He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Gods Hand At Work

I have been praying and asking the LORD to do the impossible in our hood. I was encouraged by a neighbor to pray that the LORD would do such an amazing work through our ministry to the point where no one would believe it was us, but they would automatically KNOW without a DOUBT it was JESUS.

I believe before we got here the LORD had began a good work. Check out this article that was printed in our area newspaper about some of what the LORD is doing. Please continue to keep our neighborhood in your prayers.
Happy New Year!

DJ Official Entermission


Your friends over at Reach Records have done it again. Check out the debut album from DJ Official available in stores now!!! You dont want to go with out this cd being in your leather case! :)

After producing for over 10 years and serving as traveling deejay, Official finally has the opportunity to reveal the dynamic of his skill-set on one project. The album is purposed to influence Christians to think about the Great Commission (Matt 28:19) and the Great Commandment (Luke 10:27) on a local level. As Christians we have a personal mission field, which consist of those that God has placed in our sphere of influence. With a missional mindset we can affect the people around us with the Gospel message by the way we live and conduct ourselves in our everyday walk. This is a message that needs to be heard and with everything from Reggae, Downsouth, East Coast, Commercial, Underground, Electro, and Rock/Hipster featured on the album there is something for everyone!

EnterMission features over 20 artists such as Lecrae, Flame, Sho Baraka, JR, Tedashii, Trip Lee, R-Swift, Thi'sl, Jahaziel, and more! Every single track on EnterMission is produced by DJ Official.

To buy it on iTunes, click here

To order the physical album, go here

You can listen to the singles, read about the album, and create your own version of the album cover here

There are three versions to choose from:

album-now
deluxe-now
lp-now


Check back with me soon as I will write full review on this album! So far what I have heard has been VERY CONVICTING and ENCOURAGING! Happy New Year!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor



For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

-II Corinthians 8:9


Thou Who wast rich beyond all splendor, all for love's sake becamest poor ;

Thrones for a manger didst surrender, sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.

Thou Who wast rich beyond all splendor, all for love's sake becamest poor.


Thou Who art God beyond all for love's sake becamest man;

Stooping so low, but sinners raising, heav'nward by Thine eternal plan.

Thou Who are God beyond all praising, all for love's sake becamest man.


Thou Who art love beyond all telling, Savior and King, we worship Thee.

Emmanuel, within us dwelling, make us what Thou wouldst have us be.

Thou Who art love beyond all telling, Savior and King, we worship Thee.


-Frank Houghton, 1894-1972



Just in case I forget during this holiday break... I wish you all the most Merry Christ-centered Christmas one could ever have. :)

I will be back to blogging Jan. 2010

Friday, December 18, 2009

Common Ground Weekly Update-December 17,2009




As I reflect on the last year I am extremely encouraged about the ways our ministry has grown. Some of the growth has been pretty drastic. Our team has grown from a staff of 3 to a staff of 9 (6 full time staff and 3 part time). We have staff focusing on men’s ministry, women’s ministry, biblical counseling (including family, marital, pre-marital, and abused and traumatized women and children), after school tutoring,bible studies, home building and renovation, college ministry at Alabama State, and other developmental areas of our community including job placement and financial crisis help. Last February we purchased an old building on 7 acres of land. We worked hard with folks all over the city to se e it renovated and begin to be used as our home base and a resource blessing to our community. It’s really amazing! Now, 100 kids show up daily during the week for our developing afterschool program. All of these kids stay for bible studies and dinner on Wednesday nights. Monday andTuesday nights we host women’s and men’s bible study. Also, thirty teenage and young adult drop outs come to our facility daily to work on their GED's and learn construction skills through the 'Youth Build' program. This year we have participated in an emergence of men being called out of gang and drug influences and into Kingdom living with Christ that has been a true demonstration of God's power. One is restoring his marriage, one got married a month ago, and two are pursuing marriage and look to be married over the next year! This is an incredible witness of God! God is truly using us together with the Montgomery Christian community as a light in this city. God is working! Thank yo u for joining in this effort at so many entrances!

a request.....

I am writing to request that you consider a year end gift to CGM. Like everyone, the economy has affected our giving. We still have $100,000.00 in renovation debt that we have 6 months to retire under a current loan. We also would love to start 2010 off in a position of strength as we forge ahead in new initiatives (and many creative ones are brewing!)



Thank you for prayerfully considering this. He is risen! I hope you enjoy and walk in that fact as we celebrate His birth over the holidays!

-Bryan Kelly (Founder Common Ground Montgomery)

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Impossible






Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God." - Luke 18:27


I have had the most amazing two days. I have been challenged , convicted and encouraged with all that the LORD is doing around me, through me and through the hearts of my neighbors. Tonight I was a apart of a women's bible study where we are studying the book of First John. So many of my neighbors had some of the most encouraging things to say. I am having the chance to witness women who's hearts were as stubborn as a mule become mush in the presence and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. Last night during our second church plant meeting, one of the guys who live in our community, made one of the most powerful and refreshing comments. When asked, what are somethings you would like to see in our future church plant.. his response in so many words were, I want us to be a people who pray and believe the LORD for the impossible. The Impossible? Well, just what does that mean?

He goes on to say, we are to live our lives in such a way where everyone around us cant help but to say, "man, that gots to be God doing that!!"

The impossible my friends. I believe when Kevin and I first came into this ministry I was trusting the LORD for the impossible. Then, I believe something sad happen. I stop believing. When I stopped believing, I stop seeing and started to miss out on all that He was doing in and around me. That statement lit something in me last night. I left asking, begging the LORD to help me to trust him with the impossible. Tonight, I saw just that.

There is NO WAY.. I mean NO WAY women who once were at odds with one another, (or complete strangers for that matter ) who did not trust one another could sit peacefully together and share their hearts about broken marriages, abusive relationships, struggles with parenting, their faith in Christ without the POWER of LORD.

There is NO WAY, a group of women (or men) could cross racial barriers and form the most loving, and intimate relationships with one another apart from the POWER OF THE GOSPEL.

There is NO WAY, a woman could look a man in the face who molested her and say " I forgive you" apart from the grace of the LORD.

There is NO WAY, a man could respond in love (in tears)towards a person who spits in his face because he doesn't want to hear the truth of the gospel. The man weeps because he knows that his enemies are not prepared for Christ return.

The transformation that is happening in our hood is all because the LORD has done the impossible. The bible clearly teaches that with GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. Jesus himself has even said.. "Everything is possible for him who believes." I am and was convicted over my unbelief.

