Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Meditation - With and Without God: May 25, 2014

May 25, 2014

(To Heaven and Back Again series)

The weekend has been absorbed by the last soccer tournament - three games in three days. My twin sister Bobbi calls after the second one. “Just the person I was thinking of. Tell me, sis, do you remember those weird dreams we had when we were kids?”

“The ones where we were kind of floating around the city at night?” she asks.

“Yes! We could jump up on top of houses and even fly a bit at times.”

“And that one time we held onto a car bumper and it pulled us really far away.”

My brow crinkles as I recall the unpleasant end to our nightly adventures. “That was when those black shapes attacked us. It was terrifying. I couldn’t see except for brief moments as we were being chased. I knew we had to get somewhere safe, but I was lost… we stopped running around in our dreams after that. Tell me, sis, do you think that some people can meditate and leave their body? Maybe some people are more disposed to it, like some people are better athletes.”

She agrees with my assumption, “But it doesn’t mean everyone can’t do it if they work at it. It’s called astral projection or astral travel. I used to do it.”

My mouth drops open, “Really? When did you start doing that?”

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What Would Mom Do?

Authority on the Soccer Field

My oldest daughter Ashley, who is 13, went to her first day of soccer practice in August. The temperature in Boise was 97 degrees. One of the girls had to sit out because she puked from all the running in the heat.

When I saw Ashley run over to her backpack a couple of times I went to check and see if she was doing okay. "My stomach hurts. I'm looking for my lactose pills," she tells me.

"It's just the heat." I gave her some tough love. "Get back out there and don't stop unless you puke."

Ashley went back out there and managed to make it through practice. When she climbed into the car I asked her how it went.

"Mom, I was feeling so bad. My skin was burning hot, my insides were freezing cold, and my stomach was hurting so bad I could hardly stand," she informs me. "But when we had a break I walked off by myself. I thought, what would Mom do?"

"And what did you do?" I asked, anxious to see what she thought of me.

"I whispered, 'Dear God, I am on this soccer field, so it is mine! I plead the blood over this field - this means the demons have to go and leave me alone!" She says. "Mom, in less than a minute, everything I was feeling just left. There was a little yucky feeling in the pit of my stomach, but that was it!"

I couldn't have been more proud of my little girl. She has learned so well from what has been happening this year. (click here for that story)

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Where Can You Meditate? - May 21, 2014

May 21, 2014

“Mom, I finally have the next entry written up,” I say as I fill my tank for the half-hour drive to my daughter’s soccer practice. “It’s weird, on the few nights I have been rested enough to seek God, He hasn’t been pulling me into His presence like before. Do you think He could have been waiting for me to write up what He already showed me?”

“Could be,” Mom replies. “Maybe He wants to make sure you’re committed to this process.”

I shrug off the question of commitment, God knows my heart. “I’ve never been one to keep a journal, so this writing what is happening as it is happening is a new thing for me… Maybe He’s getting me into the rhythm of it all.”

“I’m sure whatever it is, God has a good reason.”

“Me too,” I say as I climb back into the SUV, heading for the soccer fields in Kuna. “I’m on the road; I’ll talk to you tomorrow. Love you.”

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

What Kind of Sign Are You Looking For?

Many authors have a group of people called “first readers” who take a look at their manuscript before it is sent to an editor. In February of this year, I finished up sent off Angels Believe in You to a group that I had developed from the Prophecy of the Flame novels. All of the readers returned the edited manuscript to me by the end of that month.

TomBragg said something to the effect, “I do believe that there is something up there although I haven’t really put a name on… Reading your new book has made me rethink a few things in my life.”

This happened a couple of months later (as reported by Tom’s  friend Peg):

Tom Bragg drove down to Georgia to join his Navy buddies from the USS Mullinax for a 5-day reunion in Columbus, Georgia. He departed for Chattanooga around 2:00. I received a call from Tom around 4:00. He said that he was in the ER at the Gordon County hospital which is about an hour from Jasper. He had been in an awful car accident, but he seemed to be okay other than a bump on his head, nose bleed and lots of bruises and sore muscles. Tom told me that apparently he had totaled his car, a blue Suburu Forrester, and that I needed to come pick him up.

Before going to the hospital I decided to go to the salvage yard where his car had been towed so that I could retrieve what I could from his car. When I drove into the yard and the man there pointed to Tom's car, I shrieked. How could anyone possibly have survived in that knurled rubble? The salvage yard owner stood there shaking his head and remarking that the wreck was as bad as he had EVER SEEN and that it had to have been a MIRACLE for the driver to get out of that car alive and even unscathed! The car had rolled over several times and had landed upside down.

