The Good Book

The Good Book

Journal Entry Dream Date: 2/8/13

BibleSome close friends and family members had read a really good book that was timely, filled with simple truth, and so refreshing that is changed their life, and they wanted me to read it too. I took the book and began to read it and just as it did with them, it changed my life. The book was so enjoyable and brought everyone who read it great joy and happiness. It had great examples of life and explained things in a simple joyous way. It was truly the “Good Book”.

Then I walked into the church I used to attend and selected to sit by a young man I had mentored from time to time. He was sitting with his face to the wall, staring at three unlit communion candles, which were about one foot directly in front of him. He didn’t acknowledge that I was there due to his complete concentration on his religious duties. As I scooted by him to take my seat, I knocked the communion candles over. I chuckled inside with the sight of the religious ritual being disrupted. However, he quickly set the candles back up, refocused his concentration and starred away. Then I noticed that he was holding the same book I was reading in his left hand.

Then the preacher began to teach out of the “Good Book”. In fact He had the whole church reading the same book. However, the more he spoke the less I recognized the book I had so enjoyed.  I even questioned that he was reading the same book that I and my friends had just read. I said to myself “Who would want to read this book the way this man is teaching from it. He had taken away the simplistic message, all the joy, and the refreshing meaning away.”

Then I reached over to the man I had just sat down by and asked to look at the book. He gladly handed it to me. I just had to verify that this was the same book I had read. As I opened the cover, I immediately saw page after page of colorful, worldly material had been inserted into the original text. The pages were brightly colored, like that of the funny papers you get in the Sunday edition each week. Someone had added so much of their material to the “Good Book” that it had lost its ability to bring joy and refreshment to the reader. No one wanted to read it and there was no true joy among his congregation.

Then someone in leadership came up behind the man sitting beside me and poked him in the back and said, “Come with me.” Then the man in leadership pointed at the unlit communion candles and told me to sit there and watch the candles. As I continued to sat there and listened to the preacher preach about everything but the simple truths the “Good Book” has to offer, I saw why people had lost their joy. The meetings were no longer refreshing because they had left the simple truths. This man was preaching his own doctrine.

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Meaning:

Hand ReachingThe Bible was given to mankind to instruct, refresh and bring great joy with its simple to understand and follow truths. When I say simple I don’t mean it in a disparaging way. Simple means easy to understand and follow. The Bible is filled with hundreds and hundreds of uplifting Psalms and promises which were given to mankind by Almighty God, so that we may prove out to be good, wise, fruitful servants of the most high God. To live out simple truths that aren’t burdensome. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” Oh what joy He is too!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones. Pro 3:5-8

Holy Spirit is our teacher and will illuminate spiritual truths found in the text to anyone who is seeking truth. On the other hand, man has chosen to lean to his own understanding, which by adding his own doctrines to the Bible, has taken away the refreshment that only simple truths can bring to your life. Are you tired of the “Ten Steps to Prosperity”? How about “Twenty Things to Do To Get Victory Activated In You Life”? These kinds of teaching are burdensome. Try, try as we may we can’t live by the letter of the word. We must live by the Spirit and be led by the Spirit each day. In so doing you begin to sense a small river of living water flowing from you to others. Oh how we need it!

Years ago when first starting out on this walk, I found my personal, daily walk so fun and refreshing. However, when I attended church and heard the message given by the preacher, I often left depressed, sad and condemned. The message wasn’t God’s message for the people, but man’s perverted doctrine which had been added spoken.

All the additions to the simple truth of the Bible, read The Additions | Walking In the Supernatural have taken away the joy and refreshing message away. It is estimated that there are over 38,000 denominations in America alone. Each one of them believes differently from the others, which means they have added their understanding to the simple truth.  There is only one truth and that is given to us by Holy Spirit.

Some years ago when studying about what true evangelism entails, I asked the Father what a church on every corner meant to Him. Immediately He responded with one word, “Division.”  Then I asked, “What is theology to you?” He responded with, “It is man’s attempt to explain what he doesn’t understand.”

Your joy and refreshing will come from an intimate, live, active relationship with Jesus Christ and learning to see Him and all the wonder of His creation throughout each day of your life. As you take the focus away from yourself and begin to focus on the needs of others you will begin to sense a refreshing joy come into your soul. When you are kind to others and lend a hand, even a cup of water to who thirst, it is the same as giving it to Jesus Christ.

The Challenge

Couple Holding Shopping BasketWhat if every church canceled one meeting a week? Each congregation was instructed not to come to church that day but instead take the money (they were going to give into the church system) and go find people in their family or community that need help and give it to them with no  alternative motive but to help. No intent to grow their congregation whatsoever, just help people. What a difference it will make in the people who give of themselves to others, even more than the ones who receive. Read The Abandoned Harvest

Some years ago, my wife and I volunteered to work in the needy children program in our city. We would box up food, along with some nice toys and take the goods to the needy family on our distribution list. This was our holiday fun event each Christmas. On one particular trip we took a large amount of toys and food to some kids who were were in the care of their grandmother due to their mother being in prison.

We parked in front of their house and I grabbed the bags of toys and began walking towards the house. The kids were excited to see us and came running out of the house directly at us. I was dismayed when the kids ran past me, and my booty of toys, and went to my wife which was caring some of the bags of groceries. The oldest child said, “Now that’s what I’m talking about!” Kids not interested in toys? What is this? I’d never seen such hungry kids. They wanted food more than toys? This really touched us. We didn’t know kids were going hungry in America.

 We left there and went back to the administrator of the program and told her that this family needed more food that we brought to them. As it ended up we made another trip that day, taking more food to these hungry little souls. They even put the family on a weekly grocery program so they wouldn’t go hungry.

The feeling of giving and helping others brought such a warm, loving, joyous meaning to our lives. So, If you want refreshing and joy to return to your Christian walk, then find the heart of Jesus Christ and Father God and go help souls in your family and your own community. Take what’s in your power to do and put it in the hands of those in need.

What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:15-18

May it be so!

Bro. Bill

Scripture References:

Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD. Jer. 9:23-24

They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. The LORD [is] gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. Ps, 145:7-8

Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: The LORD openeth [the eyes of] the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. Ps. 146:7-9

“And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I
say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” Mat. 10:42

Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God. 1 Cor. 4:5 (note…in this verse darkness means the secret areas where you good deeds are hidden where only God can see them. It’s not an evil darkness at all.)

 



  • To Be With Him

    Journal Entry: 9/9/2010

    Dream: Just To Be With Him

    kitty quiet time smlI was driving down the hi-way and was half-way between two small towns. I pulled my vehicle off to the side of the road onto the grass and got out. I walked to the rear of the vehicle and saw my cat (named Kitty) who is a dear family member.  She apparently had walked fifteen miles to get where I had stopped my vehicle. At first I didn’t like it that she had left her safe home until I realized how much she just wanted to be with me which was displayed by the great effort it took to come be with me. I picked her up in my arms and put her in the front passenger seat. She sat up tall and gleamed with joy because she was with me and I was very happy to be with her as well.

    Then the scene in the dream changed and I was sitting in the front passenger seat of my natural father’s vehicle. I always loved being with him although he didn’t speak that much to me. I was just so happy to be with him as he steered the vehicle onto a side road to show me things he found interesting. I looked over at him as he rode with his elbow sticking out the window and he pointed out things he wanted to show me; I loved every minute of it. Somehow, I knew he enjoyed it as much as I did.

    End of Dream:

    Meaning of dream:

    The dream is about how our heavenly Father loves for us to come to be with Him.  As much as I was touched by the effort my cat made to be with me, so does our heavenly Father appreciate our effort to be with Him. The thrill I felt when I realized that my cat risked everything by coming so far to be with me melted my heart. She gave up her safety, comfort, resources and family to follow me; I was so touched. The Lord impressed upon me that this is how He feels when His children come just to be with Him in fellowship.  He loves us being with Him and looks for those who will come spend time with Him. Few will make the effort but those who do are greatly rewarded.

    Many times when I have been before the Lord I experienced the supernatural things of God which would not have happened if I hadn’t disciplined myself to spend intimate time with Him. Many people are seeking the supernatural of God but aren’t seeking Him for Him alone.

    I can remember just sitting in the same room with my natural father just because I wanted to be with him. I wasn’t necessarily expecting anything from him each time but when he did open up and share mysteries of his life it made me want to know him all the more.

    Our heavenly Father is much like that in regard to wanting us to be with Him and if He chooses to open up, you will want to keep coming back time and time again to be with Him, wanting to know Him all the more.

    I promise you if you will make the effort to be with Him in a steadfast, faithful manner, He will reveal Himself at a time of His choosing. After all He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

    “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Heb 11:6

    Jesus taught it is necessary to deny ourselves and follow Him which is key to knowing the things of God. He also declared that we will be known by our fruit.

    priest praying“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.” “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”So then, you will know them by their fruits. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many  miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Mat 7:18-23

    How do you get to know someone? You spend time with them as often as you can. You exchange thoughts and learn about one another. Over a period of time you build a relationship that truly is wonderful and unique. We hear how it is important to know God and most take that to mean read the Bible and learn about Him but that is only part of the equation. Jesus makes it clear in Matthew 7 verse 23 that he will declare to them, “I never knew you”.

    I can read about the president of the country but that doesn’t mean I know him. I only know about him. However, if I spend time visiting with him, eventually I can say I know him and he knows me.

    Relationship is the one thing that is threaded into God’s word from Genesis to Revelation. From the beginning of man in the Garden up to now God is looking for people who want to know Him in a true relationship. That is what it is about…RELATIONSHIP! When the Lord showed me Mat 7:18-23 some years ago and what He would do with those who use Him to self-promote their ministry I heard Him clearly say to me, “It’s about RELATIONSHIP”! I have kept true to that revelation ever since no matter what I’m going through I go through it in a pure relationship with my Lord.

    I believe relationship is the one key thing that is missing in the messages preached today. Relationship is the true foundation of walking with God and being pleasing in His sight. In a few verses just after Jesus said, “I never knew you” He teaches about building your house on the rock so you can stand when the floods come and they will come.

    Relationship goes beyond just knowing the scriptures because He is the incarnate Word. Just knowing the Word won’t keep you from perishing in Hell but being known intimately of God will. If you read the book by Mary K. Baxter, “A Divine Revelation of Hell” you will never be the same person again. You will be amazed at the revelation which she brings from her journeys there and how many lost souls speak scriptures in the flames of their torment. You can search the Internet and find the book, audio or soft copy version. The Start of Audio version: Part 1 of 14.

    Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” Mat. 16:24

    And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” MK 8:34

    relationshipAnd He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:59-62

    Jesus spoke about the sower of the seed and how the devil would come to steal the Word of God from the heart. The rocky ground is where the roots of the seed couldn’t go down deep enough to survive the heat and dry climate and the thorns which grew up to choke out the plant representing the cares of the world.

    We live in a busy world and have things on our plate but we must make time to be with the Father. It is the key vital part that is missing in most Christians walk. Many people try to substitute attending church as being with the Father but that isn’t the same. Is being in a public meeting with your spouse the same as being alone with them in an intimate setting?  Of course not and neither is your public display intimate time with the Father. It can be part of your walk but God never intended it to replace time alone with Him.

