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Bringing Your Dreams into Reality: How to make it happen for you!

By on March 13, 2018

One thing that most of us have in common is this: None of us want to be average and ordinary. God put it on the inside of you to want to BE somebody and to DO something SPECIAL with your life. He out it into your heart to make your life count for something.

When I meet people, one question I like to ask them is, “WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAD NO LIMITATIONS?” If you could live your life any way you choose…what would you do with it? What would you be in life?

These are your dreams. Then, I usually ask a second question, specifically, “IS IT HAPPENING FOR YOU?” Are you at least WORKING on a way of bringing it to pass? Can you at least see a time in the future when you’ll be able to fulfill that purpose in your life? If you keep on doing like you’ve BEEN doing, is it likely to happen for you?

I hate to say it, but most people sadly shake their heads and say, “No…it isn’t happening that way at all.” And then they tell me about the reasons it isn’t happening for them and probably won’t happen in the future.

Reasons like getting married too young, or marrying the “wrong” person, not going to college when they had the opportunity, taking the wrong job, being too old, too young, too late, too early, too big, too ugly, too small, not smart enough, or any other of about a dozen factors that I won’t bore you with.

The next question I ask is, “DO YOU REALLY WANT TO JUSTIFY YOURSELF OUT OF YOUR DREAMS?” It’s too easy to whittle our dreams down to match the size of our lives. That’s a lot easier than stretching our lives to make them the right vehicle for taking us to our dreams.

The problem with putting our life’s dreams on the shelf is that they never go away. They’re always there, saying, “This is how your life COULD be; and SHOULD be.” And, in your heart of hearts, you know it’s TRUE. And, that’s unsettling.

Fortunately, they don’t HAVE to be few. Or far between. Those times are given to you to REMIND you that your dreams are given to a YOU for one reason; to be lived out and fulfilled, so you can fulfill the purpose that God put you on Earth for.

My purpose in life as a minister of the Gospel is FIRST, to help people to come to Jesus, so they can live the kind of life that Jesus purchased for them on the cross; and to be able to live that kind of life not just here on Earth, but to continue to live it in the hereafter.

Secondly, my purpose, or the calling that God has put on my life as a Pastor is to help as many people as possible to discover their purpose in life and then to help them to live it. To ME, that is success. I have been successful in God if that’s how my life’s spent.

And, thanks to the hundreds of responsive people who also want to break out of the rut of a dull gray average life, my purpose is being fulfilled – the dream is happening.

Now, I want to help it to happen in YOUR life. I want to help you to have it happen like it is for so many who have desperate enough for it that THEY DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

What’s the difference between those whose lives are rich, full and filled with purpose and those who live meager, empty and frustrated lives? I can tell you this much: Those who are living their lives in accordance with the dream that God put in their heart aren’t any smarter than other people. In fact, some of them have lower than average people and have frustrated lives? Some of them are what you would possibly call “homely.” And they’re not any richer, luckier, healthier or any of the other things that you might want to use to justly yourself out of a satisfying and full life.


They went out on a limb, they took a step in faith, they made a vow to God, they took a risk…and something incredible started to happen on the inside of them. New vision came to them. A new sense of purpose was born in their hearts. Zeal returned. Joy was awakened.

And God began to open doors of opportunity to them that had seemed IMPOSSIBLE – out of reach just a few months before. Things like having a bad credit report from “the old days” wiped clean…being able to send a kid to college on scholarships…being able for the first time to buy a decent car, at affordable payments…getting a raise and a promotion on a job where the boss had been “out to get” the employee…having people who owed money for years, big money, suddenly decide to pay it back…All these things are happening for people, because it’s a part of fulfilling their purpose and living out the dream that God put into their hearts.

I know YOU have a dream. Something that maybe you haven’t taken out and looked at lately. Because when you do, it only makes you sad. But, on the other hand, it has never completely died.


