True Apostleship

Brian Anthony "True  Apostleship"

Brian Anthony “True Apostleship”

 

 

 

 

Editors note: Bryan Anthony  blogs at “Thoughts Upon Rising” and lives in Kansas City. The following post is from his blog.  At BMarkAnderson.com we endeavor to promote true apostleship and evangelism wherever possible. If you have news of apostolic events or noteworthy apostolic actions, please contact us via this website. Together we pray “Thy Kingdom Come!”  

“Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” -Hosea 6.3

Dear Saints,

We are opening our home in mid-town Kansas City once a month to all who would like to come, for a focused time of fellowship, prayer, and delving into the Scriptures. We will be especially taken up with the prophetic and apostolic foundations of the faith; seeking the Lord for light and grace to live as God’s people in this most crucial hour of history. The setting will be informal, so come as you are.

Our times will commence with fellowship and prayer, followed by a teaching/exhortation appropriate to the call of the Church and its mission, and an open time of reflection, dialogue and prayer. We are trusting the Lord to speak and give grace in these times, by “what every joint supplies.”

This month we will be focused on the subject of “True Apostleship” and its relationship to the “Gospel of the Kingdom.” How did the theology, eschatology, and ecclesiology of Paul affect and shape his missiology, and how ought we to be stewarding the Gospel of the Kingdom in this hour?

We look forward to meeting new saints, and to seeing faces already precious to us. We ask only that you R.S.V.P. at this email address to let us know that you’re coming:

bryanpurtle@mac.com

This will ensure that we have ample seating and the proper amount of coffee and tea.  🙂

Anticipating rich times together in the presence of our Beloved and soon coming King.

Affectionately,

Bryan & Audrey

The first of these gatherings will be on Sunday November 16th, 2014 at 7.00 p.m. When you R.S.V.P. at bryanpurtle@mac.com we’ll respond with our address and any other needed info. For those out of towners who have inquired about the gatherings, we will be recording and posting audio portions of what is shared.

 

Are There Women Apostles in the Bible?

 

Are There Women Apostles in the New Testament?

Women Apostles in the New Testament?

Women Apostles in the New Testament?

Women apostles in the New Testament? The question came up in our recent Adult Bible Class. I touched on it when I wrote Local Churches Global Apostles: How Churches Related to Apostles in the New Testament Era and Why It Matters Now. After the Bible class question, I decided to pursue the matter again.

Romans 16:7 is the only verse in question about the issue. If possible, two questions in this verse must be answered. Is Junia(s) a man or a woman? Second, how should “epistnmi among the apostles” be translated? Let’s examine some translations.

 

Greet Andronicus and Junias, [man’s name] my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. NASB

Salute Andronicus and Junia, [woman’s name] my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. KJV

Commentator David Brown explains: Andronicus and Junia–or, as it might be, “Junias,” a contracted form of “Junianus”; in this case, it is a man’s name. But if, as is more probable, the word be, as in our version, “Junia,” the person meant was no doubt either the wife or the sister of Andronicus.—Jamieson, Faussett and Brown

Charles Ryrie of Dallas Theological Seminary writes: “outstanding among the apostles. Better, well-known to the apostles.”

Let’s try some more translations of Romans 16:7.

Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow countrymen and fellow prisoners. They are noteworthy in the eyes of the apostles, and they were also in Christ before me. HCSB

Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me. ESV

Remember me to Andronicus and Junias, my fellow-countrymen, who went to prison with me. They are noted men among the missionaries, and they became Christians before I did. Goodspeed 1923

. . .and to Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen, who once shared my imprisonment. They are of note among the Apostles, and are Christians of longer standing than myself. Weymouth 1912

Remember me to Andronicus and Junias, my tribal kinsmen and once my fellow prisoners. They are men held in high esteem among the apostles, who also were in Christ before I was. AMP

Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners; they are men of note among the apostles, and they were in Christ before me. Catholic Edition of RSV 1966

What do the commentators say?

