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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Power to Be


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 17, 2015

My Lending Library

Free Lending Library for Two Weeks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jacobs, Cindy (2010-09-01). The Power of Persistent Prayer: Praying With Greater Purpose and Passion. Kindle Edition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wiersbe, Warren W. (2003-01-01). The Bumps Are What You Climb On: Encouragement for Difficult Days. Kindle Edition.



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Johnny DeLong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Resurrection Days

Today is the Sunday following the celebration of Jesus Resurrection.  The entire story is a good read for every day to remind us of God’s love.

Jesus gave His life during Pass Over. God did not make a mistake giving us His beloved son to die.  God loved this world and its people. 

Three days later Jesus was raised from the dead.  The next forty days were spent in revealing Himself to his disciples and many others.  We wonder just what Jesus taught during those days.  Perhaps He explained the Jewish Feasts and how they pertained to him and the Kingdom of God.

Pastor Allan was reading from John 21:15-25 where Jesus began to restore Peter’s confidence.  Three times Jesus asked the question, “Do you love me?” When Peter answered, “Yes, I love you,” Jesus told him to Feed my Lambs, Feed my Sheep and again Feed my Sheep. 
Much more can be said about this dialogue, but in essence, Jesus was telling Peter, that he was forgiven and to take this assignment and run with it.

How many times do we feel that we have failed or could have done better?  We are not perfect, yet Jesus through his death and resurrection has made us perfect. 

Peter knew he was not worthy, but Jesus was calling and restoring Peter.  We also can use those 40 days to get closer to God.  He will restore those who have lost faith, were afraid and ran to hide.

Peter became flustered and asked Jesus, “What about him?”  Jesus kindly answered, “What is that to you?”  He was saying don’t worry about your neighbor, but worry about yourself.

It is easy to get caught up in our daily business, and it is not wrong to pray for others, but do not allow your concern to prevail over your own closeness and walk with Jesus.

People do not see the entire preliminary steps needed to reach that deep walk with God.  We are called to a higher standard of living; a higher way.

We are in revival.  In our city, souls are being saved and set free and generational curses are being broken.  We are sent to do His work, and we must step up and be available.

Pastor stated that he knew he was not in the first cut.  Other’s were called but failed to respond.  When Jesus said, “Feed my sheep,” some sat there with blank looks on their faces.  Some said, but Jesus, I am busy, my family needs me, I am not rich, - - but Jesus says, “NO Excuses, just say and do what I tell you, and trust me.”  

Do you realize we are in Harvest season in this city?  Many have prayed for years for God to visit this town, and guess what?  God can use the foolish and unlearned ragamuffins to accomplish his plans.  I Corinthians 1:26-30  Not many wise are called. God will use the despised for His purpose. 

Many churches look down upon some of our Pastors with a past, but God is in the resurrection business and makes everything new.

Don’t allow your insecurity to dictate to your critical spirit, when you view others worshipping in freedom.

Thomas was a person that needed facts and proof.  He wanted to touch and feel before he would believe.  Jesus said, "Blessed are those who have not seen, yet they believe."

Love the lost sheep (humans) and make disciples, the church is not exclusive.  The call is out to "Who-so-ever may come."
The harvest is often in the undesirable, needy people out there - waiting to hear the good news; "Today is your resurrection day."

"From Transition To Position" Guest Jo Ellen Stevens


"From Transition To Position"
Guest - Jo Ellen Stevens, Connersville, IN

Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19 (NKJV)


When you are going through transition, you must keep focused on the bigger picture.

 If you do not realize that God has a plan for your life and that He loves you and is only taking you to a higher place in Him, the enemy will succeed in causing you to doubt that God's love, provision, and healing are yours while you go through this time.

That is the only way the enemy can win. Knowing the love of God through prayer and fasting and focusing on this plan will get you through because it will bring you joy, which is your strength!

A Whole New Level of Promotion

Also, when you go through transition, the enemy will remind you who you used to be in the good old days. This is where we try to go back to, like Lot's wife and like the children of Israel as they came out of Egypt. We are not to think on the good, the bad, or the ugly, as the Lord told me once in a time of hard transition.
God does not want to do what He did back then again! He has brought you out to take you to a whole new place! This transition in this season will be like nothing you have ever seen before!

When you go through transition, as Jesus did when going from the Jordan (baptism) to being drawn into the wilderness by the Spirit, it is a very vulnerable time and it is the time to fast and pray and build yourself up in the Word, so when the enemy says, "Did God say...?" you will have the ammunition to counteract the temptation that he brings during this time of testing.

