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News & Updates:

We will gather at the Barrett home on Sunday, November 3rd, beginning at 10am.  We love to see the house of God built up and strengthened!  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, November 3rd:)

Michael had a very frutiful time during his recent trip to Pennsylvania.  The Wilsons and the Foxs are part of our spiritual household.  We continue to see the purposes of the Father established through the lives of those that He has joined together in our house.  We are especially blessed to see the Lord raise up spiritual fathers such as Jeff Wilson and Dan Fox.  And, of course, these works would not flourish were it not for the wonderful women of God given as wives to these brothers.  Together these couples are truly a gift to us and to the body of Christ.  Please continue to pray for Jeff and Joyce, and also for Dan and Darlene.

Last gathering's audio message is now posted on the site.  You will find the link to "The Relationship of Son to Faith" in the upper right hand corner of this page.  We hope you will listen and share this message with others. 

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

The Message of the Kingdom

by Wade Taylor

Jesus began His ministry with the words, " Repent: for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17). His next words were to two fishermen while they were working at their trade, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). Jesus applied the message of the kingdom to the lives of men in relation to their occupation. These were fishers of fish. In a way they could understand, Jesus called them into a higher realm - they would become fishers of men.

The word "kingdom" is often misapplied concerning its present purpose because it has been relegated to a future millennium, or to heaven. Rather, the message of the kingdom being "at hand" means that it is within our reach. The process of our "being made" fishers of men relates to the present operation of kingdom principles within our lives in order to prepare us for our part in the coming millennial kingdom. Revelation 5:10 states: " And has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."

The message of the kingdom goes beyond the gospel of grace. The kingdom relates to government. The message of the church is that "all should come to repentance" (II Peter 3:9). The message of the kingdom is to He who overcomes (see Revelation 17:14). The goal of the church is heaven. The goal of the kingdom is the throne.

To seek the kingdom is to make our submission to the rule of God who is the object of our desires. It is recognizing Jesus as being our personal King, and placing everything in our lives in subjection to His governmental rule. Being "at hand" tells us that the message of the kingdom is to operate and be effective in our immediate activities and circumstances. Thus, the message of the kingdom is intended to have a present function in our lives, which is to lift the earthly aspect of our vocation into a higher realm and purpose. This means that the kingdom is presently available to us, and is both reachable and touchable. Before we will ever reign over the earth, there must be an effective rule of the kingdom within our earth.

Jesus said, "Follow Me." This will require submission to the rule of God in our everyday life experiences, which will result in all that pertains to us being brought into divine order and purpose. If we do not recognize that Jesus is seeking to apply kingdom principles to our lives, we are not fully in the place of His calling. If our lives are as they were before salvation, plus the salt of religion, we are coming short of His purpose for us, and we probably view the kingdom as being merely a present ethereal religious type, or a future hope.

Today, the Lord is establishing His body in divine order. Things that the Lord winked at in the past are no longer left unchallenged in our lives. Everything that can be shaken is shaking. The Lord's chastening hand is a present reality. He will no longer allow His people to be constantly seeking a blessing when they desire nothing further, nor to continually seek after prophetic words, when they have no intention of seriously responding to the message.

At this present time, the Lord is causing His people to face the claim of His kingdom. These blessings are intended to bring us higher through the functioning of His kingdom rule in our lives. The kingdom is at hand - all else will pass away. While you are busy fishing for fish in your occupation, and Jesus suddenly appears with the Word of the kingdom, do not draw back. Begin to follow Him, and press on to become fishers of men, until every knee bows and confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord. Then, the kingdom of God will have become a reality on the earth.

RECENT MESSAGES

THE RELATIONSHIP OF SON TO FAITH
on 10/6/19
by Michael Barrett

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
   (
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
   (
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
  (
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
  (
click here for companion notes)

AMBASSADORIAL REPRESENTATION
on 2/5/17
by Michael Barrett
  (
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
  (
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
  (
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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