The writers of scripture often introduced themselves in their letters in order to let the people addressed know the one speaking, teaching, and preaching.
My name is Solomon. I am 42 years old and live in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Since there are many members in the Body of Christ, it profits us to meet one another and share ourselves with our brothers and sisters in Him, striving towards unity in love and peace. I really enjoy hearing from you, so I hope you will return the favor by writing to me sometime!
I have been a child of God through faith in Jesus for over 39 years, and have been baptized in the HolySpirit for over 38 years. I was raised in a Bible-believing Christian family (the main reason for my early new birth), spending many of my early years on the mission field with them (even living in Australia for 1½ years beginning when I was 3½). This, in retrospect, was a great blessing. My thanks are expressed to God for two wonderful parents, who have always been marvelous teachers, as well as friends! Although raised in a Bible-believing Christian home, I also did my own searching and studying. I've been studying many religions, researching, to see what else people are claiming as Truth. It is amazing at how closely all religions resemble each other, until you get to Christianity—real Christianity that is. It's not only a religion, although once in relationship with the Creator, the truth revealed inevitably produces a change in lifestyle.
It's centered around a relationship: a relationship with your Maker, Redeemer, and Master. Its first major prophet, Abraham, proclaimed a God Who alone was God—Yahweh. As that God continued to reveal Himself to people, we have been blessed to have come to know His Son, JesusChrist, Who takes away the sin of the world!
My Calling & Office
Knowing that there are many positions and callings in the Body of Christ, I will let you know what I believe my own to be. As mentioned above, I am not a young believer, so please do not despise my young age in the flesh.
Primarily, I am a deacon (1 Timothy 3:10-13), which is also translated "minister," and also have the gift of helps, which is normally associated with the deacon. Deacons were first realized and commissioned in the early church, when the physical work of the Assembly became too much for the apostles to perform while still fulfilling their calling to pray in the Spirit and minister the Word (Acts 6:1-7).
The gift of helps allows a child of God to minister to needs that the five-fold ministry does not cater to—normally things such as secretarial work, physical labor, relaying the special needs of the congregation to the pastor, etc.
I also believe myself to be a teacher, mentioned in (1 Corinthians 12:28). This office lets the Word be communicated effectively, to those who are both young and mature in the Body. I exercise this calling mainly through these online pages, as well as teaching occasionally in my local church, and online personally with others.
Lastly, according to a prophecy about me from a believer when I was young, as well as due to my own communion with the Master, and discussion with my pastor, I believe myself to be a prophet, as mentioned in the listing of the five-fold ministry called the "Gifts Unto Men" by the apostle Paul (Ephesians 4:8-12). Though this is true, I am still learning much about this office and its use, especially online (at least, at the present time). It mainly is demonstrated through messages which Yahweh gives me to share with my local assembly through preaching, though lately I have been receiving words appropriate to share on here as well.
This is the extent of the sure knowledge of my calling and place in the Body of Christ, so that you will know what you can expect from me, both on this site, and if you should contact me. If I learn of more within me, I will be sure to make it known here. May the Lord use me as He wills to bring you what you need, bringing glory to Himself thereby. Amen.
I am always looking for ways to spread the Gospel of the Lord JesusChrist. If you should feel led to invite me to speak in your area, please do, as it may well be the Master leading you to do so. I will certainly pray about it, and get back to you. Since I am a teacher, I would be open to teaching about anything found on this site, in person, as well as preaching the Gospel. Whether it be a small group of people, or a large meeting, I do not care—if Yahweh wishes for it to be so, it shall be done. Please contact me accordingly, if you feel Him leading you to do so.
My Training & Work
I work as an ordained minister with Gospel Truth Ministries. I have completed two years of ministry training, through International Seminary, based in Plymouth, Florida (a non-denominational, charismatic Christian seminary that has graduates in numerous countries, from numerous denominations). I am also a graduate of the Prophetic Voice Institute.
I received an Associate Degree from International Seminary and am working toward a Bachelor Degree, while also pursuing individual courses which will help me in my walk with the Lord. I am a continual student of the Bible, the Truth of God for all creation!
Over the last several years I have been studying the Hebrew language. I had always admired its form, and the more I learned about it, the more I wished to learn how to read and write it. Using a tutor program on CD, an Interlinear Bible, as well as numerous resources online and in books.
