Archive | October, 2014

Quote: Sin-conscious Mindset Mis-colors Everything

30 Oct

Any contradiction that can get you to forget your true identity, innocence and worth defeats you.

Religion over the years has majored on the subject of sin-consciousness.  The moment something goes wrong, guilt trips are empowered.  Simon’s response is surprising after he witnesses the teaching and ministry of Jesus, and a catch that he could not claim any credit for!  “Depart from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!”  He apparently felt a lot more familiar and comfortable to account the previous night’s toil and no success to his own sinfulness!  Karma makes so much sense to a religion that makes its money out of paying and returning customers!

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The Glory of God – Another Look

29 Oct

When you try to visualize the glory of God, what is the picture that comes into your mind?  Do you think of something ethereal, shining, wispy, a cloud, a radiance, something emanating from God and falling upon mankind?   I would not disagree.  In fact we have Biblical references to all these aspects of God’s glory.

But it is said that Saint Irenaeus, who lived in the second century AD, coined this phrase, “The glory of God is man fully alive.”  Actually his quote in Latin is, “Gloria Dei est vivens homo”, which literally means, “The glory of God is living man.”  Could this be scripturally sound?  Could it be that the glory of God isn’t only something that emanates from God but is also something finite and physical… could His glory be – a human?

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him – Gen 1:27

A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God…  – I Cor 11:17

Did you catch that?  Man is the image and glory of God!  How spectacular!  Not only does God give glory, like we agreed at thThe Mts shall break forth before you!e beginning, but the glory of God is a thing… a man… a living breathing human being.

What if God’s perspective of man is that we are the pinnacle of His creation… we’re the epitome of His highest intentions… and if you ever wondered what God considers glorious, He would say, “Look at man.”

Are we okay with that?  Can we really ‘wear’ this honor and distinction without flinching?  But I imagine that right about now a thought is going through our minds, like 1) “I’m not good enough for that”… or 2) “Isn’t that somehow diminishing God by bringing Him down to the level of man?”

Great questions.  Wonder what God thinks about that?  Consider these passages:

… as He is, so also are we in this world. – I John 4:17

 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son – Roms 8:29

 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory – II Cor 3:18

When(ever – author) Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. – Col 3:4

Hmmm!  Evidently this idea of being like God, is not an errant rogue thought.  And No, He’s not jeopardizing His God-ly-ness to make us like Him.  Looks like God is trying to get us to believe that He’s conforming us to Himself.  

Could it be possible that we’re the focal point and object of all of His affections… we are plan A, His first choice and His highest intentions in all of history.  We’re so valued, loved and esteemed that He sent His only begotten son Jesus, to be murdered on a humiliating and torturous tree so that we would really believe His good intentions for us.

Side note: Do we realize that the value of a thing is determined by what someone will pay for it?  So do you get this?… Since Jesus paid His life for you, then you are worth the same value as Jesus!

Wow!  This is heady stuff.  I think our God REALLY wants us to get this!!!   Listen to Jesus’ passionate longing and private dialog He had with His Father about you and me in John 17:21-24

21 that they may all be one; even as (in the same way – author) You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be IN Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

22“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one (with us – author), just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity (with us – author), so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. 24“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see (comprehend and receive – author) My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

Can you hear the deepest longings of a “love that surpasses knowledge” (Eph 3:19)?  How is it that the Supreme Being of all the universe is so taken with us.  So taken the He gives us the same glory that He has.  He wants us to be “perfectly unified” with Him and the Father in every way… and to be with Him right where He is.

O thank Heavens!  We’re getting new eyes!  We’re being transformed by the renewing of our minds into understanding that we are “his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance (Eph 1:18b).  Yes, we read it correctly.  We are Jesus’ RICH AND GLORIOUS INHERITANCE.  Woweee!  The Prince of Peace, the King of all Kings, The Lord of all Lords get us as His inheritance.  We must really be  s-o-m-e-b-o-d-y!!!

Let’s explore this a bit further in Eph 3:17-19

17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Let’s see if I’m getting this right!  If we get rooted and established in love… then we can grasp the magnitude of God’s love… that goes beyond the capabilities of human reason… so that we could begin to believe that we are filled with all the fullness of God.  Wait A Minute!  Did it say, ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD?!?!  Now, that really stretches my believe-er.  Am I supposed to believe that God is talking about me?

Well, I guess it boils down to this; either God’s a liar… and I don’t think that’s possible… or I’m a different species than ‘somebody’ has led me to believe.  

Let’s try it from another angle.

