Ancient Bible Truth • Pop Culture Lingo
I was sick and you visited Me;
I was in prison, and ye came unto Me.
Petite blonde, tight ponytail, sentenced for unintentional hit and run manslaughter of a man on a bicycle — her 12 year-old daughter and 2 smaller children angry with God for taking their mom away for 20 years…
Brunette pixie, covered in dark scars and tattoos: crying under praying hands while God speaks through our mouths –secrets of her toddler traumas…
Every prison-greyed face in this program has children waiting at home… wanting their mommy.
These are the convicts who we are discipling. They know they were wrong. They want to be good moms. They want their kids back. They don’t want their children to grow up like this.
We are teaching them their authority. We are teaching them their power. And we are teaching them their Father’s love, We are proving it. And for once, they are believing it
I am asking you to send me.
“How can they hear if a preacher is not sent?” Paul once asked.
God asked Isaiah, “Who will go?”
And I am saying –will you say it with me… “Here I am. I will go. Send me.”
Together we can go through the power of partnership. He sent them out two by two–me and you.
In Deuteronomy 8:18, God promises to give us power to get wealth, to establish his covenant in the earth. If you want the promise fulfilled, the power of getting wealth, it requires action. Faith without action is dead. If you want God’s power for wealth –start establishing his covenant in the earth. Prove you believe him. To the faithful, consistent and generous, he will show himself faithful, consistent and generous.
This is a mission that God takes very personally. He takes it seriously –and when you invest till it hurts in what hurts him, he takes you seriously.
Some big heavy doors for us to come out from under the cover of prison chapel, and into the general population of inmates. There are thousands of them. There is no funding for this. There are no love offerings from churches. I need you.
I ask you to partner with me monthly. Be generous with the least of these, Make it a big financial step of faith and watch how God steps in. He likes that. Those are the people we are.
When saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
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We should never be surprised when the enemy attacks, but should instead be prepared to resist him and watch him flee. He craves the power you have, but don’t you give it to him! Talk like Israel did:
“Be broken in pieces, O (wicked) peoples, and be shattered! Listen, all you our enemies from the far countries. Prepare yourselves for war, and be shattered; Prepare yourselves for war, and be shattered.
“Take counsel together against Judah, but it will come to nothing; Speak the word, but it will not stand, For God is with us Immanuel.” Is 8:9-10 AMP
Yes, the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy, that’s what he does, but Jesus, God with us, comes to bring life.
Life saving life. We need to be convinced of it though. Believe it.
Thank you for your support of everything this ministry does to impact lives starting in our own homes. We are venturing out into the world –from our own families to the “least of these” women in prison – to children and teens coast to coast on Dish Network’s KTV –and all the way into the hungry and barbaric dark corners of Asia via satellite.
If you become a partner in giving to this ministry, God swears by his own word that men shall give to you.
If you take care of his things, he will take care of yours.
I love you and am committed to your success, health and happiness.
Love you all!
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by Betsy Beers
In my living room where several dozen gifts and several hundred pieces of toys and various things had been strewn, and where armfuls of wrapping paper had been stuffed into trash bags, and where Lucy’s shameless abundance of gifts was still towering these many days since Christmas, and where I had swept at least once a day because of my all-dirt backyard from the chickens –there went missing a tiny American Girl Doll hot hog.
It was just the hot dog, not the bun–1/2 an inch, maybe 3/4, but that would ruin the whole barbecue set. Now she would only have one (nitrate free, organic) hot dog for the two teeny buns.
For well over a week we had been cleaning and keeping after the cat and the kids who were constantly messing with Lucy’s stuff. God only knew where that little plastic piece was! Literally. Probably long gone via the dust pan, balled up wrapping paper, animal bowels, furniture crevices…..according to Lucy’s transient fears.
Transient! When she came to me with this 12 year old girl problem I assured her, “God knows where that hot dog is.”
Perceiving her objection I continued, “When it went missing he knew we would want and ask for it, so it’s here somewhere. Ok so Lord! You know where that little hot dog is and we have an anointing from the Holy One and know all things, so you show me or Lucy where it is, in Jesus’ name. Put all your stuff in your room and we will find it.”
A couple days later after everything was put away and organized, Lucy came to me in the kitchen, “Oh Mommy, I found the hot dog.”
It had been waiting in a corner, having apparently missed my broom several times.
by Betsy Beers
Is house church better than cathedral, sanctuary, or public school rental church?
No. Everyone’s needs are different, and the big, more institutionalized churches can cater to family and community needs in great varieties of ways. But now, even big church is realizing it needs a little church.
It needs a little relationship.
The church planted by Jesus and the Apostles was relationship based in relationship settings –people’s living rooms and kitchens.
Relationship is gone. The praying together, the face to face, the laughing, the conversation, the eating, the sharing, the impartation and stirring up of gifts, the comfort, warmth and intimacy is going…. going….
