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  1. Thanks, Ome. Gave me Holy Spirit chills.
  2. DanL


    Here's the sermon I preached last Sunday. (11-25-2018) KIN Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— John 1:12 (NIV) Most of you know that I spent a week in October as part of a team that went to Vidor, Texas, to help repair some of the homes devastated by Hurricane Harvey last year. I’ve told you a little bit about that during Celebration Church and in some conversations with some of you, but I’d like to “fill in some blanks” for you and I’d like to talk about something God showed me through that trip. First off, Vidor is a town of about 10,000 tucked back into the corner of southeast Texas. It’s less than 25 miles from both the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana. Now, as I’m sure you know, I don’t talk like the folks that are from Vidor Texas. Granted, I did catch myself saying “y’all” once or twice and it was very easy to respond “Yessir,” and “Yes, ma’am,” when asked if I enjoyed the jambalaya, creole shrimp, blackened redfish, and/or gumbo. The people of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church were very loving, generous, and hospitable when it came to feeding the 30 of us like kings. But one of the words I noticed in their conversations was “kin.” I’m sure most of you know what that word means, but I’ve never heard anyone here in the frozen north casually remark, “Yessir, they’re kin.” But it’s a very relevant word for what went on during that week. Before I left for Vidor, I did an internet search just to find out where it was. In doing so, I discovered that Vidor had at one time been a “sundown town” where black people were not welcome after dark –and it was enforced by the town police. The Ku Klux Klan had held a march Vidor texas in 1993 protesting plans to bring African Americans into public housing. It was one of the first things we talked about with Pastor Skipper Sauls when we arrived. While we were still in the parking lot, before we were even finished unloading our bags, the subject came up. Skipper did not dodge the question. He admitted that Vidor had indeed engaged in racism in its past. He grew up there and he remembered Klan events taking place when he was a child about 40 years ago. He said all that has changed now, and although there were probably still a few old racists in this town, anyone and everyone was welcome in this church to experience the love of Jesus Christ. But let me back up for a moment and give you some background: Hurricane Harvey came ashore on August 26, 2017, near Rockport, Texas, southwest of Vidor, with winds of 130 mph. The storm’s winds weakened shortly thereafter, but the megastorm slowed to a crawl and began dumping absolutely phenomenal amounts of rain over the course of the next two days. At one point, an official in nearby Tyler County announced: “Anyone who chooses to not [evacuate] cannot expect to be rescued and should write their social security numbers in permanent marker on their arm so their bodies can be identified. The loss of life and property is certain. GET OUT OR DIE!” Before it was over, Houston had been saturated with over 30 inches of rain and Nederland, Texas, (right next to Vidor) measured over 60 inches of rainfall. The rain came so hard and so fast that the Army Corp of Engineers had opened the gates on reservoirs upstream from Vidor for fear that the levees holding back the waters would fail. With five feet of rainfall and the dam gates opened, the entire area was absolutely inundated. Skipper took us on a tour of some of the areas where he and others from the church had rescued people using a boat. We stopped at one point and he showed us the place where the boat’s propeller had hit the top of a stop sign beneath the flood waters. We turned down a side street and he showed us a video taken in that boat motoring along in that exact location. At one point, the motor hit a submerged object and they later found out it had broken the sunroof out of a parked car. Of course, the damage to homes and cars was devastating. Most of the homes sit on concrete slabs just a couple of inches above ground level because the frost never enters the ground there. Even in homes that sit on blocks, all the carpet and all the drywall and all the appliances in virtually every home was destroyed. Skipper has a background in construction and remodeling and the Lord opened doors for donated materials from numerous companies, ministries, and churches. I was among a crew of 15 that arrived at the church two days before another crew of 15 arrived to also participate in the work of restoring homes. One crew was building a porch, another was hanging drywall in a different home, and I was working on a home in need of interior paint, kitchen counters, and floor tile. I was assigned to floor tile because I had some experience in that area. Over the course of five days, we tiled four bedrooms, a bathroom and a half, a hallway, the laundry room, and a section of the main living area. It quickly became obvious that my “experience” with floor tile was approximately equal to my experience with flapping my arms and flying to the moon in comparison to what Skipper’s 16 year-old son, Isaac, knew about the subject. After five days, I can now truthfully say I know how to effectively mix up a five gallon bucket of thin-set mortar. I can also say that, although I now have much more knowledge, there is no way my now 60 year-old body could be used to support my family as a professional tiler. But much more importantly, I am the recipient of the incredible joy that comes from knowing that within a couple of days the family that has been living in an RV trailer in the backyard of their own home will be able to move out of that cramped space and cook meals, wash clothes, and sleep in their home. I just saw pictures of the Thanksgiving meal the family had prepared in their home. Lyle and Thuy and Von and