Day 1 of The Tour


Here are the Places that we visited on Thursday – 3/21/19

Our Hebrew name for God-Jehovah Shammah —  The Lord is There

—Caesarea – Paul preached to Agrippa

— Mt. Carmel where Elisha called fire from heaven

— We had Falafels for Lunch (chicken)

— Nazareth ( 2 churches: Where Jesus Read from Isaiah, Where the Angel spoke to Mary, and where the crowd tried to throw Jesus off the cliff) 

We saw the valley of Megiddo where the final war will be fought at the end of the world (Armageddon).

— End in Tiberius at Sea of Galilee (staying tonight for 3 nights)

CAESAREA BY THE SEA

What a moving day we had on our first day. Standing in the same place where Paul defended the Gospel before Agrippa. He was in changes but made a convincing argument. Agrippa responded to him, almost you persuaded me to be a Christian. Paul was them sent on a ship to Rome. We had a teaching session in the same place about the seven Herod in the Bible. That was just the beginning of the Day. 

MOUNT CARMEL

We then went to Mount Carmel where Elisha challenged the prophets of Baal. The place where he called down fire from heaven to prove that Jehovah Shammah is always there (presents). Jehovah is the one true God who answers by fire. What a moment it was as I stood there overlooking the Valley of Megiddo located in the Jezreel Valley. The moment when the reality of the final war and the practicality of the war registered. The valley is a vast area of land and is prepared for the last showdown at the end of this life. This is where the battle of Armageddon will be fought.

NAZARETH

The reality of the Bible came alive today. The trip to Nazareth was just amazing. We stopped at the Synagogue Church. This was the place that Jesus when and read from Isiah 61:1 & 2, referenced in Luke 4:16. It is said that the floors are the same floors that were there in Jesus’ time. What a moment of worship we had and following the reading from Luke 4:16. We left that location and went down through Nazareth to the Church of the Annunciation. This is believed to be the place where Gabriel told Mary she was going to be the mother of Jesus. Wow!! What a moment to stand in the location of this great revelation. We moved from there to the Mount Precipice. At this location, the Bible told us that the people of Nazareth tried to throw Jesus off the Cliff, but a miracle took place, and Jesus escaped without harm.

We ended our day with a one hour drive into Tiberius at the Sea of Galilee. 

Food was excellent and all you can eat! The fellowship was enjoyable and refreshing. The teaching was enlightening and inspiring.

Day 2 is coming…

Holy Spirit, I need A Double Portion Of Your Anointing


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Another year has passed, and God’s grace and mercy still extend towards us. I want to take this time to congratulate Bethel Temple of Praise, a Church I gladly call my home church, on your 11th year anniversary. It is by the grace of God that we have arrived at this juncture in our church history. I am elated at what God has done up to this point and look forward with great anticipation for what God will do in the future.

I want to also, express my gratitude to the Bethel church family and partners for your continual support over the years. Truly, we are still in existence but for God and your faithful support. Thank you and please continue to partner with us in spreading the gospel to the world.

Our theme for this year is the cry of my heart, “Holy Spirit, we need a double portion of your anointing”.

Ephesians 5 verse 18 said that we must seek for the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.”

It is in this same context, like Elisha, I am asking that a double portion of the Holy Spirit’s anointing fall on me in this season.

2 Kings 2:9 states “When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me” (ESV).

It is this power that we need to do ministry. We can’t do ministry without the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot live without the anointing of the Holy Spirit. A. W. Tozer (1897–1963) said, “If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on, and no one would know the difference.” I do not want how I do ministry today to be grounded in self and less dependence on the Holy Spirit. So, this statement has helped me to evaluate my priorities.

I am concern that the practical application of this call is not being realized in our generation. Many are more caught up with putting on a show than seeking for God. They seem to possess the “to be seen spirit”. Their main focus is themselves. This “feel good gospel” has left little or no room for the genuine move of the Holy Spirit. Francis Chan, in his book “Forgotten God” said, “There is a big gap between what we read in Scripture about the Holy Spirit and how most believers and churches operate today.” Our desire should be that our aspirations and activities should line up with the teachings of the Bible. Particularly, we should depend on the scriptural application of the practical nature of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. What am I leaving my children. Will they have live in a time when we have demonstrated the power of the Holy Spirit at work? What legacy of the anointing am I leaving for my generation? I want my boys and their peers to experience the genuine manifestation of the Holy Spirit.

Paul reminded the Ephesians that the anointing is not just a momentary experience but should be a present continuous experience. This anointing should be evident in our daily lives. I echo Paul’s challenge that if any at all we are going to be effective on carrying out the mission of God we have to depend on the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This anointing does not begin and ends at the doorsteps of the church. No! This anointing carries on in our homes, workplaces, social gatherings, and everywhere we go. Francis Chan makes the point again that,

“The Holy Spirit is absolutely vital to our situation today. Of course, He is always vital; but perhaps especially now. After all, if the Holy Spirit moves, nothing can stop Him. If He doesn’t move, we will not produce genuine fruit—no matter how much effort or money we expend. The church becomes irrelevant when it becomes purely a human creation.” (1)

It is when we are experiencing the genuine manifestation of the Holy Spirit in our lives that we are going to see real change in peoples’ lives. Since the Holy Spirit dwells in us, with no limitations, then our lives must be different from those that have not come into this experience. There must be a difference between the person who has the Holy Spirit living inside of him or her and anointing them as compared with the person who does not.

