Thanks for stopping by…I really appreciate that. My name is Mel Wild. I’m God’s favorite (and so are you), a beloved son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. Maureen and I have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father’s heart in Christ and giving it away to others. I do tend to have a bent toward being a bit iconoclastic toward popularly held beliefs in Churchianity that really annoy me and contradict the nature of God’s character and our awesome identity in Christ. But I do compensate that quirky side of me by my greater desire to trail blaze the depths of God’s reckless love and outrageous grace. My main equipping gift is probably as a teacher, but I’m really an insatiable learner and explorer. My work is as senior pastor at Cornerstone Church and as director of Radiant School of Ministry, both based in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin USA. We love God and love each other a lot too.
What’s up with this blog?
I started this blog because I wanted a place to express what I have found in the Father’s love. And if you’re passionate like me about going where Jesus is leading us…to the Father (Jn.14:6)…this place might be for you.
The goal of this blog is really two-fold: first, to share my experiences in my own journey into the Father’s heart and how that has affected my understanding of His kingdom and His living Word; and secondly, to be a resource center for what others have written about this life-changing pursuit.
There are lots of great books, blogs, ministries and teachers who write brilliantly about this subject, and I will reference them when I can. But with all of the great writing and teaching on this subject, I felt compelled and encouraged by friends to share my personal story and my own perspective about living in the Father’s love.
Because, truthfully, I lived most of my life like an orphan–even after accepting Christ in 1978. I loved Jesus, had encounters with the Holy Spirit, yet I still felt disconnected from this Father of love. And when I looked around, I found that most Christians I knew were relating to God the same way…as if Jesus were the “only way” to a place called heaven instead of to a Person called our heavenly Father, who I’ve found to be the source of everything good and perfect in this life and the next (Jas.1:17).
For when I finally had an encounter with this Father’s love for myself, my whole world was turned upside-down! I cannot even read the Bible the same way anymore; especially, Jesus’ last discourse in John 14-17, which I will talk about at length. I found that I actually have a home in Him now; and He has a home in me (Jn.14:23). I belong. I’m not a religious orphan anymore, but a son and partner in my Father’s Kingdom. My mission is to “prove” to the world around me that everything about Him is good, perfect, and acceptable (Rom.12:2). My life goal is that when you’ve seen me, you’ve seen a really good reflection of the Father (Jn.14:9-14). For, as Jesus is right now, so am I supposed to be in this world (1 Jn.4:17).
So, if you have the same passion beating in your heart, I invite you to come along. And please…join in the conversation. Let’s challenge each other to plumb the greater depths of our Father’s love and “be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph.3:19). Just imagine what that might look like. I believe that’s life abundantly. That’s true freedom!
My prayer is that you would encounter this outrageous Father of love for yourself and that, in some way, what I have to share will help you in your own journey.
Constantly overwhelmed by His love,
Read ur comment on Being Rebekah, loved it so much that I thought I would check ur blog. Gr8 testimony re the life-changing love of God, totally agree.
Thank you for your comments. Much appreciated. Yes, it’s awesome how God’s love changes everything. Actually, for me to say my encounters with this Love are “life-changing” is a ridiculous understatement! Words don’t really describe, but this blog is my attempt to do so. Blessings.
I will be praying and interceding for you, Mel. Thank you for your love and obedience in the Lord. We are blessed to be blessings and my heart overflows with how much you love the Lord.
Thank you. I really appreciate that. Blessings to you also. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m looking forward to digging into yours!
You’re very welcome. I got your post from a re-blog from Olga Todd. Great post on settling for crumbs, and I’ve always loved the C.S. Lewis quote from Weight of Glory. I like your heart to be voice to your generation and advancing the Kingdom. Blessings to you.
Hi Mel. I’ve nominated your blog for an award. Check out my 11/1 entry. Cheers!
Dear Mel, I listened to Discovering The Father’s Heart Series and enjoyed the message. I tried listening to the message Appointed for Fruitfulness, but it didn’t load. How can I obtain a copy of the message.
Eager for a quick response.
Hi Jacqueline. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I had it checked out and fixed on our web site. You should be able to download it now. If you still have a problem, let me know. Blessings.
Hi Mel. Thank you for responding and yes it’s working.
I am programme director to an academy I was led to set up. The academy has an online resource where ladies who are registered on the programmes can have access to Christian teachings and I was wondering if I could also include some of your teachings in the resource center??
If so, would it be possible to have some of the audio messages individually or will it be ok to connect the messages to our resource center. I’m only hoping that the web link doesn’t change.
Hope I made myself clear.
Yes, you can link to anything you want. I don’t think the web links change, even if we change our web pages or design. Those links are to the server itself. It would only change if we changed our service or moved to another server, which we have no plans to do right now. But if that happens and you find out that the links aren’t working, let me know. I will point you to the new links.
I’m glad you find those message an encouragement and helpful resource to your academy. Many blessings to your ministry. 🙂
Thank you and Many blessings to you too.
