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Believe in the Lord

During my teens, the Bee Gees were my favorite singing group.   Ever since two of its members died (twins Maurice and Robin Gibb in 2003 and 2012 respectively), I’ve often wondered if either of them made it into heaven.   Recently while searching the Internet concerning that, I found a music video of a Bee Gees song I never heard before.   From a 1970 album and film called “Cucumber Castle”, Maurice performed “The Lord” with his brother Barry.   This may be the closest the Brothers Gibb ever came to writing and recording a gospel song.   Here’s a portion of its lyrics… What do you get for trying? Minute you're born, you're dying The body is six feet down The Lord said the soul sticks around Well, you can believe what you wanna But I know what I'm gonna do I'm gonna believe in the Lord When I’m out street evangelizing, a frequent response people give when asked why they would go to heaven is, “I believe in God.”   That’s a good start…certai

Was Jesus a Vegetarian?

In the liner notes of his best-selling album “Play”, electronic music artist Moby encouraged everyone to become vegetarians and avoid all killing of animals. To support his cause, Moby quoted from a variety of sources, including a portion of Isaiah 66:3; "He who kills a bull is as if he slays a man.. ." A casual glance at this verse gives the impression that it is totally wrong to kill animals.   But if you read the rest of this and the following verse, you'll see what the Lord is coming against is false worship: "…He who sacrifices a lamb, as if he breaks a dog's neck; He who offers a grain offering, as if he offers swine's blood; He who burns incense, as if he blesses an idol. Just as they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations, so will I choose their delusions, and bring their fears on them; Because, when I called, no one answered, when I spoke they did not hear; But they did evil before My eyes, and cho

I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up

Critical Christians who don’t regularly experience supernatural encounters with the Lord will sometimes nitpick the craziest things.   This past week I watched a YouTube video in which a minister I know was labeled an “apostate” because of certain manifestations occurring at his meetings.   One of which is people falling backward when touched by the Holy Spirit.   The producer of this video claimed, “Only the enemies of God fall backwards.”   Other like-minded critics point to Scriptures where men of God “fell on their faces” during worship. Having grown up in a mainline denominational church, I was somewhat cynical when first seeing people “slain in the Spirit.”   Since then I’ve fallen backward many times when receiving ministry in a prayer line.   After one such incident while lying on the floor doing “carpet time”, I was healed of a nasal defect I had since childhood.   Does that sound demonic to you?   It shouldn’t since Jesus is the healer.   Some criticize the

Ministry Starts at Home

In 1985, I moved away from the Fargo, North Dakota area where I was born and raised.   After a brief stint in the army, I relocated to Minneapolis originally to pursue a secular music career.   Six years later I committed my life to the Lord Jesus Christ.   Ironically that happened in Fargo while visiting my sister and her husband.   In recent years, God has sent me back to Fargo for lengthy visits.   A few times it appeared He wanted me to resettle there.   I wasn’t fond of the idea for I hate the colder winters up north.   Another reason was Jesus’ statement in Mark 6:4, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.”   One day I talked about this with a pastor friend in Fargo.   He responded by asking me, “Are you a prophet?”   I answered “no” because I’m primarily called to be an evangelist.   Even so, God has continued sending me to other cities. Many people in the Bible were sent to places far fr