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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Now. More Than Ever

~eMinistry 4 Life-Giving Power











Now more than ever, God's people need power.

The power to change this country or change your life will not come through any political party, leader or candidate.  If you are a Believer in Jesus Christ, that power is already in YOU.

This morning it was my 7th grade son that announced the winner of the 2016 presidential election to me.  At 7:11 am.  My knees buckled.  I went upstairs to pray: "What now Lord?"

"NOW, MORE THAN EVER - MY PEOPLE NEED TO WALK IN MY POWER." 

The people have spoken - on both sides of the election.  CHRISTIANS have spoken - or chosen to be silent - on both sides of the election.  And the result is a true representation of what is going on in this country.  

And one can no longer say that the result is because of Republicans.  The result is no longer due to Christians.  It is "neither Jew nor Gentile; male nor female; saved nor sinner..."

There are GOD-FEARING, JESUS-LOVING, BIBLE-BELIEVING, SPIRIT-FILLED, WELL-MEANING Christians who are both Republicans AND Democrats.  And God has NEEDED and used His true Disciples of Christ in both political parties.  God loves balance - even (and especially) in an unbalanced, corrupt system of society.

But God needs His people to BE balanced.  To walk in balance. Because unbalanced power is dangerous, ineffective, unpredictable and volatile. 

And because God knows the end from the beginning; and because He is the beginning and the end; he has known what would be needed for this dispensation in time, as His people would wake up on November 9, 2016.

Wake up.

Wake up and prepare to walk in His power.

Only those who will have faith in Him; believe in His word, and do not doubt in their hearts will receive the fullness of the power of His Truth.  This power of Truth is:
  • The power to overcome hate
  • The power to overcome fear
  • The power to discern lies
  • The power to prevail
  • The power to prosper 
  • The power to heal
  • The power to save & deliver
It is the power of the Spirit of Truth abiding in you, as YOU abide in the Word of God. 

And it is truly the power of love - because God is Love; Jesus is God; and as Jesus is, so are we in this world.

It is through this power that we, God's true Disciples are transformed into the image and likeness of Jesus.  It is through this power that we, God's true Believers will be able to do the great and greater things of Jesus.  It is only through this power that we, the men and women of God will be able to make this nation great again.

And all that you thought either party, leader or candidate would do, will only be done through you and the supernatural Spirit of God working abundantly, exceedingly more in you.  Even whether those things you hope will change are:
  • Jobs 
  • Family
  • Health Care
  • Equality
  • Education
  • Protection
  • Assistance
  • Provision
  • Prosperity
  • Life
  • & Love for all... God's love, that is.
 But only through the love of Christ in you and empowering you - now, more than ever. 

Power, love & peace - (2 Timothy 1:7)
~Pastor D 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

If Trump Was My Neighbor...

My husband, 11 yr. old son and I live in a cul de sac with just a few homes.  It's a very multicultural street.  We have Asian, Latino, White, Mixed: White & Black and Black - including us, of course.

And, most of us really get along and care about one another - especially the multi-racial kids on our block (girls and boys), ages 7-13.

Galatians 5:14 is just one of the scriptures that admonishes us to love our neighbors: "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

I think we do pretty good on our little street.

But lately I've been thinking - what if Donald Trump was my neighbor?

The other day my husband was talking politics with our neighbor Mr. Vazquez and confessed our family's "secret joke" that if Donald Trump becomes President (which he won't), then we're moving to Fiji.  His response was "Well, it wouldn't matter - we'll be deported anyway." ...Also a joke.

But neither is really that funny - because Donald Trump's campaign, behavior and his own public comments have instigated our comments.

But what if Donald Trump was the same person he is, with the same character and personal history - but was also just a regular person living next door to me, and on my street with our other neighbors?

Well...

1.   I would not hesitate to think that "Neighbor Trump" was a prejudice bigot, bordering on racism.  His comments, if stated around the neighborhood would force me to teach my son the difference between racism and prejudice and how he should manage it.  Especially if it meant, treating Mr. Neighbor Trump with respect without giving his comments any credence or respect.

