Sometimes There’s just nothing more to say other than-
This is for now.
““Keep silence before Me, O coastlands, And let the people renew their strength! Let them come near, then let them speak; Let us come near together for judgment. “Who raised up one from the east? Who in righteousness called him to His feet? Who gave the nations before him, And made him rule over kings? Who gave them as the dust to his sword, As driven stubble to his bow? Who pursued them, and passed safely By the way that he had not gone with his feet? Who has performed and done it, Calling the generations from the beginning? ‘I, the LORD, am the first; And with the last I am He.’ ” The coastlands saw it and feared, The ends of the earth were afraid; They drew near and came. Everyone helped his neighbor, And said to his brother, “Be of good courage!” So the craftsman encouraged the goldsmith; He who smooths with the hammer inspired him who strikes the anvil, Saying, “It is ready for the soldering”; Then he fastened it with pegs, That it might not totter. “But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, And said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ “Behold, all those who were incensed against you Shall be ashamed and disgraced; They shall be as nothing, And those who strive with you shall perish. You shall seek them and not find them— Those who contended with you. Those who war against you Shall be as nothing, As a nonexistent thing. For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ “Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! I will help you,” says the LORD And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. “Behold, I will make you into a new threshing sledge with sharp teeth; You shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, And make the hills like chaff. You shall winnow them, the wind shall carry them away, And the whirlwind shall scatter them; You shall rejoice in the LORD, And glory in the Holy One of Israel. “The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, Their tongues fail for thirst. I, the LORD, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in desolate heights, And fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, And the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, The myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine And the box tree together, That they may see and know, And consider and understand together, That the hand of the LORD has done this, And the Holy One of Israel has created it.”
Isaiah 41:1-20 NKJV
Hello my name is Stacy Fannon, this is a plant I put into a coffee cup to represent the thing I wanted to plant and grow this coming year in my life, Yahweh had already given me a word on what this was supposed to be a few days back before I even knew I was gonna be doing this, previously we wrote on a paper and physically burned all the things that we were gonna leave behind forever and I had also gotten a word about this as well. These are the kinds of things we do at our tribe meetings,
(an inner system that was designed and implemented by our pastor Mattie Montgomery) his intent was to knit the community together and it has worked, we pray with each other, we edify, encourage and build each other up, we talk about the sermon that was preached the previous week, we have become lifelong friends even in diversity.
I wanted to share about a work Yahweh has done in my heart this year…I like many teenagers sought Identity and I found it some what in a group of people called (metal heads) I grew up in the 80’s there were preps, rednecks, country, hip hop and metal heads and I landed with the metal crew but really I felt like I never fit in much of anywhere, fast forward to my mid 20’s I had an encounter with Yahweh when I cried out to him for help and He showed up in a mighty way in my life, this formed a relationship that changed my life, once again I was in a spot amongst my friends and even family where I didn’t fit in… they would walk in and say “ you reading your Bible?” And I was like” yea I have been.” And they would say “ cool! and do a 360 and walk away… so when I met my wife I ultimately would end up going back to church (something I really wanted to avoid) tried to fit in there but really didn’t. In the late 90’s I felt God was calling me to come back to metal which was something that I had proudly walked away from and disconnected myself from (this decision was made through intense prayer) as Yahweh began to reveal to me what He was doing in the metalcore scene I became a part of it again, a disciple for Christ in the metal scene and the Christian metal scene, there was freedom love and acceptance in these groups, sure some people from the metal scene hated me, but they just hated who I stood for (Jesus Christ) and I found that sometimes there were people in the Christian metal scene that didn’t dig me either, again because of (Jesus Christ) but it was ok and it was family .
