Who is Jesus?

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Edited by George C Duke

Another great time to witness approaches as we approach Easter.  While the prophets usually said, “This is what the Lord says,” Jesus said, “I tell you the truth.” , “Prophets spoke for God, but Jesus consistently spoke as God. In addition, Jesus claimed God’s title, “I am,” and other significant characteristics of God—such as the ability to forgive sins.”That’s what Jesus claimed, but the question is, was He telling the truth? Or maybe he was crazy. Or maybe the Gospel accounts are fairy tales. Or maybe…

When Apostolic Christians say that Christianity is true, we’re not saying that we think it’s true. Or that it’s true for us and not for “them.” Or that it’s true if you believe. No, we mean that it’s true whether you believe it or not. We mean that Christianity is just flat-out true: that Jesus actually lived, that you could have seen Him, that the crucifixion actually took place, that He really did rise from the dead. How can we not believe when we have had such a wonderful powerdul experience with Jesus Christ. Pentecost is alive within each of us that has allowed him to fill us with his Spirit the bible way. If you have never experienced the Acts 2 experience remember the words of Peter when he stated as a fact that it is for you, your children, and their children too. Acts 2:39-40

Had you been there, you could’ve eaten the fish and loaves that were multiplied by Jesus from the little boy’s lunch. The water that Jesus walked on would have gotten you wet. And had you been in that upper room with Thomas, you could have seen the wounds on Jesus’ hands and placed your finger in His side.

These historical events are not just matters of personal faith; they’re matters of public truth. And you and I, especially in this cultural moment, have a responsibility, a task, a calling even, to articulate and defend these truths when called upon.
Another great truth is found in the person of Jesus Christ. Yes I said the person because Jesus is the person of God. In him not them dwelleth all of the fulness of the Godhead bodily and ye are complete in him not them. Jesus Christ was and is the body of flesh that God created for himself to dwell in.
Even so as Easter reminds the world of the Jesus Christ , what are we going to do with this opportunity in front of us? Because that’s what it is…a great opportunity to tell friends and neighbors the truth about Jesus.  After all, the events surrounding the life of Jesus, especially the crucifixion and the resurrection, either happened or they didn’t. We’re not talking about merely issues of personal belief; we’re talking about real events of history, and if they happened, change everything. As an Apostolic the greatest story you can tell is about  Jesus Christ and how he allowed you to become a son of God. That is your testimony as to how Jesus Christ lives in you. So shout it out, He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today.

Why it is so difficult to stop yourself from sinning?

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” – 2 Peter 1:2-4

The Bible tells us that we should cease from sinning. While it’s understandable that all men commit sin even after being saved, it should be made known that God wants all of us to strive for total holiness. As such, we should all desire to stop sinning.

The fact is, we have been given all that we need to live a Godly and righteous life in Christ. We’ve been freed from the grip of sin and have been transferred from darkness into light (see Romans 6:14; Colossians 1:13; 1 Peter 2:9).

We’ve been given the power to say “no” to sin and all ungodliness (see Titus 2:12). And we’ve been given a new identity and a new nature, one that’s not obliged to commit sin (see 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1-16)

Yet, despite all of these there are some of us who just can’t stop sinning. Many of us find it difficult to stop sinning. Why is this?

Here are some possible reasons why we might find it hard to stop sinning:

1) You like it

Many of us will not want to admit it, but when we sin, it’s because we like what we’re doing. Sin always feels tempting before it is done, feels good while it is being done, but feels overwhelmingly condemning after it is done. Still, many of us fall prey to it because we like it.

James 1:14-15 should serve as a warning and a sobering word of caution to us:

“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”

2) You haven’t realized how it affects your relationship with God

Many of us continue to commit sin because we don’t realize how it affects our relationship with God. Truth is, before we met Christ, we didn’t have any relationship with God. Our sins have separated us from Him:

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)

3) You don’t realize the price that was paid for you to be freed from it

Friend, the Bible tells us that God paid a very high price for sin to be defeated: the blood of His dearly beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 John 4:10 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us,

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”

God gave up His one and only begotten Son so that we could all be set free from sin. We all need to understand that.

