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2020: THE CHALLENGE AND THE SOLUTION

September 30, 2020

PART ONE: THE CHALLENGE SOUNDS FAMILIAR… Riots. Disease. Politics. Racism. Poverty. Division. These words surface in the minds of many, like a google search predictor, when considering America in 2020. Interestingly, they also adequately describe Israel at the time of Christ. Romans oppressed the Jews. The sick and the poor littered the public squares. Hate crimes were committed openly in the streets by Roman officials. Jews were either corrupted by the Roman authorities or formed rebel groups aimed against them in retaliation. Division wasn’t limited to Jew against Roman, however. Even Jews harbored bitterness for other Jews. In the midst of all the turmoil were many religious teachings, philosophies, and politics that infiltrated the culture, but not one of them offered real solutions. Sound familiar? LOVE YOUR ENEMIES I want you to really catch the similarities here. Take a moment. Let it sink in. Now imagine Jesus… that’s right, Jesus… in the flesh, stepping into our current predicament. What would he say to us? I think he would say much of the same things He did then! Yes, Jesus would absolutely preach on righteousness and judgment, and Republicans would love it. He’d also preach on social justice and the Democrats would applaud it. He wouldn’t stop there, though. He’d then proceed to tell us stories like that of the Good Samaritan where a Samaritan man shows great compassion for someone who had been beaten and left for dead. It’s significant that Jesus chose a Samaritan to be the protagonist in this story because the hearers would have been Jewish; Jews despised Samaritans more than any other people group. It...
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Project Lifehouse – The Lord is Moving



Over the last 4 months, we have been doing a food distribution in front of our Project Lifehouse once a month.  During this time, something amazing has taken place. The community that the food distribution is for, are coming together to make it happen! One lady came through to get food, and then asked if she could stay and help! We said “YES” and she jumped right in! PRAISE THE LORD!!  Our focus is not just to give out food, but to bring the neighborhood together and build community.  We are seeing the beginnings of revitalization, as we partner with neighboring churches and with others around our community, especially our neighbors, Miss Pearly May and her daughter Jan.  They have taken it upon themselves to lead the charge in bringing the neighborhood together each and every month.  If you or someone you know would like to be connected with Project Lifehouse, call Louis Chalmers at...
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Matching Gift Opportunity!

September 29, 2020

Recently our ministry has been awarded a $10,000 Matching Gift to help further our efforts and reach more people with the Gospel. Specifically, we are planning to use these gifts to help purchase needed equipment needed to produce online training and to do online evangelism.  In the coming years, we have opportunities to reach people with the Gospel and also to help create a curriculum to train and equip others to go and host training with churches around the world.  All gifts given will be matched up to $10,000.  We would love for you to partner with us to help build the Kingdom of God and reach more people with the good news!  Click Here to GIVE to our Matching Gift Campaign Blessings,  Take the City...
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Local Outreach – Chattahoochee Valley



On Saturday morning September 19, people from different churches gathered at Take the City for worship and outreach. After a short training and prayer, six groups of people were sent out around the city to minister the Gospel. Tyrone Baskin and his team felt led to go downtown and join up with two other churches who were ministering together. Tyrone and his group made their way downtown and connected with Pastor Mark and Pastor Kuturi and their team, who were preaching on a mic and praying for people as they came by. Wasting no time, Tyrone and his team jumped in. As they prayed for people, Tyrone and his team noticed a woman hanging around and listening. His team asked if they could pray for her. She said yes. Afterwards, a guy from Pastor Kuturi’s church began to talk with her and minister to her further. She teared up and said, “I want to leave this lifestyle. I don’t want to be a Lesbian anymore. I need Jesus”. Right then and there, she gave her life to Christ. The guy from Pastor Kuturi’s church gave her a book to help her through her same-sex attraction, and she will continue to be discipled by Pastor Mark in the days to come.  Praise Jesus! He is touching people all over the Valley and setting them free!  If you would like to get involved with local outreaches, email...
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Why Pray?

August 28, 2020

We recently had a very powerful week in the prayer room. We saw real breakthrough as people gathered and worshiped throughout the week. Lives were touched and changed. People were activated in prayer and worship. New volunteers signed up. The presence of God was tangible all week long!  Obviously this was very exciting for me as the coordinator of the prayer room. All week I found it easy to wake up and feel the joy of the Lord, to seek Him in my quiet time, and even to share my faith with total strangers. However, something strange happened to me that Saturday. I woke up and prayed just like everyday before. I read my Bible. I was faithful in my personal devotion to Jesus, yet I didn’t feel amazing like I had all week. I felt foggy and weighed down. I found myself questioning what was wrong with the way I was praying… After a little thought, I suddenly realized that I had unwittingly diminished prayer into a formula. I’d allowed my prayer life to be motivated by positive feelings. This led me to ask myself an important question: why do I pray at all? This question led to an even bigger one: why do we need a house of prayer? Surely it had to be more than just good feelings!  Examples of Prayer in the Bible Themes of prayer run throughout the entire Bible, but there are times where prayer absolutely stands out. From walking with Adam in the cool of the day (Gen. 3:8) to speaking to Moses through a burning bush (Exod. 3), to using the...
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Redeem – End Human Trafficking

