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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…

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…