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AMD Welcomes Michael Plumley

AMD Welcomes Michael Plumley

Accredited Ministry Development Welcomes Dr. Michael L. Plumley

Accredited Ministry Development (AMD) of the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) announced on Monday the addition of Dr. Michael L. Plumley to its staff. He will serve in a new role to advise and coordinate program accreditation, development, and assessment.

The mission of AMD is to provide educational programs and training opportunities that are theologically sound and practical in scope so that leadership and ministry within the COGOP movement are equipped to mature spiritually, be fruitful in ministry, and participate in God’s global mission. This mission is primarily being achieved through the Church’s four academic partnerships that provide onsite and online instruction to hundreds of students around the world.

“For the past year, since the inception of AMD, I have been seeking ways to strategically and legitimately bridge our work with the unaccredited training initiatives of the Church,” said Shaun McKinley, director of AMD. “My goal has been to find ways that participants of those programs might be able to receive course credit with one or more of our academic partners. The work that Dr. Plumley will do will help advance our efforts, not only strengthening the training programs offered by Leadership Development and Discipleship Ministries but also giving students opportunities to progress more quickly toward completion of a certificate or degree, if they choose.”

Among his many achievements, Dr. Plumley has completed undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate studies in education, having earned his Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership) degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. He is presently serving on the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), as well as an independent consultant for educator preparation programs with several notable and reputable accredited universities. He has previously served on the Tennessee Education Association Board of Directors, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Unit Accrediting Board, Tennessee Education Association, and National Education Association Resolutions Committee. In 2006, his contributions to education were recognized when he had the distinct honor of being selected as a delegate to the US / China Joint Conference on Education, which was held in Beijing.

“As a son of the Church of God of Prophecy, Dr. Plumley has a deep love for our movement and desires to help us advance the cause of education and ministerial preparation,” said McKinley. “We are beyond grateful and blessed that he has agreed to invest his extensive knowledge and expertise into the early stages of this ministry.” Dr. Plumley is a deacon at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy where he has served on the Finance and Administrative Committee since 2000.

AMD presently collaborates with its partners to offer onsite and online programs leading to the Certificate in Wesleyan-Pentecostal Ministry, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts in Church Ministries, Master of Arts in Counseling, and Doctor of Ministry degrees. AMD has offered courses throughout the world and recently conducted its first international certificate cohort in Chile. Plans are underway to expand these entry-level schools throughout South America and Africa in spring 2018. To learn more, visit cogopamd.org.

Disaster Relief – Caribbean Update

Disaster Relief – Caribbean Update

We want to thank everyone who has taken part in the disaster relief efforts over the past weeks. Now, you have an opportunity to aid in the reconstruction process for the Caribbean islands.

Suffering intense devastation, our people in the Caribbean need assistance in their attempt to reconstruct churches and support families who lost so much.

Please watch the video for updates on the Caribbean islands and learn how you can impact these lives!

Disaster Relief – Mexico & Puerto Rico

Disaster Relief – Mexico & Puerto Rico

Reports are pouring in as we continue to pray for all who have been effected by the disasters in Mexico and Puerto Rico. We have lost entire buildings, and several are still without power.

In light of this event, you now have another opportunity to contribute to the recovery of those in need.

Please watch the video below for updates on these tragedies and information on how you can help.

Puerto Rico Updates

A Letter from the General Overseer

A Letter from the General Overseer

Greetings to the Church of God of Prophecy family everywhere in the world!

I pray you are feeling the presence of God with you today regardless of the situation you may be experiencing. As you are aware, in the last few weeks we have experienced many diverse natural disasters all around the world—earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, mud slides, fires—each of these leaving unimaginable rubble behind them.
At the International Offices, we are working to evaluate the needs from various areas of the world. As we pray daily for those who have experienced these life changing situations, we are making appeals for financial assistance.

To those of you who have already responded to the cry for financial help, I want to thank you for your timely and generous giving to assist those whose lives have been changed by these catastrophic situations. Thank you for caring and giving; please continue to pray for those who must now rebuild their lives.

