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Why is Jesus called the Son of David?

May 1, 2020

Have you ever wondered why in the Bible that Jesus is called the “son of David”? This is a simple bible study session where we will look at verses that help us find the answer. In Matthew 21 we are told the story of when Jesus was making his entry into the city of Jerusalem before he was crucified. When everyone saw him coming they all laid out palm branches and called him the “son of David.” In this video we help look at some other verses to help us understand why they gave him this name or title. Also, we look at Matthew 1 where the genealogy of Jesus is detailed. At the very beginning, it again uses the phrase “son of David” to identify who Jesus is. Have you ever wondered why He is called the Son of David in your own Bible study? In this video bible study, Andrew Chalmers talks about some more scriptures that will help us understand the answer. [Isa 9:6-7 ESV] 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. Our team would love to hear from you if you have any...
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Harvest Coffee in the midst of COVID19



During this pandemic and crisis for our nation and world, Harvest Coffee Co has put the efforts to help in overdrive! Immediately, our employees responded to needy families in our community, who with job loss, were in need of food and other supplies. Through all sorts of goods and monetary donations from businesses and friends in the area, we were able to provide for 300 families to have enough food for an entire week! We hosted a food drive outside of Harvest Coffee where people drove through and all received a box for a week’s worth of food as well as prayer as they went on their way! Many were touched, some cried, and all were blessed with some needed supplies for this time!  Since our initial food drive, we have been able to pass out food boxes to another couple hundred people, and even now, we still have leftover funds and supplies and are packing more boxes to give out! The community has come in to support like we could have never imagined or hoped for! We are truly grateful! We have also been hard at work to respond to the crisis through faith and encouraging the body of Christ to believe for healing and a touch from God on our world! We have released a video that directly prays for those who have contracted COVID-19 and believe for their healing! Through this, we have seen many actually healed from COVID-19 as well as some who had other issues and just happened to watch it.  The community has even gotten behind this, and people have donated over a...
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Sharing hope with our neighbors in the Spring of Covid-19



Take the City has refocused our ministries during the past month with schools, businesses, and stores closed, and many neighbors out of work. We have shifted to sharing hope and boxes of food in our Lifehouse communities surrounding our offices including Bradley Circle, Young Avenue, and East Highlands communities. We have distributed more than 300 boxes of food to these communities and the Fox Elementary families. 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 Cosetta Rd. Young Ave Garden Dr Call me to schedule a time we can sit down and discuss how your church family would like to partner in reaching Columbus communities with the light and love of Jesus. I’d be pleased to buy you a cup of coffee at our new Harvest Coffee Co, located in our offices at 2910 2nd Ave. Louis A. Chalmers, Jr. LifeHouse Director...
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Redeem – Women receiving ministry in the midst of COVID-19



The pandemic is affecting everyone and yes, especially women in the sex industry. Our Redeem teams have been ramping up efforts in the midst of so much uncertainty to be able to be a helping hand to women we’ve been ministering to over the years during this time.  As strip clubs have closed down, women are out of work and in great need of food and supplies for their families. In reaching out, we have been able to provide over 15 women with food and baby products. Some are even considering changing job occupancies because our leaders are helping them with resumes and job applications! Furthermore, we are starting a zoom women’s group with some of them at the beginning of May.  We have been able to help in various other ways as well. One, we’ve taken small groups to areas Redeem consistently visits to bring food boxes to women and their families as many have lost their jobs. Two, we are starting a zoom women’s group at the beginning of May with some of the ladies we have been ministering to. Three, we have been able to minister to women online and bring them beloved bags and offer other services for job opportunities and ways out of the life.  One way people can help in this time: We are in the process of launching our women and children’s closet to meet tangible needs. We believe this can open the door to discipleship & even helping them reach their destiny God has for their life!  Many women coming out of jail, in the life of drug addiction, or prostitution don’t...
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Wondering what an online Reach school is about?

April 27, 2020

In early December, we decided to move our weekend equipping weekend to an online 6 week live school.  Little did we know that by the time we finished our last session all of our events would be cancelled and we would all be in the midst of a global pandemic.  Our first school prepared us for what was to come: many people are hungry for the Gospel more now then ever.  We felt our first school was a success, and as all our other events were cancelled, we chose to launch our second Online Reach school.  This one is a 4 week intensive going through foundational topics in discovering the Joy of doing the will of the Father.  Watch this 5 minute video about what we cover in our school and why each topic is important.  TESTIMONIES: It was so helpful to encourage me to be bold to represent Jesus as His ambassador and speak of Jesus' love wherever I go. Student #1 1st 2020 Online Reach School It made me be more intentional in sharing Jesus with others. Some of the practical tips given were very helpful and I am thankful to have been a part of this class! Student #2 1st 2020 Online Reach School Sincerely challenging and equipping us all to follow the Way of Jesus with our whole lives. Student #3 1st 2020 Online Reach School WEBSITE Coming up: Even though we are almost done with the 4 week online school, our plan is to host two more online Reach Schools this year! ALSO, we are excited to announce that RIGHT NOW, we are preparing to host...
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Online Reach School: 4-week Intensive

March 31, 2020

April 23rd - May 14th @ 7 pm (EST) Over the past few years Take the City has done “Equipping Weekends” across the nation.  We have taken these events and broken them down into 6 sessions to bring you the first-ever Online Reach School.  Each live session is intentionally designed to activate you in the missional lifestyle you were created for. Every Thursday for 4 weeks you will be equipped for missional living through each element of the School:·         Live Teaching with a time for Q&A.·         Mentoring and Coaching provided by the experienced Take the City team.·         Discussion Groups – process what you’re learning along with your peers.·         Activation – immediately begin to practice what you are learning.·         Intentional Next Steps for application at the end of each session.This 4-week Intensive will equip and empower you to impact your spheres of influence with the Gospel! ENROLL NOW...
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Thankful for our Newest LifeHouse Ministry Partners.

