Category: Daily Battle Orders

Baptism as a Public Declaration

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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” Matt. 28:18-20[expander_maker id="2" more="Read more" less="Read less"]

My Granddaughter was recently baptized by her Pastor Dad. This dialogue preceded – 

Pastor Brett: “Lyla, Baptism shows us two things. What does it show us about Jesus?” Lyla: “It shows that he died, was buried, and was resurrected.” Pastor Brett: “What does Baptism show, what is it a picture of, about you?” Lyla: “It shows that my sins are washed away”. Brett: “Does Baptism wash our sins away?” Lyla: “No.” Brett: “How are our sins washed away?” Lyla: “By trusting in Him.” With tears in my eyes as I write this, I could just end right here. But alas, I’m sworn to a word minimum… and I do have a thing or two to add. 

I was baptized many years ago in a little Baptist church in eastern Tennessee. Christ had laid claim to my life way before that (Ephesians 1), but as a young man, I had other plans. It’s been a journey, a rocky road, and I have wins and losses along the way just like any weathered warrior. 

I’ve learned that while baptism is not salvation, I have always considered it the next step. Not only because Christ commanded it as the next step, but because it is a natural progression into the life-long process of sanctification, which is really where our relationship with Jesus becomes truly rich and valuable to us as well as Him. It is an outward display of what has happened on the inside. It is an integral part of our commitment to love Him as much as He loves us. 

For a long time, I didn’t take the steps necessary (after baptism) to allow God to take me to the next level. It cost me in so many ways. It cost me a marriage. It cost me a brighter future. Most of all, it cost me a right relationship with Christ. Time I can never get back…

Thankfully, God is sovereign. Over time, He got my attention. I cried out to him, “Lord, I can’t do this anymore. I’m broken. Please forgive me and use me to build your Kingdom. What do I have to do?” The answer came back, “Child, you just did it. Welcome home.” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Daily Battle Order:

Kingdom Man, if you haven’t been baptized, do it. When you do, follow through on starting a serious relationship with Jesus. Examine the implications of that public show of love and commitment. If you have been baptized, start the process anew and pray for strength to follow through. God loves you so much. You can do this!

Tomorrow we’ll be wrapping up this series with several powerful and moving testimonies from the via TJC team! You won’t want to miss this![/expander_maker]

November Thanksgiving

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“See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews‬ 12:25-29‬ NIV‬‬

Thank you Father that we have been saved by grace through your son Jesus Christ. Though every aspect of this world seems to have been shaken in 2020, we have even more reason to thank You that your Kingdom can never be shaken, and we know our inheritance.  Accept our humble praise and everlasting gratitude for all that we have seen and also unseen, that Christ has done for us. May our lives be acceptable in Your sight. We ask this in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Daily Battle Order: Let us never tire of sharing our gratitude and blessings with family, friends and all those in our realm. Make the time today to reflect and then share the solid foundation you know as you gather to give thanks. 

Transformation

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Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews‬ ‭4:14-16‬

Through God’s providence, Jesus and I met in my heart when I was a boy. Afterward, I saw him everywhere. 

Outside the liquor store waiting in the backseat of the car, the Holy Spirit pointed to the faces of the people coming in and out and I saw their private burdens. Sitting in the booth at the “Venetian Palace”, the Holy Spirit caught me watching the waitress in a moment where she thought nobody was looking and I knew she was hurting over the photos of her kids on her clipboard. The Holy Spirit showed me Mr Y’s face when he finally hit the 4 spot and to feel like a man of means blew all the money on a barbecue, his wife scowling in the living room. 

These are the things the Holy Spirit showed me: the garbage man who waved to me in the window, the exasperations of adults over unpaid bills, the look in Mr. X’s face when we popped M30 firecrackers in the street and neighbors rubbing his back to convince him he wasn’t in Khe Sanh…the wandering eye of Mrs. so and so towards Mr. so and so when I walked home from school early that day…

In all of these things, the Lord told me his message, one that I’m supposed to convey: He said I LOVE and forgive these people and yes, all people are meant to be mine. He said he knows all our tricks and how naive we are – how simple we really are in our wants and desires despite our facades. 

