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Stemming the Islamic Tsunami: America Can Learn from Israel’s Example.


The idea of Islamic Jihad has become a looming threat to Western civilzation.
The idea of Islamic Jihad has become a looming threat to Western civilzation. (Reuters file photo)

How many of you have heard of the terrorist organization, “Baptist Jihad”? Most likely you haven’t, and that’s because there is no religious justification provided for such an organization. Yet we have heard of Islamic Jihad (Islamic Holy War), Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, and assorted other Islamic terrorist organizations.

How do we explain this “flooding of the terrorist market” by the Muslim ideology? While both Judaism and Christianity consider “Love your neighbor as yourself” to be the highest precept in human relations to aspire to, the Muslim belief in the concept of “Jihad,” which, as expressed in the Koran, and carried out in practice through terrorism, means holy war against all non-Muslims, and specifically Jews and Christians, is widespread.

This what I call the first Islamic tsunami—the rampant spread of terrorism—designed to intimidate us and frighten us so we will be afraid to speak out when the second, more dangerous Islamic tsunami becomes evident to all—and that is the global Islamic effort to remove Western civilization from its Judeo-Christian roots and transform it into an Islamic civilization. This is being attempted primarily through demography, education, and legal steps.

The Muslim population is proportionately the fastest growing population in the Western world. Through birthrate and immigration, there are already numerous European cities with over 20 percent Muslim population, and growing Muslim populations in American cities, as well. Concurrent to this has been the spread of hundreds of Islamic charter schools throughout the United States, essentially public schools, paid for with taxpayer funds and supplemented with heavy funding from Islamic countries. They masquerade as schools of excellence in math and science, hiding their true Islamic agenda, clearly stated by the infamous Muslim Brotherhood—“an Islamic Jihadist process to destroy and eliminate the Western civilization from within.”

How can Americans (and Canadians, as well) combat this threat that is growing every day?

As an American-Israeli dual citizen, I’ve been struck by the cultural/demographic changes in Israel, which seem to be moving in the opposite direction of the United States, where traditional, religious education and family-centered life have been fading for years. There has been an upsurge in recent years of births in Israel, with the Jewish birthrate growing to over three births per family, rivaling the always-high Muslim birthrate. In the biblical heartland of Samaria, Judea, and Jerusalem, the Jewish birthrate now surpasses that of the Muslims. There is also a simultaneous Jewish movement towards tradition—what I call “getting biblically connected again”—a vital process that will certainly increase these demographic trends.

And guess what? Most of the mothers work, most of the fathers are deeply involved as parents, and the older children learn responsibility by helping out with the younger children. It’s a win-win-win situation that Americans can learn from. “Teach your children” is not just a biblical slogan, but is a central part of Jewish life in the biblical heartland of Israel.

When I speak in American churches, I not only speak of the Islamic threat to Israel and to the West and of my work in Israel on behalf of the terror victim children in Israel’s heartland, but I emphasize the need for young people in Western civilization to get biblically connected again, to get married young, to have large families, and to teach their children well as two active and involved parents. There is nothing more socially responsible, but also nothing more rewarding.

Many other steps can be taken to counter the Islamic demographic tsunami, including creative, selective immigration reform to prevent Islamic immigration, as well as the drafting of a constitutional amendment banning the oppressive Islamic Sharia in America. But nothing can be more effective or positive than learning from the social/educational example provided by Israel. Meeting this social and educational challenge to the American family, will effectively counter what is essentially an existential threat to Judeo-Christian civilization.

It can’t be ignored any longer, and yes, the ultimate future of a Western civilization, connected to its biblical roots, depends on it.

David Rubin is the former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is the founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund and the author of several books, including Peace for Peace and The Islamic Tsunami. He can be found at www.DavidRubinIsrael.com or at www.ShilohIsraelChildren.org

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ STANDING WITH ISRAEL.

DAVID RUBIN

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Will the Real Ahab Please Stand Up?.


Ahab
(Marcus74id)

We talk a lot about Jezebel, but this wicked principality relies on Ahabs to maximize its authority and propagate its immorality and idolatry.

King Ahab isn’t who many spiritual warriors have made him out to be. There’s no lack of checklists online that offer the characteristics of Ahab. But many of them base their revelation off experience rather than Scripture. Practical experience is helpful, but we should base our understanding of how spirits named for biblical personalities flow primarily based on Scripture. Everything else is anecdotal and while it can sometimes be helpful it’s not always accurate.

