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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 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 source –

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

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.


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).


{ 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.


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.


Psalm 51: Everyone’s a Teacher.

Do you know that God has called you to be a teacher? You say, “Come on, Paul, you’ve got to be kidding! I’ve never been to seminary.

I freeze up whenever I have to say something in front of a crowd. I don’t feel that I’m as biblically literate as I should be. I don’t think God really intends me to be one of his instructors.”

Let me explain what I’m talking about. It’s true that God sets apart certain people for formal teaching ministry in the church. He gives them the gifts and grace necessary to do the thing he’s called them to do.

But the formal ministry of the Word in the body of Christ is only one aspect of the church’s teaching ministry. Paul says, in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.”

It’s clear here that he’s talking about the myriad of everyday life ministry opportunities that God will give everyone of his children. According to Paul, you have been called to teach.

And if you want to understand what that means, you need to understand that there’s no real separation between life and ministry. Rather, the Bible teaches that every dimension of human life is, at the very same time, a forum for ministry.

Now this is where David comes in. He says, in Psalm 51, “Restore to me the joy of my salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways…”

David is reminding us that what qualifies us to teach in the personal ministry context of daily life, is the grace that you received in your own moments of need.

This teaching isn’t about laying out a comprehensive theology of grace. Most of us wouldn’t be qualified to do that. No, what it’s actually about is realizing that my story of God having rescued me by his grace, is a tool that God intends to use in the lives of others.

As I teach others, by being willing to share my own story, I am actually being a tool of transforming grace in their lives. In this kind of one on one, informal ministry, I’m not teaching the person ABOUT grace.

No, I am sharing my EXPERIENCE of grace. People learn, not because I’ve opened the dictionary of grace, but because I’ve shown them the video of grace in operation.

So, are you a good steward of your story of grace? Have you thought about how to tell your story in a way that puts God and his grace in center stage?.

Have you looked around and considered who’s living with or near you who could benefit from your story of grace?.

Where’ve you tended to not let your gratitude shine as brightly as it should?.

Where’ve you been unwilling to talk honestly about how much you were (and continue to be) a person in need of rescue?

So, it’s true, you have been called to teach. Maybe not as a pastor, small group leader, Sunday School teacher, or a foreign missionary.

But you have been called to a daily life of Gospel transparency, where you’re ready, willing and waiting to share your gratitude for the grace you’ve been given, with someone who needs it just as much as you.

Is the Church Full of Hypocrites?.

About thirty years ago, my close friend and colleague, Archie Parrish, who at that time led the Evangelism Explosion (EE) program in Fort Lauderdale, came to me with a request.
He indicated that on the thousands of evangelistic visits the EE teams made, they kept a record of responses people made to discussions of the gospel.
They collated the most frequent questions and objections people raised about the Christian faith and grouped these inquiries or objections into the ten most frequently encountered.
Dr. Parrish asked if I would write a book answering those objections for evangelists to use in their outreach. That effort resulted in my book Objections Answered, now called Reason to Believe. Among the top ten objections raised was the objection that the church is filled with hypocrites.
At that point in time, Dr. D. James Kennedy responded to this objection by replying, “Well, there’s always room for one more.” He cautioned people that if they found a perfect church, they ought not to join it, since that would ruin it.

The term hypocrite came from the world of Greek drama. It was used to describe the masks that the players used to dramatize certain roles. Even today, the theatre is symbolized by the twin masks of comedy and tragedy.

In antiquity, certain players played more than one role, and they indicated their role by holding a mask in front of their face. That’s the origin of the concept of hypocrisy.

But the charge that the church is full of hypocrites is manifestly false. Though no Christian achieves the full measure of sanctification in this life, that we all struggle with ongoing sin does not justly yield the verdict of hypocrisy. A hypocrite is someone who does things he claims he does not do.

Outside observers of the Christian church see people who profess to be Christians and observe that they sin. Since they see sin in the lives of Christians, they rush to the judgment that therefore these people are hypocrites.

If a person claims to be without sin and then demonstrates sin, surely that person is a hypocrite. But for a Christian simply to demonstrate that he is a sinner does not convict him of hypocrisy.

