“WHO WILL DEFEND JESUS?”

2012 Bishop OWP 2013Hello My Dear Friends.

I seldom make mention of any of my preaching/teaching engagements nor do I solicit anything from you. However, I am excited about what the Lord has said through the divinely anointed message entitled “Who Will Defend Jesus.”

I would like for you to have a copy of this CD for your Audio Library. The cost of production, professional on-disc printing, packaging, postage and handling is a conservative estimate of $5.00 per disc. However, your love gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated. Those who are especially blessed with this world’s goods are asked to consider giving a little more than $5.00. However, if you cannot afford $5.00 at this time, don’t allow that to stop you from asking for the CD. I really would like for you to have it and through the generosity of those whom God touches, Free CDs may become available.

Please contact me directly at (803) 720-2026 or write me at O.W. Prince Ministries, P.O. Box 3253, Sumter, 29151.

Thank You So Very Much For All That You Are Doing.

Love,

OW Prince

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For those who may question this request, I offer the following Holy Scriptures:

Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. (Galatians 6:6)

If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? (1 Corinthians 9:11)

In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:14)

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“HALLOWED BE THY NAME” – The Third Commandment / THE SABBATH MESSAGE FOR APRIL 27, 2013, love

This article is our Third in our series on the Ten Commandments and has been abbreviated for posting. Be sure to read and study all the scriptures quoted.

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In the last two articles of this series, we showed that the First Commandment forbids making a god out of anything—putting it in place of the true and living God. The Second Commandment governs how to worship the true and living God. God is the great Educator—He demands that we worship Him in the manner He chooses. God lovingly shows us what dangers to avoid in worship. Men must never make a graven image—any aid, picture or physical object—to worship God or to represent God. God wants to be worshiped directly “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24). A truly converted person does not need a physical aid to worship God.

The Third Commandment shows us how to properly use God’s great name. Let us continue our study of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20. God personally spoke to His people a third time from Mount Sinai. He said, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7).

People may not realize it, but the abuse of God’s name is commonplace in our modern world. Look at our entertainment industry. Each night on television and in movies, God’s name is used in a flippant manner continuously. It seems as if the writers of such entertainment look for every possible way to make the use of God’s name into a punch line. Decades ago, this current custom was known for exactly what it is—profanity! Use of profanity on television and in movies was not permitted. Look at how far we have degenerated in our language and conversation. Even little children are accustomed to using God’s name as an expletive.

This is considered a very serious sin to God. God warned Israel, “I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name(Leviticus 20:3). This verse speaks of the first three commandments directly. God will not stand for our frivolous use of His name much longer. In fact, as stated in Leviticus, God is going to deal personally with our disobedience of the Third Commandment.

It is also a common custom to use God’s name in connection with damning someone. This is not using God’s name truthfully. Why? It is not God’s intention to damn any human being. To believe that it is in God’s nature or character to damn men is heresy and a lie! God desires to save all men. Jesus Christ told His disciples, “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:56). To call on God to damn someone is to ask God to do something He never desires to do. It is true that some men will eventually suffer the punishment of the lake of fire. However, the fault will be with the lack of their repentance — not with God’s intention.

It is a violation of the Third Commandment to make light of the name of God in jokes or stories. This robs God of the deep veneration and respect that His high office as Creator, Ruler and Sustainer of the universe deserves.

Some try to avoid the misuse of God’s name by substituting another seemingly more acceptable word, called a euphemism, in place of God’s name. Using such words is still a violation of the Third Commandment. We must rid such expressions from our conversations. Never forget Jesus Christ’s instruction in the model prayer: We are to always hallow—or venerate—God’s name (Matthew 6:9).

Making the proper use of His name one of the Ten Commandments shows that God places great weight on this issue. To disrespect God’s name is a sin and carries the penalty of death (Romans 6:23). Why is that? What is in a name?

