I will set no base or wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the work of them who turn aside [from the right path]; it shall not grasp hold of me. Psalm 101:3
What do you watch on TV? At the movies? On the internet?
Recently the Sound of Freedom movie came to theaters. It's a movie about trafficking. It exposes the darkest ugliest crime on humanity, mostly woman and children. It exposes how evil man can be. I did not go see this move mostly due to a check in my spirit. (this article I have not fact checked yet but still confirms what the check was in my spirit - https://julieroys.com/opinion-sound-of-freedom-doesnt-tell-true-story-of-operation-underground-railroad/?mc_cid=d0cda8de77&mc_eid=c4e7607c65) I have seen other similar storylines in the years past. I understand the importance that the movie is trying to convey and that is to bring something so dark into the light and to hopefully influence people to become involved in stopping this horrific evil!
When we first got saved in 2002, the Lord told us to turn off the TV. We were not to watch anything on the TV including the news. We were obedient. For 10+ years we did not watch TV. We occasionally went to a movie but only if it was faith based. We screen everything we watch on Dove Movie Review, Commonsense Media or others that tell us what's in the movie. If it has any kind of foul language, violence, nudity or even cleavage or uses God's name in vain, we will not watch it. That is our conviction.
Over the last 10 years or so we slowly added some shows back in. We stream Hallmark and faith-filled movies. That has been a way for us to unwind in the evening. It helps us to detach from the stresses of the day and fill our minds with something maybe inspiring or at least uplifting. Unfortunately, the dynamics of ALL movies being produced these days are being flooded with every evil agenda. Hallmark isn't so family friendly anymore. Even faith-filled movies are pretty provocative and becoming more lax and loose on what they show.
I want to make two points.....
1. What are we filling our minds with? What are we allowing into our eyes and ears? Is it godly? Is it evil? Would we watch it if Jesus was sitting next to us? Do you realize that when we support Hollywood, we are supporting trafficking? That leads me to point 2.
2. Trafficking is a lucrative business. It not only involves the taking of innocent women and children to be used and abused and often ends in death. It is what funds drugs, Hollywood, violent crimes and a whole host of other things that would curl your toes.
I am getting convicted once again, to turn off the TV, to stop supporting Hollywood and that even includes Angel Productions which produced Sound to Freedom and The Chosen. These organizations are not godly. They do not have Biblical Christian Values. When we did this years ago.... we had the most fun. God would send us out and use us mightily to make a difference in people's lives. I have been praying and asking God to help me have that again and His response is turn off the TV once again.
A friend and prophet once told us, let your money do the talking. If we want to make a difference and be part of God's end-time army, we need to stop supporting evil. I was first introduced to this when I was in the mortgage business and part of Kingdom Advisors. It's a ministry to equip financial professionals on how to be better stewards. They introduced us all to another ministry called Biblically Responsible Investing. They showed us how many of the companies are in big support of evil practices, supporting porn and things that are totally against the Scriptures. We need to be mindful of where we spend our monies. We can't be sold out to the Lord and have one foot in Satan's camp.
Our lives must be in complete alignment with the Truth of God's Word. Our words and our actions must scream to a broken and hurting world that we are set apart, that we look different than the crowd. Jesus wants to use us to reach the great harvest but if we are busy being like the world, we will have no impact.
Some questions to ponder....
1. Look at your checkbook - where is your money going? Is it going to support Kingdom projects and ministries? Is it supporting those in need? Or is it funding me, me, me. Ouch!
2. Look at what you watch and listen to - is it godly? Is it supporting bible based Christian values?
3. Look at your day to day activities - how is your time spent? Are we living out the gospel to a lost world? Are we reaching out to fellow believers and encouraging them and helping through difficult times?
4. Last but definitely not least - how much time are we actually spending studying, memorizing and putting the Word of God into practice? This should be our priority. Matthew 6:33. This is a must! God must be first in our lives.
I know this blog is probably a little debbie-downer but one that I felt the Lord asked me to share. There is no condemnation or judgement but hopefully just the Holy Spirit speaking through me to bring Truth and light to very gray area in the Christian faith. I certainly don't have it mastered but I will say I strive daily to be a doer of the Word. I make choices every day and throughout the day to be more godly, to be more bible-acting-believing-light filled to a lost world. I want to be so full of Jesus that people will say I want what she has. I want others to know Jesus.
Please message me your prayer requests....as I do spend much time interceding for many.
Ken has been keeping full time hours this summer and it's a hot one. We are thankful for the work. Please pray for his safety as up on roofs and high ladders and in scorching heat.
Our home group is still going wonderfully.... we so love the fellowship and authenticity it brings.
Book update - I have submitted a query application to a book publisher about a week ago. My pastor's wife suggested I send it there. She has had 4 books published through them. If I hear back in the next 30 days, they are interested, if not, we wait and seek God for an open door and the finances to publish through self-publishing. I am beginning to actually write my 2nd book. I had been collecting research and quips to put in the book. I will be looking for stories for that one as well. More to come.
We are still contending for the Vision God has given us.
Thankful for Montana - the beautiful views - mountains, creeks and big blue sky! Thankful for all God is doing in our lives! Thankful for YOU!
Hugs, love and prayers.
Ken & Michele Cole
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Here are ways you can give if you feel led:
1. Non tax deductible donations can be made to:
Ken & Michele Cole, 103 Geneva Ave, Hamilton, MT 59840 (preferable as the options below will tax us)
This is the only way currently we can use funds for our personal needs at this time. or through
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Cashapp - cash.app/$micheleacole2019
2. Tax deductible options:
Checks payable to Sonlit Fields, 103 Geneva Ave, Hamilton, MT 59840
This goes into our ministry account to be used for outreach and saving towards our vision.
Donor Fund - The Signatry - Ken & Michele Cole - listed under Want InSight Fund.
7171 W 95th Street, Suite 501, Overland Park, KS 66212
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This is an option to keep gifts anonymous - again for outreach and savings toward our vision.
God has given us a vision to build a retreat property along with ministry equipping center.
The retreat portion of our ministry is to provide a safe place for pastors, lay leaders & other ministry folks to come and be refreshed & encouraged through prophetic ministry (if wanted). We will offer private cabins with kitchens & full bathrooms, and plenty of places to roam on the property to get quiet with the Lord.
We will offer other specialty retreats - marriage, healing, prophetic teaching & activating people into the world & health and wellness retreats and more.
The Lord has graced us with the desire to come alongside the Church - to bring healing, deliverance & freedom to new/newer believers. We are not wanting to replace their church, but better help them be ready to serve in their church.
In our community building - we will eventually have a 24/7 prayer room, healing & prophetic rooms and a place for community worship services for those on the property.
Our passion is to minister to a lost & hurting world. To equip the saints to do the same and to be a blessing to our community and surrounding areas. Our hopes are that we can pour out God's love in a mighty way to bring more and more souls into the Kingdom, get them discipled, called into their purpose & destiny and released to do God's business!!!! We also have a passion to give generously to help those in need and to help others launch into their God given destinies.