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[29 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 135 views]

Here are some interesting insight from marketing guru Seth Godin on the birthplace of ideas. How many of these would apply to sermon thoughts, and vision-casting?

Ideas don’t come from watching television
Ideas sometimes come from listening to a lecture
Ideas often come while reading a book
Good ideas come from bad ideas, but only if there are enough of them
Ideas hate conference rooms, particularly conference rooms where there is a history of criticism, personal attacks or boredom
Ideas occur when dissimilar universes collide
Ideas often strive to meet expectations. If people expect them to appear, …

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[27 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 288 views]

By J. Grant Swank, Jr.
Having preached sermons for over thirty years, I have tried the various sermonic forms and concluded that expository preaching is best.
Why?
(l) Expository preaching stays close to the revealed Truth. There is no other Book like His Book. Therefore, to drift from it is to slide into relativism and personal opinions. To stay close to it is continually to come under its eternal light.
More and more, the revealed Truth is being sidelined for flash and fake. It is being substituted with cute and cunning. Nevertheless, God never …

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[4 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 1,792 views]

1 Samuel 15:22 says, “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams.”
We can have obedience with or without sacrifice, and sacrifice with or without obedience (and there’s a difference between sacrifice  without obedience and sacrifice with  disobedience. One can be a spontaneous permissible sacrifice that is not required, such as was the case with Elijah and the fire from heaven; and …

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[1 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 186 views]

1 Corinthians 15-16
I heard a statistic the other day that blew my mind. Anna Sklar, the author of a book called Runaway Wives, was a guest on a local talk show. In the course of the discussion, she cited that ten years ago, for every wife or mother who walked away from her home and responsibilities, six hundred husbands and fathers walked out. Today for each man who walks away, two women do.
Pause and let that sink in.
Understand, I’m not advocating either, nor am I taking sides. I’m just amazed …

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[6 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 367 views]
Praying the Will of God

Written by Myron Powell
1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV) Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
Confidence
Boldness = “Come boldly before the throne!”
Confidence in Him, not in ourselves!
Speak the language of faith, not fear! Because God doesn’t respond to fear!
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he …

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[30 Aug 2010 | No Comment | 249 views]
Generational Passing of Principles

An evident phenomena within religious bodies in recent decades is that of a releasing of long-held common beliefs. Understandably, some issues are effected by time and culture, but for the most part, there is a cause for great concern regarding the willingness of some to so easily move away from an identity that has defined us for so long. Specifically speaking in the realm of holiness Pentecostals, there seems to be a trending among our current generation to dismiss the traditional beliefs on holiness principles in particular, and even core …

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[23 Aug 2010 | No Comment | 317 views]

Acts 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
Acts 2:13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
Some men marvelled, others mocked.
Marvelled: something that causes wonder, admiration, or astonishment; a wonderful thing.
Mocked: To attack or treat with ridicule, contempt, or derision. To ridicule by mimicry of action or speech; mimic derisively. To mimic, imitate, or counterfeit. To challenge; defy.
Consider the account of Michal, the daughter of Saul. At one time she marveled at …

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[18 Aug 2010 | No Comment | 334 views]

A friend mentioned recently about a thought he’d heard on the radio concerning investors and consumers.
The point made by the radio commentator was, if someone purchased a top of the line Mac computer several years ago, and another person invested that same amount of money into Apple stock at the same time, the computer would be devalued today, but the stock would have grown significantly, bringing wealth to the individual.
I have been thinking today about the value of investing, and remembering that what I am investing into the Kingdom is …

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[2 Aug 2010 | No Comment | 308 views]
Building a Ministry that Lasts

Do you know of a  former minister or even a  former “Apostolic” Minister who now preachers a watered down version of truth? Chances are you do. When I considered all those who used to preach the gospel but have walked away from Apostolic ministry, I was amazed at the number. If this is your label, God isn’t finished with you. God is able to restore if we sincerely repent. Just because you failed or quit doesn’t mean that you will never again serve the Lord. You have a choice concerning …

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[26 Jul 2010 | No Comment | 217 views]

On Saturday, May 1, 2010, the New York Metro Prayer Conference convened at 9:00 am in Queens, New York at the United Apostolic Church. Professor Margaret Banks, New York Metro District’s Prayer Coordinator. successfully led the 400-500 attendees from 29 churches into an extended time of deep intercessory prayer. Heavy prayer prevailed throughout most of the conference. It was indeed a prayer conference! Of the five and a half hours, over four hours was devoted to deep intercession.
Being sensitive to the Spirit, both District Superintendent Arthur Thomas and Sister Banks …