For months, Miriam’s mom hid the newborn baby from the Egyptians. But soon he was too big to hide. So, they came up with a plan to save the baby—they would put him in a basket and float him down a stream where the Pharaoh’s daughter was known to often bathe or wash clothes. They knew he would be safe if the princess found him and had compassion on him. They crafted a waterproof basket out of reeds and clay so the baby would be protected from the water. Miriam was instructed to secretly keep watch from the bank and make sure he made it to safety. This was a big responsibility for a kid; the life of her little brother was in her hands!
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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
SOWING THE SEEDS
Experts share their tips for putting together the perfect community garden.
Tanner Novlan (Finn, B&B)
Whenever I think about the Transfiguration, my mind travels back to the fifth- and sixth-grade Sunday school class I once coached to act it out for the congregation. The task seemed nearly impossible.
Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R)
IN THE REIGN OF THE SUN KINGS
Old Kingdom pharaohs faced a reckoning that reshaped Egypt’s balance of power
MY ‘MONSTER' MOM MIA FRAMED WOODY!
Farrow’s son rips sex abuse claims
Praise for the Pomegranate
The ancient fruit with modern influence
A Rare Egg
Egyptian ostrich egg perfume case
Anubian Kingdom Rises
Excavations at a city on the Nile reveal the origins of an ancient African power
Six Types of Heaven Sent Visions
Have you experienced something you couldn’t explain? An image that warned you of impending danger? A voice that brought you comfort when you needed it most? You may have experienced a prophetic vision. According to preacher and writer Dr. James W. Goll, there are 12 types of prophetic visions in the Bible. As Dr. Goll says, “Prophetic visions are not just for prophets.” They’re signs and messages from God we still experience today. Here are six of types of them: