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1 Timothy 1:18-19 This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.

I have suffered a few of those along the journey. Shipwrecks that is. Both figuratively in the spirit and literally. Let me explain first by taking a look at 1 Timothy 1:18-19.Paul adjures Timothy not to reject the prophetic Word that was previously imparted to him lest he suffers shipwreck in the faith. When I first read that passage, I was immediately struck within my spirit by this implication, rejecting the prophetic Word imparted would be likened unto a shipwreck, something I can relate to. I have an intimate knowledge and understanding of shipwrecks. On September 14th 1991, I was on the F/V Wil Haul Too, a 98 ft. freight barge when it sank in 20 ft. seas off the coast of Pilot Point in Bristol Bay Alaska and survived. That experience changed my perspective about the Lord and is a large part of the reason I chose the song “The Journey.”

I chose to produce and record “The Journey” by Todd Ayers because the words resonated with my years as a commercial fisherman and the lessons I learned from time spent in the Pacific, Gulf of Alaska, Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea. The lesson, the Lord’s promise to watch over His Word to perform it on our behalf and those He has ordained that we would have divine appointments with along the journey. His promises, I have learned, are yes and amen for those who believe. Proof that I am called according to His purpose is wrapped up within the knowledge of His faithfulness. He has burned that lesson indelibly into my mind and my spirit.

I found out about Todd Ayer through his cousin Skeeter while he was running a Fish House Charter boat in Seward Alaska on the Resurrection Bay. I had booked a day with my friend Brian. It was his first time fishing for salmon on a charter. From the very beginning something was up. All the others who joined our group that day turned out to be prison chaplains just like myself or had connections to prison ministry. What are the chances that everyone on the charter would be connected in some way to prison or prison ministry? It wasn’t long after we got under way that we were talking about Jesus and what we did in the ministry. That’s when Skeeter, realizing I was prison chaplain and a recording artist, began telling me about Todd Ayer. He went on about the hundreds of songs Todd had written for the Lord during his 16-yr. incarceration. While Skeeter talked about his cousin, I heard the Lord say to me, “you are going to record one of his songs on your new album.” When we were done that day, Skeeter put me in touch with Todd and the rest is history. Hear the song “The Journey” at this link.

It is on the album “I Am a Son.” You can find the album here.

1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

My journey through life, in particular the commercial fishing industry, has taught me that Jesus is present within the prophetic Word He has imparted to us during times of trial and testing and no storm or threat of being lost at sea can stop Him from performing His Word on our behalf. Jesus never did or said anything He didn’t hear His Father saying. He never departed from the Word. That is why it is critical to retreat to the Word of God spoken over you in the storm. If you have a Word that was imparted to you prophetically with or without the laying on of hands and the Word proceeded from the mouth of the Father then it is absolute and Has all the power of Heaven within it to see it through.

Failure to believe and trust that He is an ever-present help in time of trouble and need is the only thing that can cause you to suffer shipwreck in the faith. Forgetting in the midst of the storm the imparted prophetic Word and the promises of God over your life will provide the scaffold for catastrophic thinking to sink the ship of faith that apprehends destiny! Defaulting to catastrophic thinking is not what the ‘good fight’ looks like. Operating in fear that the Lord is not within the prophetic Word provides the breeding ground for the believer to fall short! How frustrating it must have been for Jesus to be confronted with catastrophic thinking among those whom He had consistently performed miracles in front of. If I had not recognized that God was with me during those times at sea, I would have found myself another statistic and name on a memorial in some fishing town.

Psalms 37:23 The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way.

Like I said previously, on September 14th 1991, I was a deckhand on the M/V Wil Haul Too, a 98 ft. lightering barge. We were heading out of Ugashik Bay, off the coast of Pilot Point, Alaska, when we began taking on water two miles out past the swing buoy in 20 ft. seas. We were delivering a deck load of frozen processed salmon and roe from the floating processer the F/V Nushagak. The delivery was to be made outside of Ugashik Bay to a Korean freighter waiting for us in Bristol Bay’s deeper waters. There we would be able to unload without the freighter going aground. This was a load we would never deliver.

I had been working my way to Seattle on the Nushagak vessel and was to meet the F/V Quintessence, a crab vessel from Ballard outside of Seattle Washington, and reconnect with my former Captain Al Krug of the F/V Marcy J. I formerly had worked the crab waters of the Bering Sea on this vessel owned by Harold and Marcy Jones of Kodiak Alaska. Al had gotten me my start in crabbing and longlining. I met Al after arriving in Kodiak after I walked off another boat, the F/V Liberty, because I didn’t like the “feeling” I had about her. I later found out through folks at Alaska Fresh Seafoods that she sank in the Gulf of Alaska two weeks later. When he heard the story of how I had gotten off of the Liberty because I felt something was not right, he inquired about me and gave me an offer to work on the historical F/V Kinge & Winge. This was a once in a life time opportunity as I soon realized that deckhands from all over the world came around to inquire about having the chance to work the deck of this boat. A real relic. The ship was a 100-year-old 98 ft. wooden halibut schooner that was considered the pride of the fleet in Kodiak. Originally built a steam powered sail assist vessel, although it had a modern Cummings 3408 powering it, it was still close to the original. This boat had been written about in the archives of maritime history as having taken part in the largest maritime peace time loss of life at sea. The knowledge of this boat’s particular history always comes back to remind me just how fragile life is.

Ultimately this testimony of the Lord’s divine providence in my life all points to the knowledge of the height, the depth, the width and the length of the Lords love for me. He has shown Himself to be literally an ever-present help in time of need in every aspect of my life. He has shown up to make a way where there seemed to be no way in so many scenarios that I am convinced beyond measure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

My connection to Al Krug led to a job on the F/V Marcy J a 108 ft. steel hulled crabber which has since been converted to a full-time dragger. She was built by the Bender Corporation that crabbed using the trolley boom system. They don’t make trolley boom crabbers like that anymore. The experience on this boat was to say the least old school. It was while I was on the Marcy J that I experienced my first real supernatural intervention at sea. On the Bering Sea, while fishing for opilio crab, in the grounds south of the Pribilof Islands we were dumping baited 7 by 7 steel pyramid pots. These pots weighed individually at least 600 lbs. I had a coil of shot draped over my left forearm and was waiting for the pot to launch. I made the biggest mistake you can make while launching a baited pot.

It all happened so fast. The deck boss hit the hydro’s and before I knew what was happening the line had cinched up on my left forearm. It was the middle of January and I was going over the side with the pot in the middle of winter on the Bering Sea. I knew I would die if I did not get loose. I heard an audible voice say to me “drop to your knees!” I did. I was instantly slammed into the rail and separated my left bicep. Then I heard the voice say to me very clearly “call on the name of the Lord and be saved!” I cried out “Jesus!” as loud as I could. Then it was if time stood still. It was a miracle! The line instantly released me. It was completely cinched up on my arm but by the power of God’s merciful hand, the line simply went through my arm like Jesus walking through a wall! Everyone saw it! They were amazed and awestruck. No the line did not break. It literally went through my arm like Jesus walking through the wall while they were in the upper room! Al Krug came running down to the back deck from the wheelhouse. He was angry and crying but relieved. For the next hour he had me practicing the art of holding the shot with two hands and made me swear to never hold a shot of line like that again! Truly there is more than one way for Jesus to save. To this day I still have a separated bicep where I had slammed into the railing as a reminder of the Lord’s miraculous saving testimony in my life. It’s all part of the journey!

The Lord’s faithfulness to save, heal, deliver and protect me has stood the test of time. If He had allowed me to die the day the line had cinched up on me, the prophetic Word that had been spoken over me years before would have been nothing more than empty words that had fallen to the floor. Isaiah 55:11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. I know personally from real time life and death experience that my God is not a man that He could lie, (Numbers 23:19) and that He is watching over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12)! I know in whom I have believed and to whom I owe my allegiance (2 Timothy 1:12,) and I am confident He is able to complete the good work He has begun in me! (Phil 1:6)

Isaiah 54:11

“O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
Behold, I will set your stones in antimony,
And your foundations I will lay in sapphires.”

It was while I was on my way back to meet Al Krug in Anacortes Washington that my next miracle at sea happened. I was looking for a way to rendezvous with Al when an old friend told me about a boat that needed some experienced hands to take over the last few weeks of work in Ugashik Bay off the coast of Pilot Point Alaska. We landed in Pilot Point after hopping a tail dragger from King Salmon where the larger airport was. There were no large airports in this small fishing village. You could see the M/V Nushagak sitting in the bay. It was an old-World War 2 oil tanker converted into a floating fish processer. Ugly but functional. I was with my high school buddy Mike Medley who I had talked into coming along with me for the adventure. He had no clue what he was getting into! After a week Mike and I had proven ourselves to be experienced hands and they began to give us topside responsibilities. I guess they had to test us to see if we were who we said we were, and we were. After another week the end of season was drawing near and the bosun asked me if I would take over the final deliveries on the F/V Wil Haul Too lightering barge. I was honored. To be given this level of responsibility meant that I had shown myself to be a seaman worthy of his salt.

Isaiah 43:1-2

But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.

