15 Mar

Testimonial

Thank you so much! 
Yesterday a woman called us looking for an abortion.  There was a contractor working on her apartment that heard about the PRC on the radio recently and told her to call us.   We explained that we don’t refer or provide for abortion but she scheduled an appointment for Monday anyway 🙂  God is so good!
Thank you for your support!

Truth Network:  Saving lives, one baby at a time, one listener at a time…

Please pray for this situation, as this is just happening and Monday coming is the appointment.  Pray that she goes and sees her baby, with ten fingers and ten toes…and chooses life.

07 Feb

Eager Feet Make Super Bowl Winners

Above is the Sermon I got to share at Peace Church in Durham last week… Yes, Eager Feet from Joshua 1:6, but also Spinning into Rope/Waiting on the Lord see Below….

“Righty tighty lefty lucy” A fun twist to get you to remember which way to tighten a nut, or as you can see above the spinning wheel twists a yarn, but I found this week that twisten has a lot to do with “waiting on the Lord” and the promised “strong and courageous heart” of Psalms 27:14. I believe this waiting is far from passive tapping your finger on your watch like waiting in the checkout line.

in Hebrew: “Qavah” is the word that was translated “wait” and the word you will find in many Psalms and the wonderful passage in Isaiah 40:31 when you get to rise up like wings of Eagles, the word has a twist to it almost a figurative rope….wait for it, yes if you twist fibers like hemp or sisal you will make a yarn, twist two of those together and you get a cord, twist three of those together with a rope makers top and you get a traditional rope.That rope makers top forming those three into the rope really gives me a sense of the Lord is coming. I have posted some videos so you can watch that in action.

The first time you see the word “qavah” in the Bible is in Genesis 1:9 when God “Gathered together” the waters…you guessed it a Water Spout, there was a twist to it. So the really cool application in my mind is that of waiting on the Lord by being twisted and tightened ever fiber of our being into the Father and The Son and The Holy Spirit, then I am convinced King David’s understanding of the promise in Psalms 27:14 will be gathered together in you heart, being strong and very courageous. After all a rope of those three strands is impossible to break…wait for it…

 

26 Jan

Shepherding a Child’s Heart Seminar

Vertical Church is hosting a LIVE Shepherding a Child’s Heart seminar on March 9 & 10, 2018. This seminar features Dr. Tedd Tripp, author of the best-selling book Shepherding a Child’s Heart. In writing this book, Dr. Tripp drew on his thirty-plus years of experience as a father, counselor, school administrator, and pastor. He now also includes his ten years of insights from teaching this material in his conferences offered around the world.

We would like to encourage you to share this event with your faculty and staff. For more information, email info@verticalhpgso.org

$35 per individual  |  $50 per couple

CLICK HERE to register and get more details!

24 Jan

The Greatest Wrestling Hold: The “Overcomer”

In Jacob’s all night wrestling match with the ‘man’/’angel’/ “God” way down in the details I believe we can glean the secret wrestling hold he used to overcome. Truly amazing is that as he overcame then God bestowed on him the gifts He promises to us in Revelation 2 and 3… The way I read that we will get at least:

  • A New Name
  • Power over the Nations
  • Name not blotted out but confessed before the Father
  • A Pillar in the Temple of God with the God’s Name, your new name, New Jerusalem
  • Shall sit on the Father’s Throne
  • Inherit All Things

Clearly, Jacob’s new name was made Israel and Israel is all that and then some isn’t it……

Four things God showed me about this super wrestling hold of Jacob’s.

  1. Let Go Of Your Brother’s Heal:As Jacob/Israel hung on he received his own identity finally letting go of his brother’s heal. The details in the verses following the match seem to make no sense unless you go back to the two blessings Jacob got before he left. The first he stole from his brother note the end of the blessing Genesis 27:29 “May the nations bow down to you, may your mother’s son’s bow down to you” Check all the bowing Israel and his wife and their children and servants did when they met Esau in Genesis 33-3-7. Israel was giving back/letting go the stolen blessing so he  grab hold of his rightful blessing Genesis 28:3-4 The Abrahamic covenant that changed the world… JESUS. Yes Jacob, heal grabbing, hairy arm poser, let go of his brother’s heal and grabbed on with all his life to God and overcame…
  2. Hang on: Simple, but so very hard especially all night. How many times have I tried wrestling with God in prayer all night and like, Peter, James and John then fell asleep… “The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
  3. Harness: Matthew 11:12 “Since the time of John the Baptist The Kingdom of God is forcefully advancing and forceful men take hold of it.” As John Bunyan portrayed in the house of the interpreter about this verse in The Pilgrim’s Promise, we are in for the fight of our life if we grab hold of the advancing Kingdom and we are going to have to harness ourselves to that advancing violence. So if we wish to hang on we had better harness ourselves in as it will be a violent ride, thus the word “Chazak” was given to Joshua in Joshua 1:6 “Be Strong” a Hebrew word picturing to lash or tie down.
  4. Hip: Here is the real secret I believe; it was Jacob’s hip, his weakness. Like Paul tells us all over 2 Corinthians, his thorn in the flesh, power is perfected in weakness. Picture yourself wrestling with this man/angel/God, your standing will all your might and he touches your hip…BAM..You have to hang on tighter than ever with no leg or legs to support you.

