THE BEAUTIFUL GIFT OF TEARS

March 30, 2021

The Beautiful Gift of Tears Have you ever reached a place in your emotional life where all there was left to do was to cry? It seems to happen most often when you least expect it. Can you remember the last time that you shed honest tears? Maybe it was over the pain of losing someone you love. Or maybe it was in response to a hurting loved one who was beyond your help. Perhaps someone wounded you with a nasty insult and made you feel “less than.” Whatever the case we have all experienced this phenomenon of crying. Tears are just a part of being a human. They are our soul’s acknowledgement of our own brokenness and its sincere attempt to reach towards some kind of solution. As Christ followers we know the solution is found in God alone. For this reason weeping ought to be an integral part of our prayer lives. WEEPING IS A GIFT… …to ourselves The benefits of this are insurmountable. By way of tears, our emotions find a healthy outlet and our hearts are freed from any lingering grief that can quickly turn into poison if left undealt with. Not only this, but by not weeping we actually cut ourselves off from a large segment of our fellowship with God. Human beings are made in the image of God and we were made to fellowship with Him. Scripture is riddled with indicators that Yahweh, though mighty and strong, is also extremely empathetic and sensitive to the brokenness of humanity to the point of grief (Gen. 6:6) and weeping (Jn. 11:35). As image bearers...
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Thoughts from the Prayer Room – “The Wildest Worshipers in Heaven are Actually Old Folks?”

February 26, 2021

“COOL IT” There is a story I’ve become familiar with in my last ten years of being a Christian. It goes something like this— Young person is lost in sin.  Congregation prays for said young person to receive salvation.  God answers prayer—young person receives salvation and is delivered from sin.  Congregation praises God; they are overcome with joy.  Young person becomes a passionate worshiper of Jesus and challenges the status quo. Congregation warns young person to balance their “zeal with wisdom.”  On one hand, the congregation has a point. I actually strongly agree that it is right for young believers to seek wisdom from the word of God and from stronger believers in the faith. On the other hand… I cringe at the idea that acquiring wisdom equates with losing zeal for Jesus. Not only is it unnecessary, but I believe it’s actually unbiblical in many ways. I’ll explain, but first let me share a story. A WEIGHTIER EXAMPLE When I came into the faith I was a young man who’d just come out of a lifestyle of drug addiction. I was a zealous drug user so it only made sense to me that I’d be just as zealous for Jesus. Even without this logic, Jesus was simply too amazing to me to “let my fire cool down.” My first year in the faith was spent in a faith-based recovery program and I was known as the guy who sang too loud, lifted his hands too high, and went to the altar too much. I think I annoyed a lot of my peers, but I honestly didn’t care much....
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21 NIGHTS OF PRAYER

January 28, 2021

21 Nights of Prayer Wow! We just finished our 21 Nights of Prayer, and I am still reeling from all God did! From January 1st-21st believers from all over the community gathered together in our little prayer room to simply worship the Lord and to pray. There were no gimmicks, no programs, no catch 22’s, just simple desire to worship and go deeper with the Lord in prayer. With this kind of unity and purity of heart, God is guaranteed to move among His people. And did He ever!  What He did… Night after night, I recall looking across the room and seeing every single person engaged in the worship and intercession being led from the stage. One person reported that during a Wednesday night she felt such peace enter the room that she couldn’t even get up from where she was sitting. Other nights, this same person testified that the power of God was so tangible she couldn’t sit down if she wanted to!  One definitive moment that stood out for me was the second Saturday night. An altar call was given for those in the room to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Multiple people came up, received prayer, encountered the Lord, and then the whole room broke out in spontaneous praise, dancing before the Lord. The joy was contagious! A Life Changed One of the people that received prayer during this altar call was a young man who recently joined the army and was stationed close by at Ft. Benning. After hearing about our prayer room on google, he visited us on that first night...
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A PLEA TO THE INTERCESSORS: “DON’T FORGET EVANGELISM”

December 29, 2020

disclaimer: The title of this blog may seem pretty harsh. Let me preface it by clearly stating that this is in no way a rebuke. I wouldn’t dare assume that I am in the position to do so as I myself have only been a part of this awe-inspiring prayer movement for 6 months (If you don’t know, there is a massive movement of night-and-day prayer and worship that is sweeping the globe at an unprecedented rate). I am speaking from the perspective of a total newbie, but also someone who is totally bought in, serving full time in a prayer room, and giving myself to God’s purposes for night-and-day prayer to sweep the earth. Everything I have written is based on the Holy Spirit’s conviction in my own life. It is with this heart I feel the urge to write the following. So… sweaty palms and all…    The disconnect I’ve heard statistics on the global prayer movement that are absolutely mind boggling. Since 1999 the world has seen a steady increase of places of unceasing worship and prayer, from just a known handful to thousands worldwide. That’s amazing. Surely all of this momentum in prayer would mean more people coming to Christ. Right? Sadly, this is not the case. In western society not only do statistics show a huge decrease in Christian conversion rates, but believers are actually leaving the church in droves. Don’t believe me? Just google “Christianity in America.” My point in highlighting this isn’t to say that prayer is unnecessary in the salvation of souls. On the contrary, I believe it is absolutely essential....
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Local Outreach – Chattahoochee Valley

November 25, 2020

The month of November, we had a Thanksgiving Food Drive through Harvest Coffee Co. Through the food and monetary gifts that we received, we were able to box up 74 big boxes of food for families in Columbus, GA and Phenix City, AL and distribute them in neighborhoods on Saturday November 21st. We sent out 5 teams of believers from all over the city who went out together to minister the Gospel and feed hungry families. Before we left, we prayed that the Lord would send us to just the right people. The Lord delivered in no time! We had SO MANY powerful encounters! Of the testimonies we heard, one woman rededicated her life to Christ! 5 people were physically healed! 99 people were impacted across the Chattahoochee Valley! Men, women, and children were encouraged that we went out to pray for them and offer them food for thanksgiving. We cannot wait to go back out next month on Saturday December 19th and see what more the Lord has in store. If you would like to go out with us, please email...
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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.