WILDERNESS: The Wilderness—Why Waste A Good One? by Brian & Candice Simmons

May 1, 2018

From The Wilderness One of the great lessons we’ve learned in the wilderness season is this: disappointment is short-lived.  Now, when we’re disappointed with God’s plan for our lives, we just have to wait a little while longer until we begin to see its purpose and, eventually, its value.  God has never wasted a sorrow, heartache, a difficulty, or a trial in our lives.  Our great disappointment is not in God but in our impatience and dullness of heart to trust and believe. One of our early tests in the jungle was when we picked up our children from our mission school and took them with us into our jungle village for their summer break.  Our mission plane had been grounded by the government of Panama because they thought that we [...]

WILDERNESS: The Wilderness—Where Sons Become Soldiers by Brian & Candice Simmons

April 28, 2018

From The Wilderness Are you ready to be molded?  The hand of God is continually molding his people.  We pass from a wilderness to an oasis of peace and rest only to be prepared for the next wilderness.  It is interesting that the next wilderness the Isralites had to pass through was called, “the Desert of Sin.”  Let’s take up the story from Exodus 16: The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai. (v. 1) Actually, the Hebrew word for “Desert of Sin” is not the word for sin or evil, but the word for clay.  A wilderness of clay!  This is the place where we are shaped and molded by the Master Potter.  In this wilderness, sons will become soldiers.  How did one [...]

WILDERNESS: The Wilderness—An Oasis In Hiding by Brian & Candice Simmons

April 17, 2018

From The Wilderness Who said life has to always be difficult?  God seems to sprinkle our problems with Heavenly surprises of joy.  There really is an oasis up ahead – a place with flowing streams and palm trees waiting for you on your journey if you’ll just keep going! We all too often measure our life by our weaknesses instead of his breakthroughs, by our difficult day instead of a glorious decade, or by the momentary mess instead of the amazing miracle of grace.  Soon our measurements will change.  We will be absorbed by the gaze of the fiery Lover who comes to consume us into the living flames.  Then we’ll measure our life by eternity’s treasures and love’s conquest. In Exodus 5:1, God made it clear that the reason he [...]

WILDERNESS: The Wilderness—Where Our Attitudes Are Adjusted by Brian & Candice Simmons

April 10, 2018

From The Wilderness What a journey we’re on together.  We have discovered that the Lord is our healer as we “see the tree” that took away our sins.  He was crucified for our full healing.  Our bodies, our memories, and our emotions can be healed and made sweet by the revelation of the cross.  If your thoughts are bitter, cast the cross into your attitude.  If your body is broken and sick, cast the cross into your weakness.  Healing comes as you see the abundant provisions of his cross.  And the more you are healed, the more you will want to obey and follow his ways. I (Candice) can remember harboring hatred and unforgiveness toward one of our closest neighbors in the jungle.  She always seemed, in my opinion, to have a way of [...]

WILDERNESS: The Wilderness—Where God Provides A Healing Tree by Brian & Candice Simmons

April 3, 2018

From The Wilderness Can you imagine one day in the desert without water and having nothing for your children to drink?  As one day became three days, the Israelites were passing out, falling over, and unable to go any farther.  Their thirst consumed their every thought in every moment.  Angry, bitter, and resentful – the people began to complain to the leader, “Why is this happening if God is with us?  Why did God bring us into the desert to die of thirst?” I (Brian) can remember one long day in the Darien jungle of Panama when I had nothing to drink.  I had left the village to hunt wild pigs with the men without taking any water.  We hadn’t crossed any stream or rivers for hours, and I was thirsty!  What a stupid thing to [...]

WILDERNESS: The Wilderness—Where We Feel Our Limitations by Brian & Candice Simmons

March 21, 2018

From The Wilderness The truth of the wilderness is a strange truth to most of us.  Why would God actually lead us into a wilderness?  Our Heavenly Leader will sometimes take us to a place where we are limited, walled in, and hindered from going forward.  This is the first wilderness the Hebrews had to pass through, and so will we.  It is the wilderness of Shur. Moses led Israel onward from the Red Sea into the Wilderness of Shur.  For three days they trekked through the wilderness without finding water. (Exodus 15:22) Shur is a Hebrew word that means “a wall, hemmed in, or limited.”  The name of this wilderness is significant.  God led them along a wall.  They could not escape this desert.  Have you ever felt as if you have [...]

