The Man Who Won’t Go Away

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Jesus is on my mind today. He is the man who won’t go away. I’ve just started reading the book by John Ortberg, Who Is This Man (Published 2012) and I haven’t even got past the first page when the reality of life and death and the impact our lives make on the individuals whom we influence, and the legacy we leave for generations to come. Are they temporal or are they eternal?

Ortberg writes:

“Normally when someone dies, their impact on the world immediately begins to recede. As I write this our world marks the passing of digital innovator Steve jobs. Someone wrote that ten years ago our world had Bob Hope, Johnny Cash, and Steve Jobs; now we have no Jobs, no Cash and no Hope. But Jesus inverted this normal human trajectory, as he did so many others. Jesus’ impact was greter a hundred years after his death than during his life; it was greater still after five hundred years; after a thousand years his legacy laid the foundation for much of Europe; after two thousand years he has more followers in more places than ever.”

Thus, the title of Ortberg’s book, Who Is This Man. I’ve also been reading and studying some ancient writings and text where Jesus not only came to bring salvation, redemption and healing to mankind, but to destroy the works of his enemies.

mt. hermon & tower of babel

Jesus was transfiggured on Mt. Herman, then stood at the foot of the “rock” and highest mountain in Israel; Mt. Hermon, also named after the home of the god known as Baal-Hermon, Much natural and spiritual wickedness was practiced there. Read More

Jesus death and resurrection took authority over this high place and we read about this below.

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Mission Drift

Guard the deposit

The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy from a Roman prison and encourages him to;

1) Hold on to sound teaching.
2) Guard the good deposit that is in us.

The Roman Empire was changing rapidly and Nero, was the presiding Emperor. After the death of his uncle Claudius in 54 A.D. Nero was nominated, helped by his mother Agrippina the Younger.  Historic authors write about Nero’s mother, Agrippina the Younger, and how it was likely she was implicated in Claudius’ death and Nero’s nomination as emperor. She dominated Nero’s early life and decisions until he cast her off. Five years into his reign, he had her murdered.

Paul could understand how easy it would be to succomb to the Roman rule and the threats against the Christian believers. We subtly face many of the same threats today. It can be very easy to drift away from God’s Mission.

Mission drift occurs when an organization passively changes course. It not only happens to businesses, it can also happen to people. This sermon explains how we can fulfill God’s mission for our lives and keep from drifting off course. I recently heard a message about the importance of staying on our mission.

This message was given on July 15, 2018, by Pastor Andrew Wild. (Click here to listen.) Andrew is a pastor at Riveroaks Community Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Pastor Andrew began his sermon by citing that the Emperor Nero, had his own mother murdered.  Nero’s mission was to be in complete control of the Roman Empire.

More about Emperor Nero

Nero was intentional, bold and unashamed of his determination to satisfy his own mission. Although his reign was short (13 years), he terrorized Christians, blamed them for setting fire to Rome, had his mother and wife killed. Finally when the fear of being overtaken by other rulers he took took his own life. He is quoted as saying, “What an artist dies in me!.”

During his reign he was instrumental in killing Christians for sport and thus Paul’s advice to Timothy was to stick to sound doctrine, guarding our hearts because of the truth that Christ lives in us.  In spite of the difficulties and persecution, Timothy was able to teach and preach this message to others. I think this is good advice for all believers in the day and age we are living.

Keys to avoiding Mission Drift ~ Andrew Wild

  • Be Intentional – You have been entrusted with a message of “the good news of salvation.”
  • Be Bold – Don’t be ashamed to share the gospel.
  • Be Willing To Suffer – Count the costs of being a disciple knowing the truth will always set you free but sometimes will cause you hardships.
  • Be Faithful – There is an eternal reward of hearing, “Well done, Good and Faithful Servant.”

If you want to avoid Mission Drift, hold on to the truths revealed in God’s Word. ~Andrew Wild

What a great challenge and word! We need to stay steady on the course with God as our Captain!

A really awesome book to read is Mission Drift.

