Mail Center Administrative Clerk/Machine Operator

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Director of Distribution and Mail Services

DEPARTMENT: 37190  Mail Center

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full Time

FLSA STATUS: Hourly/Non-Exempt

POSITION SUMMARY:  Mail Center Administrative functions and operation of Mail Machines

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

1.       Prepare items to mail/ship via the USPS or other shippers. (Boxes, trays, bags, envelopes) Packages for partners; shipments to Foreign offices and Foreign mail vendor.  Prepare shipping paper work and input information on the computer as needed for shipments.

2.       Use various software and machines to apply postage for partner fulfillment. Maintain postage knowledge as needed for efficient postage.

3.       Full responsibility for School of Miracles class item fulfillment.  Organize items, Replicate DVD/CDs print on demand items, package and send.

4.       Operate Mail Equipment as needed.  Folder, Strapper, Inserter, DVD/CD Replicator, Postage Meter, Vehicles.  Occasional forklift and cutter operation. Possibly other equipment as well.  Perform some routine maintenance on some machines.

5.       Maintain a variety of Excel spreadsheets to track costs in Budget, track postage balances, track employee hours worked,  and other various spreadsheets tasks.

6.       Maintain hardcopy files for many aspects of the job duties.

7.       Maintain official ministry stock files and samples for active and archive items.

8.       Prepare and distribute samples of ministry direct mail pieces.

9.       Deliver items to the Post Office or other shippers occasionally. Other delivery/pickup as needed.

10.    Help with annual warehouse/SKU inventory as directed.

11.    Other general Mail Center duties as needed.  Inserting, preparing oil vials, assembling DVD/CDs, etc.

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION AND SPECIALIZED TRAINING:  High school diploma or GED 

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:  Two years of related work experience is preferred.

JOB SPECIFIC SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:  Requires ability to operate machines as listed above.  Knowledge of Excel.  Ability to learn and use postage information. Ability to organize work space and material. Ability to use PC to interact with shipping company websites and Partner database. Ability to read partner name and address information as needed to process mail. Ability to exercise sound judgment and act professionally when dealing with co-workers.  Must be detail-oriented and highly organized and maintain confidentiality of all info. Must work well in a teamwork environment. Ability to drive company vehicles.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Will include but not be limited to: sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending, kneeling, reaching, repetitive motion, and regularly lifting of 25 to 35 lbs. Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs.  Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time while performing repetitive motions.  Requires repeated reaching by extending of limbs in any direction. Must possess good near-sight, far-sight, and non-color-blind visual ability as well as the ability to bring objects into sharp focus. Must hear clearly and distinctly and be able to read and write.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Must be able to perform the required job functions indoors, either independently or within groups of people, in an organized and efficient manner, as required, under general supervision, whether fast-paced or steady in workflow.

MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to concentrate in an open work environment that includes other employees nearby and frequent equipment operation nearby.  Must possess logical mental clarity and ability to reason for the purpose of various detailed tasks.  Must be capable of working harmoniously within a diverse group of individuals, whether co-workers or partners.  Must be able to understand, read and carry out verbal or written instruction.  Must possess calm capabilities to multi-task and maintain deadlines in a sometimes fast-paced environment.  Must be able to perform functions cooperatively, whether directed independently or as a team.

HOURS OF WORK AND ATTENDANCE:  Full time 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday. 30 minute lunch.  Some occasional overtime.  

REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING BACKGROUND CHECKS:

þ  Criminal       þ  Credit       þ  MVR

TRAVEL:

o  Is Required       þ  Is Not Required

LIFESTYLE:  Must adhere to the Code of Honor for Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association.

NOTE:  This description is to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of this position. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of the supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under his/her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration to describe duties does not prohibit the assigning of additional duties that may be similar in kind or in difficulty as needed.  All employees could be required to perform tasks not listed on this description.

