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Who is your first love?

July 17, 2019

I’ve heard it said by many, and can agree, that we can never judge another persons salvation. However, it’s unmistakable when you see someone who is radically in love. When you meet someone who is passionately in love with a person, a hobby or profession it’s obvious and “leaks” out of them.  Jesus isn’t looking to just provide a ticket to heaven. He’s looking for lovers. He’s looking for those who will be consumed by His love for them and in return love Him back with everything in them.  We may not be able to judge someone’s salvation, but we can easily identify someone’s “first love”. What consumes their thoughts? What do they talk about all the time? What do they do most of the time? You can look at someone’s life and find out what they really love. When we look at our own lives, the primary question isn’t just, “will I go to heaven?” I believe the greater question is, “what is my first love???” We can only love God because we’ve first experienced His love. (See 1 John 4:19) If you look at your life and see that your first love is not Jesus, the only response is to turn from other lovers and towards God. He wants to fill us with His love so we can love Him with our everything. The more we position ourselves to receive His love, the more we can find Him being our first love. “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and...
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3 Big things!

July 16, 2019

This has been an exciting summer for Take the City! God has done so many incredible things through our local outreaches, trainings and events in other cities and nations. There are three things that are super important that we wanted to be sure to let you know about! I know attention spans are short these days so I will be as brief as I can! 🙂 Africa Trip Our team just arrived back from our time in Kenya, Uganda and Malawi. Our team hosted three events in three nations in just 10 days. We trained hundreds in personal evangelism, preached the gospel to thousands and saw many who were saved, healed and set free. God moved in a powerful way through our team and through the local ministries that we partnered with. We’re excited for how God is connecting us to what He is doing in Africa. Pray about coming back with us in the summer of 2020. Email us if you’re interested! Reach School Fall 2019 We hosted our graduation for our Spring 2019 class of Reach School here at our Take the City missions base in Columbus Ga this June. It was incredible to hear the testimonies of how impacted each of our students was by their time attending our school! We’re opening up another semester for this Fall. We have limited space but if you’re interested please be sure that you apply today! Let us know if you have any questions about the school. We will be starting up again in August 2019. Israel 2020 We’re so excited to take a team to Israel next year...
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A Man’s prayer answered immediately!

June 18, 2019

I wanted to share this powerful testimony from this morning… A few minutes ago as I was coming into our offices here at Take the City I felt led to go talk to a guy at the bus stop. I see people at the bus stop almost every morning I come in but today felt drawn to ask the guy if he was okay. As soon as I asked him if he was okay, he started crying and told me he wasn’t okay. He said he wasn’t from around here but was from north GA. He was stuck there at the bus stop with everything he owned with no where to go. I asked him if he wanted some water and brought him inside. Once we came inside I was able to talk to him and called our friend Bobby, who’s in our Reach School, to come by and meet with him. We were able to talk and pray with him and hear more of his story and what he’s been going through. He told me that at the exact moment I was pulling into our office he was at the bus stop praying to God because he was stranded away from home and had no idea what to do. As soon as he saw me pulling up he had a thought come into his head saying that I was someone who was coming to help him. I was the immediate answer to his prayer this morning, not because I had all the answers or even knew what to say. I just simply asked if I could help and...
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Community Outreach – Chattahoochee Valley

June 14, 2019

During our May Community Outreach Day, a team of 8-10 people went to the Elizabeth Canty Apartments to share the Gospel. The team split up into groups of two or three. A couple teams went around to different apartments while the others set up a table to pass out 200 slices of pizza! While they were there, one of the leaders, Tre Rager, and a friend encountered a man, who was known as the father of the neighborhood. Tre and his friend prayed that God would increase the man’s wisdom as a father and allow him to minister to more and more people in his neighborhood. A little while later, they encountered a few teenagers. Tre received a word of knowledge that one of the teenager’s parents had been praying for her to have a stronger faith in God. Tre shared this with her and her eyes grew wide. She couldn’t believe that God could show up in this way! She listened intently, wanting to know everything God had to say to her. Tre and his friend shared about Jesus and asked if they could pray for her. As they prayed over the girl, her eyes welled up with tears. God really spoke to her and ministered to her heart. Sometimes all we need to do is stop for the one, and God will do the...
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Would your Church like to become a Lifehouse Ministry Partner?



Thanks to Pastor Chuck Hasty and Grace Presbyterian Church for becoming our first Lifehouse Ministry Partners at our Bradley Circle Lifehouse. What a blessing and encouragement they are to Andrew and Ellen and their community ministry. They donate monthly to fund the cookouts and community outreach, work diligently in the community garden, and lead the Fall and Spring home Bible studies and discipleship. We are praying for God to call out three additional Lifehouse Ministry Partners this summer. We currently have two completed Lifehouses that stand in need of a Church like yours to step into these ministry opportunities to plant and plow in God’s kingdom in East Highlands on 26th St and in Bibb City on Young Ave.   Our third ministry opportunity is a house in South Columbus on Garden Dr. off Cusseta Rd. This house is waiting for revitalization and repairs to make ready for an urban missionary family to become a neighbor and share the light and love of Jesus through prayer, encouragement, cookouts, community outreach, and home Bible studies.  Your Church family can invest in remodeling the kitchen and bathroom, replacing doors and windows, and installing an HVAC system. Please contact me, Louis Chalmers at louis@take-the-city.com  or Andrew Chalmers at andrew@take-the-city.com to learn more about how your Church family can become a LifeHouse Ministry Partner with Take the...
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Reach Atlanta Update

