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April 2021 - ALL IS FORGIVEN

Dear Partner,

I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.  Isaiah 43:25-26

In Ernest Hemingway’s short story, The Capital of the World, he tells the story about a father and his teenage son who lived in Spain. Their relationship became strained, eventually shattered, and the son ran away from home. The father began a long journey in search of his lost and rebellious son. Finally, as a last resort, he put an ad in the Madrid newspaper. His son’s name was Paco, a very common name in Spain. The ad simply read, “Dear Paco, meet me in front of the Madrid newspaper office tomorrow at noon. All is forgiven. I love you.” As Hemingway writes, the next day at noon in front of the newspaper office there were 800 “Pacos” — all seeking forgiveness and reconciliation.


 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. Isaiah 44:22

God is in the forgiveness business. Today many people have trouble accepting the fact that God offers total forgiveness. Psalm 32:1 says, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” The Apostle Paul refers to this verse in Romans 4:6-8. This forgiveness includes the total erasing from His memory that sin was ever committed. He does this for His own sake, so He can bless us the way He wants.  If God doesn’t remember that we have done anything wrong, then we should allow Him to erase it from our memory also. Smith Wigglesworth said, “Never look back if you want the power of God in your life.” God’s power is always propelling us forward.


The story of the man with four crazy friends in Luke 5:17-26 is one of my favorites. When Jesus saw their faith, He told the man with paralysis, “Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.” Jesus spoke to that man’s deepest need. If Jesus calls you forgiven, you are totally forgiven and released from the condition and consequences of sin. You are redeemed. Then Jesus told him to “Arise!” The man got up and was totally healed of all paralysis.

This miracle caused the religious leaders much trouble. The rules and regulations of religion have paralyzed many people. However, when you get in the presence of Jesus, forgiveness and restoration are freely given. What a wonderful Jesus we have who forgives and heals! He is our Redeemer today.


Because of Isaiah 43:25-26, we know God promises to blot out our transgressions and not remember our sins. God says remind me of this promise. This promise of forgiveness and our faith in this Word opens the door to God’s goodness. When we receive forgiveness and freely forgive ourselves and others our faith will work. God forgives us so radically and totally that He commands us to forgive others the same way. God’s kind of forgiveness even erases the memory of all sin, failure, guilt, and accusation.

God loves and forgives like this and we, as His children and with His love nature, can and must do the same. Ephesians 4:32-5:2 makes this truth clear: Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us....”

When we choose to forgive others, the weight of anger and bad feelings toward ourselves and others is gone. Remember 1 John 1:9 says that when we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Instead of living life under the power of darkness and unforgiveness we can live in the light of God’s love. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin,” (1 John 1:7).

We acknowledge the power of the blood of Jesus cleanses us. It is the liquid love of God that will overflow into our lives to others. The blood gives us the power to live free from self-condemnation and accusation. Righteousness is restored and our prayers get results.

 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.   James 5:15-16

Talk to your soul and let this praise continually flow from your lips: Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases…Psalms 103:1-4

All is forgiven! God loves you! Now your faith is working, your prayers are heard, and mountains will move.


This month we want to offer you our book and CD set, Love: The Secret to Success.  For your offering of $20 or more we will send these resources to you.  We believe they will strengthen your faith and help you to grow in love. 

Thank you so much for your continued and faithful partnership with us.  We are moving forward with our New MHM Conference Center which will be a tool to help us distribute the Word of God more than ever before.  We are also excited about the growth of our Daily Livestream Bible School and plan to make that available on our website and app starting in March.  The Word is growing and multiplying.  YOUR PARTNERSHIP IS MAKING THIS POSSIBLE! 

