Takin’ it to the streets – 54th St Grill

18 Nov

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Heaven is waiting to be invited, engaged, activated.  Really!  Jesus said He could have called for thousands of angels (Matt 26:53).  (He didn’t because that would have foiled His ultimate mission at the Cross.)  Abraham bargained with angels, Manoah inquired of an angel, Jacob wrestled an angel for a blessing, Zechariah told an angel what to do, Mary questioned an angel, etc. 

Wouldn’t it be disappointing if we tried to tough it out alone, only to find out that we had the hosts of Heaven waiting for our signal to bring us into triumph? 

In this next story, angels were solicited and engaged over this business, which yielded a rather dramatic outcome.  What a blessing to discover all the Biblical possibilities we have with all of the Heavenly hosts… and learn the Heavenly protocols to engage them!  We’re going to get good at partnering with Heaven!
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Takin’ it to the streets – 54th St Grill

A few years ago, my friend Walt and I were looking for ways to invade and impact the business world with Kingdom realities.  We knew an assistant manager of the local 54th St Grill and asked him for permission to come in every Tues morning before they opened so that we could pray over the building and for the business and staff, etc.  He agreed and we prayed for about an hour each Tuesday morn.  We aggressively engaged angelic ministry and assistance over the whole operation.  The assistant manager and manager listened in from time to time.  After about 6 weeks, it sort of felt like our assignment was over so we notified the manager that we were finished. 

A few days after that, there was a bank robbery in downtown Kansas City.  The thieves drove their get-away car south through Grandview, MO and past 54th St Grill.  For some ‘strange’ reason they decided to stop and rob the restaurant on their way by.  They entered the store with guns drawn and were in the process of robbing the store.  But just at that time, as the Lord would have it, a police officer spotted the get-away car, entered the store and quickly, without incident, stopped the robbery, apprehended the criminals… and recouped the stolen bank money, too.

Afterwards the manager excitedly exclaimed, “The reason that robbery got foiled is because Mark & Walt have been releasing angels over this restaurant for the last 6 weeks!  It was because of those angels!” 

Angels are waiting to be invited into our lives and into Kingdom activity and to minister to all that pertains to us.  Don’t let them get bored! – MLH

“Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” – Heb 1:14

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Holy Spirit surprise – travel in the Spirit

15 Nov

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Holy Spirit prays powerful prayers through us (Rms 8:26). And His prayers are always:
             
              Perfect prayers
              Powerful prayers
              Timely prayers
              In alignment with Father’s will
              Always gets answers to all of His prayers

And Paul says, “I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.” – I Cor 14:15

Have you ever asked Holy Spirit what He’s praying through you when you’re praying in tongues?  Try it next time.  You might get a most wonderful surprise like we did.  
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Holy Spirit surprise – travel in the Spirit

I was in a prayer meeting.  We were all praying in tongues.  I suggested that we ask Holy Spirit what He was praying through us and then ask if we could participate with Him.  Within a minute or so, and without warning or any lead-up ‘thought trail’, I found myself ‘flying’ over Northern San Diego County – Vista and then Carlsbad, CA.  I ended up about 150 feet above RC’s house.  I could see the ocean in the distance and I could see down inside his house… but I didn’t ‘go in’.  I was aware of the essence of the ‘burden’ that I was praying in tongues, but didn’t say anything in English.  That lasted a few minutes and then the encounter ended. 

At the end of the prayer meeting I told the group about my very vivid experience and informed them that the tickets were already purchased tickets for my wife and I to travel to SD County in two weeks.  After that point my ‘flying’ encounter got completely ‘sealed off’ to me.  I didn’t even think about it once, until near the end of this story.

My wife and I traveled to SD.  Without any thought of my spiritual ‘flying’ encounter, I called up my friend RC, and invited him and his wife out to dinner.  RC said, “Come over to the house, we’ll talk and then go to dinner afterwards.”  We did… and we had an amazing time.  (In retrospect I realize that our conversation touched the essence of what I prayed about in the encounter.)  We went out to dinner and had two hours of a super good time.  Debbie and I remarked when we drove away, that was probably the most meaningful time we’ve ever had with them. 

Two days later, I was riding in a car with another friend MH, who said, “Isn’t that where RC lives?”  At that moment, the ‘flying’ encounter that I had with Holy Spirit in the prayer meeting two weeks before, suddenly reappeared from my memory.  I quickly exclaimed, “MH, I came here in the Spirit two weeks ago and in our recent time with RC and his wife, we ‘lived out’ essentially everything that I encountered two weeks ago.  Wow!  It all unfolded like the encounter.”

