Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Free Seminar this weekend

Have you ever wished you could sit down and have a long talk with God? You can hear the voice of God, attend a free seminar with Mark Virkler to learn more.

The 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice will teach you how to discern His voice from all other voices that clamor for your attention.
This interactive seminar:
Gives vital keys to increase the intimacy of your prayer time,
Teaches you how to be still before the Lord,
Helps you recognize His speech as spontaneous thoughts,
Encourages you to seek vision while praying and use a journal to record revelation.

Your communion with God will become a flow of His words springing forth from your heart. You will experience a depth of relationship you never thought possible!
“But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.” Matthew 13:16

Seminar Schedule
December 2nd & 3rd - 2011
Friday Evening 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Saturday Morning 9:00AM – 12:30PM

Saturday Afternoon 2:00PM – 5:00PM

Ticket Prices
Free! Offerings and donations will be accepted.
Pre-Registration required. Lunch will be provided.
Cost for Seminar Guide is $5.00.

Listen to an 8 Minute Interview with the seminar host and testimonies from those who have attended -FREE NOW and REGISTER.
For information call Vicki at (941) 812-6856
Or email:

Location of Seminar:
Church On The Rock 8200 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, Florida 34241


We Need Wisdom
When the apostles needed the help of some good men to shepherd the exploding new church, they chose men "full of the Spirit and wisdom" (Acts 6:3). The two go together; we need them both. We need to walk by the inspiration of the Spirit, and we need wisdom as well. Wisdom and Revelation. Early on in our journey, I think we should lean more into wisdom. It takes time to learn to walk with God in a deeply intimate way, and many challenges face us before we are accustomed to the way of the heart. We must practice our chords; we must do our drills.

For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.

Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair - every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
Proverbs 1:32-33; 2:9-11

We seek wisdom because the trail is narrow and hard to find. It is a cruel thing to tell someone to follow their dreams without also warning them what hell will come against them.

5 Tuesday

AWESOME 5th Tuesday!

WOW-The entire evening was authentic, practical and anointed. God was glorified! Men from all over Tampa Bay attended! What beautiful unity. Looking forward to what more God is doing with his Wild-men.

Great first outdoor Wildmen event at First Christian Church. Couldn't have been any better! Every man was "all-in" the entire evening. The enthusiasm and presence of Holy Spirit was tangible. THANK YOU MEN FOR YOUR GREAT SERVICE AND OBEDIENCE TO THE LORD...THE LORD OBVIOUSLY BLESSED! The spirit of all the men who served this evening is good and true witness of Jesus Christ, way to go men! One man rededicated his life to Christ tonight, now that's getting real with the Lord! Next up, Shepherd's Village dinner 12/09/11 at the Lyceum in St Pete (Wildmen has a large table) then car-oil-changes for their residents, looks like gift certificates at Jiffy or Pennzoil this year (for low income single parent resident families-mostly mom's with children). Let me know this week if you and your a guest can attend the Shepherd's Village dinner.

Love Always,
Mark Woods
...I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

PS If you missed this 5th Tuesday event, well you missed a great one. One person said, "the anointing is all over the music this evening", and it was! Below is tonight's video for you catch-up on. You will want to share this video too! Stay tuned as the men from two new potential Wildmen sites attended tonight's 5th Tuesday from Tampa and Port Richey, there really is so much more the Lord is doing!

Monday, November 28, 2011


We must forgive those who hurt us. The reason is simple: Bitterness and unforgiveness are claws that set their hooks deep in our hearts; they are chains that keep us held captive to the wounds and the messages of those wounds. Until you forgive, you remain their prisoner.
Forgiveness is a choice. It is not a feeling - don't try and feel forgiving. It is an act of the will. Don't wait to forgive until you feel like forgiving, You will never get there. Feelings take time to heal after the choice to forgive is made . . .
Today, Forgive those who have hurt you, it is the first step to a happier and more successful life.

Friday, November 25, 2011


We must forgive those who hurt us. The reason is simple: Bitterness and unforgiveness are claws that set their hooks deep in our hearts; they are chains that keep us held captive to the wounds and the messages of those wounds. Until you forgive, you remain their prisoner. Paul warns us that unforgiveness and bitterness can wreck our lives and the lives of others (Eph. 4:31; Heb. 12:15). We have to let them go.

Forgive as Christ has forgiven you. (Col 3:13)

Now - listen carefully. Forgiveness is a choice. It is not a feeling - don't try and feel forgiving. It is an act of the will. "Don't wait to forgive until you feel like forgiving," wrote Neil Anderson. "You will never get there. Feelings take time to heal after the choice to forgive is made . . ." We allow God to bring the hurt up from our past, for "if your forgiveness doesn't visit the emotional core of your life, it will be incomplete." We acknowledge that it hurt, that it mattered, and we choose to extend forgiveness to our father, our mother, those who hurt us. This is not saying, "It didn't really matter"; it is not saying, "I probably deserved part of it anyway." Forgiveness says, "It was wrong. Very wrong. It mattered, hurt me deeply. And I release you. I give you to God."

