Obama and Missions


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What drives you more, comfort, or hunger for the Word of God? This was our Bible conference in Masat, Kenya, home of Mr. Obama. In America, we complain that it’s too far to go to a church meeting. In Masat, there was no electricity. We rented a generator which was a luxury for the folks there. The children were so grateful to sing to an electric keyboard and microphone that they worshiped Jesus with them at 4:00 AM. The nights we were there, we could not sleep because of their singing. This is not a condemnation of the American church, which I am a part of, but a reality check? Could it be that we don’t see a huge impact by the church in the USA because we lack a spirit of sacrifice, when the Lord tells us to do something? What are you and I going to do about this in 2014? Has God given you a clear strategy to impact this country with Christ?

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Our bath/ shower. Adam and Eve, anyone?
What drives you more, comfort, or hunger for the Word of God? This was our Bible conference in Masat, Kenya, home of Mr. Obama. In America, we complain that it’s too far to go to a church meeting. In Masat, there was no electricity. We rented a generator which was a luxury for the folks there. The children were so grateful to sing to an electric keyboard and microphone that they worshiped Jesus with them at 4:00 AM. The nights we were there, we could not sleep because of their singing. This is not a condemnation of the American church, which I am a part of, but a reality check? Could it be that we don’t see a huge impact by the church in the USA because we lack a spirit of sacrifice, when the Lord tells us to do something? What are you and I going to do about this in 2014? Has God given you a clear strategy to impact this country with Christ

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This was our toilet. It spelled an expedition of faith as you squatted over the hole, with your pants down, while simultaneously leaning over to hold the plastic covering which flapped in the wind, so that no one could see you
What drives you more, comfort, or hunger for the Word of God? This was our Bible conference in Masat, Kenya, home of Mr. Obama. In America, we complain that it’s too far to go to a church meeting. In Masat, there was no electricity. We rented a generator which was a luxury for the folks there. The children were so grateful to sing to an electric keyboard and microphone that they worshiped Jesus with them at 4:00 AM. The nights we were there, we could not sleep because of their singing. This is not a condemnation of the American church, which I am a part of, but a reality check? Could it be that we don’t see a huge impact by the church in the USA because we lack a spirit of sacrifice, when the Lord tells us to do something? What are you and I going to do about this in 2014? Has God given you a clear strategy to impact this country with Christ?

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Hungry children for the Word of God
What drives you more, comfort, or hunger for the Word of God? This was our Bible conference in Masat, Kenya, home of Mr. Obama. In America, we complain that it’s too far to go to a church meeting. In Masat, there was no electricity. We rented a generator which was a luxury for the folks there. The children were so grateful to sing to an electric keyboard and microphone that they worshiped Jesus with them at 4:00 AM. The nights we were there, we could not sleep because of their singing. This is not a condemnation of the American church, which I am a part of, but a reality check? Could it be that we don’t see a huge impact by the church in the USA because we lack a spirit of sacrifice, when the Lord tells us to do something? What are you and I going to do about this in 2014? Has God given you a clear strategy to impact this country with Christ?

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Conference venue
What drives you more, comfort, or hunger for the Word of God? This was our Bible conference in Masat, Kenya, home of Mr. Obama. In America, we complain that it’s too far to go to a church meeting. In Masat, there was no electricity. We rented a generator which was a luxury for the folks there. The children were so grateful to sing to an electric keyboard and microphone that they worshiped Jesus with them at 4:00 AM. The nights we were there, we could not sleep because of their singing. This is not a condemnation of the American church, which I am a part of, but a reality check? Could it be that we don’t see a huge impact by the church in the USA because we lack a spirit of sacrifice, when the Lord tells us to do something? What are you and I going to do about this in 2014? Has God given you a clear strategy to impact this country with Christ

 

The Legacy of Richard Kaufman


“Richard Kaufman who grew up in the 1970s during the “dark ages” of disability awareness. He was placed in special education classes at the start of elementary school. Determined to prove others wrong, he graduated from high school in 1985 and earned his Associate of Art degree in 1999. In 2009, he began his journey at FIU. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in mental health counseling and wants to dedicate his career to helping others. On Monday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. Kaufman will receive a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology with a minor in religious studies.”  Florida International University

We are so proud of our friend Richard Kaufman. Richard has overcome a life of tremendous obstacles to graduate yesterday with a BS from Florida International University ( FIU)

The president of FIU recognized two people amongst the hundreds present for a life of special achievement while at FIU. One was Pastor Joseph Holbrook. The other one was Richard Kaufman. For ten minutes, he had Richard stand up while eloquently relaying to the thousands present his special achievements.