Hi Mel. I’m planning on featuring guest bloggers during the Thanksgiving week and would love for you to contribute. I’d let you know the details. If you’re up for it, contact me using the “Contact” tab on my blog. Cheers!
Sounds like fun. I will get details from you via the contact page. 🙂
Lisa (Sparky) shared your link on her blog & I had to check it out. Your words resonated. Looking forward to reading more of your blogs! I have my own little blog (a newbie I am) at email@example.com .
Thanks. I appreciate it. I will check out your blog when I get a chance. Blessings.
Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you for inspiring me with your blog! Congratulations! You can find the badge and details here: http://pastorchrisjordan.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/the-versatile-blogger-award/.
Wow. Thanks. Not sure what it is, but will check it out. Thanks. Much appreciated. 🙂
It’s a peer-nominated blogging award… just my way of saying I appreciate your blog!
Hi there! I have just nominated you for the ‘Excellence Award’. You can check out all the details at: http://beautifulcourageousyou.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/excellence-award-received-with-gratitude/
Keep up the ‘excellent’ work 😉 Lauralee
Thanks Lauralee. I really appreciate the nomination. I don’t know if I have the time to officially accept the award but I am very honored and grateful for your thoughtfulness here. Blessings. 🙂
Yup I know having the time to ‘accept’ is very much a squeeze for me. I made a promise (to myself) that this would be the last one I participate in. I do appreciate them (awards) but I am too busy . Hope you are well & glad to hear you enjoyed the Compelled By Love movie! We have Rolland Baker here next week… can’t wait. Bless ya
Rolland and Heidi next week…awesome! I love Heidi’s heart for intimacy with God as a priority. It’s infectious. And she’s living proof of what can be done when the Kingdom and the King is actually sought first and when one person is totally surrendered in the Father’s embrace.
Hey! We were at Masada in 2010 as well (February). How I long for the coming Jerusalem!
Awesome. We were in Israel in 2007 and 2010. I have several friends and connections there. Would love to go back. We were there in the Summer. It was 50 C (122 F) on top of Masada the last time we were there! The wind burned your face and the shade didn’t help much! But it was a great trip both times. We went everywhere from where David fought Goliath to the Syrian border. Amen on the New Jerusalem coming! Even though we live there now in the Spirit, how awesome it will be in fullness on the earth. 🙂
Amen and Amen! If you ever get a chance to have Arie bar David as a guide, you won’t find any finer. He showed us all the symbolism in the Scriptures and showed how each passage during Jesus’ life fit into the surroundings where He spoke. Amazing!
The weather there is very comparable to the weather here in Redding, so we planned our trip accordingly. 😉
Ha! I know Arie Bar David! Stayed at his place last time. He’s the best!
Hi mel…thanks for stopping by “Unwalled”….glad that my post “The Gospel Message Rap Style” was a blessing to you….you’re welcome to visit again……:)…….Kim
Thanks Kim. I found your site from a re-blog. I’m always interested in creative ways to share the good news with music. I think rap is a natural genre for it. Preaching to music. 🙂 I will definitely visit your site again when I get a chance. Blessings.
Another brother in Christ who centers on our Father’s Love!! Amazing! Must be the Holy Spirit at work as I don’t believe in coincidence or luck! I had been told for years that I “teach” too much on Love!! My reply has always been, if Love is the one Attribute that describes God, Almighty, AND it is the Fruit of the Spirit that will last for eternity when others will pass, then how can we as vessels, disciples following (trying to) after Christ Jesus, teach or preach about Love and it’s involvement in all things of the Lord? Usually my critics walk away with some new perspective, yet invariably, the question persists!
It is a Joy to read another’s perspectives on our Father’s Love and Joy in His children. I look forward to returning as I am an avid reader and writer and will be looking forward to more inspiration, teaching and encouragement from a fellow brother in Christ!
God bless you greatly as you continue to minister in service (redundant I know) to our Lord and to His people both in your church and in your “virtual” church as well!!
Amen. Thanks for your comments and encouragement. I totally agree. And I have been accused of the same. But, as you point out, God is love, love never fails, it’s the greatest of all and eternal, and the only thing that counts is faith working through love, so I guess we can just keep talking about the Father’s love and never run out of things to say. 🙂
I look forward to hearing your perspective also. Papa has a BIG house! Blessings.
I wish you have a “Contact Me” form on your blog so I could write to you directly. Would you mind terribly putting one one? Or do you have one and I just couldn’t find it (?) Anyway, I just wrote a post on Love and I would like to know what you think about it. I very much appreciate your insights.
Probably a good idea. I will look at adding a contact page. For now, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will look at your post when I get a chance. Blessings.
Aloha from Blue Hawaii-just found you on the ‘Recommended List’. Really liked your ‘About’ and hope to read your posts! God bless you and your ministry in 2016.
Thanks for finding my site, Liz. I hope you are blessed by the posts. Feel free to join in the conversation.
I have been enjoying your blog for a while – there are few like it out there – thank you! I’m on a similar journey (beginning stages) and I’m wondering if something you said above you would still say the same way.
