Saturday, March 31, 2018

C.S.Lewis on Jesus

"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." —C.S. Lewis

Friday, March 30, 2018

Ronald Reagan on Jesus

"I still can't help wondering how we can explain away what to me is the greatest miracle of all and which is recorded in history. No one denies there was such a man, that he lived and that he was put to death by crucifixion. Where ... is the miracle I spoke of? Well consider this and let your imagination translate the story into our own time — possibly to your own home town. A young man whose father is a carpenter grows up working in his father's shop. One day he puts down his tools and walks out of his father's shop. He starts preaching on street corners and in the nearby countryside, walking from place to place, preaching all the while, even though he is not an ordained minister. He never gets farther than an area perhaps 100 miles wide at the most. He does this for three years. Then he is arrested, tried and convicted. There is no court of appeal, so he is executed at age 33 along with two common thieves. Those in charge of his execution roll dice to see who gets his clothing — the only possessions he has. His family cannot afford a burial place for him so he is interred in a borrowed tomb. End of story? No, this uneducated, property-less young man has, for 2,000 years, had a greater effect on the world than all the rulers, kings, emperors; all the conquerors, generals and admirals, all the scholars, scientists and philosophers who have ever lived — all of them put together. How do we explain that — unless He really was what He said He was?" —Ronald Reagan

Monday, March 26, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

CFO Classics Library

     The CFO Classics Library is a wonderful resource provided by Matt Leach of Shepherd Ministries.  It contains over 200 mp3's of some of the greatest talks by early giants of the faith from Camps Farthest Out all over the country.
     Agnes Sanford, Frank Laubach, Rufus Mosely, Glenn Clark, Tommy Tyson, Estelle Carver, Starr Daily, Roland & Marcia Brown and many others, I believe, were so far ahead in spiritual insight that many in this day and age have not yet caught up with them even though they lived and taught 50-70 years ago!  I highly recommend you listen to a few talks by these great men and women and see if you agree.
     I found a wonderful message by Glenn Clark entitled "Commit Thy Way Unto The Lord" on YouTube this week (which I also saw was in the listing of talks on the Classics' Library). FYI: It says the talk is 1 hour 26 minutes long on YouTube but actually the length was less than 50 minutes.  The rest of the message was blank.
      The 200 mp3's are available to be listened to online or they can be downloaded and listened to on your computer or iPod.  Matt also has over 10,000 cassette tapes yet to be converted to digital format that can be borrowed.  Check out his website linked above for more information.

Meditating on Proverbs 6:16-17

   I really like The Passion Translation by Brian Simmons.  I seem to gain new understanding as I compare Passion Translation passages to the same passages in translations I have always loved.
    A couple of days ago I was reading Proverb 6 in the P.T. when I came to this passage beginning in verse 16: 

There are six evils God truly hates 
and a seventh that is an abomination to him: 
Putting others down while considering your self superior, 
spreading lies and rumors, 
spilling the blood of the innocent, 
plotting evil in your heart toward another, 
spouting lies in false testimony, 
and stirring up strife between friends.

     I could not seem to get past the first one--"putting others down while considering your self superior".  Isn't that what we do every time we criticize another person?  Aren't we actually saying in our criticism that we wouldn't do it like that, or be like that, or think like that, etc. thereby considering our ways superior?  How many times have I done that?!!
    Needless to say, I have spent much time in confession and repentance since reading this translation of that verse.  Other translations say "haughty eyes", or "a proud look".  For some reason those words didn't have the same quality of conviction for me as the ones I read this week.
     I am so glad Holy Spirit called that to my attention.  One thing I absolutely do not want is to be doing something that God truly hates, or that is an abomination to Him!  Seeing it that way makes it easier to let it go (I hope.😀)

Here is the same passage in the New American Standard translation if you want to compare them:

16 There are six things which the Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
17 Haughty eyes, 

lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
19 false witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads strife among brothers

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mark Virkler Resources - 7 Steps to Biblical Meditation

       Mark Virkler has a many great free resources on his Communion With God website.  I was listening to one of his talks from his "Your Extraordinary Life" series entitled "A Light To Your Path" in which he was explaining the 7 steps to Biblical meditation that he uses.  The thought occured that I should be taking notes but decided first to check his website to see if he had made the list available.  Of course he has!  It is even available as a free downloadable bookmark

 Here it is:

You can download the bookmark here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fabulous Chicken Salad Recipe

     This is a wonderful chicken salad!  It is a combination of several recipes I found.  If possible I would eat it every day!  I will add it to the Recipes #1 page also.

