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“Do You have Your Gotham?” > Chapter Sixteen

THE ENCOUNTER III > What started as fictional in the Encounter 1 & 2, has now become reality in The Encounter 3. One man’s path to an encounter with God cloaking him in God’s “covering”, and hearing the call… “Gotham needs me.” You can run but you can’t hide. You either answer the call, or settle for less. This is one man’s story who decided to not “settle”.

The financial and sickness storm was finally over. Don was healthy and also working, although it was only part-time, 22 hours a week, if they were frugal they could make it work. The job promised to go full-time in just a couple of months. Two giants had fallen and now the challenges became more spiritual than physical. This was the day he had been praying for.

Because of his connection to “Oasis of Hope Church”, Don was invited to a Southern Baptist Prayer Meeting of “Church Planters”. It was a morning prayer meeting and since he worked evenings he was free to go. His day started with early morning prayer at a Pentecostal Church called” Charity”, on south Tibbs. It just happened the prayer meetings hit on the same day. Charity did this 6:00 a.m. prayer meeting every Tuesday, and he had been a regular. The Baptist meeting was at 9:00 a.m.. “Perfect!” he thought.

And so he did. He attended both. What a day of praying it was. But while he was at the Baptist Prayer meeting, he met two men in process of growing downtown inner city churches! He even got teamed up to pray with one of them. This man’s name was Kerry, Pastor Kerry of the “Circle City Canvas Church”, having services in the Arts Bank building right on Massachusetts Avenue, or Mass. Ave. as everyone likes to call it. The other Pastor was Pastor Yale, holding services on I.U.P.U.I. campus, reaching young people, college people, for Christ. Both these services were evening time, and Don immediately made plans to attend.

With the new job in place there began to be the challenge of working around that schedule. His job now interfered with his “Oasis of Hope” involvement at the Hawthorn Apartment complex, but he was still able to attend prayer meetings and weekend services, which meant he could connect with both “Circle Center Canvas Church” and “Living Faith Church” with Pastor Yale. After going to each once, he decided to focus on “Circle City Canvas Church” first, and see what might develop.

The “Gotham Call” still meant being out of the Church box and into the streets. God had given him a vision of being involved in not only the downtown area, but also neighborhoods. It was the same vision. What he saw for downtown involved being out of the Church box and in the neighborhoods. In the meantime, the Pastor at “Charity Church”, Pastor Paul Slagle, was preaching on “Our Priesthood”, and a real move of God was stirring the people. A lot was going on! And he was carefully watching it all, and involved with it all. The early morning prayer meetings was causing a fresh move of the Spirit, but only time would tell if the stirring would lead to great things, or fade?

And then, on top of all this, came the chance to meet Ying Kia, of T4T, and hear him personally speak and teach on “Training for Trainers”, a discipleship outreach causing quite a stir of its’ own.  God was supernaturally ordering his steps and answering his prayers. This was the last piece of the puzzle he needed for “1000 Houses of H.O.P.E.”. He just happened to be off work and able to attend, and so he did. More to come.

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“J.E.D.I. Theology” #3

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IS THERE AN AWAKENING OF LIGHT VERSES DARKNESS? IF NOT, LETS START ONE, AND IF SO, THEN LETS JOIN IT!

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“Ripple Theology #2”

IF WE CONTINUE WITH THE POEM…

About those ripples.

Do I care?

We all cause them.

Every action…every word…every deed.

Even if I don’t care,

I still cause ripples…bad ones.

I am a stone dropped in water.

Ker-plunk!

But I’m not “just” a stone.

I am ripples, and the ripples are important.

Jesus taught us to Live for the Ripples.

Ripples speak louder than words.

No life is silent. Every heartbeat is a ripple. Every breath. Even when our heart takes its last beat…our heart stopping will send out ripples. What have we chosen the Ripple Effect of our life to be? Self-gratification? Or a seeking of God and his will. Do our ripples only affect this world, or do they reach to heaven?

