Eyes Wide Open In Faith Or Fear?

12.09.2018

I was praying for someone to be able to "see as God sees". It was revealed to me by the Holy Spirit that this person was being "driven by fear". It occurred to me that our eyes can be WIDE OPEN because of FEAR or because of FAITH! As we gaze upon fear or faith our eyes grow wide as we take it all in and become literally filled with one or the other. The deeper and longer we gaze upon ...

I Was Poor- But Rich In Jesus!

11.21.2018

I've been writing a lot about the Holy Spirit Adventure I've been on for the last year. Today I want to take you back in time to when I was 27 years old, dirt poor, but totally in love with Jesus. He was all I had, and I could care less if I had anything else! When I think about the Holy Spirit Adventure I'm on today, I often go back to those days I spent in Florida, when it was just me ...

God’s Prophetic Whisper

11.15.2018

NOT ALL MAJOR WORDS FROM GOD COME LIKE THUNDER. If you think that "supernatural" means super noticeable you might be mistaken! GOD is often speaking through things that can go almost unnoticed unless we're really paying attention. So He said, "Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains ...

An Open Heaven

11.13.2018

Who doesn't want more revelation and insight into the heart of God? Who doesn't want to see the Kingdom of God made manifest in their life? And so I prayed, "Father, give me an open heaven!" His answer? "I already have! It's called the blood of Jesus!" Wow! By the blood of Jesus there is always an open heaven! When the Lamb of God gave Himself as a sacrifice for us on the cross He ...

When Jesus Appears

11.11.2018

I went to a Bethel Music Conference in Dallas last May. My expectations were high and I wasn't disappointed in the least, but the truth is, Jesus is fine with showing up in my bedroom. He doesn't just show up at the big events! "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them!" -Matthew 18:22 Think of that! Jesus, right there with us! It's not like He lights up His ...

Vulnerable In Wholeness

11.08.2018

In my previous post I talk being vulnerable. It's important to point out that Jesus didn't leave me shattered and broken and vulnerable in woundedness. Jesus comes to heal the brokenhearted, He doesn't leave us broken hearted! There's a vast difference between being "vulnerable in woundedness" and being "vulnerable in wholeness." The primary reason that were afraid of being vulnerable is ...

Vulnerable

10.07.2018

As I've mentioned in previous posts, the most miraculous thing that has ever happened in my life occurred this year. Out of the worst pain and brokenness God brought emotional healing so deep that I have no scars to point to! He used brokenness as a catalyst to surrender, and surrender as the path that led straight to His heart. "He is the healer of the brokenhearted. He is the one who ...

The Other Side

09.30.2018

"On that day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” -Mark 4:35 If you're walking closely with Jesus, there will come a time when He says to you, “Let us go across to the other side.” You've gone as far as you can go on the shore you're now standing on. Jesus has walked with you there, and shared His heart with you. You've sat down in the sand, ...

Pleasant Places

09.22.2018

"The lines of my boundary have fallen in pleasant places; surely my inheritance is delightful." -Psalm 16:6 One of the most beautiful things about surrender to God is that no matter what happens in life you're guaranteed to end up in Pleasant Places! As I've reflected on the last year of my life I can't help but be amazed. God used brokenness as a catalyst to surrender, and surrender as ...

Imagine God Melting Mount Hood!

08.25.2018

I was out praying and enjoying the view of Mt Hood when this verse came to mind: "The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth." -Psalm 97:5 Imagine if God melted Mt. Hood! Not just the snow, THE WHOLE MOUNTAIN! That's the picture this verse paints. The whole thing just melting like wax at His presence! One minute you have a ...

Beauty For Ashes

08.17.2018

"...to give them beauty for ashes." -Isaiah 61:3 It wasn't that long ago that I went through such painful devastation that about all I had left was a pile of ashes. Think about what ashes are... Ashes are what's left after there's NOTHING left. Ashes are beyond broken. When you have ashes there's no such thing as collecting the pieces and putting things back together again. There are ...

Choose The Place By His Presence

05.24.2018

For the purpose of this post, when I speak about "THE PRESENCE" I am talking about the manifest presense of God where we are able to sense His pleasure, favor and blessing on us. Long before David had the palace, He had THE PRESENCE. As "a man after God's own heart" David knew that THE PRESENCE was everything. He'd spent years alone in the desert tending sheep enjoying THE PRESENCE. Eventually ...