2.  We would probably go to great lengths to avoid having any contact with him - for any reason.

3.  I would be totally offended at his comments about Latinos and hope the 9 and 13 year old Latino neighbors hadn't overheard that Mr. Neighbor Trump thought illegal immigrants were rapists and drug smugglers - or that a Latino lawyer couldn't try his case fairly because of his Mexican Heritage.  True story: Mr. Vasquez was a lawyer in Mexico before coming to America.

4.  I would also be concerned about Mr. Neighbor Trump's behavior towards the really gorgeous black neighbor Mom across the street.  And, my goodness, how would he act with her in front of the 8 & 9 year old girls on the street? Or God forbid - how would he act with them when they are 17 &18 year old beautiful girls!?  Or with the rest of us women who might fit the category of "well, just look at her - I don't think so."  Would we also be accused of being "Miss Piggies" who "love to eat?"  (Sorry Kaleigh from CNN - I would be offended - no matter how big my belly might be!)

5.  Oh and, if he did state his sexist, predatory comments about our beautiful black neighbor... or worse, and act upon them - would her White husband think it was just "locker room talk"?  Or better yet, how do you explain those comments as being "locker room talk" to her 7 year old son, who plays basketball like he could post up on Steph Curry right now?  Unacceptable. Highly offensive. Dismissive and totally, incredibly - jail worthy unacceptable in our out of a locker room!

6.  And, if Donald Trump was my neighbor what would I think about his comments in relation to my Dad who is an African American veteran?

7.  And finally, because of presidential candidate Trump, we are already having a challenging time teaching our son - from a Christian perspective - about his fear of terrorism, gang violence and police brutality against minorities, as well as the responses and retaliations from the Black Lives Matter movement and the heinous violence against law enforcement.  We want him to direct his concerns specifically towards the offending groups or individuals and not on whole people groups, religious beliefs or people from certain geographic regions - whether locally or globally.  I think Mr. Neighbor Trump would make that challenge exponentially worse.  Oh wait, it already has!

Oh, and - let's not get started on what if Mr. Neighbor Trump was as blatant a liar about neighborhood facts, conditions, situations and the people as he is about America!

Now then, let's just say Mr. & Mr. Clinton were our neighbors too - in my opinion Mr. Neighbor Trump's comments towards Mrs. Neighbor Clinton would be legally slanderous and unacceptable - more so than hers against him. And his comments about her husband's history would be nasty, unnecessary and extraordinarily hypocritical!

If Mr. Trump were my neighbor, and our one neighbor who does (or did) support him, then defended him as "politically correct" as his CNN supporters do, I would call it the way they refuse to.

Oh, wait... I did anyway.

Galatians 5:15 says, "But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another."

If Donald Trump was my neighbor, I could teach my son how to regard Mr. Neighbor Trump from this verse and avoid being consumed by his vicious behavior and comments.

If Donald Trump was president... I could not.  And, I think America would be consumed.  Just as many Americans already are.

Our little cul de sac of multicultural neighbors is actually pretty great.  And so is our country.  Let's all consider HOW we want to keep it great and make it better for all our neighbors and our children - of every ethnicity.

And as for Mr. Trump... pray for all your neighbors and love them as yourself.

~Pastor D
p.s.  VOTE... not voting at all will only make matters worse. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

COOKIE CUTTER Christianity





Too many Christians are just like these cookie-cutter churches... do you know why?


Because Christians ARE the church of God!

But God doesn't want "just another church" and he doesn't want any more "Cookie-Cutter Christians." God is looking for Believers that believe His word and will BE His Church!

So what does it mean to BE the church?

Well, it means that your Christian lifestyle:
  • doesn't have a steeple where you pray - high and mighty, lofty and lifted up, holier than those below.
  • doesn't have a cross around your neck as identification instead of a cross of sacrifice in your heart
  • doesn't have a door that accepts only members in and visitors if they fill out a membership card
  • doesn't have four walls and boundaries that serves only those within and not those outside of them
But when YOU are the church then your Christian lifestyle has church that looks like this:





...lunch with an unsaved friend.








 Or serving the homeless...







Or meeting strangers on the street...






 Or healing the sick, hurt, lost and bound.


Mark 16:16-18 - "He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 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."




Are you a Believer? If yes, then what do you believe?  Do you have the guts and the nerve... or the faith and boldness to be the Believer Jesus has empowered you to be?

