February 20, 2017

muslim woman healed and shocked after word of knowledge

At the end of the lecture, there were 3 muslim students still in the room when I got a distinct word of knowledge in my left arm.  I asked one of them if she had a problem there and she said no, but one of the others said that she did.  I immediately got my wife on the phone to have her pray for this young woman.  I handed the phone to my student and she was prayed for over the phone after my wife explained what she was going to do and what was going to happen.  After hearing about God's love and concern for her and the prayer closing in the Name of Jesus, my student was totally healed!  All the pain left immediately and she began to inquire what had just happened.  I told her a bit about words of knowledge and that God revealed her pain in order to heal her.  She was quite shocked (as were her friends) and had many more questions.  As they were getting on the elevator they could not stop talking about what had just happened.

I'm excited to be able to follow up tomorrow when I will have that class again.  The fact is that 3 young muslim women saw the way God revealed a problem and healed it in the Name of His Son.  

February 17, 2017

when people are STILL healed months later

This week has been encouraging because I have heard back from 4 different individuals who were healed when we prayed for them who are all still healed!  One of them confirmed her healing as when we prayed, she couldn't tell but has now confirmed that the issue the Lord revealed to me via word of knowledge has never come back.  Also her muslim friend is still healed.  I can't imagine the conversations that his healed neck has opened up.  I heard from two others – one who had come to see me to tell me and another via social media.

In the moment, people will often tell you they are better when we pray.  Whether there is some psychosomatic effect, I believe that sometimes people feel better even when they haven't actually been healed.  The fact is though when someone is genuinely healed by the Lord, when God has worked, they will still be healed – a week later, a month later, a year later.  I am so encouraged when I get to hear back because so often we never know.  Somehow this week the Lord wanted to encourage me with some feedback.  I was/am encouraged.

February 13, 2017

visitor's left ankle healed after word of knowledge during worship

I am not sure yet of all the ways that the Lord ministered to a Lebanese visitor we had to our meeting this past week, but many prophetic words were given to him that he said were meaningful and accurate (one I gave didn't seem to make any sense, but oh well!).  At the end of our meeting as we were worshipping, I got a strong word of knowledge for a left ankle problem.  I didn't feel led to ask who it was and to pray for it, but rather I just declared that "whoever has the left ankle injury, it will be healed during this song of worship".  Sure enough, I found out that it was for our Lebanese visitor and it happened just that way.  Nobody prayed for his ankle and the Lord completely healed it.  He told me this after the fact.

We were all encouraged as our visitor wants to become a regular!

words of knowledge as we talked about words of knowledge

Funny how this happens.  A few of us met to discuss a book we are reading about words of knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8).  After some coffee, I went out to find a bathroom and on my way back, I noticed a table of Arab women and one man.  I got a distinct word of knowledge for a stomach issue.  I went up and asked.  Two of the people said no, but one of the women said it was her.  It wasn't bothering her at that exact time, but the Lord gave me another prophetic insight as to how often it happens (2-3 times a week) and she said yes.  So instead of praying right then (not sure why I didn't offer), I asked her to come to our table before she left.  As I was saying that, I got a word of knowledge for the woman sitting next to her – for her neck and shoulder on the left side.  She had this problem and so I prayed for her quickly and the pain left.  Why I didn't then pray for the 1st woman, I don't know but I left and went back to my table inside.  As we were talking more about words of knowledge inside, a woman had come to the pick up her coffee and I got another word of knowledge about the back of neck (in the middle).  I went up to ask the woman and it was the woman from outside that had the stomach problem (not sure why I didn't recognize her).  She was actually from a Christian background (Lebanese) and I got the impression she wasn't following the Lord.  So she said that the neck problem was for her muslim friend outside named Muhammed.  So he came in and prayed for his neck and something "clicked" during the prayer and it was healed.  Then I prayed finally for the woman's stomach issue – I told her it was never coming back.  I gave them my contact details and was so encouraged  to see the way God wanted to draw a Christian back to Himself and demonstrate His love and power to a muslim man.  I am not sure about the 2nd woman who was with them.  It was a powerful divine appointment.

Before we left the place, the Lord also gave another word of knowledge about "anxiety" for one of the men working in the coffee house – it was a word for him and then while giving it, the Lord revealed a physical problem that was causing the anxiety in his father's life.  We got to pray for him as well.  

So – talk about words of knowledge and I'll bet you get words of knowledge.  Just seems like the kind of thing our Heavenly Father wants to do.

muslim man's shoulder dramatically healed

While I was leaving my work, I noticed a man with a makeshift arm sling on his right arm.  I asked him what had happened.  He told me that he hurt it playing volleyball.  I offered to pray for him and asked him to put his hand on the area that hurt.  I honestly thought it must have been a minor thing.  I prayed in the Name of Jesus, broke off the shock and trauma and then  asked him to test it out.  He couldn't lift it at all!  So much pain.  It was obviously much worse than I had initially thought.  He was wincing in pain as he kept trying to lift it.  I said, "I think you tore something pretty badly in your shoulder".  A woman who had been talking to him left and I offered to pray again.  I'm going to be honest – after NOTHING had happened at all after praying once, my faith level wasn't too great.  So, I did what I train people to do – pray again!  I prayed again and to be honest, was a bit more fervent and focused and really commanded the pain to leave.  After prayer #2, when he began to test it out, I could see a marked difference!  Had I not seen how bad it was after the 1st prayer, I wouldn't have known how much the Lord had done after the 2nd time.  He could now move it – up and down maybe 8-10 inches and without any of the pain.  So I offered to pray one more time and he was in complete agreement, encouraged by what had happened.  After praying the 3rd time, it was remarkable.  I personally was shocked (this never gets old!!).  He could move it everywhere – above his head and back and forth.  He was in total amazement and just kept expressing his disbelief and kept asking "what is happening?".  So I told him that God loved him and healed his shoulder.  I was extremely clear about Jesus in the prayers and this muslim man walked away powerfully touched by God's healing power.  I look forward to connecting with this man again soon.  I know he will have many more questions – they always do!!

January 25, 2017

the agony of defeat AND the thrill of victory

One thing about praying for the sick, is that we don’t always get the results we are intending.  There is a mystery here and more often than not (actually almost all the time) we don’t know WHY something doesn’t happen.  Irresponsible theologians and pastors will often give their “opinions” (I.e “It wasn’t God’s will”, “there was sin or unbelief”, etc. etc.), but the fact is, they do not know and simply cannot know unless God reveals it.

I had a situation the other day where I prayed for both a muslim man and a Christian woman and neither of them were healed.  I had prayed for people in their shop before and I was asked to pray by both of them based on healings that had happened before.  I was actually really encouraged that the power of former testimonies was fueling the requests for further prayer.  I hadn’t seen them in a year.  Anyway, after multiple attempts (I prayed 4 or 5 times for the muslim and and close to that many times for the Christian) nothing happened.  Even worse, the following day when I inquired the woman said her pain was actually worse.  To be honest, this blog would not be a balanced one if I didn’t share things such as this.  And also the discouragement I felt after these reports.  These injuries were things we have seen healed multiple times and so it was quite disheartening.  Do I know why?  I have no idea and even when I inquired of the Lord, I didn’t feel like He said anything to the to answer the question, “Why”?  I have often said that there are lots of promises in the Bible, but one that doesn’t exist is, “I the Lord will answer all thy questions”.  Will we know “why” or “why not” in eternity?  Maybe, but then again we probably won’t care at that point.  So the last couple of days were for me “the agony of defeat”, that was until yesterday.  What do we do when we don’t see people healed?  We keep praying until we do.  

So the man I am staying with while on this trip had a migraine headache.  He had tried to sleep it off but with no effect.  When he came out, and I asked if I could pray.  After a couple of times of prayer, the “worst headache in 20 years” (his description) was gone and he was encouraged.  So was I after the defeats of the previous days.  And to add to that, the Lord spoke powerfully and accurately when we were praying for a young woman to be set free from demonic oppression that night.  God revealed things prophetically that were things only He could have know.  She even testified that about one of the details He revealed, “I’d never shared that with anybody”.  So after a couple of days of discouragement, the Lord turned things around and we experienced “the thrill of victory”.

As Randy Clark so accurately described the healing ministry, it truly is “the thrill of victory AND the agony of defeat”. (or in my case this week, the opposite!)

