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Great article for anyone who is,was, or will be married!

I stumbled across this in my Facebook feed the other day and it captured my attention.  I thought “hmmm… more click bait”

Since it already had my attention, I am glad my curiosity led me to the article.  Wow is all I can say.


It’s not click bait.  She’s right on target.


This article is packed with thought provoking content. With numerous things to ponder, it’s almost a marriage seminar rolled up into one blog post that can be read in less than  5 minutes.   Even if you have a great marriage, what you can actually practice after reading this article will take it up another notch.

Go from Mar”RAGE” to the God designed Marriage.

Thank you Meg Marie Wallace for sharing from you heart!

Without further ado… here’s a link to the article..

The ONE thing guaranteed to end ALL marriages.

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Come As You Are

I remember as a child the song  “Just as I am”.   The day I headed forward to the altar was the day I realized that no matter what had happened to me, God Loved me as I was at the time.

I know that sometimes it’s not so easy to feel worthy of all the good things that the Bible says God has to offer.  Just remember this.  God knew you before you were formed and he sent His son to die for you so that you might live.

I LOVE this song.   Whatever you have going on in your life.  Take a moment and let the Father love on you during this song.   And as always… Come as you are.

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Want to do Ministry? Do the Dishes.

Oh my,  I think the first time I heard that was from Joyce Meyer many years ago. At the time I thought “That’s weird.”  It’s taken me a few years, but she or whoever said it first was right.   If you want to serve in the ministry getting your dishes under control is a first step.   If you can right now look at your kitchen and cannot see your sink or your counter tops.   Stop what you are doing and go tackle that kitchen.

You know you can fellowship with God by turning on your favorite praise music, finally listen to that audio tape or podcast.  Or just start singing praise songs and pray while you are doing the dishes.

If you’re overwhelmed with your house and you just stare and really don’t know what to do.   Here is a website that will thrust your ministry into being.  www.flylady.net    By gaining control of your home you can and will have time to do Bible Studies, have a Bible Study at your house, or volunteer at your Church.   The list of possibilities is infinite.  So if you have been praying for help because you are just overwhelmed with your current situation.    Find time and remove chaos with FlyLady.      Then enjoy all the extra time you have to spend in fellowship with God and being about His business.

Hey what are you still doing here?   If you need me I’m going to be shining my sink.

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If you need a laugh this is a good message.

Duane Sherriff is in rare form in this hilarious message.   From mishaps before the AWMI conference meeting and the general delivery characteristic of Duane Sherriff.

After the testimonies be sure to watch the video before the message.

Have a good laugh and get well during this video presentation.

AWMI Healing is Here Conference 2014 with Duane Sherriff.

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Random acts of Kindness

The other day I was searching for a new resource for teaching.  I like to listening to scriptural teachings and not fluff or doctrinal rumors and wives tales.

I wanted to listen to a lady minister because, sorry guys, sometimes a girl just needs to hear another girl talk.  There are some things that only another girl understands.

I went to a favorite website that is easy to search for ministries.  My approach was scientific… well maybe not.  I went through the alphabet looking for feminine names.  Not an easy task as many names have become transgendered.

I did find a name with a teaching title that caught my attention.  I listened to the message and it was great.    I dropped the minister a line and left a thank you.    Just a small thank you for a message that inspired me and was helpful.

Now here is the amazing thing.   In the back of my mind I had a challenge that was interfering with a certain situation. Believe it or not but that “out of the blue”  Thank you to a perfect stranger actually led to them fixing the challenge that I had.  I didn’t ask them a thing.  God just put it on their heart to share with me the exact thing I needed.

Talk about a random act of Kindness.  Only God could have done that.  Just a simple encouragement or a simple gesture of kindness because it seemed like the right thing to do.   And Voila, God is on the scene and does something that only He can do.

I’m still a little awestruck.  Just to think out of all the people in the world with all the issues in the world.  God would bless me just because he loves me.  Now that’s amazing.