Chicken Salad with Grapes
3 cups diced and chilled, cooked chicken meat (I use 12+ chicken tenders and bake them for 30 min. at 350 degrees.)
1 cup chopped celery 
1-2 cups halved seedless grapes, green or red   (I like lots of grapes!)         
4 green onions, sliced
3/4 cup pecans 
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 cup mayonnaise 
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 T. brown sugar
1 T. lemon juice

Whip cream to peaks, add mayonnaise, brown sugar, lemon juice and salt & pepper to taste.
Pour over rest of ingredients.  Refrigerate several hours, or overnight.  

*It is important to chill the chicken before adding mayonnaise etc. because warm chicken absorbs  the mayo and creates a dry salad.

This is fabulous on croissants!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Learning to Prophesy

     Our group is watching Shawn Bolz e-courses to help us learn to prophesy.  As 1 Cor. 14:1 says we are to earnestly desire spiritual gifts--especially that we should prophesy.  We decided it was about time that we took this admonition seriously.
     What an encouragement it is to the body of Christ to hear an encouraging word from the Lord! How exciting it is when He speaks through us to let others know how much He knows them and loves them!
     I hope you, too, are desiring to prophesy.
     If you live nearby, we would love for you to join our group.  Call, text, or email me for info.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Alone with the Father

     I have been having trouble with my eyes lately--hence not many blog posts.
    This morning as I was praying it seemed the Lord was saying to rest in Him.  As I prayed I was reminded of how much I loved having our children and grandchildren sit on my lap and cuddle when they were small, but they seemed to always be restless and busy so couldn't sit down for long.  I felt the Lord was saying that He also loved for me to come and sit with Him, but just as my children did, I am continuously jumping off His lap to do something or to check on things.  I believe He is asking me to just relax and remain in His embrace.  As I envisioned myself sitting there on His lap He seemed to continue about His business and told those around that I just needed some special time with Him, so invited me to remain.  How blessed I felt!
     If you think of it, I would be grateful for your prayers for clear vision.  I am typing this with one eye closed because otherwise I am seeing double and can't focus.  In the meantime, it looks as if my assignment is to "be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him."
     Is He asking that of you, also?

Friday, March 16, 2018

"The Time is NOW for Promises to Be Fulfilled!" Johnny Enlow,

Here is another excellent, encouraging word from Johnny Enlow.  God has a plan and purpose for our lives no matter how old we are!  If we are still living He isn't finished with us yet!

