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Wwm - Church of God of Prophecy




August 2011 • Volume 88, Number 2


6 Come Holy Spirit Be Our Guide

by Hector Ortiz

page 13

9 Impact of CBL SOPAS in Latin America

by Elias Rodriguez

13 Prayer: A Life Attitude of Dependence

by Adrian Varlack, Sr.

18 Leadership Development and the

Great Commission

by H. E. Cardin

22 Leadership with Insatiable Curiosity

by Don Brock


10 CBL Upcoming Schedules

12 SOPAS International

16 Global Outreach of CBL SOPAS

21 CIMS Facts

24 LDI 2011 Reflection

26 Children’s: Delegating the Young



4 Facing Forward:

Leaders like Paul

by Randall E. Howard, General Overseer

31 Messages:

He Is with Us

by DeWayne Hamby, Managing Editor


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5 News: Here & There

28 Local/State/International News

In His Presence

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Calendar of Events

For more information, visit www.cogop.org

unless otherwise noted

August 12–16, 2011

CBL School of Practical & Advanced Studies I


August 25–28, 2011

CBL School of Practical & Advanced Studies I

Europe (Spanish)—Spain

August 25–28, 2011

CBL School of Practical & Advanced Studies I

Europe (English)—Bulgaria

September 1–4, 2011

CBL School of Practical & Advanced Studies II

Europe (English/Spanish)—London

September 7–11, 2011

Children’s Ministry Training



September 8–11, 2011

CBL School of Practical & Advanced Studies I

Paris, France

September 14–16, 2011

CBL School of Practical & Advanced Studies II


September 14–17, 2011

CBL School of Practical & Advanced Studies II


September 18–23, 2011

CBL School of Practical & Advanced Studies II

Freeport, Bahamas

September 22–25, 2011

Institute of Children’s Ministry

Ridgecrest, NC


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Leaders like Paul

Leadership is in vogue today. There are few

topics more popular in secular business circles

or in ministry circles than reading a new book

or article on that subject. Nearly everyone has

heard of John Maxwell, one of my favorite

speakers and authors on leadership, and

most in ministry circles have read one of his

books. I first met him when he came to an

evangelism conference for pastors in the

Church of God of Prophecy in Birmingham,

Alabama, in 1986. Leadership development

was the rising star then, and it is still riding

the wave of popular demand today.

The second letter that Paul wrote to the

Corinthians, is a wonderful, personal letter

from Paul about leadership in ministry. Paul’s

words are quite different from the concepts

often delivered today. I am not saying that

today’s precepts are off target, but I do

believe we could all benefit from hearing his

heart and passion as he wrestled with real

pastoral and ministry leadership issues. Paul

touches on familiar themes in 2 Corinthians.

Ministry Under Pressure—Paul writes

transparently about the afflictions and

tensions that surround him and his ministry

to the Corinthians. How many pastors would

not identify with these concepts in their

personal ministry experience? Paul shares

that he has experienced suffering due to

his life devoted to the call of God and the

Gospel. At one point, he gives a catalogue list

(chapter 11) that would surpass almost any

leader: three times beaten with rods, once

stoned and left for dead, etc. Also, through

the letter, we sense the tension that has built

up between the apostle and his spiritual

children in Corinth. Paul even tells of one

affliction given to him by God after his

marvelous heavenly vision.

Through all of this, Paul returns to the

timeless truth that God speaks to him in chapter

12 and verse 9, “My grace is sufficient for you.”

Those words have brought encouragement

to multitudes, especially to ministry leaders

experiencing affliction. In the fire of any

trial, we have this assurance that God’s grace

is sufficient.

Purpose for Affliction—Paul knows that

God has a purpose for all that he encounters.

With God, there is nothing lost through

coincidence or accident. Paul can see the

purpose in the sufferings he mentions in chapter

one. He says, “But we had the sentence of

death in ourselves, that we should not trust in

ourselves, but in God that raises from the

dead” (v. 9).

Paul recognizes that suffering always pushes

us back to a stance of complete trust in God,

and he recognizes this is God’s great purpose

in allowing afflictions. This is a key theme. It is

articulated excellently in chapter 3, “And such

trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not

that we are sufficient of ourselves to think

anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency

is of God” (vv. 4, 5). As ministers we know that

our work can only be accomplished through

God’s presence working in us.

Treasure in Clay Pots—Paul uses this

illustration to highlight the power and beauty

of suffering for the glory of God. In chapter 4,

he writes, “But we have this treasure in earthen

vessels, that the excellency of the power may

be of God, and not of us” (v. 7). He goes on with

the powerful assurances, “We are troubled on

every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed,

but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken;

cast down, but not destroyed.” (v. 8)

Recent visitors were telling the Corinthians

that an apostle of Christ ought to be glorious

and triumphant. They were even so bold as

to say that Paul, with all of his suffering, did

not portray the glorious calling that an apostle

should. No doubt, pastors feel this way at times.

But in response to this, Paul pointed to Christ

as his model, who humbled Himself and

surrendered to mistreatment and the suffering

of the cross so that God’s will may be done.

Pastors, as we glean all the leadership skills

possible today, perhaps we can balance it all

with the “suffering servant” perspective of

Paul in 2 Corinthians.

South Carolina Church Lends a Hand

The East Clemson Christian Fellowship church recently had a newcomer enter its

doors for the worship service. He sat quietly in the back, and it wasn’t until much later

that anyone noticed he was sitting in a wheelchair.

The following week, he came again. This time, he moved himself a little closer to the

front of the church. He sang and worshipped and was so happy to be among us as we

were just as glad to have him.

After the service, our deacon, Rick Merck, in fellowshipping with the newcomer,

found out he had rolled his wheelchair from across the road. He and his wife had

moved there a while earlier and he was choosing a church to attend.

When Rick found out that he had to come from his home, across the street and

up a hill, and did not have a ramp to get down from his porch, he announced on a

Wednesday night that he wanted to build him a ramp. In just a few minutes, money

was given and a group of men had volunteered to meet on Thursday afternoon to start

building. Within two hours, the ramp in the picture was finished and Bruce, his wife,

Karen, and the men began to pray God’s blessings on his home.

Praise God for people who will listen to the voice of God and answer, and for those

who are willing to follow to get the job done.

—Betty Fisher

According to a June 16 report

from the Pew Research Center,

79% of adults surveyed said they

used the Internet and 59% said

they use at least one form of

social media (Facebook, MySpace,

Twitter, etc.). The number has

doubled since a sampling from

2008. Facebook also allows people

to “revive” dormant relationships.

The sampling divided the average

Facebook user’s friend list to

the following:


9% college friends

22% people

from high


8% immediate


2% neighbors








—Source: “Social Networking Sites and Our Lives,”

Pew Research Center, June 16, 2011

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Becoming an

“Irresistible Church

Wayne Cordeiro, founder

and senior pastor of New

Hope Christian

Fellowship in Honolulu,

Hawaii, has examined

traits of churches that

attract new members

in The Irresistible

Church (Bethany

House Publishers).

What caused you to

write The Irresistible

Church? What was

the need?

People in America have

been polled as being

spiritual but not religious.

This tells me that they are interested

in God, not necessarily in church. The church

was always designed to be the resplendence

of God, a preview of heaven. However, the

church is not being perceived that way.

What do you mean by “irresistible?”

I enumerate twelve markings of an

irresistible church, but these may not be

what most would think of. I wanted to

describe a church that isn’t necessarily

irresistible to people, but a church

that is irresistible to heaven! One that God

uses to bring revival. It is a church that

causes God to say, “I just can’t help but be

involved with this church!” or “I just can’t

help but bless this church!” That is an

irresistible church.

One of the traits you describe is

that “an irresistible church connects

everything to a soul.” Please explain.

This means that every function of the church

is connected to the mission of somehow,

somewhere, saving the lost and helping

people grow in faith. We cannot settle for

being a community of people who rally

around any other cause.

In the second chapter, you talk about

a church that remembers who she is.

What do you mean by that?

We have so many great models in our

country of churches that are doing well,

but the down side of the social media and

instant information is that we begin to

compare ourselves with one another

continued on page 28



This article is dedicated to the proposition

that divine guidance is critical in God’s kairos.

The Greek term kairos generally denotes God

intervening in human history in a special and

significant manner in order to fulfill His will

and purpose. 1 I believe that the Church of God

of Prophecy (COGOP) is experiencing a kairos

moment in its history. A primary rationale for

this view is how this group of believers, during

a time of great transition, has grown from a

worldwide membership of 260,000 in 1990 to

This article is dedicated to the proposition that divine guidance is critical in God’s kairos.

The Greek term kairos generally denotes God intervening in human history in a special and

significant manner in order to fulfill His will and purpose. 1 1.4 million in 2011. God’s kairos is a time for

deep introspection that would foster humility

and not I believe arrogance. that the I am Church thankful of God that the

of Prophecy (COGOP) is experiencing a kairos moment COGOP in its has history. embraced A primary the humility rationale of for prayer

this view is how this group of believers, during a time as of one great of its transition, core values. has grown A kairos from visitation a

worldwide membership of 260,000 in 1990 to 1.4 million can in bring 2011. great God’s blessings, kairos is but a time it can for also

deep introspection that would foster humility and not arrogance. I am thankful include that reversals.

the COGOP has embraced the humility of prayer as one of its core values. A kairos

visitation can bring great blessings, but it can also include reversals.