Angelina are beautiful people who helped us any way they could, lifting heavy tile, sweeping up dusty construction debris, and radiating appreciative smiles for all we did over the course of that week. And as we all stood in that house for a final prayer and blessing over this home and this family, we were all tired and hot and aching and dusty and dirty. And we all looked a little like Jesus. We all looked and felt like kin. We weren’t just acquaintances or friends, we were family. That bond, that tie that comes from being together, working together, eating together in Jesus is strong and solid and real and glorious. It’s amazing. And I’ve felt that same family of God bond on both mission trips to the Dominican Republic, the trip to Guatemala last March, the trip to see Pastor Betty and Ron in June, the time at MANCAMP, and the Leadership Conference where I spent time a with a dozen pastors last August. I’ve spent most of my life not venturing very far from Minnesota, but the LORD has sent me over 12,000 miles in the past nine months. He’s up to something in my life and it’s wonderful! Hallelujah!! It’s wonderful because I’m traveling to be with family, which is what a lot of us just did and are still doing this for Thanksgiving. Over 54 million Americans traveled more than 50 miles away from home over the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s a 4.8 percent increase over last year, and most of them did it to be with family. All that travel reminds me of some people in the Bible who were also traveling: Luke 2:1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.) It was a family thing. They were traveling because Caesar had decreed that they were to be taxed and counted by according to their family lineage. And, when we believe in Jesus Christ as our LORD and Savior, we become part of His family. Let’s look at just some of the verses that talk about this: We already read John 1:12 -- Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— John 1:12 (NIV) Now the NIV uses the word, “right” while the KJV uses the word “power.” The Berean Literal Bible, however uses the word “authority” and indeed, in the Greek the word is “exousian” which Strong’s Greek defines as, “power, authority, weight, especially: moral authority. So, believing in Jesus gives us the rightful authority to claim that we are truly children of God. What that involves and to what degree are made clear in Scripture. Let’s Turn to 2 Corinthians 6:18 And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Lets go to Romans 8:15 next: The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” And then there is Ephesians 1:15 …. he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– And Galatians 4:5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. And as sons and daughters, let’s look at Romans 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. How about Galatians 3:29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. And Titus 3:7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7 Another verse on heirs is Ephesians 3:6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. And then there’s Acts 3:25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ Even James speaks of it: James 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? And this right, this power, this authority is so powerful it even comes with a guarantee: Turn to Ephesians 1 and lets looks at verse 13 and 14: 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. It bears all the weight and power of a legal contract with God himself! And His own Holy Spirit is our guarantee that we are indeed sons and daughters of the One True God -- the God who created the universe and everything in it! So, brothers and sisters, now that we know we really are sons and daughters with a guaranteed inheritance, does that change how we look at each other? Or at others who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? And, here’s another amazing thing I found as I was pondering this: Turn to Matthew 6:19 &20. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. I am convinced that the treasures Jesus is speaking of here in these verses are the relationships we create and forge here on this earth. We know we’re not going to take our cars or our homes or our gold to heaven with us, right? I mean, God uses gold for asphalt in heaven, right? But I believe we will recognize and know each other in heaven. I believe heaven will not only be a grand reunion with God, but between all His sons and daughters! The things we do for other people and with other people and the relationships created are indeed treasures. Those are the real treasures of this life. And, just like it always does, it all comes down to love. In all those travels this year, in all the relationships God gave me, they all involved eating together, praying together, singing together, worshiping together, laughing together, working together, sharing His Word together, and loving together. They all involved being together as family. It’s abundantly clear that all who believe in Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior are all sons and daughters. All who believe have been brought into the same family. We share the same Father who has adopted us into the family of God by the death and resurrection of His Son out of His great love for us and to the praise of His glory! We will all spend eternity together praising Him. We will all be gathered into one place sharing a richness and a celebration of life and love that never ends. We will finally be united with each other and with Him as He intended from the beginning. The treasures we will revel in and celebrate will be the eternal relationships we have. Love will finally reign completely, utterly, and without corruption of any kind. And that, my beloved brothers and sisters –my kin, is the ultimate cause for giving thanks! Because kin is thicker than how you talk or the color of your skin or the depth of the flood waters. AMEN!