    He wants us to come and desires it more than we know. Think about how you feel when your spouse, kids, dear friends or pets come to you just to be with you and how that makes you feel. Now imagine how the Father feels when you come to be with Him for no other reason than you just want to spend time together. Relationship is the true foundation of the believers walk and truly isn’t an option with God. Think about that statement for a second. If you want the things of God you have to be known of God and that requires a relationship with Him.

    I hope you will make the necessary changes to your walk and make relationship with Him a priority. It will forever change you!

    Be Blessed In a Fruitful Relationship with Him,

    Bro. Bill



  • My Childhood God vs. the Intimate Bride

    lil girl churchAs a child, my brothers and I were taken by the hand and walked to church every Sunday morning by our Mother.  We enjoyed summer Bible schools, the activities, the friends and it’s safe to say that church for me was a social activity and little more.  I attended church services most of my life and yet knew nothing of God’s love, His compassion, His mercy nor His personality. I did however, know stories about Him; I knew about Him yet I never knew Him.

    I would describe my Childhood God as:

    -Far away

    -Old

    -Stern

    -Mysterious

    -Hard to reach

    -All-powerful

    -Unknown

    -Foreign

    -Impersonal

    Perhaps these labels sound familiar to you as well, but He doesn’t have to stay that way and He desires so much more.  I had no idea or knowledge that I could have a relationship with such a Mighty One!

    Over the past ten years, He’s revealed Himself to me; He’s brought anointed people to teach me and to give me tools to live by.  He’s allowed loss and pain and unimaginable changes in my life and in me.  At the end of these past ten years, I can now look back and say, although hard, it’s been a good life and I’m still learning to adjust day-by-day.

    The Lord has anointed and commissioned me to “Teach them what to do so that they may be more at ease with Me.”  In this blog, as He leads me, I’ll be sharing some of my personal daily journal entries, some of my dreams, some of my visions, some of my personal words from Him, some of my poems, fascinating book recommendations and significant quotes.

    Journal entry May 07

    jj brickwall“Where am I and how do I feel?  I have no idea where I’m going or what I’m to do except for now I’m to abide, to trust and to wait.  It’s a strange place this place, it’s here and it’s now, it’s fun and it’s scary, it’s busy but at times it’s very lonely.  It’s NOwhere and it’s NOW here – see, how strange it is?

    I’ve almost no identity.  I have exercise class, I have church, my household chores and very little family interaction.  Mostly, I have my husband, my daughter and my brother and for right now that’s okay, I think.

    What do I need?  I do not know except only more of the same, I need to continue to abide, to trust and to wait while being content.  I’m letting my soul grow up and so here I am, I remain in NOwhere and yet in NOWhere.”

     Come back and let Him teach you, let Him love you, let Him strengthen you and most importantly, let Him reveal Himself to you.

    I’ll leave you with this quote, “During the winter the trees “appear” dead; they are not so in reality but on the contrary, are submitting to a process that preserves and strengthens them.  For what is the effect of winter?  It contracts their exterior, so that the sap is not uselessly expended and it concentrates the strength on their roots, so that new roots are pushed out and old ones are strengthened and nourished and forced deeper into the soil.  Alas, the tree was never more alive and is becoming more firmly established.”  Madam Jeanne Guyon



  • The Preparation of the Bride – The Epoch pt.1

    For many years, the Father has shared His secrets with me, which deal with the timing of end time events and shifts in the Spirit. When I say timing I am talking about epochs, which basically means time and season and appointed events in Bible prophecy.

    The BrideAt the end of a weekly prayer meeting on May 29, 2007, as I got up off my knees, I heard the Father say, “Thinning Out”. That’s it, two words but serious and very powerful words from the Father.  I knew that the church must  be purged of those who are discontent, disgruntled and those who were there for the wrong reasons. Indeed this word has played out over the course of two years; we have witnessed many leave the church from the local body, the nation as well as international ministries. Many walked out of their local churches in rebellion, disgruntled and disillusioned while others were exposed in public as a national disgrace. However, I want to show you that the season, the time, the epoch has changed as Christ’s return approaches closer. Christ wants you to know it is time to make yourself ready! Scripture Ref. 1 Peter 4:17 “For {it is} time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if {it} {begins} with us first, what {will be} the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”

    “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready”. Rev. 19:7

    On May, 31, 2007 my wife and I watched our favorite TV program, we liked to watch this particular program for our fun-time together.  I heard the Father say, “After this, the preparation of the bride begins”.  The “after this” was two words I heard during the prayer meeting the two nights prior where the Father said, “Thinning out”.

    After the “thinning out” the preparation of the bride begins.

    On July 15, 2009 in the night the Father showed me a vision of a card and written on the card were three words, “Prepare My Bride!”  Then I awoke and began laying this new assignment at His feet.  I recognized these words represent a major shift in the Spirit and the plan of God.  I told Him, “I don’t know how nor do I know who the bride is or what condition is she in. Father, show me the bride and give me the anointing required to fulfill this commission!” Please note that in the natural it is impossible to fulfill a God-given assignment in our own ability or strength. We must rely on His anointing to accomplish His will.  I believe we will begin to see people coming back to the body of Christ, people you would thought would never be serving God, but they will! They’re part of the bride. You’ll see great signs, wonders and miracles happening to those who come unto Him in the days ahead!

    The next night the Father began to give me a series of dreams about the bride.

    Dream #1: The Bride Is Missing People

    bride On July 16, 2009, in a dream, I was asked to build a nursery in a church. I put together what I could find from what supplies were available, but there just wasn’t enough material to work with or enough people to help.  I called in a man I knew was knowledgeable in building things and has wisdom to get advice on what I needed to complete the nursery project. He said that I needed more support here and then pointed to another area and said it was missing pieces and it would take more people to make it happen but I had a good start.

