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The Fatherless Redeemed

 


This is the cry of a generation of fatherless men…

1. Is There Anybody Out There?

I was born as a bastard, no father, no master,
A shadow in silence left searching for answers.
Put up for adoption and left with no option
Another kid fostered to fester forgotten
Take a look into these desperate eyes
As they’re cast into the wretched hive

But I ain’t going down alone

Is there anybody out there?
Anybody listening to me?
Is anybody else scared?
The paranoia, drops me to my knees
Does anybody feel lonely?
Disconnected from the things I see
Is there anybody out there?
Anybody out there just like me?
I’m choking on these words and I can’t breathe

Now I stand as a father, to men with no honor
Ashamed of the racists I used to call brothers
Cause no flag can mean bravery,
When bloodied by slavery,
The rebel, a devil, disguised as a savior
And the sickening feeling in the air
Is the fear to speak that no one dares

So will I stand here all alone?

Is there anybody out there?
Anybody listening to me?
Is anybody else scared?
The paranoia, drops me to my knees
Does anybody feel lonely?
Disconnected from the things I see
Is there anybody out there?
Anybody out there just like me?
I’m choking on these words and I can’t breathe

[2x]
Live my life like I’ll die tonight
Dream like I’ll live forever

I have roared at the world for years
Doesn’t anybody hear me?
This burden suffered, I’ve paid the cost
Not all who wander are lost

Is there anybody out there?
Anybody listening to me?
Is anybody else scared?
The paranoia, drops me to my knees
Does anybody feel lonely?
Disconnected from the things I see
Is there anybody out there?
Anybody out there just like me?
I’m choking on these words and I can’t breathe – Machine Head

No hope, no direction, a body that cannibalizes itself. I was part of this generation of men confused, depressed, afraid, constantly looking for something tangible to place my confidence in that was perpetually dead or dying, but then I started to see the heart of the father as I sought his face – Yahweh and His true heart for me, that we would be a generation of men that would break this curse of fatherlessness that has plagued this American culture for far too long. The son’s of Yahweh will take dominion over this curse and stamp it out. Selah

Being like Christ?


“For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Ive thrown around this idea for years that “we need to be like Christ”, without really even thinking about it, but Yahweh gave me revelation that Jesus didn’t specifically mean for their to be a bunch of Jesus’s,  but for us to be like him in the sense that we are (uniquely created) to be unique and have an intimate relationship with the father… and to fully operate in that uniqueness, fully lead by the father in Holy Spirit. We know Jesus displayed the father Yahweh through family and worship but we know nothing of his personality, we know nothing much about his looks, other than that he “wasn’t a comely man” we really don’t know much about him period in that realm, he was was a carpenter, what did he build? I’m sure he may have had some epic achievements in life but We don’t know and obviously they are obscure for a reason.

It Is Finished.

 

For 51 years I’ve celebrated Easter in some way shape or form, I’ve considered deeply the pain Christ went though for me, I’ve thought long and hard about why God sent his son, I’ve piled guilt on myself blaming Christ’s suffering on my failures, I’ve thought about how the disciples felt as he laid in that tomb silent, wondering if they had really understood if Jesus was the Christ, but I believe through all this we have missed something pivotal about what happened through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ… He won, and through his victory we win and have access to the spoils of his victory, he walked out of a tomb alive and breathing. Some of us need to get a good look at what the victory on the cross looks like and live and love radically in that celebration daily, the world needs followers who operate in victory worse than they need a theology…. hell has lost, they’re on the run. We can rest in Jesus’s victory today.

“Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. Now the men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted, and pursued the Philistines as far as the entrance of the valley and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell along the road to Shaaraim, even as far as Gath and Ekron. Then the children of Israel returned from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their tents. And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.”
‭‭I Samuel‬ ‭17:51-54‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Anxiety rules in a dead church


Anxiety

When anxiety comes to taunt you do not let it in, for if you do it will move in and before you know it you will allow it to dictate how you think and live your life, you will gear your whole life around it. Yahweh says…

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬

““That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NLT

““So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

““I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

‭‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:4-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I have struggled back and forth with anxiety and depression since my teens, I let it in, I let it set up a strong hold in my life early on and drinking didn’t help it, drugs didn’t help it… the problem was this… I was in compromise of my identity as a Christian, because of anxiety And feeling helpless to it I started to believe that Yahweh was ok with it in my life and that it was just something I had to deal with because God isn’t the God of the Bible anymore, a very popular theology in the modern church today that has been passed on by helpless pastors who themselves believe this theology. So we can make a decision, either worship the God (Yahweh) of the Bible and believe in who He says He is and who He says we are or continue with anxiety and depression dictating how you live your life. God loves you, he fights for you, he is dedicated to tearing down any strongholds in your life, ask him for revelation of who He really is and who you really are with Him… and I’m gonna be honest, there is no 10 step program to get free from anxiety there is only Yahweh and who He is, and the true revelation and reality of that is obtained through intimacy and worship. I know all the Bible verses and I know them well, I even proclaimed them in war against the devil over and over again and over again and over again and again and again, but the confidence of Yahweh in your life and where you stand with Him and who He says you are are irrefutable, sure anxiety and depression still knock on the door every once and a while but when I look at Yahweh in his fierce and terrible and loving power I’m reminded that I am on His side and I do not ever, ever have to let it in again because He is who He says He is and I am who He says I am.

