Invite Holy Spirit

You can always invite Holy Spirit into what you’re doing.

That’s what I did before I started typing today.

Loving God with all your heart has practical aspects to it. It’s not simply a set of beliefs. In fact, it’s not a religion.

My nephew and a friend started creating t-shirts a few years ago with this message:

Relationship Not Religion

We as Christians can’t just believe that Jesus is who he claims to be in the Bible. If we look closely, we will see that even demons believed that the Jesus of the scriptures was and is the Son of God. They believed, yet they did not follow him.

The passage below is Mark 1:21-28 (NIV) from

21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

Just under a year ago I met a young man named Gilbert in front of a 7-11 in Pacific Beach (a community of San Diego, California) and ended up praying with him. He accepted Jesus as his Savior and promised to give his life to Jesus.

Because I’ve been practicing “hearing” from Holy Spirit more intently the past couple years I felt a nudge to turn left on Garnet Avenue that day. I remember the exact day because I was going to meet family at Comic-Con and it was the day I absolutely knew (for the first time) that I had finished reading the entire Bible. That was July 21, 2017.

How do I practice “hearing” from Holy Spirit? I read the Bible more. I spend more time in prayer in my “secret place” and I invite Holy Spirit into what I’m doing.

God loves you so much that you’re likely to have a hard time believing HOW much.

He wants to spend time with you and just like other relationships, you will grow closer by spending time together.

Be intentional about spending time with God.

Praise Him.

Worship Him.

Invite Him to spend time with you!


Shawn Bolz To The Rescue

Last week I got sick and I thought I was getting well and yesterday and today it seemed like it simply moved from my head to my chest. If you’re like me you aren’t as productive when you’re sick. You just want to get healed now and get back to regular life.

Though I have only known about Shawn Bolz for nine months I am almost constantly amazed at his prophetic gifts and I’ve watched several of his videos. He has been blessed and is really in touch with the heart of the Father. He’s very experienced and humble and knows who he is in Christ.

One thing I hear over and over from different speakers is that we need to be ok with people coming after us going beyond what we do. Of course, that includes our children both biological and spiritual. [Don’t judge yourself if you don’t feel you have any spiritual children. Seek more intimacy with Holy Spirit. Worship God in Spirit and in Truth (and with passion)!]

After watching part 1 of Shawn’s “Fathering and Mothering” videos I soon stopped thinking so much about being sick. Then he pointed to an example of a man named Julian Adams who is doing what so many people say we have to expect. Julian Adams is “passing” Shawn Bolz’s gifting in the prophetic and he’s a decade younger than Shawn.

This is wonderful news.

Instead of just hearing those words and letting them fall to the ground, I decided to start checking him out and I suggest you do as well. I think Julian’s (and his wife’s) Facebook page is a great place to start to find out about him and his ministry.

Now it’s time for dinner and then part two of Shawn Bolz’s “Fathering and Mothering”. (I feel better already.)

Part one is below.

Almost forgot, Shawn is coming to The Fire & Glory Outpouring’s One Year Anniversary in a couple weeks. Get in line early!

God bless you!

[It says Session 2 below. I think it’s a typo. Session 2 is longer at 1:55.]

When You’re Tired, Press On

Right now I’m feeling tiredness slipping into my body. We need to be extra careful when we’re tired while driving (Hello truck drivers, soccer moms and dads, students, taxi, uber and delivery drivers and all the rest!) or doing something else with physical hazards. Earlier today I was poking through ice with a butter knife and made sure my other hand was out of the way. (I have found that it’s also a good time to really pay attention to what’s coming out of my mouth!)

Fortunately, I mostly have to concern myself with spelling and crazy cursor jumps that can erase paragraphs in under a second. (If it’s never happened to you, well, God bless you.) 🙂

Many of you are very aware of the need to “press on” in spite of being tired. Back in the 90s my wife and I were living apart for a time and I worked really late Saturday nights and then got up at 5:45 am to pick up our son and take him to church with me. I knew there was a time coming up in the afternoon or evening that I could have a rest. Even the worst case scenario was probably that I could hit the pillow at 10 on Sunday night.

What I’ve found is that when you can look forward to a time of rest at some point, it’s easier to press on. Many new parents find themselves sleep deprived and it’s like that commercial says: Dads don’t take sick days.

Another big help is encouragement. That old song “Home On The Range” contains the lyrics “Where seldom is heard a discouraging word”. Hopefully, Your Support Matters (this blog) is a source of encouragement for you.

Recently I’ve found a lot of Christian music that’s very encouraging. It might be my attitude (which I believe stems from more frequent, intense worship & greater intimacy with God in recent months) has shifted and that’s given me a healthier perspective about Christian music. It could also be the case that more Christian artists are writing from a place of true intimacy with God. Whatever the reasons, I find myself listening to Holy Spirit-inspired music much more often.

What may also be true is something like the 80/20 rule (or better yet, 90/10?). If you’re listening to 80 or 90 percent Christian music (songs that YOU find inspiring & Spirit-filled), you may find a difference in your attitude versus 80 or 90 percent secular music. I want to be absolutely clear that I am not saying you MUST do this. You could try an experiment and see how it works for you.

If you think back to how I started this post, I was talking about pressing on when you’re tired. Of course, if you have the opportunity to rest when you need it, take it!!

