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!

 

31 Dec 2015

Happy New Year 2016!

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There’s no greater joy than to have Christ in your life. Why not make 2016 the year you invite him in to yours? (Contact us to ask us how.) Jesus is the ultimate life-saver-transformer. Happy New Year, everyone!

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24 Dec 2015

Christ — the Reason for the Season

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Christ -- the Reason for the Season

“So the word of God became a human being and lived among us. We saw his splendour (the splendour as of a father’s only son), full of grace and truth. Indeed, every one of us has shared in his riches—there is a grace in our lives because of his grace. For…..love and truth came through Jesus Christ. It is true that no one has ever seen God at any time. Yet the divine and only Son, who lives in the closest intimacy with the Father, has made him known.” (John 1:14, 16-18 JBP)

This is why we celebrate Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!

28 Oct 2015

Intelligent Design

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Scientists are becoming increasingly aware of the fine-tuning of the mathematics and physics of the universe; and, as the list of finely-tuned characteristics continues to grow, they are being driven to conclude what they do not want to admit – that the universe is a work of intelligent design.

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Dr. Paul Davies, a physicist at Arizona State University where he is the Director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, writes in his book, God and the New Physics: “The laws of physics seem themselves to be the product of exceedingly ingenious design.” And in his book, The Cosmic Blueprint, he adds: “There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all… It seems as though somebody has fine-tuned nature’s numbers to make the universe. The impression of design is overwhelming.”

Robert Jastrow (1925-2008), world-renowned astrophysicist and cosmologist and a leading NASA scientist (1958-81), spoke about it in an interview with Christianity Today. He said: “Astronomers now find they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth. And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover. That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact.”

In his book, God and the Astronomers, he wrote: “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”