Archive for August, 2009

Information just below is from the Hope City web page http://www.hopecitykc.org

Ray and Lisa Stribling

Ray and Lisa Stribling

Ray and Lisa Stribling are the directors and founder of Hope City KC. They carry the heart and the mandate to see the message of prayer break into the inner city. Ray and Lisa through Hope City, long to see the lives of the addicted, the homeless, and the poor radically and powerfully changed and brought into a productive, self managing, and independent life style, and as a result have a clear and defined function by which they actively participate within the body of Christ.


Ray and Lisa, have many years of experience in jail ministry, housing for the addicted, prayer ministry and street ministries involving feeding the poor.  The Striblings have a high level of commitment to the task at hand, as well as have the courage and heart to stand in the gap and to see others given an opportunity to succeed.

The ministry HOPE CITY ” inner city ministry located in Kansas City Missouri ” through my eyes, which are the eyes of a world missions guy. I bring that up because, through the years I have taken a lot of flak for doing ministry around the world while their is such need right here at home. The truth is, I have found such a similarity with 3rd world nations and the inner city and I love to be involved in both. Let me list a few.

#1 Needs are beyond complete human intervention !

#2 No facades, what you see is what you get !

#3 They are ready to receive !

Those 3 my friends are the ingredients that draw the heart of God. That my friends gives us Hope


Hope City KC
Hope City KC

I do have a point here about my eyes of world missions, it is this thing called indigenous. The meaning is this :: having originated in and being produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment.

My point is that ministry is usually from the outside, coming in with all the answers, not understanding the culture or the needs. Indigenous ministry, are those from the outside coming in and serving what the Lord is doing in the local area. It means less control and Americans don’t like doing that, but the advantage is huge.

In Africa where I helped start an orphanage, we came in first and built relationships, and served the vision of local Christians. This form of missions work has been transforming Africa. it is effective because they understand the culture, and the needs, from a heart level, not a head level. It will transform the inner city as well.

INNER CITY : DO you really think white suburbanitescan can relate to what it feels like to live under a bridge in winter. You get my point, and it is that point that Ray and Lisa get. I have worked with them for several years and have watched them respond to zealous gifted people who are jumping at the bits to preach in the inner city. Their response ,”OK”  but first come serve in the Kitchen for a YEAR and we will see when you are ready.

WOW , I tell you serving, lays the foundation to a life-long ministry, that is actually effective. Ray and Lisa have life experience not unlike those they minister to, but from a place of serving the local leaders of the inner city. It is powerful, to watch what God had been doing through the ministry of Hope City among all colors and backgrounds. Whether it’s free haircuts in the park or flipping hamburgers for 1000 people , those that have gathered around Ray and Lisa  to serve the HEART of Kansas City are Family and the Family is growing.

3 ways you can get involved:

#1 Pray for them/us “prayer meeting every Monday night on forest just north of 27th at the Prayer Dome.

#2 Come Serve : many opportunities with related shelter’s and group homes.

#3 Your giving :



Their Story : http://www.melodygreen.com/Articles/1000053722/Last_Days_Ministries/LDM/Discipleship_Teachings/The_Devil_The.aspx?page=1

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Lisa Stribling


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Crucifixion, The most horrific public display of punishment unto death imaginable. While researching Crucifixion on any search engine you will find sites with the phrase CRUCI-FICTION. Many people believe the bible is a book of myth's and Jesus was just a man if he ever lived at all. The truth is Archaeology puts together more and more evidence to prove historical biblical events. One such article you will find below. For me I couldn't care less about evidence. I was strung out on drugs and no hope at all. Jesus broke into my life and I know He changed me and for 25 years now I find life worth living that is all the proving I need. If you are sinking in skepticism you need an encounter with the resurrected Jesus and he does not have a problem providing that. Taste and see that the Lord is good!

The biblical account of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ found in John 19:1-42

 1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. 3 Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. 4 Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.” 5 Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” 6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.” 8 Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, 9 and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” 11 Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” 12 From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.” 13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” 16 Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away. 17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20 Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. 21 Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” ‘ ” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” 23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things. 25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. 31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. 36 For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.” 38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. 39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.

Jesus on the Cross

crucifixion of Jesus photo art by John Gross

Reflecting on the reality of the cross


Below you can read an article “Crucifixion — The Archaeological Evidence” an archaeologist working for the Israel Department of Antiquities, Tzaferis brings the evidence found in a tomb near Jerusalem that had been accidentally found by a construction crew. Bones of two generations of a Jewish family that lived in Jerusalem about the first century AD. A large nail piercing the heel bones of one skeleton led to the conclusion that this man had been crucified.