  3. DanL

    My testimony

    Thank you, Lo. To God be the glory! AMEN!
  4. DanL

    My testimony

    I have been asked to post my testimony. What follows is actually a sermon I gave in the Altar of Jehovah church in Sabana Perdida, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic while on a mission trip there in 2015. You can tell some of it is tailored for that particular audience, but it does contain my testimony. PRAISE GOD! JESUS IS LORD! HALLELUJAH! Hello. My name is Dan Jones and, as you can tell, I am from the United States of America, where we call ourselves “The Land of the Free.” But not all of us are free. Many of us are in slavery and bondage. I know, because I was one of them. You see, I was raised in a home where my mother was a Christian and my father was not. My mother made sure I went to church and Sunday School. At a very young age, perhaps eight or nine years old, I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I remembered being surrounded and filled with warmth and light on that day. But my mother died when I was 13 and soon thereafter, I began to stray away from the LORD, our God. I was a drug addict before I graduated high school, and afterwards I engaged in all kinds of sinful behavior. I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I believed the lies that it was fun and okay. I could not stop. I was a slave to my sin. And then one summer day in 1983, I pulled my motorcycle into a campground in Murdo, South Dakota to sleep for the night. Miles and miles of flat land surround this place. There is some grass and some weeds, but no trees, no hills, no streams. Just flat. I had a little half-man tent with me. I call it a half-man tent because if I stretched out in it, my feet would stick out the end. It was very small. Muy poquito, si? I crawled in and went to sleep, but about 2:00 a.m., a loud clap of thunder woke me up. I unzipped the door of the tent and looked out. Lightening flashed off in the northwest and when it did, I could see huge black clouds coming my way. Soon, it was raining hard and the wind was blowing even harder. And, it got worse and worse. At one point, I had my head in the peak of the tent and my hands in the corners, trying to make some little bit of shelter. Thunder rolled all around me. The rain was coming down so hard I could feel it stinging me through the sides of the tent. And then, suddenly, everything got quiet--for a little while. Slowly, a noise was building and coming closer. It was a low, powerful rumble like a large freight train. RRRRRRRRrrrr. It was the noise a tornado makes. A tornado is like a hurricane, only smaller, with the power condensed. Tornadoes start up in the clouds where they begin spinning into long funnel shapes. Some get so large and spin so fast they can pick up horses and cows, cars, trucks, and even houses. Some stay up in the air, but some come down and cause terrible damage, even killing people. And let me tell you something. There is no such thing as an atheist in a half-man tent under a tornado. Nada. As that tornado passed over me, I prayed. I prayed like I had never prayed before. “Oh God, please let me live and I will stop doing drugs and drinking. I will go to church every Sunday. Please, God, let me live!” As you can tell because I am standing before you, He did. When the sun came up, I found a cast-iron fry pan that had been sitting on a table nearby had been blown about 35 meters downwind. My motorcycle helmet was blown up against a fence 100 meters away. And the roof of the restaurant near the campground was gone. After picking up all my soaking wet stuff and loading it on that motorcycle, I remember thinking as I drove away, “I’ll never be able to keep those promises I made to God.” And I didn’t right away. I went right back to the sins I promised I would quit. But the LORD is faithful, and He helped me keep those promises. Within a year of that night, my drinking and drug abuse got so bad, I could not stand myself. One day, I looked in the mirror and I was disgusted by what I saw. I was sick of who I was. I got a book and it said I could not do this myself. I had to trust in a higher power. The book was right. I dug out my old Bible and began reading and slowly, through His word and prayer, I came back to Jesus. In Luke 4:18, Jesus says, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,” It didn’t happen overnight. I fell down again and again. But Jesus picked me up. He pulled me out of the pit of despair and He broke my chains! Jesus set me free! Jesus libreme! Today, thirty years later, I am blessed beyond measure. I have a wonderful wife, a home I never imagined I would have in those days of darkness, and a daughter I am proud of. I have a job that is a ministry helping those in need, I have been asked to bless others with prayer and the Word, and it was by the power of the God of abundance, mercy, and grace that I am able to stand before you today and say, “Jesus is LORD!” Jesus rescatame! Amen and Hallelujah! Now if you are in chains—if you are trapped in your sins and you have no hope and you see no way out, come forward and give your life to Jesus. He will set you free! The LORD says in His word that all who earnestly seek Him will find Him and that if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed! You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.—Jeremiah 29:13 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. –John 8:36 It’s true. If He can do it for me, He can do it for you. I am no better than any of you. Libre queres ser? Brothers and sisters, BE free! Jesus is here!
