Interesting Year 2020 – Indeed!

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

One thing is for sure about the year 2020. I suspect that for all of us from the youngest to the oldest, we have never experienced anything like it. Though it started out reasonably normal with the arrival of the Covid19 it soon became anything but normal as we began to experience the sickness and eventual death of thousands here in the United States due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Not only did we begin to wear face masks and social distance, we soon saw the closure of restaurants, theatres, and others as we were forced to move to outdoor dining, limit the numbers allowed into our business and even limit contact with close friends for fear of catching or spreading this deadly virus. Our children were forced to learn from home as most schools were closed.

Politically, at least for many of us, we’ve seen and heard the President of the United States refuse to concede defeat to the President-Elect who won the Presidency by a significant number of popular votes. I’ve never in my 78 years seen this happen here in the U.S. As we near the end of this year the financial impact of all this is devastating to many of our small businesses and employees that were laid off due to the closures.

And yet I can attest to the goodness of God as He has protected me and my family and many of our friends from becoming sick with Covid 19.

Quite naturally, due to the pandemic, any invitations to speak have stopped. Interestingly there has been an increase in ministering to individuals using Zoom, FaceTime, or other media. This has allowed me to work from my home office and I have discovered it is just as effective and allows people from outside California to receive ministry. We do not know what 2021 will bring but we do know that God will continue to do what God does.

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God bless,

Mike

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But I Don’t Want To Do That!

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

I want to follow-up on last month’s newsletter and talk a little bit more about being a servant. Remember that early in his earthly ministry Jesus said, “The Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve.” We see throughout the Gospels the image of Jesus as a servant and know and understand that to follow Jesus means that we likewise are to be servants. But what about those times when you don’t want to serve? Let’s say you’re tired, you’re not in the mood, or you don’t feel like you have the time? How does God feel about that? Let me share with you a personal example.

I was in Budapest, HU speaking at a Catholic church. I had been teaching workshops all day and was conducting a healing service that evening. By about 11:00 pm we had prayed for everyone and I was getting tired so I said to my host, “Let’s get out of here so I can go back to the hotel and go to bed.” Just as I got to the door to leave a young girl reached out and grabbed a hold of my shirt. When I turned to see what she wanted she said, “I want you to pray for my neck and shoulder, I have a lot of pain and the doctor said they can do nothing for me, would you please pray.” I said, “No, I am exhausted and need to go lay down but I will pray for you first when we return in the morning.” She wouldn’t let go of my shirtsleeve and she said, “I want you to pray for me now, I am in a lot of pain.” Reluctantly I said, “Okay what do you want me to pray for?” After she told me what she wanted prayer for I quickly mumbled something, then turned around and left. I did not ask her how she felt, or if it was any better I just walked out, got in the car, and left. Let me assure you that is not my normal way of praying but I was tired and irritated and just wanted to go lay down and rest.

The next morning as we gathered to begin another day of meetings, she came bouncing down the aisle towards the front where I was standing. With a big smile on her face, she said, “As soon as you laid your hand on me last night to pray I was healed.” I was happy for her but admittedly surprised, as I didn’t think my prayer would be effective because of how I felt. The Lord quickly said to me, “Michael, my healing is not dependent on your feeling.” I quickly got the message, and honestly was excited to realize that God would and could heal regardless of how I felt.

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Thank you for your continued faithfulness to this ministry. We are truly blessed.

God bless,

Mike

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You Want Me To Be a Servant!

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

Early in his earthly ministry Jesus said, “The Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve.” One of the definitions I found for servant was: “A person serving as an agent for another to attend to the wants and needs of others.” In our culture we don’t have a good understanding of servants because few of us have ever had any exposure to those employed as servants. We have some understanding from films or books they have been portrayed in but it is not common in our culture to be exposed to servants.

