01 Aug 2020

Be Dressed: Battle Ready

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17 Jun 2021

Pastor Ordination

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After due process and inquiry, it was our pleasure to ordain David L. March Sr. in the office of Pastor this evening. As with everyone whom we ordain, we ordain them not just for our church but for the Church.

The air was heavy with the Lord’s Presence and prophetic words came that, unknown to the givers, matched and confirmed prophetic words given to David earlier in his ministry journey. Even the lyrics of the little-known song with which we closed the service, matched details of his journey so far. The Lord had impressed that song upon us; we had intended to finish with a different song. We had no idea just how intimately the Lord intended to minister to David through it.

So the Lord’s hand was upon his ordination from before to last, and we are excited to watch and see how the Lord leads Pastor David L. March Sr. from this day forward.

To view a list of our ordained people and learn our approach to ordinations, click here.

04 Apr 2021

Resurrection Sunday

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02 Apr 2021

Good Friday

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23 Jan 2021

What Shall We Say Then?

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Notwithstanding numerous allegations of election rigging in key swing states supported by sworn statements by eyewitnesses and even videos, but which no court anywhere in the land was willing to examine, not even the Supreme Court at the suit of Texas and a fair number of other States, we find ourselves with a new President in Washington DC. And, from day one of the new administration, we are witnessing a wholesale backslide into the Obama years with a lot worse in prospect. Astonishingly, many Christians actually voted for this!

So, is this cause for fear and gloom in our hearts? Certainly not! God is still God, and Jesus is still Lord. No purpose of His can be thwarted. This was Job’s positive confession after his catalog of adversity and affliction, and it should be ours too, no matter what happens. History shows that all attempts to stamp out the Christian faith and the Bible are futile, and the Bible itself declares it.

President Trump did a great job despite an obviously orchestrated chorus of scandalous and unwarranted hostility, resistance and opposition on a daily, almost hourly basis from Democrats and the media. He saw record high numbers for the economy and jobs pre-Covid; he stopped the hemorrhaging of the southern border; he set up enterprise zones for blacks and Hispanics and improved his vote among them; he cut oppressive regulations and brought back manufacturing to the United States, as he promised he would; he renegotiated NAFTA; he made the United States energy independent and an energy exporter; he rebuilt the military; he stood strong and successfully against ISIS, China and Russia—“peace through strength;” he started no new wars but brought troops home; he insisted NATO allies contribute financially to the level the treaty specifies; he enabled drug purchasing abroad to lower the price of prescription drugs domestically; he was pro-life, cutting funding to Planned Parenthood and cutting funding for abortions in foreign countries; he was very protective of the country’s Christian roots and heritage; and he was pro-Israel in moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and in brokering peace agreements between some Arab nations and Israel.  We know whoever blesses Israel God blesses in return. None of his many accomplishments were acknowledged or praised by the media. If they were mentioned at all, it was given a negative spin. The new incumbent has labeled him “incompetent!”  That’s complete nonsense.

As for Covid, President Trump stopped all flights from China early and was heavily criticized for it by Democrats. He supported the states so well with hospital ships, ventilators and field hospitals to where even the Democrat governors of New York and California publicly acknowledged his effective and speedy responses. And his “Operation Warp Speed” brought us vaccines before the end of 2020—something he promised but which all the ‘experts’ ridiculed and said could not be done. His opponents did nothing but falsely accuse him of failing to lead. They tried and failed to impeach him over the Russia hoax which was debunked as a deliberate ploy to unseat him and take the heat off Hillary Clinton for her classified emails scandal, yet they pursued it to the bitter end through a special counsel, and then they pursued a sham impeachment, all the time knowing their various allegations were false but using it all to paint a false picture of President Trump to the electorate.

He specialized in doing what experts said could not be done. Obama laughed and said there was no way he could bring manufacturing back to America without a magic wand, but he did. They said the wall would never work but it cut illegal entries dramatically. He even got the Mexican military patrolling its own side of the border. It stopped the immigrant human caravans and also negatively impacted the criminal activity of MS-13 and drugs’ ‘coyotes.’ He delivered on his promises of vaccines being made available within the year. His election slogan was, “Promises made, Promises kept.”

