Surviving the Wilderness

WOW Club WellMichele, Judah and I have just returned from one of the best weeks of ministry we have participated in over the past couple of years.  We spoke at the Pulaski Church of God near Roanoke, VA and then traveled with Austen Owens (our summer intern from Regent University) to the Prepare 2016 Conference in Washington, NC.  This was a great conference where the Lord poured out a fresh anointing on me as the band and I led the Morning Glory worship session.  Words cannot express how joyous and refreshing this session was for me as a fresh anointing fell upon us, launching us into this NEW season that God is opening to us.  We then traveled to Virginia Beach to meet with many of our monthly partners and ministry leaders.  We had around 50 leaders that joined us as the Founders Inn where we shared how God has helped us to survive this wilderness season, but also to share what we believe God is saying as we look ahead to 2017. And finally, we wrapped the week at Kingdom Life Ministries in Chesapeake, VA leading worship for their revival.  What a blessing to lead worship with Jason & Kelli Bare, and Jason & Shelly Ratliff, and especially our son Judah, who joined us on the frontline vocals.  Michele and I are so proud of our son and our spiritual sons and daughters.  We are truly blessed!

As I have shared with you in previous letters, we encountered a wilderness experience that began in June of 2014.  It has been a road that I wish we all could avoid, yet one I believe we all will face at some point in our walk with Christ.  Therefore, I believe that the Lord has called me to be as transparent as possible to share this experience with as many as He leads me to, and to impart seven (7) major keys that helped us to survive this dreaded season.  I believe that our sharing this will be one of the keys for our entering into this NEW season of ministry.

II Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  -KJV

As I read this, I feel as though Paul is speaking directly to the worshiper…the one who stands in worship looking into the glory of the Lord.  As we continue our gaze, God transforms us from Glory TO Glory.  From the Best He has created us to be, TO the Best He is calling us to be.  It is this “TO” that I believe marks a wilderness encounter.  It is the place found between two seasons, and because it exists we must recognize what it is and how to survive it to get to our NEW season.

This month, I would like to give you seven (7) themes that may help you define or recognize the wilderness.  These will be markers or indicators for you as to where you may be as you read this, or they may help you recognize they “WHY” for where you are right now.  Over the next couple of months, I will unpack these 7 keys that helped me survive, and I believe will help you during this season.

The first theme often portrays the wilderness as a place of threat, chaos and alienation.   It is barren, and nothing is familiar.  There are no markers or indicators or road map to help you know where you are.  All you know is that you have no idea how you got to this place, but even worse….you do not know where to go from here or how to get out!

In the developing Christian tradition, the Wilderness is a place or state of withdrawal from the world to face the reality of God, oneself and one’s neighbor, and to overcome the power of evil.  We recognize this as the place where Jesus withdrew to and was tempted of the devil.  We must be careful with this one though to ensure that God has led us to this place of confrontation with God, and not us simply withdrawing as a result of depression or anxiety.

The wilderness is a place of Transition and Change.  The children of Israel experienced this during their time in the wilderness.  They were being transformed from slaves to a free people in the Promised Land.  Of course, Jesus began his ministry after his time in the wilderness overcoming Satan, the evil one.  It is the place where one season ends and the next begins.

The wilderness is a place of Revelation.  This is perhaps the most prominent theme.  This is the place where God reveals himself in the burning bush, and through a pillar of fire and a cloud.  Of course Mt. Sinai is the central place in the wilderness revelation.  This is the place where EVERYONE saw, felt and heard the power of God on the mountain.

Israel faced judgment after pivotal revelation and rebellion at Mt. Sinai.  The church has always known that the desert is a place of temptation.  We must remember that the enemy will try to isolate you and I to get us to fall prey to temptations.  This can be a very dangerous place as you believe that you have lost everything, so you have nothing else to lose and therefore surrender to the lies and temptations that the enemy places before you.  God’s desire is that we overcome the temptation and walk in the power of HIS might, even when we feel we have no more fight within us at that moment in time.

In the wilderness, we will face conflicts, but great victories are gained.  Just as the Children of Israel encountered hostile enemies in the wilderness, these battles were only successful when they were obedient to the instruction of the Lord’s command.  And that is how you and I will win our great victories….when we are obedient to the instruction of the Lord.

Perhaps the hardest lesson is to realize that the wilderness was created by God, not by Satan.  All things that were created were created by HIM.  Therefore, since it was created by God for a purpose, it is important for us to know how to survive our time in the wilderness.

In the next few months, I will unpack seven keys that God revealed to me during my wilderness encounter.  It is my prayer that God will use what He has shown me to help you where you are in your journey.

I have discovered in my sharing that numerous ministry leaders hit a wall similar to mine in 2014 and encountered this wilderness experience.  Oftentimes, simply knowing that others are going through what you are can provide a healing realizing that you are not alone.

Today, I encourage you keep your eyes continually fixed upon God.  Take one day at a time, and do not allow this wilderness to overcome you and fall by the wayside.  You are on your way From Glory “TO” Glory.  God’s best season for you is waiting on you, just ahead.  Keep pressing on and answer HIS Call upon your life.

