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Archive for February, 2012

We Don’t Need Politics As Usual, But Social Transformation.


 

It’s the political season in what many are saying is the most important presidential election of our lifetime, so I turned to my good friend, Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr., to be the guest editor for the January/February issue of Ministry Today. You can read the digital issues of the magazine by clicking on the cover images below.

Bishop Jackson has appeared on the CBS Evening News, Fox News’ Special Report, The O’Reilly Factor and The Tavis Smiley Show. Bishop Jackson’s articles have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

And why not? He’s Harvard educated and very articulate—something the mainstream media respects. But at the same time Bishop Jackson is a great spokesman from a Christian perspective—he understands the believer’s mandate to bring God’s kingdom to earth. Bishop Jackson has a successful track record of growing churches and discipling believers. He hasn’t strayed into liberal theology, and his integrity is above reproach.

Bishop Jackson also defies stereotypes. An African-American “bishop,” he embodies the best—not the worst—of what that usually implies. He has solid conservative values when many African-American preachers just flow with liberal Democrats. But while conservative Republicans trust him and work closely with him, he doesn’t join their ranks. He’s a conservative Democrat who speaks boldly in the corridors of power about right and wrong, good and evil, and trust and betrayal.

On a personal basis, I have gotten to know and trust him over the years—first at networking meetings of leaders where I became impressed with his verbal contributions. I noticed that like the old E.F. Hutton commercials, when Bishop Jackson spoke, others listened.

Our friendship was deepened in 2006 when he battled esophageal cancer and later suffered a stroke. It looked as if the enemy was trying to take out one of the most articulate leaders in the battle for the soul of America. My friends, Kim and Ardell Daniels, saw it as a spiritual battle. When I found out that Ardell was flying to Baltimore to pray for Bishop Jackson who had been in Johns Hopkins University receiving treatment for about 10 weeks, I wanted to go along. For about four-five hours, we bombarded heaven on Bishop Jackson’s behalf.

I know it wasn’t just our prayers; many were praying for him. But the fact is that God answered prayers. Today, he is cancer free and in perfect health. Traveling to pray for him, experiencing that time of intense spiritual warfare and visiting him a second time at Johns Hopkins, bonded our friendship in a deep way.

In today’s media environment, white conservative preachers are marginalized or ridiculed. Many black preachers go along with the liberal agenda even if they aren’t comfortable with it. But they are timid to confront it. Thank God there are godly black leaders like Bishop Jackson who will stand up and speak up for what’s right. It’s important for pastors to be involved and encourage their followers to be involved in the political process. Too many are intimidated.

Because the primary season leading up to the presidential election is upon us , I wanted an issue on political activism. But Bishop Jackson exceeded expectations. He invited other outstanding authors to write and the end result is something much more powerful—an issue on social transformation, which involves being involved politically. Read it and be transformed, so you can in turn transform society.

Steve Strang published Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr. and Tony Perkins’ book Personal Faith, Public Policy. You can follow Steve on Facebook or Twitter @ministry21.

By Steve Strang.

European-Style Street Riots Are Now Part Of Everyday Life In America.


The fingerprint of George Soros

A paradigm shift has occured in America. Seemingly overnight, Eurpoean-style street riots and aggressive anarchy have become part of everyday life in cities all across the US. While a jobless ‘recovery’ slithers its way across the landscape, cracks have begun to appear in the once-invunerable Might of America. We have become an entitlement society that no longer produces anything, but only consumes. Food stamp use is up 61% since Obama has occipied the Oval Office. Gas prices, which were $1.78 when he was sworn in, have now begun to pass $4.00 in many states. $5 – $6 dollar gas is predicted by summer. Who is the current dreamer of the ‘American dream’?

You don’t need to think hard or dig deep to uncover the answer. The current sorry state of America is the ‘American Dream’ as dreamnt of by George Soros, Saul Alinsky, William Ayers and your current President, the Muslim-raised and Indonesia-educated Barry Soetoro…A.KA. Barack Huessein Obama.

