One Of Our Most Powerful Months Of Ministry (February 2018)

February was one of the most powerful ministry months we have experienced in many years. It all began in O’Fallon, IL where over 600 men showed up for an Iron Sharpens Iron conference. I was asked to conduct two powerful seminars, one on Leadership 101 and the other on The Differences Between Men And Women. The response I received from both of these was overwhelming. A couple of men told me they had never heard anything like this before and ranked it as one of the best messages they ever heard. Needless to say, I was greatly humbled and blessed by the response.

A week later I was invited to tour Rivers Edge Ranch in Lucerne Valley, CA with my friend Joe Annunziato. Joe has been providing some Elder oversight to this incredible operation for some time now and what they do here is nothing short of amazing.

Located in the beautiful California High Desert, shadowed by the northern side of Big Bear Mountain and canopied by the clear blue skies of Lucerne Valley, sits twenty acres birthed into a vision of transformation. The property once used to rehabilitate ailing and injured horses is now a place of healing for spiritually ailing and broken men.

These men, many struggling with serious addiction issues, commit to a program of restoration that has proven very successful. This is a working ranch with cows, horses, chickens, pigs, exotic birds—you name it—its pretty much there. The men live there and perform all the duties required to work the ranch. The night before we arrived the cutest litter of little piglets were born. It was awesome to see.

I had the privilege of bringing a message of hope and sharing my life experiences moving from brokenness to wholeness in Jesus. I challenged the men to understand that God is crazy about every one of them and does not want them to let their past failures dictate the future trajectory of their life—a life filled with the promises of God. Eight precious men asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior at the conclusion of my message. It was an emotional time for me.

Last weekend I traveled to Terre Haute, IN for another Iron Sharpens Iron conference. I had the privilege of conducting another Seminar on Leadership 101 and bringing the final message of the afternoon on Discovering God’s Plan For Your Life to hundreds of men who were hungry for God.

It was such a joy to be partnering with my dear friend, Dr. Rod Cooper and conference host, Tom Cheshire.  Rod opened by talking about the characteristics of a man with a mission mindset. I closed with a message helping men discern how to discover what their mission is. It was an incredible and deeply powerful ministry event. There were about 25 men who made a decision to ask Jesus to become their Lord and Savior after my sessions.

Finally, this coming weekend Cindy and I will be in Colorado Springs for a special Saturday men’s breakfast and Sunday service at our home church there, The Road @ Chapel Hill. On Sunday we have invited all of our precious Colorado friends and prayer partners to a special service where I will be publically thanking all who stood in prayer so faithfully for Cindy during her life threatening struggle in 2010. My message will focus upon what God taught us in the midst of this great struggle and I will conclude by sharing what we have discovered is The Secret To Life.

For those who cannot be there and would like to join our Sunday service you can do so by connecting to their LiveStream on the top of their home page at The service begins at 10:15 this Sunday March 11th.

As we enter March we are looking at another great month of ministry opportunity. Please continue to pray for us as we seek God for wisdom and direction for the incredible ministry He has still before us.

Cindy and I want you to know how much we love and appreciate all of your prayers and financial support

Becoming The Man God Intended,


My first book, Wired To Work, Huntington House Publishers, was written and published in 1993. It dealt with Purpose Driven, before Rick Warren rolled out his very successful extended work around that subject. Wired to Work is still available on Amazon and other social retail outlets for those interested. The idea is not new really. People have been in search of meaning, purpose and destiny dating back to the creation of man.

Wired To Work was built around some key ideas. First, it suggests the notion that if you do not know where you are going…any road will take you there. Unfortunately this is where a lot of people are these days. Chasing visions and dreams about a better tomorrow and all too often looking in all the wrong places. When I wrote the book I wanted the reader to take away how they could answer what I called, the two most important questions in life.

Within the context of understanding that God is real—and acknowledging that His vision for our life is what we truly desire—then the two questions are, how and why? Lord how did You make me uniquely…and then why? The underlying premise of this book was based upon our ministry’s three unalterable facts:

            God knows you and created you for a special purpose
            God has given you special gifts toward the satisfaction of His purpose
            God wants you to discover what that purpose is.

