February 19th, 2018 — IGNITE


There's not too many weeks that go by that somebody doesn't call me, text me, message me, or email me, asking for prayer. Most times the request are for me to pray for them to get a job… a car… some guidance… strength to forgive… to see God's plan… or a host of other things. Now, these are specific request that I can pray for without having to ask for any details.

However, I've got to tell you, that sometimes, someone asks for prayer and I have no other recourse but to ask in return, "What is it you are asking me to pray for?" Sometimes I have to ask that question just because the request is so vague. Other times, I ask the question because I don't want to be praying against what you, yourself, are praying. You and I need to be praying the same thing.

I can't be praying for your marriage to be healed, when you're praying for God to show you a way out. Sorry, but that's a waste of my time. Nor can I pray for God to help you find a husband/wife when that's not what you really want. I can't pray for you to answer God with a yes, when in your heart you really saying no. I don't want to pray for your rent when your throwing money away on lottery tickets.

When you and I come together in prayer, we need to be on the same page, asking for the same thing because the Bible says..
"… if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven." Matthew 18:19

Simply put… We need to agree!

Oh, but I need to take this one step further. Not only do we need to be in agreement, but I also need to know you are actually praying yourself. Listen to me! If I can't prove that your knuckles are bloody from knocking on heaven's doors with your own request, what makes you think my prayers are going to help you get what you're seeking?

I don't mean to be so blunt, but you've got to know that when I need somebody to pray for me, it's because I've been before the throne of grace and mercy and need someone to stand with me, not for me. When I ask you to pray for me, I need someone who has the ability to cry out loud and strong instead of just throwing up a half-hearted request.

And the same is true for me, because when you trust me enough to ask for prayer, I should be trustworthy enough to pray. This is why I don't play with God and why prayer is so important to me. I know what prayer can do!

There are too many people hurting… Too many people dying… Too many people on the edge of the cliff… Too many who are losing. If you ask me, and I tell you, I'm praying for you, I am because obviously you need it or you wouldn't have asked me.

Here's my word or encouragement for you today: Prayer works. It's one of your greatest tools. AND sometimes you need someone to stand with you in agreement. Never be ashamed or embarrassed to ask for prayer. just be sure you're not asking them to do it for you. Be in agreement!

Father,
Hear our prayers. In Jesus names we ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen

February 16th, 2018 — IGNITE

Not many people I know like reading the book of Leviticus. I mean, it’s chucked full of rules and regulations and the duties of the Levites. Over and over again it describes the different sacrifices that are to be performed, as God will accept an innocent, third party substitute for the death of the sinner. This book contains material which delineates between civil, sanitary, ceremonial, moral, and religious laws from God. If you’re anything like me, you probably find your mind wandering as you read it (Sorry, I’m just being honest).

But, if you are reading it, let me encourage you to keep your mind fastened on Jesus, because He is the “Lamb of God” who takes away the sins of the world. Therefore all these sacrifices in Leviticus, are a picture for us of what Jesus fulfilled. When you’re reading Leviticus, see the answer in Jesus.  

And, if you are reading Leviticus, keep your eyes open for those little nuggets of hope and peace, and truth. For example, today my mind was captured when I read this…
“Every grain offering of yours, moreover, you shall season with salt, so that the salt of the covenant of your God shall not be lacking from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt.” Leviticus 2:13

Now at first, that might not mean anything to you and you might think God likes a little seasoning on His offerings. But it’s much more than that. If you were to go back to Exodus 24:1-8, you would read of how Moses offered up a sacrifice to seal the Israelites promise to obey the commandments of God. He did that with salt. Every time they added salt to a sacrifice they would remember how God spoke to Moses on the mountain and what they had agreed to.

Salt was used for purification. Salt was used to make a meal tasty. Salt was used to stop decay.