Over and over throughout the Gospels, Jesus shows us what God is like by serving. God wants to be known through servant-hood. Thus, when Jesus describes His return in glory at the end of the world, He says, “Happy are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them.” (Lk.12:37)

So we begin to see in the Gospels this image of Jesus as a servant. This model doesn’t fit well with what our world values nor what most of us strive to become. When you ask a child what do you want to be when you grow up? How many say, “Oh I want to be a servant!” Would that sit well with you as a parent? How many classes do you think they have at your University on Servant hood?

In his book Abba’s Child, Brennan Manning writes, “ What a scandalous and unprecedented reversal of the world’s values! To prefer to be the servant rather than the lord of the household is the path of downward mobility in an upwardly mobile culture. To taunt the idols of prestige, honor, and recognition, to refuse to take oneself seriously or to take seriously others who take themselves seriously, to dance to the tune of a different drummer, and to freely embrace the servant lifestyle-these are the attitudes that bear the stamp of authentic discipleship. Then he ends this by saying, “Servanthood is not an emotion or mood or feeling; it is a decision to live like Jesus. It has nothing to do with what we feel; it has everything to do with what we do-humble service.”

In my mind when I think about Jesus and how he went about in the ordinariness of his day I picture him interacting with people much like we do. He wasn’t always healing the sick, preaching, raising the dead or floating around with his head in the clouds. Come on, he was human, much like us. And we are called to be like him. Well, how do we do that?

For me, this is how it works. I try to live my day understanding that I am loved and I am called to love others. Sometimes I do well at this, other times I don’t. But I am learning that to be like Jesus is to try to respond everyday as he would respond.

Here’s an example: A couple of weeks ago I was with some friends over in Saint Ynez Valley here in California. We were on an outing and as we were walking up a dirt road a lady was walking down some steps when she tripped and fell on her face right in front of us. Her friend immediately helped her sit up but it was obvious she had twisted her ankle and was in great pain.

My first reaction was, “Oh I should pray for her.” But I hesitated because I immediately thought, “What if she would be embarrassed by that, or we are out in public with all these people around observing what just happened, what if it doesn’t work, etc.” But then I just went for it. I walked over to her, bent down and said, “Could I pray for your ankle?” She responded in a surprised tone, OK! I asked if I could put my hand on her ankle and that was ok so I prayed for maybe 20 seconds. Nothing changed.

It was still painful and she could not put any weight on it. I asked if I could pray again. That was okay so I prayed another short prayer and when I asked her how it was she said, “ I think the pain is gone.” She then stood up putting weight on her ankle. She was surprised that the pain was gone as she walked over to the car, her friend had just pulled up in, jumped in and drove off. We then continued on our way as if nothing out of the ordinary had just happened. I think that’s the way it should be. I think that’s the way Jesus did it. Not a big deal, but just react to life, as he would react to life. To me, that’s what it means to be a servant.

Pray with me that this Corona Virus will end soon. We are all finding it very inconvenient and rather tiring of how it has disrupted our lives. Thank you.

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God bless,

Mike

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I Will Never Be The Same!

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

For several months I have been writing a book detailing many of the miracles I’ve witnessed over the 25-year history of Wholeness Ministries. As I’ve read these stories I found it encouraging remembering all the incredible things God has done. I wanted to share with you one of these stories and the impact it had on the lives of two men.

In 2008 I was at St. Dennis Catholic Church, Lockport, IL for a weekend of training and equipping their prayer teams to culminate with a healing service Saturday evening. That evening I shared some testimonies and spoke about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Two of the men that were prayed for were Kevin and Andy. Andy is a pilot with Continental Airlines and Kevin was the Creative Director for Playboy magazine.

