God’s heart is the mold from which all true Valentine’s are made.
Whenever I’m holding healing schools, I generally put my healing book on a special sale so that any students who would like to have a copy can get it at a reduced price. I hand out a lot of material that is covered in the book during classes, but many students want a copy of the whole book for their own use after the classes are over.
So I also like to let my website viewers know about the sale period in case they’d like to take advantage of the special prices as well.
The paperback is on sale for $6.99.
The E-book is on sale for $1.99
These prices will be good through March, 2021.
You can find the book here.
A FUTURE & A HOPE
Another year is almost gone,
And with it go my fears.
I’m closing out two thousand, twenty,
By wiping away my tears.
I will not let past loss and hurt
Infringe on future years.
God’s promised a future bright with hope:
At His Word my heart cheers.
I posted this watercolor several days ago, but this week the Lord gave me a poem that goes with the painting. So I’m posting it again along with the poem. I hope it blesses you and encourages you to “be about the Father’s business.”
The fields are ripe for harvest.
Let’s be about our task
To spread the Lord’s great mercy
And love for all who’ll ask.
Let’s tell the world of Jesus
And how He took our sin.
How God’s granted forgiveness
To all because of Him.
Let’s concentrate on loving
The broken and the lost
And demonstrate with actions
God’s love at any cost.
Let’s pray the Lord of harvest
Touch hearts and draw them home.
The fields are ripe for harvest.
Even, so, Lord Jesus, come.
HEALING IS FOR YOU! — FREE TO READ ONLINE — or JUST $0.99 TO DOWNLOAD to your own digital device.
If you’d like to stay focused on healing and health instead of disease, let me remind you that my book “Healing Is For You!” is free to read online. I’ll put the link below. This book will strengthen and energize your faith for receiving healing and continued health from the Lord.
Also, I have arranged for the e-book version from Amazon to be available for only $0.99 through the end of April. That’s the lowest price Amazon will let me offer.
The book is available in paperback as well, of course, but that takes longer to get a copy than digital. The only difference in the digital is that it does not include study questions, and it has only 33 healing scriptures in the last chapter instead of the 100 scriptures in the print version.
If you do not have a Kindle, that’s no problem, because Amazon offers a free app for any digital device, and you can download it easily from the same page where you order the e-book. I’d offer the e-book free as well if I could, but $0.99 is as close as I can come.
Here’s the link for the free read version:
Here’s the link to the $0.99 e-book:
If you don’t feel that you need this faith encouragement personally, pass this post on to someone who does need it.
The following message is one my dad taught and shared on his own website several years ago. He’s gone on to be with the Lord now, but I decided to share this message here to encourage some of my readers as well.
“But I would that you should understand brethren, that the things that happened to me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel: so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, in all other places ….” Phil. 1: 12-13.
I suppose that hardly a day passes that we Christians don’t complain about something. We fuss about being handicapped in one way or another: that we are hedged in and are undergoing irritating and uncomfortable testing; or that we are tempted to the edge of our strength. Consequently, we grumble and are unable to do what we would like to do for the Lord.
The above Scripture text is one of many revelations into the ministry life of the Apostle Paul that proved the mettle of this man. His life as an apostle had been anything but easy. He was continually extinguishing brush fires of false teaching and practices in the churches he founded. He had problems with individual believers who were making a mockery of the Blood of Jesus. Add to that the repeated attacks of the unbelievers, Jew and Gentile, and you see a man who had plenty to complain about — but never did!
Are you contributing to, or hindering the advance of the Gospel? In the Scripture above Paul is writing to his beloved Philippians while a prisoner in Rome, and he is assuring them that his present circumstances are contributing to, rather than hindering, the advance of the gospel. What a remarkable statement
The key word in this Scripture is the word “furtherance.” I discovered that it was translated from a Greek word used in the first century to describe a company of woodcutters, who proceeded ahead of an army, and cut a road through a forest so they could advance. Paul is literally saying that his circumstances at the moment, were simply “divine woodcutters” cutting a path through the opposition so the Gospel might advance. Incredible! In prison, liberty gone, totally handicapped, chained to a Roman guard. But Paul says it is all God’s woodcutters making a road for the Good News!