Remember this verse; “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers” (II Cor 6:14)?  We wisely use this admonition to counsel believers not to marry unbelievers… right?  Well, consider this: If God holds this standard out for us, then in order to be in keeping with His own nature, He would have to abide by the same standard when it comes to marrying His Son Jesus to us, His bride.  In other words, in order to be married to Jesus you must be equal to Jesus!!  Now come on, before we have a knee jerk reaction to this stupendous concept, let’s just ask ourselves if God’s Word is true.  Did you come up with an answer?  Lock it in.  Okay, I think we’re getting it, now.  If you’re married to Jesus then you are His equal. 

So, could it be that all we have to do is believe what He says about us for us to be equally yoked/married to Jesus?  That sounds too easy.  All I have to do is de-activate my doubt-er and activate my believe-er.

Well, let’s try one more point and wrap this up by returning to our original subject of man being the glory of God.  

What if these are God’s intentions; that we fully comprehend His love for us… so that we get transformed by our minds being made new… until we’re as He is in this world… filled with all the fullness of God… and are conformed into His image… with ever increasing glory on us… until we’re actually the re-presentation of the glory of Jesus on the earth?  What if we truly begin to believe in our righteousness that is of Jesus, until we can say along with Jesus, and with full conviction, “If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father.” (Jn 14:9)  ( eh-hem… just clearing my throat)  Okay, let’s move on…

 Assuming that we’re on track so far, then what does the following verse mean, now.

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.  – Hab 2:14

Oh, oh!  I think we’re getting it.  

God’s intends to fill the earth with believe-ers who are fully convinced of the knowledge that they are the glory of God.  The ‘glory of the Lord’ message and the ‘glory-fied’ believers become so prolific that the whole earth is filled with the glory of God.  This planet gets covered as the waters cover the sea with the walking, talking, breathing glory of God – man.  Every eye sees a real re-presentation of Jesus, because we’re walking in the reality of, “we are as He is in this world”.

So as soon as we get this, here’s our blue print prophecy.  

1 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.  9186569-a-joyous-man-with-arms-stretched-up-to-a-glorious-sky3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn (of a new day – author). – Isa 60:1-3

Saints… sons and daughters of God… the bride of Christ… it’s time to believe that we are, who we really are.  Old and lesser mindsets have grown worse than stuffy and stale… we’ve determined that they’re our enemy and they intend to rob us of our status and inheritance.  We’re taking those thieving thoughts captive, because we’re at the dawn of a new day… and living in today will require that our believe-er gets a serious upgrade.  So, we determine to believe radically upgraded new thoughts… because “as a man thinks (believes – author) in his heart so is he” (Prov 23:7).

Okay, are we ready to be transformed?  Concentrate now… swallow hard… and repeat this ten times, “By the grace of God, I am the glory of God.”


Song: Out of Hiding – by Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger

28 Oct

Out of Hiding is another now-song reflecting God’s current emphasis on Grace.  He wants to shatter our mental strongholds of distance, delay and fear which are huge influences in a spiritual orphan’s mindset.  Even though sons, we don’t comprehend His amazing goodness, so we protect ourselves and hide at a distance in fear.  And to provide for ourselves we sweat because we doubt that God will take care of us… until maybe after we get to Heaven.  But in Out of Hiding, Steffany Gretzinger sings simple yet profound truths from a good Savior… who yearns for us with oozing passion from His love-struck heart.  Then He pleads, “No need to hide.  No need to wait.  Run into My arms.  Do you believe?  Can you believe?  Don’t quit now!  Leave your orphan-ness behind… You’re almost home now to me!”  — MLH 

The Undoing





Out of Hiding

by Steffany Gretzinger & Amanda Cook

Come out of hiding
You’re safe here with Me
There’s no need to cover
What I already see

You’ve got your reasons
But I hold your peace
You’ve been on lockdown
And I hold the key

‘Cause I loved you before you knew it was love
And I saw it all, still I chose the cross
And you were the one that I was thinking of
When I rose from the grave

Now rid of the shackles, My victory’s yours
I tore the veil for you to come close
There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore
You’re not far from home

I’ll be your lighthouse
When you’re lost at sea
And I will illuminate

No need to be frightened
By intimacy
No, just throw off your fear
And come running to Me

‘Cause I loved you before you knew it was love
And I saw it all, still I chose the cross
And you were the one that I was thinking of
When I rose from the grave
Now rid of the shackles, My victory’s yours
I tore the veil for you to come close
There’s no reason to stand at a distance anymore
You’re not far from home
Not far from home

Keep on coming

And oh as you run
What hindered love
Will only become
Part of the story

Baby, you’re almost home now
Please don’t quit now
You’re almost home to Me

From the Album: The Undoing

Listen to an interview with her about The Undoing Album.




