Overflowing Hope

Romans 15 v 13 with mountains

Hope.  That is something that is always in short supply all around the world.  No matter what country you live in, there is not enough hope.  The above verse in Romans tells us that we can not only have hope, but have it to overflowing when we trust in God in the power of the Holy Spirit!  That is not something the world can offer anybody.  That kind of hope is only found through Jesus!

I would like you to think about the context of the time in which this verse was written by Paul.  It is his letter to the church at Rome, hence the Book of Romans.  Christians were being persecuted in Rome.  They were being killed in the coliseums as an entertaining spectacle for the violent crowd that watched.  No, they didn’t make them fight like gladiators.  They tied them to poles and let lions attack and eat them.

The persecution was so bad that they hid in the catacombs under the city.  They had to create secret signs, so they would know who they could trust.  That is where you get this image from:

Jesus fish

The Christians would use the symbol to tell each other they were Christian and it was safe.  Here is a great explanation from Author Matt Slick of Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (carm.org):

“The word “ixoye” is an acronym comprised of the first letter of five Greek words:  Iesous Xristos Theou Yios Sotare which means Jesus, Christ, Son of, God, Savior.

  • Iesous (Iasoos) is Jesus.  The first letter is ‘iota’, Ιησους.
  • Xristos (Christos) is Christ.  The first letter is ‘chi’, Χριστóς.
  • Theou (Theou) is God.  The first letter is ‘theta’, Θεοῦ.
  • Yios (Huios) is Son.  The first letter is ‘upsilon’, Υἱός.
  • Sotare (Sotare) is Savior.  The first letter is sigma’, Σωτήρ.

The word is also the Greek word for “fish,” icthus, ἰχθύς which when spelled in capital letters in Greek is ΙΧΘΥΣ.  Remember, Jesus called the fishermen to be fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).  Jesus used the metaphor to represent evangelism in the proclamation of the gospel by which people are saved from their sins.  Christians began using the fish as a symbol of Christianity in the first century.”

Thank you Matt for that excellent history lesson!  I recommend checking out carm.org!

It was violent in Rome.  We all know this from history.  The Romans were brutal to the Christians.  So, for Paul to be writing about overflowing hope seems a bit odd because in their physical circumstances they were suffering terribly.

Why could Paul write that?  Because he was very familiar with the power of God through suffering.  He knew that God would fill them with all joy and peace as they trusted God through their violent circumstances.  Paul had been living through it too!  Many times the Jews and Romans tried to kill Paul.  Many times they tortured and imprisoned him, and he ultimately died for his faith.

He knew that the Holy Spirit would be the only strength that could get them through it with all joy and peace.  He also knew that would lead to an overflowing of hope in the Holy Spirit.  He knew the believers in Rome would need to dig deep into the hope that salvation brings!

Our hope is not in this world.  This world cannot offer us hope.  Only God can do that, and He did!  He died for you, so you can be free from sin and death!  Now that, my friends, is real hope indeed!

Remember the Christians who were tortured and murdered in the coliseums next time you see the “Jesus fish” symbol on somebody’s car.  Using that symbol was the difference between life and death for them.  Someday we will meet all of those who were killed for their faith in Heaven.  May we be as strong in Christ, and may we overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”

1 Peter 1:3-5

Boom!  That is real hope–a living hope that never perishes, spoils, or fades!

Grace and peace to you all!  May your hope in Jesus be alive and well always!

Romans 15 v 13 with sunflowers

 

Outsiders

Outsider Lecrae

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12:1-2

It is hard being an outsider, isn’t it?  Nobody wants to be the outcast.  Just about every human being on earth enjoys being liked.  We all like are likes don’t we?  As Christians, we are not called to be liked by the world.  In fact, the world will hate us because we preach about Jesus Christ.  The world hates us because we have an enemy who “prowls around like a roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8), and he causes that hatred to well up in the hearts of those in the world.

There are many nations in the world where preaching the Gospel can not only get you hurt, but it can get you killed.  Check out this list of restricted and hostile nations to the Gospel:

Hostile nations to the Gospel

That is a long list!  If you live in those countries, then it is very dangerous to be a Christian.  It is actually just like the constant danger the Apostles, Disciples, and followers of Jesus lived through.

