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NIGERIA 2018 CONFERENCES EXPLOSIVE

By Dr. Emmanuel Jack, National Director for Rejoice International Network in Nigeria Africa

The RI conferences in Nigeria this year 2018, which were titled “Season Of Acceleration ” were very successful.

The conferences  started  in Lagos and ended  in Owerri, Imo State. Prophet  Scot,  Evang Reed and Bishop Timothy  Ifediorama  brought  forth  the Word with an unusual  anointing and revelations. The pastors   who attended the  meetings  were so impacted that many testified  to divine restoration and divine  healing.

The participants  were also happy to  listen to  Our International  Director, Apostle  George  Black,  whose  message  was relaid to us through  Projector. The vision of  RI was thoroughly recast  to all the  participants in all the centers.

In Lagos we had over 300 participants each day of the three days .

In Abuja  we had about 150 each day of the two  days.

In Owerri  Imo State  we had about 110 Each day of the  twp days.

The total members of RI in Nigeria now is about 340 committed churches. This year over 150 members  have  joined  us. By God’s  grace  in 2019 our  conferences  will  be even more explosive.

Dr. Emmanuel Jack

Special ri nigeria conference report

BY PROPHET SCOTT TRANDEL, FORERUNNER MINISTRIES

Scott Trandel was the coordinator and team leader for the US Delegation to Nigeria in Nov 2018 for three powerful RI Conferences. Scott serves on the US Board of Advisers for RI.

I was blessed to return to Nigeria for the third time. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I didn’t arrive until Tuesday missing all of the Lagos conference except for the last night. I arrived with the last meeting already in progress and having only an hour, I ministered two messages merged into one and prayed over the congregation.

The anointing and grace of God was strongly present. There were 400 or so in attendance, mostly ministers. After service, we stayed awhile greeting everyone and taking many pictures. It was disheartening to arrive late, but God prevailed. My co-laborer Evangelist Chris Reed arrived on Saturday so he ministered every service in my absence. He was quite a powerful preaching machine. His stamina and tenacity were amazing and commendable.

We traveled from Lagos to Abuja on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the flight was late so we missed the morning meetings. Such is air travel in a foreign land. At night, Chris shared an encouragement and I ministered the Rejoice International vision from Ezekiel 37. We didn’t expect the crowd of 200 with 90% being ministers. It was a great breakthrough for our first RI conference in the capital city.

The last day of this conference was a morning session followed by the inauguration of the new RI chapter in Abuja. It was tag team preaching with Bishop E. Jeremiah, Evangelist Chris Reed, Bishop Timothy Ifedioranma, me and Dr Emmanuel Jack. The Spirit flowed connecting all the messages and launching them into their season of acceleration! We prayed for the new leaders and I released a word over the directors. I was told 130 new applications were received to join Rejoice International Nigeria!!

We then traveled from Abuja to Owerri for the final conference. This conference combined both the Owerri and Aba chapters for Imo and Abia states. There were about 120 ministers present along with members of the host church.

Both Chris and I preached in the morning on Friday. The evening meeting was amazing! The presence of God and manifestation of the Spirit was quite evident. Chris preached a strong message. I had the congregation sing a simple song refrain I heard in my spirit, “Holy Spirit I reverence you”. As they continued to repeat it, the Shekinah glory enveloped us! I’m sure angels were there!!

I released a prophetic word over the conference and the directors of the two Nigeria states, then prayed for the 3 directors present. I followed with a message on acceleration. It was truly an awesome night!

The conference ended Saturday morning. We both preached again. Chris preached a revelatory message on giving. I preached on releasing the glory within. A few prophetic words flowed. Most importantly 12 people responded to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They were so precious as they knelt on the hard floor in the presence of God. As we prayed and laid hands on them, they all spoke with tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance!

We finished the meeting by laying hands on every person and anointing them with oil. We encouraged them to come and receive whatever they were believing for while we agreed with them in prayer for healing, deliverance, signs, wonders, miracles, etc. The church in these two states were edified and encouraged.

The Nigerians are so receptive. All of them taking notes with their Bibles open. The youth are attentive. The Nigerian Church is a far closer example to the real church I envision in Acts and what I believe will be the Great and Glorious Remnant Church. There is real revival fire burning in the saints’ hearts.

The Nigerians think we are blessing them but we are only two. We receive the blessing of their love, care, respect and welcome by the hundreds and thousands. We are the ones who are abundantly blessed!!!

My week ended at Pastor Jeff’s Church, Christ Allied Worship Center. He did a combined service at the Iba location and bused in members from the Orile church. I support them monthly and brought Pastors Jeff and Joy Nike shoes and released a word that this was prophetically symbolic in 3 ways: running to keep up with the expansion and acceleration of God in their ministries, travel to other nations including the US and a greater emphasis on winning the lost – how beautiful are the feet of them that bring good news! I then took up an offering as a first seed for expanding the Iba building and buying land and a building in Orile. I had the people come and lay it at Pastor Jeff’s feet.

