Showing posts from December, 2004
Well it is 2005 in Germany but still 2004 here in America! I found the above photo online showing fireworks explode over the dome of the Reichstag in Berlin during New Years celebrations even though flags were being flown at half-mast because around 1,000 Germans are still missing after the tsunami disaster. MAY THE LORD COMFORT THESE HURTING FAMILIES & MAY 2005 BRING MANY GOOD THINGS FOR BOTH GERMANS AND AMERICANS!
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The LORD says, "People who never before inquired about me are now asking about me. I am being found by people who were not looking for me. To them I have said, `I am here!' (Isaiah 65)
"It makes you wonder what's next!" my friend said just now on the phone as we talked about the tsunami. It was only 3 months ago that she rode out hurricane Ivan here in Pensacola - God protected her and her home while many others lost so much. Then earlier this morning, another friend told me of a woman she works with who last week had a dream of a very large wave killing people! It was so upsetting and when she asked the Lord how she could pray to help the people, He replied that it was too late. Sadly, 1/3 of the victims of this tsunami are chldren. When tragedy hits, it touches so many. Tsumanis, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires are happening all around us and for me, I have been crying and praying. However, my focus has to turn to God for help and for ho…
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BETHANY HAMLITON LOVES JESUS (Book by Bethany - Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board)
In the midst of all the negative headlines, some positive news for 2004 shone through. Bethany Hamilton lost an arm, but she never lost her heart. In a triumph over adversity, the brave Hawaiian girl whose arm was bitten off by a shark at the end of 2003 got back up on her surfboard to ride the waves at the start of this year. Bethany Hamilton, 13, surfed in a competition in Hawaii in January only 10 weeks after losing her left arm in the shark attack. She placed fifth in her age group in a National Scholastic Surfing Association meet. In the competition, Bethany caught a 6-foot-wave, using her left foot to help her propel the board. Bethany made headlines after she was attacked on Oct. 31, 2003, as she lay on her surfboard in the waters off Kauai's North Shore. Her left arm was dangling in the water when the fish, possibly a tiger shark, bit her below…
This past Sunday, I was greatly pleased and surprised when we went to church and Mama Hug (Barbara Stevens) preached! She is a friend and co-laborer who has a wonderful ministry that I was involved in when I lived in Pensacola while going to Bible School. Her ministry, Abundant Life (website) is committed to seeing people experience the abundant life that Jesus came to give and their vision is to fulfill the mission of Jesus as stated in Luke 4:18-19:
* Preach the Gospel to the poor
* Heal the brokenhearted
* Proclaim liberty to the captives
* Proclaim recovery of sight to the blind
* Set at liberty those who are oppressed
* Proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD
She will be traveling to Germany in 2005 and if you want her to visit your church, please contact me at or contact her at
Our Christmas joy has been greatly dampened by news of the devastating tsunami that has taken thousands of lives and left countless others injured and homeless. May the Lord bring comfort, healing and salvation to every family touched by this disaster. Reading about the earthquake that triggered the huge waves reminds me of two other earthquakes from the Bible. when Jesus died there was an earthquake and the Roman officer and other soldiers at the crucifixion who were terrified by it and by all that had happened, said, "Truly, this was the Son of God!" Then a few days later, early on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to see the tomb. Suddenly there was a another great earthquake because an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled aside the stone and sat on it. The scriptures say that His face shone like lightning and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him and they fell into a de…
Grandma and Hannah
Hope you are having a happy holiday with family and friends!!!
Sea of Blue: Testament to Hurricane Ivan’s brutal winds, more than 49,000 and counting damaged roofs in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties have been wrapped in blue tarps while homeowners wait to have the roofs replaced or repaired. With labor and material shortages, blue roofs likely will dot the landscape for months to come. It was only 3 months ago when hurricane Ivan hit Pensacola and even though much has been cleaned up, there are still many homeless. Today, Linda drove me to Tiger Point in Gulf Breeze and I saw many large, expensive homes totally destroyed along the beach. May the Lord bless these people and may they turn to Jesus, the only One who brings true comfort and peace in any storm.
Today I am one year older and still burning for Jesus more than ever! I was born the same year that Israel became a nation, so here is Isaiah's prayer for Jerusalem in Isaiah 62
"Because I love Zion, because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch. The nations will see your righteousness. Kings will be blinded by your glory. And the LORD will give you a new name. The LORD will hold you in his hands for all to see--a splendid crown in the hands of God. Never again will you be called the Godforsaken City or the Desolate Land. Your new name will be the City of God's Delight and the Bride of God, for the LORD delights in you and will claim you as his own. Your children will care for you with joy, O Jerusalem, just as a young man cares for his bride. Then God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride: O Je…
Yesterday, I received an email and this pic from my friends Christian and Naomi who planted a church in Japan one year ago. They met at Bible school in Florida and got married after they graduated - Christian is from Switzerland and Naomi is from Japan and now they have two beautiful children - GOD IS SOOOO GOOD!