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Dance of Worship - May 14, 2014

May 14, 1014

Thoughts of God and Heaven enter my mind as I roll over to hug up behind Tony. How many of those leaves from the tree of life can I stuff into my pockets? There are people who are suffering from incurable diseases, so many who need help. How would I chose who to help?” Before I even start to pray, my hands begin to tingle, and I feel an urging in my spirit to come into the presence of the Lord. Quickly, I whisper my thanks and plead the blood of Jesus over myself and my family.

“What are you doing?” Tony asks.

“Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you were asleep,” I say. “I was just doing my nightly prayers.”

“Don’t stay up too late,” he says, rolling onto his back.

To avoid a lie, I remain silent. When I pray, I lose track of time. I cannot guarantee how long I will be with the Lord.

Holy Spirit,” I pray silently, “I don’t know what I’m doing here. You are going to have to help me if I am going to make it to Heaven and back.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Prayer in Church

Does your church ask for people who want to be prayed for to come forward? If your church is lead by the Holy Spirit, perhaps more is going on than you know. A friend of mine, Alan, had this experience one Sunday:

At the church my wife and I had been attending, at the end of the service, all of the church leaders, including myself, prayed for anyone in the congregation that stepped forward. In that prayer time I saw a dark aura over a certain gentleman. I asked for help praying  over him and the prayer took the wind out of me. I was filled with the Spirit and knew something was not right. I felt his horror and dismay from years ago that led to his arrival at our church this day. After my prayer, my wife is certain she saw the dark presence leave his body.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Glimpse of Heaven - May 11, 2014

May 11, 2014 

(To Heaven and Back Again series)

On Thursday night, Tony and my eldest daughter Ashley left for a soccer tournament in Couer D’Alene, Idaho. My youngest child Sarah had a game here in town so she and I stayed behind. With Tony gone, Sarah has the rare opportunity to sleep with me. The next morning I gently rub her shoulder, trying to roust her from my bed.

She mumbles, “Mom, can we go to a movie later?”

The pale green numbers on the clock read 10:55 A.M. I smile at the ten-year-old. “If you want to wait we can. But I will need to pray now. So you will have to leave me alone until two o’clock.”

“Okay,” she rubs her eyes grumpily. “All this talking,” she says frowning, “now I’m awake!”

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Protecting Your Child

Protecting Your Child

Wednesday night was a little more interesting than I thought it would be. A special thanks to Kris, Kelly and Chris for letting me share this story:

Taking a seat I silence my cell phone. Seconds after I flip the switch it begins to vibrate. Kris? What
could she want at this time of night? 

Though I usually only take business calls during office hours, my finger slides across the screen to accept the call before I have time to think about it. "Hey Kris," I say, stepping out of the sanctuary. "What's up? Isn't it like 9 o'clock on the East Coast?"

"It's my daughter Kelly, she needs help... fast" Kris says.

I look to the sanctuary where I am supposed to attend my first Wednesday service. "She needs help tonight? This can't wait until morning?"

"Her three-year-old son has been attacked by a demon." Kris has my full attention as she insists, "She needs help right now."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

God and Meditation - May 4, 2014

May 4, 2014

My eyes close as I softly whisper my nightly ritual, “Father, I thank you for this wonderful day and for the gift of Your Son, Jesus. I thank You for the life He lived and the life He gave for us. I plead the blood of Jesus over my body, my home, my possessions, and the works of my hand. I thank You that this is a barrier that no evil can transgress.”

I continue my prayers silently in my head, chatting with my Heavenly Father for a short while before asking God what I should be doing this week and petitioning Him once again to let me know if it is not His will for me to go to Heaven and back again.  The facts I know about Heaven ease through my thoughts: There is a tree of life in Heaven. It is said that the leaves bring healing to the nations.Could I bring back leaves? A handful would mean my parents would be in perfect health, along with my family.

As it has happened regularly since November 2013, my hands begin to tingle all the way up to my elbows as if they are falling asleep. This is not the first time I’ve had this sensation when I pray: when God healed my deviated septum my hands tingled in much the same way. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What is the Grim Reaper - Can it Hurt You?

When All Else Fails - Call Mom!

