Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Receive Ye The Holy Ghost

       After receiving the Lord into my heart I was a completely changed man. It is really true that all things become new. It was such a life changing time.  I began to devour the Word of God for months. I remember how excited I was (and I still am 10 years later) and how excited my father-in-law G.J.Chandler was for me. G.J. who has long been a National Evangelist in the Church of God had been praying for me to accept Christ ever since I had married his daughter Dorinda  which was now over 12 years. I remember one day he called me to see how I was doing (probably more to make sure that I stayed saved). I was sitting in my recliner with 6 books open on my lap and on the arm rests. I had a concordance, commentaries, and different Bible versions. My daily bible though new when I started reading it just a few weeks previously now had pages falling out everywhere. I told G.J. about the Bible falling apart and he told me to not worry about it he would send me more lol! He was so glad about what the Lord was doing in my life! I really couldn't get enough of God and I wanted everything that God had for me!
       Soon I started having a desire to be filled with the Holy Ghost through the Holy Ghost Baptism. I was reading about it everywhere I could. I started asking others how to receive it. Most everyone agreed that you must pray and ask God for it but you must truly desire it with all your heart. I began bombarding God with prayer and continued to study on it. Every altar call at church I was on my face pleading with God to be filled. This went on for many weeks. One Sunday at church there was an altar call specifically to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I was the first one to the altar. I remember being so desperate that I was literally sticking out my tongue thinking that I would help the process along. I can laugh about it now but at the time I began to get a little discouraged. I did not receive it that day at the altar. I began to doubt myself. What was I doing wrong? Was there something wrong with me? Why would God deny me something that He has promised? 
       It had been a few months now and I still had not received the Baptism. Though I still had the desire I had started to believe that God would act in His timing not mine. I was down in my basement alone and no one was home. All of a sudden I felt that I needed to get up into my prayer room ASAP. God had prompted me before to get there fast to pray for someone but this time He had brought no one to my mind. I knew that it was God so I quickly got to our secret place, got on my knees, and began to pray and seek the Lord with all my heart! After about 15 minutes I thought that I was about to get sick to my stomach. I literally thought I was about to throw up. At that moment speaking in tongues was the last thing on my mind. It was too late. All of a sudden out of my mouth began to pour this beautiful heavenly language like I had never heard before! I couldn't stop and I didn't want to! It went on for about 15 to 20 minutes and when it stopped I just lay on the floor of the prayer room exhausted but laughing and full of joy! I have never been the same!
       The Creator had filled me with His Holy Ghost Baptism in His timing! I love what Jesus says in John 20:22; And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost." The Lord had breathed on me and into me! You see God is in charge.  We cannot ever MAKE God do anything. He has never and will never make a mistake. His timing is perfect! To God be all the glory forever!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Father’s Love: An Exclusive Interview with Dave Moore

Author Interview
Today we have the pleasure of hearing from Dave Moore, author of The Father’s Love. Please join me as we discover how God has been at work in Dave’s life, and what led him to write this incredible auto-biographical account.