Mission Drift

Staying on course isn’t easy and it will cost you something. If it doesn’t then I would wonder if I was already adrift. I know the Lord’s prayer for each one of us is for us to finish our course well. Another word from Paul,

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
Luke 14: 28 -30 NIV

Even though the enemy and our own flesh is constantly trying to steer us off the course, we can rest assured, God will help keep us righted if we are willing to take a lesson from His word to;

  • Hold on to sound doctrine.
  • Guard the Good Deposit that is within us!
  • RememberYOU ARE ONE OF GOD’s TREASURES!

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wherever God calls her.

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Miracles, Healings – Dinner with Sarah

Testimony Time! Meet my dinner date Geo. He asked me, “Could you put me on your social media?” You bet I will!!😀

When I first moved to my apartment complex mid February Geo saw me sitting in the lobby and noticed my smile and the cross on my shirt (he tells me every time.)😊 He came over and asked me to pray for him. He had a deep infection in his knee. He had both legs over a year ago amputated due to sickness and had only 1 prosthetic leg. In order to get the other prosthetic leg his knee had to heal from the infection. That he had for months. Jesus and I prayed for him and we became buddies. I would bring him breakfast, we talked for hours in the lobby, he would ask me about my relationship with Jesus, I would make him dinner and then about 6 weeks ago I heard he was back in the hospital pretty much on his death bed again.

I said, “NO!”  We prayed for him. He got out of the hospital and came back home and was all better and the infection left his body!

He received his 2’nd prosthetic leg and he showed me this evening how he could get up walk a few steps and back in his wheel chair. 😀 He said let me show off what I can do now, he said it’s not pretty but I can walk. I looked at him with tears and said your right it’s not pretty it’s beautiful! 😍 I told Him I grilled steak for the first time ever and said I had way to much and asked him if he wanted to join me for dinner. He was delighted and as we were sitting outside others joined.

All I can say is,

I am so thankful God answers my prayers, “Lord send the broken and hurting ones so we can love on them and they can encounter you.”

More Miracles …

A door opened for my testimony to come out and people were like,

Wait, “What you partied, dated the wrong guys you did all that?” Saying it as they were in shock!

I said, “Yes I did, but the beautiful thing is when you surrender your life to Jesus He takes it and turns ashes into beauty.”

Next thing Jesus and I are prophesying and praying for the ones that came to the table. I’m not sharing details because I want to be respectful to my new friends. Tears were steaming and Oh! the freedom and chains that were broken off of people this evening. As I looked at my phone it’s almost 11pm. We started dinner at 7pm. The crazy thing is I had plans to deep clean my apartment this evening but when we allow God to lead the way then deep cleaning will come another day this week because Jesus wanted to deep clean the hearts of those that needed a taste of His love.

I am beyond thankful for this community of people here. 🎼We Are Family🎼🙂Also, I’m asking for you guys to be in agreement for a miracle for a friends mom that fell off a cliff.  Sarah Deeds, Associate/Youth Pastor Zion Christian Fellowship
#TheBestDinnerDate
#Thankful

Sarah and niece

About Sarah Deeds

The first time I met Sarah was when I was the Pastor and Director of Communications for Faith Life Now in New Albany, Ohio. Sarah was raising money to fund her trip and school at Heidi Baker’s ministry Iris Global in Mozambique S. Africa. Little did I know how special this Batzion (daughter of Zion) would become to me. Literally the Lord laid her on my heart to pray, support and keep her in my heart especially while she was away.

Since Sarah returned and I moved from Ohio, so much has happened in the natural but our spirits are still connected as one in the Lord. She is now an associate and youth pastor in Ohio and has so many other wonderful and miracle testimonies. She is not afraid to pray and tell anyone and everyone the source of her joy, strength and salvation. Please keep Sarah in your prayers now that you have met her. Also, please keep the ministries of Iris Global, Beacon of Hope, Project Purpose and fellow believers as well as the people of Mozambique. Much is happening to try to destroy God’s workers and his work. Read More Here

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Marlene

Marlene has been called to go and serve others
wherever God calls her.

She combines teaching, prayer, worship with the prophetic, words of knowledge and wisdom to bring salvation, deliverance & healing to those who are lost, hurting helping each other prepare for ruling and reigning with the MOST HIGH GOD!

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from ashes to beauty…
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