GALVESTON OH GALVESTON

By Editor George Duke

Why would you donate to help rebuild the Galveston Apostolic Church?

As the sun rises after the destruction of Hurricane Harvey only God and the church member will be able to realize all the damage there!

The Galveston church has suffered many times at the onslaught of hurricanes that have come through the area. If you knew the history of how the enemy would love to be rid of the church it might help you to be more willing to help rebuild this church that was just hit by hurricane Harvey.

In 1967 I had enrolled in Texas Bible College in Houston, Texas and was working at Hughes Tool company. Pastor Johnny Willhoite who worked there at the time and was building a Apostolic church in Highlands Texas became a great friend of mine. One day he asked me what my Spiritual goal was during my stay in Texas? I looked at Johnny and told him I was looking for a place to start a new Apostolic Church. He then asked me have you been to Galveston? I replied I had never heard of Galveston. He then related to me that Galveston was about 45 miles south of Houston, a Island,

and that there had been many Apostolic ministers, including a relative of his, to go there and start a church, but there still was not one there. He told of a minister that had been there before his in Law that they use to put in jail for having services there. I looked at hi and said I am not interested! A few weeks later Brother Johnny came back up to me and asked me,”Have you been to Galveston yet?”   I said No and he again asked me to at least drive down there. I agreed and the following Sunday Jim Lenning and I drove to Galveston.

There is one bridge into Galveston and when we were at the highest point in the bridge I was able to view the city and all of a sudden I felt the  Spirit of God come upon me and tears flooded my eyes as I looked at Carol and said here is where we are going to build a church. We placed a ad in the Galveston paper found one family in the area to help start the church. We found a old building to rent and went to work giving out leaflets. In the first service we had 19 people to attend. Later we found property where the building is located now and had a old world war 2 barracks donated to us that we moved onto the property and renovated. For the next 3 years my wife Carol would cook and prepare daily 100 bags of peanut brittle to sell to pay for the property and renovation. My kids would go out after school and sell the peanut brittle. Brother Robert Glass later would relate how Sister Duke would work making peanut brittle in our house until the whole kitchen which had been painted white turned yellow. During the 4 years we were there God really blessed us. Later we were appointed as Missionaries to the UK and Brother Bill and Gloria Patton who did an excellent job were elected to Pastor the church there. Later after they resigned from the church Pastor Morton and his wife became the Pastor there taking on the fight to maintain the Apostolic Church in Galveston. They over more than 30 years have done a wonderful job there after suffering many setbacks with hurricanes.  Today a new building has been built and many souls won to God through their ministry. A wonderful and dedicated couple who now has suffered loss of their vehicles, home, and the church damage. There are so many things that I could share but only they like Paul Harvey know the rest of the story. PLEASE HELP THEM TO REBUILD AND RESTORE THE CHURCH  AGAIN IN GALVESTON TEXAS

JUST DOUBLE CLICK ON DONATE AND LET YOUR HEART BE YOUR GUIDE. 


 

WHAT THE MISSIONARY’S KID’S SEE!

THE MISSIONARY’S KID’S VIEW! FOR YOUR EYES ONLY?

Forgiveness Revival
Editor’s Note- Recently I opened my email and found a letter from a Missionary’s Kid that really touched my heart. I am sure after reading it your heart will be touched also. So many times we do not know the hurt that our children feel when as a  Pastor, Evangelist, or Missionary Kid they suffer attacks or see attacks on their family from supposedly Saints of God or church people.  In many cases when one come’s to the Lord Jesus Christ and is filled with the Holy Spirit. They receive a powerful experience. Because of their respect of the man of God that revealed to them this wonderful experience with God, they then turn to their Overseer and will follow any teaching that they teach even becoming a Pharisee which Jesus Christ warned against. Matthew 23:13    Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. I hate to reveal this but many of our early Minister’s could not read when they first came to God. As a result of this many began to preach their private interpretation of the Word of God sometimes even their own personal convictions that others had to keep as salvation issues. If you did not keep their commandments you were lost and many times judged. Forgiveness would sometimes be forgotten by those that followed the Pharisee walk even though those that were children of God had been forgiven.  One of these ideas was that if a Minister fell he could never get back up and continue in the ministry even though the Word of God in Romans 11:29 states that the gifts and calling of God is without repentance. (turning away from)  

During my tenure as a Pastor I forgave many former ministers that had fallen and tried to help them get back on their feet and fight Satan one more time. Some turn out well other’s tried to cut my throat, but the most important thing was I forgave them. You will not go wrong when you make forgiveness the most important ingredient in your walk with God. My Pastor Robert Glass spoke to me about forgiving and his statement was,” Brother Duke, the hardest ones to forgive are your Brothers and Sisters in the Lord and they are the ones that will hurt you most.”  It did not take me long to find that out and it probably will not take you long either. My prayer is that what this Missionary Kid went through might prepare other Missionary kids. God bless all of our Missionaries. 

