I was born at a very early age in St. Paul, Minnesota into a Jewish family, the oldest of 5 children. My grandparents on both
sides of my family were not exactly orthodox, but relatively religious, practicing Jews. My parents were fairly non-religious, as we
celebrated both Christmas and Easter, along with Passover and Hanukkah all through childhood. Until I was in college about the only
time I ever attended a church of any kind was when a babysitter dragged us to a Vacation Bible School one summer, or else for a
wedding or funeral. Even though I grew up celebrating the rituals of Passover and Hanukkah, I had no idea what they meant, and
neither did most of my relatives. In fact I did not even know that I was Jewish until my elementary school class did a study on religions
of the world. I never read the Bible or even knew what it was about until my first year in College. The sum total of my Bible knowledge
consisted of what I learned when "The Bible" was a category on "Jeopardy." But even though I knew nothing about the Bible, religion,
or Judaism; ever since I was as young as I can remember (about 3 or 4 years old), I always knew without a doubt that God existed.
This is because the Bible says that the knowledge of God is instinctive, and that God places knowledge of Himself in everyone's
hearts from the beginning (Romans 1: 19-20).
During my childhood I joined the Cub Scouts, then later the Boy Scouts, eventually earning their highest honor, the Eagle Scout
designation. Minnesota is rich in Indian culture and also at that time I joined an organization closely associated with the Boy Scouts,
called Indian Guides. I was an honorary member of the Ojibwa Tribe, whose symbol is the eagle at the bottom of these pages. My
Boy Scout troop's historian was an old man who may have been part Indian and actually had in his possession Crazy Horse's war
bonnet from Little Big Horn. Several of us had the opportunity to see and touch it at his home once. After his death he donated it to
the Smithsonian. The Boy Scouts and Indian Guides instilled in me a love of nature, moral values, and especially the importance of
spirituality and the knowledge of God in our life.
The year I graduated from High School our family moved from the city to the suburbs and I got my first job, at a restaurant.
There I met a friend named Steve, who turned out to also be my next door neighbor at our new house and soon became my best
friend. Steve was a Christian attending a Conservative Baptist church. He invited me to church with him, and in spite of him coming
into my house and waking me up every Sunday forcing me to go, we remained friends! He gave me a Bible and I started reading it for
the first time. That year I became a Christian myself.
Being a new Christian and a college student, I was embarrassed by the fact that 5 year old children knew more about the Bible
than I did, which was all the incentive that I needed to learn it for myself! I was stunned when I read such stories as Noah's ark,
Sampson and Delilah, David and Goliath, and Jonah and the whale. This is where these stories are from??? The Bible???
Needless to say, I had a lot of catching up to do! Maybe this was my initial motivation to learn and study the Scriptures, but ever since
then I have wanted to learn everything I could about God and what He had to say in His Word.
I attended Riverview Baptist Church for 7 years before I moved to Denver, CO. It was there that I developed the foundation for
my appreciation and desire to know all that the Scriptures had to offer.
While in college I started my own painting & remodeling business. When I was 25 years old I decided it was time to be out on my
own so I packed everything I owned into or on top of my 1971 Buick Electra and moved to Denver. My friend Steve had been in the
Army in Colorado and had discovered a great Baptist Church in Denver, so it was deja vu all over again as he brought me there. I
became involved in the singles group and joined the youth staff, both extremely rewarding. It was quite a spiritually powerful group of
singles, that produced among many local leaders, Bob Skold, founder and director of Providence House Ministries; Richard Cizik,
future President of the National Association of Evangelicals; and Marshall Shelley, future Vice President of Christianity Today
International and a published author. Being a part of such a group of spiritual giants as these challenged me to be all that I could be
I attended every workshop, seminar, lecture, retreat and training program that I could. I became a participant, then a certified
trainer in the Evangelism Explosion program for several years. I took a course of study at the Lay Christian Training Institute through
Denver Theological Seminary. I was a member of the Pastoral staff's research team and a member of the youth staff where I taught
Sunday School, Bible Studies, and discipled groups of boys. I went on various volunteer missions trips to use my skills assisting in
underprivileged communities such as Voice of Calvary Ministries in Jackson, Mississippi. It was here at Galilee Baptist Church that I
made great strides in building on a sound Biblical foundation and increasing in my appreciation of the Scriptures and seeking to hear
and know God better. I spent 7 years at this Baptist church as well.
