As we proceed into our next few lessons of this 7 part series installment -we would be truly amiss if we did not take time out to address biblical stewardship. For those who understand this principle stands firm amongst the top three areas of our lesson series in importance. The underlying theme of relevance here is we all must understand that God the Father owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf. This also means that the principle of ownership must be understood, both from a inward and outward stand point.
1. The Principle of Ownership.
Inward means that-we as people of faith must check our emotions at the doors of our churches, chapels, and Synagogues. We don’t own the tools and resources of the faith. God does-we are but merely instruments.
Outward, means that ownership has to be a focal principe of our mission Therefore, stewardship expresses our obedience regarding the administration of everything God has placed under our control, which is all encompassing.
2. The Principle of Responsibility.
Bill Peel Christian author at The High Calling recently wrote an excellent essay entitled Leadership Is Stewardship. In explaining responsibility, Peel writes:
Although God gives us “all things richly to enjoy,” nothing is ours. Nothing really belongs to us. God owns everything; we’re responsible for how we treat it and what we do with it. While we complain about our rights here on earth, the Bible constantly asks, What about your responsibilities? Owners have rights; stewards have responsibilities.
We are called as God’s stewards to manage that which belongs to God. While God has graciously entrusted us with the care, development, and enjoyment of everything he owns as his stewards, we are responsible to manage his holdings well and according to his desires and purposes.
3. The Principle of Accountability.
Simply put a good steward is one who manages all of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted us to care for day in and out. Each one of us will be called to give an account for how we have managed what the Master has given us.
Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.
Apostle Paul tells us: “For [God] will reward every man according to his works: to those who by perseverance in working good seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. There will be . . . glory and honor and peace for every one who does good,…. For God shows no partiality
If we look for earthly rewards then we will most definitely be looking in the wrong place, but if our work is sincere and it is God based then, God will provide all the reward that we need in this life or the next. That reward is the gift of eternal life
This is the Third Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not!
Also A book of the series will be released in August of 2018
Many times in the movement of faith people lack understanding of the basic rules that govern how we should conduct ourselves to make the faith experience as impactful as possible.
The major issues that govern how we should act are not necessarily written but some are implied and others we would expect to come naturally or with added logic-simply due to the fact that they follow the rules governed by society.
For clarification lets look at a few examples of what we mean:
Etiquette is a code of polite conduct. If you practice proper etiquette, you are less likely to offend or annoy people — and you may even charm them.
According to Bishop Don Adams Founder and General Overseer of the Building Gods Kingdom International Ministries and co-author of this series;
Without the proper etiquette-it is assured that issues remain in place that will take away from the faith experience….
Under this classification we could include items like:
Pulpit Etiquette -Before giving a sermon it is always necessary to announce, acknowledge and “Thank” the leadership of the church. 1) for their dedication to the faith, and 2) even if you are a guest preacher-it’s good practice to offer “Thanks,” to the leadership of the church (house)-for allowing you to come and share your faith in their service.
If we were to look up Websters Dictionary we would find this definition:
A system of rules that explain the correct conduct and procedures to be followed in formal situations.
Spiritual Protocol is a reference to the respect, honor and deference due at all times to those in authority in the House of God. Many believers attend churches that are out of divine order and alignment. These churches are characterized by dysfunction, contention and continuous infighting.
Here’s a quote from Dr.Keira Banks as she explains from her introduction for the book Spiritual Protocols:
Dr. Keira Banks presents Spiritual Protocol as a tool and guide to assist pastors and believers in embracing the Biblical mandate for divine order in the local church. Pastors can use this book as a teaching tool in an effort to transition their entire congregations out of chaos and into the Kingdom of God realm of love, light, prayer and divine order. Individual believers will reference this book to ensure that their motives are pure and their conduct brings honor and glory to God.
This means the areas that protocols are set to address- items that are more standard policy either; written or expressed. For another example, a standard protocol in the church may be to open the service with a scripture reading and prayer-A process that most churches have adopted and follow routinely.