2016: Looking Ahead

2016 year golden figures

As we say good-bye to 2015 and welcome 2016, we pause to reflect on all that God has blessed us with while acknowledging the new plans and precepts that He has in store for us in this new season and this new year.

2015 was the first year we did not do Throne Zone since we began with the very first conference in 2004 in Richmond, VA. For 13 years, we would ask God for clarity, direction and a vision for each conference. Michele would go into planning mode, I would work to get online registrations

up and running, and the “machine” would begin operation. Our Christmas and New Year holidays were overshadowed by the conference simply because we were in the throws of crunch time, only a few weeks away from our “Move-In” time at the hotel.

Every year would build with anticipation and excitement. I was always blessed when people would actually call to register. It was such a joy to hear what God did for them in the previous conference. And of course there were always new folks connecting with us would would offer prophetic encouragement to the vision we were running with.

In 2006 we saw folks coming to the conference literally from around the world. We had Turkey, Australia, Japan, Europe and of course delegates from all over the United States. People were so hungry just to be in a “Safe Place”; a place where many of them discovered the presence of God for the first time. A place where one individual in particular who had a Methodist background and had never been around anything Pentecostal or Charismatic in his life; yet, in the middle of the worship, God healed his eye that had been blind for many years. I could go on and on with great testimonies that were reported back to us all through the years. We literally have a book!

Last year, God gave us a rest from this great task. We felt that He said, “You received the vision, you wrote the vision, you ran with the vision, now take a breather.” And that is exactly what happened. God has given us a year to rest, refresh and position ourselves to receive direction for the next season of our ministry.

We didn’t stop doing ministry in 2015. As a matter of fact, we did more television ministry in 2015 that surpassed all the years previously. As you know, we have worked with David & Barbara Cerullo at the Inspiration TV network (INSP) since 2003. When the economy took a down-turn, they stopped filming as much as we once did. In 2015, tapings ramped up once again and we worked multiple events assisting their ministry. Such an honor and a blessing!

In 2015, God connected us with Cornerstone Television Network in Pittsburgh, PA under the leadership of Don Black, President. This network budgeted for me to be able to bring a worship team (vocals and a band) for five weeks worth of programming, three to
four day stents throughout the year. I was truly blessed to reach out to connect with individuals who were worship leaders and ministry leaders to assist me as my worship team, some of them I had not ministered with in almost 30 years. It was amazing to experience this reunion with so many of these talented and anointed individuals.

It was while working with Cornerstone TV that I witnessed a new season being birthed within me and Michele and His Call Ministries.

Every week of programming, I would endeavor to bring in new worship leaders and musicians to give a fresh look and feel for the program. With these different teams, the sound was always very different, and there was a unique anointing with each group that came together. That was not the most exciting thing that occurred; yet, it was the catalyst for God to get our attention for the future.

When I brought in each team, we would spend the mornings gathered at my hotel lobby to plan our rehearsal times and our day. Some days we had opportunity to visit the city, but with each week of programming, something greater exploded.

It was during our morning gatherings that I began to pour out some of my personal journey since 2014. I candidly shared my highs and my all-time lows when I hit the wall in June of 2014. But I was able to share with them the nuggets that I have gleaned from God, and shared the faithfulness of God, the refreshing of God, and testified to His keeping power. As I began to share, something amazing happened. These worship leaders from around the country (many of whom had never worshiped with the others before) began to open up with where they were spiritually. It was some of the most impactful one-on-one ministry that I have ever experienced in my 29 years of ministry! Honestly, I felt that we had more impact in that hotel lobby with these 10 individuals than we did when we were in

the Convention Center in 2008.

Something had shifted within me. I felt something come alive that had been suppressed for such a very long time beneath discouragement and unanswered questions. And in that moment, I felt that God had changed my perspective not only on how I minister, but also how ministry may look for us moving forward.

I have always been so thankful to the friends and ministry partners who supported the vision of His Call Ministries. Whether that was hosting the Throne Zone, or regional Nights of Worship, or the KWI, or ministering on TV or the local churches. All of that has been an amazing journey. Yet, at this stage in my life, I watch as people worship so freely, yet leave the same way they came in, never changed. I have been left with many questions and concerns.

I have often asked, “Have we truly had a God-encounter if we leave from that moment not changed?” I believe that when we have a divine and personal encounter with the presence of God, there is a change that SHOULD take place. Something needs to shift and come into alignment with God’s word.

I am truly concerned with the state of the church right now. I see a great emphasis on worship, and even prophetic worship. We have amazing leadership displaying this. However, my concern though is that we have more “Worship” than we have ever experienced within the church, and yet we have the least amount of “Transformation” than ever. We have so many that are claiming they are Christians, yet there is no change that has occurred in their lives. This leaves me questioning the scripture, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away, behold all things have become new.” I am concerned that the old man is lingering and not passing away to allow the new man (Holy Spirit) to set up residence within many of these individuals.