Let’s set the stage: King Ahab seemed hell-bent on provoking God from the moment he took the throne. His first recorded move was to marry Sidonian King Ethbaal’s daughter Jezebel and serve her gods (1 Kings 16:31). Ahab did more to provoke God to anger than any other king before him (1 Kings 16:33). He not only broke the second commandment by worshipping Baal, he also broke the third commandment by building wooden images, a temple and an altar for Baal in Samaria (1 Kings 16:32)—all to please Jezebel.

Like the puppeteer she was, Jezebel manipulated Ahab through his lusts and emotions. Ahab wore the king’s signet ring and sat on the throne, but Jezebel was pulling his strings. So how do you recognize an Ahab spirit—and steer clear of false accusations that damage relationships? Know this enemy from Scripture. Here’s what we know:

1. Ahab Empowers Jezebel
Ahab stood by and watched while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the Lord (1 Kings 18:4). It wasn’t as if Ahab was an Old Testament New Ager who worshipped this, that and the other god. Ahab made his choice of gods clear when he did nothing to protect Jehovah’s true prophets, or come againstJezebel for massacring them. Jezebel was a persecutor of God’s followers. She wasn’t content with Jehovah as a god among many gods. She wanted to murder anyone who pledged allegiance to God and God alone. And she used her position in Ahab’s kingdom to execute her will as he worshipped her gods. She manipulated his authority to carry out her agenda. Ahab empowers Jezebel by giving her the authority to flow freely.

2. Ahab Financially Supports Jezebel
Ahab was sold out to Jezebel and her will. He seemed loyal to Jezebel and Jezebel alone. When Elijah defeated the 850 false prophets at the Mount Carmel showdown, Ahab ran back and told Jezebel. He also footed the bill to keep Jezebel’s prophets living in luxury. Jezebel’s prophets were on the state payroll and lived the high life—all in exchange for telling Jezebel what she wanted to hear. Jezebelemployed 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah, according to The Dakes. Even if feeding them only cost $15 a day, which is a low estimate, keeping these false prophets on the payroll would cost the Kingdom of Israel $12,750 a day. That’s $89,250 a week, $357,000 a month, and nearly $4.3 million a year. Ahab financially supports Jezebel’s murderous agenda.

3. Ahab Uses Jezebel to Do His Dirty Work
Of course, Ahab realized certain benefits by allowing Jezebel to usurp his kingship. Indeed, Jezebel gave him what he wanted to placate his lusts, including setting up innocent Naboth and having him murdered so a depressed Ahab could stake claim to his vineyard (1 Kings 21). Ultimately, serving Jezebel and her gods instead of the God of Israel cost Ahab his life and the lives of his sons. Ahab uses Jezebel to do his dirty work.

4. Ahab Is Not a Lover of the Truth
Ahab was a lover of Jezebel, a lover of himself, a lover of power—he did not receive the love of the truth (2 Thess. 2:10). Not only is Ahab not a lover of the truth, he makes an enemy out of anyone who tells him the truth or who stands for God. After God sent a famine to the land of Samaria, Ahab called Elijah a “troubler of Israel” (1 Kings 18:7). Elijah set the record straight, telling Ahab he was the one who was troubling Israel “in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals” (1 Kings 18:18). After Ahab stole Naboth’s vineyard, the Lord sent Elijah to deliver a message to him. “So Ahab said to Elijah, ‘Have you found me, O my enemy?’” (1 Kings 21:20). And let’s not forget Micaiah. He wouldn’t prophesy what Ahab wanted to hear and it landed him in prison (1 Kings 22).

5. Ahab is Covetous, Idolatrous and Rebellious
Earlier, we discussed how Ahab broke the second and third commandments. But he also broke the tenth commandment. He coveted what belonged to his neighbor—he coveted Naboth’s vineyard and used Jezebel to get it for him. We know that Ahab was rebellious against the Word of God because he consistently broke the law. And, of course, idolatry was the sin that opened the door.

