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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 as described 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.  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 3:10). 2020 is a catalytic year that is helping us launch more and more into the circular journey that the Lord is taking the Church on.  How is the global pandemic and other crisis’ helping push us more into our destiny? Some of the things we see happening in the...
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The Beautiful Exchange – Redeem

June 30, 2020

From a helping hand to now transforming lives. These are the testimonies we are already seeing through the Beautiful Exchange Clothing Closet. Through the community, we are receiving AMAZING donations to offer to these women for an opportunity to sit down with them, pray with them, and hear their stories and dreams. Our desire is to build trust with them and help them get into a program that could help them overcome prostitution, homelessness, addiction, and other life-altering issues! Just last week, a man and a woman chose to get off the streets and into a program! We are so encouraged to see God not only use this closet to help with tangible needs but also launch people into wholeness and their destinies.  We also were able to help our sweet friend Charlette find sobriety and get into a program weeks before taking her last breath here on earth. She had suffered from COPD for years and our team was able to minister to her and encourage her to go after the things of the Kingdom instead of the things of the world. She rededicated her life to Jesus and is now dancing in paradise with Him! We are believing for miracles to break out within her family who are now connected with us.     We are honored to partner with the community, Damascus Way, and many of you who have made this dream possible! The gospel is still transforming hearts, and we won’t stop until we see every heart touched!  Go to takethecity.com/redeem to read how you can be more...
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Garden Drive is Beginning to Take Shape!



This house is already beginning to look like a home…what a difference new windows make! We are working towards completing the remodel of our Garden Dr. home this year to launch a new LifeHouse ministry in 2021. We are in need of several more Lifehouse donors. If you would enjoy becoming a kitchen sponsor, bathroom sponsor, HVAC sponsor, flooring sponsor, carpentry and/or painting sponsor, please let us know! Also, if you or any of your friends have expertise in these areas, please send them our way! We are excited to see how the Lord continues to use this home for His glory. We have had several encounters with the neighbors, and the Lord has touched many of them already. We can’t wait for a family to move in and start a weekly Bible study and monthly outreaches to the neighborhood.  Remember, let us know how you would like to become involved. We are also looking for a church ministry partner to conduct monthly outreaches and Bible studies in this community. If you know anyone, please share our information. Call Louis Chalmers, Project Lifehouse Director at 404-861-3959 or email louis@take-the-city.com....
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WE HEAR YOU FILM

June 23, 2020

The We Hear You film premiered on Sunday June 21st; within 24 hours it was viewed more than 25,000 times!  Since then, we have received word that people from Sweden, Germany, and even the Philippines have watched.  This film is causing people all over to move beyond thoughts and into conversations with one another to come to a place of understanding.This short documentary film 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.  ‘We Hear You’ Film Shows How God is Moving to Heal the Hurt and Division in America-CBN News The goal of the film is to inspire action in the church in three ways. One, the film will inspire people to listen more and have hard conversations. Two, the film will inspire people to pray for our nation. Three, the film will inspire people to respond to injustice and racial inequality in a biblical way. “Timely. Powerful. Necessary. This film is a true sign that Jesus is bringing us back to the things that matter to his heart. Racial Injustice matters to God, and He is calling his church to act and love a broken generation!”–Patricia S. Bozeman Jonathan Tremaine Thomas is the founder of the Civil...
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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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“Today, I believe I stepped into my destiny!” – Cindy

May 27, 2020

Transformation follows surrender. Many of you know Cindy! Jesus has radically touched her heart over the years. She has overcome SO much in her life and is now helping other women out of the life of addiction and off the streets! It is truly a beautiful sight to see the way she so selflessly loves each and every woman that she encounters. Just her testimony to these women gives them hope for their future! When Cindy fully surrendered everything, she had no idea what Jesus had in store for her! The blessings just keep coming and coming in her life.  She is now in the process of becoming the Clothing Closet Coordinator for our women’s ministry! She has already impacted many lives through the process of getting our closet ready for action. After one day of helping 4 women, she tells us, as she chokes back tears, “Today, I believe I stepped into my destiny!”  That day, Charlotte, one of the four women, made the brave decision to go to a long term treatment! Let’s continue to pray for her journey to freedom. We are so thankful for all of those who have donated clothes, hygiene products and food to further our reach to women in addiction, prostitution & trafficking. These precious gifts are a direct message of the beautiful exchange Jesus showed us on the cross & by His...
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Welcome to our new Young Avenue Life Missionaries



Please join us in welcoming our new LifeHouse Missionaries at Young Avenue: Maya Thomason and Nacie Jones. They will be moving into our Young Avenue Lifehouse June 1 to share the light and love of Jesus Christ in this community and build relationships with our neighbors and lead community outreach, discipleship, and bible studies. Maya has been leading outreach and evangelism ministries for the last 4-5 years. She currently serves as a children’s pastor at a local church. Maya has established a local resource ministry to provide food, clothing, and relocation assistance to struggling families in our community, and leads Camp Sunrise in the summers.  Maya works at a local Christian school and trains outreach leaders. She has served as a short term missionary in Costa Rica during the last 3 years. Nacie has served as Grad Staff for TeenAdvisior.  She currently serves as Sunday evening Worship Leader  and teaches 3 – 4 years old Sunday School at a local church.  Nacie has also served as a short term missionary in Cosa Rica. Is your church family looking for an opportunity to become involved in reaching Columbus communities with the love, joy, and peace of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Take the City is looking for a couple of new LifeHouse ministry partners to join with us in supporting and encouraging our urban missionary families in community ministry and monthly outreaches in both the Young Ave community off of Veterans Parkway and Garden Dr off of Cusseta Rd. Young Ave Garden Dr. Call to schedule a time where we can sit down and discuss how your church family would...
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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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Carrying on a Gospel Conversation

May 14, 2020

Carrying on a conversation What we say to someone is far less significant to them than how we make that person feel. We want to direct and carry each conversation with the motivation of love and the desire to connect with them more. We don’t aim to sugar coat anything or water down the scriptures but desire ultimately to always share the truth in love. Ask questions – Ask about their own journey/story, There view of Jesus, “would you say your far away or close to God, Why?” Listen for follow up questions that allow them to share and stay engaged in the conversation.Listen well – It is easy to formulate an argument while the other person is talking, instead listen to them well and then respond.  Learn why they believe what they believe – If you can understand why they believe what they believe, it will reveal the core belief system they have it will help you connect them and help you see what part of your personal testimony or scriptures you might want to lead them too.Share your story – Often your personal testimony will open the door to introduce scripture.  This one of the most powerful things you can do while carrying on Gospel ConversationPoint them to scripture – It is good to have specific scriptures prepared to share, but many times a gospel conversation is organic because you’re asking questions and learning their story and its hard to prepare for something you don’t know is coming.  Therefore, be open to sharing a scripture you didn’t expect, maybe a verse will come out from memory that is...
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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.