Billye Brim’s Christian heritage is rich. She sensed the call of God in early childhood. However, it was only after an encounter with the Holy Spirit in 1967, that she as a young wife and mother of four began to follow Him to walk out her call. Later in life, she taught at Rhema Bible Training Center.

Immediately after ordination in 1980 she traveled to Soviet Russia in what proved to be ongoing ministry there. Since then she has literally ministered around the world several times over.

One would think that Billye's kids would be a powerful force in this world, that they would be safe... not so much.

In her own words, this is a very "interesting" story from her son Chip:

Chip and his friends had rented a double-wide mobile home far out into the country in college. His friend Conley, is a boy that I know - They and a couple of others were all basketball, football and baseball players. It was kind of like a fraternity house. They were partying and doing things that he knew better than to do.

Weird things were going on. Windows would go up and down, the mixer would turn on. The TV would flip on, blaring loud. They would come home from college and every day, every appliance would be going full blast.

They contacted the landlord and said, "What's going on? Is someone else coming in here?"

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In God's Time - February 2014

February 2014 

The Hardy Family Under Attack

In February of 2014, I completed the final chapter of Angels Believe in You: The Journey that Led to Heaven and Back Again and waited for responses from my first readers. February has always been a busy month at the Hardy house. Valentine’s Day, my birthday, and our anniversary happen within the shortest month of the year. The devil and his minions must not be happy about this book because this was the worst February I can recall:

Tony didn’t make reservations on Valentine’s Day; we ended up celebrating with our girls, Ashley and Sarah by dining at Taco Time going to the movies. For my birthday, Tony took me to an extremely nice restaurant in Downtown Boise, but the scallops I ordered gave me food poisoning. By the time our anniversary rolled around on the 29th , I was determined to do everything I could to make sure this string of special occasions ended better than it started. Unfortunately, however, Tony didn’t get the memo.

My beloved husband didn’t get me so much as a card for our eighteen-year anniversary; I was very hurt. I spent two days trying to get over the disappointments of the entire month.

Ashley, our oldest, had finally gotten the mild flu that had run through the family. With the stuffy nose and sore throat, she also got a horrendous cough. By Saturday, she was coughing with almost every breath. On Sunday night, she coughed so hard that she threw up. Tony and I crawled into bed, hearing her coughing through the vent, which kept both our rooms warm.

I had avoided him all day. Now I broached the topic of the missed anniversary, “Honey, I realize Valentine’s Day and wedding anniversary celebrations were probably created by women who needed some romance in their life. It is what women crave. After all, romance books sell more copies than any other genre. But you picked February 29th as our wedding day because you said it was the one date you could never forget. However, this is the first time you have and I was deeply hurt. As sick as I was, I still managed to get you a card and a box of your favorite chocolates on Friday.

“I know this has been a heck of a year for you: the constant pain of therapy is wearing on you,” I said. Between that and actually getting sick, well, you messed up. I know you love me – that is apparent in all that you do every day. So we missed the days the world tells us to celebrate on. I’m ready to put this entire month behind us.”

Tony hugged me. “I am really sorry. I kept thinking I needed to get something,” he said. “There just never seemed to be a good time.”

“Maybe next year, don’t wait for the last minute?” I suggested.

We got comfortable. The sounds of Ashley coughing made sleep elusive for both of us. At one o’clock in the morning Tony got up to check on her.

The Holy Spirit urged me to pray in faith for Ashley to be healed. “Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name I ask that you heal Ashley so that she can rest tonight.”

The coughing didn’t even pause. “What the heck, Lord?” I asked, “You said to pray and I did.”

The whisper of the Holy Spirit was clear in my mind, “The cough is not due to the sickness.”

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Colleges are Full of Demons:" What Angels Cannot Help You With

Billye Brim’s Christian heritage is rich. She sensed the call of God in early childhood. However, it was only after an encounter with the Holy Spirit in 1967, that she as a young wife and mother of four began to follow Him to walk out her call. Later in life, she taught at Rhema Bible Training Center.

Immediately after ordination in 1980 she traveled to Soviet Russia in what proved to be ongoing ministry there. Since then she has literally ministered around the world several times over.

"Colleges are full of demons," Billye tells us. At a conference, her daughter recounted an experience she had in college:

One night I returned to my dorm really late. I fell into bed completely exhausted. My eyes popped open when the bed started bouncing around, completely coming of the ground at times.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Six Bullets Fired at 10 Feet

Pastor John C. Hagee is the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members.