I preached, laid hands on every person – maybe 250, prayed for the leaders and those who sacrificed financially to rent the bus to come from Orile. We finished where I met Rev Chris Reed who preached at both Dr Jack’s church and Bible School convocation. Since I arrived late, I was given the opportunity to pray a blessing over the graduates.


A special thank you to Apostle George Black for entrusting me to represent Rejoice International on his behalf. Thanks also to Bishop Timothy Ifedioranma who invited us and gave us the freedom to bless the people of Nigeria and continue to expand the Kingdom of God.

Scott Trandel

“Yes, Lord – I’ll Go Way Out Yonder”

BY EVANGELIST CHRISTOPHER A. REED, VICTORY IN THE WORD EVANGELISTIC MINISTRIES, A PARTNER OF REJOICE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

I received a prophetic word from the Lord earlier this year “Go way out yonder; time now, people are waiting to receive what I have inside of you; time now!”

Obedient to the abovementioned utterance of God and a desire to grow to another level in trusting and serving the Lord, I was inspired to participate in the Dominion 2018 Rejoice International Nigeria Conference in the states of Lagos, Abuja and Owerri (November 4th – 11th) under the leadership of Apostle George Black, Bishop Timothy Ifedioranma and Prophet Scott Trandel.

It is one thing to say “Yes, Lord!” in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of normalcy in the United States; but it is quite another thing to drive over 200 miles from Clinton, Mississippi to your birth place of Memphis, Tennessee, and then board an airplane and travel approximately 7,800 miles from Memphis, Tennessee to Chicago, Illinois across the Atlantic Ocean to Frankfurt, Germany to Lagos, Nigeria.

It’s absolutely another thing to say, “Yes, Lord!” to travel from the Home-Land of the Western Hemisphere to crossing Atlantic Ocean, passing through Europe to the continent of Africa, the Mother-Land; through six-time zone changes; and listening to different languages and observing cultural diversities converge continually for 34 hours.

It’s certainly another thing to say, “Yes, Lord!” to travel from a nation so blessed with immediate and convenient comforts of living well and secure to having your spirit (the inner-man) crushed & broken with tears as you observe the need for more equitable government intervention; an infusion of sustainable venture capital, an enhanced power grid & infrastructure; and adequate living accommodations and educational facilities to keep pace with the ever-increasing population migration to the state of Lagos, Nigeria.

It’s positively another thing to say, “Yes, Lord!” when you are ministering in half-empty sanctuaries once or twice a week in a community setting to being thrusted into an exceptional and dynamic move of God, a three-state conference in West Africa covering approximately 1,000 miles in eight days – ministering to pastors and lay members of every age that sacrificed immensely, just to attend the conference, and are thankful for the move of God, and hungry & thirsty for His Word in each chapter. Abuja – the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, a new Rejoice International chapter with 120 pastors).

It’s undeniably another thing to say, “Yes, Lord!” when you receive charity from a nest of abundance to observing acts of unconditional love emanating from the hearts of a people with far less materially that have been changed genuinely by the love God through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

As such a time as this, God propelled me across the Atlantic Ocean to Nigeria via Rejoice International to freely share with the people of God what I freely received to the glory of God. I will never be the same. If you are desiring to connect with an outstanding organization demonstrating a global perspective of the Kingdom of God, I prayerfully recommend “Going Global with Rejoice International in 2019!”

Christopher A. Reed

THE FOLLOWING IS A DETAILED REPORT OF CHRISTOPHER REED’S TIME IN NIGERIA.

Dominion 2018 Rejoice International Nigeria Conference Highlights from Lagos, Nigeria @ Rita Lori Event (Sunday, November 4th – Tuesday, November 6th)

Day 1 – November 4th: Before the conference began in Lagos, early Sunday morning, Evangelist Christopher Reed was invited to minister at The King’s House – The Chosen Generation Ministries Int’l (to approximately 150 in attendance, mostly enthusiastic & energetic young adults and teenagers), pastored by Chukwuma “Felix” Chukwujekwu. The Spirit of Lord moved through words of exaltation and closing prayer at the altar followed by Holy Communion. Before departing, Evangelist Christopher Reed ministered through the laying on hands and the word of knowledge with a few young people and took pictures with the pastor and members.  

On Sunday evening, the Dominion 2018 Rejoice International Conference commenced with singing by youth & children, joyful praise and dance to the Lord by all that was moved by the Holy Spirit. Bishop Timothy Ifedioranma, RI Nigeria Director, followed with salutations and thanking the excited, moderately attended conference registrants for persevering difficult traffic conditions. Afterward, Bishop Ifedioranma introduced Apostle George Black, the founder of Rejoice International, via of video presentation, which the conference audience received enthusiastically with a standing applause. Apostle Black greeted & connected the Rejoice Church family from Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA, to the audience in Lagos, Nigeria, plus introduced the Rejoice International officials, conference guests and leaders individually from USA and Nigeria, respectively.

