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Honoring Your Call to Stay Committed To Serve God

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87 Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Editor

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:0

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In past reflections, we have considered the fact that if you have a calling, then you also have a caller, or, better yet, a divine Caller. Understand, that the Creator of the universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords has called you to belong to him and to join him in his creative, restorative work in the world.  It is exactly with this thought that anyone who has aspirations to be in service to God must proceed with understanding the desire for Godly truth.

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Does Your Desire of his Truth Penetrate Your Mind and Heart  

Have you allowed the wonder of this truth to penetrate your mind and heart? Do you feel honored by the fact that God wants you and has called you?

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We all must understand that God’s purpose for Christians is that we might bring honor to His holy name as we enjoy our relationship with Him for all eternity. Since the nature of fallen humanity is such that our primary motivation is to honor ourselves and not God, a work of God’s grace is required to change motives, beliefs, and actions.

So Honoring God means humbling ourselves and taking to heart God’s person and purposes. The question that we all must ask is how much God’s will weighs heavily upon our thoughts and lives. Our teaching about God and His purposes and our treatment of the people to whom He sends us will either honor or dishonor God.

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Honoring the God Who Is!

In order to please God, one “must believe that He is” (Heb. 11:6). The existence of the eternal God is asserted throughout the Bible, beginning with Genesis 1:1. Those who refuse to honor God even in the face of the clear evidence for His existence abide under the wrath of God (Rom. 1:18,19).

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God’s attributes can be divided into those that uniquely belong to God and cannot be “communicated” to His creatures and those that can be found in some form in humans. These categories are communicable and incommunicable attributes. To fully honor God, we must be careful to know, acknowledge, and teach the attributes of God that are revealed in Scripture.

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Has God Shown Me My Gifts? (Affirmation)

After sensing a desire for pastoral ministry, we need to ask a more objective question about our gifting. Have I seen evidence, however small, of fruitfulness in serving others through biblical teaching and counsel? And, even more important than my own self-assessment, do others confirm my giftings for pastoral ministry?

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According to Bishop Don Adams of Building God’s Kingdom International Network. “Remember Election is important many people have a calling on their lives but it has to start with truth. An old saying that many people use to this day is “They weren’t sent they just went.” In my opinion-one way that a person will know that you are called is if they from “run from it.” ” Those that are not called “run to it.” Meaning they are too eager to hold a position. 
“We don’t get excited over titles nor do we get excited over positions.”  A calling on your life is like when you take you first steps as a baby-one step at a time.
Regardless of the outcome when you are eager to learn-you are more acceptive to learn how to walk, then your status of learning is beyond what the next person would expect, but even then-we must realize that with any calling one must know that everyone is not called to lead.”    

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Perhaps you have had an experience like this in your life. But, whether you’ve been literally called by someone important to do something important or not, you have been called by the most important being in the Universe—namely, God—to do the most important thing a human being can do—is to participate in God’s creative and redemptive work-This is true.
In Order to help those who have been called we would ask that everyone practice these simple supplications daily.

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13 Questions of Supplication
  • Have I Repented for Past Indiscretion.
  • Am I walking in Unquestioned Obedience to God’s Will.
  • I’m I passionately Seeking After God
  • Do I really Love God
  • Do I have an Intense Love for God’s Word
  • Do I have the passion to win the Lost
  • Do I spend Time in Prayer Daily
  • Do I have a Longing to Please my Heavenly Father
  • Have I separated myself from the World
  • Do I Diligently Study God’s Word
  • Do I attend Church Regularly Did I stay in prayer, or Do I Live the Life
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A Divine Calling is First Birthed Out of Conviction

In closing-A divine calling is first birthed out of conviction. God miraculously does a work—either immediately or progressively—on a person’s heart, and that work propels the person into action. Many refer to Paul’s Damascus road experience as the immediate heart-change of God.

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Certainly, this is where the Holy Spirit entered Paul’s heart. However, the Father had been progressively and relentlessly pursuing Paul long before then. Paul’s heart had always belonged to God; his vision was just a little distorted  Through alignment and anointing, God sets us on track to pursue the vision and purpose he has for each of our lives.