Héctor Ortiz, D. Min.

Cleveland, Tennessee


Behold, Kairos Reversals:

The Story of Hezekiah

As children of God, we are graciously

admonished that Biblical examples

“. . . are written for our admonition,

upon whom the ends of the world

are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). The

story of Hezekiah’s illness, deliverance,

and tragic ending are glaring, biblical

examples of a kairos reversal.

Hezekiah, due to a serious illness,

received a prophetic word to set his

house in order because he was going

to die. His prayer to the Lord was one

of humility and supplication. “Remember,

O Lord, how I have walked before

you faithfully and with wholehearted

devotion and have done what is good

in your eyes. And Hezekiah wept

bitterly” (Isaiah 38:3 NIV). The second

prophetic word was that the petition

for deliverance from death was granted

with a kairos gift of adding 15 years to

his life. The kairos gift also included

a promise of divine intervention in

delivering Jerusalem from the hand of

the Assyrian king (vv. 4-6). The promise

of deliverance was confirmed by “I will

make the shadow cast by the sun go

back the ten steps it has gone down

on the stairway of Ahaz” (v. 7 NIV).

Great victories that ride the waves

of deliverance can also lead into a

euphoric state that can lessen the sense

of discernment. As the story of Hezekiah’s

deliverance unfolds, a second reversal

was pending, when the “envoys” of

Babylon arrived to ask Hezekiah “about

the miraculous sign that had occurred

in the land” (2 Chronicles 32:31 NIV).

When one is in a euphoric state,

some serious unresolved issues can

arise when critical decisions have to be

made. The envoys from Babylon came

on an exploratory mission to determine

what Hezekiah possessed, which was

more than great riches. Hezekiah also

possessed a heart that had trouble

with pride (2 Chronicles 32:25, 26).

Although, Hezekiah had repented of

the pride of his heart, it appeared he

had dormant pride, for in a euphoric

state of complacency, “. . . God left

him to test him and to know everything

that was in his heart” (v. 31 NIV).

The primary root of the Hebrew

word yada (know) is “ascertained by

seeing.” 2 When God departs from one,

the real person stands up. Actions

reveal the heart. The second reversal

was pronounced by another prophetic

word by Isaiah “And some of your

descendants, your own flesh and blood

who will be born to you, will be taken

away, and they will become eunuchs

in the palace of the king of Babylon”

(Isaiah 39:7 NIV). Arrogance and pride

are kin to self-centeredness and they

go before a fall.

Hezekiah’s words in response to the

reversal of good fortune were amazing

for “. . . he thought, there will be peace

and security in my lifetime” (Isaiah

39:8 NIV). In kairos visitation, reversal

can be negative or positive. When

divine intervention arrives, it does not

only affect the present generation,

but it becomes trans-generational.

In essence, Hezekiah was willing to

sacrifice the future on the altar of the

present. What price glory!

Kairos Discernment

“Then suddenly the Lord you are

seeking will come to his temple”

(Malachi 3:1 NIV). “But when the time

had fully come, God sent his Son,

born of a woman, born under the

law” (Galatians 4:4 NIV). The greatest

kairos visitation was the arrival of the

incarnate Son of God, Christ Jesus who

was announced prophetically in the

canonical text. Israel was not ignorant

of the prophetic words of the coming

of the Messiah, but kairos visitation

without the Holy Spirit is a formula for

tragic results.

It is interesting to see how in the

Lucan corpus the author posits the

essential elements of the guidance of

the Holy Spirit. A graphic example of

the need for discerning guidance by

the Holy Spirit is when Christ visits

the temple.

A certain Simeon, a righteous and

devout person who was waiting for

the consolation of Israel, to whom

it was revealed by the Holy Spirit

that he would not see death until he

would see the Lord’s Christ come to

the temple, “Moved by the Spirit,

he went into the temple courts” and

took the Christ child in his arms and

stated, “For my eyes have seen your

salvation, which you have prepared in

the sight of all people” (Luke 2:27, 30

NIV). What did Simeon see? There was

no visible miracle that the Christ child

was performing. There was no outward

manifestation that the text reveals.

In kairos discernment one sees and

senses what others miss.

In like manner, a second witness of

the Christo-kairos visitation is recorded

in the person of Anna the prophetess who

“never left the temple but worshiped

night and day, fasting and praying,

which also, “spoke about the child

to all who were looking forward to

the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke

2:38 NIV). What did Anna see? There

were no outward signs, but Anna saw

something in the guidance of the Holy

Spirit. Are we not seeing the kairos of

God because we are only looking for

signs and wonders?

In kairos discernment, some

individuals begin to see and sense a

shift, a different sound, a different

rhythm, a different encounter. The

Lord’s first advent to visit his temple

was ignored by the priest and

worshipers. All continued to perform

their duties and practices, oblivious

to the fact that “…the Lord you are

seeking will come to his temple”

(Malachi 3:1 NIV).

Routine dulls the senses in

perceiving the guidance of the Holy

Spirit. Christ’s first advent to his temple

created two sets of individuals: one

walking in systematic, routine rhythm,

and those who were moving in the

kairos rhythm by the guidance of the

Holy Spirit. I believe that a present

danger in the COGOP is that the global

constituency is not fully aware of the

kairos visitation. Routine complacency

will not assist this group of believers to

receive the full impact and benefits of

God’s kairos. I endorse the embracing

of the core value of biblical leadership

development to engage the harvest,

with the caveat that leadership

development must be holistic in

dealing with the kairos visitation.



Holistic Integrated

Leadership Development

I applaud the sound decision by

the plurality leadership of this church

to endorse and support leadership

development in order to strengthen

the core value of global harvest. This

decision is a major paradigm shift

in the COGOP, for it was only a few

decades ago when there was still

a strong element of anti-education

among our constituency. A position of

anti-education has not served us well,

but neither will it be wise to now swing

to an all cognitive/didactic position in

leadership development. There are

some things that the head can receive,

but the heart will not absorb.

There was a season in renewal

history when the traditional churches

accused the Pentecostals of being all

fire and no light, while the Pentecostals

would accuse the traditional churches

of all light and no fire. Those days do

not need to be repeated; however,

if one extreme does not serve the

universal church well, neither does

another extreme. A balance between

light and fire is biblically sound. In the

quest for the COGOP to enhance its

biblical leadership development, a

holistic integrated experiential knowledge

formation for leaders is advisable.

The Daniel paradigm addresses

the issue of cognitive process and

experiential knowledge.

Daniel and his companions were

captive exiles who were brought to

Babylonia to receive special training

in order to serve in the king’s palace.

Daniel 1:4 gives some of the traits of

these young individuals: they exhibited

“aptitude for every kind of learning,

well-informed, quick to understand,

and qualified to serve” (NIV). In other

words, they had a holistic educational

base in order to render holistic service;

however, these young individuals were

religious Jews who served the true

God. Daniel and his companions did

not forget their roots in the midst of

higher learning. The greater part of

their learning is captured in Daniel 1:9

“To these four young men, God gave

If there is

something worthy

to remember

from renewal

history, it is that

the Pentecostal

movement still

believes that the

“Maestro” of the

kairos visitation is

the Holy Spirit.

knowledge and understanding of all

kinds of literature and learning. And

Daniel could understand visions and

dreams of all kind” (NIV). In kairos

times, more often than not, it will be

experiential knowledge and wisdom

that will lead the way. Divine guidance

in discerning God’s will in a kairos

visitation is not going to be found in a

classroom book!

As the COGOP forges forward in

reaching the lost harvest while preparing

leaders, a balanced, holistic epistemology

of integrating sound biblical and

theological tools with experiential

knowledge will bring empowerment in

a kairos environment. As much as we

desire better and greater scholarship

in this church, we must not forget that

our present and past development

have not been by scholars, but by field

generals who built the work—often

riding on bikes, eating mangos and

drinking water!

Guidance and empowerment of the

Spirit do not mean depreciating the

laborers with less preparation, but

affirming what has been accomplished

and preparing for a greater future. The

Daniel paradigm reveals that when

all the learned personnel could not

assist king Belshazzar when a kairos

visitation occurred in the palace, Daniel

was called because he was “found to

have a keen mind and knowledge and

understanding, and also the ability to

interpret dreams, explain riddles and

solve difficult problems” (Daniel 5:12

NIV). The phrase “explain riddles and

solve difficult problems” in Hebrew

connotation translates as “explanation

of mysteries and dissolving knots.”

In the process of developing a global

ecclesia, the problems to be solved will

often be “intensely knotty.” In a global

kairos visitation, the solving of difficult

problems is not going to be found in

a human written book! Discerning

wisdom through guidance of the Holy

Spirit will be the resounding method

in solving difficult global issues. This

will mean that over-dependence on all

kinds of human designs and systems

can cause some serious miscarriages in


If there is something worthy to

remember from renewal history, it is

that the Pentecostal movement still

believes that the “Maestro” of the

kairos visitation is the Holy Spirit. All

the preparation in the world cannot,

should not, must not displace the

principal guide, the Holy Spirit. “But

when he, the Spirit of truth, comes,

he will guide you into all truth” (John

16:13 NIV). When one has a guide,

he also relinquishes control, for there

is no neutrality in the guide who

gives guidance. A guide leads and

others follow!

