A Mountain Top Experience

April 2, 2014

celebrate Jesus Son of God


Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone.  As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.

~Matthew 17:1-2, NLT


The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’

~Billy Graham

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I had lunch with Josie and Ty yesterday. I ask if they were ready to go back to the mountains and they both got excited. Most of grandkids were sad when we have to leave last Friday but we could not stay on that mountain for several reasons.  One of the primary reasons we returned is that we all have responsibilities here. Peter, James and John were awestruck by their mountain top experience. Not one but four phenomenal things happened in a matter of minutes: [1] The divine glory came out of Jesus and He began to radiate like the sun. [2] Moses and Elijah appeared. [3] The awesome and glorious Shechinah Glory cloud came down and enveloped the entire group. [4] Out of the cloud, God spoke audibly.

Simon Peter responded the same way I would: This is great, let’s just camp out right here. I’ll put up some tents. We don’t need to go back down. Forget Jerusalem and this talk about a cross. Let’s just stay here and bash in the glory.” Some people live from conference to conference but we cannot live in retreat. Christ calls us to the valley where there are hurting people. We have all had those moments when the presence of God is supremely evident and our souls are blessed with incredible peace but the purpose of the mountain top experience is to confirm our call, prepare us for service and encourage us to face our Jerusalem. Aren’t you glad Jesus did not take Peter’s advice and stay on the mountain top.


  • I can’t believe, not a single April fools joke all day yesterday. What a beautiful day, thank You Jesus.
  • I saw Mike Wiggins today: He looks great, like his old self. He sends his greeting to my sister in Athens. Mike worked with Hural at Monsanto.


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