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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

The illogical

How many likes, how many followers, how many reactions does it take to have (social media power)? Yahweh’s idea of being a voice of significance is way different from our understanding. A popular social presence is just that… relevant today, a moment of fame and then, it’s gone like the wind. In building kingdom culture we are establishing forever (heaven on earth) and we do not do these things through mans logic. Let me show you, let’s look at how Yahweh raised Daniel to a place of prominence and influence.

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.” So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.”
‭‭Daniel‬ ‭1:8-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In times past I’ve heard a lot of people place a lot of relevance in the fact that Daniel rejected the kings food, but more over Yahweh had spoke into his heart that if he would say yes to Yahweh and no to the way that (seemed) to always  be successful in the logic of men… Yahweh would take something (Daniel) that would never be considered relevant by the ways of this word and raise him into a person of power and influence. And that power knowledge and influence would be solely expressed from intimacy with God.

“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.””
‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭1:26-31‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

01-03-2021

 


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

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

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.