Quote: Exposing the Orphan Mindset

25 Oct

Mel is one of the freshest and clearest voices that I know on our journey into Grace.  In this eye-opening re-post he addresses a crucial ‘giant’ that has held much of humanity in bondage… the orphan mindset.  This mindset makes a person feel compelled to protect and provide for themselves (among many other poor to awful mindsets) because they think no one else will.  If you find yourself in this list of orphan mindsets, the revelation of Grace and the over-the-top favor of our Father will help to slay this ‘giant’ of feeling like a spiritual orphan. – MLH

The Spiritual Orphan Mindset

man_sunsetEvery once and a while I’ll turn my radio back on and expose myself to the theology of popular Christian music, only to be reminded again why I don’t listen to it.  The other day was no exception.

To be fair, there are also many good songs being written.  Songs that glorify God and remind us of who we are in Christ.  But many being sung only harden the spiritual orphan mindset and take us further away from our true identity.

You might be thinking about now, what do I mean by a spiritual orphan mindset?  I’m glad you asked!  I’ve written about it a lot in the past but will focus in on the mindset here.

First, a spiritual orphan, in a word, is about separation.  Orphans are fatherless and alone.  Spiritual orphans also live as though alone, instead of in the constant embrace their heavenly Father.

Therefore, the spiritual orphan mindset is about the illusion of separation.

Its theology is always about distance and delay.

Any time you view yourself separate from God in any way, you’re thinking like a spiritual orphan.

While it is true, from Adam until Christ, we were separated from God because the first orphan–Satan–got Adam to eat from the wrong tree.  But Jesus, the first and only begotten Son, told this orphaned world that He would leave and send the Promise of the Father–the Holy Spirit–so that we would no longer be orphans.

For the triune God would come and make His home in those who believed in Him (bold-type added for emphasis).

I will not leave you orphans;
I will come to you…
23 Jesus answered and said to him,
If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word;
and My Father will love him,
and We will come to him
and make Our home with him.” (John 14:18, 23 NKJV)

In fact, Jesus’ final discourse in John before He’s betrayed by spiritual orphans (John 13:31-17:26) is about what it looks like when you’re at home in the Father and He’s at home in you.  It needs to be read as one message.

It’s about our life with our Father in Christ–now–as a son in the Spirit.

You are home now in Him.

But here’s the real problem.  We’ve been taught and have lived with an orphan view of Christianity for many centuries–a theology that thinks like we’re still spiritual orphans, like under the Old Testament.

But once you see it, you will clearly see that this religious paradigm contradicts the truth about who we are in Christ.  The risk I take in saying this is that this mindset is so deeply entrenched in our thinking that you may dismiss or argue with what I’m saying.

Let me give you some examples of what I mean by this orphan-hearted illusion of separation.

We are thinking like a spiritual orphan when…

…we see Jesus crucified, buried and resurrected but we don’t see ourselves crucified, buried and resurrected in Him

…we think of ourselves down here on the earth but God is up there in heaven

…it’s all about going to heaven when we die instead of being invited into fellowship with the Father in the Son at His right hand in heaven now (1 John 1:3-5)

…we relate to Jesus more than the Father, even though Jesus’ purpose was to bring us into the same relationship He has had with the Father from eternity (John 17:21-26)

…we pray to Jesus instead of to the Father as His sons in Christ (John 16:23-24)

…we think and say that Jesus is the only way to heaven instead of the only way to the Father (John 14:6)

…most of our worship songs are about Jesus but very few about the Father

…we sing songs or pray to plead with the Holy Spirit to come (instead of asking to be made more aware of His presence)

…we put off the relevance of the Kingdom of heaven until after we die

…like the younger rebellious brother (Luke 15:11-24), we prefer the things of God apart from Him rather than having them in Him.

…like the elder religious brother (Luke 15:31),we put off our inheritance until we die and go to heaven, never availing ourselves to all that the Father has now (Luke 12:32)

…we think we’re getting a “mansion” up in the sky somewhere when we die instead of it being a dwelling place in the Spirit now.  I wrote on this before

…we see ourselves as a slave instead of a son (Gal.4:7), a servant of God instead of His friend and confidential partner (John15:15),

…our relationship with God is shaped more by duty and service than intimacy and mutually reciprocating love

…we say (or sing) that this is not our home, that heaven is our home, but we fail to see that we’re living from heaven now (Eph.2:6; Phil.3:20; Heb.12:22).  I wrote about thishere

…we relate more to the Old Testament God of conditional performance-obedience than the unconditional love, righteousness and holiness freely given to us through the grace of Jesus Christ by believing His promises (Rom.4:3-5; 5:17)

…we think individualistically, not seeing our life in Christ in a corporate family sense

…we’re seeing ourselves in any way different than Christ in this world (1 John 4:17).  Not that we’re God, but that we are in Him and His life is our life (Gal.2:20; Col.3:3).

