DOES YOUR CHURCH AVE A MISSION FOR YOU?

Here’s one from Pastor Danny called…Does Your Church Have a Mission for You?  Take a look.  Good one Pastor! -anita

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Ephesians 4:11-13

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.


God’s Mission Statements

Genesis 12:1-3 (KJ21)

12 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

THE ABRAHAMIC COVENENANT

EXODUS 19:5, 6

Now if you will listen to Me and carefully keep My covenant, you will be My own possession out of all the peoples, although all the earth is Mine, and you will be My kingdom of priests and My holy nation.

THE MOSAIC COVENENT

Isaiah 45:22-24  (NIV)

22 “Turn to me and be saved,  all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.

23 By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow;  by me every tongue will swear.

24 They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone are deliverance and strength.’”

All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame.

NEW COVENANT MISSION STATEMENS

MATTHEW 28:18-20

Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

MARK 16:15

Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.

JOHN 20:21

Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

ACTS 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

1 Peter 2:9-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people [at all], but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

THE PROCESS

 

Learning to trust

Jeremiah 17:7-8  (KJ21)

7 “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be disquieted in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”

Shared Vision

1 Corinthians 1:10

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

Ephesians 4:11-13

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Colossians 3:13-14

13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

John 17:23

23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Psalm 133:1

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

1 Peter 3:8

8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

1 John 4:12

 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Ephesians 4:3

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Romans 12:16

16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Ephesians 1:10

10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

12 Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the LORD.

Ephesians 2:14

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

Romans 12:4

4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,

Galatians 3:26-28

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Ephesians 4:16

16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Accepting Failures

Psalm 73:26  ESV

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Dear Gatherers,

Philippians 2:1-11 New International Version (NIV)

Imitating Christ’s Humility

2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very nature God,  did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

7 rather, he made himself nothing  by taking the very nature of a servant,  being made in human likeness.

8 And being found in appearance as a man,  he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—  even death on a cross

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

    and gave him the name that is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

    to the glory of God the Father.

Best,

Daniel Leavitt

SOMETHING MUCH BETTER!

I’m sick and tired of the devil stealing from me!  Can I get an “AMEN!” ?

It seems like every time I start to get ahead…he steps in and takes something from me!  How many of you can relate?

BUT….  I heard a quote by someone who says…“When God takes something from your hand, don’t think that He’s punishing you.  He’s just leaving you empty-handed to receive something better!

I KNOW this statement to be true!

Yesterday, my husband went out to go to work, started his car, and it made this really strange noise.  He went ahead and drove it to work… what else could he do?  When it was lunch time, he went to his car, put the key in, turned it , and heard a loud crash.  After looking under the hood, he found that a belt had broken, and some other parts scattered throughout the engine that were also broken to bits!

Now keep in mind…this car was used when we bought it…but we had just paid it off, put in a new battery, new wiper blades, and he had just filled the gas tank that morning on his way to work.  After checking, we found there were some other serious problems with it and it would cost too much to fix all that was wrong with it, so we sold it for almost nothing to one of those towing companies that buy junk cars.

At first, when my husband called and told me…I started to cry…then I began to laugh.  Why wallow in anger and distress when nothing can be done?  That’s when I also remembered the quote above.

The quote is absolutely true!  We have had the devil steal much from us in our lifetime…but because we trust GOD…we always end up with something better.

If you are suffering loss right now…take heart!  God will provide you with something much better!

Anita

DO YOU WANT DUNAMIS (DYNAMITE) POWER? HERE’S HOW YOU CAN FIND IT!

Do you find that your level of calm and serenity have all but vanished?

Is your stress level through the roof?

Do the everyday trials of this life, and the heaviness of the world got you down?

Are the weight of the problems you face seem beyond your control…crushing the very life out of you?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions….I have a solution for you!  Take a look…

“Behold, (look!) I (Jesus), give you power …over ALL the power of the enemy: and NOTHING shall by any means hurt you!” -Luke 10:19

Hallelujah!  If we know Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior…we have power…HIS POWER in us!

Use that power against the devil next time you find your calm slipping away!  Jesus can catch that calm, and bring it back to you…give you peace that passes all understanding!

Use God’s power when you feel your stress level out of control!  His power will grab your stress, and give you joy amidst your anxiety!

