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As Christians, many of us think that we should be able to trust those in leadership positions at our churches. But sadly, we cannot. For those of us who seriously read and study God’s Word, we are keenly aware of the many warnings and examples in Scripture that show the necessity of testing everything against Scripture –especially the teachings and behavior of those who claim to preach and teach God’s Word. Many of us have learned by personal experience that some pastors who are supposed to be loving shepherds who are to guard and protect their flock that God has entrusted to them, are instead verbally abusive, manipulative, and seeking their own glory instead of desiring to glorify God. We have learned the hard way that we are to place our trust in God alone and not in mankind. But for those of you who have not yet come to realize this extremely important truth, let me ask you these questions:

What would you do if you found out that the leadership of your church was hiding the facts about sexual abuse that took place?

What would you do if you discovered that your child may have been one of the victims but was afraid to tell you?

What if they were even possibly threatened to keep silent?

What would you do if you discovered that your child took part in a game presented to them by a Christian leader called “Punch the Rat” where there were presents in all of the boxes –except for one. In this one box contained a live rat that squealed in pain when the children, unbeknownst to them, would punch the rat instead of a box that contained a present? Here is what someone on Twitter shared:

“Wooden crates were constructed with gifts inside. Kids knew there was a live rat inside one. They cringed when they had to hit bc they knew they could hear the animal noise of pain” this quote is from a woman who’s daughter was there.”

Think about it. Instead of teaching our children about Jesus Christ, these “Christian” leaders who are supposed to be setting forth an example of Jesus to our children — Christian leaders whom we have placed our precious children in their care — are showing our children that it’s okay to abuse animals! Those who don’t want to participate because they don’t want to hurt the rat and who are not strong enough to continue standing against this act of abuse, could then be pressured to conform to the thinking of the majority in order to be accepted, and their sensitive consciences slowly become hardened and therefore they slowly begin to lose the ability to clearly know what’s right and what’s wrong. In the adult world we call this the Hegelian Dialectic Process.

It is a known fact that many who abuse and kill animals when they are children grow up to abuse — and even kill — people, as well. Please sit down with your children and ask them if they have ever played these games and tell them how wrong games like this are. Teach them to be compassionate and loving not only to animals, but also — and especially — to people.

Harvest Bible Chapel attendees and members who have not yet heard, I need to tell you that the above incidents that I have just shared with you regarding sexual and emotional abuse of children took place within your midst!

On May 12th 2019 another person on Twitter had this to say:

At family party today my niece & nephew said they played a game at @HarvestBible1 camp called Spit the Cricket. You put it in your mouth & see how far you can spit it. They were taught it was funny. Grooming to not have empathy is real.”

The articles that I have linked to below are filled with documented evidence regarding many serious matters, including hiding facts about sexual abuse that took place! I never intended to write any more posts regarding Harvest Bible Chapel and James MacDonald, but as a former 14 1/2 year attendee and member of Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows (June 1997-Jan. 2012) I cannot remain silent and sit idly by as I read the extremely troubling information that is coming forth regarding what has gone on behind the scenes over the past seven years since I left. As I see the truth being exposed regarding the coverup of sexual abuse that went on (may God richly bless former HBC Counseling Pastor, Rob Williams, for reporting the abuse that took place by Paxton Singer. A true example of what it means to Act Like Men), as well as the ungodly character of James MacDonald that became known through audio recordings which should disqualify him from ever being a pastor again, his extravagant lifestyle that was approved by the elder board, his abuse of power and authority as he belittled godly men — and godly women — with his words and actions, his lack of remorse and repentance, etc., etc., I must speak out!

I also think of the innocent children who have been — and will continue to be — affected, not only by what has already taken place there, but also I think of how every precious child will be affected by the failure of their parents to take a stand and say, “Enough is enough,” and take some God-honoring action to make sure their children are safe and so they see a godly response from their parents regarding the failure of a pastor to be a true shepherd to the people that have been entrusted to his care. If a true shepherd fails in some way and is truly repentant, he would stand before his congregation and admit his failures and ask forgiveness for what he did, not leave the many people behind that he so deeply hurt in one way or another.

