A Grace Place... pt1


What is the meaning of Church? Are we just a social club of like-minded individuals that like to spend time together a couple times a week, drink coffee, sing songs, and listen to a feel-good message? I sure hope not! As the body of Christ, we have a Divine calling on our lives. Over 40% of people that are listed on a church roll somewhere are not faithful in their attendance. On the whole, church has lost its appeal, as evidenced by declining attendance and lack of enthusiasm and excitement. As Lead Pastor of Abba’s House, I want to change the way people view “church”; this includes helping you understand the vision of Abba’s House and why you matter to this body.

First and foremost, I want the church to be a Grace Place. We must be evangelistic and center our lives around leading the lost to Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ is “The Good News”... the most powerful message of love, forgiveness, and hope the world has ever known.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.
~ 1 Peter 3:15-18

So what is grace, really? Simply put, grace is...

  • Unmerited and undeserved favor;

  • A new beginning for you;

  • A gift purchased by the Blood of Jesus on Calvary;

  • A lifestyle of gratefulness.

It is up to us as believers in Christ to extend that grace, through salvation, to others.

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
~ Romans 6:1-4 NKJV

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.  And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law, but under grace. ~ Romans 6:12-14 NKJV

Grace is our conviction which means it is our salvation. Hebrews 10:1 explains that the Old Covenant sacrifices were “a shadow of good things to come”. The Greek word for shadow is “skian”, which means an outline. Religion offers the faint shadow of Christ, but blocks the vision of a grace-filled lifestyle. If all you get from church is some pretty sermons and a “get-out-of-Hell-free” card, then you have missed the point. Grace is given to all who ask, not as a license to sin, but as a standard of forgiveness. Christ wants an intimate relationship with us. When we receive His salvation, we have the opportunity to enter into an intimate relationship with Him through covenant. Church should then be about broken people, who have received undeserved and unmerited favor through the grace of God, getting together, edifying each other, and praising Jesus for all He has done. Church should be a place people long to be in, not a weekly chore to check off a list.

Grace can also be a compass for us when we get lost. Sometimes we get so worn down that we let the flesh begin to talk our Spirit out of, or into, things we shouldn't be in. However Christ offers us a promise.

For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,  "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them," then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. ~ Hebrews 10:14-18   

Christ will direct our paths even when we have got off track and still walks with us no matter the situation we may find ourselves in. Last, grace is our calling.

“Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” ~ John 20:21

“... For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” ~ Luke 19:10

You and I have been called for such a time as this! Just think for a moment how God chose us to live in this very hour and location because He knew He would gift each one of us with gifts that others would need. We have the incredible opportunity to go out in our community everyday and show someone the love of Christ. The goal is not to grow the church building, but to see others come to know Jesus intimately. A grace-centered lifestyle is one of compassion and forgiveness. Helping show others that Christ loves them despite their sin, and will change them from the inside out, is a powerful tool we must begin to use more often if we choose to live a grace-filled life.

I challenge you today to show someone grace and share with them the love of Christ. Tell them what He has done for you, and let God do the rest. Church is not a building, it's a lifestyle. Enjoy life and extend the gift of grace to someone who needs it today.

God Bless,

Pastor Ronnie Phillips

Are you a Butterfly?


     As I reflect on the incredible words released during the outpouring at Abba’s House, a word that Evangelist Nathan Morris has stuck with me. Last Saturday night Nathan preached a message he titled “There is going to be a magnificent metamorphosis”. The night before, Pastor John Kilpatrick had also mentioned that there was about to be a metamorphosis take place. According to the dictionary, a metamorphosis is “1. the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages. 2. a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means”.

     I truly believe that the Church is transforming into an adult stage as we continue to mature and grow together in faith. As the body, we must continue to work on ourselves with the mindset that our actions affect the entire church body we are connected to.

 1 Peter 2:5-6 states, “you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
    a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
    will never be put to shame.”

     Remember, you are being built as a precious stone that the spiritual house (Church) needs to fulfill our purpose and calling. This requires letting God transform you by progressing you through immature stages and help you become a spiritual adult. Being spiritually mature is not connected to physical age, which is why it is so important to invest in the upcoming generation today. They should be allowed to minister and release what God has put on the inside of them.

      As you begin your transformation, your entire form will be changed by supernatural means. Nathan Morris mentioned in his message how Jesus had gone as far as he could go in his current fleshly form and had to die to change his form so the Greeks could be reached through the supernatural form of God that we call the Holy Spirit.

John 12:20-26 teaches us,

“Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival.  They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me”.

     As Jesus died, he did not lose his life, instead, he sowed it. With his death, many seeds were planted through the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. I believe that many Christians do not grasp the importance of hosting the presence of the Holy Spirit. Apostle Damon Thompson says, “If we made every decision with the thought of the dove that rests on our shoulder in mind, that many decisions we make would be different”. The Spirit causes us to think, talk, and walk differently in our daily lives. Nathan Morris said, “people want the fullness of God without the sacrifice that comes with it”. I want to be one that is honored by God because I have served and followed him in everything that he has asked of me to do.

       When I think about metamorphosis, I think about a butterfly undergoing a radical change from a caterpillar. Through time, pressure, fasting, and a willingness to be molded, a caterpillar emerges from its cocoon as a beautiful butterfly, which is considered the adult stage of the insect. Will you choose to go through the same process to let God take you through metamorphosis so you can be all he has called you for in the kingdom? Will you choose to be a butterfly that represents the God in everything you do?

        As I travel back from Jamaica, I understand the major needs of this area and have begun the process of transforming how ministry is done in this country. There are many souls that have yet to be reached, and I believe that with your help we can make an impact in this country for the glory of God. Will you consider partnering with me to get the gospel out in Jamaica where every penny will go to preaching the gospel to the lost, supporting local pastors, and feeding and teaching orphans daily? Please pray about partnering with me as I believe this ministry is in a metamorphosis and transforming into a Church that will have 1000 points of light around the globe. If you feel that God is calling you to sow into this need then please go to the following link to help with getting the gospel around the world.



God Bless,


Dr. Ronnie Phillips Jr.

Choose to Be


Every day when we wake up we make a conscious choice to be, to do, to learn, to grow, and to BE. The choices we make every day determine who we are and what we become. An addict makes a choice every morning to continue down the road of addiction or live sober. A liar makes a choice every day to continue living a lie or to be real. A married person makes a choice every day to be loyal and loving or to be hateful and hurtful. We must make the right choices in our pursuit of Holiness, or we will become that which we despise. I want to challenge you to make a choice… to BE!

       Be… Who God created you to be. Paul said in Ephesians 2:10 that “we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do". Do what God has called you to do in the body and do not try to imitate someone else. If you do not know your role yet, pray that the Lord reveal it to you, but in the meantime, help somewhere.

       Be… Who He says you are, not what the world says you are. Don’t allow yourself to be defined by people --- or a society --- that either doesn’t understand you or is trying to fit you into a mold or box. The God of the universe has established your path (Psalm 139)… walk in that!

       Be… who God says you are.  When Jesus gives you a new identity that's who you are: Son, daughter, leader, heir, ambassador… the list goes on. Remember, the past is gone and who you were is no longer apart of you, therefore, no longer identify yourself with the past.

       Be… your very best. God called you to be YOU! Be the best YOU you can be. We need originators not imitators in the kingdom. Once you find your role, give it everything you have to further grow the kingdom.

       Be… submitted to the Father.  Submission to God brings protection, favor, and blessing from the hand of the Father. He is close to those who walk in submission (James 4:7-8).

       Be… spiritually aware of your surroundings. 1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” The closer we are to God, the more we see things from His vantage point, and are sensitive to what is going on in the spiritual dimension.

       Be… strong and very courageous. In the Bible, Joshua was encouraged over and again to “be strong and very courageous”. Sounds like good advice! We must make the right (courageous) choices if we are to become what God has called us to be.

 Napoleon, the great war general, was inspecting his troops when his horse got spooked and began to buck. When a young soldier saw what was occurring, he ran to Napoleon and got the horse under control even though he easily could have been killed. After a moment, Napoleon looked at the lad --- a corporal --- and said, “Thank you, Lieutenant.”
“But sir,” the lad protested, “I am but a corporal."
Napoleon's Adjutant General said to the young soldier, "When the General called you Lieutenant, that's what you are now.”

