The Cost of Our Pentecost

We were young fresh up starts. Pentecost was all new to us. We were in a season of traumatic transition. There was a whirlwind of wonder happening all around us. We were being blown away. The Holy Spirit had overtaken and overwhelmed us. 

Stephanie and I were living in the beleaguered married dorms of American Baptist College when she was gloriously baptized into the Holy Spirit. In an old time Pentecostal “prayer band” in the back of a beauty salon a girl raised as a Catholic, saved as a Baptist has now received power from on high. I am a witness of the workings of the Holy Spirit. I attest, as God is my witness, the Holy Spirit still fills as He did on the Day of Pentecost. 

Two weeks later I too was immersed into the power of God. The Spirit of God had us. We were living and learning the Holy Spirit. Everyday was an adventure in the anointing. We were being driven. We only knew whatever the Holy Spirit taught us. We read the Book of Acts with fresh eyes. We believed every word.

We believed that we were called to continue what we were reading in The Book of Acts. What we experienced was in The Bible. Spiritual phenomenon is real. Pentecost is not in the past. The Holy Spirit still falls. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit is still happening. It happened to us. It can happen to you! 

We left Nashville, Tennessee on the Greyhound Bus headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We had our clothes and my books. The Holy Spirit spoke to us and then sent us. When we arrived at the Baton Rouge bus terminal we bought and shared one order of red beans and rice. It was not a gesture of young love; it was us conserving our funds for an unknown future. That’s the kind of faith walk we were on. 

I would continue my education on a campus that was sponsored by and centered in one of the most classical Pentecostal ministries of the 20th century. I can still remember kneeling at the altar in that empty 7,000 seat sanctuary with the sounds of vacuum cleaners going over the ever kempt crimson carpet. My sobs were submerged under their sounds and with hot tears streaming down my face I was asking The Father, “Why are You doing this to us? What are we doing here?” 

Our whole world was foreign territory. This was a mega ministry in every sense of the term. The machinery of the ministry was vast and voluminous. The intensity of the ministry could be felt in everything. The rapidity of the ministry required a flexibility and elasticity that stretched our capacity daily. The Spirit was moving. We were being moved. All ministry was “urgent”. We were “keeping up with the Spirit!”

We were not only baptized into The Spirit, we were being baptized into styles and streams of ministry we could not have imagined. We were being introduced to doctrines and dogmas that we never had to discover, decipher or digest. The supernatural was not yet our normal. We were still being shocked and surprised by all the wisdom, works and wonders of The Holy Spirit. We were spiritual neophytes trying to learn how to live in the power of Pentecost. 

Within a year of being baptized in the Holy Spirit Stephanie and I launched a nationally syndicated radio ministry that was being featured on 16 stations across America daily. “Grace Alive Radio Network” was being produced weekly in the studios at Jimmy Swaggart Ministries on a “reel to reel”. Stephanie managed and mailed out hundreds of cassette tapes from a linen closet out a student apartment. 

We were filled with The Spirit and full of faith. We were “water walkers”. Whatever we did, it didn’t make sense. It made faith! We were living in a student apartment and writing checks for over $3,000 a month to cover radio time and production. We believed God was calling us to world evangelism. I was “Evangelist Sean Teal”. Our ministry was being fully funded by honorariums, the freewill offerings of listeners and those blessed cassette tape sermons. 

The day when things broke for us was the day when I pulled up to the daycare center on the campus. Stephanie worked there. I was driving a friend’s car. We did not yet own our own. Stephanie got into the car, looked at me on that Friday afternoon and said, “We don’t have any money. We need $10 so I can feed us through the weekend. You have to preach on Sunday. After you preach on Sunday we’re going to have to cash that check!” 

The reason I borrowed my friend’s car was because we needed to go by the post office to check the ministry’s post office box. Our weekends had become the time we fulfilled orders and tried to handle any necessary business before close on Fridays. On the ride to the post office I am rehearsing what Stephanie told me. “We don’t have any money”. I am now beginning my negotiations with God. 

We cut a covenant with Father God that all funds that came in for the radio ministry would go directly and solely to the radio ministry. We wouldn’t and we hadn’t received any salary or stipends from the offerings or product sales. Many times we were sowing my preaching honorariums to help cover ministry costs.