For those of you who attend Harvest Bible Chapel and are aware of these things, I understand your dilemma quite well. I know how hard it is to leave a church where you have so many wonderful relationships with those who attend there. However, is staying there honoring to God? Is staying there being a good example to your children? Is enabling this “ministry” to continue on by your attendance when so much was — and in some ways still continuing to be — hidden from you  glorifying to God?

May I humbly suggest to those of you who want to leave but have nowhere to go:

Consider gathering together somewhere else where you can have a time of worship, prayer, and time in God’s Word. As many have been saying for many years now, “Vote with your feet and leave.” Let the empty seats represent your disgust at the wrongdoings and failures that went on with full knowledge and approval of those in leadership.

Where is their fear of the Lord? Where is their desire to honor God? If James MacDonald and Rick Donald were truly repentant they would have stood before the congregation in person, admitted their sins and failures, and asked for your forgiveness. Instead they seemingly flee to another state attempting to start afresh, sadly, it seems, not even thinking twice about the devastation they brought about and the shattered lives left behind; the result of their ungodly behavior. Even though it has been seven years since I have left HBCRM, I still pray for them when they come to mind. Every time I pass the church since I left, I pray the day will one day come when that horrible “vertical church” symbol will be taken down and a cross will take its place, and that the Biblical gospel will be preached, with no more manipulation of  Scripture in an attempt to change the thinking of the congregation in order to lead people to believe what HBC leadership wants them to believe (Hegelian Dialectic Process – watch the last video below to learn more).

For those who have been devastated in one way or another by what has happened over the years by the words and actions of James MacDonald and others who were in leadership, do what the Lord is calling you to do. When you have done all you need to do, rest in the fact that we serve a God who sees the many injustices done. Although James MacDonald is no longer your pastor, the Lord knows the motives and intentions of his heart and He already knows what he is planning to do next. If James MacDonald truly seeks to honor God, he will have a true godly sorrow for not only all that he has done to bring shame to the name of Jesus Christ, but also he will have a true godly sorrow for all the people that he has hurt over the years and for all the ways that he has failed to be a true shepherd to the thousands of people he was given to care for. If he sincerely repents before God and personally apologizes to the many people that he has hurt and seeks to honor God in all that he says and does, God could indeed restore his ministry to something truly glorifying to Him. If he does not repent, God will bring it down, or he will have to answer to God one day.

Below I have linked to some important information that you all need to be aware of. Another story is soon to break, and as soon as it does I will add it to the links below. I am not trying to be divisive by posting this information. I only seek to share all of the information that others have gathered after doing a thorough job of researching and following many leads to help expose the many lies and deception before many more people are devastated by all that has happened at Harvest. I pray that God will use this information to help open your eyes to the truth so that you can see what is really happening. I care about all of you who may still be attending Harvest Bible Chapel and those of you who are considering starting to attend. Please open your eyes! Test everything in light of Scripture! (Acts 17:11) Seek God for the truth in these matters! Place your trust in Jesus Christ alone and not in the leadership of the church –any church!

As Christians we serve a God who sees all that is happening, and He will not be mocked! (Galatians 6:7) God is a God of love, mercy, and grace, but there comes a time when He will bring judgment and will bring down any ministry that is bringing shame to the name of Jesus Christ and the Biblical gospel and is instead exalting man and not Jesus Christ.