The BIG takeaway for this work suggests that people need to know God intimately in order to discover His purpose and ultimately live out that purpose. I spent a lot of time unpacking these ideas. However, what I did not realize at the time was the real secret to all of this, and it has taken me 25 years to understand.

This all brings me to today. You see many people are urging me to rewrite that first book—bring it up to date. I have made several attempts at that but hitting road blocks that I have a hard time comprehending. Now, I think I know what the Lord is trying to impress on me and this is where I need your help. I want to outline another direction for my next book and need to know your thoughts. I will leave you with some questions at the end I hope you can answer for me.

Many years ago as I was seeking God’s perspective during a dry time He spoke these words into my heart that have profoundly impacted me. He said, Vince, you will never have a greater understanding of My perspective until you first experience a greater awareness of My presence.

Now, after almost 45 years of walking with Jesus, as I meditate upon those words I believe I am truly discovering the secret to life. It is kind of like the 90/10 rule. What is the 10% activity I can enter into that will bring the 90% result? What is the rubber-meets-the-road principle I need to be communicating? In Wired To Work I share a formula—Intimacy with God = Strength of Vision. It’s kind of a nice roll-off-your-tongue formula but little did I realize how profound it truly is. I am now persuaded that most of our Christian teaching these days, while good and worthwhile, misses that foundational action necessary to understand and live out in order to truly discover what we all desire—God’s perspective.

I am equally convinced that when people truly do experience God’s presence everything else takes care of itself. Why, because you are then living out John 15:1-5: I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

So here is what I am thinking. While much of my work in Wired is still relevant, my new book needs to focus on this important secret to life concept, experiencing His presence. I am not sure of a title yet—maybe simply, The Secret To Life, or Presence. I would welcome your ideas. The book would be laser focused on HOW we can experience God’s presence and the idea that putting Him between us and our circumstances is the secret to life.

This book will focus on practical ways you can experience God’s presence. In a world filled with unprecedented distractions, how can I find God—how do I know it is Him speaking to me? It will focus heavily upon the concept of humility. I have discovered that the further I get away from Vince, the closer I get to God.

While I do not have a chapter outline fully in place I do need some input and I am asking you to please respond to some of my questions below. Thank you so much for your help here. I am also looking for volunteers who may wish to receive draft chapters to read and edit along the way.


Do you believe this is a topic that is important for people today?

Would you be someone who might read a book like this?

Are there other books out there that deal specifically with this idea?

What ideas do you have for specific chapter topics we should cover?

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Experiencing The Presence Of God (February 2018)

We have so many exciting things to share with you—fasten your seat belt. I want to begin with a special invitation to our Colorado friends. Cindy and I will be in Colorado Springs from March 9-12. There are two special events I want you to note on your calendar. On Saturday, March 9th I will be speaking at the men’s breakfast for The Road Church. The following day I will also be bringing the message to the Sunday service at 10 AM. That Sunday will be my first time to publically thank all our Colorado friends who were praying for us in 2010 when Cindy was fighting for her life.

Most of you know the miracle story that unfolded. I will be sharing all that God did and what He taught us through that trying time. This message is especially important for anyone who may be struggling. Please try to come and let Cindy and I greet you. The Road Church @ Chapel Hill is our home church when we are in town. Pastor Steve Holt has become a dear friend and we are so grateful for this gracious opportunity. The address is 2025 Parliament Dr. Colorado Springs 80920.

Our new year began with my taking the first part of January preparing for our upcoming ministry trips and closing out some important year-end administrative responsibilities. About mid month I felt the Lord calling me to get away for a time of prayer and fasting in order to get a fresh sense of His perspective for our future and finish writing my next book. A special couple, and close dear friends, offered to let me use their beautiful ranch home in Big Bear. I am writing this letter to you from this beautiful location with just a couple of days left. In all I will be here 7 full days and I am so excited to share what God is revealing. Here is a link to a Facebook Live video I posted today that you are going to want to watch.

On my first day I had an intense time crying out to the Lord in prayer and then went right into working on ideas for the new book. I was thinking of rewriting my first book, Wired To Work, and bringing it up to date with a lot of new stuff. So, I just started working on some low hanging fruit like updating dates and times—putting in new info and even inserting a new foreword I received from Jack Hayford. The next morning in my emotional time again crying out to Him, He gave me a powerful word.

