ENCOUNTER THE CROSS

The ENCOUNTER THE CROSS was started in World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with Pastor Larry Stockstill. Dorman Duggan at New Life Restoration in Hereford, Texas, and a group of people from that congregation were seeking how to do home groups. In this process we discovered the Encounters and started them as part of the base path to leadership. Part of the World Prayer Center congregation came to Hereford and trained us how to start them in our area. We did Encounters for five years in the Hereford area and saw many people saved and set free.

Then God called us to Lubbock in 2000, and we started the Encounters in the Lubbock area. God has blessed this effort as we are now doing five Encounters a year in the Lubbock area. Curtis Ward is doing four per year in the Sweetwater area. We have trained leaders in South Africa, Thailand and Transnistria as well, where people are being blessed. Our format is with men and women sitting in equal table groups, where discussion can happen after each talk. This is where most ministry takes place, as people share personal experiences of how the Great Exchange has exchange them. All of the talks are directed to who Jesus has paid for us to be through the Holy Spirit. Come join us to see what Jesus has for you!

Roller Coaster

Roller Coaster

ROLLER COASTER

TESTIMONIES.. NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY TO GET AWAY FROM GOD…
I JUST WALKED AWAY…. THE WORLD IS JUST PILING UPON  ME!…I’M BUSY
WHAT DOES THE  WORLD OFFER MORE THAN JESUS
1. ESCAPE..TRUST MYSELF TO GET RID OF THIS FOR ONLY A MINUTE!

Jeremiah 17:5-6  Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.   For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. 

Proverbs 1:33 But the one who always listens to me will live undisturbed in a heavenly peace. Free from fear, confident and courageous, you will rest unafraid and sheltered from the storms of life.

John 14:27 “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!

2. EXCUSES…  GOD IT’S NOT WORKING

1 Corinthians 10:13 We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously.

Mar 11:23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.

3. EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING WHAT THEY WANT!
WHAT IS THE WORLD TELLING YOU?

1John 2:15-17  Don’t set the affections of your heart on this world or in loving the things of the world. The love of the Father and the love of the world are incompatible. For all that the world can offer us—the gratification of our flesh, the allurement of the things of the world, and the obsession with status and importance —none of these things come from the Father but from the world. This world and its desires are in the process of passing away, but those who love to do the will of God live forever.

Psalm 18:48 He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man.

John 21:22  Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. 

4. THIS WAY SEEMS EASIER..NO TRIALS

Psalm 23:4 Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace.  The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near. Lord, even when your path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.

James 1:2My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.

Philippians 4:11 I’m not telling you this because I’m in need, for I have learned to be satisfied in any circumstance. 12–13 I know what it means to lack, and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty.

Joshua 24:15  And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

Fire

Fire

FIRE

1Peter 4:12  Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 
1Pe 4:13  but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Ephesians 6:12 Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage. Because of this, you must wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer, for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious.

GUARD AGAINST THESE IN THE FIRE!

COMPARING
2Corinthians 10:12 For we do not dare to rank or compare ourselves with some of the ones commending themselves. But they, measuring themselves among themselves, and comparing themselves to themselves, are not perceptive.
                                   
THOUGHTS
2 Corinthians 10:5 We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One.
Pro 23:7 for as he thinks in his heart, so is he;
ACTIONS
Jeremiah 17:5  Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. 
John 5:30 I can do nothing of My own self. As I hear, I judge, and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of the Father who has sent Me.

FRESH FIRE
Moses burning bush= Acacia=produces a volatile amount fumes which ignites but goes out quickly
Exodus 3:2  And the Angel of Jehovah appeared to him in a flame of fire, out of the midst of a thorn bush. And he looked. And behold! The thorn bush burned with fire! And the thorn bush was not burned up.
Exodus 3:3  And Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the thorn bush is not burned up.
Exodus 3:4  And Jehovah saw that he had turned aside to see. God called to him out of the midst of the thorn bush, and said, Moses! Moses! And he said, Here I am.

