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Ricardo Equips Artistic Leaders (R.E.A.L.) - "Equipping emerging ministers to be five fold leaders and spiritual parents in the home, ministry, and marketplace!"

The Apostolic Heretic Series Part 4

The Apostolic Heretic Series Part 4

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

With many more series to come we are now on part 4 of the Apostolic Heretic Series.

Many have caught on to the message and what the Apostolic Heretic Series is about as it has piqued their interest! There have been a few others who did not understand it. And yet there are others who thought I was saying that today’s apostles are heretic, which is further from the truth.

So I posted on social media the revealing of WHO and what an Apostolic Heretic is. I posted …

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Angelic Help in some Ideas on How to Raise Your Kids

Angelic Help in some Ideas on How to Raise Your Kids

[Read, Study, Understand, Apply, LIVE, and Share YOUR Experience of Luke 1:5-25]

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

John the Baptist’s Dad

There are so many things that can distract us from the direct blueprint that God will have for us in raising up godly children that Love God and Love others. I mean there is work, time with your wife, and the expectations of others or whatever. How about unbelief in the blueprint?

What if you were handed by God the pure answer to every question you ever had on how to raise up your children to be the greatest men, women, parents, business people, ministers, or whatever God has called them to be? Would you stick to that plan? Would you dump the plan?

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A Parable from the US Army on How to Hear God

A Parable from the US Army on How to Hear God

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

(I served in the US Army at my last duty station of Fort Polk, Louisiana with Dining Facility Headquarters and Headquarters Troops, 1st Squadron, 2nd Armor Calvary Regiment from 1998 to 2001 – “Always Forward”)

There are two main principles of hearing God. I am going to use an illustration or teach you the way Christ would; with a parable. In the army we have what we call …

  1. General Orders
  2. Specific Instructions (also called Special Orders)

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The Arsenal of Tools that God the Father Gives to His Royal Priesthood

The Arsenal of Tools that God the Father Gives to His Royal Priesthood

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

Hey mentors, equippers, elders, and spiritual parents who are servant leaders in the body of Christ. The Lord has entrusted me, you, and the rest of us out there to help the universal church to be all we can be as well as be successful with His people.

So I want to mention some of the arsenal of Kingdom tools that Father has given us in Christ by the Spirit to be the most effective. It is us we are called to bring up the people of God in the unity of the faith and spirit unto the perfection or spiritual maturity of Christ so that we all may be thoroughly equipped for every good work, ministry, and calling that builds each other up in love as we spread God’s glory and His Kingdom all over the nations through the process called discipleship.

These tools are not only for us as lead ministers to build His holy temple of living stones together for a permanent dwelling place for the Lord, but every believer as a royal priesthood can use these tools as well. We are also called to help them understand how to use these tools by the Spirit as well.

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The Apostolic Heretic Series Part 3

The Apostolic Heretic Series Part 3

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

Here we go into a third message on the apostolic heretic. Well I’ve got good news for you. I will be turning these series into a full e-Book after we go through all the characteristics of the apostolic heretic.

If you need to go back to the other messages in the series, here they are below:

Alright, let’s continue with the next 12 characteristics of what I am terming an apostolic heretic. Again, an apostolic heretic is, “a person who pioneers a radical lifestyle, mindset, and way of communication from the common or normal way of life during the day and age in which he or she is currently living—he or she is completely counter cultural.”

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The Apostolic Heretic Series Part 2 More Characteristics

The Apostolic Heretic Series Part 2 More Characteristics

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

We are on the second part of a series of studies on what an apostolic heretic is. This was birth from a previous post I did called, “I WAS AFRAID!!!” and “Hypocrite or Heretic: Which is Better to be?”. Also you can also check out The Apostolic Heretic Series Part 1 as well.

Remember, I defined an apostolic heretic as,

“A person who pioneers a radical lifestyle, mindset, and way of communication from the common or normal way of life during the day and age in which he or she is currently living—he or she is completely counter cultural.”

