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Tuesday
May072013

You will never regret it.

Because I'm a bi-vocational pastor I live in many 'worlds'. I pastor a church. I have ministry friends around the world. I have an online business that helps cancer patients and others dealing with serious disease. I have a growing family that means everything to me. Each one could easily be a 'fulltime' commitment. I imagine your life is full as well.

Because I work at home I'm able to juggle a lot. I don't have to worry about commuting; my commute is about twenty paces from my bedroom to my office. I don't have to worry about endless meetings conjured up in someone else's mind. I am free to do what I want, when I want, as much as I want. Some people call that freedom.

This type of freedom exposes me to an almost unlimited amount of information that the guy with a regular job might not be exposed to. I can read what I want, watch the news, read the news, read the Bible (online, of course), pray whenever I want, post to Facebook or Twitter anytime I want, call people, you get the idea. And, since my wife works a fulltime job, I can do the dishes and other household duties as well. What's my point?

I have an amazing life and living it exposes me to so much it's almost overwhelming. The world is spinning so fast it's virtually impossible to keep up. And, this is by design. Many people rely on me and I try to pass on whatever wisdom I have. So, here's something I've learned:

Satan is the prince of this world. He knows that the best way to keep people from any meaningful relationship with one another, and with God, is to keep them 'busy'. Satan has no idea what it is to rest, to be at peace, and so he spends his time creating a world that directly mirrors his pitiful state of mind. Sadly, humans get caught up in the vortex, and even those who know the one, true, God can get caught up in it as well.

I'm constantly encouraging people to be tuned into the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit, but it takes real discipline when this insane world is pumping our heads with so much 'input'.

People used to be able to go on vacation and actually rest. Now, they have to have their cell phone, iPad, some type of music in their ears, etc. They actually go through withdrawal if they can't check their phone every five minutes for Facebook, Twitter, texts, Instagram, etc. updates. It's no wonder that the people of God can't/don't hear the Lord, or if they do, they can't discern that it's actually Him.

I'd like to encourage you to take some of the time you spend on 'whatever' and spend it in the Word of God and talking to Him. This is serious business because if you don't you're simply a sitting duck for the lies and deception of the Evil one. He's more real than most people realize and his demons are dedicated to keeping you from a real understanding of what's 'real', what's 'true'. They will pump your head full of half-truths and misleading caricatures of reality. In other words, they will keep you ignorant of the true reality that is in Christ Jesus and what's really going on around you. A deceived people are easy prey.

God has sent His Holy Spirit to help you navigate through this swamp. But, not only navigate it, but empower you. You are not to be a pawn in this silly chess game; you can actually rise above the game and follow Him as He charts the course of your life. Satan and his fallen angels are just that: fallen angels. As a follower of Jesus Christ you have been given power and authority to stand against the flow, and to obey your Father in heaven. You can do what He tells you to do, not what the world tells you to do.

Walking with God and obeying Him is not a convenient life, but it is LIFE. It is the life you were destined to live, that you were created to live. Give God a chance to lead you into that life. You will never regret it.

Wednesday
Apr242013

I've been struggling...

I've been struggling with something the last few weeks. The 'stuff' going on across the globe, and here in America, bothers me, moves me, affects me. I want to write about it, talk about it, get into the guts of it. But, I'm tired... my medications mess with my body and one voice in my head says, "You've got the best excuse on earth to lay low and say nothing. Stress isn't good for your health." I get that, and I understand the wisdom of it, but...

I think I was born to 'talk', to express what I'm thinking. As a Christian, and as a Christian who is apostolic and prophetic by calling and anointing, it's virtually impossible for me to stay 'silent', no matter how tired I am, or how my health is doing... no matter how much 'sense' that makes. I believe with all my heart that there is a need to bring a Spirit inspired perspective to what's happening. I see so many people looking for answers, and they won't find them on cable news or talk radio.

Please pray for me. I need to write and I need the strength to do it.

Thank you.

Tuesday
Apr092013

Writing a book about God. Why?

I'm discovering how difficult it is to write a book about the nature and character of God and how He's revealed Himself to the human race. He already has a book that does that; it's called the Bible.

At the same time I know He wants me to write about Him so please pray for me. Over the years He's consistently revealed Himself to me so I'm drawing on those experiences and hope they will be an encouragement to others.

Thanks.

Thursday
Feb282013

...with God all things are possible.

