News

THE BEAUTIFUL GIFT OF TEARS

March 30, 2021

The Beautiful Gift of Tears Have you ever reached a place in your emotional life where all there was left to do was to cry? It seems to happen most often when you least expect it. Can you remember the last time that you shed honest tears? Maybe it was over the pain of losing someone you love. Or maybe it was in response to a hurting loved one who was beyond your help. Perhaps someone wounded you with a nasty insult and made you feel “less than.” Whatever the case we have all experienced this phenomenon of crying. Tears are just a part of being a human. They are our soul’s acknowledgement of our own brokenness and its sincere attempt to reach towards some kind of solution. As Christ followers we know the solution is found in God alone. For this reason weeping ought to be an integral part of our prayer lives. WEEPING IS A GIFT… …to ourselves The benefits of this are insurmountable. By way of tears, our emotions find a healthy outlet and our hearts are freed from any lingering grief that can quickly turn into poison if left undealt with. Not only this, but by not weeping we actually cut ourselves off from a large segment of our fellowship with God. Human beings are made in the image of God and we were made to fellowship with Him. Scripture is riddled with indicators that Yahweh, though mighty and strong, is also extremely empathetic and sensitive to the brokenness of humanity to the point of grief (Gen. 6:6) and weeping (Jn. 11:35). As image bearers...
Read more...

Redeem – Sowing into the Lives of Local Women



Redeem - Sowing into the Lives of Local Women God is continuing to move through the lives of our volunteers that serve with Redeem. In March, God touched the lives of a local group of women in Opelika, Alabama, to partner with the Redeemed ladies here in Columbus. These ladies were met on a previous outreach and are actively pursuing a life for Jesus. They will be taught how to sow bags and mend clothes. The volunteers will take one on one time to pour into them the love of Jesus for further discipleship. The women from Opelika shared with Cindy and Jaketra that they too have been redeemed by the love of Christ. They shared powerful testimonies during a coffee visit with them of how they struggled with grief, alcoholism and perfectionism, yet God saw that they were beautifully made and healed them on the inside out. We are excited to see how the Lord grows this mentorship program. Please be in prayer with us as we move toward this sewing project. We are in need of donations to get this project off the ground i.e. fabric, needles, fabric scissors, $155 to cover the cost of the sewing machines, and extra money for our volunteers to utilize.   If you or someone you know would be interested in helping, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jaketra Bryant at...
Read more...

Local Outreach – Go Where the Lord Leads

March 26, 2021

Local Outreach - Go Where the Lord Leads On Saturday March 20, believers from various churches in the Chattahoochee Valley joined together to share the Gospel and God’s love with our friends and neighbors. Many people were prayed for and set free! 1 person gave their life to Christ, 6 people were physically healed of personal ailments, and 74 people were impacted with God’s love! Of those stories, one group felt led to go to the river, specifically, the area known as “The Island”. Arriving at the River Upon arrival, the team parked and walked down the stairs by the river. Hannah said, “There are so many people. How do we know who to minister to?” Katherine sat down upon the sidewalk for a brief moment and said, “Why don’t you ask the Lord?” Finding the One Hannah asked the Lord and almost immediately pointed, “That girl over there” and took off briskly down the sidewalk to the Island. Hannah, Katherine, and Nacie approached the girl. Startled, the girl turned around. All 4 girls introduced themselves. Nacie began by calling out identity in the girl; the Lord put it on her heart to share things she saw in the girl. The girl began to brighten. Hannah asked if they could pray for her, and she said, “ok yeah!” Freedom, Freedom, and More Freedom As Hannah prayed, the Lord began to touch the girl more deeply. She opened her eyes at the end of the prayer, and said, “Thank you all so much! This just made my day!” As the girls gave hugs and began exchanging phone numbers, Katherine shared...
Read more...

Local Outreach – Chattahoochee Valley

February 26, 2021

On Saturday February 20, twenty-six believers from 10 different churches gathered at Take the City. The Lord moved in power! From worship and training to going out and ministering, the Lord’s peace and power spread throughout our city. The following is just one testimony from Saturday written by Zach Siccardi (on left). This past Saturday doing outreach with Take the City was definitely a surreal experience for my walk with Jesus. This was only my second time doing outreach, and I was so excited to come back and do it again. The Lord did so many amazing things in my life since getting involved here. God works in amazing ways and has been answering my prayers in mind-blowing ways.  The day before the outreach, for some reason, God kept putting the youth on my heart and the morning of the outreach that feeling was still there. So that is what I prayed for. I made it my mission to go out and find young people and let them know how much God loves them, which is more than they would possibly ever know. God sure did answer my prayer!  For about the first half of outreach we didn’t see any youth, and to be honest, I got a little bit discouraged but I knew that I needed to be patient, believing that God would put someone before me for a reason. God sure did do that. About 45 minutes prior to us having to leave we ran across this group of about 6 kids hanging out in their yards. They were listening to rap and one of them had...
Read more...

