Introducing Brandon and Kristina McKenzie

July 9, 2020

My name is Brandon McKenzie and I am 31 years old. I belong to my beautiful wife, Kristina, and my two amazing children, a 3-year-old girl named Bella and a 5-year-old boy named Sawyer. God delivered Kristina and I from years of drug addiction. Since then we’ve longed to see others awaken to the love of God as we have been. We have a long-standing history serving in recovery ministry, doing just that, but recently the Lord has led us out of this and has truly connected our hearts to the ministry of Take the City, more specifically, to the Harvest House of Prayer. It is my utmost honor to take on this new role of coordinating the prayer room. We are so excited! Here is a clear description of what Harvest House of Prayer is all about. What is Harvest House of Prayer? Harvest House of Prayer is a sacred space for people from all over our community to come together to worship and pray. We gather with people from various churches and denominations each morning, noon, and night.  We are open daily from 7 am until 8 pm Monday through Saturday. There are “live” prayer and worship sets that take place throughout the week and at other times the prayer room is open and available for people to quietly pray, study, and spend time with the Lord in an atmosphere of worship. We want to give Him all of our attention and affection because He is simply worthy of It.  Prayer Room Focuses of The Prayer Room One of the central focuses of our prayer room is...
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Not Looking Back

July 8, 2020

The church is returning back to its original roots as we near the return of the Lord.  The Bible is filled with stories that go “full circle”. In fact, you could basically summarize the entire Bible as a story that describes God bringing humanity full circle back to what he originally intended for us in Genesis. In the beginning, we were living with God in the perfection of the Garden, with no sickness, no pain, and no separation from God Himself. (Genesis 2) The story of the Bible ends with humanity with Him again in absolute perfection. (Revelation 21) The whole story of history and all of the Bible is a circular story of us going back to what God originally intended for us. It’s a circular story.  In fact, I believe that one of the most powerful tools available to churches today in sharing the gospel is something called the “3 Circles” diagram. This is a simple way that millions around the world have used to explain the gospel message and its circular nature. (Click here to learn more) Right now I believe that we’re experiencing a global shift concerning the church today. This shift has to do with the circular nature of how God works and tells stories. From the time of the Acts of the Apostles to the return of Jesus Christ, I believe that we will watch a full circle story take place. We will slowly drift back closer and closer to the biblical example of the early church as we approach each day closer to the Day of the Lord (Malachi 4:1 2 Peter...
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We Hear You

June 15, 2020

A Short Documentary Film We Hear You is a short documentary film that captures the untold story of how God is moving in the wake of the unjust death of George Floyd. In the midst of all the pain, confusion and unrest, there is an incredible glimmer of hope that is being sparked as the body of Christ is responding with compassion and love. This is a film that aims to answer, in part, what the church can do to respond to the cries of our nation for justice and racial equality.  The goal of the film is to inspire action in the church in three ways. The film will inspire people to listen more and have hard conversations. The film will inspire people to pray for our nation. We Hear You is a film that will inspire people to respond to injustice and racial inequality in a biblical way. Consider getting involved as a film ambassador today! Jonathan Tremaine Thomas Jonathan Tremaine Thomas is the founder of the Civil Righteousness movement. He and his family have been serving in this area for years and are based in Ferguson, Missouri. He is featured in our film as a primary voice and example of ways the church can practically respond.  Image about the film We Hear You Sign Up to Preview the Film Andrew Chalmers is the Director of the film. The film follows along on his own personal journey of asking questions and learning. His inspiration for the film came as he was struggling with the questions of how he should personally respond to this specific issue. Take The...
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Why do they call Jesus the prophet?

May 19, 2020

In John 6:14 it says, “After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”” Why do they refer to Jesus as “the Prophet?” Have you ever wondered why they called Jesus “the Prophet” in this passage of the bible or in others? Several places in the scriptures we see that when people met Jesus and saw him perform miracles, they referred to him as the Prophet. What we will discover in this video teaching is that there is a difference between people calling Jesus “a prophet” and “the prophet”. The difference is that when people were calling him “The Prophet” they were pointing to a person that the people of Israel had long been waiting for whom was predicted by Moses himself. “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—” (Deuteronomy 18:15) Long before Jesus, there was a prediction given by Moses that there would one day come another prophet that would be like himself. The people of Israel were all familiar with this prediction that was given by Moses and they were full of expectation that one day this predicted prophet that would be like Moses was for the people of Israel. In the same way, Moses helped to bring deliverance for the people of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt, Jesus came to bring deliverance for the people from the bondage of sin. As we explore in this session, we see that not only...
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Why is Jesus called the Messiah or the Christ?



Have you ever wondered why Jesus from the Bible is called Jesus Christ? In this short bible study, we look at some of the reasons why Jesus is called the Christ or the messiah. In this session, we look at some of the reasons why Jesus is called the Christ or the Messiah. All through the accounts about Jesus in the gospels, we see him referred to as the Christ. In order to truly understand why this title is important, we must look at some prophecies from the Bible. What we discover when we look through the bible is that the people of Israel had long been waiting for a promised “Messiah” or “Christ”. When Jesus was called the Christ it meant that people were claiming that he was the one they had long been waiting for! “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah…” John 20:30-31 The word Messiah comes from a Hebrew word that means “anointed one”. This Hebrew term was used to specifically point out those that God had appointed for a specific assignment or purpose. When someone was anointed, they were set apart to fulfill God’s plan. The people of Israel knew that there were many prophecies about this coming king who would be a “messiah” or anointed one. There were many prophecies that pointed to this person that they were long expecting and in the gospels we discover that Jesus fulfills all of their expectations. We see that Jesus came as the messiah they had long been waiting for. How can we know Jesus is the Messiah? Jesus is...
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Stephanie

TTC led me out of darkness and into the love I’ve longed for my entire life, the love of JESUS.  They’ve taught me to love like Jesus by walking out my created purpose.  My Spirit has been healed, I am whole, because of their obedience to do God’s will.  They have introduced me to and welcomed me into a powerful tribe of women that love Jesus with their whole heart.  Women that strengthen, teach, support, and encourage one another with the power and authority given by the Holy Spirit.  I am eternally grateful for their ministry and humbled to be called family.