"Tychicus will tell you everything." Ephesians 6:21

April 1st, 2016 by Dennis Fuqua

He who has ears…

Hearing is a good thing…

For several years I Earshave known this day would come.  I have been saying, “What?” or “Say that again.” or “Huh?” or “Could you repeat that?” quite a bit in recent months.  So, yesterday, I got these little guys and I hope they help me cut down on my vocabulary a bit.

They are a bit inconvenient and rather intrucive.  I end up hearing my voice and extraneous sounds much louder.  (Do you knjow how loud a key in the door can be?  Or the sound your coat makes when you take if off the hanger?)  But, they say I will get used to them soon.  So, I am hoping that the pay-off will be worth what I paid.

Wearing these hearing aids has caused me to wish there were some devices I could purchase to increase my spiritual hearing.  How cool would that be!  I could pay some money, insert a device into the ears of my heart and wallah(!) I could hear the voice of the Holy Spirit much better.  Pretty cool!

So, it is not instanteous, you can’t purchase it, and it is not a device, but there is a process we can all be involved in to increase or (“aid”) our spiritual hearing.  In fact, I think we could say there is such a thing as a “spiritual hearing aid.”  That process is meditation.

Meditation is the process of the Holy Spirit writing His Word on our hearts.  It is the process of hearing and agreeing with what He is speaking to ears of our hearts.  The more we do it, the better we get at hearing.

Isn’t God good to not have a list price on this?  Anyone wh ois willing to “pay the price” can afford it.  There is some inconvenience and even some intrusion that goes along with it.  You may hear some extraneous sounds along the way.  And it takes a bit of getting used to, as well,  but if you stick with it, your hearing will increase.  The pay-off will be worth far more than what you pay.

Now, here is a plug if you want more information about this process.  Check it out here!  (PS There is a list price to this one…)

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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March 2nd, 2016 by Dennis Fuqua

I love my job!

In the last 5 weeks I have ministered in 5 different states, from the warmth of Florida to the snow in Idaho.  But the physical environment is 20160223_205506not the part that excites me the most.  The best part is the spiritual environment.  Being with pastors, missionaries, “regular folks” who love Jesus and want to press in to a deeper relationship with Him never gets old to me.

Here is a shot of pastors from The Dalles, OR caring for their pastor friends from Grays Harbor, WA, by praying for them.

Along the way, I get to hear lots of great stories.  Here is one from a recent Prayer Summit.  One of the first thing I did with the 30 or so people sitting in a circle was to ask them “What do you want from Jesus?”  I referenced the place in Matthew where A leper came to Jesus and said, “If you are willing, You can heal me!”  Jesus said, “I am willing” and He did heal the man.  Then I asked them, “What would you like to ask Jesus to do during these 3 days away?  He just might want to do that!”

When we got around to Don, he said, “When you were here 4 years ago, you asked a similar question.  Because I had recently been in a very serious accident, and my body was in constant pain, I said I wanted Jesus to heal me, to remove the pain.  You asked 5 guys to gather around me and pray for me.  They did, and ten minutes later the pain left and it has not returned!  When I told this to the people of my congregation, they rejoiced with me, but kept asking me if the pain had come back.  Finally, I told them, no…  when you are healed, you are healed!”

We laughed and rejoiced!

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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February 12th, 2016 by Dennis Fuqua

Two very different lives

I wrote this post last year on this day.  It deserves another run…

February 12.  Happy Birthday to two very well-known historical figures.  February 12, 1809 two little boys were born.  One was born in The Mount, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom.  The other in Hodgenville, Kentucky, U.S.A.  There is no evidence that they ever met, but they would both go on to change the world.

One became a scientist, the other pursued law, and went on to become a president of his country.

Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on exactly the same day.  This is an amazing “coincidence” of history.

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About 12 years ago, Marilyn and I attended the National Day of Prayer meetings in Washington D.C.  We took a couple extra days to take in some sights in the area.  We did not have a firm plan, we were pretty spontaneous.  We knew of a couple things we wanted to make sure we took in, but did not have a schedule.  One of the things we wanted to make sure we saw was the Holocaust Museum.  We were struck like everyone is as we moved through the historical halls and saw the documentation of destruction.  I wept.  As we exited the building, we wandered and reflected.  We talked about the hatred we saw.  We talked about the senseless loss of life.   I knew how Darwin had influenced Hitler’s life and thinking.  Darwin’s thoughts were not the only influence, but they were an influence that allowed Hitler to justify his mass killing of those he deemed to be inferior.

Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863Without planing, we soon found ourselves at the Lincoln Memorial.  We walked up the steps.  We looked out over the mall from where Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke his famous “I Have a Dream” Speech.  We read quotes from Lincoln that have been forever written in stone.  Then it hit me!  As I read the words of Abraham Lincoln, I realized the power and the contrast of one man’s ideas.  I will never forget the impact.

One man’s ideas allowed one of the world’s worst people to justify his evil.  They allowed him to leave God out and “dehumanize” people.  The result was the senseless death of millions of people.

Another man’s ideas allowed him to become one of the world’s best and most respected men of history.  Because they included God, he saw everyone as equally created.  The result was the freedom of millions of people.

Darwin and Lincoln – two very different men, two very different outcomes.

What we think matters.  The logical consequences of our thoughts are actions.  The result of our actions affect others.  Sometimes many others.

Thank you, Tychicus

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For much more about this contrast, see this link.

January 30th, 2016 by Dennis Fuqua

Reconnectng

I have many people in my life that I get to relate to on a regular basis.  I get to do life with them.  Some of them daily, some weekly or at least monthly.  Of course, Marilyn is at the top of that list.  My kids, grandkids, people at church, partners in ministry, etc. fall into that group as well.

Then there are people with whom I have had that kind of relationship with in the past, but now, because of changing life events, I don’t have as much contact with.

But every now and then, we get to reconnect.  Recently, I have been able to reconnect with some “old friends.”

  • A “Radical Missionary guy” I met about 13 years ago.
  • A pastorof a church a long ways from where I live, where I have ministered on a few occasions.
  • A high school buddy (and his wife) I get to see every few years.
  • Several “prayer colleagues” who make up a National team.
  • A mentor I spend time with on the phone regularly, but only occasionally see face to face.
  • A long-term missionary and former classmate at the Bible College we attended.
  • A faithful city-servant seeking to see Jesus’ John 17 prayer become more of a reality in a significant city.

Reconnecting with these people has been a great encouragement to me.  I love that fact that they are still the same people I met but yet they are more than they used to be.  They are now further down the road.  They have far more experiences than they used to have.  They have more wrinkles and gray hair.  They are, in short, I better version of what they used to be.

I have been encouraged by them, blessed by them, challenged by them, and motivated by them.   I think they make me a better version of what I used to be as well.

Reconnecting is good.

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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December 25th, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

His Coming and His Prayer

Among many other things, the Lord’s Prayer gives us clear reasons for Jesus’ birth.  Consider each line of this prayer.

  • Let Your name be holy – He came to earth to reveal the Father’s name and nature. (John 17:6 & 26)
  • Let Your kingdom come – Christmas happened so Jesus could proclaim and demonstrate the kingdom of God. (Matt 4:17, Luke 11:20)
  • Let Your will be done – When Jesus came into the world, He said He came to do the Father’s will (Heb 10:5-7)
  • Give us this day our daily bread – As the bread who came down from Heaven, He offers us Himself! (John 6:35)
  • Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors – He was named “Jesus” because He is the One who saves people from their sin. (Matt 1:21)
  • Lead us not into temptation – Over and over, Jesus told people to follow Him.  He leads best.  (Matt 4:19, John 21:19)
  • Deliver us from the evil one – Jesus came into the world to destroy the works of the devil.  (1 John 3:8b)

So, as we celebrate the incarnation, let’s not forget Jesus’ clear instructions in prayer.

Of course, you can find out much more about how to use the Lord’s Prayer as a pattern for your own personal prayer by seeing Living Prayer: the Lord’s Prayer Alive in You.

December 15th, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

More Than Immanuel

I greatly appreciate the meaning of the word “Immanuel” – God with us.  Pondering this truth comes with the Christmas season.  The thought that the Triune God would and did become one of us in order to be with us is nothing short of amazing.