Jesus said that no man lights a candle and puts it under a bushel basket. How is it that so many Christians seem to be stuck under a basket? Their light only lights their little world? I also considered, what fool would use a basket to cover a flame? It seems apparent to me that God is telling us, Satan is so weak that all we have to do is begin to flame up in Christ and we can burn that basket away!

So why you still under that basket? I’m only asking what God will ask you one day.

This may be my last blog for a few days. God has been showing me how to do more, with less. After the back surgery, my income is roughly one-third what it use to be. Consequently, this may be the last day of Internet in my home. I will be going to our downtown Library to work my site. I will be rubbing elbows with many other people God has called me to reach out to, as I do. I am actually looking forward to this.

But I just want you to know if I’m slow in answering any comments, I probably just have not made it to the Library yet. 1000 Houses of H.O.P.E. is in process of being birthed. Those details will continue to come out in the story of “Gotham”. I hope I will make a connection downtown for a House of H.O.P.E.. Currently, my own neighborhood is priority one, but as I spend more time downtown, I am a light, a flame, just waiting to catch fire. Pray for supernaturally empowered godly ripples.

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“The Horrendous Thing that Shaped Your Life”

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Nobody has a perfect life. We live on planet earth where there is no such thing as perfection. When I look back on my own life I see 2 things that affected me in a major way, things that had to be overcome in my pursuit of God, and it was God that enabled me to overcome, so that I could pursue him more. I will share those 2 things shortly, but first I want to talk more about “GOTHAM”. Because some of you still don’t get it, and if you read this article, maybe you will “get it”.

If we take the fictional story of Gotham and make a life metaphor of it, certain things immediately rise to the top. Of course, the horrendous thing a boy experienced as his two parents were shot dead right in front of his eyes. This was a young Bruce Wayne, and it shaped the course of his life. This was a defining moment for him. For many people in our day and age, this might not be fictional. Their parent, or parents, died in a violent way when they were young, maybe even right in front of their eyes.

Bruce’s parents were not themselves violent, but violence came upon them. Some of you may have had parents involved in bad things and violence came upon them as a result of that, but still…which fork of the road will you choose? To become one who fights against evil for the sake of the weak and innocent, or one who decides to turn to evil, because of the violence that invaded your young life?

I want to stay in this time period of the young Bruce Wayne, because Hollywood has allowed us to do so, and given us another hero in Detective Gordon. It has been interesting watching very imaginative writers create this world of a young Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, Ivy, and others, including Detective Gordon. Of course I am talking about the T.V. series “Gotham”, and if you haven’t seen it, you might want to check it out.

Gotham was such a “Snake Pit”! And into this world comes a young, brave, heroic, and honest Detective. Can he be corrupted? Can he be broken? Can he be bribed? Can we entice him from his high-ideas to join us in our bed of snakes? Oh what a world of evil and corruption Detective Gordon takes on, before there is any Batman to help him.

Detective Jim Gordon. Talk about peer pressure! The police department is so corrupted that he is practically taking on the whole mafia alone! And the Penguin comes to him saying: “There’s a war coming, Jim. There will be so much blood in the streets!” In our day today, there is a war already raging between God and evil.

Yes I said God and evil, not good and evil. There are plenty of good people fighting evil in the way good people do, BUT… God’s people are called to fight evil in a different way, in a Priestly way, and if you claim to be a God people, have you obeyed that way? Or will there be so much blood in the streets, AND ON YOUR HANDS.

There is so much more I could say about this, but I believe I will let the Holy Spirit finish that conversation. As for the 2 horrendous things in my life? I am fortunate, raised in a Christian family my “horrendous events” would not be considered “horrendous” by most people, but they did have a major affect on me and the course of my life. So I will quickly share these 2 things in very “short form”, so as not to bore you.