     [The dream’s meaning showed me the bride is missing people who belong in the bride but are not properly aligned in the will of God. We need them to make the bride complete. The man in the dream is a man I know who isn’t currently involved in church or with his family, he is addicted to alcohol. The man represents all those who are out of God’s will thus “dis-appointed”. They belong in the bride but have never found their place in God’s will] See Millions Will Perish

    Dream #2: The Bride Is International

    July 16, 2009 many people were at a company dressed up as soldiers from all over the world, there were Russians, Germans, East block, etc. It was very colorful and amazing to see all the nations represented. Although we all come from different corners of the globe we had one thing in common, we were all soldiers.

    [The dreams meaning is that the bride will be made up of people from all nations around the world]. Scripture ref. Matthew 24:31 “And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”

    Dream #3: Corporate Authority

    On July 16, 2009 I was given another dream where I worked for a very large corporate company.  One employee was having trouble so I approached the company leadership on his behalf discussing his problem in an effort to get him help. The man in leadership, which was less than merciful, told me I couldn’t discuss matters like this with leadership ever again.  I said, “I can and I will!” Then a man got hurt on a fire hose near an escalator and needed 911 services, but when I went to leadership they didn’t care to help. They just left it to the employees to get the man help and we did.

    [Meaning: Much of the current leadership in the established church is self-serving and they put their welfare before the congregations’ welfare. They feel the congregation is there to serve them rather than them serving the people. Most church leadership doesn’t want to discuss real issues with the church members nor do they want to hear how they are missing it. They often order people to be silent in these matters. The encouraging thing in the dream is that the body worked it out without leadership’s heavy hand.  This is the mold for the bride. The bride will discover that this is the way the early church handled matters. They weren’t encumbered by self-serving leadership and grew close and tight together as a unit. They experienced “ekklesia”, the real church for themselves and so will the bride of Christ.] Scripture Ref. 1 Peter 2:17 “Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.”, John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Romans 12:10 {Be} devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor, Romans 13:8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled {the} law.  For Leaders:  Hebrew 13:7 “Obey your leaders and submit {to them,} for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.”

    Dream #3:  Scene 2 The Bride Freed From Addiction

    In a secret office, in the back right corner, people were being anointed to minister deliverance from alcohol, drugs and all manner of addictions. As he pleaded with the officers to let him go, an addicted man said, “This is going to ruin my career!”

    [God is anointing people to minister to addicts of all kinds, to minister deliverance to them so that they can step into their place in the bride of Christ. So many people are “dis-appointed” from the bride due to addiction. God will deliver them from this horrible lifestyle! Wait and see!]

    Dream #4: Grand Central Station

    foreign spiritJuly 17, 2009 – I found myself sitting in Grand Central Station and it was empty! This startled me because it is one of the busiest locations in New York City. I asked the Father where are all the people and I heard Him say, “There’s no one here, but they’re coming”. There was a large steam locomotive standing beside the bench I was sitting on and it was fake. It had a frame that held up the shape of a locomotive but it was just there for show, it couldn’t do anything. I looked around for a wrench and began losing some bolts to take this fake equipment down. I turned to a man who was coming by and I said, “Why don’t you take this locomotive because you can use it in your business.”  I heard a sound and looked far down to the other end of the building where a man in a golf cart was speeding my way. I thought to myself “Uh oh”.  The man had seen me taking down the display, and as he pulled up by me with screeching tires, A man dressed in an Air Force uniform. He looked at me and said, “If you need anything just call us!”

    [Meaning: The bride isn’t assembled yet but it is time for her to come together. The fake things must be removed before the real can be revealed. My assignment is to help remove the fake, false doctrine that prevents people from seeing the urgency to make themselves ready.  The Air Force man…well that’s pretty clear at to its meaning…If I need anything I can just ask the Father and He will send me help in a big way. Jesus said that he could call upon 12 legions to rescue him if he desired.]  See Preparation of the Bride Pt. 2

    Dream #5 – The Condition of the Bride

    July 17, 2009 – With her back to me, I saw my wife raise her blouse up in a motion that exposed her breasts as she began running up a dirt ramp. I watched in wonder as to why she would possibly be doing this. She kept climbing up the ramp and at the top there was a rusty colored tanker ship. She jumped spread eagle and stuck her breasts and entire body up tight against the ship in a very provocative manner.

    [Meaning – The bride is committing adultery and fornication with foreign spirits. Most tankers are foreign and ships can represent spirits. My wife represents the bride in this dream. The bride currently is exposing herself and committing adultery to foreign spirits. Please examine every area in your life to see if you are intimate with things that aren’t of God. If so, say what God says about them and turn from them immediately and God will restore you. ] Scripture Ref. 1 Cor. 6:15-16 “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body {with her?} For He says, “THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.” See Vision of the Three Legged Donkey

    Scripture Ref. 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

    This is first of a multiple part series. I pray you have been by reading this blog.

    Bro. Bill



  • How to Make Successful Directional Changes

    detourSome Christians are seeking to find the plan that God has for their life but forget the fundamentals of seeking first the Kingdom of God and then all these things will be added unto you. Learning how to get quiet on the inside and grow your relationship with the Lord will help you begin to hear God impressions upon your spirit in whatever way He chooses to convey them.

    “But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for {us} with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to {the will of} God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to {His} purpose.” Rom. 8: 25-28

    What is happening in your life in the present, whether good or bad, is a result of what you have or have not prayed out in the days past, and what happens in the future will be a result of your present prayer life.