3 THINGS FOR FRESH FIRE ………..I LIKE TO MESS WITH FIRE
1 FRESH WOOD NOT OLD WOOD, OLD WOOD BURN UP FAST!

Luke 3:16 John answered all, saying, I indeed baptize you with water, but He who is mightier than I comes, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to loose. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire,
2Crinthians  5:17 So that if anyone is in Christ, that one is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

 Act 2:4 And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 Psalm 92:10 But You shall lift up my horn as the wild ox; and I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

2. TRUST THE FIRE=BELIEVE
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.
Pro 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Pro 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

2Corinthians 1:9-10 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, so that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;
2Co 1:10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver; in whom we trust that He will yet deliver us,

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

John 7:38 He who believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” WHAT IS COMING OUT OF YOUR BELLY?

  1Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect the gift in you, which was given you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the body of elders.

3.  STOKE THE FIRE= STIR IT UP
Mat 9:33 And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb one spoke. And multitudes marveled, saying, Never was it seen like this in Israel!

  1Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect the gift in you, which was given you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the body of elders.

FRUSTRATION BRINGS APATHY

 Matthew 3:12  His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 

  2Ti 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
  2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
DEVIL WILL TRY TO PUT FEAR IN YOU

 Act 26:2 I think myself happy

Isa 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels

 Act 3:6  But Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!
 Act 3:7  And taking him by the right hand, he lifted him up. And immediately his feet and ankle-bones received strength.
 Act 3:8  And leaping up, he stood and walked and entered with them into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God.

THEY STIRRED THEMSELVES UP

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO STIR UP THIS MORNING?

Rom 1:11  For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established

Basics

Basics

BASICS

1 Corinthians 2:2  For while I was with you I was determined to be consumed with one topic—Jesus, the crucified Messiah.
2 Corinthians 5:21  For God made the only one who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we who did not know righteousness might become the righteousness of God through our union with him.
John 3:3-8 Jesus answered, “I speak an eternal truth: Unless you are born of water and Spirit-wind, you will never enter God’s kingdom realm. For the natural realm can only give birth to things that are natural, but the spiritual realm gives birth to supernatural life!
“You shouldn’t be amazed by my statement, ‘You must be born from above!’ For the Spirit-wind blows as it chooses. You can hear its sound, but you don’t know where it came from or where it’s going. So it is within the hearts of those who are Spirit-born!”

Acts 1:8  But I promise you this the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be filled with power. And you will be my messengers to Jerusalem, throughout Judea, the distant provinces —even to the remotest places on earth!”

Mark 16:15 And he said to them, “As you go into all the world, preach openly the wonderful news of the gospel to the entire human race! Whoever believes the good news and is baptized will be saved, and whoever does not believe the good news will be condemned. And these miracle signs will accompany those who believe: They will drive out demons in the power of my name. They will speak in tongues. They will be supernaturally protected from snakes and from drinking anything poisonous. And they will lay hands on the sick and heal them.”

Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and he has anointed me to be hope for the poor, freedom for the brokenhearted, and new eyes for the blind, and to preach to prisoners, ‘You are set free!’ I have come to share the message of Jubilee, for the time of God’s great acceptance has begun.”

John 19:  When he had sipped the sour wine, he said, “It is finished, my bride!” Then he bowed his head and surrendered his spirit to God.

MAN WILL ALWAYS COME UP WITH NEW STUFF OUT OF THEMSELVES!
MAINLY OUT OF WORKS! STUFF THAT DOES NOT MATTER!

Acts 5:33-39 When they heard this, they were infuriated and determined to murder them. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a noted religious professor who was highly respected by all, stood up. He gave orders to send the apostles outside. Then he said to the council, “Men of Israel, you need to be very careful about how you deal with these men. Some time ago there was a man named Theudas who rose up claiming to be somebody. He had a following of about four hundred men, but when he was killed, all of his followers were scattered, and nothing came of it. “After him, in the days of the census, another man rose up, Judas the Galilean, who got people to follow him in a revolt. He too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered. So in this situation, you should just leave these men to themselves. For if this plan or undertaking originates with men, it will fade away and come to nothing. But if this movement is of God, you won’t be able to stop it. And you might discover that you were fighting God all along!”

