Look To The Heavens

Rocky Mountain National Park stars

“Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?  He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.  Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”

Psalm 40:26

Grace and peace to you all!  This will be a shorter post.  Something went wrong with WordPress and the last post I wrote titled “The Day Jesus Promised The Holy Spirit” did not show up on the scrolling Reader for some reason.  It is a very important post and I am not going to let the enemy stop me with some computer mistake.  Please click the hyperlinked title if you would like to read it.

Remember today, I AM is the Great Creator!  If you want to see how powerful He is, just look up!  By the way, how cool is it that God calls each star by name?  That is real cool!

Check out these pictures of the moon and sunset I took with my Canon camera:

Moon 6-3-17

Moon (5) 6-3-17

Moon 10-28-17 531 pm
I don’t know how He does it, but that is just cool! Praise God!
Sunset (2) 1-3-17
Sunset over the Rockies

The Day Jesus Promised The Holy Spirit

John 14 v 16 17

Before Jesus was crucified for the forgiveness of the world’s sins (John 19), he spoke with His followers and comforted them.  He let them know that the Father would be sending a very special blessing to them.  He made sure they knew they were not going to be alone.

“If you love me, you will obey what I command.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–the Spirit of truth.  The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me.  Because I live, you also will live.  On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”

Jesus speaking in John 14:15-20

What Jesus is telling them is that after He is crucified and ascends to the right hand of the Father in Heaven, He will ask God to send down the Holy Spirit to all believers and fill their souls with Him.  Jesus is literally saying He is in God, we are in Him, and He is in us–literally, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

“All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Jesus speaking in John 14:25-27

Jesus is very clear that the Holy Spirit will be coming!  He is comforting them and He does not want His followers to be afraid.  He knows the evil one (a.k.a. the prince of this world) is coming for Him, and Jesus knows His mission is to forgive the sins of the world and defeat that evil prince.

“I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.  I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming.  He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”

John 14:29-31

After Jesus died and rose from the dead on the third day, He appeared to His followers and spent time with them for 40 days before He ascended into Heaven.  On one occasion he took the time to promise His followers again that the Holy Spirit was coming soon.

“In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.  After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive.  He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.  On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 1:1-5

So, what was it like when the Holy Spirit came down from Heaven?  Great question!  In the next verses, keep in mind that it was 33 A.D. in Roman occupied Jerusalem.  Jesus had just been crucified a little over a month earlier.  Christians were being persecuted by the Romans and the Jews.  The believers were huddled together in an upper room of a house they were hiding in.  Jerusalem was not a safe place for them to be, but they obeyed the Lord and waited.  Their courage and patience was well worth it!  Let’s take a look:

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in once place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

Acts 2:1-4

Now, that is not what it was like when I received the Holy Spirit in ’96, but I was filled with an inexpressible joy and peace, and a couple months later I cast out a demon by the power of God inside me.  I did hear that wind though when I stopped breathing and came back in 2012!  Folks, please listen to me, that was the same wind my wife and I heard when I came back after I had stopped breathing from anaphylactic shock!  My wife prayed over my lifeless body that the Lord would bring me back, and just moments later she witnessed my mouth open and our whole bedroom was filled with the sound of a rushing wind!  The wind went into my mouth and I took a huge deep breath, opened my eyes, and I was back in my bedroom again!  I was in the wind and it deposited me back in my body!  Yes, you read that right.  It was swirling all around me, and it was loud and beautiful!  I was completely safe and protected!  That is the Holy Spirit power and we still see the same power and miracles that the Apostles did in their time!  I am testifying Lord!  Glory to Your Name!

I pray with all my heart that everyone who does not know Jesus comes to know Him today!  Please know that Heaven and hell are very real.  Please know that Jesus is alive and He will still fill you with His Holy Spirit when you receive Him as your Lord and Savior!

I am still alive today because I am sealed with the Holy Spirit of God, which I received in 1996 when I accepted Jesus–Amen, Amen, and Amen!  The Holy Spirit is very much active on the earth in our time.  I just wanted you to realize that Jesus is still keeping His promise almost 2,000 years later!

Grace and peace to you all!

33 things the Holy Spirit does



The Lord Made Today!

Psalm 118 v 24

Grace and peace to you all!  We get another day, rejoice in it!  That verse is full of hope and joy, and we can rejoice because there really is a God in Heaven who loves us all!

Do you know why I can still rejoice today standing 6’1″ tall and only weighing 137 pounds from a damaged small intestine?  If you know me, then you guessed it–because of Jesus!  It’s because of Jesus I rejoice!  In the midst of my suffering and weakness He makes me strong!  No matter my circumstances, I can rejoice in the sealed promise of eternal life in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit inside me!

