Monday, March 31, 2014

BRSM Germany Trip Ludwigsburg, Germany (Pt. 3) - May 24th, 1998

Ludwigsburg Event Flyer
Last night we arrived at the church in Ludwigsburg for our next meeting.  There was a very heavy feeling of religion hanging in the air.  The service started with Charlie encouraging the people to enter into worship.  It was good but we were in need of a break through.  Ryan spoke a "no compromise" message.  When it came time for the altar call almost all of the 200 people present came down to the front.  Every seat was left empty.  The much needed break through had happened.  God moved on the hearts of people and brought them to repentance.  He is faithful!  After the altar call our team went out among the people and prayed for them.  It was very good!

This morning Ryan, Summer and I went and ministered at a different church while the rest of the team remained at the church we ministered in last night.  Ryan shared his testimony with the congregation.  After that we went to the youth room to speak with the youth.  I could tell that most of them were very hard and cold.  I shared the same message I had shared with the youth in Spyer a couple days ago.  Due to the room being so crowded there was no room for an altar call, instead I had everyone who felt like they were away from the Lord to raise their hands.  Almost every single hand shot up.  We then prayed for them and the Lord moved mightily!

At 3:30pm our team met to pray for this evenings meeting.  The church was at capacity tonight (about 300 people).  Many of the people from the church we went to this morning came to tonights meeting.  The worship was great.  Caroline gave her testimony and Summer spoke too.  I got up and gave the altar call and again the seats were emptied. The Lord really moved in power.  You could feel the religion being peeled off of the people.  Prayer time was awesome!

God is moving!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

BRSM Germany Trip Spyer, Germany (Pt. 2) - May 22nd, 1998

God is moving!  Today was a great day!

We are currently in Spyer, Germany.  This morning we visited the largest Romanesque Catholic church building in the world.  It is so old that the second crusade was announced from the steps of this amazing building.  It is absolutely immense.  Inside and down a flight of stairs there is a crypt where kings of old are buried in hand carved stone coffins.  It was an amazing thing to see.  The man that was showing around the city told us that there were many tunnels and pathways under the city.  Many of them, hidden.

We walked through the town square and were amazed at this ancient (in western terms) city.  We ate in a local greek restaurant and the food was great.

The meeting tonight was one of those meeting that words can't explain.  God just came down.

Kathi speaking after we prayed for the youth.
Worship had started, and the Lord dropped a word in my heart. I sat down and began to write. It came so fast I could hardly keep up. Besides that I was weeping and had a hard time seeing my paper.  I felt the presence of the Lord so strong! I knew that this was His simple message for this hour. There were about 25-30 young people in the meeting. I told my dad that I had something to say to the youth. I got up and told every one from the age of 13-25 to come forward. I asked, Charlie to play "Lord I give you my Heart" quietly. It was so hard to read what the Lord gave me because I was in tears due to the burden God had laid upon me. The youth that had come forward began to weep as I was reading what I had wrote down. We then went out and laid hands on all of them.  There was not one left standing.  God moved in such tangible power.  Most the people there had never seen anything like this before.  My mom got up and shared after we were done praying for the youth.  Later in the evening we gave an altar call and many responded. There were first-time converts. God’s presence was so thick. We prayed for every one in the building and God touched everyone mightily!  This service ended about 1:00am and even then people did not want to leave the sweet presence of the Lord. Some of the youth were impacted so much by the message that they came to me after the service and asked if they could copy, word for word, what I had written. God was truly speaking to hearts!

This is what I shared:

God wants the young people to be on fire and in love with Him. It has to start with the younger generation. God wants to move in such power through you. He wants to be number one in your life. He should be first on your mind and heart. If you get serious with God he will get serious with you! Do not tell God you want Him to change you if you are not willing to let him change your lifestyle. Jesus knows your heart. Give it to Him. Let him take you into his holy place. If you will make Him your first love, God will come down very powerfully in your life. If you are living the life God desires us all to live the day may come as you walk down the streets, in the market place or even at school that people will feel the presence of God and will be immediately convicted of sin. You may see people fall on their knees and say, “What must I do to be saved?” It will happen! It has happened before and God can and will do it again but only if we surrender all to Jesus! You need to read your Bible, pray, seek the Lord and His heart. Ask Him what he wants you to do with your life. If you ask according to His will He will answer you. “Ask and you shall receive.” Believe me, if you are a willing vessel, set apart to God, living a holy life and not compromising with the things of the world, He will do it! God wants to use this younger generation and He will set your spirit on fire. You will be the ones to say, “In the name of Jesus Christ, get up and walk!” You are the ones God will use to shake the world. Live for Jesus, and get the sin out! Anything Jesus would not do is sin. He will use you like you have never dreamed but you must give him everything; your dreams, ambitions and talents. In return, Jesus will give you Himself and everything you need to live a victorious life! He will give you peace and joy. Give your heart and soul to Jesus!

The Lord, He is God!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

BRSM Germany Trip (Pt. 1) - May 21st, 1998

I have been very excited to start digging into my journals detailing our trips abroad.  We saw the Lord do so much on these trips and we have been forever changed with the things we saw the Lord do.  I hope that God will spark something in all of us for the things he can do.

Ryan, Summer, Caroline, Sandy, Kathi, Shane, Charlie & Terri
My mom Kathi Good, is the registrar at the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry.  My sister also works there as her assistant.  I am currently enrolled in the school.  The school received a call from Germany asking for a school team to come over for a week long conference.  The school leadership asked my dad Sandy Good if he would be interested in leading the school mission trip.  He agreed.  He then assembled the team consisting of 5 students, my mom, and my sister.  My dad booked us in Germany for 2 weeks.  We will be ministering in churches the first week and at a conference the next.

Sandy & Kathi - On our way to Germany
We arrived in Germany on the 20th and were booked into a beautiful country lodge located in the country.  One of the first things I had to drink after arriving was a large glass of "Apfelschorle".  It is a very popular soft drink consisting of apple juice and sparkling water.  It is served chilled and is a very refreshing drink.  Our first meeting was at 3pm.  A few youth showed up to the meeting.  Summer spoke on rebellion and my dad gave an altar call.  Just about the entire church responded and came to the front to repent.  People were weeping and asking the Lord to forgive them.  As we prayed with people they began weeping and were touched powerfully by the Lord.  Later that evening we went to another church where our next meeting was to be held.  Charlie Perkins lead everyone in worship.  The last song Charlie sang was "I could sing of your love forever" and the Lord really moved powerfully.  My dad shared a little and then Summer spoke again on rebellion.  There were two sisters (19 & 21) there in the meeting that were away from God.  Their mom had wept and prayed for them to be saved.  They had been really hurt in a church split.  When my dad gave the alter call, they along with the majority of the congregation responded.  People came forward truly convicted and repentant of sin.  God moved in such tangible power.

