JESUS says in Hebrews 13:5, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." This is told to us throughout the New Testament and the Old Testament is full of examples of His presence with His children.
Two weeks ago my wife of fifty-one years unexpectedly had to have gall bladder surgery. It came upon us suddenly. She hadn't been feeling well and went to the doctors, he sent her for tests and the same day the results were given to us and she was directed to see a surgeon. Once at the surgeons she was directed to go to the hospital for surgery early the next morning. Everything happened so fast I hardly had time to let my feeling and cognitive awareness keep pace with the events. I spent the night in the room with her, stretched out on a reclining chair. Being there was a good thing, as I could assist her throughout the night. She went off to surgery and I went to the main lobby area to await her recovery. Gall bladder surgery is very well perfected but all surgery is "major"; the unexpected can always happen.
My trust is always in the LORD, as I stay focused upon Him constantly; that is my prayer. I sat in the lobby and noticed that there were few people. I prayed and gave thanks giving for the LORD's Grace being with my wife. I am a faithful man but am still human. I knew she was in the LORD's hands and that the LORD would use the surgeon for His purposes. I went to the cafeteria and got a cup of hot chocolate, it was a bit cool in the lobby. Then a nurse came out of the surgical area and asked me to retrieve a card from my wife's pocketbook concerning her pacemaker. I gladly went to her room and got the information - thinking that this is serious and hoping that they knew what they were doing. The nurse explained that the doctor had to stop her pacemaker/defibrillator during surgery. Within me, I was in conversation with the LORD, mainly a one-way conversation - I did the talking. I got the card and went back down to the lobby and summoned the nurse. She came and appeared in a joyful spirit, yet very intentional. She took the card and asked if I would trust her with it. I asked her name and as I asked I reached to look at her name tag and she said, "Angelica"! I responded, "Yes, I trust you, I most certainly trust you!" Angelica is the name for "Angel" and I said deeply inside my heart, thank you LORD for you have sent a Angel to be with her. I was so moved - more than relieved, but in wonder of a GOD who would send me a messenger just to say, "I am with you, you are not alone - I've got this!" This is not the only occasion that this has happened to me, it is very common, but always received as wondrous Grace and it always leaves me in a sense of awe and wonder in my inner being.
My hope is that all people will know the reality of JESUS; that He is a living and present GOD who engages in our lives to assist us in our journeys. He is real, tangible and uplifting. I wonder if you know this GOD? He gives us certainty in the midst of chaos, love in the midst of confusion and fear, a touch of Grace upon our lives as we navigate our journeys - I cannot imagine life without Him. The most amazing thing is that all we have to do is to say, "JESUS, will you please help me?" He has never turned anyone down, but then, we (you and me) must actively engage Him and stay active in our part of the relationship. If you will go to my blog page I am going to help you on this path, go to "Means of Grace" - Blessings to you!
A short time ago I heard of a study that said that about 85% of Christians don't believe in miracles. More than surprised by this, I was dismayed. I, and many Christians, know the reality of miracles. This book is a response to those Christians who are in need of experiencing this reality.
This book deals with the reality of miracles in our present time and yes, it is supported by biblical understandings and teachings.
JESUS said in John 11:40: "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?"
This writing will give you a new vision through which to understand miracles and will lead you into the understanding of living a miraculous life. It offers teachings on how to enhance your awareness of miracles and to understand them through the eyes of JESUS. Above all, miracles are a part of a vibrant Christian life and to miss this reality is to fall far short of the joy that JESUS wants you to experience - that is, seeing "the glory of God."
"Gordon writes out of rich personal experience, Some talk - he walks. Some write it - he lives it. Some question - he obeys. His vibrant experience of listening to the Holy Spirit's voice comes through wonderfully in this book. As you read it, you will be challenged to a deeper, closer walk with Jesus. 'My sheep know my voice.'" Rev. Bob Moon, Pastor and Elder of the United Methodist Church
"It is a great book ...I took a lot away from reading this book...the stories helped me better understand that God and His Miracles are in virtually all of our day to day activities...if we will just look. If God lives "in us" we will be able to see Him, His grace and His miracles as we walk thru life each day." Rusty Griffin, A Saint in the LORD and Retired Businessman.
