Eddie and Autumn Miles

What Autumn Believes about Submission and Biblical Marriage

Biblical Marriage and Submission

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Autumn Miles

Women who had plans for abortions left the conference with changed hearts and a child to nurture. Women who carried the guilt or embarrassment of previous situations of abuse left with freedom. Women who had no hope when they walked into that building left with a future in Christ. At the end of the day, I was in tears just thinking about how much God cares about us and how all it takes is one moment of submission to have your life changed forever.

Jesse

Recently we have been challenging our church body to reach out to our city. Blush came to Columbus and not only ministered to our people but  invited and picked up women all around the city of Columbus.  Blush showed us the needs of not only our church, but the city. They went above and beyond venturing out in the snow storm to give transportation to the women in shelters and rehabs. We were extremely blessed to host the Blush Network and would do it again and again.

Life Church Gahanna

“Through events like the Freedom Found conference, Miles reminds women of what she herself was reminded of by God: His love and grace are sufficient to cover all unrighteousness.” To Read more of the story from Liberty University click here.

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Autumn Miles’ life is evidence of a God who redeems and a Truth that will set people free.

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God Wants to Use You

The Lord sometimes shows us the most beautiful things in the ugliest place. Skid row in downtown Los Angeles is dirty, and filled with approximately 17,000 people who are sick, lost and forgotten, but the physical bodies on skid row are not just people… They are CHILDREN, children of the most High God. God created them uniquely and with a purpose just like all of us. He LOVES them so dearly and so much, but they somehow, somewhere lost their way.

If you or I were to be walking down skid row, or any city street for that matter, and saw a 5 year old little girl wondering by herself we would surely stop and offer her help. If we saw a 2 year old baby boy crying on the sidewalk because he was hungry and scared, we would not hesitate to stop and pick up that baby and offer him food and shelter. In the same way, we would see those children and it would rip our hearts out. God sees us and the forgotten in the same way and so God sent His children (us) to go out and help the forgotten (physically, mentally & spiritually) to remind them that they are not forgotten.

During a recent outreach on the dirty forgotten streets of skid row God began to show me the beauty of my husband. Yes, men can be beautiful! It is the purity of heart that radiates beauty and how beautiful is the painted picture of a mighty and strong man loving a forgotten world? A man strong enough to bear the weight of the world on his shoulders but tender enough to stop, get on his knees and ask a elderly man who was fallen face first on the concrete if he was ok while so many others just walked by. This is the moment when my spirit leapt and my heart broke, as I was just as guilty as the others who walked by this man lying on this face. It was a surreal moment; almost a moment of slow motion when I turned backed to see where my husband was and saw that he was on his knees on the dirty sidewalk filled with urine, trash and many other unpleasant things asking the elderly man if he was ok. The Lord used that moment as confirmation, as earlier in the day while reading my bible I read:

Isaiah 61:1 [AMP]

“THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,”

When I read verse earlier in the day I immediately thought of my husband, as He is a mighty and strong man and yet humble and loving man. We had already gone through skid row once handing out hygiene products and loving and speaking to the people, as we were on our way back to our car a man who had heard or seen from others that we were out there came running across the street asking for help, unfortunately we had nothing left to give. This man was cold, wearing only a t-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes and that is when my husband gave the man the jacket off of his back. There was no hesitation at all and while the man was putting on the jacket I looked down and on that corner of 6th street & Crocker in downtown Los Angeles etched in the cement was my husband’s name! Wow God! Really? Awesome!!! God already knew that this would happen and whoever wrote that name in the cement that day had no idea that God would take that and make it a miracle.

All night I was thinking about this little miracle that happened on skid row with my husband and I began to realize that our calling is much bigger and greater than we could ever, ever imagine. Our callings are BIG because we have a BIG God, but the act of our calling could be in the smallest thing, like touching a homeless man’s hand and telling him God loves him, to stopping to ask a elderly man lying on the ground if he is ok, to handing out inexpensive hygiene products or to giving someone less fortunate than you the jacket off of your own back.

God uses us in the most amazing ways, we just have to be willing to go.   Never underestimate the power of God even in the small things! He wants to use you.

