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Maginfy the Lord

January 19, 2022

As Christians we have a responsibility to magnify the Lord in all we do. We cannot continue to represent Jesus and represent the world equally. Using a magnifying glass or telescope doesn’t change the nature of the object you are looking at. It doesn’t alter it at all. It uses the power of the telescope or maginifying glass to increase the image in the beholder’s eyes to make it seem larger than it is. We have to do the same to God in our eyes. God has always been bigger than the enemy, challenges we face, sicknesses we encounter, and anything we may come against. We just have to adjust the way we view Him and the way we believe God views us. We need to adjust our view of the world. The world is where you are, but not where you live. You reside and live in the Kingdom of God and you represent it and should be a tool of maginification not minimization. What does it mean to magnify the Lord you ask? Glad you asked, repeat after me. Maginfiy the Lord with me. Let’s look at a few scriptures that shows us, the readers of the bible what magnifying the Lord looks like. Psalm 34 says “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: The humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt his name together.” (Psalms 34:3 KJV) This scriptures tells us to bless the Lord at all times and continue to honor God in everything we do. This is the secret sauce of magnifying the Lord. Maginfiy the Lord with me. Another scripture that enforces this critical principle of the Kingdom is found in the Book of Acts. Read Acts chapter 10 where it says “And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.” (Acts 10:39-46a KJV) When God shows up and the power of the Lord comes on us we must acknowledge His presence. Maginfiy the Lord with me. As shown by the scriptures our role in this world is to make God look bigger to the eyes of the beholder and grow the Kingdom of God. We are supposed to be the only media the world will see that demonstrates Jesus. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Faith vs Doubt

January 12, 2022

There is a battle in the spirit of most people when it comes to faith. They either have it or they don’t, at least that is what they think or believe. It seems as though belief is fully correct if you don’t have faith and live in doubt or it is completely incorrect if you have a God-like faith. Let’s be transparent, we, the body of Christ, have the measure of faith, so there should be no one that believes that they are without faith. Unfortunately, there are too many Christians that believe just that. Say to yourself I have supernatural faith. Let’s look at a few scriptures that enforce faith as a powerful principle of God. Hebrews 11:1-6 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:1-6 KJV) In that portion of God’s Word, we find two important faith statements. One, that faith is the substance of things hoped for but not seen. And two, it is impossible to please God without faith. Those two statements fly in the face of allowing doubt to set in. Say to yourself I have supernatural faith. Another scripture that supports what I am calling this God-like faith movement is found in Mathew 21:21-22. It reads “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Mathew 21:21-22 KJV) This scripture also shares an important factor about faith. To use the power that comes with faith, you cannot let doubt set in or even show up. Say to yourself I have supernatural faith and I will not doubt. In several scriptures, Jesus tells us the disciples that you cannot have faith and doubt fill the same space. Doubt is a strong faith destroyer. “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” (Mark 11:22-23 KJV) Another scripture that shares the desire for us to live without the concept of doubt is where Jesus walked on the water and Peter went out after Him. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Mathew 14:27- 31 KJV) As you can see there, Jesus asked Peter where did he doubt. We already know and Peter did too. It is when he began to sink, it is the reason he sank. Don’t let doubt cause you to sink. Stand in faith, my brothers and sisters. Stand! Say to yourself I have supernatural faith and I will not doubt. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