Pastor Dukes Books now published on Amazon and Kendle Proceeds  to be used to pioneer new work in Yerington NV.Sister Carol Dukes Book now published on Amazon

6 Ways to Lead Your Church Well in 2018

Talking about leadership is easy, but doing it is another story. We’re here to help.

6 Ways to Lead Your Church Well in 2018

Everyone wants to be a great leader. Nowhere is that call more important than in the local church, where often the pastor is looked at to lead their church in inspiring and expectation-defying ways. Meanwhile, books on leadership tend to give broad advice that can be relatively difficult to apply in the local church setting.

We’re here to help.

Below is the best advice from CT Pastors on leading your church well. Whether you’re trying to raise up new leaders, lead into your strengths, or cast vision for the new year, we’ve got you covered.

Diagnose your team

How do we develop and sustain a group that doesn’t simply tout the buzzword of teamwork, but is actually the real deal—a healthy, high-performing team? Learn how to use Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team to develop a team that is aligned with their gifts, makes good decisions, gets great results, and loves working together.

Raise up leaders in-house

Many successful ministers wait until later in their career to pursue postgraduate education, if at all. In the meantime, they are deeply shaped by their involvement in the local church.

Lead from your strengths

Don’t ignore your weaknesses. Find ways to apply your strengths as a solution.

Pray for your church

Too often, prayer is an afterthought when it comes to conversation, articles, and books about church leadership. How can those in ministry prioritize prayer for their congregations when so many other things demand their attention? How can they carve out time from the pressing responsibilities of running a church, and what should that time in prayer look like? We asked 10 pastors how they pray for their churches.

Set clear goals

Setting clear and concrete goals is an essential part of ministry leadership. They don’t have to be related to attendance or revenue, but they should be measurable in some way and should be clearly connected to the vision or mission of the church or ministry. A goal is a catalyst for achieving your mission—it’s not the mission itself.

Share the Pulpit

Discover the value of teaching others to teach others.

Committed to training new leaders?

This tool will help you identify potential leaders by creating a climate where people want to serve, and teach you how to train these new leaders to be effective through mentoring relationships.

Pastor Dukes Books now published on Amazon and Kendle Proceeds  to be used to pioneer new work in Yerington NV.Sister Carol Dukes Book now published on Amazon

Pastor’s Secret’s


by Pastor George Duke

I Pastored for many years and heard and saw all type’s of situations. Some were astonishing and surprising because of who it involved. On Pastor’s secrets I am going to share with you some of these but shhh keep them quiet. NO I am not going to name anyone nor the place it occurred. But you can comment on these as I post them.

I met her in my office after a call from her asking for me to counsel with her. I remember her coming into the office and I made sure that the door was unlocked and the shade over the glass door was ope so that we could be clearly seen from the outside as I never wanted gossip over who I met with for counseling.

After sitting down on the other side of my desk she began to confess to me of her past life. Pastor Duke I am not married, but I have lived with a man for many many years and I have 2 children by him. I want to let you know the life I have lived all these years  but I would like to assure you of one thing. I have always been a Christian and I have never cut my hair!

Well she came to church for awhile but left because someone attended that had cut their hair. After she told me why she was leaving I mused and thought maybe Jesus should have changed the scripture to read One can not see the Kingdom of God unless she has long uncut hair???  Let me close with this scriptures:

Sheep or a Wolf?

by Editor George Duke

So many churches are destroyed everyday by the wolves in the church. They prey on the new convert. They come in many disguises such as Saint , Assistant Pastor, or even that neighboring Pastor nearby.  It takes many years to build up a Apostolic Assembly but just a few minutes to tear it apart. Pastors daily have to deal with problems in the church and the wolves look for the chance to hop in and cause havoc. One of the greatest problems we have in our Apostolic church is the ” Holier than thou attitude.” Yes we need standards but standards are not a salvation issue. Sin is! My suggestion to you if you are having problems over this issue is leave it alone. Some of the standards we have do not make sense when viewed in bible history. So do not tear down a church to promote your ideology.

