You Never Know… – A story of seeing past the plastic smile

January 20, 2017

One thing I love about growing up in the southeastern part of the USA is that so many people are warm and welcoming. There is something really amazing about southern charm and hospitality. Southern hospitality has the ability to make you feel like you’re friends with the cashier, the cab driver and even the person you politely hold the door open for as they walk into their doctors appointment. In the midst of such hospitality there is also a dark reality that you never know what someone is really going through. Even behind the biggest smiles, the nicest compliments and the warmest welcoming there can be some of the most deep pain. I’d like to share a story… This is a story about how true this can be and how I believe God wants us to respond. Today I had to rush to a meeting and I just barely made it on time. When I arrived a woman welcomed me at the receptionist desk and offered to help me by calling the person I was supposed to meet with. She was warm, welcoming and even had the brightest smile. To the surprise of both of us when she called into that persons office we found that the person I was meeting with was not even there at the office. I realized in that moment I should have probably texted that person I was meeting with an hour before just to make sure nothing had come up! After we realized that it was obvious the meeting I had arrived for was simply not going to happen I felt the Lord urge me...
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Can you Pray for one hour?

August 2, 2016

Just before Christ went to the cross to redeem humanity he brought some of His closest friends near in the garden of Gethsemane and asked them to watch and pray with Him. He came back twice and both times found them asleep as he had been crying out in prayer. When he found them the first time sleeping he said to Peter,  “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Right now we are calling people from various churches, denominations, ages and backgrounds to all come together leading up to 9/11 in a time of fasting and prayer. We are calling everyone to commit at least one hour per day with Jesus in prayer and to consider inviting others to join with you each day during this time. When was the last time you spent an hour with the Lord in prayer outside of a service at church or a programmed function? Do you struggle with etching out the time or making this a consistent priority in your life? We want to encourage you to place on your calendar this next 40 days a time each day to pray for at least one hour. Here is a great pattern of things you can pray for each day of the week: Monday: Personal Revival and Deeper Communion with Jesus Take this time to spend time with the Lord and ask Him to make your heart more tender and affectionate towards Him. Pray out of Ephesians 3:16-18 and that God would reveal His great love to your heart. Confess your sins and struggles to the Lord each week and receive God’s...
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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!