12 03 2018


We have been studying the Book of Job on weekends at The Lighthouse Church. If Job is an example to all of us of anything; he surely is a picture of the fact that life is not fair this side of heaven. The believers in God don’t just only receive sunshine, lollipops and roses. Unbelievers seem to get away with their defiant rebellion against the Lord. We know from scripture that Job didn’t deserve the hammering he received. But we are also given an encouraging insight that even though God allowed it, the Lord never abandoned Job or stopped loving him for one moment! And while the enemy meant it for harm, God turned it to work out for Job’s good. If you make it to the end of the story, you clearly see that in spite of the many trials and tribulations Job endured, it actually ushered him into an even deeper relationship with the Lord.

Despite the immense suffering that Job faced, he never cursed God. Job’s wife was beside herself. Job’s three friends proved to be more harassing than helpful. Since all the horizontal options seemed to be dead ends, the only direction left for Job was to look up. I believe God sometimes allows us into these places of pain and helplessness. When we are there, hurting and unable to change our circumstances, the crutches we always relied on are stripped from us, one by one.  At that point, God’s words and His love stand out to us in a way they never could when we had those crutches to lean on. We begin to see the Lord’s Presence as constant and unchanging, and His love becomes irresistible to us. Jesus becomes our only real alternative. Otherwise, death would be the only logical relief.

This is the place where we find Job in Chapter 3. All the crutches of his life have been stripped away. Death seems to be the only logical relief for his pain. So he cries out for death, cursing the day he was born. He hopes his birthday will be forgotten and wiped out of all memory. It used to be a happy day, a day of celebration. Now he says, in effect, “Let the day I was born be darkened, and let no one rejoice in it. May it be a day of cursing, not blessing.” Though Job speaks of the day of his birth, he is actually expressing his longing for death. While Job comes close to cursing God, he never crosses that line. Instead, Job curses the day of his birth, and he curses what God has allowed to happen.

You can see how the pressure of his pain is increasing, and Job is beginning to break under that pressure. Few things are harder to bear than meaningless suffering. If we could see some reason for what we have to go through, we could more easily endure it. But pointless trouble is corrosive to our souls. That’s what Job experiences at this stage in his life. So he cries out, “Why was I ever born? Why can’t I simply die and be done with it?” The only relief Job sees for his pain is death.

Have you ever cried about your life getting stuck in the pit? In the sport of racing, cars must make a “pit stop” or they have no real chance of winning. Here the car is refueled, refreshed and recharged so it has what it takes to cross the finish line. This side of heaven, we must plan on spending some time in the pit. While it may seem like God has abandoned you here; he is actually very much at work within you. If you trust him and allow him room to do his work his way, you will realize that the pit is not your final destination but just a stop on the road to paradise.

But sometimes the days get so dark, it is hard to see. This is why we need each other to lean and depend upon so that we don’t attempt to live this life as a solo project. In his thirties, James became involved with an organization of abuse survivors. There, he counseled abuse victims, telling them, “Remember, you’re not a victim. You’re a survivor.” James also spoke to law enforcement groups about ways to protect children from sexual predators. Because of these positive fruits from his walk, everyone thought James was doing fine. No one knew that James still had his good days and his bad days, including days when he was horribly depressed.

Early one Sunday morning, when he was not coping well with his bad memories, James went for a walk along the train tracks near his home. He heard the train coming, and he stepped into the middle of the tracks and ended his life. No man is an island to himself. No woman ever gets to the place where she no longer needs daily encouragement. The mistake we Christians make is that much too often we are too preoccupied with our own sense of well-being that we aren’t even in tune to the neighbor that is crying out for help right at the end of our nose. It is too late for James but not too late for somebody else who like Job is miserable but could benefit from a little company.

Jesus ended his life so we no longer would ever have to end our own. Jesus died on the cross so we would not be defeated in our disease. Sin is the cancer attempting to sabotage our souls. Jesus is the cure as our Savior. Only you must make a decision about your destiny Jesus was majestic in His own misery so that he could end our misery for good! Just as I am I go or I come.

