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Don’t Be A Goat!

Don’t be a goat! Be a sheep! Wait, what? I get the end is near routine but what does that have to do with goats and sheep? Let me get right to the point on this one. Jesus, my hero, said that when He comes back He will separate the goats from the sheep. The goats get put on his left which I am told is a place of shame. The sheep get put on the right, which is a place of honor. The goats are people who reject Jesus. The sheep are his followers. Don’t be a goat! I used to be a goat. I bounced around like all the other goats. Doing what I wanted and having a whole bunch of goat fun. Then I became a sheep. But I was not a good sheep. Instead of doing the things that the other sheep were doing like eating grass in the pasture and listening for the Sheppard’s voice I jumped the fence and went to play with the wolves. Remember Little Red Riding …

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How to Die in Prison

There is a news story developing, in Syria, that is very sad. As the last territory controlled by ISIS is overrun, and the militants face defeat, many people are trying to escape with their lives. ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, is described as a terrorist organization and it is accused of many atrocities. The horror stories have shocked the world, and now no-one wants the refugees. People who participated in organized evil against so many innocent victims, are not wanted back in their home countries. One refugee from ISIS is Shamima Begum, a young woman who is now nine months pregnant. Shamima left her home in England when she was fifteen, and travelled to Turkey with two other your girls, and then they crossed the border into ISIS territory to become brides of ISIS fighters. She was legally a child when she left England, and in ISIS territory she had two babies, both dead now, and she is about to have her third baby. She is appealing to the British government to let …

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Toddler says bear protected him while he was lost in the wilderness

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the family of Casey Hathaway reported the three-year-old boy as missing. Casey had wandered away from their North Carolina home into the woods surrounding the home. By the time search teams had organized that evening, the temperature was already below freezing. For two days they searched for the boys with volunteer and professional search teams. By Thursday the weather had become so bad that they stopped the volunteers from searching and continued on with just the professionals. The area is described as “treacherous” covered in sinkholes and flooded areas. Incredibly, that night they found Casey about a half a mile inside the woods after a woman walking her dog heard him calling for help. The sheriffs had to wade through waist deep water to recuse Casey and though cold, hungry and scratched up, he was safe. Then Casey told them a story about what happened. He said that bear looked after him while he was lost. Casey’s aunt posted on Facebook: “He said he hung out with a bear for …

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Life is like a Box of Spaghetti

You want to see a man panic quicker than dog eats a treat? Ask him what he’s thinking. Men hardly ever ask each other this question and for good reason: Most of the time we don’t know what we’re thinking. I see the look on young husbands’ faces when their lovely bride stares at them intently and coos: “What are you thinking?” The right answer is always something like: “I was thinking about how lucky I am that you love me!” The truth is most men think about nothing. A lot. I better explain this before I got the boot out of the Man League! Men think in boxes. Take me for example. I have many interests. I think about one interest at a time. I like sports. I like cars. I like food. I like ministry. So when I am watching sports I am in my sports box. I don’t think about other interests. When I am in ministry mode, I don’t think about sports. Unless I can find a way to combine them, …

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What if God won’t help us?

I have some friends who are struggling with problems in their lives. Where I live, the economy is weak and people are losing their jobs, and a good friend is losing a business. The process of closing the doors and trying to pay debts is painful to watch. I am a Christian, and I pray for my friends, but the problems are still with us. Is God ignoring us? Is there a reason why we can’t have a miracle? In the Jewish religion there is a debate called “Holocaust Theology.” After millions of innocent people were killed, in terrible places like Auschwitz, religious Jews started asking ‘Where was God?” They want to know why God did not stop the atrocities against his chosen people. RELATED: How could God have allowed the Holocaust?: Huffington Post I don’t want to be a comfortable Christian, telling those people now, what they should have done differently many years ago. No one wants an armchair quarterback, but we can all relate to the problem, that our problems don’t always go …

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So What is Cisgender?

I heard part of an argument recently, and one angry person accused others of being “cisgender.” I didn’t know the full meaning of the word, but I understood part of the argument, and I knew the words were spoken in anger. I think this word is new, and I know it is often used in anger, to identify people who are wrong and cruel to others. It’s like ‘fascist’ or ‘racist’ or ‘white male’, a description of people who discriminate and are politically incorrect. We should know this word. But first, I have a small detour. A few days ago, an instructor asked several of us an interesting question, referring to “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.” You probably know the pattern, at the bottom are poor or unhealthy people who are fighting for survival, and as we become more secure in life, we focus on higher priorities like love, and self esteem. RELATED: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs This was the question: If you were given a choice by your employer, which one would you choose? a) …

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A Short Tall Tale

I’m a short guy or so I’m told. You know, I am not sure if I really believe it though. Now there is some evidence that this might be true. Like one day I wanted to pick up something for my wife (who doesn’t discount this short conspiracy completely) at a local store. What I wanted was on the top hook. I don’t know who hung this thing but I think it was a Nephilim or at least some giant hybrid. The hook was so high that they even had to raise the ceiling to accommodate it! Okay, maybe this place just had a high ceiling. Picture this. I am a mature man, age counts you know, and I am standing on the bottom shelf stretching and straining. This tall fellow comes along and seeing me struggling there, walks over and calmly unhooks the item and hands it to me. Of course I said thank you. What else could I do? I did grumble to myself that had the hook been at a normal height, …

Grief without sorrow

My wife Carol got some wonderful news the other day. The Lions Foundation Guide Dogs program in Canada approved her request for a service dog to help her in the event she has a seizure. Our joy was tempered, however, with the realization that our beloved Lahsa Apso dog Rusty, which we have had for 11 and a half years, would have to be re-homed. A service dog can’t be distracted by another dog in the house. We were fortunate to find a loving home for our companion. Out of four offers, we were able to place him in a home that was similar to our own. That difficult task complete, we started to feel the grief of losing a beloved pet, one who had given us love and acceptance for so many years. We were fortunate that we still had time with him, but as the days count down, the grief that we feel is growing greater, not less. But it’s a grief without sorrow. Yes, we realize that we are readying ourselves for …

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Talk the Walk

“Honey we got to talk.” Words every husband loves to hear! Of course my wife never ever says that because she is about as perfect as they come and because she reads my articles. Husbands would rather do almost anything to get out of these talks. Mostly because these talks aren’t really talks at all. They are more listens. One of my strategies to avoid these uncomfortable heart to hearts is to take a sudden interest in things like walking. Or fixing the car. Or even root canals. My garage is full of junk so fixing the car is out of the question. I can’t afford to go to the dentist so that’s out. So I suggest a walk. This buys me time to guess what she wants to talk about. One day I might just ask her but until then, I suggest we walk. Actually I love to walk. Stella, my wife, loves to walk. Our dog loves to walk. The problem is we walk very differently. Spot and I are more meanderers than …

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But I Don’t Like You

So who do you not like? You could answer with a name. I could do the same in my life. If we want to use the word ‘fault’ it probably is their fault, and maybe they started it, that’s even better. Have you noticed how easy it is to dislike, and maybe hate people these days? Internet media gives us pictures and videos of people who need correction, and it’s always their fault, and they started it. We can correct the whole world, and feel good about ourselves. There is a popular video game called “Hatred” where we can act this out in virtual reality, and not liking other people is the basic plot of most movies these days. We can pay money in a theatre to watch the ballet of pay-back. In October of 2018, some protesters with different ideas collided in the same space. It’s not hard to see the dislike: If you watch the video, you will soon start to dislike someone, and it really is their fault, and you didn’t start …

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Church of England Archbishop Justin Welby says he speaks with the gift of tongues every day

It was a shocking admission by the head of one of the largest liberal denominations not only in England, but the world. In an interview with the Christian radio station, Premier Radio, Justin Welby, who as the Archbishop of Canterbury heads the Church of England and world-wide Anglican Church, stated that he prays in Tongues everyday. Welby said: “In my own prayer life, and as part of my daily discipline, I pray in tongues every day — not an occasional thing, but as part of my daily prayer.” Welby is part of the Evangelical wing of the Church of England that believes the Bible is the inerrant word of God. (Note: Not everyone in the Church of England holds this view.) Because of this belief, Welby also believes that the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Bible are for today and available to all who believe in Christ. According to an interview Welby had with The Guardian, he received the Gift of Tongues at 19 after being filled with the Holy Spirit. …

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Hate the Wait?

