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#PopeFrancis To Meet With The #Russian #Orthodox #Church

5 Feb Pope-Francis-to-Meet-with-Russian-Orthodox-Church

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It will be the first meeting between the heads of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches in history, since the split between Eastern and Western Christianity nearly 1,000 years ago.

Lombardi called the meeting “beautiful news.” It will take place on February 12 in Cuba, as the Pope heads for Mexico, he said Friday.

The meeting will come less than a year after Francis’ first visit to Cuba as Pope. He played a key role in the recent thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba, which reestablished diplomatic ties last year.

The Russian patriarch was set to visit Cuba this year, according to Russia’s state-run Tass news agency.

The press for greater unity between the two sides of Christianity has been going on for more than 100 years, CNN senior Vatican analyst John Allen said.

“This was the apple of John Paul’s eye, this was his dream,” Allen said, referring to Pope John Paul II. “He wanted to go to Moscow and meet the Patriarch of Moscow.”

A joint news release from the Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow said Francis and Kyril will have a “personal conversation” at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana and will conclude their meeting by signing a “joint declaration.”

It’s yet another foray into diplomacy and global affairs for the Pope.

Francis used his papal encyclical last year to issue a sweeping critique of economic injustice and environmental exploitation.

Read More: http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/05/europe/pope-francis-patriarch-kyril-meeting/index.html

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#Church Universal #KingdomGlobalBusinessNetwork Empowerment Weekend 2015 “THE POWER OF PURSUIT!”

2 Oct

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“POWER OF PURSUIT”

“THE POWER OF PURSUIT!” Empowerment Weekend 2015: The #GameChanger #VISION2020, the #Manifestation of the revelation and #Glory of #Vision1010! #TheBLOODStillWorks!

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Follow principles, protocols, and procedures
Joshua 1:8
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
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If I live by principle I won’t need a miracle
1- revelation – understanding
2- role model – somebody who has lived it out
3- regiment of faith – work it until it happens
4- righteous resolve – a godly reason

Prophetic moments contain
1- announcement
2- assignment
3- assassination – willing to die to what you knew to become what he said

De-cision – cut off
– follow directives
– develop the discipline
– make the choice
– accept the challenge or let God deal with my head
– your thinking determines how you behave
– allow God to change my heart
– trust God for saturation
– I must have a catalyst moment
– I need to raise civil servants in my church, mayor, sheriff, governor
– I am tired of preaching I have to be a change maker
– I must have a consecration moment
– increase tied to excellence produces deliverance

“Don’t Be Afraid! Speak Out! Don’t Be silent! #EricGarner #MichaelBrown

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Acts 18:9-10 (KJV)
9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

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It is amazing how distracted the men and women of God are in this season, on social media enamored by posts of clerics and their beautiful vestments, ministers preaching cozy messages from plush pulpits, people dancing in church isles, while people right outside the front and back door of the sanctuaries are dying horrific senseless deaths! WHEN WILL THE REAL CHURCH WAKE UP AND SPEAK UP! HAVE AN IMPACT NOT JUST A GOOD TIME!

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“I have much people in this city.” 

Acts 18:9-10 (NLT)
9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent!
10 For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me.” 

This should be a great encouragement to try to do good, since God has among the vilest of the vile, the most reprobate, the most debauched and drunken, an elect people who must be saved. When you take the Word to them, you do so because God has ordained you to be the messenger of life to their souls, and they must receive it, for so the decree of predestination runs. They are as much redeemed by blood as the saints before the eternal throne. They are Christ’s property, and yet perhaps they are lovers of the ale-house, and haters of holiness; but if Jesus Christ purchased them He will have them. God is not unfaithful to forget the price which His Son has paid. He will not suffer His substitution to be in any case an ineffectual, dead thing. Tens of thousands of redeemed ones are not regenerated yet, but regenerated they must be; and this is our comfort when we go forth to them with the quickening Word of God.

Nay, more, these ungodly ones are prayed for by Christ before the throne. “Neither pray I for these alone,” saith the great Intercessor, “but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word.” Poor, ignorant souls, they know nothing about prayer for themselves, but Jesus prays for them. Their names are on His breastplate, and ere long they must bow their stubborn knee, breathing the penitential sigh before the throne of grace. “The time of figs is not yet.” The predestinated moment has not struck; but, when it comes, they shall obey, for God will have His own; they must, for the Spirit is not to be withstood when He cometh forth with fulness of power—they must become the willing servants of the living God. “My people shall be willing in the day of my power.” “He shall justify many.” “He shall see of the travail of His soul.” “I will divide him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong.”

Strategic Thoughts for Today shared by ++Joshua Paul

20 Mar Strategic Spiritual Warfare

Many Of Us Are Plagued By A Malaise Deep Within Our Soul


Beneath the surface of our lives there lurks a subliminal sense of disquiet… a despondency; perhaps a lingering struggle with depression… even to the point of despair.

