Halloween is Not For Saints!

November 1 is “Saint’s Day”. Did you know that? Do your children know this? Will you and your family be celebrating and mentioning Saints Day tomorrow?  Excuse me. I didn’t mean to startle you. I just know someone is supposed to ask these questions.

Why are believers so happy about Halloween?  Why are Christians dressing up in ghoulish costumes to attend church events? Why are our children not warned or even aware of the demonic history and nature of Halloween?  Are we the light in this dark world?

The kingdom of God is counter-culture. “My kingdom is not of this world..” (John 18:36). The kingdom of God is the Christ-culture. We come from an anointed culture. We live life on a higher level. Our lives should announce to the world that we live in a better and brighter reality. We are called introduce the culture of Christ to the world through our lives and witness.

If we were seeing into the spirit realm like the apostles and prophets of old, we would see the fierce battle that rages against this planet and the purpose of God in the people of God. There are real powers that rule in darkness that seek portals and entries into the earth, specifically into regions. Once a stronghold is set up in a region that demon spirit responsible for the take over becomes one of the “principalities” in that particular region. This explains a lot of cities in America, San Francisco, Hollywood, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New York.  See Daniel 10.

We have no idea how intense and unyielding the battle is and how the war in heaven will only intesify as the end-times draw to a cataclysmic close. See Revelation 12.  This is serious stuff! We don’t have the luxury of being asleep on Halloween.

We need to see Halloween for what it really is – a portal for paganism into our culture. Halloween is derived by demon spirits with the intent to celebate satanism. The world has given the devil his own day, the day before Saints Day. Halloween comes in only second to Christmas in popularity of holidays and money spent by consumers.

What do you say to that? What are we contributing to? Who’s kingdom do we represent?  What can we do?

1) Stop celebrating Halloween.

2) Teach people, especially children, the truth about Halloween.

3) Provide a positive alternative to Halloween at your house or at a local church.

4) Turn Halloween into your celebration of the victory you have over devils

because of  Christ on the Cross.

Let the kingdom come and let the will of the Lord be done in the Body of Christ!

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Do Your Daily!

Here are seven principles and practices that can shape your day. Psalm 5 is a guide for “Doing Your Daily”. Your destiny is in your daily! Don’t just seize the day; set your day!

1{To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.} Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

  1. MEDITATION – Bring your faith into focus by meditating on a specific Scripture. Repeat and rehearse a Scripture throughout the day.

2Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

3My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

     2.  SUPPLICATION – Pray and announce to God your full dependence upon Him for your success in the day. Expect great things from God every day. 

4For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

     3.  SANCTIFICATION – Remind yourself that today God wants to take pleasure in your lifestyle. You may have weak days, but you don’t have to have any wicked ones.

5The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

6Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

     4.  PROTECTION – Believe and declare that those who don’t wish you to succeed will fail. The LORD is not blessing those who are trying to hurt you.

7But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

    5.  DETERMINATION – Make sure that you take a stand on the spiritual matters that are most important to your life. Don’t compromise on spending time with God in prayer, worship and the reading of the Word.

8Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

9For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

10Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.

    6.  CONVERSATION – Watch your words and only keep company with those who are talking positive about your faith and your future. Don’t let loose lips and corrupt conversations interrupt your day.

11But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

12For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

    7.  EXPECTATION – Head out into the day with joy and the expectation that you will experience the manifest favor of God in every situation you face.  Know that by faith you are right with God and that God wants to bless your day more than you want your day blessed!

 

Warfare Prayer Concert

Warfare Prayer Concert / Healing and Deliverance  

“Deliver Us From Evil…” (Matthew 6:13).

New Hope Baptist Church  / Oakland, Ca / Bishop Sean Teal, Th.D.

WORD WEDNESDAY @ 6:33pm

Scripture Reading: Psalm 93:1-5, Deacon Ministry

Prayer of Praise: Servant Elise Fisher, Lead Intercessor

Song of Praise: Abel’s Offering / Pastor Roger Dorris

Intercessory Prayer: Intercessor (Ephesians 6:11-13)

Song of Warfare: Abel’s Offering

Intercessory Prayer: Intercessor (II Corinthians 1:3-4)

Song of Worship: Abel’s Offering

Intercessory Prayer: Intercessor (Luke 10:17-20)

Song of Victory: Abel’s Offering

Corporate Intercession: New House Of Prayer Everywhere

Giving and Closing Blessing: Servant Sean Teal

The Gathering 2017

Thursday, October 5th – Sunday, October 8th

http://www.PrayerEverywhere.org

Pastors: The New Politicians?

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3).

The word the Apostle Paul uses for “strife” is the Greek word eritheia which means “electioneering or intriguing for office”. The Apostle is addressing the politics that can gain ground in a congregation. One of the clearest concerns for this growing and giving congregation is that the move of God would be hindered by politics and a partisan agenda.

We have created structures for “strife”. The way we conduct ministry and the way we make decisions leaves us fully exposed to the satanic strategy of strife. The popularity of people; the money of members; the longevity of service and the personalities of leaders can easily begin to dominate what happens in churches. This is the set up for strife.

Most mainline traditional Protestant churches in America are democratic and not theocratic.   When a church is democratic the most important thing is the will of the people. When a church is theocratic the most important thing is the will of God. A democratic church is congregational; a theocratic church is biblical. A democratic church is institutional. A theocratic church is spiritual. A democratic church is governed by the votes of people. A theocratic church is governed by a vision from God.

Having pastored for 30 years I can assure you that any pastor called of God cannot and will not be able to fulfill the call of God in a pastorate if the church is purely political. The role and goal of the pastor is to center the church in the Word and prayer so when decisions have to be made the mindset of the people is “the mind of Christ”. When people in church want what God says in His Word then a vote is a consensus for and confirmation of God’s will.

