FREEDOM AT LAST!

mike-evans-187The end of this last month we held our FREEDOM RETREAT. What an exciting time we had together. You could feel the tangible presence of God when you walked into the room. Not only that but there was an excitement and expectation of what was about to happen.

Mark and Dawn Thompson did most of the teaching using material from my book, Before You Get Here. They are both gifted teachers with a good balance of honesty and experience from their own lives. They covered a variety of topics written to help us deal with all the emotional baggage we carry around. Baggage that is the result of things that are said or done to us and can cause deep emotional pain. Almost always there are issues of unforgiveness to face as well as other issues that cause us pain.

Mark.Dawn-Thompson-400We often have a misunderstanding of our Father God’s love for us so we talked about that and tried to help them understand how loved and valued they are by God. Another topic was dealing with a Wounded Self-Image, which can have a debilitating effect if not addressed. Other issues that are not often talked about included Inner Vows, Curses and Soul Ties. Curses can be the result of generational sin or occult involvement. Soul Ties include sexual relationships we’ve been involved in before marriage or outside of marriage. It’s amazing that although we may as a society have a very casual attitude toward sex, there are significant consequences emotionally and spiritually from our involvement in sex outside of a covenant marriage relationship.

Each of these topics were taught and then we spent a significant amount of time after each teaching providing ministry to those who wanted it. We had available 24 prayer ministers. When a topic was dealt with we then provided time for people to go for prayer with one of our prayer ministers and deal with that issue in their life. It was exciting for me to watch and listen to what God was doing as I looked around the room. There was confession, repentance, tears and laughter. It was a safe place to get real where you could say what you may have never said to anyone about the wounds inside you that were deep and painful. FREEDOM provides a place that is safe and healing.

People attended from a number of different churches as well as those who came from other cities outside of Bakersfield. The worship was terrific, the food was outstanding and the fellowship was fun. As we wrapped up Saturday afternoon we heard some testimonies that clearly demonstrated God’s freeing and healing power were at work during the weekend! Person after person stood up and shared the healing and freedom they felt. They shared how they had been carrying this around for many years and didn’t know what to do with it. Now they were able to face it, release it and experience freedom such as they had never thought possible!

Freedom is Available!

bygh-cover-full-400My newest book, subtitled Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven, is a guide to assist in discovering freedom from the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat many Christians today.

Testimony thus far from one who read the book, “Mike I’m halfway through your book and I can’t put it down. It is absolutely excellent! Thank You!”

Before You Get Here: Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven is available in our online bookstore.

Coming in June

Ignite Conference in Cromwell, Connecticut June 24-27 with Christian Healing Ministries.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

God bless,

Mike

FREEDOM! Seminar and Retreat

FREEDOM! SEMINAR AND RETREAT
Friday – Saturday May 22-23, Bakersfield, CA

Mark.Dawn-Thompson-400This retreat is being offered in a format that will allow you to set aside a Friday and Saturday and cover what we normally do over a four-week teaching period. This retreat is designed to address a wide variety of issues using Mike Evans’ latest book, Before You Get Here. Subtitled, Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven, it is a guide to assist in discovering freedom from the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat many Christians today. Topics included are: The Traps of Unforgiveness, Healing the Wounded Self-Image, Healing the Father Wound, Breaking Curses and Soul Ties, and Understanding Inner Vows and how to renounce them.

The FREEDOM! Retreat is conducted by Mark & Dawn Thompson. The hours tentatively scheduled are Friday 6-9pm and Saturday 9am-6pm. This will give us an opportunity to conduct the teaching and minister to you as each topic is covered. We have to limit the number of people attending so if you are interested please contact us as soon as possible. Phone Mark Thompson at 661-333-7888 or mrk.s.thmpsn@gmail.com

Lifepoint Church Seminar, May 14-15
Gifts of the Spirit- Learning To Do What Jesus Did

logo-lifepoint-church-300Thursday and Friday, May 14th and 15th at Lifepoint Church in Bakersfield. This will be a teaching and equipping seminar you will not want to miss. To register contact: 661-431-6229 dwatson@bakersfieldchristian.com

God, How do I do this?

Recently I had one of those moments as I was reading Psalms 51:10-12 when I was struck by the words “steadfast and willing.” The passage reads, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” What struck me about this passage were the words, “renew a steadfast spirit within me”, and “grant me a willing spirit to sustain me” When I looked up “steadfast” in the dictionary it said, “unchanging, steady, loyal, constant.” Then I looked up the word “willing” and it said, “to decide on, to choose, to yearn for, desire.”

As I thought about this, I realized that in order to be steadfast and willing in my journey with God I was going to need God to show me how to do this because I could not be willing and steadfast in my own fleshly power. I turned over to Proverbs and began reading chapter 3. As I was reading He started to answer my earlier question, “God, how do I do this?” He begins in verse 1 with, “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart.” My response was okay, but why? He continues, “for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.” This is good I can understand this.

Then He says, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you.” Again I’m thinking why, “Because you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” By this time I’m becoming very interested. As I continue to read He says; “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.” Why? “Because this will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Health and nourishment, that’s good I like this, so I read on.

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops.” Okay, what’s the benefit? “Then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Then He ends with “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke.” Why? “Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” I’m thinking wow this is great stuff! God shares with us His wisdom, and shows us exactly how it will affect us.