I’m nobody any more special than anyone else but, my heavenly Father thinks I ROCK!   He thinks you rock too.   The next time you feel inspired to encourage someone or show a random act of Kindness, don’t think it’s silly and skip out on a blessing.   Do it anyway and be obedient.  Then be quick to recognize what God does on your behalf and praise Him for it.

Is what you believe the truth from the Word or a wives’ tale?

But refuse profane and old wives’ fables,

and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. (1 Timothy 4:7 KJV)

Today’s reading in 1 Timothy really made me take a look at what is going on in the world of Christianity.

“Miracles have passed away.” and ” That doesn’t mean physical healing.”  are two of the more common wives’ fables passed down through the ages.

I used to be told as a child that  Thunder was when God was dumping a wheelbarrow full of potatoes after the harvest.  Or God was tapping his food to the music or “God just said no!” and sent lightening to get our attention.    But now I think it’s the Apostle Paul banging his head against the wall.

Can you imagine being beat, shipwrecked, bit by a snake, imprisoned, etc. to only have people preach the exact “OPPOSITE” of what you spent your entire earthly ministry preaching as long, and as far as you could?

If you believe that God is dead, miracles don’t happen, and the Bible is just a book filled with good moral stories, then you’ve been listening to “wives’ fables.

Don’t worry, at one time Paul was the same way. He believed all the lies of his teachers and was actually arranging for Christians to be killed for their false teachings.   If you remember he was knocked off his high horse and brought to the ground for persecuting Jesus.  It was a few days before what was blinding him was removed by prayer.

If you want to remove your own blinders from knowing the true nature of God then these two prayers are excellent.

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

(Ephesians 1:17-23 KJV)

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

(Ephesians 3:14-21 KJV)

.Don’t live a life of misery expecting God to “get you” for all you do wrong.   Pray those prayers above over yourself and your loved ones.  Expect God to reveal His true nature to you when you read the Bible.   Don’t just skim over the words and read them so fast you have no idea what you just read.   Take time to think about what you read and ask God for help.

I stumbled onto Bible.is  free in the app store.  It helps make the Bible come alive when you listen to someone else read it and follow along.  Bible.is has quite a few dramatic versions which I prefer. I like hearing different voices act out the scriptures rather than reading in monotone.

Spend time in the Word, in prayer and get to know God so you can refuse profane myths and old wives’ tales you might hear being substituted for the Word of God.

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Great week of Ministry #SFBC2015 & #SWBC2015

What an amazing week of ministry.   Down in Texas we have the Southwest Believers Convention and up in Colorado we have the Summer Family Bible Conference.

For speaker schedules and more information check out kcm.org for SWBC2015  and awmi.org under the Meetings tab for SFBC 2015.

The Southwest Believers Convention is in the Central time zone and the various speakers sessions are archived on the site right now.   In fact I’m listening to the archive of Creflo Dollar’s evening session for 6/30.

The Summer Family Bible Conference is in Mountain time zone which is an hour later than Central time zone.

There is no distance in the spirit so enjoy the great times of worship, teaching and preaching from various ministers across the nation and be blessed the remainder of the week.

Happy Father’s Day! To all the Dads out there. Love this song…

Sometimes it takes a real Father to be a Daddy.  Thanks to all the men out there not afraid to raise up Godly children.

Wow this song takes me back. My Dad had a belt and he only had to use it once or twice. That was enough for me. How about you? Much easier to follow the words of the Bible than the words of the world and less painful..lol.


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Preach #TheGospel and they’ll come.

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People are wandering these days.  I always hear people complaining about how nobody has any dedication to Church and it’s just hard to get people to come to Church anymore.

I also hear people being so frustrated with what they read about in the Bible being almost false advertisement of the Church today. They get excited and believe what is in the Bible and then they inevitably go to a Church that no more preaches the gospel than the atheist down the street.

