Can any thing good come from Nebraska?

Can Anything Good Come from Omaha, Nebraska?

Blessings to all of you Saints and especially those that prayed us along on our journey to the Midwest

It was quite an adventure, from visiting the healing rooms of Charles Parham in Topeka, to seeing family in Omaha, to speaking in two places in Nebraska, and being overwhelmed with how far the Lord has taken us on our journey; including the many hearts He has touched through the life of our little Lexie.  Tears of gratefulness came often.
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Vineyard beauty

It’s harvest time!

Greetings friends.

As I’ve mentioned before, Mike and I were blessed to be able to visit Napa Valley and see so many portions of the grape harvest.  We saw the thick shiny grapes sparkling in the sun hanging plumply from the vines…perfection!  and then the workers coming to slice each cluster off and toss them into a large green plastic box with grates in the bottom.  Each box was stacked up into a truck and driven away to large electronic equipment which destemmed them and then crushed them in a gigantic silver tub.  Mike even got to scrape out some of the grape skins from the bottom of the vat, which were then carted off to be used for something else!  We loved it!  and even made a visit the Frank Family Vineyard and “imagined” what it would be like to own a vineyard.  No worries here, we’ve met too many vineyard owners who gave us the “real” story behind the romance.  Then off to visit a castle Castello Di Amorosa that had been built with bricks from Europe with 4 floors underground to store tubs of wine everywhere!  Did I hear $43,000,000 to build?

Made us wonder about the coming harvest in the world.  We’re believing that much fruit is to be harvested in the coming days, and we get to harvest some things that we didn’t plant, water or tend, and there will be others harvesting the seeds that we planted.  The amazing part of all this growth is the fact that cutting off branches on the vine actually produce a better fruit.  And Jesus reminds us many times about how this pruning will affect the coming harvest.  “That it may bear more fruit”.  There are many here in Redding that have gone through some serious pruning and they are still here to say “God is good!  and His love endures forever!  Nothing is impossible with God!”  and so we stand together in faith, believing that miracles are coming, the small beginnings just starting to show.

We received this scripture from our friend John Dawson, President of YWAM, who is going through some very difficult times with his wife Julie who was diagnosed with cancer in August 2010.  I think it’s good to meditate on them, and hope that there will be those that lift them up in prayer.

Do not be anxious:

Jeremiah 17:7, 8 - “Thus says the LORD: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.’”

John 15:1-11 – “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

 

So this is what is in my spirit for you. May your bewildered mind be replaced by a comforted heart. You will rise. What is shattering to the self-sufficient person is mere pruning to the child of the Father. You will rise, seven times if necessary. You will be fruitful again in this life and eventually you will rise again with Jesus. Meditate on these passages with me. Let us strengthen one another in prayer and turn our hearts toward others who are suffering and discouraged in any way…john dawson.

I want to be the person that rises every day, full of thankfulness and praise, and is aware of others around me that might need an extra encouragement.  To help them know this amazing God that loves them and is for them.  Hope you have an amazing fruitful week and enjoy the harvest!!!!  Hope to see you Friday, at noon to pray for the marketplace and the coming harvest!

 

Blessings!

 

Robbie

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The Covenant of God

This week I’ve seen two rainbows.  I love to think that God is giving me reminders of His covenant with us.  I looked it up to make sure I got this right, but here’s what Genesis says:

 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Isn’t that fun that God keeps reminding us that He thinks about us?  This morning we are going to hold the second Entrepreneur Bootcamp and  many of the people that have moved to Redding are going to be a part of this fire and passion to help people find jobs by helping to create new businesses.  If anyone was watching the news last night, you’ll all agree this is a very important topic right now.  We’ve even been given a few prophecies about the coming of new innovations, creativity and wisdom that is about to come.  Very exciting, what is God about to do in this city?

We are excited to be here for such a time as this.