I can testify that when I am weak I am strong just as Paul did.  I have often wondered if God will not remove the thorn in me for the same reason that He would not remove Paul’s thorn.  I too have lived through extraordinary supernatural events.  Maybe I need the thorn to ground me.  In any case, I understand Paul when he said:

“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  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 12:7-10

It is important to note that in Jewish tradition three times was the maximum amount of times to ask for something.  If by the third time, the answer was still no, then that was a final no.  What Paul is saying is that God told him very clearly that the thorn was not going to be removed.  God did not say He couldn’t remove it.  Just that He was not going to for the purpose of perfecting His power in Paul.  Nothing is impossible with God and He can heal anytime He wants to!  My thorn has a purpose, and He will see it through.

I would like to explain my thorn.  Many of you know that I have Celiac Disease and I suffered terribly for the last 6 1/2 years starting on 1-6-12.  I was also sick for 10 years leading up to that diagnosis date.  Because I went undiagnosed for so long, the disease severely damaged the lining of my small intestine.  It killed a lot of the villi, which are the tiny hair-like structures that fill the intestinal lining.  These are crucial for survival because the villi absorb nutrients from the food we eat.  If you lose enough of them, then you become emaciated and die as if you were starving to death.

That is what was happening to me for 10 years leading up to my diagnosis.  I was starving from the inside as my own body attacked my small intestine in a full blown auto-immune reaction to the protein “gliadin” (a.k.a. gluten) found in wheat.  On 1-6-12 I only weighed 128 pounds.  I am 6’1″ tall and I used to weigh around 160-165.  I played basketball, ice hockey, lifted weights, mountain biked, and did a lot more snowboarding than I will probably ever do again.  I was a physically strong and fit guy.

The loss of villi caused a separate condition known as Cachexia or “wasting syndrome.”  I cannot gain weight normally anymore because too many villi are dead.  The Cachexia causes an up and down weight gain and loss cycle every few weeks.  I get up to about 145 at the highest and then over about a week I go all the way down to 134 or 135 pounds.  Then over the next couple weeks I regain the weight, and I go through the whole process again once I get to the top.  Yes, it hurts and it can be maddening…but I press in to Jesus even more!

I am weaker physically now than I once was, but I am also the spiritually sharpest and strongest I have ever been in my walk with Jesus!  For when I am weak, then I am strong, and I choose to rejoice in the Lord and be glad despite my thorn!

If you could feel the love of Jesus like I felt it when I stopped breathing in 2012, those of you who don’t know Him yet would come running to Him right now!  Jesus loves you!  I pray you find that you truly can rejoice in that truth!

Grace and peace to you all!

Jeremiah 29 v 13






The Awesome Impact Award Goes To…Jesus!

Awesome Impact Award

Last night, I received a very unexpected message from our great brother at J-M’s History Corner here on WordPress.  He nominated my blog for The Awesome Impact Award!  Thank you J-M!

You can find J-M at: https://jmshistorycorner.wordpress.com.  I recommend checking his blog out!

What I am most pumped about is that this Award is really for Jesus!  He is the One making the Awesome Impact in my life, and He can definitely make an Awesome Impact in your life too!  God bless you all!  All glory to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Without Him this blog would not even exist!

Here is J-M’s Awesome Impact Award (started by Rad Gamer):


The Rules

  1. Tag the person who nominated you.
  2. Take “The Awesome Impact Award” Picture and add that in your post.
  3. Talk about an incident that impacted your life in a really positive way.
  4. Nominate 10 other awesome bloggers for this award


Incident that impacted my life

The number one incident that impacted my life in the most positive way possible was making the wise decision to receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in October of 1996 at the age of 18 years old!  I was filled with the Holy Spirit upon receiving Him, defeated a demon in my parent’s house by the power of the Holy Spirit inside me, had two angel encounters in 1998, stopped breathing and came back in the wind of the Holy Spirit in 2012, and I have been preaching the Gospel ever since I got saved!  That is one serious life change folks, and it impacted my life in a really, really positive way!  I highly recommend accepting Jesus and receiving the free gift of eternal life that only He can offer you!

God bless you all!

My 10 Nominees for The Awesome Impact Award (I am following a lot of blogs and I love them all–it is hard only picking 10!)

Beauty Beyond Bones


John Eli

Joel (In The Desert With Jesus)

David A Fischer

Daily Hopeful

Lynn Abbott Studios (Through Ink & Image)

The Godly Chic Diaries

Sixth Seal Christian Ministries

God Made Known

“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.”

