Posted by: Tom Graves | February 15, 2016



Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; THEY SHALL MOUNT UP WITH WINGS AS EAGLES; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

I love to watch eagles flying! They are so majestic and such beautiful birds. You may not know this, but when our founding fathers were trying to decide on a bird to represent our nation, tradition has it that Ben Franklin wanted it to be the wild turkey. However, the eagle won out and I am glad!

Gathering of eagles

A few years ago, Jeanie and I liked to go over to an observation deck overlooking Moultrie Creek. Directly across the creek was a very tall pine tree that had an eagle’s nest up near the top. Every spring, a pair of eagles would return to that nest to rear their young and we would take the binoculars and watch them bringing fish to the nest to feed their young. It was an amazing sight.

Last year, when I looked for the nest it was gone. I wondered why! What had happened? And then the Lord brought to mind the following verse: Deuteronomy 32:11-12:  “As an eagle STIRRETH UP HER NEST, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.”

When I was at seminary, my favorite professor, Dr. J. Leo Green, my Old Testament professor, spent an entire class on this verse. He explained that there are times when the baby eagle has become so comfortable and content in the comfort of the nest that it resists the parents’ efforts to coax it from the nest to teach it to fly. The parents then begin to disassemble the nest. The first thing they take out is the soft lining of their own feathers that they had plucked from their own bodies to make the nest warm, soft and comfortable. Next go the leaves and grass and finally the twigs and sticks that formed the foundation of the nest until the baby eagle is left on a limb with the cold wind blowing against it.

Then the mother eagle takes the young eagle in her talons and soars upward to a certain point and she opens her talons and shakes the little fellow free and he begins to fall toward the earth. Can you imagine what that poor little eagle is thinking? Has momma lost her mind? She’s never treated me like this before. She has always fed me, protected me and kept me warm – but now she’s catapulted me into space and I’m headed for the rocks below.

Meanwhile, the mother eagle soaring aloft, thinking to herself, if he is ever going to realize his destiny – if he is ever going to be anything more than a barnyard rooster he must learn to use his wings! He must learn to fly! At the last moment, just before the young eagle hits the ground, the mother eagle swoops under him and he lands gently on her back and up they go again. When the little fellow can get his breath he asks, “Why did you do that?” Momma simply replies, “Next time, flap your wings!” Up she sails again, higher and higher. She makes a loop and down he comes again. This time, she glides along beside him urging him to flap his wings. This is repeated time and again until finally, he gets the hang of using his wings and he begins to rise, higher and higher until eventually he is soaring toward the sun, the majestic king of the air!

God is beginning to stir the nest in which we have become so comfortable. When it seems like things are beginning to fall apart in your life, it may just be God stirring your nest so things can fall into place! It is God’s purpose to teach us that a life of ease is not the goal He has for us. Romans 8:28-29: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” God’s goal for us is to be like Jesus! John 14:12: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Amazing, but it is true!

Second, God is trying to enlarge our vision! To get us to fly higher – to believe for more. The best is yet to come! Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now unto him that is ABLE TO DO EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKETH IN US, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” God is able! He will never let you down! Trust Him to do above and beyond all you can ask or think!

One of my favorite worship leaders at Bethel Church, Redding, California, Steffany Gretzinger, put this into words in a short 3 minute spontaneous session of worship in the midst of a longer worship session. Let it bless your heart.

Blessings, Tom and Jeanie

Posted by: Tom Graves | January 19, 2016



Have you ever had a couple of days where it seems like God is trying to get something through to you? That has happened to me the last two days. I had to work Sunday morning at WalMart as usual and it had been a really hectic day. But it didn’t stay like that!

It started Sunday afternoon when I had been out to pick up something for Jeanie’s birthday. On the way back home, I began to think about the goodness of God and a song came to mind and I found myself singing a verse out of a popular song by Chris Tomlin. “You’re a Good, Good Father, It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are, And I’m loved by you, It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am!” Tears came to my eyes and I just basked in the Love of God that was surrounding me at the time.

Then, on Monday, I was trying to catch up on the e-mails that I hadn’t read for a couple of days and I had one from a friend that said, “Check this out. This baby is brought to tears by his mother singing a worship song.” Do you want to guess what the song was? It was the same verse that I was singing the day before. Then I decided to catch up on my Facebook and wouldn’t you know it, there was that baby again, brought to tears, along with me.

Boy did I need that! God is a Good, Good Father! It’s Who He is! And He loves me! So, who am I? I am someone who is loved by God! And the same is true for you. Let that sink in for a moment and them began to thank Him for Who He is!

Here are the words to the song, followed by Chris Tomlin singing it on YouTube, followed by the baby video.

Enjoy, Blessings, Tom



Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like

But I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night

And you tell me that you’re pleased

And that I’m never alone


You’re a Good, Good Father

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

And I’m loved by you

It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am


Oh, and I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide

But I know we’re all searching

For answers only you provide

Cause you know just what we need

Before we say a word


You’re a Good, Good Father

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

And I’m loved by you

It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am


Cause you are perfect in all of your ways

You are perfect in all of your ways

You are perfect in all of your ways to us


You are perfect in all of your ways

You are perfect in all of your ways

You are perfect in all of your ways to us


Oh, it’s love so undeniable

I, I can hardly speak

Peace so unexplainable

I, I can hardly think


As you call me deeper still [x3]

Into love, love, love



You’re a Good, Good Father

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

And I’m loved by you

It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am


You’re a Good, Good Father

(You are perfect in all of your ways)

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

And I’m loved by you

(You are perfect in all of your ways)

It’s who I am, it’s who I am it’s who I am


Posted by: Tom Graves | January 13, 2016



On Thursday, January 7, 2016 I made the following post on my Facebook page.

Tom Graves Bookbites

January 7 at 6:16pm ·

At work this morning about 6:30 AM, I felt like the Lord said He was sending revival to St. Augustine Florida, and I should let everyone know it is coming! So here it is: Revival is coming to St. Augustine Florida! I receive it here in the Mighty Name of Jesus!!! Blessed be the Name of the LORD!!! 

All during that day at work, I shared this word with anyone I felt would listen and to some who I simply felt God said “Share with them!” Responses were mixed from excitement, to we need a good meeting and a good Gospel sing, to no response at all, just a strange look. That afternoon, I felt I should post it to Facebook and I thank all those who clicked “Like” and all those who commented.

Since then I have been pondering that word and thinking about revival. What does real revival look like? Is it just a series of meetings or is it something more?


Having grown up in the church, I was very familiar with what was called the spring and fall revivals. Both were week-long meetings, usually with a guest evangelist and special singing groups. In fact, it was in one of these meetings when I was 16 years old that God confirmed His call on me to become a minister. However, I ran from that call for 15 years. When I finally did respond to His call, I was 31, I was married and had 2 children. I moved our little family to seminary and ultimately to a church field in Virginia. To read the story of our call and response, go to

Jeanie and I would hear reports about a “Revival” in a certain place and we would go to check it out and we would come away thinking, “There has to be more!” Many times there was good preaching and good singing and our hearts were touched but our souls were not satisfied. We wanted to experience more of God. There were other times where we recognized that man was manipulating the meeting and the people, and we came away disappointed.

In the mid 1990’s we began to hear reports of what seemed to be two authentic moves of God. One was in Toronto, Canada at a Vineyard Church and the other was in Pensacola, Florida at the Brownsville Assembly of God. In the spring of 1998, Jeanie and I decided it was time to check out what was going on. The closest was Pensacola, only about an 11 hour drive, one way. Our first trip found us standing in line before noon with several thousand other people for the service that started at 7PM. Jeanie and I were privileged to travel to the Brownsville Revival a number of times between 1998 and 2000. It literally changed me, saved my marriage and probably my life. It was the first place I had ever been where the presence of the Lord was actually tangible and could be felt by the physical senses. Some even described the feeling as electricity loose in the building. God convicted me of the sin in my life, then He touched me and I will never be the same. In my opinion, the fruit from these two revivals over the last twenty years have established their validity as genuine moves of God.

