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Testimony: He shall cover you with His feathers

23 Mar

Among several significant signs in our ministry, feathers have been a re-occurring one which always serves to validate whatever is happening at the moment and increase the level of faith in the room.

Here is a recent story of a string of feather appearances.

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a young friend over a Mexican meal while showing him pictures in my phone of my personal experiences with feather signs.  As I was telling the stories that accompany the pictures, a feather softly drifted down between us and landed on the edge of my glass.  I pointed it out and we kept talking about feathers and what they meant.  Shortly another feather about 1/4″ long drifted down between us, at which I licked my finger and caught it.  He was impressed, to say the least.  We continued talking about this type of ‘sign’, when not more than 5 minutes later a third feather about 1/2″ long drifted down between us.  Again, I whet my finger and gave it to him.  We were both amazed and delighted at the confirmation of Heaven’s approval.

Bear in mind that I want to be able to firmly believe what I’m seeing and saying, so I looked around the room and could not find any other feathers in the room, nor was there any evidence of birds or down-filled coats.

Well, less than a week later I was with Tim Nelson (director of Wilderness Prayer Center in Wells, MN) and we were driving in his pickup truck through the frigid cold and blowing snow.  At the moment that we were talking about the supernatural breaking into the natural, a feather drifted down from his truck cab ceiling.  We were both amazed at the timeliness of God.

Three days later I was speaking at the Upper Midwest Global Legacy Leaders Advance at Destiny Church in Rochester, MN where Rod Marquette is pastor.  I began to ‘water’ the atmosphere with the testimonies of various signs manifestations… and exhort the leaders that we should have an expectation to see supernatural signs take place in these very gatherings.  While I was speaking, several signs were observed and shared with those around.

– A gold colored flake appeared on a man’s hand.

– A feather floated down in front of a lady during worship.

– Gold dust covered both hands of a lady.  She showed everyone.

– A feather appeared on the sleeve of a lady’s sweater.  She showed many.

– A feather fell onto the sleeve of a man’s coat.  He showed it to others.

– Several physical healings occurred during the meetings.

Needless to say, faith for the supernatural experienced a significant boost.

After the ‘Advance’ one of the leaders texted me saying that while they were driving home, when they ejected a CD from their player, a feather came out with the CD.  Now, that is pretty cool because I’m not sure how that is even physically possible.

Then a few days later, when they cleaned the room where the ‘Advance’ meetings were held, they found over a dozen more feathers.  Here’s the Facebook post from an elder of that church.

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“Wendy was cleaning the church sanctuary and found these little white feathers from all over the room. The same ones that were appearing last Tuesday during the UMGL meetings. Papa God is so fun!” – Cecil Calvert

As you might guess somebody commented asking if they were from a down-filled coat… and honestly I would ask the same question.  But Cecil commented that the feathers were from all over the room, not just in one place.  There had been NO birds in this room.  Here is a picture of the actual feathers.

And it doesn’t stop there.  (Remember the room has now been cleaned)  That following week during their school of ministry in the same room, three feathers were spotted as they fell near people during ministry time.

And… one of the students had a feather fall from the ceiling of his car while he was driving home from the ministry school that very evening.

Now I’m sure that for those who have never heard of feathers as a sign, you’ll likely have some legitimate and sincere questions.  But in my history, feathers are a bonafide manifestation through which God encourages His people.

What do they mean?  Well, Ps 91 says, “He will cover you with His feathers”.  So… He is here!  Or it could be an indicator that angelic help is present.  But in the very least, it means Father wants us to know that His manifest presence is among us.  And I’ll say Amen to that!

Thank You God, for the many times You break out of the unseen realm into the seen realm and use it to secure our hearts and our ways in You! 

— MLH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DPM Update – 2013 February

9 Feb

Dear Friends

Family Time
The Christmas holidays at the Hendrickson home created more great memories.  The whole family was home, including our newest grandchildren Aslan and Avalee, and Luke’s fiancé Sarah.  We now have 11 of us around the dinner table…good times, for sure!!!

Northland HS Trip

LaCrosse, WI – Great house church in Holmen. Most of the people were from First Evangelical Free Church of Onalaska (Shane Holden-pastor, Ashley Kershner-worship director). At the beginning of the meeting we started talking about how good Jesus is and that He was already here waiting on us.  Shortly a lady jumped up and exclaimed that she was just healed of a heal spur – without any emphasis on healing from anyone… except Jesus, of course.  Another lady later confirmed all pain gone in a focused time of prayer for healing.  Worship, prophetic song, sharing and lots of body ministry across the room.  This is a great group… very hungry, eager and responsive.

The Cities, MN– Debbie and I attended a Fresh Fire conference with speakers: James Goll, Mahesh Chavda and Patricia King.  We loved the freshness, freedom and emphasis on the now emerging Kingdom Era.  Our long-time friends JoAnn McFatter and Andre Ashby helped in worship and spoke in workshops.

Austin, MN– An intimate time of worship at Austin Christian Fellowship (Barry Thompson-leader) as several were surprised with wonderfully refreshing tearful revisits to ‘first love’ experiences. There were “times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord.”  Lots of freedom and body ministry.

Rochester, MN – 2-day Global Legacy Leaders Advance (Rod and Connie Marquette-hosts) – Even though 3 of our worship team couldn’t join us because of last minute emergencies, God had a perfect plan and we led worship for three sessions. It was the first time the five of us had ever played together… and it flowed well.  So proud of our team.

Richland Center, WI – Frigid cold in our WI hometown!!  But we rallied in a small church building, built a bonfire around how good Jesus is… which inevitably results in Him giving away gifts to the hungry.  On young gal (14 years old) became overcome and very out of normal character when Holy Spirit came upon her.  She simultaneously laughed and cried for the last half of the meeting (was still in that same state when she left). Her mother cried as she watched the transformation in her daughter.