Teri, two sisters (who responded to the Lord), Caroline & Summer

This morning we ate a genuine German breakfast consiting of fresh baked large bread rolls with butter, sliced cheese, yogurt and a cup of German coffee.  I am not sure what they do different here but the coffee is amazing.  Add a little cream and sugar and it is like drinking dessert.

At 3pm we were back at the same church we ministered in yesterday evening.  When the altar call was given the entire church responded.  Prayer time was very powerful and we even saw the demon possessed delivered.  The people here are really hungry for the Lord.

After the meeting was over we drove about 2 hours to the next city that we would be ministering in.  There were about 150 people that came to the meeting tonight.  Worship was awesome!  Teri gave a short but convicting message then Ryan got up and spoke.  The power of the Lord came in such a strong way that by the end of the message everyone felt convicted of their sins.  It was so good.  As we prayed for people tonight you could feel such an anointing.  God's presents was there in such power.  Many people were touched.

Lord, what do you have in store for this trip?  I am amazed by what you are doing!  

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Do you really believe? - April 6th, 1998

"Do you believe, that what you believe, is really real?" - Dell Tackett

Do you believe in prayer?  Do believe that when you pray that you are coming before the creator of the universe and that he hears you?  Do you believe that when you are praying His will that it will happen?

If so, how much do you pray?

Children who responded to an altar call in Germany
Do you believe the Bible?  Do you believe that when you read the Bible that you are tapping in to who God was, is and will be?  Do you believe that; "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." - 2 Timothy 3:16

If so, how much do you study the Bible?

Do you believe in Jesus?  If so do you listen and obey His words?  Is your heart to please Him?  Is He truly Lord of your life?  Or do you still cling to the things of the world?

We can all say; "Yes, I believe!" but we need to ask ourselves.  Do we really?

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."

What is faith?  Can we have faith in faith?  Is faith something that we can conjured up?  Does faith come by just believing in beleiving? No!

"Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ." - Romans 10:17 

If I am praying for a sick brother and the Lord tells me that he WILL be healed then I will act on faith in the word I have heard.  But if I pray for the sick without a direct word from the Lord and they are not healed does it mean I have no faith?  No.  We must first hear the message in order to believe it.  We can't have faith in anything unless we have first heard a word spoken.  We heard the word about Jesus and then we had faith in that word and believed.

We need to reexamine our beliefs on faith.

God give us a burning desire to seek you, your ways and your word.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

We have so far to go - March 18th, 1998

We have not even scratched the surface.  There are so many people that have not heard of the real, living Jesus.  Not the religious Jesus that so many hear about but the same Jesus that has changed our lives.  The same Jesus that has saved us out of a life of slavery to sin.  All around the world there are people dying without ever meeting the Lord.  Although we can't talk to everyone everywhere we can tell people around us what the Lord has done in our lives.  We can learn to speak the truth.  So many people think that being a christian is summed up in a visit to a church building once a week.  It is so much more then that.  It's about real relationship with the Lord and our fellow believers.  It's about mutual edification.  It's about accountability.  It's about loving one another.  It's about going out and doing the work of the Lord.
Speaking to 800 young people in Germany 
"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18-20

 What will the Lord say to us on that day?  When a Chinese girl who by the age of 21 has lead countless thousands to the Lord, has been tortured and imprisoned stands before the Lord, I am confident she will hear; "Well done my good and faithful servant."  On the other hand, we westernized christians have a hard time opening our mouths at all.  We are afraid of what people will think of us or what people may say.

"Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.   "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. - Matthew 10:32
Not long after the revival had started I was working at a grocery store as a teller.  A husband and wife were in line and I overheard them talking to one another about their church.  I wanted to see what it would take to get the average person to tell someone about the Lord so I began questioning them about God and church.  It shocked me at how generalized their answers were and that they never once presented the gospel to me.  As far as they knew I was a lost soul just begging for the truth and if I was I would not have heard any.  I remember thinking what a the sorry state the "church" is in.  I have vowed that I would not be like those "christians".  It is always important to be open for opportunities to share the Lord with others.  Many church goers today would not know what to say if someone came up, grabbed them and asked in desperation; "What must I do to be saved?"

We can make a difference in our surroundings and the world by speaking the truth.

Lord speak through us.  Give us your heart for the lost.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Our Jesus - March 17th, 1998

"Amazing love! how can it be That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?"  Lindell sang this hymn tonight at revival!

Our Jesus is an awesome, wonderful Lord.  He is God!  His sweet mercy, grace and forgiveness is unfathomable.

When we choose to follow the Lord, we sign a contract to give our lives away.  Let that sink in for a moment.  We must die to our dreams, ambitions, selfishness and other ties to the wordly ways.

"But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.  You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness." - Romans 6:17-18

We have become slaves to righteosness or slaves to doing what is right.  Do you know what this means?  How is this possible?  It is only through the Lord and by what He has done that He gives us the ability to do this.

Steve Hill has a great quote on this subject;

"A man's desperation for the things of God should melt away all preoccupations with self, notoriety, public image and social status. Your hunger and thirst, if it is genuine, will drive you to eat and to drink regardless of the opinions of others. You will be willing to be a fool in the sight of others, in order to be embraced in the arms of the Lord."

Jesus loved us so much that he came to this earth and spoke truth to us.  He was then beaten, spat on, whipped, had a crown of thorns pressed onto His head all for us.  He was then nailed to a cross all for us.  At any moment He could have ended it all.  Did he do that?  NO!  He loved us that much.  Why did He do this?  Why did He have to die?

Jesus came and died to turn death backwards.  He did what Adam could not do.  Now we can have real life, eternal life!

He said; "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." - Acts 1:8

Thank you Lord!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Resist Pride - March 12th, 1998

How long will it take for the "church" to humble themselves?  When will "Christians" understand that pride and and following Jesus don't go together?