So what is God calling you? Regardless of your self-image or the negative words spoken over you by another, God has a high opinion of you, and has called you “child, heir, king, priest”… the list goes on. It’s time to stop acting on the words of others and start BE-ing what God has declared. Choose to be great, above repour, and walk in the gifts and callings God has placed on you. Remember, for the Church body to thrive, we must all show greatness in the areas God has gifted us in. I pray you choose to be everything God has called you to be and have a blessed day.


God Bless,

Dr. Ronnie Phillips Jr.  

Moon Children


            No, I haven’t joined a cult and started to worship the moon. However, with the solar eclipse happening later today, I began to think about the significance of the moon. When the evening comes, the moon begins to provide light and direction to the Earth below it. The Psalmist writes, “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies” Psalm 148:1-4

            The moon was created to reflect the light of the sun into a lost and dying world and to bring praise to God. The purpose of the moon seems to line up with the purpose of us as the children of God. We are called to reflect the light of the SON into a dark world that needs direction. Without light, the darkness can overtake the strongest of individuals and take them down a path they never planned to go. When we move away from the light and begin to do our own thing, we will ultimately fall into sin because we are blinded by the darkness. Remember, as a child of God you are called to reflect the light of Christ and help illuminate every path you walk on to provide clarity and direction for not only yourself, but everyone you encounter. The Greek translation of reflection is the word katoptrizó which means to “behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord”. As we do life with people that do not know the Lord and live in the dark daily, are we being a reflection of the son into their lives and showing them a way out or letting their darkness overtake our light.

            This reminds me of Matthew 5:15 that says, “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house”. Let your light shine in every area of your life if not for yourself, but for everyone you encounter. What happens though when an eclipse happens?  The definition of an eclipse is “the obscuration of the light of the sun by the intervention of the moon between it and a point on the earth”. This sounds like what happens when everything begins to go right in our lives and so we put God on the backburner. As our live are going well, we begin to act as if we do not need the son in our lives and inadvertently begin to block the light from reaching the world around us. However, many times we then get lost and stumble because our path is no longer illuminated. Just like the moon cannot produce its own light, neither can we provide our own blessing or salvation.

            God has called every one of us to be a moon child. Remember, you cannot create your own light, and are powerless on your own. The SON provides light that we can then reflect for glorifying God and directing others to him. I challenge you today to seek ways every day to be a reflection instead of an eclipse. Have a great rest of the day and please be careful observing the eclipse.


God Bless,


Dr. Ronnie Phillips Jr.


Leadership Lessons from Little League

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Hello partners and friends, tis the season for summer athletics around the country. The past 10 years I have had the opportunity to serve as the Vice-President of a youth league and Chaplain of Tennessee Dizzy Dean Baseball and Scenic City Football. During this time, I have had the opportunity to coach some incredible athletes, some inspirational kids, and more teams than I can count. Through this time, there have been many experiences that have taught me life lessons and helped me develop leadership characteristics. The following is a few of the lessons I have learned through little league that can also relate to the Church today.


1. A Leader (coach) is only as good as the people (players) on their team.

I have coached all three of my sons. I have coached my oldest son since he was 5 years old and now at 15 has matured into an outstanding football player. Being the coach of his team of talented athletes was an honor as we won almost every game and strived to play our best every game. This team won multiple Championships, had various newspaper articles wrote about them, and countless other accolades. I thought I was the greatest coach of all time. The truth is, the Lord blessed me with some incredible talent during those years as 12-14 of those young men are now standouts in High School and have many college programs interested in them. My oldest then went to middle school and began playing school ball, which allowed me to start over coaching with my seven year old. At this time, the local park had undergone some major changes and the quantity of players was sparse to pick from. Quickly I realized that the drills, playbook, and skills in motivation did not work the same with this team as it did with my oldest son. A local high school coach once told me, “Pastor Ronnie, it’s not X’s and O’s, but Jimmy’s and Joe’s”. This new team learned differently but battled and in their last 2 years got to play in the “A” bracket instead of the “B” bracket where they started. I was joyful seeing the growth in these kids who had been underrated blossom into real football players. I began to understand that coaching was more about transforming lives, not seeking plastic trophies. There are coaches who will cheat, steal players, and bend rules for that plastic trophy just hoping little Johnny will be the next Peyton Manning. In all honesty, a person has a better chance of winning the lottery than playing pro ball, but as adults that did not achieve that dream we many times want to live our lives over through our children. We must keep the right perspective and understand there are more important things in life. What is more important to you: plastic trophies for your child or seeing them live their life for Christ?

This same principle can be applied in ministry: a pastor is only as good as the people that he gets to serve each week. I’ve learned to never judge a servant of God by the size of the congregation, their bank account, education, building, or the accolades they receive. I am a strong believer in honor and working hard to be successful, but Jesus has given us his model for success while summarizing the Ten Commandments.

Mark 12:30-31

Jesus also teaches us that those who lose or suffer in this life will one day be crowned as winners, so be careful not to boast about what you have on this earth.

1 Peter 4:12-14

2. One negative individual (parent, church member, employee) can ruin the Unity of the entire team.

Out of the 30 plus teams that I have coached, there is always one player, parent, or assistant coach that attempts to undermine the plan of the coach. Unfortunately, we see this in the church and in corporate America but the difference is a company can fire that employee but we have to respond differently in the Church. As in little league sports, one should respond with patience and love as they would in Church. Jesus had 12 disciples, but one sabotaged, marginalized, and eventually betrayed him. There will always be that one individual that tries to ruin the experience for everyone else. These types of people are focused on their own personal agenda, family, and if the leader is serving their agenda. If they are not getting praised by the ones in leadership, then they will quickly leave them and begin to criticize and deceive those they have influence over.

Paul told the church in Corinth and the Church in Ephesus the following

1 Corinthians 1:10

Ephesians 4:3

Jesus prayed in John 17 that his disciples would become “One”! Teams, churches, organizations, and political parties that become “One” will accomplish their goals and achieve their goals. If Abba’s House is going to be the Church God has called us to be, then we have worked as a team in unity, regardless of our differences.

3. Development takes hard work and many repetitions.

A team can not be great without a good coach that helps them run drills, plays, and conditions them through repetition until the moves are second nature. In the Kingdom of God, we call this discipleship. Churches have been so focused on decisions for Christ that we have failed to implement discipleship programs. A new Christian needs to be taught how to live, study the Bible, pray, and persevere when times get tough; this will take consistency in devotion and being held accountable through discipleship. Churches are operating in dysfunction as many people operate out of emotion instead of being lead by the Spirit. This may lead to good ideas, but we need to be operating under Godly principles. Jesus didn’t tell us to go get rich, brag on our numbers or collect plastic trophies; he told us to make disciples.Even when it is hard, we must invest in people and help each other grow. I want to apologize for times I have not done this for others around me.

Matthew 28:18-20

The book of Acts tells us that the first church “devoted themselves” to teaching, fellowship, and the ordinances of the church. Devotion is key to an organization winning in their realm of influence. Devotion means to put in the time to reach your goal; as a team, we must all be involved.

4. Leaders build. Losers Run.

Losers Run. Let me explain this. True leaders (pastor’s, business owners, executives) can build a dynasty right where they are. The popular saying,  “if you can’t beat them join them” is nowhere in the Bible. God has called each of us to shine in our area of influence. Coach Bobby Bowden, my hero, did that at Florida State University. They had no money for scholarships or stadium improvements, but he gave them 34 years of devotion. He had some tough seasons, but he stayed the course to go down in history as the only coach to finish in the Top five 14 years in a row. Bobby Cox did this for the Atlanta Braves. Many kids today have been a part of at least 5 organizations before they are ten years old. Sometimes it is necessary, but so many times the reason lies in a disgruntled parent that can’t get their way. This teaches little Johnny that he can run from situations he does not agree with until he finds somewhere that gives him his way.  I wouldn’t recommend anyone staying in a toxic or abusive environment, but in real life, you will work for unfair people, be on bad teams, not get your way, and have to deal with decisions you don’t agree with. This is called LIFE and it is not fair. I try to teach my boys the principle that if you persevere, then it will pay off in the long run. I have worked for men, women, Republicans, Democrats, and non-believers. I loved some and disliked others. I didn’t run. I made it through it.

We see this is in churches all too often. So many pastors want to run when the going gets tough and things don't happen right away. Likewise, many members are more loyal to their agenda or to a person than the vision of the organization.

Leaders stay and build a legacy. Losers run from responsibility for less accountability. True leaders aren’t afraid to work with what they’ve got. My father has always taught me to work with the people God has given me, and when I need new giftings, then to trust that God will provide for me. Success is more meaningful when you didn’t take a shortcut to get there. Be great where you are! Be great at what you do! Be the same with twelve people as you are with 12,000. God is watching what kind of Legacy you are leaving.

