The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance on you and give you peace.
Protection, grace, peace--all from the Face (Jesus) of God. Blessings don't come any better than that. God ends that command by telling us that this blessing will place the name of God on the one being blessed. Power doesn't come any stronger than that.
The Apostle Paul informs us that God has not wearied in his desire to bless us, so now we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. No blessings remain any greater than that. So we are a blessed and blessing people. May we go on the attack, blessing people.
Interestingly enough, I hear many people using the word Mizpah as a blessing from the place where Uncle Laban, after chasing a thieving Nephew Jacob, stated, "The Lord watch between me and you while we are apart from each other." Though this sounds to our ears like a blessing, Laban was actually saying, "God will be the policeman to watch you, you scoundrel, when I can't see you." So, if someone says Mizpah to you, you might want to seek clarification.
In the meantime, the Lord bless you .
— Gayle D. Erwin
Two years ago this fall, you were at Applegate Christian Fellowship in Ruch, Oregon. I was brand new with this "new and plugged-in walk with the Lord," even though I had been saved for 10 years. You taught that "if you want to find the treasure, ya gotta dig where its at!"
That Mountain Top Retreat was life changing for me. I wrote and told you that I had come down off the mountain a changed man. In short time, I sold all my guns, quit hunting and made my relationship with Jesus my priority. I started digging where the treasure is at!
Though all my many hunting buddies thought I was nuts, with even some brothers "advising" me to keep a few of my guns and so on "just in case I changed my mind." (haha) I sold everything and have never once looked back! Today, my marriage (22 years) is strong in the Lord, our family is strong in the Lord and our two teenage daughters are plugged in to Jesus good and solid. And all because I, as husband and dad, started digging where the treasure is at. Praise God!
Last night he was asked how he came to write the first Joshua book. He replied, "It took my entire life to write it." He told us he spent his priesthood from his earliest days asking one question, "What would Jesus do?" He immersed himself constantly in the gospels. He explained that he is waging subtle warfare with church hierarchies of all denominations because, "The church in all its denominations does not treat people very well."
He quoted a woman who told him, "The Catholics worship the church, and the Protestants worship the Bible. Damn few ever meet Jesus." All of his books have just been placed in the Vatican Library. His next book will be a straight-forward treatment of the Jesus from the gospels. He has been told to prepare to get in serious trouble.
I feel very strongly the two of you need to meet. He is the only other man besides you that I have ever known who has totally dedicated himself to understanding the thoughts and lifestyle of Jesus, and he mirrors you in so many ways. I suppose that is because you both mirror Jesus.
My time with him left me reeling. Some things seem to be coming clearer from day to day, and sitting listening to him with twenty other people was a powerful experience. It is so easy in business to lose sight of Jesus. I am going to change the direction of my devotionals beginning today to reflect directly on Jesus.
The laughter and the spiritual nourishment keeps us going even when the skies are gray and the temperatures refuse to rise much above freezing!! To that end please send us another set of videos. Thanks for making it so easy to share a little of our spiritual heritage with our new friends here in our state.
God has been doing some awesome stuff in our midst during the recent weeks, some of which you heard about in our friend Rich's story. Things are starting to get exciting around here. It is so cool how God works. The biggest blessing has been that this is ALL His doing. It all goes so much better when we just get out of the way and give Him the freedom to what HE wants to do. Your video series on the nature of Jesus has already born powerful fruit in just two short weeks in our friends' lives. Yea God!
On a personal note, I wanted to share with you how God has used you in my life. We originally moved here about 5 years ago to be part of a church planting. I was the worship leader. Well, things didn't get off to a good start and got worse from there. The end result was a parting of the ways and a whole lot of emotional pain and disillusionment that has dogged me until quite recently. I have struggled with bitterness at having been abandoned by friends and the support network I once held dear.
The good news is, through it all, when I came very close to turning my back on all that had been my church experience for the last 20 some years, well...I couldn't lump you in with the rest. The reason is so obvious to me now as I sit here writing.
Thank you for being there to faithfully peel away all of the layers of man-made "stuff" that we are so good at piling on the simple message of Jesus Christ. I still have the copy of The Jesus Style in which you scribbled your name some 13 or 14 years ago in Big Bear Lake, CA. That book reminds me now, as it did then, that this Christian thing really is doable.
Thanks again, Gayle, on behalf of myself, my family, and my friends who for maybe the first time are discovering the difference between religion and relationship. May God give you many more years of health and opportunities.
We, and others, realized that just because we are in the house of the Lord a sermon doesn't have to be boring. I am British and with the strict upbringing I received from my parents I was almost afraid to go to church in the US because beliefs differ. I started to go to a Catholic church with my wife (we were married in a Catholic church) but it was tough to understand what was going on and what I should be doing at any given time.
So, following a friend's encouragement, we attended the Calvary Chapel and my wife and I are much more at ease and our children are learning and understanding easier.
We thank you for your interest in our small town. Your methods of teaching are like a breath of fresh air, we look forward to your next visit.
The Cobb Family
White Mountains, AZ
George and Pam Markey
We watched three of the four Israel tapes. The countryside looked so lovely. Nice framing. I was especially struck by the arm. It took me a while to figure out what the arm was doing, but then I realized it was holding an umbrella. As the devotions went on, I kept watching that arm. It was quiet. Sometimes, it unobtrusively switched with another arm. And the man to whom it was attached did nothing, said nothing, just stood there switching arms when one was tired. He didn't sing or move around, nod, or shout "Amen!" He didn't even sit down.
It was one of the best illustrations of servanthood I've seen. What did he get for it? The best position, close to the teacher, keeping him and his Book dry. And he didn't miss a word.
I like my tee shirts, but I think you should design one with the characteristics listed on the front, printed upside down so I can read them myself.
Carolyn Wing Greenlee
The arm belonged to David Guzik, pastor of Simi Valley Calvary
Chapel in California.
Ed and Marge Schwartz
Ed and Marge have supported Servant Quarters for years.
R. G. Van Ingen, WZXV