The Museum of Alternate Realities
The Real Store
114 W 1st Roswell, NM.
In the beginn
In the beginning, very unassuming with work ahead A Satellite Dish UFO, a little paint, almost there Now, Almost finished!
I named the store Alternate Realities because it had a "new age" flavor to it. I wanted to reach the people who were searching and being told to look outside of the box for something different or new. I was not trying to be deceptive because I believe the Bible offers the ultimate alternate realities and the opportunity for a new life. The name promised exactly what you would find inside. My plan for the store included much more than just a bookstore. I wanted this to be a hands on entertaining experience as well as being informed. The plan included three phases to accomplish this objective.
Phase one was to provide the public with every book published by a Christian on the topic of UFOs and Aliens, and other paranormal topics. I also included secular books that offered good information.
Phase Two was the addition of graphics, photos and drawings displayed as storyboards. These storyboards created a timeline from Genesis to Revelation on everything the Bible had to say about the various phenomena we experience today. It also explained the child-like imagery associated with many popular Bible stories in a 21st century perspective. Using real science, physics and history, logical perspectives proved the stories as true without diminishing the awesome power of God. In this sense, we became a museum of apologetics for faith in the Bible and the finished work of Christ.
Phase Three was never fully realized and included incorporating my metal sculpture work as well as other artists contributions in creating artistic displays related to the various topics. I find people of all types love to look at artwork. If they can observe interpretive artwork and get a positive message with vital information all at the same time, it makes for a lasting memorable experience.
The books offered here correspond to the above story boards in a historical, topical progression. The store was small with limited space but utilized well.
Metal and rocks I picked up all over the states, made up this fountain depicting the garden of Eden. The water had a fogger mist maker in it giving a prehistoric atmosphere to it. The next picture shows another fountain which had a small fish tank built into it and live plants. There were smaller sculptures for sale too. Sorry for the poor quality of the last photo.
We also sold beverages, snow cones. pop (soda) and hotdogs. We provided a place to sit and relax also. We had several computers with high speed internet to check your e-mail. A large screen TV included shows of Sci-Fi and Christian films.
We also sold several shirts as souvenirs related to our theme. Behind me on the wall I posted my old newspaper collection. I have every major war from the civil war to the present as a headline on various newspapers from over the country. It took over twenty years to get it that far. People loved this aspect of the store as well. There is also a fold out timeline secular history of the world and below it a Biblical one showing their association.
This store would never have became a reality without the financial help of my readers and a few friends from back home in Michigan. Combined, they provided the support to pay the rent. I worked a full time job in addition to running the store to provide the rest. The store never paid for itself as a business. I have to admit that I am more a minister than a businessman. Many times decisions made were not based on profit but on need. I considered getting out the gospel message far more important than pursuit of the dollar. I believe I was a good steward of both. After two tourist seasons later, it all came to a close. What may have been a financial failure was certainly not a spiritual one. Many people were challenged to reconsider a faith they had long departed from. Many found Christ at my store including a few Jewish residents from Israel. What I would call hard core indoctrinated New Ager's had their foundations shaken by a different look at the scriptures. How I wished I had kept a camera in my store and recorded some of the scenes that took place there. Dave Ruffino of Delusion Resistance and Joe Jordan of CE4 have been in my store enough times to have experienced these moments. More than once I had as much as a dozen people gathered around my check out counter listening to what sounded like a sermon or lecture.
Why did I leave Roswell and give it all up is what most people have asked me. I can assure you that I am not a quitter and did not give anything up. When I got the call to come to Roswell, I never thought it was going to be for the long haul. My wife and I spend much time in prayer without presumption waiting for direction. Even though I have moved, my commitment has not left Roswell. There is a nucleus of people in Roswell including Mike and Jackie Slack that want to continue the store. In time it will come to pass. I truly believe that God desires the local Christian community to take responsibility for their own town. They have let the UFO Alien lies go unanswered for over a decade, with three different people who were sent there to explain the truth. First came Beverly Fox, then Guy Malone and now myself. We offered what we could to a community that did little to see or hear the truth about what was gong on in their community...so they are without excuse. As the old saying goes, evil will prosper, when good people do nothing. There are many good people in Roswell, but the enemy has lulled them to sleep. They are only a microcosm of the rest of the world which is also asleep. This is the biggest lie to hit the entire world since the flood in Noah's time. The enemy has done a good job of making all of this unbelievable. True, Roswellians have to deal with all of this 24/7 but the enemy has worked even harder to keep them busy with other things. If I have failed in any way, it is perhaps not fasting and praying enough to break the bonds that are upon Roswell. I believe however that in the end I did what I was supposed to and it was truly time to return to my family back in Michigan...for now anyway.
