A Powerful Prayer

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Photo by Ryan, Rocky Mountain Front Range, Long’s Peak (center), Bison herd below, Daniels Park

I was reading Colossians this morning and I was very encouraged by the prayer the Apostle Paul wrote in the introduction.  I prayed the verses over myself and my family and I would like to share the prayer with you, so that you can do the same.  We who believe in Jesus have great power by the Holy Spirit to pray to Him.  Jesus intercedes for us and He answers our prayers in accordance with God’s will.  This powerful prayer is definitely the will of God for us as we walk with Jesus, and it will help every believer live a life that pleases God!

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.”

1 Timothy 2:5-6

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

1 John 5:11-12

Here is the prayer Paul wrote to the church at Colosse:

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Colossians 1:9-14

Amen!  Man, that is one powerful prayer and sermon right there!  Jesus has rescued us from the darkness of sin and death!  We have been redeemed and our sins are forgiven!  May the Lord answer this prayer for all those who believe in Jesus and may we live a life that is worthy of Him!

If you do not believe in Jesus, please know that He did not come to condemn you!  He died for the whole world to save us, not condemn us!  He died to forgive our sins and set us free!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16-18

Jesus wants to forgive you!  Jesus wants to give you eternal life!  Jesus wants to fill you with His Holy Spirit and give you wisdom and understanding and power to live a righteous life that pleases God!  Do you want that?  Do you want to be saved and be at peace with God?  Do you want His joy flowing through you?  Do you want your sins forgiven and cleansed from you?  Do you want to receive the great inheritance of the Kingdom of Heaven?!  I truly hope so and if you answered yes, then come to Jesus!  Only He can save us from our sins!  It is by faith in Jesus alone that we can stand redeemed before God!

“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.  He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”

Romans 3:21-26

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

You receive Jesus by faith.  Our sins are forgiven by His blood alone.  There is nothing you could ever do to earn salvation.  Your sins must be forgiven and Jesus is the only One who can forgive your sins!  Jesus is the sacrifice of atonement that God provided for our redemption and He did not provide any other sacrifice.  There is no other way to Heaven.  We cannot work our way to Heaven through good works.  We will always fall short of God’s glory because of our sin.  God only justifies those who have faith in Jesus and that is a free gift of His amazing grace!

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”

Ephesians 1:13-14

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

“Where then is boasting?  It is excluded.  On what principle?  On that of observing the law?  No, but on that of faith.  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.”

Romans 3:27-28

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

If you know Jesus, I pray you rest in His grace and the fullness of the assurance of your salvation!  If you don’t know Jesus, I pray you come to Him today and cross over from death to life!  Jesus loves all of us and He is our only Lord and Savior!  He is the only One who died for us to save our souls!  Take Jesus at His Word!  He is the only Way out of sin and death!  He alone is our salvation and eternal life!  May all of us who love Jesus live a life that is worthy of Him and what He has done for us!

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

Jesus speaking in John 5:24

Grace and peace to you all!

He Restores My Soul

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Photo by Ryan, Early this morning, View from kitchen

Hello Everyone and God bless you all!  Christmas break ended for us yesterday and my wife and kids are back to school this week.  It was a very blessed 18 days off and we are very thankful for the time we had together.  I didn’t write yesterday due to issues with Celiac.  I didn’t think I was going to write today either, but the Lord has been giving me strength and helping me through the pain.  Like I said in my last post regarding my 8 year anniversary with Celiac, sometimes I still have hard days as I fight this disease.  The Lord is blessing me with some much needed rest, so I would just like to share a few photos and a few verses from God’s Word today.  Enjoy!

That photo above is what I saw when I looked through our kitchen window this morning.  It was encouraging to see the whole family of deer out there.  I decided to go down into the backyard and say hello, which they didn’t seem to mind.  The open space behind our house is pretty big and they feel safe out there.  We live within city limits, so there is no hunting out here and the deer have become very comfortable around people.

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Now you can see how long and wide the open space is.  If you read my post regarding the amazing experience with the F-22 Raptor, now you can see how he flew from the top of the open space down to right behind our house.  He was hovering just on the other side of the sidewalk about 15 feet up.  It was awesome!

The deer left this morning, but they came back this afternoon.  I stepped out on the deck to take these photos around 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time.  It is a gorgeous 60 degrees today and we are all loving it, me and the deer!  The photo below shows the view I had when I saw the F-22.  It was hovering in the spot right between our big pine tree on the left and the maple tree to its right, just on the other side of the sidewalk.  If you look in the distance at the rim of the big gulch we are in, you can see the wide open flying space that pilots have up here.  He just swooped around and came right into our open space like it was nothing.

