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Ivan Roman
June 28th
“Signs and Wonders”

Sunday June 28th 10am and 6pm at

Harvest International Family Church
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Geneseo, NY
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Ivan & Erica Roman are revivalists, prophetic teachers and senior leaders of Empower Church in Medford, Oregon.  Ivan has a Master’s degree in Theology and has studied at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California.  He is currently a regular speaker at YWAM in Kona, Hawaii and is serving as the pastoral advisor for Women’s Aglow in Medford.  Ivan & Erica have a heart to see God’s kingdom demonstrated in everyday living. They currently reside in Medford, Oregon with their three boys and dog, Kona.

 

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Too Good To Be True!

Too Good To Be True? by Dr. Robert B. Campbell

Sometimes people get a prophetic word from God and they feel that it must be for someone else because it is too good to be true. I have been amazed over and over by God’s love, tenderness and compassion for His people.

Some people feel that all prophecy if genuine has to be corrective in nature. I have seldom found it to be corrective. The Bible says Prophecy is for edification, exhortation and comfort.

1 Corinthians 14:2-4
3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. NKJV

What should our posture be when we receive a prophetic word form the Lord? Paul told Timothy to wage a good warfare according to the prophecies spoke over him. We should do the same.

1 Timothy 1:18
18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, NKJV

Through the prophetic, God paints a picture of how He sees us and where He wants to take us. However, it is not automatic. Almost all promises from God are conditional. If we do not do our part by responding and cooperating in faith, it will not be accomplished. Listen for the conditions in your prophetic words.

God is incredibly gracious in His communication to us. He believes in us! He will speak to the destiny within you and call it forth. When you hear it you may be tempted to disbelieve it because you don’t see it in yourself. Look at Gideon. 

Judges 6:12
12 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” NKJV 

Judges 6:14-16 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” 15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” 16 And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”  NKJV

God does indeed see more in us than we can see in us. He created you for His pleasure. Believe Him, believe what He says about you and you will prosper! 

2 Chronicles 20:20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” NKJV

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Dr. Robert B. Campbell Th.D. is a best selling author and has a passion to see people healed of all disease and illness. He continuously does research on disease and illness looking for common roots and cures to those infirmities. He hosts a regular school of healing and writes extensively. He is the author of numerous books and articles which include “Freedom From Migraines”, “Freedom From Breast Cancer”, Freedom From Endometriosis”, “Freedom From High Blood Pressure”, “Freedom From Acid Reflux”, “Freedom From Eczema”, “Freedom From Acne”, “Freedom From Allergies” and “Freedom From Asthma” and more with over 150,000 Pool of Bethesda books in circulation. Robert has been married to the love of his life for over 34 years and is the father of 4 and the grandfather of 3.

The Dirty Truth About Honoraria by John Stackhouse

The Dirty Truth About Honoraria

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Date Published: 10/21/2014
Count up all of those hours: Is that what we really think our preachers are worth?

A friend of mine is a gifted staff worker with a well-known Christian organization on a university campus. He is married with three young children and works hard and long at his job. Frequently, he is asked to speak at churches’ youth retreats or special events sponsored by other groups. Rarely is he paid well for what is, in fact, overtime work—for audiences other than the one that pays his regular salary.

One weekend, he left his family to speak at a retreat for more than 100 young people, each of whom paid to go away to a well-furnished camp for three days. My friend gave four talks and participated in a question-and-answer session—a typical and demanding schedule. But his work didn’t end there, of course. Retreat speakers are “on call” all weekend for impromptu counseling, offering advice over mealtimes and modeling what they preach on the volleyball court or around the campfire. Make no mistake: There is very little relaxing in that role, however restful the retreat might be for everyone else.

An isolated and extreme example? Not at all. Every professional Christian speaker has stories like these.So at the end of this tiring weekend, at the close of the Sunday luncheon, the leader of the group thanked him profusely at the front of the dining hall (he had gone over very well). Then he tossed the speaker a T-shirt emblazoned with the group’s logo while everyone clapped. It took my friend several minutes to realize that this shirt was his total payment for the weekend’s work. He got in his car, without even a check for gasoline, and headed back to his waiting family.

A widely respected author was asked to headline a fundraising banquet for a women’s organization. She prepared a talk on the subject requested, left her husband and children at home, drove herself in the family car across the city to the site of the meal, chatted with her tablemates, and then delivered her speech. Again, it was apparent from the applause and the warm remarks that greeted her when she took her seat that she had done her job well.

