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Testimony: Gold flake changes everything!

25 Jun

One Friday night a few years ago, I was invited to host an ‘encounter God’ evening at a house of prayer in Madison, WI where Dave Gerry was the director.  I was given full liberty to do whatever the Lord inspired me to do.  So I decided to celebrate some of the signs that have occurred in our ministry.  We projected them up onto the large screen and I told each story. 

Between stories, I invited us all to be as sincere and passionate as we could in a time of intimate devotion with Jesus.  We told Him how much we loved Him and how special He is to us. 

The objective was to use the ‘signs’ to inspire and increase our love for Him.  It is our experience that more signs appear as we allow our hearts to become acutely ‘enflamed’ with love for Him. 

Well, we had seen nothing by the end of meeting so we prayed for all those with physical ailments… body ministry style.  There were many pockets of prayer in the room.  And here’s where things get interesting…

Rufina, a 70-year-old widow from the Philippines, asked for prayer.  As she was being prayed for, she opened her hand and found a 1/8” rippled flake of ‘gold’ (I have no idea if it was real gold or not).

She showed it to those who were praying for her.  And as you might guess, everyone soon rallied around to view this phenomenon. 

I had never met Rufina before, but I found out 1 1/2 years later that she was a cook at the local YWAM base and always longed to go on a mission’s trip, but had no finances.

Surprisingly and without any announcement from anyone, people spontaneously began to throw money at her feet… such that for about 5 or 6 feet around, the floor was littered with cash… a total of $485.

She was a ‘basket case’ over the whole experience. 🙂  Jesus’ surpassing goodness broke through again – amazing all of us.  Each time she shared about it the following week she was overcome with gratefulness, wonder and tears at the goodness of God to ‘visit’ her in such a way.  But so far we’ve not even come to the best part.

A year and a half later I met her in a conference.  I exclaimed, “Rufina, how are you?  I’ve told your story many times.  Do you still have the gold flake?”  She immediately opened her Bible and I saw that it was taped next to the very verse we had rallied around when she got the flake.  But then she excitedly continued, “You have to hear what has happened since then!” 

That evening, 1 1/2 years before, we had highlighted Isa 43:18-19 which states that “God is doing a new thing”. 

“Forget the former things: do not dwell on the past.  I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up: do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” – Isa 43:18-19

And that’s exactly what happened for Rufina!!!  That special token signified to her that He is doing and will do something new in her life.  So here’s the rest of the story…

After that night, money mysteriously began to come to her.  So much so, that she had enough to go to Africa and India on her first missions trip.  She preached her first sermon and people got saved.   She went to the next town, preached again and more people gave their hearts to the Lord.

Listen to the transformation that happened to her as she shares in her own words, “Now I just back from South Africa and India.  It just the boldness in my spirit to share the GOSPEL to everyone… which I never did this before.  I got the courage to speak to the Churches and Schools and prayed for the sick and visited hospital & prayed for them.  God’s heart with compassion to the people flows through me so much that I cried with them & begged them to understand that the only HOPE of life is found in JESUS CHRIST alone.”

Is that good… or what!?!

Back home, the money continued to come, so she traveled to the Philippines to see her own family and many of them came to Jesus.  After she returned home, more money came to her and she was planning another trip to minister to her people.

And that is all good, but here’s the important part: She hasn’t asked for money!  (For more on this principle of living within Father’s provision read my book, entitled Supernatural Provision.)

As fun as that little gold flake was, it was not the main event!  Everything changed from that day… the spiritual atmosphere shifted for Rufina.  God truly began a “new thing” in her life. (Isa 43:18-19)  He created “a way in ‘her’ desert” and “streams” began to flood her “wasteland.”   Her dreams began to be realized… at 70 years old!  That gold flake was a sign from God which signaled a radical and change and launched her life in a completely new direction.  

So do I love signs?  You better believe I do!  Do I love Jesus much more than signs?  Absolutely!  And guess what…?  Every time the signs appear, they help me fall more in love with Him.  And always, the signs serve to anchor my heart in more awareness of His loving care! 

Thank you Lord for You… and for Your signs!





SP True Stories: The case of the gold coins

12 Oct

A good friend gave me a couple $1 US gold colored coins many years ago.  They became to me, a significant tangible installment of a position of faith, not unlike Peter’s gold coin in the fish’s mouth.20161012_083724

Over the years I’ve purchased and given away 100s of ‘gold’ coins as a means of imparting faith in people’s hearts to believe for God’s full provision.  Earlier this year, someone gave me $1000 specifically to purchase 1000 more coins to give away to 1000 more people.  Think of it, God gives us more so that we can give more away.  Is that cool or what?!  He really loves to ‘dance’ with us.

Then a few months ago I gave 5 ‘gold’ coins to a friend and his family who were on a very intentional faith journey with God.  We prayed for them and prophesied over them and sent the on their way.  In the next few months God blessed them in many different ways, much more than they could have ever imagined.  In fact, at one point someone gave them 39 real gold coins.  Just recently, that friend sent me four of those real gold coins, valued about $250 US each.

