an honorable reputation among the people so that his decisions can be received without substantial suspicion. 

To remain honorable, the deacon must do 2 things according to the scriptures.

Have no respect of persons. The deacon who only stands for Christ and the welfare of the assembly will not be tempted to operate without integrity.

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. James 2:1 (KJV)

He will represent God by not having a respect of persons as he executes his duties in accordance with established leadership.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Book of the Week: Dreams and Visions: A Biblical Perspective to Understanding Dreams and Visions

When Jesus made us citizens of the Kingdom, it came with advantages. As members of the kingdom of God, we are eligible to partake of the outpouring of the Spirit. The books of Joel and Acts declare that the direct result of the outpouring of the Spirit of God would be revelation. Men and women could receive and communicate by the Spirit of God; two ways this is done is through dreams and visions. In this book, we will discuss the various aspects of dreams and visions. We will examine the different types of dreams and visions; how to interpret dreams, and how to apply them to our lives. 



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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

Book of the Week: He Gave Gifts Unto Men: God's Plan for Ministry in the Kingdom

 

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. 




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God chose Israel to be a special people unto Himself. This was done so that all nations would accept Israel’s God as their own. They were to participate in the salvation of the world. 

Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God. (Isaiah 43:10-12)

God told them that they were His witnesses that He was God. Israel was supposed to display God to the world, and thus turn the nations unto Him. 

When Israel disobeyed God, He anointed men to aid in their salvation. God anointed men and women that would help them remain in right standing with Him. The priests were anointed by God to make sacrifices for the sins of the people. 

The judges were anointed by God to deliver the people. In addition, the prophets were anointed by God to cause the people to return to God rather than face His judgment. God anoints us today for the same purposes:

1) We are anointed to intercede and pray for one another as priests.

2) We are anointed to help restore and deliver one another as judges.

3) We are anointed to encourage one another to serve the Lord as prophets.

God anointed individuals in the Old Testament for Israel’s benefit. All in the Body of Christ are responsible to fulfill the charge given to Israel; we are to be witnesses to the world. In addition, believers are instructed to encourage and exhort one another in their salvation. However, we find that Israel failed and God promised that He would send a Messiah. This Christ would not only come for Israel, but for the world. 

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. 



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The Facts of Pastoral Ministry

Pastors help the people of God to grow/prosper through their ministry. They do this through their ministry of the Word. Their congregants should be able to feed and mature. 

And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:4) 

Pastors lead by instruction and example. We must follow. Along with the ministry of the Word, pastors must be examples. 

A natural shepherd does more leading than talking. Even if the pastor has not said one word, the people of God should see the Word demonstrated in his lifestyle. 

Remember them, which have the rule over you, who have spoken the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of the conversation. (Hebrews 13:7) 

Pastors are to represent the heart of God and care for the Church. Pastors should take on the nature of the Good Shepherd. They are protectors over the flock of God as watchmen. 

And I will give you pastors after mine own heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. (Jeremiah 3:15) 

Pastors must guard against the Pharisaic spirit: preaching and teaching only for the praise of men. They have to remember they are privileged to lead. 

They must not look upon the people of God as their servants, but rather be ready to serve. In doing so, they and the people of God will grow into the fullness of the stature of Christ.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Book of the Week: Precepts for Kingdom Living: Protocols and Perspectives in the Kingdom of God



The kingdom of God is revealed through the acceptance of Jesus Christ. He told Nicodemus that unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. However, those who have received Christ are members of the kingdom of God. There are standards and protocols that exist in the kingdom of God. In this first book of the life in the kingdom series, we will explore seven foundational precepts concerning the kingdom of God. In understanding these precepts, one will live a successful life in the kingdom of heaven. Book 1 of 2. 

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“Who can bring clean out of unclean?” Before answering this, let us consider some truths. God is the author of life. His very words contain creative power. When He created the earth, He did it through the power of His famous words, “Let there be…” Until this present day, all things that were set in motion remain by the power of His word. 

From other scriptures, we discover that aside from the power of His words, God’s thoughts and intents will certainly happen. In the book of Isaiah, God declares,

The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand (Isaiah 14:24)

Whatever the will of the Lord is shall surely happen. Without even speaking, if God thinks or purposes to do something, it will happen. Thus, we understand that God possesses all power. 