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In the Bible, personal names carry significant meaning. Names often indicate the character and nature, or the attributes, of an individual. The Bible states that Adam named his wife Eve because she was the “mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). The Hebrew word for Eve is Chavvah, meaning life-giver. At times, God renamed individuals in the Bible indicating the identification of an office, position of authority or change in character. God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which means “a father of many nations,” because that was his God-ordained destiny (Genesis 17:5). When the patriarch Jacob wrestled with God all night, God changed his name to Israel (Genesis 32:28). The name Jacob in the Hebrew means heel-catcher or supplanter. It carries a negative overtone—implies a devious nature. Jacob did scheme with his mother against his aged, blind father to steal his brother’s birthright. He supplanted, or unseated, Esau from receiving Isaac’s blessing. His new name, Israel, in the Hebrew means to rule or prevail as God. The name change implies that by tests and trials God transformed Jacob’s character to that of godly righteousness.

This Hebrew tradition of name-giving, certainly applies to God’s name. Why? God is the originator of the tradition! God’s name reveals His high rank, authority, interests, deeds and—most important of all—His righteous character. In fact, the Bible shows that God has many names. Why? No one name can adequately express God’s fullness. Each name carries important meaning.

God wants all people to know Him and He tells us who He is through His Names. Open up your Bible and search this matter out.

God brought Moses into His presence through the miracle of the burning bush. He introduced Himself; “I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6). Moses actually never saw God here—just the flames. At this divinely initiated meeting, God commissioned Moses to return to Egypt and bring His people out of slavery. Moses was reluctant to accept God’s commission. He looked for ways to get out of the job. Before the conversation ended, Moses wanted to know God’s name. He said, “Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, what is his name? What shall I say unto them?” (Verse 13). God then identified Himself as I AM THAT I AM [YHVH]” (verse 14). God told Moses that He is the Eternal, Ever Living or Self-Existent One. This is God’s name forever (verse 15).

When Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites leave Egypt, God revealed another name to Moses to encourage him. God told Moses, “I am the Lord: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah [YHVH] was I not known to them” (Exodus 6:2-3). The name God Almighty comes from the Hebrew words El Shaddai, meaning strength, mighty and power. God showed Moses that he could rely on His almighty power—for God is the source of all power in heaven and in the universe.

The other names of God listed in the Bible are Most High God (El Elyown), Lord (Adonai), Everlasting God (El Owlam), Lord of Hosts (Jehovah Sabaoth), God our Healer (YHVH-Rapha), and the most important of all, God (Elohim). Any good Bible lexicon will give the meanings of these names. Throughout the Bible, God’s name is connected with His actions, His mercy, His faithfulness, His wisdom and His love. In the first several verses of Psalm 91, four of God’s names are used: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (verses 1-2).  What a powerful Psalm by one who knew God so intimately as to invoke four of His names in prayer.

Those of us who are called by the Name of God must also seek a more intimate knowledge of God and live so as not to bring shame upon the name of God but rather Glorify His name in our lives. (Matthew 5:16)

Obey The Word!

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BIBLE SCHOLAR AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013

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O.W. Prince Ministries Congratulates Sister Carolyn White, of Carrollton, Virginia. You are The Bible Scholar Champion for Monday, April 01, 2013.

Thank you Sister Carolyn White for helping to make the Bible Scholars Group a fun, loving and caring place of learning and sharing. You have allowed your Light to Shine Brightly Today. Your answer is correct. You have demonstrated superb biblical scholarship.

Thank You!

Bishop

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Today’s Question:

What specific scripture text forbids us from calling anyone Pope (Father)?

The answer for today’s Bible Challenge Question is:

Please see Matthew 23:9 Commentary

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Please Visit The O.W. Prince Ministries weekdays for the next Bible Scholar Question. Questions are usually posted around 5:00 A.M. (EST/USA) https://owprince.wordpress.com/bible-scholars-group/

“Keep Looking Up!”

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“Where Is Your Heart?” / THE SABBATH MESSAGE FOR MARCH 23, 2013

“Who or what do we treasure?”

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Usually we can tell what a person treasures by what they spend their money on.  Our money will almost always tell us what we love the most for that is what we will spend the most money on.

Take a look at these statistics.

The average cost of a concert ticket can range from $15 to $30 or more and we pay it gladly to be entertained by our favorite entertainer.

The average cost of a movie ticket can range from $7 to $10 plus the cost of marked up refreshments bring the grand total to an estimated $20 per person. Yet, we happily pay it to see our favorite movies in theaters.