The Good Stuff Happens Because Of The Holy Spirit!

05.19.2018

Luke chapter 2 has an amazing paragraph about a man named Simeon. Simeon's life is what I want my life to be like. In four sentences, the Holy Spirit's mentioned three times! "Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was ON HIM. It had been REVEALED to him by the Holy Spirit that he would ...

They Loved It Here, But Are No Longer Here

05.16.2018

You see them everywhere... engraved in sidewalk brick, etched in park benchs,  scattered along the coastal path I'm walking today... Memorials to those who loved it here, but are no longer here. My family has a bench with my mom's name on it in Door County, Wisconsin. Only a year or two before she got cancer, I told my mom during conversation, "Mom you're not going anywhere, I think you'll be ...

What Does True Revival Look Like?

05.12.2018

Revival is THE THING that everybody's talking about right now in the church. In the Portland-Vancouver metro area, where I live, expectations are very high. Many of us have already experienced revival on a personal level and it's not hard to believe that God is up to something on a much bigger scale. So what does Revival look like? How do you know when it's the real thing? Real revival is ...

An Angel Opens A Locked Door

05.11.2018

In the book of Acts the supernatural realm is presented as being as normal as the world we live in. In Acts chapter 5 the apostles are thrown into the public jail and an angel appeared at night and opened the door of the jail and brought them out. "But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out." -Acts 5:19 Now don't get the impression if you ...

Heavenly Visions

05.05.2018

I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. —Acts 26:19 I've been writing about the Holy Spirit Adventure that I've been on since God sent revival into my heart. A huge part of encountering God is obviously found in prayer. Recently I wrote about a prayer meeting that I went to where God came down in extraordinary power. During that prayer meeting one of my brothers in the Lord shared with ...

Jesus Delights To Answer Prayer

04.20.2018

God often surprises us with things that are often small and inconsequential. Absolutely! So spying a Great White Egret across the field I thought, "Why not? I'm going to ask God to send that bird to me!" So I prayed, "Father, I know it's a little silly, but I'd really like you to bring that egret to me!" No sooner had the words left my mouth when it spread it's wings and began to take ...

The Power Of God Fell In A Tiny Town, At A Tiny Church, In A Tiny Room With 6 People!

04.05.2018

I've been on a Holy Spirit adventure! The Spirit of God has literally been transforming my life. Many are talking of "the coming Northwest Revival" that will hit the Portland/Vancouver area. I'm here to tell you, it's happening now! You don't have to wait for the prophesied event. Jesus will meet you NOW. The supernatural has been happening in my life! Yes, all the crazy stuff that unfortunately ...

Focused Praying In Tongues

02.24.2018

"For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful." -1 Corinthians 14:14 I'd like to encourage you toward focused praying in tongues. It's very common to hear that since we don't know what we're praying for while in tongues that it's no big deal to let your mind wander, and in a way, just babble out without any regard to what we're doing. In my opinion, that's about ...

Prophetic Intercession

01.19.2018

Prophetic intercession is an amazing gift that brings insight and revelation from God to prayer. For me, it began early in my walk with the Lord and most often occurs while I'm praying in tongues although I've often had prophecy occur in crisis situations when God simply speaks and I listen! Not everyone will necessarily have the prophetic element as a feature of their prayer life since God ...

The Christmas Story You May Have Never Heard

12.24.2017

This is the time of the year we hear about the "Christmas Story." We've all heard about the shepherds keeping watch over their sheep at night, the Christmas star, the wise men, the baby Jesus- That's the Christmas story most have heard. You never hear the Devil mentioned, do you? Well, I'm going to bring him up, because the Word of God brings him up, and he's one of the main reasons ...

Events As Yet Unseen

07.06.2017

"By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household." -Hebrews 11:7 One of the striking things about the Word of God is that it was penned by people who are given insight from God of "events as yet unseen". From the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to the birth of Jesus Christ the fulfillment of biblical ...

The Visionary And The Prophet

07.02.2017

I think it's important to draw a distinction between visionary insight and prophetic revelation as they're actually quite different things. Aldous Huxley and George Orwell, for example, are men that we might call visionaries. These men were contemporaries of each other. They lived during the same time period in human history, had their own unique experiences of it, and from those experiences ...

