Latest Event Updates
We have solved the problem we have been experiencing this past month with audio recordings. We have replaced the mic for our wireless system and this past weekend recorded perfectly.
We are in the process of recording again the two services that did not tape. The Wells of God Part 4: The Family has now been posted to our website. We encourage everyone to download this powerful and timely message.
Because most of our congregation will be out of town for Thanksgiving travel, both our Wednesday night Men’s Class and the Sabbath service this weekend have been cancelled.
Take time to enjoy your family events and to especially give thanks to the Almighty for all of His wonderful blessings.
The last two messages in the “Wells of God” series were powerful, timely and needed. I believe this is why the enemy has fought so hard to keep them from getting out. Our wireless microphone system is barely a year and a half old (The last one worked perfectly for twelve years!) It appears that we have a short in the microphone and its cabling.
We have ordered a new “start-of-the-art” microphone headset that will work with this unit. It has already been shipped by Kingdom Audio, and we will have it before my next session. (There will be no message this week, since I will be teaching in New York.)
We are making plans to teach these powerful messages again after I get back from this ministry trip. These messages are too important to allow the enemy to prevent their dissemination throughout the Body of Christ.
Vision Project Progress Report
We continue to make progress in the Vision Project. Last week, I received a special deal from HP for the computer I will be using in my home office (our next step in the project). This includes a 23" flat panel monitor. I saved over $400.00 on the computer with no payments for 90 days. I am confident that the Vision Project fund will be able to pay for this computer before the first payment is even due!
We are also learning new things about DVD production. We mailed out a "Thank You" copy of lesson one from the new Feasts series. One person reported problems, so we did some research to find a cure. The results were that we need to make sure we use DVD-R for production (instead of DVD+R), and that we needed to use a better grade of DVD stock than Memorex. We found Verbatim DVD-Rs for a better price than we were purchasing the Memorex brand. Verbatim are about the best brand on the market. This little problem allowed us to go from an economy brand to a premium brand and save on their cost! God is good.
As I am approaching some of the materials to teach them again for DVD, I will be adding new insights to them. In fact, after looking over "The Life of Faith" series, I feel that I need to completely rewrite the materials before teaching it again. God has been stressing in Mary and my hearts that too many Christians are living in vicarious faith. Someone else cannot walk in faith for you, it is a personal walk that only you can do. This theme and many Hebraic concepts will be worked into the new materials. I hope to start filming the new Life of Faith right after Winter Break.
Holy Fire – Strange Fire Seminar in Bronx, NY
I will be at Love Gospel Assembly on November 13 & 14 to teach a new series entitled "Holy Fire-Strange Fire." These six sessions will be life-changing for those that are hungry for more of God and have ears to hear. If you are in the New York area, I encourage you to come to these meetings.
Love Gospel Assembly
2323 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10468
Antioch School of Urban Ministry
2435 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10468
Cost: For College Credit – $100.00 | Audit – $50.00
Friday, November 13: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, November 14: 8:30am – 4:30pm
There will be a continental breakfast on Saturday morning. Lunch will be available at the seminar location for $5.00.
Audio Cassettes Are Being Discontinued
We are running a sale on audio taped versions of our materials until the supplies we have run out. Any tape orders between now and January 1 will receive a 20% discount and free priority mail shipping! Just write "Discontinue Sale" on your order, take off 20% from the cost of the tape set and do not add shipping.
This will be a "first come, first serve" sale. As soon as our supplies are used are exhausted, the sale will end.
New Prices Set for Lectures
These new prices will not affect the cost current cost of MP3 lectures, but sets prices on CD and DVD media.
Effective January 1, 2010
· MP3 Lectures: $6.00 for each lecture in a series.
· CD Lectures: $7.00 for each lecture in a series.
· DVD Lectures: $8.00 for each lecture in a series.
by Michael K. Lake, Th.D., D.R.E.
Chancellor, Educational Consultant & Biblical Life Mentor
Most of the Body of Christ has gone about their daily business without a clue of the biblical significance of the past few weeks. The centuries of manmade traditions have disenfranchised us from our rich Hebraic heritage and the biblical feasts that belong to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. These biblical feasts serve many purposes:
· They remind us of what God has done for us.
