fifteen: again

Join us this Sunday August 9th on the Ambassadors for Christ Radio Spiritual hour, as we discuss the number Fifteen again with Pastor Bill Jenkins. He will bring us up to date as to what God has been doing since the release of his book fifteen. What does the number 15 mean to you? Isaiah 38:4-6 states, “Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city” (NIV). God has a strategic purpose for our lives. We must be obedient allowing Him to guide our footsteps.

Please join this edition of Ambassadors for Christ Radio as we interview Pastor William (Bill) Jenkins, founder and Sr. Pastor of the Church of A.C.T.S. in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pastor Bill will share how the knowledge of God inspired him to write his book Fifteen. Please tune in and listen to Pastor Bill’s testimony and God’s wisdom as he explains his book and the number 15. To God be the Glory!

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Bill Jenkins – fifteen

AFCRShowGuest-BillJenkins-03262015-164-225Pastor Bill Jenkins, founder and Senior Pastor of the Church of A.C.T.S., is a seasoned prophet whom God is raising up, in the last of the last days, to tear down the devil’s strongholds, and to bring hope to the hopeless.

As a seventeen-year-old with a strong passion for baseball, Bill Jenkins had an opportunity to sign a professional contract, but it was only three days before his 18th birthday when Jenkins had an encounter with God, which completely changed his life and future.

Instead of seeking success through baseball, Jenkins became a youth pastor and traveled the United States preaching the gospel. Later, Jenkins attended Christ for the Nations Bible College in Dallas, Texas, where he graduated in 1990. That is when God spoke to Pastor Bill again, and told him to go to the heart of America to get the spiritual heart pumping and the blood flowing. Thus, Jenkins traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana where he set in motion the Church of A.C.T.S., a spirit-filled church sitting on 34 acres on Indianapolis’ South side.

Among his many accomplishments, Pastor Bill Jenkins has worked with the Mayor of Indianapolis and other city officials in effort to reduce crime, and earned the Mayor’s Community Service Award. He has organized large events at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Indian State Fairgrounds to unite the churches of Indianapolis, and has been recognized as a “Man of Distinction” by the Indiana Minority Business Magazine.

Aside from his professional life, God has also called Bill Jenkins to be a husband to his wife, Britain Jenkins and a father to his three sons, Bryce, Brock and Brady. Anyone will find that Bill Jenkins is a model of what a godly man looks like, not only in the pulpit, but also as a head in the family; he also makes time to coach his sons’ baseball, football and basketball teams, among many other duties in his life. Pastor Bill Jenkins is a man of God with a prophetic word for our nation.

Isaiah 38:4-6: “Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city” (NIV).

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Stand on God’s Word – Párate en la Palabra de Dios

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As we face upcoming challenges, our foundation is the Word of God, which is the only plateau to sustain our faithful actions. Our God is a tireless God as He protects us. In fragile times, God “gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29, NIV). Hold on, have faith, and believe because our Lord will strengthen you. Do not sacrifice His Word, He already sacrificed His Son. When Jesus fulfilled the Scripture He said “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (John 19:30, NIV). Jesus already overcame the world, let us bow our heads, embrace His Spirit, overcome personal challenges as we…”soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31, NIV).

Have a blessed day soaring in the love of God!

Párate en la Palabra de Dios

Cuando encaramos los próximos desafíos, nuestra base es la palabra de Dios, que es la única plataforma para sostener nuestras acciones fieles. Nuestro Dios, es un Dios incansable cuando nos protege. En tiempos frágiles, Dios “fortalece al cansado y acrecienta las fuerzas del débil” (Isaías 40:29, NVI).
Aguanta, tenga fe, y cree en Él porque nuestro Señor le reforzará. No sacrifique su Palabra, Él ya sacrificó a su Hijo. Cuando Jesús cumplió con la Escritura Él dijo: “Todo se ha cumplido. Luego inclinó la cabeza y entregó el espíritu” (Juan 19:30, NVI). Jesús ya venció el mundo, inclinemos nuestras cabezas, abracemos su Espíritu, venceremos los desafíos personales y “volarán como las águilas: correrán y no se fatigarán, caminarán y no se cansarán” (Isaías 40:31, NVI).
Por favor tenga un gran día volando en el amor de Dios.