Due to latest of the evening, Evangelist Christopher Reed encouraged the pastors and conferees from the Conference Theme: “Season of Acceleration” via Hebrews 12:2; Mark 11:24; Acts 16:25-34; and Acts 4:23-31 with personal testimonies of acceleration and concluded with an invitation to Christ and a closing prayer.

Day 2 – November 5th: On Monday morning, the spirit of enthusiasm emanated from conference audience as Dr. Emmanuel Jack, the Rejoice International Nigeria National Coordinator, and Bishop E. Jeremiah, the dance Rejoice International Lagos Chapter President, concluded there presentations. The spirit of love and expressive praises and to the Lord made it easy for Evangelist Christopher Reed to teach and preach to the conference delegates from the Conference Theme: Season of Acceleration – Prayer 1 Kings 18:41-45, James 5:17-18, 1 Kings 17:1 with personal testimonies of acceleration and concluded with an invitation to Christ and a closing prayer.

On Monday evening, Again, the spirit of love and expressive praises and to the Lord made it easy for Evangelist Christopher Reed to minister to the moderately conference audience from the Conference Theme: Season of Acceleration – Giving To God via John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 9:6-12; 2 Corinthians 8:1-4; and Act 20:35 with personal testimonies of acceleration and concluded with an invitation to Christ and a closing prayer.

Day 3 – November 6th: On Tuesday morning, the praise and singing of young teenagers and young adults unto God with much merriment. Evangelist Christopher Reed ministered to a noticeably larger conference audience since the previous day from the Conference Theme: Season of Acceleration – “In Due Time, God Shoots Us Forth” via 1 Samuel 16:5-13, Ezekiel 37:1, and Jeremiah 29:11 with a couple of demonstrations with audience participation on how God use adverse circumstances to catapult us into a season of acceleration. Afterward, Bishop Timothy Ifedioranma, RI Nigeria Director, certified and/or licensed nine leaders in the Lagos Chapter, and Evangelist Christopher Reed participated by praying for each ordain leader. Immediately following the ordination proceeding, Bishop Ifedioranma called Evangelist Chris Reed forth and led the delegates in a heart-felt, spirit of prayer for him, his family and ministry. At the close of the morning session, Evangelist Christopher Reed was given the opportunity to make a special presentation of $400 on behalf of Victory In The Word Evangelistic Ministries in support of the RI Lagos Chapter. RI Lagos appears to be an excited and vibrant chapter, solidly behind Bishop E. Jeremiah and its leaders, working together in the spirit of love and encouraging other pastors throughout the state to get involved in this end-time movement of God.

On Tuesday evening, following praise and worship section of the service, Reverend (Dr.) Emmanuel Jack introduced Evangelist Christopher Reed and he ministered a word of exaltation, just as Prophet Scott Trandel was making his first appearance during the Dominion 2018 Rejoice International Nigeria Conference due to traveling delays. A few moments later, Bishop Ifedioranma replayed Apostle George Black’s, opening Rejoice International video presentation to the audience; and then proceeded to introduce the conference speaker for the evening – Prophet Scott Trandel. Prophet Trandel ministered for a half hour from Conference Theme: Season of Acceleration – “The Process via Psalm 105:17-19, John 5:30, etc.” and prayed a closing prayer over every delegate in the auditorium. Pictures were taken and fellowship with all RI officials, affiliated and friends ensued at the closing of the RI Lagos.

Dominion 2018 Rejoice International Nigeria Conference Highlights from Abuja, Nigeria @ Royal Springs Church International, hosted by founder, Bishop – Elect Alfred & Stella Omuta (Wednesday, November 7th –  

Thursday, November 8th)

Day 1 – November 7th: Due to delayed traveling accommodations from Lagos to Abuja, Bishop Ifedioranma, Dr. Jack and Bishop E. Jeremiah, Prophet Scott Trandel and Evangelist Christopher Reed were unable to attend any of the Wednesday morning session. On Wednesday evening, the Conference @ Abuja, Nigeria, commenced with singing by youth & children, praised and danced to the Lord. Bishop Timothy Ifedioranma, RI Nigeria Director, followed with apologies, salutations and thanking the joyful and expectant registrants for traveling so far to participate in the inaugural Dominion 2018 Rejoice International Nigeria Conference.

Afterward, Bishop Ifedioranma introduced Apostle George Black, the founder of Rejoice International, via of video presentation, which the conference audience received gladly with much joy with sounds of blowing horns and whistles. Apostle Black greeted & connected the Rejoice Church family from Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA, to the audience in Abuja, Nigeria, plus introduced the Rejoice International officials, conference guests and leaders individually from USA and Nigeria, respectively.