Because of the awesome power of God, the answer to the beginning question is revealed. Who can bring a clean out of an unclean? – God can. God brings impossible things to fruition. The Bible abounds with accounts of God doing the impossible in the midst of man’s impossible situations. Jesus reminded the disciples that with God, all things are possible.
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

Though men readily accept the awesomeness of God’s power, some do not believe that this power is available in times of personal failures. If God is able to do all things, then our failures in life do not frustrate His work. This is assured if we desire His will for our lives. If we desire His will, we will continue to experience kingdom transformations in our walk with Him.

Whatever God has purposed for your life will come to pass if you continue to follow Him. However, many members in the Body of Christ become complacent in their relationship with the Lord because they believe they have made too many mistakes. This leads to self-doubt, regrets, depression, and frustration. These things will bring death to one’s relationship with Christ. 

The Bible is full of stories describing man’s failure and God’s restoration. Even God’s choicest servants failed. Yet, they were able to recover and receive what God had for them in their lives. From Genesis to Revelation, the cycle of failure to redemption to destiny is repeated. This cycle is repeated in the lives of believers today, who are partakers of the kingdom.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

BOOK OF THE WEEK: KINGDOM CONCEPTS: EXAMINING THE DYNAMICS OF KINGDOM LIVING

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.


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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. 


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Navigating the Call to Teach
Since the teaching office is a foundational ministry, bringing men into the stature of the fullness of Christ, those who want to operate in this ministry must be certain and clear in recognizing and accepting the call to teach in their lives and in the lives of others. Therefore, in concluding our examination of the call of a teacher, we will discuss briefly certain signs of the call to teach. This will help in the acceptance of the call to teach on an individual’s life.

Love of Christ

The individual who is called to the teaching office will have a profound love for God and Christ. He will speak of Christ in the most personal terms. He will also have a love and deeply personal concern for others in the Body of Christ. The love of Christ will bring balance to the knowledge that the teacher will receive. It causes the teacher to expound upon the written word with a personal zeal and reverence.

We must remember, however, that all believers are to love Christ and the Church. God will impart a deep compassion to those called so that they will passionately defend and promote spiritual growth. Though the teacher will have this level of love and compassion, any believer is a candidate for it. Again, this is given as a sign of a call to the teaching office.

Love of the Scriptures

Teachers will have a deep love and reverence for the scriptures. Those called will love to get into conversations about the Bible. They will spend long hours studying and meditating upon the word of God. They will possess an insatiable hunger for spiritual truth.

Problematic scriptures will trouble them until they find a solution. They will want to know so that they will be able to help others in the Body of Christ. God will do this to the one called so that they will be equipped to teach others.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Tim 3:16-17 (KJV)

Those called to teach will not find bible study, boring or preaching, ineffective. They will learn from all aspects of the presentation of the word of God. It will supplement their personal study and pursuit of knowledge and understanding in the Church.

Love of the Body

Teachers, again, will have a deep love for Christ and the Church. Because of this, those who are called to this office will be committed to prayer. Much of their prayer will be for the Church, its members, and for a deeper understanding of the Word. They have a desire to see Christ formed in those whom they teach. Therefore, consistent prayer for themselves and others will characterize the teacher’s personal life.

In his letters, the apostle Paul would tell the churches of his constant intercession for them. He told the Galatians that he would labor (which includes prayer) so that Christ would be formed in them. Teachers travail for the Body by seeking Christ for greater revelation of the scriptures.

My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you…Gal 4:19 (KJV)

Conversely, we know that Jesus challenges all believers to be consistent in prayer. In addition, the scriptures continually admonish believers to be intercessors for one another. Again, consistent intercession for others and spiritual truth may be a sign of the call to teach, not the manifestation of it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Book of the Week: Teach Us to Pray: Biblical Studies in Prayer

In this publication, we will discuss how to approach God in prayer. Christ gave us access to the Father. The Bible is full of prayers and admonitions to God’s people to trust Him in prayer. Through prayer, we can receive comfort, hope, strength, and help in the time of need. As a kingdom citizen, you can go to God in prayer. 




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What a wonderful promise given to the believer by Jesus! While delivering the famed, “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus reveals this assurance to the believer. We can pray in confidence, expecting to receive what we ask for. 
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

God is willing to give us our requests. This publication is to serve as a reminder of the hope we should have in prayer. If we pray in a consistent manner, we can stand in expectation of receiving our requests.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

The believer relates to God in various ways. Regardless of the manner, God offers us an assurance in prayer. However, in order to guarantee the reception of our requests, faith has to be in operation. In addition, our requests should align with the will of God for our lives. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Book of the Week: The Apostolic Ministry: Exploring The Apostolic Office And Gift

 


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.


