Ben Andrews



Thought I would share this with you today... Part of my journal from this morning...
Blessings -

I see Jesus... sitting on a teeter-tooter in the middle of a small park – The park is between two buildings in a city – brick walls on either side – and both opposite ends lead out to the streets on either side... A few trees – but mostly little kid swings and slides - - that type of thing.

Ben! Jesus shouts out over the noise of the children ---

I run over...

“Have a seat” – Jesus says.

I set down where he points – and that’s on the other end of the teeter-totter...

Jesus pushes up with his legs and down I go... – When I reach the bottom – I push back up with my legs and Jesus goes back down- We do this for a little while – then Jesus stops... He steps off and so do I.

Once off – we walk together - over to a bench near the teeter-totter.

Ben? – Jesus says...

Yes Lord?

Just like this teeter-totter – we need to work together – Think of it this way- I’m in the spirit realm – on my side of the teeter-totter and you’re in the flesh realm on your side of the teeter-totter. – When I move I affect your movements – and when you move you affect my movements – If you obey and do my will – I can move in the spirit realm and move you – if you don’t move – you stay stuck at the bottom of the teeter-totter – but if you will move –and by move I mean – moving in my will for your life – then I can in turn make my move... This is a collaboration – a dance – a walk that we do together. If you keep doing things your way – it’s like keeping you legs curled up in a ball and I can’t make the next move... Do you see that?

Yes Lord – I see now... Never thought of it like that...

Ben, I’ve given you authority in the flesh realm – but for me to move in the spirit – you must do your part... I don’t mean do what you want to do and then I’ll hop on your bandwagon either. I mean when you obey the commands that I have already given you in my word and the words that I speak to you... then I can make my move. This is how the whole thing works – If I start moving without your cooperation and obedience then I’m breaking my laws – breaking my word – and I will not do that! So if you want to go further – you’ll have to move in sync with me...

OK Jesus – let's do this...

Jesus gets up and walks back to the teeter-totter – He gets on... I get on. - Up and down we go... He just laughs and laughs the most beautiful laugh.

Yes, Ben – like this... As you go though your day – just remember this picture and keep moving in step – in motion with me... Let’s do this...

OK Lord – I love you so much...

I love you too... Now let’s see how fast we can make this thing go... Jesus laughs and laughs – as he speeds up –

Keep up Ben! – Keep up!
Now I’m laughing too... Man I love this guy!

I love you too Ben! – Now keep up! He shouts... Keep up!....

Pastor, Ben Andrews

Ben and Mary Andrews

Night of Surrendered

I see Jesus – standing with His disciples – all gathered together in the garden – In the distance I can see the soldiers coming – coming to take Him away. There must me a thousand torches and lanterns forming an eerie luminous snake - As they make their way from the temple mount – down through the ravine of the Kidron and back up toward us.

Standing here now – as an eyewitness – The night before the crucifixion... it is more than an “out of body” experience. I almost
feel like I am invading a sacred moment in time. I feel like maybe I shouldn’t be here today...

“Stay with me – watch and write what you see – record what I show you. – Step through the veil right now and be with me. There is no time and space in the spirit realmneither forward nor back in time. Time has no hold on me- “I Am!!!”

WOW, Jesus – just saying those words
“I Am” shook me to the core. “What infinite power there are in those two words...” “I will watch Lord – and I will record –as you wish...”

The soldiers come closer and closer – the smell of their torches now fills the cool night air. The smell brings with it a sense of evil – like something more has entered our presence then just what - we can see. – The soldiers begin to form a circle around us – Their torches and lanterns forming a mantle, or ball of light - by which dark figures - cast shadows that flicker and dance in the night. I can see the breath of the soldiers – I hear them snorting for air after their hard climb. The night is filled with anxious anger – a palatable driving force- retrained for now – by their leader- their Tribune...

Whom do you seek? Jesus speaks loudly for all to hear...

Jesus of Nazareth! Comes back their reply – The words spoken with arrogance and pride – They are strong and defiant.... BARKED!!! out with extreme distain and irreverence...

“I Am” was all Jesus replied – as I watch even now I see the story unfold as it was told... The army of soldiers all battle hardened and fierce... Are thrown back - lifted off of their feet ! in an explosive sock wave – that emanates from Jesus as its source – Like a stone in thrown in a pound – the ripple effect - knocks them on their backs. They don’t seem to be able to move – there are all caught off guard -paralyzed and pined to the ground. The only ones who are still standing are the disciples, Jesus and myself. Even Judas the trader is laid out – incapacitated...

Jesus asks a second time...
“Whom do you seek?

But this time they answer – with
respect, reference, fear and awe... Quietly they respond... “aahhh... Jesus of Nazareth...?”

“I Am” Jesus says again... and again they are pined harder to the ground.

“I Am --- the one you seek – let these men go free and I will go with you...”

They don’t budge – they can’t move

Peter then takes his sword... One that he had concealed on him... Takes it out/ and cuts of the ear of the chief / temple guard /
Malchus. Going for the his head he misses taking only his ear...

Peter!!! Jesus shouts! – Put that away –
Those who live by the sword – will die by the sword! – Can’t you see... I have this under control? I don’t need your help! – Shall I not drink of the cup that the father has for me to drink? Now go – get out of here...

The disciples – take off – scattering in all directions...

OK... I am ready – you may take me now... Jesus says...
Surrendering to their will...

The soldiers slowly get up... Two soldiers come near Jesus - sheepishly – Jesus offers up His hands - They bind Him - and begin to lead him away...

Jesus turns to me and says...

I willing did this – I surrendered –
so you could live! --- I laid down my lifeI died for you...

Yes Lord – I say now crying...

Jesus still looking at me asks...

Will you die for me –
So I can live in you?

Yes Jesus – I love you so much...

“I love you too...” Jesus says... as they take Him away...

Pastor, Ben Andrews

Ben and Mary Andrews

What Had He Done?