Here is a copy of that letter:

February 21st 12:00 a.m. I was awakening by a strong presence in my room. I am not able to explain in words the feeling I was experiencing. So I won’t even make the attempt to explain.
As I laid there I began to pray for Gods help because of the overwhelming guilt that I’ve experienced, due to my shortfalls in my walk with & without God Almighty.
I was brought up in a home of a Pentecostal preacher and experienced & seen wide ranges of standards – beliefs – and in many cases, very judgmental views within the Pentecostal churches. I truly believe in the message that the UPC teaches. Yet through all of the good, there is a large gap in the area of forgiveness, towards struggling brothers & sisters in the Lord. I felt impressed in my heart, that revival or lack thereof is predicated on how we look at people. Judging the book by its cover, if I may.
I want to share a couple of life experiences that I (Missionary kid) have witnessed, while traveling around the country with my parents. As a very young boy, I was observant to things that were said and or happened while visiting Pentecostal churches. Here are a couple examples that plague me and disturb my mind. I recall one incident when a church either cancelled or did not except our invitation to be with them while on deputation. It was all about perception, and not the condition of a person’s heart or walk with God. The minister said that the photo of my parents looked like my mother had cut her hair. This never was the case and was very detrimental to our family. This was said to other ministers and of course this went around to other churches. Unfortunately as we all know, bad news travels fast and in many cases believed by many. Another incident that stands out and bothers me to this day, was when an assistant pastor had got divorced (no fault of his own) yet many churches condemned him and would not allow him to preach in their churches. We have ministers that have fallen from the grace of God and later come back to Pentecostal church only to be shunned. It is a bigger problem than most ministers want to accept. You’re alienated from the click. We serve a mighty God that forgives us daily, yet our churches refused to do so, in many cases. We must be cognate that God forgives us at the same measure we are willing to forgive others.

I often wonder how the Apostle Paul, Apostle Peter, Danial, King David, Jonah & others would fair in our organization after their sinful acts, Denial of Jesus and running from God. Why do we make it more difficult to come back to our Lord and Savior “Jesus Christ” than God himself does?
I promise if compassion was given and welcoming arms were stretched out for the hurting and those that stumble and the judgmental spirit would subside we could help many souls return home. I speak from experience.
I feel God spoke to my heart and this is why I am writing. To have revival, God impressed on my hearts it must start with forgiveness of others and restrain from being judgmental even to the extent of placing our personal convictions on one another. If it’s not biblical then it shouldn’t be forced on to others. As I said earlier, you cannot judge a book by its cover. I know many individuals with beautiful long hair; dresses to their ankles, yet carry a very nasty spirits (attitude) condemning fellow saints because they don’t dress like them. And I’ve seen others not dressed so prim & proper, praising and worshiping God Almighty & carrying a beautiful spirit. Why is this? Maybe it’s what is on the inside (of the book). Don’t take this wrong. I believe in holiness standard. Not man made standards.
I am not much of a writer but felt I had to say this, in hope this falls in the right hands. I don’t even have a clue who to send this too at this point but I’m tired of running from God and want to do his will in my life. I have never been wakened from a deep sleep with such a strong presence in my room as has just happened to me.
I do ask for all the prayers of the saints and ministry that I may be used of God and that I may impact someone to serve the One and only True God “Jesus”.
May God do a work in the last days, and my prayer is that I may help harvest the field and not continue to bury my talent.
I want to win family and friends. If we can only show compassion and forgiveness revival will come to our churches. I know this is a word from the Lord. I know this because of the power I felt in my bedroom that woke me from a deep sleep. I have not served the Lord like I should but God knows my heart better than I even do. Right now my heart is heavy with grief of my past and shamefulness of what I’ve done in my life. I want to do his will moving forward.
Please pray for my family & I
God Bless you all,