Lives are being transformed right before my eyes, marriages are being restored right before my eyes, dads are returning home right before my eyes. The Impossible friends. Things that are impossible with man, BUT VERY MUCH POSSIBLE WITH THE LORD! I must remove the lens of unbelief and trust the LORD to do the impossible in my marriages, in my parenting, in my hood. Only then will I be able to see all that the LORD is doing around, and through me.

Solo Christo.....

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Allow Me To Reintroduce The Christ

My stomach tosses and turns when I think about how the culture has given us such a faulty view of Jesus. I love how this young lady in the video below breaks down how we have tried to create/worship a god in our own imagine. Check it out...



Amen!!!!

Want to hear more from Blair Wingo and her friends check out P4cm.com .(Passion For Christ Movement).

CGM Summer Internship Video 2010

The CGM staff will begin recruiting for our summer internship this month. My husband has been working hard on the video you are about to see below. I would love to hear what you all think? Tell me, by watching this video, do you have a clear understanding of what our summer internship is about? Does it excite you ( or college students for that matter) to want to come and be a part?

I am so proud of him, the LORD has given him some skills in the area of video programming.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Store 2009-How and Why

Our store is next week. I thought I would take a minute to explain the store for you just in case you have missed our heart or have never heard the explanation of what the store is, and why we do it the way we do it. We chose the ‘store’ model rather than the ‘give away’ model because, for our context, we believe it is the most dignifying way to love our neighbors. We want to partner with parents and grandparents, rather than go around them by doing for their kids and grandkids. In our neighborhood we do have a high degree of households living below the poverty line. Our strategy is to provide a way for our neighbors to both contribute to their kids, AND be blessed by the opportunity the store offers to buy toys at reduced prices (30- 40% of the retail value). The discounts help tremendously. Last year, one of our neighbors was overjoyed as she shared that she was able to pay all her bills and buy Christmas presents for her children for the first year. We have learned a lot from the store and from our neighbors. When neighbors don’t feel like ‘charity cases’ they tend to be more open to real relationships. Many of the recipients of our store now volunteer at the store, doing everything from helping us purchase and price the toys, stock the shelves, wrap gifts, run the cash registers, and help with carrying the gifts to people’s cars. The atmosphere of the store is different also. Its fun… there is joy and real conversation and participation. It’s not an ‘us vs. them’ environment. It’s just us. Of course, we get taken advantage of. Some come to the store trying to ‘get over’ on us. Some have changed price tags out, lied, been rude and acted as if w e owed them something. But this is the exception, not the rule. The store is a blessing to our community. Last year over 300 kids received 3 presents apiece through our store. This year, we honestly anticipate over 600 kids to be bought for (if we have enough presents donated). Would you consider helping pull the store off this year? We really need toys, money, or gift cards to go towards the store.
Here are some quick helpful facts:
1. The dates of the store are December 14th-18th , from 4-7 p.m. daily. We will be accepting toys and money up until the night of the 17th.
2. The store will be held at our newly renovated building (1516 Mobile Rd.)
3. If you choose to buy baby dolls, please buy ‘brown skinned’ baby dolls.
4. You can serve with us by donating toys, helping us price toys, stock shelves, help with gift wrapping, and help carry out the loot to people’s cars.
5. If you buy toys, the age range is 1-15 years old, and you would help us tremendously if you would place a new price tag on the toy at 40% of the retail value. The price range is up to you.
6. Please call Kevin King 657-7049 if you can help.


Basketball Court



We are kicking back off our new basketball court fund raiser as well. Would you consider donating a few bucks to complete this court? Check out the following video to see if you would be interested in adopting a few feet of our court. www.6000feetaway.com Also, please send the link to anyone you think in your address book that could spare a few bucks.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Burning Bush Creation


You know something that is amazing? When the LORD uses those who are young to have an IMPACT on the Kingdom of God in a way that they themselves would NOT have ever imagined!!

A guy,( who was 18yrs old at the time) was asked by two older ladies( who were headed to Africa for a missions trip) in his church to make something for them to take to the children and adults that they would be ministering to. He then took the time to pray and study and then the LORD gave him a vision. Several months later the book you see picture here was made, but only three copies were printed. One for him and two for the ladies. That would have been the end he says...at least he thought. :)

A youth leader in his church felt that this book was meant for more, and after a conference addressing Urban Ministry, and the reactions many people had towards the book, he knew that God wanted him to drop everything and get the book published. And now, after a lot of work, time, and prayer, you have one of the most amazing urban resources before us!!!

This book, is the beginning of Burning Bush Creation.

My first CCDA conference I visited the booth of Burning Bush Creation and I was amazed to see all the work they had done to make such a resource possible. I too was amazed at how humbling those two ladies were in asking and researching a resource to take so that the kids in Africa would see stories of those who look JUST LIKE THEM.

So, whether you are in urban ministry or not ,these books would make great Christmas gifts! What a blessing to have so many resource available to us.



Click on the provided links to check out the reviews,as well as more titles by the author. You won't be sorry!! :)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Just Like Me....


"Did you know that there is FINALLY a Disney Princess who looks like all of the princesses in my neighborhood?! Imagine growing up and most of the stories you watch in the movies have heroines who don't look like you......"


One of my close friends( and staff family) sent the above statement out this week in an email to some of our supporters to help raise funds to send 25 of our young girls to view Disneys The Princess and the Frog. I immediately began to weep in tears because she hit the heart of a issue that has been around in the black community for decades. Many of the little girls I talk with in our neighborhood and beyond have self image issues (including myself). It makes it difficult, and more of a challenge to ONLY see dolls, stories, and/or your positive role models to be of another race. In the African American community many times beauty is seen as having long straight hair, blue eyes, and lighter skin. I can remember growing up not wanting to play with dolls that looked like me, simply because it wasn't what was said to be "pretty". I cant even begin to imagine what a movie like this will do to many girls that have( or had) a mindset similar to mine. That my friends makes me excited!!

We( staff wives) are just overwhelmed with joy to take our girls to see this movie. Would you please pray for out time with these girls?? Pray that the LORD would make this such a precious time together, and as my friend says, pray that each girl will long to be princesses of the TRUE KING!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Follow Me To Freedom

I just started reading John M. Perkins and Shane Claiborne book Follow Me to Freedom and by far it has been one of the most encouraging books I have read. I wanted to share with you an excerpt from the book. (and this is only from page 28) I was most encouraged by the post below because it helped me make MUCH sense of the life that we are called to. Not just as missionaries, but as wives, and mothers.


