No system or structure, legislative demands, hierarchical pressure, or meritorious rewards will produce the Acts 2 and Acts 4 principle of, as Luke puts it, having “all things in common” (see Acts 2 2:44, 4:32 NKJV). From the context of supporting those in need, Paul writes of what many would call, the grace of giving or the spirit of generosity that flows from a heart that understands, “God loves a cheerful giver. and God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:7, 8 NKJV).
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Obed Natán Chic Itzep was born in the city of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla, Guatemala. He has served the church as a children’s and youth pastor, a clerk in his local church, and district Youth Ministries director. In 2019, he was appointed senior pastor of the Tierra Verde Church of God of Prophecy in Siquinalá, Escuintla, Guatemala.
SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP - PRAYERFUL LEADERSHIP
Look at the first two words in this article’s title, “Spiritual Leadership.” Now replace the word “spiritual” with any word that denotes effective Christian leadership—authentic leadership, compassionate leadership, visionary leadership, anointed leadership, fruitful leadership, compelling leadership, servant leadership, etc. This simple exercise reminds us that consistent, fervent prayer is essential to effective spiritual leadership.
Prayers Heard, Prayers Hindered
Caleb Madara Dondo serves as COGOP Kenya Task Force vice chairman. Brother Dondo is a teacher with a passion for teaching on the Holy Spirit, giving, and prayer.
Local Church Outreach 2020
As the coronavirus made headlines near the beginning of 2020, I heard an amazing message of compassion and care concerning early Christians running into the plague to minister with kindness to make a difference in the lives of those who were sick and dying. They were willing to move to ministry, even when it threatened their own lives. The message contained a powerful illustration of how those of us who follow the teachings of Christ respond in counter-culture ways to minister to those who are suffering and in need.
The Bible tells us to pray with all kinds of prayer (Ephesians 6:18). But not every kind of prayer is effective prayer. Sometimes, our prayers resemble a flea-market auction. We barter. We negotiate. We up the bid. We say, “I’ll become a missionary if you’ll heal me, God!” Or, “I need more money, more money, more money—I’ll tithe 15 percent!”
Consider Your Ways
When my wife and I first got married, we knew very little about managing money. We certainly did not pay attention to the verse found in Proverbs 22:7 that says, “The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender” (NKJV).
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Children and the Holy Spirit
Part Two: Explaining Holy Spirit Baptism to Chil-
A PEOPLE OF Prayer
Bishop Tim McCaleb, general presbyter for Asia, Australia, and Oceania, became a licensed minister in the COGOP in 1980. He held pastoral positions throughout Tennessee and Illinois before his appointment as state overseer of Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Texas. During that time, he also participated in Assembly committees such as the Bible Doctrine and Polity committee and was Servant Partners Director for the International Offices. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Houston Graduate School of Theology. He is married to Sheena and they have four children and many grandchildren.
We are Stewards of Our Bodies
STEWARDSHIP MINISTRIES Paul Holt Director of Finance and Administration
TALKING TO THE MOON: EUROPE PITCHES LUNAR SATELLITES PLAN
The European Space Agency presented a vision to put satellites in orbit around the moon that would facilitate future missions to Earth’s closest neighbor.
SUMMER MOVIE CALENDAR
A rundown of notable films coming out this summer:
KIMBERLY J. BROWN ON GH GIG
Kimberly J. Brown, best known to daytime fans for her 1993-98 and 2006 stints as GUIDING LIGHT’s Marah Lewis, is thrilled to have landed on GH as the decoy nurse Peter hires to keep tabs on Maxie (and worse).
THE TALKBOX-TOTING GUITAR LEGEND TALKS NEW COVERS ALBUM, MODDED MARSHALLS AND BEING REUNITED WITH HIS PRIZED LES PAUL CUSTOM AFTER 30 YEARS
THE AZORES ARE MORE THAN JUST A MID-OCEAN RESPITE SPOT, THEY’RE AN APPEALING CRUISING DESTINATION IN THEIR OWN RIGHT, AS KILA ZAMANA EXPLAINS
THE WAR ON NOSTALGIA
The myth of the Lost Cause is passed down like an heirloom. What would it take for the truth to break through?
SOME THOUGHTS ON ORDER—IN POETRY, IN LIFE
Five Minutes With… Reilly Opelka and Tommy Paul
In the Paul-Opelka household, the two pros have their eating down to a science. “Tommy never cooks,” says Reilly. “If my second roommate doesn’t cook, we just order out.”
My Pandemic Project
I have been an avid woodworker for years, working on one project or another in my spare time.