My dad (Left) and I meeting with 2 church leaders in Germany
Many "ministers" have the belief that because God has anointed them that it means he puts a stamp of approval on their ministry and their lives.  This is simply not the case.  There are many examples we can look at to show that this mentality is false.  I will not list them here.   Let's not forget that God spoke His word through a donkey. (Numbers 22:28)

The Lord moves among His people when and where He chooses.  When people are humbly seeking the Lord, with hearts of repentance, it probably does not matter where they are.  All believers should examine their lives daily regardless of God using them powerfully or not.

 “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” - James 4:6

Although I believe we should all be ministers, I will direct this toward "ministers".  It should not matter what position you hold, weather you are an Apostle, Prophet,  Evangelist, Pastor or Teacher in the biblical or traditional sence.  None of these giftings or positions give licence for pride.  God will resist you just the same.  You are not exempt from His displeasure because you have a title.  You want to know why revival does not come to your church?  Could it be your pride and presumption?  It would be better for a leader to walk away from a move of God then to let pride get in the way of it.  Pride is the total reliance on self.  May we all ask the Lord to eradicate pride from our lives.

Lord do that in me, do it in others so we won't stand in your way.  We must stay humble no matter what.  We must keep Jesus as the focal point.

"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14

That sounds like a recipe for REVIVAL!  Let's all do this together and see with our own eyes the Lord keep His word.

- Shane

Friday, March 21, 2014

Repentance - March 21st, 2014

Wow...I started to post a journal entry and hit the fast forward button to the present.  I hope this speaks to some of you.

Shane and Julie Good
I have been happily married now for 12 years and currently have 6 children with one more on the way.  I have learned some very important lessons about marriage.  Simply talking with each another is probably one of the most important things a married couple can do.  If your spouse has offended you or visa versa it is important to talk about it.  It is also important to be willing to be wrong and ask for forgiveness.  If this one important thing is missing from a relationship it can lead to divorce.  If you are not willing, husbands to be wrong and reconcile to your wives and wives to your husbands you are walking down a dangerous, destructive path.

Me and Arwen
One day my 9 year old daughter Arwen was standing by my wife Julie and I while we were discussing something.  Julie had said something opposite from what I had said and
Arwen chimed in with; "Mommy, that's kind of like divorcing yourself from daddy."  Julie and I both looked at each other and laughed.  We will never forget that moment.  In a way Arwen was right.  People get divorced long before the papers are signed.  It starts with the simple, little things that build and build because there is no reconciliation, no "repentance".

Since being married I see so many similarities between our relationship with God and our relationship with our spouse.

If a man gets married and turns around and is continually unfaithful to his wife, he is divorcing himself from that pure union.

In the same way, we can divorce ourselves from the Lord.  If we continue down a path that is destructive and non repentant towards the Lord we are saying by our actions that we don't love Him anymore.  If we are not willing, as part of the bride of Christ to be wrong and reconcile to the Lord we are walking down a dangerous, destructive path.  God is a person.  God turns His back on habitual sin.

Today, I am hearing more and more about how loving Jesus is.  It is true, the Lord has boundless love, but lets not forget that it was Jesus that said; "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned." - John 15:5-6  Who wants a marriage that is just subpar?  Not me.  I love that I am still in love with my wife.  Who wants a relationship with the Lord that is just subpar?  Not me.  I love that I am in love with the Lord.

Let's make sure we treat God like a person and not like the easter bunny or Santa Clause.  Let's make sure we live a life of repentance.  Surround yourself with good Christian friends that are willing to speak the truth in love.  Believers that have the guts to keep you accountable.  Don't surround yourself with people that will just say what you want to hear and make you feel all fuzzy in side.  That fuzz might be mold.  Many times it takes others speaking into our lives for us to see it.  The 1st century church was built on real relationships and mutual edification.  We need more of that today.

God bless,


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Never Leave Him! - February 28th, 1998

Shane (me), Summer (Sister) and Kathi (Mom)
Speaking to students about the Lord in a German classroom
Never let your feelings depict your spiritual walk.  No matter what you are going through, your spiritual walk should be a steady climb with the finish line as the ultimate goal.  Hard times and trials in our life boost our reliance and relationship with the Lord.  We as followers of Jesus must never forget the hope, love and peace that we have found in our Lord.  In the hardest times, never forget that He is by your side and will take your hand and walk with you if you let Him.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." - Hebrews 12:1-2

Run the race set before you.  God's main concern is that we stay in His moral will.  He leaves many decisions up to us except the things that would corrupt us.  It is Sin that He hates, because it is against His nature.  Jesus does not want us looking years ahead.  He wants us to take care the issues of today.

Seek the Lord daily and never stop going after him.  Go after Him!  If you don't, when you finally decide to get around to it you may find Him gone.

Never Leave Him!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Holiness or Hell? - February 29th 1998

Altar call in Germany
It's amazing!  Since revival, it seems I learn something new about the Lord daily.  Even if I knew or heard it before, things get brought to a new light.

Here is what I was thinking on today.  I realize that Jesus has grace on those who are his children but does he tolerate sin in a christian's life?  Absolutely not!

"If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.  Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?  For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”  It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." - Hebrews10:26-36

There is a verse in the Bible that says;
"But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." - Luke 12:48

I think God expects more from those of us who have lived in revival than those who have not.  Here's what I mean:

Johnny was raised in a dry, religiouse church and it is all he ever knew.  Johnny also had a struggle with sin.

David was apart of an amazing move of God that changed his life.  After the move ended Dave went back to some of his old ways while still claiming to be a Christian.

Who will God be harsher on?

The fact is, we are to live for the Lord no matter what.  We have become to distracted by the world.  We should be living as though our Lord could come for us at any moment.  We should be doing His work no matter the cost.  If the Lord returned right now, would we be happy with our condition?  Would the Lord be happy with our condition?

Jesus will be a wise judge and will judge precisely.  If we remain in His moral, we will have nothing to fear.  If we stray, we need to fear hell fire.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Jesus my Forgiver - February 23rd, 1998

Preparing a Sermon in Germany
I have some bad news.  I can't seem to find my journal that covers December 1997 to April 1998.  When I locate it I will post some of those journal entries, but for now I need to move on.  I did find a separate journal that I wrote in while in my private prayer and Bible study times.  I will share some of those entries.

February 23rd, 1998 - Whenever there is something I say, think, or do wrong, I can always go to Jesus and He will forgive me.  He is just, merciful and forgiving in all areas.  Knowing this should not relax my christian walk but acts as something to teach me to avoid future sin.  

