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[27 Apr 2009 | 2 Comments | 2,658 views]
An Insight into Calling vs. Burden

Perhaps every minister desires to be in the will of God for their ministry, and many have given interpretations of exactly how to determine what the will of God is for your life. The purpose of this [article] is to provide a little insight for those who may at this time be seeking a direction or validating/confirming a calling from the Lord.
The Bible is clear that God orders the steps of a good man. Many people in the Bible did things for God only after He had told them where …

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[16 Apr 2009 | No Comment | 1,381 views]

Today, while reading Joshua 13-14, where God instructed Joshua to divide the promised land to the remaining tribes that had not yet obtained their inheritance, I was struck again with the thought of how Moses never saw the promised land.
Why? In Numbers 20:1-12, when the children of Israel were complaining about not having water to drink, God told Moses to take his rod, and speak unto the rock before the congregation and it shall bring forth his water. In verses 10-11, …

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[8 Mar 2009 | No Comment | 1,033 views]

I wonder how often we do a disservice to those we love who are out of the Faith?
Abram’s nephew Lot went to the sinful twin-cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. After a time, Lot is taken captive when the cities were besieged, and Abram sets out with his armies to defeat his captors. Afterward, the king of Sodom tells Abram, “you can have the goods, but give me the people.” Lot went right out of the captor’s hands and back into sinful Sodom and Gomorrah. I wonder if the defeat of …

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[18 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 2,369 views]

By Richard Whitman
I recently was asked the question, “How long has it been since you won a soul to the Lord.”
At first I was pleased to answer, “Just last week.” After all, last Sunday we had a man baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost. Then I began to relish some other memories of similar weekend services. Unfortunately, I also began to realize that several of the ones that I had “won to the Lord” were not living for God now and so I questioned if I …

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[17 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 1,158 views]

The Michigan District of the UPCI caught a vision for evangelizing our state nearly 9 years ago, and have since increased roughly 35% in new church plants. The goal for 2009 is to plan 9 new churches within our state, and to progressively plant more churches over the next 10 years until we double in size.
This video briefly explores the past, present and future of the Apostolic Message in Michigan, and lays out a solid plan for growth, appealing to the viewer for support. Nine new churches in Michigan in …

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[16 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 1,087 views]
Cultivating a Missions Focus

Traditionally, we have never received an offering on our midweek service… basically, I felt once per week was plenty, and God always provided for us financially in abundance.
For some time, I had been trying to think of a way to bring a stronger focus on missions in our church, and one evening a new convert came and asked me if we could do offering on Wednesday, too, because he “loves offering time”. So I decided to begin bringing an offering each Wednesday specifically for Missions.
Taking Acts 1:8, I have broken …

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[2 Dec 2008 | 4 Comments | 3,535 views]
Bible Reading Plan for Ministry

By John Carroll, pastor of Calvary Apostolic Church in Salina, KS.
The following is a plan of Bible reading and study that I have developed for my own personal use.
I hope it is a blessing to you, should you choose to implement it in your own life.
I begin my study each day by reading a chapter of Proverbs. If you start at the beginning of the month and read a chapter each day, you will read through the book every month. On the few months that have 30 days, and in …

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[1 Dec 2008 | 2 Comments | 1,614 views]
PK’s And Their Dads

Note: This is an article about “Preacher’s Kids” written by Tony Suarez, of Iglesia De Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia
where to start…
I’m not sure who to write to: the PK’s or the Fathers…
I knew at a very young age that I was going to be in the ministry…actually I can’t think of anything else I ever wanted to do without being a preacher first
I wanted to be the President of the United States AND a preacher…
I wanted to be an archeaologist AND a preacher…
I wanted to be a lawyer AND a …

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[6 Nov 2008 | 4 Comments | 1,509 views]
Success of a Pastor

~by Jay Jones
For me, success will come when I can do as the unnamed servant of Abraham, who went
to find a bride for his master.
He was unnamed, so his anonymity would bring glory to his master, and not himself.
He was unselfish, as he gave everything to his master’s pursuit.
He sacrificed himself, his plans, aspirations and ambitions to fulfill his master’s request.
He made a journey of faith to a place he’d never been to reach a bride he’d never met,
and brought her back to a place he’d never leave.
He prayed for …

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[6 Nov 2008 | 3 Comments | 1,343 views]
Learn Spanish in Six Hours

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. – Matthew 10:22
Recently, I heard a commercial that touted an amazing claim. “Learn to speak Spanish in only 6 hours!”
“Six hours? There is simply no way to learn an entire language in six hours!” I thought. One thing is for sure, that advertiser was going to get a large response from the vast audience of listeners that day. Why? Because we’re all looking for the shortcut in life.
I …