In such a time as this, our earnest

prayer should be, “Come, Holy Spirit,

be our guide into the splendor of

fulfilling the sovereign will of God!”

Come, Holy Spirit, we welcome you!


1 Donald K. McKim, Westminister Dictionary

of Theological Terms, (Louisville, KY:

Westminster John Knox Press, 1996) p. 152.

2 Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the

Bible with Hebrew Chaldee and Greek

Dictionaries, (Nashville, TN: Abingdon,

1980) p. 47.

3 Keil, C. F., Commentary on the Old

Testament, Vol. 9, (Grand Rapids, MI: W. B.

Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1985) p. 186.


The Center for Biblical Leadership with the School

of Practical and Advance Studies has been a

blessing to our people in Latin America. These schools

have brought new inspiration to those who have

participated, both leaders and members.

Our CBL logo states: “Come Holy Spirit, be our

guide.” We are most grateful to the Holy Spirit for the

way He has helped us in all the schools that we have

had. He has come to baptize, to inspire, to teach,

and to bring us under conviction. One sister testified

to me: “After you taught, I could not accept some of

the ‘changes’ that had happened in the church, but

I prayed last night, and the Holy Spirit gave me the

understanding and assurance that I needed to receive

this teaching, and now I have peace within me.” The

aid of the Holy Spirit has been pivotal in our teaching

work, guiding our dear people in their understanding

and acceptance of the classes and giving them

guidance and comfort.

One of the benefits of CBL in Latin America has

been the provision of a better connection between

the International Offices of our Church in Cleveland,

Tennessee and the field. We have heard testimonies

of our brethren, highlighting the importance of our

presence among them, bringing that necessary link

between the International Offices and the field.

The Lord has helped us to instill new inspiration

within our ministry regarding our church. The pastoral

class has been a source of new motivation for our

pastors to continue their ministry, stressing the fact

that they are a gift from God to the church, according

to Ephesians 4: 11.

The teaching of our particular history and theology

has served to bring understanding and knowledge

of how our church has developed her teachings,

organization, and form of government over the years.

Some, who are newer members of our Church, have

acquired a definition of our identity as church. Others,

who are older, have received a reaffirmation of our

identity as the Church of God of Prophecy. It is

rewarding to see the response of our people, when

they realize that we are an “international family.”

The Center for Biblical Leadership is stressing

also the need to build a trans-generational bridge,

according to Acts 2: 17. In Latin America, we have a

great potential of young leaders who will lead this

church if we train and teach them.

It is rewarding to hear the testimonies of our

brethren wherever we go, as the one of a sister, who

after the teaching about “divorce and remarriage,”

was explained, testified that she was in the middle of

a divorce process, and that she was going to stop that

process immediately, and that she was going to keep

her family together. We give God the glory for this and

other testimonies, because they show the work of the

Holy Spirit in our people.

I appreciate the great privilege that the Lord has

given me to be a part of this great ministry of the

COGOP, and “. . . thank Christ Jesus our Lord who

has enabled me, because He counted

me faithful, putting me into the

ministry” (1 Timothy 1:12).

Elias Rodriguez

Cleveland, Tennessee


August 12–16

August 25–28

August 25–28

September 1–4

September 8–11

September 14–16

September 14–17

September 18–23

September 25–30

October 6–8

October 24–28

October 26–27

October 27–30

October 30–November 4

November 3–6

November 4–6

November 9–12

November 11-13

November 14–17

November 18–20


Upcoming Schedules

School of Practical and Advanced Studies

Gordon-Conwell/Church of God of Prophecy Consortium

Christian Leadership Program (Leader of Leaders)


Consortium Graduates—JAMAICA











Leader of Leaders

South America Leadership Conference


Leader of Leaders








Europe/Spain (Spanish)

Europe/Bulgaria (English)

Europe/London (English and Spanish)

Paris, France



Freeport, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Midwest Region

Johannesburg, South Africa

Bogotá, Colombia

Puerto Rico

Johannesburg, South Africa

Canada (East)


Delhi, India

St. Kitts/Nevis

Karola, India


Leader of Leaders—N. America/Caribbean



January 5–7

January 9–20

January 20–22


January 23–26

February 6–17

February 7–12


February 20–24

February 22–26

March 1–4

March 5–16

March 15–17

March 16–19

April 12–17

April 19–22

April 27–May 1

May 14–25

May 16–19

September 17–28


Leader of Leaders



Leader of Leaders/North America and

English-speaking Caribbean





Leader of Leaders



SOPAS III (Instructors Only)

SOPAS II (Instructors Only)


Leader of Leaders


Leader of Leaders

Midwest Region

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic




Cayman Islands

Campeche, Mexico


Belize (English and Spanish)

South Africa

South Carolina

Northern Mexico

Lumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

South Africa

Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

Seoul, South Korea

Dominican Republic

Lima, Peru


As of this issue going to press we have several requests for new areas including:

Portugal • Congo Brazzaville • Russia

Ukraine • Cyprus • Philippines • Bolivia

Dates for these sites are yet to be determined.

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Adrian Varlack, Sr.

Cleveland, Tennessee

Prayer is an attitude of complete,

consistent, and absolute dependence

upon God. It is the rightful posture

of every man and woman, boy and

girl whom God has created. This true

position of creaturely dependence

upon God was lost in the first man,

Adam. It was recaptured by the

Second Man, the Last Adam, Jesus

Christ, who modeled it in His own

life, work, and obedience as the

Son of God sent by the Father, and,

vicariously for us, as God incarnate,

Son of Man, our Redeemer.

“Who in the days of his flesh, when

he had offered up prayers and

supplications with strong crying and

tears unto him that was able to save

him from death, and was heard in


that he feared” (because of his godly

fear—marginal reading, Hebrews 5:7).

The Undoing of

Satanic Control

It is not always prudent to begin a

discourse of this type with a negative,

but our negative situation (as human

beings), in relation to the purposes for

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which God created us, is the reality

of our existence; necessitating in

this case that we begin where we

are. In revealing His plan to undo

the fall of man, God embedded a

promise in Genesis 3:15, namely,

that the seed of the woman would

bruise the head of the serpent.

God announced this as a part of His

summation of the new situation

Adam and Eve’s failure occasioned,

the passing of their dominion to the

control of God’s archenemy. The

promise in this declaration is the

first hint (the second being God’s

clothing of their nakedness with

skins, v. 21) of a redemption that

would be costly but that would

come through man, though not

through man’s maleness.

When Jesus was born of the

Virgin Mary, satan 1 immediately

recognized the threat that this

man-child posed to his dominion

and control. He sought to destroy

the helpless babe through Herod’s

murderous scheme (Matthew 2)

after trying throughout the millennia,

since Genesis 3, to thwart God’s plan

to bring forth the Savior by means

of His chosen people Israel. The

glimpses we get of Jesus’ helpless

dependence upon His earthly parents

and upon His heavenly Father’s

protection as Son of Man lets us

know that, in human weakness and

vulnerability, He came to destroy

the works of the devil ( 1 John 3:8).

Obviously, satan had been knowing

of the seriousness of this threat and

now sought to head it off before

Jesus’ adulthood.

Once Christ was born, the kingdom

of darkness and of man’s foul

rebellion against God had been

successfully invaded by the One

who would unravel it from within by

being both the truly God-dependent

Man (where Adam had failed) and

the God upon whom man should

rightfully depend, the One who

alone could provide salvation. The

main point here, though, is that

by coming as a helpless babe, our

Lord began His identity with us in

our helplessness and alienation,

and placed Himself in position to

be tempted in all points like as we

are (Hebrews 2:18). He took on our

form (human nature) so that He

might in it become the perfectly

God-dependent, obedient Man who

would condemn sin in the flesh

(Romans 8:3) and thereby undo the

works of the devil (Hebrews 2:14–17).

This “helpless dependence” is His

chosen posture in reversing Adam’s

original decision, which admitted

“sin” as a principle in the human

race, a principle of absolute selfdependence

which knows no need

to pray. It is the opposite of the

creaturely dependence which we

were made to exercise.

About His

Father’s Business

Jesus began His entrance into

adulthood (age 12) by creating the

conditions under which He had to

be sought by His earthly parents

(Luke 2:41–52). In response to

Mary and Joseph’s sorrowful and

concerned question after three days

of searching for Him, He said, “How

is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not

[Do you not know} that I must be

about My Father’s business?”(v. 49).

Thomas F. Torrance says of this

passage, “At that point, as Jesus

steps into adult responsibility as far

as relations with God are concerned

(that is, so far as he now takes the

confession of God the Father upon

His own lips, and lives His own

faith and dependence upon the

Father) we have a revelation of

what he is sent to do and be. He

is found in his Father’s house,

about his father’s business, and

yet, Son of God though he was, he

remained in subjection as a son to

his earthly parents…” 2

Jesus’ awareness of His salvific

mission at so early an age is often

highlighted in written works. And

that is as it should be! However,

in this scene with His mother and

earthly father, we see Him as an

example of submission and grace,

the obedient and dependent Son

of Man to Mary and Joseph and

the obedient and dependent Son

of God as man, to God His Father. 3

His human life’s pattern of absolute

reliance upon God is in reversal

of our nature of self-dependence

and was in fact the beginning of

our true return to God. Man’s true

purpose is the business or affairs

of our heavenly Father and Creator.