6. Ahab Is Emotionally Unstable
Ahab was an emotional mess. When he didn’t get his way, he wore his emotions on his sleeve. Ahab was sullen and angry, for example, when Naboth wouldn’t sell him his vineyard (1 Kings 21:14). He manifested with insecurity, which is why he kept the “yes-men” prophets around him (1 Kings 22) and why he allowed the strong-willed Jezebel to usurp his authority. Ultimately, Ahab catered to his emotions rather than to his spirit. He was led by the lusts of the flesh rather than the Spirit of God.

7. Ahab’s Repentance Is False
False humility is one thing. False repentance is another. When the Lord sent Elijah with a word of condemnation to Ahab, he appeared to repent but it was false. Elijah prophetically spoke these words, “Behold, I will bring calamity on you. I will take away your posterity, and will cut off from Ahab every male in Israel, both bond and free. I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, because of the provocation with which you have provoked Me to anger, and made Israel sin.’ And concerning Jezebel the Lord also spoke, saying, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wallof Jezreel.’ The dogs shall eat whoever belongs to Ahab and dies in the city, and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the field” (1 Kings 21:21-24). How did Ahab respond? “He humbled tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his bod, and fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went about mourning” (2 Kings 21:27).

Although the repentance put off God’s judgment, Ahab’s heart really didn’t change. It’s like the kid who says he’s sorry because he got caught but goes out and does the same thing again. Ahab rent his garments but not his heart. We know this because Ahab did not forsake his idols, he did not return Naboth’s vineyard to its rightful heirs, and he did not bring Jezebel in order. He went on in the next chapter to put Micaiah in prison because he wouldn’t prophesy according to the party line. Ultimately, actions speak louder than words. Ahab remained Jezebel’s puppet until the day he died.

Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also the author of several books, including The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Jezebel. You can email Jennifer at  jennifer.leclaire@charismamedia.com or visit her website hereYou can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

JENNIFER LECLAIRE

Arabs and Jews: Kisses and Coexistence.


Tire business
This is an Arabic business that markets to Israelis in the West Bank. The sign, in Hebrew, reads: Mustafa’s Car Wash; Auto Parts-Electric Work-Flat tires. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Feldstein)

Living in the land of Israel, in the biblical region Judea and Samaria, there are many aspects of daily life for which I am grateful to God and for His giving me the privilege of living here, fulfilling His prophecy.

Because the more common, and much less biblical, name for Judea and Samaria is the West Bank, I am often asked about my personal safety and that of my family. I am asked about the overall state of affairs here (there’s always something in the news), given that many of our neighbors are hostile—including no shortage of terrorists—and the sense that overall, Israel is a dangerous place to live, much less visit, even for Christians who understand this is the only land whose deed is in the Bible and its significance for Jews and Christians.

Often when having these conversations, I am surprised to hear parallel dreams about coming to visit and see the land, but people fear to do so. I shouldn’t be surprised, because I am well aware of how Israel is portrayed in the media. But living here and experiencing the reality of life here, the difference between what’s reported and what’s real are often so vast that the only way for people to understand is to come see for themselves.

During these conversations, I explain the reality, not denying very real issues that exist and the fears I have as a father and husband, and I invite people to come visit and see firsthand. Whether you’ve been to Israel yet or not, allow me to use this opportunity to share with you some of the reality on the ground and invite you to come see for yourself.

As many Israelis do, I have deep and warm relationships with many Israeli Arabs not noted here. However, one relationship that is noteworthy is the man who is the closest living person to me as a father figure. He is a Christian Israeli Arab, and his children are like my siblings and my kids’ uncles and aunts.

However, in writing about these experiences, I am writing about relationships between Israeli Jews and non-Israeli Palestinian Arabs, both Christians and Muslims.

This was sparked by a recent wonderful interaction I witnessed at a local grocery store serving and employing both Israeli Jews and non-Israeli Palestinian Arabs. Being in the West Bank, that makes the Israelis who work or shop there “settlers,” as depicted in the media often in a disparaging way. Yet there are many personal interactions that take place daily there that are testimony to the reality that peaceful coexistence is possible, that “settlements” are not an obstacle to peace, and that raise doubt to the wisdom of certain policies and beliefs that call for an altogether separation of Jewish Israelis from non-Jewish Arabs.

While waiting on line to check out, I saw the clerk from the adjacent register stand up and walk to the grocery cart of the woman who was bagging her groceries in front of me. What struck me is the clerk was kissing the baby of the woman checking out, cupping the baby’s face and kissing her all over as the baby enjoyed a cracker.