I did not want to meet you here for you to write your book…I wanted to MEET you here. This is about you and me and NOT your book. If you want to go to TASK and write, go ahead but it will only be as good as you can do it. I want you to do business with ME first.

That hit me like a ton of bricks. I am so stubborn—so prone to going right to task—sound familiar? I think most of us men are like that. This reminded me of another profound word He shared with me many years ago as I was seeking His perspective during a dry time. He said, Vince, you will never have a greater understanding of My perspective until you first experience a greater awareness of My presence.

I know this—I speak on it—why is it so hard to do? Well, it’s the noise. The overactive mind, the never-ending twenty-four hour tabloid news cycles. Another devotional I read that day was talking about how dew cannot form unless there is absolute stillness. The dew is like the Holy Spirit. It comes to bring nourishment. But if you are not perfectly still He cannot do His work.

Needless to say, the Lord is giving me some important insights and I am so grateful He is being patient with me. I know that for this next season of my life that this is going to be critical. I know that I cannot do it without Him—we can do nothing apart from Him.

This morning Pastor Steve called me with something the Lord put on his heart to share. He said I need to pray Colossians 1:9-12 over myself understanding it in the context of John 15:1-5. In Colossians Paul is praying, For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

After reading that—this is now my prayer:
I ask you Lord to fill me with the knowledge of Your will through all the wisdom and understanding the spirit gives…
So that I might live a life worthy of You and please You in every way…
That I may bear fruit in every good work, growing in The knowledge of You…
That I may be strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might…
That I might receive great endurance and patience and give joyful thanks to You who has qualified me to share in the inheritance of your holy people…

I want to close by sharing with you now the context found in John 15:1-5:
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.


My dear friends I hope these words have helped and blessed you. For me I am taking them as a new breakthrough and launch point for the wonderful new things God is going to do in us personally and through On Target Ministries in the months and year before us. Thank you so much for being part of this incredible journey.

Cindy and I want you to know how much we love and appreciate all of your prayers and financial support

            Becoming all God intended,

2018…A Year For Breakthrough

Cindy and I want to wish all of you a very blessed and joy-filled new year. We believe that this is going to be a year of great breakthrough for many. No matter our past challenges or struggles—God is good and as we seek Him let us believe and expect breakthrough.

Here is one of our favorite Oswald Chambers devotional nuggets—Hope it blesses you:

You shall not go out with haste, … for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Isa 52:12

As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness. But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.
Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.
 -Oswald Chambers

2017 was an exciting year for On Target Ministries and the D’Acchioli family personally. On the personal side, with our transition to Temecula concluded I am weighing numerous opportunities to work with Churches and ministry organizations to do some side consulting and coaching. Cindy and I are also preparing to launch a midweek home group to learn and grow together.

On the ministry front things are progressing. We are very close to funding the last piece of our Men On Target Curriculum by producing a high quality workbook for participants. The 60 programs now completed are already getting wonderful reviews.

Here is just one of many testimonies from our TV broadcast last year on the NRB Network:

Your ministry has been a Godsend. I am recently unemployed and your ministry has given me great encouragement during this time. The insights God has gifted you with are life changing and I want to encourage you that your testimony is inspiring, so keep sharing.

I watch the show with my wife and though it is geared to men she gets a lot too. I look forward to sharing these videos with the Men’s ministry in Philly. Thanks for the work you do, and please pray I find employment soon. Be blessed and feel free to contact me. I praise God the NRB has you on!

It should be clear to everyone that 2017 was an important year for our nation and the body of Christ as well. With the ushering in of a new President and numerous important political appointments that will determine the trajectory of our nation for many years, perhaps decades to come, now is not the time for complacency. As Christians entering this important time we MUST have the proper perspective—God’s perspective. We must take our responsibility to live our lives in an exemplary way in order to present a positive witness and increase the intensity of our prayers.

Remember that our battle is not with people, no matter their political positions or worldviews—rather—it is with the devil himself and the plans he has to steal, kill and destroy.