ONE: I was popular in school until the fifth grade, when my parents moved to an isolated farm in the country. I was so isolated that I became extremely introverted. I didn’t know how to talk to people. Bad part was, I was comfortable that way and didn’t want to change. I didn’t realize how much this was affecting me in a bad way. I was deathly afraid of speaking in front of people. So…when it was time to graduate I should have went to college and probably become a teacher, or journalist. Something to that affect, but I was so afraid of standing in front of people, how could I be a teacher? So I eventually wound up a truck driver. Go figure. The point is, when God started moving on me to teach his word? Wow…I’m telling you, you don’t know how real the power of God became to me when I finally broke free of my introversion. People today are amazed I was ever an introvert to the extreme, but I was, and God delivered me as I obeyed him. There were some good points to my seclusion. I probably would not be the “spiritual” teacher I am today, had it not been for my isolation in nature with God. But had I not fought the battle to overcome my greatest fear, I would have missed so much God was offering me.

TWO: As a young man riding my bicycle down a two-lane blacktop, which I did a lot of bike riding to escape the farm, but one day, I just happened upon a very colorful magazine lying in the middle of the road, pages flapping in the breeze, and as I rolled by, I looked down, and saw it was a “PLAYBOY Magazine”. I know I should have kept on rolling, but I didn’t, and thus began a porno addiction which led to stealing, because I was too young to buy. They say Prono is an addiction as strong as cocaine. I’ve never had the drug, but I know it was only the power of God, seeking more of God, that finally delivered me from the Porno. It was not an easy battle, but I chose to, with the help of God, fight evil, rather than join it.

In conclusion: The personal story I am currently writing called: “Gotham”, should be a must read for every Christian who considers themselves “average”, but wonders what might be possible if they truly surrendered their will completely to God. For one thing, God will COVER you with his anointing, and the average Christian can be a Caped Crusader for God, fighting evil not in the way good people do, but in “the way” that ONLY God’s people can do.

Christians were originally called people of “The Way”.  Do you get it now?

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“Do You have your Gotham?” > Chapter Eleven.

THE ENCOUNTER III > This story is written as if fictional, but it is not, I’m living this every day. Have you heard a call in your soul saying, “Gotham needs you?” This is one man’s attempt to identify and answer that call. To take up the mantle of being a Caped Crusader. I am caped in God’s Covering and led by his Spirit. Indianapolis is my Gotham. Where and what is yours?

CHAPTER ELEVEN

December 17, 2014. Don sat in the darkness of his God Cave pondering. It was still early and he had not prayed yet, but his mind was filled with thoughts of last night. So he sat in his special place, his Batcave, his place of ministry and focus. Only a computer screen glowed in front of him for some lighting. His Bible lay open in that glow.

“What was that? What just happened last night? Was that real?” But it was so simple, and it was so powerful. He could still feel God moving through him as he had prayed for those people. And what about Charlie? “I never witnessed to a person in such a simple way before, and yet I think it was the best witness I ever did. What was that, Lord? I want more.

His thoughts continued to roll as he replayed last night in his mind. “Points of pain” the Southern Baptist had said. And now this young man that he had had the privilege of mentoring when he was young and growing up, now this young man had become a connection point to everything God had revealed to him in his one year sabbatical. That one year was racing towards an end, soon he would find a job and get back into the workforce, but not quite yet, and God’s leading was getting stronger every day!

Chris, the young man in mention, had become a Church planter for the Southern Baptist denomination. They had a mandate to target “Points of Pain” all around and within the city of Indianapolis. He had literally started from scratch with this inner city apartment complex. He went in there praying and seeking a way to connect and minister. There had been resistance from the apartments in the beginning. They did not know him, his wife, and his five daughters, three of whom are foster children. They did not know this strange white person coming in wanting to plant flowers and do simple landscaping and property clean-up for them. They were suspicious, and thought he might pose a threat. It was a rocky road in the beginning, but Chris had heard God’s voice and he kept praying and obeying in simple faith.

Then a Southern Baptist Ministry team came up to help him for a day. They drove a long ways to get there and now Chris had them helping do landscaping. A leader on the team wanted to have a word with him. “Look, Chris, I didn’t drive all the way up here to do landscaping. Isn’t there something more going on here?”

