A Father's Love (in 5 parts)
Experience words, truth that will change
your life… if you let them. They come from the heart of a Heavenly Father, the Father you have been looking for
all your life. This Father loves His children in a way unlike any other. He wants you to know Him. He wants to
heal you, to help you, to love you.
Consider this His expression of His love to you, His child.
Child of the Covenant of Grace,
I chose you before the foundation of the world, before anything was created. (Ephesians 1.4)
I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1.4, 5)
You were made in My image. (Genesis 1.27)
I am your Origin, your Creator, your Father. You are My offspring. (Acts 17.28)
In Me you live and move and have your being. (Acts 17.28)
I created you. I formed you. I have called you by your name; you are Mine. (Isaiah 43.1)...
Access the Father Through the
today praise. They pray. They seek peace and desire to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. But there is only
one way to approach a holy God. There is only one way to access the throne of glory. It is "through the Blood."...
Respond to the Call of God In September
of 1972, a battle raged over my soul.
I had grown up in church, and presumed I had a personal relationship with Jesus, but I was not truly "saved."
When asked what I would say to God should I find myself dead and standing before Him as He asked why He should
let me into His heaven, I responded with my "Christian resume," a long list of everything from 11 years
in choir to VBS to how hard I had tried to do right. Suddenly, I knew it was the wrong answer and that Jesus had
something to do with the right answer, but how?...
For over an hour a fight ensued between God and Satan. I could sense it and screamed, having a good understanding
of the sovereignty of God in salvation. Finally, God won, and I collapsed. That was the first time I heard the
Holy Spirit. He said to me, "Mary, be still and know that I am God. I am the Living Spirit who has come to
live within you. You have died, but because I live and live forever, you also live." It went on and on, and
the Word I had studied for years made sense. I call this my Passover. With it came an understanding of Jesus Christ
as the Way, the only way to the Father, and an ability to demonstrate thanksgiving to God....
Spikenard: Waste or Worship? Matthew
26, Mark 14, and John 12 all record an incident which Jesus describes as a good work. In fact, Jesus declared that
wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world what this woman had done will also be told as a memorial to
her. But what was it and who?...
The spikenard anointing: "What is dead will
die, and what is alive will live."...
Abide in the Glorified
Murray, in his book Abide in Christ, says "To testify of the Saviour as the Coming One, we must be abiding
in and bearing the image of Him as the Glorified One. Not the correctness of the views we hold, nor the earnestness
with which we advocate them, will prepare us for meeting Him, but only the abiding in Him." (Murray, Andrew,
Abide in Christ. New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 1979, page 202)
Today we look for the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ as never before, and yet He is calling us to abide in
Him, to dwell in the shelter of the Most High, to live life within the veil, to behold Him in His power and coming.
It is a call to grow up into maturity, to live in oneness with the Godhead, and to embrace the truth of Tabernacles....
God's Power in Weakness Getting
through each day, trusting God in the midst of pain and suffering, will give you a deeper revelation of God’s grace
and power. The greatest comfort in life
does not necessarily come from knowing all the answers or from experiencing no difficulty. Rather it comes from
knowing that God is in control of all things, even pain....
How Can I Shorten My Time in
the Wilderness? Testimony
of what has happened in the month of May after the Lord convicted me of self-righteousness and pride....
Let There Be Light Are
you aware of how abusive our society has become? Words
are wounding, killing the spirit and eroding the soul. The laughter on TV sitcoms has to be "canned"
because the scenes and language aren’t funny. What’s presented is designed to cause us to accept life as a reality
of power struggles, a huge game where one wins at another’s expense. Belittling, mocking, smirking, scorning, patronizing,
insulting, walking off, etc. rise as dead flowers pulled out of stale, slimy water to pollute the atmosphere with
the stench of corrupt communication. Mostly, however, the abuse occurs in private, "behind closed doors."...
Listening to God Have
you ever wanted to sit at Jesus’ feet, up there in heaven, at the throne of God’s glory? Have you also been frustrated in your attempts to hear God, wondering
what His will for you might be? How are you at sorting out God’s voice from all those other voices?...
Loneliness - Finding Our Way... Loneliness.
Even the very word brings pictures of desolation. This emotional state brings heaviness of heart and plays no favorites.
It intrudes rudely, uninvited, yielding no mercy, knowing no time limit. One cannot make a deal with it. It lingers
when standing in a crowd. It stalks us like a silent killer. It brings groans to the spirit and pain into the cavity
of the soul....
Make Way for the Love of
and walking in its power manifest tangibly. That became apparent to me during the time of our mission into Brazil. As we stood to clothe a naked child, who had never had
anything to wear and had no shoes, I was reminded of Matthew 25....
Open Your Heart to God's Reconciling
Grace How many times have you felt betrayed by another person, by society, by yourself?