Most Believers have a hard time just following the "Great Commission" from Matthew 28:18.  But guess what? The "great commission" is from the same conversation in Mark 16.  So if you struggle just going into all the world... how are you going to be effective in your own world?

I'll tell you how... "only believe" - that's what Jesus would say!
  • Believe you have been given power...
  • Believe you have been gifted...
  • Believe in the Supernatural...
  • Believe God's word is true...
  • Believe every word applies to you...
  • Believe you can overcome every attack of the enemy...
  • And Have Faith in God!
 I know.  You look at your life and you're not sure you believe me, right?  That's ok - you can find proof of everything I've said in the word of God. 
  • I dare you to look for it.  
  • I dare you to believe it.  
  • I dare you to live it.  
  • I dare you to step out of the cookie-cutter life of your Christianity 
  • I dare you to BE The Church God created you to be.
Joshua 1:9 - "...Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed...

Oh yeah, and - be different.          ~Pastor D



Thursday, September 24, 2015

SUCCEED IN YOU...


There are many things we have a deep desire to succeed in.  A few of those desires vary for each of us - some want to succeed in relationships; some in education; some in mastering a sport or skill - like playing the guitar.

Of course, we ALL want to succeed on the job or in business because success in that area means more money, and more money means more of an ability to do the things in life we enjoy so that we don't have to work so much anymore!

And it seems as if this kind of success - no matter how much we strive for it, is so elusive, hard to obtain and full of challenges and obstacles.  Few of us succeed effortlessly - but we all know people who do - they are the ones who seem like everything always falls into place and comes easily to them.

Now, if that's you - that's great! But you know, the devil doesn't want you to succeed any more than the rest of us who struggle to do so!

And generally, that's the number one reason why we do struggle to succeed - opposition from the enemy! I know it doesn't seem like it but that's his trick from the garden: to separate us from God and keep us from succeeding in getting back to Him!

But when we do get back to God - when we do confess Jesus as our Lord and Savior and become a Born Again Believer - then the real attacks are launched against us.  And the devil doesn't want any of us to succeed in becoming WHO God created us to be; DOING what God purposed us to do and HAVING what Jesus died on the cross for us to have!

But thank God, that God is smarter than the devil!

God has designed you and me to BE like Him. Genesis 1:26-27 says we were created in His image and in His likeness; so all we have to do is succeed in BEING so that the DOING and the HAVING come easily.

As you succeed in being you, you WILL succeed in all other areas of life as well!
  • You will succeed in your relationships
  • You will succeed in your education
  • You will succeed in all your gifts, talents, skills and abilities
  • You will succeed in business, career and purpose
  • And you will have all the resources you need to truly ENJOY your life!
It all will come automatically, easily and without any effort at all when you succeed in you!

So, how do we succeed in being who God created us to be?  The Father is speaking to me about me even in the midst of me writing this to you.  He has already created us to be who we dream of being, and He's already given us the life we hop to live!
  • He's already created us with purpose
  • He's already gifted us with skills, talents and abilities
  • He's already blessed us with power and authority
  • He's already thought of our future and expected end
  • He's already called us, consecrated us, chosen us and elected us for the Kingdom of God
Now, how would you act if you believed that?  How would your life change today if you believed it today? No, maybe your relationships wouldn't change today.  Maybe you wouldn't show any success in your education today.  Maybe you wouldn't manifest any new gifts, skills, talents or abilities today.  And maybe you'd still be working the same job, wondering about your purpose and making the same money today.  And therefore you'd probably look around today and think, this is the same life that you don't really enjoy.

But God...

Or more specifically, but WITH God and the knowledge that with Him ALL things are possible and that He's already put all those possibilities in you. Then with God, TODAY, you can embark upon an amazing journey of discovering you:
  • Start discovering your purpose today
  • Start discovering your gifts, skills, talents and abilities today
  • Start discovering your power and authority today
  • Start discovering your future career today
  • And start enjoying the journey of discovery today!
How? By believing - no matter what you feel, how you feel, or what the circumstances of your life is today... Start believing today that God truly has already created you to BE somebody, to DO something and to HAVE everything the word of God says that Jesus died for you to have.

