Thanksgiving Crafts, Baking and Window Painting…

Last Friday, my Children’s school had their Halloween parade, class parties and bake sale. Since we don’t celebrate Halloween, my children did not go to school on that day (don’t be alarmed I’m sure they didn’t miss any major lessons). It’s a sort of tradition we started two years ago when my oldest Jonathan, was in Pre-K. What did we do on that day? Fun! Fun! Fun! Keeping in line with my frugal but cheerful life theme, we created very inexpensive Thanksgiving turkey crafts.  These were made with paint, paper cups, cartridge paper and other things from around the house.

We baked cookies…

 and we had fun window painting (yeah, I have a lot of cleaning up to do).

Some Christian families believe they should not have to distract their children at Halloween, and this might work for them; but I had no intentions of allowing my kids to go to school, watch all their friends come dressed up in costumes, sit in the midst of the parties, see all the candy and tell them “just don’t take part in it”. Ahmmm, I’m not an expert in any way, shape or form, but I think that would do more harm than good. They’re just kids guys! If we as grown-ups have to stay clear of certain situations so as not to be affected by it, “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1Th 5:227), how much more our sweet little children who are just learning how to navigate their way through this life. And very surprising to me, I’ve been with Christians who think its O.K. for their children to partake in this celebration of darkness. My family, and many others I’m sure, takes a strong stance against Halloween, and while we’re standing, we flat out have fun!

How do you feel about Halloween? Share your thoughts on this topic on Apostolic Talk!

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“…provoke unto love…” (Heb 10:24)

Recently I was astonished to find out that in our Churches, there are husbands, wives and children, who are going without on a consistent basis, single adults on the verge of eviction and single parents who are having a hard time making ends meet.

Is it our responsibility, out of our increase, to bless those who are in need in our Churches? Or do we simply pray a prayer that God will provide food, clothes and shelter for them? Do we leave it up to the leadership of the Church, out of our tithes and offerings, to provide for all those who desire charity?

Jesus had this to say on this matter:

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  ( Mat 25:34) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:  (Mat 25:35) When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? (Mat 25:38) And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Mat25:40) 

 This is obviously important to Jesus. I want to be very careful to make the things that are important to God, important to me. We must be vigilant not to allow the spirit of selfishness to enter our lives. Accumulating more and more, tearing down our barns and building bigger barns. We are blessed, not to keep it all for ourselves, but to bless someone else in turn. Can God trust us with His wealth? Or should He give it to someone else who will show compassion on those that are in need among us.  

 The early Church had all things common; God moved among them, confirmed their words, healed the sick, opened prison doors, made them stand before kings and gave them a harvest of souls that was astounding.  Could it be that “giving” is a part of the revival formula?

I decided that when I’m aware of these situations, I will give, in love and with compassion, whatever I can. If we all give a little, then it will be much to the dear saint in need.

 Please share your Thoughts on this subject. I love to hear from my readers on Apostolic Talk.

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Preamble & Phone Ministry (Part II)

As a preamble to Phone Ministry part 2, I’d like to talk about the attitude that gave birth to this second phone ministry testimony. Growing up I was always a shy person. As I grew into adulthood, I looked around and realized that because of this shyness, with the exception of my dear husband, I had no real friendships; acquiantances and associates, yes, but no real comradeship. Since this revelation, God has added to me friends that are friends indeed; friends that encourage me, Friends that pray for me and tell me that they love me, friends that gently and in love show me my shortcomings in the hope that they will save me from falling on my face. I’d like to talk about how I gained these friends (who ironically, were there from my youth). I adopted the scripture “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly…”  (Pro 18:24). I dropped my shy attitude and quieted the voice that whispered “what if you get hurt?” I put myself out there. I said life is too short to live in a bubble; I started smiling more, saying hello to strangers who made eye contact, chatting with my neighbor on my way in. Inviting saints into my home to laugh and share and pray, calling up dear old friends who I had pushed away because of my insecurities. Talking with Great men and women of God who before I had been too intimidated to approach. Let me just pause here to say: Shyness is not of God, it robs you of your gifts, your God given character and the ability to be a blessing and to give back. Shyness forces you to keep your mouth shut even when God has given you something to say.

It is with this new attitude that I experienced the next testimony; my children were mysteriously disconnected from their Titi on the phone (one of them probably inadvertently turned it off). I hurriedly dialed her number, put the phone on speaker so they could both hear and gave the phone back to them.

 “Hello Titi,” they said.