Now, jettison forward hundreds of years, and read what Jesus said about salt…
“You are the salt of the earth…” Matthew 5:13

Stop and think of what that means in light of what we just read in Leviticus. You and I, as followers of Jesus Christ as to serve as preservatives, seasoning the world, remembering the covenant made through the blood of the Lamb, stopping the moral decay of our sin infected world. If we live as the true salt of the earth, we can impact generations for Jesus as we minister His Truth to the world.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: As I look around the world today, I believe one of the things that is missing most, is a little flavor, a little seasoning. And that my friend, comes from you. You are the salt this world needs. Because the blood of the Lamb was your substitute and delivered you from sin, death and hell, you have flavor and a story to tell.

Father,
Help me salt the world today. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen

February 15th, 2018 — IGNITE

Sometimes we like to blame the devil for all of our bumps and bruises. But I’m just wondering if we’ve ever considered, there are times, God is clearing out the mess in our lives in order for us to hear His message so we can take that same message to others, so they can have their mess all cleared out? (I know that was a long sentence, deep in thought, so you might want to read it again.)

See, sometimes when we lose the job, we think we must be being punished by God, but the truth is, He’s just clearing a way for the next job He has for us to do. You couldn’t see it then because of all the hours you were spending at the last one, instead of waiting on the Lord.

I know your heart’s still heavy from losing that loved one. But can I just tell you – the dead don’t have any worries anymore, so why are you stressing over their passing when you need to be getting yourself all together for the grand reunion that’s going to happen, when you see them again?

The way I see it, the Church isn’t any different. I’m watching all the changes that have been taken place as of recent, from the outside, and I see a lot of people getting whacked out about a lot of stuff and the Church smelling more like man than God, and then I remember Jesus said…
“…  I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.” Matthew 16:18

We need to stop playing church and start being the church.

So, when it seems like one moment you’re walking on top of the world and the next the world is on top of you, just know, it’s time for a change. Don’t believe me? Then you need to read Ecclesiastes 3:1 which says, “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven…”

I know that seems like a simple answer, but it’s true. Just get up and start walking in faith. It doesn’t matter if you get knocked down, just get back up. Losing isn’t falling down. Losing is falling down and staying down. The Bible tells us…
“The steps of a man are established by the LORD; and He delights in his way. When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong; because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24

If you do happen to fall, read this…
“They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” Psalm 20:8

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: God didn’t say you wouldn’t have moments of stumbling and falling. But don’t allow the moments to determine your destiny. When you start to fall, know He’s right there holding your hand, to help you back up! Hold on!

Father,
Hold my hand today as I walk with You. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen

February 14th, 2018 — IGNITE

Psalm 37:4-4 says, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit you way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.”

Taking delight in the Lord means that our hearts truly find peace and fulfillment in Him. If we truly find satisfaction and worth in Christ, Scripture says He will give us the longings of our hearts. Does that mean, if we go to church every Sunday, God will give us a new BMW? No. The idea behind this verse and others like it is that, when we truly rejoice or “delight” in the eternal things of God, our desires will begin to parallel His desires and we will never go unfulfilled. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things [the necessities of life] will be added to you.”

Many people in our world today delight in wealth, status, material possessions, and other temporary things of this world, but they’re never satisfied. They never truly get what they want, that’s the reason they’re always wanting more. Our society not only wants more, but is constantly demanding more. This is the lesson King Solomon learned in his pursuit of earthly treasure: “Everything is meaningless!” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). On the other hand, delighting in the Lord is true treasure indeed: “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).

1 John 2:15–17 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

We’ll never be deeply fulfilled or “happy” with the things this world has to offer. If we place our joy and hope in God first, He’ll meet all of our needs. He’ll even grant our wants, as our hearts’ desires begin to match up with His will. If we truly place priority on the Lord, chances are our heart’s greatest desire will not be a brand new BMW, but eternal treasures in Christ.

Here my word of encouragement for you today: This world can never satisfy our deepest longings, but if we choose to delight in God’s way, He will always provide above and beyond our expectations. Jesus said, “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).