John 3:16

“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 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

Matthew 28 with map


The Cancer is Gone! Praise God!

James 5 v 16

Hello Everyone!  Well, that was fast!  My cousin Eric just heard back from his doctor!  Here is what Eric said:

“Hey Brotha, just heard from Doc Bayon and he said NO MORE CANCER brotha, just radiation damage..Praise God cousin!!!  E”


He is cancer free!!!  Thank you Jesus!!! 

Please continue to pray for his tongue to heal from the radiation damage!  It is very hard for him to eat!

Thank you all for lifting him up in prayer to the Lord!

God bless you all!

Psalm 36 v 5

The Aroma of Christ

Aroma of Christ

I met a new sister in Christ today here on WordPress and read her post about the fragrance of Christ.  It got me thinking about a crazy supernatural story my Pastor friend Brian in Boulder once told me.  Nope, this time the supernatural stuff didn’t happen to me!  Sit with me for a moment, while I testify on behalf of my friend and tell you a true tale of God’s power and the aroma of Christ!

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.  For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.  And who is equal to such a task?”

2 Corinthians 2:14-16

Now I always thought that was some kind of metaphor, but my friend Brian learned a very different lesson in Mexico.  I met Brian in college at the University of Northern Colorado.  He was an all state champion wrestler on a full scholarship, and he was and still is one of the strongest and most joyful brothers in Christ I have ever known.  He is a Pastor in Boulder, Colorado and has been for many years.

Brian was in my Bible study when he was a Freshman along with a bunch of other young brothers.  I was a year or two ahead of most of them, and I took care of them like they were my younger brothers.  One time, Brian told us about a mission trip he went on during his high school years with his youth group to Mexico.  They were at a bus stop and he went in to use the bathroom.  That is when the weirdest and scariest thing of Brian’s life happened to him!

He was alone in the bathroom, and as he was standing at the stall doing his business a man came into the bathroom, walked right up to him, and said, “You’re a Christian aren’t you?”

Now it is shocking enough that a guy would walk right up to another guy at a urinal and start talking to him–because ladies, we just don’t do that!  That is a big no, no in the men’s room.  You don’t say a word when you are at the urinal and you look straight ahead at the wall in front of you.  Every man knows this, and if you don’t, then please learn it.

Brian slowly looked at the man and said, “Yes.”  What the man said next was the strangest and scariest thing my good friend had ever heard in his young life.  The man was right next to Brian at this point practically touching him, and as he sniffed the air next to Brian he said,

“I can smell it on you!  I came in here to rape and kill you, but I am afraid of what God will do to me.”

After that, Brian ran out of the bathroom and ran right over to his Pastor.  The man came out of the bathroom, and the Pastor walked right up to him.  Once the Pastor reached him, the man’s body jerked and he started looking around frantically asking, “where is it?!  where is it?!”

The man looked over at a corner in the bus station and his gaze froze.  At that moment, the Pastor turned and by the power of the Holy Spirit he could see the demon that had possessed the man hiding in the corner.  It had jumped out of the man in the presence of the Holy Spirit, which was strong inside the Pastor!

The man confessed to the Pastor that the demon had been inside of him for many years making him rape and kill people all over Mexico.  He desperately wanted to be delivered from it.  The Pastor preached to him and prayed for him, and that was the end of that battle.

I will never forget that story.  The demon inside the man could smell Jesus in Brian!  We truly are the aroma of Christ!  And we are most definitely His soldiers fighting an ancient spiritual war that Jesus has already won!

Grace and peace to you all!

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Ephesians 6:10-12

Armor of God



Prayer Update On My Cousin Eric

James 5 v 16

Hello everyone!  I wanted to give you an update on my cousin Eric since he had his surgery yesterday.  I posted a tweet to him this afternoon and this is what he tweeted back:

“Hey Ry the surgery went well my brotha.  Now we are just waiting to find out if that piece of soft tissue is cancerous or not.  Please have everyone keep praying for me.  Love ya my Cousin!! E”

I appreciate all of you praying for my cousin!  He has been fighting cancer for a long time, and we are all praying that the Lord delivers him from it!  I know the Lord has him in His arms.  The Lord is lifting him up and he sounds encouraged and hopeful!

“Lord Jesus, in Your Powerful Holy Name, I pray that You cast out that cancer and completely heal Eric!  Amen!”

I will let you know once Eric finds out what the results are.

God bless you all!  Thank you for the continued prayer!

Romans 15 v 13 with mountains