Who here loves waiting? Okay I know there is really nobody in the room with me except Spot, my lovely Italian Greyhound. And yes, if it means he can sleep on the couch, then he loves waiting. I am a weird guy and I don’t mind waiting sometimes. But only if there are people more interesting than me in the waiting room. The other day I was in a doctor’s office with my granddaughter. There were only two moms and two kids in there so when we sat down I wasn’t feeling particularly optimistic about being entertained. But I was saved from the boredom of cats playing piano by a young toddler named George. I might have changed his name to protect his mom, so if you were in a waiting room with a toddler named George and if George is your son, this isn’t about you. Honest! So my granddaughter and I are deciding where to sit in and we decided on a couple of corner seats. Little George was playing with some toys. …

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The Lying Truth

I love to tell stories Sometimes it’s hard to tell if what I am saying is actually true. When I worked in a clinic for a few years as a counselor, my co-workers would phone my wife to ask if what I was saying was true. Kind of weird since how did they know she was not lying to them? I guess you could say that some of my stories were deceitful. I disguised them as the truth until the very end when I admitted I made the whole thing up. One time my son and his girlfriend, Judith, were camping. I suppose he was bored because he asked us to join them around the campfire. Now I have a reputation as a bit of a story-teller so when we get there, I sit at the campfire and start making up a story. I can make up a story at any time about anything. On this particular night I started rambling on about nothing in general until it formed itself into a story. Although I …

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Is Islam Incompatible with Christianity?

Very recently, in a “town hall” meeting, a citizen questioned the Prime Minister of Canada, and stated that Islam is not compatible with Christianity. People in the audience booed, and I have since read comments aimed at the citizen, about Fascists and Nazis and intolerant people. RELATED: Trudeau stands up for immigrants as town hall questioner slams Islam I know the speaker had one big problem. He is an unsophisticated citizen and he was up against a skilled and sophisticated spin-doctor politician. My advice to anyone who disagrees with a professional politician, is to stay away from the microphone. We can’t compete in their arena. In the case of the Canadian Prime Minister, the citizen with a grievance became a foil. In literature, that means a mirror. If the citizen can appear to be bumbling and unsophisticated, the politician can look like a shining star of reasonableness, in contrast. The citizen’s concern will never be heard, and no-one will try to understand. Modern western culture is dominated by sound bites, and insulting put-downs, and bitter …

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You Need A Business Failure In The New Year?

Some of us own businesses. I own a small business, very small. It exists mostly so I can get paid with invoices. There is no gleaming office tower. A few days ago I talked to a good friend who also owns a business. Well, he did own a business, until the Credit Union called in a loan. They seized his inventory, worth much more than what he owed, and auctioned it for about two hundred dollars. Now they might force the sale of his house. I met my friend for a coffee break, and when I located him, he was at a site working with another man. The other man was friendly, but really wanted to know who I was. I learned later that he owned a successful business, and he needed to upgrade some equipment. He went to a lender that specialized in business loans, and they looked at his books carefully. Their conclusion was that they would only give him a line-of-credit for ten times what he asked for. They saw great potential …

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¿Por qué María se hizo tan prominente en la Iglesia Católica Romana?

