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232. The Greatest Scandal of the Age

Sons Of Issachar

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott

New things

“Behold, the former things have come to pass,
Now I declare new things;
Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.”
(Isa 42:9)

Think of everything in your life that has already come to pass… and now God is saying ‘I declare new things’. Everything that is old has gone, everything that may have brought feelings of unworthiness, guilt and shame, and it has all gone because of the power of the cross.

The old things can no longer be of any use to us, if in fact they ever were. God has already decreed and declared for us a new place of relationship. We need to be aware that the old things have gone, so we can accept the new things which the power of Jesus’ resurrection has opened up for us.

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Death and the Perception of Death


Common to our experience, it is presumed that one dies when his body breaks down with some disease and can no longer function. I say that should not be so! Christians should not die or be translated to heaven because of the failure of their health, they should die because God said, “it’s your time.”

Recently at a church service the conversation about death was discussed. Reference to Enoch was mentioned, but scoffed at as an example of modern day life. Genesis 5:24 says, “Hanokh (Enoch) walked with God, and then he wasn’t there, because God took him. CJB” Why is this idea so preposterous?

During the time of the Celtic Church, the time of death was often revealed by God beforehand. In Kathie Walters’ book, Celtic Flames, she states, “these early saints had such a rapport with God about their death, which they called their ‘invitation’.” Columba (521-597), Bishop of Iona had an encounter with the Lord who told him he had four more years to serve. When that time came, it was the time of the Festival of Easter, so Columba asked for more time until the festivities were over. The Lord revealed the exact time, so he communicated this to his closest servants. (p.33) The attitude of death in the Celtic Church was a healthy one. There was not talk of sickness as a reason to leave the earth.

How we look at death is how we look at life. If we expect to “get old” and die, then we will just roll with it when it happens. But if we expect to increase in wisdom in all things including health, then when we get sick, introspection will ensue. Why am I sick? What is going on internally with my thoughts and emotions? What has been going on with my spirit? All physical illnesses have a source that is higher than the germs that present themselves. This gives us the power to repent and change course. Not all mis-takes need to end in death.

One morning I woke up and the word, “resurrection” rang out in my thoughts. It seemed the very action on waking up in the morning was a type of resurrection. Ironically per Jewish thought, God restores one’s soul each morning. Jewish children are taught a prayer that acknowledges God’s omnipotence and thanks Him for his compassion and faithfulness to return their soul to them. How powerful it is to recognize your Creator and declare new life in the first thoughts of the day!

As Ephesians reads, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” As we live daily dying to Christ, remember each day to sow into resurrection life. For we are the living Glory of God in this world, today.

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“AS one” Design reveal!

Dear Readers,

I am very excited to share with you a design that will be relevant to believers who want to make a stance politically, but don’t want to get wrapped up in controversy.

I have been listening to Lance Wallnau on Periscope (an app owned by Twitter that live streams broadcasts). He has been getting Words  from God about Donald Trump being a “Cyrus ” for this season, referencing Isaiah 45 and the next president being the 45th. He has been reflecting on this word with how current events are unfolding during some of his broadcasts.  Though this is very interesting revelation, what is most important is below:

Wallnau also spoke with a few intercessors about the election. What resonated with me was this key: that we, as the Body of Christ, must move “as one”. WE must pray and hear God- to see as God sees; which is above all controversy.   In this manner, we will fight to save our country.

We must move AS One!

The “AS One” design is inspired by the response of the Body of Christ to world events; The “AS one” design takes a stand against chaos and proclaim the Good News of unity within.

“As one” man or “with one accord” is mentioned in the New Testament twelve times. Eleven times in the book of Acts alone. The Greek word is ὁμοθυμαδόν, ho-moth-u-madon, literally meaning “one mind”.  Believers moved in one accord in prayer, in one place, in fellowship, and in response to God. This unity resulted to receiving the Holy Spirit (2:1); healings and miracles, signs and wonders. The twelfth mention is in Romans 15:6, “so that with one mind and one voice you might glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah.” ISV

The “AS one” design symbolizes the stand one can take to reply to the controversy of issues that divide our communities. Prayer, intercession, and faith in God’s wisdom and love are answers to the many problems we face.

The cross represents Christ and the Blood that paid for us all to enter in to His Kingdom and Grace. The mountains represent the 7 areas of influence that define a culture: arts and entertainment, business, education, family, government, media, and religion.  (Find more information on the 7 mountains mandate.)

“These all with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer…” Acts 1:14 ASV

Use the “AS one” design as a tool for conversation and statement regarding the Presidential election and other issues calling for an answer.

I am selling products with the “AS One” design at my store at  T shirts! Tote bags! Stickers! Key chains! Pillows!

If there is a product that you would like the design to be on, please contact me at

Licensing agreements are available to churches, schools and organizations for fundraisers and outreach. The “AS one” design can be used with scripture or name to designate your event or mission. Kelly’s Voice Art ©2016


Loss, Redemption, and Restoration

Kelly Grad Pic copy

Recently I graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in painting. It is a proud accomplishment that restores 25 years of loss. I wanted to share my story below.