Psalms 145:4

Proverbs 13:22

5. Great Teams Finish!

A true leader takes advantage of every second and knows how to meet deadlines. A team with the right pieces must finish the race. Just because you have a lead, a great team or an advantage doesn’t mean you will win in the end. You must FINISH! Paul finished his race.

2 Timothy 4:6-8

I encourage you to run your race that has been set before you (not someone else)! God has a race marked out for you and only you. That is the race you must Run! That is the Race you must FINISH! Please pray for me this summer. We have many mission projects coming up during the summer and fall months for Abba’s House. I will also be traveling to Southhaven, Mississippi in July with yet another team chasing some wins and have been asked to deliver a SERMON on the mound for the Dizzy Dean World Series teams. I pray we have a great harvest.

God Bless,

Dr. Ronnie Phillips, Jr.



Rocket Man


No I haven’t been listening to too much Elton John on my way to Israel (well...maybe a little). Rockets and space mission can be a picture of what the Christian life is supposed to look like. What is so special about rockets that no other aircraft can accomplish? They can reach an atmosphere that none other can. This atmosphere has much less weight on the molecules which makes it almost impossible for many aircraft's to navigate. Simply put, a rocket can enter an atmosphere a plane cannot. What does this have to do with us though?

Living a life of personal devotion changes the desires of a person. They crave something greater than themselves; they desire a lifestyle out of this World. As the Lord was speaking to me about the power of change, I quickly realized how the environment of my personal life has changed; which ultimately changes the atmosphere the church (body) operates in. It starts with each of us deciding that changes in our own lives have to happen before the church comes together to be the bride. It should not be up to the staff of a Church to host the presence of the Holy Spirit so church attenders can get “Holy Ghost bumps”. 2 Corinthians 3:6 says, “He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life (NLT)”

The atmosphere changes when people walk pregnant with the Holy Spirit. Being pregnant is having an expectancy of birthing something new. Living a life of intercession changes the atmosphere and hosts the presence and power of God. This begins by living a life where daily personal devotion is put at the forefront of your life. God will begin to strip the facade off and you will begin to live unfiltered. Seth Coleman, our new pastor to Students/Families at Abba’s House, says, “stop covering up who you really are and start living unfiltered. Remember, when you look into the mirror, you are looking at a reflection of God”. I suspect many people were taught how to do ministry before they were taught how to surrender to God.

When we begin to seek God and live an unfiltered lifestyle, then we begin to enter into a new atmosphere of his presence. Devotion is the rocket that helps us live in an atmosphere that was not designed for natural flesh. Also, when a rocket takes off it uses that which is good to orbit and it leaves the stuff that might hurt it or hinder it behind. It is time to let those people, emotions, and bad habits go. Celebrate the Soulmates God has sent you, finish the race with the teammates serving with you in this season, but get rid of those cell mates. Some people can't and won't go where God is taking you and that's alright. For you though, It's time for TAKE OFF! This is a challenge to go higher. Change in your life happens in the thin atmosphere reached through the rocket of devotion.

People that have been breathing in thin air are easy to spot. They are like temperature gauges in the church and are the first to expect the shift that is coming. These are the people that carry the fire of God with them everywhere they go and change the atmosphere and the lives of everyone around them. If you are one of these, then I challenge you to continue to be different and continue altering the atmosphere of the room. If you are in the middle, then I challenge you to spend more time in personal devotion and seek the Lord until you become a rocket. Lastly, maybe you are not even on a walk with Christ, more less trying to reach a higher atmosphere. The first step is to ask him into your heart and to save you from your sin. Then get plugged in with believers that can help you grow and keep you accountable. Lastly, begin your own devotional time and prepare for take off!

Abba’s House is blasting off and not looking back. I urge you to be a rocket of devotion as we accept change and take off to a higher dimension together. I have spent the last 24 hours traveling to the Holy Land. I am heading to the Garden of Gesthemane. I will post some updates from our trip on my social media pages. God Bless You!

Pastor Ronnie

A Heart Filled with Thanks

 My father speaks prophetically over the future of Abba's House.  1/22/17

My father speaks prophetically over the future of Abba's House.  1/22/17

“God cannot change for the better, for He is already perfect; and being perfect, He cannot change for the worse.” ~ A. W. Pink

Sunday was a powerful and emotional day for my family. Not only did I get to baptize a childhood friend and his son and witness three people give their lives to Jesus Christ, I also got to welcome two families into membership of Abba's House, but the Holy Spirit didn't stop there.

I got to be apart of a prophetic shift of mantles in the life of my church. I knew this was going to take place, but had no idea at the power that would fall. It was a surreal moment in my life which I will never forget. I am confident in God's call, his word and his voice. I am humbled and honored to follow one of the greatest pastor's to ever walk this earth. I can't fill his shoes, but I can walk confidently in the shoes God made for me and that is what I plan to do. I honor the past and look forward to the journey God has for this great church.

Jesus Christ is and has been what fuels me to follow him and serve others. His Grace truly is Amazing! There are no words to describe the honor and excitement I have about the transition plan that was made public this past Sunday at Abba's House. Although this plan has been in place since 2012, it became real in the arms of my Father on Sunday morning. I would like to thank everyone for their texts, tweets, kind words of support and encouragement, and for the love that you have shown my family. I'm blessed to have some "true" brothers and sisters in the Kingdom. These last 11 years have been a great journey of education, growth, leadership, travel, missions, service, and miracles for Kelly and I. God has already taken us places we never dreamed we would go and given us opportunities that I never thought we would have. God has eliminated debt, purchased buildings, added an assisted living facility to our property and has built churches around the world right before my eyes. I know there will be more victories and many struggles, but God is Faithful.

 I can't put into words how much I love & appreciate our staff, trustee's, pastor's council, and our church body for their unanimous support of God's plan for the future of our church. It's about "WE" not "ME" and "WE" as Abba's House have much work to do to be the body God has called us to be in this city and around the world. My father is my hero. Everyone that knows me knows that I am my own man, but I love, honor, and respect my parents like no other. Dad and I will be a team as long as we both have breath and I look forward to serving him and this church in my new role and watching God bless him in his as a Father/Apostle to the nations.

I can't adequately describe the way I feel about my parents or the love I have for Jesus Christ, my family, and the wonderful people at Abba's House. So...Here is a video link from this past Sunday for those of you who would like to hear my heart on the honor of succeeding my father. I believe our best days are in front of us. To God Be the Glory!

Growth in the Wilderness

The Growth in the Wilderness

What is the wilderness? Is the wilderness a punishment for doing something wrong? For years the idea of someone going through a wilderness season has meant that the person is in sin, or their life is falling apart and they need time to heal and be cleansed before ministering to others again. The preaching over the past few years has portrayed the wilderness as a trial period that someone goes through when their life is hard. However, Luke 4:1 states, “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness” (NIV). Jesus who knew no sin was being lead into the wilderness, so why are we so scared of a wilderness season in our own lives?

Apostle Matt Pettry states, “The wilderness is a call to a life of devotional integrity”. The daily trials we go through can wear on a person physically, mentally, and emotionally to the point where many times we give in and either: choose sin or fail in devotion and choose compromise-neither are good routes. When we get alone with the Holy Spirit daily through a devotional lifestyle, our lives begin to go through a cutting process that, at times, may be painful and messy. Through the process, Jesus begins to pinpoint areas in our lives that we have not surrendered to him, and like the gentleman that he is, he politely asks that we hand it over to him. He will give you so much more if you allow him to consume every part of your life. Through this laid down lifestyle, Jesus will begin to change feelings, actions, and thought patterns to help you move FORWARD to all God has called you to be.

The word the Lord has given me for this coming year is FORWARD.

Free (from those holding you back)

Open (to new opportunities)

Ready (to follow God's plan)

Willing (to try new things)

Available (for God to use)

Redemptive (to people who have failed)

Determined (to give your all to Christ)

Philippians 3:12 “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (NIV) To move forward then the call to the wilderness is a necessity. Get away with Jesus and allow him to strip you of everything that is not of him and fill you up so you can then minister in your calling. The wilderness is a season of restoration and preparation so what is deposited in you can then be poured out upon the local body. Remember, if you have nothing to pour, then how can you show a thirsty person how to get water? Allow yourself to be dismantled through the wilderness season and find your true identity in Christ. This will then lead to being re-mantled with new armor. Apostle Damon Thompson states, “Through proximal devotion in the wilderness, one begins to receive the heart of the Father, and through that transfer, we begin to love what he loves and disgust what he disgusts. This makes resisting sin easy." I challenge you today to accept the call to the wilderness and receive everything the Lord has for you in this re-mantling season.

