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Gregory A. Johnson: Christ follower, pastor, and author 
Friday, 29 January 2010
I love God’s Word. 

It is so relevant to us in our day.

Helping others understand the relevancy of Scripture and growing their faith is what I love to do. 

I’m currently doing a verse by verse expository walk through Scripture and making it available to be listened to online. 

The book of Acts is where we have started and plan on completing the New Testament, book by book, verse by verse. 

You can join us online!

The direct link is http://www.lovinggodfellowship.org/bible_studies

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Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org

NOTE:  This post is in continuation to the post Worldwide Ministry.
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Thursday, 28 January 2010
Prayer positions oneself for sweet encounters with the Lord resulting in immediate impact on behavior, attitudes and beliefs.  An encounter with Jesus can do in an instance what could never be done by man in a lifetime.

In Acts 10, the Lord is breaking down racial barriers that had been in place for generations.  For the church to be what Jesus intends it to be, there can be no discrimination.  We are learning the heart of Jesus for the church in this wonderful chapter of God’s Word.  We are seeing the importance of separating one’s self for the purpose of prayer which makes available the resources of heaven and opens us up to sweet encounters with our Lord.

Peter was on the house top praying when the Lord gave him a vision of all kind of animals coming from heaven on a sheet with His command for Peter to kill and eat.  Peter refused because of the unclean animals, but the Lord showed him three times.  Jesus was showing him that nothing He has made is unclean, including ALL people.  

Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the vision that he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon's house, stood at the gate and called out to ask whether Simon who was called Peter was lodging there. And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are looking for you. Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them." And Peter went down to the men and said, "I am the one you are looking for. What is the reason for your coming?" And they said, "Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say." So he invited them in to be his guests. The next day he rose and went away with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him.
(Act 10:17-23 ESV)

This is a beautiful paragraph of Scripture that records the obedience to direction given through prayer.  Cornelius received instructions through prayer (Acts 10:1-8) and here we see the beginning results to obeying those instructions.  Peter was pondering on the meaning of the instructions he received through prayer, but the Holy Spirit was about to show him the deeper meaning which would require him to let go of traditions and practices that he had held onto entire life. 

Somewhere between his walk from the rooftop to the door, it started to make sense.  As Peter was obedient to the Holy Spirit’s instruction, change percolated in his behavior, attitude and beliefs.  Peter did something that he would not have done before.  It would shatter the way he was raised and go against everything he had been taught from a young child upward.  He invited non Jews, people of a different race and different beliefs, not only into the house with him, but to be his guests for the night! 

Something happened in Peter.  It started when he separated himself from all distractions and went up on the rooftop to pray (Acts 10:9-16).  It continued as he meditated on what he was shown as he prayed.  It happened when he stepped out in obedience to the Holy Spirit; behavior, attitude and beliefs all where changed.

Beloved, as we pray, we will have times of sweet encounters with Jesus.  We will receive instructions and as we obey the instructions, we will have supernatural changes in behavior, attitude and beliefs.  It may shatter the way we were raised and go against everything we have been taught, but it will always line up with Scripture and take us into a deeper love of God that will result in a deeper love of ALL people.
  

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Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Do you ever wish there were more hours in a day?  Life can become quite overwhelming.  There are deadlines to meet.  There are bills that have to be paid.  There are appointments to be kept.  There are assets that have to be maintained such as houses and cars.  There are relationships that have to be nourished.  And how do we ever find time to properly take care of ourselves?  To live a healthy life, we have to eat right and exercise. 

Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed and losing perspective?  I do quite often. 

God has given me a verse in His Word that puts everything back in perspective.  I want to share it with you today so that you can glean from its wonderful truth. 

(2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV) “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 
Wow!  This is the greatest double paradox in history.  It is powerful and it puts everything in perspective.  Understanding it will change our life and the way we live it.

GOD ARRANGED FOR JESUS TO BE MADE SIN
It’s all about divine justice, divine wrath, divine self-sacrifice and divine love.  Because of God’s divine justice, His reaction to sin is divine wrath.  God in His infinite wisdom decided that the penalty of sin would be death and that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 11:22 NIV)  But the blood had to come from a perfect sacrifice; one that did not know sin.  That would be the only thing that would appease God’s wrath.  The only one that could fulfill this was God Himself because only God is sinless.  But yet God could not die.  So God came into our world.  I get so excited every time I think about it.  It amazes me that God left the portals of heaven and came into our world.  That is how much God loves us.  God has gone out of His way to save us from His wrath.

Only Jesus could be the perfect sacrifice for our sins; a sacrificial lamb without spot and without blemish.  At the cross, Jesus took upon Himself every sin we ever committed.  God’s Word says (Isaiah 53:6 NIV) “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  At the cross, Jesus took upon Himself God’s divine judgment and God’s divine wrath that we deserve so that we would be shielded from God’s judgment and His wrath.  Beloved, our sins were charged to Jesus’ account.  It doesn’t sound right.  He was innocent, we are guilty.  We deserve the punishment, but God took it upon Himself instead.  It was divine self-sacrifice.  That’s how much God loves us.        

GOD ARRANGED FOR PEOPLE TO BE MADE RIGHTEOUS
Again God’s Word says (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV) “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."  Jesus’ righteousness was credited to the account of all who would believe on Him.  It all happened at the cross of Christ.  

MANY PEOPLE IN OUR DAY HAVE A CONFUSED UNDERSTANDING OF GOD
Many today believe that God is just waiting for us to mess up so He can pour out judgment.  They live in fear and they teach fear to others in believing that everything bad that happens is God’s judgment being poured out.  They tie every disaster that happens to the judgment of God.  There are consequences of sin that we bring on ourselves, but God is not pouring out His judgment on us through everything bad that happens.  

