Grandview Pictures

Hey Grandview Seniors! We just want to put it out there that if any of you have any pictures you could send us, we’d love to get some up on here. Thanks!

Consumed Ankeny, Iowa…

“I love the fact that I am completely forgiven through the blood of Jesus.”

“My eyes were opened to know that the enemy does want to attack me, but I have victory in Christ.”

“Abundant life starts now.”

“Hearing all the names Scripture calls followers of God – Children of God, worshippers, saints, chosen ones, etc. impacted how I view myself in Christ.”

These are paraphrased responses by those that attended the Ankeny Conference this past weekend. We are so pleased and humbled to be used by God. With you partnering with us in prayer, we saw breakthrough in many lives. The kingdom advanced, the enemy was attacked, and God received glory. Thank you to those that committed to pray. It was a joy to tell the attendees there were saints praying for them literally all over the world. The entire conference was immersed in prayer.

A technological blessing is you can experience some of the conference. Right now, one of the celebration time talks is posted on this blog. In the next couple of days, more talks and some of the live musical worship will be added led by Brad Kilman (who, by the way did an amazing job. We were so blessed to have him). Our podcasts are also up and running – so if you’d like to subscribe to our feed you can either a) look us up in itunes, or b) put this link in your pod program (http://feeds.feedburner.com/consumedministries).

I want to thank Eric for all his work with sound, podcasting, powerpoint, and the fifty other things he did. Abby, you did a wonderful job with the prayer room. I could have stayed in there for a week. Dan, it is a joy to serve with you. I love your heart! Gretchen, you are my treasure. Thank you for everything you did that no one but our wonderful Father knew about. Lisa, thank you for sharing your gifting from God with us. Chuck, Dan, & Megan – thanks for your support from the Twin Cities. We were so glad to have you with us. Daylene, thanks for battling with us. Staffords, Frys, and all other friends in Des Moines – we couldn’t have done this without you. To all that gave financially to make this happen – “I pray blessings on you through the blood of Jesus.” We love you all. If I missed anyone, I blame tiredness and mental strain.

“Not to us, but to your name be the glory.”

Alive & free,
Jamie

Ankeny Conference

I can’t believe our first conference is 48 hours away. We are filled with many emotions – anticipation, nervousness, excitement, etc. At this point, all of the details are taken care of. We are prepared in that sense. My prayer is for our hearts. That they would be full and overflowing with a genuine, authentic love for God & people. Please pray for us in that regard. That are individual walks with Christ would be amazing these next couple of days.

At the conference, we will be having a 24/7 Prayer Room available for everyone involved. The prayer room serves as a tangible, physical reminder to everyone that we promise to bath the entire conference in prayer. There will be people literally praying around the clock for all involved. Praying that God would open hearts & minds to the wonderful gift of abundant life available for them in knowing God intimately in a relational way. We would be honored to have you join us in this. We realize you can’t physically be present in Des Moines (you are welcome to come!!!), but you can pray in your living room, bedroom, or prayer closet at home. It will give us great joy to let people at the conference know there are people praying for them all over the country & world. As a tangible way for us to know your praying, please feel free to reply to this E-mail and simply say, “I commit to pray for the conference over the weekend.”

Here is the schedule for the conference:

Friday Evening:
5:30 – 6:30 – Oasis (Registration, walk through of conference, prayer room)
7:00 – 8:30 – Interactive Groups
8:45 – 10:15 – Celebration Time
10:30 – ??? – Late Night

Saturday Morning:
8:30 – 9:45 – Interactive Group
9:45 – 10:15 – Continental Breakfast
10:15 – 11:30 – Interactive Group
11:45 – 1:00 – Celebration Time

Thanks so much for partnering with us. May God’s Kingdom be advanced in Des Moines! All praise & glory to Him!

Alive & free,
Jamie

Eternal Life

Often, we rob the true meaning of “eternal life” by limiting it to simply our future home in heaven. We believe eternal life begins in one of two places ­ Christ’s return or our death. Again, this would be good enough. If this was the only offer on the table, I think I would accept it quickly. But we definitely were not meant to have abundant, eternal life here on earth, right? I mean we just need to toil on, “endure our hardships like a good soldier,” try not to sin, realize this life stinks, cognizant one day it will be worth it all. Amen brother! Well, actually that is dead wrong. I do not agree with that sort of logic one bit and even feel it is a travesty. It robs Christ of what he came to accomplish for us. John Eldridge speaks of this in Waking the Dead when he writes:

“Jesus doesn’t locate his offer to us only in some distant future after we’ve slogged our way through our days here on earth. He talks about a life available to us in this age. So does Paul: ‘Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come’ (I Tim. 4:8). Our present life and the next. When we hear the words eternal life, most of us interpret that as ‘life that waits for us in eternity.’ But eternal means ‘unending,’ not ‘later.’ The Scriptures use the term to mean we can never lose it. It’s a life that can’t be taken from us. The offer is life, and that life starts now.”

Does that mean we will not experience trials, temptation, and sufferings? NO! But I do believe we can experience abundant living in the midst of those experiences. At the point of salvation, we have an unending, overflowing, more that you can begin to comprehend or imagine life. That’s what I desire. That’s what you long for, isn’t it? Start believing that is what God desires for you. Jesus Christ is the Source. It’s one of the reasons He came. It’s the reason He was beaten, spit upon, crushed, bruised, mocked, slapped, and crucified. It’s the reason He conquered death and burst forth from the tomb. It’s yours! Claim it!

Welcome!

Hello all! This blog is going to be a major tool for us to use in order to begin podcasting. We look forward to being able to share messages from our conferences and from other things that we do here in the Twin Cities. So keep your eyes peeled – we will begin ‘casting’ soon!