Listen to how the Apostle Paul explains it to the believers in Corinth:

“For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena.  We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.  We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ!  We are weak, but you are strong!  You are honored, we are dishonored!  To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.  We work hard with our own hands.  When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly.  Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.”

1 Corinthians 4:9-13

Interesting imagery from Paul’s time speaking about how the Romans killed people in their coliseums.  The men at the end of the procession were the gladiators that fought to the death.  Paul endured many torturous beatings and imprisonment for the Gospel.  He was also killed for it.  He was a faithful soldier for Christ all the way to the end.  There are still Christians today going through the same things.

Christians here in America do not have to worry about any of that usually.  People might get mad or think we are nuts, but generally people just ignore us if they don’t like what we have to say.  We don’t hear about too many people getting hurt or killed because they are Christians.  We have had violence against us in recent years along with all the other madness in the world though.  My prayers are still with all the families of the horrible church shooting in Texas.

The Lord told us to expect all of this.  In John 15 Jesus is speaking with His disciples and He explains the hatred the world has toward Him and those who follow Him.

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.  That is why the world hates you.”

John 15:18-19

The world hates us because we are not of this world anymore and people can see that.  We act and live differently because of the Holy Spirit inside of us.  We say things that sound crazy to the world, and they think we are foolish.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

1 Corinthians 1:18

It is foolishness to them because they don’t believe in the One who sent Jesus.  It makes people mad because they know they have no excuse for their sin now that Jesus has come.  People do not like being told they need to repent, and they hate us for it.

In verses 20-23, Jesus says:

“Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’  If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.  If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.  They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin.  Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin.  He who hates me hates my Father as well.

That is why the world hates Christians.  That is why I used to hate Christians before I accepted Jesus in 1996.  That hate comes from the evil one who is in the world.

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.”

Ephesians 2:1-2

That is a perfect description of who I was and how I used to live!  Satan is the ruler that Paul is talking about in his letter to the believers in Ephesus.  He is the ruler of the kingdom of the air and the spirit of disobedience!  That is why people hate Jesus and hate us without cause.

“If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin.  But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.  But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.'”

Jesus speaking in John 15:24-25

Yes, it is hard and sometimes deadly being an outsider to this world, but at the end of it all I would rather be an outsider in Jesus Christ than an insider in eternity without Him!  Amen!  There is nothing this world has to offer me that I miss.  Money, liquor, girls, popularity, parties–forget about it!  I lived that life and I danced with Satan, and all he ever tried to do was kill me!

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”

Philippians 3:7-9

If you are a believer in Jesus that is feeling the pressure of being an outsider to this world, just remember, you might be an outsider here, but you are an insider of Heaven!  We are called to be outsiders while we serve Him here, but we have a home waiting for us that is beyond all we could ever ask or imagine!

Grace and peace to you all!  Stand up and stand strong in Jesus and don’t back down!

P.S.

Shout out to Lecrae for the “I’d Rather Be An Outsider” logo!

2 Corinthians 5 verse 17

 

Called Out of Darkness

1 Peter 2 v 9 best

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

1 Peter 2:9

Good morning or evening friends around the world!  I want to tell you a ministry story this morning.  I have been thinking about it since breakfast.  It was even busier this morning because my wife and kids had to leave at 6:30 a.m.  My wife teaches at the same school our kids attend, and that is a huge blessing.  I am usually up by 4 or 5 a.m., so I was ready to rock.  In any case, I am finally in my cozy den in the basement and I am excited to tell you this story!

I will never forget the night that God showed me that verse in action, particularly the part about calling people out of darkness.  I had only believed in Jesus for about a year, and that Spring Break in 1997 I signed up for a mission trip to minister in the inner city of Denver.

I grew up in Littleton, Colorado just down the street from the Capitol in Denver.  We lived in a little brick house real close to Santa Fe and Littleton Blvd and on the other side was Federal Blvd.  It was a great place to grow up in the 80s!  It was a mix of safe and tough, kind of like a city suburb.  I lived there from 1981 to 1991.

