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His Tank is Always Full

Riley Stephenson - Mercy TankIt 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!

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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.Riley Stephenson Haltom City

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. Watch video!

But that’s not all! For our “Christmas Reach,” we partnered with the Joplin Family Worship Center in Joplin, Missouri, a city that experienced a huge amount of destruction and loss in the tornado of 2011. Our team set up a toy store for local families to be able to choose brand new toys, free of charge, for their children this Christmas. Over 300 families received a total of 2,500 toys that would be given to 810 children. One lady told us that she was amazed at the quality of the gifts we provided. She also added that the toys were exactly what her children wanted.

As people chose their gifts, we shared with them the love of Jesus. Through the course of the event, 404 people give their lives to Jesus, and over 50 people receiving physical healing.

It was truly awesome to watch people receive our gifts, but it was more amazing to see them receive the greatest gift of all—the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. Watch video!


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!


The Gift of Evangelism

“Riley, I would love to do what you do, but I don’t have the gift of evangelism.” The words came from a well-meaning Christian who was referring to my street ministry. At the time I was training people in evangelism at my church every Friday night. We were taking teams into the city and seeing fifty to one hundred people pray to receive Jesus every weekend. I told that man that he could do what I do—because he was a believer.
The Bible says, “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord kept working with them and confirming the message by the attesting signs and miracles that closely accompanied [it]” (Mark 16:20, AMP). Amen. Signs and miracles will follow us as believers!
God has given certain gifts of service to us as believers. Take a look at them: “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ” (see Ephesians 4:11–12, NLT).
The Bible tells us that these five-fold ministry gifts are for the “perfecting of the saints” to do the work of the ministry. Based on what we just read, the job of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers is to teach, train and equip you as a congregation member to do the work of building up the body.
But there is no such gift called “the gift of evangelism” recorded in the Bible. It’s not your pastor’s job to fill the empty seats in your church. It’s not your pastor’s job to reach your city.
It’s yours.
Now, when I’m sent to a church to do evangelism training, I’m sent as an evangelist. But when I’m not standing in a pulpit under the office of an evangelist, and I’m simply going about my day, I’m constantly listening to the Lord as to who He wants me to minister to. The Lord speaks to us constantly; all we need to do is tune in a little closer so we can hear what our assignment is for the day.
My family and I recently went to lunch at a local Italian restaurant. The place had just opened, and we wanted to try it out. The waiter seated us and handed us the menus.
I was in one of those moods in which I didn’t want to even look at the menu; I just wanted to ask the waiter for a recommendation. When the waiter came to our table, my wife and daughters ordered from the menu. Then young man turned to me. “Sir,” he asked, “what would you like?”
I asked him what he would recommend. Happy to oblige me, he pointed to a particular item on the menu and said to me, “Sir, if I was on death row and this was the last meal I would ever eat, this is what I would order.” I was shocked by his comment about being on death row. But I knew at that point what the Lord was about to do. I ordered what the waiter had suggested, and it turned out to be an amazing dish.
When the waiter came back to the table for the check, I had another question for him: “If you were on death row and these were your last few moments to live, where do you think you’d spend eternity?” The young man looked down and told me, “I’m really not sure.” I shared with him the Scriptures from Romans from the script our ministry uses. And then I led him in a prayer to receive Jesus. During the prayer our waiter began to cry, and as he lifted his head, he said, “Thank you so much. I was just thinking about my life. I know I need God.” My family and I got ready to leave, and the waiter stopped by our table one more time. “I believe God sent you here,” he said.
God wants to use you today! Be bold and courageous! You don’t need to have a fivefold ministerial calling with a “gift” in order to see miracles and signs following. All you need do is listen to the little promptings you get every day from the Lord—and then be obedient!


The REACH – Birmingham, AL

Throughout my life the Lord has always put very specific people and places on my heart. Whether a single individual or an entire city, I am unable to rest until that group has been reached. Several years ago the Lord specifically put Birmingham, Alabama on my heart. I began to pray and intercede, not only for the people of Alabama but for the city as well.

On April 27th 2011 the state of Alabama was struck with over 200 tornadoes in a 48hour period. In that 2 day period of time countless people lost everything, including many who lost their lives. Kenneth Copeland Ministries immediately sent our Disaster Relief team to Birmingham and the surrounding affected areas to ensure our partners were safe and provided for. We were overjoyed to find that our partners had stood on the Word of God and had been spared from the destruction.
Upon returning home, our leadership team began planning a Thanksgiving Outreach for the people of Birmingham. Partnering with Word of Life Christian Center, a local Birmingham ministry, we prepared to hand out 1,300 Thanksgiving dinners complete with an entire turkey and all the fixings.
Our team touched down and began ministering in the streets of Birmingham on Tuesday, November 15th. By Friday the team had led 205 people to the Lord! Saturday morning, the day of the outreach, my heart was overwhelmed with joy when we pulled into the church parking lot to find a line of people waiting for their Thanksgiving dinners two hours early!

