Seeing signs of a dead church? How to take an autopsy

During the Fall Session of the D.C., D.E., M.D., District Council of the PAW, Inc., Pastor Michael Barber, of Dominion Apostolic Ministries, discussed how to examine the Body of Christ. He advised that churches prioritize soul-winning, as the heartbeat of God, by inspiring the Body and putting people in a position to see God move and have defining moments.

As a Council, we’re in the process of becoming one and beginning to move as a unit, but we have to capture the heartbeat of God. And whether or not, there is growth, we shouldn’t have to wait until something dies until we have an examination. How many churches die because they didn’t take an autopsy? (more…)

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How to hear from God in 4 steps

Bishop preaches out of 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Bishop preaches out of 2 Chronicles 7:14.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Waiting on God? Bishop Earnest L. Pendleton breaks down 2 Chronicles 7:14 and how to hear from the Lord.

Humble yourself

The Lord resists the proud and gives grace unto the humble. If you want God to bless you, you have to bring yourself under subjection so He can exalt you in due time. If you want God to work in your life, you have to bring yourself under the mighty hand of God, for He that exalteth himself shall be abased. Stop talking, sit and be quiet, meditate on God and let Him show you, you. A show of humility is a show of wanting to hear God’s clear voice. He knows you better than you know yourself. So let Him talk.  (more…)

The Pentecostal Experience: 7 key verses

The Pentecostal Experience: 3 key verses

ICYMI, these are the key scriptures from Bishop’s sermon on “The Pentecostal Experience,” for Pentecost Sunday.

1. I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. -Joel 2:28

2. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. -Acts 2:4

3. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. -Acts 2:38

4. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. -Acts 26:14

5. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. -Hebrews 12:14

6. Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. -Ephesians 5:18-19

7. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever -John 14:16

What it means to honor our God, our parents

Bishop is teaching on the nucleus that is our families. The latest in his series is on Honoring our parents. Here’s the definition of honor, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.

Hon·or, noun

: respect that is given to someone who is admired; a good reputation; good quality or character as judged by other people; high moral standards of behavior.
: an academic distinction conferred on a superior student, a course of study for superior students supplementing or replacing a regular course.
: an exalted title or rank, badge, decoration; a ceremonial rite or observance.
: a keen sense of ethical conduct, one’s word given as a guarantee of performance.: respect that is given to someone who is admired; a good reputation; good quality or character as judged by other people; high moral standards of behavior.
: an academic distinction conferred on a superior student, a course of study for superior students supplementing or replacing a regular course.
: an exalted title or rank, badge, decoration; a ceremonial rite or observance.
: a keen sense of ethical conduct, one’s word given as a guarantee of performance.

Origin of HONOR

Middle English, from Anglo-French onur, honur, from Latin honos, honor. First known use was in the 13th century.