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July 31, 2009

A Pastor and His Son

A good reminder of God's Love.

Every Sunday afternoon, after the morning service at the church, the Pastor and his eleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out Gospel Tracts.

This particular Sunday afternoon, as it came time for the Pastor and his son to go to the streets with their tracts, it was very cold outside, as well as pouring down rain. The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said, 'OK, dad, I'm ready.'

His Pastor dad asked, 'Ready for what?'

'Dad, it's time we gather our tracts together and go out.' Dad responds, 'Son, it's very cold outside and it's pouring down rain.'

The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, 'But Dad, aren't people still going to Hell, even though it's raining?'

Dad answers, 'Son, I am not going out in this weather.' Despondently, the boy asks, 'Dad, can I go? Please?'

His father hesitated for a moment then said, 'Son, you can go. Here are the tracts, be careful son.'

'Thanks Dad!'

And with that, he was off and out into the rain. his eleven year old boy walked the streets of the town going door to door and handing everybody he met in the street a Gospel Tract.

After two hours of walking in the rain, he was soaking, bone-chilled wet and down to his VERY LAST TRACT. He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a tract to, but the streets were totally deserted.

Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up the sidewalk to the front door and rang the door bell. He rang the bell, but nobody answered. He rang it again and again, but still no one answered. He waited but still no answer.

Finally, this eleven year old trooper turned to leave, but something stopped him. Again, he turned to the door and rang the bell and knocked loudly on the door with his fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch! He rang again and this time the door slowly opened. Standing in the doorway was a very sad-looking elderly lady. She softly asked, 'What can I do for you, son?' With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, this little boy said, 'Ma'am, I'm sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you that *JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU* and I came to give you my very last Gospel Tract which will tell you all about JESUS and His great LOVE.'

With that, he handed her his last tract and turned to leave. She called to him as he departed. 'Thank you, son! And God Bless You!'

Well, the following Sunday morning in church Pastor Dad was in the pulpit. As the service began, he asked, 'Does anybody have any testimony or want to say anything?'

Slowly, in the back row of the church, an elderly lady stood to her feet. As she began to speak, a look of glorious radiance came from her face, 'No one in this church knows me. I've never been here before. You see, before last Sunday I was not a Christian. My husband passed on some time ago, leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Sunday, being a particularly cold and rainy day, it was even more so in my heart that I came to the end of the line where I no longer had any hope or will to live.

So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the attic of my home. I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof, then stood on the chair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck. Standing on that chair, so lonely and brokenhearted I was about to leap off, when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me. I thought, 'I'll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go away.' I waited and waited, but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louder and more insistent, and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly. I thought to myself again, 'Who on earth could this be? Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me.' I loosened the rope from my neck and started for the front door, all the while the bell rang louder and louder.

When I opened the door and looked I could hardly believe my eyes, for there on my front porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy I had ever seen in my life. His SMILE, oh, I could never describe it to you! The words that came from his mouth caused my heart that had long been dead, TO LEAP TO LIFE as he exclaimed with a cherub-like voice, 'Ma'am, I just came to tell you that JESUS REALLY DOES LOVE YOU.' Then he gave me this Gospel Tract that I now hold in my hand.

As the little angel disappeared back out into the cold and rain, I closed my door and read slowly every word of this Gospel Tract. Then I went up to my attic to get my rope and chair. I wouldn't be needing them any more.

You see---I am now a Happy Child of the KING. Since the address of your church was on the back of this Gospel Tract, I have come here to personally say THANK YOU to God's little angel who came just in the nick of time and by so doing, spared my soul from an eternity in hell.'

There was not a dry eye in the church. And as shouts of praise and honor to THE KING resounded off the very rafters of the building, Pastor Dad descended from the pulpit to the front pew where the little angel was seated.

He took his son in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably. Probably no church has had a more glorious moment, and probably this universe has never seen a Papa that was more filled with love & honor for his son... Except for One.

Our Father also allowed His Son to go out into a cold and dark world. He received His Son back with joy unspeakable, and as all of heaven shouted praises and honor to The King, the Father sat His beloved Son on a throne far above all principality and power and every name that is named.

Jubilee Family Church

July 28, 2009

Abiding in Christ


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John 15:5-8

John 15:5-8
5"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

1. There is a source of life and you are not it.

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

2. We have to remain in Christ and he has to remain in us if we’re to produce fruit.
Remaining in Christ
Walking in a state of constant fellowship with God
Pray continually 1 thes 4:16
Be being filled with the Holy Spirit

Fruit Production; 2 types Internal and external
Fruits of the Spirit from Galatians 5
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control.
Disciple creation

3. When we don’t abide in Christ we can do nothing. We wither like a branch that has no life. It is then worthless and disposed of.