Of note among the apostles has the idea that Andronicus and Junia are apostles themselves (though not of the twelve), and notable among other apostles. If there ever were women recognized as apostles . . . this is the strongest Scriptural evidence. It isn’t very strong. –David Guzik, Commentary on Romans

They were of note among the apostles, not so much perhaps because they were persons of estate and quality in the world as because they were eminent for knowledge, and gifts, and graces, which made them famous among the apostles, who were competent judges of those things, and were endued with a spirit of discerning not only the sincerity, but the eminency, of Christians. –Matthew Henry

. . .which are of note among the apostles–Those who think the word “apostle” is used in a lax sense, in the Acts and Epistles, take this to mean “noted apostles” [CHRYSOSTOM, LUTHER, CALVIN, BENGEL, OLSHAUSEN, THOLUCK, ALFORD, JOWETT]; others, . . . understand by the expression used here, “persons esteemed by the apostles” [BEZA, GROTIUS, DE WETTE, MEYER, FRITZSCHE, STUART, PHILIPPI, HODGE]. And of course, if “Junia” is to be taken for a woman, this latter must be the meaning. –Jamieson, Fausset and Brown

So there we have it! Are there women apostles mentioned in the Bible? No one knows for sure. Further, no one will ever know with certainty until we get to heaven (or possibly, until more ancient manuscripts of Romans 16:7 are discovered.)

Well, wait a minute. Let’s rephrase the question? Are there women apostles (plural) in the Bible? The answer is clearly “No.” But is there one woman apostle in the Bible? Maybe, and if so, she is mentioned here in Romans 16:7!

Sound off! What’s your take on women apostles?

What is an Apostle? Answer by Dr. Naoman Serosh of Pakistan

What is an apostle? This has been an interesting video series so far – each apostle that we interviewed has a little bit different take on what exactly is the definition of what an apostle is and what characteristics should be present in his life. Several themes emerge clearly however, and Dr. Naoman Serosh keeps his answer mostly in expected territory. My father challenges him on whether he has seen the Lord personally, and Dr. Serosh answers without hesitation. He has seen the Lord.

Are You Called As an Apostle?

Are You Called As An Apostle?

Are You Called As An Apostle?

God is infinite and the precious call to any form of ministry may come with infinite variety. Are you called as an apostle?

The physical Lord Jesus directly called Peter, “Follow Me.” He was later named as one of the apostles (Mat 10:2, Lk 6:13). Christ appeared to Paul as an intensely bright light, commissioned him with an apostolic job description through Ananias, and then left him to figure things out in the desert of Arabia. Timothy? Paul recognized his young helper’s apostolic calling and put him to the task.

Callings differ, yet one constant remains. An apostle must actually do the work of an apostle. Above all, function determines who is an apostle and who is not. In other words, there is a difference between apostolic calling and actually being an apostle. As an illustration, consider pastors. Some are called to pastor, or even trained, but never actually function as a pastor. Or consider Jonah. Jonah was called as an “evangelist” to go to Nineveh, but rather sailed the opposite direction to Tarshish. Later, of  course, he repented and actually preached in Nineveh. Was he called as an evangelist at the first? Yes. But was he an evangelist? No, not until he went and preached.

Some are called by God as apostles, but are not yet apostles because the time is not yet, or for whatever reason, they have not yet entered into apostolic work.

Are You Doing the Work of an Apostle?

This is the key question.

So what do apostles do? My book Local Churches Global Apostles: How Churches Related to Apostles in the New Testament Era and Why It Matters Now answers this question and many others. For right now, however, this quote from the book will give us a short answer.

For the purposes of this study the term “apostle” is not used in the general sense of “one sent forth with the gospel.” In this book the word is used in the specific sense of one called to the five-fold ministry office of apostle listed in Ephesians 4:11.

I define “apostle” as a Christian leader called and supernaturally gifted by God to open new spiritual or geographical territory for the gospel; lay foundations; equip believers; and serve as catalyst and coordinator for churches and ministries.

Is God confirming you and your work as an apostle? If the calling is valid and you are entering in, you can expect God will confirm your work with supernatural results such as salvations, healings, breakthroughs in prayer, and opening new vistas for the gospel.

Must one see the Lord physically in order to qualify as an apostle? No, Christ appeared to Paul four times, but apparently not “in the flesh.” The young Timothy was most likely not even born until after the crucifixion of Christ. In either case, any “seeing” of the Lord had to be spiritual.

What About Character?

The fact of the matter is that some have genuine apostolic calling yet exhibit character flaws. Paul was a true apostle, yet showed vicious anger (Gal 5:12). Peter was an apostle, yet allowed the sins of hypocrisy and legalism to compromise his behavior (Gal 2:11-14). Yet both are still universally recognized as apostles.

In the same way, some pastors exhibit various sins, yet they are still pastors. What is needed is true calling plus true character. But character by itself does not determine calling. This leads to a third question.

