Christian Men as Servant Leaders

Incredible Insights from CBMC Session

January 10, 2023

Women want security, men want respect. Women want to be seen and listened to, while men want to fix things.

  • Listening – really listening, promotes security in women.

Sometimes our communication sounds like this (Casey’s quote for the day):

  • “I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” Alan Greenspan

Discussion is a rational interchange about ideas and concepts.

Conversations are interactions of the heart and emotions.

  • Men are better at discussions, while women are better at, and desire conversations.
  • A conversation is not alternating monologues in which while one person is speaking, the other person is formulating their response. This is not really listening.
  • Are we really listening to our wives, and to each other and to GOD?
  • We should listen to HEAR, not just RESPOND.

The Hebrew word for submit is TO DRAW NEAR, to complete the husband.

  • This is a completely different concept than the common understanding of submit.

We husbands must be ready to die for our wives, not do battle with them. We can’t do this in the flesh; only in the Spirit. The Word says they are weaker vessels, so we are to cover and shield our wives.

Most women want a strong male leader, but our culture is very anti-male in the Biblical sense, and anti-female as well.

The media claims the divorce rate is similar, if not higher, among Christians as non-Christians. However, the divorce rate among committed Christians is lower than the average.

We are the bride of Christ. What does that mean and look like?

  • Compared to Christ, we are weaker vessels.
  • We were born to serve and to submit to God.
  • We are to draw close to Him, and when we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us.
  • Even though Christ is complete, we were created with the capacity and desire to be one with Christ. So He is even more complete when we as the bride, marry Christ the groom in the Spirit. The marriage feast of the Lamb described in the Word celebrates this union.

Praying to God is more about praising and listening than asking for stuff. Daniel praised God for everything, and always started his prayers with praising God.

Meekness is power under control. It is knowing when to give grace and mercy, and when to stand up.

We had some relatives who we were estranged from. But when we started serving them and doing things for them, our relationship was re-established. God says: “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

Sometimes it takes our world to be crushed and our heart to be broken to become more compassionate.

Every event in our lives is a parable through which God speaks to us.

We are to be spiritual leaders in our homes, not dictators.

Same in churches – we are called to serve people who are hurting, not run the church like a business.

What does walking in the Spirit look like?

  • Joy, singing in the Lord, praying, looking for divine appointments,
  • A total awareness of what is going on around me and within me – being totally open to His direction.
  • It is always a progression. God has His hands on us, to work through us.

A Higher Calling and Purpose

No matter how hopeless our circumstances may seem, God is up to something deep in our lives, calling us to a higher calling and purpose in our lives:

  • a love for us to experience that can transform us,
  • a battle for us to engage in that is worth fighting, and
  • a story for us to live in that is far bigger and better than we have known.

A beloved son [or daughter] of God is one who experiences the unconditional love of his Father in a way that deeply impacts him and leaves him with:

  • nothing to hide,
  • nothing to prove, and
  • nothing to fear.

Michael Thompson

The Heart of a Warrior

War is Coming to America and Related Issues

December 19, 2022

Dear Friends:

War is coming to America unless we as the people of America repent and cry out to our Lord for mercy. We are entering the End Times, and it is critical to draw close to our Lord in humility, seeking His guidance and mercy for our nation.

This blog is for the remnant Bride of Christ and all who seek the Truth. Most people will this as conspiracy theories, or just unbelievable, like most of the children of Israel viewed the Old Testament prophecies. But those prophecies were proven to be correct as they became fulfilled, and we will see how these events take place as well. As in all things, question everything and take it to the Lord for confirmation.

This blog post includes War is Coming to America, A Cold, Dark Winter is Coming, What God Thinks About Christmas, and How to Prepare. You can see it here:

Finally, it is important to remember that we were created to live at this time, to be a witness to our Lord to all who He brings across our path.

Have a blessed day, and always remember Who is really in charge.


Mark Peterson, Ph.D.

We Will Own Nothing and Be Happy

If we are to reach others effectively, it is important to know what they are thinking and what they are drawn to, so we can respond to them where they are.

One of the most attractive and deadly strategies from the Father of Lies is utopianism – the notion that we can create heaven on earth (without Christ).  Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto describes how socialism will replace capitalism, then communism will replace socialism. Marx stated that in communism, the state (police) will wither away because everyone’s needs will be met, and crime will disappear.  This is a lie from the pit of hell, because communist regimes that have embraced this philosophy have killed over 94 million OF THEIR OWN PEOPLE.