Lastly with that said, let us spend a little time on pure righteousness:
What about Prayer-What is the significance of using different postures in prayer?
This is another area where sometimes the most natural spiritual experience is hampered by the “money see-monkey do-ism” of the church; for example-praying in submission to God. (see example in illustration below)
According to many people in the modern church- some love to pray in the “submission,” position. For our purposes-we only want people to let your posture express the attitudes of your heart. Not to follow someone else who you see using this prayer position without truly understanding what it means.
In the Biblical accounts of prayer, many postures are described. Abraham fell upon his face before God. (See Genesis 17:3, 17.) Moses prayed with his hands outstretched. (See Exodus 9:27–29.) King Solomon knelt in prayer. (See I Kings 8:54.) Jesus prayed looking up into heaven. (See Mark 6:41, John 11:41, and 17:1.)
Communication with God does not require a certain physical position, but postures do give expression to the attitudes of our hearts.
While we only provided a few examples-there a hundreds for more reasons why a little practice in learning to identify good “Etiquette , Protocols, and Pure Righteousness,” and how they interchange in the church can go along way into building a lasting faith experience. A more positive faith experience-where everyone is willing to come and share and grow in the Body.
Please know-these items are critical for faith leadership in the modern church to navigate and understand and apply daily.
This is the second Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not! Also A book of the series will be released in August of 2018
Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not!
The Faith movement for many can be very subjective and very mythical. For the leadership on the front lines there is a more than certain dependency for “Guardians,” of the Kingdom of God to be well versed in the practices of the faith.
One area that many preachers who lead are most certainly required to be sharp as a nail is when “Preaching of the Word of God,” or as many do say, “Bringing the Good News!
An excellent example of what should be done when the emotions are flaring in the pulpit and it’s the moment of truth-that very moment for example can be explained in the Simon Viberts great book “Excellence in Preaching: Studying the Craft of Leading Preachers.”
Preaching is a dangerously high calling in which mere mortals dare to speak on behalf of God. All too often, well-intentions preachers preach poorly. But what do good preachers do well? And what can we learn from them? Simon Vibert has studied the work of today’s leading preachers with an eye for discerning the dynamics of effective preaching. Each chapter profiles a contemporary preacher and lifts out practical principles for sermons that are biblical, motivational and transformational.
While I totally agree with Simon, when he says “All too often, well-intentions preachers preach poorly.” It is with this statement in mind that we have decided to put together some mainframe insight on “what it is and what it should be-to bring the Good News, “Authentically.”
We must caution that we submit all suggestions humbly because-as many of you should know-all too well-that preaching is an act of empowerment that comes directly from God-through means of the Holy Spirit. With that fact now firmly in mind-[here it go’s:
Fact Number #1
The message that you preach should start with the Holy Spirit, and you must be spiritually lead!
(This means one should and must not “fake the funk” when bringing the word of God. In many cases it will show and many of those folks in the congregation will feel the insincerity of the moment). While theatrical preaching may look and feel impressive to you it-may loose in translation to many in the congregation who are simply seeking the message.
In addition, you must ask yourself-are you really being fair to those you lead, those who trust you, and most important are you being a good representative of God the Father.
Many would say NO! and I would totally agree.
Fact Number #2
Still, preaching must be inspired by God, and entirely Spiritual-throughout the time preaching.
This may be one of the most challenging aspects of preaching. Your revelation must be from the inner soul and you have every right to give the sermon it’s proper theological and spiritual meaning, again inspired by God.
Fact Number #3
Prayer Must be ongoing!
When you think of the sermon Pray over it. When you are given the outline, in its almost complete draft-Pray over it! When you step up to the pulpit and at the start your sermon-Pray over it! It is customary to open the sermon with enveloping the Spirit by prayer. This prayer is for you, for the congregation, and by Gods desire.
Fact Number #4
Are you walking in unquestioned obedience?