  • Tzaferis, Vassilios. “Crucifixion — The Archaeological Evidence”, Biblical Archaeology Review 11, February, 1985: 44–53.


Many people erroneously assume that crucifixion was a Roman invention.
In fact, Assyrians, Phoenicians and Persians all practiced crucifixion
during the first millennium BC. Crucifixion was introduced in the west
from these eastern cultures; it was used only rarely on the Greek
mainland, but Greeks in Sicily and southern Italy used it more
frequently, probably as a result of their closer contact with
Phoenicians and Carthaginians.

During the Hellenistic period, crucifixion became more popular among
the Hellenized population of the east. After Alexander died in 323 BC,
crucifixion was frequently employed both by the Seleucids (the rulers
of the Syrian half of Alexander’s kingdom) and by the Ptolemies (the
rulers of the Egyptian half).

Among the Jews crucifixion was an anathema. (2) The traditional method
of execution among Jews was stoning. Nevertheless, crucifixion was
occasionally employed by Jewish tyrants during the Hasmonean period.
At the end of the first century BC, the Romans adopted crucifixion as
an official punishment for non-Romans for certain legally limited
transgressions. Initially, it was employed not as a method of
execution, but only as a punishment. Moreover, only slaves convicted
of certain crimes were punished by crucifixion. Only in later times,
probably in the first century BC, did crucifixion evolve into a method
of execution for conviction of certain crimes.

Outside of Italy, the Roman procurators alone possessed authority to
impose the death penalty. Thus, when a local provincial court
prescribed the death penalty, the consent of the Roman procurator had
to be obtained in order to carry out the sentence.

Once a defendant was found guilty and was condemned to be crucified,
the execution was supervised by an official known as the Carnifix
Serarum. From the tribunal hall, the victim was taken outside,
stripped, bound to a column and scourged. Following the beating, the
horizontal beam was placed upon the condemned man’s shoulders, and he
began the long, grueling march to the execution site, usually outside
the city walls.

Sometimes the victim was attached to the cross only with ropes . . .
If the victim was attached by nails, he was laid on the ground, with
his shoulders on the crossbeam. His arms were held out and nailed to
the two ends of the crossbeam, which was then raised and fixed on top
of the vertical beam. The victim’s feet were then nailed down against
this vertical stake.


His remains reveal the horrible manner of his dying. From the way in
which the bones were attached [to the excavated nail], we can infer
the man’s position on the cross.

The two heel bones were attached on their adjacent inside (medial)
surfaces. The nail went through the right heel bone and then the left.
Since the same nail went through both heels, the legs were together,
not apart, on the cross.

A small seat, or sedile, must have been fastened to the upright of the
cross. The evidence as to the position of the body on the cross
convinced the investigators that the sedile supported only the man’s
left buttock. This seat both prevented the collapse of the body and
prolonged the agony.

Given this position on the cross and given the way in which the heel
bones were attached to the cross, it seems likely that the knees were
bent, or semi-flexed. This position of the legs was dramatically
confirmed by a study of the long bones below the knees, the tibia or
shinbone and the fibula behind it.

Only the tibia of the crucified man’s left leg was available for
study. The bone had been brutally fractured into large, sharp slivers.
This fracture was clearly produced by a single, strong blow. . . The
angle of the line of fracture on these left calf bones provides proof
that the victim’s legs were in a semi-flexed position on the cross.

The arm bones of the victim revealed the manner in which they were
attached to the horizontal bar of the cross. A small scratch was
observed on one bone (the radius) of the right forearm, just above the
wrist. The scratch was produced by the compression, friction and
gliding of an object on the fresh bone. This scratch is the
osteological (3) evidence of the penetration of the nail between the
two bones of the forearm, the radius and the ulna.

Christian iconography usually shows the nails piercing the palms of
Jesus’ hands. Nailing the palms of the hands is impossible, because
the weight of the slumping body would have torn the palms in a very
short time. The victim would have fallen from the cross while still
alive. As the evidence from our crucified man demonstrates, the nails
were driven into the victim’s arms, just above the wrists, because
this part of the arm is sufficiently strong to hold the weight of a
slack body.

The position of the crucified body may then be described as follows:
The feet were joined almost parallel, both transfixed by the same nail
at the heels, with the legs adjacent; the knees were doubled, the
right one overlapping the left; the trunk was contorted and seated on
a sedile; the upper limbs were stretched out, each stabbed by a nail
in the forearm.

