Do you Believe in Supernatural Miracles?

So you don’t believe In Supernatural miracles?

This is what happened to my friend Chris Harrison the other day, with whom I work with in the ministry.
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“Last night I was getting something at CVS pharmacy. I “accidentally” clicked cash back even though I didn’t need it. I was about to hit cancel when I felt prompted to get ten dollars.

Today, I was getting gas and a man walked up to me. He said, “I need to get blood pressure medicine filled, it’s $10. You can go on with me and see that I’m telling the truth.”

I did that and gave the man $10. He was very grateful. He said “are you a preacher?” I said yes. He said “do you have three daughters?” I said “I do actually.”

Change Is Coming!

Change is coming…

It’s right around the corner…

This day. This hour.

Faith, Hope, Love. Believe = Receive.

Peoples lives are being touched, transformed, healed, hope restored, renewed dreams and visions.

Rise up and go. Go bless. Go give. The world needs you, your family needs you, your neighbors need you.

What? Yeah you.

Go change the world, go change your world. Nothing will change if we don’t go. When you are going and doing is when your dreams are becoming, being birthed into a reality.

Last year I flew over 100,000 miles going and coming. This year will be even more. Our vision and purpose hasn’t changed, it’s just gotten a whole lot bigger. Life is rewarding and exciting when you are going and doing.

This is why I also like the quietness of the morning hour. The sky is just starting to be illuminated by the suns rays. A nice cup of hot black coffee, my Bible and the Lord. What a way to start the day. And then it’s, you guessed it, “going and doing!” Ha!

I wish for all of us that are going and doing is all about our purpose and calling but often it is not.

My wife Mara is a great example of this.

By |January 24th, 2014|Recent Post|2 Comments|

Happy Awesome New Year Everyone!

What comes to your mind when Christmas is over and New Year’s Eve approaches?

For a majority of Americans it’s College football and the NFL playoffs. So, aside from that,
what comes to your mind? I think for most people it’s a time of reflection of the previous year and looking
forward to the New Year.

I do firmly believe in making New Year Resolutions. But if you really think about it most of these new goals and commitments are usually never followed through on and we fall right back into the norm of making ends meet, doing the 9 to 5. I read a report a few days ago that

By |January 1st, 2014|Recent Post|0 Comments|

Fox News’s Kirsten Powers: Her Journey from Atheist to Christian

I saw this on the news the other day, how liberal Kirsten Powers came to a living vibrant relationship with Jesus.

Personally, I was shocked and very much stoked in watching the interview. I always liked her and thought she was pretty objective with her liberal viewpoint, which I appreciated. There are a lot of liberals, like the ones on MSNBC that are out there on cloud nine drinking the “cool-aide” and there are also conservatives that need to take a chill pill too!

Anyway, the following is a paragraph taken from Christianity Today:

Then he said the magic words for a liberal: “Do you think you could keep an open mind about it?” Well, of course. “I’m very open-minded!” Even though I wasn’t at all. I derided Christians as anti-intellectual bigots who were too weak to face the reality that there is no rhyme or reason to the world. I had found this man’s church attendance an oddity to overlook, not a point in his favor.

As he talked, I grew conflicted. On the one hand, I was creeped out. On the other hand, I had enormous respect for him. He is smart, educated, and intellectually curious. I remember thinking, What if this is true, and I’m not even willing to consider it?

The interview I saw was on Fox News and I found this article of her sharing her journey from Atheist to following Jesus. It’s worth a read and very inspiring. Here is the opening lines of the article:

Just seven years ago, if someone had told me that I’d be writing for Christianity Today magazine about how I came to believe in God, I would have laughed out loud.

By |December 6th, 2013|Recent Post|0 Comments|

Unspeakable Horrors of the North Korean Church

Chris and I gave a update on Facebook, here it is.

For the last week, the Agape 1040 team has been in full effect in South Korea close to the border of North Korea. Many of you have not heard of the plight of the North Korean Christians. Last week, 80 people were publicly executed and hundreds of their families were put in hard labor concentration camps for life for possessing what the North Koreans call, “Pornography”. It was bibles, Christian teaching and Christian videos.

North Korean Christians cannot even meet in house churches because the danger is beyond anything we have seen in the persecution of todays Christians. The Christians must meet one on one with other believers. South Korean missionaries that we met along the way, are smuggling Christians out of the country through an elaborate system of paying off officials and army men, and holding the people in holding tanks to avoid detection by Chinese and North Korean authorities. They are trained one on one across the border in China and then some are brought back into the country. In many cases bringing a Bible back across would mean certain death, therefore our literature and others literature and Bible verses are memorized over a period of time and then taught person to person.

