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The Importance of The One (Southeast Asia)

I have been back in the states for a few days now, but it is still almost unreal where I have gone and what God has done with me. For me, a normal person who said “Yes, I will follow”, it is almost unbelievable what God has done. After a week, 10 teams of three and four came back with an offering to the Lord of 4,612 souls. This is not including the healing, encouragement, and freedom that was ministered to countless people, churches, and other organizations. I praise God that I was able to contribute an offering to give glory to His name!!!

As I think back to some of the most powerful encounters with what God did over the trip, I am reminded of the importance of stopping for the one. All throughout Scripture, Jesus is teaching and ministering to large crowds of people, but is frequently interrupted by the one. One person needs some special attention, healing, freedom, or salvation. When this happens, Jesus does not ignore them and continue on to minister to the crowd, but gives them as much love, compassion, and care as the large crowds. He takes the time to minister to the one. 

Even though we literally saw thousands of people come to know the Lord, the most powerful times were when God brought the one. The time I felt the most powerful move of God was for one person. God orchestrated things for me to preach at an evening service in a large church. The pastor of this church had some personal problems, but had still invited me to come and speak. Before even going, I was told not to expect anyone to come forward for an invitation time because it was culture for them to commit to follow Jesus later during a personal meeting with the pastor.

As I worshipped, I felt the presence of God in a mighty way, and as I spoke the word, I was experiencing part of His heart of compassion for the people. Although it has rarely happened, God moved me to tears as I called for His lost sons and daughters to come to their Good Father. No one moved, but I knew I was here for this purpose so I continued to press in. After some time, one lone girl in pink came down and knelt at the altar. She broke the cultural expectations, in front of over 100 people, and courageously came to The Good Father. Not too long after that three more came. I was so overcome, I could not even lead them in a prayer, but left that to the translator to do. As I went down and prayed for each one, the floor was wet with the tears of the this teenage girl. She remained there weeping for the whole ministry time as we prayed for the sick. Afterwards, the over abundance of joy that was exuding out of her was evidence that she had been changed. This is why I was there, for this one girl. The others were just a bonus from God for my obedience.

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You may not be called at this moment to go and evangelize on a street corner to dozens of people or preach in a church or conference to hundreds or thousands. However, you are called to the one who does not know. One neighbor, family member, friend, or co-worker is who you are called to speak to. One cashier needs to hear the Truth. One worker in a store has been prepared to receive. One person at the park is hurting and in need. That is who you are called to no matter who you are.

I encourage you today, begin to look around you for the one who is hurting, lost, in need. Pray for them, then open your mouth and speak the truth that is in you. As you are faithful to shine the light that is in you, God will be faithful to bring more to you. Never forget, at one time, you were the one that needed someone to speak the truth to you and to be shown the heart of a Good Father. May God bless you to be the one to minister His heart to the one today, this week, and for the rest of your life!!!

Matthew 18:14 So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones be lost. 

Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him. 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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Keep it Simple (Southeast Asia)

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One class of students who gave their lives to Jesus while ministering in the schools.

Life is not as complicated as we make it out to be, but we make it hard by knowing too much. We think we must gather all the information, weigh all the options, and then make an informed decision. This takes too long and is more complicated than necessary. Faith is trusting that God knows best and His promises will come about no matter what the situation. 

It is so simple what we have been doing here in Southeast Asia. We have been partnered with a pastor and translator. In the morning, they come and get us, then we go out all day. There are always plans, but it is almost not worth asking what we are going to do because these plans are ever changing. There is a beauty and an adventure in not knowing where you are going or what you will be doing. Your only focus is to trust that God will give you whatever you need when you get to that situation. 

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Before coming here, God gave me a message to speak whenever I was asked. The first two opportunities to speak, God did not let me share this message, but changed what I was to share at the last minute. I still do not know how many opportunities I will have to share, but I trust God will give me what I need at exactly the right time.