    At times, the Holy Spirit will impress you to pray about certain matters that concern His plan for your life. You’ll have an anointing or unction of the Holy Spirit to pray but if you ignore Holy Spirit’s promptings that unction will lift. If you keep ignoring the Holy Spirit leading He will stop dealing with you about this issue because you’ve become callous and insensitive to His promptings.

    Why would God give more revelation to an individual who is ignoring what He has already revealed to them.

    Directional Changes (Transition)

    Directional changes in our walk are necessary if we are going to walk in God’s will for our life. Some examples of directional changes are geographical relocation, employment, church affiliation, education, relationships, stepping down or into ministry, etc.

    Directional changes also present the greatest challenge in the Christian walk because it requires so many aspects of our spiritual being to walk in the perfect will of God. The Bible is full of the wisdom of God but it doesn’t contain detailed information involving directional changes for your personal life. Those things come from the leading of the Holy Spirit.

    In order to make a successful directional change in the Christian walk understand that it is made up of five parts.

    1.) Revelation

    The “revelation” is what you heard God say to you however he chose to say it, either in your spirit, hearing His thoughts, His voice, dreams, visions, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, prophecy, etc.

    2.) Interpretation

    What did God say, how did He say it and what is the meaning. Always hold up before God what you receive from Him. Don’t jump to a quick conclusion what He means with out first getting His understanding on the matter. This is critical and if you don’t do it you will certainly fail in successfully following God’s plan for your life.

    3.) Confirmation

    Ask God for to confirm what you understand and remain objective and open trusting Him to show if you have heard him correctly or not.

    4.) Submit It

    Submit what you are hearing to someone who has proven fruit of following God’s plan for their life. This may be your pastor, mentor, elder, or someone who you know exhibits Godly wisdom in their life.

    5.) Application

    Find out from God how to implement what you now understand He wants you to do. This often is the most difficult piece of the following God’s plan for our life.

    How To Hear

    directionalIt is vital to read and study the New Testament and the other books of the Bible in order to gauge what you hear lines up with His word. God will not ever violate what He has already spoken to us in the written text.  There are other voices besides the voice of God so be sure and become a student of the word. 2 Tim. 2:15

    When you hear a word, run it through these filters to see if it passes the following test:

    • 1) Does it align with God’s word?
    • 2) Does it align with His character, His nature?
    • 3) Does it build faith?
    • 4) Does it sound like something God would say?

    If what you heard will pass this test then it’s pretty safe to say you heard God.

    Determine what you’ll do at God’s prompting before hand. Make a decision to respond instantly to Holy Spirit’s leading. As you consistently practice obedience to Holy Spirit, especially in the small things that come up in the Spirit, you will consistently grow in hearing and be able to hear what God has to say about more important matters for your life. You will grow in the wisdom of God.

    If you don’t practice following God in the small, quiet promptings throughout the day you will never be able to following Him confidently in the bigger things. A healthy God relationship is developed over the course of time spent walking with the conscious presence of God throughout each day.

    The scripture below is a “key” verse in following God’s plan for your life. If you don’t adhere to it you will find it difficult if not impossible to follow God’s plan for your life.

    “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. 1 Thes. 4:11-12

    If you find yourself in need examine your own life to see if you are following each aspect of 1 Thes. 4:11-12. It is vital to do! Are you having trouble hearing God, then examine your life to see if you’re living a quiet life? Is your behavior toward outsiders of the faith appropriate? Then perhaps you need to attend your own business, get busy with your duties and be quiet. Do these things and your needs will come easily when you ask God for them, exactly right on time.

    • Asking God for your needs and the needs of others and seeing Him faithfully supply them right before your eyes is God’s plan to establish trust so you will follow Him into a greater and more intimate relationship. LK. 11: 9-13 (Ask, Seek, Knock)
    • Knowing the will of God and walking in the will of God is contingent upon your prayer life and upon being established in the word.
    • The more time you spend waiting before the Lord in the word and in prayer, the more sure you will be of the next step to take.
    • In God’s presence, what is not of God in your life will gradually fall away. (Weights, strongholds, sins will fall off your life)
    • As you practice out the mystery of God’s plan for your life according to the word, the Lord will take you deeper in the realm of prayer than you’ve ever been before. (not mystical or floating, but an intimate level of communion with Him)
    • It should be as natural for the believer to be led by the Spirit and to walk by faith as it is for a fish to swim in water and a bird to fly in the air.

    Reference Scriptures: Prov. 3:5-6, Prov. 4:20-22, Lk 11: 9-13, 1 Thes. 4:11-12

    More Keys to Hearing

    First believe that you can hear His voice. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;” JN 10:27