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For the Love of God XVII – 2014

caroline-savage-150-150 “The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:1-3, NIV).

Abraham was the Father of the Nations, Abraham believed in God, and God looked upon Abraham as righteous (Genesis 17:5, Genesis 15:6). The Lord has a plan and purpose for your life. At times we may be pulled out of our comfort zones to spread the Good News of the Gospel or fulfill a specific task for the Lord. As Abraham believed in our Lord, as His seeds, we must do the same. Abraham was blessed as He believed in God regardless of the situation. As Children of the Most High, you are blessed, because of you and your actions in pursuing the will of God, others are blessed! Do not worry about negativity and distractors; cast those cares upon the Lord as you continue to exercise your gifts to glorify God! Continue to be blessed as you share the Good News of our Precious Lord’s Gospel!

Por el Amor de Dios XVII

“El Señor le dijo a Abram: «Deja tu tierra, tus parientes y la casa de tu padre, y vete a la tierra que te mostraré.  »Haré de ti una nación grande,  y te bendeciré; haré famoso tu *nombre,  y serás una bendición.  Bendeciré a los que te bendigan y maldeciré a los que te maldigan; por medio de ti serán bendecidas  todas las familias de la tierra!”  (Génesis 12:1-3, NVI).

Abraham fue el Padre de las Naciones, Abraham creyó en Dios, y Dios miró a Abraham como justo (Génesis 17:5, Génesis 15:6).  El Señor tiene un plan y un propósito para tu vida. En algunos tiempos, podríamos ser halados fuera de nuestra zona de confort para difundir la Buena Nueva del Evangelio o cumplir con una tarea específica para el Señor. Como Abraham creyó en el Señor, como su semilla, nosotros debemos hacer lo mismo. Abraham fue bendecido porque creía en Dios independientemente de la situación. Como los Niños del Más Altísimo, están bienaventurados, porque basada en sus acciones siguiendo la voluntad de Dios, ¡otros son bendecidos! No se preocupe por la negatividad y los distractores; depositen esa ansiedad en el Señor cuando continúes ejercitando tus dones para ¡glorificar a Dios! ¡Continúe siendo bendecido al compartir la Buena Noticia del Evangelio de Nuestro Precioso Señor!

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Words Have Power

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“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37, ESV)

The words that come out of our mouths have power; power to convict and power to save. Jesus has forewarned us to be careful of what we say and what we allow to come out of our mouths. He tells us this because He has the discernment of how powerful words are. As Ambassadors and Disciples of Jesus Christ, we read in Genesis chapter 1 where God created the Heavens and the Earth. He did not raise a magic wand or throw some pixy dust in the air, God opened His mouth and spoke everything into existence.

Genesis 1:3, And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light:” (ESV). Genesis 1:6, And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters” (ESV). Genesis 1:9, And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear” (ESV).

God spoke and His will was done. In Luke 4:36 after Jesus spoke and drove out a demon from a man, “And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out”” (ESV)! Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit and with His power and might, we have the same authority. Be careful of the words that come out of your mouth, they can justify or they can condemn.
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Empowering Members

“I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8, NIV)

Have you ever wondered why some organizational leaders may micromanage or why congregational members may not accurately execute assigned duties or even volunteer to do anything?

Organizational leaders (church-based businesses or church leadership) should ensure that members receive proper guidance, training, and necessary resources enabling them to become effective and productive members. Managers who ‘micromanage’ skilled workers’ performance or overwork those who volunteer, may not be comfortable with letting go of a situation if he or she is not actively engaged in the outcome of the process. Knowing your members, through motivation, support, and encouragement, one can overcome barriers while achieving desired results. I believe that individuals who attend church want to hear God’s word and do His will. “I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8, NIV). Proper encouragement and motivation can nurture the heart’s desire to continue not only following but also fulfilling our Lord’s will.

Effective Communication

Effectively communicating with organizational members and clearly explaining expectations is a significant aspect in empowering congregational members. Disseminating accurate information, support, training, and providing additional knowledge of the workability of procedures, expectations, and trust empowers members to become dedicated workers. Empowering them may lead to loyalty and perseverance as members commit to the success of organizational objectives. Maybe business leaders are not totally ‘sold out’ on their employees’ talents. Maybe employees did not totally ‘buy into’ the efficiency of leaders’ skills. Maybe there is lack of trust and mutual respect. Behaving in a Christ-like manner means behaving like Christ. As simple as that sounds, it may be more difficult if our hearts and intentions are not pure. Instead of seeking man’s approval, we should first put our trust in our Lord. As He strengthens us, we will behave in a Christ-like manner and respect each other as we comply with God’s purpose for our lives. The book of Psalm 118:7-9 state, “The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes” (NIV).

