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Coming Back from Extinction

 

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I recently saw this interesting story online.

In 2008, while on an archaeological dig on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, archaeologists unearthed a small pot which they estimated to be approximately 800 years old. Upon opening the ancient artifact, they discovered a bunch of seeds. Several years after the discovery, some students in Winnipeg decided to plant the seeds, and to everyone’s surprise, something grew: A species of squash that had been previously classified as extinct! The species has been named “Gete-okosomin”, which means “big old squash” in the Menominee language. Efforts are now underway to ensure the future survival of this miracle of nature.

Wow! What an amazing discovery. But more than that, what an incredible lesson we can learn from this tiny seed…

These seeds were approximately 8 centuries old. To put that into perspective, during approximately the same time in history that these seeds were being buried…

  • Genghis Khan was being declared Great Khan of the Mongols  (1206);
  • King John was signing the Magna Carta  (1215);
  • The Crusades were in full swing;
  • Thomas Aquinas began to write Summa Theologiae  (1265);
  • Marco Polo was born and traveled throughout Asia.

Just think… these seeds — long forgotten and thought forever lost — were witness to the times we can only read about and imagine. These small capsules, preserved for centuries underground, hold the key to a life and species thought gone forever. These seeds, held in a simple pot, survived heat, cold, flood, and any other number of natural occurrences to reveal the promise of new birth at this point in history.

So… what have you done with your seed? Where are your dreams and aspirations buried, waiting to be discovered? What are the promises that you had believed were long dead and forgotten?

We serve the God of life. We serve the Author and Finisher of our Faith. We serve the One who sees the end from the beginning, knows our hearts and minds, and can sympathize with our weakness, pain, and broken dreams.

When we think it is over — finished — He sees the hidden promise; the seed sown in faith, be it financial, time, energy, or other of our resources.

What we see as too old, He sees as aged to perfection — ask Abraham and Sarah.

What we see as not enough, He sees as the right number — ask Gideon.

What we see as insufficient, He sees as abundance — as the little boy with the loaves and fish.

We have all heard the Scriptures regarding “seedtime and harvest”. My friend Jentezen Franklin was once delivering a message at Abba’s House, and he put it a different way. He talked about “seed… t-i-m-e… and harvest”. He explained that when a farmer sows seed, it takes a while for the seed to germinate, sprout, grow, and bear fruit. Some seeds take longer than others. All too often, we want to sow a seed and see an immediate harvest. That is not the way it works in the natural, and oftentimes, not the way it works in the spiritual either. Once we sow, if we attempt to harvest our seed before its “due season”, we will reap little to nothing. Sometimes, we may not see the harvest of our sowing for months, years, or decades. Sometimes, our harvest may come to fruition for someone else. Paul understood this in his letter to the Corinthians…

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now, he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. ~ I Corinthians 3:6-8

Sprout 1To see an abundant harvest, it takes obedience, patience, persistence, and faith. It takes sowing seed into fertile ground that is going to receive that seed, and allow it to spread its roots and grow. It takes faithfulness as a sower, and faith in the ONE who will give the increase, Whose word will never return void, but will accomplish what He has said.

So have faith.

Sow your seed.

Give it to Him.

Believe.

Trust that your good seed sown in faith — regardless of how old — will bring a harvest and reward that will have meaning, purpose, and fruit, both in this life and the next.

Reflections on a Kingdom Experience

Worship2-2If you follow my blog or Twitter feed at all, you know that last week, we had our annual partners and friends conference, The Big Event.Jentezen

Randy CaldwellWow!

Ron PhillipsWords just escape me as I reflect on the incredible Kingdom time that we experienced. From the worship, to the words that we received, to the luncheons and receptions, it was clear that this Big Event was special. Every speaker brought such a Kingdom message… it was obvious that the Holy Spirit had orchestrated every sermon, every word, and every service.

Perry Stone“Thank you’s” seem so inadequate, but it is with a humble heart filled with gratitude that I thank each one of you who came to the conference, watched online, or sent encouraging thoughts via social media and email. Without such great partners and friends, we cannot accomplish the work for which we have been called. It is through your encouragement, prayers, and generosity that we are able to move constantly and consistently forward, and share the love of Jesus with a nation and a world that are in desperate need of Him. We love you, and pray that your hearts were encouraged and uplifted by the time we spent together.

Tommy BatesRonnieThank you to all of our speakers: Randy Caldwell, Perry Stone, Jentezen Franklin, Tommy Bates, and Ronnie Phillips Jr. consistently stepped up to the pulpit and knocked it out of the park. Your words encouraged all of us to a deeper walk and commitment to Christ, and I am proud to call each of you “friend”.

Thank you to my co-host and Executive Director of Communications Angie McGregor, the RPM staff, and all of the volunteers who made The Big Event a huge success. From childcare workers and parking lot attendants, to video editors, sound people, mailroom and call center helpers, musicians and singers, bookstore workers, caterers, and ushers (and so many more that serve “under the radar”), your sacrifice and service are beyond compare. You served selflessly and cheerfully, and made The Big Event  the success that it was. I love and appreciate each of you more than you will ever know.

In case you didn’t get to come to The Big Event, take a moment and check out some of what you missed. Below are the videos that we shared at the conference… videos of healing, hope, and the mission work that you are a part of when you pray and contribute to Ron Phillips Ministries.