Chris had no answer, because as of yet no one in the complex had opened up to them. He walked away to his car and began to pray to God. “Oh God, I know you led me here, but how can I answer these people that have come so far to help? I need something from you God.” He poured out his heart for a few minutes, not knowing what he was going to do. When he finally turned around to go back to the work, he discovered that the very first person had made contact, and she was talking to the very man who had been asking is there no more than this? It also turned out that this lady had a son who was killed in the very playground they were working, and she just wanted to let them know she appreciated what they were doing. Now Don knew he had just seen what this grassroots outreach had grown to. It was still very fragile, but it was definitely growing! It was alive! And God showed up there!

And then there was the witnessing encounter with Charlie.

“Hhmm, wow Lord. What a special night.” Don thought about his next blogsite article he needed to write. This story of “Do you have your Gotham” was very alive and well, and it was going somewhere. He also felt like he had a lead on the job he should apply for. A place working downtown with opportunity to meet people and make connections. After much walking around and praying, it seemed to make logical sense, and so it was time. It was time to make a decision and move in that direction. He would send out four applications by way of Internet. He had four places already picked out to target. The thought of it scared him a little, no… who was he kidding… it scared him a lot! But if this was the path, God would help him. He was poised and ready to make applications to become… a “STARBUCKS barista”.

“Lord help me. It’s time to pray.”

(I promise the next chapter to come soon, and more details of that night will be given. The apartment complex will not be named, but this is an evangelistic outreach you don’t want to miss. We ask the question of W.W.J.D? What would Jesus do? But I have been asking the question of: W.D.J.D? What “did” Jesus do? He very plainly showed us the discipleship method he used with his home in Capernaum as his home base. This story is still a month behind and I can tell you there are great details of this journey yet to come. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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“Do You have your Gotham?” > Chapter Ten

THE ENCOUNTER III > This story is written as if fictional, but it is not, I’m living this every day. Have you heard a call in your heart saying, “Gotham needs You?” This is one man’s attempt to take up the mantle of being a Caped Crusader. I am caped in God’s Covering, and Indianapolis is my Gotham.

CHAPTER TEN

Don stood there on the cold sidewalk and staring at this strange parking meter device. He had already swiped his card twice and then proceeded to do something wrong, something out of order, only to have to start over again, and it was very cold! “When did parking become so complicated? Am I going to figure this out or not? If I can just get past this stupid meter the Library is right behind me and I can get inside. How is it we hear your voice, Lord? What made me think of Chris? How is it I find myself “downtown”, learning about this new place I do not know, and yet I sense it is going to play a part. Okay, machine, this is your last chance. It’s you or me. One of us is going to die here and it’s not going to be me! Finally! I’m not sure what I did, but it shows two hours of time. I’ll take it. And look who just pulled up behind me. Chris.”

It was a great reunion on that cold city sidewalk. The sun was shinning and made you feel good even if it was cold. “Hey, Chris, what is all that stuff packed in your minivan?”

“That’s our food pantry. It’s part of the outreach we do. Lets get inside and I’ll tell you all about it.”

Don was amazed as Chris escorted him into the renovated Central Library. He remembered the old Library and it was nothing to brag about, but this! This was awesome! The entry opened into a big gathering area complete with snack and coffee shop and tables. So they each ordered a coffee and sat down at a table to catch up on what had been going on with each of them. Chris was amazed to find out that due to a back injury, Don had been on a one year sabbatical with God and was just now beginning to venture out in what God was showing him.

Likewise, Don was amazed to find out Chris had become a “Church Planter” with Southern Baptist and currently had an outreach developing in an inner city apartment complex. In no time at all Don had found an open door to inner city ministry by aiding Chris in Church Planting! However, he also knew God had planted something of his own in him, and somehow these two visions could aid each other. Before they knew it an hour and a half had already passed and they had not even explored the Library yet.

From the open coffee shop area he could see the Library rising up six levels, but he had no idea what Chris was about to show him. As the tour began, Don was amazed. First he was shown probably five hundred computers with Internet access, and all of it free for the using! This was middle of the day and most of the computers were in use. These same people could just as easily go to his blog site! The one God had him specially prepare, “Broken Wings that Soar!” The potential was obvious! Chris pointed out that most inner city people have their day at the Library to do all their on-line business. He also explained how all the city Libraries are strategically located near IndyGo bus stops, which gave easy transportation to all the Libraries. Anyone could get there whether they had a car or not.