Gods word is the force and the power, that brings about obedience to all His laws. It is actually the creative word that produces the fulfillment of those laws in our lives. It was the creative word that brought the world into existence; God spoke and it was done.
That is because this planet, in its empty state, was not rejecting God’s word, this is why we must uphold and honor the word of God because when we do- the power that comes into us is truly “amazing,” to say the least.
Fact Number #5
Philippians 4:6 ESV /
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
This simply means the approach must always be humble-petition for the will of God to shine through all that we do, and it will be given.
Fact Number #6
Study and Meditate on Scripture continually!
God told Joshua, “Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed” (Joshua 1:8, NLT).
God’s definition of success in life is to know Him better. One way we do that is to read and understand His Word!
Fact Number #7
Building bridges to bring others to Salvation must be our main goal.
Lastly, when the Lord shows you those needing Christ, you should always seek to build a relationship with them-and be an open conduit for their salvation.
Remember how Jesus went to the home of Zacchaeus where many sinners had gathered? While we must be careful not to place ourselves in an environment where we’ll be pulled down, we must be equally careful to cultivate friendships with those needing Christ.
When preaching always remember this golden rule-That Christ has placed you in your particular place just to reach those whom no one else can reach. Your mission at the end of it all is to-bring them home, bring them into “Salvation.”
This is the First Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not! Also A book of the series will be released in August of 2018
According to a wise and focused minister in evangelism who recently commented “Everything that occurs in the visible, and physical world is directly connected to the wrestling match being waged in the invisible, and spiritual world.”
Ultimately the effects of evil that are waging an ongoing war in the unseen world, that manifest itself in the seen world in many ways, including inside of you- For example: Take the barely reported story from CNN about -A small group of nuns and priests that met a tormented woman in the chapel of a house one June evening in 2017. Although it was warm outside, a palpable chill settled over the room.
As the priests began to pray, the woman slipped into a trance — and then snapped to life. She spoke in multiple voices: One was deep, guttural and masculine; another was high-pitched; a third spouted only Latin. When someone secretly sprinkled ordinary water on her, she didn’t react. But when holy water was used, she screamed in pain.
“Leave her alone, you f***ing priests,” the guttural voice shouted. “Stop, you whores. … You’ll be sorry.”
‘You’ve probably seen this before: a soul corrupted by Satan, a priest waving a crucifix at a snarling woman. Movies and books have mimicked exorcisms so often, they’ve become clichés.
While Dr.Richard Gallagher is an Ivy League-educated, board-certified psychiatrist who teaches at Columbia University and New York Medical College. He was surprised about the days events as he was part of the team that tried to help the woman.
Gallagher knew about biblical accounts of demonic possession but thought they were an ancient culture’s attempt to grapple with mental disorders like epilepsy. He proudly calls himself a “man of science,” but to date Gallagher has become the go-to guy for a sprawling network of exorcists in the United States.
“There was one woman who was like 90 pounds soaking wet. She threw a Lutheran deacon who was about 200 pounds across the room,” he says. “That’s not psychiatry. That’s beyond psychiatry.”
The Book Rite of Exorcism was first published in 1614 by Pope Paul V to quell a trend of laypeople and priests hastily performing exorcisms on people they presumed were possessed, such as victims of the bubonic plague, says the Rev. Mike Driscoll, author of “Demons, Deliverance, Discernment: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World.”
“A line (in the rite) said that the exorcist should be careful to distinguish between demon possession and melancholy, which was a catchall for mental illness,” Driscoll says. “The church knew back then that there were mental problems. It said the exorcist should not have anything to do with medicine. Leave that to the doctors.”
The Fight against Evil
Scripture tells us in Ephesians 6:10-15Contemporary English Version (CEV)
10 Finally, let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong. 11 Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks. 12 We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. 13 So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm.