For 2016, I believe that God is ramping up that Apostolic Mantle upon me and Michele and His Call Ministries. I believe that God is focusing us on pouring into leadership to help train, encourage, equip and initiate a Global Transformation. Pastor Benny Hinn once said that there is no way possible for him to bring revival to the Body of Christ. Rather, he felt called to revive leaders knowing that in turn they would release revival and renewal into their sphere of ministry. And perhaps that is the best way to articulate what we are discerning for this new season in 2016.

As we look ahead to this new year and new season, TV is very much a part of our ministry efforts. But I also believe that we will be gathering leaders into a smaller and more intimate setting for personal ministry and development. I believe that before any great move of God, we need the ministry leadership (the spiritual infrastructure) to be whole, renewed, refreshed and solid enough to sustain this coming move of God’s power. We know His presence, but I believe we need more than His presence for today’s society. We need His POWER and His GLORY to be released upon the earth. We need the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit. Michele, Judah and
I need that in our lives as well.

We are asking God to give us clear direction how to move forward with this mantle and vision that continues to unfold. There is so much to convey to you, but a letter is simply not room enough to share what is stirring within our hearts.

I have desired to gather all of our ministry partners- those who have partnered with us over the past years- first to say “THANK YOU” for sowing into the fertile soil of this ministry. Looking back over the years, there is no way to question if we made an impact, because with- out a doubt we have! But the second reason is to share all that is stirring within us and ask you to pray for us as we move forward. Asking God for clear direction, for Kingdom Connections and Divine Appointments. And lastly, a time to release into our partners this new impartation for this next season of ministry.

We are praying and asking God, “Where could we do this?” As our family has put down roots here in Raleigh, NC, we would love for you to come here….to our home city. But we have been a little concerned if you would come from where you are, just for a little food, worship and sharing what God has placed within us. So please, help us pray. Email Michele ( and let her know if you would be interested in our trying to plan something here in Raleigh for our partners or if it would be easier for you to join us in Virginia Beach area.

Most importantly, I ask you to pray for us. Pray that we would have our ears pressed close to the mouth of God so it is only His voice that we are listening to. We hear only His directives and instructions, and not allow anything contrary to enter into our ears or hearts.

I believe 2016 is a new season for you. Just like with His Call, we may not be doing business as usual; it may not look like it has in the past. We may be tempted to try to revert back to what we have known in the past because it was successful. But you and I both know that is not what God has for us in this new season. He is calling us out of the comfort zone to journey closer than ever before into the Throne Zone. We must make it past the doorway of Praise and learn what it looks like to live in Dominion in the Throne Zone.

Please email Michele or myself and let us know your thoughts about Raleigh or Virginia. We love you and pray Christ’s richest and most abundant blessings upon all you do in the Kingdom of Heaven. Much love from the Duncan Family and Happy New Year!


The Journey

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I believe that we flew past Spring and jumped straight into summer. May was a blur, with a massive flurry activity within the Duncan household and His Call Ministries. I was blessed to celebrate my 48th birthday in May, and Judah completed his sophomore year with straight A’s; allowing him to exempt all of his exams, for which he is extremely thankful for. Additionally, he was able to get his driver’s license, and now is skirting about town on his own. (Pray saints pray!)

May was also filled with ministry opportunity every weekend during the month. We kicked the Mother’s Day weekend off by ministering at Campmeeting Ministries in Critz, VA, and then were blessed to speak at Pastor David & Cindy Bryant’s church in Danville as the keynote speaker for Mother’s Day. We then traveled to Maryland to minister and celebrate with Dr. Caretha Crawford at her 5th Year Gala Celebration for In Pursuit of His Presence Ministries. It was a rather spectacular evening giving the Lord praise for all He has accomplished through their ministry efforts. What a wonderful blessing to sow back into the lives and ministries of these our cherished Kingdom Covenant Partners.

We rounded out the last of the month by pulling together another great team of worship leaders, which I have worked with throughout the years, for a special Pentecost Celebration with Cornerstone Television Network in Pittsburgh, PA. God has given us great favor with the President of that great network, and we have several more weeks worth of ministry coming up throughout the rest of this year, as well as several weeks of taping for INSP with David & Barbara Cerullo. This seems to be a great year for television ministry opportunities.

I continue to be amazed at how God opens doors for me to minister to individuals through the Real Estate opportunity. Michele and I have prayed with many of our clients, and God has often given a word for their lives…and they have received it. God has used this season to help us better articulate God’s plan for people’s lives who are not churched and are not familiar with the Church lingo that we often surround ourselves with.

As I reflect not only over the past year of our life and ministry, I can look over the past 23 years or ministry with Michele and realize that with each step of our journey (regardless of whether it made sense at the time or not), God was teaching us a nugget that would add to the sum total of who we are.

