The First Commandment – by Roger

In Matthew 22:37-39 and Mark 12:29-31 Jesus is asked the question, “What is the first or great commandment?”  His response is very familiar to us all, but I wonder how many of us have paused to consider the depth of what He said?  He told us to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your strength and the secondly love your neighbor as you do yourself. 

            Obviously the command is to love.  We can then make the assumption that we are all created with the capacity to love.  Certainly Jesus would not command us to do something that He knew we could not do.  So then do we automatically have love in us?  Consider, we are created in God’s image and 1 John 4:8 says, “God is […]

January 12th, 2011|Comments Off on The First Commandment – by Roger

Proclaiming So Much Love, Experiencing So Much Hate by Gerri

          Recently I was plummeted (knocked off my feet) and sent into a state of shock by an email I received.  It was full of unforgiveness, offense, and hatred.  It was dishonoring and the tirade was obviously coming from a very wounded heart that had totally misunderstood a discussion I’d had with a mutual family member.  As always, when conflict like this arises, I always go back and review the communication.  Then the difficult part comes when my flesh kicks in and I want to cut this person’s head off.  I have often said that I plead with God for 5 minutes in the flesh and I would only need to use 3 of the 5!  In three minutes I can be totally successful at giving this person a literal piece of my mind!  Remember that our soul (our […]

January 12th, 2011|Comments Off on Proclaiming So Much Love, Experiencing So Much Hate by Gerri

Servants In Conflict: Stick It Out or Split? by Al Ells

The New Testament is full of great partnerships: Paul and Barnabas, Priscilla and Aquila, and of course the 12 apostles. Ministry leaders of today still follow suit. Establishing and operating a church or ministry is more than a one-man job; it requires a team.

Sometimes a husband and wife work toward a common vision. Other times, a preacher or teacher and a worship leader combine their gifts to plant a congregation. So many incredible ministries have started with just a few dedicated believers.

But what should a ministry team do when conflicts arise and cannot be resolved? Should the team seek counseling and conflict mediation, or should the warring parties dissolve the partnership? In Acts 15, Paul and Barnabas sharply disagreed over whether to take Mark with them on their second missionary journey, and so decided to go their separate ways, […]

January 12th, 2011|Comments Off on Servants In Conflict: Stick It Out or Split? by Al Ells

A Love Letter From Daddy

Very often we will ask Prayer Ministry Clients to sit down, quiet themselves, and ask Father if He has a love letter to deliver to them.  We simply instruct them to say, “Daddy, do You have anything to say to me today?”  It is so in His heart to deliver these love letters to us, yet so many miss this wonderful opportunity. 

Recently we asked one of our clients if she would take on this homework assignment.  With her permission and the change of her name, we thought you might enjoy what she got!  It was a surprise and blessing to us as well as Alice! […]

January 12th, 2011|Comments Off on A Love Letter From Daddy


Our office will be closed December 1-5, 2010 so that we can relocate here in Conway, SC.
You can continue to contact us through our Contact Link on the website. 
Thanks for your patience as we move to a home and office without black mold!

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November 18th, 2010|Comments Off on WE ARE RELOCATING IN CONWAY, SC

Are You Eating Your Own Seed? ~ by Gerri

                  For those of you who have followed Places In The Father’s Heart for very long, you know about  some of the financial struggles we have been in over the years.  Long before we knew the Lord and during Roger’s days working in Parks and Recreation, we prospered greatly in the financial area.  We weren’t rich by any stretch, but we did own our own home, drive two vehicles and experienced great promotion in our work places. 

            When we stepped out into ministry, full of faith and zeal, our expectations were that the Lord would provide for us in the same way we had lived in the world.  We had some difficult lessons to learn and some great and marvelous miracles to experience.  There were many lean years and times when we didn’t know where our next meal would […]

November 11th, 2010|Comments Off on Are You Eating Your Own Seed? ~ by Gerri

Living Loved ~ by Roger

             Although Gerri and I have not arrived in this area, the transformation thus far has been incredible!  The learning process continues for both of us.  You see, we have never been here before.  We have never experienced life this way before.  Our love tank has never been so full!  It is like we have been born again, again!