"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope--the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good." - Titus 2:11-14

Jesus is my friend and always will be.  As long as I have Jesus, it does not matter what happens in my life, where I am, who I am with, what I say or do.   But if I ever grieve Him to the point of losing Him then I have lost everything, my very being. What could take me to that point?   Sin!  Avoid it at all costs.  By the grace of God I will never reach that point.  I hope that as time goes by I will grow further and further away from the world and closer to His wonderful refining Glory.

Read Proverbs 21:1 - 22:29

- Shane Good

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ministry Opportunity from Steve Hill - November 10th, 1997

At about 2pm today Steve Hill contacted me and told me he had received a call from a very concerned mother.  She had a 15 year old daughter that had been involved in the occult, had an ungodly relationship with her boyfriend and had contemplated suicide.  Steve asked if I could go speak with her about the Lord.

Shane & Ryan
I immediately called my very good friend Ryan and asked him if he would like to go with me.  He agreed and we drove out to their house that evening.

When we arrived, we were greeted by the girl's mother who then introduced us to her daughter Cathy.  Cathy's boyfriend Brandon and her sister Jill were also there.  We all sat together and they listened intently as Ryan and I shared how the Lord had genuinely changed our lives and that they could actually know the Lord.  "He isn't this far off person who isn't involved in your life and He really cares and loves you," we said.  Ryan and I both reiterated that in order for the Lord to come close they had to be willing to turn their back on sin and live for the Lord with all their heart.

That evening Cathy asked Jesus to become Lord of her life.  Ryan and I will be staying in contact with the family.  She is supposed to be coming to the revival soon.

Jesus Rules!

Journal Entry Regarding Cathy November 30th:

I called Cathy today to see how she was doing.  Ryan and I were both able to talk to here.  She seems hungry for the Lord but is having a hard time letting go of some things.  Mainly her relationship with her boyfriend.  As we spoke to her on the phone you could tell that the Lord
convicting her of sin.

We will try to get her to revival this week.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lindell & Amber Cooley - October 14th, 1997

Amber Cooley, Shane Good & Lindell Cooley
This pic was taken at a Harvest party at my parent's house.

The first time I met Lindell was at the end of a revival service not long after we had first started attending.
Worship had been just amazing that night and the Lord's presence was there in such a sweet way.  Lindell was sitting up on the stage during prayer time so I went up to introduce myself.   The moment I stepped onto the platform and in front of him I could not even speak.  I just stood there and wept because the presence of the Lord was so tangible.  I felt a bit awkward but I could not help it.  I talked to him briefly about a desire to lead worship and he prayed with me.  Since that time, on many occasions when Lindell would pray for me, he would grab hand hands and pray for the Lord to anoint them.    

Journal Entry October 14th, 1997

On my way home from work today my sister, Summer called me and informed me that her and I had been invited over to Lindell and Amber's home for the evening.

We arrived at around 7pm.  We all went out to eat together and then returned to their home.  Lindell showed me his music equipment and let me play around on his Yamaha keyboard which sounds great.  We drank cappuccino, hung out and talked and listened to a bunch of different music.

Amber gave me a copy of Lindell's first Album titled: "Seriously".  (I still have it sitting around somewhere Lindell.)

Summer and I left around 1:30am.  It was a great evening.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

University of Florida BRSM Trip - September 28th 1997

My dad (Sandy Good) was asked by BRSM to lead a school trip to the University of Florida.  This trip was sponsored by the local Chi Alpha group in Gainesville, Florida.  My dad assembled a team consisting of Jonas Denny, (see pic below) myself and 2 other students.  We also were to meet up with a worship team lead by Alvin Miranda.

Our time here over this past week has been a gift from God.

Shane Good, Jonas Denny & Sandy Good
On the 25th, the night before our departure, we were at Brownsville and Steve Hill called our team up to the front to have the congregation pray for our upcoming trip.  I ended up on the floor after Steve and everyone prayed for us.  The presence of the Lord was very strong.  I got to bed that night at 2:30am and was up again that morning at 6:30am to get ready to leave for our trip.  These are revival hours.

We drove about 5 hours to the University of Florida and after arriving checked into our hotel rooms.  After freshening up we made our way to the University Memorial Auditorium were the event was being held.

Before our meeting, we were outside talking with people and inviting them to the service.  One man we spoke with was cursing the Bible and suddenly there was a loud bang,  like a lighting bolt had just struck right next to us.  It scared us all, especially the man who had just been cursing God.  He did not have much more to say after that.  We never did find out were the sound came from.

Our team prayed for about an hour and a half asking the Lord to send his Spirit and to save the lost and backslidden and refresh those who are dry.

At 7pm the band cranked up.  At 8pm a member of our team got up and shared her testimony.   I then shared my testimony followed by a short message from John 3:17-20:

"17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed."

I gave an altar call while Alvin played "Lord have Mercy" and about 40  out of the 200 attending responded to the Lord.  God is so goodl!  We then prayed with those that wanted prayer and the Lord really moved in power.

Yesterday, we started our day with reading the word and prayer in preperation for the service that evening.  That evening Jonas and a second team members shared, followed by a message that I gave.  It was good but it did not feel as free as the previous evening.  I spoke on how sin separates us from God.

I read: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
"3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.  The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit."
About 25 out of 150 responded to the altar call.  God is always faithful.

This morning was a little different.  We ministered at a local AOG church.  It felt as though many of the people there were not hungry for the Lord.

God touched the few who were hungry for Him.  Overall it was a great trip.  

Many heard His Word and made a choice to follow the Lord!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Brownsville News - September 17th 1997

This is the location John Kilpatrick fell. 
For the past couple months my dad and I have been working with a crew of carpenters building John Kilpatrick's barn.  This structure will have a large bay for parking his tour, ministry bus in and will also have an office area.  

A second crew of carpenters are working on building Kilpatrick's house.  Today while I was in class we received word that John Kilpatrick had fallen from a second story floor down to the first floor.  He was helping some of the carpenters on site and stepped backwards over a ledge and fell about 15' down.  My dad was just getting off his lunch brake and was returning to the job when an ambulance exited the premises with John inside.

There was a danger of him losing his spleen and liver but it looks like everything will be ok.

Everyone is praying!

Monday, March 10, 2014

My Tribute to Steve Hill

Where do I begin?  I had been raised in "church" my whole life and was attending a church about 45 minutes away from Brownsville when the revival broke out.  A friend of mine who had gotten involved in doing heavy drugs had attended the revival and was not only completely set free from his addiction but was also wonderfully saved.  He called me and told me what had happened and that I really needed to go.  Having a more religious mind set I figured it was just another regular church service.  The reports however, did not stop coming in.  We kept hearing more and more reports of things happening at this church in Pensacola, FL, so my family and I decided to visit.

