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Living In Fullness

I was thrilled to pick up a good friend of mine at the airport recently. He had flown all the way from Australia to spend time with me and see firsthand the remarkable work of transformation taking place in the inner-city neighborhood of Pittsburgh where I serve as a pastor. He had heard me tell stories about the lives that were being changed through mentoring relationships, church planting, and community development projects; he wanted to see what God was doing in person so that he could support me, train the volunteers and leaders who have been so deeply engaged, and dream about how the model of ministry in Pittsburgh might be replicated in other cities around the world.

Shortly after my Australian friend’s arrival at the airport, I received a phone call from a young man I have heavily invested in for years. He’s had an extremely difficult life. Even though he is resilient, courageous and talented, he has also spent a significant amount of time in jail throughout his young life and has had a very difficult time finding a job since he was recently released from jail – due to the felony convictions on his record. This young man has overcome so many challenges in life. Now that he is starting to finally get things turned around, he is having many struggles. He chose this particular night to have a small breakdown. He was tired; he was desperately hungry; he really needed to talk to me. I could tell by the tone of his voice that I needed to pick up some food and stop by to check on him. It was close to midnight, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to explain this to my Australian friend. He wanted an up-close view of the ministry, though, so he was about to see things in action.

We stopped by Wendy’s to grab a burger and fries then headed over to my young friend’s house to drop off the food and check on him. He lives on one of the most dangerous blocks in the city, so fear would seem a natural emotion for that street corner in the middle of the night. Instead of fear, though, something different was present. Something far more powerful than fear. It was something like light. This street corner was holy ground! The presence of the Holy Spirit was strong there, as the Lord opened up the opportunity for ministry. We talked for a while. I encouraged him. He encouraged me. And my friend from Australia got to see something beautiful… a young man who is close to God’s heart taking steps ever closer to his Heavenly Father. He got to experience firsthand the power of presence, the significance of simply being with someone.

I apologized to my visitor for having to go out of our way for a few minutes to spend some time with a struggling friend in the middle of the night. He was totally fine with it, as this was the kind of thing he was hoping to experience during his visit. Little did he know, though, that would be the first of many amazing encounters during the week. We would do training sessions with volunteers and organizations during the day. Then, in the evenings and often late into the night, we would spend time with the stream of people who knocked on my door. Or those we bumped into while we were walking or driving through the city streets. We got caught up in the stories of so many people we interacted with that week. We saw God at work, in remarkable ways, with people struggling just to get by on the margins of the city.

I was excited about what God was doing throughout my friend’s visit to Pittsburgh. To be honest, though, I was also tired. Extremely tired. I knew I needed to take some time to refuel with the Lord; otherwise, I would be of no use in the battle. Going from one day to the next, entering other people’s brokenness, and navigating through the dramatic ups and downs of inner-city life can be mentally, physically and spiritually exhausting. It can be very rewarding; it can also be extremely taxing on me, my wife and our two daughters. Sometimes, a life filled with presence and passion can be overwhelming, leading to a sense of burnout. God calls us as human beings to live life to the fullest, lives of meaning and purpose spent passionately participating in God’s redemptive mission. A life of presence with people also draws us into exhaustion at times. So, how are we supposed to live with this paradox?

RADICAL PRESENCE

Jesus modeled a life of fullness that all Christians can emulate. Jesus had incredible rhythms to His life. He would engage passionately then withdraw into solitude and prayer in order to rest and rejuvenate. Jesus obviously accomplished a lot during His short life, but He also spent a great deal of downtime in preparation for the mission of God. Central to Jesus’ full life was the power of presence. The very idea of God becoming man gets at the heart of our relational God. God loves us; God would do anything to pursue us; God is profoundly with us; God is radically present with us. The Bible puts it this way: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14, ESV

Perhaps God could have sent His Son, Jesus, to appear as a cerebral vision in the clouds to shout down to earth with a heavenly megaphone, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand!” But, that’s not the heart of God. The Lord is not a disconnected deity floating around in the clouds. God is with us in every way. And, to demonstrate that, God became flesh and became present with us in the fullness of the human experience. Jesus experienced heartache, pain, joy, love, brokenness, hope, struggles, victory, temptation, happiness and hunger. Our God rolls up His sleeves and jumps right into the gritty moments of life with us. Jesus saved His harshest words for the people who thought they had it all together; He chose to spend most of His time with the people on the margins of society. Jesus proved that God is with us all the time but especially when we go through trials and tribulations in life.

I have seen this to be true in my own life. Sometimes, it seems like God is distant, when I feel like I’m in control and things are going along pretty well with my life. When life becomes challenging, it seems like Jesus is right there with me. God is always close, but He comes especially close when I’m desperately in need of a Savior. I have seen this firsthand with the people I pastor on the margins of the city of Pittsburgh. I don’t have much to offer any of the people that I have the privilege of serving. All I can do is point people to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world Who is right there with them in whatever trial they may be going through at the moment. God is not waiting in the sky with a lightning-bolt ready to throw at us to harm us when we fail in life. Our loving Heavenly Father is radically present with us.

