Effective Church Growth

This scene is from El Orno, Nicaragua, last year.

We had been on a ministry trip and were visiting the home of a local pastor.

His daughters were sick.

As the power of God stirred, folks from an adjacent church saw it and rushed to us.

It reminded me of the Book of Acts.

Those who suppress the power of God commit spiritual suicide for the growth of the global church occurs mostly by the power gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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The Reality of Abundance

Lu 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

The “pressed down, and shaken together and running over,” is an anointing accessible to all who adopt a lifestyle of giving by the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Give and it shall be given unto you; is in the present tense. Our giving must be continual and in the present.

This is not only money. It’s a lifestyle which regularly gives out by the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Pressed down and shaken together, are in the perfect, passive participle structure.

This syntax is the most powerful description of existence, state, or reality.

If you are an active giver the “pressed down, and shaken together and running over” becomes your reality and mode of existence.

God will bring you into it.

How would you like to perpetually receive from the Lord, and I am not just talking of money?

This is God’s natural way of being. God is a God of infinite abundance.

Finally, wealth management in God’s economy begins with faithful tithing on the gross.

I’ve been a Christian for thirty six years. Those who did not regularly tithe on the gross were always in financial problems.

Those who faithfully did, God got them out of them all.


Free South Florida Healing Meetings

Jose and Mary Alvarez have prayed for people’s physical and emotional healing in the Name of Jesus Christ for 35 years in nations around the world

It’s simple!  You set up a church meeting or invite friends and family in need of healing to your home.

All that is needed is bottled water.

We are offering this ministry free to our South Florida friends.

Call us at 305.299.0633 or email us at citvnet@gmail.com

Our web site is  www.emergingusa.com

Free South Florida Healing Meetings


Let’s Take A Shower!

Eph 5:26 So that he might make it holy, having made it clean with the washing of water by the word,

Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we did ourselves, but in the measure of his mercy, he gave us salvation, through the washing of the new birth and the giving of new life in the Holy Spirit,

1Pe 1:23 Because you have had a new birth, not from the seed of man, but from eternal seed, through the word of a living and unchanging God.

What occurs if you go more than two days without bath or shower?

What about a week?

The study of the Bible, God’s Word, is the only way which a person can take a  spiritual bath or shower which will renovate them into the new creation which is free, whole, and full of power.

Mind you, I said, the study of the Word.

The social revolution has betrayed us into studying God’s Word through status updates.

How motivated we are to take a physical bath, but how uninterested to take a spiritual.

We are fanatical about removing physical crud.

But don’t mind carrying spiritual crap.

I can go on with my tirade.

Nuf said, you get my gist.


Why Should You Lose Weight?

These photos were taken in 2004 in Kitengela, Kenya.

This was our first venture into our calling in Africa which spanned from 2004-2010.

This is my wife Mary with  Maasai friends.

A revival with the Maasais commenced twenty five years ago.

Previous to that the Name of Jesus had not been heard.

Now, these remarkable people are added daily to God’s kingdom.

Many Maasai live in manyatas, or cow dung huts, built by women.

This particular manyata is tiny.

The door was four feet high and the entrance into the manyata wound through a narrow hallway.

In 2004 I was thirty five pounds heavier today.

When I attempted to get into the manyata, I could not!

Halfway in I got stuck!

Terrified, I pulled out while others laughed.

I wonder if I could do it today.

I think I could.

This is one advantage of losing weight!


Mary with friends in 2004 and the tiny manyata.


Mary with friends in 2004 and the tiny manyata.


Mary with friends in 2004 and the tiny manyata.


A manyata that we slept in 2006


Inside a manyata


Inside a manyata


A fatter me in 2004. Teaching for the first time in Africa!