Arise Reviews

By Sharon Wallace

This book delves deep into the causes of the weakness of the church today. How can we revive the church and bring her back to the power that lies within her? This book gives a wealth of insight into how the church has fallen and become powerless, and what she must do to be the light to the world she was intended to be. It is straight to the point and gave me plenty to think about. A bit of humor is thrown in, just to break the heaviness of the message. Be prepared to be shocked and saddened but with a determination to make a difference. You will want to take this in small bites with a lot of reflection. When you have come to the end, you will want to keep this book handy to review again.


By C Black

Author Tammy Gilstrap has done an amazing job of bringing the Church to a place of accountability with her book Arise Sleeping Giant! This book is full of Scriptures (most are written out for those who read on the go like myself). My experience with reading Arise is that you have to view it as a “buffet”, by that I mean you can’t possibly eat and digest this entire message in one sitting, you’ll have to take a few bites, chew on it a little bit, digest that before going back for more. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! But, I must warn you…if you don’t want to be challenged to come out of the “status quo” and start being the Church (the body of Christ)instead of just going to church, don’t read this book!! If you’re ready for a change, then by all means READ THE BOOK!!!

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Roy Colburn:  I highly recommend this book by Author: Tammy Gilstrap.

It is a must read for the church today so get your copy, I got mine!

Author: Roy Wayne Colburn and my new book is “Patty’s smile.


If you can stand the Truth then this book is for you! Now if you can’t take the Truth you might just choke because the words are powerful and raw, the words are raw and go down into the spirit of the man. If you are Sleeping it is time to come up out of your SLUMBER and be a “Giant” and not a grasshopper!
I would recommend this book highly for your library!

Pastor Myra Pearson- Manning, SC

Apostle Tammy, as you know I have read your book and am honored to say that you are a “mouthpiece” for our heavenly Father for such a time as this! If only our hearts, ears and eyes were opened to the Truth! Thank God for Holy Boldness breaking out across this Land!

Evangelist Evelyn Murray Drayton

That was on Amazing book! AWESOME,AWESOME,AWESOME! So enjoyed it, and it is a HUGE eye opener to the Christian body today. I promoted it highly back when I finished it and even did some “quotes” from it. I will continue to promote it and can’t wait to read more of her work!

Melissa Wilson


Tammy, your book is a must to read material for today’s church. There is a need for us to return to our first love and continue with valid apostolic teachings. Thank u for the courage and determination to stir us up to do so.

Apostle Daniel M. Deisrael

I bought her book and it is awesome and a message the church needs to hear today! She is an awesome writer and you will be truly blessed!
Evangelist Roy Colburn

Plus Many more… Want to see your review? Please feel free to post yours at anytime on my contact me form.

Too Blessed to be Stressed?

How many countless times have we heard and even quoted this saying? To many to count I am sure, I don’t know who coined this phrase for Christians, but boy is it a doozie! 

    “Christians declare they are better than Yeshua?”

There are so many of these little things we say and confess out of our mouths that we honestly believe, and they just leave a very bad stench in the air around us. 

It’s like walking behind someone who forgot to put their deodorant on before they left home, not very pleasant at all!

We begin to quote and believe stuff like this and it just shows how gullible we really are even after all the days and countless hours we spend in Church. 

There is no person alive who can claim to be so blessed they have no stress! Fear is a form of stress, and every human feels fear at one point or another in their lives, so this is a ridiculous statement at best! 

If a person is too blessed to be stressed, then they are better than all the people in the Bible and on the earth, including Yeshua ( Jesus)! 

It’s only going to take one of many accounts in the Bible to prove it. We find the story in several accounts, but in Luke’s account we get the picture of what is happening from a Physicians point of view & knowledge.

We see Yeshua (Jesus) in turmoil, and in agony anticipating what He must soon endure.  He is so stressed in fact that He literally sweats like drops of blood! It takes Luke a Doctor to recognize this phenomena as recorded in this gospel.

Luke 22:44

There is a medical phenomena called “Hematohidrosis” in which sweat can contain blood.  

42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, let not my will but yours be done.” 43 There appeared to him an angel from heaven giving him strength, 44 and in great anguish he prayed more intensely, so that his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.” CJB

Just from this one account we can clearly see that even Yeshua as earthly flesh endured suffering, sorrow, pain and stress. Yet, He was endued with power from on high, filled with the Spirit of the living God, He was and Is the only begotten Son of God made flesh and a sacrifice for all mankind!