We were made by Him and for

Him and therefore our mission is

only realized in dependence upon

Him (Colossians 1:16, 17). The

biblical sign and evidence of that

dependence is prayer, understood as

constant fellowship and communion

with God in true dependence.

Prayer Scenes in

the Life of Jesus

Scene One

As we briefly review a few of

the prayers in the life of Jesus, we

will see His absolute and perfect

dependence upon God the Father.

This dependence was for man

(vicariously in our place) and for

His Father in perfect obedience

as the Son of God made flesh, for

the mission of bringing God and

man together.

The first of these scenes is

Jesus’ baptism by John. As he

comes up out of the water, He

prays and the Spirit descends

upon Him (Luke 3:21, 22). He

is at once driven by the Spirit

into the desert for His “missiondetermining”

confrontation with

satan, a confrontation associated

with His person and His life as man

under God (vv. 1–13). There, after

His 40-day fast, the devil begins

the first of several major assaults.

The temptation was not to assume


man’s burden, or more directly, to

forfeit His humanness and rightful

dependence upon God as man,

by acting for Himself within His

powers as Son of God. This would

be an act of direct disobedience

and a catastrophic denial of His

singular role and mission. At each

of the three attempts, satan is met

with our Lord’s stubborn refusal

to be selfish, His determination

to live under God’s Word and to

worship only God in place of the self

which Adam had chosen, and His

deliberate commitment to humility.

It was a conscious choice, under

great hunger, in aloneness, and in a

barren place, not to be prideful and

self-directing, although He had the

power to do so! Jesus demonstrated

that He would be absolutely Goddependent!

In this encounter, satan

had more than met his match for

the first time in history—a human

being, a real man, who, in severe

temptation to selfhood under ideal

circumstances, consciously chose

to be fully reliant upon God. This

is the creature’s rightful role and

obligation to the Creator. Here it

had been asserted in great power

for the first time. Matthew’s gospel

records the detail that when the

devil left Him, angels came and

ministered unto Him (4:11). Jesus,

as man, and in our place, refused

to serve Himself and remained

God-dependent, reestablishing for

mankind the true dependency the

first Adam had spurned.

Put another way (for we cannot

speak of this enough), the victory

Jesus won there in the desert was

not just for Himself or for His Father

(in obedience to His Father’s will)

but also for us. There He established

Himself as the “Second Man”

and the “Last Adam,” the Head of

the new humanity (1 Corinthians

15:45–47). There our Lord turns us


God-ward and begins the reversal of

the fall. He makes possible our own

God-dependence, the dependence

for which we were first created and

for which our hearts yearn even

when we are in denial: “Therefore

if any man be in Christ he is a new

creature [creation]; old things are

passed away, behold all things are

become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

This newness is the beginning of our

new humanity.

Part Two of this message will be printed

in an upcoming edition of the White

Wing Messenger. You can read it online

now at www.whitewingmessenger.org.


1 Author’s preference: I deliberately

do not upper case the devil’s names.

2 Thomas F. Torrance, Incarnation—

The Person and Life of Christ, (Edited

by Robert T. Walker) (Downers Grove:

Intervarsity Press, 2008), p.121.

(parentheses supplied for clarity)

3 Ibid.

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1 Congo Brazzaville*

2 Democratic Republic

of Congo

3 South Africa

4 Zimbabwe


5 India

6 Indonesia

7 Philippines*

8 Singapore & Malaysia

Caribbean & Atlantic

Ocean Islands

9 Antigua

10 Bahamas

11 British Virgin Islands

12 Cayman Islands

13 Jamaica

14 Netherlands Antilles

15 Turks & Caicos

16 Haiti

17 St. Kitts/Nevis

Spanish Speaking Caribbean

18 Puerto Rico

19 Dominican Republic

Central America

20 Belize

21 Costa Rica

22 El Salvador

23 Guatemala

24 Honduras

25 Nicaragua

26 Panamá

27 Mexico

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28 Bulgaria

29 Cyprus*

30 England

31 France

32 Portugal*

33 Russia*

34 Ukraine*

35 Spain

North America

36 United States

South America

37 Argentina

38 Bolivia*

39 Brazil

40 Chile

41 Colombia

42 Peru

43 Venezuela

44 Paraguay

* Locations for future SOPAS.


The first School of Practical and Advanced Studies (SOPAS), CBL’s nonaccredited

program, was held in Kinshasa, DRC, Africa on April 18-21, 2009.

From April 2009 to May 2010, we had 19 first term SOPAS with a total

attendance of 2,334 and one second term SOPAS with 44 students. We

did not have any schools in June and July due to Assembly preparations.

From August 2010 through May 2011, we have had 26 first term

schools with an attendance of 2,895 and 9 second term schools with an

attendance of 1,104. Total attendance for this period is 3,999.

Since its inception, SOPAS has conducted 53 schools world-wide with

total attendance of 6,377.

For further information concerning the

Global Alliance, visit the CBL webpage


on the COGOP website.

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—H. E. Cardin, D. Min,

Tomlinson Center Director

eadership development must stay in the forefront of

our responsibilities as we journey with Christ toward heaven.

While scribing these thoughts, I participated in the

annual meeting of The Historical Society of Church of God

Movements with a focus on Education in Church of God

Movements, as well as the graduation of the Pentecostal

Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennesee. It’s interesting

to hear how the fires of leadership development have

burned through generations, within our church and other

churches that are so close to us in doctrine and practices.

I am blessed to be around others who share this desire for

healthy, effective leadership development.


Every serious

profession requires

ongoing education to

maintain competency,

staying current with

new technology. Are

we serious as we

profess Christ?

I have learned that many churches lean heavily upon

their church college to assist in quality leadership

development. I am glad to be working with a great team

(The Tomlinson Center Board) who are working toward

that end—a healthy church college.

This question must stay before us: “Are we properly

preparing our future leaders to fill pulpits and lead the

lost to Christ?”

The task of developing leaders is a main focus of the

church. In the Great Commission, “Go . . . make disciples”

(Matthew 28:19 NIV) means more than just making

believers. The simplest definitions of a disciple involve

active following, living out the doctrines of Christ.

How do we transmit these eternal truths to our

successors and develop leaders that can lead mankind

into eternity to be with Christ? There are various learning

theories and models. I will use one model that offers

seven key components as a backdrop.

The Teachers

Just as sheep produce sheep, shepherds are to produce

shepherd boys and shepherd girls. The Tomlinson Center

uses teachers that can develop other teachers, ministers,

leaders, and effective Spirit-filled Christians. We recognize

that the Holy Spirit is the teacher (John 14:26). We are

working with Him. Jesus identified errors or mistakes are

made when we do not know the Scriptures nor the power

of God (Matthew 22:29; Mark 12:24). Our teachers use

the Bible and are Spirit-led. Just as Moses mentored

Joshua, Elijah—Elisha, Paul—Timothy, our instructors are

used to mold and shape our future leaders.

Presently, Tomlinson Center’s online instructors are

seasoned Church of God of Prophecy members or ministers

who are actively involved in discipleship and leadership

development. Each instructor has been vetted by Lee

University to comply with the highest standards of the

SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).

Classes fall in the areas of disciplines such as Bible and

Pastoral. (Disciplines will be added as we grow, such as

counseling, theology and more.)

For CIMS courses (Certificate in Ministerial Studies),

the instructors are among the best from Lee University

and the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. The facilitators

are our own Church of God of Prophecy pastors and

appointees that help shape the recipients.

For LDI (Leadership Development Institute), the

instructors are our top leaders and special guests who

offer expertise due to their education, practical experience

and divine giftedness.

The Learners

The Bible gives us a clear charge to be a life-long learner

in Paul’s interaction with his younger protégé, Timothy.

While we read a leader must be able to teach (2 Timothy

2:24; 1 Timothy 3:2), the original language uses the

passive voice, which implies a dual meaning; a leader

must be able to be taught.

Every serious profession requires ongoing education

to maintain competency, staying current with new

technology, methods, and more. Are we serious as we

profess Christ? It will require ongoing education, being a

life-long learner. Think of the licensed professionals you

may have in your congregation. Each of those is required

to have ongoing education to maintain a license.

Though we may not have mandatory ongoing

requirements demanded upon us from our leaders, we

are required to do so in our service to Christ. We must,

again, be life-long learners.

The Tomlinson Center, to date, has had approximately

750 students globally. Most of the Church of God of

Prophecy students (we have many Lee students in the

program) have been overseers, pastors, youth directors

and other leaders.

Church of God of Prophecy leaders may receive half

their tuition as a scholarship reimbursement. These are

learners that want an accredited degree as well as useful

leadership development.

The CIMS students are interested in “Bible school”

courses that offer flexibility that can be converted into

the Tomlinson Center for full college credit. This would

be great for youth, high school students wanting dual

enrollment, and licensed ministers who may have limited

income. (Those making less than $4,000 a month may

qualify for a grant.)

LDI learners are church leaders in various forms. They

are state, regional, national, and local church staff. These

learners are looking for the practical, hands-on approach.