Are You Recognized (Confirmed) as an Apostle by Peers or Elders in the Five-Fold Ministry?

There is no such thing as self-appointed apostles. The principle is “Called by Christ, confirmed by men.” A man may see himself as a major league outfielder, but until his organization promotes him to the major leagues, he never gets a chance to bat or shag a fly. Or consider King David. He was selected by God (1 Sam 16:1) and anointed through Samuel, but did not reign one minute until the men of Judah came and anointed him king over Judah (2 Sam 2:4).

Are You Called As An Apostle?

These three questions may help answer.

Has God called you as an apostle? Are you doing the work of an apostle? Have you proven yourself to such an extent that men recognize this ministry in your life?

Want to get more info? Go to www.churchesandapostles.com to buy Local Churches Global Apostles. Or you can go to amazon and purchase directly.

Want to talk about this? Contact me at BMarkAnderson.com with your email or phone number and I’ll get in touch with you.

May God richly bless you.

Supernatural Apostle Tells His Story

Publishers note. Supernatural events surround Dr. Serosh, a modern day apostle and evangelist. His story is printed just as he wrote it with only minor editing.

When my father was a single man (not married), God spoke to him in the vision. God said, ”I will give you a first born son, his name will be Noaman (Naaman as in the Bible) and he will be my servant.”

I was born on December 29, 1967 in Lahore, Pakistan (2nd largest city in Pakistan).

We are actually former Sikh. My great great grandfather accepted Christ who was a descendant of the former rulers from Kashmir in India.

When I just was a baby born boy, father’s Aunt brought a dust from the grave of the witch doctor from India. This dust was mixed with the blood of an owl. She threw this dust on me. It was a death spell cast over me. Now this lady was waiting for the news of my death at her home. I was supposed to die on the same day but nothing happened. I didn’t die because of the supernatural divine protection under the blood of Jesus.

Once when I was 5 five years old, I drank one and a half big bottle of the cough syrup. This syrup was a good in taste like honey but it was too much sedative. I liked the taste, so I took these 2 bottles and hid myself under the bed and drank. Then after few minutes I lost my senses. We didn’t have phone at that time. Only the very rich people had phones.

My father was teaching at the Bible College and my mother couldn’t contact him or to do anything. After the break in the class, which was for only 15 minutes, my father heard a voice saying, “Go home–there is a problem.” Then the voice came 2nd and then 3rd times. My father spoke to the principal and came home. He was on his bicycle. It was 5 or 6 miles distance, but he came home just in few minutes. It was a supernatural ride. When he came home, he saw that many people were around me and my mother was just crying because she thought that there was no hope. My father took me to the hospital (United Christian Hospital). The doctor at the emergency said to my dad, “Pastor Serosh, if you were just 30 minutes late, your son’s heart would burst.” God again saved my life supernaturally.

I belong to the family where almost everyone plays music or sings. My father (Pastor Dr. Hizkiel Serosh) has written and composed more than 600 Christian songs. I started playing drums on the choir and became very famous drummer in the country.

I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior in 1980 in the children’s service. Somehow, some way I felt the call upon my heart even when I was a child, but I didn’t want to become a preacher. I always wanted to become a professor. I thought it is just fine for me to live a good Christian life, playing music on the choir.

In our city we have an annual United Christian Convention every year in the month of October. It was October 1986. There was a preacher from Australia. He was praying for the people in the end. This preacher called me on the stage after he prayed for the people. He said to me, “When you were coming in the tent, the Lord told me that He was going to use you in the ministry.” Since I didn’t want to be in the ministry, I told the preacher that I didn’t want that. He tried to convince me but that made me even more upset.

I came home, didn’t tell anyone what had happened to me, why I was upset. I didn’t even eat that day. But I was so restless. Whenever we disobey God we become restless. After this incidence, God started speaking to me. God spoke to me 6 times that made me real tired. Now I finally opened my mouth and said to God, “Since you spoke to me 6 times, I will put you into the tests 6 times. If you win then I will be in the ministry and would serve you but if you fail even in one test, then I will have every right to escape.” In every test God was winning and I was losing. That was scaring me even more and making me upset.

I came home, didn’t tell anyone what had happened to me, why I was upset. I didn’t even eat that day. But I was so restless. Whenever we disobey God we become restless. After this incidence, God started speaking to me. God spoke to me 6 times that made me real tired. Now I finally opened my mouth and said to God, “Since you spoke to me 6 times, I will put you into the tests 6 times. If you win then I will be in the ministry and would serve you but if you fail even in one test, then I will have every right to escape.” In every test God was winning and I was losing. That was scaring me even more and making me upset.