You see, something was happening that the Roman government never anticipated: the Gospel of Jesus Christ was being preached from the pulpit of the Roman Empire. Detachments from the Praetorian Guard (the emperor’s elite unit of 10,000 palace guards) were the soldiers assigned to guard the Apostle 24 hours a day. As each detachment came on duty, Paul saturated them with the Good News, and they would in turn carry the message back to the palace barracks. Gradually the entire unit and the palace staff were soaked with the Good News.
And there were even more “Divine Woodcutters.” Brethren in Rome, jealous of Paul, were preaching the Message more energetically, simply out of envy. Other brothers friendly to Paul, out of love, began preaching with added enthusiasm. Paul’s response? “It makes no difference to me the why’s behind it; the woodcutters are at work, the gospel is getting out, and I’m glad.”
The Apostle’s message here refers to experiences that eventually come to the life of every Christian. All of us may not spend time in a prison or experience anything as drastic as Paul. But there are times when the walls seem to close in upon us, and barriers appear out of nowhere — things like difficult personal circumstances or physical problems. All such roadblocks, even though they are the work of the enemy, or even our own failure to heed God’s Word, can be turned into “Divine Woodcutters” contributing to the advancement of the Gospel … Through you!
Listen, Beloved, we do not glory in hardships and problems; but in the midst of them, we can become closer to Jesus and more dependent upon the Holy Spirit. When we do that, we ultimately overcome all of them and grow more efficient in proclaiming the Word.
Paul accomplished some of his greatest work when limitations upon him were the strongest. Listen to him as he speaks in Second Corinthians 12:9, paraphrased: “My weakness is no big deal anymore. I am glad to be a living demonstration of Christ’s power instead of showing off my own power and abilities. Since I know my whole life is all for Christ’s glory, I just get happy about it, and about all the persecutions, insult, hardships, and difficulties … for when I am weak then I am strong and the less I have the more I depend on Him!”
I’ve shared this story several times in article format over the past 9 years, but never put it all together in a book that was available on a world-wide market. But now it’s available through Amazon in paperback and digital.
The little-known, but true story of one of the most amazing soul-winners in the history of the Kingdom of God. St. Patrick of Ireland’s life of ministry is replete with astounding miracles and spiritual experiences that match those reported in the chapters of God’s Word.
And Patrick is credited with bringing at least 70,000 people to a saving faith in Jesus Christ — without the use of any transportation except his feet and his horse, and without the help of electricity or modern technology on any level. The story related in this booklet is taken from Patrick’s own writings and sidesteps vague legends to give the reader powerful truth that will encourage and inspire the faith of everyone who wants to serve God.
Short and easy to read. Get a copy today and an extra for someone whose faith you want to inspire.
My journal page for Ash Wednesday – Week 1 of Lent.
I’m committed to doing one page with a Lenten theme for each of the 6 weeks. I’m not focusing on “making art,” but on what this season means to me. I have a 6 x 6 journal that I purchased last year to record scripture-related art that meant something special to me. I began the first page of that journal with the first week of Lent last year. Now, with this year, I will actually finish the last 7 pages of the journal with an entry for each week of Lent and one for the week of Easter. I think it’s rather amazing how that worked out.
(For any of you not familiar with the tradition of placing ashes on the forehead to publicly recognize the need for repentance and the beginning of this period of Jesus’ suffering for us, I’ll tell you that the spot on her forehead represents those ashes.)
(I originally posted this article almost 7 years ago. But this week I began thinking about the truths expressed in it, and I felt it was time to give it a fresh audience — and to put it into video format as well. You’ll find the video below the text. I trust it will bless, whichever format you choose to experience.)
