Power For Today A magazine of understanding for our times How I Got Over By Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino................................Page 3 What Does Being An Apostle Mean ?........................Page 5 Watch On The World......................................................Page 9 Remember Godâ€™s Power CAN Be Yours...Because Through Jesus Christ There IS Power For Today!.Page 11 Apostolic Corner By Apostle Dr. Rebecca Michael.............................Page 13 You Go, Girl! By Nina B. Marino..........................................................Page 14 History Makers: Presenting Great Women In History.........................................................................................Page 15 Radio And Internet Television Log.........................Page 19
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Power For Today A magazine of understanding for our times October 2010 Vol. 9, No. 10
COVER ARTICLE How I Got Over —Page 3
SCRIPTURE STUDY Thy Word Is A Lamp: Studies In The Book Of Psalms —Page 7
MINISTRIES SPOTLIGHT Interview With Apostle Dr. Lee Ann —Page 11 Apostolic Corner
Encouragement For The Journey —Page 17
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Tell me how we got over ‘LORD’ I’ve been falling and rising all these years But you know my soul look back and wonder How did I make it over
Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.D.
How I Got Over The long road of ministry
Back when I started Power For Today in April, 2002, there were two things I never would have believed: 1) that it would become a magazine, and 2) that we would hit 100 editions. In the earlier times of this ministry, it seemed like modern ministry was nothing more than a series of impossible challenges, with no end and no answers. Years were spent in dilemma after dilemma. I always wondered what the problem was. Clearly people can make it in ministry. Look at preachers like Joyce Meyer and T.D. Jakes! Then there are others who are not half as well spoken or entertaining who also seem to make it, at least better than I was succeeding in ministry. They had followers worldwide, plenty of finances, people clamoring to be in their presence, and I just sat there, being thrown out of churches and disrespected everywhere I went. I was tired of being yelled at on the phone by irate, religious zealots. I was tired of having doors closed right in my face at every turn. In short...I was tired. I didn’t understand the truth about ministry because my only examples
of ministry were imbalanced. During an interesting phase of change within Christianity, I too felt myself lost in the shuffle. I was confused about ministry, about my calling, and my place in this world. In the midst of this state of tumult and trial, I discovered a song that truly spoke to me in the state of being I seemed to constantly be in. It is called “How I Got Over” by Mahalia Jackson, and the first part of it goes: How I got over How did I make it over You know my soul look back and wonder How did I make it over How I made it over Going on over all these years You know my soul look back and wonder How did I make it over Tell Me how we got over ‘LORD’ Had a mighty hard time coming on over You know my soul look back and wonder How did we make it over
Something in this song and its lyrics truly resonated with me, even then, about the reality of ministry. Ministry is never as simple as standing up and announcing to the world you are there. The world does not jump up in response, automatically loving every thing that comes forth from your work. Ministry is a service, walking and following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. In keeping with such a task, ministry is not an easy road, nor is it a simple one. It requires patience, discipline, dedication, and time. We will experience rejection, pain, persecution, and discrimination. We will experience what Jesus did in His ministry on earth. Yet just beyond the difficulties of this world, we recognize we too experience and walk in the power of Jesus’ resurrection. That is truly how every minister’s answer as to how we get through what we need to get through. In celebration of this special 100th edition, I am going to share with all of you the many years of this ministry and how I too got over.
In the beginning, there was...nothing I first knew I was called into ministry when I was about sixteen years old. At that time, I was still a Roman Catholic living in a small city in upstate New York. I wasn’t a good Catholic, despite my best efforts to maintain the guidelines for being such. I had too many disagreements with core tenets of church doctrine to be any good at following the church’s rules and regulations. I also knew too much about the church and its history. The more I learned about Catholic history, the more I disbelieved it was the “one true church of Jesus Christ,” which is what they told us. I asked too many questions, picked up on too many lies, and had general discomfort with worship of Mary and saints, the concepts the church held about the priest and his role, and the question I had of total invisibleness before God, save I was part of this “body,” the Roman Catholic Church. (Continued on page 4)
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of the Catholic Church. Wrong.
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God began my ministry work by having me interview different people about their differing religious beliefs. Meeting these different people and hearing their stories - and claims that were equal with the Catholic Church - both challenged and intrigued me. I repeatedly encountered former Catholics who all provided sound and logical reasons for leaving the Catholic Church, which raised even more questions within myself. In raising objections to the local Catholic Church about their non-adherence to church canon - and the question that the church might just be wrong - I found myself faced with two options: stay andstop, forcing my silence, or leave before something more formal took place.
