Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Leadership Training for your staff and/or lay leadership

31 years of ministry and reflecting has brought me to the conclusion, the investment I made in my leadership team, the men of my church and other pastors has been the most rewarding aspect of my ministry.
I would be honored to help you kick off the new year investing in your staff and/or lay leadership team with a leadership training event. 
We can work in the perimeters of your time frame.   Most of the training events I do are Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. I can teach your team for 45 minutes up to 3 ½  hours with a Saturday 8 to 11:30 event.
I will work with you helping you equip and develop loyal followers and leaders. I’m here to serve you.
You and your team won’t be disappointed because I know your time is valuable and I know I don’t like sitting in boring and fruitless meetings.
This training event WILL have lasting positive results and if you are not 100% satisfied, then you owe me nothing. I am here to help you and I want to earn your life-long friendship and partnership and I plan to earn it if you give me the opportunity.
Here's a few event topics:
Unlock Your Leadership Potential

(This material covers all areas of lay and staff led ministry)
13 Attributes For Successful Effective Leadership

(This material is primarily for Pastors & staff leadership)

The Wisdom of a Wise Man

Call today to discuss a Fan the Flame Training event, Men's Conference for Revival Meeting. www.fantheflame.com

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Final Words of Wisdom

I KINGS 2:1-4, 10-12

What we're about to extract here is a wealth of a lifetime of wisdom. He followed God’s agenda (man of war) not his own (which was to build the temple). In my case and brother Henry - he wanted to build new church but never got to.

David could have referred to many different subjects at the end of his life but his topic was God.  There is no doubt in my mind that had he spoke about any other subject other than the Lord the Holy Spirit would have penned that as well.  In fact, if you continue reading this chapter there are some things recorded that David told Solomon that are certainly not exemplary death bed requests.
By the conclusion of his life, he had discovered what was most important.  He knew the wisest and most important thing he could leave his son was a charge to love God,  walk with God and to make God’s agenda his agenda.  We are blessed to look inside this closed door intimate meeting between a father and son and from one leader to another as he shares the wisdom of a lifetime.  Yet, these profound words of wisdom are life changing leadership principles of truth for every and all leaders to follow.
He gives these final words of wisdom knowing what Solomon would have to face leading a nation, being a husband, dad, and leading the people to construct the temple of God.  He knew he needed God more than anything else in life.  
There are three aspects of God’s agenda that David reminds every leader to follow.

The wisest thing a leader will ever do is                              God’s agenda.

I.     FIND  (Purpose Aspect)  2:2   “I go the way of all the earth”
“For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:”  (Acts 13:36)
There are at least three essential elements for finding God’s agenda
A.    Personal Relationship with God  2:3 “thy God”
“But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to becaptain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.”   (I Samuel 13:14)
“And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”  (Acts 13:22)
B.    Prayerful request to God  2:3 “The charge of the Lord”
Keep in mind it is His agenda; therefore, you must get it from Him.
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;”  (Colossians 1:9)

“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee,what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”  (Isaiah 64:4)

“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.”  (Ephesians 1:16-18)
C.    Progressive Revelation from God  2:3 “ways”

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”  (I Corinthians 1:9-10)

II.     FOLLOW  (Priority Aspect)  2:3  “Keep the charge of the Lord thy God to walk in his ways”
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”  (John 8:12)
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”   (John 10:27)

“If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”  (John 12:26)  

“Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.”  (John 21:22)  

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;”  (Ephesians 5:1)

“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”  (1 Peter 2:21)
You have to be careful not to become satisfied with your accomplishments but rather with the God of your accomplishments.
What are the ingredients that will lead to us successfully follow Jesus? I want to give you 6 principles to successfully follow Jesus:
A.    Communion - Abiding (1)
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”  (John 15:5)  
“Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whombe glory for ever and ever. Amen.”  (Heb 13:21)  
B.    Change - Self-denial (2)    
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”  (Matthew 16:24)
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”  (Philippians 3:7-8)
C.    Commitment - Passion (3)
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do , forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”  (Philippians 3:13-15)

D.    Concentration - Focus (4)
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  (Hebrews 12:2)
E.    Confirmation - assurance (5)
“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”  (John 5:30)  

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  (Romans 12:2)  

“For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”  (James 4:15)  
F.    Consistency - perseverance (6)    
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”  (2 Timothy 4:7)

III.     FULFILL   (Productive Aspect)  2:3   “that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest”

If God’s agenda becomes the rule of your life, what are the positive things you can expect?     

A.    Successful endeavors  2:3  “That thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and wherever thou turnest thyself,”
B.    Significant existence  2:3  “In all that thou doest”
C.    Supernatural Blessings  2:4  “That the Lord may continue his word”


1.      WALK - 03212 yalak {yaw-lak'}
1) to go, walk, come, depart, proceed, move, go away, manner of life (fig.), to lead, bring, lead away, carry, cause to walk.

2.      WAYS -  01870 derek {deh'-rek}
1) way, road, distance, journey, manner, road, way, path, journey, direction, manner, habit, way, of course of life (fig.), of moral character (fig.)

