Things here are starting to get busier by the day. As you may have noted that I now have a video on YouTube and you can view it by its title: Spiritual Reality 1A on YouTube. It is a Training Video and requires an investment of time and study. I am currently working on a second video that will continue the first lesson on Spiritual Reality and will address how to walk in the Spirit, once you are saved. There will be 5 additional lessons on discovering and developing our spiritual senses.
I spent nearly two hours on the phone with my translator who is translating my book, The Mystery of Faith into Japanese. He informed me that the translation is now completed and that it is ready to go to publication. This process is different in Japan so I do not know how long it will take before it is available but I will let you know when I know. It may take a while but I am not sure what that means. The Chinese translation is also completed and has been printed in China, however, the printing has been halted due to the Chinese government’s crackdown on religious printing. Hopefully, we can locate a publisher in Japan that can print both and then they will be made available to anyone desiring a copy.
I currently have Bible study groups in China, Japan and Africa who are signed up for the training videos and there are additional countries that have expressed interest but have not yet made the commitment to the studies. I am so amazed at the growth to Christian Training Center (CTC) and its effort to offer training to Christian leaders. The Lord is moving it right along. All of this has required much more of my time and I am just trying to stay close to Him. I would really appreciate your prayers and support to this effort.
On another note, my wife and I are in good health and have remained Covid 19 free. Also, I just had some work done on my pickup that cleared an electrical problem that has persisted for several years.
What an adventure as we walk by Faith in the Lord.
Training Video 1A is now a reality. I just posted my first training video entitled Spiritual Reality 1A on You Tube. You can view it on You Tube at https://youtu.be/2NxOfqk8xho
This video (1A) and video (1B) together comprise the first lesson of a series of 6 lessons on Spiritual Reality. This series of lessons address the missing part of reality that most people know very little about. We pass through three worlds to arrive at our final destination in eternity. The first world is the world of the womb, where we get our body and physical senses. With these we discover life outside the womb in the world we describe as time and space. It is here that we can miss the most amazing and wonderful part of life, the spiritual world. It cannot be detected by the physical senses but it is discovered and experienced by the spiritual senses that come with the New birth. Just as an unborn baby is only slightly aware of this physical world so also is the natural man only slightly aware of the spiritual world that Jesus said was so absolutely necessary. This is a training video for Christian pastors and church leaders that have little or no training available to them but is also valuable for those who are just growing in their spiritual walk. This series is designed for individual or small group study so that you can proceed at your own pace. Subscribers receive the full benefit of additional resources and support.
This is what has been taking so much of my time and keeping me from posting more here. I have had to purchase the software. learn how to use the program, construct the content, edit the material multiple times, send it out to be critiqued and revise again. It is a lot of work but I really believe that it is worth all the effort.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I really appreciate your feedback.
A lot has been happening here since my last post. I have been receiving several request from different countries to lead them in Bible Studies. Three of these countries are China, Japan and Africa and there are others countries that have expressed interest as well. This has been very humbling as well as leaving me in a state of re-examining a lot of things. I never saw myself in an international ministry, let alone leading it.
After much prayer and waiting on the Lord, as well as counseling with my pastor and church leaders, I have come to believe that this is from the Lord and so I am following His leading as I understand it. Perhaps the most notable adjustment I have made is that I am now producing training videos that I will be posting on You tube. This action has required an investment into software to make these videos and then I have spent untold hours learning how to use it. I have begun a study on Spiritual Reality. It is a series of 6 lessons from the Bible that identifies the necessity of our passing through 3 worlds before we enter our final destination we call heaven. It also identifies the spiritual senses that enable us to interact in the spiritual world.
The first lesson is broken into two videos and the first video is nearing completion and will be posted in the near future. I will post its availability as soon as it has been finished.
These are training videos and require commitment of study and work beyond just watching the video. Entertainment is not my goal but I try to make them interesting and rewarding.