We all live by a value system of some kind. Each possession, each day, and each person in our lives has a different value, and sometimes that value changes. The title of this article is a joke, of course, poking fun at the truth that most value is relative. But what makes it relative? What, in the final analysis, determines an item’s value?
There are millions of affluent citizens of several nations who value their Cadillacs — or a number of other expensive automobiles with big gasoline engines — as one of the most important and life-enhancing items they could own. On a roster of possessions that represent the most positive assets in life, those glossy, high-powered autos head the list.
But let that Cadillac owner find himself stranded in the middle of a blazing desert: sand blowing into every nook and cranny, including his engine — no roads of any kind — no gas stations. Suddenly, a slow-moving, bad-smelling, comically-proportioned camel is worth a whole lot more to that guy than the Caddy, and he’d gladly make a trade. Value.
By the same token, a woman who finds herself happily married to a kind, thoughtful man will value that man highly — more highly than any of the other people in her life. Her next-door neighbor may be married to Attila the Hun, and she finds herself valuing her time away from him with others much more than she does him.
The woman who’s wished all her life for a huge two-story home with five bathrooms, and who has the money to care for that house and hire help — as well as be free to stay home and enjoy it most days — will value that house highly. But the gal who struggles to make ends meet by working three jobs and going non-stop from sun-up to sun-down will value a one-bedroom apartment that is easy to clean and maintain with no extra fuss.
So what is it, really, that gives something its value? It seems that it is the owner of that ‘something.’ The person to whom the thing belongs and for whom it fulfills a purpose or meets a need is the one who imbues it with its value.
Well, I, for one am thrilled to realize that truth. Because I know for sure to whom I belong. And I know for sure — because He told me Himself — what service I perform and what needs I meet for Him. Nor am I an isolated case. There are millions more just like me — yet unique at the same time — and bearing equal value in the eyes of our owner.
My owner is the God of the universe, the Creator of all things — including me. His Word tells me clearly (Revelation 4:11) that all things — including me — were created by Him for His pleasure. And, in fact that is my number-one job: to give my Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ pleasure. Surely, I am assigned to do other things: to love others; to teach them what the Word says about Jesus and how He, as God, came to save us from our own sin and rebellion; and to show by my whole life the true nature of God. But those assignments do not substitute for God’s original purpose in creating me: His own enjoyment of a family just like Him.
But not only does He own the whole human race because He created us. When we rebelled against Him and turned away, breaking our relationship with him completely, with no hope to get it back, God came in the person of Jesus Christ and paid the supreme price to buy us back into His possession. He made us the first time (an easy and delightful experience for Him); He bought us the second time (a gut-wrenching, horrific, thoroughly bloody experience for Him).
But you know what’s really interesting to me? The Word of God tells us in Hebrews 12:2 that Jesus faced all of that sacrifice for us — laying aside the privileges of Divinity and re-defining Himself in human flesh, living a life never once stained by sin, and taking our sin and the horrible shame, beating, crucifixion, and separation from God that we deserved — because He saw something beyond that sacrifice that would give Him so much joy that it far surpassed the evil He would have to endure.
Now, tell me please, what joy could the Lord of the universe – Creator of all things — what possible joy could He have been missing that made such a horrific sacrifice necessary? The only thing He was missing was a relationship with man. Since man, by his own volition, had irrevocably broken that relationship, nothing could restore it at that point. The only hope was if God could find a way to “re-create” the human race — to make them righteous enough again to fellowship with Him.
The triune Creator had everything else He could possibly want, but not one of those things could give Him the joy that His relationship with us could give. Dear friend, it was for man — for you and me — that He longed. It was for you and me that He made the decision to suffer such agony and death.
So how valuable are we? Is there anything in the universe that could be bartered for you and me? Is there anything that can be offered to Jesus Christ in exchange for His relationship with us that would tempt Him to give us up? Not on your life, my friend! He already made that choice, once and for all, when He laid down everything else for us.