Loss, Redemption, Restoration

When I was 15, I experienced a great loss. I didn’t realize it at the time, nor was it anyone’s fault but my own. As a teenager, I was searching. I didn’t know what I was searching for, but I knew there was a key to my success and happiness somewhere.

As I journeyed through high school I received offers for my name to be put in the “Who’s Who in High School” each year. It puzzled me as to why only other guy and I were the only ones included. He would go on to graduate as valedictorian a year later, but it didn’t seem possible that I could do the same.

I was not the most “street smart” person by any means. I just saw everyone as the same. I saw cliques and such, but it really didn’t sink in how I fit in. I was good at athletics, but I didn’t see myself as a “jock.” I was good at academics, but was surprised when the “smart girls” wanted to be friends with me. Instead, I felt more comfortable hanging out with the girls that went to my church. Those girls weren’t “jocks” or particularly interested in getting A’s. But what we did have in common was low self-esteem. I didn’t have the same value system as they did, but I still felt more comfortable with them.

Unbeknownst to me, my father had the same experience in high school. He hung out with kids who had “low self-esteem” or were punks as he called them. I didn’t think my friends were punks, I just didn’t feel intimidated when I hung out with them. His answer to the “problem” was to transfer me to “homeschooling.”

In the late 80s, homeschooling was still a risky thing. Certain counties were prosecuting families for truancy. My parents were pretty isolated from the community, so there was much going against them. My father “pigeon-holed” his experience over mine and was sure I would end up a drug addict. (Of course I had already turned down the opportunity to try cigarettes and the idea of smoking anything else didn’t attract me).

It seems unlikely that the prospective future valedictorian and track star of the class of 1991 would give all of that up to please her father, right? How stupid would that be? The idea of giving up scholarships and college offers and the expectation of success after graduating college is absurd. After all, why would a parent do that to their child?

This is why I believe it did happen:

1) I am an INFP-T. What is that? Remember the Myers-Briggs test? Google it or Look it up. Basically, I am an idealist. I value ideas over logic or reality as some would say. I am also a variety seeker, a perpetual searcher which makes the grass always seem greener on the other side.

2) I was naïve. My parents kept us kids pretty isolated from close friends and family. It worked for them, why not for us?*

3) I was naïve. Religious beliefs isolated me from others. Even though my day-to-day existence said others were valued and okay.

4) I was afraid. The world seemed a frightening place to me. I relied on the strength of those I trusted over my own perception and thoughts.

Fear was a deciding factor that created the tipping point. If I trusted myself and valued those around me on a day-to-day basis, I would have seen the opportunities around me. If fear didn’t dominate me, I would have asked more questions and developed other relationships that built trust beyond my parents.

Being a variety seeker and not recognizing that characteristic made the present redundancy of daily life seem suffocating. I wanted to experience new places and people. Some wisdom would be to look at the next two years as time to research and plan where I was going. College would have been the perfect place for me to experience the new. Sadly this was before the internet where I could virtually explore campuses and other possibilities from the safety of my home. Therefore the opportunities of planning were unknown to me.

There were plenty of signs on my path and there were people there to help, but I decided to homeschool after my sophomore year. It was May. Oregon was warming to the idea of summer. I was saying good-bye to friends and taking pictures of us together. (No selfies, yet.) The weather was sunny and freedom called out to me.

But when I answered, it was not there. I started work and bought my own car. It took me a total of nine months to complete the curriculum that my parents set out for me through an accredited school, but I took two years to finish instead of starting college early, as I continued the foolish journey I had started. The idea of going to the local junior college brought out feelings of loss and shame. Yet, I did not realize it would be okay to go back to high school.

When my friends were graduating and enjoying the glory of commencement and family parities, I had nothing. My father, who so closely watched me, didn’t share in my “accomplishments.” The things I thought I would gain did not appear. The better life I thought I would have was not there. I worked. I wondered. What went wrong? What mistake did I make? Where was my glory of being 18 and being finished with childhood? Where was the scaffolding to lift me to the next step of my journey in life?

These questions have haunted me for a long time. I recently graduated from college cum laude. Only now, I am remembering the same emotions I had at 18 and 19 years old which then motivated me to write this post. Remembering has created a path of history. I realized I attempted to start college three times before I succeed to enroll in Weatherford College in 2009. It feels good to overcome the loss and pattern of failure. Now I have a history of overcoming and perseverance!

It’s time to start again. It’s time to begin a new season in my life. I am no longer overcoming the lost glory of my youth anymore. I have accomplished my goal. I am resting in this glory. Who I am and what I do is not defined by loss anymore. The past is truly in the past now!

“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,
rivers in the badlands.

Isaiah 43:18-19 MSG

Thank you for reading about my journey. I will continue to unfold the events of my past as I move forward into the future. I hope my story entertains and encourages the reader.

I enjoy your comments and hearing of your own victories.

Thank you,

Kelly Blevins

*The rest of the story of my family’s home schooling adventures may be shared at a later time.

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Art as worship

Art enriches our lives. Below is a video of artist and prophet Ana Mendez Ferrell from Jacksonville, Florida; she shares how art is a vehicle of worship, nomatter what that may be.