Moments later, Bishop Ifedioranma introduced Evangelist Christopher Reed to the platform with a tremendous spirit of joy and anticipation. In keeping with the Conference Theme: Season of Acceleration, Evangelist Christopher Reed continued to follow the Lord’s leading to exalt His people. He ministered from a message titled, “Don’t Let the Devil Steal Your Joy – Serve the Lord with Gladness” via Psalm 100:1-5. Followed by Prophet Scott Trandel, who ministered on the participation (the Church) in the end-time prophecy and closed with a prayer over the conference audience.

Day 2 – November 8th: On Wednesday morning session began with praise dance unto the Lord by youth with much merriment. The conference audience of approximately 150-170 (of which 120 pastors) were filled with expectation. In keeping with the Conference Theme: Season of Acceleration, Evangelist Christopher Reed ministered from a message titled, “I May Be Down But I’m Not Out” – Psalm 34: 1-3, 8; 2 Corinthians 4: 8-10; and Psalm 34:19, 22, etc. Immediately, the Spirit of God also quickened Bishop Ifedioranma with an inspired word of exaltation for the pastors from Job 29. “If you get knocked down by circumstances of Satan, get right back up and knock the Devil out. One does not drown because they fell into the water, but drowns because they remained down in the water. Get back up and knock the devil out,” says Bishop Timothy. Prophet Scott Trandel followed Bishop Ifedioranma and combined two messages about “The Process – Following the Voice of the Spirit of God” via Psalm 105:17-19 & Theme: Season of Acceleration – “The Territory of the Prophet” via 1 Kings 18. Joseph, Elisha, David and Elijah were noted as anointed men that were accelerated by the Spirit of God. Prophet Scott charged the pastors to challenge everything by the Word of God and stay out of tradition and religion. Prophet Scott further encouraged the pastors and the audience to understand the various offices of the five-fold ministry.

Next, Bishop Timothy Ifedioranma, RI Nigeria Director, commenced with an inaugural ceremony establishing the Rejoice International Abuja Chapter; Prophet Scott and Evangelist Christopher Reed prayed and participated as directed. At the close of the morning session, Evangelist Christopher Reed was given the opportunity to make a special presentation of $500 from Victory In The Word Evangelistic Ministries in support of the new RI Abuja Chapter. Pictures were taken and fellowship with all RI officials, affiliated and friends ensued as the conference closed.

Organizationally, RI Abuja, under the auspices of Bishop-elect Alfred Omuta, appears to be very excited, enthusiastic and poised to convey the vision and mission of Rejoice International throughout the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.

Dominion 2018 Rejoice International Nigeria Conference Highlights from Owerri, Nigeria @ Jesus Power Proven Center, hosted by Prophet Dr. Pathway Asagwara & Pastor (Mrs.) Florence Asagwara, RI Regional Director Imo State (Friday, November 9th –   Saturday, November 10th)

Day 1 – November 9th: On Friday morning, the Conference commenced with joyful singing by youth & children to the Lord. Bishop Timothy Ifedioranma, RI Nigeria Director, bestowed salutations and greetings to the conferees for traveling so far to attend the Dominion 2018 Rejoice International Nigeria Conference in Owerri.

As repeated in Lagos and Abuja, Ifedioranma, RI Nigeria Director, introduced Apostle George Black, the founder of Rejoice International, via of video presentation, which the audience received gladly with plenty of cheers and clapping.  Apostle Black greeted & connected the Rejoice Church family from Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA, to the audience in Owerri, Nigeria, plus introduced the Rejoice International officials, conference guests and leaders individually from USA and Nigeria, respectively.

Moments later, Reverend (Dr.) Emmanuel Jack, RI Nigeria Coordinator, introduced Prophet Scott Trandel, who ministered from Genesis 32:28 & Psalm 105:17-19. Evangelist Christopher Reed ministered from Psalm 34:8; Isaiah 55:8 with personal testimonies of aseason of acceleration.

Day 2 – November 10th: On Friday morning session began with praise and worship. The conference audience was approximately 200. Evangelist Christopher Reed ministered about “Giving to God: Reasons Christians Should Give,” John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 9: 6-12; Acts 2:44-45; 2 Corinthian 8:1-2; Acts 20:35; Matthews 16:20-21. Prophet Scott Trandel ministered from Acts 15:12; Acts 10: 38; Isaiah 40:7; Isaiah 61:1; and Revelations 3:18; and a result, he led approximately 6 or 7 conferees to receive the Holy Spirit.

Immediately following the ministry of the Word, Bishop Ifedioranma led the RI Owerri/Abia Chapters into an award session, recognition and prayer for abovementioned chapter officials, plus an ordination service ensued administered by Prophet (Dr.) Asagwara. Prophet Scott Trandel and Evangelist Christopher Reed ministered through prayer and participated as directed.

At the close of the morning session, Evangelist Christopher Reed was given the opportunity to make a special presentation of $600 from Victory In The Word Evangelistic Ministries in the sum of $300 in support of the RI Owerri and Abia Chapters. Pictures were taken and fellowship with all RI officials, affiliated and friends ensued as the conference came to a close.   

