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About Mike

Dr. W. Mike Runion is senior Pastor of City View First Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He and his wife Gail have served churches in North Carolina and South Carolina. A native of Greer South Carolina, Dr. Runion holds degrees from North Greenville University (A.A., B.A.,), and Southeastern Theological Seminary (M. Div., D. Min. in Expository Preaching).
Dr. Runion has preached in churches, crusades and revivals throughout North and South Carolina. In addition, he has served preaching alongside missionaries in foreign lands. Russia; Novgorod, Chechulino. Romania; Cluj-Napoca, Bistrita-Nasaud, Campia-Turzi. Brazil, Bocaiuva Do Sul; Indonesia, Malang and surrounding environs.

The Love of God

In the inquisition they found in a prison where a man had carved a cross in the stone walls of his cell. Near the left hand of the cross he had written “width.” And on the right hand of the cross he had written “length.”  And down around the foot of the cross he had written “depth.” And there at the top of that cross around that bloody thorn-crowned head he had written “height.

What amazing dimensions of God’s love. There is no one God does not love.

“Someone may go to hell unsaved but they will not go to hell unloved.” (Adrian Rogers)

Eph 3:17–19 “ . . . that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Leadership

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. ”

 

ANTOINE DE SAINT-XUPÉRY

Conquering Mountains

I am surrounded by concrete walls, four feet thick, and a steel door that weighs anywhere from five to six thousand pounds. I’m in! Surrounded by an incalculable amount of wealth. It’s not mine but I am in the vault. No, I did not break in—my son works at the bank so I get the cheap tour. Because of who I know I have access into this incredible vault.

Same with God, because I know the Son, I have access to heaven’s vault. Jesus said, “Have faith in God.  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them . . .” (Mark 11:22-24).

Really, is that true? Can I walk into the vault of heaven and have anything that is in the will of God? I only have to ask and I can have it before I leave the vault? Yes! Like any safe however, heaven’s vault holds its own prerequisites for access. One, know the Son personally—Jesus. Two, there is a mountain that first has to be removed. Look closely and you will see it in His closing remarks concerning prayer. “. . . And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.  But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mark 11:25-26).

Did you see it, the combination, the release timer to heaven’s prayer vault? The mountain Jesus refers to is not necessarily our difficulties in life or even a literal mountain—dynamite and bulldozers have proven effective for this. The mountain Jesus refers to is the “mountain of malice.” Often unintentionally, stealthily malice creeps in our heart and hinders our forgiving someone. Subsequently, it also closes heaven’s answers to our prayer needs. Have faith today to forgive someone and watch God destroy the mountain of malice and open heaven’s vault.

Step in

Be amazed

Take the tour

See your wealth of answered prayer

and know His peace