15
November

My Encounter With Hard Core Porn by Gerri

The other day I had a brief, but very traumatic encounter with hard core porn on my new smart phone.  What happened after the event is what I want to share with you here.  There are some big lessons to be learned.
Over the years of our counseling and mentoring, we have dealt with many who are addicted to pornography and other sexual sin. We have been successful in some cases while in others we have not been able to see a breakthrough.  I remember well the day we were sitting in Al Ells’ office in Mesa, AZ.  He is Founder and Director of Leaders That Last Ministries.  We were chatting about what a difficult area this is to overcome even for Christians.  Let’s be clear.  It is rampant in the world around us and it is also widespread within the church and within church leadership.  The shame and secrecy attached to it causes most addicts to refrain from seeking help.   Al made a statement to us that day that has stuck with me.  He said, “research has shown that one glance at a pornographic image imprints on the mind and lasts for 20 years.”  I thought at the time, could that really be possible, but as we interviewed and prayed for those caught in this web, it became evident that the statement was indeed true.
My encounter, brief as it was, threw me into total panic mode where overpowering fear dumped its nasty self all over me.  I was just innocently tapping my way through an article about Donny and Marie Osmond and their family which appeared on the Fox News channel I was viewing.  Innocent enough, right?  Wrong!  When the image arrived on the screen of my phone, panic set in and I began tapping every option on the phone and I could not get it to GO AWAY!  Finally, a ‘duh’ hit me and I turned off the power, but the damage had already been done.  What damage you ask? The imprint on my mind!  This is what I want to emphasize to my readers.  Within just minutes after this brief encounter, I was emotionally distraught, which led to a huge download of darkness coming over my human spirit – sudden depression – and finally becoming physically sick to my stomach.  One unauthorized glance and I was made sick in mind and body.
I thank God for my sweet hubby who carries a great deal of authority over me and over our one flesh union and he knows how to use it.  He prayed for all of the defilement to be broken and for my human spirit, soul and body to be fully cleansed.  It did, however, take several hours for all the symptoms I described above to be gone in Jesus name.  Before going any further, I have resolved the problem by going into my virus protection program on each of our new phones and setting the parental controls so that this cannot happen again.  Lesson learned.
As I have pondered this incident where the devil tried his best to target and trap me with his darkness, I’ve thought about the many out there who don’t know spiritually what we have already learned.  Remember, one brief glance and the soul, the mind, intellect and emotions, are IMPRINTED with that image for TWENTY YEARS!  Now just pile on image after image, session after session where the trap leads the addicted and you go figure how much damage is done.  The flesh soon cries out to be satisfied with the sexual impurities that this addiction demands and this leads to all kinds of other sexual fantasies, masturbation and self-indulgences that only open the door to deeper levels of sexual sin such as fornication and adultery.  God’s word says in I Corinthians 6:18 “Flee immorality.”  That is a very easily understood command unless you are addicted.
If you find yourself trapped and feel that there is no way out for you, you are wrong.  There is help available and in most cases it will take more than behavioral modification counseling techniques to achieve freedom.  There are many ministries out there who specialize in prayer counseling to help the sexually addicted find lasting freedom.  If you need help in this area, we can recommend several ministries who can help you.
My brief encounter with the unwanted porn on my phone has urged me to write this article.  I don’t want you to experience what I have experienced and if you have and you are in trouble, please reach out for help.

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15
November

Revised Addition to Prayer Ministry eBook

We have added an entire Addendum to the Prayer Ministry eBook which covers in detail Bitter Root Judgments, Vows and Death Wishes.  This material was written by John and Paula Sandford and the late Jack Frost.  It contains materials that we have had the privilege of studying for years.  We felt strongly that it should be included in the materials of the Prayer Ministry eBook.
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And finally, we are really pleased  to add an audio recording of Prayers for Healing Trauma Wounds [click here and scroll down] done by Jim and Pat Banks of Healing House Ministries.  This 22 minute soaking audio carries a powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit which will allow the listener to be freed from unconscious trauma wounds.  It makes a great addition to the Prayer Ministry eBook.  We highly encourage you to listen.