While all people who display serious issues of mental illness- they may not be exactly guilty of suffering from demon possession-there must be a certain understanding that wickedness manifest itself in multiple ways, and if we are not careful and have certain trust in the Power of God with a healthy righteous lifestyle then we may fall prey to all forms of demonic evils, from momentary, to ongoing, angers, insecurity, discords, fear and the list goes on to finally eternal. This fact is further illustrated in an a recent article from Psychology Today.
People are not evil because they have done bad things or else we’d all be evil. As Aristotle maintained, being evil portends a persistent habit of doing bad things. Moreover, evil people know that what they are doing is bad but choose to do so anyway. They therefore act with malicious intent.Moreover, evil people typically care little or not at all that what they are doing is or may be harmful to others; and some evil people even derive sadistic pleasure from it. Moreover, some evil people are very cunning and can disguise their evil intentions and lack of regard for others. These individuals may be con artists or even charming rapists or murderers
The true debate is that one must understand that there are very real forces of evil that operate in the world, and not take certain acts like rape, murder, and more for granted.
Yes we all believe that madness exist, but additional research, meditation, and prayer must be done to discover the root of the wickedness.
Again, trust and believe evil exist in this world and the agents of evil can be complex or simple-With that in mind only God can deliver you from any bondage either from the seen or unseen world if you have faith.
(This Article is Part 1 of A Seven Page Series on Spiritual Warfare)
Bishop 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, CNN, Apolitical America,and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019. Listen to Greer’s radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email firstname.lastname@example.orgHis website is www.gregglgreer.com.
Today we see growing wickedness, pain and suffering-manifesting itself in this world as never before. One has only to turn on the TV news and one will find gun violence, terrorism (War), murder, and all forms of wickedness like never before. For many of us as people of Faith, we as believers, these factors are not surprising and of little consequence.
For people who exercise their faith-we have been forewarned of a time when evil grows, and sin is heightened as a response to an ever falling world. In fact scripture tell us in many parables that signs of the end time will come with heightened evil. For our response to be focused correctly-we must understand that with a believers heart and spirit-we are given the tools and resources to shield in the battle against evil, and it is precisely with this exact spirit in mind that we don’t need to wonder about what to do.
An awesome and profound scripture that comes from the Book of Matthew starting with Matthew 12:38 which begins with the Pharisees and teachers of the law who challenged Jesus as they had done many times before, this scripture states:
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” Jesus replied, “A wicked and adulterous generation demands a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:38)
Though Christ was always ready to hear and answer holy desires and prayers, yet those who ask amiss, ask and have not, and are not equipped for the worldly and ungodly challenges of this evil world.
Signs were granted to those who desire them to confirm their faith, as Moses,Gideon, and even Jonah could attest; but as Jonah grew (for example) to understand-they are denied to those who demand them to excuse their unbelief.
Jonah in Scripture is often identified as the “Reluctant Prophet” of all the prophets, Jonah is perhaps the most reluctant; his struggle with sin is not hidden. In the story we see a portrait of sin and of God’s love for consistent sinners who are in disbelief.
As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale, and then came out again alive, after which he is called upon by God to travel to Nineveh and warn its residents to repent of their sins or face divine wrath. Instead, Jonah boards a ship to Tarshish. Caught in a storm, he orders the ship’s crew to cast him overboard, whereupon he is swallowed by a giant fish. Three days later, after Jonah agrees to go to Nineveh, the fish vomits him out onto the shore.
It was after Jonah had accepted his “biblical Marching Orders.” The Ninevites would shame the Jews for not repenting; the queen of Sheba, for not believing in Christ and we must intern such cares that hinder us, as we must come to Christ and submitt such uncertainties.
This parable represents the case and is applicable to all those who hear the word of God, and are in part reformed, but not truly converted.
While,The unclean spirit leaves in you for a time, but when he returns, he finds Christ is not there to shut him out; within your daily discipline to the heart sweeps evil inside outward reformation, if not the spirit is garnished by ill preparation to comply with evil, and the man becomes a more decided enemy of the truth.
