Mendel Mintz Describes Chabad Community Center

 Mendel Mintz


Mendel Mintz

According to Rabbi Mendel Mintz, everyone wants a place where they feel welcome. For this reason, Rabbi Mintz leads the Chabad Jewish Community Center in Aspen with an openness that encourages Jews of all backgrounds to keep coming back. Recently, A Gathering of Experts blog staff spoke with Mendel Mintz about the center, which is located in Aspen, Colorado.

A Gathering of Experts: We understand that Chabad welcomes all, Jews and non Jews alike. Is it challenging to provide programs for both?

Mendel Mintz: Not at all. At Chabad, we try hard to celebrate the history and heritage of Judaism, rather than focusing on one particular aspect or belief.

A Gathering of Experts: Your programs are rooted in the “Ahavet Yisrael” doctrine. How does this impact your programs?

Mendel Mintz: When translated, “Ahavet Yisrael” means love for a fellow Jew. We strive to welcome everyone and make them feel a part of our community.

A Gathering of Experts: How do you avoid alienating some who may believe differently than other members?

Mendel Mintz: Our goal is to focus on fulfilling our members’ spiritual needs by providing programs and services that celebrate the Jewish tradition.

A Gathering of Experts: But your programs aren’t focused solely on the past…

Mendel Mintz: No, we try to provide a balance of Jewish history and tradition with modern-day Jewish techniques to provide each member with a well-rounded perspective.

A Gathering of Experts: Do I have to be a member to attend one of your classes or participate in one of your programs?

Mendel Mintz: All are invited to attend one or all of our programs without joining.

A Gathering of Experts: Are most of your members Orthodox Jews?

Mendel Mintz: Actually, it’s the opposite. Most if not all of our members are not Orthodox.

A Gathering of Experts: If someone isn’t Orthodox, will the Chabad Community Center try to convert them?

Mendel Mintz: No. Our goal is mainly to educate and celebrate the Jewish faith. We accept everyone who wants to join in learning more about Judaism.

A Gathering of Experts: Do you try to label different Jews and put them into categories?

Mendel Mintz: We believe that we’re all Jews with no reason to put people into groups. Chabad believes that labeling puts walls between different groups.

A Gathering of Experts: According to your website, Chabad’s parent organization is the Chabad World Headquarters, located in New York. Is this where you get your funding?

Mendel Mintz: When it comes to funding, we’re independent, with funding coming from within the Aspen community. That funding stays in Aspen, helping improve and strengthen the Jewish community in the area.

A Gathering of Experts: One last question. Are women well respected at Chabad?

Mendel Mintz: Yes, we work hard to uplift women, believing women are an integral part of the Jewish family.

Rabbi Mendel Mintz lives in Colorado, where he is executive director of Chabad Community Center in Aspen. As Mendel Mintz explains, Chabad Community Center is located on Main Street. For more information, visit them online at jccaspen.com.

 

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God’s Luv International Ministries Church: Honoring God in Our Prayers

God's Luv International Ministries Church

God's Luv International Ministries Church

God’s Luv International Ministries Church was founded on a vision of a worldwide ministry. As leader of God’s Luv International Ministries Church, Dr. Pierre Bennett uses anointing of oils and laying of hands to heal and comfort those in his congregation. God’s Luv International Ministries Church meets in Reston and McLean, Virginia, where members are encouraged to help others reach another level in their relationship with God.

Today, God’s Luv International Ministries Church is at the forefront of Dr. Pierre Bennett’s mind as he talks to us about how to pray successfully.

A Gathering of Experts: Sacrifice is a large part of the Bible’s story. As the pastor at God’s Luv International Ministries Church, how do you translate that to today’s world?

Dr. Pierre Bennett: I recently spoke to God’s Luv International Ministries Church about David, who stopped every six paces to pray to God. I use this example to show my God’s Luv International Ministries Church members how important it is, no matter what we’re going through in our lives, to stop and pray to God.

A Gathering of Experts:  I think we all want to pray more, but we sometimes slip and realize we haven’t prayed as often as we should.

Dr. Pierre Bennett: Many of the members at God’s Luv International Ministries Church hear me say all the time that whatever their weakness is, they should pray on it.

A Gathering of Experts: Pray to remember to pray more?

Dr. Pierre Bennett: Why not? None of us are perfect. I encourage those who attend God’s Luv International Ministries Church to pray that their weaknesses become their strengths so that they’ll be better able to worship Him.

A Gathering of Experts:  But you talk about more than prayer when you’re speaking to your God’s Luv International Ministries Church congregation. You’re having actual conversations.

Dr. Pierre Bennett: There’s prayer and then there are conversations. As I tell God’s Luv International Ministries Church, I speak to God while I’m in the car, while brushing my teeth—in general, as I go throughout my day. I believe having an open dialogue with God brings me closer to Him.

A Gathering of Experts:  Does He speak back to you?

Dr. Pierre Bennett: I get His message loud and clear. Often I just want understanding on some lesson He’s trying to teach me. Understanding is especially important if He wants me to share it with God’s Luv International Ministries Church. I need to fully understand so that I can share with others.

