North American Christians live amidst historically unprecedented levels of affluence. However, in the past number of years the United States has experienced a deep recession and a slow recovery. With giving down even among Bible-believing Christians, it’s important for those who earn their living from preaching the gospel to manage church finances and personal finances wisely. In this issue of Enrichment, we will explore some time-tested biblical principles that will help guide Christian leaders during these turbulent and uncertain financial times. The issue will address such questions as: What does the Bible teach about wealth and stewardship? Will believing in Jesus Christ make you rich? In acquiring wealth, how should Christians use it? Why has giving decreased and what practical steps can Christian leaders take to help reverse this trend? In tight times, what are best practices for stretching ministry dollars? Because helping the poor is a core moral obligation for Christians and churches, what are some time-tested ways of helping the poor that do more good than harm?
EJ Online for 2015 - Winter
- "In Our Own Tongues": A Defense of Miraculous Speech Based on Eyewitness Testimony
- New Metric Needed
- How to Manage a Church Staff When the Org Chart is a Family Tree
- Speaking in Tongues: Its Essence, Purposes, and Use (Part 2)
- You Are Already a Theologian (You Just Need to Be a Better One)
"We Believe" Sermon Outlines
Four core beliefs define the message of the Assemblies of God: Salvation, Divine Healing, Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the Second Coming of Christ. Here are related sermons.
- The Purpose of the Holy Spirit In the Christian
- The Potential of the Holy Spirit
- The Plan of the Holy Spirit
- The Penalty of Grieving the Holy Spirit
- Benefits of Being Filled With the Holy Spirit
- I Believe in Sanctification
- I Believe in the Church
- The Rapture and the Revelation
- What is the Meaning of Pentecost
- Our Blessed Help And Hope!
- Christ The Healer (of physical diseases)
- Salvation 3 S’s
- The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
- Spirit Baptism: Headwaters For Pentecostal Gifts and Ministries
Links of Interest
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MarriageRestored is a program for couples who have experienced adultery, addiction, pornography, separation or other marriage-threatening circumstances.
National Institute of Marriage
National Institute of Marriage founded by Dr. Greg Smalley, has developed a Christian marriage counseling program called Intensives. Today the Intensive program is the cornerstone of all products and services offered at NIM. NIM provides marriage counseling, marriage conferences, pastoral training, books, articles, and other marriage resources.
Find links helpful to you and your ministry, including helpful articles, credential renewal forms, minister's tithe links, demographic research for your area, etc.
Women in Ministry Website
The Women in Ministry web site is by women in ministry for women in ministry to support, connect, and strengthen the women of God and the infinitely creative callings they embrace in the 21st Century.
George O. Wood Web Site
GeorgeOWood.com contains a treasure of verse-by-verse and topical sermons in audio and printed transcripts as well as numerous articles by George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God. Podcasts also available.
Articles for Church Lay Leaders
Scores of articles on many topics to help train the lay leaders in your church. View articles index.
Enrichment Renewal Retreats & Vacations
Resources and referrals for pastors and their families. Download PDF.
Global Center for Women & Justice
The mission of the Global Center for Women & Justice is to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy and collaboration. CWS promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons, with hope toward equality and healing for humanity.
HealthCare Ministries is the international medical outreach of Assemblies of God World Missions. HCM partners with AGWM missionaries to conduct medical evangelism outreaches, works with churches to partner together in medical outreach, and helps churches with resources when sending their own medical teams
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- The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World’s Future
Discovering the Land of Jordan
The following article and photo essay
of the land of Jordan are by Rick Knoth,
managing editor, Enrichment journal.
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Israel: You'll Never Be the Same Again
The following article and photo essay of the Lands of the Bible are by Rick Knoth, managing editor, Enrichment journal.
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
Academics and Practical Ministry
Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry is a scholarly publication of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) intended to serve the Church of Jesus Christ by bringing transforming theological and professional insight to bear on the practice of ministry in the Pentecostal tradition.
by Earl G. Creps
How does one balance the academic and the practical? Read the journey of one man who discovered this process.
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Your Daughters Will Prophesy: Assemblies of God Women in Ministry
On the Day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter quoted the prophet Joel, saying, “Your sons and daughters will prophesy” (Acts 2:17, cf. Joel 2:28). God’s promise of an eschatological outpouring of the Holy Spirit has been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit calls and empowers both men and women to exercise prophetic ministry in the last days.
Historically, the Assemblies of God has recognized that this Spirit-empowerment opens the doors of credentialed ministry to all qualified applicants, whether men or women. The rise of the so-called New Calvinism, which often teaches that credentialed ministry is open to men only, is causing many young men (and a few young women) to step back from our historic commitment to equality in ministry.
In light of this reality, the spring 2015 issue of Enrichment will examine the issue of Assemblies of God women in ministry under the theme, “Your daughters will prophesy.” The purpose of this issue is to promote the value of credentialed women ministers within the Assemblies of God (USA) by exploring our history, searching the Scriptures, and evaluating our contemporary practice through the lens of our Pentecostal commitments.
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