January 14, 2017

muslims healed on a plane

This isn’t my testimony, but one of the guys who has visited us and who I mentor a bit shared an incredible testimony of an Emirati muslim man who was healed radically during a flight 2 days ago (a wrist injury) - he got to share with the man a bunch about Jesus and then the man started testifying to the flight crew.  My friend got to pray for many of them and the Lord was healing all sorts of things.  Then one of the flight attendants said she had a muslim woman passenger in 1st class who was injured.  She went up to share with her what God was doing in the back of the plane and she wanted prayer.  My friend went up to 1st class and ministered to this woman for more than 20 minutes.  She testified to her pain going away (she had fallen before the flight) and he got to share the Gospel with her.  Talk about an amazing flight!  So much better than the movies!

3 year shoulder/back injury healed

A couple of night’s ago we were at a climbing wall.  No one was there except us and the man who oversees the wall.  We found out that he couldn’t climb any more because of a mountain bike injury 3 years ago.  We prayed for him, breaking off the shock and trauma of the accident in the Name of Jesus and he was healed.  He began to do what he couldn’t do before.  He was moving the arm/shoulder all around.  THEN he gets on the climbing wall and climbs up a bit and HANGS entirely from the arm that was injured.  He was so excited!  We took some pictures of him and then he even let me video him sharing the testimony and demonstrating what God had done for him.  Can’t wait to see him again next week and to share with him more about the Kingdom that visited him that night.

January 03, 2017

new year = reboot

I love new beginnings and the a new year gives us all a chance to reboot and recommit ourselves to the living the life Christ has called us to live.

Christ healed the sick and so should His followers.  He commanded it, He modeled it, He empowered us to do it and then asked the question if He would find "faith on earth when He returns" (Luke 18:8).
We have been empowered to do the works that Jesus did.  Are we doing that?  Are we casting out demons when we come across people in bondage?  Are we offering to pray for the sick whenever and wherever we find them?

These are some of the things we need to all recommit ourselves to be doing in the 2017.

I want to be about my Master's business.  I want to be one who has "always obeyed God" that Paul talks about Philippians 2:12.

Let us make 2017 a year to obey Christ's commandments to heal the sick and cast out demons AS we preach the Gospel of the Kingdom!

December 24, 2016

woman's ankle healed

I had gotten a wrong word of knowledge for an arm problem as I walked into a small store with about 4 employees.  As I was asking about the arm, I got another word of knowledge about a problem in a foot.  I guess that word was right because one of the women had an injured ankle/foot. I told them all to “watch this” as I had another one of the employee’s lay her hand on her. I prayed a quick pray, breaking off the “shock and trauma” from the injury.  ALL the pain immediately left.  I got to share a few things about God’s love for them and wished them a Merry Christmas.  

December 09, 2016

Iranian muslim women healed at party

This is a testimony from Desert Princess from this evening:

“I was invited to a goodbye party that was all Iranian muslim women.  I was asked to share about how I learned about God’s love.  So I was able to share all about Christ and His Gospel.  My friend told them that I also pray for people to be healed.  They were so excited.  As I was getting ready to pray for the first women, I got a word of knowledge about a neck and back problem which is what she needed.  She was quite surprised that God had revealed her pain!  I prayed and all her pain left.  She had her eyes closed during my prayer and when she opened them she sighed and described the incredible peace she felt flowing through her body.  I then got a word for a jaw/face problem which she also had as she had just had some dental work done and was in pain.  I prayed for that and all the pain left as well.  She was really shocked and amazed.  Then another muslim woman came and sat next to me for prayer.  She had a complaint about her eyes hurting ever since she had had Lasik surgery done 6 years earlier.  Constant pain in her eyes for six years.  I prayed once and there was only a slight difference.  I said I would pray again and did.  I took my hand away and she too was having an encounter with God.  Then she said that all the pain left.  Immediately after this, the first woman who had been healed states, “We need your number”!  They then wanted me to pray for their 3 teenage daughters who were there for whatever God would show me.  Remember these are ALL muslim women asking a Christian to pray and prophesy over them!  Two of the teenage girls had special encounters with the Lord during my prayer and I was able to prophesy over each of them.  That is my kind of Going Away party!"

November 08, 2016

hindu man healed of 7 year problem

A couple of weeks ago we prayed with a Hindu man after we got a word of knowledge.  He had had a problem with pain in his fee due to his work (he stood all the time as a restaurant server).  I prayed with him and told him we’d check back after a week or two.  We finally got back to his restaurant, and sure enough the 7 year issue hasn’t come back.  He testified to being pain-free.  We got to pray for him again – this time for God to speak to him and to reveal to him His purpose for his life.  God loves to reveal to followers of false religions His purpose and destiny to His creatures created in His own image.  I told him that it would happen within 10 days.  We will follow up with him after this time to see what God has shown him.

October 18, 2016

Syrian muslim man receives prayer after word of knowledge

As we are leaving the Turkish restaurant, a number of the servers were all standing together including the Turkish woman who had been healed.  They had obviously been talking about what had transpired and then I said something in Arabic and one of the servers from Syria began to speak to me in Arabic.  As we spoke, I got another clear word of knowledge for a something going on in his chest.  He said it was true and let me pray for him.  I prayed in Arabic and used the Lord’s prayer to release God’s Kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven”.  He was touched.  The problem in his chest would come and go and wasn’t a problem at that particular time but I will follow up with them.

What I loved about the evening was that when Jesus speaks (through words of knowledge) and then heals muslims, it became the “talk of the night” and that was thrilling.  How God spoke to a couple of Christian customers, how He came and took away one muslim’s pain and I can’t imagine what else was considered.

Turkish muslim healed after word of knowledge

While we were eating in a Turkish restaurant, I was offering to pray for any of the staff who were sick or had pain with my muslim Turkish server.  While I was explaining what I wanted to do, I got a distinct word of knowledge for someone with a pain in the left side of the neck.  I asked him to go and find that person.  A few minutes later he brings up a female Turkish co-worker who had the problem.  He started to walk away and I told him to stay and watch.  I had her put her hand on her neck, I prayed a quick prayer in English closing in the Name of Jesus.  I asked her how it was and all of sudden she switches into Turkish with our server and they are discussing what had just happened.  I knew what had happened as that “look” on her face told the story.  She was shocked.  She couldn’t believe what had just happened.  They went away talking about it and I told them I would be back (of course I am thinking to follow up).  It was clear they talked about it for quite a while.  And as we were getting up to leave, something else happened which will be shared in the next post.

September 26, 2016

Bedouin muslim man asks me to pray & then the word of knowledge comes

Yesterday an usual thing happened.  A young Bedouin Gulf Arab came to my office and asked me if I could pray for his grandfather in a coma.  First of all, I have no idea how this man heard that I prayed for healing, but let’s just say AMEN!  Anyway, as he is telling me with literally tears in his eyes, saying, “I’m so afraid I’m going to lose him”, a distinct word of knowledge slammed into the left part of my neck.  I asked him - “Did your grandfather have a blood clot in the left side of his neck that caused him to fall into a coma”?  He said, “Yes”!  At that point, my faith level shot through the roof.  I wondered if we could go together and see his grandfather to pray.  He explained how far away he was and so I came up with another plan – when he is with him in the hospital, he will call me and I’ll pray for his grandfather while he lays his hands on him.  He agreed.  He did NOT call me last night as I expected, and that is most likely because he ran the idea/offer by some of his family members and they would have shot it down.

I am praying that IN DESPERATION, he will disregard their counsel and call me and let me pray.  With the word of knowledge, I know this muslim man knows that God is going to do something.

muslims getting touched in Jesus' Name!

This past week our community has had a number of exciting opportunities to pray for Muslims and God has answered.

One young Gulf Arab muslim woman had back pain, and one of the women in our community met with her and prayed for her and almost all of the pain left.  When she told me there was still a little bit left, I said, “Don’t let my friend get away with!  You need to be PAIN-FREE”.  So she will get prayer again!  She’s already had prophetic dreams and God is drawing this young muslim woman to Himself.

Another young muslim woman was sharing about her allergies and my wife found out that they began when her father died.  She had really battled with depression and even some suicidal thoughts at that time.  The Holy Spirit touched her powerfully when Desert Princess prayed with her and counseled with her over the phone (for nearly an hour).  The allergies are NOT completely healed, but I have asked her if we can pray again today, this time in person, to be completely delivered.  Again God’s love and His presence has so powerfully touched this young woman.  She was in tears when she received prayer and was also in tears when she was telling me about the encounter.

Just a couple of things God has done this week as we took the risk to offer the Kingdom in Power!