Thoughts from the Prayer Room – “The Wildest Worshipers in Heaven are Actually Old Folks?”



“COOL IT” There is a story I’ve become familiar with in my last ten years of being a Christian. It goes something like this— Young person is lost in sin.  Congregation prays for said young person to receive salvation.  God answers prayer—young person receives salvation and is delivered from sin.  Congregation praises God; they are overcome with joy.  Young person becomes a passionate worshiper of Jesus and challenges the status quo. Congregation warns young person to balance their “zeal with wisdom.”  On one hand, the congregation has a point. I actually strongly agree that it is right for young believers to seek wisdom from the word of God and from stronger believers in the faith. On the other hand… I cringe at the idea that acquiring wisdom equates with losing zeal for Jesus. Not only is it unnecessary, but I believe it’s actually unbiblical in many ways. I’ll explain, but first let me share a story. A WEIGHTIER EXAMPLE When I came into the faith I was a young man who’d just come out of a lifestyle of drug addiction. I was a zealous drug user so it only made sense to me that I’d be just as zealous for Jesus. Even without this logic, Jesus was simply too amazing to me to “let my fire cool down.” My first year in the faith was spent in a faith-based recovery program and I was known as the guy who sang too loud, lifted his hands too high, and went to the altar too much. I think I annoyed a lot of my peers, but I honestly didn’t care much....
Read more...

New Covenant Reality

February 25, 2021

Have you ever wondered more of what the term “New Covenant” from the Bible really means? In this series of videos, we will explore the reality of the New Covenant from the Bible!Join our TRAINING HUB to take this FREE E-COURSE about fulfilling the Great Commission. « Prev1 / 1Next »What is the New Covenant in the Bible? (Intro) – New Covenant Reality Series by Andrew ChalmersWhat are the covenants from the Old Testament? // New Covenant Reality SeriesWhere does the term New Covenant come from? New Covenant Reality Series (Part 3)Empowered to walk in Obedience — New Covenant Reality (Part 4)The Good News of the New Covenant – New Covenant Reality (Session 5)« Prev1 / 1Next » Start FREE E-COURSE ABOUT E-COURSE: When Jesus was having the last supper with His disciples, he raised a cup of wine and said that this wine of a symbol of the New Covenant that was paid for in His blood. We will explore more about why Jesus said this as they took communion and where the term “New Covenant” comes from in the Bible. We will dig into some of the old testament examples of the covenant. Then we will look more closely into the story of Israel and some of the promises given to Israel concerning the New Covenant. After we look at those promises, we will explore how Jesus came to initiate this New Covenant and how this affected the lives of his early followers. Finally, in the conclusion of this series, we look at how this incredible new covenant reality can affect our daily lives.The beautiful reality of...
Read more...

Who is Jesus?



Have you ever wondered who Jesus is and why he was given certain titles and names throughout the bible? Join us for this bible study series where we talk about this.Join our TRAINING HUB to take this FREE E-COURSE study on “Who is Jesus?” Start FREE E-COURSE ABOUT E-COURSE: Throughout the bible, there are many various titles and names given to Jesus. Have you ever wondered why, for instance, he calls himself the “son of man” and also the “son of God”? In this series we will talk about some of those various titles and why they are important. We will also look at a few of the scriptures that will help us better understand why he was referred to in these various ways. Take the FREE E-COURSE through our TRAINING HUB « Prev1 / 1Next »Why is Jesus called the Son of David? // Who is Jesus? SeriesWhy is Jesus called the Son of God? // Who is Jesus seriesWhy is Jesus called Jesus Christ or the Messiah? Who is Jesus? SeriesWhy Is Jesus Called The Prophet?!?« Prev1 / 1Next » What is the Training Hub? Do you long to grow in sharing your faith? Or want to learn more about the Bible?  We have created this training hub for people to grow in their walk with Jesus, be equipped, and empower you to share your faith.  Below are some FREE resources for you; simply register for a free account and check out our free...
Read more...