In Israel, it’s not uncommon to see total strangers approach and even embrace kids they don’t know and then offer parenting advice. In the U.S., this might be met with a call to the police, but here it’s quite normal, or at least not abnormal.

What was remarkable in this instance is that the store clerk was an Arab woman, and the baby she was nearly kissing to death was an orthodox Jewish “settler.”

On another occasion, I had an incredibly open and warm conversation with another Arab clerk with whom I shared hopes and wishes, as well as photos, for our kids’ future to be one of living in peace.

Many other examples abound. Once I needed a new tire and went to the local garage.   Mohammed apologized profusely that he only had one tire for me to choose from, offering to give me a temporary one and come back the next day when he’d have another for me to select from as well.

Just outside my community, there are four Arab businesses: a hardware store, two car washes and an auto body shop. All advertise exclusively in Hebrew to Israeli Jews, “settlers,” and when doing business there, one is greeted warmly and with excellent customer service that makes these places frequented by my neighbors and gives them a good living with mutual respect the rule.

We may not love each other, but we do rely on one another. I explained this to a visiting U.S. diplomat once, that if we were to be separated from one another by a fence, they would lose their livelihood and the negative social ripple effect would be profound.

Within my community, there are an abundant number of Arabs who come to work here, so much so that I joke on any given weekday there are more Arab men here than Jewish men because the Jewish men typically commute to jobs in nearby Jerusalem.

Two such men are the gardeners who tend to our lawn and several fruit trees. Whenever they come to care for the lawn, they know they are welcome for coffee and cake that my wife will gladly serve them, as I did myself this week. They appreciate our hospitality, and we appreciate their hard work.

In 2010, I hosted a church group from Nevada. I invited the mayor to escort us some of the way. While overlooking an adjacent Arab village, he showed our guests how we were in the midst of connecting our water supply to theirs. Water is precious in Israel, and every liter shared means far more than the value of the water itself.

As we stood there, two young Arab men approached the group and addressed the mayor directly in Hebrew, expressing a familiarity one has when talking to someone you already know. This took place during the U.S.-imposed building freeze, done as a way to nudge the Palestinians back into negotiation with us.

The Arab men wasted no time complaining to the mayor that they hated the building freeze, that they wanted to work, and that it was hurting them and their families economically. Mind you, the mayor was the mayor of an Israeli “settlement,” and the building that the men wanted to be doing was building houses and infrastructure in our community. Is that an obstacle to peace? Hardly.

There’s the instance I witnessed of heavily armed Israeli soldiers helping to push a stalled car of an Arab woman off to the side of the road, soon joined by two Arab men to help. The media would have a hard time explaining, much less reporting on this as it didn’t involve rock throwing, stabbing or rubber bullets being fired or something else to blame on the occupation.

Adapting the timeless philosophical question, if Israeli and Arab coexistence happens but there’s no media report of it, does it really happen? The answer is, unequivocally, yes.

Many other examples abound. These are a fraction of personal experiences I have had. I could write a book if I included my neighbors’ experiences as well. If it had only been about kissing a cute baby, perhaps it would be an anomaly. But it’s not. Coexistence, where given the chance, exists and can flourish.

Will peace come from that? I don’t know. But I do know that peace without coexistence cannot happen. And too much of U.S.-Western thought seeks to separate the two, divide Jews and Arabs, and does not begin to comprehend how one is reliant on the next.

If you’ve not been to Israel yet, please start planning your trip. If you have, it’s probably time to recharge your batteries and come back. That’s why I am organizing a special, uniquely subsidized trip to Israel, especially for pastors and heads of ministries, to see for themselves and then be able to lead a group of their own.

If you are interested or wish to share this with your pastor, please be in touch directly atFirstPersonIsrael@gmail.com. But either way, do come visit, please be in touch, and come see for yourself.

With hugs and kisses from the “West Bank.”

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ STANDING WITH ISRAEL.

JONATHAN FELDSTEIN/HEART TO HEART

Unassuming Evangelism.