September 12, 2016

Do you have a story? if not, GET ONE!!

Quote: “Our role is NOT to change minds; our role is to BLOW minds!"

George Otis' recent message at IHOPKC resonated so much with our community.  He speaks about the importance of having a story.  A supernatural story of what God has done.  This is what a lost world wants and needs.  Sometimes we Christians try to preach to the world, but they don’t even know we have “a story”.  They don’t know what God has done and is doing.  They long for transformation but they don’t know where to find it.  Their lives are full of fear and pain, but they do not know that God has an answer.  

As I listened to Otis’ message, I realized why our community has grown.  It has been all about the “stories” we were experience and telling others.  We invited people to “come and see” for themselves and they would have encounters for themselves and actually get their own “stories”.  

If this message doesn’t wake you up and inspire you, you might be dead. :)

September 09, 2016

releasing the Kingdom naturally "as you go"

For years, this blog has been about testimonies of God breaking into to the lives of the people we meet who get healed, who God speaks to through a prophetic word or something else supernatural.  Just yesterday the Lord opened three doors to minister as we were working out at a gym and then eating dinner at a restaurant.  The first was a woman with a wrist brace on.  Just asking her what had happened, opened the door for my wife to pray.  It was Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which we have seen on numerous occasions.  The fact that we have seen it healed many times was shared and then she prayed.  Nothing more was discussed, but the Kingdom coming in Christ’s Name was proclaimed.  She wasn’t willing to take off the brace and check it out, but Desert Princess assured her that she would notice a change.

The next place was a restaurant where we have prayed for many of the staff through the years.  Our server was one of those women and she wanted us to pray for her mother who’s dealing with kidney failure.  We got to pray and our server was so touched that she couldn’t hold back tears.  It is truly so easy to bring and communicate God’s love and concern.  We have no idea at this point what happened in regards to the kidney issue, but it was such a blessing to be conduits of God’s concern into the daughter’s life.  

As we were leaving, another employee began sharing with us about the traumatic flight he had arriving into this muslim country.  He had only been here four months and the flight was forced to land in India along the way due to extreme turbulence.  People were injured.  It was his very first time on a plane.  He was traumatized still and could hardly share about the experience.  We asked if we could pray to break off the effect and impact of that trauma and he welcomed that.  We prayed and took authority over that experience and saw God’s Kingdom come upon him.  He testified that he “felt different” after the prayer.  He also asked us to pray for the way they are exploited (working more hours than they are contractually obligated to without being paid overtime).  We did and he was so appreciative as we left.

Releasing Christ’s Kingdom is our privilege wherever we go into any and all situations that we know Christ wants to and can impact.  I challenge you to live your life today with this same intentionality and “as you go” be Christ to the people who you meet – do so naturally.

September 06, 2016

a 'True Perspective'

this post represents some unrefined thoughts about how/why we as Christians seem to get so easily derailed in our spiritual lives. I really have to thank Dan Mohler for it has been his teaching that has helped me (and our community) to see some things that many Christians miss on a regular basis.

recently in worship, the Lord gave me a picture that helped me to articulate in some ways a summary of what Dan Mohler has taught us and more importantly a summary of what the New Testament teaches as truth.

How is it that the Apostle Paul was able to learn "the secret" of being content in ALL circumstances? (Phil 4:12).  He was under "house arrest" when he wrote Philippians.  He knew beatings, abandonment, being in desperate need, etc. (see 2 Cor. 11:20-32 for a list of those hardships). In other words, his life was marked with suffering, both physical and psychological. And from multiple sources, both human and demonic.  In the midst of that type of life, that ended ultimately in his own martyrdom, he boasted about being always content.

Fast forward 2000 years, and we can think of how, if we are honest, our circumstances all-too-often dictate our spiritual well being.  I can't even begin to count how many Christians I have known through the years who have due to circumstances, wandered away from the faith: an untimely death, a broken marriage, losing a job, financial struggles, being hurt by "the Church", unanswered prayer, etc.  Circumstances dictated their contentment, or lack thereof.

The Apostle Paul knew most of those realities in his life and yet somehow his faith endured in the midst of all the shakings, all the hardship, all the problems.  What a challenge!  Oh that we would "learn the secret" that Paul learned.  And I should emphasize the word "learned" because it implies a process - not an automatic state.

The picture the Lord gave me during worship was that of a massive ocean liner of incalculable value - an unsinkable vessel that will reach its destination with 100% certainty.  Through faith in Christ, we have been invited onto this vessel and into relationship with its owner as our eternal inheritance.  We can endure the storms, not because they won't be constant, but because of the nature of the vessel in which we now live.  It is the indestructible nature of the vessel that enables us to overcome any and all circumstances we will face.

August 29, 2016

Extreme Sports Athletes and the Gospel

Why do I seem to be learning more about the nature of the Gospel and God’s Kingdom from secular extreme sports athletes than I am from other Christians these days?  As I hear their stories and consider their accomplishments, I am inspired by a level of commitment, a single-minded focus and a fearlessness that almost seems to be speaking “prophetically” to me about what total devotion looks like.

In a day when it seems that the exodus from the Church is unprecedented, I wonder if maybe “the Church” that so many are walking away from hasn’t been honest with them about the faith they are abandoning.  I watch as many of the children of dear friends of ours are choosing the world over and against the Kingdom.  In response, all-too-often the church seems to water down its message, require less and the migration out of the church only seems to speed up.

I wonder if we’ve gotten it ALL WRONG!  I think that a generation of young people have NEVER seen nor heard the real Gospel.  They haven’t heard that it will cost them everything to follow Christ. They haven’t been challenged to abandon themselves to the most exciting life imaginable.  That is why I think the Extreme Sports phenomenon is so prophetically interesting.  I see a generation of young people who are willing to die to surf the biggest waves, ski the steepest mountains, jump off of the highest buildings.  I see a level of devotion to training that boggles the mind.  And all of it speaks to me that there is a “cry” in the heart of everyone that they long for something to give their lives to and for.  Don’t tell me this generation lacks commitment and discipline – the extreme rock climbers are training harder and enduring more pain than any Navy Seal has in his/her training.  They are risking their lives for their passions and the Church has to realize that we are truly the inventors of the original “X Games”, not today’s extreme sports culture!  

In the 1st century, Jesus came to earth to invited disciples to come and die so that He could live through them and establish God’s Kingdom on the earth.  He required everything.  He was unapologetic.  He knew that the ONLY WAY the Christian life would work would be on those terms. We die, He lives.  Simple.  I want to thank the extreme sports athletes that are inspiring us all today personally for reminding me about the true nature of the Gospel and challenging me to give myself entirely to something that will last forever, even as they are giving everything for sports that are but a passing fad.

For inspiration - check out the hardest rock climb every done

August 15, 2016

the "evolution" of this blog

I spent many hours yesterday talking with a friend about pursuing God’s Kingdom and how we live it out.  We talked about so many things – I met this friend about the time we started this blog.  We spoke about our journeys, the things we have learned and are learning.  He had just started his own blog with his wife.  I was reflecting on this environment of social media and the way messages get spread.  The way people seek to “promote” things and the time/energy that is spent in getting articles, blogs, podcasts to the widest possible audiences.  When we started the “Joel 2 Generation” blog is was simply a place that our community could share testimonies about what God was doing in our midst and through our lives.  It has been a place where we were “keeping a record” of the supernatural manifestations of Christ’s Kingdom – healings, words of knowledge, dreams & visions, etc.

The funny, ironic thing about this blog is that in the past few years, we are seeing more miracles than we ever saw in the beginning.  More healings, more encounters, more Kingdom.  And yet, we seem to blog less and less.  Not sure why.  Was it the initial excitement about a new way of living as Christians?  For years, we saw so few miraculous things happen and yet when supernatural things began to happen, we couldn’t help ourselves – we HAD TO write about it.

I just thought that after considering the issue of blogging with my buddy and the lifecycle of the Joel 2 Generation blog, I thought I’d blog about it.

June 29, 2016

revelation and healing in paradise & training a new generation

While on vacation with family on a tropical island, we have seen several people healed after words of knowledge as I got to model and train a new generation.

