Make sure to thank our Mighty God for all of His blessings in our lives - not just on Thanksgiving, but every day!!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tomorrow we load up the family and head to Berne, IN for an early Thanksgiving trip. It will be very nice to not have to jump on a plane and fly all day to get to Berne. We can actually drive from Nashville!! Being in Berne is such a blessing on so many levels, and we pray that God moves in us and through us as we're there.
Posted by Pastor Mike at 8:07 AM
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Please pray for the Stronghold team as we minister at the Olympia bodybuilding and fitness weekend! We leave for Vegas tomorrow and will be gone through Sunday. Please pray for the Spirit to move in power and that people's lives will be changed by Jesus Christ. Also pray for favor with whomever we speak. Thanks for all yours prayers and support!!
Posted by Pastor Mike at 8:53 PM
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I and the family had the privilege of traveling to Berne, IN to host Randy LaHaye (grandson of author Tim LaHaye), a film producer from Los Angeles. Randy came to Berne to speak at the annual Swiss Days Unity Service, where he shared about his latest movie project, "The Resurrection." As its title reveals, it is a powerful film about one of the greatest events of our Christian faith - the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Please go to the website - trpmovie.com - and ask the Lord how you can prayerfully and financially get behind a film that can bring the message of Jesus Christ to many around the world!
I also just returned from ministering at the Jacksonville Pro bodybuilding and fitness contest in Florida. I drove to the event, and the journey down there was kind of crazy to say the least. Between 2 overturned semis, to a flat tire, to my GPS routing me for 3 hours down country highways, I just had to accept that God was allowing all these things for His purposes. Once I finally got to Jacksonville, the divine appointments were powerful and I was able to both challenge and encourage quite a few people involved in the sport. It was definitely a powerful weekend!
Thank you again for your faithful and continued prayers. Many important decisions lay ahead, and we need wisdom to navigate God's will correctly. Love you all!
Posted by Pastor Mike at 10:08 AM
Monday, July 18, 2011
The last part of June into the July 4th weekend, Holly, Silas, and I went on our yearly family vacation! It was especially exciting because Holly's brother was married. Holly sang at the ceremony, Silas was the ring-bearer, and I officiated the marriage ceremony. Then a couple days later, we left with my family to go to the lakes for 5 days. It is so relaxing to have hardly any cell phone signal and no TV; just family to spend time with.
What is also exciting is that God is really moving mightily in our hometown of Berne, IN! So many people are really being stirred by the Holy Spirit to grow in their faith and testimony for Jesus Christ. They want to see the town changed!! Please pray that God's will is powerfully done in this town! Thanks!
Posted by Pastor Mike at 7:22 AM
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I am leaving in a few minutes to go to Canton, OH to perform a wedding for a couple from the bodybuilding industry. This couple has been a real joy to get to know, and I am excited about what God has for their future together.
Things have been very busy, so please continue to pray for strength to do all that God has asked of us - but nothing more. We need wisdom to prioritize in the way that God desires. Holly just relayed again to me last night that we are so privileged to be able to serve the Lord in this city! Your support and prayers make this all possible! Thanks!!
Posted by Pastor Mike at 3:31 AM
Monday, May 23, 2011
Earlier in May, I took a ministry trip to Los Angeles. One of the main reasons for the trip was to continue to assist in the UNITY work among the churches in Hollywood - a work I've been heavily involved with over the past several years. The trip was nothing short of amazing, as God continues to further the unified work of the Kingdom there, and also grow hearts together as one through the power of the Holy Spirit. Please pray for wisdom for the leadership involved in this unity process, that we will truly hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches of Hollywood (Revelation 3:6).
It was also exciting to see a couple give their lives to Jesus that weekend! It never gets old seeing people give their lives completely over to the One who died to set them free from the sin that bound them! Praise God!