God also sees your pain and discouragement. He sees how deeply you have been hurt and how you served the Lord with all of your heart in the ministry that you were (and maybe still are) in. As long as you did it unto the Lord, rest assured that God used it — and will continue to use it — for His glory, and all of your work was not — and will not be — in vain:

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” (Colossians 3:23-25)

Bring your hurts to the Lord along with any anger and bitterness that may be within your heart. Remember, anger is not a sin. It’s what you do with your anger that makes it sin. (Ephesians 4:26) Righteous anger was demonstrated by Jesus Christ when He overturned the tables of the money changers in the temple. Pray for James, Rick, and all those who were once in leadership positions there, as well as those who are presently in leadership. Ask the hard questions! Stand against all that is wrong there! Demand answers! Protect your children from abuse, whether it be sexual (by inappropriate actions of leadership) or emotional (by verbal abuse or games such as Punch the Rat or Spit the Cricket)! If you haven’t done so already, sit down with your children and ask them if they have ever been touched inappropriately by anyone in church leadership or if they were told to do anything inappropriate, especially if your child attended Camp Harvest between the years of 2016 and February of 2019 when Paxton Singer was on staff. Let your children know that they can come to you with any concerns that they may have. If Biblical change does not come soon, then leave and do not turn back! I will be praying for all of you.



“My eyes are on their ways; they are not hidden from me.” (Jeremiah 16:17)

“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.” (Proverbs 8:12-14)

“An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” (Titus 1:6-9)

“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James 3:1)

“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” (1 Timothy 4:16)

“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28)

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. You are looking only on the surface of things. If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, he should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as he. For even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than pulling you down, I will not be ashamed of it.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-8)

“For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is for your perfection. This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority–the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.” (2 Corinthians 13:8-10)

“Have nothing to do the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)

“Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:26-31)

“If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. Indeed, none of you should suffer as a murderer or thief or wrongdoer, or even as a meddler. But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God? And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should entrust their souls to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” (1 Peter 4:14-18)

I will end with this Scripture:

“There is no fear of God before his eyes. For in his own eyes he flatters  himself too much to detect or hate his sin. The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good. Even on his bed he plots evil; he commits himself to a sinful course and does not reject what is wrong.” (Psalm 36:1-4)


In the following very informative video, you will find James MacDonald, as well as Mark Driscoll, Steven Furtick, Perry Noble, and more. Although it is a very lengthy video, it is well worth the time to watch:

In the video below you will not only learn about the Hegelian Dialectic Process, but also you will learn about the unbiblical Church Growth Movement that incorporates worldly methods to grow the church instead of a pastor simply being faithful to preach God’s Word and trusting Him to grow the Church (Acts 2:42-47).








Former Harvest Employees Say James MacDonald Lived Large on Church’s Dime


Classroom Videos Show James MacDonald Bullying Students & Disparaging Rival School


Former Counselor Accuses Harvest of Failing to Report Abuse & Threatening Him


Chicago Radio Host & a Former Bodyguard Say James MacDonald Asked Them to Arrange Murders



Thank you for doing that podcast, Mancow. It was very moving to hear the time of prayer you had, as well. You exhibit more godly character than James MacDonald, that is for sure! Praying God’s protection for you and your family, Mancow! Thank you for your courage to speak the truth and to be like Nathan the prophet to James MacDonald. Thank you so much for going to the police with all of your concerns! God bless you and your family. Please stay in God’s Word and do not let your faith be shattered by what James MacDonald has done and failed to do. Just simply follow Jesus Christ and not any man or ministry. Place your trust in Jesus Christ alone.


James MacDonald & Target of His Alleged Murder Plot Make Video Espousing Love; More Disturbing Stories



I would like to thank Julie Roys, Scott Bryant, and Ryan Mahoney (and their families) for what they endured as they were determined to uncover the lies and to reveal the truth regarding the mismanagement of church funds and to bring to light the many things that were hidden regarding the ungodly character of James MacDonald. May God’s will be done so that He alone gets the glory.

I would also like to express my deepest thanks and appreciation to Rob Williams for his courage and concern to follow up to see if the child abuse that took place at the hands of Paxton Singer was reported by someone at Harvest Bible Chapel, and when he found out that it had not been, he submitted a report himself. Sadly, instead of protecting our children and exposing this evil that took place, the leaders of Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows seemingly chose instead to cover up the abuse that took place in an attempt to protect the name and fame of James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel.