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15
November

New eBook Release

We are pleased to announce the release of a new eBook by Roger with forward by Linda Burton, a ministry partner.    God’s Love Our Ultimate Healer  is ready for your reading pleasure.
The cover design is done again by David Ingram, our Webmaster, and our editor, Carol Bandi, has cleaned up our mess again and shared her endorsement!  Our thanks to the three of you for your input and help with another eBook presentation.
Here is the summary:
Father’s love was first expressed when He created mankind. God is love. He is the ultimate source of love for all mankind. It is that love, the essence of His very being that brings ultimate healing to each of His children spirit, soul and body.

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15
November

New PITFH Team Member

We are extremely pleased to announce to you that we have added Laura Hokanson to our ministry team as our new CPA.  Laura lives locally  here in Vallecito Valley and just 1.5 miles from the ranch!  Professionally she is very experienced and specializes in non-profit ministries. Personally she has been prayer walking Vallecito Valley since 2009 and immediately caught the vision for Wit’s End Ranch as a healing and training center.  We know that Father has given us a wonderful, special gift in Laura…a suddenly who just flew into our lives, and a true friend who is working to bring the Kingdom to earth just as it is in Heaven.
WELCOME ON BOARD, LAURA

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14
October

In Loving Memory of J. Kirk Day

 

Wayne and Barbara Day are true friends of ours and of Places In The Father’s Heart.  Wayne and “B” were some of the very first who recognized the call of God upon our lives and acted to help us get the ministry organized and our non-profit status secured. Wayne served as ministry Vice President for 20 years.  They have remained faithful partners with us since 1982 and we likely would not be where we are today without them in our lives.

On Wednesday, October 11th, we received a phone call from “B” that their youngest son, Kirk, had suffered a major heart attack and passed into Glory.  He was 46 years old.  Kirk was a 1993 graduate from West Point and served as a Captain nine years in the U. S. Army.  Upon leaving his military service, he returned to Centre, AL and subsequently was appointed by the Governor to serve out the unexpired term of the probate judge of Cherokee County. He was elected to this office in 2012 and served as probate judge and chairman of the Cherokee County Commission until the time of his death. Kirk based his public service on West Point’s values of “Duty, Honor, and Country.”  This young man will be sorely missed.

Our hearts and prayers are with Wayne and “B”.  They have so faithfully upheld the ministry and we share in their pain.  If PITFH has been a blessing in any way to you, would you take just a moment and remember the Day family in your prayers?

“Father we thank you for allowing us the honor of knowing Kirk and his parents.  Would you pour out your grace upon them and wrap them in Your arms of love.  We bless them now in Jesus Name.  Amen”

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6
October

NEWS ABOUT THE RANCH VISION WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR

 WIT’S END RANCH
A PLACE IN FATHER’S HEART

The vision for Wit’s End Ranch was given by Father on February 10, 1980 – 37 years and 8 months ago.  For those of you who have walked these years with us, you know how long Father has assured us that Hab. 2:2-4 would come to pass…”though the vision tarry, wait for it because it will surely come and it will not tarry.”  We have waited and we have tarried…sometimes successfully and sometimes not so much!
We felt two weeks ago that something shifted in the Spirit realm and though we could not see specifics at that time, still in our spirits we knew something was happening…something was moving.  This week things have moved and swiftly.  Several ‘suddenlies’ have occurred and last evening was one of those suddenlies.  About 8pm we had a phone call from our intercessor in Durango and she felt Father was telling her that she and I [Gerri] should go to the ranch tomorrow and pray.
As we arrived at the gate this morning amid all the colors of Fall that God could possibly paint, we spotted a 4 Sale Sign on the property.  We have known for some weeks now that the property was for the third time in foreclosure.  The 4 Sale Sign was a surprise!
We called our Realtor this afternoon and we have made arrangements for a full ranch showing and tour sometime as early as next week. This is the first time in many, many years for us to be back on the property.  It is listed for $3 million dollars and if it does not sell it will go to foreclosure auction on 12/27/17.
If anyone has a few million laying around that they would like to donate to further the work of the Kingdom with this vision, now would be the time!  As always, any gift, large or small, is deeply appreciated!
MOST OF ALL, WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS.  As you can imagine this is both a very exciting time AND a time when we must stay very focused on what Father is saying to us.  May His perfect will be done in His perfect time.
THANK YOU for your support.
Resting in the Father’s Embrace,
Roger and Gerri
YOUR WIT’S END IS THE BEGINNING OF GOD’S POWER.