By the time I first started to discern a calling from God, I was already in trouble with the Catholic Church on a local level. Being the child of divorced parents and living with a parent on a fixed income didn’t help my chances of achieving Catholic popularity or support. It didn’t help that I was truly not a stereotypical Catholic female. One of my favorite stories goes back to fifth grade religion class where my teacher tried to teach us about “vocation,” another word for calling. The Catholic Church taught us calling was about our choices. In asking us what we wanted to be when we grew up, she received stereotypically Catholic answers from the girls: mothers, teachers, nurses. When she got to me, I thought about it for a minute and said, “I’m going to be a priest!” My teacher didn’t think I was cute. Her stern response was, “Women can’t be priests!” I thought about it for another minute and then said, “If I can’t be a priest, then I ‘m gonna be a rabbi!” She didn’t like that answer either. Her consternation grew when a boy in the class also decided he was going to be a rabbi. She moved on, but she clearly didn’t forget. She spent the next several years providing me with books and information about women who became nuns in an effort to derail me from thoughts of the priesthood. She wasn’t the only one who thought I should aim for the nunnery. I spent the majority of my adolescence dodging comments about clothing, attitude, behavior, and more all with one common ending: I needed to consider becoming a nun. Being a nun wasn’t my calling. I knew that, and wasn’t entertained by the suggestion. Even though I clearly took issue with the church for many years, including two prior, albeit, temporary, departures, from attending mass. I never considered being anything other than Catholic. When God first called me into ministry, I assumed I would do the ministry I was called to within the bounds of
I chose to leave, voluntarily excommunicating myself from the Catholic Church. I wouldn’t be confirmed. I wouldn’t ever receive communion in the church again. And that was fine. I lost every friend I had at that point in time. People who claimed to care about me either pretended I didn’t exist anymore or sought to convert me back to Catholicism. I stood at a crossroads.
An unacknowledged apostle Within a week of my voluntary excommunication from the Catholic Church, I found myself interviewing a woman about her Charismatic church. She was herself a former Catholic with firm beliefs in the faith she now held dear. I had always been hesitant to visit the churches of people I’d interviewed, for fear they might think I was looking to convert. There was something different about this woman. When she invited me to church, I went with her. I didn’t know what I was looking for. I didn’t know what I would find. I had no idea of the calling on my life, or where it would take me. All I knew was attending service with her opened up a door to a new spiritual world I was vaguely aware of, yet unfamiliar with at the same time. It was there I received Jesus Christ
In order to have a testimony, one must first have a test ; in order to have a message, one must first have a mess.
as my savior on February 14, 1999. I was baptized in the Holy Ghost within a few months. Something new was starting. I loved my new church. I loved being a part of that ministry. At the same time, I hated the people’s attitudes. I hated their bigotries, their lack of redemption, and the way so many of them seemed to never open up to receive God’s healing touch. I hated the pastor’s cocky attitude and the way he distorted the Bible to suit his own thoughts and purposes. It took about five months for me to begin questioning whether or not the true answers lied in that church. When I questioned something or offered a different viewpoint, I found myself ignored, criticized, or condemned. The last incident I had in this church involved direct confrontation with the pastor. He accused me of having an unkind spirit and of sabotaging other churches. He also told me I would be better suited in a different church with a different doctrine. I was both offended and horrified. I immersed myself in different thoughts and ideas. I wound up a short-term quasi New Ager, not denying Jesus but attempting to deny the precepts of His so-called people. I explored Buddhist meditation, but came up short. I needed an assignment. I needed a purpose. In prayer one day, the Lord called me to begin visiting different churches and denominations in the area. I was not to join any of them, but was to worship, experience, and fellowship with them. I did my best to go unnoticed. God kept making me known. People kept wanting my opinions about their churches and what they did. The more they pursued, the more I hesitated. I finally was asked so repeatedly that I started writing letters to different churches I attended about what was right, what was wrong, and what definitely needed improvement. The letters were received with discomfort and much negativity. God was preparing me to do apostolic work by having me do apostolic work. I continued on like this for a few years, learning and growing all the way.
An apostolic call In the late 90s and early 2000s, the big (Continued on page 16)
What does being an apostle mean to you? Being an apostle means the Lord has called me, appointing me from before the foundations of the world, to stand in this day, age, and time for Him. I have been sent to this generation for His specific purpose, as one of many throughout history who is specifically sent in a time to His people.
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Being an apostle means I must walk in the footsteps of Christ and of other apostles throughout history. It is not an easy walk. It means being ahead of our time, and the struggle that comes with that reality. It means confronting the idolatries, overcomforts, and laziness of people and stagnation in their faith. Apostles are movers and shakers: we get things done and we shake things up for the Lord, awakening those asleep and bringing spiritual power everywhere we go. Being an apostle means prayer and study. It requires depth of faith, spirituality, and character. We must be exactly who we claim to be. Apostles can’t walk around confused or uncertain of the truths of the faith. As those who are sent, we must be acquainted with our message and empowered by it. We are the first to receive the Word from God, and therefore, we must first believe, accept, and embrace it.
the Kingdom of God. We cannot fear what people will think about the calling we have or the ministry to which God has called us. Not everyone will understand what we are called to do. Some will come around, and some will never come around. No matter what the response from people, we continue to answer the apostolic call. We don’t answer to people, we answer to God. God is for us and we have nothing to fear for that reason.