Underneath is our fragility and yes our fallenness, but that fallenness is actually the place where Jesus goes every single time. He transformed me to see and in seeing I knew that we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weakness. Over and over again I felt the love of God: “It’s ok It’s ok. I was tempted in every way! Come here. It’s ok. Come near…be near…I formed you in the womb and to me you will return….”

Daily Battle Order: Become a people watcher and turn on your internal soul-driven communication device. See what God shows you.

Introduction to Evangelization

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“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew. 28:16-20

Last week in one of the Daily Battle Orders, I was struck by this example of the early church; “Imagine your father or mother telling you the wonderful events they saw of Jesus–raising a man from the dead or allowing a blind man to see for the first time. Many were filled with the Holy Spirit and became witnesses “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).”

David tells us in Psalm 34 verses 1-2, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear it and be glad.” Did you get that? My soul shall boast in the Lord! As a different way of putting it, “Look what my Dad did for me!”  In evangelizing we’re bragging about our Dad! As we evangelize and tell the stories of what our Dad did for us in different situations can you imagine the effect it might have on those who listen? Think of the outcome of our stories, our testimonials to the greatness of God leading to our listeners being filled with the Holy Spirit on the spot and becoming witnesses “to the ends of the earth”! 

Our lives are dynamic ! Our testimony is not the same one as when we first came to accept Christ. Our testimony reflects what God is doing in our lives: He saved me in battle, He restored my marriage, provided the new job, helped me close on my house and the list goes on and on.

This week you’re going to hear testimonies about what God has done in the lives of some of the men who write these DBOs.  They are going to encompass stories of transformation, life after baptism and the ongoing power of baptism throughout our lives, you’re even going to be viewing our first video DBO!

On Thanksgiving it’s going to be your turn! You’ve celebrated Thanksgiving most of your life; however, this may be the first Thanksgiving where You are going to brag on what your Dad has done for you. It may be around a dinner table with friends or it may be just you and Dad but don’t be concerned who is listening, God loves to hear His children brag on Him. Our wrap up on Saturday, 28 November is one you definitely won’t want to miss!

Daily Battle Order:

Our Creed is our Testimony as The Joshua Commission. It’s how We as Kingdom Men brag on our Dad. You can check out our Creed and many other mighty things on our website, www.joshuacommission.org.

Tomorrow, see how our testimonies Transform us!

The Calling of Kingdom Men in Church

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“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. […] They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42,46-47 NIV)

We see the zeal of the early church in the Book of Acts. Luke and Paul heard stories of Jesus from eyewitnesses–those who were with Jesus, who saw Him, witnessed his miracles and felt what it was to be in the presence of Emmanuel, God with us. Together they proclaimed the exciting news of Jesus to both Jews and Gentiles (those who were not Jews). Imagine your father or mother telling you the wonderful events they saw of Jesus–raising a man from the dead or allowing a blind man to see for the first time. Many were filled with the Holy Spirit and became witnesses “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).

Once the early believers received the Holy Spirit, they were tasked to go to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. The Gospel of Jesus is for everyone; those who saw Jesus crucified in Jerusalem, those in Judea who rejected Jesus’ ministry, the outlaws and “half-breeds” in Samaria, and the Gentiles with no hope who lived at the ‘end of the earth’ to the early Christians. We are reminded that Jesus tells us to go to these places as witnesses to those who live there. We are reminded that it is not only “missionaries” who are called behind enemy lines, but we as a Church body are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus both where we feel comfortable and where we don’t. Are there places we are afraid to bring the light of Jesus? God calls us to be his witnesses, and the love that characterizes the Church body is how Jesus says we are identified as His.

In Acts 1:21-26, we see that when Judas was no longer with the Apostles, there was an open seat. The remaining leaders (eleven Apostles) looked to those who have been serving alongside them, since the early days with Jesus. Two were nominated. Now, this is interesting: instead of making a human decision to choose one of the two nominees, they picked one at random, essentially rolling the dice. They had full reliance that God would guide them to the new Apostle. This is opposed to having the decision driven by emotions, human logic, carnal desires, feelings, or some other human state of mind.

