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Friday, April 24, 2015

What Prevents the Power from God?

These notes were taken from a Bible Study about Power with God at Open Door Church.  Allow these words to minister to you and encourage you to understand there is MORE God wants to do for and with you as you allow Jesus to work through you. 
What Keeps Us from The Power of God?

1.     Sin:  John 14:21 (KJV) He that hath my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me:

2.     Ignorance:  Hosea 4:6 (KJV)My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:

3.     Unbelief:  Romans 14:23  Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Mark 6:6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.

4.     Pride:  Luke 10:20  Rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

5.     Fear:  2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

6.     Prayerlessness:  Luke 18:1 Men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

7.     Failure to ASK: Luke 11:13  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

New Testament Power is a Literal Force.  Specifically miraculous Power, usually by impartation by the Holy Spirit and at times by Prophets. 

If you desire to move in Holy Spirit Power you must first search your heart asking God to reveal any thing that is preventing you from moving in God and then repent of all sin. 

Be willing to lay down your Will and accept God’s Will for your life. 

Finally ASK to be filled with the Holy Spirit and His Power.  

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 

Jesus said you shall do mightier works: 

John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Closed and Open Doors

Let's Just Shut this Door !!
Update:  You will remember last year, I received a letter from the Pastor at the traditional Church I attended, asking me NOT to share verbally any more, stating that I was disrupting the service.  
I was not surprised, because God had already told me that my door for ministry there was soon closing. 
My daughter Judie invited me to go with her to Bethel, Redding, CA to visit SOZO and the Healing rooms.  This fit in well as I was praying for direction for the New Year. 
The SOZO councilor confirmed that I might want to return to my Pentecostal roots. 

I started visiting churches and thought the new Assembly of God church in Old Town might be the one.  Judie and I paid a visit there but the service to my ears was only a mumble and I could not hear most of what was happening.   

So I did not end up where I first thought was to be my new church.  A FaceBook Friend told me about “Open Door Church.”  So I visited.  The Pastor's voice was a welcome sound to my ears. (My ears often don't hear well.)  The head set he wore helped with the transmission. 

I began to attend and my friend told Pastor about my blog and his sermon being posted on my blog.  The next Sunday as Pastor Allan preached – he suddenly stopped, looked at me and said, “By the way, I love your blog.”  I said, Thank you. 

Time passed and I attended the Sunday School Bible study.  Last week I took a few copies of the post Power to BE with me and waited until class was almost over.  Then I stood and raised my hand for permission to speak.  

Get Excited About what Jesus is Doing
The Holy Spirit came on me and said, "These lessons on POWER have been preparing you for the great work God wants to do in this church and in this body of believers. 
God wants to do miracles in tandem with Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the hosts of angels. I said a bit more and then gave the teacher my copies of the post and to those near me. 

That day a large group of visitors from Jordan’s Crossing, was in the service. (A sort of half way house - not necessarily Pentecostal.)  Many of their men went forward during the worship and knelt and poured out their heart to God.  Our men surrounded them as they prayed.  Women went forward also and stood with hands raised as they prayed and worshipped Jesus.

The Lord told me to tell Pastor Allan to take his liberty and I wondered how I could do that.  To get up and go to the front was unthinkable, so I put those thoughts on the shelf. 

The worship session was almost over and I saw the Bible School teacher go up front and speak to Pastor Allan.  He looked over at me and smiled.  Soon he got up and came to where I was sitting and crouched down and asked if I would be willing to give the "prophesy" that I gave earlier in front of the church; in a few minutes - and asked if I would be comfortable doing that?  I said yes.  

When I knew the worship portion was ending and pastor put down his guitar, I came to the front and he asked me to wait, so he could introduce me.  It was a simple introduction, and again I shared.  The people were shouting and praising God and I believe they were receiving.  I told them to lay aside all the hindrances and worship Jesus and believe for the power to minister in His name etc.  
Get Excited About What God is Doing !
Then I turned to the Pastor and said, "Take your liberty brother."   And he did. 

Anyway, I am walking softly and know that I am where God wants me.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Make Disciples


Today at Open Door Church, we were blessed to have a large group visit from “Jordan’s Crossing.”  During the worship portion of the service, God was moving and one by one the men came and knelt at the alter pouring out their hearts.  Our men joined them.  Ladies too came forward and stood with hands raised as ladies prayed with them.

Pastor Allan said, we are all ONE body in Christ Jesus; One mind and in one accord.

The devil would like to divide us.  Don’t worry about those near you, for we have come to worship Jesus.  Don’t be afraid of Pentecost, just allow the Holy Spirit to do what He wants to do.