Leaders should identify the cause and effect of the core problem and take necessary steps to correct the discrepancy. To avoid workplace conflict that would definitely delay organizational processes, effective communication is necessary to clarify objectives. Managers should find an even balance in ensuring comfort level of both leadership and members while achieving organizational objectives.
Think of a current or past goal that you desired to achieve. Probably a lot of effort went into the cause to fulfill your dream. Others may have had roles in the process or you may desire to complete it by yourself because it was a personal or Spiritual goal. You took time to analyze the situation to determine the best route to accomplish your goal. Remember that you were successful because as Philippians 4:13 reminds us “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (NLT). Keeping God first and foremost, not only in words, but also in action leads us to victories, time and time again, because with our Lord we are more than conquerors; “if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, NIV).

In organizations and leadership positions, managers should also identify effective strategies to meet business objectives. Certain levels of micromanaging are necessary (for informational and training purposes), but managers should monitor the dosage and allow employees to flourish and grow with the organization. Encourage employees and members to flow, grow, and mature as he or she fulfills personal roles and processes in their destiny by achieving business and spiritual objectives.

Based on your current, past, or future goals, what category are you in…a micro-manager or a macro-manager?

Managers have certain responsibilities to fulfill and may not be in the position to work alongside with employees or members. Proper employee training, development, and Spiritual guidance increase the chances of effective performance and decreasing the need for managerial supervision. Conducting evaluation, monitoring performance, and providing feedback allows managers, employees, and members the opportunity to clarify roles and expectations to increase performance management.
Ensuring that organizational members are complying with established standards is important to promote successful processes. On a personal level, think of a situation where a group of individuals gather together to pursue a common goal. One may understand how the process should work and the desired outcome. Even though rules and guidelines were established, others chose to violate it or do things their way. Those individuals may even encourage others not to follow their lead. The situation may lead to confusion, diminish morale, and decrease task efficiency and group productivity.

In a Christian organization, we must assess what seeds we are planting and monitor our thoughts and conversations. Regardless of the familiarity with each other, how long you have known, or have not liked a person, we should “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV). Negative feelings and actions are ungodly. We are empowered to conduct ourselves in a Christ-like manner with the assistance of the Holy Spirit within us. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17, NIV). The Body of Christ will receive many attacks and as a congregation, we must empower ourselves with the Word of God, mutual support, and counteract attacks in the name of Jesus.

Manager as a Facilitator

A manager also serves as a facilitator. Establishing clear guidelines, effective communication, and being available to answer questions in an ethical manner increases credibility and a sense of fairness. Organizational leaders should be effective communicators, knowledgeable, professional, and skilled while conducting business. Also, they must be ethically grounded, maximize efficiency, and use motivational tools to bridge the gap between Uncertainties and Reasoning to define roles and expectations by using the word of God. ”Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect” (Romans 12:2, ERV).

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Disciples and Ambassadors

AFCRadioShawn-160-241-031120132 Corinthians 5:20 “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God” (NIV).

What does it mean to be reconciled to God and become His Ambassador?  First to be reconciled to God, you must accept Him as your lord and savior, repent, and ask Jesus to come into your life. Jesus died for our sins, even ones we have not committed yet, and only through Him can we reach God. Secondly, in order to be an Ambassador for Christ, we must become His disciple. In Matthew 28, Jesus gives us His great command for us to go make disciples.

A Disciple and Ambassador for Christ submit themselves to being taught. You must be teachable to be a disciple; taught how to follow Jesus. This teaching can come from God, or a Pastor, minister, Bishop, the Pope, or even a little child, but our hearts have to be willing to receive the words and then learn those words ourselves. An Ambassador for Christ, just like a Disciple, will continue in the ways of Jesus Christ and learn exactly how Jesus walked daily then do as He did in His ministry of Loving God, and Loving your neighbor. Finally, we do exactly what Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (NIV). I want God in my life forever, how about you?

