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Receive a Free Signed Jay Golden Print for Any Donation to Our Scholarship Fund

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

To show our appreciation this Christmas season for any tax deductible donation to help us to give college scholarships  to ministers who are in financial crisis, we will send you this signed print by the famous painter Jay Golden. This is a print of a beautiful impressionistic painting called A Savior is Born. Jay Golden’s paintings are displayed in many locations across United Sates.  We are sure that you will love this beautiful 11 x 14 inch signed print. Just use the Donate button below

Over the years I’ve had many Christians contact who are called to become pastors, missionaries and Christian counselors but they just don’t have the money to pay for college. For example In Southern India we have and active ICM campus. We have over 40 pastors attending these classes. Unfortunately they are persecuted simply because they are Christian. Their families and community reject them. Most are unable to get any support. Several have been beaten and hospitalized because of their faith. All they ask for is money for bus fare to be able to get to class and then enough money to provide food for them while in ministry training. The good news is that after studying our lessons on the Holy Spirit we have had reports of the Holy Spirit falling on them with signs and wonders. However these men have suffered terrible hardship because of their faith. Would you please help us to help them?  For example just $25 a month can feed three pastors and get them the transportation they need to get to our college to receive the training that they need.

In America there are many Christian leaders who cannot afford a seminary education. Most American seminaries charge over $30,000 for a degree. Our school degree programs are a fraction of that cost to allow more students to be equipped as ministers of the Gospel. At the International College of Ministry we’ve granted many scholarships to many hungry students, and they’ve gone on to do great things for the Lord. In one fiscal year alone we granted over $96,000 in free education.

This money was funded by ICM with little assistance except the wonderful grace of God. We at ICM believe that money should not be an obstacle for those who desire to be equipped for the ministry of Christ. But as the demand keeps increasing, we need your help.

In order to help more students get trained to fulfill God’s calling on their life, we’ve set up the Financial Hardship Scholarship fund and are asking that you would give as you feel led, to help us continue to support students when they need it.

Would you consider giving $20, $40 or a $100 today to help a student attend seminary and answer their call from the Lord?  Don’t forget to share your shipping address with us to receive your print!

Moving and Living with the Holy Spirit Ministry Certification Program

            House of Christ, 201 Stateline Rd. W. Suite 3A, Southaven MS 38671

Taught by Dr. Ray Self and Dr. Geraldine Rush

Classes will be held once a month for six months beginning – Saturday May 6th 2017 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

 This will be an exciting series of classes equipping believers to go deeper in the Holy Spirit. Some of the topics to be covered will be –

  • Understanding who the Holy Spirit is
  • Receiving the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Flowing with the Holy Spirit
  • Understanding the anointing
  • Life in the Holy Spirit

…and more

The need for qualified ministers who are led by the Spirit of God has never been any greater. Everyone who has a call to the ministry or wants to know more about the Holy Spirit is cordially invited to this program.

  • Costs $35 per class for students desiring certification.
  • Guests or auditors – $25 per class.

For more information or to reserve your place call 901-258-7012 or 901-679-9437.

Registrations will be accepted at the door on the morning of the class.

Why are Unborn Turtles More Valuable than Unborn Children?

Sea TurtleI was fortunately to spend a week recently at Long Boat key Florida with my wife. On the beach were carefully marked of sea turtle nests. Every morning teams of people roam the beach looking for new turtle nests that they can protect and inventory. All beach side residents are told to keep their lights out at night so as not to confuse the turtles. Great care and effort are taken to protect the unborn turtles. If a person violates a turtle nest or destroys a turtle egg the repercussions are very severe.

It is a criminal offense in Florida to disturb a sea turtle, her nest and her hatchlings which is punishable by up to 60 days in prison, a $100-$500 fine, or both. That is just for the first offense. If someone is convicted a second time within one-year of the first offense, they can face up to six months in prison, a $250-$1000 fine, or both. The penalties and fees continue going up from there with each additional offense. Federal penalties include jail time and fines up to $15,000 for each offense.

However in America there is no penalty for a doctor to kill an unborn human in the womb! Hard to understand why the life of an unborn turtle is considered so much more valuable than the life of unborn child. That is insanity!

ICM Proudly Recognizes its 2016 International Graduates

Apostle John Smith teaches in Liberia

Apostle John Smith teaches in Liberia

We are excited and honored to recognize our 2016 international graduates. All of these students have worked hard and “studied to show themselves approved” as ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. ICM was privileged to give full scholarships to all of these students.

Congratulations to the following students –

ICM Peru – Campus Director – Pastor Mario and Sara Coello, Lima Peru.

