I know a young couple who, a few years ago, lived in a housing co-op, full of duplexes, that was located in a rather pleasant spot on the edge of a mid-sized town. They have since moved on, but they shared with us how, before they moved, there was a changeover taking place amongst the other residents of the co-op. A number of new families had moved in and these new residents seemed to be quite unfriendly, even hostile, towards them. Their children, in similar fashion, treated this couple’s seven-year-old badly out on the playground. Besides being unfriendly, most of these new residents
Author's Note: We moved to Butte, Montana in 2007 with the dual purpose of caring for Ruth's elderly mother, and planting a church. That church plant was eventually unsuccessful, but through that process, the light still managed to shine and dispel the darkness of that city. When we first started taking concrete steps towards establishing the church, we expected that God would be bringing others to us who would grasp the vision and join us in the work. Butte is/was very dark, in a spiritual sense, and I knew that anyone joining us would need help as they entered into th
I found it deeply disheartening last January when Joe Biden took office and moved into the White House. America has fallen, once again, to the rule of those opposed to Christ, to those opposed to all that is good. Most serious Christians are deeply disappointed in the outcome of the elections and in the man who now sits in the White House. Since then it has been especially difficult to watch the President and the Democrats in Congress systematically destroy freedom in America, establish unrighteous laws and policies, and squander our taxes. They seem to be especially zealous in their di
I've been continuing my efforts to finish A Primer on Spiritual Warfare, a blog I wrote while we were attempting to plant a new church, Living Water Fellowship, in Butte, Montana. There are a couple of new posts there and here's a link to it. It is an on-going project, so I suggest you follow it to get notifications of when I post. If you haven't read the beginning of the blog (and are interested in the topic) scroll down to the bottom and read from th
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am trying to finish up a blog called A Primer on Spiritual Warfare that I wrote a few years ago. In order to do that I need to share two dreams that punctuated both the beginning and end of the church plant in Butte, but before I can do that it’s necessary that I explain a few things about prophetic dreams. All this prophetic stuff is weird anyway, and now I’m adding dreams to my list of weirdnesses? Yes, it is strange, but it is real. I already posted this to my
A few days ago I read a newspaper article that claimed ISIS – the terrorist group that has been murdering people in the Middle East – has a full complement of terrorists in place in the United States, all ready to kill, murder and destroy in the name of Islam. That certainly is an alarming statement! It is also an easy one to believe when you consider how our government has failed to protect our borders from these monstrous people. Yet, immediately on reading that statement, my mind went to the story of when King David decided to take a census of the fighting men in Israel.