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What is my role within the church?

What is my role within the church?               For the past several weeks I have been teaching a course at Grace Church of the Valley School of Ministry on the Five-fold Ministry, using text Ephesians 4: 11 in the KJV it reads … “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;” and the   Amplified Bible (AMP): “11 And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct] ,” I found the past few years very interesting as I have spent time preparing and studying material and lectures for this course at GCOTV School of Ministry.     I look at scripture within the context it is written and the historical perspective of the church that much of what I was taught

Change your Thinking!

              This past week I have begun reading the daily devotional New Testament entitled “Time with God” my reading this morning was from Matthew 4: 12 – 5:12 discussing the statement of Jesus “Come Follow Me”               As Jesus was calling the disciples, he stated “ Change your heart and lives, because the kingdom of heaven is near .”   As I reflected on those 12 simple words, I was thinking how that I along with so many miss the importance of change. When I was eight years old and made a profession of faith when I trusted Christ as my Savior, I made a change. I was not going to live like others, I was going to live a true Christian life. When I was thirteen and felt the call to preach, I made the change that I was going to dedicate my life to sharing the love of Christ (telling anyone that would listen about his death, burial, and resurrection) so that they could have the same relationship I have with him.               Over the past 51 years of the Christian w

Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Wow is all you can say! When you read headlines like “Feds Seize Enough Fentanyl in 2018 to Kill Nearly Twice the U.S. Population.” ( www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/01/13/fentanyl-2018-seizure ) It is time for America to take notice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to report increasing numbers of people dying from Opiate related death, some organization and agency reporting as high as 75,000 per year, over recent years. The reality is that anyone one of us could be a part of these numbers if we use an Opiate without doctor supervision and for an extended period of time. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, more addictive than Heroin or Morphine, and deadlier than any drug we have seen in history. When I had my knee replacements several years ago, I was given Fentanyl for the pain, and the relieve was great. However, the fear of addiction was even greater. The Reality is that I could have learned to love that feeling of utopia and knowing