These people are still living under the old covenant instead of the new covenant.  They are confused because they do not understand what God did for us at the cross.  At the cross, Jesus took our sin upon Him.  At the cross, Jesus shielded us from God’s perfect justice and His wrath.  At the cross, Jesus took our punishment.  Beloved, it is at the cross we see a loving God drawing lost people to Himself.  Since the cross we have been living under God’s grace.  God’s heart is that all be saved and come to Him.  Jesus is coming again for those who have denied self, taken up their cross and followed Him.  The best is yet to come!

DRAW CLOSE TO THE CROSS
Beloved we must draw close to the cross.  Cling to the simplicity of the cross.  Realize and believe everything that God did for you at the cross.  Refuse to live in fear.  Decide to live in total victory through Jesus.  Remember God’s Word that says (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV) “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 

And always remember the cross. 

Remembering the cross will help you keep perspective no matter what comes your way!

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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Tuesday, 26 January 2010
I received the following question yesterday and want to take time to answer it here on my blog:

What do you think the words "dead works" mean? I know what it means to me, but could you expound on it for me? I know how it is used in the scripture, but could it also apply to Christians? Thanks for your thoughts on this!
My Answer:

We know that faith without works, or faith without action is dead.  Check out what the Word of God says:

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
(Jas 1:22-25 ESV)

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe--and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"--and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
(Jas 2:14-26 ESV)

So according to what God’s Word tells us, if a person does not act on what they believe, it is "dead faith".

I believe that "dead works" would be doing good deeds without truly believing in the simplicity of the cross, denying self, taking up the cross and following Jesus, having a personal relationship with Him.

There are a lot of good people destined to spend eternity in hell separated from God because they believe, but don't act or they act, but don't believe.

I've spent the last 18 years of my life encouraging people to build a relationship with Jesus and put their faith into action.  I stopped referring to myself a long time ago as being a "Christian".  Instead, I refer to myself as a "Christ follower".  There is a big difference. 

Christians believe and churches are full of them each weekend.  Christ followers believe and follow Christ in point of need ministry outside the walls of a church building.  They put their faith into action daily.  When they see a need or an injustice, they go into action.  They can not help it.  It is a change that Jesus has brought to their way of thinking and their heart because they decided to follow Him.

If everyone that attended a church building on the weekends would put their faith in action during the week, our cities would be turned upside down for Jesus Christ.  A justice revival would take place in every city. 

It has been my experience that the Christians who believe, but do not put their faith into action are the hardest people in the world to reach for Jesus Christ.  They think they are okay, but they are not.  May God open their eyes to what it means to deny self, take up the cross and follow Jesus as they love God and ALL people as their self.

And for all those who do good deeds, but do not believe - may they be drawn to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; that their works would not be dead, but alive in Jesus Christ.  They are close to the Kingdom of God which is already at hand.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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Monday, 25 January 2010
What style of Christian music do you like? Praise, Worship, Christian EZ, Christian Pop, Christian RB, Contemporary Christian, Country Christian, Faith Rap, Faith Rock, Great Hymns, Sacred Psalms, Sweet Sounds of Gospel or a mixture?

We make it all available online 24 hours a day, 365 days of the week at LGF Online

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There you can click on the channels button on the online radio dial and select the channel for the style you like.

Or you can click on the search button on the online radio dial and search for your favorite artist or genre.  You can create custom channels based on your searches.

For example, I like the songs of Keith Green so I did a search for Keith Green.  A custom channel was made for me of Keith Green music.  If I just want to listen to Keith Green, I click on custom channels and select Keith Green from the list of my searches.  It plays song after song.

Give it a try today. 

The direct link is http://www.lovinggodfellowship.org/praise_and_worship .

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People all around the world listen.  It is FREE and made possible through the voluntary donations of generous individuals who love God and people.

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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Sunday, 24 January 2010
According to an article published by WebMD Medical News “Top 10 Causes of Death Worldwide” the top two causes of death is heart disease and stroke.  Doctors tell us that the main causes of heart disease and stroke are genetics, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and stress.  Genetics are out of our control, but we can eat healthier, exercise and guard our heart from the stresses of our journey.  We need to look at what the Bible says about guarding our heart from the stresses of our journey and specifically look at something Jesus tells us concerning this.

In John chapter 13, Jesus is spending time with His followers in an upper room just prior to His crucifixion.  Jesus predicts Judas’s betrayal and Peter’s denial and begins to prepare them for His death.  You can detect the heaviness in the room as these followers begin to try to comprehend such news.  They had left everything to follow Jesus – jobs, homes, families.  They left everything to follow the person they thought was going to set up His Kingdom and rule on earth and deliver them from the Roman oppression that in itself was heart wrenching and depressing. 

Jesus senses the heaviness, the depression, the anxiety, the worries, the stress and He ministers these words:  (John 14:1-3 NIV)  ""Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me. {2} In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. {3} And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."  In these words, Jesus gives us the cure for a troubled heart.

Do not let your heart be troubled.
We live in troubling times.  There are wars being fought and genocide taking place.  There are terrorists.  There are famines.  There are earthquakes.  There are increasingly more severe and frequent natural disasters.  It is like Jesus said it would be prior to His return (Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21). 

Many things that are happening bring stress.  When devastation occurs in our day it is because of a destructive, life destroying devil and not a loving, life giving God.    Jesus said (John 10:10 NIV)  "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."   

In the midst of all that is going on around us, we must not let our hearts be troubled.  It’s a command given to us by Jesus.  Jesus not only gives us this command in John 14:1, but He also gives us the methodology of keeping our hearts from being troubled.