· They teach us more about what Jesus has done and will do in the future.
· They are cycles of God’s process of sanctification in the life of the believer.
· They are cycles of God’s process of positioning believers for greater blessing.
· They are God’s way of bringing us back into step with the Kingdom of God. (This one is especially needed in this day since everyone is in step with the current Babylonian system of the world!)
This Wednesday, we will begin filming a new series on “The Feasts of the LORD and Their Spiritual Significance in the Life of the Believer.” This new DVD series is designed to reintroduce believers in Messiah to His Feasts. As we prepare for His coming, we need to get back into the rhythm of His Kingdom; the Feasts play a vital role in our realignment.
Since we are in the middle of the Fall Feasts, I thought it would be a great opportunity to teach on several aspects of the Day of Atonement (Yom Kipper) and how it can apply to becoming more effective in your spiritual walk and ministry. This month’s Mentor Tip is about divine accountability and realignment.
There are many aspects to the Fall Feasts (the Day of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles) that we could cover. The Fall Feasts are all about the second coming of Messiah and become a template to lie over the top of the Book of Revelation to see fully what God is showing us. Without the Fall Feasts’ template, the Book of Revelation is constantly being misinterpreted by believers. We will not be examining the Fall Feasts from an Eschatological view point, but one for daily living.
The Feast of Trumpets signifies a time of announcements from Heaven. It is a time designated by Almighty God when He speaks with greater clarity for the sake of His people. It also begins the countdown to the Day of Atonement called “The Ten Days of Awe.” During the Ten Days of Awe, God’s people spend a great amount of time examining their lives and hearts. They make sure that all relational accounts are settled between them and God as well as between them and their fellow man. There is also intense examination of what they have done with their lives since the last Day of Atonement.
The Fall Feasts teach us the importance of ownership. In fact, the Torah has a great deal to say about ownership of land and property. The concept of ownership is important because it reminds us that this world, our bodies and all other things are owned by a divine Creator, the God of Heaven and Earth. Since He owns this planet and all the people that dwell upon it, we must live our lives with the understanding that one day we will stand before Him to give an account of how we lived our lives and what we accomplished.
This year I have personally done that very thing. I have examined my past year, to include my accomplishments and my failings. During the Ten Days of Awe, I have been repenting, making plans, and making many adjustments. I did not accomplish as much as I wanted to this past year. There were places where I stumbled, dropped the ball or allowed other things to crowd out what was really important.
The Fall Feasts and the Day of Atonement were a type of “wake up” call to me. I have examined every weight that so easily besets me (Heb 12:1), examined what is most needful in my walk and ministry, and have determined to completely devote myself to those things alone.
Devote and devotion are very powerful words. Devote means “to commit to a particular purpose.” Devotion means to have “fervent dedication and loyalty” to something. This not only involves placing a great amount of time and energy into its accomplishment, but to remain loyal to it when distractions present themselves.
Here is what I am going to be devoted to this next year:
· Writing new courses, articles and books.
· Researching to ensure accuracy and integrity in all that I teach.
· Re-teaching every major course I have taught in the past for DVD.
To accomplish this, many things in my life that took the focus away from my pursuits of God are being set aside. The things of the flesh (to include most entertainment) are there to distract us from our purpose, to steal our time, and to steal our focus. I am sure Satan will also bring many opportunities that sound wonderful but are simply distractions. Everything must be weighed concerning what I must give an account to God for and what He has called me to devote myself to. I must then purpose in my heart to remain loyal to those things.
Bringing It Home for You
This time next year the Day of Atonement will roll around again. Will you be prepared to present your life before the judgment bar of God to give an answer for what you have done with those twelve months? Can you give an account for what God has called you to be devoted to so you can work in His fields of service?
It is time for you to take inventory. What has God instructed you to do? Categorize them to include: personal relationships, education, ministry direction, etc. Once you have the categories, examine this past year to see what distracted you or held you back. Make plans to remove those weights!
Now make a list of the things you must devote yourself to. Be specific, and write it with great clarity. This list becomes your litmus test for everything that comes into your life and even how you plan your day. Is it part of your devotion to the accomplishment of something that God has called you to, or is it a distraction to test your loyalty? You are the gatekeeper to your life. The Fall Feasts teach us that it is time to wake up and redeem the time. In fact, the Day of Trumpets is also called “The Awakening Blast.” Consider this your wake up call to enter into Kingdom living with devotion and purpose!