I apologize that I haven’t written more devotionals as of late, but we have been busier than ever and have had some changes to our board in 2016. We hope to publish one a month in 2017. There are many new ways to connect with Ronnie Phillips Ministries International; Download the Abba’s House APP at the App Store on your smart phone. We now have our own YouTube channel (RPJ TV), you can follow me on Twitter @PastorRonnieJr, Facebook: Ronnie Phillips Jr, and we will be adding a ministry page this year. You can also sign-up for monthly updates on this website (ronniephillips.org).

Please make plans to attend our RPMI Wilderness Conference April 27 – April 30, 2017 at Faith Worship Center (189 Hyden Tyler Rd Chatsworth, GA 30705). Services will be at 6:30 each night and at 10:30am on Sunday morning. I am very excited about our speakers this year; Dr.Ron Phillips on Thursday night (4/27), Damon Thompson (4/28) on Friday night, Pastor Eric Clark (4/29) on Saturday night, and I will be preaching Sunday morning (4/30) at 10:30 am and Sunday night at 6:30. I believe North Georgia is in for a move of God like they have never seen before. Please mark these dates and rearrange your schedule to be with us! We will post a more detailed schedule very soon!





In Covenant or Co-dependent?

Covenant or Co-Dependent

A Covenant is a promise or a bond that must not be broken. Marriage is a covenant or at least it was designed to be. A covenant can be sacrificial, spiritual, contractual, but in Biblical terms it is always supernatural. God made a Covenant with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and with us through his son Jesus Christ.

 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory. Hebrews 3:5-6

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28

Codependency is much different than a Covenant. I have been around ministry most of my life. I have grown attached to people, places, and personalities all to be shattered when I realized that the people I admired were well, people. We all have issues in our closet, so we better make sure we point people towards Jesus Christ, not us. We must understand the difference between a covenant relationship and a soul-tie/co-dependent relationship. We all have genuine needs, but we often fulfill those needs in wrong ways.

Codependency can be defined as any relationship in which two people become so invested in each other that they can’t function independently anymore. Your mood, happiness, and identity are defined by the other person. In a codependent relationship, there is usually one person who is more passive and can’t make decisions for themselves, and a more dominant personality who gets some reward and satisfaction from controlling the other person and making decisions about how they will live.”  - Jonathan Becker Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University.

I believe we must honor those whom God has placed in positions of authority over our lives. However, the "Spiritual Daughter" and "Spiritual Son" dynamic made popular in most charismatic churches is very dangerous and comes across a little bit goofy if you ask me. This concept comes from two very real needs in people's lives. Sin is nothing more than a real need being fulfilled in a wrong way.

Need #1

The first need is about the "Spiritual Father/Mother" or person in leadership. My guess is the leader wasn't much of a Father or Mother and needs to feel the authentic love from a protege. Maybe the Father was a good father and never has been honored properly by his natural children. You don't get a "do over" with your children. I wish we did, but we don't so make sure you spend as much time with them as possible.

Need # 2

The other real need comes from an individual that has what we call an "orphan spirit." This individual needs the authentic love from a parent or a mentor in their lives.  An orphan spirit is what comes in you when you don't know who you are in Christ or you have never felt affirmation, approval, or acceptance from a Father, Mother, Mentor, or Leader.

There is nothing wrong with having Godly mentors or protege's or even Spiritual parents if the relationship is governed by Biblical principles. What happens though if the person you consider a Spiritual Father or Mother has deep-rooted issues hidden away in their closet or personnel file that you knew nothing about? A person will go against every biblical standard and the spiritual wind of discernment to follow who they think will be the father/mother to them that they never had, but in reality they are making a covenant with a person who could genuinely hurt their walk with Christ and their destiny.  I've seen it happen many times in ministry. It happens everyday, but people never realize it until it is too late.

The enemy works in patterns and loves to repeat negative history. Most people follow the same patterns until God sets them free. If someone is having a meltdown now you can bet they had one in the last state they lived in, church they attended, organization they represented. Names change, but demonic manifestations don't. Until we deal with what is inside of us, we will continue to react the same when history repeats itself. I hope people like me, love me, and follow me occasionally, but my ultimate goal is for people to follow Jesus. Jesus is the only person with no skeletons in his closet who can fill the void in people's lives. He will never leave you or forsake you. His Love Never Fails. His Mercy endures forever. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. He did it because he loves us!

How do you break this "Orphan Spirit" or get out of a bad relationship?

1) Embrace your New Family

Romans 8:15-16

15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

You have lost all rights to your past. Embrace Jesus Christ and your new family. In Jewish culture, adoption was final. There was no going back. Embrace the new things God has in store for you!

2) Embrace your New Daddy

God is our Father who art in Heaven. He is the father of the fatherless and protector of widows. He promises us he will not leave us. Let him fill the void that is missing in your life. He loves you unconditionally and is proud of you.

1 John 3:1

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!  Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

3) Embrace your New Destiny

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Stop looking for acceptance from people. You will never get it! Your acceptance comes from God, not your offense, your movement, or your drama. It is not in man, but God. Attach yourself to him!

Psalms 138:8

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

4) Embrace your New Attitude

The Holy Spirit will take the place of the "Orphan Spirit" that has controlled you. The Holy Spirit will comfort you, direct you, guide you, move you, and fight for you! It will take the place of the Father that wasn't there for you.

Mark 1:8

I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

Christian people filled with the Holy Spirit aren't perfect, but are supposed to react and respond differently than the world. It is a struggle for me sometimes, but we must embrace the New Spirit (attitude) that Christ has given us.

Ephesians 4:30-32

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

We need Jesus in our lives! If you would like to begin your relationship with Christ, then pray this simple prayer with me;

Dear Lord Jesus


Forgive me of my Sins


Please come into my heart and save me


Fill Me With your Holy Spirit and


Use me for your Glory.

He will answer you if you call his name. Please don't follow me or any other man. Follow Jesus Christ, his body, and his Word. Amen.

Please pray for Ronnie Phillips Ministries International. We are preaching in many great churches over the course of the next 4-6 weeks (see itinerary for more details).

I would like to thank the 25-30 intercessors that pray for RPMI every month and for those who give seed to this ministry on a regular basis. Every little bit helps us advance the kingdom of God. Please consider partnering with RPMI. You can do that on our website.  Every person that has blessed this ministry has been blessed and for that I'm very grateful. Thank you for believing in us. We believe in you! Love,

Ronnie Phillips, Jr.

2 Corinthians 5:17


Life Lessons from my Dad




Father's Day is such a special time for so many of us. It is a time when we stop, pause, and give Honor to our Fathers. My Dad has been a mentor, friend, and pastor to me, but most of all he is my Dad. He is someone who I love and respect and will fight you over. Make no mistake about it. I love my parents. We have our differences, but they are the most giving and loving people I have ever met. Although I walk in my own anointing and have my own voice, my Dad will always be at my core.

I have seen my Dad preach to four major Christian denominations (SBC, AOG, COG, IPHC) at their largest conventions or Pastor's conferences. He has been around the world and blessed to see so much. I was with him when he met President Bush and preached at the Southern Baptist Convention. He has preached for John Hagee, Rod Parsley, Jentezen Franklin, Jerry Vines, Joel Osteen, Rodney Howard Browne, Jerry Falwell, Adrian Rogers, Perry Stone, and so many other great men and women of God around the world. I have been with him for most of his big moments. I've pretty much gotten to ride shotgun for most of his journey. It has been a tough road at times, but a blessed one nonetheless. I want to quickly give you the top 4 things my Dad has taught me. He has taught me hundreds of lessons, but I want to list the top 4 on this Father's Day weekend;

1) Faithfulness

He has taught me to be FAITHFUL. He has modeled faithfulness. He has challenged me to be Faithful in my love for Jesus Christ, his BODY (the local church), and his word. He has taught me to be Faithful to my Family, and in the little things that people don’t see everyday. My Father has withstood lies, attacks, threats, and every kind of religious junk you could ever face, but he just keeps being FAITHFUL to God and us. He has taught me that perseverance pays off when you go with God. I admire that!

