Field Notes For An End Time Church

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FIELD NOTES FOR AN END TIME CHURCH

 

Behold, we count them happy which endure.
Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord;
that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

James 5:11

 

The Book of James was written by James, the half-brother of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Book of James is really a retelling of Jesus’ “sermon on the mount” in many ways. James was the practical pastor of the Jerusalem church. The basic theme throughout the Book of James is simply that of daily faith in action.

James writes to encourage believers who were scattered here and yonder due to the persecution, at the time, in Jerusalem. He writes to help them keep living for God and keep the right perspective of faith during the difficult and hard times of life. He gives them some “field notes” on living for God through the good, the bad and even the ugly times of life.

Perhaps during this unique year of 2020 we could use these field notes from Pastor James more than ever. Let’s go over these biblical field notes together.
 
 
FIELD NOTE #1 MONEY & RICHES WILL NOT INSULATE YOU FROM ALL OF LIFE’S
TROUBLES!

1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. 3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

Jam 5:1-6

This is not a discourse against money or riches. Rather, the main point is a matter of one’s heart about money and riches. Money is not the root of all evil. The love of money is the root of all evil!
This is a matter of desire, heart and motive. Basically, James was letting the people of God know that even if you have money and riches, none of us are exempt from all of life’s troubles and trials. Money will not keep us from pain, tears, fears and bleeding in life. However, it takes money, in many ways, to make life work. Keep your heart, perspective and attitude towards money right.
 
 
FIELD NOTE #2 BE PATIENT!

7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

Jam 5:7-8

Pastor James encourages the believers to be patient in their suffering knowing that the Lord is one day coming back. Keep your hearts and spirit right. Jesus is coming back one day!
 
 
FIELD NOTE #3 DON’T GROAN OR GRUDGE OVER ONE ANOTHER!

9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

Jam 5:9-10

The note here is to not become grieved with one another. They were encouraged to not allow themselves to cause one another to groan or be grieved with each other. In short, don’t cause one another to have a grudge and don’t hold grudges against each other. The Lord is soon to come. We don’t have time for drama, bitterness, grudges and suchlike! He encourages them to look to the Old Testament prophets for an example of staying faithful to God in the midst of suffering.
 
 
FIELD NOTE #4 KEEP ON ENDURING!

Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Jam 5:11

The field note here is simply to keep on keeping on child of God! Do not quit! Keep living for God!
 
 
FIELD NOTE #5 WATCH WHAT YOU SAY!

But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

Jam 5:12

The saints were scattered and suffering. Pastor James encourages them that because of the given season they were going through they should be careful of what they say as well as how they say it to one another. He encourages them to keep their word. Perhaps, during all this current chaotic crisis and season we are in we too should be careful of what we say and how we say it. Watch your mouth. Watch you words. Watch what you text, tweet, post and etc. Of course, this field note is good for all seasons of life.
 
 
FIELD NOTE #6 PRAY!

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.

Jam 5:13

Prayer is still our answer! My apostolic Pentecostal grandmother, “Nanny”, used to tell me, “Pray Son. Pray much. Pray. Pray. Pray.” Lord, teach us to pray. Saturate your whole life in prayer. Prayer will carry you the suffering and keep your mind and spirit right.
 
 
FIELD NOTE #7 SING PSALMS!

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

Jam 5:13

Keep singing! Don’t’ lose your song! Keep singing even in the midst of suffering! Godly music, singing and worship will carry you through!
 
 
FIELD NOTE #8 CALL FOR THE PASTORS!

14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Jam 5:14-15

Stay connected to your pastor. You cannot overlook the plan of God for there to be a pastor and shepherd in your life. Especially during times of suffering or sickness. We are called to exercise our faith and call for the pastors to pray for us. Make it your mission to stay connected to your man of God who watches over your soul.
 
 
FIELD NOTE #9 FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER!

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Jam 5:16

We must exercise caution here. This is not an open statement to just blurt out all your
shortcoming to everyone or the whole church. More than likely, it is within the context of an extension of the pastor pray for others as well as ongoing conversation and healing help. Likewise, we should all pray for one another. Do not overlook the field note of forgiveness!
 
 
FIELD NOTE #10 PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER!