In addition, I have also completed two Introduction to Biblical Hebrew courses (Beginner and Intermediate) at Hebrew Union College here in Cincinnati, Ohio, and took other Hebrew classes by a professor who received his Ph.D. from the same school. I am able to read from the Hebrew text and know the different stems and grammatical forms of Hebrew verbs. I am far from an expert, but with the resources available today, I can delve more deeply into a word or passage than someone who only has an English translation.
In addition, my dad knows much and speaks some Greek, so he is able to give me insight into New Covenant passages and words, when needed. I am now slowly studying New Covenant Greek as well. Between the two of us, we are able to draw out from the original texts more and more of what the Master has placed there. If you have a comment about a particular translation on here and are knowledgeable in the original languages, don't hesitate to contact me.
Now working for my church as a deacon (White Oak Chapel), I also spend my free time praying, witnessing to others about God, as well as preaching and teaching in my local church periodically. I also have many other secular hobbies! I am a person just like you!
I write these pages for one main reason: to spread a greater knowledge of YahwehElohim, the God of creation, the Lord of heaven and earth, and the Redeemer of all humankind. In the Name of God one finds the meaning of life. To know your Father personally, and His Son Jesus the Christ, is to know love, happiness, truth, contentment, health, prosperity and life eternal. It is to find your reason for living!
This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, JesusChrist. (John 17:3)
You are encouraged to search out for yourself all the things presented on this site (Acts 17:11). Do not despise prophecies that bring us insight into the revelation of God, thereby quenching the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19-20), but prove all things and hold fast to that which is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
Questions and comments are welcome, on any of the writing on here. I truly seek out the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth. I am happy to discuss ideas of God with those having an honest and sincere heart. Truth is single, for JesusChrist is Truth; therefore I believe all having a heart for the Truth will eventually come to the same conclusion, as they get to know Him better. I make mistakes in life, and gladly admit, and repent of them. If you have a thought to share, please do!
I am always willing to pray for those in need. If you are in need, don't hesitate to email me. I will join my faith with yours, knowing that the Lord JesusChrist remains a Healer and Deliverer to this very day. Let all glory to brought to Him, the One in the heavens and on the earth, Who inhabits eternity and everything in it!
God loves you, and that enough to send His Son to the earth as a man to die for you. Through the death of the Son of God, you can die to your current life or emptiness, sin, and death. God also raised His Son from the dead, and through that resurrection, you too can be raised in newness of life! God the Father offers this all to you as a free gift, so you must only receive it by living your life by trusting in Him. Let not one moment pass without formally and intimately acknowledging your Maker—draw to Him now and know His Salvation being freely offered to you, even as you read this.
I love you and wish you the best from your Father's hand. I pray that He would open your eyes that you might see the purpose of your existence, the futility of living for this present world, and the joy and peace that comes from abiding in the presence of the Holy One.
Sincerely in the Lord Yahweh,
J. Solomon Kostelnik
Giving & Receiving
I offer the entire Gospel on this site (i.e., no compromises, even if it makes me look bad in the eyes of the world), so I also encourage giving to the ministers who are teaching you. If you receive teaching regularly in your local church, you should be tithing (giving 10% of your income to God through them) to them, and then also give offerings to other ministers who teach and help you.
Because I have no ulterior motives, but only wish to share the Word of God and His commands, I do not fear saying this. I promise you, if you bless those who teach you, you will be rewarded. I speak not only from the Word of God on this issue, but from personal experience as well.
I practice this particular command of the Word of God myself, and have been greatly blessed by it! I have many stories of how Yahweh has personally blessed me, beyond my imagination, through my giving to His ministers and servants; please read some of my testimonies or contact me below if you would like to hear more personally!
You may share your support with me, according to the Word of God, through the Internet electronically, or via postal mail.
J. Solomon Kostelnik Gospel Truth Ministries
P.O. Box 1885
Cincinnati, OH 45201-1885
In either case, you may deduct the contribution from your U.S. income taxes if you give your offering via the assembly where I serve as assistant minister (Gospel Truth Ministries/White Oak Chapel).
To do so, please make your gifts out to Gospel Truth Ministries and put my name in the "To" or "Memo" field or click below to give electronically:
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19For I, through the law, died to the law, that I might live to God. 20I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me. 21I don't make void the grace of God. For if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nothing!" (Galatians 2:19-21)