When you’re in a position where you must press on in spite of being tired, you may find it easier if you’ve been living in an encouraging environment. You may not have as much control over your living environment as I have right now. I understand that. But, you may have some control over “taking in” encouraging music, words or videos.

Here are some suggestions:

1) Pray honestly and intimately as a son or daughter of God

2) Read the Bible, especially Psalms

If you look closely you’ll notice that Psalms ARE prayers, so I see it as doubly good or a “double portion”.

3) Read Faith Books (RFB!) like:

A) The Cure

B) Mahesh Chavda’s The Hidden Power Of The Blood Of Jesus

You might win Mahesh’s book here.

C) David Herzog’s Glory Invasion

D) Patricia King’s Help, God! I’m Broke!

You might win Patricia King’s book here

4) Read my faith blog, Your Support Matters (YSM)

5) Listen to what I call faith music.

A) Read previous YSM posts and you’ll find lots of songs.

B) If you have Amazon Echo, ask Alexa to play Crowder or play Christian music

C) There are great radio stations online now like Air1.

So, to sum up…

I suggest you plan ahead by getting rest when you can so it’s easier to PRESS ON.

If you’re not getting enough rest, you can “gird” yourself by having an encouraging, faith-based atmosphere in your life by reading and listening to uplifting & Holy Spirit-inspired music, words and other media and sources. ALMOST FORGOT! AND, worship God intimately and often, alone and together with other believers. Some people call this “living a worship lifestyle”.

Here’s some media to remind you to Press On.

Always remember that God, the Creator of the Universe, loves YOU!

Do You Have A Mentor?

Now that I’m solidly in my sixth decade I understand the need for mentors in many areas of life. If you “go it alone” you will eventually find yourself with situations and problems that you have no idea how to fix. Without a mentor to turn to, you are out of luck.

Hopefully, you have at least two or three or even more mentors in your life. Each mentor probably has particular areas of expertise and, if you’re really fortunate, you have parents or grandparents who have mentored you in many different activities and who have imparted their skills to you. Often a friend can mentor you and sometimes a mentor who didn’t start out as a friend becomes one. In order for mentoring to succeed you must be willing to learn. That’s just reality.

Except for God, the first mentor mentioned (or coach, if you prefer) was Jethro. We don’t always remember that prominent people in the history of faith had everyday lives just like we do. Living everyday lives usually means family as well. Who was Jethro? Let me put it this way – Moses was Jethro’s son-in-law! Just to be absolutely clear, Moses married Jethro’s daughter, Zipporah. (What is the name of the wife of Moses? THERE’S a bible trivia question!)

Read Genesis 18 to find out how Jethro mentored Moses.

Last weekend I attended a business seminar and during the seminar I realized that Eric Lofholm is one of my mentors. While I don’t know him extremely well, he knows who I am and I know who he is. He’s got lots of great books and is a very good teacher when he’s in front of the room. He has a lot of knowledge that helps people in business or who are starting a business and things like email are among his specialties. I know very well how effective his email methods are because he has emailed me on an off for about 14 years. That’s how I ended up going to his seminar in San Diego!

If you are willing to learn, I would like to mentor you in a way that’s similar to the way Eric mentors me. (By reading my blog you’re already allowing me to mentor you.)

If you are one of the folks who has joined in the fun of the 21(!) Your Support Matters Angel Giveaways that I created in the last week or so, I would like to help make it easier for you to enter as many of my giveaways as you can.

Would you like to enter all my giveaways faster? How do I know I can help you? Because I created the giveaways! If you’d rather, I “built” them.

Do you know that each giveaway has a link that leads to the previous giveaway?

That means Angel Giveaway #21 leads to Angel Giveaway #20 which leads to Angel Giveaway #19 and so on all the way back to the FIRST Angel Giveaway! I checked to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes in those links just a couple hours ago.

Here’s the link to Your Support Matters Angel Giveaway #21. Click on the link to #20 in the “Welcome” section next to the close up of my face. In some cases there’s a photo of a cross on a hill at sunrise. Again, I know what the photo is because I took it in 2013 in Julian, California.

If you click until you land on an expired giveaway, don’t worry. Click on the link in that particular giveaway’s “Welcome” section and move on to another giveaway. Just make sure you don’t get stuck there. Move on to the next “link in the chain”.

That’s a pretty good way to look at this – there are currently 21 links in this chain and only one giveaway is expired. Another will expire at midnight. That’s still 19 giveaways!

There is something else about learning from a mentor you need to remember. It’s important that when you learn skills you practice them right away. Without practice it’s just head knowledge.

Have you ever heard someone say, “Oh, yeah, I know how to do that!” Do they really? Did they learn and just keep the knowledge in their head or do they practice it? Do they do it in real life?

Go and do what you’ve learned!

Clicking on a link to enter a contest may seem like a small thing, but it’s a start.

Taking action makes you feel good. Learning something small leads to a willingness to learn something bigger now or in the future. Here’s the link again: Your Support Matters Angel Giveaway #21

Ready to learn something more? Read what I posted the other day and follow THOSE links. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve learned after you learn it!
Help Your Friends And Help Yourself

Like most days I’m leaving you with some music, but today’s music is a little different. I hope you like it.

God Bless You!