            When we met Jesus our salvation experiences brought a complete life style change.  Life became brand new.  We were sold out to Jesus and nothing else mattered but serving Him.  For the first time, we had purpose and direction and were beside ourselves with excitement.  We plunged head long into our new Christian lives, full of hope and expectation of Heaven on earth!  Our zeal fed our performance orientation and we easily fell into the trap of religion.  Our need […]

November 11th, 2010|Comments Off on Living Loved ~ by Roger

Learning to Live Loved ~ by Roger

For weeks now Father has been speaking to my heart about writing an article that I think just might evolve into a new eBook.  The title is LEARNING TO LIVE LOVED.  I have several pages in my notebook that I am currently working on.  Like most of the subjects I have written about, they usually begin with things that shoot an arrow straight to my own heart.  After Father deals with me and I get whatever healing He has for me about the subject at the time, I then find that He begins to allow me to use it to help others.  This subject is certainly no different.  LEARNING TO LIVE LOVED is something He has been working very deeply in my heart.  The article below from Wayne Jacobsen’s blog went straight to my own heart and challenged me once […]

October 23rd, 2010|Comments Off on Learning to Live Loved ~ by Roger

Want Your Kids to Listen to You? ~ Wayne Jacobsen

This comes from the finding-the-truth-in-strange-places department of my life. If you want to know why God often speaks to us in a still small voice, I know of no better explanation than this, by a chef and former NFL football player:

If you want your kids to listen to you, don’t yell at them. Whisper. Make them lean in. My kids taught me that and I do it with adults now.
Mario Batali, in Esquire

Great advice for parents! Even better for us to understand why God doesn’t scream his plan and purpose into our lives. It’s an invitation not a demand! Yes, it takes a bit to learn to listen to that voice and give it the place in your life that it deserves, but what he wants most is for us to lean in and enjoy him, not just […]

October 23rd, 2010|Comments Off on Want Your Kids to Listen to You? ~ Wayne Jacobsen

The Mercy Season

We have known since February 2004 that the church as we have known it in the past has entered a new season.  We have followed closely one of Arthur Burk’s teachings on the Seven Seasons of the Church.  (To see this article go to 

As we have watched the Mercy Season unfold for the past 6+ years now, we are beginning to see some amazing characteristics of this new season.  The following article by Julia Loren seems to identify those who have embraced the new season.  We can say by experience that we have seen the characteristics she is describing in  those who are reflecting the new season.  We encourage you to read her article and see if you agree. […]

October 3rd, 2010|Comments Off on The Mercy Season

Correction – Receiving It & Giving It ~ by Gerri

            Very often how we handle correction is a direct indicator of our spiritual maturity or spiritual immaturity!  Learning how to receive correction graciously is something we all need to work at.  Years ago a very wise man shared this with me.  I’ve never forgotten it and as I have applied it in my life over the years, it has been most fruitful.  He said, “Gerri when correction comes from anyone, simply say, “Thank you.  I will prayerfully consider what you have said.”  It shows grace and maturity when you say it and really mean it from your heart.  If you’re just giving lip service, then don’t waste your words! 

            Next quickly take time with Father and present to Him what’s been shared with you.  Ask Him to show you any truth that has been spoken.  Openly and honestly […]

September 28th, 2010|Comments Off on Correction – Receiving It & Giving It ~ by Gerri

When We Sin Against Our Own Bodies ~ by Roger and Gerri

          Recently we had some significant new revelation.   Since this revelation concerns both of us, we will both be sharing with you in this article.

            Gerri shares an introduction.

