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A Super Bowl Long Ago…Posted by Anawim Christian Community February 3, 2017 Leave a comment
Jeff Strong (aka “Faithwalker”) used to live on the RedBarn property, providing security. Sometimes church security is… interesting: Jeff re-tells a story from four years ago:
How stupid can you be about a super bowl?
Today I went out to check on my motor home and just as I am approaching the drive way there are two guys slugging it out on the churches property. So I stopped and broke it up. They were both bleeding pretty good and when I asked what they were fighting about they said the Super Bowl and who was going to win…….
Ready for this? one is a Ducks fan and the other is a Beaver Fan. So you can imagine their dismay when I told them that the college teams didn’t play in the Rose Bowl.
Yes alcohol was involved and no they are not homeless folks….
Homeless folks are smarter than that even if they are drunk they are smarter than that.
God’s ListeningPosted by jeff strong June 6, 2016 Leave a comment
I am sitting in a waiting area waiting for my number to be called in a Ford dealership’s Parts Department.
A little girl of about 5 years old asked if she can sit next to me on the bench. Without waiting for answer climbs up.
A few minutes pass and she tells me her name is Angela. “That’s a pretty name,” I said.
Then Angela takes my hand looks me straight in the eye and says in a matter of fact voice, “My mom is in jail for selling and doing drugs. My dad is dead. He died in some war in the Middle East I live with my Grandma but my Grandpa is dead. Grandma is really old and is sick, if she dies I will have no one, would you be my daddy?”
About that time a woman on a scooter with oxygen tanks rolls up. In a gruff almost angry voice asked if she has been bothering me?
“Nope not at all.” She gives the little girl a nasty grimace “You see I am a Pastor, and she was just sharing a prayer request for the desire of her heart. And I am going to have a little chat with God and see if we can’t make her prayer come true.”
Grandma scrunches up her face and spits out her words, saying, “I don’t believe in God.”
“Well that’s too bad, but ya know what? Your unbelief doesn’t count, this is between Angela and Me and God.”
Angela’s face was grinning ear to ear and I got a hug. Then Granny croaked, “Come, it is time to leave.” And with a wink and a wave they left.
At that time my number was called and the service manager comes up and says, “You really a Pastor?”
“Yup,” I said.
“Think God was listening?”
“He was standing in the room taking notes the whole time.”
The service manager chuckles and says, “So how can I help you?”
Moving DayPosted by jeff strong June 1, 2016 1 Comment
This post was written on May 27. Jeff and Yvan leave for Coos Bay permanently today. They have been our friends, co-workers and supporters for almost a decade. They have helped some of the most needy in society. They have been accomplished artists, both visually and verbally on this website and elsewhere. When I really needed someone to unburden on, they were always there. We will miss them deeply. -Pastor Steve
Down to 76 hours. Tomorrow we transport the last of the studio to Coos Bay and leave the the truck at the R V Park……sigh,
First time I left friends and family was when I entered into the Military. But there was the thought of coming back. The second time was when I was going to war and the thought of Never coming back was on my front burners always, BUT I did come back.
Then the family moved to Oregon and I was left behind. Now I back to leaving friends and family again, and starting over in a town and part of the state that I know no one, have no contacts, no one to reach out to except the Lord.
Once upon a time I was in a jail cell with Randy Alcorn and Ron Rohman and about 15 other men. A jailer walked into the cell and says,”Awk! a bunch of Christians! Too bad they won’t let us take them out and just shoot them.” I looked at Randy and said, “Well, the apostles have nothing on us.” And we laughed and then burst into song of praise. I share that because this is how the brothers and sisters of the first church were thinking and feeling, being forced to move to a place where they only have each other, and have to start over again. It is also how the refugees must feel.
I find it amazing how the Lord is teaching Yvan and I things we may never had thought about……We need your prayers more than ever now……..
And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Acts 8:1
Still Waiting for a MiraclePosted by jeff strong May 31, 2016 Leave a comment
This afternoon we were at a rest stop. There was a mother and two well behaved children flying a large sign asking for a “Miracle”.
A woman driving a brand new $54,000 Truck walks up and drops a few coins into a container and walks over to her truck which is decorated with the cross and shadows kneeling before it, gets in drives away.
She is followed by a man wearing a large silver cross and he drops a few coins into the woman’s can and walked over to a 2016 Mercedes Roadster, with a big Christian Gold Fish that had the word “Pastor” in the middle, gets in drives off.
Several others come read the sign and walk away.
I was so ashamed and I got out reached for the billed fold pulled out some bills and put her in her hand……….
And we wonder why the nation is under judgment.
Eating Lemon YogurtPosted by jeff strong March 5, 2016 2 Comments
In the gospel of John in the 15th chapter and the 13th verse it says there is no greater gift than the laying down of ones life for another.
There are many ways to die other than physically stop breathing cross over to the other side type of dying. It does not require some monumental feat or even placing yourself in danger.
There is a scene in the section of the trilogy the Lord of the Rings called The Two Towers. In this scene the King’s niece has made a stew. It was made with love, but the princess can not cook and the stew tasted terrible. She has just given Aragorn a bowl full in love and Aragorn has just put the first spoon full into his mouth. Now he could have spat it out and cast the remainder away and destroyed heart of the giver,but instead he swallowed the mouthful and told her it was good and in doing so saved a life.