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Waffle Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of pre-made, frozen waffles
  • 1/4 cup of Nutella spread
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup jelly of your choice
  • 3 tsp cream cheese
  • 6 strips of cooked bacon
  • Butter (optional, for toasting)
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced (optional)

Directions

  1. Toast two of the waffles, or brown them in a pan with a little butter.
  2. Spread desired toppings on one side of a toasted waffle, top with the second waffle, slice in half and enjoy!
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July Letter

Dear Partner,

It is always a joy to write to you and all my other partners and friends each month. I’ve just returned from Honduras in Central America where I ministered to 800 pastors and leaders from many, many churches.

It was a very powerful three days. And as I told you before…this is part of my healing call from God. As my partner, you are a part of it too… And I believe God is laying it to your account with Him!

When I got home, I was called to the emergency room of a local hospital to pray for a woman who was having severe chest pain. This particular hospital is a level one trauma center, and the emergency room was full. Ambulances were bringing in patients constantly.

There was a feeling of fear and anxiety in the room. Gunshot and stabbing victims were being wheeled by… and of course, the doctors were tending them first as they should have.

I waited with my friend, and as her chest pain continued, I just continued to pray in tongues, believing God for a miracle. I tell you, the atmosphere was so heavy with all the sickness and accident victims in that room that you could really feel the oppression.

The nurses were doing the best they could under the circumstances. And the hours passed as we waited…

Then GRACE walked in.

A nurse walked over to us. She was about five feet tall and acted like she knew exactly what to do. She said her name was Grace. Now, “grace” means UNMERITED FAVOR. The nurse’s demeanor brought a calmness and peace, and it swept over me.

After the test results came back, there was NOTHING WRONG with my friend’s heart or breathing! We just rejoiced and gave thanks to the Lord for a miracle!

Now let’s get back to grace…God’s unmerited (or unearned) favor. The grace of God came into that emergency room and changed everything.

Second Corinthians 9:8 says, God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. God’s grace toward us is powerful, and it CHANGES our lives for the better!

You see, God in His great love shows you and me His unmerited favor. We don’t have to work for it. Freely, out of His love, He provides for us in every circumstance.

So, when you’re hurting, feeling low, like maybe nobody cares… When you feel like you’ve done all you can do and you still can’t seem to get well… When your finances seem to be in shambles and you don’t know how you’re going to make it… That’s when you need the grace of God to walk in.

There’s a story about God’s grace showing up to change lives in Luke chapter 7. A widow’s only son had died, and it looked like her whole world was gone.

First, her husband had died. Now, her only son, who had been her provider, had also died. What would she do? Surely, she must have felt it was all over for her…

Then GRACE walked in.

Jesus and His disciples and the crowd following Him entered the city at the same time the widow and her family and friends were leading a funeral procession to the graveyard. Jesus saw her and immediately saw the need. God’s Son, the favored one who had come to preach, teach and heal, saw this widow and knew something needed to be done.

The Bible says He felt compassion toward her. Now, compassion is not, “I’m so sorry, I wish I could help.” No, compassion is an irresistible urge to REMOVE the problem… I mean, to get rid of it. That’s exactly what Jesus felt.

What did He do? He walked over to what the Bible calls the “bier”—or, the stand on which the body of the dead son lay—and He touched it (Luke 7:14).

Actually, He did something much stronger than just touching the stand. The Greek word indicated that He GRABBED it.

Now, grabbing something is different than just touching it. Grabbing means holding it strongly and not letting go. The indication in the Scripture is that Jesus grabbed the stand that held the body and REFUSED TO LET GO UNTIL THERE WAS A MIRACLE.

Then, He spoke to the body of the widow’s son and said, “Arise! Get up!”

Suddenly, life and breath came rushing back into the boy’s body and he was raised from the dead. Then Jesus presented him to his mother…alive, well, and healed right in front of the crowd of people.

Now, to me, that really settles the issue of how God feels about anything that you may be going through. He wants to grab hold of YOUR problem and bring life back into YOUR situation.

Just as Ephesians 2:7 says, I believe He desires to show the exceeding riches of His gracein His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. I believe that means His saving, healing, delivering, restoring, increasing, abundant, life-giving power can come into every circumstance you may face!

With you, it may be something physical in your body…or it may be something in your finances that needs to come back to life…or maybe it’s spiritual and you feel like you’re a million miles away from God…or maybe it’s in your family and you need God to restore and repair broken relationships.