If this is true, and Jesus is the model for how this incarnational presence should be done, we must follow Jesus into that same type of radical presence. There is no effective ministry from a safe distance. Transformation does not happen in antiseptic environments. A life that is defined by fullness will only take shape when we roll up our sleeves and become radically present with others. Each time that we do this is a small act of obedience. Our natural tendency is to withdraw and disengage. Our culture subtly tells us that a life of fullness can be achieved on our own, in isolation from other people and with a God we somehow hold at a safe distance. Jesus shines a light on those lies by showing and telling us that a life of fullness is defined by intentional community in right relationship with God, with others, with ourselves and with creation.

RESTING IN GOD

Once we are obedient to the call of radical presence, we must beware of burnout. If we try to do all of this on our own, without abiding in God’s transforming love, we will surely not last long in the battles of life. Our culture has major problems with busyness, exhaustion, sleeplessness, stress and anxiety. We drive ourselves to the brink of personal destruction then self-medicate with a whole range of vices that are not healthy. Yes, a full life is filled with meaningful relationships and passionate duties that are a part of our unique callings. But, a full life should also be filled with the rest and peace that the Lord so eagerly offers. In the gospels in the New Testament, we see Jesus relentlessly engaging with others while also relentlessly withdrawing in order to be refueled by the One Who gives rest. The Gospel of Matthew describes the process this way: (Jesus said) Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30, ESV

Simply stated, we must turn to the Lord and rest when we are tired. We cannot live a life of fullness apart from the Vine that is our intimate relationship with God. For some people, this might mean a time of quiet contemplation and prayer throughout the day. For others, this might mean journaling, reading the Bible or devotional material, listening to music, going for a walk to get some fresh air or doing the creative things that God has gifted us to do artistically or with hobbies. We can spend time with the Lord in many different ways. The point is to be intentional about resting in God; otherwise, we will fall prey to the enemy’s plots of distraction and the emptiness of a destructive, driven life.

EQUIPPING FOR BATTLE

God does not leave us ill-equipped for a life of fullness. The God of the universe makes accessible a wide-range of effective tools that equip us for the battles we will all inevitably face. Before I head into some of the difficult situations I know I will face as an urban pastor, I often prepare to enter into the battle by putting on the armor of God that Paul describes in his New Testament letter to the Ephesians: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil 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 firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints… – Ephesians 6:10-18, ESV

This passage of Scripture unlocks the keys to living a life of fullness. Stand up for what is right and just in the midst of this present evil age. Do so with all the authority that comes from being a child of the Most High God. Win the spiritual battles through prayer. Meet resistance with faith, truth, righteousness, peace, salvation and the fully accessible power of the Spirit. We are in the fight of our lives – every single day. Pray at all times and persevere until the end. Intercede on behalf of our fellow human beings, with the full knowledge that God is with us. Be radically present with others, just like Jesus modeled. And, withdraw intentionally into times of contemplation, reflection and prayer, just like Jesus modeled. Then, stand firm and enter into the life of fullness to which God calls us.

~Dr. Bryan McCabe

Operating In Rest

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Over the last couple of months, life has been just that – LIFE! – filled with ups and downs. Yet, I noticed, no matter what was tossed at me, God desired me to operate from one position – rest. When we operate from a position of rest, we function in the fullness of what God intended.

Rest means placing your weight (or burden) on something or someone. God desires we rest in Him. He longs for us to place all our troubles, fears, worries and anxieties upon Him. He is waiting for us to release the weight of what is pulling us down, so He can carry it for us: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest [renewal, blessed quiet] (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls” (Matthew 11:29, AMP). We must see our God in our circumstances. Our circumstances are not bigger than He; He is greater than any problem or situation we will ever encounter.

Did you notice Jesus said we would find rest when we take His yoke upon us? In other words, we were never meant to ‘do’ life alone. He is to take the lead within our life and, when He does, He carries us! When oxen are yoked together, one always takes the lead. God desires to take the lead within our life. As He takes the lead, we operate from a position of rest which leads to fullness.

When our soul (emotions, attitudes and will) is yielded to Him, the fullness of His joy, peace and hope reigns within us. God knows what is best for us. He knows what we need and when we need it. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows what knocks us out of our position of rest thus causing depletion within our life. A position of rest isn’t just how I view God through my circumstances but how I see myself in (and through) them? Are you being swallowed in a sea of disappointment, chaos and heartache? Or are you allowing God to strengthen you during your perilous times? If we are not careful, our disappointed heart can lead us down a path of hope deferred: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12, AMP). God’s intent is for us to be fulfilled, satisfied and content with His joy, peace and hope.

Where are you right now?

Do you operate from a position of rest? Or are you overcome by disappointment, fear and anxiety? Do you feel stuck as if there is no hope in moving forward? I’m here to tell you, my precious friend, that God is releasing hope to you! He never wants you to operate from depletion but from the fullness of Who He is and who you are in Him!

So, how do we move from being stuck to overcoming? Ask God to give you the mind of Christ! When we have the mind of Christ, our thoughts align with God’s thoughts. We need our thoughts and attitudes to be in alignment with His. God always sees the best in us, and He always believes the best in us. Knowing these two truths re-position our hearts to trust Him to work out whatever is going on within our life – for our good and His glory.

Remember! The enemy does not want us to operate from a position of rest. Rest is a position of power, because we see God for Who He is and ourselves for who He destined us to be (and become). The enemy’s objective is that our heart remains with hope deferred. When a heart has hope deferred, we remain stuck and fall into a cycle of defeat!

