Looking for PROOF that God is still in the business of doing miracles??? Read on…

Recently, I was told of a man who was in critical condition in ICU after a HORRIFIC attack in his home. The man in his 70s had an intoxicated man break into his home–demanding drugs–when this 70 year old man stated that he did not have any drugs, the burglar called the older man a liar and began to BEAT HIS SKULL IN WITH A HAMMER.

Minutes later, the burglar stumbled to the property manager’s office and stated that he thinks he just killed _______ (naming the 70 year old man). Not sure if this intoxicated man was lying or not, the property manager ran to the home of the 70 year old man…only to find him…LYING IN A POOL OF BLOOD.

The property manager called 9-11 and stated that if they did not send a helicopter, the 70 year old man would be dead upon arrival to the hospital due to the severity of the blows to his skull.

The burglar took off with the 70 year old man’s truck and began running into three parked vehicles as he tried to escape. He was quickly apprehended by the help of a police helicopter and brought BACK to jail (he apparently had been out on parole).

The family prayed–asking me to pray along side the. I then asked my Sunday School to join us in prayer…and countless others were praying for this elderly man. He was not expected to make it.

TWELVE SEPARATE BLOWS TO HIS SKULL WITH A HAMMER….this 70 year old man’s brain was severely traumatized…the surgeons could not get all of the bone shards out of his brain, but “did the best they could”. After surgery, the doctor was very clear with the family that the man would NEVER be able to use his right arm or right leg again. The family, who are Christian, assured the doctor that God could do whatever He chose–but the doctor insisted that what they saw, was “as good as it was going to get”.

After the surgery, the man was ALIVE (miracle #1), he was WITHIN HIS RIGHT MIND (MIRACLE #2) and he was able to move his left arm and left leg (MIRACLE #3), and he stated that he had never believed in God before that horrific incident, but now he KNEW that there was INDEED a God (MIRACLE #4)–and that it was GOD WHO ALLOWED HIM TO LIVE THROUGH THAT (MIRACLE #5). All were amazed at the progress!!!! And people continued to pray for further healing for the glory of Jesus Christ.

As family went to visit the man, he smiled as he showed them something. “Watch this” the 70 year old man stated with deep accomplishment in his voice. And with that, the man RAISE HIS RIGHT ARM AND WAVED AT HIS SISTER–THEN RAISED HIS RIGHT LEG!!!! (MIRACLE #6)!!! It amazed his sister and she was able to further share about the Lord Jesus Christ with her brother covered in stitches, bandages and severe bruising.

As I spoke with this same woman last night, I felt led by God to ask how this 70 year old man was doing. And I was FLOORED at what she shared next!!!! She stated that as she had gone to visit him most recently, she was walking down the hospital hall of the ICU to her brother’s room and passed a man sitting in a chair out in the hallway. As she passed the man, he called out her name and she turned around in slight confusion. IT WAS HER BROTHER–OUT OF BED, SITTING IN A CHAIR, UNASSISTED, ALL BY HIMSELF!!!!! (MIRACLE #7)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I do not pretend that all who read these posts believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God–or that He rose from the dead, as the Bible says. But, I ENCOURAGE YOU (if this description of a non-believer fits you) to ASK GOD TO REVEAL HIMSELF TO YOU…because HE WILL and Jesus Christ is just as much in the business of doing miracles today as He was when He walked the earth over 2,000 years ago (Hebrews 13:8).

How good and gracious is the Lord Jesus Christ to offer salvation to ALL people–through the use of dreams, visions, FB posts, the Holy Bible, Christian stories of His divine glory and even the natural world that we see around us! Praise the name of Jesus Christ for allowing this 70 year old man to not die in his unbelief of Jesus Christ as Lord and suffer eternal horror in hell (forever separation from the loving God Almighty)–RATHER, this 70 year old man was allowed to LIVE THROUGH THIS HELLISH EXPERIENCE in order to see first hand that God IS real, and that GOD INDEED HAS A PLAN FOR HIS LIFE…EVEN AT 70 YEARS OLD. Amen and amen!!!

PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYING FOR THIS 70 YEAR OLD MAN’S CONTINUED HEALING AND FOR HIS SALVATION IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (1 John 4:9-10)!

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon Me and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all of your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

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Cement Trees: Looking for the Authentic Church in a sea of “Amens”

On the freeway system, we often pass tall walls of barriers near housing developments. When traveling on a sea of asphalt, how nice it is to see a tree, even a cement one. Yet, something hit me the other day on a long road trip while I saw this very sight across four lanes of traffic. On one side of the road stood the tall retaining walls with etched oak trees and on the opposite side of the traffic, a vibrant orchard. Immediately, upon seeing the real trees, my heart was happy to see the real thing. The leaves moved in the wind and danced in the sunshine. Yet, the cement trees, were cold, rigid and without life.

 

As I continued to drive, the Lord began to point out to my heart how this is like much of the modern day Christian church. There has been a major problem that has plagued the modern Christian church for quite some time now. And, if we as believers in Jesus Christ are not willing to address this issue and come to grips with it, we will watch more and more artificial messages become erected behind pulpits, and worse, translated into modern translations of Biblical Christian doctrine.