There were seven of us on board. Five of us were replacements for the original crew that had just gone home. I was given the privilege of the title ‘interim deck boss’ and had the authority to choose who came off the Nushagak to make this delivery. This was the last delivery of the season. Before we boarded the ship from the Nushagak the Lord impressed upon me to make sure that everyone had a survival suit. We were not to go anywhere without them. I had information that there was a storm coming and knew the load we were taking out would not be able to handle the journey. Years of experience had told me to know the vessel, know the weather and acquaint myself with the warnings that came from the VHF communications. I had everything correct except the condition of the vessel as we would soon learn. The captain of the vessel was from Taiwan and did not know the waters very well. Knowing we were in for a blow I spoke to the captain and told him that although his orders were to deliver the load, we would never make it. I made it clear to him that by the time we got out there the seas would be too rough. I reasoned with him that if he would just go out as far as the swing buoy and turnaround that would be sufficient for the company, and by that time the weather would have confirmed my warnings were correct. Had I known that he was not going to listen I would have never taken this trip.

We headed out as the sun was going down and the seas seemed calm enough but I knew what was coming. I told my men to just go ahead and get some rest, that we would probably turn back at the swing buoys. I could not have believed that a seasoned skipper of a large vessel such as the M/V Wil Haul Too would take a chance at trying to deliver this load in 20-foot seas.

Psalm 50:15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”

I was sitting in the galley watching a video thinking that we would be turning around soon. We had been jogging for about and hour. That’s when the captain came into the galley. His face was white with fear. “We are taking on water. I don’t know what to do. Get up to the wheelhouse and try to hold her up!” Instantly I ran forward to the wheel house. The swells were at least 15 feet by this time and the there was a steady gale blowing at 40 knots. From the wheelhouse I could see the port side bow was taking on water. We were beginning to list to port side and the starboard side was coming up out of the water slowly. I could see there was nothing to do but jog the boat at a 35 to 40-degree angle into the swells. I got on the radio to send out a May Day while thinking to myself “isn’t this the captain’s job?”

“Whiskey Yankee 5124 ComStat Kodiak this is the M/V Wil Haul Too MAYDAY MAYDAY, we are going down!” The Coast Guard was 195 miles away from where we were and it was night time. We were in a gale with seven men and we were about to go in the water. By the time the Coast Guard showed up it would be a search and rescue operation and I didn’t have time to think about that. They got our co-ordinates then I had to let the helm go. I looked out across the deck below. I watched the forklift go into the water, then the pickup truck that was to be dropped off at another port after this delivery. Soon all of that hard work was launching into the brink. Boxes of salmon and roe were everywhere around us. My thoughts turned to my survival. If I didn’t get a survival suit on, it was certain that I would die. I ran out of the wheelhouse looking for everybody. I ran into one of the men. He screamed, “where is your survival suit!”

Psalm 91:14-15 

“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.”

The main engine had gone out and we were running on auxiliary power. Only the emergency lights were on. I thought to myself, “so this is how it ends.” I was going to die if I couldn’t find a survival suit to put on. The men were all in their survival suits and had begun climbing down to the starboard side of the boat. We were listing more than 45 degrees. I remember Mike Medley looking at me as he climbed out of the wheelhouse down to the starboard side of the boat, as if to say “goodbye.” I stood there in the darkness holding on to the walls, trying to keep my balance. I began to pray. “Lord if I don’t find a survival suit, I am going to climb out on the side of the boat with the other men and I know I will die in the water without one. I don’t want to drown in this ship, I would rather die of exposure. Forgive me of my sins Lord and take me home, and please, please, Lord. Help me to die well in the name of Jesus.” As soon as I had finished that prayer the glory of the Lord surrounded me. I felt the peace that surpasses all understanding as a strong will to survive came over me. I heard the Lord say, “not today mister!” The boat lurched and I felt something hit me in the back of the head. I reached down. It was a survival suit. The boat began to turn over and I hurried to put my survival suit on. I had to climb out of the starboard door then find my way down to the railing to the other men who had all believed this was the end for me. The Lord had other plans.

We all tied ourselves together and jumped away from the boat into the 20 ft. swells. We became instantly intoxicated on diesel fumes. We were hallucinating. All of us thought we could see boats, jet skis, helicopters and Coast Guard C-130 rescue planes coming to the rescue. We began counting off. We wanted to make sure that no one swam away out of fear or delirium. It was dark, windy and cold and we were up to our necks in salt water. I kept thinking about the prayer and the presence of the Lord back on the boat that had completely capsized.

The tide took us a long way from where the ship had gone down. Then a funny thing happened. The tide brought us back around after a half hour of floating in fumes to where the boat had gone down. As we all watched we could see the boat still halfway out of the water and it was not sinking any further. As we got closer to the boat miraculously the circular tented life raft popped up from underneath the boat directly in front of us and by the grace of God, we grabbed it before the tide could take us away back out into the unknown. What were the chances? One in a million or more! One by one we all climbed in.

We were safe inside the raft but now we had another problem. We were only two miles out past the swing buoy when the boat capsized and at low tide here it was only 14 ft. deep. The ship was now in essence a man-made reef and twenty-foot swells began breaking over the ship from its starboard side. We were trapped and someone had to get out of the raft to cut it loose so we could float away. Each swell that broke over the boat came crashing down upon us pushing our heads down all the way to the floor of the raft. Something had to be done quick. One of the men had a pocket knife but had to unzip his survival suit to get to it. He unzipped and retrieved the knife. Now all he had to do was get out of the raft and cut us loose. This guy to this day is a hero of mine. He was risking his life to get us away from the boat which had become a reef! As soon as he cut the line, we were swiftly drawn away from the boat back out and away from our position. I thought to myself how are they going to find us now?

2 Corinthians 1:10 

who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope, and He will yet deliver us.

I sat with my body hanging out of the tented raft looking for any would be rescuers. The seas seemed to only get bigger. Every time the swells would rise, we would go careening to the top of them and then back down again. Whenever we would crest a swell, we could see through the gale the lights of Pilot Point far off in the distance. I am not sure why we never saw the freighter but all of a sudden it seemed out of nowhere there it was just one hundred yards away searching for us with a spotlight. “Give me your flashlight!” I hollered over the roar of the wind and sea. “I see a vessel and I know it’s real!” This was no hallucination. I began shining the small flashlight, clicking it off and on, and then finally, they saw us! Everything that happened next was a series of miracles. As if everything else that had happened already wasn’t… right? To this day when I tell the story to someone, they will look at me with skepticism and unbelief. I know angels were with us directing this dramatic rescue at sea.

Now the raft began drifting directly towards the freighter! It was the freighter we were supposed to deliver to. They had found us. As we got closer one of their deckhands heaved a “monkeys’ fist” and it hit me squarely in the forehead. Glad I had my survival suit hood on or it would have knocked me out. Thank God the suits are made of thick rubber neoprene! I grabbed hold of the line and the raft swung in toward the starboard side of the ship’s stern. Now to get out of the raft onto the ship. As we swung into the ship, they lowered a roped Jacob’s ladder and we came right up on it.

I was already outside on the edge of the raft and as the swell brought me up to the ladder, I jumped for it breaking my ribs on the left side. The ladder had swung out from the ship. When I grabbed it, it was on its way back into the side of the boat. I was barely breathing. I could hardly hang on. I thought to myself that if I don’t, I’ll fall and be lost at sea forever. The men in the raft were screaming for me to hold on. “You can do this!” they kept hollering. After a struggle I was able to get my footing and make it to the top of the ladder. I was wet and cold, completely exhausted. Instantly the Korean deckhands who spoke no English whatsoever began taking me out of my survival suit. They sat me down on the deck next to the bulkhead. I wasn’t prepared to just sit there and watch while our rescuers continued their mission. I knew how many guys were still in the water. I ran over to the rail to see what condition the men were in the water. The Korean deckhands were all gathered at the rail throwing lines down to where the raft was. That didn’t look right. Why throw so many lines? My eyes were bugging out of my head as I could see that the raft had collapsed from all the lines our benefactors had tossed upon it and the men were in the water fighting for their lives.

Now some people think I am hero for what happened next and others think I simply had a momentary lapse of reason but others believe like I do that the Lord was with me to save those who were drowning in a very angry sea.

Romans 5:7-21 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.

After so many miracles it stands to reason that all things are possible for those who believe. At this very moment I was a believer to the tenth power. Truly I had to have the gift of faith to do what I was about to do. I began hollering to the Korean deckhands to get me a knife. I was making cutting signs like how you would use a knife. Someone understood and came running back to me with a knife in tow. By this time the crew had lowered a gangway to where the men were and several of them were tangled up in the line. I could see that every time a swell would ride by some of them would go under until it had passed. The captain and my friend Mike Medley were drowning. I ran down the gangway, jumped back into the water and began cutting my friends loose while holding onto the gangway. The other deckhands saw what I was doing and came to help hold onto me while I cut them loose. I was not wearing a survival suit. Philippians 4:13 I truly can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! There is no doubt in my mind the Lord preserved me including delivering me from hypothermia from which I should have died from the exposure that night.

Michael was almost dead when we got him out of the water but I had to cut the captain loose. He was wrapped up in the line like a cocoon and he was not doing well either. I was able to bring him out of the water and in the process, I had been rescued a second time. The story of my life played out at sea. The Lord has been rescuing me ever since I first believed. He has always been faithful to deliver me from calamity. I was so wound up after getting onto the ship though the last thing on my mind was to have a praise party. That would come later. The captain of the ship allowed me to come into the radio room and call ComStat Kodiak and relay the news that we had been rescued and to call off rescue operations. My thoughts turned towards Mike Medley. The last time I saw him he was white as a sheet and was unconscious. The ships bosun (petty officer) took me to the infirmary. They were giving Mike Medley CPR.

