Yom Kippur, Hebrew Yom Ha-Kippurim is the most solemn of Jewish religious holidays when orthodox Jews focus on the expiation of sins and a desire to have reconciliation and relationship with God. Yom Kippur concludes the “10 Days of Repentance” (Awe) that begin with Rosh Hashana (New Year’s Day). It is observed on the 10th day of the lunar month of Tishri (September and October)
The Feast of Trumpets
So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet (II Samuel 6:15).
Rosh Hashanah is also known as Yom Teruah—”The Day of the Sounding of the Shofar.”
A shofar is an instrument made primarily and ordinarily from the horn of a ram. The shofar of Rosh Hashanah could not be constructed of an artificial instrument. It had to be an instrument in its natural form and naturally hollow – the ram’s horn.
The sound of the shofar was used in ancient Israel to announce the Rosh Chodesh, “the head of the month”. Each month started with acts of worship and offerings of sacrifice. They put Yahweh at “the head of the month”.
The blowing of the shofar called upon God, gathered His people together and announced a change in seasons and strategies.
The shofar was always blown on Rosh Hashanah, declaring the end at the beginning of the New Year. It sounded upcoming blessings and breakthroughs..
It signifies the need to wake up to the call of God upon your life. God called Abraham to sacrifice. The portion read on the second day of Rosh Hashanah is always, “The Binding of Isaac” (Genesis 22). Abraham sacrifices a ram in place of his son, Isaac. The horn of the ram represents how God provided revelation, substitution and salvation through the sacrifice of His own choosing.
Psalm 119:71 – “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”
It is the proposition of God’s goodness that gives perspective to the prose and poetry of this psalmist. In proximity to the text the psalmist pronounces a profound philosophy of life. In verse 68 of Psalm 119 the psalmist gives shape, structure and syntax to a spiritual syllogism. He says to God about God, “Thou art good, and doest good..”.
The psalmist offers two truisms for the building of his syllogism. 1) God is good. 2) God does good. The syllogism is now set. If God is good and If God does good, then God always has something good that He wants to do. The psalmist provides for all of us a prism through which we can peruse our own personal pain. He sees his afflictions through the goodness of God. “Thou art good, and doest good”.
God is good and whatever He does is good. Whatever happens to this psalmist he has steadied himself in the grandeur of God’s goodness. And if our lives are connected to God then we must see all of life through the goodness of God. If God is good and does good, then we must find God and the good that He is doing in every “bad” situation. We have to have the courage to look out beyond our present pain and to gaze upon the glory of God’s goodness
The psalmist sets his theology within the tapestry of this poetry. He prays the hope of every human heart; he cites the great guarantee we all so desperately need; he gives voice to what every one of us wants to believe, and has to believe – even though things are bad, God is still good!
From the ancient Saxons we get the original meaning for the English word ‘God’. God is translated as “The Good”. God is “The Good”. You can’t have good until you first have God. God is goodness. There is no goodness without God. If you have some goodness without the goodness of God , your goodness is good for nothing!
God is all good. When He created the heavens and the earth he closed everyday with this assessment, “And God saw it was good”. Six times God stood at the end of a day and said, “That was good”. The day was not over until God said, Good!” Whatever you’re going through, God is going to bring you out of it with some good. When you come out of this you’ll be stronger, wiser and better!
Everyday in the week of the Creation started in the evening and ended in the morning. Six times in Genesis chapter 1 we read, “And the evening and the morning were the (….) day.” So God started every day in the evening and closed everyday with the morning. That means – God has never seen a day that ended in the dark.
The reason the psalmist can say, “This is the day that the Lord has made ; let us rejoice and be glad in it” is because the psalmist knew that the Lord won’t let your days close out in the dark. Every day God makes is going to end in the morning. God won’t let you stay in pain.“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”.
Whatever God is doing in the dark is designed to develop you. Prior to the digital age photographers had to develop their pictures in a “dark room”. It was called a “dark room” because it was a dark room. It was designed to keep the light out so the pictures could properly develop. Now the dark room is not where they displayed their pictures; the dark room is where they developed their pictures.
God will take you to some dark places and put you in some dark rooms so He can develop you. A.W. Tozer says, “It is doubtful that God will use anybody greatly who He has not first hurt deeply.” Kahlil Gibran says, “Sorrow is the spade that digs the well of joy and the deeper sorrow carves into you the more joy you can contain”. The great cellist Gaspar Cassado was often heard reminding his orchestra students, “You can’t play great music unless your heart has been broken”.