We were both amazed!  Two weeks ahead of time, Holy Spirit had taken me to set some things in place and in motion.  Then He sealed it up, so that memory wouldn’t guide me.  Then two weeks later, after the great time of fellowship was over, God unlocked my memory so that I recalled the encounter and could see the power of traveling in the Spirit and traveling in time. 

Wow! Wow! Wow!  This ‘above the line’ world is so fascinating and captivating.  More Lord! – MLH

2nd Annual ALC KC 3-Day Gathering 2022

27 Sep

Dear ALC friends,

Heads up!!!!!!

Second Annual
ALC Kansas City 3-Day Gathering
2022
is only 4 weeks away!!

Thurs thru Sat, Oct 27-29

You are most heartily invited to join us for the highlight of our ALC year.

Among all the meetings that we participate in during the year (zooms, small groups, regional and monthly meetings), this annual event is the most exciting and impacting!  Last year’s ALC KC 3-Day Gathering (Oct 2021) was definitely a high-water mark for most of us.  The fresh territories, the open mic and spontaneous times together, the meals and relationships, the corporate Heavenly experiences, and the free-flow worship… all made it very unforgettable.

Since last Oct, we’ve held three more regional 3-day gatherings (San Juan Capistrano, CA – Los Angeles, CA – Nashville, TN).  These times have also been life changing and bar-raising for most of us.

Folks, we’re onto something bigger and better than we’ve ever imagined.  And it’s not just an isolated or trendy thing!  It is where God is taking His church in this newly emerging age.  I think He’s saying, “Ready or not here I come!” O boy!

If this interests you, please mark your calendar… set aside 3 days to marinate, activate and levitate (ascend).  I’m confident that this 2022 Gathering is going to be another new high water mark for all of us! I can feel it now!

This is a FREE event.  But we really need to know how many are coming so that we can provide the appropriate amount of food and seating for everyone.  To register or to know more, click here: Second Annual ALC Kansas City 3-Day Gathering 2022

We are more than excited about rallying with you soon!  Plan on it!

Details, location, schedule and objectives will be explained when you register.

To get acclimated to the topics, styles and culture of ALC meetings, check out the hundreds of videos on our ALC website

See you really soon!

Our love and blessings,

Mark & Debbie Hendrickson and ALC Team
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Angels on assignment

18 Jul

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Most of us believe in angels.  It’s likely that many of us believe that angels attend to us.   But most of us have very little understanding of angels and much less interaction with angels.  What would it do for you to ‘see’ your angels actively engaged in their assignments over your home and over you?  Would that inspire you?  Would you feel more protected, secure and emboldened in your life and family?  I think the answer is unquestionably, “Yes!”

That’s what happened to a couple of our friends.  Without any preconceived expectation, they saw something which gave them a great deal of faith to believe that they were receiving the supernatural help from angels on patrol, protecting their home.

I think you’ll like this simple but impacting story from Tyler and Crystal.
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Angels on assignment

“A few weeks ago, our neighbor drove by and said that they “saw our cat entertaining a family of raccoons” in our front yard.  That neighbor called and suggested that we view it on our security cameras.  We accessed the camera memory and found something very different. 

We never did see the cat and raccoons, but were surprised to see this wispy ‘figure’ move across our yard just in front of our porch, as if it was an angel on patrol.  Very encouraging and inspiring!

A few days ago, without any prompting, our daughter said that she saw an angel in our back yard and said it was very similar to what was on our cameras a few weeks ago.

Thank God, the Heavenly realms are becoming so much more real, these days!” – TS/MO

(Click here – About 5 seconds in, a figure moves across the lawn from our right to left.)

And I will manifest Myself to him

17 Jul

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How many times have you discovered a phrase tucked away inside a verse that you know so well?  It was like the Light of Heaven shone on it in a brand-new way, revealing a brand new rhema.  And when that rhema bursts alive, you find that it is easy to embrace or walk in the reality of that new insight. 

That’s the power of Revelation.  When revelation comes, it also brings the permission and empowerment to walk in the reality of that revelation.  This is so clear in Col 3:4.

“When Christ, who is our life, appears, we shall appear with Him in glory.” – Col 3:4

Let me elaborate on that verse, like this:

As often as Jesus appears to you and in whatever way He appears to you, He brings with Him the permission and empowerment for you to manifest in that same glory that He just manifested.” – Mark’s Expanded Version

O boy!!!  So Julie found a little phrase tucked away in a familiar verse.  There it was.  Had it been hiding in there all this time?  Of course it had.   Evidently God thought it was time to take the next step.