We humans are rather blind to what matters most because we are preoccupied with all that is simply passing away. But it is more often than not that smack dab in the middle of the ghastly darkness; we are finally drawn to the godly light. But please be open to looking for the Lord’s shining rescue beam in the most precarious of places and circumstances. Job found his redemption in a trash heap. Jesus gave his life on a cross in much the same place. Perhaps we should focus in the valley to find our faith rather than getting lost in a cold and empty cathedral.

If God is not afraid of the dark, then what are we afraid of?


5 03 2018


Last Sunday I had the privilege to say a few words at the 25th Annual Cape May County Elementary and Junior High Honors Choir held at The Performing Arts Center in Cape May Court House.  Miss June Camizzi asked me to do it again after I had participated in the event 8 years ago. I did joke with June as to why it took so long to have me back. June to me is a dedicated and remarkable young woman who puts her heart and soul into everything she does. It has been a true gift to have had her working with us here at The Lighthouse Church. I love to say that June is busting out all over wherever she goes and she leaves a positive song and refreshing breeze in your soul when she leaves! 

 June reminded me that I only had five to seven  minutes to wax eloquently about a subject I could literally spend hours upon. People who know me have no doubt that I do believe in music just as much as I believe in baseball, apple pie and Chevy Novas! I was born with a transistor radio attached to my soul. Music has always been God’s gift to me and an essential element in my journey.

 One of my niches that I have a knack for is rewriting lyrics to fit any mood. For my repeat performance, I took the words of the “Sound Of Music” classic “My Favorite Things” and shared with the kids my love for music. You may sing along with me if you choose to. 

My words went something like this: “Broadway and Gospel and all those great jingles…

Playing my records, those 45 singles… “Looks Like We Made It,” Barry Manilow Sings…

These are a few of my favorite things… The Beatles and Motown- the Disco and Bee Gees…

The classics and folk songs and tunes from the 60’s… Sinatra at Midnight, Whatever he sings… These are a few of my favorite things… When the horns blow and the keys change… When I’m feeling sad… I simply start singing my favorite songs and life doesn’t seem so bad!”

 I believe God has used music to literally save my life. I wouldn’t have made it without it. I literally have music on from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed at night.  And if you want to know why so many of us love to have music on when we are doing our work, one only needs to go back to the Bible to read that our Creator himself had the angels singing all the while he was designing and putting this earth and all of us together! God put it right in our wiring and DNA! Like it or not, we were all destined to add some music to our day!  Do you have the radio on as we speak?

 I cringe when I hear Educational Leaders talk about removing music from school curriculum.  I have to be honest with you.  I can’t remember squat about what happened in Geometry class- a subject everyone assured me that I would need for the rest of my life!  All I recall of Geometry is how it used to make my head ache!  But I will never forget how my Music Teacher had tears in her eyes back in 1970 when she was sharing her love and passion over a new Simon and Garfunkel song called “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”  I know every word to that tune and it has comforted me on many a lonely night through the years. 

 It was only appropriate that the Honors Choir finished up with the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  For only a song like that could transform the black and white drabness of a Kansas farm where the only highlight of the day is helping Uncle Henry and Auntie Em count chicks- and turn it into a mystical, magical, and colorful wonderland called Oz. 

 The lyrics of the song were written by Yip Harbug, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants. His real name was Isidore Hochberg, and he grew up in a Yiddish-speaking, Orthodox Jewish home in New York. The music was written by Harold Arlen, a Jew whose family immigrated from Lithuania. Together they put together a song that has won awards and garnered global fame. Among other things they won an Oscar in 1940 for “Best Music, Original Song” for “The Wizard of Oz” and the song was voted the number one song of the 20th century by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 Many of us can relate to the song; we have all experienced troubles in our lives, but it is when you apply this song to the Jewish people and the Holocaust that the song takes on a whole new meaning. The song was first published in 1939, at a time when the Jews in Europe were coming under increased hostility. Their freedoms were being taken away, their identity being dragged through the dirt, and many of them were feeling isolated. They were trapped, unable to “fly”. The song is about hope, that the bad times will one day be over. It is this feeling of hope within the song that we can all relate to and it is hope that helped the Jewish people through the Holocaust.