“Oh God! Don’t let Mike die! I brought him out here and now after everything that has happened please do not let him die!” I laid my hands on Mike then asked the Lord to revive him. He had stopped breathing after he had been brought out of the water. Hypothermia and drowning had done him in. I began to walk away fearing the worst when suddenly that familiar Presence filled the room. The atmosphere shifted and then I looked back. I could see the life ebb back into Mike’s body. He was alive! Praise God Mike was alive. We were all alive. Our journey was not over and we all could continue on to apprehend faith the reveals destiny. Not all of us were born again believers when the boat went down. But for a certainty, we all knew that it was the Lord’s saving grace that brought us to safety that night.

Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come!

Psalm 34:4

I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 18:19

He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.

For the journey to be successful it is necessary for all who are walking “with Jesus” to learn the lesson of “Emmanuel,” God is with us. The foundation must be that Jesus is more than just a cliché. That His promises are not carrots that He dangles before us that can never be obtained. He is not a man that He could lie. He never leaves us or forsakes us. He does not pop in and out again because He is having a bad day or He has some issue with you that he wants to hold against you. His grace is always sufficient for you! When there is much sin His grace much more abounds because He is merciful! He is not offended with you and storming out of the room because you are blowing it. He loves you right in your dysfunction. How could He reject you in your sin and dysfunction when He became sin and dysfunction on your behalf? Wouldn’t He then have to reject Himself! He is present always in the now to save, heal, deliver and protect as we walk out this journey toward His Truth that brings freedom. We must be settled within our spirits that if He has sent us and we have been directed by His Spirit then He is with us within His Heavenly mandates no matter what the enemy tries to throw at us. We are to master the call to take every thought captive and make them obedient to the Word of God who proceeds from the mouth of the Father. He is living and active to produce in you His faith as He is Christ in you the Hope of Glory.

Keeping faith and a good conscience has everything to do with the loyalty and trust for Whom you gave your allegiance! The Lord brought to mind this passage, Matthew 14:22 Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away,” and Matthew 8:18 “Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to depart to the other side of the sea.” In both these passages the One who only did what He saw His Father in Heaven doing gave the order to get into the boat and go to the other side. It stands to reason that if we know the testimony of our Lord Jesus is the very Spirit of Prophecy who only does what He sees His Father doing or saying then we know that when He says “get in the boat to go to the other side He is not sending you on a suicide mission! No! If Jesus says for you to “get in the boat” to go to the other side, you can bet that failure is not in the picture concerning the journey to go to the other side. Whenever the Lord gives a Word the reality of that Word is that He co-exists within it.

The disciples were ready to reject the Word of God imparted to them by Jesus which said “get into the boat, you are going to the other side!” Here in Alaska if you suffer literal shipwreck, apart from a miracle, you probably will not survive! Shipwreck to them looked like this, Matthew 8:23-26” When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Catastrophic thinking is the default mindset here. In all ‘good conscience’ they revealed that their faith was in the vehicle and not the Word of the Lord concerning the journey. I can just see the Lord looking at them as if to say “dude’s, did I not just say we were going to the other side?” Truly immaturity in the spirit is revealed in the way a believer reacts to the storms encountered on their way to fulfill their prophetic destiny. Catastrophic thinking is diametrically opposed to the gift of faith. Circumstance and chaos arise to challenge allegiance and fortitude to provoke them to reject the destiny that is imparted in the prophetic Word given them. In this case the prophetic destiny is simply that they would get into the boat and go to the other side. Faith apprehends destiny.

1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.

When doubt and unbelief are revealed to be your default setting instead of trusting in the Lord, immaturity is revealed so that maturity can be installed. Humility is key. This does not mean that childlike faith should allow for childish immaturity. Childlike faith is the standard for which mature faith is built on. Children who are well taken care of rarely struggle with remaining immature spiritually because they have an experiential trust in those who are in authority over them. They know they can go to their fathers or mothers for reassurance in times of need. Remember the father in his distress who said in his humility “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.” He had the revelation that faith is a gift imparted to us from above. He knew Who was present in his moment to ask for the faith that he was lacking. He did not accuse Jesus of not caring nor did he withhold the very grace he was desperate for from the One who has the supply. He found favor in that he chose not to condemn Jesus for his sons’ condition but reaped what he sowed when he was in the depth of sorrow and pain that only the Lord’s grace could resolve. Whatsoever a man sows, that will he also reap. So many want grace in their moments of doubt and pain and cry out for it but they are the first ones to blame God for all their problems when all hell breaks loose. They withhold grace from the very one they are accusing of withholding it. Our understanding should be that there is no better time than the present to ask the Lord to produce faith within us when catastrophic thinking is drowning out the hope that we will make it through the storm to the other side to where our destiny awaits.

James 1:2-8

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

In the storm, when everything seems to be lost in the mind of the catastrophic thinker, Jesus either shows up or “wakes up” every time to bring discipline during this teachable moment; to expound to them that they are of ‘little faith,’ or to say, “how immature.” He may be there to chastise and to discipline but He is there above all to comfort us in our discomfort from being assailed by the storm and the knowledge that we are weak and helpless apart from Him. Jesus always comes through to bring correction by showing Himself faithful and that His grace is always sufficient for us. When we are weak, He is strong and when our faith is wavering, He comes through to show Himself Trustworthy and Faithful. His Truth commands our allegiance. The sons of God are led by the Spirit of God in maturity when they have come to the knowledge that they are about their Father business under the instruction of His Faithful Word.

Proverbs 10:25

When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

The journey is designed so we can get our prophetic sea legs on the ship of faith He has imparted to us so that the knowledge of what God has asked or said He would do will be the final Word. No matter what it looks like, we make our stand on His Everlasting Foundation with confidence in the One who is faithful to see His Word through. Maturity understands that what He has said in His written Word, His Prophetic Word, He is watching over faithfully to perform! A mature seasoned believer trusts in the Lord with all of His heart and does not lean on His own understanding in the storm. A mature believer runs into the Name of the Lord while looking to His redeemer where His help comes from.

I have always believed the journey we are on towards maturity is summed up in the words of a very dear and precious friend of mine. Years ago, I was at a Windwalkers Conference with Mary Glazier at the Open-Door House of Prayer in Fairbanks Alaska when I had an open vision that was unlike any I had ever had before. I was waiting on the Lord in prayer when out of the right side of my vision I saw a lion running with authority and confidence while turning to line up dead center in front of me with a multi jeweled crown in His mouth. He looked right at me then shook the crown that He was holding then stood there. Wow! I raised my hand while Mary was still speaking and she looked at me to allow me to speak and I told her the vision. She didn’t skip a beat and said these words to me, “the Lord says ‘there is Kingly Authority in the Prophetic Anointing!’” I can still see that vision in my mind as if it was yesterday and have carried that revelation with me ever since. The Lord wants to reveal this maturity in all of us, that is the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the Kingly Authority that is in the Prophetic Anointing!

My prayer is that the message in the song touches the heart of those who hear it that our times are in His hands and He is the One who is able to finish and bring to completion the good work he has begun in us all. He is the One who is able to keep us from falling and He is able to work within us to will and to work for His good pleasure. Within His Word over us corporately and individually is all the wisdom, the knowledge and understanding of the height, the depth, the width and the length of His everlasting loving kindness for those whom He calls by His name. He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly far more than we could ever wrap our minds around, hope for or imagine. May we all come to the knowledge that He co-exists within His Word and His Word co-exists within us and He is present within the Word producing faith within us that brings all glory, power, praise and honor unto our King!

I AM A SON Backstory… (Published by Destiny Image)

The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7 (NASB) 

I met Don Nori Sr. on Facebook years ago. I sought him out. I had been listening to a friend of mine, Mary Glazier, the founder of Anchorage Intercessors at a Windwalkers conference in Anchorage Alaska when I heard her say something that stuck out to me. She said, “if you want to be the best at something find out who the best is and endear yourself to them.” At the time I was inspired to be an author and I took that to mean that if I wanted to be an amazing author that I should find out who the founder of Destiny Image was. I knew authors such as Rick Joyner, Bill Johnson and TD Jakes were being published by Destiny Image and thought whoever was publishing them had to be the best. The authors and the content of what Destiny Image was producing had captured my imagination. As I looked into Destiny Image, I saw on the website their history and how they had come to be. There was the story of how Don Nori Sr and Cathy stepped out on the waters of uncertainty and trusted the Lord to meet them right there where their faith was at. They had gone all in on a word from the Lord. The word was in a nutshell that “if they would publish the prophets the Father would prosper them.” I tried to imagine what kind of people would be so bold and courageous! I had to reach out to them. Little did I know that it wasn’t authoring that I would come to love and appreciate most about Don Nori Sr. Not that there wasn’t so much more to love. But it was his understanding of the revelation of our identity as sons who are about our Father’s business that captivated me.