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As I sat in the sun and enjoyed the peaceful presence of the deer, I thought of Psalm 23 and how the Lord gives us rest.  He takes care of us and restores us daily.  We all need that!  We all need the goodness and love of the Lord to lift us up and sustain us through our trials.  I am so thankful that He sees our pain and He takes time to comfort us.  He truly makes us lie down in green pastures and His love restores our souls!

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be

in want.

He makes me lie down in green

pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

he restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk

through the valley of the shadow of

death,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the

LORD

forever.”

Psalm 23:1-6

No matter what suffering we are fighting down here in the valley of the shadow of death, we have everything we need in Jesus!  He will lead us and guide us and our cups will overflow out of His abundant grace and love!  His comfort gives us strength and we press on with our Lord and Savior knowing we will be with Him forever!  May His loving comfort be with all who are suffering today!  Jesus loves you and you are not alone!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16

Grace and peace to you all!

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8 Years Of Sufficient Grace

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Photo by Ryan, Sunrise on 1-1-2020

Today is the anniversary of the day my life changed forever.  A day when I began the greatest battle of my life to conquer a genetic auto-immune disorder.  8 years ago on 1-6-2012 I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  It has been a very long and painful road of suffering, but I choose to give God praise and rejoice today!  There is breath in my lungs and I am alive and that is a precious gift I will never take for granted again!

Many of you may remember my 7 year anniversary post last year.  It did not go well.  Even though I was over a lot of the anger regarding the disease at that time, I was still hurting and it came out badly in that post.  The first few years of the disease I suffered torturous pain and anguish, and I was wrestling God over many things regarding the suffering and my faith.  I ended up deleting that post and it was a wake up call to finally let the anger go and give it to God.  I can say with great joy that the Lord has healed my heart from that anger and given me peace.  2019 ended up being a tremendous year of ministry and growth in the Lord, and I am excited to see how the Lord moves in power in 2020!

I started blogging on August 10th, 2018.  Five days later on the 15th, I wrote a post about the suffering I went through and the anger I had dealt with.  There were only a few people reading my blog back then.  If you are suffering and dealing with anger, please read my post Wrestling God.  I pray it is a blessing and encouragement to you!  I know what it’s like to suffer and shake my fist at God and I also know what it’s like for Him to heal and comfort my heart with His love!

If you would like to learn more about Celiac Disease, please read my post:

Celiac Disease Awareness Month

I still have rough days where I am in pain, but I am thankful for the healing the Lord has given me so far.  Thank you all for praying for me!  It can take up to 10 years for someone with Celiac to heal from the damage to the small intestine and gut, and even then the doctors say the patches of dead villi will never heal.  I know God can do all things and nothing is impossible for Him, so I continue to pray for healing.  God can do miracles in our lives whenever He wants to!  He can cast out demons like He did for me and my family in 1996, He can send angels to help you like he did for me in 1998, and He can put you back in your body and give you His breath of life back by the power of the Holy Spirit like He did for me after I stopped breathing on 4-28-2012!  Absolutely nothing is impossible for God!  Nothing is too hard for Him!

Remember that time when…

My Lazarus Moment

My published testimony on Amazon:

One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life

This disease almost killed me and I am only alive today because of Jesus Christ!  It is by my faith in Him that I am alive, and live, and have my being!  It is His Name I cried out to as my breath was leaving my lungs!  It is through a miracle of the Holy Spirit by the power of God that I live and breathe today!  Amen!

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

I know God has a purpose for the thorn.  He has never left me and I want to testify to the world how loving and faithful the Lord has been to me!  After 8 years of suffering, I can say with a full heart that God’s grace is truly sufficient!  Through all the physical pain, through all the emotional anguish and anxiety from the pain and job loss, through all the financial struggles the disease caused and through all the worry about the future, His grace has been sufficient!  It is His love and strength that has sustained me through this great trial and I trust Him to see me through to the end!

“I will sing of the LORD’s great love

forever;

with my mouth I will make your

faithfulness known through all

generations.

I will declare that your love stands firm

forever,

that you established your faithfulness

in heaven itself.”