We are to place all of our trust in Jesus.
Jesus said (John 14:1 NIV) "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me."  The only way we are going to keep our hearts from being troubled is to place our total trust in Jesus.  We must constantly remind ourselves that He is the Good Shepherd and we are the sheep.  Jesus said (John 10:11 NIV) "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." 

King David knew how to trust the Lord.  David said (Psalms 23 NIV)  "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. {2} He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, {3} he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. {4} Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. {5} You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. {6} Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."

Beloved, to keep our hearts from being troubled on this journey that we are on, we must place our trust in the Lord.  Jesus will see us through whatever comes our way as we fix our eyes on Him and follow Him.

We are to forget the past and look beyond the present.
Some people allow their heart to be troubled by living in the past.  Others are so consumed with present trials that are overwhelming.  We must put the past behind us and look beyond the present in order to protect our hearts from being troubled.  Jesus said “(John 14:2-3 NIV)  "In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. {3} And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

Beloved, no matter what you have gone through in the past and no matter what you are going through now, you have a bright future.  Jesus is preparing your eternal home and He is coming back for you.   That is the very next event on God’s agenda.  All Bible prophecy up to that point has been fulfilled.  Jesus is returning for the beloved.  God’s Word says “(1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 NIV)  "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. {17} After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. {18} Therefore encourage each other with these words."

Beloved, be encouraged with these Words today!  God is not against you.  He is for you!  Jesus is coming to rescue you!  Keep following Jesus on this journey from earth to glory!  Keep your eyes fixed on Him and keep your hearts from being troubled!


Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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Saturday, 23 January 2010
Prayer and Scripture is the conduit for God's revelation.  Be patient though. It's in the waiting that you learn Scripture and receive His strength. His strength gives you the endurance needed to do that which is revealed and Scripture is the litmus test as to the authenticity of the revelation.

Pray.

Read and learn Scripture, especially the New Testament, since Christ came and fulfilled the Old.

Wait.

Strength for endurance will come.

Revelation will come and it will be confirmed through Scripture.

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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Friday, 22 January 2010
Prayer is a powerful.

It is a privilege that God gives to each one.

We get to talk to the Creator.

The resources of heaven are made available to us through prayer.

Divine communicated happens through prayer.  We see evidence and examples of this throughout the Word of God.

Continual rejoicing, prayer and thanksgiving is the will of God for each of us.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
(1Th 5:16-18 ESV)

Because of this, we have available an online resource that facilitates being prayed for and praying for others at LGF online.  It is interactive and is a place where people all around the world list their prayer requests, praise reports and any questions about prayer.

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All are invited to join us for prayer online.

The direct link is http://www.lovinggodfellowship.org/prayer_request .

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Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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Thursday, 21 January 2010
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!" But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?" So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
(Rom 10:14-17 ESV)
This paragraph of Scripture is what drives us to make Bible messages available to be listened to online at LGF Online, LGFinternetChurch.org or GlobalChurchOnline.org .  The messages we make available are Christ centric, adhere to Scripture and are relevant to our day.  They will grow the faith of each listener. 

Many churches and ministries charge for sermons and make CDs available for a price.  We don't and we never will.  All messages are FREE and we encourage people to burn their own CDs of the messages and distribute them for FREE to friends and family.  We trust God that as people listen and their faith grows, they will make donations as they can to help us continue to make these messages available to people all around the world.

We produce one to two fresh Bible messages per week to be listen to online or downloaded.  As of date, there are over 4 years of messages available online and they have been listened to by people all around the world.  Many who listen do not have local churches available and are in countries where the preaching of the gospel is restricted if not forbidden.

Tune in to a message today and feed your faith. 

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Be sure and share the messages with others.

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Help people's faith grow! 

My prayer is that your faith will grow exponentially as you listen to God’s Word proclaimed!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org

NOTE:  This post is in continuation to the post Worldwide Ministry.
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Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Jesus prepares you for that which He is preparing for you to do.  And rest assured that as Jesus is working in your life, He is also working in the lives of those that He will lead you to touch for Him.  But we must let go of all traditions and practices that would hinder our obedience.

In Acts 10:1-8 Cornelius, a Gentile, receives specific direction from God as he is praying.  The direction is to send men to go get Peter who was staying 30 miles south.  God was doing a deep work in Cornelius’ life.  He, along with his family, would be radically impacted through Peter’s obedience to Jesus.  But first, Peter had to be prepared for that which Jesus was preparing Him.

The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him: "Rise, Peter; kill and eat." But Peter said, "By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean." And the voice came to him again a second time, "What God has made clean, do not call common." This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.
(Act 10:9-16 ESV)

Peter separates himself from distractions and goes to the rooftop where he would not be disturbed so that he could pray.  It was in prayer that God’s specific instructions came to Cornelius the day prior.  We see God doing a work at both end of the lines in both individuals and the conduit of that work in both instances is prayer.

As they pray, divine communication comes to both Cornelius and Peter preparing them both for a divine appointment.  As Cornelius prays, an angel is the means of communication.  As Peter prays, a vision is the means of communication.  The means of the communication differ, but prayer is the common ground or the conduit of the communication.  Beloved, the resources of heaven are open to us through prayer and it is in prayer that we will be prepared for what is ahead of us. 

I wonder how many appointments we miss and how much preparation in us we forfeit in neglecting to separate ourselves for times of prayer.  Prayer needs to be a part of our life and the Holy Spirit will lead us into those times of separation from distractions that we need in order to be prepared for what is ahead of us as we follow Christ and continue His point of need ministry.  May God give us much sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit and a desire to separate ourselves from the distractions of our day to spend time in prayer.