We who were part of Richard’s party were given VIP seating in the very front row. The head of the graduation event met with us personally to praise Richard’s achievements. One of Richard’s professors requested to meet with him after the commencement exercises.

Truly an amazing event for a deserving man, Richard Kaufman! GO RICHARD!

Invite Jose and Mary to speak or minister at your group or church. Blessings!

Bible Seminars

Healing and revival meetings

Spiritual Gift Training

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Mary’s Book: http://amzn.to/1fAzPHh

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With Professor Larson

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With long time friend, Mike Berry

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With FIU President, Mark Rosenberg

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President Mark Rosenberg FIU’s president, meeting Richard’s mother, Barbara Drake

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With Pastor Ralph Gomez of Doral Vineyard Church

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Richard being recognized

Cost


Mat 11:12  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

The kingdom of God is taken by spiritual violence and spiritually strong and forceful people from moment to moment snatch, seize it, and take it away as a precious bounty.

 Rom 12:2  And be not conformed ( don’t follow the schematic drawing or the blueprint of this world system) to this world: but be ye transformed (metamorphosis; or attain to a complete and radical inward change and becoming a totally different individual)  by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove (only when we are radically changed can we then test, approve and possess for ourselves the mature, well pleasing, and good will of God) what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Transformation is the same word used for the metamorphosis of a tadpole to a frog or a caterpillar to a butterfly.  If we do not pay the price to affect that transformation, we will never be free.

 Acts 20:24  But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Of no account do I make or hold my life in honor, so that I may complete my course on the horse track on which I am racing upon with joy, and the ministry that I received from the Lord to testify fully and thoroughly of the glad tidings of the grace of God.

 Philippians 3:12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after ( BIBLICAL WORD FOR PERSECUTION) , if that I may apprehend  (GRASP AND SEIZE) that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

I persecute, pursue, and overtake, in hope that I can grasp, seize, and make my own, all of what is contained in what Christ originally grasped and seized me for.

Philippians  3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Therefore, I neglect and no longer care for what is behind me. I stretch myself out and towards, and run swiftly after what is before me. The direction being, the mark of the goal of the high price of unbroken fellowship of Christ’s resurrection life, and the hope of His calling for me.

 1 Timothy 6:19  Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Seize and grab to, pull in, and make it our own possession.  Eternal life while we are on the earth is the resurrection life.  It does not come magically to us but must be seized and pulled in though obedience.

Matthew 25:1  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

Matthew 25:3  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

Took  from the Greek word to receive. To get, possess, and make my own. The foolish virgins did not obtain, and possessed the fullness of the Spirit.

 Galatians 4:19  My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

Gal 6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth(inward strength and force, to have strength to overcome health, ability, capacity) any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 

Only Christ being formed and birthed in us is of any capacity or ability for us to overcome and get the spiritual victory.

Invite Jose and Mary to speak or minister at your group or church. Blessings!

Bible Seminars

Healing and revival meetings

Spiritual Gift Training

Web: www.emergingusa.com

Mail: emergingusa@gmail.com

Mary’s Book: http://amzn.to/1fAzPHh

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Savannah, GA

“A Jell-O Forehead”


Ezekiel 3:4  And He said unto me, “Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with My words unto them.

5  For thou art not sent to a people of strange speech and of a hard language, but to the house of Israel,

6  not to many people of strange speech and of a hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.

7  But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee, for they will not hearken unto Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

8  Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.

9  As an adamant, harder than flint, have I made thy forehead. Fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.”

In chapter three, Ezekiel receives God’s prophetical calling.  God instructs him  that he would not be sent to a land far away, but would preach to his very own Jewish people.

The Lord furthermore tells Ezekiel not to fear their backbiting comments and arrogant gazes.  He has made the prophet’s forehead harder than adamant, and harder than theirs.

Adamant is a stone, a gem. It is denoted as tougher in quality than a diamond.

There is no material than can scratch the surface of a diamond, yet the diamond  scratches anything. It is considered as the most hardened of nature’s elements. Yet, the surface of the adamant can be more impenetrable or indurated than the diamond’s.

A person’s forehead communicates many things.

An erect face and forehead is a sign of confidence, determination and purpose.

Look at Luke’s description of Jesus.

Lu 9:53  And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.

A downcast face portrays depression or defeat. Eyes which can’t look at you articulate either insecurity, rejection or dishonesty.

A bull pushes with his forehead.

An individual crushed in spirit hangs his forehead in shame.

Ezekiel 3:4  And He said unto me, “Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with My words unto them.

5  For thou art not sent to a people of strange speech and of a hard language, but to the house of Israel,

6  not to many people of strange speech and of a hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.