The Lord is My Salvation

January 5, 2022

In most years after the New Year’s celebration, we ask what’s next? I venture to tell you that it is quite obvious this year. We, in the body of Christ, have to make a concerted effort to show to anybody and everybody that does not have a relationship with Jesus, His marvelous love and salvation. The Lord’s salvation is integral factor to a city-wide, state-wide, nationwide, and worldwide revival. There are too many souls out there in the field not to get to work. Let’s look at what Jesus and the Lord both say about salvation. In Mark 16, we find Jesus telling us the importance of the Gospel and salvation. “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” (mark 16:15-18 NLT) In Isaiah 55 the Lord give us a prophetic invitation to salvation and tells us the benefits of it. “Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free! Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. See how I used him to display my power among the peoples. I made him a leader among the nations. You also will command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.” (Isaiah 55:1-5 NLT) The Lord’s salvation comes with supernatural victory, healing, deliverance and peace. It becomes clear that revival cannot start with salvation. We have to believe that revival is needed now. We cannot wait for revival to just show up, we must get the message of Jesus out to the world as soon as possible. The world is dying without the power of Jesus to revive it. We have to evangelize the streets, the cities, the office buildings, the suburbs, and the countryside and talk to everyone about Jesus and the importance of it. Revival is more than a tent and a speaking engagement. It is the demonstration of God’s love just like He said in Isaiah 55. Revival in the word’s nature means a coming alive of something that was dead or dying. So revival starts, ignites, and breathes through salvation. Salvation is the engine that fires up revival. In the last few previous years, the body of Christ has been attacked from outside forces. Those Forces came straight from the pits of Hell. But, Let’s remember that Jesus went to Hell to spoil the Devil’s plan too. In Ephesians 4, the Bible states “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, And gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)” (Ephesians 4:7-10 KJV) In case you didn’t understand that Peter clarifies this text by saying in 1 Peter 4:6 “For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” (1 Peter 4:6 KJV) We can now say unequivocally that Jesus preached salvation to everyone including to those in Hell and we should do the same. We should declare that we will preach until everyone we know is going to Heaven that might have been on their way to Hell. So, let us not forget the call to arms for Salvation and celebrate the New Year with a single-minded mission of the Lord’s Salvation. That are the true blessings of Jesus for this coming year. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

This Christmas

Isaiah 40:9–11, Isaiah 52:7–9, Mark 1:1–3, Luke 2:10–14, John 3:16–18

Christmas is Saturday this year and plenty of people will get together with family members to open up gifts that were placed under the tree. They will pontificate on and on with friends about which football team is better than the other. Most families will eat, drink, and be merry. There is a small religious group of people that understand the nature of the season. These churchgoers are aware that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ. We come together to either be in church or to love on Jesus by being with family and friends on Christmas day. Some families even go to church as GBFIC will do on Christmas Eve. In addition to all the hoopla, there is a great number of people around the world dealing with depression, anxiety, fear, grief, and other true emotions that are difficult to express during what is supposed to be such a joyous time. Having this in mind is why the Advent readings are so critical for those individuals that are going through challenges. Let's look at those for a moment. Below are the four Sunday readings that you can find in the December 8th Bishop’s Buzz. Advent Readings (Four Sundays before Christmas) 1. Hope (or promise) – The hope and promise of salvation both from tyranny and from sin. “O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord GOD will come with a strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” (Isaiah 40:9-11 KJV) “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 52:7-9 KJV) 2. Preparation (waiting or prophecy) – Having believed in the promise, we as believers are to wait and prepare for the promise to become a reality. “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, Which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight.” (Mark 1:1-3 KJV) 3. Joy (peace) – After preparing ourselves for the coming prophecy to manifest, we move to a spirit of joy. Joy because we know the promised King is coming, and Joy because he is bringing salvation, healing, and victory as well. “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:10-14 KJV) 4. Love (adoration) – The last Sunday reading is about God’s love washing over us and through us to develop a loving environment for the arrival of the promise and the lasting love that comes with Jesus entering the earth and returning to the earth and saving it. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18 KJV) If we work towards adhering to the themes of these readings it should offer peace to those who may be going through a difficult time as the season comes to an ultimate close on Saturday. I am reminded to give the gift of Jesus’s love to those that are less fortunate than I and I hope you will follow my lead and do the same. I don’t just mean sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I refer to you reaching out and showing love by giving your substance, time, and talent to those who need your attention and assistance. We have to give others a lift up as Jesus gave us a lift up. So let us not forget the Christmas season and of course the reason for the season in the first place. Jesus so loved the world that he gave his greatest gift. Find someone that is in need and give them the ultimate gift, “Jesus’s love and peace.” Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Leadership