But in that car with the care of my newly minted wife so close to my mind, I prepared God for what I was about to do. I was going to the post office box and retrieve the mail for the ministry. I was going to “borrow” from the ministry any money that came through the mail to get us through the weekend. I would give it back after I got through this “tight”.

We arrived. I went in. I opened the box. There was one envelope in the box. I was stunned in disbelief. We never received just one piece of mail. I took it out. Slowly and sullenly I shrunk my way back to the car. I got in the car and tossed the envelope over to the passenger’s side where it landed in Stephanie’s lap. She looked up at me and didn’t have to ask. 

Before I could put on my seatbelt she reached over and touched my forearm as if to ask me to wait a second before we pulled off. I complied to the intention of the touch. She then opened the envelope.

She unfolded the letter and within was a ten dollar bill. She set the ten dollars on her lap and then began to read the letter. “Dear Evangelist Teal, I heard your message today on our Christian radio station. I was so blessed by the Word. This offering is not for the radio ministry. I’m sending this gift for you and your wife. I hope you are encouraged. Please continue to broadcast your messages”.  

This letter and offering came from a sweet, dear and saintly White lady who lived nearly 100 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska. She had to have mailed it by Tuesday for us to receive it by Friday. We didn’t even know I was being heard in that region of the nation. The station she heard us on was not even one of our paid stations. The LORD was moving upon that dear saintly sister in time for our need to be met. He knew our need before we knew we would have the need. 

I wiped the tears from my eyes as Stephanie finished reading the letter. I was rebuked and rewarded. Stephanie then pushes me on the shoulder, smiles and says, “Why didn’t I say we needed $100?!” We both broke out into a raucous laugh. We praised God! We ate good – neckbones and red beans.  It all ended in joy!

From that day on, we have never wondered or worried. God will stir people you don’t know and bring you blessings you never expected. Putting God first is how we prosper. Order is God’s strategy for increase!

This Pentecost Sunday 2021 that same couple that shared a bowl of red beans and rice at a Greyhound bus station will sow a $500 seed to The House of Prayer Everywhere. We are blessed to finance and further The Gospel and Prayer around the world. We are still that same couple committed to giving whatever we have and whatever it takes to fulfill God’s purpose. Our passion for world evangelism and global prayer burns now with a greater blaze than ever before! 

Say “Yes!” to Pentecost. Join our house and The House! Sow your “Super Seed”. May this be the significant and supernatural seed that breaks you through into a new season of outpouring and overflowing! 

“….And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all, that there were no needy persons among them (Acts 4:33-34)

Bishop Sean Teal, Visionary

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Prepare For Pentecost

Bishop Sean  Teal, Visionary
Partners Pentecost 

May 12th, 2021

The Harvest Is Here!

Sunday, May 16th – Tuesday, May 18th

Prepare For Pentecost

Shavuot commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, and is known as Hag ha-Bikkurim (Hebrew), (The Festival of The First Fruits). 

For Orthodox Jews Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah. The Law of Moses (The Ten Commandments) was given at Mount Sinai. It is known in Hebrew as Hag Matan Torateinu (“The Festival of the Giving of Our Torah”).

The time from Passover to Shavuot is a time of great anticipation. The time from The Cross to Pentecost are 50 days of hope and expectation. We count each of the 50 days that leads to Pentecost Sunday. 

From Passover to the day before Shavuot there are 49 days or 7 full weeks, hence the name of the festival is The Feast of Weeks. Old Testament Shavuot is New Testament Pentecost. In the Old Testament God gave His people His Word. In The New Testament God gave His people His Spirit. The Word and The Spirit confirm and create all that God has for us.

Pentecost means “fiftieth”. It happens on the 50th day. The counting reminds us of the important connection between The Cross and Pentecost; Passover and Shavuot. The Passover is salvation. The Passover is God keeping His Word. The Cross is salvation. It is God keeping His Word. 

The Shavuot is expansion. After salvation expect expansion. Shavuot is God keeping His Word. Pentecost is an expansion. Pentecost Day is God keeping His Word to His Church. 