7  But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee, for they will not hearken unto Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

8  Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.

9  As an adamant, harder than flint, have I made thy forehead. Fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.”

God gave me these verses right after my salvation in 1979 as I sat in an empty church.

These words rang loud and true in my spirit. In thirty years it has proven to be one of most dynamic of prophecies.

Back then however, these words appeared as an illusion, a hallucination, or a figment of imagination.

I had been a severe stutterer since I was four.  Rejection, insecurity, terror, and panic were my friends.  I knew nothing else.

I was still on drugs and booze.

I couldn’t speak to three people at a time. I would flee from a ringing phone.

I had the most frail of foreheads. I couldn’t look at anybody in the eye because of the speech impediment.

Like Moses I said, “Who me?”

Thirty  years later, these words have come to pass.

My wife and I do international Bible conferences. I can speak to any number of people. I rarely show recognizable signs of a speech impediment.

The telephone which was my greatest foe, is now a good friend.

I am able to lovingly confront anybody in the midst of an misunderstanding.

I treat the most insignificant and the most famous person equally.

I don’t back down from a challenge as long as I know that God is in it.

Truly God has given me a hard forehead. All glory goes to God and the work of his Holy Spirit.

God, many times, will take an individual’s greatest fears, or weaknesses, his handicaps and flaws and turn them into unconquerable attributes. I’ve seen this so often. This is how He glorifies Himself.

When I see a glaring weakness or handicap when counseling, I tell the person that God will probably raise him  to be just the opposite.

So today, look at your own life.

What is your greatest fear? What is that pesky bondage that you can’t overcome?  What is the handicap that is a thorn to  your side?

If you are truly obedient  to God, He will raise you up to do just the contrary, and probably through many great feats.

Don’t lose hope. Remember me. God gave me a diamond forehead for one of Jell-O.

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St. Peter’s Angel and my Hang Out


 DISCLAIMER: I won’t disclose places or names of places as to not embarrass anyone who might read today’s blog and recognize what I am talking about.

Acts 12:7  And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison; and he smote Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise up quickly.” And his chains fell off from his hands.

8  And the angel said unto him, “Gird thyself and bind on thy sandals.” And so he did. And the angel said unto him, “Cast thy garment about thee and follow me.”

9  And he went out and followed him, and knew not whether what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he saw a vision.

10  When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city, which opened to them of his own accord. And they went out and passed on through one street, and forthwith the angel departed from him.

11  And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know in truth that the Lord hath sent His angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod and from all the expectations of the people of the Jews.”

I’d  visit a hang out where  men of a city converged to drink and pass the night.

This place had been there forever, or so it seemed.

You’d drive by and see men and women drunk, others reveling , some even stoned.

It had been my practice to visit the hangout, befriend the men and share the gospel in a spontaneous and non-threatening fashion.

I had been nicknamed “ the preacher,”

One night though, things were very different. Some of the men had sniffed cocaine, were high as kites and were very confrontational.

As I mingled, one coked out dude charged me with mal treating my children.

“ I walked past the preacher’s home today and heard one of his kid’s screaming”, he snapped in a heated way.

I knew what had happened. My kids were small in those days. One of my daughters was in the  habit of screaming bloody murder when she did not get her way.

That morning, my wife Mary, had washed her hair and wanted to brush out the knots. Brushing out the kinks of your little girl’s long hair after a bath  can be quiet the ordeal.

Mary had not begun the brushing but my daughter was screaming in its anticipation.

This  guy had walked past my house when this was happening.

“The preacher was beating his kid!”, he rejoined, in a loud voice.

Another coked out dude joined the fray.  “ Yeah, preacher, that’s really bad, what did you do to your kid?”

He began pushing me.

I  expounded on what had occurred to the fifteen men that were there. None of them said a word. Many of them I knew personally.

The loud mouthed and confrontational ones continued  inflaming  the tempers of the others. “ Yeah, we gotta punish the preacher for what he does to his kids!”

One continued to push me around. The others sat in silence, as if their tongues had been cut out.  Not one came to my defense.  I was dumb founded and frightened.

The ring leader retorted, “Let’s hang the preacher!”

With that he found a rope and began to make a noose for my lynching. The other one  kept on pushing me, while several more hurled accusations.

I appealed to the men who knew me the best, “You’ve known me for years! You see me with my children!”

Nothing. The silence was deafening.

Meanwhile the agitator in a corner gleefully continued constructing the noose.

Suddenly, out of nowhere a girl, a teen ager, appeared.  She was a native of the city.

“ Come and follow me”.

She led me past the crowd of the men. Even my agitators were speechless.