Steve Hill

The first time I heard Steve speak it was early in 1996.  I was 17.  I remember thinking that he sounded very arrogant and sure of himself.  It didn't help matters that there were 2 teen girls sitting directly in front of us shaking throughout the entire service.  At one point a visiting methodist minister who was sitting in the choir loft stood up with a shout, spun in a circle and fell to the ground shaking, taking some microphone stands with him.  We had seen enough.  The next chance we had we left. I am so glad that the story does not end here.

Something happened that night.  God planted a seed in our hearts.  My dad and Shaun (now my brother-in-law) began going back to the revival and would sit in the balcony and just listen and watch.  They never got prayed for, they just watched.  As they were driving home they would talk about how their hearts were burning with a new fire for the Lord.  It didn't take long and we all decided to go back.

I remember standing in the front parking lot before going in to the service.  I knew that I was sick of religion.  I knew that I was sick of only reading and hearing about what God could do.  I knew God was real but didn't feel like I knew him.  I was at a place of hunger and I simply said to the Lord; "If you are here, I want to know you."  We went in and the music started and God melted my heart and changed my life that night.  I was saved, set free and delivered of one of the most powerful vices of all...Religion.  I now knew that God could move in ways I didn't understand and I was glad for it.

From there everything seems like a blur.  The first 5 months I did not miss one service.  Steve's messages encouraged such purification that at times when I knew there was no sin left in my life I still felt like repenting.  When the altar call was given you could feel the convicting presence of the Lord so powerfully that even the most stone cold hearts would respond to the Lord.  

I remember the first time that Steve prayed for my sister (Summer).  As Steve approached her she stepped back out of reluctance because of what she saw happening around her.  Steve very tenderly approached her and spoke with her a few minutes and then asked; "Can I pray for you?"  She agreed and Steve prayed.  Summer fell to the floor and even though she had her hands over her face you could see her tears streaming down.  God did a work and she has never been the same.

Steve Hill, me (Shane Good) & Dr. Michael Brown
I remember not long after coming to the revival that Steve called me out and had me stand up and said something like; "You will be walking down the halls in schools and young people with be hit by the power of God."  Steve probably did not know that at that time I was home schooled.  But what I didn't know is that later in ministry I would be in public schools all over the world seeing young people come to know the Lord in powerful ways.

I remember getting Steve to pray for me up to 8 times a night and God always blasted me when Steve prayed.  The fruit was a life igninted for the Lord.  

I was fortunate enough to live close to Steve.  I served by cutting his lawn, cleaning out his barn and from time to time helping him around his house.  I always love the times with Steve.  He was always intense....always.

After attending the revival for a while I saw the need to reach out.  God had freely given to us so I knew we should also give.  Besides day to day evangelism, I got together a group of young people and started a evangelistic outreach.  Every friday night we would meet right outside of the pastors lounge and wait.  Steve would come out and lay hands on us to and ask God to anoint us for our evangelist efforts that night.  We would usually all be laid out on the floor in the hallway but fully charged.  We would then drive down to Gulf Shores, Alabama and talk with people about the Lord.  We always saw such amazing results.  God always moved so powerfully.  Many of the people we talked to at the beach ended up being baptized at the revival.  Later in the evening we would drive back to the revival and I would wade through the crowds of people to find Steve praying for people.  I would always give him a report of how many people accepted the Lord that night.  He would then announce to everyone the results of our evangelistic efforts over the house speakers.  He would say something like; "Friends, 5 people just got saved at the beach tonight, Praise Jesus!" He would then turn to me and pray; "Fire! Fire!" This always resulted in me flopping to the floor.  God was so close.

Steve would periodically get calls from concerned parents of youth.  I was honored to be called on by Steve to go and talk with these young people, many who were involved with drugs and contemplating suicide.  Steve's heart was to see each and every person saved.  Steve never seemed to see a crowd.  He saw each person as an individual.  Each person needed the opportunity to meet the Lord.

I loved bringing people to the revival that did not believe in God or thought it was all hype.  One particular young man that I worked with believed this way.  I asked him to come with me and he agreed.  During prayer time Steve walked up and prayed for this young man and he fell under the power of God.  When he got up, he was changed and totally embraced what God was doing.  It was such a transformation in a split second that I was shocked.  Only God can change people that fast. 

Steve's passion for holiness was something that made an impact on my life.  I remember one day going through my movie collection and asking God; "Is there anything in this that you would not approve of?"  By the time I was done I didn't have any movies left.  The same thing happen with my music.  God was using Steve to call God's people back to himself.  To be able to let go of the things of this world.  Jesus used Steve to remind His church that he is coming back for a bride without spot or wrinkle.

A gold fish hook that Steve Hill gave me.

Before going on many of our mission trips I would go and meet Steve at his office and we would talk together about what the Lord was doing.  He always had great instruction for me.  I always marvelled at Steve's extensive library and a certain ring he wore.  It was gold with a wheat sheave that served as a reminder of the harvest being plentiful.  It was in one of our meetings that Steve gave to me a gold fishing hook as a reminder that we are to be fishers of men.

Steve was and always has been an inspiration to me.  Someone I knew that would give it to me strait and with truth.

The Lord changed my life and thousands of others through Steve's ministry.  Steve gave us an example of what it means to run the race.  

May his example motivate all of us to get up and go.  

Shane Good

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Washington State Trip - September 15th 1997

My Grandmother & Grandfather 1953
with their first child, my Aunt Linda.
My Grandmother, who I love very much, lives in Washington State and has suffered from MS for the past many years.  After revival broke out I have had many great conversations with her about the Lord.  Not long ago I felt an urgency to call her and make sure that she KNEW in her heart that she was right with the Lord. We both wept on the phone together as we talked about the Lord.  God felt very present in our conversation.

Boarding Pass

On the 7th, at about 10:30pm my Uncle John called and told my mom (Kathi Good) that my Grandmother, her mom, was not doing well.  At 4am that morning my grandfather called and said that they did not expect her to live another hour.  On the 8th Sandy, Kathi, my sister Summer, my soon to be brother-in-law, Shawn and I got onto a jet and flew to Seattle, Washington.  While we were in route we received word that my Grandmother had passed away at around 2:05pm our time, 4:05 Pacific Time.