Psalm 127:1
Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

4. When we abide in Christ we can ask whatever we want and it will be done. However our wants are now his so really we are asking what he wants.

1 John 5:14, 15
14This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5. It glorifies God when we bear fruit and SHOW ourselves to be his disciples.

1 Peter 2:12
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Jubilee Family Church

July 22, 2009

The Independence County Fair

Dear Friends,

I'm excited about all the people who are signing up to win the $100.00 giveaway from my blog. I wish everyone could win but unfortunately there will only be one winner. I'm currently at youth camp in Carlinville IL and having a blessed time working with some of our youth from Jubilee Family Church. Thanks for subscribing and verifying your e-mail address. Hopefully the material you find here will help you get closer to the Lord and we'll get to meet in person soon.

Sincerely,

Pastor Tony





Jubilee Family Church

July 19, 2009

Jubilee T.V.

Two by Two

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When hearts connect God moves in the miraculous

1 Corinthians 4:15
Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

I’ve been meditating on deliverance and different seasons of my ministry where deliverance has happened frequently and when it has happened infrequently.

Mark 6:7-13
Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. 8These were his instructions: "Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. 10Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them." 12They went out and preached that people should repent. 13They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.


1. The Calling – Jesus Called the original 12 disciples to himself and gave them instructions as to what they were to do.

2. The Sending – he sent them out ahead of him to go into the villages where he was going to preach.

3. The Administration – 2 x 2

4. The Impartation – Jesus gave the disciples authority to cast out evil spirits. They were deputized with his authority to do his work.

5. The Instructions - "Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. 10Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them."

6. The Message / Method - Repent / Anointing with oil.


7. The Results – They drove out Demons and healed the sick.

What does this mean for us today?
I’m going to talk to the modern day disciples of Jesus today. The saved and spirit filled people in this room. If you are not saved or spirit filled we will talk to you at the end but for now I want to address the believers in the building.

1. You are called
The Calling – Every believer has a calling to put people back into right relationship with the Father. We’ve all been given the ministry of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18 (God the Father) reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
Romans 11:29 29for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.

Your calling may not be to vocational ministry but you are called!

2. You have been sent
The Sending –
Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.“
City (Cape Girardeau) State, (Missouri) Country, (United States of America) and the entire globe.

3. You need ministry accountability
Matthew 18:19
19"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.

Ecclesiastes 4:12
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Proverbs 11:14
14Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

4. You have a spiritual impartation available to you
Matthew 28:17-19
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Receiving an Impartation of God from a Man
2 Kings 3:11
But Jehoshaphat asked, "Is there no prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of the LORD through him?" An officer of the king of Israel answered, "Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah. "

2 Kings 2:9,15
v9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied.
v15 The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, "The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha." And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.

5. The Instructions
“Travel Light” trusting the Lord to provide for the essentials of life.
1. 1 Timothy 5:18
For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages."
Go where you are celebrated not just tolerated.
If people don’t receive your ministry move on.

6a. Your message
Stop sinning
6b. Our Method
Anointing with Oil
James 5:14
Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.

7. Our Results
We should be casting out demons and being used to heal the sick.
These ministries are for those who want them and will press into his presence to be used in these areas.
Acts 10:34
34Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism

Luke 11:20
But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

Note: 54 our of 65 times the phrase kingdom of God is referring to a present or past kingdom. Only 11 times does it refer to a future coming kingdom.

I pray that if you need to make Jesus the Lord of your life you'll do that now. If you need an infilling of the Holy Spirit I also pray that you'll ask the God that gives generously to those who ask. Maybe you need to be healed, declare the word of the Lord over your situation or maybe you need deliverance from demonic activity. I pray that you get freedom from the spirits that are oppressing you.

Jubilee Family Church

July 15, 2009

How to Receive Healing


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The Woman with the Issue of Blood
Matthew 9:20-22
Mark 5:25-34
Luke 8:42-48

Luke 8:42-48
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45"Who touched me?" Jesus asked.
When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you."

46But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."
47Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

Points in the Story

1. Jesus is going somewhere else when the miracle takes place. He’s going to the home of a very important person. The synagogue ruler Jairus’s house to pray for his sick daughter.

2. The crowd is listed here in Luke as “crushing”. Meaning everyone else is trying to see something or get something from Jesus.

3. She heard about Jesus and reasoned from what she heard, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.“ The scriptures say specifically that she said to herself.”
This act of “saying to herself” causes her to rise up with courage to reach out to Jesus through the crowd without an appointment for a miracle even though she’s ceremonially unclean.

4. She hasn’t gotten better due to the medical care she’s received but she’s gotten worse!
The Jewish Talmud preserves a record of medicines and treatments prescribed for illnesses of this sort.

Leviticus 15:25
" 'When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period.