A special thanks also to Mancow Muller, a former attendee of Harvest Bible Chapel, who came to faith in Jesus Christ while he attended there, and who was also instrumental in bringing to light many of the horrendous things that revealed the true character of James MacDonald. May God heal him from the emotional abuse that he experienced from James MacDonald, and may God lead him to a truly Biblically solid church where God’s Word is preached without being twisted and distorted in any way.

UPDATE: 5/18/19 11:56 A.M.

Another person who I truly appreciate, because she has been very instrumental in gathering information regarding what has taken place at Harvest Bible Chapel over the years, is Jessica Hockett, a former member of Harvest Bible Chapel. Here is her timeline that she put together documenting what Harvest Bible Chapel claims happened regarding the child abuse that took place by Paxton Singer and the conflicting evidence:

Thank you very much for stopping by today.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory


Featured Photo by Mary K Dalke – Reflections Of His Glory Photography

Scripture added by Mary K Dalke on Pixlr Editor


I am in the process of writing at least two more posts (not Harvest related), but due to my sister being in the hospital again, and other unexpected circumstances, I have not been able to finish writing them. My sister was released from the hospital tonight, so, Lord willing, I am hoping to get back to working on them over the next week or so until they are completed.

Capture Harvest Bible Chapel Women's Retreat October 2015 - Camp Harvest - Meditation Stations

“The One who knows you better and loves you more than any  person on the planet is inviting you to a weekend with Him like no other!”

So says the above invitation to all women who attend Harvest Bible Chapel. How could a woman pass up an invitation when it is presented to her in such an alluring manner? After all, what woman would turn down an invitation from –God?

But let’s take a closer look at what else this invitation says. Notice what is included in their camp activities…“meditation stations.”

Capture Harvest Bible Chapel Women's Retreat October 2015 - Camp Harvest - Meditation Stations 2(SOURCE)

What comes to mind when anyone uses the term “meditation stations” is what I have seen in videos that shows what takes place at churches that are involved in the Emerging/Emergent Church Movement. They have sectioned off areas where prayer altars have been set up for those who attend such gatherings, so that the participants can pause and reflect or meditate, such as the prayer/meditation station pictured below.

Capture Contemplative Prayer - Prayer stations - cross and candlesOn April 2, 2010 when I was still attending Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows, their Good Friday service was set up in a similar manner. There was a station where a six or seven foot cross was laying flat on a table so that each person could write their name on the cross with a marker as a reminder that Jesus died in our place, and another station where a video continuously played featuring a doctor who shared in great detail, the effects that flogging and crucifixion had on the human body.

There was also another station with tables set up that had a crown of thorns, so that you could feel how sharp the thorns were and reflect on how Jesus must have felt when it was forced upon His head, as well as a whip that was recreated to be like the one that was used on Jesus that had leather strips and sharp metal pieces at the ends which would tear at the skin of the one who was to be crucified, and there were also long nails like those that were used in the painful process of crucifixion on display, accompanied by a small sign that said, “Touch.”

In another station there was an artist who sat drawing a scene related to  Jesus’ death. Everything was set up in such a way that they caused you to engage all of your senses.

I must admit that it was a very moving experience, but that was the problem. Because even though it did cause me to reflect upon the pain that Jesus endured, I couldn’t stop thinking of the similarities of these stations that were set up and the stations that I saw in the many videos that I had seen concerning the Emergent Church Movement and how everything is geared towards the worshipers having an experience with God by having them see, touch, smell, taste, and hear things. I left that night feeling very troubled.

What I truly enjoyed were the Good Friday services that they had in the past where all that you did was either come into the worship center where quiet Christian music was being played and there was an atmosphere of reverence as different Scriptures were shown on a screen at the front of the church and you could stay for as long as you wanted and leave in silence as you walked out to your car. Or there were other years when you would just come into the worship center and reflect on the Scriptures that were projected onto the screen to prepare your heart for a drama of the reenactment of the crucifixion, or the days leading up to it, and hear God’s Word being read. But that Friday night in April of 2010 simply added to the concerns that I already had because of my awareness of the dangers of the Emergent Church Movement in which  there is a moving away from Scriptural truth and instead the focus is more upon having experiences with God.

