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A Summer Thanksgiving Story Without Turkey and Stuffing

 

The drive to meet Pastor Rick took me past the Temecula Valley High School baseball field where our son, Cole, played shortstop for the Golden Bears during his four years there. Cole was a good player, but that wasn’t the reason I always thanked the Lord for His mercy when I drove by the field. It was because of a special miracle the Lord did twenty-two years earlier during a state playoff game.

On that particular day, the Golden Bears were playing the Norco High School Cougars. The pitcher for the Cougars was Carson Riley, a right-hander, who threw around ninety-five miles per hour and was a solid major league prospect.

Cole stood in the right side of the batter’s box to lead off the seventh inning. Riley’s first pitch was a fastball, which tailed inside and hit Cole in the middle of his chest, knocking him to the ground. He laid motionless on the ground.

The three coaches for Temecula Valley rushed to him. One of them took out a cell phone and made a call.

Jane and I were sitting in the bleachers above the dugout on the first base side of the field. I grabbed Jane’s hand. “Honey, we need to go out there. Cole’s in danger,” I said.

We stood up and hurried to field.

Jim Dawson, the head coach for the Golden Bears, looked up as we approached home plate. “Dylan, he’s not breathing. I phoned for an ambulance, which should be here in four minutes,” he said.

Jane and I dropped to our knees and began praying. She prayed in tongues while I placed my hand on his chest.

“Father, You gave me a promise when Cole was born that He would preach the gospel and do miracles in Your name. When You made that promise, You looked into the future and saw this day. And yet, You still made that promise to me. I am not leaving until You honor Your promise and Cole stands up, totally healed in Jesus’ name. You did it for Elijah when he prayed for the widow’s son and I’m asking You to do the same thing for Cole, right now,” I prayed.

Coach Dawson grabbed my shoulders. “Dylan, let’s wait for the ambulance,” he whispered.

I shook his hands off me. “Let go of me,” I shouted. “God is doing a miracle here.”

Dawson released his grasp and wandered off. A siren could be heard pulling into the school’s parking lot.

“Father, I didn’t ask You to give me that promise for Cole. You did it on Your own. So, honor Your promise, in Jesus’ name,” I prayed again and again.

“What’s happening here?” asked a paramedic, rushing toward us with a stretcher.

Cole’s green eyes fluttered and opened. He looked into my eyes. “Dad,” he whispered, “I met Jesus. He said I had to come back to life because of your prayers.”

My son was totally healed and wanted to stay in the ballgame, but of course, the two paramedics insisted on him riding in the ambulance to Temecula Valley Hospital. Jane and I followed them in our SUV.

All of the tests on Cole proved to be negative. The Lord healed him.

Cole graduated from high school two weeks later and now lives in San Diego with his wife Allyson and their two daughters, Mia and Madison.

If I drove by the baseball field a hundred times in any one day, I always thanked the Lord for His gracious miracle every time. I always wanted Him to know how much I appreciated what He did for our family on that day.

That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving and declare all Your wonders. (Psalm 26:7)

(Excerpt from Still in the Fight, an upcoming new novel by me.)

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Praying for Our Children (Part 2)

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“Lord, did I do something wrong?” I said aloud after hanging up the phone.

Almost instantly, I felt the Holy Spirit say to my heart:  “Don’t ever pray that way again for your son Scott and his girlfriend Liza. Pray for the two to get married and have a great marriage.”

This quick back and forth conversation came about one weekend in the 1990s because a few months earlier I had prayed for my son to break up with his girlfriend.  My prayer was not because Liza wasn’t a great girl because she was all of that and more. But according to my thinking, she didn’t pray or study her Bible or seem sufficiently interested in the Lord to meet my nearsighted standards. So, I figured she had to go.

Did my prayer work?

It seemed to work for a while as the two quit dating almost immediately after my prayer. This continued for a few months until I spoke with Scott on that weekend.

“Just want you to know that Liza and I are dating again,” said Scott.

“Oh…” I replied.

We said our goodbyes and hung up.

When Scott told me about dating Liza again, fear enveloped me. The fear shredded my hardened heart so that I could ask, “Lord, did I do something wrong?”

Upon hearing the Lord’s voice, I repented and began praying for the two to be married, which happened three years later. Liza and Scott now have two sons and a godly marriage.

Does scripture back up my experience?

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand and I will accomplish all My purpose.” (Isaiah 46:10)

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. (Psalm 139:15-16) 

The above verses reveal God has plans for our children before they are even born. We also know God revealed plans about children and grandchildren to various parents in the Bible:

Hagar about her son Ishmael. (Genesis 16:10-12)

Abraham about his son Isaac. (Genesis 17:19-21)

Rebekah about her twin sons −Esau and Jacob. (Genesis 25:23)

Jacob prophesied over his grandsons. (Genesis 48:15-20)

Jacob prophesied over his sons. (Genesis 49:2-27)

Manoah and his wife about their son Samson. (Judges 13:3-5)

King David about his son Solomon. (1 Chronicles 23:8-10)

All of Judah about Josiah. (1 Kings 13:2)

Zacharias about John the Baptist. (Luke 1:13-17)

Mary and Joseph about Jesus. (Luke 1:30-33; Matthew 1:20-21)

Maybe you’ve raised an eyebrow after reading so far. “Yes, God did this for Israel’s patriarchs, His kings, John the Baptist, and for our Lord Jesus,” you may be muttering to yourself, “but these were people especially chosen by Him to carry out His plans on earth. Why would He do this for me and my children?”