"Promises Fulfilled Wins Fountain of Youth!" This remarkable headline made the news March 4th (March forth), as an 18-1 odds horse won the pre-Kentucky Derby race called, Fountain of Youth. Everything about this race is so prophetic that it just has to be noted and acted on. Remarkably for about the last 3 weeks, the Lord has been speaking to me the phrase "Fountain of Youth" and I have been planning to write on that. Then one night, I was awakened and spoken to about how God is re-energizing His more seasoned sons and daughters. Then I was awakened to the news of this under-the-radar horse race that speaks volumes. 
Meanwhile March 2, the day before the race and here at our California home, we experienced our most exhilarating experience ever with rainbows and double rainbows, as we literally had rainbows from sun-up to sun-down in the most brilliant hues. One rainbow did not move for three hours and I could not stop taking pictures all day. We all knew that the rainbow speaks of His promises and we were so encouraged – but the news of Promises Fulfilled winning the horse race took it all to another level of catalytic excitement.
Good Magic was the Overwhelming Favorite
"I have your best days yet before you – if you will stay in the race."
Part of the noteworthy story line of this race was that a horse named Good Magic was the overwhelming favorite, while Promises Fulfilled was an 18-1 underdog. Good Magic came in third, almost 5 lengths behind Promises Fulfilled and a horse named Strike Power came in second. What a story line: Promises Fulfilled beats out Good Magic and Strike Power to win the 2018 Fountain of Youth race!
"It is not by might nor my power but by My Spirit" says the Lord. If we needed to know the timing on when we should see Promises Fulfilled winning, the Lord is saying that it is 2018. Don't worry about the odds being against you, because in 2018, 18-1 odds make you a runaway winner.
Romans is the Trainer
As part of God's wonderful story-telling capability that always amazes me, I also took great delight in noting that a man named Dale Romans was the trainer for Promises Fulfilled. In Romans 8, it speaks of creation groaning and travailing for the sons and daughters of God to arise and shine and reveal the Kingdom. Romans 15:8 says, "Now I say that Jesus Christ has become servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the PROMISES made to the fathers." 
Father God is the Promise Maker and through Jesus, He is the one that makes Promises Fulfilled. This is a message to all of us, but an additional message regarding Israel cannot be missed as the Jews in a practical way were "the circumcision". Abraham and the patriarchs received many promises, and this passage is a primary way he was speaking into God's specific promises to the fathers regarding Israel. As we approach Israel's 70th birthday since resurrection from the "cemetery of nations", we see this verse and the message of this race carrying great relevance. 
In May, our president could go to Israel as the United States confirms Jerusalem as Israel's eternal capital by opening an embassy there. It reverberates in the spirit-realm and is why the still rebellious nations of the world raised a massive protest.
The Fountain of Youth is Open
It was truthfully almost more than I could handle in a good way to see that the race won was a race called Fountain of Youth. God has been speaking to me of how Caleb regenerated through vision and faith, and saw his 85-year-old body be as strong as his 40-year-old body (Joshua 14). Caleb had the strength and courage to go to Joshua and say, "Give me my mountain," and then asked for the toughest mountain to take. I believe that the Lord has a Fountain of Youth opened up in the spirit-realm and He is inviting all His sons and daughters to come drink. (Photo via Pixabay)
This Fountain of Youth carries a new living water that not only can extend life, but can extend it at a high quality level. You drink of this Fountain of Youth when you buy into God's present day narrative of this being Kingdom Age advancement time, as opposed to buying into the tired and worn out narrative of "we are just hanging on until Jesus rescues us."
Promises Fulfilled doesn't win by sitting in the stands speculating on when its all going to end. Promises Fulfilled wins by running his race. Promises Fulfilled doesn't win by assuming that the enemy has all the Magic and all the Power, and therefore makes no sense even getting in the race. If you keep reading all the conspiracy theories out there, you won't even run. Promises Fulfilled, however, wins by being trained by the prophetic declarations of Romans and then expecting to be a part of those declarations.
Who Said 80 is Old?
I was reading this recently about Marilyn Hickey and that at age 86, she has been having the most remarkable meetings in Pakistan. In her last set of meetings, she spoke to over 1 million and she saw thousands and thousands of miracles as she taught about a relationship with Jesus. Now Pakistan is not for the faint of heart even if you're 40, but Marilyn Hickey doing this at her age makes her truly a Wonder Woman. She is getting almost no persecution because the Muslims see her as a powerless woman. However, many Pakistanis are calling her the "Mom" of Pakistan, and she has made some great friendships even with Imam's and other Muslim leaders. In her own words "Muslims love me." For many, retirement would have ended over 20 years ago. 
One of the worst things you can do is retire. There is no retirement for a child of the King who has any understanding of his or her call. Retirement is in Heaven and it will be unbeatable luxury, joy, presence, etc. On this side you are only to refire. When you think or speak retirement over yourself, your body picks up the cue to begin shutting down its engines. Get your Caleb-vision awakened and find your next Kingdom assignment even if it is not in your prior marketplace. When the world tosses you out as too old, God says, "I have your best days yet before you – if you will stay in the race." 
To Those Born 1929-1947 (Ages 70-89)
"Father God is the Promise Maker and through Jesus, He is the one that makes Promises Fulfilled."
Before hearing about Promises Fulfilled, the Lord was speaking to me about various age groups. To those born during the Great Depression Years /World War 2 era of 1929-1947, the Lord says:
"I have yet a grace on you to release into society. Whereas you were born in the very days of lack and war, what I have for you to release is abundance and peace. If you will choose courage and faith, I yet have exciting Kingdom adventures we can experience together. When your IRAs and such might fail you, I will be your sustenance. Keep Me as your Most High Trust Account. I even have the next level of financial abundance for you and through you – if you will stay in faith. I will come alive in you and allow you to carry revival, healing and finances to this generation. I am your Fountain of Youth, drink of Me and be revived." 
To Those Born 1948-1967 (Age 50-69)
"You were born in the years of the prophetically spoken restoration of Israel and in an age of great change. Many of you I have called to be great change agents through prayer, intercession and prophetic decrees. Your days of greatest authority and greatest fulfillment are yet ahead. Do not step out of your race and do not allow your faith to slacken. I am going to allow you to be a part of releasing the greatest Kingdom shifts on earth ever. Do not get old in your mind nor in your thoughts – and keep drinking of Me, your Fountain of Youth."
To Those Born 1968 and On (Under 50)
"You, I have wired with a passion to see your cities and nations transformed. You, I have wired with a new level of love for the unlovely. You are poised to be reformers and catalysts for the greatest era of renaissance ever. As you drink of Me, you will carry all that the previous generations have carried, but your assignment and your capacity is expanded to see Me made great in society. This is the day you live in and do not plan short-term. Think, operate and plan long-term. The best is yet to come."
A Word for All Ages
Now some of you in these age brackets will find yourselves more identifying with a different age bracket, and that has to do with your call to assist in leading and inspiring those in that bracket. This is all just a general word designed especially to exhort the over 50 to begin drinking of the Fountain of Youth. God is going to allow us to reverse aging and going to allow us to cure sicknesses we are presently being buffeted by, but we are going to have to be intentional about drinking from Him and His narrative for today. (Photo via Unsplash)
Also, I hear a question arise from those over 90, "So am I done?" The answer from the Lord is this, "If you can ask that question, you still have enough Caleb in you to still bear fruit. You can still kill a giant. You can still take a mountain. Drink of My Fountain of Youth and even you can see new Promises Fulfilled.
"For ALL, the time is NOW for Promises to be Fulfilled and the time is NOW to drink of Me, Your Fountain of Youth."
Isaiah 40:31"But they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings as eagles; they will run and not be weary, and they will walk and not faint."
Psalm 87:7"Both the singers and the players on instruments say, ALL my FOUNTAINS are in YOU." (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Johnny Enlow
Johnny and Elizabeth