With that in mind I want to close with the same important challenge for all of us that I gave last year. Make a determined effort—not resolution—to become the person you know that God is calling you to be. Friends, this is not rocket science. Most of us know full well what God wants us to do but our own stubbornness and the temptations of the world are standing in the way. We MUST NOT allow that to happen—the stakes are too high.

In closing let me say how much Cindy and I appreciate your generous donations to our ministry. We have just signed up for Amazon Smile, which allows all of our supporters to continue giving every time you make an Amazon purchase. All you have to do is click here to be taken to a page that allows you to designate our ministry as your “ministry of choice” to receive a small percentage of everything you purchase. It costs you nothing and if enough people sign up, it could really benefit OTM. Thanks so much for considering this option.

Cindy and I want you to know how much we love and appreciate all you do for our ministry.

Helping men become Fully Alive—the man God intended,


Oh Come Let Us Adore Him

Cindy D’Acchioli

O come let us adore Him. These words continue to resound in my heart this Christmas season. 

One of my earliest childhood memories that come to mind is the familiar Bible story of the three wise men making their long journey to Bethlehem to find the infant King that first Christmas long ago.

They were Magi, descendants of the Chaldeans spoken of by the prophet Daniel.  They were the astrologers and astronomers of their day; unbelievers at best, committed to searching the heavens for signs foretelling the destiny of nations.  Regarded with awe and fear, these men were paid handsomely to know when something important was about to happen, to discern the present or supervise at the coronation of a king. 

They were Magi, descendants of the 
Chaldeans spoken of by the prophet Daniel

For God to get their attention would be no easy task. But He did.  And whether the bright light they saw at helical rise was a miracle appearance or a natural conjunction of stars or planets is of little consequence.  For it was God, who had created the vault of heaven and all its stars that had provided the revelation that was to drive these men to Israel in search of a newborn king.

This star was mentioned in Numbers 24:17 when a traveling soothsayer named Balaam prophesied “I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob, a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and batter the brow of Moab, and destroy all the sons of tumult”. Genesis 49:10 also reference a “Scepter”. Balaam more than likely was an ancestor to the Babylonian wise men of Daniel’s time.

These wise men would have known of this prophecy and many others from the Old Testament by hearing them from Daniel in Babylon during the time they consulted with the kings.

Few or many, these powerful men left their ease and traveled to Jerusalem to find the one born “King of the Jews”.  It just made sense to head to Israel’s crown city in search of a king. It is obvious they did not know of the prophecy in Micah 5:2 or they would have known the exact location of His birth was to be in Bethlehem. They wouldn’t have had to receive these prophecies from the chief priests and scribes in Jerusalem. Their natural inclination would be to talk to King Herod.  But instead of getting excited, Herod sent them to find the baby as he began to hatch a plot to kill hundreds of male infants in hopes of safeguarding his own position.

Yet, the Magi would not be deterred.  How long it took for them to find Jesus is hard to say, but it is a good guess that from the time they left their homes until the time they stood before the young King could easily have been two to three years.

Now the scriptures tell us they brought three notable gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. These three precious offerings were the tools of their trade. They were the most valuable items they possessed. But even with all their knowledge and worldly acclaim they could have hardly known that these gifts would play a greater role in the Savior’s life and death.

Gold was a gift reserved for royalty.  Frankincense was a costly & rare commodity, used on the Altar of Incense that when burned gave off a sweet smelling white smoke.  The Myrrh, oh the myrrh, seemingly the oddest of gifts would be the very fragrant and valuable oil that would be used at his burial.

But there is yet one more gift we often miss.  It is the utmost gift of all.  It is the gift of worship. The scriptures tell us the wise men knelt and worshipped Him!  Whether they did this on their own initiative, or the majesty of being in the presence of the King of Kings gave them no choice, they bowed and worshipped.  These wise men from afar came not just to court His favor and to proclaim Him King of the Jews, but they would be proclaiming Him “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords”

With much love we wish you a most blessed and Merry Christmas,

Remembering Joy In A Hospital Room Christmas

It was December 2009—many of you I am sure remember. Cindy was in rehab in Denver, Colorado still struggling with her life threatening illness. In fact, it would just be another 6 weeks when the doctors told us she had no chance of survival. Needless to say, we are so grateful for what God has done and the miracle healing process continues to this day.

