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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ministry Is A Risk

Taking Risks In Life
 We have never been guilty of doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Even if we have to think outside the box for a creative idea, we go for it! If it works, great! If not, moving on.
Risk has always been a part of our nature. The younger you start taking risks to break the molds and traditions, the easier it is to take the risk that cause you to have success.
 By the time Anthony was 26 years old we had covered 37 states full time, in seven years in an RV, preaching in hundreds of churches and ministering to many pastors along the way. We had to break the mold and learn to stretch our faith from revival to revival. Taking our first church to pastor in Perryville, MO at the age of 26 was a great learning experience. Leaving an old legalistic denomination behind taught us God's kingdom and family is a lot closer and a lot bigger than you think. We took a 5 year sabbatical from ministry and it looked something like this:  Buried Anthony's Dad who passed away with cancer, bought and built up a business, built a new home, established a new ministry Tour of Life( pastoral retreats), buried my father who passed away with cancer, took Precious Moments Wedding island where God opened up groups to come and restore it, then we ministered to many pastors and their wives, moved to Carthage, MO. At 35 we pastored a 40 year old traditional church and through timed process we closed it down after a prophesy was personally  given to us.  Now, at 40, we are taking the risk to plant a new church in that same town.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5

No Risks, No Rewards (Ecclesiastes 11:1-6)

All taking risk after risk.

If we had not taken risks, we would not have faced giants and learn to conquer them through Christ. We faced together Fear, Fear of Failure, insecurity, poverty, pride, change, being robbed, depression, end of who we are, bullies, jezebels ,leviathans, betrayal, death, sickness, disease, grief , pain, anger, losing two homes(one by wreck and one by flood)
Did we ever want to quit? Yes, sometimes every day. Then we would just stay one more day and God would come through. Sometimes we had to wait not knowing anything. Other times we knew what to do but still had to wait on God's timing. There were times when all of hell came against us to knock us off of God's will, or tempt us to move because we were unhappy. It will feel like you are being stretched out of your skin and moving backwards. YOU ARE BEING PULLED BACK IN THE HANDS OF GOD LIKE AN ARROW IN A BOW, but when he releases you, with your capacity completely stretched out, the FURTHER you will go in the direction he has for you. Psalms 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
 Through it all though we have learned how to walk away from man made boats onto God made water.
Has it been hard? YES!!!! But has it been worth it? YES!!!

 Seven Steps to why taking Risks lead to success.( | By )
1. Great, otherwise unforeseen opportunities often come from risk-taking.
2. Taking risks shows confidence and helps you stand out.
3. We learn from risks -- and those lessons may lead us on an important, new path.
4. Success won't fall in your lap -- you have to pursue it.
5. You don't achieve your dreams by playing it safe.
6. Embracing risk-taking helps you overcome a fear of failure.
7. Taking a risk doesn't mean doing so haphazardly.

Bible Reading
May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! Psalm 20:1
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. Psalm 5:11
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Prov. 3:5&6
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5
Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:4
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. Psalm 86:7
This God–his way is perfect;the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1
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