December 15, 2021 • Exodus 17:5–6, Matthew 20:26–28, Matthew 16:24–26

During my time at both Norwegian Cruise Line, and the Walt Disney Company, we had training activities ranging from sales, communication, thoughtfulness, and leadership. Leadership trainings usually prepare you for taking up the position and what the position’s role is or was. That is not the leadership I am going to talk about today. Leadership is an action, a way of life, a behavior that leaders and lay people alike can and should do. Let’s look at the bible for some more insight. The first characteristic of leadership is giving of one’s self. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26 KJV) Leadership is not just pointing people in the right direction, but sacrificing and taking them there yourself. Another characteristic of leadership is following God’s directions. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink.” (Exodus 17:5-6 KJV) Here we find Moses and the people of Israel in the dessert struggling for water. Moses did not question God, he did what was directed from the Lord, even if it would look foolish. But when a person follows God and leads others to do the same the results are heavenly. Go get you some water. A third leadership characteristic is serving others. Leaders have to be willing to lay down their own selves and needs to serve the people around them. In politics a mayor, president, congressman and senator are still called public servants. In the Body of Christ, a leader is still called a servant. Let’s look at John 13 for a clue into true leadership from Jesus. Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; he riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. 1Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.” Another scripture highlights God’s view of leadership. Here in the book of Matthew we find Jesus defining leadership. “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28 NLT) Jesus pressed the disciples to serve them so that he can truly demonstrate one of the greatest acts of true leadership. Leadership is an activity that anyone can do. We have to trust ourselves and the ones around us to show true leadership. We must sacrifice and love unconditionally. That is the heart of a true leader. Lead on GBFIC, family, and friends, let your love and leadership shine through! Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Advent

December 8, 2021 • Mark 1:1–3, Luke 2:10–14, John 3:16–18, Isaiah 40:9–11, Isaiah 52:7–9

The Advent season is among us and I wanted to share with you its origins and its meaning. We talk about Advent during the last part of November into Christmas every year, but do we really know where it came from? Advent is a powerful and important season that became liturgy because of the spiritual relevance. It is not known when the period of preparation for Christmas that is now called Advent began – it was certainly in existence from about 480 – and the novelty introduced by the Council of Tours of 567 was to order monks to fast every day in the month of December until Christmas. According to biblical scholars “it is impossible to claim with confidence a credible explanation of the origin of Advent". Most people in the early Church believed Advent as a time of penitence. It was a period of fasting known also as the Nativity Fast or the Fast of December. “While Advent is certainly a time of celebration and anticipation of Christ’s birth, it is more than that. It is only in the shadow of Advent that the miracle of Christmas can be fully understood and appreciated, and it is only in the light of Christmas that the Christian life makes sense. It is between the fulfilled promise of Christ’s first coming and the yet-to-be-fulfilled promise of his second coming that Karl Barth penned these words: “Unfulfilled and fulfilled promises are related to each other, as are dawn and sunrise. Both promise and in fact the same promise. If anywhere at all, then it is precisely in the light of the coming of Christ that faith has become Advent faith, the expectation of future revelation. But faith knows for whom and for what it is waiting. It is fulfilled faith because it lays hold on the fulfilled promise.” The promise for Israel and the promise for the church is Jesus Christ; he has come, and he will come again. This is the essence of Advent.” (Holcomb, 2021) Advent Readings (Four Sundays prior to Christmas) Hope (or promise) – The hope and promise of salvation both from tyranny and from sin. “O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” (Isaiah 40:9-11 KJV) “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 52:7-9 KJV) Preparation (waiting or prophecy) – Having believed in the promise, we as believers are to wait and prepare for the promise to become a reality. “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, Which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight.” (Mark 1:1-3 KJV) Joy (peace) – After preparing ourselves for the coming prophecy to manifest, we move to a spirit of joy. Joy because we know the promised King is coming, and Joy because he is bringing salvation, healing, and victory as well. “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:10-14 KJV) Love (adoration) – The last Sunday reading is about God’s love washing over us and through us to develop a loving environment for the arrival of the promise and the lasting love that comes with Jesus entering the earth and returning to the earth and saving it. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18 KJV) So let us not forget the Advent season and celebrate the blessings of God that comes with the blessed anticipation of the Advent season. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