I’d like to know what God has put into your heart. Even if it was several years ago and it sort of seems silly to you now. I know a man who had a dream to open a home for abused children more than 20 years ago. He and his wife have recently opened that home, fully staffed and licensed, and are caring for about a dozen abused children. All because they nurtured their dream for more than 20 years and refused to let it die!

BRING YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY, and see what’s instore for you!

How Faith in God Changes Your Life and Opens the Door for Good to Come

By on February 27, 2018

Prayer works, when you believe. When you read your Bible, faith comes. And that faith that comes from reading and feeding on the Word of God will soon lead you to start praying in faith. You won’t be praying those weak, whining prayers of people who don’t believe God. Your praying becomes different when your believing becomes different.

God hasn’t run out of power. That’s one thing you realize as you spend time getting to know Him through your Bible. No, God hasn’t run out of power, some people have run out of faith.

Why didn’t Jesus do many miracles when He went to His own hometown? Matthew 13:58 says that, “He didn’t do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Unbelief limits God. He isn’t limited by time. God isn’t limited by lack. He isn’t limited by sickness, education, skin color, age or any other thing that we think limit what He can do in our lives.

The only two things that limit God are sin and unbelief. Sin in your life will hinder God’s moving and working in your situation. And, unbelief in your heart will hinder Him in the same way. Both can cause people to live as if there was no Almighty, All powerful God in Heaven.

Isn’t it unbelief that kept the children of Israel out of the Promised Land? Hebrews 3:19 says, “that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” It wasn’t their sin that kept them out there wandering around the wilderness, surrounded by enemies. It was their unbelief. When they stopped believing God, that’s when they got into sin. Many peoples’ lives today are like that. They feel like they’re wandering around in a wilderness, surrounded by hostile forces.

Like the children of Israel, your faith shapes the world you live in. That’s what Jesus meant when He talked about removing mountains by faith (Mark 11:23). That’s what Jesus was talking about when He told about having trees plucked out by the roots, and replanted using faith (Luke 17:6). It’s what He was proving when He spoke to the useless fig tree that was cumbering the ground, and it withered up, right there on the spot. (Matthew 21:20-21).

God has given you the measure of faith from Heaven so you can rearrange your life here on earth. He have you His Word, so you can know His will, and then He gave you faith, so you can bring His will into your daily world.

Jesus was teaching us to remove that mountain of sin. To pluck out that tree that blocks your path, and put it into the right place in your life. He’s telling you to speak to that situation that just isn’t getting any better, and let God’s power deal with it!

Listen to this. Jesus said “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost comes upon you…(Acts 1:8).” There is a power in the Believer that’s incredible, and God is waiting for us to stand up and live as the sons and daughters of God on the earth.

That’s why we have to allow the Holy Spirit to renew our minds by the Word of God, like it says in Romans 12:2. As we grow in spiritual understanding, we learn how to release our faith.

God is no Respecter of persons. This means that He is not partial, or that He doesn’t play favorites (Acts 10:34). You have the same access to God that Peter had, or Paul or even your favorite minister on TV or radio. Wow!

Romans 5:1-2 says this about faith and having access to God: “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through your Lord Jesus Christ; by Whom also we have access by faith…”

That’s why I press so hard for people to read God’s Word, to get filled with faith and then to act on that faith. People have found that, when they feed on God’s Word, believe on it and then ACT on it, that God is not limited by their age, gender, education or past failures.

The Word of God literally transforms you from what you are in yourself to what you CAN be in God (Romans 12:2, 2 Cor. 3:18). Faith in God is what transformed a little shepherd boy into a giant killer. Then, by faith in God, David the shepherd boy became king. In Judges 5:7, faith in God turned a housewife, a mother in Israel into a prophetess and leader. In Acts 9, a murderous Saul the persecutor of Christians into Paul the Apostle of God. The power of God to change your life is not limited! The only limitations is what you’ll ACT on!

Your life is only as limited as your faith in God. If you don’t like what you’re receiving, then get into the Word of God and change what you’re believing! Change from faith that is weak and unsure to faith that is strong and giving glory to God!