Ministry Opportunities @ Covenant Word Assembly of Lagos, Nigeria, with host Reverend (Dr.) Emmanuel Jack & Pastor Mercy Jack (Sunday, November 11th):

On Sunday morning, after moments of praise and worship songs, Reverend (Dr.) Emmanuel introduced Evangelist Chris Reed to the platform. He ministered from the Dominion 2018 Rejoice International Nigeria Conference Theme: Season of Acceleration – “Praise, Prayer & the Word of God” via Psalm 28:1-2; Acts 16:25-34 through the power of personal testimonies of seasons of accelerations to approximately 170 in attendance. As a result, five separate invitations for prayer to those that desired or dreamed of being lawyers and engineers; those that desired to be better parents, husbands and wives; and those that desired to be entrepreneurs and business owners.

On Sunday afternoon, Dr. Emmanuel Jack, the president of New Stars International Bible College (NESIBIC), invited Evangelist Christopher Reed to be the International Guest Speaker representing Rejoice International USA during the Twenty-Second Convocation Ceremonies 2017/2018 (approximately 275-300 in attendance); and later, upon his arrival, Prophet Scott Trandel uttered a prophetic prayer over all the classes of graduates. At the conclusion of Archbishop Moses Grandeur, the Father of the Day (Guest Speaker) address to be graduates, he gave an appeal for a consecrated offering to NESIBIC. Evangelist Christopher Reed responded by faith to the appeal and offered $300 on behalf of Victory In The Word Evangelistic Ministries via Rejoice International USA in support of NESIBIC.

I received a prophetic word from the Lord earlier this year “Go way out yonder; time now, people are waiting to receive what I have inside of you; time now!”

Obedient to the above mentioned utterance of God and a desire to grow to another level in trusting and serving the Lord, I was inspired to participate in the Dominion 2018 Rejoice International Nigeria Conference in the states of Lagos, Abuja and Owerri (November 4th – 11th) under the leader of Apostle George Black, Bishop Timothy Ifedioranma and Prophet Scott Trandel.

It is one thing to say “Yes, Lord!” in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of normalcy in the United States; but it is quite another thing to drive over 200 miles from Clinton, Mississippi to your birth place of Memphis, Tennessee, and then board an airplane and travel approximately 7,800 miles from Memphis, Tennessee to Chicago, Illinois across the Atlantic Ocean to Frankfurt, Germany to Lagos, Nigeria.

It’s absolutely another thing to say, “Yes, Lord!” to travel from the Home-Land of the Western Hemisphere to crossing Atlantic Ocean, passing through Europe to the continent of Africa, the Mother-Land; through six-time zone changes; and listening to different languages and observing cultural diversities converge continually for 34 hours.

It’s certainly another thing to say, “Yes, Lord!” to travel from a nation so blessed with immediate and convenient comforts of living well and secure to having your spirit (the inner-man) crushed & broken with tears as you observe the need for more equitable government intervention; an infusion of sustainable venture capital, an enhanced power grid & infrastructure; and adequate living accommodations and educational facilities to keep pace with the ever-increasing population migration to the state of Lagos, Nigeria.

It’s positively another thing to say, “Yes, Lord!” when you are ministering in half-empty sanctuaries once or twice a week in a community setting to being thrusted into an exceptional and dynamic move of God, a three-state conference in West Africa covering approximately 1,000 miles in eight days – ministering to pastors and lay members of every age that sacrificed immensely, just to attend the conference, and are thankful for the move of God, and hungry & thirsty for His Word in each chapter (especially in Abuja – the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, a new Rejoice International chapter with 120 pastors).

It’s undeniably another thing to say, “Yes, Lord!” when you receive charity out from a nest of abundance to observing acts of unconditional love emanating from the hearts of a people with far less materially that have been changed genuinely by the love God through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

As such a time as this, God propelled me across the Atlantic Ocean to Nigeria via Rejoice International to freely share with the people of God what I freely received to the glory of God. I will never be the same. If you are desiring to connect with an outstanding organization demonstrating a global perspective of the Kingdom of God, I prayerful recommend “Going Global with Rejoice International in 2019!”

LET GOD MAKE THE “FINAL CUT”

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LET GOD MAKE THE “FINAL CUT”

by George W. Black

“God said to Gideon: “There are still too many. Take them down to the stream and I’ll make a final cut. When I say, ‘This one goes with you,’ he’ll go. When I say, ‘This one doesn’t go,’ he won’t go.” So Gideon took the troops down to the stream.” Judges 7:4-5 MSG

If you are a leader in the body of Christ, you must let God pick your team. Whether you are serving as a pastor, or a ministry leader, don’t commit the sin of presumption.

If there is one “besetting sin” I have witnessed in the local church, it is rushing promotion out of need or desperation. In some cases, these unproven leaders or workers can cause more damage than good.

You may have too many people serving in vital positions. Don’t fill a position just because it is vacant. Wait on God. The wrong person is worse than no person.

