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δ  Stephen Cornell   at Bradenton, USA-FL
Had a wonderful time at the house of Scot Moeckel with the people/family/household of God gathered there. Had a great time eating, fellowshipping and also explored how we got the Bible and some church history! Not necessarily in that order… we also prayed for each other!

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Raleigh, USA-NC
Saturday at Ed's house, exploring Kingdom and the glory/brightness of Christ in us that brings community strikingly different than the world around us. Asking the harder questions, such as: Why are we working for our own survival against trusting our Father with His assurance that we shall not want?
Monday night, at another place in north Raleigh, meeting Michael over Bible study proclaiming the evangel of the Kingdom. Millions have heard a word about grace outside The Kingdom of God. Now is the time to be inviting these to Christ's Life far above a profession or paper salvation.
Wednesday with friends at Freedom House, sharing a few reflections in victory through the past week. Such great gain we have received in the fullness of Christ to out-pace all that might have otherwise been done by the desire of the flesh.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Raleigh, USA-NC
Saturday with sojourners at Fight Church, engaged in the good fight of faith --- not effectively from any presuppositional fortress, but to the power of Christ preeminent in and among us. Hearing the children, from ages 1 to 70-something, bringing a word of Grace, and to the beginnings of sharpening one another, as Paul is writing to remind, "brothers, add this: Y'all be rejoicing! Y'all be adjusting/attuning! Y'all be entreating! Y'all be being mutually disposed; be being at peace! And-also the God of Love and-also peace shall be with y'all."
[II Corinthians 13:13]
Sunday, brother Tom & I traveling on-to Clayton, discovering another small group of saints. Having met together ~25 years, knowing the peace and light of Christ. We were a bit late to arriving in the rain, yet still warmly welcomed while first meeting friends we have known in Christ life-long.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Thomasville, USA-NC
together outside Thomasville last night, how psalms illustrate for prayer, assuring the righteous [Psalm 1] into enjoyment of the full life he/she shares with Almighty God our Father. While distraction and fatigue come to tempt us with merely doing what we know to do, the hearing of His voice is to rescuing & redirecting us by way of the great confidence we hold in Him.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Thomasville, USA-NC
Yesterday, assembled humbly at Thomasville to welcoming the new and rejoicing in the newness/freshness of Christ alive among us. If somehow we did not bring a new song with recent accounts to His glory, the old would simply rush in again to fill the space.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Thomasville, USA-NC
Sunday, with a transitional gathering at the city of High Point, which had been brought together circa 1971 by a church planter, and appears to be moving toward an extinction. Disturbing in Spirit within to see individual sacrifices of worship obstructed by sectarianism & isolation. Surely we know the Life and Body of Christ to be vivified and reproducing of its members. Our prayer that His Life might come in power to transcend all the former works.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Thomasville, USA-NC
after 7 months, honored to again be greeting the 2 gatherings at Thomasville --- together One, pursuing Christ and in Love for one another. How may we describe the work of God among us? All He does, so incredible and beyond any human method or formula!
Thanks be to God, bringing me forward from Statesville, after a farewell blessing to the Long family now in Tennessee.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Luray, USA-VA
with brothers at Woodstock this morning, after gathering at Winchester last night. At table, reflecting upon the end of our rebellion as we're realizing our adoption into the Family of God. How often the Adversary looks to accuse us, if as when we stumble, did somehow we intend to stumble? If the enemy might present us culpable, the distance we can imagine to be growing between our Father and His little children. Yet to those with the perfect assurance of Christ, how beautiful be Father's Love!

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Luray, USA-VA
yesterday morning, gathering again at Woodstock toward considering things Paul suffered while writing to saints in Phillipi. We're wrestling with the scene because there's nothing like it set in the modern world we know. Not even entitled to daily food, Paul lives the fragrance of Christ to all in the house. The gap so large… no one in a room of 30 people seems able to venture there.
A chilly evening arrives in Luray as we are at table with a disciple across town, following his baptism in cold, living (moving) water at the Shenandoah River a day before. Re-affirming our dying so that we might all be living in Christ alone.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Luray, USA-VA
yesterday, with ekklesia at Winchester sharing together how our Father is bringing His children alongside Him even as we pray, and in completing His purpose with Him; how His great power and wisdom declines rational or theological presumption of His having to pre-plan (such as we may think of planning). sister Victoria bringing an excellent inquiry, and-also the Spirit providing our assurance together.
This morning at Woodstock, being greeted by Mike & Holly who have opened their house to the saints for about 25 years. As afternoon came, responding to an invitation to lunch with a small group from a Baptist legacy church on the other side of the mountain. The house filled with adherents of a moral gospel, we're to sharing Light and revelation of Christ in conversation and hope.

