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Helping the Valley – Hurricane Irma Immediate Needs

September 13, 2017

Columbus, GA is not only called the “City of Fountains”, but we can now call ourselves “A City of Evacuees”. Jesus himself was an evacuee, moved away from his home due to King Herod seeking to end his life. He was in a place where he and his family knew no one, but and they only went on a word that an Angel of the Lord gave them, but yet God equipped them for the journey by the gifts that the Magi brought. Today, we have such an incredible opportunity ourselves. We have over 700 people currently taking refuge in our very own Columbus Civic Center. These people have been displaced due to Hurricane Irma, and are just trying to make sure their family is safe, sound, and taken care of, but have no means of which to provide for their own family. There are some immediate needs that are needing to be taken care of, and if you would like to donate Items, going to the Columbus Civic Center and dropping them off is the best way to make sure they are distributed appropriately. Items Needed (Must be in NEW condition): Towels Washcloths Mouthwash Flip Flops (Shower Shoes) Feminine Products We have many local and national organizations helping to alleviate needs for local evacuees. If you’d like to donate or learn more about their efforts, click on the links below. American Red Cross – Donate to Hurrican Irma Victims United Way – Chattahoochee Valley Columbus Civic Center  – Facebook Also, check with your local church and see how they are getting involved in the community with displaced victims...
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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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Outreach Leaders Needed: DC Awaken the Dawn

August 30, 2017

During Awaken the Dawn we’re planning to mobilize hundreds of people throughout the weekend to share the gospel all over DC. We’re calling all those who are passionate for outreach and who would love to help us lead teams during the weekend to sign up today! We need well over 100 outreach leaders during ATD to help take out teams of people who may feel more comfortable going with someone with more experience. The dates for the outreaches are October 6-8th and these gatherings will be held in a tent on the National Mall during that weekend. Who: People with previous experience doing outreaches and preferably actually leading teams People with a passion for the lost and sharing the gospel Anyone who loves Jesus and wants to take teams out to share God’s love in DC What: We ask all outreach leaders to arrive one hour prior to the scheduled outreach gatherings. The schedule for the weekend can be found here. We ask that all outreach leaders sign up on this site and put in the comments section that you are interested in coming an hour early and leading an outreach team. Please contact atd@take-the-city.com if you have any questions! Awaken the Dawn Outreach Schedule DATE: Friday October 6th Location: Outreach Tent on the National Mall Times: 10am – Activation// Training// Release teams for outreaches 3pm – Testimonies – Come back to the tent for Testimonies! DATE: Saturday October 7th Location: Outreach Tent on the National Mall Times: 10am – Activation// Training// Release teams for outreaches 5pm – Activation// Training// Release  teams for outreaches Date: Sunday October 8th Location: Outreach Tent on...
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Prayer Request- Tasha- transgender being pursued by God!

August 15, 2017

Last outreach we encountered a transgender who goes by the name Tasha. When our team came to Tasha and offered him help, Tasha began getting emotional and said that he was ready to get out. However, like most of the victims out there who are very drugged up and severely manipulated, when it came time to actually get out, there was much hesitation. Once Tasha really saw that it meant he would have to leave everything and go, he changed his mind and went back to work at that hotel. This was our second encounter with Tasha not because we go to the same places every time, in fact each time he was at two different places, but it was because God has a plan for Tasha and is pursuing his heart through radical interventions like this. Please continue to pray for Tasha because he is at a breaking point and it will eventually get too much to resist God calling him into...
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“Beloved” Testimony



Last Friday night the team was at a hotel, making a brief check for any activity. While a couple of volunteers were reaching one person, a guy on the team began speaking to a cab driver. Right then a young woman followed by a drunk older man came out of a hotel room and she cheerfully asked if she could get a ride to the bar down the street. The cab driver talked to her for a short time but then one of the Redeem female volunteers came to give her a rose and a hotline card. She gave the young lady a rose and abruptly the lady asked “why?” The Redeem volunteer was a little nervous, causing her to get straight to the point. She said, “we are just sharing the love of Jesus and reaching out to sex trafficked victims.” The woman’s face immediately turned sad and she told the team, “a few months ago I was able to get out of that life but tonight I have resorted back to those ways and just performed sexually for money.” The Redeem volunteer began ministering to her and the young lady started crying as she realized that this was no coincidence, it was a divine encounter that she just happened to come out at this time and Redeem was out there on this night. The redeem volunteer felt the lord tell her to give this lady her necklace that said “Beloved”. When she did the young woman’s crying turned to sobbing and she said that her favorite song is “Beloved!” That young lady encountered the love of Jesus and...
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This Month’s Prayer Focus For REDEEM!



