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News & Updates:

We will gather at the Barrett home on Sunday, September 1st, beginning at 10am.  We continue to experience wonderful times of fellowship and tremendous encouragement when we gather!  Please feel free to invite others to join us if you feel to do so by the leading of the Lord.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, September 1st:)

Also, you can listen to any of the audio messages given in our gatherings which are posted on this site, both immediately below and in the right hand section of the homepage or in the Media Resources drop down menu on the home page by clicking on the message title.  These resources are provided to be a help to the body of Christ.  Please feel free to encourage others to utilize the resources we make available on our site.

CRITICISM, A CRITICAL SPIRIT, OFFENSE & GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY
on 4/3/16
by Michael Barrett

ENTERING AND EXITING
on 3/6/16
by Michael Barrett

THE WEAPON OF QUIETNESS
on 2/7/16
by Michael Barrett

IMMEDIATELY
on 1/3/16
by Michael Barrett

THE BOUNDARIES OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
on 5/3/15
by Dan Crawford

THE DUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
on 4/5/15
by Michael Barrett

RESURRECTION AND THE TELEIOS MAN
on 10/5/14
by Michael Barrett

A CITY WITHOUT WALLS
on 8/10/14
by Michael Barrett

A CULTURE OF ONENESS
on 7/13/14
by Michael Barrett

EMPOWERED AND ENABLED
on 4/6/14
by Michael Barrett

WHAT'S IN A NAME
on 2/02/14
by Michael Barrett


2013 - 2014
on 1/05/14
by Michael Barrett

A YEAR IN REVIEW
on 12/08/13
by Michael Barrett

CHRIST FORMED
IN YOU

on 11/03/13
by Michael Barrett

WHAT IS GOD TEACHING YOU IN THIS SEASON and WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION
on 10/06/13
by Michael Barrett

August: A Spiritual Conflict

by Scott McClelland

Ephesians 6:12 reads, "For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."

These are the forces that are opposing us.  Our focus of opposition should be against the spiritual forces of wickedness, not people.  Our victory is not complete until the forces that hold people bound and that withstand the truth of God are displaced over the lives of people, cities and nations.  This is our objective.  Getting focused on the opposition that people provide is a decoy and causes us to lower our aim.  In this way we are shooting at people and destroying them.  This is a classic strategy of our enemy, to get us wrestling against flesh and blood.  If we wrestle the redeemed, the church is destroyed.  If we wrestle the lost, those whom Jesus came to save are pushed further from the cross.  We cannot afford to lose sight of our objective.  We must push back the enemies that oppose us in the realm of the spirit.

This will be possible as we take our place in the realm of the spirit, as spiritual people.  Carnality keeps us from even realizing that a realm of the spirit actually exists.  The natural man does not perceive the things of God (and the things of the spirit as spiritual), neither can he.  He has no capacity to interpret such things, as they are of a different order.

Humility is such a weapon in the spirit.  It engages the vengeance of God upon our enemies.  Romans 12:19 says, "As it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay says the Lord."  When we don't take vengeance into our own hands, our enemies are left to deal with God.  This is far superior and more effective in the destruction of their strongholds.  Those that are used as instruments of the enemy are confronted with the Lord himself.  "Paul, why are you persecuting ME?" (Acts 9:4)

When we refuse to wrestle or fight in the natural realm, the Lord fights for us in the spirit realm.  When the Lord fights and the religious spirit is left to its own defense, God always wins out.  This is why we see the religious taking a vow to destroy the servants of the Lord, because their territory is being spoiled.  This will be a large battle in the last days.  Who owns the ground of truth, the religious systems of the world, or God?  This is the ground that will be fought over, and the ground over which many will be slain.  The religious will attempt to, and succeed in part, in killing those who spoil what they so foolishly call the truth "their" ground.  How prideful, how arrogant, and how foolish can man be to think that the truth belongs to him.  Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.  No man comes to the Father, except by Him.

"Holy Spirit, help us to see the things that are happening in the natural realm that have their origin in the realm of the spirit.  Give us discerning of spirits.  Help us to discern the spiritual activity that is from God, and the spiritual activity that comes in opposition of God.  And help us focus our efforts of wrestling on those who attempt to withstand God's authority in the heavens."

If we displace the enemies of God, freedom will come to those who are bound by those same spirits.  Light eradicates darkness.  You are light, and in you there is no darkness at all!

2 Cor. 4:1-12 (KJV) "Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; [2] But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. [3] But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: [4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. [5] For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. [6] For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. [7] But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. [8] We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; [9] Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; [10] Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. [11] For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. [12] So then death worketh in us, but life in you."

RECENT MESSAGES

FROM MOURNING TO DANCING
on 8/4/19
by Michael Barrett

WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG
on 7/7/19
by Michael Barrett


THE GENESIS FACE
on 6/2/19
by Michael Barrett

CREATION'S EXPECTATION AND GOD'S PROVISION
on 5/5/19
by Michael Barrett

SEAMLESS FELLOWSHIP
on 4/7/19
by Michael Barrett

JESUS - YOUR KINSMAN REDEEMER
on 3/3/19
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

INHERITANCE - DOCTRINE & EXPERIENCE
on 2/3/19
by Michael Barrett

AN ANSWER FOR YOUR MIND
on 1/6/19
by Michael Barrett

A SON, A HOUSE, A NATION
on 12/2/18
by Michael Barrett

A SEASON OF AWAKENING
on 11/4/18
by Michael Barrett

BROKENNESS, HUMILITY AND PRIDE
on 10/7/18
by Michael Barrett

PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING
on 9/2/18
by Michael Barrett

DAN FOX: A MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT
MICHAEL BARRETT: PROPHETIC WORD
on 8/5/18

THE EYES, WHICH EYES AND SEEING AS GOD SEES
on 7/1/18
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

THE OIL OF GLADNESS
on 6/3/18
by Michael Barrett

THE HOUSE AND THE PRIESTHOOD
on 2/4/18
by Michael Barrett

EYES ALL AROUND
on 1/7/18
by Michael Barrett
   (click here for companion notes)

THE KINGDOM OF GOD - A KINGDOM OF ORDER
on 12/3/17
by Michael Barrett

APPROACHING THE GOD OF GLORY
on 11/5/17
by Dan Fox

CROSS OVER AND OCCUPY
on 8/6/17
by Michael Barrett

ANNOUNCING A CHANGE OF SEASON
on 7/2/17
by Michael Barrett

PERSPECTIVE - GAINING GOD'S VIEW (includes discussion)
on 6/4/17
by Michael Barrett


ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER
on 5/7/17
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

SEAMLESS FELLOWSHIP
on 4/2/17
by Michael Barrett


THE ISSUE OF SOURCE
on 3/5/17
by Norman Moreau and Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

AMBASSADORIAL REPRESENTATION
on 2/5/17
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

ROYAL BIRTHRIGHT OR A BOWL OF STEW
on 1/1/17
by Michael Barrett
  (
click here for companion notes)

BUILDING GOD'S WAY (Spanish)
on 12/4/16
by Javier Lopez

THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
on 11/6/16
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

DESTINED TO FAIL (Pt. 1)
on 9/1/16
by Michael Barrett


THE CRITICAL KEY OF SPIRITUAL HEARING
on 7/31/16
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

LOVE - IF AND IS
on 6/5/16
by Michael Barrett

A TIME & A SEASON

on 5/1/16
by Michael Barrett

*other messages may be found on the "Media Resources" tab at the center top of this page

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