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Something is missing. It has been for a long time.

Shuffled around, excused or lack of interest removed the Holy Spirit from God’s people.  Add to that recipe embarrassment and you have generations of Christians living in darkness. So who is supposed to be the light?

Interesting note here. When the Romans crucified Jesus they expected his word/gospel/teachings etc. to die with him.  The enemy had no idea God would use those who trusted him to spread it. Otherwise they would not have nailed him to a cross.

Sadly, without the filling of the Holy Spirit the Church has limited access to the abundance of God.  As with time, the devil and his forces have used every possible lie, deception and/or misguided effort to keep the people of God at a distance from the Holy Spirit.

Another interesting note. The number of fallen angels that fell with Satan hasn’t changed. Demons cannot procreate.  Yet, with 7 billion people inhabiting the earth at present you would think they had demonic gnomes or trekkies coming out of the Star Trek fan club.

Overtime hours of Satan has placed evil at the top of our list of news these days. Of course he enjoys the popularity and famous notoriety many in the media world are giving him. It adds to his so-called efforts.

“Gateway” churches have sprung up all over the world. Acceptance, or get them in the door so as not to offend anyone. Give them what they want to hear instead of the truth because the truth has become the greatest infraction of the human heart in our society. Forget punishment for wrongdoing; honesty and integrity are considered extreme. Another ploy of the enemy.

 

What he doesn’t know or see is the work God is doing behind the media scene.

An explosion of sorts; a colossal, solid work of art led by the Holy Spirit. God doesn’t need an audience to perform miracles, deliverance’s or the supernatural.

He does need hearts of faith in him. Churches willing to go beyond the Sunday Call of Worship into the realm of Heavenly reverence and adoration.

God needs groups of his people prophetically speaking, performing healings and utilizing languages given to them by the Holy Spirit.

The church needs to step up to the plate of Holy Spirit gift giving joy and teaching, apostleship and discipleship. Close the door of pride and open up the gates of Heaven.

God is well aware of the world’s mess. It isn’t like he wasn’t expecting corruption, death and religious wars to erupt. It also isn’t like he wasn’t prepared to win either.

He did his part. Now it’s time for us to do ours. He is ready to pour himself upon the mess and clean it up.

Invite the Holy Spirit into your life. Continue to pray, listen and wait.

One day you will feel a wind blowing past your face and you will know….

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Reflection


 

As we stood in silence during church this morning the Trumpeter played “Taps.” In this very military based city, Memorial Day holds deep roots.

My father who recently passed away was a veteran in WWII. At 18, he was sent over to Normandy Beach on a ship to clean up the mess. Everyone on the ship got sick he told me, and he survived on 24 Clark Bars because the food was so terrible.

His brother, 17 months older than dad was also in WWII. I can only imagine my grandparent’s heartache at having to send one, much less two.

Dad never talked about his 2 years in the Air Force much. I asked questions but he was for the most part quiet about it all.  Who knows what he saw while he was there.

I know he loved airplanes. When I was young we would drive 20 minutes to the Charlotte airport where people could park their cars and watch the airplanes taking off and landing.

Watching some war movies this weekend brings home the truth of how much I hate war. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen; it has for centuries. God reminds us in the Bible, “there will be wars and rumors of war.” That also means God is with those who are with him.

My heart goes out to the families of those who have lost loved ones in war.

And for families who have suffered under an unconscionable VA hospital system.

We are America and should start acting like it.

For those of us who are Christians, we need to take the authority God gave us through Jesus and stop the enemy. 

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, for good and not for evil, for a future and a hope.”  


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The Great Commission


 

In the circles of Christianity we hear of God’s commission he gave to us through Jesus Christ.

The disciples had 3 years to learn from Jesus. One- on- one, group and large crowds of teaching material right in front of their own eyes. The day they met him individually, changed history.

The question of many including Christians in modern times is,Bible-Jesus-Disciples-Mary-Magdalene-History-Channel

“The miracles, deliverance and healings during Jesus ministry and the disciples after he ascended into Heaven, ended when they died out. Those supernatural gifts no longer exist.”

If that is true, then none of us would be alive today.

The greatest problem with society today is unbelief. And that is not limited to the truth of God’s word.

Recently, in the midst of the chaos in my personal life God brought two of the sweetest Jehovah Witnesses to my door. My reputation with most of them has been they don’t come back after visiting me one time. Somehow the real truth of Jesus Christ sends them running the other way.  One Elder who purposely showed up after a couple had “mission-ed” me told them in front of me I was evil and to never return.

Explaining to these two women most JW rejected me, they vowed that was not who they were as a church and apologized. I didn’t need an apology for the truth but they were embarrassed their own had acted so rude.

We really hit it off. Inviting them in the first visit we had a wonderful chat. It was a “divine appointment” even though they had no idea it was for them. Honestly, I can’t tell you what I said because the Holy Spirit flowed through my words like a river of fresh water. It was apparent because the girls were receptive, yet dubious.

Always traveling in pairs as part of their mission, one is a seasoned member and the other is a trainee. One of these girls had been a life- long member; the other left the Baptist church 6 years ago to join which is indicative of the mainstream churches’ problems.

Believing as many that God quit healing people when the disciples of Jesus died out, they were no different. Our discussion was cut short and they had to leave but promised to return. And they did but with other questions they had for me. I am waiting for them to come back because I really enjoyed their company and felt they were overjoyed with our meetings.