"Interruptions are the theme in scripture. We have a God who is continually interrupting us- interrupting our routines, our patterns of inequity, the status quo. Abraham's life was interrupted. Moses' life was interrupted. John's life and my life were interrupted by the spirit. The gospels are stories of interruption after interruption. Jesus was at a wedding in Cana when His mother interrupted Him and said, "they have no more wine". He had just stepped ashore in a region called the Gerasenes when He was interrupted by the cries of a demon-possessed man. He was on His way to visit a sick child when a touch on His sleeve interrupted Him and He felt the power go out from Him. The incredible thing is that Jesus was always available and attentive to the interruptions and surprises, like someone who stops to fix a flat tire for a stranded motorist. Jesus was never so fixed on His vision for the Kingdom that He missed the needs of folks right next to Him. Sometimes Jesus even gets in trouble in most churches for wasting time with washing feet and drawing in the dirt; after all there's so much "meaningful" work to be done...like attending board meetings, raising funds for buildings and sitting in on conference calls(wink). Most days, our life in Philly feels like one interruption after another. It is packed with surprises: a knock at the door, an emergency or a kid who wants to show us the first sunflower bed. It seems that these are the very thing so many of us try to squeeze out of our lives. We love predictability. We don't want anything to alter our course, even if we know there is something beautiful on the other end of the interruption. We'd rather just keep to the daily grind and the meaningless toil that is familiar and humdrum, rather than have our rhythms broken. Yet, we have a God who is all about interrupting us. What if we missed the "interruption"?
-Shane Claiborne



We serve a God who is all about interrupting us. What a perspective!! I can choose to be thankful for all the interruptions that come my way.(and boy, there are many!! LOL) If God had of not interrupted me from the path I was on eleven years ago I would be somewhere wasting my life.


Today, give God thanks for your interruptions and continue to fight the tendency to not see HIS PROVIDENCE throughout your day.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Common Ground Weekly Update December 2

I present to one of the most emotional updates thus far. This gives me goose bumps and just excites my heart with HOPE AND JOY! The LORD is raising up leaders in our community!! Thank you for your prayers!!


Real Men Rising Up From the Ashes


I would like to introduce you to 5 emerging leaders in our neighborhood. All five are fairly new Christians. One of them was shot in the stomach two years ago, and returned the favor shortly thereafter. Another was serving a life sentence in prison as a third strike offender before being released on parole. Another was shot in the chest a year ago while high on cocaine, lying in a pool of his own blood; he looked up and accepted that he was going to die as he blacked out with friends and family watching. A fourth man has opened up a barber shop across from our building and struggles to make ends meet with a legitimate business while many of his friends sell drugs. The fifth man is 19 years old , is a talented young artist, and is battling the temptations of the streets and the struggle of a past of abandonment, and the loss of his mother at a young age. All of these men have grown up on our streets. They have not had the experience of the presence of a father in their lives. The ‘odds’ aren’t stacked in favor of these men. They are not ‘qualified’ to do a lot of things. They have a history of pain, violence, destruction, abandonment, oppression; and yet…. God has redeemed them.

They have a hunger for God, a deep love for those who are deceived and broken in the community, and a passion to demonstrate God’s Kingdom. All of these men are involved in a bible study that Alonzo Brown, one of our staff, is leading on Tuesday nights across the street from our facility at a barber shop. They are recruiting other men from our streets to attend the bible study. It is real…. raw… and a beautiful expression of testimony, struggle, vulnerability, honesty, and a clear declaration of the Gospel every week. We are sharing life with these men. God is teaching us much through them and the wisdom he has granted them. We are coming alongside them to offer what we can to train and ‘disciple’ them in their walk with Christ. They are coming alongside us to do the same as they share their gifts, perspectives, experiences and wisdom with us.



We sat around our office the other day and talked of what God was doing in our lives and neighborhood. I listened as they shared how God was using them to talk with young boys who come in the shop. They spoke of deterring young kids from ‘gang’ fights, of destructive decisions, and hopeless behavior. Four of the five men are now standing up as the ‘first’ generation of fathers. They are accepting responsibility to raise their children ‘in Christ’ and be there for them. One of them recently lamented, “We have never seen what a father looks like. We are having to break these patterns and learn to father our kids.” When they speak of what God is doing on our streets their eyes light up. They dream of what can happen as we live out the Kingdom of God together. They are the rising leaders. I have never seen anything like watching them share their faith in the street. It is an extreme blessing to participate with them and to be used by God to invest in them. If you want to be encouraged, come over and visit these gifted and passionate men of God. Please pray for Charles, Corey, Jeremy, Jermaine, and Irvin. It is powerful for our neighborhood kids to see these men begin to ‘stand in the gap’ and model what real men look like. Resurrection is a beautiful thing

Common Ground Christmas Store

This year will be the third year that we will have our annual ‘Christmas Store’ in the neighborhood. Will you consider being a part of it? We took some wisdom from others who have gone before us in other urban contexts and decided that we would open up a Christmas ‘store’ rather than ‘give away’ free toys to kids. Rather than going around the parents for Christmas, we decided to allow parents in our neighborhood the same joy that you and I get when we get to see our children open the gifts that we were able to contribute towards for them. Knowing that many of our parents are not able to provide much and still pay the bills, we open up a store where toys are sold at 30 to 40 percent of the retail values. We take in donated toys, money, and toy store gift cards and set up our store in the ‘hood. The ages to be bought for are 1 year old through 15 year olds. This year it will be at our new building! You can help in a lot of ways. You, and any social or business group you are a part of, can either donate money, buy toys, or donate gift cards from Wal-Mart or Toys R Us, to Common Ground Montgomery and we can stock our shelves accordingly. You can also serve by helping stock and re-stock shelves, price toys, help us go and buy the toys, help us ‘gift wrap’ toys during the store after ‘check out’ and help carry the toys out to people’s cars. Sorry, but we already have two or three feisty neighborhood ladies who run the cash registers! Trust me… they are best suited for the job.



Christmas Store Quick Facts:
Store dates and hours: December 14th-18th from 4-7 P.M.
Location: 1516 Mobile Road, Montgomery, 36108.
Drop off dates: From now till the 17th of December (please call for coordination)
Number to call: 657-7049 Kevin King


Thank you for your prayer and partnership. I am humbled to be on your team.
Bryan Kelly Founder, Common Ground Montgomery

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Attitude Of Gratitude



Psalm 140:13 says, “The righteous shall give thanks to your name.”