Growing up we always heard about the violent crimes happening up and down Colfax Avenue in Denver.  Colfax Avenue is Colorado’s Main street.  It runs all the way from Golden out West in the foothills all the way east to Aurora.  It has a long history and I recommend looking it up someday.  Colorado history is pretty cool!

Colfax Ave
This is where we did street ministry feeding and clothing the homeless. The church is just up the street the other way from that 7-11.
Colfax Ave 2
That’s my city! I love D-Town! Pour out your Holy Spirit here Lord Jesus!
Colfax Ave at night
Now you can really see how long it is!

Our parents would always tell us to stay away from Colfax.  They knew we rode our bikes everywhere and they knew we went all the way to the Capitol sometimes.  Well, the Capitol is right on Colfax.  We would go to 7-11 in Littleton to get snacks, then we would ride up to Denver.  We saw a lot of crazy things.  There are homeless people everywhere in City Park and drug users openly sticking needles in their arms in broad daylight.  I once saw a man passed out (or dead) in City Park with a needle hanging out of his arm.  The other homeless guys were laughing and mocking him as the ambulance came to get him.  He was only about a hundred yards from the Capitol.  Yes, very rough and dangerous area.

We did most of our ministry in City Park right across the street from the Capitol and the surrounding neighborhoods around Colfax.  The old five points neighborhood is right next to the Capitol.  Up and down Colfax in that whole area people can find just about any vice they want.  There are gang members fighting for territory, prostitutes walking the block, and homeless people and drug addicts wandering around.  It is a horrible sight, and there are plenty of opportunities to help people and share the Gospel.

Capitol view
This picture was taken across the street in City Park. That is our State Capitol in Denver. My friends and I would ride our bikes all over this area!
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View of the Capitol from Colfax Ave.
Capitol dome
The dome is covered in gold mined from the Colorado gold mines in the 1800s !
Capitol
Cool statues of the Colorado prospectors and Christian missionaries.
Capitol Rotunda Stairs
Denver State Capitol Rotunda Stairs. Welcome inside!
Capitol stairs ornate
Heading up–simply beautiful!
Capitol inside
Looking up inside the gold covered dome! I took school field trips here when I was a kid and I loved it!
Capitol inside 2
Very cool interior!

I hope you enjoyed that little tour!  I love my State, my City, and my Country!  Colorado is one of the best places to live in the United States.  Every city has crime and problems.  That is a product of the fall.  Colorado is a beautiful state though, and our ski resorts are top notch!  Denver is a cool city with a good laid back vibe, and there are plenty of great things to do.  You just have to be careful like in any city.  When we are down there for ministry, we go into the darkness looking for the lost on purpose.  Don’t do that if you are just a tourist.  You could get hurt.  Most of the homeless people carry knives down in D-Town.  Be aware, be smart, and do not ever be naive, ever.  That’s what I learned growing up around these streets!

So, now you have an idea of what the area is like that my ministry story took place in.  The Spring Break trip was part of the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry I was involved with at the University of Northern Colorado.  It was the first time I had ever done any Christian ministry work, let alone street ministry.  We worked with Crusade’s inner city outreach called “Here’s Life Inner City” in conjunction with the local church off Colfax called “Church in the City.”  There were students from all over the country and we all met at the church.  We stayed there for a week doing some of the most incredible street ministry I have ever been honored to be a part of!  We also worked with another inner city ministry called “Christ’s Body Ministries” that we still support today!  They are awesome.  Check out my “Great Ministries” page for details!

Church in the City moved locations, but this was the old location we stayed at:

Church in the City

Every night we would go out around midnight to minister on the streets of Colfax.  I was loving it!  Here I was out in the middle of the night on the street my parents and the news had warned me about my whole life.  It was pitch black, very late, and very gritty.

One night we split into teams.  There were about four or five people in each team.  The girls in the group were never alone and we always made sure we were together.  Don’t be naive as you minister to people.  Watch out for each other.  Some people do like to attack Christians–we know this.

I was with four other guys and we decided after praying that we would head over to the road bridges over by Speer Blvd.  That is just down the street from the Capitol over by the Pepsi Center where the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche play.  There are always homeless over there.  It is real close to the Denver Rescue Mission.