Being an apostle means loving people. We must have a heart of compassion, recognizing judgment is not ours. As disciplinarians of the church, we must keep a level-headed perspective and never fall into the trap of judgment. We will not agree with the decisions everyone makes, but it is not our place to make the decisions of others for them. It is our place to proclaim God’s empowerment so people are able to make Kingdom decisions and live Kingdom lives. While we do not have do condone what others do, we will love them no matter what they do.
Being an apostle means overcoming religion and religious stereotypes. Religion has made it nearly impossible to distinguish between those truly called and those who just act like they have a calling. Anyone can get up in a pulpit and scream into a microphone. Anyone can get up in front of people and start crying, making themselves look intense and dramatic. Not everyone can convey God’s message to people effectively, clearly, and with understanding. Apostles embrace the ability to be effective communicators of the Gospel.
Being an apostle is being a Kingdom builder. We are commissioned to proclaim the Gospel and build the Kingdom of God. We remember the church of God is not a building, it’s the people who believe and love God. Our job is to build, empower, and edify people. If we aren’t blessing people, we can put up as many buildings as we like; it does not count as an apostolic work. Being an apostle is about living without fear. We must overcome our own fears, concerns, and concepts to be of benefit to
Being an apostle means proclaiming life. We do not reimpose the law or make new laws for people to follow. We do not seek to oppress, control, manipulate, or condemn. We want to see people set free, not bound, even to us. We know firsthand that the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. Being an apostle means being different. We shouldn’t look like, talk like, preach like, teach like, or minister quite like anyone else. In embracing the anointing we have, we recognize God has appointed us to be exactly who we are in Him. We aren’t copycats, but
rather, originals. Being an apostle means dying to self. It is not our will, but God’s will, that matters. We develop the discernment to tell the difference between the two. We will choose God’s will, even when it is difficult, rather than choosing the immediacies of the flesh. We say no to ourselves, take our sufferings in stride and perspective, and do not make ourselves victims to circumstances. We are overcomers, not failures. Being an apostle means being mature. We are not going to play games, live in competition, or foster the nonsense that plagues the church today. We refuse to be threatened by other ministers. We forgive those who wrong us, let go of the past, hold fast for the future. We do not live wasting time, for we recognize there is enough wasted time in this world. We get one chance to live this life for Him and to stand as leaders in our modern age. We do not live childishly or foolishly, but stand strong for God in all things. We have outgrown the tantrums of the flesh and being controlled by materialism and want. We know we have what we need and God provides our needs. If we don’t have it, we don’t need it. We will not manipulate people to get what we want. Being an apostle means being strong in Christ, strong in faith, strong in purpose. We do the right thing, even if we won’t get caught, and even if no one is looking. When we have a difficult circumstance, we look to God. We seek His counsel. We seek His face. We pray without ceasing. Everything we do in this life is a reflection of the spiritual life, flowing, and power we have in Him. We are not afraid to walk in the gifts He has given to us, because we know they bring glory back to Him. We are strong enough to say this ministry is not about what we can do for ourselves, but what God is doing in all things. Being an apostle means being a bearer of faith, hope, truth and love...even if we don’t feel hopeful....even if we don’t understand everything...and even when we feel no love from others, except for God’s love in our lives. It is setting an example, being a beacon, and being a resource in His Name until the day He returns. (Do you have a question you want to ask Apostle Dr. Lee Ann? Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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How much do you know about the history of Power For Today Magazine? In honor of our 100th edition, we thought weâ€™d offer you a few tibits about Power For Today Magzine over its past 100 editions. First edition: Released April 6, 2002 Released by: Revival Ministries International (ministry divison) and Apostolic Fellowship International (church division), the merging of which became Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries in 2004; released in Oneonta, New York Length: Newsletter, 6 pages in length Theme: Many Are Called, But Few Get Up! Circulation: About 120 editions Cost: Free First edition online: .Pdf format on our website, December 2005; first edition available on issuu.com and magcloud.com: May 2010 Current length: Magazine, 20 pages in length Circulation: Unlimited due to the internet Countries of distribution: United States, Puerto Rico, Zambia, Uganda, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Philippines, Nigeria, Canada, India, Peru, Indonesia, France, Italy, South Africa, Pakistan, Wales, Great Britain, Kenya, Germany, Jamacia, Argentina, Peru, Burundi, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Denmark, Spain, Lebanon, Colombia, Chile. ink