3.     KEEP -  08104 shamar {shaw-mar'}
1) to keep, guard, observe, give heed, have charge of, keep watch and ward, protect, save, watch, watchman (participle), to watch for, wait for, watch, retain, treasure up (in memory), restrain, perform (vow), preserve, protect, reserve, take heed, take care, beware, to keep oneself, refrain.
4.     STATUTES - 02708 chuqqah {khook-kaw'}
    1) statute, ordinance, limit, enactment, something prescribed.
5.     COMMANDMENTS - 04687 mitsvah {mits-vaw'}
1) commandment (of code of wisdom)
6.     JUDGMENTS - 04941 mishpat {mish-pawt'}
1) judgment, justice, ordinance, act of deciding a case, process, procedure, litigation (before judges), case, cause (presented for judgment), sentence, decision (of judgment), decision, proper, fitting, measure, fitness, custom, manner, plan, order, discretion 2, sentence 2.
7.     TESTIMONIES -  05715 `eduwth {ay-dooth'}
AV - testimony 55, witness 4; 59, 1) testimony
8.     PROSPER -  07919 sakal {saw-kal'}
1) to be prudent, be circumspect, wisely understand, prosper,  to look at or upon, have insight, to give attention to, consider, ponder, be prudent, to have insight, have comprehension, , have success.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Silence of God

Dr. Dennis Deese - www.fantheflame.com

PSALM 13:1-6

Isaiah 49:15-16 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of [my] hands; thy walls [are] continually before me.

Sometimes with all the noise in the world we can have a great appreciation for silence. Like the mom whose little boy was playing loudly with his car and mom said, "Johnny will you stop it." He did brakes squalling. Sometimes though silence can be unnerving especially when it’s God. When I think of God’s silence, I am reminded of the story of a mother’s anguish when her 17-year-old, model son, who never gave his mom or dad any trouble, was tragically killed in car accident. The mother, broken, and so distraught - became bitter and totally resentful of God as she cried out in soul anguish, again and again; "WHERE WERE YOU GOD WHEN MY CHILD NEEDED YOU?" This silence, with no apparent answer, drove her into a deeper abyss of total darkness. She found herself going into recluse with an enormous gulf separating her from the God she had been in love with since she was a young child!

How many of us can identify with her? I know I can! And, I’m sure, somewhere looking back over the pages of our walk with Jesus, most everyone can. Yet, it doesn't stop there!

After suffering in a dungeon of hatred and bitterness; not allowing anyone to talk to her about God’s Grace and Goodness, one day alone crying, (this had become her lifestyle) she bellowed out in a scream, "WHERE WERE YOU WHEN MY SON DIED?"

Removed, as she so often wanted to be and being exhausted, she fell across the bed; however, within a few moments, a silence came into the bedroom, she heard a soft, tender, and loving voice that spoke back to her: "THE SAME PLACE I WAS WHEN MY SON DIED!" Adapted from Dr. Raleigh D. Jenkins

Silence.—Be silent, or say something better than silence.—PYTHAGORAS.

Notice the experiences of the Psalmist's Silence from God

I. First, I want you to notice the Psalmist FRUSTRATION (v:1-2)

Silence is wonderful to listen to. Thomas Hardy

Ec 3:1 & 7 To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Why does God allow the frustrating time of silence? What is His purpose?

In order to:

A. Get our attention - You know you’re in bad spiritual condition when you don’t even care about the presence of God.) To provoke a response.
B. Encourage us to seek God (Are we taking God for granted? (Psalm 27:7-9)

Ps 27:7-9 Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. [When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
C. Lead us to depend upon God (Psalm 69:16-18)

Ps 69:16-18 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness [is] good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. Draw nigh unto my soul, [and] redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.
D. Motivate a serious attitude (Psalm 89:46-48)

Ps 89:46-48 How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire? Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? What man [is he that] liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.
Ps 90:9-10 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale [that is told]. The days of our years [are] threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength [they be] fourscore years, yet [is] their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Ps 90:12 So teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom.

E. Encourage us to seek God’s will (Psalm 143:7-8)

Ps 143:7-8 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

F. Lead us to repentance (Isa. 59:1-2)

Isa 59:1-2 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear.

II. Second, I want us to notice his FOCUS (v:3-4)

Before God, he was:

A. Humble "consider and hear me"

B. Hopeful "lighten my eyes" for wisdom

C. Honest "I can’t take anymore" "sleep the ..."

D. Hurting (v-4)

III. Third, I want us to notice His FAITH (v: 4:6)

He trusted in three things:

A. the mercy of God - We must have that God will not give us what we deserve. The truth is if He never spoke to us again we deserve it but He's a merciful God.

B. the salvation of God - No matter how you feel when you've been born again you are His child forever. You may not feel saved but thank God when you are saved you are saved and Satan can't do one thing about that.

C. the worthiness of God - God is worthy of all our sufferings. Keep on Praising Him no matter how you feel.

He would not be blinded by his circumstances.  Keep the faith and learn from you experiences; Extract all you can from them and then help others along the journey who may be going through the same things.

Evangelist Dennis Deese