Remember, He didn’t just decide to come down to earth for a moment in time and go through the motions. He came down to go through the reality of taking on our sin, taking on our separation and banishment from the Father God, taking on our death. His only hope was in the eternal Word of the living God, who had spoken that He would raise Jesus up with new life once the legal price for sin had been paid in full. Had that Word failed, Jesus would never have seen Heaven again, and we would be lost and undone — without God and without hope — forever.
But He did see Heaven again. He came up out of that grave with eternal life to offer anyone who would accept the sacrifice He had made. (John 3:16-18, 1 John 5:11-12). So when we accept His sacrifice and accept Him, that new life comes into us and we are “born again.” (John 3:3-5). We become “a new creation: a new species,” created in the righteousness of Jesus Christ Himself. (2 Cor. 5:17).
Yes, it’s easy to identify Jesus Christ as our owner — twice over. He created us; then he paid for us. A critical reader will stop here and note the fact that I am repeating this point for the third time in this article. And he would be correct. I am repeating this astounding truth so many times because this world has a way of draining it right out of us. It’s so easy to give mental assent to what we’re discussing here but miss the power of it as a reality in our lives. So once more I will remind all of us: He laid everything on the line — Heaven, His eternal throne, His own life — for us. And therein lies our value.
It doesn’t matter how we feel about it. It doesn’t matter what we think. And it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about the situation. Our worth is set for eternity, and no one — absolutely no one — is going to get Jesus to trade us for anything else at all.
Throughout Scripture, Jesus is identified and referred to as the “Morning Star” or “Daystar.” The reference, of course, is to the earliest star in our natural galaxy to show up in the heavens just before dawn. We often use the terms “morning” or “day in describing this star, but in actual fact this star is the forerunner of the dawn. It’s the star that comes before and announces that there is a new day about to break forth.
We find specific references to Jesus in this capacity in Numbers 24: 17, Luke 1: 78, 2 Peter 1:19, and Revelation 22:16.
(It’s important not to get confused with a scripture from Isaiah 14:12, which is translated erroneously in some versions of the Bible and seems to refer to Satan as a “Morning Star.” However, the Hebrew word used in that passage is correctly translated, “O Shining One” — not “morning star,” and refers to Satan as he was in his originally created state of exceeding beauty and brilliance. The angels in general are referred to as shining ones and stars in other places in Scripture, and this reference in Isaiah is simply verifying that, although Satan was once a brilliant light carrier in the top levels of God’s angelic creation, he has fallen from that state and now resides on planet earth in darkness created by his own works and man’s sin.).
Jesus Christ, the Messiah is the only true and verified “Morning Star” in God’s original plan and in His secondary plan, which brought redemption to the human race after we messed up God’s original plan.
It’s important that we understand what the Morning Star does. It runs ahead of the dawn. It announces and brings in the dawn, if you will. So perhaps an even more accurate name for it would be “Star of the Dawning.” When we see that star in the natural, we say, “The new day is here.” But in actual fact, we don’t see evidence of being in the daylight, and we don’t begin our daily work or go about our normal daytime activities. Most people are still asleep — or wish they were — at that time. [ The exception is those unfortunate folks who have to work the night shifts. 🙂 ]
So what are we saying? That the Morning Star truly does bring in the new day, but we don’t actually have manifestation of daytime when we first look at the star. Recently, the Lord began to reason with me about this fact and shared with me that we need to respond in as much faith where Jesus is concerned and His answers to our prayers.
When we pray for anything based on God’s Word and promises, we have His guarantee that He will hear that prayer, and we will receive what we asked Him for. (1 John 5:16-17). Jesus brings us those answers. But we need to receive them by faith first — before we actually see, touch, and hear them in the natural realm. Remember, in Mark 11:24, He said when you pray, don’t doubt in your heart, but believe you have received what you prayed for, and you will have them. When do we believe we receive? Right then — when we pray — not after we see or feel the manifested answer. The manifestation comes in response to our believing.
