Outreach Christian Ministry


by Julie Branstetter, Th.B. Welcome to my ministry blog. I graduated seminary at Nashville Theological Seminary in 2008, where I received my Bachelor of Theology. My outreach ministry beyond my local church is Kingdom Covenant Ministries. KCM was chartered in 2008 through the National Association of Christian Ministers. My husband and I are currently participating in the Church of God Callings and Ministries Studies Program. My husband and I have ministered worship, preached and taught the gospel in churches and other places. My family worships with a beautiful congregation at Farmington Heights Church in Wilson, NC. We help with worship and small groups there. KCM is a Christ focused, teaching and evangelizing ministry. We receive donations regularly to help national and international missions. Various brothers and sisters in ministry in other countries have already received support including Kenya, India, Pakistan, Canada, Israel and also various places within the United States.

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You Must Be Born Again

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Friday, March 6, 2015, In : Christian Living 


“Ye must be born again.” - John 3:7

Jesus said, "And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:19-21)

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Guarding Their Hearts

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, In : Christian Living 

Phil 2:3-4 "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with HUMILITY OF MIND regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others."  >>  I woke up at 4:30 this morning having had a dream.  The body of Christ was in a worship service and we were singing songs I've never heard before.  God was being exalted and worshiped on a greater level than ever, because of the hearts of the people.  I'll ke...
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None of Our Business...

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, September 29, 2014, In : Christian Living 

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Draw Near

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, In : Christian Living 

You can have everything in the world to be happy about and still feel lonely inside. The one thing you do not have is what you desperately need. You need to learn to LIVE in a HOUSE of PRAYER. A lack of prayer will give birth to emptiness. People will come out in droves to hear wonderful preaching and singing but the emptiest meeting of the week is the prayer meeting. Who goes into a private place, either physically or personally, to pray anymore? Do you? What relationship can sur...
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I Need You, You Need Me

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Sunday, September 14, 2014, In : Christian Living 


So I am making hot chocolate in the kitchen and my husband and I are talking while he clears up the dishes so I can then cook.. {that's how we roll sometimes} and while we are talking he makes this great analogy...simple but really good. We are talking about how people can be in relationships with others who are completely different from them and still be great friends and get along well. We tend to be like that ourselves, most of our friends are very unlike us except for a common p...
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The Believer's Secret War

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, September 4, 2014, In : Christian Living 

One of the most successful attacks the enemy has taken against believers in the church today is the out of balance teaching on outward prosperity; not because people didn't get rich or have the car or house of their dreams, but because all the enemy wanted and needed to do was disappoint and confuse believers enough to cause them to doubt the character and will of God at ANY given time.  It was a very clever set up indeed, so many have fallen for it and it is so easy for which to fall...


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The Wheat and the Tares

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, September 4, 2014, In : Christian Living 

We should always examine ourselves to be sure we are in the faith.  We also are to know false prophets and teachers by the fruit they bear.  Some are sowing good seeds and some are sowing bad seeds.  There are various different gospels being preached in Christian churches today but we are told in scripture to be one body, with one mind, the mind of Christ.  How can there be so many strikingly different Christian doctrines?  Well, though there have been many interpretations of Scripture...

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Love Each Other

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, September 4, 2014, In : Christian Living 

"And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise." ~ Luke 6:31

This is not just a recommendation on how to treat strangers. It's a command of our Lord on how to treat every one we come in contact with including our spouses, our children, teachers, bosses, neighbors, restaurant servers, everyone. Notice it does not say, to treat them the way you want to be treated IF they are nice or IF they are fair with you or IF they show you respect.... Receiving respect, being ...


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Masquerade

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Christian Living 


If salt loses it's flavor it is good for nothing..." We are the salt of this world. This is what Scripture teaches us. Jesus describes the world as a wicked place but God has placed us in this world to keep it from deterioration. We are to preserve it until the day it is "inspected" It's like the holiday ham hanging in the barn. Without the salt it rots, but with the salt it is kept until it's time comes. But if we lose our flavor then for what are here? We can do no good apart from ...


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God's About To Do Something

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Christian Living 

"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."  ~ John 14:12
 

Jesus told the disciples (which applies to all disciples) that His TIME on earth was up but that they would carry on the works He had done and they would do a greater number of those works because they would remain working in the earth.  I have heard a number of times this taught to mean we wou...