The Early Expanding Church in the Book of Acts votes in the first chapter. “”And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles” (1:26). A few things you should notice about the voting: 1) It was lead by Peter, their spiritual leader (vs. 15). 2) It was biblical in its intent and motive (vss. 16-20). 3) It was done only after the entire congregation prayed about it (vs. 24).

My counsel to pastors who are stuck in “strife structures” is to teach the people why they need to vote. Don’t spend much time trying to move people away from all they know about church. Don’t try to seize the illusion of power they need to affirm their church titles and positions. Why fight their thinking when you can inform their thinking?

Pastors teach the people to vote. Encourage the members to come to the “business meetings”. Most of the pure and more spiritually matured members avoid business meetings. Their experiences have educated them of how ugly and messy a carnal congregation can be when trying to make collective and corporate decisions. Pastors must however convince the biblical, spiritual and professional members to attend the meetings and V.O.T.E.

Why should a pastor teach the people to vote?

  1. Vision that God is establishing in the church needs to be supported and strengthened. “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18). On the other hand, where there are no people the vision will perish. If the good and godly people don’t show up and support the vision, the vision will become a division.
  2. Opposition is real. There are institutional interests in churches that will oppose anything new or anything true. Weapons are being formed against the vision and the purpose of God in the church by church members. Organized opposition shows up to business meetings. Voting with the vision protects the vision and the pastor from being harassed and hindered.
  3. Transition is necessary. When you have political tendencies and contingencies that are long standing making changes will be the greatest challenge. People have worked for years and some families for generations to get the positions and power they have. Do you really think they are going to just give that up?  Members with big vision and great expectations have to show up and vote in order to affect change in the leadership and in the direction of the congregation.
  4. Expansion is happening. Churches that are growing are also fighting. We are fighting against lethargy, apathy, and mediocrity. We are fighting against the forces that want to drive away new members and new ministries. We are fighting against the disinterest in prayer, progress and professionalism. Members who are committed to ministry must show up and vote so the church can continue to preach Christ and pray without the drama and trauma of the corrupt and carnal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gathering is Coming!

Thursday, October 5th – Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Prayer Everywhere is an international prayer movement that exist to leave no place in the world untouched by prayer or praying people. The vision, mission and passion is simply – prayer everywhere!

“It’s Now Time for the New Wine!”  (Isaiah 65:8-9).

“Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all” .

The Gathering 2017 will focus on teaching “remnant theology” and training delegates on how to facilitate fresh encounters of the Holy Spirit.

http://www.PrayerEverywhere.org

  • Held in Oakland, California, October 5th-8th, 2017 @ 6:33pm nightly
  • Registration Online – $70.00 (All Materials and Meals)
  • New Hope Baptist Church, (Emeryville-Oakland, CA) Host site.
  • Marriott City Center (Oakland, CA) Host hotel.
  • Southwest Airlines, (Oakland, CA) Host airline/airport
  • Opening Word and Worship, Thursday (10/5)
  • Intercession Instruction Intensive, Friday, 9am-12pm
  • “Leading Ladies Luncheon” Friday, (10/6) @ 12:00pm
  • “New Wine “Overflow”, Friday @ 10:00pm – 12:00am
  • Men’s Holy Hour and Breakfast @ Saturday, (10/7)  8:00am – 9:30am
  • International Prayer Congress @ Saturday, 10:00am -11:30am
  • The Prayer Everywhere Walk, Saturday @ 12pm – 1:30pm
  • Partners Luncheon/Fellowship, Saturday @ 2pm – 3:30pm
  • “New Wine Generation”, Saturday @ 6:33pm – 9:00pm
  • The School of Prayer, Sunday, (10/8) @ 8:30am-9:45am.
  • Sunday Worship, @ 10:00am – 1:00pm

 

 

Please note editions and additions to original schedule.

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The Anointing is Helping

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” Acts 10:38

If you feel inadequate when it comes to fulfilling the mission of Christ, know that it’s normal to feel that way. We are simply vessels needing His power. That way God gets the glory.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth needed the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit to do the will of God on earth. He went about doing good and healing those oppressed by the devil. If we are to also fulfill the will and purpose of God for us, we need the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit, too.

Jesus’ commandment to us to preach the gospel to all creation cannot be accomplished by human strength and wisdom. We need to depend on the Holy Spirit as we share the gospel of Jesus.

As we journey through life, we will meet people who need to hear the gospel, people who are sick, and those being oppressed by the devil. And as Jesus’ ambassadors, we can be used by God to bring deliverance from the power of Satan through the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit. Whenever you and I feel inadequate, we must remind ourselves that the Holy Spirit is there to help and make it happen. We just need to yield to Him!

Father, please empower us through the anointing and power of Your Spirit to bring the gospel of Jesus to our world and deliver as many as possible from the power of the devil. Amen.

So What…

Ask the Holy Spirit for boldness to share the gospel and pray for the sick. Look out for opportunities that God will bring your way and act on them

Learn Prayer. Love Prayer. Live Prayer!

 

The Bay Prays (Saturdays 8:00am – 9:00am)

“And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room… These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication…” (Acts 1:13-14).

VISION:  To host a weekly city-wide prayer gathering at New Hope Baptist Church (892 36th St. , Emeryville-Oakland, CA.)

 

MISSION: To establish a city-wide prayer network that will transform traditional “prayer meetings” into powerful “prayer gatherings”.

 

STRATEGY: To inspire and instruct pastors, intercessors and prayer participants to launch and lead prayer and prayer gatherings.

 

Saturday, June 10th @ 8:00AM

Bishop Sean Teal, Prayer Leader

 

WIN: To provoke through prayer an uncommon move of God in the Bay Area.

 

http://www.PrayerEverywhere.org