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 Sepulcher, 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.

Christmas Message Series


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If you missed our Christmas series you can view them on demand at the links below.

This Christmas we focused on the fact that God is inviting us to join him in fulfilling His mission. He wants to use us individually in our unique situation. The fundamental reason for the season is the gift of salvation. We must not forget to focus on this fact.

First Sermon  – God Remembers Me: Accepting God’s Invitation – Luke 1:5-24 (Zechariah & Elizabeth)

http://betheltempleofpraise.org/?wpfc_sermon=accepting-gods-invitation-christmas-message-part-1

Second Sermon – Divine Interruption: God wants to interrupt your life for his Glory – Luke 1:26–38 (The Virgin Mary)

http://betheltempleofpraise.org/?wpfc_sermon=divine-interruption-christmas-part-2

Third Sermon – The Wait is over: God is going to reward your faith but not how you imagined it to be – Luke 2:22-38 (Simeon the prophet and Anna the prophetess)

http://betheltempleofpraise.org/?wpfc_sermon=the-wait-is-over-christmas-message-part-3

These three stories surrounded the Christmas story was centered around individuals that possessed certain qualities. They were invited to partner with God to bring salvation to the world. They demonstrated:

  • Faithfulness
  • Devotion
  • Patience
  • Righteousness

The greatest thing that one can be involved in is to be involved in the mission of God. In these stories we saw how God used people who were not in the mainstream of things but those who were on the margin. God saw their heart and desires and invited them to allow him to use their current circumstance to help advance his mission.

Just because you are following God does not means everything is going to be alright or that all your desires will be met or met according to your timing. When your time has come it does not matter where you are or the odds surrounding your success. When God gets ready to use you, after you have been tested and tried, nothing, no one or no circumstance will stop you from getting your invitation.

As we think of Christmas our minds are filled with plans. We are often times consumed with passion that drives us to be centrally focused. Our plans often times do not focus on God’s plans for our lives.

We become preoccupied with the day-to-day plans that we have for our lives. This often resulted in impatience.

I want to challenge us today to see that the God of the universe wants to partner with us to bring salvation to the world. The reason for Jesus entrance into this world and for him to take on the sinfulness of mankind is because he wants to bring salvation to us. In turn he invites those that have tasted this salvation to become the conduit of this message to those who have not yet received it. God used a man, a prophet named Simeon and a prophetess named Anna to help advance the story of Christmas and the message of salvation that has come to the world.

As a child we would often sneak a peek at the gifts to see if we could tell which one was ours and what was in the box. The impatient child was not going to wait until the appointed time but was willing to risk whatever punishment was to come because of their impatient. In this world we live, waiting has become a bad word. Kids are driven with an untamed impatience. The instant gratification is the badge of honor they live by. They want quick money and fame. This is even more pronounced in the popular hollywood sagas. The life of the entertainment world has now become the bench mark of the excellent. In the Christian world we are encouraged to wait on God. Waiting, patient and faith are all words that describe a devout Christian. Unlike the characteristic of the world we are challenged daily to wait on God.

We know that with God there are no time limits. 

Pray and Watch God Work!


praying with power_wide_t_nv“Our God is Awesome! Heals me when I’m broken, strength where I’ve weakened… Forever He will reign…!!!”

I believe in the power of prayer!

During the months of October and November of 2013, I was led by the Holy Spirit to pray for the direct needs of my congregation and persons who worship with us at Bethel Temple of Praise. There were several individuals who had been diagnosed and some that were waiting for the test to confirm or clear them of potential diseases.  Others were in various stages of financial upheaval and families that were having various issues.

The Holy Spirit spoke these words to me to declare over the congregation, “Pray and Watch God Work”.

I commissioned one of our members, a medical doctor, to make a list of all the different kinds of illness that persons were facing.  She also gave me what were the causes and potential consequences of each of these illnesses. Every Sunday morning for 15-20 I personal prayed for these various issues: personal, spiritual and financial.  During this period, we would break during our Sunday morning worship and pray specifically for the different illnesses and needs of those persons who were worshipping with us. These moments of intercessory prayer have been such a blessing and on the fifth Sunday of October we had our congregation shared their testimonies about the power of prayer and how God has worked miraculously in their lives.

As we sat and listened, during worship, we were just in awe at some of the miracles that The Lord has done. God has continued to heal the sick among us. When we sat and listened to how God has removed tumors and potential cancer cells from the bodies of our people it is just so amazing! We have heard of persons who were told by their doctors that there was nothing more to do—no operation was possible. Thanks to God he never gives up on us, and He is the ultimate healer when we are ailing.