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Our acceptance of that calling means that we say yes to God and fearlessly abandon anything that does not work toward his ends shield-of-faith-clipart-1

 

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This is the Fourth Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: Also coming is a book of the series will be released in August of 2019

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87Bishop Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal and Faith and Leadership Journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO.  Pastor of Faith Journey International Ministries. He has written extensively about Faith, American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of economics and politics. His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post,CNNApolitical America,and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019Listen to Greers radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email oneworldtoday@gmail.com His website is www.gregglgreer.com
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Bishop Don Adams is a Senior Pastor-He is also a Contributing Writer to the Faith and Leadership Journal. Bishop Adams is the Founder, & General Overseer at Building God’s Kingdom International Ministries. His is the Founder Pastor of Changing Minds Ministries. Also the Senior Pastor at Loev of Christ Missionary Baptist Church based out of Chicago, IL Bishop Adams uses many resources and tools at

Bishop Don Adamshis beckoning including-Praise and Worship as well as Expository Preaching.

Bishop Adams can be heard on the Radio Show Building Gods Kingdom where he host with Dr. Mustafa Williams.
If you are interested in interviews from him, you can email:  bishopdonadams@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Understanding Accountability to Grow An Emotionally Healthy Church

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87 Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Editor

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Understanding Accountability to Grow a Emotionally Healthy Church 

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If we are to grow an healthy and progressive Church we must understand that, accountability must go beyond positioning and entitlement but instead our effort is to promote a progressive and prosperous church that influences and motivate people to come into and body of Christ and want to develop a deeper understanding into the will of God.  These are the ways that any leadership in the church can start. 
Understanding the Main Theme of Accountability
We must recognize that accountability is only possible when a person understands he is accountable to God. Jeremiah 31:33 promises that in the New Covenant people will have the law of God written on their heart. The person who is genuinely converted will want to do the will of God. They understand that God wills for them to be obedient children and is pleased with obedience. 

Yet, the person who has not had a change of heart will not be truly accountable no matter what program or set of rules he is trying to follow. 

 

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  • No doubt, all believers struggle with the temptation to sin, but we must not forget what Scripture continues to point us to; The Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit. The Christian must be daily yielding himself and depending upon the Holy Spirit’s power in order to live a life of love and obedience. 
  • If our first answer to  the question ‘How someone can live a life pleasing to the Lord?’ is accountability to other people, then we have truly missed the freeing, good news of God’s Word and are dependent upon the weak, overbearing, and useless arm of the flesh.
Developing Relationships Through Trust and Confessions

 Yet, confession to other believers is good for the “Soul” and Biblical as we see in the Book of John. This practice is often neglected or on the other hand overbearingly abused. How one goes about bearing his soul to another believer is a delicate matter. 

Let’s look at 1 John 1:9. It says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This pertains to the acts of sins, whatever they might be; the sinner is to believe he has sinned as part of this confession. And a note about the word “all:” All means not some. All means all. Every sin. All sin was remitted, paid for, and put away on the cross when Jesus died for us. Let’s not forget, now, that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. We all need this great forgiveness.

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  • Confession must always be based upon a trusting, Godly relationships should not be not simply a set of rules in some church group. It must flow freely and naturally.This means that before a person can be expected to confess what is going on in their life to individuals (not big groups), they must have trusted, mature friends who have their best interest in mind always pointing them to Jesus and not themselves or their personal agendas and values. 
  • This kind of relationship takes time and effort. Before one can get to the nitty-gritty of their life they need to spend time with others just doing life together. As trust builds, so will the depth of the relationship from which confession can flow.

Lastly, our connection to each other means we must lay aside the island mentality. We do not stand independent of one another.

As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” . . . If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. (1 Cor. 12:20-2126)

 

Further Reference: 

 

This is the Fifth Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: Also coming is a book of the series will be released in September  of 2018 

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87Bishop Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal and Faith and Leadership Journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO.  Pastor of Faith Journey International Ministries. He has written extensively about Faith, American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of economics and politics. His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post,CNNApolitical America,and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019Listen to Greers radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email oneworldtoday@gmail.com His website is www.gregglgreer.com
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Bishop Don Adams is a Senior Pastor-He is also a Contributing Writer to the Faith and Leadership Journal. Bishop Adams is the Founder, & General Overseer at Building God’s Kingdom International Ministries. His is the Founder Pastor of Changing Minds Ministries. Also the Executive Pastor at New Generation Harvest Church based out of Chicago, IL
Bishop Adams uses many resources and tools at