Speer Blvd sign

Denver Rescue Mission

We walked down the embankment and up the other side to talk to the guys under the bridge.  There were several men all stuffed tight under this one section right by the road.  It smelled awful, like urine and liquor, and it was dark.  It didn’t matter, Jesus says to love them anyway.  We introduced ourselves, told them we were serving Jesus, and asked them if they wanted some food and clothes.

They were very happy to see us and received us well.  We fed them and gave them warm clothes (Spring Break in Denver is usually freezing), and began sharing the Gospel.  As we finished, a Native American man in the back got very angry and started trying to crawl towards us.  He was deep at the back under the bridge stuffed in the corner.  He started cussing and telling us to leave, but his homeless buddies started laughing at him and told him to pipe down as they held him back.

He finally calmed down, and we continued to minister.  We prayed for them and talked with them, and it was awesome!  I was in the city at night serving the Lord and I felt alive!  It was the city I grew up loving, and now I was deep in it!

Before we left, we asked if anybody would like to go home and told them we could help get them back home.  Everyone was quiet, then a voice that had been quiet the whole time spoke up and said softly, “I do.”

He crawled out from under the bridge and walked over to us.  He was a tall white guy about mid 30s and he looked like he had been through it all.  He told us he was from Ohio and he wanted to go back home to his family.  We took him back to the church, gave him more fresh clothing, money, and packed him food, then we drove straight to the bus station.  We bought him a one way ticket back home to Ohio, and that night that man was not homeless anymore!

God called him right out of that darkness and it was a great honor to be a part of it!  He took us straight into the heart of darkness that night, and He cut through it with His Glorious Light!  He pulled that man out from under that dark nasty bridge, and I will never ever forget that!  Glory to Jesus!

I still pray for that man, and I often wonder what he is doing today.  I hope and pray he is doing great and living victoriously in Christ now!  That is the kind of redemption Jesus is all about!

What darkness would you like Jesus to pull you out of today?  Whatever it is, I guarantee you, He can and will rescue you from it!  I have witnessed it and experienced it myself!  Even on the streets of Denver in the pitch black Colfax night!

Grace and Peace to you all!

Romans 116

Denver homeless
Fancy buildings right next to a homeless camp.
Denver homeless 3
Very common in Denver.
Civic Center Park
They don’t show you that in the State Capitol pictures!
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The line is this long every night at the Denver Rescue Mission!
Denver homeless camp
Typical homeless camp under Denver city bridges.
Denver at night
I love my city! God bless you Denver!

Cool cross with 1 John 3 v 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Last Breath

today is the day of salvation

That is a very hard reality to deal with on this earth isn’t it?  Someday, no matter what, you are going to have a day on this earth where you stop breathing and you die.  I know, I am not trying to be depressing.  This is a message of hope!

None of us know how or when we are going to go.  Will we get old, will we die young?  Only God knows.  My Great Grandfather fell down the stairs one night and hit his head.  It is a very sad story for our family.  I emailed my Mom in Illinois about it before I did this post (thanks Mom!), and this is what she wrote:

“Jake was my Mom’s Dad, so your Great Grandad (we used Grandad for him).  He fell down the basement stairs and hit his head.  My Grandma Pearl said he thought he was opening the bathroom door, which was only a few yards apart.  He had bad eyesight due to cataracts.  Grandad read the Bible every day.  I remember him laying on his iron bed, with one leg hanging over the side, his foot touching the floor, and his Bible in his hands. He often would fall asleep with his Bible on his chest.”

My Great Great Grandfather was struck by lighting one night trying to put the horses in the barn during a storm.  This is what my Mom (thanks again Mom!) wrote about him:

“Your Great Grandpa Ward’s Dad, John, was struck by lighting when Ward was 17 or 18.  There was a very bad thunderstorm, so they both went to the barn to tend to the horses.  When John was at the barn door he was hit by lightning.  It struck his head and left a burned hole in his hat. Ward is Grandpa Ed’s Dad, so John would be your Great, Great Grandpa.”