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Let me suggest four reasons as to why:

1. Primal Wounds of the Heart

Most of us enter adult life deeply wounded. So unless and until we assume responsibility for the past, and allow Jesus the Healer to bind up our wounds, thereby giving us the grace to forgive, forget, and move beyond the past, we will continue on as spiritual and emotional cripples.

Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal. (Job 5:17, 18)

2. Cynicism of the Mind

Secretly, many of us live in two worlds. Intellectually we believe the Word of God to be true. However, when Jesus calls us to steps of faith demanding vulnerability, we often respond with, “I cant, or “I wont. And by our refusal, we demonstrate our spiritual cynicism that God really cannot be trusted.

But my righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrink back, my soul hath no pleasure in him. (Hebrews 10:38)

3. Paralysis of the Will

Many of us choose to continue to be victimized by our past, our circumstances, and our fears. Our motto is “I cant help it, or “I cant do it. So the freedom, the joy, and the victory available to us in Christ remain a distant illusion that recedes with each passing day.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

4. Overcrowding of the Soul

We are exposed to too much noise, activity, information, and pressure. Too little time is taken for meditation, rest, contemplation and prayer. So the jostling encountered by today’s typical urban professional is usually unkind to the inner life of the soul.

And the work of righteousness will be peace, and the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever. (Isaiah 32:17)

The enemy’s objective, to “steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) the abundant life of Christ within us, is being realized if we fail to address these critical areas of life. Ultimately, the choice is ours.

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We will FIGHT and we will WIN in the name of JESUS Our King!

++ Joshua Paul

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Watch The Wicked Lose It!

19 Feb Church Holy Eucharist Ancient Faith

WAITING ON GOD – DAY 12 – ++Joshua Paul

Psalm 37:34 (MSG) 34  Wait passionately for GOD, don’t leave the path. He’ll give you your place in the sun while you watch the wicked lose it.

Psalm 37:23-34 (KJV) 23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
24  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. 25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 26  He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. 27  Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. 28  For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. 29  The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. 30  The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. 31  The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. 32  The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. 33  The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. 34  Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

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If we desire to find a man whom we long to meet, we inquire where the places and the ways are where he is to be found. When Waiting on God, we need to be very careful that we keep His ways; out of these we never can expect to find Him. “Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness; those that remember Thee in Thy ways.”We may be sure that God is never and nowhere to be found but in His ways. And that there, by the soul who seeks and patiently waits, He is always most surely to be found. “Wait on the Lord, and keep His ways, and He shall exalt thee.”

How close the connection between the two parts of the injunction, “Wait on the Lord,”—that has to do with worship and disposition; “and keep His ways,”—that deals with walk and work. The outer life must be in harmony with the inner; the inner must be the inspiration and the strength for the outer. It is our God who has made known His ways in His Word for our conduct, and invites our confidence for His grace and help in our heart. If we do not keep His ways, our waiting on Him can bring no blessing. The surrender to full obedience to all His will is the secret of full access to all the blessings of His fellowship.

Notice how strongly this comes out in the psalm. It speaks of the evildoer who prospereth in his way, and calls on the believer not to fret himself. When we see men around us prosperous and happy while they forsake God’s ways, and ourselves left in difficulty or suffering, we are in danger of first fretting at what appears so strange, and then gradually yielding to seek our prosperity in their path. The psalm says, “Fret not thyself; trust in the Lord, and do good. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Depart from evil, and do good; the Lord forsaketh not His saints. The righteous shall inherit the land. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.” “And then follows—the word occurs for the third time in the psalm—”Wait on the Lord, and keep His way.” Do what God asks you to do; God will do more than you can ask Him to do.

And let no one give way to the fear: I cannot keep His way; it is this robs one of every confidence. It is true you have not the strength yet to keep all His ways. But keep carefully those for which you have received strength already. Surrender yourself willingly and trustingly to keep all God’s ways, in the strength which will come in waiting on Him. Give up your whole being to God without reserve and without doubt; He will prove Himself God to you, and work in you that which is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ. Keep His ways, as you know them in the Word. Keep His ways, as nature teaches them, in always doing what appears right. Keep His ways, as Providence points them out. Keep His ways, as the Holy Spirit suggests. Do not think of Waiting on God while you say you are not willing to work in His path. However weak you feel, only be willing, and He who has worked to will, will work to do by His power.

Waiting on God by Andrew Murray

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Psalm 37:23-34 (MSG) 23  Stalwart walks in step with GOD; his path blazed by GOD, he’s happy. 24  If he stumbles, he’s not down for long; GOD has a grip on his hand. 25  I once was young, now I’m a graybeard— not once have I seen an abandoned believer, or his kids out roaming the streets. 26  Every day he’s out giving and lending, his children making him proud. 27  Turn your back on evil, work for the good and don’t quit. 28  GOD loves this kind of thing, never turns away from his friends. Live this way and you’ve got it made, but bad eggs will be tossed out. 29  The good get planted on good land and put down healthy roots. 30  Righteous chews on wisdom like a dog on a bone, rolls virtue around on his tongue. 31  His heart pumps God’s Word like blood through his veins; his feet are as sure as a cat’s. 32  Wicked sets a watch for Righteous, he’s out for the kill. 33  GOD, alert, is also on watch— Wicked won’t hurt a hair of his head. 34  Wait passionately for GOD, don’t leave the path. He’ll give you your place in the sun while you watch the wicked lose it.

