30 results for author: FuegoBlanco


Giving Everything You Have

Blog by: Dave Burkholder Throughout history, from creation until today, God has one primary mission; relationship with the pinnacle of His creation – YOU. There are numerous qualifiers we can use to test how we might be doing in this eternal relationship. For example: how we spend our time, how we react when we get cut off in traffic, our response when life presents us with a tough situation, our love for the unlovely, etc. Are we quick to run to creator God and cry out to Him when things get tough or do we try the “normal” things first to solve problems on our own and come to God only in desperation? If we come to God in desperation He is ...

Deliverance

When I was in the military I remember having to endure listening to the movie Poltergeist playing in the background while riding on a bus to a training. When a fellow soldier, who knew I was a believer and wanted to pick on me, asked me what I thought of the movie, my response surprised him.  “Thing that always bothers me most about movies like that” I said “was how powerful the demons were portrayed and how powerless the “priests” were when they encountered them.” This led to an interesting conversation about encounters with the demonic. Recently on a trip to South Sudan I had the privilege of talking to the region overseer about ...

Is It You Lord?

I can still remember the first time that God spoke to me. I don't remember much before the age of 9 because of depression. Filled with anger and hatred toward myself and others - I just wanted to end it all. In the midst of a suicidal attempt God spoke to me. His words were kind and loving. He told me not to end my life because He had a purpose and plan for me. At that time, I didn’t want to hear that God loved me but He continued to gently and lovingly beckon me to be His. After arguing for a while, He finally convinced me that my life was worth something and ending it would be selfish. I also had a vision, but at the time didn’t fully ...

On the Ground: One Woman’s Experience

The following is an article from my good friend Michelle. She was the Interview Team Leader for Petros Network during our October trip to Ethiopia. A couple weeks ago my faith got a complete makeover when I sat down to help interview many of our Ethiopian Missionary Pastors in Jeldu-Gojo. Hearing pastor after pastor tell stories of being stoned, beaten, imprisoned, etc. and the miraculous ways God provided during these times, was convicting beyond words. And what made these pastors most emotional wasn’t describing the horrors of their suffering, but how God used their suffering to reach the lost with His love. The pastor in this photo (in ...

Have any Dried Oatmeal?

My wife and I recently moved into a new home. While we enjoyed the space and location of our previous home, and it was hard to leave it, we had many confirmations that this move was God’s direction at this time – not just one of our three year itches. With the move has come lots of joy and excitement because we believe God is positioning us for what He has next in our lives. The excitement of new place is that, well – everything is new to you. But along with new comes the unexpected. For instance, our dishwasher has decided it has seen better days and is retiring. So for the past month we have revisited the art of washing dishes by hand. ...

The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of Power

For the past few years through Leavethe99, I have been traveling to remote locations in Ethiopia and South Sudan with LeadOn and Petros Network. During those trips, we have helped train and support hundreds of pastors who are sent to unreached areas. Every visit, I have the honor of meeting, praying for, and hearing the stories of brave men and women who boldly go to areas that most couldn’t even imagine. One common theme has been intertwined in the stories they share - the Kingdom of God coming in Power. Living in the western culture, sharing our faith often becomes a debate on religion and knowledge. People often hold two things dear to their ...

Deep Roots

A couple of years ago while in Kenya, I decided to take a walk around the place we were staying. There were several beautiful plants and it was a relaxing environment to reflect on our latest trip. While walking, I noticed that there were multiple places in the landscape where among the beautiful plants the ground was cracked and dusty.  It looked like photos I had seen of drought. Nearby I saw the caretaker of the grounds and asked him what was happening. He explained that as the summer months came, there would be a heat drought and the whole yard would soon look just like those patches of dirt. Confused, I asked him, “So the grass dies, and ...

Modern Day Resurrection

"I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.” - Jesus In Ethiopia I was following up with a pastor who was sent to an unreached area to see how the church was progressing. One of the common questions we ask is, “How has God been moving lately?” He then began to share an amazing story of how his faith was tested. After much prayer, he believed he was to preach one night on how God has power over death and the grave. While he was finishing up his message a man ran up to him and told him that his 1 year old son had died. Quickly the pastor left the meeting and headed home. His home was 45 ...

Growing in Seasons of Hardship

Our lives are full of many seasons, according to Ecclesiastes 3. It speaks of a time for life and a time for death, a time for war, and a time for peace. Some seasons are filled with times of blessing, and it can seem that nothing can go wrong. Other times we go through hardship and it can seem that nothing can go right. In hard times, even good things that happen can be overshadowed by the feeling of loss or hopelessness. It can be easy in difficult times to question God’s goodness or, for some, even if there is a God. Seasons of testing are hard. They can seem endless and make us weary. My wife and I have just passed through a season of ...

The Prince of Peace

In scriptures we are told of an encounter that Jesus had with a man who was possessed. The man lived among tombs and would cry out and cut himself with stones.  He was so powerful that chains and shackles could not restrain him. When this man met Jesus, he was freed from the demonic possession and restored to his right mind. After years of living in torment, the man was set free and now could live a life in peace. I have been told by some in the past that miracles like this don't happen today. I have never put much weight into those comments - as I have personally had encounters with the demonic and seen God's power overcome it. However, in most ...