August 27, 2020

Together, we will see an end. This year, we have seen our community come together like never before, unified in our efforts to reach and help the vulnerable and broken. Kathryn Guthrie, our Opelika Outreach Director, has built a remarkable relationship with one of the local motel employees. Through this connection, Kathryn and our Redeem team have been able to impact over 20 women! Upon meeting Kathryn, one of the women rededicated her life to Jesus and had a huge desire to be baptized!! It was such a powerful moment in her life! Among all the women, we are building relationships with them. By way of many generous friends, we have been able to provide food boxes, clothes, and toiletries for them. Some of the women have even chosen to begin the journey into long term programs! God is so good!  Discipleship is being birthed in motels, streets and brothels. Many girls reach out and call our hotline just to receive prayer! We believe that if the community comes together to help these women, we will see a mass exodus! We are praying for the Lord to continue to move in power as we reach them! -Jessica Cronin, Director of Redeem If you would like to be more involved with Redeem, email...
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The First Step to Leadership Growth



Leadership growth begins with the simple acknowledgement that a single person can accomplish only a fraction of what a team can. If we truly want to be a part of something big that God wants to do in the earth, then effective leadership starts with the realization that we’re limited and we need others. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10).” This verse helps us understand that the launching pad to true wisdom begins with the knowledge of God and our reverence for Him. Based on this simple Bible proverb, I’d suggest another proverb related to leadership: “The beginning of true leadership is the knowledge of our own need for others.” Once a leader acknowledges their own limits, deficiencies and need for others, they can begin to invite others to join them on a journey, helping them to build something greater than any one person can accomplish.  When a leader starts with this acknowledgement then it’s easier for them to continue to credit great successes and breakthroughs to the team and not merely to themselves. This is essential in not only growing a team but also in maintaining a team. For example, I need others so that WE can succeed, not merely so I can succeed at their expense. When people sense that a leader is self aware and understands their need for others, they will be more fully engaged in serving that leader’s vision. When the vision of the leader is greater than themselves and requires a team, the team understands they’re all in...
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NEW COVENANT REALITY – Free E-Course Series



What does a “New Covenant Reality” mean for us as Christians? 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!  When Jesus was having the last supper with His disciples, he raised a cup of wine and said that this wine is a symbol of the new covenant that was paid for by My 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 as well. 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 these 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. A link to the E-course will be sent to all who have registered on September 15th at Noon. REGISTER NOW!Register...
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HARVEST HOUSE OF PRAYER: OUR “YES” TO GOD IN 2020

July 30, 2020

A few months ago my wife and I never would have dreamed we’d be here in Columbus, Georgia, serving Take the City. As a matter of fact we thought we knew exactly what our future looked like. We thought we would continue living in Orlando, Florida, serving in our ministry roles there, helping disciple people out of drug and alcohol addiction just as we’d been doing. Then the pandemic happened…. Called to serve at Take the City All of our plans went out the window when we were informed that, due to the pandemic, there was no further employment available. Covid-19 forced us into a harsh reality that so many others have faced this year. We had a decision to make. We could either be thrust into panic. Or we could be thrust into prayer. We decided on the latter. We traveled for a week and a half checking out various ministry opportunities in Florida and Georgia, all the while seeking God in prayer. Towards the end of our trip we were at our final stop: checking out Take the City with its founder Andrew Chalmers. Andrew told us we were needed to help coordinate their prayer room. It just so happens that Andrew, my wife, and I served alongside each other in the past. Andrew was well aware that we both had a heart for worship and intercession. He decided we were the perfect candidates to serve in this way. After that week on the car ride back to Orlando, I remember looking at my wife and seeing in her eyes that she was feeling the same thing...
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Stop for the One – Online Outreach Challenge



Description of Outreach Challenge On Saturday July 18, we had an online outreach. We shared about what is coming up locally with Take the City as well as delivered an outreach challenge. The challenge was to “Stop for the One”, to identify one person you would pray for or share the Gospel with this week. Several people had powerful encounters with people in a grocery store or simply walking outside at the park. The following is one of those stories. Stopping for the One  Stephanie watched online and commented on Facebook that she would stop for the one. The next day, she arrived at the grocery store in Columbus, GA. Among other things, she had the challenge on her mind. Before she got out of the car, she asked God to show her ‘the One whose heart He was working on’. She roamed around the store for several minutes, picking up the various food items she needed. Having found everything, she walked back to the front to wait in line to check out. As she stood there, she noticed a man off her right shoulder. He began talking to her, and shortly into their conversation, she knew she had found the ‘One’ that she was meant to stop for. Johnny’s Story Johnny was sharing how he had gone to church that morning for the first time in 10 years! He explained that he had dealt with a lot of loss. He lost both his wife and brother on the same day several years ago. The pain he felt from their deaths had led him into a sinful life. He...
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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.