Once The Holy Spirit is invited into your life, He takes over and starts to reveal God’s Word and Will to you, The Holy Bible, where you can start to understand it. Without The Holy Spirit operating in your life, the meaning is hidden from you, the parables that Jesus uses sounds like foolishness. When reading the Bible, you think it contradicts itself, but once you are saved, you feel the blood of Jesus boiling in your body, you feel The Holy Spirit descend upon you like a thick oil, His Anointment covers your body from head to toe. It reminds me of my favorite Bible verse that I did not truly understand until I became a Disciple. Psalm 133, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore” (KJV).

Even though I had received salvation, I was not studying the Word, I was not being taught the Word, and I was not willing to go anywhere to be taught. I would quote this verse all the time when I was with my boys, hanging out in the clubs, at house parties, even family functions. The true meaning of Psalm 133 was not revealed to me because I was not yet His disciple. I had not given my heart to God so that He could write His laws on it. Until we are ready to give Him our fullness, our body, mind, and soul, we cannot reap the blessings God has waiting for us. We need to be with other people of like mind, one in Christ and dwell with them. Then we will feel His anointment upon us, we can become His Disciples, His Ambassadors to go out and make more Disciples. Until I was willing to let go and let God, I was lost in the world. I finally asked God what was His will for me and He answered.

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Diffusing Misunderstandings

Have you ever asked:

  • Why are we doing this?
  • Why can’t we do it another way?
  • Why didn’t they ask me?
  • Why?
  • Why?
  • Why?

Responding to the questions above requires an understanding of organizational growth, mission, values, and vision.

Effective communication should not only be a downstream process, but employees should be able to channel concerns upward without fear of retaliation.  Both parties should expect support from each other.  Organizational differences may lead to confrontation and deter employee performance.  Upward, downward, and lateral communication is necessary to ensure organizational members understand personal roles in pursuing business objectives.

Employer/Employee Expectations

Employers and employees have roles and expectations during business transactions. Employees perform a job and expect to get paid.  Employers expect employees to perform to get paid.  In accomplishing job duties, employees need certain resources to conduct his or her job and expect managers to provide the assets.  Managers expect employees not to abuse provided resources.  As an example, if you were hired as an administrative assistant to answer telephones, take memorandums, send and receive correspondence, or set up conference meetings, you would expect the resources to be in place.  Being hired to conduct those assigned duties, one may expect that the employer provide the telephones, computers, and necessary equipment to meet organizational objectives.  The employer also expects the employee not to abuse the resources and to use it appropriately for its intended purpose.  Understanding that we could go back and forth, organizational members should agree that both employers and employees must be held accountable for their actions.  All employees should act according to established guidelines, policies, and maintain organizational goals, mission, values, and vision top priority.

Despite the circumstances, ensuring personnel involved understand the purpose of the policy or possess a clear understanding of how to safely pursue the task is significant in reducing misunderstandings.   In my 2011 book, ¿Uncertainties? And Reasoning, I offered the following:

Some situations may hinder progress and seemingly trap human bodies between a rock and a hard place. Circumstances may cause anxiety, desperation, frustration, while helplessly watching things spinning out of control. No personal decision is good enough; no wise judgment makes any difference.

Diffusing arguments can be achieved by identifying and uprooting the cause of the problem.

Providing the Solution

Leaders can conduct brainstorming sessions to discover a better process or an alternative method for a more effective solution. Reviewing the history and current procedure of existing practices is necessary to benchmark ideas.  Choosing the best learned process opens avenues to improve organizational procedures.  Creating process charts and visualizing the steps in the problem may highlight areas for process improvement.

Calmly taking a moment to determine the cause for the unproductive feelings and respecting employee input allows managers to facilitate discussions and determine the best-course of action.  Empowering employees and reassuring them that he or she is indeed part of the process working toward the ‘big’ picture increases chances of commitment and loyalty.  Taking employee’s ideas and implementing them, if feasible, equips them with a feeling of appreciation, belonging, and a determination to pursue organizational objectives.  The employee has an additional vested interest in the project outcome.  Satisfying the needs of the company and its members without risking moral values and personal safety is normally the best route to take to arrive at a neutral plateau of understanding.

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