Yip did not know what the future held for the Jewish people when he wrote this song. The lyrics “chimney tops” take on a harrowing new meaning now that we know the horrors of the Holocaust. I am sure many Jews looked to the skies above Auschwitz’s chimneys, longing for the day they were free. It seems that our world is once again on the edge of dark times. This song reminds us that though we face uncertain events, we still have hope, and our hope is in God.

Music keeps us believing that far, far away- behind the moon- and beyond the clouds there is a pot of gold for those who never stop choosing to sing!  So I wish that every song you sing today be your favorite tune.  I wish you music to cry with, to dance with, to fly with and to make romance with!  “And when I heard about passion that was singing to me about a love of a fashion that I never heard anywhere else; that’s when I said- ‘got to get some of that for myself…’  You are beautiful- beautiful music!”  Thank you Lord for the beautiful music!  And thank you kids for not being afraid to learn it and then share it!         


2 03 2018


Suffering is often a sign of God’s favor. Now don’t expect to hear that preached from very many pulpits. It is not the feel good message that a “selfie” generation is clamoring for. If we would listen to ourselves pray, we are always asking for a “safe” journey and that everyone would be healthy, wealthy and comfortable. Yet these may be the very reasons why we are not growing deeper in our walk with the Lord. Don’t resist the work of God by asking for an easy life! If you want God’s best work, you must be willing to give up control!

 If we believe that God is good and adhering to this fact is paramount to having any real chance of keeping ones faith while still living in the midst of an unjust world, then we need to look for the Lord’s presence everywhere we are present. He is here in all that is happening around us. There will be times that we must endure things that hurt even as we hunt spiritual growth. There will be times that we must persevere through experiences that sting more than soothe. There will be times we must not give up when we feel like we are going to die if we have to endure one more draining moment like the last one. Life isn’t about looking for the easiest road. It is about taking the right road that makes us mature and strong even though it includes much blood, sweat and tears.

 Every coach I ever had used to shout this mantra, “No pain, no gain.” What he or she meant was that if we wanted to have the stamina we needed to be able to still have something left in the tank when the game was on the line, we needed to submit to the training whether we wanted it or not. Running laps in the hot sun when we would rather be sitting in the shade sipping iced tea is essential to our bodies being stretched to endure. In much the same way, the only way our souls can ever hope to not only survive but actually thrive is to give the Holy Spirit complete authority in calling the shots in our journey. Hardships are woven into the melodies that will eventually become part of our soundtrack. If passion is birthed from our pain then we can’t run from what may actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

 Don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying that cancer, divorce, depression, discouragement, sickness, loneliness and poverty are good. We are foolish to even pretend. What I am saying is that with the Lord, we have his promise that he will make all things work together for good for those that love him. God creates majesty from the misery. The Lord redeems treasure from the trash heap. Jesus raises beauty from the ashes. Real Christians have bad days. Real believers still battle anxiety and depression. We are ushered into the dark night to be born again into a brand new morning. God wants to free us from depending on the props that we choose to turn to rather than run to him.

 There comes a time when God must get us to live beyond our circumstances so that we may go deeper into our intimacy and closeness with him. He removes the previous consolation from the soul in order to teach it virtue and prevent it from developing vice.    

If God doesn’t allow the hard time to occur, we make the grim mistake of processing life backwards. We will measure God by ourselves and not ourselves by God. And if we attempt to live our lives by measuring God by ourselves, we become too weak to take up our cross and follow Jesus.