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δ  Claudia Labrador   at Lindo, ECUADOR
I believe when folks are honed in so sharply to an end goal, like being sure to recite that prayer, they tend to miss what the Spirit is doing in the mix. This is where discernment should be allowed, to watch a heart break, a curiosity spark, a need to have questions answered, or whatever. We can see the Spirit at work if we are paying attention, and the Spirit will lead us the proper and good next step, which isn't necessarily talking more and reciting a certain prayer. If we are to be genuine stewards of God's Gospel ministry, we must be ready for anything. What I often see is when there is one focus, a means to one end, if the subject moves outside of that, many don't know what to do next, which then only adds to all the confusion surrounding these people who need so much to know more than a method, who are hungry for so much more than a mere present offer to receive. Let us be full and living in the very Gospel of which we desire for others to take hold. Let us discover more profoundly what that Gospel is if we are not living it. To know Him is to Love Him, and to Love Him is to be ready for any encounter in which we can minister the Good News spontaneously with our actions ever so much as with our words… May we repent of not being ready to offer the Jesus who lives and breathes and reigns as much outside of our understanding as He does within it. We may not have a quick or appropriate answer in the moment, but we have a Holy Spirt that can get us there. The beauty of the journey is that we can discover much more of Him together with those of whom we minister, and how much more profoundly the doors and hearts open to invite us into that discipleship journey that continues to teach us all as we go.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Luray, USA-VA
last night, gathering at Winchester for a shared meal together, and to meeting a number of the next generation to know the Spirit's Life and the purpose of God being in Christ. brother Brandon and I sharing a few accounts; all consoling and encouraging one another in the joy of our King.

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δ  Glenn Roseberry   at Arusha, Tanzania
I remember thinking as a young man, just finally getting ahead in life, having a home, a car and a good job, "if I do what Jesus taught in the Gospels, it will ruin my life." Literally, I have the memory. I was right. It will ruin my life, as the world defines value, and I will have a very new life. One that the King of the Kingdom of God says, is of infinite and eternal value. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Powhatan, USA-VA
third visit with ekklesia at Powhatan, last night. Father desiring all our esteem, glorifying Him in His Son, even that we have none remaining to give for the world system. Blessed to see brother Thomas visiting also with me, and in all rekindling our love for one another even as Christ has loved us. By Him, echoes from revivalism and other religious forms all must be giving-way to the Spirit indwelling with Faith, Hope and Love.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Chesterfield, USA-VA
Yesterday, gathering in the countryside at Chesterfield, celebrating Christ in His joy, power and goodness toward us. sister Jodie there leaving a note with me for the ekklesias…
Find joy in Jesus alone ~ Look up to Him always!!
"Two women peered out from jail bars. One saw mud, the other saw stars" … Praise God for the Body of Christ & His Spirit!

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δ  Rick Thompson   at Wakefield, USA-MA
One of the overlooked points in the Ephesians 6:10-20 armor of God passage is the word stand or withstand found four times in verses 11-14. Paul is using the physical reality of ubiquitous Roman soldiers to illustrate a spiritual principle [reality]. One of the primary reasons for the usual success of Roman soldiers over many centuries was their discipline. So standing doesn't mean standing around but standing in rank and formation. The tactics used meant that each soldier bore responsibility for protecting part of the next soldier with his shield. They had to rely upon each other. When we isolate ourselves and don't allow anyone into our lives then we are more easily defeated in spiritual warfare.
Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. ( Proverbs 18:1 ESV)

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δ  Claudia Labrador   at Mindo, Ecuador
Seems so difficult to move beyond assembling the church as a corporation model with elders deemed as some sort of Board of Directors, instead of a cooperative where everyone takes equal responsibility in using the gifts of the Spirit and talents the Lord has given for the building up of the saints and their ministries toward one another and to the lost. Aren't we all responsible for caring over good doctrine? Especially since we have the writings right in front of us, unlike the church of old! Sure! There will be immature saints. But let us not hinder their potential to grow into strong, mature members of the body, equally participatory. We learn much by being given the freedom to make mistakes. For crying out loud! God does not micromanage us. Why does so many church models today propose micromanagement?

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Chester, USA-VA
Wednesday evening, seeing again the ekklesia at Powhatan. When the Spirit of God calls for a fast, and for prayer, prepared to denying flesh with favor in spirit. Father gracing one ideal example among us of shachah [שתה to bow down, face to the ground; worship].
Friday morning with 3 men at Powhatan's Courthouse Café, considering the acts of our King made known to each of us. Remembering Ron & Greg, to be finishing the race well to the glory of Christ, overcoming even the religious programs and systems that today surround them.

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δ  Dean Wilson   at Sylmar, USA-CA
Had a wonderful time in Gorman, CA today! About 60 of us met for worship and fellowship. I quipped that this may be the largest church meeting ever in this small town. Had such a good time, I forgot to take pictures. People came as far away as San Diego to seek Jesus' Kingdom first!