Though LDI does not lead to a terminal degree, it does

introduce the learners to some of our other offerings and

partnerships that do provide these needed degrees.

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The Purposes, Goals,

or Objectives

You may be familiar with “Bloom’s Taxonomy.” We

focus on the “knowledge” we want to pass on. We help

our students to “comprehend” (by listing, labeling,

naming, assisting them to be able to recall, etc.). We

help them “apply” what they are learning. This is the

“so-what” factor. We let them know the value. We teach

students to “analyze” (by examining, questioning, and

testing). This is to help students to “synthesize” (by

collecting, composing, creating, designing, or producing

for others). As in the Bloom’s model, we finally “evaluate”

by helping them appraise, compare, and defend what

they have learned and received.

Tomlinson Center—Each TC course comes with a syllabus

listing the goals and objectives. Testing is used as one

component to ensure these goals have been accomplished.

CIMS—These courses make up the heart of a Bible school

degree. For those taking the courses for credit, testing is used.

LDI—These courses are theme-based as well as needbased

and offer practical application. While tests may not

be used, practical application is a must.

The Content of Instruction

The Bible is the main textbook. We are focused on

passing on “these things.” We are to remember “these

things” (1 Timothy 4:6). We are to command and teach

“these things” (v. 11). We are to meditate (KJV), be

diligent (NIV), take pains (NASB) with “these things” (v.

15). We are to persevere in “these things” (v. 16 NASB).

What are “these things?” It’s the important goals and

objectives outlined in the Bible. We teach “these things.”

Each approach (TC, CIMS, LDI) is in place to support

the overall mission of the Tomlinson Center, and to

compliment the overall mission of the COGOP by providing

relevant academic and practical leadership development

to the international church within the context of our church

theology and doctrinal tenets. Theologically speaking, we

are Armenian (believing in salvation), Wesleyan (believing

in sanctification) and Pentecostal (believing in the Baptism

of the Holy Ghost). The different approaches are used to

support these beliefs.

The Methods of Instruction

Methods change. Various authors state that during the

time of Christ, the literacy rate was between 1.5–4 percent.

The best method of instruction was speaking. Today we

have a myriad of methods. Utilizing technology is a must.

Tomlinson Center—At this point, TC is online, so

lectures are web-based. Other methods are used: lecture/

discussions (via discussion forums), case studies, journals,

blogs, guided assignments (sermons, lessons, and more).

Courses are available in English and Spanish.

CIMS—The teacher of record instructs via DVD or

Internet video. The facilitators also have opportunities

to share from their wealth of information on the subject.

Many of these courses are in various languages.

LDI—Ministers share via lectures using other methods

as well. These offerings are archived as we continue

adding to the leadership development library.

The Social or Relational

Environment for Instruction

Tomlinson Center—Your fellow online students may

span the globe geographically. The ages could represent

high school students to retired pastors. This program

is more “student- driven” than “teacher-driven.”

Interaction plays a great role. Once you post your work,

you must respond to fellow students. This is where

iron is sharpening iron (Proverbs 27:17). We learn from

one another.

CIMS—After the lecture is given, you work in a group

or interact with the workbook. This is where you “rub in”

the lesson.

LDI—These events are live or you can witness the

interaction (question and answer) in the archived

material. This event has scheduled breaks for fellowship

and interaction.

The Physical Environment or

Context for Instruction

Tomlinson Center—While our first phase is online,

the Tomlinson Center Board has projected returning to a

campus-based program by the year 2014. (You will notice

that the Tomlinson Center will appear on the financial

report form from the local church to the International

Office.) After returning to a campus-based college, we will

spread this as global as possible.

CIMS—This is designed for your local church or could

be used in a district, region or more. You can take these

courses in your home or via the Internet as well. The idea

is to bring the instruction to you.

LDI—Initially scheduled in Cleveland, Tennessee, LDI

operates in partnership with local churches (Peerless

Road, etc.). The idea and desire is to spread the essence

of LDI globally.

As I travel and spend time with many of our developing

leaders, I am encouraged that some of our greatest leaders

are waiting for our leadership development outreach.

For more information, visit www.tomlinsoncenter.org


Certificate in Ministerial Studies


A great tool to consider for leadership development is the

Tomlinson Center’s Certificate in Ministerial Studies (CIMS) program.

In partnership with the Church of God School of Ministry, you may

now have a School of Ministry in your area.

CIMS credits may transfer into the Tomlinson Center for college

credit. These classes could be used for Sunday school, midweek Bible

study, weekend intensives, and more.

There are three options for taking the classes: Internet, individual

study, and in groups of at least five paying students, called Distance

Learning Centers (DLC), which is considered the best approach.

Average Costs For CIMS

Individual Study—$142 per hour. You keep the DVDs, building

your personal leadership development library. Internet—$82 per

hour. No DVDs. No percentage returned to DLC.

DLC (Distance Learning Centers)—$80 per hour. With five or more

students, a free set of DVDs (average $12.50 each) for the DLC.

Learn in a group setting. The more students enrolled, the larger the

financial return to your DLC.

If the course is not taken for credit, just the cost of the desired

materials would apply (books, study guides, DVDs, etc.). This is great

for Sunday school, Bible study, etc.

CIMS offers 21 unique courses, offering 42 credits (up to 32

may be transferred for college credit). Keep in mind, every credit

hour represents 14 class sessions and an exam. (28 class sessions

equal two credit hours, and 42 class sessions would be three credit

hours, etc.) Most sessions are 50 minutes to an hour.

Example of Courses (CIMS Credit):

A Journey Through the Old Testament* (3)

A Journey Through the New Testament* (3)

Knowing the Holy Spirit* (2)

Rightly Dividing the Word (2)

Leading With Integrity (2)

Equipping People for Ministry (1)

Learning the Practices of Ministry* (2)

Planting and Growing Churches* (2)

Helping People in Crisis* (2)

Ministering to Culturally Diverse Populations (1)

Communicating Effectively (2)

Preaching the Word Today (2)

Caring for People in Need (1)

* Available in Spanish

Ministerial Grant Policy for Church of God of Prophecy licensed

ministers, in partnership with the Church of God School of Ministry:

Ministers whose income is less than $4,000 a month (inclusive) may

qualify for grants to assist in taking the courses for credit. (Those

whose income is less than $1,500 a month may take any course free

of charge.) Contact the Tomlinson Center for more.

Courses in Various Languages

Could these languages presently live in the shadows

of your church?

African Languages

Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya)

Courses Partially Complete:

Understanding Yourself and Others

Rightly Dividing the Word

Equipping People for Ministry

Preaching the Word Today

Bemba (Zambia)

Courses Complete (Textbook and Guide):

Understanding Yourself and Others

Learning the Practices of Ministry

Chichewa/Njanja (Malawi and Zambia)

Courses Partially Complete (Textbook complete; Study Guide):

Rightly Dividing the Word

Shona (Zimbabwe)

Course Partially Complete:

Rightly Dividing the Word

Luganda (Uganda)

Courses Complete:

Rightly Dividing the Word

Amharic (Ethiopia)

Study Guide:

Equipping People for Ministry

New Testament

Arabic Language

Planting and Growing ChurchesFrench Language

Understanding Yourself and Others

Knowing the Holy Spirit

German Language

Courses Complete (Textbook, Study Guide, Video Voice-over):

Knowing the Holy Spirit

Living the Faith

Helping People in Crisis

Italian Language

Courses Complete:

Leading With Integrity

Equipping People for Ministry

Learning the Practices of Ministry

Faith Foundations

Russian Language

Courses Complete:

Living the Faith

Serbian Language

Courses Complete:

Learning the Practices of Ministry

Faith Foundations for Life and Ministry in the 21st Century

Living the Faith

Knowing the Holy Spirit

Spanish Language

Courses Complete (Textbook, Study Guide, DVD):

A Journey Through the New Testament

A Journey Through the Old Testament

Faith Foundations for Life and Ministry in the 21st Century

Learning the Practices of Ministry

Knowing the Holy Spirit

Courses Complete Except DVDs

Living the Faith

Planting and Growing Churches

Helping People in Crisis

Walking in the Truth

Understanding Yourself and Others

Courses Partially Complete

Leading With Integrity

Preaching the Word Today

Ministering to Culturally Diverse Populations

Rightly Dividing the Word

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Don Brock,

Mentone, Alabama

T hrough



with Insatiable


Poor leaders often reveal themselves very quickly, when

they point to their rank or accomplishments as the

reason they don’t need to listen to outside ideas.

the years, I have had the opportunity to experience

leadership as taught by the military, corporate America, and

the Church. While approaches vary, the goal is the same—

to develop a process of influence in which one person can

enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of

a common task.

While I speak freely about my experiences as a pastor, I

seldom talk about my years in the military or the corporate

world. But there are some leadership insights I’ve learned that

are worthy of making an exception.

Before retiring from the military, I served on the staff of an

extraordinary major general. Being up close and personal with

him, I learned valuable traits of leadership I’ll always remember.

As soon as the general walked in the door, everyone

immediately stopped talking and stood to attention. That’s

the correct thing to do when an officer walks into the room.

The general was considered a leader because he had two

stars on his shoulders. There was one question that he asked

often: “Why?” When we ask “How?” or “What?” we’re usually

asking for details, process or clarification. We’re asking for

information that will help us do our jobs or get something done.

