So Bad It Became Funny

Oct 19, 2020

Have you ever had so much trouble completing a project or reaching a goal that it actually began to make you laugh?  Maybe I've gotten to this state because I am close to hysteria or am just laughing because I don't want to cry.  But, honestly, I think God has given me the grace to see the situation from His perspective, so I can laugh.

You see, I believe that God told me to write a book explaining the basic reasons and function of prophetic ministry.  This was at least five years ago.  I spent several years researching and praying about the book before I even started writing it.  The research was a time of wonder:  I learned so much and my understanding became much wider and deeper than before; my way of looking at prophetic ministry changed.  

Then came the time to write! Occasionally, the writing flowed.  Usually it was more like plowing dry, hard ground. Day after day with no encouragement--just a command to get it down.  Then came...

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"Stuff"

Aug 28, 2020
Sometimes stuff happens....last week, we had to buy a new dryer.  The old one began to shake and clank like a San Francisco trolley car! This week my hubby is driving home from helping do hurricane cleanup in his 8-year-old truck, and the truck suddenly loses its ability to accelerate. He got home safely, but what usually is a five-hour trip took him over ten hours. We were able to get the truck repaired but received a four-digit repair bill.
 
While hubby was driving home, I was finishing up graduation photos that I had retouched, reviewed, retouched, reviewed, and formatted for printing.  I ran my first proofs and received a shock---the printer had gone south.  Oh, it can still print text, fine, but cannot deliver quality photographic prints anymore.  I immediately went to buy a new printer to enable me to make my deadline but discovered that new printers are almost impossible to purchase in my area. High demand from...
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Read the Signs

Aug 06, 2020

Here is a "blast from the past" updated for today...


Just got back from the grocery store. At the checkout, a sign was posted which read, "Cashback limit $100.00 per customer." Since I was buying only $65.00 in groceries, I said, "Well, since you are giving all your customers cash, I'll take my $35.00 and be done with it."

My cashier laughed.

Now, the sign at the grocery store was making a true statement, but my interpretation of the sign was wrong.

Every now and then, folks point to an unusual event as being a portent of the immediate return of Jesus or the onset of some horrible event.

Since I have a doctorate in Theology and have studied some of these signs in detail, I can—with great confidence—state:  I DON'T know exactly what is all these signs mean.  I DON’T know exactly what is going to happen or when it’s going to happen. I DO know God is displaying His power and glory to a world that really doesn’t want to pay much...

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What's Your Perspective?

Aug 04, 2020

I originally wrote this blog post in 2018...but, frankly, it's a message  I myself needed to reread today.  I have been trying to coordinate programs to get this new website running smoothly and had been hitting very frustrating roadblocks.  Have you been hitting roadblocks today?  Then, perhaps, this message is for you also!

[from Wednesday, July 04, 2018]
 
 
 
Have you ever had a thought like this:  This [mountain, project, expectation, etc.] is just too hard for me.  I just can't do it, and I am tired of trying!

I've been thinking this thought a lot over the last few weeks.  I was becoming totally frustrated by all the time it was taking to take any of the steps toward the goal that God had placed before me.  In the past month, I have been challenged to go far beyond my training, my understanding, and my comfort zone, and my attempts to do so were all ending in failure. My...

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Church, You Don't Know Who You Are

Aug 02, 2020

Church, You Don’t Know Who You Are

 

Dear Church--Brothers and Sisters, so many of you are hurting because you feel isolated and alone, cut off because church services have been banned in your location, or fearful because of the turmoil we are facing in the world.

 

But I say to you, Arise!  Arise and be who you are really called to be!

 

I say to you:  the Church is not a building.  You’ve heard that before, but my brothers and sisters—if you consider yourself part of The Church of Jesus Christ, you are mistaken.  You are not the church!

 

You have heard it said that in Mathew 16:18, Jesus said, “upon this rock, I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”

 

My brothers and sisters, Jesus did not say this!  He said, “upon this rock, I will build my ekklesia, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”

 

Oh, beloved of God, I am not just splitting...