Your hope of success for your life is already yours because your ability to succeed in you is already in you!

And when you start to say to me, or to yourself: "But..." Then let me stop you with the words Jesus used when Jairus' servants told him not to bother with Jesus because that which he was hoping for was already dead...

"YOUR [HOPE] IS NOT DEAD. ONLY BELIEVE... "

Power, love & peace - ya'll!
~Pastor D

Monday, August 24, 2015

CANDIED Christianity!

Remember "Now and Later" candy? 







When I was a kid - and really up until even just searching for a picture of the candy - I thought they were called "Now OR Laters."  And the Blog I intended to write would have only fit for Now OR Later candies.

The awesome thing about God is that even now that I know the candy is actually called Now AND Later - the message God has given me has expanded from Now or Later and I've got new revelation for us all that fits under the true name of the candy and the true word of God!

Hallelujah right here because I know what's coming for you and for me!

Most Believers live their Christianity like the candy is named "Now or Later."  And more specifically, they think about the promises of God as if they have a choice of living them now or later.
  • Healing: Now or Later?
  • Prosperity: Now or Later?
  • Peace: Now or Later?
  • Righteousness & Holiness: Now or Later?
  • Power, Authority & Dominion: Now or Later? 
Oh, before you make up your mind that I'm a "Nutter Butter" and there's nothing wrong with the list I've just made let me clarify.  Here are the choices WE give ourselves:

HEALING
Now - through the world
Later - in Heaven

PROSPERTY
Now - through the world
Later - in Heaven

PEACE
Now - through the world
Later - in Heaven


RIGHTEOUSNESS & HOLINESS
Now - through the world
Later - in Heaven

POWER, AUTHORITY & DOMINION
Now - through the world
Later - in Heaven

You see, most Christians and a whole lot of Christian Leaders really don't believe Jesus is still a healer through us as Believers in the same exact manner as He healed on Earth.

...nor do they believe that God wants us to be prosperous
...nor do they believe we can live in peace and be dead to sin in this "hell on earth."
...nor do they believe that righteousness is a free gift and holiness is possible in this world
...and power, authority and dominion seems to be reserved for CEO's, business moguls, and the leaders of the world and it's nations.  But Christians?  No - maybe in Heaven...

And no matter what, no one is going to let the WORD OF GOD convince them otherwise!
...and 1 Peter 2:24 regarding HEALING for us now can easily be explained.
...and 2 Corinthians 8:9 or 3 John 2:2 regarding PROSPERITY can also be explained.
...and John 14:27 regarding PEACE is forgotten or ignored.
...and Romans 5:17 regarding RIGHTEOUSNESS doesn't exclude our works of righteouseness
...and Romans 11:16 regarding HOLINESS isn't really talking about you and me.
...and Acts 1:8 regarding POWER was only meant for the Apostles at Pentecost
...and John 1:12 regarding AUTHORITY is unknown or misunderstood
...and Genesis 1:28 regarding DOMINION and our earthly blessing passed away in the garden

BUT... if we were to believe these truths and in fact - all the truths and promises of the Word of God as being for us now, applicable and given to us each already by the grace of God through the blood of Jesus with no strings attached and no work required, then we would be living a Christianity that tasted like the sweet life named after the candy "Now AND Later!"

Hallelujah right here because I know what God has done for you and me! 

  • We can live in biblical healing now on earth and we won't need to in heaven!
  • We can live in biblical prosperity now on earth and we won't need to in heaven!
  • We can live in perfect peace now on earth and we won't need to in heaven!
  • We can live the gift of righteousness now on earth and won't need to in heaven!
  • We can live in holiness now on earth and won't need to in heaven!
  • We can live in biblical power on earth and won't need to in heaven!
  • We can live in biblical authority now on earth and won't need to in heaven!
  • We are meant to live in dominion and blessing now because we won't need to later!
Why won't we need to later? Because healing; prosperity; peace; righteousness; holiness; power; authority; dominion and all other blessings of God in Jesus IS Eternal Life!
        ...Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy Kingdom come,
        Thy will be done, in earth just as it is in heaven.