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"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10
One Bible - One Message; JESUS is the GOD who is present, who engages, who manifests His Love and Grace, who empowers. The first verse is from the Old Testament and the second is from the New Testament - they are both the same message. There is only one main message in the Bible - that is, that JESUS effects His Holy Love and Grace upon our lives if we will allow Him to do so! How beautiful is that! Miracles are a reality when walking in the Grace of JESUS CHRIST (See my recently printed book, Miracles Abound: Are You Walking in the Path of Miracles? on this page).
The key to "perfect peace" in our lives is to be 'linked' into the reality of JESUS and we do that by first, giving our hearts to Him completely - through faith. Then we make Him the main focus of our lives - by giving His authority over our minds, not just giving that authority but by assisting Him to have that authority. In other words, we become advocates for JESUS. Being a Christian is not a 'bystander' position, quite the opposite, it is about being fully engaged. This is done through many means that I will discuss in a following blog. The main point here is that 'perfect peace' in one's life is a miracle offered by JESUS, because He is alive and present with us and wants the very best for us and He has the power to deliver!
I participate in prison ministry and one of the songs that we sing is "Stayed on JESUS", it goes something like this: "Woke up this morning with my mind, with my mind, stayed on JESUS, Hallelu - Hallelu - Hallelujah!
Focus has always been the key and it will be until the return of JESUS - now you don't have to wait until JESUS comes back to have an intimate relationship with Him - He is already present with you - you just need to get closer to Him, so He can bless you abundantly!
You are invited to learn about the path of miracles and joy us in the process of discovering the fullness of joy that the LORD JESUS has set before us.
"For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power." 1Corinthians 4:20
We come together in the unity of CHRIST JESUS to act as a platform for this empowering truth and as a forum to grow in this truth, as it is our blessed reality. We offer the opportunity for each of us to learn, to share, to explore, to be encouraged and to uplift others. All of this is provided in the realm of JESUS' present and heavenly Grace.
"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love" Colossians 1:13
Here you will find a path to grow and learn what it means to be empowered by JESUS and to have His peace upon your spirit. You will be guided into this realm of His kingdom presence and be enlightened as to its present benefits and joyfulness. This will happen in real time with real purpose.
"To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27
Each of us lives in the "NOW" of CHRIST JESUS. He has prepared our blessings and we are given the opportunity to grow into these kingdom blessings. Together we will experience this reality. As a forum we will share this reality and celebrate the joy of its meaning in our lives. For some this may be an encouragement and for others it may be an opportunity to share. Come and join the celebration!
I have now traveled with JESUS for 35 years of my life and have been a pastor for 20 years. I have never ceased to be in awe of His amazing "present" Grace. It is my hope that you will join us and become part of our family to journey in the excitement of this present and love filled power. My personal life reflects the reality of this wondrous Grace. I started my seminary training at the age of 50 and received by Doctorate at the age of 63 - all by His Grace; as prior to that I had experienced a severe brain injury - but only by His Grace did I advance through it and surmounted it.
May I always be guided by the HOLY SPIRIT and engulfed in the Grace of JESUS, the "KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS". It is in this spirit that I join with other saints to offer this site. It is my earnest hope that you will be blessed by it.
Healing comes through the power of JESUS's Love and leads us into a path of personal growth. This is discovered in the writings of JESUS and through personal experience. Come and join the journey to life fulfillment, as JESUS said in John 15:11, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy would remain in you, and that your joy may be full." What are you waiting for - come and discover the fulfillment that Christians have known for centuries.
When we give ourselves to JESUS He will lift each of us to new heights as He says in Psalm 91:14, "Because they have set their love upon Me, therefore I will deliver them; I will set them on high, because they have known My name."
Here I stand at the equator on route to Eldoret, Kenya to visit a pastor friend. Not only does JESUS expand our geographic boundaries but also the boundaries of the human heart with His expansive love. He joins us into His heart of love with all of His children and allows us to share in this wonder of unity. We at Life Advance Network are about traveling in this path of His Grace and sharing the excitement that He graciously gives each of us.
The kingdom of GOD present abounds with life and joy, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10
Here as I traveled halfway around the world with Rev. Bob Moon, we were blessed to share the present love of JESUS with these orphan children. Through Life Advance Network you will have the opportunity to join us in the support and encouragement of the less fortunate. In this way our hearts are expanded in His love and it is one of the main source of our spiritual growth.