What a deal!  You start out with God giving you two little coins… you catch the ‘vision’… then start giving away hundreds of these $1 gold colored coins… God blesses you with greater means to give away more… then He ups the stakes by giving you real gold!

He’s definitely better than we ever thought!!!


SP True Stories: Money out of heaven

1 Oct

True stories of Supernatural Provision

Money just comes out of heaven…

My friend Noel was in Cape Town, South Africa with his brother and two friends in an upscale restaurant on the boardwalk overlooking the harbor and marina.  His three friends were quite financially ‘well to do’.  In the course of the conversation Noel told them, “When you live by supernatural provision, money just comes out of heaven.”  He could tell that they weren’t exactly impressed.

But within 3 or 4 minutes a business man, dressed in a full length trench coat and sun glasses, walked by on the boardwalk and stopped right in front of them with his eyes fixed on Noel. He took his glasses off and asked, “Are you Noel Alexander?”  Noel replied, “Yes.”  “Do you live in Kansas City, MO?”  Noel said, “Yes.”  The man said, “Many years ago I was in KC at a conference where you spoke and it blessed me immensely.  Just wanted to let you know.”  The man then turned and walked on.Money falls from the sky

Now what are the chances of finding someone who knows you in a strange city 12,000 miles from home?!  Noel’s friends asked, “Do you know that man?”  He replied, “Never met him that I know of.”

But just a few minutes later that same man returned and said, “I’d like to buy your lunch” as he handed Noel a 2” roll of bills to the amount of about 1500 Rand.  Then just as abruptly, he walked on.  Noel turned to his astonished brother and friends and said, “See, like I said, when you live by supernatural provision, money just comes out of heaven!”


I’m honored that Noel wrote a foreword for my book Supernatural Provision.  He and I have lots of fun sharing our supernatural provision stories with each other.  This following passage in Romans is just one of many Scriptures which inspires us to walk in the higher Law of Blessing… far above the law of sowing and reaping.  

“Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.  But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,” – Rom 4:4-5


Process Toward Maturity – Living In Our Inheritance

9 Feb

I’m frequently asked by sincere and eager people how to get started in this life of walking by faith… because even though the mystique and intrigue of this faith walk is quite attractive, it can be difficult to get traction on something that is so ethereal.  

To walk in our inheritance, is shockingly simple… 1) become a son (generic, of course) and 2) learn to walk as sons unto our Father.  (which includes being humble enough to believe what He says about Himself… and about us)  Well, that was pretty simply stated, wasn’t it?  But this simply stated concept doesn’t always translate into a tidy ‘nuts and bolts’ definition and course of action.

So without trying to saddle us with another ‘law’ to keep, I’ve offered some steps to get started… something that I hope is ‘bite sized’ enough to begin meaningful and measurable forward movement.  This is not comprehensive, nor is it a one-size-fits-all.   So you may have to exercise some initiative to search the matter out for yourself.   

I also get this comment regarding living in Father’s provision, “Mark, its easy for you because you have a ministry.”  So I quickly point out that I don’t receive a salary, don’t have a pulpit or church, don’t ‘cold-call for bookings’, don’t require honorariums, don’t send out fund raising letters, give all our product away, and try to happily serve everyone we’re with.  That’s not exactly conventional wisdom’s equation for success… nor is it even commonly acceptable wisdom in religious circles.  But even though it’s definitely a spiritual walk, I believe it involves some basic practical components in order to realize our inheritance.

After a little disbelief and further explanation, they follow with, “Ok, so how can I get started?”  I respond by saying it boils down to 1) living in Heaven’s favor… which is best facilitated by learning to 2) serve – God and His people.  Yep, S-E-R-V-E… this little word is more profound than anyone would expect, yet it’s so simple that many won’t take it seriously.  Even Jesus spoke of it quite strongly…

But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. – Matt 23:11

Some people comprehend easier if they can see the ‘big picture’…. in other words, how does what I do today fit into a long-term outcome?  So in order to visualize the dynamic of transformation that occurs as we engage in the process of maturing and aspiring to live in our inheritance, I’ve created an outline and graphic.

Provision Chart

To download this graphic and the outline notes which accompany it, click here: Process Toward Maturity

Disclaimer:  Don’t take me wrong.  Serving can never earn sonship, right standing with God or security in the love of God! (Titus 3:5)  Serving expresses our love inspired response to God and our desire to grow up in Christ. (Eph 4:14-15)

For more on this journey into maturity, you may want to read my book Supernatural Provision, which conveys our Father’s desire to be Jehovah Jireh in all areas of our lives.  He’s a good Daddy and believe it or not, it is His “good pleasure to give you the kingdom” – Luke 12:32.


DPM Update – 2014 July

23 Jul

Dear Friends

Cross Creek Church Family camp
Deb and I spoke in a very rural retreat center located out in the woods on an inspirational scenic overlook bluff near Lebanon, MO.  These good folks are easy to love.

He-Man trip
Our 13th Annual He-Man Camping extravaganza gala starts tomorrow… Thurs through Sat (July 24-26).  It’s open to the whole family.  We’ll cook some pretty sumptuous culinary delights and ‘enter into rest’ while we re-create.  Remember, even God had to take a Sabbath rest… so that’s just what we’re gonna do, too.  Join us in southern MO if you’d like, on the Jack’s Forks River near Mt View, MO.