Thy Word Is A Lamp Studies in the book of Psalms Psalm 18: Keeping The Ways Of God, Part 8 (Verses 46-50) As Christians, we take for granted the revelation present in Psalm 18:46. We understand it to refer to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and it does. This is not all it refers to, however. It reemphasizes the omnipresence of the Lord, from eternity past to eternity future. Even David, with no personal experience of the resurrection, David knew of the immortality to come in Christ Jesus. He knew the rock of his faith would not let him down, and that God was his source of salvation. This salvation was both immediate and eternal; God saved David from his enemies and would save his soul from death and hell. Verse 46 re-emphasizes God’s eternal plan of salvation. We should never fail to see God’s hand at work in His plan all throughout Bible history. Those of old knew God would be faithful to come through for them in a sense beyond immediate circumstances. We too are a part of this plan, and must see God working for our eternity within the bounds of our immediate. As long as God lives, God is sovereign; and as He is eternal, His sovereignty is unparalleled. (verse 46) No matter what happens to us, God is the One Who will make our situations right. Some of us struggle for years and years to fix situations the way we like them, only to fail. In the bigger picture, God is the only One Who can rectify our circumstances accurately and correctly, because He sees the bigger picture. God sees beyond any immediate difficulties or encounters we may have, knowing the realities behind both those of oppressor and oppressee. In surrendering our lives to God, we recognize His foresight and knowledge transcends what we know within the bounds of the flesh. (verse 47) As believers, it is inevitable that people will rise against us. The world hates what it does not
understand, even though it does not understand why it hates it. The spirits operating in the world recognize the Jesus within a believer, and rise against it at every turn. But God is at work in every believer, giving us the power to be lifted up against those that oppose us. God is stronger than any demon in hell, and any devil that tries to come against us. The violence thrust upon us in the physical cannot contend with God’s spiritual power at work. We are a resurrection people serving a resurrection God. Temporal powers have no hold over us. Hallelujah! (verse 48) It is most fitting we praise God for all He has and is doing for us. As long as we remain in Him, and He in us, we are a part of God’s anointed seed. His blessing remains upon us and in us, and He works all things for good in our lives. While we may not see our situations benefiting us in the natural, we can always trust God’s spiritual purposes will bring us to a profound and powerful place as we continue to grow in Him. God’s promise to show mercy unto his anointed and his seed, yet again, shows forth God’s eternal nature, eternally redeeming, and eternally unfolding His plan forever. (verses 49-50)
God is unfolding His plan forever!
DID YOU KNOW... • According to Jeremiah and Ezekiel, sour grapes would set the children’s teeth on edge • Isaiah’s son’s name was Mahershalal-hash-baz, meaning “spoil seeds, pray hastens” • Mordecai was responsible for raising Esther after her family died • The Chaldeans carried away the items of brass, silver, and gold from the temple at Jerusalem to Babylon • Mordecai refused to bow down before Haman the Agagite • Paul treated the Thessalonians like a father treats his children • Isaac sent his eldest son Easu out to hunt and prepare a special meal for him as he lay dying so he could bless him • When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, the church in Corinth was experiencing a division • God sent a fire to devour the two sons of Aaron in the tabernacle because their offering was not commanded by God • The tribe of the Levites had the responsibility of taking down and setting up the tabernacle • The Israelites were permitted to lend money to other nations, but prohibited from borrowing from them
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K - Kumquats
Contributed this month by Nina B. Marino, RN, LNC
L - Lemons M - Meat N - Nuts O - Oranges P - Pear Q - Quince
As we celebrate the 100th anniversary issue of Power For Today, this column has been about food. In this issue, we deal with the cornucopia of food that God has created for our life, our health, and our nutrition. There are fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, spices, herbs - you get the idea. He created everything we need for each system and part of our body. Remember the garden of Eden? There was everything a body could want or need. Its inhabitants were told, here is all you need. Just stay away from this one thing. It is no different from society today, as human beings continually want to go outside what God has given us for health and nutrition. Example: drugs, alcohol, overeating, smoking... once again, you get the picture. Look around you - it is all there for the taking.
R - Radishes A - Apples S - Strawberries B - Bananas T - Tomatoes C - Cheese U - Ugly Fruit D - Dill pickles V - Valencia Orange E - Eggs W - Watermelon F - Fish X - Xylocarp G - Grains
Y - Yellow Squash H - Huckleberry
Z - Zucchini
I - Iceberg lettuce J - Juice
I rest my case. Pick a letter. Choose your food! They are His gifts to us.
Watch On The World Examining current social, political, and religious events
Church rebuffs military concerns over Koran burning Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center said he understands Gen. David Petraeus’ concerns, but plans to go forward with the burning on September 11th, the ninth anniversary of the attacks. He left the door open to change his mind, however, saying that he is still praying about his decision. Petraeus warned in an e-mail to The Associated Press that “images of the burning of a Quran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence.” Jones told the AP in a phone interview that he is also concerned but wonders how many times the U.S. can back down. “We think it’s time to turn the tables, and instead of possibly blaming us for what could happen, we put the blame where it belongs — on the people who would do it,” he said. “And maybe instead of addressing us, we should address radical Islam and send a very clear warning that they are not to retaliate in any form.” Jones, who runs the small, evangelical Christian church with an anti-Islam philosophy, says he has received more than 100 death threats and has started wearing a .40-caliber pistol strapped to his hip. The threats started not long after the 58-year-old minister proclaimed in July that he would stage “International Burn a Quran Day.” Supporters have been mailing copies of the Islamic holy text to his Dove World Outreach Center to be incinerated in a bonfire that evening. The fire department has denied Jones a required burn permit for Sept. 11, but he has vowed to go ahead with his event.