Partner, whatever it is that you need right now, the same compassion Jesus felt that day is now rising up in me to pray for you! That same compassion makes me want to rise up, grab hold of your circumstances, and pray until the problem stops… until the pain and hurting are gone… until the sickness and disease are healed… to believe with you for God to bring you the financial blessing and healing you need and to let you know that He loves you deeply because you are His own.

Believe me, I’ve been seeing a lot of these kinds of miracles lately… such as this one from Janice in New York. She had what’s called Barrett’s Esophagus, a precancerous condition brought on by years of acid reflux.

Her doctor told her it was irreversible. (Now, surely someone must have told the widow of Nain that her son’s death was irreversible too.) But Janice came to my healing service in New York City, and GOD’S GRACE walked in the room.

Janice said,

“I felt such PEACE as Richard Roberts preached the Word of God. Then he laid his hands on me and prayed for my healing. Even though I didn’t feel an immediate change in my body, I went into an agreement with his prayer. A few months later, I had a series of medical tests done. All the results came back negative, no sign of the disorder in my body at all. My doctor said I was fine. I praised the Lord all the way home.”

You see, when I laid my hands on Janice and prayed a healing prayer, I was literally GRABBING HOLD of the sickness in her body and REFUSING TO LET GO UNTIL A MIRACLE CAME, the same way Jesus did in Luke chapter 7.

Notice that some time passed between my healing prayer and Janice’s doctor saying the disorder was completely gone. During that time, I refused to let go of my faith for Janice’s complete healing…and she refused to let go of my “grabbing prayer.” And she received the miracle she asked God for!

Now, I want to pray for YOU just like Jesus did for the widow that day in the city of Nain. I want to pray a “GRABBING HOLD OF IT” prayer for you, just like I did for Janice in New York City.

I want to do that for you, but I can’t unless I know what the need is. That’s why I’ve enclosed a special prayer sheet with your letter. I want to know exactly what you want me to grab hold of in prayer.

Please let me do this on your behalf. Praying for your needs is part of my healing call to you and all of my other friends and partners. Take your prayer sheet at this time, and write down your deepest needs and concerns. Be sure to include ANYTHING you’re believing God for.

Let me pray a “GRABBING HOLD OF IT PRAYER” for you and your loved ones. I really can’t wait to do this…to lay my hands upon your name and needs, grab hold of the problem by faith, and believe God with you for a miracle.

Remember, 1 Timothy 1:4 tells us that God’s grace is exceedingly abundant. And James 4:6 says He gives us more grace when we need it! God has more than enough to meet your needs… So, let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Let’s turn to Him and agree together for your needs to be met!

You know, healing prayer has always been the central part of this ministry. It’s something that I really love to do and am called to do. So please, I’m asking you to give me the opportunity to grab hold of your situation by faith and join you in believing for God’s miracles in your life.

Now, just one more thing…

I’m conducting a healing crusade in three cities in the United Kingdom. And of course, I’m planning other healing meetings and expanding the ministry in every way possible to get God’s Word and miracle power to everyone I can reach.

My team and I will be flying to the UK very soon… And I really need your help. This crusade is not part of my regular budget; it’s above and beyond. But the people want me to come to the United Kingdom and to lay my hands upon them and pray the prayer of faith for God’s healing power to flow. I’m going there by faith… And I’m not stopping there…

I’m ministering everywhere I can! I’m ministering on television and the internet and through every media form to get God’s Word to you and those in need. I’m expanding the School of MiraclesExciting things are happening, and you are a part of the rewards, because you are my partner.

So, here’s what I’m asking you. Would you please pray about helping me by sowing your best seed-faith gift this month?

You know, without special help from partners like you, I really couldn’t do that much for the Lord. I’m depending on the Lord to speak into your heart and to lead you to help me financially. With your help, I believe I can make a strong impact for the Lord in the United Kingdom and around the world.

So, I’ll ask again… Will you help me? Will you pray and sow your best seed-faith gift this month?

Thanks so much for praying about it and obeying the Lord as He leads you to sow seed into the work of His kingdom.