SD trip
We hung out with Dave and Ann Clark in San Diego a week ago.  What an great week with amazing cool God-times in churches, house churches, and the rooftop of a hotel in downtown SD… and lots of one-on-ones.
~Tues eve we had a great time of worship at City of Refuge administrated by David and Christine DeWitt.
~Wed eve was VERY over-the-top at Encinitas at Beach Chapel where Larry Peltier pastors… we’ll for sure be going back.
~Fri eve was a worship extravaganza (hosted by Dave and Ann Clark) where about 60 worshipers/leaders flowed together as one when then met on top of the St James Hotel… lots of freshness and freedom… cross pollination of many great worship mantels across the county.
~Sat eve was more than over-the-top in El Cajon at New Beginnings where Chris Leeper is leading his congregation into the more New Testament format found in I Cor 14:26.  Hadassah shared about her Daddy/daughter dance that she had with God the evening before on the hotel rooftop in downtown SD.  She had a ‘fever’… tears flowed as she relived the experience for us. That led to a ministry time for all who felt ‘orphaned’ and on their own.  Soon a most wonderful reconciliation occurred between a daddy and his daughter who was in her late teens.  Later they shared their story (with many happy tears by them and us) and then they actually danced together while the meeting continued. (wow… tender, tender, tender!!!!) And there is much more to the story… we may tell it soon… maybe even with pics.

Stay tuned for an ‘outside the walls’ outreach called ‘Love On San Diego’ in October.

MN Regional Leaders’ Roundtable
Barry Thompson organized a super-great 2-day ’roundtable’ with regional leaders in Tim Nelson’s bunkhouse in southern MN.  About 15 guys gathered for this overnight event.  Our topics; 1) grace, 2) the goodness of God, 3) our identity.  Realizing that we were all on a similar track made for lively interactive discussions.  We will definitely do this again!!

Supernatural Provision book
We’ve given away nearly 5000 copies of Supernatural Provision now.  Thank the Lord for His amazing provision enabling us to give them away.  We’ve been hugely blessed to hear the testimonies of transformation in people’s hearts and lives… literally complete life directions have been changed… and they found God to truly be the best Provider Daddy.  But we need to make a decision soon about the next publishing run.  Your prayer is appreciated.

Todd White video – on Job
Love doesn’t take, it gives. (about 19 mins long)

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Our Itinerary
If you’d like to see where we have been or where we’re going to be, feel free to view our online itinerary.

Our love and blessings
Mark and Debbie
Dwelling Place Ministries
11011 Olive St
KC, MO 64131
Web: www.dpmkc.org
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Quote: Must live… and think… from another Kingdom

1 Sep

“Often times, we live under the kingdom we think most about.  We live under the power and reality of the kingdom which our heart and mind is anchored in.  Consider Mark 8:17 regarding the multiplication of food. Jesus said to His disciples, “Why do you reason that you have no bread?”  In other words, why is what you LACK, your starting place of reason?  When you’ve tasted of supernatural supply then you’ve lost the right to have a thought pattern that begins with what you don’t have… you’ve already been exposed to a kingdom where there is no lack of supply… ever.” – Bill Johnson


by Bill Johnson – Bethel Church (from Sunday AM sermon – 6/9/13)

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Quote: Jesus Wore The Crown of Thorns For You

23 May

“And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head…” – John 19:2

If hard work is the formula for prosperity, then everyone who works hard should be prosperous.  But this is certainly not the case.  Many people who work very hard are still in lack!

I am not advocating laziness.  What I am saying is that working hard by the sweat of your brow is not how God’s provision comes.  In fact, if you have to work overtime all the time and are stressed out, you are probably operating under the curse.

What curse is that? It is this curse: “In the sweat of your face, you shall eat bread…” (Genesis 3:19).  And it refers to the stress, struggle and anxieties that come with working hard and yet producing little.  Now, work itself is not a curse since God gave Adam work before the fall—Adam was to tend the garden of Eden.  It was only after he sinned that the land was cursed and it brought forth thorns, and man had to toil to eat of it. (Genesis 3:17–18)

But praise God, Jesus wore the thorns on His head to show you that He has borne this curse for you and redeemed you from it.  He wore the crown of thorns so that you can work stress-free and yet have the results.  You don’t have to be worried and stressed out day and night like the people of the world just to get ahead in life.  Your heavenly Father can get you there without the worries and stress. (Matthew 6:31–33)

Beloved, every curse that was supposed to fall on your head fell on Jesus’ head, typified by the crown of thorns.  He wore the crown of thorns for you so that you can have peace of mind.  He wore the crown of thorns for you and took your curse so that you can wear the crown of glory and take His righteousness, and all the benefits of that righteousness!

Today, don’t labor and toil like the people of the world. Instead, expect to see the blessings of God come into your life without blood, sweat and tears because Jesus wore the crown of thorns for you!

From Joseph Prince – Daily Grace Inspirations  (5/23/13)

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