Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Seventh Time Down/Jason Gray Brand New Day Tour

Martinsville will be hosting the 7eventh Time Down/Jason Gray "Brand New Day Tour" on May 4 at the Linn Park Amphitheater if any of you who live nearby are interested in coming.  Here is the poster:

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Charles Martin

     Don't you love a good story? A book that draws me in is like a mini vacation.  I leave cares behind and become enthralled to such an extent that I can't seem to get anything done till I know the conclusion.
      I have discovered a new (to me) author, Charles Martin.  I picked up one of his books, Water From The Heart, at a used book sale not knowing anything about him but liking the title.  When I purchase used books I bring them home and check Amazon for reviews before deciding if I want to spend time reading them.  The reviews for this book gave it 5 stars from over 1000 people, so I was excited!  And I certainly wasn't disappointed when I read the book!  I LOVED it!  I had taken it with me on our trip to Patagonia.  Since it was used I had intended to lighten my suitcase by leaving it behind after reading it, but it was so good I couldn't do that. I shared it with Country Guy who had finished the book he brought with him.  He also thought it was excellent so when we got home my friend, Donna, read it.  She loved it, too.
    I looked on my favorite used book site to see if I could get any more of his books.  I found several and ordered them all.
     Yesterday I began reading, Long Way Gone.  I believe, if it is possible, I am liking it even more than the first one.  He has such a wonderful way with words as he tugs at your heart with the story.  I especially like books that help me to see higher planes and cause me to want to be a better person.
     If you are wanting a good book, I highly recommend those by Charles Martin.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

"Find Your Voice and Make a Stand!" Dutch Sheets

      It is so important for us to be doing this!  I have had Christians tell me when I have voiced my disagreement with abortion, or homosexuality, or the ridiculous notion of "choosing your own sex" that I should not be judging.  Their argument is that we all sin, so I shouldn't be pointing out specific ones.  My argument is--Exactly! We all sin!!  But if we don't realize it is sin, how can we confess and receive forgiveness?  When I attempt to tell them this is not judging but is actually the most loving thing we can do for those who are misguided, or who do not know what God has said about these things, they turn away or call me a fanatic.  No matter.  We must take a stand for righteousness, not only for ourselves but for those around us.  There really is a hell.  Are we content to see our loved ones go there because we are afraid to upset them by speaking the truth?
      The verse Dutch closes with from Ezekiel is the one that convicted me and convinced me to go to my dad who had broken his neck and was confined to a hospital/nursing home till his death.  Several had witnessed to him before but he had turned them away. When I read this verse, I knew that I did not want his blood on my hands.  I told him what I had read and that I wanted him to know Jesus.  I also said when he was ready I would like to share more about Him.  He mouthed, "I am ready," because, you see, he was on a respirator and had been unable to talk since the accident.  He gave his life to Jesus right then.  How amazing!  And it was only because I knew I must speak the truth and no longer be silent just because I thought he would be upset with me.
    It is time to know what God has said and to be bold and courageous in sharing it!