Oftentimes, if we are not careful, we will overanalyze every opportunity set before us and can talk ourselves out of an opportunity that God has placed before us; especially if it is one that does not make sense. Unfortunately, when in pursuit of God’s plan and purpose for our lives, we are not allowed the opportunity and luxury of knowing the

“Why” to each door. It merely requires us to listen to the voice of the Lord at each cross road and move according to His direction.

  • What is God Speaking to you today?
  • Is it hard to hear what He is saying?
  • Does it make sense to you, or are you wrestling with it making sense?
  • What is holding you back from moving forward?

Each of these are key questions for you to ponder and consider as you are earnestly seeking for clear direction from the Lord. So, let me give you four things that may assist your journey.


First, with each opportunity it is important to ask God if this is an opportunity from Him, or a distraction.

Often, the enemy will use something as a mere distraction to prevent you from walking out what He is calling you to. But when you pray and earnestly seek His will, He will give you a green light to keep moving forward.


As you move forward, you need to trust that He will direct and guide you. You need to continue walking forward until He illuminates a Red light, and if He does not, keep moving forward. This is part of the Faith walk required by each of us .

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. –Proverbs 3:5


Obedience is a tricky one. This is the place where our thoughts and reasoning often interfere with what God has told us to do. This is what happened when King Saul made a sacrifice before going to war because Samuel was delayed in his journey. Saul thought the sacrifice was the ultimate requirement to victory, yet it violated God’s protocol with Samuel the priest making the sacrifice.

Often, we get in a hurry and try to figure things out and “Make It Happen” with our resources, giftings, and skill sets. Yet God still requires us to obey His plans that He has prescribed for our journey.


When you follow each of these steps on your journey, the Lord promises His provision for you. When you ask for His direction, when you step out in faith and Trust Him to guide you, and then when you choose to obey His voice and direction, then He plans for you to enjoy the fullness of that which He has purposed and destined for you.

Sometimes, especially in the Charismatic circles, we feel it is not OK to enjoy a season. We feel guilty, or we feel that we should not feel happiness. If we are not careful, we will waltz right past the blessing and not enjoy the season of rest that He has provided for us.

This state of enjoyment is not our final destination. Rather, it is the place that He provides to us beside the still waters. A season of rest, refreshing and ultimately re- enlistment for the next leg of our journey.

I have learned that life is not about a final destination, but rather of sequence of life events filled with moment along the journey that make us who we are called and purposed to be. The key is sharing those moments with others along our journey to assist with where they may be on their journey.

Michele and I are enjoying a season of rest from the stress and strain of executing our Throne Zone conferences. For 12 years, we have subjected ourselves to the pressure of raising the budget and executing an event with a great level of excellence. It has been very rewarding, yet very draining mentally, emotionally, and so God has allowed us this year a Sabbath rest for which we are very grateful.

In this season we are learning how to better and more effectively reach people with the message of the good news that Jesus brings to us; how He provides hope for individuals, and how He has a plan for their life.

He is exposing us to new technology to better enable us to reach people, better understanding the times and how to effectively reach and impact lives of individuals in this season on planet earth.

Today, I encourage you on your journey. Ask God what He has for you. Ask Him to begin to open and close doors for your life. As He begins to open doors (and close them), Trust that He is in control and take the first step toward that open door. Listen to His voice with every step, and continue moving forward until you get a “Red Light” or a “NO” from God. When He speaks a word to you, be quick to respond with a “YES LORD” and walk with relentless obedience to the voice of God. And finally, ENJOY the seasons of rest. Don’t push past that season, but abide by the still waters as long as He allows you to, knowing that He will soon be opening other doors to you leading you to the next leg of your journey.

Michele, Judah and I love you greatly and thank God that He has brought you into our lives to journey with you during this season of your life and ours. We believe He has great plans and purposes for you, but we also know that it may be a bumpy ride. Let us therefore covenant to encourage each other along the way. Speaking to one another in Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs keeping our eyes focused upon the prize of the High Calling in Christ Jesus.

Roll Away the Stone

Tomb Stone-Easter- Web sizeThis is the season that we celebrate Resurrection Sunday; the time when we celebrate the true hope that is found only in the Risen Savior. It is a specific time of year that marks the change of a season. Unfortunately, most only use this holiday to herald the entrance of spring. They use Easter Sunday as the indicator of when it is OK to wear certain colors and styles. It is a time for retailers to cash in on our finest clothes, and a time when kids go Easter egg hunting. Yet the fact remains, Easter represents the greatest change any individual could ever en- counter.

We have all recounted the story as we remember the account of the crucifixion in the Bible, or when we watch it on the big screen. We have witnessed great musical productions and cantatas to remind us of what exactly happened over the course of those three days.

The Roman Empire thought they had silenced the one who disrupted their economy and challenged the religious para- digm of that day. They watched as He suffered, bled and eventually died on the cross, and they celebrated as His follow- ers placed him in a borrowed tomb. When they rolled the stone across the entrance to the tomb, they were convinced all of their troubles had ended. Little did they know that the story was only just about to begin to unfold, and would continue to challenge the paradigms of society for over 2,000 years. They did not understand that a stone covered tomb could not silence that which is eternal.