He said lawyers have told him his right to burn the Quran is protected by the First Amendment whether he’s got permission from the city or not. Muslims consider the Quran to be the word of God and insist it be treated with the utmost respect, along with any printed material containing its verses or the name of Allah or the Prophet Muhammad. Any intentional damage or show of disrespect to the Quran is deeply offensive. In this progressive north Florida town of 125,000 anchored by the sprawling University of Florida campus, the lanky preacher with the bushy white mustache is mostly seen as a fringe character who doesn’t deserve the attention he’s getting. Still, at least two dozen Christian churches, Jewish temples and Muslim organizations in Gainesville have mobilized to plan inclusive events — some will read from the Quran at their own weekend services — to counter what Jones is doing. A student group is organizing a protest across the street from the church Saturday. The Vatican newspaper on Tuesday published an article in which Catholic bishops, including Archbishop Lawrence John Saldanha of Lahore, Pakistan, criticized Jones’ plan. “No one burns the Quran,” read the headline in Tuesday’s L’Osservatore Romano. Jones, who has about 50 followers, gained
some local notoriety last year when he posted signs in front of his small church proclaiming “Islam is of the Devil.” But his Quran-burning scheme, after it caught fire on the Internet, brought rebukes from Muslim nations and an avalanche of media interview requests just as an emotional debate was taking shape over the proposed Islamic center near the Ground Zero site in New York. The Quran, according to Jones, is “evil” because it espouses something other than the Christian biblical truth and incites radical, violent behavior among Muslims. “It’s hard for people to believe, but we actually feel this is a message that we have been called to bring forth,” he said last week. “And because of that, we do not feel like we can back down.” FBI agents have visited to talk about their concerns for Jones’ safety, as multiple Facebook pages with thousands of members have popped up hailing him as either a hero or a dangerous pariah. His plan has drawn formal condemnation from the world’s pre-eminent Sunni Muslim institution of learning, Al-Azhar University in Egypt, whose Supreme Council accused the church of stirring up hate and discrimination and called on other American churches speak out against it. through with it. - http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100907/ ap_on_re_us/quran_burning;
God’s Power CAN Be Yours...Because Through Jesus Christ There IS Power For Today! An interview with Apostle Dr. Lee Ann Marino Note: In honor of our 100th edition, we thought we’d give you all a chance to meet the Apostle behind Power For Today Magazine and Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries. Apostle Dr. Lee Ann has compiled the most common questions she receives from all of you, making you the interviewers for this special edition. Q: Apostle, what made you want to be in ministry? A: The easiest answer I have for that question is to say God made me want to be in ministry. The more involved answer would say the Lord established circumstances in my life to point me toward ministry and answering my calling.
answered God’s call throughout the ages, despite the difficulties they did face. Q: You have a great reputation for using humor when you preach. What is your favorite funny experience to share? A: It tickles me when people tell me how funny I am because I don’t consider myself to be very funny. I have always perceived myself to be very stoic and serious - so when I share something in preaching, I am not trying to be funny. It just works out that God has given me the
Q: What is your favorite message you’ve ever preached? A: Oh wow, that’s a hard one. “Woman, Define Yourself!,” my best-selling DVD, is definitely on the list. I also was truly inspired by the message, “Female Kingdom Service,” which I preached in Puerto Rico last year. My favorite message is probably, “To Have A Pentecost..” which I received at 2 AM the night before I preached it in Dallas, Texas this past June. Q: Who are your inspirations in ministry? A: Many of you know Kathryn Kuhlman is one of the main reasons I am in ministry today. I learned about her very early in my ministry history through a radio broadcast someone did on her life. I’d never heard of her and was inspired to learn of the impact she had on others despite her own personal battles and struggles. I was also inspired early in my life by Joyce Meyer, because she was the only female preacher I had ever heard of. Nowadays I am inspired by history’s women and those who
wanted to do was knock on the van and say, “Sweetheart, you look stupid. You don’t look holy, you look hot! Nobody thinks of Jesus when they see you!” Everyone always laughs at it because it’s everything they think of when they see people who dress odd in the Name of the Lord, as well. Q: How did you get the idea of Power For Today as the title for your radio show, TV show, and magazine? A: I contemplated the idea of a newsletter for a few years before I began to put Power For Today together. While Luke 17:21 was always the “theme verse” for our church (and now our ministry), our original ministry key verse was 1 Corinthians 4:20: “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power.” I have always believed strongly in the purpose of receiving and walking in God’s power. When it came to discussion of publication titles and show titles, I wanted something that would convey God’s power available and accessible to all believers now, in this day and age, as much as in days gone by. I literally spoke the words, “Power For Today” out of my mouth without even realizing what I said! The rest is history. Q: How did you come up with your closing slogan, “...And remember: God’s power CAN be yours...Because through Jesus Christ there IS power for today?”
ability to be funny, and I don’t even realize it. My favorite story to share relates to the stereotypes of holiness everyone has - long denim skirts for women and long-sleeved shirts for men. One day when I was still living in Kentucky, a young guy from a local holiness church drove up in the church van to pick up the boys next door for Sunday service. It was July in Kentucky, right in the middle of a heatwave - and he was wearing long pants, a long-sleeved oxford shirt, and a wool sweater in his attempts to try and be “holy.” I stood at the window and seriously thought about going out to the van. What I
A: Power For Today is pre-recorded rather than live. The recording process is very long and involved - it takes several weeks to record and edit all the new shows for the season. I do my very best to create recording snippets that can be used in several broadcasts, rather than just one. When we first started recording, I had no closing or slogan - I would close by saying, “And until next time, be blessed!” I thought it sounded corny. One day when I was recording, the closing we now use just came out of my mouth. I liked it so much, we’ve closed every episode with it ever since. (Continued on page 15)
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Q. Are women also called effectually in to Ministry as ordained Christian Ministers?
