The Sin of Racism

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When we read and study the 1st 3 Chapters of the Book of Acts we find that a great miracle took place, and that miracle was people from ALL races, creeds, and cultures were present for the coming Holy Spirit, as Peter preached at the Feast of Pentecost each person there heard the Gospel IN THEIR OWN TONGUE (Language)…..After this great miracle the saints at Jerusalem went right back to their racist ways and refused to leave Jerusalem, God allowed severe persecution to come to MAKE THEM go and spread the Gospel. Philip the Deacon was the only one that went to Samaria and also to minister to an Ethiopian eunuch. If you are a racist you cannot effectively fulfill the Great Commission. Our job is to share the Gospel and NOT change peoples cultures or avoid people who look different than US. The division caused by racism is severely weakening the Body of Christ. We condemn the Muslims that do acts of terror and ignore the acts of terror by the KKK (Who profess to be “Christians”)

Slave owners used scriptures to justify slavery and even convince the African slaves that it was the “will of God” that they be slaves and to be a GOOD SLAVE you would submit to the “Master”. We accuse ALL of Islam of being violent and ignore AMERICAN terrorism against Blacks, Native Americans, and Mexicans. Until the MAJORITY acknowledges that there is a sin NOTHING will change. And the those that have been hurt have to still forgive and receive the healing from the Lord. I saw a Cross Burning when I was about 7 years old in Virginia and didn’t understand what was going on but I saw the fear in my mother and fathers face as we drove with our headlights out in Crewe Virginia back in 1966. America has made great strides in some areas of race relations, unfortunately the Church is still the most segregated entity in our country.

Rev. Dr. Mark H. Stevens

Jesus 100% God / 100% Man

 

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They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” Mark 14, 32

The scene of the agony in the garden was an ancient olive farm where our blessed Lord frequently retired to pray to his Father. The time was about midnight on the eve of the first Good Friday. The paschal moon, filtering through the olive trees, spotlights this dramatic scene.
Our blessed Lord prostrates himself upon the rocky soil clutching at the very ground for support. He groans in distress and writhes in physical agony. His usual calmness deserts him as he keeps repeating the same prayer over and over again: “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
Great beads of sweat appear on the face of Jesus as a shattering storm engulfs his soul. Gradually, the sweat turned in crimson as his prayer increased in its intensity. Soon, his entire body perspires…a sweat of blood.
What are the causes of this internal martyrdom of our Lord? What is this “cup” which he pleads with his Father to remove? He has just witnessed a “Preview of his Passion.” Picture after picture, the various sufferings of the Passion flashed through his mind. The crucifixion, stark and terrifying, loomed up before him and caused his sensitive soul to recoil in terror. Once again he pleads with his Father, “If it is possible…”
Yet Christ did not run away from the Cross and the suffering that he knew awaited. Nor did he take the easy way out. He suffered this incredible agony in reparation for our sins. The conclusion is obvious. We cannot live a “comfort-at -all-costs” philosophy of life. To follow Christ calls for an unrelenting struggle with the tendencies to sin found in the make-up of each of us.

M. Hamilton Stevens, Th.D.

Stand Up for The Truth

 

We allow “preachers” to say anything in our pulpits and we say AMEN! We are afraid to be attacked for standing up for the truth. In 1980 I was stationed at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea. While there I heard a Baptist preacher (Who was also a Freemason) tell a group in Bible study that “all roads lead to Rome” meaning every religion can get you to heaven. I was a new believer, but I knew this was wrong! I challenged him, because NO ONE else would say a word. He was a popular preacher and I was a new convert so you can imagine whose side everyone lined up on. My point is this, when you hear false preaching or teaching SAY SOMETHING! The Apostle Paul was the new kid on the block (Read Galatians) yet he challenged and corrected the Chief Apostle Peter for treating the Gentile believers wrong.

M Hamilton Stevens, Th.D.

How Did The Pentecostal Church Get Distracted?