 

Much like the view of real trees near housing developments, the modern Christian church is watching a staggering number of churches and even denominations walk away from sound doctrine, based on actual written words of the Holy Bible, and replacing it with a mantra that you are entitled to have your “best life now” and “name it and claim it”. The idea of suffering in the world of many Christian churches has become reserved for spiritual attacks. And if one dares to accept the burden, it is determined that one is still sick/troubled/experiencing great suffering because they simply did not believe or have enough faith. Yet, is this what the Holy Bible teaches? Let us hear the words of a great man of God, the Apostle Paul, who was used by God greatly to advance the message of hope, that is Jesus Christ, to all people.

 

7Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.10Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

2 Corinthians 12:5-10 (NASB)

 

Now, as the Apostle Paul demonstrated, it is right and good to ask for God to change our circumstances. It is great to ask for God to move heaven and earth to show His mighty power over the world, which He created. But…and here’s the big but…when God says no or God says wait…we have to see those answers as a gift from God too. How?

 

Because He has a much bigger picture of healing and redemption that He is writing…and it simply isn’t time for you/me/the affected individual to understand His ways.

 

“8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD. 9 ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:8-11 (NASB)

 

Rather than preaching the word of God, which states the supremacy of God (Isaiah 6:1-8) and the unquenchable power of the Risen Christ (Hosea 6:2, Acts 2:24 & 1 Corinthians 15:3-4), a false gospel is preached that rather than serving God—God should serve us. And if God would not do things as we see fit (again, are we not the created ones (Psalm 139:14, Ephesians 2:10? How could we then speak so boldly to the One who created us with such disdain and contempt?) taking away the reality that at times, they are in fact growing seasons for our faith to grow deeper in the Lord Jesus as we wait upon His timing.

 

May we pray hard (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)—and praise Him even harder (Psalm 69:29-31)—for the battle is the Lord’s (Psalm 20:7) and He truly sees all details of every given situation in utmost love, compassion and sovereign authority over all (Jeremiah 29:11-13). May we call upon Him in all circumstances—even this very moment of reading this line—and apologize to Him for not coming to Him sooner…then praising Him for His goodness, His all knowing-power and His willingness to intervene in His perfect sovereignty into the lives of all humanity for our goodness and His glory. May Jesus Christ alone be praised!

 

11‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.12‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 (HSCB)

#Hypocrisy

Have you ever read the Bible and wondered, “Why do Christians of today look so completely different than the Christian church of the Bible?”

 

Stories from the new testament, such as those from the book of Acts, as well as many others, share of a people who devoted themselves to one another in brotherly love and took care of the needs together through the body of the church (Acts 2:42). The problem that many non-Christians have today with Christians compared to those in the Bible mainly revolve around one word: #hypocrisy (Luke 12:1-3).

 

As Christians we speak of a God who loves others, enough so much in fact, that He gave His only Son (Jesus Christ) to bare the burden of punishment for all humanity—for each one who would believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved (1 John 4:9-10). As Christians we speak of a God who forgives others and are sure to point out that we have been forgiven by this God, but are slow—if at all—to forgive those who wrong us (Matthew 18:21-35). As Christians we speak of a changed heart loving God more than anything else; while many non-Christians only watch us on an endless pursuit of more “stuff” and never being satisfied with what we have (1 Timothy 6:6-11). Can we see the sincere thoughts of hypocrisy coming from the non-believer? I mean, really, can you blame them for holding such a view?

 

In addition to these observations, many non-believers will note that many Christians do not value sexual purity before marriage and partake in the same drugs, alcohol and slanderous online sites as non-believers—all hoping to get the most “followers”, “likes” and additional peeps added to their “tribe”. Each egging one another on to get the next best and most jaw dropping photo…no matter the risk…no matter the cost. And the question then begs to be asked, how are we different from the world as we are called to be?

 

I mean, seriously. If Christians are just as concerned about getting followed, rather than following Jesus Christ—we have a problem. If the Christian church is more worried about getting “likes”, rather than aligning our hearts to what God likes—we have a problem. When we are more consumed by our digital platform, rather than the platform of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we have missed the mark completely. What am I getting at? It’s time for the Christian church to take an honest assessment of priorities by looking at what consumes our schedules and our finances. From conversations with non-Christians, the feeling is that they hear us speaking of political positions more than caring for the status of souls. Further stated, rather than sharing of Jesus to those who do not look, think or act as “we” do, often times the non-Christian feels marginalized from the start and is repelled from wanting to have anything to do with anything we are in fact associated with.

 

Ladies, may we ask ourselves honestly, what has happened to us? Dare I say that we have forgotten what our Lord Jesus taught us in Luke 12:15. It’s time to realize that our identity is not found in our things or even our temporal relationships; our hope and identity is found in Jesus Christ our Lord—and that is a message that all people, of all nations, from all backgrounds NEED to hear. May we close today with the words of Jesus Christ:

13Someone in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14But He said to him, “Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” 16And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17“And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18“Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21“So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

      22And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. 23“For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24“Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! 25“And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? 26“If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? 27“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 28“But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! 29“And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. 30“For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. 31“But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.

      33“Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. 34“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:13-34 (NASB)