Pigeon Falls, WI – Attended by a wide variety of people… from 3 veteran pastors to a 3 month old brand new Christian… and others.  But before very long there were tears in worship and open exchange prophetic body-ministry.  Even though it was a cold night outside, when you combine Denny & Mel’s superb hospitality, a spacious living room, a toasty fireplace and Jesus’ eager love, you have a night to be remembered for a long time.

Wells, MN – This is a hungry and responsive group at Wilderness Prayer Center (Tim Nelson-leader) out in the middle of ‘nowhere’ at Wells, MN.  I spoke on the Dual Realities of the Believer to a very responsive group.  Lots of open comments while I spoke, laughter and ‘ah-ha’ moments throughout the evening.  Debunking the devil’s lies… as he has tried to diminish God and diminish who we are, in our own eyes.  I love ‘popping the balloon’ of lies with the truth… and a few visuals along the way.  During a time of prayer for healing, a teary-eyed lady shared how she felt God touch her scoliosis back condition.  How’s that for fun?

New Prague, MN – We were guest ministers, along with Barry & Mary Thompson at New Day Church (Doyle VanGelder-pastor – Adam Humburg-worship leader) for a monthly meeting where two churches rallied together.  This group has more freedom in practicing the prophetic than most churches we visit, which made it easy for our team. We prophesied and sang over them… then lingered long after the service attending hungry hearts.

Home again – 10 meetings in 13 days.  Travel home from the Northland was treacherous on the ice-covered interstates with dozens of large trucks, buses and even an ambulance in the ditches.  But our angels did a great job, “Thank you.”  And after a bone numbing -13 degrees earlier in the week, the following day after we arrived home it was 74 degrees in KC.  Can you say, “Thank you, Lord?”


San Diego trip
Our ‘worship buddies’ Dave and Ann Clark hosted several worship and ministry evenings with old and new friends in SD… including two evenings at a couple of Gary Goodell’s 
Third Day Churches.  He co-wrote a book with Graham Cooke entitled “Permission Granted To Do Church Differently in the 21st Century.” How do you like that title?  Intriguing?


Springfield, Branson, Highlandville, MO

~ Springfield regional leaders rallied again Feb 2 for mutual inspiration and encouragement at Dayspring Church.
~ It was an honor to be hosted by a couple of our spiritual kids at their annual company dinner-gala in Branson, last Saturday evening.
~ Sunday morning we had lots of  freedom and a few tears while ministering in Highlandville at Family of Life Church (Jerry Russell-pastor).

Grandson’s Laugh
Aslan’s laugh is infectious.

Philippines ‘Love Boxes’
We sent two Love Boxes to the Philippines filled to the brim, with supplies that should be arriving anytime.  We have another Love Box in preparation to ship soon.

Florida trip
Tuesday Deb and I leave for a week in FL, to see her family. It’s her brother’s 50th Bday… big deal.  We’ll likely join a couple house church meetings in Orlando while we’re there.

Testimonies:

“What a transforming evening for me and (my wife)!  We both felt that the Lord gave us a clear sign of protection in our marriage on Thursday last week.  A definite “Godcidence” after the prayer on Tues night.”

“My heat leaps at your words, my eyes well up, and I anticipate this starting today – going forward. I want more of this type of encounter with Him.  I am getting really hungry for this… for Him… for His body together worshipping and praying with passion and abandon and surrender.  I want this amplified! Multiplied!  Unified!  Thank you again for your trek(s) to LaCrosse.”

“Thank you to you and Deb for pioneering Kingdom living that many of God’s kids will follow.  How I praise God for the wisdom He is able to give through you.  Enjoying the journey.”

(—) was deeply impacted. Said he couldn’t get to sleep until 1:00 that night. His wife came home at 11:00 from a school function and asked, “What happened to you?” He was beaming…

(—) slept better Friday night than any time in the last 6 months. Had some measure of healing – as he testified that night.

(—) loved that night and her boyfriend said she talked about all day long that next day.

(—) they’re still so excited about the time here that Thurs evening.  She said she absolutely loved that night and wants to do it again plus she’s been bragging to everyone around how awesome it was and can’t wait for it to happen again.


Just for fun video

Free hugs in Sondrio, Italy.  Anyone need a hug?


Lotsa love
Mark and Debbie

PS   Recently I was introduced to the Mirror Bible and it’s got some amazing and fresh insights… kind of like the Amplified Bible on steroids.  Find it on Amazon for $22/hardcopy or $10/Kindle e-version.

Try this powerful passage:

“I Cor 15:47 Human life was reduced to slavery and the soul-ruled earthly realm through Adam’s fall but is now awakened to lordship in the heavenly realm of spiritual realities through the knowledge of our co-resurrection with Christ. 

([See Col 3:1-11 of The Mirror Translation.] We theologically created the idea of man being “sinful by nature” as if humans are flawed by design. In fact it is a distorted mind-set that we inherited from Adam that Jesus had to free us from. We were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds sponsored by the law of sin and death that lodged in our bodies hosting a foreign influence, foreign to our design. Just like a virus would attach itself to a person. [See Isa 55:8-11, Eph 4:17, 18 and also The Mirror Translation of Eph 2:1-11.]) 

15:48 The reduced state of man left its mark on mankind as being earthly; now the redeemed state of man confirms his origin in God and marks his new heavenly life. 

15:49 Just as we were once defined by the flesh (our earthly image) we are now defined by our spirit (our heavenly) image.”

Toit, Francois Du (2012-07-02). Mirror Bible (Kindle Locations 3026-3034). Mirror Word Publishing. Kindle Edition.”