It was April 14, 1989 on Friday. God had already won 5 times. I said to God, “If you baptize me with the Holy Spirit in 2 days then I will be in the ministry.” This time I was sure that God would fail in this last test. I said in my heart that I was saved in 1980.  The Lord was not able to baptize me with the Holy Spirit in 9 years, so He won’t succeed in 2 days.

Then I played a trick. I stopped praying and stopped reading the Bible for 2 days. Because I thought, “If I pray or read the Bible, maybe the Holy Spirit would come upon me.” It was not my desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit. This time I was really confident that I would definitely escape from the ministry.

Then April 16 came which was a Sunday. That really scared me because I was playing drums on the choir and I had to be in the Church for the Sunday service. But nothing happened. That relieved me a bit. But I was very restless in my spirit because I knew that I was disobeying God.

On the same Sunday on April 16 when my eyes were fixed on the wall clock to see 12 midnight. It was 9 PM, I was just standing by the wall, I still don’t know what happened. All of a sudden a great light and fire came in that room where I was standing. I just started speaking in tongues. I was filled with the Holy Spirit. I came onto the floor and spoke in tongues for a couple of hours.

The pressure and restlessness were gone. I was lighter than a pin. But I was very grieved that I disobeyed God. I said to God, “God, I am so disobedient, I don’t deserve to be called your minister, take me home.” God must have laughed in His heart that if He wanted to kill me, He would have done that long time ago. That was His grace that I am in the ministry.

I married to a beautiful lady named Sadaqat (Hebrew name that means righteousness).  Sadaqat Serosh is a school teacher and a Gospel singer. God has blessed us with 3 sons. Eshban Serosh (23 years), Bethshan Serosh (21 years) and Shayan Serosh (14 years). Our middle and the youngest are good singers also.

On July 6, 1999 God blessed us with 3rd son. One doctor started C-Section and just in few minutes the whole team of the doctors was there. They were facing a big problem in the operation theatre. Whenever I asked the doctors about my wife, they would tell me, “You better pray, she is in a bad condition.” But we were praying outside the operation theatre. I was believing in the supernatural power of my God. I knew that God was already in the operation theatre. Doctors gave my wife 4.5 units blood but it didn’t help my wife. They tried everything but my wife was already collapsed and expired.

At last the doctors gave up. Now they were wrapping the dead body in the cloth, and were putting cotton in her ears and nostrils. Suddenly the power of God came upon my dead wife and the dead body started moving. The doctors and the nurses started shouting,“She is back, she is back, she is back!” The biggest miracle happened in that Muslim hospital that day and God raised my wife from the dead. The power of death was broken by the supernatural power of my Jesus Christ.

Next morning the chief of the doctors by the name of Doctor Bushra Zaida at Fatima Memorial Hospital called me in her office. She was also very excited. She said to me, ”This case has created a great history in our hospital.” I said to the doctor, “But the credit goes to my Jesus.” She said, “Yes, I know that you Christians have great faith. But there are still some dangers for your wife, she can have paralysis any time, she can lose any part of her body. “I said to the doctor, “If my Jesus can raise my wife from the dead then nothing is going to harm her.” And exactly nothing happened.

My wife is a good Gospel singer and preacher of the Word of God. She is one of the best school teachers in Pakistan. In 2009, she was awarded as the best teacher of the year in the whole country.

I strongly believe in the supernatural power of my God. God raised 3 dead people in my ministry so far. My life is full with the supernatural works of God. And I am believing to see more miracles like this.

My father started this Church with one man and now we have over 5000 people as congregation. God has always been merciful and faithful. I worked as a pastor but I was also having crusades in all the corners of Pakistan. Some were even big crusades with 50,000 or even more. I always enjoyed preaching and saving souls for Christ. I studied in America, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Pakistan. I earned my PHD in 2008 in Ministry. God opened many doors for me to teach at the Bible colleges and Bible schools.

My life has always been on risk. I had so many threats on my life by the terrorists in the country. But God always saved my life. Once I was coming home with my wife and sons from a wedding.  It was night and I stopped my van at the bakery to buy bread, eggs and milk for the breakfast. I went in the bakery and bought what we needed. My family was still sitting in the van. When I came out of the bakery I saw two guys on the motorbikes with guns in their hands. They were ready to attack us. I thought to sit in the van quietly because I didn’t want to tell my family and also didn’t want them to cry or panic.