Redeem is Take the City’s newest outreach initiative to the area of sex trafficking in our community. We believe God has given us a vision to eradicate sex trafficking. We do a lot of outreach (in the streets, online, over the phone). We also have weekly prayer, every Thursday morning from 7:30 AM until 8:00 AM at the Teen Challenge building downtown (15 W. 10th St. Columbus, GA)   Monthly Prayer Points:  Tasha- Transgender that we have seen twice now and God is radically pursuing through us. Pray that he would not be able to take it anymore and that he would answer the call of God to freedom! Exposure to all the sex trafficking plans here. These billboards would have a supernatural anointing that draws victims to them and that they would call our hotline. Raise up laborers to work in the harvest with us Favor with local police department and city officials. Thank you for your help in this fight. Together we will see commercial sexual exploitation...
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Rights of Royal Sons and Daughters

July 30, 2017

  Jesus came as the ultimate expression of who the Father is and what He is like. When we look at Jesus we see the Father’s heart revealed. Jesus came to not only reveal the father to us but also to become a bridge for us to enter into His family. Because of our sins we were separated from God and were at enmity with Him. Jesus made it possible for us to be adopted into His heavenly royal family forever. Let’s explore just a few of the implications for us who make the choice to put our faith in Christ and believe in Him. John 1:1-18 While there are many incredible truths about how we are forever affected by this right we now have through Jesus to become sons and daughters we are just going to look at three.   A Place in the Father’s house forever – John 14:1-2 We don’t have to fear death any longer We have a place with the Father forever in heaven because of Jesus Royal sons and daughters have a hope of an incomprehensible inheritance not only in this age but also in the age to come!   Access to the Father forever – John 14:6, Eph 2:18 We were created for relationship with God but sin caused us to become orphaned from our Father. Jesus came and provided a way for us to “walk in the cool of the day” with the Father all the time. Royal sons and daughters get time with the King.   Assurance of our identity as Sons and Daughters – John 14:16-18, Romans 8:16 Jesus...
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Big Announcement: Major Change Coming

July 27, 2017

This past weekend I made a big announcement at The Door about some major changes that are coming up. The following is an overview of what I shared during that service. I wanted to let everyone know as clearly and as effectively as possible about some of the changes that are taking place. Over the past two years our ministry, Take the City, has had the incredible privilege of partnering with Teen Challenge in the use of their building off Hurst Drive here in Columbus, GA. We were informed this summer that because of some big changes within their ministry and because of growth they now need to assume full use of their building. They have given us until September 1st of this year to use the building for our regular ministry activities like Take the City Weekends and The Door Sunday night services. First off, I just want to say how thankful we are to Teen Challenge for all of their support! The use of their building has been a blessing for a long list of reasons. We have thoroughly enjoyed being able to be there and totally understand their need to use the whole building. Our plan during our final The Door service at Hurst Drive is to take up a special love offering to bless them and their ministry. God is doing amazing things there! Secondly, I want to share a little bit about how this transition will affect our ministry and the various things that we do each month. Starting in September we will no longer host our Take the City worship, prayer and outreach events at...
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Radical Forgiveness

July 24, 2017

One of the most radical teachings that Jesus taught and exemplified in his life was the teaching of forgiveness. His teachings on letting go of judgments and releasing forgiveness to others challenge our social norms and tendencies in every way. Our hearts seek revenge naturally. We seek to bring justice and make wrong things right. Jesus teaches us to be radical in our following his example by giving forgiveness and grace freely to others who do not deserve it. What did Jesus teach about forgiveness? Matthew 18:15-35 Jesus teaches us not to harbor anger and bitterness but to confront people about the ways they have hurt us. Jesus teaches us not to gossip and slander people but rather to go directly to them about the offense. Jesus teaches us that when we learn to let go of our offenses and come together in agreement that He will be in our midst. Jesus teaches us that when we walk in this radical forgiveness that anything is possible. Jesus teaches us to forgive others even when they hurt us over and over and over again. Jesus teaches us to see that the debt we may be owed by others pale in comparison to the debt we owe due to our sins before God. Jesus teaches us that if we don’t forgive others that we actually forfeit the incredible blessings that come from enjoying the forgiveness and grace of God.   How did Jesus model forgiveness? Luke 23:26-43 Jesus modeled forgiveness for us by going to the cross for the sins of humanity. Jesus modeled forgiveness by making a declaration of forgiveness...
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3 Threats to walking in your Identity

July 23, 2017

Scriptures: Matthew 3:13 – 4:11 Tonight we’re going to look at the passage of scripture that gives us a detailed account of when Jesus was baptized by John the baptist and then how he went out into the desert to be tempted by Satan. While we look at these scriptures we’re going to simply look at what I feel like God is speaking to us from this scripture and then at the end we will talk about what we should do about what God is saying to us. Affirmation of the Father – The first thing that happens following Jesus’ baptism is that the Father affirms him publicly. He declares that Jesus is His son and that He is immensely pleased with Him. These statements were all affirming the true identity of Jesus. Why is walking in our identity important? – To Jesus walking in His identity was everything. We see that Jesus did not start his public ministry until he received the public affirmation from the father of His identity. This moment of affirmation launched him into His destiny as the son of God. Knowing our identity changes the way we will forever live our lives. Belief, expectation diagram.   Three Ways Jesus is tempted in MAtthew 4:1-11 (from Mike Breen, 3dm)   1. Appetite – The first way Satan tries to tempt Jesus is through his appetites. Jesus knew that as God’s son that His Father would take really good care of him and provide for his needs. Satan tried to tempt him to take things into his own hands and to feed his fleshly desires rather...
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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!