Out of insecurities we often pick those that are most like us, and that we like, and that appear strong and gifted. But God will pick those whose hearts are right, and that are able and faithful.

Jesus spent all night in prayer before He selected the twelve.

Be sensitive to the “gut check.” Even if all the outward signs are right, the “gut check” is the Holy Spirit saying “no”, or “not now.” Don’t quench the Holy Spirit when He is directing you otherwise. He is trying to protect you, and preserve God’s kingdom work. Only God knows the heart of any person.

Let God make the “final cut.” After all, it’s His church, right?

WHAT HAPPENED AFTER EASTER?

WHAT HAPPENED AFTER EASTER?

Pastor George Black, 4-23-17

Opening Scripture: Acts 2:1-4 NKJV  “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. {2} And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. {3} Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. {4} And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

Introduction: The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ accomplished more than just our redemption…it set in motion a new dispensation of Grace and the Church. Easter opened the door for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to empower the Church to finish the work that Jesus started.

 

  1. Easter changed everything because of the resurrection of Christ. He then appeared to his disciples for forty days discussing the Kingdom.

Following the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Bible tells us that Jesus spent forty days of intensive instruction with His disciples on the Kingdom of God. We could call this a spiritual boot-camp to prepare them for the incredible journey they were about to take. What an amazing time this must have been. And even though we have no direct record of what Jesus taught them during this time, we can assume that the disciples transmitted His teaching in their preaching and epistles, some of which is found in their New Testament writings. However, the most significant take-away we know of is the command by Christ to wait for the empowering of the Holy Spirit before attempting to build the Kingdom of God.

Acts 1:1-5 NKJV  “The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, {2} until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, {3} to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. {4} And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; {5} “for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

 

  1. Jesus taught the disciples of the coming of the Holy Spirit, that He was coming to help them after His departure.

Jesus was WITH the disciples, but the Holy Spirit was IN the disciples. This is the glorious transition that occurred following Easter. Jesus told the disciples He was returning to the Father, but that He would not leave them without His help. As a matter of fact, Paul the apostle said “without Him I can do nothing.” So how were these new apostles going to continuing building the Kingdom of God? Jesus promised them a “Helper.” He was referring to the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, who is also referred to as the “Spirit of Christ.” In other words, the Heavenly baton was passed to the Holy Spirit when Jesus returned to Heaven, and He came to finish IN the disciples what Christ had started WITH the disciples. Jesus Christ was now IN the disciples by the Spirit of God, not just with them. This is the very reason He taught them that they would do the same works He did, even greater works. Greater? How can you do greater miracles than opening blind eyes, raising the dead, or curing the disease of leprosy? Jesus meant greater in number. Why? Because He went to the Father and sent back the Holy Spirit to indwell His followers. Instead of just one person doing miracles and building the Kingdom, there would be many, because now Jesus can fill every believer by the Holy Spirit and do the same things through the believer that He did. These signs shall follow them that believe…

A. John 7:37-39 NKJV “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. {38} “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” {39} But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

B. John 14:26 NKJV “”But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

C. John 16:7-16 NKJV “”Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. {8} “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: {9} “of sin, because they do not believe in Me; {10} “of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; {11} “of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. {12} “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. {13} “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. {14} “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. {15} “All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. {16} “A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.”

D. Luke 3:16 NKJV “John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

After we memorize John 3:16, we need to memorize Luke 3:16. Jesus has promised to save us in John 3:16, but He also promised to baptize us in the Holy Spirit in Luke 3:16.

 

  1. Jesus ascended to the Father 40 days after His resurrection, and sent back the promised Holy Spirit 10 days later on the Jewish Festival Day of Pentecost.

A. Pentecost means “fiftieth day”, and occurs 49 days after Easter Sunday, but 50 days including Easter Sunday.

B. Jesus was crucified, buried, and rose again during the Jewish festival of Passover.

C. Passover began when the Death Angel visited Egypt and killed all the first-born sons. The only ones spared were those who had marked their doors with the blood of a lamb.

D. As a result of this last judgment on Egypt, Pharaoh let the Israelites go into the wilderness to worship God.

E. Forty-nine days after the Exodus, while in the wilderness, God gives them the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. This day later becomes the day of Pentecost. On the same day God gave the Israelites the Law of Moses, Jesus now sends them the Holy Spirit, the only One who can empower us to keep the Law.

F. Pentecost is also known as the Festival of Weeks, or Festival of Reaping, or Festival of First Fruits. In other words, it was the Festival commemorating the early harvest, in anticipation of the later harvest. This reminds us that the glory of the later house will be greater than the former.

During this festival it was customary to wave sheaves of grain from the early harvest before the Lord. This reminds us that because Jesus was raised from the dead as the first-fruits of those who died, but the rest of the harvest is on the way. There is a glorious resurrection awaiting every believer who has died in Christ.