When giving ministerial instructions to his disciples, Jesus talked about the activities, duties and responsibilities they would have in houses, not buildings. There was only one church, but in many houses.
“And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.” Luke 10:5
The original outpouring of the Holy Spirit came into a house where 120 were sitting. It was in the houses where they worshipped, and when Paul made havoc of the church, it was in the houses that he did it. He persecuted the church from house to house.
The Acts church met in houses (and for those who want to be religious about church attendance, then you won’t go on Saturday or Sunday –but daily). When the early church attenders met in the temple, it was to evangelize and display God’s power to the lost, as Peter and John did for the disabled man in Acts 3.
They also assembled outside of their homes for special conferences –like the one Paul called for all the Pastors of the Ephesus. He addressed the group of house church pastors, “I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,” Acts 20:20
House to house, that is where the daily and routine growth of the church body occurred.…the house of Cornelius, the house of Mary, the house of Lydia, the house of Jason, house of Philip the Evangelist, house of Aquilla and Pricilla, the house of Cloe, Stephanas, Nymphas, Philemon, John’s “Elect Lady” — even Paul had his own house church in Rome.
Corporate, temple church was not the natural outcome of a thriving house church system. Theater style church was imposed by Roman Emperor Constantine, who built the first institutional church for political power, and that not until the fourth century! It was all house church all the time before that. The church would now struggle, no longer as the oppressed, but as the oppressor. Religion feasted in this new atmosphere.
Today, big churches realize the secret power of house church. Under the guise of cell groups, small groups, life groups, and care groups, churches are back-peddling in an effort to get parishioners back into their houses.
The largest church in the world began in a house, but what’s so dynamic about that? Many churches began in houses. No, the difference is that Dr Yoggi Cho’s church, which started in a house –followed the biblical template. When his house church got big, it did not move to a bigger facility, The church split and the assistant pastor took away half. When that half grew, it split again. This cell division continued as cells do when a healthy body is growing. So began the exponential growth of a church in Korea that is now over one million strong. Pastor’s should be proud when they have a church split.
I love house church because guests can find friendship, conversation, transparency, personal prayer, food, snacks, coffee, and a safe place to bring friends who would never otherwise darken the door of a traditional church. I love no clicks, no loneliness, no isolation, no separation, and no religion. The seats don’t all face one direction.
I wish there were a house church on every street. You’re invited to the one on mine.
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by Betsy Beers
Paul began his rebuke to them, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1:10
Stop right there.
Wow! That’s us! We do that. No further rebuke for My House Church.
• We speak the same thing.
• We have no divisions among us.
• We are in the same mind,
• We are in the same judgment.
Again and again, Paul’s perpetual pleading with the house churches: Unity.
“Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:2-4
Yes, We are doing it!
• We are likeminded.
• We have the same love.
• We are of one accord.
• We are of one mind.
• We do nothing through strife.
• We do nothing through vainglory (pride)
• We are lowly in mind.
• We esteem each other better than ourselves.
• We don’t only look on our own things.
• We look on the things of each other.
This was the secret to the success of the first house churches in Acts that made up the One Body through which the One Spirit worked so powerfully.
Harmonizing with these checklists should be the hallmark of our lives!
Our prayers will be answered so fast, it will make the world’s fat head spin.
“The kidnapper has a lollipop. The kidnapper has a keen car. The car can go fast. Tell the nice kidnapper that your daddy has lots of money. Then maybe he will let you ride in the car.”
And drink scotch kids to make you jump higher; mommy loves baby more than you; tell your mom to buy a gigolo; tell everyone that your dad is a junkie; call the cops on your parents…
–From Shel Silverstein’s “Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book: a Primer for Tender Young Minds”
Many years after it came out, the publisher was forced to label ‘adults only’ on this subversive book that was intentionally written for children by Playboy magazine’s Shel Silverstein –the beloved children’s author, whose pornographic literature, art and songs promote child drug and alcohol use, incest, orgies, homosexuality and prostitution. This is not about his personal sin or lifestyle. It is about his work.
I’ve done it. I’ve loved him –and left him. Beware what you introduce your children to. Oh but “The Giving Tree”! and “Where the Sidewalk Ends”! I’ll tell you where the damn sidewalk ends.
What we have done thus far, Christian parents, is obviously not working. It does not matter what we think is whimsical, educational or funny. Every generation that comes up is more wicked and ungodly than the previous. We can no longer afford to flirt with the world. Jesus said love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.
At bedtime, read your kids the word of God, not poems penned by Hugh Hefner’s BFF, and the only famous author who ever intentionally lured children into debauchery and sexual perversion.
Satan himself appears as an angel of light, but really Christian people? How hard is it to discern this one? For the love of God, just look at the first paragraph of his Wikipedia post.