17 Dec 2016

Joy To The World!

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star-peaceGenesis and Revelation, written thousands of years apart, the first and last of the 66 books of the Bible; one written in Hebrew, the other in Greek; one that denies us the tree of life, the other that restores it to us; one that places us under a curse, the other that removes it; one that casts man out of a beautiful garden, the other that brings him a new earth. Sixty-six books written at various times over the millennia by numerous authors of different social backgrounds, cultures and places, yet each woven into an epic and true story with a perfect beginning and a perfect end, depicting the fall of man but promising man’s salvation and ultimate restoration through Jesus Christ.

And the One who is the Grand Editor of this magnificent work is God. It could only be God. For is there any man, or any group of men, that has lived long enough to write such a masterpiece or even have smarts enough to plan it? Truly all human history is His Story, whether men believe it or not. It is the greatest love story ever told. And none will ever better it. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

A man, Adam, lost our eternal intimacy and oneness with God; and so a man had to win it back. No man was good enough or equal to the task; and so it was, as the Old Testament prophets foretold, that Jesus came that very first Christmas morn to be born in Bethlehem. God came to earth as a baby to grow and to live as a man.

jttwHe was born in very humble surroundings that none might be deterred or disqualified from coming to Him for the priceless gift of eternal life and happiness He offers; for the gospels are clear that Christ rejects no one who turns to Him. As a baby He was venerated by both Jews and non-Jews, by poor Jewish shepherds and by the Magi, foreigners from the east. Tradition says the Magi were kings but they were in fact highest-tier, king-making priests of the Parthian Empire who practised a mix of astrology and astronomy. Thus they followed a star to find the Christ-child, and thus from the outset Christ was presented to the world as a king willing to receive all peoples regardless of their social status and previous religious background.

Christ came to share our humanity, to be tempted in life in every way, just as we are, and yet He resisted all temptations and sinned not.  He blessed and healed all who came to Him, and then went to the Cross willingly to die for us, to pay a price for our salvation that none of us can ever pay, because all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Only light can have fellowship with light, righteousness with holiness, the perfect with perfection. He arose from the tomb in great glory. He returned in triumph to heaven as the one and only righteous and eternal, atoning sacrifice for our sins. Love and Justice were fully satisfied.

So Jesus has prepaid your ticket to heaven. You have only to pick it up by believing and trusting in Him. By choosing to believe what Jesus has done for you, you exchange your unrighteousness for His righteousness; but not so that you can go on living as you did before. No, you must ask God to forgive you your sins and you must determine to turn and live your life as best you can with His help according to His teachings. The Holy Spirit, as Jesus promised, will be your Helper and Guide. This is the just the start of a brand new life: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17).  Ask God to lead you to a lively church and to a good Christian mentor. Get yourself a Bible and start reading the New Testament. Don’t ever think that you can go it alone.

07 Dec 2016

“God, God, God” !

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“First, God. God is the subject of life. God is foundational for living. If we don’t have a sense of the primacy of God, we will never get it right, get life right, get our lives right. Not God at the margins; not God as an option; not God at the weekends. God at center and circumference; God first and last; God, God, God.”
— Message Bible, Intro to Genesis

The God of All You See and Don't See

05 Oct 2016

Time to Refresh

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As can be appreciated from previous posts, Eric & LaVonne have really been taking some hits; and the grieving process, especially for LaVonne, has not been easy. Grieving is natural for everyone but for the Christian it is a process that need not last long. Christians can rejoice in knowing that heaven is real and that they will be reunited with their loved ones in heaven one glorious day.

Times of RefreshingEric and LaVonne have had to deal not only with their personal grief but also with adjusting to life and ministry together on a permanent basis without enforced, extended periods of separation, which has been the pattern of their marriage for the last 4 years. But God is so good and has blessed their marriage with a high degree of flexibility and resilience. Nevertheless, times of refreshing and recuperation are much needed; and in August, LaVonne resigned as an associate pastor at New Life of Springfield Church, so that she and Eric could rest, refresh and spend resettlement time together, as well as to wait on the Lord for their future path.