Copyright 2009 by Michael K. Lake, Th.D., D.R.E.
All Rights Reserved
Please share with all that hunger for more of God and His Word
Biblical Life Assembly
P.O. Box 588 | Marshfield, MO 65706-0588
Phone: 417-859-0881 | Fax: 417-468-2037
Biblical Life College & Seminary
P.O. Box 588 | Marshfield, MO 65706-0588
Phone: 417-859-0881 | Fax: 417-468-2037
We have been making wonderful progress on the Biblical Life Vision Project. Before I share are progress, I want to thank our Biblical Life students, graduates and partners for all your help. I have been blessed and humbled by your response. This morning I received a phone call from a family in New York that have prepared a special room in their home to study the new DVD materials. They plan on inviting other believers in their area that are hungry for more of God and His Word to study with them. In my heart, I believe this will begin happening around the nation and the world.
Because of your help, we have the following in place:
1. New computer for basic day-to-day operations of the ministry.
2. Updated software for operations.
3. New video camera for taping the new classes.
4. Video editing software.
I have spent the past two days collecting my notes to prepare for the first session that will start on September 30. Everyone is excited, both for the new classes to begin and the realization that they will be videotaped.
As we begin videotaping, the next two items that we will need are:
1. DVD Duplication Tower
I have found an outstanding unit available through National Audio Company in Springfield, MO. It will create 10 DVDs at a time and also has a 250 gig hard drive for quick production of the most used videos. It is also one of the most affordable units I have been able locate. Cost: $925.00 (with shipping from manufacturer).
2. Dedicated Computer for Audio/Video Editing & Production
I believe the same unit that we originally purchased through the Sam’s Club for our operations will serve perfectly for this project as well. A dedicated computer is necessary to ensure conflict issues do not arise between production software and our administrative operations software. Cost: $1,400.00.
Plans for Courses and Production
1. I have already outlined the three new courses that we will first develop for DVD. After these are complete, we will begin taping all of my previous courses for DVD. The three new studies are:
· The Feasts of the LORD & Their Spiritual Significance in the Life of the Believer
· The Sabbath: A Biblical Investigation
· Biblical Health & Healing
2. A gift to those that have helped. Once our first session the Feasts is edited and ready for production, we will be mailing out a copy to all that have contributed as a special "Thank You" and let you see firsthand how this project is going to bless the Body of Christ.
I cannot impress upon you just how important your prayers will be as we press forward in this project. As I begin teaching, your prayer cover will enable a new level of anointing to flow in the teachings. As a team, we will see bondages broken, lives transformed and the Bride of Christ prepared for her Lord’s return!
The last few weeks have been quite busy for us at Biblical Life. Between processing enrollments and working on the Vision Project, we have had to burn the midnight oil a few times. Because we have been so busy, we have not been able to develop new Mentor’s Tips this past month. We hope to start them again in October. Here is where we are on the Vision Project:
1. Purchased first 64-bit desktop computer (3 more to go). It has been programmed and is working perfectly.
2. Updated the following programs used for the ministry:
ACT! for 2010 (to operate the school database)
Adobe Acrobat Pro V 9 (to create professional PDF files)
Expression Web V 3.0 (to maintain our websites)
Audition CS 3 (to create MP3 files and other audio recordings)
Our next step is to purchase the video camera we will use for videotaping our new classes. We have settled in on the Sony HDR-WR500V. We have found a site that sell the camera for $1,099.00. We currently have $955.00 in the vision account. We are believing God that we will be able to purchase the camera this week.
After the camera is purchased, our next goals will be editing software (Sony Vegas Pro 9 – $400.00 and a duplication tower to produce the DVDs – $1,100.00).
We plan on starting the new class on September 30 for taping. The new series will be: The Feasts of the LORD and their spiritual significance in the life of the believer. Preparing new course materials for DVD requires much more work than for audio recordings. We are preparing both lecture notes and PowerPoint. We know these new materials will be a blessing and all associated with Biblical Life will be proud of them! Please keep these in video classes in your prayers!