There Is Glory In This House

November 17, 2021 • Exodus 40:33–35, Ezekiel 10:1–4, 1 Kings 8:10–11

Glory is an important factor to whether we decide to visit a church and stay there or keep looking. The local church is the place where God’s glory and His presence should and needs to reside. If a person goes to church and finds the power of God operating from the pulpit to the parking lot, it can most likely be felt before he or she leaves their vehicle. There are several instances in the Word of God that shows God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s glorious presence in the temple. We are going to see what happens when we let God’s glory enter the building that has His name on it. Here in the book of Exodus we see what happens to the church’s leader when we let God’s glory fill the temple. “And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work. Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.” (Exodus 40:33-35 KJV) There we see that Moses could not even enter the temple because the glory cloud and thus the power of God was so tangible. Next, we see in the book of Ezekiel that there is angelic activity when the presence of God’s glory is in the temple. “Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne. And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight. Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court. Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD's glory.” (Ezekiel 10:1-4 KJV) Lastly, we look at a passage of scripture where Solomon when building the temple was instructed by God to include Him. Solomon did that by having the ark of the covenant’s presence a focal point of the temple. When Solomon followed God’s command the presence of Yeshua and the Holy Ghost was so tangible that the priest could not even stand to minister in the building. “And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.” (1 Kings 8:10-11 KJV) I believe that the Acts 2 experience is coming back to the church. The glory is already presence at Glory Bible Fellowship International Church and other churches. The fire of revival is here! GBFIC feel the glory! Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Anti-Semitism‌ ‌and‌ ‌Anti-Zionism‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Church‌ ‌Pt. 2

November 3, 2021 • Bishop Adam G. Blackstock

In last week’s Bishop’s Buzz, we talked about the Anti-Semitism that is slowly trying to gain a hold of some of the Church. This week we will discuss the other underlying spirit trying to enter the church, Anti-Zionism. The difference between the two spirits are important to understand. One deals with hatred of all things Jewish (Anti-Semitism) and the other deals with denial of Israel’s statehood and claim to the promised land, the denouncement of the Body of Christ’s assistance to Israel and its continued support for Israel (Anti-Zionism). This is so deep, there are denominations that are completely opposed to Israel’s statehood. In the book “Why Palestine Matters: The Struggle to End Colonialism” (Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) 2018). It is explained in detail about one denomination’s struggle between the two sides of the spiritual debate. “The historical roots of recent Presbyterian debates run deep, since the church has been involved in missionary work in Palestine for over a hundred and fifty years. While the church never succeeded in converting Muslims, it did become part of Arab culture and in time allied itself with anti-colonialism in the region. As Hetzel Fishman (1973) writes, “Because the (American Protestant) missionaries provided political support for the Arab cause, they inevitably became opponents of Jewish nationalism in Palestine”. They “invariably supported the battle against Zionism” (p. 179), and the Presbyterians as a consequence were often referred to as a pro-Arab church. Yet opposing views then and now continue to divide the denomination.” ANTI-ZIONISM is a stance that opposes Jewish self-determination in any part of the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people. The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement is one manifestation of anti-Zionism, as it seeks to replace the current Jewish state with a single, Palestinian-majority one. Anti-Zionists have a long record of disturbingly antisemitic commentary encompassing all facets of classical antisemitic language. This growing spirit inside the Body of Christ must be stopped. God is not mocked, whatsoever you sow you shall also reap. If some in the Church continues to flow in this spirit we will see our covering from God wane. Jesus told us that he would return in the new Jerusalem, and walk through the East or Golden Gate. I believe we must support Israel’s Statehood and right to live on Yeshua’s Promised-Land in Perpetuity. GBFIC will continue to fully support Israel’s right to peace and prosperity in the land God left for them. Israel didn’t get the land gifted to them, they always owned the land and should have a full right to do whatever they need to do to protect it. Glory Tours International will continue to host groups to Israel and area because we feel strongly about supporting Zion. Lastly, if someone tells you that they believe there should be a two-state solution in Israel, ask them if you were living in the family house for generations and someone told you to give up the kitchen and the living room to someone that wants to hurt you what would you say to that? By the way in order to get to your portion of the house you have to go through the living room and kitchen every day. Repeat after me “I am a follower of Jesus” and then “I will do everything Jesus would have done and did do!” Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism in the Church Pt. 1