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Fasting--Day 1

Aug 02, 2020

Today is August 1.

 

Our church, our local ecclesia, enters into a season of fasting today.  We are seeking the Lord and praying about the situation in our country.

 

Does my talk of fasting scare you? Some of you may be attracted to the idea of fasting but are scared of it at the same time. You may worry that going without any food for a length of time may harm your health. You may be convinced you don’t have the self-discipline to endure for the duration of the fast, and the possibility of failure is difficult to consider. You may think a fast equals going without any food and drinking only a few sips of water each day; you don’t know how you would function with your job or family in such an extreme situation.  You may just not want to promise God you will fast when you get hungry twice an hour. Hey, your birthday or that of a family member may occur next week; you don’t want anyone feeling left out of the usual birthday celebration!

 

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Don't shoot the messenger!

Jul 12, 2020

Recently a pastor humbly posted about three dreams that he has had.  As he began sharing, he admitted he knew little about dreams and prophetic ministry.  He felt, however, that the dreams were warnings sent by God and was sharing them in obedience to the Lord's directive.

The reactions to the message of the "three dreams" were immediate and all over the place.  Some folks began to talk about getting supplies and being ready to hold up in remote areas; some "poo-pooed" the message, some reflected on what the message "really meant", and a few even attacked the pastor.

I myself posted a video about this message.  Today, however, I want to give honor to someone for their courage in obeying Christ.

Too often the people who call themselves Christians in this country look upon their Christianity as a cultural stance. Many who point critical fingers at the Church in the United States do so calling the Church a "failed culture", a tool to control the weak.

The Church...

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Happy birthday!

Jul 04, 2020

Today is the 4th of July.  Happy birthday, USA!

Thinking about the improbable set of circumstances that lead to the creation of the USA, I started thinking:  Have you noticed that God loves the broken, the weak, the down-and-outers? He really does seem to like the underdog.  Think about it: 

God made a great nation out of a bunch of slaves whose ancestors, though they knew God, were guilty of some very questionable behavior. However, God did not forget these folks or their children, even when those folks dishonored and disrespected Him.  From an unruly group of slaves, God established the nation of Israel and declared that Jesus, His own son, would be considered one of those often disobedient, stiff-necked people.

God probably laughed.

[And much, much later]--From various nations, some explorers, some exploiters, but mostly desperate people desiring a new life, came together to create the United States. Many of those courageous people came with the hope of...

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Live Clean

Jul 01, 2020

There is a lot of talk going around about "eating clean" and "Living clean."  However, I believe that we must learn how to live spiritually clean.

We must live fear-free. These are easy words to say or write, but a little hard actually to do.

Each day, we must choose faith over fear.  Will we live as though we actually believe that God is a loving, all-powerful God?  Otherwise, we will act as though He 

  • Doesn’t really passionately love us,
  • Only tolerates our existence,
  • Or is too weak to really control every aspect of our lives. 

We must choose each day to believe that what makes us different makes us beautiful.  We must receive the truth daily that God delights in our uniqueness.

Why are our attitudes and actions so important? The enemy wants to take the special, the “different” that God put in each of us [in me!]  and try and beat us down with those unique qualities.  He wants me to be insecure.  He wants me...

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Psalm 61

Jul 01, 2020

Remember the old chant, 

“Stick and stones may break my bones

But words can never hurt me?

 

How I wish that were true! However, the words of others have pierced my heart and deeply wounded me.  Yet the words I have spoken over myself have been even more damaging, for I have bled from these wounds and never realized that my soul was hemorrhaging from my self-inflicted hurt. 

People have told me that they sense serenity, calmness, and a sense of peace when I minister.  I praise God for this, for this peace is a prize given to me by a loving Father after much combat.

Those called of God must be overcomers.  They must overcome the temptations of the world.  They must overcome the spiritual  [and sometimes physical attacks] that come from the demonic realm, but most of all they must overcome themselves.

It is so wonderful to have God speak to us.  True, to stand in the presence of the Lord can be terrifying, but it is to...

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