You said, …”For, as Jesus is right now, so am I supposed to be in this world (1 Jn.4:17).”
When I read that I hear works and law – only because that’s how I immediately categorize these things because of the legalistic religion I learned my whole life. But now I wonder if the NASB translation is literally correct: “…because as He is, so also ARE we in this world.” This being a fact, done deal, a statement of who we ALREADY are. And if I can realize it and believe it, then it can become exciting and become my practical reality. I am constrained by what I believe I am, even if the truth is much much bigger.
So I want to bust the mental barriers, believe that I “have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16) and that I am just like Him in this world and therefore I can do what He did (and even greater things) just like He said to do!
What do you think?
Thanks, Ian, for your kind comments about my blog. You bring an interesting take on how I phrased 1 John 4:17. I can certainly see how it can be taken that way. What I meant by phrasing it that way is what you said here… “And if I can realize it and believe it, then it can become exciting and become my practical reality.”
That’s my point. This is “supposed” to be our reality because Christ’s life is our life. We just need to believe it. The problem is, so much of popular Christianity preaches distance and delay, so 1 John 4:17 doesn’t seem like a reality. But as soon as we begin to believe it, our experience begins to line up with this present truth. Hope that makes sense!
Blessings to you on your journey into greater freedom in the grace of Jesus Christ and the love of the Father.
Thanks Mel! Goes to show how conditioned I am. My new lenses are still being shaped. So glad there are pastors out there who believe this!
Thanks for your encouragement.
You are right where you should be, Ian. God is faithful to keep shaping your new “lenses.” It’s taken me 16 years of reshaping (after having been a believer for 22 years, and pastor and leader for 10 of those years!), sometimes painful reshaping, to get me where I am today with this. Hopefully, my writing will help others “jump right to the front of the class” and pass me up in half the time! And that’s the way it should be. 🙂 Blessings to you.
WOW! I really like your introduction.
Over the next few days I plan to peruse your blog. Thank you for starting this, I feel it is much needed.
Thanks RobbyeFaye! Blessings to you as well.
You are welcome.
Hi Mal, you might like to check out what the father gave me about 10 years ago in song.
It’s called fathers love, and I didn’t really know father then so it was something he placed on me..
You can check out the music on my website
Just check out fathers love and fathers love to.
Hope the father singing over you ministers to you my friend
Really enjoying your blogs
Thanks John. I will definitely check out your song. I encountered the Father’s love in 2001 in a way I never imagined. To say it changed everything is a major understatement! 🙂
Blessings to you and your ministry.
Okay, now I’ve read your “about” and I am thrilled to join in on your journey.
The love of God compels me….
Thanks Randy. You are very welcome here. I look forward to your comments.
Looks like I need to spend some time reading on your site! I’ve been just popping in and out of wordpress lately. But this looks great! One thing, I see you’re in Wisconisin. That state has been popping up in my life constantly. My son began working at the Houston shop of Fairbanks-Morse which is hq’d in Beloit. Then my other son went to visit a long time internet friend in Janesville this summer. Now I see WI everywhere. Anyway, thanks for serving the Lord with your blog. I’m sure it will be helpful to me.
Yes, Wisconsin has been in the new a lot lately! Thanks for reading and I hope what you read here blesses you.
I hope all is well with you and your family. My name is Dan LaChance, and I have been following your blog for about 5 years now. I have not written to you for several years, but I read every post. I have talking about how much you have influenced my relationship it’s God with our small group at our church from the very beginning. I finally have them interested enough to do a study with them on Son Shift. ( I read it as soon as it was available, and gave reread it at least 4 times. I am always gaining new insights.
I looked around on the web to see if I could find a study guide. But all I found was the original discussion documents right after the book was published. These will work fine. But I thought there was going to be an official study guide. If one exists, could you please let me know how I could obtain a copy?
Our group is made up of 6 couples, ranging in age from 61 to 76, all who have been walking with Christ for many years.
However, not all have experienced the true freedom that comes from knowing how much God really loves us. We did a study of Peter Lewis book, “Back to the Gospel”, earlier this year. And some dropped out because they couldn’t buy into the reality that our sinful nature was crucified and died with Jesus, and that we are a new creation.
One of the women who had trouble with this stuck with us and gained new insights.
Most were interested in following up with us study of your book. Because I spoke so highly of what I have been able to experience as a result of my journey that has been influenced by your writing.
I look forward to hearing from you. My email is below
Hi Dan. I so appreciate you following my blog for so long! I’m glad it’s blessed you. I have not published the study guide for Sonshift in book form yet, but you could use the blog study discussion mentioned. I used those questions in a book study at my church and they worked well. Here is the link to the chapter study posts:
Blessings to you.
Hello, Jordan Orick here. My wife and I pastor a church in the Kalamazoo, Mi area. I just came across your blog a little earlier today and have been able to peruse it as I’d like to yet but I’m really enjoying the little bit I’ve seen. God bless!
Thanks for stopping by, Jordan. I look forward to your participation. Blessings.