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May 2017 - My Momma Runs!


My dad and mom pastored a full gospel church in West Columbia, Texas for more than 50 years. The Christian Center has grown to be the largest church in West Columbia and the largest Full Gospel church in the area.  When my parents first moved to West Columbia, I was only a year old and my older brother, Mike, was four.  Mom was sick and mentally tormented for the first two years in West Columbia. Dad not only pastored the church, but also had the pressure of all the family responsibilities.  Dad began to have heart trouble.  During this same time, while playing outside with Mike, I stuck my thumb into a bicycle chain and cut off my thumb.  I don’t remember ever having two thumbs.  The church was small and struggling, and we were poor.  It was a tough time for us.

However, in the middle of this struggle a man gave my dad some books on the authority of the believer, the integrity of God’s Word, and who you are in Christ.  Dad began to read and study the material and gained a new understanding of God’s Word.


The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.  - Psalm 119:130


Dad began to speak the Word to Mom and had her repeat it after him. She began to say, “I am who God says I am.  I have what God says I have.  I can do what God says I can do!”  As my parents saw who they were in Christ and spoke the Word, faith arose in their hearts.  They knew that victory belonged to them in every area of their life.


As I grew up in church, there were some unusual services. Sometimes while we sang, Mom would begin to praise God rather exuberantly and shout, “Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!” With glory and joy on her countenance, she would shout “Wooooo” and run around the church!  Dad was a little more dignified.  After Mom ran, Dad would say, “Now, some of you don’t think that is necessary.  It’s not necessary, unless it’s necessary.”  While the congregation tried to figure out what Dad had said, Mom and others who had joined her would finish their rejoicing.


He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God...                                           Psalm 40:2-3


I did not understand the magnitude of my mother’s deliverance, until I was seventeen and running from God.  I had an automobile accident coming home from a party with a backslidden friend that totaled several cars.  We walked away without a scratch.  My backslidden friend said, “If your mom wasn’t praying, we would have been killed.”  I agreed. 


When I got home, Mom was sitting in a rocking chair.  She spoke the words that Jesus spoke to Peter, “...Satan hath desired to have you, that he might sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren,” Luke 22:31,32.

Although good changes had begun in my life, not long after the automobile accident, three friends and I ended up in the county jail.  I called Mom from the jail and she said, “Your dad has church tonight (it was a Wednesday night), so just prop your feet up and stay a while.”  Dad and four deacons came to jail after church and put up bond for me so I could go home.  After that incident, I sold my ‘55 Chevrolet and that sobered me up for a while.


One Sunday God had a surprise for me.  I was sitting on the back row cutting up and God “arrested” me.  An unannounced guest speaker, F.E. Ward, came to church that Sunday.  Brother Ward was a big, stocky preacher. You never knew when he was going to show up, and that Sunday I was not prepared for what was about to happen. 

I was sitting on the back row with my backslidden friends when Brother Ward went to the platform and said he felt led to do something.  He pointed to the back and said, “I want the pastor’s son to come to the front.”  I was shocked!  My friends made a comment, “You’re a dead duck now.”  As I got up and headed down the aisle, I began to repent under my breath: “O God, forgive me of my sins.  Please don’t tell that preacher what I’ve been doing.  If You tell him and he tells everybody, my dad will kill me.”

All the blood drained from my face, I was afraid and embarrassed as I stood in front of the whole church.  I was only seventeen, but I thought my life had come to an end.  Instead, I heard the voice of F.E. Ward say, “Sit down on the altar.”  As I sat down, he began to speak to me under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  As he spoke to me about God’s plan and purpose for my life, the presence and love of God overwhelmed me, and I began to cry.  I surrendered my life to Jesus again, and my heart was changed by the love of God.  I AM A LIVING TESTIMONY THAT THE LOVE OF GOD IS THE GREATEST FORCE ON EARTH.


Dad’s preaching and Mom’s praying and running around the church began to make sense to me.  I started studying the scriptures that showed me my redemption in Christ. I began to daily meditate on who I was in Christ.  I would say, “I am who God says I am.  I have what God says I have.  I can do what God says I can do.” The power of God’s Word started a work in me, and I began to understand my identification with Christ.

My Mom still ran around the church up until she went to Heaven a few years back.  The church was much bigger in her later years and there were a lot more educated and prosperous people in the congregation.  She didn’t care she would say, “Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!”  She would shout “Woooooo” and run around the church.  The only difference is I would shout and run with her.


2017 is a year of triumphant expansion for the Church!   Second Corinthians 2:14 in the Conybeare's translation says, “Thanks be to God who leads me on from place to place in the train of his triumph, to celebrate his victory over the enemies of Christ.”   Through the power of partnership, a great impact for the spread of this message is being made.   Your continued prayer and financial partnership is making this message and resources available to more people than ever before.  We will send this power-packed gift to you for only $30:  Faith Laughs at Impossibilities (4CDs), The Good Fight of Faith (4CD’s), The Voice of Faith (3CDs), and The Secret Power of Joy book.  It will supercharge your faith.  We are standing with you, declaring blessing and increase in your life as you celebrate Christ's victory everywhere you go!