At around three o'clock this morning I found the scripture "...with God all things are possible." rolling over and over in my mind/soul/spirit. Other supporting verses and comments accompanied the verse but the main truth was "...with God all things are possible." Let me attempt to share what I sensed the Lord was saying, and what He meant:

"...with God all things are possible."

That's it.

It was so clear, and so powerfully clear, and repeated over and over: "...with God all things are possible."

Along with this truth came this as well. "My word is the truth and I cannot lie." Then came, "Jesus, the Word made flesh, said this. His words are spirit and they are life. He cannot lie." "My Word is the Truth and He cannot lie."

Over and over these truths were emphasized to the point where I could feel myself struggling to absorb the fullness of it all. The Lord wasn't interested in "teaching" me something, His purpose was to reveal, to impart, to infuse this into me. He was burning something out of me as He burned this into me.

I woke up around 5:00am and got up to walk, meditate on it, and make a conscious decision to receive it and believe it. As I did I went to the Scriptures and it was reinforced all over again. "Nothing is impossible with God." Nothing! Nothing!

As knowledge this is not new to me, and I imagine it's not new to you. But, for reasons only He knows, He felt it necessary to impart this deep into my spirit. It's not important to understand why... but experience has shown me that a time is coming when it needs to be there in order for something to be manifested for His glory.

I endured a time of intense physical pain when God imparted the revelation of His love to me in such a way where it is impossible for me to doubt it. I have that same sense with this revelation as well. I get excited thinking about how He can use this to bless others.

I pray as you read this that you will be continually strengthened in the fact that He cannot lie, His Word is the Truth. He is trustworthy... He is faithful. His promises are real, and they are for those who put their trust in Him. Put your entire being into His faithful hands and He will carry you until that day where you will meet Him in the clouds.

I'll see you there!

Tuesday
Feb262013

God's great desire towards all of us!

I was writing a dear brother in Christ, and I found these words spilling out of me:

In the midst of all the challenges with this brain tumor, Jesus is continually increasing my confidence and awareness of His love and His desire to make His love known to mankind through His Son and through His specific acts of love. He yearns to demonstrate His love in many ways, including deliverance, healing, miracles, prophetic understanding of His Word and will, etc. He so desires that His people believe that He wants to speak to them and lead and guide them in this dark world.

I can feel His heart as He reaches out to the nobodies to help them believe that He shows no partiality towards anyone. All He wants is a willing heart and an obedient servant.

My heart overflows with this and it's been difficult to be hindered in bringing this message personally to those He desires to hear it. Until that time I will begin to blog it until I can once again stand before God's beloved to share it from my lips. I know the Lord will lift me up in due season.

I made a trip to Mongolia a few months ago, and even though God was gracious to bless it, it was a difficult trip and there was a price that was paid. Even so, I know He will strengthen me as needed to do His will.

Precious brother... how I wish I could come and be poured out as an offering but the timing is not yet come. For me to even begin to pray this shows me that God is strengthening me for that eventuality. I can see it in my spirit so I will be patient. I sense the coming of the Lord and the need to get the message out, but we all must defer to His faithful leading.

I sense the heart of God Who so powerfully desire to bring the message, the Good News, the Gospel that is the power to bring salvation to every person on earth who will receive it and believe it. He does this through His people, who bring the living word, the rhema, inspired and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to do the work and bring the results that the Word is destined before time to achieve.

 

All over the earth I know the Holy Spirit is drawing those who desire to be used as vessels set apart to do His will, no matter who they are and what that might be. His perfect will is to make His Son known to all who will listen. If we lift up His Son God will draw men unto Himself and bring freedom to the captives. His intent is that we preach this Gospel to the heavenly realms for the release of the captives here on earth. Will you join me, and all the other called out ones to spread the Good News that Jesus is alive? Do not underestimate the power of those words: Jesus is alive! Shout it from the roof tops into the heavenly realms: Jesus is alive!

Saturday
Feb092013

Take a minute to say good-bye...

It happens so often, you'd think that after pastoring for over 27 years it wouldn't bother me when people leave the church and don't say a word. It does bother me, though, not because they owe me anything as a pastor, but as a friend I would hope they would say something. People can come and go as they please... but when you leave your church take a minute and say good-bye. At the very least, when you bump into your old pastor or friends at Costco it will make that awkward moment a lot less awkward.

Saturday
Feb092013

Dr. Benjamin Carson's Amazing Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast

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