English version: Why did Mary become so prominent in the Roman Catholic Church? Hace varios años, mi esposa y yo adoptamos a nuestra hija de un orfanato católico en Perú. Parte del proceso incluyó estar en el país durante varias semanas mientras trabajábamos en la adopción. Terminamos quedándonos en el orfanato donde vivía nuestra hija. Era un orfanato bien administrado y claramente los hombres y mujeres que trabajaban allí estaban dedicados a ayudar a estos niños. Mi esposa y yo nos hicimos amigos de una joven pareja Peruana que trabajaba en el orfanato y hablaba inglés. Aunque eran católicos comprometidos, también participaban activamente en el movimiento carismático católico romano que ofrecía servicios todos los sábados por la noche en la catedral local, donde enfatizaban el llenado del Espíritu Santo y los dones espirituales. Recuerdo que una noche, mi esposa y yo fuimos a su casa a cenar y comenzamos a hablar sobre la doctrina que invariablemente nos llevó a una discusión sobre María. El esposo que ayudó a liderar el grupo carismático defendió la posición teológica …

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¿De dónde vienen las huellas gigantes de Israel?

English version: Where did Israel’s giant footprints come from? En el valle del Jordán en Israel, los arqueólogos han descubierto un fenómeno curioso: seis enormes huellas hechas por el hombre. Estas estructuras, donde el muro de piedra exterior inferior tiene una forma distintiva del pie, son bastante grandes. Uno conocido como el-‘Unuq tiene 228 pies de ancho y 816 pies de largo, aproximadamente dos campos de fútbol de tamaño. Quizás el más famoso de estos sitios con forma de sandalia es uno que se encuentra en el monte Ebal descubierto en 1980, su característica más singular es un enorme altar que se encuentra en el centro y mide aproximadamente 23 pies por 30 pies de tamaño. También es una historia alta – 10 ′. Por supuesto, este altar, creado de piedra no tallada, requería una enorme rampa para llegar a la cima. También encontraron huesos de animales carbonizados y cenizas en y alrededor del altar. Aparentemente era un sitio religioso donde la gente hacía sacrificios de animales. Aquí es donde se pone interesante. Adam Zertal, el …

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Renueva tu cerebro

English version: Rewire your brain Como mujer cristiana, siempre estaba esperando que Dios cambiara cosas en mi vida. Tenía una mentalidad muy fija sobre cómo deberían funcionar las cosas. Literalmente, estaba dando vueltas en el barro con una mentalidad indefensa siempre diciendo “pobre de mí”. Cambiar de “pobre de mí” a una mentalidad activa y positiva que te impulsa a avanzar es la única manera de seguir creciendo espiritualmente. Debemos querer el crecimiento y el cambio personal. Necesitamos poder mirar hacia atrás durante el año y decir que sí, que crecí. Cambié. Progesé. Se trata de mantenernos firmes y decir “no más” a los pensamientos que nos debilitan. Tomemos decisiones y aprovechemos las oportunidades que están disponibles para ayudarnos a romper con viejos patrones de pensamientos que se han convertido en fortalezas en nuestras vidas; 4 Para destruir las fortalezas del mal, no empleamos armas humanas, sino las armas del poder de Dios. (2 Corintios 10: 4 NBV) Hay dos tipos de fortalezas. Hay fortalezas demoníacas que nos atrapan y deben ser eliminadas en el nombre …

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¿Eres perezoso, tonto, malvado o quizás ungido?

English Version: Are You Lazy, Stupid, Evil, or maybe Anointed? Todo el mundo cree. Yo soy cristiano, hay millones como yo y el mundo también está lleno de otras religiones. Los ateos, que no creen en Dios, creen en algo. Tienen alguna manera de dar sentido a la vida en este mundo. No quiero señalar a los ateos para las críticas especiales aquí, pero estoy seguro de que ellos creen, al igual que el resto de nosotros. Creer es una condición del ser humano. El problema es con los creyentes que se convierten en “ungidos”. Ese es un estado especial, en cualquier sistema de creencias, en el que estamos tan convencidos, que llegamos a una etapa en la que nunca se puede criticar. Simplemente sabemos que estamos en lo cierto, y eso significa que todo desacuerdo está equivocado. No necesitamos discutirlo, simplemente están equivocados. ¿Has oído hablar de la “Visión del Ungido?” Thomas Sowell presenta el concepto de que somos gobernados por élites que se auto-felicitan, el “Ungido”. Su lenguaje es religioso, pero escribe sobre política …

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¿Qué significa que Dios está en su trono (Entronado – Habita) en nuestras alabanzas?