After working with youth for many years, I reached one of those points we all experience at some point in our lives where we feel
that we have come about as far as we can, that something seems missing, and that there must be something bigger and better "out
there" for us. The past 2 presidents of the youth group were teenage alcoholics, and every other member of the youth group had
some significant struggle: from promiscuity to rampant sexuality, sexual identity crises, drugs, pornography, spiritism and witchcraft,
violence and unlawful behaviors, along with the standard high school issues: identity, self esteem, diet, physical appearance, physical
and mental ailments and more. I realized that I felt relatively powerless to help them beyond quoting Bible verses and exhorting them
to exercise more self-control or pray harder. Most of the parents would not even admit their children even had any problems, since
many of them were leaders in the church, therefore their children could not possibly have any problems! I knew that God wanted to
talk to and interact with these kids in more than a superficial or judgmental way, and empower them to gain victory and maturity, but I
was not sure how to facilitate this.
At the same time this was happening in the youth group, other controversies were brewing in the church as a whole. Some of
the members felt that women should have no place in public leadership, so an intensive study was initiated that actually lasted 9
months to determine! On another front, some leaders suggested that sick people should be prayed for to be healed, which ignited
another controversy. Feeling inadequately equipped to comment one way or the other on these things, some of us undertook our
own personal Bible Study on the function of spiritual gifts in the church today. After the better part of a year we concluded that all
spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible were still valid in the church today, and there was no spiritual indication that any of them had
expired or were only valid to establish the early church, as some believed. Many of the Baptist leaders had been attending a non-
denominational church on Sunday evenings that exercised many of the gifts that Baptists believed were not valid, such as physical
healing, words of knowledge and wisdom, prophetic speaking, miracles, and (cringe) speaking in tongues. Ironically enough, this
church was none other than a core group of former fundamental denominational leaders who had reached the same level of
stagnation and frustration over the lack of God's power and presence as I had!
I went there several times, found it to be scripturally sound in its teaching and practice, and like a good Baptist had several
meetings with the head pastor to make sure he was not teaching heresy! I even went on a ministry trip with their group (to a Baptist
church in Dallas of all places) and experienced the most amazing manifestations of God that I ever had in my life up to that point. I felt
the physical presence of God, I saw people instantly physically healed, I saw miracles performed, I heard people speaking in tongues,
I saw people give prophetic words that the recipients confirmed were true, and I saw people get saved by experiencing these
manifestations of God for themselves. This confirmed in a real and practical way what my scriptural study had shown was valid in a
I was very excited to take what I learned and experienced at this church, called the Vineyard, and bring it back to my church and
the youth group, to see God touch these people as I had seen Him touch those at the Vineyard and that church in Dallas. Many other
members of the Baptist church did as well. However it was not meant to be, as the Baptist leadership did not believe in the more
"sensational" spiritual gifts, and therefore determined the practice of them was not Biblically sound. I was given an ultimatum that I
either had to cease all contact with the Vineyard, or else forfeit all involvement with the youth group. It was an extremely stressful and
trying time for me as I believed strongly that the Lord intended me to do both, and I was committed to the youth group. After many
days of fervent prayer I felt the Lord wanted me to follow Him, which was to the Vineyard, and I had to part ways with the Baptist
church I had been a part of for 7 years and all the deep personal relationships I had there.
I do not hold any ill feelings or bitterness toward anyone at the Baptist church, they made their choices based on their beliefs,
as did I. All the pastors were nothing less than godly men of integrity, we just saw things differently such as when Paul and Barnabas
parted ways according to their differing world views on a certain issue. My time in the singles group and the relationships I built were
definitely the most fulfilling in all my spiritual life. And in spite of inevitable struggles and frustrations, my time with the youth was the
most satisfying and rewarding, knowing that was where the Lord wanted me to be at that time. I treasure my 14 years in the Baptist
denomination; without it I would not have cultivated such a great love and appreciation for the importance of a sound Biblical
foundation and to view everything in the light of Scripture. If you have read anything at all about the Vineyard church, it is certainly
not the perfect church, but which is? Some are way off the deep end, but some are quite sound and produce godly fruit (just like
every other denomination). Each one should be judged individually according to its leaders, teachings, practices and most
importantly, FRUIT. I feel that I have experienced the "best of both worlds:" the vital importance of a strong Biblical foundation, as well
as the ability to experience in a real and practical way the manifestation, presence and power of a very real God in my everyday life.