God calls us to live a fruitful life, making an impact on earth for His Kingdom. The closer we get to fulfilling our destiny, the harder the enemy tries to keep us from succeeding. We must keep persevering! We must keep moving forward!

I believe for those of you reading this right now, there is a SHIFT over you! God never intended us to feel hopeless, powerless and/or stuck. He has given us everything we need to succeed! SHIFT from striving to a place of rest! Allow Him to show you the way.

Operate in the fullness of Who God is and who you are in Him! This reestablishes and repositions us to bear fruit, thrive and flourish!

In Him,
Rev. Melissa Pearce

Fullness of Life

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“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10.

We have all seen the famous half-glass of water sitting on the table. Then the age-old question, “Is the glass half-empty or half-full?” Some might say, “What difference does it make? It is what it is.” Now, that might be true when it comes to water in a glass. But when it comes to spiritual matters, it makes all the difference in the world. Half-empty Christians are ones that were once full and are no more—this is backsliding. On the other hand, half-full believers are on their way to an abundant life in Christ.

This is what Jesus spoke of in John 10:10, “…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The word abundantly (Greek perissos) expresses something that goes far beyond what is necessary. I like the way the Amplified Bible puts it, “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” In other words, Jesus came to give us fullness of life. But what is this fullness of life? And how does one attain it?

Let’s begin by describing what fullness of life is? To me, fullness of life involves two spiritual qualities which are also included in the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23—joy and peace.

JOY

First, this fullness consists of joy. The Greek word for joy in the New Testament is chara and means “gladness or state of rejoicing or happiness.” It is a deep-rooted joy in the heart based on a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is a joy that the world doesn’t give and the world can’t take away. Paul knew the reality of this joy. We see this in the Book of Philippians which has the theme of joy. Paul had joy in prayer (1:4), joy in suffering (1:18), joy in unity (2:2), joy in prison (2:17-18), joy in brokenness, (3:3), joy in judgment (2:16) joy in all things (4:4) and joy in life and death (1:21).

PEACE

The second spiritual quality of fullness is peace. Some people think that peace is the absence of conflict. But, according to John MacArthur, it is more than that, “God sees peace not as the absence of conflict but the presence of righteousness. Righteousness will bring about right relationships. Peace is not just stopping a war. It’s the impartation of righteousness that brings two parties together in love.” Thus, fullness extends upward—a right relationship with God (Romans 5:1); outward—a right relationship with others (Romans 12:18); inward—a right relationship with self (Colossians 3:15). If one has a life overflowing with joy and peace, they have fullness of life.

How does one obtain this fullness?

I compare this fullness to a big room. There is one door that can be used to access this room, but there are many facets to this door. This door consists of dependency upon God, submission to His will and daily fellowship with Him through Bible reading and prayer. When these things are done, the door to the fullness of life will swing wide open, and we can walk in. Praise God! This fullness of life is made available to every believer. It is not something that we wait for in the sweet by-and-by; we can have it in the harsh now-and-now.

~Dr. William R. Glaze

Complete Fulfillment

From where does your fulfillment come? Are you being fulfilled in your life’s purpose? Are you feeling fulfilled in your career or ministry?

When I look up the word fulfilled, one definition says, “the state of being complete“. Years ago, a famous movie had this line: “You complete me.”

There is a promise I meditate on to better understand what it means to be ‘complete.’ It is a prayer the Apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesian church that I have adopted as my own:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:16-19, NIV).

Lord, You complete me!

When Paul wrote this letter to the church in Ephesus, he was not addressing any particular error. He wrote this letter to expand the horizons of his readers, so they better understand the dimensions of God’s eternal purpose and grace and come to appreciate the high goals God has for His church!

How do we reach this fullness, this fulfillment we all desire?
First, as the body of Christ—as a born-again believer, we have already received His fullness. As a Christian, it’s Christ in me! “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him (Jesus) to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” (Ephesians 1:22-23, NIV).

The church is the fullness of Jesus Christ—we are filled with Him—for He fills all things! We are the church!

Second, we have been made alive in Christ. What does this mean? So glad you asked! “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5, NIV).

Let’s look at HOW He makes us alive:

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus… (Ephesians 2:6, NIV).

Here’s HOW and WHERE we are seated:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3, NIV).

Think about it! Because of our union with Jesus Christ—we, as Christians, have been made beneficiaries of every spiritual blessing that belongs to (and comes from) Heaven. I remind you that a beneficiary is an heir, heiress, recipient of a trust, will or life of another!

We are an heir of Jesus Christ! He has entrusted to us His life and His Kingdom. We are not waiting to receive it—it’s already been given to us! We are recipients of ALL spiritual blessings that belong to (and come from) Heaven!

Jesus has broken down the barriers through His own death. God had something for us beyond this: He united us, His reconciled individuals, as ONE body—His church. Oh, how I love the church! Oh, how important it is to be unified! Make us one, Lord. You already tore down the walls. Why do we keep re-erecting them?

Our meaning, our fullness, our fulfillment, our significance comes from Heaven, where Jesus is exalted at the right hand of God!

We have within us the fullness of Him, Jesus Christ! “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given” (John 1:16, NIV).

How are we full? How are we fulfilled?

