What An Awsome God We Serve!
December 1, 2016
2016 is about to end and it stuns me to think about what God has allowed us to experience.
I went back to some of the newsletters we sent out in the very early years and begin to read over some of what God has done. I thought it would be fun to recap some of this for you as we move into 2017 and our 21st year of ministry.
December 27, 1994
“In our first six months, we have seen God meet every need (both financial and otherwise) through the faithfulness of His people. Some examples: Each month our budget needs have been met both by your contributions, and conferences we have conducted. We rarely have had more than a months expenditures in the bank at any one time. I suspect this is God’s way of reminding us that He is our Provider and we must continue to depend on Him for our needs. It is indeed an exciting and interesting way to live.”
June 1, 2001
“Budapest, Hungary. One young man who was involved in martial arts came up. He was experiencing pain for over a year in his shoulders, down the inside of his right leg, his knee, and his ankle. We began to pray and as we prayed the Lord miraculously took most of the pain completely away. We saw him the next day and he said all the pain and discomfort was gone except for a little in his knee and shoulder. We prayed again and it all left immediately!”
“Calvary Baptist, Gardena, CA. 62 Years of pain – GONE! That’s what happened to one lady we prayed for on Saturday night. I had asked those with back pain to stand and for those present to gather around them and pray. She later testified that she felt something similar to hot oil pouring down her spine and that the pain completely left. She had injured her back when she was 13 and she was now 75!”
February 1, 2005
“Late in January, Jane and I were at Praise Alive Worship Center in Monterey Park, CA. Pastor John Long and his wife Angela were our hosts. One lady had scoliosis as a child and was still experiencing some curvature of the spine and pain in her lower back and hips. As we prayed the Lord totally healed her, all the pain went away and she could freely move without any pain at all!”
February 1, 2012
Jay and Eleni wrote this: “Mike testified about his first healing conference at The Falls Church some four years before. He recounted how a mother brought her young daughter forward for prayer for what turned out to be flat feet. After a short prayer over the girl, Jesus give the girl arches in both of her feet at that very moment completely healing the condition with a creative miracle! It was put on our hearts in that moment that we needed to find a way to get our 10-year-old daughter, whose feet have always been as flat as a duck, to the healing service. We were off to the side praying with other individuals as our daughter was up front receiving hands-on prayer. When we returned home late that Sunday evening, my daughter asked as we were tucking her into bed -‘Do I still have flat feet?’ When we checked her feet we were stunned and shocked to find arches formed in both her feet!”
February 1, 2015
St. Dennis Catholic Church. During the second evening the presence God was so powerful I was having a difficult time speaking. When I began to speak it was as if God closed my mouth and would not let me say anything. When I was finally able to speak it was a simple word from God. I kept hearing over and over “Tell them how much I love them.” That’s what I said. Later that evening two people came up to me and shared what they saw while I was speaking. The first one said, “I saw Jesus standing next to you while you were up there trying to speak.” Then a short time later a man walked over and said, “While you were speaking I saw a huge angel standing over by the wall just to the right of you.” I have no reason to doubt either of these testimonies as this has happened in the past at other conferences.
As we go into the Christmas season remember why we celebrate. Yes, the presents and getting together with the family is fun, along with the music, games, and laughter. But of most importance is to remember it is a season to reach out in love and offer ourselves to those in unfortunate circumstances. Also, take time to think about why Jesus came and its significance in our lives today.
Thank you for your faithful and continued support of our work. It has been an amazing journey.
Have a blessed Christmas,
Really? You Want Me To Trust You With Everything?
November 1, 2016
Everywhere I go around this nation, I hear Christians who are dealing with issues in their lives, involving relationships in their families, or at work or school, or issues with their health or finances. We look around and see our nation in chaos. The level of stress and frenzied activity in our lives is increasing dramatically. Never have I seen an election for President bring about such contention among people. Once again God brings us face to face with this questions, “Do you trust me or not?”
I am reminded of a time when my son and I were at a gentleman’s home here in Bakersfield. This man is well known and quite knowledgeable in dealing with reptiles. He had in a cage the largest Diamond Back Rattlesnake in captivity. He said to my son, “I want you to reach in that cage and pick up that rattlesnake.” This rattlesnake was coiled and ready to strike. When my son hesitated the man said to him, “You came to me for help and information regarding reptiles because you needed my help; now I am asking you to do something. I am telling you that if you reach in and slowly pick him up he will not hurt you. DO YOU TRUST ME OR NOT?” My son reached in and picked up the rattlesnake with both hands then turned to me and said, “Here dad, you want to hold it?” I did.
The point is that often we go to God when things are going well or we need his help in the day-to-day circumstances of life. But then there comes a time when we are facing something very scary and He allows it to bring us to a point where the question from Him becomes, “DO YOU TRUST ME OR NOT?”
Over the 20 plus years that Wholeness Ministries has been in existence, God has placed me in numerous situations where I have had to trust him. All of my overseas trips to Hungary and Romania were gigantic steps of faith. From the cost of the airline tickets to food and lodging when I arrived. Many times I was presented with situations that I knew there was no way I could help these people except through the power of God. Each time I pray for someone it is an act of faith and trust.