The inverted logic goes something like this: All hypocrites are sinners. John is a sinner; therefore, John is a hypocrite. Anyone who knows the laws of logic knows that this syllogism is not valid.

If we would simply change the charge from “the church is full of hypocrites” to “the church is full of sinners,” we would be quick to plead guilty.

The church is the only institution I know of that requires an admission of being a sinner in order to be a member. The church is filled with sinners because the church is the place where sinners who confess their sins come to find redemption from their sins.

So in this sense, simply because the church is filled with sinners does not justify the conclusion that the church is filled with hypocrites. Again, all hypocrisy is sin, but not all sin is the sin of hypocrisy.

When we look at the problem of hypocrisy in the New Testament era, we see it most clearly displayed in the lives of those who claimed to be the most righteous. The Pharisees were a group of people who by definition saw themselves as separated from the normal sinfulness of the masses.

They began well, seeking a life of devoted godliness and submission to the law of God. However, when their behavior failed to reach their ideals, they began to engage in pretense. They pretended they were more righteous than they were. They gave an outward facade of righteousness, which merely served to conceal a radical corruption in their lives.

Though the church is not filled with hypocrites, there is no denying that hypocrisy is a sin that is not limited or restricted to New Testament Pharisees. It is a sin with which Christians must grapple. A high standard of spiritual and righteous behavior has been set for the church.

We often are embarrassed by our failures to reach these high goals and are inclined to pretend that we have reached a higher plateau of righteousness than we’ve actually attained. When we do that, we put on the mask of the hypocrite and come under the judgment of God for that particular sin.

When we find ourselves enmeshed in this type of pretense, an alarm bell should go off in our brains that we need to rush back to the cross and to Christ and to understand where our true righteousness resides. We have to find in Christ, not a mask that conceals our face, but an entire wardrobe of clothing, which is His righteousness.

Indeed, it is only under the guise of the righteousness of Christ, received by faith, that any of us can ever have a hope of standing before a holy God. To wear the garments of Christ in faith is not an act of hypocrisy. It is an act of redemption.

Dr. R.C. Sproul is founder and president of Ligonier Ministries, and he is author of many books including his classic: The Holiness of God (available for free here). By R.C. Sproul.

Renewing Your Passion for Spiritual Growth.

SI Peter 1:22-25

If you want to take your Bible, the text is found in I Peter 1:22.

We are still talking about “Renewing Your Passion for Life.”

And I hope that these messages about renewing your passion have been a blessing to you.

We do need, from time to time, to think about renewing our passion in the Christian life.

Because the Christian life is to do something that is growing, something that is constantly being renewed, day-by-day, something that is alive.

It is a living organism that which Christ has put in us, a heart of love for Him.

Now in I Peter 1:22, we find a verse about growing in Christ.

So today I am talking about “Renewing Your Passion for Growth”, personal, spiritual growth in your own life.

After we are born again, we begin to grow in the Christian life and we are never to stop growing until that day when God calls us home.

No matter how old we get physically, we never get too old spiritually to grow.

We never get too old spiritually to learn and to continue to achieve, to continue to develop, continue to get better, to continue to know more and get deeper in our walk with God, amen?.

So I trust today that you want to know more about spiritual growth.

I Peter 1:22-25 “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.

The grass withers, and its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever.”

Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.”

Now the Bible says here that we are to love one another with a pure heart fervently, earnestly.

Our love for one another is to be unrestrained.

It is to be fervent.

It is to be an outward expression of love.

It is to be enthusiastic.

Our love for one another is to be unabashed.

It is to be unrestrained.

We are to love one another with an open, excited, enthusiastic, kind of love.

And the only place you can get that kind of love is in a true church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

People are to know that we love one another in the church.

Jesus said “By this shall all men know, that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

He didn’t say they will know that you are my disciples if you wear a t-shirt, He didn’t say they will know that you are my disciples if have a bumper sticker, He didn’t say they will know you are my disciples if you tell them, He said they will know your are my disciples if you love one another.

And Peter echoes this when he says; see that you love one another earnestly.

And this is a part of your spiritual growth.

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