This book is no longer in print. It was self-published in 2004 under Morris Publishing.  I have been teaching this on High Five and several are asking for the book and they are unable to find it. For that reason I will be putting all chapters separately on this blog site.

PREFACE:  This book is not intended for the believers that are waiting to do something before they will step out. This is meant to be a help for those who fall into the trap of doing the work of the Lord in their own strength and their own power. Too many ministers are caught up with doing the mechanics of ministry without the power of God.

The majority of the people who are called to any work of the ministry really have heard from God regarding their assignment. But the problems come when they get caught up with the busyness of ministry.  We are all called to be ministers in some area or another. It does not have to be limited to those called into the five-fold ministry spoken of the Ephesians 4:11, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.”

Every one of us has a motivational gift from God that is used to motivate us in the work He has called us to do according to Romans 12:4-8 that says, “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”

The obstacle with any assignment is the trap of losing focus, strength, courage and love for the brethren and for God. This is the state of the church of Ephesus spoken of in Revelation 2:1-4. The Amplified Bible says in verse 4, “But I have this [charge] against you, that you have left your first love [you have lost the depth of love that you first had for Me].” This does not come on suddenly, but over a period of time by getting too busy and beginning to do things in their own strength, mechanically doing the work of the ministry from experiences.

This is to be used as a tool to help you pull away from the trap that has so easily ensnared you, to help you drop off the weights that so easily beset you and to run the race you are called to run with all the power of heaven helping you.

Remember, the work of the ministry is “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)

This is a new one for me! I had never heard of a Black Moon Supermoon before so I though many of my subscribers were as clueless as I was.

Depending on where you are on the earth, the new moon falls on either July 31 or August 1st. There will either be a ‘second’ of two new moons in July or August.

Just as a Blue Moon is the 2nd full moon in one month, the Black Moon is the 2nd new moon. So for those who see the new moon tonight, this will be the Black Moon for you. For those who see the new moon tomorrow (August 1st), the Black Moon will be prior to the 2nd new moon. Clear as mud? haha

This new moon is a Supermoon, which means that it is closer to the earth on its monthly orbit and appears larger.

You will not be able to see this until the first sliver of the new moon is seen — a Black Moon cannot be seen with a naked eye. But for us on the Gulf Coast, or other coastlines around the world, they will see a significant tide change — expect extra-large spring tides because of the force of the extra-close moon.

When there is no light on the moon, it is totally black and that is the phase between the waning and the waxing of the moon. The new moon sliver will announce the new moon being ‘born again’, coming back to the cycle to wax to quarter, the to full, then to wane to quarter and then to none.

Each new moon begins a new ‘month’ on the Hebraic calendar that started in the Book of Genesis. That month will begin at sundown August 1st and is called the month of Av. The month of Av has both the most tragic dates (9th of Av) on the calendar and the most happy date on the calendar (15th of Av). The historical site I use to find thing in Jewish History is aish.com/dijh. I will write more about those dates as we draw nearer.

Currently we are in the Season of the Dire Straits on the Hebraic Calendar. This is a 3-week period of time between the 17th of Tammuz to the 9th of Av. More on this blog from last year.

This is the last of the teachings of the Twelve Disciples of Jesus Christ. This is the saddest of the 12, known as ‘the Traitor’ and “the most colossal failure in history“. Judas Iscariot.

We all face choices every day, choices that lead to life or death. Judas was close to Jesus, but squandered every opportunity and lesson that was handed to him. It is possible to be near to Jesus, but far away from salvation. The soldiers at the cross were near to Jesus, but far away from the Blood.

I hope you will learn a lesson by his mistakes and eternal failure.

The 12 Disciples were normally in the following order:

  1. Simon (Peter)
  2. Andrew (Peter’s Brother)
  3. James (the greater)
  4. John (James’ Brother)
  5. Philip
  6. Bartholomew (Nathanael)
  7. Thomas (Didymus)
  8. Matthew (Levi)
  9. James (the less)
  10. Thaddaeus (Judas)
  11. Simon (the Canaanite)
  12. Judas Iscariot (the traitor)

Today we will cover three disciples. The first is James, the less. It is not known if James was called less because of his size, his age, or social standing. Also I will cover the life and ministry of Thaddaeus, who was also named Judas and the disciple Simon, who was a Zealot.

This teaching covers the most hated of the 12, Matthew also called Levi. Once a Jew became a tax collector, they were known as the worst of the worst. But I think you may like Matthew after you get to know him better.

In this teaching I cover 2 disciples from the second group of four which are less known of the first set of 4, but more known of the last 4. This teaching will cover Bartholomew, also known as Nathanael and Thomas, who is normally known as ‘doubting Thomas’.

This teaching is about Philip. I found more about Philip than I expected and I think you might learn something new about this disciple of the 2nd group, which I call ‘less known’: Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew. Philip was the ‘bean counter’ of the group and may have been in charge of logistics, coordinating and arranging meals. He was the one Jesus asked when the 5,000 men needed to be fed and had an immediate answer. He must have been counting instead of listening. Enjoy what I have found about Philip.