 Maybe today is the day that you and I finally come clean. If we ever want to press on in our faith, we must be willing to let it all go. If you were to write an honest and uncensored prayer to God today, what would it look like? It’s time to allow yourself the freedom to make an outward expression of all that is going on inside your heart. If you are flying high, let your praises ring to the sky. But if you are broken and distraught, no more hiding in the dark. Contrary to what we have been taught, not every praise song is a happy little ditty!

We must be willing to let our deep seated feelings fly into the chest of God. There might be a hidden symphony waiting to be written. Some of the most powerful pieces of music were born out of times of great heartbreak. I believe God is creating something beautiful in our brokenness if we allow him to do so. And what you may hate today may turn out to be the biggest blessing tomorrow. Let’s give God room and see what he can do in me and you.


27 02 2018



Today if you decide to do something really stupid, you won’t be able to say that you haven’t been properly warned! As a matter of fact, you are given clear warnings daily that I am sure are going unnoticed right before your very eyes!
Let me share with you a few of the crazy labels actually found on the following products. Is anybody reading? Is anybody listening? Is anybody conscious???

• Liquid Plummer
   Warning: Do not reuse the bottle to store beverages…
  (And I was running short on glasses!)
• Windex
   Do not spray in your eyes… (But I wanted them to shine!)
• Toilet Plunger
   Caution: Do not use near power lines… (Why not???)
• Dremel Electric Rotary Tool
  This product not intended for use as a dental drill… I was hoping to put Dr.         Thomas out of business!)
• Cardboard windshield sun shade
  Warning: Do Not Drive With Sun Shield in Place…
  (Why? I think it might improve lots of driving done around this town!)
• Bowl Fresh
  Safe to use around pets and children, although it is not recommended that either     be permitted to drink from toilet… (I was so thirsty!)
• Endust Duster
  This product is not defined as flammable by the Consumer Products Safety   Commision Regulations.
  However, this product can be ignited under certain circumstances. (And what   would those circumstances be?)
• Hair Coloring
  Do not use as an ice cream topping. (But nothing goes better with a big bowl of     vanilla!)
• Mattress
  Warning: Do not attempt to swallow… (But I have such a BIG MOUTH!)
• Children’s Superman Costume
  Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly…
  (But it worked for George Reeves!)
• Bag of Fritos
  You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside…
  (I guess I’ll eat them right here in the store!)
• Infant’s bathtub
  Do not throw baby out with bath water…
 (Well, as long as I still have the tub!)
• Package of Fisherman’s Friend throat lozenges
  Not meant as substitute for human companionship
  (I’m not touching this one with a ten foot pole!)

I can’t help but think that there are many readers of this column who would honestly and sincerely say that they really respect and long to follow the Lord’s voice. But yet, they don’t want to be the only one in their family, or at their school, or on the job or even in their church to have to stick out from the crowd in order to do so. They want to be popular rather than pious! They want to be accepted by their crowd rather than affirmed by their Creator.  And while they may be intrigued by the words of Scripture- they are not interested in standing out so they fit right in and choose the highway over His way!

Christianity should lead to changed thinking and changed attitudes and changed lives! A congregation that displays no transformation becomes an irritation to our God who desires celebration! Here is the warning label: Christians should produce lasting and living and loving fruit! And you can’t do so if you are more selfish than selfless! Unless you are willing to become Christ like because you honestly like Christ- doing what Jesus does will never make sense to you at all and it will produce very little power packed fruit loops for Christ!



13 02 2018


On this Valentine’s Day, I want to write a “Love Note” to the Church! The Greek word for “church” is ekklesia, which means a called out assembly.  The church consists of all born again believers in Jesus Christ. It always refers to people, and not to a building.  The church exists in several levels.  At one level is the universal church, which includes everyone worldwide who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Local churches are a different level, including people who regularly commit to meet together. Denominations are an intermediate level, containing groups of congregations that work more closely together because of shared history and beliefs.  The Lighthouse Church is a part of The Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination.