He displayed formidable energy and stamina and intellectual ability as well as oratory. He spoke at numerous rallies for hours and people turned out in their thousands to hear him. He ducked no hard questions. In stark contrast, his election opponent had no hard questions put to him by a softball media and we were told to expect a “blue wave.” No such wave came. In fact, the Democrats lost seats in the House of Representatives and the Republicans flipped some state legislatures. President Trump increased his popular votes way above his 2016 mark, securing almost 75 million votes, yet somehow his opponent still beat him despite spending most of his campaign time in his basement at home with obvious cognitive issues and slurring some of his words. Now that Donald J. Trump is no longer in office, they still want a second impeachment trial, which is unconstitutional and bogus for a number of reasons, one of which is because it is now clear that the so-called insurrection at the Capitol was pre-planned and began before he completed his speech, and none of his words were inflammatory, unlike the words of some Democrats we have heard. Some local and state Democrat leaders ordered police inaction during left-wing summer rioting. Federal buildings and monuments were attacked and police stations were surrendered. We watched criminal damage, arson and violence, and at least 25 people died and more than 400 police officers were injured, while all the Speaker of the House could say was, “People do what they will do.” How atrocious, irresponsible and impeachable!     

So, to echo the words of the apostle Paul, what then shall we say to all of this?

God is in ultimate control. Nothing takes Him by surprise and he is always way ahead. He leads and we follow. We cannot be separated from His Love; and nothing can snatch us from His hand. There is nothing that can succeed against Him or stop His eternal plan and purposes. Our citizenship is of Heaven. Heaven is our home. We will run the race, stay the course and receive the glorious reward of the overcomer. Jesus is returning for His Bride. Everything points that way; but if He delays, we will still overcome if we stay in faith. His Word is forever settled in Heaven and can never fail, as He can never fail and His Love never fails. Amen and Amen.

Now, we will busy ourselves about His business and be vigilant. We will keep our eyes on Him and pursue righteousness. We will pray for righteousness, truth and justice and walk in peace. We will trust and not be afraid. We will pray for those who want to persecute us.

Some say we need to be “detoxed” or “deprogrammed” but perhaps they first need to examine themselves.

Should Christians speak out against hypocrisy, criminality, unfairness and injustice? John the Baptist did. Jesus did.

23 Dec 2020

Lionheart Champions Church

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There’s a growing house church, named Lionheart Champions Church, in Orient, Ohio, that is under Lion & Eagle Ministries. Landon and Christy Greek are doing a wonderful job as pastors, while we are overseers.

Below is a link to five random amateur video captures of the kids’ nativity play on December 20 which we think you will enjoy and give you a taste of what the church is like; and this is what Christy wrote about the play on Facebook:

“These are just a few clips from our first Christmas kids’ program. What a blessing it is for our growing church to now have a children’s ministry full time. Ashley does such an awesome job with the kids! It had costume changes and several scenes. We made a makeshift stage with a curtain that raised and lowered. The kids did great despite being nervous. Everything turned out so cute!! So thankful for our little church.”

Click here to see the video clips. And check out the church’s Facebook page. The clips are there too.

16 Dec 2020

The Greatest Present

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What is the greatest Christmas present of all time?

It’s not what, but Who? And, Who gave Whom to whom, and for whom?

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Cor. 9:15, NKJV)

Other translations describe God’s indescribable gift as:

Unspeakable, Inexpressible, Priceless, Incredible, Unbelievable, Astonishing! Precious beyond words, Precious beyond telling! Too wonderful for words! Too wonderful to explain! No language can praise it enough!

God gave His superlative gift; but Who is this gift, and to whom was He given, and why?

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. (John 3:16, AMPC)

Unto us a Son is given (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV)

Father God gave us His Son to die cruelly, excruciatingly, nailed to a cross by the hands of sinful men, for sinful men—that through trusting in Him sinful men may forever escape the terrible, eternal consequences of sin, which are terrible beyond telling.

Though innocent and sinless, Jesus willingly took from us all our guilt, sin and shame and put it all upon Himself and then died in our place as our substitute. He has taken the punishment we all deserve. No one lives a life good enough to escape the penalty of sin, for no one can live their whole life a hundred percent without sin and to the measure of God’s holiness. Only Jesus could do that; and He did it as a man tried, tempted and tested in life in every way that we are.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, NKJV)

For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us!  (2 Cor. 5:21, TLB)

But He was pierced for our offenses, He was crushed for our wrongdoings; The punishment for our well-being was laid upon Him, And by His wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5, NASB)

So, by putting our faith in Jesus and living to please Him, as He helps and guides us, we can have eternal fellowship with Him.

He died to save us, yes, but also that He might get to spend eternity together with us. His love for us is so great that He cannot bear to live without us. And let no one tell you that hell is not real. Because it’s so real and so terrible, Jesus came and went through all that He went through, just so that He might save us from it! His love for us compelled Him to endure all that He endured, just so we may have today a way of escape.

