Archive for November, 2014

This is a little revelation the Lord laid on my heart. Rebirth.

John 3, There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

In the days of Noah the earth was flooded and completely covered in water. It was 10 months that the earth was covered in water which was a form of baptism. The earth was being made new. When a child is formed in the womb the baby spends 10 months in the water of the womb and is birthed through water. This child also takes on the Image of its parents. We have been called to be born again. Through the first man Adam we have been born in the flesh from the dust. Now Through the second man Christ Jesus who is the Lord from heaven we are to be born of the Spirit. Being baptized is like our first act of faith going into the water to be born again of the spirit of God. It’s as though we are entering into the womb of the spirit and being born from the water of the womb of the Spirit. By this act we are taking on the image of Christ.

Some may question the need to be baptized and I see that unless we are reborn we can’t be with God. It is necessary to let flesh die and spirit be born. 1 Corinthian 15:46-49. Flesh is first then spirit so if we are born of flesh we must then be rebirth of Spirit then having both we can be with God we then will reflect the image of God. Jesus who is fully God was born of flesh and was baptized in water and in the Spirit. A rebirth is necessary to put on the image of Christ so that we may be with him in the end.

Look at it this way; it was through water Noah was called from a world of wickedness, then through water Moses led the Children of Israel out of Egypt to the promise land, and through water we are called to follow Christ.

 

 

Orphan Crisis

Posted: November 25, 2014 in Missions, Testimony
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In the world there are 153 million orphans, and there are 2.2 billion Christians. In the USA there are 100,000 orphans, and 300,000 churches. In Missouri there are 1,400 orphans, and 9,000 churches. James 1:27  Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. Seeing these numbers seems like an indication for how disconnected we have become from the heart of God. If the church would rise up in its calling to be a family to those who are with out one or a father to the fatherless there would be no orphans.

I know of 6 orphanages in the Kansas City Missouri area. Spotford, Gillis, Niles, Ozanam, Hope House, and Crittenten. All of these were once established by Christian churches and funded by the church. Now they are state institutions. A small group of Orphan Justice staff and of volunteers are dedicated to going out to these orphanages on a weekly bases to share the gospel and love on these little kids who have been abandoned. I would love to see the number of laborers increase because the harvest is plenty. There is a class starting February 6, 2015 here is a link for info regarding the class http://orphanjusticecenter.com/events/ . The Orphan Justice also offers an on-ramp once a month. The next on ramp will be in January however date to be announced.

Matthew 18:10

Posted: November 22, 2014 in Revelation, Testimony
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Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.

I have been pondering on this verse for about 2 weeks now. I was moved by this verse because i think it displays just how important these little children are to God. He has angels continually before His face to minister to these children. To speak to these children of who He is and who they are in Him their father. Who are we that we would tell these little children that they are anything other than what God says they are. So this stirred the question in me why these angels. The other day while thinking about this my spirit was struck with a reply to this question these angels are before the face of the father to minister to His children because the fathers aren’t. It is our priestly calling to sit before the face of God and know His heart, what He is speaking, and to be able to reveal who God is to others. It is our calling as fathers to prophecy and speak over our children who they are in God and call them by the name that God has called them.

Training

Posted: November 21, 2014 in Missions, Testimony
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I meet a spouse of one of Juanita friends and we have been able to connect. In the midst of us building a friendship he was approached by DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative  and it’s a group who sends out people for training in urban ministries. So my friend declined but told them about me. Which is a great opportunity for us. Ill be going through an application and interview process for selection. If selected it will be a 15 month program, so one weekend a month ill go to a training. its 100% paid for by the DeVos Family.

Be in prayer with us. Ill keep an update on this training and if selected what i am gaining from it.

At this time I have filled out the application and I am waiting too see if i was selected for this training that will start in Jan of 2015

Homework Help

Posted: November 21, 2014 in Missions, Testimony
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Updates, updates, updates

Kids city 7 has opened a door for Homework. Last week permission slips were handed out to high school kids in the three apartment complexes that take apart of kid city 7 on Saturday mornings. So this week launched the start of help for this season. Me and my wife are excited to be apart of the team that would come and help these teens keep there grades up. They are asked to bring grades and the subjects that need the most help and attention, as well as any books ect that are needed to complete there work. I notices that iphones and mac books are on top of the list of things needed for school theses days and Grandview  high is a school that provides a mac book for the students. Today we were able to help students with story comprehension, definitions, Spanish, and chemistry.

We’re praying for more students to come for help as we know the need is there and we’re willing to fill it. We’re also praying for supplies that are not provided from school to help students complete there work. Supplies can include lap tops, tablets, books and art supplies.

 

Lauren

Posted: November 12, 2014 in Testimony
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Our fist child is turning 4. This is a big deal giving my calling started with her. It was Lauren that made me seek love and the lord on why he loved the children. She revealed my cold heart to me. I’m so glad she did and now she fills my heart with joy.

So a few months back she comes to me and Juanita asking to see the lords face and we tell her to ask Him and He may show her His face. The next morning she comes out of her room so sad and states Jesus did not show her his face. So we tell her to keep asking. So from then on every night she asks him when she closes her prayer, “Jesus show me your face”.

So just a few weeks ago she comes out of her room with a smile saying she saw Jesus and He was on a white horse and had a rainbow crown. So we asked her if He said anything to her and she said He said “don’t be afraid,” my wife’s reaction was great like for real you saw Jesus. Lauren was constant in her quest to see the lord she keep asking and he did just that showed himself to her.

Lets keep asking Him to show His face to the children so they too can see the white horse, rainbow crown and hear His voice saying do not be afraid,

Happy Birthday Lauren

Turing 4 on the 18th

Turing 4 on the 18th

As the end of the year comes, lots of time with family and friends approaches. I took a little time to reflect on where the lord is sending us this next year and where we came from in past years. There was a time when Juanita and I struggled to pray together now it comes natural. We find ourselves praying for each other with out hesitation. Our family is growing and we can see the fruit of our prayers. Lauren is praying and both girls are excited to read their bible stories before bed time. Rachael will not let you leave her room with out it, she cries out BIBLE. Elijah is here and his name says it all. He is bring about the spirit of Elijah in our home and as we walk in the work the Lord is calling us to do.  The Lord is so good, we really are in a good place in this season with me going back to ministry with my family by my side. We were blessed by a dear friend of my wife, with family pictures. She did an amazing job capturing our natural moments.

Hoover Photography is her Facebook, Rebekah thank you.

it come natural

it comes natural