As we explore deeper into the working of the early church, a key element is how opposition within the church was handled. At the beginning of Acts 6, we find two groups of people in conflict relative to the feeding of widows. One group believed the other group was neglecting their widows in the daily distribution.  Today, we see situations like this split churches across the nation. Conversely, the Apostles gathered a counsel of people and requested the number of people it would take to alleviate the pressure on everyone. Seven were chosen to assist with helping the widows and the conflict was resolved.

Daily Battle Order

Do any of these stories resonate with how you see your church? Has a desire to be a witness become stagnant or do you see division, where you stand on the sidelines as opposed to bringing union? Reread the passages mentioned above and pray to the Lord. Ask where you can act as a disciple, helping bring God’s glory to others and being a witness. Be the Kingdom Man you were created to be.

Tomorrow we will wrap up the week with a focus on our personal discipleship response.

What is the Goal of the Great Commission

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Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had

told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

Yesterday, we dove into how the Great Commission instructs us to be disciple makers. While we are to be disciples (dedicated students and ardent followers), we must also lead others into this type of relationship with God.  We shared that being a disciple and a disciple maker are long pursuits, a process and not a destination or a title. Today we will look at why Jesus gave us the commission, what is the goal? 

Have you ever wondered why Jesus gave us this command, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” Why was that important to Him? Recall that Jesus said “ I tell you the truth, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12).  Jesus commanded and expected that His work of glorifying the Father would continue after He went to the Father. In order for that to happen He needed commissioned ardent followers, students who ventured on the long pursuit, in other words Kingdom Men! In order to do that we must first be trained, disciplined and discipled. Jesus wants us to be mature disciples. He trains and disciplines us through His love, not His wrath (Hebrews 12:10-12).

Our Creed echoes Christ’s goal: “I am a Kingdom Man, with a Kingdom vision. Commissioned by Christ. My life is the Father’s. I am intentional.”  This means we whole-heartedly accept His command and His commission. We are excited about it and train and study as we carry it out.

A few years ago I attended a military promotion ceremony. This was a base wide assembly recognizing our enlisted members as they promoted through the ranks. In the military, Sergeants are also known as Non-commissioned officers (NCOs). Becoming an NCO is a big deal. It means the military and the individuals leadership has confidence in their technical abilities and see potential in their ability to lead their peers and subordinates.  It’s a big deal, an honor and a privilege. At this particular ceremony, two members were being promoted into the NCO corps.  The promotion is accepted and affirmed by the members accepting the NCO Charge. At the end of the charge, the new NCOs respond with a loud “I WILL!” However at the conclusion of this particular Charge, the “I WILL” from these two new NCOs was b”arely audible, to say it was mumbled would be a compliment. It was said with indifference, “Will you accept this Charge?” Mheh…Sure I guess… The Chief Master Sergeant stopped the ceremony and asked them again, similar response. Then he told them, this wasn’t about their testing, or their scores or the pay increase, this is about the mission and the people. If they can’t see that, he would rather them not accept it. 

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Jesus gave us a similar but even more important Charge. He gave us a Command and a Commission. He did it because it was important for His Kingdom’s work. He wants us to join in and play a part.  He left it to us because he emphatically wants us to continue the work he began and due it even greater than He did. Yes, have a greater impact than Jesus. But we must sound-off when we respond. We must be engaged. There is no room for “Mheh, sure I guess”. We are intentional! We are ardent followers and dedicated students!  We have the Kingdom’s vision, it drives our own: Love God, Love People, Glorify the Father in all things! 

So today ask the Father to give you clarity to understand His goal. With that clarity you will be able to ward off the pitfalls we will discuss tomorrow that finds us saying “Mheh, I guess so” instead of a resounding “I WILL!”

What is a Disciple-Maker

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Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

Yesterday we focused on the nations, the wide, varied, sometimes difficult and plentiful field of harvest to which Jesus pointed us as disciples.  Today we are going to look at what it means to us as Kingdom Men to take action to Go and Make Disciples of those “nations”, whether around the globe or across the street.  The imperative in this verse is actually the word MAKE not the word GO, so what exactly are we making?