English version: What does it mean God is enthroned in (or inhabits) our praises? Es una pregunta que me he hecho durante años. ¿Dios realmente necesita nuestra adoración? ¿O es que tenemos que adorar a Dios, lo que significa que es para nuestro beneficio? Creo que es el último y hay un versículo que proporciona una pista de por qué tenemos que adorar a Dios. 3 Pero tú eres santo, tú eres rey, ¡tú eres la alabanza de Israel!. (Salmo 22: 3 NBV) Este versículo nos dice que Dios está en su trono en nuestras alabanzas. Otras traducciones afirman que Dios “habita” la alabanza de su pueblo. La palabra hebrea “ysb” traducida como “entronizada” por la Nueva Biblia Estándar Americana significa sentarse y permanecer sentado, habitar y morar. Implica la idea de propiedad y control. Vemos la palabra usada como Abraham y Lot habitaron (ysb) en la tierra (Génesis 13: 6, 7, 12) y debido a su tamaño creciente, estaban en conflicto porque ambos estaban tratando de habitar y controlar la misma tierra y había solo espacio …

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Are You Lazy, Stupid, Evil, or maybe Anointed?

Español: ¿Eres perezoso, tonto, malvado o quizás ungido? Everyone believes. I am a Christian, there are millions like me, and the world is also full of other religions. Atheists, who don’t believe in God, believe in something. They have some way to make sense of life in this world. I don’t want to single out Atheists for special criticism here, but I am sure that they believe, just like the rest of us. It’s a human condition. The problem is with believers who become “anointed.” That’s a special status, in any belief system, where we become so convinced, we arrive at a stage where can never be criticized. We just know we are correct, and that means every dis-agreer is wrong. We don’t need to discuss it, they are just wrong. Have you heard of the “Vision of the Anointed?” Thomas Sowell presents the concept that we are governed by self-congratulating elites, the “Anointed.” His language is religious but he writes about politics and society. Many of the secular “Anointed” today have a PhD and …

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The red dragon and the Christmas story

Diana Rowland from Louisiana recently caught the ire of a neighbor when she set up a Christmas display featuring large, inflatable dragons. Rowland, an author who writes on zombies and demons, has set up a similar display for several years at both Christmas and Halloween. But this year, a neighbor sent Rowland a message complaining about the dragons. When Rowland tweeted the letter, it went viral. The neighbor wrote: “It is totally inappropriate at Christmas. It makes your neighbors wonder if you are involved in a demonic cult.” The anonymous writer asked Rowland to take down the dragons and went on to say that Rowland did not understand the true meaning of Christmas which involved the birth of Christ. So what was Rowland’s response? Well, she briefly considered taking them down but then decided against it. She shared the letter with her sister who promptly donated two more dragons to the display. Rowland then added halos to a couple of the dragons and called them angels. While the neighbor complained the dragons were totally inappropriate, …

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Can Christians have an unhealthy fear of the demonic? An interview with Wayne Johnston: PODCAST

Audio Notes: Hi my name is Dean Smith and in this episode I am interviewing Wayne Johnston and asking the question: “Can Christians have an unhealthy fear of the demonic?” Wayne serves as an elder at Rock of the Valley church and also functions of the prophetic ministry and I’ve been wanting to interview him about an interesting experience that he had with both a demon and an angel of the Lord. Dean Smith: Welcome Wayne. Wayne Johnston: Thank you Dean: So how would you describe your prophetic ministry? Wayne: So I function in the area of the prophetic. God clearly gave me a gift of prophecy. It wasn’t my choice, but it came down to God wanting to encourage others through the gift just like any other spiritual gifts in the New Testament. Dean: I’ve seen people who have referred to you as a prophet. Do you consider yourself a prophet? Wayne: No. I just don’t think it’s my job to put a title on the gift. So it’s in the area of the …