Hi Dave, welcome, and thank you for taking the time to share with us. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, where you are from, your family and your Christian background.
I am a Chaplain in the Church of God living in Ypsilanti Michigan. I pray with the sick and lost in hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and jails, wherever I am called. I am married to the love of my life Dorinda, and we have three sons, Shane, Adam, and David.  I was not raised in church though I always believed in God. My wife was raised in church as her father has been a Pastor and Evangelist for over 60 years. Until this incident happened in my life I did not attend church. Now we rarely miss a Sunday.
Dave Moore
Your book, The Father’s Love, is recognized as “an amazing true story of hope”, and yet it is also detailed as “a father’s worst nightmare come true”. Why did you feel you had to tell your story?
When telling others about my search for my missing son and the miraculous answer to prayer they would be moved to tears and nearly always say that a book should be written and a movie made. I wanted to tell the world how God had radically changed my family’s lives through a miracle answer to prayer.
What is the major theme or message of The Father’s Love?
There is always hope with God. When we surrender our will for God’s will we can truly ask Him for anything we need. God’s desire is for us to be in relationship with Him through prayer and reading His word.
Just like any loving relationship we want to do what is best for that loved one. When we draw closer to God our will and His will begin to line up and our hopes and dreams, and our prayers, become realities!
What was the hardest part of writing The Father’s Love?
Reliving the painful moments of the search. It was the worst five days of my life. As I would write and rewrite the story I shed so many tears. I have lost both I my parents and it is a terrible thing to go through. But nothing compares to the fear and anguish of searching for a missing child.
Together Again
What is your favorite part of the book?
When God answered my desperate prayer to save my son. There is no way to fully explain how it feels to have the Creator of the universe immediately and miraculously not only answer your prayer but become really real to you in a split second. I was completely changed in an instant from walking in the dark to walking in the light. Delivered from smoking, drinking, anger, lust, hatred, and so much more. Real solutions bring real change. Jesus Christ is the solution to everything!
I’ve heard of others who have experienced such immediate deliverance from those kinds of things. That’s so amazing. Praise God, and what a way to get your attention!
How did writing The Father’s Love help you and your family?
Not only was I delivered from so many bad things in my life but it gave me and my wife and son a completely new outlook on life. No longer do we live for ourselves only but for something so much greater! We were not attending church at all. I am now a Chaplain; my wife sings in the choir and reaches out to the hurting with cards and meals. My son is now a college graduate and a Pastor.
How do you hope reading The Father’s Love will help or affect others?
First, I hope that people will realize that there is real hope and real help with God. I have had to deal with many hard things since I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. The death of my mother to lung cancer, three months later finding out that I had cancer, the loss of my job.  In the midst of these difficult trials, though they were hard, the Lord gave me peace that goes so very far beyond my comprehension. Jesus said that when He went away that He would send the Holy Ghost Comforter to teach us and to comfort us. I have also experienced many amazing answers to prayer some of which I write about in the book. There is always hope with God!
God is so good when we rest in Him, no matter what challenges He allows to come our way. How has The Father’s Love been received by the public so far, for example, posted reviews?
I have not to this date had one bad review. Everyone that has read the book has had nothing but good things to say about it. It is a quick read and it gets right to the story without any fluff. Most people say that they could not put it down and finish it in one sitting. There are many comments on my Facebook fan page.
What are your current activities and future plans?
We have recently started attending a new church and I am slowly getting involved there. I am working the altar calls with my new Pastor and visiting the sick and lost when I am called upon. I plan to continue to serve God, tell my testimony of “The Father’s Love” to the world, and be a blessing to others when possible.
Is there anything that has happened recently or is about to happen that you are especially excited about and would like to share with us?
We have been on television with the book three times already and I have been in contact with the 700 Club and Daystar Network for possible interviews. It has always been my goal to take “The Father’s Love” to the world and these amazing networks that reach so many for the Kingdom of God would be a tremendous way to do that. Also, I have been in contact with several different people about a possible movie deal.
For what are you most grateful?
I am so grateful that God not only answered my prayer and brought my son home safely but that he opened my and my wife Dorinda’s and son David’s eyes and saved us too. Now all of our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and we will be together forever in Heaven! Hallelujah!
Finally, where can our audience find out more about you and your book ‘The Father’s Love’?
Dave, thank you so much for sharing with us. It has been a pleasure hearing about this amazing account. Praise God for the safe return of your son, the salvation the Lord brought you into, and the blessings poured out upon your family!
On behalf of the Christian Enquirer I thank God for you, your courage to share such an emotional personal story, and the witness of and testimony to His grace that it gives!
-Victor Mathis, Founder | The CHRISTIAN ENQUIRER

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

As a Chaplain I have visited and prayed with hundreds of people over the last ten years and have seen God do many miracles. There are people these days who do not believe that God is still in the miracle working business. We are a people that like to see things with our own eyes before we believe in such glorious things. Well in my case “my eyes have seen the glory, my ears have heard, I have felt and even smelled the presence of God!” Pretty incredible, right? I know. I believe that we can have as little or as much of God as we want. There have been times in my life that I was seeking and desiring God more than anything. Those are the times that I found Him, and experienced more of Him. When I have slacked off in my time with God I have experienced less of Him. It is like any relationship we have, the more you put into it the better it will be.
When my son disappeared I went on a frantic and desperate search to find him. I would have done anything I had to do. Nothing could stop me. God feels the same way about you. He will never stop loving you. He will never stop desiring you to come to Him and be close to Him. Nothing you have ever done or will ever do will change that. He loves you unconditionally. I always believed in God but that day when I prayed a desperate prayer for Him to save my son and He answered me He became real to me. He has been answering prayers ever since. That’s what a good Father does. If you have surrendered your heart to God and you want more, than cry out to Him like never before. Get desperate before Him. If you have never given your heart to Jesus do it now, you will never be the same! God is a miracle working God! There is always hope with God!