The enemy of your soul operates under this same deception. He thinks that if he can simply place you behind of a tomb- stone, he can silence your message and the impact you have upon others within your realm of influence. Therefore, he does everything he can to steal from you, kill you and to destroy your influence. Remember, John Maxwell says that Lead- ership is Influence….nothing more, nothing less. Satan desires to silence you and kill your influence. He will try to get you fired so you have no influence with your co-workers. He will try to make you sick so you spend all your days battling sick- ness and never realizing the impact you have on others who know you. For many, he seemingly is being successful as many succumb to sickness, disease or depression. But often the attack is much more subtle.

As I shared with you in last month’s blog, I had an epiphany moment while sitting at the piano. During that encounter with the Lord, I heard Him say that many are still being held captive behind the stone. Perhaps the stone is not sickness and death. It is not a stone that can be rolled across the entrance of a tomb. Rather, it is a metamorphosis that takes place within the heart of a man.

I have often heard the scripture found in Ezekiel 36:26 taught where God says, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

It was during this Kairos moment with God that I received the revelation on this scripture.

The heart of flesh is one that God can prick with the power of the Holy Spirit. It is one that is sensitive to the things of God; one that is quick to receive the word of the Lord and do what the word of the Lord instructs us to do. It is one that has great sensitivity and discernment and one that is also quick to obey the word of the Lord.

It is this type of heart that is in the cross-hairs of Satan’s scope for your life. Therefore, he uses every weapon possible to injure, cut and stress the heart.

Why? Because when the heart is cut, it will heal with a scar. Over time, that scar tissue causes this heart of flesh to be- come a stony heart; one that is no longer sensitive to the move of God, it does not respond quickly to the stirring of the Holy Spirit, it leaves questions rather than obedience; it is slow to discern and grows weary in well doing.

In my time with the Lord at the piano, He simply said that we need to allow Him the opportunity to pour forth the Healing Balm of Gilead into the wounds of our heart. It is that healing salve poured forth that will cause the wounds to heal leaving no scar tissue, and therefore allows us to maintain a heart of flesh rather than forming a cold/hard heart.

This is God’s plan for you and me. He does not want us to suffer from a heart of stone resulting from past disappointments and discouragements and let downs. He wants us to allow Him to pour forth that oil that produces healing, leaving no evi- dence of a wound. And as we encounter that healing balm of Gilead, He desires us to share and impart this message to others. That is what it means when we become messengers of the good news of Jesus Christ.

I am reminded of the old spiritual that was recorded by some of the gospel greats, “It is no Secret What God Can Do”. The lyrics continue, “What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you. With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you. It is no secret, what God can do.”

Perhaps you identify with what I am sharing today. As you read this, you are silently shouting, “I know that’s right!” You may even be saddened as you have an epiphany as God is right now speaking to your heart showing how you have allowed past wounds and hurts and disappointments to form that scar tissue causing your heart to become cold and callas. Today, I want to encourage you to allow the Balm of Gilead to be poured for upon you and change that heart of stone into a heart of flesh; a heart that God can speak to and one that will cause you to listen to His instructions. This does not mean that you may necessarily understand why you may be going through something. But there are two things to keep in mind during this process:

1. When going through something, remember you are going through it….this too shall pass.

2. As long as you continue moving forward toward the call of God upon your life, you will pass through what you are going through, and not be captured and contained in your present circumstances.

One Final Thought

God never called and expected us to understand or figure things out. He simply calls and expects us to obey. There is no qualifying balance sheet of pros and cons that we have the luxury of weighing out. Although that can happen, just realize that there are times when He tells us to do things that simply cannot be rationalized. When He called Peter out of the boat, that did not have any reason or logic; yet Peter was able to defy a natural law of gravity and walked upon the water….simply because he obeyed.

My prayer for you today is that as you become relentlessly obedient to answering HIS CALL upon your life, He is fully capable to enable you to defy the odds and physical limitations known to man. He is the Supernatural. I heard someone say it this way: “When God places His hand upon the natural, it becomes SuperNatural!”

Today, let us decide to allow the Holy Spirit to roll away the stone from our heart. Let us allow Him to place His hand upon us as we operate in the natural, yet giving us a Super-Natural impact.

Roll Away the Stone, and begin to walk in the new season that God is releasing upon your life and ministry!

In His Service!
Keith & Michele Duncan

Identity Theft

Online stealing credit cardAccording to a recent article released by CNN Money, Identity theft tops the list of consumer complaints. Once again, the number one complaint from Americans this year, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s is Identity Theft.

We have all seen the commercials showcasing their products for protection. Perhaps you even know someone whom has been a victim of this crime. The plot is the same. A criminal will get his hands on some of your personal information, and then begins to strip your identity away while creating his new life as you by securing loans and according to this article from CNN Money, even filing bogus tax returns in your name and getting a refund before you even have a chance to file.

