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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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A Time for Transition

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:”
~ ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭

Yesterday morning at Abba’s House, my staff shared a letter from me to the congregation, and I wanted to share it with you now.

Beloved,

For some time the Lord has been speaking to Paulette and I about not only our legacy, but His plan for the church’s and our future. I will be 70 this year, and feel I still have much to offer the church and the Kingdom as does Paulette. Along with our Pastor’s Council and other leadership, we feel it is God’s will that Dr. Ronnie Phillips, Jr. assume the role of Lead Pastor beginning in January 2018. We will joyfully and faithfully continue to serve Abba’s House as Pastor Emeritus and Paulette as an Assistant Pastor .

1. I believe I can lengthen my service by shifting the yoke of leadership to stronger and younger shoulders. The priests of Israel did not “bear the yoke” after 55 years of age, though they continued to serve.

2. We can grow faster with a younger leadership team that have a vision for the generation rising. Our growth can be much stronger than it is now.

3. Your Pastor’s Council has an exciting restructure plan that will lead the church to be able to embrace the rising generation; including building, staff, media, outreach, and revenue streams.

4. Ronnie and Kelly are ready and strong with vision to touch all of our area, to the ends of the earth. They are both children of this house and love you and the greater Chattanooga area.

5. Our staff has embraced the change wholeheartedly and some will be serving in new callings.

6. I sense and apostolic calling to not only serve Ronnie and Abba’s House but the many church’s and missions that look to us for leadership. I will extend your influence around the nation and the world.

7. I feel that there are things that I can do for the future of our civilization that require me to be away more than a true pastor can be. I need to war a good warfare for you nationwide.

8. I need you to know that I will go to heaven serving this congregation. I will be preaching often…doing television with Ronnie as needed…and serving you .
Now, I need you to embrace Gods plan with all your heart and soul. I need you to be patient and loving as the changes are implemented across the next year. Wonderful and exciting things are coming from God for us all. Please pray and be fully supportive and watch what the Holy Spirit does.

 

Pastor Ron Phillips

Showdown: A Gamble of Long Odds

He came out of nowhere to confront the political establishment of his day. He was an outsider in the truest sense of the word.

JezebelSpiritThe nation’s leader was married to an un-elected, unselected ambitious woman who was the enemy of people of faith. This man of mystery spoke words that threatened the establishment, so they attacked this interloper, and put him on the run, for trying to overturn the corrupt and ungodly orders of an equally corrupt leader… corruption that, among other things, unjustly sent many to their deaths, seized the property and wealth of a law-abiding family by executive order, and after first framing the owner by accusations brought forward by false witnesses, had him murdered by an angry mob.

This woman unleashed her entire corrupt establishment on the “mystery man” in an effort to destroy him as she had every enemy before him. She sent her minions and surrogates after him to strike him down.

No… this is not Donald Trump and the Clintons. The woman in this story is Jezebel and the man she attacked was Elijah. Jezebel was eventually overthrown and fed to the dogs, and the nation was spared her continued and pervasive ungodliness. It was the spirit of Elijah that fell upon the nation.

The showdown on the mountain between Elijah and the 450 heathen prophets seemed like a gamble of long odds. However, the showdown ended when Jehovah God answered by fire from Heaven. It was the prayer of one righteous man that prompted God Almighty to show His power to His people who had strayed from Him. At 450 to 1, it WAS a gamble of long odds…

… And the 450 prophets of Baal never stood a chance.

KS77759Today we need some folks with the anointing of Elijah to bring down the corruption in America. We need people of faith to stand on their God-given rights and boldly speak the Word of truth to a people that have lost their way. We need leaders who will rise up, and declare the words of Proverbs 14:34 from the rooftops…

Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a reproach to any people.

We need people of God who will stand up in the face of overwhelming odds, look the enemy squarely in the face, and laughingly say, “Is that all you brought?”

Washington MonumentIt is time for the petty bickering to end.

It is time for sin to be called out, and for the righteous to stand firmly in the face of evil.

It is time for our leaders to rise up, stop mincing words and playing along with politics as usual, thinking they are somehow not complicit in the downfall of our nation and society.

It is time for those in authority to start defending the laws they swore before God to uphold.

It is time for the Church to find its voice, lead the way, and declare our dependence on God as “one nation under God.”

Yes, it is a gamble of long odds. And when the people of God stand in unity, the enemy doesn’t stand a chance.

Pray.

Seek God.

Vote.

May God bless America once again.