2) Boldness

My Father will stand when it is time to stand. Dad has a short fuse and I have a long fuse, but mine is more explosive. Whenever I want to cower back and get concerned about the opinions of others, I think of him. He has never wavered from what he believed. He will not back down from God's word. He has stood for the Bible, the local church, and his family. He is a true scholar of God's word and knows how to stand against the demonic spirits that come after us. He taught me to stand for what I believe in and to not look back. I admire that!

3) Humility

Some people think my Dad is this arrogant and angry man. The people that think that don't know him personally. Maybe that is the way he has been portrayed at times, but nothing could be further from the truth. I mentioned earlier about some of the larger venues that he has preached in, but my Father preaches the same way to 15 people as he does to 15,000. He treats everyone the same. He loves helping churches and size/position has never been a big deal to him. My Dad has given his name and his life to the local church as a seed for it to grow. You won't find many pastors that would do that. For all that he has accomplished and that God has done through him in 50 years of ministry, he still has a child-like spirit. He still loves his sheep the best he can. He still gets excited when people get saved, baptized, and filled with the Spirit. He still cares about what is going on in the life of our church and God's kingdom. I admire that!

4) Loyalty

One of my Dad's friends once told me, "The great thing about Ron is he is loyal. The bad thing about Ron is he is loyal." I would have to agree. My Dad believes in everyone and has always tried to be loyal to his friends and our church. He would rather err on the side of Grace and Love, than to be quick to write someone off too soon. Sometimes loyalty will get us in trouble, but friendship, faithfulness, family, and faith are still things that matter to him. I admire that!

Father's Day is a tough time for many who have lost their fathers or didn't have one. I am praying for those of you who have lost your fathers or have never known the love of an earthly father.  The Bible teaches us that God is our Father (Matthew 6 and Luke 6, 12, John 15:1-2).

He is the Father of the Fatherless and protector of widows (Psalms 68:5). He is a God that always welcomes his children home no matter what they've done (Luke 15). He is a God that loves us enough to chasten us and discipline us. He is a God that loves us (John 3:16, John 15) in our mess. He is truly our Abba Father this Father's Day and we are blessed to have access to him through his son, Jesus Christ.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. (JN 14:7-11)

Nothing will fill the void in your life like a relationship with Jesus Christ. If you would like to begin your relationship with the Father, click on this link below to learn how. Please email me if you have questions.


Pray for us as we are leaving to Nicaragua with a team of 52 people tomorrow. We believe many souls will be saved and lives will be transformed this week. Consider going on a mission trip with me someday. The dream is real and there are churches to build and things to do in the USA and around the world!  RPMI needs your help! Partner with us as God leads during these summer months!


Greater Love (Remembering Derek Simmons)

Greater Love (Remembering Derek) 

 Derek Clayton Simmons

Derek Clayton Simmons

Today marks 15 years since I lost one of my best friends. Derek Simmons died of an accidental overdose around people that cared very little about him. I tell the detailed version of his death in the "Power of Agreement". Not a week goes by that I don't think about him. I celebrated 15 years of marriage this past year and all Kelly and I could think about was how he would have enjoyed the celebration. The country artist, Cole Swindell has a song on the charts now titled, "You should be here". It is a pretty fitting song for anyone that has lost someone they love. Derek's death on 5/5/2001 altered they way I viewed life, faith, and many other aspects of how this fallen world operates. Derek has lived on through his parents, friends, and his brother Colt who was married this past year. Ironically, Colt's wife's name is Derika (you can't make this stuff up).

Derek and I had our teenage struggles, but he believed in me and told me I would preach and serve God one day. To date, I have seen over 5,000 people make decisions for Christ when I tell his story. Last night, I prayed for one of our members who had a brother in jail. The brother's name was Derek. 

The events surrounding Derek's death are still very fishy, but his friends and family are at peace with his transition and know God used it for good (Romans 8:28). Today, I honor the legacy of my friend and will continue to live with the pain of regret that fuels me to spread the gospel and help people in the struggle. Somehow by helping them I am helping him. 

I am thankful that Grace is never about how good we are, but always about how good God is. Derek was saved, baptized, and was touched by the Holy Spirit as a teenager. He died in a season where he drifted away, but I believe I will see my brother again in Glory. Jesus Christ laid down his life for his friends. Derek's death changed the lives of many for the good and was and still is a reminder of what Jesus did for all of us. He had to die so that we might live.

There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. John 15:13

I am praying for every person that has lost someone they truly loved. Hold on to the hope we have in Christ Jesus and his word.

Here is a message I preached at Abba's House (Collide 2015) in memory of Derek. I have told his story in 8 different states and 3 countries. I have shared it in high schools, middle schools, churches, and universities. God continues to use this story to touch this generation, but at the end of the day I still miss my friend. 



In Awe of God!

In Awe of God 

Reflections on our RPMI Passover Conference


Over the last three weeks, we've been talking about how we were made for MORE! I have challenged you to take small steps to begin living a life of faith, stand shoulder-to-shoulder in agreement with fellow believers, and ask God for His physical power daily.

Today, I want to challenge you to increase the amount of awe you have in your heart for God.

According to Dictionary.com, "awe" means "an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like: in awe of God; in awe of great political figures."

We serve an awesome God, and He does awesome things for us day in and day out.

But do we notice? Do we take the time to stop and thank Him for everything He has done? Do we look for His answers to our prayers, and admire Him and His work when we see Him move?

 I don’t know about you, but sometimes I forget. If you’re human, you probably do too. And when we do forget, we tend to start thinking that He isn't working. When we don't thank Him for His blessings and recognize them as such, we lose our wonder for our good, GOOD Father.

 But there's an easy remedy. Romans 1:20-21 tells us how to solve this problem:

 "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened" (emphasis mine).

According to this passage, glorifying God and being thankful are the opposites of thinking futile thoughts and having our hearts become dark and foolish. So if we want to live a life of awe, focused on God's tender, loving care and His awesome works, we can do so by glorifying God and giving Him thanks.

 I'm in a place of awe right now. I’ve been overwhelmed with gratitude for God all week. We just wrapped up our first Ronnie Phillips Ministries International Passover conference this week, and God showed out in a big way. Here are just a few of the amazing things He did:

 ·       People Accepted Jesus Christ as Savior.

·       The Kingdom of God was Accepted and Embraced.

·       Blind eyes were opened. I know this may sound crazy to some, but a man walked in with a “See and Eye” dog with someone to help him move around. He could not open his eyes, but later opened them and was reading the Bible after our intercessors prayed for him. I was brought back in to see this for myself.

·       Unity and Restoration came to Faith Worship Center and they have shifted to another level.

·       Worship took us to the King!

·       We almost met both of our financial goals for the mission of RPMI.

 I'm in awe of His goodness and at the generosity of His people. Because of your help, our ministry is working on these mission projects and more:

·       We’re hosting an evangelistic crusade in Nicaragua in June.

·       Plans are underway for Abba's House Haiti and Abba’s House Cuba.

·       We have a dream to build a second church in El Rubio, D.R. This area has not been reached with the Gospel yet, but we have people on the grounds that are eager to begin the work there.

·       We will be able to continue funding our local feeding and homeless ministries every week.

·       We want to support local churches in the inner-city as they work to solve Chattanooga's gang problems with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are talking with like-minded individuals right now about some partnership ideas. 

 All of these things are just the beginning. I can't wait to see what He does and where He leads us from here!

 I want to thank all the people who helped make this conference possible, and then I want to challenge you to do something special this week that will help you deepen your awe of God too.

 First, let me give honor to whom honor is due:

 Kelly and I want to thank Pastor Greg & Tiffany Collins and the Faith Worship Center leadership team for believing in RPMI and having the faith to host us. We want to thank Abba’s House, RPMI (Bill, Jim, Alicia, Greg), our intercessors who prayed and drove to Chatsworth every night to help us, all of our guest speakers and worship leaders, choirs, friends, and every person who helped us! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Now, I want to ask you to do something special that will help light your fire the way God has lit mine this week.  

  • Get out your smartphone, journal, or notepad. 
  • Start a list right now of everything God has already done for you today. For example, did He help you make it to work on time? Did a friend call you to say hello at just the right moment? Did you get an unexpected check in the mail? Did your lunch date pay for your lunch unexpectedly? Write it down.
  • As you move throughout your day, keep jotting down each thing God does for you. 
  • As your list grows, THANK HIM for each thing He does.

 If you will do this, I believe you will begin to notice God at work in your life in tremendous ways that you might not have seen before. You'll see His provision, His favor, and His blessing in undeniable, blazing color. His tender mercy in your life will become obvious, the moment you begin to look for it.

