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”

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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.

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.


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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Posted by: Tom Graves | July 27, 2015


I love God’s Word because it is Truth! Pilate asked Jesus “What is truth?” (John 18:38) but never gave Jesus a chance to answer him. However, Jesus had already declared the answer in His High Priestly Prayer in John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: THY WORD IS TRUTH.”

Unfortunately, there are many today that believe that truth is “relative” or “situational.” For them, there is no absolute truth. If they believe in God, they believe He is just like us. But Numbers 23:19 declares that “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” When God makes a statement, it is TRUTH because God does not lie. His Words do not change just because the situation changes.

When God made His Covenant with Abraham, He made certain promises in Genesis 12: 1-3, “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: AND IN THEE SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED.” Those promises have not ended or changed, Israel is still God’s chosen people! In Genesis 17:3 God said to Abraham, “And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations FOR AN EVERLASTING COVENANT, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.”   

We know spiritually that that means Salvation for mankind through the coming of Messiah. But I think it has a meaning in the natural realm also. Take ten minutes to watch the video “Israel Inside, How a small country makes a big difference” and discover how God is literally blessing all the families of the earth through inventions and ideas that He has given to Israel!

Are you aware that even though Israel is a nation of only seven million people, it is third in the list of nations that have the most companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange? That is amazing and it is the Hand of God on His people!

God is Good and He keeps His Promises!!!

May you and yours be blessed today by our Good God!

Tom and Jeanie

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Posted by: Tom Graves | July 7, 2015



Tom’s perspective on a 50th  anniversary

About fifty-three years ago, I accepted an invitation to a friend’s birthday party not knowing that it would be an evening that would change my life. Not only did it change my life, it literally set the course for the rest of my life. It was God’s plan for me. I was seventeen years old, a junior in high school, but I considered myself a loser of sorts, especially when it came to girls. I didn’t consider myself “handsome” by any means, and to hit it off with a “good-looking” girl, you had to be “handsome.” But that night at the party a most amazing thing happened! When I arrived at the party, there was a girl there I had never seen before. She was fifteen and was one of the most beautiful girls I had ever seen. Her name was Jeanie Wilson.

I begin to prepare myself for the rejection that I was sure was coming, that is if I ever even got introduced to her. The moment came, we were introduced and to my amazement, she seemed to like me. My heart was pounding and it was like I knew from that very moment that this was the girl I was going to marry. We went to different schools and lived about ten miles apart in different small towns, so seeing her again posed a major problem. We were even on different telephone exchanges so it was long distance to even try to call her. She had very strict parents and the rule was “no dating until you are sixteen!” She would turn sixteen the next January and I was hoping to be able to get a date with her then.

I finally went to her home and met her parents and asked them if I could date Jeanie. The rule was once every two weeks on a Friday night and you have to have her home by 10 PM. At least I was getting to spend some time with her. On the twenty-seventh of January, I asked her to “go steady” with me and she said “YES!” From that day on, we never dated anyone else. When I graduated from high school in 1963, I moved to Atlanta to go to school. I was working in the daytime, going to school in the evenings and was able to buy a used car. That enabled me to drive home every other weekend to have my date with Jeanie. The two week rule never changed as long as she lived at home, even after she graduated from high school in 1965. My mom had said, “If you want to be able to see her more often than once every two weeks, it looks like you are going to have to marry her!” I took her advice and asked Jeanie to marry me while she was still a senior in high school. She said yes!!! I gave her an engagement ring for Christmas that year, but her folks wouldn’t let her keep it.

Together, we began to plan for an elopement that would take place once she graduated from high school. That spring, we planned on a day when I would drive down from Atlanta, pick her up after school and go to the courthouse to apply for a marriage license. Jeanie often stayed late at school helping teachers or working in the office (she was valedictorian of her class) so there was no suspicion on her parent’s part. All went well and the marriage license came in the mail a little later. I quit my job and dropped out of Georgia Tech that May in 1965 and moved back home to Beech Island, SC. I got a good job as a draftsman with an architectural firm in Augusta, GA.

