Thursday, October 24, 2019

My top 5 books …


I thank God every day for my Amazon Kindle account, Google Books, and other apps that allow me to carry hundreds of books with me everywhere I go. Then of course there is the dozen of paperback and hardback books sitting on my desk in my office, on the bookcase at home, and stand beside my chair in the living room.

Yes, the reality is I love to read, I think it can be traced back to my Grandma Argue, when we lived with her while my dad was overseas with the Air Force, she would have me sit and read for a half-hour to her before anything else got started. Of course, she set the example by reading one to two books a day.

Today, I average around a book a week in addition to reading portions of other books as I study various topics, in addition there are the dozen of articles I read to help prepare sermons, teaching outlines, etc.

However, there are 5 books that have been my favorite over the years, and in my opinion a must read for everybody.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
The Jesus Letters: Seven Secrets That Can Change You and Your Church by David Ravenhill
The Preacher and His Models by James Stalker by James Stalker
Breaking the Spirit of Poverty by Mark W. Pfeifer
Failing Forward, Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success by John Maxwell

Ok there is one more and it will surprise most people it is not an individual book, but a collection. Honestly, I’m even shocked myself that I’m adding it to this list. Since High school nearly 40 years ago I have read maybe one or two fiction stories. However, recently I downloaded to my Kindle (what I thought at the time was a biography) a book entitled One Night in Tehran: A Titus Ray Thriller by Luana Ehrlich, the author has gone on to write a half dozen books in this series about a CIA operative that finds Christ, and his life is turned upside down, I can’t wait for the next story to be released.

Ladies and Gentlemen everybody has their favorite authors, and books. This list is simply mine. However, for me, it’s not that you read my favorites it’s simply that you READ and LEARN

Monday, October 21, 2019

A Prayer request ….

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have an amazing opportunity to speak on Veterans Day (November 11, 2019). However, it is not what most of you are thinking. I’m not speaking at the memorial event or a Veterans Day celebration.
            I have been asked to present a two-hour lecture on Pastoral Theology via Zoom (isn’t technology amazing) to a group of over 80 pastors in Kenya. I will be teaching from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time), and it will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. there in Kenya. 
            I will be sharing with these pastors’ tools to develop a Biblical View of what it is to serve in the local church as a Pastor, Minister, Elder, and Deacon. I will be providing an overview of the various topics included within the Academic Study of Pastoral Theology: Homiletics, Ethics, Pastoral Care/Counseling, Church Leadership, Sacraments/Church Ordinances and one that has become accustom to adding in my teaching on the topic Personal Evangelism.
            Can you please pray with us for four things?
1.      That each pastor’s life is touched through what I share …
2.      That each pastor can take something back to his local congregation that will change the lives of individuals within his/her church.
3.      That nations throughout Africa are changed by what I share.
4.      That God gives me the wisdom to share HIS truth, clear and without error.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Update from GCOTV School of Ministry


Wow! That is really all we can say when we look at how God has blessed over the past six months. On March 29th, 2019 Grace Church of the Valley School of Ministry e-mailed out the first “Study in the Life of Christ and the Gospels” free of charge to pastors and college presidents to help them educate their ministers, and members.
Six months later we have seen God do so much with this study (Life of Christ):

  • Currently being used in 43 Countries
    • 114 ministries/churches 
    • 30 college/Bible Institute and Seminaries.  
    •  With 19 students completing the study and receiving their certificate of completion in four countries.
  • August 19th, 2019 we also made available the “Study in the Book of Genesis.” However, this study we are unable to provide a certificate for, it available free of charge as well.   
God has expanded our vision, over the past six months God has allowed me personally to use my talents and education to help colleges throughout Africa and India to train their pastors and ministers. We have written a facilitator and student manuals that are available to Bible colleges, seminaries, Bible institute, and school of ministries.  Allowing your local instructors to teach courses on “Christian Counseling” (This study is currently already being used by 22 schools in 13 countries). In addition, a course on “Addictions.” should be released within the next month.

What does God have planned? Besides are continuing work here at Grace Church of the Valley School of Ministry local campus, which we are seeing some amazing things happen with our students.  We our currently working on several projects for our students internationally. Some educational resources to watch for:

  • A Study in the Book of Acts, this will be designed like the Life of Christ Study and the Book of Genesis study (no certificate will be offered).
  • A Facilitator and Student guide are being developed for:
    • Excellence in Leadership
    •  Pastoral Theology
Friends, if you’re interested in any of these studies please e-mail me at gcotv.schoolofministry@gmail.com …. Please share what study you are interested in as well as your name, where you are from, and name of your ministry or school.

Another exciting announcement is that in the Spring of 2020 I will be traveling with my dear friend Dr. Charles Travis to Uganda to speak both at local churches, but to educate minister to pastors and church leadership in Pastoral Theology. More details coming on this soon. 

My top 5 books …

I thank God every day for my Amazon Kindle account, Google Books, and other apps that allow me to carry hundreds of books with me everywhe...