We are lifting the cross in Philly!

I want to thank those of you who supported me, showed up, and prayed for me as I spoke Wednesday evening at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference on lifting up the cross of Jesus.  Those of you who were at the Montrose conference will be glad to know I have 4 proofs of billboards with pictures of the cross and captions to match!  Writers in Philly got to see them.  One woman saw the cross on the powerpoint and God spoke to her powerfully and healed her of childhood abuse as she saw the cross that said, ‘I want to adopt you . . . Jesus.”   Glory!!  And it’s not even on the highway yet!!

Once again I passed an “offering plate”, not for money, but for business cards of those who want me to contact them with more information on how to put up a cross billboard in their town or region.  The plates (actually boxes!) were full of cards, commitments from writers to consider displaying the cross on billboards in their area.


Montrose family, you will be glad to hear that the cross brochure went to the graphic design person on Tuesday.  I hope to have more for the writers in Philadelphia and Montrose by the end of next week.

In the meantime, let’s use this time to ask the Father where He’d like to display the cross of His son, Jesus.  Has anyone here thought about this?  Any ideas brewing?  Where would you LIKE to see the cross displayed on a billboard?

Tell us about it!

About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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4 Responses to We are lifting the cross in Philly!

  1. Hope, I wrote this in my journal this morning:

    “The cross is becoming more real to me. This morning, I woke up with the realization that I had dreamed about it. I dreamed that I did something bad and then assumed it would be covered quickly and easily. Then I saw Jesus go to the Cross. I saw Him hanging there and realized THIS was the result of sin. I found myself saying, “I’m sorry, Lord. I’m sorry, Jesus.” Then I suddenly realized what song was in my head (I nearly always have a song going in my head): “The beauty of the cross is that there’s One who has redeemed my soul; beauty of the cross is that I’m finally free and letting go; beauty of the cross is that His grace accepts me just as I am.” Thank You, LORD Jesus!!!”

    I wanted to share that with you. 🙂


  2. Wow! Your dream taught us ALL quite a bit here, Brittany. Amazing. I went to You Tube and searched for “The Beauty of the Cross” and found a beautiful song. However, I don’t think it’s the one you mentioned. Maybe you can find it for us?
    Now that Brittany has brought our attention to the beauty of the cross, here’s Crystal Lewis singing her version of “The Beauty of the Cross.” (Notice how many ways she displayed the cross in the video.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs-M1T_m4kc


  3. Julie Walker says:

    Hope, I am so thankful that while you were lifting up the cross in Philly, part of my family was privileged to bump into you there. As you stated, wasn’t this encounter orchestrated by God?
    Right now I am rereading a powerful book called Overcoming Strongholds by Richard Webster, a career missionary who served the Lord in the enemy-held fortresses of Taiwan. In one chapter, he went over the defensive armor we have in Christ over the enemy from Eph. 6. In another chapter, he explained the offensive weapons we possess in the name of Christ to defeat the powers of hell at work in this world. One of our weapons is the cross of Christ. He talked about the lifting up of the cross from the story in Numbers 21. Jesus declared this story in John 3 in his discourse with a prominent religious ruler of that day. This visual exhibition of the cross, even before Jesus died, is a reminder to all those who look to the cross to live that we have victory over sin, pain, and death inflicted on us by the serpent. Jesus again declared in John 12 that He must be lifted up on the cross in order to draw people to faith in Himself. John declared after Jesus’ death and resurrection that Jesus appeared for the very purpose to destroy the works of the devil (I Jn. 3:8). The author stated that most believers picture the cross as the only means of salvation from the penalty of sin. This is true, but do we also also see the full measure of victory and triumpy which are meant to be protrayed by that same cross? The cross means that the Victor has prevailed over the enemy! Col. 2:15 reminds us that Jesus disarmed the devil and triumphed over him by the cross. The cross will be used by the Holy Spirit to draw people of every nation and language out of the enemy’s camp and into the kingdom of Jesus. So as believers in Jesus and His work of salvation on the cross, we lift up the cross daily in our lives so others will look to us and live. Lifting up the cross means doing the good works which He has planned in advance for us to do. Then others will see and glorify Him as well (Matt. 5:16).


    • Wow–this is RICH in teaching, Julie. I want to insert a picture I drew right here but I can’t on a comment. It looks like I’ll need to post again! Let me address this comment there with a picture the Father gave me while spending time with Him one morning. LOVE THIS!!


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