It makes sense that if you don’t heed his counsel what you will reap will be the opposite of the good that God desires for you. What was exciting for me was when I fully began to realize that when we ask God to help us be steadfast and willing in our walk, He has already provided not only wise counsel but the benefits of relationship with Him as our loving Father. What a privilege to be able to benefit from the wisdom of God.

God bless,
Mike

Freedom! Seminar and Retreat May 22-23, Bakersfield, CA

FREEDOM! SEMINAR AND RETREAT
Friday – Saturday May 22-23, Bakersfield, CA

Mark.Dawn-Thompson-400This retreat is being offered in a format that will allow you to set aside a Friday and Saturday and cover what we normally do over a four-week teaching period. This retreat is designed to address a wide variety of issues using Mike Evans’ latest book, Before You Get Here. Subtitled, Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven, it is a guide to assist in discovering freedom from the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat many Christians today. Topics included are: The Traps of Unforgiveness, Healing the Wounded Self-Image, Healing the Father Wound, Breaking Curses and Soul Ties, and Understanding Inner Vows and how to renounce them.

The FREEDOM! Retreat is conducted by Mark & Dawn Thompson. The hours tentatively scheduled are Friday 6-9pm and Saturday 9am-6pm. This will give us an opportunity to conduct the teaching and minister to you as each topic is covered. We have to limit the number of people attending so if you are interested please contact us as soon as possible. Phone Mark Thompson at 661-333-7888 or mrk.s.thmpsn@gmail.com

BEFORE YOU GET HERE!
bygh-cover-full-400Why wait until heaven to be freed of the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat you? God wants you to face those burdens now, on this planet, and through the power of specific prayer be freed from them. My newest book, subtitled Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven, is a guide to assist in discovering freedom from the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat you. You can buy my new book in the Wholeness Bookstore.

Jesus Didn’t Hand Out Crutches!

mike-P1020072-txt-300In the Gospels we are commanded to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. When we bring in the Kingdom of God human brokenness in all it’s forms is healed. The disabled jump to their feet, the deaf hear, the blind see, the dead show up for dinner. The strong message is that we are to bring in the Kingdom of God by doing exactly what Jesus did when He was here on earth.

I have come to the place in this journey where my expectations are so high when I pray for someone that I am surprised when they are not healed. Let me be quick to point out that while there are many I pray for who are healed, there are also those who are not healed. But that doesn’t stop me from praying and expecting healing. When you pray for people to be healed, pray expecting them to be healed. Don’t pray hoping something will happen but pray expecting something to happen.

We live in a broken world where doctors can treat much of our sickness and disease. And that is often who we turn to when sickness first strikes. I have found that much of the time rather than seek prayer first, we seek medical help and if that doesn’t work then we try prayer. To me that is tragic! Should not prayer for healing be the first thought that comes to us?

Why do you suppose we seek medical care as our first response? I believe in part it is because we have easy access to medical care. If we show up at most any hospital emergency room they are required by law to treat us. In many countries people do not have access to hospitals, doctors or medical care and so prayer for them is their only hope.

Also, what I have observed in my journey as I’ve prayed for people is that they often focus on what has not happened rather than on what has happened. I’ve conducted a number of healing conferences, workshops on healing, etc. Often during these workshops as part of the training and equipping we pray for the sick. If we pray for ten people and nine of them are healed the focus often turns to the one who was not healed. I always say, “I do not have an answer about the one who was not healed because I am not God. But why not rejoice and give thanks for the nine who were healed!”

We are living in an age where the majority of the denominational churches are shrinking in influence, power and numbers, especially among the young. Why is that? I believe it is because they are desperate for something that works, something that is applicable to them that is real and gives them answers for what they are facing. I have found that when you show them the power of the Holy Spirit and they see or experience His healing both physically and emotionally, they want to be involved. So let’s don’t hand out crutches, let’s be bold and take the risk and do what were told to do, Go Heal The Sick!

FREEDOM! SEMINAR AND RETREAT
Friday – Saturday May 22-23, Bakersfield, CA

Mark.Dawn-Thompson-400This retreat is being offered in a format that will allow you to set aside a Friday and Saturday and cover what we normally do over a four-week teaching period. This retreat is designed to address a wide variety of issues using Mike Evans’ latest book, Before You Get Here. Subtitled, Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven, it is a guide to assist in discovering freedom from the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat many Christians today. Topics included are: The Traps of Unforgiveness, Healing the Wounded Self-Image, Healing the Father Wound, Breaking Curses and Soul Ties, and Understanding Inner Vows and how to renounce them.

The FREEDOM! Retreat is conducted by Mark & Dawn Thompson. The hours tentatively scheduled are Friday 6-9pm and Saturday 9am-6pm. This will give us an opportunity to conduct the teaching and minister to you as each topic is covered. We have to limit the number of people attending so if you are interested please contact us as soon as possible. Phone Mark Thompson at 661-333-7888 or mrk.s.thmpsn@gmail.com

BEFORE YOU GET HERE!
bygh-cover-full-400Why wait until heaven to be freed of the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat you? God wants you to face those burdens now, on this planet, and through the power of specific prayer be freed from them. My newest book, subtitled Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven, is a guide to assist in discovering freedom from the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat you. You can buy my new book in the Wholeness Bookstore.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

God bless,
Mike