Bachelor of Arts in Ministry

Ruben Elder  Hernandez  Rodriguez

Tanya  Ingrid  Castillo Sanchez

Luis  Alonso  Cayetano Ramos

Hentry  W.  De  LAa Cruz Vigo


ICM Africa – Campus Director Apostle John Smith – Joy Bible College, Chocolate

City, Monrovia Liberia.


Certificates of Completion – Diploma of Ministry

Bendu O.Kamara Smith

Gracious Grace Sackie

Enoral Irving

Christian Johnson, F

Martha Faith Nyemah

Susanah Keah

Fatu Kromah

Same Sex Marriage in America

Rainbow_Supreme_Court_01Steve WittmannIn recent days, news outlets, blogs, and other sources of commentary have been awash in reaction to last week’s Supreme Court decision to uphold same-sex marriage.

On June 26, 2015, in a 5-4 ruling by Justice Kennedy, the US Supreme Court ruled that the US constitution requires states to provide for same-sex marriage.

The topic of same-sex marriage is extremely polarizing with those holding to a biblical world view on one side and a secular world view on the other.

Of the commentary I’ve seen published from the biblical viewpoint, what I find the most disturbing is the dialog is focused on the acts of the individual because it misses the bigger picture.

It is true that the book of Romans addresses same-sex marriage and those subscribing to a biblical world view are quick to quote Romans 1:26-27 which says,

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

Alone, this verse is out of context with the bigger picture. It’s the bigger message that so many are apparently missing. Let me explain.

Note the plural pronouns in the above verses:

  • God gave them(PLURAL) over to degrading passions;
  • for their (PLURAL) women exchanged
  • also the men (PLURAL) abandoned
  • burned in their(PLURAL) desire
  • men (PLURAL) with men (PLURAL)

In fact, the only reference to the individual is “receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error” meaning that each individual is accountable for their own choices, good or bad. I am not accountable for your bad choices and you are not accountable for mine.

So what is going on with all the plurality? Who are these verses speaking to?

The answer is the nation. God is speaking to a people also known as a nation. Throughout God’s Word, we see verses addressing the individual and other verses addressing a nation. In these verses, it is the nation God is addressing.

Now, let’s look at Roman 1:18-20 where we can see part of the bigger picture.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

In these verses, God tells us that His divine nature is self evident in creation. In other words, the proof of His divinity is so plain to see, literally staring you in the face, so-much-so that you have no excuse for not seeing it. All are without excuse.

The next ten verses, Romans 1:21-31, God’s word says that in spite of God’s self-evident nature, seen in creation, they (PLURAL) choose to indulge in their sinful passions anyway.

In the middle of listing all the sinful acts they (PLURAL) are engaged in, God says something very interesting. He says He will give them (PLURAL) over to their sin – but He doesn’t just say this once. God says this three times!

  1. Rom 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity,
  2. Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions;
  3. Rom 1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, (emphasis added)

What does that mean – God gave them over? It means He’s leaving them to their sinful choice. He’s walking away, leaving them alone – He’s abandoning them.

This is a judgment – a penalty for willingly disregarding God’s word and choosing to act in rebellion. This is a judgment of abandonment.

Now remember all those verses with the plural pronouns? That is who this judgment applies to – not the individual, but the nation, a people.

At this point, you may be asking how an individual’s choice can bring a judgment on a nation? Clearly, verse 27 holds the individual responsible for their choices.

The answer is, it’s not the individual’s choice that qualifies a nation for the judgment of abandonment; it’s the nation’s condoning of sin – they’re giving their hearty approval of it. Look carefully at Romans 1:32:

and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

Once again, we see the plural pronouns speaking to the nation. This verse says that despite the fact that God’s divine nature is self-evident in creation, and despite the fact that they (a nation) know and understand that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they (a nation) not only do it anyway, but they (a nation) give their hearty approval to those who practice them!

They (a nation) give their hearty approval to those who practice these sinful acts.

On June 26th, 2015 the United States of America, a nation, gave their hearty approval to same-sex marriage and celebrated their approval by flooding the White House in the colors of the Rainbow flag – the symbol of the gay and lesbian movement.

Rainbow_White_House_01So, what does this mean for America? It means that as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold same-sex marriage, and subsequent celebration of that decision as seen in the White House photograph, America is now qualified for the abandonment judgment.

In my lifetime, America has always been a blessed nation. I believe this blessing manifests through abundance, provision, and favor. I believe America is realizing a birthright blessing that God promised many years ago, but that is a topic for a different post.

Now that America has undeniably qualified herself for the abandonment judgment, I think America is on a path that will gradually see less and less abundance, provision, and favor as God gives America over to her degrading passions.