I could feel the pain and hurt creeping in from the death of my grandmother.  We always has a very special connection.  But I knew that she was in heaven and no longer bound by a wheelchair.  She was no longer a prisoner in a non functional body.  She was in the presence of the almighty.

Under the circumstances our time here has been fun.  It's been great hanging out with family and sight seeing.  It has been some time since I have seen my Uncle John who I always enjoyed hanging out with.

Green Lake
On the 10th a few of us rode bikes 6 miles around Green Lake.  They have a very nice paved path that borders the parameter of the lake.  That evening we went to Marysville First Assembly of God where a youth conference was being held.  The youth pastor, Benny Perez asked if we would pray for the youth at the end of the service and of course we said; "Yes!"  When we began to pray a wave of the Holy Spirit moved in and did what waves do, knock you down.  It was so amazing to see the youth responding to the power of the Lord.  Many seemed ignited for the God.

Edmonds Bakery

The next day we got up and went to for a healthy breakfast of donuts at Edmonds Bakery.  We then went to my Grandmother's memorial service that was held outdoors at Deception Pass, a beautiful area surrounded by large trees, hills and water.  The reality that it would probably be a long time before I saw my grandmother again really hit me.

Shane Good
Shane, Uncle John, Sandy Good
My Uncle Gale got up and opened the service and then gave the opportunity for others to speak.  My dad spoke for a few minutes and then I got up to speak.  As soon as I went to open my mouth I could not speak and I began to weep.  After some composure I was able to share with those there about how much I loved my grandmother and that I knew she was with the Lord.  I even challenged those attending to examine their own lives to see if they were right with God.

After the memorial service we did some sight seeing around the area.  It was breathtaking.

Deception Pass

The next day our whole family went and had lunch at the Space Needle which actually rotates as you eat so you get a full view of the city.  Later, we walked around the city a bit and as did some witnessing here and there.

Space Needle
On the 13th Shawn, my dad and I went to help invite people to a youth rally that was going to be held at a hall located in downtown Seattle.   We handed out hundreds of flyers to people from every walk of life including prostitutes and homosexuals.

My sister and mom flew back to Pensacola at 11:40 that evening.  We (my dad, Shawn and I) decided to stay a day longer because we were invited to minister at Bethel Temple Sunday morning and evening.  My parents had been the youth pastors at that church years ago.

Yesterday was AWESOME!  This church is a very dry and traditional church but the Lord really came today and spoke to the hearts of people.  My dad got up and spoke for a while and then introduced me.  I shared my testimony and how the Lord had changed me a set me free from the bondage of sin and death and how there is real life in knowing Jesus.  There were 65 people there that morning and 8 people responded to the altar call.  God touched many of the people during prayer time.  The service lasted about 3 hours which was unheard of in that church.  No one wanted to leave.  The Lord was there in such an intimate way.

The only odd thing that morning happen during the prayer time.  It involved a man who had responded to the altar call.  We were praying for people and when I came to him and went to pray for him he tried to punch me.  But in mid punch the power of God hit him and threw him to the ground.  That was an interesting experience.

The evening service was great too!  My dad spoke a little on creation vs. evolution and the dangers of the evolutionary teaching.  I got up and spoke on how important it is to be 100% for the Lord.  At the end I gave an altar call and 10 out of 50 responded.

After the service I met some young people from Seattle Bible College. They were really excited about what the Lord was doing at the revival except one.  His name was Justin and a fan of Hank Hanegraaff's radio show.  Although Justin had never been to the revival, he still criticizes it.  We had a friendly exchange of words while all the students were gathered around us listening.  I encouraged him to come and visit the revival before criticizing it.  It was fun and we left on friendly terms.

God really did some cool things!

We left Seattle this morning around 9am and I am currently on a flight back home writing these things down.  I thank the Lord that although we came for a funeral that the Lord used us to bring life.  Jesus was glorified.  I am honored that God chose to use us and I hope that he will continue to draw me closer to Himself.

Back to Revival!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

BRSM, Prayer & Evangelism - September 4th, 1997

September 4th, 1997

I felt like I was on a spiritual high today and it was great.  I just felt a total peace from the Lord.  

Jesus is Awesome!

After class at BRSM I went to the revival prayer meeting.  They held it today instead of Tuesday due to a 3 day revival service break.  (remember those?)  When I was on my the way home I stopped to put $2 (Yes, that is what my journal says.  I was probably poor and/or gas was much cheaper then) of fuel in my tank at the gas station located on Mobile Hwy. and New Warrington.  

A fellow student was there and ask me to come and speak with a man named Donny that was hungry to know more about the Lord.  After paying the large sum of $2 I pulled my vehicle over to the side of the gas station.  "I need Jesus," said Donny.  

We took the next few minutes and told Donny what the Lord had done in our lives, how he saved us from the bondage of sin and that he too could be free and that knowing Jesus was what his heart was truley seeking.  Donny made a decision to follow the Lord and so we prayed with Him. "I want to be free from alcohol," he said.  So we laid hands on him and asked the Lord for his freedom.  As we were praying the glory of the Lord increased.  At this point Donny reached up and grabbed the hat off his head and threw it to the ground in response to the presence of the Lord.

When you have the spirit of the Lord, evangelism seems easier.  The Lord does the work.

Jesus, you are awesome! 


Friday, March 7, 2014

BRSM - Suzette Hattingh - August 29th 1997

I know that this is the Spring ID
but it's all I could find.
Three days ago was the start of the second semester.  We went from 120 students to around 500 students.  Wow!  The campus is bustling.

Suzette Hattingh
The classes today were really awesome.  The Spirit of the Lord was really moving.

Today, Rainhard Boonke's intercessor Suzette Hattingh shared in Lindell's class and the power of the Lord fell in such an amazing way.

Later, when I was in the admin office Suzzette came in and we spoke for a couple minutes.  She then prayed for me and for our friday night evangelistic outreach and that the Lord would draw people in and that souls would be saved.  The presents of the Lord was strong.

When we went witnessing at the beach tonight at least 3 people gave their hearts to Jesus.  One girl named Kristen is very
hungry for God.  She wants to go to the Revival.

