I Trust in Jesus

We Need Your Help

Hello. We spent the entire summer building a decent Chapel and then the city shut us down due to zoning laws that we (as renters) were not aware of. So, after 6 years of doing our best to minister in Apache Junction, AZ, we believe the Lord is moving us forward in a search to purchase our own property to build the Barn/Chapel and continue to serve Him. But we cannot do this without the necessary funds, so we are reaching out for help. Please pray about how you an help us.

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This is what we need…
I would like for everyone and anyone who has ever come to The Manger, and been blessed in some way, whether it was being mentored by Pastor Raymon; helped through some tough life situations; spiritual counseling; marriage counseling; the Word of Truth; or just the love and fellowship you find here, to please consider writing a few lines (about 5 sentences), of testimony to be used to bring to light what the Manger is about and what we are trying to do here in following the will of God for our lives and ministry, and hopefully raise the funds we need to purchase property to build the Chapel.
Many of you have expressed to us how you have felt the peace of God in this place, and agreed that such a place as this is needed. Please share some words of testimony to this fact in a Private message to me, on FB or email: itsreallycheryl@hotmail.com. And thank you so very much for your help. In sharing what The Manger has meant to you, we will need to use at least your first name.

If you have never been here but know us, please send a testimony of our character. And if you could please share this with everyone you know that might help in some way, that would be a blessing.

We know God is in control and we are trusting in Him alone, not any person, but we are reaching out and letting our needs be made known. Thank you, and God bless.

Help us build The Manger

If you feel led to help us build The Manger, please check out our Tee shirt campaign to raise funds to purchase the property.

https://teespring.com/stores/build-the-manger 

Below are just some of the styles on the site.

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This is quite new to me and I hope you will help by sharing this link with everyone you know. We need to have at least 3 orders of any tee shirt before they will begin printing. So, pray for us and we will see what God will do with this venture.

God is in control of every part of our lives and we trust in Him alone. If The Manger is to be built it will be ALL GOD.

Thank you for your prayers.

Please pass this on.

God bless.

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I watch my husband nearly daily, working on the vision God gave him over 30 years ago. For years now, he’s been spending most of the money he earns on building The Manger. He does all the work, for the most part, all by himself. Sometimes working all night long without sleep. We rarely have donations or tithes, so it’s all been up to him. He buys all the supplies he needs to build what he feels the Lord has told him to do. He buys all the food that he feels we should have here to feed whomever the Lord sees fit to bring here. Every year, it’s always the same. He’s done it pretty much all by himself. And, without complaint.
Over the 5 years we have been doing this, there have been many people that have come here. Quite a lot have said they loved it here, felt good here, felt the Lord lead them here, felt the peace of the Lord here, and have even said they KNOW this is where GOD wants them.
Some have said they were here for good and will help with building The Manger, in whatever way they can.
But for one reason or another, they always drift away…
What happened? Did they not really hear from the Lord? Did they not like something and rather than open up about it and try to work it out, they just left?
Were they offended about something? Did they not feel the love of the Lord here? Did they not know that we loved them and would work things out one way or another?
If only everyone who ever said they belonged here, would have taken the time to “work it out”, whatever it was, and stayed here and helped to build it up, what a big place this would be now. We are not perfect, none of us. But if we work with each other’s differences and work through the problems, in the end we would build a strong house for the Lord. A place of worship.
I think about the fact that Raymon and I rent a tiny little house, and do not spend much on ourselves. We don’t splurge on anything. We live very simply, looking for bargains on whatever we buy. Our treasure has been in what the Lord has done in and through The Manger. We have seen many people blessed over the years. Watched lives turn towards the Lord. And that has been a blessing for us.
My husband works physically very hard at times. Sometimes out in this heat all day and all night, alone, and at times getting hurt while building. (Last night a huge 2 x 4 fell on his head and left a big bump on his forehead) And he keeps on working because it’s “what the Lord has said to do”. And I’m talking 110 plus degrees at times!
But if we had help, how much easier would this all be? How much faster would The Manger come into being what the Lord has said it would be? How many more people would be helped? And how many more people might be won for the Lord?
It’s been hard for me to not see the vision my husband has. To see money being spent on building something, when there is nobody here but us. I can think of a lot of things we need to be fixed “for us”, or to buy “for us”. Like a house with more than one tiny bathroom, and maybe more than one bedroom, or a living-room that is big enough to have company over. But that’s me being selfish…and I have to have faith… even if I don’t see what he sees.
I guess it’s up to God to bring the increase. We just trust and obey. My husband is very good at that. Me, not so much. I am learning though by example. Raymon’s example. Learning to trust and not to question. I guess Noah’s wife could have given him a really hard time too, huh? When you don’t see with your eyes, all you have to go on is faith. And a husband that is doing what the Lord is calling him to do, without any reward at all, deserves a cheerleader for a wife.
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Lord, help me to be the wife my husband deserves because a husband who loves You as much as he does deserves the best. And please, bring some people our way who will run the race with us and be a part of our little family here at The Manger.

Questions to ponder

 

What is a Christian?