So I started praying in my heart and asked the Lord to show His glory at this time of great trouble. When I sat in the van, I saw from the rear and side mirrors that two huge guards came out of bakery (I didn’t see them in the bakery at all). They were in their blue uniforms and carrying guns in their hands. When these two terrorists saw these two huge guards they ran away. I came down from the van to thank these guards for helping us, but they just disappeared from my eyes. I still came in the bakery and asked the manager for those two guards and the manager told me that they didn’t have any guards. Then I realized that these were the angels, sent by God to protect us. We praised God for his divine protection.

In 2012, I and my wife were in Europe, America and Canada for 2 and a half months. When we went back to Pakistan in the month of August, things got worse and worse against me. The Muslims tried to kill me four times. Once they came with fuel to burn me and my house alive. I went to the police many times but every time the police disappointed me. The police told me every time that they couldn’t help me because these terrorists were above the law and everything. The police asked me even to leave the country because my life was in danger.

Then I started asking God for help. God said to me clearly, “I told you to move from Pakistan but you did not, and now move.” I really didn’t want to move from the country because I really was enjoying my ministry in Pakistan. Then I asked God for the direction. I really wanted to go to Europe, South Africa or Canada but God said, “NO.” Then I asked where? God said, “Go to the US.”

I spoke to my friends in the US and they were excited to have me. I booked my ticket for December 12, 2012 to come to the US. The deputy superintendent of Police was from our Church. He came to me on December 2, 2012 in the morning and asked me to leave the country that same day because of the threats on my life. I then had to change the date on my ticket. The police came to my house on December 2, 2012. They were carrying my luggage, my passport and my ticket to go to the airport. The police wanted to make sure that I left the country safe and sound.

It was not a comfortable time to say goodbye to my family this time because I didn’t know when I would see them. But on other hand I was excited that I was fulfilling the will of God.

When I was in the plane, I was praying and asking God for His supernatural protection for my family and guidance for me in the US. When the pilot announced that we would land after one hour at JFK NY then I asked God for one more confirmation at the airport. I said, “God, if it is really from you then do 2 things to me at the airport. 1- The immigration officer should not ask me more than one question. 2- The immigration officer should not send me for the second immigration. I really wanted to be sure to know the will of God. Because every time when I and my wife come to the US, the immigration officers always ask us many questions because if you’re holding a Pakistani passport then they really want to know who you are. And they always sent us for the second immigration at the airport.

So then I was standing in the line and waiting for my turn. This immigration officer was asking so many questions to everyone and sending every one for the second immigration [interview].  When my turn came, the officer asked me, ”Sir what is your purpose for this time to be in the US?” I did not speak but I gave him the letter that my friend sent me from the US. The officer didn’t read the letter, he just saw the letter and gave it back to me. He grabbed his stamp and punched on my passport and said,“God bless you, enjoy your stay.”

My friends from NY came to pick me. When I was sitting in their car, I heard a voice. The voice said to me, “I have given you the trumpet to blow over this nation.” Since that time I am trying my best to blow the trumpet.

When I came to Rocky Mount, NC to my friend Howard Jackson, after few days he took me to the attorney in Raleigh NC to speak to her for my asylum case. After just few minutes this attorney said to me, “I will help you to get asylum and will not charge any fee.” That was really a supernatural work of God because I didn’t have any money with me at all.

I am still under asylum but now I have work permit, social security card, ID and the driving license. I can move and work in any capacity at any place. I believe that very shorty my asylum will be approved and my family will be here with me in the US. Every day I feel His supernatural presence with me to show His glory through me.

Pastor Dr. Noaman Serosh

Cell Phone #: 215-954-5974

To learn more about supernatural apostles in the Bible as well as modern day apostles, click here.

 

 

 

What is an Apostle in the Bible?

Dr Noaman Serosh Answers “What is an Apostle in the Bible?

What is an Apostle in the Bible?

(Gk. apostolos). Envoy, ambassador, or messenger commissioned to carry out the instructions of the commissioning agent.