And remember, I am here for you and your needs too! Be sure and get your prayer sheet back to me just as quickly as you can. I’ll be waiting to pray a grabbing prayer over all your needs.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

Your partner for miracles,

Richard

 

PS. Thanks so very much for praying for the UK healing crusade and every other outreach of this healing ministry. Very soon, I and my team will arrive in England and Wales in the United Kingdom to minister to the needs of the people. So, please pray for us!

And please sow your seed to help this ministry continue to minister on TV, the internet, and all our other ways of sharing Jesus. I really appreciate your help expanding our outreaches in every way we can until Jesus returns. Blessings!

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Here is a second message post.

Daily Message Test Post

This is a test post to try out the new phone app.

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Mid-June Letter

Dear Partner,

What a joy it is to write to you today! Thanks so much for your friendship and for being a partner with me in this healing ministry. I really treasure our relationship together.

As you know, I write you and all my other partners each month, sharing an encouraging word from the Lord to help lift you up and to bring a light to your path on the journey of life. As I was praying, the Lord brought a scripture—Matthew 14—to my mind. As I meditated on it, God began to give me a powerful message and challenge to help you get your breakthrough.

After Jesus had heard about the beheading of John the Baptist, the Bible says that He got into a boat and withdrew to a private place of solitude. Now, I’m sure you can understand why Jesus did this. John was Jesus’ cousin. It was quite likely that since they were only six months apart in age, they were brought up together. It is possible that as boys, they had spent a lot of time together.

But now, John the Baptist had died at the hands of a ruthless king who had sought ways to get back at John because he had spoken out against the king’s illegal marriage to his brother’s wife. Before his death, John had been thrown into jail and was being prepared to be executed by royal decree.

As John sat in a jail cell, he must have remembered all the prophecies about the Messiah. He must have recalled how one day when he was baptizing people in the Jordan River, Jesus Himself came to be baptized. John saw Him coming and said to Jesus, “You should be baptizing me instead of me baptizing You.”

But Jesus replied, “No, John. Everything prophesied must come to pass according to the Word of God.” He had even said of Jesus, “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29).

What I’m trying to say is… There is NO DOUBT John knew that Jesus was the Son of God. Even when his mother Elizabeth was carrying him in her body and Mary came to tell her that she, too, was pregnant and had been told by an angel that her baby was the promised Christ child, the Redeemer, the Messiah, John leaped for joy in his mother’s womb (Luke 1:41).

John knew who Jesus was. But now, in prison, his thoughts were filled with doubt. When his own followers came to see him in jail, John sent them to Jesus with a message: “Are You the Messiah, or should we look for another?” (Matthew 11:3; Luke 7:19)

Jesus sent back the message, saying, “Tell John what you have heard and seen. The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the Good News is proclaimed!”

But John, facing his own death, wanted to be sure that he had it right. So, he went straight to the Source to ask the question.

The Lord has no problem when we ask our sincere and honest questions in an effort to remove the fear and doubt. Jesus was saying to John, “Look at all the things I’m doing. Yes, John, the Father has sent Me. You are not wrong. Search your heart. You know it’s true. You know I am who I say I am.” And John got his answer.

Now, fast forward for a moment…

Jesus has just been told that his cousin has been beheaded. So, now He gets into a boat and slips away to a place of solitude. He wanted to be alone. However, the crowd followed Him. In fact, the crowd would not leave Him alone. And Jesus had compassion on them and healed their sick (Matthew 14:14).

Notice these words… The crowd would not leave him alone. They literally placed a demand on His anointing to do what He was born to do. And the Bible says He brought forth MANY MIRACLES!

As I read this passage, I thought to myself… In this day of beheadings…in this day of many of the great truths that built our nation being bashed and stripped away…IT’S NOT THE TIME TO LEAVE JESUS ALONE.

NO! It’s time to pray like we’ve never prayed before and believe like we’ve never believed before. It’s time to press in to the things of God with all our hearts.

Then it hit me. There’s something EXTRA that I can do for all my friends and partners, something I’ve never done before.

