Day 2 of The Tour


Day 2 – Friday  – 3/22/19

Today we focused on the name of God, Adonai (Lord). As was true with regards to the first day, today was moving time. 

Fri, Mar 22, 2019 — Migdala, Ginosaur, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Baptisms, Kursi,

TOWN OF MAGNOLIA

We began with the first stop in Northern Israel at the town of Magnolia, the town of Mary Magdalene. This site was recently discovered. Artifacts discovered lends credit to the fact of this town is the Town of Mary Magdalene.

Interested fact 1: It is always taught that this Mary was a prostitute, but that is not documented in scriptures. This idea immolated from the 5th century. A bishop at that time in one of his sermon asked what if Mary was a prostitute. It was repeated as a fact from that time. This was a fantastic day; I am truly blessed with this moment in time. 

Interested fact 2: There was a discussion about the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. It is said that the same water flows between the Dead Sea and the sea of Galilee. The difference is the soil that is at both locations. The dead sea takes in water from the sea of Galilee, but all living things die in the Dead Sea. However, the sea of Galilee takes in water and pass out water with living things. Application: we must always be willing to give as much as we get otherwise we will become like the dead sea, killing everything we receive.

CAPERNAUM 

The next stop was at Capernaum. We took a boat from one end on the Galilean sea and sailed to Capernaum. This region where is where Jesus performed nine recorded miracles.  What a time of inspiration as we read from the text about Jesus and some of the mighty works he did in this area. I was moved by the fact that I am on the river that Jesus perform miracles and taught so many lessons. 

In Capernaum, we visited the location that is viewed to be the place where Peter lived (Matt 8:35

Like 10:13). 

RIVER JORDAN

River Jordan was a fantastic experience. I assisted Pastor Denny in baptizing 17 individuals, and then I was baptized. My friend Deacon Mattis helped in my baptism after I baptized him. What an amazing experience to be baptized in the same river as Jesus was over 2000 years ago.

KURISI (CHORAZIN) 

We stopped at a 4th-century church around the place where Jesus cast out the legion of demons from two men who lived in the tomb. 

Take away:

There are  3 cities where Jesus performed most of his miracles, but the residents did not accept him and repented. Jesus warned in Matthew 11:20-23 (NKJV):

20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

Those who are witnesses to the power and working God must endeavor to repent and come in full obedience to God. 

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…

My Trip to Israel


My long awaited trip to Israel is here. Over the next several days I will be updating you on my daily tours. This site will have most of my reflections. Below is the daily list of places we visited during this spiritual journey.

My Spiritual Journey in Israel

Group One — Here is a list of what we did each day along with the names of God.  Enjoy!

Day 2 Wed, Mar 20, 2019 — Arrive in Tel Aviv ; drive to Herzliya–Elohim-Creator God

Day 3 Thu, Mar 21, 2019 — Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, — Jehovah Shammah —  The Lord is There

Day 4 Fri, Mar 22, 2019 — Migdala, Ginosaur, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Baptisms, Kursi, — Adonai –  My Master (Lord)

Day 5 Sat, Mar 23, 2019 — Korazim, Shoes, Dan, Caesarea Philippi, Bental, — El Elyon —  The God Most High

Day 6 Sun, Mar 24, 2019 — Beth Shean, Mt. Gilboa, Shiloh, Enter Into Jerusalem — Jehovah Raah —  My Shepherd

Day 7 Mon, Mar 25, 2019 — David City, Tunnels, Davidson Center, Kotel, Cardo, St. Annes, Bethesda, Israeli Museum, Model and Scrolls — Mekaddishkem —  Sanctifies You

Day 8 Tue, Mar 26, 2019 — Bethlehem, Church of Nativity and Shepherd’s Fields,  Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane — El Roi — The God Who Sees 

Day 9 Wed, Mar 27, 2019 — En Gedi, Masada, Dead Sea — El Shaddai —  The All-Sufficient One  

Day 10 Thu, Mar 28, 2019 Jerusalem — Path of Christ, Upper Room, King David’s Tomb, Gallicantu, Overlook of Judas and Field of Blood (Map on hand), Holy Seplucher, Temple Mt, Garden Tomb — Jehovah Tsiddkanu —  The Lord Our righteousness 

Day 11 Fri, Mar 29, 2019 — Free Day — Jeeps — Wadi Kelt, St. George’s Monastery, Jericho —  Shalom — You Are My Peace

Day 12 — Sat, Mar 30, 2019 — Flight Home

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.