The vision that comes to Peter rattles the core of what he has been taught and what he has practiced all of his life.  The orthodox Jew adhered to strict food laws as outlined in Leviticus 11:2-47 of the Old Testament.  These food laws were given under the old covenant in order to separate the Jews and make them different from the world around them.  But, Jesus said that He came to fulfill the old covenant.  Now beloved, we have been given a better covenant through Jesus Christ.  We see in reading the Old Testament how the old points to the new, but we no longer live in the old as we are active participants in the new.

No doubt Peter heard the teaching of Jesus firsthand when He declared all foods clean and told them that it was not what went into a persons mouth that defiled (Mark 7:14-23).  But it’s hard to stop in an instance what one has been practicing for a lifetime, so Peter needed further preparation.  To emphasize the instruction, Peter is given the vision, not once or twice, but three times.

Peter recognized the instruction coming from Jesus as we see in his response of “By no means, Lord”, but his reaction is a contradiction.  How can you call Jesus “Lord”, but do not do what He says.  This is the reaction that still keeps many people from following Jesus. Peter is having a hard time letting go of tradition and what he has practiced all of his life.  As we will learn further in the tenth chapter of Acts, Peter will eventually see that Jesus was showing him that He does not favor one group of people over another.  He created and loves ALL people and there is no room for discrimination in the Kingdom of God. 

May we be quick to let go of traditions and those things that we have practiced all of our life responding in total obedience to Jesus as He prepares us to continue His point of need ministry in our day.  He will give us direction, preparing us for ministry opportunities ahead of us, as we pray.  But we must let go of all that hinders.
 
Click and check out our verse by verse Bible study in the book of Acts.

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Many today believe that the Kingdom of God is related to some future event tied to a timetable that God has hidden in Scripture and revealed to those who can tie current events to it.  Many believe that if they attend church and live a good moral life, that one day they will die and go to heaven and participate in this kingdom for eternity.  They enter into what I call a “waiting pattern” and are not actively participating in or furthering God’s Kingdom on earth as Jesus taught and led by example.

I grew up in the church and used to believe this way until I read the Gospels over and over again on my own and realized that Jesus was teaching something much different and that He was living a life for us to follow.  It was eye opening and life changing revelation to me.  It’s so much more than church activity and living good and it has nothing to do with waiting.  I’ve been on a mission the past 18 years trying to get people to see what Jesus is really teaching about the Kingdom of God and what it really means to follow Him.  Those that are familiar with my preaching and teaching through churches I’ve had the privilege to pastor or through LovingGodFellowship.org can attest to this.
  
I recently finished reading The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything by Brian D McLaren.  My heart resonated with McLaren’s words as he delves into what Jesus was really saying about the Kingdom and how we are a part of it now and can be instruments utilized in its expansion.  It’s what I’ve been preaching, teaching and attempting to live for the past 18 years of my life.

I hope and pray that many will read McLaren’s book with open eyes and heart.  Be warned though that it may rattle what you have been taught in the church as McLaren delves into what Jesus was teaching.  It may change the reader’s way of thinking which could result in a change in behavior and an expansion of the Kingdom of God in our day.  I’ve added it to my list of recommended books.  It’s a great read for everyone desiring to truly follow Christ and understand His teachings.

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org

 
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Monday, 18 January 2010
Cowardice asks the question: Is it safe? Expediency asks the question: Is it politic? Vanity asks the question: Is it popular? But conscience asks the question: Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular -- but he must take it simply because conscience tells him it is right.

- Martin Luther King Jr.,
from his address, "To Chart Our Course for the Future" (1968).



Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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Sunday, 17 January 2010
Some today have irregular work hours that keep them from faithfully attending a local church.

Some have no transportation.

Some are shut in because of health reasons.

Some attend a local church, but want more during the week that fits their schedule.

Sad to say, some do not feel welcome in a local church.

In some countries there is no freedom to attend church.

In some countries, churches are few and far between.

Since founding Loving God Fellowship in 2005, we have endeavored to make church available to these people 24 hours a day, 365 days a year utilizing Internet technology.  We exclude no one.  They can come just as they are, no matter where they are located.  They are ministered to and encouraged by God’s Word, Praise and Worship, Prayer and much more.

People attend from all around the world.  The site receives over 50,000 hits each month.  Currently there are people who attend online from the US, Germany, China, Canada, Israel, UK, Russia, Brazil, Sweden, France, Thailand, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, India, Mauritius, Moldova, United Arab Emigrants, Japan, Denmark, Panama, Yemen, South Africa, Poland, Philippines, Netherlands, Indonesia, Norway, Spain, Singapore, Vietnam, Italy, Latvia, Iran, Czech Republic, Chile, Ethiopia, Nigeria,  Hungary, Turkey, Mexico, Hong Kong, Kenya, Venezuela, Fenland, Portugal, Australia, Nicaragua, Belgium, Colombia, Costa Rica, Romania, Peru, Lithuania, Ghana, Argentina, Jamaica, Bosnia, Pakistan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Guam, Kuwait, Greece, Puerto Rico, Oman, New Zealand, Byelorussia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Austria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Qatar, Macedonia, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Ireland, Bolivia, Bermuda, Morocco, Nepal, Syria, Namibia, Bahamas, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cot d’Ivoire and Taiwan.

We truly are a worldwide church without walls that God is adding to daily!  To God be the glory!

You can get to church online three ways:

  1. Clicking on the “LGF Online” link at LovingGodFellowship.org
  2. Going to LGFinternetChurch.org
  3. Going to GlobalChurchOnline.org

In the days ahead, I will be blogging about each component of a church service that we make available online. 

Tune in, or I guess it should be click in!

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org

NOTE:  This post is in continuation to the post Worldwide Ministry.
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Saturday, 16 January 2010
If we seek God, He will find us.  As we place all of our trust in Him and allow our faith to control us, He will lead us into all that He has for us and it will be good.