 

DON’T GET TO THINKING ABOUT WRONG STUFF

 

2 Corinthians 10:5   We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience.

1 Corinthians 2:2   For while I was with you I was determined to be consumed with one topic—Jesus, the crucified Messiah.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24    Now, may the God of peace and harmony set you apart, making you completely holy. And may your entire being—spirit, soul, and body—be kept completely flawless in the appearing of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. The one who calls you by name is trustworthy and will thoroughly complete his work in you.

Revelation 22:18-21  I testify to everyone who hears the prophetic words of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone subtracts from the prophetic words of this book, God will remove his portion from the Tree of Life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
The one who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the holy believers. Amen!

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

IT IS TIME FOR A NEW BEGINNING!!!

 

You have heard it said, “Good is the enemy of Great”
Israelites are a great example
Egyptians in slavery – Exodus 1:14  And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage—in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor. 
GOD SENDS MOSES––Exodus 3:8  So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey.

GOD DELIVERS THEM WITH GREAT FAVOR – Exodus 12:36  And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians. 

GOD PERFORMS MIRACLES
Crossing of Red Sea – Exodus 14:21-28
Bitter water to sweet – Exodus 15:23-25
Manna – Exodus 16:13-15 Everyday!

GOD ORDERS THEM TO GO POSSESS THE LAND  Deuteronomy 1:8 –  See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—to give to them and their descendants after them.’ 

OUT OF FEAR AND COMFORT, THEY STAYED WHERE THEY WERE
Deuteronomy 1:25-26  They also took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us; and they brought back word to us, saying, ‘It is a good land which the LORD our God is giving us.’   “Nevertheless you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God; 

A GREAT LEADER (MOSES) dies – Deuteronomy 34:5
Deuteronomy 34:7 –Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.
Deuteronomy 34:10-12 – no one has arisen since like Moses — more written about him than anyone but Jesus

ALL DIE OFF EXCEPT JOSHUA AND CALEB Num 14:30  Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.

THIS WAS A GOOD TIME THEY HAD EXPERIENCED!!!

God begins the next chapter in their history with a simple sentence
Joshua 1:2 – Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel

JOSHUA TAKES OVER
Joshua 1:1-4  After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:  “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel.  Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.  From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 

It was time to realize that while things had been really good, it was now time to move on!
Life is full of transitions – some of which we have control over and some of which we don’t Either way, we must realize, the past is behind us and God is calling us to move on
A good or a bad past – it is the past
 Philippians  3:13-14  I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus

       He has called us to arise TODAY and BEGIN FRESH!!
Isa 60:1  Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. 
Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway

God desires us to walk in His best TODAY
Luke 15:22  But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet

3 THINGS THAT STOP US

1. Living in yesterday
2. Hanging onto things that are not of God
3. Walking in fear

Joshua 1:2-3Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, to the children of Israel.
Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

Isa 43:18  “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.
Isa 43:19  Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year

Is it me or is time flying by. Seems like yesterday we were planning our year out and now we have completed another one and we would like to thank you for your partnership. Because of you many were saved, healed, free from demon oppression and stepped into the Great Exchange of who they are!

This year took us to Uganda with River of Hope. We held a pastors and children’s conference in Mohorro Uganda, which is in the northwest part of the country. Pastor Vincent and his pastors made us feel right at home and allowed us to pour into them and the children. We were especially excited to watch the young men and women minister to the youth, it was a great success!

Next we partnered with Gary and Jane Ann Casey, Gateway missions, Doug and Lisa Barber Loving People Enough Ministry, Tab Daniel, and Danny and Lea Cay Farr to Transnistria to help train pastors to do The Encounter the Cross. We have testimony at the end and my people were set free and healed. We were also blessed to preach in local churches and were able to see 25 people get saved and more set free. Pastor Yuri has a great work going on and Holy Spirit is moving.