As excited as Don was, the tour was not over yet. On at least three of the floors were very nice meeting rooms, that could seat eleven at a time, complete with a large table and white board for teaching, and completely free for the use! What a facility to aid his outreach to inner city! But how would it happen? How would it work? As yet he did not know, but God had just added a new dimension to things, and if God had so easily and quickly done this, he would also do the rest.

When Chris and Don parted that day, Don was set to help Chris at his next meeting at the apartment complex. He was looking very forward to already having opportunity, and with a young man he had relationship with from many years ago as a youth minister. “You’re amazing, Lord. You had all this planned, didn’t you. How is it we hear your voice even though it is not an audible thing, and yet we do, there is no denying it. Unbelievers think we are crazy. Imagining things. But look what those crazy imaginings has led to. The chess board has moved again. Two more very important things coming up though. One, I need a job. The right job. Something that will be an aid to ministering, not a detriment. That won’t be easy, Lord. And two, my meeting with Pastor tomorrow. If something drastic don’t change there soon, I’ll start the new year in a new church. Let me hear your voice, Lord, so I can follow. Gotham needs me. Yes, even me.

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“God’s Covering”

What is it called when one has forgotten what was long ago known, and with defeat or victory hanging in the balance, must remember…must relearn…must reknow?  Stand ye in the ways and see…and ask for the old paths…where is the good way…and walk therein…and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

What is this thing called: God’s Covering? Do we really need it?

YES! For only a Caped Crusader will have power in God!

Consider these scriptures: Isaiah 30:1-2 > “Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, BUT NOT OF ME, and that COVER WITH A COVERING, BUT NOT OF MY SPIRIT, that they may add sin unto sin: That walk to go DOWN INTO EGYPT, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the STRENGTH OF PHARAOH, and to trust in the SHADOW OF EGYPT.”

David knew of the COVERING of God when he wrote: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under THE SHADOW of the Almighty.” And three verses later when he wrote: “He shall COVER thee with his feathers, and UNDER his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”

In this day of American prosperity have we forgotten the COVERING of the Lord, for the love of money? Have we forgotten the young rich man to whom our Lord said forsake all? Or the disciples who were instructed to not even take an extra coat? Do we seek the COVERING of his shadow in which even the shadow of Peter, because of God’s COVERING, would heal the sick? Is this not the same Peter who said silver and gold have I none, but in the name of Jesus, rise up and walk?

Why am I targeting the sin of greed and materialism so much, for it is sure it is not the only vice robbing us of the anointing today and stripping our capes from us, leaving us to stand weak and ashamed. Love of money, lust, pornography, adultery, murder of babies…the list goes on and on…but so much preaching about MONEY. Be successful! Be happy! Live your dreams! And yet we are blind and naked, stripped of our capes, and do not even know.

King Saul’s army may be looking good right now, but David’s army is out there. They are moving behind the scenes and they have God’s COVERING! They have not gone to the world, to EGYPT for counsel! They have not gone to a medium, a witch for counsel! They have sought the Lord until the Cape of his anointing is upon them! David and his army of Caped Crusaders are out there, working behind the scenes, and when Saul’s army fails in a day, they will begin to rise!

Have you gone to EGYPT for your counsel? King Saul did not inquire of the Lord. David brought the Ark into Jerusalem after Saul and his army was dead, dead, and dead. A tragedy David wept over! And for Jonathon! A good man in the wrong army!

Oh, I don’t know if you even understand a word I am saying? Is your Pastor preaching EGYPT? Is your church seeking to COVER with a COVERING, but not of the Lord’s Spirit? And by so doing they add sin unto sin? If so, you are in the wrong army. You might even be a Jonathon in the wrong army. So sad. Come out from among them before it is too late! But must you be loyal to Saul? Just because he may have been a spiritual father to you?

