Welcome to this month's view! It is my prayer that you are in the best of health; in spirit, soul, and body. As the Apostle John writes, "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers."1 In other words, our prosperity and health depends upon the condition of our soul [our thoughts, choices, and emotions].
Tell A Friend or Foe
This website proclaims the prosperity and health of the spirit, soul, and body, flowing through a personal-loving relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. We were privileged to share the Good News of Christ with tens of thousands of individuals who hit this site hundreds of thousands of times during last month's 40th anniversary. The response was amazing!
Since Christ came into my life thirty-five years ago, I am surprised when people write, only now hearing of my salvation. This enforces my belief that the power of Christ's testimony to save even a former Manson family member is important in order to foil the belief that the devil got the last word in my life; "...because greater is God in our lives than he that is in this world."2
Will you work with us to tell your loved ones about the power of God to save the lost? This ministry started in the late '70s, when the Lord revealed to me that He desires for the Good News about my salvation to be shared more than the bad news the media publishes concerning the Manson family murders.
If you agree with this vision, please pass along our web address to your family and friends. This can be done through a praise report by e-mail, through Facebook, Twitter, or however you desire to spread the Gospel message. Let us proclaim, "That we may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all the Lord's wonderous works."3 Amen!
From the Mailbox
It's my privilege to share a few excerpts from the letters of those whose souls are prospering and in health, as well as other exhortations, so that you may rejoice with us in the Lord.
Malta, MT - I thought about you all day as I drove the tractor, so when I came home, I knew I needed to write you a letter. You are in my prayers, and I am so happy to have you to write to and have you as a friend. Through you, I see "THE MOST HIGH GOD" clearer, and that makes me happy.
I just read your July and August Monthly Views and enjoyed them. I am sure they touch and help many people. Do you get a lot of people who comment each month? In your August view, you state that it is the 40th Anniversary, and when I read that, I found two verses for you, Charles. You are so good to share verses with everyone on your website, so now I get to share a couple of verses to you; for you.
"May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word."4
"Come now, let us reason together, " says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red as crimson, they shall be as wool."5
He has done great things for us and that encourages us. Hope your college courses are going well. I believe I read that you should finish in August. Let me know. Your friend, Orin
[I'm happy to announce that I've finished college, graduating with a B.S. in Business Management. The purpose was to finish what I started before I got off course in the '60s.]
A First Time Writer
Honesdale, PA - I hope this letter is able to reach you. I have been blessed over a long time by your website, and have utilized the information in the work that I occasionally do in the area of spiritual warfare. I have preached on many occasions about the power of God's healing love demonstrated in your conversion, and it is an inspiration to me. I think that you have been blessed by God with a wonderful ministry and opportunity to positively influence people, so I encourage you to always persevere in that work. The story of God's work in your life is truly a deep revelation of His love and Gospel, and it has urged me on to a deeper conversion and fully faithful commitment to Jesus.
You are in my prayers often, and I would also appreciate yours, for I also, in the eyes of God, in the words of the Apostle Paul, am "the chief of sinners." May we all know His forgiveness, peace, redeeming love, spiritual walk, and expectancy of the day of our ultimate redemption. He is truly coming soon. Charles, you were forgiven two thousand years ago. I am glad that truth is alive in you, two thousand years later. As Jacob said, I will not let you go 'til you bless me. Don't ever let God go, no matter what. He will never let you go. He will never leave you nor forsake you. You already sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. May the Peace of God live in your heart.
As I read your parole hearing, I recognized many things, and one of them is that we, as a society, apart from other issues, need to assist people in their growth by recognizing, sincerely, when growth has occurred. I sense perhaps people think they can never recognize it for fear it would justify doing what they do not wish to do. The good news is, there is no situation we get into that God is unable to extricate us from, according to His will. Thank you for your website. It is truly a blessing. - Pastor Thomas
[Orin and Pastor Tomas are examples of men who walk in the Spirit of prosperity and success like the Psalmist David, who sung: "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper."6]
Prosperity & Success
True prosperity and success comes by faith in God's word, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."7 Since "hearing" also means "obeying," faith comes by hearing and obeying the word of God [the sayings of Jesus]. Faith is believing and acting upon what God says about Jesus' blood and righteousness: the finished work of the cross. "For He [God] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."8
"For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God's anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us."9
Next, prosperity and success comes through meditating [repeatedly hearing] God's word. Meditate means to "mutter" or "chew" over and over like a cow chews her cud to digest her food. We ruminate upon God's word by saying it over and over, as Joshua exhorts: "This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it, for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."10
"For everything comes from Him; everything exists by His power and is intended for His glory. To Him be glory evermore. Amen"11
Finally, prosperity and success comes through confessing God's word with your mouth. Confession is "saying the same thing " that God says about our sin, and what God says about the solution for sin. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."12
"That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says 'For whoevercalls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."13
We become more like Christ, as we come into agreement with God's word -- the New Covenant. The Spirit of prosperity and health will flow unconditional love and gratitude through our lives to bring salvation to everyone we meet. "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen."14
A Prayer For You ...
The following prayer is adapted from a Hebrew prayer titled: "Alvinu Malkeinu" -- Our Father, our King; said in Rosh Hashanah* services. Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year, also known as the Feast of Trumpet,15 falls on September 19, 2009, this year.
Our Father, our King we have sinned against you. Have compassion on us and on our children. Our Father, our King, make an end to sickness, war, and hunger. Make an end to oppression and give us the blessing from The Book of Life. Our Father, our King, be gracious and answer us, for we have little merit: Treat us generously and with kindness, help us. For You, oh Lord, our LORD God, are merciful and gracious, eternally patient, loving and true, showing mercy to thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin and granting pardon. Through your Son, Jesus the Messiah, in Whose Name we pray, Amen.
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of 10 days of repentance, in which Jews, through prayer and meditation on Scripture, attempt to experience the reality of God and to dedicate themselves to the establishment of God's Kingdom on Earth (by the Messiah) -- the reign of freedom, justice, and peace (shalom). The 10 days ends with "Yon Kippur" -- The Day of Atonement.16 The ministry of John the Baptist and the early ministry of Jesus was focused on this idea. "Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand." Jesus provides atonement for us as Christians
Acknowledgement: A special thanks to Sherry for transcribing this months view!