This series was birth out of a feeling I had within myself to hold back who I truly am because I have been a people pleaser rather then a servant of Christ.

While people pleasing might be beneficial to the crowds for a season and temporal, it doesn’t help anyone ultimately in the long run. But on the other hand, being an apostolic heretic will provoke hatred and anger from those same crowds, it is pleasing to the Father and has an even greater benefit from God to those who hate the apostolic heretic.

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Real Christianity – Fixed or Replaced By Ron Schwartz

Real Christianity – Fixed or Replaced By Ron and Karen Schwartz

Now before you read this guest post, there are elements of this article that I do not agree with and much of it that I do agree with. Out of respect for brother Ron Schwartz and my personal understanding of the overall message I have left his whole article intact. I did not seek to “edit it” according to my personal beliefs and what I teach concerning the five fold ministry.

I believe many (including those who are five fold ministers) have a lack of understanding of what the purpose of the five fold ministry is given to the church for. I DO, however, understand that what many (leaders and body members) have done with the five fold ministry is create another layer of clergy and laity. I personally don’t believe the five fold ministry is given to “just leaders”, I personal have taught that the every member of the Body of Christ has at least ONE of the five fold ministry gifts.

The whole purpose of THIS blog and website is to equip EVERY MEMBER OF THE BODY in at least ONE of the five fold ministry gifts. My mission on this blog has always been that you would learn how to identify one with the calling to be one of God’s servant leaders. And remember this: all of these leaders are SERVANTS OF GOD FIRST and leaders in the Body of Christ and the Kingdom of God SECOND!

Here are the different types of leadership callings within the Five Fold Ministry. The Five Fold Ministry is given to the Body of Christ universally, globally or worldwide. That means that they can function anywhere in the world as the Lord leads and as He expands their sphere of influence. They can also, as the Scriptures, says move “from house to house [what many call house churches] (Acts 2:46; 5:42), and this movement and travel can be all over the world. These ministers are listed in Ephesians 4:11 & 1st Corinthians 12:28 as well as other places through out the Word of God and are given in divine order (determined by grace, greatest responsibility, anointing, fruit, etc):

  1. Apostles
  2. Prophets
  3. Teachers
  4. Evangelists
  5. Pastors

I personally believe that though “Not all [are] Apostles. Not all [are] prophets, Not all [are] teachers …” (1 Cor. 12:29) in the sense that not all in the church HOLD THE LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY, I DO believe that “… EVERY ONE OF US [EVERY MEMBER IN THE BODY of Christ] is given grace [a gift–at least ONE five-fold gift] according to THE MEASURE of the gift of Christ” and “… gave gifts unto men [ALL humanity] (Eph. 4:7-8). Basically, brother Ron and I have the same goal to replace the system, but from another angle. I seek to displace clergy and laity by birthing the royal priesthood of all believers actively ministering in a five fold gift. Ron seeks to displace the system by destroying it all together.

So that is MY personal stand before you read this article. My mission is to basically crush the clergy laity system by equipping all the members of the Body of Christ to lead as a nation of kings, priest, judges, lords, and saviors under the KING, PRIEST, JUDGE, LORD, AND SAVIOR of the Body and World!

That’s my mandate and I’m sticking to it. Enjoy Ron’s article. – Ricardo Butler

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Originally Published October 5, 2008

By Ron and Karen Schwartz

Where are the real Christians? In the wake of the Lakeland movement, it is apparent that Christians obviously do not understand what real Christianity is.

Everyone has friends who are part of institutional churches. Everyone can point to at least one Catholic, protestant denominational, or independent church friend who loves God. In fact, there seems to be no difference between many of those in institutional churches and those who are not. There are Christians in institutional and non-institutional churches who have strong faith, know their scriptures, raise godly children, live godly and productive lives, give time and money to charitable causes, and above all, love God. Consequently, at times it can be quite confusing to discern why the institutional church system is wrong. Perhaps we are simply making much ado about nothing …

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