The Golden Ticket

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Sixth grade sounded exciting at first for Evelyn, but with so many changes, a new school, new classes, the pressure of making new friends, and so much more homework, she could hardly wait for a break.  Despite it all, she looked forward to the Generation One Christmas Party on December 16. As she and her family walked into worship that afternoon, she told her mom, “I’ve had a really rough week, and I’m feeling very sad.” Her mother prayed for her and waited to see how God’s goodness would play out. 

The Christmas party started and Evelyn had brought a couple of her cousins along. Though she wanted to sit at the table with her parents, her mother encouraged her to sit at a different table with her cousins, and several other adults. One of table members was Jill, who has had a winning streak at Christmas party trivia - this made it fun for Evelyn at the beginning of the party! 

At the beginning of the evening, every person in attendance received a numbered ticket to be drawn for prizes. Throughout the evening, numbers were randomly drawn and each participant who won was able to pick out a gift bag from under the tree. They were instructed, however, to not open it until the end of the evening.  Each number from Evelyn’s table was drawn by lottery as a winning ticket, including Evelyn! 

Evelyn’s cousin, Gloria, was the last to unwrap the centerpiece gift. Much to her surprise it was a Wonder Woman Barbie and her horse. Earlier that day Gloria’s mother, a young widow, heard Jesus speak to her spirit, that He doesn’t see her as a failure, but sees her as a powerful Wonder Woman, spiritually strong, courageous, and specially gifted to bring life and order to the world around her. How significant this was to her family and what a sweet reminder Gloria received of this truth!

For the next game, Evelyn was delegated by her table as a representative for their table. On stage, she had to shake ping pong balls out of a tissue box, and she ended up tying with one other contestant - with only two left in her box! With the help of her fellow table-mates, she won the tie-breaker, and her entire table won a special prize - a hand-made and decorated Christmas cookie. Evelyn received a special word-cookie, “JOY”, like her given middle name.

Finally, it was time to for each gift bag recipient to open their present they had chosen after having their ticket drawn throughout the evening. As another surprise, one special bag had an extra prize that held the Golden Ticket: a dazzling gift card holder with gold glitter and a $50 Amazon Gift card. As each person expectantly looked inside, Evelyn found the Golden Gift Card in her bag! Again, she was the winner!

Beaming and smiley with joy, Evelyn walked over to her mother with gifts in hand, exclaiming “I really needed that. God had me on His mind and planned out to make me the winner.”

No matter what you are going through, He is always there! He loves to make his children happy, and so when things might not be going your way, wait in confident expectation for what kind of Golden Ticket He will bring to you. 

Having Prophetic Vison for 2018

One of the most needed things in the body of Christ is unity on what God is saying and doing. Without a proper lens of the nature of God, we can easily misinterpret who God is, what He thinks about us, and what His motives are. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This promise was given to the children of Israel as they walked out their exile in Babylon and they wondered what was going to happen to their families, their culture, and their story as the people of God.  

There’s lot of questions today about what is “about to happen” in the world or what we are “supposed to be doing” in the midst of the great changes that are happening around the world.  While most reading this aren’t impoverished and exiled to another country (let’s pray for those that are), culturally it can feel that our values, culture and practices are being scrutinized like never before and like the children of Israel in Babylon, we need to be reminded of God’s simple plan. He plans to prosper you. He plans to give you hope.  He plans to give you a future AND He will not harm you!  What is God’s hope filled perspective about your circumstance?  What is the next step in how you produce income and manage resources that God wants to use to prosper you? Let’s just be honest, it’s not time to just get by, it’s time to thrive.  Finally, how can you prepare for what is coming in the future?  What is God’s future perspective of you and how can you prepare yourself to walk into it with all fullness?  

Join myself with guest speakers Jon Hazeltine and Matt Gonzales in the month of January as we press into Prophetic Vision 2018.  We will be sharing seasonal prophetic perspective towards the year and more, answering some of these powerful questions.  The services will be loaded with Worship, Prayer, and Messages that will GET YOU READY.  

Prophetic Vision For 2018
Saturdays @ 4pm.   