In one of our trips to Brownsville, I purchased a couple of cassette tapes by a man named Duncan Campbell. They had been recorded in the late 1960’s and contained Campbell’s account of a move of God that he had been part of on the Island of Lewis, in the town of Barvas, in Scotland from 1949 to 1953. I was so taken by the definition of revival that Duncan Campbell gave in regard to this outpouring of God’s Spirit that my daughter-in-law, Paige Graves, made a framed print for me. Quoting Duncan Campbell, it reads: “A Power-Force let loose, God steps out. The Holy Spirit begins to move among the people. God seems to be everywhere. REVIVAL: Not a special effort on the part of man; Not anything at all organized on the basis of human endeavor; But an awareness of God that grips the entire community.” That print hangs in our den as a constant reminder to me that revival is something God does, not man. But God does it in response to the prayers of His people.



 “There is a world of difference between a crusade or a special effort in the field of evangelism. My dear people that is not revival! As I already said from the platform, I thank God for every soul brought to Christ through our special efforts and for every season of blessing at our conferences and conventions. We praise God for such movements. But, is it not true that such movements do not as a general rule touch the community. The community remains more or less the same and the masses go faster to hell.”

“But in revival, the community suddenly becomes conscious of the movings of God, beginning among His own people, so that in a matter of hours, not days! In a matter of hours churches become crowded. No intimation of any special meeting, but something happening that moves men and women to the House of God. And you find within hours scores of men and women crying to God for mercy… When God stepped down, men and women all over the Parish were gripped by the fear of God.” [1]


Duncan Campbell then tells the story of how the Lewis Revival began and had been going on for a number of days before he arrived on the island of Lewis. It all began with an eighty four year old woman who had a burden for the young people of the community. There were no young people in the churches at the time, but God had given her a vision of the churches filled with young people. She went to her pastor and asked him and the elders to begin to pray two nights a week, from 10 PM to 4AM on Tuesday and Friday nights. She said that she and her sister would pray during those hours at their home. The men met in a barn and had been praying for revival based on Isaiah 44:3: “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:” After several weeks of this prayer, a young man who was meeting with the group, stood up and read Psalms 24:3-5: “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” [1]

Campbell continues telling about the young man, “He shut his Bible and looking down at the other men there, he said this… ‘Brethren, it seems to me just so much hum-bug to be praying as we are praying and waiting as we are waiting, if we ourselves are not rightly related to God’… he began to pray, ‘God are my hands clean, is my heart pure?’ And that dear man got no further! He fell on his knees and then on his face among the straw and within minutes, three of the elders fell into a trance.” When that happened in the barn…a power was let loose in Barvas that shook the whole of Lewis. God stepped down, the Holy Spirit began to move among the people. And the Minister, writing about what happened on the following morning, said this, ‘You met God in the meadow and the moorland. You met Him in the homes of the people. God seemed to be everywhere!’” [1]


Campbell asked the question, “What was that?” And then he answers, “REVIVAL! REVIVAL! Not an evangelist, not a special effort, not anything at all organized on the basis of human endeavor but an awareness of God that gripped the whole community, so much so that work stopped! What was happening? The people were meeting in groups. Young men would gather in a field and begin to talk about this strange consciousness of God that gripped the community.” [1]

As I said earlier, Campbell had not been in Barvas for the original outpouring, rather he was invited by the pastor some time later to come and preach for 10 days. He originally had written the pastor that he had other obligations and could not come, but God had those obligations cancelled and he knew he was supposed to go and preach there. He was met at the pier by the pastor and was asked if he could stop by the Parrish Church on the way to the place he was to stay and address the group that had gathered there. Here is his account of that evening.

“I went to the church. Now this is the interesting bit because it deals with the outbreak of God in supernatural power; the God of miracles revealing Himself in revival. I preached in the church to a congregation of about 300 and I would say a good meeting, a wonderful sense of God, something that I hadn’t known since the 1921 movement in Middle Gyle but nothing really happened and I pronounced the benediction. And I’m walking down the aisle when this young man came to me and said, ‘Nothing has broken out tonight but God is hovering over us…and He’ll break through any moment.’”

“Well, I must be perfectly honest, I didn’t feel anything, but you see, here was a man much closer to God than I was. Oh, he knew the secret. We’re moving down the aisle and the congregation is moving out. They are all out now but this man and myself. He lifted his hands and started to pray, ‘God, You made a promise to pour water on the thirsty and floods upon the dry ground, and You’re not doing it.’ Then he prayed and prayed and prayed again until he fell onto the floor in a trance. He’s lying there, I’m standing beside him for about five minutes and then the door of the church opened and the clerk came in and said, ‘Campbell, something wonderful has happened, revival has broken out. Will you come to the door and see the crowd that’s here.’ Eleven o’clock mind you, eleven o’clock and I went to the door and there must have been a congregation of between 600 and 700 people gathered around the church…Now where did the people come from? How did they know that a meeting was in progress in the church? Well, I cannot tell you, but I know this, that from village and hamlet the people came…”

“There was a dance in progress that night in the parish and while this young man was praying in the aisle, the power of God moved into that dance and the young people, over a hundred of them, fled from the dance as though fleeing a plague and they made for the church. And when I endeavored to get up into the pulpit, I found the way blocked with young people who had been at the dance.”

That meeting continued until four o’clock in the morning. As I was leaving the church, a young man came to me, oh, he’s not a Christian, but he’s a God fearing young man and told me this story. ‘Mr. Campbell, there must be anything between 200 and 300 people at the police station. They are gathered there and some are on their knees.’ Now, I can’t understand this. He wasn’t in the church you see, but here a crowd of men and women from a neighboring village, 5 or 6 miles away were so moved by God that they found themselves moving to the police station because the Constable there was a God fearing and well saved man.” [1]

Just think, all of this occurred in just one evening and quite an evening it was. Revival had come to the Island of Lewis. That is the kind of revival I want to see God send to St. Augustine.

It is noteworthy that this meeting fulfilled the vision God had given to the prayer warrior.

Campbell also commented on what he felt were the two main aspects of the Lewis Revival. First, was the awareness of the presence of God and second, was the deep conviction of sin that the presence of God brought to the community. These will always accompany a real move of God.

“My dear people, do you understand what REVIVAL means? Have you a conception of what it means to see God working; the God of miracles, sovereign, supernatural, moving in the midst of men and hundreds swept into the Kingdom? OH THAT WE MIGHT SEE IT – THAT WE MIGHT SEE IT!” Duncan Campbell [1] (emphasis mine).


Blessings, Tom and Jeanie

[1] These excerpts were transcribed from Duncan Campbell’s sermon “When God Stepped Down From Heaven” from You tube Link:


Posted by: Tom Graves | December 9, 2015



For the past 11 months, on the first Monday of each month, Jeanie and I join with a group of folk from several area churches for an evening of feeding the hungry and homeless and ministering to their needs. Jeanie cooks and prepares food and I deliver it and help serve and minister. Here is how God orchestrated the beginning of this relationship and what He is doing right now.


As many of you know, since Jeanie and I have semi-retired (i.e. changed job descriptions) and moved to St. Augustine to be near our only grandchild, I have been working at Wal-Mart in the meat department. About this time last year, I met a couple who were shopping for bargains on ham and I was able to help them with hams that were marked down because of overstock.  Curious, I asked what they were going to do with so many hams and they explained that they headed up a group that fed the hungry and homeless on the first Monday night of each month. I asked if I could pray for them and their ministry and they agreed. Then they invited me to come and see what they were doing on the first Monday in January, 2015. I accepted and thus began a relationship that has blessed mine and Jeanie’s hearts over the last year.

