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July 2020 - The North Side of the Mountain

July 2020 

Dear Partner,

THE NORTH SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN

…for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.   2 Timothy 1:12

Several years ago, I bought Trina a beautiful baby grand piano.  I enjoy hearing her play and sing many of the old hymns we sang in church growing up.  We have a piano tuner come to our house and tune the piano regularly.  One day when I came home I heard beautiful classical music coming from our den.  As I entered the room I began to talk to the gentleman as he tuned the piano.  He said that our piano has a particularly “sweet” sound.  I asked him what he meant by that and he said that some pianos just have a sweeter sound than others.  He also said that piano manufacturers prefer to use the wood from spruce trees that grow in the highest parts of the mountains. The higher altitudes and the cold north winds make it difficult for trees to grow and survive.  As a result, the wood grain usually grows stronger and finer together. He said most piano manufacturers actually prefer the wood that comes from the trees on the north side of the mountain.  The finest piano manufacturers will only use the wood from the north side of these trees.  This wood produces the sweetest sounds.  I found it interesting that the sweetest music comes from the trees that have the most difficult environment.

THE SWEETEST SOUND ON EARTH 

Many times, we face difficult situations in life that threaten to destroy us.  However, if we will believe God and feed on His Word, He will strengthen us in every situation.  The Holy Spirit will strengthen our inner man with mighty power and will enable us to stand.  He will cause the “wood grain” to grow finer so that the “sweet sound” of grace and faith come from within.  What the devil intended for destruction can actually cause you to turn to God with such faith that His grace is imparted unto your spirit and soul.  God specializes in turning even the most difficult situations around.  

The Apostle Paul went through great adversity and yet played the “sweetest music” in Ephesians and his other letters.  Many of the greatest men and women of God have faced all the challenges that come from the “north side” of the mountain.  Yet refusing to quit, they have acted on the Word of God and found strength to do the will of God.  Today, we play a part in determining the sound that comes from our lives.  What will we do when we are facing the pressures of life?  What is the secret of surviving and finishing your course?  The answer is in the Word of God.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.     James 1:2-4

 GOD’S PERFECT AND ENTIRE PLAN 

When you are facing different kinds of adversity, don’t lose your joy.  The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).  The joy of the Lord will strengthen your inner man and fortify your faith.   In Philippians 4:4 Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always….”  How can you rejoice in the middle of trouble?  Because you KNOW that the trying of your faith works patience and brings you into God’s perfect and entire plan (James 1:2-4).  You must KNOW something other people don’t.  Paul said, “I KNOW whom I have believed,” 2 Timothy 1:12.  In Job 19:25, Job said, “I KNOW that my Redeemer liveth.”  Job declared his faith in the midst of adversity (Job 5:22).  Many miss the importance of the joy aspect of faith.  1 Peter 1:8-9 says, "Yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith.”  Once you know and understand this, you will no longer get angry or depressed in times of adversity.  Instead, you will act on the Word of God.  The wood grain will grow strong and fine in your spirit and YOU WILL OVERCOME.  Get ready for the sweet sound of victory that gives glory to God!

SUMMER JOY PACKAGE

To help sustain your strength, we have a tremendous offer for you!  For your gift of $30 or more we will send this Summer Joy Package, which includes 12 CD messages, including The North Side of the Mountain, Faith Laughs at Impossibilities, Joy the Serious Business of Heaven, and the book, The Secret Power of Joy for a gift of just $30. 

LOOK WHAT THE LORD IS DOING

When the world is in turmoil and upside down, Jesus is leading us forward! Here are some things that are happening at MHM because of your partnership:  We are conducting daily online Bible School and have given away over $60,000 worth of free books! The 2020 MHM Campmeeting in Alexandria, LA was well attended and power-packed!  The Korean translation of our books is now in progress!  The Holy Spirit has given us the green light to begin plans for constructing a Conference Center!  We will soon share these plans with you.  It’s time for increase!  “God bless you and keep you, God smile on you and gift you, God look you full in the face and make you prosper.”

In Christ,

Mark and Trina

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June 2020 - The Precious Blood of Jesus

THE POWER OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST

Several years ago, while walking through an airport, Trina noticed the book, “The Power of the Blood of Christby Andrew Murray.  She showed it to me, and I thought to myself, “Why do I need that book?  I’ve been raised in church and know all about that topic.” 

Trina read the book and left it laying around until I finally picked it up and looked at it.  After reading it I realized how much I needed to learn.  Andrew Murray said, “Faith is largely dependent on knowledge.  If knowledge of what the blood can accomplish is not accurate, then faith expects little, and the more powerful effects of the blood are limited. Feeble ideas of its power prevent the deeper and more perfect manifestations of its effects.”  Arrogance or thinking you already know all there is to know about a topic is a problem!  Regardless of your knowledge in the Word, it is possible to grow in revelation knowledge and faith in the blood of Jesus.  

ABSOLUTE REMISSION

To illustrate the power of the blood of Jesus, we want to share our grandson Dylan’s experience.  At 3 years old he was diagnosed with stage 4 leukemia and was fighting for his life.  After almost 2 years, just when he was about to finish his extensive treatment, we got the news that he had relapsed.  Our hearts fell when we heard this report.  The doctors told us a bone marrow transplant (BMT) was necessary to save his life.

In preparation for the BMT, the family had a conference with Dr. Yu, the highly experienced doctor who would be overseeing Dylan’s transplant.  After explaining what takes place in a stem cell transplant she asked if we had any questions.  I spoke up and asked why, after being told the leukemia was in remission, did it come back?  She explained there are two kinds of remission.  The first kind is what Dylan had during his initial treatment, when the cancer was no longer active in his blood.  The second kind is what she called “molecular remission.”   I asked what the difference was.  Dr. Yu said that after a successful BMT, the goal would be to have no evidence of cancer cells at the molecular level – that is called molecular remission. 

