Friday, July 27, 2018

Vision for the mission (Funding ministry)

In another post, I wrote about the vision God has given me to plant a church and run other subsidiaries within that ministry. In this update, I want to talk about an idea God gave me to generate income to turn and operate these ideas. I release this post publicly, knowing full well that God can protect the idea and get it into the hands of children of the kingdom who will steward it faithfully.



United Sharpshooters Championship (USC)

This idea is for a new entertainment/sports league that features current and ex-military personnel from all branches of the U.S. services. The program will be divided into two separate sections:
The first half of the show will feature vignettes of each contestant appearing on the show, including military background, training, and personal life (family, children, etc.)

The second half will feature the actual game...
The structure of the game will consist of an arena containing brick walls throughout the field. Each contestant will start at opposite sides of the course, armed with military-grade rifles loaded with real ammo that has had the metal tips of the bullets removed and replaced with paintball heads. Out of three timed rounds, each player will have a certain amount of time to shoot his/her opponent as best as they can.

Each contestant will wear a white jumpsuit with different parts of their body lined off to distinguish different “hit points.” Each part of their body will be sectioned off and will be appointed a number of points for each successful shot that lands there. Moreover, certain areas of the body will be designated “kill zones” so that if any shot hits either of these places, the one who inflicts the shot automatically wins as they have hit their opponent in a critical location. Such places on the body will include headshots and chest/heart shots.

This is an original idea that takes sports to an entirely new level. Military sports entertainment is an endeavor that has yet to be tapped into yet. With the rise of hostility between rivaling nations in the world, this idea ramps up the interest in U.S. military. I believe this idea is a winner not only for viewers who will tune in to watch this, but it will also prove to be a massive success in advertising. I believe as ratings increase as people watch this, the government will take action and purchase advertising space to entice prospective new enlistees in the armed forces too. The bottom line is that this idea is a money maker. However, it will take considerable amounts of funding to get off the ground. First, ammo makers in the states would have to be willing to engineer bullets that have paintball heads that can be fired out of real rifles. Anything less than the real thing would not be authentic, and interest will wane. This idea is built upon real soldiers with real guns competing against one another.

The system of play could be a bracket system, pitting players against each other until a final head to head to determine a champion. The windfall of the ultimate winner could be determined by however many investors decide to invest in this idea. My guess of an approximate windfall amount would be 1 million dollars to the final victor.
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

And He will show you things to come (Part 2)


 In the previous installment of this title (part 1), I discussed being before the Lord and just praying and praising Him for who He is and what He had already done in my life. I had no other agenda besides that. So I was particularly surprised when after I spent my devotion on Him during this time (years ago) that He started prophesying things to come in my future. As I wrote about before, one of those things was a future wife with specific traits to her. The second and third thing he told me He wanted to accomplish in my life was to use me to plant a church and get formal Bible training at Lee University. As for the Bible training, this surprised me too seeing as how I really didn't like school growing up. I questioned it as well, seeing as how I don't even have a high school education. However, upon calling the college, I learned that there are no such requirements for previous education to study under their adult education program. This was good news to me since I saw no point in studying core subjects if all I wanted to do was preach the gospel.


As for the church He wants me to plant, the only other detail He gave me that morning regarding it was the name He wanted it called. The Church of the Upper Room was what He told me to name it. Over a period of time, He's given me other specific details of what the ministry will look like. At its core, it will be "a ministry unto an audience of One." There will be peculiar differences between it and how a lot of other churches operate. For one, worship will look different. Instead of a team of people standing on a stage and looking out over a congregation; whoever worships by playing instruments and singing, will do so with the congregation on the floor, with everybody facing the same direction. The architecture of the building will be so that there will be a slight descent on the floor starting from the entrance of the sanctuary to the front. This will be accomplished to take more emphasis off worship watching to truly ministering before an audience of One.
 

