The Power of the Crowd Church


My comments are related to what I’ve learned from the book Bold by Peter Diamandis.

With the advent of social media the crowd model has emerged.

The crowd model was relatively evil, initially.

It was birthed and organized in social media.

The early crowds were used in flash mobs, protests, and riots.

Now the crowd is being leveraged for good.

What about the creation a crowd church within a community?

The church is notoriously known as being “ My local church minded”, isolated and competing with other churches in a community.

If the church is to remain relevant it must break out of this model.

The church can have a local church vision but must adopt that of the crowd church.

Crowd funding:

Enter web sites Kickstarter and Inidiegogo.

One submits products and projects with the potential that interested people will fund them.

What about crowd funding through the concept of the crowd church?

This is crowd funding for churches within a city, but as important, for the city itself through the crowd church.

According to Peter Diamandis there is 15 billion dollars in crowd funding.

By 2020 it will be 100 billion dollars.

What would occur in a community if the crowd church would fund more for it, than any other enterprise. Would revival break?

Crowd Sourcing:

Exploiting the skills and giftings of the crowd instead of the one person.

The apostle Paul calls itthe ministry of the body of Christ versus a one man show.

Crowd ministry:

The notion of having a huge prayer line where many wait for the “ ministers of the day” is dinasourish.

I am embarrassed to make people wait 45 minutes to get prayed for.

Is this unattractive to the church visitor?

Release your ministry team in full!

Let go of your ego.

If you are the main speaker and people still want you to pray that is fine.

But the same Holy Spirit which moves through you moves through the other ministers.

Crowd teachers:

I’ve disagreed with brining in special speakers to do conferences while never tapping into the gifted ministers within the church body.

Any successful enterprise, except the church, raises those from within their ranks.

What about your special speakers be those who serve in your church?

It will make your church more dynamic.

Crowd Churches:

The power of churches within a community collaborating together. This is not  a onetime event for churches, but a way of life for a community.

Crowd Collaboration:

As churches collaborate together the  exponential power of collaboration explodes.

Churches can meet each other’s needs across a city.

The crowd church can meet the needs of the community far beyond any social program.

What would occur in a community if its needs were being met more by the crowd church than any other  social entity?

Crowd events:

Churches working together to create city wide events. Not just a onetime event, but a way of life.

What if  events created by the crowd church impacted the community more than any other type of event?

Crowd sourcing:

Using the resources of the crowd. This is similar to open sources on the web.

This could come as bartering exchanges so that everything is free. What about the church providing crowd sourcing through the crowd church?

What is the impact?

This will lead churches within a community into exponential growth.

Exponential organization using social networks and automation.

Properly built  and attractive communities which will impact the city.

To finally create a sophisticated church interface which a local community can tap into at any time and any place.

This is the power of exponential growth, exponential funding and exponential results through the crowd church.

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How to Get Out Of The Cell of the Wide Open Door?


Col 1: 13  He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred (physically relocated) us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

Colossians 1:13 uses the aorist tense for the verbs, “delivered” and “transferred.”

The Greek aorist is called the photographic or punctiliar tense.

It defines a past event, not in the context of what it means, but in its occurrence.

The event is labeled simply as a photograph or a punctuation mark on history’s time line.

Hence the terms, photographic or punctiliar.

So for those in Christ, we have once and for all being rescued from darkness’s jurisdiction and have been physically relocated, transported and re assigned to God’s kingdom.

So why do we still struggle so much with the dominion of darkness?

In my life, the reasons are varied.

All of them have to do with the devil’s tactics.

For one, I believe that my ancestors were into Santeria or witchcraft.

Generational sins or demons are a complex issue.

I know  little about it.

Suffice it to say, that stuff coming down my family line, have clobbered me.

I’ve had to spend time in prayer to break them all.

Secondly, is the issue of the demonic strongman.

I’m convinced that every person and every Christian has an assigned strong man demon which afflicts them.

Though we have been relocated to the kingdom of God, the schemes of the strong man do not automatically break.

For observed freedom to come, one must identify his or her particular strong man and figure out his lies.

This is can be an extended but crucial process.

But what I submit to you today is the “prison of the wide opened door.”