The latest version of utopianism is “The Great Reset”, the transformation of our political, social, economic, financial, and religious systems, all in the name of sustainable development.  Planned for decades, it even includes reinventing what it means to be human through transhumanism – the merger of the physical, digital, and biological worlds through implanting technologies into our bodies that connect us electronically to the system and even change our DNA. Question: if we can be controlled by some external stimuli, are we still fully human?

“You will own nothing and be happy” states Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, author of the book: “COVID-19: The Great Reset”, and mastermind behind the World Economic Forum that brings together world leaders to promote this agenda. The quote gives us a glimpse into their plans for us. (By the way, two ways to get us to “own nothing” are to greatly increase taxes and stimulate very high inflation, both of which would require us to sell our possessions just in order to live.)

Of course as Christians we know that The Greatest Reset that ever took place was when Christ came, died for our sins, rose again, and invites us to receive Him as our Savior.  We then live a life in the Spirit, and when we step into eternity, we will go to heaven, where WE WILL OWN NOTHING AND BE (TRULY) HAPPY.  Let us go forth and share the good news with others about The Greatest Reset.

To God be the glory

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Dear Friends and Family:

To receive a fresh dose of inspiration, take a look at George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation. Now we can begin to realize just to what depths that these United States have fallen. It is God who gives us our sustenance. It is God who for so many years has rendered mercy for a sometime stiff-necked people. And because where the Lord is, there is liberty:

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” II Corinthians 3:17

Please prayerfully consider what God has done for you, your family, your community and our nation. Please pray for those that have no one and nowhere to go, and for those who live in institutions have no one who will come to see them on America’s holidays. Give special thanks to God and to our servicemen and servicewomen who have protected our country since its inception. And prayerfully consider George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of October 3, 1789 as you literally give thanks.

Blessings on your day,


Mark Peterson, Ph.D.

Urgent Message – Economic Shock Wave

Dear Friends and Family –

I hope this note finds all is well with you. Our nation is facing severe shocks in the very near future. Please ask the Lord to illumine your mind with the truth, then review the following with a critical mind, questioning everything, and taking it to the Lord for validation.

Time is short. God is great. Walk with the Lord.


Mark Peterson, Ph.D.

A Coming Financial Crash

Dear Friends:

There are powerful indications that we will soon experience a financial crash in the United States, and probably much of the rest of the world as well. This will have huge implications for our work, our lifestyles and standard of living, our churches, and our families. So it is incumbent upon all of us to learn about this, do our own research, take it to the Lord for confirmation, and take action as appropriate.

You can learn about the Coming Financial Crash on this post of the Life in the Spirit blog here.

As always, draw close to the Lord for comfort, guidance, and peace, for “In the world you will have tribulation; be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

And watch for upcoming issues that address these issues in more detail as they emerge.

Life is short. God is great. Walk with the Lord.


Mark Peterson, Ph.D.

The Hoofbeats Are Getting Louder PART I – The Four Seals and Horsemen

Dear Friends:

One of the most compelling images of coming events described in the book of Revelation are Christ opening seals and four horsemen riding forth, as described in Revelation 6. They are:

  • First Seal – a White Horse, ridden by a conqueror
  • Second Seal – a Red Horse bringing war
  • Third Seal – a Black Horse bringing scarcity and famine, and
  • Fourth Seal – a Pale Horse bringing widespread death on the earth.

The four horsemen have not arrived yet, but it appears they have left their stables, and are on the way. Furthermore, the rider on the white horse may have already arrived!  Fortunately, they will not all arrive at the same time. Can you hear the hoofbeats? They seem to be getting closer and closer.

These horsemen and their arrival on the scene will be described in this document, with the coming Parts II through V describing each of these horsemen in more detail. To learn more, check out this issue: “The Hoofbeats Are Getting Louder PART I”You won’t want to miss it. 

The Hoofbeats Are Getting Louder PART IDOWNLOAD

I realize there are many perspectives on the end times held by sincere Christians, and many facets yet to unfold. As always, I encourage you to QUESTION EVERYTHING, do your own research, and take this to the Lord for confirmation.

Have a blessed day, and always remember Who is really in charge.


Mark Peterson, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Life in the Spirit Blog

We are now entering the End Times described in the Bible, so it is critical to understand what is taking place so we can prepare and respond accordingly. The purpose of the Life in the Spirit blog is to prepare Christians and non-Christians for major events that will take place in the U.S. in the near future. This is for the remnant Bride of Christ who seek to walk on the narrow path that leads to heaven, and for all who seek the truth (for the truth shall set us free).