He has fully paid and paved your way of escape. His invitation to heaven is extended to you. His door is open to you. In fact, He is the Door. All you have to do is choose to go through. If that’s what you want to do, read more on our Christian Answers page.

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.” (John 10:9a, NIV)

20 Nov 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

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People are saying they can’t wait for this year to be over, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The United States is presently going through the aftermath of the Presidential election with lawsuits involving allegations of voter fraud. There’s an uptick in new Covid cases. New lockdowns and curfews are in prospect. And confusion abounds as we are approaching Thanksgiving on November 26. Families and friends are being urged not to get together on that day and some churches are once again resorting to online services only.  

So what have we to be thankful for? Much! Be thankful for our Saviour and that our names are written in His Book of Life. Be thankful that His salvation also manifests in the here and now of the practical realities of our daily lives.

In the words of the song, “It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You!” It may look like we’re surrounded by chaos, but God surrounds us and is in total control. What we may see as mayhem on steroids, God sees working out perfectly in accordance with His plans and purposes. God is getting ready to show His hand that He is for real.  

Jesus is ever telling us not to be afraid but to be cheerful and take heart, for He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Paul tells us to rejoice and stand fast and be anxious for nothing but lay our burdens on the Lord in prayer; then we will know peace that is beyond our human understanding (Philippians 4:7).

Habakkuk had many questions of a kind that in the United States we may well be asking right now. Habakkuk complains that he sees violence and strife and looting and contention. He says the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth, for the wicked surround the righteous and therefore perverse judgment proceeds. That sounds very familiar right now to those of us in the USA. But God tells Habakkuk that He is about to move in an utterly astounding way that he will never believe even if He were to tell him in advance! Amen!

Let this be our confidence this Thanksgiving and Christmas season. And let us be strong in faith and rejoice and be joyful in the God of our salvation! Our joy is never dependent on our circumstances.

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
    and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
    and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
    and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
    I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

(Habakkuk 3:17-18, NLT)

18 Jul 2020

Battle-Ready for Real?

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In Jeremiah 48:14 (HCSB) the Lord poses the question: “How can you say, ‘We are warriors—mighty men, ready for battle’?”

Andrew Murray said this: “To take the sword of the Spirit in the hour of battle indicates that I have lived in that Word and it abides in me: I have lived it out and it is the master of my personality.”  

You must ‘Live in the Word.’ The Word must abide in you. You must have been living it out, i.e. applying it it and proving it in your daily life. You must be so one with the Word that it is who you are.

How manifested is Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) in your life? “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

We must heed Jesus’s words in Luke 14:24, 26-28A, 33 (TPT):

“I say to you all, the one who receives an invitation to feast with me and makes excuses will never enjoy my banquet.

“When you follow me as my disciple, you must put aside your father, your mother, your wife, your sisters, your brothers—yes, you will even seem as though you hate your own life. This is the price you’ll pay to be considered one of my followers.  

“And anyone who comes to me must be willing to share my cross and experience it as his own, or he cannot be considered my disciple. So don’t follow me without considering what it will cost you.

“Unless you surrender all to me, giving up all you possess, you cannot be one of my disciples.”

Surrender all. Give up all you possess. Take up your cross and follow Him. Prefer Him above your family and your life. Hate your own life.

The martyrs of the early church coveted martyrdom. It was their “fulfillment,” they called it. They desired it and accepted it—believe it or not—joyfully! They even preached to the watching crowds as they were dying!

They triumphed because they did not love and cling to their own lives, even when faced with death. (Revelation 12:11, TPT)

They were indifferent to the manner and circumstances of their death. They were willing to suffer and die even as Christ suffered and died for them. Some were scourged and flayed, sawn in half, beheaded, burned at the stake, roasted on red-hot iron chairs, torn by dogs or lions, slain by gladiators, even crucified, whatever the baying crowds demanded. If they did not die, they were brought back to the arena, some multiple times, until they passed. They could have denied the faith at any stage and been spared but they chose to go to their beloved Jesus and a far better place.

The early church martyrs, they were true warriors—mighty men and women, battle-ready.

19 May 2020

The Sower, The Discipler

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Two Devotionals

These short home-produced devotionals (each under five minutes) were requested from us under the Covid-19 restrictions with nearly all churches going over almost exclusively to online services, and so we thought we would also post them here.

We pray that they bless and inspire you. All the more as we draw nearer the Lord’s return with each day that passes.

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