Psalm 89:1-2

I was up before the sun as usual today praying over my family for the day ahead.  I also prayed about Celiac and asked Him to heal me as I have every day since being diagnosed.  When I opened my Bible afterwards, I had turned to the Book of Matthew and my eyes focused on this verse:

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

I just smiled and gave the Lord praise as I said, “Amen Lord!”  That is how the Lord speaks to us and encourages us through His Word and it is awesome!  Don’t ever give up hope!  God can do the impossible!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13

“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

Romans 5:5

When you believe in Jesus, His love and faithfulness surrounds you!  He will never leave you and nothing can separate you from Him.  No matter what comes against us and no matter how bad the pain, we will stand victorious over our trials because His grace is sufficient.  8 years of suffering has proven that to me!  His great comfort and love has sustained me through the worst years of my life and in His mercy He let me live!

“But what can I say?

He has spoken to me, and he himself

has done this.

I will walk humbly all my years

because of this anguish of my soul.

Lord, by such things men live;

and my spirit finds life in them too.

You restored me to health

and let me live.

Surely it was for my benefit

that I suffered such anguish.

In your love you kept me

from the pit of destruction;

you have put all my sins

behind your back.”

Isaiah 38:15-17

The Lord has a purpose in the pain and we can trust Him.  His power within us by the Holy Spirit is greater than our weakness!  Thank You Lord for rescuing me and letting me live!  Thank You for loving me and helping me!  Thank You that You can do all things!  May Your will be done Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace to you all!

A Dire Warning For 2020

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Image credit: NBC Nightly News

I was reading an article yesterday that mentioned a recent report by NBC Nightly News where they talked about implantable microchips in Sweden and the benefits of people getting chipped.  This technology has been available for several years now and even though I have known about this and warned people about it many times, it was still chilling to watch the report.  The Bible, which was written almost 2,000 years ago, warned us that this would come upon the world, and now the technology to do it is here in our time!  To those who say the Bible is irrelevant, I say you are not paying attention, you don’t know the prophecies, and you better start learning the truth.

NBC talked about how easy and painless it is to have the chip implanted under your skin and they showed how rapidly the idea is spreading in Sweden.  They talked about how much easier and convenient life is with the chip and they showed people using it in their daily life.  To their credit, they did talk briefly about the dystopian danger of human beings being chipped by an all powerful government, but they brushed that off as a story line for fiction writers.  They should really spend more time on the dangers of it because it is not fiction.

There is a coming one world government and there have been people working towards it and calling for its arrival for many years in our time.  They are the ones who speak of a “new world order” and call for the destruction of national sovereignty.  They do everything they can to tear down borders and cause chaos because they want to rule the world.  They are the ones behind the creation of the chip and that is why they promote it.

Here is the link to the NBC Nightly News report.  The video will open in a separate window.  If you want to know what mainstream media propaganda looks like, this is it.  I do not support liberal NBC or any of the globalist owned mainstream media stations.  I am only posting this for your information, so you can see just how close we truly are to the prophecy regarding the mark of the beast.

ID, wallet, keys all in your hand: Sweden moves into the future with microchipping

The Book of Revelation tells us very clearly that there will be a dominating one world government in the end times, that government will be ruled by a man (the anti-Christ a.k.a. the beast) who is indwelt by the devil, and he will force everyone on earth to receive his “mark” in order to control people.  The warning the Apostle John gives us in Revelation chapter 13 is terrifyingly dire.  The word “dire” means: “Warning of or having dreadful or terrible consequences; calamitous.  Urgent; desperate.  Causing or attended by great fear or terrible suffering; dreadful; awful.”  Consider this post a most urgent and desperate warning to absolutely never let anyone implant a microchip inside your body, especially on your right hand or forehead!  There are terrible and dreadful eternal consequences for those who take the mark!

This is how it will be when the anti-Christ comes and establishes his one world government on the earth:

“Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast?  Who can make war against him?”

The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months.  He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.  He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them.  And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.  All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.”

Revelation 13:4-8

“He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

This calls for wisdom.  If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number.  His number is 666.”

Revelation 13:16-18

This is not just another advancement in technology.  This is not the next iPhone.  The devil himself is behind this, and it will be used in the future to make human beings his slaves!  This is not about convenience.  It is about control, and make no mistake, the people who are working to build a one world government desperately want to control and dominate the world.  Having all of our personal information on an implantable microchip is the ultimate way to control how people “buy and sell” in society.  It would control how we live our lives and those without it would not be able to function in society.

