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“Is God’s Word True?”

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God said never let the fire go out! Let us be “Keepers of the Flame”.

What does it mean to be a “Caped” crusader for God?

That “Covering”, that Cape is so important!

As faithful Priest, let us never leave home without it!

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OUR STORY CONTINUES BELOW.

 

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“Do You have Your Gotham?” > Chapter Sixteen

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A VISION IS BIRTHED, A QUEST CONTINUES, A MISSION IS SERVED.

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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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“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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