…the fullness of him who fills everything in every way (Ephesians 1:23, NIV). He fulfills everything in every way!
When He ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people. (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers… (Ephesians 4:8-11, NIV).

Why? For what reason? to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:12-13, NIV).

The whole measure of the fullness of Christ is His perfectly balanced Character! You lack nothing, as a believer in Christ!

It is important that we are prepared for works of service, trained and built up by using the spiritual gifts we have been given. This training, this equipping, is not for us individually but for building the Kingdom of God and for building us together, as well. From him (Jesus) the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work (Ephesians 4:16, NIV).

So what part are you called to?

We have already been given fullness in Christ—He has already been deposited; it’s time to release! For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).

You are a work of art, created by and for God! We are a people, for Jesus. He …gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good (Titus 2:14, NIV).

Are you eager to do good? Here’s what doing good produces: When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them (Proverbs 16:7, NIV).

Yes, we are called to “works of service.” But have you ever considered that doing what is good is a work of service? For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man (2 Corinthians 8:21, NIV).

Live such good lives among the pagans (unbelievers) that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us (1 Peter 2:12, NIV). The believer’s good life may influence the unbeliever to believe!

For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people (1 Peter 2:15, NIV).

Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives (Titus 3:14, NIV).

If ever accused of being “goody two-shoes,” you are doing God’s will! When I googled where this term came from, I learned “goody two-shoes” was a virtuous woman. There is a proverb relating to that: A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies (Proverbs 31:10, NIV). Yes, certainly “far more,” for you are seated with Christ in heavenly places…“far more” than one can be!

Embracing His Complete Fullness,

Mary Beth Pecora

Authority In The Battle

 

The Spiritual Battle Was Intense:

I knew this short-term mission trip to Honduras was going to be met with resistance but wasn’t sure how until the week before we were supposed to leave. There were eleven people signed up for the trip, including my wife (who had been to Honduras previously) and my two daughters (who had never been on a global mission trip before). One by one, I kept hearing reports from the team members about various challenges and struggles they were experiencing that were quite unusual.

One woman, on her first mission trip, had raised the full amount. She was in the middle of preparations for the trip when her father was diagnosed with cancer. Her family (who had not been supportive of her going because they were afraid for her safety in Honduras) told her she should not go to Honduras but stay in Pittsburgh to care for her father. Another woman suddenly could not sleep very well in the days leading up to the departure. In one night of restless sleep, she dreamed she was going to be killed violently in Honduras. Another trip member’s brother was diagnosed with cancer, and her mother broke her hip; she would ordinarily have been the primary caregiver for both. She decided to go on the trip to Honduras anyway. Just about every person scheduled to go on the trip shared dramatic situations at work, family tensions, relational struggles, financial strain, fear, anxiety or health problems in the days leading up to the trip.

I sensed it in my own family. My wife and I were at odds with each other much more than normal and knew right away that it was spiritual warfare. I knew we had to pray. I prayed with my wife a lot. We prayed with our family a lot. Our team gathered for a team meeting and prayed a lot. We started an email chain where we prayed for each other a lot. Do you know what happened? God was victorious! We were victorious! The more we prayed, the more resistance we met. The more resistance we met, the more encouraged we were that God was going to do something amazing with this group in Honduras!

And, wow! Did God do something amazing in Honduras! Not only did our team not experience death and destruction while in Honduras, we experienced life! We experienced life to the fullest! Lives were transformed within our group members and also with the host families, leaders, camp counselors and children from the urban ministry that we partnered with in the capital city of Honduras, Tegucigalpa. The enemy wanted to obstruct every part of our trip, but our team had full access to God’s authority! And we were privileged to be part of an amazing movement of God in Honduras!

In response to resistance, we lived passionately on mission. In response to divisiveness and turmoil, we embraced each other and the calling God had given to us. All of the team members experienced freedom in Christ. And many of the children and leaders that we worked with in Honduras experienced freedom in Christ. In the end, all the spiritual battling that we partook in was worth it. As God’s sons and daughters, we took Jesus up on the authority that He so freely makes accessible to us. Jesus received so much glory from our time in Honduras! In spiritual battles (and in life), God’s authority is real!

The Great Commission

One of the most well-known passages of Scripture in the Bible is Matthew 28:16-20, often referred to as the Great Commission. After all the drama throughout the biblical narrative (and especially the Gospel of Matthew), the climax of human history takes place in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Then, Matthew ends his Gospel with this compelling vision that has inspired millions of Christians throughout the past two thousand years:

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” – Matthew 28:16-20, ESV.

We may sometimes have doubts, but Jesus passionately compels us to follow Him. Jesus lives, speaks and leads with authority. And He passes that same authority on to us as we live our lives and seek to participate in God’s redemptive mission. Jesus ushered in the Kingdom of God. We are most fully alive when we are fully living in the authority that God has given us in His kingdom. We will face many challenges because we live in a present evil age. However, we need not shrink in fear and anxiety when faced with evil. We can engage the world with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and the authority that comes with being children of God because of what Jesus has done for us.

That’s A Lot To Take In!

We have unimaginable authority in our lives because of Jesus’ profound love for us. As it turns out, this was God’s plan all along. God gave Daniel a vision of Jesus’ authority in the sixth century B.C., around 600 years before the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ:

I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed – Daniel 7:13-14, ESV.

