THE GIDEON MANDATE

From the winepress to dominion

 
“Go now in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. The Lord has sent you.”  — Judges 6:14
 
Gideon’s story begins in the winepress, the place of crushing. The winepress releases the sweetness and potency of the grapes and results in laughter and joy which is our strength. The winepress precedes the anointing.
 
Today we in the Church find ourselves, like Gideon, in the middle of a “Midianite Opression.”
 
  • HOW IS THE CHURCH?
                A. What is the condition?
                B.  How healthy is the Church?
                C.  Are we sharing the true message?
                D.  Are we making room for the Holy Spirit?
                E. Are we being good stewards of the Kingdom?
 
  • GOD IS LOOKING FOR A CHAMPION. IS IT ME?
  • QUALIFICATIONS OF A CHAMPION
              A. Disgust for our condition
              B. Threshing out the wheat (the Word of God) to eat in the midst of oppression.
              C. Hiding in the winepress. (The secret place of the most High) where the wine is gathered.
  • DO WE NEED A SIGN?
              A. Settle the debate!
              B. Clarity only comes when you go.
  • IDOLATRY. OUR NATIONAL PASTIME! 
             A. Pull down our fathers’ altars.
             B. Do not build our own altars.
  • THE GIDEON 300
             A. Vigilant, on guard while the brethren drank their fill.
             B. Poised for the inevitable battle
             C. Life was more important than thirst.
  • Kingdom Absolutes VS. Human Compromise
  • DNA VS. SDNA: The seed of righteousness vs. the seed of flesh
  • Planning, plowing, planting, praying: The four phases for a bountiful Harvest.
  • Preparation comes from planning and wisdom.
  • Inspiration and action comes from the Word of the Lord. –Judges 13:18

VICTORY DEPENDS ON OUR FAITHFUL, FEARLESS STEWARDSHIP OF THE LIGHT.

Gideon lived in a time when Israel was oppressed by another nation.
He remembered the promises of God but didn’t see them.
He was looking for an answer, for a leader.
 
So was God.
 
–Ken & Kay Koontz

FAITH & THE LAW OF AGREEMENT

Matthew 18:18-20
 
"Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."

Anything that stands against that must come down!
To see more on Faith & the Law of Agreement see Pastor Ken's blog later today at northgatesalisbury.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 
 
 

 

 

THE CROSSROADS

Good Morning to His Beloved!

The Lord said Rowan County is a crossroads for My people and the Nations. He's opening up divine opportunities for us, saying, "Put your confidence in Me and do what I show you to do." We need to recognize these opportunities and do something with them, like the Woman at the Well.

"When you drink the Living Water, it becomes a well inside you, an internal source, not like a glass of water that is quickly gone." --Pastor Kay

Fire ants

We are poisoning all fire ant nests on the property Wednesday 10/5/16. Please stay off of grass areas and playground for 48hrs after.

Thanks,

Pastor Jade

HARVEST

Do you not say, It is yet four months, and the harvest comes? Behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are white to harvest already.                                                                                                             - John 4:35 
 
Then He said to them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest that He may send forth laborers into His harvest.
                                                                                                            - Luke 10:2 
 
Lift up your eyes and see its easy!  People are ready.  We don't need to pray for the harvest, but pray for workers.
 
Sue-Apples fall from the tree in harvest season, sometimes they are bruised.  The Lord sends us out to pick up the fruit with special wisdom fro bruised apples.
 
Susan-When we see people's needs we can meet them simply and bring in the harvest.
 
Duane-Now is the time.
 

NUGGETS FROM TEAM CONNECT

From Pastor Ken:

We need champions. Our children look to champions. The gifts of the spirit, warfare of intercession, fivefold ministry gifts need to be expressed in this place. It's EACH of us having our gifts, using them to LOVE and SERVE one another to the GLORY of God!

It was prophesied to Pastor Ken while still in Texas that doctors, judges, and teachers would be here-let's PRAY THEM IN. This will be part of our being prepared as settlers to help equip the children who will begin to build upwards! (Kristen's vision-if you haven't heard it yet, ask her!)

If it's not KINGDOM, it's not us. -- Pastor Katie Leslie

 

 

 

PROPHETIC WORD ON 30th ANNIVERSARY

Through Brother Pat Schatzline on August 28, 2016:

Today is a day to see the past, live with no regrets, because there is a future in Jesus Christ and a new beginning.

God is doing a new thing in many. This is a discipling place where seeds take root. Some will be moving because roots spread. You will have some missionaries who come out of this place.

There is a powerful anointing on this house. I'm telling you there's a serious anointing. It's like God has taken a huge gift and placed it in these two people and nourished it for thirty years so that it takes root and now the limbs are spreading and new fruit will be seen from this day forward.

The anointing of the Holy Spirit is about to produce a fresher, sweeter, richer fruit than ever before. The power of the Holy Spirit which is upon them will have its day and day by day shall mature and grow and blossom again and those who are now children shall become saints of God who leap forward out of the womb of God and are planted all over the world.

This is a house of destiny. This is a house of fresh oil and anointing. This is a house of fragrance that stops Jesus in His tracks because its His fragrance.

Father, thank You for this congregation and the anointing that sits on this place and upon these two people especially. Jesus, for every wound they have endured, let there be the balm now that heals and removes even the scar.

They've already been such servants to You that there's no scab. They've gone past it. Father, You have a refreshing oil that even softens scar tissue and returns us back.

I pray for each one here who has endured and, Father, that has had problems, even of late, that that refreshing will come.

Anyone who doesn't know You as Lord and Savior to its greatest degree-refresh, forgive.

Who here is making a fresh commitment? I see that. Father, You saw their heart. Now bathe them from head to foot. The anointing flows down (Psalm 133) from the head so flow now from the head. Father, let your people sense that anointing so that they are never the same again.

THE ONLY WAY-JESUS

John 14:6

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, not politics, environment or social engineering. Everything we do should be encapsulated in this Truth of Jesus. It should be our pursuit in our thought life. We cannot compromise on these aspects as believers when it comes to the exclusivity of who Jesus is, who we believe and trust, and the uniqueness of the Way He set up for us. The world says it's too exclusive, we know that it's the only way, the narrow and redemptive way He made for us. In Him, we have boldness to approach the throne of grace. He offers it to all, but acceptance must be an intentional choice on our part. Keep your relationships Christ-centered and remember as we offer Jesus' teachings, it is the pure, Christ-centered gospel we want o share.

--Pastor Ken


 

 

BACK TO SCHOOL BLESSING / OFFERING

Hey Everyone,
We are delighted to announce that we will be receiving a special offering this Sunday. This is a back-to-school blessing offering for Koontz Elementary School. We ask that you bring either cash or school supplies.
Debbie Koontz is the contact person 704-245-5579.
Also, if you have children in school and would like help getting supplies for them, contact Debbie and she will let us know the need and we will help you.

God bless you,
Pastor Ken

WORDS FOR LIFE

Words from.....
Pastor Ken - Convert the feel of adversity to praise.
Pastor Kay - Joy invites, Hope ignites, Christ gives life!
Pastor Katie - Empathy and sympathy are not powerful. Compassion commands the cause of suffering to leave!

 
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