Archive | November, 2014

DPM Update – 2014 Nov – Happy Thanksgiving!

25 Nov

Dear FriendsTurkey

Happy Thanksgiving!
A great big “Thank you” to all turkeys, everywhere!  Delectable and sumptuous culinary pleasures are only hours away.  Yay!!!

John & Cheryl, the boys and soon-to-be-born granddaughter, will join us on Turkey Day along with friends who don’t have family nearby.  We’ll share in the goodness of the Lord… and rally with thanksgiving to our better-than-we-thought God.  Isn’t it awesome that our country has a national holiday to stop and give thanks.  Maybe Jeremiah was prophesying of the United States’ Thanksgiving holiday here:

Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for grain, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. – Jer 31:12

Thank you Lord for Your over-the-top favor and supernatural provision to all of us!!  You are amazing!

Train ride adventure
Recently I experienced my very first ride on a train… from Hollywood to San Diego.  The 3 hour trip was easy and fun.  Deb and I quickly struck up conversations with the ‘neighbors’.  We found a young tech engineer from Taiwan who we tried to impress with our mangled Mandarin… he tolerated us and smiled and took pictures of us.  🙂  We met a young single quiet gal from Belarus pursuing further education in the US.  We met an inspiring and easily conversant local church secretary.   But most impacting was when we met Terrence, a man who just happened to be the drummer at Desert Vineyard, pastored by David Parker… a friend who we’ve not seen for nearly 25 years.  David and I were both on the church staff at Kansas City Fellowship, back in the 1980’s.  Several other strikingly ‘coincidental’ facts popped up in our conversation, so we invited him to our meetings while he was visiting relatives in San Diego.  He came and we all unleashed the goodness of God on him in ministry time.  He was very blessed… and have connected several times since then.  It was a divine setup… so fun and exciting to be on God-adventures.

Luke – twice nominated for Dove Awards
Julie Meyer’s Christmas CD and One Thing – 2013 Sing Your Praises (Live) were both nominated in the Christmas Album of the Year and Special Event Album of the Year categories, respectively.  Luke was the primary producer on both CDs.  Isaac, John and others also helped on Julie’s CD.  Neither album won a Dove Award but what an honor to be nominated!  Luke will be producing One Thing 2014 the end of December.

Europe trip
Plans are still in the works for our March/April 2015 ministry trip to Norway and Switzerland and ???   We’re open to the possibility of other stops while we’re in that corner of the world. 

Supernatural Provision book milestone
A few days ago, our last available copy of Supernatural Provision was gifted into hungry hands as I shared in a KCHC weekend seminar (hosted by Steve Bartlett).  Our 5000 book contract with Destiny Image is fulfilled so now I’m shopping the possibilities of where to have the next batch of books printed.  If you have ideas or connections, please let me know.

Our itinerary
Nov 30 AM – Life Church in Nevada, MO (where we pastored a few years ago)
Nov 30 PM – Pentecostal Assembly in Nevada, MO
Dec 3-6 – Dayspring Church in Springfield, MO – Power and Love Conf with Todd White and others
Dec 6 – Dayspring Church – Regional leaders meeting

Thank you SO much for your love, your care and your prayers!!!   May Heaven reward you MANY times over!

Lotsa love
Mark and Debbie

Dwelling Place Ministries
11011 Olive St

KC, MO 64131
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Mirror Bible phone app
The Mirror Bible is finally available for your phone! You can download the iPhone or Android App using this link, here.

Smartphone flashlight warning
In the news: The top ten smartphone flashlight apps are malware, exposing your personal information to cyber criminals.  Answer: use a flashlight app that is under 100 kb in size.


Camping Under the Cross

12 Nov

In my friend Mel Wild’s blog, In My Father’s House, he recently posted an excellent article about how many believers get stuck, “Dancing at the door”.   That phrase creates such a great picture that I just couldn’t help writing more on the subject.

Most believers are so spiritually orphan minded and shame based in their relationship with Father, that they find themselves with their bedroll ‘setting up camp’ Crossunder the cross.  Why?  Because in keeping with the Accuser’s diabolic intent, we’re preoccupied with our ‘fallen-ness’… rather than our righteousness.  So the cross… our ‘door’… becomes our world.  The greater expanse of the Kingdom beyond is largely unexplored and quite unapproachable because we’re not worthy… and besides, we have very little CPU headroom after our frequent and intensive sin management sessions.

But even though a door is vital and necessary to enter any room, none of us bow down to worship a door when we walk in.  When did you last hear someone say?, “O awesome Door, Thank you for being my entry point to this Room.  But I am so unworthy of the Room beyond here, that I will just build three tabernacles here and put you on top of my most holy buildings… just to honor you, Door.  I will just stay here under the Door for the rest of my life, then when I die maybe I will be able to explore what’s inside this Room.  Thank you Door, for being so amazing.”

Of course not!  The primary reason for a door is to give access to a room.  Likewise, the cross (door) is the powerful symbol of when, where and how our sin got reckoned with.  It’s the only way.  Period.  No question!  And we don’t intend to diminish any value or power of the cross… but of incomparably more value than the cross, is the One who was on the cross.  And He’s not on the cross anymore!  He’s in the Room beyond the cross.  He’s at the Father’s right hand and welcomes us to join Him there… all expenses paid, no strings attached, leave our door-camping-gear behind.  Our reality is now defined by His victory and His righteousness… which have become ours.

He delightfully invites, “Come on through… and past the door.  Enter into the large place which I have prepared for you!  Come sit with me at My Father’s right hand.  Make My joy full.”