    • Make a decision to always stay sensitive to those gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit.
    • Set aside daily time to wait upon the Lord in prayer and in the Word to discover His guidance and direction for your life. You can’t just come to God when you want to and expect to grow in hearing God.
    • Wait long enough in prayer for all your physical senses and emotions to be brought into captivity so they no longer dominate you. The more you practice this the easier it becomes to become still in your thoughts and body.
    • Spend time in God’s presence, ministering to the Lord in praise and worship. This will quiet your mind and strengthen your spirit. (worship means to bow down, prostrate oneself)
    • Praying in your prayer language (tongues) will build you up (edify) your spirit man and fine tune your spiritual senses. Pray in the Spirit long enough and you will get deeper over into the Spirit and you will be able to differentiate between your soul and your spirit man.
    • Praying in the spirit is like when an astronaut fires the retro rockets on the spacecraft to adjust the speed, direction or orientation of the spacecraft. When we pray in the spirit the speed (timing), direction (transitions) and orientation are adjusted so we arrive at our destination per God’s plan.. If NASA wants to place a spacecraft on the Mars they have to aim where Mars will be not where it is currently at for a successful landing.
    • Journaling – Record the dreams, visions, impressions, prophecies, flow of thoughts, rhema word in a journal on a consistent basis over a long period of time. It’s like putting a puzzle together one piece at a time. Over a long enough period of time the puzzle begins to take shape and it’ picture is displayed.By writing down what you see in dreams, visions, prophecies, etc you’re showing God that you’re honoring His voice and that you place value upon what He is telling you. It is a fact that within a few minutes or even before waking up from a dream that many details have already faded from our memory. Rehearse what you heard or saw in the dream when you wake during the night and record it in your journal as soon as possible. Do you remember all the dreams you had last week, last month, last years? The greater the revelation you receive, the greater the challenge which lies ahead. You’ll need everything God conveyed to you in your journal to strengthen your faith when things aren’t going like you thought they would. That is one of the greatest reasons to record the revelation.  Hab. 2:1-2
    • Waiting in silence before him and actively listening (being attune) to Him at all times even during your busy day.
    • Not reasoning trying to figure it out in your natural understanding.
    • Be steadfast in faith and trust.
    • Quiet Time – Get still long enough on the inside. Set a table next to where you have quiet time and when your busy body wants to think about your busy day take the time to write down the events of your busy day and tell your flesh that you don’t have to think about that now it’s covered. Tell your flesh and your soul to be quiet that you’re having quiet time with God now, so it doesn’t interrupt. Tell your body that after quiet time you’ll take care of your body’s needs.Once your body & mind are quiet, listen way down deep in your innermost being to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. “Don’t be lazy here and stop short of hearing what the Lord is saying to you in your spirit. “If you become spiritually lethargic, you could end up following your own soulful desires all the time thinking you’re following God’s plan for your life.

    wrongwaySearch around to find Holy Spirit’s leading during your quiet time when you don’t sense the anointing. You may read the word awhile waiting, then pray for a bit still waiting, pick up a book reading and waiting, try praying in the spirit and usually somewhere in the process you will begin to sense the leading of the Holy Spirit. Practice this often and even if during your entire quiet time you never sensed the leading of the Holy Spirit don’t be discourage, return again and again until you do. It will happen and more often as you continue to practice the presence of the Lord. It is a very holy pursuit and it pleases God. He will show up, that is His promise.

    • Meditate on God’s word continually especially when you lay down to sleep or wake up in the night. “My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.” Ps. 119:48

    Ministering to the Lord means: Linger in His presence, loving and worshiping Him for all that He is and for all He has done for you. “It means to drink in His Glory and power and to let Him saturate every part of your being.” Acts 13:2 – “As they ministered to the Lord & fasted” Ministering to the Lord you create the kind of atmosphere in which the Holy Spirit can speak to your heart.)

    Over the course of time you’ll understand between your own wants and desires and what God wants for you. Then we capture the heart of God in a certain matter and know how and when to make the directional change.

    Be still and know I AM God! Ps. 46:10

    Learn to Distinguish Between Your Spirit and Soul

    You have to learn to distinguish between your soulful thoughts and desires and the Lord’s leading in your spirit. How do I do that?

    “Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Any man of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, puts right before his face the stumbling block of his iniquity, and {then} comes to the prophet, I the LORD will be brought to give him an answer in the matter in view of the multitude of his idols,” Ezk.14:4

    “For the word of God [is] living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Heb. 4:12

    • Being well grounded in the Word is essential to distinguishing between soul and spirit.
    • Being established in the Word will also help you learn recognize the voice of satan as well. The devil will try and speak subtle lies to deceive you.

    “You are of [your] father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own [resources], for he is a liar and the father of it.”  JN 8:44

    • “This great dragon–the ancient serpent called the Devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world–was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.” Rev.12:9
    • God speaks to your spirit. What the Holy Spirit says will always line up with His word. God will never lead your steps beyond the principles of His word.
    • Examine your motives for taking the step you’re considering. Why do I want to do this? (Do I want to do this for my own selfish benefit or because someone else is doing this?) “For all who are led by the Spirit, these are the sons of God.” Rom. 8:14
    • Is this something my soulful nature wants to do or something God wants me to do?

    (Sometimes it takes a considerable amount of time staying in the presence of God to settle those questions)

    Misleading Comes From:  The truth of God is ministering to your own spirit, constantly feeding your spirit by meditating on the word of God and building a relationship by fellowshipping with the Lord is the most important thing you can do to develop your spirit, so you can ascertain God’s will for you life. (Only then can you live in the abundance God has provided for you.)
    • My own emotions (HALT, hurt, angry, lonely, tired)
    • My own personality
    • Failure to study God word. 2 Tim. 2:15
    • Disobedience – (If I am unwilling to follow God in the small things I will never be able to follow Him in the bigger things in life).
    • Remaining in the mental realm (reasoning will take you out of the plan of God if you continue in it long enough. You will miss His will for your life when you stay in your natural thinking.
    • Remaining in the physical realm
    • Preconceived concepts of God are futile and an impediment to your walk with Him.
    • Forgetting that the spiritual realm is the root, the stem and the ground of which all else grows
    • Not following your conscious (gut) or peace.

    Now That I’ve Heard God Then What?

    Timing

    stop“My time is not yet here, but your time is always opportune.” JN. 7:6 Jesus was speaking about His ministry when the disciples implored Him to reveal His ministry at the Feast of Tabernacles.

    Sometimes it takes long seasons of waiting before the Lord in prayer in order to get your motives pure and your priorities sorted according to the word and distinguish between the clamoring of your soul and the voice of the spirit. Just because God tells you to do something it doesn’t necessarily mean immediately. Hold up what He has told you before Him and seek His guidance in the matter.