Father,
Today I’m going to delight myself in You… I’m going to commit my life to You… I’m going to trust You, because I know You have a plan and purpose for my life. In Jesus name I pray this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen

February 13th, 2018 — IGNITE

I don’t know who this is in reference to, but somebody reading this, woke up this morning, and you’re at your wits end and even thinking about doing some things you wouldn’t normally do. Everything has gone haywire in your life, and right now you don’t know if you’re coming or you’re going. You don’t know if you should sit down or stand up… if you should speak up or remain silent. You’ve tried to make sense of everything that’s happening, but you just can’t. And it seems like the more you try, the more broken you feel. Your marriage isn’t going right… your children are acting up… that sickness just won’t let you go… your behind your bills… your coworkers are trying you and you know your just one word away from losing it. At times, it feels like you’re losing your mind. But you’re not!

Friend, by God’s providence, I showed up just in time. You opened your email and this message just came. You just got a notification on FaceBook that I just put a new message up and I’m here to tell you: there’s a breaking process that needs to occur. I know we don’t like it or even want to hear it, but things breaking is part of the process and the preparation. If you don’t believe me, just open your Bible and read it. You see, whenever Jesus prepared to bless a hungry multitude it says, “When He had given thanks, He broke it.” You don’t have to believe me, look for yourself. It’s in 1 Corinthians 11:24, Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:22, Luke 22:19 (all the Last Supper), Matthew 14:19 (when He fed the 5000+) and Matthew 15:36 (when He fed the 4000+).

Do you see the process. God is preparing you. First, He blesses you, then He breaks you and finally He uses you. Breaking is part of the process of preparation.

Now, I don’t know what you are being prepared for, but I can pretty much tell you that it’s about to bless a multitude of people but you’ll have to make it past the breaking point. Yeah, God is preparing you for the masses but you have to endure the breaking. God is about to use the gift He’s placed in you, but you have to outlast the breaking.

Okay, you’ve lost some stuff… some relationships have ended… you’ve received some declines… invitations have stopped coming in… and you phone has stopped ringing. It’s all part of the process of preparation. And God only puts you through the process of preparation in order for you to then profit off the pieces left over and gathered into the basket. Which means, in order to receive the profit coming you have to make it through the breaking first.

How do I know that to be true. Because the Bible says…
“And they all ate, and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full.” Matthew 15:37

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I know you’re being broken right now… but it’s just in preparation for what’s about to come! You can do it! You’re never alone!

Father,
A broken and contrite heart You will not despise. Bless me, break me, use me. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen

February 12th, 2018 — IGNITE

We have in my family that which we call “The Marxhausen Exaggeration.” My whole family has got this genetic code which they got from my bride and I. My bride would probably tell you that her exaggeration trait was not in her genetic code, but a learned behavior she got from me. Either way, it was passed down from our oldest to our youngest and I’m suspecting even my grandchildren will carry this peculiarity.

Simply described this “Marxhausen Exaggeration” is taking something so minuscule and insignificant and blowing it up into magnificent proportions. In other words, we have this uncanny way of fabricating any situation, any story, into something that is totally distorted, inflated, overdone and overdrawn. What can I say… it’s a gift. It generally works on everyone else, but within our own ranks it’s not very effective.

Why do I tell you this little family secret? Because I found someone in the Bible who also possessed this gift. His name was Aaron. He was the brother to Moses. There was a time that Moses was up on top of the mountain in the presence of God for an extended period of time. The people of Israel became restless and demanded that Aaron make for them a god they could worship.

So Aaron had all the people bring their gold ornaments and jewelry. He melted all the gold down and then we’re told he…
“… fashioned it with a graving tool, and made it into a molten calf…” Exodus 32:4

The people were elated and started worshipping this inanimate object, much to the displeasure of God. God sent Moses down from the mountain to handle the situation and when Moses arrived he was furious. He questioned his brother Aaron as to whatever would possess him to do such a thing.