Relocation from the devil’s jurisdiction to God’s kingdom is the conclusion of your prison sentence and subsequent release back into society.

But for many, I included, we continue to sit in the cell, with the door in front of us, wide opened

How can this be?

The trickiest obstacle to freedom is the prison created by our imaginations, and the knowledge which exalts itself over God’s, of who we were before Christ, and who we are now in Him.

It has taken me months of prayer to work through the entangled thoughts that have kept me in the prison of the wide opened door.

I don’t have an answer for your journey.

But, I will tell you why solving your dilemma is so vital and yet so darn difficult.

It’s the toughest thing you will ever do.

Rom 3:27  Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. Through what law? Of works? No, but through the law of faith.

Faith is a law.

A law is defined that under specific circumstances, specific results always take place.

Faith works with positive and negative circumstances. It’s a law!

If you believe that you are in prison, and don’t realize that the door is opened, and that you are free, you will remain in it.

What is worse is this!

The devil has been defeated.  But as the father of lies, he feeds on lies, just like a tick feeds on blood.

The biggest lie, which he has propagated on humanity, is to make it believe that he does not exist.

If you faith is that you are still in prison when you are not, you will remain in it, because of the law of faith. You have believed the lie.

And the old devil will indulge the errors of your way, by endlessly attacking you just like if you were still in bondage.

If you are not experiencing at the beginnings of resurrection life, I counsel you to dedicate serious time to finding out why you still sit in your cell of the wide open door.

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The Solutions To Obstacles Seminar


We are excited about our new and interactive seminar.
Available in South and Central Florida
Reserve one for church, business, or home.
Those who hosts do not pay
Best taught on Saturdays.
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
$10.00/ person/ session.
Checks or cash payable to “Jose Alvarez”
Brown bag or “fast food restaurant” lunch.
Phone: 305.299.0633
Email: citvnet@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.emergingusa.com/

 

1. THE FAMILY OBSTACLE

a. What if my spouse is not a Christian?
b. What if my children are not Christians?
c. How can I focus my marriage on God’s Will?

Jose and Mary are happily married for twenty seven years. They have focused their marriage and family on God’s voice and agenda. The Alvarez have four adult children. They lived in New Mexico among Native American and in Kenya, Africa.

 

2. THE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP OBSTACLE

a. How Do I Study The Bible?
i. The personalization approach.
ii. Meditating on scriptures and the renewing of the mind
iii. Biblical language resources

b. What if a church leader or Christian hurt me and I am not attending church?

c. I Don’t Know How To Pray!
i. Obstacles in breaking through into God’s presence
ii. Intercessory, revelatory, and contemplative prayer.
iii. How do I get my prayers answered?

 

3. THE FINANCIAL OBSTACLE!

a. How Do I Get Out of Debt?
b. How Do I Find A Job?
c. Teach Me About Tithes and Offerings

Jose and Mary have been missionaries for twenty years. They have been in full time ministry for ten. They got out of debt, destroyed their credit cards and live by faith. You will learn to get a job by the voice of God.

 

4. THE ADDICTION OBSTACLE

a. What If I smoke as a Christian? How do I become free?
b. How do I lose weight?

Jose and Mary have lost cumulatively 110 pounds. They were chain smokers and heavy drugs and alcohol users. God set them free supernaturally and without rehabilitation. There is no condemnation in Christ. Learn how!

 

5. THE MINISTRY OBSTACLE

a. What Are My Spiritual Gifts?
i. We will administer a spiritual gift inventory!

b. How Do I Hear God’s Voice?
i. Learn the steps to effectively hear God’s voice

c. How Do I Prophesy?
i. Jose and Mary have prophesied to thousands around the world in twenty years.

d. How Do I Get Over My Fears of Ministering?
i. Jose was a severe stutterer who could not say his wedding vows. Now he is a Bible teacher. Mary was a shattered bulimic. How did they become free from paralyzing fears?

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How To Have A Great Marriage !


My wife Mary and I will celebrate 27th year of marriage in 2015.

We have had a problem free marriage. By that I mean, no unresolved issues have ever lingered.

We have never gone to sleep with unsettled problems

We have never had an argument that was not fixed that day.

Are we special? Of course not!

Am I perfect? Just ask my children!

The key to success is putting God and His will always first.