A Gathering of Experts:  David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Obed and later Zion in response to God’s direction

Dr. Pierre Bennett: Yes, and in doing so, he lost one of his men. This made them fearful at first, but as I said in my sermon at God’s Luv International Ministries Church, the next time they tried, they succeeded. I believe it was because David was following God.

A Gathering of Experts:  As you tell God’s Luv International Ministries Church, David’s ultimate goal was Jerusalem, which is a representation of the church?

Dr. Pierre Bennett: At God’s Luv International Ministries Church, we believe the ultimate goal is the Kingdom of Heaven. In order to get there, we must follow the path He has chosen for us, by seeking His will through prayer, listening to the answers He gives, and obeying Him.

For more information about God’s Luv International Ministries Church, please call (703) 395-1430.

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Apostle Pierre Bennett: Are You an Unlikely Prophet?

Apostle Pierre Bennett

Apostle Pierre Bennett

Apostle Pierre Bennett was a military serviceman, and a salesman before being called to serve God in 1999. It was then that Apostle Pierre Bennett founded God’s Luv International Ministries Church, which recognized him as an Apostle in 2008.

Apostle Pierre Bennett explains the importance of giving God’s prophecies away. If God sends a message through you, He expects you to deliver the message. Apostle Pierre Bennett often has people ask if he remembers things he has said to them. The truth is, Apostle Pierre Bennett may not remember, but he knows the importance of speaking the prophecies he’s been given to deliver.. Otherwise, Apostle Pierre Bennett says, it’s like a hard drive that keeps filling up with information. By speaking these prophecies, Apostle Pierre Bennett believes, he can let them go in order to have his mind free for new information from God.

If you are unsure that the messages you are getting are from God Himself, Apostle Pierre Bennett advises that you ask Him. He will give you the confirmation you request. Apostle Pierre Bennett recalls a confirmation that he received during a service in Mississippi. A man approached Apostle Pierre Bennett after the service and announced he was a prophet. Because the man was dressed sloppily, it didn’t quite fit, but it was a sign of God’s sense of humor. Sometimes, says Apostle Pierre Bennett, your confirmation can come in the oddest of ways.

Additionally, Apostle Pierre Bennett believed it was confirmation of everything God had been wanting to show him. The service was full of healing and people receiving His Word, and for a while Apostle Pierre Bennett had been asking God for a confirmation. These were things God had been sending through Pastor Bennett for a long time.

God is elevating you, no matter what those around you say. Apostle Pierre Bennett acknowledges that sometimes others may insist that God can’t possibly be talking through you because you aren’t jumping around or shouting. But Apostle Pierre Bennett points out that just because you don’t do things exactly the way they do, doesn’t mean you aren’t in the process of moving to the next level in God’s kingdom.

If those around you have been saying they don’t believe you’ve been anointed, disregard those statements. God will show you what you need to see, when you need to see it, Apostle Pierre Bennett states. The key is to hear His Word and pass it on. Become his vessel. Those who fail to understand will never realize you are being elevated to the next level.

To learn more about God’s Luv International Ministries Church, call 703-395-1430.

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Pastor Pierre Bennett: Making Christ the Lord of Your Life

Pastor Pierre Bennett

Pastor Pierre Bennett

Pastor Pierre Bennett founded God’s Luv International Ministries Church, which has two weekly services in Virginia. Through his church and his LifeSource Foundation, Pastor Pierre Bennett seeks to fulfill a vision of worldwide ministry of care. LifeSource Foundation is committed to bringing academic enrichment, prevention, and intervention programs to those in need.

Pastor Pierre Bennett, explaining the bounty of God’s love for us, compares Him to the rich uncle in a family. If you go to dinner with that rich uncle, Pastor Pierre Bennett says, the rich uncle will be the one who pays. The rich uncle has been blessed with great riches, so he would be expected to pay. Pastor Pierre Bennett compares the Lord to that rich uncle.

God is King of everything, Pastor Pierre Bennett describes, and as such He will return what you give to Him – but multiplied. When you give something to God   He gives it back to you, perfected. Everything He returns to you will be blessed with His miraculous Spirit, Pastor Pierre Bennett adds.

To further explain this idea of God’s blessing, Pastor Pierre Bennett uses currency as an example. If you give God a dollar, says Pastor Pierre Bennett, He will wring out everything that is impure and return it to you. But first there may be a period where you think that dollar bill won’t be returned, Pastor Pierre Bennett states. When you finally get that dollar bill back, it will be multiplied. So you should think of anything you give God as a seed or deposit. It may not be in the exact time you expect or want, but when you do receive what you have requested, it will be multiplied, assures Pastor Pierre Bennett.

So then, if Christ gives more back to His followers, what must He get from God? The answer, Pastor Pierre Bennett says, is eternal life. Christ was eternal before He came to mankind, before He was human, so the ultimate gift, according to Pastor Pierre Bennett, is eternal life for all of those He loves.

What’s amazing about all of this, Pastor Pierre Bennett points out, is that God has so much love for us. All we have to do is believe. Christ came down to illustrate what we needed to do to get that salvation, showing us by His example, Pastor Pierre Bennett explains. By following Christ’s example, concludes Pastor Bennett, we can also have salvation.

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