  5. I've been asked to give the sermon in my church on Palm Sunday. In that Palm Sunday scene, I've always been intrigued by Jesus' statement to the Pharisees that if He were to silence the crowds shouting "Hosanna" the very stones would cry out. My current pastor mentioned that she (yes, "she") once gave a sermon that the stones are indeed crying out. She makes several references to stones in othe parts of the Gospels. Among them is the cap stone, the stone the builders rejected. Jesus is not only the cap stone and the corner stone, but the stumbling block that has been rejected is now the stone on which the entire church of Christ is built. Additionally, I plan to tie in this blog. While we in the US are lamenting the decline of Christianity and many of us point to that decline as one of the signs of the end times, we are being prideful in that in the vast majority of the world, millions of people are coming to Christ. In fact, many nations are in the process of amazing revival. So, in our arrogance and self-importance we are clueless in that the stones are indeed crying out His praises. The "decline" of Christianity is a lie from the father of lies meant to steal our joy, kill our faith, and destroy the Church. Yes, we need to be intentional and witness to the love of Jesus, but we should absolutely NOT believe that this is the last hurrah of the Church before Christ returns. Yes, there are many signs that the end grows closer each day, but the final signs are not in place yet. US history shows many times of moral decline and subsequent revival. It's not a ski hill. It's a roller-coaster. It's not over until God says its over.
  6. Jeff, the Greek word for "stumbling block" is "skandalon." It also pertained to the trigger in a trap and it is the word from which we got our English word, "scandal." Jesus was scandalous, especially to the Pharisees--and still is to some.
  7. Romans 14: 13Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. 19Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall. 22So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.
  8. DanL


    Thank you both! Hmbld, so good to see you! Oh, by the way, in the sermon it says to use Jeff and Tom to illustrate the paraclete. Tom is a big guy with tatoos who wears steel-toed boots even to church. I got him up front and put the full armor of God on him. Jeff is a six and a half-foot tall Marine. He was the paraclete--the Holy Spirit. I had them stand back-to-back and explained that the use of the word "paraclete" for teh Holy Spirit is how Greek soldiers fought--back-to-back with both willing to die for the other. So, the Holy Spirit literally has our back when we go to war in prayer. I asked the congregation, "You gonna mess with these guys?" Nope.