One of the ways that the Lord has shown me that this is His working and not mine is that it was not my idea to start with. Additionally, He has provided multiple people to assist in this endeavor, such as a man who has his own ministry and is making Christian videos as I am, who incidentally has the exact same software and lives very close. He said he is helping because this is an important work. I sent out a preliminary copy of the first video to a number of people I know and requested them to critique it and I got back multiple pages of insights and suggestions. No one was overly complimentary nor were they critical. I really appreciated their honesty, responsiveness and candor. These are but a few of the ways that the Lord has made it clear that He is the one doing it and it is not me directing it. Please pray that I stay close to Him and simply follow His leading.
I plan to continue this website however my post may not be as often as they were in the past. In addition to this website, I now have a channel on You Tube and I will share that with you as I begin to post these studies on it.
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As I write this blog, I am thinking of the burden that the
Lord has placed on my heart about training the church leadership in the Eastern
Asia Countries. It began last year when
I made a mission trip to china and saw the hunger for the Bible and also saw
the lack of training available for the house church pastor and church
leadership. The sacrifice they were
willing to make just to attend a bible training meeting was soul
Then to be invited to speak at a Bible training conference
in Japan this year had another impact on me.
As we were preparing for the conference, we visited a shrine and a
temple there in Japan. We were told that
the entrance to the shrine or temple is always through a gate such as the one
The purpose of the shrine is that the people have a place to
worship and they would go through various exercises in order that the “gods”
would bless them. The gods were somewhat
mystical in how they would respond but there was a void in the culture and this
was established to fill that void. It
reminded me of Acts 17:23 For as I
passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription,
TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto
My thoughts then turned to Mt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this
rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against
it. If this worship is not of the
only true God, then it is not a god at all but one of Satan’s haven of refuge
that teaches his false doctrines and holds people in bondage. Simply put it is the entrance to hell. Jesus promised that the church would storm
the gates of hell and they would not stand against the forces of God that He
would bring against the forces of darkness This faith is the power and method
of Christ working through the church.
We felt this power all through the conference that was
attended by leadership of churches from 6 countries. The conference was presented in three
languages, English, Japanese and Chinese.
This may seem odd to some as the Chinese and Japanese have fought each
other for a long time, yet about half of the attendees in this Japanese
setting, came from China. The theme of
the conference was walking by faith and it extended over 4 days. One of the features was the session in the
evening where those attending the conference would share from their
observations, what they had learned from the days events. The worship sessions were a special blessing
as the music was sang in three languages as well. As we sang and worshiped together there was a
unity of spirit that overshadowed all other separations so that we all focused
on Christ alone and His presence was especially felt. The afterglow that followed the day’s events was
also a special blessing as it was spent in sharing and counseling as late as
midnight and beyond. This was a
tremendous meeting and following it there have been additional results of three
additional mission trips, and opened doors to additional possibilities.
This brings me to my burden for a training center in
Japan. I shared it with my pastor who
not only endorsed it but also stated that this is where our mission efforts are
projected. He challenged me to write
down my vision for such a conference and agreed to work with me in its
concepts. One of the pastors that
attended the conference is now moving to Oklahoma to pastor a Chinese church
there and we are meeting in December to also pray and plan for this Training
Center. Also, we will be meeting with
Dr. Alan Bandy who is the NT professor at Oklahoma Baptist University who I
spent a few days with over the Thanksgiving Day holidays. I have also contacted some other Christian education
schools who have also indicated their intentions to work with us on this
As my wife and I were returning home on the flight, I was
following our progress on the monitor and considering the idea of a training
center, I was jolted by what I saw on the monitor. The route showed a satellite view of the ocean
floor and just below the Aleutian Islands and on our route I saw 17:7, below the route and near the center
of the picture. The Aleutian Islands are
above the route line and the islands are shown as the white portions. You can see it also on Google Maps in the
It has been there for thousands of years and was truly put
there by God when He created the earth.
It was so plain but what did it mean?
I noted that this is the chapter and verse designation used in the Bible
of separating the chapter and verse by a colon.
I began to look at each book that has 17 chapters or more and in the 17th
chapter has a 7th verse.
There are 23 such verses in the Bible so which one was intended?