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At The Crossroads

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Christian Living 

Everyone stands at crossroads at multiple times in their lives.  The cross road represents that moment when we must make a decision, not just any decision, but one that will actually alter our lives and the lives around us significantly.  The time that you came to receive Jesus Christ, if you have, was one of those times, but everyday we are presented with the choice to follow Christ or turn back.  Everyday we are presented with a moment in which we may die and yet live with Christ or...


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For The Love of God

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Christian Living 

Jesus said, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."  (John 14:15) 

He also said, as recorded in Matthew 22:37-39, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and GREATEST commandment.  And the second is LIKE it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself." 

Notice they are two distinctly separate commandments, YET both are required!    One is greater than the other but the other is 'like' it because it is tied to...


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Talk is Cheap

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Christian Living 

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"  ~ Psalms 46:10  (NKJV)

“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”  ~ Psalms 46:10 (The Message Bible)

 

When I think of this verse I tend to think of God being exalted BY nations and BY the whole earth.  While we worked on our family devotion tonight before we put the children to bed, this verse appeared to me in ...


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Live By Faith

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Christian Living 
I live by faith and not by sight. If the word says it, I believe it. I do not let the things I see in this natural passing world tell me what to believe, I believe the impossible looking, miracle requiring things God has said is true. Why? Because I know Him to be everything He has said He is and God is not a liar. If He said I can do all things and yet I do not, it is not His doing that I have not done all things. I cannot truthfully blame Him, it was me! I am not separate from my Sa...
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Choose Wisely

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Christian Living 
What frightens me most about Christianity today is the growing belief amongst us that we can be IN Christ and 'of the world' at the same time. "Be not conformed...but be ye transformed" Romans 12:2 "Old things have passed away, ALL things are new..." 2 Cor 5:17 "Put off the old man...put on the new" Ephesians 4:24 & John 17:6 "They are not of this world even as I am not of it..."

And let us not forget 2 Peter 2:20-22
"If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord...
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Not Because

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, In : Christian Living 
It is not that I believe God is good because He is my Savior. I believe God is my Savior because He is good. It is not that I believe God is good because of my healing, I believe God is my healer because He is good. When I know that He "does" because He "is" rather than believe that He "is" because He "does", I can say He is good whether I am healed or not. He is good whether I suffer or rejoice. God's goodness is the BEGINNING of everything that He has become to me. Now I can say, "Re...
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WHEN YOU ARE IN NEED...

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Thursday, July 19, 2012, In : Christian Living 

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FOR THOSE WHO'VE LOST THE TASTE FOR SOUR MILK...

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Sunday, May 20, 2012, In : Christian Living 

(Free from the law of Moses, not from the law of Christ)

If when you say "religion" you mean the righteousness by means of the law of Moses, then yes - that kind of religion is dead to me as well.  But let me warn you, you may be playing at an innocent game in the devil's sandbox and not even know it.  Let no one come to believe that Christians have no standards by which they are required to live.  Christians are not lawless people.  The bible makes clear to Christians that there are r...


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A WORD OF ENCOURAGMENT!

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, In : Christian Living 
I sense that someone really needs a word of encouragement this evening, so I will share this by faith that God will speak it to the heart for whom it was meant.  This is when and how the enemy will attack you.  He is like an alligator.  An alligator does not run up on dry land and chase it's prey, it can't run fast, so it waits and watches for its prey to come close to the edge or slip into the water.  Dry land is like a "safe zone" and the water is the dangerous place to be. For you, dry lan...
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PRAY FOR UNDERSTANDING IN THE CHURCH

Posted by Julie Branstetter on Monday, March 5, 2012, In : Christian Living 
Pray for understanding in the church.  We know that hypocrisy has taken a hold of the heart when it cries against any requirement God makes of us saying in this world, "Religion is only works, don't judge me" yet hopes to stand before God on the day of judgement and say, "But I did so many GOOD things, judge me only by that".  Good works won't earn us a seat on the bus to heaven, Jesus has paid for that ticket, but not allowing the Holy Spirit (which is Christ Jesus dwelling within - Galatian...
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