"To Ignore Evil is to Become an Accomplice to It"
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor, anti-Nazi dissident (he died in a German concentration camp) and author of The Cost of Discipleship, poignantly stated, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak, is to speak. Not to act, is to act." The great reformer and civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., said, "To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it." Sadly, these warnings are as appropriate and applicable to the Church of America today as at any time in history, for an evil beyond the scale of the holocaust is underway. We have now moved from killing babies, dismembering them and selling their body parts, to murdering struggling infants that have survived the brutality of abortion. America has lost its soul.
For various reasons, most spiritual leaders in America have chosen not to speak out on abortion, elections, and many other important moral issues of our day. These reasons include:
• a belief that spiritual leaders should remain separate from the political realm because it is "evil" and "divisive."
• a belief that spiritual influence in peoples' lives does not give them a right to speak into their followers' social, moral, or political views.
• a theological belief that this is not their responsibility.
• a fear of losing congregants.
• a fear of losing financial support.
• a fear of the IRS.
I'm sure there are other reasons which could be listed. However, regardless of the reasons, no honest person can refute the fact that most leaders in the Church have disengaged from public involvement in politics and national moral issues. While I respect my peers in the Body of Christ and understand the challenges facing them in today's polarized and volatile culture, I fear that our choice of silence on many issues has come at a devastating cost. Inevitably, this absolution has also filtered into the pew. Few Christians are willing to make a stand on social issues, preferring to remain aloof and silent. Only about half of Americans who claim to be evangelical Christians are even registered to vote, and many who are registered don't bother to do so. Most statistics make it clear that evangelicals could turn any national election in America if we all voted, and did so based on Biblical values, not party lines. Yet most spiritual leaders fail to confront this. (Photo via Pexels)
A Disengaged Church
Not only does the disengaged Church fail to vote or actively involve itself in social issues, most do not even pray regarding the challenges we face in America. A recent experience of mine in the Sunday service of a prominent mega-church exemplifies this fact. It occurred on the weekend during which President Trump would be making his decision regarding retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement. This decision had the potential of shifting the balance of power on the Supreme Court to a conservative, pro-constitutionalist, pro-life majority, something America has desperately needed since the 1960s. The decision was so monumental that it would doubtlessly affect the lives of the children, and even the grandchildren of those present that day. Indeed, President Trump's appointments to the court will undoubtedly be two or three of the most significant decisions of our lifetime.
In light of this decision's magnitude, and since the pastor himself referred to his church that day as "a praying church," I kept waiting for someone to lead in a prayer for wisdom and guidance from Holy Spirit to POTUS Trump, enabling him to make the right decision. If not a 15-30 minute time of corporate prayer (perhaps this imminent decision was more important than the sermon that day!) then at least 5 or 10 minutes of prayer. No? Then how about a one or two sentence prayer while praying over the offering or sermon. When no prayer was offered, I held out hope that at the close of the service they would at least encourage people to pray about this decision on their own. As you have probably guessed by now, it was never mentioned. I was stunned, grieved and angered. Tragically, this is the norm, not the exception. The Church in America today may be the most culturally disengaged Church in our nation's history.
Based on the facts, any honest deduction must conclude that the American Church's silence and withdrawal from the public square has allowed those who do not espouse Biblical values nor honor our Christian heritage to take over much of America's leadership. Obviously, the opposite could have occurred: had the Body of Christ been engaged we could have prevented abortion, infanticide, the rejecting of America's Christian roots, the taking over of our education system by humanists and secularists, God's expulsion from the public square and more. By default, we helped create that which we loathe.
Can the Fruit the Church's Silence Be Reversed?
Can the fruit of America's sin and the Church's silence be reversed? Yes and no. Just as those who were killed by the Nazis could obviously not be brought back, we obviously can do nothing to undo the deaths of 60 million aborted babies. But we, like the allied forces of WWII, can stop the senseless killing and heal the land (2 Chronicles 7:14). This pro-death scourge on our nation's history need not continue. I believe God is offering the American Church – and consequently our nation – an opportunity for a historical course correction. For this to occur, however, a fundamental change must occur in the minds of Believers: we must choose to re-engage and become the salt and light Christ intends us to be. We must cease being conformists and reclaim our voice. Our times have dictated that there is no longer a middle ground. We are even now being weighed in the balances – and our decision will tip the scales – toward either continued apathy and irrelevance or the healing and discipling of a nation. (Photo via Pixabay)
We MUST make our choice, and we must do so NOW.
Find Your Voice and Make a Stand
If ending the lives of surviving, struggling babies on bloody abortion tables is not enough to motivate the Church of America and its leaders to regain their voices, I'm not sure what can. If literal infanticide, celebrated by governors and legislatures around this nation with cheering and lit-up buildings, is not enough to awaken the conscience of the American Church, then I fear it is too late.
Leaders, please do not try and circumvent this decision by pinning America's future on "the sovereignty of God." God's sovereignty does not negate our choices nor absolve us of the consequences. The prophet Ezekiel was told, "When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die,' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand" (Ezekiel 33:8 NASB). We, the Church, are God's voice in the earth and we must speak.
Church of America, I plead with you: find your voice and make a stand. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Dutch Sheets
Dutch Sheets Ministries

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Raise A Hallelujah (LIVE) - Bethel Music | VICTORY

This is a wonderful testimony and a glorious song!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Effectiveness of Flu Vaccine

There is growing evidence the flu vaccine causes more problems than it prevents.  Read this informative article to help you decide whether it is best for you to be vaccinated.

The Effectiveness of Flu Vaccine 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

That's My King! - SM Lockridge

Watching Oral Robert's speak about Jesus in the video I posted last week reminded me of this one by SM Lockridge.  I posted it in January of 2012, but it is certainly worth another listen!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Who Is This Fourth Man? --- Oral Roberts

This is a wonderful testimony of who Jesus is in every book of the Bible.  I wanted to post it so I could watch it over and over.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine National Park was amazing!  The vastness of Patagonia is unimaginable until you see it with the naked eye.

Our hotel was situated in a valley.  It is the larger building with a green roof a little left of center.

The view from our room was always changing.  Here it is at sunrise.

Once we were checked into the hotel we went to explore the property.  They were rounding up cattle to be branded a short distance from the hotel.