The Journey

 “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord” Romans 12:10-11 (NASB)

I reached out to Don Nori Sr when he was in need of some prayer because of his health condition and began to pray for him on a regular basis. As time went on, we became friends. Don became interested in some of my artwork and began inquiring into Alaska. After a few years of getting to know each other Don trusted me enough to come to Alaska and allow me to host him and his precious wife Cathy. Their first trip here was a success and we were now fast friends. I travelled to Shippensburg to see him and Cathy where I learned a little more about horses then I needed to know. Cathy loves and trains horses and there was one in particular that was large enough for me to ride. Don was concerned though and almost made me sign a waiver. When I was younger, I could ride well and thought I still had it, however, while riding, I fell off and found out that I don’t bounce like I used to. Thank God I didn’t break anything. Eventually Don and Cathy came back to Alaska again to finish his last book “I Am a Son.” I was grateful to be one of the first to acquire and read that book. It was if I was looking into the crystal sea where all that I had been hoping to see my whole life became evident and clear. Don’s gift was to put into words what we had all been experiencing in the spirit realm. Don realized that his identity was simply that he was a son who was about his Father’s business. This is where the narrow path had led him to. It is here that the Father has been leading us, just as He had been leading Don Nori Sr., all along. This book “I Am a Son” defines the journey he had been on his whole life. The journey we have been on our whole life. He had found himself in Christ, a son, with all the favor and accolades and benefits that that brings. It’s as if his whole life had been leading up to the writing of this one book for the benefit of all of us. This incredible understanding that he didn’t need to curry favor from the Father. He didn’t have to do anything but believe this one thing, then live and move and have his being from within this absolute knowing. He was his Fathers son with all the benefits and inheritance that is afforded through his faith in the Son of God. Because of this, he was about his Father’s business.

2 Peter 1:19 So we have the prophetic word made surer, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. (NASB)

Every line of this book confirms everything the Lord had been trying to showing us since we first confessed Jesus as our Risen Savior. We all need confirmation of these things the Lord has been teaching us by His Spirit and none of us have gotten it right away. We have all desired to have that blessed assurance sealed indelibly on the fleshly tablets of our hearts. It seems so far removed from us that the Father would give us everlasting life through the Son and then allow us to share in His inheritance and glory, so even the most seasoned believer will find themselves questioning the validity of these truths. It is beyond comprehension except that His illumination allows us to comprehend such an amazing and incredible reality. Life for all of us is culminated in the knowledge of sonship found within the Son and only the Holy Spirit has the power to convince us.

“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:14 (NASB)

The truth that we are ‘sons’ has been right there in front of us the whole time. Because of lack of understanding we don’t seem to want to acknowledge it until the journey has brought us full circle to where, now, it all makes sense. The narrow way leads to our identity. Our identity in Christ Jesus releases us into the freedom of abundant life. It is the Son whose baptism of fire removes all doubt from our minds. Those who choose not to run from the refiners fire will come to the knowledge of His glory that He is the Firstborn of many brethren.

The Lyrics

For years I walked with Jesus struggling with just what was it that He was trying to get me to “understand.” Hungry and thirsty for righteousness I struggled to find the narrow way. Then there was the day it all came clear. I understood. While writing the song “He’s Making a Way” I heard the Lord say “stop son and listen to Me.” I stopped immediately so I could do just that. I had an immediate sensation of something being dropped into my spirit. It was tangible like I could feel something had literally been deposited within me. I began to hear these words. “He’s always with me. I’m never alone. Never forsakes me. I’m one of His own.” I began to write this verse down and soon all the other verses followed. In a matter of minutes, I had written the song “I Am a Son.” As I meditated on what I had just written I began to pray in the spirit for the chords and the melody. I picked up my guitar and as soon as it was in position, I heard the music. I knew the arrangement and could play it as if I had played it my whole life. This song was more than just another download from Heaven to me. I knew that this song was, and is, a culmination of all that the Lord has been revealing in me since I first entered in. Not only had the Lord been confirming things He had been showing me in the spirit realm through Don’s book, He was also showing me that this revelation was here to stay and was sealed in my spirit forever. I am His son!

The chorus of the song echoes the struggle between Father and son as revealed in the line, “He’s calling to you now, He saying don’t run, I am your Father, and you are My son.” The Father never relents. Even when the “prodigal” squandered his inheritance, the Father never stopped loving him as a son. I had been the “backslider” who had run. In all my running He never left me nor forsook me. Nothing ever separated me from His love. The Holy Spirit never stopped pursuing me with the Father’s love. In many respects I had remained unwilling to come up higher and had been more comfortable in my default setting of carnality and failure. Always going around the mountain.

I had been the “faithful” son as well, jealous for validation from the Father. The story has been played out since time immemorial. The son throughout all of scripture has run away in one form or another from the understanding that as a son there is no other position of favor greater than having the right to be called a son who is about his Father’s business. I have heard many people crying out for ‘favor’ as if God doles it out according to some works-based approval system. I have seen many try to curry favor through their ‘righteous’ acts. I have even seen ‘prophets’ lay hands on men and woman to say that “God is pleased with you and you have come to greater level of favor with Him.” Once you realize you are a son that doctrine is no longer valid. Either these ‘prophets’ are communicating the one they are praying for have come to a greater closeness with Him in a way that they understand their positions as sons, or, they are saying God is dispensing favor as you curry it from Him. I would hope that it is not the latter. Whether we are close to Him or faraway, because we believe, we are in Christ, our faith in Him makes us righteous and we share in His Sonship. As we share in His Sonship and remain in Him the Father leads us by His Spirit to where our identity is. That is to come to the conclusion that, as we have received Him, we have been given the right to be called “sons of God.”

“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren [adelphos].” Romans 8:29 (NASB)

Adelphos is the Greek word for brethren which means ‘directly related to closely and distant.’ I get it. When I first received Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I only knew Him distantly and had to walk with him many miles until I could trust Him enough to call Him brother (adelphos) and resign myself to remain in Him on a permanent basis. I have come to believe that the whole purpose of discipleship is to come to the knowledge of His truth that I have been given the right to be called a son of God. How audacious! The freedom received from the knowledge of this glory reveals in me the confidence, in the love the Father has for me, that He would call me a son of God.

And with all your acquiring, get understanding. I am not just in the Son but I am His brother and if I am a brother then it stands to reason that I am positioned and identified by our Father in Heaven as His son if we will choose to remain. Choose not to run. Could we ever have any more favor than that? We share in the inheritance. The promises are yes and amen for us. He is withholding no good thing from us. All things are possible for us within His plan and purpose for us as His sons. He is for His sons and nothing can be against us! Does it ever really get any better than this? Could you ever be positioned for anything more than the favor that being a son of the Father imputes towards you?

The Video

The video “I Am a Son” starts out with a homeless man walking the streets of Anchorage. He is alone and destitute. All he has are the clothes on his back and his rain gear. In his mind he cannot let go of his rain gear because all his identity is in his ability to commercial fish. He’s tired and finds a place to lay down in a broke down trolley in the middle of the city. He falls into a fast sleep when the Lord meets him there in his brokenness and ministers to him through a dream.


“In a dream, a vision of the night, when sound sleep falls on men, while they slumber in their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction, that He may turn man aside from his conduct, and keep man from pride;” Job 33:15-17 (NASB)

He wakes up in the dream to find his ‘spirit man’ singing a song over him. As he listens to the song, he rejects the very idea that the Father would be everything he is hearing in the spirit. He doesn’t believe that the Father could ever receive him as he is oppressed and depressed from the guilt and shame that his brokenness has opened the door to. His ‘old man’ is warring with the ‘new.’ But, as he is listening, there is a glory cloud that brings provision upon the words that are being released into his spirit. Faith and hope begin to rise up from within him. The words begin to accomplish that for which they were sent. He gets up and begins to walk. While he is walking, he is met by a messenger, a young evangelist, that gives him direction to a place where he can find forgiveness and freedom from his guilt and shame. He has a vision of the daughter he is estranged from and she is looking for him. He continues on and walks up to a house of worship where he is confronted by a huge cross hanging on the building. He falls to his knees, bows his head and has a divine revelation of the Father’s Perfect Love (Jesus) for him and receives the love, forgiveness, and mercy of the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. It is then that his daughter finds him and he tells her “I am forgiven.” They embrace. The scene cuts back to the trolley where he wakes up from the dream. He walks off from the trolley and finds himself on the same street where the messenger met him, it is the same boy as in the dream. The dream becomes reality.

The story line was inspired by own personal testimony and the knowledge that until we embrace our brokenness, we will never be able to grasp the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the height, depth, width and the length of the Father’s love for His sons. Like myself and many others, we have to come to the end of ourselves so that God can reveal His master plan to reconcile us all to Himself as sons of God in and through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Awaken Alaska is headed to Nashville!

We are headed to Nashville. Apart from our television show and ministry to ministries in need of financial advice, I am also a recording artist collaborating with some of the best in the business out of Nashville Tenn. Besides the music we are recording we have been waiting on things  to change financially so that we can work with KLP Productions and to bring Awaken Alaska to a larger network. We have some great connections we have not tapped into because finances will not allow it. This is not a pitch for money by the way. This is just a heads up about what we are doing to move forward as the Lord wills. Its all about His will! We don’t know where all of this is going. We just know that the plans that the Lord has for us are for good and not evil! His plan is to prosper us and to give us an expected end. We know that the Lord is able to do exceedingly and abundantly far more than we could have hoped for or imagined!

We have determined that when the music is successful and produces the capital and income we will then take advantage of the opportunities that lie before us. The Lord has seen fit to connect us to some very successful people in the business and it is our job to simply apply our faith through works in the spirit of excellence as He has provided us.

We have recorded 5 songs in Nashville under the KLP banner with country music legend Kenny Lee and Mike Shrimpf the house piano player for the Country Music Hall  of Fame. We also have complete one music video. You can see the video here on my personal “artists” website The plan is to complete the next five songs then complete music videos for each one of them. We plan on having the first five done by the end of the year. So exciting! Praise the Lord!