As Christians, we understand that this crime has been going on for centuries. The enemy of our soul will lay his hand on some personal information, and then begin to strip away your own identity in an attempt to confuse you and wreak havoc in your own life.

As my late spiritual father Dr. Myles Munroe used to always share, “The greatest tragedy in life is NOT death. It is going through life never knowing your purpose. It is at that moment that you stop being effective in life because you are preoccupied with chasing after the real purpose for your life.” However, we know that the enemy of our soul operates very craftily in his approach and often the attack is not so straight forward.

Yesterday, Michele and Judah had left the house to go to the school to prepare for Judah’s upcoming Spring production of “Mary Poppins”. Michele is working on the sets using her design skills, and Judah had rehearsals. (If you would like to see this amazing production, please inbox us or email us to find out about tickets being sold.)

While they were gone, I went to the piano and started to play. It was nothing really particular, but rather just began to play. Within a few short moments, tears began to flow and the presence of God settled into our dining room which is where we have the piano. I began to sob almost uncontrollably as I had now suddenly revisited a place with God that I had discovered many years ago. Although this place was very familiar, it was also very different. This time, it was filled with many wonderful memories of God’s presence, and at the same time I found myself discovering a new dimension of His presence yet one more time.

In this moment of divine exchange, it was as if my entire world disappeared and it was just me and God. Time stood still, and I simply did not want to move from this sacred place and moment in my life. It was that moment in time that I have often spoken of to others. It was that Throne Zone dimension, but it wasn’t happening in the convention center, nor in a sanctuary, but rather in my dining room. And my only response was a stream of tears that continued to flow down my cheeks onto the very keys of my piano.

It was during this encounter that God began to show me that I had become a victim of Identity Theft. I began to question, “but Lord, how can this be?” And as only the Lord can do, he began to roll a series of videos across my mind.

For 17 years, Michele and I served in the local church as Worship & Fine Arts pastors. For the past 12 years, we have served as the directors of His Call Ministries hosting our flagship ministry event, The Throne Zone. We have watched countless lives being transformed, church worship programs revolutionized, and young worship leaders mentored and placed on staff at a church or even helped to facilitate the birth of their own individual ministries.

Unknowingly, I had allowed what I “DID” to become my identity. Yet in this Kairos moment, the Lord reminded me very clearly that is NOT who I “AM”. These wonderful ministry results are merely what I “DO”. These are two very different things.

Why is this such a powerful revelation for you and me?

Often, we encounter road blocks with our jobs, our lives, or even our ministries. When we encounter something that prevents us from “DOING”, we travel the gamut of emotions from disappointment, to discouragement, to a cycle of questions that leave us in a turmoil of frustration or guilt. Without allowing the Holy Spirit the opportunity of healing us, or reminding us of who we are in HIM, we can then lose our identity and believe the lies of the enemy.

As I sat at the piano and transcribed this information from the Lord into my journal, I began hearing the father remind me that who I am is a Child of the most high God. I am one who uses my giftings not to lead others into the presence of the Lord; but my chief goal in life is to release that worship unto God. Just me and Him in the quiet place. I am thankful for all that we have DONE….but today I look forward to what we will do in even greater dimensions and capacities. Yet the fact remains, all of that is a direct result of who I AM while BEING with the Father.

Today, I want to encourage you to not allow Satan to steal your identity. I know that sounds cliché and superficial; yet for me this has been very revelatory. Let us not allow what we DO to define us. We must be deliberate in our BEING with the Father, and realize that our “DO” will be an overflow of our “BEING” in His presence.

If what I am sharing confirms what you are going through, please realize you are not going through it by yourself. There are countless leaders and pastors that have been sharing in this same scenario simply because we have focused on DOING more in the Kingdom for God, and we have sacrificed our time simply BEING with God.

Identity Theft!

If you feel as though I am sharing where you are at this moment in your life, please reach out to me through Facebook, the phone, text or email. I would love to chat with you and pray with you. You must know you are NOT FINISHED, you are simply in a season of REST. A time for God to pour forth His healing balm into your spirit; a time of refreshing and renewal. You work is NOT FINISHED, you are just getting started.

Know who you are in Christ!
Know whose you are through Christ!
You are NOT defined by what you DO.
In your time spent BEING with God, you will be restored & refreshed.
Your DOING will be a direct overflow of your BEING with the Lord.

Michele, Judah and I continue to pray for the Lord to reveal what He has for you and us in this new season of our lives. One thing that we know for certain is that we are His, created in His image to do His work and show forth His glory! That is who we are, not what we do!

The Language of Love

Open Book On TableThis is the month when our hearts begin to turn toward the ones we love, or are very fond of. It is a time when we do special things; a time when we give chocolates and wonderful inspiring cards that convey a great message of love to one that we have great feelings for. It is the one time of year when we stop to convey our love and appreciation for that special someone in our lives. Sometimes we get so busy with work and our daily routines that we either forget to share what is in our heart for that person, or we take them for granted and convince ourselves that they know how we feel and therefore do not need to express it. But love needs to be communicated; it doesn’t need to be assumed.