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his beckoning including-Praise and Worship as well as Expository Preaching.
Bishop Adams can be heard on the Radio Show Building Gods Kingdom where he host with Dr. Mustafa Williams.
If you are interested in interviews from him, you can email:  bishopdonadams@yahoo.com
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A Healthy Mind: Dementia and Mental Illness in the Bible

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Since the early days of the bible, “Mental Illness,” has been a serious issue. Research has shown us that many times in history, people were dismissed and easily disposed due to lack of resources, and even in the faith community-there were lack of resources. For our purposes, we would like to highlight, a few biblical examples of mental illness and minus the effects of healthy living: 

Examples:

Genesis 5:5) And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years and he died. This is a period in history where man was able to live for long periods and was able to think better.

Cain slew Abel: insanity would also drive a person to kill (Genesis 4:8) and Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against his brother, and slew him.

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David faked mental illness and was wrongly accused of being insane by King of Gath. So he disguised his sanity before them, and acted insanely in their hands, and scribbled on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva run down into his beard. Then Achish said to his servants, “ Behold, you see the man behaving as a man. Why do you bring him to me? Do I lack as a madmen that you have brought this one to act as the madman in my presence? Shall this one come into my house? (1 Samuel 21:12:12-15) (bible.ca) by Steve Rudd

(The problem here is that Achish wasn’t a welcoming person and he himself had this and many issues- even though David wasn’t a man with Mental Illness.)

What are we to do?: Reach Out

In order to reach out and correct this problem- Christians and those in the world must be humble and ready to receive any and everyone with open arms. As a community of faith we can deal with the problem of mental illness, and in truth it is a current problem, but we must remind ourselves that “Mental Illness,” has been around for thousands of years. After the acknowledgement then we must pursue ways to address whatever issues are present both from a faith and position of health. 

Another example-“King Saul who drove himself insane out of hatred for David and rebellion to God: “ Now it came about the next day on that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the Harp with his hand (as usual) and a spear was in Saul’s hand. Saul hurled the spear for he thought, ‘I will pin David to the wall” excerpt from (bible.ca).

The Key word that’s not here is “LOVE”

What do we need to teach people about is love? People need to be told that they are loved also.

(Now that we have reviewed biblical examples-Let’s proceed with identifying various mental illnesses and real causes) 

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Types of Behaviors with Mental Illness

Mania
Panic attack
Paranoia
Confusion
Delusion
Dementia: loss of reason
Fear
Believing lies: false view of reality
Suspicion
Hopelessness
Depression
Anxiety

Dementia:

Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities

(Daniel 4:31–34)

Nebuchadnezzer was stricken with dementia and loss of reason by God for his pride: “While the word was in the Kings mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, “king Nebuchadnezzer, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.’ “Immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled; and he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws. “But at the end of that period, I,

Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.”

(bible.ca) by Steve Rudd

Nebuchadnezzer’s fall was associated with pride, God had to show him that his position was there only because God put him there. The same way that modern society discards people with dementia and mental illness, perhaps it should me noted that people were treated even harsher in the ancient world. “Nebuchadnezzer was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle” They often drove them out of the community and do not care for them.

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Results from Dementia:

Dementia brings confusion
Loss of Memory
Personality change, and Impaired Intellectual functions
etc

How can we help?

• Find places of comfort to live.
• Find consistent counseling
• The church family could help comfort them.
• Make sure that they are properly fed and eating habits are balanced.
• Education and study can help prolong and fight mental illness.

What we as Christians can do is find help by reaching to local agencies

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Mental Health Association of Nj

Alzheimer’s:
Alzheimer’s Association ( alz.org)
Dementia Society of America 1-800-336-3684
Alzheimersprevention.org 

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Omar Liles is the Associate Editor of the Faith and Leadership Journal. Omar is certified as a Dementia Practitioner with The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and a graduate of New York Divinity School with a Master of Religion and received a Doctorate of Ministry from  Andersonville Theological Seminary, he is a member of Ecclesia Scholars Society from Trinity College of The Bible  and member Urban League Young of Essex County Young Professionals.A Volunteer Substitute Teacher Assistant at New York Divinity School, member of The King  Movement and Worships at Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church.