Paul said, follow me as I follow the Lord. If I stop following the Lord, Leave me! Find someone who is! Find a David! Find God’s COVERING and be caped in his power again! Perhaps for the first time! Relearn, reknow, seek out the old ways of great spiritual forefathers! Leave this modern day EGYPT seeker!

Does your church seek worldly leadership? Do they glorify successful business men? Do they seek to learn from them? Do they run their church more like a business than the Kingdom of God? Do they seek strength from Pharaoh, and to trust in the SHADOW of EGYPT? IF SO, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! AND FIND A DAVID! FIND A PAUL FOLLOWING THE LORD!

Oh, I don’t know if you’re hearing me or not, with my silly Batman illustrations. Speaking of finding your Batcave, hearing your Gotham, donning your cape. Speaking of devotion, training, focus, and sacrifice.

They that do know their Lord, shall be strong…and do exploits.

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries:: but the people who do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Dan. 11:32)

WE ARE CALLED TO BE MORE THAN A GOOD PERSON. WE ARE CALLED TO BE A PRIEST LIFTING UP HOLY SACRIFICES UNTO HIM. FROM THERE SHALL ARISE CAPED CRUSADERS OF WHICH BATMAN COULD ONLY DREAM. DO YOU UNDERSTAND PRIESTHOOD EVANGELISM? DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

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“Batman Theology”

Where do you go after preaching the message for every good Christian to lay down those sins that so easily beset us?

Why would I ask that? Because I have seen this happen so many times. People get convicted under the powerful anointing of God, they go to the altar and they repent. They leave the altar full of the junk they know God has been convicting them of, and now they have “empty places” in them. Empty places that act as voids. Mother Nature resists a vacuum and something will be sucked into those empty places.

But brother Don, won’t those places be filled with more of God? Not if that person does not make the effort, and many times they lack a certain vision mojo to make that effort, sad to say. Consequently, the void will keep seeking to refill the empty places, and many times things will be sucked in that are even worse than before, because now the person is disillusioned and sees no hope.

So what is this “training” that Paul speaks of? (II Timothy 2:21)

“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”

“And every man that striveth for the mastery…”  (I Cor. 9:25)

What’s supposed to fill those empty places? Could it be a vision of the fight? Did not David ask, “IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?” The GOOD FIGHT? Do we have a vision for it? Do we see the millions dying and going to hell, and the thousands in our own city? Is Gotham crying out to your deaf ears?

I know this is fictional but just humor me for a minute. Would Batman buffet his body and train himself to warrior elite if there were no fight? If there were no ultimate bad guys, no city to save, no tragedy of seeing his parents shot down in cold blood before his very eyes? Without those just causes would he ever have become the Batman? Why would he? Why work so hard and suffer such pain if their is no worthy fight to fight?

Have we lost the vision of the fight? In the realms of the spirit, only a Priest has power.

We are called to be more than just a good person, we have entered a Priesthood. The day the average Christian catches the vision of Priesthood Evangelism, we will turn this world upside down again! I have written more about this at 1000housesofhope.wordpress.com if you like to know more. Look in the footer for “Priesthood Evangelism”. Are you enough of a spiritual Bounty Hunter to seek such things?

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“Where are the Caped Crusaders for God?”

I think my story is boring you. (Do You have your Gotham?) My numbers are dropping as you show me your disinterest. Ah, but you don’t know what is coming. You see, the journey is so important, and do you think it is easy to be a “Batman” for God? Oh but the “religious” are mad now. Did I really say a Batman? Yes I did. AT LEAST HE WAS WILLING TO PAY A PRICE FOR HIS CITY AND I DON’T THINK YOU ARE. SO JUDGE ME IF YOU WILL, BUT I’M FREAK’N TIRED OF UNINSPIRING BORING CHRISTIANS!

Oh, oh. Is honesty really the best policy?

Even though every little detail of the journey is so very important… and why? Because you might take such a journey someday and when certain things happen you might think you’ve missed God, when you haven’t. Let me give you an example. This has not come up in my “Do You have your Gotham?” story yet. Very few even know, but I’ve been very sick for three weeks now. Every time I think I’m better, something happens, like a big snow storm and I shovel my 82 year old dad’s drive out. I suck a bunch of cold air and end up very sick again. I’m on my third cycle of this thing and it would be easy to believe I’m missing God, if his voice were not so plain.

