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A BIG Thank You!

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I just wanted to pause for a moment on this rainy Tennessee morning and say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came and participated in some way in our 23 Annual Abba’s House Media Golf Classic! It was great seeing so many friends and players out on the course, with beautiful weather too boot. I can not say enough about the great sponsors we had this year who donated to make this tournament a reality. Whether players or sponsors, all of the proceeds go to the same place… to help us spread the Good News of God’s love to a world desperately in need of salvation and hope. Whether it’s helping spread the Gospel through television and print, medical missions, or the work we do through orphanages, you are helping to give people hope, and making it possible for us to go through other doors of ministry opportunity as the Lord opens them.

StaffA very special thank you to Angie McGregor and her great staff and volunteers at Abba’s House Media who put in all of the hard work putting the AHM Golf Classic together, as well as all of the hard work they do every day to keep this ministry running efficiently and effectively.

This year (as we do every year), we had some great sponsors who make this event possible. Be sure to visit them and thank them with your words and by supporting the businesses of these Kingdom-minded folks…

GOLD
Mike Collins & Associates
Integrity Buick GMC Cadillac Chevrolet

SILVER
Rivers Edge Alliance
Paul Loftin
Rowlett, Inc.

BRONZE
Chattanooga Funeral Home
Daystar Television Network
Frank Steil Insurance
Robert Roberts, LLC

SHIRT
Farley Plumbing

SNACK SHACK
Dominion Senior Living
Johnston, Stuart & Associates/Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

WINNER’S CIRCLE
Lighthouse Media
R & D Wrecker Service

HOLE IN ONE
Integrity Buick GMC Cadillac

LUNCH
Five Guys Burgers & Fries

DRINK
Coca-Cola

FLAG
ABRA Autobody & Glass
Impact Stewardship

HOLE
Northgate Animal Hospital
Lighthouse Media
Webb & Assoc.
Outline Bible Resources
Eslinger Contracting Company, Inc.
Pep Boys

CART
ABRA Autobody & Glass
Rone Regency Jewelers
Pep Boys

Here are a few moments captured from the tournament. Enjoy them, and be sure to join us for The Outpouring, coming to Abba’s House September 14-17. With John Kilpatrick, Nathan Morris, Ronnie Phillips Jr., and me, we are expecting God to do “exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think”. This will be a Big Event that will have Kingdom repercussions for years to come.

 

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Happy 50th!

Please excuse us while we hijack Pastor Ron’s blog…


We wanted to take a moment at Abba’s House Media to say CONGRATULATIONS to Pastor Ron and Paulette on the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary! You have been such a great example of what a Godly marriage looks like, and we wish you both many more years of joy, health, and happiness together.

Just in case you missed it, this past Sunday at Abba’s House, we celebrated with a special vow renewal ceremony, officiated by Dr. Ronnie Phillips, Jr. Here are a few pictures…

Breaking News: We’re MONITORING the Situation

Imagine, if you will…

You are in a bank standing at the counter, filling out a deposit slip. All of a sudden, armed men burst through the doors screaming, “Everybody get on the floor… This is a stick-up!!!”

As you drop to the floor terrified, you look over at a security guard who is standing about 6 feet away, seemingly quite indifferent.

“DO SOMETHING!!!” you frantically whisper.

“Oh, I’m not a security guard… I’m a security monitor,” he calmly explains. “I only notify people if there’s a robbery.”

You are dumbfounded. The person on the floor next to you is dumbfounded. Even the robbers themselves are visibly confused.

The security monitor continues, still collected and unwavering…

“There’s a robbery.”

That sounds funny, and for any of you who watch much TV, you know what I just described is a popular commercial by the company LifeLock.

Now…

Monitor 4While that commercial is quite humorous in its absurdity, it actually goes a long way to describe life in most churches. As the Pastor of the same church for almost 40 years (and others before that), I have seen it all, and I’ve seen this type of thing more often than I care to admit. People who attend the church. They are there for worship, maybe for Sunday School (or LifeGroups), they take advantage of the good will and resources that the church offers. And…

They criticize. Wow… do they criticize!