They read the Gospels and then Hebrews 13:8 ” Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.”  They assume that when they go to Church that it will be like what they read about in the Bible.  Especially now.  We’ve been watching A.D. the Bible continues and they actually show “signs & wonders”.  Yes when the Gospel is preached signs and wonders still do follow in some locations.  I can’t watch everywhere and I don’t know all the places in the US and abroad where signs and wonders are, but I have kept an eye on a couple of places that have my attention.

Charis Bible College (CBC) in Woodland Park, Colorado   Every Thursday at 1:00pm Mountain Time they have Healing School.   Reminds me of the scripture. Matthew 11: 4-5  the answer that Jesus gave the disciples of John the Baptist.

Eagle Mountain Church in Newark, TX  Is also having a Matthew 11:4-5 season.

I’m sure there are many other places out there that are experiencing God. But these two are special to me.

I discovered Charis Bible College during a research project of current ministries walking in the area of Healing. I had tracked down a healing testimony online and they were talking about the teaching from Andrew Wommack ministries. I had never heard of the ministry but anyone operating in Healing with results, you bet I’m going to check them out. Yay! They make everything so easy. Easy to understand, easy to apply and easy to get results.  I like them. They don’t pester you for money and they don’t send you enough paper to start your own recycling center.  They just simply preach the Gospel at AWMI.  So you bet I like blessing them.

About Eagle Mountain I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart where A.A. Allen and his ministry are concerned. They are trying to repair what a generation of those with misguided intentions tried to destroy.

I’ve been down the actual road and stood in front of the Church yard where he first heard the Gospel and his life was changed forever. All this took place not more than an hour away from me. Later on in his ministry the services were getting so large that he couldn’t meet in churches too easily due to the crowds and decided to meet at a larger non-church location.   Well that cut in to somebody’s commission and the end was soon to come as those people basically started the end of the Healing Revival of the 40’s and 50’s. It’s really true you can’t serve God and money and unfortunately they, like the Pharisees, were more concerned about their bottom line and basically crucified anyone who tried to move in the miraculous. And well we haven’t seen a miraculous move across the nation since.

I was almost in tears when I saw the honor and reverence of Eagle Mountain. They are restoring what God tried to start with A.A. Allen and the many other ministers who dared to believe scriptures and trust God at His word. At Eagle Mountain, Hebrews 13:8 is also believed and in operation. It’s not them. It’s God in them. Jesus hasn’t changed. He’s always been here waiting and they’re accessing the grace of Healing.

It’s kind of like the story of the husband and the wife in the front seat of the car. When the joke became popular there were bench seats in cars. A bench seat is just one long seat across.   Newlyweds would get in on the driver’s side and the wife would just barely slide over enough on the seat for her new Husband to sit-down.   After a few years the wife complained to her husband that she didn’t feel that they were that close anymore.   He replied to her comment by saying, “I haven’t moved I’m right here where I’ve always been.”   The wife notices that she has indeed moved all the way to the other side of car. When she is awakened to her situation she moves back over closer to her husband. Her husband hasn’t all of the sudden changed and started something new. She’s just back in the position of being closer to her husband.

God’s been waiting for someone to carry on. He didn’t quit, his people did.

Churches need to take a look at how restaurants do business. Packed restaurants generally have 3 things in common. Good Food, Good service, at a good price. If a restaurant has bad food, nobody gets shamed or scolded for not being committed and lacking responsibility if they don’t go back. It would be nuts to go back weekly to a restaurant that consistently serves bad food.

The same thing goes for service. If the staff is unfriendly and feels like the people they are serving is a burden it’s no wonder that people don’t come back. Generally the restaurant manager or owner would tell that staff person that the customers pay their salary. So the nicer they are to the customers the more they might come back and even tip them if they do a good job. Just because you went to a certain school etc doesn’t mean you get to snub your nose at those coming into your place of business. Servers do not get tips just because they are servers they get tips when they put forth the effort to be rewarded.