And so she did.  She engaged with the living Word of God.  You’ll like her story.  And you’ll want to try it.  That’s the power of testimonies. 
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And I will manifest Myself to him

Yesterday morning, my husband Jeff and I were talking about John 14:21, which says,

“And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 

Jesus manifest

After Jeff went to work, I remained in the living room, sitting in one of the fireplace chairs, pondering this verse that seems to promise us that if we love Jesus He will personally appear to us.  What an amazing promise! 

So I closed my eyes and said to the Lord, “I love you, Lord, please manifest Yourself to me.”  Then when I opened my eyes and looked at our couch, this is what I saw! 

On the velour blanket, there was an image of Jesus‘ hand… and His arm up to His shoulder… and the sleeve of His robe.  Do you see it? And can you see the nail print on His hand?

What an amazing God we have!  So faithful and true to His promises!

So the next morning, guess where I had my quiet time?… in that very place, in His arms! – JE/KS

Reconciler is on the job!

12 Jul

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Our Heavenly ‘family’ is getting more real, more relevant and more practical all the time.  What a gift from our most loving Father!

People ask frequently, “So how does this change your life?”

And that’s a great question.  I’d want to know, also.  For starters, when a person’s heart gets tenderized and their mindset about Heavenly realities gets upgraded, that a real blessing, right!?!?   But when our circumstances are being radically effected for the good, that becomes the ‘icing on the cake’.

A friend of mine is experiencing some very real life changing benefits from partnering with her angels… which is just one category of Heaven’s many resources to the saints.

What would you think if this was your family?  Would you be happy?  You betcha!

Due to the personal nature of this story the names have been withheld or changed.
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Reconciler is on the job!

My family has been disconnected for the past 5 years, which was when a disastrous Christmas resulted in disconnection of relationships and family members taking sides.  It was heart breaking for this Mama to watch it unfold.  But God has been faithful to grow my faith and equip me with faith-tools to bring breakthrough and reconciliation in my family.

So, I met a new angel named Reconciler, about a month ago.  It has been really fun to partner with Reconciler in assignments for my family.  Since I’ve met and partnered with him, here are a few wonderful developments with my adult children and their families.

1. My son called to tell me of a dream he had about 2 weeks ago.  In the dream his sister came to visit and met her niece and nephew she had never met.  My son woke feeling hopeful, peaceful and encouraged about the possibility of reconciliation!!   Woot! Woot!

2. Another son called and wanted to let me know they would like to come visit.  (We haven’t seen them since last summer.  They have chosen to not be together because of covid.)  While here, some very painful situations from 20 years ago were brought up in a conversation – blaming me.  The Lord gave me grace to stay ‘present’ and listen.  The result was that my son said, “Mom, I don’t think I have ever said this, but I want to celebrate you for taking the courage to leave Dad.”  That was a 180 from where the conversation had started.

3. More family was here last weekend.  We had a delightful time.  I asked my son for a private meeting in my office and God gave me grace to ask questions and share my heart with him around a story he had told me that I had a very different perception of.  He listened and I felt his heart shift…he stood up and walked to me and gave me a big long hug and said, “Mom, I love you.”  Woot! Woot!

4. Next, I received a text message from a daughter (another big disconnect with she and her family) asking us to come for Grandparents Day at my granddaughter’s school.  We made the 7 hour trip and had a wonderful time with our granddaughter at her school and spending time together with her family.  I am so grateful for hearts opening to connection.

5. More recently, I received a call from my son.  He had taken the day off.  He shared what he is learning about meditation!  My ears perked up!  He asked me if I would lead in a meditation/prayer… however I wanted… with him on the phone.  Wow, so cool!  So I did both.  It was a sweet heart connection that we had not experienced before.

6. A few days ago, I received a call from my oldest daughter.  I haven’t had any communication from her for months.  She called to apologize for the things that she said to me the last time we talked.  Wow!  Guess who is at work!  Reconciler!

I’m thanking God for letting me partner with my angel Reconciler.

I am so grateful that we are learning to meet our angels and partner with them.  When there had seemingly been no evidence of healing in the family, the tide has shifted and fruit is coming forth..  Glory to God!

MD/MO

Where’s Betty?

23 Jan

Stories to Inspire

Our Heavenly inheritance is expanding all the time.  Just one of those areas of inheritance has been traveling in our spirit with Holy Spirit to do Kingdom missions.  And it’s been an amazing adventure.