When we were in a restaurant, I got a word that one of the staff had digestive problems and asked our server if she would find that person.  As she walked away, I got another word of knowledge that she had a neck/shoulder issue.  When she came back with the co-worker with a digestive problem, we prayed for her and for the neck/shoulder issue of our server which was in fact an issue for our server.  The Lord touched both of them.  The woman with the digestive issue said she felt a real “peace” as we prayed.  The woman with the neck/shoulder pain also testified to a change.  I didn’t lay hands on either of them but rather had these two women  lay hands on each other as I directed the prayer.  In the wake of the prayer, I got to share God’s love for them individually and sow some seeds of the Gospel.  We also got to ask the Lord to take a “gift of healing” home for one of them to heal one of the husbands.

While visiting a beach resort, I was walking by a table where two women were working.  I got a word that one of them had a right knee problem.  I went up and asked them and one of them began to look a bit shocked.  She asked the other one, “Wasn’t I just telling you about my knee problem?”  She let me pray and during the prayer something “clicked” in her knee.  She knew that it was healed!!  But it got better.  During our short interaction, I got another very clear word for a broken collar bone (I physically felt it) and I sensed it was for one of their immediate family members.  Then the same woman whose knee was healed says that her brother had just broken his collar bone and that he hadn’t done anything about it but needed to see a doctor.  I asked if she could get him on the phone, but he didn’t have a phone with him.  So I asked when she would see him next and she said, “As soon as I can NOW”!  She was ready.  So I asked if I could put in her hand a gift of healing for her to lay hand on him when she was with him (something we have done many many times before and seen the Lord work) and instructed her to pray the part of the Lord’s prayer releasing the Kingdom, “on earth as it is in heaven”.  She felt something in her hand and I gave her my email so she could tell me exactly what happened.  I got to share a few things about God’s heart for them and know that this was a huge divine appointment for at least one woman that the Lord was powerfully drawing to Himself yesterday.

The great thing about each of these words of knowledge and the healing that the Lord brought in these two encounters was that my son’s girlfriend who is completely new to words of knowledge and healing got to “see” with her own eyes the way God works supernaturally to bring His Kingdom both in revelation and healing.  She also saw how much easier it was to then communicate the Gospel verbally after the Lord had worked supernaturally.  When we dropped her off at the airport right after the second one, she was eager to get into the airport and go and “pray for someone”.  What a fun way to train others and see another generation of healing evangelists getting a vision and being released!

March 28, 2016

miracles in the mountains - they communicate EVERYWHERE!

Miracles have begun in the Alps.  Very different context than the Middle East where I live, but miracles are a “language of love” that gets EVERYONE’S attention – from Arab muslims to secular Europeans.   I introduced myself as a “healer” to a guy working in a shop and he told me the owner had a bad knee that caused him problems.  I was then introduced to the owner of the shop, a Frenchman, and he explains to me that he had had major surgery on his knee (reconstructive) and that it was in constant pain with limited mobility/flexibility.  That all changed when Jesus got involved!  I had him put his hand on his own knee and after a short prayer all the pain left.  He was shocked.  He testified to his employee that in fact all the pain had left.  Next he asked me if I do something about a back problem he had – again constant pain and limited mobility.  I prayed once having him put his hand on his own back.  Some of the pain left.  I asked if I could put my hand on his back.  He agreed and after a 2nd quick prayer ALL the pain left.  He checked it out thoroughly.  So how do I know he was REALLY touched?  Well, he asked me if I could help his wife who also had a back problem that had been constant for a couple of weeks.  I offered to pray over the phone as he was talking to her and telling her about his knee AND back miracles.  Next thing I know, she is in the shop.  She was Dutch and so I got him involved in praying for her by having him put his hand on her back.  We prayed together and all the pain left after a short prayer.  She was so appreciative and then the “Kingdom Talk” began.  They wanted to know how this was possible.  I explained that like them, I was raised not to believe in the supernatural but that that had all changed in the course of the past 20 years.  I got to share my journey into the miraculous.  It was such a great opportunity and the guys we are here with run a Christian coffee shop right next door and have a relationship with this man and his wife and so the natural follow up is already in place.  

Even as I have been reading the Gospels again during this week it is so obvious how the miraculous healings of Christ grab the attention of even the most skeptical – whether a Middle Eastern muslim or Europeans materialists.  How interesting that Jesus has NEVER changed!

March 23, 2016

healed muslim calls back for friend who needs healing

The first man who was healed the other day, a Jordanian muslim, called me back tonight to tell me he was still healed of the neck problem that the Lord touched a couple of days ago.  He had a Filipino colleague who needed healing and put her on the phone – she has been constantly dizzy for 8 months, she had irritation in her eyes and she felt a heaviness, choking sensation in her neck.  First of all, I was getting a word of knowledge for her eyes and so I felt the Lord wanted me to start with that.  I asked her to put her hands on her eyes, prayed a quick prayer and immediately the sensation I was feeling ended and I told her that her eyes should be fine.  They were irritation-free!  Next I prayed for the dizziness. Almost a year of constantly feeling dizzy.  I went after that and took a spiritual warfare posture just coming against any afflicting spirits.  After prayer, for the first time in 10 months she was not dizzy.  Finally, I prayed for the choking, heaviness in her throat that she told me started at the birth of her son.  I shut any doors and took authority over the condition.  After prayer she felt normal.  I told her that when she went to bed tonight to thank Jesus because it was Him “healing every disease and sickness" (Matt 9:35) that she had!

For follow up, I have asked her to call my wife in 3 or 4 days to testify as to how things are going.  If any of the conditions return, I told her that my wife would be able to help her again and then to instruct her how to keep her freedom from the afflictions going forward.  

I love it when muslims who Jesus has healed, start referring their friends!

March 20, 2016

several muslims healed

Tonight a couple of us had about an hour to “spill” in a Middle Eastern mall.  One of the guys visiting from a neighboring muslim country wanted to get a feel for how we release the Kingdom in this nation.  We walked into a Nike Store and I got a word of knowledge for a shoulder problem.  It was wrong.  But the muslim man I asked said he had a neck problem that had been bothering him constantly for 3 days.  I asked him to put his hand on his neck, prayed the Lord’s Prayer in Arabic and he was healed!  He was also pretty shocked.  But that wasn’t all.  During my prayer for him, I got a right word of knowledge for an ear problem in his left ear.  He let me pray for that and he was healed of that as well.  I gave him my number and told him to call me in a week.  One I get to see how he is, and also to follow up and share with him more about the Kingdom.  He was asking me “how” after both of his healings.  I really felt it was time to move on and will be excited to see where things go when he calls me back.  We went into another shop and I asked about another word of knowledge for a problem in the middle of the back.  Again, I was wrong.  BUT, the muslim woman (a Filipino muslim woman who may have even been a convert to Islam).  She had a hip problem that wasn’t bothering her at the time, but I asked if I could pray anyway.  I asked her to put her hand on the affected area.  I prayed and the Spirit began to touch her hip as she said she could feel something happening.  This went on for a while because ANOTHER muslim, the manager, from the Nike Shop came in because he too needed healing.  He had heard the testimony of his co-worker and came to see what could happen.  I prayed for his hip which bothered him constantly, and was bothering him at the time and the Lord took away all the pain.  I will follow up with all of them.  God is Good and His Kingdom is EVER-expanding!

February 20, 2016

Islamic Violence and the true nature of Islam

As I have been following the news and commentaries about the current attacks by radical muslims, I think what probably concerns me the most is the continual misinformation that a politically-correct media tolerates and even promotes about the true nature of Islam.  People continue to say, “Islam is a religion of peace” when radical Islamists continue to carry out attacks all over the world.  Paris and California are but two that have gotten our attention because they happened in the West, but the attacks in Nigeria, Kenya, Turkey, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya and many other places don’t get the same media attention.  All being carried out by devout Muslims in the name of their prophet and religion.

Tragically, in the past 25 years a growing number of Christian missionaries have grown far too “sympathetic” in their assessment of the true nature of Islam and what they believe to be its initial inspiration.  Many will go to incredible lengths to defend Islam and the acts of its followers, even when those acts constitute terrorism.  They will whitewash Islamic history and ignore the problematic verses in the Qur’an.  I know that the lack of receptivity amongst Muslims for centuries led many missionaries to begin exploring with so called “new paths”, but the number of Muslims coming to faith around the world today is unprecedented in history and what lies behind such an incredible response is simply not what these “new path” missionaries think.  More on that in a minute.

To get back to the issue of Islam and the misinformation: in short, there really is much confusion and naturally people are deferring to those who they assume know what they're talking about.  What you are about to read is my contribution to the debate.