Church on the Rock Trip, Jennifer and I , Gary and Jane Ann Casey, Paul and Lavila Henry, Janie Gomez, and Tom Dutton. We were able to preach in local churches and see Holy Spirit move in miracles, signs and wonders. One of the pastors received instant healing of deafness in her left ear; another man at the same meeting was in intense pain and was using a walker. God touched him, he set his walker to the side and ran 2 miles totally pain free. We had a great time and started new relationships with several new pastor and churches

Our last trip was to Colombia.  When we go to Colombia, we are going home and Pastor Leo and Maria Grisales always make us welcome. Gary Casey, Randy Voight, Ed Ainsworth, and myself held a pastors 2 day conference. We have really grown to love these men and women in Medellin. We expect to see the growth to continue as we are returning each year. Some great news; Leo got married to a beautiful young lady name Silvana Vives in December.  We are so excited for them and speak blessings on them.

We are planning for next year; keep us in your prayers as Holy Spirit guides us. We would like to thank you again for all of you support and prayers. As we go, you go, and all we touch, you touch! Thanks again and God bless!

LOVE Y’ALL
ROYCE & JENNIFER

Blazing Arrows

Blazing Arrows

BLAZING ARROWS

BOOK OF EPHESIANS LAYS OUT WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST

Eph 6:10  Now my beloved ones, I have saved these most important truths for last: Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of his explosive power flowing in and through you.
FOR LAST……..AFTER WE ARE IN CHRIST
SUPERNATURALLY INFUSED= ONE

Eph.6:11 Put on God’s complete set of armor provided for us, so that you will be protected as you fight against the evil strategies of the accuser!

THIS IS ONE TIME EXPERIENCE! PUT IT ON, LEAVE IT ON!

Eph.6:12 Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage
PRINCIPALITIES=APPLICATIONS, ORDER, TIME, PLACE, RANK.
AUTHORITIES IN REBELLION=DELEGATED INFLUENCE
DEMON GODS=WORLD RULER, EPITHET OF SATAN
EVIL SPIRITS=MALICE, SIN

Eph.6:13 Because of this, you MUST wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer, for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious.
BECAUSE OF THIS=ALWAYS
PROTECTED=STAND AGAINST
DESTINED = PLANNED
RISE VICTORIOUS =ABIDE

Eph.6:14 Put on truth as a belt to strengthen you to stand in triumph. Put on holiness as the protective armor that covers your heart.
TRUTH= NOTHING HIDDEN
HOLINESS= RIGHTEOUSNESS

Eph.6:15 Stand on your feet alert, then you’ll always be ready to share the blessings of peace.
STAND= ABIDE
BLESSINGS= GOD’S WILL

Eph.6:16 In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the Evil One!
FAITH= WHAT YOU BELIEVE
BLAZING ARROWS, =ACTIONS, WORDS, THOUGHTS
SHIELD=PORTAL, DOOR= a way of escape
1 Corinthians 10:13 We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously.

Eph.6:17 Embrace the power of salvation’s full deliverance, like a helmet to protect your thoughts from lies. And take the mighty razor-sharp Spirit-sword of the spoken Word of God.
HELMET=ENCIRCLEMENT

SPOKEN WORD! ENOUGH SAID!

Pray passionately in the Spirit, as you constantly intercede with every form of prayer at all times
Eph.6:18 Pray the blessings of God upon all his believers. And pray also that God’s revelation would be released through me every time I preach the wonderful mystery of the hope-filled gospel.

Eph 6:19 And pray also that God’s revelation would be released through me every time I preach the wonderful mystery of the hope-filled gospel. Yes, pray that I may preach the wonderful news of God’s kingdom with bold freedom at every opportunity.