But I do believe there is something “More Than Immanuel.”  Theologically “Immanuel” is wonderful, but it really is an Old Testament idea.  God was “with” Moses, the prophets, kings, etc.   It is not the primary truth for New Testament believers.  There is something better.

Jesus came as “Immanuel” in order to bring a more significant truth than God with us.  We see this in a pretty obscure verse in John 14.  The last part of verse 17 says that “… for He lives with you, but will live in you.”  Such small words with such large meaning!  The difference between “with” and “in” here is the difference between the way God used to relate to His people and the way He is currently relating to His people.

Jesus went on to say (v20) “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you…. (v23) My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”  Did you catch that?  Jesus says that both He and the Father want to take up residency not just with us but in us.

Here are a few places where Paul elaborates on this.  Romans 8:10-11 says “ But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

And, Colossians 1:27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

These and many other places in the New Testament state clearly that we, individually and collectively, really are the temple of the Holy Spirit – the place where God lives.

So, as you hear and appreciate “Immanuel,” please let it be a reminder not only that God came to live with us, but also that God came and is living inside of us!  Let it remind you that there is something “More Than Immanuel.”

October 19th, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

Fresh Prayer Words

You probably know that the Lord’s Prayer has been a foundation for my life for many years.  It has shaped not only my prayer life and my spiritual life, but all the other area of my life as well.  I don’t pray it in some kind of mechanistic, rote manner.  But I do let the pattern of the Lord’s Prayer shape my regular times of prayer.  And it doesn’t get old!  I want to share with you some fresh words I have added as I pray from this prayer.  But first a little overview.

The first three requests of this prayer focus on God and His big desires.  These themes are not only presented in this prayer, they can be seen throughout the entire Bible.

  • That His name be holy on earth as it is in Heaven.
  • That His kingdom would come on earth as it is in Heaven.
  • That His will would be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Other words I have used for several years to pray these same thoughts are:

  • That His name would be revealed and revered.
  • That His kingdom would be established and expanded.
  • That His will would be understood and accomplished.

Most recently, as I have prayed, I have added a one more word to each these lines.

  • That His name would be revealed, revered, and received.
  • That His kingdom would be established, expanded, and embraced.
  • That His will would be understood, accomplished, and accepted.

These three fresh words add a more personal dimension to the lines.

Yes, I want Him to reveal His name (i.e. His nature, His character, His reputation, etc.) to me.  And I want to revere His name more and more.  And I also want to receive Him for all that He is.  John 1:12 (Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.) is not only for those who don’t know Jesus.  Every time we receive Him for who He really is, we receive more of the life that is in Him.

And I want His kingdom (His rule, His governance, His way of life)  to be established and expanded.  But I also what it to be embraced.  I want to embrace it and I want others to embrace it as well.  I don’t want His kingdom simply imposed upon me and others as though it was not the best possible way of living.  I want to embrace both the kingdom and the KIng because it is a great gift to be part of His kingdom and in relationship with the King!

Finally, I want not only to understand and accomplish His will (His desires, His purposes, His plans) I also want to accept it.  His will really is better than my will.  Romans 12:2 says that when we are not conformed to this world, we get to demonstrate and accept His good and perfect will for us.  I want to accept His will without Him needing to convince me that it is best.  I want to accept it the first time I hear it.  I want to accept it without trying to convince Him that perhaps He should consider my will as well.

Are you with me on this?

Much more could be said about these lines and these words.  But I encourage you to talk to the Lord in prayer about them and listen to what He may want to tell you about them.

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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September 18th, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

A week of teaching

This week has been especially encouraging for this teacher.  I have many different responsibilities I fulfill, but none more fulfilling then sharing with others some things that matter to me.

Two different 5751women’s Bible Studies in Clark Couty are using Living Prayer as their fall Bilie study.  The studies will last 10-11 weeks.  They both asked if I could help them get it started off right.

So, on Wednesday morning I shared with a small group of women in Ridgefiled, WA.
Then on Thursday morning I did a similar thing with a larger group for a church in Vancouver.