The question “Why?” is very different. When we ask why,

we reveal that we don’t understand something. It shows

vulnerability. It reveals not knowing. And that is exactly the

reason great leaders ask why so often. They are aware that

they don’t know what they don’t know and they aren’t afraid

to show it.

The general sat down and his briefing commenced. His

guests started sharing with him some new ideas that he had

never heard before, and his whole demeanor changed. He was


no longer imposing. He didn’t pretend he knew the subject

matter. He wasn’t intimidated that he didn’t understand some

of the concepts—quite the opposite. He leaned forward,

ready to learn.

Great leaders are not the ones who hold the highest office

or make the most money; they are the ones who inspire the

people around them. People are inspired when they feel

like they are part of something bigger than themselves. The

general, like all other great, inspiring leaders, inspired those

around him, not because of what he knew, but because of

how he made others feel. When someone of vast achievement

or status shows genuine interest in the ideas of those around

them, it makes those people feel valuable. It makes them feel

like they are contributing.

Control is not great leadership. It may be great management

or delegation, but great leadership is not just about the ability

to get things done, it’s the capacity to inspire others to take

responsibility to get things done. When people in an organization

believe in the greater cause and are made to feel a valuable

part, they become vastly more conscientious about everything

they do to contribute to that cause.

Poor leaders often reveal themselves very quickly, when they

point to their rank or accomplishments as the reason they

don’t need to listen to outside ideas. If you’ve ever genuinely

wanted to contribute and been swiftly rebuffed with words

like, “We’re a lot more successful than you, I think we know

what we’re doing,” or “What have you achieved that gives

you the right to tell me what to do?” then, congratulations,

you’re talking to someone who may have achieved a lot, but

greatness still eludes them.

The reason great leaders ask why is simple—they

have an insatiable curiosity and they want to know what

they don’t know. They understand that the more ideas,

perspectives, and things they can learn— inside and outside

their own disciplines—the more information they have to

make better decisions. Great leaders are eternal students.

Regardless of what they have learned, what they know or

what they have achieved, they always want to know more.

The value of their curiosity is more than a nicety; it has a

biological benefit.

Have you ever noticed that those who don’t know, don’t

know that they don’t know? I spent much of my life not knowing

how much I didn’t know. Going back to school didn’t gain as

much knowledge for me as the realization that there is so much

more that I still don’t know. The rational and analytical part

of our brain can access the equivalent of about two feet of

information around us. This is the conscious information we

access when we think about a problem, when we weigh the

pros and the cons, or consider the facts and the figures before

we make a decision. In contrast, our limbic system—the part

of our brain that actually controls behavior and decisionmaking—can

access subconscious information that doesn’t

come out on any list of pros and cons. Our limbic brain is filled

with our experiences, lessons and information; the equivalent

of 11 acres of information. This is the information that is being

tapped when we make “gut” decisions or when we act

instinctively. No data is weighed in these decisions; yet they

are, very often, better quality decisions.

Those with an insatiable curiosity, those who constantly

want to see more, do more, and understand why, are filling

their subconscious brains with data that can be tapped at a

later date. It will help influence and drive decisions, and the

decision maker won’t even know it’s happening when they’re

doing it.

There is something we can all do to fill our subconscious

brain to make us better decision makers and, ultimately, make

us better leaders.

Here are some ideas:

1. Take time to read more books and magazines outside of

your realm of expertise. Learn about what others are

doing and how they solve problems.

2. Wander around the natural history museum or an art

gallery. Go see a ballet performance, and don’t just

complain the whole time that you want to go home. Try

to find something you like about any of those things.

3. Take a day or an afternoon off and take your team

somewhere that has nothing to do with church for no

other reason than to do or see something new

or different.

4. Ask “Why?” We so often ask questions to prove

people wrong as opposed to understanding what they

mean. Really listen to the ideas of others. If someone

approaches you with good intentions, ask questions and

try to understand the meaning and value of their idea.

Show interest.

5. Encourage all the people who serve with you to do all

the above. Even encourage them to take an afternoon

off simply to explore or subsidize a personal enrichment

class they want to take.

6. Care much more about how people are doing rather than

how they are doing their work. (The leader that doesn’t

care about the people he/she serves with is most likely

using them for his/her glory, not God’s!)

7. Understand that loyalty cannot be demanded—it must

be earned.

8. Develop systems. If there isn’t a system to see what

you want to see happen on a consistent basis, then it

probably isn’t going to happen on a consistent basis and

you won’t know why.

9. Make integrity an issue, or it will become an issue.

10. Challenge people. They do not naturally drift into making

radical commitments. They must be challenged to

go there.

11. If God has called you to do it, then you are empowered

and gifted to do it as well! If it is not being done well,

ask “Why?”

12. Never forget – the people God has placed to lead with

you should be listened to and valued; after all, God

speaks to them too!

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This year, approximately 400 people were involved in

the Leadership Development Institute (LDI). They came

from Germany, Bulgaria, Central America, South America,

the Bahamas, and the British Virgin Islands, with many

from 18 U.S. states (Alabama, Connecticut, Florida,

Georgia, Iowa, Illinois,, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New

York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota,

Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia). Some drove

over 1,500 miles. Why?

The answers to that question come from some who

were in attendance:

“To sit under leaders who have ‘done it’ and not just

read it in a book.”

“ To mix and mingle with our General Overseer and

General Presbyters.”

“To return to Cleveland, Tennessee and visit our

International Offices, the White Wing Bookstore and more.”

“I really enjoyed visiting the Pentecostal Theological

Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee.”

“This is the only event, where we are encouraged to

bring our entire leadership staff for training.”

You may have missed the event but you can still be

blessed by the ministry by visiting the archives at: http:/


Here are some of the highlights from LDI 2011

worth visiting:


Tim Harper (Tuesday)—“Legends in the Making” This

sermon will challenge you to be actively engaged in

biblical mentoring.

Bryan Cutshall (Thursday)—“It Will Be Worth It All” This

sermon creates a hunger for heaven.

Clayton Endecott (Friday)—“Launch Out Into the Deep”

This sermon encourages one to “Prepare Yourself for a

Great Catch.”

General Session Classes:

Wednesday (Bryan Cutshall)—“Adding 100 People to

Your Church, Part 1 & 2” Dr. Cutshall walks the listener

through the process.

“The Big Event” (Search 7 Laws of Outreach by Dr. Owen

Weston) Each participant must provide seven names of

friends/family that we can invite for them.

“Assimilating Them” How to fish with nets and get

information. How to respond to visitors and get them

plugged in.

Thursday (Bryan Cutshall)—“Getting Connected —

Assimilation and Follow-Up, Part 1 & 2” Dr. Cutshall shares

how a fully assimilated member is one who: attends

worship regularly, participates in a meaningful group, has

an identifiable role/task, consistently gives, calls the church

“my church”, has made several friends, and is Spirit-filled/


These sessions were based on the four words:

Experience, Connect, Grow, and Serve. Experience—that’s

the big event. Connect—this phase

may involve the Pastor’s Breakfast, or

an opportunity to receive information

about the church, receive salvation, or

discover spiritual gifts. Grow—would

involve focused classes for 12 weeks.

Serve—this session introduced the

great principle, “Your church attendance

will be four times the number of your

volunteers! How many are serving?” This

session also deals with advertising and

marketing, with a low-budget, midsizebudget

and high-budget vantage point.

Friday (Bryan Cutshall)—A reflection

of “Simple Church” Dr. Cutshall shares

that purpose-driven church may have

turf wars over rooms, budgets, dates,

announcements, and more. The idea

of “Simple Church” is the “Experience”

(Attend Worship), “Connect”

(Connection Classes), “Grow” (Join a

Group), and “Serve” (Volunteer).


We had many guests from the

Pentecostal Theological Seminary

(Cleveland, Tennessee):

Dr. Ayodeji Adewuya—“Reclaiming

Our Holiness Heritage, Part 1 &2” This

is a great resource recommended by

Bishop Randall Howard concerning our

understanding of holiness.

Bishop Randall Howard (General

Overseer), “Afternoon Time with the

General Overseer.” Bishop Howard

shares his heart with pastors concerning

the subjects of the Holy Spirit, our

heritage, calling, and future journey as

a Holiness ministry.

Paul Holt (International Director

of Finance and Publications), “Town

Hall Meeting.” Hear for yourself the

discussion concerning the ARKS Report.

You may find this time of dialogue

very interesting.

Drew Dyck (Editor of Leadership

Journal, from Christianity Today

International), “Generation Ex-Christian.”

This session focuses on the fact young

people are leaving the church and how

we can bring them back. The information

shared is based on Drew’s recently

released book, Generation Ex-Christian:

Why Young People Are Leaving the

Church . . . and How to Bring Them Back.

Tomlinson Center Board Member



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TThe verb “delegate” can be found

today in almost every blog, leadership

book, and training seminar. The

word has refreshed and refocused

overworked pastors as they assign

leaders to oversee various areas

of ministry in their local churches.

Unfortunately, during this process

some pastors have also delegated

their vision for the young harvest.

Hospital visits, budget meetings,

sermon preparation, daily emails,

and phone calls make it very

easy for pastors to overlook or

misunderstand what is going on in

their children’s ministry. When we

say “yes” to too many things, we say

“no” to our core priorities.