In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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March 2017 - Drink Better, Think Better!


And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. - Ephesians 5:18,19

Don’t get drunk on wine…TANK UP ON THE SPIRIT.  (Jordan)

Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of Him.  (Message Bible)

The most important thing, the one thing that counts, is to see that we are filled with the Holy Spirit, filled to overflowing.  Anything less than this is displeasing to God.  We are commanded by God to be filled with the Spirit, and the measure you fail of this, you are that far short of the plan of God.  Our only safeguard from dropping back into our natural minds, from which we can never get anything, is to be filled and filled again with the Spirit of God, and to be taken on to new visions and revelations. -Smith Wigglesworth

The Word of God commands us as believers to be “filled with the Spirit.”  The Greek word for “filled” is in the continuous sense and should be translated “be being filled.”  What God is looking for is for us to continually be filled and filled again with the Holy Spirit.  He compares it to drinking wine.  We know on the day of Pentecost the people in the upper room were filled with the Holy Spirit and accused of being drunk.  They were so filled with the Holy Spirit they appeared intoxicated.  They had been drinking from the Holy Spirit until they were filled and “under the influence.”  Throughout the book of Acts the disciples were filled (continuously) with the Holy Spirit and joy (Acts 13:52).  The Holy Spirit and joy are always connected.  Even the anointing of the Holy Spirit is called the “oil of joy” (Hebrews 1:9).  The anointing of the Holy Spirit will make you lose your mind and get the mind of Christ.  How great it is to stop thinking and start drinking.  Stop trying to figure out God with your intellect and receive the Holy Spirit.  He will take the things of Christ and show them to you.  You enter the realm of revelation when you are filled with the Spirit.  When you drink better you will think better.


No one ever got drunk on wine by just thinking.  No!  You get drunk by drinking. If someone got arrested for driving under the influence, they could tell the police officer that they went to a bar but they were only sitting in there thinking.  However, the officer would know that they didn’t get drunk by thinking.  They had to be drinking to get drunk.  The same is true with the Holy Spirit.  You must have a drinking relationship with the Spirit of God.   


One thing I know about drinking is that you cannot drink with your mouth shut. Job 29:23 says, “…and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.”  The latter rain is a type of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Again in Psalms 81:10, “…open thy mouth wide and I will fill it.”  As we open our mouth and begin to drink, God fills our mouth with good things.  He fills our mouth and our hearts with His presence.  He fills our mouth with laughter.  He fills us with His strength.  Notice the connection between drinking and speaking or praising.  As we open our mouth and lift our voice the drinking has begun.  The Holy Spirit overflows like mighty rivers flowing from our innermost being.


In John 7:37-39, Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  But this spake he of the Holy Spirit….”  Notice Jesus said to come and drink.  He was talking about our fellowship with Him and the Holy Spirit.  Something supernatural happens in our belly.  Rivers of living (Zoe-God’s life) waters flow freely.  This is not natural water but is water from Heaven.  Something is in this water.  Everything that is in God is in this waters - wisdom, healing, joy, peace, satisfaction, and love.  We must drink daily from His presence.  The Holy Spirit could not be given until the blood of Jesus was shed at the cross and applied in Heaven by Jesus when He was raised from the dead.  The power of the blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit work together bringing God’s grace and mercy in overflowing measure into our hearts. 

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the lamb.  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.  And let him that heareth say, Come.  And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.     - Revelation 22:1 and 17

God is still looking for drinkers.  Who will come and drink?  Jesus cries out for those who are thirsty to drink.  He told the woman at the well in John 4:13-14, “if you drink from this water you will never thirst again.”  It will satisfy your longing soul.  If you drink this water it will spring up within you.  This is living water.  Everything lives where this water flows.  Sometime we need drinking lessons or drinking friends to receive all that God has for us.  Open your mouth wide and God will fill it.

We have prepared three products to help you stay “saturated” with the Holy Spirit.  For your offering of $35 or more we will send you 7 messages from 2 cd sets called Drinkin’ Lessons and The Holy Spirit: My Best Friend.  You’ll also enjoy the DVD of the message The Holy Spirit: My Best Friend which was recorded at Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ staff meeting. 

MISSION AFRICA - what a wide door of faith has opened in Nigeria!  Through the concentrated teaching, preaching and demonstration of the Holy Spirit, we have not only reached thousands in the services, but an additional internet audience of 115,000!  Your partnership in prayer and giving has made this possible!  Many believers from Africa say, “THANK YOU!”   WHEN YOU BLESS A PASTOR YOU BLESS A CHURCH. WHEN YOU BLESS A CHURCH YOU BLESS A CITY. WHEN YOU BLESS A CITY YOU BLESS A NATION!  We hope you will join us in Alexandria, LA for Supernatural Leadership Conference in March!

In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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