Culture of Caring by Carmen Hamby

During this time of COVID-19 there are so many people in anguish. Not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually. Hardships on families financially, stress in the home and people looking to place blame to feel the slightest bit of comfort and justification in their minds.

Is is so important for us as Christians to show strength, faith and unity. The churches have taken a hit with the accusations regarding the pandemic. It has been asked: If you have faith, why are you closing your doors? If your God is a healer – why are Christians dying? If you God is so mighty – why is He doing this? It rains on the just and unjust. God is not a respecter of persons.(Acts 10:34)

It is so important for our speech, actions, and response to folks negative comments be received without offense, responding in a positive manner exactly as Christ did. To be like Jesus – to be like Jesus on earth I long to be like him! Let’s bind together and pray for healing through the chaos in our world. People are being stirred and experiencing feelings of desperation for something they can believe in and seek refuge in.

I know souls will be saved through this tragedy and it will be the beginning of a break through in our churches like never before! Revival is coming! I want to be right in the middle of it! God said, “in the last days I will pour out my spirit on ALL people. (Acts 2:17)

Like the scripture, When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God will raise a standard against him! (Isaiah 59:18). What if we move the comma? ** When the enemy comes in, like a flood the Spirit of God will raise a standard against him! God is moving like a flood!

Thru tragedy comes TRIUMPH! I pray God’s blessings and protection on each of you.

We are believing for the following prayer request:

Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding and a hunger to know God more intimately.

President, Donald Trump
Vice President Pence
All government representatives

All Health Care Workers, Policeman and First Responders

Missions
Rev. Mike McGhghy and Rev. Julie McGhghy-AIMers to Costa Rica

Home Missions
Rev. Mike Markham-Turning Point Fellowship- Clanton, AL
Rev. Johnny Carr-Apostolic Church of Tatum- Tatum, TX

Restoration
Prodigals

Healing
Destiny Hearon 18 – Her dad was hit by a truck while rididng his bicycle and killed on contact. Please lift her up in prayer. She is Sis. Esther Carr’s grandson’s girlfriend.
Tom Thompson-complete healing in body
Lydia Diaz-undergoing chemotherapy
Delbert Hayes-undergoing chemotherapy for Leukemia
Anthony Storey-Recovering from motorcycle accident
Kaila Markham Miller-Healing from two brain surgeries
Rev. Johnny Carr- Vertigo & Headaches
Sis. Esther Carr – Chronic Pain
Joyce Knight-Recovering from hip surgery

Family Members passed in 2020
Rev. Mike Markham’s sister Karen Elaine Yaworski passed April 25 COVID-19

Family Members passed in 2019
Jon & Serrena Weber’s daughter
Krysta a Arkham’s father
Joe Endicotts mother
Lisa Endicotts mother
Doug Solomon’s father
Anthony Storey’s father

Chaplain Carman Hamby

Culture of Caring

 

BIND THE STRONG MAN REPORT

Bind the Strong Man (BTSM), Azusa StreetRiders’ all-night prayer event, was held Friday, March 6th from 8 PM until Saturday at 7 AM at the Sanctuary of Macon (GA). Bro & Sis Diaz did a great job organizing the event and Sis Julie Jasinski of WNOP was the featured speaker. Some of the subjects covered were “putting on the armor of God,” “strongholds of the enemy and how to tear them down,” “weapons of our warfare,” “how to do spiritual warfare praying,” “things to pray for in your city during a prayer walk,” and “disengagement.”

“Disengagement” was a topic of particular interest to several of those who reported back after BTSM. Apparently this is something not often taught but is well understood by powerful prayer warriors. I have heard Brother Stoneking and Sister Vesta Mangun speak of doing this.

There are rules to follow when engaging the enemy. We must be full of the Holy Ghost (prayed up and renewed). We cannot go into warfare with any blockages to the flow of the spirit. All sin must be put under the blood of Jesus through repentance and we must be strong in our walk with God. Otherwise, the enemy has legal right to attack us. And attack us he will.