In Acts chapter 10 we see God breaking down racial prejudices so that the Gospel can be shared with all people regardless of their race.  There is no room for any discrimination within the church of Jesus Christ.  Discrimination will always divide and never unite.  In the body of Christ there is unity. 

In the beginning of Acts chapter 10 we are introduced to Cornelius.  We learn about him and his desire for God.  We also learn that if we seek God, He will find us.

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, "Cornelius." And he stared at him in terror and said, "What is it, Lord?" And he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea." When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him, and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.
(Act 10:1-8 ESV)

Caesarea was the capital of Judea and was about 30 miles north of Joppa, where Peter was staying with Simon the tanner on the coast (Acts 9:43).  God was doing a deep work in Peter and breaking down all prejudices as we will see further evidence of in Acts Chapter 10. 

Cornelius, stationed in Caesarea, was a centurion and part of the Italian Cohort.  A cohort was a group of 6 centuries which were 100 men each, so a cohort was 600 men.  Each century was under the command of one Centurion.  Centurions were the backbone of the Roman army and would be equivalent to a modern day Captain.  Each Centurion was paid well at five times the pay of an ordinary soldier.

Cornelius was socially prominent and wealthy.  Cornelius is proof that it is possible for a person to be socially prominent and wealthy while being a person of faith.  Cornelius did not allow his prominence and wealth to control him.  He allowed his faith to control him as we know from this paragraph of Scripture.

The evidences of his faith are:

  • He was devout and feared God.  “God-fearer” is a term used in New Testament times for a Gentile who had attached themselves to the Jewish religion.  They did not accept circumcision and the Law; but they attended the synagogue and believed in one God.
  • He gave generously to meet the needs of people.  His search for God had made him love people and desire to meet their needs.
  • He prayed to God continually.
  • He was quick to obey God’s message when it came.

Cornelius was a Gentile and not a Jew, but he attached himself to the Jewish religion instead of the pagan beliefs of his surroundings.  He wanted all that God had for him and really trusted the Lord to guide him in all things.  He was certain that what God had for him was good. 

Allow your faith to control you.  Put all of your trust in the Lord today.  He will guide you in all things.  All that He has in store for you is good.  As you seek Him and do all that you know to do, He will lead you into all that He has for you.  Be quick to obey Him.  Seek God and let Him find you. 




Click and check out our verse by verse Bible study in the book of Acts.

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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Friday, 15 January 2010
By Rev. Becky Johnson

I'm sure by now that you have heard, read, or seen the news about the earthquake in Haiti.  My husband Greg told me about it when it happened after seeing it on the news channel.  My heart is heavy and I feel totally devastated for the Haitian people.  This is such a tragedy in an already improvised nation.  But I must be honest with you, I have been even more devastated by the comments of so called "Christian's" blaming this disaster on God and saying the Haitian people got what they desired.  Yes you heard me right.  That is what I have heard from so-called Christian people.

According to Pat Robertson, the Haitian people way back in the day, and I truly mean way back in the day, made a pack with the devil that they would serve him if he freed them from the French. 

"And you know...something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, "We will serve you if you will get us free from the French." True story. And so, the devil said, "OK, it's a deal." And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other. Desperately poor." ~ Pat Robertson on the Christian Broadcasting Network


You can watch his comments for yourself as he refers to the destruction of buildings (which fell on people and killed them) being a "blessing".




Click to watch

Of course the devil being against oppression (yea right) helped them to revolt and free themselves.  (I'm always humored by what people blame on the devil.  The devil in my opinion gets way to much credit and attention for things he doesn't even do.) Now all these years later God decides to send an earthquake to kill hundreds of thousands of people as punishment.  I DON'T THINK SO!  If we all got what we deserved we would all be dead, but God is love and full of mercy.

What amazes me the most is when I ask these individuals to show me in the new covenant where Jesus ever used natural disasters or violence of any kind to harm or kill anyone they can't, but they quickly take me to the old covenant, which by the way, Jesus came to fulfill.  I quickly remind them if they are going to live by the old covenant, they need to take an animal to church to sacrifice on the altar the next time they go.  Come on people, let's not pick and choose, cut and paste so that we can say and live by the rules we want.  The bottom line is Jesus came to give life and life more abundantly.  He does not kill, steal, and destroy.  That's what the word of God tells us the devil is doing.

As I ended my conversation with these so-called Christian's I ask them what makes you think the devil didn't send that earthquake to kill all those people; why did it have to be God?  After all the devil is the one who kills, steals and destroys. 

One day God in all his glory will give us a new heaven and a new earth, the Word of God will be fulfilled and we will live for eternity in His presence.  But until then we need to keep the two greatest commandments given to us by God himself; to love the Lord God with all your heart, mind and soul and to love your neighbor as yourself.  Who is your neighbor you ask?  Anybody, anywhere regardless of gender, race, social statics, or sexual orientation; that's who your neighbor is.  And by all means live by the golden rule:  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Please let's keep the Haitian people in our prayers.  I'm sure it will be a long recovery period for them.   May God's love, mercy and provision be poured out upon them at their point of need.

If you can help us help the people of Haiti, please click here.

Together, we are making a difference in our day!
 
Partners in the Faith,

Rev. Becky Johnson
Co-founder
LovingGodFellowship.org
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Friday, 15 January 2010
$66 funds one doctor's clinical work for one day in Haiti.

$33 provides the medicines and supplies to treat an entire family.

Please help save a life today and donate now.  100% donated goes to disaster relief.

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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Thursday, 14 January 2010
As Christ followers wait for specific direction to come to them from their Lord, they pray and do all that they know to do to continue the point of need ministry of the One they follow.  When direction comes it will always be in Christ’s timing and the Christ follower’s obedience to the direction will always result in Christ being exalted.