As I was preparing to write this letter I was reflecting back upon all the wonderful Christmas seasons my family has enjoyed together. All of them, yes, including that memorable hospital room experience, were filled with joy. In fact, joy inexpressible. The reason is simple really—it is because we know what this season is all about and we are so filled with love and appreciation for our glorious Savior. Only this kind of joy can overcome fear and anxiety.

In a few short days I will be flying back to Colorado Springs from our home here in Temecula to be with Cindy and Kristen’s family for Christmas. We are looking forward to another season filled with joy as we celebrate with Mark, Kristen, and our three grandchildren, Hunter, Colton and Kyleigh. We are also looking forward to connecting via FaceTime with Jason, Kim, Parker, Hayden and Brook who will be celebrating in St Charles, IL.

Today, it has been seven years since the Lord brought us through those serious and life-changing experiences with Cindy’s illness. As I look back I can honestly say that the depth of ministry that has happened since then has been amazing. These past seven years have seen countless thousands of people impacted. Many men’s lives transformed, marriages saved and leaders developed.

Cindy and I want you to know two things as we bring this incredible year to a close. First, we are so grateful for your prayers, financial support and belief in our ministry. Without you none of this would have been possible and of course we know that our Lord is at the center of it all.

Next, we want to encourage you to look at this Christmas season with joy no matter your circumstances. I’ll be honest—it took some effort on our family’s part to find joy during our trying time in 2010. But, with God’s help, we found it by pressing into Him. Perhaps this season finds you in a trying situation. Please know that our Lord will never forsake you—He has your back no matter the difficulty.

Set your sites on the promise—the promise that says God always takes the trials in life and turns them around to use them for His good. Dear one please hear me, the depth of ministry we have experienced since our trial is no coincidence—God used that time to break, mold and conform us into new people. People who better understand that we do not control much of anything. He does. I don’t know about you, but for me that is where true peace, and yes, joy, comes from. The knowledge that He is in control—not me.

During this season we pray that the peace and joy of the Lord attend to you and your family in ways you have never experienced.

Finally, a reminder that this is our last letter to you for 2017. As you know, ministries like ours depend very much on strong year-end giving to get through this lean time. As you are considering your final gifts for this year would you please pray about helping On Target Ministry to continue what God has been doing?

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For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…(and JOY)

Isa 9:6-7

May you experience a blessed and Merry Christmas,

Vince & Cindy


It was one of those unforgettable moments in early 2010. I was driving to the hospital on my way to visit Cindy ( now there for over three months mostly in a coma). Although I had been processing the whole idea of believing and expecting, I never-the-less went into a period of intense whining at the thought of losing my wife. I am a good whiner—some might say even a professional. It was during a particularly dark time in this lenghty ordeal with my beautiful wife’s life-threatening illness. In the midst of my complaining He spoke. It was a tender voice that I knew immediately was my precious Lord. He said, Vince do you have anything in your life for which you are thankful?

Talk about a change of thought process and direction. I knew this was from our wonderful Savior—the very Person who holds all of our circumstances in the palm of His hand. I immediately went into a chorus of things I was thankful for—here is a partial list as best as I can remember:

I thank you Lord for:

  • The special relationship Cindy and I along with our extended family have with each other and with you
  • For two of the best daughters any dad could ever have
  • Son-in-laws that love you and extend that love to our daughters and five very special grandchildren
  • How you are watching over us and extending a supernatural sense of peace through this process
  • The myriad of friends who have, are, and will continue praying for Cindy through this difficulty
  • The unusual sacrificial giving we have experienced and that our future in this area is truly in your hands
  • The special future you have already planned for us
  • Your incredible outpouring through the ministry you have given Cindy and me and the tens of thousands of lives that have been impacted
  • Who you are—the GREAT I AM

I am pursuaded that one of the very special and pleasing things our Lord experiences happens when we thank Him in the midst of our greatest struggles.

It is a powerful demonstration of taking our focus off of our own pain and letting Him know how much we love Him. It is not always easy, however. The flesh is very powerful and the enemy of our soul is always right there telling us what a victim we are and how God really isn’t around to help.

