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Lenita Reeves

Lenita Reeves is the host of Gospel Light Radio Broadcast, an author, speaker, wife, mother of four children and is hooked on all things purpose. For more information visit, www.purposehouse.net.

Posted 11/17/17 at 2:36 PM | Lenita Reeves

Does anyone still preach the Gospel? By the way, what is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel?
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Since children's Sunday school, they taught us that the Gospel is "the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ." But when we preach the Gospel, is that all we are supposed to articulate? Sometimes you wonder, "Does anybody still preach even that much?"

With so many sermons covering so many topics, how do we ensure that what we preach reflects the authentic Gospel? Jesus didn't preach death, burial and resurrection. He preached the gospel of the kingdom and then, articulated to the disciples that repentance and remission of sins should be preached.

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:45-47) FULL POST

Posted 9/17/16 at 3:37 PM | Lenita Reeves

God's Purpose in the 2016 Election?

King David had died. It was time for an election. A battle ensued.

Zadok was a priest from the South who was appointed by David. Abiathar was a priest from the North that was also appointed by David. His alliance was to the North.

During the struggle for power that ensued after David's death, Zadok backed Solomon, while Abiathar backed David's other son, Adonijah, a rival claimant to the throne (1 Kings 1:1–8). Abiathar was still holding on to his tribal ties even though David had made it clear that God had chosen Solomon to sit on the throne.

When the priesthood is divided and more loyal to men than the will of God for a national election, there is always trouble. Our pray for pending national elections should be that God's church will be united in their endorsement of a godly candidate.

One lesson we can learn from the Old Testament priesthood is that if the priesthood is divided, the nation will, in turn, be divided.

Shouldn't the priesthood come together to fast and pray for God's choice? God's purpose? Shouldn't His purpose have preeminence over party lines?

An excerpt from Fervent Fire: Understanding the Pattern of the Priesthood for Prevailing Intercessory Prayer by Lenita Reeves FULL POST

Posted 7/2/16 at 1:38 PM | Lenita Reeves

If I told you Jesus was a purpose underdog would you believe me?

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If I told you Jesus was a purpose underdog would you believe me? He didn't have Paul's education, he wasn't married like the Apostle Peter and he didn't have a grand palace like Solomon. The Pharisees looked down on him but he still declared, "I Am."

Like Jesus, there comes a time in your purpose journey when it is necessary to declare who God says you are. The Divine Purpose Manifesto book is a declaration–a manifesto–of who we are in Christ. It is inspired by the “I Am” statements of Jesus and grounded in the reality of Sonship that Jesus purchased for us with his own blood.

This book is not about prosperity as overachieving but living like Jesus and fulfilling purpose. If that's your desire, this book is for you. Here are a few questions that will give you more insight about the book:

1. What is the primary benefit, above all others, that your potential reader will gain from reading this book?

Readers will discover the key strategy Jesus used to fulfill purpose and overcome naysayers, haters and lack of support from his own family and townsmen. Despite the winds of life pressing against them, they will be empowered to run into the arms of destiny—full speed ahead. FULL POST

Posted 6/7/16 at 11:03 AM | Lenita Reeves

Illumination: How Seth Godin Said The Best Thing About Ministry I’ve Heard For At Least The 100th Time

Start with 5

As I read the words, rays of light danced inside my head and then–boom! My heart sank into my gut. Like a trigger pulled back and then released, there was a click. It was as if the two hemispheres of my brain had collided for a mere millisecond and a light switch turned on in my spirit. What’s that called? Illumination.

It wasn’t the first time I had read similar words or heard this particular concept articulated but the arrangement of the words somehow lit up inside me as I read them. Are you ready? Here they are:

“You can’t change the world. But you can change five people. Why don’t you just change five people today? Because if you change five people today, you might be able to change six people tomorrow, and then you’re on your way–because most people change nobody. The way we change the world is with the smallest possible group. Change them. Repeat. You’re probably surrounded by people who say they are holier than you, or they’re more qualified than you or more authorized than you. But you don’t need a permit to change someone. You just need to care.” –Seth Godin, Excerpt from an interview with Relevant Magazine (http://www.relevantmagazine.com/relevant-magazine/issue-81-mayjune-2016) FULL POST

Posted 1/5/16 at 12:13 AM | Lenita Reeves

How Long Range Planning is Biblical and Necessary for Purpose

What's your long-range plan? Where do you see yourself in 3 years? 5 years? Sometimes, these questions seem trite because of overuse; but they are important questions because planning is necessary for fulfilling purpose. I recently looked back over what we achieved in 2015 and I am grateful; but I also realize that better planning could have helped us achieve more.

At my age, I'm beginning to understand how valuable time is and how short even 70 years of life can be. But I remember being 20 and thinking that I had all the time in the world to achieve my goals and figure out what God wanted me to do. Three kids later, that seems so laughable. Each day, I'm tempted to feel overwhelmed because there is so much to do, not only for my kids but also for the dreams and vision God has given me to empower others.