January 6th Drew Neal
January 13th Jon Hazeltine
January 20th Matt Gonzales
January 27th Drew Neal

Courage Catalyst

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Lately I’ve found myself using the phrase “Courage Catalyst” to explain what I’m doing and who GenONE is when I travel to partner with other organizations.  Over the last year I’ve had the chance to travel to four continents with invitations to speak, train and strategize with businesses and churches. I worked with companies ranging from real estate, financial services, to clothing production.  In the church world I’ve been with Anglicans, Revivalists, AoG, Vineyard, Catholics, Mainline Evangelicals, Seekers, Traditional Pentecostals as well as those theologically “Progressive”. From a national religion (dominant-faith practiced) standpoint I’ve been in Catholic nations, Judeo-Christian nations, Muslim Nations, a Voodoo Nation, a Hindu Nation and Humanist Nations. First world and third world alike… they all have something in common.  They need courage to do the thing in their heart they know is needed to be honest and true to who they are.  

Empowerment is significant today and it’s more alive than it ever has been, but just because you have permission “to do” doesn’t mean you have the courage to pursue.  In our modern time of Monday Morning Quarterback (aka comments on social media) the bounce back to any ideology that calls people to selfless living is exhausting. The number of opinions at times can feel like its more than the population itself. It’s easy today to give ourselves a free pass in the moment to not stand up, follow through and make the hard sacrificial decision.  In turn, we’re left with less-than results, less-than dreams and even more importantly… less-than relationships.  People rarely need to be told what is right, they need someone to love them unconditionally while they pursue doing what they already know to be true.  They need courage. Courage to say yes and courage to say no.  

While not having “arrived” in my church expertise or even having expertise in the exact fields associated with the organizations I’m serving, I’ve found that every leader needs a friend (who also has a lot of organizational leadership experience :) .  A friend who can listen, externally process challenges or ideas, and ultimately say, “I’ll be here when you need me for the long haul.”  I’m honored to serve leaders in this capacity because we are often bigger on the inside than we are on the outside. Practically, I help thinkers think, dreamers dream and leaders lead -which in turn is changing products, leadership teams, cultures, family members and more. It’s transforming lives by giving courage to get what’s on the inside on the outside. This is my passion and one of the great strengths of Generation ONE.  

I’m honored to serve you in: 

Culture Development (leadership and supernatural )
Team recruiting and assembly
Relational government structures
Apostolic and Prophetic outcomes
Change Management
Generational Transition
Core Value Discovery
Taking the biggest risk of your life

Leaders, you know the greatest seasons of our lives often require the biggest risks we’ve ever taken. Don’t wait for later. Dream it today. Define it today. Pursue it today… and I’ll be your friend by catalyzing the courage inside of you.  2018 is going to be a huge year, lets do this.   

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GAZE AND LISTEN

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The prophetic is a powerful dynamic of relationship in the kingdom. Hearing Him gives us a sense of what He is thinking and but it’s also His eyes that bring us deeper into His picture of our identity. When we lock eyes with Jesus and hear His words,  we enter into a greater understanding of who we are, who He is, and our destiny. Understanding more of who He believes we are (not who our peers, our parents, or our siblings say we are, but who He knows us to be) allows us to become more fully alive.

A beautiful picture of this is through the logo of an old British recording company called His Master’s Voice, or HMV. Their logo was a terrier sitting at a gramophone speaker, head bent looking and listening to the sounds emanating from it. That’s the picture of us as we sit, locking eyes with our Master and listening for His voice. It is both the gaze and listening that makes us unshakeable, especially when opposition arises.

“Before you were formed, I knew you” is not simply a statement of fact or proof that life at conception is valuable, it is a message of hope, purpose and intimacy. It is true that the Kingdom cannot fully come until every child of God is doing what they have been purposed to do. Whether in the classroom, the court room, the living room, or any other room, the purpose of the King is that each of us walk in all we are called to do.

Of course, once the word of purpose is released, we often experience opposition to that word. The opposition does not come from God but will be repurposed to train us to listen to our Master’s Voice. We hear what He says and have a choice to listen to the naysayers, the lack of resources, the absence of education, and allow those voices to drown out the Voice. His is a voice of promise, of hope, of abundance, of expectancy. These times of apparent opposition become times when deep foundations are laid, just as a skyscraper needs a deep foundation, these times of apparent opposition are really His way of building a foundation strong enough to hold the weight of the glory that is coming to us.

We are excited to join you December 1-2 and plunge deeper into the gaze and voice of the One who loves beyond measure. It may change your life. To be honest, there is only one thing that would make us go further north in the winter - and that is relationships. Rachel and I are so looking forward to being with Drew, Melissa and all the Generation One crew this week for the Prophetic Mini School, it will be a blast.


See You Soon,
Ian Carroll

FROM OVER AND OUT TO OVERFLOW

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We came to Generation ONE for the first time on May 6, 2017 via an invitation from our friends, Mike and Jean Upshur. They knew that we had a hunger for Holy Spirit, fire, and growth, and that Generation ONE would be a great environment for us. We walked in with expectations, but we got more than we bargained for - Praise God! In that season, we were in a financial bind, even though we hid it because of a deep sense of embarrassment. At one point, it was so bad that even our kids did not know the depth of the situation we were in. Our Real Estate Business was non-productive for many years and we had depleted all of our funds to try and keep it going. With all this happening, we walked into Generation ONE with hopeful hearts.

That day we first attended, Drew spoke a word over us and our situation even confirming that we were considering retiring. We left that day encouraged as Drew spoke that blessing was coming in our business, but months rolled after we left - and that was okay. We continued to believe God as our Provider and we always seemed to make it every month. My wife was cleaning houses for the elderly to help, and she developed a real passion for it. She believes it is her ministry - being able to share Jesus with them when they don’t have much time left on the Earth. We continued to pray and always stay positive, because we know that you can never take your eyes off of Jesus.

Then BAM! Let me tell you about the faithfulness of my Provider, Father, and Friend:
On August 11, 2017, we had our first closing of the year equalling $7,800.
September 23, 2017: $9,120.00.
October 17, 2017: 2 closings same day $3,827.79 and $4,347.00
October 19, 2017: $7,503.00
TOTALING $32,579.79

And there is still more business that should close!  

All I can say is thank you Jesus, He is the God of Restoration and is working to restore all that was stolen.  All that Drew said to us in his word in just May of 2017 was confirmed by August of 2017 and we will be forever grateful to Him. On top of that, we thank Him for blessing us with our new family at GenONE. God truly poured out his blessing on us in all areas of our life. Our desire is to be humble servants, and with that, we wish to remain anonymous; but be encouraged, because He is working.

Our Love to You All.

THORNY LIFE? THERE'S A GRACE FOR THAT.

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A dear friend of mine told me of a dream she had while preparing to speak at an event. She shared that in the dream, “I was approaching a window at a loading dock, carrying a shopping bag with GRACE written on the side.  The woman at the window said, looking at the bag, is this all you want?  Suddenly I heard a noise and turned to see a large semi-truck backing up to the window!  How much Grace do you want?  It's without measure!” Grace without measure, that's how our Father gives it to us. Paul states it this way to the Corinthians - a very carnal, fleshly group of believers, "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound in every good work."  

He told them that God has the authority, capability, and desire to give us as much grace that is needed; to abound or overflow with it at all times having everything needed to live a life overflowing with good works.  It was God's grace that was going to give them the tools to overcome the carnal nature that was in opposition to the nature of God.  Unfortunately many of us have been exposed to a grace theology that allows us to come as we are and receive salvation by grace, but then from that point on, it's up to us to clean up our lives and present ourselves acceptable. That's not what Paul was instructing the Corinthian CHURCH. Yes! Paul was talking to Christians who needed the work of grace not just as access for eternal security but as a means to live victoriously in every facet of life.  

In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul speaks of how access to grace without measure impacts some of the difficult relationships in his life.  Lets face it, relationships are some of the most trying places of our lives and where the biggest messes are made.  We will always have people who both love and hate us, or those who are simply well meaning in their perspective of us, but lack understanding due to jealousy or immaturity. Paul described them as "thorns in the flesh". Satan uses them to aggravate, stir up, and even puff up our flesh. It was so evident to Paul that he asked the Lord three times to remove these types of people out of his life. God's answer: "My grace is sufficient".  God was telling Paul that His grace  (God's given ability to help us become someone we are incapable of becoming) was Paul's power to conquer the attack. God’s perspective about any situation is that grace without measure will always be the solution. Paul continued by saying “as a result of that I will rejoice when that attack comes because I can count on the fact that God's grace will be present to deliver me from the frustrations of the thorns.” Paul refers to this as “glorying in his infirmities”. By a conscience act of his will, Paul embraces grace to help him to rise above the "thorn”. This grace is available at any given moment when the flesh is being tempted to react to these situations.

Remember as we continue to release the Kingdom to the world around us, there will always be those relationship "thorns" to navigate through. This is exactly the time we need to be reminded that grace is always without measure, which leads us to know that "His grace is (and will continue to be) sufficient". 

Just a thought, 
Tony M. 

Flowers from daddy

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I have a testimony that God gave me and I am so excited to share it. I hope it encourages you!

A couple of weeks ago during the Prophetic service at Generation ONE, Drew asked us to sit quietly and listen to the Lord. During this time, I got a picture from Him. This hasn’t happened often to me, but it was so awesome. In this moment, I saw in the midst of a very sunny day, a picture of a beautiful tulip that was bright pink and was in process of growing up from the ground. The tulip was growing up quickly, almost like it was a sped-up video. After seeing this picture, I wasn’t really sure what it meant, so I didn’t go up to the front of church to share it when the invitation came.

After service I talked to Carrie Pardon about it. I shared with her the picture I saw, and that I had been praying recently and asking God to show me more of His love and to take me deeper with Him. Carrie processed it all and said she thought that was what He was saying to me - that He was going to grow me in His love and that it was going to be a quick work.

Throughout the next week, I was praying that God would send me some tulips. I knew that they weren’t in season, but I continued to pray that someone would bring me some or that He would make some grow out of the ground (why not?!). I just asked. The next day, my husband Marque went to Kroger to pick up our groceries from Click List. Once he got home and was unloading the groceries, he told me there were some flowers for me on the counter. Surprised, I said, “Oh, you got me flowers?!” He went on to tell me that the staff at Kroger gave them to him unexpectedly. 

I walked into the kitchen and sitting on the counter were three bright red tulips! I could not believe it! I was amazed! I had not told anyone about that prayer that I prayed and it was not a coincidence that they were tulips. They are not even in season right now! He is so good, my Daddy sent me flowers!

It encouraged me so much that God was willing to go out of his way to affirm the risk I took in service for God to communicate with me. I really was hearing from God.

With Encouragement, 
Ashli Cryderman

We All Need More Religion

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God has always had a soft spot for the widow and the orphan. In Psalms, it says that He cares for and sustains them, In Isaiah the Israelites are commanded to defend the orphan and widow and in James it says that PURE and FAULTLESS religion is to take care of them. That verse in James is always one that sticks out to me.

Pure and undefiled religion before the God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their tribulation; to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:27

“Religion” has become something of a taboo word in today’s society, but I think there is something of merit to look into when it is described as pure and faultless. I had always believed that this verse was a “you have got to do something” verse. Be charitable, help out the elderly, etcetera. Recently, God spoke to me something bigger.

His family is missing a lot of its members. In the Bible, the orphan is often called the fatherless. The biblical society placed a lot of weight on having a father. So if an orphan is someone who has lost their father, it seems fitting that God would consider those who do not know the Father an orphan. In Ephesians, it says that God predestined us to be sons. I don’t think He was just talking about “Christians”. God created each and every person to be a part of His family. He wants to adopt us. Take us home, raise us as heirs of the kingdom so that we can share in is dominion.

But it doesn’t end there. A widow is someone who has lost their husband. The Bible teaches that there is a wedding in planning. Jesus is waiting for his bride to be ready and the church is that bride. God doesn’t just want to adopt us, He wants to marry us. He wants to be united with us in a way that says I am in you and you are in Me. Where I go, you go - because we are knit together.

All this to say, the reason it is pure religion to take care of widows and orphans is because you’re bringing the family home. It is motivated not selfishly or out of pride, but out of the love of the Father for his child and of the Husband for his bride, hatever that may look like. At one time or another, the widow and orphan were all of us. It was only a few years ago I thought myself unworthy of being a son, unworthy of being united in marriage to someone so perfect. I had accepted Jesus so many years before, but I fell into a very law-ased and servant-style life. I was orphaned and widowed. I lost my Father and husband. It was the nurturing at Generation ONE that brought me home. Family, that loved me as I was, reminded me of who I am, showed me what the Father was like and that I was a part of the bride Jesus was coming for.

The Father wants His children back, and Jesus wants the whole bride. That’s only possible when we stop seeing people as legalists, sinners, Pharisees, hypocrites, fake, worthless, terrorists, back-sliders, etcetera and start viewing them as God does: Part of the family that He longs to bring back together.

Blessings,
~JEFF TRUDEAU~