For those of you who are not familiar with what the Emergent Church Movement is, when time allows please watch this video, as well as the video Playlist under Related Videos:



Now back to focusing on the women’s retreat and I’ll tie all of this together for you:

The speaker for Harvest Bible Chapel’s women’s retreat is Shannon Milholland. When I searched YouTube hoping to find a video of a conference that she had spoken at in the past so that I could test what she said against Scripture, there were none to be found.

So I began to do research on her to see if she was involved in Spiritual Formation, Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, or some form of meditation since meditation stations were being set up at this retreat that she would be speaking at. Here is what I discovered:

First I found an old comment that Shannon had made on a post by Robert D Smith who I discovered is a motivational speaker. He wrote a book called “20,000 DAYS AND COUNTING” which tells you to figure out how many days that you have been alive so far, and to live the rest of your days one moment at a time and to make them count.      

Capture Shannon Milholland comment on The Importance of Numbering Your Days Robert D Smith interviewAfter reading some of the INFORMATION ABOUT ROBERT D SMITH’S  BOOK ON AMAZON, it reminded me of Steven Furtick’s CRASH THE CHATTERBOX because of how he talks about changing your negative thinking. Robert D Smith also addresses how to talk to yourself in one of his blog posts by suggesting that you:

“Write down what you say.” “Read it over and over again. Say it aloud 30 times before you go to bed. Then say it 30 times first thing in the morning. Or when you are taking a shower.” (SOURCE)

He speaks about God in some of his writings, but instead of telling his readers to renew their minds with the truth of God’s Word, his advise sounds more like positive confession teachings that can be found in the Word of Faith Movement, or the mantra’s uttered over and over by those involved in the New Age Movement, and not like Christianity at all.

In Robert D Smith’s book under ‘Section 1 Point 4’ of his Notes section, it shows that he quoted Norman Vincent Peale who promoted positive thinking and whose New Age teachings strongly influenced Rick Warren. (Read THIS ARTICLE by LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH to learn more).

While there was nothing wrong per se with Shannon Milholland’s comment that she made on Robert D Smith’s interview post, it was concerning to see that she was interested in this type of book and author.

I decided to check if she was on Pinterest to see what her interests were and discovered the following:

This is a quote from one of her books entitled, Jesus & My Orange Juice. Is it possible that she also promotes “hearing from God” as Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer do, who are both highly promoted at Harvest Bible Chapel?

Capture Shannon Milholland - Pinterest Board - Favorite Quotes from Jesus&My Orange JuiceCapture His voice is but a whisper. Can YOU hear from Him.

Is it also possible that Shannon Milholland practices yoga?

Capture Shannon Milholland - Pinterest - Lazy lizards yoga mat

Below is a quick capture of the most concerning information that I found. I will explain in detail just a little further in this post.

Capture Shannon Milholland - Pinterest Board - Books I Recommend - Lysa TerKeurst, Mary DeMuth, and Steven Furtick

Most of you are already aware of the serious concerns that many have with Steven Furtick. If not, please consider reading through the following previous posts that I wrote about him which are listed HERE:

Also consider watching the Playlist that I posted below under Related Videos which features an interview of Steven Furtick by Lysa TerKeurst, (which is all that I feel is necessary to say about her at this time to make my point that she is not one who should be promoted since she strongly endorses Steven Furtick), and I also added  other videos to that Playlist in order to help you see the concerns that many have about his teachings.