The average cost of a date can range from $50 to $250 and we pay this eagerly in the hope of physical gratification and/or acceptance.

The average cost of an amusement park experience can range from $60 to $100 per person and we are enthusiastic about paying this price in the hope of being temporarily amused.

The average cost of sport tickets can range from $70 on up to $1000 depending upon seating and we are fanatic about paying this price for the chance to see our favorite teams play.

However, when it comes to the unadulterated, straight forward teaching, soul saving preaching Word of God, we grumble and complain and find every excuse we can to give nothing or as little as possible to the genuine ministries of the Kingdom of God.

“How can we identify the Genuine Ministries of the Kingdom Of God?”

We can easily identify many of these Kingdom Ministries because they are the ones that are consistently preaching and teaching salvation through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ without monetary consideration or the perversion of the prosperity doctrines. They are not always entertaining or academically persuasive . They don’t have a get rich quick formula. They don’t compromise with sinners or play politics with demons. They are not tolerant of immoralities nor do they excuse sexual indiscretions but they expose sin for what it is— a death sentence. They constantly encourage sinners to Repent and Surrender to God through Christ. They are loving and prayerful, always ready to serve and minister the Word of God.

These genuine Kingdom of God Ministries and preachers are not usually highly visible or treasured by society but ignored. They are usually relegated to an inferior position relative to that of their mainstream denominational counterparts. Hardly anyone financially supports them yet they mange to eke out a continuous and powerful witness to God’s saving mercies and grace. It is obvious, by their self-sacrifice, prayer life and devotion, that they treasure God above everything.

The question for us is who or what do we treasure?

There are many professed Christian ministries and Pastors who have beguiled the masses with their wealth building, feel-good preaching, self actualization, motivational messages and prosperity doctrines. They have gained loyal followings and amassed great wealth from their supporters. They oftentimes become so wealthy that they live far above the means and station of those who made them rich. Their focus is self-serving and materialistic. However, they have done an outstanding job of hiding their hedonism behind brilliant imagery, marketing and rhetoric.

One false prophet out of Atlanta Georgia said that “Jesus died so that you want have to be subject to the curse (poverty)” and so that “you will have power (‘the ability to get results’) to get wealth.”

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This begs the following questions:

  • “Is this what Jesus died for?”
  • “Was it God’s ultimate plan to make us rich and wealthy through the blood of Jesus on the cross?”
  • “Are we to treasure our own happiness and the things of this world over God’s purpose and plan for our lives?”

I may be alone in this but it is my understanding that Jesus died to reconcile us back to the Father through His perfect Sacrifice for our sins. (Romans 5:10, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, Ephesians 2:13, Colossians 1:20-22)

The purpose and ultimate goal of Christian ministry and/or preachers should be the saving of souls through the message of The Gospel of The Kingdom of God. (Mark 1:14, Romans 1:16,1 Corinthians 1:18) This is where true Christian ministry begins and ends.

If you are financially supporting or giving into a ministry whose primary and ultimate message is materialistic, self-serving, worldly and hedonistic, you have given into the church of Satan. If you have tithed into a church or denomination that doesn’t practice or teach the doctrine of the Gospel of The Kingdom of God as Christ and his Apostle taught, then you have invested into a false church. (Galatians 1:6-8)

I urgently challenge all believers to reconsider their position and where they invest their gifts and offerings.

Do you think that God is pleased with you giving into the enemy’s camp? Do think that it is godly to give to those who don’t need it while ignoring those who do?  Do you really think that you can buy a blessing?  Do you really think that is how God operates?  Are you thoroughly convinced that by giving into your local church or to some televangelist that you are giving to God?  Do really think that God needs your money?  Have you ever considered that giving is not for God but for you?

The question is still before us: “Who or what do we treasure?” As we ponder this question, I want us to also ponder these Words from God’s Holy Scripture:

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

Our motives for giving and the spirit of our giving reflects who or what it is that we treasure.

Are we giving out of obedience, love and respect for God or in expectation of financial and material compensation and reward?

