Is the Cross Dangerous?

Is the cross dangerous?

Vladimir Lenin thought so. In November 1917, when he seized power in Russia, Lenin’s soldiers climbed steeples and pinnacles of churches and tore down the cross and replaced it with the red star of the new soviet state. Clergy were denounced as enemies of Russia and summarily executed. Perhaps you’ve heard that Vladimir Putin just made a law to restrict the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Hmmmm . . .

Is the cross dangerous?

Joseph Stalin thought so. After Lenin died in 1924 Stalin ruthlessly tore down crosses from churches in the previously free Christian nations of Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, Albania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and East Germany. Stalin was not satisfied until ALL THE CROSSES WERE GONE.

Is the cross dangerous?

Adolph Hitler thought so. One author believes that the Christian Cross was used as a symbol of the Nazi agenda. One thing is for sure. Under Mein Kampf crosses were removed from all churches and replaced with the swastika.

Is the Cross Dangerous?

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) thinks so. The ACLU opposed the eight-foot iron cross in California’s Mojave Desert, an illuminated cross in a California State park, and let’s not forget their opposition over 9/11 steel beam cross being placed in the World Trade Center Memorial.

Is the Cross Dangerous?

China thinks so. ISIS thinks so. THINK THINK THINK. What makes all these people think that the cross is dangerous?

Is the Cross Dangerous?

The devil thinks so. Look what the cross did for us!                                                                      Jesus canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross (Colossians 2:14,15).

Is the Cross Dangerous–or victorious?

What do you think?

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Erica Grace, the author of this article, kindly gave me permission to share her story with you. God sees the sacrifices his children make, and honors them in heaven whether or not they are honored here on earth. I was so encouraged by this story and I had to share it with my favorite people! This article was published in Connecting With You by Robert and Maureen McQuillan, my New Zealand friends.

Connecting with You!

Erica GraceAugust 5, 2016 – Erica Grace, ex-missionary to South America, challenges us to remember unsung Hebrews 11 type heroes!

Have you ever known people in the ministry that you felt didn’t receive their due recognition? Marie Monsen was one of those people.

Born in Sandviken, Norway in 1878, Marie became a school teacher. She went to China in 1901 initially to help the missionary couple sent there by her Lutheran church who needed a teacher for their children.

But because of the national unrest and turn of events in China, the missionaries left shortly after Marie arrived. The mission agency back in Norway didn’t have the funds to send for Marie as well, so she stayed back waiting for her ticket to arrive.

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Erica 0816a Meanwhile, people kept coming to the mission home looking for help but Marie (left) was the only one there.  She would rush…

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Public Vow to “Break the Cross”

This blog is called LIFT JESUS’ CROSS.

Let’s look at how far the devil has been able to go in expressing his VISIBLE animosity toward the cross of Jesus.  Look at this:


ISIS has publicly vowed to “break the cross” and eradicate Christianity in the Middle East. . .”     (Joel Rosenberg, Messianic Jew and author who tracks events and trends throughout the Middle East reporting).


Front cover of ISIS magazine, Dabiq, the 15th issue in 2016.   

Jewish American author Joel Rosenberg reports in his blog that there are three reasons why ISIS published this most recent edition of their magazine, Dabiq:

  1. ISIS leaders make clear they want to bring about the End of Days.
  2. ISIS leaders vow to “break the cross”
  3. ISIS leaders lay out the six reasons they hate us, they state their ultimate objective, and they explain why they will never stop killing until they achieve total victory.


In my previous blog I shared that persecution inside China has increased “where church leaders are going to prison, are being sent to mental institutions, are being beaten and tortured and where crosses have been forcibly removed from now over 1,800 churches since 2014.”        (Writer Jesse Carey of Relevant Magazine reporting).

Now wait! The United States has had it’s own “cross battles” going on: 


“A lonely cross out in the remote Mojave Desert was so threatening that a host of powerful organizations joined the campaign to destroy it.” Dr. Michael Yousef, television host, pastor, and author of When the Crosses Are Gone .


You have to go out of your way three hours to drive out to see the Mojave Desert Cross in California, but still a few people felt that the site was a worthwhile visit. The cross was erected there in 1934 to honor the memory of our soldiers in World War I, but a former Park Service employee sued the government in a demand to remove the cross. After a decade-long legal battle that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court,  Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “The goal of avoiding governmental endorsement (of religion) does not require eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm.”

It’s nice to win one now and then, isn’t it?

However, two weeks later, THIEVES stole the cross from this site! If you read the sign carefully, you will see that it was rededicated in 2012–after the cross was recovered 500 miles away.

Do you hear what I hear?  The voice of the Son of God, Jesus Christ:

“The thief (that is the devil) comes to steal, kill, and destroy.  I come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”  (Words of Jesus, Son of God, Savior of the World)

So, who is actually vowing to “break the cross”?