Normally, the Romans left the crucified person undisturbed to die
slowly of sheer physical exhaustion leading to asphyxia. (4) However,
Jewish tradition required burial on the day of execution. Therefore,
in Palestine the executioner would break the legs of the crucified
person in order to hasten his death and thus permit burial before
nightfall. (5)

Several years ago while in Jerusalem we went to the back of the Arab bus station where the locals say Jesus was crucified at the place of the skull. Here is a picture we took, we made it to the top and Muslim men came running from everywhere to run us off. We did not know it but there was a cemetery on top of the skull.

The place of the skull

Ironic or not at the eastern gate of the walls around Jerusalem where one day Jesus will return you find the gate bricked in with solid stone. In front of the gate again a cemetery. Death, hell and the grave will one day be swallowed up in Victory and no one will keep Jesus from sitting those nailed pierced feet down where they are destined to rule from.

Eastern gate walled shut to keep Jesus out? It will not work.


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I was asked to preach this last Sunday at the BARN at 8000 Oldham road in Kansas city Missouri. It is our Home church and it’s actually an old horse barn converted first to a large living room to be somewhat of a house Church. No one wanted to multiply into other houses so it just naturally grew into an over-grown house Church. We/They/Us are very un-traditional group that are growing in relationship with Lord and each other. A very diverse church in ethnicity and religious backgrounds, which can be a challenge. Pastor Todd and Vicki Bennett have done a great job pulling culture and even nationality into the mix. The best off times are usually topped of with a huge meal together not unlike a real family.

Well I was raised southern Baptist, and my adult life consistes of a 20 year history of charismatic/pentecostal churches, yet fundamental still very close to my baptist up-bringing. When I get to speak I can always bet I am a little controversial. I have a strong influence from Leonard Ravenhill and it seems to come out no matter how soft and loving I try to be. I try to add a little humor to help the medicine go down.

The truth is, I always preach to myself, and if someone gets anything from it, that is a bonus. This last  week I had  been thinking about the end times. Thinking about the world wide massive move toward Sin as the Bible calls it. Not  just “all sex out-side of the bonds of marriage” but lust leading to pornography etc etc. Deception has all but swallowed up the church. Never hearing words like SIN, HELL, Repentance. Seldom see alter calls where Jesus is declared to be the only way to heaven.

It is time for change before it is to late. The message I preached was geared to see How Jesus dealt with the Sin issue by stopping it before it happens. HOW? By stopping it at temptation. The If’s of Temptation found in the book of Matthew. I listed a few below ranging from The Temptation of Christ with words “IF YOU ARE THE SON OF GOD” spoken by satan to the cross where the words are spoken by the crowd. In between, Jesus gives examples of some IF”S for us Christians they are a tough read. Look them over and let the Lord speak they are His own words. MARANATHA


Matt 4:1-11 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. 2 And after He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. 3 Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” 5 Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you, and, they will support you with their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. ” 7 Jesus told him, “It is also written: You must not tempt the Lord your God.” 8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: You must worship the Lord your God, and you must serve Him only.” 11 Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.

Matt 5: 27-30 27 “You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. 28 But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell!

Matt 6: 21:23 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is generous, your whole body will be full of light.But if your eye is stingy, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness–how deep is that darkness!

Matt 16:24-26 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it. 26 What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life?

Matt 18:6-9 6 “But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me–it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea! 7 Woe to the world because of offenses. For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes. 8 If your hand or your foot causes your downfall, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes your downfall, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, rather than to have two eyes and be thrown into hellfire!

Matt 24:21-24 21 For at that time there will be great tribulation, the kind that hasn’t taken place since the beginning of the world until now, and never will again! 22 Unless those days were cut short, no one would survive. But because of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 “If anyone tells you then, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Over here!’ do not believe it! 24 False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Matt 27:36-44 35 After crucifying Him they divided His clothes by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and were guarding Him there. 37 Above His head they put up the charge against Him in writing: 38 Then two criminals were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “The One who would demolish the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked Him and said, 42 “He saved others, but He cannot save Himself! He is the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43 He has put His trust in God; let God rescue Him now–if He wants Him! For He said, ‘I am God’s Son.’44 In the same way even the criminals who were crucified with Him kept taunting Him.


BOTTOM line, the answer to the Flesh and all it’s sin is to die to it, and walk in the Spirit. Paul gives the instructions below!! 

Galatians 5:13:26 13 For you are called to freedom, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another. 16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar, about which I tell you in advance–as I told you before–that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. 26 We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.  

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