America, you went to the ballot box three years ago, and you bought what they had for sale. They promised you that America would be “radically transformed’, and so she is. From the burnt-out, abandonded main streets of Detroit, to the tent cities of the Southwest, America has been  radically changed. Billions are given to bail out banks, while the homes of the Senior Citizens who have mortgages with those same banks are foreclosed on. The American Dream is turning into a third-world nightmare, and the worst part of it all is this. It is happening because you elected the very people who promised to do this. This is the “change” you shed tears of joy for. This is the worst generation…

…This is the end of America.

From KATU.com: PORTLAND, Ore. – Businesses in Northeast and Southeast Portland were damaged overnight and the vandals explained their actions in e-mails, police said.

The vandalism comes ahead of a planned Occupy Portland march and rally in Portland on Wednesday afternoon as part of the Shut Down the Corporations Day of Action. The event is also known as the F29 march and organizers said they will be focusing on corporations that are part of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Police said at about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, a U.S. Bank branch near S.E. Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and S.E. Main Street had windows broken out and the ATM was damaged. Police said rocks were found inside and outside the building.

About four hours later at around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, police said they responded to reports of glass breaking at a Key Bank branch located at N.E. 38th and Broadway Street. Police said the suspects used rocks to break out the windows and damage an ATM machine there as well. Police searched the area and said they found no suspects. A Starbucks coffee shop on N.E. Sandy Boulevard near the Key Bank branch also had windows broken by rocks, police said.

Police said they received an e-mail that said it was from “Some Of Those Responsible” and read in part, “about an hour and a half ago (around ten pm, Tuesday night) a group of anticapitalists rolled up on the US Bank at SE 39th and Main and smashed out its windows and ATMs.”

The authors of the e-mail seemed to distance themselves from the Occupy Portland movement by saying “We don’t know whether this will be taken as solidarity or antagonism by the core of Occupy, but frankly that isn’t worth dwelling on for us. You said you wanted to help shut down corporations, and we helped to do that in our own way. Take it or leave it, we’re going to keep doing it.”

They closed with “good night, Occupy, and good luck tomorrow.” The full e-mail can be read here.

Police said a second e-mail was received after the Key Bank branch and Starbucks locations were vandalized, which read in part, “wherever capital chooses for its bunker, we will be there to attack it in the night.” It was signed “For freedom, for equality, for anarchy”. (Warning: this e-mail contains profanity)

According to the Portland Police Bureau, a permit has not been obtained for the planned Occupy Portland march and the route information has not been released. The rally is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at S.W. Naito Parkway and S.W. Ankeny Street, under the west side of the Burnside Bridge. A march is then planned for 1 p.m. Kari Koch with Occupy Portland said protest organizers did not apply for a permit because they do not want the targeted businesses to know they are coming.

Occupy Portland organizers said they intend for their march and rally Wednesday to be peaceful and light-hearted. Police said anyone with information about the vandalism can submit a tip to CrimeTips@PortlandOregon.gov. source – KATU.com.

by NTEB News Desk.

This Is the Hour for Women to Arise.


God is calling His daughters to swallow their fears and step into a new level of faith and authority.

This week I’m ministering at Trinity Christian Centre, one of Singapore’s largest churches. It is led today by Dominic Yeo, but for 30 years it was pastored by Naomi Dowdy, a brave American missionary who grew the church from about 250 believers in 1976 to more than 4,000 members in 2005. The Pentecostal congregation has grown even larger since then, when Dowdy set Yeo into his pastoral role so she could do more traveling ministry.

Dowdy is a friend and a spiritual mother in my life. I’ve ministered with her in Malaysia, Nigeria, Venezuela, Ukraine and other countries. I’ve gleaned from her leadership skills, benefited from her counsel and been inspired by her zeal for missions. I view her as one of the planet’s best examples of a female church leader. When I consider her amazing legacy I’m grieved that we don’t have more women like her.

“I agree with the makers of the film Courageous that Christian men need to demonstrate integrity, sexual purity, family values and moral courage. But isn’t the same response needed from women?”