Perhaps the most powerful and often mentioned ideas in the Bible have to do with this attitude of thankfullness. Everything from numerous thank offerings to expressions of thanks as the people went out praising at the head of the army and gained the benefit of victory. The Bible says that our Lord literally inhabits the praises of His people. I believe He is never closer than when we seek Him in a spirit of thankgsgiving.

May I suggest what could be a powerful take-away for you from this TargetPoint? Sit down and write out your list of things you are thankful for. Then, find a quiet spot and bring them before the Lord in in a posture of thanksgiving. Tell Him how much you love Him for the all the positive stuff. I promise you it is the best medicine for our tendency to whine. It will also give you a more encouraging perspective and engender hope into your circumstance like nothing else you do.

Another Miracle For Cindy…Amazing Ministry Month

October was one of the most incredible months in our ministry’s history. We had four powerful ministry opportunities and experienced another incredible miracle for my wife, Cindy.

It all began on October 7th. Just back from visiting our kids in the Chicago area I had the pleasure of speaking to the men’s breakfast for Impact Church in Menifee, CA. There were close to 70 men in attendance and I talked about having an intimate relationship with God. Three of the men asked Jesus into their hearts and God moved in an awesome way.

On the 13th Cindy and I, along with our Golden Retriever Beau, drove to Colorado to spend time with our daughter Kristen and her family. This is where the miracle happened. As you may know, we moved from Colorado because Cindy was requiring oxygen assistance at that elevation. Every time we are there she needs to be hooked up to a concentrator. On this trip—the entire time, encompassing three weeks, she has not needed any oxygen. In fact, her oxygen numbers are higher than mine. Her doctor told her that there is no medical reason why she should not be requiring oxygen. The healing of her scarred lungs is another miracle from God that we have been praying for.

On the 22nd I drove to Fort Collins, CO to speak at Clearwater Church. My friend Pastor Randy Kroening asked me to fill in for him at this newly merged congregation. We have had a long history with Randy’s Mountain Life Church going back about 14 years. I was so blessed to speak on Armed…Ready For Battle. It is the story regarding Cindy’s illness back in 2010 and the miracle healing that took place then. It was also very special as many of these precious people were praying for her during that time. An incredible 20 people asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior.

The big event of the month happened on the 26th when Cindy and I flew to Edmonton, Canada for a three-day marriage conference. NAME Canada, an annual event we have now spoken at three times, hosted the conference and we had five wonderful sessions. My friends, this is the most anointed I’ve seen Cindy in all our years of ministry together. I know that is a bold statement but so true. It’s such a joy and so amazing to sit back and watch the Holy Spirit literally flow through her.

As 20 precious people were ushered into the Kingdom, two couples acknowledged accepting the Lord together. Just before I brought the closing session a woman came to my table in tears. She said her husband was there with her but has never come to a place where he accepted the Lord. She was so frustrated. At the end of my talk I asked again if anyone wanted to ask Jesus into their life. As I looked around, the first man I saw look up at me showed real determination in his eyes—he was saying yes—now is the time. When I saw his wife next to him—her eyes closed—I was filled with joy. It was the woman who came to my table earlier.

It is so special to be able to see God work like this. Sometimes you don’t know that everything you are doing may be for this one special couple—God knows. I am so overwhelmed that he would use us for such special and joyous occasions as this.

Back to Colorado Springs, on the 31st I had the privilege of speaking to about 75 men gathered for an early morning weekly prayer gathering at The Road Church. This awesome ministry, a merger between The Road and Chapel Hills Baptist, has become very special to me. Pastor Steve Holt is a dear friend and this was a great honor and privilege for me. I am seeing great things ahead for him and this growing new congregation.

That same day I flew back to Temecula for some catching up on admin and ministry needs. I will be home for about a week while Cindy is remaining with our daughter Kristen and family in Colorado Springs. I will fly back to Colorado around the 9th of November to drive Cindy home. So, that is it—what an incredible month.

In closing I need to change gears and ask a special favor. Between now and the end of the year we have very little ministry scheduled. I have a couple of important meetings, one with the San Diego Rescue Mission, which could really be important for our future ministry here. Financially however, we are going to be challenged. End of year support is always important for ministries like ours, and this year even more so.

