The Blessing of God Is Part of His Covenant

The Blessing of God Is Part of His Covenant

The whole bible is a story about a father and a son. It’s a generational thing. Some are living better lives because of the generational transfer of those that came before. There is an inheritance, flow and covenant that God made. When you study Melchizedek, you will understand that there has to be order in the kingdom. Someone has to be in charge.


When you join the army, you willingly submit to a sergeant; however, in the body of Christ, many have the attitude that God told me. So chaotic order is going on. There is disunity because no one wants order. There has to be set leadership that helps hold the standard to ward off things that are not healthy for the body.


Leadership is actually the body of Christ’s immune system. Remember the law of Moses my servant… with the statutes and judgments. Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet… and he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse. (Malachi 4:4-6)


This is addressed to spiritual folk. There must be an order. If not, there will be a curse throughout the land. We risk losing the spiritual heritage of our fathers because we did not want to submit to the spirit in which God has ordained. Just as there is a natural relationship between a father and a son, so too is there a relationship between a pastor and the congregation.


It is a covenant. Why did God make a covenant between himself and His Son? After speaking in the fourth chapter of Malachi, God did not speak again to man until 400 years later, meaning, we really need to pay attention to the last thing He said. We had 400 years to study and meditate on it.


The next time God speaks is at the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17). And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, This is My beloved son in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17). Jesus had not done one miracle yet. He needed the announcement, pronouncement and blessing of God the father on Him so He would be fully equipped to do what God ordained; He needed the Father’s blessing so He could carry the fullness of the Father as an inheritance. That’s the order of God. This whole story is how God moves from father to son, from father to son.


Today, we have lost this understanding. Even Jesus had to wait for God to affirm Him, allowing the fullness of what He was walking in to be transferred to Him because of covenant and covenantal agreement, which brings inheritance.

Eddie L. Long is an acclaimed teacher, entrepreneur, author, and modern day prophet to the nations. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia just outside Atlanta. Visit him at http://www.bellministries.org or go to NewBirth.org

Church History Volume One: From Christ to Pre-Reformation: The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context

Church History Volume One: From Christ to Pre-Reformation: The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context

A church history text that integrates the events and development of the church with the social, economic, and intellectual history of the world around it.

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How to Make a Church Fail by Satan, Prince of Darkness

How to Make a Church Fail by Satan, Prince of Darkness
Don’t make the same mistakes churches throughout history have made. This ebooklet exposes the tactics of the enemy based on a thorough review of Christian history but it captures and fascinates by telling this story through the devil’s eyes.
How to Make a Church Fail by Satan, Prince of Darkness

Steeple, Trinity Episcopal church, Abbeville, SC, built 1859

Steeple, Trinity Episcopal church, Abbeville, SC, built 1859
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This is a photo of the steeple of Trinity Episcopal Church, in Abbeville, South Carolina, USA, which, according to the link in this sentence, was both the birthplace and the deathbed of the confederacy, one side of the U. S. Civil war. The church was built in 1859. A sign in front of it says that the confederate army wanted to use the metal of the church’s bell for weapons.

Unfortunately, the church seems to be neglected. There was a bulletin about a service, over a month old, in a sign at the front. If you look carefully, especially at the larger sizes, you can see some loose shingles, or something, in the steeple. There were patches of discoloration/decay all over the walls. It’s too bad that this building needs repair and care. The Bible says that the church is God’s people, not buildings, but buildings are still important in worship.

Although not necessary, steeples are common on top of Christian houses of worship, because, I believe, they symbolize pointing toward heaven.

See the comment by annacablanna, below, who says that the church is still in use.

Fellowship Church- Grapevine, TX

Fellowship Church- Grapevine, TX
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Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX is where my wife and I first met, and where we are members today. This church does some amazing things and impacts the lives of so many people. The scope of the church’s ministry is simply mind-boggling. With 5 locations, a dynamic and inspirational pastor (Ed Young) and thousands of members, its amazing to think that my wife’s family was actually part of the tiny church that grew to become the one it is today. One thing that we have learned the hard way is that with a church this size, you really have to proactive with involvement. Its not like a smaller church where you go to and you automatically find yourself receiving an invitation to attend that evening’s potluck dinner. You really have to take your pick of hundreds of different types of programs to get into, and go after it.

check it out: www.fellowshipchurch.com

Calvary Chapel Distinctives

Calvary Chapel Distinctives

What makes Calvary Chapel Distinctive? It’s always good to have a grasp of the distinctive work that God has done in our fellowship. If Calvary Chapel is exactly like the church across the street it would be better to simply merge the two. But, if there are qualities that make us different, then we have a unique and special place in the plan of God. Certainly there are churches that share many of our beliefs and practices. But God has done a wonderful work of balance in the Calvary Chapel movement that does make us different. Some churches believe in the gifts and ministry of the Holy Spirit, but don’t have a strong emphasis on Biblical teaching. Others place strong emphasis on teaching the Word of God, but don’t believe the gifts of the Spirit are available and valid today. In Calvary Chapel we value the teaching of the Word, and possess an open heart to the work of the Holy Spirit. This balance makes Calvary Chapel a distinct and uniquely blessed movement of God. And so, it’s important to understand the Biblical principles that explain why God has allowed us to exist and grow.

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