October 27, 2021 • Bishop Adam G. Blackstock • John 10:22–25, Psalm 122:6

In the last few years there has been a spirit that has crept into the Church that should be alarming to all of us. This is in no way a political statement or to delve into other church’s polity or doctrine. This is an observation that should challenge the body of Christ into studying the matter for themselves. Let’s start at the beginning, Martin Luther, a great theologian and preacher, known for his “95 Theses,” was also against women in ministry, and the original anti-Semite overtones that are in the body of Christ. His rhetoric was used by Adolf Hitler, and other leaders of the SS movement to kill, imprison and torture over six million Jews from Central Europe. In November 2019, The Church of England admitted that centuries of Christian anti-Semitism helped lead to the Holocaust. In a major report that was three years in the making, England’s established church cited “the attribution of collective guilt to the Jewish people for the death of Christ and the consequent interpretation of their suffering as collective punishment sent by God” as being among the ideas that “contributed to fostering the passive acquiescence if not positive support of many Christians in actions that led to the Holocaust.” After the defeat of the German army, the spirit was and is still prevalent in the region. Those spirits came to America with many Europeans and others seeking freedom in the US. Once the spirit arrived here in the United States it transferred to the Southern Baptist Movement in the Church and was fired up by the KKK and other hate groups. Well, if you are saying the KKK is about dead and you live in the north, don’t be fooled. That spirit is alive in the church under the guise of replacement theology or nonrecognition of the Jewishness of Jesus. If you believe in replacement theology there are two schools of thought. One, the Church is the new children of Israel, and the true seeds of Abraham. Two, the other and more dangerous theology, which will be addressed below is the removing of any references to Jesus’s Jewishness or the High Holy days of God. At GBFIC, we believe that we are “Believers of Jesus Christ,” and therefore will do everything that Jesus would have done. Jesus even celebrated a minor feast called Hanukkah. In the book of John chapter 10, we find the passage “After this the Feast of Dedication [of the re-consecration of the temple] was taking place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in Solomon's Porch in the temple area. So the Jews surrounded Him and began asking Him, How long are you going to keep us in doubt and suspense? If You are really the Christ (the Messiah), tell us so plainly and openly. Jesus answered them, I have told you so, yet you do not believe Me [you do not trust Me and rely on Me]. The very works that I do by the power of My Father and in My Father's name bear witness concerning Me. [they are My credentials and evidence in support of Me].” (John 10:22-25 APC) In this biblical text they try to test Jesus’s validity, by some churches eliminating His Jewishness, they are doing the same now. We have to defend the Jewishness of Jesus at all stops, because that opens the door to many miracles and breakthroughs. The bible tells us we should “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they prosper who love you [the Holy City]!” (Psalm 122:6 APC) It is simple the more we love on our Jewish ancestry and the people of God we prosper. Repeat after me “I am a follower of Jesus” and then “I will do everything Jesus would have done and did do!” In next week’s article (Part 2) I will discuss the Anti-Zionist movement that has crept back into the Church. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

The Good Life

October 13, 2021

During the month of October, the Lord instructed us to pray every night at 10:00pm. Thank you Prophetess Blackstock for your obedience and keeping us on task. There are many forces that can attack you during these dark days so praying nightly and daily is crucial. In today’s Bishop’s Buzz I wanted to focus on our main scripture of the month John 10:10. It establishes who to watch out for, but more importantly, what Jesus wants to deliver to His sheepfold. In John 10:10, it presents a very famous portion of text that is quoted as much as any other portion of scripture. There are two dynamics going on in the scripture that don’t necessarily believe to be related. Don’t be fooled, they most definitely are. In order for us to get the full picture we must then look at the scripture in its context. The text reads “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:1 – 10 KJV) When you read verse 10 now it becomes clearer. The thief is the enemy and he came to steal, kill and destroy. The Devil’s plan is to steal, kill, and destroy your life, dreams, your joy, your hopes, and your love. The Devil’s plan is obvious and we keep falling for it. Let’s realize his plan and react by rejecting him and the Devil will flee. In the same scripture we see God’s most loving plan for His children. He has come to give us life and life more abundantly. The abundant life is not meant for the occasional Christian or just for the most elite, it meant for all of us. Let’s grab ahold of the abundant life Jesus has promised us by following Jesus by our actions and our love. People of God remember Jesus came to give us the sweet life. We are called to live an abundant life. Ephesians 2:10 in the Amplified version Bible explains this principle better then I ever could. “For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” (Ephesians 2:10 APC) Repeat after me “I have the Good Life!” We all should speak life into your good life! Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

What Are You Looking At?