Back in our November 7th battle order, we looked at what it means to be a disciple.  We gave the most simple and core definition – “A disciple according to the Bible is simply someone who believes in Jesus and seeks to follow Him in their daily lives.”  True, but as we dig deeper we see that the Bible points us more specifically toward becoming mature disciples as we live out our relationship with Jesus and become more like Him (James 1:4, Colossians 1:28, Luke 6:40).  Jesus modeled for us what it looks like to make not just disciples (there were hundreds if not thousands of people in the gospels who could have been counted as disciples – many of whom walked away when His teachings got tough) but mature disciples. These are men and women who spread the gospel to the world and were willing to die rather than not obey the Great Commission.  He invested deeply into a few, leading them to a mature relationship with Him, His Father and later the Holy Spirit.  They did the same thing with others which changed the world.

Here is a secret we miss too often as Christians when we consider becoming mature disciples.  Being mature is not the key to becoming a disciplemaker – becoming a disciplemaker is the key to becoming mature in your relationship with Christ.  When you, as Kingdom Man, take a step of faith and begin to pour the truths Jesus has given to you into another man it is you who will grow, mature, the most.  

You don’t have to be an “expert in the law” as scripture describes the Pharisees, and who Jesus called out as being in error even though they knew the most about the words of scripture (Matt 22:29), to share what Jesus has taught you.  In fact when it says “teaching them all that I commanded you” in the Great Commission it does not mean being able to teach the whole Bible.  It literally means sharing the truths God has given you personally.  This often means just sharing what Jesus showed you during a morning quiet time.  As a Kingdom man you are commissioned to provide this relationship to others and to help them begin to do the same.  This is how we become mature disciples and make mature disciples of all nations.

Daily Battle Order:

Kingdom Man, this week make it a priority to share one truth God has given you from His Word with a friend, a family member or a neighbor.  Pay attention to what it does in your heart when you do it.  Don’t just quote a verse to someone, tell them what it means to you and how it is impacting your life.  Making a disciple is not a mysterious or even difficult assignment once you step into it.

I am a Kingdom Man with a Kingdom vision. Commissioned by Christ. My life is the Father’s. I am intentional. I will grow in my faith, be consistent in my actions and leave a  legacy worthy of the race I have run.

Compassion for all Nations

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Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

Matthew 28:19 [expander_maker id="2" more="Read more" less="Read less"]

This week we will be focusing on going and making disciples of all nations and what that means in our realm.  By realm we are speaking of what, as Kingdom Men, our Lord has given us authority to be stewards of on His behalf: family, the work of our hands, finances, relationships.   Our King has given us an assignment that extends to all parts of our immediate realm and to all of the nations.

In God’s Kingdom, there are no races or ethnicities but one people.  We often size things up, draw lines of distinction, even separate the haves from the have nots. We so often, and so quickly view things from our earthly perspective. Christ demonstrates to us the difference between things that are heavenly and those things that are earthly. 

Christ as King views things from an even playing field or one realm, His realm, which includes all things in heaven and in earth (Matt 28:18). While Christ identified as Jewish in His time on earth, and sees the Jews as His chosen people, there were no limits, no exclusions for anyone regarding the hearing of the truth of the Gospel. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:28-29).

There are no limits being placed on us to who we should be sharing the Gospel with and discipling. If you’re putting limits on that; that’s you, not Christ. So, Kingdom Man, if you find yourself within the limits made up in your own mind, are you truly capable of being “moved with compassion?” 

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36 (KJV)

Christ saw large gatherings on many occasions, seeing the blind, the week, the hungry. Every time He was MOVED, He was stirred to pause, truly see the people before Him, to see their hurt, and would not turn away. And what did He do? He sat down with them. He spoke with them. He taught them. One of the many definitions of ‘teach’ is: “encourage someone to accept (something) as a fact or principle.’ Now, think about the word ‘encourage’. Its definition is: “give support, confidence, or HOPE to (someone). Now put the two together in a different way. What do you get? You have Christ sitting down and giving hope, support, and confidence in a way that someone would accept his Gospel as fact. So, what does it take to do that? Love. “For God so LOVED the world” (John 3:16) and that he gave! He gave in every way imaginable, time, compassion, His blood, etc.