By midcentury, at least one in five Europeans will be Muslim. That change is unlike other waves of immigration because it poses a more essential challenge: defining a modern Judeo-Christian-Islamic civilization. The West must decide how its laws and values will shape and be shaped by Islam. For Europe, as well as the United States, the question is not which civilization, Western or Islamic, will prevail, but which of Islam's many strands will dominate.
Chicago Tribune: Islam shaping a new Europe
Fox News: Comparing Christians to Terrorists
Other news: Germany to stop accepting all ex-Soviet Jews
It has been over a year since seeing my daughter, Linda, and granddaugher, Hannah, so it was very exciting when they arrived today in Atlanta! Last night friends came by for Mark & Stacey's home fellowship and after a delicious dinner, we shared how God was moving in our lives followed with praying for one another - always a wonderful way to end an evening! Later today Linda, Hannah, and I will head down south to Pensacola for the holidays. "Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the LORD , you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and…
Yesterday, I again visited Stacey's work, Devereux Georgia, this time with guitar was asked to sing so I sang about my Best Friend, Jesus. Then in the classroom some of the girls joined me to sing Christmas carols and again I got to pray for a few of the teens that were struggling - I really enjoyed going. May the Lord bless these young people and may nothing stop them from fulfilling their destiny for the glory of God!
Enjoying the wonderful Georgia sunshine
Yesterday and today I could not get online with this wireless connection until just NOW! And being alone all day with no vehicle allowed me to spend A LOT of time with the Lord and listening to the powerful Revival Fire cd (listen online here). Then I wrote this poem/song:

At last we can say, the time has now come
Are you listening my daughter? Are you listening my son?
Look all around you, God's Kingdom is here
It is a new season and it's a new year.

Ready or not, I am coming again
For my bride, my beloved, my very best friend
Is your name written in my heavenly book?
Have you read the Bible? Have you taken a look?

Eternal life is free, being offered to you
God is speaking. Are you listening? What will you do?
He loves you so much that He gave His one Son
Saying, “Come to me my child, please don’t turn and run.”

“I’ve chosen you by name, so come to me now.
New life I will give you, let me show you how.
If you turn now to Jesus…
Stacey in her art classroom
Today I went with Stacey where she teaches art and Spanish to emotionally and behaviorally disturbed teenagers in a residential treatment facility. These are kids from all over America who have been in much trouble with the law. I visited last year and we sang Christmas songs, but today I taught them how to draw bubble letter art. Stacey and I jokingly called the class, “Graffiti 101” – they liked that! Overall, it was a great day but quite exhausting. These teens are what I call "diamonds in the rough" - rough on the outside but with great potential once they put their lives into the hands of THE Diamond Cutter - JESUS! Some are Christians and others are open. Hers is a very demanding job and I am amazed how Stacey is able to do this everyday with only 2 weeks vacation a year. She says, “It’s Jesus and His grace!” These kids have been through A LOT with many painful stories - one 14-year-old boy is getting out in 3 days but will live w…
Today I received this photo and email from friends and fellow FIRE servants saying, "Please find enclosed a picture of our little miracle in China. Thanks again for all your prayers and contributions to saving her life and her soul." Little Melissa was found in a dumpster one year ago! In Matthew 18 it says, "Jesus called a small child over to him and put the child among them. Then he said, "I assure you, unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. 6But if anyone causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose faith, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck."CHILDREN ARE WONDERFUL GIFTS FROM GOD AND AS DISCIPLES OF CHRIST, WE ARE…
Photos taken before Hurricane Ivan
Tomorrow I leave for the USA, staying with friends in the Atlanta area for one week before heading south to spend Christmas with my children in Pensacola - and YES, I am excited! It has been over one year since being back and I am looking forward to seeing everyone, especially my seven year old granddaughter, Hannah. I plan to continue posting blogs here, but it may not happen everyday, so stay tuned and be blessed!
"For he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or hard liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth," said an angel of the Lord to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist in Luke 1
What about drinking as a Christian? How much is too much? Should we drink at all? Should we preach against drinking? Where do you draw the line? Please tell me the ADVANTAGES of drinking alcohol? Here in Germany and across Europe, most Christians think that occasional drinking is ok. I personally decided years before going to Bible School not to drink at all. Why? I do not want to stumble anyone plus I see how alcohol has destroyed so many lives around me. But more than that, the last time I had a glass of wine was at a secular Christmas party MANY years ago and I remember thinking, "I don't care what God thinks." This TOTALLY freaked me out because I ALWAYS want to care what God thin…
Gregg Montella and his fiance, Maria Prus, FIRE missionaries traveling from Poland to Holland stopped in Berlin for one night - what a great surprise! Check out the FIRE Holland website here. May the LORD bless them, keep them, and make His face to shine brightly on them each and every day we pray!