The goodness of God does not prevent our pain, it processes our pain. The goodness of God doesn’t restrict our pain, it redeems our pain. The goodness of God turns your pain into power.
God’s goodness has the power to transforms us. His goodness is designed to deliver us from the places our minds can take us. Your mind can take you some places and keep you so long you can lose your mind on the trip. Pain and betrayal, loss and hurt, anguish and grief, abandonment and abuse can all take your mind to places where your mind can’t survive. Your mind wasn’t made to carry the weight of worry. Your mind is not supposed to be full of fear. Your mind is not supposed to be stressed-out and anxious. Your mind was not made to be a deposit for dope and depression.
So, if you don’t want to lose your mind, the goodness of God has to change your mind. The Apostle Paul says, “It is the goodness of God that leads to repentance” (Romans 2:4). The goodness of God is not only a game changer, it is a mind-changer. The word “repent” means to change your mind. It literally means “to think again”. It is the idea of returning your mind to where your mind should have never left. When you repent you are placing your thoughts on the goodness of God. I know what it looks like, but God is still good! I know what people are saying, but God is still good!
Repentance is the power to get your mind back! Don’t leave your mind behind. I’m coming out of this with my mind! I’m not leaving this affliction without my mind. I’m going to need my mind for the next great thought God is going to give me.
* Once your mind comes back to God you can just think yourself happy. When your mind is back with God you are always one thought away from a praise. God never intended for things to determine your praise and worship. God is not giving away cars and houses, raises and promotions, money and salaries so you can have something to shout about. God never wants your praise coming from a thing because if you lose your things you will lose your praise. But if you can get a thought.
God wants your praise coming from a thought. You are one thought away from a thought. When you think of where you could be; when you think about how low you have been; when you think about how the Lord has raised you up. When I think about the goodness of Jesus…
The reason the goodness of God can change your mind is because the goodness of God can blow your mind. Psalm 145 says that “The Lord is good to all”. That should blow your mind! If the Lord is good to all it means that there is only one thing I have to do to qualify for the goodness of God, – I have to be one of the “all”. The Lord is good to all.
The Lord is good to people who aren’t good to themselves. The Lord is good to people who aren’t good to you. The Lord is good to people who aren’t good to anybody. The Lord is good to people who are good for a while. The Lord is good to people who are no good. The Lord is good to people who are good for nothing. The Lord is good to all. The goodness of God will give you your mind back.
The psalmist awakens us from the comforts of our suburban blessings and forces upon us a forgotten perspective on the goodness of God. The goodness of God can be painful. The psalmist gives voice and pathos to those of us struggling in our minds with the goodness of God and the pain of our own lives. We wonder if God is so good, then why do I have to hurt like this? If God is so good, why is it that my life seems so bad? If God is so good, then why do bad things happen to God’s people.
The psalmist does not toss out an answer, rather he offers us this clarion claim – God is always good for your good. Whatever God has to take you through to get you to your good He will take you through it. “It was good that I was afflicted”. The afflictions that you have are good. Your good is so great that every thing you called “bad” God was calling it good. ” And we know all things work together for the good..”
* You call it affliction. God calls it preparation. You call it wounded. God calls it anointed. You call it weakness. God calls it power. You call it a battle. God calls it a victory. You call it pain. God calls it purpose. You call it misery. God calls it ministry. You call it a set back. God calls it a set up. You call it a rap sheet and a record. God calls it a testimony. You call it a break down. God calls it a break through. You call it a mess. God calls it a message. You call it your past. God calls it His grace. They call it lucky. God calls it favor! God has inspected your pain and He calls it “Good!”.
Let the psalmist show us how to be thankful even when life is painful. The psalmist won’t complain because his affliction gave him a new attention. When pain hits our bodies we give attention to the pain. The pain demands our attention. Pain tells us when we need to give attention to a certain part of the body. Pain can also tell us when to give attention to certain parts of our lives.
In verse 67 the psalmist says, Before I was afflicted, I went astray”. “Astray” tells us that he was being distracted by life and was being moved away from God. He didn’t escape from God; he strayed. He didn’t abandon God; he strayed. He didn’t run away from God; he strayed. When any soul leaves God it’s never a blow out, it’s always a slow leak.
The psalmist admits that he needed a new attention. “ I went astray”. His pain brought him back into focus. And if God lets your pain refocus your faith, thank God for the pain. God is so good He will let your pain push you back to prayer. He will use your pain to bring you back to where you belong. God is so good, He will let your pain drive you back to church. God is so good He will let your pain get you away from people that don’t mean you any good. God is so good He will let your pain bring you back to your mind!