The people were many and the cry was loud
“Crucify, crucify!” came out from the crowd

The faint sound, a whisper, ran fast through the streets,
“What has He done? Why won’t He speak?”

Thrice, then the cock crowed, His last friend was gone,
Still the crowd mocked, but what had He done?

On His head a thorn crown was placed,
All human likeness had hence been erased.

A robe of purple was give to wear.
They tore from his beard, great handfuls of hair.

Once more from the mob came out the fierce call,
“Crucify! Crucify up on Mount Skull!”

Up the steep road He carried the cross,
Knowing today His life would be lost.

They pierced through His hands with old rusty nails.
Then through His feet. Oh, the pain that prevailed!

With all of His weight and the weight of the cross,
The sound of flesh tearing as it plunged in the rocks.

The earth trembled ’neath the darkening skies,
The mocking ceased as they looked in his eyes.

Not hatred or madness from Him did ascend,
But love and kindness from a heart-broken friend.

With one final breath, “It’s finished!” He cried,
He gave up the ghost and willingly died.

“Oh, what has He done?” I cried with a shout.
“And where is this paradise He told me about?”

The cold over-whelmed me, but now I’m so warm,
For now I’m in Heaven, this thief’s been reborn.


Ben Andrews, Sr./ Treasure State Academy/Mar. 1979

Ben and Mary Andrews

Let's Go Slay Some Dragons

I will never leave you nor forsake you... You are well able to accomplish the task that I have set before you... Rise up and be counted among the very elect... I am raising up warriors for such a time as this... I am placing around you a peculiar people – warriors that will stand by your side – when all others run... they will not! Are you with me? Yes Lord... I am...Ok Then, let’s go slay some dragons...
Ben Andrews

Ben and Mary Andrews

Into His Arms


God works through the brokenness in our lives -daily struggles, hardships, horrible loss, all those things we abhor…
And they can do 1 of 2 things...
Turn you away from God - or chase you into His arms.
God's Grace in our lives is
- sometimes –
- more shocking then our sin and our failures –
God’s mercy in our lives brings us back to life.
God's goodness - well...
it just is...
Lord you amaze me...

Pastor, Ben Andrews
Ben and Mary Andrews

Not Giving Up On Our Children

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This thought of
“Not giving up on our children” – keeps coming up – in conversations – in random encounters - even my own thoughts… So I started to listen – started to pay attention…. What is this that’s pulling on our hearts? What is it - that needs some answers?

I really believe God wants me to address the subject...

What does "not giving up on our children,” mean?

"Not giving up on our children,” could mean so many things to so many different people - depending upon our age and the stage of development of our children.

To parents of
toddlers - this could mean… Just because she can't walk after taking a few steps doesn't mean she won't walk – so we don’t give up. Why would we? After all she’s just beginning to walk! Isn’t that what toddlers do? They fall down allot and then get back up and try again. Sure… if we are good parents – we make certain that when they fall they don’t hurt themselves – but fall they will – and try again they must.

To parents of
preadolescences - it might mean… Just because his social skills are rough around the edges – it doesn’t mean he'll never get it - and we help them understand how to communicate and relate better with others – and we don’t give up.

To parents of
teens - it may mean... giving them space, building trust and increasing boundaries. So we give them more freedom. And yes… they may stray some - go too far some times – but we don’t give up on them – we just try again – we direct their paths… But isn’t that all part of growing up?

Now comes the sticky part... When do we “never give up on them” by believing-
(they can do this thing called life) - without our help - without our boundaries and even - and this may be the hardest one... without our guidance... Ouch!

Yes, they will fall some, have trouble relating with others, and even extend their boundaries farther then we would have hoped… but isn’t that part of this journey called life?

Here’s the question again…
When will we
“not give up on our children” - by believing that the same God, the same Jesus who sustains us and brings us power and life and light… can also do it for them?
Isn't this the LEAST (giving up on them thing) we could possibly do – by giving them up and into the arms of Jesus?

At some point as parents we need to trust, Our God. Trust that God has this whole thing called life under control. At some point - we have to let go and let God! As parents we have to do this - so we don't give up on (Who they were meant to be)... Then we truly aren't giving up on them. We are just giving up on… our effort and our unwillingness to entrust them to their creator, friend, counselor, guide, sustainer, provider, deliverer, lifter of their heads and their protector...

So in one respect... when we give up in this way - give them up to Jesus… are we not -
not giving up on them? Aren't we really just giving up on ourselves – our self help – our being their counselor, guide, sustainer, provider, deliverer, lifter of their heads and their protector?

If we really love them – if we really don’t want to
give up on our children – it will include – NOT giving up on God!

He will take care of them – He will take care of them – He will take care of them!

We just need to surrender them and ourselves to the one who takes care of us…

Here’s what makes this even possible for me as a parent… who deeply and dearly loves his children… I have come to deeply and dearly love Our God. I have fallen deeply and madly in love with my counselor, guide, sustainer, provider, deliverer, lifter of my head, protector, my Lord and my Savior – Jesus Christ… I have come to really know Him – I mean – Really know Him… And now that I know Him… It’s incredibly easy to let Him watch over and take care of them…

