What better time to lift up the cross of Jesus than during blood moon? That’s exactly what is going on in my family right now.

I am utterly amazed at how Jesus is leading my mother and my siblings right now, this

Photo by Hope Flinchbaugh
Photo by Hope Flinchbaugh

month! I’ve shared with you that April 4, 2015 is going to be the next blood moon occurrence, and it will be on the Passover. Passover is the day when the Jewish people remember their deliverance from Egypt, when they were commanded to put the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of their home and the angel of death would PASS OVER them.

Authors and historians Michael and Sharon Rusten write that April 4 was actually the day that Jesus was crucified!  WOE. 

April 4, 36 or 37 AD: Jesus crucified on Passover

April 4, 2015: Blood Moon occurs on Passover

Hmmm . . . .

SO! My mother wants to honor her husband, my father, during this PASSOVER. On March 23rd through April 20th, this billboard will be seen in the city of York, Pennsylvania, where my parents pastored an inner city church:

Billboard in York, Pennsylvania March 23 to April 23, 2015

Billboard in York, Pennsylvania March 23 to April 23, 2015

You can see an old pic of my dad doing a chalk picture. He traveled all over this region to speak and draw chalk pictures. I often traveled with him to sing and play piano as he drew. I was privy to seeing 1000’s of inner city children and teenagers come to Christ after these pictures were drawn and the Gospel message was delivered.

Many of these teens and children still live in York and they are adults now. It is our prayer that as they pass by this billboard, they will remember my father’s message AND they will get the larger message for right now:


I have to tell you this story. Ready?

I emailed the chalk picture, my dad’s picture, and the text, “COMING SOON”, to the billboard admin guy with Lamar Billboards. He read it and emailed me back. “What’s coming soon?”

I laughed. “Coming soon to a theater near you . . .”  That had to be running through his mind, right?

So I got to share with him that JESUS is coming soon! And what better time to share this than over Easter?

He got it. But it took a while for the artist who puts together these billboard vinyls to catch it.

The artist sent back a mock up of dad’s chalk pic with the words on the LEFT side, above my dad’s head. So on the left the billboard read, “COMING SOON!”

This time I had to call the billboard admin guy. I said, “The words are on the left–now it looks like my DAD is coming soon. Now that WOULD be a miracle! He’s been dead since 2006!” I laughed.

My dad’s birthday is March 21st. We get to put this billboard up in his honor. How cool is that? But already it’s generated conversations about eternity and COMING SOON is the message that I believe Jesus wants ALL of us to share with the world.

When I realized that one of the blood moons from the blood moon tetrad fell on April 4, 2015, and this billboard would be up in York, I knew in my heart that this was no accident. We literally and simply obeyed God and He worked out the timing. What a joy to KNOW Him, trust Him, and walk with Him!

I hope you’ll rejoice with us. JESUS is COMING SOON!


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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14 Responses to LIFT UP THE CROSS on the BILLBOARDS 2015!

  1. says:

    Just read your post on the billboard.  Very good writing.  Would like to think you got that talent from me – but alas – it just aint so.  It’s getting exciting to anticipate what’s coming and I’m so looking forward to seeing the billboard.  I think of so many families and individuals whose lives were touched by your dad’s ministry.(am thankful that we as a family had a small part in that ministry).  Thinking of the Altlands as they work thru their sorrow of Norma’s passing and trusting that the seed of the hope of eternity that was planted in all their lives has taken root and is bringing comfort to them now.  You did good.   PUSH    MOM  (backwards or forwards – it’s still the same)  


  2. That PUSH comment from my mom is her signature:
    P PRAY

    Got it! Something IS happening. I say this to my mom but to every one of us–whatever seeds we’ve planted in our lives until THIS DAY, they WILL come up! God’s sunlight and God’s rain will activate the life of God inside each seed, and we will have a harvest!

    By the way, Mom is planning another billboard adventure in York on a critical day in the nation and the world. I’ll keep you in suspense . . . more on that special day later!


  3. Larry Who says:

    “…Very good writing. Would like to think you got that talent from me – but alas – it just aint so…”

    Moms are great. Good stuff as usual.


  4. Gloria Cruz says:

    A lot of sass! Where will the billboard be?


    • Oh, Gloria! How did you find this blog? The billboard will be on the corner of Queen and Princess. Mom said between two royalties. = )
      You and your family got saved at Mom and Dad’s church–feel free to leave a comment that includes a testimony or two. Great to hear from you!


  5. Brenda Stubbs Bortner says:

    I’m excited to take my children to see the billboard. Encounter holds many many memories for me and the reason I teach Sunday School.


  6. Bill Tomford says:

    Just when you think you understand – The Lord moves with Incredible swiftness.


  7. You caught that, Bill. So glad you did. There is one more blood moon in this tetrad and it is coming in September. I’ll give you one guess when we are putting up a second billboard?


  8. jeanoathout says:

    I’ve made a link to this message on my blog for the 15th of March. Thanks.


  9. Jean, thanks so much for sharing. I’ve so enjoyed your prayer blogs with Peter Wagner. Keep writing!


  10. Debbie says:

    Rejoicing with you! And I have goose bumps too, just from reading! God bless!


  11. Debbie, that is so kind of you. I know that you don’t know the people of York or my family, yet you chime in here as a sister in Christ and you GET it! You’re a blessing. Thanks for following this blog. You’re a special part of what we’re doing here.


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