Author Michael Gerber and Pastor

Andy Stanley said that organizations

thrive when leaders work “on” their

churches rather than “in” their

churches. This means that pastors

should regularly step back from

the daily grind of ministry to

intentionally invest an adequate

amount of time casting vision with

their children’s leadership team.

Pastors will always need to delegate

roles and responsibilities but vision

should be directly transferred with

nurturing empowerment and “oneon

one” attention.

Our local church has a great

children’s ministry, so it quickly

became very easy for me to neglect

the young harvest. Weekly activities

that seemed “urgent” consistently

took priority over the core values

of our vision. I suddenly realized

that quarterly leadership meetings,

weekly emails, and occasional

lunches were not enough.

Each church is unique, but in every

church simple delegation is no longer


adequate. One of the core values

of our local church is to develop a

culture that equips, empowers, and

nurtures our children’s leadership

team. Developing this type of

environment in a local church

requires time, resources, and prayer.

Pastors can develop

a culture that equips,

empowers and nurtures

their children’s ministry

leaders by investing time.

Time. It’s like a dollar bill. You only

get to spend it once. God recently

convicted me that more time needed

to be invested into our children’s

ministry. Each week, I invest over

two hours of my time to work “on”

our youth and children’s ministries

with our key leaders. I adjust my

schedule to what is convenient for

our leaders because they work fulltime

jobs and have young children.

During this time, we go over books

together, watch training videos,

laugh, dream, listen, pray, and share

vision. Our leaders know that I

expect them to share what we have

learned with other leaders. At first, I

was hesitant to ask busy people for

this type of commitment, but our

meetings have quickly become a

weekly highlight for all of us.

Also, I periodically have someone

speak for me during our Sunday

morning service so I can be part

of our children’s ministry. Our

kids never forget these days, and

parents and grandparents can

clearly see that our priority is on

the young harvest. Many times

pastors show up, smile, and shake

hands at children’s events. We

can raise the bar by serving our

children’s workers and showing them

unlimited support, encouragement,

and appreciation. I realize that I

will never know every child in our

ministry on an individual basis, but I

should at least be able to share my

life with our key children’s leaders.

Pastors can develop a

culture that equips,

empowers, and nurtures

their children’s ministry

team by investing

church resources.

This year, our church will be

significantly increasing the amount

of money we invest into children’s

ministry. We plan to do this by

eliminating expenses and ministries

that are not contributing to the

health of our church. We don’t want

to place tradition over our mission

of reaching the young harvest. Our

goal is to invest in resources that

will allow us to develop a dynamic

system of ministry for our kids.

Perry Noble, pastor of the

New Spring Church in Anderson,

South Carolina, recently made the

following quote about investing

resources into children’s ministry:

“It blows me away that the church

world always seems to be scratching

our heads and wondering why kids

flock to Disney but they don’t flock

to church. Maybe it’s because Disney

spends ‘billions’ of dollars on them…

and many churches have more

money in dead or dying ministries

than they do their children’s budget.

My church will spend money on

what is important…and I think

children’s (and student) ministry is

THE most important mission field in

the church.”

Pastors can develop

a culture that equips,

empowers, and nurtures

their children’s ministry

team through prayer.

One of the greatest rewards

of working side by side with your

children’s ministry team is watching

them grow in their relationship with

Christ. I was touched when I found

If the size of your

vision for your

ministry isn’t

intimidating to

you, there’s a

good chance it’s

insulting to God.

out that almost all of our youth and

children’s leaders participated in

our one-month fast. We closed our

time of prayer and fasting with a

three-day fast. Without being asked,

our children’s pastor fasted four

extra days. Any secular company

can develop leaders but watching

someone’s spiritual life grow is one

of the most rewarding privileges

of a pastor. Heartfelt and anointed

ministry comes out of these vibrant

relationships with God.

In closing, leadership expert

Seth Godin once wrote, “What

works is having everything good

enough and one or two things being

amazing. Find the guts to do one

thing remarkable. You don’t get

talked about when people

are unimpressed.”

Why can’t our children’s ministry

be talked about in our communities?

Why can’t they be excellent and

remarkable? Building a dynamic

children’s ministry may seem difficult

or even intimidating. Don’t allow

that mindset to keep your children’s

ministry at status quo. Make it

remarkable. Pastor Steven Furtick

said in the book Sun Stand Still,

“If the size of your vision for your

ministry isn’t intimidating to you,

there’s a good chance it’s insulting to

God.” Take the first step by investing

in your children’s ministry team; you

won’t regret it.

Jason and Casey Vernon

Pastors RTP Community Church

WWM AUGUST 2011 27

NEWSHere &There


Spiritual Flames Fanned in Brazil

Our camp was held on April 21–24, 2011. A total of 274

were in attendance, mostly young people. The theme of the

camp was “Listen, Observe, Touch” (1 John 1:1). The event

exceeded all our expectations. We believe that our young

people left the place with a flame lit inside them, impacting

and strongly affecting their lives.

Among the ministers were Pastor Ramanh from the local

church of Serra, National Overseer Hernandes Filho Fernandes,

and others. During this camp, we had seven new converts,

and 16 young people were baptized with the Holy Spirit. A

supernatural movement took place in this camp. It is truly

unexplainable. To God be the honor, glory and praise forever!


French Church Organized in Chicago

March 13, 2011 was a day to remember! Excitement filled

the air as worshippers gathered in Chicago, Illinois for the

inaugural service of our newest congregation. Bishop Tim Harper

received 17 new covenant members into the church. Also,

others are interested and the prospect of additional members

is good. This congregation is our first French-speaking church

in the Great Lakes!

There are several young, emerging leaders in this congregation!

Pastors Gestone and Marie Etrenne are the appointed pastors.

They meet on West Lunt Street in Chicago. Please pray for our

newest church family addition.


“Youth Harvest” Promoted in Texas

In April, the youth and youth leaders of Texas gathered

at Camp Lost Pines in Warda for an intensive weekend of

training and worship. Trevor and Aileen Reed, as well as Valerie

Moreno, ministered with such anointing. We were blessed to

have them.

The Spirit of the Lord prevailed in each class and service.

“Youth Harvest” became each one’s calling as they returned

to their personal field of labor. It was an awesome, lifechanging


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—Mark Hobson, Texas Youth Minister


The University of Oregon Gospel Singers won the top prize during Walt

Disney World’s inaugural Gospel Choir Fest last year. The 2011 competition

will be held on September 10 at the Walt Disney World Epcot park. Church

choirs and groups interested in participating can visit www.disneygospel


Argentina Family Retreat

Focuses on VISION

On April 21-24, we conducted the 2nd Regional Family Retreat

with the theme: “Vision 2020 and the Family.” The themes

developed included “Prayer and the Family,” “Harvest and

Family,” and “Leadership Development and Family.” We invited

Pastor Miguel Pinto and his family to minister. A total of 42

were sanctified, four saved, one child received healing, eight

baptized in water, and 32 were added to the Church.

There were a total of 78 attendees including children, young

adults, youth, and parents. We enjoyed a glorious time with the

Lord and family. All the pastors in our region attended and I

appreciate their support. Our region, Cordova, La Rioja, continues

to make progress, thank God. We ask your prayers for Argentina.

Becoming an “Irresistible Church

continued from page 5

and try to compete or copy until we forget who we were designed to

be. We become disenchanted with our size compared to someone

else’s. And when we start to get desperate, it is always easier to

imitate than it is to incarnate. You have to be comfortable in your own

skin. It is then that heaven can do its magnificent work through regular

people like you and me.

Why do you think this message is so important?

There are 1,500 ministers leaving the ministry every month, and due

to the baby-boomer pastors retiring, we will need more than 170,000

new senior leaders in the next decade and four times that many in

church staff. But we can’t fulfill the Great Commission, no matter how

many conferences we take in. We have got to reach a point where we

tap into the power of the Holy Spirit to do His work through us and

where we stand back, simply amazed at His workings. But that will

require a church that knows how to posture itself so the Holy Spirit can

work mightily through it. That is an irresistible church!



Baby Experiences Healing Touch


A few Sundays ago we received a call during our worship that Brother Calvin Howard’s great-grandson

had stopped breathing and was taken to the emergency room. Many of the members rushed to be with

the family. When worship was done, I gathered the elders together and the church began to pray. As we

concluded in prayer the phone was ringing . . . the baby was fine. The interesting point was that almost ten

minutes had passed before the child was restored! The baby is fine. Jesus is alive!

—Sterret, Alabama

Healing from Leg Pain

In May of 2010, my left leg started hurting. It continually got worse. Some days I could hardly work since I was on my feet for

8–12 hours a day. The doctor said I had rheumatoid arthritis. I asked for prayer for the pain, but it did not seem like God was

going to heal me on this side of heaven. The doctor gave me some pain pills to take two times a day with my food.

In January of 2011, I began the 21-day Daniel fast. On the seventh day, I felt I needed to do a full fast; however, I still needed to

take my pain pills that required food. I decided pain or no pain, I was going to complete the full day fast.

From that day on, my leg began to get better. Now I can walk with no pain and have not had to take the pain pills anymore.

Praise the Lord! God still heals! It may not be the same day you pray, but He will heal.