Followers of Jesus Christ were first called “Christians” in Antioch (Acts 11:26) because their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ. The word “Christian” literally means, “Belonging to the party of Christ” or a “follower of Christ.”

What does becoming a Christian mean?

Some people think that becoming a Christian means following a set of rules, such as: you can’t drink, you can’t dance, you can’t cuss, etc. But it’s not about following rules; it’s about a relationship with Jesus, and making Him Lord over our lives.

Being a Christian means you are changed on the inside, and no longer controlled by the outside. We desire to stop the things in our lives that we know are against the Lord, because we love Him and want to please Him and want to live for Him.

What does it mean to Follow Christ?

In Matthew 10:34–39, Jesus states clearly what it means to follow Him. He said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’  37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

Following Christ will not be easy, but it will be the best decision you will ever make in your life. You will have trials. You will have pain. You will have hardship. But, you will have the Lord to strengthen you and guide you. He promises to never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5. And there is the promise of Heaven.

The Word of God (the Bible) says that the road and gate that leads to life is hard and narrow is the way. The road to destruction is wide and easy. Being a Christian will not be easy. If your life is easy, then perhaps you need to take another look at your walk. And if you are suffering for your faith, then you are probably on the right path.

Are you part of the Body of Christ? Do you believe that others in “the Body” are your family? They most certainly are. Are we not “brothers and sisters in the Lord”?

We all need each other. Scripture says that the hand can’t say to the foot, “I don’t need you”, etc. God says we need each other. So why is there so much division in the Body?

Satan. That’s why. He has an agenda, and it’s to kill, steal, and destroy the Body of Christ, wherever and whenever he can. And he is good at it. You don’t believe me? Just look around. Count the numerous denominations in Christianity. Division.

And what is the greatest divider these days? OFFENSE. Plain and simple. We offend each other in big and small ways every day. Of course none of us is perfect, so we make mistakes; we say or do something that someone else doesn’t like, or is hurt by, or is offended by. This is going to happen because we are not perfect and we do not live in a perfect world. BUT… what does GOD say about offense? Does he tell us to separate ourselves from our brothers and sisters in the Lord?

Luke 17 – If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

Matthew 1:15 – Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.

From what I read, we are to go to anyone that has offended us in any way in order to make it right. Give this person the chance to KNOW that they have offended you and to make it right. Separating ourselves from this person without at least trying to clear the air, is not a choice. That is, if you are obeying God.

Think of it this way…

If your family, (mother, father, brothers and sisters), had a falling out, someone in your family said or did something that was offensive or upsetting to you, would you stop being part of your own family? Would you cut off your parents? Would your sister no longer be your sister? Is that how we treat our families? I don’t think so.

We love our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. We tell them, “hey, you hurt my feelings”, and then we forgive them. Over and over throughout our lives we continue to forgive our families for not being perfect. And we remain “a family”. We still visit them, have dinner with them, go to outings with them, etc.

How much more so the Body of Christ?

Why is it we cut off our Christian brothers and sisters so easily, without doing all we can to work things out? What kind of family is that? How can we just walk away and not be a part of them any longer? Especially if we have not gone to them honestly, openly, sincerely, to share with them what we are feeling, and doing all we can to make it right? Is that what God wants? For us to cut off the very ones He loves and brought us together with? We will never agree 100% with anyone, but that doesn’t mean we should cut ourselves off from those we disagree with; at least not on things not essential for Christian unity as defined by the Biblical way of salvation.

Separating ourselves is wrong. Isolation is wrong. 

We are believing the lies of Satan if we think we can do this life (this Christian life) on our own. A wolf will easily take down a stray deer, but not so easily one that is with the “herd”. There really is strength in numbers. And remember that the devil is prowling like a lion, seeking those he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Today my heart is hurt as those we love have cut us off and turned aside from us. No longer a part of our family. No longer to fellowship and worship with us. Without so much as a face to face discussion to try to work things out for the good of the Body of Christ.

If my own brother no longer answered my phone calls or opened the door when I came to visit; if he no longer came to dinner at my house and didn’t invite me to his; if he ignored my plea to meet with him to find out what has happened to our relationship and to try to fix things; That would hurt deeply, not only me but the very heart of God.

We are to be brothers and sisters in the Lord for all eternity. Family. The Family of God. Our Father wants His children to love one another, forgive one another, be open and honest to one another, and to be a part of one another.

Who are we pleasing? Who are we obeying? It’s a battle of wills… YOUR WILL or God’s will.

I pray in the name of Jesus, that all will be worked out to God’s glory! Amen.

Open Worship @ The Manger!

Saturday nights

Do you Sing and/or Play an Instrument?

Join us for Open Worship! Everyone welcome!

www.backtothemanger.com

Musicians & Singers needed! Saturday evenings for Open Worship around the fire pit @ The Manger in Apache Jct. Reopening Oct. 11, 2014.

Call Pastor Raymon 480.593.7777 for directions & details!

6 PM Service 7 PM Worship! Everyone is Welcome!

Bring your instruments and voices and join us! Pot Luck dinner. Bring something to share.

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