Eph.6:20 Even though I am chained as a prisoner, I am his ambassador
AMBASSADOR =  ACT AS A REPRESENTATIVE
Romans 8:37 Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

GROWING PAINS

 

WHO ELSE REMEMBERS GROWING PAINS IN YOUR VISION?

 


THEY ARE NORMAL, STRETCHING, BUILDING MUSCLE & BONE MAKES US FORGET WE ARE GROWING

 

2 Corinthians 6: 1-13 Now, since we are God’s coworkers, we beg you not to take God’s marvelous grace for granted, allowing it to have no effect on your lives. For he says, I listened to you at the time of my favor. And the day when you needed salvation, I came to your aid. So can’t you see? Now is the time to respond to his favor! Now is the day of salvation! We will not place obstacles in anyone’s way that hinder them from coming to salvation so that our ministry will not be discredited. Yet, as God’s servants, we prove ourselves authentic in every way. For example: We have great endurance in hardships and in persecutions. We don’t lose courage in a time of stress and calamity. We’ve been beaten many times, imprisoned, and found ourselves in the midst of riots. We’ve endured many troubles,  had sleepless nights, and gone hungry. We have proved ourselves by our lifestyles of purity, by our spiritual insights, by our patience, and by showing kindness, by the Spirit of holiness and by our uncritical love for you. We commend ourselves to you by our truthful teachings, by the power of God working through us, and with the mighty weapons of righteousness—a sword in one hand and a shield in the other. Amid honor or dishonor, slander or praise—even when we are treated as deceivers and imposters—we remain steadfast and true. We are unknown nobodies whom everyone knows.

We are frequently at death’s door, yet here we are, still alive! We have been severely punished yet not executed. We may suffer, yet in every season we are always found rejoicing. We may be poor, yet we bestow great riches on many. We seem to have nothing, yet in reality we possess all things. My friends at Lubbock, our hearts are wide open to you and we speak freely, holding nothing back from you. If there is a block in our relationship, it is not with us, for we carry you in our hearts with great love, yet you still withhold your affections from us. So I speak to you as our children. Make room in your hearts for us as we have done for you.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he who keeps the law, he is blessed.

THIS IS WHERE GOD HAS CALLED US

Ephesians 4:11-13 And he has appointed some with grace to be apostles, and some with grace to be prophets, and some with grace to be evangelists, and some with grace to be pastors, and some with grace to be teachers. And their calling is to nurture and prepare all the holy believers to do their own works of ministry, and as they do this they will enlarge and build up the body of Christ. These grace ministries will function until we all attain oneness in the faith, until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God, and finally we become one perfect man with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity and fully developed in the abundance of Christ.

 AREAS FOR GROWING

1. LOVE

John 13:34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another
Pro 10:12  Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

1Corinthians 13:13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

2 .HEARING…… NOT JUST SPIRIT!

2Peter 3:3First off, you need to know that in the last days, mockers are going to have a heyday. Reducing everything to the level of their puny feelings, 2Peter 3:4they’ll mock, “So what’s happened to the promise of his Coming? Our ancestors are dead and buried, and everything’s going on just as it has from the first day of creation. Nothing’s changed.”
2Peter 3:5  They conveniently forget that long ago all the galaxies and this very planet were brought into existence out of watery chaos by God’s word.

John 16:13  However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth. For He shall not speak of Himself, but whatever He hears, He shall speak. And He will announce to you things to come.

Jeremiah 33: 3 Call unto me and I will show you great and mighty things.

John 10:27  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

3. OBEY

1Samuel  15:22  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of ram.

Luke 7:8  For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

Luke 7:9  When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

IF IT IS IMPOSSIBLE IT PROBABLY GOD

Mark 9:23  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Colossians 1:5 Your faith and love rise within you as you access all the treasures of your inheritance stored up in the heavenly realm. For the revelation of the true gospel is as real today as the day you first heard of our glorious hope, now that you have believed in the truth of the gospel.

Philippians 3:14 I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.

