Don’t Be Simple

by Pastor Dean A. Brown

So many Christians today are walking away from their Churches and the pastors that God has ordained to speak into their lives because they are being persuaded to do so by those who have taken offense and left over things that were not offenses at all. Many who would never have been led astray end up leaving because they stayed in close relationship to those who are causing divisions and offenses. They stay in these ungodly relationships in the name of “walking in love” when in reality they are “walking in disobedience.” Loving someone doesn’t license you to violate the word and keep company with them.

Let’s examine the scripture to see what it says.

“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.” (Romans 16:17-18 NKJV)

These are not my words but the words of the Apostle Paul. Are they not truth even as other scriptures are? Yet so many are willing to disobey them forgetting that all actions that violate the word are sinful. It is therefore right to avoid those who purposefully cause and continue to create division among the saints.

Let me ask you: Why is it that you were not offended at your church or your pastor until a divider got you to take offense at their offense? Was the pastor you left behind immoral, unethical, or operating in illegal activity? If any of these is your claim, do you have proof of such other than the words of a divider who is walking in offense?

Here are more scriptures to consider.

“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” (I Corinthians 1:10-13 NKJV)

“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?” (I Corinthians 3:1-4 NKJV)

Let me say this. For years I’ve told my congregation that there are three types of people that come to the church. First, there are those who God has ordained to be there for the duration of their lives. Second, there are those who God has placed there for a season to be prepared for the next phase of their calling or purpose. They will leave to fulfill whatever God requires in due season. Third, there are those who are church hoppers. No pastor can help those because if they won’t listen to the Word, they surely won’t listen to a pastor.

Why did I share that? Because I’m fully aware that people do need to leave churches for godly reasons. However, if you believe it’s God’s purpose for you to leave, LEAVE RIGHT. Leave in a manner that shows respect for the pastor and church and maintain brotherly love. Leave in a manner that honors Christ. Leave so that you can return to visit or even rejoin if God would have it that way, with your heart in peace.

A WORD TO PASTORS: I had a gentleman come to my church for a season who was once on the staff of a nationally known ministry. The person worked closely with the leader, traveled with him, represented him, ect. I had the opportunity to help this person and their spouse in a season on challenge. I never once asked why the person left. In one conversation, the person hinted at something put I let it pass, moved on to something else. I do the same with every person that comes from another church to mine. I don’t like it when people do that to me, and they have, so I will not allow anyone to do that to another pastor.

Finally, know that these words still remain true.

“Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.” (Psalms 105:15 NKJV)

“Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” (Romans 14:4 NKJV)

Breaking Free From Bondage

by Pastor Dean A. Brown

I woke up at 3:52AM with this question on my mind:

“HOW DOES A PERSON BREAK FREE FROM A CYCLE OF BEHAVIOR THAT SEEMS TO HAVE THEM IN BONDAGE?”

I began to wonder if there was a spirit related to the behavior that binds a person or could it be classified as a messenger of satan that is buffeting.

I dozed of to sleep with my mind still pondering the question. I was not fully asleep but more asleep than awake, when I had what seemed like a dream. I saw this person, a male, who had struggled mightily to overcome something (I don’t know exactly what it was) that was extremely difficult and he was asked how he was able to overcome it. He answered “PERSISTENCE.”

Immediately after, I heard words being spoken in my spirit. I do not remember the exact wording but it had to do with THE MOUTH. I heard in my spirit that what a person keeps speaking of they stay bound by and that the words of the mouth has to change. More…

Get to Know Jesus Totally

by Pastor Dean A. Brown

John 1:1,14
Everything that Jesus said and did when He walked on this earth is a reflection of who He is. Notice I didn’t say “who He was” but “who He is.” That’s because He still remains the same (Hebrews 13:8) today as when He walked on the earth.

There are two very important things we need to do as a result of this revelation.

  1. We need to acquaint ourselves with what He said and what He did while He walk among men.
  2. We need to acquaint ourselves with the writings in the Epistles so that we might increase in our knowledge of Him.