Local congregations sometimes include unbelievers —attendees who have not yet accepted Jesus as Savior, still nevertheless meet regularly with other believers. Local congregations may also include people who consider themselves to be Christians, but may not be. Both Scripture and experience shows that some of these will later admit that they were not really Christians at all.

Why do we need the church?   Many people claim to believe in Jesus Christ but do not want to attend any of his churches. The New Testament shows that the normal pattern is for believers is to meet together on a regular basis (Hebrews 10:25).  Paul repeatedly exhorts Christians to do different things to “one another” (Romans 12:10; 15:7; 1 Corinthians 12:25; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:32; Philippians 2:3; Colossians 3:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:13). It is difficult for people to obey these commands if they do not have a consistent relationship with other believers.

A local congregation can give us a sense of belonging, of being involved in a family. It can give us spiritual safety, so that we are not blown around by strange ideas. A congregation can give us friendship, fellowship and encouragement. It can teach us things we would never learn on our own. A congregation can help train our children, help us work together for more effective ministry and give us opportunities to serve that help us grow in ways we did not expect. In general, the value that we get out of a local congregation is in proportion to the amount of involvement we give to it.

But perhaps the most important reason for each believer to participate in a local congregation is that people need each other. God has given different abilities to different believers, and he wants us to work together “for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7). If only part of the work force shows up, it is no surprise that the congregation is not able to do as much as we would like, or to be as healthy as we would like. Unfortunately, some people find it easier to criticize than to help.

Our time, our abilities, our resources are needed to fulfill the work and mission of the church. The commitment of mission-focused people is essential in order for the church to effectively reflect Jesus and his love to the world. Jesus said to pray for laborers (Matthew 9:38). He wants each of us to be working, not sitting on the sidelines.  Individuals who try to be Christian without the church fail to use their strengths to help the people the Bible says we should be helping. The church is a mutual-aid society, and we help each other, knowing that the day may come (and in fact is already here) that we will need to be helped.

I have been called to be the Pastor of the Lighthouse Church for such a time as this.  In many ways- this will be the body that sets the foundation for what will happen in the years to come.  Let us stay true to the call and committed to the Lord’s purpose for us.  Let us not get in the way but help prepare the way for Jesus! Let us never make the ministry about building and budgets but continue to see it as the home base that will launch a thousand ships that will prayerfully contain many more who will call Jesus their Lord and Savior.  We’ve come so far but yet in so many ways, we have only just begun- but oh what an adventure it has been and will still be!  Fasten your seatbelts- the tide is high and the ride has come! I continue to humbly pray for God to do a “Rock Pile Revival” in Cape May County! Jesus said that upon this “Rock” he would build his church and the gates of hell would not stand against it. It is time to not just go to church but be the church! Let’s do it and be it together!   


7 02 2018


As I write this, I have no idea who won the Super Bowl. As I write this, I am very nervous about the game and I am not even playing. As I write these words, of this much I do know and that no matter what the Philadelphia Eagles do tonight, there is still an eternal prize waiting for all of us who trust in Jesus. There is a trophy waiting that nothing on earth may trash and no amount of rust can ruin. I surely hope we win but there is still no way we can lose. God has been gracious when we deserved nothing good.

 Which leads me to today’s question. When bad things happen, why more often than not do they seem to happen to positive people? Why? We are studying the Book of Job on weekends at the Lighthouse Church and after the many horrible events that occur in the first two chapters, Job and his wife either must find the strength to pick up the pieces or else they will fall to pieces. It makes me wonder if what happened to Job had happened to me, what would my response be? Would I still be worshiping God today?