Pre-Christian Use of the Term “Apostle”

Pre-Christian use of apostolos in the sense of messenger is rare. More common is the verb apostello, referring to the sending of a fleet or an embassy. Only in Herodotus (1.21; 5.38) is it used of a personal envoy. Josephus employs it once (Antiquities17.11.1) in the classical sense of an embassy. Epictetus (Discourse 3.22) speaks of the ideal Cynic teacher as one “sent by Zeus” to be a messenger of the gods and an “overseer” of human affairs.

What is an Apostle in the Bible (Septuagint)?

The Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament) uses apostello or exapostello some seven hundred times to translate the Hebrew salah (“stretch out,” “send”). More than the act of sending, this word includes the idea of the authorization of a messenger.

The noun apostolos is found only in 1 Kings 14:6, where the commissioning and empowering of the prophet is clearly in mind. Thus, the Septuagint uses the apostello word-group to denote the authorization of an individual to fulfill a particular function, with emphasis on the one who sends, not on the one who is sent.

What is an Apostle in the Bible (New Testament)?

The word “apostle” appears seventy-nine times in the New Testament (ten in the Gospels; twenty-eight in Acts; thirty-eight in the Epistles; and three in Revelation). The majority of these occurrences are found in Luke-Acts (thirty-four) and in the Pauline epistles (thirty-four), and refer to those appointed by Christ for a special function in the church.
In the New Testament apostolos is applied to Jesus as the Sent One of God (Hebrews 3:1), to those sent by God to preach to Israel (Luke 11:49), and to those appointed by the resurrected Christ to preach the gospel of the kingdom. Click here for a two minute YouTube video about modern day apostles.
The expression “all the apostles” in 1 Corinthians 15:7 seems to include more than the twelve referred to in verse 5. James (the half-brother of Jesus) is considered here and in Galatians 1:19 to be an apostle. Barnabas is referred to as an apostle in Acts 14:14. Paul calls Andronicus and Junias apostles in Romans 16:7.

 

Publisher’s Note: Thanks to Dr Noaman Serosh for his answer to the oft-asked question “What is an apostle in the Bible?”  For a thorough discussion of the question check out our book Local Churches Global Apostles: How Churches in the New Testament Era Related to Apostles and Why It Matters Now.

 

Fred Herzog Evangelizes Woman

Publisher’s note. Fred Herzog travels in the supernatural realm. He has led many to salvation and deliverance in Christ. Here he relates one experience.

 I was looking in the mirror one morning and I realized, “Fred, you need a haircut. “ So I answered,”OK, Lord, where do You want me to get a haircut and what is your divine purpose?”

I went over to a barber shop here in Northfield. After I sat down in the barber chair I started telling the stylist God stories. She looked at me and said, “You gave me goose pimples all over.”

“Would you like me to take you for coffee after my haircut?” I asked.

“Yes,” she replied.

“Okay, when would you like to go?”

She stopped right there and went to ask her manager if she could go to coffee with this gentleman. The manager said, “Yes, you may.”

I said, “Please finish my haircut first!”

Then we went to coffee. As soon as she sat down she began telling her story. “Have you heard about the car accident that occurred last year? The one when a car rolled over into the Cannon River and one of the people drowned. I answered, “Yes, I did” and wondered what had happened.

“She—the one who drowned—was in my car. I have a question why am I still alive. I have been in three car accidents and I should have died in each one of them. I was in the backseat with my boyfriend and the other couple was in the front. We had a picnic and we stayed too long. It got dark. Then it became important for us to leave and the driver was not able to see the big tree where you turn to go back up on the main road. We missed the road and rammed the car into a four foot embankment which turned the car into the river upside down.

“The car started filling up with water. I had my seat belt on and my window was open about three inches. Somehow or another something sucked me out of the car through that window into the water and I got to the shore. My boyfriend got out by breaking the window. The driver got out and the girl in the front also was able to get out.

“My boyfriend made it to shore, but what about his girlfriend? Could she find her way? I heard her making noise in trying to get to shore. She finally got close and I got a hold of her hand. But the embankment was so high and her hand was so wet and dirty from the muddy river that as I tried to pull her to shore her hand slipped and she let go. We found her body downriver.

“Because of that incident I have become so fearful that I won’t let my boyfriend out of my sight. I’m afraid to leave the house that he and I had bought together.”

I spoke aloud to her, “Jesus, I want You to come on her side. Lady, you’ve been on the wrong side all your life. By asking Jesus to forgive you for your sins you can come onto His side.”

She did that and asked Jesus Christ to come into her life and forgive her for her sins. Immediately a ton of weight lifted off of her as she became a new person in Jesus Christ.