 

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Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship Part 4: Three Essential Qualities Of Transformative Biblical Leadership

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87 Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Editor

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In today’s tough modern age-Biblical Leaders must not only concern themselves with how to lead, but they must also address and understand why they are leading or what purpose after acknowledging that their calling and vocation comes from God the Father.

Biblical Leaders must find their why before they know their what. Most gain a sense of the term vision to describe a leader’s purpose and the future state for which they will influence others. 

If we were to ask any self described church leader, then he or she would most likely tell you that the idea of vision is at the heart of leading others, to comprehend biblical leadership-then we must realize that in a biblical paradigm- vision flows first from God’s call to the leader.

To better illustrate our purpose we have decided to use the life and Ministry of Moses; Here is a passage about the events that set Moses on his path to righteousness.

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(Moses and the amazing burning-bush moment)

Walking along the dusty, desert road, a man named Moses was caught off-guard. He saw a bush that was inflamed but not burning. Ablaze and lit up, it flickered with flecks of fire, but the bush, leaves, and stems were not consumed. Slowly, cautiously, Moses approached the burning bush—and everything changed.

 

It seems to be extraordinary that Moses (illustration, above) had a clear conversation with God about what to do with his life. This amazing burning-bush moment was like God’s telephone directly to Moses, revealing a clear mission of what he was supposed to do. How could we not be jealous of that?

With this fact in mind we have decided to put together three major bullet points that “Good,”  Biblical Leadership should be able to understand. 

1. Understanding of the Calling

We know that the Body of Christ is structured to equip us for our function. We understand from the Apostle Paul’s teaching that Christ, “gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ — from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

The real question here for most Christians is “How do we understand our place in the Body of Christ?” In other words, “What is my calling?”

2. Unquestioned Obedience to the Faith.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (NIV)

What do we hope for? We grow in the understanding that God is trustworthy and honors his promises. 

We can be sure that his promises of salvation, eternal life, and a resurrected body will be ours someday based on who God is.

The second part of this definition acknowledges our problem: God is invisible. We can’t see heaven either. 

We must know that-eternal life, begins with our individual salvation here on earth, is also something we do not see, but our faith in God makes us certain of these things, as a Biblical Leader-they key to leading is to keep the faith connected throughout the process. 

 

3. God’s Wisdom must come First

 A Biblical Leader must NOT get their intellect confused with God’s plan. We have a dream, an aspiration, or a goal, and it becomes what we believe is God’s vision. We then go to God to convince him to get on board with what we want to see happen in the world. In essence we say, “God, please bless and resource MY plans.” This leads to failure, frustration, and misguided achievements, since God did not author the vision in the first place. Here, leaders achieve only to realize the achievements were not of God. Great Biblical Leadership has to begin and end with humbleness. After we must accept that God’s vision has to be the driving force of our wisdom.  

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Ministry is hard! Leadership is even more challenging! There will be plenty of times when we will want to throw in the towel and do something else—anything else. 

But if we are to become effective leaders we must always be willing to give the gospel it’s place in our lives and ask God to give interpretation. shield-of-faith-clipart-1

 

This is the Fourth Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: Also coming is a book of the series will be released in September  of 2018 

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87Bishop Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal and Faith and Leadership Journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO.  Pastor of Faith Journey International Ministries. He has written extensively about Faith, American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of economics and politics. His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post,CNNApolitical America,and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019Listen to Greers radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email oneworldtoday@gmail.com His website is www.gregglgreer.com
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Bishop Don Adams is a Senior Pastor-He is also a Contributing Writer to the Faith and Leadership Journal. Bishop Adams is the Founder, & General Overseer at Building God’s Kingdom International Ministries. His is the Founder Pastor of Changing Minds Ministries. Also the Executive Pastor at New Generation Harvest Church based out of Chicago, IL
Bishop Adams uses many resources and tools at

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his beckoning including-Praise and Worship as well as Expository Preaching.
Bishop Adams can be heard on the Radio Show Building Gods Kingdom where he host with Dr. Mustafa Williams.
If you are interested in interviews from him, you can email:  bishopdonadams@yahoo.com
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