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YOUR TIME

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16).

Two little words are found in the Greek version here. They are translated “ton kairon” in the revised version, “Buying up for yourselves the opportunity.” The two words ton kairon mean, literally, the opportunity.

They do not refer to time in general, but to a special point of time, a juncture, a crisis, a moment full of possibilities and quickly passing by, which we must seize and make the best of before it has passed away.

It is intimated that there are not many such moments of opportunity, because the days are evil; like a barren desert, in which, here and there, you find a flower, pluck it while you can; like a business opportunity which comes a few times in a lifetime; buy it up while you have the chance. Be spiritually alert; be not unwise, but understanding what the will of God is. “Walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, buying up for yourselves the opportunity.”

God has brought us to this place with open eyes to behold the promises of our generations. We can see but unable to touch, but it is enough for us to take stock and spend wisely “redeeming the time”. My brothers and sisters as we close this year  2017 let us look ahead to the place that is flowing with milk and honey. A place prepared for us who are washed in His blood.

Sometimes it is a moment of time to be saved; sometimes a soul to be led to Christ; sometimes it is an occasion for love; sometimes for patience: sometimes for victory over temptation and sin. Let us redeem it.

THE FULLNESS OF THE SPIRIT

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” (Acts 5:32).

We can only know and prove the fullness of the Spirit as we step out into the larger purposes and plans of Christ for the world. So many ministers concentrate on the numbers of people that attend the church and how much money will it take in the offering. They have pulled a wool over the eyes of the people and because the people lack the knowledge they are dying spiritually.

Perhaps the chief reason why the Holy Spirit has been so limited in His work in the hearts of Christians is the shameful neglect of the unsaved and unevangelized world by the great majority of the professed followers of Christ. There is nothing like evangelization without the preaching of prosperity and the sale of books and DVD. How the people have lost their way and the calling to a safer place. You cannot make it to heaven if you are poor. Therefore, everyone wants to get rich for the journey. Oh, foolish hearts come back to God.

There are millions of professing Christians–and, perhaps, real Christians–in the world, who have never given one real, earnest thought to the evangelization of the heathen world.

God will not give the Holy Spirit in His fullness for the selfish enjoyment of any Christian.

His power is a great trust, which we must use for the benefit of others and for the evangelization of the lost and sinful world. Not until the people of God awake to understand His real purpose for the salvation of men, will the Church ever know the fullness of her Pentecost. God’s promised power must lie along the line of duty, and as we obey the command, we shall receive His promise in his fulness.

Lord, help me to understand Thy plan.

MAN IS A TREE

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” (Psalm 1:1).

Three things are notable about this man:

1. His company. “He walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

2. His reading and thinking. “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law doth he meditates day and night.”

 3. His fruitfulness. “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

The river is the Holy Ghost; the planting, the deep, abiding life in which, not occasionally, but habitually, we absorb the Holy Spirit; and the fruit is not occasional, but continual, and appropriate to each changing season.

His life is also prosperous, and his spirit fresh, like the unfading leaf. Such a life must be happy. Indeed, happiness is a matter of spiritual conditions. Put a sunbeam in a cellar and it must be bright. Put a nightingale in the darkest midnight, and it must sing.

WATCH UNTO PRAYER

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41).

We need to watch for prayers as well as for the answers to our prayers. It needs as much wisdom to pray rightly as it does faith to receive the answers to our prayers.

We met a friend the other day, who had been in years of darkness because God had failed to answer certain prayers, and the result had been a state bordering on infidelity.

Very few moments were sufficient to convince this friend that these prayers had been entirely unauthorized and that God had never promised to answer such prayers, and they were for things which this friend should have accomplished himself, in the exercise of ordinary wisdom.

The result was deliverance from a cloud of unbelief which was almost wrecking a Christian life. There are some things about which we do not need to pray, as much as to take the light which God has already given.

Many persons are asking God to give them peculiar signs, tokens and supernatural intimations of His will. Our business is to use the light He has given, and then He will give whatever more we need.