The North Korean government has gotten very good at finding Bibles. They teach the kids at school a game called “the little black book” game.

By |November 16th, 2013|Recent Post|0 Comments|

So What Do You Do?

This past week was pretty exciting as I was featured as a co-author with others from all walks of life in a book call “So, What Do You D0?” by New York Times best selling author Joel Comm.

It already a best seller on Amazon under entrepreneurship.

The following is from the introduction:

Every person has been created by God with a set of unique passions, talents, skills, abilities, personality and presence which makes them completely unique from anyone who has ever, or will ever, live.  When you are doing what you were made to do, you have the opportunity to positively impact the people and world around you

Zac Johnson did a post about it on his blog Blogging Tips and there are now 89 reviews on Amazon, most being 5 star.

Anyway, it was a great week and a lot of fun working with all these awesome writers!

Going through this process prompted a book project idea of my own. I shared it with Joel after my podcast interview and he really liked the idea. He put me in touch with his publisher David L. Hancock of Morgan James Publishing. We did a phone consultation which went really well.

I will write a separate post about it, but it’s sort of along the lines of “So, What Do You Do?”

The title…drum rolls please…

“I Did It, So Can You!”

 

 

By |October 20th, 2013|Recent Post|0 Comments|

What’s the one thing that keeps popping up in your heart?

One of my friends (Chris Harrison) post this on Facebook this morning and I’m just passing it on because it’s inspiring and because it actually shows and reveals the Lord’s desire for you.

I want to challenge everyone that if you don’t like where your life’s destination ended up, change it. What’s stopping you! You have one life to make the most of it. Don’t make decisions to please everybody in your life. Find that God given destiny inside of you. The one thing that keeps popping up in your heart. Launch out and make it happen with Gods grace! Don’t be afraid! Only believe!!

 

Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

This involves taking Action.

I’m a member of a website community where the motto is:

Dream it, Believe it, Plan it, Achieve it!

I love in Chris’s quote, “The one thing that keeps popping up in your heart. Launch out and make it happen with God’s grace.”

You’ve heard the saying, “You are where we are today because of choices you made yesterday,” or “I am who I am today because of choices I made yesterday.” Yesterday can actually be “over the past several years,” etc.

In my life I’ve had no problem dreaming big and believing big. My weakness was having a plan of action. Once you write your plan of action out on paper you will begin to see things unfold.

Life is meant to live with purpose and adventure and excitement, especially for followers of Jesus! We are to live a life of faith. We walk by faith and not by sight and in Him we live and move and have our being.

So put a little fuel to the fire and start delighting today in the Lord like you’ve never done before. Start dreaming bigger, believing and knowing the God’s got your number and wants to bless you in ways that will blow your mind away!

On a side note, the Agape team just returned from the Philippines where we had our Festival of Love (picture below of altar call) where over 2000 people called on the Lord and were born again! And we had a pastors/leaders conference.

The festival was the first city wide event that included local churches where pastors met each other for the first time. It produced a unity and sense of belonging in the local Body of Christ as these pastors are now connected and excited to come together and partner to follow up on salvation’s and begin to work together to reach their city for the Lord.

Thanks all for your prayers and support for this event. It was very powerful and thousands of lives were touched by the Lord.

What’s that one thing that keeps popping up in your heart?!

 

By |August 22nd, 2013|Recent Post|0 Comments|

For Men Only

A good friend of mine, Chris Davis has a daily devotional for men only that I know “you men” would not only really like but benefit from greatly. They are short, to the point, moving, uplifting with words of encouragement for Men Only.

Below is his devotional from July 11, 2013.

But first here is where you and sign up to also receive them: www.chrisldavis.com/daily

Enjoy!

Psalms 97:5 – Your Mountain


“The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.” (Psalms 97:5 NIV)
by Chris

I want you to envision this scripture.

Think of the largest mountain or largest piece of land you’ve ever seen. Now envision Jesus standing at the foot of this massive land.

Without words or actions the mountain begins to slowly get smaller and smaller. The longer it is subjected to the presence of God the smaller it becomes.

As I visualize it I can almost hear the mountain screaming as it melts away. What was once a large obstacle for men to attempt to conquer has now been conquered by the Son of Man.

In prayer yesterday, God showed me this is how we are to look at our trials by giving them over to God instead of trying to figure it all out ourselves.


He wants us to shift our approach to look up to Him instead of at the mountain.How much time do you spend informing God about your issues, instead of telling your issues about God? If you’re not careful you’re prayer life can turn into updates to God on your trials and requests for deliverance.

He wants more than that.

He wants us to invite Him into our lives by speaking life to our situations. God’s presence in our lives becomes known through our acts of faith. Which is putting the Word to work.