Furthermore, the orphan mindset is seen in the carnal Corinthians in Paul’s day, who he called spiritual infants because they were thinking like “mere humans,” dividing themselves by their pet doctrines and by who they follow (1 Cor.1:10-13; 3:1-3).

When we say, “I’m a ____ (fill in your denomination or non-denomination) instead of, “I’m part of the family of God in Christ,” we reveal this mentality.

Spiritual orphans don’t think multi-generationally, but only for themselves, preferring doctrines that feed our need for self-preservation rather than relationship and intimacy.

We would rather condemn this planet and escape from it than be the light and love of our Father in it.

Nor do spiritual orphans consider the original, unrescinded mandate for dominion (Gen.1:26-28), which was to cultivate the culture of heaven on the earth–to represent the Father’s heart as Jesus did, until the knowledge of God covers the earth like the waters cover the sea (Hab.2:14).

Beloved, we are fully-affirmed sons and daughters of our heavenly Father, not scared and fear-driven spiritual orphans groping in the dark.  We belong to one another, part of the biggest family in creation, spanning both heaven and earth (Eph.3:14-15).

So let’s stop thinking like orphans, singing like orphans… let’s be about our Father’s business.  He’s got really good things in mind for us!

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For more inspired writing from Mel Wild see his blog: In My Father’s House

A New Age Dawns – Aquarius?

25 Oct

No! I am NOT a ‘New Age-er’!  But I AM referring to a new age the likes of which Paul referred to in Ephesians.

(But God)… raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. – Eph 2:5-7

Here, and at least 6 other times in the New Testament, we see that ‘ages’ are indeed Biblical.  And from the above passage, we can deduce that there must be at least 2 more ‘ages’ after the writings of Paul to the Ephesians.

With that in mind… and taking into consideration many revolutionary things currently happening in the body of Christ, I believe that we have crossed the ‘threshold’ into another epoch age.  And although the exact timing of this is VERY subjective, I have publicly spoken that 2012 seemed to be when a significant ‘shift’ occurred in the body of Christ.

Some of the ‘shift’ indicators are radical… but they’re all making our relationship with God so much more poignant and real.  Check my post here for an overview of changes taking place in our beliefs.

Now if you can go with me on a journey of thought, I believe you’ll be intrigued at least… and maybe inspired with fresh faith for where we are in history.  Let’s see if this passage in Luke gives us any insight regarding our entrance into a new epic age. (Note the bold type.)

And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. 11 Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.”

13 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.

14 When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. 15 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire, I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.– Lk 22:10-16

I’ve wondered why this level of minute detail was recorded in Holy Writ, knowing that every detail is Divinely inspired and “profitable”…

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness – II Tim 3:16

If every little jot and tittle is important then how could reading about the man with the pitcher of water be so important to us today?  (A little warning regarding what you are about to read: Be assured, for Biblical reasons, I do NOT advocate zodiac-inspired horoscope reading… or anything associated with it.  BUT also note the following passages of Scripture clearly tell us that celestial bodies declare what is on God’s mind for mankind.)

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. – Ps 19:1-4

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, – Gen 1:14


It has been heralded by astrologers and by pop music that we are entering the Age of Aquarius (note the ‘5th Dimension’ popular song – Age of Aquarius – 1969).  I understand that this astrological age doesn’t have a specific date that can announce its definitive beginning or end.  But something is most striking about this astrological epoch is the universally accepted graphic that symbolizes the age of Aquarius is a man carrying a pitcher of water.  Considering this, and the strange mention of a man carrying a pitcher in the Gospel of Luke, I’ve wondered if there may be a relationship between the two.  Then recently a good friend discovered information on this website which really surprised me… I’ve included the pertinent text here:

“Some astrologers say the Age of Aquarius actually began in 2012. That’s because they believe the star Regulus in the constellation Leo the Lion marked the ancient border between the constellations Leo and Cancer. This star moved to within 30o of the September equinox point in 2012, meaning that Regulus left the sign Leo to enter the sign Virgo in that year.  Presuming equal-sized constellations in antiquity, that places the border of the constellations Pisces and Aquarius at 150o west of Regulus, or at the March equinox point.  By this reckoning, the Age of Aquarius started in 2012.”

Remember, that I’ve been publicly proposing that 2012 was a time of epic shift for the body of Christ.  Now at the very least, this is a long-shot of coincidence… but could this be revolutionary information and very empowering for us?