My first Christmas after becoming born-again was so exciting as I would hear songs in the stores about my Savior, Jesus! That was 28 years ago and today there is an on-going battle in America to remove Christ out of Christmas, to take God out of Schools, and to rewrite the history of our Christian-Judeo heritage. This has been happening here as well as I see little if any signs of Baby Jesus anywhere this time of year. There are lots of colored blinking lights, lots of Santa Clauses, and lots of holiday markets, but sadly I haven't seen one nativity scene anywhere in Berlin, Germany! In the USA, according to the Herald Tribune, parents Ben and Sherry Burkhart rallied against the policy at their child’s elementary school to evict Jesus and Christmas out of schools. They believed that if students can sing and celebrate other holidays such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, students should be able to sing and celebrate Jesus as well. Sherry Burkhart summed up t…
Book Recommendation: COWBOY CAPITALISM by Olaf Gersemann
MYTH: "Americans work three jobs just to make ends meet, and unemployment is low only because so many people are in jail." That’s what most European (and many American) pundits believe. While the U.S. economy may create more growth, Europeans think they are better off when it comes to job security, income equality, and other factors. But does European-style "comfy capitalism" really deliver better results than American “cowboy capitalism”? Olaf Gersemann, a German reporter who came to America, checked the facts and discovered that the common perception in Europe and elsewhere of America's economic model is either wrong or misleading. The greater market freedoms in the United States create a more flexible, adaptable, and prosperous system than the declining welfare states of Europe. Contrary to what one might expect, continental Europe’s welfare states provide no meaningful advantage compared with America. …
Can I just right now say it: THANK YOU, LORD! Yes, after reading another news article of how a California public school principal is trying to change our American history by removing God out of it, I am VERY thankful that my daughter recently removed my granddaughter from the public school and placed her into a Christian school. Many teachers - not all of course - but too many are believing the lie that we need to keep God out of the school. This could be no further than the truth! In fact, the American public school system began in order to teach children how to read the Bible! And the first Webster dictionary was filled with scripture references. We need to heed our founding fathers and go back to our roots, doing what it says on all our American money "IN GOD WE TRUST". I like what the disciple John wrote: Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is a child of G…
Blue and Gold Macaws are easy going clowns - just big puppies with feathers! Great talkers.
The Bible says that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and being unmarried and single, it is good to know that I am not alone! In both the old and new testament, the Holy Spirit is spoken of. He is the One of the personalities of our tri-une God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. He can be grieved (not good) and He can create (Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit). Jesus baptizes people with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Jesus was led out to the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the Devil. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit can never be forgiven either in this world or in the world to come. The Holy Spirit inspires people to speak truth. We are to go and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit descended from heaven in the form of a dove on Jesus when he came up out of the wate…
"Jesus Kommi Wieder" by Simon Glimm (permission needed before reproducing)
This afternoon, Maria and went to the house church and taught the children and their mothers English. Afterwards, while we were having tea and cookies, one of Andre's co-workers. Werner, came by to bring the family a box of apples. We shared the good news of Jesus Christ and we told how we got saved. I then asked if we could pray for him and he said yes but before we prayed I said, "You have heard all of us talk about the love of Jesus and being born-again. Would you like to be born-again too?" And Werner said yes! HALLELUJAH! After praying, we then had a wonderful time of worship and praising the Lord for His goodness. Then on the way home, Maria and I talked to a couple of loud young men sitting behind us who had been drinking and we got their interest when I said, "Well, we have something that is MUCH better than what you are drinking! It is SO good!" They asked wh…
Daniel Glimm; Blowing the shofar; art by Cathy for BD card
The battle cry of the Jesus Revolution is "Holiness to the Lord". This is the standard we raise high, this is our call to arms, this is the requirement for every soldier in the Lord's army, this is the banner under which all of us march, and this is the heart of the holy revolution (from "Revolution! The Call to Holy War" by Michael L. Brown)! And today we celebrated the birthday of one of the Lord's prophetic swat team leaders: Daniel Glimm. May nothing stop nor hinder the calling and destiny for this young man who passionately loves Jesus. AMEN!
Dennis Jernigan with wife Melinda
Read the powerful story of Dennis Jernigan's battle and victory overcoming the gay lifestyle through Jesus Christ! Here is a portion of it - click here to read it all: Then a well-known Christian group called "Second Chapter of Acts" came to our area and I felt an inner prompting to attend. During their concert, I was captivated by their sincerity and love for God. Then, in the middle of one song, they suddenly stopped. "God has put something on my heart," one member said. "There is somebody here who is hiding something so hurtful, so terrible, that they would be devastated if anyone found out about it. But God wants you to know that He sees it and He loves you anyway." Then we were encouraged to lift our burdens up to the Lord as we raised our hands to Him. This type of worship was new to me, but as I lifted my hands, God became more real to me than I had ever imagined! I real…