Of the 23 verses in the Bible that have a 17:7 location, one
stands out above all the rest because it is the only one that references sacrifices offered unto devils and it
is found in Leviticus 17:7 And they
shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have
gone a whoring. This shall be a statute forever unto them throughout their
So I sense that the message is simply this, Go in faith that
God intends to deliver those in bondage to false gods so that they may come to know
the only true God, Jesus who is the Christ and He will deliver them. Satan does not have the power to withstand
against the church that walks by faith in Christ alone.
Here it is
the middle of January, 2020 and already the calendar is starting to fill
project that I have every year is filing my taxes so this year I have already
started. I got out my receipts and began
to organize them so that I can lay my hands on the necessary information much
easier. I was able to get many of them
together and organized and am already feeling less stress.
project is to teach a 10 week course on Faith, using my book as the basic of
the study. We had our first meeting last
night and I felt it went well. We
covered the first 1 ½ chapters and while that sounds like a lot, the first few
chapters are rather short and since there are 11 chapters, we will have to
hurry to be able to complete the book in 10 1 hour sessions.
project that I hope to complete this year is the translation of my book into
Japanese and Spanish. The Japanese
translation is nearing completion while the Spanish translation is stalled and
I’m not sure what the problem is. I know
that my translator’s mother is not in good health and takes a lot of time but I
sense that there is more to it than that and I need to know how to pray for her
that Satan’s schemes can be thwarted.
translator’s oldest daughter is going through a tremendous spiritual battle and
really could use your prayers. She must
make a choice that will affect her for the rest of her life and she is being
pulled greatly in both directions.
Please pray for her victory.
We are in
the planning stage for this year’s mission projects. As you may know, our church is involved in
mission projects all over the world. It
is our task to get our marching orders from the Lord. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between
request from others, our own perception and what the Lord is actually
directing. There are many needs and limitations
but we are given the ministry of reconciliation so it is a labor of love.
went to see the doctor for my wife’s three month checkup since her knee
replacement. She was told that
everything looks great and that she is progressing very well. The doctor even commented that they would
like for all their patients to do so well.
We have sensed that the Lord has really helped her through this
experience. She now walks like she did
years ago and she is mostly pain free.
She will continue to improve for several months yet and could even
become better than she was before she started having problems with it.
Yesterday was a day of progress in several ways. I began my day with sleeping in because I was
up past midnight. I took a leisurely
shower got dressed and spent time with my wife as we usually do. I then spent some time in my office catching
up on different projects and miscellaneous paper work.
My wife had a luncheon with one of the ladies at church so I fixed myself some lunch. I had a meeting with my pastor at 2:30 in which we discussed the status of the latest developments of the Christian Training Center for Eastern Asia, that I am working on. I shared with him about my meeting in Oklahoma City with a Chinese pastor and his chairman of deacons. We considered the establishing of the Christian Training Center and a suggestion was made to consider Taiwan as a central location as it was fairly central and visas would be easier. What do you think?
We then discussed the organization plan and objective. My pastor had given me an assignment to write
out my vision of what that was and I went over it with him. We then considered the target audience and I
shared the need I see from my perspective.
This is where I need your help. Would
you write me and share with me your ideas and needs? I know that I do not have a complete view of
the real need but here is what I have so far.
The main target is the new pastor or church leader with little or no
training in his role in the church. The
objective is to assist and enable him in his development so that he can equip
his people in Christian living. He will
be charged with self-study within the bounds of the curriculum. Our task is to provide an environment of
support and guidance as well as the resources for him to accomplish that task. To this end we noted that we need the
curriculum of specific courses of study and identified the first as being that
of walking by faith. This is a project
that I will begin immediately.
To achieve this end, I need your prayers, ideas and input to
provide the best program to meet your needs.
I need individuals who the Lord has placed in this time and space to
step forward with wisdom, resources, prayers and a heart to be God’s hands and
feet for such a time as this. I need to
be sensitive to what the Lord is doing and keep in step with Him.
After my meeting with my pastor, I met with our pastor of Discipleship
and shared with him our present status of this project. He then shared with me that we have within
our church, two additional resources.