Daniel’s prophecy describes Jesus. Jesus often referred to himself as the Son of Man more than any other title. Jesus fulfilled the prophecy, establishing a new kingdom defined by God’s glory, power, dominion, and authority with all of mankind and the entire creation for all time. Everything and everyone exists to love and serve God. The good news is that the Kingdom of God is here now. We don’t have to wait for eternity. All of God’s authority and power is available to us now during these beautiful lives that we have been given!

We live in the now, but not yet. The Kingdom of God is here. But we will face tremendous resistance and persecution because we have an enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy us. There is a cosmic battle that we are intimately caught up in between the forces of good and evil. And, in the battle, God has chosen to work through His Church to accomplish His mission. He wants to work through us. And He desires to work through us because He loves us so much. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image. We are not mere mortals. We have infinite worth in God’s eyes. And, God chose not to leave us ‘out to dry’ in these tough times we face. God gives us His full authority to live lives of victory and perseverance.

Many Ups-And-Downs

We can participate in God’s Kingdom and victory now, but there will still be many ‘ups and downs’ in this epic adventure that is God’s grand narrative. Sometimes, it helps to know the end of the story when we get discouraged while we’re living in the midst of the sin and brokenness that is rampant in this world. Thankfully, God has already showed us how all of this ends. It’s a good ending! And, Jesus’ authority is right at the heart of God’s plans. We see this clearly in the book of Revelation:

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords – Revelation 19:11-16, ESV.

This is such a powerful picture of Jesus and His ultimate victory over evil, sin and death. Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords, will lead His people and hosts of angel armies to the ultimate victory. Jesus is able to do these things because He has been given that authority, and He is trustworthy with that authority. And Jesus loves to give His authority to His children in order for us to become all that God has in mind for us and for His Story.

Why Do We Fail?

So, if all of this is true, and we all have access to the authority that Jesus generously and freely gives, why do we fail to live lives of purpose and meaning and courage and power and victory? So often, we live small and are overcome by our circumstances. Or, sometimes we misuse the authority that God has given us. We try to control it and use it to gain advantage over others. We try to dominate them instead of radically loving them. The truth is that both passivity and overly aggressive, dominating behaviors are sinful, representing gross neglect of the authority God has given us to accomplish His purposes.

God gives us full access to His authority so we can use it to radically love others. That radical love includes not just our own friends and family members, although that is important. God gives us His authority to radically love people who are far from Him and even our enemies. That is the central message of what it means to follow Jesus Christ. Jesus modeled for us how to live and how to love. Not by being people who passively stand by while others participate in God’s Story or by overpowering others with our words and actions but by utilizing God’s authority to give ourselves away to other people through prayer, service, humility and joy in the midst of challenging circumstances.

Are you living life like you have been given full authority from the Most High God? Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection did not occur just so that we can get into Heaven. Jesus desires we experience life to the fullest now and throughout all of eternity. Just like the short-term mission team to Honduras, we may experience tremendous spiritual and physical battles in life. But, we will not be deterred. Through the authority that comes through Jesus, we can thrive and overcome in order to fulfill the unique callings that God gives to us all. Let’s choose to live in that authority every day of our lives!

~Dr. Bryan McCabe

Destined to Walk in Authority

Over the last couple of months, I sensed the Lord is doing something new in many lives. While reflecting on His words to me, it became clear that many are in a season of transition. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘transition‘ as a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage or style to another. I believe many are in a season of transition to discover who we truly are in Christ Jesus. And with our identity comes the authority He has given us. In other words, we are evolving into who He destined us to be (and become)! We operate in (and from) our inheritance, not allowing intimidation or fear to hold us back.

We stand on God’s Word despite personal circumstances and/or uncomfortable situations. We have determined not to back up, back down, back out or back off! This season, our hearts are ignited by utter passion for God!

FERVOR OF LOVE

Jesus displayed this passion toward the Father when He cleansed the temple: “And His disciples remembered that it is written [in the Holy Scriptures], Zeal (the fervor of love) for Your house will eat Me up. [I will be consumed with jealousy for the honor of Your house.] (John 2:17, AMPC). This type of passion (or zeal) comes from love, and this is what God births within us. God, Who is love (1 John 4:8), places within us a greater hunger and/or desire to honor Him above all else. By doing this, we demonstrate our love to Him. God wants His fervor of love to captivate every part of our heart. His fervor of love unleashes truth about who we are in Him and what we can accomplish for Him.

SPIRIT OF ADOPTION

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father! The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God” (Romans 8:14-16, AMPC). Note the correlation of these verses. Paul was speaking to the church of Rome about their identity and authority. Both identity and authority come from our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our Spirit of adoption releases not only our identity but also our authority. Our Spirit of adoption removes the bondage of fear. Let me apply this concept to both our identity and our authority. First, our identity: When we truly realize we have been adopted into God’s family, we no longer are intimated by and/or fear man. The questions that hold us in bondage: “Will I be liked by others? Will I be rejected?” are invalid. Why? Because the fervor of God’s love supersedes any fear we might experience. Our assurance (and security) rests in His love – knowing we were chosen before the foundations of the world, and He has accepted us for who we are! Jesus understood the Father’s love. He was never concerned by what others thought of Him; He was never manipulated by His critics. Jesus concerned Himself only with what the Father thought of Him. What about you? Do you worry about other people’s opinions? Does this hold you back from being who God called you to be?

