It was a snowy day in Spokane Washington. Three of us, Bruce Wakeman, Fred Lusk and I showed up early in the day. At first it seemed there were more there for the March for Life, than for the Wicked Women’s March which was encouraging. We staked out a spot directly across from their rally. It was a great day everything went very smoothly.
The three of us took turns preaching the Gospel and each preacher’s word complimented the others’. The full counsel of God was presented. As normal, the demons manifested and the people of many letters made their presence known. One young man danced continuously, while despicably mocking God. We pray he will come to his senses, that said, on judgment day he will be without excuse.
What type of thinking leads to mass producing pink hats made in the shape of female body parts? Why would anyone wearing such a thing expect anyone to take them seriously? Judgment day is a reality and sadly most of these women are not ready!
While their march was going on we stayed in the area we were and took a break. Praise God for the Spokane police who did a wonderful job keeping the crowd under control. Everything was done decently and in order.
During the break a young man came asking questions. It turned out he was a Catholic, we presented many challenges to his belief system. Say what you will, but it is my belief that he will not soon forget our conversation. I praise God for every conversation God allows to take place lifting Him up above everything else as it should be. We give Jesus the preeminence, not Mary, not a Pope or a Priest, but Jesus and Jesus alone!
As far as events go it was very uneventful, I thank God to see the spirit of this movement is dying down as there were much less there than the two other years I have seen it and the local preachers agreed.
Teamwork was the highlight of the day for me. Travelling I have plenty of time to preach alone and am not afraid to do so, but I prefer to work with a team. Even more to the point, I like to work with a good team. We should be able to appreciate other ministers for their differences and similarities. It is often overlooked but the vertical conversation of prayer is just as important as the preaching. I think we had good mix last Saturday. We, the same team, went to preach at the Martin Luther King Day Parade on Monday and it went smooth as clockwork. Praise Jesus!
"“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”-Psalm 133:1
Pray with us that we will abolish the abortion of image bearers of God here in this nation. The devil has his people out in the streets and it is time for the people of God to stand in opposition to them. Will you go?
61,000,000,000 have been senselessly slaughtered, will you speak up in defense of their lives?
Pray for us as we stand.
I sincerely thank you for your prayers and support!
I was recently blessed to attend the New Year’s SOAPA conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was amazing, edifying and convicting in many ways to be around so many on fire Christians. What a great fellowship of the saints! What a way to usher in the new year!
We started on Saturday afternoon and preached a few hours on the strip. Brother Ace gave a powerful Gospel call to the people who had saved all year to come to Sin City for the New Year’s party. The hardest thing to see in this city is the amount of families who bring their children to these wicked streets. There are so many crimes against God and man taking place in one area it is truly overwhelming to see how many people bring their children to this wicked place. The three of us stood contending for our faith in spite of all the opposition!
Sister Mary was with us that night and she got her feet wet passing out tracts. It was good to see her become more confident in just a few hours. Brother Ace is such a good influence in this area, he makes us all feel convicted to do more, as he is tireless. So, Saturday had some great conversations and a lot of seeds sown. We left early in the evening proclaiming victory!
Brother Isidro came that night from L.A. It is amazing to see these saints make such sacrifice to put forth the Gospel. This Brother came with no place to stay, willing to sleep in his car if necessary. We were piled on the floor in a small apartment that one of the locals opened for us. It was great we had devotions and fellowship for four days!
Sunday the meetings started. Once again, I saw some of the greatest preaching I’ve seen all year in this conference. More than one person commented on the same thing. The preaching was extraordinary. It is so encouraging to hear a message from someone who actually lives the life they are speaking of. Awesome! Sunday afternoon, we preached on Fremont Street and the demons manifested immediately. There were great Gospel conversations going non-stop right in the middle of the drunken debauchery. Someone commented (as we came there in the day before the lights were lit up), there is a sense of decay on these buildings. It is rotten to the core, but Jesus still saves!
Monday was another day of conference, great preaching, great fellowship, that night we preached at the water fountains, the Bellagio. It is always something to see the fountains playing Christ(mas) music, as we preach this does give quite a backdrop. We got much favor from the police this year and it was such a blessing. I had a good conversation with a person from Canada who will not soon forget what was said. People don’t often repent right there, but people take what they heard home. Vegas is the secret suicide capitol: anyone who commits suicide there is listed in their hometown paper and NOT Las Vegas. We want to turn that around to be a place where people take the Gospel back home with them and life abundant!