I’ve been reading about Ezra again, and how he was so consumed by sorrow upon hearing of his fellow people’s sins of marrying foreign women.  Today it sounds so strange, but bottom line was that it was a command of God not to marry foreign women because they would bring their false gods and idols and cause the people to sin and that’s exactly what happened.  I don’t know if everyone was just looking the other way, became desensitized, or there were no leaders around to just say, “Hey! knock it off!”  Actually I think it was the leaders that “led” the way down that path.

But Ezra wept and prayed and wouldn’t eat all day, he was so grieved.  The people around him began to grieve as well and they began confessing what they had done without anyone prompting them to.  They all wanted to get clean right away and did whatever Ezra said and within days had made many of the changes he told them to.

So, does that mean it’s possible for one man to change a nation?  Hmmm, something to think about.  What if God so touched our hearts that when we saw sin we were so grieved that we wept bitterly and prayed and fasted and it changed the people around us without us even saying anything?  I know I definitely want to keep my heart from becoming calloused.  I pray that I will be sensitive to the things of God.  That when I see compromise in the marketplace I won’t look the other way.  That I won’t be ok with anything that grieves God.

God’s telling me He remembers me by showing me rainbows, I want to let him know back, I care about You God.

Hope you have an amazing week and spot lots of rainbows and think about God and His covenant.

 

Blessings,

 

Robbie

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Our Story Behind Marketplace Miracles

Many people have asked us why we do what we do. Here is Mike’s explanation of what we think it is:

My wife Robbie and I were visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Incline Village on the shores of Lake Tahoe in Nevada, one of my favorite places to vacation.  Our daughter Amber and her husband had just moved into their new condo and they had a spare bedroom that we could stay in.  I’m always very tired when I go to the mountains because of the skiing and the altitude difference.  So that night I was sleeping hard.

On the way down to Tahoe, Robbie read out loud to our son Christian and I, the story of Amy Simple McPherson and the miracles that happened in their lives.  Robbie was just finishing ministry school and I was very actively pursuing a company I had started called Vy.   We were starting to come to grips with the reality that there really are miracles today and wondered what our contribution would be to that.

When I went to sleep that night I wasn’t focused on anything other than my family and skiing and having a vacation home in Tahoe!  When I’m skiing I go to another place, where it’s physical, fresh air, and I can make choices that don’t affect anyone but me.  A lot of times God wakes me up in the night to speak to me, but this time He was using that period just before you wake up where you are semi conscious, it’s quiet, no sound or distractions, and I was wanting to sleep a little longer and not wake up. But, I knew His familiar voice, and because of the topic I knew it must be God wanting to get my attention on something.  I tried to stay focused and just relax.  I didn’t know where it was going so I didn’t get excited, I just kind of flowed with it.

There were 3 distinct things that He was impressing upon me.

  1. The first and probably most important was that He said, “I’m about to release some miracles in the marketplace for people that are looking for them.  And I want you to create a receptacle or a repository of all the miracle stories that are going to happen.  The mental image I had was that it was like a giant bowl, and  as God released miracles in businesses, we were supposed to capture, record and place them in this receptacle, so that there was history and evidence of how He’s currently moving in the marketplace.
  2. The second one was that there was supposed to be a book about this phenomena and the book was going to be targeted mainly about the marketplace people and it was talking about how the supernatural came, the miracles that resulted and the testimonies that were on the receiving end.  I really felt like it had to come from Bethel Church in Redding because:
    1. They’ve taken so much ground and have been the forerunners on modern day supernatural signs and wonders.
    2. God really wanted to use the megaphone that he had created at Bethel Church because of their following and their network of churches that are fellowshipping with them.
  3. The third one was that He had uniquely qualified me and raised me to help develop content that would be taught and used to engage, empower and release marketplace ministers.  It didn’t really feel like it was to start a school, it was more to take the existing people in the marketplace and help them with content.  It could be in any medium; it could be writing, dvds, cds, workbooks, conference related and live.   I didn’t argue with the Lord on this one, because I always felt like I had something to contribute there.  Out of the three this one made the most sense, but still I was super reluctant to  just say yes in my spirit because I was spending full time running Vy and I hadn’t really established any relationships with anyone at Bethel.  It almost felt like I was supposed to carry this and maybe discuss it with other guys and maybe let someone else run this whole thing and I would be a contributor.  That’s what I wanted in my mind, but God just wouldn’t let me shake it.  I tried to shake it off and I remember kind of being anxious as I was becoming more and more conscious…realizing this wasn’t a dream. I had just been given a download from God that was very real and I knew I had to take it seriously.