And again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being Kingdom partners!

Love,
Pastor Ron

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What If?

Sunlight thru trees-editedIf you had a chance to change your life, would you take it?

If you had the opportunity to have a fresh start, would you jump at the chance?

If you had the choice between staying right where you are or moving into a better situation, what would you do?

If you could not just stumble into or happen upon the Presence of God, but truly abide there, would you?

If you are like most people (myself included), you would answer all of these in the affirmative. To move forward, whether it be financially, emotionally, or spiritually, is built into the human DNA. We continually desire to improve on our position in life, and when opportunity knocks, the wise man usually doesn’t leave him standing out in the rain.

Most of us have looked at the children of Israel in the Old Testament, and followed their many failings. We see the way God delivers them, yet at the first opportunity, they turn away from Him, and begin worshiping false gods. They repeatedly play out a vicious cycle: cry out, deliverance, gratefulness, complacency, rebellion, and failure. And every time we witness this in Scripture, the thought comes to mind…

“What is your problem? In light of all that God has done for you, why in the world do you keep rejecting Him? Are you INSANE?????”

However, the truth is, if we are honest with ourselves and with God, we do the same thing. Every day, most of us turn our backs on opportunities to get into His Presence, and miss kairos (opportune or supreme) moments of destiny.

So, one more time…
If you have a kairos moment staring you in the face, how do you respond?

Well, here is such an opportunity I don’t want you to miss out on.

Next Wednesday, August 21, an event will begin in the life of our ministry that holds the promise of being a Kingdom Encounter. Ron Phillips Ministries is hosting The Big Event, August 21-25, and this year’s lineup of speakers holds passion, purpose, and promise for all who attend…

Perry Stone… One of the most anointed prophetic voices in the world today.

Jentezen Franklin… One of the most dynamic pastors in America.

Randy Caldwell… Kingdom preaching at it’s best.

Tommy Bates… Music and message rooted deep in the fires of Pentecost.

Ron Phillips… (Yours truly) What happens when you give in to the Holy Spirit? Find out what happened in my life.

Ronnie Phillips Jr… My son – A gifted evangelist with a heart filled with compassion for the lost.

Great music and worship, dynamic preaching, and free registration.

For more information, or to register online, click here.

Don’t miss your moment… register today, and join us August 21-25 at The Big Event!!!

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It’s Coming…

It’s just around the corner, folks…

We are less than a month away from the biggest event of the summer for Ron Phillips Ministries, and we want YOU to be a part…

THE BIG EVENT… August 21-25, 2013

Perry Stone, Jentezen Franklin, Ron Phillips, Tommy Bates, Randy Caldwell.

Share this video with your friends, and help us spread the word. It is going to be an amazing time of revelation and impartation. Join us!

Exciting Days Ahead…

Just wanted to take a moment to say one final word of thanks to everyone who participated in and attended (both in person and online) this year’s Fresh Oil New Wine Conference. After 15 years, it was stronger than ever, and the Presence of God showed up night after night, session after session.

Powerful! Anointed! Glorious!

More than 200 people testified to the healing touch they received during the services. ScrewManifestations of healings were happening right before our eyes. One young lady who had a metal screw that had been left in after surgery came forward to testify of her healing. During one of the services, the screw literally fell out of her flesh! I could go on and on… it was truly a time of miracles, signs, & wonders.

ProductIf you would like to experience the wonderful teaching for yourself, the entire conference is available on CD or DVD. With a lineup like Randy Clark, Walter Hallam, Perry Stone, Ronnie Phillips, Jr., Rabbi Curt Landry, Dwain Miller, and myself, you’ll get hours of miracle-releasing teaching and encouragement. Click here to find out how you can order this set.

After such a wonderful experience, some would say, “It”s time to take a little break, recover, and regroup”.

Not the folks at Abba’s House! We are steaming ahead with a full schedule of exciting events for everyone:

On Sunday, April 14, our choir will combine with the Bayside Baptist Church choir to present “Savior”. This will be a wonderful night of worship. It will begin at 6:00p.m., and admission is FREE!

Third DayOne week later, on April 21, Christian recording artist  Third Day will be in concert at Abba’s House. This is a ticketed event, and will begin at 6:00p.m. Go here for ticket information.

If you have a student in your life that needs to be on a collision-course with the Holy Spirit, then Collide is the event for them! Featuring the ministries of Damon Thompson, Chris Brooks, Ronnie Phillips, Jr., and more, Collide will happen on April 19-20. Click here for more info.

Collide Encounter Weekend will happen July 11-13. Damon Thompson will return, and be joined by Dutch Sheets, Rick Pino, Eddie James, Chris Brooks, and Ronnie Phillips, Jr. I will also be bringing the word during the event, and would love to see you there. Register on-line.

All-American Day. Unique and powerful revelation will be poured out by Evangelist Prophet Dr. Randy Caldwell. Also, if you love Patriotic music, we’ll have a wonderful selection of that as well!

And last, but certainly not least…

Big Event

Big doesn’t begin to describe it! This will be the BIGGEST “BIG EVENT” EVER for Ron Phillips Ministries!!!

On August 21-25, I will be joined by:

Jentezen Franklin

Perry Stone

Randy Caldwell

Tommy Bates

Ronnie Phillips, Jr.

… and more!

Register NOW… it’s FREE!!!!!