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Midlothian, USA-VA
gathering at Powhatan (suburb of Richmond, Virginia) Wednesday night. About 18, a few prophetic; delightful together. They had me (and a few others) take turn to sit in a middle-chair to be prayed for, and speaking a word of admonition. Reconsidering Daniel's great hope in God to reveal mystery and dreams, and afterward to how our Father is so faithful toward caring for each of His own.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Raleigh, USA-NC
Lunch together earlier today at Steve's house. joy and thanksgiving for all the Spirit of God has been establishing in the saints of The Triangle [Raleigh area]. His calling out, drawing together. Though a few, yet learning obedience through any suffering. The revelation of Christ among them to His glory! Faith, hope and Love. Abandoning of former religious & social plans; receiving grace to be patient with all men. Honored to have greeted these brothers & sisters.

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δ  Tia Long   at Luray, USA-VA
When we have a relationship with Jesus, we cannot help but be transformed (become a new creation). One doesn't have to try to make this a reality. Belonging to a church or having a certain set of beliefs will never make you salt and light. Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Is that not what a Christian is --- a follower of Christ (THE Way)? When we have fellowship with Him, then our cup runs over and every part of our life is transformed and anyone near a follower of Christ cannot help but see Him whether they choose to acknowledge Him or not.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Raleigh, USA-NC
last night in Raleigh at table together, and rejoicing among the ekklesia to share news of the grace and power of our God in a few places, and then the hour so soon becoming late. Reminded of our deepest desire to abide in the Vine; to be knowing The Lamb of God; to be known by Him. The marvel of His direct and His victory translating us through each new day, renewing out minds, joining our hearts by His own.

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δ  Mark Millich   at La Crosse, USA-WI
"How wonderfully God led His servant to touch on the lighter themes, often funny and merry ones… Then came the first glimmerings of light breaking through those heavy clouds… love and laughter alone doing their healing and restoring work, while all the serious subjects were carefully avoided. Indeed, so light was the spiritual touch, it could hardly have been detected. Yet how blessedly effective it proved [to be]." E. B.-C. This passage affirmed what I have been experiencing lately, meeting informally and occasionally with a number of Catholics and other nominally religious persons. By it I am learning to be more patient, long-suffering, and to wait on the Lord; to "plow in winter" and to hopefully win some of them over even without the word if necessary; all the while gaining renewed appreciation for the power and effectiveness of a single, inspired, Holy Spirit-breathed Word. "Praying always… that utterance may be given to me… to make known the mystery of the gospel… that I may speak… as I ought to speak."

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Durham, USA-NC
Sunday in Raleigh, visiting a transitional gathering as we mark the character & confidence we have received in Christ.
Monday night at Relationship Over Religion where we're tackling the God over mammon stories shared; how the Spirit of Christ is delivering us from fears about being without money.
Wednesday night at Tom's house, with evidence & account of overcoming fears; freedom from psychotropic drugging; health that follows faith-trust in the Great Physician --- It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. [Galatians 5:1]

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Cary, USA-NC
last night at Holly Springs, with David and Rob and family sharing dinner together and a little of our journey; our own deaths and providential exits out of religious system.

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δ  Glenn Roseberry   at Arusha, Tanzania
It's been kind of humbling the last few days. I am going to be gone from Tanzania for about three months. Though I got my visa renewed it is required I leave and reenter. I have not seen my family in over two years so I will visit in the fall. So I am going around to every house church greeting and encouraging the saints.

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δ  Glenn Roseberry   at Arusha, Tanzania
Bibi, listening to the Gospel of Matthew on an Ipod type of device. They cannot read. Mama Luluquay immediately began shhhushing everyone. She would tolerate NO disturbance while listening to the word. Bibi just smiled and then began to recite out loud the verses she was hearing. It was so cool watching these Meru women, dressed in their traditional clothing with a modern electronic device clipped onto their kanga. Mama Luluquay, left listening so intently I thought she was going to walk into a wall or a tree. She was mesmerized.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Thomasville, USA-NC
Thursday night in south Thomasville, considering Christ in you; perceiving Him in you, to our joy. How different this be from comitting, converting or trying to be good as He is good.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at High Point, USA-NC
gathering at Thomasville last night. Have we given up on anyone suffering hopelessness, or someone who seems unable to help themself? May God in Christ be our strength to hope for even the most miserable neighbor; to love and serve and to not count the cost against anyone. The Light and testimony of Christ within you remains too precious to hide beneath human excuse or frustration.
Confessing our short-falls to one another at table, knowing to be praying for one another. Everything from the spaghetti to the salad to the joy of the Lord our strength, to tears, to joy, all to His glory. May His Light shine brightly at Thomasville and deeply into the Piedmont Triad.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Charlotte, USA-NC
urging Michael Edward to become a friend of God, as he sips from a brown-bagged wiskey bottle in McDonald's. Departing Charlotte in confidence of Christ to the will of God for this queen city. an intentional community and a gathering unsure both inside the city; ekklesia nearby at Lake Wylie on the border; others willing and others further still. May God make us able in His Son for +2 million people in the metropolitan area. (brother Gideon, are you seeing this?)
Are you fearful to be leaving behind things which have divided us because doing so might somehow become divisive?