TIPS FOR DEALING WITH GOSSIP IN THE CHURCH

And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.—Romans 1:28–29

When I see a list of the sins associated with abandoning God, I expect to see things like wickedness and murder. I don’t expect to see gossip and slander. Why? Because those they’re so commonplace—even in our churches.

Because we tend to use information as a commodity when we’re building relationships and alliances, gossip gets woven into the foundation of most human communities. The truth is that its cancer that ultimately eats away at the core of a community’s security until there’s nothing left.

What makes gossip particularly nefarious is our attitude about it. We expect people to gossip, we make jokes from the pulpit about women and gossip (regardless of the fact that loose talk is no respecter of genders), and it’s this casualness that empowers and emboldens this sin.

If you’re ready to wage war on this unity killer, keep reading. I’ve put together 5 tips to help you put gossip in its place.

1. Be a model of love and solidarity

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.Ephesians 4:29

Many leaders struggle with gossip. In fact, I don’t think I’ve been in a church where it wasn’t an issue in leadership. The ministry’s tough and sometimes you just want someone to commiserate with.

But every time you gossip with someone, you’re modeling that behaviour—and there is no sermon that will undo the bad example you’ve set. When a leader speaks untruth about another and passes it off to someone else, that behaviour should not be tolerated.

The first step in eradicating gossip lies in showing your church what healthy communication looks like. That means you need to:

  • Share information with only those who can legitimately contribute
  • Immediately shut down gossip when you hear it
  • Protect the victims of gossip

2. Define it

Identifying what is and isn’t gossip can be difficult. When your church has a working definition of gossip, it removes the mystery. By leaving it undefined, you give people an ignorance loophole to exploit.

Here are some definitions to help you get started:

  • Rumour: any unverified information
  • Slander: false or malicious information with the intent to harm
  • Gossip: sensational talk passed on because of it’s “juicy” nature, whether true, rumour, or slander

3. Communicate its significance

It couldn’t be more clear from the verse that opens that God takes the issue of gossip very seriously. In John 17, we see Jesus praying for the church, and his number one concern was that we would be unified. (John 17:22–23)

Leaders of churches need to be champions of unity and stalwart critics of anything that would jeopardize that togetherness. This means we need to preach strongly and often about the evils of gossip. Leaders should not encourage gossip and should put a STOP to anyone that approaches him.

Here are some Bible passages to use for inspiration:

  • You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.Exodus 23:1
  • If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.—James 1:26
  • Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it.—James 4:11
  • He who conceals hatred has lying lips,
    And he who spreads slander is a fool.Proverbs 10:18
  • He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets,
    But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.Proverbs 11:13
  • A perverse man spreads strife,
    And a slanderer separates intimate friends.Proverbs 16:28
  • For lack of wood the fire goes out,
    And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.—Proverbs 26:20

4. Make gossip a staffing issue

Your church leadership sets a tone that the rest of the church follows. The leadership must be blameless and upright before the congregation at all times. It really doesn’t matter how great anyone operates in their position if their presence undermines the church’s unity.

You need a staffing policy that elevates the significance of gossip. Not only should they be free from gossip themselves, but they also need to be equipped to shut it down when it rears its ugly head.

5. Cover gossip in your discipleship program

Gossip isn’t one of those things we just stop doing. We are set free from gossip at the place where information and spiritual empowerment intersect.

Keeping a rein on our tongues is such an integral part of our spiritual maturity that it’s worth creating a curriculum that everyone goes through. These classes can be used in the select committee for elevation, for ministers refreshers courses, and Sunday school classes.

The important thing is to ensure that you have a systematic plan in place to help your church members understand gossip’s significance and a safe platform to talk through its implications, Leaders must understand that the members of the church look up to them and they may not be the perfect example, but striving to be the best leader.

We don’t have to accept gossip!

We need to recognize that gossip is contrary to the gospel. It is love and acceptance that creates life-changing community. Whispered shame is a terrible motivator and a destructive habit. If we want to reinforce real unity, we need to work on talking up each other’s strengths and encouraging them when they’re doing well. We are to build up and not to break down.