Our Spirit of adoption also releases us to embrace our God-given authority. We are no longer bound by fear, intimidation and/or doubt. As we embrace our God-given identity, we operate in the authority He has given us. Fear once held us in bondage but is no longer our master! The Spirit of adoption ignited by His LOVE enables us to face (and do) the impossible.

POSITION OF SONSHIP

Jesus operated from His position of sonship when He cleansed the temple. The Jews were angry, demanding proof of who gave Him the authority to act as He did: “Then the Jews retorted, What sign can You show us, seeing You do these things? [What sign, miracle, token, indication can You give us as evidence that You have authority and are commissioned to act in this way?]” (John 2:18, AMPC). The evidence: He knows Who He is! We must be confident in who we are in Christ. At times, people will question our intention, even our character. We must operate from our position of adoption into God’s family. At times, the enemy will sling his fiery darts to intimidate us with fear and doubt; he does not want us moving forward. We must operate from our position of sonship. We are a child of the Most High God; He has chosen us and appointed us to be His representative on earth!

In this season, God is raising up a mighty, fearless army! God desires His people to be filled with His unstoppable love and their hearts to be ignited by His zeal – to bring His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven! We were born to make an impact on those around us. We were born to make a difference in someone’s life. We were born to complete the mission for Him!

Rise up, mighty woman (or man) of God! Take your position as His daughter (or son)!

In Him,
Rev. Melissa Pearce

Spiritual Authority

Shelly Hess - Authority and Agreement

What is Authority?

Dictionary.com defines authority as: 1. the power to determine, adjudicate, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control, command, or determine; 2. a person or body of persons in whom authority is vested; 3. persons having the legal power to make and enforce the law.

Today we’ll look at 4 aspects of implementing spiritual authority…

1) Take authority over your flesh

First, you must take authority over your flesh regarding your own life, so that you manage it well: “You can’t take authority over your life if you don’t have authority over a sink full of dirty dishes or a messy garage” (Joyce Meyer). The Bible tells us to be good stewards of our time, our thoughts, our words, our choices, our gifts, our money and our bodies. In other words, we are instructed to take authority over our lives, by being good managers of our lives in these ways. How are we to do this? “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6). We are to ask the Lord for His grace, His ability, to do what He has instructed us to do. We rely on the ability of God at work on the inside of us, not our flesh. In addition, we put shoe leather to the stewardship of our lives. The Bible says (1 Corinthians 3:9) that we co-labor with Christ. In other words, we work together toward the same goals. One example of a goal is, as we get authority over our thoughts and emotions, we are less likely to be led around by them. Another is, as we get authority over our bodies, we are less likely to give way to every food craving. As the definition states, taking authority over our flesh is taking control of and having jurisdiction over it.

2) Our Mindset

Second, we often walk in defeat instead of in authority that leads to victory because of our mindset. Mindsets are like the bumpers put in the gutters of bowling lanes. If they are godly, they keep us on the straight and narrow. However, if they are not, whether because they do NOT agree with the Word or because they are simply out of season and old, they act as blinders. Instead of safety nets that surround us, they become stumbling blocks we bump into that prevent a victory. Many times, we have fixed mindsets about what we can and can’t do, what we like and don’t like, how God can and cannot use us, how God will and will not do things, what others can and can’t do. Instead, we must have a growth mindset that allows us to open ourselves to other, new ways of doing things and different belief systems that still align with the Word of God. This is why we are to be good stewards of our minds and submit to the Lord. As the definition states, here we have the authority to determine our mindset. Life is not something that happens to us; we are participants, profit participants, in fact! Our actions and choices determine many outcomes in our lives.

3) Declaring God’s Will

Third, you can declare the will of God over your life because, within the Word of God, the will of God is revealed. Whenever the will of God is known, you can agree with His Word and send it forth! The definition states that authority gives you the right to command.

Jesus is quoted in Isaiah 46:10 as saying, “…My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.” Determine that you will believe the Word of God. When you believe the Word of God, whether written, prophesied over or spoken to you, when you come into agreement with the Lord and believe His Word, you are standing on it in authority, knowing that it’s the Word of the Lord alone that stands firm in the heavens (Psalm 119:89). We can go to war with the Word of God, meaning that in His name, we can declare the Word that revealed the will of God into every situation in our lives.

4) Agreement

Fourth, because of the authority given to us by Christ as His co-heirs, we are not subject to the enemy. Luke 10:19 says, “…I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy…” One major way you can exercise your authority over the enemy is by not agreeing with him but agreeing with the Lord instead. As the definition states, as a Christian, authority has been vested to me, and I have authority to enforce the law (the Truth, the Word, the power of Christ, in this context).

As you can see, there is power for defeat or victory in agreement. Do you remember when David came to the battlefield against Goliath? In 1 Samuel 17, David called Goliath an “…uncircumcised Philistine…” He did so because Israel, whom Goliath was coming against, had a covenant with God, symbolized by circumcision. Goliath did not have a covenant with God, hence the reference to him being uncircumcised. David knew the will of God. He knew who he and his people were to God. And, he agreed with the Word of the Lord concerning them. Upon that authority, he stood and the following story unfolded as a result, “David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face-down on the ground.
So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him
” (verses 45-50).