February 28, 2020

We’re pleased to announce our newest Lifehouse ministry partners with the Bedsole family in East Highlands, The Verge Church. Pastor Chuck and his church family have agreed to participate in a monthly community outreach to walk through the community picking up trash, meeting the neighbors, praying with them and asking how they can further minister to their neighbors. This past Saturday, they picked up 13 bags of trash and visited with several new families. The plan is to continue these monthly outreaches walking through the neighborhood, picking up trash, meeting the neighbors, sharing God’s love and asking how we can be their neighbors. Steve Bedsole has been meeting his neighbors over the past year and asking how he can pray with and minister to them. Steve has been reading the Bible with Donnie, one of his neighbors 1-2 times per week and offering to take him grocery shopping at the local Piggly Wiggly.  Last week Donnie asked if he could go to church with them. Donnie came to the office on Monday to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at our new coffee house and visit our house of prayer mid day. I enjoyed meeting Donnie and appreciated his enthusiasm for his friendship with Steve, a good cup of hot chocolate, and a mid-day pause for prayer and worship.  Steve and Kristen have recently celebrated their move to Columbus, GA from Portland, Oregon with their 3 children. Steve is the Director of our Reach-Atlanta-Metro campaign to launch 18 community outreaches in the Atlanta Metro during the next 3 years. Kristen is a full time homemaker and is homeschooling their children. The...
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Local Outreach – From Needing Ministry to Ministering



On Saturday morning February 22nd, many believers gathered from all over Columbus, GA and Phenix City, AL. After we prayed together and received training, our teams split up and went to the East Wynnton area, the Elizabeth Cante apartments, and the East Highland community. One more team meant to walk around the neighborhoods around Take the City but the Lord had other plans. Andrew Chalmers and his team gathered things together to pass out i.e. cookies, Harvest Coffee cards, and Gospels of John. They intended to walk around 2nd and 3rd avenue, pass out cookies and invite people to the coffee shop and prayer room. While they were getting ready though, a rush of people came into Harvest Coffee to purchase coffee and ice cream, and Andrew stepped in to help. Andrew’s team began to minister to people as they came in. One woman came running into the building. Out of breath and in tears, she explained that her boyfriend started getting angry and began to fight her. She ran out and came to Take the City because she didn’t know what else to do. Our team circled around her and began to pray for her and the situation. She calmed down, and one of the guys was able to walk back with her to her house and get the situation sorted out. Later, the woman returned to the building, smiling. She was grateful for the ministry she had received. As she left the building once more, she chased a woman down in the parking lot to pray for her. The woman went from receiving ministry to being able...
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Spotlight! – Cindy with Beautifully Made



We want to introduce everyone to CINDY! Cindy and Jessica celebrating what God has done! We met Cindy 3 years ago when she was desperate and ready to change her life. She came into our safehouse and we have been friends ever since. The past few years, Cindy has gone through many trials yet she knew God never stopped pursuing her. She knew she had a calling on her life to preach the gospel and to help other women. Recently, she came into our prayer room at Take the City and gave everything in her past to the Lord. As she let go and let God, she received supernatural breakthrough! A little while later, we were able to help her find a home for rent and provide her an opportunity of employment. She now works with us in our social enterprise, Beautifully Made! Many people would not give her a chance because of her past but we KNEW God had great things for her. We KNEW that she would be used in powerful ways through our business that empowers and blesses other women. She is now thriving in her destiny, making amazing beauty products, and blessing ALL of us who work with her by her authentic love and gratitude for...
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ATLANTA SAVE THE DATE!

February 27, 2020

We are partnering with Commission the city to bring a catalytic event designed to spark a movement in the body of Christ. Days Hours Minutes Heroes are those who courageously walk out the love of Jesus. Jesus called us to bring his love to our neighbors and the nations. Join us as we unite around Jesus and the Great Commission. Training to gather the lost, proclaim the gospel and see lives transformed. Learn how God wants to use your skills and passions to reach the lost. We want to see our neighborhoods and the nations transformed by the love of Jesus. We’re ready to take responsibility and adopt our communities. Heroes are those who practically walk out the love of Jesus. Receive practical training and tools to impact the lost. Learn simple approaches to gather people, share the gospel and disciple new followers of Jesus. You’ll leave knowing your: Who, What and How.Who is your team? What is your plan? How will you take your first step?    I'll BE THERE                           SEE YOU MARCH 20TH & 21ST! Follow us in Instagram Visit our page REGISTER...
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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!