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Charlotte, USA-NC
meeting Charissa as she is confessing to have been running from the voice of God calling her. How many more on the run in Charlotte, or in your city? The troubles of this world or the mystery of the gospel can send people running… Let's be fetching-in as many as we may to the Kingdom of our Master Jesus the Anointed One!

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Charlotte, USA-NC
welcomed in peace on Monday at the Family Tree community on the west side of Charlotte, North Carolina, and also joining them for morning prayers Tuesdays with brother David from Rock Hill, South Carolina. Glad for these brothers & sisters who have remained steady-on through the years.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at York, USA-SC
visiting with Jeff & Dennis on a farm just outside York. What if I am set in my vision to build the very thing our Father has already established? The best outcome we can then hope to create would be a replica; a doll house for the Kingdom of God.
brother Jeff is a hard worker and skilled with the treasures of this world. We pray Father grant him full vision for all He has and has already set in motion without the intent of men --- even to the Charlotte area.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Rock Hill, USA-SC
weathermen forecast no chance for rain Tuesday night in Winsboro, but Father said Yes and at 1:30 AM I am awakened to thunder. No time to save the bedding, running drenched to an overhang as lightning strikes above me shaking the earth. 10 minutes and all is calm again. Only a fringe of my blanket is damp. No means to explain this but to be offering thanks to Almighty God.
Met with a few in the Columbia area, only to find that over a few years they had moved from faith-trust in God to trust in their own devices. Knowing the Scriptures, yet slipping away from His power to be living by Christ.
Brethren, pray for one another. That old deception-enticement trick done to Eve is still being pulled with men & women unaware today.

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δ  Glenn Roseberry   at Arusha, Tanzania
Had a great meeting in Tengeru yesterday. Very mature group. Mama James, ever concerned for the well being of my widows, informed me that all the older women, called Bibi's or Mamas, had no teeth. She asked for michele or rice to be provided for the poorer ones. It seems they were subsisting mainly on bananas and white bread and ugali, unable to chew harder things. Of course. Spoke yesterday on the teachings of Jesus being the essence of Kingdom Christianity. How we are not only translated from the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of His beloved Son, but that this beloved Son had presented the values of that Kingdom to us in His sermons. That following them we would be salt and light, two miraculous substances that can preserve things and purify and illuminate them. We are to be that in this world. That following these teachings the world would look, as Jesus said, and glorify God in Heaven for our behavior and good deeds and example of His Kingdom come. We are the light of the world when [as] we obey Him.
While I taught over my right shoulder was a few boards separating us from a room with some other characters. Seems that barrier was indeed separating the sheep from the goats. They were very interested in our doings but as scripture tells their fate is dim lest they repent. I sensed they were perfectly happy just staying goats. Most people that are goats are happy with their states as well. As least for now.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Columbia, USA-SC
last weekend at Savannah, Georgia, being exposed to acute causes & effects of disunity. Father then bringing me speedily across 160 miles to Columbia, South Carolina. Learning an important metaphor via a closed bridge at the border.
Today with a gathering at Irmo --- one of a few remaining in the Columbia area. Does Father ever build faith in us only later to tear it down? Are we too busy to follow Christ in His way as we once did while He was our First Love?

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δ  Dean Wilson   at Sylmar, USA-CA
Wonderful time of worship and fellowship with the saints today! As a brother was saying a final prayer thanking God for His goodness and many, many blessings, five SoCal Honda employees came over and offered us all bottles of water! We were able to speak with them for a few moments and enjoy the water with our lunch. God is good, all of the time!

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Brunswick, USA-GA
lunch together with the ekklesia at Brunswick. Gratitude and praise for our God in how He has so much complimented them together with one another!
earlier today, a men's participatory Bible study with about a dozen men making way out of religiosity. Worrying not, as we read a portion from Philippians 4 together. Several speaking up in testimony to our Father's lifting of anxiety off of our souls.