Finally, how much does it cost? People are willing to pay a little more for better quality food, top notch service in a pleasant atmosphere.   Typical family restaurants that have the speakers turned up so loud that no one can order, fellowship or digest their food will probably not go over very well. On the other hand if you are going to a club or a Music restaurant where that is what they do then that’s a different story. Also, if I live next to McDonalds and buy coffee regularly and then I go to eat at a Steak house and have dinner.   I don’t go back to McDonalds and pay for my steak. I pay for my Steak where it was cooked and served to me. When I go back to McDonalds, I pay for my coffee. No McDonalds on the planet would say. “I heard what you paid for that steak at the steakhouse. Why don’t you ever pay me for their steak?”

Where the church is concerned… if the people coming to the service are spending more time getting ready and driving to the church than the Pastor spends preparing the message, there is a problem with the Church not the people coming to it. Just because you are a Pastor doesn’t mean you get to be a lazy chef slopping something together that isn’t nourishing or spiritually tasty. People are hungry and they’re tired of artificial colorings, additives and empty calories. They want real food to sink their spiritual teeth in.

On the other hand Pastors are not short order cooks. They don’t come up with a message when someone walks in the door and orders.  They spend time alone with God praying and asking Him what he wants them to deliver to the specific people who will be hearing the message.

Typically you have 30-45 minutes. What are you going to tell them that will change their life? What will you say than can make their week better? What scriptures will you teach so they can leave with an answer to the many situations that they go through in a week? Sounds like quite an undertaking doesn’t it? That’s why they spend time in prayer and fellowship with God instead of watching TV, playing games on Facebook and other things that take time away from hearing from God.

God made things easy. Pray, listen to what He says, do what He says and then preach the Gospel. If people don’t bring their Bibles or use their Bible apps during church then you’re obviously not getting them in the Gospel.

If Jesus was talking about your church could he tell people Matthew 11:4-5? Would He say that you invite Him to operate in your services because you believe Hebrews 13:8? If you don’t know what these scriptures reference, you might be answering your own questions. Look them up and then start preaching the Gospel.

A a big thank you and shout out to Eagle Mountain Church and AWMI/Charis Bible College. Where Jesus is Lord and Matthew 11:4-5 is the norm.

If you #PreachTheGospel, they’ll come.

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The infamous visitor card shuffle. Do you welcome or dance with the visitors?

WomanCoffeeIn determining what God is doing in our area so we can join Him, we decided to see what is going on.   We’ve been visiting various churches and I’ve noticed there is a peculiar dance going on at the entrance.   I’ll call it the visitor card shuffle.  It’s as if certain greeters get a commission for the number of visitor cards they turn in filled out.

Remember when Montgomery Wards used to have those tables with the credit applications.  If you filled one out you received jewelry or some kind of gift.  Now those people were on commission for each application they turned in.  The visitor card shuffle reminds me of this.  People would move to the other side of the entrance to hopefully avoid those pushing the applications.

The same thing happens in our churches.  Why does a person who will probably never come back after doing the visitor card shuffle with insistent card pushers want to leave their name and address? So they can be reminded of the awkward event by another person who isn’t listening?

I do understand the business practice of retention calling.  It just seems odd for a church to do that.  It makes the person being called think that the church person cares about them.  Not that they are just a name on a list that is someone’s assignment. I would think we would want people to be lead by God to attend a church.   Believe me if they are not led by the Spirit to your church and to join your fellowship you really don’t want to mislead them into thinking that your church cares about them.  When they find out You’ll be damaging them and your church.

Now I realize that there are some genuine old fashioned churches who really do care about people and are serious about staying connected.  But, they do this completely different.   They get to know the people rather than do a mini interview at the door.  Sometimes I have felt like I should just have handed the greeter my resume’.   Churches today should not be looking for what the Visitor can do for them but what they can offer a visitor.

If you want visitors to come back, feed them some rich scriptures, be hospitable and nice.  Welcome them to the place that has changed your life and tell them why you go there.

Keep the dancing for worship and instead welcome new people with open arms and a grateful heart.

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