The first rule of “disengagement” is to never let our guard down. We need to walk in the Spirit. There must be a cleansing through God’s spoken Word. This process is crucial in “severing” (to break or make separate, to break off or away) the influences of strongholds and the spiritual battle that was fought in prayer. Severing must be done when traveling from cities, states, countries, or wherever we “engage” and where ministry leads us. For example, if we are in someone’s home and they are grumbling and complaining about someone or something, we must disengage when we leave that home or those spirits can follow us. Without disengagement our peaceful homes can become a war zone with grumbling and complaining.

Example prayer: “Jesus, I disengage from (place or spirits). In Jesus’ name I bind any hindering spirits from trying to follow me or attach to me. I sever myself from them and cast them under darkness to stay there. I loose the Spirit of God to cover me with His blood to protect me by the authority and power of the name of Jesus.

Rev. Mike Markham stated that he could understand why he had experienced many attacks after engaging in spiritual warfare over his city. He said, “Once you engage the enemy you must disengage! If you do not disengage after praying the enemy will stay in warfare with you as you go about your daily routine.”

Rev. Julie McGhghy, AIMer to Costa Rica, attended BTSM because she thought it would be a significant learning opportunity. She said she was not disappointed and, “For me, the most informative concept was that of disengagement. I have occasionally engaged in spiritual warfare for specific urgent matters over the past five or so years. And I always seem to notice that whatever I am battling is defeated for the person for whom I am battling. And yet, after the fact, the spirit that I battled seems to attack me or someone in my family. I now know why and I will be careful to disengage after I engage.”

ASR International Chaplain Mark Hardin said, “I was so glad I drove for 10 hours, both ways, to attend BTSM this year! I was encouraged in two ways…Fellowship and faith! We have some of the greatest folks on earth in ASR, and my faith was increased to pray more fervently and focused. Looking forward to next year!”

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend.

P.S. Please keep Sis Urissa Reynolds in your prayers as she is a nurse. Our prayers are with you all.

Missions
Rev. Mike McGhghy and Rev. Julie McGhghy – AIMers to Costa Rica

Home Missions
Rev. Mike Markham – Turning Point Fellowship – Clanton, AL
Rev. Johnny Carr – Apostolic Church of Tatum – Tatum, TX

Restoration
Prodigals

Healing
Tom Thompson – Prayer for complete healing.
Lydia Diaz – Currently being treated with Chemo
Delbert Hayes – Currently being treated with Chemo for Leukemia
Anthony Storey – Recovering from motorcycle accident
Kaila Markham Miller – Healing from two recent brain surgeries
Rev. Johnny Carr – Vertigo and Headaches
Martha Hardin – Chaplain Hardin’s mother is having heath complications and in addition, gallbladder surgery in a couple of weeks.

Family Members Passed 2019
Jon & Serrena Weber’s daughter
Krysta Markham’s father
Joe Endicott’s mother
Lisa Endicott’s mother
Doug Solomon’s father
Anthony Storey’s father

Diane Beall
ASR National Ladies Chaplain

A Culture of Caring

“We that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.  For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written.  The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  Now that the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus;  That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.”  Romans 15:1-7

“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13: 34,35

This is what a “Culture of Caring” is all about.  Each member knows we are here for them and praying when difficult circumstances arise.  Please remember to forward any prayer needs to your Regional Chaplain when needs occur along with any updates and they will in turn pass on to Chaplain Carman Hamby so she can add the request to RUMBLINGS.   CarmanHamby@yahoo.com.

Missions
Rev. Mike McGhghy and Rev. Julie McGhghy – AIMers to Costa Rica

Home Missions
Rev. Mike Markham – Turning Point Fellowship – Clanton, AL
Rev. Johnny Carr – Apostolic Church of Tatum –  Tatum, TX

Restoration
Prodigals

Healing
Tom Thompson –  Prayer for complete healing.
Lydia Diaz – Currently being treated with Chemo
Delbert Hayes – Currently being treated with Chemo for Leukemia
Anthony Storey – Recovering from motorcycle accident
Kaila Markham Miller – Healing from two recent brain surgeries
Rev. Johnny Carr – Vertigo and Headaches
Martha Hardin – Chaplain Hardin’s mother is having heath complications and in addition, gallbladder surgery in a couple of weeks.

 

Family Members Passed 2019
Jon & Serrena Weber’s daughter
Krysta Markham’s father
Joe Endicott’s mother
Lisa Endicott’s mother
Doug Solomon’s father
Anthony Storey’s father

Thank you for your prayers and support

Diane Beall
ASR National Ladies Chaplain

A Culture of Caring

!!  ANNOUNCEMENT  !!