Be The First To Love

06.29.2017

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." -1 John 4:10 When faced with situations that we'd like to see change in we're often tempted to believe it's "the other person" who needs to do the changing. We've heard expressions like "Be the change you want to see" and there's a lot of truth in that. I would like to add to it, ...

Erasing The Lines

06.15.2017

Have you ever noticed how much time people spend trying to erase the lines God has put in place? Collectively and individually we don't really like boundaries. If you go back to the beginning and look at Genesis, however, you see that God is always drawing lines. "God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness." -Genesis 1:4 God made a distinction between ...

Make It Your Ambition To Lead A Quiet Life

05.17.2017

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you." -1 Thessalonians 4:11 Is there anyone who believes this verse or follows it's advice? While the world is literally screaming at us from every direction, and the internet is all about being noticed, loud and outrageous, we're told to "lead a quiet life". We're not told ...

The Better Thing

03.03.2017

The world has always come with a plethora of options. The key to making life count resides in choosing "the better thing" out of the myriad possibilities. We like to think that modern life is a hectic rush and if we could just go back in time things would be different, but the world has always been like the city wide carnival presented in Pilgrim's Progress called Vanity Fair. ...

When God Closes A Door

12.21.2016

When I wake up on cold mornings I like to grab my Devon Rex and tuck him into bed with me. His name is Rango. If you've ever held a Devon you know how soft they are. They also have very warm cozy bodies and they love to cuddle. Rango's the perfect way to wake up in the morning. One thing Rango doesn't like is closed doors. I usually close the bedroom door to keep it quieter, and believe ...

Life In The Margins

12.20.2016

Today I'd like to point you to a man who wrote about life in the margins of his one year bibles with the intent to distribute them to family after he died. His name is Hank Synder. I met Hank many years ago when we were both beginning our walk with Jesus. We met in the local library. I'm not sure if he saw me reading my little copy of the New Testament I carried around with me or if I saw him ...

God Speaks In Many And Various Ways

12.20.2016

"In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways." -Hebrews 1:1 In reading about the birth of Jesus I was taken by the variety of people and various ways in which God spoke to them about His birth. Jesus did not come silently into the world. He was announced, talked about, foretold from the very beginning of the bible right on through the many ...

Imitation Jesus

12.13.2016

"For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough." -2nd Corinthians 11:14 It was actually vanilla extract that got me thinking about all the imitations that are out there when it comes to the spiritual ...

Feeling Marginalized?

12.05.2016

As we close out 2016 I can't help but notice that a lot of people are feeling "marginalized". The condition seems to be quite pervasive when you consider how often the term is bandied about and apparently affects almost all people groups and a whole lot of individuals. While I don't want to minimize the fact that there are people out there who are indeed ignored, set aside and discounted, I ...

The Coming Collision

11.30.2016

"And thou, Daniel, close the words, and seal the book, till the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." -Daniel 12:4 There is an apocalyptic collision coming and it is quickly approaching. I've talked about this verse from Daniel before because it holds a major key to unlocking end times prophecy. While many look for elaborate scenarios, weaving ...

Addicted

10.27.2016

I saw a girl coming down the escalator today carrying a box of nicotine patches. For a brief moment the image was frozen in time as if I'd just taken a mental snapshot. It occurred to me that she probably never envisioned herself coming down that escalator holding that box. We never think we'll be the addicted one. We never think that someday our freedom will turn into chains that bind ...

Be Nice

10.03.2016

Most nights I open my Kindle and read a chapter or two from the bible just before falling asleep. The other night I came across this admonition... "to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people." -Titus 3:2 Why is it so hard just to be nice to people? Honestly, most of our relationship problems at work and at home come from ...

The Tower Of Babel: Connected To Everyone But God

08.31.2016

It's not hard to see the connection of our modern online world to the ancient Tower of Babel. At first glance the two may seem worlds apart but skip the tech and what's old is new again! "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." -Ecclesiastes 1:9 Take away the technology that brings us movies and HD screens and the walls ...

A Way To Be Forgotten

08.17.2016

As we travel though this digital age one thing is clear- We need a way to be forgotten. In a time where everything we do is being recorded, compiled, stored and sold we need a way to erase the slate and start over again. It's actually a basic human need that's addressed in the bible. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." -Hebrews 8:12 Yes, it's ...

