John & Cheryl – another baby
More amazing news! The grands are popping like rabbits. John and Cheryl are expecting baby #4 next February. Can you believe it, Debbie and I will have a total of 7 grandkids 4 years old and under. Yay for the grands!!
He-Man Campers, Intl – Alert!!
The he-men, she-women and small fry will rendezvous for our yearly gathering NEXT WEDNESDAY!!! Aug 10-13 is almost upon us! Be advised of the new location: Just south of Joplin, MO. A small river runs beside the property… that means, swimming, floating and a rope swing out over the water. And with so many worship radicals attending we’re going to have worship in the open air chapel. We also have bathrooms and showers this year… YAY! There’s even a kitchen to cook food… for some of the campfire-challenged chefs. Playground equipment will entertain the small fry. And for the tent-challenged newbies, there are a few bunks available in the lodge… bring your own bedding. We’re gonna have a blast. Remember: it’s NEXT WEEK!!! For more info: (click here)
A small group of veteran pray-ers started gathering earlier this year and began seriously focusing on praying more theologically appropriate prayers. Hmmmm. That sounds heavy duty doesn’t it? Well, all it really means is praying the way our bibles read in the New Covenant. We’ve discovered that we pray far more inappropriate prayers than we could hardly believe. We had to unlearn Old Covenant models of begging… in favor of praying:
From the finished work of the cross
From Heaven versus from earth
From victory versus for victory
You see, when we pray, “When will You rend the Heaven’s and come down”, it’s outdated by about 2000 years. Jesus already did that! Praying to a God afar off… must be replaced with praying from our exalted position of being seated in the Heavenlies with Christ and inside of God. Remember, Jesus said, “It is finished”, so we must begin thinking and praying like it really is finished… meaning we must begin to thank Him and prophesy Father’s will into existence. We must see ourselves as fully empowered with all of His Kingdom available to us.
I realize that most of us wrestle mightily with insecurity when it comes to God’s love… fearing that we’ve fallen out of His love by some infraction… or major sin. This tends to keep us in fear and ‘at a distance’ from God, such that we have difficulty praying with any degree of confidence.
Here’s a major insight: If we ever pray with any trepidation or fear of God, or if we ever doubt His good will toward us… then we automatically know that we don’t really know Father’s love well enough, because, “Knowing His love perfectly, drives out all fear.” You see, His love for us has nothing to do with our works (good or bad) or the lack of them. “It’s not by works of righteousness which we have done…” , so we must learn how to “…come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
We must deal militantly with old covenant paradigms and fear based thoughts and prayers. We must …demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. But be advised: This is much harder than it seems! For one week try only praying/prophesying Father’s will from your Heavenly position toward your earthly situations. Old default and automatic prayer rhetoric will try to dominate your mind and vocabulary… and will try to violate your position of faith. It’s crazy how much our minds have become saturated with outdated patterns of thought!
Anyway, we experienced about 2 months of awkward prayers because our ‘CPU’s’ were maxing out trying to replace our overly familiar inappropriate prayer paradigms with upgraded but as yet unfamiliar prayer vocabulary. But eventually we began to experience some amazing and refreshing anointed prayer meetings. Now that we’ve created a little beachhead of upgraded praying, we’re beginning to open up this prayer meeting to others. It’s been good!
Want some homework? Try this: Ask yourself what Father’s will is regarding your situation. Got it? Now picture yourself seated/hidden in Christ… and begin praying from your Heavenly position toward your earthly circumstances. There are only two appropriate postures now: thanking and prophesying. Enjoy your workout. :-)
OK… I’ll help get you started. First, notice that there is no begging… nor is there any asking, in this prayer… because we confidently believe that whatever Father has already told us, is really true. Now, let’s say that you need a breakthrough… and since we already know, “He’s given us everything pertaining to life and godliness”, then we say,
“Father I’m not sure about all the future details of this story, but I’m confident that it has a fantastic outcome because You and I are writing a powerful living epistle with my life. I’m learning to be secure in Your love and co-labor with You by prophesying into my situations… just like my brother Jesus, would do. So I declare that breakthroughs and provision will come forth to fulfill Your will and all of my needs “according to Your riches in glory”. And any resistances that would be a barrier to that process must fall and be gone, in Jesus’ name. Father, I’m delighted to be in this story-writing process with You. You and I make a great partnership. Thank You for all the past trophies of breakthroughs that fill the ‘mantle’ of my life. You are a great Father! When we talk about this again later today, I’ll tell You a couple of those trophy stories, because I know You love hearing my grateful heart. In the meantime, I thank You for another powerful victorious story in the making. Amen”
Video of miracles in Sweden
You’ve seen the powerful movies; Furious Love, Finger of God, Father of Lights, Holy Ghost and Holy Ghost Reborn… well here’s another radical movie by a completely different ministry from Sweden. It’s about 100 mins long and has dozens of real time powerful and bonafide healings, baptism of Holy Spirit, believable deliverances with God-signs and radical salvations. This is not a re-inactment or hype… just real ‘on the street’ God encounters of the radically impacting kind. Don’t be surprised if your heart does ‘strange’ things. :-) I highly recommend The Last Reformation – The Beginning (2016) – FULL MOVIE! It’s free!
Just for fun
Watch this young boy try to demonstrate how God’s power is “stronger than the world” (Just over a minute of video fun)
Appreciation for you!
Thank you for winning over lower mindsets and training your heart to hear and obey His voice. Thank you for becoming a ‘self feeder’ as you’ve learned to ‘dig’ for your own fresh spiritual water and food. Thank you for being a Life source and Light bearer to your world. You are a great delight to your Heavenly Father.
Everywhere Debbie and I go, your hearts are so warm and full of love. Thank you for how you graciously care for us and inspire us! We truly love you!!!
Much Grace to you and yours!
Mark and Debbie
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