When did you last ask, "Where do
I stand? Where does anyone stand?" Can the darkness of betrayal become a corridor of understanding communion
with Jesus Christ?...
Serve the Lord With Gladness
Seek Sanctuary in the Holy Spirit
Taking Your Shame Isaiah 65.12-16
contrasts the servants of the Lord God with those who did not answer when He called, did not hear when He spoke,
chose that in which He does not delight, did evil before His eyes. In contrast to those who forsake the Lord, God’s
servants eat while the others remain hungry....
The Roadmap to Personal Change Many today
have a deep longing for a detailed road map to personal change. Many desire clear-cut instructions in how to effect
profound change in their spiritual condition, a manual for daily religious practices that will bring an understanding
of the ultimate nature of oneself and the world in which we live. Young people express the need for structure,
a need which has caused thousands to turn to spiritual authority figures like the Dalai Lama and other gurus of
the spiritual domain....
Unwrap the Bindings of Death Words that
wound fester and infect, spreading poison, pain designed to rot foundations. Bitterness is a root, manifesting
in words and language, contorting and tormenting through unforgiveness. It manifests in attitudes, a paradigm refusing
to be soothed, refusing healing, refusing to forget. The wound that brought the poison is real, the wrong horrible,
the misery gripping to the grave, the issue demanding resolve....
Pray for the Heart Have
you learned, O man, that My lamp is the Word of God, that I am not a man that I should lie or repent? You have
learned that I am not moving at the command or whim of men....
Cease striving. Be still and know that I am God. Cease to do evil. Cling to what is good. Wait upon the Lord. Instead
of healing, pray for the mind, the soul, the heart and spirit. Pray that the heart be circumcised. Pray that I
burn the root of bitterness. For I tell you, when the heart is mine, the body will follow....
This Thing is from Me I
was speaking recently with a conference coordinator who called to ask me to be their keynote speaker. We talked
awhile, and the theme emerged for the conference—walking with God. Then we began to talk about the tendency of
believers to blame circumstances, other people, and/or the devil for adverse events occurring in their lives, adverse,
that is, from their perspective.
I began to talk about a verse that jumped out at me a long time ago in the OT. It was in 1 Kings 12.24 and 2 Chronicles
11.4. After Solomon died, the kingdom split into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah. Israel, the ten tribes to the
north, made Jeroboam king, determining not to follow the house of David. Judah, along with Benjamin, gathered around
Rehoboam. A hundred and fourscore thousand warriors were ready to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the
kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the
man of God,
Saying, Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king
Of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin,
And to the remnant of the people, saying, Thus says
The LORD, You shall not go up, nor fight against your
brethren, the children of Israel. Return every man to
his house; for this thing is from Me. They hearkened
Therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to
Depart, according to the word of the LORD.
(1 Kings 12.22-24)
Lament: From Wrenching Pain to Worship A
hidden hell. That’s what I call those times when we put up a good front to others, but inside, we’re dying, we’re
struggling, we’re in the wilderness in our broken world, and we’re in an anguish no one else seems to understand.
They’re not in our shoes. We’re walking
through the valley of the shadow of death, and we haven’t gotten to that place where we fear no evil.
At these times in our lives, friends "don’t want to hear it." Okay, rejoice with those who rejoice, but
weep with those who weep? What happens when our laughter turns to mourning and our joy turns to gloom?
This is My Beloved Son
. . .
Standing at the Jordan River we could
have talked about Jesus the Anointed One (Psalm 2), baptism, what baptism represents, Jesus baptizing with the
Holy Spirit and with fire…lots of different things; but one thing stood out to me above anything else: the delight of the Father in His Son. Jesus is God's Servant Son, chosen, beloved, one in whom
the Father's soul is well pleased. God's Spirit is upon Him, fulfilling Isaiah 42.
You can go out in the power of the Spirit, sent, separated, anointed, called to serve, set for the gospel, with
a sense of your mission, with clear orders, but
To carry through to the finish,
To go through the crucible of the cross and beyond to resurrection,
To handle the dark nights of the soul and the desert places with the devil,
To resist temptation,
To bear rejection and reproach,
To suffer as you stand for the gospel and truth,
You need to know that the Father delights in you. You are in Christ; and Christ is the Chosen One, the Elect One,
the Messiah, the One in whom the Father's soul is well pleased. You are accepted in the Beloved....
God's healing is progressive
There is a lot of life-changing growth, healing
and strengthening of "the inner man" that the Lord is doing in us, in visitors, and through mail and
email contacts. Many that come to MCM ministries are working through various afflictions and trials, but are learning
to trust the Lord through them. God's chief goal is our sanctification and completion in Christ. We continue to
worship Him above all, and also pray for healing, but especially for the nations, revival, growth, sanctification
and coming to wholeness in Christ.