June 12, 2019

You are a Light:  We envision Atlanta being a city of lights, where every believer is ready with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  One major goal for the Reach Atlanta Campaign is to launch over 100 “Reach Groups” all over the Atlanta metro area. We will focus on Equipping and Empowering the everyday believer to share the gospel of Jesus naturally on a regular basis!  Last month we launched 5 Reach groups who over the next 6 weeks will be going out once a week to the same place, to be a LIGHT in Atlanta.  Can you imagine thousands of Christians sharing the Gospel with 1 person everyday all over Atlanta?  YOU have a light to shine brightly!!!  Tell someone today about Jesus, He is The way, the Truth & The Light!     Fund Reach ATL – We are looking for individuals, families, businesses, and churches that are willing to help fund this evangelistic campaign across the Atlanta metro area. bit.ly/givereachatl What’s next: Tuesday, August 13th 6:30-9:30 Atlanta Prayer Summit: Many have prayed and continue to pray for Atlanta. We are partnering with several ministries from all over the Atlanta metro area to come together to pray. FIRST REACH TRAINING: We will have our first Reach training event on Saturday 9/28 in Conyers, GA at Father’s House Church. We are currently forming partnerships with churches all over the region for this Evangelism event.  For more information on these events contact: steve@take-the-city.com. If you would like to learn more about Reach Atlanta, receive updates or you are interested in having a Reach Atlanta event in your region. Please contact Steve...
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Stomach Ulcers Disappear at the Name of Jesus



Redeem believes that Jesus loves every single person in the sex industry and that He calls us to share His love with them. We demonstrate His love through prayer, outreaches and rescue. During our outreaches we build relationships with the community and search for girls that are in the life of trafficking and prostitution. One of the places that helps us look for girls is a local sex shop. The manager there is a sweet woman from the Philippines and always wants our team to pray with her when we stop by, but this time was different. Our team felt earlier while we were praying that God was going to do powerful healings tonight. When we asked her how we could pray for her, she told us that she was in much pain from her stomach ulcers. We shared with her the many healings we’ve seen Jesus do and that we believed that Jesus was going to do the same thing for her. As our team began to intercede for her healing, the presence of the Lord came so strongly over her that she felt heat all over her body. Afterwards she began to cry because she said ALL the pain was gone. We embraced her and cried with her as we celebrated Jesus for healing her. Our team checked back in two weeks later and she said the doctor said the ulcers have completely...
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Summer Ministry Update

June 5, 2019

It’s hard to believe that we are already half-way through the year 2019! It’s already been an incredible year so far and we wanted to provide a brief ministry update about what all has happened in the past six months and share about some things that are coming up in the near future. God has truly been working and providing abundant grace for our whole team of staff, leaders and volunteers to impact many with the gospel. Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our movement. For this update I want to split up our previous six months into three categories based on the Take the City mission statement. Our mission is to unify and mobilize the Body of Christ to see entire cities revitalized. I want to use the three words, Unify, Mobilize and Revitalize, to categorize just a few of the things we have been able to accomplish these last six months. UNIFY The following are some of the efforts we have been working towards and events that we have held that have been in an effort to help unify the Body of Christ in the Chattahoochee Valley and in other cities around America. Revival on the River 2019 – We hosted over 2500 people from all over our region together for a special night of worship, prayer and the preaching of the gospel. United in Prayer Meetings – This year we hosted 21 days of nightly prayer meetings at the beginning of the year that involved dozens of different pastors and worship leaders. We’ve also hosted a monthly united in prayer gathering for people...
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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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REACH ATLANTA

May 15, 2019

We just finished our first pre-event for Reach Atlanta. We partnered with the Atlanta Dream and 25 evangelists from all over Atlanta for an Equipping conference. We provided new simple tools they can use to lead outreaches within their communities. We also had a time of practical application on outreach. We sent five teams out and WOW Jesus showed up in a profound yet simple way. On Saturday, we saw one man come off the streets and check himself into a faith-based rehab program, designed specifically to end homelessness in Atlanta. PRAISE THE LORD! Fund Reach ATL – We’re looking for individuals, families, business and churches that are willing to help fund this evangelistic campaign across the Atlanta metro area. bit.ly/GIVEtoTaketheCity What’s next: July Atlanta Prayer Summit: Many have prayed and continue to pray for Atlanta. We are partnering with several ministries from all over the Atlanta metro area to come together in July to pray.   More details coming soon!! For updates on this event contact steve@take-the-city.com. If you would like to learn more about Reach Atlanta, receive updates or you are interested in having a Reach Atlanta event in your region. Contact Steve at...
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Debbie

TAKE THE CITY outreaches have been so special to me. I love being able to see the hand of GOD move in peoples lives as they are healed and families restored. GOD cares about every detail of our lives and he reaches the places that only HE can only heal! Its been an honor to see all the teams go out and share the LOVE that GOD has instilled and filled the teams with, and let it pour out to all the community. Having physical needs met also assures all we encounter, the faithfulness of our Father. So many times I have cried seeing what GOD is doing… Being able to see people brought into the KINGDOM and freedom Spirit, Soul, Mind and Body. Is the greatest treasure in my life. I am grateful for TAKE THE CITY allowing me to have front seat and seeing GOD move in peoples lives!