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Crosses Torn Down in China

I just received word today that Chinese house churches are calling for nationwide prayer from September 26 to 28 for religious freedom in their country.

Persecution inside China has increased “where church leaders are going to prison, are being sent to mental institutions, are being beaten and tortured and where crosses have been forcibly removed from now over 1,800 churches since 2014.”  (Writer Jesse Carey of Relevant Magazine reporting).

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Photo by China Aid  

I am convinced that what we see in these pictures visibly represents what Satan would like to do in the heart of every Christian in the world–break our faith in Jesus Christ and the power of His name, His cross, His blood.

Would you like to join us in fasting and prayer for the cross to be lifted high in this world and satan’s plans broken?

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

(Words of Jesus, Son of God, Savior of the World)


“If I am lifted up, I will draw all men unto Me.”   Jesus

I want to help our brothers and sisters to lift Jesus’ cross in China. Would you like to join me?

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Positioned to Pray

I love to go to prayer meetings! There is nothing like being in the same room with people Look up!who are motivated to seek God and find out what He’d like to do on planet earth.

Last Thursday at our church’s small prayer meeting, I felt a bit stuck. We were all praying beautifully, but I had this sense that we were not breaking through to see God’s will accomplished in our little town.

THEN! Then the Lord kindly gave me a picture in my mind.

I saw a picture of many people who were intercessors standing outside together and everyone was looking up in the sky swinging (wielding) a sword or knife above their heads!

Above the heads of the intercessors was a large dragon, much like a paper dragon or a float that people in China carry over their heads on Chinese New Year parades and celebrations. The intercessors were praying and swinging and swinging and praying, aiming their best prayers to bring down that old dragon, the serpent of old, which is the devil.

I asked God, “Swords and knives and intercessors? What does that mean?!”

The Lord told me that intercessors need to know their POSITION in Christ before they attempt to swing their sword (the Word of God) at the dragon (the devil). Now, for all of my cherished friends who’ve heard someone preach that we don’t need to fight the devil, please read the scriptures at the very bottom of this blog.*

The picture I received showed the futility of trying to quote scriptures up into the skies against satan. That is not a good vantage point! Consider this:

The head of the church, JESUS CHRIST, is seated at the right hand of the power of God. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God. Luke 22:69

 Jesus is ABOVE the devil, not beneath him.  He put all things in subjection under His feet. Ephesians 1:22

The body of JESUS CHRIST, the church, is seated WITH HIM. The Head and the body stay together! (God) raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus . . . Ephesians 2:6

We are raised up with Christ and positioned IN HIM, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion.  He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:20-23

Because Jesus died on the cross and was raised again, those who have faith in Jesus are raised with Him.  We have a great advantage being seated way up high in Christ! We are seated above that old dragon, the devil, and just as the devil is in subjection under Jesus’ feet, he is in subjection under our feet.

Jesus put us in the BEST possible POSITION to PRAY! 


*Scriptures on fighting the devil

Matthew 4:1  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

Luke 4:36  And amazement came upon them all, and they began talking with one another saying, “What is this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out.”

1 John 3:8  The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.

Acts 10:38  You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Ephesians 4:27  Do not give the devil an opportunity.

Ephesians 6:11  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

1 Peter 5:8  Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

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Focus on the Person, Not the Pain

Last week the Lord Jesus spoke to my heart and said:

When I suffered on the cross, my pain was not my main focus. My experience of pain was real, but I did not keep the pain in front of me.cross-istock_000011455820small-2.jpg

At the time, I was in pain physically and after a few months or years of pain anyone can tell you that there comes a point where the pain is ALL you think about.  Without meaning to, I became discontented, complaining, and focused on the pain.

A few days ago the Lord Jesus added one more insight when He said:

When I suffered on the cross, I focused on the PERSON, not the pain. I focused on my Father, and kept the pain secondary.

What a revelation for me! The Lord Jesus gave me insight on how I can share in His sufferings. I am not really talking about bodily pain or sickness as much as I am the overall journey of coming to know Jesus–not just what he suffered or why he suffered but how he suffered.

Do I know Him?  Do I really know HOW He suffered?  Am I fellowshipping with Jesus there? Do I see the pain (physical or otherwise) in front of me or do I see the PERSON of the Father before me today?

Join me in fixing our eyes on our Father in heaven and focusing on His glory, His power, His strength, and His purpose. We can trust the Father for we know that He loves us utterly!

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:10,11).

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Unemployed coal miner who confronted Clinton invited her to join revival sweeping West Virginia coal country

Bo Talks to Hillary Clinton PicRevival is happening in West Virginia! Please see how one revivalist met Hillary Clinton and invited her to the revival .  . .  (By Mark Ellis)

Bo Copley, an unemployed coal miner, who gained media attention after he challenged Secretary Clinton’s statements about the coal industry, is a strong Christian who has been at the heart of the revival sweeping West Virginia.