One is a project that our church is already working with and that is a
similar project in Africa. He will be
getting me in contact with the leaders of that project to see what we can glean
from what they have already done and enable us to avoid wasted motion. The second is an individual who has worked
with Eastern Asia radio and how we might utilize that resource in our
efforts. I continue to see God’s
fingerprints on every step of this effort and am continually being amazed at
what He is doing.
I think that it is important to remember that this is not my project, nor
is it our project but that this is God’s project. He began it and has led it along the
way. We are finding the different
resources that He has provided ahead and we proceed based on His power and
provision. In the final analysis, our
own development and transformation is His first objective while in the process we
become tools in His hands to build His kingdom.
As I sit
here this morning, I am already seeing God at work. The mission meeting in Oklahoma is starting
to take shape and I see God’s fingerprints on each thing that happens. Each person is key to its success. God began this work many years ago. As I consider just how long ago, I find that
it began before He created anything. We
were in the mind of God and everything needed for us to become what He intended
was provided. He has been working ever
since and I found Him working in my life long before I found out that I was a
part of His plan. You may remember a
blog that I wrote recently about HIStory. That is what history is all about, it is HIS
story. He alone establishes kings and
rulers and He alone removes them. He
orders the natural laws that govern the universe and He made mankind, and more
specifically, He made me.
He is the
one who spoke to my heart and called me out of darkness and into His marvelous
light. He is the one who gave me a
burden for the persecuted church. He
directed me to write The Mystery of Faith, then moved me to where I now live,
and connected me with all of the ones who have established this vision of
equipping the church leaders. He
provided the translators of my book, paid for the mission trips and provided
everything to go on these trips. Now I
am beginning to see His plan on equipping the persecuted church leaders
to do the work of shepherding their churches.
The eleventh chapter of Hebrews has some wonderful insights on seeing spiritually. It begins by listing a number of notable Bible personalities who LOOKED for a city, made by God and SAW it from afar (verse 13). There is an interesting note in verse 27 concerning Moses which says “for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” Then based on that vision, they responded by faith which is summarized in verse 33-38. The chapter concludes with the statement, “having obtained a good report through faith . . .”
As I look ahead I see a vision taking shape. It is not my vision, but His plan which has it beginning in God, and will see its realization by faith in Him. The hardest part of such an endeavor is to keep my hands off. The temptation is to claim it as my vision, my work, my heart, etc. but it is in truth, not mine at all but His. This is His working so we must not lead but follow, we must not offer our works but our faith in Him. If I can do it without His involvement then it will not require faith nor His power and will not properly represent Him. It is precisely because of this impossibility that I can see the invisible. It is because I see God working on all fronts that I can see His objective. It is because the devil is working so hard to keep people in darkness that they need God’s light in order to see beyond this world into eternity.
We are much
like the 12 spies that Moses sent into the promise land to search it out. They all came back with a report that the
land was a good and rich land and even brought evidence with a bunch of grapes
that it took two men to carry. The
difference was in what else they saw. 10
saw the giants and determined that the fight was impossible. The other two, Joshua and Caleb, also saw the
giants, but also saw God who was greater than the giants. So here you stand, giving your report of the Promised
Land. What do you see, Giants, in the
form of an oppressive government or God who is greater than the opposition? What is your report on what you see?
Yesterday, while my wife and I were shopping for Christmas
gifts, I noticed a lady in the store who looked at me as though she knew me and
then walked over to me and asked me if there was anything that she could pray
for me about. My immediate reaction was
where did this come from? I don’t know
you and this is so out of the ordinary so why do you want to pray for me? I made no response but knowing that the Lord
works in wondrous ways. I thought about
it for a moment and the first thing that came to mind was the Christian
Training Center in Japan so I asked her to pray for that. I specifically asked that she not pray that
the Lord would bring it to pass but that we would be sensitive to what the Lord
I have learned that God is not concerned about the doing of mission
projects as He is about our walking by faith in Him. After all, He is the one doing the work, as
the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus unto good works. You see,
God’s greatest work is us. He is
completing His image in us so that the world can comprehend what He is
like. He will bring it to pass without
our effort if we will “believe in Him”.