Originally, we were supposed to be doing home visits with the friends and family of the people in the church. Until last night, I had done none. My pastor wanted to immediately go out and do street evangelism. This is definitely not my gift as I shared before. However, God has given me the grace to share in markets, bus stations, schools and more.

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Yesterday, God opened the door for me to begin praying for the sick and apparently that is what He wanted to do. I laid hands on the sick and prayed for more than 20 different people, several getting a least a measure of healing immediately. God even opened the door for me to pray over a young man oppressed by the devil for 13 years. On the way there, they said we were going to pray for a sick boy because that is all they knew before we got there. God worked in a mighty way in each situation.

This young man was set free from 13 years of demonic oppression and began receiving healing and restoration. 

My encouragement for you today is keep it simple. Don’t make life difficult! The salvation, healing, and deliverance we are seeing in a mighty way here can and will happen right where you are if you keep it simple.  Here, are two steps straight from the Word to help you walk a simple life and do great things.

1. Know God!!!

Daniel 11:32 …the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. 

The more you come to know God, the stronger He will make you. Also, He will give you everything you need to do great things.

2. Open your mouth!!!

Psalm 81:10 I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. 

The word of God coming forth from your mouth changes things. If I spent all day seeking God and then went and stood at the market, nothing would happen. God needs you to open your mouth and speak forth His word. The promise is that He will give you what you need to say as you know him and open your mouth.

I bless you today with the ability to keep it simple. May you come to know God more and open your mouth to share about this great God you love and serve.

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Expect the Unexpected (Southeast Asia)

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Headhunter warriors give their lives to Jesus!!!

Often, our expectations, true or false, will determine our reality. All of us have expectations of the way things will be especially when outside of our routine. Often, I will tell my wife to expect the unexpected; but today, God decided to remind me of this and shatter some of my false expectations.

Many things have already happened on this trip that were better than I had expected. We were told there would be no AC and I did not expect hot water… Hence the way I started out the last post (I just did not know how to work it right). Surprisingly, we have both. I am thankful for them, but God knew they were not necessary for me.

Another thing I did not expect was the opportunity to try some new foods. Both dog and bat were served at a service I went to. Everything was so spicy that through the sweating, tears, and raging fire in my mouth, I could not taste much. I have decided that I do not like bat though because there are way too many bones and not enough meat.  Somehow, I survived.

But really, none of that really matters. What would take place after this service is beyond what I ever expected. Originally, the team I am with had prepared the way by speaking to the pastors and having them prepare homes to visit where the lost would get saved.  The Pastor I was with was not there so he did not receive these instructions. Instead, he decided for us to go out witnessing on the street. When I found this out, I immediately began praying for strength and ability. Those of you who know me could easily surmise I do not have the gift of evangelism, and mass evangelism in public is rather intimidating to me.  I had to give the situation to God and ask Him to give me grace to do something that was entirely outside my comfort zone and expectations.  I am sure I will have to do the same thing tomorrow.

All the way from the service to the first place we would go out, I was praying silently and feverishly. God gave me grace in an excited couple that gathered the people into groups and then had me come over and share. This made it a little easier, but not really more comfortable.  The picture above was the first group they had me come share with.  The intimidation factor is way up there when four people in full headhunting warrior dress are standing there with swords and skulls hanging from their waists looking at you.  God gave me the grace to go all in and all of those red warriors and a few other people around got saved.  We ended up sharing for around an hour and 19 people, that I know of, prayed to become born again.  This was far more than I expected as uncomfortable as I was going in. I praise God for His grace, strength, and boldness to share.

So, what about you? What expectations do you have that need to be broken down? The enemy will always try to put false expectations on you to hold you back from the fullness that God has. What comforts do you need to release? What fears need to be broken? What expectations need to change to come into line with what God wants? Only He can change your wrong mindsets. But, you have to be willing to step out of the boat!!! If I had said no for any reason, I would not have seen these souls enter the Kingdom. If Peter had said no, he never would have gotten out of the boat. Yes, you may fall, but Jesus will be right there with you to save you and put you back on your feet.  