He prayed and fasted before meeting Mrs. Clinton, then invited her to attend a revival meeting that night only a short distance away from their encounter . . . MORE

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Work Now, for the Night is Coming

I am so excited to share with you the picture AND the Word from the Lord that was sent to me from Julie Walker, a prayer warrior and mother of missionary daughters. Will you join me and “see” what Julie saw?

boat cross Dolphin Bay Beach Thailand Julie WalkerWhile on a sunset walk at Dolphin Bay Beach, Thailand with my daughter Joy, I saw this fisherman’s boat in the moonlight with a silhouette of a cross. The Holy Spirit reminded me of Jesus’ words in John 9:4 that a night is coming when no one can do the Father’s work. Jesus left us with a sense of urgency to be about our Father’s business because Jesus is coming soon. He also left us followers with the Holy Spirit’s power to do His work until He comes.

On this National Day of Prayer for our nation, let us unite our hearts in prayer with other followers of Jesus to do His work on the sunset of His return.

Anne Graham Lotz shared her prayer for our nation on the first day of 2016. Let us join our hearts with her in praying for our nation.

“I know the night is coming when work for You will cease. Help me to redeem the time. Use me for your kingdom and your glory. Open my lips to boldly and fearlessly make known the gospel: the good news of redemption for the past….hope for the future….joy for the present regardless of circumstances….love that is unconditional, boundless, and eternal…found at the Cross. Open my lips to just give Jesus to a world that is increasingly desperate. Use me as an ambassador of peace on earth by first leading people to a right relationship with you, then with each other. When the world around me unravels, help me to stand strong on my faith in you. And when people see me standing strong, help them to see you.”  Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz



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On Good Friday TODAY ISIS threatens to Crucify Thomas


Father Thomas admonished the nuns almost every day to be ready for martyrdom.

Father Thomas admonished the nuns almost every day to be ready for martyrdom.

It is rumored that ISIS intends to kill Father Thomas of Yemen TODAY, Good Friday. Please pray for Thomas?  He will need a miracle release from his captors or grace to endure martyrdom for the name of Jesus Christ.

Please join me today in praying for this Catholic leader who was kidnapped by ISIS this month after the Islamic State murdered four nuns who worked in Yemen at a home for the aging.  You may read the full story here . . .

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The Spirit of Counsel and Might

“And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2 KJV).”

I saw the Spirit of Counsel and Might in my back yard this month!  Where?  In a new garden of all places!

My three year old grandson David wanted to help his daddy plant a garden. The picture he had in mind was to push a seed into the ground with his finger and have a watermelon by sundown. Well, that didn’t happen, but he had great HOPE that it would!

Little David wanted a new garden, he expected a garden, he envisioned a garden full of fruits and vegetables, and he was willing to work as much as any other three year old.

IMG_2325His daddy (my son) wanted to plant a new garden, too. He expected a garden, envisioned a garden, and was willing to throw his back into it.

But Daddy knew it would take more than a thumb hole and a watermelon seed to produce a garden full of fruits and vegetables. And he knew it wouldn’t happen in a day.

Daddy got a pick axe from the garage and threw his back into breaking up the stubborn sod in the back yard. Hard work? Rather grueling, I think.

Little David wanted to help. Daddy counseled his little son on how gardens work. They both had the same goal, the same expectation, and Daddy had good counsel on how to prepare soil, plant seeds, and nurture life to grow a good garden.IMG_2326

But Daddy had something else–MUSCLES.  Yep, Daddy had the MIGHT to back up his counsel. So when it came time to begin a new garden, father and son worked side by side, Daddy with the heavy pick axe, and son with the little red shovel. Both of them worked hard for a while until David realized that the sand in the sandbox was easier to move than the garden soil and off he went. But Daddy called him back easily with a dangling worm and David squealed with delight as it wiggled in his hand.

This is the example of the Spirit of Counsel and Might.

You and your Father God have equal expectations–the future “garden” or future destiny that you both see for your life and you both agree will be great!

You think it will happen one way, but Father God is full of counsel and he shares that counsel with you. It doesn’t seem like much fun and the wait will be hard.

In the end, how much do you think your little red shovel will actually DO in the building of this garden? Very little.

But what Father God is after is not your hard work. He wants youIMG_2329 to believe that He knows what He’s doing. He wants you to listen to His counsel.

He doesn’t expect much power from your little red shovel. He already knows that you have limitations. Father God delights in working side by side with you and He cherishes the thought of time spent together. He gives you counsel on how it works and then HE THROWS HIS MIGHT INTO HIS DREAM FOR YOUR LIFE!

Little David needed his daddy’s counsel.

He needed his daddy’s might and muscle.

Daddy needed David’s fellowship.

The Spirit of Counsel and Might at work.


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