If you read my book, then you know that I stopped breathing on April 28, 2012 due to anaphylactic shock I suffered from eating oats.  I have Celiac Disease, and at that time I did not know I could not have oats yet.  I am only here and alive today because I was with Jesus when I stopped breathing and He brought me back in the mighty wind of the Holy Spirit.  Yeah, you heard me right!  Why do you think I am on here preaching in the fire of the Spirit day and night!  Check out the “My Book” page for details about my published testimony regarding my very strange supernatural life!

Nope, none of us know when we are going to go.  I stopped breathing when I was 33 and that is when I should have died, but I’m 40 now and I’m still here!  Thank You Jesus!  I love You Lord!

We must take heed of the warnings in the Bible regarding our eternal souls.  We are living in a time of God’s grace when mankind still has a chance to repent and receive Jesus.  Do not waste it!

Paul said it this way to the church at Corinth:

“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.  For he says,

“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

Today, right now, not tomorrow–today is the day of salvation!  Do not mess around with your soul any longer.  It is no joke!  I am not on here playing games folks.  This blog is not just some hobby or something I like to do for fun.  Heaven and hell are real and if you don’t know Jesus, you are not going to Heaven.  That’s a mouthful, I know, but I am commanded by the Lord to warn you.

“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 have my book, then you know my family lived with a demon in our house for four years when I was in High School (’92 to ’96).  Yes, haunted!  That is why I came to Christ!  That is why I preach with urgency.  I accepted Jesus in college in 1996, encountered two angels in 1998, then 14 years later in 2012 I stopped breathing and the Lord saved me with a miracle!  That is why my book is called “One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life.”  All the supernatural strange stuff started when I was 13 and it just kept happening to me throughout my life.  I never know what to expect from God!  The Lord urged me to write a book about it, so I did.  It is my testimony before man and God and I testified to it all!

Let me tell you something, when you are taking your last breath is not the time to be figuring out your eternal soul!  I cried out to Jesus as my breath was leaving me that night, and I was so very glad I was with Him!  You do not want to be dying without Jesus, please just trust me on this.  He is alive!  He was with me!  He told me “It’s okay,” and He protected and comforted me.  I am still here today and I conquered my heart stopping and my breath stopping because of Jesus!  I don’t care if people think I am crazy or not.  I am going to preach it!  I tell you all these things in love.

Make sure you are right with God before you go.  The way to do that is through Jesus Christ.  There is hope!  There is forgiveness in Jesus and He will forgive all of your sins!  That is why He died on the cross!  You could never earn salvation.  It is a free gift from God!  I urge you, receive it with joy and be saved!

“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

Remember, today is the day of salvation because we really never know if we will get a tomorrow.  God bless you all!

Saved by grace through faith

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Don’t Ever Get Chipped!

mark of the beast

I want this post to serve as a warning for everyone on earth.  Revelation is a very serious Book in the Bible, and I am not going to try and tackle the entire topic of the end times in this post.  There are many disagreements within the church about the Rapture and the Tribulation, and I am not going into that here.  One thing we all agree on is that in the end the anti-Christ will come on the earth and he will force everyone to receive his mark.  This will be a worldwide event in every country, and you DO NOT want to take that mark!

The Apostle John received the amazing revelation of Jesus Christ, which became the Book of Revelation, while he was imprisoned by the Romans on the Island of Patmos.  John was later beheaded by the Romans for preaching about Jesus.

Here is the Prologue of Revelation:

“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.  He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw–that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”

Revelation 1:1-3

So, by reading and hearing what is in the Book of Revelation and taking heed of the warnings, we will be blessed!  Okay, let’s look at one of the most serious warnings in it.  This section of Scripture is about the anti-Christ who will be empowered by Satan to rule the earth for seven years during what is called The Tribulation.  We do not know the time or date of this event, but it has not happened yet, and it is coming.  We can all feel it stirring, the world is going mad.  This is how the anti-Christ will obtain power and rule over every human being on earth:

“He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his 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

People, the governments of the world already have that kind of technology right now!  People are already getting chipped by having microchips implanted under their skin!  Please listen to me!  Do not ever, ever, ever do that!  You are not some animal to be chipped, tracked, and controlled by your government!  Flee from that!  Flee away from that evil and run to Jesus!

chipped hand
Micro RFID chip implanted in a human hand.