On that first Monday night in January 2015, Jeanie prepared a dish and I delivered it and helped serve and observed. All this occurred on a vacant dirt lot with no facilities, not even electricity, in old downtown St. Augustine. I arrived about a half-hour before serving time and helped with set up. There was a small storage building that contained tables and chairs. The food was served on several long tables under a 10X20 garage type tent shelter. Old card tables and folding chairs were set up on the lot. The line was long, but everyone was patient and seemed really grateful for a meal. There was an individual who took prayer requests that would be prayed for by a prayer group in the days following.

In the winter when it gets dark before 6PM, lights are provided for the tent by a solar system that someone donated. Light in the seating area is mainly by the street lights and a few gas lanterns that some folk bring. This happens every evening of the year, rain or shine, with a different group providing the meal. There were 87 people served that evening. It was awesome. It is amazing what God can do with just a little and a few committed individuals.

After a few months, the person who had been taking prayer requests was unable to continue and I was asked to take their place. I had a small notebook and I would go from table to table asking our guests if they had any prayer requests. A few said no, but most expressed one need or more which I would write down. Then I would pray for that individual right that moment and we saw folks touched. I would also compile all of the requests and forward them to our host later that evening for a prayer group to pray over them. We were blessed to have the privilege to lead several people in the sinner’s prayer over the next few months.

For some of the requests, we were able to “put feet to our prayers.” For example, if our guest asked for something specific like a tent, or a bicycle, or a pair of shoes, or a coat, our host couple would often be able to provide that item for the person in the next day or so. I was amazed at how often those specific items would have been donated to our group the week before. This is a literal fulfilment of Isaiah 65:24, “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”  


This past Monday evening, God came in a very special way for one of our guests. We will call him Matthew (not his name) as I share his story. The wife of the host couple was the first to notice him. Here is her encounter in her own words: “When [Matthew] first came to the feeding he walked straight up to me.  I thought he knew me and I just didn’t remember him.  He looked so intensely into my eyes, I said what, honey what? Do you need help; do you need to talk?  He continued to look into my eyes, he took his hands like he was going to grab around my head, then he lowered his hands.  I touched his shoulders and he whispered why?  I said because I love you.  He got teary eyed and said no why?  I said again because I Love you.  He grabbed me very hard and pulled me off the ground hugging me and grunting.  Then, he walked away.  Later, in line I offered to help him with a tray, he didn’t want the attention.  I said I do this for everyone.  He put his hand on my shoulder with much weight almost like he couldn’t walk without my support.  He grunted through the line marveling at all the food offerings.  I took him to his seat and again he asked me why and looked intensely into my eyes.  Then, cried why do you care?  I told him we all care, we love you and the Lord loves you.  He said no, I said yes.  He whispered he was bad.  I said I didn’t care we have all sinned and we are still loved by God. He looked so dumb-founded.  My Pastor came over and said can I pray for you buddy?  He said no.  I figured he didn’t want to draw attention.  I went about my other duties then I saw him with you Tom.  So, I came back to see what was happening… you know the rest of the story. I don’t know why he came up to me in the beginning besides that he was searching for something, someone, some answers.  He didn’t want to accept that I loved him unconditionally. We saw at least one miracle tonight!  I always say we don’t know how we might affect the people, here’s a fine example!”


This ended up being quite an evening with God really touching and healing a man named (Matthew). I will share the story as best as I can remember it. Most everyone had finished eating and folks were beginning to put the tables and chairs up when I noticed a man (I did not know his name at this time) standing off to the side with tears in his eyes. I went up and stood in front of him and felt the Lord just wanted me to hug him which I did. He began to weep and sob. I then asked Father to heal his hurts and wounds. I gave him my handkerchief so he could wipe his nose and eyes and then he began to whisper to me something to the effect that he had let God down and had sinned and could not get forgiveness. I began to hug him again putting a hand on top of his head and telling him that he was being covered in the blood of Jesus. I loosely quoted I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” And II Corinthians 5:21: “For he hath made Him (Jesus), Who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” The words to an old hymn came to me and I spoke them to him, “There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel’s veins, and sinners plunged beneath the flood lose all their guilty stain.” I stepped back from him and asked if I could anoint him with oil. He whispered that he didn’t know what might happen because the devil had him. I anointed him with oil in the name of Jesus and rebuked the devil and commanded it to loose him in the Name and through the power of the Blood of Jesus. He began to shake and jerk and then something in him changed. You could see it in his face. He began to look around like “What just happened!” He began to smile! He asked me, “What did you do?” I didn’t try to answer that question for I had not done anything – God did it. Then I asked him, “What are you feeling?”  He said aloud, “I feel like a five year old.” I asked him, “What happened to you when you were five years old.” He looked at me and said, “That’s when I was baptized.” He then began to ask me “How did you know?” – “How did you know?” –  “How did you know?” He asked this several times. I didn’t know, I simply asked the question that came to my mind. God is amazing in how He works. He then began to shout “I can talk- I can talk!” I had thought he had been whispering because he didn’t want others to hear him. Then I found out from our host that he had had throat cancer and had been unable to speak aloud for the past eight months. God had forgiven him, delivered him and healed him all in those few moments! All the Glory to Him – He is great and He is Good! We then shared Communion with him and prayed for him to be Baptized in Holy Spirit. When he left he was singing loudly!

Another one of our guests who had witnessed the whole thing and realized that God had healed him also asked to be prayed for, for healing. We anointed her with oil and prayed for her healing. We are looking to hear good reports back from her. As we finished praying with her, she quickly looked to her left and gasped and said, “I just saw an angel! No one will believe me. They will think I am crazy, but I just saw an angel!” I believe that she saw an angel and I must say, I was very encouraged by what God is doing.

After I had gotten home and shared with Jeanie what had happened, Father reminded her of the prayer that He had given her as I was walking out the door, “That we would provide food tonight not only for the body, but also for the soul and spirit!” Then Father literally fulfilled Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now UNTO HIM THAT IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

Blessings, Tom and Jeanie Graves


Posted by: Tom Graves | November 25, 2015



For years I struggled with the thought that I was a very insignificant person. I thought of myself as someone who was on the outside looking in but rarely asked to join in. I can remember in grammar school always being picked last or next to last for whatever game we were playing. The fact that I was small for my age didn’t help much. I began to expect rejection and it came! I grew up in a very small town in South Carolina called Beech Island, but there was no beach and the island was in the middle of the Savannah River. At that time, it was just a small settlement of mainly farmers, not big enough for a middle or high school. It required an hour bus ride to get us into the city of North Augusta for middle and high school. Because we were “country kids” we were looked down upon which added to my rejection. I can remember one day getting to school and the kids from N.A. were talking about the power going off the night before. One of the girls from Beech Island made a comment and got “stared down” for speaking when not spoken to. She responded, “Well, we do have electricity in Beech Island!” By the time I was an adult, I had bought into several lies of the devil that I was insignificant.

When we listen to the lies of the devil, it empowers him. Then when we believe those lies and agree with his lies it gives him a foothold into our lives. Jesus called the devil a thief in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” Make no mistake about it, you have an enemy of your soul and he is out to steal from you, to destroy your life by whatever means he can and ultimately kill you. You see, because misery loves company, he wants you to spend eternity with him!

There are at least four major lies that we are told as we are growing up, not necessarily directly but mostly by innuendo. The first one is “The Performance Trap” and it says, “I must meet certain standards to feel good about myself!” We fear failure and strive for perfection but never get there. We manipulate others and use others trying to make ourselves look good. We withdraw in fear instead of taking healthy risks that would advance us.