God says in Isaiah 55:11, “My word…shall not return to me void, but it SHALL accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper.” God’s Word accomplishes and prospers wherever it’s sent, or wherever it’s applied! That’s why you need to find out what God says about your spiritual life, and then apply his Word to it.

That’s why you need to find out what God says about your family and relationships, and then apply, or send His Word into those situations. A major change came into my wife and I lives when we discovered what God said about true spiritual riches. We applied His Word to our lives, responded to His call to ministry, and He has supplied our every need.

After spending time in the presence of God, you slowly begin to realize that you have the same basic brain cells, muscles, nerves, heart and spirit as anyone else has.

The difference in life comes from the faith in God that a person uses to release His power through those brain cells, muscles, nerves, heart and spirit. That’s what propels a person to victory…faith in God!

Because so many people are afraid to use their faith, they have to be pushed and prodded and encouraged. Because He cares so deeply, God has sent me to people who need a little extra nudge, or who need a little extra care and feeding.

What you’ve been believing has shaped your life up to now. What have you been believing? That you’re inferior to other people? That you’re inadequate? That you’re doomed to poverty? These negative beliefs short circuit your faith from Heaven and cause you to act, speak and feel against God.

Get into your Bible and feed your spirit on Heaven’s food! God has no “variableness.” There’s not even a shadow of Him turning from being the Giver of every good and perfect gift! That’s what James 1:17 says, Read it!

Getting to really know God is so important that you’ll want to read His book more than anything else. Each day, feed your spirit on these good words from God. Think on the promises of God, these self-fulfilling prophecies He’s given us in His Word.

When you do this, you’re shaping your thinking. When you speak and act according to what you read in the Word, you’re bringing God’s blessings from the inner part of your life to the outside realm where you live.

To change your life by faith in God, try this on a daily basis:
1. Spend 10 minutes asking God to show you what you can do differently on your job, in school, your church and in your family. Give these 10 minutes totally to God. Tell Him you want to let Him do His best in you.

2. Using your faith, begin to experience in advance having God at work in the different areas of your life. Experience in advance the joy of answered prayers and of total victory as God moves more and more in your life.

3. Jot down a promise or two from your Bible reading and carry it around with you. Throughout the day, run these words from God through your mind, developing habits of active, living faith.

4. Increase your knowledge of God, and of His spiritual laws. Read in both the Old and New Testaments. This way, you’ll get a working knowledge of how the principles of faith operate.

5. Read good edifying books and magazines. If it doesn’t strengthen you, trash it. Same with your casual conversations and the people you hang around. Stay away from negative conversations and critical people.

Believe in God! Let Him save you and forgive you! Let Him change your life from the inside out, by the power of His Word and His faith operating in your life!

You’ve got to know who your enemy is and who he isn’t

By on February 13, 2018

A neighbor quarrels with you over every little thing. It seems like not a Saturday goes by that she’s not complaining about something. Jesus told us to love our neighbor, but was He really including HER when He said that?

On the job, a coworker wants you out. So, he points out your faults to others, and stabs you in the back in front of the boss. He never misses a chance to make a snide remark about you or the work that you’re doing.

Even at home, you feel like the odd man out. Your family members are frequently thoughtless, uncaring and just downright mean to you at times. You feel like you’re surrounded by enemies. No wonder your patience wears thin and you find yourself snapping at people and losing your temper!

Well, guess what? Your enemy isn’t that neighbor. Your enemy isn’t that coworker. And, your enemy isn’t the other members of your household. No, your enemy is the devil. He doesn’t want you to know he’s your real enemy. He wants you to think that PEOPLE are your enemy.

People are NOT your enemies. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12 that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Because we think that people are our enemies, we end up letting satan steal our money, our dreams, our happiness and our families. He diverts our attention by getting us to be angry against other people. This leaves him free to roam the earth, like a thief, attacking innocent victims.

Like any thief, satan hates the light, because the only way he can operate freely is to hide in a cloak of darkness. That’s why he wants to keep you and me in the dark. If you’re not aware of his wicked devices, he’ll be able to come back to you again and again and rob you, cheat you and harass you.