Now you know that every morning, I’m up before dawn praying. I’ve told you that in my letters as well as on TV. It’s something I’ve done every day for many years. But I know I can do MORE FOR YOU. So, here’s what I feel led of the Lord to do…

Over the next 30 days, I’m not only going to pray over you and your needs before dawn, but I’m also going to pray over you and your needs in the morning. Then I’m going to have a time of prayer over you and your needs in the afternoon. Then I’m also going to have special time of prayer over you and your needs in the evening.

WOW! That’s FOUR special times of prayer over you and your needs each and every day for the next THIRTY DAYS… Did you catch that? Four times a day for the next thirty days, I’m going to my face and to my knees in prayer for YOU.

Partner… I believe that prayer is the key that unlocks the throne of God’s mercy. Yes, I believe prayer can change things in your life and in this country too. I believe that as we join together in prayer, mountains of difficulty can be removed and cast into the sea just like Jesus said in Matthew 17:20.

But in order to do this, there is something I need from you… And that is a complete list of exactly what you want me to pray about.

I mean, I’ve got to know what you want me to press in to Jesus about on your behalf, so I’ve made a special prayer sheet this month and made extra room for your prayer requests so you can get specific with the Lord and with me… After all, when we get SPECIFIC with our faith and our prayers, God can get specific with His answers to us…And He can give us MIRACLES!

Do you see what I’m getting at? Are YOU ready to reach out to God in faith?

Please take your prayer sheet now and begin to write down your most pressing needs… I mean, the things that are most important to you and your family and dear ones. Write them down, then lay your hands on them, and pray.

Plant your best offering as a seed to get this prayer time started. Put it in the mail to me just as soon as you can. Catch the postman today if you’re able.

When I receive it, I’m committing to you that I will pray over you and your needs first before dawn, second in the morning, third in the afternoon, and fourth in the evening. Yes, that’s right—four times a day for the next thirty days, I’m going to lay my hand on your name and needs and pray, expecting to see MANY MIRACLE BREAKTHROUGHS for you and your dear ones.

And I want YOU to press in too… That’s why we use the prayer of agreement as described in Matthew 18:19–20! It’s a way for you and me to join our faith together, expecting miracles. Don’t leave me to pray alone! Join your faith with mine. Let’s believe God together.

Make a commitment to go before the Lord in prayer every day for the next thirty days, asking for His direction, and believing Him to move in your behalf. I’ll be doing the same thing…and I’m expecting God to do great things for you!

Just like the crowd that followed Jesus, I’m NOT going to leave Him alone. I’m going to press in to Him…His goodness, His mercy, His tender-loving kindness, His saving, healing, delivering power in your behalf…FOR YOU. And I’m going to do it four times a day for the next thirty days.

So, I’ve got to know what you want me to pray about. Please fill out the prayer sheet and send it to me as quickly as you possibly can. I’m waiting to start this “four-times-a-day-for-thirty-days” prayer time of pressing in and not leaving Jesus alone.

I must hear from you quickly! Let me do this for you and your family and your dear ones. Let me start just as soon as possible. I’ll be waiting to hear from you.

 

Your partner for miracles,

Richard

 

PS. Be sure to plant your best seed-faith offering this month. As you plant it, release your faith in expectation, believing for God to use it mightily in this healing ministry and then multiply it back to you with His holy increase for your life. Remember, MIRACLES can happen in your life as you and I stand together in a prayer of agreement, releasing our faith and expecting God to fulfill His promises. And if you haven’t requested a copy of my new CD, God’s Way to Increase, do it today. It’ll help you build your faith for all that God has for you as we stand in faith together for the next thirty days, expecting Him to meet your needs!

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Richard’s Chicken Jambalaya

Ingredients:

  • 3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cubed
  • Turkey Sausage, Sliced
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Green Or Red Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Celery, Chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove, Crushed
  • 1/2 – 1 Tsp Cajun Seasoning (To Taste)
  • 1 Tsp Cajun Hot Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Jars Spaghetti Sauce
  • 2 Cups Chicken Stock, Divided
  • 2 Cups Instant White Rice, Cooked

Directions:

  1. Coat chicken pieces with flour.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet; brown chicken and sausage pieces on all sides; remove and set aside.
  3. In same skillet, add onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic; sauté together with Cajun seasoning and hot sauce until vegetables are tender.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add 1 to 1 ½ cups chicken stock.
  5. Add spaghetti sauce then add a little more Cajun seasoning, if desired.
  6. Add browned chicken and remaining chicken stock, if needed.
  7. Cover; let simmer for at least one hour, stirring occasionally.
  8. Serve over cooked rice.
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Individual Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 2-5 T flour (watch your roux and adjust accordingly)
  • 1-1.5 c milk (watch your roux and adjust milk as needed for consistency)
  • 1/3-1/2 c chicken stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package frozen mixed veggies
  • 2 cups leftover chopped chicken
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1 can store bought biscuits

Directions

  1. Make a roux with flour and butter, adding milk to make the béchamel sauce base
  2. Add stock and seasonings
  3. add frozen veggies to saucepan
  4. add chicken, stir
  5. season as needed
  6. heat mixture through gently
  7. dish into individual ramekins, filling just over half
  8. Cover each with a store bought can of biscuits, placing one biscuit on top of each ramekin of chicken mixture
  9. place ramekins on a sheet pan lined with foil
  10. bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes or until biscuits are golden
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Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella block
  • 1 carton grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh basil
  • Salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized pan, bring 1 cup water and ½ cup quinoa to a rolling boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer on LOW until all of the water is absorbed.  This should take anywhere between 10 and 15 minutes. *Cooking the quinoa on low is extremely important.  If it simmers on a hotter flame, the water will absorb too quickly and the quinoa will turn out hard.
  3. Cool the cooked quinoa in the refrigerator for at least an hour before preparing the salad.
  4. To prepare the salad, slice grape tomatoes in half (hot dog way) and cut the block of fresh mozzarella into bite size pieces. Mix together.
  5. Add the chopped basil and cooked quinoa and give the salad a toss.  Next, drizzle on the olive oil and season with a little salt/pepper to taste.
  6. Give your salad a final toss and serve cool or at room temperature.
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June Letter

Dear Partner,

I am thrilled to write you today and to tell you how BLESSED I am to call you a partner with me in this healing ministry!

As I prayed about what to say to you, I was reminded of the scripture in Psalm 115:14–15, which says, May the Lord give you INCREASE, you and your children, and may you be BLESSED by the Lord who made heaven and earth. Look at the word INCREASE… It literally means…to become or make larger in size, amount, intensity, or degree. As a noun, it means an instance of growing.

One of the features of every living thing is growth. In other words, if it’s alive, it should grow. Through our faith, we are alive in Christ, and we were created by God to increase and to grow. To me, that means first and foremost that in Him we have eternal and everlasting life. God wants us to increase—to grow.

And He has put things in place to ensure that we increase and grow! The ingredients for increase and growth are part of our spiritual DNA (Psalm 92:12). Jesus said in John 15:1–8 that God has ordained us to bring forth fruit. Now, that means that because we are believers in Him, we can enjoy His divine increase.

The Bible says in John 10:10 that Jesus “…came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.” We serve a God who not only wants His people to have enough…He wants us to have MORE THAN ENOUGH! I see this every day in the praise reports from my partners, who contact me to share how the Lord is meeting their needs and giving them more than enough.

It’s so exciting to me when my partners share that God is bringing increase into their lives…people like Pearlie from Oklahoma, who said, “I called the Prayer Group for prayer regarding our business. The day after we prayed, I had my BIGGEST ORDER TO DATE. God made everything go smoothly with that order too!”

I’m also talking about people like Regina from Texas, who said, “My small business has really picked up with customers, and I know it’s through prayer with the Abundant Life Prayer Group!”

And people like Martina from Florida, who said, “I asked you to pray for my husband to get a raise on his job. I planted a seed-faith gift for extra finances too. After prayer and sowing, Felix applied for another job and got it. It gives him much better pay. He’s closer to home, so he saves on gas and pays no tolls. And he receives bonuses as well!”

Now, that’s what I call INCREASE!

You see, another way to say “increase” and “growth” is to speak of the blessing of God. To be blessed means being empowered to success. It is God’s will for us to be blessed (3 John 2).