Here are the testimonies of the songs…

“Wedding Song” Testimony

Not all believers know the revelation of the Wedding Feast prepared for the Lord and His Bride~                                                                              In the “Wedding Song” the Bridegroom calls His Bride to drink of all the love that He has to give her with all of its eternal weighty blissful glory! He gently woos her as He suggests to her “come drink of the Wine My love, come drink of it deeply… come be made My Wife, let Me love you completely.”                                                                                      One day I was sitting in my friend Barry Hildebrand’s house eating all of his ice cream before he could dispose of it himself. I was lounging around like I always do when I’m over at his place when a lady friend of mine came in and asked me to please write her a song for her upcoming wedding. Immediately the Lord dropped this song directly into my heart. I got up walked over to the table, set my ice cream down, and asked for a pen. Within two minutes I had written the song. It was beautiful. But now I needed the music. The very moment I began to wonder how the music composition would come I heard the Lord say “use the composition you wrote for your daughter Robin when she passed away.” What! I thought really? Use that song? I had never used those chord structures ever except to pine away and mourn the death of my thirteen year old daughter. I got an immediate overwhelming sense of comfort as I thought these things. When I put the songs to the composition I had so long used to remember my daughter, the words of the song and the music fit together like a glove. I instantly heard the Lord say “you’ll never mourn your daughter with this composition again. You will however declare My love for My Beloved using this composition and I will anoint it.” This song is anointed and everyone that hears it is moved deeply by it. In order to enter into this place of intimacy with Jesus there is a different kind of mourning that goes on. It is the crucified death of your old nature that the Holy Spirit produces in His Beloved that she would be betrothed and set apart to her Husband so that they would be One for all eternity to the Glory of God the Father! I sang this song at my friend’s wedding and everyone loved it. Actually my music was first recognized because of this song. This song has opened the door for this project to go forward and it will be available with the music video and released in the summer of 2018 as well with the others!

“Communion Song” Testimony

“Holy Spirit won’t you fall on me.” This is the invitation and position of our hearts as we approach the Throne of Grace! “Holy Spirit won’t you set me free.” This is our hearts cry as we come to our Lord and Savior knowing that it is His Truth revealed by His Holy Spirit within us that brings breakthrough and freedom. We are transcended into the place where obedient, authentic maturing sons of God dwell, seated in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus as the Father makes all of our enemies and that evil that plaques us our footstools! This is the beginning of the song that walks you through the memory of what the broken Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ extends towards all who believe. Through His broken Body and shed Blood we have been gifted the infilling, indwelling and full immersion of His perfect and pure Holy Spirit.

From the very beginning it has been the Father’s intent to draw all men to Himself by His Holy Spirit only to fill them with His Holy Spirit and make them His dwelling place. Acts 17:24 “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands,” Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.”

The “Communion Song” is all about the journey the Lord takes us on through the leading of His Holy Spirit that reveals authentic maturing sons of God as well as His Bride the unified Church. My friend Don Nori Sr who wrote the book “I Am A Son” recently said to me “the church will never be unified until they all look to Jesus.” We must all look to Jesus who alone is the Author and finisher of our faith.

As the song speaks to the authority of Jesus, His broken Body and His precious Blood, it reveals the hearts cry of the Father for His Son that He would be betrothed to His Beloved Bride! She has set her eyes on Him and continually looking for the Lover of her soul. This is her heart in Song of Solomon 2:9 “My Beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, He is standing behind our wall, He is looking through the windows, He is peering through the lattice.” She knows He is for her and is the Husbandman of the vine of Truth that is weaved in the Word of God planted in her heart mind and soul! As she looks for her lover she is united with her virgin sisters for the coming of her Betrothed. Matthew 25 “Then the Kingdom of Heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the Bridegroom.” She knows that her “oil” lamp can only be filled from above.

All through the scriptures “oil” remains symbolic of the ‘anointing’ of the Holy Spirit or is used directly inferring the Holy Spirit. “The Spirit of the Lord” and the oil of anointing are directly linked. The oil of anointing stands as a physical representation of Jesus being given the Spirit to perform these functions for God in His service to man.” For you and I, His Bride, if we will position ourselves so, we have been given an even greater ministry anointing by His Spirit which reveals Christ in us the Hope of Glory. Our ministry is not just towards man as the Lord’s was, but our ministry is towards God and man. We are filled with the Spirit of God to minister to the heirs of salvation while we are also called to minister even as Mary did at the feet of our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I love this song and I am happy that He allowed me to write it, sing it, record it and release it to the world! I hope you love it and that you are never the same after hearing it!

“No Doubt Testimony”

“No Doubt” is a song written to call out the doubt and unbelief that we all struggle with when we are contending for healing and put it on notice. It starts off with the challenge, “remove all doubt from your mind! Won’t you dare to believe! Call down the gift of faith be filled with His grace! Get ready to receive!” Faith is the substance of things hoped for! Without faith it is impossible to please God! We have to position ourselves in our hearts and minds and demand within ourselves that we maintain an attitude of faith and immovable confidence in the promises of the Lord! It pleases the Lord when we walk by faith and not by sight. He wants to reward your faith if you will refuse to let it go! “No Doubt” says, contend for your faith and apply works that accompany your faith as the Spirit leads you! He will lead you and He will produce faith in you if you ask Him to help you with your unbelief! Like the song says, “come on get excited! He is Faithful and True! To those who dare to believe His mercy and grace… are extended to you!” After you hear this song you will be left with no other choice than to put your complete trust and unwavering confidence in the Word of the Lord over all of your circumstances! The Father is watching over His Word to perform it and He is able to do exceedingly and far more abundantly than we could hope for or ask! There is NO DOUBT you are going to love this song! It is filled with amazing rhythm and blues riffs that will carry your faith on every note to grasp the reality of faith that comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God!

“Every Man” Testimony

This is an incredible testimony of healing coupled with creativity! I was at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage Alaska when I saw this man who was struggling to stand up from his wheelchair. He was trying to smoke. I thought, sheesh, this guy really wants a cigarette because of all the trouble he was going through to do it. I heard the Lord say, “pray for him” and thought to myself…. really? So I said to the Lord, “I don’t want to…” then the Lord asked me “why not?” I told Him, “I don’t know, I just don’t like praying and not seeing instant results… its humiliating. I don’t want to be embarrassed.” Then I heard the Lord say, “Lay hands on him and pray.” So I did… no result! I left thinking “see Lord! That’s why I don’t like doing this. Because I don’t see results all the time!” So I left.

That day my pastor called me and asked me to meet him at the restaurant of my choice anywhere in the city of Anchorage to eat lunch. I picked a hole in the wall Korean style buffet place and we met the next day. We were just getting ready to sit down when I heard all these people walking into the restaurant. I look over and guess who comes walking in with his whole family, but the very guy who I had prayed for the day before. He was walking upright and there was no wheelchair! I dropped my food on the table and asked the pastor to excuse me, walked over to this man and his family with wide eyed excitement and asked him “do you remember me? What happened, you could not walk at all yesterday, where is your wheelchair?” He then told me the story of what happened after I left. After I left the man wheeled into see the doctor but when he asked him how he could help him he immediately felt the infirmity leave and his strength began to pour back into his body! Now, here he was at the restaurant that I just happened to be at (not an accident ya think?) He was there to celebrate the goodness of God, through the promise of healing, with his family! I was praising God! Back at my table with the pastor I recounted the story with the pastor. He said, “now that’s a spiritual ‘atta’ boy if I ever heard one!”

The pastor began to tell me how the Lord put it on his heart to tell me three things. He said, “every man needs a father, every man needs a brother, and every man needs a son.” When he said those three things the song dropped into my spirit and I wrote “Every Man” right on the spot….. the song and the music video will be available for release the summer of 2018! Praise God!

“Backslider Come Home” Testimony

“Backslider Come Home” was written while I was in a halfway house years ago. Frustrated, I stared out the window while I was praying one day when a squirrel jumped up on the window screen and began playing right in front of me running up and down it! It was then when I heard these words…. “I know you’re feeling frustrated because things aren’t going your way, I know that things seem all messed up but Jesus is still with you today! Backslider Come Home, Jesus is still calling to you!” Yes!

Sons of God, Be Expectant~


JESUS is LORD!!! I bless you throughout this coming summer. The fields are white for harvest so…. Be expectant! Angels heralded the Sons arrival and told of the Glory of God being manifest in the flesh here on earth. The Messiah Emmanuel was foretold and all the earth waited with anticipation. Even now the Son of God is heralded by the Angels in the atmosphere as they blow the trumpet, and much more, as the earth groans and shakes and travails, the Angels of the Lord trumpet the manifestation of the son’s of God here on this earth! His church (the sons of God) will be a victorious church without spot nor wrinkle! As we see the men and woman of God appear here in these last days to do the “finished” work of the Lord we know that harvest time is in full swing and the Latter Rain is upon us!