Give your everyday trials and the things of this world to Jesus!  He can handle a world full of cares….  Yes!  ….Even YOUR’S!

Let Jesus carry your problems for you.  Let Him breathe  life into your situation!  He’s big enough to shoulder all the weight of your anxiety’s and fears!  Let Him carry you!

Be blessed today, in the mighty name of Jesus!

Anita

“HE WILL GUIDE ME WITH HIS EYE…”

Are you facing an important decision?  Are you worried you will make the wrong choice?  Then look to Jesus for the answer!

In Psalm 32:8 He says, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye.”

Put yourself in the Lord’s hands and trust Him to make the right choice for you.  Sit quietly, and recall all of the kindnesses He has showered upon you in the past.  Thank Him for His great love to you…then trust Him for all you need!

Be blessed in the Lord, today!

Anita

UNFORGIVENESS Feb. 26, 2015

Here’s one from our own Sherri Evans. It’s been blogged before, but it’s a good reminder for those of us that have trouble forgiving. Take a look… -anita

The Gathering Journal

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.          Isaiah 53:7

When I’m wronged or hurt by someone close to me, I can come up with eloquent, well-crafted defenses of my position.

Jesus was unjustly wronged, more than any other person ever, yet He didn’t say, “Excuse me…I calmed the storms, I healed your sick, and I even raised the dead.”

When I choose not to defend myself, it feels like a battle of epic proportions; but if I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ, shouldn’t I follow His example, and see God fight for me?

Why is it such a big deal to forgive others?  I think unforgiveness shows how little I understand my own salvation.  Forgiving is an affirmation of my own forgiveness…

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WHO’S YOUR DADDY??

I love watching crime shows!  Not because of the gore…but because of the justice!

The other day I was watching one of these shows, and learned something new.  It is a proven fact that victims, if kept long enough develop what is known as Stockholm Syndrome.  They grow to believe in, trust, and even love their captors!

In this story, a child had been abducted at the age of three and was never found.  Twelve years later, the boy turned up, still with his abductor.  When the police searched the apartment where they had been living, they found bars on the windows and padlocks on the windows and doors.  However, the locks were no longer locked, and the boy was allowed to roam free through town and elsewhere.

When the two were finally apprehended, the FBI questioned the boy and asked him why he hadn’t run away.  His response was disturbing.  He said he didn’t know he had been kidnapped.  He went on to say, “This man you say abducted me when I was three, is the only father I have ever known.  I love him…”

Reminded me of Satan!  Until Jesus finds us…the devil is the only father we have ever known.  We don’t even realize that he stole us from our Creator!  He makes us think we are free to go wherever we want and make our own choices…but he is there…hiding in the shadows watching our every move.  We believe we are free…because the visible locks are gone, but he has spent years convincing us that we need him.  We are NOT free…we are BOUND by fetter chains; chains that have wrapped themselves around our hearts, and twisted our thinking!

Jesus is the only one who can truly set you free!  “If the Son therefore shall set you free, ye shall be free indeed. ” -John 8:36 KJV

Do you want to be truly and absolutely free?

Do you want Satan as your father?

Or do you want God The Father to be your Father?

Then there’s only one question you need to ask yourself….

“WHO’S YOUR DADDY”

Anita

WHAT DID JESUS MEAN BY THAT? …”The Kingdom of God is among you!”

Here’s a great one from Pastor Danny!  Enjoy! -anita

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Luke 17:20-21 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Coming of the Kingdom

20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS INVISIBLE AND CANNOT BE BOUGHT, SOLD OR DEFEATED

 

Acts 1  (NIV)

Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

 

Luke 4 New International Version (NIV)

40 At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak,because they knew he was the Messiah.

42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD WAS THE MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST

 

 

 

Joshua Meets a Kingdom Man
Joshua 5 King James Version (KJV)

10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.

11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day.

12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?

14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?

 

15 And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

In a kingdom you respect the king

 

 

Jesus Meets a Kingdom Man

Luke 7 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

7 Now when He had ended all His sayings in the audience of the people, He entered into Capernaum.

2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick and ready to die.

3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent the elders of the Jews unto Him, beseeching Him that He would come and heal his servant.