Now, notice in the quick capture above that Shannon Milholland also recommends a book by  Mary DeMuth. Further below you will see a quick capture of a portion of AN ARTICLE POSTED ON LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS entitled, Dear Dr. Charles Stanley, What Are You Trying To Tell Us? Are You A Contemplative? In part, it states the following:

“In the In Touch article, DeMuth tells readers to visit “prayer rooms – sacred spaces where you can experience different aspects of praying.” DeMuth tells readers to “[r]esearch online to find a prayer room near you.” Lighthouse Trails goes on to make the point that by doing so, “One of the first entries you’ll come up with…” is a website “where a higher consciousness and New Age thought is promoted.” (SOURCE)

This is the clearest evidence that shows Shannon Milholland is endorsing someone — Mary DeMuth — who is involved in these mystical practices even if she is personally not involved with them, but at this point I still cannot be certain if she is or not.Capture Shannon Milholland recommends contemplative advocate Mary DeMuth - Lighthouse Trails revealing information on her(SOURCE)

Although it is uncertain at this point in time what will actually take place at next weekend’s women’s retreat at Camp Harvest, since Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows promotes Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer as well as their Bible studies, and since they are both known to promote spiritual mysticism and teaching how to hear God speak to you, as I demonstrated through the information that I shared with you in some of the previous posts that I have written, (such as BETH MOORE LIVE SIMULCAST – WILL YOUR CHURCH BE BRINGING BETH MOORE TO YOUR COMMUNITY, as well as HARVEST BIBLE CHAPEL LEADERSHIP, CHRISTIAN LEADERS, AND THE LACK OF BIBLICAL DISCERNMENT), and since it is possible that Shannon Milholland may lead women into some form of Contemplative, meditative prayer exercise as demonstrated by the information that I provided for you in this post, and because of the fact that Harvest Bible Chapel has made it known that they will be having “meditation stations” at this retreat, I thought that it was very important to try and alert all of you women who are considering going to this retreat so that you can be aware of the possible spiritual dangers that you may encounter, and give you an opportunity to change your mind and choose not to attend this retreat.

One thing is very clear though. Spiritual mysticism is becoming increasingly prevalent in many churches today, and leading many Christians down the spiritually deceptive contemplative path that leads one to embrace the unbiblical teachings of Roman Catholicism. Here is just one example of what is happening at Willow Creek Church in Barrington IL where Bill Hybels is pastor. Keep in mind that James MacDonald is good friends with Bill Hybels:

Capture Willow Creek's The Practice blends New Age and Catholic mysticism - Amy Spreeman - Berean Research(SOURCE) <–Click here to continue reading.

Women of Harvest Bible Chapel, what is being presented to you as a supposed “divine invitation” and a “regret-free decision” may end up being the complete opposite. If you accept this invitation and what takes place at this retreat is anything like what is taking place in many other churches these days, I can tell you that it will be a regretful decision, because if you end up going you may be led into participating in spiritually deceptive practices that are akin to what takes place in the world of the occult. If you ignore this warning and the many others who warn about these very same things, you will gradually continue to be led down a spiritually deceptive path.

Some Christians believe that a Christian can never be deceived. However, that simply is not true. When the disciples asked Jesus what the signs of His coming would be, the very first thing that Jesus said was,

“Watch out that no one deceives you.” (Matthew 24:4)

Consider reading the following personal testimony of a dear Sister-in-Christ who was deceived by these very things that I have been warning you about when she was introduced to Spiritual Formation by the teaching pastor at her former church:



This post goes out to all of you as a strong warning that I hope you will seriously take to heart! If you truly desire an encounter with God, you don’t need to look any further than in the pages of your own Bible. Save yourself $100.00, and, if possible, get up very early in the morning before your husband and your children wake up, take your Bible with you and either sit out in your yard, or take a walk to a nearby park as the beauty of God’s handiwork begins to display pinks and reds across the eastern sky as the sun begins to rise, and spend some one on one time with God by reading His Word and praying and praising Him for the Mighty and thrice Holy God that He is.

As JUSTIN PETERS has been known to say quite frequently:

“If you want to hear God speak to you, read your Bible. If you want to hear God speak audibly, read it out loud.”


Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

Former member of Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows from June 1997 – January 2012


“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.” (Matthew 24:3,4)

“Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:26-31)

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith…” (1 Peter 5:8,9a)

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)