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δ  Glenn Roseberry   at Arusha, TANZANIA
Sleeping next to the Indian Ocean in a tent. Rained off and on today but it sure makes you appreciate the sunshine. I am the only camper here since it is the rainy season. Had a hot shower. That's a real treat. Ate some pili pili prawns and going to bed early. Spent a great part of the day, praying for a friend in need and meditating on the teachings of Jesus.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Jacksonville, USA-FL
Tuesday morning, as iron sharpening iron to dodging frogs --- distraction that seem at times to cover the ground and have us jumping for nothing; being set by God to the undoing of distinctive & schismatic devices.
early today in Bayard, considering the cost and outcome of community in Christ now that we children of the King; joyfully subject to His discipline and possibly His anger at times, though we are no longer the offspring of wrath/indignation.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Jacksonville, USA-FL
visiting a VCF (Vineyard) last night where John Wimbur's daughter was speaking. Mixed in among the casual talk, there were a few fragments borrowed from reports of the Kingdom of Christ: "everything we do is [to be by way of] worship", not to be serving God from obligation; "God always provides", "minimal visitations" since the 4th century.
curious to hear these things sprinkled in, and yet not perceiving anyone that night as persuaded. roughly 300 in rows of chairs appearing as seekers who are calling (mostly in song) upon the Holy Spirit to come because they are not yet indwelt by the Spirit of Christ. And still the Vineyard "team" seems powerless toward effecting of their salvation. Yes, there have been minimal visitations in the institutional church (specifically, since Constantine; edicts & creeds). Astonished for the veil that maintains Protestant hypocrisy and their need for Christ.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Jacksonville, USA-FL
pleasant time together at Chuck & Susan's house, contrasting and discernoing the light yoke in Christ with the heavy burdens brought upon us by submission to the world, flesh, the Adversary and even religious systems. How key our relationship with Christ, day or night, to discerning the yolk He is bearing with us from other ropes & chains.

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δ  Glenn Roseberry   at Arusha, Tanzania
Spoke to a group of men in Kayole [Nairobi, Kenya] today. This was our third meeting about becoming a disciple, not a church attending mere believer, but an obedient follower of Jesus. Giving up everything to follow Him! We read Jesus alter call. His sermon to the masses on what it takes to become a disciple. You must hate all relationships compared to the love you have for Jesus. You must take up your cross, an instrument of death, dying to your self interest and taking on the interest of your King! According to Jesus, you must give up everything to follow Him. Have you decided to follow Jesus?

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Sanford, USA-FL
Sunday at the Murphy house in southeast Orlando, remembering where our true citizenship rests, and to staying with our true calling in Christ and His gospel; realizing we are foreigners in this land.
Monday into Saint Cloud, and 2 days with Leo & Kathy who had hosted a home fellowship during 2008.
Glad for all the welcomings and joy shared.

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δ  Glenn Roseberry   at Arusha, Tanzania
Great meeting this morning. Went over the cost of becoming a disciple of Jesus. If you read Jesus own words in Luke 14, you know that to be a disciple cost everything. Since we have determined to be and make disciples, we urge new contacts, both pagan, animist, Muslims, questionable [doubtful] Christians, and atheist to count the cost -- Just like Jesus did. I actually left the meeting as we began to council people in repentance, healing, forgiveness and strongholds. We had five languages there. In that case, I can gum up the works requiring yet another layer of interpretation and translation. Faithful brothers, spent the morning, praying and advising and answering intimate questions sometimes about sin and repentance. I will met with the brothers later to learn the outcome. Praying!

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δ  Dean Wilson   at Sylmar, USA-CA
Great fellowship today! Several neighbors joined us. After our guests left, had a meaningful time of the Lord's Supper. Next step, dinner for the family and then send out the worldwide prayer list that has prayer warriors from California to India participating in it. May Jesus' kingdom expand!

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Titusville, USA-FL
still counting the vacancies along Florida's Space Coast. such a little remnant, yet the fire of Love will burn. Glad to be meeting Dick & Charlotte at Melbourne. Thanking Father also for Steve Stover's kindness and open door to the men's study.
from Orlando today, confirming a SE outpost, and to hearing Christ in my brother's voice from north to south.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Titusville, USA-FL
men's study last night in Titusville (Space Coast), to speaking the Word of Life in our communications; keeping the conversation & relationship in Christ foremost, with our human relationships to follow, as the first 2 Great Commandments.

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δ  Dean Wilson   at Sylmar, USA-CA
Young man in Hollywood is interested in fellowship -- I'm directing him to a brother who lives down his way. Spent part of Saturday with my beautiful wife shopping. Today, got together with a brother at 7:30 AM and taught living moment by moment for Jesus. Had a time of worship with my wife this morning, looking at John 18 and the non-resistant nature of Jesus' Kingdom.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Tampa, USA-FL
Door closed to re-visit in Tampa & Seminole this weekend, yet rejoicing to communicate again with brothers and to the Spirit's presence we will share indefinitely though we may often be in distant cities of the earth.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Bradenton, USA-FL
last night, visiting at John & Sheila's house, considering the depth of the Love of God in Christ, even as He is acting in us to be loving others. Patient, kind, and as we are renewed to speak in love, rebuke in love; Jesus loving religious leaders as do we; our love for men and women who are with churches butting heads and not always acting in His Love. Love to be hating the sectarian rowel, while loving the people saddled by it.