 And as you glorify God and are thankful, your "awe factor" will increase. God's power will become more real to you, as you honor Him with your attention.

 Our Father has been so good to us, and He deserves every bit of the worship and thanksgiving we can give Him. Will you join me as we stand in awe of His work in our lives today?

We are so thankful for our new partners who have made a decision to stand side-by-side with Kelly and I to do the work of the Kingdom. Many have asked us how they can become a monthly partner. We now have the capability for you to do that on our website. Click on the “Give and Partner” button and register to become a monthly partner or give through the APP. No gift is too small. If God hasn't lead you to give, then go ahead and sign-up for our free weekly devotionals and become a prayer partner. Will you come into agreement with us? We hope you will. Thanks again to our friends and family for loving us and believing in us.

 Pastor Ronnie & Kelly Phillips 2016

Made for More Challenge # 3: Risen for Power!

Made for More Challenge #3: YOU Can Tap Into God’s Physical Power


The last two weeks, we’ve been talking about the risen life—how you can walk in the MORE for which God created you. The first week, I challenged you to take a step toward a life of faith by finding one Scriptural promise to claim for your need and praying that promise back to God. Did you do it?


The second week, I challenged you to commit to a life lived in agreement. I asked you to dedicate one hour each week to attending a small group at your local church, so you can build friendships and find like-minded people to walk with you on this journey of life. I hope you’ll be in that small group this Sunday, worshipping and studying God’s Word together.


Today as we celebrate the Feast of Firstfruits, I want to talk to you about a life lived in power. Christ himself was and is our Firstfruits (1 Corinthians 15:23).


Did you know that you can tap into God’s physical power?


God’s power is not reserved for an elite few. It’s not just something you can see at church services, when people get healed or fall to the ground in the glory of the Holy Spirit. No; God’s power is available to everyone. Our Father wants us to be filled with His power in our daily lives.


Romans 8:11-12 says:


“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.”


Notice that Paul wrote that the Holy Spirit would give life to your mortal body! He wasn’t referring to some kind of heavenly power that would fill your immortal body after you go to Heaven. He was saying that God will give you the power you need to accomplish every task set before you on THIS earth, in THIS life!


That means the Holy Spirit will give you power to:

·       Take the kids to ball practice;

·      Face another day working in a tough job;

·      Say “au revoir” to your military spouse who’s leaving on deployment;

·      Save money and get out of debt;

·      Get to church every week;

·      Exercise and eat right; and

·      Take care of your marriage.

.   Forgive those who have hurt you


God’s power is available to you right now. He wants to help you with every task you will face this week.

So how do you tap into God’s supernatural power?


Your challenge today is to try out the two secrets to being filled with God’s power. Both of these secrets are found in Psalm 71:5-9, which says:


“For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb.

My praise shall be continually of You. I have become as a wonder to many, but You are my strong refuge. Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day.


Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails.”


Secret #1 to being filled with power is to ask.


The Psalmist specifically asked for strength. He said, “Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails.” Jesus said that if we ask, we would receive (Matthew 7:7), and the apostle James told us that we have not because we ask not (James 4:2).


So we need to ask God for help, even in the mundane circumstances of our daily lives. If something is important to you, it’s important to God. So ask your Father for the power you need!


Pray this simple prayer with me:


“Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name, I want to thank You for Your Word today. I ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit right now. Fill me up with Your joy, which is my strength. Fill me with Your own strength, life, and victorious power today. Help me to notice Your power at work in my life, and help me to finish everything I have to get done today with more power and anointing than I ever dreamed. Bless all the work of my hands, and I give You praise and glory for what You’re going to do. Thank You, Father.”


Secret #2 to tapping into God’s power is to trust.


If you just prayed the prayer above, God heard you and He will answer. So believe Him, and go after everything you have to do today in faith.


Faith without works is dead, so you have to act and not just ask. However, if you’ll go after what you have to do today (the “works”) and believe Him to keep His promise (the “faith”), He will be right there to back you up with His anointing! He will put His “super” on your “natural” and do supernatural things that surprise you.


As you move throughout your day, it will build your faith AND your joy (and remember, the joy of the Lord is your strength) if you will keep an eye out for the Holy Spirit at work in your life. For example:


·      When you get the kids in bed and they haven’t burned the house down, thank God for His help!

·      When you get your housework finished, notice what a miracle that was and praise Him for it!

·      When you make it through a tough day at work and you weren’t sure you would, thank him for it!


Your final Made for More challenge is simple: ask, and you shall receive!


Ask God for physical strength. Ask Him to fill you with His victorious power. Then trust that He heard your prayer and will do extraordinary things in your ordinary life.

Do you need God’s power and strength today? Leave a comment below if this message speaks to you!


Also, don’t forget to pray for our RPMI Passover conference starting today! I'm asking God for a mighty outpouring of his spirit and partners to help me do what God has placed in my heart to do.

Here are the mission projects we’re currently working on:

  • We’re hosting an evangelistic crusade in Nicaragua in June.
  • We’ve almost finished the construction of Phase 4 of our new Abba's House Church and children’s center in Cien Fuegos Dominican Republic.
  • Plans are underway for Abba's House Haiti and Cuba. 
  • The dream for RPMI is to build a second church in El Rubio, D.R. This area has not been reached with the Gospel.
  • Also, our feeding and homeless ministries needs additional funds. 
  • We want to support local churches in the inner-city to assist them with Chattanooga's gang problems. We are working with like-minded individuals about some partnership ideas.

Will you be one of our partners? Will you come into agreement with the mission and vision God has given us and stand with us as we carry the message of Christ to the ends of the earth? We are asking those that can to Sow a Firstfruits offering to RPMI today. You can give securely on this website if you can't make it to the conference. If you don't have a church home, we invite you to join us live today at the Faith Worship Center (Chatsworth, GA) Facebook page at 10:30 am. 

Thank you in advance for your partnership and prayers, and please keep us in your prayers this week. Expect Big Things. Experience New Things. Exemplify Christ in all you do!


Made for More Challenge # 2: Risen for Unity

Made for More Challenge #2: Doing Life with Godly Friends

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In our first Made for More challenge, we talked about how YOU can live the risen life filled with the resurrection power of God, but you have to take action to get there. Every journey begins with a single step, so I challenged you to take one step to build a life of faith: find a Bible promise that corresponds to your need, write it down, carry it in your pocket, and talk to God about it until that need is met.

In this week’s challenge, we’re going to talk about how finding people to do life with can take your spiritual and practical experience to a whole new level of success. The risen life is a life lived in agreement. We need Godly agreement and unity in every aspect of our lives.


What do I mean when I talk about “agreement”?


Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says:


“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”


A life lived in agreement is a life lived in companionship with other people. Having people to agree with means you have friends who will watch your back when you need it. It means you’ll have people who will pray with you when you’re down. It means you can talk to people who care when you’re hurting. Christian's need to stop attacking one another and learn to build each other up. We need authentic relationships if we are going to be all who God has called us to be.

A life lived in agreement means you and your friends challenge each other to grow. Proverbs 27:17 tells us, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” A real friend will believe in you no matter what, but they’ll also challenge you to believe God, make things right with other people, and live in covenant with the Body.


How do you find those true friends?


As I wrote in my book The Power of Agreement, real friends like I described above are going to be teammates for you. So how do you find those friends? I believe the best way is to find godly friends in small groups in the Body of Christ.


In our church, hundreds of people gather in small groups every Sunday morning before our worship service. Our small groups take one hour to worship together, pray for one another, and study God’s Word together each week. In those close-knit communities, people get to know one another and share their struggles, sorrows, and victories.


I believe a small, God-centered, purpose-driven group like that is the best way you can find your teammates. It’s easy to identify brothers and sisters who share your calling in life when you get beyond the small talk and seek God together. And most importantly, when you’re together with your fellow believers and teammates in close fellowship, God can move in power.


The original Pentecost happened in a small group!


Did you know that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the earth for the first time during a small group meeting? It’s true. Acts 1:14 says, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.” All the believers were together in one place, and as they prayed together, this happened:


“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4).


When God’s people gathered together in agreement, He met them there. He’ll do the same thing for you, too, as you meet with other people, agree in prayer, and do life together with them. Matthew 18:19 says: “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”


So here is this week’s Made for More challenge:


  • Find one faith-based small group under the covering of a biblical and mission-minded church that you can meet with for one hour every week.
  • If you don’t know where to start, try one for a few weeks; and if it’s not a good fit, then try another group until you find one that feels like home.
  • Ask God to lead you, and He will.
  • When you find the group that feels like home, COMMIT to it! Decide you’re going to be faithful. Be there week in and week out.