Azusa StreetRiders is proud to announce the addition of “A Culture of Caring” in all future issues of RUMBLINGS.  This prayer corner will be updated monthly with prayer requests and praise reports submitted by ASR members. We ask that all ASR members send prayer requests to their Regional Chaplain and the Regional Chaplain will submit reports to Chaplain Carman Hamby by the 25th of each month for submission in the next issue of RUMBLINGS. This way everyone will be informed and praying.

I should clarify that this is not replacing emergencies on Facebook, texts or calls.  It is a follow up to show we care and are obeying 1 Samuel 12:23.  As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you.  And I will teach you the way that is good and right.   Chaplain Carman’s email is:  Carmanhamby@yahoo.com

The name of our prayer corner was taken from the title of the book, “Cultivating a Culture of Caring,” by the ASR International Chaplain, Rev. Mark A. Hardin. We would like to thank Chaplain Hardin for allowing us to use this title as it so accurately conveys the prayer corner purpose. It is well worth reading and would make an excellent gift this season and is available on Amazon. Chaplain Hardin believes in cultivating a culture of caring within the confines of our local congregation, or structure of influences, so that we continue to love our neighbor as ourselves.

By having the prayer corner, we meet two important needs; 1) each member knows we are here for them and are praying when difficult circumstances arise. 2) each one is well informed of the needs of individual members.

We all face difficult circumstances.  It is important to contact your Regional Chaplain when needs occur along with any updates and they will in turn pass on to Chaplain Carman Hamby so she can add the request to RUMBLINGS. This will create spiritual unity when we are all praying fervently about each others needs.

If we do not use the Holy Spirit that God has placed in our hearts and hands to give increase to the Kingdom by lifting up brethren and our neighbors, we have missed the focal point of God’s divine purpose of distributing or dispersing Himself to mankind. We are to build and restore relationships not walk through this world alone. We are to encourage and share with each other, in the good times and bad. We are to minister to those who oppose us or themselves. Isn’t that what Christ did?

Excerpt from Cultivating A Culture of Caring: Jesus explained to Peter that Satan wished to sift him as wheat…one translation says “riddle”… in other words, grind you up like flour. He went on, but, I pray your faith, fail not and when converted, strengthen the brethren. Converted is also interpreted restored or redeemed. Jesus warned Peter, when you go through the crushing blows of the enemy, don’t loose heart for when you are tried like gold you will come back restored… and when you do, strengthen those who are now going through their personal “hell”.

We want to continually lift up prayers for all ASR members and their families. In addition we have some specific request this month. Please forgive me in advance if I have failed to add someone. 

Missions
Rev. Mike McGhghy and Rev. Julie McGhghy – AIMers to Costa Rica

Home Mission
Rev. Mike Markham – Turning Point Fellowship
Rev. Johnny Carr – Apostolic Church of Tatum

Restoration
Prodigals

Healing
Robert Thompson – healing of eye issue
Tom Thompson – seizures – heart issues
Lydia Diaz – is currently being treated with chemo
Delbert Hayes – has started chemo for leukemia
Anthony Storey –  recovering from motorcycle accident
Kaila Markham Miller – daughter of Rev. and Chalain Krysta Markham, will be having surgery December 6th  on right side of brain, the second possibly Dec 12th  on the left side of brain
Sophia – Theodore’s granddaughter surgery for crushed her ankle
Scott Culver – bone marrow issue
Rev. Marcos Prieto varicoelectomy – vein stripping in both legs
Rev. Johnny Carr – Vertigo and headaches
Carla – Jon and Serrena Weber’s niece – paralysis from brain tumor surgery

Family members passed 2019
Doug Solomon –  father
Joe Endicott –  mother
Lisa Endicott –  mother
Chaplain Krysta Markham –  father
Rev. Anthony Storey –  father

Thank You for Your Prayers and Have a Christ Filled Christmas!
Diane Beall
International Ladies Chaplain

 

Going To the Enemy’s Camp

That’s right, that’s where we are going but we are going prepared.  In unity we sing the old song, we are going to the enemy’s camp to take back what he took from me.  Sounds exciting until we go to battle against the enemy and see what we perceive as obstacles.  God said, “Be not afraid, only believe for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  Warfare is messy business and many times the challenges are providing and demonstrating the love of God to those who don’t seem to deserve it.  If we are not fully prepared by having on the whole armor, we’ll be reeling on the battlefield like a drunken man.