So when bands like For Today announced they were retiring and giving up music, I was really sad because these traveling ministries that incorporated a sense of family were not gonna be doing that anymore, for this young at heart southern Baptist kid Christian metal shows are were I learned to worship freely, meet others I could relate to and grasp a sense of family every once in a while… and this seemed to be ending, For those of you that follow Revelation X Resistance you know that was born out of creating a safe place for family, and I’m so greatfull for Rev Resistance family, but I really needed to learn about Kingdom family, and when Yahweh told Mattie Montgomery to gather the family I was in a definite place where I didn’t know what was gonna happen… but thankfully through a series of (God’s hands all over it events) I ended up at The Alter Fellowship with none other than the metalcore screamer frontman from For Today pastoring this church, cool right? Metalcore shows, all metal people hanging out, pastor Mattie screaming from the pulpit… nope nothing of the sort, in fact none of that at all… I would dare say maybe there are a handful of metal people at the Altar but Yahweh has sent a diverse group of people there from all walks of life, most of them have no clue or really don’t care that pastor Mattie was the front man of For Today, or at one time hade huge gauges… they are in love with what Yahweh is doing at the Altar Fellowship…I typically do not thrive in diverse groups (or any other group apart from metal people) but it is awesome to hang out with diverse Jesus lovers and support encourage and uplift each other in the Lord in spirit and truth and love, there is a togetherness with these folks I have never experienced before in my life, a love and an encouragement that as we walk through the hell that is in this world at times that we have a diverse people that stand for Jesus behind us cheering us on and celebrating in each other’s victories, if one of us wins we all win if one of us looses we all loose.
I was speaking to my pastor about these things and he brought everything I’ve been talking about here full circle with the statement “That’s what the Kingdom is supposed to do… bring people together across all cultural boundaries.”- Mattie Montgomery
I will say this- Yahweh is doing a mighty and holy work in my midst and I am eternally thankfull for Kingdom family!
God has done epic things in my life this year, that were deemed or seemed impossible, just because I stepped into His possible.
Christmas is almost here… but with that being said, 20/21 is upon us, this year started with an epic word from the Lord in my heart, and that was this- (that this would be the year of Yahweh’s perpetual revelation of his love in my life) not too long after that declaration my wife’s uncle, without any warning passes from this life… and then 2 weeks later my wife’s mom shockingly without warning passes from this life as well. Then I like everyone else since March has been affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. In late July I contracted covid and still have no clue where I got it, and I like most people thought it was a simple sinus infection, I never had a fever or really felt that horrible, and then my whole family got it, I reckon since I was one of the first and only people that I knew to get it and get it in my community sadly I was treated with much fear and contempt, Kinda feeling like Shrek waiting for the towns people to show up with their torches and pitchforks…but I live in an amazing community and I get it, the media has filled everyone full of their (what if’s) and fear mongering tactics.
We have seen riots and political unrest and people filled with fear allowing it to dictate how the live their lives now, a lot of people are still questioning the election results and everything else from wearing masks to dictating what everyone else should be doing to appease their fear.
Church gatherings have all but become mostly non existent (and I mean physical gatherings) along with concerts or any other live forms of entertainment where people gather together.
Last week I fell on the ice and broke my wrist…
And in spite of all this it’s been one of the greatest years of my life, Yahweh has continued to give the perpetual revelation of His love in my life, and in the lives of those around me and every day I have to continually choose to live in that revelation.
The Altar Fellowship launched in January of this year after spending months at Pastor Mattie’s house preparing for and looking for a building, everything came together and we had one of the greatest celebrations I’ve ever experienced in my life at the launch and since, this body of believers is and has continued to bless uphold and encourage me in my intimacy with Yahweh, and even through a lot of the obstacles that came this year in times of struggle God’s love and presence has never been more evident in my life, I have been physically blessed beyond my comprehension as well.
God asks for faith, and this is what pleases him.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
Live in the evidence of things not seen, and hope when there is no evidence for hope. And above all stop, take a deep breath and pour your heart out in intimacy with Yahweh, He loves you so much today. I pray his continually steeped revelation of his love and presence over your lives this coming year of 20/21.
God bless and I love you all, Stacy