A “Global Reset” has begun – a reinvention of our political, economic, financial, and religious systems in the United States and in the world.  The intent of the global reset is to bring in a New World Order, prophesied in the Bible as a one world government, one world economy, and one world religion. It will be controlled by Satan and his minions, and will include the Anti-Christ and false prophet.  The coronavirus pandemic and vaccines, the punishing economic shutdowns, the engineered riots and the violent left-wing mobs running loose in America’s cities are all part of the global reset. 

And this is just the beginning; we can anticipate war between Russia and the West (not just Ukraine) that will come to the U.S., and look for a chip to be rolled out soon.  They are already rolling out the chip in Sweden, with thousands of people chipped.  They even have chipping parties, where people celebrate getting the chip.  (Shows what happens when a nation abandons God).

A glimpse into the future for Christians: in spite of many challenges and even persecution, the Lord promises to watch over us, guide us, and protect us during these times. Jesus promised that Christians led by the Holy Spirit can do the works that He did and even more. But it requires us to repent of all of our sins (known and unknown), seek the Lord with all of our heart, mind, and soul, and resist taking the vaccine and chip that are coming our way. We can then experience the joy of the Lord, in spite of circumstances, until the Lord takes us home.

A glimpse into the future for non-Christians: perhaps you enjoy your life and lifestyle in the world and don’t want to give it up, or are attracted to other religious beliefs. If you persist in resisting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you most likely take the vaccine and chip. These which will alter your consciousness and DNA forever, and you may well end up in the Lake of Fire. All of which is a good reason to repent of all of your sins (known and unknown), and seek out the Lord Jesus Christ, for your eternal destiny is at stake.

So how can we cope with these tumultuous events that are beginning to take place that threaten our freedoms, our livelihoods, and our very lives?  The Word of God provides direction and comfort for Christians in this time.  (If you are not a Christian, repent of your sins, cry out to Jesus Christ, and He will save you).  The Word reveals that God will direct our paths if we seek Him with our whole hearts:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.                                                                   Proverbs 3:5-6

 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.                                                Psalm 32:8

Where is safety and security in this time of chaos?  The Word of God tells us that the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will for your life – to live Life in the Spirit. 

The Bible, God’s instruction manual, tells us that the Holy Spirit communicates with His people – the true church, during the church age.  Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised that the Lord has raised up watchmen and women to warn us about the times we are in, the judgement coming to America, and to encourage us to draw close to Him. 

These are humble servants of God who quote scripture often and tell us how these scriptures are and will be fulfilled.  Most are not famous, do not seek fame, and do not ask for money.  As always, we are to test the spirits (and everything we hear or say) against the Word of God, which is our standard.  This Life in the Spirit blog will feature several of these people, with occasional articles that address physical and financial preparation.

So the purpose of the Life in the Spirit blog is to prepare Christians and non- Christians for major events that will take place in the U.S. in the near future.  This will include regular updates from myself and fellow believers about how we can and should live in this time as Christians, as well as valuable tools that you can use in your walk with the Lord:  incredible stories, articles, resources, letters that address important issues, and action steps you can take:

In these end times, we will see exciting things happen in the body of Christ as the Lord guides and directs His people to shine the light of Christ on an endarkened world.  He has set us free from the bondage of sin and the fear of death, and invites us to join Him in a great spiritual journey – here and into eternity.  He will take some of us home, He will lead some of us into the wilderness, and He will be with some of us in the fire.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

“He who has ears, let him hear!”  Matthew 11:15

To God be the glory

Mark Peterson, Ph.D.

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Two Critical Events

Dear Friends:

The pace of change is accelerating, and we are seeing major events unfolding in our nation, in Europe, and in the world that will directly affect our lives.

Two events in particular could greatly impact our lives in the very near future. You can learn more about them here:

  • Our financial system in very serious trouble – Here Is What Is About To Happen, and
  • The U.S. and NATO directly entering the war with Russia in Ukraine – Urgent Russia at DEFCON II.

Please question everything, do your own research, and take these to the Lord for confirmation. Remember to draw close to the Lord for comfort, guidance, and peace, for “In the world you will have tribulation; be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

I will soon send out a more detailed analysis of these and related issues (an urgent warning), including how best to prepare.

Life is short. God is great. Walk with the Lord.


Mark Peterson, Ph.D.