Faith – Greater than Gunmen!

I have been asked to repeat the story about the gunman that tried to rob my wife at Walmart over at Admiral and Memorial. For the record, here’s what happened.

Several years ago, we had a burden to pray for our community, because there was a lot of gang activity and obvious drug trade. We decided to fast three days, just water, and seek the Lord. The way we fast is that after we have completed our fast, we take communion, proclaiming Is 58:6-12, and reminding the Lord of our commitment to His blood covenant.

Well, we were scheduled to eat on a Saturday morning and had been up late praying in the Holy Spirit, and singing praises. The Lord showed us two demonic strongholds operating in our community, a spirit of violence, and a drug devil. We commanded them to leave and knew we had obtained the victory in prayer.

I did what I used to always do before I’d been recruited for men’s Saturday morning, prayer, that is going to sleep, planning on sleeping in. Mornings are a necessary evil in life, I am usually most productive between the hours of 7PM and 1AM.

Karen did what she usually does, that is get up at some inhuman hour, like 4 or five AM, and clean house. Different body clocks for sure.

Well, I was sleeping, and she realized that we had no grape juice or Matza bread (unleavened bread), to take proper communion with, so off she goes to Walmart, at around 4:30am Saturday morning.

Here’s where it get’s interesting, she came out of Walmart, and she had parked the van second one in from the entrance. We had lost the little automatic unlock thingy that goes on the key ring, so she unlocked the passenger side door with the key, and threw the bag of groceries on the passenger seat. She said that she heard Holy Spirit speak to her, “Lock the door!”, so reflexively, she hit the lock button on the door, that electronically locked all the doors in the vehicle.

She walked around the back of the vehicle, to come in between the two vans to discover a man crouched down between the vehicles. He immediately stood up, to his full height of about 6’4″ (she said he was taller than me), and said “Give me your money or I will shoot you!”, She said, “God is my shield.” She asked quietly to herself, “Lord, what do I do?”

He was a black man wearing a blue hoody, and he had a pistol inside of the front pouch, pointed at her. Before she could think, she said, “Do you know about the blood of Jesus?” The man said, “Give me your money, or I will shoot you!” She said, ”I know about the blood of Jesus and I bind you, satan!” When he tried to raise his pistol to fire, he couldn’t lift his hand. He kept jerking it.

The Lord spoke to her very clearly. He said, “slap him.”

Then he started staring at his hand. She said, “God, give me strength.” She reached up and slapped him across the face, with all her might! God must have been in it, (she’s only 5’2”, and was not in shape back then) because the man fell to the ground on his knees at her feet.

She ran into Walmart, and asked, as she ran in the door, “Can somebody walk me to my car?” It must have been a pretty intense question because everyone stopped what they were doing and looked at her in a frozen silence. A security guard walked up and asked what happened. “A man pulled a gun on me out there!” He immediately called the police. Two ladies brought a chair and tried to comfort. The Holy Spirit spoke in an authoritative voice, “The evil man bows before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.”

Is that a Scripture, she wondered? She called a friend who looked it up and said it is Proverbs 14:19.

Well, me, mighty protector and hero to my family, slept through the whole thing!

In fact, I was so tired, it took me a while to wake up and for her excited talking to even register on me.

Thought that would be the end of it, but God has a wonderful sense of humor. Guess she used my cell number on the police report, cause a couple of weeks later, I was bidding a job (been working as a carpenter) when the phone rang with a caller asking to speak to Mrs. Karen Walsh. I said, “That’s my wife, may I help you?”, Yes, the caller declared, “This is detective St. Clair, from the Tulsa police department, responding to the incident that occurred at the Walmart.” I said, “Oh yeah, that guy that tried to rob my wife.”, the detective went on to explain that the Walmart store camera’s had picked up the whole event, and they had managed to get a positive ID on the guy and had issued a warrant for his arrest. I said, “Praise the Lord!”, the detective went on to say, that three other detectives were with him, and had replayed the video three times, laughing hysterically at the little woman who slapped the gunman to the ground!. LOL! God is good, and Psalm 91, proclaimed and believed, will stop gunmen, for it is written:

Is 54:17 No weapon (gun, knife, fist) that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.