Could it be that the disciple’s journey into the city about 2000 years ago was not only a useful ‘map’ for their immediate mission, but also a prophetic parallel and portend for the future?  What if it could serve as a road map to help us determine the mind of God for our age… the new Biblical age of the man carrying a pitcher of water?

Let me lay it out more clearly.  Could this Luke 22 passage be saying, “As mankind journeys into the future “a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water” (Aquarius man: significant of the One who is the Giver of the Water of Life), “follow him” (stop your worn out old religious mindsets) and enter a “large furnished upper room” (because of greater revelation of Grace, now fully experience the finished work of the cross that has already ‘raised us’ to an expansive and liberty-filled place in the Heavenlies – Eph 2:6)?  There, prepare for another epic meal (a greater intimate knowing, communion and co-union) with this Wonderful Man Jesus, as a fulfillment of His promise in Lk 22:10-16.”

Of course, eating a meal with Jesus has always been available to God’s people who desire it.  Consider Jesus’ appeal to believers.

‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes (his preoccupation with beggar and sinner mindsets… and believes My declaration of ‘righteous’ over him), I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, (in Kingdom ruling, fashion and order, in exact like manner) as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. – Rev 3:20-21 (parenthesis mine – MLH)

ALL of God could be accessed by any individual throughout history, but as in other epochs where God made special ‘wholesale’ availability on some new aspect regarding His relationship with mankind (Eden, Mosaic Law, New Covenant, Bapt of Holy Spirit and others…), in this new epoch/age, globally, we’re experiencing a ‘wholesale’ grace for Grace… which translates into a revolutionary upgrade in our individual and corporate relationship with Him.

No, I’m not a ‘New Age-er’… but yes, I feel confident that we’re entering a new Biblical age.  Follow the ‘map’ and prepare to eat Jesus’ fulfillment meal with Him.  If the meal 2000 years ago (The Last Supper) was so epic that it became an icon, then how epic will this meal be?


Quote: What is Grace?

24 Oct

The three gospels that were present in the first-century church are still with us today: the gospel of legalism, the gospel of libertinism, and the gospel of lordship and liberty (which is the gospel that both Jesus and Paul preached). 

Most errors circulating in the Christian world today can be found in the New Testament era.  In particular, the two main enemies of the gospel—legalism and libertinism (license to sin)—were both present in the early church

Galatians was written to legalists—hence the strong emphasis on liberty, freedom, and grace.  James was written to libertines, those who presumed on the grace of God and turned it into a license to sin.  Thus the book of James is strong on obedience, faith that expresses itself in works, repentance (for the believer), and false faith (or presumption).

The grace of God that is envisioned in the New Testament is amazing, radical, and beyond belief.  However, in their reaction to legalism, some Christians have distorted the grace of God into a license for sinning.  Interestingly, this same thing was happening in the first century:

They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. (Jude v. 4 NIV)

Many years ago I was part of a new church plant where most of the members came out of a religious-based, duty-based, law-based form of Christianity.  The person who planted the church was strong on “radical grace.”  However, there was no balance in his message, and he ended up ignoring many New Testament texts that show us that God’s grace is not a license to sin but rather an empowering force that teaches us to defeat sin:

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. (Titus 2:11–12 NIV)

The result was that licentiousness broke out everywhere in the church.  People would flaunt and even evangelize their sin under the banners “we are free in Christ” and “we’re under grace, not law.”

Point: if you’re preaching grace and immorality breaks out everywhere you preach, then you’re not preaching grace.  You’re preaching something else.

To read the full article click here.

From Frank Viola’s blog (  (4/16/14) – author of Jesus Now: Unveiling the Present-Day Ministry of Christ and many other books.



Quote: Born To Run… Free!

13 Oct

“So now the stage is set for us; all these faith heroes cheer us on as it were like a great multitude of spectators in the amphitheater.  This is our moment!  As with an athlete who is determined to win, it would be silly to carry any baggage of the old law system that would weigh one down.  Make sure you do not get your feet clogged up with sin-consciousness.  Become absolutely streamlined in faith.  Run the race of your spiritual life with total persuasion.”  (Persuaded in the success of the cross).”   Heb 12:1 – (Mirror Bible)

Quote: Billy Graham Prophesies

12 Oct

Billy Graham’s Stunning Prophecy

The following quote was authored by Billy Graham in the year 1965.  Is his prediction coming to pass in our time?

Multitudes of Christians within the church are moving toward the point where they may reject the institution that we call the church.  They are beginning to turn to more simplified forms of worship.  They are hungry for a personal and vital experience with Jesus Christ.  They want a heartwarming personal faith.  Unless the church quickly recovers its authoritative Biblical message, we may witness the spectacle of millions of Christians going outside the institutional church to find spiritual food.