 IN Christ,

Mark and Trina

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June 2019 - Forgiveness

   These words were spoken to me by an experienced old timer” preacher.   I felt mistreated and was complaining to this minister about some friends who had done me wrong.  I wanted to get even with these people, and I was sure this minister would understand.  As I explained my situation, this minister said these powerful words that I have never forgotten, you may be able to whip a skunk, but you might not want to.  Anytime I want to get back at someone I always remember that skunk.   
   The first step to walking in Gods love is to forgive.  Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us... Eph. 5:1-2.   Gods love nature is in you and He would not require you to do something you couldnt do. God is faithful and just to forgive our sins, so like Him we can forgive. Then we are in position to receive forgiveness, mercy and answers to our prayers.  
   Jesus said in Mark 11:25, And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any.”  An ought is any little thing.  People say,” You ought to or ought not have done this.” Instead, Jesus said to forgive so that your Father in heaven can forgive you.  I sometimes think it would be good to spray some people down with ought remover!  Jesus said you can forgive while you stand praying.  It can be that quick! Dont say its going time to get over your offense. Time doesnt enable you to get over your hurt, only choosing to forgive does.   


   In Luke 17:1-6, Jesus taught the disciples to forgive, even up to seventy times seven times each day.  He also talked about the sycamine tree and how they could use their authority to command the tree to be uprooted and planted in the sea.  The sycamine tree actually represents offense.  Here are five amazing facts about sycamine trees: 1) the tree grows in dry places 2) the roots grow deep 3) the fruit is very bitter and is eaten by the poor 4) the wood is used for building coffins 5) it is pollinated by the stinger of a wasp.   
   Unforgiveness puts us in a spiritually dry place where Satan can find an entrance into our lives (Matt. 12:43).  Unforgiveness and bitterness grows deep roots that not only takes over your life, but defiles others as well (Hebrews 12:15).   As believers, we have the authority to speak to challenging places of offense in our life and they have to be planted in the sea.  The wonderful thing is the sea has the capacity to dissolve any bitterness and hurt so that we cant even remember it.   


   Dad Hagin told a story about a lady whose daughter had epilepsy.  After spending some time with her, he found out that she had bitterness toward her mother-in-law.  She actually confessed to him, I hate my mother-in-law.”  Dad Hagin explained to her 1 John 3:15 says that if you hate your brother, youre a murderer.  He asked her to say those words again, and asked her to listen down on the inside this time.  So she said them again and described that she felt a little scratch inside. Dad Hagin told her that scratcwas the Holy Spirit trying to get her attention.  He instructed her to act like she would if she did love her mother-in-law, because she did.  This lady forgave her mother-in-law and began to pray for her.  The little girl was fine until a few days later when she suffered another seizure.  This time the mother simply said, Satan, Im walking in love.  Take your hands off my child.”  The seizure stopped and the girl never again suffered another attack.   
   I remember going to one of Dad Hagins meetings expecting to hear about his visions and latest revelations from God.  Instead, he preached a message about forgiveness and walking in the God kind of love.  I thought, That is not my problem.”  As he continued preaching, I realized I did indeed have a problem with unforgiveness.  At the end of the service, he called for those who needed to repent to stand to their feet.  I was sitting in the ministers section and thought there is no way I am going to do that – that would be embarrassing.   But I knew I needed to respond so I stood up, repented and decided, Im going to walk in love whether anyone else does or not.” It was a small adjustment, but it made a big difference.  In fact, in just 30 days, I was out of debt as a direct result of my decision to forgive and to walk in the love of God.  Does it pay to forgive?  Yes, it does! Faith works by love. 


   This month we want to offer you some tools that will help feed your faith.  We have a 4 CD set called, “Love: The Secret to Success.” We also are excited to offer you a brand-new study booklet that includes scriptures and confessions that will help you renew your mind on the love of God.  For your offering of $25 or more we will send you these wonderful resources.  The love of God will never fail in any situation. It’s shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost and will cause you to walk in victory.   
   As you receive this letter, we will be ministering in Zambia and Kenya.  We are expecting a great time in the Word and in the presence of God with these churches and Bible Schools.  We are also anticipating a wonderful time at our Campmeeting in Alexandria, LA June 23 – 28, 2019.  We want to personally invite you to be a part of these special meetings as we get saturated in the Word of God and His presence.   
   Thank you once again for your faithful partnership with us in World Missions.  As you sow your seed, we believe the seed is guaranteed! It has a return address. Your harvest never gets confused (Ruth 2:12; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Hebrews 10:35)! 

In Christ, 
Mark and Trina  

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