I've yet to write out a mission statement for this church, but it will be fundamentally set to reach the 7 different spheres of influence in society:
 

 Family
 Religion / Church
 Education
 Government
 Media (Communication)
 Celebration (Arts, Entertainment, and Sports)
 Economics (Business, Science, and Technology

 

The church will do this by:

 1. Supporting missions and organizations dedicated to advancing God's kingdom in each of these realms.

 2. Installing, equipping, and sending individuals called to minister in each of these spheres.


On a grassroots level, The Church of the Upper Room will also be dedicated to serving the needy and homeless of Chattanooga by giving out food once a week on the church's property.


Needless to say, these are huge endeavors. However, one of the largest visions God has given me associated with The Church of the Upper Room is starting a ministry which will physically touch all of Chattanooga and the Tri-State area. It's going to be a 24/6 ministry which will involve Spirit-filled teams working around the clock. It will consist of one phone and a van. Ministering will take place as needed. People may call the number and ask for a visit or whatever is required. These teams will be specifically trained for evangelism and will operate in all the gifts of the Holy Ghost.

 


Eventually, the vision is to equip the teams with body cams and cams in the vehicles and record every time someone is ministered to. I'm thinking of something like the show COPS, but completely ministry related instead. Later, all footage can be sent off to a production company for edit and to make ready for broadcasting and a later date.



So as you can tell, this vision will cost a ton of money to launch and sustain. I even have an idea for building a few apartments on the property of the church to house a few team members. I have my eye on one particular piece of real estate right down the road from the Chattanooga Community Kitchen. What's strange is that half the building itself currently isn't even being used. I expect it to go for sale one day eventually. And when it does, I believe God has designated it to be to the home of The Church of the Upper Room and its associated auspices.


So that's it. Those are the bare bones of what I believe God is calling not only myself to but many others as well. What's beautiful is that there are already ministries and churches already on the scene. And many, I believe, will come and flow with what God wants to do here. Whether that's preachers, worship leaders, urban missionaries, or whoever else. It's the perfect time for God to send out laborers because what Jesus said about the fields being ripe already for harvest is true. To Him be the glory!


In another article, I will write a new post on how I believe God wants to partly fund the ministry I've spoken about here and others who are about the Father's business. Please keep reading and stay tuned for more on Abba's heart. Stay blessed!

 
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Friday, July 13, 2018

A Dream With Mama Heidi




I was lying in bed and edging away from the leftovers of sleep when I was sucked into the Spirit with Heidi Baker. When I got to wherever God wanted me to be, I was in the midst of a pool of water and anointing oil. And Heidi was submerging a kind of base that's used in the game of baseball underneath all the oil and water. She was jumping on top of it and completely bringing it under the surface of the Presence of God. When I saw this I instinctively joined her; declaring things like healing, joy, peace, and a myriad of other things over the plate as I helped her cover it with the Presence.


At this point, (as we were behaving like children in this pool) our foreheads met together as we were splashing about and she said something about Jesus. What she said was something explicit about His body. The moment was holy and pure, but I still could understand what she was saying because the Lord had given the same type of revelation to me earlier in life. What happened next was another person's view came into my periphery vision next to me, and I was hesitant to say what I was going to say. But at the nudging of Heidi to be free and say what I wanted, I spoke. I told her that in Heaven God made us one with Himself and one with all believers. And John 17 made this clear. I went on to say to her that whatever God does in Spirit he also carries out in the physical. At that, Heidi stood back and asked, "Am I supposed to believe that?"

 I kind of was taking aback myself, and though I didn't start to try to defend my point, I replied that she was free to believe what she wanted and that was just my personal belief. All in all, I would say that the moment didn't lose its glory even in all this.

 What followed after was a sort of
desolvation or parenthetic with my time with Heidi and me talking to God about a lot of things before finally getting out of bed and started the day's tasks.

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I don't really know why I'm posting this. But I do feel like Holy Spirit has given me the prompting to post and make it public. Later, with my time with the Lord, it came to me why Heidi might have been taken aback at what I said. Of course, she's married and what I said had strong implications. And of course, I understand that. I respect her husband, Roland. I think the both of them are incredible people. Listening to Roland reminds me of Jesus. It's rare that a theologian can sit down and talk and not come across as someone who states his opinions in a "my way or no way" sort of attitude. He engages people in a way that makes them think. And the questions he poses aren't rhetorical. I've only sat and watched one extended talk he's done on the IRIS podcast. And the things he brings up in discussion really probe the heart and soul. I do plan on watching more. As for the Heidi dream, what's ironic, is that the night before, I had watched a video of her ministering on YouTube.