I urgently challenge all believers to repent and seek out a kingdom of God ministry that preaches and teaches the original message of Christ and His Apostles. Seek God in prayer about where to give and how much to give and when to give. And when He answers you, don’t argue with the Holy Spirit, but trust God’s guidance and obey. Give with a cheerful heart and a delightful spirit. This pleases the Father for this is True Faith in Christ. (James 2:14-26, 2 Corinthians 9:7)

And remember “without faith it is impossible to please God.”

What is your money saying about you?  Who or what do you treasure?  Where is your Faith?  Where is your heart?

When God wanted to demonstrate His love for us, He gave His Very best. (John 3:16)

How we give demonstrates our love for God. (Matthew 25:31-46)

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“A Mother’s Day Greeting Just For You”

2012  owpPSE CookinecutterPraise the Lord Everybody!

I want to wish all of my FaceBook friends, Bible Scholars and faithful followers a wonderful and happy Mother’s Day weekend. God bless you!

Here is a Mother’s Day Greeting just for you.

You may view a greeting by clicking here:
http://www.123greetings.com/send/view/05311112809703019376

Happy Mother’s Day Mother Lucile Prince (My Mother)

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“One Last Plea for Love”

From the Pastor’s Desk

2012 Bishop OWP Post TransPraise the LORD my friends and greetings in the name of Christ Jesus! 

This letter is written to those who know me and to those who Love the unadulterated Truth of God’s Holy Word.  It is not intended for the casual blog follower or for my Facebook friends but for those whom I have known, counseled with and served personally.

As many of you already know, I have been asking for help both physically and financially for over a month. However, I have not received any.

God speaks out of 1 John 3:17 and says: “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”

Well, according to the lack of response I received, no one sees the needs of this ministry or everyone is in extreme poverty or the love of God doesn’t abide. I have asked for as little as $3.00 per month (75 cents a week) but no one thought this ministry worthy of 75 cents.

I have maintained this ministry out of my own pockets for over 15 years. Now out of concern for my health and financial obligations, a restructuring and re-prioritizing of my volunteer ministerial activities is taking place. Some may have noticed that the weekly Sabbath Message has already changed from a new one every week to one per month with some unscheduled commentaries peppered in. Soon the “Word & Prayer” weekday devotional may cease. This really hurts my heart for I really enjoy writing prayers for you.

The reality is that ministry costs and I am forced to make some hard decisions and face some hard facts regarding the effectiveness of this ministry relative to its operating cost and active followers.

As some services cease while others or reduced, I request your prayers more than ever.

In Jesus name, I am Looking Up!

(Please consider the following)

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cheerful-giverThe Bible says 2 Corinthians 9:7 that “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  This tells us that a right attitude in giving is important to God “for God loves a cheerful giver.”

A right attitude in giving is so important to God that He attached His strongest emotion to it—the emotion of Love.   For it was for love’s sake that God gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16).  God demonstrated the ultimate expression of Love.  He gave.  Love should always be the motivation and purpose of giving.  jesus-christian-posters-2corinthians-97a

The Bible says in Malachi 3:10-12 that we are to give tithes and offerings unto the Lord.  In Galatians 6:6 it says, “Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.”  Paul told the Philippians in Philippians 4:15-19 that God would supply all their needs because of their fragrant offering (financial support) to his ministry that God viewed as “acceptable and pleasing.”

During your season of financial harvest and reaping, I ask that you please remember this ministry and make a freewill offering of any size toward its work in the Kingdom of God. 

I believe that when you give into this ministry that God will honor your gifts as He has promised in 2 Corinthians 9:6-12  — “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work…You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.”

If this ministry has blessed you, served you, counseled with you, taught you, encouraged you, prayed for you or anyway enriched your relationship with God; if God put a desire in your heart to give unto this ministry, I would ask that you do so cheerfully and immediately so as to please God and release His blessings on your life. 

You may send your love-offerings and gifts to The Church of Jesus Christ (My Corporate Name), P.O. Box 3253, Sumter, South Carolina 29151.  The ministries’ needs have increased and now I am praying for regular monthly supporters.  I am sorely in need of your support.  Please give today.

I humbly request that you please keep this ministry in your daily prayers. 

I look forward to your fruitful reply. May God bless you richly in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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