Authority in Christ

May 17, 2019

When we abide in Christ, walking in cadence with Him, we have access to the same power he had, through God the Father. We tap into that power by recognizing the authority we have. Without authority we have access to none of the power that is available to us through Christ. 2 Corinthians 13:10 tells us that this authority is given to us to build up those around us and not tear us down. But that is just a taste. Matthew 10:1 tells us that with this authority we can cast out unclean spirits, heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. How many of us are truly walking in this authority? Until we do we cannot make true lasting change in this world. A great example of this authority exercised is in Acts 3. Peter and John were heading to the temple to pray when they came across a man who had been lame since birth. The lame man noticed John and peter and asked them for money. They responded by saying, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” As they began to lift him up his legs received strength. A man that had never experienced feeling in his legs began to walk. What an amazing God we serve! The lame man began to praise God while others watched on with astonishment. Peter responded, “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power...
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Local Outreach – A Woman Gets Healed!

May 1, 2019

During our local outreach on April 20, one of our staff prayed with a woman near his home. The woman expressed that she wanted freedom from her addiction and to know Jesus. Steve led her through a prayer of salvation, and she rededicated her life to Christ. Directly afterward, Steve asked her if she had any pain in her body, not realizing she had been leaning on the side of the building the whole time, struggling to stand up. She had had hip replacement and still was in a lot of pain. Steve prayed for her, and God healed her immediately from all the pain! She began to move side to side in disbelief. Then she walked up and down the street and even danced a little! This 72 year old woman who had walked up with a cane said, “I don’t need this anymore!” Praise...
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REACH School Announcement!

December 17, 2018

Reach School is a 6-month school focused on empowering people to walk in their identity and boldly share the good news of Jesus Christ. This school will equip you to share the gospel and launch outreaches through your local church. The school is rooted in prayer, the scriptures and the presence of God. Our classes will be focused on simple teachings, activities and assignments that will help you grow. The courses will be broken into two segments with six courses and sessions that will build upon themselves. Each course will be accompanied by required reading that consists of scripture and an assigned book. These courses will require homework and assignments. The goal of these assignments will be to help each student grow and build their own outreach group that is tied into their local church or ministry. A brief overview is as follows: Foundations Identity – Who is God and who does He say I am? Connection/ Abiding – Staying connected to Jesus who is our source. Book Assignments include Rooted by Banning Liebscher, With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray, and Empowering Missional Disciples by Bob Rognlien Practical Gospel – How do I share the Gospel? Gifts – How do I use the gifts of the Holy Spirit to minister to others? Leadership – How do I start my own group that can-do outreach and ministry? Perspectives Introduction to Perspectives on the World Christian Movement by Ralph Winter and Steven Hawthorne. This class will be a six-session study of God’s mission to reconcile the world unto Himself in Jesus You will review the Biblical, Historical, Pioneers, Future,...
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Testimonies from Tent America!

October 30, 2018

The Lord moved all over the States during Tent America. Here are some powerful testimonies of how He encountered people around the country.   Oregon – An agnostic on campus experienced the presence of God when we prayed for him and realized that the reason he’d recently been studying the Bible in one of his classes and picked up a book called “The Secret: Ask, Believer, Receive” was because God was real and was pursuing a relationship with him. Maine – We walked up to a door and knocked. A woman named Debora was there, and after talking with her a few minutes, we discovered she had been diagnosed with bone cancer. After encouraging her, we prayed for her healing. She was very grateful for our visit. New Hampshire –  One woman had a leg shorter than the other, and it grew out! Another story, there was a couple who were both believers. The woman’s back pain was at a 10 and went completely away. She got up and said “Hey, wow! That feels really good!” Then we prayed for her husband who had a stiff neck and that was healed as well! You could tell he was sincerely interested in the fact that we are called to walk out signs, miracles and wonders, just as Jesus did. The couple were very thankful we came. Oklahoma – A young pregnant mother of two said, “I can’t sleep and am dealing with a lot of anxiety” After receiving prayer, she said through tears, “Thank you so much, thank you for coming today.” Minnesota – On Friday at Tent America 2018, I encountered a homeless Native American...
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The Pressure is Off: Just Be You and Let Jesus Do the Rest

September 12, 2017

I recently went with Take the City to Madison, Indiana to put on an evangelism training conference. We have been able to travel to several cities over the past year, and God has shown up powerfully as we’ve seen the churches and communities begin to unite and go out to share the love of God.   Just as He had done on every other trip we have been on with Take the City, my expectations were high that Jesus would show up. This time, however, I felt pressure to make a difference for Jesus. We had spent the weekend equipping the community for outreach. I thought to myself, “Would my words hold the same weight if I didn’t produce what I preached?” Jesus says in John 15:8,  “When you bear much fruit, you prove you are my disciples…” I took a moment to honestly pray before we headed out to the streets, “I really feel the pressure to bear some fruit right now, Jesus, to perform the works that prove that I am your disciple. I pray that good things would happen today, that someone’s life might be impacted for the better because I stepped out in faith.”   I heard the whisper of the Holy Spirit, “Let me take that pressure off of you. You don’t have to do anything. Let me fill you with my love.”   The true meaning of John 15 means the pressure is off. It means that as we abide in God’s love, we naturally produce good works. Our fruit is a byproduct of our time spent with Jesus, letting him be the Gardener and...
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Donna

My first encounter with Take the City was going to Wilson Apartments in Columbus GA. We were met by a man from that neighborhood who prayed with us before we began the outreach. We set up an area for the kids to play and others went door to door witnessing and praying for people. It truly was a humbling experience. Another time I got to pray at an abortion clinic which was another humbling experience. The worship services the night before are always dynamic and spirit led. However I will conclude with the best part for me was being an eight week participant of Take the City boot camp. All of the leaders were simply AWESOME and I learned so much during those eight weeks. I thank God for all these wonderful opportunities!