16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Jam 5:16-18

We need one another. We need to pray for one another. Pray for one another to be healed. Pray for one another to “make it through”! Pray for others to have victory and healing in their suffering. Like Elijah, pray fervently. Pray again. Keep praying for one another to be healed. Thank God for the gift of prayer!
 
 
FIELD NOTE #11 KEEP CONVERTING SOULS!

19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Jam 5:19-20

We should actively encourage our brothers and sisters in the Lord to not error from the truth but to keep living for God. We should also be actively reaching out for new souls. Our main mission is to seek and to save the lost and to keep the saved, saved. Keep reaching for souls!

I Will!

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I WILL!

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I will Hope continually when all hope seems gone!

I will praise God more and more and not lose my soul’s song!

I will love each season, day and moment in the strength of the Lord,

I will daily make mention of Him and His righteousness,

I will!

I will!

I will!

I will!

 

Psalm 71:14-19

14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.

15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.

16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.

17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!

Today I Will Trust In The Lord

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Today I Will Trust In The Lord

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Today, I will trust in the Lord,
Tomorrow, I will trust in the Lord,
And the next day after that I will trust in the Lord,

I will do my part,
God will do His part,

I will be faithful,
God is always faithful,

He is directing my steps,
I am taking the steps,

I am preparing,
I am daring,
I am sharing,
God is faithful in caring,

Lord help to not fear,
Lord help me, Your voice, to hear,
Lord, help me to follow after You,
Lord give me the grace, grit and daily strength to do what I need to do and what You want me to do,

Today I will trust in the Lord,
Tomorrow I will trust in the Lord,
And the next day after that I will trust in the Lord.

 

c. lcgore April 26, 2020

 

Proverbs 3:5-9
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

Isaiah 26:3-4
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

The Little Things

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THE LITTLE THINGS

 

Spring is a time to plant,

Spring is a time to take chance,

Spring is a time to love,

Spring is a time to gaze up at the sky above,

Spring is a time for dreams,

Spring is a time to sing,

But let us never forget the little things.

 

By Madelyn Gore

When There’s No Wind In Your Willows

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When There’s No Wind In Your Willows

L. Chancy Gore . September 22, 2010

When there’s no wind in your willows,
And tears fall on your pillows,
Though long may be the night,
Do not give up your fight,
It’s time to walk by faith and not by sight.

For His joy is coming in the morning!

Even in the midst of life’s billows,
God is still faithful.
Don’t lose your song!
Don’t lose your music!
Don’t lose your victory and dance,
When there’s no wind in your willows.

For soon enough the wind will return,
Let God’s victory in your heart still burn,
Take the lessons of this valley that you learn,
And fly with on the wings of grace and grit
like the beautiful swallows.

Yes, friend, even in the midst of life’s billows,
God is still faithful.
Don’t lose your song!
Don’t lose your music!
Don’t lose your victory and dance,
When there’s no wind in your willows.

c. 2020 lcgore

Ps 137:1-4
137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept,
when we remembered Zion.
2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they
that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

3 Principles That Make Or Break Us

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Life is full of principles. Principles remain the same. Methods change. The message never changes. Principles remain true.

Allow me to share with you three simple principles that will either help you or hinder you in your life. Buckle your seatbelts! These will be so easy. These will be so easy to overlook because they are so simple and basic.

“These three principles will either define you to a great degree or destroy you to a great degree.”

Here we go.

  1. The music you listen to (Music opens our soul to the spirit world).
  2. The media choices you allow your mind, heart & spirit to feed on (We tend to become like what we feed on regularly; watching, reading, listening, seeing etc.)
  3. The people you run with (fellowship with, hang out with, want to be like etc.)

These three principles will either define you to a great degree or destroy you to a great degree.

Here are a few verses to help you as you ponder these principles.
 

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Eph 5:19

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Col 3:16

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Phil 4:8

6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; 7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
2 Pet 2:6-8

How Can I Help My Church To Be Greater In 2020?

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I’ve never met anyone yet who aspires to mediocrity. I have never met any young parents who have told me that they hope and dream that their children will grow up to be failures. I’ve yet to meet anyone who has a life goal of being a loser.

It is in our God-given DNA to achieve, grow and go forward. The key is to succeed at those things that God desires us to succeed at.

Allow me to roll out some scriptural red carpet for *20 ways that you can make your life, marriage, parenting, family, job, church and future greater in 2020.

Enjoy your walking in apostolic victory and greatness!