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δ  Rick Thompson   at Wakefield, USA-MA
Six months ago upon my return from Brazil , I received direction to make disciples in the US rather than to try to do this in other countries because God has given me an understanding of the language and culture here. Previous to this i had worked with a number of different men over more than a decade with the hope of encouraging, mentoring, and helping them to grow in Christ with limited results. Discipleship is a little understood, seldom practiced theme in North American Christianity. Most believers either treat it as optional or assume that if they have come to Christ that they are a disciple. Spending almost four months in Brazil with a growing grasp of Portuguese had allowed me to witness and experience a depth of discipleship, and considerable fruitfulness in the lives of many believers, that I have never seen here. God showed me that the foundation of true Christ honoring discipleship is an understanding and receiving of His Kingdom. The common evangelical preaching of the gospel in the US centers on the benefits that someone will receive if they will follow Christ. While those benefits such as forgiveness of sins and eternal life, to name two, are true and of incalculable value, we usually leave out the surrender of our will to God, and the ramifications of the Lordship of Christ. Taking up our cross, denying ourselves and following Jesus are largely theoretical. What are we willing to sacrifice for Him?
This morning i was speaking to a middle aged Brazilian-American man who has become a citizen of this country. He described to me how he had gone to an extremely dangerous Islamic country not once but twice because he has been asked to use his restaurant cooking experience to help start a little business there so that missionaries could support themselves. He also described how ill he had become, and how bomb blasts had shook the house where he was staying. This is not a super spiritual or affluent individual. He said that he would go again if needed because if something happened to him he would go straight to be with the Lord.

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δ  Patti Blount   at Shreveport, USA-LA
Consecration, Sanctification, Being Washed, His Holiness, His Presence, Repentance, Heart Training, Joy, Drawing Closer, Substitutes We Run To, God is Good-these are some things that are swimming around in my Spirit lately. This is where God has me, and what He wants to show my heart to help me draw only from Him. Do you know what He is showing you? Listen quietly and you will. And go there.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Bradenton, USA-FL
Bible study tonight along the Manatee River, at John's house. Time to be praying for one another. Hearing our Father's voice against a backdrop of systematic theology that lingers to console the carnal mind. Are we able to speak the very oracles of God? It is His joy to be enabling us into the Living Word.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Bradenton, USA-FL
breakfast in Sarasota with brothers Steve, Scot & Colby, considering the battle for which we are now engaged; the significance of the victory we hold in Christ; our faith-trust in our Father to prevail where men may stumble by the millions. Central Florida's systemic apathy with malaise cannot detour the great Love of our Father to be turning the hearts back to Him through His Son --- even in us, His children.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Bradenton, USA-FL
Last night traveling to Riverview, Florida, greeting the ekklesia there. Precious time listening in the voice of our Father as the children were playing together. Joy to be hearing from brothers & sisters, though having been tossed about by religious systems, persevering while being molded by the Father's hand.
This morning returning to the gathering at Bradenton-Sarasota for a shared meal; praying for one another and for ekklesia at Seminole/Indian Rocks Beach; admonishing one another toward the liberty of forgiving and in gaining our Master's perspective so that nothing may be preventing us in the daily ministry of reconciliation.

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δ  Glenn Roseberry   at Arusha, Tanzania
We had a former Imam teach on whatever he wanted, just to see where he would go in his teaching and what was on his heart to share, when given the chance. I was impressed by his knowledge of the Bible. In fact he mostly quoted the Bible verbally and read the Quran. Read first in Arabic, then Ahmeric, then English. Yes, took a while. Spoke on Jesus being acknowledged in the Quran as being the Word of God, a healer and a creator. Interesting story in the Quran about Jesus blowing into a clay bird and it flying away. His observation was that this verse shows the creative power of God, in Jesus, the Word of God, and demonstrates His divinity to Muslims from the Quran. As the Father breathed into the first Adam the second Adam, Jesus also breathed life into, dust, (clay) and made dirt live. I am seeking to understand before being understood. I want to see where he is at, before I make assumptions and plow forward from my perspective. Very surprised by his inclusion of verses I frequently use when teaching on the Kingdom of God, and obeying Jesus. Evidently my former Imam brother can not only teach, but more importantly, is teachable.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Palmetto, USA-FL
lunch with a 5 academics/professors at a riverside cafe in Palmetto, Florida: older men befuddled by centuries of division that fosters each their churches & seminaries. Their heart cry to help the suffering and lead the lost to the glory of Christ, beset beneath disunities via ancient schisms that work to sheer men away from hearing the still small voice of Father's Spirit. With some irony, brother Steve & I are listening to fearful questions about heresies among the small ekklesia (i.e., house churches). knowledge puffs up, and-yet Love builds up.
[I Corinthians 8:1; 12:25]