The second is the “Approval Addict” and it says, “I must be approved by others to feel good about myself!” We live in constant fear of rejection. We will try to please others at any cost but we are overly sensitive to any criticism. At times we tend to withdraw from others to avoid their disapproval or what we think is their disapproval.

The third is “The Blame Game” and it says, “Those who fail (including myself) are unworthy of love and deserve to be punished!” We live in the constant fear of punishment of one sort or another. This leads us to inflict punishment on others and blaming others for our personal failure. We withdraw from God and from others. We redouble our drive to avoid failure but it doesn’t always work.

The fourth one is simply “Shame” and it says, “I am what I am and I cannot change.” We live with feelings of shame and hopelessness. We become passive and lose our creativity. We isolate ourselves and withdraw from others as much as possible. [1]

The devil has used other people to continually reinforce his lies that we are insignificant people, using our past to “prove it.” Religion, unfortunately, uses our past as a tool to “keep us humble.” But that is not humility – as Bill Johnson says, “That is stupidity!” [2]

You see, Christianity is not a “Religion,” rather it is a relationship with the person of Jesus. Neither is “Church” simply a place you go on Sunday morning, rather it is a gathering of people who have made Jesus the Lord of their lives and Jesus promised to gather with us! Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them!” It doesn’t matter if it’s Sunday morning or Tuesday night, or whenever a few of us can get together, even for a few minutes break at work! Jesus will show up. And why will He come? He answered that in the end of John 10:10. Here is the complete verse. “The thief cometh not but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I AM COME THAT THEY (YOU) MIGHT HAVE LIFE, AND THAT THEY (YOU) MIGHT HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY!” You see, just as the devil wants you to spend eternity with him, Jesus also wants you to spend eternity with Him and to prove it to you, He died to pay the penalty for your sins, your past, to make you into a new person! II Corinthians 5:17, “Therfore, if any man (or woman) be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new!”

We have significance when we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord. His truth about us cancels out the devil’s lie that we are insignificant! Here is how Jesus cancels the lie of “The Performance Trap” that says, “I must meet certain standards to feel good about myself!” Jesus’ answer is “Justification.” That’s a big word! What does it mean? “Justification means that God not only has forgiven me of my sins but also has granted me the righteousness of Christ. Because of justification, I bear Christ’s righteousness, and I am therefore fully pleasing to the Father.” Romans 5:1, “Therefore, BEING JUSTIFIED THROUGH FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ!” and II Corinthians 5:21, “For He hath made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin, to be sin for us, THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM!”

Here is how Jesus cancels the lie of the “Approval Addict” that says, “I must be approved by others to feel good about myself!” Jesus’ answer is “Reconciliation.” What does it mean? “Reconciliation means that although I was at one time hostile toward God and alienated from Him, I am now forgiven and have been brought into intimate relationship with Him. Consequently, I am totally accepted by God.” II Corinthians 5:18a, “All things are of God, WHO HATH RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF by Christ Jesus…” and Colossians 1:21&22, “And you, that were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet NOW HATH HE RECONCILED IN THE BODY OF HIS FLESH THROUGH DEATH, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in His sight.”

Here is how Jesus cancels the devil’s lie of “The Blame Game” that says, “Those who fail (including myself) are unworthy of love and deserve to be punished!” Jesus’ answer is “Propitiation” Another big word that we rarely hear. What does it mean? Propitiation means that by His death on the cross Christ satisfied God’s wrath; therefore, I am deeply loved by God.” I John 4:9-11, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and SENT HIS SON TO BE THE PROPITIATION (full payment) FOR OUR SINS. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”

Here is how Jesus cancels the lie that we have to live in “Shame” that says, “I am what I am and I cannot change.”  Jesus’ answer is that you must be born again. The big word here is “Regeneration.” “Regeneration means that I am a new creation in Christ.” [1] John 3:3-6, Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE FLESH IS FLESH; AND THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT.”


Romans 10:9&10 says: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

You need to believe something in your heart, That Jesus died for your sins and that He rose again that you might have life and have it abundantly.

You need to say something with your mouth. You need to repent of your sins and ask Him to come into your heart and be the Lord of your life.

Do these two things and you will be born again. Christ will come to live inside of you, your name will be written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life and you will spend eternity with Jesus.

Stay like you are and you are giving the devil permission to continue with his lies and continue to wreak havoc in your life and family. The choice is yours. What is God’s will in the matter?

God says to you from Deuteronomy 30:19: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” 

Choose life today and begin to live for Jesus. God loves you and wants you to choose Him and life. You can do it right now by saying this simple prayer from your heart:

Jesus, I need you. I confess that I have sinned against you. I repent of my sin. I believe that you are God’s Son and that you died for me. I receive your forgiveness. Come into my heart, save me, change me and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I confess with my mouth that you are now my Lord and I believe with my heart that God raised you from the dead.

Now you can thank the Lord, by faith, that He has come into your heart and He is changing your life. You can now pray and believe God hears your prayer. Ask Him for wisdom in how to begin living this new life.

“Religion is boring and cruel!” [2] Christianity on the other hand is alive and vibrant in its relationship with Jesus. When you discover the truth of who God made you to be, you will never want to be anyone else!


Tom and Jeanie Graves

Works cited:

[1] McGee, Robert S. The Search for Significance, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, 2003: 26-27.

This is an excellent book for “Seeing your true worth through God’s eyes.

[2] Johnson, Bill, Curriculum, The Supernatural power of a Transformed Mind, DVD Set, Disc I, Session 2, “The lie of insignificance,” Destiny Image Publishing Inc., 2014


Posted by: Tom Graves | October 6, 2015



You may just be the answer to someone’s prayer. Stay tuned to the promptings of Holy Spirit and obey them as John Brantley did in this story! It will touch your heart!

Story reposted from John Brantley’s Facebook post of September 16 at 12:55am.

“This evening as I was leaving Best Buy, I noticed this man going through the garbage can outside of the store. As I walked to my car I watched him as he reached in the garbage can and pulled out fast food trash bags and inspected all that was in the thrown away bags. He did this for several minutes. He would find a few fries in one bag and a bite or two of a hamburger in another bag. You can see the hamburger wrapper by his knee where he was placing the food items he’d found.

He never bothered anyone or tried to stop and beg for money as people entered and left the store. After he went through the entire trash can he neatly cleaned up the area and wrapped up the food he found in the dirty hamburger wrapper. My heart literally hurt for him. I am not someone who just hands out money or even helps homeless people because so many are not truly homeless. I don’t guess I’ve ever seen someone actually go through a garbage can to try to find food to eat.

I knew I had to help him. I got out of my car and asked him if I could buy him something to eat. He told me he would appreciate anything I could get him. He was on a bike and I told him if he’d follow me I’d buy him a meal at the fast food place around the block. He followed me and I bought him the biggest meal they had on the menu. The only request he gave me for his order was if I could get him a big glass of sweet tea to go with his meal!

When I brought him his food, he was so thankful. He told me his name was Steve and he’d been homeless ever since his sister died last September. He was trying to get off the streets, but it was so hard. I told him God loved him and I would pray for him. He told me again how much he appreciated the meal.

When I got back in my car, I drove off with such a heaviness in my heart for this man. I drove down the road and felt compelled to go back to help this man. When I came back he had finished his meal and was riding away. I pulled up beside him and asked him if there was any way I could help him. He told me not really. He never asked me for money. I asked him if I could buy him a few meals and put it on a gift card for him. He told me that would be so kind. I drove to McDonalds and bought him some meals and gave him a gift card.