Quoted in “World Aflame,” pp. 79-80.

Here is another priceless quote by Graham.  It’s his answer to the question, What would you be doing if you didn’t have the large evangelistic ministry that you have now, but were rather a local minister?

I think one of the first things I would do would be to get a small group of eight or ten or twelve men around me that would meet a few hours a week and pay the price.  It would cost them something in time and effort.  I would share with them everything I have, over a period of years.  Then I would actually have twelve ministers among the laymen who in turn could take eight or ten or twelve more and teach them.  I know one or two churches that are doing that, and it is revolutionizing the church. Christ, I think, set the pattern.  He spent most of his time with twelve men.  He didn’t spend it with a great crowd.  In fact, every time he had a great crowd it seems to me that there weren’t too many results.  The great results, it seems to me, came in his personal interview and in the time he spent with the twelve.

Quoted in “Billy Graham Speaks: The Evangelical World Prospect,” Christianity Today, vol. 3, no. 1, p. 5, Oct. 13, 1958.

Reposted from Frank Viola Beyond Evangelical
December 7, 2008 By  68 COMMENTS

DPM Update – 2014 October

11 Oct

Dear Friends

Leaders advance
Recently I was one of the guest speakers at a leader’s advance at Destiny Church in Rochester, MN.  As always, it was a great time of fellowship and fanning the flames… and maybe ‘pushing the envelope’ just a little bit.  🙂  Rod Marquette and Connie Marquette and their team are the best hosts of these quarterly Bethel Global Legacy meetings.  These meetings are always full of life, love and koinonia.  I love these leaders because they’re reaching for the freshest things in God and extend much liberty to explore outside the ‘normal’ box.  Lots of freedom and fondness in this group.

San Diego/LA trips

Deb and I just spent a couple days with part of our Asian ‘family’ in Impact Harvest Church (Jack & Annie Lee-pastors) in Monrovia, CA.  They’ve adopted us as Mom and Pop for the last 7 or 8 years… and it’s been a great joy to walk with these young people as they become adults, get married and begin their own new families.  We’ve had some amazing God-times and many just good heart times… like the last (2) nights where we met for a no-agenda house church that had lots of participation, that included lots of laughter and some tears… and a mid-week worship evening that was easy, tender and so ‘homey’.  Paul said, “You have ten thousand teachers but not many fathers.” (I Cor 4:15)  We love our ‘job’… loving on Jesus and loving on His favorite people.  

SD / Area leaders
There has been much grace on our times in San Diego.  God has given our good friends Dave and Ann Clark, a gift for finding divine connections.  Over the last 6-8 years we’ve met many great leaders, but in the last 1-2 years a shift seems to have taken place in SD.  Several key area leaders are rising above the religious political system.  They’re freely crossing denominational boundaries and opening their churches to the free move of the Spirit despite their past denominational affiliations and potential ‘kickback’ from those who may not be supportive.  And it’s changing the spiritual climate of SD.  One group is reaching for a more New Testament blueprint of gatherings.  Another group is hosting midweek meetings where substantial miracles are common place.  Another group hosts a midweek meeting where the pastor says (somewhat facetiously), “My job is to be the person in control to make sure that nobody is in control.” I love that.  We’ve had amazing God-times in each of these places and with other out-of-the-box groups in SD.  It’s very rewarding to watch our friendships grow.

SD / family
This next week several of our family members (John & Cheryl and boys… and Chris & Lydia) will meet us in SD.  We’re going to be full time ‘on call’ to be about our father’s business.  Father’s business will quite likely take us to roof tops, night clubs, restaurants, on the streets, in house churches and formal churches.  Never a dull moment when you’re on the The Great Adventure.  It’ll be a blast to ‘do the stuff’ with the fam again.  (Check out John’s testimony about the last time he was in SD – below!)

Supernatural Provision book update
It’s been a most fun ride to live and write about a breakthrough of grace for ‘sweat-free’ provision.  We’ve fulfilled our contract with Destiny Image Publishers, by purchasing 5000 books since SP was published.almost 3 years ago.  Those books have all been given away (free or for the cost of shipping)… with the exception of less than 75 books remaining.  It’s been amazing to watch how each time we needed to make the next purchase, God miraculously created provision – nearly $25k (Read about a crazy provision miracle in this DPM Update).  We’re always amazed to hear the testimonies of bonafide and radical breakthroughs from people who’ve been impacted upon reading the book.  Each life changing story is another tribute to the power of this revelation.  