 I'm just excited that the Lord saw fit to give me a dream, experience, or whatever it can be called to go with what I have already attained. And for those reading, "then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you." (The apostle Paul - Philippians 3:15)
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Greybeard & The Dying Man




Take a stroll with me and get a look at some of God's people.
In this video, you'll see the living conditions of some of the homeless in Chattanooga. And you will meet two friends I had the privilege to talk and pray with. 

Warning: Viewer discretion is advised. Video briefly shows a man urinating in the middle of the sidewalk. And it has not been edited. 



 
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Monday, July 2, 2018

The time is coming for an end to legalized abortion!



Several days ago I paid a visit to the National Memorial For The Unborn to weep over my sins and the sins of the nation. At one point while I was praying in intercession for the children and adults who’ve been effected by these atrocities, I looked out into the courtyard of this place and it was entirely engulfed with the consuming fire of God. And angels were dancing and worshiping in the midst of Him. It was an awesome site. But fast-forward to a few days ago, the Lord gave me a follow-up Word to what was prophesied during a church meeting I attended. Not only there was it announced that a future generation in America would see the end of legalized abortion, but what I received was not only would thousands be saved from being murdered in the womb, but there will be a generation coming that will give birth to multitudes of babies. This will make the “baby-boom” generation seem miniscule in comparison. Not only will hospitals be over-run with women giving birth, but babies will be delivered in very crazy places. The time is coming for this to happen. But in the meantime, the battle is on for not only the souls of little babies, but also men and women who are caught up in lies. If you ever get a chance, take a visit to the National Memorial For The Unborn and see the wonderful work of redemption and healing that is taking place there. You won’t be disappointed.


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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Roughing it in New Orleans For 2 and a Half Days

This testimony is a recollection of a time that I took a bus trip to New Orleans, LA and roughed it on foot for 2 1/2 days.











It started in Chattanooga with a growing unease of itchy feet and wanting to have an adventure. So I set out. It took a little over 9 hours to get there (including several Greyhound bus stops) Once arriving at the terminal in downtown New Orleans, I asked which way to the public library. Upon getting closer to the library, I found a public park that had lush grass and trees to camp in. So I laid down and rested until it was the hour for the library to open.

Once inside the library, I filled my jug up with water and used one of the computers there. After a couple of hours, I used the available Wifi connection to pull up the route I wanted to walk and set off. I decided to use a central point of downtown as a base for which I would coordinate my moves.
I would use the Greyhound Bus station, and the New Orleans Mission as points to stay within so I wouldn't get sidetracked. (Both were a few blocks away from each other)

Once I got back to this area, I started walking down a long stretch of road not knowing where I was going. The only thing I remember during this time was walking past an absolute wretch. He was human for sure, but his demeanor and manner and the way he carried himself spoke of a vicious animal. At the time he reminded me of what Peter spoke of when he said that they are unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals, they too will perish. (2 Peter 2:12)

At the time I knew enough not to try to talk to him because he would have no doubt lashed out and given me problems. So I carefully watched him pass and took in the spectacle.

It wasn't long after I kept walking along that a young man (approximately 18 or 19 years old) walked out of a side house and started on the path a few yards in front of me.

I called out to him and said something about him and Jesus. I don't recall the exact things I asked or told  him. But for the point of this testimony and an explanation of why I did what I did, I will say it was about Jesus and reaching this guy for His glory's sake.