If you or your church would like to make a financial contribution to assist in any of these areas of the world, you may do so by sending your contribution to:
Global Missions
P O Box 2910
Cleveland, TN 37320-2910

On-Line Giving: www.globalcogop.org

You can designate your giving as “Emergency Relief” or you may specify a particular area or need for your contribution.

Thank you for caring, giving, and praying for the people in each of these areas. We serve a faithful God who is able to provide for these great needs.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:12).

His Will, Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else
Sam N. Clements
General Overseer
Church of God of Prophecy

Messenger Reaches Beyond Barriers

Messenger Reaches Beyond Barriers

Maria Claudia Uitz Canche, along with her husband Esteban Mena Barrera, are members of the first Church of God of Prophecy in Cacalchen, Yucatan, Mexico. Claudia did not have the opportunity to go to school beyond the first grade and Mayan was her first language. When her children began to learn to read, she took the opportunity to teach herself and used the only reading material she could find, the Mensjaero Ala Blanca/White Wing Messenger to learn Spanish, read, and write. Thank God for the ministry of the Mensajero/Messenger that reaches beyond barriers of nations, tribes, and even tongues. You can support this amazing ministry by subscribing to the English, Spanish or French editions or donating at www.whitewingmessenger.net. Thank you Minister Abi Velasquez for sending us this inspiring testimony!

07-15-17 Loved Ones Devotion EXTREME JOY AND PLEASURE!

07-15-17 Loved Ones Devotion EXTREME JOY AND PLEASURE!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every dayWhen we trust in our Abba Father as the way of our obligation to Him, and we live a life of dependence upon Him, and are devoted to him; he knows who we are, HE OWNS US…(we were purchased with the blood of Jesus Acts 20:28). He has keen awareness of every situation we are in and knows what is best for us, and what course to take most efficiently for our relief!]

“Blessed is the one who does NOT WALK in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but WHOSE DELIGHT is in the law of the LORD, and WHO MEDITATES on his Law, day and night.” (Psa. 1:1-2)

[The word “delight” comes from a word that means “extreme happiness” and “immense pleasure”. Let the reading of and meditating on; the word of God, bring us immense pleasure and makes us extremely happy! Whatever others do, WE MUST MAKE UP OUR MINDS TO OBEY GOD! Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh]

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CONFIRM YOUR CALLING AND ELECTION. For IF you do these things, YOU WILL NEVER STUMBLE, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 1:10-11)

[The word “election” is from eklogē; a divine selection, choice or choosing!] “You did not choose me, but I CHOSE YOU and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that WHATEVER YOU ASK in my name the Father WILL GIVE YOU.” (Joh. 15:16)

WE MUST MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO CONFIRM OUR CALLING AND ELECTION, FOR IF WE DO THESE THINGS, WE WILL NEVER STUMBLE!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] You did not choose me, but I CHOSE YOU and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruitfruit that will last …”!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

07-09-17 Loved Ones Devotion ABOUT THESE “SIGNS”!

07-09-17 Loved Ones Devotion ABOUT THESE “SIGNS”!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every dayAnd THESE SIGNS WILL ACCOMPANY THOSE WHO BELIEVE: in my name, they will CAST OUT DEMONS; they will SPEAK IN NEW TONGUES; they will LAY THEIR HANDS ON THE SICK, AND THEY WILL RECOVER.” (Mark 16:17-18)

[“Signs” comes from the word; sēmeion: distinguishing mark, miracle! These “SIGNS” will “GO WITH” with believers!]

Very truly I tell you, WHOEVER BELIEVES IN ME WILL DO THE WORKS I HAVE BEEN DOING, and they WILL DO EVEN GREATER THINGS than these…” (John 14:12)

[“Works” from the word ergon; action, behavior or deed!]

And I will do WHATEVER YOU ASK in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me FOR ANYTHING in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)

[Why will we do these things? TO GLORIFY THE FATHER; because these “signs” could only be done supernaturally, to indicate a miraculous event!]

“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and YOUR JOY WILL BE COMPLETE.” (John 16:24)

[Qualifier: We are to ask so we may do THE WORKS THAT JESUS DID: NOT new, airplanes, boats and the like! Where do these miraculous signs come from? The Holy Spirit of God in us! To show the world and to remind us of who we are which will make our joy complete!]