But now, we’re faced with another decision:

1)    Should we order a second pressing of Supernatural Provision?
2)    If so, how many should we print?

Your prayers are greatly appreciated… Like everything else in life, we need to hear what God’s heart is for the future of Supernatural Provision.

Cool Story – by Mark
Not long ago, a friend and I went to Bass Pro restaurant to have lunch.  We had been there about 1-2 years ago.  When we arrived, a waitress, who I didn’t recognize, walked up and energetically hugged us as we sat down.  She called us by name.  I exclaimed “How did you remember our names?”  She said that when we met her last, she was so impacted that she thought that we might have been angels… until she saw my buddy walk in a few times after that.  

She was very depressed that last time… I could see it in her eyes.  Then she told me the word I gave to her when we first met her.  I remembered what I had said… it was a word of hope for freedom from heavy and hurtful things that had happened to her.  Well, when she reminded me what I said last time, that led to something new for her this time.  I said, “Your eyes are brighter this time… like you’ve had a breakthrough and something has been lifted off of her since the last time.  She exclaimed, “You’re right.  I’m different.  I started going to a Bible study after you came last time.”  Then she kind of sheepishly asked, “Do you speak in tongues?”  We said, “For sure.”  She said, “I got baptized in the Holy Spirit, too.”  So cool!!!  

That led to a very heartfelt and free conversation over a bunch of stuff.  We were so proud of her and celebrated her personal breakthroughs.   Another waitress walked up and so we prayed for both of them; for healing, personal breakthrough and their children.  It was quite a God-moment!

When I paid the bill I knew I had to give her a ‘gem-bomb’ (A ‘bomb’ of over-the-top kindness).  I gave her $50 tip for a $30 dinner bill.  She looked at it and said, “Why did you do that?!   You will never know how much God that is!!!”  And she continued, “Just this morning, my son said, ‘Mom, I need $50 for my drama class.’”  She said, “Son, you’re killing me.  Where do you think I’m going to get that money?!”  She was incredulous and nearly cried several times during our conversation.  It was a very tender moment for us, too!  We exchanged contact info and she wants to come to something we’re doing soon.  Now ain’t that a cool story?

A Fun Story – by John Hendrickson… Sept 2014
Recently, on the last evening of my stay in San Diego, I was inspired to head out and play djembe in the downtown Gas Lamp Quarter.  I found a spot on the street across from Urban Outfitters.

I got situated in my position and started with about 3 min of ‘warm up’ patterns.  As I look to my side… about 25 ft away this homeless couple with their dogs, were already positioned to make some money and I noticed some possible frustration in their eyes.  I INSTANTLY assured them with my lips, “Any money I make right here will go directly to you!”  They seemed shocked and said, “Oh, sure keep playing dude.”

Five mins passed and I got my first $5.  While I’m still playing, I looked over at the homeless guy and say, “Come and get it.”  He’s again kinda stunned and takes it and goes back to his spot on the sidewalk.

I adjust the groove a bit and more money comes in.  A few guys start free-styling in front of me as I smile and interact rhythmically with their explicit-lyric-filled rhymes. They too hand me money.  I call my homeless friends over again, this time the guy sends the girl to get the money.  As she comes over I give her $8 and say, “Jesus is thinking about you tonight and He wants to bless you.”  She was very happy and went and sat back down.

I continued playing for a bit and his dogs start to sing with my drums.  Then more of his homeless buddies came over and he yells, “My dogs are singing with you dude, don’t stop, they love you.”  All 4 of these friends left smiling.

As I was feeling my grace was up for this area, this guy comes by and tells me, “There’s a guy down the street that can hear you and would really like to meet and play with you.”  So I thought, I guess that’s my cue. 

I moved to this new/busier location where this guy had 3 djembes, 2 chairs, a blanket with tarot cards laying out and singing bowls.  As he was finishing a tarot reading, I said to him, “Lets jam!”  He said, “You’re the guy from down there?”  I said, “Yeah, let’s do this.”  He said, “Right on!”… We played about 1 minute and someone walks up and drops 5 bucks in this guy’s hat!  He instantly was shocked cause he hadn’t gotten anything the last hour sitting out there!

I instantly thought, “I could use a little ‘show off my God’ right now.”  So I said, “I’ve got a deal… look at your watch and within 10 mins someone will drop money in the hat again.”  Sure enough 7 mins goes by and it happens.  I said to him again, “Look at your watch.  Within 5 mins more, money will be put in your hat.”  Bam MORE!  I said to him, “I’m showing you that this is all deeper than making money or telling peoples’ fortune.  Its about you being filled/happy and bringing happiness around you…”  This hippie dude is freaking out!  I told him again, “Look at your watch.  Within 4 minutes you’ll get more in your hat.”  Within 2 mins someone comes and asks him directions.  He precedes to direct him and the guy drops $5 in the hat… and this drummer guy looks at his watch and says, “That was 3:59 seconds!”