Thank you Lord!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Brownsville Revival: August 24th, 1997

August 24th, 1997

Wow...worship this morning was intense as usual.  The power and presence of the Lord was there in such a sweet and tangible way.  Our second semester of school (BRSM) starts in 2 days.  During the service they called all the BRSM students (I being one of them) up on the stage and prayed for us.  The Holy Spirit was really moving among us.  How awesome is our God?  How fortunate we are to be apart of something so real.  God is moving!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Brownsville Revival August 18th 1997: Spin Magazine

August 18th, 1997 journal entry:

Today I went by Blockbuster Video to pick up a copy of Spin Magazine.  Not because it is a magazine I would ever normally read but because Spin wrote an article on the revival.

They mentioned our family in the article.  Over-all they do a lot of mis-quoting and exaggerating about the Revival and the message.  Anyone reading it would go away with a bad taste in their mouth.

In the photo below the writer mentions and misquotes my dad (Sandy Good) who spoke with him after a revival service about what the Lord was doing.

The article was overall negative and bias.  But, it's always fun to look back and see the attention that the Revival was getting even from the secular media.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Brownsville Revival - David Ravenhill - August 8th, 1997

Today was a great day with the Lord!

Worship was amazing as usual.

Steve is now introducing David Ravenhill, Leonard Ravenhill's son.

David is speaking on the Song of Solomon and making a caparison to the relationship between us, the church and the Lord.

1. The work of God is always controversial.

"But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons." (Matthew 12:24)

The Jews who heard these words were again divided. Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” (John 10:19)

2. The work of the Lord is always contested. *

3. The work of God will always produce good fruit. *

4. The work of God is always precious. *

5. The work of God is always counter balanced. *

6. The work of God is always confusing to the natural mind. *

7. The work of God is always cleansing. *

"There is nothing more likely to lead to heresy than to focus on part and not the whole.  The central theme of the Bible is God and Christ."

* I am sure David had scripture reference for all of the points and just I never wrote them down.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Brownsville Revival - August 7th, 1997

Today was a good day!

Thank you Jesus for this day that you have made.  I love you for everything you are doing and have done.

When I was out today I witnessed to a bank guard and the teller.  God was speaking and I could really feel the Lord.

I went to Brownsville tonight and the worship was awesome.  The spirit of the Lord was there in such power.  The last song Lindell sang was "I Surrender All".

Steve spoke on surrendering all for Jesus and that we must trust in the Lord no matter what trial comes our way.  We must trust Him.  He referenced: Matthew 16:24-26, Matthew 19:29-30 and Luke 9:57-62.  Steve just addressed Sage, a member of the "Wal-Mart Five".  (The phrase coined by Dick Ruben regarding 5 young punk rockers that Ryan and I lead to the Lord in a Wal-Mart parking lot).  Steve said; "Sage, if you listen to this message you will skyrocket with the Lord.  If you do not completely surrender you won't get anywhere."

Steve made reference to World War I & II and how the enemies surrender was unconditional.  "When you come to the Lord it must be an unconditional surrender."

1. Many People want all that Jesus has to offer.  They want Jesus to surrender everything without having to surrender everything to Him.

2. Jesus wants everything you have to offer laid at the cross without condition.  He wants you to lay down your weapons.  He is your King and Lord.  Jesus wants your talents.  Jesus wants your goals.  Jesus wants you to lay down everything and look to Him alone.  If you give up everything, you will be at peace.  If not, you will be jerked back and forth.

Jesus already surrendered on the cross.  Now it is time for you to surrender.

3. If you don't yield to the mercy of Christ in this life, you will face His wrath in the next life.  (Matthew 10:11-16)

Just follow Jesus friend!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

We came to minister but then...WHAT?

On August 3rd 1997 I wrote in my journal about a mission trip that a good friend and I went on in July.  Here is the story.  

What do you think about what happened?  Let me hear from you in the comment section.

A church that my dad and I had once ministered to in Florida, invited me to come meet them in Altoona, Pennsylvania to hold evangelistic meetings. I asked my good friend friend Ryan if he would like to go with me and he agreed.   

Before leaving Ryan and I went to Steve Hill’s office to ask him for advice and have him pray with us before we left.  He told us many helpful things about the ministry and evangelism and then he prayed for us and asked God to use and anoint us. Right before we left his office he said, “This trip will turn out the opposite of how you expect it to.” I really did not understand what he meant, but I never forgot it. I was soon to discover what he was talking about!

Ryan and I left the state of Alabama, July the 11th 1997, on a Friday and drove about 23 hours to Altoona, PA. We arrived at 3am in the morning. We drove several miles into the country, found our campsite and were directed to the place where we would be sleeping for the week. It was a little wood cabin nestled in some pine trees right on the edge of a hill. It had slow running water and very cold showers, but it was fun.
The next morning we awoke and met up with the leader of our group and the rest of the team that had come from the other church. They were also staying in cabins nearby. They told us that Sunday night would be our first meeting in the city of Altoona about 45 minutes away. When Sunday night came we drove to the little church, met with the pastor and it was decided that Ryan and I would speak. We shared very simply how God had touched us and changed us at the Brownsville Revival and how he wanted to touch them right where they were. An altar call was given and people responded to God. After this we laid hands on people and saw the power of God move.

After the service as we were walking out of the church we noticed about fifteen young people standing nearby so we went over to talk to them. They listened intently as we told them all the things God had done in our lives. It is so good to be able to share something so powerful and real with people. They heard the gospel!

On one of the following days I slipped and tore a hole in my heel so had to go to a local doctor’s office. This also turned into an unexpected opportunity to share the Lord. As the doctors and nurses worked on my foot Ryan and I shared with them about the revival and what Jesus had done in our lives and how He had changed us. Soon, every doctor and nurse in the building was in our room listening to us and asking questions. Even though I was in pain I was having a lot of fun. In a way I was glad that I hurt my foot because it led to all those people hearing about Jesus. When we walked out into the waiting room to pay the bill we noticed that the room was full of patients waiting for treatment. The doctors had spent so much time with us they had forgotten about those waiting in the lobby. I walked to the counter to pay my bill and the nurse said, “No charge, thank you for coming here!” I felt like we made friends that day.