"The person who gives thanks evidences that he has a righteous heart. Remember we said that the Gospel is guilt, grace, and gratitude.You see, the person who knows that he was a guilty, undeserving sinner deserving of God’s wrath knows that God has poured out His grace upon Him and that God by His grace has made him righteous through Christ. That person is going to be a grateful person. The person who’s been made righteous, who knows he has no righteousness of his own, he will be a grateful person because he knows he has no hope of ever being righteous apart from the cross and the grace and the love of Christ. So a thankful heart is an indicator of our real heart condition."
-Nancy Leigh Demoss


I have so much to be thankful for. So much so that I cant even begin to talk about here. I will say I am thankful for a patient, godly, compassionate husband and one very darling daughter, whom I love so very much. I confess this year I have chosen to whine a lot about things that have been going on. This Thanksgiving I really, really believe will be different.( LORD willing my days after that) I have learned and have been stretched and challenge much in my marriage, parenting and love for neighbors over the past three years. Yet, I am thankful for it all. I have been overwhelmed with numerous opportunities to show the LOVE and present the Gospel to all those around me. I have failed many times, even still Gods GRACE has always been there to clean up my mess. This thanksgiving I want to remember all that the LORD has done. I want to remember the times I was in shackles to the times that HE has set me free. Sanctification is a beast, but its one that I would not mind dancing with for all of eternity. You see its there that I meet my Savior face to face. Knowing Him in the fellowship of HIS sufferings being conformed into His image.

Happy Thanksgiving. I pray that it is one FILLED with RADICAL GRATITUDE!!


Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
-Colossians 3:15-16

Common Ground Weekly Update-November 25



A Holy Hangover and A Christmas Store


Holy Hangover

We have now had 4 days to consider the ‘hangover’ significance of our Grand Opening. I asked myself, “What happened? How important was it, really?” I am convinced that it was and is one of the most important milestones I have ever personally been a part of. The meaning, for me, lies in the fact that so many people, from different races, economic backgrounds, family backgrounds, and other life experiences came together on the property that itself was a picture of ‘resurrection’ to celebrate it’s opening. The presence of those who participated, though it was powerful and a beautiful picture of the Kingdom of God was even small compared to the actual amount of people who gave of themselves to see this building come together. So many people who reside inside and outside of our ‘hood gave of their abilities, sweat, blood, financial resources, leveraged their relationships, and kept showing up together time and time again over the last 9 months. We would pray, and the right people would continually ‘show up’. Some would come consistently and chip away, like small armies (Sunday School classes, fraternities and sororities, campus groups, singles groups, persistent individuals, youth groups, etc.) Others would show up with heavy artillery when needed. But, the constant theme was that God brought the right people, at the right time. He multiplied resources. We were able to celebrate what God was doing among us together. The building gives us the space to be creative and invest in our community in ways we had been dreaming of and in ways have yet to dream of. I look forward in the coming weeks to inform you of all the encouraging initiatives going on in the building daily. This week alone we will have just under 150 kids and young adults participating in bible studies, tutoring, and job skills training. The importance of our ‘party’ was that it represented all of our coming together to practice ’resurrection’. Nothing short of our coming together would have glorified God this way. I was able to look into the eyes of kids from all over our city and see joy. I was able to look into the eyes of so many adults from all over our city and see strength and excitement. Thank you for celebrating the opening with us, whether you were physically present or not, we know you celebrate together with us what our Father is doing among us.

Please visit here for more photos of our Grand Opening :)

Our Christmas Store

This year will be the third year that we will have our annual ‘Christmas Store’ in the neighborhood. Will you consider being a part of it? We took some wisdom from others who have gone before us in other urban contexts and decided that we would open up a Christmas ‘store’ rather than ‘give away’ free toys to kids. Rather than going around the parents forChristmas, we decided to allow parents in our neighborhood the same joy that you and I get when we get to see our children open the gifts that we were able to contribute towards for them. Knowing that many of our parents are not able to provide much and still pay the bills, we open up a store where toys are sold at 30 to 40 percent of the retail values. We take in donated toys, money, and toy store gift cards and set up our store in the ‘hood. The ages to be bought for are 1 year old through 15 year olds. This year it will be at our new building! You can help in a lot of ways. You, and any social or business group you are a part of, can either donate money, buy toys, or donate gift cards from Wal-Mart or Toys R Us, to Common Ground Montgomery and we can stock our shelves accordingly. You can also serve by helping stock and re-stock shelves, price toys, help us go and buy the toys, help us ‘gift wrap’ toys during the store after ‘check out’ and help carry the toys out to people’s cars. Sorry, but we already have two or three feisty neighborhood ladies who run the cash registers! Trust me… they are best suited for the job.




Christmas Store Quick Facts:
Store dates and hours: December 14th-18th from 4-7 P.M.
Location: 1516 Mobile Road, Montgomery, 36108.
Drop off dates: From now till the 17th of December (please call for coordination)
Number to call: 657-7049 Kevin King




Thank you for your prayer and partnership. I am humbled to be on your team.
Bryan Kelly Founder, Common Ground Montgomery

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Party Over Here!!!


Outside the gates of our ministry building is a huge sign that reads:

Common Ground Montgomery Block Party
CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF OUR NEW MINISTRY BUILDING
Food * Games * Entertainment * Open House
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Tour of Building and Neighborhood Block Party!


I am sure I can speak for the entire staff when I say, our hearts are overflowing with gratitude to the LORD and all HE has done, is doing and will continue to do in our neighborhood! Its hard to believe just three years ago, we,(the Kellys and the Kings) were only thinking on such things to happen. We never imagined it would happen this fast. There has been a lot of trials, but the LORD has remained FAITHFUL, GOOD, and TRUSTWORTHY! What a honor and joy it has been to serve HIM!

Please pray for our time tomorrow. Pray that many in our neighborhood will witness the glory of the LORD and long to have a relationship with Him. Pray as well that the LORD would bless our ministry financially so that we can continue to do the work of the KINGDOM!

Black and White Of Racism Today

One of our local news station did a special tonight on Racism. My husband and Bryan Kelly were both asked to speak about our ministry and share a little bit about racial reconciliation. Unfortunately, Bryan was sick (he is doing better, yay!) and could not attend the forum. Kevin and a panel of SGA leaders from a few local colleges did share their thoughts on the issue. Here are a few clips below of what was discussed. The first video entitled What is RACISM, can be watched here.

PLEASE go to WSFA website to watch the rest of the broadcast.

I loved how the LORD set the stage for this overdue discussion.We need to dialogue about this more. Praise God for breaking down all racial barriers!








Ephesians 2:14-18
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A prayer.....

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.