But, as we all know, it’s also Biblical to ‘travel’ in our body.  Jesus did it, Philip did it, Ezekiel did it, Paul did it… etc.  And we even have modern day examples.

A convincing and significant record of these phenomena are recounted in the writings of the Catholic mystics (Remember, that was the only church there was until about 500 years ago).  Sadly, we lost many of those Heavenly realities.  BUT, what we lost is being regained in this last century.  And we’re actually seeing some of this recuperation happen right before our eyes.

Don’t you love it!  We’re stepping into that same reality that inspired John to write:

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.” – I Jn 1:1

These ‘Stories to Inspire’ are of the ‘seen and touched’ kind!  Thank God!

Continue reading as my sister Leann Albrecht, tells of when her friend ‘disappeared’ for a while to go on a Kingdom mission. 
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Where’s Betty?

It was a Tuesday evening worship service.  Betty took her place on the same seat in the front row, where she always sits.

That day there had been a huge and very devastating earthquake in Nepal.  So we spent time during worship praying for Nepal.

As I was leading worship and sometime in the middle of our time of prayer, I looked up and realized that Betty wasn’t in her seat.  I thought that she may have stepped out for a minute to go to the bathroom.  But, ten minutes later she was still gone.  I thought to myself, “I hope she’s alright.  I’ll ask her later.”

Afterward, Betty was walking around, so I asked her, “Are you ok?”
“Sure, why?”
“You were gone from your seat for a while during worship.”
“No way.  I was here the whole time.”This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is spirit-travel.jpg
“I thought you may have gone to the bathroom.”
“No, I never left my seat.”
“Ok then, where were you?”

“I was in Nepal, walking the streets.  People were bumping into me because they couldn’t see me.  I could smell the street life and hear and feel the terror.  So, I released the Presence of God… the Peace and Power of Jesus over the people in the streets.  Then I came back.”

Even as we talked about it afterward, Betty was completely unaware that she had not only traveled with Holy Spirit in her spirit, but in physical form, also.  It was very hard for her to comprehend!

What a deal!!  This Heavenly mission with Holy Spirit involved Betty’s spirit AND body!  And there’s so much more ahead, for all of us! – LA/TN

— MLH

DPM Update – 2022 Jan – Happy New year – changes

22 Jan

Dear Friends

Happy New Year 2022!!

We’re still ‘doing the stuff’
Here’s hoping that you are already seeing promising signs of upgrades and improvements in all areas of your life in this new year.  Although DPM is still fully alive and doing well, most of our communications have shifted to blog posts and a new website (www.ALC.one) which I’ll explain below.  We’re still sharing Jesus and being about our Father’s business, loving His presence and giving Him away.  Fanning the flames of love for God in the hungry hearts of His people is still a very big part of what we do. 

Helping the poor
Helping the poor remains a high value to us.  In fact, in the last couple of years we’ve been partnering with Noel & Mieke Alexander’s ministry Love Mercy, in building widow’s houses in Kenya.  For $750, a decent house gets built, including wood and adobe walls with a corrugated steel roof… usually about 12’ x 15’ divided into 3 rooms… sometimes larger depending on their family size.  The pic on the left is the place Widow Jane and her children lived before getting her house… and the pic on the right is Widow Louise’ finished house.  Can you imagine what they feel!?!?  Seeing the widows’ smiles and knowing where they came from, to what they’re moving into, is a great joy to us!!  If your heart is so moved, we’d be glad to connect you.  

New emphasis for us in last 2 – 5 years
Even though the nature and character of God never changes, His emphasis surely does.  That’s easy to see in Biblical history and I’m sure that each of us can see that in our own personal history.  Well, there has been an awakening and transition in our hearts to pursue the Heavenly realm… the other and greater part of every believer’s being.  In a few words, we’re learning to live the ‘ascended life’… discovering what it means to live ‘above the line’… the ‘line’ that some might say separates Heaven and earth.  The short of it, goes something like this:

‘Elevator speech’ 
“For 2000 years Christians have tried to live our best life as earth-based humans.  We knew there was a Heaven… but we had very little experience with it… or encounter in it.  Even though the largest and most consequential part of our being – our spirit – is already ‘seated in Heaven’, most people had no faith that they’ll experience Heaven until after our ‘ticker’ stops.  In a sad and strange way, that mentality makes death our ‘savior’.  Hmm.