 

Conclusion: What happened after Easter set in motion the most incredible journey of faith that has swept around the globe, with over 2 billion and 200 million people confessing to be Christian in our world today. But our job is not over. As long as there are lost people in world, nation, state, city, neighborhood, we must continue the work of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus died and rose again for our redemption, but He sent the Holy Spirit back to empower us to take this redemption to every man, woman, teenager, boy and girl. You are not alone. Jesus is no longer WITH us. But we actually have something even better. He is now IN us. Greater is He that is IN us than he that is in the world. Remember: I can do all things through Christ!

 

Invitation: You can receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit today.

#44, HOLIDAYS

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HOLIDAYS

by Cindy Bice

Aloha!

The song goes, “Happy Holidays, the merry bells are ringing, happy holidays to you!”

While the holidays can be the happiest time for some, it is also the saddest time of year for many.  I encourage you to be mindful of others during the holidays.  You may feel awkward at first, but let God’s love win in reaching out to others!

It’s easy to focus on us 4 and no more especially with how busy our lives can be.  Be different this year.  Include some way of helping others in your Christmas Season this year!

I have friends and family who purposefully reach out to others during Christmas in different ways.  One shares a Christmas dinner party and gifts with orphans.  Another joins with others in feeding the homeless.  Another bakes bread and festive goodies to share with neighbors and elderly folks.  There’s also Church outreaches you can be involved with in sharing Christmas with others in many ways.  

There are many who could use a helping hand, a generous heart, and a warm meal.  If you know someone who is alone for Christmas, you can give them a call, invite them over for a meal, or include them with your festivities.

One Christmas was very memorable for our family.   We knew a precious family who was in need so our family went Christmas shopping for them.  We bought gifts we thought they each would enjoy.  After wrapping them, we wrote a note and told them that God was thinking of them and Jesus loved them very much.  It was a joy to our children to share Christmas with others without expecting anything in return.  We did this privately and in secret.  

Christ is the reason for the Season!  Share Jesus love with all you see!

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV) “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

John 3:16 (NIV) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, what whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal live.”

PICTURE: Kauai Marriott Resort

SONG: Joy To The World, Celtic Women https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDmIddF7DfQ

Mahalo,

Cindy Bice

Cindy Black Bice, Aloha Garden Bible Study

“TIMES OF REFRESHING” Garden Bible Study in Hawaii

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#43, BE BOLD

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BE BOLD!

by Cindy Bice

Aloha!

Be bold in the Lord and in the power of His might!

I recently saw a picture of a cat looking at its reflection in a puddle of water.  What the cat saw was a lion!

If you were looking at your reflection, what would you see?  Would you see a victorious warrior or as defeated and insignificant? Look at yourself through eyes of faith and see yourself the way God sees you.  He sees you through the work that Jesus wrought on the cross.  When God looks at you, He sees you whole and victorious!

How you see God directly affects how you see yourself! Our perception is our reality.

It doesn’t take long in reading the Bible to see what a mighty God we serve!  He is awesome in power!  King of kings and Lord of lords! 

In a day when we are pushed and shoved to be politically correct, I encourage you to stand for Jesus.  Be bold in your faith and don’t ever shy away from sharing the hope that Jesus has placed in your heart.  No one can ever take away your testimony in what the Lord has done for you!

When we moved to Hawaii, I overcompensated being considerate of others who believed differently from me so much so I found I wasn’t saying anything about my precious Lord. By living my Christian life by example so others can see Him in me, I found the Lord opened doors for me to share the hope I have in me with others.  I also welcome any and every opportunity when the Lord opens a door, I walk right through it. 

Being bold for the Lord does not mean that you are obnoxious and rude.  What it means is you don’t shrink back from sharing Jesus when given the opportunity.  You won’t win many souls for the Lord knocking them over the head with your Bible, but sharing the truth of the Gospels with the love of God in a thoughtful way, will make the hungriest soul want to know more! 

Don’t hesitate to share the hope you have in your heart with others!  You don’t have to defend the Gospel.  By sharing your testimony of faith in Jesus, you have the potential to make a difference in someone’s eternity!

Be bold and know the Lord is with you!

Ephesians 6:19 (NKJV) “and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,”

1 Thessalonians 2:2 (NKJV) “But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.”

Joshua 1:9 (NKJV) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV) “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

PICTURE: Kauai Marriott Resort

SONG: Morris Chapman and the Maranatha singers – Be bold, be strong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYZ880P5-Jk

Mahalo,

Cindy Bice

Cindy Black Bice, Aloha Garden Bible Study

“TIMES OF REFRESHING” Garden Bible Study in Hawaii

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#42, DO UNTO OTHERS

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DO UNTO OTHERS

by Cindy Bice

Aloha!

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

As Christians, we are blessed to have experienced the unconditional love of God! Because God loves us and fills us with His love, we can love others!

Treat others the way you want to be treated. Think about the attributes of God’s love for us and practice those thoughtful attitudes towards others.