God is calling all warriors to rally in unity for our struggling prodigals and the enemy is desperate to distract us. Rapidly fired demonic bullets of fear, worry, anxiety, frustration and anger can cause offense which wounds us terribly.  “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:10-11).  Schemes, wiles, devices and tricks are tools the devil uses to  project his poisonous thoughts into our minds.  He suggest we do things his way instead of listening to and obeying the voice of God.  One way we hear the voice of God is through our conscience.  A Spirit filled conscience does not tell us to speak harsh words to or about our brothers and sisters.  It does not tell us to go out and rob a store or kill someone. No, that is the voice of the enemy projecting his thoughts onto us. By complaining and criticizing instead of thanking God during a trial, we allow the enemy free access in our lives. Vesta Mangun once said, “Anything you don’t bring before God for counsel, hell is authorized to counsel you about it.”

I read in Matthew chapter 18 where we are turned over to the jailer (tormentors) if we don’t forgive.  We are tormented daily by the video reel playing the offense over and over in our head until we repent.  I have experienced the darkness of jail several times in the past due to perceived insults and misunderstandings. I was hurt and in return hurt others. Through reading scriptures about offense and forgiveness, the Word washed me,  I came to my senses and realized I was in violation and had sinned against God by holding on to unforgiveness. God delivered me when I cried out for mercy.  I  also went to the people and ask them to forgive me.  I did this in order to obey the Word which says if you are offering your gift at the altar and  remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar.  First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.  By forgiving and asking God to order our steps, speech, attitudes and even our facial expressions, we are protected and victorious!

To remove wounds, we lay them on the altar of repentance and are cleansed, forgiven and God forgets. We speak His Word in faith, believing and problems disappear. We pray until every word that comes out of our mouth aligns with God’s Word. This is the will of God where signs, wonders and miracles operate.  This is where our prodigals are set free.

God bless and keep reaching for the prize of the high calling (what the Spirit is telling you to do) of Jesus Christ.

Praise Report:  We have five prodigals from the names in the vase who have come back to the altar. This is powerful! Let’s give God great praise.  If anyone has not put their prodigals’ names in the vase please send to our President Robert Thompson (Robert.thompson@azusastreetriders.com) and he will write the name out on paper and add to the prodigal vase.

Video from our President Robert Thompson:   Prodigals_4012

Chaplain Diane Beall, ASR National Ladies Chaplain

 

 

Worship Is More Than A Song

As Apostolics we are very familiar with the expression of worship and praise by declaring thanks (Hebrews 13:15), by clapping our hands and shouting (Psalm 47:1), by musical instruments and dancing (Psalm 150:4), by singing praise songs (Psalm 9:11), by psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19-20), by making a joyful noise (Psalm 98:4), by lifting our hands (Psalm 134:2), by being still (Psalm 4:3-5), 46:10), and by being loud (Psalm 33:3, 95:1-6). These beautiful acts of worship and praise elevate us into God’s presence, giving us power to overcome obstacles, walk in the miraculous and live a joyful life.

Dedication is the basis of commitment, without it we are not able to give God anything else. Committing our thoughts and emotions unto obedience to Christ shows our respect for Him. To obey Him willingly involves our intellect, emotions and will (Romans 12:1-2). Our body is to be dedicated as a living sacrifice to God. We are to avoid being conformed to the world, but must strive to be transformed by the Word. Only then can we discover God’s perfect will for our life.

Worship refers to the supreme honor given either in thought or deed to a person or thing. It is reverence, a deep respect, admiration and honor given to God. The Bible teaches us that God alone is worthy of worship (Revelation 4:11).

Worship is not just for Sunday morning church. We should daily live a life of obedience to and worship of God. The single most important act of worship for any Christian is to totally present ourselves to God as an obedient servant. Jesus’ dedication to God involved His body and mind, “Nevertheless, not my will but yours be done.” Our minds coordinate the actions to be executed by the body while the body carries out the will of God. Once the mind and body are completely devoted to God, we become instruments of righteousness by which His will is done in earth as it is in heaven. He chooses to use us to perform His Will.