I have been a serious student of Islam for more than 25 years and have lived in the Middle East for more than two decades.  I know Arabic and can therefore read and understand the Qur’an and the Islamic traditions in their original language.  As a student of Islamic History, I also know the context in which events happened.  I should also say that I too at one time was trying to “paint” Islam in the most positive light I could – focusing on the Qur’anic verses that were peaceful and promoted tolerance.  I had hoped that something like a “Messianic Muslim” movement could be started that would sweep across the Islamic world.  God at work “on the inside” of Islam was what many of us were advocating (and many still are).  Whereas I can say with the utmost confidence that God is at work deep inside the world of Islam, it is to lead them OUT and to expose the deception that they have been living in.

And before I respond to the issue of the true nature of Islam and the source of its violence, I have a deep love for Muslims.  I have devoted my life to reaching them with the Gospel.  And unlike many who making the claim about all the muslim friends they have, I actually have and have had hundreds of Muslims friends as I live in a muslim neighborhood and work alongside them every day.

I will now speak clearly – the religion of Islam at its source was NOT peaceful and Muhammad was NOT a man of peace but of excessive violence.  Whatever one wants to say about the beginning of his life and mission (I.e. In Mecca), the way he lived up until the end of his life was full of terror and violence.  Notice I did NOT say that most Muslims are violent.  The vast majority of Muslims that I have known are peace loving and have been incredible friends.  I am grateful that they are not following the example of their prophet and the admonish to violence in their scriptures.

I can cite dozens of Qur’anic verses (I’ve supplied a link below) and far more passages from authoritative Islamic traditions (Hadith) in support of what groups like ISIS, Al Qaida and other terrorist Islamic groups are doing.  The command to kill, to behead and even to crucify are all Qur’anic injunctions that are part of the latest (most recent) revealed passages in the Qur’an.  What does this mean?  It means that the peaceful verses, the verses that you will often here moderate Muslims and the media citing have been cancelled out (abrogated) by the later, and thus binding/authoritative ones.  

Here is one example of a verse that abrogates all of the previous peaceful and tolerant verses that call for peaceful co-existence with non-Muslims and even affirm other faiths.

Surat Al Tawba (9:5) (Chapter of Repentance) - “…slay the pagans (mushrikeen) wherever you find them” (note: mushrikeen – often translated as “pagans” or “idolaters” literally means “those who have associated something/someone with God”.  This includes Christians because we believe in the Trinity and have therefore committed the sin of shirk (association) by our belief in Christ’s Deity).  I have had dozens and dozens of Muslims confirm to me that because I believe that Jesus is God and that He is the Second Person in the Holy Trinity that I am a mushrik (an associator).  Every single one of those Coptic Orthodox young men that were beheaded on the beach in Libya earlier this year were beheaded because they believed in the Trinity and were therefore mushrikeen (associators).  This very verse was being obeyed when they martyred those men.  Horrific.  This is not an isolated or a cherry-picked verse but representative of dozens and dozens of similar violent ones.

This verse of terror comes from the final chapter revealed in the Qur’an.  This is like their “Great Commission” chapter.  We have Matthew 28 – they have this chapter.  Their final word, their final marching orders.  This presents a huge problem for modern Muslims because as I said before, most are not violent, and despise violence.  Let me reaffirm once again what I said before: the vast majority of my muslim friends have been some of the kindest, most charitable people I have ever known.  

After literally centuries of almost no response to the Gospel from the Muslim World, I believe that we are living in a new season where God began to expose the true nature of Islam for all to see so that many of its captives will be set free.  It was Jesus who said that those things that are hidden will one day be exposed.  In Matthew 10:26, Jesus said, "Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.  So we must not fear them.  Fear is never a legitimate Christian response.  We fear God alone.  And we welcome hidden things (I.e. the true nature of Islam) being exposed for all to see.

I am convinced that we are living in days when the true nature of Islam is being shown and will continue to be shown over and over again.  That could never have happened before the age of mass communications and a worldwide media.  The acts of ISIS and other such groups are almost instantaneously being uploaded and broadcast to the world.  News of these atrocities travels almost as fast as they happen.

In spite of the constant attempts by the moderate Muslims and ironically the Western media to declare it to be a religion of peace, Islamic violence is actually increasing all over the world.  The Middle East I live in today, is far more dangerous than the one I arrived in back in 1992.  There a many places where I could travel freely before with no problems whatsoever.  Today that would be unthinkable.  

I know that what I have just written would have me labeled an “Islamophobe” and would be called “hate speech” by many, including many Christians today.  But we cannot stand by when lies are being uttered, and Islam is being portrayed as something its own scriptures and tradition completely undermine.  Especially when the exposure of the violent nature of Islam is now one of the leading factors that is leading Muslims OUT OF Islam.  While it is true that many are turning to atheism in the abandonment of Islam (sadly because they assume that Christianity must be no different), I can attest to this being a major factor in the lives of the Muslims I have been discipling recently.  Violence in Islam helped lead them to Christ.

If these verses are so prevalent, and these chapters in early Islamic history so clearly full of violence, why doesn’t every Muslim see these things or know about them?  How do they reconcile these things with their own practice of their faith?  Essentially, I believe it boils down to deception.  Many simply don’t see it, even when you show it to them.  

For example, a couple of us were meeting with a devout Shi’ite muslim who I had prayed for to be healed.  During the course of an interesting conversation, I told him that I was grateful that he didn’t obey the Qur’an.  He was confused.  So I showed him the verse - “Do not take for yourselves friends from amongst the Christians and Jews”.  He refused to believe that it was talking about friendship although I was showing him the verse in Arabic.  It simply didn’t “fit” with his interpretation of what Islam is supposed to be.  Another example in that same conversation was when I challenged the Islamic belief that Muhammad was without sin (a universally held belief by all branches and sects of Islam).  However in 4 different places in the Qur’an God is commanding Muhammad to “seek forgiveness for HIS OWN sin”.  I showed this Shi’ite young man the verse in Arabic – I broke down the grammar and the vocabulary of this incredibly clear verse.  It didn’t matter what the Qur’an said – he was convinced of something else and so it didn’t matter what the clear Arabic said.  Deception.  

It is exactly the same with the dozens and dozens of horrifically violent verses in the Qur’an.  Because most of the world’s muslims are in practice peaceful people, and and as I said this is our experience living amongst muslims for nearly 25 years, they simply refuse to see and admit that these verses are there.  Or they try to explain them away as metaphorical, or not applicable today. They just continue to repeat the oft-cited mantra, “Islam is a religion of peace”.  As if saying that somehow makes it true.

Again, here’s the problem.  One of the main factors that is helping muslims to leave Islam today and come to Christ is the realization that they have been deceived.  That Islam is NOT the peaceful religion they had always been told.  They are going back into the Qur’an and into their authoritative traditions and discovering that their prophet was not a man of peace, that he was anything but tolerant.  This is a major crisis that is currently going on in Islam.  One of the common trends has been for modern muslims to completely reject the Hadith (Islamic traditions) and to be essentially “Quran-only” muslims as the traditions are so violent and so indefensible in a modern rationalistic world that they’ve abandoned them.  They are still left with all the violence in the Qur’an.  

What is so tragic is that many Christians, and sadly many Christian missionaries, perpetuate the lie that Islam at it’s source is a peaceful religion.  Are their peaceful teachings in the Qur’an?  Yes, but as I said (and this is according to Islamic Qur’an interpretation) they were abrogated (cancelled out, deemed non-applicable) by the more later “revelations”.  So it is exactly opposite of what we have in the Bible.  Jesus’ teaching supersedes anything in the Old Testament and we are bound by His commands.  Thankfully, Christ left us “a new and living way”.  In Islam it is just the opposite.  The earliest verses in the Qur’an, which is where you find the peaceful and tolerant ones, have been replaced by the later commands to attack, to kill, to subdue, to behead, and to even to crucify non-muslims.  If anyone is interested, here is a link that highlights many of those violence verses in both the Qur’an and the Islamic traditions - http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/023-violence.htm

So we love muslims, we befriend them and we share with them the love of Christ and His Gospel.  What we don’t do is to acquiesce to the “spirit of the age” (the political correctness) and agree with ridiculous statements about Islam that are historically untrue and in contradiction to the clear teachings of the Qur’an

It is like God is wielding a two-edged sword – doing miraculous things in the lives of muslims AND exposing the falseness of their religion and the lies they have believed.  It is these two factors that are behind the greatest number of muslims coming to Christ in all of history.  It is happening all over the Muslim world and in the lives of Muslims who have emigrated elsewhere.  And as countless Christians have suffered martyrdom at the hands of Islamic extremists, the world is watching.  The world is also seeing the true nature of Christianity as many of these martyrs have willingly given their lives instead of denying Christ.  They have been seen praying for their very executioners at the time they were being slain.  Powerful and so much like Christ Himself who uttered the words, “Father, Forgive them, for they know not what they do” even as an act of terrorism was being committed against Him.