So there he and I went. I spent about 5 minutes walking side by side with him. However, eventually, he said that he had to go on and started walking faster and left me. Naturally, I spooked the poor kid. But Holy Spirit told me to keep following him.  I didn't let him move  out of my line of sight. And by this time he knew I was following him. It seemed like we crossed areas of the city four or five times. Eventually, he turned into an alleyway, but I kept pursuing him. He went into a house on the block. So I crossed the street and went further down and waited on him. About half an hour later he came back out and started off again. I kept a considerable distance but kept following him. This was when he stopped and hollered at me and asked me what I wanted. I don't remember what I told him. But I'm sure it was something about Jesus. At this point, I could tell that he was getting freaked. And I had the choice to make. Was I going to keep following him like this or leave him alone and let him go his own way? Again, Holy Spirit told me to keep following him.
Now at this point, I had to examine my own sanity in this because even to me it was getting crazy. To make a long story short, this kid ended up going all over the city of New Orleans trying to escape me. We first meet each other at approximately 9 in the morning, and our adventure wouldn't end until around 10 PM that night.

Some highlights of the pursuit were when he got lucky and lost me. He had weaved in and out of stores and streets until I lost track of him. So I remember sitting under a tree, utterly exhausted, and getting a fill of water. At that point, I thought the mission was over. So I got on my phone to call family back in Chattanooga to let them know I was returning. And the second I was about to say that I was coming back, guess who rounded the corner of the road? It was him!  So I told my party nevermind and that I had to go. So I continued my pursuit. It was moments like that when I knew God was in this. A large percentage of the time it made no sense what I was doing; especially when I would sit in the middle part of the highways and watch him while traffic flowed every direction. He called or had people call the police more than once. These times happened when he was either working at a gas station or spending time idle there as his friend worked there. Yeah, the cops came to me at least two times asking me who I was and what I wanted with the boy. I don't recall what I told them. I either told them I didn't have any interest in the boy or told them something else. But either way, they couldn't do anything to me. Because technically I wasn't breaking the law. So this went on until night time. Finally, he walked off from the gas station property and went to a Costco. Apparently, he had friends that worked there too. A couple of them told me to kick rocks and get off the property. To which I obliged (knowing the law) but I never let him get out of sight. Finally, he kept moving to different areas, and we ended up in a huge parking lot.

That's when someone in a car pulled up beside me and identified himself at this kid's older brother. He asked me what I wanted with his younger sibling. And again, I don't recall all that I said, but I just remember the boldness of how I said things. I mentioned that I was on a mission and that Holy Spirit had commanded me to follow his brother from the start of the day. I didn't elaborate why but insisted that the mission was now over. So this guy and I end up talking more, and at first, he was very suspect and kept asking me questions about who I was and why I was there. I kept reiterating that I was on a mission from God. And that's when this man ended up opening up. I suppose he got reassured that I wasn't dangerous or as crazy as it seemed and let me get in his car. Before that, I told him that I had to continue my mission on Bourbon Street and asked him if he would give me a ride there. During the drive, he confided in me that his younger brother and to some extent himself weren't living for God as they should. Before I got out of his car, he handed me a wad of money and thanked me. He prayed for me and then I got out and left, walking the dirty and dark streets of New Orleans some more.

What transpired after was open-air preaching under a corner streetlight (outside a bar), an encounter with two of the friendliest cops I've ever met, a courtesy ride back to the downtown district per New Orleans finest, one of the best church services I've ever been to (at the New Orleans mission's night chapel service, an elegant dinner at the same mission (served up to us like we were kings), a chance meeting with a young woman and her autistic son, (and the time we spent riding on the greyhound together and sharing life)

As you can read, a lot went into this short trip to New Orleans. Much I didn't write about. But it is a primer to me that such trips can be very fruitful and rewarding. I do plan on taking another soon.
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Lord Teach Us To Pray

God is the Creator. He is the maker of everything that is holy and good. Satan, on the other hand, is not. He distorts what is of God and perverts it until what's left is counterfeit and wrong. Things have always been this way since the beginning. However, for over two thousand years now, saints have been praying the Disciples prayer for God's kingdom to come, His will to be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.




And I know since we are human beings in God's likeness, we also have the ability to create as well. It's just who God made us. Now we as free moral beings are given a choice to either create in the moral fabric of this world's system (which is evil) Or we have the opportunity to create things which are good and useful. And we as people of God and the Bible know, the difference between these two spectrums of how people will ultimately gravitate to hinge on  two realities:

1. Has a person been born-again and given a new heart which has God's truth written on it to live out?

Or

2. Is that person unregenerated and still dead in their trespasses and sins?

Jesus said that by their fruit you would know them. He was talking about the fruit of the Spirit. But for this blog post I will not delve into that right now.  What I'm trying to do is establish a foundation for what I'm aiming to talk about here, and that's the topic of the first few words of the Disciples prayer found in Matthew 6.