Some do not receive healing for a time for whatever
reason God chooses or because we are to just continue walking with him and serving Him in complete trust in Him
as our loving Father. 2Cor. 12:7-10; Phil 2:25-27; 1Tim 5:23 And some of us just need to open our ears to what God is saying and repent of
things that He is dealing with. Then sometimes He suprises us!
From Mary's article, Lord, Remember Me:
"One of the ministries we support, Advocates
International, wrote recently about "miracles
in slow motion." This is so true. I see people expecting a miracle from God, something instantaneous, something
requiring little more than a handshake. And sometimes it happens! But mostly, it’s "miracles in slow motion."
It’s God moving purposefully and persistently to perform miracles of grace in people’s lives."
Praise God, He always fills us and the meeting
place with his Holy Spirit and His anointing! We pray that He will continue to increase it and get us where we
will yield more and more to him in order that we can receive much more and increasingly do greater works through
Him who is in us! John 14:9-21
Primarily, the manifested signs of healing and
deliverance come as we minister to each other and as God sends us out in ministry. "These signs shall follow
them that believe..." As we believe, follow Him, and preach the gospel, these things shall follow. ke
A young man, age 14, who came to Christ
at Craighouse®, fell from a high fence Sunday, February 27th. As news spread, we were all praying. Rev. Craig suspended the worship service
to pray for Deniz. Then, Rev. Craig said we would be "doing church," not "having church," and
all who could went to the Trauma Center at Broward General Medical Center to be with Deniz and his family. To the
glory of God’s goodness and grace, Deniz broke no bones, and suffered no damage. Every Friday night, Deniz closes
our gathering with a blessing, "And may God give grace to you all." The Lord showed me that as Deniz
extended grace to others, God extended this great grace of intervention to him.
Here is Deniz' testimony.
Many people are healed and delivered in the
meetings when the Holy Spirit moves on/in us as well as progressively through continued ministry of God's Word
and prayer. Here are a few examples.
Woman can carry groceries again 8/02 One of the women in the Fri. meeting was in considerable pain in her neck and shoulders, barely able to lift groceries.
After being prayed for, she said she felt like something had lifted off of and gone from her back and shoulders
during the prayer over her. She moved her arms around and did things she hadn't been able to do in several days.
[From MCM Update No. 10, 8/31/02]
Major back pain healed 4/18/03. A visitor Fri. night reports that he was completely set free from major back and
spinal pain the next day after being prayed for.
Leg infirmity healed 4/16/04. Mary's right leg and foot and had become painful and hard to walk on. She had
been battling with this for about a year. Every morning, her foot would be curled under her leg and she would have
to work at getting it straight enough to walk. She had to continually work through the day at getting and keeping
her foot straighted out. Last week, the Lord showed her a vision where He slowly removed a long "voodoo"
type of needle that was in her leg. From that point on her leg and foot have been completely normal and all pain
Woman's leg and stomach healed 3/19/06. Marie is a new-comer to Craighouse. She is in her 80s. She recently
received Christ as her Savior. She shuffled in Sunday with her walker appearing quite ill and in pain, holding
her stomach and suffering from painful, swollen feet. She said she was sick and had been in terrible pain and illness
for some time. Dr. Lois Delevoe, Dr. Mary Craig and others prayed for Marie. When Marie came to the Friday night
Bible study she told everyone that she had been thanking God all week, that all the pain and swelling in her feet
and all the terrible pain in her stomach was gone the following day (Monday), saying more than once that it was
a miracle. She could hardly stop saying how much she had been thanking God for this miracle!
Woman healed in beauty shop 12/07. Kroy takes his mom, Nessa, to a beauty shop twice a month to get her hair done.
The beautician who does her hair had received Christ as her Lord and savior a few weeks earlier. Today she was
complaining of major back pain that she had been suffering from for about a week. After finishing Nessa's hair,
they asked her if she would like them to pray for her. She would. They laid their hands on her back and prayed
in Jesus' name for her, commanding her back to be healed in his name. Afterward, she volunteered that she had felt
something move in her back while they were praying. She said that it was much better. Kroy asked her if there was
any pain at all. She felt around her back, moved around, and said that no, all the pain was gone.
Woman set free from back and leg problem 5/08. A visiting, believing, and active in ministry couple
got more than they had come for. Not experienced with the Holy Spirit moving powerfully in Church, they let Mary
Craig pray for them one by one. The command came, "Come out..." The woman dropped to the floor. After
she eventually got up, she said that she had come with tremendous leg and back pain that was making it difficult
to walk or feel her leg. She said that she had said to the Lord on the floor that she could tell he had healed
her. He asked if she would receive it, to which she gratefully responded, "yes Lord." She said all the
pain was gone and she could move everything freely. Her husband was prayed for, he received baptism in the Holy
Spirit and fell to the floor where he stayed for quite a while as prayer ministry continued for others.