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Francis Frangipane

In the days ahead many will be stirred by proclamations, both true and false, of ominous events set for fulfillment on specific dates. However, we are not being prepared for a "date" but for a marriage. It is the depth of our day-by-day relationship with Christ that defines walking with God at the end of the age.

The confidence we have as we face tomorrow is rooted in the quality of our walk with God today. Thus, as these days unfold, the way of the Lord will be revealed for what it truly is: a narrow path upon which we walk with God. It is an indisputable truth: the only way to prepare for Jesus' second coming is to faithfully obey what He commanded in His first coming – and His first command was "Follow Me" (John 1:43).

What does it mean to "follow" Jesus but that we walk faithfully with Him throughout our life? The fact is, we anticipate the nearness of the Lord, but we do not know when He might return. While I believe we are very near to the end of the age, still it may be many years before some of the unfulfilled prophecies come to pass. Regardless, our call is to follow the Lamb – to walk with Him every day.

If we study the Scriptures, we will see that, from the beginning, the Lord always provided for those who walked with Him in His presence. No matter what occurred in the world, God's servants were not held hostage to the fears and anxieties of their times. Their walk with God prepared them for all things.

Published in Voice of The Apostles
Thursday, 07 July 2011 05:55

Catherine Brown: Moving From Pain to Gain

Catherine Brown

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, "Oh that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" So God granted him what he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:10 (NKJV)

Jabez' Genealogy and Background

Jabez lived in southern Israel after the conquest of Canaan and during the time of the Judges. He was born into the tribe of Judah and eventually became the notable head of a clan.

Jabez was more honourable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying "I gave birth to him in pain." 1 Chronicles 4:9 (NIV)

Why does the Chronicler record that Jabez was considered to be more honourable than his brothers? Perhaps it was because he had set his heart to please God no matter what. One thing I have learned in life is that when trouble and trials assail us, to focus on the inherent goodness of God is of paramount importance if we are to remain faith-filled, surrendered and obedient to the Holy Spirit.

Published in Voice of The Apostles

Dear Overcomers:

During Purim we prophesied that a Purim Reality would occur. That means something and someone that was set against God's covenant would be exposed and brought to justice. What was prophesied was announced last night when our President shared about Osama bin Laden. Justice was brought forth! This was a modern day Purim event (see below).

Since Passover, we have experienced almost non-stop rain here in Denton! Apostle Jay Swallow made an apostolic decree and the rain has come. Part of what he shared on Friday, April 22 was:

"We declare this is a day of miracles. We declare we call in the rain! Call in the rain! Put out that fire! We respond to Your notification that this is our responsibility to bring forth the new and the living way. Yahweh! We call upon You. Bring in the clouds. Bring it supernaturally. God we create in our hearts the word. Bring an end to the drought. God we call upon You! Oh God! Oh! Bring it down! We declare this to be so in Yahweh's name. Let it roll, let it rumble from your heart. Agree with me. Thank You Lord, we look for the rain. Get out your umbrellas. The rain is coming!"

Published in Voice of The Prophets

Seizing Your Prophetic Destiny – God Has a Plan For You!

Key "Vision" Scriptures to Meditate On:

1. Proverbs 29:18
2. Hosea 4:6
3. Colossians 1:9-11
4. Ephesians 1:15-19a
5. Jeremiah 29:11

Why a Vision?

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained...—Proverbs 29:18

Published in News
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 04:13

The Coming Apostolic Master Builders

By Jonas Clark

 

The current structure or model of church ministry revolves around the pastoral paradigm (model) of ministry. A paradigm is a structure of ministry that serves as a model or pattern. It's astonishing but the word pastor, Greek poimen is only mentioned once in the entire New Testament. From one occurrence in scripture we have built thousands of pastoral churches. Yet there were no churches ever built in the New Testament by pastors. Even the one started at Antioch soon received Barnabas as an apostolic leader. Barnabas was a sent-one (apostolic gift) from the church in Jerusalem.

All New Testament churches were built by apostles, not pastors. Scripture says, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11). Though we see the word pastor, poimen, only once in scripture we have used it to create a model of how ministry is supposed to function and have made it our current model for ministry.

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Bill Johnson:

For centuries the people of God have gathered together around specific truths. Denominations and organizations have been formed to unite these groups of Believers. Having common belief systems (see footnote 1 at bottom) has helped to build unity within particular groups and define their purpose. Historically these groups were formed from people who were usually newly saved, or were asked to leave whatever denomination they were previously a part of.

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