But in Jn 17:24, Jesus longs for us to “be with Him where He is, so that He could show us His glory”.  So where is He?  In Jn 3:12, He referred to Himself, saying, “I am in Heaven.”  Literally, He was on earth AND in Heaven simultaneously.  And the message is that He wants us to learn to live in these dual realities equally well, like Him… after all, He’s the Pattern Son.

We all believe this, because it’s in the Scriptures.  But we haven’t practiced it well.   We still pray as earthlings.  “Will you rend the Heavens and come down”… “We invite You to our meeting this morning”… “Let’s pray for the Lord to come”… “Let’s ask Holy Spirit to come to our revival next weekend”, etc.   All of those common prayers locate us squarely on earth versus in Heaven.  Question: How would those prayers change if we really believed that we were “seated in Heavenly places”?

We’re finding much grace to experience Heavenly things that were normally put off until the ‘millennium’… or until after death. We’ve had more Heavenly experiences in the last couple of years than in all the rest of our lives.  Scripture has come alive like never before.  And the realities of relationship with God have been enhanced exponentially.  And boy, is it a ton of fun!”
End of ‘elevator speech’

Well… people of similar passion began rallying and experiencing a deep hunger for more.  So, we began regular meetings and established a banner of Ascended Life Community (ALC).  Not only is there local momentum, but in regional pockets around the US, people are rallying around this theme.  We’re confident this theme will become a common part of Christian experience in the future.  It has inspired us to radical changes in perspectives, mindsets, prayer posture, vocabulary, spiritual experience… and much more. 

http://www.ALC.one
In our growth, we’ve discovered many resources and are accruing stories and insights, etc.  So www.ALC.one has become our new ministry web-home and the place to find tons of resources, such as: books, blog posts, articles, music, podcasts, a searchable video channel, stories, events, etc.

Change of ages
If you hang around us very long you’ll hear us comment that the globe is entering a brand new age in history.  There have been several epic age changes in Biblical history.  And interestingly, in every change of ages, God institutes a very different mode of operation between man and God.  Consider: Do you think you would have recognized and caught the age change if you had lived 2000 years ago; the transition from Judaism to Christianity?  Good question, right?  What if indeed we were in an age change now… would you know how to detect it?  Validate it?  And flow with God’s new emphasis?

You may have heard a common prophetic word, believed by many, “God is changing the expression of Christianity in a single generation”.  That sounds all fun and exciting… until we realize that it might effect some of my religious ‘sacred cows’.   What would I do then?  (Remember the transition 2000 years ago.)  How many God-instituted ‘sacred cows’ of the OT, got ‘sacrificed’ on the ‘altar’ of a “new and living way”?  Did I hear an “Ouch!” of painful relinquishing… or the ‘O boy!’ of excited adventure.  Food for thought!

Through mankind’s history, the central and core values of love for God and walking with God have never changed.  Those have remained constant from Adam, all the way through Abraham and David till Jesus, etc.  But, the external practices of religion surely changed several times in those 4000 years.  And we believe that we’re in the exciting throes of another one of those wonderful epic change of ages.

To be sure, the core values of relationship with God, love for His heart and Presence, tenderness of heart, love for our neighbor… those values that we all hallow… are actually enhanced and magnified like never before.  Truly!

Anyway, that is a little update on a new dimension of our journey in the last 3-5 years.  For more, visit our new website.

First ALC Gathering
In Oct 2021 we hosted our first larger-type ALC Gathering in Kansas City… a conference for all those interested in this ascended life theme.  There were overwhelming responses like; “I’ve found home…” “This is my tribe”, etc.  Several things characterize our times together: spontaneous flow, open worship, group participation, prophetic seeing, travel in the Spirit and much more.  It went so well that we’re in the planning stage for another ALC Gathering in Nashville this Spring and then again in KC this Fall.

ALC School
Last March we started a twice-monthly online zoom school with sessions focused on exploring this ‘ascended life’ theme.  These sessions always include group interactions, a teaching topic and activations.

What are others saying about the ascended life?
Since you asked, here’s a video of an Oct 2020 sermon by Bill Johnson in which he highlights Jn 3:13 and Rms 12:2 and a few of our ALC themes.  View: 19:15 – 37:30 mins 

Bill Johnson quotes
“Some people call this the ascended life.”
“It is my desire that we understand and learn to practice this in the next couple of years.” 
“I feel that the difference between praying/living from earth versus praying/living from Heaven is the difference between being a servant and being a son.” 
“Some of what we think comes with the return of Christ, comes with the renewed mind of Christ.”