God’s goodness never fails us, for instance we see where The Lord continues to work miracles in the lives of his people. We have had healing taken place in the life of one of our members who was inflected with stage 3 pancreatic cancer. The doctors’ thought it was impossible to do surgery, but today the surgery was a success, and thanks to God she is now recovering. God has also removed what was thought to be cancerous cells from another of our sister’s body. I can recall following the leading of the Holy Spirit to ask for seven persons to believe in faith with me while we went to God in prayer for another person that had a preliminary diagnosis of potentially cancerous cells.  Our sister has been given seven months to return to the doctor to confirm that all cancerous cells are gone. It is only The Lord that could have performed all these miraculous deeds!

Through prayer, God had restored broken relationships, provided financially for his people, provided jobs when it seems as if all hope was gone. He brought about promotions in the lives of his people and has removed numerous obstacles that were preventing his people from moving upward.

We have also seen The Lord working in the lives of His people in their personal relationships.  There were siblings and relatives who have not been talking to each other for some time now. We prayed specifically for those relationships, and we have heard of reports of these persons are talking to each other and have now reconciled their differences. This could only be achieved through God’s grace and mercy towards us as we believed by faith.

We prayed continuously for job opportunities to be opened up for our people and how good it is to hear our people shared of God providing jobs for them when they least expected it to happen. Our God promised to supply our needs and indeed He has come through for us and we are so grateful to God for always being there for us.

How then can we not remain steadfast and continue to serve The Lord with all our hearts and soul? We read in God’s words that He will always provide for us if we remain faithful to him. After listening to all that The Lord has done in the lives of His people how can we not obey His word where we are told to “…hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering…”

Not everyone was instantly healed or delivered from their various sicknesses or delivered from their various issues. They too experienced the presence of God in a real and personal way. Through their issues and sicknesses they found strength and comfort that was a miracle.

Finally, let us always remember to give thanks to God for all He has done. As Psalm 34:19 says ” Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but The Lord delivers him out of them all.”…. God may not remove all the afflictions, but He makes sure we are able to endure them faithfully. Pray and watch God work!

Happy New Year!


10 year anniversary.004In 2014, how could one truly and radically live out the mission of the Church?  We still have a lot of work to do, and we must earnestly advance the mission of the Church. The Church has to recognize that their primary mission is to advance the Kingdom of God. Jesus prayed for the Church in John 17:11-17:

“And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me… I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”

The Gospel must be preached! I have made a decision to move forward declaring the Gospel. The Gospel is truly ‘good news’ because the events of Jesus’ ministry are the fulfillment of God’s loving decision to heal the broken creation.

In 2014, as we advance the mission of the Kingdom of God, we must maintain a solid biblical foundation.  With the changing cultural environment of our time truth has taken on a relative nature, if not a back seat. The Scripture is being viewed as less authoritative than previous years.

It is quite evident that whenever there is a lack of Biblical foundation and structure there is a potential to wander away from the message of the Bible and the structure of the Church. We must hold to the teachings of the Scriptures without compromise. The heart of the bible is the Gospel Message.

During this period of Church history, we must rely on The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit directs the Church. The Holy Spirit equips and empowers the Church to serve and to proclaim the Gospel. Without the Holy Spirit in our lives we will be carried away in this period of relativity.

There is a deliberate effort to devalue and destroy!

There is an effort to reduce the Bible to less authoritative and outdated. There is a spirit of division that has entered into the church. I pray that in 2014 we deliberately make an effort to unite and hold up the authoritative nature of the Bible. This disunity and lack of biblical authority has allowed the desecration of the sacred. There is a deliberate effort to desecrate the sacred. Is this a result of those who are supposed to guard the sacred have left it open in the name of:

1) Quantity instead of quality,

2) “Delicious instead of nutritious”

3) Conforming instead of transforming

4) Imitators instead of leaders

5) Talkers instead of doers

6) Appeasers instead of truth-tellers

7) Political correctness instead of biblical boldness

8) Popularity instead of prophetic purity

9) Celebrity instead of shepherding

10) Acceptors instead of defenders

2014 will be a year of decisions. Joshua declared, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. What will your decision be in 2014? Will you conform or will you transform. There is no hiding. You will have to make a decision.

We must not sacrifice the gospel message in the name of being accepted in the eyes of the world. In 2014, I make a decision to more forward in advancing the cause of Christ!

Happy New Year!!!

Dr. Dalton Jenkins

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!