Aaron’s answer was pretty straightforward at first. He reminded Moses how obstinate the people of Israel were and that they were “prone to evil” (Exodus 32:2). He even told Moses how the people asked for a god to worship and how he had told them to bring all their gold to him. But the real problem came when Aaron expanded his story to utter these words…

“So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.” Exodus 32:24

Can you almost hear Moses? “So, let me see if I really get this. The people wanted a god, so you told them to bring all their gold to you. You threw it into the fire and melted it down and “wallah” out came a golden calf. Can I just tell you, I may have been born at night, but not last night.”

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: There’s no hiding anything from God. Telling the truth to Him is of great importance. Don’t exaggerate your sin. Come clean and let Him totally cleanse you, forgive you and restore you. That my friends, is not an exaggeration.

Father,
Make us whole again. In Jesus name we ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen

February Prayer from Wendy Showalter President of National Secratariat for Via de Cristo

 

May you allow Jesus to lead you to edges of your comfort zone and give you a fresh vision for where He’s taking you.

May you put everything on the table and give Him permission to rearrange your life.

May you dare to open your hands, look up and breathe a prayer of thanks right in the midst of this uncertain time – knowing that He’s far kinder than you can fathom and far greater than you ever imagined.

Can you sense Jesus’ invitation to join Him on this adventure of faith? Will you trust Him?

Choose joy this day. God wants to do a deep and profound work in and through you!

Your security is found in HIM!

Love and joy from your fellow servant in Minnesota

Wendy Showalter

NLS Board President

February 9th, 2018 — gnite


Trusting God isn’t always as easy as it sounds. I mean, it’s actually very easy to say, but once you start walking in the direction He wants to you go, there are always some pretty intense moments. At least that’s been my experience. I say I trust God, but when the storms start raging and my boat starts filling up with water, I’m not always as trusting as I should be.

But I’ve got to tell you, sometimes you have to leave what you know in order to grow. About year ago, I started praying and asking God what He wanted me to do with this life He gave me and where He wanted me to go. It took many months for me to get the answer. I tell you that because maybe, just maybe, your in the same place today I was in a year ago and you need to read this.

This is for you who’s about to give up and quit because you’re tired of being denied and rejected. This is for you who’s about to throw in the towel and not apply for that job. This is for you who’s about to give up on relocating because you’re just not certain. This is for you who’s afraid to submit the resume because you think you’re too old or unqualified. This is for you who won’t go back to school because you don’t think you can afford it. This is for you who wants to just walk out of that relationship because you think it’s over.

Can I tell you, at this very moment, God is getting ready to shift some things around in your life, behind the scenes. He’s about to alter the acoustic sound of your ministry and it’s going to blow some people’s minds. He’s getting ready to elevate some people who no one has ever heard of. And He’s already prepared the details to ensure that your name is spelled right.

All you have to do is move when God says move. Stop explaining why you quit your job, they won’t understand anyway. Stop clarifying why you’re doing what your doing when it doesn’t look like anything to anyone else. Quit trying to get people to understand the vision God gave you. MOVE! You owe nobody a reason for the anointing when they didn’t give it to you.

Here’s what the Word says…
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Trust God and move. If anyone would have told me ten years ago, I’d be where I am today, I probably wouldn’t have believed them. But when God told me it was time to move from the parish ministry to missionary ministry, He left me very few options. Was it easy? Actually, when I got my mind wrapped around it, yes!

Now, I’m not sharing this for somebody to get up and make a drastic life change immediately. However, I am telling you to move when God says move! This move, whatever it is to whereever it is – God has a purpose for it. Plus, you cant’ grow in a place you’ve outgrown, nor can you expand in an area with limitations. Move with God and when God says.

Father,
I’ll move when You tell me where to go! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen

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Live From The Field

Well, it’s been awhile, but I’m back. The last time I wrote to you, I was sitting in the Brisbane, Australia International Airport on my way to Papua New Guinea. I just returned last night from a three week stay there. I thought maybe today I’d tell you a few things about that trip because of what I read in my Bible this morning. Here it is…

“Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones, and give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning… That my soul may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to Thee forever.” Psalm 30:4-5, 12 NASB

I started my trip with some pastors and leaders of Via de Cristo (www.viadecristo.org) in Goroka, in the Eastern Highlands. We planned, prepared, taught and visioned for a refreshed new start to this wonderful ministry. Each night I taught a Bible for a couple of hundred people on “God’s Liberating Grace” using the book of Jonah as our baseline. It was a wonderful time.

