“Mother’s Day” is on Sunday, May 14th and is designated to honor mothers. But many people forget that Jesus had a mother too (Mary); who raised him in preparing Him for his future ministry, alongside his four brothers and two sisters.
"Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?" (Matt. 13:55)
Before Jesus before died on the Cross, He revealed His love for his mother when he gave His disciple John, the responsibility of looking after her. (Jn.19:25–26)
In Acts Chapter 2, verses 17 to 24, Paul points out that God shows no partiality or favoritism according towards gender. Paul and Peter reminded the Church:
"there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. (Gal 3:28)
"And it shall be that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2:21) and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”. (Acts 2:4,38)
Peter made this clear on the Day of Pentecost referring to both men and women:
“And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.
And also on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days. (Joel 2:28–29)
In the early church, women and men, both did “signs, wonders and miracles." Hebrews Chapter 2, verse 4 says, "God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.”
Both men and women have always used the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12:6–8; 1 Cor. 12:8–10). Just as Mary prepared Jesus for ministry, today, Christian mothers prepare their family, children and husbands for ministry also.
Be sure to wish all mothers a 'Happy Mothers' Day in Jesus Christ!
Ministry Message for May 2017
Jesus' Impact on Women's Rights.
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead affirms our deliverance from a world where Gentiles and Jews predominated one another. Jesus' disciples misunderstood Him; and like most people today, they thought that He had come as head of an army, to free Israel from the Roman domination.
In the bible, the brothers, James and John, demonstrated this type of domineering disposition when they asked Jesus to allow them both to sit next to Him on His throne of grace in Heaven - one would sit on the left, and the other on the right. “Grant us to sit, one at the right hand and one at your left, in your glory” (Mk. 10:37).
Jesus' answer had stunned them when He replied, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so with you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life for a ransom of all” (Mk. 10:42–45).
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Ministry Articles for May 2017
"Mother’s Day” is a day when opportunity is given to honor wives and mothers. We are commanded in the Scriptures:
"Husbands love (agape) your wives just as Christ loved (agape) loved the church and gave Himself for her to make her holy ... and blameless” (Eph. 5:25-27). He who loves his wife loves (agape) himself (1 Cor. 7:4).
There are four different Greek words for "love”:
The first is friendship (philos), the second, eros (sexual), the third, family (Storge) and the fourth, agape (God's love). The first three are conditional loves limited by bad relationships. "Agape love" is unconditional and can be commanded by Jesus to minister to others regardless of how one feels. It empowers to extend the boundaries of the other three kinds of love, which are limited to the number of times a person can forgive - forgiving someone up to 7 times and can be extended to 490 times each day (Matt. 18:21-22)...
The Apostle Paul said, "...the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Saviour" (Eph. 5:23).
Paul is saying that like Jesus, with His bride (the church), it is the husband's responsibility to make certain that his family, including himself, knows Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord; and receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The role of the husband is not the boss who has the last word on everything, but he is the one responsible to help guide his family in a right relationship with Jesus.
Jesus is our boss and one we need to listen and turn to when we need answers. He is our Shepherd who chases after us when we get lost, and can't find our way:
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep" (John 10:11).
A young woman asked me at a meeting recently, “Why is it necessary to speak in tongues?” It is the one question that keeps coming up over and over again.
My first words were, "because it is the most effective way to speak and hear from God." It is His communication system, as directed by the Holy Spirit” (Mk. 16:17; 1 Cor. 12:10).
However, the word, "tongues" is outdated as a translation, making it easily misunderstood. "Tongues" really means “other national languages”
"All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues (national languages) as the Spirit enabled them... each one heard their own language being spoken... Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?" (Act 2:4-8)
It is like using the words “horseless carriage” instead or “car” or “automobile”. Could you imagine the look on the face of a car salesman if you said to him, “I would like to purchase a horseless carriage?” This is the same problem when using the translation, "tongues" for meaning the gift of the Holy Spirit...
Ministry Report for May 2017
At a meeting in St. Catharines, Ontario, a man came for prayer and asked, “Can you pray with me so I can have the second and third level of the Holy Spirit? I want to expand my ministry.”
"There is only one level of the Holy Spirit," I replied. I explained to him that he had received some wrong teaching regarding Elijah and Elisha, where Elisha had asked for a double portion of the Spirit:
"And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me” (2 Kings 2:9).
I also pointed out that scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit is not given by measure and/or by levels:
"For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure." (Jn. 3:34).
At a meeting at Curve Lake, Ontario, a woman in her 40’s asked, “Does God call women to be pastors?” I said, “Oh course He does!” She told me that the people in her church say that He doesn’t .
I replied, “Well... they need to read their bible a little more carefully: On the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1–21) Paul tells us, “There is neither…. male nor female….for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). That means gender cannot hold you back from becoming a pastor.
I suggested to her that if her church won't allow her to fulfill God's call on her life, then it's time to go find one where she could. Also I invited her to call me if she needed further guidance...
Where can I find a good church? In the New Testament Greek, there are two words for 'good'. One (kalos) means 'morally good, noble, praiseworthy, leading to salvation'. The other (agathos) refers to the 'perfection of God, things of the Holy Spirit.'
A good Christian church is where people can receive salvation and the perfection of God, including the Baptism and Gifts of the Holy Spirit, healing, deliverance and prayer for needs with the 'signs following' to confirm the preaching (Mk. 16:17-20).
It is a church where the Holy Spirit directs Christians to use their Gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:8-10). The New Testament (1 Cor. 12:26) points out that the only order of worship or liturgy that should be given. Christians will go to meetings expecting to see and experience signs, wonders and miracles and they will not be disappointed...
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Your Partnership Allows Us to Be 'A Spring of Living Waters'" (Jn. 14: 13-14)
When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well, she was shocked when He had asked her to give him a drink of water (Jn. 4:7). She was shocked because the Jews and Samaritan were enemies and at war. What this women didn’t understand, is just like today, we need not to be impartial; we need to engage in open discussions with all Samaritans; with people coming from other countries who don't know Jesus Christ personally as their Saviour and Lord; who complain about being sick and tired of living; their lives have no real meaning or purpose – and especially those who are involved in religions that worship gods that are not gods (1 Cor. 10:20).
We who have received the “living water," (the Holy Spirit) are intended to become the “wells of living water”. The Holy Spirit represents the "living water" and assures believers of eternal life. Our purpose as “wells of living water," is to offer a "drink of the living water" (the Holy Spirit) to people we don't know; to strangers, just as Jesus did. He ministered to the woman at the well: salvation, healing, grace and guidance. When we take up our cross daily, and model after what Jesus did at the well, salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit can come to all people we pray and minister to.
Your prayers and partnership allow Gordon to freely accept invitations from any church in Canada, the U.S.A, or other countries, regardless of their size, and without charging fees. Thank you so much for your generosity. Our ministry is like a "spring of living waters" that flows continuously; resulting in numerous Salvations, Baptisms of the Holy Spirit, healings, deliverances and many answers to prayer. Because of your faithfulness, Gordon has the freedom to go where ever Jesus leads him.
Also, as a result of your faithful donations, we continue to see more ministry than ever before. Please continue to be a “cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7) and prayerfully ask Jesus how you can contribute. Throughout 2017, help us to increase the harvest of all people into the Kingdom of God (Jn. 4:35) like never before. Amen!
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