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!"

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!"

I Wish a Christian Would Take Me to His or Her Church

I Wish a Christian Would Take Me to His or Her Church

I was recommended a podcast to listen to by a business brother of mine in Christ named Amos Johnson Jr. over there at the Church for Entrepreneurs.

I think the podcast had something to do with business, but I was interested in some other things that I came across on the website. There was a particular article that caught my attention called, “Seven Common Comments Non-Christians Make about Christians” by Thom Rainer. He is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.

This is actually part 7 of 7. You can read the others in the series at:

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Leading the Family of God from God’s Perspective

Leading the Family of God from God’s Perspective

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

I want to start with the Word of God.

ALL Elders (Five Fold Ministers/Leaders) are Spiritual Parents, Not Just the Apostle

The Scriptures say,

“And when they had ORDAINED THEM ELDERS IN EVEY CHURCH and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ORDAIN ELDERS IN EVERY CITY, as I had appointed thee.” (Acts 14:23 & Titus 1:5).

“Rebuke not an ELDER, but ENTREAT [encourage] HIM AS A FATHER; and the younger men as brethren [brothers]; [ENTREAT or encourage] THE ELDER WOMEN AS MOTHERS; the younger as sisters, with all purity.” (1st Timothy 5:1-2).

“I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. I write unto you, FATHERS [elders are fathers and mothers], because ye have known Him [the Father] that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I have written unto you, FATHERS, because ye have known Him [the Father] that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the Word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.” (1st John 2:11-14).

“Honor thy father and thy mother [ORDAINED ELDERS are fathers and mothers]: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Children, obey your PARENTS [elders are fathers and mothers; PARENTS] IN THE LORD: FOR [Gk: ‘BECAUSE’] THIS IS RIGHT. Honor thy father and mother [ORDAINED ELDERS are fathers and mothers]; (which is the FIRST commandment WITH PROMISE;) that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers [ORDAINED ELDERS are fathers and mothers], provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up [train up a children] in the nurture and admonition of the Lord [in the WAY (Christ is the WAY) they should God and when they are old (spiritually mature, ELDERS) they will not depart from the Father].” (Matthew 19:19 & Ephesians 6:1-4).

Discipleship or Sonship?

Did you know that the words “disciple” or “disciples” are no longer used after the Book of Acts? The words are not used in the book of Romans in the New Testament/Covenant or any book after that. As a matter as fact the last time both words are used were written in the same verse.

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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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Some Christians Try to Act like They Have No Problems

Some Christians Try to Act like They Have No Problems

I was recommended a podcast to listen to by a business brother of mine in Christ named Amos Johnson Jr. over there at the Church for Entrepreneurs.

I think the podcast had something to do with business, but I was interested in some other things that I came across on the website. There was a particular article that caught my attention called, “Seven Common Comments Non-Christians Make about Christians” by Thom Rainer. He is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.

This is actually part 6 of 7. You can read the others in the series at:

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I Wish I Could Learn to be a Better Husband, Wife, Dad, Mom, etc., from a Christian

I Wish I Could Learn to be a Better Husband, Wife, Dad, Mom, etc., from a Christian

I Wish I Could Learn to be a Better Husband, Wife, Dad, Mom, etc., from a Christian

I Wish I Could Learn to be a Better Husband, Wife, Dad, Mom, etc., from a Christian

I was recommended a podcast to listen to by a business brother of mine in Christ named Amos Johnson Jr. over there at the Church for Entrepreneurs.

I think the podcast had something to do with business, but I was interested in some other things that I came across on the website. There was a particular article that caught my attention called, “Seven Common Comments Non-Christians Make about Christians” by Thom Rainer. He is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.

This is actually part 5 of 7. You can read the others in the series at:

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Birth of the Nations {Prophetic Re-Birth} By Apostle Tim Early

Birth of the Nations {Prophetic Re-Birth} By Apostle Tim Early

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By Apostle Tim & Theresa Early

“And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb …” (Genesis 25:23).

In the womb of every pregnant mother, there is the potential birth of the nations. Whether you were born poor or filthy {I’d prefer godly} rich, it does not matter, for potential lies within you, potential is the potency of the Potentate in 1 Timothy 6 …

As with Rebekah, there are nations to be born, for each child that you bear {physical or spiritual} is a seed sown into the earth. Seeds can be named and given strategic assignments, such as in Zechariah in speaking over his newly born son, John. There is always an appointed season to sprout forth and to flourish through fruition. So, instead of cursing your seed, water it with the refreshing of the spoken word. Bless, and not curse. Your sons are seeds, and you as spiritual – ministry fathers are to SEED into your SONS. Like Zechariah, you can name your seed; prophesy over your seed, and to give your seed and assignment. If more people would bless the womb, bless the children, and to bless one another beyond having someone else to sneeze in order to receive a blessing, we would crush, cease, and desist ADD {Attention Deficit Disorder}, ADHD {Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder}, Bi-Polar Mania, ED {Explosive Disorder}, ODD {Oppositional Defiance Disorder}, and OCD {Obsessive Compulsive Disorder} just to name a few. If Adam had renamed the serpent, perhaps its nature would not have been that which beguiles. What are you naming in your life these days?

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I Don’t See Much Difference in the Way Christians Live Compared to Others

I Don’t See Much Difference in the Way Christians Live Compared to Others

I was recommended a podcast to listen to by a business brother of mine in Christ named Amos Johnson Jr. over there at the Church for Entrepreneurs.

I think the podcast had something to do with business, but I was interested in some other things that I came across on the website. There was a particular article that caught my attention called, “Seven Common Comments Non-Christians Make about Christians” by Thom Rainer. He is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.

This is actually part 4 of 7. You can read the others in the series at:

  1. Christians are against more things than they are for. “It just seems to me that Christians are mad at the world and mad at each other. They are so negative that they seem unhappy. I have no desire to be like them and stay upset all the time.”
  2. I would like to develop a friendship with a Christian. “I’m really interested in what they believe and how they carry out their beliefs. I wish I could find a Christian that would be willing to spend some time with me.”
  3. I would like to learn about the Bible from a Christian. “The Bible really fascinates me, but I don’t want to go to a stuffy and legalistic church to learn about it. I would be nice if a Christian invited me to study the Bible in his home or at a place like Starbucks.”

In today’s article I want to address the third issue, which is, “I Don’t See Much Difference in the Way Christians Live Compared to Others”. And that point he wrote,

“I really can’t tell what a Christian believes because he doesn’t seem much different than other people I know. The only exception would be Mormons. They really seem to take their beliefs seriously.”

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