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Pray Circles Around Your Future and Fears

Praying Circles Around Your Future and Fears.

 

City on a Hill Church’s new sermon series Circles: Praying Circles Around Your Future and Fears.

We want to invite you to join together with your church family asking God to do the impossible and improbable in us and through us individually and collectively. As we seek to build, become and be a city within a city reaching our city with the life changing message of Jesus Christ one life at a time. We want to begin 2012 by inviting everyone to join us in ”

The Daniel Fast”. It is an invitation to engage in a spiritual discipline that connects or reconnects us to God for 21 days.

Our goal is to pray circles around the future God has intended for us as we seek His face. Jeremiah 29:11-13 teaches us that God has a future and a plan for us and it can be discovered as we seek Him. Romans 12:1-2 teaches us that we can know the perfect pleasing will of God as we offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God and become transformed by the renewing of our minds. We are praying that God would do a mighty work in us. We are praying that after God has accomplished that mighty work in us He would then do a mighty work through us affecting the lives of family, friends, neighbors, those spiritually lost and far from God and those wanderers who have become distant from God. We are fasting and praying to see hundreds of lives changed. We are believing for 1000 souls in Jesus name. We are boldly asking for miracles, signs, and wonders confirming the Word of God. We are praying and believing for salvations, healings and deliverances to the glory of God.

Pastor Mike will be preaching a four week series inspired by heroes of faith in the Bible and Mark Batterson’s new book The Circle Maker. During the series Pastor Mike encourages everyone to read the chapters of scripture presented each week, complete the study guide as a weekly devotion or with a few friends as a small group. Begin circling your future and your fears in prayer by making a list of what you want to see God do in your life and through your life. Pray circles around the future of City on a Hill Church asking God to pour out His Holy Spirit upon our church and city convicting people of their sin and convincing them of their need for a Savior. Pastor Mike will also be sharing some specific requests concerning City on a Hill Church’s future throughout the series and inviting everyone to circle these requests in prayer as well.

What an incredible way to begin the New Year fasting, praying and seeking God’s face individually and collectively as the body of Christ! We know this is going to be a huge challenge. We also know we are going to experience God in ways we have only dreamed about over those 21 days. Our worship gatherings are going to be intensified by our pursuit of the Savior Jesus Christ, the empowering of the Holy Spirit, and the favor of God the Father.

Who:

The entire City on a Hill Church family will be invited and encouraged to participate in the fast and we are asking our Ministry Team and small groups to join us as we seek God during this exciting season.

When:

Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 6 pm: Begin the “Daniel Fast”.

Sunday January 29, 2012 at 6 pm: Break the Fast!

What:

The Daniel Fast is a partial fast, which means that we will eliminate some common things from our daily diet, but will have generous options available. We will focus on eating fruits and vegetables that are pure and simple. We have included a list of foods to eat and foods to avoid.

*If you have any known medical conditions or suspect such conditions, consult your doctor before beginning the fast.

How:

There are multiple online resources available on the Daniel Fast. One thing you’ll notice is that there are many ways to do the fast. This is, in part, due to the lack of clarity in the bible as to exactly what Daniel did during his fast. However, to keep it simple, we will include in a booklet what City on a Hill Church will be doing during the fast and some of the resources we will be using. This fast will require preparation as most meals will be made from scratch. We will have some recipes available online.

Resources:

www.christ-web.com/missions/farho/daniel-fast

www.danielfast.wordpress.com/

www.hacres.com/recipes/recipes.asp

Levels of Participation:

Twice in the book of Daniel a fast is mentioned. Once is for 21 days and the second for 10 days. We are asking our Ministry Team to join in the 21 day fast but if circumstance won’t allow the full fast, we ask that you would set aside 10 days during the fast to join us in prayer and fasting.

Booklets will be provided January 8 during our services. It is our sincere prayer that you will begin praying about joining together with your church family believing God for the impossible and improbable to His glory.

Love and Blessings,

Pastor Mike

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in COAH

 