Acts 9:32-35 gives us account of Peter continuing the point of need ministry of Jesus outside of Jerusalem in a city named Lydda.  As He followed Christ there, Peter was used as an instrument in the healing of a man who had been paralyzed and had not walked in 8 years.  Jesus healed this man through Peter’s willingness to be His hand extended.  Revival broke out in the city as true revival always impacts the community and brings social change to it.

Where would Peter go next?  When would he go?  How would he know to go?  What would he do until he received direction?

Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.
(Act 9:36-43 ESV)

Peter followed Christ in point of need ministry in Lydda, until He received the next step.  The next step came through unlikely sources that communicated a need.  Peter did not delay.  He did not put it off explaining that things were happening where he was at that required his attention.  When Peter found out there was a need, he got up and went.  The need was the call of God.  The need was the instruction of Jesus.  He received all of the direction he needed to step out in obedience when he was informed of a need.

As a Christ follower, Tabitha was continuing the point of need ministry of Jesus through making undergarments and outer garments and distributing them to the poor in her city.  Her city was seeing the love of Christ and the Kingdom of God demonstrated through her actions as she provided for their felt needs, but her godly life and good works did not prevent her from sickness and death.  She died and the community, along with the other Christ followers, was grieving at her loss. 

When Peter arrived, he separated himself from all distractions and did what Jesus showed him to do; he prayed.  He prayed until he knew what to do next.  He received his direction through prayer.  In a boldness that only comes as a result of prayer and through the unction of the Holy Spirit, he told Tabitha to get up and he presented her to the people alive. 

Notice that Peter took no credit for this miracle.  All the credit belonged to Jesus.  A Christ follower receives direction and obeys.  Jesus does the rest.  And when Jesus does it, He will be exalted.  As a result of this miracle, many in Joppa believed.

All the while, God was doing a deep work in Peter, eliminating all prejudices from his heart so that he could minister at the point of need regardless of race, gender or status.  How do we know such a work was being done in Peter?  As he stayed in Joppa for many days waiting for his next assignment, notice that Peter stayed with Simon, a tanner.  The occupation of a tanner was considered unclean.  Because of the stink of the dead animals, the job was carried on outside a town or city.  God was doing a work in Peter and he was overcoming the prejudices of a Jew, for he recognized God’s grace in Simon regardless of his race or his occupation.

Direction comes to those who follow Christ and pray.  They may receive direction through unlikely sources, but it will come and it will always point to a need that Jesus desires that they meet.  As they step out in obedience, Christ is exalted, lives are touched and the Kingdom of God is realized on earth.

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Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Christ followers bring encouragement and healing to people as they continue the point of need ministry of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Saul deciding to deny self take up his cross and follow Jesus, as recorded in Acts chapter nine, brings peace to the church that had become scattered from Jerusalem due to the persecution spearheaded by Saul.  It’s in this peace that we see Peter at the conclusion of Acts chapter nine leaving Jerusalem and visiting those who make up the church in the surrounding areas bringing encouragement and healing to them.

Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.
(Act 9:32-35 ESV)


Peter went to the people and did not expect them to come to him.  Peter could have stayed in Jerusalem and been comfortable as a leader of the early church, but he didn’t.  He couldn’t and be a Christ follower.  Jesus did not stay in the synagogue on the Sabbath and expect needy people to come to Him.  Jesus allowed the Holy Spirit to direct His steps as he went and ministered to people at their point of need every day of the week.  And now we see Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, following Jesus and continuing His point of need ministry. 

Peter knew that within himself, he could do nothing.  He knew the source of healing was Jesus Christ.  Through the knowledge given by the Holy Spirit, Peter was able to tell Aeneas that Jesus was healing him.  Aeneas had been paralyzed and confined to a bed for eight years.  Peter would not dare say these words unless the Holy Spirit prompted Him.  He spoke the words and the healing was immediate. 

This miracle was instrumental in the residents of Lydda and Sharon deciding to become Christ followers.  They could not deny the healing power of Christ when they witnessed this man walking again after eight years of bed confinement.

We need Christ exalting miracles in our day and I believe that they will increase as more and more people decide to shake off the shackles of dead stale religion and deny self, take up the cross and follow Jesus.  I believe that in the last days, there will be a supernatural reaping of the harvest of souls that is already ripe for harvest.  Christ exalting miracles will draw people to Him.  I’m not talking about superstars making a circus out of faith healing.  I’m talking about common folk, full of the Holy Spirit, continuing the point of need ministry of Jesus on a daily basis wherever the Holy Spirit directs them.

Christ followers minister encouragement and healing at the point of need.  They rely on the prompting of the Holy Spirit knowing that they can not heal, but Christ will heal.  They are willing to go instead of wait; act instead of just attend.  They know that Jesus will do the rest as they simply follow Him.

Click and listen

Click and check out our verse by verse Bible study of Acts.

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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Tuesday, 12 January 2010

I am adding Just Courage: God's Great Expedition for the Restless Christian to my recommended list of books.  Just Courage is written by Gary A. Haugen, President and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM).

If you want to stay safe and just be a church attendee, this book is probably not for you.  But if you want to go on an adventure and make a difference with your life as you follow Christ, you will devour this book.  I did.  It spoke to my soul and gave me great encouragement as it refreshed my resolve to be brave and follow Christ in what I call "point of need ministry."

I love when Haugen talks about the great commandment of loving God and people.  How can we love God who we can not see when we don’t love our neighbor who we do see?  If we love our neighbor who we do see, we will follow Jesus and seek justice for them.  This will cost us something.  It will require action from us as we do something with our life to make a difference for those who are oppressed.

My favorite chapter in the book is titled “Would You Rather be Safe or Brave?”  You can be a Christian and be safe, but you can not be safe and follow Christ.  To follow Christ you must be brave because it may cost you your life.  It just takes courage.