-A prayer of Mother Teresa

Monday, November 16, 2009

And A Child Shall Lead Them......



You know..... the life of a Christian is one full of uncertainties. You never know how the LORD is going to reveal your heart, or who He will use to humble you. This past Saturday I had a run in with one of the local teens who is very disrespectful and full of lies. I confronted him about messing with some of the girls who were at my home for a sleepover this weekend, and of course as usual he lied to me and said he was not doing what the girls accused him of. I left the girls as well as my six year old out in the car as I ran into a friends home. I come out and find all the girls upset, apparently this 17 yr old had been using filthy language towards the girls. My daughter hears him saying words that he should not and she tells him "E, if you don't stop cursing you will go to hell" ( okay...now we are not training a little legalist in our home, I guess because she has never heard such words she just assume that those things he is saying will place him in eternal punishment...oops)

Kevin and I were explaining to a friend of ours that this young guy, when you confront him with the truth of the scripture or say anything to him about the Lord and his soul...He flips out as if he is demon possessed or something. He (the guy my daughter says that too) looks at her and says "shut up you B****, you little H**, I will get my little cousin to beat your a**"


So I am heated at this point, all kinds of bitterness and hatred is creeping up within my heart. I call my husband and explain to him what happens and he assures me when he gets home he will definitely take care of it.
Because I have been studying gratitude in my times alone with God, I begin to ask Him LORD how do I choose thankfulness in this situation. I am angry at this teenager for talking to my daughter in such a hurtful way. Praise God that she did not know what any of those words meant, all she knew was he was using words that she knows you are not suppose to use.

Kevin puts kai down for bed that night and after their bible reading they begin to pray. They talk about the importance of praying for our neighbors (as we always talk about) and he ask her was there anything she wanted to specifically pray about. She says " I want to pray for E."

She begins to ask the Lord to help him to not say hurtful words, as well as for HIM to LOVE JESUS.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

What an example the LORD had set up before Kevin and I, what an answer to my prayers of wanting to choose thankfulness in this situation and really needing to see what it was I could be thankful for.

Yesterday, as we were leaving for our family day out, E. rolled up on his bike. Kevin ask him to come over to the car and he being to explain to him how in spite of him talking to kai like he did, she prayed for him the night before. She just put his head down. Kevin then ask him " what do you need to say?" "E" tells kai that he is sorry...Kevin says "sorry for what"? "E" says "for cursing you out" kai looks at him and says with all sincerity in her face and eyes...( my husband says)

" I forgive you"


My prayer is that " E" at that moment experienced God in a way he had never before. I pray that the seed that the LORD used my daughter to plant would later grow into a healthy firm tree.....planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. I was reminded that day how I am to love my enemies and my neighbors.

I was reminded of the weight the LORD has taken off of us all..by forgiving us of our sins and not counting any of them against us.


Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit- Psalm 32:2

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things.... -Psalm 103:1-5

Quote Of The Day


Philippians 4:6-7 (New American Standard Bible)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

"To put it more simply: In every situation...prayer+ thanksgiving = peace.
When prayer teams up with gratitude, when we open our eyes wide enough to see God's mercies even in the midst of our pain, and when we exercise faith and give Him thanks even when we can't see those mercies, He meets us with His indescribable peace. It's a promise. Oh, we can try it the other way. Without thanksgiving.Author and bible teacher Beth Moore describes the way most people live, by substituting the familiar phrases from Philippians 4:6-7 with their polar opposites:

Do not be calm about anything, but in everything, by dwelling on it constantly and feeling picked on by God, with thoughts like,"And this is the thanks I get," present your aggravations to everyone you know but Him. And the acid in your stomach, which transcends all milk products, will cause you an ulcer, and the doctor bills will cause you a heart attack, and you will lose your mind.

Prayer is vital-but to really experience His peace, we must come to Him with gratitude. Hard gratitude. Costly gratitude. The kind that trusts that He is working for our good even in unpleasant circumstances...the kind that garrisons our troubled hearts and minds with His unexplainable peace."

Nancy Leigh Demoss -Choosing Gratitude

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hospitality.... Help!!!!!!


I am running out of ideas when it comes to having people over for dinner. I need your help...BIG TIME! I would love to hear from you all as to what kind of meals do you serve for large guest? What ideas do you have to help make a missionary budget stretch? We have decided these kids and families are OUR MINISTRY, they are the reason we are here, so if we are going to have them over, I want to do better with saving and having meals that will go a loooooong way! Post any ideas you have here for others to see or email them to me at mrsnicolek@yahoo.com.

*sighs* Thanks friends! I don't want this to become a burden. I want to continue to serve the LORD with joy and gladness without fear or worry. Your help/ideas will make this possible :)

Thanks again!


May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
-Psalm 20:4

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Talk....

" Mrs. Nicole, I just want to be loved"
" I can't lie, I want to know what its like to have sex. so many of the girls at school are doing it"
" He buys me things and tells me he likes me alot"
"Is it true you can get HIV from kissing??"
" We saw a fourth grader give two boys a lap dance outside during P.E....."
"Mrs. Nicole, I'm taking birth control pills...(
says a seventh grader)"


So, yesterday was Friday the 13th and I feel as if I was staring in a horror film. I invited five of the girls from our program whom I am very close with to spend the night in our home. Kevin and some of the other staff guys hosted a sleepover in our ministry building with the younger boys so this gave us sometime alone . I used this night to talk to the girls about sex,pregnancy and boys. I am speechless at all I heard. We are talking about fourth graders having sex. All of the girls in my home tell me that they still have their 'cards'. ( I learned tonight that this is street slang for being a virgin..whew!) Oh LORD how I want to believe them! They did admit to me they were curious and wanted to have sex. Again, these girls are as young as fourth grade and as old as the seventh. What ever happened to jumping rope,playing hide go seek, cards, twister????
My heart just breaks for these girls. They are bombarded with so many images and standards of beauty that effect them negatively everyday. I even look at my six year old (whom was in the bed at the time of this conversation) and watch the struggle she has to learn how to endure day to day and I am worn out trying to help her survive!! I did not want to do an INJUSTICE to these girls by not talking to them about these things. Oh, how hard this was, it was very draining and sad. I cannot even begin to explain. I just can't. Please join me in standing in the gap for every young girl in the world. Who searches for significance in a boy, in her beauty in her longing to be looved.

LORD have mercy........

