Posts Tagged ‘faith’

Feb
10

His Tank is Always Full

It wasn’t too long ago that we started this new year, and now we are into our second month—well on our way into 2013!

I hope you’ve kept your New Year’s resolution so far. But maybe, if you are like a lot of people I’ve met, you have let a few of them slip. If you are already feeling discouraged this year about falling short of your goals, I want to let you know today that God’s mercies are brand new every morning.

You might say to me, “Riley, my mercy tank is on E.” Well, guess what? Every morning your mercy tank gets a fill-up! Glory to God! No matter what your yesterday looked like, today all things are made new!

I want to encourage you: I have heard it said that 2013 will be a year of great grace. If you have fallen at the very beginning of this year, get back up and start again. All you have to do is to receive God’s grace by faith! Every day when you wake up, say, “Lord, I thank You that I have all the grace I need for today.”

Do you want God’s favor in your life in the coming year? If you do, let the beginning of your year rest in Jesus. Jesus says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end” (Rev. 1:8, NLT). And in John 1:1 it says, “In the beginning was the Word”—the Word being Jesus. Don’t focus on your mistakes—find out what Jesus wants you to do today, and do it.

If you want to keep Jesus first throughout your year, put Him first at the beginning of every day. We should begin each day with the Word of God. As you take the time to pray and read your Bible at the start of every day, your mercy tank will overflow, and you will watch God’s favor manifest in your life in this year of great grace.

Great grace spiritually! Great grace in your soul and body! I’m standing in faith with you for 2013 to be a year far beyond all you could ask or think!

Jan
05

Reason for The Season

As another year closes and a new year begins, it is so important to take a moment and reflect on the many blessings we have been given. Although believers in Jesus Christ may understand the “reason for the season” the holidays, for many, can be a painful reminder of all the obstacles life has thrown against us.

What a wonderful holiday season we’ve had for ministry!

It began with our “Thanksgiving Reach,” Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ holiday outreach in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Joseph Storehouse. On the day of the event, dozens of workers arrived before sunup to set up an outdoor stage, a sound system and 2,000 chairs as well as bounce houses and other fun stations. As morning broke, thousands of locals lined up to receive a frozen turkey and a twenty-dollar voucher for groceries.

Before we distributed the food, we held a worship service. It was wonderful for me to see both of my daughters and many close friends onstage worshiping the Lord. Hundreds of the people who attended the event responded to the message that was shared, many coming forward for a healing prayer or to pray the prayer of salvation.

After the service we handed out the food as the kids played in the bounce houses and enjoyed face painting and clowns.

The testimonies of the day were astounding! One lady told me that her family would not have had a Thanksgiving meal if we hadn’t provided it for her. By the end of the week, we had handed out 1500 turkeys, and 272 people had prayed to receive salvation. Read more…

 

Nov
29

Momma Got Saved!

Recently I ministered at a church in Milwaukee. During our evangelism training, I encouraged the people in the congregation to make phone calls to unsaved friends and family members. I suggested that all of us go through the address books in our cell phones, see who needs the Lord and then call those people.

I told them to say, “Hey, Mom, this guy named Riley told me to call you. He wanted me to tell you that Romans 3 says, ‘All have sinned,’ Romans 6 says that ‘the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life,’ and Romans 10 says that ‘all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ Mom, Riley said to pray this prayer . . .” I had told them to lead the person in the prayer on our Pocket Reference Card.

The next day a lady who had attended the evangelism training walked up to me. “Riley,” she said, “I did what you told us to do. I called my Momma. I asked her the questions, and I read her the Scriptures, but she started cussing and wouldn’t pray. So I told her, ‘Riley said to pray this prayer.’” The woman’s mom retorted, “Then tell Riley to come over and pray with me!”

I told this lady that on Saturday afternoon I’d make a house call to see her mother.

On Saturday, around noon, we all went to Momma’s house. When we arrived, Momma was asleep on the couch, but as we walked through the door, she woke up! “We’re here!” her daughter called.   “Hey, Momma,” her daughter continued. “Do you remember the other day when we talked on the phone and I told you that Riley wanted you to pray a prayer?”

“Yes,” Momma said.   “Well,” replied her daughter, “Riley’s here!” So I sat down on the couch and ministered the love of Jesus to this lady.

And guess what? Momma got saved!

Oct
13

Friends

Jesus was a friend of sinners. I like how the New Living Translation puts it: “Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!” (Luke 15:1–2, NLT).

Jesus was a friend of “notorious sinners.” If Jesus cared for objectionable people, so should we.

But as Christians, we sometimes get caught up in our own little bubble. We watch Christian TV. We send our kids to private Christian school. We listen to Christian radio. We do business with Christians and have Christian friends—the whole time never associating with the world around us. We can get so caught up in the me-and-my-three syndrome that we fail to reach out to our neighbors, friends and co-workers.

Once, as I taught on this passage at a church, I asked the group, “Who in your city could be labeled a notorious sinner?” I wasn’t looking for a public response, but someone shouted out, “The mayor!” The county in this area had been a dry county and had just turned wet, and the mayor had played a big part in that decision. So I encouraged the church to become friends with the city officials!