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There are individuals in the Church who are not apostles, but there is a definite apostolic touch on their lives and ministries. These individuals are said to possess an apostolic anointing. This is the next level of apostleship. How does this differ from someone who has an apostolic gift? In simple terms, the person who has an apostolic gift will demonstrate apostolic grace and ability occasionally.

However, an individual with an apostolic anointing will demonstrate apostolic power, grace, and authority regularly as they minister to the Body of Christ. Possessing an apostolic anointing does not place one in the office of the apostle, but it does make them a part of the emerging apostolic company of believers.

The apostolic anointing is seen oftentimes in believers who are called to the five-fold ministry. They will operate in their respective offices while exercising apostolic power and authority. The apostolic anointing adds a depth and dimension to their ministries. In addition, one does not have to be called to a ministry office to possess an apostolic anointing (discussed earlier). These individuals are strategically placed in the Body of Christ that all may be partakers of the apostolic ministry.

Individuals who possess an apostolic anointing will manifest the revelation and power of the Spirit consistently. They will have encounters with the Lord frequently. This may be in dreams and visions or in visitations of the Holy Spirit. In addition, they will be able to help others grow in their relationship with the Lord. Some will function like missionaries (sent ones) between churches. They will travel from assembly to assembly, strengthening pastors and leadership through their service.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Book of the Week: The Christian Teen's Guide to Relationships: Exploring Issues and Answers for Healthy Relationships


In this book, we will discuss relationships and the Christian teen. The Christian teen will discover how to have positive and wholesome friendships and relationships. They will learn strategies for dissolving bad relationships. Christian teens will learn to set boundaries for their interactions in order to maintain a proper relationship with God. In addition, they will learn to be honest about their feelings and temptations and abort any relationship that will have a negative impact on their future successes. The Christian youth will understand how to have fruitful, peaceful, and beneficial relationships in his/her life. 



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THE MOST IMPORTANT FRIENDSHIP

Before discussing, in detail, friendships and the Christian teen, we want to talk about the closest friend that a teen will have. No other friendship can take the place of the one that you can have with Christ. 

Through the scriptures and inspiration of the Spirit, we learn of Christ’s love and loyalty to us. He serves as the ultimate example of a friend. Before the Christian teen can form truly lasting, healthy friendships, a solid friendship with the Lord should be formed. 

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (John 15:14)

Jesus called the apostles His friends. Because you now have received Him, you become His friend. However, to be a true friend of Christ, we have to do what He instructs us to do in the Word or by inspiration of His Spirit. 

As a Christian teen, you should be willing to follow Him because His commands come to bless and prosper you, if obeyed. You establish your relationship with Christ not only through prayer and Bible Study, but through obedience.

If you are walking with Christ in obedience, you will not be vulnerable to bad friendships that may hinder you rather than help you. The Christian teen has to remember that regardless of any other friendships; his/her friendship with the Lord is the most important one.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Book of the Week: Samson, the Nazarite: A Brief Expository of God's Strong Man


In this book, we will explore the life of Samson, the Nazarite. Samson was known as God's strong man. He possessed great physical strength through the Spirit of the Lord. He judged Israel for twenty years. However, his life and ministry ended early due to personal character flaws. Believers can learn from his mistakes and emulate his successes (he was listed as a hero of faith in Hebrews 11). It is our hope that Samson's story will challenge believers to pursue righteousness in their service to the Lord.

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The scriptures are silent about Samson’s youth and upbringing. It is understood that his parents obeyed the angel’s words and warning. Samson was raised as a Nazarite and the Lord blessed him.

And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. (Judges 13:24)

In addition to this, the Spirit of the Lord began to come upon Samson. This was the beginning of Samson fulfilling his purpose.

And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol. (Judges 13:25)
Samson demonstrated his connection to the Lord by his long hair. The Lord confirmed His choosing of Samson with His presence. This brings us to other important truths:

Spiritual Truth - If you are called to a ministry, the presence of the Lord will be evident in your life.

Spiritual Truth - Many people claim to be called to particular ministries, but have no gifts or manifestation of the Spirit to confirm it. 

Moreover, the Spirit’s presence was manifested before Samson came into a place of notoriety. 

Spiritual Truth - Evidence of your gifts and calling will be seen before God sets you in place. 

This was revealed in Samson’s story.


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. 



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Since the advent of the television, there has been the commercial. Commercials sometimes can prove to be annoyances rather than vehicles that connect the consumer to the best products. Today, a marriage between the entertainment and advertising industry has occurred where celebrities are becoming walking endorsements.  However, unknown individuals exist who become the face and voice of a particular product or brand name.

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.