It is when we allow the Holy Spirit to have a free reign in our lives that we are going to experience his full power. Jesus promised us that with the filling of the Holy Spirit comes power. This power is to carry out the work of the gospel. It is never to draw attention to ourselves or to boost our egos. In Acts 1:8  we are told that

“What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world” (Message Bible).

My daily desire is to walk in this power.

Now, let’s seek for the genuine manifestation of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Let’s desire to be where God is working rather than manufacturing it.  We can only defeat the enemy, Satan, if we are allowing the Holy Spirit to have unfiltered access to our lives and His church. We must stop looking to signs and wonders and seek for the source of this manifestation, the Holy Spirit. We must not rely only on the historical manifestation of the Holy Spirit and search for how He can and is working today in our lives. History should be a teacher and a reference; we should not stop there but use it to go higher.

I like what R.T. Kendall said in his book, “Holy Fire”,

“Jonathan Edwards, who taught us that the task of every generation is to discover in which direction the Sovereign Redeemer is going, and then move in that direction. How do we discover in which direction the Sovereign Redeemer is moving? I think it requires our being vulnerable and to stop worrying what people will think of us. I would encourage you to throw caution to the wind and become more vulnerable.” (2)

Yes! We need to release our motives, our intellect, our emotions and everything about us into the hands of the Holy Spirit. If we are truly seeking for a double portion! My consuming desire is for the genuine and unfiltered manifestation of the Holy Spirit work in my life. That must be pour singular desire. How about you? Let us with one voice declare that “ Holy Spirit, we need a double portion of your anointing”.

——Dr. Dalton Jenkins

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(1) Chan, Francis (2009-09-01). Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit (Kindle Locations 176-178). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.

(2) Kendall, R.T. (2014-01-07). Holy Fire: A Balanced, Biblical Look at the Holy Spirit’s Work in Our Lives (Kindle Locations 1921-1924). Charisma House. Kindle Edition.

Happy New Year!


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As we enter into a new year let us not be too consumed with planning and strategizing that we forget to look out for the devices of the evil one, Satan. The most dangerous times for a Christian is when we are preoccupied with everything and we are not drawing near to God. 

The key for our success is found in James 4:7-8, Submitting ourselves to God, Resisting the devil, drawing near to God and living a clean and purified life.

(James 4:7-8 ESV)

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

I encourage you to be consumed with a desire to insulate yourself from the attack of the enemy by hiding yourself deep in God. We must strive to grow spiritually by allowing the Holy Spirit to sanctify us and renew our minds daily as Ephesians 4:23-24 said, “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Let us not give any space to the devil but rather let us make room for God to work freely in  our lives. I am convinced that if we desire more of God and less of ourselves we will begin to see our lives reorder with an emphasis on pleasing God.

Here the challenge of Peter as you enter 2015.

(1 Peter 5:8-11 Message)

8 Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. 9 Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. 10 The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ––eternal and glorious plans they are! ––will have you put together and on your feet for good. 11 He gets the last word; yes, he does

Let us take the challenge of the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians:

(Ephesians 4:22-32 KJV)

 17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not:let not the sun go down upon your wrath:27 Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more:but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you

Happy New Year!

A Call to Action


I was reading for my devotions this morning from Nehemiah 3 and verse 5 caught my attention.

“And next to them the Tekoites repaired, but their nobles would not stoop to serve their Lord.”

In this chapter the author was careful to list all the different tribes that were motivated by Nehemiah’s call to rebuild and what portion of the wall they were rebuilding. The chapter listed tribe by tribe and it is easy to skip past this chapter but I could not.

Here is what stopped me.  All the people in this tribe (Tekoites) were working on building the their portion of the wall “but their nobles would not stoop to serve their Lord”.

Wow! They would not stoop to serve their Lord!

Think about it this way.  They were living in a broken-down and depressed place and a man motivated by the Holy Spirit left his secure, comfortable and prestigious job to come and help them rebuild.  But these guys thought it demeaning to stoop and work.

All the tribes were working and all the people except these nobles.

It is easy to be credited for accomplishing something when you are apart of a group-even when you did little. Often times this is the case in the church, college and on the job, a few will bare the full burden of the group.

Are you allowing others to carry your load and you are okay with taking the credit?

What is it that God has called you to do that you think is not becoming of your personality or credentials?

When we get to heaven and everyone is being praised for his or her deeds, will there be a “but” before your name?

Will you hear God say, everyone in that church, small group, or ministry worked, they were outstanding but these people did not serve me fully?