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St Gregory Archbishop of Constantinople – 389 ad

24 Jan The Didache

St Gregory the Theologian the Archbishop of Constantinople

Commemorated on January 25

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Saint Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople, a great Father and teacher of the Church, was born into a Christian family of eminent lineage in the year 329, at Arianzos (not far from the city of Cappadocian Nazianzos). His father, also named Gregory (January 1), was Bishop of Nazianzus. The son is the St Gregory Nazianzus encountered in Patristic theology. His pious mother, St Nonna (August 5), prayed to God for a son, vowing to dedicate him to the Lord. Her prayer was answered, and she named her child Gregory.

When the child learned to read, his mother presented him with the Holy Scripture. St Gregory received a complete and extensive education: after working at home with his uncle St Amphilochius (November 23), an experienced teacher of rhetoric, he then studied in the schools of Nazianzos, Caesarea in Cappadocia, and Alexandria. Then the saint decided to go to Athens to complete his education.

On the way from Alexandria to Greece, a terrible storm raged for many days. St Gregory, who was just a catechumen at that time, feared that he would perish in the sea before being cleansed in the waters of Baptism. St Gregory lay in the ship’s stern for twenty days, beseeching the merciful God for salvation. He vowed to dedicate himself to God, and was saved when he invoked the name of the Lord.

St Gregory spent six years in Athens studying rhetoric, poetry, geometry, and astronomy. His teachers were the renowned pagan rhetoricians Gymorias and Proeresias. St Basil, the future Archbishop of Caesarea (January 1) also studied in Athens with St Gregory. They were such close friends that they seemed to be one soul in two bodies. Julian, the future emperor (361-363) and apostate from the Christian Faith, was studying philosophy in Athens at the same time.

Upon completing his education, St Gregory remained for a certain while at Athens as a teacher of rhetoric. He was also familiar with pagan philosophy and literature.

In 358 St Gregory quietly left Athens and returned to his parents at Nazianzus. At thirty-three years of age, he received Baptism from his father, who had been appointed Bishop of Nazianzus. Against his will, St Gregory was ordained to the holy priesthood by his father. However, when the elder Gregory wished to make him a bishop, he fled to join his friend Basil in Pontus. St Basil had organized a monastery in Pontus and had written to Gregory inviting him to come.

St Gregory remained with St Basil for several years. When his brother St Caesarius (March 9) died, he returned home to help his father administer his diocese. The local church was also in turmoil because of the Arian heresy. St Gregory had the difficult task of reconciling the bishop with his flock, who condemned their pastor for signing an ambiguous interpretation of the dogmas of the faith.

St Gregory convinced his father of the pernicious nature of Arianism, and strengthened him in Orthodoxy. At this time, Bishop Anthimus, who pretended to be Orthodox but was really a heretic, became Metropolitan of Tyana. St Basil had been consecrated as the Archbishop of Caesarea, Cappadocia. Anthimus wished to separate from St Basil and to divide the province of Cappadocia.

St Basil the Great made St Gregory bishop of the city of Sasima, a small town between Caesarea and Tyana. However, St Gregory remained at Nazianzos in order to assist his dying father, and he guided the flock of this city for a while after the death of his father in 374.

Upon the death of Patriarch Valentus of Constantinople in the year 378, a council of bishops invited St Gregory to help the Church of Constantinople, which at this time was ravaged by heretics. Obtaining the consent of St Basil the Great, St Gregory came to Constantinople to combat heresy. In the year 379 he began to serve and preach in a small church called “Anastasis” (“Resurrection”). Like David fighting the Philistines with a sling, St Gregory battled against impossible odds to defeat false doctrine.

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The Power of ONE WORD: Tactical Warfare Strategy 101

21 Jan #TheChurch Strategic Spiritual Warfare - by Joshua Paul

Tactical Warfare Strategy 101:

“The Power Of One Word”

from ++Joshua Paul – Metropolitan
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“The Power Of One Word”

Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus…
New Year’s Resolutions don’t work! 50% of resolution-makers fail by the end of January and 9 out of 10 quit by March! So instead of resolutions, get One Word for the year…but be careful! It might just change you.
The simple discipline of developing a One Word theme for the year. Not a phrase or a statement, just a single word. Focusing on One Word can be incredibly life changing year after year. When you discover your One Word for the year, it gives you more clarity, passion and purpose for life.
The One Word can cut through the distractions and keep us focused on what really matters. It can stretched you in all areas: spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally and financially. God transforms lives with one word.
God will use your word as a light and a mirror – illuminating your path and revealing things that need to change. It facilitates a great journey of highs and lows all designed to make you into the person you are created to be.
That word (be it a discipline, fruit of the Spirit, character trait, or attribute of God) will brand you for the year! So discover your One Word for the year, It might just change your life!
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