  9. DanL


    Here's the sermon I gave last Sunday: If I were a pastor, I would make seeing the movie “War-Room” mandatory for all members of the congregation—which is probably one very good reason God has not made me a Pastor. But, it’s a wonderful movie. The premise is that spiritual battles are won through prayer. And for that, the movie gets an AMEN! Make that, underline, italic, bold, all caps. AMEN!! In the movie, the main character’s spiritual battle is for her marriage, but I’d like to take that a bit further. As Christians, we fight a spiritual battle every day. Whether it’s resisting temptation, maintaining good and godly relationships, doing our jobs to the glory of God, or living lives that are salt and light to the world, or having the courage to witness to others, we all face spiritual battles. But one thing we seem to have forgotten is that wars are not fought one-on-one. No, in a real war, armies go up against each other. There may be some hand-to-hand combat and certainly the fate of any fighting force rests with the individual soldiers, but Generals do not send their troops out as individuals. Even snipers do not travel alone. Soldiers are sent out as platoons, companies, brigades, regiments, patrols, etc. And one of the core, hard and fast rules of the military is, “No soldier left behind.” You never leave your buddy to die in a muddy ditch alone so you can run away. But, that seems like exactly what a lot of us Christians are doing. We see the events of the day unfolding and we are disheartened. When some hate-filled Wiccan shoots Christians in the head because they are Christians and the media ignores it, then later tries to claim that’s not really what happened, we feel like we’ve lost a battle. When the president makes it about a political cause before the bodies are even cold and justifies it by saying prayer is not enough, we curl up in our muddy trench all alone and mutter something about “end times.” See, that’s the purpose of terrorism. That’s how the enemy works. He strikes a blow like a kamikaze that’s specifically designed to generate a lot of attention (a.k.a “media coverage”) that will dishearten us and cause us to live in fear, because when we are afraid, we are a completely ineffective fighting force. Because when we are afraid, we are a completely ineffective fighting force. Well, I will not be afraid. And, let us be crystal clear here—the real enemy is NOT other people. For weare not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12) NLT The real enemy is the enemy of our souls who uses lies to steal and kill and destroy. It is the lies the real enemy puts in the minds of other people that are his weapons. That’s why the Bible says, 3We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4aWe use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10: 3-5 NLT) So, how do we do that? What are our weapons? How do we demolish arguments and every proud obstacle? Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.d16In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.e17Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere (Ephesians 6:13-18 NLT) Pray in the Spirit—what does that mean? The Holy Spirit is sometimes referred to in the New Testament as “The paraclete.” That’s a Greek military term. If you were a Greek soldier, your paraclete literally had your back. (Illustrate with Jeff and Tom.) So, we put on the full armor of God, standing back-to-back with the Holy Spirt, and we PRAY! And do we go into battle alone? All throughout the Old Testament, the people of Israel came together for group prayer, repentance, and fasting when they sought the Lord. Esther 4:16 2 Chronicles 20:3-4 Ezra 8:21 Isaiah 56:7 And in the New Testament, the Apostles regularly came together in group prayer. They even delegate duties to others to focus on corporate prayer. Acts 6:4 Jesus himself says, “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18: 19-20 ESV) We all remember the story of Jonah, right? The LORD told Jonah to go to Nineveh “because its wickedness has come up before me.” (Jonah 1:2b NIV) The Bible does not record how wicked Nineveh was in this passage, but history does: They skinned their enemies alive, smashed children to pieces in the streets, burned children alive, tore people’s tongues out, impaled them, decapitated them, flayed them, and practiced all manner of horrific and gory barbarism. And yet, God spared them when the king of Nineveh called everyone to humble themselves, fast and pray. (Jonah 3) In Acts 6, the freshly-formed church was growing by leaps and bounds. One of the ministries of the new church came under criticism for neglecting some of the widows of the congregation, and the apostles chosen seven men of excellent reputation who were “full of the Spirit and wisdom” to oversee this important ministry so they, the leaders of the rapidly-growing church, could “give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” All throughout Acts, the Apostles repeatedly engage in corporate prayer, often meeting other believers in the Temple to do so. Jesus Himself promises that wherever two or three are gathered in His name, He is there in the midst of them and whatever two agree upon on earth, it shall be done for them by the Father. (Matthew 18: 19-20.) Throughout the history of the Christian Church, corporate prayer has been central. Franklin John wrote an excellent paper called “Corporate Prayer Is a Prerequisite for the Greatest Outpouring of God’s Power.” In 1857, during a time of spiritual decline, a lay man named Jeremiah Lamphier tacked up notices in New York City calling for a weekly prayer meeting on Wednesdays from noon till one. The first week, only six showed up, but within six months, the prayer meetings had grown to 10,000. Within two years, the movement had spread to every major city in