When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search: Biblical Principles and Practices to Guide Your Search

When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search: Biblical Principles and Practices to Guide Your Search

At any given time there are thousands of churches seeking a lead pastor. While a great resume, a friendly smile and a memorable sermon will convince many, what should local congregations focus on to find a new shepherd’ Chris Brauns believes to find a great preacher the search must focus on God’s Word and how the candidate relates to it and preaches from it. This book is a must have resource for search committees and church leaders addressing the needs of churches in the transition of pastoral leadership. It assists by approaching their responsibilities in a biblical way and providing critical help in key practical matters. From the initial formation of a search committee to the final terms of agreement with the new pastor, Brauns shows you how to “major on the majors” and away from subjective approaches of evaluating candidates and their sermons. Great also for pastors or pastoral students to know how to prepare, the book includes such practical tools as interview questions for candidates and the top mistakes search committees make.

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Discovery of God’s Plan for Music Leads to Novel

Lithia Springs, GA (PRWEB) June 22, 2006

Developed for the Christian and secular market. In the style of Left Behind this is a fictional account of a modern day church’s struggle to balance praise worship music with traditional church music. This novel will inspire the reader to explore the Bible in an interesting new way, as they search and find God’s plan for music.

Rhythms of Change, a novel published today through the online content marketplace http://www.lulu.com/chuckmandt, explores the idea that since God created everything, and has a plan for all that He created, He must also have a plan for music. Everyone likes music of some genre, and many have musical backgrounds or education. Other than the words, most people do not know if their music is acceptable to God. This novel will help you discover God’s rules.

Well qualified to write a book on this subject, Mr. Mandt has over fifty years as a Christian Sunday school teacher and worship leader, and for the past thirty years he has served as musician in seven churches. During the last forty-five years he has been a professional jazz musician performing in many settings and has been the accompanist behind diverse acts including: Ray Eberle, Myron Floren, and the Dover Delaware Symphony. He also has six albums as a featured and accompanist pianist including two solo piano gospel CD’s.

With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education and a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics, he has taught mathematics on both the high school and college level. Mr. Mandt also worked for IBM in marketing and sales. As a teacher and Fortune 500 employee, he was called upon to write articles and various documents. It is from the author’s strong sense of family that he draws inspiration for his music, writing, and expressions from the heart.

Chuck Mandt (http://www.chuckmandt.com) is a first-time novelist who lives in Lithia Springs, GA. He has been married to Ruth for forty-two years. They have four children, five grandchildren, and a cat.


Ghost Walk Leads to “Hallowed” Hotel in Portsmouth

Portsmouth, VA (PRWEB) September 18, 2008

As Halloween approaches, Portsmouth is preparing for the 27th Annual Olde Towne Ghostwalk, taking place on October 24, 2008. With the rest of the city, the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center is offering “hallowed” hotel rooms, perfect for guests looking for fright-free accommodations in Portsmouth during the weekend’s ghostly events.

The Olde Towne Ghostwalk, based on the famous Jack-the-Ripper Walks in London, takes spectators on a guided walking tour of Olde Towne Portsmouth, a 20-square block area on the National Register of Historic Places, and past the haunted houses and mysterious creaking mansions of historic Olde Towne. At each stop, costumed actors or actresses re-tell the legends of ghostly visitations and other scary tales of infamous ghosts and haunted houses.

Experience the thrills that are sure to come during this exclusive one night only event. Taking place from 7 to 9 p.m., tickets are being sold for three time slots: 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m. Groups will depart on their haunted adventure from the Trinity Church graveyard. The 45 minute tour will conclude at Middle Street Park, where hot cider will be served, surrounded by entertainment and the chance to purchase T-shirts, ghostly books, posters and more. Tickets go on sale October 1, 2008 and are only per person. Children carried or in strollers are free.

After taking that spooky walk around haunted houses and ghostly graveyards, wind down and retreat to the safe and comfortable rooms within the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel in Norfolk, VA. Make it an evening to remember and fall fast asleep on beds wrapped in rich linens and custom comforters. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the hotel’s famed Portsmouth restaurant, Foggy Point Bar and Grill, which serves up traditional breakfast favorites throughout the morning.

Uncover the chilling history of Portsmouth from a hotel located right in the midst of Olde Towne and all of its ghostly stories and secrets.

About Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center

Discover a luxurious Norfolk hotel situated in the downtown historic district of Olde Towne Portsmouth, where convenience and beauty reside at Renaissance’s Portsmouth hotel. Boasting a spectacular waterfront location, this memorable Norfolk VA hotel offers stunning views from 244 inviting guest rooms and 5 lavish suites. Portsmouth accommodations are equipped with wired Internet access, while 23 meeting rooms provide wireless access. Savor the atmosphere of this Norfolk, Virginia hotel at Foggy Point Bar & Grill, presenting a selection of fresh seafood. With attractions such as MacArthur Center mall and unique downtown dining, this hotel in Portsmouth has something for everyone. Experience the charm of the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center. For more information or to make a reservation, call 757-673-3000 or visit http://marriott.com/hotels/travel/orfpt.