The world government will be controlled by the anti-Christ (who will be seen as a great ruler worthy of worship) in the last days during the 7 year Tribulation and he will force everyone who is left on earth at that time to receive his evil mark.  The people who will worship the beast “whose names have not been written in the book of Life belonging to the Lamb that was slain” are people who do not believe in Jesus.  If you do not believe in Jesus, please understand how serious and deadly the coming new world order truly is!

The NBC report makes the microchip implants sound cool and they say the people who are doing it now are on the “cutting edge of technology.”  This is already here folks and people have been getting chipped for several years now!  Now it is being promoted on mainstream liberal news (which is owned by the globalists) here in America and this is just the beginning of it.  They are slowly introducing it to society as they roll out their master plan to dominate every human being on earth.  We will continue to see news reports highlighting the benefits and convenience of having a chip in our hand.  They will continue to speak of a “cashless society” and how the implantable microchip is the “wave of the future.”

“Imagine carrying just about everything you need beneath the surface of your hand–your wallet, keys and ID, all in a microchip.  That’s reality in Sweden, as some early-adopters implant the tiny devices beneath their skin.”

NBC Nighty News, October 13, 2019

You can just see it now.  Commercials with athletes and movie stars saying, “I got my chip!  Did you get yours?”  They will make it look like the coolest and most futuristic act you could ever do and they will shame those who reject it.  It will eventually become harder and harder to shop without the chip as more businesses and retailers adopt the technology.  And finally, when the anti-Christ comes, it will be forced on society, and all who worship the beast and take his evil mark are actually rejecting Jesus Christ at that time and they will lose their souls.  Worshiping the beast is worshiping the devil!  That is how deadly this technology actually is!

“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?  Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Jesus speaking in Matthew 16:26

If you have already been chipped and you are using this technology like thousands of people in Sweden do, I urge you with all my heart to have it removed immediately!  It is not yet the mark of the beast and you still have time!  Get it out of you!  You are not a slave to be tracked and dominated like an animal!  You are a human being created in the image of God and He loves you!  God does not want you to be a slave to the evil one!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16

There is nothing cool or hip about the chip!  It is pure evil and the globalists who are promoting it are evil!  They are working for the evil one and they are waiting for their leader to arrive!

None of us know the times or dates of the end, but we are very close in 2020.  The technology for the mark of the beast is here, people are already using it, and they will continue to make rapid advances with it just like they do with our phones and all other technology.  Within this decade, we may very well see so many people being chipped that those who don’t do it will be looked at as strange and behind the times.  No matter what happens in society or how many commercials they run promoting it, nobody is ever implanting a microchip in me, my wife, or our kids!  I strongly recommend you take the same stand against it!  It breaks my heart seeing people getting the chip and it is disgusting.

Jesus Christ is Lord and He is coming soon!  Many prophecies of the Bible are being fulfilled in our time and we must keep our eyes fixed on Him.  The world is blinded to the truth and many think the implantable chip is a great idea.  They consider it the next great technological advancement and they cannot even fathom the wickedness behind it and the great suffering it will cause.  Those who are chipped in 2020 think it makes them more free, when actually they have willingly stepped into slavery and they are now primed for total domination.  When the anti-Christ arrives, they will be that much easier to control and many will run to worship the beast.

Only Jesus Christ can save your soul and rescue you from the coming wrath of the Tribulation.  The wrath of that time is not for believers in Jesus Christ and if it happens in our time, then we will be rescued from it by a powerful miracle of the Lord known as the Rapture.  Yes, I believe in it, it is found in the Bible, and no, I’m not even going to waste time arguing with believers who don’t believe in God’s miracles.  Mid-Trib and Post-Trib Rapture don’t even make any sense, they don’t line up with God’s Word because both state that believers will suffer the wrath of the Tribulation, and after 23 years of ministry I am tired of debating those who subscribe to those doctrines.

I’m not here to get into unfruitful arguments with fellow believers.  I’m here to please God and preach His Truth to unbelievers who are lost in their sin.  If you don’t want to believe you will be rescued from the coming wrath, fine, but you are not ever going to convince me otherwise.  And don’t even try to tell me Pre-Trib was a doctrine made up in the 1800s by some preacher.  We know about it because the Apostle Paul preached about it and he told us to “encourage each other with these words.”  There is nothing encouraging about Mid-Trib or Post-Trib because both remove the truth that God will rescue us from the coming wrath.  If it happens in our time, we will go through everything leading up to the Tribulation (including WW3) and we must faithfully endure, but believers are rescued right before it starts.  Believers in Jesus are not appointed to suffer the Tribulation.