A study through RUTH



Start FREE E-COURSE ABOUT E-COURSE: Join Ellen Chalmers as she teaches from the book of Ruth. She reads Ruth chapter by chapter, verse by verse, line by line and study it Inductively.  We ask ourselves these 3 questions: “Who is God?” “What is He doing?” “How can we apply this to our lives?” Through this study let your heart & mind be transformed as you grow to know God more. If you are interested in doing this free online inductive bible study you can visit: https://takethecity.com/traininghub/ Take the FREE E-COURSE through our TRAINING HUB « Prev1 / 1Next »A Study Through RUTH: Chapter 1A Study Through RUTH: Chapter 2A Study Through RUTH: Chapter 3A Study Through Ruth: Chapter 4« Prev1 / 1Next » What is the Training Hub? Do you long to grow in sharing your faith? Or want to learn more about the Bible?  We have created this training hub for people to grow in their walk with Jesus, be equipped, and empower you to share your faith.  Below are some FREE resources for you; simply register for a free account and check out our free...
Read more...

Gospel Conversations 101

February 17, 2021

Our greatest goal in every single gospel conversation is love and connection. Just because we communicate thoughts and ideas does not always mean we convey love and actually connect with someone! Join our TRAINING HUB to take this FREE E-COURSE about fulfilling the Great Commission. « Prev1 / 1Next »Gospel Conversations 101::: INTROGospel Conversations 101::: Starting Gospel ConversationGospel Conversations 101::: Carrying on a Gospel ConversationGospel Conversations 101::: Closing A Gospel ConversationGospel Conversations 101::: Conclusion« Prev1 / 1Next » Start FREE E-COURSE ABOUT E-COURSE: In this FREE E-COURSE Andrew shares on How we can have a “Gospel Conversation” with anyone, whether we just met them or have known them our whole lives. He shares the importance of connection and some practical do’s and don’ts 1 Peter 3:15 “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” How we communicate the gospel has just as much significance as what we say. How do we start a gospel conversation? How do we carry on a gospel conversation? How do we close a gospel conversation? If we can answer these three simple questions, we can grow in our impact for the Kingdom of God. We invite you take this FREE E-COURSE through our TRAINING HUB. What is the Training Hub? Do you long to grow in sharing your faith? Or want to learn more about the Bible?  We have created this training hub for people to grow in their walk with Jesus, be...
Read more...

HARVEST DNA

February 16, 2021

The Lord Jesus Christ is building “Harvest Bases” around the world in our current generation to promote revival and to see the Great Commission become manifest. Join our TRAINING HUB to take this FREE E-COURSE about fulfilling the Great Commission. Start FREE E-COURSE ABOUT E-COURSE:  In this video, we introduce our Harvest DNA series with the goal of equipping you with what you need to to establish your own Harvest Base in your context.  Take the FREE E-COURSE through our TRAINING HUB There are four primary topics covered through this video series:  Worship & Prayer Evangelism & Mission Family & Community Kingdom Business We are living in times in which God is awakening his Church to push the Great Commission forward. Jesus prepares us for the harvest in order that we may go tend to the harvest. « Prev1 / 1Next »Harvest DNA E- Course with Josh Lindquist // IntroductionSession 1 // Worship and Prayer // Harvest DNA with Josh LindquistSession 2 // Evangelism // Harvest DNA with Josh LindquistSession 3 // Family // Harvest DNA with Josh LindquistSession 4 // Harvest Business // Harvest DNA with Josh Lindquist« Prev1 / 1Next » What is the Training Hub? Do you long to grow in sharing your faith? Or want to learn more about the Bible?  We have created this training hub for people to grow in their walk with Jesus, be equipped, and empower you to share your faith.  Below are some FREE resources for you; simply register for a free account and check out our free...
Read more...

Brittany

I have been serving in some way with Take the city since October 2013. I spent a lot of time on the prayer team in the beginning and encountered God’s heart for the city in a life changing way. When the teams came back and shared testimonies, it was always fun to see that our prayers coincided with some of their testimonies in special ways. More recently I have had the privilege of leading a team to a nursing home where I used to be an employee. I used to pray over the facility every day, and it was such a miracle to see an old friend who lives there give his life to Jesus on one of our outreaches a year later. God sure has a way of answering prayers. And Take the City is an answer to so many prayers that have gone up here.