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Bradenton, USA-FL
yesterday morning among the gathering at Bradenton, seeing their compassion for men & women still trapped in traditional religious systems, and hearing more to our need to be trusting our Father in/thru all things.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Tampa, USA-FL
joy on Sunday morning to meet Stephen & family in Seminole, as we gathered in the Spirit of Christ, helping one anonther forward by way of encouragement; giving glory (speaking well of), praise (expressions of admiration & thanksgiving) to God in Christ.
last night, returning to Tampa with David, Debi, Angelica, and all the children, for Bible study in Acts 5. Thanks be to God for His precious remnant here in the Tampa Bay region!
now time to travel a little further south…

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Tampa, USA-FL
Bible study at Panera Bread on Saturday, then a day together on Sunday with David & Debbie and kids; the beautiful spirit with these children!
our most probing question yesterday: May God be saving those who do not love Him? What if I want to be saved from death while I don't much desire Jesus? What if I like the idea of a good Kingdom, but don't want the King as mine?
I John 4:19; 5:1-3

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Seffner, USA-FL
last night in Lakeland, Mike Moselle meeting us at a Wendy's restaraunt to tell a little bit of the journey for believers here. In the account, considering the Grace of God in Christ; His propitiation for us that re-paved the way to forgiveness of sins while restoring us to the child-Father and brother-brother relationships now again so freely given by Him to/among those believing-trusting.
This morning, arriving in the Tampa area, in prayer.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Orlando, USA-FL
last night, with brothers in ekklesia at NE Orlando. What does Love look like? As Christ in us is now the face of Love, with these eyes and ears and hands and feet that at one time before served short-fall and defeat… until He came! anticipating & confirming Christ in one another to His glory. [I Peter 5:8-11]
Today, en route to Kissimmee-St. Cloud

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δ  Miguel Labrador   at Nanegalito, Ecuador
We're doing a lot of baptisms here in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. Disciples are being made. One of our strongest leaders expressed a concern about people "falling off" after their baptism. He wants to lay the blame at our supposed inefficiency in teaching others what baptism is before they are baptized. I think he might be right in some regards, but ultimately one's falling off after making any profession or confession of faith is extremely difficult to nail down. I believe that most unstable conversions are the result of an incomplete and incorrect gospel.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Orlando, USA-FL
received a home-cooked meal yesterday from an older sister who is in Orlando for the winter, as I was honored to then share a few reports of ekklesia that may become of encouragement to her and others when she returns home to NYC in the Spring. reflecting also together how indelibly we must wait upon the grace & power & leading of God rather than to be building our plans.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Orlando, USA-FL
after 2 weeks of updating computer code at Gainesville, riding the 120 miles to Orlando as a cold front is passing thru. last night being greeted at the curb by Raymond, who is graciously opening his shared home to the saints. Father has been showing Ray how, in builing as an institution, organized Christianity became creedal and set to the formation of some man-made doctrines which were later passed through the Protestant Reformation. Ray's journey includes often visiting prisoners at a huge county jail facility.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Perry, USA-FL
Sunday night with the Bible together in Tallahassee, and Father helping us overcome the tendency & training of systematic theology with its sectarian remnants that try to block, burden, or blind a man. Blessing to see the Spirit and Word teaching much by way of reminder, along with the willingness of these brothers & sisters to help one another along.
Praying that Love may be increased here; that Love be sustaining the journey of ekklesia in northern Florida.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Tallahassee, USA-FL
gathering this afternoon in NE Tallahassee to consider our implicit faith-trust in our Father like a young child trusting a parent. With Jesus bringing new Life in us, how does He then also provide an example to us?
Later tonight, Hebrews 5 together. How is it that the Son learns obedience thru suffering?

