This question has plagued humanity from the beginning of time. Are we here to work, to play, to live, and to love, or are we here to let things run their course in our lives? Definitely not the latter, I venture to say. We are here to claim the most imagination, inspiration, and adoration that we can for ourselves; we are here because the good Lord—yes, God Himself—looked down one day and said that He was going to make people, people who would love Him, people who would work for Him, and, yes, people who would esteem Him.
We see things as they are now around our world. We see those who are underachievers, under-motivated, and undereducated. There are many reasons as to why individuals fall into the dungeons of social and spiritual despair.
The incentives that turn the emotional wheels that speak to our individual consciences, to let us know that God Almighty should inhabit a terrific and awesome place in each of our lives does not, for a reason not always known, move many of our earthly comrades to accept this virtuous and precious responsibility.
Helping to draw this need into focus is the purpose of this work that God has allowed me to enjoy. When individuals become unable to inspire themselves through their inherent ability, an intellectual process of educational synthesis and systematic exposure to the precepts of God will help the less motivated to see their deficits. They will then become aware of their inadequacies and be lifted by the Spirit through their obedience to the benefits of discipline.
This process enables us to build esteem for God, the most natural event that we can act out in our existence; build esteem for ourselves, which God has always intended for us to have, and build esteem for the church, which God preordained before the foundation of the world.
A House Esteemed is a spiritual as well as an instructional guide. It sets forth the dynamics by which esteem is built for God, for one’s self, and for the church. This building is accomplished through the acknowledgment of God as creator through Christ. God has revealed himself through Christ, His son, the head of His redeemed, earthly kingdom, the church. God is also revealed through His written Word, the Bible. Our esteem is accomplished through the fulfilling our roles in God’s plan. That plan is our learning to worship, honor, and adore Him, along with aligning our total beings with His perfect will.
A House Esteemed is a multidimensional work. First, it speaks to the unbeliever with the message of God’s redeeming grace through the use of His inspired Word. It is secondly a devotional companion to the new Christian, a book that teaches the sustaining power of the principles of faith to those who believe. A third purpose of A House Esteemed is to speak to the mature saint of God as a reinforcing song of praise, of the goodness that the Lord has dispatched to the faithful on this side of glory. Lastly, this work joins both the pastor and church leader in the implementation of a structured, parish-based instructional program, giving systematic witness to specific participant spiritual needs.
A House Esteemed is a Christian salvation and spiritual actualization model. It describes a personal esteem that is achieved through an understanding of the will, power, and presence that God imparts to the individual. These impartations were perfected in the person of God’s son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are a house that God has made. The church is a house, a meeting place for God’s Spirit in and with us. God is more than worthy of our esteem. Yes, praise God for A House Esteemed!
John Reuben Lewis received his Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. In addition, he holds a Master in Ministry degree from the Southern California School of Ministry, Inglewood, California. John also holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Nebraska, at Omaha, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Services from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California. Furthermore, John is an ordained minister with the Interstate Association of the Church of God. John is an Elder and is on the ministerial team at the First Church of God, Inglewood, California.
John is president and owner of Lewis Counseling Services, a comprehensive provider of clinical services with special emphasis on services to youth. He and his firm have been providing clinical counseling services to the Greater Los Angeles community for the past twenty-five years.
A Diplomat of Clinical Forensic Counseling, credentialed through the American College of Certified Forensic Counselors. John is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, through the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. John is also a U.S. Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional. For nearly ten years as the Law Enforcement Liaison for the seven Los Angeles County Regional Centers, John coordinated vital services to incarcerated developmentally disabled adults in the Los Angeles County Jail system. Since 1992, John has provided psychological counseling services for young adult parolees who are wards of the California Youth Authority. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, John is currently a Supervising Psychiatric Social Worker with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
John is a writer and researcher whose work primarily focuses on divinity, spirituality, and the well-being of humanity with combined teachings from the Christian ethic.
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