The property also bordered a river so we walked along it for awhile.

The next day we were driven to a different area of the Park where we crossed a suspension bridge (6 at a time)

Then walked across this large expanse of beach by the lake

And hiked up a hill (This is our Patagonian guide, Francisco, or Pancho for short)

until we reached a viewing point for the glacier which the guide said was actually 10 miles away.  It looks much closer, don't you think?

When we returned to the hotel we watched the cowboys branding the calves.

The next day we set out for the east side of the park which is drier than the west.  Along the way we saw beautiful lakes, rivers, waterfalls and awesome mountain peaks.

We also saw herds of guanacos.

We were very blessed to even get to see a puma near our bus.  Our guide said this is only the 3rd time he has seen one on the tours he has done and never so close.  

One of the most fun and memorable things we did was to experience the ferocious Patagonian wind.
Our group was told to take a knee if it got too strong to stand up, and it did!  The guide estimated the wind was gusting to probably about 60-70 mph which lasted only a few minutes.  He said they have up to 120 mph gusts.  I can't imagine!

On the third day, as we were preparing to leave, there was a beautiful double rainbow outside our window.

More tomorrow.  Santiago was our last stop.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Puerto Natales

Our hotel and the view from our room in Puerto Natales.

The day after we arrived we took a catamaran to see the Balmaceda Glacier.  Once we were in range we got off the boat and hiked to the glacier's edge.

After spending 2 nights in Puerto Natales we went to Torres del Paine National Park for a 3 night stay.  This was our favorite part of the trip.  I will post photos tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Punta Arenas

   We arrived in Punta Arenas on Feb. 8 for a two night stay.  This is the view from our room in the hotel there. It is overlooking the Strait of Magellan.

The next day we took a boat ride to Magdalena Island to see the colony of penguins that live there.

We passed Marta Island which was covered in cormorants.   There were many sea lions at the base.

We had lunch at Lomito's restaurant.  See the railings in the foreground?  Our guide said these were installed so people had something to hang onto when the wind gusted so strongly.  He said the gusts could be over 120 mph!

In the afternoon we walked around the area. The cemetery, said to be one of the 10 most important in the world, was located a few blocks from our hotel so we explored it for awhile.

The next morning we headed to Puerto Natales, our next 2-day stop.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Puerto Varas, Chile

Country Guy and I just returned from a two week Odysseys Unlimited Patagoina Explorer Tour in Chile.  (Hence the lack of blog-posting for awhile.)  I thought I would share a few photos for those of you who knew we were going and are wondering what we were doing down there.We had a view of the Osorno Volcano from our hotel room in Puerto Varas (our first stop.)  The weather was beautiful!  We were told that often the volcano is hidden in rain clouds. but every day we were in Chile we had some sunshine.

The day after we arrived in Puerto Varas we went on a fun hike in Vincent Perez Rosales National Park where we saw this impressive waterfall and rushing river.

The next day we were treated to a demonstration by Chilean cowboys.  Their beautiful horses are taught to run sideways!

Tomorrow I will post photos taken at our next stop -- Punta Arenas.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

'I Heard The Thunder Of His Voice!' Lana Vawser

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'I Heard The Thunder Of His Voice!' Lana Vawser

January 28, 2019
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Recently I had a powerful encounter with the Lord where I heard His voice thundering over His people, "Make up your mind!"

It wasn't an angry "make up your mind," it was a strong decree and invitation to partner with faith and to move away from being double-minded. 

The Lord showed me that there was an "entry point" for the enemy to come in with his torment, fear and oppression that was in the hearts and minds of God's people and that "entry point" was called "DOUBLE-MINDEDNESS."

"When you are half-hearted and wavering it leaves you unstable. Can you really expect to receive anything from the Lord when you're in that condition?" James 1:7-8 (The Passion Translation)

This strong decree of the Lord caused every part of my being to shake under the power and authority in His words. The decree and invitation was so strong that it resonated in the atmosphere, "Make up your mind to believe what I have said!!!" 

I watched as many of God's people were being "tossed to and fro" in so many ways as this double-mindedness was causing their emotions to run high, it was causing anxiety, it was causing intense fear and the enemy was using it to amplify the sound of fear and intimidation.

But as the Lord decreed, "MAKE UP YOUR MIND," I saw this roar come out of God's people. It was a roar that said, "I will NOT listen to my emotions. I will NOT listen to the lies. I will NOT listen to anything else but what He is saying and I will NOT take this anymore."