Blessings - I hope this helps…
Pastor, Ben Andrews


Ben and Mary Andrews

I Stand In Awe

By: Ben Andrews
I see Jesus… walking fast over a rock covered hill – little sprigs of grass jet up between the barren land –He has a Shepherd’s staff in one hand –sandals on his feet – his robe is blowing in the 15 to 20 mph wind - - It’s warm outside – the sun is at high noon. Not unbearable – but very warm… I follow Jesus – I want to see where and what he wants to show me today – He seems very determined to get to wherever it is we’re going.
Jesus? Where are we going today?
Come on Ben – we don’t have much time… follow me!’
I don’t ask any more questions I just follow – and watch. – Over the small hill and then down the other side – I can now see a small grouping of tree and a little house nested between them… We get closer and I notice a few sheep – some chickens - one cow but no people – The place is disquietly, vacant of people… Jesus rounds the building – I follow –When we get around the other side I see – a little girl – sitting all alone – on a step – at the back of the house… Jesus gently moves in close - and asks - with his eyes - if it would be OK to sit next to her. I stay back so I won’t startle her or make her feel bad.
Jesus puts his arm around her shoulders and pulls her head over - letting her rest her head on his heart… They don’t even speak – but I hear her… She begins to cry – just a little at first and then the tears begins to flow… Still - He says nothing – I want to ask – if she’s OK? – what’s wrong? – where are you parents? – but I know better – so I just wait - and watch…
The little girl cries and cries – for almost a half an hour and then she looks up at the face of Jesus… and says… Why?
Then Jesus begins to cry – and cry and cry – the little girl pulls Jesus’ head close to her heart and just holds him - as he weeps…
O’ how sweet to see this today – O’ my goodness – He is so sweet…
After almost a half an hour – He stops crying and looks back at the little girl – and says…
“One day – I will make this right – you’ll see – I will make this all right”… tears still flowing down his cheeks…
The little girl looks back at Jesus and says… I know… I know… I love you too Jesus…
I ‘m not sure what I was supposed to see here today – but see I did… My heart is in my throat – can’t get rid of this lump – and all I know is that – I sure do love this man named Jesus – I sure love Him… WOW…. Now I’m leaking too…
Yes Jesus?
I love you too…
--- I stand in awe… - I just stand in awe… Of Him…

This is from my Journal entry today... (Journaling with Jesus Tuesday, April 19, 2011) Jesus is sweeter and sweeter - The more I seek Him the more I find Him and the more I find Him - The more I love Him... Sweet, Sweet, Sweet...

Ben and Mary Andrews

His Head Is Tipped Back and His Eyes Are Closed

Jesus Arms Out
By: Ben Andrews

I see Jesus… Arms stretched out – high above – standing on the top of a mountain. He is holding his arms out – out to his sides – in the shape of a cross. His head is tipped back and His eyes are closed – I am miles away – but somehow – with my spirit eyes I can – not only see him clearly but I now hear his heart. His heart is beating a strong – powerful – but regular beat – and along with that beat is His powerful Love – With each beat – it's as though - love were being poured out – across the land – Boom, then love ---- Boom, then love--- Boom, then more love. With each beat – like a huge giant drum – a pulse of love – like a shock wave – pulses out – like rippling waves – out over the world – Everything is being hit by these waves. By his love - - I sense that everything knows that this is Jesus – but in my heart – I am made aware – by the Lord – that not all humans – hear this beat.
Ben…? Jesus asks…
Yes Lord…
Let them know – that I love them – Tell them, that I have come to give them life- tell them, that if only they knew – if only they had ears to hear – and eyes to see that they would hear and sense my great love for them… Tell them Ben - Tell them!
I will Jesus – I will
Boom then love ---- Boom and then love… Boom and then His love again – Over and over – never stopping – never ending – Just Boom and then Love…. Boom and then Love … Boom and then more Love…
O’ what great love you have for your bride – Jesus - O’ what huge love…
Yes Ben – I love them – tell them for me – would you?
Yes Lord – I will. I will tell them of "Your Great love"… I love you Jesus…
I love you too Ben….
I – just then felt – not only the love for us –but also the ache – the ache of His Great - love for us… WOW. O’ what love!…
I love this guy --- And He loves us...

Ben & Mary Andrews

Self Change

By: Ben Andrews

Why do we try to fill ourselves with more of ourselves? More good deeds, more healthy living - more Intellect, more exercise and working out - What is this thing in us that needs to be filled? Even the best of who we are is still “us”... It seems to only fill us for moments - but then we need more? Lord... I surrender my "self" and ask "You" to fill me with you - with your light and your love.

What we don't need is "self change" - but what we do need is a change in where we fill our need - Self of any kind is still death - What we need is a new source from which to fill up. - How can we fill ourselves from a well that is dry - We need to begin to be filled from the well that never runs dry - The key word here is "from"! This isn't even about us - filling ourselves up - but letting Jesus come to us – Remember… “Behold, I stand at the door and knock”? - Us, admitting that we can't do this – (or we would have done it already) - We're really not dumb people - we are just misdirected people - The enemy is deceiving us into believing it still about us. When all the while Jesus is shouting – (I have come to GIVE you Life) all you have to do is receive... And we're like... No, Jesus - I've got this. Salvation was enough! I don’t need anymore! WOW Lord, open the eyes of our hearts so we can see....

O' and about "self change" Believe me - when Jesus begins to fill us up - "Self" will change. You can count on that!

Surrender - unplugs us from self - Opening the eyes and ears of our hearts - and listening to God - That's what (Plugs us back in...) Back into the only source that has life.

Ben & Mary Andrews

“What does that mean? “Times”?

By: Ben Andrews

I step into the boat – It is already - so filled with fish that it’s hard to find a seat…

Lord, what do you want me to see? What do I need to learn?

Do you see the storm approaching?

Where, Lord?

Jesus points over my shoulder… I spin around in the boat to see this hug – massive cloud coming. I can see it across the water, just passed the shore near the tree line…

What is that?


What does that mean? “Times”…?

A period of time that was foretold thousands of years ago – is upon us... This storm is so huge it will rock this world like never before. A time of shacking and shifting – separating. It has already begun – but the times spoken of (in the last part of those times) – is not yet upon us… It is very near – even at the door – If any man hear me and let me in… I will spare them from this wrath to come – just as I did those in Noah’s time. – I will make a way of escape – an ark – But they must choose… this world that is dying - or me… the one who brings eternal life to all who believe…

What do you want me to do, Jesus?