Seek justice,
   Rescue the oppressed,
   Defend the orphan,
   Plead for the widow.  (Isaiah 1:17 NRSV)

If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
   Then your light will rise in the darkness,
   And your night will become like the noonday.

The Lord will Guide you always;
   He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
   And will strengthen your frame.
   You will be like a well-watered garden,
   Like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:10-11)

And Jesus says, “Come, follow me.”

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder, www.LovingGodFellowship.org



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Monday, 11 January 2010
One of the many purposes of Loving God Fellowship (LGF) is to facilitate ministry through helping people fulfill the call of God on their life.  In doing so, we offer three levels of ministry credentials based on the candidates level of education and ministy experience.  The three levels of credentialing offered are commissioned minister, licensed minister and ordained minister.

Some who apply for credentialing will already have some Bible college or training and can apply to be licensed.  Others will not yet have any Bible college or training and can apply to be commissioned.  Commissioned ministers are those who have a recognized call of God on their life, but are not yet authorized to perform weddings, funerals and other ecclesiastical duties until they are licensed.   

For a commissioned minister to become licensed with LGF, they will need to obtain the Dimensions of Faith certificate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In order to qualify for the Dimensions of the Faith certificate, the candidate will need to complete all ten Dimensions courses.  These courses are absolutely free if taken online or you can receive class materials through the mail for $15 per class.

Our goal is to make ministerial credentialing as obtainable as possible while maintaining the integrity of LGF and it’s adherence to Scripture.  The Dimensions for Faith certificate assures us that the candidate for license has a grasp of Scripture and theology with a willingness to learn and be teachable.  It is also very affordable for the candidate to obtain while studying at their own location and at their own pace.

All LGF credentialed ministers are involved in active ministry, whether paid or volunteer, part-time or full-time.  Although not all LGF credentialed ministers will be facilitating LGF gatherings, being a LGF credentialed minister is required in order to facilitate LGF gatherings.  Our prayer is that God will lift up ministers that will facilitate LGF gatherings in cities across America and around the world.

Those interested in obtaining ministry credentials will find all the necessary procedures and the application at http://www.lovinggodfellowship.org/ministry_credentials

You can take the first step and send in the application today!  We will help you every step of the way!

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org

NOTE:  This post is in continuation to the post Worldwide Ministry.
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Thursday, 07 January 2010

He taught me how to fish.

He taught me how to hunt.

He went to all of my basketball games.

He taught me what it meant to follow Jesus.

He was my best man at my wedding.

He is my dad and today is his 79th birthday.

Living 2,500 miles away being in ministry, I have not been able to spend his birthday with him in over six years.

Today, I'm spending the day with him.

He served on a hospital ship, the USS Haven, during the Korean War.

We gave him a book today on the history of the Korean War.

And Becky baked him 4 dozen of oatmeal cookies using his mothers recipe.

I'm glad we live close to my parents now.

It's a good day.

 Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder, www.LovingGodFellowship.org

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Wednesday, 06 January 2010
What would happen in America and around the world if every existing church would encourage their attendees to volunteer time helping people in the community instead of spending their time in church activity or just attending church? 

What would happen if church leadership would teach attendees that according to the New Testament, ministry extends beyond the walls of a building and the confines of a service? 

What would happen if a church spent the same or more on helping the poor of their city as they do on buildings and the programs/ events designed to draw people into those buildings one or two times per week?

Where did Jesus spend His time?

Where did Jesus minister?

At the point of need.

Where are Christ followers to minister?

At the point of need.

I can wrap up the ministry model of LovingGodFellowship.org to you in one word – Jesus.

As we follow Him, we will minister beyond the walls of a building and the confines of a service. 

As we follow Him, we will minister at the point of need.

What will happen in our cities as we follow Him?

Social change which is the fruit of true revival.

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org

NOTE:  This post is in continuation to the post Worldwide Ministry.
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Tuesday, 05 January 2010
It is important to know what we believe and why we believe it.  I personally believe that God’s Word is the authoritative guide for all all of a Christ follower’s beliefs and actions.  That is why it is so important to read, study and know the Scripture as a Christ follower.  It’s very important in our day because there are many false teachers, authors, prophets and preachers among us.  Jesus said it would get this way in the last days.  We must learn God’s Word and contend for faith and justice in our day based on what Scripture tells us.

Don’t rely solely on what someone tells you or you read in a book.  A Christ follower strives to be so familiar with Scripture that they know if what they are hearing in church, through a ministry or in a book is correct or not.  And when someone asks them “what do you believe?”, they are able to tell.  And when someone asks “why do you believe that?” they are able to point them to the Scriptures.

I was online today and visited one of today’s popular authors and pastor of a very large mega church.  I went to their “What We Believe” page to try to figure out what they believed and found a few very general statements with no Scripture reference at all.  It left me wondering if they really know what they believe and if they believe that God’s Word is the authoritative guide to all of our beliefs and actions.

At LovingGodFellowship.org, it’s all about God’s Word.  We know what we believe and why we believe it.  We love God’s Word.  We read it.  We study it.  We learn it.  We point people to it.  We preach it.  And we live it.

Click here and check out the "What We Believe" page at LovingGodFellowship.org. 

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org

NOTE:  This post is in continuation to the post Worldwide Ministry.
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Monday, 04 January 2010
The mission statement defines in words what an organization is in existence to accomplish.

The vision statement defines in words how an organization will go about accomplishing its mission.

Core values define the values in which an organization will operate within in everything that it does.  These values form the very foundation in which an organization will perform work and conduct itself.  Core values are always constant and define the environment in which an organization will abide in an ever changing world.