It might help to remember that those who hurt you were also deeply wounded themselves. They were broken hearts, broken when they were young, and they fell captive to the Enemy. They were in fact pawns in his hands. This doesn't absolve them of the choices they made, the things they did. It just helps us to let them go - to realize that they were shattered souls themselves, used by our true Enemy in his war against femininity.

Friday, November 11, 2011

what do you think

Someone emails me this today, any thoughts?


Announcing the 2011 Video Contest


Question: "What happens to those who have never heard about Jesus?"

Answer: All people are accountable to God whether or not they have “heard about Him.” The Bible tells us that God has clearly revealed Himself in nature (Romans 1:20) and in the hearts of people (Ecclesiastes 3:11). The problem is that the human race is sinful; we all reject this knowledge of God and rebel against Him (Romans 1:21-23). If it were not for God's grace, we would be given over to the sinful desires of our hearts, allowing us to discover how useless and miserable life is apart from Him. He does this for those who continually reject Him (Romans 1:24-32).

In reality, it is not that some people have not heard about God. Rather, the problem is that they have rejected what they have heard and what is readily seen in nature. Deuteronomy 4:29 proclaims, “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” This verse teaches an important principle—everyone who truly seeks after God will find Him. If a person truly desires to know God, God will make Himself known.

The problem is “there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God” (Romans 3:11). People reject the knowledge of God that is present in nature and in their own hearts, and instead decide to worship a “god” of their own creation. It is foolish to debate the fairness of God sending someone to hell who never had the opportunity to hear the gospel of Christ. People are responsible to God for what God has already revealed to them. The Bible says that people reject this knowledge, and therefore God is just in condemning them to hell.

Instead of debating the fate of those who have never heard, we, as Christians, should be doing our best to make sure they do hear. We are called to spread the gospel throughout the nations (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). We know people reject the knowledge of God revealed in nature, and that must motivate us to proclaim the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Only by accepting God’s grace through the Lord Jesus Christ can people be saved from their sins and rescued from an eternity apart from God.

If we assume that those who never hear the gospel are granted mercy from God, we will run into a terrible problem. If people who never hear the gospel are saved, it is logical that we should make sure no one ever hears the gospel. The worst thing we could do would be to share the gospel with a person and have him or her reject it. If that were to happen, he or she would be condemned. People who do not hear the gospel must be condemned, or else there is no motivation for evangelism. Why run the risk of people possibly rejecting the gospel and condemning themselves when they were previously saved because they had never heard the gospel?


Hi men, We are car pooling from Woodland on Sat 11/19 to enjoy a meal, Turkey in the Hole" at Gator Camp and to support and learn about this wonderful ministry. Please RSVP by Tomorrow to 941-639-7722 if you can come. We will leave the Woodland lot promptly at 8AM on the 19th. This is a fund raising event and they also need liquid laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels and bug spray. The event is over mid-afternoon. Gator Wilderness Camp is located at 44939 Farabee Road, Punta Gorda.

God bless, Billy

Thursday, November 3, 2011

From Wild at Heart

It Will Be Messy

The family is…like a little kingdom, and, like most other little kingdoms, is generally in a state of something resembling anarchy.

Chesterton could have been talking about a little fellowship (our true family, because it is the Family of God). It is a royal mess. I will not whitewash this. It is disruptive. Going to church with hundreds of other people to sit and hear a sermon doesn't ask much of you. It certainly will never expose you. That's why most folks prefer it. Because community will. It will reveal where you have yet to become holy, right at the very moment you are so keenly aware of how they have yet to become holy. It will bring you close and you will be seen and you will be known and therein lies the power and therein lies the danger. Aren't there moments when all those little companies, in all those stories, hang by a thread? Galadriel says to Frodo, "Your quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the Company is true."

We've experienced incredible disappointments in our fellowship. We have, every last one of us, hurt one another. Sometimes deeply. Last year there was a night when Stasi and I laid out a vision for where we thought things should be going - our life-long dream for redemptive community. We hoped the Company would leap to it with loud "Hurrahs! Hurrah for John and Stasi!" Far from it. Their response was more on the level of blank stares. Our dream was mishandled - badly. Stasi was sick to her stomach; she wanted to leave the room and throw up. I was…stunned. Disappointed. I felt the dive towards a total loss of heart. The following day I could feel my heart being pulled towards resentment. It's moments like that which usually toll the beginning of the end for most attempts at community.