Tuesday was a special day as we honored Ruben Israel for forty years of preaching. Philip Ness Thomas was also given an award for preacher of the year. What a great thing to see brothers honoring each other. The New Year’s Eve party was packed as always. Again, we had favor with the police and no real incidents. The Gospel went forth throughout the night. I had a deaf couple who were drawn to me for whatever reason. We texted a short conversation on the cellphone, I believe in the power of prayer. Sister Mary was blessed to have an audience of young Muslims who were genuinely considering her presentation of the Gospel. The most amazing praise I have though is for the teamwork. There was a woman who was torn up and in tears staring at the signs. I took two steps forward to hand her a tract. She received the tract but didn’t seem to want to talk, so I went back to where I was and prayed. Within a few moments Sister Mary and another young lady came to her. They were talking and before you know it they were all praying together, it was powerful! I know some of you may be against women preaching, but for one am glad the women were there. The people who were led to the Lord would have to disagree with you!
So, there you have it. One more year gone by. What about you? What will you do with this new year?
I hope you’ll have time for Jesus!
I will talk to you again soon, until then, as always thank you for your prayers and support. Hallelujah to the King of kings for one more year of jubilee!
Have A Holy New Year!
Lately I have received more than a few questions about rest. How can we rest in the Lord? What does that mean? The other question which I have heard often is: can a person really live holy? Why do people call those who seek to live holy “sinless perfectionists”?
I see a lot of Christians living in constant turmoil and doubt, so it is apparent these questions need answering. If this seems unrelated, let me use a natural example to show you just how they tie together. It was during a recent hike up the side of a mountain that this came so clear and it is my sincere hope to shed light on this most important topic: Rest and walking the light of the Lord.
“Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.
Do you see that rest, trust and righteousness are all related in the light of Scripture? At the bottom of the trailhead this thought came to me; how many have looked up, daunted by the task of climbing further, how many have turned back? How many people do this spiritually? When overwhelmed with the idea that we can live holy, even perfectly before God, how many believers turn back to grasp hold of some philosophical refuge (imputed righteousness, etc.)? Will God merely judge our philosophy on the great day or has he not promised to judge our actions, our works? If they turn back can they still be considered ‘believers’?
To be certain God has called us to be holy and Jesus commanded us to be perfect. We must understand this, if ever we want to have true peace with God. “There is a way which seemeth right…”— the temptation to turn at the beginning of any challenge is very strong. However, anyone who consistently falls to this temptation will never grow and will never overcome the troubles this life will furnish. At the same time, hubris will destroy a person which is why Jesus told us to count the cost!
Two weeks earlier, we had parked the car at the same trailhead it began to rain. Looking back at the intensity of the hike I am now glad we decided to wait, as we would have been a muddy mess trying to climb the final parts of that trail! This is similar to our walk with Christ: in that sometimes we must wait on Him for the timing of when to do things. If we press ahead without Him we may find ourselves muddy with failure. Christian perfection is not sinless perfection. Temptation is not removed, therefore, neither is the capacity to sin. When we enter into any new situation we must be wise, as Peter admonished us, to “pass the time of our sojourning here in fear”. If we sin, the opportunity of salvation is not automatically removed unless we allow our heart to be hardened to reproof. Consider the theme verse of the first epistle of John:
 Rv. 2  I Pt. 1:15-17  Mt. 5:48  Pr.14:12  Lk.14:25-32  I Pt. 1:17
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” -I John 2:1
The thought that stops so many is; can I live a life without sin? The Bible says consistently, yes, you can. Through Christ you can do all things. Still, why is it that many turn back here? Just as many turn around at the foot of the mountain, too many turn to some vain philosophy when posed with this question. The truth is that this reveals the nature of their mind, this is evidence that their mind is still yet carnal. We are told to put on the mind of Christ.
