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The Reckoning 04/22/2010

Many have backed away from such a fight
No, not him, for he’s a child of the Great Light

Driving the dagger into the heart of the beast
He stands alone, strong, not afraid in the least

Oh, how many have doubted his intention
For he’s sanctified, set apart, called to abstention

This moment in time has finally arrived
For it is now, it is for now that he has strived

Greatness has always been his destination
And the Great Light from above is his restoration.

So as the powers of darkness sweep in
He fights valiantly, determined to see it end

But this is the beginning of a movement
The beginning to perpetual self-improvement

It is the revolution, the fight, his beckoning
It is now, it is time, it is… The Reckoning

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6

Reading this poem again stirred something in me…

Chosen Generation, it is time to choose your side! You’re either for Jesus or you’re against Him (Matthew 12:30). The world doesn’t need a religious version of itself. Let’s turn away from our sin and press forward as sons and daughters of the King! The world needs people who are radical, counterculture and willing to Love selflessly! We’ve missed it by focusing too much on doctrine and/or the power of the Holy Spirit (both wonderful things), when being a Jesus follower is about LOVE.

You want to see the world changed? You want to see REVIVAL? Love the person right in front of you.  We want Revival and even put in the work through prayer, but forsake the people around us who desperately need to know Jesus and His Love. This isn’t about hit and run evangelism, it’s about building relationships that last, no matter how messy or difficult they get. Love makes disciples.

Everyone was created in God’s image so how much more should we Love those around us. Remember when Jesus talked about the Sheep and the Goats? Read Matthew 25:31-46 if you haven’t. Jesus commends the sheep because they tended to His needs and they are perplexed. When did they take care of Jesus??? He replies in verse 40, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” We say we want to go to the nations, but we’re doing a horrible job of Loving the hurting and broken in our own towns and cities. James 1:27 reads, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

Brothers and sisters, we are called to Love outrageously, turn away from sin, pray without ceasing, preach the true Gospel, make disciples, and set nations on FIRE! We are predestined for greatness! We are glorified to walk into darkness and see the light of Love win out! We are chosen to be REVIVAL FIRE! The spark starts with US!

Walk in the peace and Love of our Lord Jesus Christ and be blessed!

“We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to beconformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” -Romans 8:28-31

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  -Ephesians 6:12-13

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To God Be All The Glory!

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Unfortunately, due to legal reasons, the most recent blog about the person being raised from the dead had to be removed until the case is through court. The lawyers advised my friend to make sure there is nothing on the internet regarding the accident.

This does not, however, stop us from sharing the testimony through word of mouth. Please continue to share what God is doing with your friends and feel free to ask me in person if you’d like to hear the full story. The point of the story remains the same so here’s an excerpt of the story with the Muslim and the teaching points:

Later That Week…

Thursday of the week following the accident Teresa, Ricardo and I were at the OSU Prayer House watching Furious Love (an amazing documentary about God’s power moving in the darkest places on earth) when the Lord prompted us to go out on High St. Unfortunately Ricardo had to go home, so it was just Teresa and I walking down the street at 1:30am. We prayed for God to highlight someone to us and then we saw a man walking bare foot but holding his shoes about 100 yards ahead of us. That seemed like a pretty good sign we should ask him what was going on.

Once we got up to him we asked him why he was barefoot and he began to explain that he was homeless and had broken his leg 10 months before. He hadn’t had proper medical treatment so it never healed properly and he was in much pain. We asked him if we could pray for him since Jesus Loves to heal people and he said we could. And Jesus did! The pain left and he asked us to walk with him to put his shoes on. As we did we prayed more and his crooked leg straightened up and the limp started to disappear.

This Somalian man that had only been in the States for a year extended his hands without any prompting from us and in his broken accent said “Thank You Jesus!” It was so beautiful! I asked him if he had a relationship with Jesus and he went on to tell us that his people tell him to pray 5 times a day to God. I asked him if he was a muslim and he said he wasn’t anymore, he is going to pray to Jesus! We prayed for him a little longer for blessing and left him sitting there smiling and experiencing the Love of God.

What Does This Mean To You?

  • Firstly, if you Love Jesus with your full heart you serve one amazing God! And His Spirit, the same Spirit that rose Christ from the dead, LIVES IN YOU! Wow…
  • Second, Revelation 19:10 says “…the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” That means that when one testifies about something God has done, it applies and is possible in your life too. YOU can see the dead raised and the sick healed. In fact, it’s your mandate as a believer (Mark 16:15-18). One of the churches I shared this testimony with during service had a testimony a week later of an 8 year old boy who got killed in a car accident being raised after 20 minutes of being dead!
  • We must remember, the greatest miracle of all is one soul coming into a Loving relationship with Jesus. That’s our main purpose as disciples, to make disciples.
  • Finally, God’s Love is always on time. How many times has God showed His Love in our lives, yet we didn’t see it because of our perspective, so we thought His Love wasn’t there? Look at the (former) Muslim… He had no idea the Creator of the Universe had set him up that night to be shown Love. That’s incredible! Jesus’ Love always meets us where we are, in our worst situations, and at the right time. Sometimes it’s hard to see, but be comforted in knowing it is there. Just ask him for a new perspective.
The full blog and youtube video will be reposted after the case closes, and my friend has agreed to help and provide more information and we might do new interviews for the video. Be blessed and keep walking in the power of the Holy Spirit that’s within you!
To God Be All The Glory!


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Hey everyone!

So this is my new blog. I’m going to use this to do a couple of things: keep you all updated on what Jesus is doing around college campuses in Ohio, spark a prayer movement, and get you involved!

But what does that really mean?

  • Jesus on Campus: God is moving on college campuses all around the country and we are blessed to get to be a part of what’s going on right here in the “Heart of America!” Some of us will be traveling to the different universities with the hope of making disciples for Jesus Christ.
  • The Prayer Movement: Prayer is powerful and will change the spiritual climate of Ohio. I will be updating a list of everyone that we meet that asks for prayer, along with things I feel God puts on my heart. This is also your chance to contact me with any prayers you might have and get added to the list (if you would like). Just check out the prayer page.
  • Time to Get Involved: This is your chance to be a part of what God’s doing in Columbus and around the world. Support us in prayer. My friends and I will be traveling spreading the Gospel, healing the sick, and casting out demons (Mark 16:15-18). I simply ask that whenever you read the blog or think of me, you say a prayer for God’s blessing and power to be over us. If you want to get involved in sponsorship or want to learn how to start walking as Jesus walked, contact me (Facebook, Twitter, Prayer number).

I will also be posting some of my old blogs and poems so be looking out for those too!

God bless!

To God Be All The Glory!