What’s the devil like? First of all, he is your adversary, or, one who is totally against you. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” He hates God, and since you’re in the image of God, he hates you, too. He wants to remove all that’s God-like from your character and to make you devilish. In Ezekiel 22:25, people under satan’s spell are described as, “…like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made many widows…”

Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: but I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Satan comes to steal from you. To take your joy, your hope, your possessions, and your position and to stop you from living the life that God plans for you.

Satan attacks us through trials, misunderstandings, distresses and disappointments. He wants you to be so overcome that you don’t even try to do any better. He wants to see you fall and never get up again. He’s trying to make your life deteriorate and become just a frustrating mess.

He speaks words against God, like it says in Daniel 7:25, to “wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change the times and the laws.” He’s trying to get you to become impatient with God’s timing, and to disobey God’s laws of sowing and reaping. Like a lion, he’s able to paralyze you with fear. He’s big, powerful, loud and ferocious. When he’s attacking, you feel like you don’t stand a chance. So you just throw in the towel, which is exactly what he wants you to do.

Then, the devil has a field day in your life. He comes and goes from your situation as the whim take him. He’ll stir up your neighbor against you, he’ll agitate your coworker and cause your family to resent you. You’ll be so upset that you don’t eat right, can’t sleep and get all worn down. Then, you’ll be grouchy, irritable and overly sensitive and negative.

Once you’re in this kind of worn out state, you’ll be talking and acting in such a way that satan no longer has to stir people up against you. You’ll be doing it yourself! Your own behavior will alienate you and keep God’s goodness from operating fully in your life.

What can we do about it? First of all, learn what God says about dealing with the devil. God said in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Through our lack of knowledge, satan gets and advantage over us. He knows what he’s going to do, and we don’t. That gives him the ability to “surprise attack.”

Jesus said in John 8:32, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Read and study what God says about dealing with the devil in the Bible, “lest satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Cor. 2:11).” Satan will get a foothold in your life, in your finances through your ignorance. That’s why we need to gain information from the Bible to have the kind of knowledge we need to break the devil’s hold on our lives.

Second, we need to guard our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart with diligence, for out of it flow the issues of life.”
Don’t allow satan to plant any of his thoughts there! Not even for a minute! Don’t entertain it. Once they’re in your heart, they WILL affect your life!

Third: don’t give satan ANY room to operate in. Ephesians 4:27 says, “Neither give place to the devil.” If you let him operate in just one area of your life, before long, he’ll be expanding his operations, and entering other areas. You can be sure of this – any place you give place to the devil, you will soon find hurt, pain and destruction. So, don’t give place to him to work in your life.

Fourth: Resist. He’s going to come back again and again, making new and more tempting offers, trying to find your hot button. He’s going to try to harass you and upset you, to get you to sin with your attitude, behavior and mouth. Here’s a nugget from God that’ll assure you the victory: “…Resist the devil and he will flee from YOU!” That’s in James 4:7.

Here’s the other part of breaking the devil’s foothold. It’s also in James 4:7: Submit yourselves to God.” Be obedient to the One who gives you power over the devil. Do what God says. Don’t just agree with it, but actually DO what He says. And stop doing what He says STOP. That’s where most people mess up. They have an area in their lives where they’re disobedient to God. In that one area, they DON’T resist the devil. Like a stubborn encyclopedia salesman, once he’s got his foot in the door, there’s no getting rid of him.

Through ignorance, misunderstanding and disobedience, satan gets an advantage over us. But through knowing what God’s word says and being obedient, satan loses that advantage.

Remember, it’s not your neighbor, your coworker or your family that’s your real enemy. Your real enemy is satan. So don’t ever be tricked into treating them like enemies. Understand that he might be using YOU to get to them, as well! When you say something, he might be twisting it the moment it comes out your mouth, and they might be responding to something you never even said!

You’re ignorant of satan’s devices. And, when you resist him, He will flee from YOU!

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