October 6, 2021 • Bishop Adam G. Blackstock • Matthew 14:22

In this time the enemy has given us so much to look at, that we are bombarded with sensory overload in our eyes. We see depravity on TV, the internet, and everywhere we travel to. What used to be blocked by censors and pay walls for adults, is now available free of charge for almost everyone and available everywhere. Our mission as Christians is to fight through the clutter and keep our eyes on the Lord. It is critically important to the life of the spirit in you that we keep our eyes pure from sexual immorality and vulgarity. Our eyes are the gateway to the soul and thus we have to protect them with everything we have. When we move our eyes to our circumstance and not on Jesus we drown in a sea of despair. Let’s look at Peter’s example found in the book of Matthew. “And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:22-31 KJV) In this example we find two principles to follow: the first is keeping our eyes on Jesus and the things of God. The second is that God controls the storms, he will never let you sink. If you keep your eyes on Jesus, remember these two things Jesus is the way and the light and when it is stormy in your life, know that Jesus is in control of the storms. He will calm the storms for you if you have the faith to believe He can do it. People of God remember to “keep your eyes on Jesus”. The windows to your soul are your eyes, so make sure you have blinders on them that keeps away the enemy. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Restored

September 29, 2021 • Bishop Adam G. Blackstock • 2 Corinthians 10:3–6, Psalm 51:1–11

Jesus was placed on the earth by God to purge us of our death behaviors and bring us into the marvelous light. Jesus did what only God could do for His people. Use His blood to wash us whiter then snow. We need to ask Yeshua to heal us and restore us from our sinful nature. During this season of our lives we need to do everything possible to remove the sinful residue of the enemy off of our lives. David, the King of Israel, sinned against God when he committed adultery with Bathsheba. He tricked her husband into going to the front lines of war in order to take his wife for himself. What a sinful act! What David did after that sin, is a model for repentance we should all follow. “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: According unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: And my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: That thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: And in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; That the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, And blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; And take not thy holy spirit from me.” (Psalms 51:1-11 KJV) Here we see repentance leads directly to restoration. He was restored. It didn’t mean he did not have a price to pay for his sin, but it did mean that it would not stop him from being a “Man after God’s Own Heart.” Repeat after me – “I am restored!” Can I say something to you without condemnation, if you take the freedom to repent, you open the door not only to restoration but increase, prosperity, health and life. Let’s spend the next week removing the hinderances to our breakthrough. Paul in the second letter to the Corinthian church knew the battle every Christian would have to fight. He stated “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6 KJV) Repeat after me – “I am restored!” Why would we think we are different than David, Solomon, Peter, Paul and others that went before us. They had to battle against the wiles of the enemy, we have to battle as well. If we fight off the enemy, we have a great opportunity for a deliverance, a breakthrough, a healing, a victory, and a transformation. Let’s do it! One last time - Repeat after me – “I am restored!” Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