What the people who stood in line that day didn’t know was that they were about to receive much more than turkey. They were about to be blessed spirit, soul and body!  Before we distributed the meals we held a short service with praise and worship and a message of love from the Father.

 I fought to hold back streams of tears as 539 people responded to the altar call.

The devil tried to destroy the hearts of the people of Alabama, but the Lord had other plans. When the Lord puts a burden on your heart don’t ignore it. Even though we don’t always understand why He asks us to do something, if we are faithful to step out in obedience, lives will be changed every time! Praise the Lord!

 


2009 Southwest Evangelism Conference

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The KCM Soul Winning Team is going into the highways and byways and compelling people to come into the Kingdom of God! People of all ages, races, cultures are being born again on the streets of Fort Worth! The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is being preached and the love of God is being poured out froThe KCM Soul Winning Team is going into the highways and byways and compelling people to come into the Kingdom of God! People of all ages, races, cultures are being born again on the streets of Fort Worth! The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is being preached and the love of God is being poured out

Here are a few testimonies:

On Monday morning we walked into a business with a stack of SWBC flyers in our hand and the manager immediately told us, “You can’t be soliciting in here.” I said, “Ma’am, while we are here, is there anything we can pray with you about?” She said, “Salvation!” We prayed with her right there in the front of the store to receive Jesus! While she was filling out our decision card, we asked her if she needed healing in here body. She said, “Yes, I have diabetes.” We prayed for her and told her to call our prayer line with the testimony!  

Bus Station and met a lady who was sitting on a bench. We sat down with her and invited her to the meeting. Then we asked her “If you died right now, where would you go?”  She said, “Well, I hope Heaven.”  We led her in a prayer to receive Jesus! Then we led her in a prayer to receive the Holy Spirit! Then we asked her if she had any pain in her body.  She said she had some kind of disease that affects the joints in her arms and legs. We prayed and then asked her to move her arms to see if they felt better. She said, “Yes! My hands do! Let me stand to see what my hip says!”  Yes my hip feels better too! She was saved, filled, and healed while waiting for her bus! Glory to God! 

As our team walked the streets of Fort Worth this week, one soul winner talked to a man working on a construction site. He was already saved but prayed a prayer of rededication to live a life on fire for God. Then he said, “You need to talk to those construction workers over on the next street.” Our soul winner said, “Okay.” The next day as our team swept the streets with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, this same man named Kevin shouted, “Hey! Did you talk to those workers about Jesus? You need to talk to them! They have a lunch break at noon.” So at noon our soul winning team went over and prayed with the whole group of 10 construction workers to receive Jesus! Hallelujah!

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Our team jumped on a bus and asked the bus driver, “May we pray a quick prayer of blessing over your bus?” She said, “Sure! But wait a few minutes so that the bus is full of people.” Our team stood by and watched as the bus filled up with people. Right before she left, one of our team members stood on the bus and prayed a prayer of blessing over the bus. Then she shared the scriptures in Romans and led the whole bus in a prayer to receive Jesus! Everyone shouted, “Jesus, come into my heart! Be my Lord and my Savior! Amen!”

Jesus said to pray to the Lord of the harvest that He would send forth laborers into the harvest field. This year we have equipped so many new laborers to be skillful and effective in ministering salvation. We will continue to go into the streets and preach the Gospel; we will not stop until everyone has heard that Jesus is Lord!

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 As a result, within the last two weeks, 2752 people have made Jesus the Lord of their life!  Jesus said to pray to the Lord of the harvest that He would send forth laborers into the harvest field. This year we have equipped so many new laborers to be skillful and effective in ministering salvation. We will continue to go into the streets and preach the Gospel; we will not stop until everyone has heard that Jesus is Lord!


The Big Shanty Revival

 

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 The Big Shanty Festival is held each year in April in the city of Kennesaw. This is one of the largest arts and crafts shows held in the Southeast that, this year, attracted over 55,000 people to the city of Kennesaw for the two day event. Harvestfire Church International is a member of the Kennesaw Business Association and has had a booth in the festival for the past four previous years. They had ministered to folks who came by the booth and handed out materials, but never had made any serious attempt to evangelize in the past four years. This was not due to a lack of desire on their part; they just didn’t have the knowledge or training on how to do it effectively.

 

This year was totally different! I spent Thursday and Friday training the congregation and going out to various places around the area to give them some hands on opportunity to put what they learned to work. By the end of Friday night we had led 203 people to the Lord! Harvestfire had set a goal to win 1000 people to Jesus over the weekend and we already had a running start just in the training phase! The church got so excited they couldn’t wait for the festival to start Saturday morning.

 

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We had a team of 22 people working both days of the festival. On Saturday we led 527 people to the Lord for a total for the three days up to that point of 705 people. On Sunday, from noon to 5:00pm we saw another 289 folks pray the prayer of salvation for a grand total for the four days of 1019 people praying the prayer of salvation! God is so awesome! We met our goal and then some!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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