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δ  Glenn Roseberry   at Arusha, Tanzania
Good to be back home in Tanzania. I am so blessed to be loved by my dear brothers and sisters of multiple tribes in two countries. God has surrounded me with faithful men and is adding to us weekly. Ezra was at my door to greet me as was Mama James who insisted she come in and pray for me. Fresh air and beautiful mountains. Don't get me wrong, I love the slums. Not kidding. God has blessed us so there. But I love the contrast of fast moving, filthy Nairobi, and slow moving beautiful Tanzania. House church tomorrow, can't wait to see the brothers and sisters.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Daphne, USA-AL
east side of Mobile area this morning with brothers Dale and Terry, rejoicing, thankful in the journey that Father has been bringing us along; considering together the further strengthening of the weak and to presenting the evangel of Christ where a false gospel has been dominant.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Bay Saint Louis, USA-MS
meeting Kevin & Yanel at a community meal, yesterday, hearing of their work with Messianic gatherings, their journey and the common heart we share for the members of Christ not to any longer be estranged from one another.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Hammond, USA-LA
last night, visiting with a transitional gathering at Baton Rouge, and hearing from brother Paul of the good works of God years past. May the grace & power of God continue to come in them each new day as they grow together in Christ to the setting aside of every expectation upon God that is coming by human intuition or tradition.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at New Orleans, USA-LA
while in Shreveport, good to be seeing a small gathering there coming back together after being beset by some discouragement. Now since traveled ~370 miles into Houma swamplands and across the Mississippi River to New Orleans. Last night seeing Greg, Alice & Sue at a cafe in Metairie. Searching for a witness of Christ remaining after the hurricane of 2005.

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δ  Timothy Germain   at Midland, Ontario, Canada
The meetings are out reach to the villages that they live in. Some of the villages have believers who are in Christ and gather together. The brothers new of my coming and planned these times for me to preach both to themselves and those villagers in the different locations. The brothers were key to hear what was the word of God in my mouth of which the Holy Spirit had spoken and is speaking. I desired to give the full councel of God and not withold any thing. They received what I had to say both about the need to have a living relationship in Christ first with God and the revelation that we are his body members of one another therefore we are to listen to Christ in one another.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Kilgore, USA-TX
Timothy, glad for your travels and in all that the Word & Spirit have enabled as you would be sharing the Grace & Love of the Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. When you preach to groups of people there, are you declaring the word to them as if they have not yet heard or received the word? … as if this if their opportunity to come by faith to Christ, or as one faithfully reminding men of things which they have already heard once before?

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δ  Timothy Germain   at Midland, Ontario, Canada
yesterday we traveled four hours to a small stone hut with bamboo roof that when I stood up I hit my head. About 30 people were waiting for me when I arrived. The brothers have been working in areas that the gospel has not been reached. Yesterday I had a difficult time sleeping and the 4 hour drive didn't help. I preached on the living Christ, made real by the Spirit and our communion with God; the centrality of the Cross, and our identity as new creations in Christ. Spoke with brother Jose from El Paso about what he would recommend for my diarea. The brothers went to the store and so far after taking it my stomach feels much better. Another example of our ministry to one another. Amazing we have such tools to talk and communicate around the world! We are getting together again today for a meeting and tonight we travel all night back to Chennai. Those roads! We fed 250 people who came to the gathering on Monday. They were very happy for the blessing from their brothers. I am grateful that we can bless others who have so little and some tangible way. My battery is dead on the camera and I don't have an adapter.We're returning tonight as we drive all night to Chennai. I am grateful that God has allowed me to meet and fellowship with the body of Christ in this land. We need one another to the praise of his glory.

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δ  Timothy Germain   at Midland, Ontario, Canada
we are leaving shortly to drive all night to get to our destination… 8 hours north to Tim Bonthas congregation where we will be there for three day. We will be fellowshipping with them and going out to villages with the gospel. Pray for our journey and time with the brothers there.

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δ  Timothy Germain   at Midland, Ontario, CANADA
visiting India is quite an experience. Makes you appreciate Canada a bit more. Visiting with San the young man that i've been supporting for the last few years. We are visiting his friends that live on the Sri Lankin compound. I'm take pictures of our travel and will upload them when i return. Pray for our time to be fruitful and helpful for the churches that we visit here.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Sulphur Springs, USA-TX
Thursdays afternoon, while I was servicing a leaky tire along the highway, Josh rides up on his Harley to be letting me know about a men's Bible study just 2 miles around the corner in Campbell. About a dozen young & elder men seated at a long table to be reading from Matthew together and in prayer knowing the reality of Christ.

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at McKinney, USA-TX
rainy days in Texas. Blessed to spend parts of 2 days with David "the preacher" at Denton. David's mission: to be warning the alien and the apostate churches in the Way of Christ and coming Day of Judging. David is en route to Oklahoma City, though he would not take contact information from me; he is persuaded to permit the Spirit of God alone to direct his feet on the streets of OKC. I was glad to report regarding the ekklesia there and in other places. May every servant true to Christ be encouraged!

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δ  Marshall Diakon   at Gainesville, USA-TX
last Sunday, visiting with young brothers at Mustang, Oklahoma. Is faith speaking to your fear; overcoming you fears? Are you receiving feedback while holding to our shield of faith in Christ?
Traveling south now through sparse lands, approaching a series of lights eastward toward Shreveport.