The primary reason we have so few Naomi Dowdys today is that the church does not encourage trained and anointed women to step into leadership. A second reason is that many women have either disqualified themselves from taking on such roles, or they aren’t willing to face the criticism that inevitably comes when a woman defies tradition.

I agree with the makers of the 2011 film Courageous that Christian men should demonstrate integrity, sexual purity, family values and moral courage. But isn’t the same response needed from women? For every brave Abraham, David and Mordecai in the Bible there was a fearless Sarah, Abigail and Esther. God’s women don’t just sit around waiting for the guys to act when things get tough.

Deborah is the best biblical example of a fearless woman. Many “Bible-believing” Christians don’t take her seriously because they have no room in their theology for a woman leader. Yet Scripture is clear that God raised up Deborah to be a prophet, and He blessed her 40-year rule. She responded to the call of God in a time of national crisis. She wrote in Judges 5:7:· “The peasantry ceased, they ceased in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel” (NASB).

That is a prophetic mandate for women today. They need the courage of Deborah. God is calling His daughters to arise in three ways:

1. Arise from fear and inaction. Deborah lived in a culture where men did most of the fighting and leading. Yet because God’s mantle of leadership rested on her, she understood His purpose for her nation and she discerned the enemy’s plans to invade and overthrow Israel. She exerted enormous courage to initiate an act of war.

Deborah’s assignment was not easy. Some tribes yawned and ignored her call to military service—perhaps because they could not follow a woman. Yet she knew that if a remnant of God’s faithful people would trust Him on the battlefield, they would see a miraculous victory. She stoked the fires of faith and prodded her people to overthrow Satan’s plan.

2. Arise to disciple. Deborah described herself as “a mother in Israel.” This phrase is packed with meaning. We tend to associate motherhood with domesticity, but Deborah broke out of her cultural box. She was willing to step outside her normal family sphere to influence many.

Christian women are an untapped resource in the church today. Many are sitting idle in pews when God wants to engage them in discipling others—especially younger women who lack role models—as well as in outreach. The world would change dramatically if women of faith decided to invest in the next generation through mentoring.

3. Arise to protect. Would Israel have been victorious if Deborah had not stepped into the fray to defend her nation? Some Christians believe only men can lead, and that women are to be perpetual followers. But Scripture actually shows us that some battles are reserved for women. In Deborah’s case, a woman mobilized an army, encouraged a general and prophesied the victory. Then, another woman named Jael delivered the final blow (see Judges 4:21).

Strong mothers exhibit a fierce, God-given protective instinct. Deborah arose to fight because she was stirred by the Spirit to see the enemy approaching. Today, women must open their eyes to see the war—especially the one that has been raging against women through domestic violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of gender oppression. These horrific social problems will never be solved until women respond.

Women of God—do you hear the call? The captain of the Lord’s hosts wants to enroll you in His army. Your mother’s heart is not a weakness; it is needed on the battlefield. Your gender is not a hindrance; it is a weapon in God’s hand. There is a victory with your name on it, waiting for you claim what God has promised. I encourage you to swallow your fears and discover your full potential.

J. LEE GRADY is contributing editor of Charisma. You can follow him on Twitter at leegrady. You can learn more about his ministry, The Mordecai Project, at themordecaiproject.org.

By J. Lee Grady.

Praying For Grace To Become Better Teachers Of The Word Of God.


Holy Spirit, Greatest Of All Teachers, I join my brothers and sisters in one accord, we pray Thee to equip, prepare and teach us to become  good teachers of Your word and Holy Spirit, we beseech Thee to be  the model for us, Perfect Lover, we cannot be perfect in loving but we look upto You to help us, O Lord, to teach others around us more and more about You, today, tomorrow and as long as we live, this we pray, ask and believe in Jesus Loving Name, we pray. Amen.