Post Script: Over the next month, God cleaned up our community. The two gangster crack houses on our street were closed, and the people moved out, and families moved in. The two wanna be tough guys, that would drive down my street at 70mph in their ‘boomchuckaboom’ car, had strained my last nerve. When I signaled them to slow down the last time, and they gave me the finger, I told the Lord, Either you deal with those boys immediately, or I’m going to. Well, that was a Wednesday, and we attended mid-week service and came home to sirens blaring and a couple of police cars several doors down. I looked over to see what was going on, and there were my ‘boomchuckaboom’ wanna be’s in handcuffs getting stuffed into the back of a police car. Throughout all of this drama, we never called the police on anyone, nor did I have to shoot or otherwise threaten anyone, nor was our house or property ever vandalized or burglarized, we have been safe in His everlasting arms.


Silverfin Chronicles: The Legend of Snaggle Tooth Scar!

The Legend of Snaggle Tooth Scar.

As told by Silverfin, the dolphin.


In the warm green waters through the Caribbean sea, there has been an epic battle raging between a dolphin and a shark. Not just any dolphin mind you, a very special and brave dolphin named Silverfin.

Silverfin is a strikingly handsome Atlantic Spotted Dolphin, known through that region as a friend to all reef fish, defender of the reef, enemy of all predators there.

His particular nemesis is a huge hammerhead shark, known throughout the depths, as Snaggle tooth scar.

This monstrosity of a fish hunted deep in the ocean depths preying upon any unsuspecting fish or dolphin that found it’s unlucky self in his line of sight that day.

Silverfin knew him well, and remained in a state of vigilant awareness of his surroundings, ever ready to attack and protect his own.

He had first faced this horrible monster creature as a innocent dolphin calf, but that story is not known by many….

This is the story, of Snaggle Tooth Scar….

striped parrot fish

One upon a time, Dorothy the striped parrot fish, called all the other reef fish into her coral grotto, to gather around, as she took them all to school.

“Listen up you fish and fishettes, I’m going to tell you a story, about SilverFin’s nemesis, and where he came from, and how he got his name. I’m going to tell you about Snaggle Tooth Scar.

Suddenly, all the little fishes gasped and huddled close to one another, carefully looking over their shoulders, as that terrible name was mentioned. All the flitting around playfully ended instantly, and everyone looked at Dorothy, for she was a wise elder on the reef, and their parents taught them to respect their elders.

fish school

This is how the story goes:

One day on the reef, came Mr. Soldier fish, with a report of several fish missing from his school.


Mr. Soldier Fish

It seems they had been swimming at the edge of the reef, where the greenish waters, met the deep ocean blue. Report, someone had heard a sound, of a ‘swish’ and suddenly, there had been no more fish.

soldier school

Sergeant Major immediately interrupted the conversation at soldier fish school, pulling rank on the soldier bringing the report.

sgt major

A Sargent major fish

He told them he had heard a legend from one of the older momma fish deep inside the reef.


So, he commanded all the soldier fish to follow him to mamma fishes cave.

Momma fish began the story:

Once upon a time, in the beautiful greenish waters of the inner reef,  in the place where Mamma fish, taught their children to school, came the legend of a great hanger head shark, named Snaggle tooth Scar.


Here is how the story goes:

Out in the deep blue ocean, where sharks and schools of fish are commonly seen, lived a giant hanger head shark. Now, actually he was a hammer head shark, but baby fishes, couldn’t quite say it correctly, so they called him, ‘hanger head’ because his giant head was shaped like a coat hanger!.


This particular hanger head, had grown so big, he could barely see.


As you can see, his head had grown too wide, his eyes too far apart, so that he saw cross-eyed, and everything appeared double to him.

double vision

So he did what every fish on the reef did, he went to see Mr. Look down, the eye doctor, to learn if he could be fitted for some glasses.


Mr. Look Down Fish

By this time, he was very hungry, having been unable to catch any fish for some time, and when he showed up at Mr. Look-down’s coral grotto that served as his office, Mr. Lookdown figured out pretty quickly what  was on his mind, and it had nothing to do with glasses. Why, that hanger head wanted to eat him!


So, he carefully backed up towards the coral head he called home, asking Mr. Hanger head what he needed.

Mr. Hanger head, told him that he had gone cross-eyed, and needed himself some spectacles to correct the problem.


As soon as Mr. Look-down got close enough to a hole in the coral, quick as a whip, he darted into the coral, as Mr. Hanger head did, what hanger heads do, and swish, zoomed in to eat him.

