Experienced Outreach Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the religious institutions industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Retreats, Pastoral Counseling, Fundraising, and Pastoral. Strong community and social services professional with a Doctor of Ministry, (D.Min) focused in Church, Society and Mission from Adventist University of Africa, Kenya.
Adventist, a member of any of various Christian sects emphasizing belief in the imminent second coming of Christ.
During the religious revival that swept the American frontier in the early 19th century that William Miller (1782–1849), whose speculations launched the Adventist movement, began to preach. Miller, while an officer in the U.S. Army in the War of 1812, had become a skeptic. Converted to the Baptist faith during the 1820s, he began to study the Bible, especially the prophetic books of Daniel and the Revelation to John. Primarily on the basis of his interpretation of Daniel 8:14, which spoke of 2,300 days, he concluded that Christ would return about 1843. He began to preach in 1831 and soon emerged as the leader of a popular movement. As the year 1843 approached, Miller predicted more specifically that Christ would return between March 21, 1843, and March 21, 1844.
When did the sun or moon and stars fail to shine on you? When did the ground fail to give you space to tread upon? God has made us such that even when we die we donate our bodies to the ground. You’re to give your money, your advice, and your charity (love) till you give your body to the soil animals searching for food. You’re free to shut your windows but you’re not to shut your door to the needy. You’re free to shut down your phone/computer but you’re not to “shut your hand from your poor brother” (Deut. 15:7). “The poor you will always have with you…” so your door has to be opened always.
Never ask yourself if you have more to spare, if you have more to give or if your finances are good. “Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions.” (Henry Nouwen). The fastest route to prosperity is charity (2 Cor. 9:7). God loves you! ©Michael
(God’s Push Is Not An Ambush)
A bird called her child to join her at the edge of a tree branch. For two times the little bird told her mom; “momma am afraid.” On the third call, the little bird took a bold step to join her mother at the edge of the branch. As soon as she got there, her mother pushed her and she began to fly. What happened next is history!
Our greatest abilities & potentials are unleashed in the midst of sore tests and fiery trials. “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials” (Seneca). Don’t mistake God’s push on your life as an ambush. The best in David was brought out by Goliath—a man poised to kill him. Anything God sends your way is not meant to kill you but meant to fill you. Oscar Wilde once said; “what seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”
“PRAY-ERS & PREY-ERS”
(Are you a Sheep or a Wolf?)
Sheep is known for its meekness, its gentleness, & its obedient character. But a wolf is known to be monstrous and messy. While sheep are picky eaters—think before they take in something, a wolf is not picky—eat all flesh in order to satisfy his hunger. God (our Shepherd) has called us to be sheep but not a wolf. He wants us to be meek & gentle but not monstrous and messy. He wants us to think before we act towards one another, but not be in haste to act just to gratify our own selfish desires. He wants us obey His command; “love one another” but hate none (John 15:12).
Joseph was pushed into a pit and he came out stronger. The three Hebrew boys were pushed into a fiery furnace and they came out stronger. Daniel was pushed into a lions’ den and he came out stronger. Anytime God pushes the stars into the dark skies, they shine. Anytime God pushes you into a test, you’ll come out as the best. Job got doubles for his troubles. “Count it all joy… when you meet trials of various kinds” (James 1:2). God loves you! ©Michael
CHARITY & PROSPERITY
(The Real Questions)
“Charity begins at home” but it never ends. It mends what’s broken, lends to the poor & tends to be a savior to the lost. Charity does not only begin at home but always make people feel at home; welcomed, loved, & cherished. As the wind never stops moving, so does charity never stops moving—it’s always on the move seeking whom to blow over. It is not stagnant but pregnant with good virtues; “charity is patient, charity is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” “Charity never fails” (1 Cor. 13:4).
It is very uncommon to find a sheep fighting another sheep or another animal but it is very common to find a wolf fighting another wolf or another animal. Why are there so many fights in our churches? Why are there so many quarrels in our homes? Why are there so many misunderstandings in our meetings? Because many Christians have become wolves instead of being sheep, they have put on sheep’s clothing but inwardly they’re salvage wolves (Matthew 7:15).
A flock of sheep WALK & TALK together, they don’t BLOCK & MOCK one another. They LIVE in PEACE, they don’t LEAVE one another into PIECES, they PRAY for one another, they don’t PREY on one another. Instead of being a PREY-ER be a PRAY-ER. “In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself” (Albert Einstein). Be meek as a SHEEP & ensure your brothers UPKEEP (Gal. 6:2, cf; Phil. 2:3-5). God loves you! ©Michael