Affectionate Lover, Father,  on several occasions, we have felt a trembling when we stand in Your Presence, and we have abandoned our lives to rejoicing, jubilating and celebrating in worship of such a Great God, You are, Great Teacher, we beseech Thee to teach us to understand Your affectionate heart and to know the wonder of a loving, intimate relationship, we have with You and will continue to have with You, as long as we continue to walk in righteousness and holiness, this we decree and declear in Jesus  Affectionate Name, we pray. Amen and Amen.

Great Redeemer, we praise You, Lord Jesus, for redeeming our lives from the pit and we reverence, worship and adore You, for setting us on solid ground, we declear so proudly that You are Our Hope and Our Redeemer and the song of Your praises, will forever remain on our lips, as long as we live, this we pray, ask, claim and receive in Jesus Redeeming Name, we pray. Amen, Amen and Amen.

Kingdom Vision.


He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Matthew 16:15-16

When Peter called Jesus “the Son of the living God,” he was saying, “You are the king; this is Your kingdom.

You are in control.

Everything You say will come to pass.

No person can deny You.

No devil can withstand You!

No circumstance can stop You!

“You are the healer, deliverer, redeemer, the one who ransoms, the lily of the valley, and the bright and morning star.

You are hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless.

You are a father to the orphan and a husband to the widow!

To those who walk the dark night, You are the bright, morning star, the light of the world!

You are the Anointed One whom Israel has sung songs about for four thousand years!

You are the King of kings and the Prince of Peace! You are who we have hoped for, sung for, prophesied for, believed for, and waited for!”

Who do you say He is? Speak out His name and give Him praise for all that He has done for you.

I praise You, Lord Jesus.

You have redeemed my life from the pit and have set me on solid ground.

You are my hope and my redeemer. How I praise Your name. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

A Life in the Spirit.


But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord . . .—Micah 3:8

Flowing in the Spirit is the best way to live.

This is not to say that  one is conscious all the time that he or she is flowing in the Spirit.

But one can be fairly certain whether the Holy Spirit resides in a  person ungrieved, and when we know this is the case, there is a great  peace and an absence of tension and anxiety.

A marvelous example of flowing in the Spirit was the way Paul reacted  to a demon-possessed girl who had a gift for predicting the future and  kept pursuing him.

For days, she kept mocking Paul and his companions  and shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are  telling you the way to be saved.”

The funny thing was, she was telling  the truth. Finally, Paul became so troubled that he turned around and  said to the malicious spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you  to come out of her!”

At that moment the spirit left her (Acts 16:16–18).

When we flow in the Spirit we reflect God’s timing: never too late,  never too early, but always right on time.

There are, however, unusual  times of flowing in the Spirit.

That is when God is up to something that  is not your usual everyday happening.

Most of life is lived not on the  mountaintop, but in the valley.

We must learn to flow in the Spirit in  the valley as well as during those times when God does the unusual.

God has never—ever—let me down or left me with the feeling I had been  deceived when I experienced flowing in the Spirit.

It was pure joy,  although sometimes it can be costly.

You may lose some friends because  you are misunderstood, but God will never desert you.

Excerpted from The Anointing: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (Charisma House, 2003).

By R. T. KENDALL.

{ Day 60 }.


 

Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. Psalm 2:12, NKJV

There is to be an intimate, affectionate, passionate dimension in our relationship with Jesus.

Some churches emphasize awe and trembling, often leaving little room for rejoicing and affectionate worship.

Others concentrate on rejoicing and blessing.

Some of today’s charismatic churches have focused on the authority of the believer and the privileges we have in Christ—to the exclusion of His awesome majesty and judgment.

Still others are committed to affectionate intimacy with God with a passionate response of love toward Jesus.

But God has fashioned the human spirit in such a way that we need all three dimensions—trembling, rejoicing, and kissing—in our relationship with Him.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, I have felt a trembling when I stand in Your presence, and I have abandoned my life to rejoicing in worship of such a great God.

Now teach me to understand Your affectionate heart and to know the wonder of a loving, intimate relationship with You.

We need to ask the Holy Spirit to revive in our own hearts all three dimensions of the grace of God.

By MIKE BICKLE.

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