But how can this be God? If he wants this city reached, why would he allow me to be stopped by sickness for so long? I don’t know, but it is part of the journey and I know where it is going. You might be on a journey someday that has just as many unanswerable questions, but if you read my own story and pay attention to every step of the way, like the back surgery and loss of job that put me on this path, then you will know this is not uncommon. (Not uncommon at all.)

So I have prepared a treat for you. A glimpse of what I believe God has shown me is coming. It has not happened yet but it is the direction I am “slowly” moving. My journey has made progress, even progress the story has not revealed yet, and the ups and downs are so important! The prayers prayed or not prayed are so important if you are to really understand! So are you bored with the story? Or does the thought of being a true Caped Crusader, Capped in God’s Covering scare you? Is it a price you’re not willing to pray, so you want no knowledge of it? Actually, it might not be as bad as you think. God is good, and with his assignments come a ton of grace. Even to hear such a call as, “My Gotham needs me!”

So here is your glimpse. I have created another blog site. It is only a “Prototype”, not in effect yet. I’m sure it is not a perfect picture of the whole vision yet, but I have strong reason to believe this is where God is taking me in my effort to do my part in saving my city. I’m a nobody who dares to believe God can even use me. He will decide how big or small it becomes, but if you would like to see the vision that has come, while I have walked the streets of downtown and prayed prayers and sought God, then you can see what I currently have at 1000housesofhope.wordpress.com

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“Do you have your Gotham?” 12/17/14

THE ENCOUNTER III > This story is written as if fictional, but it is not, I’m living this every day. Do you know your specific assignment from God? Have you heard a call in your heart saying: “Gotham needs me?” This is one man’s attempt to take up the mantle of being a Caped Crusader for God. I am caped in God’s Covering and Indianapolis is my city.

CHAPTER SEVEN

As Don lay in his bed that morning, fighting the early morning fog in his head, the voice had been clear. Two trips downtown walking around, loading his soul with images, thoughts, prayers, and questions to God, finally something had come through, and it was the preparing of his Batcave!

In the next room was his computer with Internet access around the world. For two years he had faithfully maintained a blogsite with a cowboy theme, because the old Don had been a truck driver, but now everything had changed! Twelve month of spiritual sabbatical and he was no longer a truck driver, never to return! At the moment he had no job at all, other than a Priest of the Most High God seeking entrance into a city, to become a guardian, a light invading darkness, and now he knew his first line of attack.

In his soul he suddenly knew, the blogsite was a tremendous tool, a Sword of Light ready to penetrate a city, but it had to change. He thought about the downtown college campus. These young people would not be attracted to a cowboy, but what had he become? How had these twelve months changed him? What was to be the new message and theme? All this had to change. And then he would create a blogsite business card that was easily handed out. Anytime he had a God encounter with someone, he could hand them a card and all they had to do was go to the site for a mountain of teaching and the opportunity to stay in contact! It was so obvious! But what would be the new theme?

“BROKEN WINGS THAT SOAR”.

Climbing from his bed he was filled with inspiration. Walking into the dark room, flipping on the light, there it was before him, a portal to his city, and the world, but it needed to change, and much time would be spent here. This would be his Batcave! His place of focus and research. His launching pad for this invasion of God’s Spirit into the city. The place he would sit meditating, listening for a word from God, waiting for the ordering of his steps, a place of complete dedication, a place of donning his cape from God, his mantle, God’s Covering, everyday before making a move, operating in the power of his Priesthood.

Hours were spent that day making changes, and he had no idea how great the potential would be, for he did not know that in just a few weeks he would reconnect with someone showing him a building full of people, downtown, sitting at computers, maybe 500 of them, going on line every day, and could just as easily go to a site called “BROKEN WINGS THAT SOAR”, as anything else. Step One was now in place. The next time he went downtown his pocket would be loaded with a simple little card reading, “Broken Wings that Soar”, and an address of “The Encounter”.

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