Now, in our “realm” we have neighbors, some of all different walks of life. All with hurt. All carrying something that diminishes hope. So, are you moved with compassion? Does the love of the Father move that compassion within you by conviction brought about by the Holy Spirit? How is it possible to love someone you don’t know? Fact is you can’t! If we claim to love our Heavenly Father, we must know Him, and He must know us. It’s a relationship. You must take time to build these relationships with those in your realm, our immediate reach. There are going to be differences. Will you allow compassion to override those differences? It goes a long, long way. Sometimes you will be in the fight of your life because we all know that difficult person. However, as a warrior, keep the sword of the Spirit at the ready. Compassion driven by the Spirit can cut through the thickest of walls. 

Daily Battle Order:

Be a King over your realm and take care of those around you in your immediate reach. Teach, not that we school anyone, rather we give hope and support. Fight to establish even the toughest of relationships, the victory is as sweet as honey. Love, not that they’ll love us, but that we first loved them, and they will know we are Christian by our being moved with compassion! There is no limit on who or when. There is no other nation than the lost.

Now that we know and have directions for where we are to go, tomorrow we’ll continue our discipleship series focusing on what is a disciple?[/expander_maker]

We will Reign with Him

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Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~Matthew 28:16-20[expander_maker id="2" more="Read more" less="Read less"]

This was a great week of looking into Jesus’ authority. We spoke about the Authority of Jesus in each of our lives and what it means. We examined Jesus’ roles as Creator and Sustainer, while also digging into His Control of Nature, His Control over the Supernatural and His Incarnate Authority. Today, we close out with how “We will Reign with Him”.

“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure,we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2 Timothy 2:11-13

We may not see ourselves as Kings who rule over creation, but God made us to rule in His glory. (see Gen 1:26-31).  Because of Adam and the Fall, we forfeited the ability to fulfill this vocation. Thankfully, by God’s grace, He sent Jesus to die on the cross so that we may be redeemed and reunited with Him. Our redemption, through Jesus’ sacrifice, provides us with the opportunity to realize salvation and step back into the role God intended for us. We are now able once more to achieve our purpose as righteous rulers of the world in His name (Rom.5:12-21).

I have to say that reigning with Him is not easy. We are all broken. We all endure some form of anguish, heartache, loss, depression, loneliness, despair, disease, etc. But only through Him and with Him, can we reign over these things. We can overcome these obstacles with Him and the people He has placed in our lives. Upon Jesus’ ascension to Heaven, He let us know that we would not be abandoned; there is a Helper for us on this earth. This Helper is the communicator between Him and us. This Helper also brings us closer to those who are fighting with us. I have started to notice God placing people in my life to help me grow, to help them grow, or usually a combination of both. In return, they are helping me to want Him more. 

Recently, a friend who I have not talked to for a long time called me up and said that he accepted God back into his life. He has been dealing with a great deal of anguish for the past few months. He said for the first time that he noticed God has been working in his life. I honored him for his commitment and honesty in his journey. He said he fought the feeling for so long, but eventually surrendered it. He said it was the best decision he ever made. He also commented how refreshing it was to speak with someone about his journey that would not judge him about his walk with God and who could understand what he has been through. 

We cannot reign in his Kingdom if we are not willing to shed away our old skin. Christ did not give us another chance to reign with Him for no reason. He wanted us to achieve our purpose as righteous rulers of this world in His name. Not my name or my family’s name. It was so that we can rule in HIS name.

This next series will help to figure out how we can build His Kingdom by “Going to make Disciples”. Check your friends at the door because we are about to see who is helping you grow and who you are helping grow in His Kingdom. 

Daily Battle Order:

Take a look in your lives today and see if you are in sync with his will to reign on this earth. Are you a part of Christ’s plan or your own? Is Jesus the true authority in your life or are you trying to control it? Think about these things and share it with a close friend. We need to have the right people around us to help us grow in His Kingdom. If you do not have that person in your life pray and ask for Him to send someone to help guide you there.

Take time out and answer those questions. Post them up on our Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/joshuacommission) and our Website (“joshuacommission.org). We all have purpose on this earth. What is yours?[/expander_maker]