He broke down crying. He told me that he prayed for me today! I wasn’t sure what he meant (I was assuming he was praying for me for what I did for him) so I thanked him. He said, “No, you don’t understand. I prayed that God would send someone to buy me a hot meal today…and he sent you!” I didn’t know what to say…I was speechless! Praying for a hot meal wasn’t a prayer I had prayed today! Come to think of it, that’s not a prayer I’ve ever prayed! I always pray over my food, but I’ve never prayed for a meal…its expected! I’ve never doubted that I wouldn’t be able to eat…Tears began to fill my eyes! Oh my…how blessed am I… Maybe God used me to answer this man’s prayer…to let him know that He cares for Him and knows what goes going through! But, maybe God used this man to show me just how blessed I am and what I take for granted…

He said, “You see, I have cancer!” He pulled up his shirt and pointed to a huge mass that was poking out from his stomach. He said said he knew it wouldn’t be much longer. I asked him if knew Jesus. He told me that he did. I asked if I could pray for him and he said that I could. We prayed right there on the sidewalk of McDonalds. Tears just poured from his eyes. He told me he knew that he was going to die and that he was ready to die. He was tired of being in pain and he would be better off dead because this was no life – living this way. I stayed and encouraged him for a few minutes trying to fight back my tears. My prayer is that I showed him the love of Jesus today…that something I said gave him a hope.

You see, everybody has a story! I know Steve’s story now…all because I felt compelled to help him…he ended up touching me today!

When I left him, I knew I had done what God wanted me to do! God put him in my path today…I know he did! I’ve never felt such a feeling to help someone as I did today. I was reminded again of how blessed I am! I have a vehicle that gets me from place to place, I have a roof over my head, clean clothes, money to buy a hot meal, running water, electricity, my health, a job, family, and friends! Sometimes God sends situations our way to remind us of how blessed we are! If you’ve read this far, please remember Steve in your prayers!

Yes, I have been blessed, God’s so good to me! Precious are His thoughts of you and me! There’s no way I could count them, there’s not enough time, so I’ll just thank Him for being so kind. God has been good, so good! I have been blessed!”

John Brantley

Agree with me that Steve is cancer free in the mighty Name of Jesus. We rebuke all cancer cells, curse them and command them to die in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. We loose healing to flow throughout his body from the top of his head to the souls of his feet in Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

We are so blessed by Father!!!

Love, Tom and Jeanie

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Posted by: Tom Graves | September 15, 2015



There is a principle in God’s Word and it is repeated numerous times. We find it simply stated in Proverbs 26:27, “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.” Can we apply that principle to Iran and its bomb? Listen to Psalm 7:10-16, The Amplified Bible: “My defense and shield depend on God, Who saves the upright in heart… If a man does not turn and repent, [God] will whet His sword; He has strung and bent His [huge] bow and made it ready [by treading it with His foot]. He has also prepared for him deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts. Behold, [the wicked man] conceives iniquity and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. He made a pit and hollowed it out and has fallen into the hole which he made [before the trap was completed]. HIS MISCHIEF SHALL FALL BACK IN RETURN UPON HIS OWN HEAD, AND HIS VIOLENCE COME DOWN [WITH THE LOOSE DIRT] UPON HIS OWN SCALP.”

God is Israel’s “…defense and shield…” and He will protect His chosen people! He has preserved them for over 2000 years while they did not have a homeland in which to return. Throughout the centuries, the Jews were persecuted and driven from land to land. Finally, last century, Satan tried to annihilate the Jews through Hitler and the Nazis but he failed. Then, on May 14, 1948 at 4:30 PM, by a vote of the United Nations, the nation of Israel was reborn in one day, exactly as Isaiah prophesied, Isaiah 66:8: “Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.” God kept His Word to Israel and returned them to their land! Will He not keep His Word to protect and defend them?

This is not the first time that the destruction of the nation of Israel has been called for. Psalm 83 expresses this very plainly. Psalm 83:1-8: “Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, THINE ENEMIES MAKE A TUMULT: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, COME, AND LET US CUT THEM OFF FROM BEING A NATION; THAT THE NAME OF ISRAEL MAY BE NO MORE IN REMEMBRANCE. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites (these are the Arab nations of today); of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek (HAMAN was a descendant of Amalek, we will see him in a moment); the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre(these are the inhabitants of Gaza); Assur (this is the nation of Assyria which is modern day Iran) also is joined with them: they have holpen (helped) the children of Lot. Selah.” Is it simply an amazing coincidence that these nations and peoples who are today calling for the destruction of Israel were called out in this Psalm about 3000 years ago? This is no coincidence; rather it is the prophetic Word of God!

Iran’s leaders have been repeatedly calling for the complete destruction of Israel as a nation. But that is nothing new. Some 2500 years ago the city of Shushan, which was the capital of the Medes and Persian Empire, was located in what is today modern Iran. There was a man that lived there by the name of HAMAN. HAMAN’S story is found in the Bible in the book of Esther, which I encourage you to read in its entirety.

To set the context, about 100 years earlier, the Assyrian Empire under King Nebuchadnezzar, who ruled from ancient Babylon, conquered the nation of Israel and burned Jerusalem and carried away most of the well-to-do Jews. He took them into Babylon which was in modern day Iraq. Then the Medes and the Persians (Iran) conquered the Assyrians (Iraq) and that is where our story begins. (The same battles between Iraq and Iran are still being fought in modern times! There really is NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN!)

HAMAN had a hatred for a man by the name of Mordecai who was a Jew. But HAMAN’S hatred did not stop at one man. HAMAN’S hatred for the Jews was so intense that he wanted to see them all destroyed. HAMAN was promoted to second in command under King Ahasuerus and he saw his chance to get his diabolical plan put into action. Esther 3:8-10 &13: “And HAMAN said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them. If it please the king, LET IT BE WRITTEN THAT THEY MAY BE DESTROYED: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasuries. And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto HAMAN the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy…  And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, TO DESTROY, TO KILL, AND TO CAUSE TO PERISH, ALL JEWS, BOTH YOUNG AND OLD, LITTLE CHILDREN AND WOMEN, IN ONE DAY, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.” Sound familiar?

If you read the book of Esther, you will discover that God, through Queen Esther, who was a Jew, (unknown to the king) exposed Haman’s wicked plot and saved the Jewish people. Haman had prepared a gallows for the hanging of Mordecai, but listen to who was hanged on that gallows! Esther 7:9-10: “And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, HANG HIM THEREON.  SO THEY HANGED HAMAN ON THE GALLOWS THAT HE HAD PREPARED FOR MORDECAI. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.” Here is the principle of Proverbs 26:27 fulfilled to the letter!

Not too long ago an incident occurred that started me thinking about Iran’s threat to “Nuke” Israel. Here is a quote from the story, “A gang of 21 Iraqi militants accidentally set off their own car bomb as they were making a promotional propaganda video about a would be suicide bomber. The explosion left all 21 dead and resulted in two dozen arrests at the camp outside Samarra, a Sunni city 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said…Car bombs are one of the deadliest weapons used by the al-Qaida breakaway group in Iraq that dominates the Sunni insurgency in Iraq, with coordinated waves of explosions regularly leaving scores dead in Baghdad and elsewhere across the country.” [1] Again, the principle of Proverbs 26:27 fulfilled to the letter!

Is it possible that Iran could make a similar misstep and set off a nuclear bomb as they are preparing it for Israel? The principle is there and it was certainly fulfilled with Haman in ancient Iran! But here is the verse that makes it into a real possibility for a nuclear Iran! Zechariah 14:12: “And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.” That sounds an awful lot like the results of a nuclear explosion. Maybe even one of their own making. If it happens that way, Israel will no doubt get the blame. It certainly is something to think about!