(Excerpt from Praying for the Frozen Chosen: Our Children by Larry Nevenhoven, © 2016, Amazon eBook)

(Continued in Part 3)

 

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“Jonah” is FREE on Amazon Today

 

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My book, Jonah, is FREE on Amazon today through Sunday.

Amazon book description:

The novel, “Jonah,” consists of two novellas written specifically for people who live in a post-911 America and who no longer see hope in a watered down, same-o same-o religion.

The main character in the first novella, “Jeremiah,” has his dreams wrecked by a late night visitation with an angel. Then, he receives a prophetic message for San Francisco. Will the city heed Jeremiah’s warning or is the city doomed?

In the second novella, “Jonah,” two prophets receive identical messages for the West Coast. Though each faces different struggles, it comes down to whether or not the people believe the prophets’ words. If the prophetic words are ignored, what will happen?

Fiction or prophecy? Time will soon reveal the answer to all of us.

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“Giving to the Poor: What’s In It For Me” is FREE on Amazon Today

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My book, Giving to the Poor: What’s In It For Me, is FREE on Amazon today through Sunday.

Amazon book description:

Why should we give to the poor? And if we do, what’s in it for us?

Our heavenly Father is not a big bully who tells us to give to the poor, “Just because I said so.” That’s not in line with His loving character. If He asks us to do something, we will be blessed for our obedience.

The book, “Giving to the Poor: What’s In It For Me,” lays out three scriptural reasons for giving to the poor: Judgment Seat of Christ, treasures, and present truth. All three are motives to change our life styles into being generous donors to the poor.

Who knows? Our living or dying could depend on whether or not we have given generously to the poor. And guess what? New Testament scripture backs this up.

This may be the most important small book of the year.

Buy it. Read it. Live it.

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“Prophecy 101” is FREE Today on Amazon

 

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My book, Prophecy 101, is FREE on Amazon today through Sunday.

Amazon book description:

Do you prophesy? If not, why not?

These may be questions you have never been asked before, or at least, not very often. But did you know that the Apostle Paul asked questions much like these of early Christians? He wanted all to prophesy.

Why?

Prophecy is a gift meant for each of us so we can help other people.
(1 Corinthians 12:7 paraphrased)

The Apostle Paul knew the early Christians needed prophecy because of their perilous times. Famines, persecutions, wars, and even shipwrecks awaited many of them so they needed warnings from God. And one of the best ways to do that was through prophecy.

Okay, but what about today’s Christians?

On May 20, 1985, I was planning on committing suicide, but a businessman spoke prophetic words to me which saved my life. (www.larrywho.com)

As you can probably guess, I am fervent for prophecy and like the Apostle Paul, I believe all should prophesy. You see, just one prophetic word might change your life, a family member’s life, a neighbor’s life, or a stranger’s life. And who knows? Lives might be saved because you prophesy.

Prophecy 101 contains 58 simple lessons that I have learned over the last twenty-seven years on how to prophesy. The book is filled with scriptural and personal examples in a quick reading style.

So, do you want to prophesy? The decision is yours.

Available on Amazon for Kindles and Kindle apps.

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“The Salesman’s Dilemma: How to Prosper and Serve God in Today’s America” is FREE on Amazon Today

My book, The Salesman’s Dilemma: How to Prosper and Serve God in Today’s America, is FREE on Amazon today through Sunday.

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“What do you do for a living?” a Christian asked me at a Full Gospel Businessmen’s meeting.

“I sell cars,” I said.

“Can you really be a faithful believer and a car salesman at the same time?” he replied.

His words shocked me, but I had to admit there was a definite stigma attached to car salesmen. Few people trusted them. In fact, most surveys of the most trusted professions in America show car sales ranking at the bottom of the list…with insurance sales and real estate sales ranking just a few notches higher.

Can a car salesman earn a living and still serve God at the same time?

I sold cars at ten different dealerships in four states. The first four dealerships fired me and the last six watched me walk out the door with my head bowed down, looking like a whipped puppy in a rainstorm.

Yet, the lessons the Lord taught me at these dealerships have prospered me throughout my life. They can do the same for you.

Just so you know: I am not a prosperity preacher nor do I believe in a get-rich-quick theology. The lessons I learned will work in good economic times and bad ones because we serve an awesome God who honors His word.

The Salesman’s Dilemma: How To Prosper And Serve God In Today’s America may be just the book you need to help your sales career and your walk with the Lord.

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“Storming the Kingdom” is FREE Today on Amazon

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My book, Storming the Kingdom, is FREE on Amazon today through Sunday.

Amazon book description:

Ask most Christians about spiritual warfare and they will usually answer something like, “Well, you know, God is in control.”

If you then ask them to give examples of where God is in control, they will roll their eyes and say, “Everywhere. Don’t you know that?”

But is God really in control?

“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19)

The truth is spiritual warfare began in the Garden of Eden and the battle rages on today between the Kingdom of God and kingdom of darkness. We are either willing participants or ignorant victims of this continuing war.

“There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.” (C. S. Lewis)

Storming the Kingdom is written in four parts, beginning with Part I : “The Kingdom of God.” This section explains the history of today’s spiritual warfare and our spiritual rights as sons and daughters of the King.

Parts II, III, and IV gives examples of spiritual warfare. Some are not very pretty, like the time a demon threw the author across the room and a devastating spiritual defeat in a city.

The book is written in an easy reading style with over one hundred and fifty footnotes to back up the author’s words.

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