Think about the results of this match and things come even more clear. Israel is remembered to this day for his weakness, according to Genesis 32:33 the Children of Israel don’t eat of the tendon of the hip to this day. My own story, when I survived cancer is how many remember me for my weakness, the point where I had to hang on with all I had. James 1:2 “Consider it pure joy when you fave various trials” Yes, you will hang on tighter than ever and don’t let go till He blesses you.

We too may need to let go of our brother’s heal in order get the overcomer grip on God with our weakness providing the extra harness of nothing else to hold us up or hang onto, harnessed in to the Forcefully Advancing Kingdom of God.

18 Jan

“Live” This Saturday From The Triad Men’s Summit

Brought to you by Triad Area Wide Men’s Ministry

Our ministry is devoted to breaking down the walls of race and denomination so that men, who are disciples of Christ, may come together to worship as one body. It is our prayer, that by following Christ and leading by example, we may grow closer to our Lord and Savior, grow closer to each other, and model a seamless fellowship to the world. We want to demonstrate the love of Christ in our fellowship. If we fail to come together as the “Body of Christ,” then how will the world ever be able to do it?

Date and Time

Sat, January 20, 2018

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM EST

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First Christian Church Ministries

1130 North Main Street

Kernersville, NC 27284

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09 Jan

Giving More Than $8.24

A Short Story

By Josh Adkison KTIA Intern Iowa

It suddenly struck me that I was starving. I looked at the clock on my Chromebook.11:24 AM.

I am a bit of a later lunch taker on a normal basis, so the fact that I even had a desire to eat that early wasn’t typical. But I was hungry and I had permission to go on break at anytime. I packed up my notes I was working on for the radio show that afternoon, stuck my head in my boss’s door to tell him I would be back in a half hour, and took the creaking, twenty year old elevator down six floors to the main level of Merle Hay Mall in Urbandale, Iowa. I really wanted to eat at Chick-fil-A (which was located across the street), but there was snow and I was wearing my dad’s leather shoes. Plus, I wasn’t in the mood to polish leather that night when I got home.

So, with visions of chicken sandwiches and lemonade dancing before my eyes, I turned and headed to the other side of the mall toward Panda Express. It wasn’t a long walk, but the effort made me hungrier. It also wasn’t encouraging that upon arrival  I saw a pretty long line. I looked up at the menu and tried to decide if the wait was worth orange chicken. (I was also mentally calculating if I could get across the street to Chick-fil-A before I could get my food here.) I decided I was better off waiting here.

As I mulled over the menu, a group of really loud mexican construction workers stepped into line. I quickly decided to make my move before someone else made me suffer longer from starvation, and hopped into the line. They call it “fast food” for a reason, and before I had a chance to say, “My pleasure to serve you” I was standing in the front of the food line before a very exasperated and haggard Panda Express employee.

“For here or to go?” When she spoke, the phrase sounded more automated then personal, like she had just said it for the thousandth time.

“For here.” Wait, what? My reply startled me, I seriously meant to say “to go”. But I felt bad about changing it now, because the employee had already started scooping rice into a white styrofoam box. Whatever. I picked out orange chicken, grilled teriyaki beef, and a bunch of rice mixed with some kind of vegetable I couldn’t identify. I paid with cash and grabbed a water on the way to a corner booth facing the cash register.

I was about half way through the rice and “mystery veggies” when I happened to glance up at the Panda Express counter. I immediately was intrigued. Standing in front of the counter talking to the Panda Express employee was a middle-aged women with a

little girl. The first thing that caught my attention was how tired and sad the women looked and how poorly they both were dressed. As I watched, the women held up a crinkled bill. I was pretty far away, but I was able to hear enough of the conversation to figure out that the only money the women had to pay with was a faded one hundred dollar bill. It was her pay-check for the previous week.

The employee shook her head. No they couldn’t process that large of a bill. They weren’t allowed. Do you have a card? The women shook her head and glanced down at the food she had just bought. Then, without a word, she set the bag on the counter. The employee shrugged uncomfortably and looked back at the line accumulating behind the woman and girl.

At this moment, I felt a weight in my heart and I knew that I had to go up to the counter. There have only been a couple of times in my life where I have explicitly felt God’s Presence, but this was one of them. I don’t even recall standing from my chair.

“Wait!” I hurried up to the women and the girl, who were turning to leave. “Can you hang on for a second?” I turned to the Panda Express employee, “What’s seems to be the problem?”