There was more. She continued, “I think you should know that every night when I go to bed there is a visitor that comes into my room and I am so afraid.”

I replied, “I think the visitor is from the other side.” She agreed.

“I’m going to take authority and tell that visitor in Jesus name he can never come back.”

The next morning she texted me: “The visitor is gone! Thank you very much. Its changing my whole life!”

Soon she informed me, “Something very special happened. My boyfriend asked me to marry him and we are engaged to be married!”

Publisher’s note: Fred Herzog is an apostle and church planter. Find out more about him. 

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Definition of an Apostle, or, The Apostolic Actions of a Mother and Child

Howard Jackson answers the question, “What is the definition of an apostle?”

His answer surprised me, and taught me something about the true  nature of a calling from God. To be a “sent one” means, at its root, to simply be obedient to the God who is doing the sending, much like a child obeys his mother when she tells him to do something. It’s not as grandiose a thing as some make it out to be. Rather it is an act of simple, humble obedience to a grandiose God.

I’ve heard it so many times, “An apostle is a ‘sent one’, but never saw that angle before. This helps me see apostles in a fresh way.

—Ethan

Signs of an Apostle

What are the Signs of an Apostle? Interview with Fred Herzog

 

Veteran prophet and apostle Fred Herzog details two signs of an apostle. His insights are often overlooked and thought-provoking. For sure, his humor comes through with the story at the end of the video. Fred speaks with the gentleness and authority that we would expect from a seasoned apostle and man of God. He takes only two minutes to lay out important Biblical signs of an apostle.  Watch the video here.

Fred’s insight into the question “What are the signs of an apostle?” may not convince the skeptic that apostles and prophets exist in the twenty first century. His thoughts, however, go a long way to help anyone with an open mind to discover the true heart and ministry of an apostle in any age.

What Does the Bible Say about the Signs of an Apostle?

“The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.” (1 Corinthians 1212). (Note: the King James Version uses the term patience instead of perseverance.)

In another letter, Paul details more of the work and signs of an apostle. Writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he explains apostles are given “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ . . .”(Ephesians 4:12).

The Bible teaches, of course, through both word and example. By example we learn one of the signs of an apostle is to expand or open up new spiritual or geographical territory for the Kingdom of God. Barnabas and Paul are primary examples of apostles who opened new territory.

The signs of an apostle are summarized  in this definition:  An apostle is a Godly Christian leader called and supernaturally gifted by God to open new spiritual and geographical territory for the gospel, lay foundations, equip believers, and serve as catalyst and coordinator for churches and ministries.

If these thoughts interest you, Local Churches Global Apostles will open up new perspectives for newcomers and veterans alike.

Journey to Authenticity with Sonny Misar

 

 

Journey to authenticity with Sonny Misar

Journey to authenticity with Sonny Misar

Journey to authenticity describes the hallmark of Sonny Misar’s ministry. This phrase, “Journey to Authenticity” is loaded with meaning. It points to the goal we all want–to be our real selves. Not fake in any way. The phrase shows the road to authenticity is a process, not a once-and-for-all campground. This phrase distills Misar’s lifetime of ministry experience into a key issue for Christians today.

After twenty-five years of pastoral service Sonny now travels with his wife, Becky, speaks and writes regarding the issue of spiritual authenticity. Click here to watch the video.

View the Gail Ross interview of Sonny Misar on YouTube. I found several highlights. At about nineteen  minutes Sonny addresses the question “How can we be our unique selves and deeply spiritual at the same time?” Many Christians, young and old alike, remain confused about concepts such as brokenness and surrender to Christ. Sonny clearly outlines the stages all Christians go through on the road to authenticity. He gently explains the need and value of brokenness and surrender.

At about 19 minutes comes a valuable gem, namely understanding brokenness as a part of the roadway to authenticity. Sonny shares from his experience that perhaps 50% of all Christians are in the brokenness stage yet have no clue as to how to understand it nor move beyond it.

Many preachers and teachers contribute valuable insights to the church. Each has a calling and contribution. There exists, however, one particular calling that can add the depth of understanding and perspective that is much needed in Christian circles. That is the voice of the apostle. Sonny Misar moves in apostolic vision and anointing. He is gifted in his ability to help churches and individual Christians make sense out of the sometimes bewildering aspects of life. Sonny is worth listening to.

His book Journey to Authenticity is available for purchase on Amazon.