Monday, July 16, 2018
This past Sunday Bishop Davis gave us all an assignment. We also had a guest speaker. Bro. Hulsman and his wife are missionaries to Switzerland. I plan to share his sermon later this week. Bishop Davis, said the test would be given when we reach Heaven. He asked us to read Luke chapter 8 in the Bible. When Jesus gives a parable it's important to pay attention to what He is saying. Bishop Davis emphasized the importance of verse 5. When God fills you with the Holy Ghost (His Spirit according to Acts 2:38), it is not the end, it's the beginning. It's important that you keep the Holy Spirit of God alive in you. Don't let this experience go stale. It's the most important thing in your life, to keep is strong and alive in you. Bishop also advised that as we read the chapter we are to make a choice. There are four. The first you have already done when you receive the Holy Spirit of God. Second, you are to choose this day who you will serve. Thirdly, what kind of life are you going to live. Lastly, which portion are you going to represent in this scripture when the trumpet sounds. God is good. For those who may not have access to this chapter, I have included it here for you to read. Luke 8 Luke 8 King James Version (KJV) 8 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. 4 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: 5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. 16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. 17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. 18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. 19 Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. 20 And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. 21 And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. 22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. 23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him. 26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. 27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. 29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) 30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. 31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. 32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. 33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. 34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. 37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again. 38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him. 40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him. 41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. 43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. 45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. 49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. 50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. 51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. 52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. 53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. 54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. 55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. 56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.
Friday, July 13, 2018
A few days ago I mentioned that this was the week of Vacation Bible School at our church. Tonight, the parents were welcomed to tour the various rooms to get a glimpse at what the children were enjoying all week. I have to say they did an outstanding job with all the decorations. The staff were very organized and you could see that they were truly enjoying themselves with all the kids. The theme this year was Truth Odyssey. Every night RJ came home excited. When we joined the children for the ending of the VBS Lesson, I could see why he was so excited. The children were truly enjoying themselves. The teachers were outstanding. Once again, I say thank you to all who gave of their time and energy to pour into the children. To the Bethel VBS Team, I salute you and say job well done. God is good.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
As the children were in attendance at Vacation Bible School, we attended the weekly Bible Study at Bethel. Tonight the lesson was taught by Bro. Rapaglia. The main text was taken from Acts 9:10-18 with the title of " Ready For Use". The focus was on Ananias, not to be confused with the one who was married to Sephirah. This particular Ananias is only mentioned during this brief part of the Book of Acts. He was a devout man. He was no one of the Apostles, but he was willing and ready to be obedient to God. He did not do "big" things like Paul did, however he did have an assignment from God. We may not all be called to do the "big" things, but we are all called to make a difference, to change the world for at least one person. Ananias was a good man who was sold out to God. It's important to realize that greatness will cost you something. It may not always be easy, but in the end it will be worth it all. Holiness and the Word are directly related to the spiritual world. The more plugged into the word, the more plugged into God you are. Ananias was devoted to God and he was ready when God called him. When he answered the call, he did it with great compassion and wisdom. He was obedient to what God asked him to do and by doing this a man's life was changed forever. We must pray, pray and pray some more, because prayer changes things. God can and will use you, if you are sincere in what you are wanting to do for God. When you are focused daily on the Lord, He will guide you to someone. Be aware and in the moment and ready for when it happens. When God calls you to do something, step out in faith and the Lord will back you up every time. God is good.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Normally we do a lot of traveling during the summer. It's been a long time, since we stayed home to just be home. Thankfully, we are here this year for Vacation Bible School at Bethel. Normally, RJ either misses it or get's part of it. This year he has been able to enjoy the entire week. He has been having a blast. Every night he comes home excited and with a new "treasure". This year he's one of the bigger kids, but he's still having a blast. I can see just from what he has been bringing home and from what I can see of the decorations, the team has done an outstanding job putting the entire thing together. I deeply appreciate their dedication to this ministry for the children. To the VBS Team, I say a big thank you! God is good.