You are a fisher of men. I want you to fill my boat – Then I will bring you another - a bigger boat – A boat so big… millions and millions will be rescued and come unto me. Fill the boats up – one at a time. This work I am doing will spread – I am moving upon the earth even now as I did upon the water of creation – as I separated the land from the sea – I am separating the light from the darkness – the lost from the found.

OK, Lord – Lead me and I will follow… Show me how and when and where…

I will, but first learn to trust me – learn to feed my sheep – learn to let go and rest in me – learn to teach and send out – this is a new work – Trust me – follow me - Take my lead… It won’t be long now… just a little longer…

“Who Said Anything About Safe”

By: Ben Andrews

Who would have a King, who would not protect His people? Who would let the enemy come through the gates in the name of mercy? A king who would let unbelievers, mockers, scoffers - come in and sleep next to His children, His bride? I would want No such King! "Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's ...good. He's the King, I tell you." And He is my King,  King of Kings and Lord of Lords.   I Love you Jesus...

* The inserted quote is from C. S. Lewis's novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, of The Chronicles of Narnia

Through My Window...

By: Ben Andrews

Could I but share my love?
Impart somehow
The unfathomable - height and depth?
Allow a glimpse - a window in
So they could meet my friend?

But all must journey – And all must come
alone to enter here…
To realms of glory – So wonderful
Where Jesus is my friend.

My Windw


By: Ben Andrews

The lord has been telling me to fight for my rest. To understand that it's a luxury that wasn't a suggestion - but a command. He knew that as humans we become so driven that some of us won't stop. We crash and it takes so long to refresh - we miss out on all the blessings of creativity and witty inventions.
How many blessings have we missed out on because we were just plain worn out?
Thank you for making me rest, Lord.

Tipping Their Heads Back (Dream)

Written By: Ben Andrews

I see this for us...
God is calling us to become the extraordinary persons that He designed us to be.

He is beginning to flow - by way of His Spirit, upon all flesh - we can't help but feel it - if we are listening to the Spirit…

All we have to do is surrender to His calling and flow…

I had a dream the other night... of His kids just ... laying down and tipping their heads back into the river  - that flows from the throne of God.

It was so cool - the river was golden, effervescent and it flowed with His love. The River was washing and filling our minds with
His destiny and plans for His kids... I could feel the love of God transforming us and making us into something more than we could have ever been without Him. 
He is so good...

Blessing and favor on you.

God is doing something supernatural with our natural...

"Our God is on the Move!"...

Why Are We Afraid?

Written by: Max Lucado

I don't like fear - tried it, it didn't work for me. Fear you may look pretty big, pretty formidable - But you don't stand a chance against my God... My Lord said to us... “not be afraid” - “not fear” - “have courage” - “take heart” - “be of good cheer.” Lord I stand on your promises and Word.. >>This is a bit Long - But it is well worth the READ<<
Ben Andrews

Adapted from Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear by Max Lucado. (Thomas Nelson) Get your copy now by supporting Rescue LIFE.

You would have liked my brother, Dee. He made friends the way bakers make bread: daily, easily, warmly. I, the shy younger brother, relied on him to make introductions for us both. When a family moved onto the street or a newcomer walked onto the playground, Dee was the ambassador.
But in his midteen years, he made one acquaintance he should have avoided – a bootlegger who would sell beer to underage drinkers. Over the next four decades my brother drank away health, relationships, jobs, money, and all but the last two years of his life.
At the age of fifty-four my brother emptied his bottles, stabilized his marriage, reached out to his children, and exchanged the liquor store for the local AA. But the hard living had taken its toll. Three decades of three-packs-a-day smoking has turned his big heart into ground meat.
On a January night, he told Donna, his wife, that he couldn’t breathe well. He already had a doctor’s appointment for a related concern, so he decided to try to sleep. He awoke at 4:00 a.m. with chest pains severe enough to warrant a call to the emergency room. The rescue team loaded Dee onto the gurney and told Donna to meet them at the hospital. My brother waved weakly and smiled bravely and told Donna not to worry, but by the time she and one of Dee’s sons reached the hospital, he was gone.
The attending physician told them the news and invited them to step into the room where Dee’s body lay. Holding each other, they walked through the doors and saw his final message. His hand was resting on the top of his thigh with the two center fingers folded in and the thumb extended, the universal sign-language symbol for “I love you.”
I’ve tried to envision the final moments of my brother’s earthly life: racing down a Texas highway in an ambulance through an inky night. Struggling for each breath, at some point he realized only a few remained. But rather than panic, he quarried some courage.
Perhaps you could use some. An ambulance isn’t the only ride that demands valor. You may not be down to your final heartbeat, but you may be down to your last paycheck, solution, or thimble of faith.
Fear, it seems, has taken a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversize and rude, fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness. Happiness complies and leaves. Can one be happy and afraid at the same time? Clear-thinking and afraid? Confident and afraid? Merciful and afraid? For all the noise fear makes and room it takes, fear does little good.
Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never saved a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that.
What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? Envision a day, just one day, absent the dread of failure, rejection, and calamity. Can you imagine a life with no fear? This is the possibility behind Jesus’ question.
“Why are you afraid?” he asks. (Matt 8:26, NCV)
At first we wonder if Jesus is serious. He may be kidding, like one swimmer asking another, “Why are you wet?” But Jesus is dead earnest. So are the men to whom he asks the question. A storm has turned their Galilean dinner cruise into a white-knuckled plunge.
Here is how one of them remembers the trip: “Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him. A great storm arose on the lake so that the waves covered the boat.” (Matthew 8:23-24, NCV)
Matthew remembered well the pouncing tempest and bouncing boat and was careful in his terminology. He hunted for a descriptor that exploded like the waves across the bow.
Seismos – a quake, a trembling eruption of sea and sky. “A great seismos arose on the lake.”
The term still occupies a spot in our vernacular. A
seismologist studies earthquakes, a seismograph measures them, and Matthew, along with a crew of recent recruits, felt a seismos that shook them to the core. He used the word on only two other occasions: once at Jesus’ death when Calvary shook (Matt 27:51-54) and again at Jesus’ resurrection when the graveyard tremored. (Matt 28:2) Apparently, the stilled storm shares equal billing in the trilogy of Jesus’ great shake-ups: defeating sin on the cross, death at the tomb, and here silencing fear on the sea.
This story sends the not-so-subtle and not-too-popular reminder: getting on board with Christ can mean getting soaked with Christ. Disciples can expect rough seas and stout winds. (John 16:33)
It’s not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It’s whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ.
“Jesus was sleeping…” (Matt 8:24)
The disciples scream; Jesus dreams. Thunder roars; Jesus snores. Could you snooze during a roller coaster loop-the-loop? In a wind tunnel? At a kettledrum concert? Jesus sleeps through all three at once!
His snooze troubles the disciples. Matthew and Mark record their responses as three staccato Greek pronouncements and one question.
The pronouncements: “Lord! Save! Dying!” (Matt 8:25)
The question: “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38)
They do not ask about Jesus’ strength: “Can you still the storm?” His knowledge: “Are you aware of the storm?” Or his know-how: “Do you have any experience with storms?” But rather, they raise doubts about Jesus’ character: “Do you not care…”
Fear corrodes our confidence in God’s goodness. We begin to wonder if love lives in heaven. If God can sleep in our storms, if his eyes stay shut when our eyes grow wide, if he permits storms after we get on his boat, does he care? Fear unleashes a swarm of doubts.
It also deadens our recall. The disciples had reason to trust Jesus. By now they’d seen him “healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.” (Matt 4:23) They had witnessed him heal a leper with a touch and a servant with a command. (Matt 8:3, 13) Peter saw his sick mother-in-law recover (Matt 8:14-15) and they all saw demons scatter like bats out of a cave. “He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick.” (Matt 8:16)
The Gospels list some 125 Christ-issued imperatives. Of these, 21 urge us to “not be afraid” or “not fear” or “have courage” or “take heart” or “be of good cheer.” The second most common command, to love God and neighbor, appears on only eight occasions. If quantity is any indicator, Jesus takes our fears seriously. The one statement he made more than any other was this: don’t be afraid.
Jesus wakes from his nap, steps into the storm, and asks, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” (Matt 8:26)
“Then Jesus got up and gave a command to the wind and the waves, and it became completely calm.” (Matt 8:26, NCV)
Fear may fill our world, but it doesn’t have to fill our hearts. Let’s embolden our hearts with a select number of Jesus’ “do not fear” statements. The promise of Christ is simple: we can fear less tomorrow than we do today.