I remembered thinking at that point that “I don’t want to do this”  because of what it would mean.  If the miracles were captured and the book was written, there would be a speaking role, and someone (me?) was going to have to travel and talk about what happened and I didn’t want it.   I remember distinctively arguing with God at that moment saying, “Lord, I’ll help, but let it be a younger man.  Is there somebody that I can take under my wing?  Someone that has the energy and desire to do this?”   But God wasn’t letting me off the hook.  I don’t think He was saying it absolutely had to be me, but He didn’t give me permission to delegate it.

This caused me a lot of sadness or disappointment because I really didn’t have a passion for this but it was almost like God was saying, “I want this to be done.”

I thought, “Well, I’ll just get up, get some coffee and try to sort this out and see if I feel any different or better about what this is all about.”  I’d kind of made my mind up I wasn’t going to tell Robbie because she puts more weight in this stuff than I do.   I knew she would not only want me to record it but also to pursue it, and I just didn’t have the passion or the energy to really go after this.  I kind of went over in my mind …should I tell her?  Or not?  Finally I was convicted to at least tell her.

At first I cautioned her that she wasn’t supposed to read too much into this and I really wasn’t sure what it meant, as in “don’t overreact!”   I finally walked her through it and true to form, she wanted more details than I wanted to give!   I kind of remember saying to God, “If you want this then I’ll do it, but it feels outside my reach right now.”   And “why me?”  I was not plugged into Bethel at all so how could I be on the receiving end of these miracles?  And besides, I’m not seeing evidence that You’re actually releasing miracles in the marketplace right now.

I felt like Noah when God said “Hey, I’m going to do something crazy here, and you are a player in this thing and I want you to do something that’s really unnatural and almost impossible but I want you to do it.”   Noah had to withstand some of the scrutiny and probably ridicule in terms of “why are you building this boat and why are you getting these animals and what are you going to do when there’s no sign of rain?”   That’s how I felt at this moment. I knew I was going to have to face some of that scrutiny.

And that was that.  I’d kind of tucked this dream away to think about later.

Fast forward to July of 2011.   Robbie and I started Frank Consulting last fall, and have met many people from Bethel and the city of Redding.  We started Entrepreneur Bootcamps in April of 2011 and believe we are to try and help create jobs in Redding and bootcamps is one of the ways we can help.

We started to hear rumors and threads of potential miracle stories and Robbie started getting excited about interviewing entrepreneurs and finding out how they got started and what their secret to success was and one of the questions she started asking was “Where have you seen miracles?”  So Robbie was the first one to say, “You know we really should get a video recording of these things and post them on our website and when she said that it became obvious this was to be the fullfilment of our assignment that God gave me in that dream.  This summer we bought a video camera and we started interviewing, recording and posting marketplace miracle stories, check out all the ones we have completed to date here.  I think there’s plenty of evidence starting to emerge that God is doing what He said He would do; which is to release more miracles in the marketplace and we’re doing our part in capturing them on the website.

We’ve just learned over the years that when God gives us an assignment, we don’t always get to know how it’s going to happen, but we do know that when we are obedient, great things happen and He gets glorified.

So, that’s the story behind why we do what we do.

Hope you enjoy this explanation and hope you enjoy the videos.

From the Hearth

Marketplace Miracles – From the Hearth Cafe

Here’s a story about people that followed God and opened a bakery, even though they’d never even worked in a bakery before.  Check this out and find out how God did miracles in their lives and those that came alongside to make this dream a reality.  And be sure to visit their bakery “From the Hearth” and their cafe “From the Hearth Cafe”.  Delicious!