Shavuot is not tied to a particular calendar date, but to the counting from Passover. The season begins at the time of the lamb being slain and offered as a sacrifice. Passover is the protocol of all festivals. The Cross is God’s protocol. The Cross is how God chose to make all that He is and  all that He has available to humans.

Shavuot is spiritual and biblical. We should rest from our flesh. The Holy Spirit is our power source. Shavuot nights (May 16th-18th) are times for us to study the Word. I encourage you to read The Book of Ruth each night. The Holy Spirit is prominent in The Book of Ruth. Prepare to rise early in the morning (5am / Tuesdays and Thursdays). 

The House Call / The Upper Room  / May 13th – 23rd @ 6:33pm PST

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest (Leviticus 23;10).

I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) (I Corinthians 18:15).

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Mothers Have Favor

“Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God” (Luke 1:30).

Mary must be the most celebrated mother in history. No mother has had as much riding on her motherhood as Mary. No mother has ever carried in their womb “God come in the flesh”. No mother, but Mary was ever given the charge to raise a Savior. The motherhood of Mary is the most important model for mothers who want to birth and raise children that belong to God.

Motherhood according to the Mary narrative is all about the purpose of God in the earth. Motherhood is for divine design. Motherhood is a feminine gift. Motherhood is meant  to influence the direction of the next generation. Motherhood is a calling from God.

Mothers have favor. This is the first grace God gave to Mary. “Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women” (Luke 1:28). Mary’s motherhood began with the favor of God. Favor is the grace of God that supplies and sustains our successes.

Everything Mary was going to need to be a mother was hers before she ever held baby Jesus. The angel ministered the encouragement and the equipment she needed to conceive, give birth and shape the early years of Jesus. She was “favored” and “blessed”! That’s all it takes to do what God has called you to do. That’s all it takes for you to be who God wants you to be.

Whatever anxieties and insecurities that motherhood can pose, a messenger from God with a word from God took away the fear. Favor conquers fear. Fear is for people who do not have a word from God. Mary was graced for the upcoming challenges of motherhood. She had a word from God. You too have a word from God – “Fear not, you have found favor with God!”

Happy Mother’s Day!  May the Lord grant you high favor!

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National Day of Prayer

  1. Pray for The Arts / Music / Theatre

Exodus 35:29-34; Jeremiah 36:4-10; Psalm 150

Visual Artists, Literary Artists and Performing Artists. Pray that their skills will be subject to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Pray that their images and ideas would be inspired by the Spirit. Pray that sacred arts and anointed artists impact the culture.

  1. Pray for Small Businesses / Corporate America

Proverbs 22:7; 22:16; 22:29

Pray that the Lord will raise up a new generation of billionaires and world leaders who will confront greed and corruption and will be used by God to change how the world treats the poor. 

  1. Pray for The House of Prayer Everywhere

Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13-17; Acts 2:41-47

The primary calling of the church is be “a house of prayer for all people”. Prayer is how the kingdom of God is invited , introduced and initiated in the earth (Matthew 6:10). Pray that pastors receive a passion for prayer and lead churches into prayer.

  1. Pray for Public Education and Educators

Jeremiah 9:23-24; Proverbs 1:5-9; Daniel 1:17-20

Pray that the knowledge of God would be known of our children. Pray that the next generation of believers will be stronger, wealthier and wiser. Declare them, “ten times better!”

  1. Pray For Families and Generational Blessings

Genesis 2:21-24; Acts 16:31-34; Joshua 24:15

Pray that entire families will be saved and join churches. Pray that families enter into the Ministry and serve God. Pray that godly families prosper and be in health (Ephesians 5:22-25; 6:1-4).

  1. Pray For The Government and Policing

Romans 13:1-7, 17 ; Revelation 11:15

Pray against the industrial and profiteering prison complex systems in the world.  Pray for police who will truly protect and serve all communities. Pray for the incarcerated and their families.