Tom and Jeanie


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Posted by: Tom Graves | August 31, 2015



This September could turn out to be a month to remember in a year to remember. The following are a few of the major “Spiritual” events that will take place. On the Jewish calendar equivalent, our September 13th marks the end of the Jewish year which is also the end of the seventh “SHEMITAH” year. September 14th marks the Jewish New Year, which is also the 50th year in the “SHEMITAH” cycle which is the Jewish year of Jubilee. Two weeks later on September 28th, the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles begins. Its beginning also coincides with a lunar eclipse, also known as a “BLOOD MOON!” And it’s not just any “BLOOD MOON,” it’s the fourth one in the last two years and they all four will have occurred on Jewish feast days! Is that simply an amazing coincidence? I don’t think so. What follows is some background and explanation of what this could all mean.


SHEMITAH is a Hebrew word that can mean either RELEASE or JUDGEMENT! It is related to a command of the Lord. It is a command that when Israel failed to carry it out; JUDGEMENT came and Israel was sent into exile for seventy years in the land of Babylon. Jeremiah prophesied that it would happen. You can read that prophecy in Jeremiah 25:1-12. Daniel read these words of Jeremiah while in exile in Babylon. At this point in time, (539 B.C. [1]) Daniel was an old man and the Kingdom of Babylon had been defeated by the Medes (King Darius) and the Persians (King Cyrus) just as Jeremiah prophesied, so Daniel knew that RELEASE was near and he began to intercede for Israel, Daniel 9:1-3: “In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.” I would encourage you to read Daniel’s prayer in verses 4-19.

In this same year (539 B.C. [1]) God moved on The King of Persia to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, Ezra 1:1-2: “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.” Is not God amazing? He had Cyrus provide all the materials to build the Temple and Cyrus also RELEASED all of the golden artifacts that had been taken from the Temple (verses 7-11) and he also RELEASED the Jewish people to return to Jerusalem (Ezra 2:1-70).


What was the command that when Israel ignored it, brought about the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem and a seventy year captivity of Israel in Babylon? The command is found in Exodus 23: 10-11: “And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof: But the seventh year thou shalt let it REST (H8058) and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard.” In Leviticus 25:1-7 God describes this seventh year as “…a Sabbath of rest unto the land.” “SHEMITAH” is further explained in Deuteronomy 15:1-2: “At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a RELEASE (H8059). And this is the manner of the RELEASE (H8059): Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall RELEASE (H8058) it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD’S RELEASE (H8059).” Notice it is “…the LORD’S RELEASE.” What God intended to be a blessing when obeyed, became a curse when disobeyed!

Here are the Strong’s Concordance definitions of the Hebrew words noted above:

H8058 – שׁמט- shâmaṭ – shaw-mat’

A primitive root; to fling down; incipiently to jostle; figuratively to let alone, desist, remit: – discontinue, overthrow, release, let rest, shake, stumble, throw down.

H8059 – שׁמטּה- shemittah – shem-it-taw’

From H8058; remission (of debt) or suspension (of labor): – release.

From these definitions, we can see that God intended for “SHEMITAH” to be a time of rest and release from debt, a blessing. When violated the negative side is manifested, a shaking, a throwing down, an overthrow, a curse.


The YEAR OF JUBILEE occurs every fifty years. It follows a cycle of 7 SHEMITAH years. (7X7=49+1=50 or JUBILEE) In Leviticus 25:8-24 God establishes the “YEAR OF JUBILEE” as the year following seven Sabbath years or once every fifty years. During the “YEAR OF JUBILEE” all land is returned to its original owner.

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, while studying the “SHEMITAH” has documented some very interesting discoveries connected with “SHEMITAH” years and “YEARS OF JUBILEE.” [3]


For example, 1917 was a “YEAR OF JUBILEE” and on November 2nd of that year, Great Britain issued the Balfour Declaration which states: “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.” [4] In other words, God returned the land of Israel to the Jewish people in a “YEAR OF JUBILEE!” As if that wasn’t amazing enough, fifty years later, between June 5th and 10th, 1967 in what has become known as “The Six Day War,” Israel regained control of East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan and the Golan Heights from Syria. More of the original “Promised Land” was returned to Israel in the “YEAR OF JUBILEE.”



Is America subject to the law of SHEMITAH? Good question. Here is Jeanie’s response. “The point of this is not that we would suffer judgement because we didn’t obey every little point of the law. Just as it would have seemed harsh for God to send Israel into judgement because they kept planting their land and never let it ‘rest’ the seventh year or that they didn’t forgive every debt at the end of seven years. It is all a broader principle in the spirit of the law. People were not caring about the poor – not caring for their neighbors – they were keeping people in debt and otherwise simply not ‘loving one another’ and trusting and honoring God. God’s Word had not been obeyed – Israel had basically turned its back on God.

That is what is happening in America right now. There are devout believers here, but immoral laws have been allowed to be passed – the whole nation falls under those laws. Crime continues to increase and more heinous crimes come to light. Evil flaunts itself in our faces daily. That is what makes it said that our ‘nation’ has turned its back on God.

The seasons, feasts and festivals are known as appointments with God. We don’t necessarily have to celebrate the Jewish feasts or Holy days, but we all, individually, have appointments with God. If we continue to forsake our appointments with Him, we cannot know how to honor Him. We turn our backs on Him as a nation and WE usher in the calamities that come! Even so, as believers, individually we can put our trust in God that if we honor Him we will have His protection and our needs met.”


Here is where it really gets interesting and a little bit scary. In light of the definition of the negative side of “SHEMITAH,” as “…a shaking, a throwing down, an overthrow, a curse,” Rabbi Kahn discovered that the September 11th, 2001 attacks that resulted in the collapse of the twin World Trade Towers, (literally, “a throwing down”) occurred during a “SHEMITAH” year. [3]

“In his book and movie works, Cahn, reveals that the two greatest financial calamities in American history occurred on successive Shemitah years following the 9/11 Islamist terror attacks on the U.S.

September 17, 2001, six days after the 9/11 attacks, the stock market re-opened and suffered the greatest point loss in its history, to that date. The market dropped 700 points, or 7 percent in one day. In response, the Federal Reserve slashed the nation’s interest rates, ushering in a period of economic devastation for the U.S. Sept. 17, 2001, was the end of the Shemitah year – Elul 29.

Seven years later, September 29, 2008, would prove to be even worse! The days leading up to that date saw the government bailout of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the two largest mortgage companies in the U.S., in a bid to prevent the collapse of the two. Shortly thereafter, Lehmann Brothers once considered the pinnacle of financial firms, reported losses of 45 percent and filed bankruptcy rather than accept a government bailout. The stock market dropped 777.7 points or 7 percent, wiping out all gains of the past seven years. Thus making it the largest ever one-day drop in the U.S. stock market history. Sept. 29, 2008, fell on Elul 29, marking the end of the Shemitah year in Israel.

What followed was an implosion of the U.S. and world economies.” [2]

Are these simply coincidences or are they warnings from God because America has been consistently turning its back on God more and more each year since 1973 when Roe vs. Wade was passed legalizing abortion, incidentally, also in a “SHEMITAH” year? What does the future hold for America?


What is a BLOOD MOON? Why is it important? Read on and you will find out! God declared in Genesis 1:14 that He created the sun and the moon “…for signs and for seasons…” He repeats that thought in Psalm 104:19a: “He appointed the moon for seasons…” We read the word seasons and have a tendency to think of the four seasons, spring summer, fall and winter. But that is not what God is talking about! The Hebrew word translated seasons in both verses is Strong’s H4150: mô‛êd  mô‛êd  mô‛âdâh – From H3259; properly an appointment, that is, a fixed time or season; specifically a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand): – appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn (-ity), synagogue, (set) time (appointed). (emphasis mine)

Notice that first of all it is an appointment with God. And those appointments are God’s feast days. Leviticus 23:2 says: “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Both times the word feasts is used in this verse it is the same Hebrew word, H4150, used in both Genesis 1:14 and Psalm104:19!