Words make a great impact on our lives. With special thanks to the book “The 5 Love Languages” written by Gary Chapman, we have become aware of the 5 most common Love Languages: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time and Physical Touch. There are different languages simply because people respond differently. What is so beautiful is that God knows what language you speak, and He is able to show His love for you and me in a language that we understand.

With this understanding, doesn’t it stand to reason that the enemy of your soul would desire you to no longer feel that love from the father expressed upon you? Wouldn’t it be an accurate assumption that he would love for you to feel isolated, despondent, hopeless and alone; feeling as if no-one loves you much less even knows you exist?

I believe this is one of the greatest attacks that Satan has launched!

I have attempted to be very transparent with you over the past several months sharing some of the things I am learning. As I have shared with you, I have been in one of the toughest battles I have ever been in since June of last year. And as I have began speaking of the lessons I have learned while going through this deep valley, I have connected with countless ministry leaders going through the identical scenario which ironically began in June of last year. Coincidence? I think not!

You see, when you go through things
there are two choices that you can make.

For some, they choose to increase their activity and leave no room for quiet time. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week they leave the television going, they surround themselves with people and activity. Their thought process is that if they keep themselves busy, they will not think about their situation.

For others, they choose to withdraw from the social spheres. The pull back, get quiet and fade into the shadows. Their thoughts then become overwhelmed with questions, anxiety and worry, so much so they often feel as though they are suffocating.

Both of these responses are equally bad simply because we do not understand what the root cause of the problem, and therefore we are never able to deal with the real underlying cause.

Much like many of you, my dilemma came when things that I had been holding on to and praying for over the past 20 years seemed so close then right before my eyes, suddenly disappeared. Prophetic words that had confirmed some of my vision could have been easily thrown to the side when certain hopeful things left the realm of reality. I wish that I could say that I simply prayed in the Spirit for 3 days and then picked myself up and went on to conquer the next and greatest battle. Instead I find myself holding on to the promises I cannot see, because I know they are still on God’s timeline!

I truly believe that some of you have been holding on to specific promises from God; prophetic words that have been spoken over you, and dreams that God has placed in your spirit, yet you have not seen that dream manifest or that word come to pass.


1 Kings 17 tells us the story of Elijah and how he had been used to give the word of the Lord to King Ahab. After giving the word that there will not be rain nor dew for 3 years, God told him to go to the brook Cherith. That seemed like an interesting place to be didn’t it? Why would he send him to a brook…a place of water….when there was to be no water for the next three years?

God never called us to understand.
He called us to trust Him and obey His voice.

As Elijah followed the instruction of the Lord, he went to the brook for this season of depending upon God’s provision. The word of God says that God provided the water from the brook and the ravens to bring him bread and meat in the morning and in the evening. It was in this season seemingly in a desert place where God showed himself as Jehovah Jireh.

Laura Story has written a wonderful song called, “Blessings”. The verse

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
we pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things.

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops What if Your healing comes through tears
What if the thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise.

The song continues with another verse and two choruses pursuing this same thought. Such a poignant song to challenge our paradigm isn’t it?

  • 􏰀  How would we know Him as healer if we never got sick?
  • 􏰀  How would we know Him as provider if we never had lack?
  • 􏰀  How would we know Him as Prince of Peace if we were never afraid?Today, I want to remind and encourage you that God Loves YOU! God has a plan for your life. God has a unique destiny upon your life and mine; one that no one can accomplish upon planet earth unless we choose to lay it down and walk away.

    With the challenges you and I face today, let us learn Him by His name. Is He Jireh, Shalom, Rapha? What are you going through today?

    Let me remind you that He speaks your love language. He knows how to communicate that He is for you and not against you. He knows how to speak his words of love and encouragement to you in such a way that you understand. Perhaps it is simply a matter of stopping long enough to listen to His voice, and not your own thoughts.

    Today, do not allow Satan to silence your voice. Do not allow what you are walking through today prevent you from sharing what He has placed in your heart. Do not allow today’s challenge prevent you from sharing hope and encouragement to someone else- regardless of whether you feel that you have something to give or not. Perhaps it is only one word that you can share. Proverbs 25:11 says that a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Jesus used only one word, “Peace”. The winds and waves obeyed His voice. One word!

    If it is only one word than you can get out, release that one word. Do not allow Satan the joy of silencing your voice. You are a gentle lamb, a lamb who knows the voice of their shepherd. A lamb doesn’t always know which direction to go; but this is the beauty of a shepherd. The lamb doesn’t have to know where to go; it simply has to follow the leading of the shepherd. Today, follow His leading. Speak what He says to speak…even if it is only one word, and watch what He will do for you.

    God knows your love language. Watch today for Him to speak to you and receive His love, His peace, His encouragement and expect the great joy that comes as a result of your obedience today.

2015: Transformation & HOPE!