Philadelphia Church of God leads Laodicean era (part 1)

Philadelphia Church of God leads Laodicean era (part 1)

I have proven to myself, most prayerfully, that the Philadelphia
Church of God is the most unique of all the groups who’ve
distanced themselves from the Worldwide Church of God’s
doctrinal changes. Only Mal
achi’s Message
clearly speaks with AUTHORITY and not
“like the scribes” (Matt. 7:29). I’ve listened carefully for THE
Voice of the Shepherd, hearing what the Spirit says to God’s
Church today, checking out everything with the Bible and what
Mr. Armstrong faithfully taught us (John 10:3; Rev. 3:22; II
Thess. 2:15).

Of course, there are those who CLAIM to follow the traditions
we’ve been schooled in, yet they’ve refused to humble themselves
and submit to the fact that JESUS CHRIST had already moved HIS
LAMPSTAND by the time they finally saw the light! All that was
necessary for them to do was to go where Christ had already
gone, and support HIS WORK of knocking the errors in the
Worldwide Church of God, while holding on for dear life to God’s
truth! We either GET A GRIP – or we lose it! (Rev. 3:11).

Instead of working with Christ, some have chosen to do their own
thing, contributing to the Church’s state of confusion, rather
than helping to RESTORE ORDER (I Cor. 14:33). Why duplicate
efforts, wasting precious time and money? Why not join ranks
with the PCG so we can present a UNITED FRONT to an increasingly
divided world? This would enable us to effectively share with
others the message GOD would have them to hear (John 12:49). We
ought to come together, in Christ, especially since we’ve all
been taught repeatedly: “There is only one Church. Not a parent
church and many little daughter churches that have split off in
disagreement. Divisions splintering off are NOT STILL IN THE
tery of the Ages,
pg. 243).

Whether we like it or not, God, in His infinite wisdom, chose
Gerald Flurry to REVEAL to God’s Church what was going on – and
thereby allow us to show our true colors by how we responded to
Malachi’s Message! (That doesn’t mean Mr. Flurry is infallible
or that he doesn’t need to continually apply the principles of
Malachi’s Message to himself and organization, as we all do as
explained in my article “Worldwide All Over Again?”).

Restored to Zion!

If I’m so convinced that Christ is ONLY with the PCG, and that
the others are self-willed, for the most part, resisting God’s
lead, why don’t I attend their services? (Matt. 7:21; I Sam.
15:23). And how can I believe that God is actively working
through me in the Middle East? Because I’ve unjustly been
disfellowshipped (II Thess. 3:2), yet I remain loyal to God’s
truth they teach!

It’s BEWILDERING to see an organization that apparently started
out so good and strong and righteous degenerate into a
personality CULT that rules through intimidation and fear and
borders emperor worship! Yet they have more truth in many
regards than the others, just like Herbert Armstrong saw Sardis
(Church of God, 7th Day) did however impotent! Strange but true!
Perhaps it’s like Saul was still the anointed until he was
punished by death for his sins and then David reigned…..

When Gerald Flurry wasn’t anything in his own sight or mind God
used him and now, unfortunately, it appears to have gone to his
head, all the new revelation [simply a deeper understanding of
some things], and he forgets that all truth is from and belongs
to GOD and that God can use a donkey to deliver it! (I Cor.
4:7). Mr. Flurry has become so swollen in his own imagination
that he fails to see that he is the leader of LAODICEA! He knows
what warning God is giving the Laodiceans, of which he is chief!
He had better heed his own words!

Under Herbert W. Armstrong Pasadena, California was the
headquarters of the Philadelphia era of God’s Church; now
Edmond, Oklahoma is the headquarters of the Laodicean era, and
next in God’s plan is the restoration of His headquarters to

God knows my ATTITUDE AND ACTIONS still support the work God’s
given them to do, but I truly believe what Mr. Flurry teaches:
their work’s almost finished! It’ll just slightly overlap the
beginning of GOD’S FINAL WORK as outlined in my book, Beyond Babylon: Europe’s Rise and Fall (John
3:30). Minister Dennis Leap wickedly disfellowshipped me for
believing that GOD has ORDAINED that I should promote its timely
truth (Isa. 61:1), even though I’m NOT from the “school of the
prophets” (Ambassador College), or going about it in the
“conventional” way (I Sam. 17:39)!

