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Why an apostolic church?

One of the things I love about Gateway is that I’m always challenged to actually be the kind of person God has made me to be. Because of God’s grace, I’ve never felt like I was punching the air  in vain or hopelessly spinning my wheels. When He shows me a glimpse of the person I could be, it inspires me to press in to Him, knowing that the promise of truly becoming that person is real.

Part of my Kingdom assignment is to lead our congregation in worship. There is tremendous pressure to be in-tune with God and sensitive to His leadings and promptings, being quick to hear and follow Holy Ghost. It’s easy to let myself become overwhelmed with a sense of inadequacy and incompetence because I’m just a human being. I don’t always know the next step. I don’t always know the next song. I don’t always know what God’s doing. Then I remember that it’s not by my strength or talent or intellect. I can only fulfill this call by the grace of God, and you can only fulfill your call the same way.

The Apostolic ministry is one where the people are released into their callings and giftings by the grace of God. Apostle David first teaches us, equips us, chastens us and matures us. He then positions us, releases us, sends us and empowers us to fully fill our Kingdom assignments. That’s what it means to be submitted to an Apostle and be part of an Apostolic ministry: that you will be challenged, disciplined and strengthened so that when you become a mature son of the house, you can be an effective disciple for the Kingdom ofGod.

God predestined each of us for a particular purpose. There are no clones in the Body of Christ. Each one of us is unique and special. Each one of us has a call and destiny on our lives. And each one of us CAN reach that destiny. All we have to do is trust God, listen to and obey the spiritual authority God has placed in our lives, and rely fully on God’s grace to do all the things that are required of us.

Here at Gateway, you have the opportunity to learn what that unique purpose for your life is, how to develop it and walk into it, and how to actually be that person God has made you to be.

~by Anessa Back

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Keeping it Real

~Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth thee.”

I do not know what this year holds. I don’t think I have seen as much uncertainty in the world since 9-11-2001 until recent years. I saw a lot of it in my own personal life. More than once, loved ones were rushed to the hospital. there were car accidents. We had bad reports concerning our son’s heart. Cancer reared it’s ugly head in my families’ lives. Friends lost jobs. My best friends’ husband came too close to losing his life. One aunt faced terrible health issues. I was heartbroken as another aunt went home to be with The Lord. I am sure by now you have gotten the picture.

These times weren’t all bad. We welcomed new babies. There were weddings to celebrate. Maybe as you read this, you are thinking back over your own year. I hope it was a good one for you. I am not one of those people who go around shouting that everything is great when it is not. God will work all things together for my good.

I have been a Christian for many years now. I knew from times gone by that God is always near to those who call upon His name. It has been true in every circumstance I have faced this year as well. I have felt his presence fill the room as we gathered to pray for a loved one. I have seen unbelievers find Christ. I have witnessed miraculous healings.

Don’t wait until things are bad to spend time in prayer and worship to God. It is the most amazing experience you could ever have. Come to think of it, anytime is the perfect time. I am going into this next year with great expectations. More importantly, I am going in knowing that God is well able to keep me. God bless you in this coming year. If you don’t know Him, He is only a prayer away. Don’t spend another day without Him in it.

~Ricky Robinson

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OCCUPY!

The church is waiting on the return of Jesus. We read the Bible and it is confirmed. We see the signs of the times that were predicted thousands of years ago coming to pass. God told Isaiah the prophet. I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee. ~Isaiah 48:5 One of the greatest signs to come to pass is the Nation of Israel returning to its homeland.

Whether your belief is pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, or post-tribulation of Jesus’s return it is okay. I like what I heard said; Just be ready at any time.” Jesus said no man knows the day of His return, only God knows.

I remember when I got saved in 1973. I thought Jesus would come back any second. Many years have passed, but I’m still believing in His coming. As a young Christian, I remember telling my insurance agent I didn’t need any life insurance. He was a very wise man. He told me that Jesus said to occupy till he returned. He explained we were to live each day expecting Jesus to return while staying busy. We are to live life doing God’s will helping others.

Most of us have heard the saying, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good.”

The Body of Christ, the Church, is supposed to have an influence on the world. We are called to be light and salt. Light dispels darkness and salt preserves. It seems the Church has let our light become very dim. We are setting back and seeing darkness take over our nation. Don’t be deceived. God’s judgment is coming to America if we don’t repent.

It’s time to awake to righteousness. We as the Church can change our nation and our future. The Church has been divided and fragmented for too long. It’s time to come together and keep God’s commandment to OCCUPY. If every Christian would pray and do their part we can turn things around.

Are we going to sit back and do nothing? If so, don’t be surprised when America is a third-world country and we lose our freedoms. Please pray and encourage your brothers and sisters to pray. We can preserve this nation and our future if we band together as the Church.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” We have the answer. Let’s use it, Church!

~Ricky Robinson

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Arcade Prayers

Have you seen a claw crane arcade machine? I spent some time observing a kid try one recently. Most of these are rigged. They are designed to weaken in strength after a few plays. The player gets close to victory, only to be let down in the end. Some are programmed to keep a grip on the prize longer. There is a chance that the person may win.

Why bother? The winner often has spent more playing than the prize is worth. I am sure the end result leaves you empty either way. As i watched this activity, I began to think how our prayer life should never resemble a game of chance. Our attitude should be one of reverence and devotion. How often have we come to God with our lists of things we think we need to be happy? I am not speaking of a real need, like healing, direction, peace, or salvation for a loved one. I think it safe to say that most of us have brought our shallow list into our prayer closet.