—Walter Bell, South Fulton, Tennessee

Praise Rises at Ladies Conference

Saturday, May 2, 2011 was an exciting day in Suffolk, Virginia as 76 ladies from the district churches as well as many visitors poured

into the sanctuary with excitement and great anticipation for a ladies conference, “Fearfully & Wonderfully Made.”

“I Am Woman, Hear Me Praise” was led by Amy Williams from Living Waters Christian Fellowship. We were overwhelmed by the

presence of God and we knew we were in for something special. Lisa Woolston, co-pastor of Real Life Church in Virginia Beach, kicked

off the conference and had us sitting on the edge of our seats with a brief but powerfully anointed message. She painted a vivid

picture of how God had us in mind when He created the universe, because we are special to Him.

Evangelist Kay Osban, from St. Mary’s, Georgia, refreshed us and had us laughing in the morning

session. Laila Bare, of Covenant Church of God in Charlottesville, taught two incredible sessions on

“Giftings in the Body.” We were also blessed by a wonderful and inspiring testimony of healing by

Peggy Harmon from Real Life Church in Virginia Beach.

The ladies were amazed and impressed by the lovely decorations by Pastor/District Overseer Ben

Fulton and other men in the district who prepared

a sumptuous luncheon. Sister Osban stirred us

when she brought the Word in the afternoon

session—“Prop Me Up on My Leanin’ Side, Lord.”

Amy Williams sang, “He Didn’t Throw the Clay

Away,” which said it all. Everything flowed together

and each left encouraged and blessed! Thank you,

God, for making me so wonderfully complex. Your

workmanship is marvelous – and how well I know it!

—Rachael Fulton

WWM AUGUST 2011 29

NEWSHere &There

In His Presence

Harper Hunter, Jr.

Harper Hunter Jr., 89, of

Cleveland, Tennessee,

died on Monday, June

6, 2011. He was born

Jan. 8, 1922, in Dickson

County, Tennessee. He

was married to Betty

Lorene Williams.

Appointed to the office of state

overseer of Maine at the 1943 General

Assembly of the Church of God of

Prophecy, Harper Hunter and Charles

Batson were the last living appointees of

the A.J. Tomlinson era. In 1947, Hunter

was ordained a bishop and appointed

state overseer of Wisconsin. Bishop

Hunter was also appointed state overseer

of Kentucky, Wyoming, South Dakota,

Illinois, Indiana, Alabama, South Carolina

and Mississippi.

At the International Offices, he served

as World Evangelist, General Evangelist,

Assembly Band Movement (ABM) Secretary


Barbara J. Adams;

Pleasantville, New Jersey; April 12, 2011;

Licensed minister for 8 years.

John M. Emert Junior;

Carrollton, Georgia; May 8, 2011;

Licensed minister for 9 years.

Sandra Elizabeth Burchill;

Key West, Florida; January 21, 2011;

Licensed minister for 3 years.

Glen E. Adkins;

Martinsville, Virginia; April 16, 2011;

Licensed minister for 49 years.

Dorothy L. Noe;

Elizabethtown, Kentucky; July 23, 2010;

Licensed minister for 48 years.

Anna Louise Robertson;

Braselton, Georgia; June 02, 2011;

Licensed minister for 64 years.

James K. Pittman Sr.;

Blackshear, Georgia; June 5, 2011;

Licensed minister for 37 years.

30 WWM AUGUST 2011

and Field Secretary to the General Overseer

(assistant general overseer). He was also

a popular singer in the church, recording

with the Broadcast Record Club on the

Majestic Records label. The first LP

album was distributed in 1952. In 1987

a biography of Hunter’s life was written

by Marie Back, titled, The HUNTER . . .

Without a Gun.

Miguel Angel Mojica

Miguel Angel Mojica,

age 74, of Mariara,

Carabobo State,

Venezuela, died May 13,

2011. He was born and

raised in Caguas, Puerto

Rico, and served five

years in the U.S. Army.

In 1958, he married Alma Juanita Mojica,

until her death in 2001. He was married for

the last eight years to Rosa Ysabel Gonzales.

Bishop Mojica served under general

appointment for the Church of God of

Wilfrid Augustin;

Jeremie, Haiti; February 11, 2011;

District overseer for Jeremie and licensed

minister for 20 years.

Nesly St. Cilaire;

Cayes, Haiti; June 1, 2011;

District overseer for Cayes and licensed

minister for 7 years.

Lottie B. Beecham;

Murfreesboro, Tennessee; June 12, 2011;

Licensed minister for 65 years.


Jewell Wilkinson;

West Helena, Arkansas; April 24, 2011;

Jewell was the widow of

Bishop James M. Wilkinson.

Doyle W. Schmerber;

Cleveland, Tennessee; June 5, 2011

Rosetta M. Vaughn;

Cleveland, Tennessee; June 2, 2011;

Rosetta was the wife of

Bishop A. J. Vaughn.


Prophecy in Cleveland, Tennessee since

1974, as a national overseer of Costa Rica,

Venezuela and Peru. He was appointed

General Presbyter of South America in

1996, until his retirement in 2008.

Malcolm Linkous

Malcolm Linkous, 94,

died May 17, 2011,

in Titusville, Florida.

Malcolm was born

March 9, 1917 in

Christiansburg, Virginia.

He and his wife, Hanna,

traveled the world representing Christ

and the Church.

Bishop Linkous served as overseer of

Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Florida, North

Carolina, Georgia and Mississipi and held

the offices of General Field Secretary and

ABM Secretary. In recent years, Bishop

Linkous ministered along side his son,

Larry Linkous, pastor of New Life Christian

Fellowship in Titusville.

Marie Alice Shotts McIntosh;

Ontario, Oregon; March 31, 2011;

Marie was the wife of

Clifford E. McIntosh.

Dessie M. Bobbert;

Butler, Pennsylvania; June 7, 2011;

Dessie was a member of the

Family Life Ministry.

Mildred Davis;

Cleveland, Tennessee; May 25, 2011

Mildred was the wife of Bishop Allen Davis.

Aileen Hartman;

South Knoxville, Tennessee;

June 8, 2011;

Aileen was the wife of

Bishop Henry Edsel Hartman.

Doris J. Goforth;

Olmstead Falls, Ohio;

June 12, 2011.

Catherine F. Meade;

Edmonton, England; April 18, 2011;

Catherine was the widow of Reverend

William R. Meade.



DeWayne Hamby, Managing Editor

He Is With Us

“You’re not good enough.”

The very first time that doubt crawled

into your mind must have been jarring.

Raised by parents who meticulously

insulated and methodically celebrated

your accomplishments left little-to-no

room for insecurity. At some point,

however, you began to compare your

gifts, abilities, and shortcomings to others

around you. Endless possibilities suddenly

became more limited.

You felt an infectious optimism again

when you met Christ. With a zealous

heart, it seemed a certainty that God

would reserve the right spot within

the kingdom and among His ministers.

Once again, you began to question your

confidence in your abilities to carry out

your purpose. This time, though, it led

you to a more proper understanding—you

really aren’t good enough.

A particular comedian’s recurring selfhelp

character made a name for himself

by staring into a mirror and reciting his

mantra that he was “good enough, smart

enough,” and “people like me!” I have

some news. People may like you, but

if you’re building on the foundation of

feeling good enough and smart enough,

An entire generation, icons of our

Movement, seems to be moving on to

a heavenly reward.

trouble is near. Life will

eventually pull that rug

out from under you.

In the past few months in the Church

of God of Prophecy, we have seen a

tremendous leadership shift. An entire

generation, icons of our Movement,

seems to be moving on to a heavenly

reward. Within the first few months of

my coming to this office, I received a note

from a reader on the very subject of our

spiritual predecessors. “Who is going to

fill their shoes?” he asked.

That question had already crossed

my mind, since I was already stepping

into a position once held by some of

the finest minds in our Church’s history.

My predecessor, Jenny, likes to remind

me that when she first mentioned this

possibility years ago, I laughed. But it

wasn’t out of an attitude of indifference;

it was more like the Abraham laugh in

Genesis 7:17. I just didn’t think it would

happen. Who was I to think I could join

their ranks?

As I attended several of the funerals

and visitations for these great men

and women of God, that question kept

lingering—“Who will fill their shoes?”

Staring at a casket and listening to

memorial tributes has a way of prompting

such reflective thinking. If this world

lasts another hundred or two thousand

years, there will never be another Elwood

Matthews or Harper Hunter or Miguel

Mojica or Malcolm Linkous or Ntambwe

Beya. Their races are completed and they

finished them with excellence.

The good news for all of us is that

the same Spirit that came upon them is

still with us. We can emulate and should

study with diligence, but the defining

mark of these spiritual trailblazers was

the anointing of the Holy Spirit. As Adrian

Varlack recently preached during our

Heritage Ministries simulcast, the world

we live in is moving too rapidly for us

to keep up. We are not smart enough

to devise the best plans for leading and

reaching new generations for Christ, but

we can be plugged in to One who is!

Like so many other heroes of the

faith before us, we are well aware of our

inadequacies. Our Creator, however, is

more interested in our potential. When

Moses questioned, “Who am I?” God said,

“I will go with you.” That’s a powerful

promise. Notice that He didn’t assign a

representative; He promised Himself.

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