    If God tells you He wants you to start a new church don’t immediately get your shovel and begin to break ground. Or if He tells you to quit your job find out how he wants you to do that. Hold everything He reveals to you in His words, dreams, visions and prophecies before Him to get His understanding in each matter. It is essential in following God’s plan for your life.

    Not all delays are due to you. In order for you to fulfill what God has for you requires other individuals to align with God’s plan as well in order for you to step into yours. These are circumstances in which you may never be made aware, however when the circumstance changes, doors begin to open.

    There are so many contributing factors to list. A good example can be your destiny is awaiting an inventions or technology deployment to become main stream before you can begin what you have been given by God to perform. The Internet has allowed many to step into a new kind of ministry which wasn’t possible only a few years ago. Before TV became main stream no one could become a TV evangelist or build a world wide broadcast ministry. And even that required the development of rockets that could deliver satellites to space.  

    What if I’ve been doing that and I still haven’t heard anything?

    Keep doing it; don’t place a time limit on God! Keep on seeking the Lord in the word and prayer.

    If you want to be led by the Spirit always be willing to respond to His leading, even if it doesn’t’ agree with your own human reasoning, expectations or desires.

    Don’t hinder your ability to discern His guidance through wrong thinking or selfish ambitions.

    Stay teachable and open your heart to anything the Lord may tell you. He will teach you His own ways and direct into His plan for My life.

    Remember, We’re seeking Him and His Kingdom first and then all these things will be added unto us.



  • My Wisdom Floods the Earth

    Prophecy 1/17/09

    In retrospect I am all things to all people. My wisdom floods the earth and My counsel is wise beyond all measure of problems and doubt. I am full of the wisdom of the ages to come, for I alone have understanding in these matters. Few seek My counsel in these matters for they think they can not know. Indeed they can know for I am not far removed from their paths. Pro. 3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

    gpsInside of each human resides a part of Me and the spirit of man is molded from creation for man to communicate with Me. It is as much a receiver as it is a transmitter. In your terms today compare it to how a Global Positioning System (GPS) works. It tells Me your location, direction, speed, course and it is always on, always transmitting, always tuned for My monitoring.

    Is. 3o:21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.

    The difference between a believer and a non-believer is that the believer is receiving information about their course, speed, trouble, such as roadblocks, detours and the like as well as information about rest stops, provision, encouragement to press on and so much more. It is My desire that all would come to Me. I love all of my creation equally. In these last days it will become more and more vital to tune in and listen to My distinct voice as I prompt you with information about all manner of things from the smallest detail of your daily life to the realm of heavenly importance.

    Knowledge will flood your soul; the knowledge of God will come in flashes of revelation, in special counsel within My courts, dreams, visions and the unlocking of the mysteries of My word.

    girl_handMy plans are absolute, non-wavering and precise. I will accomplish My plan with you or without you, you must decide your choice. Come along for the ride of your life or pursue your own course that leads to defeat, confusion, disappointment, unbelief and a turning away from Me, ultimately death.

     Jer. 7:23 “But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’

    Now is the time to come and buy from Me fine gold and silver. This is the time to prepare for the wicked days ahead. Now is the time to be in prayer, soaking in My Spirit, permeating your soul with the love and wisdom of the Unwavering God.

    Take heed and listen, the storm of all storms is coming in the earth, but now is time of “Preparation of My Bride”. I say Come, Come Now!

    Bro. Bill



  • Holy Dreams Given After Brad’s Passing (Move On But Remember!)

    On September 3, 2008, Brad passed away five months ago to the day. We still have moments from time to time but shortly after his passing God did give the family some dreams to help heal and show his marvelous love for us. Our hope is that when you read these dreams you will see how Holy Spirit comforts and confirms that the righteous are truly loved and taken care of in the marvelous, illuminating light and love of the eternal God. God assured us that Brad was in heaven and having a BLAST!!!!! WOW!

    New Dreams Added -Update 10-14-09

    These two dreams came to Wendy and Jodie on the same night. Pretty remarkable when you think about it. What an amazing God we have.

    Wendy’s Dream:

    brad-montagueI dreamed that the “O” was all spending time together and someone looked over and said, “LOOK!”  We all looked & there was a large Egyptian-looking tomb with steps leading up out of it.  We saw a man’s figure walking out of it.  I looked closer and said, “THAT’S BRAD!”  He was wearing khaki shorts and his green island shirt he used to wear on the cruises.  He was smiling and walking towards us.  We all stared stunned, of course.

    He walked up to me and smiled real big and said, “Hi Pook!”  I said, “HI!”  He hugged me real big.  We felt such love for each other but it was like a very special brother-sister type of love.  He looked at Chris and said, “Hey guy!  How’s it going for you two?”  Chris looked dumbfounded and said, “It’s going great!”  Brad laughed and playfully said, “That’s awesome!  I’m very happy for you!  And hey, why don’t you wipe that silly look off your face!”  We all started to laugh.  He knew we were in shock, he was just being funny…like Brad!

    I looked over at Bill and he had his phone out video taping everything.  He had started videoing the minute he saw Brad walking out of the tomb.  He said, “I want all of this documented as proof for people to see!”  I said, “Hurry everyone!  Hug him before he has to leave!  He probably can’t stay long!”  Brad said, “Actually I got a 3-day pass!  I get to stay and visit for 3 days.”  I said, “Really?!  You can do that?!”  He laughed and said, “Yes I can.  I missed all of you and requested it, so here I am.”  We were all so excited.  He took turns spending time with each individual member of the “O”, talking privately with Mom, with Jas, with Jo, with Bill.  He played with Mollee and told her how big she had gotten & how beautiful she was.