The evening ended, and the speaker was saying her goodbyes. The convenor then appeared in a gush of appreciation. “Your talk was just excellent,” she said. “Exactly what we wanted. Thank you so much for coming!” Then, by way of payment, she grandly swept her arm over the room and said, “Just help yourself to one of the table centerpieces.”

We Christians have two problems in this regard. One might be remedied by an article such as this one. The other can be fixed only by the Holy Spirit.

The former problem is that most people who invite speakers are not themselves professional speakers and so honestly don’t know how much is involved in doing this work well. So let’s price it out straightforwardly and consider whether we pay people properly in the light of this analysis.

A speaker first has to receive the invitation, work with the inviter to clarify and agree upon terms (usually this takes correspondence back and forth), and confirm the date. Then the speaker has to prepare the talk. Sometimes, a speaker can pull a prepared text out of a file, but usually at least some fresh preparation is necessary to fit the talk to this particular group and its context. (And let’s remember that the speaker at some time did indeed have to prepare this talk from scratch, so the inviting group does have a share in the responsibility for that preparation since they will be benefiting from it.) The speaker concludes her preparation by printing out her notes and perhaps also prepares a photocopied outline or overhead slides or PowerPoint presentation for the benefit of the group.

Next, the speaker must make her travel arrangements and then actually travel. Most of this time is not productive: Airports and airplanes are not designed to aid serious work (unless the inviting group springs for first-class seats and airport lounges—an uncommon practice), and driving one’s car is almost entirely useless time.

The speaker arrives and then has to wait for her particular slot. She finally gives her presentation, waits for everything to conclude and returns home. If she is out of town, normally she will have to spend at least one night in a hotel room, probably sleeping badly in a strange bed and, again, spending time in transit that is largely unproductive.

Count up all of those hours. Not just the forty minutes she actually spoke at the banquet, or the four hours she was actually in front of the microphone during a weekend conference, but the many, many hours spent in the service of the inviting group from start to finish. Divide those hours into the honorarium, assuming her costs are covered (as they sometimes aren’t—for shame!), and you have the true wage the group paid her.

One speaker I know was asked to speak at a weekend conference requiring of her three plenary talks plus a couple of panel sessions. She would have to travel by plane for several hours and leave her family behind. The honorarium she was offered? Expenses plus $300. Her husband heard of it and replied with a rueful smile, “I’ll pay you three hundred bucks to stay home with us.”

Here’s yet another way to look at it. A speaker was asked to give the four major speeches at the annual meeting of a national Christian organization. He was also asked to come two days earlier than the staff meeting in order to address the national board twice. In return, he was offered travel expenses and accommodation for himself and his wife at the group’s posh conference center—of which they were extremely proud.

So the speaker asked for an honorarium of $2000 for the five days he would be away plus all of the time he would spend in preparation for this large responsibility. The group’s president immediately withdrew the invitation, saying he was charging too much. Is this good stewardship by a Christian nonprofit corporation? Or is it something else?

One wonders about the “something else” when one looks closer to home and examines the typical honoraria given to preachers who fill pulpits when pastors are on vacation. Most churches now pay $100 or so, although I know of many, including both mainline and smaller evangelical congregations, who still pay less.

Let us ask ourselves, before God, how we can justify paying a guest preacher a mere hundred bucks. He has to accept the invitation and get clear on his various duties from the person who invites him. He has to prepare the sermon—again, even if he is going to preach one he has preached before, he still has to decide upon which one to preach and then prepare to preach it well on this occasion. He has to travel to our church and take his place with the other worship leaders. He has to preach the sermon and greet people afterwards. Then he has to drive home.

Time it out, and it’s likely ten hours or more that he has invested in our church. We offer him a hundred dollars, and that works out to ten bucks an hour—a little more than minimum wage. He has to pay all of the taxes on that, so now he’s taking home between fifty and sixty dollars. Is that what we think our preachers are worth?

Let’s look at this from another angle. The average congregation isn’t large, so let’s suppose that about 200 people are to hear that sermon. By offering the preacher even $150 (which is more than most churches pay), we’re saying that his sermon is worth less than a dollar for each person who hears it.