They are presently enjoying refreshing at Zion Christian Fellowship in Columbus (Powell Campus) under Pastors Jim & Mary Baker. Based at that church is the Columbus School of Supernatural Ministry that is linked with the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California, under Pastor Bill Johnson — they run the same curriculum. Eric and LaVonne have enrolled in the Columbus school and are very much enjoying the classes. They have also joined the Healing Rooms movement and are very much enjoying being part of the team at the In His Presence Healing Room in Plain City, Ohio.

We wait to see what God has for them next. Eric’s heart is for missions, as our June 13 post indicates. This requires a great deal of financial support, but God’s vision always receives His PROvision—and Eric and LaVonne are waiting on the fulfillment of a stack of exciting prophecies.

Even so, Eric and LaVonne are open to whatever the Lord requires of them. Recently, some of the ladies from the Springfield church approached LaVonne to continue mentoring them, which has led to monthly ladies meetings in one lady’s home in Springfield, that began last month.

15 Aug 2016

The Drugs War

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Sadly, the youngest of LaVonne’s three sons, Justin, passed away in November 2015 at the age of 32.

We do not want to hide Justin’s passing because we wish to expose the sorry pattern that is all too familiar in America today—medically prescribed opiate-based painkilling drugs leading to opiate addiction and ultimately to death by accidental overdose. Watch this video produced by the Minnesota Department of Human Services:

Over 38,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2010, greater than the deaths attributed to motor vehicle accidents, homicides and suicides put together. Overdose deaths from “opioids” (narcotic pills like Oxycontin, Percodan and Methadone as well as heroin) have become the fastest growing drug problem throughout the U.S., and not just in large urban settings. People addicted to prescription drugs are being driven to use heroin, which is readily available everywhere, even delivered to your door, and so very much cheaper than prescription drugs. Families of all backgrounds in America are having to contend with problem in epidemic proportions. We recommend Sam Quinones’ book, ‘Dreamland’. of course, the prescribed opioids route is not the only route. More familiar routes, such as teenagers experimenting with drugs or drugs being freely available at parties still apply, but the prescription route has multiplied the problems of addiction and surplus prescribed opioids are being passed around or resold. it is a growing nightmare that takes families by surprise.

Despite intense prayer and his family’s best efforts to help him, Justin passed away; but he knew Jesus, and is now in a far better situation in heaven. Pastor Eric is now in training from Refuge Ministries of Columbus, Ohio, to be a member of their Champions Network with a view to establishing and leading Christ-centred recovery groups. Watch this video by NBC 4 local news.

LaVonne tells her son’s story on YouTube with her mother’s heart, and, if you wish, you can access it by clicking here, Justin’s story.

30 Jul 2016

God’s Directions Are Always Best

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LaVonne flew to England to be with Eric for a two-month period on January 26. The Lord woke her up very early one morning telling her to book a flight and to do it right away. He even said which agency to use. The agency informed her there was a cheap ticket on offer via Chicago, which LaVonne dislikes using as a hub airport; but because of the low price and the Lord telling her to go that way, she went ahead and purchased the ticket.

So she flew out of Chicago on January 26 and into London Heathrow on January 27. This was the Lord’s perfect timing, because Eric’s father passed away suddenly on January 26, aged 90. Therefore, when Eric so needed his wife to be with him, she was already on her way! Father God knew He was calling Eric’s dad home, and Father God made the necessary arrangements.

polar-bearWinter Storm Jonas, a severe category 5 winter blizzard of historic proportions, blew over the eastern seaboard of the United States between January 22 and 24. The Washington Post renamed the storm “Snowzilla.” It closed all of LaVonne’s preferred hub airports and was still disrupting travel plans as late as January 29. Chicago’s O’Hare airport, however, was unscathed. The captain announced they were leaving the gate 15 minutes early to avoid a snow-front that was coming in. LaVonne had a hassle-free trip.

Furthermore, LaVonne’s length of stay was enough for them to manage their father’s funeral and probate and a host of other practical things, which went through very smoothly. Eric found a cheap ticket to fly back to the States with LaVonne on her return flight, and they flew out of Heathrow at the end of March with everything taken care of!