Then the moment came when Jeanie and I decided to tell her parents that we were getting married. It was Wednesday, July 7, 1965 and I had arranged to get off work early and to have Thursday and Friday off. I got to Jeanie’s house a little after 5 PM, knocked on the door and her mom came to the door. I could see Jeanie standing well behind her. Her mom didn’t say anything when she opened the door, but the look on her face asked, “What are you doing here? It’s not Friday!” Jeanie immediately said, “We’re getting married!” Her mom responded with, “You’re what???” I was allowed in the house and we explained our plans and the whys and wherefores. We invited them to come to the service, which was amazing, because I had not even lined up a minister at that point. Jeanie got her prepacked suitcase and we left, telling them we would call and let them know where to come.

We went back to Beech Island and called Dr. Zach Ford Bond, a retired minister and friend of the family and he agreed to perform the ceremony. My folks were on vacation at Tybee Island, so I called them and told them I was coming down that evening and bringing my wife. They were able to get us a room at the same complex where they were. I called my Aunt Libby and invited her. She and her family came. That evening, fifty years ago today, Jeanie and I were married. Once married, Jeanie’s mom and dad accepted me with open arms. I became not just a son-in-law to them, but a son.

It has not been an easy fifty years for Jeanie and me. We have had our ups and our downs. At one point about twenty years ago, Jeanie threatened to leave me if I did not get help for my anger problems among other things. We went for counseling to Shiloh Place Ministries in Conway, SC and they recommended I attend a certain seminar to help overcome my problems, which I did. There has been steady improvement in our marriage since then. We agreed to stick it out together and Jeanie honored that agreement. I can tell folks that I have been happily married for 50 years, but Jeanie has been happily married for a little less than 20 years. Thank you Jeanie for sticking it out with me through those rough times. Without you, I would not have made it.

I have discovered the truth of Proverbs 18:22, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor from the LORD!”

Happy 50th anniversary to the love of my life!


Jeanie’s comments

This is pretty much our story – short version. It was not long after we met that I knew he was the only man for me and I knew that I loved him. The love we had for each other and then the Love we knew from God made our marriage last, even past the breaking point. Tom is so much sweeter these days and he makes the best Belgian waffles I have ever tasted. It makes me even more glad I married him!

I bless and honor him because he is a man whose heart is always seeking to know God more and love Him more. That is what helped Tommy make our commitment to one another last. I thank the Lord that we have each other and will have many, many more years together.

Happy 50th Tommy, the only man for me!




Posted by: Tom Graves | June 15, 2015



We are living in perilous times. Psalm 2:1-3 is being lived out in a changing America.

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” KJV

Listen to these verses in THE PASSION TRANSLATION.

  1. “How dare the nations plan a rebellion, Ranting and raging against the Lord Most High? Their foolish plans are futile! 2. Look at how the power brokers of the world Rise up to hold their summit, Scheming and conferring together Against God and His Anointed King, saying: 3. Let’s come together and break away from the Creator. Once and for all let us cast off these controlling chains Of God and his Christ!” TPT

It is amazing how quickly things have changed in just the last few years. Those who are orchestrating these changes are using the courts to do their bidding and changing long held standards of morality and decency. But Psalm 58:1-11 gives us an encouraging Word from the Lord. The Title of this Psalm in THE PASSION TRANSLATION is,


1-2. “God’s justice? You high and mighty politicians Know nothing about it! Which one of you has walked in justice toward others? Which one of you has treated everyone right and fair? Not one! You only give ‘justice’ in exchange for a bribe. For the right price you let others get away with murder.”

3-5. “Wicked wanderers even from the womb! That’s who you are! Lying with your words – Your teaching is poison. Like cobras closing their ears to the most expert of charmers, You strike out against all who are near.”

6-9. “O God, break there fangs; Shatter the teeth of these ravenous lions! Let them disappear like water falling on thirsty ground. Let all their weapons be useless. Let them be Like snails dissolving into slime. Let them be cut off, never seeing the light of day! God will sweep them away so fast That they’ll never know what hit them.”

10-11. “The godly will celebrate in the triumph of good over evil. And the lovers of God will trample The wickedness of the wicked under their feet! Then everyone will say, ‘There is a God who judges the judges;’ And ‘there is a great reward in loving God!’” TPT

Be encouraged! God wins!!!

Blessings, Tom and Jeanie

TPT: Scripture quotations marked TPT are taken from The Psalms: Poetry on Fire, The Passion Translation, copyright 2014. Used by permission of BroadStreet Publishing Group, LLC, Racine, Wisconsin, USA. All rights reserved.




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