  1. Pray for The Media and Gospel Expansion

Ephesians 2:1-9; II Corinthians 10:3-5 –Pray that “the prince of the power of the air” be bound away from airwaves. Pray against cyberattacks and internet deceptions. Pray that the media would be God’s tool to reveal Jesus to the world

Intercession For The Nation

“Holy Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we give You glory! You are the King of Glory. All nations and names must bow before Your throne. We know you as The Ancient of Days! We are declaring Your power and purpose over this nation. We are asking for Your immediate intervention. We seek You for the redemption and reconstruction of America. We knock for Your protection over all leaders in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches. We bind every racist motives, lying spirits and every violent power that seeks sedition and insurrection against this democracy. We command police officers and national guards to come in alignment with the good of the nation. We call for the exposure of every traitor and all treason that plots against The Inauguration and the new administration. Bring peace to pass in the streets of our cities. We praise You for the power of the Holy Spirit. We praise You that Your zeal for righteousness will make it happen. Be blessed in America. We call it done and thank You for it

PRESS RELEASE

RE: Bay Area Prayer Breakfast / Saturday, March 6th, 2021.

The Second Anniversary of Ministry! 

  1.  Pray with us on Tuesdays and Thursday @ 5am (PST) on The House Prayer Call. 516. 259-9866.
  1.  Sponsor one virtual table for your business, ministry or family. Full table sponsorship is $300. Two free tickets @ $50 added to every table.
  1.  Invite your friends, relatives, associates and neighbors to attend. Get commitments. Let’s turn the Bay Area into the Pray Area!
  1. Help us feed the homeless of West Oakland, California.
  1. Email Us at info@itsthehope.org for table and ticket information.

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National Prayer Targets

January 17th, 18th & 19th, 2021

National Prayer Call / 760-548-9450

  • Sunday, January 17th – We declare repentance, righteousness  and the breaking of the curse off of this nation. (Proverbs 14:34).
  • Monday, January 18th – We declare the working of the Holy Spirit upon those who will have authority in government (Isaiah 45:11). 
  • Tuesday,, January 19th – We declare the salvation of the heathen and the vindication of God (Psalm 2:7-12).
  • FASTING – 7:14pm- 7:14am  DAILY Absolute Fast.
  • See Esther 4:16. 
  • Break the Fast, Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 @ 7: 14am.

Intercessors will lead us in praying and declaring the Word over the The Nation and Inauguration. We will not pursue personal prayer requests for these three days and nights. You may send all emergency and personal prayer requests to nationalprayercall@gmail.com.

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Prayer Fest 21

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8).
Friday, January 1st, 2021 @ 9am PST / 12 Noon EST / 760 -548-9450

The Vision: A special edition of The National Prayer Call on New Year’s Day 2021.
The Mission: Eight prophetic voices that will speak to the nation and the season.

Prayer Fest 21

The Year of ‘FINALLY’ 

Finally, brethren; … if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8). 

The Vision: To host a special edition of The National Prayer Call on New Year’s Day 2021. 

The Mission: We will provide a day of seamless ministry, messaging and miracles by Intercessors and Proclaimers from across America.

The Strategy: All Proclaimers will preach LIVE on the NPC @ (760) 548-9450. Some Proclaimers will simulcast via Facebook Live. Check Prayer Everywhere FB page..

The Implementation: Friday, January 1st, 2021 @   9am (PST) / 11am  (CST) / 12 Noon (EST) The Win: To introduce a record number of people to The NPC and start the new year in the positive.

7 Habits of Broke Folk

  1. They are wed to the bed. Broke folk sleep for pleasure, not for purpose. Sleep is a necessity, not a narcotic.
  2. They are cheap with what they reap. Broke folk “try to get all they can and then try to can all they get”. Nothing great happens on the cheap.
  3. They earn how they learn. Broke folk need more exposure and education. Lifelong learning creates lifelong earning.
  4. They are not shy to buy. Broke folk will place luxuries ahead of necessities. Addictions and attractions don’t have budgets.
  5. They party with their poverty. Broke folk know a lot of other broke folks. Changing your company will change your economy.
  6. They want money quickly. Broke folk fall for the get-rich-quick. A slow dollar is better than a fast buck any day.
  7. They can make, but they don’t manage. Broke folks get it and then have to give it back. “If your output is more than your income,  your upkeep will become your downfall.”

The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty (Proverbs 10:15).