Thoughts From The Prayer Room

October 29, 2020

Gratitude for Weakness Feeling weak… Last week was difficult and at first I had no idea why. I found it difficult to pray or even worship the Lord. Discouragement set in; then despair; then apathy. All the while I could feel myself losing connection with the Lord more and more. As I lost connection with Him I began to lose connection with the people around me as well. I felt isolated, quite miserable, and even a little hopeless. All of this happened within a 24 hour time frame without any major identifiable cause. Then, suddenly, something amazing happened.  Gratitude for weakness… I was driving in my car, stuck in my own pity party, when all of a sudden the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance 2 Corinthians 12:9… “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” I felt my shoulders relax, my mind set at ease and my heart fill with gratitude for God’s power being made perfect in my weakness. Those negative feelings didn’t hold the same power they did before and I had an inner joy flood my entire soul. My whole week from that point on was outstanding, filled with amazing moments of family fun, fulfilling work, and most importantly my connection with God was reaffirmed.  Weakness is not a disqualifier… This experience was honestly a first. I’ve thanked God for many things in my life, but never have I thanked Him for my weaknesses! In...
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New Outreach Team in Phenix City

October 28, 2020

Jeff Struecker came on board as a part of the Local Leaders Coalition in August. However, he has served the community for many years as a pastor and teacher and leads 2 Cities Church. He has a heart to share the Gospel with those around him and to serve those in need. On Saturday October 17, Jeff led a team from Take the City across the river to the Riverview Apartments. He and his team of 7 people connected with SO MANY PEOPLE! Women, children, men, and families. Jeff and his team got to connect with them all. They weren’t totally sure how people would react. Our team maintained social distancing and wore masks but still had a heart to make connections and build community. They had nothing to worry about though, because the neighbors were VERY WELCOMING! They were EXCITED that Jeff and his team came, so much so, that Jeff and his team got to pray for 50 people! A few of the neighbors even let Jeff and his team come into their homes and pray for people inside! Even with social distancing and the wearing of masks, our neighbors cross the river at the Riverview Apartments were open to hearing about Jesus and sharing their needs with our team. Jeff and his team are excited to go back next month and continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.  If you are interested in joining his team or others, contact...
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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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Local Outreach – Chattahoochee Valley

September 29, 2020

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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Donna

My first encounter with Take the City was going to Wilson Apartments in Columbus GA. We were met by a man from that neighborhood who prayed with us before we began the outreach. We set up an area for the kids to play and others went door to door witnessing and praying for people. It truly was a humbling experience. Another time I got to pray at an abortion clinic which was another humbling experience. The worship services the night before are always dynamic and spirit led. However I will conclude with the best part for me was being an eight week participant of Take the City boot camp. All of the leaders were simply AWESOME and I learned so much during those eight weeks. I thank God for all these wonderful opportunities!