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Spiritual warfare: How Satan attacks us from the spiritual realm: PODCAST

Podcast Notes: Hi my name is Dean Smith and in this episode we are discussing how the spiritual realm interacts with the physical world. When we read the Bible, it clearly portrays two worlds – our physical realm and as well a spiritual dimension inhabited by God and His angels and as well satanic evil spirits demons. The question I want to answer in this episode is how does the spiritual realm interact with the physical and how do we fight off demonic attacks? It was a hot July Saturday morning and I was mowing the lawn in our backyard, when I was utterly stopped in my tracks by a memory that popped into my mind of a stupid thing I did years earlier. I mean years ago. I had already asked God to forgive me, but here it was blasting me like I had done it today. I felt utterly condemned and spiritually beaten up over this incident. I became depressed as thoughts raged in my mind over what had happened. The level of …

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What does the Bible say about drinking alcohol?

Several decades ago, I was part of a church that took a strong stand against drinking alcohol, but it wasn’t just alcohol, it also had an opinion on several other things like long hair on men. The list of unwritten rules and regulations was quite extensive. Looking back now I realize the church was caught up in a religious spirit which I define as making up rules for Christian living that are not required by Scripture. The church leaders were essentially adding man-made rules to Christianity. In fact, one of the respected teachers that the church connected with wrote a book trying to prove that when the Bible talked about wine, it was speaking of non-fermented grape juice. Yes, he believed when Jesus turned water into wine at the Cana wedding, the headwaiter was shocked that the bridegroom had reserved the “best grape juice” for last (John 2:1-11). Though the Bible condemns becoming drunk, it does not forbid drinking wine. In fact, the exhortation forbidding drunkenness proves that the wine people were drinking was alcoholic. …

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Did a Word of Knowledge turn Hollywood actress Andrea Logan White’s life around?

In an article on PureFlix, Hollywood actress Andrea Logan White, 40, recently shared the unique encounter she had with with God during a very difficult time. White has starred in several movies including Mom’s Day Out, Marriage Retreat and Do You Believe. She and her husband Dave are co-owners of PureFlix, a Christian equivalent of Netflix. Born in Chicago, she had moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career, but was struggling. She was 22 and acting jobs were difficult to find. Andrea was also behind in her rent and had thrown herself into the Hollywood partying scene. She was coming to the end of herself and tells the story of the time she was in her car on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard, when she cried out to God: “God if you’re real I need You to show me who you are, because I don’t know why I’m here and I don’t want to live anymore.” She had just prayed this, when a man in the convertible beside her hit his horn and pointed at his …

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ARGENTINA 2008 – ‘ La Fuente del Avivamiento ‘

English: ARGENTINA 2008 – ‘Spring up O Well’ Estuvimos en Argentina en 2008 y habíamos contactado con una iglesia en Resistencia que había estado involucrada en el poderoso avivamiento que sacudió a ese país en los años cincuenta. Creo que Dios me había enviado a Argentina para abrir los pozos de avivamiento y llevarlo al norte a Canadá. El pastor de la iglesia de Resistencia, Alejandro Juszczuk, me había invitado a hablar. I Corintios 12: 4-6 dice que hay una variedad de dones y ministerios, pero el mismo Dios es el que trabaja. No depende de mí decirle a Dios, sino seguirlo. Cuando llegué al servicio a la mañana siguiente y me paré en el púlpito, después de que Alejandro Juszczuk dijo “Pedro tu predicas” y yo dije “Sí, Alejandro, hablaré”. Miré para ver si la Señal de Dios estaba en su lugar. La pareja del ministerio estaba sentada en la fila 4, en el pasillo, tal como Dios me había dicho. Entonces, en obediencia a la Señal de Dios, abrí la fuente del avivamiento. El …

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ARGENTINA 2008 – ¿Cómo naciste un avivamiento?