You see, God allows and even draws us into the test during transition so that we will be positioned to a higher level in Him; but the enemy tempts us in this test to give up on God and go through the wrong doors and thus put off our destiny for a season. Been there, done that. So we must watch and pray during this time and speak God's Word only!

Don't Be Angry At The Agents Of Change

The enemy will also tempt you to be angry at those that are the agents of change during this time.
Remember Joseph's brothers? This is a time when the spirit of jealousy rises up against you because that spirit knows where you are going and wants to kill that anointing on you!

These are, oftentimes, people we love and respect, and can even in leadership – but if we do not get angry with these that mean to do us harm, we will come out of this transition time as Jesus came out of His wilderness experience "in the power of the Spirit"!

So, for us, respecting authority is very important during this time because they just might be sent to bring you to a place of destiny. Remember Saul as David was going from the cave to the palace. There is always a Saul to push you to your destiny!

So, get ready if you are in a place of hard transition, you are about to be positioned for such a time as this!
Enlarge your thinking in this hour to know that God has a plan and a greater purpose for you just on the other side of this time of change! He is not mad at you – you are just going through! (Photo via Pixabay)

And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about... Luke 4:13-15 (KJV)

But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Genesis 50:20 (NKJV)

Arise, shine!

Jo Ellen Stevens
TCIC Ministries


Jo Ellen Stevens is a prophetic speaker, author, worship leader, and intercessor from Connersville, Indiana. She has ministered with her husband for 23 years, pastoring, teaching, and leading prophetic worship. She operates in a prophetic anointing with words of knowledge and words of wisdom. She believes that every Believer should be hearing the Lord's voice and resounding His heart out of their intimate relationship with Him. She also believes God called her many years ago to encourage the Body of Christ to arise and shine with the glory of the Lord for such a time as this, no matter what their age, background, or social status! She believes that God has given us each a platform to use the gifts and talents that He has given us to bring those who do not know the Lord out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God, and that social media will play a great part in covering the earth with His glory!


Friday, April 10, 2015

According to His Will by Guest Rod Parsley

What are the Facts? 
Can we ask anything and expect God to Answer?

Having the same spirit of faith-.-.-.-I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak. —2 Corinthians 4:13

I have met people who believe the Bible teaches that whatever we ask we can have -.-.-.- with no strings attached.

They obviously have not read 1 John 5:14: "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us."

We can't ask outside the will of God and expect an answer.

But when our request lines up with His will, we have the guarantee that He will not only hear us, but that our answer is on the way.

Asking and praying in His Name means to ask and pray in His will, with His authority so that all He desires will be done in our lives.

Your hope and expectation will never rise above your level of confession. You will reap tomorrow the harvest of the words you sow today.

Release your confession from a heart full of faith and belief in the God of the Word, and rest in confidence that He will hear and respond.

Begin today to pray for your life to be bound to the will of God.

Conform me, O Lord, to Your will for my life.
 By Your Spirit, teach me to pray for Your will
even when I do not understand it.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Judge and You Will Be Judged – Guest R.T. Kendall



Do not judge, or you too will be judged. —Matthew 7:1

Here is something always to remember - - what we should know about those who judge us.

1. There are three things: the first is that they do not have all of the evidence. We know that God is not finished with us yet in any case. In addition, they do not know everything, even in the area where they think that they are in a position to say this or that.

 They do not have all of the evidence, so they do not really know at the end of the day what they are talking about.

2. We also should remember that when anybody judges us, they have disobeyed Jesus. We are just not given permission by Jesus to judge anybody. And when anybody judges me, I know he has disobeyed Jesus.

3. The third thing is, the opinion people have of us is temporary. It is only a matter of time before they will change their tune; they will have to, eventually.

Remember, however, that this works both ways. When you judge someone, you will be ill-informed, disobedient, and eventually judged by God.

The next time you are prepared to criticize another person, and you wonder why God does not deal with that person, I want you to ask yourself this question: Has not God been patient with me?

Can you recall that time when you were not the perfect example and God continued to bless you? He supplied your needs, He helped you, He was with you, He answered prayer.

Things were happening, and you can look back later and think, Oh, God was good to me; I didn't deserve that.

Always remember, maybe another person does not deserve it either, but God is being good to them just as He was being good to you.  Perhaps He is patient and is giving them time to repent as He did for you.

Excerpted from When God Says "Well Done!"
(Christian Focus Publications Ltd.)