Written by: Ben Andrews

“Destiny is Not about the destination…
It’s about the Journey.”

Jeremiah 29:11 (Amp)
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.


Destroying Harmful Words

Submitted By: BenAndrews


“The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”
(John 6:63)
Have you ever been to a family reunion or other gathering where you can’t even get through the meal without replaying a negative or painful comment that someone said to you, even as long as five or ten years ago? Words have a way of sticking with us, but we must learn to deal with hurtful statements that torment our minds and emotions.
You have heard it before: hurting people hurt people. Their words express how their inner man feels—wounded and possibly mean-spirited.
The word tells us,
“My dear brothers, everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
(James 1:19)
We know that quick anger can bring angry words. We wish we could get angry, critical words out of our hearts and off of our minds, but perhaps our greatest regret comes from things we let come out of our own mouths.
Most of us remember rejection, name-calling or critical comments meant to be defining words for us. You may think that healing comes by changing the actions of the one who hurt you, but it’s going to take some words. In some cases, you may never get words of apology, so it takes new, potent words to cancel out the power of harmful ones.
Have you had potent, negative things said over you? Words like, “You will never amount to anything.” In order to trump it, we need something omnipotent to replace it. Only God’s omnipotent words can cancel out potent, destructive words.
In Isaiah 54:17, the Lord says,
“No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me.”
There is a very real enemy of our souls and his name is Satan. He accuses the sisters and brothers in Christ with words. You and I have been given the power to cancel the accusing word with God’s Word. What was true of them in literal terms under the old covenant is true of us in spiritual terms under the new covenant. No weapon forged against us will prevail and you have the power and the words of God to refute every tongue the accuser wags at you.
It is also important for us to look at the life of Job. When he needed consolation, he was deeply hurt by his friends’ words. We are told that when his friends first came to him in his grief, they sat down with him and were silent for seven days. I believe they should have stayed that way, but they brought trouble the moment they opened their mouths. In Job 42:7-12, God gives Job an omnipotent prescription for healing his friend’s potent words. He told him to open his mouth and pray for the friends that had hurt him.
I know this is hard to hear, but praying for the person who hurt you (particularly by their words) is the very thing that God will use to heal you and set you free. Get into a private place where you can open your mouth and pray out loud. You will begin to realize that you are not replaying so much of what they said to you, but hearing now what God has caused you to speak over them. That is power!
If we are invaded and empowered by his Holy Spirit, we can be used of Christ to speak words that are spirit and life.
God planned for us to use our mouth in ways that have effectual power beyond anything we have ever experienced.
He wants us to speak words that encourage, edify others and glorify God.
In order to operate in that pure flow of spirit and life, we need to be set free from words of flesh and death that have been spoken over us.
We must let God heal us of words that come from wounded people.

By: Beth Moore

Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
"To the King!"
"To The Kingdom!"

Is Your Heart Fearful?

Written By: Ben Andrews

In the last few days I have received a myriad of emails. It seems - hope is in the balance. We have to be careful not to let our hearts get sick.