We to have those special moments where a life hangs in the balance. Where we can be right and destroy that which God has been laboring on or we can, as it is said in Romans 15:1, bear with the scruples of those who are weak, not for our sake, but for theirs, that we might encourage them and strengthen them.
The other day Anawim received a donation of food and in the box was a lot of yogurt cups. This fragile soul had picked one to give to me. It was a Lemon/pineapple blend. A flavor my taste buds cringe at. But the gift was selected in love with the expectation of seeing me consume her gift. Just like Aragorn a soul hung in the balance.
And so with much bravado, and thanking her for her thoughtfulness I pealed of the lid and licked the top of the yogurt and took the spoon she offered and ate the yogurt. The joy on her face and the love in her eyes was well worth the nasty words my taste buds were screaming at my brain. An to insure that there would not be a repeat performance of this flavor I told her this was good but that my absolute favoritest was blueberry. She assured me that if the opportunity arises again that she would do her best to get two blueberries so we could share them together. For the rest of the day she was walking in happiness and when ever our eyes met she would wave and the joy never faded.
So, I would encourage you to look for your Aragorn moments, an fortify the work the Holy Spirit is doing in the life before you.
I want to share this with you, Linda and Larry. When we named our children, each name was one that I loved. The kids all had eihetr my or Dean’s families names as their middle names. So this speaks of the names of God.You are ELELYON: The Most High. God. You are above all principalities, mights snd dominions. Your name is above every name in the heavens and the earth. You are seated in heavenly places with all things under your feet. And by your grace, You have made me to be seated with you in heavenly places. And therefore, I also stand on top ~with all things under my feet.You are ELOHIYM: The God of creation. You are the creator of the universe, the heavens, the earth, the worlds, and all they that dwell therein. You don’t have to find a blessing for me; You are the Great Creator who is able to create a blessing for meYou are EL SHADDAI: You are the God of the Much More, and You provide more than enough for me. You are the self-sufficient One who supplies all my needs. You cause all grace to abound towards me so that I have all sufficiency in all things and You bless me exceedingly, abundantly and above all I can ask or think.You are JEHOVAH: The Great I Am . You are the self-existing One who never leads me to what I need, because you are what I need in every situation.You are JEHOVAH SHALOM: The Lord my Peace, You are my Peace that passes all man’s understanding. You are my peace in the midst of confusion, trouble, turmoil and chaos; and You are my peace is in the midst of every storm in my life.You are JEHOVAH NISSI: The Lord, my Banner. You are my High Tower against the enem. You are my Shield and Buckler. You are my Victor and my Captain over me, who gives me victory over sin, sickness, poverty and every enemy of my life.You are JEHOVAH JIREH: You are the Lord, my Provider. You are the one who provides for me for everything I need according to Your riches in Glory.You are JEHOVAH RAPHA: The Lord that heals me. Because of the stripes of Jesus Christ, no plague, sickness or disease shall come nigh my dwelling. You take sickness and disease away from me, and the number of my days You shall fulfill. And because of You, I am whole, well and sound in my spirit, soul and body.You are JEHOVAH T’SIDKENU: The Lord my righteousness.And because You are my righteousness, You have placed me in right standing with You; and therefore, I can boldly come before Your throne of grace.You are JEHOVAH M’KADDESH: The Lord my sancitification. You have sanctified me, justified me and redeemed me with the blood of the Lamb; and You have made me to be holy to be used for your Glory.You are JEHOVAH SAMMAH: You are always there for me. You will never leave me nor forsake me all the days of my life. You are the same yesterday, today and forever more.You are JEHOVAH SABOATH: The Lord of host. You have assigned strong, mighty and warring angels over my life. You have given them a charge over me to keep me in all my ways.They guard me, protect me, fight for me, and rage in battle for me. And they carry forth Your Word to bring it to pass in my life.You are JEHOVAH ROHI: The Lord who is my SHEPHERD, and I shall not want or be in lack of any good or needful thing. You lead me, guide me, and watch over me in all of my ways. And, You are the God who causes goodness and mercy to follow me all the days of my life. You are ADONAY: The Sovereign God. You brought me with a price. Therefore, You are my Master who rules me, my Owner who owns me, and my Lord who directs and controls me.Now Father I thank You for revealing Yourself to us through Your names. I worship and praise You for Your names, and who You are to me through them. I thank You also for giving us ONE’ name that is a conglomeration of all these covenant names. I also give You praise, adoration and thanksgiving for this one name.It is a name that is greater and higher than any other name, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come; the name that has and will cause every knee to bow and every tongue to confess that He is Lord; the name that causes demons to tremble and flee at the sound of it; the name that causes yokes and strongholds to be loosed and broken when it is spoken: the only name that brings healing and deliverance; the name is powerful, awesome, mighty, wonderful, glorious, magnificent and omnipotent the name of JESUS CHRIST’! AMEN The Weapons of our Warfare , by Kenneth Scott