I invite you to ask God right now, to change your expectations to expect what was once unexpected to you. My God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask for hope for or imagine through His power working in me.” I pray that you allow that same power to work through you as you follow and obey Him!!!

Matthew 14:28-31 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 

Jeremiah, Man in Fire!!!

Step Out & Step Up

Belize Day 4 – 

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Today, we traveled to a nearby orphanage.  It was frustrating to me that it took an absurd amount of time to get there even though it was not very far away. Somehow, stopping at the store and going to the bathroom, we lost about an hour, but that is what happens traveling with a team of 40.  I ended up playing Uno with some kids and talking with them the whole time.
After we got back, we went for a swim in the creek and then prepared for the youth service.
We walked back to Jubilee church where 3 hours of awesomeness took place and there were a lot of people who stepped out where they were not comfortable and shared words and prayed for people.  I prayed as a father over a young girl and God touched her to the point of tears.
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My brother-in-law Bryson got to share his testimony as part of the service and this touched and ministered to so many people.  I could see the walls breaking down as he shared openly and honestly how God raised him from the dead both physically and spiritually and turned his whole life around to a point where I am honored to call him my brother indeed.
It looks like the weather has a possibility of delaying our flights if things do not change. Interesting with the word that I got before our trip.  God did some amazing things tonight and touched many hearts.
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Devotion –
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Over and over, one can see men and women from the Bible being called to step out.  Peter stepped out of the boat literally.  In Acts, we see where Paul and His companion heal a man and the people want to sacrifice to them as gods.  Paul stops them and preaches to them and then ends up getting stoned to death.  God miraculously raises him from the dead, and he goes to the next town and does the same thing.  Paul was willing to step out and be obedient no matter what the results.  Succeed or fail, he was going to be obedient to share the good news.  Every time, God asks us to step out and be obedient, He is inviting us to step up into new levels with Him.
What about you?  Will you accept the invitation to step out and step up???
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Challenge –
Ask Holy Spirit for the courage to step out in full obedience to Him!  Ask Him to speak something challenging, and then step out and do it!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Simple Discipleship

I would like to apologize for taking so long to post, but it has been a crazy fast move of God since the last posting in September.  God led us suddenly to Living Water Church.  Within the last 5 months, God has honored us by placing us in a position as Assistant Pastors.  In November, we began overseeing the youth, and the pastor here had to have a surgery that kept him out for a month and a half.  God very quickly showed His favor in our lives, and we were given a huge responsibility of making sure things were running at the church until the Pastor returned.  We have an amazing group of leaders surrounding us and helping us in our new role, and are thankful to them for being a blessing to us. Azariah

Along with that, we have had a growing Man of God to look after.  He is ever a joy and brings life to us in all things, even when he is getting into mischief.  We are training him up with a love for the nations, and he often asks to see the world.  We take that time to pray for revival and an increase of Holy Spirit and Fire to overwhelm the nations.

Now that the Pastor is back to full strength, things have settled down a bit, and I hope to be posting more often to keep you updated.  God recently opened the door for me to teach on Simple Discipleship.

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He gave me a discipleship plan not too long after returning from our around the world trip.  Finally, after a year and a half of waiting, I have been given the opportunity to teach this at the church.  I would encourage you to study through this with us.  I will be posting the weekly topic and verses to allow you to study them, and then about a week later, I will post the recording from my teaching at Living Water Church.  If you are hungry and wish to grow, use this as a study to be discipled and than to disciple others to do the same.  

My intention in this study is to study the major topics of important by studying the scriptures directly.  I have tried to find between 3-5 short scripture references for us to learn together directly from the Word.  I want to teach in such a simple way over each area so that you are able to not only learn it, but you have the ability to teach it the very next day.  I have also tried to take scriptures out of the Old and New Testament to bring a totality of teaching on each subject.  Again, I encourage you to be a part of us growing together through what God is speaking.