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Remember, Rehearse, Rejoice

Last Friday I climbed my mountain, the fort at Fort DeSoto, to be alone with God. This has been my place of meeting with Jesus for the past two years. On Friday there was something different happening in my heart and spirit. As I climbed the steps to the climb I was getting flashbacks on January 2010. Each step seemed to create even more vivid memories of prayers prayed. The feeling was quite overwhelming because with these memories came intense emotions that were attached. The feelings of desperation, uncertainty, faith and expectation were flooding my memory and taking me back. I began to rehearse some of the prayers I had prayed. I began to rehearse the feelings of uncertainty as I looked over my shoulder at the past two years. I began to rejoice openly and unashamedly at the miraculous journey I have been on. I feel like I have been on a 24 month roller coaster ride with God as the attendant giving me the ride of my life. I recalled the circles I had walked at the top of that fort crying out to God for my healing, calling and vision. I remembered writing down my dream and then watching the dream written on paper come to life in ways I could never ask, think, dream or imagine. I rehearsed the miracles Native Sun warehouse, Willis Johns Recreation Center, 85 member Launch Team, a huge sound system donated, a travel trailer donated, a second sound system donated, 45 showing up to our first Launch Team meeting, growing to 85 on the Launch Team before we opened, God holding back the rain at our first baptism, 80 baptized in the first 16 months, and the list goes on and on of God’s hand of favor and His amazing grace. I just stopped asking and started rejoicing and my rejoicing turned into PREJOICING! No, I didn’t spell it wrong I began PREJOICING over what God is going to do. This is just the beginning for us. The past two weeks God has been preparing my heart and challenging me to dream bigger than I ever have before. My dream has been expanded far beyond the borders of my imagination. God has stoked the fires of my imagination and placed in my heart an impossible and improbable dream. This excites me to no end. This fires me up like never before. Why? Because this dream is so big in can never happen without God. This dream is so audacious that it can’t happen without audacious faith in a supernatural God. As I looked over my shoulder at the past two years I realized I had been here before. It was deja vu all over again:) Two years ago all I had was Jesus and a dream. The odds were stacked against me. The statistics were not in my favor but God was and is! I climbed that mountain last Friday and I began to remember my story which is now a part of HIS-tory, I rehearsed the past 19 months and the salvations, miracles, signs, and wonders, I rejoiced in my God and my Savior and the work of His hands. What about you today? I encourage you to look over your shoulder. Review your prayer lists. What has God done? What is God doing in your life? Circle the wagons around your dreams. Circle the wagons around your hurts. Remember God’s grace, Rehearse His good deeds in your life, rejoice that He isn’t done with you. Be encouraged!

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in COAH

 

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A Church on Our Knees

Last week I picked up a copy of Mark Batterson’s book The Circle Maker. It was right on time for this season in my life. Mark is a church planter and pastor and in his book challenges us and reminds us of the significance and necessity of fervent, consistent prayer. The past few weeks I have had divine direction to leave the office and go to my place of prayer and pray over my life, my family, City on a Hill Church, COAH’s Ministry Team, and our city. I picked this book up “by chance” last Friday while in the bookstore. As we all know nothing happens by chance it was a divine interruption, a divine intersection for me. I am 19 months into this sovereign move of God called City on a Hill Church. I know beyond the shadow of a doubt we would not be experiencing what we have experienced without consistent, fervent prayer. This church was planted out of a season of prayer and fasting like never before. City on a Hill Church has seen miracle after miracle and provision after provision because of God’s grace and consistent, fervent prayer. I myself can honestly say I have never been closer to my God, Savior, and King Jesus in my entire life because of consistent, fervent prayer. The Circle Maker challenged me to “look over my shoulder” at all that God has done in and through my life and the life of City on a Hill Church. I found myself weeping tears of joy and celebrating this beautiful yet brutal journey in church planting and pastoring. I know this hasn’t just been my prayers but the prayers of a church on our knees. I have had a faithful group of men and women consistently and fervently praying over me, my family, and this church. For that I am forever grateful to you [you know who you are]. Reading The Circle Maker over the past few days has re-ignited my fire and re-stoked the flames of my imagination to dream even bigger than before and to make big asks of God like never before all to His glory of course. On Friday after reading a few chapters I got into my car and drove a huge circle around the city praying for the lost to be found and wanderers to come home. I asked for God to transform the lost and wanderer into disciple making disciples and send them as missionaries back into every culture in our city to His glory. I staked my claim over this city in Jesus name and walked properties, some abandoned and some occupied trusting God for what I know He has promised, a permanent home for City on a Hill Church. All the while I praised, thanked, glorified, and exalted Him for our 11,000 square foot miracle on Dr. MLK street North. I “looked over my shoulder” and rehearsed the day I walked into the Willis Johns Recreation center and heard Brad Rice call out my name. I smiled and treasured in my heart that God had removed my reservations [UNCERTAINTY] because He already had reservations [A place to call home] for COAH. I drove by our current home and prayed over the building and the staff fervently. As I drove through the city God expanded my vision and gave my dreams, dreams:) I dreamed of all the ways we could serve God in a permanent location. I prayed over and drew circles around a youth development/mentoring program, martial arts program, School of Urban Missions [Seminary], Wednesday night services with a full compliment of ministries for the family, counseling center, car care clinic for single moms, after school program, Christian school and more! I told you it was a God sized dream. I prayed circles around the future impact it would have on this city, region, and ultimately the world. I prayed circles around the promise I feel and has been confirmed in the hearts of numerous people over the past 19 months concerning a debt free building given to us or purchased for us to the glory of God. You see my dreams are all debt free dreams. We have committed as a church to never be a slave to the lender which means if we don’t have the resources to buy it outright than we don’t buy it. I believe in my heart that our miracle is coming. Just putting it in writing takes great faith. I know full well one day I will “look over my shoulder” and pull this blog up to rehearse the good deeds of God. I have a “sun stand still” faith and audacious faith requires audacious action. Let me encourage you today to “look over your shoulder” at what God has done in, for, and through you and then turn your eyes toward the future and begin praying circles around your God ordained dreams. One day we will celebrate together all that He has done! Here is what I know, all of this can and will happen if City on a Hill Church is a Church on our knees. All that has happened and all that ever will happen will be birthed through consistent, fervent prayer. Draw your circles today. Got to go I got some praying to do:) Be encouraged!

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2011 in COAH

 

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