Then I made my way back to a village in the mountains of Jiwaka province, called Nondugal. There is a pastoral training center there that I used for a base to train, equip, and encourage pastors from the Jiwaka and Chimbu provinces. I had created teaching materials which I call, Solid Ground, which are 13 elementary teachings of scripture, to give to these pastors, none of which have ever had the opportunity to attend a Bible College or Seminary, but each who have been called by God to serve Him and the people of their villages. We were blessed to have about 80 pastors join in.

After a week of training, I then traveled to the Western Highlands of PNG, and to my home base of many years, Kagamuga. There we did the same things as in Nondugal, using the elementary teachings of Solid Ground to inspire and enlighten the pastors. Another 40 pastors attended there. All in all, it was a blessed trip. They were richly blessed in the study of God’s Word and I was blessed to be in a position to bring it to them.

Plans are now underway to return this Fall to continue to teach Solid Ground to those pastors who did not attend this last visitation and to provide Higher Ground for the pastors who did.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I had no idea how any of this was going to turn out, but simply walked by faith, knowing God had a bigger and better plan. He deserves all my praise. He has a bigger and better plan for you too. Trust Him today. Walk by faith and give a shout of joy in the morning!

Father,
I praise You for life, love, and joy in the morning. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen

January 15th, 2018 — IGNITE

I have to tell you, I always hate it when I’m driving and this little light on my dashboard pops on. It’s just a little light, but it always irritates me. I hate seeing it and unfortunately it doesn’t go away by itself. It doesn’t matter how much I try to ignore it, it’s always in my face. And I know it’s going to cost me. It’s my check engine light.

You’d think I’d be thankful for that little light as it turns on. It’s trying to tell me that something’s wrong with my car and needs attention. It’s warning me that if I don’t have my car looked at, something else could possibly go wrong. But when that little light flips on, there are other thoughts that flip on in my head.

As I think of how much I want to ignore my check engine light, I begin to ponder other areas in my life that I might be ignoring the warning signs. I ignore the warning sign on the scale I step onto. It only tells me the truth, but I don’t appreciate it. I ignore the warning sign of my heart pitter-pattering, racing and my blood pressure rising, but I don’t do anything. I ignore the kink in my neck, though it hurts and is a constant pain, which ruins my day and disrupts my sleep, but instead of making an appointment with my chiropractor, I push it off for another day.

My spiritual life is no different. I don’t spend time in the Word and then I wonder why my life is unsatisfying. I ignore the warning signs. I take matters into my own hands and don’t pray, but then I wonder why things don’t turn out right. I ignore the warning signs. I stop worshipping my Lord and offering Him my praise, but then I wonder why my life seems so empty. I ignore the warning.

Why would I do that? Why would you do that? I mean, you wouldn’t drive down a road that was closed would you? Would you walk across a bridge that had a sign that said, “closed for repairs”? Would you drive a car that had a warning sign that said, “no brakes”?

Then why do we keep doing what we’re doing instead of heeding the warning signs? Before you go to sleep, don’t you first get sleepy? Before you fall, don’t you feel your legs go weak? Before a storm, doesn’t God first send clouds? Before a flood, doesn’t it first have to rain? Then why ignore the signs? The Bible says…
“The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.” Matthew 6:22

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Open your eyes to see and your ears to hear because they’ll never fail you when it comes to the warning signs. How do I know? Because the Bible say, “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made both of them.” Proverbs 20:12

Don’t ignore the warning signs!

Father,
Help me respond to the warning signs in my life. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen

FYI – I leave today for Papua New Guinea and will be gone until February 6th. Please pray!