Another way to say it is “if we will have faith in Him”.
In my Bible studies I try to find the exact meaning of the
original language in order to accurately understand. This led me to an amazing discovery and that
is that the word we translate as “faith” is pistis, which means to
trust, rely on, or follow. Then I found
that the word that we translate as “believe” is also pistis, and has the exact
same meaning. The only difference is
that faith is a verb or action, whereas believe is a noun or the act of
trusting. In other words you can
substitute one for the other without violating the meaning. For example, in Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him,
If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. This is an amazing promise and most
people believe that God can do anything. However, if you substitute the word
faith, for the word believe it takes on a whole new dimension. Now it reads “. . .if thou canst faith, all
things are possible.” Do you see the
implication? What is holding God back from
doing, is our unbelief or our non-faith in Him.
In other words we are the limiting factor in God working.
Most of the time, we focus on the doing, instead of the
believing. That is because the carnal
mind is trying to earn God’s favor but God has removed effort from the formula
of pleasing him and now all that is required is for us to “believe in Him” or “to
have faith in Him”. God’s part is the
doing and our part is the believing. He
works through our faith but He doesn’t work because we work. God’s power is only exercised upon our
position of faith in Him. This is
perfectly aligned with James 5:15 And
the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord
shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Our efforts should first be to know the Lord intimately, and
then to discover what He is doing and join Him.
He does not join us to fulfill all our plans and dreams but when our
plans and dreams are to see Him magnified here on earth we will see Him do
As I said in my last blog, I would
share some more developments in the training center for Eastern Asia. The need is growing day by day. The attempt to stamp out Christianity by
several countries only emphasizes the importance of this effort. I considered why these countries would fight
so hard to eliminate the church and I came up with a few considerations. First, the number of Christians is growing dramatically. In China alone there are somewhere in the neighborhood
of a million or more Christians. That is
one in fourteen of the people in China are professing Christians. That is a serious block of people who could
potentially threaten the government’s power.
This “threat” would make any government uncomfortable by itself. What the governments fail to recognize is
that the Christians will only make the government stronger when they are
seeking to do what is right.
Christianity stabilizes the people.
Yet the genocide and persecution of Christians to death , is
alarming. There have been more martyrs
in the last 10 years than in all of the previous years of recorded time, and
the rate is increasing every year.
Secondly, historically speaking,
every government that has set out to destroy the church and its people, have
incurred God’s wrath and have fallen as a result of their error. Governments were established by God to be a
blessing to the people but when they reject God and His ways, they are removed
by God. The Christians are not the ones
that they should fear but rather, God who set them up to begin with for he sets
up kingdoms and also removes them. If
they truly want to do what is right then they should embrace them.
There is a hunger for Bible Training
that must be met. I saw this in China last
year and again in Japan this year.
People are willing to make great sacrifice of time, resources and
personal suffering in order to satisfy this hunger. I saw people endure long sessions on small
plastic stools night after night, taking notes as thought their lives depended
on it; and do it night after night. Stories
abound of the cost to satisfy this need.
People are crying out for help and God is listening and has already
begun to answer their prayers.
My burden is to set in motion the
working of a Bible Training Center that will be available for God’s people to
get that training that is so needed. I
have already begun to contact key people who are in a position to be a part of
supplying this need. I have talked with
at least two different schools that presently have online courses available as
well as many of the colleges and universities that also have such
opportunities. I have talked with a
couple of individuals that have financial resources that are willing to
help. I am personally in contact with
some professors and educational institutions that are willing to step up and be
a part of this effort. I will be in a
meeting in December with two key people who will be praying and working with me
to outline such a program.
Would you make it a matter of prayer
to support this effort? As I look around
I see God’s fingerprints on each part of this work. I did not choose it but it was placed upon me
and I can do nothing but move forward with it as the Lord leads. Please understand that this is not my
project, but the Lord’s. We are seeing
God at work.