Learn to rest today in that revelation.
This is my prayer for the modern church.

Kingdom Family

 

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!

20/21 and the Possible


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

1994

The year was 1994…and this was a very pivotal year in my walk with God and as I continued to talk to Him and listen to him my life began to change, in dramatic, challenging and awesome ways. During this time I was still living in Asheville, I was driving home from work and in the corner of the hemisphere I saw a green dot that ultimately became a burning green ball with a tail the was screaming across the sky, it was in my vision for probably 5-7 seconds, I was like amazed but very afraid, because this was unlike anything I had ever witnessed ever, I got home told my room mates they were like “oh, cool.” I was like “you don’t understand , this thing was huge, it’s gonna be in the news!” Well after days of waiting no news… no nothing. And I’m like whaaaa? So I just chocked it up as an experience that me and like 5 other people may have seen. Fast forward a year and a half, me and Shannon were married at this point and my oldest son Jacob had just popped into the scene, so I’m driving home from work and guess what? I had the same experience on the way home (totally different place in the sky this time). That was 25 years ago, I’ve always looked into the night sky, I’ve actually spent hours doing it but never seen anything like that again. It makes me think about how easy it can be to take experiences in this life for granted, every person is having a unique experience in this life, some similar yes but no ones walk in this life is the same as another, no one person is the same as another… ever in the history of man everyone is different, we all want to be able to relate to each other through these similarities and experiences but truly we can’t without knowing the love and the lordship of Yahweh our father, there is a connection and a relation there that is supernatural and transcends words, it breaks the boundaries we establish, it destroys judgments and pedestals that men establish themselves on and try to get other men to climb to, striving is replaced by rest, false humility is replaced by honor and jealousy is replaced by celebration because if one wins we all win if one fails we all fail, people that just can’t make the cut are replaced by people That will not quit and they will not let those around them quit.

This is the kingdom.
This is coming.
This is happening.

WAKE UP

Do you really think Yahweh is concerned with controlling a worldly government? He has his own government and kingdom and peace and its control and influence effects everything and everyone and He is fully in control in the establishment there in, kingdom people are the difference in this world… Wake up! Leverage and control is NOT in the world system, it is and will only be in His kingdom and there in is pure judgement and justice, the zeal of Yahweh will bring this into completion.

“Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The Power of the Tongue


Life and Death

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Power: the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.

Death. Power.

Life. Power.

Will you speak death into life?

Fruit:

Heresy, fears, insecurities, what if’s, human logic, self lead opinions, judgment, condemnation, false witnesses.

Will you speak life into death?

Fruit:

Encouragement, accomplishment, hope, peace, potential, grace, faith, hope and love.

Death:

“As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.””
‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:10-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Life:
“I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, And restore comforts to him And to his mourners. “I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the LORD, “And I will heal him.” But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. “ There is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked.””

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭57:18-21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I looked at this as an ideology for years as simply something you try to do… but yet here it is clearly stated that the POWER of life and death are held in the tongue, it is spiritual and holds a spiritual outcome for those involved.
May we speak life as Jesus spoke life, and continues to speak life to those around us.

Loving the church like you love your wife?


Loving the church like you love your wife?

Where would the church be if we loved it like we love our wives? I feel certain that we may already know the answer to that question.

You go hang out for a few minutes make an appearance, get a few minutes of intimacy and your good, feeling good and then maybe you through some money in the offering, and then struggle the rest of the week and watch your family struggle as a result.

In Ephesians it says “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:25-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We are literally one person with our wives, one working mechanism, one soul, one heart.

Our family is truly a reflection of us as men, we hold that power, not to subdue and control our wives but to set the standard and presence of God in our homes, our children bare that reflection as well, it is a Christian mans  honor to live this for his family, it sets a precedence of providence for your wife and children, one more time…men, we are responsible for setting a precedence of providence, your family is dependent upon your intimacy with Yahweh. As you grow in intimacy with him your family will grow with him as well…. and this is the Revolution that will change the current state of the world.

“He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body. As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:27-33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Faith. Family. Friendship. Forever.