“Get in your car and get out here.”

Then she departed from me.

Acts 12:8  And the angel said unto him, “Gird thyself and bind on thy sandals.” And so he did. And the angel said unto him, “Cast thy garment about thee and follow me.”

9  And he went out and followed him, and knew not whether what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he saw a vision.

10  When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city, which opened to them of his own accord. And they went out and passed on through one street, and forthwith the angel departed from him.

And so I did. I never visited this haunt again, needless to say.

This had been Peter’s angel sent to me.

It’s tragically comical that it took a woman, probably the only one in that joint to rescue me. The men who had been friends were cowardly and spineless.

In our global travels, it’s mostly the women who have supported our ministry, while the men have been heartbreakingly absent.

This is one reason I support women in the ministry. It is troublesome that men who argue against their inclusion in the pulpit are sedentary in  the activities of their local congregations.

This story ends on a good note, as with all that God does.

Months later, I saw my noose maker. I said hello, extended my hand and shook his. He stared at me in disbelief, frozen in time, God’s conviction raining on him. Never uttering a word, he walked away. I’ve prayed for him on occasions. I knew he lived in pain.

To this day, I’ve not been able to find my angel who rescued me from the hangout and departed from me to thank her. Maybe in heaven I’ll find out that she was St. Peter’s angel.

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“A Jell-O Forehead”


Ezekiel 3:4  And He said unto me, “Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with My words unto them.

5  For thou art not sent to a people of strange speech and of a hard language, but to the house of Israel,

6  not to many people of strange speech and of a hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.

7  But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee, for they will not hearken unto Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

8  Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.

9  As an adamant, harder than flint, have I made thy forehead. Fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.”

In chapter three, Ezekiel receives God’s prophetical calling.  God instructs him  that he would not be sent to a land far away, but would preach to his very own Jewish people.

The Lord furthermore tells Ezekiel not to fear their backbiting comments and arrogant gazes.  He has made the prophet’s forehead harder than adamant, and harder than theirs.

Adamant is a stone, a gem. It is denoted as tougher in quality than a diamond.

There is no material than can scratch the surface of a diamond, yet the diamond  scratches anything. It is considered as the most hardened of nature’s elements. Yet, the surface of the adamant can be more impenetrable or indurated than the diamond’s.

A person’s forehead communicates many things.

An erect face and forehead is a sign of confidence, determination and purpose.

Look at Luke’s description of Jesus.

Lu 9:53  And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.

A downcast face portrays depression or defeat. Eyes which can’t look at you articulate either insecurity, rejection or dishonesty.

A bull pushes with his forehead.

An individual crushed in spirit hangs his forehead in shame.

Ezekiel 3:4  And He said unto me, “Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with My words unto them.

5  For thou art not sent to a people of strange speech and of a hard language, but to the house of Israel,

6  not to many people of strange speech and of a hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.

7  But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee, for they will not hearken unto Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

8  Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.

9  As an adamant, harder than flint, have I made thy forehead. Fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.”

God gave me these verses right after my salvation in 1979 as I sat in an empty church.

These words rang loud and true in my spirit. In thirty years it has proven to be one of most dynamic of prophecies.

Back then however, these words appeared as an illusion, a hallucination, or a figment of imagination.

I had been a severe stutterer since I was four.  Rejection, insecurity, terror, and panic were my friends.  I knew nothing else.

I was still on drugs and booze.

I couldn’t speak to three people at a time. I would flee from a ringing phone.

I had the most frail of foreheads. I couldn’t look at anybody in the eye because of the speech impediment.

Like Moses I said, “Who me?”

Thirty  years later, these words have come to pass.

My wife and I do international Bible conferences. I can speak to any number of people. I rarely show recognizable signs of a speech impediment.

The telephone which was my greatest foe, is now a good friend.

I am able to lovingly confront anybody in the midst of an misunderstanding.

I treat the most insignificant and the most famous person equally.

I don’t back down from a challenge as long as I know that God is in it.

Truly God has given me a hard forehead. All glory goes to God and the work of his Holy Spirit.

God, many times, will take an individual’s greatest fears, or weaknesses, his handicaps and flaws and turn them into unconquerable attributes. I’ve seen this so often. This is how He glorifies Himself.

When I see a glaring weakness or handicap when counseling, I tell the person that God will probably raise him  to be just the opposite.

So today, look at your own life.

What is your greatest fear? What is that pesky bondage that you can’t overcome?  What is the handicap that is a thorn to  your side?

If you are truly obedient  to God, He will raise you up to do just the contrary, and probably through many great feats.

Don’t lose hope. Remember me. God gave me a diamond forehead for one of Jell-O.

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