But the problem is, while they are there physically, their heart is not there. They are not invested in the life of the church. Sure, they may utilize what the church freely offers, however…

  • They complain about the music and worship, because it is not their style, yet don’t use their talents to try to initiate positive change (play an instrument, join the choir, etc.).
  • They complain about the manner in which the church spends its time, money, and resources, yet don’t tithe or give regularly.
  • They complain about how kids act during the service, yet do nothing to try to mentor or sow into the life of the next generation (be a youth volunteer, work in children’s church or the nursery, etc.)
  • They attend for years and stay on the fringes, but never invest their lives through time, energy, giving, or even membership.

Monitor 1They are the church monitors. They sit in the stands, but never participate on the field. They are quick to describe what everyone else is doing wrong, while offering no solutions. They are the armchair quarterbacks of Sunday morning, ready to pounce at the first sign of imperfection. Complaining is their modus operandi, and the fact they are criticizing something — anything — in most cases, simply means they have a pulse.

Abraham Lincoln once said…

He has a right to criticize who has a heart to help.

As a pastor, I am much more likely to listen to the concerns (and even criticisms) of a person who has proven themselves faithful to the Kingdom; someone who is willing to roll up their sleeves and get dirty for the cause of Christ. Someone who I know voices concerns for the betterment of the body, not simply because they just like the sound of their own voice.

Think about what Paul told the Romans…

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to
offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—
this is your true and proper worship. ~ Romans 12:1

Jesus made clear what it takes to be one of His disciples…

“Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves Me.” ~ John 12:26

Jesus led by example, and invested His life for the redemption of humanity…

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” ~ Mark 10:45

For some, the cause of Christ has led to imprisonment and even death. However, for most of us, following Christ will — at worst — only lead to social discomfort or some form of inconvenience. It seems to me, in light of all Jesus gave for us, that we should be willing to give no less than all for Him.

Investing ourselves in the life of a church, His body.

Taking the time to be a part of the solution instead of just pointing out the problems.

Following His commands in giving and helping the poor and in need.

Christ1We have to get over ourselves. We have to look beyond the end of our own noses. We have to think, the next time we feel inconvenienced, that hanging on a cross was probably a pretty BIG inconvenience — especially for the Creator of the universe.

So…

Put down your self-appointed title of monitor. Find a church, be a member, and get plugged in. Throw your time and resources into making a difference, in this world and the next.

To use a phrase from another commercial (for the Army)…

DON’T just “be all that YOU can be”…

Be all that He has called you to be, and can be through
His power and anointing.

Have a great week!

Pastor Ron

Watch #FONW17 LIVE (Wednesday morning)

This morning, Pastor Ronnie and I welcome Pastor Tony Valdes and Pastor Matt Smith to Fresh Oil New Wine 2017!

Tony Valdes is the lead Pastor at The Way Church of Miami and the teaching pastor of On the Way Radio Ministries. Tony believes in teaching and preaching the Word of God with love and boldness, without compromising the truth.

Matt Smith has been the senior pastor of Refuge Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas since 2007. Under Matt’s leadership, Refuge has experienced expansion & growth in a number of ways. In 2009, Refuge launched their Food ministry that has now grown to feed 600 families a month. In 2012, Refuge Church established a program that provides intense leadership & mentorship for individuals called into ministry. So far the program, LEAD Team has graduated 15 students.

Fresh Oil New Wine 2017 is here!

Fresh Oil New Wine 2017 is going on NOW! Dr. Dwain Miller is about to take the stage this morning. Perry Stone, Rabbi Curt Landry, Matt Smith, Damon Thompson, Dr. Randy Caldwell, Tony Valdes and more are joining us this week. You won’t want to miss a moment!

Join us now for Fresh Oil New Wine 2017. Here’s how…

On our Abba’s House app (available at your app store);

On Facebook LIVE, at the Abba’s House or Ron Phillips from Abba’s House pages;

On our website at abbashouse.com/live

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