-Laurie Graham

Mountains

The Good Shepherd

Ezekiel 34:11-16 says, “For thus says the Lord GOD: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day.  And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord GOD. I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away.”

The Lord our God is our Shepherd. He is our protector and our guardian. In all our trials, he is there watching over us. He will seek us out and save us from our sins and comfort us in our defeated moments. We are never alone; he is always by our side. Throughout your life, remember you can always call to your Shepherd. He will hear your cry and come to your rescue. It is so reassuring to know that we will always have Christ to save us from ourselves. I find comfort in knowing that no matter the deep hole I find myself in, I will always have my Shepherd there to pull me out, comfort me, and guide me home. Ezekiel 34:16 says, “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away.” He will always be our good Shepherd, He will always be our protector, He will always, no matter how far we’ve been driven away, bring us back to where we’re supposed to be with Him.

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Giving God Control

What’s Love Got to Do:

Everything.

I never realized how warped my view of God’s love was until last week. I thought I was over that “stage.” That stage of learning that God’s love is always good, trustworthy, perfect, patient, kind and not insisting on its own way. I thought I’d been challenged in understanding that God’s love was different than my love, or the love of ex-boyfriends, parents, step-dads, and friends. No matter how good or bad, it is not God’s love.

Being able to image Christ’s love is a privilege; it’s an honor. But we can hardly fathom God’s love completely, let alone show it perfectly, which can make things complicated for some of us.

I’m currently reading through William P. Young’s The Shack (such a good read for anyone who has dealt with grief that has challenged their perspective … of anything, but especially of God. And with all of the tragedy happening lately, I’m sure it’s not a stretch for many of us). But, in light of this, one quote has really stuck out to me – “Paradigms power perception and perceptions power emotions.”

In other words, what we believe deep down helps us to form what we think to be true about a given situation. And while emotions can be a beautiful gift, adding color and depth to life, they can also make things dark and bleak very quickly.

I’ve been reminded recently how easy it is to believe one thing to be true … because I want it to be true. Because all of my experiences have told me that it must be true the way that I see it.

I saw things, I saw people, and I saw God one way, and I wouldn’t let God show me otherwise.

I have had times of being mad at God for not stepping in and saving me from making choices I regret. I’ve been mad that He didn’t step in before Eve took a bite of that apple and handed it to Adam. I’ve been mad that He has loved His Creation enough to give it, to give us, the very independence we ask for. I was mad because surely I would never have asked for such a thing…

Can you say arrogance? Don’t worry; I’ll say it for you (talking about myself of course).

I stepped into the role of judge. I judged The Judge. That’s a pretty horrific realization. But we are pretty fickle and fragile as humans. We can be so lost in our own perception of reality or so sure of our own judgments and it only takes the briefest moment, the quickest sight, or one word to alter our perception for much longer than the circumstance itself – as does stepping away from the Truth itself.

If we are not careful to be on guard, what we hear and see can manifest itself in our heart and mind.

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. – Proverbs 4:23

My heart has not always been watched over very well; sometimes we can’t help what happens to us, but for me, I know I have not watched over my own very well, either. My view of love has been distorted because of the love I’ve seen and the love I’ve chosen.

People always leave, so God must too, right? Can’t trust people, must be a reflection of God!

WRONG. So, so, wrong, dear sister! Just because we believe something firmly doesn’t make it true.

“Be willing to re-examine what you believe. The more you live in the truth, the more your emotions will help you see clearly. But even then, you don’t want to trust them more than Me.” – The Shack

God is so gracious to us, He even gives us an example of this in Acts 10. In verses 10-16, Peter, a Jew, followed the Law of Moses and did not eat any animal that was “unclean.” Then the Lord gave Peter a vision:

And Peter became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth.  In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air.  And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.”

Peter was so adamant about what he believed that he would not even hear from THE LORD. The Lord had to call him out on this not once, not twice, but THREE times!

We’re human. We are not immune to having deep rooted, passionate beliefs, but let us lean in and listen when He’s talking. He is a gracious God; He may even repeat it a fourth time for you.

And about those things that we could not control that may have happened to us – the good news? God is in the business of restoring and redeeming what sin destroys. But for the freedom we do have – let’s protect the hearts He’s given us and let our Jesus shape our world; don’t let the world shape our Jesus.

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