America and 50,000 people per week were coming to Christ. Fervent prayer precipitated the Shantung Revival in northern China, 1927-37 which brought an estimated hundreds of thousands to faith in a country that had been spiritually dead. Similar times of revival have taken place in South Africa, Cambodia, Nepal, and India. In 1903, Methodist missionary, Mary Culler White and Presbyterian missionary, Louise Hoard McCully started a prayer meeting in South Korea which soon spread to other missionaries. By 1907, the Korean church was growing dramatically. Three other revivals have taken place since then and today, the largest churches in the world are in South Korea. Yoido Full Gospel Church has an average weekly attendance of over 253,000 people. Enormous megachurches are also present in Chile, India, Nigeria, and El Salvador with average weekly attendance of over 100,000 people. Pollster George Barna identified a number of churches that stood out from others because of impact. He examined features common in them and discovered that corporate prayer was a foundation stone for all of them. Or how about this: In 1982, Pastor Christian Führer in the East German town of Leipzig began holding Prayers for Peace on Monday nights. On many occasions, less than a dozen people showed up. The communist East German government strongly discouraged its citizens from becoming involved in religious activities, but the meetings continued each Monday without fail. On May 8, 1989, the authorities barricaded the streets leading to the church, hoping to put people off, but it had the opposite effect, and the congregation grew. There were beatings and arrests of demonstrators at protest rallies in Leipzig, Berlin, and Dresden. General Secretary Erich Honecker of Communist East Germany declared that the church should be closed. An article appeared in a local newspaper saying that the counter-revolution would be put down on October 9, 1989 “by whatever means necessary.” “The church was visited by doctors who told them that hospital rooms had been made available for patients with bullet wounds. So we were absolutely terrified of what might happen," Pastor Fuhrer said. On October 9, 1989, the city of Leipzig filled with police and soldiers. You could smell the fear in the city. According to a BBC report, “Up to 8,000 people crowded into St Nicholas Church, including members of the feared Stasi (secret police) who had been sent to occupy it. Other Leipzig churches opened to accommodate additional protesters. About 70,000 people had now gathered in the city. After an hour-long service at St Nicholas, Pastor Führer led worshippers outside. The nearby Augustusplatz was filled with demonstrators clutching lit candles. Slowly, the crowd began walking around the city, past the Stasi headquarters, chanting "we are the people" and "no violence", and accompanied by thousands of helmeted riot police ready to intervene. But at the decisive moment the police stood aside and let the protesters march by. Pastor Führer said: "They didn't attack. They had nothing to attack for. East German officials would later say they were ready for anything, except for candles and prayer." About 120,000 people took to the streets the following Monday. General Secretary Honecker resigned two days later. The dissidents became increasingly emboldened, with around 300,000 taking part in the protests on 23 October. Exactly a month after the events of 9 October, the Berlin Wall came down amid scenes of jubilation witnessed around the world. Now, you can find all kinds of reasons on the internet for why the Berlin Wall came down, but the truth is, it was PRAYER. So, we need to come together, fast, and pray. There are battles every day. And, while great victories can be won in our individual prayer closets for our personal battles, societal battles are won in corporate prayer. And, yes, while godlessness and lawlessness will increase before Jesus comes back one final time, that is no reason to give up and cower in a muddy trench all alone. In fact, it’s all the more reason to gather together in prayer in order to bring as many people to Christ as one possibly can before it’s too late to do anything about it. It’s not over until God says its over.
  10. George, Bunny trails aside, the new logo is very good. Thank you.
  11. Greetings, brothers and sisters in Christ. I have recently met a new member of Worthy named peacemakerIND. He is involved in a new church that has been planted in India. PRAISE GOD!! The church has some needs, as are to be expected. There is need for transporation, for materials, for food to feed people who need the love of Christ in their lives. He is seeking connections with others who can help with this. We serve a great God of abundance, and I am confident the resources are out there for His work. Rather than list all that is happening and needed, I am posting this as a way for peacemaker to find his way to the boards and establish connections with those who can help. Perhaps George knows of some of the Lord's servants who can help? God bless you all! PRAISE JESUS!!
  12. And the last shall be first... God bless you and keep you, Nigel.
  13. Alien, when my wife told me about the possibility of going, my first thought was to say, "We can't afford that." Happily, after 23 years of marriage, I no longer always say the first thing I think of. Instead, I said, "If God wants us to go, we will go." It was $3400 for the two of us to go. I had saved nothing for such a trip. We sent out letters asking first for prayer and second for provision to go. All of the money and more came in within 10 days. God is not poor. If He wants you to go, you can and WILL go.
  14. hmbld! I haven't seen you in ages!! Praise the LORD! Always enjoyed chatting with you! God bless you!
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