I can say that prayerfully, I obeyed the Lord and left Roswell in spite of a mixed desire to stay and tuff it out. What I did not know then, was that I was a close to my own death. I had no medical insurance while in Roswell and I am bullheaded about spending money for a doctor I could never afford with medical costs the way they are. I would never go to a doctor unless I had insurance. I had chest pains for the last two years. I thought it was a respiratory problem from many years of welding. I could read my body language and slowed down when I had the pains, it was all I could do at the time. They were angina pains, and I was on the verge of a massive heat attack with all five arties 90% or better blocked. What is amazing, is that as soon as we got back to Michigan I found a good paying job in less than a week. In Michigan any more, that alone was a miracle. It took six months of work to build up my hours for my insurance to kick in. Three weeks after my insurance became active, I had unprovoked pains in my chest and I went to the hospital to get checked out. They admitted me into the hospital and immediately, I had open heart surgery. I just happen to move two miles away from one of the best hospitals in the country for Cardio-logical care. My wife also had a medical problem with a lump in her throat. We were concerned about the big C, cancer, and our fears went unspoken. She has been tested and it was a lesser problem that still needed quick attention. She is now getting the help she needs with my medical insurance. This would not have happened if we had stayed in Roswell. I would have given up everything to make her safe but now in a 1,800 mile side trip, I didn't have to.
I am realize that I am at a resting and regrouping period right now. We had a fruitful time in Roswell, but it was also a very trying and taxing time. We had to fight spiritually for every inch we took from the enemy with very little local support. Now, back home with my family and friends while recovering from my surgery, I can look back and reflect all that we have learned.
Just before my operation, I was told in Church one Sunday mourning by the Lord, during worship that I was to start making all of the sculptures I had planned on making for the store in Roswell. Long story short, I am not going back to Roswell to live but I am going back somehow to help create another store like I had before. While I was thinking about life here in Michigan, the Lord has been directing my attention to another place. I have a gut feeling I am going there to live next and that is in Sedona, Arizona. What I experienced in Roswell was just On the Job Training for what I will have to endure to be faithful there.
Sedona is the New Age capital of the world. Like Roswell's preoccupation with promoting UFO and Alien fluff and stuff, their obsession and focus is on every wind of doctrine excluding the Gospel truths. Every forbidden occult practice is openly embraced by a migration of heavily indoctrinated new age followers. The mystical beliefs about Sedona, Arizona are globally acclaimed by the belief that this is a power point of intersecting lay lines of electro-magnetic energy. An inter-dimensional portal for UFOs and extra-dimensional beings is assumed to exist there that also produces healing powers and awareness of a deeper spiritual dimension. Psychics, Channelers, Indian Shaman, Palm readers, UFO investigators of the metaphysical type are all flocking to this area setting up their headquarters for their own organizations. These people are an upscale group mixing in with a prior existing art community of liberal intellectuals. In my flesh, this would be the last place on earth I would want to live and yet, there is an unchallenged harvest there.
Long ago there was a similar situation in ancient Israel. Israel was being mocked daily by a giant who represented the Philistines. They were a sworn enemy of Israel and Goliath taunted the nation to provoke them into a war of extinction.
I feel like just like David did when he was a small boy asking, Why doesn't any of the warriors of Israel take this heathen giant on and put an end to his mocking of God and his people? Not that anyone in Sedona is consciously doing that but the end results of their occult practices are taunting the very foundation of our past history that made us great. They are mocking all that we once stood for and believed in. I used to joke and say that I would not be ready to go there until my shadow passing by would make the demons run. Well, I do not feel ready to take on such an endeavor but I was put in check by the Lord. He told me that everything I experienced in Roswell was in preparation for Sedona. I was then directed to the scripture in Isaiah 6:5-9
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not .Isa 6:5-9 (KJV)
In this text of scripture, Isaiah had a desire to take a stand
for God against a people who were hardened against him. However he felt unworthy
and ill prepared to meet the challenge. The Lord went through a symbolic process
to cleanse Isaiah and allow him to understand that he was ready. In that process
Isaiah volunteered to meet the challenge. Accepted by the Lord, Isaiah was also
told a very curious thing. He would not be successful (at least in the eyes of
man)! They were not going to listen to him. He knew ahead of time that his
efforts were not going to change things on the larger scale.
This text of scripture was personalized to me by the Holy Spirit. I am to go to Sedona. They will not accept me or what I have to say. Now why do you suppose the Lord would do such a thing that would seem so fruitless and vain?
Everyone someday will stand before God and give an account for their lives. We will all be without an excuse. It is because God will send his own into all the world to proclaim the gospel regardless of results. This is what Enoch did before the great flood. Eight people responded and were saved, approximately 7 billion rejected Enoch and perished. Did Enoch fail? certainly not. God was interested in those eight people who did respond, and everybody else had their chance and now stand without an excuse. Those eight people became a remnant that continued the human race after judgment and through their linage a savior was born..
I am not going to go there to change things on a large scale but I will go there for the eight or the remnant. I will go out of obedience. When I was in Roswell, I experienced the most rejection, disrespect, and disappointment a minister could face short of being stoned to death like the prophets of old. I remained obedient and kept my mouth shut guarded my heart and let the few who got saved be my encouragement. With little local support God found enough ways to make a way possible to accomplish what I needed to do. I did it and now I am getting ready for the next mission.
This will have to be a work totally on the Lord because I have no way of financing something like this on my own. Anyone who knows my current situation would think I am some kind of day dreamer for even considering such a thing. I just love being in this kind of situation. It will be exciting to see how this will developed over time. Even posting this now is a statement of faith. When that day comes you will be the first to know... JW.