For example, in Budapest, a professional basketball player came up and asked for prayer for his knee. Doctors told him he might not ever play again. I prayed for him and at that time we noticed no difference in his knee. When I went back a year later he came running up to me and said that his knee was completely healed and he was playing basketball again!
Deep Hurts? We Can Help!
In last month’s newsletter, I wrote about the freedom we see when people come for Deep-Level Inner Healing. Many of us carry around hurts that are the result of things that people have done or said to us in the past. Some of these wounds can be as recent as yesterday or they can go back to childhood. No matter when they occur, if we have not dealt with them through healing prayer we carry these hurts around with us. The unfortunate result is that when we carry this baggage around it can affect our relationships with others, ourselves, and with God. In addition, it can make us physically sick and can, in some cases, prevent God from healing us.
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REFORMERS PLEDGE – NOVEMBER 17-20, 2016
“On earth as it is in Heaven”
This is a conference being held at one of our local churches that you will not want to miss. There are speakers coming in from around the world like; Che Ahn, Stacy Campbell, & James Goll. This conference is hosted by my friends Tony & Jessica Kim at Renaissance Church. To register simply click the banner below.
Deep Hurts? We Can Deal With That!
October 1, 2016
One of the ministries that I don’t write much about in the newsletter is the wonderful freedom we see when people come for Deep-Level Inner Healing. Many of us carry around hurts that are the result of things that people have done or said to us in the past. Some of these wounds can be as recent as yesterday or they can go back to childhood. No matter when they occur, if we have not dealt with them through healing prayer we carry these hurts around with us. The unfortunate result is that when we carry this baggage around it can affect our relationships with others, ourselves and with God. In addition, it can make us physically sick and can in some cases prevent God from healing us.
Let me give you an example. I was ministering at a church in Belfast, N.Ireland when I noticed a man sitting in the pew who was obviously in much pain. I went over to see if I could pray for him. I asked him what he was dealing with and he told me that he had been injured on the job ten years ago and was in excruciating pain as a result. So, with his permission, I prayed for him. When I asked him if the pain had gone he said it was the same. I prayed again and during the time I was praying I was also listening to God.
God revealed to me that there was someone this man needed to forgive. When I asked him if that was true he dropped his head and with tears rolling down his cheeks said that yes there was someone. It was the man that had caused the accident. We then prayed together and I led him through a prayer to forgive the man and release his anger to God. As soon as he did that he looked at me with a surprised look on his face and said that all the pain was gone! He then jumped up and ran down the aisle like an excited little kid.
What happened here? He had been dealing with this physical pain for ten years. God could have easily healed him anytime he wanted to heal him. But He waited until the man was ready to deal with the unforgiveness that he was holding on to. I have seen this repeated many times over years I have been doing ministry.
If you are dealing with some hurts from the past, contact us here at Wholeness Ministries because we can help. You can do this by calling us at 661-833-2920, by emailing us at email@example.com or simply go to Ministries then select the Personal Ministry page here at Wholeness.org where you’ll find the steps to follow to set up an appointment with us. Don’t wait for a better time; there isn’t a better time! We see God do incredible healing in this area weekly.
You can also purchase and read my book, “Before You Get Here: Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven” and then contact us. Available in the Wholeness Ministries Shop.
Let me share with you one other story to illustrate how important this is to God.
I was conducting a conference in Phoenix, Arizona, and had just finished telling a story about one of my associates at Wholeness Ministries who experienced the home-going of his beloved father – truly his best friend. Only days before his passing he called me from the hospital and asked me to pray for his father’s healing over the phone. As he handed the phone to his father I began to pray and a name jumped into my head. So I asked his father, “Does this name mean anything to you? I’m trying to pray for your healing, but this is what I am hearing instead!” On the other end of the line my associate, his father, and his mother were all stunned into shocked silence: the name I heard was the name of his mother’s sister, his aunt, a person that his father had experienced great anger and bitterness towards many, many decades before!
The father thought it was dealt with (forgotten more than forgiven, as we so often mistake!) but apparently, it was not satisfactorily dealt with in God’s eyes. In response to God supernaturally giving me the name of this person whom I had never heard of and knew nothing about, his father readily revisited his bitterness and forgave his aunt more fully…a few days later he was taken home to Heaven.
It was important enough to God that he had my friend’s father call me from the hospital for healing prayer. I’m certain when he called me he had no idea we would be dealing with a deep level wound.
Thank you for your prayers and support over these many years. You are much appreciated. If you need prayer call or email us. We pray faithfully each Thursday with our intercessors for this ministry in addition to those that contact us with specific prayer requests.
When They Saw What He Did Then…
September 1, 2016
It’s always intrigued me to read the passage in Acts 8:4 when Philip went down to Samaria. “Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.”
Power is what people of the world are looking for today. They have problems with no answers. They’re sick. They’re hooked on alcohol and drugs. Their relationships are tearing them apart. Satan has turned their lives so upside down, they don’t know where to go or what to do to get things fixed.