 Job responds to adversity with adoration and it is no where near just surface worship! After literally being hammered by the hounds of hell, Job doesn’t fall in defeat or even despair, but in utter dependence upon God! The enemy wasted no time in attacking Job and he went after him relentlessly. When will mankind ever learn that when it comes to attempting to negotiate with the prince of darkness, there is no level playing field at all? Hell never plays by the rules and always proceeds to scheme, claw and cheat its way into paralyzing people into an utter state of dominance. Kick a man when he’s down, you bet! If it means having to lie right to our face with an air of sickening sweet sincerity then what is the problem? We wrestle not against flesh and blood and if we don’t stand with the King of kings and Lord of lords then we don’t stand any chance of standing at all.

 Job becomes a human “Ground Zero!” The devil throws everything at Job including the kitchen sink. Job’s symptoms include inflamed ulcerous sores, persistent itching, degenerative changes in facial skin, loss of appetite, anxiety and depression, sores that don’t quit, worms forming, breathing difficulty, darkening eyelids, foul breath, weight loss, pain, high fever with chills and diarrhea. It appears that Job experienced every side effect that any television commercial might list when pushing it latest miracle drug. The real miracle here is that what might have folded most of humanity only made Job more determined to cling to God! 

 The enemy will try to recruit even so called allies to discourage those who are trying to obey God. Mrs. Job couldn’t muster much more than just encouraging her hubby to curse God and die! Now before we are too hard on her, she was reeling too. She had lost ten children. She too suffered great loss of possessions. She lost the position of being the “First Lady” to the godliest of men. She lost her companion and best friend.

 I know how she felt. These last few years I have had to miss many family major events because of nonstop physical issues. It wasn’t bad enough that I had to battle my body being rebellious; it all forced me into being alone. The last three times that I have been hospitalized, I was in isolation. It was adding insult to injury. It caused anxiety, depression and emotional strain. Yet in it all and through it all, I knew God was there. I may have yelled at him and vented my frustration at a pretty rapid fire pace, but I sensed that God had not abandoned me. It was only the Lord that kept me from giving up. It was only the Lord that saved me from looking for a rubber room to bash my head into the wall forever.   

 I have been meditating upon the question that Job asks his wife in chapter 2. “Shall we accept only good from God, and not trouble?” Doesn’t God have the total right and freedom to be God? “In all this, Job did not sin with his lips.”  The Hebrew words for worship are literally, “to kiss the Lord.” In everything that happened to Job he never went kissing on anyone other than his God. Job was faithful to his vows. Job was committed to his faith.

 All lives are full of trials and I hate to be a bearer of bad news, but we need to remember there are always more hardships to come. Don’t be surprised! And since none of us are commuting back and forth from Heaven daily, we must come to grips that we are residents of a fallen world, and that means that even others who truly love us still might give us lousy counsel! Don’t be fooled! And if our Lord Jesus himself had to deal with the pitfalls of planet Earth, what makes us assume that we might get off free? Don’t be naive!

 How can you properly prepare yourself for the trials and tribulations that will come into your life? How can you seek out the Lord and better be ready when all hell breaks loose? How can you hold on when your heart goes numb? How can you make things add up when the numbers don’t make sense? Can you win when you lose? Can you endure the cross knowing that the promise of resurrection is still on the table? Will you believe Jesus when he promises that he will never leave you or forsake you? Consider these questions carefully! Your answers will determine whether you are looking for a quick fix or a permanent rescue! God redeems, rescues and restores all those who trust in him. Job put everything he had into that present truth and it saved his future possibilities. I’m in Job’s corner! How about you? 



29 01 2018


This year at The Lighthouse Church, I have challenged everyone within the sound of my voice to choose a word for 2018. It is a word that comes from the Lord, defines where you may be in life right now and looks forward to what you hope to become in the New Year. I have also instructed everyone to grab a rock and proceed to paint their word on this living stone to be placed at the foot of the Cross in front of our building. I long for this to become a place of prayer, a hill of hope and true holy ground as we seek for the Lord to move in new and exciting ways within our midst here in Cape May County.