The Lord warns us to "guard our hearts".
Proverbs 4:20-27
(inspired by God and written by the wisest man that ever lived. King Solomon) My son (daughter), pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's (human's) whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. (this includes negative words and words of fear!) Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. (some of us go out of the way to find fear -you know what I mean? - On TV it's served up for every meal) Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

A Soothing Balm for the Fearful Heart Prescription: Read each verse - out loud 5 times - 2 to 3 time daily or as needed until your heart feels better... Caution: (there are some serious side effects) see below:
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?
Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I w ill put my trust in Thee.
Psalm 118:6 The Lord is for me; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? And yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Courage Booster Prescription: Read each verse - out loud 5 times - 2 to 3 time daily or as needed until your heart feels better... Caution: (there are some serious side effects)see below:

Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea.
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.
John 16:33 Jesus spake, "These things have I spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Some of the more common side effects may include:
Less abdominal pain, less agitation, less anxiety, less constipation, decreased dizziness, dry mouth (due to frequent reading out loud), less fatigue, less gas, fewer headaches, and increased appetite for what works. And, they also may include decreased sweating, decreased indigestion, decreased insomnia, decreased nausea, decreased nervousness, disappearance of rash, decreased pain, decreased sleeplessness, sore throat(if read out loud for more than 24 hours non-stop), increased vision for paths of your feet, decreased problems with vomiting. Warning: In case studies - some have experienced life - and life more abundant.
Ben Andrews
"To The King!" "To The Kingdom!"

The Lonely Road

Written By: Ben Andrews

Traveling along a lonely road, I stopped for a moment to see what rustled in the trees. --- The hair on my neck now standing. -- I looked for moment and listened to the slightest sounds. - What lurks behind the tree line, what horror awaits me up ahead? - -Nothing? - just a stillness, my hair still at attention, my senses running at full tilt! -- I try to calm myself. I tell myself. "It's nothing". "Probably just a squirrel or something!" - - I continue on, down the foreboding path. Suspicion fills my mind. Thoughts of lions, tigers and bears, oh my! - Gradually the tension deteriorates and my body begins to relax. - It is only then that I feel a presence - but this time peace accompanies it. Is this the peace that passes understanding, because I sure don't understand it? - It's almost as if someone is standing right next to me and I'm not even anxious. -- The path is long -but today it seems a bit more tolerable. I begin to hear music. A melody fills my mind and cascades down into my heart. - This thing? This presence? It fills me with a song? Wow! - I walk on. - The day is somehow better now. I am resting, content and filled with peace. "I like this." I muse to myself.

I begin to pray…
Father is that you?
Did you notice I was afraid?
Did you see the hairs that you counted - all of them - standing up on the back of my neck
and come to my rescue?
"I never left you! I've been here all the while!"

What a good Father you are.
Thanks Papa God.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

Sometimes in life we feel alone even in a crowded house or busy workplace.
The enemy will try and convince us that we're all by ourselves.
But we're not!
It's just lies, smoke and mirrors.
Just be still for a moment and listen.
– you'll hear Him –
He's right beside you.

Shall we not with such a Great Salvation

Written By: Ben Andrews

Shall we not with such a Great Salvation - declare it unto the world? Shall we then therefore hold so dear our own satisfaction and lusts that they should not by our sharing be set free? Can we with so seared conscience cleave to that which is temporal – and thereby knowingly obscure the eternal inheritance that we have been so freely given? Are we so fallen a creation - that we can no longer see that by this deception we are worse than the one who is the master of lies? Awake oh fallen warriors – arise from your slumber – cast off the blinders that hide the truth. The deceiver has cloaked the gift that was so freely given. He has placed doubt in the hearts of man - so much so that hatred is fallen on our Beloved while Sin and Death are being lifted as “the way”. There is but one way and that way is Jesus - all other roads lead to death. Not the death of this body only - but eternal death. There is a darkness that has descended upon the earth – the Spirit of the Ages. It cries out for blood - and a sacrifice that cost everything. Do not be deceived. He would have all believe he is the light – but darkness hides in his bowls waiting to be released upon all mankind. Be not fooled – God is not mocked – what-so-ever is sown shall also be reaped.


Written By: Ben Andrews

When Christians shine - it is because the Glory of the Lord is revealed.

When we glorify ourselves - we eclipse the
Light of the Son.


Create in me a clean heart, O God

Written By: Ben Andrews

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

I love this prayer by King David. He was searching to know God in a deeper more intimate way. He was concerned with the inner man the hidden parts. He wanted his heart cleaned and knew that he wasn't able to clean it on his own.
As Christians we spend so much time cleaning up and making the outside look good.
Like a new car - we wash and wax it - we polish the chrome until we can see ourselves in it's reflection.
But what about the heart of the vehicle? So many time we neglect what we can't see or if we were truthful about it - we neglect what we hope others can't see.
I grew up in a church that cared more about how others saw us.
The right length hair - the right clothes - the right talk - It was all about the outward man.
I have seen many that look great on the outside yet on the inside they are dead.
David was called "a man after God's own heart - why?
David knew the importance of the condition of the heart. Where the heart is the rest will follow.
David saw, more than ever, what an unclean heart he had, and sadly laments it; but he sees it is not in his own power to amend it, and therefore begs God to create in him a clean heart.
I Samuel 16:1-13 where Samuel anoints David to be the next King of Israel, and God tell him (Samuel)
"Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart"
Paul says of David in Acts 13:22:
A person after God's own heart, who will do everything Gods wants you to do.
I challenge you...
Call on God... Ask Him to change your heart.
Maybe God will say of you? He/she was a man/woman after God's own heart. Anyone can look good on the outside "but the LORD looks at the heart."

“To The King!”
“To The Kingdom!”

There could Never Be a More Beautiful You

“There Could Never Be a More Beautiful You”!

God made you just the way your are "There could Never Be a More Beautiful You"! --- Awesome song--- Remember God sees our HEARTS. I've seen some pretty ugly "beautiful" people - Then again -- My heart has see some people that are beautiful beyond words. I've looked into the eyes of those the world has thrown to the curb to see beauty -so true -so real -that unless you too have seen with your "heart eyes" words could not do justice to explain what I've seen there. ---There could never be a more beautiful You. ---

"To The King!" "To The Kingdom!"