Steve Jones
Acts 18

Introduction:
Two elderly women were driving down the street one day and they were driving in a very large car and they were kind of having trouble seeing over the dashboard. And the woman in the passenger seat could have sworn that they just went through a red light. And she thought “I must be losing it, I think we just went through a red light. Well, she didn’t say anything and they went a little further and coming up to another red light and they went through another one and she said “I’m sure I’m losing it. I could have sworn that we just went through a red light. I’d better really pay attention. And they started driving further and they went through another red light and she couldn’t believe it and turned to her friend Mildred who was behind the wheel and she said “Mildred, did you know that’s the 3rd red light you’ve gone through today. You’re going to get us killed!” And Mildred looked at her and said ‘Oh, Am I driving?”

Sometimes we’re like Mildred. We’re going through life unaware that we’re at the wheel of an important mission. When it comes to evangelism, that lack of awareness is costly. And so, what is our strategy for this mission?

Evangelism is a word disliked by Christians and non-Christians alike, often because it’s misunderstood. When I say “evangelism” some of us think of “evangelist” — a guy on TV with big hair saying “Send me your money.” (I’d LIKE to be a TV evangelist but my hair is not big enough). Anyway, that’s not what evangelism is at all. Evangelism is just a Greek word for “sharing good news.” That‘s all it means, to share good news. We are to pass on what we’ve heard, that Jesus died for our sins so that we could be forgiven and spend eternity with God in heaven. In Acts 1:8 Jesus told the apostles to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Not only the apostles, but the whole church took this mission seriously.
Acts 8:1ff “They (the church in Jerusalem) were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles…those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.”

I believe that most Christians want to do better at evangelism but aren’t sure how. I think the Bible gives us a good practical example in the lives of an unassuming couple by the name of Priscilla and Aquila. We’re introduced to them in Acts 18. From their example I want to point out four unassuming styles of evangelism.

I. BUSINESS-STYLE EVANGELISM 1-3
Parenthetical note — Did you know that this little historical detail tucked here in Acts 18 has been confirmed by ancient writings of that time outside of the Bible? Suetonius was a first century Roman historian who wrote “Since the Jews constantly made disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, Claudius expelled them from Rome…” and that happened in 49 A.D. This kind of detail in Luke’s writing helps us pinpoint …

Bennett: Two-State Solution ‘Unrealistic’.


Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett

Israel should discard the two-state solution when it comes to the conflict with the Palestinians and instead seek to “live with the problem,” Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) said on Monday in a conference sponsored by the Yesha Council in Jerusalem.

The Yesha Council, an umbrella body of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, invited several government officials to speak at the conference, which focused on Israel’s public advocacy efforts on the world stage.

Bennett reiterated his stance that Israel should annex—“as quickly as possible”—virtually all the areas that were not handed over the Palestinian Authority under the Oslo accords, including the Jewish communities and a handful of Palestinian towns. He further advocated that Israel devise “aggressive” new plans to drastically improve the economic well-being of both the Jewish and Arab inhabitants of Judea and Samaria.

Bennett said that Israel must continue its settlement activity in Judea and Samaria “in full force, because only facts on the ground would make everyone understand that it is an unrealistic proposition to have a Palestinian entity in the Land of Israel.”

“The notion of having a two-state solution established in the Land of Israel is now at a dead end; never in Jewish history have so many people talked so much and expended so much energy in something so futile,” Bennett told the audience, stressing that Israel could not be called an occupier because it was on its own historic homeland.

He stressed that the sheer number of Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria meant that the two-state solution was no longer viable. “More than 10 percent of all Israelis live beyond what was known as the Green Line [Israel’s pre-1967 border with Jordan]; anyone walking in Judea and Samaria knows that what was negotiated in Annapolis and in Oslo was just divorced from reality,” he said. He noted that the pursuit of peace in such conferences and negotiating sessions has ultimately resulted in many deaths. Sometimes, a Western-style peace accord is beyond reach, he noted, expressing fear than many more would die before people abandon their “quest for a perfect solution.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud) said most European diplomats he meets are wedded to the idea of a two-state solution. Reacting to Bennett’s comments, he said, “Not a single foreign minister in Europe would agree with what Bennett said, not even with 10 percent of what he said; dozens of European foreign ministers have met with me recently and all they talked about was the two-state solution.”