HAVE YOU LOST YOUR VISION?……..BUSY= BROUGHT UNDER SATAN YOKE!
Psalm 92:10 Your anointing has made me strong and mighty.
You’ve empowered my life for triumph
by pouring fresh oil over me.

Resurrection

Resurrection

RESURRECTION

Last weekend people experienced this

JESUS CAME INTO TOWN AS A KING

Luk 19:35 –36 They brought the colt to Jesus. Then they placed their prayer shawls on its back, and Jesus rode it as he descended the Mount of Olives toward Jerusalem. As he rode along, people spontaneously threw their prayer shawls on the path in front of him like a carpet.

As soon as he got to the bottom of the Mount of Olives, the crowds of his followers shouted with a loud outburst of ecstatic joy over all the mighty wonders of power they had witnessed. They shouted over and over, “Highest praises to God for the one who comes as King in the name of the Lord! Heaven’s peace and glory from the highest realm now comes to us!”
Some Jewish religious leaders who stood off from the procession said to Jesus, “Teacher, you must order your followers at once to stop saying these things!”

Jesus responded, “Listen to me. If my followers were silenced, the very stones would break forth with praises!”
GOOD TIME TO TAKE OVER

MARY ANOINTS JESUS FOR BURIAL

Mat 26:12 For in putting ointment on My body, she did it for My burial.

LORDS SUPPER

Luk 22:19 And He took bread and gave thanks, and He broke it and gave it to them, saying, This is My body which is given for you, this do in remembrance of Me.

Luk 22:20 In the same way He took the cup, after having dined, saying, This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is being poured out for you.

Luk 22:21 But, behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table.

JESUS SURRENDERS HIS SOUL

Mat 26:38 Then He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Wait here and watch with Me.

JESUS BROUGHT BEFORE HIGH PRIEST

Mar 14:53 And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.

Mar 14:54 And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire

Mar 14:55 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none

Mark 14:62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

JESUS BROUGHT BEFORE PONTIUS PILATE & HEROD…MIRACLES

Mat 27:2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Mar 15:2 And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto him, Thou sayest it.

Mar 15:12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?

Mar 15:13 And they cried out again, Crucify him.

Mar 15:14 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.

Matthew 27:25 And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”

SAME PEOPLE WHO WERE CHEERING HIM EARLIER

Mar 15:15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

JESUS PAID FOR OUR BODIES AT THE WHIPPING POST

John 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

John 19:18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

John 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

JESUS PAID FOR OUR SPIRITS ON THE CROSS

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Mark 15:37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.

Mar 15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

Matthew 27:52

And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

GOD IS OUT OF THE BOX!

Mar 16:1-6 On the first day of the week, as the Sabbath was ending, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jacob, and Salome made their way to the tomb. It was very early in the morning as the first streaks of light were beginning to be seen in the sky. They had purchased aromatic embalming spices so that they might anoint his body. And they had been asking one another, “Who can roll away the heavy stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they arrived, they discovered that the very large stone that had sealed the tomb was already rolled away! And as they stepped into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right, dressed in a long white robe. The women were startled and amazed. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you’re here looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here—he has risen victoriously! Look! See the place where they laid him.

GOD HAD A NEW PLACE TO STAY

Act 2:1-4 On the day Pentecost was being fulfilled, all the disciples were gathered in one place. Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them. They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in tongues—empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned!

Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and he has anointed me to be hope for the poor, freedom for the brokenhearted, and new eyes for the blind, and to preach to prisoners, ‘You are set free!’ I have come to share the message of Jubilee, for the time of God’s great acceptance has begun.”

Hell

Hell

HELL

American who believe in God and hell
1968 66% believe in hell……. 98% believe in God
2018 64%  believe in hell…… 79% believe in God
41% CALL THEMSELVES BORN AGAIN
58% Millennia’s believe in God
Hell = the nether realm of the devil and the demons in which condemned people suffer everlasting punishment
LIES FROM THE DEVIL
Hell Scares Off Spiritual Seekers

Hell Sounds Harsh

Hell Doesn’t Feel Fair

Deuteronomy 32:22  For a fire is kindled in My anger, And shall burn to the lowest hell; It shall consume the earth with her increase, And set on fire the foundations of the mountains. 