As the definition of authority states, David settled the dispute.

If there is any dispute in your mind about the Word of the Lord, settle it! You have been given the authority to agree with and determine the course of life with it!

~Shelly Hess

Taking Spiritual Authority Over the Devil

Pastor Glaze - PUT SATAN UNDER YOUR FEET

PUT SATAN UNDER YOUR FEET

“And hath put all things under his feet…” (Ephesians 1:22).

What a powerful word picture! Christ has put all things under His feet. The imagery comes from the ancient world where a king would put his foot on the neck of the enemy. This act symbolized that the enemy was in total submission to the king. In the previous verse (21), some of the things under His feet are listed—principalities, powers, might and dominion. These words refer to Satan and his demonic forces. Praise God! Jesus has put His foot on the neck of the devil and all he represents.

Later on, Paul would say the believer has to be “raised up together, and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). It stands to reason, if we are seated together with Christ in heavenly places and He has all things under His feet, we have the same authority. You can put the devil under your feet, Pete— realizing your position in Christ and walking in authority over the evil one. I heard a Christian rapper say in a song—“You don’t have to work with the shovel, you’ve got the power to step on the devil.” Let me offer three ways a believer can step on (take authority over) the devil:

By Using the Bible

Find specific verses that address the problem to believe, trust and stand on during Satanic attacks (Matthew 4:1-11). Each time that Satan tempted Jesus with something, He believed and stood on the Word of God.

By Putting on the Armor of God

We read in Ephesians 6:10-18, God has given His children a special suit of armor. To put it plainly, this armor is given so that we “may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (verse 11).

Through Implementing Prayer

After instructing the believer to put on the Armor of God, Paul says, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…” (Ephesians 6:18). What gasoline is to a car, prayer is to the armor. A car is useless without gas, and the armor is just a bunch of metal without prayer. Prayer is the key to making the armor effective in one’s battle against the devil. Prayer as a weapon against Satan is further seen in Luke 22:31-32 where Jesus told Peter, “…Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat; but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not…

Prayer:
Exalted Savior, please remind me that when I feel overwhelmed by the devil, You have given me all authority over him. Even though he has power, I serve the One Who has all power and is able to subdue the forces of darkness.

~Dr. William R. Glaze

Authority Has Been Given

Authority Has Been Given - Mary Beth Pecora | Enduring Hope Minsitries

As we focus on AUTHORITY this quarter, let’s first establish where our authority comes from as believers!

Scripture teaches: …All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me (Matthew 28:18, NIV). This ‘me’ is Jesus!

As Jesus spoke these words, He commissioned His disciples to complete the mission. The word ‘commission‘ is “an instruction, command, or duty given to a person“. These were His last words, after Jesus appeared to His disciples following His resurrection.

As He authorized them to go and make disciples in all nations, He established their authority in Him!

Let’s Look a Little Closer at This Authority

Daniel had a vision of this authority in Jesus:
In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed (Daniel 7:13-14, NIV).

Listen to the words of Jesus:

  • All things have been committed to me by my Father (Luke 10:22, NIV).
  • The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands (John 3:35, NIV).
  • You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am (John 13:13, NIV). (An instructor would normally be called ‘Teacher’ but ‘Lord’ refers to one occupying the Supreme place. Jesus accepted both titles!)
  • For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him (John 17:2, NIV).

As the Apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesians, he spoke in depth about the authority that Jesus gives to US, as believers. I recommend you read it carefully and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal things you have never before seen. I love when, as our Teacher, He does that! I join with Paul in prayer that we can achieve a new understanding about walking in the authority of Jesus Christ. While writing, he prayed:

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power (authority) is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way (Ephesians 1:17-23, NIV).

The Son of Man (JESUS) rules over everything!

As His followers, that same authority is given to us!

The Amplified Bible says: and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe… (Ephesians 1:19, AMP).

Do you believe this? Do you believe in Him? No matter what your circumstance – stand in faith and hold onto His promises – His Word. His Words are NOT empty promises! They are for YOU! As you grow as a believer, ask Jesus to point out His promises to you for your specific situation. And, when He does, hold onto them as His Word to YOU – His particular Rhema word to you.

The Lord does not want us captivated by our culture but by His love. We must not let critical comments impact how we feel; we must feel secure in Him. Do not allow yourself to be motivated by the praise of others but be motivated to praise Him above others.

May our frustration over problems be dissolved, as we trust Him. May we stand strong in trials and temptations or when the enemy tries to intimidate us. When intimidated, we are bullied.

When we walk in the authority of Christ – WE intimidate the enemy. Be fearless, knowing that Jesus has your back.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,’ says the Lord (Isaiah 54:17, NKJV).

Our heritage is our inheritance! Jesus gives this to us!

Do you understand that your authority is the Lord’s authority? No more identity crises! This is our identity in Him! If Jesus said it, I believe it! It is His Word, and He does not lie!

When times get rough, make a commitment! You WILL NOT back up, back off, back down, back out OR backslide! His authority makes you a warrior, not simply a survivor! Continue to move forward in His grace and authority!

