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January 14, 2017, 11:18 PM

Excerpt from First Things First launch


My question to TAS is this: 
•    What right do we have to hear the Gospel over and over, when so many have never heard it for the first time? 
•    What makes us so special?
What has He sent us to do? 
•    To take the gospel message to sinners—everywhere in the world, not just in the Quad Cities.
God has spoken to me pointedly over the past 3 months; He is calling TAS to focus on the basics of Christianity:
•    Spreading the Gospel
•    Servanthood
•    Submission and
•    Sacrifice
Please know, we are living in the moment of greatest potential and opportunity for the Church: 
•    There are good times that we rejoice 
•    There are bad times that we mourn. 
•    There are victories we celebrate
•    There are hurts we cry over
•    There are moments of misery
•    There are times of jubilee.
I stand to remind you this is a new moment of opportunity for us:
•    The day the Lord hath made
•    The day of salvation
•    The moment of entering His presence with a shout of praise and spirit of expectation. 
•    The moment of reaping of the harvest.
•    The moment of taking back some things the enemy has stolen.
Let me pause and remind us that God hates neutral; Meroz was cursed for not coming to the aid of the Lord in battle.
•    God is not a fan of inconsistency.
•    He doesn’t care for fence-sitters.
•    He isn’t pleased by people who can’t make up their minds, who are forever weighing their options, but can never settle on a course of action;
•    God can’t stand by those who won’t stand with Him against evil 
•    God can’t bless those who won’t bless His name through action.
God isn’t calling us to act recklessly, without any thought to the consequences.
•    But what He wants are people who will follow Him with joyful abandon, without regret, without looking back.
•    A people who will catch the vision of His purpose…reaching the lost.
•    A people who will look beyond themselves and realize we have been saved to show others the way. 
Is there anyone who wants to join me and commit to spreading the Gospel?
•    Is there anyone that can take a moment of faith and declare their allegiance to God?
•    First Things First…
Is there anyone that can look the enemy in the face and declare I’m changing and I am going to be a force to be reckoned with.
•    My voice isn’t going to be silent anymore.
•    My feet aren’t going to be unmovable any longer.
•    My heart isn’t going to void of compassionate for the lost. 
TAS, First Things First MUST be our drive and duty: 
•    It is time to get our joy back
•    It is time to get our faith back
•    It is time to get our dance back
•    It is time to get our worship back
•    It is time to get our focus back on the Saviour.

 




February 4, 2016, 5:40 PM

Youth Are The Church of Today — Nate Randol


I am posting a thought from Nate Randol, a member of our Student Ministry leadership. 

There is a call upon the young people of the Apostolic movement to rise up and step into the dimension where God given power and authority saturates their lives! God is not afraid to use young people! David was in his middle teenage years when he defeated Goliath; Josiah was 8 when he became king, 16 when he began to seek Jehovah, and 20 when he began to rid the kingdom of idolatry; Mary was a mere teenager when she gave birth to Jesus; Joseph was 17 when his brothers sold him into slavery and he began his journey to becoming the ruler of Egypt! I'm sorry, but I can't be persuaded that God can't use you because you are too young. He is no respecter of person and He's no respecter of age! If He can use a donkey to speak to Balaam, then He can surely anoint and use the youth of today! We need to grab ahold of the Holy Ghost and fire and let it lead us to the realm of the supernatural! I don't want to be content sitting by and watching God use just the adults; I want to see kids lay hands on the sick and they recover; I want to see children pray people through to the Holy Ghost; I want to see teenagers become prayer warriors; I want to see soul winners and witnesses come from our Sunday School classes! Look out devil! The next wave of Hell Raze-ers are here and we won't be silenced or restrained! I Peter 2:9: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light!" Young people, we need to become serious about praying, fasting, witnessing, reading the word, worshipping, and following the voice of God NOW more than ever before!




December 3, 2015, 8:41 AM

Be A Doubter

Learn to doubt your doubt, because two negatives become a positive! I doubt you can live for God; I doubt your doubt. I doubt you can be healed; I doubt your doubt. I doubt you can receive the Holy Ghost; I doubt your doubt. I doubt you can get your miracle; I doubt your doubt. I doubt you can be blessed financially; I doubt your doubt. So, if the devil (and maybe some folks around you) want you to doubt...go ahead and become a doubter today — Doubt your Doubt! 




October 30, 2015, 7:06 AM

Edify, Don't Crucify

Just thinking this morning about how it seems so many in the church feel the need to tear others down in order to justify their actions or to make them look better for their inaction or because things didn't go their way. Remember, when you tear down another Christian, you are tearing down the body you are apart of; sort of like self-mutilation. (As far as what the Bible says about cutting and self-mutilation, in the Old Testament, cutting of skin by self was used mainly in practice of false religions. 1 Kings 18:24-29 talks about the worship of Baal, when Elijah invited worshippers to test their false god, but when Baal did not prove any power, "they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out." Deuteronomy 14:1 mentions cutting skin as an act of mourning for the dead. Even though it was "normal" in the Old Testament, God established a rule against the practice. Leviticus 19:28 says, "You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD.") Instead of talking about them and harming His body, how about talking to Him and edify His body? I am sure God isn’t happy when He hears you tear down what He died and rose for (Yes, He knows, just say’n). Pro 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: Pro 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, Pro 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, Pro 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. Hear what His Word tells us to do to each other — 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Go have a God day and edify, don't crucify…




July 2, 2015, 10:30 AM

Control your thoughts

In prayer this a.m., God reminded me that the enemy can't know my thoughts; Satan is not omniscient, nor omnipresent — he can put a thought in my mind, but it is up to me to determine what I do with that thought. Some of his seeds are depression, negativism, bitterness, oppression, hatred, low self-esteem, lack of commitment, and frustration. When we allow those thoughts to marinate in our spirit, they control our actions. We start looking horizontally, instead of vertically. We must keep our focus on Christ and not the crisis. Hebrews 12:1-2 says:

1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Instead of being faithful, we become faithless; instead of being positive, we become negative; instead of being submitted, we become dissented; instead of being a witness, we become wavering — tossed about, up and down, with every wind of opposition that comes against our mind. It is vitally important that we listen to His Word: Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

You can't control how Satan attacks you or what he places in your mind; you can control how you react or respond. If I am up one day and down the next, it isn't a God problem, it is a “me” problem. Circumstances change daily, but my commitment to my walk with Jess must never be impacted negatively by my trials and test. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) reminds us:

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

He doesn't expect me to understand everything (I wouldn't need faith); He just expects me to trust Him and He will direct my paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 says,

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Today, purpose in your heart to not only be a hearer, but a doer of His Word and let it start with your attitude, which determines your altitude. Now, go and have a God day, instead of you day.


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