“…you WILL RECEIVE POWER when THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES ON YOU; and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, The Holy Spirit is anxiously awaiting our ACCEPTING AND BELIEVING these wonderful promises from the Lord!]

“His divine power has given us EVERYTHING WE NEED for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE [take part in] IN THE DIVINE NATURE…” (2 Peter 1:3-4)

[What is the divine nature? For us to FINISH THE WORK AS JESUS WOULD DO IF HE WERE STILL ON THIS EARTH! Now we are here as:] “…Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…” (2 Corin. 5:20)

[We are Christ’s representatives so LET US DO AS HE WOULD DO: take part in His divine nature by believing and doing miraculous signs!]

WE ARE CHRIST’S AMBASSADORS, HERE ON EARTH; TODAY!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE [take part in] IN THE DIVINE NATURE.!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

07-03-17 Loved Ones Devotion HOW CAN WE EVER THANK GOD

07-03-17 Loved Ones Devotion HOW CAN WE EVER THANK GOD

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“…we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God…you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, THE WORD OF GOD, which also PERFORMS ITS WORK IN YOU who believe.” (1 Thess. 2:13)

[Because of the great reverence the Jewish scribes held toward the Scriptures, they exercised extreme care in making new copies of the Hebrew Bible. The entire scribal process was specified in meticulous detail to minimize the possibility of even the slightest error. The letters, words, and lines were counted, and the middle letters of the Pentateuch and the Old Testament were determined. If a single mistake was discovered, the entire manuscript was destroyed. As a result of this extreme care, the quality of the manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible surpasses all other ancient manuscripts. I read an account that certain men who wanted to disprove the accuracy of the scripture received the book of Isaiah the longest book in the Old Testament discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls and diligently compared to the King James Version and found 12 discrepancies out of 120,000 words that in no way affected its meaning.]

ALL SCRIPTURE IS GODBREATHED and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

[Not only is scripture God-Breathed but:] …the WORD OF GOD IS ALIVEAND POWERFUL, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and it judges the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)

[I think this is what inspired David to say:]

“I have HIDDEN YOUR WORD IN MY HEART that I might not sin against you.” (Psa. 119:11)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, How precious is the word of God?] “…MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” (Psa. 19:10-11)

[So, what should our daily task be?] SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39)

I HAVE HIDDEN YOUR WORD IN MY HEART THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST YOU

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says: ?] Your word is:“…MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” (!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

06-30-17 Loved Ones Devotion HELP US TO GROW UP!

06-30-17 Loved Ones Devotion HELP US TO GROW UP!

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to LIVE A LIFE WORTHY OF THE CALLING you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Eph. 4:1-2)

 

[Paul was now a prisoner at Rome; and he indicates “as a prisoner for the Lord”, he mentions this once again, to show that he was not ashamed of his bonds! (Eph. 3:1)]

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and FATHER OF ALL, who is OVER ALL and THROUGH ALL and IN ALL.” (Eph. 4:4-6)

[As Christians are called to the same hope of eternal life. There is one Christ that we all hope in, and one heaven that we are all hoping for; and therefore, we should be of one heart! Our Abba Father is the Father of all of us; by our special relation, as He is the Father of all men by creation: and He is above us all, by His essence, and He has dominion over all creatures and especially over His church, and through us all, by His providence upholding and governing us: and in us all, in all believers, in whom He dwells as in His holy temple, by His Spirit and special grace.]

“So, Christ himself gave the APOSTLES, the PROPHETS, the EVANGELISTS, the PASTORS and TEACHERS, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge [to know Him intimately] of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to THE WHOLE MEASURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST.” (Eph. 4:11-13)

[Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh, We are going to attain to the “whole measure” of the “fullness” of Christ! How can that be? Well – NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD!!!]

“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, WE WILL GROW TO BECOME IN EVERY RESPECT THE MATURE BODY of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Eph. 4:14-15)

[Consider this wonder promise!] “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST.” (1 Corin. 2:16)

WE WILL BECOME MATURE, ATTAINING TO THE WHOLE MEASURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says: Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, WE WILL GROW TO BECOME IN EVERY RESPECT THE MATURE BODY of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (!!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh