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Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him - 1 Corinthians 2:9

Hey Lil Bro’s…and Sisters,

First off I wanted to say that I think that it’s awesome that you guys are doing EPIC Commission this year. It takes a lot of  guts to do something like this, when there’s so many other things screaming for your attention. I know that this year is going to be jam packed, and I can’t wait to meet all of you guys. So let’s dive into this thing.

A few days ago I read a small story that came out of the book of Luke. The story was about Jesus healing ten men who had leprosy during a trip that he was taking to Jerusalem.  The story says that he was between the borders of Galilee and Samaria and that as he went into a small village he was met by the men. It goes on to say that they stood at a distance and said in loud voices “ Jesus, Master have mercy on us”. The story says that Jesus told the men to go and to show themselves to the priests and that as they were going they were all made well.  (Luke 17:11-19)

I felt led to share this story, because a lot of us have been carrying around things that we don’t know what to do with.  We’ve been looking for cures and for relief for so long that we’ve begun to justify our condition as just being normal, and what we thought would give us life and peace has only weighed us down and held us captive. We thought that if we swept it under the rug and pretended as if it wasn’t there then maybe we could forget about it. And maybe even for some of us we’ve stopped looking for cures, because everything else that we looked for help in, just didn’t work.

What I like most about this story is that Jesus never asked these men where they were from.  He never asked them what their names were. He never asked them how they developed leprosy. And he never asked them what the doctors or the people around them had to say about them or their condition.  All He said was “ Go and show yourselves….” The reason that I believe that he told them to go is because it takes more faith to leave unchanged, believing that God will change you, than it does to leave changed. John 20:29 - Because you have seen me, you have believed: but blessed are they who have not seen me and yet have believed.

Some of you maybe saying,  “ How does this story relate to me Quainte? I don’t have leprosy.”

I believe that God is calling us to something greater; greater than anything that we have ever thought, dreamed or imagined. He hasn’t counted you out, he doesn’t hold your past against you, and he’s not mad at you.  He knows you by name, has a plan and a purpose for you and has called you to effect the world in a way that only you can. God isn’t calling us to be like everyone else, he’s called us to be different.

In the midst of our going, we return to what we know to be true, which is His Holy Spirit that speaks. This can only be done through faith.

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:19-20

I don’t know what you’ve heard about EPIC Commission. I don’t know what you’re going through or even what you’re looking to gain from this year.  But what I do know, is that God is able. Before coming to EPIC Commission I was hurt, confused and desperately looking for my purpose in all the wrong places. EC in and of itself  didn’t convert or save me. But God working through this program gave me the tools that I needed to see myself as God had always saw me.  In this program you will get what you put into it. The question is,

“How Bad Do You Want It?"

Your Big Bro -Q