Written By: Ben Andrews

Mercy is the gift that keeps on giving......
Love knows when to stop!



Written By: Ben Andrews

"Wisdom - seldom takes the easy road."

I was praying... "God give me wisdom to know what to do in this situation?" This was His reply...Not exactly what I was looking for - but definitely what I needed...

True Friend

Written By: Ben Andrews

Everything in his life had come to a screeching halt and I mean screeching! The winds weren't blowing and rain falling -
THE WINDS WERE SCREAMING. The rain was coming down so hard that it was like someone had taken an Olympic size pool -picked it up and dumped it on his head. This wasn't the - "Oh they don't like me." or "I've been laid off -what am I going to do." or " The car blew up.' You know the junk that seems to come in waves -sometimes so fast we can hardly keep our heads above water. No this was so huge that the only thing that comes mind is maybe ... a - "hurricane of the heart.

They were High School sweethearts - then they married - had kids - lived life -had problems - experienced defeats and victories. They grew so close that to watch them was to watch a Hollywood love story - Then she was gone. Cancer had come back like a roaring lion stealing her from my friend. His heart was ripped out. Half of himself was literally torn from his flesh. I can't even imagine still being alive with half of me ripped away - I can only tell you as an observer. He had all the rights to lay down and die - I mean that! He had the right to put his head in his pillow and never come out again. If it had been one of the couples I know that really don't like each other and with that I'm being kind - ya know - the couple that feels as if they got a bum deal - well then maybe it wouldn't have been so devastating .Why am I telling you all this? Well bare with me I do have a point.

While all this was happening to my friend my world too was falling apart. Not anywhere as close or as terrible as what he was going through - but nonetheless it was. His wife Patty had been a constant true friend to my wife. She would pray for her even in the middle of her pain and life stealing disease. So when we got the news that our son was missing - off on drugs - lost in the woods - we didn't know who to call. Patty was gone - heaven now celebrated her homecoming and our prayer warrior was on the other side. Out of shear desperation my dear wife said to me “who do we call - Patty is gone?” I said, “call Bruce God hears him.” “We can't call him! Patty just died!” she replied. Something inside told me "go ahead and call it will be OK." so she did... He answered -Mary said "Bruce could you be my Patty? - And the first thing out of his mouth was " Ill be right there." He didn't get out a scale and balance and say... "My hurts are more than your hurts - so I can't." No he laid down his life and said... "I don't care what's going on in my life - my friends are hurting." WOW! - Amazing. 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.' John 15:13

That night - I can still remember as if it were today- We stood together in my daughter's 2nd floor bedroom - held hands and called on all of heaven - sent out ministering angels - asked our Savor -Jesus - to find my boy lost in more ways than you can imagine and began a friendship so deep so true that not even hell itself could rip it apart. I didn't deserve nor did I earn this friend. He just laid down everything and cared.

Jesus is this kind of friend. He had all the rights to walk away. He even asked His Heavenly father. "...fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." Matt 26:39 He laid it all down - His Life - His Rights - He did nothing wrong - yet was persecuted beyond imagination - and in the middle of it all... He gave. While on the cross - beaten past human recognition - bloody torn and in monumental pain - a thief on the cross next to Him asked a favor - "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:42-43 He didn't say... "Leave me alone - can't you see I'm dying over here. I've got enough to deal with - besides that you're the reason I'm up here anyway."

What is a true friend? - Someone who gives without wanting anything - someone who lays down their life - someone who lays down their mess and helps you with yours. I know I have a one. I am blessed beyond measure. I have Jesus Christ as my very best friend and friends that have Jesus living in them. Friends that have one foot in this world and a heart mingled in Heaven.

"To The King!"

"To The Kingdom!"



Written By: Ben Andrews

"I can't stop thinking about it!" "You've gotta let it go!" "I can't!"

Mark and Lisa sat on the shoreline - staring out over the water.
It had been over an hour since they sat down and still they hadn't moved.
Fixated on some imaginary spot on the horizon not willing to even look at each other.

"You know?... I wonder... what would have happened if?"
"If what? You can't go back in time and change what happened- period end of sentence!"

"Mark, why do you have to be such a jerk?"

"I'm sorry - I don't mean to be a jerk - I just can't see how going over and over this - can help either one of us."

It was as if time had stood still.
Maybe they couldn't go back in time but this sure wasn't allowing them to move on either.

It had been nearly two years now - since they had lost their little girl. She was born perfect - all ten toes and fingers- every part whole and nothing missing. Candra had been the light of their life - filling their home with joy and happiness.
She was almost twelve when it happened. At first she began to lose her balance a little - then she began to forget things. Mark and Lisa were young parents. They didn't know much about themselves let alone how to look after a little one - yet intuitively they knew something was wrong - bad wrong. Lisa finally got enough courage to say it out loud. "Mark, do you see something different about Candra? - She doesn't seem herself." Mark sheepishly replied, "I didn't want to say anything - but now that you've mentioned it - she does seem a bit off her game." It wasn't long after that - that they took her to a specialist - where their concerns were confirmed. Looking back this was probably one of the darkest days of their lives.

Mark and Lisa met in high school. They were what you'd call "high school sweethearts". Their relationship wasn't picture perfect - they fought allot and broke up more times than you can count - somehow they stuck together and weathered the storms. Maybe it was practice - practice for a storm of such strength and magnitude that they would need every skill they learned during their wars - to keep this marriage together. The loss of Candra came at a time in Mark and Lisa's marriage that was - well you might say - less than perfect. Lets just say their eyes
were not so focused on each other and let it go at that. They had both lived - looking for what (could have been) and were never quite satisfied with what they had. Better jobs, more money, better kids, and they even doubted if they should have ever gotten together.
Loosing Candra tore a hole in all that.