You might ask “Why is the second so important?” The answer, if you can accept it will revolutionize your life. More…

I Stand Because of THE PROMISE

by Pastor Dean A. Brown

In 1993, after many years of preparation, I stepped in to the third phase of what I call my journey of obedience. Phase one began in 1981, when I was called into the ministry and instructed to step away from the college I had started attending for the sake of the ministry. Most people didn’t understand it, and some even opposed it. What they didn’t know was that I had struggled with God’s instruction. I didn’t want to do it. I argued my case. I told Him why I didn’t want to be in ministry. I pressed against His will because it didn’t flow with what my perceptions and desires were. This continued until one fateful night when I heard in my spirit the voice of my Father “Read Ecclesiastes 11.” In verse 9, I saw what He wanted me to know “Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.” After reading that verse, in spite of my fears, I made my decision; I obeyed God. After making my decision in December of that year, it would be almost 7 years before I would receive further instructions from God. It wasn’t easy but I didn’t change my mind because I HAD HEARD FROM GOD. More…

A Word To Believers

by Pastor Dean A. Brown

I just finished reading the epistles of John and o how blessed I was. Having read 1 John yet again, I am cannot see how anyone reading it can say it, or parts of it were written to the Gnostics. This epistle was clearly written to believers.

For example, some say that 1 John 1:9 isn’t for the believer and therefore we do not need to confess our sins to God as believers because Jesus took care of every sin and therefore nothing is being applied to us or held to our account any more. I’ve heard it taught that it is sin consciousness that causes us to think we need to confess our sins as believers. When as a believer I confess an act of sin, it’s not because I am sin conscious but because I am righteousness conscious. I know that I am the righteousness of God in Christ and I know what that requires of me in my Christian walk. Therefore when I find myself violating that righteous walk, I confess it to Him. More…

New Year’s Eve Service

spoken by and through Pastor Dean A. Brown

We are coming out of an old year and into a new one and so many people’s hearts are failing them for fear; because their eyes are on men. I just want to encourage you before I do anything else; just do what the song says. “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of this earth will grow strangely dim; In the light of His glory and grace.”

He’s the only One you can count on. He’s the only One that we can count on—the only One. Men will fail us. Men are afraid of truth; but He is Truth. Hallelujah. Amen. And it does not matter what’s going on around us, we can trust our God. Let me say that again. It does not matter what’s going on around us, we can trust our God. Amen. Hallelujah. And I can understand why the songwriter wrote, “Only Believe. All things are possible. Only believe.” So as we are closing out this year, I just want to remind you: Keep your eyes on Christ. Keep your eyes on Christ. Ha, Ha, Ha. More…

Hold Fast to Your Integrity

by Pastor Debrah Brown

“Vindicate me, o Lord, for I have walked in my integrity…”  Psalm 26:1

Life will always throw us unexpected blows. Often times when we are cornered by such events many of us allow fear to dictate how we get out and as a result of such fear we compromise our standards. Irrespective of how challenging our situation is, we must always operate in integrity and not from fear.

It is our integrity that will speak for us. The writer of Psalm 26:1 expected vindication from the Lord on the premise that he “walked” in his integrity. Likewise, our integrity will bring us vindication. At Satan’s request to attack Job, the Lord told him “Job holds fast to his integrity.”  

Our integrity is how we live our lives seen and unseen. We will be known by the moral standard of living that we uphold whether at church, home, work and play. People of integrity are those whose entire lives are characterized by moral excellence irrespective of what is happening around them. It is as if their moral standards are in the fabric of their lives. More…

Bringing Out the Best in Others

In my studies I came across a passage of scripture that spoke to my heart as a pastor and leader. 

Acts 18:24-28
24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27 And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; 28 for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ. NKJV

What do you do when you meet someone who has a passion, a zeal for God and His Word, but is limited in their understanding of truth? Or what do you do if you are that person, and someone recognizes your passion and approaches you? The answer to both questions is so wonderfully displayed in this passage. More…

The People Closest to You

Many of us fail to realize that the people who are closest to us help to determine the level of our success. As a result we do not guard ourselves and open our hearts to those who rob us of our joy and even our purpose.

As I read Deuteronomy 1:6-18, I asked myself how can I apply the principles of leadership found here to the person living their everyday lives? This is the answer that came into my spirit. The people closest to us must help us in four areas.

1. They must help us with our VISION: They must help us to see beyond the moment to the fulfillment of our life’s purpose. They must be encouragers: people who help us move forward and do everything in their power to help us succeed. More…

On What Is Your Mind Set?

As I live my life daily, as an individual believer as well as in the context of my call and role as a pastor, I am fully aware of the challenges that we face daily with temptation. The enemy of our soul never ceases in his attempts to derail our Christian walk. The thing that troubles me however is how easily and often we cooperate with him in thought, word, and deed because of where our minds are set. As I was meditating on this, I was led in my spirit to Romans 8:5:

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

In the Amplified Bible it reads:
For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and [a]pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and [b]seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit. More…