Have you ever been mistreated?  I have.  Did you want to lash back?  My first response at the time was fear for what was done and then I quickly understood they did not see me as I saw them.  Rather than fear them, I chose to forgive and continued to show the love of God by my actions and attitude.  (Every situation will be different and should be treated accordingly.) 

On other occasions, I have felt like slapping people for being cruel and mean!  No, I didn’t actually slap anyone, but I sure felt like it!  When cruel injustice is done, it’s very hard to be civil.  In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to allow our emotions escalate to anger and we may say or do things we will greatly regret and are not able to take back.

What do you do when you are provoked or have been wronged?  It depends on the situation. Serious situations may require your dialing 911 for help.  You may need to speak to a Guidance Counselor.

When you let anger and hate fill your heart, that’s what is going to come out in your actions and words.  When you let God’s love fill your heart, that’s what is going to come out in your actions and words. 

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Rather than react, we can choose our response. Before saying anything, take a breath and pause.  While doing that, ask yourself Will it help or hurt what you’re dealing with?   

Luke 6:31 (NIV) “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

1 John 4:7,8 (NKJV) Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

Ephesians 5:2 (ESV) “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV) “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

PICTURE: My husband and I at Dukes Restaurant in Kauai

SONG: Brandon Heath – Your Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vbg2dpX-EY

Mahalo,

Cindy Bice

Cindy Black Bice, Aloha Garden Bible Study

“TIMES OF REFRESHING” Garden Bible Study in Hawaii

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#41, CHOOSE JESUS FIRST

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CHOOSE JESUS FIRST

by Cindy Bice

Aloha!

God is not an afterthought.  Choose Jesus first before everything else!

Life can be very full and busy.  Before you know it, the day has ended and you still haven’t taken time for Jesus. Jesus needs to be the anchor to our souls and our firm foundation that we build our lives on.  Without Him in our daily lives and on the throne of our hearts, we are setting ourselves up for failure.

I used to have a hamster and he had a wheel he would run on in his cage.  He would run and the wheel would turn, but he never got anywhere.  Do you ever feel exasperated and frustrated like you aren’t getting anywhere? Break the insanity cycle and make a change!  Put Jesus first before any and everything else! 

You may not feel like you have time to include a moment of prayer or a brief Bible devotion, but without these how can you hear God and find direction for your life? 

There are many distractions in our lives that can get us off track from what we need to be doing.  Take time to step back and look at your life.  You may need to make some changes. Remember to put Jesus as your first priority.  Ask yourself the importance of each item and prioritize accordingly.  You may be able to let go of some things or just trim off the time they are taking.  For example, you may need to take 30 minutes from watching tv to allow time to pray and read your Bible and have a few family moments too!

Choose Jesus first. You’ll be glad you did!  He’s our peace, He’s the joy of our Salvation.  He gives us strength when we are weak.  He fills our hearts and lives with hope.  He is our firm foundation! He is with us always!  

Acts 17:28 (NIV) “For in him we live and move and have our being.”

John 14:6 (NIV) Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Psalm 119:30 (KJV) “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

PICTURE: Waterfall in Dukes Restaurant in Kauai

SONG: Desert Song, Natalie Grant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuNCtsm6YvA

Mahalo,

Cindy Bice

Cindy Black Bice, Aloha Garden Bible Study

“TIMES OF REFRESHING” Garden Bible Study in Hawaii

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#40, HUMBLE YOURSELF!

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HUMBLE YOURSELF!

by Cindy Bice

Aloha!

If there was ever a time we needed the Lord, it’s now! 

Now is the time to humble ourselves before God. 

It’s time to humble ourselves, pray, and seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways.

How do you humble yourself? 

It’s something you choose to do.  It shows in your attitude and actions. God gives us a free will and it’s up to us to acknowledge Jesus is Lord of our lives.  When we do that, we are putting Him on the throne of our hearts and we live our lives to please Him.  Our attitude needs to be, “Not my will be done, but Thy will be done.” When you humble yourself, you are preferring the Lord over your own desires.  You are putting Him first.  You are letting God be God.

My husband and I were in the process of building and buying our first home.  We were both so excited! One day I felt like something was wrong and so my husband and I prayed and read our Bibles seeking answers.  The Lord gave us our answer and told us not to buy the house.  We humbled ourselves by choosing what God told us over our own desire in buying the house.  Months later we discovered the whole neighborhood had dropped drastically in prices because the water was bad. If we had insisted on having our way in what we wanted, we would have been in a big mess, but by humbling ourselves before the Lord and being obedient to His instruction, we were spared. 

1 Peter 5:6,7 (NIV) “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

James4:6 (ESV) “But he gives more grace.  Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Matthew 23:12 (ESV) “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Isaiah 62:6 (NKJV) “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night.  You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,”

Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

PICTURE: Kauai Rooster

SONG: If my people, Jimmy Owens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPY-CrPtdKw

Mahalo,

Cindy Bice

Cindy Black Bice, Aloha Garden Bible Study

“TIMES OF REFRESHING” Garden Bible Study in Hawaii

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