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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Isn’t God Good?

Tonight is Night 541 for The Fire & Glory Outpouring and this is the 84th time that I’ve watched from home. Our dog, Bones, is laid out between my legs while I recline on the couch and type with my right hand and hold the laptop to my chest with my left. Jerame Nelson asked the question above and my answer is a resounding “Yes!”

I can’t stress enough that if you feel it’s to far to travel to Heart of God Church in Rancho Bernardo (a community of San Diego) or if you’re really too busy to make it, you can watch the revival LIVE on Youtube. You can also watch at ElishaRevolution.com.

Today I had a great time writing and talking about my recent experiences with the love of Jesus at Perks Coffee House in San Marcos. (If you’re reading this, send me a text! You know who you are!)

My computer’s acting up so I’ll wrap this up with a couple great songs of the day. (Plus, Fire & Glory is done with the offering and now it’s time to listen to Miranda Nelson preach!)

God bless you!

The Call – I Still Believe

Danny Gokey – Masterpiece

More Joy In The New Year!

Happy New Year! 2018! Wow!

I urge you to add a great new habit (If you already do this, well, that’s wonderful!) to whatever you’re doing in this new year.

Today I’ve been listening to a lot of music and I want to share one of my tips so you can experience more joy this year. Ready?

Listen To More Music MORE OFTEN that reflects the uplifting words we find in the Bible. Don’t miss out on the benefits of this habit!

What I’ve noticed during this time of revival in my life is that I listen to some songs less often because I’m filling my life with more of the great (and sometimes awesome!) faith music I’ve been discovering at the Fire & Glory Outpouring, church services, christian radio, Youtube and elsewhere.

If you’re like most people you’ve listened to a lot of secular music and some songs stick with you over the course of your life more than others. One of my favorites is “Girlfriend Is Better” by Talking Heads. I still like the bands I like such as Talking Heads, The Beatles, R.E.M., The Cars, The Who, Marvin Gaye, The Pretenders and lots more.

BUT, I see a greater depth to christian music these days than I’ve ever seen before and I feel encouraged and uplifted more often when I listen to these contemporary artists. I never expected to find Lauren Daigle’s great song about dry bones!

In addition to Lauren I’ve recently I’ve found myself listening about 80% of the time to christian artists like Crowder, Plumb, Kristene DiMarco, REND Collective, NEEDTOBREATHE, Steffany Gretzinger, Kari Jobe, Micah Tyler, Jeremy Riddle, Mandisa, Toby Mac, Big Daddy Weave, WorshipMob, Switchfoot, Andrew Hopkins and others.

My list also includes numerous artists through Bethel Music and Hillsong (some of whom were mentioned above). Bethel Music has some wonderful instrumentals as well and sooo much music. Hillsong? I’ve heard people say something like “Hillsong was Bethel before Bethel was Bethel.” What about Andrew Hopkins? Andrew Hopkins is at Summit Music, which is the label connected to Summit Church in San Marcos, California. He also leads worship regularly at The Fire & Glory Outpouring so it’s possible that I’ve heard Andrew Hopkins more than anyone in the last couple years.

We now have our TV set up so that we can watch Youtube on it and that is definitely a blessing. As I write this the lyric video for Point To You by We Are Messengers played as well as All My Hope by Crowder featuring Tauren Wells and Worship Mob’s cover of So Will I (100 Billion X). What a great change to our viewing habits!

You can do fun stuff like find songs of adoration. Worship Mob is doing that below. After So Will I are two more songs of the day. Because this post has been difficult to get done I’m ending it here.

Happy New Year! God Bless You!

Press On!

Word Of Knowledge – Encouragement

Less than two years ago I don’t think I was aware of the phrase “word of knowledge”. This post is a way to make readers aware of the phenomenon and see me receiving on video. You’ll see me in my bright green “Kauai” Red Dirt brand shirt. I believe I have received at least 20-30 “words” in the last twenty months.

This is my simple explanation of what I believe it means. A word of knowledge or simply “a word” is when a person is so able to receive information from the Lord because of their level of intimacy with Holy Spirit at a given moment in time that God gives them information to share with someone else about that person. Shawn Bolz is known for being really experienced at this and usually really accurate. There are definitely lots of others who have lots and lots of experience.

You may ask, “What’s a word of knowledge for?” and one answer that I give is this: encouragement! We have a friend living with us right now who has a whole network of people he can ask to pray for him and many will give him a word of knowledge as encouragement that he is moving in the right direction. He received confirmation that God wanted him to move to the San Diego area last year.

Last year I gave a word to a woman on Facebook in a group where we practice giving words of knowledge to each other. When you read that post you’ll see that I received a word from two people I had never met about how accurate my word was for the woman! It was AMAZING and very encouraging to me. You can see from the exchange that at least one woman said that God interrupted her while she was giving someone a word so she could find me online and give me encouragement. As I said, we had never met AND the two people are even from a different part of the world!

Even as I looked back at the post I was encouraged by the very end of it because I love to sing and she told me to:

🙂 Sing brother; sing ♪ ♫ …

Recently I received a word through a friend of our roommate friend which told me that the Lord loves to hear me sing. Very encouraging!

Watch this snippet of Ivan Roman at the Fire & Glory Outpouring giving me words of knowledge on November 1 this year, the day after the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. He starts with me at 1:59:15. If you prefer you can start around 1:57:00 and see what one of the interns received from Ivan. Or, you can catch some of Ivan’s preaching before he moves into words of knowledge around 1:30:55.

Please make a note of these times or you will find yourself looking at a video that’s over 2 hours long. That’s fine if that’s what you want. I encourage you to make time to watch the whole video sometime soon.

God bless you!

Here are TWO songs of the day by Ryan Stephenson and We Are Messengers

Press On.

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.

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.