I said to him, “The God I know doesn’t need these cards, the bowls, or the crystals… All of this for you tonight was a kiss from Him… to let you know that He’s thinking about you and hasn’t forgot about you and that you are His friend.”  He was just losing it in such a good way, saying he’s been prophesying these things over others when all he ever wanted was somebody to tell him the same thing… He was in a zone of awww.

Then someone comes across the street and starts looking me up and down while he’s holding his guitar.  I soon motion him over and stand up eye level with him.  He says, “Do I know you?”  I said, “You look so familiar… but can’t place a name.”  Long story short, I didn’t know him.  This whole time we haven’t lost eye contact and so I said, “What’s your name?”  He answered “Inka.”  He asked my name and I responded, “John.”  He said, “My name means John.”  We still haven’t lost eye contact and I was thinking this guy is very unique!   

I’m going to jump out… I said, “John/Inka, you are a man that is changing lives and you’ve seen them changed.  People are never the same once they meet you.  You are different.  You are unique and John you have a destiny that’s bigger and better than you could ever imagine right now.  Lives will be changed because of you and what He (as I pointed up) will do through you.”  We never lost eye contact and in the middle I noticed his eyes starting to glisten over slightly.  I said, “You believe me don’t you?”  He shakes his head and says, “Yes, I do” (The hippie djembe guy is freaking out and saying, “Dude I’m getting goose-bumps ever since you came over here!”)  I said, “Tonight is your night and Jesus is reminding you that he hasn’t forgot about you.  You are His, He’s excited about you and wants to know you better!”  Stunned, dropped-mouth face… both of them.

I sit down for a second and he says, “Do you smoke or drink?”  I said, “I don’t smoke, but I did have 1 beer 3 hrs ago…(which I kinda felt like he was seeing my Christian level or something).  I instantly said, “Would it matter if I had 3 or 10?  After all, you just want the truth, which is exactly what I spoke to you.”  He said, “No, it doesn’t matter, I WILL believe anything you say, John!”  I could tell he was still watching me while I was talking to the hippie for a second and I said, “Inka, I want to hug you, not because I need it (he moved in for a hug) or cause you need it, but Jesus wants to give it to you tonight.”  After a semi-long hug and more encouragement in his ear, he then wanted to put money in the hat.  I said, “Keep your money, this is all for you tonight.”

By the end of a little over an hour that night, I made 6 new friends, encouraged the wits out of them and helped them make over 35 dollars… God had all of their phone numbers.

Norway trip in March
A year or two ago we became good friends with Oystein and Sigrid Hilleren,  a wonderful couple from Norway.  They have a house of prayer in Voss, Norway.  They’ve asked us to help guest lead a conference for them in March 2015.  In addition, it looks like we will be sharing in a bible school and several other places in Norway … and in Switzerland, on that trip.  More on this God-adventure soon!

Jesus Is Emmanuel – Music video
A very moving music video depicting Jesus involved with everyday people with everyday lives.  (approx. 4:18 mins)

Is the world better or worse than 100 years ago?
Here are 50 reasons why we’re living in the greatest period in world history

Lotsa love

Mark and Debbie
Dwelling Place Ministries
11011 Olive St
KC, MO 64131

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Quote: That’s Our Daddy!

5 Oct

“God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.” – Col 1:13-14 – The Message Bible

Thank you Jesus.

Dead end alley?…  Gone.

Dark dungeons?…  Bye bye.

Stuck in pit?…  Out.

Button To Sin stuck on repeat?…  Demolished that dang button once and for all.

Set us up in the kingdom: As the one who reigns. The victor. The conqueror. The overcomer. The one loved by the King.

Nancy Magiera

Founding Director of HUB Ministries

HUB (His United Body) usually meets at 7 pm on Sunday evenings at Indian Lakes Resort, 250 W Schick Rd in Bloomingdale, IL.

By the grace of God, at each meeting we expect healings, miracles, prophetic ministry, solid Biblical teachings and inspiring worship.  Thank you Lord for your sweet presence week after week!

If you are in the west-central Chicago-land area on Sunday evenings I highly recommend the HUB experience.  Nancy is a long time great friend of our family.   She and Hank her husband, and the HUB team love the Presence.  In fact, they are gluttons for His Presence.  We LOVE that about them!  And I love her writings.  They are so fresh, alive and infectious because she cultivates a vibrant and childlike relationship with her Father.   Click here for more about Chicago HUB. – MLH