Acts 2:1-4. When the day of Pentecost came. Pastel & pen. 26 May 2012.

Acts 2:1-4. When the day of Pentecost came. Pastel & pen. 26 May 2012.

 

I believe many of my Pentecostal brothers have been duped into believing that the main purpose of being Spirit-Filled is so we can shout, sweat, and speak in tongues in church….WRONG!!! The MAIN reason we are Spirit-Filled is to win the WORLD! (ACts 1:8), when I was in Desert Storm I won 3 Muslims to Christ, and it was in a rug shop while drinking mint tea with them, the Holy Spirit gave me the boldness to witness in Turkey where I could have went to prison for witnessing, God allow me to lay hands on a sick Muslim and he was healed, God gave me a word of knowlege for another one….the Gift are for the STREET…not just the pews!!!!

M. Hamilton Stevens, Th.D.

What is The BIBLICAL Purpose of a Deacon?

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These are the duties of a Deacon:

  1. To care for the Widows and the Fatherless. The benevolence ministry in the local church SHOULD be managed by the DEACON…not the PASTOR!
  2. Deacons should be the leaders of church outreach (See Phillip)
  3. Deacons should be your leaders in Church Education. (See Stephen)
  4. Deacons should be the overseers of church finances and resources (Not the Pastor) this goes against the mindset of most Churches! Especially in Pentecostal and Holiness churches. Many Baptist churches EMPOWER the Deacons and those churches that have Godly Deacons FLOURISH! Why because that is the way God established it! This is why it is important to have men FULL of the Holy Ghost, FULL of wisdom, and FULL of the Word holding the OFFICE of Deacon. Unfortunately we have made the office of Deacon a “flunky” position with NO AUTHORITY!

Deacons SHOULD Be:

  1. Deacons should be father figures for the fatherless boys in the congregation. When I accepted Christ at the age of 14 in Richmond, Virginia, the church I attended had a strong Deacon board that played basketball with the teen boys, taught a youth Bible Study, Ran the Boys Scout program, and created a Junior Deacon Board. All of these things helped me make a decision for Christ because there were strong men showing me the way!
  2. Deacons should take Communion to the hospitals and Nursing Homes.
  3. Deacons should be at the forefront of outreach in the community. (Remember Phillip and Stephen)
  4. A Deacon should be an example of male spirituality and strength in the church and the community. I remember all of the Deacons in my church were known throughout the community. Even unsaved people knew the Deacons because of the works they did in the community. (Youth Activities, Feeding Seniors, delivering groceries)
  5. As the office of Deacon was slowly eroded in the church a rise in ethical problems arose. Deacons are the key to good stewardship in local churches, if they are chosen with Biblical guidelines. (Full of The Spirit – Full of the Word – Full of Faith)

Without Faith….

 Hebrews 11:6 "But without faith [it is] impossible to please
[him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that]
he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

     This may be one of the most important statements in the Bible. If
you do not believe in Jesus, then how could He be your Saviour? There
are so many Scriptures that explain how important it is for us to
earnestly seek God. He is available to those who will accept Him. He
will not force Himself on you, you must accept Him of your own free
will. Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall
find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" This Scripture
explained it so well.  Salvation through Jesus Christ is a free gift.
The only way to have any gift, is to reach out and take it. Salvation
must be received.  John 3:18 "He that believeth on him is not
condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he
hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."  Let
us look at one or two more Scriptures showing that belief in Jesus
Christ is the only way we can make it to heaven.  Romans 10:14 "How
then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how
shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall
they hear without a preacher?" You can easily see from this that you
can not even pray if you do not believe in Jesus.  The only prayer
that makes it through to heaven, is the prayer you pray in the name of
Jesus. How can you pray in a name you do not believe in. You see the
futility of this. We find the way to heaven is in the same name that
we must pray in. The next Scripture is Jesus speaking, because it is
in red in the Bible. John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way,
the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Check The Charts Before you Judge