The Feast of Tabernacles

September 22, 2021

The seventh (and final) festival given to Israel is called Sukkot (סֻכּוֹת) or the "Feast of Tabernacles." Sukkot is observed in the fall, from the 15th to the 22nd of Tishri. During this time many Jewish families construct a sukkah (סֻכָּה), a small hastily built hut in which meals are eaten throughout the festival. The sukkah is used to remember the huts [plural: sukkot] Israel lived in during their 40 year sojourn in the desert after the exodus from Egypt. Later, after Israel entered the land of promise, Sukkot was associated with the fall harvest and came to be known as Chag ha-Asif (חַג הָאָסִף), the "Festival of Ingathering" (of the harvest) at the end of the year. Certain customs were incorporated into the observance of Sukkot, including decorating the sukkah, performing special "wave" ceremonies of the "Four Species" (i.e., the lulav), circling the synagogue in a processional while singing hymns (hakkafot), and reciting various Hebrew blessings to sanctify the festival. While the Torah states that Sukkot is a seven day holiday (Lev. 23:34; Deut. 16:13), an additional day called "Shmini Atzeret" is also included (Lev. 23:36; Num. 29:35). And since Sukkot marked the end of the agricultural year, a further holiday called Simchat Torah was added to celebrate the end of Torah reading cycle for the year as well. I believe Matthew 17:1-9 shows us a type and shadow of the experience we have every Feast of Tabernacles season. God is with us and shows Himself to us. “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.” (Matthew 17:1-9 KJV) If we are followers of Jesus then we should do the activities that Jesus did. He was in the temple during the Feast of Tabernacles, so we should do it also. “Then, midway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach. On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory” (JohnNLT 39-7:14, 37) Lastly I prophesy that Haggai 2 will come upon you. This is the sixth day of the Feast of Tabernacles. The day of man during the feast the lord is going to bless you tremendously. Lets see what the Prophet Haggai declared “In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the LORD by the prophet Haggai, saying, Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying, Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts: According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Haggai 2:1-9 KJV) Next time you wonder if you should celebrate The Feast of Tabernacles, ask yourself, am I a Christian? Because if the answer is yes then as followers of Jesus Christ you should do what he would do since he was Jewish and a descendant of David. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Yom Kippur (The Day of At onement)

September 15, 2021 • Bishop Adam G. Blackstock • Isaiah 53:2–7, Acts 13:36–39, 1 John 4:10

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year. It's the day of atonement after the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah. On this day, Jews ask God for forgiveness for their sins to secure their fate. It's also known as the Sabbath of Sabbaths. It begins Wednesday evening and ends Thursday evening. (Yom Kippur usually falls in September or October each year). More than half of Jews will observe the holiday by fasting, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Some will avoid working, wearing leather shoes, applying makeup or lotion, washing or bathing and having marital relations. During this time, Jews attend worship services where the machzor, a prayer book used during holy days, is read and specific prayers are recited. At the end of the services, a shofar or ram's horn is blown to signal the end of Yom Kippur. Then, Jews are able to feast, breaking the fast. Jews believe the first Yom Kippur occurred after God gave Moses the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. When Moses came down from the mountain, he found the Israelites worshiping a gold idol calf. After they atoned for their sin, God forgave them and offered Moses a second set of tablets. God's own Word described the One who would come, die, bear the sins of humanity, and be rejected. Jesus is the answer to many prayers and the bearer of our sins. Isaiah tells us in chapter 53 “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:2-7 KJV) In this verse we clearly see that God intended for Jesus to be our “atonement.” But just like it was in His time and the Jewish people did not believe that he was the Messiah, the Christians of today do not believe or want to understand why we should celebrate Yom Kippur. In the book of Acts, chapter 13 we read “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:36-39 KJV) Lastly in 1 John 4:10 it expressly states that Jesus atoned for our sins. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10 NIV) Next time you wonder if you should celebrate Yom Kippur by fasting, then feasting, ask yourself, am I a Christian? Because if the answer is yes then as followers of Jesus Christ you should do what he would do since he was Jewish and a descendant of David. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

It is Time to Strip (everything that weighs us down)

August 25, 2021 • Bishop Adam G. Blackstock • Romans 12:1–2, Ephesians 4:17–24, Hebrews 12:1–6

If you have a desire to go higher in the Lord, you must be willing to take off the things that separate you from Him. Jesus took on every burden that causes us concern or keeps us from Him. The sin that trips you up must be destroyed for you to be used by God. When it is too warm. You must remove layers of clothing, it is the same in the kingdom of God. When you are getting hotter and hotter for the Lord and the ministry, you must get rid of the activities that stop your elevation in Him. Let’s look at a portion of scriptures that backs up this argument. In the book of Hebrews, the writer proclaims that “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin. And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” Repeat after me, I am a child of the light.” (Hebrews 12:1-6 NLT) We cannot continue to look like the world and think we are leading our non-believing neighbors to the Lord. Who are you fooling? No one. We of course are saved but we must be truly converted. What does God say about this? Here are a few scriptures that back answer that very question. In the book of Romans, Paul writes “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2 NLT) He also writes in the book of Ephesians in chapter four that “With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:17-24 NLT) My brothers and sisters, it is imperative to strip down and take off any sin, guilt, burden, hurt, pain, or wicked devise that separates you from reaching the highest levels with God. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

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