I’ve come to better understand that God has already begun the
TRANSITIONAL PROCESS of RESTORING His Menorah – His Lampstand to
JERUSALEM! (I Kgs. 11:36; Amos 9:11). As prophesied, a NATIONAL
MESSENGER would be on active duty in Jerusalem, preparing the
way for Messiah’s imminent return! (Zech. 12:8). God reveals HE
would send this outspoken individual to deliver a BLISTERING
rejected GOD’S ULTIMATUM! (Isa. 41:27; 30:27; Micah 3:8).

It’s from Jerusalem that we must warn another HOLOCAUST is
coming! That’s the sensitive location where God will spark a
6:1-2). It’ll shock the Jews and anger the Germans! It’ll also,
undoubtedly, offend many holocaust survivors who now live in
Israel, but they ought to understand and lend their voices of
experience to ours, having personally witnesses GERMANY’S BRUTE
FORCE, to help our efforts to ensure “Never Again!”

Regardless, we can expect a maelstrom of protest and a bitter
backlash – but such persecution will only fan the flames of this
BURNING ISSUE! (Isa. 54:15-16). Both Germany and Israel (for
their own reasons), will want to immediately stop such
“incitement” – calling it fear-mongering and racist – but
they’ll fail and God’s Word will prevail! (Jer. 1:19).

God MUST grant “political immunity” to His Two
so they can be free to boldly say and do all
that He commands, even though the world will regard them as
public enemy number one! (Ps. 105:15; Rev. 11:10). Undeterred,
they’ll carry on God’s Work and serve as His official government
spokesmen, even in the hostile face of fierce opposition! (Jer.
1:8). But I’m getting ahead of myself! This is all related in my
book, but let’s go back to the beginning – of the true
Philadelphian era….

Mr. Armstrong’s Experiences

In the words of Mr. Armstrong, referring to his dealings with
certain Sardis ministers, “I Shall Not Hide the FACTS!”
(Autobiography of HWA, Vol. 1, pg. 366). However, lest I be
misunderstood, I’d been most hesitant to say or write anything
about my experiences with certain professing Philadelphian
ministers, but I feel compelled by GOD to state the truth,
without fearing men’s reactions, but trusting in God’s PURPOSE!

Mr. Armstrong relates how he had presented a “dual test” to the
Church of God, Seventh Day, to help him determine whether or not
it truly was the Church of God. His first test involved mailing
an “exposition of 16 TYPEWRITTEN PAGES proving clearly, plainly,
and beyond contradiction that a certain minor point of
doctrine… was in error… to see whether their leaders would
confess error and change.” Their head man admitted what Mr.
Armstrong pointed out was true, but feared it might upset many
of the members and even threaten to divide the Church!
“Naturally, this shook my confidence considerably.”
(Autobiography of HWA, Vol. I, pgs. 360-361, emphasis mine).

I, too, detected “a certain minor point of doctrine” taught by
Mr. Leap (on the 144,000), was in error. I didn’t want to rock
the boat, and it wasn’t something I’d lose sleep over, so I
wanted to just ignore or overlook the matter, but God wouldn’t
let me! Amazingly, a dear friend asked me about the 144,000 out
of the blue, and then somehow it came up again with someone
else; so God succeeded in getting my attention to write Mr. Leap
about it. I sent him my PAGE AND 1/2 LETTER, reproduced here –
and didn’t hear anything.

Finally, around my third try (I don’t give up easily!), Mr. Leap
discussed it with me on the phone. When I mentioned that the
Scriptures clearly state that once you’ve broken your “seal”
you’ve lost your salvation, and to claim we can somehow be
“resealed” amounts to crucifying Christ twice, Mr. Leap
stammered around, unable to justify his position, but remained
determined to stick with it – to my sorrow. Like Mr. Armstrong’s
experience, “Naturally, this shook my confidence considerably.”

Church Rejects New Truth

God used an evangelist in Florida to challenge Mr. Armstrong. He
had written Mr. Armstrong and told him he was ignorant if he
didn’t know where we are mentioned in the Bible. After gleaning
through the surprising amount of information on the subject in
the library, Mr. Armstrong PROVED that the so-called “Lost 10
Tribes” are, in fact, the American, British and Northwest
European peoples. He then sent the “lengthy manuscript of close
to 300 TYPED PAGES” that he had written to support this truth to
the editor and leader of the Church. “Did this Church accept and
proclaim this vital new truth… But this Church refused then to
accept it or preach it or publish it though their leader frankly
confessed it was TRUTH and a revelation from GOD! Yet here was
the Church which appeared to have more truth, and less error
than any other… Truly this was bewildering!” (Pg. 362).


David Ben-Ariel, an American author who has travelled widely and who has lived throughout Israel, shares a special focus on the Middle East and great interest in Jerusalem, reflected in hard-hitting articles that help others improve their understanding of that troubled region. Check out www.benariel.com.