What if we did get all of the things asked for? Like the claw machine, natural things would soon leave us feeling empty. We can come to God with our needs and desires, That is our right as His children. We must be careful to seek His presence more than His provision.

We can do this by praying out of our hearts and not depending on our minds. The heart is to be pure before God. We get this pureness by allowing Him to change us.That is done by spending precious time with Him in worship and thanksgiving.

Few experiences satisfy like taking the time  to tell Him of our love for Him. Fellowship with our Creator surpasses any joy from an earthly desire being obtained.

I don’t mind when my husband reminds me to pick up his favorite snack while I am out. I gladly wash his favorite shirt that he needs for the evening. Nothing touches my heart like when he comes to me just to tell me how much he loves me.

How much more does our Heavenly Father deserve to hear how we adore  Him? We will leave the games to the kids. There is an awesome, life-changing experience. waiting for us in our prayer chamber.

~Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.”

~Connie Robinson

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Brainwashed

The generation we live in is being brainwashed every day. I look at posts and hear how people talk.

I think to myself, “Do people just not think anymore?”

We have so much technology at our fingertips, we can look up about anything we want, but we’re not really doing anything. We put things on Facebook and other social media sites and want other people to answer our questions.

We don’t really know these people. We don’t know anything about their character. We only look at what their status says and think their opinion matters.

All you have to do is look at their status every now and then, and it tells me a lot about a person. Do you really want this person’s advice? Do you just want a response? What is your reason for asking?
Whatever happened to thinking for yourself?

We don’t have a culture of independence we have a culture of dependence. We depend on anything but God. We’ve been brainwashed into thinking we are okay living this way, when we are not.

As a society we are governed by whatever the TV, social media, and what Twitter says. We don’t esteem what God’s Word says.

We need to take a look at our lives and see where we have missed it. See what we have conformed to. The Bible is our road map for life

~Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you.”

~Tammy Sanders

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For the Hungry Ones

I get so tired of just taking from people all the time. Yes, we have to have food, clothes, and shelter. These things are all gotten through other people. I’m not talking about those things. I’m talking about just everyday things. I want to be able to give back. I’m talking to those who are hungry for more.

Sometimes, I get so frustrated because I am not able to go on a mission trip yet. I know I will someday. Then, I remember I can make an impact on someone’s life in the classroom, in town, or in the grocery store.

There are people all around who need hope. Just a smile and an encouraging word or asking how someone is doing is enough to remind people that life is worth living. We all get discouraged from time to time. That is normal. One thing that helps me is finding ways to help other people.I may not be physically able to go on a mission trip right now because most places are not handicap accessible, but I can give of my time and talents. How much are you giving to others?Are you so focused on yourself and your goals that you have forgotten that people need you right now? Yes, they need you right now.

They are searching for something real in the midst of this materialistic you-centered society. People need to know that not everyone is greedy. They need to know that not everyone is rude. They need to know that there are still people in America who uphold moral values. They need to know that not everyone has abandoned truth for political correctness.

This post is for the hungry ones. The ones who aren’t afraid to question things. The ones who are still pursuing truth when the vision of this nation is more clouded than ever.

There is more to life than what you see. There are wellsprings of life in the desert. If you stop hungering for more, you will become like those around you. You will conform to their thoughts and their speech. But most of all, you will begin to settle. Don’t do that!

You were made for so much more. God has made the Church for more than social gatherings! Many of you might know you need something more, but you don’t know what that is. You are hungry for God! The hungry ones want to fulfill their God-given purpose and destiny.

The only way you can do that is to be a part of a church that encourages growth. You need a church that will challenge your thinking. You need a church that has apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. God wants us fitted together with others while working towards a common purpose. You need a church that will help you develop in your gifts. If you feel like you are dying, your church isn’t feeding you! It’s okay to admit that.

Let the hungry ones unite!

~Madison Sanders

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Becoming of Age

~1st Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

Coming of age is a term used for the transition period of a person going from childhood to an adult. The age in which that is recognized has many factors. It is based on the culture of the individual. Religious beliefs and traditions also play a vital part. Certain ceremonies usually take place to signify this passage. Whatever the practice, the meaning is that this individual is now stepping into the role of an adult.

When I was a child, I could not wait to be grown. I looked forward to my day of independence. I saw it as being free to do anything I wanted. Once this magical adulthood became reality, I realized that there was much more involved. With this newfound freedom came responsibility. I would now have to discipline myself.

I had an older friend named Ruby, She became a Christian many years before I did.  Ruby is now in Heaven. The things she taught me still help me today. She was a wonderful mentor. I desire to be like her. I learned that she had much discipline in her walk with the Lord. She studied the Word. She was a prayer warrior. As a young person, I thought that Ruby was naturally like that because she was a seasoned Christian. As I grew older, I realized the price she had paid to be the mature, strong woman of God she was.

The maturing process can only take place as it is walked out in the person’s life. The  same is true in our spiritual walk. We should strive to be spiritually mature. Our lives should reflect growth. I personally do not think anyone should feel that they are complete in this process. I am convinced that there will always be amazing things in Christ that we have yet to experience. Eternity is filled with greater depths and higher heights. I like to think that Ruby would be proud of me today. I also realize that I have much more growing to accomplish.

~Connie Robinson

 

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