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The First Week’s topic is Being a Leader/Disciple.  The scriptures we will be focusing on are: John 13:1-17, John 14:12-14, Mark 8:34-38, Daniel 11:32-33, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 14:25-35, Mark 10:28-31.  

May the Lord bless you in all that you do and may much fruit abound in and around you, no matter where you may be in the world, because of your love and faithfulness to Him!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Unexpected and Inconvenient Treasure

This past weekend, we had the privilege to take a small group of people to a conference in Austin.  While this conference was amazing in every way, God was speaking to me something deeper and more profound than I could ever learn at the conference.

Jeremiah, Katie, Jade and Jake at the Incense Arising conference.

Jeremiah, Katie, Jade and Jake at the Incense Arising conference.

While we were in Austin, I got the opportunity to look up some of my parent’s good friends who are pastoring a church in Round Rock.  In fact, this couple Jim and Sylvia Patterson, were my first pastors.  That was about 21 years ago though, so I really had no relationship with them, but with their daughters.  Since that time, we had all but lost contact with them until the advent of the Facebook.  I reconnected with them in July and had the desire to reconnect with them.  God opened the door and we were able to eat lunch with them and then attend their church on Sunday before returning home.

Now, I could have reasoned within myself that I do not really know them and it might be kind of awkward.  I will probably even miss part of the conference that we are attending.  I could have explained away all the reasons to meet with them, but I thank the Lord that I did not.  Meeting these pastor friends was such a blessing to me and the people with me.  We were able to share our hearts and get to be inspired by theirs.  In the end, we encouraged and blessed one another just because we were willing to go out of our way and off our regularly scheduled programming.

Yesterday, I was reading Romans once again and rediscovered a passage that was so central to our journeys around the world.  Romans 1:11-12 “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”  Contained within this passage is our heart for the people of God all over the world.  We desire to come to them and encourage and be encouraged and help them out in any way that we can.  This is what being a family is.  We went out of our way to meet with this couple that I barely knew, and my wife and friends did not know at all.  In the end, we had a great God moment in the middle of the restaurant praying and blessing each other.  We were truly family even though we had barely met.  

I want to encourage you in two ways today.  First, do not allow silly things to keep you from relationship with the family of God.  We can allow inconvenience, awkwardness, earthly divisions, and other earthly things to keep us from getting to know the true family of God. When Jesus is the center, we have the ability not only to encourage, but be encouraged by our brothers and sisters.  Seek to be in unity with the family of God so that the blessing of unity may come upon you.  Practically encourage someone today, not because they are your friend, but because they are a brother or sister in Jesus.  Secondly, we must be willing to be inconvenienced so that Holy Spirit can lead us into obedience and blessing.  We got to hear a lovely couple from Africa speak about how inconvenience had led them into more ministry in South Africa.  People interrupting them while they were building ended up getting saved and discipled because they took the time to be with them and realized the true treasure in people.  We make special time for our physical family, and we must be willing to take time for the children of God.  If not, we are throwing away not only the very treasure that God wants but the treasure that He wants to bring us!!!

Look for the treasures of the Lord today and do not let inconvenience, selfishness, or fear keep you from receiving these blessings from the Good Father!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Healing Happens Here: Newsletter #2

It’s been about a month since we arrived back to Texas. The 9 month-long faith journey we were on has ended and we have now begun a new one! Here is our newsletter update for the month of June. We pray that you are encouraged by what the Lord is doing! here in the U.S. Please pray about partnering with us as this new chapter of our lives begins. We would love to sit and share with you all that God has done in us and where He is leading us next. Please contact us if you are interested in getting together or having us speak. 🙂

Love, Jeremiah and Katie

June 2014 Monthly Newsletter

June 2014 Monthly Newsletter