God's kingdom come. His will be done. On earth, as it is in Heaven.
 
I realize there are many definitions and examples the Bible gives for God's kingdom. And I readily accept and believe the fact that it's firstly a kingdom that resides in each believer as they are filled with God's Holy Spirit. But for the sake of discussing the subject of creating things let's go back to what I started with at the beginning of this post:

God is the  Creator. And the Bible says that what the Lord makes is good. (Genesis 1:31) And moreover, the Bible says what the Lord then gives is good as well. So let's pause, reflect, and share some things that we know the Lord has given us:

Breath/life
Daily food
Shelter
Clothing
Transportation
Jobs

Seriously, the list could go on and on. And it would be enough to give us the peace that Paul talked about as we are thankful for how He has truly blessed us. And if we took the time to meditate on other things God has done for us, it would inevitably bring us back to God's kingdom come. His will be done. On earth, as it is in Heaven.


Think about this for a moment. Salvation came at the expense of Jesus Christ crucified on a cross for our redemption. His blood shed for our forgiveness. Now no matter what anyone says, that right 
there is the most important blessing anyone could ever have. There's nothing that compares to knowing Christ. I heard one preacher put it this way when asked what does Heaven mean to him. "JESUS!," was his answer. And how true that is.

But did you ever stop to think from the perspective of the Bible when scripture says that He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the earth? You see, it was a done deal. And when Christ came over 2,000 years ago, it was just God's kingdom come. His will be done. On earth, as it is in Heaven.



I'm telling you. I could share much about this that entails what I believe Heaven will be like when we get there. Imagine every joyful thing. Every pleasurable thing. Every good thing that we have experienced on earth – Experienced in Heaven with Jesus.


When I think about this, I'm reminded of Hebrews 8 where the writer alludes to the fact that things on earth are a copy and shadow to the things in Heaven. So the question I pose is this: What are all those things? What I submit here in this blog post is my answer: Everything good that God has made.




But here's the kicker: All these things will take place minus one thing: The taint of temptation and sin. I don't think a lot of people realize how much Satan has disfigured and corrupted this earth from God's original plan. That goes a lot into having our minds renewed and transformed by the Truth of God's Word. And that's a topic for another day. The one other truth I would leave here as a side note is found in Titus 1:15 which is a remarkable verse in my opinion. It's one of my favorite verses to remember when the topic of sacred vs. secular comes up. 


Nevertheless, I end this post on three takeaway notes for people reading. The first one is to consumer Christianity that wants all the things of God and revelation served up to them on a platter without doing the due diligence of spending time with God themselves and obeying what the scripture has revealed. Can I say to you this: 1.  Be the Berean. 2. Don't take someone's morning leftover manna for your daily spiritual diet. 3. Get with the Lord yourself and let the promise of 1 Corinthians 2:9-12 sink in until you are sure and satisfied in Him

The second message is to folks who are on the pathway of obedience and have given their hearts to God. Can I remind you of something Jesus said: John 16:12-14

The point is it takes time. My prayer for you is that faith will arise, and you will keep your eyes on the prize no matter what men and institution may argue or debate otherwise. The report of the Lord is still true. And it's up to us to believe it and walk in ways that put our faith into action.

Lastly, my concluding message is for those who are neither of the above. In fact, you are lost. And when I wrote about the taint of what all the devil has done to God's creation, you are the ones who practice and bask in it. You use temptations as opportunities to do what you know is wrong. What Jesus told people during His days of walking on the earth was relevant then as it is today. Repent and believe the gospel!

Yes, the sin you are taking pleasure in now is only but for a moment. And many of you know that. Comparatively, so is your life. The Bible asks and answers a question when it states this: 

"What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." (James 4:14)

However, if you have an interest in reading about how you can be reconciled to God and saved, please read the following link:

How To Become a Christian

Good day and God bless!
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