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September 22, 2015
…Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25
Strong foundations are vitally important if a structure is to remain standing during a significant storm. This was illustrated when Ike, a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 143 miles per hour almost destroyed Galveston, Texas, in 2008.
Not long after the hurricane swept through, one picture surfaced that caught the world’s attention. It revealed a yellow house that was standing almost unscathed in the midst of miles of coastal rubble. Investigators determined that the house had been damaged in an earlier storm so that the owners had rebuilt it to hurricane standards. When Ike unleashed its fury, the house remained standing when everything around it was flattened.
Storms may sweep through our lives. Not just environmental storms, but emotional, spiritual, physical, or financial storms can suddenly erupt with no advance warning. On August 17, 2015, a hurricane-force storm swept through my life when I discovered my husband of forty-nine years unresponsive in our swimming pool. If I had not already established a strong foundation of faith for my life, I would have imploded like the majority of houses in Galveston. Instead, I stood firm on the foundation of faith I had laid years ago—a foundation I have been strengthening ever since through reading, studying, applying, and living out God’s Word. And that foundation carried me through the subsequent days that included my husband’s time on life support, his death, his funeral, and his burial.
I have received an outpouring of cards, letters, phone calls, emails, flowers, food, and thoughtful gifts. I have been saturated in prayer and words of blessing. Friends and family have surrounded and upheld me. While I am deeply humbled and will forever be grateful, I know that underneath it all, what is carrying me through is my foundation of faith in God.
The storm of my husband’s unexpected death has not shattered my life. While the grief is deep, the loneliness is real, the emotions ebb and flow like the waves of the sea, I have not collapsed. Like the yellow house, I have remained standing not only for my own well-being, but also for the well-being of others. For one reason. I know God. I have developed a relationship with Him that is built on the foundation of faith in His Word. I know He was, He is, and He will be in absolute control, working everything out for my good and for His eternal purpose. He said so. (Romans 8:28) I believe. I know that He is the resurrection and the life. That whoever believes in Him, though he dies, yet he shall live. He said so. (John 11:26) I believe.
I am ready for the next storm when it hits, because I am standing firm on a solid foundation. (1 Corinthians 3:11)
God’s Story will help you establish and strengthen a strong foundation of faith on which you can build your life. Click HERE to watch Anne’s video series, God’s Story: Discover the Foundation for Faith in God.
September 15, 2015
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 Timothy 3:1
The nation of Israel was hit by a rare dust storm the first week of September that has been described as an “epic storm of Biblical proportions.” The choking air contained pollution that was 173 times higher than average, and stretched over five days instead of the typical 24 hours.
The entire physical scene seemed to mirror the moral and spiritual condition of our world which seems to be disintegrating in a fog of immorality, violence, cruelty, hypocrisy, dishonesty… The list goes on. The random killing of police officers, the shooting of innocents on school campuses or in places of business, the Iran deal struck behind closed doors that betrays God’s people, Russia aligning with Syria while threatening us, American citizens imprisoned for standing by their religious convictions, the volatility of the economy, the killing and selling of babies–in pieces, the official acceptance and even promotion of the LGBT agenda. Those are things just happening in America. But the “fog” is worldwide.
Everything seems to be falling apart. Except for one thing. The Bible says instead that everything is just falling into place. Right at the feet of Jesus. The King is coming! The Messiah is coming! Soon… So, get ready! I’m expecting to see Jesus at any moment.
The following message which was filmed during another dust storm in Jerusalem gives some of the reasons why — Expecting to See Jesus
August 25, 2015
Less than one week ago, on August 19th, I said good-bye to my husband of almost forty-nine years. At that moment, the only thing that truly mattered was the decision he made as a five year old boy in vacation Bible school to trust Jesus as his Savior. As a result, he knew for the rest of his life that his sins were forgiven, he possessed eternal life, and he had peace with God. What a gift his faith was, and continues to be, to his family and friends. We know our good-byes were not final. We grieve, but with hope. We know we will see Danny Lotz again in Our Father’s House not because of anything that he has done, but because of God’s amazing grace extended to him at the Cross.
Several weeks ago, not knowing that Danny would soon step into eternity, I had a burden on my heart to once again pray for Jerusalem. I had decided to issue a Recall to Pray on September 1st, similar to the urgent call for prayer I had issued last September.
I have a sense that something significant is going to happen in the very near future that involves the Epicenter—Jerusalem and the nation of Israel. This foreboding has been confirmed by many indicators …
God has impressed on my heart to help “pre-prayer” Jerusalem for whatever He knows is coming. I am seeking to rally His people with 9 1 1: An Emergency Recall to Pray for Jerusalem.
No signup is necessary. On September 1st an updated prayer that I have written will be available on our website so that we will all be “on the same page,” praying with one heart and mind. Please don’t feel confined to this prayer, but use it to help focus your own.
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When war breaks out or missiles explode or terrorists attack… when Israelis are killed…how many families will be left to grieve without hope? I know that there will be no permanent physical peace until the Prince of Peace returns and establishes His reign. There is no hope for the Epicenter except Jesus. Therefore, the purpose of our prayer is four-fold:
The prophet Daniel prayed for Jerusalem during her dark days of captivity. God not only answered and delivered His people, but sent word that Daniel was highly esteemed in Heaven because he had stood in the gap for them…on his knees. I, too, want to be a person highly esteemed in Heaven for the same reason. (Daniel 9:23)
Thank you for joining me in prayer for the city and the people that God loves as we pray in agreement with His Word, and are therefore confident He will hear our prayers and answer…
September 12, 2015
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August 19, 2015
Danny Lotz was a chief among The King’s … mighty warriors. He gave His Kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land. 1 Chronicles 11:10
Danny and Anne would have been married for forty-nine years on September 2nd. At the age of fifty Danny developed a severe case of Adult 1 diabetes. For over ten years following his retirement from dentistry he fought the ravages of the disease, earning him the beloved nickname, God’s Gladiator. He lost the sight in one eye and the hearing in one ear. His heart disease required five stents in his arteries. His renal failure dictated three days of dialysis each week, five hours each time. And yet he never complained, never slowed down, never gave up, never stopped investing in the lives of others.
As a New Yorker he was plain spoken. As a German he was stubborn. As a Christian he was a compassionate servant leader. He was more than a man’s man. He was God’s man who triumphantly finished his race having fought the good fight, and having kept his faith firmly focused on the kingdom of God first.
He moved to our Father’s House on August 19, 2015 and received the accolade of his Savior, Lord, and King who presented him with the Crown of Righteousness. We salute you, Danny Lotz. And we will never forget you.
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
Listen to Danny articulate his faith, as recorded when he was in Rehab, March 2015 :
Read here for more about the life of Danny Lotz.
August 17, 2015
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
Every year when my family is at the beach, we observe the marked off areas that help protect the nests of sea turtles. The huge reptiles clamber up on the shore beginning in May, lay 50 to 100 eggs in the sand, then lumber back into the sea. Within 60 days, the little turtles hatch sometime during the night and make a mad dash for the water. They have the daunting task of making it past crabs, sharks, and other hungry predators. It’s estimated that only one in 1000 survive to maturity.
While I have seen the tank-like tracks on the sand that the huge turtles leave, I’ve never seen the hatchlings themselves.