Pastor began reading from Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you;

Jesus was saying Go forth and MAKE disciples teaching them what you have learned from me.  The disciples had been following Jesus for 3 years and He taught them further during the 40 days prior to His ascension.

Pastor Allan stated that he has taught some who are not where they should be, by their own choice.  They offer excuses why they can’t take the next step up.  Some are on a spiritual roller coaster.  Let’s not go back and forth, but be steady and hold fast to our faith.

There is a move of God and it may not be what we expect and we may not understand all of what God is doing.

Obviously we could do a better job and wonder why God can’t be more dignified.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets; Ye shall know them by their fruits.  The world doesn’t want anything to do with a messy Jesus.  Don’t listen to their words of denial, but hold fast to truth that is in God’s Word.

We are not in control at times – Here comes the storm – what shall we do?  It is time to walk in our authority given to us by Christ Jesus.  If you want to be a teacher – Hold fast in the storms of life.  Let your example teach others.

The next thing we need to do is surrender – to give up and follow Jesus.  Leave those things behind that are holding you back.  Nothing is more important than a right relationship with our Lord.

Jesus said in Matthew 10:35, 36 that often there is division in the home.  "Don’t make me choose between you and Jesus, because it will be Jesus."  Trust Jesus to take care of the family and bring them into the fold.

More than ever our Nation needs God.  There may be a time we are called to give our lives for Jesus.  Preach and teach and at times you may walk home with a black eye, be criticized and misunderstood. (Just like Jesus was.)

Keep your priorities straight: First is your relationship with Jesus, Second your love and care for your Spouse, children and family, and last your job (or ministry.)

If you are so caught up in work and providing for your family, you will miss out spiritually.

Some are called to recovery, but they might say, “That’s not me.”  How much do we fight the Lord’s voice instead of surrender to his way.

The first step in Recovery is repentance and seeking God for the Holy Spirit that leads to complete Restoration. 
Many are missing it – teaching goes in one ear and out the other.  It is time to study and digest God’s word.
Paul says in  Hebrews 5:12 For at the time when ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God, and have become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

If you want to do great things for God – to see miracles and deliverances, seek for the Holy Spirit and Power from on High. 
The Holy Spirit comes in at salvation, and many are content with that much of God, but there is more.

Our destination is heaven and we need to all go in the same direction.  Yes keep the basic doctrine.  The enemy will use arguments about small differences, and we need to search the scriptures.  Put personal priorities on the back burner and obey God doing what He wants.

God is not asking for your money, He wants all of you, and that includes at least 10% of your money.

Jesus says to MAKE Disciples.   You may think you can’t do that – but YES you can.


The Lord has Promised (Based Upon Psalm 23 Via Guest Roy Lessin


The Lord has Promised (Based Upon Psalm 23)

 Via Guest Roy Lessin

The Lord has promised us shepherding, not perfect understanding of where He is leading or why He is taking us there.

The Lord has promised us what we need, not what might be on our wish list.

The Lord has promised us green meadows where we can find rest, not a life that doesn’t require labor in His fields.

The Lord has promised us peaceful streams where we can quiet our hearts, not the absence of deep waters to overcome in our walk of faith.

The Lord has promised restoration to our souls, not a life without tests and trials.

The Lord has promised to lead us to the places that will honor Him the most, not to the places that will make us look good.

The Lord has promised to walk with us through the valley, not take us on paths that only lead to the mountain tops.

The Lord has promised us victory in the face of the enemy, not the absence of spiritual warfare.

The Lord has promised us His presence, His anointing, His blessing, His fullness, His power, His unfailing goodness, and His love throughout our earthly journey…
with the guarantee that the most glorious things are still to come
I will live in the house of the LORD forever.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Power to Be


The Bible Study class at our church has been teaching about the word “Power” and Old Testament scripture references about that word. 

It is interesting to note there is natural power from a position, such as Kings, Presidents, owner of a company and those placed in authority for example the police and military.

I thought about the time Jesus breathed on the disciples and said receive ye the Holy Ghost.

John 20:21-22  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:”

Some scholars explain this away by saying Jesus meant - - Later after his resurrection they would receive the Holy Spirit.  I am inclined to believe that Jesus was imparting into them the Born again Experience and they received the Holy Spirit in their human spirit on that day in the salvation experience. 