One hour is not a lot of time, but the agreement and encouragement you’ll gain out of that one hour of fellowship with other believers will change your life. As you follow God and plug into Biblical community, He will reward you for your decision. You’ll begin to grow as other believers challenge you. You’ll have people who can encourage you when you’re down, and you can serve other believers when they need it as well.


Agreement makes life worth living. Sharing a common goal, common purpose, and a fellowship that connects you with God and others is essential if you’re going to live the risen life.


So find that small group today, and make a commitment to be there every week starting this week!


Also, don’t forget that my inaugural Ronnie Phillips Ministry International Passover conference is coming up soon! It’s going to be held April 24-27 at Faith Worship Center in Chatsworth, Georgia. Check out the conference speakers and schedule here and make plans now to join us. It’s going to be a powerful time of worship and the Word of the Lord. My dad and many of my brothers and sisters in the Lord are coming to help preach and minister in worship, and we’re expecting a mighty outpouring.


We’re believing God for 1,000 new partnerships to help us continue to reach people for Jesus in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and here at home. Here are the mission projects we’re currently working on:


·       We’re hosting an evangelistic crusade in Managua, Nicaragua in June.

·       We’ve almost finished the construction of Phase 1 of our new Abba's House Church and children’s center in Cien Fuegos Dominican Republic.

·       Plans are underway for Abba's House El Rubio in Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and in cities across America.


All of these things are exciting, but there is so much more to do! We need faithful partners who will come up beside this ministry and covenant with us to carry the work of the Gospel forward into the next generation.


Will you be one of our covenant partners? Will you come into agreement with the mission and vision God has given and stand with us as we carry the message of Abba Father to the ends of the earth? If you feel the Holy Spirit calling you to be one of our new partners, please email me. I want to hear from you. Happy Birthday to my son Reid Montgomery Phillips! He turned 10 years old yesterday and has the call of God on his life. Pray for my father who is in Charlotte, NC with Sid Roth doing an interview about his new book, The Hiram Code. This book is a great read.

Thank you in advance for your friendship, "follow"ship, and partnership. We covet your prayers as wee look ahead. Please be sure to check back next week for the next “Made for More” challenge!



Made for More: YOU Can Live the Risen Life


Have you ever looked at your life and been less-than-satisfied, but you’re not sure what to do about it? Do you hunger for more, yet feel like you’re not making progress? Does it frustrate you to see the promises of God in the Bible and hear about them at church, but you’re not seeing them come to fruition in your life?


In the weeks leading up to Passover and my Passover conference on April 24-27, 2016, I want to challenge you to live the risen life. This is challenge 1.


Jesus didn’t die on the cross for no reason. He died because His blood was a holy currency that purchased complete redemption for you and for me. And when He did the impossible and rose from the grave on the third day, He proved to the whole world that everything He had preached about—and everything God’s Word promises—is true.


Better yet, not only is it true, but it’s ALL available to you and me right now by grace. Christ’s resurrection is our guarantee that we have access to MORE. He arose so that we could have more than we could ever imagine in this age and the age to come!


So how do you go about getting what God’s Word promises? How do you move from where you are right now to the MORE God has for you?


That’s where action is required.


In Matthew 11:12, Jesus said, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” (NKJV). The Kingdom of heaven is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). It is also POWER (1 Corinthians 4:20).


Put these two verses together, and we see that the Kingdom is a beautiful thing that brings righteousness, peace, joy, and power into our lives, but we have to take action to experience it.


I love what Paul wrote in Philippians 3:10-12:


“… that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”


During this devotional series leading up to Passover, we’re going to talk about ONE key foundational piece of the victorious lifestyle each week. Each week, I’ll ask you to take one specific step in your own life that will help you receive everything Jesus died to give you.


And the first key we’re going to talk about is FAITH.


The risen life is a life lived by faith. Think about faith in the resurrection: you and I weren’t there, but we believe it! We believe it because:


·      Jesus prophesied that He would arise;

·      Hundreds of people saw Jesus in person after the resurrection, and they left their eyewitness accounts in mountains of historical documents which have been proven authentic;

·      and because the news of Christ’s resurrection changed the world.


There is literally more evidence that Jesus rose from the dead than there is that George Washington ever existed. So we believe Jesus is alive. But do we stop there?


·      What about believing that God is a good Father who wants to bless YOU?

·      What about believing that He really does love you?

·      What about believing that He will fill you with the fullness of the Holy Spirit right now if you ask?

·      What about believing that He will provide all your needs according to His RICHES in glory in Christ Jesus?

·      What about believing that He is the Giver of good and perfect gifts and He has already given us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm?


Beloved, it is time to rise up out of the ashes of doubt and unbelief and believe God.


It is time for us to find out what He says about every situation, glue the promise to the problem, and lift that promise up to Him until we see Him do what He promised in our lives.

Luke chapter 18 tells the story of the widow who harassed the unjust judge until he gave her what she requested. When Jesus finished His parable, He said:


“Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:6-8, NKJV).


The unjust judge gave in to the widow’s request just because she was persistent. He felt no obligation to help her. He didn’t love her or have a relationship with her, and he certainly hadn’t sent His son to the cross to redeem her. But he still gave her what she asked for.


How much more will our Father give us what we ask, when we have His love, His Spirit, His Word, and the blood of Jesus on our side?


So here’s your assignment this week:


1.     Find ONE Scriptural promise in which God said He would meet whatever need you have. (If you need help finding a promise, just do an internet search for “Scriptures about ____”.)

2.     Read whatever God put in that passage as His conditions to seeing the promise fulfilled.

3.     Write it down and keep it in your pocket.

4.     Pray it back to the Lord every single day. Every time you think about that promise or touch your pocket, pray it back to the Lord.


As you pray, ask Him to show you how He’s working along the way. And I guarantee, because God is faithful and His Word is true, you will see Him move. Just don’t stop praying that promise until you get what you asked for!


Jesus died on the cross for you and then rose again to prove that everything He said was true. With His own life, death, and resurrection, He bought powerful, holy, Spirit-filled, victorious, abundant life for you.


What promise will you claim in prayer this week? Leave a comment below and let me know!


Also, mark your calendars!


My Ronnie Phillips Ministries International Passover conference is going to be held April 24-27 at Faith Worship Center in Chatsworth, Georgia. Check out the conference speakers and schedule here and make plans now to join us. It’s going to be a powerful time of worship and the Word of the Lord for this season. My father, Dr. Greg Collins, Dr. Bobby Atkins, Pastor Angie McGregor and many of my brothers and sisters in the Lord are coming to help preach and minister in worship, and we’re expecting a mighty outpouring.


We’re also believing God for 1,000 new partnerships to help us continue to reach people for Jesus in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and here at home. We’re hosting an evangelistic crusade in Managua, Nicaragua in June, There is a benefit concert at Abba's House this Sunday (4/10) at 6:00 pm in the Awaken Student Center led by our Awaken Student Choir. Please come and support this mission or designate a love gift to help us.  Also, we’ve almost finished the construction of Phase 1 of our new Abba's House Church and children’s center in Cien Fuegos Dominican Republic. Plans are underway for Abba's House Haiti and Cuba. But there is so much more to do! We need faithful partners who will come up beside this ministry and covenant with us to carry the work of the Gospel forward into the next generation. I would like to thank my board and faithful partners. You guys build my faith.


Will you be one of our covenant partners? Will you link arms with us and stand with us, shoulder-to-shoulder, as we carry the message of Abba Father to the ends of the earth?


If you feel the Holy Spirit calling you to be one of our new partners, please email me. I want to hear from you. And you can give online using the “Give and Partner” buttons above.


Thank you in advance for your partnership and prayers! Remember to comment below to tell me what promise you’re claiming from God’s Word this week, and check back next week for the next “Made for More” challenge.





It's Your Time to Shine!

The Kingdom mandate is strongly on my heart right now. The Kingdom of God is exploding, and we’re right in the thick of it.

For years, the Body of Christ has been in a John the Baptist-type movement, when our message has been “Prepare the way of the Lord!” Now, however, the Holy Spirit is sitting on us strongly with a new message: “Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world!”

Lou Engle, founder of The Call—a global movement which is raising up the Body of Christ into fasting and prayer, with massive stadiums being filled with worshippers and intercessors—recently preached on the current transition between the John the Baptist movement and the supernatural manifestation of the Kingdom.