They don’t care if you talk in tongues or dance in the aisles or sit up straight and sing out of a hymnal. But if you have the power to get their bodies healed and their lives straightened out, they’ll come to wherever you are. Not only that, they’ll listen to what you say.
That’s the kind of credibility God wants to establish. He wants the Church in our day to have the same reputation Jesus had when He was on the earth. He wants people to say about us what they said about those first-generation disciples, “If you go where they are, you can get healed.”
I heard Bill Johnson say, “The Gospel without power is not good news.” If all we have to offer people is religion, a new set of rules to live by or a new set of standards to live up to, without power which can heal their bodies and transform their lives, what good is that? We’ve merely bound them up with another set of “shoulds.” I “should” read my Bible, I “should” go to church, I “should” pray more.
Wouldn’t it be much more exciting to do the works that Jesus did? It’s fun to be spiritually on fire, going all-out for God. When you live like that, you never know what’s going to happen. You don’t know where you’ll wind up or who you’ll be ministering to or what amazing things the Spirit of God will be doing next.
Often people will wait around until they receive the gift of healing. If you want to receive the gifts of the Spirit, it won’t happen until you start ministering. As much as you might want to, you can’t wait around until you receive the gift of healing and then go lay hands on the sick. The power manifests as you give out. Once you step out to do the works of Jesus, the Spirit of God will back you up with His power.
I often say to people, “If you’re going to pray for the sick you must be willing to take a risk.” If you’re willing to take a risk and pray for the sick, you’re doing what God sent you to do. And, as people watch what you do, they will listen to what you have to say. Then they will begin to care about what you believe.
This month a city-wide event was held here in Bakersfield at the Rabobank Arena. It was an event to call the people of California to pray for a number of areas such as Family, Government, Church, Education, etc. The event was well attended and allowed a large number of us to come together from all streams of the church and worship and pray. We thank God for those that worked hard to bring this event together.
One of the young men I meet with on Saturday morning shared this story with me. He was going through the drive-thru to pick up his coffee when the Lord told him that the person at the window had an ear problem. When he pulled up he asked her if her ear was hurting. Her response was, “Yes how did you know that!” He told her how and prayed for her and drove away. Two days later he drove back through and the same girl was at the window. She said that the ear quit hurting immediately! How cool is that?
Thank you for your prayers and continued support of this ministry. We appreciate each of you.
Raised From The Dead!
August 1, 2016
One of my dear friends is Fr. Jim Curtin at St. Dennis Catholic Church in Lockport, IL. One of the families in his congregation was at the first healing conference I did at his church about 7-8 years ago. This is a strong family with five sons, all of whom I’ve met and interacted with at different times. I tell you this so you will know this story comes from a credible source and involves a family I have personally prayed with and interacted with on different occasions.
Connor, a sophomore in college was on a mission trip in Mozambique. He, along with some other young people, were praying with people in a village when one of the team yelled for him to come over to a hut where there was a dead 12-year-old boy. The grieving family told them the boy had been dead for five hours and was even wrapped up in graves clothes. Some of the villagers were trying to take him out but the father would not let them. Connor ran over there, went inside where the family was, dropped down on his knees with the ones that were already praying and began to pray. After a period of time, the boy started to move and he came back to life! Let me repeat that he was not merely unconscious but had been dead for 5 hours! I know this family and checked this out with Connor’s mom who confirmed that this happened.
WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND?
I recently heard a message on relationships by my friend David Williams. He pointed out that because of technology the term “friend” doesn’t have the same meaning that it used to have and how it is evolving mainly due to the technology that we didn’t have ten years ago. He said that we have the power to do friendship on our own terms and gave examples of how addicted we’ve become to needing immediate affirmation from our friends.
As I thought about this I realized that on my Facebook account I have hundreds of “friends”. With these friends, I can text, Twitter, Snapchat, Skype, Instagram, etc. I can even “unfriend” them anytime I choose. I realized that indeed some of these people that are my friends I know very little about and with many of them I’ve never sat down and had a face-to-face conversation. So for me, this brings up two questions. The first being, “What does friend mean to you?” But even more important for me is, “What does it mean to be a friend of God”?
Believe it or not, I actually had friends before Facebook that were truly my friends, not just my Facebook friends. During the late 1960’s I was living up in the San Francisco Bay area. This was during the height of the hippie movement. I remember vividly walking down Haight street late one evening when a young man approached and handed me a piece of paper titled, “What is a Friend”? After a brief glance, I stuffed it in my pocket and forgot about it. Many years later while rifling through some paperwork I came across it, picked it up and read it. It was one of those “Aha!” moments for me. The entire piece is quoted on page 86 in my book, “Before You Get Here.” This piece defines for me clearly what it means to be a friend. The first couple of lines read, “What does it mean to be a friend? I will tell you. It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself!” That sums it all up for me. With those, I count to truly be my friends I can be open knowing they will never reject me or judge me. To me that is friendship and that’s the kind of friendship I feel like I have with God. I have nothing to hide from Him. He knows everything there is to know about me and He still loves me and watches over me.
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Thank you for your prayers and donations that help keep this ministry going. The last couple of months have been tight but God is always there and each of you has been wonderfully faithful to us. Keep our needs before the throne of God.