Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Ordinary People ExtraOrdinary Power

     Hello to all of my friends. If you have noticed that I’ve not been blogging much lately.  Then there’s a reason. I’m officially in a doctoral program in another state.  So, I’ll blog when my schedule permits. Today, I’m going to share from John Eckhardt’s book, “Ordinary People Extraordinary Power.” Most of you know or have heard of him from his best-selling novel, Prayers That Rout Demons.
     The book is a great eye-opener. The author addresses the apostles. Many really don’t understand their role in the church today. The early church gave us the perfect example of how a small group of committed Christians can affect their communities and change the world.  The apostles brought a change to the way the people of God lived. Wherever they went, what they believed transformed the culture.
     Many churches today are embracing the truth of the apostolic ministry. Eckhardt believes that churches embracing this truth will see a change in their culture. We all know that Paul was an apostle that had been sent without the laying on of hands.  He was an apostle by the will of God, nor by the will of man.
     Some believe that all of the original apostles are dead, but the office still remains here. He listed several ways you can identify a false apostle. (1) Enslave people 2 Corinthians 11:20 (2) devour (greedy and covetous) (3) take advantage (4) exalt themselves (5) are abusive (6) are greedy and exploitative 2 Peter 2:2-3(7) are like wolves Matt 7:15 and (8) malicious with their words Matt 12:34-35.
     The qualification of an Apostle can be found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7of the Bible. This was a very interesting book.  From reading the book you will discover; (1) the characteristics of the apostle, (2) the proper role and function of the apostolic and (3) the ways God uses this gift in the world today. The book can be purchased from your local Christian book store or online. Annie Dennis Eskridge, author of Sin Abides. Website: Enjoy your blessings.

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