Sharing Your Story Matters

This morning I got coffee at The Blue Mug in Escondido as I often do. While I was there I ended up talking to a couple guys who are starting program for youth. I believe it will be connected with the police department when it’s up and running. It sounded like they’re hoping to have it open by December.

Because I overheard them talking I asked them about their project and soon I was sharing about Reality Changers, where I volunteered once a week during the school year as a tutor for seven years. Reality Changers has had really great results with students who want to go to college and I thought the two organizations might be a good fit to team up.

At some point one of them asked me about myself and I shared about my spiritual experience with God over the last two years or so and how much my life had changed because of what I’ve been through.

Just as I related in the very first posts of Your Support Matters, I shared about attending Power & Love in Pasadena in 2016 and also discovering Todd White and his experience in being born again for Jesus while he was high on the dance floor. I also shared about Jerame & Miranda Nelson of The Fire & Glory Outpouring and ElishaRevolution.com whom my wife told me about when I got back from Pasadena in April that same year.

My wife and I now attend church AND we regularly attend revival. We’ve gotten used to this style of living and every so often there is a revival conference we’d like to attend. That’s what we did last week at Skyline Wesleyan in Rancho San Diego.

This conference was titled “Come Holy Spirit” and it lasted from Wednesday night through Saturday night. The final two speakers were Jerame Nelson and Todd White. So I related a story that Todd White, the final conference speaker, told about a man with a house that has ten rooms and his encounters with the devil and Jesus. This was truly a story with a lesson and not someone’s real life encounter, though I’m positive that a lot of people can relate to the symbolism of the story.

When I got done telling my account of Pasadena two years ago and our life since and Todd White’s story and how it seemed that hundreds of people went down to the stage to rededicate their lives to Jesus on the last night of the conference, one of the men asked me for my card and I think he’ll be in touch. I know he saw my enthusiasm and I’m curious what he’s going to ask me about. Does he want me to speak to the youth or volunteer or?

As I was getting up to leave, my coffee buddies might have been surprised at what they heard as they caught the finishing minute of my story. On my way out a woman who overheard a good portion said something like, “God bless you.”

You never know who might be affected when you’re bold enough to share about your faith. Some days you plant seeds and some days you harvest. Just keep sharing!

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Fire & Glory Outpouring @ 500+

Tonight will be Night #511 of the Fire & Glory Outpouring. Watch it at ElishaRevolution.com and don’t forget the Elisha Revolution app for your phone!

For those who haven’t read it, here’s where I started this part of my journey with the Lord. I’ll give you a minute to read it…Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Thanks for reading that post about my experience at Power and Love in Pasadena in April of 2016. Not only did I hear Todd White speak, but I also heard a missionary named Heidi Baker.

Heidi and her husband, Rolland, minister to the poorest of the poor in Mozambique and have started many churches through their ministry, Iris Global. (One of the reasons Heidi is special to me is she is the first person I remember hearing call God the Father by this name: Daddy God. I loved that the first time I heard it and now I usually refer to Daddy God when I pray, as in: Holy Spirit, Jesus and Daddy God.)

Oceans of people have come to know Jesus because of Heidi & Rolland and they are spiritual Mama & Papa to many.

Tonight, one of those spiritual sons will be the speaker at the Fire & Glory Outpouring in Rancho Bernardo. His name is Dr. Gershom Sikaala. I expect great things and so should you! Join me at Fire & Glory at 7 pm tonight! Watch online!

Today’s song of the day is “Rescuer” by Rend Collective.

Press On!

Caleb Has Entered The Building

Last night was night 450(!) for the Fire & Glory Outpouring and it was night 181 for me. (That’s right, my wife and I are still attending revival regularly!) On the way in a friend and I met Caleb, who has watched Fire & Glory online for four months. Awesome!

Joining worship online at home is wonderful, but Caleb decided to drive from the Ramona area to Heart of God Church in Rancho Bernardo and be physically present with us to worship Jesus in Spirit and Truth. Readers of my blog know that I have done both (including nearly 60 times from our living room or bedroom in our home). I have to give an “edge” to worshiping in the meeting “elbow to elbow” with all the other worshipers. Yet, even worshiping from home is powerful. I was blown away months ago when I first felt the presence of God in my living room while watching/worshiping online. If you are in San Diego County or nearby I encourage you to join us like Caleb did. Last night was night 3 for Caleb. How cool is that!?

What I’ve been told is that each one of us brings something different to worship and I guess that means that worship was a little better because Caleb was there Sunday night. Jerame Nelson also added his voice and preached not long after returning from the revival in London, England! Come and add YOUR voice to our worship!

Here’s one fun thing that’s been happening for me recently:

Maybe a dozen times in the last month the Lord has highlighted a song to me in the early morning. So far, every time it’s been a different song! Here’s this morning’s song – I Won’t Let You Go by Switchfoot.

Spend More Time With God

Today I intentionally spent hours in the presence of God. I know God is immanent (everywhere), but I mean paying attention and listening for God as well as reading the bible and praying [again, praying includes listening].

After having a good conversation with a friend from Tennessee who’s more experienced in gifts like the prophetic I drove to Solana Beach to get a haircut at my favorite place, the Cove Barber Shop.

On the way I felt the Lord nudge me with “Do You Love Me?” and I can even sense that it was the version from the movie, “Dirty Dancing” by The Contours. I discovered The Blues Brothers version first and both are below.

Here’s something to consider:

Is Holy Spirit singing this to the church? Keep in mind that if God is singing the lyrics they would be sung with perfectly pure intentions, unlike how humans often sing them.

Press On, Brothers & Sisters, Press On!

Triple Surprise

At this moment I’m listening to Shawn Bolz and I highly recommend you listen to this! When I heard Deuteronomy I knew I wanted to include it in this post AND THEN, Shawn shared two more verses. Here are the verses and the Shawn Bolz video:

Deuteronomy 8:18

Ephesians 3:20

Habakkuk 2:2

You may notice that The Message translation adds a verse. My best guess is that Eugene Peterson felt those verses need to be linked. I hope you also like the way Shawn Bolz reads the verses as I do.

Press On, Sisters & Brothers, Press On.

Bold Belief

Here’s another quick post for your edification. What do you feel is an important message in this passage?

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Mark 2:2-5 The Message (MSG)

A Paraplegic
2 1-5 After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. When they weren’t able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, “Son, I forgive your sins.”
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God bless you!

Time For Some Rest

We need to remember to rest simply because we’re currently in these earthly bodies. I like these verses and hope you enjoy them and the music of Jaci Velasquez.

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Exodus 33:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

14 And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
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Psalm 3:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

5 [a]I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.

Footnotes:

a. Psalm 3:5 [Or] As for me, I
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God bless you!