The notion, however, that spiritual or theological or other “Christian” expertise should not be paid for is utterly foreign to the Bible. From the Old Testament requirements that generous provision be made for the priests to Paul’s commands in the New Testament that pastoral workers are worthy of their wages and should be paid such (I Corinthians 9), the Bible believes that people in such occupations are worthy of both esteem and financial support. Indeed, we show our esteem precisely in the financial support we give them. We think our physical health matters, so we pay good money for good physicians. How much does our spiritual health matter? Well, let’s see what we typically pay for it. We are, in fact, putting our money where our mouth is.

Thus, we encounter the latter problem, the one that only the Holy Spirit of God can address. It might be that we pay Christian speakers badly because we were unaware of all that is involved in preparing and delivering an excellent speech. Okay. But now that we know better, we should pay better. The latter problem of simply undervaluing such Christian service, however, is a problem in our hearts, not our heads. And the Bible is plain: We undervalue our spiritual teachers at the peril of undervaluing the divine truth they bring us. God frowns on such parsimony.

Indeed, God has threatened one day to mete out to each of us our appropriate wages for such behavior. And those wages will make even a T-shirt or a table centerpiece look pretty good.

John Stackhouse

John Stackhouse

John G. Stackhouse, Jr., draws on history, sociology, theology, and philosophy to explore the intersection of Christian faith and contemporary culture in North America and beyond. A graduate of Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Wheaton College Graduate School, Illinois and The University of Chicago, he is the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College.

It Seems Everything Is Contrary To What Was Prophesied Over Me

Many times we will get a prophecy and the things prophesied over us seem to be contrary to what we are experiencing. In other words, everything is opposite to what was prophesied over us. Perhaps you got a word about promotion and now in the workplace it all seems to be falling apart. Perhaps there was a promise of breakthrough with relationships and those relationships are now in turmoil. What are you to do? I have a few thoughts on this. First, whenever we receive prophecy, the enemy also hears what is said and now has insight into what God is wanting to do in your life. As a result he will try and oppose that plan. This is why warfare can intensify after getting a prophetic word. This is also why things can appear to go in the opposite direction of what was promised as the enemy is now trying to steal your faith through doubt and unbelief in order to nullify the word over you. If he can get you to stop believing the promise, you will not pursue it, and therefore will not impact the enemy’s kingdom. Paul told Timothy to wage a good warfare according to the prophecies spoken over you.

1 Timothy 1:18  This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,

 

 Second, whenever we receive prophecy, there is a reason we need to hear that promise. It may be to instill faith or it may be for the preparation of a trial you will experience. Some prophetic words forewarn of some period of testing that will occur such as when Jesus prophesied to Peter about his denial and turning again.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial Luke 22: 31″Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”…

I am sure this didn’t bring much comfort to Peter at the time, but imagine when he would remember these words from the Lord after his denial. Powerful. Sometimes we hear promises concerning specific areas in our life because it will hold us and strengthen us during that time. I love the fact that Joseph in the Old Testament received a promise in a dream and held onto it despite his circumstances.  It held him in faith. Abraham continued in faith for 25 years before receiving the fulfillment of the promise. Perhaps you have had a prophetic word that you received and now you are questioning whether or not is was God. The time to evaluate a prophetic word is when you receive it not when you are in the battle. Time can tend to bring us to a place of doubt and unbelief if we are not careful. Remember what the tactic of the enemy is, “Hath God said?” as with Adam and Eve. He wants you to get to doubting what God has said, just as he got the 10 spies to doubt the promises and not exercise faith. This not only applies to prophetic words, but for every promise in the Word of God as well. The enemy wants to nullify the promises of God in your life!

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  (NKJV)

  Dr. Robert B. Campbell Th.D. is a best selling author, loves the prophetic and has a passion to see people healed of all disease and illness. He continuously does research on disease and illness looking for common roots and cures to those infirmities. He hosts a regular school of healing and writes extensively. He is the author of numerous books and articles which include “Freedom From Migraines”, Freedom From Endometriosis”, “Freedom From High Blood Pressure”, “Freedom From Acid Reflux”, “Freedom From Eczema” “Freedom From Acne”, “Freedom From Allergies” and “Freedom From Asthma” and more with over 50,000 Pool of Bethesda books in circulation. Robert has been married to the love of his life for over 35 years and is the father of 4 and the grandfather of 3.  CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF BOOKS