|To my brothers and sisters in
Life is full of twists and turns, and we rarely
know where it, or rather, where God, will lead us.
I've spent the majority of my life pursuing this
amazing God we serve, and He has surprised me on
a number of occasions. Just when I think I have
His plans figured out, He makes a turn in another
Anyone who has walked with God for a time knows
that He loves to get us out of our comfort zone.
He loves to stretch us, mold us, shape us, and cause
us to grow in ways we never knew possible. And fortunately
-- or unfortunately, depending on our point of view
-- He isn't shy about telling us to do things we
may not want to do.
Ever been there? I know I have. Many times, in fact.
And, I'm about to go there again, right now.
You see, over the course of the past couple months
or so, the Lord has been impressing something upon
me -- something that He wants me to do. I have to
admit, I wasn't very excited about it. In fact,
at first I brushed it off thinking I must be mistaken,
or that I wasn't hearing correctly. However, that
still, small voice I have become so very well acquainted
with kept coming back. And in God's kind, yet firm
way, He made His direction clear -- and I have to
What is it that God wants me to do? He wants me
to ask you to consider giving a financial gift or
Please, just hear me out -- it won't cost you anything
to hear me out.
I understand, sometimes it seems as though all that
ministers ever do is ask for money. I understand
that there are some who have abused the privilege
of their position, and treated people like their
own personal piggy-bank. I understand that some
have used shame, guilt, coercion, and grand promises
to try to move you to action. I also understand
the controversy that surrounds this issue, and the
damage that has been done to people and to ministries
because of it.
As a minister, and as a brother in Christ, allow
me say, I'm sorry that these things have happened
to many of you. I'm sorry that some have mistreated
you, used you, and taken you for granted. It should
have never happened, and there are most certainly
adjustments that need to be made within the Church.
However, I think we all know, not all ministers
are like this. We also know that ministries and
churches of all sizes need funding to enable them
to do the work they do. Without it, not only are
they severely limited, they also have a much higher
likelihood of disappearing.
But, before we go any further, let's take a step
back. I'm sure some who don't know me are wondering
who I am, what I'm about, and why they should consider
my request. It's a fair question, and one I will
try to answer as quickly as I can. Of course, you
can always read my messages, or just talk to me,
to get a better idea of who I am.
It seems appropriate to start off where most Christian
testimonies start. I was saved at the young age
of seven in a rather unusual way. I had an encounter
with God, which is an interesting story in and of
itself -- remind me to tell it to you sometime.
Later in life, when I was twenty, I was called to
the five-fold ministry as a prophet -- though some
believe me to be an apostle -- and I have been serving
God ever since.
I rarely speak of things like positions, titles
and callings, as it pertains to myself. Neither
do I speak of things that are commonly used to lend
credibility. I believe it's far more important to
just be who we are, and do what God tells us to
do. But I'll admit, not talking about myself can
make it a bit more difficult for people to get to
know me, but I'm trying.
If I had to describe myself, I think the description
that fits me best is, a regular guy who wanted to
know God and chose to pursue Him. And by "God" I
mean the God of the Bible, and by extension His
Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And when I say "pursue
God," I mean making all else second to knowing Him,
understanding Him, following Him, and serving Him.
I'm an ordained minister, ordained by God, and have
served as the director of an international ministry.
I've also served as leadership in a couple other
smaller ministries. Over the years I've ministered
to many people, and mentored others, helping them
understand and use their spiritual gifts.
To date, I have authored three books, and am currently
working on a fourth. Each one focuses on different
aspects of God, as well as our walk with Him, and
life in general. I've also written a number of messages
which can currently be found on my Facebook page,
and later, on my web site.
It's the desire of my heart to see people live free.
Not just free to make their own choices, but free
from the entanglements of sin, oppression, emotional
issues, physical issues, heart issues, and wrong
I also enjoy romantic dinners, long walks on the
beach, and getting caught in the rain. Oh, and,
I have a bit of an off-beat sense of humor as well.
I know some will find it rather convenient that
God led me to make this request and will somehow
be convinced that I'm in the wrong for doing so.
This, incidentally, is part of the reason I wasn't
terribly excited about doing this. However, for
those of you who are more reasonable, allow me to
For many years I have given of myself to whomever
the Lord placed in my path, and done so sacrificially.
My desire was to help people, and I did so while
trying my absolute best to make my way in life.
Not once did I ask for any kind of recompense from
any of those I ministered to, nor did I desire to
ask. And suffice it to say, I received what I asked
It has been a very long, very dry road for me, and
I have suffered a great deal of loss in every area
because of my choice to pursue God above all else.
Ask anyone who knows and they will tell you, following
the Lord closely comes at a price, and I have paid
dearly. This has been my personal cross to bear,
and it is no one else's responsibility but my own
-- one I gladly take up in service to our Lord and
to others. Still, the burden has been quite heavy,
and the opposition has been great. And sometimes,
we all need someone who is willing to help.
No, I'm not going to try to dazzle you with sales
pitches of lofty goals. No, I'm not going to tell
you how much God is going to bless you if you respond,
even though I believe in this spiritual principle.
And no, I'm not going to try to guilt you into giving
by playing on our God-given role as Christians.
I will, however, give you my word.
I will continue to do as the Lord directs, to the
best of my ability, so long as I have the strength
to do so. Currently this means giving of myself,
and sharing what the Lord has given me, as I have
always done. I will write the messages He has me
write, minister to those He has me minister, pray
for those He has me pray for, and mentor those He
has me mentor. If He leads me to do something else,
then I will do that as well.
I know this isn't an extravagant plan, neither is
it exciting or flashy. This is just what the Lord
has me doing right now. But flashy or not, this
will make a difference in the lives of those who
receive it, and I invite you to be a part of that.
Your gift or offering will help to bring some much
needed strength to some very weary hands, help meet
financial needs, and best of all, make it possible
for me to continue to do the work I know and love...
I have no doubt that God has directed me to present
you with this request, therefore it stands to reason
that there are those He is calling upon to respond.
So I would ask, would you please consider giving
a gift of $100?
Can't see your way clear to give that much? I understand
-- trust me, I very much understand.
Have the means to give more? If you can, then I
can't tell you how much of tremendous help that
Either way, please take the time to consider what
you can do before the Lord. Having served in other
ministries in the past, I can tell you first hand,
not a lot of people respond when called upon. It's
one reason why small, yet very good ministries,
struggle endlessly, and often disappear. So please,
don't pass this by believing someone else will respond,
because, unfortunately, many will not.
To give a gift
or offering, click here to see the ways you can
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns,
send me a message, I'd love to talk with you. And
if you know of anyone who might want to help, I'd
appreciate you passing this request on to them.
Thank you for taking the time to hear me out. And,
as always, regardless of whether you give a little,
a lot, or not at all, may God bless you richly!
Galatians 5:1 (NIV) It is for freedom that Christ
has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let
yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.