It’s amazing how many of those that you win to the Lord leave you because of the wolf!   Church destroyers (wolves) are sometimes the bully in the assembly.  Jesus called them wolves. Do all churches have them?  Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. The answer is YES  Churches and people are  destroyed by these wolves that display themselves as sheep. They constantly find ways to gain your confidence and trust. I have seen them destroy people in churches that I have Pastored over the years. It really hurts a Pastor to see those that he prayed with and nurtured into the church follow them to their own destruction. That’s the reason I refer to them as bullies. Pastors need to be aware of them and today I list some of the tell tale signs.

“I love you pastor, but I want you fired.”

  1. They are among the first in the church to tell you how much they love you and they normally portray a holier than thou lifestyle.

And they will continue to love you as long as you do everything exactly the way they want it done every single day.

  1. They have strong personalities and are able to draw others to themselves.

They tend to be boisterous. They speak up frequently in meetings. They can be loud. They like to dominate conversations.

  1. They are highly opinionated especially in regards to standards

And if you ever disagree with them, you become their next target.

  1. They are terrible listeners.

They want you to listen to them; they don’t want to listen to you.

  1. They build unhealthy alliances.

The bully in one church built an alliance with two weak members. The three of them spoke in secret  about the pastor.

  1. They murmur and gossip.

Most of their words are negative. They are the anti-Barnabas.

  1. They do most of their toxic work in darkness.

They let other people become the fall persons for their nefarious deeds. They meet with them behind closed doors and then slither away.

  1. They have been to several churches.

Bullies tend to move around. They do their damage at one church and then leave. They are sometimes asked to leave.

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

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Strange Doctrines

The Apostle Paul warned us in Hebrews 13: 9Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

1-Let’s begin with a strange story that came out of Michigan where a group of pot supporters is gathering and calling themselves “marijuana missionaries” consisting of approximately 50 people gathering on Sundays in South Lansing, Michigan for the debut of a new church called “The First Cannabis Church of Logic and Reason.” The gathering is a kick-off for what organizer Jeremy Hall hopes will become monthly meetings celebrating cannabis’ spiritual properties.

2-Then we move to the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. who has already has made itself controversial by its stance against Israel, and recently rose eyebrows after lifting up prayers to Allah at its General Assembly meeting recently. The prayers were: “Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path—the path of all prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad.” Now could you imagine the apostles approving of this foolishness?

3-Then there was an article reported by Jennifer Leclaire from Charisma about a church called “Apologia Church” that recently came up with a disturbing way to raise funds for its church plant in Hawaii. In the report, it talked about Marcus Pittman, its leader, offering tattoos and a Bible conference complete with a beer flight, and sampling of beers much like a wine tasting, to pick up some cash for the church plant! Pittman even stated in says in a YouTube video, “So, it’s pretty cool.” As he sees it, the tattoos and beer flights are cooler than a bake sale.

4-Next was the United Methodists that recently nominated three “Openly Homosexual Candidates” for Bishop despite prohibition from the denomination. The Word of God clearly states that the time would come when many would depart from the faith and give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.

5-Then we have the recent controversy that has stirred from a recent appearance of Mo’nique and her husband in a recent interview on the new program called The Preachers where Mo’Nique was quite open about her open marriage with husband Sidney Hicks, and received a stamp of approval from host and “pastor” Jamal Bryant, who is the pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

6-And finally, we knew it was coming, but reports nationwide are outlining how purported churches across the country are being pulled in by one of the latest societal crazes: Pokemon Go! And of course, they are using this game to draw or “attract” the masses to their church in hopes of filling the pews! What ever happened to lifting up Jesus and letting him draw all men unto Himself? What we need in this hour is not some attraction and gimmick wrapped in the latest cultural craze to attract the masses to fill the pews. What we need is to re-establish the plumb line and rebuild the altars of repentance, the preaching of the Gospel and the operation of the Holy Spirit to draw men unto repentance and salvation! Are you steadfast in Christ and His Word or have you strayed from the truth and are being carried away by strange and various “New Teachings” and “Doctrines” that are not biblically sound?

7-Beware of those that teach standards for salvation

2 Timothy 4:3-5: For the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but they will gather to themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, having itching ears, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn to myths. But be self-controlled in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, and prove your ministry.