 Rm. 8:4-6  Ph. 2:5-11
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
This is a serious thing, if we turn back, how can we expect to be saved? Is it not our flesh which fears failure? As I stood in contemplation at the trailhead all the dread ceased upon the first few steps up the trail. Isn’t this just the same in these spiritual battles? Have you ever been in a situation where you had to ‘mortify’ your flesh? When you did this did not your spirit soar? This is why we ought to contemplate the Scripture as it will accomplish both the killing of the flesh and the empowering of the spirit. Remember on the road to Emaus, how the disciples (who were very discouraged by Jesus’ death) were visited by Jesus who they didn’t recognize. As he upbraided them, reminding them of the Scripture, they were encouraged. They said, “Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
 Lk. 24:18-3
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”-John 6:63
What does it profit a man to gain the world? The flesh and all things pertaining to it will pass away, and what of your soul? We must not be, as a deer caught in headlights, but must put one foot after the other in faith. Standing on His promises, there is guaranteed victory. After letting go of the dread of doubt and amazement the foot of the mountain posed, I become consumed in the pursuit of the peak. When you are on the side of the mountain you can no longer see the peak so well and it becomes needful to focus on just the steps in front of you, this is one of the keys of holiness.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
How do we overcome temptation? One sure way is to prepare ourselves, as servants of God, searching for ways to build the kingdom of God. This we do by following the Scripture which tells us to serve one another in love. This endeavor will lead to a righteous life as anything less will quickly appear unbecoming and detrimental to our cause. We are not usually aware of every part that is in play, but if our heart is pure we will see God and will blend perfectly into the tapestry which is His perfect will. The kingdom comes first, and the rest follows naturally. “Take no thought for tomorrow”—as I’m hiking I am not considering what will come up further down the trail, the obstacles in front of me are enough to occupy my attention. We must cast our cares on Jesus.
There was a point that we came to in the hike where there was a fork in the trail. We were about midway up the mountain, just above the fog-line. Looking off the side, the fog looked just like a frozen lake which apparently led to another mountain off in the distance. There was a small trail which headed in this direction, which seemed somewhat inviting. I began to think of the old saying, ‘the trouble with deception is that it is so deceiving’. It was at this point we remembered our commitment and turned to the upward way. Many are swayed when the tribulations that Jesus promised come. Too many are ‘tossed about by every wind of doctrine’ looking for an easier way. Jesus warned us saying strait is the gate and few find it.
 Jn. 16:33  Ep. 4:13-14  Mt. 7:13-14
“But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”-John 3:21
The next thing that I saw was at another fork in the trail. There was a large group of people gathered which had come from a different direction. They had professional gear and appeared to be a lot more skilled in hiking. Being polite, they offered to allow us to go ahead of us. We declined knowing they were prepared to move much faster than us, we would have only hindered them. So, we took the time to catch our breath, as this was the beginning of the hardest part of the trail: the final ascent. Many people get caught up trying to keep up with others, however, holiness like hiking is not a competition. The first commandment calls us to love God with all of our mind (not someone else’s), we are responsible only for the light we are given. With all our heart—I must cast aside every imagination of being what I am not and be comfortable being the person God made me. With all of our strength—let the weak say, I am strong, I must resist the urge to try to keep up with someone else. We must make our ascent toward the holy hill individually, stopping to take rest when necessary. Each one of us will face judgment alone and if we will allow God preeminence in our lives, we will be presented on that day without spot or blemish.
We were almost to the top, when I spied a log which seemed comfortable for sitting. I thought we could finish; my body was wiped out from the final grade. It was then my brother exhorted me: just a little further. We need each other for fellowship. What an amazing sight we beheld as we walked just a few more yards and the woods opened to a clearing and we could view the valley below. The fog had lifted, and it was truly an amazing view.
If we are to accomplish the task which God has given us, we will need all of these things; to study/encouragement from His Word, commitment to our walk, focus on kingdom building, love for the truth, and love for the brethren/fellowship. Most of all, the battle begins and ends in praise! You have no hope within yourself to bring glory to God. Still, if you humble yourselves in the sight of God, He will exalt you!
A special Thank you to Brother Bruce Wakeman. God bless you for all your service to the kingdom!
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In case any are unfamiliar with abolitionism, let it be explained. Abolitionism is the Gospel centered response to the last 46 years of abortion apathy from the professing church. Many blame the end times or say people will be evil no matter what, still, abortion is legalized evil and in a democratic republic, we, the people, are responsible for our laws. As Christians we should be on the forefront of the fight to stop this heinous crime.
Consider what is said in the following Scripture:
"Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
"Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing." (v.46)
This is very important, we ought to be watching and praying hopeful of the Lord's return.