In the Bible, when the saints would build altars to God, they wouldn’t be anything elaborate, but the altars would simply be rocks of remembrance piled at a certain point where one could go and be with the Lord. More often than not, our places of worship can actually become a distraction when there is so much to see, it causes visual overload and causes one to miss hearing God because there is just too much to see. Did you know the word “cathedral” actually talks more about being a “chair of listening,” rather than it does about creating an edifice of silver and gold? Maybe that’s why it is better to meet the Lord in simplicity rather than trying to dress it up with too many manmade decorations!

As I was preparing the message for this past weekend when we would begin to lay our “Rocks” at the foot of the cross, I discovered some history about an old rock altar in the woods.  I was told men would journey to this secluded place and tarry around this pile of rocks long into the night as they sought the Lord for a move of God.  When the response to their prayers came, it brought waves of revival into the community.  Unfortunately that old practice of building a rock of revival was lost over the decades; that is lost until now!

Here is the story of this old rock pile altar that laid the foundation for a revival in the town of Seneca, South Carolina. It was December 7, 1941 and Japan launched a surprise attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor.  Our nation lost 2,403 Americans in a devastating blow to our Pacific fleet.  The following day, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the nation calling the assault “a day which will live in infamy.” The attack thrust America into a global conflict that would last four long years and cost our nation over 400,000 lives.  America was at war and draft notices began arriving in mail boxes of homes across America.

I can only imagine that gut-sinking feeling a mother must have felt when she found such a notice amongst her mail addressed to her son. “Notice to report immediately for induction.” Yes, they knew the cause to be just and believed that something must be done; but this was her boy. No matter how honorable the fight, it could not remove that crushing anxiety that precedes a request for such a sacrifice.

This was the reality families were facing here in Seneca, South Carolina on what was known as the Mill Hill.   The hill was a tight-knit community that found it’s commonality around the cotton mill they worked and the church they attended. Together these families were sending their boys off to war. These mothers and fathers turned to the only place they could – to God.

They wanted a place of solitude where they could come and bear their souls out before the Lord. They needed a place where they could cover their boys in prayer as they were away. They found that place outside the village, past a cemetery, and down in a ravine next to a creek.  There they would erect a rock altar to the Lord where anyone could come and pray.

It was a daily occurrence for these god-fearing men to rise early in the morning, carrying a burden for their far-away son.  After work, they would head off to the woods. Along the way they would pick up a rock that seemed as if it was the size of their burden. They would pick it up and carry it to the pile and pray for hours into the night.  These people would get on their knees and battle in prayer as their sons warred on a foreign field.

There is no denying the power of prayer. In the four years of America’s involvement, no lives were lost among the names written in rock on the Mill Hill.  The story continues in that those simple stones became the foundation for a revival that shook this community. But should we be that surprised? If we desire God to roll up his sleeves and show his power among us, we shouldn’t have to look that far or travel to another part of the world. Revival can always be found at an altar.  In fact, it’s the only place it can be found.  

The altar is a meeting place for God and man.  It is sacred a place where we come to lay down our lives as a living sacrifice before the Lord and let him fill us with power from on high. We are creating just such a sacred place on the holy ground where our rocks are piled at the foot of the Cross. What if this year, because we prayed and sought the Lord, addictions in our County are foiled even before they get a chance to begin? What if we labored on our knees against the darkness in such a manner that nobody could commit suicide in our neighborhoods, children wouldn’t have to battle anxiety, and marriages would be repaired and broken lives rescued and redeemed? 

I am praying that the rocks cause a revival right here in Cape May County. Bring your stones and let the Lord roll our fears away. Place them right at the foot of the Cross. Come here to seek the Lord any time day or night. God is going to make this holy ground. The Lord is waiting and we are wanting! What a perfect combination for a miracle! My rock says, “Restore.” What is your word? Your word plus God’s word will make His Story real right here! We have the Lord’s word on it! Now it is time for the Lord to rock this County like never before! I believe. Do you?