The story is told about a little boy who built himself a boat and took it down to a stream of water to test it. While it was in the water a current took the boat away from the boy while he stood on the banks of the stream. The little boy quickly started picking up rocks and throwing rocks over the boat. He started tossing rocks on the other side of the boat. Every time he tossed a rock it created a ripple. Every ripple brought that boat a little closer to the boy until he just reached out and picked the boat up out of the water. God is not throwing rocks at you. God maybe throwing rocks over your life to get you a little closer to Him.
He won’t complain about the pain because his affliction gave him a (new affirmation) We are so quick to judge what is good or bad based on how it makes us feel. The psalmist does not make a conclusion of his situation based on emotions. He comes to this faith affirmation, “It was good for me”.
It doesn’t have to be good to you in order for it to be good for you. God personalizes our pains to fit our purposes. What you go through would not have been good for me. What I went through was good for me because it was a tailored-made just for me.
* If you want to take power away from the pains of your past I dare you to say, “It was good for me!” I didn’t want it; I didn’t like it; I didn’t ask for it; I didn’t think it was fair; I didn’t see how; I didn’t know when; I didn’t understand it at the time, but now I can say, “It was good for me!” Write your enemies a “Thank You” card and tell them, “It was good for me”. Joseph told his low down brothers, “You thought it for evil, but God meant it for good!”
The psalmist won’t complain about the pain because it gave him a (new appreciation) . In verse 70 the psalmist says, “I delight in thy law”. In verse 72 he says, The law of thy mouth is better than thousands of gold and silver”. He thanks God for the affliction that gave him a new appreciation for the Word of God. “It was good that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes”. “Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now have I kept thy Word”.
The psalmist discovered the power of God’s Word in the middle of his pain. What you need to get through this affliction is a word from God. For every pain God has a promise. For every wound God has a word.
If you have an affliction, God has a word: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers out of them all”.
If you feel lost, God has a word: “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”.
If your heart is heavy, God has a word: “Let not your heart be troubled, Believe in God, believe also in Me”.
If your mind is worried, God has a word: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God and the peace of God that passes all understanding will keep your mind and heart in Christ Jesus.”
If your body is in pain, God has a word: “He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace upon Him and by His stripes we are healed.”
If you feel afraid, God has word: “The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear. The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid.”
If you feel alone and lonely, God has a word: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff comfort me”.
If you don’t know what to do next, God has a word: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, In all thy ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your paths”.
If you’re broke or bankrupt, God has a word: “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
If you have some haters hanging around: God has a word: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.”
If you don’t have enough, God has a word: “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think”.
If you feel down and out, God has word: “Lift up your heads and be ye lifted up ye everlasting doors and the King of glory shall come in”.
If you feel like the devil robbed you: God has a word: “The thief cometh to kill, steal and destroy, but I came that you might have life and that more abundantly.”
If you feel like you’ve been waiting for a long time, God has a word: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, mount up with wings as eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint.”
If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired: God has a word:
“ Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!”
The goodness of God is where our faith begins. The gospel is “God’s good news”. God transcribed His Goodness in the language of human events. In Jesus the gospel is the good news about the goodness of God. The gospel announces that God is exceedingly, extravagantly and existentially good. God ‘s goodness is more goodness than you’ll ever need. God. Jesus is God’s goodness guarantee.
Under the purple canopy of a cool Palestinian night, while shepherds slept in sweet repose, angels in antiphonal song announced Him saying, “Peace on earth and goodwill toward all men”. When men heard Him teach they called Him, “Good Master”. The report of His ministry was “He went about doing good”.
The life of Jesus is a gospel of goodness! Goodness was crucified. Goodness was sacrificed for sin. Goodness endured pain and betrayal. Goodness was buried in a cold grave but goodness could not be conquered. God raised Goodness from the grave! This is the gospel. This is goodness!
God is a good God, Yes, He is
“Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people”
The House is God’s house.
The House is a spiritual family.
The House is a joyful house of prayer for all people.
The Love of Jesus and the Power of Prayer for all people.
Post-Denominational – We are a collage and connection of many different denominational histories.
Multi- Generational – We are committed to reaching and offering relevant ministry to every generation in every family.
Cross-Cultural – We are a house of prayer for all nations. We do not place significance on one culture over another.