 

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus:
and great grace was upon them all.
Acts 4:33

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1 Jn 4:4

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
3 Jn 1:4

1. BE FULL OF LOVE FOR GOD
2. BE PRAYERFUL
3. BE A WORSHIPPER
4. BE A BIBLE READER & DOER
5. BE FULL OF LOVE FOR OTHERS
6. BE A GODLY SPOUSE & NURTURE YOUR MARRIAGE
7. BE GODLY PARENTS & RAISE YOUR CHILDREN FOR GOD’S GLORY
8. BE SUBMITTED (TO GOD, TO THE WORD OF GOD, TO YOUR MAN OF GOD)
9. BE FAITHFUL
10. BE EARLY
11. BE ON TIME
12. BE DEPENDABLE
13. BE A GIVER
14. BE A ENCOURAGER
15. BE A DISCIPLE MAKER/ SOUL WINNER
16. BE CONNECTED
17. BE HOLY
18. BE INVOLVED IN SERVING/ MINISTRY OF YOUR CHURCH
19. BE A TEAMWORKER
20. BE PART OF GOD’S VISION FOR YOUR CHURCH AS OUTLINED BY YOUR MAN OF GOD

 

*This is not an exhaustive, perfect or chronologically perfect list.
*CAUTION: These things take purpose, hard work and do not happen by accident. Keep walking!
*HOPE? Yes, you can do these things!

God’s Love

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God’s Love

There’s a word,

A word that not all can describe,

The love of all humankind,

There’s only One who is truly colorblind,

No one else can say it like God’s love describes

 

By Madelyn Gore

What Is The Best Gift I Can Give To Jesus?

sometimes “simple” is simply the best

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Christmastime is here again! I love this wonderful season. Of course, I endeavor to celebrate Jesus Christ, in my heart, every day and all year long. Christmastime naturally tends to direct our thinking towards giving. God is a giver. He is the greatest giver! When we give, we are being like Him.

It is unlikely that the “wise men” in the gospels arrived at the same time as the shepherds did to find Jesus in the manger. However, we do know that the wise men worshipped Jesus together and gave him gifts.

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures,they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh

-Matt 2:11

What can we give the One who already has it all? What could we give the One who already owns it all? What could we possibly give to God that He really needs?

“What is there that God wants from me?” is perhaps a better question. The answer is simple. It is you He wants. It is me He wants. It is us that God wants. When He truly has us, everything else in our lives should follow accordingly.

We should give to Jesus these things that none other can give to Him for us.

1. Our Time (The time, days, months, years, life, breath etc that God gives us on earth. It is a gift from Him to us. It all belongs to Him)

2. Our Talents (All our gifts, abilities and talents come from God and should be used for His glory in the earth. We should make our world, people, our home, our marriage, our children, our class, our job, our church and suchlike better. Our talents should be used for good and for God. He’s the One who gave them to use to begin with. They all belong to God)

3. Our Treasures (All our treasures belong to God. All our life, breath, families, futures, finances and every day belongs to God. We are stewards of these beautiful things. We should handle them all for God’s glory. Apostolic truth and doctrine is a treasure. True Biblical Christianity is Treasure. We must cherish these with our hearts and lives. We must hand them down to our children. We must allow God’s hands to direct the lives of our treasures-our children)

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Acts 2:38-39

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deut 6:5

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matt 6:33

For in him we live, and move, and have our being;
Acts 17:28

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Eccl 12:13

“It is you He wants. It is me He wants.
It is us that God wants.”

The late pastor Paul Hosch, of Dallas, Texas, used to preach and say, “Honey, you don’t need more of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost needs more of you.” Tis’ true! Tis still true.

We can give to him what no angel and nobody else can give Him. We can simply give him our hearts and lives. When God truly has our hearts, then we will find it a joy to give Him “our” time, “our” talents as well as “our” treasures.

Give Him your heart.
Give Him your life.
Give Him your all.
It all belongs to Him anyhow!

That’s as simple as it gets. Sometimes “simple” is simply the best.

Jesus

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Jesus

Jesus is our strong tower,
He’s our very present help in every hour,

He’s Alpha & Omega,
The First & The Last,
He’s the One who knows our past,

We are part of the last days,
Never forget Who formed you out of clay!

 

By Madelyn Gore
Aug 2019