Father, I thank You that all authority in heaven and on the earth has been given to You, Jesus –everything I encounter on this earth has to first go through You. Every attack, every negative word spoken against me – You turn it around for my good and for the good of others.

Father, I thank You that when You were resurrected, You gave that authority (that power) to us, Your body, Your church. Help us walk in that authority. Keep us humble as You release that authority and as we do exploits for You.

Lord, this authority and power is to make disciples, to bring in the harvest, to reach those who do not know and have not heard!
May we use YOUR AUTHORITY for YOUR Kingdom, to build YOUR KINGDOM – and never for our own gain!

In Jesus Name, I pray, Amen!

In His Love and Authority,
~Mary Beth Pecora

Operating from Our Core

Earlier this year, God gave me the tagline, #ChildBrideWarrior, to be used on all the social media for the ministry. Each word is simple but filled with so much power, hope and truth!

Operating from Our Core - Melissa Pearce

This phrase depicts how God sees us and how He longs for us to operate from these core truths. The dynamics of how we see ourselves and how we handle various trials and difficulties stem directly from our core.

| CHILD

Do we believe we are a child of God? “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God…” (NKJV – 1 John 3:1). When we see ourselves as a child of the Living God, it changes the dynamics of how we approach our circumstances. Too often, we get stuck in a rut. We allow our circumstances and/or situations to define us, making us believe we are defeated, unworthy, helpless and unacceptable. This is untrue! God wants us to see ourselves from His viewpoint. He wants us to see we are His children – and with Him, all things are possible!

In this season of our lives, God is removing what I call ‘the poverty spirit’ from us. A poverty spirit attacks our identity as a child and causes us to see ourselves as a victim rather than a victor. This causes us to fall into bondage. In bondage, we cannot operate in the fullness of what God has for us. In bondage, we do not operate in the authority God has given us.

How do you know if you encounter the poverty spirit? Do you see lack? A poverty spirit always sees lack. It always believes what is will always be, with no opportunity for advancement or change. It does not have hope. It believes God does not care about particular areas of your life. It believes you must always hold back because there is never going to be enough. It believes you must defend and/or provide for yourself. It believes there is no future.

We must start operating from our core.

This year, God desires to break, remove and/or restructure our thought processes concerning our approach to circumstances in our lives. God is advancing His Kingdom, and we must be ready! We must start operating from our core. Our core (inner being) gives stability and strength. If we do not have a strong core, we cannot function accordingly.

When reading Luke 15:11-32, we often view the passages as simply the story of a prodigal son. However, I would suggest that there is so much more! We see both sons had a victim mentality. They did not see themselves as their father did. Nor did they see their father in the way he intended. How often do we fall into the same trap with our Heavenly Father?

And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me’” (NKJV – Luke 15:12). This son understood he had an inheritance but did not operate in it correctly. Don’t we do this? Hasn’t God given us an inheritance as His child? Yet, we do not operate in our inheritance correctly!

When we operate correctly in our inheritance, it removes (breaks) the spirit of poverty from us. We no longer see ourselves as victims but victors! We realize we are blessed (Deuteronomy 28:1-14)! We realize we are loved, adopted, accepted, forgiven, redeemed, called and chosen (Ephesians 1:3-14)! These are not mere words but core truths we must live out and abide in. We must not allow our circumstances to detract from these core truths causing us to forfeit our inheritance. When situations arise in our lives, we approach them with confidence – confidence in God to see us through, because we know we are blessed, loved and chosen!

The older son did not realize what he possessed. He believed his relationship with his father was based on performance, not resting in the father’s unconditional love: “So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends’” (NKJV – Luke 15:29). Once again, this son operated from a victim mentality. He didn’t operate in the inheritance the father provided for him. He believed his relationship with his father was based on performance, structure and/or good deeds.

| BRIDE

This brings us to the second part of our tagline, ChildBrideWarrior. The second son didn’t operate in the grace bestowed upon him. As a bride of Christ, we are completely free in Him because of what He has done for us (Ephesians 1:3-14)! How often do we do the same with God? We strive to gain His affection? Do we fully comprehend what we possess because of our relationship with Jesus Christ? The more we rest in God’s unconditional love, the more we operate in our inheritance!

The enemy wants nothing more than for us to remain in bondage. But God needs us to start operating from our core! He wants us to realize we are His child. And as His child, He desires the best for us! He believes in us! He has provided (and will continue to provide) everything we will ever need.

| WARRIOR

When we operate from our core, it positions us to unlock the warrior within us. We have been given authority by God to rule and reign on this earth with Him! We are not a victim; we are a victor! We can do all things through Christ, Who gives us strength! Stop second-guessing yourself! Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy!

God sees us as His warriors. And, as His warriors, we fulfill His greatest conquest on earth – that is demonstrating His LOVE! God is love (1 John 4:8), and LOVE covers a multitude of sins! LOVE believes the best in others; LOVE protects the interests of others; LOVE always perseveres. In the end, LOVE never fails! There are many desperate hearts in need of Jesus; God wants to use us as His ChildBrideWarriors! The only limits are those we place upon ourselves! God already unlocked every prison door that held us captive. We must now choose to believe and receive what He has done for us!

Unleash the #ChildBrideWarrior within you! Then watch God do amazing things within (and throughout) your life!

In Him,
Rev. Melissa Pearce


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Issue #36 - December 2016

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