English: ARGENTINA 2008 – How do you birth a revival? Pasaron cinco años después de recibir tres Visitas Celestiales (leídas aquí y aquí) en las que el Ángel del Señor había dicho: “¡Quiero que mi avivamiento argentino se mueva hacia el norte, la Fuente Resistencia abierta! Quería desesperadamente dar al Señor lo que Él deseaba. Él lo quería; Quería dárselo a Él, pero ¿cómo? La respuesta es profunda y extremadamente simple: 17 Pero Jesús les respondía:—Mi Padre aún hoy está trabajando, y yo también trabajo. (Juan 5:17 NVI) —Ciertamente les aseguro que el Hijo no puede hacer nada por su propia cuenta, sino solamente lo que ve que su Padre hace, porque cualquier cosa que hace el Padre, la hace también el Hijo. (Juan 5: 19c NVI) ¿Cómo naciste un avivamiento? Ves y obedeces. Asistí a un fin de semana de retiro en Saskatchewan Beach cuando tenía 19 años, en 1973. Un joven de 21 años, llamado John, me habló una palabra de Dios (profetizó). Él dijo: “Eres como un niño pequeño que suelta la mano de …

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2006 Argentina – El Negro 666

English: 2006 Argentina – The Black 666 El descubrimiento de Clifford Long y el resurgimiento de la resistencia de la década de 1950 se realizó en el viaje de septiembre de 2005. Regresé a Regina, Saskatchewan con gran emoción y continué orando: “¡Señor, deja que tu avivamiento argentino se mueva hacia el norte, que se abra la Fuente de Resistencia!” Esperaba que estuviéramos progresando y que aparecieran los eventos de avivamiento, pero no conocía ninguna otra razón para regresar a Resistencia. Alejandro Juszczuk tenía otros planes. Siete meses después de nuestro primer viaje, Alejandro preguntó: “¿Vienes de nuevo?” La barrera del idioma (español-inglés) me dificultó saber por qué volvería, pero respeté a este hombre de Dios y pronto mi esposa Trish y yo, junto con otra pareja, tomamos el viaje de 11,500 km a Resistencia. Llegamos en medio de una conferencia. La iglesia de Reyos de Luz tuvo un ministro visitante, Julio Donati, hablando en una conferencia de una semana de duración. El contingente de Regina se registró en el mismo hotel donde me había alojado …

Bridge in Resistencia, Argentina going over Rio Negro River Credit: Google Earth

RESISTENCIA – El Descubrimiento 2005

English: RESISTENCIA – The Discovery 2005 Gary, Robin y yo habíamos viajado a Resistencia, Argentina, para intentar descubrir pruebas que corroboraran la existencia de Clifford Long en el Avivamiento en Resistencia. Beto, nuestro conductor e intérprete llegó al hotel para recogernos y le di instrucciones a Beto de que necesitábamos ir a la zona más antigua de Resistencia. El edificio que buscábamos tenía que tener al menos 50 años. También pregunté a Beto si había un río que corría por el noroeste de Resistencia. “Sí, respondió él, se llama Río Negro”. Beto nos llevó a la zona antigua de la ciudad y cada vez que veíamos un edificio como el que se describía en una profecía, le pedíamos que se detuviera, salíamos y ponía mi mano en la pared del edificio para ver si sentiamos cualquier cosa. Esto lo hicimos unas 4 veces, más tarde descubrí que Beto pensaba que estábamos en la industria del cine y que estábamos buscando un lugar para filmar una película. En el cuarto edificio sentí evidencia en las paredes de …

Church in Lanin National Park, Argentina Credit: javierinsitu/Flickr/Creative Commons

ARGENTINA – ¡Listos o no aquí vamos!