Last week, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud), considered a hawk on the Palestinian issue, said the government would never endorse a two-state solution. “If you will bring it to a vote in the government—nobody will bring it to a vote, it’s not smart to do it—but if you bring it to a vote, you will see the majority of Likud ministers, along with Habayit Hayehudi, will be against it,” Danon told The Times of Israel. Danon further said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s support for a two-state solution is tactical because such a prospect had zero chance of materializing. Danon’s comments triggered a media firestorm and prompted Netanyahu to distance himself from Danon’s statements. Justice Ministry Tzipi Livni (Hatnuah) even called Danon’s view “Danonism.”

For the original article, visit israelhayom.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ STANDING WITH ISRAEL.

ISRAEL HAYOM STAFF

How to Launch 163,000 Churches.


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A few months after we started New Song Church, I began to pray about how our little church could play a part in Jesus’ Acts 1:8 vision for the church. How could a young church like ours play a part in reaching our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the world?

Fast-forward 20 years, and God has done exceedingly abundantly above what we could ask or imagine. By His grace, New Song has played a measurable part in planting 163,000 churches around the world. Those 163,000 churches have seen over 7 million come to Christ.

I recently asked myself, “How did this happen?”

Clearly, it’s a miracle from God. Yet God often orchestrates miracles through the actions of people. So what can church leaders do to increase the potential for ministry miracles? I’ve got seven suggestions for you:

1. Pray. Work done by the Holy Spirit starts with work done with the Holy Spirit. Prayer is the key to every great work of God.

About the time I started praying, Paul Becker, one of New Song’s board members, got a sense that he should expand his ministry of mentoring church planters. Coincidence? I doubt it.

2. Have a BHAG. Jim Collins coined the term “BHAG” in his book Built to Last. A BHAG is a Big Hairy Audacious Goal.

As Paul prayed about the expansion of his ministry, he first felt God leading him to impact the planting of 1,000 churches in his lifetime. That seemed like a huge goal to us. Then one day, the Lord blew Paul’s vision apart by impressing on him the need to impact the planting of 1 million churches instead.

Paul emailed me to ask if I thought that was crazy. I said, “Of course it is! It’s a BHAG!” Paul picked up a copy ofBuilt to Last and has been working on his God-given BHAG ever since.

3. Work with others. Paul knew that if he was going to plant a million churches, he was going to need help. No single church can hope to plant a thousand churches, much less a million. So Paul founded an organization dedicated to church planting. It’s called Dynamic Church Planting, International (DCPI).

My associate pastor became chairman of DCPI’s board, and my wife is a board member. Other members of our church volunteer, and a few have become support-raising missionaries with DCPI. DCPI has become an organization of church leaders from around the world dedicated to planting churches. We partner with any evangelical willing to make church-planting happen. In fact, we are constantly on the lookout for more leaders. We’ve even begun training high school students in how to plant churches. (God is doing incredible things with “youth churches” around the world.) 

4. Make everything replicable. If you want to add a church or two (or a ministry or two), to your Great Commission efforts, you can start them intuitively, doing the things you know will work. But if you’re going to multiply churches (or ministries), you’ve got to develop reproducible systems so that others can do what you are doing and get similar results.

Early on, Paul asked me to record everything we had done to launch New Song. A few years ago, I was blown away to see our original launch timeline on a blackboard in the middle of a rural village church in Africa. The same fundamental principles and processes we used to start New Song Chruch in Oceanside, Calif., were being used by Masai warriors to launch churches in their territories in rural Kenya!

DCPI currently has five weeklong training events designed to teach church planters what we know and how to do it themselves:

1. Church Planting Essentials

2. Churches Planting Churches

3. Mentoring Church Planters

4. Launching Church Planting Movements

5. Growing New Churches

At each training event, dozens of leaders are trained and several of them are certified to train others using DCPI materials.

5. Set simple goals. Every year, DCPI’s leadership sets simple goals. The goals revolve around: How many church planters will we train? How many new trainers will we certify? and How many new countries will we train in? 

From surveys, we know that the average trained church-planter will plant 2.7 churches in five years and that those churches will lead an average of 46.7 people to Christ. Everything is focused on achieving simple goals that result in kingdom expansion.

6. Give it away. We have been given freely, so we freely give. All DCPI training is free. This eliminates barriers of who can afford to come and encourages financial participation by those who see the vision and see that we have no ulterior agenda except to plant to more churches.