Apostolic Corner By Apostle Dr. Rebecca Michael Q: How did you get in to Ministry? in the area of overcoming adversities and competent leadership training for What is the training for that? A: Unlike many other aspiring Chris- those in these fields. I see now looking tian Ministers, I did not have a lifelong back in the 20-20 hindsight vision that dream or ambitions in this direction the Lord did not allow me to stay conin my wildest dreams. My plans and tent here but rather revealed many isgoals were to be a nurse or a Counsellor sues, problems, injustices, inconsistenin the mental health and al-lied fields. cies which He is preparing me now to God redirected my life a lot through address in books and education of leadProvidence however and so I was put on ers possibly at some point in the near a path He chose for me towards over- future. I would have been happy to stay coming many trials, tribulations and very ordinary in life and happy with adversities as such far beyond my con- my own beautiful family who I adore– trol. As a result and in the process, the however– much has happened and the Lord had me also prepare in these above Lord has now prepared me also as an orfields to a large degree with a Bachelors dained Christian Minister for empowdegree in B.A. behavioral sciences and erment from Him and to send me back later much work experience followed later to effectually deal with the issues in mental health and allied fields. The I repeatedly encountered with some Lord revealed over this extensive period solutions especially around competent of time of over 2 decades, in addition leadership and mentoring for the sake to my own trials and overcoming, that of those who are at the mercy of these there is much progress that has been systems in terms of care. I have and will made in these helping fields but that so soon gain further grad education and much more needs to be done especially the worlds finest allies in keeping
A. Yes- Like I said above. I had no such plans and would have been happy as a clam to stand back and have the responsible men and elders assume their servant leadership positions in Ministry and the marketplace. However– the Lord had other plans for me as I have outlined. I believe at this time it is getting very dark and compromised with very few true heroes and heroines today though wannabees abound– so I think that the Lord is calling, preparing and sending whosoever will pass the bootcamp training of His Providence in trials, tests etc. and then He promotes the faithful vessels/saints who withstand and pass these tests by faith and by His Power. He does this by testing us for truth/fire. The qualities of character He crafts- such as tenacity under pressure, endurance, perseverance over time– even decadesand stamina– as well as a fervent and courageous resistance to corruption, falsehoods and deception– all of this unbeknownst to the one undergoing it all over decades at the time happens through the wilderness– which that cannot be falsified and so these are for real saints and only these does He then appoint. Many men and mostly women it seems are now being raised up on the back side of the mountain so to speak– and coming forward at this end times now to be aligned and take their rightful place as ordained of the Lord for all the body of Christ members– the Lord is aligning His leaders and members now and getting ready soon to send them out to advance the Kingdom purposes of God on this earth as it is in heaven. We are gathering now, figuring it out from the forefront of a massive transformation of the ‘ekklesia‘ or His Church bride/ (Continued on Page 17)
You Go, Girl!
By Nina B. Marino, RN, LNC
It’s the anniversrary of the 100th edition of Power For Today Magazine. It is a wonder, a joy, a wonderful miracle of sorts. It has been a long, hard road to get to this place. The journey has been full of challenges, disappointments, hard work, and most of all, total and complete faith in God.
They proved to be self-centered, uncaring, and unkind. When push came to shove, they would choose themselves over their younger sister. Unbeknownst to us, God would provide her with the family she never had. She would meet many brothers and sisters as she travelled on her journey.
Apostle Dr. Lee Ann Marino was the youngest child born in her family. She was a wonderful little person with all the signs of extraordinary gifts. (And it’s not because I am her mother!) Her family life was not easy. Her father was deep into alcoholism, an addiction that befell many members of both on her mother and father’s side. Lee Ann was supposed to be born; it was God’s plan. I often think of all the interpersonal family relationships the world is so intently focused upon. Those concepts did not apply to Lee Ann. Her biological family was always estranged from her for one or another of their own stupid reasons. The reasons never had anything to do with Lee Ann, for she was only a child. It was God’s choice she be born. The family she was born into really had no importance in the scope of her life.
