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The Body of Christ has been able to believe God for healing and divine health. We have heard great testimonies of how the Lord has healed incurable diseases and “fixed” physical problems that could not be “fixed”. And there is no problem there! We believe the Lord for more healings and miraculous recoveries.

The blessing of walking in divine health is tremendous, and we trust that more of the Children of the King would walk in that health… For it is by HIS stripes that we WERE healed (I Peter 2:24)

We have also learned the “secrets” of prosperity. We celebrate those who have become rich, in their financial picture, and we spend much time and money learning how to be like them.

This is where people really want to fight you! Let me make it clear, I Do Not believe that being “poor” is the way to “make heaven your home”. But, I also have a problem when I hear that people are “not close to the Lord” because they have financial difficulties. If that was the case, according to the Word of God, Paul was close to the Lord sometimes and in sin other times and he was happy either way (Philippians 4:11-13).

Understand me, I am not calling for a vow of poverty but we have left people “on the side of the road” who have a spiritual gift to impart to us and have embraced people who are in the flesh because we failed to heed the Word Of God, when He tells us to “turn away” (I Timothy 6:1-12).

But again, this is not my point.

What it boils down to is this. If we can believe the Lord for healing and deliverance, why do we not go to where the healing and deliverance are needed… the inner city. Too many of our “healing” revivals, our “fire” meetings and the other “power” meetings are held in the “burbs”, where we “powerful and anointed” Christians don’t have to be “worried”.

Aren’t we “too blessed to be stressed”? What’s there to worry about?

We have taken our homes, cash and Churches to the “burbs” and say it is because God wants us to have something better. OK! But if we want to break the “curse of poverty”, why do we not attack it where is lives, the inner cities of America.

I am not asking you to give up your stuff. I am not asking you to move from the “burbs”, because the people in suburban America need Jesus too! But HIS power and presence needs to be experienced everywhere.

For years people have said that we drive past thousands of lost people to go to church buildings with a few. We spend millions of dollars on buildings and fixtures, when thousands of dollars of literature and our time could change a city.

Jesus invested HIS greatest “treasure” in people. Then HE told us to do the same thing as He left this earth physically. I know we get tired of hearing it, but read the complete thought of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:4-5, 7-8).

With the thousands that attend our “mega churches”, we must admit that a few hundred, well placed drug dealers, pimps, crooked preachers, etc have managed to do a better job “evangelizing” the inner city than we have.

All that we have managed to do it to move “troops” from several small locations to one big location. We call that “growth”. That’s not growth, that’s consolidation.

Please hear my heart! I’m not against you! I am pleading with you to place your prayer, strength, presence and resources, as the Lord directs you, to help win the cities back to the Lord. Jesus gave a command to HIS Church, through a parable, “Occupy till I come”. This word “occupy” is a term meaning to take and possess. It is the word that is used in a military operation that says, what used to belong to the enemy, we are taking it as our own.

One more thing, this does not give a “free pass” to the churches that are in the inner city. We allow sin to flourish all around us, as we do less and less. We have our “money swaps” (you bring money to me for my event and I’ll bring money to you for your event). Very few seem to have an event to reach the lost.

We don’t need another seminar or convention held in a luxury hotel. We need Saints of God to invest themselves in reaching the lost… before it’s to late!

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Grace and Peace! I see that this is the only response you got so that should tell you something. The problem is the heart. Charles H. Spurgeon once said if you don't have a heart for lost souls, you might not be saved at all! If we truly had a burning for lost souls "we" as a Church would be hitting the pavement on a regular basis. All we want to do is celebrate different anniversaries, whether it is the pastor's, the ushers or whoever.
We need to stop with all this nonsense and get back to the gospel and also teach people the Word of God book by book,chapter by chapter and verse by verse. We need to stop having altar calls that don't mention SIN AND REPENTANCE and mention how God is going to turn everything around. Instead of warning them about trials and tribulations that are promised, we want tell them to join the Church.
Why do we have so many church functions that have nothing to do with evangelism. Oswald Smith once said:"Oh my friends, we are loaded with countless church activities, while the real work of the church, that of evangelizing and winning the lost is almost entirely neglected."
Luis a bond servant of Christ






















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MATTHEW 28:19-20;1 PETER 2:24
SO MUCH HAS BEEN CONCISELY CELEBRATED ABOUT HAVING THAT WE HAVE SOMEHOW FORGOTTEN TO GRATIFYINGLY GIVE AND TO FORGIVE! THE MASSES IN SOME INSTANCES TERRIBLY TEND TO BELIEVE THAT IF THEY HAVE NOT ACQUIRED..........THEY ARE NOT BY GOD, ADMIRED....I WANT YOU TO KNOW ALL THAT WE HAVE IS BLESSEDLY BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY AND GOODNESS WHICH ENDURES FOREVER............................WHY.? DO WE AQUAINT PEOPLE POVERTY WITH SATAN.................I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT JESUS HAD NO PLACE TO LAY HIS HEAD , JESUS WAS NOT AMONG THE RICH , JESUS DID NOT SEEK THOSE WHO NEEDED NO PHYSICIAN,......HE SOUGHT AFTER THOSE WHO WERE WITHOUT AND PUT OUT!!,JESUS LOOKED BEYOND OUR FAULT AND SAW THE NEED! JESUS WAS WHIPPED AND BEATEN BY THOSE WHO HAD ................NO REASON TO SCORN HIM..............JESUS TOOK OUR PAIN , OUR SIN,OUR DEGRADATED HEARTS AND TOOK OUR SPEARS IN HIS SIDE , OUR THORNS USED AS A CROWN ........HE WAS PLACED ON A PRECARIOUS CROSS AND LAID IN A BORROWED TOMB ,ALL FOR OUR POVERTY STRICKEN SIN SICK SOUL,JESUS THE PRINCE OF PEACE, JESUS THE BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR, JESUS THE ROSE OF SHARON, JESUS, JESUS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA.............HE AROSE FROM THE ULTIMATE GRAVE WITH ALL POWER IN HEAVEN AND IN EARTH IN HIS MIGHTY HANDS
THE INNER CITY NEEDS TO BE EVANGELIZED,BAPTIZED AND GOD EDIFIED IN ORDER THAT IT MAY BE REIDENTIFIED ,WITH THE SACTIFIED..........................CHRIST WANTS ALL TO KNOW THAT HE IS ,;A REWARDER OF ALL THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM ....................IN THE CITY AND IN THE FIELD.........................AND EVEN THE SUB.........................
DR. ROY KENNEDY FARLEY JR.

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