Posted by Pastor Mike at 6:41 AM
Monday, April 25, 2011
I am leaving for Orlando, FL on Wednesday morning, and I am driving so I will need your prayers for safety. I will be ministering at the Orlando Europa Pro Show - a bodybuilding and fitness contest. I will also be staying the weekend with a great friend of mine who lives down there. It is always such an encouraging time, and God always works in both of our lives. Please pray that the Holy Spirit goes before me and prepares people's heart to hear about Jesus, understand, and accept Him into their lives as their Lord and Master. Thanks!
Posted by Pastor Mike at 1:57 PM
Thursday, April 14, 2011
What a great night Monday night was! Every other Monday night, a Bible Study has started over in Murfreesboro, which is about 30 minutes from our apartment in Franklin. It meets in a couple's home that I know from the bodybuilding and fitness industry. As of now, I will be leading the group and am excited to see so many people from this couple's gym attending to grow in their faith in God and their love for each other. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to move in powerful ways to change each of our hearts! Thanks!
Posted by Pastor Mike at 7:21 AM
Monday, April 4, 2011
It feels good to call Nashville home! We finally got all of our boxes upacked and furniture arranged, so it definitely is beginning to FEEL a little more like home. We obviously miss our many friends in LA, but God has blessed us with some awesome new friendships here in Tennessee. On the ministry front, I have been meeting with some people involved with the music industry to see how God desires for us to fit into this new industry. Please pray for wisdom and discernment so that we do not begin to pursue ministry that God has not called us to. We want to do His will and know that His power will work mightily if we follow Him.
Thanks for your many prayers on our behalf!
Posted by Pastor Mike at 9:20 AM
Monday, March 21, 2011
I know it's been awhile since I last blogged, but that is because some major changes have taken place over the last few months...we moved to Nashville! It's a long story of how God revealed to us we were to leave Los Angeles and come here; but long story short, He opened some amazing doors and has shown us we are to help affect Nashville for Jesus Christ! Obviously, this place is quite a bit different from Hollywood, but it also has many similarities - especially as it pertains to the entertainment industry. I've already made a couple of connections here in the music industry, so I am excited to see what God does there. We also have a heart to continue the work we began in Los Angeles of unifying the churches here to have a measurable impact for Jesus Christ in the community. I will also continue to lead the Stronghold team as we minister at amateur and professional bodybuilding and fitness shows around the country. In fact, a few awesome couples from the industry live in the Nashville area, so we will be able to grow in our relationships with them.
If you would like to hear more details about the move and do not receive our ministry newsletter, please email me at "firstname.lastname@example.org" and I will email you a copy.
Thank you all for your prayers and support in this time of transition!
Posted by Pastor Mike at 8:51 AM
Friday, January 21, 2011
Our family trip to Nashville was nothing short of amazing! We were able to meet with so many people who truly love Jesus! Meishach and Chera Moore and their 4 children were kind enough to open their home for us to stay while we were there. And the amazing part is that there was also another couple there staying for a little while who had another 2 kids. That's 13 people in one house! Their unbelievable love for us was really a practical demonstration of what biblical love is all about - sitting around in the evenings talking, worshiping, and praying together as a "family." We will never forget this tremendous experience.
It was also encouraging to meet with various ministry and entertainment industry leaders who really have a vision for reaching Nashville and raising up "on-fire" Christians. It's hard to express the encouragement you receive from hearing other people's hearts. I know that the relationships formed on this trip will be special from this point forward.
Thanks for your prayers and support!
Posted by Pastor Mike at 2:00 PM
Thursday, January 6, 2011
On January 12th, Holly, Silas and I will be leaving for a week on a ministry trip to Nashville, TN! Neither Holly nor I have ever been there, so we are excited to find out what Nashville is all about. Please pray for divine appointments as we will be meeting with various pastors and ministry leaders.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we do all we can to further the kingdom of God and His desire to see cities changed for Jesus Christ!
Posted by Pastor Mike at 8:20 AM