            Most all of us are familiar with the scripture that tells us, “The wages of sin is death.”  This can be a spiritual death and it can also go so far as physical death.  However, the scriptures we want to discuss in this article refer to sexual immorality.  These scriptures tell us that when we commit sexual immorality we sin against our own physical bodies.  Sexual immorality here can be fornication (sex outside of marriage), adultery, masturbation, homosexuality, bestiality, and any other sexually deviant behavior.  See I Corinthians 6:18, Proverbs 6:32-33, Matthew 5:28, and Revelation 2:22.  […]

September 28th, 2010|Comments Off on When We Sin Against Our Own Bodies ~ by Roger and Gerri

Christian Leaders that Last ~ by Gerri

            Today within the Body of Christ we see lots of leaders who are ineffective in their ministry assignments and many who are falling under pressure to all kinds of failure.  As I began to think about what characteristics are necessary to make it as a Christian leader for the long haul, I began to make a list of the things that God is or has been showing us.  Many are lessons we have learned through the school of the Holy Spirit over the years of what we want or do not want to do here at Places In the Father’s Heart.  Others are areas of sin we have walked in over the 30+ years we have been in ministry and have had to learn from the school of hard knocks.  Father is faithful to correct hearts that are […]

September 28th, 2010|Comments Off on Christian Leaders that Last ~ by Gerri

Unmasking Hidden Pride – Al Ells

          Remember the story of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar who was made to live and eat with the beasts and wild donkeys of the field because of his pride? Daniel 5:21 says, “He was given the mind of an animal. He was given grass to eat like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until he recognized that the Most High God is ruler over the realm of mankind and that He sets over it whomever He wishes.”

            I have seen many clergy and leaders end up in turmoil, depression and pain for the same reason that Nebuchadnezzar was humbled—pride.

           God chooses his church’s leaders as he sees fit, and He also has the authority to remove whomever He chooses. Judging from the prominent biblical warnings against it, pride is a major reason for God to […]

September 8th, 2010|Comments Off on Unmasking Hidden Pride – Al Ells

Choices! Choices! Choices! by Roger

           Any group or organization divided against itself cannot stand. It will never reach its goals, obligations or purpose and will eventually become irrelevant.  In-fighting compromises the integrity of the organization and it becomes self-destructive.  Sadly this is true of the Body of Christ, churches and ministries as well. […]

September 7th, 2010|Comments Off on Choices! Choices! Choices! by Roger

Self Pity & Entitlement Mentality by Chuck Pierce

Chuck Pierce
Sep 1, 2010

The opposite of confidence and worth is self-pity. Self-pity occurs when we feel we are warranted to receive but get passed by. This can occur in our natural or spiritual life. Self-pity helps define our moment or, may I say, cause us to miss our moment. We feel we are deserving or entitled to a blessing, and we lose faith when we see a blessing slip past our life.

One of the best examples of self-pity is the crippled man at the Pool of Bethesda (see John 5). Jesus knew his full condition and then, through Peter, asked the man if he wished to be healed. The man began to explain why he had not and could not be healed. Jesus seemed to quit listening to his self-pity and healed him anyway. […]

September 3rd, 2010|Comments Off on Self Pity & Entitlement Mentality by Chuck Pierce

Calling All Prodigals

Are you away from God feeling alone and abandoned?  Perhaps you have never met Him.  In either case, we want you to know that Father is waiting for you with open arms.  It matters not where you are or what you have done.  His unconditional love awaits you.  He is a loving Father, not a harsh taskmaster.  The only question is, are you ready to come home?  Click here to begin your journey.

August 14th, 2010|Comments Off on Calling All Prodigals

Oops! Wrong Father! ~ Wayne Jacobsen

I heard an incredible story today and I think it is as true for many of us as it is for the person who sent it to me in an email. I quote:

I feel like I’m meeting my Dad for the first time!

My wife’s best friend is a real-life Jerry Springer show. She hadn’t been talking to her dad for a few years, bad situation. He’s a pretty terrible guy. Anyway, she found out a month ago that he isn’t her actual dad, and that her real dad has been trying to find her for 22 years, ever since the one-night stand that produced her. He has prayed for her non-stop since coming to know Jesus along the way.