Had they had - just what they wanted - and missed it?

Now they needed each other more than any time in their entire lives.
A part of them was gone - a part of them that they had brought into the world

As they sat there - - - they no longer fantasized. They didn't dream of better partners, places or things -
they just held each other and waited for the ache to go away.

So many times we stare - fixated on some imaginary spot on the horizon.

We look over the fence at what could have been.

We dream of lovers that would bring us unheard of happiness - castles filled with treasures - where every day the sun shines -
You know the stuff that fairy tails are made of.

Why is that?

Have you ever found yourself saying the
"if onlys"? "If only I had their money." If only I had his wife." If only I had her husband." "If only I had their kids." "If only I had them for parents!" (Car, job, health, you name it!)

Over they years I too have fallen into the
"If onlys" trap. But what I have also seen is this...
Everyone has their "STUFF". By that I mean...
The grass may look greener on the other side but ask yourself -
"Why is it greener?" If you look closer -- it is usually because it is well fertilized.
As soon as you start walking around in their
"Green Grass" you step in their "Stuff".

God wants us to be content where we are. Not to punish us with what we don't have - but to wake us up to what we do have.

Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)
"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

I like how the (Amplified Bible) translates it...
Hebrews 13:5
"Let your character or moral disposition
be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have];
for He [God] Himself has said, I will
not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.
[I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down ([relax My hold on you)!
[Assuredly not!]"

Don't get frozen in time!

Trust God and cherish what you have.
God wants us to be content not as a punishment but because he loves it when we find that place of peace.

He only wants good for us.

When we are discontent - we are the ones who loose.

Enjoy what you have...
you don't know how long you'll have it.

"To The King!"
"To The Kingdom!"


Praise is So Powerful

"We are only the distance of worship away from the throne of God."
Written By: Ben Andrews

- Praise is so powerful -

I don't think allot of people realize just how important praise is.

For many praise is singing a few songs before the church service begins to allow people to chat - catch up with friends - allow the late comers ~ a buffer ~ before the message begins. You know... sing a few hymns to settle everyone down before the pastor starts... Even many pastors think this way - sad Sad

Over the years - one of the hardest things to explain to people is that when we praise - truly praise the Lord - we are not bringing the Glory of Heaven into the sanctuary - what we are doing is joining the service (that is all ready in progress) in Heaven. In the spirit realm we can literally joint in with the Heavenly Hosts - singing around the throne of God. The Bible says that our bodies are the Temple of the Living God - Jesus dwells within us - This is a mystery - When we praise - we are not getting more of His presence - what is happening is... our flesh is shutting down and we begin to see into the spirit realm. The more we participate in worship - the more we forget about ourselves - what others are thinking - what we are thinking - and just begin to praise - lift up- and glorify Jesus - the more we fade away in this world and enter into the kingdom of God. We are actually allowing - the Kingdom of God - to be here on earth... WOW

This is a personal experience - Each individual has to press in for themselves - We can't do it for them - If they decide to just sit there like a bump on a log and say... "I don't feel God's presence" Well they're right...

I encourage each worshiper to tell others - show others - how to enter into the gates of Heaven with praise - Once you've been there - you never want to leave...

"We are only the distance of worship away from the throne of God." Jack W. Hayford

God Bless
"To The King!" "To the Kingdom!"
"Our God is on the Move!"
Ben Andrews


Written By: Ben Andrews


There is a place - I've touched - I've been there
Oh so real and tangible
A land of rest - that's so amazing
Respite love - immutable

There is a place I want to live there
Bequeath-ed shares - left I my heart
Contribu-tions - gladly given
Betokened remnant - of my mark

There is a place I found not looking
Stumbling there - I knew not why
Not expecting or driven to it
No striving for - nor ere a sigh

There is a place that felt like Heaven
Hidden longings - felt deep within
Intrinsic thoughts - left far - inside me
Yearn to be there - without end

There is place - that I have longed for
So far from here - within my reach
To see again - I want to live there
Never going - nor never leave

The place I call - and hold so dearly
Remembered love - I holden cleave
A destination - firm and solid
My place - the land - my home - called Peace.


Written By: Ben Andrews

When winter comes knocking - at your door
And cold - blowing winds - buffet and scorn
When water turns frigid and cuts like a knife
And summer's - push-ed out - gives up a good fight

It's hard not to follow and go with the flow
Its hard not to buckle and make ready for snow
The days get much shorter - light runs for the hills
Our hearts feels the sadness - so we swallow some pills

Can summer so far away - come yet again?
Is this just a season or maybe the end?
Will light fill this place - again - where we live?
Will warmth from the Son cover our skin?

We know it is coming - yet still so -we fret
When caught in this weather on earth we are kept
Promises of spring and a life made brand new
Can we trust it'll be here - or will we just stew?

On this side of summer - it seems oh so far
He said - he'd come get us - from somewhere a far
Maybe I'll trust Him - He's never lied yet
Surrender my worries my fears and regrets

The hope of a new life - abundant and free
A life with the maker - my brother we'll be
Season of rest no solstice can change
Forever with Jesus - My Creator and King.

Love A Little More

Written By: Ben Andrews

Love a little more
When times are good
Love a little more
While they are near
Love a little more
On days together
Love a little more
In moments dear

Love a little more
When days are warm
Love a little more
And notice them
Love a little more
Reach deep inside
Love a little more
Put self aside

Love a little more
When life is sweet
Love a little more
And don't compete
Love a little more
On starlit nights
Love a little more
Through cries at night

Love a little more
Till you think you can't
Love a little more
When hearts are broke
Love a little more
On cold dark days
Love a little more
When it doesn't pay

Love a little more
When you want to leave
Love a little more
When hope is lost
Love a little more
What ere the cost
Love a little more
While here on earth

Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more
Love a little more

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NIV)