Brothers, he must get into the habit of speaking the Word of God to our situations and claiming victory. Ignoring what the masses may say or think, and giving a blind eye to what reality is telling us about the probable outcomes of our trials.

God is not intimidated or surprised by anything we go through on earth. So to approach Him as if He needs to be informed of our trials is to view God through a limited lens.

Instead, God is waiting to see us activate our faith and put ourselves in positions that stretch us through discomfort and necessary dependance on Him.

That’s when He can test our hearts.

That’s when all the time we spent putting the Word in us comes to use by speaking it out of us.

That’s when you experience an entirely new depth in God.

Lets pray…

“Father, we come together claiming you as ruler of all things in heaven and earth. We acknowledge your mighty presence in the midst of our trials. Lord, there is nothing too hard for you. Nothing is impossible. Today give us the presence of mind to speak to our situations. Whether it’s a circumstance or person, Lord bring to our remembrance scriptures that we may activate our faith by speaking them over our trials. We claim victory today in your name Jesus. Amen.”

 

By |July 14th, 2013|Recent Post|1 Comment|

Bible Answers to Tough Questions

Do you ever have any questions in regarding life’s difficult situations? Of course we do!

My friend Chris Harrison and President of Agape International is in the process of creating a new website, it is Bible Answers dot co (not dot com).

I believe it’s going to be a great site!

The newest article is, “Can marriage fights with your spouse hinder your prayer life?”

Here is the opening paragraph:

Did you know that those way-to-often fights and negative words with your spouse
could be hindering your prayer life? What if unity in your marriage was so important
that your answers in prayer were affected by it?

I believe it’s going to be a valuable website that offers insights in a straight forward approach because that’s who Chris is.

He’s grew up in the ministry and has seen his share of “the good, the bad and the ugly,” (more good though!)

We have a lot in common, other than he’s a Alabama redneck :)
At one point in our lives we both had left the ministry and our calling, suffering great consequences from it and then experiencing the awesomeness of God’s grace and His power of absolute restoration.

The Lord couldn’t have united me with a better ministry and family, including his parents Dr. Mike and Stephanie Harrison and all the Agape International family around the world!

He makes a point in his article that:

Actually the word hindered is a very harsh word. Strong concordance defines the Greek word to mean, “To cut down as you would a tree, to cut out or to hew down.” OUCH! The Bible is teaching that our prayers can be TORN DOWN or cut down like a tree if we don’t treat each other right.

I’d like to give a quick comment on that point. First, it is very true. Secondly, it also applies to how we treat others, especially those in the household of faith.

We are to love as He loves.

The Bible says the world will know that we are His disciples by our love for one another. That’s pretty powerful when you think about it.

Just love people for who they are as the Lord does. I’m so very thankful He doesn’t hold our past against us.

He restores, heals and leads us in a life of purpose and abundance as we follow Him in a spirit of meekness and humility, seeking to impact the world with His love and encouraging His people everywhere!

Anyhow, check out his site, it’s only a week new and a whole lot more to come.

 

By |May 23rd, 2013|Recent Post|0 Comments|

Powerful, Strategic Time in India, Nepal and Bhutan

What an anointed time we have had in the Indian Sub Continent.

I just wanted to give a quick blog update from this great land. I will give a more detailed update when back in the States in a few days.

We ministered in 2 cities in Bhutan in 2 gatherings. It’s such a beautiful thing that is happening with our Nepali Bhutanese Pastors in the US. The Lord has (it all started back in 1997 with Chris Harrison meeting then Bhutanese Pastor Silas Thapa at John Osteens World Mission Conference) united us with such a strong close intimate relationship with these Pastors, it’s simply incredible.

These Pastors have family still living in Bhutan, serving in underground church’s and family living in the Refugee Camps in Nepal. Through our friendship and ministry, together doors have just been opening left and right including dear Indian Pastors.

On this last Apostolic strategic  initiative we partnered with the Good News Apostolic Network to launch one of the most prolific global endeavors in recent memory to reach the unreached people groups in the Himalayan region. We are all set to establish Synergy School of Ministry in Mirik, Darjeeling, India. This will be a world missions headquarter to empower and send indigenous leaders to all of Asia. We will have dozens of small one month long leadership training centers that feed into this intense School of ministry. The Students of this Bible school will live on campus full time. They will go to class eight to ten hours a day, six days a week for four month. When they are done, we will commission them to  plant churches and Bible schools among the unreached people groups in Asia. The school is centrally located to all of the Himalayan region. We believe that our strategic partnership with the local leaders of this area will a major part unleashing an end time move of the spirit all across Asia.

Here is a photo from our Nepal Nation Shakers Conference.

 

By |March 23rd, 2013|Recent Post|0 Comments|