Sometimes we examine our lives and in despair, we realize we have not achieved our goals, still lack a sense of purpose or have not been the parents or spouses we should have been. Focusing on these things only halts progress. They bring crisis, a state of frustration that paralyzes you from moving forward. FULL POST

Posted 12/26/15 at 7:44 PM | Lenita Reeves

3 Pathways to Your Purpose that Might Actually be Crossroads: Passions, Vocation or Calling?

I believe passions are clues to purpose. But are they enough to accurately reveal and effectively pursue purpose? Ancient wisdom from Ecclesiastes tells us, “He has put thoughts of the forever in man’s mind, yet man cannot understand the work God has done from the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, New Life Version). While you will never understand everything–the beginning to the end–in God’s mind, there is a piece of eternity carved out especially and uniquely for you. God intended that you ponder and question it so you would eventually discover and fulfill it. So how do you do that? How do you convert ponderings about the forever into confident direction for your immediate purpose? Three opinions on the answer include:

  • identifying passions;
  • finding the voice of vocation; and
  • obedience to divine calling.

Passions

Proponents of the passions approach assert that by identifying, prioritizing and pursuing passions, you move in the direction of purpose. Passions, the things about which you care the most or derive the most fulfillment serve as breadcrumbs along the trail to destiny. The Attwoods have developed a process around this passions approach, which they detail in their book, The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Destiny. But there are some who argue that identifying passions is not enough because some passions are temporary. Passions can change over time and thus, if the sole focus of your purpose pursuit, can lead you in the wrong direction for long-term destiny. FULL POST

Posted 12/14/15 at 8:37 PM | Lenita Reeves

Finding Purpose In Odd Places

Sometimes Purpose Unfolds in Odd Places

Dancing Free•lance

What does a ballet barre have to do with a byline? Oddly enough, I acquired the first drops of courage necessary to embrace the title, writer, while pursuing a graduate degree in Dance Education. I wrote movie reviews and commentaries on dance, art and culture for Showtime magazine, Theatermania.com and Dance Insider magazine. They weren’t well-paying gigs but they usually came with free passes to performances and my name in the paper or on the Internet! What more could a graduate student want?

For more than a year, I was a freelance writer for the Call & Post Newspaper, a small Columbus, Ohio-based weekly publication, covering a variety of entertainment and feature stories. In addition to generating my own story ideas, I arranged and conducted interviews and did my own photography at remote locations. At the same time, and of less glamorous stature, I was an assistant grant writer at the Wexner Center for the arts. My entire life was dancing, writing, eating, sleeping and my son. FULL POST

Posted 12/21/14 at 9:26 PM | Lenita Reeves

You’ve come to the end—now push!

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You made it! You’ve come to the end of the year. As I am writing this post, there remain only a few days in the year 2014. Instead of giving up because the answers to some of your 2014 prayers have not yet manifested, believe God that there are still breakthroughs for you before the year comes to a close. You’ve endured this long, so why don’t you push? A woman carries a child for 37-40 weeks. She endures the changes in her body: the weight gain, cravings, swelling, internal shifting of her stomach and pressure on her bladder. Yet, even after all of that, she must still push. You’ve carried a promise all year long—you’ve made it to the end. So why don’t you push?

“Last days“ of a year or any season of time are times of transition and require that you and I be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit of God. Jesus told His disciples that in the last days the love of many would wax cold; but, He went on to say something else that was full of prophetic insight and wisdom. In Matthew 24:13, He goes on to say, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” FULL POST

Posted 12/14/14 at 12:08 AM | Lenita Reeves

5 Things the Church can do to help Rape Survivors

Woman Distressed

If God loves me, why did this happen to me? Almost every Christian has found themselves asking this question if only in the early stages of their Christian development. However, rape survivors almost always ask this question and the answers provided often leave them more conflicted.

What does rape have to do with me or the church, you ask? Everything. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime and 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police. These women are your nieces, aunts, sisters, mothers and congregation members.

I call rape the 6th seat, pew atrocity and I’m intimately acquainted with it. I sat in church for years and no one talked about or addressed my deepest pains. If 60% of sexual assaults go unreported think about the potential numbers of women who are sitting in church just like I was—hurting but not knowing how to be healed and get the help they need. FULL POST

Posted 12/8/14 at 7:25 PM | Lenita Reeves

7 Steps to Focused Resolve and Goal Planning for your New Year

It’s that time—you’ve already began to evaluate your year, considering what went well, what could have gone better, what goals you’ve achieved and those that remain to accomplish. Like everyone one else, you’re uncomfortable about one thing or another left undone—dreams never acted upon or goals left unrealized. Maybe you still haven’t written that book, lost those last 30 pounds or started that Facebook group? The question is, what are you going to do different next year to make it happen?

Here are 7 steps to help you focus your resolve and your energy toward reaching your new year’s resolutions and goals.

1.) Write 5 to 7 focused goals. Well, type them in a document. (Habakkuk 2:2a “Write the vision...”)

Similar to contracts, items in print are more binding—both in your mind and legally. When something is written it becomes evidence that others can point to and use to hold you accountable for what you said you would do. Set a deadline to write your goals.

Focus on 5 to 7 major goals for the year related to a framework such as the 5fs: Faith, Family, Friends, Finance and Fitness. This will keep you from trying to do too much which can lead to discouragement. FULL POST