4 And when they came to Jesus they besought Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was worthy,

5 “for he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.”

6 And Jesus went with them. And when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying unto Him, “Lord, trouble not Thyself, for I am not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under my roof.

7 Therefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto Thee. But say the word, and my servant shall be healed.

8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers. And I say unto one, ‘Go’, and he goeth; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he cometh; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he doeth it.”

9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned about and said unto the people who followed Him, “I say unto you, I have not found so great a faith, no, not in Israel.”

In a Kingdom you follow the King   

 

Mark 1

 

Mark 1 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

1 The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Thy face, who shall prepare Thy way before Thee.”

3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.’”

 

21 And they went into Capernaum, and straightway on the Sabbath day He entered into the synagogue and taught.

22 And they were astonished at His doctrine, for He taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.

23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

 

24 saying, “Let us alone. What have we to do with Thee, Thou Jesus of Nazareth? Hast Thou come to destroy us? I know Thee and who Thou art — the Holy One of God!”

25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Hold thy peace, and come out of him!”

THE KING HAS AUTHORITY OVER EVERYTHING

 

Hebrews 10:16

“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

THE SUBJECTS OF THE KING KNOW THE WILL OF THE KING

 

 

Matthew 6 21st Century King James Version

8 Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him.

9 In this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.

10 Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.

 

24 “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

25 “Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

33 But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

THE CITIZENS OF THE KING SEEK HIS WILL AND RECEIVE HIS AUTHORITY

Pastor Danny Leavitt

 

 

THE RED SOLUTION

Just off of I-70, here in Colorado, stands a warehouse turned dispensary called The Green Solution.  It’s very name leads one to believe that whatever ailment you possess…they have the solution, the cure for all of your problems.  However, the ‘solution’ is only temporary.  It only lasts for a short while.  Once the effects of the drug, Marijuana wears off…your problems are back in full force.  Your anxiety is still there.  Your depression…still there.  Loneliness?  …Yep!  It’s still there.

So, if you’ll give me a moment of your time, I’d like to talk to you about The Red Solution.

The Red Solution is very different from the Green Solution!  This solution is NOT temporary.  It lasts forever!  It’s an ancient remedy, born in the Middle East.  It’s healing properties are known to many, world-wide.  It can cure your anxiety.  It rids you of your depression.  Loneliness?  …No longer there!

This Solution gives the benefits of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control…not to mention, Eternal Life.  I’ve known folks to be cured of many maladies-Cancer, Cirrhosis, Heart Failure, Kidney malfunctions, Tumors, etc.  I have also witnessed drug addicts and alcoholics being healed.  I know many prostitutes, healed by The Red Solution that are now wives and mothers-no longer roaming the streets and selling their bodies to strangers.  I’ve seen gang members leave that mess behind and become productive people in society.  I know people who were locked in padded rooms because of mental problems, now free and in their right mind-no longer plagued by voices in their heads.  Folks once possessed by Satan and his imps are now free!

What is this Red Solution?  It’s the Blood of Jesus!  It CAN and WILL cure any ailment you possess.  “The Blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son cleanses us from ALL sin.” -John 1:7

You want to be FREE?  Call on Jesus today!  He’s waiting for you.  Run to Him…He’s running to you…

Anita

THE CAGE…

FOR THOSE OF US THAT STILL ‘FEEL’ BOUND BY SATAN…REMEMBER THIS VERSE…”THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS!” -ROMANS 8. YOU ARE FREE!

The Gathering Journal

As many of you know, my dad was a Baptist Preacher for over 40 years.  He used many illustrations in his sermons to get his point across.  He likened them to parables that Jesus used in the Bible so that folks could understand more easily.

The following, is based on one of the illustrations he used.  I heard it many times during my growing up years, and turned it into a poem for my grandchildren. -anita

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“Gotcha!”, screamed the boy

With excitement and delight;

As the cage door slammed shut…

Ever so tight.

“That’s 25 I have now…

Not bad for a few weeks work!”

Said the boy with the mean heart,

Where darkness seemed to lurk.

Like an unattended garden,

Murderous thoughts grew like weeds;

No remorse…no regrets,

For his awful monstrous deeds!

Pride welled up inside him,

As he peered into the cages.

So many different shapes…

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