7. Keep doing it. By God’s grace, I’ve had the privilege of watching several kingdom-expanding ministries incubate in our church. (I’ll describe a few more of them in articles over the next few weeks.) What tends to happen is, miracles develop like snowballs. The longer they roll, the bigger they get. We started by praying we could impact a thousand new churches in our lifetimes. That number seemed impossible at the time. Yet this year, DCPI trainers impacted the planting of 21,000 churches! The key is to continue to roll that snowball down the hill by praying, working with others and setting simple goals to expand our efforts a little farther every year.

A Million Is Too Small

A few years ago, a numbers guy did some projections and figured out that DCPI was on pace to reach its million-church goal by 2022. Six months later, God once again blew over Paul’s vision and challenged him to plant 5million churches by 2050. Think we’ll make it? Maybe.

My hope is that the Lord will return before we get there. But in the meantime, this colossal vision drives prayer and partnerships and passionate training throughout the world.

God Gets the Credit

You could say that an accomplishment like planting 163,000 churches comes not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord, and I wouldn’t disagree with you. It is all His work. But I think that if you’re going to see the Lord accomplish something great through your ministry, most, if not all, of these seven actions will be involved in the process.

Pray about it. I believe the Lord is calling today’s church leaders to pray bold prayers, dream big dreams and take God-sized risks for the fulfilling of his Great Commission in our lifetime.

Written by Hal Seed


Hal Seed is the Founding Pastor of New Song Church in Oceanside, Calif. He is currently encouraging churches to launch a Bible Reading Revolution in their churches and cities. Find out how to participate atwww.pastormentor.com.

For the original article, visit pastormentor.com.

Reclaiming Culture One Community at a Time.


Os Hillman
Os Hillman

“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified” (John 4:39).

Can a city or community be impacted for Christ? Can it be transformed?

The answer to that lies with the level of maturity of Christians in a community, which is measured in love, unity and prayer.

Jesus spent three years with His disciples, and yet after three years they thought the way to deal with people different from themselves or who were adversarial was to call down fire from heaven:

“But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, ‘Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?’ But He turned and rebuked them, and said, ‘You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.’ And they went to another village” (Luke 9:51-56).

The disciples modeled what the church does today. We condemn people who are different or who hold different views, or we condemn them for acting like people who do not know God. The church has often tried to change culture by controlling it, instead of loving it. Instead, Jesus calls us to love people and build bridges into their lives. Yes, it even means, God forbid, gays, adulterers and even liberals—yes, anyone different from ourselves. Jesus loves them too, even in their sin. That is hard for us to model in the body of Christ. We all struggle to love those very different from ourselves.

In 2011, we had a conference at Harvard, and the speakers were protested on campus by radical gays. Instead of reacting to them, God made a way for me and another leader to meet with them. First, we listened to what they had to say. Afterward, they let us share with them why their assessment of us was incorrect. Lastly, we upheld the relationship even though we had differing views. They left the meeting with a 180-degree different viewpoint than when they walked into our meeting. Did they get saved? No. Did they have a different view of us than before they met us? Yes. Was there a bridge built? Yes. God can water that kind of relationship building, and He has actually done so since then.

“I catch them; the Lord cleans them.”

That is what Larry Poland, president of MasterMedia, said at one of our conferences. He serves executives in Hollywood and New York. He said, “You know, it is amazing how scripts change once there is a heart change.”

We are not the Holy Spirit in people’s lives. Our role is to love and share. That’s it. Then love some more.

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
Let’s discover how Jesus did it. Please read the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman:

“Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, ‘How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?’ For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water’” (John 4:9-10).

Jesus talked to the woman and spoke into her life. The disciples were shocked that Jesus spoke to a woman who was also a Samaritan. Both were off-limits during His day. But Jesus broke the social barrier. The result? The city was impacted:

“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, ‘He told me all that I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world’” (vv. 39-42).

Here is what Jesus did:

  • He listened and engaged in conversation.
  • He spoke into her life.
  • He gave her information and spoke prophetically.
  • He did not give her the Four Laws.
  • He did not condemn her.
  • He spoke supernaturally into her life.
  • He gave her an opportunity to believe.

The result was:

  • Her life was impacted by His speaking into her life.
  • She shared her experience with others.
  • The citizens of the city invited Jesus to stay for two days.
  • Many believed in Jesus!

That is your formula for community impact.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

OS HILLMAN


Os Hillman is president of Marketplace Leaders and author of Change Agent and TGIF Today God Is First, a free email devotional.

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