Mercy Street



Our family over atMercy Street could use your help. Check out my friend Melissa's Blog and spread the word! Without the help of supporters our ministry efforts would be VERY hard to continue! Please take the time to invest in the Kingdom by supporting this ministry! Grace to you all!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Interruptions

This blog post has changed the way I look at parenting, being a wife and a urban missionary. Please take the time to read this and come back and tell me what you think.

Go on now... I cant wait to hear what you think. :)

Offering




Magnificent Holy Father
I stand in awe of all I see
Of all the things You have created
But still You choose to think of me
Who am I that You should suffer
Your very life to set me free
The only thing that I can give You
Is the life You gave to me

[Chorus]
This is my offering, dear Lord
This is my offering to You, God
And I will give You my life
For it's all I have to give
Because You gave Your life for me



I stand before You at this alter
So many have given You more
I may not have much I can offer
Yet what I have is truly Yours

[Chorus]

This is my offering...


-Third Day

I Just Want To Remember/ Psalm 77


Kevin and I have had the privilege over the years to have our home graced by soo many different type of people. Our home is known as the Marriott of the hood.(and suburbs at one time) So many coming and going, sharing their stories, sleeping on the sofa, eating and fellowshiping with us. I must confess, this is not easy, being hospitable can be a bit of a challenge for me. As I was talking with one of our guest last night, I was telling her how I really, really don't want to get to the point where I am doing something just to be doing it and robbing the LORD of His glory. You know, doing things out of habit and not as a living sacrifice acceptable to the LORD. She and I had the most precious conversation out on my front porch about the neighborhood,Gods character and all that HE has done. All that He has done??!! NOw..lets think about that....

I believe, once again my frustrations about being hospitable and having so many interruptions day in and day out may stem from me not going over in my mind ALL of the WORKS of GOD. I really need to change my way of thinking. Not remembering ( and not being THANKFUL) all that the LORD has done, is doing and will continue to do in the future has left me pretty grumpy at times. God has done some amazing things in our neighborhood, in our marriage, in our parenting, as well as in the lives of many of the college students that we see from day to day.......

Psalm 77:11-12
I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.

I must remember....

-God's faithful,loving and sustainable GRACE that has kept Kevin and I together and faithful for the past 7 years
-One miracle child that the LORD has allowed us to steward for the past 6 years
-No matter how many people we feed God constantly provides for our family in abundance through family, friends, the Church, and supporters
- the neighborhood I once was fearful of moving into has now become home and I have gain tons of children,mothers,grandmothers and friends
-the teen girl who once thought God was a joke and just 'mean' for no reason is GROWING STRONGLY in her new walk with Him and carries such a sweet joy and excitement for the scriptures
-we witnessed our first wedding in the hood where both groom and bride( ex-gang bangers,drug dealers and accused with murder) are new Christians who GO HARD for the LORD on a daily basis...not only that but they are having such a huge impact on the community as well.
- we are (as a ministry and as individual families and singles) through the GRACE and will say this again..through the GRACE of God.. influencing a younger generation. We have the privilege to expose so, so many kids on a daily to the TRUTH of the Gospel. What a impact that will have on the community in the years to come.
- We have a ministry building that the LORD has given us and is being used in so many lives and in so many ways
-I have witnessed the thief no longer steal..but work
- I have met and talked with a prostitute that no longer sells her body but works honestly to take care of her child and now desires to teach him the Truth of Gods word.
- we have a full time counselor on staff with us who is able to accurately use Gods word to help heal those who are hurting in our neighborhood
-We have a pastor for our future church plant (who happens to be some very dear friends to us all) but as a staff we are more excited because we KNOW the LORD is goign to use HIm to reach so many people with the gospel
- Kevin and I serve along side some of the most LOVING, HONEST,COMPASSIONATE, GIVING, & FUNNY GOd lovers we have ever met..We are family and we are thankful for the closeness we share.

God is so patient with me in my forgetfulness and selfishness. So gracious so kind. I read today that..
Jesus gave Himself to God and to the world, not under coercion, but with gratitude.


That is my prayer, that I would do all that the LORD SOVEREIGNLY calls me to do, and that I would do it with gratitude and joy... just like JESUS. That I would learn to live contently in the moment than being anxious about the future or regretting the past.
I am hopeful this hour..I pray by Gods grace I stay there until her returns.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A couple of Things I MUST NOT Forget....




Timothy 2:23-26

But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, )with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

James 1:19-20

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.


Colossians 3:12-13

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

CGM Update



Here is our recent email update. We are sooo thankful for all the things the LORD is doing around us. It's all Him, not us, HE had all this planned. We are glad to be apart of His big picture! Check out Delta's Blog to get the full scoop.

A Little Discouraged



Be Still and Know- Steven Curtis Chapman




Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is holy
Be still, O restless soul of mine
Bow before the Prince of peace
Let the noise and clamor cease

Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is faithful
Consider all that He has done
Stand in awe and be amazed
And know that He will never change
Be still

Be still, and know that He is God
Be still, and know that He is God
Be still, and know that He is God

Be still; Be speechless

Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know He is our Father
Come rest your head upon His breast
Listen to the rhythm of His unfailing heart of love
Beating for His little ones
Calling each of us to come
Be still, Be still

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Forgetfulness and Ingratitude


“Forgetfulness and ingratitude go hand in hand” Nancy Leigh Demoss

I am reading Nancy Leigh Demoss new book Choosing Gratitude and I tell you what this sucker is convicting. I am such an ungrateful person. I will find something in my heart to murmur and or complain about. The Lord is definitely dealing with me on this, and I don't want to fight him on it. I loong for consistent JOY in my walk with the LORD. Though this study has been convicting, I am encouraged because the LORD in it is outlining ways in which JOY can be achieved for all of eternity. Once a week I received a email from Nancy's ministry, Revive Our Hearts, where other women(who happen to be reading the book as well) are discussing all that they are learning and challenged with in reading this book. So, after I read my chapter I go over to the blog and share what the LORD is teaching me. It has been encouraging to hear from women all around the world. Here is what I read over there this morning from the group facilitator:


".........I tend to forget who I was before Christ redeemed me. I forget the depravity of my sin; the bondage that was my daily reality; the hopelessness of being separated from God.

Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:12-13).
**This is my life verse by the way :)

A dangerous descent into ingratitude begins as the wonder of all Christ did in redeeming my lost soul and making me His precious daughter fades from my memory. Choosing Gratitude is reminding me there is a battle to be waged if I’m to resist this natural descent.

Here are a few of the practical steps you can take in this battle against ingratitude:

Think often on who you were apart from Christ, and who you are today, because of His mercy and grace. Remembering the life you’ve been redeemed from increases your gratefulness for who you are today. Considering what He’s done even in the last year brings a deeper sense of gratefulness . . . and gives hope for tomorrow.