    He looked around and said, “Where’s Caleb?”  I said, “OH!  He’s taking a nap inside!  C’mon let’s surprise him!”  Brad smiled so big, excited to see him.  We walked into a dark room and I said, “Wait out here!”  I went in & told Caleb, “Hey Bud, wake up!  I have someone that wants to see you.”  Caleb sat up and rubbed his eyes.  Brad walked in and smiled SO big.  He stretched out his arms and said, “TA-DA!!!!”  Then sat down by Caleb on the bed.  Caleb looked at him in disbelief, then he started to cry and wrapped his arms around Brad in a big hug.  They hugged for a long time.

    Later that night, I told Chris, “Do you think he’s really still here?!”  We went to check and Brad was laying on the floor, asleep, on a pallet.  I touched him and said, “Brad…are you asleep?”  He blinked and said, “Yeah what’s up?”  I said, “I was just making sure you were still here..and not…gone again.”  He smiled & said, “No Pook…I’m here for 2 more days.”

    A few days later we were at church after Brad had gone back to Heaven.  I was taking Bill’s phone around to person after person showing them the video saying, “LOOK!  Heaven is SO real!  Your loved ones are ALIVE!  You will see them again!”

    This was a wonderful, LIFE-LIKE dream.  It was SO good to see Brad!

    Jodie’s Dream 10-14-09

    dream journalI cant tell you how this has blessed me. I had been thinking about him alot lately and talking to God about how much I missed him. Night before last I dreamed I was walking along side a river. It was Spring time and I was taking real deep breaths of air because the smell of flowers was so strong. Birds were chirping. I could feel the grass under my bare feet. When I stopped to look at the water I heard grass crunching like someone walking up behind me. I turned around and it was Brad. He was walking kinda slow and was grinning from ear to ear…lol….I can still see it. I said in excitment,”Brad! Oh my Gosh!” I began to cry and as he approached me he put his hand up in a manor to say “hold on a minute”…and he said, “Now whats that all about, Sis???” I said, “Brad I’ve just missed you so much..we all have! I cant believe Im standing here talking to you…I wish everyone was here!” He put his hand on my arm and said,”Sis, I have so much love…I feel so much love…like I’ve never felt before.” I smiled and said,”I am so happy for you Brad.” He looked down a minute as if he heard something and then looked right up into my eyes. He said,”Jo….that’s what its about…Love. That’s what it was all about….Love….”
    ….Then I woke up….I knew right away what “it” was. The whole process of why he went to Heaven and didnt stay. It was so awesome and I have such peace about the whole thing. I didnt know I needed it, but I have it now! lol….

    4-14-08

    JODIE’S DREAM ABOUT BRAD

     brad beachI was walking into a house I had never been in before but was somehow familiar…As soon as I opened the front door and stepped inside I heard Brad laugh and it startled me! I started toward the door I thought I heard him in and he walked passed the door way with a platter in his hands. As he walked by he was smiling and talking to someone sitting at a table. I wanted to go in, but couldn’t. I thought inside,”But I want to talk to him! I want him to know I’m here!” He looked up from the table toward me and said, “In time, but not right now.” He turned and kept talking to whoever he was visiting with…

     

     

    4-14-08

    MOLLEE’S DREAM ABOUT BRAD (As told by Jo)

     I woke her up this morning for school and she turned her face into the pillow and said, “No I’m not through yet…!” I knew she was still in dream mode……she opened her eyes and looked at me and smiled and said…”Uncle Brad is proud of me..”  I said “huh?” She said Uncle Brad told me he was so proud of me for making right choices….I said,”Did you dream about Uncle Brad?” and she said,”Yes! and you woke me up and I wasn’t through!” I said,”what was he doing?” she said, “I didn’t see him but I could smell him and hear him…”   Wahhhhhhh….  OH! and she said he was holding my hand!

     

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    Bill’s Dream About Brad

    I walked up to a door that was shut. I knew Brad was in there. I pushed open the door a slight bit and peeked in. I saw Brad lying on the left side of the room in a hospital bed with his head and feet pointed away from us.  Someone came and placed a mattress that just fit the doorway opening so we couldn’t go in or see much. I did see a bright light that was coming in through an east facing window.  It shone on Brad brightly.  We tried to see him two or three more times but he was gone.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     4-18-08
    Wendy’s Dream About Brad

     Early this morning I dreamed that my phone rang.  I looked at it and it said “Pook calling”.  (Which was Brad’s name in my phone).  I stared at it in disbelief & started trembling.  I answered & said “Hello?”  Brad said, “Hey Baby, it’s me!”  I was completely stunned & said “Wow.  Hi.”  He said, “Listen, I only have a minute but I wanted to tell you that it’s glorious here!!  No words could ever describe it!”  I was still in such shock.  I said, “Really?!”  He said, “Oh yes…and Baby, it’s true.  When you get here, there is a schooling.  Some people get here and they think they know truth, but they don’t.”  Then he said with such excitement, “But, when I got here.. I KNEW!  I knew truth!  What I knew WAS TRUE!  Don’t ever wonder, Babe, because it’s TRUE!”  I said, “How did you call me?!”  He laughed & said, “I have no idea.  They just said you had sent me a couple of text messages and that it would be good for you to hear from me.”  (Twice at moments I missed Brad so much I sent him a text just to see his name in my inbox)  I said, “I love you so much & I miss you!”  He said, “I love you too…and I’ll see you soon!  I have to go now.”  I said, “Ok.”  Then he said, “OH WAIT!”  He chuckled like he was tickled about something & said, “Tell Mom…” and he started singing “The sun’ll come out tomorrow…”  As he sang it faded out until I couldn’t hear him anymore.

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     To read more about Brad click here Its About the Testimony

    I hope you have seen a side of God that you didn’t know before. He truly is LOVE and not only LOVE but ETERNAL LOVE!

    Bro. Bill