IN CLOSING PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BEST WAY FOR OTHER’S TO DESIRE YOUR STANDARDS ARE FOR THEM TO BE SEEN AND NOT FORCED DOWN THEIR THROATS AND THAT YOU HAVE A SPIRIT THAT IS OF GOD (SWEET SWEET SPIRIT)

Editor’s Testimony of How he became a Apostolic

APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN TRUTH

In my early childhood I was raised near Flomaton, Alabama. I remember when I was around 11 or 12  I was attending Sunday School at the First Baptist Church in Flomaton. I really appreciate the Baptist in regards to the teaching that one needs to read and Learn the word of God. It was from the study of the word of God that allowed me to accept the full gospel message of the bible. It was Sunday morning just before class that I walked up to my teacher and asked about a scripture I was having a problem with in the book of Mark. It was the following scripture Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. I looked at the teacher and asked “What does they shall speak with new tongues mean?” He examined the whole chapter and replied, ” I do not know but I will ask the Pastor.” Weeks later I went back up to the teacher and asked if he had found out about the scripture and he looked at me and said, “You don’t curse or talk nasty anymore!” Well at 12 that answer seemed feasible, but years later I happened to attend a Pentecostal Church and saw and heard them speaking in tongues and how their lives were changed after receiving the Acts 2 experience. Well I did not become one of them but I did believe they were correct and later witnessed to my wife about this experience. So when we came to America and I was discharged at Eglin Air Force Base I decided to take her to visit a Pentecostal Church in ort Walton Beach, Florida. She thought they were crazy and said I wont be going back to one of those. Years later she did go back on a Sunday morning in Pensacola, Florida and when I got off duty as a Police officer I came into the house and she ran up to me and informed me that we were going back to one of those Holy Roller churches. I looked at her and asked her, “What’s wrong with you? “She said well I went back to one this morning and I felt something there I have never felt before and we are going tonight. We went to Church that night and when the altar call was made we both were feeling the power of God all over us. She looked over at me and said let’s go down to the front and I crossed my arms and backed up and said No I am not going down there. She went and within 10 minutes she was filled with the Holy Spirit and was speaking in tongues as the Spirit of God gave the utterance. 3 days later she called up a sister in the church and told her Dot, you know what happened to me the other night? Dot said yes you received the Holy Ghost. Carol said well I am still doing it. For the next 2 years I turned away from going to church and made it hard on Carl to go, but one night while getting ready for work God literally spoke to me and it scared me to death. I fell on my knees and began to repent, For 6 months I sought for what Carol received in 10 minutes. After being filled with his Spirit God changed my life. Later after many of my 3 person Trinity friends kept telling me I was wrong going to a Jesus only church, i began to pray and ask God for guidance and let me know who he really was? One day at dinner I bowed my head to pray and God spoke to me as I bowed my head and said,” God’s all over the world havea name, What’s my name? I spoke out Jesus, and it all unfolded in my mind that Jesus Christ was the Father in creation, the Sonin redemption, and the Holy Spirit that had come into my life. Not 3 persons but 3 manifestations. I knew then that God was in Christ and all the fullness of the Godhead dwelt in him.  Now read my story of how I came to Jesus Christ. Guns to the Gospel

ARE WE ALL THE CHILDREN OF gOD?.

by George Duke

Many people use this anomaly to support the idea that we should allow people of a religion into our country that supports the killing of infidels. Of course let me explain that Christians and other non believers are the infidels So weak minded and uneducated in theology they attempt to appear humble by using the terminology of,” Well they are all gods children”, to cause other people to feel humiliated for their actions of protecting our society. The fact is, yes they are all god’s children? But the real question is, Which god or God I should say. Note that I use the word god and God. I use the word god when I am speaking about the god of this world but I use the word God when I speak about the God that created this world. Yes there is only one God, but there are many god’s and Satan is the chief or head of all these little god,s.  Listen to what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”. First of all man is born in sin as the bible suggests by the Psamist.  Psalms 51:5 – Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalms 58:3 – The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. So really we are not the children of God but rather the children of man born in sin. If we are to become the real children of God we must obey John 3 and Acts 2. Read it and weep for all those that are not the children of God. John Chapter 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

Let God heal your mind and strengthen your understanding today and know that evil is evil and good is of God.