Engle related that he had been feeling discouraged, so he went to the Lord and asked: “Lord, the whole purpose of The Call was to turn the nation back to God. But the nation looks like it’s getting worse and worse. Did The Call fail?”

The Lord responded with a simple, but revolutionary message. He told Engle that, if a John the Baptist movement prepared the way, we should rest assured that the manifestation of Christ is next.

Wow! That answer should chase discouragement away from any believer. The manifestation of Christ is coming, and our cry is changing from “Prepare the way!” to “Behold Him!”

Our mandate is no longer merely to announce the coming of Christ, but to see and carry the manifestation of Jesus Himself, and of His Kingdom. This is the Kingdom mandate.

What does this Kingdom mandate look like?

The Kingdom mandate is a mandate to increase the government of Jesus on the earth. And since we are His hands and feet on this planet, this is a mandate for you and me to shine: to show ourselves as the lights of the world (little “l,”), filled with the Light of the World (big “L,” Christ Himself).

Isaiah 60:1 contains the Word of God for this hour: “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.”

God’s Word tells us that we are to shine. No matter what things look like from day to day, our light has come and God’s glory is risen upon us. That means we’re to shine in difficult circumstances and easy circumstances alike.

I believe we in the Body of Christ need to step up our “shine factor” in three specific ways right now:

1. We need to shine even in the midst of controversy.

The devil might be attacking you right now. Maybe he’s even using other people to do his dirty work. But you know what? We serve a God who isn’t intimidated, and He has promised to defend you against every onslaught of the enemy.

Psalm 3:1-6 says:

“Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. Selah

I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.”

We are not the accuser of the brethren. Accusing is the work of the devil, and Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). So when someone accuses you or the devil attacks you, you don’t have to be afraid. You don’t have to lose sleep over it. You can rest assured that our Father will never allow His people to be defeated. The righteous shall not be put to shame!

Let’s ramp up our faith, Church. Our God didn’t send His Son to the cross to secure a weak victory for us. No; He’s in us; He’s sitting on us with His anointing; and He’s completely on our side. So if you’re going through a tough time right now, you can stand in faith in His promises and watch Him fight your battles for you.

All YOU have to do is look at Jesus, keep your armor on, and keep shining no matter what kind of controversy arises around you. And as you stay in obedience to Him, He’ll vanquish your enemies.

2. We need to shine in the midst of obscurity.

John 9:34-38 tells us the story of a man who was born blind but, as an adult, was healed by Jesus. After this miraculous healing, the Pharisees dragged the formerly-blind man before their council and mocked him. When he didn’t fall for their bait, they excommunicated him.

The story doesn’t stop there, though. When Jesus heard that this man had been excommunicated, He found the man and revealed Himself to be the Son of God. This formerly-blind beggar believed in Christ and was saved.

What a story of grace! The man was nothing in the eyes of the religious people. He couldn’t do anything, and he had nothing to show for his life. He had been a blind beggar since birth.

But you know what? God knew that man personally, and God called him “son.” Father had not forgotten this young man. And when that son’s time had come, he was given the gift of eternal life because of his faith.

The Pharisees missed what was right in front of their noses, but this man whom the world considered to be nothing received the best gift of all—salvation in Christ Jesus.

Do you feel like nobody knows who you are? That nobody notices; nobody cares?

If so, I want you to know today that the voice which is telling you nobody sees you and nobody knows you is a demon voice. It’s not God. The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He wants to hijack your anointing and keep you from having God’s best in your life.

So how do you fight off the lies of the enemy so you can shine in the midst of obscurity?

You fight lies with truth. The TRUTH is that your Father in Heaven sees you and knows you. He sent His Son to die a terrible death on a Roman cross for you. He has assigned a number to every hair on your head, and He loves you more than you could ever imagine.

Father God notices you. He sees every tear you cry and hears your every whisper. He is the God who both sees and sees to it. And if you will cozy up to Him, He will comfort you, fill you up, and help you shine for Him even when you think you don’t matter.

The truth is that you DO matter.

Even if you’re a small light, your light matters. Our Father wants your light to shine before men so that men may see your good works and glorify Him. You count. You are important in the Kingdom. You have an assignment and a call on your life, and even in apparent obscurity, you can shine on.

3. We’ve got to shine with God’s glory.

When Moses came down from the mountain, straight from God’s presence, He was carrying so much glory that his face shone. He actually had to put a veil on his face in order to go about his daily routine in the camp because his face was shining so much!

Can you imagine what that must have been like? To be so close to God that His glory is shining through your eyes and face?

I don’t know about you, but I want that! I want it for myself; I want it for my family; and I want it for every member of Abba’s House. I’m done with religion. I want God’s glory!

The good news is that God is no respecter of persons. He may have His intimates, but those intimates, like Moses, have simply gone to the effort of seeking Him out. If you want to, you can seek Him out and become His intimate friend too.

I believe it’s time for us in the Body of Christ to shine with God’s glory.

We were born for God’s presence and His glory. We were not merely redeemed to forgiveness of sins or eternal life. Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the GLORY of God. Carrying God’s glory was always our purpose. We lost God’s glory and anointing when we sinned, but thank God; the blood of Jesus Christ bought us back … back to glory.

Just as Moses shone with God’s presence, we are called to carry God’s glory always.

Let’s make our cry the same as Moses’ cry: “Show us Your glory!” If we will seek Him, honor Him, and give Him first place, He will fill us with His glory just like He filled Moses.

Brothers and sisters, it’s time to shine. The Kingdom age is here. The Kingdom is now, and the Kingdom is shining with power. We’re carrying not just the message of Christ’s coming, but the message of His arrival.

We’re called to manifest Jesus everywhere we go, so that lost and dying sons and daughters will come back to the Father’s table. We’re called to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, and cleanse lepers. And it’s not for our own sake, or our own glory. It’s all about seeing the children Jesus died for come home to the feet of the Father.

Will you shine with me?

God has called me to shine not only in helping to pastor Abba’s House, but also to take the Gospel to the far reaches of the earth. We’re hosting an evangelistic crusade in Managua, Nicaragua this year. By the grace of God, we’ll be preaching salvation through Jesus to thousands of Nicaraguans.

We’re also called to minister to the hurting and broken in the Dominican Republic. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Lord supernaturally provided the money for the construction of our new children’s center in the Dominican. Construction has begun and is going well. But there is so much more to do!

And we need your help.

My wife, Kelly, and I have a huge but simple vision for reaching people for Jesus. We’re reaching the broken where they are with the good news that Abba Father loves them and gave His Son for them.

The Lord is blessing and multiplying our efforts, and He’s giving fruit. But it’s a team effort, and we can’t do it without you.

We need your prayers most of all, because we still believe that there’s mercy and grace to help in time of need when we go before the throne of grace.

But after that, we need your financial support. We are looking for 1,000 new partners who will come up beside this ministry and covenant with us to carry the work of the Gospel forward into the next generation.

Will you be one of our 1,000 covenant partners? Will you link arms with us and stand with us, shoulder-to-shoulder, as we carry the message of Abba Father to the ends of the earth?

If you feel the Holy Spirit calling you to be one of our 1,000 new partners, please email me. I want to hear from you. And you can give online using the “Give and Partner” buttons above.

Also, mark your calendar...

My inaugural Ronnie Phillips Ministry International conference is going to be held April 24-27 at Faith Worship Center in Chatsworth, Georgia.

Check out the conference speakers and schedule here and make plans now to join us. It’s going to be a powerful time of worship and the Word of the Lord for this season. My dad and many of my brothers and sisters in the Lord are coming to help preach and minister in worship, and we’re expecting a mighty outpouring. We’d love to have you come sit in the River of the Holy Spirit with us!

How to Choose the Perfect Christmas Gift

How to Choose the Perfect Christmas Gift

Have you ever had a difficult time deciding the perfect Christmas gift? My wife Kelly and I are celebrating our fifteen-year anniversary this year, and believe me; you can’t stay married that long unless you learn a thing or two about giving the right gift. Believe it or not, I learned about choosing the right gift in the Bible! Here are two things that I always try to remember during the Christmas shopping season, and some things to take with you during the New Year!

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The Spirit of Thanksgiving

The Spirit of Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving weekend is one of my family's favorite times of the year. This is one of two times a year our entire family gets together. I look forward to the food, fellowship, and the laughter we share with one another. I feel very fortunate that we are all still here on planet earth and can enjoy one another. Many of us have forgotten the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

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