The Word says what it says about the Pre-Tribulation Rapture and I believe it with all my heart.  By the way, I know the word “rapture” is not found in the Bible.  The New Testament was written in Greek.  The English word “rapture” came from the Latin word “raeptius,” which was translated from the Greek word “harpazo,” which is the translated root word for “caught up.”  Harpazo means “to seize, catch up, or snatch away, to seize by force, or snatch up suddenly and decisively.”  That is the word Paul used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 when speaking of believers being “caught up together with them in the clouds.”  The Apostle Luke uses the same word “harpazo” when writing in Acts 8:39 about how “the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away.”  The Lord will literally snatch us away suddenly and rescue us from the wrath that He will pour out on the earth.  We are appointed for salvation, not for wrath!

“and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead–Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.”

1 Thessalonians 1:10

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage each other with these words.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5:9

If you don’t believe in Jesus and all this ends up happening in our time and we see a one world government come to power, remember the warning in Revelation and turn to Jesus!  Do not worship the anti-Christ or take his mark!  My advice is to accept Jesus by faith while there is still time before the Tribulation.  Today is the day of salvation because you might not get a tomorrow, and every day we move one step closer to the end.

Jesus is the only Way out of the great trouble that is coming to this world.  May the Lord spread revival and open people’s minds and hearts to the truth of His Word!  Only Jesus can forgive our sins and give us eternal life!  May people clearly see what is going on in this sinful fallen world and come running to Jesus!

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

Grace and peace to you all!

A Shelter Of Rest

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Photo by Ryan, Sunrise this morning, 1-3-2020

Good morning Everyone and God bless you all!  It is a beautiful day the Lord has made and we even had some furry visitors this morning that God used to inspire this post.  There is a family of deer that come through the open space behind our home just about every day.  Sometimes they sleep in our backyard and other times they like to snuggle up close to the fence underneath our big pine trees.  As I watched them resting there so peacefully this morning, the verses about the Lord being a shelter came to mind.  Jesus is our shelter of peace and we can truly rest in Him!

“He who dwells in the shelter of the

Most High

will rest in the shadow of the

Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, “He is my

refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91:1-2

Amen!  Jesus is our refuge and fortress of great rest and peace and we can trust in Him!  When you believe in Jesus, you dwell in Him and He is your shelter both now and for eternity!  He is our Savior and our only refuge from sin and death!

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

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Look at how happy she is!  She even smiled for me!  Those deer are at peace.  They have found refuge and they are not afraid.  They use the safety of the trees as a fortress and they rest under their shadow.

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When we dwell in Jesus, He protects us and takes care of us.  We are His children and we are safe in His love.  What a beautiful and mighty shelter, refuge, and fortress we have in Jesus!

“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Jesus speaking in John 6:37-40

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Jesus speaking in Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus is Lord and He alone is the shelter and rest for our souls!  He is welcoming you with open arms and He will forgive all your sins!  Jesus loves you!  Come to Him by faith and He will receive you as His own!

“Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”

Acts 13:38

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

“for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:13

Grace and peace to you all!

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Move Forward

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Photo by Ryan, Sunrise shining on the Rockies this morning

Happy New Year Everyone!  Welcome to 2020!  I don’t usually post this late, but I wanted to share a quick encouraging word for this first day of the new year before it’s over.

For the last few weeks leading up to today, I have been thinking a lot about moving forward.  Moving forward from my past mistakes and sins.  Moving forward past my regrets and shame, and truly living in the joy of His forgiveness and salvation daily!  Even after following Jesus for 23 years now, my past mistakes rob my joy far too often.  Once you come to Jesus you are free and forgiven and His blood covers all your sins, past, present, and future.  God is not keeping a record of wrongs on us.  He disciplines us when we mess up and He never leaves us.  Sanctification is a lifelong process and the Lord will prune us as needed.  He is the potter, we are the clay.

Dwelling on the past, especially the negative things we have done, does not do anybody any good.  Once we have repented of whatever it was that we did or said that was sinful, we need to move on in the Lord.  As long as we learn from our mistakes and grow, then the pain is not in vain.  The Bible promises that God’s discipline will produce a harvest of righteousness in us.  God can take our mistakes and turn it into something beautiful every time.  Don’t beat yourself up over things that were forgiven and forgotten by God the moment you admitted your wrong and turned from it.  Move forward in His grace!