I was delighted to be with each group.  They were hungry for a deeper relationshi20150917_105843p with Jesus, and really prepped to pursue His clear instrucitons on prayer.  They asked some great questions.  I am confident that Jesus will have better prayer-disiples as these weeks pass.

Then, this weekend, I get to return to Everett, WA.  and share with the saints at Bethel Baptist again.  Then, Sunday night and Monday night, I get to present the “Written on Our Hearts” seminar based upon Experiencing Life and Power through Biblical Mediation. for their congregation and others who join us through the Awakenings Prayer Institute.

In addition to these times, several people have initiated a conversation with me  and told me (rather enthusiastically) how one of my books has impacted their lives.  I mention these things so you can “rejoice with those who rejoice,” but also so you can pray for the ongoing impact of these events and comments.

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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August 26th, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

“60 Minutes” 2015 report

Monday through Thursday, August 17-20, nearly 200 parents, friends, educators, and students spent “60 Minutes” praying for high school students at high school campuses all across Clark County.

When a man walked up to one group as they were debriefing their time, he inquired what they were up to.  When they said they were praying for the students, he said, “That is wonderful!  I am the principle here, we need more of this!”  They had a goWashougalod time of prayer for him!

This year there were 20 people who prayed at a high school where last year there was no one praying there.

Some schools had just one person praying.  Others had 30 or more on site.

There were prayers for physical safety.  For believers to know and love one another.  For teachers to have wisdom and creativity.  For spiritual, emotional, and physical blessings.

Here are three of my personal stories from those days.

Union HigLeadership and Businessh School has large signs above the doors of various classes.  It wasn’t hard to pray re: leadership and business standing in front of these large letters.

As I rounded the corner of another school, I sensed I was to pray that the gospel would impact this area of the school.  I prayed it would be clearly 316 Doorcommunicated and received.  As I was praying, I looked up to see the room number was 316.  Hummm – reminded me of John 3:16.  This enhanced my prayers.

As I approached one large high school, I sensed the Lord had special prayers He wanted prayed there that night.  I waited and no one else showed up.  Hum, I was expecting at least a few others.  So, I proceeded, anticipating God would give me some good prayers.  I began walking and praying and…  and…  my… prayers… were… very… dry… and… stil…ted… and…even… life…less!  It wasn’t pretty!  I didn’t know what was going on!  I continued on for the next 15-20 minutes slowly walking the perimeter and praying as best I could.  But nothing stirred me.  By the time I reached about the ¾ point around the school, I said, “God, I am frustrated.  This isn’t working the way I anticipated.  I am lonely here, and even a bit depressed!”  As clear a as bell, the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “Now you know how to pray for these students!”  It stopped me in my tracks.  Literally.  I stood there for a minute and realized that God had not answered me the way I expected Him to.  He answered me by letting me experience what scores of students there and at other school experience every day.  That is when my prayers became effective.  Because the Lord had answered me in a far better way than I ever expected, I prayed well at that school and for the last several days!

Overall, we believe God hears and answers prayer.  We believe He deeply cares about kids.  We believe that because we have prayed, things will be different for these kids and campuses.  Thanks to all who took part.

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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August 1st, 2015 by Dennis Fuqua

All Days Are Not the Same

All days are not the same.  August 1st.  Romans 12:1-2.  Mayfield Lake Youth Camp.  The night that changed everything for me.

As a counselor at the week-long camp, I needed to memorize the verses so I knew if the campers quoted them accurately.  So, I memorized Romans 12:1-2 in the King James Version.  “I beseech ye, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto the Lord which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

I remember lying on my bunch late that night being very convinced of two things, God’s goodness – the mercies of God – and my self – centeredness.  So, I “presented my body as a living sacrifice” to Him.  I had been “mostly committed” to Jesus, but not fully surrendered.  So, I gave Him my guitar and my future – even my willingness to go to Africa as a missionary.  Really, that is what I did.  Best. Decision. Ever!  No regrets.

The difference between following Jesus and following my own way could not be more drastic.  The path He has lead me upon has really been the best path I can imagine.  Let’s just say, mine would not have been.  Praise to Him for His wonderful conviction and guidance in my life!  August 1st is different than all other days to me.

Thank you, Tychicus

(See Eph 6:21)

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