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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

The Church of Today
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Wednesday, 05 July 2006

The Church of Today

Rick Warren author of Purpose Driven Life and Church said, “If I were to drop dead right now, Saddleback Church would keep growing, because it's not built on me. It is a purpose-driven church, rather than a personality-driven church. We've all seen what happens when churches or ministries are built on personality and that guy has a moral failure or he flames out or something and the whole ministry collapses. When I wrote "The Purpose Driven Life," I took off seven months and I did not preach, and I did not teach, and I did not lead my staff of 300, but I just wrote the book. And while I was gone, the church grew by 800 people because it's not built on me; it's built on the 9,200 lay ministers in the church.
He goes on to say, “We were talking about volunteers this morning – I know about volunteers. We have 9,200 lay ministers who lead 200-plus different ministries all over southern California. I know these numbers are a little overwhelming, but just to give you an idea; we have 2,600 small groups that meet from Santa Monica to Escondido in 83 cities. And so the church gathers on Sunday for a big service and then meets during the week in homes. That allows us to do all kinds of enormous things. For instance, in November, during our 40 Days of Community, we decided to feed every homeless person in Orange County three meals a day for 40 days. We went out and we found out that was 42,000 people. How do you feed 42,000 people three meals a day for 40 days? Well, it takes a lot of volunteers. And we did – we collected over 2 million pounds of food and those 9,200 lay ministers pulled it off and we fed 40,000 people three meals a day.”

 

One does not have to read much to understand the Church is still very powerful to day, I do like to be limited in any way but we are. Some have the ability to become engineers, others Doctors, still other police officers, teachers, labors and some just house wives. We all have different talents and skills and when we give them to the Lord we become Ambassadors for Christ, regardless of the occupation or trade we might be involved in.

We are called Christian farmers, doctors, lawyers, judges, teachers, policemen, firemen, mechanic, or what ever you might be involved in.

This Sunday July 2nd we heard one of my cousin Gary Randell speak at Stone Church, as Pastor Jon Oletzke invited him to share his burden for America and the State of WA and the Northwest.

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DIFFERENT TIMES FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 30 June 2006

“Different times for different People”

 

As I read about how professional describe the past, I  would like you to get a little glimpse of how I see the past this fourth of July Week end.

God is good, He does not need any help from us, to establish the truth. Hebrews 13:8  Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

I hope that as you read this web site, your getting to know me and all my mistakes, or maybe lack of understanding, for those that have not had the experiences I’ve had. As I tell everyone in the Jails, or prisons you are ok, I am ok and what we have to do is make sure it stays that way, by correcting one another, not kicking one another. The Lord is still the answer for all our needs.

I am one of many Builders born from 1927-1945 which was a time of great stress caused by the dust bowl, depression, and Second World War. People knew what it was to sacrifice in order to get ahead. It took a lot of discipline to stay ahead of depressions of the day.

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Contemporary Part 2
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 23 June 2006

CONTEMPORARY Part 2

Sure we have our ideas of Church growth, but only a shepherd knows he has to be ready at all times, to help people understand the battles of life, are against the forces of Satan, and he is working overtime, for he knows he has very little time.

The better sheepherders come here from Spain as they where hired to take care of the needs of the sheep. The owners made sure the sheepherder has everything he needs in order to care for the sheep. The owners of the Churches most of the time are people in the community who build a building and hire a pastor to come and minister to the flock. God is the owner of everything we need, and gives pastors to the Churches to preach the Word. As the Word goes forth, sheep have lambs, and it’s the lambs that become valuable to the furtherance of the Church. Note what happen in Acts 6:1-7 (KJV)  1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

When we look around the world we see many Churches growing by leaps and bounds because they have people producing good works and bearing fruit. I hope and pray that we in America will once again see the Church become the Church of Jesus Christ and His holiness. Not tickling our ears and fancy, but ministering to the needs of hurting hearts.

I have seen the contemporary trend affect the ministry to where any more it seems the over sight of the Church is the job of the minister and the Boards go along for the ride, and its getting very bumpy. It is contemporary to say, you must listen to the voice of the Pastor, for he is hearing form God. So message on Authority are very common today. That is why we no longer have discussions at business meeting in an open form, it is too risky. Those serving on a Church Boards have to be very careful of what they say, but do not have to be careful about what they do. The Church is as good as the Elders/Deacons/or Boards and can take a minister to higher heights and wider acclaim.

Church is big business in our world today and the mega Churches are seeing corruption many times because there is no accountability to the Lord, rather man.. Pastors, own there Churches and they get to preach what they want to preach and no one can speak up. This is happening because we are living in a contemporary age and if it feels good do it, and do not think of others and what God might be saying.

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