Falling Rocks

08.02.2016

Since moving to Washington I've gotten pretty used to seeing road signs warning me of "falling rocks". At first the warnings seemed kind of ominous. I wondered, "Just how common is this?" The signs made it seem like rocks were going to rain down from heaven at any time. There's a lot of mountains out here and a lot of cliffs, so yeah, a lot of rocks, and I was always waiting for one to fall ...

Jesus Is Looking For Strays

07.22.2016

"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance." --Luke 19:10, 5:32 We need to always remember why it is that Jesus came to the earth. The Church has gotten a very bad reputation as those who are "holier than thou" and we are often seen as those who believe we are somehow better than others. In this respect we have ...

This New Life

05.18.2016

“Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.” - Acts 5:20 The task of the Church is really very simple. We've made it complicated and bureaucratic, built a business and bought real estate, but the reality is we really need none of that. It's all very simple- We've received this "new life" and we're just supposed to go out and tell the ...

Psalm 139 Scripture Song

05.16.2016

"You Are The Light" is a scripture song that is loosely based on Psalm 139. Psalm 139 has always been one of my favorite Psalms because it portrays an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present God and reveals Him as all-loving and intimately concerned for us! Not only is Psalm 139 one of my most favorite biblical Psalms, but this is one my personal favorites when it comes to songs I've ...

Can I Follow Jesus Without Obeying Him?

04.29.2016

Take a look at this cover for one of my songs... It's a wise old owl wearing a crown. That's a good picture of us when we've stopped following Jesus, when we're no longer obeying Him! We think we've got it all figured out, don't we? Sitting out there on that tree limb self satisfied wearing our crown, doing our own thing, wise in our own eyes? Maybe someone even walks by and ...

What Does The Bible Say About Angels?

04.29.2016

I once had an encounter with what I believe were angels. There were two of them and it took place at a McDonald's of all places! It happened just hours before my Dad died. I won't go into the whole story now or why I believe the man and woman I saw were angels, but the bible makes it very clear that angels do exist. From what the bible has to say, angels also sometimes seem to take on human ...

The Love Of Jesus

04.28.2016

The love of Jesus is stronger than our weakness, more powerful and compelling than our sins. Many focus on the judgment of God when they should be focusing on His mercy. The Word of God tells us that it's His Kindness that leads us to repentance. I may be very unwilling to turn from sin though I know better and face judgment. I may be stubborn, obstinate and rebellious- but the love of God ...

He Is Our God And We Are His People

04.25.2016

"For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture..." -Psalm 95:7 Rich Mullins expressed the glory, power and majesty of God when he wrote, and the whole church sang, "Our God is an Awesome God"! We should worship and stand in awe of such a God as this! The thing that has always been amazing to me though is that this awesome God is an intimate God. This God who has all power and ...

The Resurrection

03.27.2016

I've been busy with new music lately so I haven't had a lot of time to get over here and post. But I had to share this... The resurrection of Jesus. I woke up this Easter morning thinking of His resurrection. I'm not big on holidays, and I get why some Christians don't celebrate them at all... The early Church didn't, and there's certainly no place in the bible telling us to celebrate ...

The Thing That Jesus Talked About

01.08.2016

 "He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God..." -Luke 9:11 We speak about the things that matter to us, that are real for us, and Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of God. How refreshing is that? No talk radio! No politics! No complaining about the tyrannical government of the time! I mean talk about someone who had reason to believe in conspiracies- Herod the Great plotted ...

Hated By All Nations

09.24.2015

Just when you thought that following Jesus would bring a life of peace you discover that you're hated by all nations! "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me." -Matthew 24:9 This word spoken by Jesus is startling, alarming, and strikingly direct. He's pretty much put us on notice that there will be a time coming ...

How Do You Become A Prodigal Son?

09.22.2015

How do you become a Prodigal son or daughter?  It’s not that hard really; all you have to do is walk away from the Father’s love. Sometimes we just walk away and everyone knows it; we go back to the pigpen of the world and it’s obvious to everyone. Sometimes it happens like erosion- we don’t even know how we got where we are. We’re still “talkin’ the talk”, going to church, ...

Come Up Higher!