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They already have the ability to put all of your information on that chip or on a bar code tattoo!  Your bank accounts, private health information, driver’s license, passport, and whatever else they want to put on it.  It is not so far fetched anymore is it?

Do you see now how an evil world ruler could say you cannot “buy or sell” without his mark?  If you don’t have one, or they turn off your chip, then you cannot be a part of society!  No food, no house, no job, no nothing!  That is what Revelation 13:16-18 is warning us about!

Some companies are already chipping their employees all over Europe and here in America too.  They receive their paycheck and access the office building that way!  Don’t let them chip you!  Do you see how they roll it out slowly over time to trick you, and they talk about it like it is a good thing?  It is not!  It is evil and sick!

Here is why you do not want to take that chip–and I mean ever!

“A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice:

“If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath.  He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.  And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever.  There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”  This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.”

Revelation 14:9-12

Yeah, big time warning!  I am telling you right now, do not ever take that mark.  Whether they do it on the forehead or the right hand, do not ever take it!  Repent and believe in Jesus, and no matter what happens in this world with all the governments, do not take the mark!  Even if they say you cannot buy food or work, okay fine!  God will provide for His people!  I don’t need Satan’s filthy mark to provide for me and my family!

It makes me sick when people get chipped like that!  They are advertising it like it so cool or it can help save lives.  That is nonsense!  None of us need to be chipped like animals ever!

Okay, deep breath Ryan.  I am passionate about this because the technology is here in our time, WW3 is always knocking on the door, and the end could happen at anytime.  No, I am not going to grow a beard and run around New York City half naked yelling about the world ending.  What I am telling you is to be aware of the times around you.  We all like and use technology, but not all of it is good, and I guarantee you that chip is going to be used for evil in the end!

You have been warned!  If it happens in our time, please remember what I told you!  Do not ever let them chip you with that sinful evil mark!  I don’t care if I have to go all “Red Dawn” Patrick Swayze style up in the Rockies–I am never taking the mark of the beast!  My wife and I and our kids can all hunt and fish and I know without a doubt in my mind that God will provide!  Wolverines!!!

Standing strong until He returns!  Grace and peace to you all!

Revelation 1 verse 8

 

 

Beautiful Song

Ephesians 5 v 19

In case you missed it in my earlier post today, I wanted you to know about a very beautiful song that I learned about from a sister in Christ who is from the Caribbean.  This song is beautiful African praise and worship and it is anointed in the Holy Spirit for sure!  Let it wash over you.  Jesus is the Living Water overflowing with love!

Thank you all for praying for my cousin Eric!  You will beat that cancer in the Name of Jesus cousin!

Grace and peace to you all!

Here is the YouTube link to the song:

Holy Ghost Air

Psalm 105 v 2

Urgent Prayer Request!

James 5 v 16

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

James 5:16

I am reaching out to all of the Holy Spirit filled prayer warriors out there!  My cousin Eric in Illinois has been battling cancer for a long time now.  He has to go back in for surgery on the back of his tongue on August 28, 2018.  It is not healing, so they have to scrape off the dead tissue to try and stimulate tissue growth.

He has not been able to produce saliva since the original cancer surgery and his taste buds are gone.  He is having trouble eating as you can imagine.  He is suffering and he needs prayer.

Eric is a strong believer in Jesus Christ!  He is one of my older cousins and he would always share Christ with me when I was a kid.  We call him Big E because, well, he is big!  I mean like Shaq big!  He grew up playing basketball just like Shaq too!  I loved playing ball with Big E!  He can really take it to the hole!

Big E has a big heart and he loves Jesus.  He is a gentle giant.  He visits friends in the hospital, invites folks to church, and he always mowed my Grandma’s lawn for her.  He’s that kind of man in Christ.  I love you cousin and you are going to get some serious prayer power out of this!  I am sending it worldwide brother!  We love you E!

Holy Spirit filled prayer warriors, please pray for Eric today!  Ask God to heal my cousin!  I am asking the Lord to specifically heal his tongue, regrow his taste buds, help him produce saliva and eat, and completely remove the cancer from his body, in the Name of Jesus, amen!

Thank you all for listening and taking the time to pray for him!

God bless you all!

1 John 3 verse 1