Express gratitude to those who played a part in opening your eyes to the gospel. After sending a thank-you note, I’ve reconnected with the missionary who brought the gospel message across my path as a wandering teenager. This 80+-year-old man’s zeal and passion for the Lord continues to inspire me.

Hang out with new believers. Their love and enthusiasm for Christ is contagious. Because they have so recently stood in the shadow of the cross, gratitude oozes from their pores.

Return often to thoughts of the cross and the gospel. After 30+ years of knowing Christ, I’m just beginning to understand how important this really is. John Stott wisely said,

The cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough to it for its sparks to fall on us.
"


Good huh?! What are some ways you are choosing gratitude today? Please share :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

American Violet



This movie rocked every JUSTICE bone in my body! Its a must see!!! My husband and I sat down and watched this movie through our beloved Netflix subscription and it really gave us a deeper burden for the poor and and a stronger dislike for our justice system. American Violet, based on the true story of Dee Roberts, a 24 year-old African American single mother of four living in a small Texas town when she is dragged away from work one day in handcuffs, and then dumped in the women's county prison. The local district attorney leads an extensive drug bust, sweeping her housing project with military precision. Dee soon discovers that she has been charged as a drug dealer. Even though she has no prior drug record and no drugs were found on her in the raid, she is offered a hellish choice: plead guilty and go home as a convicted felon or remain in prison, jeopardizing her custody and risking a long prison sentence. She chooses to fight the unyielding criminal justice system, risking everything in a battle that forever changes her life and the Texas justice system.

Check out the trailer below, rent the movie and come back and tell me what you think. Oh, how I long for justice in our cities....states...country!!!!!




"Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, the fatherless or the widow." -Deu. 27:19

"I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy"-Psalm 140:12

The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.- Prov. 29:7

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Current And Future Reading List

I John Book Study (Daily Time Alone With God)


Choosing Gratitude By Nancy Leigh Demoss


Follow Me To Freedom-Shane Claiborne & John Perkins



Let Me Be A Woman By Elisabeth Elliot



When Helping Hurts By Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

A Joy Angels Will Never Know

We are now capable of a joy which unfallen spirits could not have known: the bliss of pardoned sin, the heaven of deep conscious obligation to eternal mercy. The bonds which bind redeemed ones to their God are the strongest which exist.

What a joy it will be to love the Lord more than any other of His creatures, and assuredly we shall do so. Do not think that this is an unwarrantable assertion, for I feel sure that it is the truth. Do you not read in the gospels of a woman who washed the Savior’s feet with tears and wiped them with the hairs of her head, and anointed them with ointment? Did not the Savior say that she loved much because she had much forgiven? I take it that the same general principle will apply to all places, to eternity as well as to time, and therefore I believe that forgiven sinners will have a love to God and to His Christ such as cherubim and seraphim never felt; Gabriel cannot love Jesus as a forgiven man will do.

Those who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb will be nearer and dearer to Him, and He will be nearer and dearer to them, than all the ministering spirits before the throne, for He took upon Him our nature and not theirs.”


Charles Spurgeon, “Honey from a Lion” (sermon on Romans 5:15)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Choosing Gratitude


Its great to be back home. Kevin and I were so excited to see Kai. She really is a blessing and so much fun to be around. When we walked in the door last night we were greeted with balloons, flowers and a huge WELCOME HOME sign she and aunt Jo Jo made while we were away. Instructing and training this little girl in righteousness has not been easy, yet I would not trade it for anything in the world. I have learned, that most of the frustrations that I have dealt with in my parenting was due to my own sins. yuck! I am so impatient, quick to get angry, and very controlling. I am so thankful that the LORD does not deal with us according to our sins. I am just as thankful that He has promised to complete this great work He is producing in me. I am growing in what it means to ENJOY my little girl. She really is not a big hassle. Its me and my perfectionism that tends to mess things up. She is getting so BIG! Kai will be turning seven in February. She is doing great in homeschooling, she enjoys her ballet and art classes, she gets super excited about going to the bible studies I teach in the neighborhood. This girl LOOOOVES HER BIBLES!!! She is spending time in the word everyday (and she reads her bible on her own before bed), now I don't say this to make you think I am doing something fantastic over here, or for you to comment and tell me how great of a parent I am,( please don't get it twisted..ahaha) I am simply writing this because I want to remind myself of the things GOD, I will say his name again...GOD is doing in the heart of a sinner. I pray everyday that her heart does not turn to idols, and that she does not fall in love with this fallen world, but with this AMAZING, HOLY, POWERFUL and SOVEREIGN GOD that created her in His image. I am choosing gratitude over the life of my miracle child.

Thank you LORD for such a precious gift. I pray we steward over her well.
Amen.

I know Who I Am


One of the things I have always struggled with as a Christian is who I am in Christ. I have a huge tendency to gaze intently at others and their lives...their talents, their gifts, their children, their body types, the way they steward their homes,ect,ect,ect. I have talked myself in believing the LIE that the Lord, let alone my husband would never really accept me as I am. I have made God out to be a liar, and his word not TRUTH, all from seeds of doubt that I have feed, and watered over the course of time. I finally am coming to the point where enough is enough. I am really trying to go hard in my walk with Christ where I am not ashamed to share with Kevin or close friends my struggles. Honesty and Humility is truly the pathway to revival. I believe there is some AMAZING GRACE waiting there for me. This past week at the conference a friend of ours lead us in praise and worship. The Song was I know Who I Am by Israel & New Breed Feat. Chris Tomlin. The words just spoke so much truth over me. This song as well as various verses on who the LORD say that I am in Him will be my meditation until my mind is renewed. I really have to believe all that I say that I believe. This walk is a beast!!! Praise God its possible through HIM!! Now if you will... I need to print the list below :)




Who I Am In Christ--BIBLE VERSES TO REMEMBER


I am accepted...
John 1:12 I am God's child.
John 15:15 As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 I have been justified.
1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ's body.
Ephesians 1:3-8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
Colossians 1:13-14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
Colossians 2:9-10 I am complete in Christ.
Hebrews 4:14-16 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.

I am secure...
Romans 8:1-2 I am free from condemnation.
Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
Romans 8:31-39 I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
Colossians 3:1-4 I am hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 1:6 I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.
Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.