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One of the saddest cases I ever encountered happened about 10 years ago, I had a patient that was admitted for killing his mother when he was 17, I used to go on the wards and take communion to the locked down patients. He would never take communion because he felt God would never forgive him for what he did….well long story short he had cancer in the intestines and he was near death, I eventually convinced him he could be forgiven and he died 2 weeks after He prayed for forgiveness and took communion for the 1st and last time in his life…..NOW the part of the story that really got me, was I read his whole chart one day and I cried, this kid was molested by a step-father from the time he was about 4 years old till he was 10, the step-father was eventually caught but…now I understand WHY he had the kind of rage to want to kill his mother, was it the right thing to do? NO! Murder is wrong…however allowing a child to be raped for 6 years is wrong too, being schizophrenic didn’t help either…..Chaplains we have a LOT of hurting people that need our compassion, understanding, and FORGIVENESS.

Psychiatric Chaplain Mark H. Stevens, Th.D., CPRP

Why Does God Love US?

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THE NATURAL MIND OF MAN HATES GOD AND LOVES SIN

When the Scriptures speak of the “carnal mind” of man or “the flesh” of man, it is speaking of his spiritual condition and attitude, until God converts such a person through a spiritual process of repentance.

We have many statements which confirm the weak and sinful condition of the human heart. Here are but a few:

  1. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23)
  2. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, “Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:19-21)
  3. The heart is deceitful above…

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Whatever your GIFT is…USE IT!!!

2 Timothy 1:6-7 downloadKing James Version (KJV)

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

Paul wanted to remind Timothy to “not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord” (verse 8). Paul was encouraging his spiritual son to preach the gospel as well as to raise up disciples and leaders within the local churches he was entrusted to shepherd. Timothy had to use his spiritual and organizational gifts, keeping the fire of the empowering Holy Spirit lit within him.

With this in mind, here is how you can stir up your spiritual gifts as revealed in 2 Timothy 1 …

  • Remember to stir it up and use it (2 Tim. 1:6). Paul was reminding Timothy about what God has done in him, so you can think back to when and how He saved you and filled you with His Spirit, or when hands were laid on you and prophecies were spoken over you and then use your gift often and intentionally.
  • Share in the sufferings of the gospel (2 Tim. 1:8). Share the gospel with others, staying close to those in the apostolic office, staying with them through the good and bad of ministry, sharing in all things. It is the power of God that is prevalent through this.
  • Stay true to sound teaching (2 Tim. 1:13, 2:15). Study and listen to Scripture often as well as lessons from biblical teachers, getting intimately acquainted with the treasures within the Bible.
  • Guard your gift (2 Tim. 1:14). Paul told Timothy to “guard it,” which is not to use it haphazardly, but instead, to use it joyfully for its intended use. Treasure it, protect it, and walk humbly with it, all the while glorifying Jesus.

This is not an exhaustive list, but its truths are foundational when stirring up your spiritual gift. The purpose of these things is to glorify God and to encourage, edify and comfort His precious bride, the church. Stir up the gifts within you by the power of His Spirit!

 

Bible Verses About Prayer For Healing

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James 5:15 – And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Mark 10:27 – And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. James 5:14 – Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

Matthew 18:19 – Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

James 5:15-16 – And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (Read More…)

3 John 1:2 – Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

James 5:16 – Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Acts 10:38 – How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Isaiah 53:5 – But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 1 Peter 2:24 – Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Matthew 8:17 – That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare [our] sicknesses.

Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. James 5:14-16 – Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: (Read More…)

Matthew 10:1 – And when he had called unto [him] his twelve disciples, he gave them power [against] unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

Mark 16:18 – They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Ephesians 6:16 – Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

James 5:14-15 – Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: (Read More…)

Exodus 15:26 – And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I [am] the LORD that healeth thee.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Psalms 41:1-3 – (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) Blessed [is] he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. (Read More…)

1 Corinthians 12:9 – To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; Mark 11:25 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.