After Jesus rose from the dead, He spent 40 days with many of his followers.  We can only speculate that he probably explained more fully from the Old Testament all that His death and resurrection accomplished.  His final words prior to his ascension was for them to return to Jerusalem and WAIT for the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

The 500 were instructed to pray and wait for the Holy Spirit.  They were not seeking power but were seeking after God.  They were surprised when the Holy Spirit fell on them and the power that came with the infilling.

Always worship and seek Jesus and he will pour into you His Spiritual Gifts that will allow you to become bold witnesses for Him.

Expect Power when you minister and witness in the name of Jesus. 

Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus (Acts 4: 29-30).

Friday, April 17, 2015

My Lending Library

Free Lending Library for Two Weeks

Here is how to borrow a Christian E- book from me.  

First get your Amazon Free Kindle application for your computer or phone.

Then: Contact me at and let me know which book you want to borrow and give me YOUR e-mail address where you want the book sent.

The book automatically will be returned to my library in TWO (2) weeks.

FYI:  Most of these books were obtained free from BookBub. A few I paid a small charge. 

Christian Books You Might like to enjoy for Two Weeks - - 
Alcorn, Randy (2014-01-20). Seeing the Unseen: A Daily Dose of Eternal Perspective

Anderson, Suzanne Elizabeth (2013-10-29). Trusting God with Your Dream:

Arnold, Dave (2014-02-13). It's Possible: How To Thrive, Not Just Survive

Basconi, Kevin (2013-10-15). How to Work with Angels in Your Life:

Blahyi, Joshua (2013-02-19). The Redemption of an African Warlord: Kindle Edition.

Berry, Grant (2012-10-16). The New Covenant Prophecy: A Supernatural Jewish - -

Cain, Peter (2015-03-26). JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL: Start Living the Joyful Rewarding Life He has for you. - Kindle Edition.

Cerullo, Morris (2009-06-28). How to Pray (p. 73). Destiny Image. Kindle Edition.

Cerullo, Morris (2012-12-18). Demolishing Demonic Strongholds: Spiritual Firepower

Chapman, Gary; Bell, James Stuart (2011-10-01). Love is a Verb Devotional: 365 Daily

Christenson, Larry (2001-01-01). Renewed Mind, Becoming the Person God Wants

Christiano, Joseph (2014-09-16). Living Beyond Your Chronic Pain: 8 Simple Steps to –

Clark, Dennis; and, Jen (2014-05-20). Deep Relief Now: Free, Healed, and Whole

Clark, Dennis; Clark, Jen (2013-12-17). Live Free: Discover the Keys - - -

Clark, Dennis; Clark, Jen (2014-01-28). Simple Keys to Heal Loneliness

Coleman, Gloria (2012-03-04). Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: About Faith –

Dedmon, Kevin; and Chad (2011-12-20). The Risk Factor: Crossing the Chicken Line - -

Fitzpatrick, Linda (2012-02-21). Dancing With Jesus: A novel - Kindle Edition.

Franklin, Judy; Johnson, Beni (2011-02-01). Experiencing the Heavenly Realm:

Gardner, Thom (2011-07-28). Healing the Wounded Heart: Removing Obstacles to Intimacy with God. Kindle Edition.

Gore, Chris (2014-03-01). A Practical Guide to Walking in Healing Power

Hedlund, Jody (2010-10-01). The Preacher's Bride – Romance Novel - Kindle Edition

Hodges Poole, Laura (2015-01-11). While I'm Waiting: Going from despair to hope.

Jackson, Chris (2007-09-01). Loving God When You Don't Love the Church

Jacobs, Cindy (2010-09-01). The Power of Persistent Prayer: Praying With Greater

Johnson, Beni (2012-10-16). Prayer Changes Things: Taking Your Life to the Next  

Prayer Level . Destiny Image. Kindle Edition.

Johnson, Bill (2011-07-28). A Life of Miracles: 365-Day Guide to Prayer and Miracles .

Johnson, Bill (2010-12-01). Center of the Universe: A Look at Life From the Lighter Side - Kindle Edition

Johnson, Bill; Johnson, Eric (2011-10-01). Momentum: What God Starts, Never Ends

Kirkwood, Kerry (2014-01-21). The Secret Power of Covenant: Unleashing God's Protection, Power and Prosperity in Your Life - Kindle Edition.