God is an answer waiting to happen. Praying for a verse, word or anything to explain miracles of healing, casting out demons, deliverance, and supernatural mysteries Jesus and his disciples performed continue today was my mission. I have no doubt this is real and occurs today. I have witnessed it and will re-iterate if I had to live the rest of my life on this earth believing otherwise, what would be the point in anything?

Matthew 28:20-21 (amplified) Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).

And there it is. Jesus says, “Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you”.

What did he command the disciples to do?

Mark 3: 14-15 “And He appointed twelve to continue to be with Him, and that He might send them out to preach [as apostles or special messengers] And to have authority and power to heal the sick and to drive out demons:

Matthew 10: 1, 8 “And Jesus summoned to Him His twelve disciples and gave them power and authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of weakness and infirmity. Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give.

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 Jesus told the disciples to teach the good news which included salvation, healing, casting out demons, etc. Matthew 28:20 Jesus tells his disciples to teach them (or others, us) to observe what they did commanding us to do the same.

Jesus is clear in that scripture he has given authority down through the ages of people to repeat his commands of all he did and more during his ministry.

Then why isn’t the modern church obeying him?


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Heather McCoy update!


The following is the link to the TV appearance that was supposed to be a few months ago but happened 5/14 on the Balancing Act on LMN with Heather.  It is wonderful and our Heather is a true inspiration. If you think you are having a bad day, listen to how her days have been since she was born. 

 

 

http://www.thebalancingact.com/

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I Beg to Differ (Conclusion) Prepare to Surprise Yourself


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Without realizing it, I grieved 4 years ago when we were told by the surgeon immediately after he had cut a foot out of dad’s colon, the next 3 days were critical.  Hitting me like a brick this wakeup call set in motion that God had allowed me time to prepare for his passing. I am sure that is not the only reason but I was extremely grateful.

Informing my husband and daughter months after this major surgery I simply wasn’t coping I embarked on the journey of letting him go.

The following is what God taught me. Hopefully his guidance here will help others.

 

Begin seeking God immediately about letting go of anything especially other people. In other words; hold people loosely.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you scriptures that will aid in giving you strength and whatever he thinks you need to deal with loss. Prepare.

Speak all that needs to be spoken. This is especially helpful for people who live away from those they love. Technology today grants no excuses for lack of communication.

Understand how temporary this life is on earth. We are truly passing through.  Pray for the salvation of those lost ahead of time.

Lean on Jesus. Place any fears, doubts, or worry at the Cross for him to replace with his presence and peace.

Understand our security lies in God alone; not people, places or things. If a “crutch” has been built, ask God to remove it and replace all protection, confidence and refuge in him. Get to the place where you go to God as your sanctuary.

Allow God to restore in our hearts that person in the perfection of Christ Resurrected. In other words he will become that one we lose.

 

The key is to seek and stay as close to God as you can.  These principles work not only in the loss of loved ones but many other types of losses.

I can promise you this works. The person, the child of my father that I asked to be at the day of his funeral showed up.  God gave me more than what I thought I would ever need. He endowed me with strength that I do not possess in my emotional and physical humanness. His peace and presence surrounded me when in the past I would have fallen apart. His compassion for knowing my loss was engraved in my soul. He knows what it is like to lose a loved one.

The difference surprised me.

The difference overshadowed any grief I had had in the past.

The difference made the present circumstances which had been a lifelong dread, very bearable.

The difference was all “Divine Intervention.”

The difference was all God.

All Jesus.


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I Beg to Differ (Part 2) “Grieve Forward”


 

Reverend Matt Kuiken, of First ARP Church Gastonia, NC officiated my father’s funeral last Friday.  A young, up and coming vibrant man of God, he spoke exactly what I believe God wants his people to understand about losing those we love.  He framed the beginning of the service that we are to literally “grieve forward.”

Capturing the heart of his message reminded me of what God spoke to Joshua.

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“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ minister, my servant is dead. So now arise [take his place], go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, the Israelites. Every place upon which the sole of your foot shall tread, that have I given to you, as I promised Moses.” (Joshua 1:1-3)

Joshua was commissioned by God to become the leader of the Israelites before Moses died.

Now I just have to interject a personal observation here.

Joshua had some very large shoes to fill. Can you imagine having to step into that realm of authority and notoriety? Maybe it’s me, but Moses appears to always be the one who gets the most attention.

Anyway, back to the post at hand.

Joshua knew Moses’ time on earth was running out. He had been a rookie, an apprentice, a student of one of the most incredible human beings that ever lived. Years together listening to a bunch of griping, complaining wanderers must have connected the two men with a special bond.  Most likely, they were very close; maybe a “father/son” relationship that was born out of a mission from God.

As Reverend Matt spoke at dad’s life celebration, the words “grieve forward” must have been what the servant of the Lord was really saying to Joshua.

Grieve with joy, peace, hope and love for the one you will miss, but move ahead while you grieve. Don’t become stuck or stagnant. God obviously didn’t want Joshua to do that nor should we.

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Reverend Matt gave it an all-inclusive stipulation; just as God gave to Joshua.

Remember what they taught us; how they lived their lives and all they represented.

Remember the lessons and the discipline for future use.

Remember the good times, the joy shared and love they unselfishly gave.

Remember the moments of enduring hardships, difficulties and pain; and how they encouraged us to be strong, courageous and lean on God.

Remember; we will see them again; but….

As the servant of the Lord spoke to Joshua he also told him; “The mission that was given to Moses is in your hands.”

In other words, you have a job to do; an assignment; the purpose handed down by God yet to be fulfilled.

Isn’t that what Moses would have wanted?

I know it is what my dad wants us to do. Move forward with the torch that has been passed.

To be continued…..