SPIRITUAL GRADUATE SCHOOL
Well if my first Baptist church was elementary school, and my second Baptist church was high school, then the Vineyard was
college or graduate school. This is where I had the opportunity to actually experience for myself and go out and put into practice in
the real world all the things I had merely known intellectually about the Bible, about God's nature, and about the things Disciples of
Jesus were supposed to do, such as exercising their spiritual gifts. It was always my main goal and passion to know God better, and
as I look back on my own spiritual journey, each stop along the way accomplished that purpose, in increasing levels. Probably the
most significant influence on my spiritual life and understanding the true heart of God was when I met 2 very godly men in 1985 or so,
Bob Jones and John Paul Jackson. They imparted to me a deeper understanding of the true heart of God than I had ever known or
experienced. More than that, Bob Jones has consistently demonstrated it in his own life more than any person I have ever met. In the
several times I have met these men since then, they have both imparted and kindled giftings, abilities and desires in me to hear and
understand God, and to communicate it to others.
Since that time I have had the opportunity and privilege to have my eyes and ears opened to many new dimensions of Scripture,
and to be able to communicate it to others in conferences, workshops and seminars. My primary passion is in the field of Biblical
dream interpretation, taking the symbolic and picture language that God uses to communicate to us, and then interpret and translate
it into language that we can understand and apply. In addition to this I have also taught on the Biblical basis of spiritual gifts and the
inter-dependent relationship between prophetic giftings and Intercession. I have taught conference workshops on these subjects in
many cities in the U. S., British Columbia, Canada, and have been a member of teams that have ministered in this country, Canada
and Mexico. I am fortunate to currently attend the Smoky Hill Vineyard, led by an incredible group of godly men and a large team of
leaders who hold all accountable according to sound Biblical doctrine.
CURRENT PASSION AND PROJECTS
Several years ago I felt the Lord stirring me to do other things in both the secular and spiritual worlds. Having been a blue-collar
worker doing home renovations for over 25 years, I realized my body could no longer do what it used to do! So I obtained my Real
estate license in 2000 and now operate primarily in the white-collar world, yet still dabble in renovations. And since high school youth
stay the same age while I get older and older, I came to the realization that my days in youth ministry were over since someone who is
even just 30 is a "creepy old man" to them! So now my passion is to communicate many of the things God has taught me over the
years. I found outlets to do this in conferences and workshops, and over the past few years I have had the desire to write books.
The first one I set out to write is how to interpret dreams from a Biblical perspective, but during the course of my research and study,
that project got placed on the back burner and a different one came forth, this one called "What Language does God Speak?,"
about how to hear what God says to you personally and specifically in our everyday lives. Currently I have 5 other book ideas
percolating, and all are in various stages of research and development, and it is anyone's guess which one will emerge next! The
topics include the one on dream interpretation, what the God of the Bible is really like, a book of questions confronting the Theory of
Evolution from a common sense standpoint, and the top 10 reasons we fail to experience all that God has for us, which is my answer
to "The Secret." I can't wait to see which one comes next. All my ideas have to do with my primary passion, which is hearing and
knowing God and communicating that knowledge to others. Now my days are spent banging away on my keyboard. I hope the
material in my book and on this site inspires you to hear and understand God in deeper ways than you have known. Not a bad
pursuit for a creepy old guy.
|About the Author
|Dedicated to hearing and knowing God
I believe in one God, who is eternal, holy, perfect, and who is the Creator and supreme authority of all things. God exists in 3
persons: The Father, the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
GOD THE FATHER
God the Father is eternal, infinite, holy, and perfect in every way: in wisdom, knowledge and understanding; in justice, in mercy and
in love. Even though He is a just and righteous God, He is also a compassionate and merciful God who acts in kindness, forgiveness
and love. He holds everyone accountable for the consequences of their actions and choices, but also offers forgiveness and
reconciliation to all who ask for it in humility and sincerity.