Andy King

These men were so impacted by the conference that it changed their lives. Andy said that this conference was significant in that it brought his family together and they dealt with issues that had caused division in their family for years. In addition, Andy had such a significant encounter with the Lord that in his travels he regularly prays for people in the terminal and on the airplane. It also stirred for him a new depth of love and intimacy with God and he began to understand and operate in the gift of Prophecy. I could see on Andy’s face such a new excitement for fellowship with God and a desire to follow Him. This is part of his testimony:

“The next morning during the sermon I knew that I had to testify to what I had seen, felt, and experienced that night. The Lord is calling me into service and I am ready to serve. What I felt was so real and true. I came out of there a completely changed person. I went to see one healing and one person speak in tongues. I left there praying for people and watching God heal them and I was speaking in tongues. Praise the Lord, Jesus Christ. I have been given gifts and I plan to follow Christ to determine how he wants me to use them!”

Kevin Kuster

After this experience, Kevin asked me if he should resign from Playboy. As the Creative Director, he is the one that chooses the pictures of the nude models that went into the publication of Playboy magazine. I told him to pray and ask God what he should do. As it turns out he stayed there for two more years before he felt released by God to go. When he shared at work what had happened to him others began to come into his office for prayer. Over that two-years, God used Kevin to work in the Chicago headquarters of this pornographic magazine to pray for healing and bring the light of Jesus Christ into that dark place. How awesome is that! When he felt God released him to go he resigned from Playboy and is now involved with a ministry called “Watts of Love.”

It‘s difficult to describe what goes on at these seminars and healing services but Andy and Kevin are a beautiful example of the profound impact they have on people. Continue to pray over what God is doing in His Church worldwide!

God bless,

Mike

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If You Lead Me Lord, I Will Follow

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

God is doing incredible things in our day as we go through this Corona virus. He is looking for people who will follow, but also understands that to follow requires commitment, faith, and obedience in all areas of our lives.

There is a Gospel song called “Daystar”. The chorus is, “Lead me Lord, I’ll follow, anywhere you open up the door. Let me know your wisdom show me things I’ve never seen before. Lord, I want to be your witness, you can take what’s wrong and make it right. Daystar, shine down on me, let your love shine through me in the night.”

Doesn’t this song express what most of us want? We want to follow, we want to know His wisdom, we want to be His witness, we want Him to transform our lives so love shines through us. But as we walk into an understanding of what it means to follow God we learn very quickly that it most often means that our enemy, Satan, kicks up his attack a couple of notches in all areas of our life. We find ourselves attacked in our families, our finances, our jobs, and /or our health. These attacks usually deal with issues having to do with faith, trust, and obedience. Often times our immediate response is to draw back which then leads us into discouragement and/or fear of further and we just give up because this walk with Him is too hard and we are not strong enough. That is exactly what Satan wants us to think and do. If he can get us to that point he has then won the victory.

Read this slowly and thoughtfully! WE ARE NOT VICTIMS BUT VICTORS! We are co-heirs, we are called to be servants and warriors of the Most High God, and we are able to walk under the empowering and anointing of the Holy Spirit. We have the very God of the universe as our Father and He walks with us in the battle. We are in the process of becoming overcomers. But if we are going to become overcomers we must have something to overcome. Thus God allows this battle to wage around us to conform us to the image of His Jesus and to bring us to an understanding the we are indeed able to walk in victory! If you want to be a part of what God is doing in this world today, you will pay a price, but you will also in the midst of the battle be a victor as you learn to live under the anointing and empowering of the Holy Spirit.

What a perfect time we have to have coffee with God. In my book, “Why Not Waste Time With God?” I talk about the necessity and importance of carving out some daily time to sit with God and just listen. We do not pray, listen to music, journal, or intercede in prayer. We just sit and listen. This is difficult because our time is consumed with a multitude of activities intended to bring approval and acceptance from others.

If you long to experience the intimacy, joy, and freedom that comes from being deeply connected, soul and spirit, with your Father God, you must prepare yourself to waste some time with Him. By doing this you will learn to love more compassionately, give of yourself more freely, and take yourself less seriously. Furthermore, you will be able to break free from depending on others for approval.

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Thank you for your prayers and support. You are much appreciated.

God bless,

Mike

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