A covenant is an agreement we make with someone else. Whenever we have an agreement within ourselves to disobey God in a certain area of our lives, we have made a covenant with death that needs to be broken. Death in this context is speaking about something that separates us from God. Let’s see what Scripture says about breaking a covenant with death.
In my extensive ministry to pastors over the past two decades I have noticed that oftentimes ministers of the gospel are ineffective because they are operating outside of their assignments. Some of these very good people are overseeing churches, and in some cases are superintendents for a denomination over churches in a region.
Oftentimes we do not think that other people can fully relate to us; we say that “they are not in our shoes” so that they cannot judge us or correct us. The word of God teaches us that Jesus was able to fully deliver and save us because He Himself suffered in His humanity like we suffer (Hebrews 2:14-18). It was out of this knowledge that He was able to make us righteous. The following passage taken from Isaiah 53 will be examined in the light of this concept.
1. The use of interactive visuals to communicate their message.
• Our TV youth culture is primarily driven by images.
• Many churches successfully utilize multimedia alongside preaching to accentuate their Sunday messages.
2. They understand their niche markets (they have something for everyone).
• Businesses utilize diverse music and entertainment to communicate their messages.
• Churches can employ the use of music specials and divergent styles to attract the various age groups and demographics in their communities.
I’ve been involved in pastoral ministry for over 30 years, and I have a desire to help everyone. But, I have learned the hard way that I cannot help every person who attends our church or who comes to me for input.
The following are ten kinds of people I have identified that are so entrenched in certain habit patterns that I cannot help them advance to the next level unless they make the necessary shift in their attitude or behavior.
There is a dearth of fatherlessness in the world and in the church today. The emotional and spiritual effects of this have been nothing less than catastrophic! The following are some of the symptoms of fatherlessness. (This can be applied to both natural and spiritual fathers.)
There has been much written in recent years about the Christian’s role in producing wealth on the earth. The following are common misconceptions in the church regarding prosperity and wealth creation that need adjustment for us to have biblical balance & integrity, and experience transformation in our families, communities, and nations.
God wants His creation to be fascinated with Him and His ways.
Passages like Isaiah 40 are examples of how God wants us to always have hearts that pursue and seek out the mystery of God and His ways.
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