We are thankful that 2018 is already shaping up for our ministry. The first quarter is looking good and we have a big trip to New Zealand for two Promise Keeper events there in August. That is good news indeed but right now we would really appreciate your help.

PLEASE consider a special gift this month to help us. Also, please pray about a generous year-end donation for On Target Ministries.

Cindy and I remain so grateful for you and want you to know that we could never do this without your prayer and financial support.

May God richly bless you,


The Manipulation Of The American Mind

Lately I have done some extensive reading and a little research on how whole societies and countries have been overtaken, conquered. In man’s earliest days the methods were always physical. It took massive and well equipped and trained armies—in other words—physical force.

Not so today. The new weapon is persuasion and the tools for this type of takeover are both devious and very sophisticated. If I can persuade you to surrender I have won without any physical effort or cost.

In 1987 Allan Bloom wrote his number one best seller, The Closing Of The American Mind. The subtitle for the twenty five year anniversary addition says, How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy And Impoverished The Souls Of Today’s Students. One of my favorite quotes from this amazing work is, the problem with an open mind is that your brains fall out. Bloom’s criticism revolves around his belief that the “great books” of Western thought have been devalued as a source of wisdom. This would obviously include the Bible. Bloom says The modern liberal philosophy enshrined in the Enlightenment thought of John Locke—that a just society could be based upon self-interest alone, coupled by the emergence of relativism in American thought—has led to this crisis.

Thirty years later we are seeing the results Bloom predicted. How did we get here? Carefully planned and artfully applied MANIPULATION! Now, I know what you are thinking—even a casual leaning in this direction will label me a conspiracy theorist. This label is another calculated strategy to stop any kind of honest effort to uncover the truth. Here is another example—when asked a very logical question regarding what the possible “end game” might be for all of this most will say, I don’t know. Many, including this writer, believe the end game is total takeover—complete control of our nation and the removal of everything we originally stood for. If you openly say this—you are laughed at—again—manipulation.

My friend is it possible that most of what we are seeing and being fed today is carefully choreographed theater designed to manipulate you and me, pawns in the eyes of those perpetrating all of this, into a socially engineered groupthink. Today, virtually every newsworthy major event is viewed by devious people as an opportunity to manipulate the vulnerable masses into a way thinking that will move them closer to seeing their “end game” achieved.

Stop and consider this example for a moment—it has only been in the last 10-15 years the homosexuality has gained the acceptance it now enjoys. How did that happen? Society had to be persuaded that this behavior is not negative or bad by systematically eliminating Biblical claims, basic biology and common sense. Here is the really sad part, in order for people to open themselves to some of these dangerous ideas they need to have their minds purged—the open mind that Bloom talks about has been deliberately produced by most of our modern institutions controlled by big money. Want to know more about the source—follow the money and the ideology of those bankrolling all of this.

Want to test how much purging has happened—I challenge you to interview the average college student and just ask some basic questions about what they believe and how they arrived at that belief—you will be astounded. While at it, ask what they know about American history—our roots. By the way, if you think your kids attending well know Christian schools are insolated from this—think again—they are not.

So, what is the answer? Christian, I am talking now only to you. The battle can only be fought well if we know how to engage and while resisting the temptation to sit back and whine. Here is the starting point:

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers
and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world … 
Ephesians 6:12

First, recognize that evil exists and is motivated by the devil himself and extended by those willing to submit to his lies. It started as early as the beginning of man—the devil said to Eve, surely God would not… Manipulation, at its root, must have you challenge existing authority or truth. Wherever you turn today—after every national crisis or major event—the manipulators are there with their agenda and sadly many of us are victims. It can sound so right.

Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?   Mark 12:24

Next, challenge every thought, argument and idea with the light of the Word of God. Read and know scripture and use it to reveal what is true and right. One of the biggest challenges I have today is persuading good men who truly desire to have a deeper relationship with God because of their unwillingness to put aside the things of this world. They will say, I want God but I cannot give up the porn, living with another woman out of wedlock, you pick it. The world is winning out because we do not take God’s Word at face value.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.   2 Chron. 7:14

Finally, and most important of all, PRAY. You were ready for that one I am sure. But let me ask you a question. As much as you might accede to this idea, does your behavior reflect it? Here again is the subtle voice of our enemy—surely nothing will happen as a result of your prayers, God will not listen to you, what good could possibly come…

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.   James 4:7

Celebration & Mourning – September Update

As I write this newsletter from 30,000 feet I am struck with serious mixed emotions. The tragedy in Las Vegas was horrific and sadly another demonstration of how far we have slid in our culture in large part because of the absence of a focus upon our creator. At the same time I am so grateful for an incredible month where we have had the privilege of ministering the life and love of our wonderful God to so many.

I will have more to share regarding my take on the mass shooting as I am preparing a TargetPoint article titled The Manipulation Of The American Mind. For now, please allow me this brief update for what God has been doing through OTM this past month.

It began at a conference center in Lake Williamson, Il on the weekend of the 15th. Several hundred men gathered for the Midwest Foursquare Men’s Retreat, a gathering I have had the privilege to address several times over the years. There are about 140 churches represented in this district and they are doing a great job of advancing God’s kingdom in this part of our country.

The theme of the conference centered around DESTINY—Our Power, Position and Purpose. What made this event so special for me was the perfect alignment of their theme and the mission of OTM. This is the very center of our sweet spot when it comes to our message.

I talked about our Power is FROM God—our Position is IN God and—our Purpose is FOR God. We had an incredible response from the men. Many left with a new sense of purpose and destiny and a bag with some new and improved tools to discover God’s plan for their life. It was a very special weekend for me as these men also ministered to me in some special ways.

From here I went to the Springfield area to be with my special friend, Tom Cheshire and prepare for my opening session for his Pastor’s Conference the following Tuesday. About 35 pastors and leaders came for a powerful morning of fellowship and teaching. I opened the conference with a message God had been developing in me since I first put the event on my schedule a year ago.

I remember telling Tom that I am more persuaded than ever of the need for our pastors and leaders to be encouraged and better prepared personally and spiritually to serve. I talked honestly with them about the relationship between obedience and power. The centerpiece idea was taken from a famous Oswald Chambers quote that says, God will not do any more through you than you first allow Him to do in you.

In addition I used a lot of personal examples from my own journey to drive some important points home. The BIG takeaways had to do with being more disciplined about getting sin under control and not allowing it to bind us, and then drawing close to God (James 4:8) through daily scheduled times of reading the Word, prayer and worship. I sensed they had a deep appreciation for what I shared.

On a side note please let me say how important it is for us to be in daily prayer for our pastors and spiritual leaders. My friends, they are right there on the front lines taking hits spiritually that you and I may not be experiencing. They are just like you and me—they suffer from the same temptations, frustrations, doubts and misgivings that hit you and me. They need our love and encouragement…often.

On the 21st we had our first Temecula Valley OTI kick off. There were 25 men who came out of the 40 or so on our list. It was a great opening day and our pastor, Britt Sipe, opened us up by praying for our gatherings. I am looking forward to how God is going to grow the men in our group and bring many more into the kingdom. The Men On Target curriculum has become a proven instrument in making disciples over these past 15 years.

Finally, Cindy and I had the privilege of speaking to about 100 women at a MOPS gathering at our church. We talked about the differences between men and women and also gave a brief testimony about the power of letting go. Cindy did an amazing job sharing her heart regarding what God has taught her in this area over the years.

Cindy and I are just traveling back from a week in St Charles, IL with our daughter Kim and her family—a much needed few days away. We will be spending the last half of October in Colorado Springs with our daughter Kristen and family and working out of their home. During that time Cindy and I travel to Edmonton, Canada to speak at the NAME Canada National Marriage Conference.

Pray that Cindy does well with her oxygen needs in Colorado Springs—we are still believing God is going to heal her completely from needing oxygen assistance at that altitude.

Finally, please continue to pray for the families and friends who lost loved ones in Las Vegas. Also pray for the hundreds still recovering from wounds, many who are still critical.

Cindy and I remain so grateful for your prayers and financial support.

May God richly bless you,