Monday, July 09, 2018
June and July have been a month of celebrations and Seasons of Change. If you recall several years ago, my nephew Ross had hoped to attend Stony Brook University. This past June he graduated from SBU with a BA in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Physics. We are thankful his dream became a reality. He was also accepted into the Graduate Program there. Due to this, brought a season on change in our home. He has moved closer to campus in order to be able to focus on his degree. We are so thankful for his accomplishments and are sanctified proud of him. God has given him a brilliant mind and we know the best is yet to come for Ross. We had another graduation, RJ, graduated from 5th grade. He received high marks and gave an excellent speech at his school graduation. We know his future is bright and we are also sanctified proud of the wonderful boy he is. July of course brings in the celebration our Nations Independence Day. This year it held a greater deal of significance for me. I have been working on my family tree and have discovered many of my ancestors were the founders of this nation. They were the first settlers and they fought in The Revolutionary War. I love my country. Immediately following this day of celebration is Bob's birthday. This year he wanted a simple BBQ in the backyard of his mom's house and I gave him exactly that. Intertwined in all of this, Bethel was in Revival and over 60 people were filled with the Holy Ghost. This past Sunday, in NJ, the church had a guest speaker, Bro. Hulsman. He preached on worshiping to your miracle. Several healings took place in the service. He will be coming to Bethel this Sunday. I am sure that coming in on the heels of what just took place while Bro. Green was preaching, I would recommend you make your way to Bethel this Sunday. The Season of a new spiritual dimension has come to Bethel. I am fully confident that this Sunday miracles are going to take place. God is good.
Thursday, July 05, 2018
If you live in NY and you did not come to the revival service yet with evangelist Chris Green,taking place at Bethel United Pentecostal Church, I strongly encourage you to find a way to be there this Sunday (July 8th) at 12 in the afternoon. He preached a sermon, I will share it later. My main focus tonight is to implore to you, to be there. You don’t live in NY, find an Apostolic church near you. Look up the United Pentecostal Churches closest to you and be in their Sunday service. Come and experience the all consuming presence of the one true living God. Sit in the presence of the One who can heal your wounds, physical, spiritual and emotional ones. The One who can fill you with His Spirit. The One that can set your captive soul free. You can have it all and have nothing- Jesus is the answer. You don’t have to wait until Sunday- He is there at the mention of His name- Jesus. Whisper it, speak it or yell it. He will hear you and come. God is good.
Sunday, July 01, 2018
Bethel currently is in Revival with Evangelist Chris Green. The last time I heard him preach, something dynamic happened. I was pretty sure the same would take place today. It also happens to be that 50 years ago today, our Bishop Davis moved to NY with his family. I'm so thankful they did. It would seem that God wanted to show them that their sacrifice was worth it all, because today 30 people were filled with the precious gift of God's spirit and 10 were baptized. I don't think I have ever been in a church service at Bethel where that many were filled in one day. Bro. Greene will be preaching this coming Thursday and next Sunday. If you live in the NY area, I would recommend that you come to Bethel United Pentecostal Church located in Old Westbury, NY. If you are sick in your body, I invite you to attend. You won't even need to get prayed for. I have enough faith to believe that as you are sitting in the pew, God will move upon you and heal you. If you come with a willing heart and faith the size of a tiny seed, I believe that God can heal you. Bro. Green really didn't finish his sermon. The presence of God was moving in the sanctuary when he came up to preach. I have notes from what he did preach and I will share it with you now. He didn't really give a title, so I am calling it, " This Is Not The End". His main text was taken from Acts 8:4-8. Hearing and seeing the miracles of God taking place brought great joy to the city. A church that has the released demonstration of the power of God, will bring great joy to it's city. The power of the Holy Ghost brings joy in the midst of darkness. We live in a time where everything that can be shaken will be shaken. It's important to understand that there are not new devils. It's the same old things, but with a new name or new look, but the same old darkness going on from the beginning of time. We must realize that this is not the end. When the gospel has been preached to every nation, then we have reached the end. Every Nation and every tongue will stand before the Lord. Bro. Green then talked about a recent revival he preached in Hong Kong. In the service deaf ears were healed and blind eyes were opened. He then talked about a man here in the USA that needed hearing aids. God healed him and he no longer needed the hearing aids. Faith was very strong in the building and Bro. Green, didn't finish his sermon. He asked for those who wanted to be filled with God's spirit to come forward. The alter was packed. By the time he was done talking and praying, 30 people began to speak in other tongues as the sprit of God gave the evidence, just like in Acts 2. Heaven rejoices over one soul that comes to the Lord. There must have been some rejoicing taking place in Heaven today. God is good.