09.20.2015

Jesus took the worst form of torture and punishment and turned it into healing for the world. One thing you'll notice about God is that He's always redemptive- He's always about finding a way to bring us to a higher place. If He finds us in a pit He reaches down into it to pull us out. He's never about pointing a finger and saying, "There, I told you so!" He's never about accusation. Even if ...

Changed By The Presence Of Jesus

09.18.2015

Gazing upon the face of Jesus is not only beautiful, but it has the power to change who we are! Songwriters throughout the ages have had the church singing this truth but we need to be reminded still... "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace." "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" was written ...

Arise My Love, My Beautiful One

09.17.2015

My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away." -Song of Solomon 2:10 The Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) is widely read as an allegory of the love relationship between God and His people. Far from being a dry, stuffy, religious experience the bible talks of RELATIONSHIP. Sin broke the relationship we have with God and Jesus came to restore that ...

God Who Created All Things Cares For Me!

09.16.2015

One of the most inspiring and encouraging things in the entirety of scripture is that the God who created all things cares for me! When I wrote Psalm 19 I had that in mind. I've always loved the opening lines of Psalm 19 because they speak of the vastness and glory of God seen in creation. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they ...

We’re About 30 Seconds From The Next Great Flood

09.13.2015

We're about 30 seconds from the next great flood, only this time it's going to rain fire. "But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day ...

My Sanity Returned To Me

09.09.2015

True acknowledgment and surrender to God comes with many benefits. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle." -Psalm 103:2-5 I can't ...

When Christ Is Your Life

06.01.2015

Dissatisfaction in my spiritual life has been driving me to pray.  A little while back I decided it was time to "seek the Lord while He may be found" and so I began morning prayer walks. Throughout the seasons of my life most of the monumental things that have happened in my life have occurred after a season of prayer, and often, it is dissatisfaction that drives me there. So what is there ...

Breaking Free Of Limitations

05.28.2015

I had a good prayer walk this morning. I didn't pray about much, but what I did pray about has the potential to be life changing. Today God showed me something about self imposed limitations and how much they can affect my life. Each morning during my prayer walk there's  a certain spot where there is always a very long railway train. I see it every morning without fail, it's always planted ...

When God Speaks

04.02.2015

Today I want to talk about revelation- God speaking, and me being in a place where I'm actually able and ready to hear and respond. There's a lot that could be said about this subject, but let's keep it simple and to the point... When God speaks amazing things happen, therefore I want to be able to hear Him! There are some who have a big problem with the idea that God still speaks to ...

Your Mouth Betrays You

04.01.2015

I thought I would share a telltale sign of spiritual sickness. I've found this sign to almost always be a good barometer of spiritual health. You can be sure that your mouth will show who you really are! "A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full ...

You Smile Too Much!

04.01.2015

I was once told by a Pastor that I smiled too much. No, he really meant it! He actually thought I smiled too much! "You need more than a smile", he told me in reference to having a strong spiritual life, and went on to school me in how he thought things should be for a Christian. See, the thing is, I was known for the perpetual smile that was always on my face, and I guess he thought that was ...

Museum Christians

03.26.2015

I had a major revelation while walking through our local aviation museum this afternoon. They had some really cool bi-planes hanging from the ceiling and lots of neat floor displays, but around every one was a "Please do not touch" sign. I couldn't help but think of the amazing juxtaposition- what it must have been like for one of those early pilots in a bi-plane compared to me standing in a ...

A Living Letter Of Jesus

12.23.2014

I was thinking today of the wonderful letters from Jesus that I've read throughout the years. We know that the Word of God is a living letter, but that's not what I'm referring to here. I'm thinking of the people I've met that the bible calls, "living epistles". "You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, ...

The Duduk- The Instrument Heard In Epic Christian Movie Soundtracks

03.06.2014

What is that strangely inviting, breathy sounding ethnic instrument you hear throughout "You Are The Light"? It's called the Duduk. The Duduk has been heard in epic soundtracks like The Passion of The Christ, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as well as many other films such as Gladiator. When I began producing "You Are The Light" I started a search for an ...

All You Really Need

12.11.2013

One of the most beautiful things ever written about Jesus is found in the Gospel according to Matthew: "A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out..." (Matthew 12:20) If you understand that, you understand the heart of God. Jesus left heaven's glory and perfection to come to a very fallen and imperfect world. He didn't come to judge it, but to save it. He ...