HOW TO CONTAIN YOUR CHURCH CONFLICT

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

Conflict is a fact of life. Throughout the Bible, we see God’s people at odds with one another. And we’re no different today. Although there can be many sources of conflict within a church, the issues that most often cause conflict emerge from differences about beliefs, methods, factual data, budgets, values, change, policies, communication, and church government.

As long as people care, there will always be conflicts of this nature. So what’s the secret to resolving such differences? Containment.

CONTAINMENT BY THE BOOK

You can see containment applied in the secular world every day. For example, firemen contain a fire to keep it from destroying an entire building or spreading to other nearby structures. It’s also likely that you practice containment regularly on a personal level: Self-control is containment. Turning the other cheek is containment. Agreeing to disagree is containment. Speaking the truth in love is also containment. Keeping your mouth shut and speak only when you are asked to speak is containment.

Jesus put the principle of containment into powerful words in Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” and Matthew 18:15-17,” Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglects to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.” giving us step-by-step guidance that will never become outdated. The core value of this biblical containment principle is that it keeps conflict at the lowest management level and focuses on the primary problem. Church conflicts can be resolved redemptively if leaders will faithfully follow Jesus’ guidelines step by step.

THE PROCESS

If someone has something against you, go to him (Matthew 5:23-25). If someone has wronged you, Jesus says to make the first step toward reconciliation (Matthew 18:15). Arrange a time and place to meet without surprises. Use wisdom as to whether to go alone or have someone with you.

If the individual will not listen, take others with you (Matthew 18:16). Always take someone all the parties know and respect.

If the person will not listen, tell the church (Matthew 18:17). At this stage and for subsequent action, seek outside intervention, but keep the principle of containment operative here as well. Depending on the nature of the conflict, taking it directly to the church at large may not be wise. Instead, take it to elected leaders: the deacon body or an established committee structure that the constitutional guidelines dictate.

If the individual refuses to listen, let him be like an unbeliever (Matthew 18:17) to motivate and bring him to reconciliation with God and the church. Again, contain. Remove the person from all leadership positions. If that doesn’t work, place him in a watch care ministry. If that fails, follow church policies or constitutional guidelines to revoke his church membership. This is what many leaders do not want to do with members and they eventually fall off by themselves. That way there is no one to blame but yourself.

THE MOTIVE

Redemptive solutions to conflict are motivated by love (Ephesians 4:15,29), driven by a desire for reconciliation (Matthew 5:23-25), and bathed in prayer (James 5:16).  Before you confront anyone, purify your motives through prayer.

THE TEMPERAMENT

The basic temperament to be used in solving conflict is found in the Golden Rule (Luke 6:31; Matthew 7:12). Remember, conflict in and of itself isn’t sinful, but a response to it can be. The following scriptural instructions, or as I like to call them, Be-attitudes of the Heart, are clear, concise, and easy to understand.

Be a confessor: “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed” (James 5:16).

Be an edifier: “No rotten talk should come from your mouth, but only what is good for the building up of someone in need, in order to give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).

Be a restorer: “Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you won’t be tempted also” (Galatians 6:1).

Be a forgiver: “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another just as God also forgave you in Christ” (Ephesians 4:32).

Be a unifier: “Now I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all say the same thing, that there be no divisions among you, and that you be united with the same understanding and the same conviction” (1 Corinthians 1:10).

Be an example: “Shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but freely, according to God’s [will]; not for the money but eagerly; not lording it over those entrusted to you, being examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2-3).

Be a lover: “‘Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another'” (John 13:34).

I do not own the Scriptures but I am a part-taker of these precious words when applied for the proper purpose. If we follow the wors as is written we will walk in the fear of the Lord. When we break the word, trouble meets us at any corner of our life. A man that keepeth his tongue shall save his soul.

