Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Barnsdall/Bartlesville

Barnsdall has a tremendous group of people, both residents and staff. They love the Lord. This morning they were, more than ready, to praise the Lord. We are continuing to look at the promises of God. The bible says, every promise God has ever made is YES to the believer. It's very important to understand how to receive these promises. Real faith is believing in the heart and speaking with the mouth. That's how we receive. Hands were in the air and shouts were on their lips as the revelation hit them. Praise the Lord.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Heart Fit: spirit, soul, and body

Heart Fit: spirit, soul, and body.
Strengthening The Saved & Saving The Lost
in the nursing homes and on the bike trail.

We had another wonderful service this morning. This service is "church" to the residents. Some of them dress up but all of them are ready to praise the Lord. When they hear that every promise that God has ever made is "yes" to the believer they light up. They are understanding more and more that God really does love them.

I want to share something very powerful the Lord is doing through this ministry. In the last few months the Lord has put a powerful focus on this ministry. It is called "Heart Fit: spirit, soul, and body" Heart Fit is intended to help us run our race, for the Lord, with: focus, endurance, and strength. Heart fit is a strategic way to train the spirit, soul, and body of man. Heart Fit gives me a renewed focus for ministry in the nursing homes and on the bike trail.

Let me digress a little bit and tell you how this all began.

Back in October of 2016 I had said, “I want to be in the best shape of my life the year I turn 65.” I was turning 65 in the following year (2017.)

After having ministered for the Lord since 1974 and full-time in nursing homes for the past 6 years I said to the Lord, “Lord I’ll go wherever you want me to go and I’ll do whatever you want me to do.” I meant it more than ever before. He simply responded to my statement with a question, “Can You?” I knew He was being kind. There were some issues I needed to address.

(I was overweight and had not exercised for years. I thought, “How can I run my race for the Lord effectively without taking care of my body. I was inspired by my mother who was approaching 100 and very fit.”)

Back in the 70's and 80's I had been a part of the Des Moines bike club, in Des Moines, Iowa, and had ridden in RAGBRAI, (A bike ride across Iowa that takes a week to accomplish). I loved it! So, I thought biking might be the way to go for exercise. On a Saturday I rode with a friend of mine. After riding 3 miles with him I was so exhausted all I could do was turn around and go back to my car. I decided I was going to lose weight first and not exercise. Doing both at the same time would be too much for me. I would have quit. I found an app for my phone that tracked calories. I decided to eat whatever I wanted but watch my calories. From March 2017 to June 2017 I lost approx. 30 lbs. That was exciting. In August I got back on my bike and started riding again. By the end of the year I was riding in the 30 – 40 mile range. I wanted to be cardiovascular fit more than muscular and had been studying a lot on the different ways to do that. I discovered how to train the heart for cardiovascular fitness. Now I was riding my bike based on my heart rate as apposed to my speed. By the end of 2017 I rode 65 miles in the year I was 65 and then in August of 2018 I rode 100 miles. As of this writing I have ridden 3,850 miles for the year.

I have sensed, for the last several month, (the end of 2018) the Lord wanting me to be more intentional with my faith on my bike. To use the phrase “Heart Fit” in a way that will lead people to the Lord. Take the same mandate of "Strengthening The Saved & Saving The Lost" in the nursing homes and include it on the bike trail. (Bikers, runners, joggers, walkers, the homeless, etc.) To establish the ministry of Heart Fit: spirit, soul, and body.

Just as you can become heart fit in your body you can also become heart fit in your spirit; with the intended purpose of running your race for God. The more fit you are in every part of your being the more able you are to run your race effectively for the Lord.

There is so much more I could say about this but we would be getting into the nitty-gritty of how this all works.

Heart Fit: spirit, soul, and body.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Warner/Tahlequah

The morning service went in a different direction than I had planned. I believe it was a God thing. We were looking at the promises of God and the next thing I new, I was laying hands on the sick and having a healing service.

Mark 16:17-18 King James Version (KJV)
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tulsa/Bristow

What a great morning. Even though we had changed our monthly meeting time, we didn't skip a beat. Everyone was so excited about the promises of God. There were shouts and hands in the air all over the room. I guess you could say, "We have revival".
Now I'm off to Bristow. It's my first service in a new facility.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Muskogee/Tahlequah

This morning we had a few situations that gave us the ability to use our faith openly. To demonstrate our faith. We were looking at some of the promises of God which state we can lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. As I was ministering, I noticed a resident in tears. She was cramping around an area on her legs where she had had surgery. We laid hands on her and prayed God's healing power to flow. Then, a nurse came and took her away. Within the hour she was back. The nurse said, "She hates to miss your services." It was a wonderful demonstration of God's love to us. We continue to teach His love and His miracle working power.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Barnsdall

Another great morning in Barnsdall. I was ready to preach. Residents and family were ready to receive. This message will be available soon on our website. It's something for everyone to hear. There was a lot that happened after the message. Many asked for prayer, rededications, healings. God is good!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Muskogee

This morning we had a singspiration. I remember, as a kid, having Sunday night singspirations. We'd just sing all night long. So, today we sang the whole service. Residents love to sing and hear the old gospel songs. In between the songs I focused on being born again and knowing you are in Christ. It was a wonderful time.

This afternoon we dug deep. We started to look at the secrets of the Lord. Psalms 25:14 says, "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear (honor, respect, and worship) Him." We spent a lot of time understanding what it means to be "in Christ".

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Pryor/Vinita

Traveling, ministering, and revising the schedule. "Yes Lord, I will go wherever you want me to go." Strengthening The Saved & Saving The Lost

Friday, October 19, 2018

Henryetta/Okmulgee

This morning was a slow start with a lot of rain. We started a few minutes late but had a great time. The residents were a little slow too. Every time a new group came in we started over, but repeating the Word is a good thing. One of the residents yelled out, "Can you stay all day?" We have become family. Praise the Lord.