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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.

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

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

The Way

Our way is established not in our confidence of how much we think we know about the Bible and God… our way is established through how intimately we know Yahweh’s heart and this knowledge cannot be followed or reproduced it can only be known as He is known by you through worship in spirit and truth.

There are many who unequivocally know the Bible but we need to unequivocally know Yahweh the one who gave us His word, His son Jesus and Holy Spirit so.. that we may know Him and come into his presence with rejoicing and praise, there is a place with Him so close that you experience fully that He is an all consuming fire and because of His intimate love for you, you exist in that fire without being consumed because He loves you. 

““For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

David in the presence of Yahweh took no thought of those around him worshipping in spirit and truth, there was such an intimacy there that no one or nothing else mattered.

“And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.”
‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭6:14-15‬ ‭NLT‬

Faith. Family. Friendship. Forever.