Watching does not imply being passive, rather 'so doing', it means being a watchman. We have a duty to stand for justice.
"But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone."-Luke 11:42
There are five tenets of abolitionism.
These are taken from the abolish human abortion website.
"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"-Micah 6:8
"Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes;
cease to do evil;Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow."
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
For too long we have been trying to persuade the world by attempting to fellowship with them. The Bible is clear that we should reprove them. They suppress the truth in unrighteousness and need someone to remind them of the day of judgment to come.
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."-James 1:27
Humans are greater than animals; as we are made in the image and likeness of a holy God, 'made a little lower than the angels'. God thought so much of us He sent His only begotten to come in the 'form a servant' to save us from our sins and to show us how we can live a life pleasing to God.
(Gn. 1:26; I Co. 6; II Co. 6:14-17; Rm. 1:18; Lk. 4:18-19; Hb. 1; Ph. 2)
We trust the power of God rather than worldly strategies. This should be a living out of Romans 12 which call us to prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
We through preaching, prayer and fasting we seek to establish the standard of God at the same time we seek to persuade men to do likewise.
(3.) Gospel Centered
The best tool we have is the Gospel itself and the Great Comission.
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
(4.) Body Driven
The church itself should be the driving force for ridding our land of legislative evils. The verses written in the first tenet apply here as well. We should not try to yoke up with unbelievers for the sake of unity this is an unholy unity and God will not bless it.
(5.) Immediate and Uncompromising
We believe to settle for anything less than the immediate and total abolition of abortion in our land is contrary to the cause of Christ. Jesus said, Go and sin no more. We must stand on His principles and leave the results to Him.
For a further explanation of these five tenets and information on how you can get involved go to abolishhumanabortion.com
So, now that you have a basic run down of what abolitionism is, let me tell you about the mission. It was truly amazing! Christians came from all over the nation and there was so much good teaching and fellowship. I was truly humbled and blessed to be able to be there.
Two months ago, I was in Alaska and was working with my hand to the plow there. I heard of this conference and I prayed in secret and once again God has rewarded openly. I never spoke of my desire to go but it has been pining in me. Now I realize why. What a blessing!
There were issues with police trying to suppress the preaching, but overall everything went very smooth. One of those encounters brother Rick Small turned into a powerful witness to the police. He shared his heart with the officer and I pray the seeds sown will flourish. Police are put in a hard place when they are called on to defend wickedness like abortion, they need ministry.
This issue with the police defending wicked is one of many reasons we as Christian citizens must strengthen our resolve to stand against iniquitious decrees. When good is called evil no one can prosper. This conference made this very clear and brought to light a Proverb.
"He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord."-Proverb 17:15
I would like to write much more but for now I will leave you with this thought: Is it possible to truly know mercy without first feeling the reality of justice? Jesus died that we might be pardoned, can we really know the depth of that pardon, if we diminish the exceeding sinfulness of our own rebellion?
Is this not what we do, when we allow our nation
to pass laws which normalize the things God hates?
It is time to stand for justice with a hand of compassion,
we need to walk uprightly towards them in lack.
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ."-Colossians 3:23-24
This week we would like to highlight Brother Daniel Maguire. He is a preacher of righteousness, man of God, a father and husband, he is also fervent in business. This is the part we would like to highlight in this vlog. God is trustworthy! When one thinks of living by faith they don't often think of it this way. But the simple truth is the just shall live by faith, this is what used to be termed as vocation, a trade done for the glory of God.
I hope you enjoy this short exhortation! praise Jesus!
This was a recent interview which a man on the street did in Stone Mountain, GA.
I blurred out the graphic images so that it could stay on YouTube.
This was simply a good message.
"And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart."-Jeremiah 7:31
"They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:'-Jderemiah 19:5
"And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin."
I have been involved in a lot work toward the abolition of abortion lately.
This video was taken down from You Tube as it made many pro-aborts mad. I believe the reason for their anger is that they know it really is this simple. The reason this grievous crime is taking place is because the church has refused to act. This video is a call to arms. It is time to stand for justice!
This was some footage from the Capitol Monday. Over 300 Christians came to stand for justice!
This is what it means to walk about Jesus.
I spent one full week on Campus at Texas State University. I had some great interactions, lots of good preaching, and good conversations. Here is a little video of a few interactions.
We should ever be about our heavenly Father's business.