Throughout the Bible, God teaches the power of the blessing. This power governed Abraham’s life (Genesis 12:1–3)—causing him to prosper because he trusted God instead of men. Abraham passed it on to his son, Isaac (Genesis 26:1–3)—who prospered in a time of famine because he obeyed the Lord. And this concept was passed to the generations that followed. Children were blessed by their parents. Kings and priests were prayed over and blessed….

God is committed to bless us!

Think about that for a moment… He is actually committed to blessing us. In fact, the Bible says in Psalm 115:12, He is ever mindful of us. In other words, He is always thinking about us and how He can bless us.

If you study the Bible, you’ll discover three dimensions of increase and growth. First, there is spiritual growth…with respect to our lives (John 15:13). This covers our maturity in Christ and bearing fruit in our lives.

Second, there is to be increase and growth in goods…with respect to our investments (Genesis 26:12–19, Mark 10:29–31). This is in respect of God’s laws of sowing and reaping (Mark 4:1–20, Genesis 8:20–22, Ecclesiastes 11:1–6).

Then, third, there is increase and growth in God’s kingdom on this earth (the Church). This is in respect to our evangelistic efforts of winning the lost to Christ (John 15:15–16).

Have you ever noticed how God uses unusual things to pour out His blessings and increase in our lives? With Elijah, He used ravens, a stream, and a widow to sustain him and give him and the widow increase. With Elisha, He used a bowl of salt. With Peter, He used an empty fishing net.

Partner, the promises of God’s blessing come to those who are willing to step out and take a leap of faith!

The widow in 1 Kings sowed a portion of her last meal to Elijah, the prophet. And God brought a miracle of increase…and her meal barrel and jar of oil lasted until the drought was broken.

When Elisha threw the bowl of salt into the bitter waters of the stream, God performed a miracle of increase…and the waters became sweet and drinkable and all was made well.

When Peter loaned his empty boat to Jesus and then obeyed His order to “Launch out into the deep waters for a catch,” he received a tremendous miracle of increase…so many fish that his net broke.

The good news is, God is no respecter of persons. If He blessed and increased people’s lives in Bible days, He will bless and increase people’s lives today. Remember, He’s the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). That means you and I are candidates for His miracle increase blessing.

Now, I have said all of this to encourage you and to remind you that God is a God of increase and growth, and He wants you to increase and grow in every area of your life.

Recently, I was taping one of our TV programs and I was teaching on God’s increase for our lives. It came into my spirit to make a special CD for you, God’s Way to Increase, to demonstrate and show you just how much God wants you and your life to have His increase. So, when I finished teaching on TV, I took some extra time and recorded this very special message on the increasing power of God just for you.

This special message is nearly an hour long. Believe me, it is powerful! And I believe it will especially bless you and help you to know that God is not only a God of increase, but He is a God of increase for you. I poured my heart into this special CD as I taught the message. I am strongly encouraging you to get your copy and to listen to it over and over again.

At the close of my CD message, I ask you to join me in quoting a whole group of scriptures. I’ll show you how to put your name in these scriptures… That makes it very personal. I believe it will really, really, really bless you. And as you listen to it over and over, it will strongly remind you that God wants you to increase and grow in every area of your life.

Notice on the prayer sheet I’ve enclosed, there is a place for you to request this special “God’s Way to Increase” CD. Just check the box and tell me you want it. I’ll put it in the mail to you just as quickly as possible.

Also, be sure to write down your prayer needs this month. Let me put my faith with your faith in order to believe for the miracle you need most. I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon!

As I close this letter, let me also remind you to plant your seed gift this month unto the Lord through this ministry. I depend upon you and my partners to help me to continue this ministry to people all over the world. Without your seed sown, not much would happen. I appreciate it so very much. As you sow, look to God for your mighty harvest.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Your partner for miracles,

Richard

 

PS. Be sure to ask for your copy of my very special CD, God’s Way to Increase. As you listen to it over and over, let it remind you that God is the God of your increase. Job 8:7 says, And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great. Once again, that means God wants to increase you in every area of your life. That’s what I’m praying for you, and I encourage you to expect God to do it in your life! Be sure to request your CD today.