Friday, July 31, 2015

Convention News


Hello
Pastor L.V Jones
I would like to thank you again for inviting me to the Convention!!! I was very grateful and overwhelmed standing in a room filled with esteemed men and women, for Proverbs 18:16 says: A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. :). Thank you again for believing in and I hope to see you again soon!!!!

P.S. Sorry, I had to leave so soon and didn't get the chance to meet some of the other members, I had to play at an 11:00 a.m. Youth Day Anniversary :) but if you will, refer them to my website at www.piamistry.com  Thanks :) 

Friday, July 10, 2015

JULY 3, 2015

GENERAL OVERSEER RELEASES STATEMENT FOLLOWING UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT DECISION

In response to last week's ruling by the United States Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage, Church of God of Prophecy General Overseer Sam N. Clements released a statement to the church family. The statement read in part, "The Church of God of Prophecy believes that marriage is a lifelong institution, established by God, between a man and woman joined as husband and wife. By its very nature, marriage exists for the mutual love and support of spouses, for the procreation and training of children, and as a foundation for community. Marriage as an institution is important to the continuation of the human race and to the dignity, stability, and prosperity of the family unit and society.

Because the marital relationship offers these and many other benefits to the individual, society, and the church, we have clearly stated our position on the sanctity of the institution of marriage. We believe that it is one that must be preserved, protected, and promoted.

We must remember that Scripture directs us to reflect the love and compassion of Christ to all people. This mandate in no way compromises our biblical position against homosexuality and same-sex marriage. We must love all people and faithfully share with them the truth of God's transforming Word with love, humility, compassion, and civility.

Finally, we condemn any act of violence or abuse, verbal or physical, of any persons on the basis of sexual orientation. These actions violate the Christian's obligation to love our neighbor as ourselves.

As I pray for our nation, I am reminded of the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." Despite the headlines of our time, we have a hope that our prayers will touch the heart of the Father, but we also have a responsibility as His people. May we truly humble ourselves and petition the Father through prayer on behalf of our nation."

The complete statement, as well as versions in Spanish and French, may be found by clicking here.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

DEUTERONOMY 6:7-LET'S HELP PARENTS DO IT!

Sometimes it seems that children's ministers are held primarily 

responsible for faith development in children. Biblically, that isn't 
the case. In Deuteronomy 6 the mandate is clearly given to mothers 
and fathers. They are to love God completely and teach His 
commands to their children within the context of daily living.
 However, this Old Testament mandate was not the 
responsibility of the family alone. The parents' instruction was to 
be affirmed by a loving faith community. What was modeled and 
taught in the home was also modeled and taught within the 
community. The family and community partnered together
 to nurture faith in the next generation.

In the New Testament parents are also challenged to teach 
their children in the ways of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4 ). But again, 
this is done within the faith community-a faith community that has 
been given the mandate to prepare God's people (even kids) for
 works of service and bring all believers (even kids) to spiritual maturity 
(Ephesians 4:11-13).

So, if we are to biblically and effectively nurture faith in our children, 
we cannot JUST provide effective ministry to children. We must 
also help parents live out Deuteronomy 6:5-7.

Read this week's Children's Ministries blog for some ways that local
 churches can help parents live out Deuteronomy 6:5-7.
 Click here for more.

Children's Ministry Training



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Nicole C. Mullen

VIDEO: NICOLE C MULLEN SINGS REDEEMER AT CREATE15
Recording artist and songwriter Nicole C. Mullen was one of twenty presenters and workshop leaders at Create 2015, a conference for those involved in the worship, media, drama, and writing ministries. Nicole sang her award-winning song "Redeemer" at the closing session of the conference. Watch the video by clicking here.
COGOP ENTERS "HISTORIC" PARTNERSHIP WITH MULTIPLICATION NETWORK MINISTRIES
Watch an Interview with Dr. John Wagenveld, President of Multiplication Network Ministries, about the COGOP Partnership
Watch an Interview with Dr. John Wagenveld, President of Multiplication Network Ministries, about the COGOP Partnership
The Church of God of Prophecy has signed a "historic" partnership agreement with para-church organization Multiplication Network Ministries (MNM). The agreement, which was signed on Friday, April 17, 2015, in the COGOP International Offices' archives, will promote church planting in more than 130 nations that the COGOP is ministering in.

Dr. John Wagenveld, founder and president of MNM, was on hand to sign the agreement, along with COGOP General Overseer Sam N. Clements and Bishop David Bryan, executive director of Leadership Development and Discipleship Ministries for the COGOP. Also in attendance were the Church's general presbyters, including Bishops David Browder, Tim Coalter, Clayton Endecott, Ben Feliz, Clayton Martin, Stephen Masilela, and Gabriel Vidal.

Watch video footage from the agreement signing.
Watch video footage from the agreement signing.
The COGOP has already formed partnerships in several areas of its international ministry, including Central America, South America, and Europe, the CIS, and the Middle East. Today marks the beginning of the partnership reaching globally into additional areas.

To read the complete story, click here