5. The woman is there and has suffered for 12 years and is completely broke due to her medical bills.

6. It appears that she may have snuck up behind Jesus to avoid being noticed.

7. All the faith for this miracle is in the woman. We know this because Jesus was oblivious to the woman until she touched Him. He even states, “Who touched me?” in v. 45.

8. Immediately her bleeding had stopped.

9. Jesus calling her Daughter is the only place in the scriptures where Jesus addresses a anyone as “daughter”.

The Greek word translated “healed” actually is also translated “saved.” Here both physical healing and spiritual salvation are meant. The two also appear together in Mark 2:1-12 (Jesus heals a paralytic)

SOZO is the Greek word for healing, wholeness, recovery and salvation. Healing of the body was not separated by Jesus from healing of the person, to be healed by Jesus was to receive God’s salvation. The verb Sōzein means both “to heal” and “to save”.

Salvation is a future event and is also deliverance from the dominion of sin and Satan; it is freedom to love and serve God now.

Malachi 4:2
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.

Application Points

1.If you have a need, don’t let intimidation stop you. Sometimes we see ourselves as insignificant and disqualify ourselves from receiving things from the Lord that are part of the promises of God.

2. Sometimes we have to press through the “crowd” between us and Jesus.
a. Our crowd can be thoughts, doubts, actual people etc.

3. Faith rises with meditation on the person of Jesus and confession of God’s word. This faith defeats fear that would prevent us from stepping out. We also must defeat fear to receive our miracle.

4. Unfortunately sometimes we put more trust in man’s solutions than God’s. When man lets us down and we lose hope in man we often turn to God in desperation. We should turn to God first but sometimes we don’t.

5. Turning to man for the solutions to our problems will cost us money. Turning to God will cost us everything.

6. Reaching out to Jesus even though you are afraid is O.K. just reach out with resolve and determination. The definition of courage is - firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty. Being afraid but doing it anyway!

7. Faith is the key component in our lives that unlocks the supernatural from God. Faith that is founded upon the will and word of God and causes action on our part. This is the type of faith we need to have also.

8. True faith always moves God to action! If you don’t get your miracle, examine your faith.

9. How you reach out to Jesus is what he will give you. If you receive him as Father then he will call you son/daughter. If you see him as friend then he will receive you as a friend. If you see him as a historical figure than that’s what he will be to you.

Jubilee Family Church

July 8, 2009

Lessons from Jabez and Jethro

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New Territory

1 Chronicles 4:10
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request.

The Word of the Lord for us at Jubilee Family Church can be broken down into the title.
New Territory

I believe there is new territory in the natural and in the Spirit. I believe if we as a church walk in obedience to God’s voice. We’ll take new territory for the Kingdom of God.
New Territory means new people and new lands.
It means the flow of God’s Spirit is going to be different than what we’ve experienced in the past.

(I’d never experienced Holy Laughter before it happened to me. Some people had problems with it when it was happening.)

Dealing with fear of the Unknown and a lack of familiarity.

We all have patterns we’ve developed over the years that help us define what is ministry but the newness of what God is going to do is going to cause some to say, “We’ve never done it that way before.”

Religious Spirit
Doing it the way we’ve always done it simply because we’ve always done it that way.
It’s human to want to build a shrine around what God is doing in the right now and if he did it 10 years ago there may be a shrine in our hearts about the past right now.

The Experience
Mark 9:2-7
2After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
The Proper Response
5Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." 6(He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
7Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!"

The Contrast

Building Shelters around the move of God to memorialize it
Or
Listening to the Voice of God


Proper Administration of Growth (Exodus 18)
17 Moses' father-in-law replied, "What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people's representative before God and bring their disputes to him.

20 Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform. 21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.

22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied."

Before the work becomes too heavy it’d be good if people who are hearing from the Lord about getting involved could find their place of purpose and function in the church and begin to operate in that.

1. Training
If you are interested in getting involved in some component of ministry here let me know and we can set up a time or a series of times to talk and look into training to help prepare you.

2. Qualifications
Capability – you have the capability or the train ability to learn how to handle a certain percentage of a certain ministry.

3. Fear of the Lord – Moses was to select men who feared the Lord.

Proverbs 15:33
The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.


4. Trustworthy – worthy of confidence, dependable.

5. Hate dishonest gain – Men & women who know how to handle their business with integrity. These type of people will handle God’s ministry the same way.

Abilities - People have different levels of ability and character to handle different things. Some can handle more than others. What matters if faithfulness!
Thousands
Hundreds
Fifties
Tens

Why don't people get involved?
The Components of the Sidelines
Safety
Solace
Security

No Success
No Satisfaction

The Word of the Lord for some is…Prayerfully consider getting involved in some facet of the ministries of Jubilee Family Church. If God is speaking to your heart to get involved we want to help facilitate your involvement.

Jubilee Family Church

July 6, 2009