The Trumpet of His Love has been sounding off all across these lands and He is COMING SOON!!! This year 2018 will be a year of incredible Harvest in every land! Those whom you have been contending for and those who seem to be the farthest and hardest to reach will come in without a struggle, without a fight! They will cave in to the Lord’s inextricable weighty Love! Their hearts will melt before Him as you release the Heart of the Father and the Mind of Christ to all who He directs you too! Watch and behold the suddenlies of the Lord such as you have never conceived! Not by might, not by power, but by His Spirit as you remain in Christ Jesus! Apart from Him you can do nothing but you can do all things through and in Christ who strengthens you! He is making a way where there seems to be no way and their will be rivers of living water where you have always seen desert lands! Life abundantly and a Great Harvest and surely He will do this before your eyes as He will use the foolish things as well to confound the wise! Get excited and be prepared at all times to be instant in season! Emmanuel! God is with you!!!

Stephen Holmstock

Healing: Sign post to the “Valley of Decision”

What is the difference and what are the circumstances that determine when a believer is healed and do the unbelievers fall under the same category as a believer when they receive healing? When an unbeliever is healed the implications are harvest orientated. The healing of unbelievers is designed to effect the spiritual structure and the hearts and minds of everyone connected to the one healed. This should be the case for the believer also. When a believer is healed it is the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ in their lives. The result of the promises that are activated by faith are performed on behalf of the believer by the Lord! This is also harvest orientated as it produces greater faith in all those involved. This includes the ones who prayed the prayers of agreement to the Word and all those who operated prophetically to encourage, edify and exhort to the Cross where healing occurs. The believer should be able to testify of the Goodness of God in their lives and those who are not believers who are or who have not been directly related to the performance of a miracle will certainly be brought without excuse to a valley of decision. Faith comes by hearing but explosions of faith come by hearing and seeing the power of God.

Truly it is not about the healing in most instances, but, that He is establishing belief and abolishing unbelief. Healing produces greater realms of faith by establishing the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ in power. In this He accomplishes the atmosphere that pleases Him the most. He is able to reward all of those who enter into the “gift of faith.” Healing is much more than deliverance from the evil of sickness, disease and all of the wounds inflicted on the spirit, soul and mind. It is the spearhead gift that establishes faith irrefutably in the heart of believers and unbelievers alike. Healing and miracles in the Name the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth abolish doubt and unbelief which creates the scenario called the “valley of decision.”

Jesus is the Administrator of the power to heal and to cast out demons. The Father is the Operations Manager, and the Holy Spirit is the Manifestor of the gift of healing and everything else that are the result of His Kingdom coming here to earth as it is in Heaven. They are One and the same working together as a Whole Individual, an Eternally Whole God to bring forth the Harvest by manifesting through signs, wonders and miracles to abolish doubt and unbelief so that all men might believe!

Jesus did not go to the disciple’s and say “I will make you healers of men,” but He did say they would be “fishers of men.” So many in the Body are consumed with being a healer or known for their gifts, never realizing that the gifts are to provoke faith in believers and non believers alike. Some receive healing and soon forget where the healing came from. Even so, even when they have forgotten the many benefits their healing brought inevitably  the seed that was planted by the Lord’s mercy gives birth to salvation later down the road. Truly healing comes on the wings of His Word and that Word accomplishes that for which it was sent producing faith that leads to righteousness in the end. Healing brings the “unbeliever” to the valley of decision.

Not all the disciples were walking completely convinced in the Lordship of Jesus and the Revelation of the Messiah as we understand Him. We know this by remembering the doubts that Thomas had. Jesus continually reminded the disciples of there lack of faith. Eventually though, the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ through the “Spirit of Prophecy” or through divine encouragement, edification and exhortation, gave birth to its “perfect way” as the Word accomplished that for which He was sent.

I love that scripture that tells us to “forget not His many benefits.” In healing alone the benefits are overwhelming in the Spirit realm. The greatest benefit is that healing brings the harvest! Healing is one of the most effective reaping and harvest tools in the Kingdom. Healing is the manifestation of the Fathers love available to everyone unconditionally because Jesus was slain before the foundations of the Earth. All men are eligible. This is why the Israeli’s when they came out of Egypt were able to live in perfect healing. This is why the ungrateful lepers were able to receive His healing on that day in Lu:17:12-17 “And as He entered into a certain village, there met Him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off and they lifted up their voices, and said, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.’

And when He saw them, He said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, ‘were there not ten cleansed,’ but where are the nine?” Where did the nine go?

The nine did not see beyond the “Master” that Jesus was and did not see by the working of this miracle that Jesus was Lord. Many times people come to Jesus looking for that quick fix and once they are no longer “needy” they move away from pursuing His Lordship and will see Him as only Master from a distance.

Were these lepers true believers or did they just see Jesus as any other faith healer of His time and not as the Lord of all creation? These men were not true believers (except for the one) as we would consider a “full on believer” but as time went on and as the Lord’s ministry continued who knows? Everyone is on their own journey. The leper who glorified the Lord was ready and understood. The possibility that these men moved on to glorify God in there lives later as the seed of the Lord’s mercy and grace upon them germinated, is very very possible! It is the goodness of the Lord that leads men to repentance. The nine lepers that did not prostrate themselves may have been suffering from abandonment and rejection issues and did not see that they could have this relationship of unconditional love with “the Master.” We’ll know when we get to heaven won’t we, as nothing else was written again concerning the later part of their journey’s in life.

In John 11:28 Martha is still calling Jesus “Teacher” or properly translated “Master.” She had not quite grasped the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ, but in time she eventually does. In time she becomes thankful and begins to call the “Rabbi” Lord Jesus! What am I saying? I am saying that when the Lord sends His Word it always accomplishes that for which it was sent and that His Word which is sent never returns void. His Word, His Seed, always bears fruit that remains. His Word always accomplishes that for which it was sent and that is to ultimately bring the revelation of His love and win souls to His Glory!

The goal for us as “fishers of men” is to bring the reality of salvation through the Anointing of the Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

When we are empowered by the Holy Spirit as the disciples were in (John 20:22). “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost”) we are able to plant seeds of faith in the hearts of men who witness the signs and wonders that accompany the preaching of Sozo, or the “Good News.” Sozo is the Greek Word for saved, healed, delivered and defended.

It is within the spectrum of His mercy and grace that all doubt and unbelief is destroyed and the “Goodness” of God takes over the reigns and leads men to the Cross and repentance! Praise God that His mercy is available to everyone from the foundations of the earth and that He is making a way for all of His banished ones to return to Him! 2 Sam 14:14 “For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from Him.”

Blessings to all in Christ Jesus

Stephen Holmstock


King Hezekiah had the right idea in 2 Chronicles 30 to call out to the people of Israel to return to the Lord and consecrate themselves. In previous times their were not enough priest to consecrate themselves to perform the duties of sacrifice during the Passover which was on the 14th day of the second month. Nowadays that would be Valentines day.

When Hezekiah sent couriers throughout Israel to adjure them to return to the Lord not everyone in Israel responded but a few. The people of Judah (worship) however had a supernatural hand that was ministering unity amongst them and now we have a picture of how to access the revelation of the unity of the saints. Unity should be the goal of the Body of Christ in this hour. Unity is the eye opener the world has been waiting for. The people of God who have come under the Banner of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and have responded to the call to repentance and sanctification will walk in the anointing that brings unity amongst them and ushers them all into the Mind of Christ. Unity is a byproduct of holiness. 2 Chron 30:10 “The couriers went from town to town in Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun, but people scorned and ridiculed them. 11 Nevertheless, some from Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun humbled themselves and went to Jerusalem. 12 Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the Word of the LORD.” We can do nothing apart from Jesus. We need the revelation of His Love to hear His Word and to carry it out! When we turn from sin and allow ourselves to be sanctified and set apart we find that the byproduct of that is unity in the Spirit and a love and ability to walk in mercy and grace concerning all things.

The prayer of Jesus in John 17 for unity amongst those whom the Father had given Him is really a call to repentance and sanctification that will move the hand of God and bring the favor that releases the anointing for unity? The byproduct of repentance and sanctification being the ability to walk humbly before the Lord and each other which provokes unity and the Mind of Christ. Jesus prayed 13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of My joy within them. 14 I have given them Your Word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the Truth; Your Word is Truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify Myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in Me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that You have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that You gave me, that they may be one as We are one— 23 I in them and You in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that You sent me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.” Jesus says in 19 of John 17 “For them I sanctify Myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” In saying this He is taking the initiative and leading by example. In verse 12 the hand of the Lord was on the people of Judah because they had humbled themselves and answered the call to return to the Lord. They slaughtered the Passover Lamb in the second month on the 14th day and now were holy and consecrated before the Lord and of one mind. What a beautiful picture of the Lord ministering His favor to the Body of Christ! What we cannot do in and of ourselves to find favor amongst ourselves to live in peace and love one another only the Lord can do for us with His Holy Spirit by allowing His hand to be upon the Body of Christ that is pursuing repentance and sanctification by the Blood of the Lamb and the revelation of unity! It may be no accident that Valentines day is on the 14th day of the second month! Jesus was saying then as He is now, “won’t you love Me and be my valentine, and won’t you love each other and be each others valentines by setting yourselves apart and committing to one another to be holy and set apart and sanctified before the Lord so that He may rest His hand upon you to reveal the Mind of Christ concerning the unity of the saints that will make Jesus and his church more appealing to a lost and dying world. Those who respond to the “Love of Jesus” are the Joy that was set before Him and in John 17 this was the way to the fullest measure of Joy! Bless you all who choose to be holy as He is Holy and to be set apart and sanctified so that we may share in the fullness of His Joy with the hand of God resting upon us in unity and love!