January 1st marks the beginning of a new year of life. Businesses will close out the books from the previous year. Regardless of their profits or losses, January 1 signals both a fresh start to their business and a new season filled with new discoveries.

As humans, we realize the significance of a fresh new start in our personal lives. We craft our resolutions for the coming year as we hope to make this New Year different than the last.

We resolve to spend more time with our family, to de-clutter our lives and garages, to make healthy changes and choices to assist in the reduction of stress, and of course one of the top resolutions is to lose weight and get in shape. The new gym memberships roll in during that first week of January, only to slowly watch those new members fall victim to the same bad habits and routines that they maintained during the previous year.

As one who has struggled with weight most of my life, I was one of those who began every year with the theme of losing the weight.

In February of 2014, I found myself being rushed to the hospital with chest pains and a possible heart attack. I found myself at the start of a new year lying in a hospital bed in the Chest Pain wing of the WakeMed Heart Center strapped to all sorts of cables and sensors being monitored for 24 hours. I am happy to report that after a stress test and Nuclear Imaging were performed, I had no heart issues, it was all stress.

In June of 2014, I realized that I needed answers from the Lord and so I decided I would go on a fast to seek direction from God. In prayerful contemplation of how to proceed with this fast, I began to follow the Lords direction. As I turned my face toward heaven asking God for answers and direction, I noticed something different not only from a spiritual perspective but also a weight perspective. I began to lose weight.

As of the time of this letter, I have lost 30 pounds. I have dropped 6 jacket sizes and 8 inches in my waist. I feel good and I feel healthy. What began as a fast actually turned into a change in my lifestyle. I began to see that not only was I hearing the word for 2015, but He was allowing me to live it out to understand it more clearly.

I am a visual learner. God uses pictures or images to speak to me so that I can understand more clearly. After several months with these changes to my eating habits and exercise, I see a different me. I am not the same as I was in July of this past year. I have been in a process of TRANSFORMATION.

As I come in contact with many of my friends, they are amazed at the change that has taken place in my weight and body. They know the struggles that I have experienced over my life. I am not that same person who would eat 1⁄2 of a birthday cake in one day.

I am changed. I am transformed. And because people know my past eating habits, and known my struggle with weight, it now gives them HOPE. HOPE that if I can do it, so can they.

While laying in bed one unable to sleep, I felt as if the Lord said that I am now a visual example of what He wants to occur in the body of Christ during 2015. I believe this is the year that: TRANSFORMATION PRODUCES HOPE


2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.”

When something is transformed, it no longer looks like its original state. It is different; it has been transformed into something different. Yet we hear so much teaching on grace that if we are not careful, our culture will think that when we come into personal relationship with Jesus Christ, it is OK for us to continue living the same life and making the same lifestyle choices. Friend, if we ever truly encounter the presence of God in the way He desires to reveal Himself to us, we cannot help but experience transformation. This verse in Corinthians (the New Testament) clearly states that some things that we did before Christ, we no longer do simply because we have truly encountered Christ the King.

For me, if I go back to doing the same thing that I did in years past, it would not take very long for me to gain back those 30 pounds…..and then some. And to be honest, I do not desire that. I still have another 15-20 pounds that I would like to lose before I hit my goal. Therefore, I must press and pursue and continue making new lifestyle choices if I will truly walk out my transformation. If not, I have merely gone on another diet and never made any changes to my life.


If ever our world needed Hope, today is that day. Countless Christians and non- believers fall prey to burnout and hopelessness because we no longer see change as a realistic possibility. When problems or challenges face us, we look for inspiration from somewhere; some small nugget of hope that we can hold on to. It doesn’t have to be monumental; it simply needs to be real, tangible and accessible.


I believe that what the Lord is revealing is that He desires this to be a year where the Body of Christ, the believers, experience such a God-Encounter that is so real and tangible that it will transform their lives. I sense He wants to do that in my life and yours. Things that have become so normal and familiar to us, I believe He wants to

reveal Himself to us in a way that will leave us in total amazement of who He is and what He can do.

I also believe that when the church experiences God in this magnitude, and when we allow God to bring total TRANSFORMATION to our lives, the by-product of what occurs will shine radiantly to unbelievers which will signal the source of all HOPE….Jesus Christ!

The world is actively looking and seeking for the answer. We search for transformation through enlightenment, through education, through wealth, and even through health. However, the only place to find the answer is in a Transformational Encounter with Christ the King.

This will be our Vision and Goal for this ministry in 2015. We will actively look for ways that we can impact individuals and introduce them to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We will continue to create safe places for people to Discover, Explore, Practice and Pursue the Presence of God. We are actively in discussions with IT engineers and attorneys as to how we can utilize technology to help us create these opportunities and remain legally compliant. We are very excited about these opportunities as we know the internet will truly enable us to have a Global Impact when we may not be able to actually take all of our team globally, at least at this moment in history. Yet, we remain focused in our passionate pursuit of His Presence, and we ask that you will continue to stand with us during this year of TRANSFORMATION THAT PRODUCES HOPE!