While some celebrate the high court’s ruling, I am saddened by the path America’s leaders have chosen for this nation.

Who You Are: A Message To All Women

In ministry and Christian counseling, one of the biggest obstacles are the lies of the spirit of illegitimacy. This spirit refuses to accept, that through Christ, you are a new creation – born again of incorruptible seed and worthy of the blessings of the Father. Instead, the spirit of illegitimacy claims you’re a forgery, a counterfeit, an illegitimate son or daughter and therefore not qualified to receive an inheritance as a son or daughter of God.

This is the big lie that keeps so many brothers and sisters in Christ from discovering their true identity. This is the big lie that holds so many brothers and sisters in Christ from walking into their rightful inheritance as redeemed children through the blood of Christ.

The truth is… you are legitimate. You are genuine. You are more than qualified. You are highly favored. You are of the royal priesthood. You sit with Christ at the right hand of God.

That is the message in this video that one of my sisters shared with me today. Please give it a watch and receive its message into your heart.

LORD…I Need You

man-praying_x300Lord, do you remember when I called upon You? When I spoke your name and asked you to deliver me from evil?

Here I am again, Lord, and before me is the enemy’s scheme. I am not ignorant of the devil’s schemes as You warn – I see it, but against it I am weak.

It is almost as if the enemy can see into my mind and build a desire that is perfectly fit to me and no one else. It reminds me of a song I once heard, “could it be that somebody else is looking into my mind?”

Oh Lord, the scheme is not compelling. No, it’s much more subtle than that. It’s more like a hunger that must be fed or an itch that must be scratched.

My mind is divided into two wills – one that desires to follow You and be true to your call and another that burns with a desire that won’t be denied. It tears me in two. I struggle between them and I must admit, if only to You, there is a part of me that desires the darkness, the evil, and the indulgence.

The call of darkness is strong…much stronger than I, and I fear I cannot stand against it for long. The desire to yield to its temptation feels like the attraction, and comfort, and company, of an old friend. It reminds me that I once welcomed it – that we were once friends. It is warm and fuzzy in an odd way as it dangles its promise before me. My heart quickens at the promise as the arms of my mind reach for its embrace. Yet, I know, behind the curtain of attraction lie razor teeth hungry to shred and devour me, and I know, left to my own, I cannot resist – I cannot stand against it.

Hear me Oh Lord as I call upon your name. Deliver me from the evil within me. Give me strength where none exists. I cannot stand against my fallen nature alone.

Lord, I need you.

Dying to Self by Dr. Christie Self

Dr. Christie SelfJesus is our ultimate example of dying to self. He only said and did what the Father told Him. He didn’t eat for 40 days. He didn’t fall to Satan’s offers of power, prestige and fleshly satisfaction. He didn’t follow the ways of the world, instead He talked to, touched and spent time with those looked down upon, outcast, considered unclean and caught in sin. He left His wealth and power and judgment at home in heaven. He loved those who were unlovely and unloved. He didn’t set His own agenda and wasn’t ruled by a “to do list;” instead He flowed with grace and ease in the agenda of His Father. He was full of God’s Self. He was poured out and God the Father was poured in and overflowing, touching lives for all eternity.

Who would you rather be filled with? Your self or God’s Self? It’s your choice. Where you pour out, God will pour in and He will show you how to do it if you don’t know how. Ask Him today to fill you with His Self.

­­-Dr. Christie Self

Forever by Dr. Christie Self

Photo by Christie Self

Photo by Christie Self

Forever . . . God is faithful. Forever . . . His word reigns. – Dr. Christie Self

Blind and Cut Off by Dr. Christie Self

Photo by Christie Self

Photo by Christie Self

There is a blindness that is physical that can make us feel cut off from the world, left out, alone, limited. And then there is a spiritual blindness. A blindness we may not even realize we have that keeps us apart from God. It is led by deception and lies. It tells us we are independent, self-sufficient, we can go our own way and do our own thing without consequences. But it is a lie. God’s way is not the way of the world and it never will be. God is God and He is not mocked. His way is His way, His thoughts are His thoughts. If we seek Him, He will show us His ways and His thoughts. He will “lead,” “guide,” “make darkness into light,” “and rugged places into plains.” Are there dark places in your life, rugged places? His part is clear. As you seek Him and walk in relationship with Him, He will lead you. You don’t have to know the way. You just have to seek to know the One who does. The One who loves you with a depth of love so deep it’s hard to even begin to comprehend. Read the last part of the scripture again . . .

“These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone.” Are you ready to let go and let Him lead? You will not be disappointed. He can see what you cannot; He knows your needs and He will lead you true. – Dr.

Christie Self