A Cab Ride Through Anchorage

I was out for the day recently when I met this man Jonathan, a cab driver from Hungary. He was so filled with the Spirit of God. I had just finished meeting with my good friend Marilyn Stewart and the topic of our conversation touched on how the Lord was confirming His Word in all of us through the divine appointments He has for us during each day. Marilyn and I had met in the most unlikely of places and there was an instant connection in the Spirit. I love it when that happens. Our spirits agreed! And like the original and ongoing encounter I share with Marilyn and others, the very same agreement manifested when I jumped in this man’s taxi. The following is a video of that encounter! Truly there is a call for the Church to Awaken here in Alaska and around the world! Blessings!

Northern Revelations


The very laws of physics and mathematics establish with indisputable certainty the absolute inevitability of the creation’s return back to God. Psalm nineteen was long a source of amusement to Bible critics. In speaking of the sun, the Psalmist says: “His going forth is from the end of the Heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat there of’ (Ps. 19:6). It was claimed that the writer of this verse, obviously believed in the ancient notion of the sun’s revolving about the earth. This charge is most unjust, since we still use words and phrases of the same sort, simply because from our natural viewpoint the sun does rise in the morning, move across the sky, and set in the evening. The whole science of nautical and engineering astronomy is based on the assumption, made purely for convenience, that the earth is the center of a great celestial sphere, moving along the surface of which in ordered paths are the sun, moon, planets and stars. And as far as any practical usage is concerned, this is so. On this assumption, courses can be plotted, positions determined, and scores of other applications made.

But the words of the Psalmist have a deeper, more scientific meaning than that. It is now concluded by the leading astronomers that the sun, with the entire solar system, actually does move through space at the tremendous speed of 600,000 miles per hour in such a gigantic orbit that it requires over two million centuries to complete it, but complete it it shall, returning again and again, as the ages roll onward, to the point of its beginning. Furthermore, it is believed that our galaxy is also moving with respect to other galaxies. The sun’s circuit IS from one end of the heavens to the other! Who can accuse the Holy Spirit of ignorance of modern astronomy? Why am I making a point out of all this astronomy both physically and spiritually. It is because everything we see happening in the natural is symbolic and prophetic of everything going on in the spirit!

Here in Alaska we sit directly underneath the outpouring of the Lord’s Heavenly Glory because the Word is clear that He the Lord and His Heaven are established in the highest place which would in the physical, the natural, be directly North!

Some may perceive heaven as being all around us, just in other dimensions we cannot see or experience.  It is possible, though, that heaven actually is located in a specific place and, at the same time, transcends our 3-dimensional realm.  In a Bible study booklet, Our Eternal Home, available through Radio Bible Class Ministries, Richard W. De Haan points out,

The eternal home of the saints now is in heaven as the capital city, which is implied in the name “the heavenly Jerusalem” (Heb. 12:22).  But this raises a question that has often been asked, “Where is heaven?”

Some think it is located somewhere in the northern skies.  To support this, they point out that astronomers have discovered only one area in space that appears to be empty—the region around the North Star.  No other stars have ever been discovered there.  Rather, only a faint luminous glow has been detected.  Therefore, they speculate that this must be the location of heaven. (4)

Elihu may have known that heaven is located in the north sky when he pointed out to Job, “Out of the north he comes in golden splendor; God comes in awesome majesty” (Job 37:22).  In a psalm, Asaph noted, “No one from the east or the west or from the desert [south] can exalt a man.  But it is God who judges; He brings one down, he exalts another” (Psalm 75:6,7).  If exaltation from God does not come from the east, west, or south, it must come from the north; and, since God is in heaven, then it may be that heaven is in the northern skies.  Another psalmist stated,

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God!  His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King (Psalm 48:1,2—Revised Standard).

Again, somewhere “in the far north” seems to be the location of the heavenly City of God, the New Jerusalem. Satan always has wanted to usurp God’s Authority and Power and install his own throne where God’s Throne is (see “pride and downfall” and “heavenly citizenship revoked”: C-7, P-I).  Referring to Satan, God said,

You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High” (Isa. 14:13,14—Revised Standard).

Isaiah also indicated that the Throne of God was somewhere in the north:  “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth…” (Isa. 40:22a).  If God’s Throne is “…above the circle of the earth…,” then the North Pole may point roughly towards it.  It even could be that the circle in the northern sky drawn out by the North Pole as the earth wobbles once each 25,000+ years (see “astrology unscientific”: C-9, P-IV, S-2) outlines a section of heaven itself.  Other Bible passages which also might indicate that heaven is located in the north are Lev. 1:11a; Job 26:7a; Isa. 14:31d, 41:25a; Ezek. 1:4a.

So I like to think Alaskans and all those who are living in the North are by geographic latititude and longitude physically closer to physical Heaven! I must say that I am convinced of this because of the thickness of the Glory that is in the atmosphere as I approach Barrow Alaska every time I go up there, the atmosphere becomes honey thick with the presence of God. I like to say that the Lord crowned the world with the Eskimo, the Arctic Ice, the Polar Bear and the Snowy Owl. He also crowned the North with the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights and the Caribou! But one thing that He did liberally and profusely was provide the largest of all the worlds oil deposits here in the North. I am convinced that the Lord put the Eskimo in the North and gave them this deposit of oil as a reflection of the prophetic destiny He had given them in the Spirit. They are truly rich in spirit!

The Eskimo are the only unconquered people that are on this earth and never ceded or agreed to give up any of their sovereignty. They are still living on every continent that is above the Arctic Circle. They have the majority of the worlds oil deposits sitting on their land. They are considered the least of all people by the world at large and have been taken advantage of and thought to be a people of little intelligence and of no spiritual significance. But the Lord has chosen to take what the world has called foolish and is using them to confound the wise. The Eskimo of the Inuit, Inupiat, Inupiaq, Chupik, Yupik and Aluutik Eskimo’s around the world are a strong and hearty people and the Lord has chosen to save the best for last for them. Matthew 20:16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” From the beginning the Lord said that in the last days He would “pour out His Spirit on all flesh” and that He always saves the best for last. Even the word Eskimo is Athabaskan for meat eater. This truly fits because they have truly been given the teeth to chew the meat of the Word.

Jesus is returning soon and His Spirit is pouring out in a mighty way in the North and He is doing something incredible in the people of the Northern Lands.

I want you to think of a sphere or a globe and then imagine a pitcher of honey pouring out onto that globe or sphere from the very northern most part of the sphere. What would happen. The honey would pour out but it would go out to all corners of the sphere just by being poured out onto it from that one location on the sphere, correct? So if you poured out on the sides then only the sides would receive the outpouring. And if you poured out from the south it would not even touch the globe because everything that pours out pours out from above and not below, and so this is how it works. The Lord has established His Heavenly residents in the North and He pours out and touches the whole world from that location. And I am not limiting God and putting Him in a box and saying the Lord cannot pour out from any direction He wants. I am just saying that there is something prophetic going on here, something profound that we should all consider as we hear what the Lord is saying at this time when the return of our Lord is so close at hand.

The question is asked, Where is Heaven located? I can only say that somewhere in the spacious and infinite arena above this world is a place where God is and this is Heaven. The Bible speaks of ‘coming up into heaven’ (Rev 4:1) and of Christ being ‘taken up from you into heaven’ (Acts 1:11). From these Bible verses we know that Heaven is in an upward direction and not on the surface of this earth. It is above and outside of this earth, away in space.

“But that causes another question to arise, Which way is up? Since our universe is always spinning the direction of up is changing. The direction and location of Heaven is plainly given in the words of Isaiah concerning the fall of Lucifer. Listen to the boastful words of Lucifer as recorded in Isaiah 14: ‘I will ascend into heaven’ (v 13). Heaven is in an upward direction. ‘I will exalt my throne above the stars of God’ (v13). Heaven is beyond the other planets and above the stars. ‘I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north’ (v 14), or as the RSV renders it ‘in the far north.’ Heaven is in the northern area of the sky.

There is an outpouring that is about to take place that will be released upon the northern peoples and regions that will bring in the greatest harvest the world has ever seen that will trumpet the return of the Lord and the Lord is doing something that the world has never seen by releasing the best for last as He pours out the anointing on the peoples of the North that will do exploits and release the fire and the glory of God unprecedented through out the world bringing the Kingdom to earth and touching all nations with the Fire of God!

(This Word does not declare that through the natives of the North the final in-gathering and greatest revival will come. This narrative is to agree with the plan and the purpose and destiny that is available to those who are in the North to lay hold as God has revealed through the Spirit of Prophecy. The Lord is using all men and all men are eligible to participate in the last day harvest. His Anointing and Call is no respecter of persons!


Awaken Alaska is in Nashville!

Praise God we are now being broadcast out of Nashville Tennessee! Originally after having made contact with Don Nori Sr. and as well as the La Familia Channel and Telemundo we were approached by Kenny Lee of KLP Productions in Nashville Tennessee who produces television on a ROKU server that has up to 3 million viewers. Kenny Lee is the owner of KLP which produces up and coming country music stars such as Laura Dodd who was the Inspirational Country Music Singer of the Year in 2012. Kenny now produces her television show “” as well his own show “” Kenny Lee has agreed to produce us monthly until we build up enough shows that we can become weekly. Please pray for us so that we hit the mark and produce according to the leading of the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus! Kenny and Laura both can be found on Facebook.