There’s a scripture in Jude I like that illustrates how we are to respond to sinners: “Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives” (Jude 1:23, NLT). We are supposed to hate the sin, but not the sinner. We aren’t to condemn or judge sinners—we are to love them. John 3:17 says, “God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world but to save the world through him” (NLT).  Continue reading…

 

Sep
10

Your Mouth Is a Tool

In the book of Mark, there’s an interesting little story about a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years. This woman had no options in the natural. She had spent all her money on doctors and had only gotten worse. But she heard about Jesus and how He had been healing the sick. So she started meditating on Jesus, and she began to use her mouth as a tool. “She kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health” (Mark 5:28, AMP). This woman began to speak what she wanted instead of what she was experiencing. She started speaking words of faith! She made a determination in her heart that if she could just touch Jesus, she would be made whole. She kept saying! The Bible tells us that if we do not doubt in our heart but believe that those things we say will be done, we will have whatever we say: “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him” (Mark 11:23). When I first saw this scripture years ago, I got so excited that I immediately began to put it to work in my life. I really wanted to wear nice clothes to church on Sunday, because I thought it was important to dress my best in God’s house. But we had no extra money, so my only option was to use my faith. The finest clothes I had in my closet were two pair of pants, one navy and the other khaki, and I had one white button-down shirt and one light blue one. So every week I switched out my look: one week I’d wear khaki pants with the blue shirt, and the next I’d wear navy pants with the white shirt. Every time I ironed my pants on Sunday morning, I would say, “I thank You, Lord, for my new clothes.” Then I’d iron my shirts, and I’d say, “I thank You, Lord, for my new clothes.” Continue Reading…

Jul
28

KCM Southwest Evangelism

The KCM Evangelism Team invited people to the Southwest Believers’ Convention. More and more souls are being brought into the Kingdom of God through the believers who are sharing the Word of God on the streets of Fort Worth.

Partners from all over the world were trained in how to share Jesus with others. With a desire to see the lost saved and their city won for the Lord, partners are being trained up each day. They have said that they are taking this training back to their own churches and will continue to see the lost saved and their city changed for the glory of God!

Two young team members were drawn to the candy store to talk to the lady behind the counter. They shared the scriptures from the Pocket Reference for Soul Winning Card and the lady said, “I am Hindu.” After that, she got busy and they had to leave. The next day, our evangelism team went back to the mall and two new team members walked into the same candy store and shared the Word with this same lady. She prayed and asked Jesus into her heart! One of the scriptures soul winners are taught is Isaiah 55:11: “The Word of God does not return void but always produces a harvest.”

A total of 2155 prayed to receive Jesus and made Him their Lord and Savior! Glory to God!

Nov
04

Halloween Outreach in Athens, Ohio

This past weekend, I had the honor of training believers in Athens, Ohio, on “How to Share Jesus Effectively.”  We met at Abundant Life Church with Pastor Bob Gall and his team.  After the training, we embarked on the adventure of  winning souls at “The Nation’s Largest Halloween Block Party” in Athens.  Athens is home to Ohio University, the number one party school according to the Princeton Review.  Our team has ministered the love of Jesus at this event for the past few years.

Team members drove in from as far away as Milwaukee, WI, and flew in from Jacksonville Beach, FL, and Fort Worth, TX.

We began at 6 p.m. making our way through all of the costumed Halloweeners.  We asked the Lord to show us specifically whom we were supposed to talk to.  Taking the Gospel in love, and to the glory of the Lord, we were able to pray with 136 people to receive Jesus.  

One of our “Snatch & Rescue” laborers walked up to a man standing against a wall. We asked him If he were to die tonight would he go to heaven. He said, “Man, I already know I’m going straight to Hell. I just want to make sure my 3 yr old makes it to Heaven.” We ministered to him and he prayed to receive Jesus.  We were all excited for him.

A couple of other team members prayed with a young man while his girlfriend, already a Christian, looked on with tears of joy in her eyes.

READ MORE…

If you want to see a video about this outreach, look at the YouTube video below: Thanks for all your prayers and support.

Oct
26

The REACH – Birmingham

The REACH Birmingham is an evangelistic outreach of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. This event KCM is partnering with Word of Life Christian Center continuing their Disaster Relief efforts to the recent storm victims along with their friends and families.

Kenneth Copeland Ministries will be giving 1000 Turkeys and all the fixin’s please call (205)833-8500 to reserve your voucher.

Saturday November 19th at 10a.m.
Word of Life Christian Center
100 Derby Pkwy
Birmingham, AL 35210
http://wordoflife.org

Feb
24

Effective Witnessing

Here is how to be effective, in a powerful way when you tell others about Jesus.

The power of effective witnessing comes through the Holy Spirit.  To activate that power, you must spend time in intercessory prayer and meditating God’s Word.  Boldness comes by taking these steps of preparation. You will not lack for things to say when you’ve filled your heart with the Word and prepared the other man’s heart by interceding and pulling down strong holds that would blind his mind (II Cor. 4:4).  The Word will come forth in power as you witness and they will receive.

If the Word is in you, it will make a way out.  The Bible says to take no thought how or what thing you will answer or what you will say because the Holy Spirit will teach you in the same hour what you should say (Luke 12:12). Acts 1:8 states, “But you will receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me.” As you acquire a thorough knowledge of God’s Word, then your helper and teacher, the Holy Spirit will bring all things to your remembrance when you need it. "Riley Stephenson"

The key to effective witnessing is not good preaching—IT’S PRAYER. The disciples that followed Jesus’ ministry and saw the results, did not ask Him how to preach; they asked Him how to pray. Time spent daily in the Word of God and prayer. Jesus spent many hours doing this before he went to the people to minister. Each time, despite those that came against Him, He had great success. You, too, can have the same success.

Learn how to effectively Pray for The Harvest!

Feb
12

Mount Rose Church Outreach

Saturday, Feb. 19th we will be partnering with Mount Rose Church in Fort Worth. We will have soul winning training, going out witnessing and passing out fliers inviting people to their church! I need your help!

I appreciate your prayers and support!

We all must continue to share our faith. The time is short! Do not miss this opportunity for the Lord to use you! Please join with us to help see many thousands receive Jesus this month!

Check out this video from our 2010 Outreach at Mount Rose!