English: ARGENTINA – Ready or not here we come! El mensaje que recibí durante mi Tercera Visita Celestial fue: “QUIERO QUE EL AVIVAMIENTO ARGENTINO SE MUEVA AL NORTE – ¡LA FUENTE DE RESISTENCIA ABIERTA!” No tenía experiencia en la historia del avivamiento y no sabía nada sobre un avivamiento Argentino. Mi única respuesta fue: ¿qué se supone que debo hacer? Elizabeth Barrett Browning en sus Sonetos del portugués hizo una pregunta. “Cómo te amo, déjame conocer tus caminos”. Jesús me ha amado, y yo lo amo de vuelta y por eso quise darle lo que Él deseaba. Cuando mi esposa, Trish, viene a mí y me pregunta: “¿Podemos salir a cenar esta noche?” Mi respuesta es “Puedo hacer que eso suceda” y bendecirla. La visita del 2003 me dejó orando con seriedad “¡DEJA QUE EL AVIVAMIENTO ARGENTINO SE MUEVA AL NORTE – LA FUENTE DE RESISTENCIA ABIERTA!” Cada día más y más, esta oración (intercesión) me sobrepasó a mí y a un grupo de creyentes. Las reuniones de oración y los servicios fueron casi 100% de …

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Inner healing: My story of three pelicans

In my previous article, I wrote how Jesus wants to bring healing to our inner hurts and when the Lord does this He often takes us back to the point when we were first hurt. Jesus did this for Peter through a charcoal fire and the Lord did it for me through three pelicans. In the summer of 2018 I was at a church senior camp, enjoying all the fun a “senior” can get away with – kayaking, swimming, climbing a climbing wall and practicing karate, as well as tormenting people with a water gun! In the midst of this, I had no idea what God had in mind to complete my healing. Although I had experienced significant healing in the 90’s, there was more to be done. One day at camp the movie “I Can Only Imagine” was going to be shown. It’s a fantastic must-see movie about the life of Bart Miller and what led to his writing the song. I had not seen it yet, so was looking forward to spending the …

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Inner healing: Peter’s ‘charcoal fire’

Have you ever had a sports injury that put a stop to your active life? Sometimes once the medical treatments have been done and we have a clean bill of health to continue our sport, the fear of not really being healed or of re-injury can cause us to freeze in our tracks. It started with a real physical injury, but the real problem has become an inner one, a fear of moving forward, an “infirmity.” We can look healthy on the outside, but inside be broken with fear, doubts, anger, insecurities, etc. The gospels use similar phrases to describe how Jesus ministered in different communities, phrases like, “healed the sick,” “forgave sins,” “cast out demons,” “preached the good news,” and “healed people of their infirmities.” Most Christians can easily define the first four phrases, but many are not sure exactly what an infirmity is. Matthew 8:17 says, “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” Other references to infirmities can …

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ARGENTINA 2008 – ‘Spring up O Well’

Español: ARGENTINA 2008 – ‘ La Fuente del Avivamiento ‘ We were in Argentina in 2008 and had made contact with a church in Resistencia that had been involved in the powerful revival that shook that country in the 1950s. I believe God had sent me to Argentina to open the revival wells and bring it north to Canada. The pastor of the Resistencia church, Alejandro Juszczuk, had invited me to speak. I Corinthians 12:4-6 says that there are varieties of gifts, ministries and effects, but the same God who works. It is not up to me to tell God, but to follow Him. When I got to the service the next morning and stood in the pulpit, after Alejandro Juszczuk said “Peter, you speak” and I said “Yes, Alejandro, I will speak” I looked to see if the Sign from God was in place. The ministry couple was sitting in Row 4, on the aisle, just as God had told me. So in obedience to the Sign from God I opened the Revival Well. …

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Vegas and Hollywood: the truth

On the evening of October 1, 2017, a man named Stephen Paddock used a gun to kill and injure spectators at a country music concert in Las Vegas. You probably know something about the story, but have you noticed all the comments and conspiracy theories that have spun off from the incident; the story about the story? It’s interesting because Mr Paddock is such a mystery. We don’t know why he shot those people except that he made a decision. His background story gives us no clues, so we are free to make our own judgments. That’s useful for some people. RELATED: Las Vegas Shooting: Wikipedia A few days later, on October 5, the New York Times published an article about Harvey Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in the Hollywood movie industry. He has been accused of gross misconduct with young women who were trying to make careers in movies and television. At this time, it is fair to say the accusations have been denied, and any accusations are only alleged; but that …