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Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: David Siriano, rapture, early church, Left Behind, Great Tribulation, Lot, Sodom, Gomorrah, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Herod, Shepherd of Hermas, Ephrem, Assemblies of God
... Siriano was an Assemblies of God minister for 45 years before retiring from the pulpit in 2008. He is an author and teaches eschatology at North Point Bible College in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, kingdom-centered church, box church, Constantine, marketplace, cathedrals, clergy, building, equipping, Bible, the Word, celebrated, sacred, mission
Ever since the fourth century when the Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal, the church progressively went from a decentralized "saints movement" to a temple-centered, "clergy-dependent" movement. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, religious liberty, freedom of expression, Houston, pastors, Fox News, gender equality, homosexuality, Annise Parker, bedroom, church, bullies, diverse culture
As reported Tuesday, the city of Houston has issued subpoenas for several pastors to hand over all their sermons regarding homosexuality, gender identity or Mayor Annise Parker. The far-left has now finally ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, Apostolic Reformation, visionary leaders, body of Christ, apostle, integrity, kingdom influence, ecumenical, ecclesial titles, egilitarian spirit
The so-called Apostolic Reformation since the mid-1990s signaled the end of identifying Christian movements merely by denominations. With that, there was a new emphasis on visionary leaders in the body ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, market-driven culture, biblical Christianity, contemporary, evangelical church, Hebraic mindset, growth, quality, competition, humility, accomplishments, being, individualism, co
When I say "market driven" I am referring to the contemporary ethos in culture whose only value is infinite growth and production. This market-driven culture is equally present in the contemporary evangelical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 26 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, Jesus, cultural influence, beatitudes, Sermon on the Mount, holiness, pietists, societal transformation, poor in spirit, mourn, comfort, meet, righteousness
The Beatitudes (Matt. 5:1-12) contained in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is perhaps the greatest exposition ever written regarding godly character and attitude. Often the 10 attributes mentioned here ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joseph Mattera, race, religion, gay narrative, race-baiters, ethnicity, disdain, Christian, Muslim, far left, militant movement, Jesus, radicals, division, ideology
... to live by this ethos, and it has confounded both friend and foe alike. For example, two days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, instead of objectifying all Muslims I went into a local mosque ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 08 September 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, social issues, sex-slave trade, child abuse, same-sex marriage, New York, liberal cities, church, Charles Finney, Second Great Awakening, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., racism, ...
A pastor of a New York City megachurch has, on more than one occasion, publicly related his stance on several issues including same-sex marriage: This pastor essentially said that Jesus only dealt with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 September 2014 / Money
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, money, biblical prosperity, wealth, Christian, balance, integrity, automatic, 10 percent, finances, happiness, pastors, business, spirit of poverty, faith, name and claim
There has been much written in recent years about the Christian's role in producing wealth on the earth. The following are common misconceptions in the church regarding prosperity and wealth creation that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joseph Mattera, represent, God, world, oracles of God, Holy Spirit, teaching, sound doctrine, godly motivation, godly activity, serve, attitude, discernment, fruit, Spirit
... when I was consecrated a bishop (in 2006) many congratulated me for being "elevated" to which I replied that I believed I was being made lower, not higher. Unfortunately, the celebrity-driven secular culture ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 August 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, religious systems, pastors, rules, expectations, cultures, false religions, Old Testament, regulations, legalism, prestige, wealth, power, money, stumbling block, kingdom, ...
Every church and/or organization has a corporate culture with norms, rules and expectations that pressure participants to conform. Some cultures are good and some bad. That being said, there are particular ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, prayer, heart of God, Bible, Holy Spirit, burden, spirit of prayer, travail, worship, prophecy, apostolic network, intercession
... every day. (This lasted almost exactly three years until the beginning of January 2000). I had to alter my busy schedule to accommodate all the time I needed in prayer so I could function and fulfill the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joseph Mattera, Nehemiah, action, activation, implementation, leadership ability, compelling, vision, need, relationships, human resources, cupbearer, king, distractions, opposition
The book of Nehemiah is an outstanding book that depicts going from a compelling vision to its activation and implementation. Nehemiah was a type of a master builder apostle (1 Corinthians 3:10-14) who ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, calling, ministry, Evangelical, Pentecostal, churches, local church, self-ordained pastors, The Apostle, Elmer Gantry, U.S. military, anointing
... in my city approached me in 2005 about consecrating me as a bishop, the first thing I did before allowing such a consecration was to have them call several local and national bishops who knew me well to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, social issues, abortion, same-sex marriage, child abuse, pulpit, sin, moral issues, New York City, apostles, William Wilberforce, Charles Finney
... of 2000 years ago) would not take a position on social issues such as slavery, (I.E. as Evangelical Christian William Wilberforce did and eradicated the slave trade in the British Empire in the 19th Century; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, same-sex marriage, pastors, weddings, First Amendment, religious liberty, freedom of speech, activists, human rights, civil rights
It should be obvious to all that the ultimate goal of the far left is to re-interpret and or amend the First Amendment to take away religious liberty and freedom of speech. Since the legalization of same-sex ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 May 2014 / Kingdom Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, revival, Great Awakening, United States, Africa, Asia, National Day of Prayer, Azusa Street Revival, Charismatic Movement, Pensacola, Latin America, Brazil, social media, communal ...
This past week I had a private dinner with a prominent African bishop who was involved in a mighty national awakening in Uganda. This dinner, and the fact that last week was the National Day of Prayer ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 May 2014 / Community
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, people, help, responsibility, excuses, self-improvement, heart, God, wisdom, accountability, negative outlook, vision, future, self-deception, price, success, kingdom, age
I've been involved in pastoral ministry for 30 years, and I have a desire to help everyone. But I have learned the hard way that I cannot help every person who attends our church or who comes to me for ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, leadership, mistakes, failure, falling, activity, productivity, poor decisions, peers, intimate contact, spouse, family, self-discipline, eating, obesity, prayer, Bible
Unfortunately, in every level and realm of life, we have all witnessed serious leadership failure. It is no longer a surprise when we read about a high-level pastor, celebrity, sports figure or politician ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, questions, lead pastor, emotions, rigors, lead role, church, theology, competent, organization, administration, spouse, progress
As we all know by now, thousands of lead pastors leave full-time church ministry every year. Along those lines, a high percentage of new church plants never make it past three years. One reason is that ... [ +++ ]
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