Recently we filled out a new year long contract with GCI cable in Anchorage and South Central and our time slot has changed. We will be broadcast at 11 pm to 12 am every Friday night on Channel 18 GCI Cable. We like this time slot. We are upgrading our show so we can continue to bring an Alaska feel to the Gospel of Grace to the Lower 48! Its all very exciting!

I am posting the Inauguration prayers for everyone to look at, listen to and take to heart. The words that went out over the podium from the Capitol by the people of faith should set the benchmark for the next eight years for the way we pray for and over our nation!


For those of you who don’t know. Awaken Alaska was filming Rob Radosti at the Dimond Hotel in Anchorage when shots rang out. Two bullets from drug deal gone bad struck inside the room where we were having our meeting. One of the bullets struck the wall 3 – 4 feet from my head directly in front of me. Jennifer McBride our administrator was there along with my son and approximately 30 other people as well. It was a miracle no one was hit. A woman felt a bullet pass through her hair and a young boy was almost hit in the chest as well. Another miracle was that a young girl had just asked her father to move when a bullet crashed through a window exactly where he had been located just minutes before! To God be the glory! We had been just extolling and praising the promises of our King Jesus to save, heal, deliver and PROTECT earlier! Hallelujah! We serve an awesome God!

Awaken Alaska once again wants to thank you all for your love and support! Please leave a note here and let us all know what you are thinking and let us know what your hoping to see happen with Awaken Alaska!

Sincerely,                                                                                                     Stephen Holmstock                                                                                 President                                                                                                 Awaken Alaska                                                                                         907-382-9253


Greetings to all of our beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord! Thank you, thank you, thank you all for your prayers, your love and financial support! We are truly grateful!

Praise God I have time to reach out to everyone and share about where we have been and where we are headed in the year 2017. Ok maybe this won’t be about where we have been and where we are headed yet. It’s my first blog and I wanted to get some things out of the way before I get down to a normal blog. First let me thank the Lord Jesus Christ for allowing us to be used to serve the Body of Christ and reach out to our communities in Alaska and beyond. We have had the privilege to reach out across the nation and have seen the hand of God bring many miracles signs and wonders to pass as Awaken Alaska has grown. Praise God for what He has done with and through us in the year 2016. We have been able to touch many lives and have seen myriads of testimonies of the Lord’ faithfulness to save, heal, deliver and protect in multitudes of scenarios. We want to thank everyone of you all for your love and support in 2016 through prayer and encouragement as well as your financial contributions. Special thanks go out to many people and ministries that I would like to acknowledge here. To Pastor Apaui Tui, Doctrine of Salvation Ministries, Seward Eagles Nest, Dana Goodwater, Seward City Church, Shanna and Jonathan Springer, Brad Snowden, Barbara Jean Chappell, Chris Hartman, Tony Edwarsen UIC, the village of Ambler, Wallace Cleveland, Miles Cleveland, Bruce and Leslie Tipton, Tommie Zito, American Awakening, Jennifer McBride, Jennifer Hattemer, Billy Aiken, Kelly Rachai Thomas, Todd Jones and family, Alaska Glacier Water Products, Rod Koop, Joe Hickel, Hickel family, the Captain Cook Hotel, Conrad and Maria MacGruder Krinock, Abraham and Eileen George, Bobby Underwood Wade, Kenny Lee, Laura Dodd, Don and Cathy Nori Sr., Destiny Image Publishing, Jimmie Sue Woelke, Lorraine O’Neal, Steve Hughes, Ruth Packo, Dorothy Bekoalak, Voice in the Wilderness Ministries, Robert and Eleanor Roehl, Mary Glazier, Kingdom Alliance, Brad and Andrea Snow, Elvis Wolki, Pacific Northwest Teen Challenge. Alaska Corrections Ministries, Jim Duncan, Janet and Clayton Phillips, Pastor Jim Shultz and church family of Crossroads Assembly of God, Richard Irwin, Rob Radosti, John Crowder, Bethel Church Redding, Glenn Hermann and family, Hope Center/Soup Kitchen, Fallen Up Ministries with Terria Jean Walter, Haven House, Damascus House, Kara Lee,KLP Productions, Indian Valley Gold mine, Arlene and Roger Cowles, Turnagain Bed and Breakfast, Clark Ortiz at IPoint Global, Telemundo, William Nicholson (Moravian), Billy Aiken, Todd Jones, Barry and Karen Matteson, Karen and Tony Gardner, GCI Cable, ROKU Television, Pastor Marion Bush, Matthew and Benjamin Vincent (their parents also), Facebook, Twitter and all social media family,

We are making the clarion call to all of Alaska to WAKE UP. Can you hear the song? Awake oh Israel shake off thy slumber!” It shouldn’t offend anyone when they hear this. The truth is Alaska and the nation has fallen asleep lulled  by the security of wealth and the deception of western culture. There are whole villages in the state of Alaska that do not even have a man of God. The “seven mountains” as Lance Walnau so profoundly has been teaching have been overrun. It’s true, but Awaken Alaska is not a political siren nor is it a voice of condemnation to the Body of Christ at large. It is however a voice of Truth to the Church to unite and love one another that the world can see Jesus through us. John 17:22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be ONE, just as We are one. The spirit of this world would have us remain complacent and watch the world go by. Sort of like Dorothy and her companions as they were on the journey to the kingdom of Oz. They got to the poppy fields and they fell under the spell of the spirit that was “in the air.” Dorothy and the others did not awaken until the “good witch: sent the spirit of revival into the atmosphere so they could continue. Just an analogy folks! So the Body of Christ is awakening now and we are seeing the result of that sweeping the land. Isn’t it wonderful that we serve our Lord under His covenant of Grace whereby He has seen us through our sleep and lethargy. I believe that from this time forward the Body of Christ should no longer call Mount Iliamna “Sleeping Lady” but we should call that mountain “the Awakening Lady” as a prophetic declaration over the Bride that is keeping her lamp filled and her wick trimmed. Read the parable of the virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 (5Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. )

The fact that the church at large has been asleep is laid out before all of us as we see what a flavorless un-salty church has produced. There is no denying it. Since the church in the United States (just speaking on behalf of our country) has let its guard down and settled for the garments of Babylon in many respects the political and  educational systems have been overrun by those whose hearts despise the very notion of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who are willfully opposed to the Lord Jesus Christ have risen up to entrench their selves within the heartbeat of this nation with ease to break down the moral fabric of our nation and its children while dismantling the constitution that was founded on the premise of Kingdom principles. In other words no one should be surprised that when the Bride manifests as “sleeping beauty” the things she could have been influencing were trampled under the foot by the spirit of this world that never sleeps. By the way this is not to say that the Holy Spirit ever sleeps and let it be known that the Holy Spirit is pouring out to a greater degree now then He was in the book of Acts. This is the meaning of this scripture John 2:10 “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”

Don’t let this blog bother you too much. We are all guilty of some form of spiritual chloroform in one way or another. Remember there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Whether we are on track or not the Lord never leaves us or forsakes us like man will. His Grace will bring us all through and His Grace is sufficient for all of us. Thank God for the mercy and grace of God that are never withheld. I am also not saying everyone has missed it. Although we know in part, no one but Jesus ever did, we know that it is He that is working within us to will to do His good pleasure(Philippians 2:13.) He is the One who is able to complete all the good work He is doing within us(Philippians 1:6), and He is the One who is able to keep us from falling (Jude 1:24.) He said in Proverbs 24:16 “For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.” Did you fail, did you ever fall? Humility will reveal any wickedness in our hearts and His Grace will instruct us not to sin any longer(Titus 2:11-12.) Jesus and His Gospel of Grace has got this. Truly when a brother sins we must be the goodness of God that leads him to repentance if at all possible. A church that is alive and vibrant lives and breathes the Spirit of Reconciliation to all mankind as the Spirit leads. Ok enough preaching, I could go on for days on this one and I may write a book about it.

There is always a people who have remained vigilant and have not “hid their light under the bushel.” (Matthew 5:15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.) The Lord has placed them at the top of the “hill” because they have determined in their hearts that they cannot and will not be hidden. ( Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.) These Truths are a co-op. He has given us the choice to overcome lethargy and sleep by His Spirit so that our will aligns with His and He then can place us corporately and individually in the high places in our earthly places where our Lord’s intention has always been that we would take dominion.

We want to encourage you all that the Lord has a plan and a purpose for all of you within your daily lives and amongst the location and peoples He has called you to be a light to as well as a place for you in the Body to encourage, edify exhort and grow in the field of pasture He direct you to. I pray you find the place of safety whereby love is mantled upon you by the Body of Christ and they accept you right where you are at in all of you brokenness, weaknesses, insecurities and failings and mine the gold from within you by the Spirit of God to see you become the son or daughter of God whom you are! We pray that Awaken Alaska shines in this great state of Alaska as Lovers of Souls on behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ to the Glory of God the Father!

At least once a month as the blog grows I will be speaking more on this. I will be reporting next week on the journey that Awaken has been on and how it all came to be. From there I would like to remain current while revealing select testimonies, of which there are many, that we have documented as we have moved forward into 2017.

We love you all and are grateful for your love, prayers and financial support. Thank you!

What is happening with the show? We are being broadcast out of Nashville Tennessee on a ROKU Television channel that is produced by KLP Productions and owns Nashville Country Stars TV And that is another story.

We are excited…

Until next time! May the Lord bless you all and keep you and make His face to shine upon you!

Stephen Holmstock                                                                                                                                        President Awaken Alaska                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  907-382-9253