Praise is an outward expression of faith. When we praise Him, we are telling Him that we believe He is there to protect, comfort and to do battle on our behalf. God wants us to be so dependent on Him that no matter what the circumstances we face, regardless of how dark the night, we know that God is working out all things for our good. He wants us to be confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in us will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

What is your default reaction when things don’t go your way, when the trials and tribulations of life surround you? Do you respond by worshipping God and thanking Him for the storm that draws you closer to Him or do you react by getting angry and/or withdrawing from God, sulking in the hurt and pain? Paul and Silas were arrested for casting a spirit of divination out of a girl. The local authorities beat them and threw them in jail. Beside the trauma of being beaten, they were chained in stocks and their arms and legs were essentially immobile which caused cramping and loss of circulation. It was truly a depressing atmosphere. Despite the throbbing pain and depressing circumstances, Paul and Silas were heard praying and singing praises to God. Suddenly there was an earthquake and it shook the prison. The doors opened wide freeing Paul, Silas and all the prisoners. Praise and worship are the keys to the miraculous. In times of suffering, we sometimes forget this powerful principle that Paul and Silas understood. God inhabits the praises of His People not the complaints.

Choose worship and praise. When a storm develops in our life, it is our responsibility to go out before the battle, to sing praises to God — to shout the victory! No negativity and grumbling allowed. When we worship and praise God, He will elevate us to new heights and give us greater revelation. The degree to which we worship God reflects the degree of His worth to us. Each morning when we wake, we should ask God what he would like for us to do during the day. Ask Him who can we speak life to; give hope to today. Plan your day by telling God, “As I prepare for this day, I appoint it to be used for Your glory. Everything that happens will be used for your purposes. Even the problems that happen will be appointed to be used for Your glory.” Not my will today God, but Your will be done.

Diane Beall,  ASR National Ladies Chaplain

Fasting Breaks Strongholds

Sincere Christians who have studied the scriptures understand the importance of prayer and fasting.  Our awareness of God can dim over time as we stuff ourselves with the cares of life. Fasting calls us to refuse our fleshly appetites and eat only on the pleasures of the Word of God.

There is a spiritual excitement and joy in God that far exceeds the pleasure of this world. Once we “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8), we are no longer slaves to our fleshly desires. When we commune with the One our soul longs for during prayer and fasting our faith in God increases as well as our desire for Him.

Fasting reveals our deepest need for God and the joy and pleasure we find in Him. It also reveals what we are slaves to and the strongholds we need to repent of and tear down.  Make a list of the things that separate you emotionally, spiritually, physically, socially, intellectually, and/or occupationally.  How do these 6 dimensions interfere with your fellowship with Christ?   Paul said, “all things are lawful but not profitable.

During fasting our minds quite down so that we can hear the still small voice of God above the chatter of worldly desires. Fasting creates an atmosphere of Faith in God for self-revival. Our desire for others to know of God’s goodness rises to the forefront of our minds.

What are the strongholds affecting your life?  What steals your time from prayer, fasting, reading the Word, fellowship with God and outreach?  By allowing a stronghold to become a part of your life, you have made an agreement with the enemy to set up his fortress under your roof.  Sometimes prayer alone is not sufficient to remove a stronghold. You certainly can’t fast a stronghold for a few days, return right back to it and expect to have power with God.  They are so deeply rooted that you need prayer and fasting to pluck them up and cast them off.

Fasting and Prayer prepares us to have joy through suffering.  We understand  that when we walk through terrible things, we don’t lose joy in Christ, for in His presence is fullness of joy.  It is only when we have completely died to self that the power of Christ is fully manifested.

Through fasting and prayer we can we find the same deep confidence and contentment in Christ that carried Him to the cross.  Through His strength we can face any trial or hardship.

Our church, Christian Life Center of Myrtle Beach, will begin the Daniel Fast February 3rd and end on Saturday of “Bind The Strong Man.” We ask that all join us at some point during the month in fasting and prayer for this service.

Fred and I are so excited for all who are able to attend “Bind The Strong Man.”   Anyone who has ever heard Bro. Hurt speak knows how rich and life-changing this service is going to be.