“I’m sorry,” came a strange woman’s voice. “I’m not grandma, hold on children let me give the phone to grandma.” Not recognizing the voice I realized right away that I had dialed the wrong number. By the time I took the phone, the grandma was already on the phone.

“Hello,” I said, I think I dialed the wrong number.

“Hello,” said the grandma. “Who is this?” Her voice revealed that she was an extremely elderly woman, the weakness in her pitch hinted that she had not been feeling well but the authority she spoke with bore witness of many life experiences. Immediately I was moved with compassion, “God bless you,” I said. “I don’t go to church,” she said. Not angrily though, almost like an apology. “Well you must,” I said thinking of her eternity. She sounded like she was on her way out and had not even been a church goer, much more saved. “This Sunday you must go to church,” I said, she was a little confused now, realizing that I was not one of her grandkids. She muttered something I didn’t understand. “May I speak with your daughter please?” I asked assuming that the woman who answered was her daughter. “Who is this?” said her daughter defensively. I was not deterred, “Your mom told me she doesn’t attend church, she needs to be in an Apostolic Pentecostal church this Sunday.” I had urgency in my voice. The woman asked “why that church in particular?” Her voice had lost its defensiveness, it is almost as though she understood and knew her mother needed this. I was taken aback by her question, honestly, I couldn’t think of anything amazing to say, so I simply said “Because in an Apostolic Pentecostal Church, she can repent of her sins and be baptized in Jesus name and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” I didn’t want to keep her too long, so I ended with “God bless you.” The woman said “Thank you for calling, thank you for your blessings.” “No problem,” I said “it was my pleasure, God bless your whole family.”

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Are you a part of the Remnant?

Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: (Rom 9:27) Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (Rom 11:5)

Saints of the Most High God, my heart is both heavy and excited simultaneously. Jesus is coming soon and the Church, the called out, the ecclesia, the Remnant is getting ready.

The bible speaks of a Remnant, a people who will not be lulled to sleep in the last days by the enemy. A people who will not surrender to the systems of this world: the dress code, the ungodly celebrations (Halloween), the mindset of me- me- me, the lack of love for others, the pride and the pursuit of all that this world has to offer.

Are you a part of the Remnant?  Have you repented of your sins? Are you baptized in Jesus name and are full of the Holy Ghost? Do you sigh at the depravity that has taken over the world?  “And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” (Ezekiel (9:4) Do you cry out to God for the unsaved people that He has placed in your charge? Are you purposed in your heart to live a separated, consecrated and holy life unto the Lord? Do you love everybody? Do you follow after peace with all men? Do you pray and fast and passionately seek God’s face? Do you faithfully attend church?

 I am not all these things, but I will be.

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Phone Ministry (Part 1):

So it appears God has given me a phone ministry. I’ve had the privilege of witnessing to two individuals recently, both on the phone and both a surprise to both me and them. One I’ll share today and the other tomorrow. The first is a Pastor of a Church in Ohio. This gentleman blogs about the work that God is doing through him and his dear wife, in that part of the country. I would not have known this, had WordPress (my hosting company) not attached a link to his site on my site (I suppose they did this because we have similar themes – we both talk about God). The title of his post was so interesting to me, “When a Church Plant becomes a Church Family,” some of you may have seen this link on my site. Out of curiosity I clicked on the link, I enjoyed reading the article and wondered to myself “what does this Church believe? Are they of the Apostolic faith?” I clicked around on his site and could not find any information. I picked up my phone and decided to call, to my dismay no one answered, so I left a message. “ Hi my name is Paula and I just read your post on When a Church Plant becomes a Church Family and enjoyed it thoroughly, I’m just a little curious about what you guys believe and teach. Please call me back at this number, Thank you”.

I went about my daily duties forgetting I had left the message, when I came home from picking up my kids and being a little tired from playing at the playground, I heard my phone ring, it was the Pastor returning my call. I congratulated him again on a great post and asked the million dollar question. The answer was Baptist; I then asked “have you received the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues as the spirit of God gives the utterance”. He said there is no more Holy Ghost, the bible said it was done away with. We talk very friendly for a while as I shared with him my testimony and gave scriptural evidence that the Holy Ghost was alive and well. I said I believe that God is pleased with the work that you and your wife are doing and He wants to fill you up with the Holy Ghost to give you power over sin and take you up a little higher.  I thanked him for returning my call, he said he enjoyed talking with me and thanked me for calling. He didn’t say this, but based on his humility and the way he listened and responded, I think he’s going to search the scriptures for the truth and in his prayer time cry out to God for the Holy Ghost.

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