Monthly Archives: November 2011

Band Of Brothers On A Mission

I have said several times—either here online—or when speaking –100_3523

“You are one of two things—IF you are a believer in Christ….”

According to Matthew 28:19-20, “You are either a Missionary—or a Mission Project.” 

I now know what it feels like to be both.  Being a missionary is incredible.  To share the love and mission of our Lord Jesus Christ with others is a feeling like no other!  Jesus said to the eleven disciples standing with Him, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”   He gave them their marching orders. 

Question for you:  If  you are going to leave your job—and it is your job to train your replacement—don’t you want them to know everything in order to succeed at the work ahead?  And if they leave after you—won’t they do the same?  And the next person the same?

That’s what Jesus did.  HE gave the instructions for EACH OF US…to be handed down through time until HE RETURNS.  So—what are you doing?

Let me tell you how we became a mission project.

We moved to a cute little house on the camp grounds…and it rained on the day we were moving in…which was really a blessing…because we discovered the roof leaked.  And a few days later it rained again.  And it leaked again.

HOWEVER, there is a “Band of Brothers” that Jeff has been BLESSED to be a part of ever since God laid it on the heart of Guy Tatum to begin a “men’s prayer group” at church.  (Marianna First AG). 

The prayer group is open to any man—of any age who wants to band together with other men and pray and grow in God.  I have witnessed the changes in the men of this prayer group as they “truly” band together and form a team of awesome encouragers in their faith and love for the LORD!

They showed up at our house this morning before the sun had set the trees on fire with it’s brilliance!  It was a gorgeous day—windy for being on a roof, but these guys didn’t mind –and there was not one complaint about the chill in the air! (Not that I heard anyway!)

Click on the pictures and see all that the LORD did through the giving hearts and working hands of these awesome guys!

Thank you Guy for following the call of God to lead this “Band of Brothers” into a higher place in Christ—and into the “Mission Field” of life!

Not a hammer was picked up until they gathered in prayer.

At break time—I stepped outside to snap a few pictures of them and heard them discussing their morning’s Bible reading.  Guy challenges them to each read the Bible through –and he supplied them all with the NLT Version of the “Bible in a Year”.

We are not the first mission project these guys have taken on—and I’m sure we won’t be the last! 

The West Florida District is extremely grateful for their hearts of love and labor today as they roofed not only our house, but a storage building as well!

Guys—, we could never thank you enough!  What a blessing you have been to us and the District!  We love you all!

 

© Angie Knight—The Knightly News-Giving Him All.  All rights reserved.


Part Two of “Jeff’s Blog: What About My Sheep?

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I can’t get away from that question. It’s easy when someone in our immediate family needs something. When my grandson needed me even a man with a gun could not stop me from rescuing him, but what about the sheep.

In the last blog I realized I said the two men were shooting the sheep, they were loading live sheep also, and there were dead and alive sheep on the train. (Sorry).

I shared this dream with our Young Adult Class last night.

One question asked was, “where was the train going?” If you remember the train is what the enemy working so hard to fill. The train is on its way to Hell, (no need to try to sugar coat it, I think we have tried to sugar coat long enough).

I wonder how many are on that train because of me? I told my class some time ago and again last night, “I am afraid when I stand before God I am going to be sorrier for the things I didn’t do than the things I did.”

Matthew 25:42-45 “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” (KJV)

How many are on that train that I could have rescued?

All the “could haves, should haves, and would haves, aren’t so important now.

I think the more important question is— “how many are on that train today that I can rescue?” Yesterday is gone, the opportunity you had yesterday, last week, and last year is gone. As the old saying don’t cry over spilled milk. 

So you messed up. 

You missed the opportunity.

Don’t wallow around in it. Get up—dust off your pants, shake the dust from your feet and learn from it and don’t let it happen again.

Today is a new day. Take a deep breath.   Come on breathe in real big.  Now breathe out.

God gives you the breath of life, he woke you up this morning and gave you another day of life, don’t waste it.

How many lives will we affect today? I pray we affect them in a positive way.  Someone needs to hear a kind word—someone needs someone to listen to them.  Someone needs to hear,  “I love you”.  And there is someone who only needs to see your smile!

WHAT ABOUT HIS SHEEP?     Lead them.       Show them where LIFE can be found.

 

© Jeff W. Knight—The Knightly News—Giving Him All.  All rights reserved.


A Jeff Blog: “What About My Sheep?”

Jeff ProfileI looked out my window and saw a 6 point buck walking across the front yard and into the woods; I grabbed a bow and arrows and quickly ran after him.

As I entered the woods I saw him some 20 yards away, and realized all I had on was my boxers shorts and a T-shirt, but my attention was on the buck so I took my bow (which seemed so small for some reason), and as I put my arrow in I realized my arrow was so short I couldn’t pull back the bow string.

All of a sudden, as if the woods opened up, I saw houses and businesses all around. I quickly ran back into the woods for cover, not wanting any one to see me in my boxers. I headed back to the safety of my house, but as I exited I could see my house and my grandson playing in the yard.  

As I got closer to the yard I saw sheep walking toward me, they were laughing at me in my boxers, my little bow and my short arrows.

As the sheep passed me I turned to see where they were going, and out of nowhere a vehicle as long as a train pulled up and starting shooting the sheep and loading them into the train, I ran for the house to safety but once inside I realized—where is my grandson?   

I looked out the window and saw the men putting him in the train. Without hesitation I ran after the train, I finally got it stopped, I snatch open the door and pull the driver out and slammed him onto the ground, he shatters like glass. 

I start to climb into the train and realize the other man has a gun; I quickly retreat, but then think about my grandson and climb back up—pulling the man with the gun out and slam him to the ground. He shatters like glass just as the first man.  I get my grandson out of the train and start for home.

I woke up and thought what a crazy dream, and went back to sleep.

The next morning I did my usual routine, brush my teeth, made coffee, read my devotion and prayed.

I began to think about Sunday’s service, the anointing was so strong and powerful, the preaching was the best I ever heard Pastor Dallas preach. It was the best because it was for me.   It was if God had a talked with Pastor Dallas and told him all about me.

While reflecting on Sunday’s services, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the dream last night.  I first though how crazy it was, and the Spirit spoke to my heart and said, “it was for you”. My first response was, “WHAT??”  “I don’t even know what that dream means”.

The Spirit spoke so soft to my heart, “Do you want to know?”

I began to pray and to seek what the Lord was trying to say, and all day long he revealed small pieces at a time as though I couldn’t handle it all at one time.

  • The 6 point buck was a distraction. You get up you read, you pray, you go about your day and are so easily distracted by the things the enemy puts before you.
  • You’re in T shirt and boxers because you don’t put on the whole armor of God.
  • The little bow is how much you really read Gods word.
  • The short arrows are your Prayer life.
  • The Sheep are the people you pass by every day.
  • The two men are the enemy that leads so many astray, some even to death.
  • The train is what the enemy is working so hard to fill.
  • The driver is the obstacle you face and overcome every day.
  • The man with the gun is the obstacles you are afraid to face.
  • You overcome the fear when your grandson is involved.

BUT WHAT ABOUT MY SHEEP?

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Thank YOU Jeff for such an amazing—timely message!

Let us all realize what is going on in our lives—and get a grip on the altar as never before!

 

© Jeff W. Knight—Angie Knight, 2011 The Knightly News-Giving Him All.  All rights reserved.