These verses have been on my heart all day:

“Forget the former things;

do not dwell on the past.

See, 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.”

Isaiah 43:18-19

God wants to do new things in all our lives!  As one who suffers a chronic illness, I can say wholeheartedly that you must keep your hope strong that He still has good plans for you.  Trust in Jesus!  God can make a way where there is no way!  Keep trusting, praying, and believing and don’t give up!  Give that hurt from the past to God and rest in His forgiveness.  When you come to Jesus by faith, God removes your sins from you as far as the east is from the west and remembers them no more.  Live in that wonderful peace every day of your life!

We only get one shot at life, friends!  Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, love your neighbor, and love each other!  That is what Jesus wants for all of us in 2020 and beyond!  May we not waste time hurting ourselves or others over the past.  Forgive yourself, forgive each other, and keep moving forward!

Grace and peace to you all!

Soaring Into 2020

Pic quote Isaiah 40 v 30 v 31

Hello friends and family!  Well, here we are, the last day of 2019!  My prayer for us all is that we would enter 2020 with renewed strength and soar above our troubles in our hope in the Lord!  We all know that we will face plenty of trials in 2020 just as we have in 2019 and every other year of our lives.  This is a truth we face every day of our lives here on fallen planet earth.  I also know without a doubt that we can overcome all our troubles through faith in Jesus!  We can truly take heart because He has overcome the world just as He told us!  We can rise up with great hope and soar on wings like eagles!

Thank you all for sticking with me this year!  From friends around the world to family I grew up with, I appreciate all of your support and encouragement!  Reading all of your blogs and chatting with you every day has been a blessing to me, especially in my fight with Celiac.  Thank you all for your prayers and encouraging comments throughout the year!  The Lord has me preaching in almost 140 countries now and my prayer is that He would increase that to every country in the world in 2020!  Please pray that I would be faithful to Him and His calling on my life!  I just want to please the Lord and do as He commanded.

I will continue to preach the Gospel and share God’s Word in 2020 and my fervent prayer every year is that the Lord would spread revival through the world!  People desperately need God’s love and we all need a Savior!  The societies of the world are suffering from a lack of knowledge of God’s Word.  In an age where we have access to seemingly unlimited information through technological advances, we are at the same time living through an age of spiritual ignorance and darkness as people call good evil and evil good.  A time where truth is whatever someone wants it to be regardless of what God’s Word says.  No matter what human beings say, truth is not relative.  God’s Truth is eternal and it is the only Truth that is sovereign over our souls and this entire universe!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of men.”

John 1:1-4

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John 1:14

The most beautiful message in the world is that God loves us and came to earth to save us!  You are not alone and you can know God deeply and personally by the power of the Holy Spirit!  You can walk with Him and talk with Him and enjoy His comfort, peace, and love every day of your life!  God has opened a Way to Him and that Way is Jesus Christ.  He is the only Way to Heaven and that is a truth that all people must hear!

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16

The beauty of the Gospel is forgiveness!  God wants to forgive you!  He wants to save you!  Let 2020 be a true fresh start!  There is no sin too big.  God can forgive anyone and He will forgive you too!

“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Romans 3:22-24

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

2 Peter 3:9

When you receive Jesus by faith, you are completely forgiven and your sins will never be counted against you!  You are made new by the power of the Holy Spirit that God deposits inside of you upon receiving Jesus, and you are truly a new creation!  You are born again and made brand new in Christ!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

2 Corinthians 5:17-19

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”

Ephesians 1:13-14

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

“In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

John 3:3

Not counting our sins against us!  That is the great Truth of God that sets us free!  Do you want that freedom?  Are you tired of being in bondage to your sins?  Call on the Name of the Lord Jesus and you will be saved!  Every sin will be washed away by the atoning Blood of Jesus through faith in Him!  That is the true fresh start we all need!  Come to Jesus this New Year’s Eve!  He will receive you as His own and you will be born again as a child of God who is free and forgiven forever!

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:9-13

May 2020 be the year that you take hold of the eternal life God is offering!  May you become a new creation experiencing the cleansing joy of God’s love and forgiveness!  I would never promise that life will be without trouble, but you will have power to overcome any trial and you will walk in the newness of life that only a relationship with Jesus can bring!  The old will be gone and the new will come!

Grace and peace to you all!  Have a very blessed and happy new year!

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Photo by Ryan, Last Rocky Mountain sunset of 2019