Mary and I met in 1986 in church, after her return from the mission fields.

We discovered that God had crossed our tracks several times.

Our paths intersected at North Miami Beach Elementary School in 1962.

I attended there after leaving Cuba.

At the school I learned English during the Cuban missile crisis and practiced ducking under desks in case it became real.

Right after leaving North Beach, little Mary also attended.

In 1977, my family moved from the Virgin Islands, to Key Biscayne, Florida.

My parents got a rental on Island Drive.

I discovered that Mary’s family left Island Drive, just before our arrival. Is this coincidence or divine destiny? I believe the latter, from a God who knows beginning to end.

If you are single, and love the Lord, be encouraged today!

God has that perfect one for you, like he had for me.

It’s much better to be single who loves Jesus, than to be married, love Jesus, but be married to a guy who hates him.

I have frequently observed single Christian women who love Jesus are happier than married Christian women who love Jesus, because their unbelieving husbands pull them down.

Enjoy your singlehood, loving and serving Jesus. Trust me, you are much better off. Fret not; God has that perfect one for you. Wait for him. Don’t focus on marriage, focus on Him.

I understand the loneliness of Christian singlehood. My advice is that you become married to Jesus. Draw close to and become filled with His Spirit. Most of your loneliness will leave.

God brought Mary, when I was contented to be single, even if it was to be so for the rest of my life. I was enthralled and in love with Jesus. I had forgotten about marriage, when my sweet Mary came.

I recommend, not to date, but wait for God’s one to come. I have seen many a good Christian fall into the pit of immorality. The flesh is weak, and God knows that. The problem with falling into immorality is that the devil’s condemnation last for months and severely injures the Christian’s walk.

Mary and I became great friends but presumed that God had destined us for others.

On the same day that I passed my FCC broadcasting test which I had failed twice, God opened our eyes. This was 1987. Now we knew that God was calling us to marriage. God knows how to open doors, and keep them shut. When you are in His will, He can move with blazing speed.

After three dates, we knew the calling to marriage and obeyed. Six months later we wed.   We were not in love when we married. We joined in obedience to God. The falling in love came after tying the knot.

From the beginning, Mary and I prayed together. Prayer is not simply talking to God. This prayer is about listening to God’s voice, His will, and then obeying.

We’ve learned the secret that in everything by doing the will of God and by laying ours down, things always turns out right.

We have done many crazy things in the Name of the Lord. But like cats which are constantly dropped from third floors, God makes us land on all fours.

God does not have two voices. He only has one . If a couple hears two things, something is wrong. This means that multiple agendas have not been surrendered to embrace God’s one. But this is the secret to a good marriage! Always, and in everything, couples lay down your will, and embrace God’s. He has one voice and one will. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all things that you wish for will be added to you.

Always put parents, children, and families, second, to God and His will. This sounds harsh, but it’s huge. I have seen many put fathers and mothers and children before God and His will, to destructive results. Family idolatry is one of the most damaging things in Christianity. If we put Him above all, He blesses our parents and children with the very best.

Mary and I are entirely honest with each other. We do not keep secrets. Good communication is critical. Talking things out and praying them through is crucial.

As a family, God taught us to be a team. We have endeavored to do as much as possible together. Our children come before ministry. We let them find their own way with the Lord. We don’t ask them to copy our Christian walk.

God is so great, if we always put Him first! You won’t go wrong.

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Powerful Biblical Search Features!


I have been using the Online Bible program since the 1990’s.

I believe that it is the first of the free downloadable Bible programs.

The Online Bible has served me well for twenty years.

First, download the program unto your desktop.

http://onlinebible.net/downloads/program

The advantage is that you do not need the internet to use it.

On an airplane, or in Africa, you can benefit  from this excellent program.

I want to teach you some great “Search” features of the Online Bible.

Open your program.

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On the screen shot as well as in your program you will notice in the available choices on the top; “Window”.

Click on it and select “Tile as a single window.”

On the screen shot you note icons inclusive of a red bible, a lamp and a flashlight.

The flashlight is your search figure.

You can also use it by the F7 button.

Click on the flashlight.

Then tap the “set range” button.

Click on the “New Testament” circle and tap ok.

This sets your search to only the New Testament.