The core values for LovingGodFellowship.org are:

  • Loving God
  • Exalting Christ
  • Placing priority on prayer
  • Emphasizing biblical preaching and teaching that guides, instructs, and encourages
  • Promoting an environment that focuses on life, joy, and hope
  • Embracing and loving people from all walks of life
  • Reaching those with the Gospel that are not yet following Jesus
  • Celebrating God's gracious gift of diversity in mankind
  • Encouraging believers to serve God through serving people and community
  • Practicing humility

These primary values form the foundation in which we will operate in going about our mission and vision at LovingGodFellowship.org.  

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org

NOTE:  This post is in continuation to the post Worldwide Ministry.
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Sunday, 03 January 2010

Twenty years ago, corporations developed mission and vision statements.

Ten years ago, churches saw the value of publicly stating and promoting mission and vision statements to describe what they are all about.

When we established LovingGodFellowship.org in December 2005, we saw the importance of putting what God laid on our hearts to accomplish in words utilizing a mission and vision statement and making it known.  We took it one step further than most churches do though.  We placed the mission and vision statement in our founding Constitution and Bylaws so that it could not be easily changed.  With the mission and vision statement being in the Constitution and Bylaws, it will take a 75% vote of the Board of Directors to change what LovingGodFellowship.org is all about. 

What are the mission and vision statements of LovingGodFellowship.org?

Mission Statement
Loving God Fellowship is an interdenominational fellowship of believers desiring to reach, equip and empower people to fulfill the Great Commandment of loving God and loving people (Matthew 22:36-39, Luke 10:25-37) and to fulfill the Great Commission of making disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).

What does that tell us about LovingGodFellowship.org?
 

We are interdenominational – we are made up of Christ followers from all denominational backgrounds and do not allow doctrinal beliefs, which are manmade, to stop us from our Jesus mandated mission of loving God, loving people and making disciples.

Our mission is simplified to the two commandments that Jesus left all of His followers to accomplish until He returns.
 
How can we love God who we can not see when we do not love people whom we do see?  If we love people whom we do see, we will stand for justice and equality for all.  We will use all of our available resources to care for the needs of people and thus continue the point of need ministry of Jesus.  Along the way, we will show others, by our example, how to follow Christ just as Jesus has shown us by His example.


That’s our mission.  That’s what LovingGodFellowship.org is all about.

The purpose of the vision statement is to dial in on how we will go about accomplishing the mission.

Vision Statement
The vision of Loving God Fellowship is to impact cities and communities through believers ministering at the point of need just as Jesus led, commissioned and empowered His followers to do until He comes.

In 2010, we will be emphasizing the start of LovingGodFellowship.org (LGF) gatherings in cities around the world who will meet once a week for Bible study, fellowship and encouragement, but will spend the rest of the week ministering at the point of need as they follow Jesus.  Members will be encouraged to volunteer in community activity instead of just attending a church service and utilizing all of their expendable time volunteering in church activity.  This takes ministry beyond the walls of a church and the confines of a church service.

Most churches have set goals in obtaining as many volunteers as they can for their church and its activities, programs and events.  Our goal is to facilitate volunteers to minister in the community, at the point of need as Jesus did.

Please pray with us that God will lift up men and women in 2010 that will facilitate these weekly LGF gatherings in their cities and that God will attract to these gatherings those who desire to utilize their life to make a difference in our day.  This is vital in fulfilling our vision and accomplishing our mission.

As you pray, God may lead you to be one of these facilitators in your city, on your campus, or in your neighborhood.  If He does, please be quick to respond to Him in total obedience.  We are here to help you every step of the way!

Know that you are loved,

Reverend Gregory A. Johnson
Founder and President, www.LovingGodFellowship.org

NOTE:  This post is in continuation to the post Worldwide Ministry.

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Saturday, 02 January 2010

Becky and I founded LovingGodFellowship.org in December 2005 with nothing more that the call of God on our heart and our personal savings as financing.  It was a huge step of faith.  Now, many around the world consider Loving God Fellowship their church and we their pastors.

The response to our obedience has been amazing.  The number of people around the world being ministered to daily has grown exponentially.  In December 2009, LovingGodFellowship.org had 46,000 visitors from 63 different countries.  The top ten countries that we had visitors from for the month were the US, Germany, China, Canada, UK, Israel, Russia, France, Brazil and Sweden.  These people received free Bible messages, Bible resources, prayer, encouragement and much more ministry through LovingGodFellowship.org.  Becky and I receive daily email from those around the world being impacted for Jesus through LovingGodFellowship.org.  It’s that encouragement that keeps us moving ahead.

I have not written much on my blog about this worldwide ministry and many that follow are not aware of all that LovingGodFellowship.org is about.  I feel led to take the beginning of 2010 to share on my blog a little about LovingGodFellowship.org including what we are about, where we are going and the ministry made available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.  So for the next couple of weeks or so, daily I will be sharing vision and information concerning LovingGodFellowship.org.  God is building the church without walls!

I hope that you will follow along on my blog, comment and ask any questions you may have.  Discussion is always welcome.

Know that you are loved,

Reverend Gregory A. Johnson
Founder and President, www.LovingGodFellowship.org

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Friday, 01 January 2010
The New Year brings new hope and new expectations. 

We can not do anything about the old year. 

It has passed. 

We can no longer make a difference in 2009. 

All that was done is now history. 

We can make a difference in 2010! 

The best is yet to come!

My prayer for all my friends and family at LovingGodFellowship.org, Facebook and Twitter is that God will use each of us in 2010 to continue the point of need ministry of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit while we deny self, take up the cross and follow Him.

Have a blessed New Year!

Know that you are loved,

@PastorGreg
Founder
www.LovingGodFellowship.org
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