Gavin, Dylan’s 12-year-old brother, was chosen to be the donor.  His life- saving blood was drawn for three days and his stem cells were extracted.  Meanwhile, Dylan underwent very strong chemotherapy and several days of intense radiation to destroy his diseased bone marrow.  This treatment was preparing Dylan’s body to receive his brother’s stem cells. 

YOU’LL NEVER BE THE SAME PERSON AFTER THIS

The day of the BMT came and Trina and I stood in the hall looking into his room. We had our eyes focused on the bag of Gavin’s healthy stem cells being hung on the IV pole next to Dylan’s bed.  That pole reminded us of the cross where Jesus hung and poured out His perfect blood to change our lives forever.  Dr. Yu told Dylan, “I want you to know we are getting ready to say goodbye to you!  You’ll never be the same person after this.”  The first six hours were critical. We imagined that when Dylan received Gavin’s stem cells, his body would say, “Welcome home!”

After the transplant, Dylan had to stay in strict quarantine to protect and nurture the stem cell graft.  After a few weeks, the doctor announced with a big smile, “The cells are multiplying!  The graft is taking!” 

It wasn’t long before Dylan’s bone marrow was tested and found to be 100% Gavin’s!  Through this process we learned that a BMT can change the hair, eyes, skin, and the personality of the one receiving it.  The remarkable thing is that even Dylan’s DNA changed.  That means, if Gavin committed a crime, Dylan could be convicted of it because they now have the same DNA.  Gavin was Dylan’s donor; Jesus Christ is our donor!  Think about who your donor is and all that is included in His blood! 

If medical science can do that physically, what can God do spiritually?  Just as the chemotherapy could not remove leukemia in Dylan’s blood, the Old Testament sacrifices could not perfect us or remove our sin consciousness. “The Law offered forgiveness, but the sacrifices had to be repeated every year because it was impossible for them to remove the consciousness of sin or make the comers perfect (Hebrews 10:1-4).

The goal of a BMT is absolute remission, which means there are absolutely no cancer cells in any molecules of the body.  Instead of only treating leukemia, there was a removal of the diseased bone marrow, the source of the disease.  As it was in Dylan’s case, God found a donor for us, Jesus Christ, the perfect sacrifice.  Instead of only forgiveness of our sin, there is absolute remission of sin. 

Remission means: cancellation of penalty and removal of guilt. Hebrews 10:17,18 AMPC says, “...their sins and their lawbreaking I will remember no more. Now where there is absolute remission (forgiveness and cancellation of the penalty) of these [sins and lawbreaking], there is no longer any offering made to atone for sin.” 

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight. -Colossians 1:21-22

…now as a result Christ has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are standing there before him with nothing left against you —nothing left that he could even chide you for.                                    -Colossians 1:22 (TLB)    

Through the blood of Jesus, sin has now gone into 100% remission.  The Old Testament sacrifices produced the forgiveness of sin.  In the New Testament, the blood of Jesus has the power to not only remove sin from the mind of God, but also to remove sin and sin consciousness from the memory of the believer.  Now believers can be free from guilt and shame and have a revelation of the reality of their righteousness. 

SAY GOODBYE

Just as Gavin’s blood brought molecular remission in his brother’s body, Jesus’ perfect blood brings us absolute remission.  I can imagine God, our Great Physician, saying, “I’m fixing to say goodbye to the old sinful you!” There was a grafting process, where the divine nature of God recreated your spirit and changed everything.

Therefore, if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come.  -2 Cor. 5:17 (AMPC) 

Say goodbye to the old you!  Everything is new!  Say goodbye to sin’s dominion, say goodbye to guilt and shame, say goodbye to depression, say goodbye to old habits, say goodbye to sickness and disease, and say goodbye to poverty and lack.  The moment the blood of Jesus is applied, you can say goodbye to Satan’s dominion.  EVERYTHING IS NEW!

Dylan is now a blood brother with Gavin and there’s nothing left of his former DNA.  In the same way, we are blood brothers and sisters with Christ, “twinned” with Him, sharing His nature and identity. The power of God is released at the intersection where faith and the blood meet.  God lives in constant view of the blood of Christ and we must, too.  Faith in the blood of Jesus gives overcoming power (Rev.12:11).

THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS

This month we would like to offer you a brand-new CD set, The Precious Blood of Jesus.  This set is full of new illustrations, new revelation, and new application.  We also want to send you the CD sets, The Power of the Blood of Jesus and The Bloodline of a Champion, and the book, The Bloodline of a Champion.  For your offering of $30 or more we will send you these powerful resources on the blood of Jesus.

Eight weeks ago, we started teaching a Livestream Bible School at 10am (CST) Monday – Friday on Facebook Live and YouTube.  We also have playback available on Instagram.  We invite you to tune in and watch these powerful sessions with us.  During these daily times of teaching we are reaching people in many nations – Italy, Ireland, Colombia, Nigeria, Kenya, the Philippines, Japan, China, Pakistan, India, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Germany, Brazil, Lebanon, and Ethiopia. The Word is being broadcasted around the world. Each one of these daily broadcasts is reaching between 5,000 – 10,000 people.  One of these broadcasts has reached over 50,000 people. 

The Word is still growing and multiplying.  We thank you for your faithful partnership with us and we know God will multiply your seed sown, bring in a great harvest of blessing, and make all grace abound towards you.  We declare Philippians 4:19 to you, “And my God, on the scale of his wealth, will fully supply in Christ Jesus your every need in [Heaven’s] glory.”  

In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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