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January2017 Newsletter

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The story of "THE MANGER"

a Fellowship in Apache Junction, AZ

By Pastor Raymon

The Manger... God had given me a vision 30 years ago in the County Jail. I had a recurring dream of Rejoicing and Worshipping God in an Old Style Amish Stable or Barn. I remember the name God told me very clearly, it was The Manger.
It would return every night; I could hardly wait to go to sleep just to go back to the Manger. There was a peace and a truth that was so freeing.  
When I got out after six months, I remember walking across the street to a park getting on my knees and vowing to God I would serve Him forever. Little did I know the trials I was about to face. For the next 20 years I fought every Spiritual and fleshly battle a man could fight and I lost every one of them. I Served, Sinned, Cried out to God, Fell on my face, Ran Away from God, Fell Hard, Quit, Came Back to try again, Fell Harder, Fought Lies, Anger, Bitterness, Pain, Fears of never being able to Serve God, Going to Hell for Eternity and I could drag this list out for at least 20 years.
Because of my past life, the rejection from the ‘Christian Community’, extreme low self-esteem and shame, I convinced myself God could never use me. The ‘Christian Community’ told me God will never use me. My sins were too great!  I had so many lies in my head, I never knew who I was where I belonged or could fit in and then there was me always getting in God’s way. The anger turned me to survival mode… Whatever it took to feel some kind of worth or be accepted. I lied, cheated, stole, and a multitude of other sins. I had put the Manger on the highest shelf, convinced it could never be. The world convinced me I’d never see it again.
Years ago, after a second divorce I was so hurt I ran from God again. Even though it was my sin and my ex-wife’s sin that caused us to divorce and God had nothing to do with it. I ran as hard and fast away from God as I had ever run before. I was going to just enjoy life to its fullest knowing I was going to hell, so nothing mattered anymore. The devil (who doesn’t even deserve a name) convinced me that…’it is not the man who wills or runs, but God who chooses’… and you are not chosen!!! 
I made an odd commitment to God though, that I know God took very seriously.  Though I believed I was totally destined for hell, I told God I would spend the rest of my life sharing Jesus with everyone I could, so maybe someone else wouldn’t have to go to hell with me. God heard me!
After about a year deep in sin, God called out to me. He said “This is it! I am giving you one last chance to serve. Turn from your sin or I will harden your heart as I did Pharaoh’s and you will never serve me again!” Though God knew where I would go from here, I did not. 
I wish I could say I ran back to God immediately, but I didn’t. By His Grace He was patient though. I tried at first to do it little by little, but… ‘My Way’ wasn’t working. God told me in September 2001, and I finally took it to heart in February 2002. God’s Grace, slow to wrath. 
God sent me on a 30 day walk (far too long to explain), that started in Arizona and ended in Massachusetts. Again long story and no, I didn’t walk all the way to Massachusetts. (I’d still be walking or with Jesus by now). But something happened on this 30 day walk that was a Major Change in knowing who I am. God showed me why I struggled with Christianity, being a Christian, with other Christians, and serving Him. There was a missing link in me that kept me from truly knowing God. Something I never really heard taught or talked about in my church experience. I didn’t know ‘Who I was in Christ Jesus’! For the first time in my life I knew Who I was in Christ’, and I knew no one could ever take that away from me again! This is not to say I mastered it right away but, for the last 14 years I have been ‘SOLD OUT’ for Jesus!  
In May of 2011 I began a small men’s Study/Fellowship. A Brother at the same time told me to come by and see the old rock barn they converted into a Chapel. He said if I wanted to use it for our study it was all mine to use. The first night of our study the Lord reminded me of the Manger dreams. So we called it the Manger. 
Then God called me to write a Book called Total Christ Recovery. It is a 100% Biblically based 12 Step Ministry. As I wrote this Book God began to bring back the vision of the Manger. For the first time in 30 years I believed again that this was the Will God has for my life. 
If I look through my own eyes, this could never come to pass. I know in the world’s eyes most will be saying it is IMPOSSIBLE! The battles of my own flesh have attacked me from every side. I have to hold on to the Lord and trust in Him alone not what I see, feel or think. God will speak to those whom He wants to be a part of establishing the Manger. I just need to stay the course and watch a Miracle happen!!! 
The Manger is a place of Sanctuary, not a place for handouts. A place to find a Helping Hand, where people can come 24/7 for counsel and fellowship; to pray and be prayed for; to worship God and study the Word. It is not a place for programs, but for ministries; for doing God's Work, for we must be about our Father's business.
A Biblical church that would “be” Jesus to those around them and not just “preach” Jesus; a group of believers that would love those around them as Jesus would and meet the needs of as many as possible using whatever is brought in the offering each week. Going door to door to Love those around us, finding out the needs and doing our best to help meet those needs, whether it be to help someone pay their rent or to put food on their table, and doing all in the name of Jesus.
We are called The Manger for a reason. God has put in my Heart to go back to the Manger where Salvation began; to the simplicity of God’s Word, (Jesus). We are affiliated only with the Body of Christ that God has called out. We want to Love God with ‘All’ our hearts, mind and strength and Love and Serve ‘others’ more than ourselves. We want people to begin “seeing” the Love of Jesus not just “hear” about Jesus; To ‘GO!’ into the community and literally meet the needs around us. Not build a ‘Community Comfort Zone’! 
Please pray and only answer to what God calls you to do.  Whether it’s praying for The Manger, or contributing in some other way. I would Love to share my vision with all whom God calls."
The Word says in James 1:27 -
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this; to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. To visit those in prisons, to help the poor, care for widows and orphans.
The homeless and poor are not the same. Proverbs 3:21 says: My son let not them depart from your eyes; keep sound wisdom and discretion (common sense).    

We as a church (the Body of Christ) Need to DO what we are called to do.
God does not tell us to build big, expensive buildings with expensive sound systems and expensive decorations. How can we sit comfortably inside our nice cozy church buildings while the world outside goes hungry?
How will they know HIM if we don't SHOW HIM to them? The church is supposed to be the hands and feet of Jesus, as we are His Body. Let's show the world His Heart, and Love them like Jesus. †


Contact me by Email: pastor@backtothemanger.com  or Phone: 480.593.7777 
In His Love   <†><
A Servant of the Lord and All Others
Pastor Raymon & Cheryl Heflin



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