When we believe God's truth and walk in God's truth we bring heaven to earth and carry it with us into all of eternity. Eternal life starts now. Heaven starts when you believe.
  1. Believe that you are a child of God and a child of all His Covenant promises.
  2. Jesus kept all the the Covenant so that all the promises would be ours.
  3. All of the promises of God are already given by the grace of Jesus for our provision.
  4. Our work is for our Godly purpose and our purpose for work is to give not to live.
  5. When we give, God gives in return and in abundance so we can give some more.
  6. When we speak the truth, we speak in faith and faith manifests the truth we speak.
  7. And when we praise we give thanks in advance for what Jesus has already done.
...and what has Jesus already done?  He died on the cross, was resurrected and ascended into heaven sitting on the right hand of the Father so that steps 1-8 are unchangeably OURS.

NOW AND LATER. 

Walk in power, love and peace ya'll!
~Pastor Deidre


 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Beyond Obedience

For anyone who is attempting to raise Godly, well-behaved children, you know that when they are young they need to learn obedience.

For the most part, their obedience is necessary for their safety.  But as parents we also know that a sense of obedience, respect for authority and an understanding of consequences will go a long way in helping them when they become adults.

Then, once our children do become adults, hopefully we can all transition into a healthy parental/offspring relationship that goes beyond obedience - one that possibly incorporates a kind of friendship that is still built upon respect, honor and love.

This is exactly what God the Father desires of us as His children.

When we first come to the knowledge of Jesus as new babes in Christ, the relationship with our heavenly Father is all joy and grace and giving and love.  But as we grow in our new-found Christianity, we begin testing the "limits" of rebelling and even testing God like a toddler exploring the boundaries of self, self-discovery and consequences.

And so, like the good Father that He is, God begins to teach us obedience - even as Jesus too, had to learn obedience.  (Hebrews 5:8)

But the prayer and hope of our Father is that as His children grow in faith, love, forgiveness and righteousness, that we will come to a place of relationship with Him that will move beyond obedience.

God wants to partner with us for the purpose of our lives.  He wants us to seek Him, yes, and rely on Him - not ever to be independent of Him - but to do so as co-heirs and co-laborers, brethren and friends of Jesus.

In fact, it was Jesus Himself that said He would no longer call us servant but friend. 
(John 15:15)

Many, many preachers say that once in the ministry we are not just servants, but slaves, and, like Paul - a prisoner of the faith.  But prisoners, slaves and servants are three different things - and none of them have any control, authority or autonomy in what they do.

Oh yes - we can be held captive by the faith - bound by God's love and the supernatural truth of His word working in our lives.  And we can be in faithful service to Him while still reserving the title of "servant" as one that Jesus chose for Himself and not for us.  This is what Jesus was showing and telling His disciples in John 13:16 when He washed their feet!
But the word says a servant does not inherit the estate - only a son does!

And as adult sons and daughters of God - He wants us to mature in righteousness, become secure in who we are in Him and go beyond servant-hood and obedience so we can move into friendship, inheritance and a true partnership with God through Jesus Christ!

Wishing you Power, love and peace - 
~Pastor Deidre Campbell-Jones

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Revelation of Thanks

"Thank you Lord for all you've done for me."



We sing the song, say it in prayer and dutifully testify the list of all Jesus HAS done for us.  We scrutinize our lives trying to put into words how Jesus pulled us out from the miry clay and brought us from a mighty long way.

And if you're like me, you struggle to think of something new, as if your gratitude is stale and insincere if you don't.

But if Jesus did all the work at the cross when He declared "It is finished," and if God has already given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, then all that Jesus has done (past tense) includes all the things we haven't even seen yet - and all the things we're currently praying for! (2 Peter 1:3)

Does that make sense to you yet?

God has already done everything He's promised He would do through Jesus Christ - when Jesus died on the cross over 2000 years ago.  So for the Father, we've already received everything we haven't even yet prayed for!

Wow... that truth should not only change how you pray, but especially how you give thanks and what you're thankful for.

As for me... I am thankful for every protection I haven't even received yet, for all the prosperity I haven't received YET, for the long life I haven't finished living yet and the health, peace, love and joy that is mine until the end of my days!

Power, love & peace...
~Pastor Deidre Campbell-Jones