Jesus Christ has always existed with the Father, and is the Living Word of God (John 1:1). Jesus willingly set aside the attributes
that made Him fully God, became flesh in the form of a man, born of a virgin, grew up in the flesh in a human body, and dwelt among man
on earth. (Philippians 2:6-8). He lived a life without sin, and became the living Word of God incarnate. He willingly offered Himself as a
sacrifice for sin, and in His body satisfied the requirement of God's justice that sin must be paid for, so that all who desired eternal life
may obtain it through faith in His sacrifice. We was crucified, all sins were paid for by His death, on the third day He was resurrected, 40
days after that He ascended into Heaven, and He will return again to earth to defeat death and redeem all those who place their faith in
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is a person and also God. He takes up dwelling in all who have relationship with Jesus, and fills them at the point of
their conversion as well as at other times in their spiritual lives. He was sent from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin,
righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit is the source of the power of regeneration and sanctification of believers in Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit's function is to lead believers into all Truth, teaching, comforting, convicting of sin, directing believers according to God's
will, and empowering believers to manifest tangible fruit of a relationship with Jesus Christ and for the building up of the church.
THE WORD OF GOD
The Scriptures, consisting of the 66 books of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God. This
Word is trustworthy according to the confirmation of thousands of original manuscripts, and is the complete and finished revelation of
God's will for the salvation of mankind. The Bible is the final authority for all matters of salvation, sin, sanctification and living the life God
requires of us. ALL Scripture is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16),
therefore ALL Scripture is active and applicable for every person today.
Salvation is the right to become a son of God and a member of His kingdom. It is offered as a free gift by God's grace, and has
nothing whatsoever to do with the type of person we are or what we do to earn it. (Ephesians 2:8-9). Salvation is often misunderstood
because it is often viewed as an event rather than a process. Just as a life consists of more than a physical birth experience, Salvation
consists of more than the experience of being spiritually "born again." Salvation is best understood by seeing that the Bible refers to it
as both a point, and a line. It is a past event, a present process, and a future realization:
Past: For in this hope we were saved (Romans 8:24) It is by grace you have been saved (Ephesians 2:5-6)
Present: The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God
(1 Corinthians 1:8). For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing (2 Cor 2:15).
Future: He who stands firm to the end will be saved Matt 10:22-23
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14)
He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son (Rev 21:7-8)
Thus we see that Salvation is not merely the event of becoming born again. Becoming born again is just the birth experience, and
entitles one to just see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). John 3:5 states one cannot enter the Kingdom of God unless one is born of
water and the Spirit. Merely responding to the gift of Salvation as opposed to living a life in relationship with Jesus determines whether
you will just see the kingdom of God, or if you will actually enter into it. The parable of the sower confirms this principle, that only those
who endure all circumstances and maintain their faith to the end will enter into God's Kingdom. Salvation is the outcome of a life in
personal, intimate relationship with Jesus. Jesus said to a group of people who did many righteous acts and good deeds of ministry
"depart from me, I never knew you." That means that good works and deeds of service cannot buy our way into Heaven, but only by
being in a personal relationship with Jesus will enable you to experience eternal Salvation. This is accomplished by receiving it by faith.
THE POSITION OF MAN AND SIN
Man was originally created perfect and lived in the physical presence of God in perfect intimacy. When man sinned and was
expelled from God's presence, mankind as well as the earth came under the curse and separation from God. We are currently living in
this state in bondage to sin and separation from God's presence. Only by receiving God's free gift of Salvation can we be released from
bondage to sin and its consequences. When Jesus returns He will defeat death and we will once again be restored to perfect intimacy
Acts 2:28 confirms that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was the fulfillment of Joel's prophecy that in the last days God
will pour out His spirit on all flesh; and all people, men and women, young and old, will experience dreams, visions, and prophetic
giftings. Ephesians 4:12-13 states that the function of spiritual gifts are: "to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body
of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the
whole measure of the fullness of Christ." So according to Scripture, if the first century was considered the beginning of the last days,
imagine what we live in now! Also, it states that spiritual gifts are to function until we all reach the fullness of knowledge, maturity, unity
and Christ Himself. Since that has obviously not yet occurred, all spiritual gifts are fully valid, active and available to be manifest.