Lee Ann spent many hours as a child engaging in play that would define her future with God. As a young child, she played Barbie dolls - but not in the usual way. The dolls were used as a representation of what would become her Christian walk. The dolls were (we were of Catholic persuasion at the time) used to portray aspects of the Catholic mass. She was always interested in the female role in religion. It was obvious that women in religion and in the world were not afforded the same respect and regard as their male counterparts. The church itself would never have been able to function had it not been for the women in its community. They bore its children, taught its children, and took care of all the physical and social aspects of the church. They took care of its leaders and kept its secrets. In the
hierarchy of importance, its women had none. Lee Ann studied all the religions, cults, and groups and all the churches. She spoke to their people. When she writes and speaks on a subject, it comes from all sources, experience being a prime source. She travelled miles to attend a service and speak with the congregants. It was a long, hard, many times, arduous task. Many times she was discouraged and wanted to stop production of the magazine. We would talk for days about the good, bad, and the ugly. Then plunging forward, trusting in the knowledge, that God had created this, and we must trust in Him and go forward. So here we are at the 100th anniversary edition of Power For Today Magazine. As I have been on board since its inception, I see how much it has grown. It is a wonderful magazine with articles and learning tools for all. It is a literary publication that anyone would be proud to be connected to. It is educational and heartwarming. It speaks to all peoples. It is a magazine dedicated to giving you Power For Today...power to have the strength and courage to live in these changing end times. I love you, Lee Ann - you go girl! Nina B. Marino, RN, LNC is the overseer of the Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries branch office in Oneonta, New York. She is also Director of the Attachment Disorder Help & Resource Network, a Registered Nurse, and Legal Nurse Consultant. To contact Nina, send an email to email@example.com.
Woman, Define Yourself! Woman of God, do you know who you are?
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Remember God’s Power CAN Be Yours...Because Through Jesus Christ There IS Power For Today! (Continued from page 10) Q: What has been your favorite Power For Today cover article? A: May 2009’s “The Center Of His Will.” Q: Where do you hope to preach in your lifetime? A: Everyone who knows me well knows I have a strong heart to preach in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. I would also hope to preach in Canada and more of the US as time goes on. Q: What is your favorite color? A: Red. It reminds me of the flame of the Holy Spirit and the Blood of Jesus. Q: Who is your favorite worship leader?
History Makers Celebrating great women in history Ann Eliza Young
divorce from Brigham Young,
Ann Eliza Young traveled the country, speaking out against Mormonism and polygamy. Due to her testimonay before congress, the Poland Act made prosecution for polygamy possible. She was formally excommunicated from the Mormon church in 1874. Ann would go on to marry again, only to divorce again. Later in her life, she was estranged from her family, including her children. In 1907 she published the book, Wife No. 19, detailing her experiences in plural marriage. In 1908, she disappeared. Many believe she was kidnapped and killed due to her outspokenness against Mormonism and polygamy. There is no record of her death or burial.
Ann Eliza Young was born in Nauvoo, Illinois to her parents, Chaucney Griswold Webb and Eliza Jane Churchill. She grew up with a strong Mormon background, powerful in those days for its upcoming doctrine of polygamy. Ann married for the first time to James Dee in 1863. It was a monogamous marriage, yet an unhappy one. The marriage bore two children and ended in divorce. In what became an arrangement between Ann’s family and Brigham Young, Ann became, by her own account, Brigham Young’s 19th wife (later biographers cite her as his 52nd wife or his 27th wife) when she was 24 and he was 67. Throughout the marriage, Brigham Young was cruel, unrelenting, and unfair to Ann. She was cut off from his finances and forced to take in borders to provide for herself and her children. In an unheard of move, Ann Eliza Young filed for
Quotable quote: “[I have] a desire to impress upon the world what Mormonism really is; to show the pitiable condition of its women, held in a system of bondage that is more cruel than African slavery ever was, since it claims to hold body and soul alike.
A: I am truly moved by the music styling of Robin Mark. His powerful way with musical lyrics and melodies always brings me to a profound place of worship. I also love Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong Worship Team. Q: What do you do to prepare yourself spiritually for preaching right before you preach? A: I spend time with God right before I preach. Usually I start the night before a meeting by reviewing my preaching notes and see if the Lord reveals anything additional or new to add to the sermon. He usually does, so I go over the notes and Scriptures pretty intensely a few times. I also seek to pray and to hear from God before a sermon. Sometimes I will sit during worship and focus in on what is to come. Q: How can readers get in touch with you? A: Send an email to our ministry or join our fan page at powerfortoday. webs.com.
HAPPY 100TH EDITION!
How I Got Over (Continued from page 4) answer to ministry was to become a pastor. Not having a thorough understanding of the five-fold, I figured pastoring was the next stop of ministry. I spent two years struggling with a church that was unable to keep members after six weeks and unable to obtain new members after that point. I spent two years disillusioned, lonely, and lost. I had no idea where to go or what I was doing wrong. In an attempt to generate interest in the work, I founded Power For Today, a six-page newsletter designed to promote teaching and updates about the magazine. It was sent free via mail to any interested party. While the response about the magazine heralded its contents, people refused to receive it. Yet again, I couldn’t figure out why. The newsletter and ministry were both solidly Christian, reflecting truth and apostolic belief. I was not pursuing false teaching. What was the problem? When I was one month past my 22nd birthday, the Lord came to me, saying, “Come, blessed apostle of God, for all things are now ready.” I had no idea what that meant. I had no idea what an apostle was. I knew something important had happened, but I didn’t understand what. My state of awe lasted a few days, until I told my then significant other about being an apostle. He told me, “You can’t call yourself that. People will think you are full of yourself. Pick another title.” He believed that because there was debate over the legitimacy of Paul’s apostleship, it was fine if someone else wanted to call me an apostle, but I should never, ever call myself that. I became fearful, as my ministry was already not doing well. I called myself evangelist instead.