Lake, Gina (2013-11-18). Radiance: Experiencing Divine Presence

Liebscher, Banning (2012-06-19) Journey of a World Changer: 40 Days to Ignite a Life –

Loren, Julia (2014-02-18). The Future of Us: Your Guide to Prophecy, Prayer and - -

Moody, Diane (2012-04-24). Confessions of a Prayer Slacker (Second Edition)

Munroe, Myles (2010-06-28). Wisdom from Myles Munroe

Murray, Andrew (2004-04-01). A Life of Obedience

Murray, Andrew (2011-12-01). Power in Prayer: Classic Devotions to Inspire and - - -

Omartian, Stormie (2013-09-01). The 7-Day Prayer Warrior Experience. Kindle Edition

Pileggi, Joe (2013-10-15). FearLess: 90 Days to Eliminating Fear from Your Life

R.A. Torrey (2015-02-20). The Baptism with the Holy Spirit  Kindle Edition.

Restagno, Allison C. (2011-04-19). Modern-Day Miracles: 50 True Miracle Stories

Roth, Sid; Shreve,Mike (2011-05-17) Truth Seekers:Ten Amazing People Who Found It!

Shank, Steve C. (2012-01-17). Schizophrenic God?: Finding Reality in Conflict, Confusion, and Contradiction

Sparks, Larry (2014-10-21). Breakthrough Faith: Living a Life Where Anything is Possible - Kindle Edition.

Sproul, R.C. (2012-11-01). Who is the Holy Spirit?: 13 (Crucial Question s)

Spurgeon (1834-1892), Charles Spurgeon Gems Kindle Edition.

Tenney, Tommy (2011-07-28). The God Chasers Expanded Ed.

Uwajeh, Alex (2014-10-12). Taming the Tongue: The Power of Spoken Words

Van Der Steen, Mattheus (2011-08-16). Dare to Dream: If you can see the invisible - - -

Warren, Shane (2014-07-15). Unlocking the Heavens: Release the Power of Worship

Hannah Whitall Smith (2015-02-02). The Hannah Whitall Smith Collection (Kindle).

Wiersbe, Warren W.(2003-03-01) Real Peace: Freedom and Conscience for the Christian

Wiersbe, Warren W. (2003-01-01). The Bumps Are What You Climb On: Kindle





Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Johnny DeLong

Johnny Loved to Sing About Jesus and His Plan of Salvation
This happened in the early 1960’s and as a young mother; I wanted to be a witness for Jesus Christ.  I was shy, but an investment in a sample packet from Chick Publications sounded a simple way to begin.  (Click on the title above Chick Publications to go to their sample offer packets available for sale.

Chick Publications offers a variety of Christian comic book tracts that end with a prayer for salvation. 

These Chick tracts are usually read because of their picture book portrayal when other tracks are cast aside.

Where to start?  I decided to be bold and begin at the gas station where I always purchased my gas. 

In those days, the attendant came to your window and asked how much gas you wanted and then filled your tank.  Also he would clean the windows before collecting your payment.

“Here is a comic book telling about Jesus,” I said to the attendant, as I handed him my cash along with one of the Chick Booklets.

Each week I would give him a different booklet, until one day he asked me where my church was located. 

I told him it is only two city blocks from here and service begins at 10:45 Sunday morning.

His name was Johnny DeLong and sure enough on Sunday both he and his wife were there on time. 

That Sunday, when the Pastor gave an invitation to receive Jesus, these dear sinners were turned into saints as they went forward and soon after became members of our church.

Johnny brought his guitar to church and loved to sing special numbers about Jesus and the plan of Salvation.

One Sunday evening, Pastor was asking if anyone needed healing as he held a small bottle of olive oil.

Johnny raised his hand, and said, “I need healing from cigarettes.” 

Now this type of request was new to me, and it was to our Pastor, but he never lost a beat as he marched down the aisle toward Johnnie.

All eyes were on Johnny as Pastor said, “Stick out your tongue.” 

With a quick swipe, Pastor anointed Johnnie’s tongue with oil and said, “Be Healed in Jesus Name.”

As Johnny told it afterwards, all desire for cigarettes left him and he never smoked again.

Sometime later an interesting thing happened when a lady who had been attending our church died.  She always brought her niece Mary Jo, who was mentally challenged to church.
Verbally the woman had made it known that she had provided for her niece in the case of her death.  The dead woman’s son did not find this stated in the will, and was planning to evict Mary Jo from his mothers house.

The next Sunday, Pastor spoke to the congregation and said, "This woman needs a home and we need to place her now." 

Who do you suppose volunteered to take this woman and care for her?

Yes, it was Johnny and his dear wife.  Mary Jo lived with them for many years until she passed away and went to heaven.

You just do not know how far a little comic tract will go to change people’s lives and affect the lives of many others as well.

Might you like to order a package of  Chick Publications samples and see how far you can make your witness go? (click on the title Chick Publication above)