Further, Jesus said in John 14:12 that "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even
greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." Jesus confirms that as a member of His body, any believer in Him has the
power and authority as a disciple to manifest any spiritual gift for the building up of His body, the church.
WAYS TO HEAVEN
There is only one way to Heaven and eventual eternal salvation: by faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ, and this is why. Since
God is perfect in holiness and justice, He requires that we too be holy (Leviticus 11:45). However the Bible tells us that not a single
person can live without sin, that we all fall short of God's standard, and we are unable to save ourselves (Romans 3:23, Isaiah 53:6).
Further, justice demands that all sin be punished, and that it will be (Exodus 34:7). Unfortunately, that punishment for sin is death
(Romans 6:23, Ezekiel 18:4). On the other hand, God is by nature a loving and merciful God who does not want to punish us (Psalm 86:
5, 1 John 4:8).
However, this now creates a great conflict and dilemma: God loves us and wishes to forgive us, but His justice requires sin be
punished, and by death. The solution is Jesus. He actually took our place to be punished for our sin in death, took our sin upon Himself,
and thereby satisfied both of God's attributes: justice and love, at the same time. God's justice was satisfied by punishing our sin as it
deserved and required, by DEATH; it just wasn't us that was punished for it. And God's love was manifest in that Jesus willingly and
voluntarily paid the penalty that we deserved to pay! And this is why Jesus is the only way to Heaven and eternal Salvation, because
every one of us carries a debt, and He is the only one that paid that debt.
Have you ever attended a concert, play, or sporting event and paid for an admission ticket for someone else and left it for them at
the will-call window to pick up when they arrived? Your purchase not only secured their admission to the event, you became the sole
owner of that seat, and you are free to offer it in your grace to anyone you wish, at your expense. I did this for someone once at a Las
Vegas show; the admission was $100 per ticket. What if that person arrived, claimed their ticket and took their seat next to mine at the
show, then handed me a penny and said "here, I'll pay for my ticket." That would be ridiculous, presumptuous and insulting on many
This is not unlike how many people expect they will enter Heaven and God's presence. Except that instead of $100, the price God
paid to secure your admission was His own sacrificial death when it was you who had been sentenced to die, and instead of a penny, you
handed him a dirty smelly diaper to reimburse him. That is exactly what the Bible says is the sum total of all our own righteousness when
we present it to God expecting acceptance. In fact, it is far more crude and shocking than a dirty diaper. Isaiah 64.6 says that "all our
righteousness acts are like filthy rags." The word used here for "filthy rags" is literally "used menstrual cloths from a woman's flow of
blood." That is the precise Biblical language! Sorry if that offends anyone, but if that does offend you, imagine how offensive God finds it
and how vulgar it would be for anyone to hand Him a penny for a $100 ticket; or more accurately to expect that they can obtain
admission into His presence and eternal Kingdom by being a good person, or anything less than acceptance and appreciation of Jesus
voluntarily taking your place to pay your penalty for your sin by his own brutal suffering and horrible death.
Now imagine that you are the one for whom the admission ticket was left at the box office. What if you wanted to purchase that seat
on your own? If requested, you would be told that that seat cannot be purchased, it was already bought and paid for by someone else.
Even if you attempted to buy it with your own money, you could not; it would be insufficient and unacceptable, not to mention pointless.
No one else could obtain that seat either, it was already paid for and belongs only to you, through the grace of the purchaser.
To presume that we can enter God's Kingdom by any other way not only makes Jesus' immeasurable suffering and death
meaningless, but it invalidates God's love, mercy, holiness and justice and sets ourselves up above the Creator and Lord of the
universe. (Not a wise idea!). In other words, God created it, He made the rules, we don't get to change the rules, and even He has to
abide by His own rules. The good news is that the rules were followed, just not by us who deserved the consequences. Only the guy
who paid for the ticket has the right to admission. And since we don't have the funds to pay the price, it was already paid for us. And
that is why "No one comes to the Father except by me" (John 14:6), no one else can afford the price of admission. So wouldn't you rather
it be this way, where you just accept by faith what God offers to you in love and grace, instead of hoping God will accept you with all the
negative things on your record?
|Statement of Beliefs
|Jeremiah 333 Ministries
Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.