Praise God, somebody! And, praise God for an awesome thanksgiving service for Eric’s father’s life and that he is now reunited in heaven with Eric’s mother.

 

13 Jun 2016

“The Wind is Blowing Again”

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InternationalI have been an international “fire-sower” for the gospel of Jesus Christ and seen souls saved and bodies healed from India to Brazil but this missionary has had a frustrating last 10 years without missions. Part of the reason has been family responsibilities and part has been zero financial support for missions. But this week, a visiting speaker knowing nothing about me said, “Your missions aren’t over. I see you in Africa. I see you going all round the world!” Another word in another place to me was, ” It’s just like you’re in a race car, and you’re not on a road…you’re on a racetrack; the Lord is saying it’s just full speed ahead.” This is total confirmation of prophecies I’ve held on to for 12 years or more. So I feel that in the words of the old hymn, “The wind is blowin’ again, the wind is blowin’ again. Just like the day of Pentecost, the wind is blowin’ again.” And if you wish to support, there’s a donate button at the foot of this page. The race car has plenty of oil but needs gas money. 

And here’s an indorsement by a Facebook friend, Marcelo Flores: “Wow, I remember this time, great things the Lord has done here in Sao Caetano do Sul, São Paulo, through his life and his wife LaVonne Smith Bardell! Many Miracles! Many healings! Many Lives Accepting Jesus! A lot of fire! Oh Glorias The God! Praised be God!”

Posted by Eric Bardell

 

27 Mar 2016

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

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Jesus is risen!

 

 

Jesus is risen indeed!

Why is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ so important? And why have Christians so celebrated it throughout history?

Click here to discover ten reasons why.

 

25 Mar 2016

Good Friday

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Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

If, as is popularly said, all paths lead to God, they all lead to two gates at the Cross of Jesus Christ. Jesus said:  “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  Which way will you choose? Will you choose the narrow way of the Cross through Jesus Christ into salvation and life eternal? This way may at times become difficult but the rewards are endless and glorious, for the Bible declares that this way leads to joy inexpressible and full of glory, and is our only way into heaven. Which way are you going?

 

11 Jan 2016

Wait, there’s more!

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Wait, there’s more! We have taken Marlena Hackney in to our ministry as a prophetic intercessor. She couldn’t come for ordination yesterday but the Lord totally showed up in our home when we ordained her this evening, sealing and enhancing what was already in place. We’ve been praying for the Lord to add to us, and He’s doing it.

Marlena Hackney

11 Jan 2016

Great New Year Bonus

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What a wonderful start to the New Year!

Yesterday we welcomed Adam & Natosha Malone into the fold of Lion & Eagle Ministries when we ordained them as pastors at New Life of Springfield Church in Springfield, Ohio. They will serve as the youth pastors under Senior Pastor Miguel Ten who was ordained by us as a Business Apostle & Pastor in 2010. Pastor LaVonne is also there assisting Pastor Ten. Eric returns to England this week to continue caring for his elderly father.

Pastors Adam & ToshPastors Adam & Natosha Malone a are a dynamic, young, Christian couple with a breadth of experience already under their belts. They have been married 11 years and have three wonderful children aged 10, 9 and 4. They were youth pastors at New Life of Springfield Church (then known as Freedom Road) for two years until moving to another church in the city where they also became the youth ministers. Adam was also an elder and a trustee, as well as on the praise and worship team. Then the Lord told them it was time to return to New Life of Springfield because Pastor Miguel was praying earnestly to the Lord for some youth pastors! So they’re back, and ordination has merely sealed what God has already been doing in and through them. Both are very anointed; and, like ourselves, they’re equally at ease ministering individually or together as a team.

They’re excited to be part of our ministry, and we’re even more excited to have them! We know God has great things ahead for them, and we are eager to see them happen. Adam shares Eric’s passion for international missions. He broke out preaching when sharing his testimony and had to rein back, but we would have been happy to hear him!