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Shaft Of Light
Sentenced To Death,
Destined For Life

Following Christ Or Carrying Christ

Many people have asked us over the years, “How do you guys walk the way you do?” This is in reference to our traveling full time without a home. Our response is, “How do we not?” We weren’t trying to be funny here, but there was an understanding gap. We realized though, that as we share our journey on facebook, our websites and with our friends, that perhaps there is something missing. As I was awake in the early morning, I heard the Lord talking to me about this subject. So, I hope this helps to bring some understanding to the question. FOLLOWING CHRIST OR CARRYING CHRIST… Read the rest of this entry »

Starting On The Wrong Foot, Ending On The Right

Did you get started off in life on the wrong foot or perhaps started good and hit a huge bump in the road and fell hard? Perhaps your past is riddled with things so bad you can’t seem to get past the haunting memories and leave it all behind. How does one forgive oneself for the bad things they’ve done? How could the Lord forgive me? Look at my mess! I want to live a life of freedom and love, but day after day I have these haunting memories. Can someone help me? Let’s take a look at Paul… STARTING ON THE WRONG FOOT, ENDING ON THE RIGHT! Read the rest of this entry »

Soften My Heart

Soften my heart, O Lord, make it ever true. This is my cry and this is my song. If you’re like me, sometimes we can get to a place where we turn on the cruise control. Everything seems to be going great and then we catch a glimpse of our heart. A situation arises and we don’t like the way we handled it. It wasn’t a good thing. What happened? It was a hardened heart. How could this be? Easy, it was one of those things from a while back and now it is simply time to deal with it. Soften My Heart! Read the rest of this entry »

My Dream

What is my dream? Why do I do the things I do? Why do I even care? Why do I get up in the morning what is this compassion in my heart all about? This is what it is all about. It is a vision from the Lord. It is my dream and it compels me on. Read the rest of this entry »

Healing From Divorce

Is your heart broken and torn apart from separation and divorce? Does it seem that no matter what you do, you just can’t get beyond a certain point? Are you angry and frustrated? Does it cause you to not trust anymore? Healing a Broken Heart from Separation and Divorce! Read the rest of this entry »

God Loves You

As I was asking Father what to write today, this is what He said. “Tell them I love them. It doesn’t matter what they have done or haven’t done in their lives, I love them. I want them to come to me and be healed, saved and delivered from all the things that are oppressing them. If they would only believe and trust in Me, I will bring them close to Me and become their friend and Father. I will show them things they can’t even imagine and I will help them find their purpose and destiny. After all, I am their Creator, I know what each one needs. I know their name, I’ve seen their tears, and I’ve heard their cries, if only they would come to Me.” God Loves You! Read the rest of this entry »

Bold Yet Gentle

How do the words bold, gentle, protective, and ferocious fit together? We are told in some circles, that all we have to do is just love people. That’s what Jesus would do, right? How do we define that mysterious word, ‘love’? What does it really mean? What does it mean in the context we are using it? There are different meanings for the word love based on its use. BOLD YET GENTLE… Read the rest of this entry »

Laugh At Yourself

Do you take yourself too seriously? Do you have to be right in everything you do? Are you stressed all the time? Are you at rest in who you are? Is life passing you by and you feel like you are on the sidelines? Laugh! Scripture says that the Lord sits in heaven and laughs at our enemies. What does this have to do with you? Everything! LAUGH AT YOURSELF… Read the rest of this entry »

Relationship or Religion?

How do you separate this? Easy! Check out the first four books of the New Testament in the Bible and you can see this easily. Relationship with Jesus or religion with the Pharisees. Who accomplished the Father’s will? RELATIONSHIP OR RELIGION? Read the rest of this entry »

Answers – Part 3

Part 3 – Have you ever been around someone you wanted to help, but when you said something nice they almost took your head off with their reaction? Maybe you even felt like they stabbed you in the heart and it hurt, even if they didn’t mean it. Have you ever done that? Yes, of course you have. I know I have and still do sometimes. More often than not, it is to a family member. We always think, they should know better. ANSWERS – PART 3 Read the rest of this entry »

Who Will Be Jesus?

Today, I see Heaven’s courts flooded with questions and tears. Praying that all will receive the answers they need. Some church buildings will be full tomorrow, no doubt, but will the crowds find that which they seek? Will there be eloquent sermons designed to promote an altar call to finally fill those empty chairs in the years after 9/11? Or will Jesus BE seen through the people there? Read the rest of this entry »

Walking The Middle Road

There are many extremes in our generation today. Look at some of the reality shows and one can see this really quick. There are also extremes in Christianity. I have watched over the years as leaders received new revelations from the Lord and quickly went to the extreme with them. It became the “in thing” and if you weren’t in on it, then you were shunned or looked down upon. This is happening even more now, but it shouldn’t be. I’ve looked back over my own life and have seen times where I did this too. I remember a time when everything was either black or white. It was either a truth or a lie, but where was grace, mercy and love? WALKING THE MIDDLE ROAD Read the rest of this entry »

Standing In The Gap

Standing In The Gap has taken on a whole new meaning recently. Last night, while in worship I saw a vision that gave me better understanding. I’ve read some scriptures for years, but in an instant the Lord can give a clear understanding. Standing in the gap means to stand in the gap. There is a hole or void which has caused a separation. A vivid picture in the natural would be two river banks. In this case, a bridge would span the gap so that people can cross back and forth. In the spirit realm it is much deeper than this. STANDING IN THE GAP! Read the rest of this entry »

Love Or Control

Control comes through many forms, including hurts, pain, wounds, inferiority, superiority, and other filters in our hearts, but never, ever through True Love. If we have to control it, it isn’t really ours and we’ll only end up pushing away that which we try so desperately to grasp or hold on to. Read the rest of this entry »

Sorcery & Pharmakeia

We are all familiar with the term pharmaceutical as in drugs, but do we know that it comes from the greek word pharmakeia. What does this word have to do with healing? How does it affect us? What does it have in common with witchcraft, sorcery and medication? Sorcery & Pharmakeia! Read the rest of this entry »

Shoulder To Cry On

Sometimes people just need a shoulder to cry on or just an ear to hear their heart. Are we available to be that shoulder or ear? Comfort others with the same comfort you have received from Him. I am always amazed at how a simple hug can bring so much healing and restoration… Give a hug, you never run out because they are always free. Shoulder To Cry On! Read the rest of this entry »

My Rose Art Print

My Rose – Art Print by Joseph James (Hartmann) – Finally, after several years of creating some art prints for some of my poems, we now have them available in 12×18 inch prints. Each print is printed on high quality metallic paper called Ice Gold Metallic with an 80# text weight. It is stunning and brilliant as the light touches the metal flakes and colors and makes them sparkle. This print is titled, “My Rose” and was written as the Lord shared with me about my future wife, Janiece. She had been through so many things, but He was restoring her back to life. My Rose

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