“She cannot pay with that.” The employee said in broken and heavily accented English. She nodded at the bill that was still in the women’s hand. “We cannot take.”

I glanced at the bag on the counter and reached for my wallet. “I’ll take care of it. How much.”

“$8.24”

I pulled out a ten dollar bill and handed it to the employee. The women looked dumbfounded, “No, no. I can’t let you do that.” It was the first thing that she said to me since I had walked up. I looked at the women and girl in turn, “Please, I just want to bless you.” I felt sick to my stomach. No, I can’t say only that. What can I say? That statement wasn’t enough. God told me to do this, He wants her to know it’s from Him. Love. God loves her. The words flashed through my mind.

The women looked at me earnestly, “Do you work at the mall? I can pay you back.” She was trying. “Really, I can.”

“No.” I shook my head. “I feel like God wanted you to know today that He loves you.” I turned to the girl, “and your daughter.” I looked back at the women. Tears were running down her cheeks.

What? She was crying! Over an $8.24 chinese meal in a low income part of Des Moines.

The women shook her head, “You have no idea how much this means to me.” She wiped her eyes. “You have no idea.”

I nodded and smiled at all three of them. The haggard Panda Express employee, the poorly dressed little girl, and the crying mother. “Enjoy the rest of your day.”

As I walked back towards the office on the sixth floor of the Merle Hay Tower, I felt different. After I obeyed God and gave a few dollars to a nameless poor women I didn’t even know, I felt more joy and happiness then I have ever had after receiving anything. My heart was full with the satisfaction at doing God’s will – even in such a small and insignificant way. People give for many different reasons. Some people give because they think that God will repay them with actual earthly wealth. They call it the “Prosperity Gospel”. That day I realized that I too believe in a kind of “Prosperity Gospel”. I felt entirely repaid. Getting money takes work. It takes sacrifice.

So, OK, I’m out a couple bucks. Who cares. God gave something much more. I think I’ve finally learned how God must have felt after gave the greatest gift of all – His Son. That’s important. That’s real love. If God can give so it hurts, I for sure can. I walked back into my office on the sixth floor of the Merle Hay Tower. I sat in the same uncomfortable, wooden chair and looked at the same blank, white wall. Everything was just as I had left it thirty minutes before. But I felt different. I knew why though. I always have. God blesses a cheerful giver. He can use anything and anyone to make an impact. God wants my obedience, but He also wants yours. Listen to Him. Believe me, the feeling is the best you’ll ever have. Give something for Him, no matter how small. As for me, I will be giving more in the future. Giving more than $8.24.

What about you?

 

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06 Jan

Chazak Biblical Strength and Seat Belts

If you were preparing to jump out of an airplane with a parachute the knots used to tie the cords to the canopy were be of great concern, if I was getting in a race car with Mario Andretti the shoulder harness and it’s attachment to the frame would also of great concern to me. I believe when we look at Biblical strength its much the same. Joshua was given the charge in Joshua 1:5 “Be strong for you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their fathers to give them.”

As I turned to that passage this week in my TLV “Tree of Life Version” a Jewish translation they said, “Chazak” be strong… So I looked up the verse in an interlinear at Blue Letter Bible and sure enough that word Chazak means strength and inside the Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon for that word I believe is a key to Biblical Strength. “TO TIE FAST, TO BIND BONDS STRONGLY”.

I began to ponder that and immediately thought of Jacob and his wrestling match in Genesis 32, remember when he would let go of the Man/Angel until He blessed him. Then my mind went to Mary Magdalena in John 20 and Matthew 28, remember she latched onto Jesus feet for all she was worth. Then I found this passage in the Song of Solomon 3:4, (my favorite book by the way) “Hardly had I passed beyond them when I found the one my soul loves. I held him, and I would not let him go, until I brought him to my mother’s house the chamber of her that conceived me.”

Be Strong be very courageous…Latch onto Jesus with all you have, wrestle in prayer don’t let go and your inheritance is on the other side of the Jordan.

Along those same lines, seat belts tie you to the strength of all the engineering that went into your vehicle. If you are not tied in all the crumple zones and air bags, reinforced seat structures, passenger compartment, uni-frame, (I could go on and on) are compromised. Seat belts are the strength of the system if you are not tied in you have forfeited your strength.

Relationships are similar, that’s why couples tie the knot, a cord of three strands is not easily broken in proverbs. Get tight with your mechanic, your salesperson, your Church… Chazak- Be Strong be very courageous.

05 Jan

Lunch with Tony Evans

ABOUT THE LUNCH

Dr. Tony Evans will be discussing racial reconciliation 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the impact we can have in our schools. The bible exhibit will be on display with a special MLK section.

DATE AND TIME

Friday, January 19, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST
(Doors open at 10:30am)

Hosted by: Truth Network | The Light | WBJF | Energize Ministries | I Can Only Imagine Movie