Raise My Word to the Highest Place

I heard the Lord say, "Raise My Word to the highest place" and suddenly I had a vision where I saw the Word of God on the same level as the fears, as the lies of the enemy and circumstances. The Lord was thundering, "RAISE MY WORD TO THE HIGHEST PLACE." It was a choice to "make up minds" of ultimate truth and that ultimate truth is Jesus Christ and the Word of God. 

The Lord spoke again, "As My people repent for double mindedness and make up their mind to take Me at My Word and raise My Word to the highest place fear will flee and chains will break!!!!!!" 

I watched person after person on their face before the Lord repenting for double-mindedness and generational fear/intimidation fell off. Attacks of fear fled. Chains of torment, oppressive battles of the mind, anxiety, weariness, and lethargy suddenly fell off.

The Lord spoke again, "Do not wait for your emotions to "feel" My Word, take My Word now and feed upon it more than you ever have and watch how the breakthrough will continue to increase within you and then around you."

Double Vision will Clear

I heard the Lord say, "Double mindedness has caused 'double vision' in My people. They have not been able to see clearly because of their hearts being in this place. In the repentance of double mindedness and making up their mind again in faith, vision will not only clear, there will be a greater accuracy of clarity and strategy."

"My people are about to see further than they ever have."

Peace will be Restored

I watched as so many of God's people were in this major battle for peace every day. They would receive their peace, then suddenly it was gone. Then they would get their peace back and suddenly it was lost again. The Lord showed me that these places of "double-mindedness" were stealing their peace and in the place of "making up their minds again" peace was restored and concreted deeply.

The Lord spoke, "As My people make up their minds again and raise My Word to the highest place My peace that surpasses understanding will fill their hearts and minds and it will remain as they continue to make up their minds in faith."

"It's the Holy Spirit boot camp training that I am inviting My people into right now and the realm is faith. In this new era I am branding this new era with the decree of unstoppable faith."

Friends, let us be people who continue to live in the place of "making up our minds" to not tolerate, receive and focus upon anything but what He speaks. There is a major increase of faith taking place. There is a major work of His Spirit taking place in the body of Christ to break the chains of fear and intimidation. To see doubt and double-mindedness removed from hearts and the army of God rising up with the fire and conviction of the truth of God's Word and what He says being our ultimate reality.

"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4

Watch how your alignment with the Word of God and what He says will see a mighty move of the Spirit of God ushered into your life, to break the strongholds of fear, the intimidation and the chains you have carried and battled with for so long, once and for all.

Lana Vawser

Monday, January 28, 2019

Joey & Rory In The Time That You Gave Me

I just watched To Joey, with Love.  It ended with this song.  How beautiful!  And how meaningful!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Rick Joyner's "Word for the Week" Part 4 on the Second American Revolutionary/Civil War

     This excerpt from Rick Joyner's "Word for the Week" Part 4 on the Second American Revolutionary/Civil War is a word of admonition, truth and encouragment of which I want to constantly remind myself.

"...It does not matter how mature we are in Christ or how successful we have been as a steward of His mysteries—it is a terrible presumption to think that He is just like us and that His opinions are the same as ours. I am a religious conservative, and I try to keep in mind that it was the religious conservatives that were the worst enemies of Christ when He walked the earth. Why?

If you look at their doctrine, the Pharisees were generally correct in most of their beliefs. They were the most devoted to being faithful to the Scriptures and were carrying the greatest hope for the Messiah. Yet, they resisted Him more than any other group when He came! Why?  

Again, we can be right in our politics, our policies, and our beliefs, but have pride that is more deadly than the evil we are fighting. Pride caused the first fall and virtually every fall since. We can be right but not be righteous. For winning the present war, it is crucial to not just fight for what is right, but to do it in the right spirit. We must fight for right and we must do it right."

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A New Year Suggestion from E. W. Kenyon's website

From the Kenyon website:
A New Year Suggestion
This New Year
Let us stop —
Saying biting, cutting things. Doing spiteful, mean things. Looking at wicked, bitter things.
Let us cease —
Being weak and hurtful. Being peevish and hateful. Being selfish and spiteful.
Let us aim —
Not to waste time we do not own. Not to rob God of His money. Not to spoil another’s time.
Love is masterful.
Love does things.
Love does not stop and count 
the cost.
Love is honest.
Love is a hater of dissembling. Love inspires confidence.
Love is big.
Love does not say biting things. Love would rather be hurt than 
to hurt.
Love is not a recorder of other’s faults.
Love may know our faults but never speaks them.
Love feels our faults, but does not count them.
Love carries our faults, but never peddles them.
Love is easily hurt, but never retaliates.
Love is God’s inventive genius placed in man.
Man is at his best as a Lover; it is his realm;
God made him to Love