WILDERNESS: The Wilderness—Where Worship Deepens by Brian & Candice Simmons

March 15, 2018

From The Wilderness The most difficult season of your life is about to be over.  You will see a victory that will cause you to explode with joy and rejoice in song.  The prophetic destiny of your life will be advanced, even in a wilderness of uncertainty.  Miracles will be discovered in your wilderness. We have found that miracles flow in an atmosphere of music.  Worship turns a wilderness into an oasis of the supernatural.  As we lived day after day in the jungle, it was the song of worship that kept us strong and submitted to our calling.  The miracle of worship strengthened our souls.  We would never want to live without worship.  Heaven is full of the sounds of supernatural worship – musical miracles! The Hebrews began their [...]

WILDERNESS: The Wilderness—Where Faith Grows by Brian & Candice Simmons

March 7, 2018

From The Wilderness As new believers, we became fascinated with the Bible.  After seasons of soaking our heart in the Word of God and prayer for hours a day, God would give us dreams of reaching a tribe of unreached people with the gospel of Christ.  More than anything, we wanted to go where no one had gone before and pioneer a kingdom outpost for our Lord Jesus.  Our heart’s desire was to be missionaries of the Lamb and to be the first people to share Christ with those living in spiritual darkness. Our personal belief is that everyone that comes to Christ has had someone praying for them.  A mother, a friend, or an intercessor somewhere – someone has prayed you into the Kingdom.  We certainly had those who prayed for us, a group [...]

WILDERNESS: The Wilderness—A Place Of Mystery by Brian & Candice Simmons

February 28, 2018

From The Wilderness We are all taking a journey through the wilderness, heading toward the land God has promised us.  So what exactly is the “wilderness?” The best definition I (Candice) can give you is this: it’s a place in life you’d rather not be in, a place of dissatisfaction where you know something better exists.  It can be the difficult place you find yourself in today.  It can be an unfulfilling career, a broken marriage, or the sting of loneliness that doesn’t go away.  It’s the place where you’re humbled and stripped bare – the place of not knowing and not understanding.  God may lead you on a path where a shroud of mystery covers your way. Let’s face it, at times we all walk into a place we didn’t ask [...]

WILDERNESS: The Wilderness—Where Miracles Are Born by Brian & Candice Simmons

February 21, 2018

From The Wilderness It was our very first visit to the jungle as we were preparing to move in among the Kuna people as tribal missionaries.  The hour-and-a-half flight took us into some of the deepest parts of the Darien Gap, a dense tropical rainforest that covers large portions of Panama and Colombia.  We were finally moving to the village after years of prayer and preparation.  Our hearts were pounding as we stepped down out of the Cessna 185 “bush plane.”  We were now in our new home, the Paya-Kuna tribal village of Pucuro! Would the people welcome us?  Would they be friendly to our family?  Would their hearts be open to our message of new life in Jesus Christ?  The first words we heard from the Kuna people were not what we [...]

WILDERNESS: The Wilderness—Everyone Has One by Brian & Candice Simmons

February 14, 2018

From The Wilderness When you see the word miracles paired with wilderness in the title of this book, you might think, Are you kidding?  We all love the word miracle, but wilderness – not so much!  We’ve all experienced difficult seasons at one time or another and have hoped for that instantaneous miracle to appear.  Over and over you can hear the cry of our hearts through the psalmist, King David, as he says: How long, O Lord? When will you answer my cry? Why must I wait so long for your promise to be fulfilled? We can all identify with those words, for we’ve all had unresolved issues surface in our journey with Christ.  So in spite of what others may tell you, the Christian journey is not a life of endless bliss, with a perfect [...]

POETRY: Stones And Bread, by György Rónay

March 12, 2014

Translated from the Hungarian by Dalma Hunyadi Brunauer Stop here stop here stop here they kept yelling the blind the deaf the lame the epileptic stop here stop here stop! they stood by the roadside yelling beat the earth with sticks waving their crutches for Jesus came on the road before Him shift-clad children were buzzing at His side softly the Twelve walked along and behind Him the people. Stop here stop here! cried all the wretched the sea of filthy cripples foamed two panting servants were dragging onto the flat roof of his house the paralytic stop here the palms’ lacy leaves were writhing stop here the paralytic beat his servants with a stick his eyes bloodshot Do not pass before I get upstairs Do not pass until I get [...]