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By Kara Stephens
By Mike Blanton
Ministries of encouragement for Believers
called to home ministry.
Mike and Vanetta Stephens
Jeff Reynolds was an average guy. He was a
husband, father, and a hard-working professional. One bad decision caused his
life to go straight into the dumpster. He found himself responsible for a
drunk-driving accident that claimed the life of an innocent victim. Would Jeff
lose his freedom, his family, his career, and perhaps even his sanity? Chad and
Debbie Stillwell's family was on the receiving end of the car accident. In an
instant, their life changed from a dream to a disaster. Would their marriage
hold up under the crushing weight of grief? Would bitterness and unending sorrow
destroy them? Could something as simple as God-inspired friendships bring the
answers and healing that these devastated people need?
"DEVIL'S DIGS" is available. Originally conceived to be
a sequel to "Handful of Demons", it quickly claimed a life of its own, and can
be thoroughly enjoyed as a stand-alone, or a sequel. Check it out on Amazon!
"Life takes a dramatic turn for Casey and Edward McAlester when they uncover a
mystery that will forever bind their family to the Gregory family . . . while
at the same their son, Barrett, is thrust into instant fatherhood.
They move to a peaceful community in the mountains of Eastern Oklahoma in search
of a tranquil life and find just the opposite when they discover Winnoby is
Satan's chosen home away from home. The Evil One's minions set out to stop the
McAlester's influence on the few remaining faithful and, at all costs, stop
Casey from writing the book God has called her to write. The heinous
Satan-worshipping inhabitants of the community are eager to join in the battle
against all that's good and Holy.
Barrett falls in love with Jenna, a beautiful Native American girl whom the
Prince of Darkness has already chosen for his bride when his reign over earth
comes. When the McAlesters try to escape the deadly trap set by the townsfolk
and take Jenna with them . . . the gates of Hell can't contain The Evil One's
author, Marylu Tindall, had this to say about "Handful of Demons":
"We are surrounded by invisible enemies who are
out to destroy our lives, our marriages, and our happiness. Don't believe me?
'Handful of Demons' may convince you otherwise. With this unique blend of the
movies Ghostbusters and The Exorcist, Ms. Walding crafts a story that rivals C.S.
Lewis's 'Screwtape Letters', a story that allows the reader a peek into a realm
beyond our five senses but a realm that is no less real. This book deals with so
many topics and in such a real way - love, betrayal, marriage, spiritual
warfare, sacrifice, pride, fear, and more - that I had a hard time
putting it down each night! A refreshing and poignant look at a subject rarely
addressed in Christian fiction."
Devotions for Athletes
by Curtis French
years of experience in ministry and sports, Curtis French is uniquely qualified
to offer these devotional studies for fans and players. From college days as a
winning pitcher, French has served as Chapel speaker for the Dallas Cowboys,
Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and
Cleveland Indians, as well as numerous college and high school teams.
Academically, French holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Oklahoma
University and Texas A&M.
Meet Mike & Vanetta Stephens
GPI Ministry Staff
It is a joy to have Mike and Vanetta as
part of the GPI Ministry Staff. They are Co-founders of
SafeHome, a ministry of encouragement for Believers called to home
ministry. Learn more about SafeHome on Facebook!
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was reared by wonderful parents who were born-again in their mid-life
years. He was powerfully influenced by young-adult "Jesus-people" as a young
teenager. He experienced God's love and acceptance through them. He was also
deeply touched by God in numerous small group settings over many years.
Beginning in his early teen
years, Mike had a desire to grow as a believer in Jesus, and to impact
others spiritually. After graduating from college and beginning his career,
he tried diligently to cause these things to happen. After several years of
trying to grow
spiritually, he wore out and slid into major clinical depression.
Depression created a
desperation that opened him up to receive Biblical teaching that he had
previously considered to be erroneous. Many of these teachings are the same
KINGDOM LIFE truths that are found in GPI materials
and music. As Jesus states in John 8:32, Mike found that the Truth really
sets people free! He has been free from the prison of depression for over
From first exposure to the
fabulous news of our identity and inheritance in Christ in the1980's,
through today, God has consistently shown him more areas of life in which
the KINGDOM LIFE
application of God's Word results in an explosion of new joy, power, and
Mike's desire is to be
involved in the building of God's kingdom. He believes God is calling him to
participate through helping people experience
in every area of their lives. He hopes to be a resource and encouragement
to individuals, groups. gatherings and churches through the ministry of GPI.
Mike & Vanetta are a compassionate team,
have a desire to help men and women
fulfill their destiny in
the Kingdom of God.
Stephens grew up in a loving Christian home. She was born-again at the
age of 6. Shortly afterward, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. That
desire is something God has allowed her to do, though in very different ways
than what she originally thought.
She met her husband, Mike,
in college while preparing for a degree in Education. Through a series of
events, the door to graduating was closed, and Vanetta thought her teaching
dream was over. However, God had a different plan.
Once children were born, God
began preparing her heart to teach her children at home, something she was
not open to, until the Lord completely changed her heart. Much of the change
occurred while Mike walked through his healing of depression.
People could not see that
Vanetta was laboring under
an addiction to a performance syndrome, something that continually led to
feeling like a failure in many respects, even though she appeared to be
doing quite well on the outside. The same
KINGDOM LIFE Truths
that Mike was applying to his life, to set him free from depression, were
the same Truths that set her free from the need to "perform" for the
acceptance of God and others.
many years later her son, Dan, and daughters, Kara & Andrea, are grown. The
years of home schooling resulted in honor students, one graduated from Oral
Roberts University, and two pursuing their college degrees. Vanetta
continues to broaden her "education" by pursuing the Biblical perspective of
dream interpreting, hoping to help others know the heart of God through
dreams He is giving people.
Grace Place Insights and her
blog Vanetta's Grace
Place, Vanetta is
materials that will help people understand how much God truly loves them, in
spite of how they perform. From His motivation of love, He has given all of
His children incredible BIRTHRIGHTS. Her
heartís desire is to see each one come to understand these
BIRTHRIGHTS and to see every child of
God experience their
In her spare time, Vanetta
enjoys spending time with her husband and grown children, taking
long walks, experimenting with recipes to make them healthier and
continuing to learn new things.
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