October 03, 2015

3 muslims healed

We had the opportunity to pray for a number of different people today and God healed 3 muslims.  A muslim man from India who had a toe injury that had bothered him for a couple of years.  It was hurting when I asked him if I could pray and he was healed.  He checked it out thoroughly afterwards and was quite shocked by what God had done – He asked, “How?”  We got to tell him that Jesus loved him and loves to heal people.  

Next it was a Lebanese muslim woman who the Lord began to give us words of knowledge for as we walked into the store she worked in.  Two of the words of knowledge were for her personally.  At first she wouldn’t let me pray – for a painful tooth problem that the Lord revealed to us.  I gave her a copy of the Lord’s prayer in Arabic thinking she wasn’t going to let me pray.  But then when she said that another word of knowledge, for a painful ear problem, she reluctantly let me pray.  All the pain left.  It was good that we were persistent.  I had asked her when she said she prayed for her own healing, “Why would God reveal your problems to us if He didn’t want to heal you through our prayer?”  I guess that question eventually opened her up to prayer.

Finally we walked into a shop and walked up to group of women employees.  I got a word of knowledge for a back problem in the middle of someone’s back.  A few minutes later after looking for something in the shop, I came back and gathered all 5 of the women together, 3 of them were muslims, and asked who had the problem.  One of the muslim women said it was her and so I had one of the women who was a Christian lay hands on her and prayed.  The muslim woman was healed and testified that all the pain left.

I will be able to follow up with these people and trust that they will have further questions about the Jesus who healed them and surprised them all!

September 12, 2015

Testimony 9-11-15

Muslim man who was prayed for last year contacted one of us and wants to meet for more healing prayer.  May he discover through a Christian that Jesus is the Living Lord and heals the sick today!

July 17, 2015

Iranian Muslim man surprised by revelation

Today while having coffee with a friend, an Iranian man pulls up and parks (illegally) right next to our table.  I knew it was a Middle Easterner, but when I addressed him in Arabic he said he spoke Farsi.  I chatted with him a minute hoping that God would give me some type of word for him.  No clear word of knowledge came.  As he was about to drive away, the word of knowledge finally came for a back problem.  I signaled for him to wait as he was about to take off and he rolled his window down.  Sure enough he had a chronic back problem that had bothered him for years.  I asked if I could “read” over him and that God would heal his back.  He was open to that but unquestionably more taken back that I “knew” his problem when he hadn’t told me.  He let me pray and I gave him my contact info so he could tell me how it was in a week.  He was definitely surprised by God’s goodness towards him and that He demonstrated His love to him.

July 14, 2015

obedience is freedom

We live at a time where in the name of “Grace” obedience to Christ and His commandments have been relegated to the categories of “unimportant” and “secondary”.  This of course is a betrayal of the Apostolic faith and false teaching is spreading like wildfire throughout the Body of Christ.  So called “Grace” teachers are in fact perverting the doctrine of grace and selling it cheaply.  Grace cost God EVERYTHING and in response to God’s grace He requires us to die to ourselves and live lives of wholehearted obedience.  Every Christian will utter the words, “I love God” but in reality many would be hard-pressed to answer the question, “How do you love God?”

1 John 5:3 – In fact, THIS is love for God, to OBEY His commandments

Jesus said, “If you love me, you WILL OBEY my commandments – John 14:15

The convicting reality is that if we are not obeying Christ and His commandments, we are simply NOT loving God.

The craziest of all lies being propagated in the name of truth however is that “obedience to commandments is legalism”.  Christian teachers who have no idea whatsoever what Paul meant when he was speaking about “the law” somehow think that obeying God’s commandments is the same as Paul’s condemnation of Second Temple Judaism’s (1st century Judaism) notions of attaining righteousness through keeping the law.  The two concepts (obeying Jesus & Jews meriting righteousness through keeping the Mosaic Law) are completely different.  

Obedience has NOTHING to do with legalism and the very concepts that Paul and the Apostles were condemning.  Obedience to Christ is actually freedom!  Freedom from ourselves, freedom from bondage, freedom from sin and death.  How ironic that in the name of being “progressive” and being “free”, Christians today are finding themselves in greater deception, and real bondage to sin and addictions than possibly at any other time in the history of the Church.

Grace frees us to obey.  Obedience is the way we remain free.  For CHRIST’S SAKE, don’t let anyone deceive you into thinking that God’s Word is saying anything less.

July 13, 2015

healings in a mall

had a great outreach yesterday in a mall.  after a morning training session, a group of us headed to the mall.  Saw at least 4 people healed, 3 of them after words of knowledge.  Got to pray for others as well and would have to hear back to know if they were healed.  The physical healings led to some inner healing as well and opportunities to prophesy and invite people to church.  It was exciting and all about Jesus!  All of us were encouraged and didn't have a single negative experience and/or anyone who wasn't open to ministry.  Church members are excited to go back and follow up with the people we ministered to - most of who worked in the mall.  The healings included head pain, a neck, a leg and a throat problem.  

March 16, 2015

Gulf Arab muslim girl asks, "What is it, Magic"?

She had been in a car accident and limped into the room.  I asked her to put her hand on her knee.  I prayed in Arabic the Lord’s Prayer closing it in the Name of Jesus and then asked her to stand up and check it out.  There was no more pain.  She then asks, “What is it, Magic”?  I told her NO it was God’s power.  She was pain free but there was still clicking.  I told her we would get the clicking to go too.  I prayed again.  This time breaking off any and all effects of the car accident – any fear or terror.  I commanded the clicking to stop in Jesus’ Name.  She stood up and was not only pain free, but no more clicking in her knee either!  She walked out of the room normally – no limping, no pain and no clicking.

The next day I saw her again and she was totally healed.  God is doing amazing things in the muslim world today – demonstrating His authority and establishing Christ’s Kingdom.

March 02, 2015

Iraqi muslim's knee healed

I had heard about an accident occurring the day before and my Iraqi friend had been hit by a car injuring his knees.  I had an opportunity to pray for him, breaking off the shock and trauma of the injury.  I released God’s Kingdom in the Name of Jesus.  As I closed the prayer, he said he was feeling something and as I walked away he was expressing greater and greater surprise saying, “something is happening, something is happening”.  

I saw him a couple of hours later and one of his knees was completely healed and I will pray for his other one tomorrow.  He had been telling everyone what had happened when his Christian friend prayed for him.

February 23, 2015

MORE miracles amongst muslim Syrian Refugees

Since my last trip to visit Syrian refugees, I had yet another opportunity to visit their camps in Lebanon.  

I went with a group of Lebanese Christians who are helping to meet BOTH their physical and spiritual needs.  As the group I was with began distributing a new load of mattresses, I wandered over and began to pray for any of the Muslim refugees that needed physical healing.  At first I offered to pray for one woman, and the next thing I know I am surrounded by a group who are all hungry for prayer.  Ive attached some of the photos that unknown to me at the time one of the missionaries took.  I think they illustrate how open these Muslims were to receiving prayer in Jesus’ Name from a Christian.  I prayed solidly for a couple of hours and we saw the Lord touch many lives.  I saw numerous physical healings – knees, backs, shoulders, pain in the head.  I don’t even remember all the different conditions I got to pray for.  The reason I know that genuine healings were taking place is because they kept bringing more and more for prayer.

A remarkable one was that one young girl who was blind in one eye had her vision restored.  There was another young woman whose blindness was not healed but I am hoping that one of the women on our team will be able to find her and pray for her again as she is visiting the camp this week.

 We were able to freely hand out many Arabic Gospels and some other literature.  Some of the Muslim youth would come and ask us to give them literature and they would go throughout the camp giving it to everyone!  

God is truly moving amongst the Syrian refugees and there is a huge need for Arabic speakers to regularly visit these camps and teach them God’s Word.  May more Lebanese Christians answer this call for such a time as this!

muslim man's torn hamstring healed

My wife told me to have my eye out for one of the Arab muslim men that I have played soccer with as she saw him limping with a cane.  I told her I would look out for him and sure enough I found him a day or two later walking by my car and I stopped him and asked what had happened.  He explained that he had torn his hamstring in a soccer match and I offered to pray for him that God would heal him.  He agree and I prayed the Lord’s Prayer over him in Arabic and personalized it a bit for his particular injury. I prayed clearly in the Name of Jesus.  I told him to tell me after the weekend how it was.  