A call never forgotten Around late 2004, people began coming to me, wanting “covering.” I hated that term and wanted to avoid any connection to controlling people. People also started telling me I was their “apostle.” I would quickly say to them, “No I am not, do not call me that.” Quietly and respectfully, they would reply to the effect of, “But Mother, you are our apostle.” I would concede, telling them fine, but don’t call me apostle. I continued with
ministry work, despite trying to avoid my calling and working hard to overcome the negativity I’d experienced in so many years of ministry. While I seemed to be better in some ways, things never seemed to improve beyond a point. It was time for a change. In January of 2007 I moved to western Kentucky on a tip from a ministry there who claimed they would help me in my work. I spent five months with this ministry, working and assisting them, and in the process, they tried to get me out of ministry. I broke from this ministry and wondered where God was going to take me next. The Lord began to confront me fully with my apostolic call beginning in the fall of 2007. I came in contact with first, a female apostle on MySpace, and then second, an online women’s ministry that began to help me focus and address my calling and the truth about who I was in Christ. It was time to stop being afraid to call myself what God had already called me several years earlier. It was past time to establish myself fully in God’s ministry for me. Things began to turn around at this point. Power For Today Magazine went online in 2006. The Winds of Change Radio began broadcasting in 2008. Opportunities to preach also began to increase in that year. Opportunities to cover remain strong, and publication of a book is later to come this year. God is truly good and truly faithful to His promises, which I know shall all be fulfilled. Ministry continues, and will continue. Where things of this ministry were once despised, they are now sought out and intensely sought after. What religion and humans cast aside, God continued because their rejection was not of me, it was of Him.
Thoughts on the road of ministry We live in a time when we always want things to be easy for us. The Israelites and their bemoaning, loss of faith, and complaining in the desert prove to us wanting things to be easy isn’t a new phenomenon. What we don’t often realize is what’s easy is not always what is best for us. True ministry is never easy because ministerial stewardship - the ability to serve God and His people
is not ever an easy task. People don’t want to hear the change they seek comes with a price, nor do they want to recognize truth reveals what is wrong with us, our lives, and our existing beliefs. We prepare for this task by growing and developing truth in ourselves. We learn the truth about ourselves by dealing with the harsh truths about others. We learn about God and His true unchanging love as we experience the harsh abandonment and disappointment of others. Most of all, we grow stronger through what we go through. It’s been said that in order to have a testimony, one must first have a test; in order to have a message, one must first have a mess. While there isn’t room to share my entire testimony here, I recognize the intense truth in such a statement. We must go through to say that we got over. We may not understand how we got through in hindsight, but we know God was with us, and carried us through, every step of the way. Job 23:10 says, “He hath acquainted Himself with my beaten path. When He hath searched me out, I shall come out shining.” (Free Translation) What truth in just one verse! As we stay the course God has for us, we are searched out by Him. He searches us within, revealing ourselves to us and uncovering who we are. As He searches us, knowing our lives, our stories, and what we’ve been through, we come to find and discover Him. As we are changed from glory to glory and faith to faith, we come out shining, truly a new creature in Christ. And that is truly how I got, and continue to get, over. Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.D. is Apostle in Office for Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries. To contact Lee Ann regarding speaking engagements or conference hosting, please contact us at 1 (919) 397-9122 weekdays 9 AM-5 PM (EST) or anytime via drleeannbmarino@powerfortoday. or g.
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Corporate Son– and awaiting instructions from Our Commanderin-Chief– Our soon coming King Jesus Christ for what is next. This is biblical– God has sent many females throughout biblical history esp. in dark times to step up to the plate and take the lead. It is very exciting and also more than a little scary at times. But we live by faith in Him– of whom shall we be afraid if God is with us and for us?!
Encouragement For The Journey Thoughts to help you through! • I’m only here on Earth to serve God. I never had a career. I don’t care about commercialism. I have a ministry and I’ll fight for the ministry. - Larry Norman •
Warner • It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works in God’s name is often hardest put to find time for God. The parents of Jesus lost Him at church, and they were not the last ones to lose Him there. - Vamce Havner
Apostle Dr. Rebecca Michael is Apostle for Phoenix Alive Christian Ministries, Inc. in Maple Ridge, BC. She has over two decades in education, mental health, and many years experience in ministry. She is also an independent songwriter/producer, publishing blues, rock, and Gospel. To contact Apostle Dr. Rebecca, visit her website at http://PhoenixHorizons. webs.com.
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