CONFIRMATION

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I have received communication from our Patriarch and Chief Apostle Sir Darrel Johnson ROMC confirming me (Sir Godfrey Gregg Divisional Patriarch) to the post of Patriarch and Presiding Prelate of the Mystical Order and Starlight of Israel to be effective January 1, 2018.

I want to thank God for His grace and mercy that brought me thus far. I am happy to join the other appointees for the coming year.

May Almighty God bless all members and Clergy of The Mystical Order and Starlight of Israel.

Almighty God bless our Patriarch and Chief Apostle Sir Darrel Johnson ROMC

May Almighty God bless The Mystical Order and Starlight of Israel

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

Administrator

2018 APPOINTMENTS

Many come and many go, but The Mystical will remain. There is nothing to hinder the growth and together with Starlight of Israel under the Leadership of our beloved Bishop the Hon Adrian (Prince) Toussaint. There is higher heights and deeper depths.

I am happy to announce the following new appointments in Trinidad.

Bishop Adrian (Prince) Toussaint will be Archbishop and Apostolic Head-Elect

Archbishop Bailey will be Archbishop of St. Michael

Bishop Goodridge Archbishop-Elect of Mt. Olive

Courtney is Bishop-Elect of The Mystical and Starlight

Courtney will remain the Public Relations Officer of the organization

Annmarie Moses Reverend-elect

These appointment go into immediate effect and will be confirmed in March 2018.

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

RESTING ON THE WORD OF GOD

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.” (Psalm 119:42).

      Just in proportion in which we believe that God will do just what He has said, is our faith strong or weak. Faith has nothing to do with feelings, or with impressions, with improbabilities, or with outward appearances. If we desire to couple them with faith, then we are no longer resting on the Word of God because faith needs nothing of the kind. Faith rests on the naked Truth of the Word of God. When we take Him at His Word, the heart is at peace.

God delights to exercise faith, first for blessing in our own souls, then for blessing in the Church at large, and also for those without. But this exercise we shrink from instead of welcoming. When trials come, we should say: “My Heavenly Father puts this cup of trial into my hands, that I may have something sweet afterward.”

Trials are the food of faith. Oh, let us leave ourselves in the hands of our Heavenly Father! It is the joy of His heart to do good to all His children. I advocate that all the time and I am still encouraging you to trust in the Lord with all your heart. The stronger your faith is when the trials come from within your own camp.

But trials and difficulties are not the only means by which faith is exercised and thereby increased. There is the reading of the Scriptures, that we may through the word acquaint ourselves with God as He has revealed Himself in His Word.

Are you able to say, from the acquaintance you have made with God, that He is a lovely Being? If not, let me affectionately entreat you to ask God to bring you to this, that you may admire His gentleness and kindness, that you may be able to say how good He is, and what a delight it is to the heart of God to do good to His children. The facts are simple and clear for us to follow if we will surrender to His will the calling and hope in Christ Jesus.

Now the nearer we come to this in our inmost souls, the more ready we are to leave ourselves in His hands, satisfied with all His dealings with us. And when the trial comes, we shall say:

“I will wait and see what good God will do to me by it, assured He will do it.” Thus we shall bear an honourable testimony before the world, and thus we shall strengthen the hands of others.

SOUTH TRINIDAD SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEERS

Thank you, Bishop Adrian, (Prince) Leader of The Mystical Order and Starlight of Israel in South Trinidad. Your vision to lead is greatly appreciated. A little child shall lead them and from my heart, I say thank you and the members for taking such a great interest. May Almighty God bless and keep you and your spiritual family in His service.

To our Patriarch and Chief Apostle Sir Darrel Johnson ROMC clergy and members God’s blessings on you.

Thank you Bishop Adrian (Prince) Leader of The Mystical Order and Starlight of Israel in South Trinidad. Your vision to lead is greatly appreciated. A little child shall lead them and from my heart I say thank you and the members for taking such a great interest. May Almighty God bless and keep you and your spiritual family in His service. To our Patriarch and Chief Apostle Sir Darrel Johnson ROMC clergy and members God's blessings on you.

Posted by The Mystical Order on Sunday, December 17, 2017