According to NASA there are four total lunar eclipses that will occur in 2014 and 2015. Three have already occurred. Here is the amazing part! Two have occurred on the Jewish Feast of Passover on April 15, 2014, and April 4, 2015. The third occurred on the Feast of Tabernacles on Oct. 8, 2014. The fourth will occur this month on Sept. 28, 2015 on the Feast of Tabernacles. Is this just a coincidence or is God trying to tell us something? Remember, the moon is for signs on feast days, of which Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles are major feast days.


Joel 2:31 states: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”  This is quoted by Peter in Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost, another of God’s Feast days. Here, God talks about the moon and the sun. So when does the sun go dark in 2014 or 2015? Pastor Mark Biltz talked with WND about the issue:

“Not only are there four blood moons on 4/15/14, 10/8/14, 4/4/15, and 9/28/15, but the added significance is that the total solar eclipse on 3/20/15 is on the biblical calendar of Nisan 1. Nisan 1 begins the religious New Year according to the scriptures,” Biltz explained. “This date was the grand opening of Moses tabernacle in the wilderness. This is the day a great sign came and fire fell to light the burnt offering. So here we have a total solar eclipse beginning the religious year followed two weeks later by a total lunar eclipse/blood moon on Passover followed by the next solar eclipse (partial) on Sept 13th which just so happens to be Rosh Hashanah!” [5]


Pastor Mark Blitz discovered the connection of all these dates when he compared NASA’s information with the Jewish calendar. “Biltz’s message centers on the fact that the messianic prophecies that Jesus fulfilled 2,000 years ago, when He came the first time, happened to the very day. Biltz explains how His second coming events will also happen to the very day of the Fall Feasts. Yeshua died for our sins on Passover, Biltz says, was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, was resurrected from death on First Fruits, and then sent the Holy Spirit to indwell believers on the Jewish Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot). If He fulfilled the Spring Feasts to the very day on His first coming, Biltz argues, He will fulfill the Fall Feasts to the very day on His second coming.” [6]

That sounds like a reasonable argument to me. Not to say that we can pinpoint exact dates, because Jesus specifically said in Mark 13:32: But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels who are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”  That is amazing! Jesus Himself doesn’t know! (I guess He chooses not to know!) Why doesn’t Jesus know? Because if He knew the date He would certainly tell us (see John 17: 7&8).


Rosh Hashanah, on September 25, 2014 marked the beginning of the new “SHEMITAH” year. This “SHEMITAH” year will end on September13, 2015.  Remember, the last two “SHEMITAH” years ended with financial disaster for the U.S. Stock Market! The Stock Market is already showing signs of a coming dramatic downturn! It started August 1, 2015 at 17,690 and fell over 2000 points to 15,666 on August 24, 2015. It recovered almost 1000 points to close August 31, 2015 at 16,528.  Is this just the beginning? What is going to happen in the next two weeks? We can only wait and see!

Since this will be the seventh “SHEMITAH” since the last “YEAR OF JUBILEE” that means September 14, 2015 will mark the beginning of the next “YEAR OF JUBILEE!” Couple that with the fourth “BLOOD MOON” occurring on September 28, 2015, which begins the Feast of Tabernacles. It will be a busy month in the spirit realm you can be sure! Not to mention that there was also a total solar eclipse on March 20, 2015 which is Nisan 1 on the Biblical calendar. Nisan 1 begins the religious New Year as opposed to the civil New Year which is Rosh Hashanah. Consider what Jesus said in Luke 21:25-28 quoted below.


I believe it means we are living in the most exciting times that have ever occurred! Jesus is coming soon and He is going to fully establish the Kingdom of God on this earth. Luke 21:25-28: “And there shall be SIGNS IN THE SUN, AND IN THE MOON, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH.”

Hebrews 12: 26b-29: “Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, LET US HAVE GRACE, WHEREBY WE MAY SERVE GOD ACCEPTABLY WITH REVERENCE AND GODLY FEAR: FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE.”


Repent of any personal sin and repent on behalf of our nation according to II Chronicles 7:14 and ask God to heal our land. Pray for a great awakening in America. Pray for The Kingdom of God to come on earth even as it is in heaven according to Matthew 6:9-15. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, according to Psalms 122:6. THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH.”

Blessings, Tom and Jeanie

Works cited:

[1] Dates from THE REESE CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE, Bethany Fellowship, 1980

[2] Link to article:

[3] Link to video, “America’s Rise and Fall” – Jonathan Cahn

[4] Wikipedia article: “Balfour Declaration”

[5]


[6]


Hebrew calendar for 2008, link:;v=1;month=x;yt=G;nh=on;nx=on;vis=on;c=off

(For an explanation of the Jewish calendar go to: )





Posted by: Tom Graves | August 18, 2015


The week after Christmas last year, God set up a divine appointment between me and a couple that would have a great impact on my life. I was at work in the meat department at Wal-Mart when Ron and Ginger came through. I don’t remember how the subject came up, but I discovered that they were the responsible party for providing a meal at Dining with Dignity, one night a month, for the homeless and hungry in St. Augustine through River Oaks Community Church. (The program is actually run by a St. Johns County organization called Home Again St. Johns. They coordinate for a different group to provide a meal for about 80 to 100 individuals every night of the month.) Ron and Ginger invited me to attend and I attended the January 5th, 2015 meeting and helped serve the people.

I thought about Jesus’ story about the end times when all nations are gathered before Him (Matthew 25:31-46) Verses 32-35, “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: FOR I WAS AN HUNGRED, AND YE GAVE ME MEAT: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in…” Somewhat surprised, they asked “When did we do that to you?” Jesus answered in verse 40b, “…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

I have been blessed these last eight months to be able to minister with Ron and Ginger and their support group. I am amazed at how these people respond to provide meals for the homeless. Jeanie also provides a dish or two each month. My task now is to pray for as many of the guests who will allow me to during the evening and prepare a prayer list for Ginger’s prayer group. Ginger has also provided me with sealed elements of Communion so those guests who desire can receive Communion. It is a very rewarding time for me. I have also had the privilege of leading several of our guests to pray and receive Jesus as their Savior. I have also made friends with some of the support group.

A couple of months ago, I was introduced to Phil, a member of the support group who had written a song reflecting the feelings and questions of many of the guests.  It is titled “ROOM ENOUGH FOR ME.” A link to the song on You Tube follows and if you are going to watch it I would advise tissues. The scenes are from actual meals that are being served at Dining with Dignity.

Sorry! Video is no longer available.

Here are the words to the song; they are also printed on the video.


Here I am again

See how bruised and stained

I feel way to numb and far away

To speak your Name


I can picture You

See a crowd of beggars gathered round

Ragged, barely breathing, broken souls

But Your arms are reaching out



Lord, can you tell me is there room enough for me

I’m so far down that I’m finding it hard to believe

That Your arms are still wide open

Your love is big and deep

Just wanna know is there room enough for me


I try to walk, I fall, I climb, I crawl

It’s all that I can do just to clear my eyes

Some how, some way, some Grace, some day

Will You show me ‘cuz I’m blind


Is it life, is it sin, is it pride, innocence

When it all, when it all goes wrong

Is it just to drive us deeper, and deeper and deeper in Your arms


Repeat chorus


When this life is over

There’ll be no need to believe

No faith, no fear, no struggle

Jesus, just to finally see

There’s room enough, there’s room enough for me


Words and music by Phil Hair, copyright 2015, used by permission

Find a place with your church or in your community to get involved! Remember, “…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”


Tom and Jeanie.