Remember: Every heart is the residence of unclean spirits, except those which are temples of the Holy Ghost, by Faith in Christ.
So to answer of question of: How to we combat evil-The more you humble yourself to the will of a righteous God, and you shield and insinuate yourselves from the growing evil as a response to worldly and Ungodly sin.
Therefore, we as human beings can take steps to grow in faith minute by minute, day by day-but unless you take steps to move closer to righteousness, then any and all efforts may leave you vulnerable-as you will be placed at the mercy of this world.
Bishop 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, CNN, Apolitical America,and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019. Listen to Greer’s radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email email@example.comHis website is www.gregglgreer.com
had this to say: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years … For 400 years? That sounds
like a choice.” Kanye’s answers seemed to not only frustrate a TMZ staffer who during the
taping answered Kanye by what seemed like an apparent verbal debate-that began
shortly thereafter. (TMZ employee’s name is Latahn. His statement is statement below):
While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives,” Lathan said. “We have to deal with the marginalization that’s come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice.”
The quote from Kanye comes at a time when he has shown support and “Love,” for the
embattled U.S. President Donald J. Trump-also Kanye recently appeared in public
wearing a Make America Great again Red Cap (picture, below).
Kanye Tweets his “Love” for Donald Trump:
Here is his series of tweets Tuesday evening:
You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.
If your friend jumps off the bridge you don’t have to do the same. Ye being Ye is a fight for you to be you. For people In my life the idea of Trump is pretty much a 50 50 split but I don’t tell a Hillary supporter not to support Hillary
I love Hillary too.
As his words are setting the Twitter world on fire, Kanye tried to explain what he meant.
And then Kanye quickly made it about Kanye:
“The reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought. It was just an idea. Once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas.“
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
The move by Kanye has caused a firestorm in the face of allegations that President
Donald Trump has multiple Americans who are accusing him of stoking racism-more
specifically- by reiterating this campaign slogan: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”-Many
disappointed fans of Kanye are responding negatively against the rappers current actions.
In addition, The President Trump recently replied to a tweet sharing a Washington
Post and other media outlets articles accusing the President of attacking prominent
African Americans “to feed his support of a belief that the system is rigged for
minorities.” We will see how this fiasco plays out for Kanye. (glg)
Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal. Greer is The Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in CNN, and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. Listen to his radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from from him and others of the brightest minds today, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.orgHis website is www.gregglgreer.com
For immediate Release: A Game Changer to be announced in the Semaj Crosby Case.
Today November 7, 2017at 6:30 pm
New Generation Harvest Church
7300 S Ashland Ave Chicago, Illinois 60636
In the wake of the tragic death of 17 month old Semaj Crosby earlier this year- three of the four suspects in the case will be on hand in Chicago at (New Generation Harvest Church) and want to make their story public for the first time. The ladies are claiming their 100% innocence, and hope that telling their story nationally will push the Will County investigation forward as they are hoping for closure and even possible prosecution.
Bishop Gregg L. Greer and his team at Freedom First International will host the group, and have been openly advocating with the family for months to bring those responsible for killing the child to justice. Please inbox for details
Recent initiatives to address
Recent-Change national perceptions of people of color and others about the serious and real need for DCFS Reform and more importantly the
WHAT:For immediate Release: Suspects in the Semaj Crosby Case want to tell their story
WHERE: New Generation Harvest Church7300 S Ashland Ave Chicago, Illinois 60636 at 6:30 pm
WHO: Freedom First International, The Guilty in Innocence Project, and Family of Semaj Crosby,The Semaj Crosby Coalition for Justice
WHY: We want to keep Semaj Crosby’s name in the public with hopes toward resolution.
PHOTO/STORY OPP: Community and Civic Organizations who want change nationally in the wake of a tragic loss of life of Semaj Crosby-This group is looking to effect change on a national level.
AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Police Policy in locally and nationally. Justice for a murdered child (DCFS REFORM).
National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:
Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes, also family and community members will provide media commentary.