Wrap it up
Suffice it to say, that being a son and daughter of God has never been more inspiring.  We’re more alive in God than ever… and my basic motivational gifting – being a pioneer – is more engaged than ever in my life.  Despite the gloominess of politics, covid and societal ills, it feels like the future is bright and hope-filled.  It’s a proven fact, how you view life determines the way life begins to come to you.  As our perspective becomes more Heavenly-places-filled, the clouds of darkness get exchanged for the Son of Heaven dawning a bright new day.

“The path of the righteous grows brighter and brighter even unto the noon day sun.” – Prov 4:18

If you’d like to talk further on these subjects, please view our website first.  It may answer some of your questions.  Then if you’d like to talk, feel free to email.

Our blessings and much love!!
Mark & Debbie Hendrickson

11011 Olive St
Kansas City, MO 64131
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Now I BELIEVE!

20 Jan

Yesterday morning my good friend Ryan, was driving to his work when ‘out of the blue’, he heard, “Your boss is going to complain about his painful elbow today.  If you pray for it, I will heal it.”  Ryan was kind of taken aback, because nothing he had been thinking about related to this thought.  Then, he promptly forgot about it.

During the day, his boss asked him for help and while they were together, his boss said, “Man! My elbow is so sore!”  Ryan immediately remembered the thought from earlier.  And before he could chicken out, he quickly said, “This morning on the way to work, God told me that you would complain about your elbow and that if I prayed for it, He would heal your elbow.  Do you mind if I pray?”

Hesitatingly, the boss said, “OK.”

Ryan prayed a very simple prayer and immediately asked his boss to move it and check it out.

The man exclaimed, “How’d you do that?!”  
Ryan asserted, “It’s God.  Is all the pain gone?”
 Surprised, “Almost all.” 
“Do you mind if I pray again?” 
“Sure.”

Another short prayer and the boss was elated.  The pain was all but gone… only the smallest of pain remained.  Ryan finished by saying, “You go home and when you wake up tomorrow morning the pain will be all gone!”This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is now-i-believe.jpg

Well, this morning Ryan texted his boss to get the assignment for the day and asked about the elbow.  Here’s the proof.

Don’t you love living in the Kingdom with God!!

–MLH

Eyesight restored!

18 Jan

Somewhere around 10 years ago, my great friend Barry, who is of senior age, began to lose his vision in his left eye.  He had already lost all sight in his right eye.  The doctors diagnosed him as having macular degeneration.  This is a malady for which the medical community has no cure.  His eyesight had degenerated to 20/70, which made driving a vehicle very difficult.

About 8 years ago, someone prophesied to him that if he laid his hands on his eyes and prayed for them, God would begin to heal them.

About a week later, while in a leader’s meeting, a friend came up to him and said, “God told me to kiss your eyes and that He would heal them.”  Barry’s reaction was “fat chance”, but as he thought about it, he thought this is just weird enough that it could be God.  So he let the friend kiss his eyes.

A day or so later, Barry was in a completely different meeting when a young lady came up to him and said, “I feel like I am to sing a song over you.”  So she sang a spontaneous song which ended with singing in tongues.  Then the young lady gave him a painting she had painted, entitled, ‘The Eye of God’ (below). This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is eye.jpg

Within another day or so another person in Sioux Falls prayed for his eyesight.  Afterward, she challenged him, “Call it ‘macular RE-generation’.”

About a week later, Barry had a routine Dr appointment and discovered that his eyesight had dramatically improved to 20/45.  He and his wife Mary, were elated.  Interestingly, his eyesight has continued to slowly improve to between 20/35 and 20/30 over the last 7 years.

But a week ago, some guests were in Barry’s home and asked him about the “Eye of God” painting.  Barry told the story and gave glory to God for the improvement of his eyesight.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” – Rev 12:11

Well, a few days later, he had another routine Dr appointment.  In the eye exam he read all the lines and then asked if there were more lines.  The assistant said, “No Barry, that means you have 20/20 vision!”  Shortly afterwards,  Doctor Sam who had been attending Barry over the years, walked in and exclaimed (I quote verbatim), “Barry, what the hell you been doing!?”  Barry laughed and replied, “It’s an answer to prayer… God is healing me.”  With resignation, Doctor Sam replied, “Well, I don’t have any other explanation.” 

So through some strange… and even weird… installments, God has fully restored Barry’s eyesight in his left eye!!!  

Now, that deserves a Hallelujah and a Thank You, Lord!!!

— MLH