On the first day of the work week, I saw him walking out of a building with NO CANE and not limping.  From a distance, I called out to him and asked him how it was, pointing to his leg.  When he saw me, he stopped and turned in my direction shaking his hand and his head as in disbelief.  As I approached him, he asks immediately, “What did you do to me”?  He wanted to know what I prayed and where I had gotten the prayer.  He told me that his entire family wanted to know how the healing happened and what exactly I had prayed!!

Muslims are accustomed to memorizing prayers for every conceivable situation.  He wanted to know if I could send him the prayer.  I told him that I would be happy to and he gave me his phone number.  I not only sent him the Lord’s Prayer in Arabic out of Matthew, but quite a bit more of the passage as it relates to prayer in general.  I know he has received it and most certainly has shared it with his family.

This will be a huge door of opportunity as I follow up with this man.  God is so good and His Kingdom is coming each and every time we pray!

October 13, 2014

miracles amongst muslim Syrian Refugees

Four of us took a 5 day trip to Jordan this past week with the intention of spending time with and ministering to Syrian refugees. As they have fled their war-torn nation, many of them have ended up in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. We had the privilege of connecting with a number of Syrian families in northern Jordan while we were there. We also got to minister to other Jordanian, Palestinian and Egyptian muslims during this trip.

This trip had a major impact on me personally largely due to the time we spent with refugees, hearing their painful stories; ones of loss, shattered dreams, destroyed families and other violent traumas. To see the way the Church has arisen in Jordan to provide for the basic needs of thousands of refugees, was amazing and humbling. To see the way radical Islamic clerics from the Arabian Peninsula are also there to peddle their radical ideas (ironically, the very ideas that have fueled the war they have fled from) and to literally attempt to “buy off” these vulnerable Syrian muslims, made me incredibly angry. The radical “Wahabi” Islam that the Saudis have exported all over the world, and which fuels global Jihad, is pumped into any place and every place that the petrodollars can access. Today one of their targets is wherever there are Syrian refugees. One Syrian after declaring in front of us and his entire family that “all the Saudi Religious Sheikhs are liars”, pulled me aside and pleaded with me for help as he explained that they were ‘confusing’ their women with their poisonous ideas, and ‘buying’ their loyalty (paying them to attend their lectures) which he said was destroying the relationships between husbands and wives. Diabolical. A revelation of the true face and nature of religion of Islam.

All this to say, that this is truly a kairos moment for Syrian muslim refugees and we must pray that the Gospel reaches them at a time when many of them want little to do with the Islam that has destroyed their lives. We saw absolutely no opposition to our message and ministry while we were with them. Not a single objection from one Syrian we spent time with! Unprecedented. Remarkable.

I will try to describe some of the encounters we had and how the Lord led us to minister to them. We had been invited by a friend to visit a number of the Syrian families she knew. We had the honor of sitting with them, and praying for them. God gave us many prophetic pictures and words for them and their futures. Many of them were healed physically often after the Lord would reveal the sickness or injury supernaturally through words of knowledge. One miracle really stuck in my mind. As we were sitting with one family, I got a word of knowledge and asked who in the family had a left shoulder problem. The husband said that it was for his brother who was living outside of the city in the largest refugee camp. I asked if he could get his brother on the phone as I wanted to pray for him. He did and I found out that the shoulder was injured while he was being tortured when the brother was in captivity in Syria. Two years of chronic pain. I prayed for him in Arabic over the phone. I broke off the trauma of the experience. I asked for God’s Kingdom to come and this man was completely healed! I handed the phone to the husband so that his brother could tell him what happened. After hearing his brother testify, he shared with the whole room what the Lord had done. The great end to this story is that one of the Jordanian Christians, who was formerly a muslim, will be able to follow up with him inside the camp.

Perhaps more impactful than the physical healings were the emotions and trauma that God healed, or at least began to heal. We would lay hands on these men and women and ask the Holy Spirit to come and to ask for the Peace of Christ to rest on them. The things that happened were stunning. Those who haven’t laughed or even smiled in as long as they could remember, had joy return. Those who were tortured with flashbacks and night terrors would try to describe what they were experiencing during and after prayer and would say, “I can’t describe what is happening”. Talk about “the peace that TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING” (Phil 4:7). We saw that happen to every person we prayed for. A couple of people we prayed for really stood out as they had been fighters in the war. They were bearded radicals (as are most of the opposition regardless of what the liberal media wants us to believe), and I wasn’t sure how open they would be to having Westerners pray for them. The Western-led air strikes are hurting their cause, even if they aren’t/weren’t connected with ISIS (which we don’t actually know) because it strengthens the Syrian Regime that they were fighting against.

The great thing is that LOVE NEVER FAILS (1 Cor 13:8) and we weren't there to talk politics or take sides; we were there to love these men and women in the power of the Holy Spirit in the Name of Jesus. We had the unthinkable opportunity to pray for two different fighters who had life changing encounters with the love of God. Their countenances changed. We saw the anger and desire for vengeance begin to dissipate. I was able to share why Jesus taught us to love our enemies which is a totally foreign concept in Islam.

Beyond these encounters, there was such a hunger for them to hear through prophetic words what the Lord was showing us about their lives. He revealed so many things, some in great detail, which got their attention. Islam teaches that God no longer speaks today. These Syrian muslims heard God speak to them – to call out their destinies, to show them that their futures were full of hope, and to reveal to them the beauty of Christ and His work to make a way for them into His Kingdom. In one house, the muslim women were so impacted that they called their neighbors on the phone and another group of women arrived hungry to hear what God would show us about their lives and solutions to their problems.

Please pray for the Syrian people. More of them are hearing the Gospel today than arguably at any point in the past 1000 years. They are also “seeing” the Gospel as so often it is Christians who are meeting the needs especially in Jordan and Lebanon. One testimony we heard from Lebanon was stunning – a husband who was fighting in Syria heard about people who were helping his family and protecting the honor of his wife and daughters. He came off the battlefield to meet these Christians and to thank them for doing for them what he was supposed to do. The entire family came to Christ. More Lord.

September 26, 2014

a convicting two-part question

In many of the sermons I have preached in the past year, I’ve asked a two-part question.

“How long could you have followed Jesus around (in His earthly ministry) until you saw a miracle”?

Apart from times when He retreated into the wilderness to pray and commune with His Father, most Christians agree it wouldn’t be very long.  A few hours?  A day or two?

THEN I ask the second part of the question:

“How long could someone follow YOU around until they saw one”?

This is a legitimate question for any believer who believes that God hasn’t changed and is working through His children and His Church today in the same way that He did in the beginning.

Something to think about today.  Tomorrow….(and for the rest of our lives!)

How do we know when someone has 'really' been healed?

Even since we began to see people healed regularly, this question comes up regularly - "How do you know when some has really been healed?"

It's a great question when it isn't coming from an "unbelieving believer".  I will say this - to all followers of Jesus, when another Christ follower is testifying to someone being healed in the Name of Jesus (especially when it is the testimony of a non-Christian!), then I think our initial response should be to 'believe the best'.  Re-read the Gospels.  Jesus healed the sick out of His incredible love and compassion.  He's never changed (His Word declares this to be true!).

When this question is coming from a genuine skeptical unbeliever, I basically encourage anybody who we've prayed for who has seen pain leave or some other type of healing, to wait one week and see how it is.  I am willing to concede that if someone's problem has disappeared and is still gone a week later (and doesn't return!) that we can assume that they've been healed.

I also encourage anyone and everyone who can get medical verification (an x-ray, a blood test, an MRI, etc.) to see what has literally changed to do so.  I LOVE IT when some type of test is available that can medically verify that a problem is gone because God has healed someone.

We've seen literally hundreds and hundreds of people, many of those from non-Christian religions, healed and still testifying to those healings.  The referrals continue (referring us to their friends and relatives who are in need of healing) as they continue to testify to them that they were healed when we (or someone in our community) prayed for them.