I am significant...
John 15:5 I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God's temple.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
Ephesians 2:10 I am God's workmanship.
Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Headed Home

Well, we are at the end of the CCDA Conference and my goodness what a ending it was. I have to give a shout to Lenitia and John Fix as well as Trey and Melissa Hill. I am so glad I had the chance to see you both, what AMAZING COUPLES YOU ARE! :)

The final speaker for the night was non other than Shane Clairborne. I was blown away! I had been praying, asking, begging the LORD to give me some encouraging, hard words before we left and he did. Here are a few of my favorite quotes of the night.


"I'm not sorry for giving up a mansion when i can have a block party and play in a fire hydrant."

"If we really love our neighbor as ourselves capitalism won't be possible and Marxism won't be necessary."

"The story of vineyard workers: God's justice doesn't always look fair, but God is always good"

"Simplicity is rooted in the theology of enough"


That was just a FEW..check out the CCDA website over the next couple of weeks, for podcast of this years conference! Lord willing see you next year where the CCDA will be in my home town CHICAGO!!! yeaya!!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays- Love Justice

He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8



I am in the beautiful city of Cincinnati attending the CCDA Conference. One of the many highlights for me is the music. Every year we have the privilege of a special multi -racial band leading us into worship. That band is Foster. Foster began as a response to a deep history of cultural and racial division in the present world, and a lack of social action among people of faith. As it unifies people through music, Foster seeks to inspire people to be godly instruments of love and peace in a world of poverty, sickness, and injustice.

There is one song in particular that I cant wait to hear and that is... Love Justice. Love Justice was written by Brian Wu and Matt Lundgren. They are half of Foster. From what I have heard and read.. They have a desire to awaken the church to compassion, mercy and justice. Love Justice is just one example of how they hope to inspire people to be agents of social change.Foster aspires to be bridge builders in areas of culture and racial division. Their music reflects this aspiration in the multi-cultural approach of their EP, A World that Barely Breathes. They hope to inspire people to broaden their worship language. To increase their God vocabulary. And to inspire us to not just engage in a moment of worship but to live our lives as worship.

My knees shake at the sound of this song and my soul cries out for justice for this wicked and perverse generation. Here is the mp3 link to the song if you want to listen. May I suggest before you do..... take some time and meditate and pray through the lyrics.

Oh, how powerful they are!!!



Love Justice Lyrics:

Take our lives Lord
Take our moments and our days..
We offer them to You, we offer them in ceaseless praise

Take our hands Lord
Take our feet and let them be
A sacrifice to You...A sacrifice for those in need..

Take our Love Lord
Take our silver take our gold
And we pray to see...your Kingdom in this world

Chorus
We will love justice, show mercy, walk humbly with our God


Repeat from Top

Bridge
Justice.....Mercy...Humbly with our God....

Monday, October 19, 2009

GO HARD or GO HOME!!!

I have been waiting for this!!! Enjoy!
Lyrics Below!

LECRAE:: GO HARD from Adamson.TV on Vimeo.



Hook:
Go Hard or Go Home(2xs)
Lord Use Me Up(2xs)

Verse 1:
(Lecrae)

Lord kill me If I don't preach the gospel
I'm still in my 20's- but I'll die if I got to
Already dead- so forget my flesh
I done been crossed over see the full court press
I'm a full court mess if the Lord don't use me/
Running from my trials thinkin everythangs groovy
If the Cross don't move me then I don't wanna breath no mo/
If I aint seeing Christ potna I dont wanna see no mo
Rep every day withouth worrying about bruising
I been to china mayne I seen some real persecution
If U didn't know em would ya life look the same
Can they tell you value Jesus by the way you rep his name?
man what's the point of living if Im living for myself
Lord empty out my life before I put you on the shelf So for God I got Hard I dont' wanna die tonight/ It's too many people living who aint heard about my Christ
Go Hard or Go Home(2xs)
Lord Use Me Up(2xs)

Verse 3:
(Tedashii)

Go Hard/Go Home, Go Hard/ Go Home/
That's what that is baby/that what that mean/that what that mean/
That what That is baby/That what that mean/that what that mean/
Wha-What that mean?/
That mean that we, should be out up in ok streets/
Not just in houses with our bible's summrizing what we read/
Man this aint deep (man this aint deep)/why we aint doing what we read/
Its like we sleep (its like we sleep)/
But sinners sleepwalk when they sleep/
So why can't we (so why can't we)/the redeemed of the LORD/
Act out, what He said/and make a scene for the LORD/
Action-cut, say what, like we was the director/
But you better get a Grip like movie sets, and get to stepping/(Martin)
I know you done it/da-done it, da-done-and heard it all
You was going hard for the Lord before you heard this song/
But don't play yourself to save ya self/and walk in fear/
Scripture's like a mirror/the truth is closer than it appears/

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Urban Missionaries



"There's a dude on the corner thats out there smoking weed,that need to hear the TRUTH because the TRUTH will set him free. There's a baby in the building that don't got no food, cause her mama on the block trying to get it from them dudes. Aint nothing wrong with you going over seas, but there is people on your same street that need to be free, if you want to do a mission you aint gotta look far, there some people need to hear the TRUTH in ya back yard.....at the bus stop, girls are the beauty shop,dudes at the barber shop, the people at the car wash, the dude sitting next to you at the coffee shop, we suppose to hit the hood until it look like God's block...." -Thisl Urban Missionaries


Father thank you for sisters who understand your struggle. I feel alone as a woman many times and though I TRUST that you are ALWAYS there it is even more sweeter to know that you have provided gals that are walking the same FAITH I am. Thank you for you constant sanctification, love and grace. I even thank you for sisters who are not in the same season as I am, for they are just as important. What grace to have a community of believers to encourage, wound and comfort you.
Amen.

Some of my favorite Missionary Blogs
Antoinette
Arloa
Becca
Mellissa
Zinnada
Delta
Lenita
Tanisha
Keisha
April
Nicole (cannot forget my girl Nikki :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Girls Night Out..

It is always a joy for us to take the kids out to watch their favorite Holy Hip Hop artist perform. Below are a few of the neighborhood girls and I enjoying Krunk Fest.“Krunk Fest” is a power-packed, high energy event that gives all who attend an opportunity to express their love for Christ, through the latest dances and more.Followed by Hip Hop party—Christian style with food, fun and music.
The special guest this year was none other than Stellar Award winning Gospel Hip-Hop artist D.A. Truth We praise the LORD for brothers like the Da Truth, who the LORD has enabled to put out quality,doctrinally sound music that our kids can listen to! Check out more about the Da Truth here.









Lord, thank you for using such artist to reach those in the city. Please continue to use such men in a way that always points children and adults to the cross. May you be glorified and not the artist.
Amen!