He received his theological training from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and earned his Masters Degree from North Texas University.

Pastor John Hagee recounts:

There was a man who walked into my church during a Bible study. It was on a Wednesday night, and he came in. He was carrying a loaded six-shooter, and he walked to the front of the church and he roared like a wild animal and said, "I've come to shoot you to prove that Satan has more power than Jesus Christ."

I held up my Bible and said, "This book says that no weapon formed against me shall prosper."

Monday, October 6, 2014

Left Behind - 2014: Another Noah Travesty or Biblically Accurate?

Left Behind - 2014

Staring Nicolas Cage

Has Hollywood spun another Christian favorite into an unrecognizable special effects mess?

Kirk Cameron

In 2000, Tim LaHaye's #1 New York Times bestselling novel, Left Behind, was made into a movie staring Kirk Cameron.  Christians who believe that the rapture is Biblically accurate were awed by this film. In 2014, the same Director and production company remade the Left Behind movie. Many Christians fear that this film may be turned into another Noah debacle. (see my review of the 2014 Noah movie click HERE)

Family obligations kept me from seeing this film until Sunday afternoon. At 5 pm attendance was low on all the shows, so having only a dozen people in the theater didn't surprise me. The total box office sales for the film was rather low, reportedly only 6.8 million. If you haven't seen this film yet, let me give you the inside scoop:

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Noah – 2014: Satan’s Side of the Story

Noah – 2014

Satan’s Side of the Story

In almost every conflict, there are two sides who think they are justified in their actions. For those of us who are Christians, God’s side of the story can be found in the Bible. Have you ever wondered what Lucifer, the Arch Angel, that Old Dragon, Satan himself, would say about what occurred in the Garden of Eden and the years following? Wonder no longer. Hollywood brings to you Satan’s side of the story in the 2014 movie Noah.

A certain amount of discrepancy can be expected when Hollywood puts out a movie that is based on a book. I went to the show on opening weekend expecting it not to be biblically accurate. I was not disappointed. Of course there were changes to the storyline to make it more suitable for the big screen:

Noah's family as the ark leaves

  • It took 10 years to build the ark – In the Bible it was 100.
  • Noah’s father died when he was a young boy – According to Genesis, Lamech lived 595 years after Noah was born.
  • Noah’s children were still kids when the ark was built – Weren’t they grown men with wives (yes, the wives went on the ark, too)?
  • No one, not Noah nor Cain’s descendants, could talk to God – He was an absentee parent. The Bible tells us that Noah walked with and fellowshipped with God.
  • Noah didn’t gather food for his family and the animals for the journey. Instead he used incense to put the animals into a deep sleep…for nine months! (I’d like to know how they survived without an IV!)

I could see that changing these things helped make the movie more relatable to a modern day audience and it also increased the drama. What surprised me was that I could list the things that were Biblically accurate on one hand:

  1. Adam and Eve ate from a forbidden tree causing the ground to be cursed as they were kicked out of the garden.
  2. Noah and his wife with their three sons built an ark to hold two of every creature.
  3. God flooded the Earth because of the wickedness of man – only Noah, his family, and the animals survived.
  4. Noah made wine and got drunk when the ark landed.

That’s it. Nothing else was according to the Word of God. Leave it to Hollywood to let someone write the screenplay that had only heard Bible stories as a kid and didn’t know anything else about God. What added fuel to the flames were the other things added to the story.

I can clearly picture that Old Dragon whispering in someone’s ear, dictating how the story should be told.
Watcher - Fallen Angel

Satan’s Side of the Story:

When God threw man out of the garden and cursed the ground, it was a cruel fate. A group of angels took
pity on man and came to earth to help. Because these angels acted against God’s will, they were cursed (they looked like giant rock monsters). These fallen angels were called Watchers. These Watchers tried to help man, but because of man’s greedy, evil nature, we destroyed the earth.

The Truth:

This is a joke, right? Fallen angels are here to help man? The Bible tells us that when God created man, Lucifer, the most beautiful of all God’s angels, was not happy. Because we were called God’s children, it put us above the angels in the chain of command. Angles are servants, we are heirs. That means they would have to bow to us as they did to God.

“What is man that you are mindful of him?” Satan asked. “I could be as a god to him!” According to scripture, Satan rallied angels to him and headed for Earth to prove his point:

“When men began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair, and they took wives of all they desired and chose...  There were giants on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God (angels) lived with the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6:6)