In the search box, write “word” and tap ok.

The one hundred ninety seven verses where the word, “word”, shows up on the New Testament are displayed.

The Online Bible uses the King James Version as its default.

The King James by exceedingly far is the most connected translation to all Greek and Hebrew resources.

Now hit the letter “S.”

This brings up the Strong’s Concordance.

You will note as I you can see in the screen shots and the program itself numbers bracketed in between <> or ().

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The <> are your Strong’s definitions.

The () are only included for verbs and are represent their parsing.

You will note that the word, “word” verse list has such numbers as # 3056 # 4487 and # 2036.

This is why it’s vital to have a basic understanding of Biblical languages.

In the English, we read the word, word.

But in the Greek the meanings of these words are very different and very important.

For example, #3056 is the “logos” word which focuses mostly on God’s written word.

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The word # 4087 which I have delineated on the screen shot is the “rhema” word which focuses mostly on God’s spoken word, through the voice of His Spirit.

Scroll down to Matthew 4:4.

This is an instance of the rhema word.

No click with your mouse on the < 4487 >.

The Strong’s Greek definition opens up.

Study it.

Now click on your flashlight or F7.

Type 4487.

This displays the sixty seven verses where the rhema word appears.

Now you can perform a study on the Word of God through His voice.

This is an extremely powerful word study.

Click on the flashlight and type “wor*”

The * sign performs a search on the root “wor.”

A verse list of 808 verses including “ word “, “words”, “worship” “worlds”, etc. pops up.

The * function is important in performing root searches.

Hit the flashlight and type “ word” & “ faith.”

The & is the and sign

The program displays eight verses where the words “word” and “faith” both show up.

Now type “word | faith.”

The | is the “or” sign.

The program now displays 418 verses where either faith or word is displayed.

You can also type in the Strong’s number for faith.

Faith is # 4102

Try it out.

Our type in 3056 & 4102.

You now get ten verses where 3056 which is the logos, the written word and faith show up.

You get the picture.

Your searches can be infinite and your knowledge of God’s word which sets you free, exponentially increases.

Do You Have A Well Defined Future?


Hab 2:2 And the Lord gave me an answer, and said, Put the vision in writing and make it clear on stones, so that the reader may go quickly.

I am reading a book titled “The E Myth” by Michael E Gerber.

What he writes is significant.

Most people, including myself, have a poorly defined vision for their future.

Life becomes passive and complacent because of that.

Michael quotes a story about Tom Watson, the founder of IBM.

Tom was asked to speak about the phenomenal growth of IBM.

These were some of his answers.

A # “At the very beginning, I had a very clear picture of what the company would look like when it was finally done.”

B # “ Once I had the picture, I then asked myself how a company which looked like the IBM that I envisioned would have to act.

Michael goes on to state a few more questions.

The name of our ministry is Emerging, Inc.,so I applied them to us.

  1. How will Emerging look like, when it’s finally in place?
  2. Once that Emerging is in place, how will it have to act?
  3. I must fashion Emerging from this moment on according to this template.
  4. Every day I must devote myself to the development components of Emerging and not to do business.
  5. How must Emerging work now to make this future template a reality?
  6. I must have a well-defined future for Emerging and then come back to the present with the intention of changing it.
  7. I must envision Emerging in its entirety from which it will derive its parts.
  8. I must visualize Emerging as seamlessly integrated components of some larger pattern that come together to systematically produce my planned result.
  9. Each part of Emerging must be measurable and function by articulated rules and principles.

So i gave it a shot this morning.

The template for Emerging!

# 1 Write simple “ how to” booklets that will produce an effective rather than an efficient church.

# 2 Create several workable and sustainable cities of revival in the USA.

# 3 Hold seminars and conferences on:

  • Applying Biblical Church Theory to the Current Church
  • The Christian’s Identity in Christ
  • “How To” Seminars for effective ministry
  • Effective VS Efficient Church Seminars

# 4 Globally Televised Miracle Meetings

# 5 Globally Televised Seminars

# 6 Produce Millions of Dollars to Invest in The Global Church

  • How to raise venture capital?

# 7 Extensive Friendship Evangelism

# 8 Turn key products:  Make Emerging a turn key product!

What about you?

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