Yet, he could not stop in time, and crashed headfirst into the sharp coral, breaking several teeth, and cutting open his nose.

Enraged, he swam off bleeding, and now making a horrible noise as he swam, for those broken teeth, now protruded from his mouth, as ‘snaggle teeth’, and each time he moved his huge tail, his mouth would cause a sound to be heard with each stroke, ‘swish, swish, swish’.

snaggle tooth

In time, the cut on his nose healed into a huge scar.

When it did, he learned a horrible truth.

Why, he could close one eye, and line up the other eye, with the scar on his nose, and with one fierce stroke of his massive tail, swish, and there would be no fish.


So, somewhere out in the deep ocean blue, is the sound that makes, momma fishes tuck their baby fishes, deep inside their homes on the reef, swish, swish, swish.

Now children, this is the Legend of Snaggle-Tooth Scar SilverFin told the children at school that day:


“What can we learn from this story?” Dorothy asked them.

Suddenly, there was a shadow over the little fishes heads, and suddenly, they were not alone. They looked up, and who did they see? Why, Silverfin himself!

spotted dolphin

“It’s Silverfin” one little fish exclaimed!

Sure enough, bigger than life, SilverFin had silently glided in, ever protecting the reef.

“Hi everyone” He chuckled, with obvious love in His voice. “How are you children doing today?”

spotted dolphin looking

Everyone tried to talk at once, but Dorothy shushed them by saying: “Hello SilverFin, I was just asking the children what they learned from our story today”.

SilverFin smiled and said: ‘Pay attention to Dorothy, students, she is a great teacher, now what did you all learn today?”

One little fish raised his fin and said:

“That we need to stay in school?”

Yes, it is important we stay in school little one, any other answers, SilverFin asked?

“We need to listen to and obey our parents”

“That’s right” said Silverfin, anybody else?

“Fences and doors, keep the good guys in and the bad guys out?, Like our coral reef, prevents big hungry hanger-heads from coming into our homes?”

Yes, child, boundaries are good things that protect us from danger and harm.

Anyone else?

A bold little fish spoke up: “I betcha you could whip that old hanger head SilverFin! I heard about dolphins killing sharks is that true?”

SilverFin chuckled, and said “Yes, we do kill sharks that try and threaten us or those we are called to protect, but we don’t go looking for a fight, we only hurt them when they try to attack us”

dolphin attack

The little bold fish said, so we learned that there are warriors out there that will protect us, and fight for us against the bad guys if they are around.

Good job class! SilverFin said, so let’s remember these rules:

1. We must honor and obey our parents!

Ephesians 6 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

2. We need to grow, learn, and stay in school and healthy community.

2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation
Heb 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another

3. There are warriors that are assigned to protect us as we do right – Angels, soldiers, and policemen

 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven

Romans 13 New International Version (NIV)

Submission to Governing Authorities

13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

This is the first of ‘The SilverFin Chronicles’ than my beautiful princess daughter Keila and I are writing together. Hope you like it!
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1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?

1 Corinthians 9:14 [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel.

Paul goes on to say, that he did not use his position as a minister of the gospel to take up offerings, rather he worked, making tents, to support himself. You might notice here, that Paul was not married, nor did he have children. Family responsibilities take time, and just as you bust a move on your job to provide for your family, I work every bit as hard, doing this, faithful to the Lord in prayer and the ministry of His Word, to you.

I will never charge for this: it my responsibility to God, my calling. Freely I have been given, now, I freely give…

As you give, hear Holy Spirit what to give, and honestly expect God to reward you for your giving.

Matt 10: 41 He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.

I am a five-fold ministry gift and office – this is my life – I pray, I hear, I write, and wonderful things happen. You have your job description, I have mine – this is mine….

I have ‘see through’ faith for you, in this: Gal 3: 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

I believe I have a responsibility before God to be like Jesus, in every offering I receive. I receive it with thanksgiving, just like Jesus did the little boys lunch.

Then, because I walk and live by faith according to the blessing of Abraham, I believe that God will take your seed sown, and multiply it, according to what the blessing of Abraham promises:

Genesis 22:17 In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies

It has been a joy to me, to see the hand of the living God act in the lives of those of you who have supported us this year!

Many have seen tremendous blessing come into your households, and for this we give thanks, and give Jesus all the glory!