Matthew 25:41  “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels

2Peter 2:4  For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 

2Peter  2:5  and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 

2Peter 2:6  and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 

2Peter2:7  and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 

2Peter 2:8  (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— 

2Peter 2:9  then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 

2Peter 2:10  and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 

2Peter 2:11  whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord. 

1Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 

Rev 3:5  He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 

Rev 20:15  And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. 

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “I speak an eternal truth: Unless you are born of water and Spirit-wind, you will never enter God’s kingdom realm. For the natural realm can only give birth to things that are natural, but the spiritual realm gives birth to supernatural life!

Luk 18:28  Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.” 

Luk 18:29  So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 

Luk 18:30  who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.

QUESTIONS WE ASK UNBELIEVERS

1. ARE YOU SAV?….. WORSE QUESTION…. EVERYBODY IS SAVED!

2. HOW IS YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE ?

3. WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN?

Church Hurts

Church Hurts

CHURCH HURTS?

Psalms 46:9 Even my ally, my friend, has turned against me. He was one I totally trusted with my life, sharing supper with him, and now he shows me nothing but betrayal and treachery. He has sold me as an enemy.

PASTOR, YOUTH PASTOR, CHURCH LADY, ELDERS, DEACONS, SPOUSE, FRIEND, ETC.

Lady in Plainview Nursing home, lady called her jezebel because of red dress

Matthew 18:6   But if anyone abuses one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for him to have a heavy boulder tied around his neck and be hurled into the deepest sea than to face the punishment he deserves!

Romans 12:19 Beloved, don’t be obsessed with taking revenge, but leave that to God’s righteous justice. For the Scriptures say: “If you don’t take justice in your own hands, I will release justice for you,” says the Lord.

HOW DO YOU GET PAST CHURCH HURTS

1. FORGIVE!

Matthew 6:14 “And when you pray, make sure you forgive the faults of others so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you withhold forgiveness from others, your Father withholds forgiveness from you.”

Matthew18:21-22  Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

2. BE HEALED

Nehemiah  4:2  And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?”

Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and he has anointed me to be hope for the poor, freedom for the brokenhearted, and new eyes for the blind, and to preach to prisoners, ‘You are set free!’ I have come to share the message of Jubilee, for the time of God’s great acceptance has begun.”

Mat 12:28  But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 

DO NOT STOP HALFWAY, CAST OUT THE SPIRIT!

3. RESTORE OR BE RESTORED

Galatians  6:1   My beloved friends, if you see a believer who is overtaken with a fault, may the one who overflows with the Spirit seek to restore him. Win him over with gentle words, which will open his heart to you and will keep you from exalting yourself over him

RESTORE=to complete thoroughly, that is, repair adjust: – fit, frame, mend, make perfect ,join together, prepare,

Romans 8:1 So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One

4. DON’T ALLOW FLESH TO RULE

Romans 8:7 In fact, the mind-set focused on the flesh fights God’s plan and refuses to submit to his direction, because it cannot! For no matter how hard they try, God finds no pleasure with those who are controlled by the flesh. But when the Spirit of Christ empowers your life, you are not dominated by the flesh but by the Spirit. And if you are not joined to the Spirit of the Anointed One, you are not of him.

2 Corinthians 10:5 We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience.

5. WALK IN THE SPIRIT

Galatians 5:16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh

Philippians 3:13-14 I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.

DO YOU HAVE CHURCH HURTS? GET RID OF THEM!

Encounter 2019 Dates

Jan 18-20 Marion and Mindy Rushing

Mar 29-31 AShley Shelton

June 7-9 Cecil & Lori Morris

Aug 23-25

Oct 18-20