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2
October

A Deeper Level of Worship by R. T. Kendall

Did you know there is a much deeper level of worship than what we can do? Admittedly, in response to the Holy Spirit our actions of praying, praising, listening, loving and obeying are part of worship. And there is nothing wrong with that. But there is a much deeper level of worship, one in which we are unable to express ourselves verbally or non-verbally—where we are utterly passive. The highest and most intensive worship takes place when we can do nothing but be amazed, when we are rendered helpless and speechless with wonder and gratitude, when we just sit back and watch God work. Continue reading »

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18
September

A Prodigal Comes Home

How Holy Spirit Brought Karen Wheaton’s Prodigal Daughter Back Home
By Larry Sparks for Charisma Magazine

 

This is one of the most powerful miracle testimonies I’ve ever followed. It’s especially powerful to me because I know many of the key parties involved—namely, Karen Wheaton, the mother of the author, Lindsey Wheaton-Doss.

I share this on my blog because I believe Lindsey’s story carries an impartation for hope and supernatural breakthrough. Read her words carefully. I encourage you to pick up her new book, The Way Home.  I believe there’s a powerful anointing on her story. She doesn’t try to clean things up, sanitizing the testimony. It’s real, raw and highly relatable to any reader who: 1) is praying for a family member, spouse or child to come back to the Lord or 2) who is currently in the same place Lindsey was in, under the tyranny of the enemy’s lies and accusations.

Lindsey Doss is the real deal. I wholeheartedly endorse her and her story, once again emphasizing that there is an impartation of breakthrough on this. The key is letting it get into your spirit and compel you to believe that if God could supernaturally transform Lindsey’s life and marriage, He can do the same for you! Continue reading »

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13
August

You Were Created to Stalk the Darkness ~ Kris Vallotton

There is a lie so demonically destructive that it has literally rewritten the history of the world, and yet this lie is so entrenched in Christian thinking that it’s rarely questioned. In fact, most believers have heard the lie so many times that they actually assume it’s a verse in the Bible. It kind of reminds me of one of my mother’s famous sayings, “God helps those who help themselves.” She repeated it so often that I was shocked when I started following Jesus, read the entire Bible and couldn’t find that verse anywhere. In fact I found the Bible to be quite the opposite of my mother’s mistaken understanding. I discovered that God helps those who can’t help themselves, won’t help themselves and who don’t know how to help themselves!

Unconscious Falsities and the Big Lie

Yet the lie I am referring to is not like my mother’s innocuous quote mistaken for a Bible verse. No! This lie actually undermines the destiny of nations, decommissions the weapons of our warfare, and derails the great commission. One of the simplest ways to get people to believe anything, (be it true or false), is to repeat it often. No one in modern history has ever done this better than Adolf Hitler. Hitler knew that if he confidently repeated his propaganda long enough, the masses would evidently assume it to be true. So persuasive was his lying ideology that he literally convinced an entire nation to genocide their Jewish friends and neighbors for the common good. Six million Jews were murdered at the hands of a compulsive liar! This should serve to remind us of the power of repetition and the utter depth of deception. Continue reading »

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5
August

How to Get Rid of A Performance Mentality – by Kris Valloton

Do you feel stretched beyond measure and constantly tired? Do you feel like no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to measure up? I believe that performance is a struggle that every generation has had to work through. Why? Because performance is the opposite of a solid identity. It’s built on a religious mindset and man’s attempt to please God through self-effort and striving. Not only that, but it’s a religion of shame, offering no rest for the weary. It demands that we work harder, accomplish more, and perform better to achieve a sense of well-being and worthiness.

I think that every new season and challenge presents us with a question: Will we respond as sons and daughters who trust our heavenly father to take care of us? Or will we take back control and partner with performance? I want to break this down for us today so that we can all be free from performing, which honestly is a really exhausting way to live! Continue reading »

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