If He can be stressed in such a way, then it only stands to reason that we can be also  as human flesh. Hebrews 5:7-9

“During Jesus earthly life he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Although He was a Son He learned obedience from what He suffered, and having been made perfect He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him…” BSB

To say that we are too blessed to be stressed is literally like stating that we are greater than all the saints, all mankind and even Yeshua the Messiah all rolled into one!      

  Yeshua told us that in this world we would have trouble, but not to fear for He has overcome the world. John 16:33

“No one has ever been too Blessed not to be Stressed!

 Just a little leaven, leavens the whole lump! Galatians 5:9

Luke 22,MT. 26,Mark 14, John 18, Hebrews 5:8-9, 2 Corn. 7,4,6…


Be Blessed!

Short Version

We have heard, spoken, decreed and declared this word, but how often have we stopped and really looked into the true meaning of this excessively used  term known as the word “blessed.”

We have been taught for a long time now that we are

“too blessed to be stressed”

But is this an actual biblical view, or is this like many others of its kind actually a misunderstanding of scripture? Yes, it is very misunderstood, and I am going to tell you why in another short writing.

Like many common words in our “Churched” dialect this word has been distorted & misused  because of a lack of understanding.

We have heard it quoted from the mouths of the famous televangelist that our God wants to bless us “if” we will just sow our “seed” of dollar bills (of course) in order to receive all these “blessings.”

I guess it never occurs to them or us that we should bless our creator for speaking His blessing over us from the very beginning, then to realize that the greatest of “blessing” isn’t about earthly possessions!

When we hear the word “blessed” our fleshly minds automatically assume more money, bigger houses, new car, clothes, shoes etc… That just shows how carnal our minds really are, even after all the hours we spend in Church! ( A whole other sermon!)

“We are all about getting our flesh happy,but our God is all about getting our Soul happy!” 

We just need to slow down sometimes long enough to get the Bible out read it for ourselves, and ask the Author of the book to please give us understanding.

Often times we assimilate this word “blessed” with “prosperous” and “wealthy” but are they really the same?

That is what I wanted to find out once God brought this subject to my attention some years back.

We are amiss to think that we can understand the depth of meaning in the scriptures using merely our English translations, which is exactly what happens in most cases.

We must refer to the Hebrew and the Greek in order to fully grasp the depth of meaning and understand from its foundations if you will, their true meaning.

So, what are we saying exactly when we speak, hear and ask God to bless us? You are going to be Surprised!

The Hebrew word for Bless, Blessed is: Barak- (Baw-Rahk) Literally meaning to kneel, or to bow down, to praise and or worship namely of our ( G-d).  We should be blessing our God in praise and worship and thankfulness! Asking God to strengthen us in our weakness, and blessing Him for giving us power and strength.

Very different from the popular teaching that to be blessed or get a blessing is of a monetary nature, in actuality it’s more spiritual in nature than physical. Though He (God) has spoken the “Blessing” over all of His creations at the time He created them, and that carries with it fruitfulness and prosperity as we have learned also what true prosperity is in my previous post.

Gods blessings for us are of power, strength,to endue with power for success, prosperity, fruitfulness &  longevity.

  A blessing from G-d is to be empowered to do what is not within our natural capabilities.

To pronounce a blessing over someone is to speak God’s Word over that person, not our own words that hold no spiritual value. In the Bible we find many accounts of a blessing being spoken over the people or persons, the blessing is actually scripture, not idle words.

It is not asking Him to lavish us or another person with a new BMW, Mansion, or help us win the lottery, sorry folks that’s purely flesh & sadly just part of the show!

Also it’s interesting that the word “happy” also carries this connotation of being “blessed” though it carries a much deeper meaning as well and will be an interesting study.

We should keep the true meaning of the word “Blessed” in mind the next time we hear or speak it and know that we are truly “Blessed” to worship and praise our God, and receive from Him strength in our weakness!

Does God want us to prosper and be in good health? Of course! Does He want us to attain wealth?

Most certainly and we will dive into this “wealth” word next, so stay tuned…

Just a few references

Gen. 1:22,28 Gen.2:3,5:2

Ex. 23:25,Numbers 6:22, Duet. 10:8

Luke 6:28


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