Once he found her, he and his family immediately came  from a long distance to meet his daughter. She has a […]

August 14th, 2010|Comments Off on Oops! Wrong Father! ~ Wayne Jacobsen

Audio Articles Added to Website

We are pleased to announce that we have added a new link to the PITFH Website.  We will now be posting some articles in audio format.  It is our desire that this new format provide a more relational context and since PITFH is all about relationship, with Father and with each other, we felt that this might be a great way to promote that.  We hope you enjoy this new format and that you will share your feedback with us through the contact page on the website or via email.  Click here to visit the new link:

These Audio Articles are also available in written form on the website.  We encourage you to print them and use them as you wish.  We ask that you print them without edit and we are encouraged when you credit Places In […]

August 3rd, 2010|Comments Off on Audio Articles Added to Website

Kingdom Giving ~ Roger and Gerri

From the time we got saved over 30 years ago, we have been faithful tithers and faithful with our offerings.  It has always been based on the first 10% of everything we received.  We were obedient to the law.  We began to believe that if we could give 10% and live on 90% then we certainly should strive at working towards the opposite – giving 90% and living on 10%.  Surely that would make us ‘better than average Christians!’  All we gained from that religious mindset was poverty and lack!  We were trying hard to earn His approval and thought if we just gave enough, certainly He would reward us.  In other words, we had a ‘giving to get mentality!’  Our motive of heart was skewed. The Lord was faithful to us even in our terribly wrong thinking.  We soon returned to the […]

July 28th, 2010|Comments Off on Kingdom Giving ~ Roger and Gerri

The Currency of Encouragement ~ David Crone

We recently read David Crone’s book The Power of a Life Message.  Here is something David had to say about encouragement.

Encouragement is the primary language of the Holy Spirit.  It has its roots in the heart of the Father, and as such, it releases a powerful anointing into the atmosphere and brings life to the hearer.  That anointing has the power to break the hold of a toxic world on individuals who are trapped in a cycle of pessimism and negativity. Encouragement comes in the opposite spirit and challenges the enemy’s favorite weapon – discouragement – giving us permission to hope.

Let’s all look for ways to encourage someone today.

July 27th, 2010|Comments Off on The Currency of Encouragement ~ David Crone

Eternal Now Kingdom ~ Ron McGatlin

Eternal Now Kingdom
By Ron McGatlin

I was taught through the church systems years ago that we could NOT experience the kingdom of God in this life. We had to wait to die and go to heaven to experience the victory and order of God. Or perhaps we could be alive when Jesus bodily returned in the air to take us up to heaven while he burned up the planet and made us a new one, and then we could come back to a new planet that would then be heaven on earth. […]

July 27th, 2010|Comments Off on Eternal Now Kingdom ~ Ron McGatlin

The Spirit of Rejection ~ John Paul Jackson

Time to pull off the glasses
July 2010
by John Paul Jackson

The spirit of rejection is no respecter of persons. Rejection is a universal experience that manifests itself to some degree in the life of every one of us.

When we are dealing with rejection, it is hard to see the truth. It works like dark sunglasses that subtly, or significantly, color everything in our field of vision. We then respond to this filtered reality as if it were truth: No one understands me. No one sees me the way I want to be seen. People think I’m stupid. I know this person doesn’t like me. No one ever likes me. Why did I just say that? I never do anything right. […]

July 27th, 2010|Comments Off on The Spirit of Rejection ~ John Paul Jackson

Idolatry of Self – Musings & Random Thoughts ~ by Roger

These days I love to sit and ‘muse’ with my Father.  One of Webster’s definitions of ‘muse’ is: to become absorbed in thought; to turn something over in the mind meditatively and often inconclusively.  The following article is taken from my musing on the subject of idolatry of self. 

Galatians 5:19-21 NLT:  “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature (idolatry of self), the results are very clear:  sexual immorality (adultery and fornication), impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other signs like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”  (italics mine.)

The Message translation says it this way:  “It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying […]

July 17th, 2010|Comments Off on Idolatry of Self – Musings & Random Thoughts ~ by Roger

Really Knowing God ~ by Roger

        “We can study God, and gain a historical and intellectual knowledge of Him.  But we don’t know Him until we personally experience Him,” says David Crone in his book The Power of a Life Message.” 
        I have mentioned in several of my articles that you can know the Word of God and not know the God of the Word.
        Here is what A. W. Tozer wrote in his book The Pursuit of God in 1948.  “Sound Bible exposition is an imperative must in the church of the Living God.  Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term.  But exposition may be carried on in such a way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever.   For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, […]

July 13th, 2010|Comments Off on Really Knowing God ~ by Roger
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