Thursday, March 8, 2018

What to buy Organic

Are you trying to eat more healthily?  Are you concerned about what foods are important to buy organic and which ones are fine either way?  I found this little chart online that seems to be helpful, so thought I would share it.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Big Story - Putty Putman

      Putty Putman has a Phd is physics.  He was called into ministry and uses his brilliant mind to break things down in a way we can understand more clearly.  I highly recommend this video.

Friday, March 2, 2018

More Love, More Power Conference in Champaign

     Yesterday a couple of friends and I attended the More Love More Power Conference in Champaign.  It was amazing!  The worship was holy and anointed, the speakers informative and revelatory.  The day started with worship, followed by an amazing talk by Putty Putman with diagrams of the trinitariness, not only of God, but of the Gospel.  It was so well explained with new revelation of their connectedness.  Then Leif Hetland gave an excellent talk on the 3 chairs.  If you have never heard him talk on this, you can watch a message he gave on the 3 chairs in a prior talk here.  It is a great eye opener on how we see God and how He sees us.  I wanted to connect again with Leif because we have known him for several years.  He stayed at our house a couple of times in the past.  He is a great man of God--an apostle of love, especially to the Muslim world.
    After lunch we went to both of Ken Fish's workshops.   He was the main reason I wanted to attend the conference because a friend and I had attended his workshop a couple of years ago at the MLMP conference.  We were so impressed by his teaching that I after we returned I ordered much of his materials from his Kingdom Fire Ministries website, including his Basic Healing and Intermediate Healing video series which a group of us watched weekly.  Since watching them we have been practicing things taught in the workshops.   Those we attended previously were both different, so I was assuming that would be the case this time.  It was fine, though, because he often says things I need to hear more than once to understand.
     Then after amazing anointed worship Leif gave another outstanding talk.
     What a great day!  We all came hope filled with enthusiasm and encouraged about what God is doing in the world.  We also agreed we should plan to stay for the entire conference next year.  Since Champaign is about 80 miles away it made for a late night last night after an early morning to get there on time--and still we didn't stay till it was over.
   The conference continues through Saturday.