So the next time we pray for something promised in God’s Word, let’s believe we receive those things granted right then. Let’s look to Jesus, who is the Morning Star — the forerunner of the answer. See Him coming to us — rising to meet our faith — running ahead of the manifestation. He’s bringing the answer as surely as Venus brings the new day. But just as we don’t see and feel the daylight and sunshine when we see Venus, so we may not see or feel the manifested answer to our prayer for period of time. That’s when we set our hearts on Jesus and say, “He’s the Morning Star of my miracles — my answer. He’s come ahead of its manifestation to announce that I have it.” And we need to grasp it right then and not let go until the full day — the full answer — manifests completely.
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No man — using only his own mental resources — ever built a road, constructed a bridge, figured how to make a plane fly, built a computer, or created the software that makes a computer work. Nor did he invent the wheel, the gasoline engine, the watch, or anything else by using only his own brain power. We give people credit for these discoveries and inventions, but, in truth, it would have been impossible for anyone to have come up with them using only the finite mind of the human being — awesome and amazing as that finite mind is.
No, the truth is that everyone of those concepts and the deux ex machina necessary to bring them into manifestation and make them usable came out of the mind of God. Check out Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning, God …” The Spirit God didn’t turn to anyone else for ideas – or for materials to work with. When He wanted a universe – and a planet full of people to love – and a human race to love Him back – He looked within Himself and drawing out of what He already was, He brought everything else into being.
Just as He is the source of all light and life, so He is also the source of all true intelligence. And there has never been a great idea, an invention, or a successful process for doing anything that came into being except that He passed it on to His creation. Now, that doesn’t meant that every great thinker and creator was a Christian – or even a godly person. The Creator who gave us life, gladly gives us all the wonderful benefits of His supernatural intellect with which to enjoy that life and live it successfully – and even bear fruit for His kingdom — and it’s available for anyone who will take advantage of it.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t take much advantage of what He pours out in the areas of using our brains and being creative. But those of us who do crave the experiences of thinking more deeply, experimenting more thoroughly, searching for understanding that goes beyond our limited human educational feats, do eventually come into contact with what our Creator has poured out upon us. And when we make that connection, we see great advancements in science, the arts, industry, and technology.
So when we’re sitting at our computers, enjoying the amazing benefits of programs like Microsoft Word or Open Office – or we are traveling by plane to destinations thousands of miles away and enjoying the movie while our pilot sips his coffee in the cockpit while the machine he’s flying through nothing but air stays right on course — we need to take a lesson from the technology we’re enjoying: All this scientific technological ‘stuff’ came to us from God. Yeah – the Spirit God who created everything we can see and hear and touch. So that means God is the ultimate scientific, technological genius. There’s nothing He can’t do, make, or fix from His position of the Spirit Ruler of the entire universe.
What does that mean for us as believers? Well, to begin with, it means that believing – operating by faith – really is scientific. In fact, it’s as scientific as we can get. Because the one who created every scientific/technological concept, and the way to make it work, is the God who gave us faith and told us to live by it. We are the equivalent of the most sophisticated computers, living on this earth – as ambassadors of God’s Kingdom. He has placed into us His own peculiar software: Faith and His Word. That software makes us able to download everything from the spirit realm that He has already made ready for us.
The Word shows us how to do it and provides the input data. Then faith takes hold of that word and applies it to every problem, every storm, every need, and every dream and vision, pulling from God’s Kingdom Internet all that is necessary to deliver, heal, repair, overcome, and create. Whatever we need in this physical realm has already been paid for by Jesus and is sitting in “The Cloud” of the Kingdom of God, waiting for us to hit the “Enter” key by prayer and thanksgiving.
Living our lives in prayer and faith is not living — as some describe it — being so “heavenly minded that we’re no earthly good.” No, indeed! Living by prayer and faith is making the scientific use of the most advanced technology at its highest level.