Healing #2 after NOT responding to a Word of Knowledge

Also while calling out Words of Knowledge in that university lecture this happened…(in the words of the student)

"I actually did experience healing on Friday.  I saw a few of my classmates receive it too but I am still trying to process what I encountered that day.  As stated before, when it comes to healing people on the spot, like what we saw on Friday, I am honestly a bit skeptical.  I cannot grasp it and I have a hard time believing it sometimes.  Throughout DJ’s message, this was in the back of my mind.  I believed but not fully…until the end of class.  He was wrapping up and wanted pray again before some of us, me being one of them, needed to leave to get to our next class.  He said he was feeling that someone had an injured wrist, specifically the left wrist.  That got my attention a little bit because I have had issues with my wrist for about ten years or so now.  BUT it was not my left wrist so I thought to myself, nope not me...wrong wrist!  Before I could even finish that sarcastic thought in my head, DJ says, “Actually it’s the right wrist, whose right wrist is bothering them?”  This, needless to say, grabbed my attention.  I got really hot all of the sudden (which is difficult to do in that freezing room) and I felt as though my heart was going to pop out of my chest.  Why?  Well, like I said before, I have experienced pain in my right wrist for a number of years.  The pain comes and goes.  If I re-aggravate it somehow through exercise or playing drums too much, it bothers me.  The pain is on and off but it can last for weeks if not months at a time.  What made it even more crazy is that particular morning, I could not do the exercises my trainer wanted me to do because my wrist was really bothering me.  I came to class and my wrist was hurting.  I chickened out when DJ “called me out” asking whose wrist was bothering them but even then God healed me.  I am not even kidding, as I was walking to my next class after DJ spoke, my wrist had no pain.  It gave me no pain the rest of that day, the next day and even on Sunday after playing the drums in 3 church services.  Nothing, no pain…no popping, nothing.  I cannot explain it.  All I know is that God worked through DJ that day to speak to me…."

Healing #1 after NOT responding to a Word of Knowledge

I was calling out some Words of Knowledge in a university lecture and there was a baseball player who said that I had called out "left knee." He knew it was him but didn't say anything. Then when he was walking out of class he realized all the pain was gone and it hasn't returned!  He has subsequently testified.

divine appointment in Montana

While in a town at the base of the mountains, I was with one of my favorite “Kingdom partners” and his wife and he got a word of knowledge for our server asking him if he had ever broken his back. Prayed for him and the young man wrote back that since the prayer his back had been pain free! He goes on to write, 

"what you didn't know however though is that when you came in me and my girlfriend had just broken up (We're still figuring out if that was the right decision). The reason for us breaking up was majorly religious differences. Although I do believe in God I do not have a strong relationship with Him; she does. Loving Jesus is one of her main priorities in life. It's not that I don't want to its just not something I was raised with I know virtually nothing about how to love Him or what it even means. Her ending words of the relationship were "I just wish you loved Jesus". Then you come in and I felt as though it was a sign. (this is a really long email i'm sorry i have a lot on my mind). Anyway I'm lost.


"I want to grow my relationship with Him but that’s all I know. I haven't exactly lived my life as He would like I know that but i think i'm willing to change…"

The follow up has continued now for several months and this young man is now attending a Church in Billings, Montana.

It’s amazing what one supernatural word of knowledge and a subsequent healing of a back can do to extend the Kingdom!

July 03, 2014

Tunisian muslim soccer player healed

Today while I was watching my son play in a match, I noticed one of the players limped off the field.  I heard him speak some Arabic so I went up and introduced myself.  I asked him what happened and he had injured his ankle.  I switched into Arabic and asked if I could “read over him” for healing (using an Islamic way of asking).  He was absolutely open and allowed me to pray.  I prayed the Lord’s prayer over his ankle and closed my prayer in Jesus’ Name.  I then asked him how it was feeling.  In total shock, he began expressing, “Praise be to God” in Arabic over and over and called one of his friends (another Arab muslim) who was in the match to testify about what God had just done.  I gave him my name/number and proceeded to go up into the stands to watch the rest of the match.

After the game, I came down again and he then asked me in Arabic, “Are you fasting Ramadan”?  I guess he wasn’t clear earlier as I explained, “I’m a Christian”.  He must have thought I was some kind of a muslim healer (even though I had prayed the Lord’s Prayer and closed in Jesus’ Name).  I’m glad it was crystal clear in the end that is was Jesus who had healed him in response to a Christian’s prayer – all during the beginning of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.  He has a lot to think about.  Can’t wait to hear back from him.

May 28, 2014

after God gives word of knowledge, Gulf Arab woman asks "How does she know?" AGAIN

We have said this many times, but often muslims are more shocked when God reveals a problem that they have through a word of knowledge than when they actually get healed.  In this case, my friend has asked more than once how I “knew” something.  It is again an opportunity to explain how God speaks and reveals, something Islam rejects for today.

First of all I was able to pray for my Gulf Arab muslim friend’s wrist who had told me all about a visit to the doctor for a very painful wrist; she couldn’t lift anything.  After prayer in Jesus’ Name, she felt something (her description) “swirling all around my arm and wrist”.  I told her that was God showing her that He was healing her arm.  She told me the pain left and it was good.  I will be following up in a couple of days to see how it is now some days later.

A while later as we were talking I got a strong word of knowledge for a problem on the right side of the jaw and asked my friend if she had a particular problem in that specific area and she replies in a shocked manner, “Yes” and then turns to her daughter and asks, “How does she know?”.  Shocked more about the revelation than anything else.  This is not the first time I’ve gotten words of knowledge for her and other female members of their family.  It is just so “outside the box” that God would speak today to someone that she acted as if it was the very first time I had done it.  Of course I then prayed for her jaw.  She told me it was also good after prayer but was still so stunned by the revelation that she didn’t seem too focused on the result.  I will be following up with her about the jaw as well.

All of this enables me to speak many things about the Kingdom with this muslim family.  They are experiencing God’s power in Jesus’ Name.  May they receive special revelation (dreams and visions) to confirm the word that they are both hearing verbally from me and experiencing (through words of knowledge, healings) as the Kingdom comes!

May 16, 2014

"The Look" - Bangladeshi muslim man's hand healed and asks for another healing and gets it!

While I was walking out of the hospital, I noticed that one of the security guards had his hand bandaged.  I went up and asked him what had happened and he explained he had fallen and most likely sprained it.  He was in pain and couldn't move it without discomfort.  I took his hand and prayed in Jesus' Name and what followed was "The Look"- that look of complete shock which asks, "What did you just do to me?".  He was so happy as he was moving it around with no more pain.  He looks to his colleague to confirm that in fact something has truly happened.  I told him it was Jesus who touched him.

I wasn't going to be able to leave because he next shows me his other hand where he obviously had some type of old injury - he'd broken one of his fingers.  He wanted prayer for that as well.  I prayed again and I don't know exactly what happened (or what the nature of the problem had been at that point) but he again looks to his colleague with "The Look" and I knew that the Lord had done something that was supernatural.

I was limited in my ability to communicate, but it was clear to him that I was a Christian and that it Jesus who had healed him.  Two muslims had A LOT to talk about as I walked away.

Some who are skeptical want to know, "How do you know if they are REALLY healed?"  I don't always have an answer to that question but when a muslim gives me "The Look" and his whole demeanor changes and he thanks me profusely, I think that there's a pretty good chance that God has intervened.  They have absolutely no expectation that they will be healed and add to that that I am a follower of a faith they consider false and you cannot conclude that there is any false hope.  I didn't even tell this guy what I was going to do - I just carefully took his hand and began to pray.

May 06, 2014

Gulf Arab muslim's broken toes healed - declares, "I am shocked!"

Last week I saw a college student limping by with his foot wrapped.  I asked him what happened and he told me it was a soccer injury.  I told him that if he had time to come by my office and I told him where it was.  Sure enough, he shows up at my office and had no idea why I had asked him to come by.  I asked him to take a seat and I told him that I was going to “read over” him (an Arabic language expression he would understand for prayer) and that God would heal him.  I had him put his own hand on his toes which I could see were badly bruised and swollen, undoubtedly broken.  He let me pray and thanked me as he got up to leave.  I told him to be sure to come back and let me know how it was – preferably in a week or so.

So today (about a week later) he shows up in my office.  He comes in and I recognize him and ask how his toes are doing.  He asks, “What did you do to me?”  He had been playing soccer again with no pain and said twice, “I am shocked”.  I shared a little bit with him about our mandate to heal the sick as Christians and gave him my number saying that if he or anyone he knows needs a miracle to not hesitate to call me.  He knows where my office is, he has my number and Jesus has radically healed his foot.  I know I’ll be hearing from him soon.