We arose early on Tuesday and drove to the place where we would be speaking. It was the highest hill in the city. There was a large sign that stood in front of it that read, “Gospel Hill.”
I thought, “How much better can this get? This is so cool!” I knew God had set it up and that He was going to move powerfully that week. As we worked setting up the band and sound equipment, people began to arrive. I saw many familiar faces that Ryan and I had met on the street finding a place to sit on the grass. I was very excited!
A total of about twenty people showed up that day and I was able to share the following with them:

"Today I will be reading two different verses in the bible that have to do with God’s judgment, but first I want to quote a verse about His love and what he did for you. This verse is one I am sure you all know. John 3:16 “God loves you so much that He sent his one and only son to die for you.” He was beaten, he bled and his back was torn to shreds. The bible says he was marred beyond human likeness and then he carried a cross on his back that had been shredded by the whip. The Romans pressed a crown of thorns on his head and then they drove nails into his hands and feet. He did it all to pay the price for your sin. At any time he could have called down a legion of angels to rescue him from his certain death.

So many people tell me “I'm waiting for God to come to me.” He died 2000 years ago on the cross and now it’s your turn to come to him. There will not be any legitimate excuse on judgment day and that day will come whether you believe it or not. We will all stand before God one day. On that day Jesus will say one of two things to you “Enter into my kingdom faithful servant” or “depart from me I never knew you.”
Our loving Savior will one day be a severe judge. “Just as man is destine to die once, and after that to face judgment,” (Heb. 9:27) “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” (2 Cor. 5:10)
So many people ask me why God would send anyone to hell and the truth they don't realize is that they are sending themselves to eternal darkness and punishment. Your place in eternity is decided in the way you chose to live this life and who you serve. If you are not for God you are against Him. If you do not live a life set apart from the things of the world, you are living on dangerous ground. If you do not know Jesus then you need to perform an internal diagnosis in order to discover where you will spend eternity. I say to the religious person, church will not save you, reading your bible will not save you, praying will not save you, but a following Jesus and His ways will save you.”

Many who were there had never heard a message about God like that before while others had never heard about God at all. I asked for those who did not know Jesus and wanted to meet Him in a personal, powerful way to come forward. Six people came forward weeping, actually some wailing because God had revealed himself to be real to them in a matter of moments. 

I could see a joy and an overwhelming peace come over their faces. Many, who had seemed so hard before the service, now were smiling because they had found Jesus. What a wonderful savior! After this we prayed for all of them that God would keep them strong. God touched them powerfully!

I remember one particular girl at the meeting that was dressed like a punk rocker. Ryan and I had met her previously in the street and invited her to the meeting. She was in her early twenties and had a baby and wasn’t married. Her ears were full of earrings and her hair was cut short and bleached with crazy looking colors. Now she was standing in the presence of God broken and unable to stop weeping. God had shown His love and acceptance to her!

Jesus walked with us that day on Gospel Hill and I was thankful that He did. I thought, “God, what will you do tomorrow?” We invited everyone to come back to the meeting the next day and told them to bring all their friends and they promised us that they would.

A sad ending to God’s beginning.
That next morning I woke up excited about what God had done the day before and wondered what He had planned for this new day.  I went to the team leader and asked when we would be leaving and they told me, “I don’t know if we will be going back. We need to have a team meeting and discuss something serious that has happened.”

Smack! I felt like someone punched me! I could not fathom not going back. We had promised those young people, that we would come back. “This cannot be happening!” I thought. We got the team together to find out what this “serious” matter was. The team leader rose and said, “One of our team members had a dream last night that was from God.  It was a warning not to go back.”

The aforementioned team member stood and recounted her dream she had the night before.  She said, “The dream that I had showed me that if our team goes back down there today we will in some way be killed, either through a car accident or some other way.”

Then out of nowhere came a lot of talk about “the strong man” and how we forgot to bind his powers.   They said that he had authority over us to do this and that. I could not believe what I was hearing. I said, “Look, we promised those young people that we would come back and have more meetings. Now a spirit of fear has come in to stop us from going.  God does not want us to sit around here, He wants us out there telling people about Jesus and I do not want to stay here. I want you to all know that I am against it.  I think we need to keep our promise!”

The leader said, “Well, let’s all go to separate places and pray about it.”

After "prayer" the group met together and the decision was final for us not to go back. It wasn’t just that day but for the rest of the week.  In one foul swoop of mission trip was done and over.  At that point, I realized how important discernment is. To be open to hear God’s voice and heart was more important than supposing a “dream” was from Him.  I felt like the enemy had won and there was nothing I could do about it.   The enemy saw that God was starting something powerful so he tried to stop it by using fear and it worked!

Ryan and I made a decision to drive back home the next day.  I was so grieved at what had happened.   The day before we left we talked with the camp leader. He was hurt with our choice not to go back as well.   He had been so excited by what he had seen in the past couple of days and was expecting God to do so much more.  We packed up everything and left early Thursday morning and drove down into the city.  We decided to drive by Gospel Hill.  There was no one around so we got out of the car and walked up to a park picnic table.
I sat down as Ryan walked further up the hill. I began to weep as I prayed, “Lord, how many of those young people came yesterday expecting us to be here?  How many young people?  How could we have let them down like we did?  They trusted us.  They listened to us, Lord.  Why did this have to happen?”

Ryan and I remembered where one of the girls lived that had come to the meeting. She was one of the six that asked Jesus to come into her heart. We drove to her house and knocked on her door. As soon as she answered the door and saw that it was us she said, “Where were you yesterday?”
I asked her, “Were there people there waiting there for us?”
And of course my fears were confirmed when she said, “Yes!”
I didn’t know what to tell her but to say, “Sorry!” I told her that we would be going back home that day. I asked her to convey to all her friends our apologies for not being there when we said we would be. We talked with her a little more about the Lord and encouraged her to follow Him whole-heartedly. Then we said good-bye.

I felt like the Lord showed me many important things that week.   Most importantly was the following: First, man can so quickly get in the way and stop something that God is doing.  Second, I realized that there are many ministries in the world but not all ministries are balanced solidly on the word of God.  When a ministry’s focus isn’t on Jesus and Him alone, it is very easy for the enemy to steer it off the track God has put it upon. When a ministry has to depend on a dream, a “prophecy,” a “psychic reading from the cosmos” or a word of knowledge from an "intercessor" to know God’s will instead of seeking His heart to get direction, it can be considered divination.

Jesus said; “Go!” Paul ministered even when he knew his life was in danger as did every follower of the Lord in the scriptures. We need to be cautious that we are not trusting solely in other people’s words to guide us but that we personally seek to hear God’s voice daily and make sure that our decisions line up with the Bible.   This is not to say that we do not listen to wisdom from tried and true men of God. There must be a balance in this area!

I looked back into my journal entry for that day. I had written, “It is great that six people gave their hearts to Jesus that day on “Gospel Hill,” but it could have been six-thousand!”