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“And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately” (Mark 6:30-32).
There are some principles in this passage that full-time ministries can apply that can protect from ministry burn out:
1. Remain Christ-Centered. The key to ministry vitality is spiritual intimacy. When are close to Christ we stay close to His Passion.
2. Rehearse Spiritual Successes – We often burnout because we don’t take the time to testify of the triumphs. Good things are happening through you. Verbalize the victories of the ministry.
3. Relax Regular Routines – Whatever you normally and daily do take a break from it. It’s okay. Jesus said you could.
4. Recognize People Pressure – People are always coming and going in ministry. Don’t take it personal. People are for a season and a reason.
5. Replenish Natural Needs – Sleep well, eat your favorite foods and enjoy some private time doing whatever makes you feel full and fulfilled.
Bishop Sean Teal / PrayerEverywhere.org
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light “ (Matthew 11:28-30).
On the seventh day of the seventh month I am officially beginning my first full thirty (30) day sabbatical. This is a time for me to rest my body, relax my soul and renew my spirit. My time will be spent quietly in The Word and prayer joyfully with our family and thoughtfully with a few real good books.
My greatest appreciation goes to the members of The House of Prayer Everywhere who make these moments possible and enjoyable. As your senior pastor and visionary I take this sabbatical with the intention of returning as a better servant and shepherd. Thank you for investing in my recharge and reboot!
The “sabbatical” is a state of imposed rest. It is when one schedules and disciplines themselves to take a time of rest from normal and vocational responsibilities. For most highly imperative personalities it is hard work to find rest. Listen to Jesus! He will put your resistance to rest to bed.
I too am one of those imperative personalities. I think in terms of what I “must” do versus what I can do, I live a high intensity lifestyle. I am impassioned and committed to impact. The anointing of the ministry attracts movers and shakers, entrepreneurs, engineers and educators.
We all need a sabbath for the “soul”. We All need to take some time off to renew our minds, wills and emotions. Let The House rest. The seventh (7th) is the sabbatical number.
On the seventh day God rested (Genesis 2:1-2). Each year The House sets aside July as a month of intentional rest and relaxation from the rigorous responsibilities of full time ministry.
The wisdom of a sabbatical is encouraged in the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30. Jesus spoke these words to people who were exhausted by the routines and rituals of Temple religion. They were spent. They were at their liturgical and levitical ends. They needed rest from trying to gain God’s approval through works and The Law. He seems to outline for them and now Us how to take a spiritual sabbatical that changes your life.
Sabbaticals should be times of:
- Unloading – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take the time to rest from whatever is the “labour” and whatever is the “heavy burden”. Acknowledge your limitations and don’t be lulled or bullied into being everyone’s hero and everyone’s resource. Rest from having to be the answer for all. Consider yourself and care for yourself and don’t apologize for it.
- Uploading – “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls”. This is the time to focus on Jesus, who He is, what He wants and what wills for your life. Rest in knowing that “the yoke” (that is easy and the burden that is light) always carries you forward into your faith and further into His favour. Take this time to learn of Him. Get in His lap and listen to His heartbeat. Learn the rhythm of your Father’s heart. Draw closer to God and watch God draw closer to you. It is an unbreakable spiritual law (James 4:7-9).
“Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately (Mark 6:30-32).
“The thirty-nine stripes that Jesus bore for our redemption, healing and deliverance came from a Roman flagellum. Allow me to explain. The Roman flagellum would have been the instrument used to beat Jesus. This whip was made of three belts or ropes of leather attached to a wooden handle. When the scourging began the administer would be a rough and rugged seasoned Roman soldier.
Jesus was beat that we might be healed. He bore the stripes on his back that we might not have to carry the burden of sickness and disease. Our healing and deliverance was secured by the stripes on his body.” – The 39 Stripes by Bishop Sean Teal.
You are highly valued! You are adopted by God! You are an offspring of The Almighty! You are forever loved by God! You are more than a conqueror! You have divine DNA! You are chosen! You are elected! You are accepted! You are redeemed! You are justified! You are washed! You are sanctified! You are anointed! You are ordained! You are destined! You are purposed! You are divine! You are good seed! You are good soil! You are a solution! You are an answer! You are a blessing! You are blessed! You are prosperous! You have good success! You are a wealthy place! You are overflowing with milk and honey! You are a vessel ready to be used by the Master! You are the prized possession of God! You are a trophy of grace that the Father has put on display before all of creation!
Bishop Sean Teal, Th.D.
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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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