Video is no longer available!


Posted by: Tom Graves | August 4, 2015



Several months ago, I was introduced by video to a man named Leif Hetland. [1] He introduced me to the concept of a “Baptism of Love” that God had poured out upon him in response to his pressing in and his passion to experience more of God. The stories of the transformation in his life and ministry were amazing. In 1995, he was a Baptist Pastor in Norway with a vision to grow his church to 200 members. God had other plans for him and called him out under the ministry of Randy Clark who was the spark God used to ignite the Toronto Revival in 1994. In the last twenty years, Leif’s ministry, Global Mission Awareness, has been responsible for the conversions of over one million Muslims to Jesus. [2]

I was reminded of others in church history that had had similar encounters with God and experienced similar results. The following are just two of many accounts.

Charles Finney, the leader of the Second Great Awakening in America described his encounter thus: “I received a mighty baptism of the Holy Spirit… that seemed to go through me, body and soul. I could feel the impression, like a wave of electricity, going through and through me. Indeed IT SEEMED TO COME IN WAVES OF LIQUID LOVE… like the very breath of God…No words can express the wonderful love that was spread abroad in my heart.” [3] (emphasis mine)

I find it very interesting that D. L. Moody who seems to be a hero to many cessationists also spoke of a similar encounter with God: “I was crying all the time God would fill me with His Spirit. Well, one day in the city of New York – oh what a day! I cannot describe it. I seldom refer to it; it is almost too sacred experience to name. Paul had an experience of which he never spoke for fourteen years. I can only say that God revealed Himself to me, and I HAD SUCH AN EXPERIENCE OF HIS LOVE THAT I HAD TO ASK HIM TO STAY HIS HAND. I went to preaching again. The sermons were not different; I did not present any new truths; and yet hundreds were converted. I would not be placed back where I was before that blessed experience for all the world.” [4] (emphasis mine)

I have no doubt that Paul’s experience that Moody mentioned resulted in the “Love Chapter” of I Corinthians 13! Have you ever considered the fact that Saul could be considered the first “religious terrorist” who killed those who did not follow “his religion,” yet an encounter with God’s love changed him into the Apostle Paul!


Is the Love of God what is so missing in many churches today? Just a few days ago at Wal-Mart, a woman whom I had never seen before began to pour out to me how rejected she felt and beat down she felt after attending church. I did not ask her about church or comment on church, she just “vented” to me. I recognized it as a divine appointment and asked if I could pray for her. She said “Yes.” I took her hand and I prayed for her to be healed of the rejection and pain caused by the church and to experience Father’s Love. She began to weep as God’s Love enveloped her. It was an amazing moment. She thanked me and left a different person!

Last night at a meals for the homeless program, I had an opportunity to minister to a woman who was searching for God and truth. She called herself an agnostic and said she didn’t want to have anything to do with church. She said she believed in a higher power, but didn’t know who or what that was. She said she had a passion to help people like those who were there last night. She was at a crossroads in her life, but didn’t know which way to go. I prayed with her (based on Isaiah 30:21, “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”) that she would hear God’s voice guiding her. She talked about her mom being very negative, even abusive. I prayed with her to forgive her mom. I told her about God’s love for her and Jesus dying for her. She agreed to pray and ask Jesus into heart so I led her in a prayer. She broke and wept and gave “everything in her life to Jesus!” I prayed for God to heal her hurts and wounds, to pour in the oil and the wine and to baptize her in the Holy Spirit. She said she had a Bible and I recommended she read the Gospel of John. She said her favorite book of the bible was James. We discussed it some. Apparently she has been reading in the Bible for some time, searching for the truth. She found the Truth last night, His Name is Jesus! I prayed for her to be filled with the love of God so she could give it away to others.


In September of 2014, I had begun praying two prayers of Paul from Ephesians on a fairly regular basis. The first was based on Ephesian 1:15-23, “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” (KJV)

The second prayer was based on Ephesians 3:14-21, “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And TO KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”(KJV) (emphasis mine)

I am convinced that my introduction to the ministry of Leif Hetland and his emphasis on God’s Love was a direct answer to these prayers from Ephesians. I typed these prayers out from the Amplified Bible and personalized them, printed them out and try to pray through them every morning if possible. Here is how I personalized Ephesians 3:14-21, “For this reason [seeing the greatness of this plan by which we are built together in Christ], I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name]. May He grant me out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in my inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling my innermost being and personality]. May Christ through my faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in my heart! May I be rooted deep in love and  founded securely on love, That I may have the power and  be strong to apprehend and  grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [THAT I MAY REALLY COME] TO KNOW [PRACTICALLY, THROUGH EXPERIENCE FOR MYSELF] THE LOVE OF CHRIST, WHICH FAR SURPASSES MERE KNOWLEDGE [WITHOUT EXPERIENCE]; that I may be filled [through all my being] unto all the fullness of God [may I have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within me, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that I [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond my highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] – To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).” (emphasis mine)

I have not yet arrived where I want to be, nor am I where I believe God wants me to be but I can tell that my attitudes toward others are beginning to change. God’s Love is beginning to fill my heart and God is sending people across my path who need to experience the Love of God. I look forward to the day when I have such a strong encounter with God’s Love, the Love of Christ, which impacts my life even as it did those men in the stories above.


Jesus Himself prayed for us to experience this Love in His High Priestly prayer in John chapter 17. Jesus made it plain that He was praying for all who would believe on Him. That includes you and me! John17:20,21 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” Then He prays the most amazing thing in John 17:26, “And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: THAT THE LOVE WHEREWITH THOU HAST LOVED ME MAY BE IN THEM, and I in them.” KJV (emphasis mine)

Here it is in The Amplified Bible, “I have made Your Name known to them and revealed Your character and Your very Self, and I will continue to make [You] known, THAT THE LOVE WHICH YOU HAVE BESTOWED UPON ME MAY BE IN THEM [FELT IN THEIR HEARTS] and that I [Myself] may be in them.”  (emphasis mine)

And now in my favorite translation, The Passion Translation, “I have revealed to them who you are. And I will continue to make you even more real to them, SO THAT THEY MAY EXPERIENCE THE SAME ENDLESS LOVE THAT YOU HAVE FOR ME, FOR YOUR LOVE WILL NOW LIVE IN THEM, even as I live in them.” [5] (emphasis mine)

Jesus revealed the Goodness and the Love of the Father in the life that He lived on this earth. How did He do this? Acts 10:38: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: WHO WENT ABOUT DOING GOOD, AND HEALING ALL THAT WERE OPPRESSED OF THE DEVIL; for God was with him.”   (emphasis mine)

Do you want to know what Father God is like? Look at Jesus in the four Gospels. Jesus is “…the brightness of His Glory and the express image of His person…” (Hebrews 1:3). Everyone who came to Jesus for healing or deliverance received what they came for. He never told anyone, “Sorry, you’ve got to keep that sickness; it’s for your benefit!” He healed them all! That’s what the Love of God does.  Peter was so filled with God’s love that his shadow healed people as he walked by (Acts 5:15, 16) “…and they were healed every one.”

May we see that day come again as the Love of God fills His Church in these last days!


Tom and Jeanie Graves

Works Cited:

[1]Link to Sid Roth/Leif Hetland –

[2] Hetland, Leif, Baptism of Love, Link:

[3] H. Wessel, ed., The Autobiography of Charles Finney, Minneapolis: Bethany, 177 ed, 122-123.

[4] W. R. Moody, The Life of D. L. Moody, New York, Revell, 1900, 149.

[5] Link:

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